Mt Kanchenjunga Expedition
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Circling the Kathmandu Valley on the descent to the capital, you may well catch a sight of Everest. Cast your eyes yet further to the east, and on a clear day you will see the hazy outline of a hulking white massif, an entire range unto itself. That is Kanchenjunga.
In Tibetan, ‘Kanchenjunga’ means ‘the five treasure houses of snow’, which gives you some idea of what to expect should you visit this area. At 8586m., massive Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest mountain, and marks the eastern border of Nepal with the Indian state of Sikkim. The conservation area that surrounds it extends into protected areas in Sikkim and Tibet, and comprises a beautiful, unspoilt wilderness. This is Snow Leopard territory, but the reclusive predator shares the unbounded forests with the Himalayan Black Bear and the Assamese Macaque, among others. Cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation and thousands of species of plants await those who take the long trail to Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the main route which has been described as ‘untrekked’.
Unabashedly wild, Kanchenjunga is for the true adventurer within you. The east of Nepal is more developed than the west, but the remoteness of this terrain, its rugged trails, scattered human habitation, and monsoonal downpours make a perfect challenge. Wending slowly up through Ghunsa for views of Kanchenjunga’s massive north face, you will reach base camp at Pangpema, then push on to Jhinsing La. This trekking area fully lies in restricted area of Government of Nepal and requires special permit to enter. Besides that this area don't have lodge facility so it can be done only in camp. These all facts makes this trek expensive one but truly provides satisfaction and life long memory.
Along the way, you will walk along paths used mostly by locals, as very few trekkers make their way to the wild east of Nepal. For those who do, the reward lies in more than just the breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga and its companions. Like neighbouring Makalu Barun, the region endures the full force of the monsoon and is consequently bursting with life. Over 2000 different flowering plants have been recorded here, and you’ll see some of the richest rhododendron forests in Nepal. New species are still being discovered in the pristine forests!
The east of Nepal also provides a fascinating introduction to its cultural diversity. The villages tend to be more prosperous than elsewhere in Nepal, but the further you go the more isolated the communities. An easy way to make friends is to join the locals for a heart-warming drink of hot tongba, the fermented millet drink of the east.
If you ever wanted to test your mettle, wild Kanchenjunga is the place to begin. The rest will be history.
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Peak Grade: Technical
Trip Duration: 65 days
Trekking Days: 61 days
Climbing Period: 35 days
Maximum Altitude: 8586m.
Trekking Mode: Camp
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Expedition meeting with expedition team
Day 03: Rest day and preparation day
Day 04-05: Drive to Medibung and arrange porters.
Day 06: Trek to Dandagaon. Overnight in camp.
Day 07: Trek to Khewang O/N in camp.
Day 08: Trek to Yanphudin O/ N in camp.
Day 09: Trek to Omje Khola O/ N in camp.
Day 10: Trek to Torontan O/ N in camp.
Day 11: Trek to Tseram O/ N in camp.
Day 12: Trek to Oktang O/ N in camp.
Day 13: Trek to Glacier Camp.
Kanchanjunga Day 14: Glacier Camp.
Day 15: Glacier Camp.
Day 16: Base Camp. (South)
Day 17-51: Climbing Period.
Day 52: Cleaning up Base Camp.
Day 53-61: Trek back to Medibung.
Day 62-63 Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 64: Free day but Expedition leader need to visit NTB for refunding garbage deposit and dinner with expedition team
Day 65: Final Departure to Homeland .
• 5 bottle set of oxygen;
• Climbing Sherpas for the group with climbing equipments;
• All necessary ground transportation as per itinerary
• Your trek to/from basecamp
• All required Nepalese staffs and porters with their daily wages, food, accommodation.
• Three meals per day on trek and in basecamp. Comfortable tables and chairs and dining tent;
• Skillful basecamp cooks;
• All mountain, trek, and basecamp food;
• All permit fees and liaison officers;
• Use of group gear and supplies: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, satellite telephone, etcetera;
• Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
• In addition to our top-quality high-altitude tents, we now provide an individual tent (1 tent per person) in basecamp.
