TRIP OVERVIEW KANCHENJUNGA EXPEDITION
Kanchenjunga (8596m) range in the extreme north-west of Nepal is aligned north to south along the Nepal-Sikkim border. Thus, Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak is the most southernly of the major Himalayan peaks and its proximity to the old hill resort of Darjeeling made it one of the better known mountains during the initial phase of Himalayan exploration.
Trekking route of Kanchenjunga is drained by Tamur River that meets Arun below Mulghat. The river is fed by numerous glaciers. The glaciers north of the main peak are clockwise Nupchu, Lhonak, Chichima, Gimsung, Pyramid, Kanchenjunga and Ramtang. West and south of the main peak are Kumbhakarna (Jannu), Yamatari and Yalung glaciers. The Kanchenjunga area has a profusion of high summits of which three are above 8,000m. & 11 above 7,000m.
Kangbachen (4038) in Ghunsa valley and Walungchung (3,200m) in Tamur valley are the highest settlements in the area. The latter was an important trading centre between Darjeeling and across Tipta La in Tibet. Access to Kanchenjunga area is road link to Basantapur or through Taplejung bazaar that has direct air link with Biratnagar. There is also a fair weather road from Ilam and traverses Milke Danda. The area is rich with vegetation, particularly variety of rhododendrons.
Day 1: Arrival in Katmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 – 4: Climbing Preparation days in Kathmandu.
Day 5: Drive to Phidim (3158m). Overnight in camp.
Day 6: Stay in Phidim for arrangement of porters.
Day 7: Trek to Panchami. Overnight in Camp.
Day 8: Trek to Doban. Overnight in Camp.
Day 9: Trek to Khewang. Overnight in Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Yamphudin. Overnight in Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Amje Khola. Overnight in Camp.
Day 12: Trek to Toronto. Overnight in Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Tseram. Overnight in Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Ramje. Overnight in Camp.
Day 15: Trek to Glacier Camp. Overnight in Camp.
Day 16: Trek to Kanchenjunga B.C.
Day 17 – 19: Free times at B.C. for acclimatization.
Day 20 – 50: Climbing Period
Day 51: Return treks to Ramje. Overnight in Camp.
Day 52: Trek to Amje Khola. Overnight in Camp.
Day 53: Trek to Yamphudin. Overnight in Camp.
Day 54: Trek to Khewang. Overnight in Camp.
Day 55: Trek to Panchami. Overnight in Camp.
Day 56: Trek to Ghopetar. Overnight in Camp.
Day 57: Drive from Gopetar to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 58: Stay in Kathmandu.
Day 59: Final Departure to the Airport