Mt. Kanchenjunga Expedition: the third highest mountain

Mt. Kanchenjunga is the third-highest mountain in the Himalayas. Kanchenjunga is situated in the eastern part of Nepal at 8598 m. It was first climbed by a British team in 1956. It is an enormous mountain mass, and many satellite peaks rise from its narrow icy ridges. It is located on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, just 46 miles northwest of Darjeeling. It is the most easterly of the great 8,000-meter peaks of the Himalayas. The peak consists of four summits. The west summit, Yalung Kang, is 8420m high and some people classify it as a separate 8000m peak.

Three first Westerner 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.

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The Japanese 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.

The route (North Face) is the safest, although not the easiest. Climb of Kanchenjunga begins from a charming base camp in the meadows of Panorama at 5,180 m. The first challenge is to fix lines up 900 m of intricate mixed climbing to the North Col. This provides the most challenging climbing of the expedition. Once you create a lifeline to and from the North Col you can begin the long process of establishing three camps up the long and complicated North Ridge. 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 the expert Climbers.

Mt Kanchenjunga Expedition Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Suketar trek to Phurumbu.
Day 02: Chirwa along Tamor River
Day 03: Sekarthum along Ghunsa river
Day 04: Amji- Lhasa
Day 05: Gyabla
Day 06: Ghunsa
Day 07: Khambachen
Day 08: Rest Day
Day 09: Lonak
Day 10: Rest Day
Day 11: Pangpema
Day 12-14: Necessary preparation & rest at base camp
Day 15 -50: Climbing period for the Mt Kanchenjunga
Day 51: Trek to Lonak
Day 52: Trek to Khambachen
Day 53: Trek to Ghunsa
Day 54: Trek to Sekarthum
Day 55: Trek to Chirwa
Day 56: Trek to Suketar
Day 57: Rest & wait for the next flight for KTM
Day 58: Fly to KTM & relax
Day 59: Free day & evening group dinner
Day 60: Fly back to home

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