Kanchenjunga South Expedition

Trip Duration

52 Days

Trip Grade

Extreme

Highest Altitude

8494m

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge, Tented Camp

Transportation

Bus/Car

Group Size

2-10

Best Season

Autumn, Spring

Kanchenjunga South Expedition Overview

Kanchenjunga South, standing tall at 8,494m (8.494km), is the third tallest mountain within the Kanchenjunga massif. It falls entirely within the boundaries of Nepal and India. The mountain has the Singalila Ridge, which acts as a border between the Taplejung of Nepalese territory and Sikkim of Indian territory. It also separates Sikkim from West Bengal within the Indian territory. The journey of the Mount Kanchenjunga South Expedition is something to cherish for life.

The name “ Kanchenjunga” has been derived from four Tibetan words; ‘gangs’ which represents snow, ‘chen’ which represents the great, ‘mzod’ which represents treasure, and ‘inga’ which represents five. All these words joined together to give the name ‘Kanchenjunga’, which means ‘the five treasures of the great snow’. There is a belief that there are treasures of gold, stones, salts, medicines, and other valuables hidden within this mountain. There are three routes to climb Kanchenjunga South from Nepal.

Kanchenjunga South Expedition provides a heartwarming experience to its climbers and is the perfect escape from the day-to-day hustle for those who want to have some adventure in their life. The route leading to Kanchenjunga South has a wide diversity of vegetation to see with an equally diverse climate and topography. It makes the expedition exciting. One can find glaciers, thick forests, and the valley on the way to the mountain. All this will make the trip refreshing as well as adventurous.

Highlights of Kanchenjunga South Expedition

The Kanchenjunga South Expedition is a mountaineering expedition in Nepal that takes you to the summit of Kanchenjunga South, a peak located in the Himalayas. Kanchenjunga South has a summit elevation of 8,476 meters (27,795 feet) and is the third highest peak in the world.

Some of the highlights of the Kanchenjunga South Expedition include:

  • The opportunity to climb one of the highest peaks in the world and reach the summit of Kanchenjunga South.
  • Stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Makalu, Lhotse, and other impressive peaks.
  • The chance to explore the remote and little-visited Kanchenjunga region, which is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including rhododendrons, oak trees, and Himalayan black bears.
  • Meeting the friendly locals and learning about their way of life.
  • The opportunity to visit the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which is home to a variety of endangered species, including the snow leopard and the red panda.
  • The chance to participate in a high-altitude mountaineering expedition, which requires physical fitness, mental toughness, and good team-work skills.

Overall, the Kanchenjunga South Expedition is a challenging but rewarding experience that offers the chance to climb one of the highest peaks in the world and explore the stunning Kanchenjunga region.

 

Trip Map

Difficulty to climb

The greatest challenge that one can face during Kanchenjunga South is the diversity of this region.  Besides the normal altitude sickness, the diverse vegetation, climate and the topography of this mountain make the trip hard. Climbers have to be prepared to face different vegetations, climate and landscapes as they climb upward. Since the routes to this mountain are the also least explored ones, you can’t be sure about the next place. The glaciers, rivers, thick forest, passes and valleys that fall on the way to the mountain are other challenges. Travellers who want to be a part of this expedition need to have a great deal of determination. They have to do a long week of trekking in trails filled with rocks adds more difficulty to the trip.

Kanchenjunga South with the best Expedition company

The trip to Kanchenjunga South is exciting and adventurous, but it has its own set of challenges. CLimbers have to climb along diverse landscapes and climates that can be challenging. Also, the routes are the least explored. One might not know what comes next. So, proper and experienced guidance is a  must to make the climb safe. It is why you will need Marvel Treks. The entire team of Marvel Trek works deliberately to provide the best services and facilities to you and makes sure that you will have a once in a lifetime experience.

Taking care of the basic needs, safety measures and legal formalities to provide satisfactory and convenient services in the best interest of the clients are the main goals of Marvel Trek.

