North Face of Mighty Kangchenjunga (Nepal)
Kanchenjunga [8598m], the 3rd highest mountain in the world and one of the world's most challenging peaks to climb, lies on the Nepal-Sikkim (India) border. This remote and less frequented trek is a spectacular and challenging walk across the length of Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp and has been described by many as the best trekking route in Nepal. One can experience tropical jungles rhododendrons, chestnut, and oak forests before one gets above the snowline. This is a great way to experience the Nepalese culture and life-style of different communities, ranging from Rais, Limbus to Tibetan Buddhists, away from the hordes of tourists who throng the more popular/commercial treks.
The trek climbs gently along the valleys of rushing river to the north side of Kanchenjunga. Enroute to the destination of PangPema, one can see the grandeur of the Khabur (6332M), Phole (6645M) and Jannu (7710M). From Pang Pema, one can witness the grandeur of the Kanchenjunga panorama, TapleShikhar (6510M), GimmigelaChuli (The Twins 7350M), PathibharaKhas (Pyramid Peak, 7168M), KiratChuli (Tent Peak, 7365M) and Chang Himal above the Kanchenjunga Glacier.
Finish Elevation in meters
|Day9||Acclimatisation day at Ghunsa|
|Day11||Acclimatisation day at Khambachen|
Cost : On Request (per person) from New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra to New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra for group size of 6 people
|Group Size 5-6||On Request per person|
Summiters will try to keep an optimal group size of 9-10 to keep the cost to a minimal. The initial fees could be collected assuming a group size of 9-10 people. However, in case the group size is smaller Summiters will inform the participants a month in advance of the departure date, the group size of the program. The participants would be requested to pay "the difference amount" as per the size of the group.
- Guides (two) :
- one Basic Mountaineering Course qualified Guide from Summiters
- one Local Guide who has extensive knowledge of the route
- Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/cofee)
- Basic First aid Kit
- Forest Permits and camping charges
Shared tents/lodges while on trek. Wherever possible, accommodation would be in lodges. Please
note that as this is a remote trek the lodges would be basic.
- All transfers from Bagdogra/New JPG to trailhead by Shared Jeep/Bus.
- Food/accommodation in 3-star hotels during transit.
- Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping ban liners
- Personal Porters for carrying backpacks of trekkers
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Tips to Staff
- Any other extra expenses incurred on the trek which is not mentioned in the Cost Includes Section
Q: How do I get to New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra from Delhi/Kolkata?
A: You can either take a flight from Delhi to Kolkota and then on to Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri or You can either take a flight from Delhi to Kolkota and then onto Bagdogra.
The same is applicable while returning as well as the trek ends in Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri.
Q: I do not want to carry my rucksack. Can arrangements be made to carry it?
A: We expect the trekkers to carry their own backpack and recommend the same. In exceptional cases where assistance is needed Summiters can help make arrangements for an extra personal porters but this will be extra cost which will be borne by the participants. It is requested that, as far as possible, trekkers inform of this need before the trek.
Q: Will part of my money be refunded if I drop out of the trek mid way?
A: If you drop out of the trek mid-way the money would not be refunded. Also, the individuals would have to bear actual charges that are incurred, like arranging pony/porter/transportation to get you back safely to the trailhead.
Q: Who can do this trek?
A: If you can walk on an average of 5 to 6km without a problem, then you can! If you have specific health issues like asthma, heart issues or the likes, consult your doctor.
Q: How cold does it get?
A: It depends on where you come from, but from an Indian context – it can get quite cold. The temperature in the higher regions can touch -5 degrees at night. So be prepared and carry warm clothing. Although multiple layers will serve the purpose, it can get quite heavy and uncomfortable. Your best bet would be to buy a professional high altitude jacket.
Q: What should we carry?
A: The following items are a must-carry:
Shoes: A good pair of shoes is a must - a good pair does not mean your Adidas/ Nike/ Reebok/ Puma sport shoe. You need a pair that can withstand the wear and tear of walking for many days. A bad shoe can ruin your trek by causing blisters. Ask us, we can help you in choosing the right one for your budget.
The other things you need to carry are : gloves, a skull cap, a sun hat/cap, your personal clothes and toiletry kit, a good pair of sun glasses, a water bottle and your personal medicines (if necessary).Your sleeping bag, mat and tents will be provided to you by Summiters.
Q: What food do you provide?
A: We provide simple vegetarian food that is light and suitable for trekking. Don’t expect pizza hut or an Anand Bhavan - nor will you have to go hunting. You will have enough and when you are tired – anything served will taste superb!
Q: Is the mountain water safe to drink?
A: Yes. It’s as pure as it can be. But if you are finicky – you can buy mineral water
Q: Can I charge my phone on the trek?
A: The last point where you can charge it is at New Jalpaiguri but this is subject to availability of electricity during your stay.
Q: How can I prepare myself?
A: Take daily long walks or jogs.
Terms and Conditions
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Here are our conditions:
- Summiters will try to keep an optimal group size of 9-10 to keep the cost to a minimal. The initial fees could be collected assuming a group size of 9-10 people. However, in case the group size is smaller Summiters will inform the participants a month in advance of the departure date,the group size of the program. The participants would be requested to pay "the difference amount" as per the current size of the group.
Booking must be confirmed 30 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the trek in remote locations. So please give us enough time to make your journey a lifetime’s journey.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the participants. Summiters will not be responsible for the weather or your personal health issues.
Cancellation policy – We plan everything for you well in advance, so that your trip is hassle-free and as smooth as possible. This means that porter fees, permits, accommodation expenses are all paid in advance. Any cancellation will mean inconvenience and loss to all the people involved in making your journey successful. Therefore, it is only fair to pass on the accrued costs to you. Our policy is:-
- Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure : Full Refund
- Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 20 days prior to date of departure and departure date:No Refund
- No Show : No Refund