- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
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Towering 8,568m above sea-level, Kanchenjunga is more than just the world’s third-highest mountain. Its five peaks are shrouded in myth, considered so sacred that the first men to climb it, a British party from 1955, stopped short of the actual summit in deference to the deities of the mountain. Today, it represents one of the toughest of all the 8000ers and a must for any serious mountaineer’s bucket list.
A challenge for those who have scaled Everest :
Kanchenjunga, which translates as “The Five Treasures of Snow” boasts no fewer than five peaks, four of which sit above 8,450m. Lying on the border between Nepal and India’s Sikkim state, it is not only one of the tallest mountains in the world but also one of the most dangerous.
Very few tourists venture into this area of the Himalayas, and even fewer attempt the peak - there are usually only around 25 successful summits a season. This remoteness is one of Kanchenjunga’s great appeals for serious climbers, but it also adds an element of risk. With a high percentage of avalanches and weather hazards, deciding who you climb with perhaps matters more here than anywhere else.
Royal Nepal Group’s guiding team - handpicked by our leaders Nimsdai and Mingma David Sherpa - have clocked up multiple ascents of Kanchenjunga. Several of our team - including Nim and Mingma David - have also been involved in high-profile, successful rescues above 8,000m. Simply put, you could not be in better hands when attempting this most tricky of mountains.
Our tailored 51-day expedition plan includes plenty of rest and acclimatization days, plus an extensive climbing window. Because we always look after all our logistics and expedition planning - rather than relying on third-party providers - we’re adept at all the setup processes and rope-rigging required to scale a more remote peak like Kanchenjunga.
Not only that, our team’s Nepalese heritage - and ability to straddle the divide between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures, means we can be sure that every aspect of your expedition will run like clockwork, offering you the best possible opportunity to reach this majestic mountain.
From the moment you sign up, to the summit, and safely back home again, Royal Nepal Group’s expert team will be with you, every step of the way.
Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Expedition preparation day, Trip briefing and Government permits formalities
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Drive from Bhadrapur to Phidim
Drive from Phidim to Khandenba by Jeep
Trek from Khandenba to Khewang
Trek from Khewang to Yamphudin
Trek from Yamphudin to Tortong
Trek from Tortong to Tseram
Acclimatize day in Tseram
Trek from Tseram to Ramche
Trek from Ramche to Glacier Camp
Trek from Glacier camp to Kanchejunga Base camp
Rest day in Base Camp
Day 14 - Day 41
Climbing Period ( Basecamp - Kanchenjunga Summit- Basecamp)
Cleaning Up basecamp and preparation for descend
Trek from Basecamp to Ramche
Trek from Ramche to Tortong
Trek from Tortong to Yamphudin
Trek from Yamphudin to Khewang
Trek from Khewang to Kandenba
Your PlanDrive from Khandenba to Bhadrapur & Transfer to the Hotel
Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
Leisure day in Kathmandu/Sighsteeing
- Arrival & Departure: Pick and drop facility-Airport/Hotel/Airport
- Accommodation: 4 nights stay at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast Basis-Double Room
- Welcome dinner: One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staffs
- Domestic Transportation: Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu by flight inclusive of domestic Airport Tax
- Transportation: Required Transportation from Kathmandu/Base Camp/Kathmandu for all Staff and Members
- Permits & Fees: Kanchenjunga Expedition Permit +Summit Route Permit Ice Fall Route, National park & TIMS permit fees
- Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day in Trekking & at Basecamp for Members & Staff
- Base Camp Staffs: Basecamp Cook & kitchen assistant
- Porters: Porters up to & back from BC
- Insurance: All Staff's Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance
- Warm Farewell Dinner at a standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Nepalese Staff
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Nepalese Visa charges
- Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from the expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Insurance: Travel and High Altitude Insurance / Accident / Medical/emergency evacuation
- Sherpa summit Bonus: Mandatory – Minimum USD 1,500
- Tips: Please calculate some tips for Basecamp staff and porters
- The full set of Member's personal climbing equipment & clothing
- Rescue Evacuation: Emergency rescue evacuation cost, if needed, and all other expenses of personal nature
- Any other item not listed in the "Price Includes" section
All Royal Nepal expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.
All accommodation is included from the initial meeting point through to the end of the expedition, including four nights stay in Kathmandu. We always choose the highest quality hotels, even when travelling through more remote areas with less established infrastructures.
Our base camp accommodation is also of the highest quality and comfort and can be completely tailored to the demands of global lifestyles. We can discuss options and your needs during the booking phase.
All communal equipment is included ie. high quality ropes, stoves, tents etc. You are responsible for personal gear and clothing, eg. harness, crampons, helmet, ice axes etc. A full essentials list and advice (if required) will be provided at time of booking.
We will cover all transport costs detailed within an expedition programme. This will exclude international flights to and from the destination countries. It is your responsibility to ensure these align with the start and finish of the expedition.