Expedition in Nepal

Overview

Mount Kanchanjunga Expedition (8586m) 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. Thee 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, with expeditions starting from Darjeeling in British India.

Mt. Kanchanjunga is famous for the five peaks as follows, Kangchenjunga Main (8586m), Kangchenjunga West (8505m), Kangchenjunga central ( 8482m), Kangchenjunga South (8494m) and Kangbachen (7903m). There are four different routes to the mountain peak with both its south and east side providing opportunities for new routes. It is believed that the east flank of the South Summit is by far the most difficult face route.

Mount Kanchanjunga expedition begins after the arrival of all climbers in Kathmandu, the group will meet up with the staffs of Nepal Adventure Point for introduction and briefing about the trip. The next day is the day for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be taken around for a tour of Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Patan and Swoyambhunath - the monkey temple. This tour will help you to understand about the historical and cultural background of Nepal, Kathmandu valley and the people of Nepal. The next couple of days are for checking equipments, final preparations, packing and other necessary document for Mount Kanchanjunga expedition.

After official procedure we have 45 minutes spectacular scheduled flight to Biratnagar from Kathmandu in the east of Nepal, followed by a drive to Basantapur (2220m) from where you head north to the villages of Chauki (2700m), Gorja Gaon (2000m), Amjilasa (2490m), Ghunsa (3340m), Khambachen (4040m) and Lhonak (4790m) to Pangpema (5140m) which also serves as the Base Camp for expeditions attempting the North Face of Kanchenjunga and the culmination of the first part of the trek. We spend couple of day at base camp for climbing training such as; how to use Oxygen, mask and regulator.

Normally, four camps will be set up for the climbing. Advance base camp will be set up at 5,200m. This is used for depositing the stuff and not as camping due to avalanche danger. Camp I will be set up (5,600m) which requires climbing towards the east from the Advance Base Camp. Camp II will be fixed (6,400m). This will require stretches of steep climbing. From Camp II, we climb towards west side with steep climbing and arrived Camp III (6900m). We then climb towards the North side. When we get over the ridge, we will have to be very careful climbing over the ridge and probably, we will have to face strong wind while climbing and arrive at Camp IV, (7,500m). The climbing of this section is considered the most difficult in the expedition. Then we will push the summit and return to Camp III if everything goes well as planned. If we could not approach the summit from Camp IV due to bad weather or other reasons, we will have to fix bivouac (7,900m) and next day try to push to the summit. 

After the summit, our trail back via another trekking route Selele, Milgin-La (4654m), Tseram (3770m) and end at Taplejung then we will take plane back to Kathmandu and the farewell dinner will be at typical Nepali restaurant enjoying together with Nepali culture show program.

Highlights

* Rim of the Kathmandu valley excursion.
* Great Mountain which involve Rock and Ice climb
* Summit Mount Kanchanjunga (8,586m)
* 3rd highest mountain in the world.
* High Mountain passes to challenge you.
* The native Nepalese communities such as Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1317m)
  • Day 02: Valley excursion, official procedure and other arrangements for Kanchanjunga expedition
  • Day 03: Valley excursion, official procedure and other arrangements for Kanchanjunga expedition
  • Day 04: Kathmandu fly to Biratnagar (230m)
  • Day 05: Birtnagar fly to Sketar and trek to Phurumba (2000m)
  • Day 06: Phurumba trek to Chirwa (1,190m)
  • Day 07: Chirwa trek to Sakhathum (1,640m)
  • Day 08: Sakhathum trek to Amjilassa (2,490m)
  • Day 09: Amjilassa trek to Kyapra (2,730m)
  • Day 10: Kyapra trek to Ghunsa (3,430m)
  • Day 11: Explore day in Ghunsa
  • Day 12: Ghunsa trek to Kambachen (4,040m)
  • Day 13: Kambachen trek to Lhonak (4,790m)
  • Day 14: Lhonak trek to Pangpema ( Kanchanjunga Base Camp/5,140m)
  • Day15-16: Climbing training period
  • Day 16-46: Climbing Period of Mount Kanchanjunga: Camp – I (5400m), Camp II (6400m), Camp III (6900m), and Camp IV (7500m) Summit (8586m).
  • Day 47: Clean up base camp and packing
  • Day 48: Base Camp trek to Khambachen (4,040m)
  • Day 49: Khambachen trek to Ghunsa (3,430m)
  • Day 50: Ghunsa trek to below the pass (4,500m)
  • Day 51: Below the pass trek to Tseram (3,870m)
  • Day 52: Tseram trek to Ramche (4,620m)
  • Day 55: Chitre trek to Yamphudin (1,700m)
  • Day 56: Yamphudin trek to Kheswa (1,960m)
  • Day 57: Kheswa trek to Lali Khadka (1640m)
  • Day 57: Kheswa trek to Lali Khadka (1640m)
  • Day 59: Sukhetar fly to Kathmandu (1317m)
  • 60-61: Leisure day and official procedure to collect garbage deposit
  • Day 62: Departure day

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Climbing
Trip Duration 62 Days
Trip code NAP-KAN - 420
Trip Start/Ends Biratnagar- Suketar/Suketar-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Summit (8586m)
Trip Cost On Request
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 12 passengers
Accessibillity 45 minutes round flight to and from Taplejung from Kathmandu
The Route Kathmandu – Taplejung – Mamankhe – Yamphudin – Tsaram - Base Camp – Summit – Kathmandu
Season May-July / Sept-Dec
Permit Fee Kanchanjunga Expedition USD 1800 on Spring season, USD 900 on Autumn season, USD 450 on Winter/Summer
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel in city, teahouse/lodges and tented accommodation during the climbing period.