If you want to live your dream of adding adventure to your life with full safety and if you wish to take a break from your day-to-day hustle in the most exciting way with trustworthy help, Marvel Trek is there in your service.

We take care of all the arrangements for your trip at a reasonable cost.

Contact us and book a trip with us, and let’s get going in fulfilling your dream of adventure.

Client requirements

  • The clients should be healthy enough to make the expedition.
  • They should have some prior experiences in mountaineering.
  • They should be fit and should be trained a bit before the actual departure.

Why should Marvel trek be chosen for climbing?

Marvel trek has been providing its clients with excellent and satisfactory services since 1998 at a reasonable price.

Also the team of Marvel trek has skilled professional climbers who have years of experiences in mountaineering and are familiar with the geography and weather conditions of the mountains.

You can trust them to guide you with proper instructions and full safety without compromising your wish to enjoy the trip.

Marvel trek keeps its client’s satisfaction, safety and comfort as its priorities.

When is Kanchenjunga South usually climbed?

Like for every other mountain climbing, the best season to climb Kanchenjunga South too would be the spring. During spring, the climate is comparatively warmer as well as there are fewer chances of snowfalls. In winter the temperature drops to -12 which gets worse during early morning and late night. Also, there will be constant heavy snowfall which makes the trails more dangerous than they already are.

How hard is it to climb Kanchenjunga South?

Climbing Kanchenjunga South is as much hard as climbing any other high mountains. Like every other climbing, there are chances of altitude sickness. But there are also many more difficulties that one has to face while climbing Kanchenjunga South. The routes for this expedition are the least explored. It makes dealing with the diverse climate and topography more difficult. The pass, valleys, thick forests, unpredictable glaciers and the rivers are other challenges. All this makes the expedition to Kanchenjunga South more thrilling as well as dangerous.

How long does it take to climb Kanchenjunga South?

Climbing Kanchenjunga South might be an adventurous, thrilling and self-refreshing activity yet it is dangerous too so making a rush might not be the best thing to do considering your safety. The overall adventure of climbing Kanchenjunga South takes around 52 days. About 13 to14 days are needed to reach the base camp while the remaining days will be in the mountain.

