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Adventure Travel Company

Overview

Mount Kanchenjunga; one of the world’s most spectacular mountains and the third highest mountain on the planet, reaching 8586 metres, can boast a wide range of wonderful scenery from lush, tropical jungle through to rhododendron, chestnut and oak forests and high up into the glacial wilderness.

This is a long and challenging trek going deep into the remote mountain ranges on Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet. Experience a wide range of Nepalese culture and life-style from Rai and Limbus to Tibetan Buddhist villages, and the wonderful opportunity of seeing the impressive Kanchenjunga Glacier; the most famous attraction of Kanchenjunga. The trek is fully supported, staying in lodges part of the way and also camping.

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The Kanchenjunga circuit trek is strenuous, the terrain can be rough and involves steep ascents with the possibility of some assisted scrambling, so excellent physical condition and some mountain experience is advisable. There are no technical sections at all, it is definitely a high level trek, but familiarity with camping and multi-day trips in the mountains is advisable.

Staff

We run our treks from a permanently staffed office in Kathmandu and our dedicated team provide an excellent service. As well as Pasang Tendi (the Director), our other guides include Chiring Sherpa, Lopsang Sherpa and Wongdi Sherpa.

All of the guides are fully employed and have been trained to high standards, following the principles of UIMLA (Union of International Mountain Leaders) and UIAGM (Union of International Mountain Guides).  They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs.

We give the full recommended wage and are a Responsible Partner for the International Mountain Explorers Connection. We provide clothing, food and tents for all of our staff and have proven policies for payment and tipping.

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Dates and Itinerary

You can trek the Kanchenjunga Circuit from April to June, and October to December. If you have a small group who would like to trek at a different time to the scheduled dates above then do speak to us about arranging a date to suit you.

2014
1st November - 27th November
Broad Itinerary
Day   Route

 ~hrs

Altitude

1 Arrive Kathmandu     
2 Rest Kathmandu     
3 Fly KTM-Badrapur, Drive to Taplejung    
4 Taplejung-Chirwa 5 1270
5 Chirwa-Sekathum 4 1660
6 Sekathum-Amjilassa 4 2510
7 Amjilassa-Gyapla 3.5 2730
8 Gyapla-Ghunsa 4 3595
9 Rest in Ghunsa 0 3595
10 Ghunsa-Khambachen 4 4100
11 Khambachen-Lhonak 4 4785
12 Lhonak-Pangpema BC(5140m)-Lhonak 5 4785
13 Lhonak-Ghunsa 5 3595
14 Ghunsa-Selele/Sinion La(4290m)-Mani Bhuk   4 4290
15 Mani Bhuk-Mirgin La(4720m)-Tseram 4.5 3870
16 Tseram-Ramche 3 4615
17 Ramche-Oktang(4730m)-Ramche 3 4615
18 Ramche-Tseram-Torontan 6 2995
19 Torontan-Yamphudin 6 2080
20 Yamphudin-Makmakhe 3 1785
21 Makmakhe-Khare Vanjyang 4 2129
22 Khare Vanjyang-Lali Kharka 4 2265
23 Lali Kharka-Taplejung 4 1820
24 Drive Taplejung-Badrapur    
25 Fly Badrapur-Kathmandu    
26 Rest Kathmandu / Spare day    
27 Depart Kathmandu    

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Cost

Kangchenjunga Base Camps cost: £1,695.00

Includes
  • Airport transfers
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights (twin)
  • Accommodation in lodges/tea houses (twin rooms with beds and mattresses)
  • All meals on trek, and hot drinks
  • National Park Fees and special permit for Kanchenjunga area
  • Sherpa guides (English speaking, trained in first aid)
  • Porters
  • Staff food, insurance and equipment
Excludes
  • International flight to Kathmandu (~550-650)
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu (~50-100)
  • Personal costs on trek, e.g cold drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water (~£50)
  • Travel Insurance (~£50-100)
  • Visa (~$30)
  • Tips (~£60)
  • Sightseeing Tours
Cost of Add-Ons and Some Optional Extras
  • Spa Hotel: £80.00
    Located just outside of Kathmandu is the lovely Spa Resort, Park Village. We can arrange transfers and accommodation at the resort for you. People can then select and 'pay as you go' for the various pamperings and treatments. They also offer classes in yoga and have lovely trail walks in the surrounding hills. This option is all about rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Everest Flight!: £160.00
    Jet flight over the summit of Everest, with an amazing aerial journey over the Himalayas.
Not all about money

Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running  cheap trips that promote the practise of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider.

