The 3rd highest mountain, “The five treasures of great snows”, Mount Kanchenjunga is one of the coolest and challenging technical climb on a huge massif. The astonishing massif retains its pristine beauty, mystery, and charm. The Mount Kanchenjunga expedition is a stimulating lifetime journey above 8000 meters that one can ever forget.
Mount Kanchenjunga expedition at the elevation of 8586 meters/ 28,169 feet lies on the very remote border between Nepal and Sikkim. As the name suggests, the five treasures of great snows, Kanchenjunga comprises five summits that are Kanchenjunga main 8586 meters, Kanchenjunga West (Yalung Kang) 8505 meters, Kanchenjunga Central 8482 meters, Kanchenjunga South 8494 meters, and Kangbachen 7903 meters. Each of these treasure fountains repositories of God which are Gold, Silver, Gems, Grain, and Holy books. The first ascent to Mt. Kanchenjunga expedition was made by Joe Brown, George Band in 1995 May 25 and was followed by Norman Hardie and Tony Streather on May 26.
Mount Kanchenjunga expedition has two base camps. Kangchenjunga North Base Camp and South Base camp on Kangchenjunga Glacier and Yalung Glacier respectively. Suketar at the altitude of 2400 m, a closet town with an airport is a pathway to both camps. The normal route to the summit is the Southeast side of the mountain from Yalung Glacier. The base camp and other high camps of Mount Kanchenjunga Camp I, Camp II, Camp III, and Camp IV fall at the elevation of 5400 meters, 6200 meters, 6400 meters, 7100 meters, and 7550 meters respectively. As the expedition gets high elevation other gigantic mountains like Mt. Everest 8848 meters, Lhotse 8,516 meters, Makalu 8,485 meters, and others get visible. The trail to the Summit passes along the tropical jungles of rhododendrons and oak forests and alpine zones. In addition, an indigenous group like Rai, Limbu and Tibetan, and their settlements become prominent influence during a journey
Frontiertreks lead by professional climber has the necessary experience to make the expedition successful and safe. Our adventure group has a reasonable cost with quality food and services which is one of the premier operations in the Himalayas.
Seasonal Highlights for Mount Kanchenjunga Expedition: Spring (March, April, and May) is the best time for Expedition Theses months bring hotter climate Autumn season (September- November) is reasonable for the expedition Winter has cold nights, low temperature Summer has the risk of Avalanche
Get to know an indigenous group like Rai, Limbu, and Tibetan settlements.
Witness globally significant flora and fauna like rhododendrons, orchids, snow leopard, Asian black bear, and others.
Trek and observe Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
Observe high mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Kanchenjunga west, Kanchenjunga Central, Kanchenjunga South, and others.
Summit of the Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 m/ 28,169 ft.)
Day 1: Advent in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport.
A representative from Frontier treks greets you and escorts you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu valley observe and expedition briefing.
We shortly visit the UNESCO Listed Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bouddha Stupa. Later, there is a short briefing of the expedition. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Fly to Jhapa, Bhadrapur (95 m) then, drive to Suketar (2410 m). Duration: 7-9 hours.
We take a pleasant flight over the green hills and Himalayas. From the Bhadrapur, we follow the trail to rich pastures, tea gardens, with a pleasant view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The drive further passes via several small Limbu villages, tropical forest and finally stopover Taplejung, Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 4: Drive from Suketar to Tapethol (1250 m). Duration: 6-7 hours.
We have an early meal and descend through millet and rice fields via ride. The day passes along the view of the beautiful village and field until we reach to Tapethok Village. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 5: Trek to Amjilosa (25909 m) from Tapethok. Duration: 6-7 hours.
We pack up our belongings, have breakfast and mark ourselves towards the Tamor River. As we hike, we come across a series of small waterfalls. We hike a steep uphill for about 2 hours and set our feet at Amjilosa. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 6: Trek to Gyabla (2730 m) from Majilosa. Duration: 4-5 hours.
The trek leads us to an easy uphill mostly following the Ghunsa Khola. We walk along a beautiful ridge, the bamboo bushes all the way to Gyabla. The trekking goes along few switchbacks and descends under rocky cliff and rubble from previous landslides. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 7: Trek to Ghunsa (3410 m) from Gyabla. Duration: 6-7 hours.
After breakfast, a steep drop first takes us into a ravine and then, ascends to yak pastures and potato fields in Phole (3210 m). From here, we pass a teeming forest and Spanish moss. We finally reach Ghunsa. Ghunsa is a Tibetan village that has tiny stupas and prayer flags. Before asleep, we can taste local wine Tongba made of millet. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 8: Acclimatization and exploration day at Ghunsa.