Expedition Equipment List

Travel Documents  Hands
Valid Passport Thin Fleece Gloves (2 Pairs)
Credit/Debit Card Wind Stopper / Screen Tap Gloves (2 Pairs)
pP Size Photo (4 Pieces) Heavy Gloves (Guide Gloves)
Insurance Paper And Contact Address Summit Gloves – 8000m.
Foot Wear Sleeping Bags
Summit Boot – 8000m. (Kailas / Lasportiva / Millet ) Sleeping Bag -20OC to -30OC
Climbing Boot – 6000m. (Kailas / Lasportiva / Millet) Down Sleeping Bag -40OC (Extreme Comfort)
Normal Socks (5-8 Pairs) Thermarest Mattress (Cell Foam)
Summit Socks/6000 m. Socks (2 Pairs) Down Mattress (Inflatable)
Trekking Shoes (Gore Tex) Sleeping Bag Liner
Light Trekking/Sports Shoes Inflatable Pillow
Camp Booties (1 Pair) Climbing Equipment
Slipper (1 Pair) Climbing Helmet
Upper Body Summit Down Suit – 8000m.
Thermal Top Base Layer (2-3 Pcs) Ice Axe with Spike & Axe Protector Harness
Fleece Jacket (1-2 Pcs) Belay Devices/ Figure of 8/ ATC Guide Jumar / Ascender
Gore Tex Jacket (1 Pcs) Lock Carabiner (3 Pcs) Unlock Carabiner (2 Pcs) Tape Slings/240 cm
Wind Proof Jacket (1-2 Pcs) Snow Goggle (Summit Purpose, Antifog, Polarized, UV Protection)
Down Jacket (1-2 Pcs) Head Light 500-700 Lumens Spare
Cotton T-Shirt (3-5 Pcs) Battery (Energizer Ultimate Lithium)
Lower Body Satellite Phone With Credit (Optional)
Thermal Bottom Base Layer (2-3 Pcs) Walking Stick/ Trekking Pole
Fleece Trouser (1-2 pcs) Pocket Knife (Swiss)
Gore Tex Pant (1 pcs) Altimeter Watch
Light Weight Quick Dry Trekking Pants (2-3 Pairs) Pee Bottle
Gaiters for trekking boots Power Bank
Down Pants (1pcs) Crampons (Fit with Boot)/Packing Cover
Under Wear (4-6 Pcs) Bag Packs
Sun Stuffs Rucksacks 35 L – 50 L
Banana Boat/ Nivea Sun Cream (up to -50 Spf) Duffle Bag 120 L-150 L (2 Pcs)
Lip Guard -30 to -50 (Spf) Lundry/Garbage Bag (Large)
Sun Glasses (Uv Protection) Water Proof Stuff Sacks/Dry Bag- Small/ Medium/ Large (3-4 Pcs)
Glaciers Glasses (Uv Protection) Medical/First Aid 
Moisturiser / Lotion Brufen / Ibuprofens
Eating & Drinking Antibiotic
1 Ltr. Water Bottle Diamox
1/ 1.5 Ltr. Thermos Paracetamol
Mug (Opt.) Handy Plaster
Spoon/ Fork (Opt.) Crack Bandage
Bowl (Opt.) Tincture Iodine
Miscellaneous Ondem
Nail Cutter Cetirizine
Umbrella / Rain Coat Electrolyte
Hot Water Bag Minil 10mg (Palpitation, anxiety)
Camera Codopar (Headache & chest pain)
GPS Tracker (Recommended) Salbetol 4mg (Breathless)
Hand & Toe Warmer Azithromycin 500mg (chronic tonsillitis, fever, nose, throat infection-must take 5 days)
Toiletries (Personal)  Flupen 250mg (prevent wound infection)
Toilet Paper / Wet Tissue Allegra 120/180mg (Allergic tonsil)
Toothpaste Menstrual Products
Toothbrush Head
Soap Sun Cap
Shampoo Balaclava
Towel Fleece Hat/ Warm Hat (1-2 Pcs)
Garbage Bag Neck Gaiter (2-3 Pcs)

Requirement

  • The climbers should get themselves tested to make sure they are healthy enough to climb the mountains.
  • A visit to the dentist is also recommended as there is a chance of acute dental problems at high altitudes.
  • It is also highly recommended that the climbers should have some previous experiences with mountaineering and with high altitudes.
  • It is also requested that the climbers should workout a bit months prior to ascending the mountain.

Payment and cancellation

Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:

Payment:
1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival. 3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

Cancellation:
1)A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2)The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3)A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4)All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.

Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.

Dates of Trip

PRICE
DEPARTURE DATE
TRIP STATUS

Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons
Price per Person
1 Person
2 Persons
3-5 Persons
6-9 Persons
10-14 Persons
15-17 Persons
17-25 Persons

