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Kanchenjunga Expedition 2017

Kanchenjunga Expedition 2017

Kanchanjunga, at 8,586m, 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. 
The 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, starting from Darjeeling in British India. One of the major contributors to Western knowledge about the region was Dr AM Kellas, who later died in Tibet during the approach of the 1921 Everest expedition. 
German expeditions attacked the peak in 1929, 1930 and again in 1931, but none was successful. After the Sikkim was closed but Nepal was open. In 1955 a team led by Dr Charl as Evans approached the peak via the Yalung Glacier. The Japanese then took up the challenge and mounted expeditions in 1967, 1973 and 1974 when they climbed Yalung Kang. A German Expedition climbed Yalung Kang in 1975, and in Indian army team mounted the second successful expeditions to the main peak of Kanchanjunga.

Expedition Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • 5 nights hotel (4/5 star) in Kathmandu, bb plan
  • Mt. Kanchenjunga expedition permit, park fee and necessary permit fee.
  • Flight : Kathmandu/Tumlingtar/Kathmandu, Domestic air tax
  • 50kg weight is allowed per member for expedition
  • Necessary porters and mules for carrying equipment & loads
  • Twin sharing accommodation in lodge/teahouse while trekking
  • 3 times meals per day, teas & coffees in trekking & base camp days
  • Common climbing equipments like necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws etc
  • 1 tent per climber of North face or similar for Base Camp
  • Dining, Kitchen, Store tent, mattress and all camping facilities needed in BC
  • Experienced and professional staff at BC : Base camp manager, cook, kitchen boy
  • Government liaisons officer
  • Equipment allowance, wages, life, medical & life, medical & rescue insurance for all Nepali members.
  • Emergency oxygen, mask & regulator at ABC (use and pay)
  • Immediate Rescue co-ordination (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Generator or solar panel for charging & lighting in Base camp
  • Satellite phone on pay call basis (1min = $ 5)
  • Walkie – talkie set

Expedition Cost Excludes

  • International flight ticket, taxes and visas
  • Lunch & dinner, hotel after 5 nights in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking & climbing equipment
  • Excess personal climber baggage transport
  • All expenses of personal nature like bar bills, laundry, telephone etc.
  • Insurance for travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation & lost baggage.
  • applicable permit fee & custom fee for SAT phone, filming camera, communications  equipment (if brought)
  • Climbing Bonus & summit bonus for climbing Sherpa (if you used Sherpa), Tips for Base Camp Staff
  • All not mentioned in cost include part

Kanchenjunga Expedition 2017 Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1320m)
  • Day 02 - 03 : Expedition document application, Preparation, briefing for Expedition
  • 15th April, 2017 - Day 04 : Fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81m) and to Suketar (2,420 m)
  • 16th April, 2017 - Day 05 : Trek to Mitlung (921m) 4-5 hrs
  • 17th April, 2017 - Day 06 : Trek to Chirwa (1270 m) 5-6 hrs
  • 18th April, 2017 - Day 07 : Trek to Sukathum (1576m) 5-6 hrs
  • 19th April, 2017 - Day 08 : Trek to Amjilosa (2308m) 6-7 hrs
  • 20th April, 2017 - Day 09 : Trek to Gyabla (2730m) 6-7 hrs
  • 21st April, 2017 - Day 10 : Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) 5-6 hrs
  • 22nd April, 2017 - Day 11 : Acclimatization day at Ghunsa
  • 23rd April, 2017 - Day 12 : Trek to Kambachen (4050m) 5-6 hrs
  • 24th April, 2017 - Day 13 : Acclimatization Day at Kambachen
  • 25th April, 2017 - Day 14 : Trek to Lhonak (4780m) 6-7 hrs
  • 26th April, 2017 - Day 15 : Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5388m) 6-7 hrs
  • 27th April - , 2017 - Day 16 - 42 : Climbing Period of Kanchenjunga (8586m)
  • Day 43 : Trek to Ghunsa - 6 hrs
  • Day 44 : Trek to Amjilosa (2,460m) - 4 hrs
  • Day 45 : Trek to Sakathum (1,600m) - 5 hrs
  • Day 46 : Trek to Chhiruwa (1,200m) - 5 hrs
  • Day 47 : Trek to Suketar (2,420m) - 5 hrs
  • Day 48 : Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 49 : Rest and Shopping in Kathmandu
  • Day 50 : Final Departure

