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Mt. Kanchenjunga - Trekking and Expedition

Mt. Kanchenjunga - Trekking and Expedition

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Mount Kanchenjunga, one of the world's most spectacular mountains, is renowned as the queen of mountains. Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak on the planet, can boast of varied ecological zones, from the subtropical land to glacial wilderness. Mighty Kangchenjunga glacier is the most famous attraction of Kanchenjunga. Great valleys, encircled by high peaks, are another feature of Kanchenjunga. Mt. Kanchenjunga is a massif with its highest peak reaching 8,586metres. It is encircled with dozens of peaks, each of them competing with their queen. 

It is situated in eastern part of Nepal at 8598m. 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 Himalaya. 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. The Japanese now took up the challenge and mounted expeditions in 1973, 1974 and 1976 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.

view of kanchenjunga

The route (North Face) is definitely the safest, although not the easiest. Climb of Kanchenjunga begin from a charming base camp in the meadows of Panorama at 5,180 m. 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 creating 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.

Fast Facts
LocationFar-east Nepal
Altitude8,586 metres (28,169 feet)
Significance3rd Highest Peak in the World
SeasonSeptember to December, early February to late June
  • Kangchenjunga Main (8586 m/ 28,169 ft)
  • Kangchenjunga West (Yalung Kang) (8505 m/27,904 ft)
  • Kangchenjunga Central (Middle) (8482 m/ 27,828 ft)
  • Kangchenjunga South (8494 m/ 27,867 ft)
  • Kangbachen (7903 m/ 25,925 ft)

Trekking Route To Kanchenjunga
The long trekking trail to Kangchenjunga takes one through some of the country's most pristine forests. The region is an ideal place for the tourists who desire for some time in seclusion. The following is a possible day-to-day trek to Kanchenjunga.

Day 01: Fly from Kaathmandu to Birathagar/ drive to Basantpur (2200m)

Day 02: Trek to Chauki (2700m)

Day 03: Chauki / Gupha Pokhari (2930m)

Day 04: Gupha Pokhari/ Nisum (2000m)

Day 05: Nisum / Dovan (921m)

Day 06: Dovan / Chirwa (1270m)

Day 07: Chirwa / Sekhathum (1660m)

Day 08: Sekhathum / Amjilassa (2510m)

Day 09: Amjilassa / Kyapra (2730m)

Day 10: Kyapra / Ghunsa (3595m)

Day 11: Ghunsa rest

Day 12: Ghunsa / Khambachen (4040m)

Day 13: Khambachen / Lhonak (4785m)

Day 14: Day trip / Pangpema

Day 15: Pangpema / Khambachen

Day 16: Khambachen / Ghunsa

Day 17: Trek around Glacier (up to 5540m, if you want) / high camp

Day 18: High camp / Ramche

Day 19: Ramche / Tseram (3870m) back to Ramche

Day 20: Ramche / Amchekhola

Day 21: Amchekhola / Ponphe

Day 22: Ponphe / Kande Bhanjyang

Day 23: Kande Bhanjyang / Lal Kharka

Day 24: Lal Kharka / Taplejung

Day 25: Taplejung / fly Kathmandu /transfer hotel

Although the whole trekking trail to Kanchenjanga is adventurous and brimming with thrill, there are certain spots which are unmissable. Few of them are cited below:
  • Wonderful glaciers to trek like Yalung Glacier
  • High challenging mountain passes
  • Rhododendron forests
  • Opportunity to meet native Nepali communities such as Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung

Tit Bits 

  • Kanchenjunga is less explored by foreign visitors and lies shrouded in mystery.
  • Some features of the walk are pleasant villages in the high regions, glorious mountains and abundant wild life.
  • The wildlife at Kanchenjunga includes musk deer, blue sheep and for the believer, the Yeti!
  • Magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kanchanjunga massif make the trip memorable.
  • Soaring peaks, the Yalung Glacier and a wide variety of natural vegetation and agriculture areas can be seen in this region.
  • Kanchenjunga is located in the extreme northeast corner of Nepal bordering Sikkim (an Indian state) to the east and China to the North.

How To Reach The trek to Kanchenunga begins at Tumlingtar or Taplejung that is accessible by air or by road through Ilam or Basantpur.

1 comment:

  1. I have a lesson on physical features of India and its very amazing to see this highest mountain like heaven...wonderful...i will visit it in ma holidays..if i get a chance jaime


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