Kanchenjunga Expedition

Kanchenjunga Expedition

Kanchanjunga (8596m) range in the extreme north-west of Nepal

Kanchenjunga (8586m/28,169ft) is one of the coolest 8000m mountain expeditions in the Himalaya. The expedition has elements of remoteness and challenging technical climbing on a huge massif. Mt. Kanchenjunga is located on the very remote border between Nepal and Sikkim and attracts relatively few trekkers because of this it retains much of its pristine beauty, mystery and charm. For most mountains above 8500m we advise clients to climb them in the spring season.However,they can also be climbed in autumn, albeit in somewhat difficult snow conditions. There are two famous climbing routes in Kanchenjunga for the main summit. Normal climbing route is along the South east side of the mountain from the Yalung glacier which was the climbing route to the summit. The name “Kanchenjunga” is delivered from the Tibetan word  'Kanchen' and 'Dzonga' which when translated means "The Five Treasures of the Great Snows" as Kanchenjunga Mountain has 5 summits and there are 4 summits above 8000m. The main summit of Kanchenjunga I (8586m) Kanchenjunga West (8505m), Kanchenjunga South (8494m) and Khambachen (7903m). The treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books. Joe Brown and George Band made the first ascent on May 25, followed by Norman Hardin and Tony Streather on May 26. The full team also included John Clegg (team doctor), Charles Evans (team leader), John Angelo Jackson, Neil Mather, and Tom Mackinnon. The first ascent expedition made six camps above their base camp, two below the shelf, two on it, and two above it. They started on April 18, and everyone was back to base camp by May 28, 1955 after a successful ascent.

Satori Adventures offers a safe and stimulating climbing experience with Sherpa climbing guides that have been trained in mountaineering skills,first aid and crevasse rescue. Satori Adventures always focuses on professionalism, our climbing Sherpa guides are safety oriented in all aspects relating to the climb. The Mt. Kanchenjunga expedition is accessed from Suketar, a long trek brings you to the Base camp.

There are two Base Camps to climb Kangchenjunga, Kangchenjunga North Base Camp on the Kangchenjunga Glacier and the South Base Camp on Yalung Glacier. The access to both camps is from Suketar (2400m), the town with the closest airport to the mountain with flights to Kathmandu. Suketar is also the last town accessible from Kathmandu by the road. The route from North Base Camp via the North Col is the Normal route. It is not the easiest by it is the safest route with the least of objective hazard. Three of the five peaks (main, central, and south) in Kanchenjunga are on the border of North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India and Taplejung District of Nepal While the other two are completely in Taplejung District. Kanchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world until 1852, and only after the British Great Trigonometric Survey in 1849 was Mt. Everest (known as Peak XV) at the time was crowned the highest and Kanchenjunga the third-highest. Kanchenjunga was first climbed on May 25, 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band of a British expedition team.

Mt. Kanchenjungha is graded at alpine PD+/AD. Climbers need around a 2 month climbing period for the expedition. It will definitely not be recommended for an inexperienced climber or first 8000m expedition but it is a delight for experienced technical climbers. The scenery is phenomenal all the way from the base camp overlooking the Kanchenjunga glacier. The most difficult section is to the South Col of about 500m of mixed ice and rock, climbing Sherpas guide will fix ropes for your safety.

Satori Adventures Kanchenjunga Expedition is lead by professional climbers and who have reached the summit previously. Our staff climbs year round, worldwide and have the necessary experience needed to make the expedition successful and safe. All of Satori Expedition climbing Sherpa guide have extensive experience in the effects and medical treatment of high altitude ailments. Satori always offers reasonable costs but never compete with the lowest prices for our respective expeditions, we don't jam pack our expeditions with twenty or more climbers to gain profits for. We prefer and accept a maximum of 7-8 climbers during the expeditions to allow for more care and safety. The quality of our food and services is considered to be one of the premier operations in the Himalayas. Not having western guides means that our expeditions are more affordable than most for qualified climbers.

Day 01: Arrival in Katmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02- 04: Climbing Preparation days in Kathmandu

Day 05: Drive to Phidim  Overnight in camp

Day 06: Stay in Phidim for arrangement of porters

Day 07: Trek to Panchami. Overnight in Camp

Day 08: Trek to Doban. Overnight in Camp

Day 09: 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: Rest day Ramje 

Day 16: Trek to Glacier Camp. Overnight in Camp

Day 17: Trek to Kanchenjunga B.C

Day 18 - 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

In Base Camp

Satori Adventures provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize your summit opportunity.

In the base camp our chefs and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious, freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day. We will also ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the base camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.

In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.

Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and organize base camp operations. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.

Base Camp Service Cost (Includes)

  • Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both domestic and international flights as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the international airport by Satori Adventures while arriving and departingin Kathmandu.
  • 4 Nights Yak and Yeti or similar hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B basis.
  • Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.
  • Private bus or jeep transportation from Kathmandu-Teplejung (Khamdani)-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.
  • All trekking and mountaineering equipments such as: Kitchen tent, storage tent, dining tent, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance base camp and camp II.
  • Services of chef and kitchen assistant at Base Camp and chef at Camp II.
  • 3 meals a day:Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee available in the tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking period.
  • 3 fresh meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at base camp, and camp II.
  • 40kg baggage allowance per person during trekking to base camp which will be carried by porter to the Mt. Kanchenjunga (Yalung) base camp.
  • Daily weather report services from Seattle, Washington based company.
  • Trekking permit (Kanchenjunga national park entry fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit of Nepal government to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586M).
  • Nepalese government royalty and fees.
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accident insurances for all involved staff in trekking and climbing period.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for chefs and kitchen assistants.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for government liaison officer.
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carried by guide for communication. Available to clients with the cost of $3USD per minute call.
  • Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.
  • Emergency oxygen, mask and regulator provided at the request of the client with appropriate charges.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • Solar panels for light and battery charger.
  • Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chambers).
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude staff.
  • Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.
  • Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at camp two.
  • Trekking and climbing map of Mount Everest. 
  • Generator will be providing for back-up lighting power and charging electronic devices.
  • Transportation of food supply from Kathmandu to base camp (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/yaks to base camp).
  • Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information.
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation.
  • Visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Satori Adventures T-shirt/Pashmina, broacher.
  • Base Camp Service Cost (Excludes):

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phones and internet expenses.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking gear.
  • Any extra services, products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescues, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Climbing Sherpa, high altitude food and fuel above base camp (in camp two we have kitchen to provide food even for base camp service user).
  • Tent above base camp (except camp two).
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Wake talkies.
  • Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Government licensed climbing guide(s).
  • Appropriate food for high altitude.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

All Inclusive Price:

$000USD

Total Duration 59 days
Max Altitude 8596 m.
Difficulty Level Alpine Climbing