Mt.Kanchenjunga standing at an astounding 8586m is known as an expedition for hidden treasures. Kanchenjunga stands as five treasures namely Kanchenjunga I (8586m), Kanchenjunga West (8505m), Kanchenjunga South (8494m), Central (8482m), and Kangbachen (7902m). The mountain's name originated from the Tibetan language consisting of two words ‘Kanchen’ and ‘Dzong’. The treasures of Kanchenjunga are referred to as salt, gold, turquoise and precious stones, sacred scriptures, invincible armor, grain, and medicine respectively. It is believed that all the treasures are hidden under Kanchenjunga and will be revived when it's time for the world to know. Kanchenjunga was first successfully climbed in 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band of the British Kanchenjunga Expedition– 50 years after the first expedition made an attempt in climbing Kanchenjunga in 1905.
Kanchenjunga is not an ordinary eight-thousander, this peak is most unpredictable and has caused many casualties. This peak is considered one of the most challenging peaks due to its uncertain climate and is most prone to snowstorms and avalanches. So, in order to successfully complete the expedition, you are required to increase your technical skill as high as possible. The route to the summit is done from South ridge which is obvious and most suitable. However, the steep climb toward the summit requires major technical skills. In short, the Kanchenjunga peak is suitable for those with at least a trekking peak experience, and to add on any seven thousand peaks with steep elevations would be an advantage. Although, our mountain guides from LHN will make sure you will successfully complete the expedition and be safe and secure.
Kanchenjunga lies under Kanchenjunga national park, so the route toward the base camp and peak is rich in biodiversity. Expect to see some of the rarest species of plants and animals. It's home to more than 250 species of birds and wildlife. Five ice sheets channel from the Kanchenjunga Massif: Zemu, Kanchenjunga, Yalung, Talung, and the Ramtang icy mass add to the astounding geology of this mountain range as they channel down to frame a few dazzling waterways. The Sapta Koshi River finally flows into the Ganges River, and the Teesta River in India clears its way through India to the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh.
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How to prepare for Kanchenjunga
Kanchenjunga is not an ordinary mountain peak, to conquer the summit you should be in the most perfect physical and mental status. Taking enough time to acclimatize to that extreme altitude plays a key part in successfully completing the expedition. The route to the peak would definitely be challenging and to ensure you are safe, the acclimatization process would be an integral part of the expedition. The other part comes to the preparation, at least six months or years of expedition you are highly recommended to get engaged in an aerobic physical fitness program that is suitable for high altitudes which include, running, climbing, hiking, and many more. This adequate preparation will help you to acclimatize to those altitudes sooner than expected.
Best time for the Kanchenjunga expedition
Generally, the best time for the expedition is during the climbing window period which starts from early March to mid-May and from October to late November. The perfect period of time will be during the spring season as the weather is the most pleasant of all the year. This comes as the best part for climbers who will see extraordinary views from the peak at the best time of the year. However, to add on during that period of time the lush Rhododendron will fulfill the entire path of dense forest to the camp.
Major Highlights of Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Many trekkers and mountaineers have claimed to have seen yetis living in the mountains' treasures, but no concrete proof of their existence has yet been produced. The Himalayas are still thought to be home to the yeti. If these beliefs are accurate, these unusual human-like animals might come into your sight. Until now, the Yeti has been a mythical creature for common people, and the Himalayan people have lamented the loss of their goats, sheep, and yaks to the Yets.
Diverse flora and fauna
Kanchenjunga National park is rich in diverse flora and fauna. The protected national park is the main result of the rich biodiversity shared by two neighboring nations Nepal and India respectively. These dense forests look even more beautiful during the period of Spring when the forests are covered up by lush Rhododendrons.
Outstanding Walks in the Glaciers
The route towards the camp passes through the magical glaciers of Kanchenjunga. These glaciers have been settled down for decades making them some of the unique sights of expeditions. Thus passing through the glaciers toward the summit is one of the unique experiences during the whole expedition cycle.
Himalayan settlement and lifestyle
The people of the Himalayas have been living under the shadows of Kanchenjunga despite their hard work and hustle. You’ll be encountering the Himalayan lifestyle, and how they have been surviving even in those conditions. The typical village settlements you will be passing along the route are one of the unique sights to look after.
More HIghlights of Kanchenjunga
- Subtropical valleys to high snow-capped fields.
- Rare snow leopards, red pandas, blue sheep, and Himalayan mountain bears.
- Experience unbelievable perspectives en route to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Investigate the less navigated Eastern rugged locales of Nepal,
- Stroll past the well-known frosty lakes in the locale,
- Ponder in Ramtang and Oktang Monasteries after your tiring strolls,
- Exceptional perspectives on the incomparable Himalayas like Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu,
- Ethnic gatherings with Rai and Limbu and experience
If you are looking for similar trips in the Everest region, we also offer Manaslu Expedition (8,163 m), Lhotse Expedition (8,516 m), Mt.Everest(8848.86m), Dhaulagiri Expedition (8,167 m), and many more.
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