Standing tall at 8586 meters, Kanchenjunga is the third-highest peak in the world. However, climbing Kanchenjunga is not for the faint of heart as it has the highest fatality rate among all the high mountains and requires a fit physique and proper mountain climbing skills. Kanchenjunga is located on the eastern border between Nepal and Sikkim and comprises four significant peaks – the principal summit, middle summit, south summit, and Yalung Yang. The Yalung Yang peak appears separate from the other three mountains from time to time. In 1975, the first successful climb was made, while the primary summit was conquered two years later in 1977 due to the remoteness of the area and the arduous ascent. Kanchenjunga is considered the least climbed peak among all 8000-meter mountains. Therefore, one should be well-prepared and knowledgeable about the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek before climbing.
Kanchenjunga Climbing routes.
To embark on the Kanchenjunga expedition, fly from Biratnagar to Suketar or drive to Taplejung via Bhadrapur. The journey takes you through villages and forests until you reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, located at an altitude of 4500 meters. While some consider the northern route up the mountain to be relatively straightforward, it requires careful planning and preparation.
Reaching the summit of Kanchenjunga is a challenging feat. All routes pose a risk of avalanches and rockfalls, making each step a careful consideration. Climbing experience is necessary for such a challenge. Regular acclimatization is required after a strenuous trek to the base camp to prepare for the climb. Even after becoming accustomed to the weather and altitude, climbers must set up multiple camps to ensure a successful summit attempt.
The first camp is located at a height of 6050 meters, while the second camp is at 6800 meters. It takes about a night or two to return to the base camp when climbing Kanchenjunga. Proper acclimatization is essential while setting up the third camp at 7300 meters and the fourth camp at 7800 meters, as these are necessary to reach the summit. Getting to the summit from the base camp takes a long time. Usually, Kanchenjunga climbing ends by retracing steps to Guns and starting over on a different trail via the Selele col towards Tsaram. Additionally, you can explore the South Kanchenjunga Base Camp and embark on a journey to Makalu via Lumba Sumba Pass. This expedition is a unique and adventurous experience, but it takes around 45-50 days to complete.
Kanchenjunga Expedition: A Mountain Like No Other
Shifting gears from the labyrinth of diverse exploration ventures, let’s tune into the melody of mountains – specifically, the captivating Kanchenjunga. Nestled between Nepal and Sikkim, Kanchenjunga is a unique peak in the Himalayan range.
Kanchenjunga is the third-highest peak in the world and is famous for its five distinct summits. Each offering breathtaking beauty and unique challenges to climbers. The snow-capped peaks sparkle under the sun, creating a jaw-dropping spectacle against the backdrop of the blue sky. The mountain’s distinct aroma of adventure ignites a sense of thrill in every alpinist who dares to conquer it.
The Kanchenjunga offers a physical challenge and a spiritual journey deeply rooted in the local folklore. People have always regarded it as something sacred that has endured for a long time.
Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)
Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.
Day 3: Flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Kanyam.
Day 4: Drive to Taplejung and continue to Chiruwa 1185 m.
Day 5: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1640m)
Day 6: Trek to Amjilosa (2490m).
Day 7: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla (2730m)
Day 8: Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa (3430m)
Day 9: Rest & Acclimatization day!
Day 10: Trek to Khangpachen or Khangbachen (4040m)
Day 11: Rest and exploration day!!
Day 12: Trek to Lhonak (2790m)
Day 13: Trek from Lhonak to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5140m)
Day 14: Rest Day
Day 15 - 35: Climbing period of Kanchenjunga
Day 36: Cleaning Base Camp.
Day 37: Trek back to Lhonak (4790m)
Day 38: Trek from Lhonak to Kambachen (4040 m)
Day 39: Khambachen to Ghunsa (3430m)
Today, the same trail which we follow while climbing back to Ghunsa.
Day 40: Trek from Ghunsa to Sele Le (4685m)
Day 41: Trek from Sele Le to Tseram (3870m)
Day 42: Trek from Tseram to Ramche (4360m)
Day 43: Trek from Ramche to Tseram (3870m)
Today, we will go back the same route to Tseram. Mostly, we walk downhill.
Day 44: Trek from Tseram to Yamphudin (1690m)
Day 45: Trek from Yamphudin to Anpan
Day 46: Trek from Anpan to Taplejung
Day 47: Trek from Taplejung to Suketar (2400m)
Day 48: Flight from Suketar to Biratnagar and again flight to Kathmandu
Day 49: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 50: Final departure
|Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
|Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.
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