Kanchenjunga Expedition 2017 Cost Detail

  • Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1320m)
  • Day 02 - 03 : Expedition document application, Preparation, briefing for Expedition
  • 03rd Sep 2017 - Day 04 : Fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81m) and to Suketar (2,420 m)
  • 04th Sep 2017 - Day 05 : Trek to Mitlung (921m) 4-5 hrs
  • 05th Sep 2017 - Day 06 : Trek to Chirwa (1270 m) 5-6 hrs
  • 06th Sep 2017 - Day 07 : Trek to Sukathum (1576m) 5-6 hrs
  • 08th Sep 2017 - Day 08 : Trek to Amjilosa (2308m) 6-7 hrs
  • 09th Sep 2017 - Day 09 : Trek to Gyabla (2730m) 6-7 hrs
  • 10th Sep 2017 - Day 10 : Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) 5-6 hrs
  • 11th Sep 2017 - Day 11 : Acclimatization day at Ghunsa
  • 12th Sep 2017 - Day 12 : Trek to Kambachen (4050m) 5-6 hrs
  • 13th Sep 2017 - Day 13 : Acclimatization Day at Kambachen
  • 14th Sep 2017 - Day 14 : Trek to Lhonak (4780m) 6-7 hrs
  • 15th Sep 2017 - Day 15 : Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5388m) 6-7 hrs
  • 16th Sep - 02nd Oct, 2017 - Day 16 - 42 : Climbing Period of Kanchenjunga (8586m)
  • 03rd Oct, 2017 - Day 43 : Trek to Ghunsa - 6 hrs
  • 04th Oct, 2017 - Day 44 : Trek to Amjilosa (2,460m) - 4 hrs
  • 05th Oct, 2017 - Day 45 : Trek to Sakathum (1,600m) - 5 hrs
  • 06th Oct, 2017 - Day 46 : Trek to Chhiruwa (1,200m) - 5 hrs
  • 07th Oct, 2017  - Day 47 : Trek to Suketar (2,420m) - 5 hrs
  • 08th Oct, 2017  - Day 48 : Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 49 : Rest and Shopping in Kathmandu
  • Day 50 : Final Departure


Kanchenjunga Expedition 2017 Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1320m)

Arrival in Kathmandu. You’ll meet Ramdung Expedition representative displaying your name at airport and you’ll be escort upto the hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. O/N Hotel, Dinner (D)

Day 02-03 : Expedition document application, Preparation, briefing for Expedition

These day we are busy for briefing about expedition, documentation, visa application, last minute shopping and preparation for departure to expedition. We’ll also introduce to our Nepali crew coming with you for expedition. Hotel. BLD

Day 04 : Fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar (81m) and to Suketar (2450m)

Depending upon the schedule time our staff will pick you up from your hotel. Then you will fly first from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and to Suketar. O/N lodge (BLD)

Day 05 : Trek to Mitlung (921m) 4-5 hrs

We start our trek from today onwards walking downhill to Mitlung. The trails throughout the lower sections of the Kanchenjunga region pass through fertile valleys with beautiful pastures and small villages. We then cross Hangdewa River and walk alongside the raging Tamor River. As we gradually head in a northerly direction the trail steepens after a few hours before a final descent of 350 meters on a muddy trail to Mitlung. We spend the night there. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 06 : Trek to Chirwa (1270 m) 5-6 hrs

The trail ascends and descends steadily as we make our way towards the village of Sinwa. We continue trekking downhill until we reach Tawa. At Tawa, we ascend to some heights and cross the suspension bridge at Thiwa. We pass beautiful rural landscape along the way and reach Chirwa, a beautiful Limbu village with few lodges, tea shops etc. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 07 : Trek to Sukathum (1576m) 5-6 hrs

The trek from Chirwa to Sukathum passes through varied landscapes such as cardamom fields and dense forests. We trek uphill for sometime then descend to the lush green fields below and continue trekking along the Tamor River passing through a dense forest. It’s both uphill and downhill trek until crossing the Ghunsa River after which we reach Sukathum. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 08 : Trek to Amjilosa (2308m) 6-7 hrs

Trekking from Sukathum to Amjilosa is challenging. After crossing the suspension bridge outside Sukathum we enter a dense forest, ascend the steep trail, descend and cross the river again. We also climb a gorge from the bottoma and pass by Solima village and descend again to the level of the river. All in all, this day’s trekking is rather tough. Therefore, it is advisable to be very careful especially while walking the trail that passes the gorge. We later follow a tricky trail which goes both uphill and downhill until reaching Amjilosa. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 09 : Trek to Gyabla (2730m) 6-7 hrs

We start trekking from the river bank, pass through a densely forest of bamboo, fir and rhododendrons eventually reaching a small stone house by the river. We then climb uphill crossing a few small bridges along the way. Here, we get to enjoy the company of stunning waterfalls that originate from the mountains. After yet another short uphill walk we reach the Tibetan settlement to Gyabla. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 10 : Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) 5-6 hrs

We descend down the river and notice the valley as it slowly opens up before reaching Phale, a Tibetan refugee settlement where it is possible to purchase handicrafts and homemade rugs from locals. After purchasing a few souvenirs we travel through conifer and pine forest and reach the Sherpa village of Ghunsa where we spend the night. This place is known for its hydroelectricity plant and the fact that more than 20 prominent conservationists met a tragic end in a helicopter crash. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 11 : Acclimatization day at Ghunsa

