Kanchenjunga Expedition (8586m)

Kanchenjunga Expedition (8586m)

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Camping

Grade

Strenuous

Altitude

8,598 m

Transportation

Flight

Group Size

1 or more

Best Season

Spring

Duration

56

Kanchenjunga (8586m) is the third-tallest mountain in the world after Mt. Everest (8848 m) and Mt. K2 (8611m). Kanchenjunga is a word of Sikkimese origin. Indigenous people from Himalaya particularly of Darjeeling, Taplejung and Sikkim highly revere the peak as a sacred mountain. It is locally known as Sewalungma among Limbu and Rai communities in Nepal. Mountain people still believe that the mountain is the place where gods dwell which implicates their respect towards nature.

Kanchenjunga massif encompasses 16 peaks among which four are above 8000m. The mountain comprises of four glaciers covering an area of 314 sq. kilometers, and is a major source for Brahmaputra and Ganges catchments. Kanchenjunga feature narrow icy ridges spotted with smaller peaks, sloping plateau and hanging glaciers. The risk of avalanches also exists. Joe Brown and George Band successfully conquered the Mt. Kanchenjunga on May 25, 1955 and made it a historic day in the history of Kanchenjunga expedition. This team was led by Charles Evan and all other participants were from UK. The standard route and the one used in the first successful attempt follows southwest route via the Yalung Glacier.  However, the north route is considered the safest, although not the easiest route to climb.

An interesting fact related to the mountain is that it has actually never been summitted. The first successful mountaineers Brown and Band stopped short of stepping foot on the top of the mountain as per the request of then Maharajah of Sikkim. The tradition has been continued ever since.

Kanchenjunga expedition was the first successful attempt made by any British over eight-thousanders. Mt. Kanchenjunga is a least climbed technical mountain despite of its comparatively low government Royalty as compare to Mt. Everest. The Royalty to climb Mt. Everest is US$11000, US$5500, and US$2750 in spring, autumn and winter/summer season respectively, where as Kanchenjunga Royalty is only US$1800, US$900 and US$450 for spring, autumn and winter season respectively. In the mountaineering sector, technical mountains represent tougher mountains to climb. It is considered as a technical peak mainly because of the longer expedition period. Kanchenjunga expedition involves intricate climbing from the very beginning and also includes longer horizontal walking in Death Zone above 8,000 meters. Thus, this mountain is regarded as a demanding mountain that requires well planned logistics, highly professional supporting staffs as well as safety & security measures.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted traditionally with flower garlands. The representative will then take you to your hotel. If time prevails, you will visit office for paperwork.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Permit issue day and briefing at Tourism ministry.
Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1820

Stay overnight at lodge/tea house.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1785

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2080

Stay overnight in lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2995

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3370

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3870

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4580

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
4580

Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp

Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4890

Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5475

Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
8586

Climbing period of Kanchenjunga [ Base Camp – Kanchenjunga Summit (8586m.) –Base Camp ]
Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp

Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3870

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2962

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1910

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel

Today is free day in Kathmandu for shopping and recreation.
Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

What Is Included ?

Option: Full Board Service:

The Price Includes The Following Services:


a) Kathmandu


Pick-up and drop-off service

All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle

Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

5 night hotel accommodation with breakfast at 5 star standards hotel

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with private A/C vehicle and English speaking tour guide including entrance fees

Farewell Dinner

Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening

Souvenir

 

b) Trekking/Climbing


Flight Tickets

Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Bhadrapur to Kathmandu

Land Transportation

Land transportation from Bhadrapur to Taplejung and Gopetar to Bhadrapur by private jeep

All permits

Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Kanchenjunga, Restricted area permit for Kanchenjunga region, Entry Permits for Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and TIMS card

High Altitude Climbing Sherpa

Personal climbing guide/Sherpa (1 climbing member will have 1 climbing guide who is trained, experienced and Government license holder)

Climbing Sherpa Salary & Allowance

Salary, equipments, meals and clothing for climbing guide

Bonus

Carry bonus of Sherpas and route fixing charges

Porters

Porter per member up to Base Camp from Taplejung and from Base Camp to Gopetar

Base Camp Staffs

Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen helpers as per group size

