Expedition in Nepal

Overview

Mount Kanchanjunga Expedition (8586m) is the third-highest peak in the world and the second-highest in Nepal. It was first climbed by a British team in 1956. The peak consists of four summits. The west summit, Yalung Kang, is (8420m) high and some people classify it as a separate 8000m peak. Thee first Westerner to explore Kanchanjunga was the British botanist JD Hooker, who visited the area twice in 1848 and 1849. Exploration of the Sikkim, side of the peak continued with both British and pundit explorers mapping and photographing until 1899. In that year a party led by Douglas fresh field made a circuit of Kanchanjunga and produced what is still one of the most authoritative maps of the region. Exploration continued, mostly from the Sikkim side, with expeditions starting from Darjeeling in British India.

Mt. Kanchanjunga is famous for the five peaks as follows, Kangchenjunga Main (8586m), Kangchenjunga West (8505m), Kangchenjunga central ( 8482m), Kangchenjunga South (8494m) and Kangbachen (7903m). There are four different routes to the mountain peak with both its south and east side providing opportunities for new routes. It is believed that the east flank of the South Summit is by far the most difficult face route.

Mount Kanchanjunga expedition begins after the arrival of all climbers in Kathmandu, the group will meet up with the staffs of Nepal Adventure Point for introduction and briefing about the trip. The next day is the day for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be taken around for a tour of Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Patan and Swoyambhunath - the monkey temple. This tour will help you to understand about the historical and cultural background of Nepal, Kathmandu valley and the people of Nepal. The next couple of days are for checking equipments, final preparations, packing and other necessary document for Mount Kanchanjunga expedition.

After official procedure we have 45 minutes spectacular scheduled flight to Biratnagar from Kathmandu in the east of Nepal, followed by a drive to Basantapur (2220m) from where you head north to the villages of Chauki (2700m), Gorja Gaon (2000m), Amjilasa (2490m), Ghunsa (3340m), Khambachen (4040m) and Lhonak (4790m) to Pangpema (5140m) which also serves as the Base Camp for expeditions attempting the North Face of Kanchenjunga and the culmination of the first part of the trek. We spend couple of day at base camp for climbing training such as; how to use Oxygen, mask and regulator.

Normally, four camps will be set up for the climbing. Advance base camp will be set up at 5,200m. This is used for depositing the stuff and not as camping due to avalanche danger. Camp I will be set up (5,600m) which requires climbing towards the east from the Advance Base Camp. Camp II will be fixed (6,400m). This will require stretches of steep climbing. From Camp II, we climb towards west side with steep climbing and arrived Camp III (6900m). We then climb towards the North side. When we get over the ridge, we will have to be very careful climbing over the ridge and probably, we will have to face strong wind while climbing and arrive at Camp IV, (7,500m). The climbing of this section is considered the most difficult in the expedition. Then we will push the summit and return to Camp III if everything goes well as planned. If we could not approach the summit from Camp IV due to bad weather or other reasons, we will have to fix bivouac (7,900m) and next day try to push to the summit. 

After the summit, our trail back via another trekking route Selele, Milgin-La (4654m), Tseram (3770m) and end at Taplejung then we will take plane back to Kathmandu and the farewell dinner will be at typical Nepali restaurant enjoying together with Nepali culture show program.