Frequently Asked Questions

Expedition documentation
- Passports - Visa for foreigners - Expedition permit - Restricted area permit
Choosing a provider
Marvel Trek is one of the best companies to choose for turning your dream adventures into reality.
Food, Accommodation & Facilities
Quality food will be served 3 times a day along with a warm and comfortable accommodation throughout this 52 days long trip. Additional tea and coffee will also be served for you to enjoy the trip even more. Other facilities will also be provided upto your comfort and satisfaction. What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city? Ans :- While in Kathmandu, a well facilitated accommodation will be provided in the famous 3- star hotel. Will I be sharing a tent or room with other climbers?Is there a single room option on this trip? Ans:- Yes,you have to share a room as well as a tent with one more climber but there will be two beds in both the room and in the tent, so that both of you will be able to sleep comfortably. What showers and laundry facilities will be available? Ans:- Shower facility will be arranged however,in case of a hot bath additional fee has to be paid.Also,you have to wash your laundry yourself.In case you want someone else to wash your laundry ,you have to pay extra. What food will be available? Ans :-You will have options to choose between the local foods or the western foods or any other MREs(meals-ready-to-eat).Occasional teas and coffees will be served with the food.Also,the base camp will have a bar and a bakery too.
Travel
The travel will be 52 days long with occasional flights,driving,trekking, camping and few rest days in between.All the travelling cost during the trip from and to Kathmandu will be included in the trip’s cost. Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts?When should I need to book my flight to leave? Ans :-It’s recommended that you arrive two days prior to the trip and for the return flight,you can book tickets depending on the days you will be spending with us which will be a minimum of 52 days or we can book one for you. What is the best way to get to Nepal? Ans:-The best way to arrive in Nepal would be through Kathmandu International Airport.You can fly to Kathmandu international airport or can have transits from Doha,Bangkok,Seoul,Hong Kong,Tokyo,Singapore,Delhi and Istanbul When should I book my tickets? Ans :-You can book your tickets as early as 3 months before the trip starts.In case trip gets cancelled,you will be compensated with full refund. Can I get a cheap ticket online? Ans:- Usually the online tickets cost as much as the ones that are arranged by any travel agencies.However, sometimes the airlines provide less expensive tickets,maybe you can search for those. Where do we meet?Will I be picked up? Ans :- We will be meeting you at Kathmandu International Airport and yes,we will be picking you up directly from the airport.We will also be dropping you off to the airport during your return. Can I arrive early and return late? Ans:-Yes,we are more than happy to welcome you early and bid farewell to you a bit late.You can explore Kathmandu if you wish. However, you have to do that at your own expense. Do I need a VISA? Ans:- Yes,if you are a foreigner in Nepa, you need to have a VISA before arriving in Nepal. You can have a 30 days stay VISA at $50 and in case you want to explore Nepal more, then you can apply for a 90 days VISA which will cost you $125.
Clothing & Equipment
The company won't be providing personal items, so you have to carry your own warm clothes and other necessary items. Clients should also bear their own trekking or climbing gear. Do you have a recommendation list of clothing that we should bring? Ans:-Yes,we have a recommendation list of the clothing that you should bring for the trip which you can find on the website. Do I need to bring all the equipment in the list? Ans :-Yes,it's highly recommended that you equip yourself with the equipment that we have included in the list. Can I bring food and other gears that's not in the list? Ans:-Sure.In case you need some other foods or gears or any other stuff,you can bring it with yourself. How heavy will my pack be? Ans :-You are allowed to have up to 25kgs of your luggage.From Kathmandu to basecamp,your luggage will be transported through helicopters and from one base to another,the Sherpas and the porters will carry it for you. How warm do you need our sleeping bags to be?Will there be extra blankets available if required? Ans:-Normally a sleeping bag upto -50 degree would work.And yes,in case you want more blankets,it will be provided.
Acclimatization and oxygen
Rest day will be managed to acclimatize ourselves. Also, the clients will be provided with oxygen bottles and masks during the trip. Additional masks,cylinders and regulators will also be carried for emergencies. What altitude medicine will be available?Do we need to take tablets before\during the expedition? Ans:-Our guide uses diamox for the trip.We can also provide it to you if you will need it.In case you are in any regular medication,you should carry them and take them on time. What sort of Oxygen mask do we use? Ans:- We use high quality topout oxygen masks. What is the oxygen bottle size? Ans:- 3 bottles of oxygen bottles will be given to every client which will measure 4liters each. Oxygen will be given in Poisk bottles.