Staff Salary and allowance

All involved Nepalese staffs & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipments, foods & clothing

Insurance

Medical & Emergency rescue insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs during the entire trip as per government rule

Liaison Officer

1 Government Liaison officer with full equipments, salary, accommodation and insurance as per government rule

Garbage Management Fee

Garbage transfer & garbage disposal fees as per government rule

Base Camp equipments

Foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning tent, 1 Kitchen tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower tents, 1 Staffs tent, 1 tent for Nepalese Base Camp staffs, store tents, Tables, chairs & necessary cooking gears like Epi gas, high pots, stove, etc. 

High Camp services

High altitude tents at (C1) (C2) (C3) (C4), high altitude appropriate food for member, Sherpa and all climbing and cooking crews

Ropes

All required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing

Rope Fixing Team

The team of experienced Sherpa will fix the route on Kanchenjunga (no extra charge will be applied to members)

Oxygen (O2) Bottle

3 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) for each member and 2- oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa

Oxygen Mask & Regulator

1 Set of Oxygen mask & regulator for each member and high altitude Sherpa

Back up Sets

Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask and regulator (with appropriate additional charge)

Heater

Heater at Base Camp in each Dining and other necessary camp

Solar/Generator

1 Solar panel and generator for lights and battery charge for laptop and other electronic devices at Base Camp 

Satellite Phone

Satellite Phone for emergency communication available for members with appropriate charge

Walkie-Talkie

Walkie –Talkie for communication from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp

Permits

Satellite Phone / walkie-talkie permits

Internet Service

Internet facility (1 Mbps) will be available at the Base Camp with additional charge

First Aid Kit

Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staffs

Certificate

Certificate for Kanchenjuga (8586 meters) climbing issued by Tourism Ministry

Tax and VAT

 

Option: Base Camp Service:

The Price Includes The Following Services:


a) Kathmandu


Pick-up and drop-off service

All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle

Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

5 night hotel accommodation with breakfast at 5 star standards hotel

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with private A/C vehicle and English speaking tour guide including entrance fees

Farewell Dinner

Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening

Souvenir

 

b) Trekking/Climbing


Flight Tickets

Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Bhadrapur to Kathmandu

Land Transportation

Land transportation from Bhadrapur to Taplejung and Gopetar to Bhadrapur by private jeep

All permits

Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Kanchenjunga, Restricted area permit for Kanchenjunga region, Entry Permits for Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and TIMS card

High Altitude Climbing Sherpa

Personal climbing guide/Sherpa (1 climbing member will have 1 climbing guide who is trained, experienced and Government license holder)

Climbing Sherpa Salary & Allowance

Salary, equipments, meals and clothing for climbing guide

Bonus

Carry bonus of Sherpas and route fixing charges

Porters

Porter per member up to Base Camp from Taplejung and from Base Camp to Gopetar

Base Camp Staffs

Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen helpers as per group size

Staff Salary and allowance

All involved Nepalese staffs & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipments, foods & clothing

Insurance

Medical & Emergency rescue insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs during the entire trip as per government rule

Liaison Officer

1 Government Liaison officer with full equipments, salary, accommodation and insurance as per government rule

Garbage Management Fee

Garbage transfer & garbage disposal fees as per government rule

Base Camp equipments

Foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning tent, 1 Kitchen tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower tents, 1 Staffs tent, 1 tent for Nepalese Base Camp staffs, store tents, Tables, chairs & necessary cooking gears like Epi gas, high pots, stove, etc. 

