Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m/28169ft & treasures of the snow) is the third height mountain in the world and was first climbed by the British in 1956. Lying on the Nepal – Sikkim borders, the lush landscape of the Kanchenjunga area is an ideal environment for musk beer, blue sheep and the infamous yeti. Few westerners have travelled to this remote area.
Kanchenjunga, regarded as the ‘Queen of the great Himalayas’, encompasses the mountain ridges of South Peak (8491m), Central Peak (8478m), and Main Peak (8556m), Yalung Kang, Kambachen and Jannu. It stretches southward from Jonsang La to Langpo Peak, Pyramid Peak, and Nepal Peak – all on India’s border. It continues further from Talung Peak and Kabru North and South Peaks to the Twin Peaks of Rathong and Kokthan. To the west of Jonsang La, on Tibet’s borders, are Jongsang Peak, Outlier, Lashar, Chabuk, and Ohnmi Kangri. Further south lies Nupchu and Sharpu. This, then, is the Kangchenjunga Region, which is also called the “GREAT SNOW MOUNTAIN OF FIVE TREASURES”.
Three first Westerners to explore Kanchenjunga was the British botanist JD Hooker, who visited the area twice in 1848 and 1849. Exploration of the Skim, 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 Kanchenjunga and produced what is still one of the most authoritative maps of the region.
Until 1852, Kanchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but calculations made by the British Great Trigonometric Survey in 1849 came to the conclusion that Mount Everest (known as Peak XV at the time) was the highest and Kanchenjunga the third-highest.
The Japanese now took up the challenge and mounted expeditions in 1976, 1973 and 1974 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.
We climb Mt. Kanchenjunga via the normal route (South Face). Climb of Kanchenjunga begins from a charming base camp in the meadows of Panorama at 5,180 m. This provides the most challenging climbing of the expedition. Mt. Kanchenjunga is considered as one the difficult and challenging 8000 m. Peak and to climb this peak, the climber needs extensive experience & skills in mountaineering. Therefore before attempting this peak, the climber must have climbed at least one 7000 m. & 8000 m. peaks. To put the fixed lines and establishment of the three camps are the most challenging parts of this expedition, so Sherpa supports most essential for the success of this expedition. 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 expert Climbers.
- Experience 3rd highest peak and technically as well as physiologically challenging climb.
- Stunning views of the Kanchenjunga massif.
- Accessible 8000m climb Himalayan climb and test of skills and physiology for Everest attempt.
- Experience your first 8000m climb on the relatively safe route.
- Test for mountaineering isolation and psychological endurance
- Passing through terraced middle hills of Nepal, explore local customs, way of life, exploring villages and different ethnic groups.
- English speaking guide
- Transport to and from Yuksom
- All meals on the trek, including boiled water
- Tents and mats
- Cook and porters
- Yaks/ponies for carrying tents and cooking equipment
- All trekking permits, national park fees and camera fees
- Our guide will carry a comprehensive medical kit including high altitude sickness tablets
- Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs
- Visa costs
- Personal expenditure i.e. soft drinks/beer on trek, extra snacks for the trek etc
- Meals in Darjeeling before or after the trek
- Travel insurance