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September 30, 2019

Adventuring with Kanchenjunga expedition in eastern Nepal

  • HB Kham

Venturing to revel in the adventurous expedition of Kanchenjunga is going to be an experience of exotic and spectacular magnitude and dimensions that cannot be compared with any other expeditions on earth.

Mt. Kanchenjunga which is 8, 586 m is the second highest peak of Nepal and the third highest peak in the world after Mt. Everest and Mt.K2.

Kanchenjunga is around 500 km far from Kathmandu and is situated in the far eastern part of Nepal. The term “Kanchenjunga” is derived from a Tibetan word known as “Kanchen’ and ‘Dzonga” which means “treasures of the great snows.”

The peak has five other sister peaks such as Kanchenjunga (8586m), Kanchenjunga West (8505m), Kanchenjunga South (8494m) and Kangbachen (7903m). The Tibetan meaning of treasures represent the five repositories of almighty providence which are represented as gold, silver, gems, grains, and holy books.

Magnificent massif Kanchenjunga straddles across Nepal and Indian border of Sikkim. Since it is the remote area from Kathmandu very few trekkers dare to climb this peak rarely.

But, the charm, beauty, and mystery of this peak are very rare and sacred to the local people of Sikkim. They truly adore this peak.

Kanchenjunga ranges

The apex peak of this massif can be seen from Tiger Hill of Darjeeling, India. That’s why many Indian trekkers and climbers ascent this peak often.

Out of the five faces of this peak the three faces- such as main, central and south peaks- are on the border of northern Sikkim district while the other two faces fall in the Taplejung district of Nepal.

Nepal also harbors the Kanchenjunga Conservation area where Red panda, and other rare animals, birds can be observed.

It was Joe Brown and George Band of British expedition team who vanquished this gigantic peak on May 25, 1955.

The expedition to this massif can enable you to see several panoramic glimpses of higher Himals of this region.

sunset at kanchenjung
Kanchenjunga sunset view

The safest route to climb this peak is trekking via Suketar to the base camp. This trek is very attractive and spectacular as you can see various flora and fauna, natural beauty ready to welcome you with its both arms opened to you.

More than 69 varieties of orchids, 69 varieties of rhododendron seen in the route that faces north of this peak can be the safest route for expedition.

The climb can be undoubtedly challenging in the sense that establishing a lifeline from north col can begin your long process of having at least three camps. The Sherpa guides continue to supply oxygen and expertise in climbing.

The spring and autumn seasons are best for the expedition to this massif however the whole year is ok for expedition if you want so.

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