Highlights

* Rim of the Kathmandu valley excursion.
* Great Mountain which involve Rock and Ice climb
* Summit Mount Kanchanjunga (8,586m)
* 3rd highest mountain in the world.
* High Mountain passes to challenge you.
* The native Nepalese communities such as Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1317m)
  • Day 02: Valley excursion, official procedure and other arrangements for Kanchanjunga expedition
  • Day 03: Valley excursion, official procedure and other arrangements for Kanchanjunga expedition
  • Day 04: Kathmandu fly to Biratnagar (230m)
  • Day 05: Birtnagar fly to Sketar and trek to Phurumba (2000m)
  • Day 06: Phurumba trek to Chirwa (1,190m)
  • Day 07: Chirwa trek to Sakhathum (1,640m)
  • Day 08: Sakhathum trek to Amjilassa (2,490m)
  • Day 09: Amjilassa trek to Kyapra (2,730m)
  • Day 10: Kyapra trek to Ghunsa (3,430m)
  • Day 11: Explore day in Ghunsa
  • Day 12: Ghunsa trek to Kambachen (4,040m)
  • Day 13: Kambachen trek to Lhonak (4,790m)
  • Day 14: Lhonak trek to Pangpema ( Kanchanjunga Base Camp/5,140m)
  • Day15-16: Climbing training period
  • Day 16-46: Climbing Period of Mount Kanchanjunga: Camp – I (5400m), Camp II (6400m), Camp III (6900m), and Camp IV (7500m) Summit (8586m).
  • Day 47: Clean up base camp and packing
  • Day 48: Base Camp trek to Khambachen (4,040m)
  • Day 49: Khambachen trek to Ghunsa (3,430m)
  • Day 50: Ghunsa trek to below the pass (4,500m)
  • Day 51: Below the pass trek to Tseram (3,870m)
  • Day 52: Tseram trek to Ramche (4,620m)
  • Day 55: Chitre trek to Yamphudin (1,700m)
  • Day 56: Yamphudin trek to Kheswa (1,960m)
  • Day 57: Kheswa trek to Lali Khadka (1640m)
  • Day 57: Kheswa trek to Lali Khadka (1640m)
  • Day 59: Sukhetar fly to Kathmandu (1317m)
  • 60-61: Leisure day and official procedure to collect garbage deposit
  • Day 62: Departure day

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Climbing
Trip Duration 62 Days
Trip code NAP-KAN - 420
Trip Start/Ends Biratnagar- Suketar/Suketar-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Summit Mt. Kanchanjunga (8586m)
Trip Cost Prices on request
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 12 persons in one climbing team
Accessibillity 45 minutes round flight to and from Taplejung from Kathmandu
The Route Kathmandu – Taplejung – Mamankhe – Yamphudin – Tsaram - Base Camp – Summit – Kathmandu
Season Spring/Autumn/Summer
Permit Fee Kanchanjunga Expedition USD 1800 on Spring season, USD 900 on Autumn season, USD 450 on Winter/Summer
Trip Facilities 3+ hotel in city on B/B and teahouse/lodges and tented accommodation during the climbing period.

Cost Included

  • Fee: Royalty fee of Kanchanjunga expedition, national park entrance permit.
  • Activities: Sightseeing, trekking and climbing as per the guideline itinerary. 
  • Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, kitchen utilizes upto higher camp for members, staffs and common climbing equipment such as ropes, ice screws, ice bar, pitons, etc. 
  • Accommodation: 6 night’s hotel accommodation in city and 53 nights lodges/tent during trekking and expedition period. 
  • Food: Full board on tented (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and expedition upto Kanchajunga base camp and 6 breakfasts in city. 
  • Staffs: Trekking Leader/Guide, high altitude Sherpa, Liaison officer and necessary supporters for expedition
  • Transportation: Arrival/departure transfer and surface road-head transportation and Scheduled flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung  and return flight to Kathmandu..
  • Company & Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And food, air and road-head transportation, equipments, daily allowance of expedition supporters.

Cost Excluded

  • Your international flight 
  • Original entry visa into Nepal
  • Lunch and dinner while in city 
  • Bar bills & Beverages
  • Personal travel insurance covering such as travel, accident, medical and emergency evacuation.
  • Related charges for communication equipment and filming applied as per the goverment rule and regulation.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving into Nepal by air/road cargo.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls etc.
  • Oxygen & Mask regulator
  • High altitude food and fuel above base camp.
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above base camp
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving to Nepal by air or road.
  • Garbage fee (Refundable)
  • Tips/Gratuities for trekking and expedition crews
  • Optional activities
  • And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

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