Additionally we plan treks with sufficient rest days and with achievable daily altitude increases which gives good time to acclimatise. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of successfully completing the trek also greatly reduce.

We include professional staff and a porter for each member. We do not operate kitties and we use an excellent hotel in Kathmandu with which we have built up a strong relationship over the years.

We have our own licensed company in Kathmandu, Adventure Alternative Nepal and full time staff to operate all our treks, climbs and tours in Nepal.

Insurance

You must have an insurance policy which covers trekking at high altitude and helicopter rescue in the event of an evacuation.

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Fitness

Distance Covered

The total distance covered throughout a Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is approximately 220km.

Height Gained

Kathmandu is at an approximate altitude of 1400m and the flight to Suketar will take you up to a height of 2300m.  With Pangpema standing at 5143m, the Kanchenjunga trek gains a total of 2843 metres from Suketar and 3743 metres from Kathmandu.

Camps Used

Accommodation will be in tea houses run by Sherpa and Gurung families. Each lodge has a central communal area with stove, while the bedrooms are unheated with two beds and mattresses and pillows. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (3 season is normally enough), and the lodge will lend you a blanket if you ask.

The lodges generally have showers which are powered by gas and they use ‘drop’ toilets (some lodges use flush systems now).
Sometimes we use tents which are two person mountain tents, and we will provide foam mattresses. The tents are pitched close by the lodge and eating is indoors.

Experience Needed

The trek is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days generally being shorter than a day hike at home.

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme at least 6 weeks prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 5 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remember that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like bodypump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trek like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

Adventure Alternative Support

The porters will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 15 kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. Unless specifically tenting, all accommodation is in lodges or teahouses which are very well equipped, warm and sociable.

Pasang Tendi Sherpa is our operations manager in Kathmandu and Director of Adventure Alternative Nepal. He organises all the staff, equipment, permits and hotel arrangements. You will have his telephone number, or the staff at the hotel desk can call him for you. He is the organiser, translator, problem solver, advisor and the main link between you and the UK office. He will talk to the Sherpa guides regularly on the mountain and can make arrangements while you are on trek.

You also have continued support from the main office in Northern Ireland. Should a problem arise of significant proportion then you only need to call us. In the Khumbu region there is still an opportunity to communicate since most lodges now have satellite phones.

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Gear

Kit List
  • The basic idea of the kit we will take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move efficiently on the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.
  • There is a detailed list via the menu below and to the right but the main points to cover are as follows:-
  • BAGS - Large Duffle bag/Rucksack ~80L (for a porter to carry) + Medium Daypack ~40L (carried by you)
  • SHELL - Top and bottoms to keep off wind/rain
  • INSULATION - Warm layered system to keep you warm- body hands & Head
  • BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away sweat and to strip down to when it gets hot
  • FEET - Comfortable, Waterproof boots to support your ankles over rough terrain. Lighter footwaer to change into in the evenings.
  • SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag to get a good nights sleep at the lodges
  • EATING/DRINKING - Water bottles & favorite snacks for during the day
  • WASHING & MEDICAL - To allow you to wash and maybe stave off a headache or blister
Additional Kit Info

Luggage Allowance on Internal Flights

Please note that standard luggage limits on internal flights are 10kg in the hold and 5kg as hand luggage. You can pay for extra luggage allowance at 120rupees(~0.75GBP)/kg. However, note that the amount that the plane can carry also has a limit! You can of course wear your trekking boots and jacket to help cut down on the weight of your bag. You will also have left any city clothes or extra travel kit in Kathmandu.

Rental Items

Kathmandu has an area called Thamel which is full of hundreds of equipment shops, each one an emporium of new, used, quality and fake equipment all very reasonably priced for rental and buying. You can buy almost anything needed for any trek.

On sale from Adventure Alternative

 

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Why Us

  • Trained and friendly guides who have experience and qualifications and well treated by the company.
  • We do not contract out our trips.
  • Experienced staff in the UK who will give attention to detail, experienced advice and no sales talk!
  • Our company supports sustainable development in Nepal thorugh our charity Moving Mountains.
  • Fully bonded against insolvency.
  • We have been established since 1991 and running successful expeditions and treks for a long time.

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