Kangchenjunga Expedition

Kangchenjunga is an enormous massif consisting of 5 summits with 4 of them over 8000m: Kangchenjunga I (8586m), Kangchenjunga West (8505m), Kangchenjunga South (8494m) and Kangbachen (7903m). With 4 ridges radiating in X pattern almost symmetrically from the main summit aesthetically it is a beautiful mountains visible from many places with a famous view from Tiger Hill in Darjeeling, India.

Kangchenjunga is located on the border between Nepal and Sikkim and it is very remote attracting relatively few trekkers and therefore it retains much of its pristine beauty, mystery and charm. The mountain due to its beauty and size is considered a sacred by local Sikkimese people.
Until 1852, Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world and only after the British Great Trigonometric Survey in 1849 Mount Everest (known as Peak XV at the time) was crowned the highest and Kangchenjunga the third-highest. Kangchenjunga was first climbed on May 25, 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, of a British expedition. As a respect to the beliefs of the Sikkimese, who hold the summit sacred, they stopping a few feet short of the actual summit and this has developed to a tradition followed by successful summit parties since then.

The climb is technical, even along the normal route but it is extremely interesting to climb with technical and intricate mixed rock and ice climb to the North Col followed by a not too technical steady 1500m ascent to the summit. The section past North Col is exposed to the weather. The views are stunning both from the Base Camp as well as during entire climb.
The access trek from Suketar to the Base camp is also interesting due to its remoteness, the cultures inhibiting the area and a very rare endemic flora with 30 varieties of rhododendrons and 69 varieties of orchids.

Five summits form this massive mountain and hence the name is derived from the Tibetan words, 'Kanchen' and 'Dzonga' meaning 'Five Treasuries of the Great Snow'.

Itinerary Details of Kanchenjunga Expedition

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel transfer

Day 02-03: Preparation, Briefings, Last minute shopping and formalities

Day 04: We take scenic flight from Kathmandu to Suketar (2310m); Trek 4hrs from Suketar to Phurumbu (921m)

Day 05: Trek 5hrs from Phurumbu to Chirwa(1270m) along Ghunsa River

Day 06: Trek 6hrs from Chirwa to Sekarthum(1660m) along Ghusna River

Day 07: Trek 5hrs from Sekarthum to Amji-Lhasa(2510m)

Day 08: Trek 6hrs from Amje Lhasa to Gyabla(3450m)

Day 09: Trek 5hrs from Gyabla to Ghunsa(3595m)

Day 10: Trek 5hrs from Ghunsa to KhamBachen(4095m)

Day 11: Rest day in Khambachen for acclimatization , overnight in the camp

Day 12: Trek 5hrs from Khambachen to Lonak(4785m)

Day 13: Trek 5hrs from Lonak to Pangpema(5100m)

Day 14: Trek 5hrs from Pangpema (5100m) to Base camp; Establish Base Camp

Day 15-49: Climbing period; summit Kangchenjunga (8586m)

Day 50: Preparation to return to Kathmandu; Cleanup the Base Camp

Day 51: Trek 5hrs from Kangchenjunga Base Camp to Lonak(4785m)

Day 52: Trek 5hrs from Lonak to Khambachen(4095m)

Day 53: Trek 4hrs from Khambachen to Ghunsa,(3595m)

Day 54: Trek 6hrs from Ghunsa to Sekarthum(1660m)

Day 55: Trek 5hrs from Sekarthem to Chirwa(1270m)

Day 56: Trek 6hrs from Chirwa to Suketar(2310m)

Day 57: We take early morning flight from Suketar to Kathmandu; with a clear sky the views of different mountain peaks are splendid

Day 58: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath); leisure and shopping. Farewell-celebration dinner in the evening.

Day 59: Transfer to the airport for final departure

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