High Camp services

High altitude tents at (C1) (C2) (C3) (C4), high altitude appropriate food for member, Sherpa and all climbing and cooking crews

Ropes

All required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing

Rope Fixing Team

The team of experienced Sherpa will fix the route on Kanchenjunga (no extra charge will be applied to members)

Oxygen (O2) Bottle

3 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) for each member and 2- oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa

Oxygen Mask & Regulator

1 Set of Oxygen mask & regulator for each member and high altitude Sherpa

Back up Sets

Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask and regulator (with appropriate additional charge)

Heater

Heater at Base Camp in each Dining and other necessary camp

Solar/Generator

1 Solar panel and generator for lights and battery charge for laptop and other electronic devices at Base Camp 

Satellite Phone

Satellite Phone for emergency communication available for members with appropriate charge

Walkie-Talkie

Walkie –Talkie for communication from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp

Permits

Satellite Phone / walkie-talkie permits

Internet Service

Internet facility (1 Mbps) will be available at the Base Camp with additional charge

First Aid Kit

Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staffs

Certificate

Certificate for Kanchenjuga (8586 meters) climbing issued by Tourism Ministry after climbing Mt. Manaslu successfully

Tax and VAT

Tax, VAT and our service charge

 

What Is Excluded?


Lunch & Dinner

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from trekking / expedition than the scheduled itinerary)

Extra night in Kathmandu

Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking / expedition due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Travel Insurance

Medical and personal high risk travel insurance which should cover helicopter evacuation cost and medical treatment cost incase required

Rescue Evacuation

Medical and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs)

Personal Expenses

Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages (However we will provide soft drinks for members at base camp)

Personal Equipments

Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking /climbing Gears

Toiletries

Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and your other personal items used to keep yourself clean

Filming

Permit fee for special filming by using camera or drone

Internet

Internet service is available with extra charge during the trek and Base Camp 

Summit Bonus

Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa (Normally US$1500 applies to full board member)

Tips

Tips for Base Camp and other involved staffs

Service Above Base Camp

If you are taking just Base Camp services, then there will be zero service from company above base camp

Rope Fixing

The cost for using fixed rope during the expedition will apply only to base camp service users

Extra services

Any other services or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary

Kanchenjunga Expedition (8586m) Altitude Profile

FAQs

Kanchenjunga climbing is often classified as even tougher climbing than ascent of Mt. Everest. It requires a high level of technical climbing skills and great physical condition. You also need to be mentally prepared to deal with harsh terrain and worst weather condition. Anybody having all mentioned prerequisites can contact us to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga either solo or even in a group.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition ensures you to provide a well planned itinerary for Kanchenjunga expedition. An experienced and highly professional climbing guide will be assigned to each climbing member. All necessary logistics will be taken care from our side. However, we expect to maintain good health and physical condition as well as well good mental preparation from your side.

Our itinerary is 56 days long and has been in practice from many years. It is well designed Kanchenjunga climbing program considering all aspects of mountaineering requirements for the successful ascent. There are 31 days allocated to summit Mt. Kanchenjunga from Base Camp and return back to Base Camp. The itinerary remains flexible, so can be customized according to personal requirements. 

Additional Information

Kanchenjunga Climbing Gear

Mountaineering Equipments
Crampons, Ice axe, Helmet, Harness, Lock and unlock Carabineers, Shovel, Climbing pack, Rope, Ski poles, Desender/abseil device, Jummer  (Asender) , Tapes, Prusik Loops, Rappel device, Hand Warmer (if possible)

Clothing and Wears
Trekking shoes with spare laces, Mountaineering Boots, Plastic or leather for mountaineering boots, Gore-Tex pants, Long shorts, Insulated Parka, Jumper, Waterproof Jackets, Down Jacket, Fleece Vest, Wool cap, Neck Gaiter, Gloves, Climbing Socks, Thermal Underwear, Sandals, Snow Goggle

Essential Gears
Backpack, Duffle bag, Sleeping Bag, sleeping pad, Tents

Gadgets
Map, Compass, Camera, GPS, Two way radios, Binoculars, Head Lamp, Flashlight

Sun Protection Items
Sun glasses, sun scream, Lip balm,

Medical
First aid Kit (Brufen / Ibuprofens, Antibiotic, Diamox, Paracetamol, Handy Plaster, Crack Bandage, Tincture Iodine, etc.)

Other Essentials
Energy Bars, Water bottle, Water Purification Tablets, Toiletries, Trekking poles, Pocket knife, raincoat, Satellite Phone, Altimeter

56 Days

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