Guide, Sherpas & Team members
The entire team of Marvel Trek comprises experts and professional mountaineers who have been climbing mountains for ages and know the mountains well. Every client will be facilitated with one experienced and licensed Sherpa to guide them.They will also fix the rope in the trails without any extra charges. Also,there are experienced and skilled cooks who will be making sure that you get a healthy warm meal every day. Who goes on your trips? Ans :-We mainly get clients from America and Japan but we have also planned trips with people of other nationality who were fit to carry on with the expedition. Can we contact other climbers or guides for this expedition? Ans :-You can leave the trouble of finding climbers or guides to us.We have our own team of skilled and experienced Sherpas and guides who won't give you any chance to complain. How many guys\Sherpas will be assigned to our group? Ans :- We will make sure that every client gets one guide\Sherpa each to guide them through the expedition. How much should I tip my guide staff? Ans:-Since,climbing mountains is hard as well as dangerous and your guide staff are the ones who will help you throughout the expedition, so it is requested to pay them some tips after the completion of the expedition for their hardship. What about the Sherpa staff tips? Ans :- You can tip them as much as you want but do consider their hard work that they have done for you. Can my friends and family join me in the trek into the base camp? Ans:-Yes,we will be happy to include your friends and family in the trek but we will have to do extra preparation.You can contact us to know more about it. I would like to arrange a private trip,is this possible? Ans:- Yes,we will be glad to arrange private trips for you.
Health and fitness
The journey to Kanchenjunga South is itself a dangerous one so,the company will make sure that all of its clients are in good health.So,their health will checked twice before attempting to climb the summit.Also, the clients will be taught some of the basics that will be required for a smooth and safe climb. What kind of physical condition should I be in for a climb at high altitude? Ans :-You should be fit enough to make an ascent of 1000m for several hours in a day.This might be difficult at first so,in order to make you able to do this,our company will be giving some basic training prior to the actual climb in Nepal. How do I know this is the right trip for me? Ans :-You can go through our website and look into the information that we have provided and decide for yourself if this trip is for you or not.And even after going through these materials, you still can't decide then maybe you can consult us so, that we might assist you in some way to come to a decision.
Communication & electronics
Walkie-Talkie and satellite phones will be given to every member to communicate to and fro between base camp and mountain.the members will also be facilitated with internet services. Will there be any power source for charging batteries and electronic equipment throughout the expedition? What are the voltage requirements? Ans:- Arrangement for power will be done in every camps.The base camp will have power through generators while the other camps will be powered through solar panels. Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If so, what are the charges for usage? Ans:-Yes,in case of emergency we will be providing you with a satellite phone without any cost.However, if you want to use it other times too then you have to pay additional fees of $4-$5 per minute.
Weather forecasts
Direct forecasts will be received and followed from the reliable Meteotest that is located in Bern, Switzerland. What weather report service do you use? Ans:-Weather condition is extremely essential for trekking as well as for mountaineering, so we make sure we have accurate weather forecast.For this,we follow the reports that are broadcasted by Meteotest which is located in Bern,switzerland.
Insurance
Insurance will be provided to all the team members and will be covered by the prepaid cost of the trip. What insurance do we need to get? Ans:-As much as the climbing is thrilling,it's equally dangerous too so, it's always better to have insurance.For this trip,you need to have a high altitude insurance along with a travel insurance.You also need to insure yourself for emergency helicopter evacuation.
Fees & payment
The fees and daily wages of the team members will be paid from the prepaid fees.
Photography
Additional fees have to be paid for taking photographs or filming as permit charges.
Safety
Safety is one of the major priorities of our team so, everything will be checked and instructed by the group of professionals.In case of emergency,helicopters ride as well as other needed measures will be taken.However,it won't be covered by the costs that you had paid in the beginning of the trip.
Employment
Many experienced and licensed guides and Sherpas will be hired along with a government liaison officer to make the trip easy.Also,many skilled cooks and kitchen helpers will also be heird.We will also hire high porters who will help to carry the luggage in the trip.

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