• Hotel accommodation as per itinerary in Kathmandu with B/B plan
Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to basecamp, and returned to Kathmandu. While climbing on the mountain, we try not to ask our full-service members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies. For a minimal expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa or personal climbing-guide. We now encourage members to hire "personal-equipment-carriage-service", to help with high altitude equipment transport, both up and down the mountain.
Full personal-private sherpas-
• For those who do not wish to carry their own rucksack, or prepare their own meals and drinks above basecamp, we offer full personal-private sherpas (or, you may wish to share one with another member). A personal sherpa climbs and camps with you at all times and carries approximately ten kilos/22 pounds of your personal belongings. He also helps with boiling water and making your meals on the mountain.
High altitude "personal-equipment-carriage-service"-
• Divide the above prices by four if you would like to have approximately 10 kilos of your personal equipment carried up and down the mountain, between camps. You must provide a 48 hour notice while on the mountain. Although the price is less than the full personal-private sherpa, the "personal-equipment-carriage-service" does not involve the additional services provided by the full personal-private sherpa. This service is mainly to help get equipment up and down between camps. If you need more help than this, please consider hiring a full personal-private sherpa.
Oxygen: On Mt. Kanchanjunga, although some climbers wish to try it without, most members will prefer to have it available and we only allow members to climb Kanchanjunga with the use of supplemental oxygen. In addition, supplemental oxygen usage has been shown to markedly reduce the incidence of frostbite. Regarding oxygen, we supply a 5 bottle set as part of the full service cost for this expedition. Some people want 1 bottle, others want 12. We suggest you bring five. Our Sherpas will try to help you carry the oxygen. We 100% guarantee our bottles and oxygen systems, and test them thoroughly with the mask/hose/regulator set-up. We have our own oxygen analysis instrumentation, and we are able to certify that the contents are 100% oxygen. Additionally, we are able to measure the volume of contents in the bottle. Our bottles/masks/hoses/regulators are 100 percent guaranteed and reliable. We always have spare parts and back up bottles, masks, regulators, and hoses. All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools.
If purchased separately:
• EXTRA OXYGEN: One large Russian Oxygen 4 litre bottle for high-altitude climbing(guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the regulator and mask and hoses perfectly): We have a 30% discount buy-back policy on unused oxygen bottles if you purchase any extra bottles beyond the 5 bottle set we supply you. $510 USD each.
Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the group sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa.
Cook and Food: On the trek our skilled trekking cooks provide delicious meals. In basecamp our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization. We have large weather-proof kitchens and dining tents, with comfortable chairs and tables. On the mountain, above basecamp, we provide you with abundant and nutritious locally available quick-cooking food, so that you may prepare at least three meals and lots of hot drinks each day, in our specially designed high-altitude stoves using our butane-propane expedition mix fuel.
Above basecamp all of our team members cook their own food unless they have a personal sherpa to cook for them.
We provide you with a special high altitude stove and fuel canisters. Our stoves are of the "hanging" type, designed to be used inside the tent (well ventilated of course). We have found these to be the best possible stoves for high altitude use, as it is essential to cook inside the tent during stormy weather. Our stoves are suspended above the floor so you have room to sit comfortably and warmly in your sleeping bag while cooking.
Our high altitude fuel is of two types. Above 7000 metres/23,000 feet we use imported propane/butane 250 gramme canisters. Below 7000 metres/23,000 feet we refill the canisters with propane gas. Liquid fuel does not work above 6000 metres/19,700 feet so we don't use liquid fuel above basecamp or advanced basecamp.
Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have shower and toilet tent for Basecamp.
Safety: BOTH full-service and basic expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency
• International flight.
• All personal insurance
• All Personal climbing and trekking equipments
• Nepalese Visa and Visa fees, Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the END of the expedition and contain at least 2 blank pages.
• Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included, snack-energy food, changes to the pre-planned itinerary (such as early departure), and expenses while traveling away from the group or leader. Not included are unexpected expenses, such as expenses due to emergencies, rescues, weather, political situations, transport delays, etc.
• Tips for Nepalese staffs.
• Tipping Climbing Sherpas on our peak climbs: for a group Sherpa (Tibetan or Nepalese), who helps you to climb above the high camp or up to the summit and back down, expect to pay a summit-attempt bonus as follows: Everest Summit Attempt Bonus: $400, Summit Success: $750.