Kanchenjanga Expedition

Duration48 Days
Trip GradeChallenging
Maximum Altitude8586 M
Group Size1-12
Best TimeMarch to May & September to November

Kanchenjanga Expedition is the third-tallest mountain in the world after Mt. Everest and Mt. K2. Kanchenjunga is situated in the eastern part of Nepal at 8598m. It was first climbed by a British team in 1956. It is an enormous mountain mass, and many satellite peaks rise from its narrow icy ridges. Kanchenjunga is located on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, just 46 miles northwest of Darjeeling. The peak consists of four summits. The west summit, Yalung Kang, is 8420m high and some people classify it as a separate 8000m peak.

The first Westerners to explore Kanchenjunga were the British botanist JD Hooker, who visited the area twice in 1848 and 1849. Exploration of the side of the peak continued with both British and veteran explorers mapping and photographing until 1899. In that year, a party led by Douglas Freshfields made a circuit of Kanchenjunga and produced what is still one of the most authoritative maps of the region.

The Japanese then took up the challenge and mounted expeditions in 1973, 1974 and 1976 during which they climbed Yalung Kang. A German expedition climbed Yalung Kang in 1975 and in 1977 an Indian army team mounted the second successful expedition to the main peak of Kanchenjunga.

The route (North Face) is definitely the safest, although not the easiest climb. The climb of Kanchenjanga Expedition begins from a charming base camp with meadows and a Panoramic view at 5,180 m. First challenge is to fix lines up 900m of intricate mixed climbing to the North col. This provides the most challenging climbing of the expedition. Once creating a lifeline to and from the North Col you can begin the long process of establishing three camps up the long and complicated North ridge. Using Sherpa support and oxygen, you can move at a systematically slow velocity higher and higher up the mountain. This is a highly satisfying climb for the expert climbers. Day 03: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung

Trip PlanExpand All

Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 03: Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung

Day 04: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa.

Day 05: Trek from Chirwa to Sekhatum.

Day 06: Trek from Sekhatum to Amjilesa

Day 07: Trek from Amjilesa to Gyabla

Day 08: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa.

Day 09: Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen

Day 10: Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak.

Day 11: Trek from Lhonak to Pang Pema.

Day 12: Trek from Pang Pema to Kanchanjunga Base Camp

Day 13: Rest day at Base Camp for acclimatization

Day 14-34: Climbing period of Kanchanjunga

Day 35: Trek from Base Camp to Pang Pema.

Day 36: Trek from Pang Pema to Lhonak.

Day 37: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa.

Day 38: Trek from Ghunsa to Selely.

Day 39: Trek from Selely to Mirgin La to Tseram

Day 40: Trek from Mirgin La -Tseram to Oktang-Torotan

Day 41: Trek from Oktang -Torotan to Omje Khola.

Day 42: Trek from Omje Khola to Mamanke.

Day 43: Trek from Mamanke to Bhanjyang

Day 44: Trek from Bhanjyang to Lali Kharka

Day 45: Trek from Lali Kharka to Suketar

Day 46: Fly from Suketar to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 47: Rest day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 48: Fly out from Kathmandu.

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