Cost Included

  • Fee: Royalty fee of Kanchanjunga expedition, national park entrance permit  and TIMS card 
  • Activities: Sightseeing, trekking and expedition as per the guideline itinerary. 
  • Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, kitchen utilizes upto higher camp for members, staffs and common climbing equipment such as ropes, ice screws, ice bar, pitons, etc. 
  • Accommodation: 6 night’s hotel accommodation in a tourist class hotel in Kathmandu and 53 nights lodges/tent during trekking and expedition period. 
  • Food: Full board on tented [/lieakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking and expedition upto Kanchajunga base camp and 6 /lieakfasts and one farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. 
  • Staffs: Trekking Leader/Guide, high altitude Sherpa, Liaison officer and necessary supporter for expedition
  • Transportation: Arrival/Departure transfer and surface road-head transportation by land transportation and Scheduled flight Kathmandu - Taplejung – Kathmandu for members, staffs, Liaison officer and gear cargo air transportation.
  • Company & Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And food, air and road-head transportation, equipments, daily allowance for climbing Sherpa, Liaison officer, cook, kitchen boy, insurance for climbing Sherpas, Liaison officer, cook, Kitchen boy, local porters, Walkie-talkie for each member for use during the course of the expedition, Generator or Solar panel at base camp for power supply and Gamow bag at the base camp.

Cost Excluded

  • International flight and departure taxes
  • Original entry visa into Nepal
  • Lunch and dinner while in city 
  • Bar bills & Beverages
  • Personal travel insurance covering such as travel, accident, medical and emergency evacuation.
  • Related charges for communication equipment and filming applied as per regulation
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving into Nepal by air/road cargo.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls etc.
  • Oxygen & Mask regulator
  • High altitude food and fuel above base camp.
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above base camp
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving to Nepal by air or road.
  • Garbage fee (Refundable)
  • Tips/Gratuities for trekking and expedition crews
  • All monastery & temple entrance fee, while you are in city sightseeing
  • Optional activities
  • And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Trekking and Climbing Equipment
* Trekking, climbing boots
* Sandals for Camp
* Water bottle
* Swiss army knife
* Flashlight with spare batteries
* Sunglasses and Sun cream
* Personal medical supplies
* Wind proof down jacket
* Woolen T-shirt/base layer
* Shorts / skirt for sunny days
* Thermal long underwear
* Towel
* Day pack, Rucksack or Duffel bag Warm woolen hat
* T-shirts
* A thick pullover/fleece
* Trousers / track suit or long pants
* Warm socks
* Sun protection hate
* Gloves

Personal Equipments
* Harness and Crampons
* Ice-axe and Safety Rope
* Climbing Boots
* Carabineer locks and unlock
* Ascent and Descanter Zoomer
* Expedition quality Sleeping bag and Jacket

Group Equipments
* Fixed Rope – 250m
* Main Rope - 50m
* Snow Bar -5
* Ice Hammer-1
* Carabineer
* Tent (2men)

Travel Insurance: All participants in a Nepal Adventure Point trek must have travel insurance. This will protect you against the risk of comprehensive expenses which may result due to medical emergencies or accidents. This insurance should include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs.  Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance and it is best to arrange this in your home country.Trip Members' Responsibility: Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are also happy to discuss the trip with you. Trip members are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the detailed itinerary and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised.

Rescue and Emergency Evacuation: In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu. If you have no communication equipments, ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. While asking for the helicopter, you are required to send name of the sick person and exact location from where helicopter can airlift you.

Note: Do not leave the place although you are getting better once you have ordered helicopter.

Tipping: It's not compulsory but tipping the porters and guides is customary and always greatly appreciated. A rough guideline is US$ 5-7 per person a day for trekking and Climbing guide and US$ 4-6 per person a day for the team supporters, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Note: If the Kanchanjunga Expedition will be finished earlier than the estimated itinerary or cancelled the expedition due to any reason, the expedition package cost will not be refundable. Incase if some of the member are fallen sick during the expedition tenure and return to Kathmandu personally, they should bear all of the travel expenses to Kathmandu by them self. The company will not be responsible for there sickness and cancelled expenses.

Member are allowed to carry only up to 60KG climbing gears and food along with them and the which includes in the package cost, but if the members climbing gears are more than 60 KG than they should pay extra USD 350.00 for per porter or pack animals load by them selves.

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