Like a part of acclimatization, we spend our day at Ghunsa and explore the surrounding. Ghunsa is a beautiful village with typical lifestyles. We get to know several Stupa of the village. Optionally, we can hike to Lapsang La via Yamatari Khola that lies near Yamatari Glacier. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 9: Trek to Khambachen (4050 m) from Ghunsa. Duration: 6-7 hours.
We set our foot along the river bank enjoying the spectacular alpine scenery. A meadow of beautiful flowers, rhododendron and pine forests passes as we trek. This time a new perspective of Mt. Junnu waits for us after crossing the bridge at Rampuk Kharak. A trek along the tricky mountain trail eventually takes us to Khambachen which is encircled by mountains. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 10: Another accommodation day at Khambachen.
A beautiful village Khambachen allows us to have a beautiful sight of the mountain like Khabur (6332 m), Phale (6645 m) and Jannu (7710 m). We head up to the north of the village for the magnificent view of these towering peaks. Sunset view on the mountains is mesmerizing. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 11: Trek to Lhonak (4780 m) from Khambachen. Duration: 6-7 hours.
An early start from Khambachen takes us through rock fields with large boulders on the hillside. A way to Lhonak supports us with waterfall and Ramtang Monastery. A couple of hours after passing Ramtang Monastery takes us to Lhonak. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 12: Trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (Pang Pema, 5140 m) from Lhonak. Duration: 4-5 hours.
Today, we make our way to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The huge massive Kanchenjunga Glacier blesses the trail. The base camp is the vantage viewpoint of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other gigantic mountains. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 13 – Day 40: Climbing Period.
Proper acclimatization takes several weeks and we must prepare ourselves for the hike. On these following days, we expedite the following highlights: Camp I at the elevation 6200 meters. Camp II at the elevation 6400 meters. Camp III, at the elevation 7100 meters. Camp IV at the elevation 7550 meters. Mount Kanchenjunga Summit 8586 meters/ 28,169 feet.
Day 41: Trek via Pang Pema to Khambachen. Duration: 6- 7 hours.
The grand success of Mount Kanchenjunga surely gives a sensation of proudness and is admirable. On this day, we set back from Kanchenjunga Base Camp to Khambachen. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 42: Trek to Ghunsa from Khambachen. Duration: 5-6 hours.
We retrace our way back to Ghunsa from Khambachen.
Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 43: rek to Gyabla from Ghunsa. Duration: 6-7 hours.
After an early breakfast, we hold our all belonging and make ourselves way to Ghunsa following a beautiful trail. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 44: Trek to Amjilosa from Gyabla. Duration: 7-8 hours.
We retrace our way to Amjilosa from Gyabla. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 45: Trek to Tapethok. Duration: 7 hours.
We follow the east bank of the Tamar River, pass the small village of Diwa and Sakathum to make our way to Tapethok. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 46: Drive via Taplejung and Bhadrapur. Duration: 13 hours.
A long drive from Tapethok takes us to Tapelung and Bhadrapur. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 47: Fly back to Kathmandu.
We take breakfast and make our way to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu valley. We spend our leisure time at Thamel. It is the busiest local and tourist junction. We celebrate our successful expedition at Thamel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 48: Final Departure
We have a farewell session and lead way to Tribhuvan International Airport.
Inclusion / Exclusion
Airport Pickup and Drop
4 nights Accommodation in Kathmandu (B/B)
A welcome dinner program in Kathmandu
All necessary documents such as expedition permit, (TIMS) card, national park & entry fees
A Liaison officer and his allowance, insurance, salary, and accommodation
Garbage Deposal fees
Insurance (Medical & emergency rescue) for all staff
All necessary transportation costs from Kathmandu to base camp & base camp to Kathmandu
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner including hot drinks - tea/ coffee, soup items)
Climbing Sherpa, base camp cook, kitchen helper, porter & their daily wages, equipment, meal etc.
Individual tent with form mattress & pillow for each member at base camp
Dinning, kitchen, communication, store, toilet & shower tents at base camp
Tables, chairs & all necessary cooking gears
Heater at base camp in member and staff dinning tent
Generator or solar panel, light, or any other electronic devices at base camp
A professional climbing Sherpa per head
Equipment that requires advance payment, Salary and carrying bonus for climbing Sherpa
Oxygen - 4 bottles per head and 2 bottles for each climbing Sherpa
Mask & regulator will be provided for each member and climbing Sherpa
Satellite phone carrying by team guide for emergency communication with suitable costs
Walkie-Talkie & satellite Phone for communication during the expedition
High-food, Tent, EPI gas & cooking pot
Weather forecast during the complete expedition period
Nepali Visa fee
Meal (Lunch and dinner) during the stay in Kathmandu hotel
Insurance (Travel, high altitude, accident, medical and emergency rescue)
Personal Needs (Telephone, internet, battery recharge, shower, laundry, alcoholic beverages during the trekking and expedition)