Today is rest day. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. Therefore, we take a short hike towards the Laspsan La monastery through the lush green forest. Come back to Ghunsa by afternoon and relax. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 12 : Trek to Kambachen (4050m) 5-6 hrs

From Ghunsa we trek further north along the river bank which presents us with magnificent mountain scenery. We pass through meadows full with beautiful wildflowers, rhododendron and pine forests. We cross a bridge at Rampuk Kharka, continue past the waterfall and cross the tricky section of the landslide. After crossing the landslide area we begin to see the spectacular view of Mt. Jannu. Further exploring and tackling the tricky mountain trail we finally arrive at Kambachen. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 13 : Acclimatization Day at Kambachen

We take yet another day for acclimatisation at Kambachen which is reserved to accommodate participants in high altitude and also to observe if anybody in the group has any symptoms of altitude sickness. The overall idea for this day is to relax- take a bath and/or explore the Nuphchu Khola Valley area. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 14 : Trek to Lhonak (4780m) 6-7 hrs

Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We trek through rocky fields and large boulders on the hillside along the riverbank and arrive at a waterfall. We then cross a bridge to Ramtang monastery. We then come across a landslide section which we must pass through at a steady pace before descending to the river and finally arriving at Lhonak. O/N Camping (BLD)

Day 15 : Trek to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5388m) 6-7 hrs

We trek along the Kanchenjunga Glacier to spend a night at Pangpema, Kanchenjunga base camp on the north side. We urge you to be careful around the rockier sections as they are prone to landslides. After a short while you reach Pangpema, a flat grassy base camp. Climb a little higher and enjoy the splendor of Jannu, Kanchenjunga and Chang Himal.

Day 16-42 : Climbing Period of Kanchenjunga (8586m)

Climbing period for Kanchenjunga begins now on. We do not provide a day-to-day itinerary for the climb period, as this will be determined by the expedition leader and members. Guides will take a flexible approach based on what fits with climbers’ and their own experience. Typically, the team will spend a few days at the base camp organizing food, practicing rope skills, and acclimatizing before moving above the base camp. From base camp, there will be 3 camps set up until you reach summit. Base camp is in comfortable position on rock and protected from winds. Make sure to acclimatize well before you start climbing higher altitude. Enough time needs to be allowed for bad weather and slow acclimatization. Summit push will be normally at the mid night. So that team reached at top early in the morning. Catch breathtaking sunrise and surrounding view then get back to base camp before getting affected by heat.

Day 43 : Trek to Ghunsa - 6 hrs

More descents through magnificent sections of forest as long as we make Amjilosa tomorrow. From Ghunsa an hour down we pass through Phole, a village in two parts. The upper section houses Tibetan refugees who are well established, the second is the winter village of Ghunsa. Further down is Yangswa, a great and warm camp. O/N Camping (B,L,D)

Day 44 : Trek to Amjilosa (2,460m) - 4 hrs

We pass through the beautiful forest opening out to steep, grassy hillsides where Amjilosa is perched. O/N Camping (B,L,D)

Day 45 : Trek to Sakathum (1,600m) - 5 hrs

After short climb we begin the steep descent that will take most of the day. We reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Khola. O/N Camping (B,L,D)

Day 46 : Trek to Chhiruwa (1,200m) - 5 hrs

We cross the Simbu Khola, which originates from Kanchenjunga's south base camp, the Khola that we followed up from Torontan. It is pleasantly warm at these low altitudes and cardamom grows freely in the moist shaded forest. Crossing numerous small tributary streams we reach Chhirwa, a village set among large boulders. We camp in a field out of the village. This is an easier day. O/N Camping (B,L,D)

Day 47 : Trek to Suketar (2,420m) - 5 hrs

Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass through a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Suketar, reaching around late afternoon. O/N Camping (B,L,D)

Day 48 : Fly back to Kathmandu

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited one last time on the 30-minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. O/N Hotel (B)

Day 49 : Rest and Shopping in Kathmandu

Today is full leisure day. You can either visit some World heritage sites in Kathmandu or do shopping of souvenirs and soon to take back to your home. Today evening, you’ll be join by Ramdung Expedition team and staff for wonderful farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. O/N Hotel (B,D)

Day 50 : Final Departure

The journey within the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but we just trade emails to travel companions and organize our photos. If we have more time we can do some shopping or sightseeing. At last approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition escorts us to the airport. On our way to home we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure trip in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)


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  • Duration: 50 Days
  • Physical
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Type: Expedition
  • Route: Entry: PHIDIM and Exit: Illam
  • Autumn Departures: 03rd September - 2017
  • Spring Departures: 15th April - 2017
  • Height 8586m

Climbing Details

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Extra Services

  • Russian oxygen 4 litters: USD 400
  • Mask & Regulator per set USD 600

Recommended tipping and Climbing Sherpa bonuses :

  • $80-150 for general non-Sherpa crew staying at base camp.
  • $150-250 for Sherpa who go above base camp.
  • Summit climbing Sherpa US$ 400 – 600 per Sherpa.