Friends of Himalayas

KANCHENJUNGA EXPEDITION

ENJOY THE BLISSFUL JOURNEY WITH US 

A MOUNTAINEER’S DREAM

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be first? The first to attempt a new route that has never been climbed before? Climb Mt Everest is truly  the  continent’s  best  kept  secret,  promising  unlimited terrain,glaciers and stunning scenery in the most remote and pristine place on Earth  !

DURATION
50 DAYS
 ACTIVITY LEVEL
Technical
 PRICE
On Request
UPCOMING DEPARTURES
April 6, 2019
April 6, 2020
  • SOUTH ROUTE
  • CLIMBING ITINERARY
  • FULL BOARD
  • BC SERVICE
  • PRICE
  • CLIMBING INFO
  • FIXED DEPARTURE

Kanchenjunga (8586m/28,169ft) is one of the coolest 8000m mountain expeditions in the Himalaya. The expedition has elements of remoteness and challenging technical climbing on a huge massif. Mt. Kanchenjunga is located on the very remote border between Nepal and Sikkim and attracts relatively few trekkers because of this it retains much of its pristine beauty, mystery and charm. For most mountains above 8500m we advise clients to climb them in the spring season.However,they can also be climbed in autumn, albeit in somewhat difficult snow conditions. There are two famous climbing routes in Kanchenjunga for the main summit. Normal climbing route is along the South east side of the mountain from the Yalung glacier which was the climbing route to the summit. The name “Kanchenjunga” is delivered from the Tibetan word  'Kanchen' and 'Dzonga' which when translated means "The Five Treasures of the Great Snows" as Kanchenjunga Mountain has 5 summits and there are 4 summits above 8000m. The main summit of Kanchenjunga I (8586m) Kanchenjunga West (8505m), Kanchenjunga South (8494m) and Khambachen (7903m). The treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books. Joe Brown and George Band made the first ascent on May 25, followed by Norman Hardin and Tony Streather on May 26. The full team also included John Clegg (team doctor), Charles Evans (team leader), John Angelo Jackson, Neil Mather, and Tom Mackinnon. The first ascent expedition made six camps above their base camp, two below the shelf, two on it, and two above it. They started on April 18, and everyone was back to base camp by May 28, 1955 after a successful ascent.

We offer a safe and stimulating climbing experience with Sherpa climbing guides that have been trained in mountaineering skills,first aid and crevasse rescue. We always focuses on professionalism, our climbing Sherpa guides are safety oriented in all aspects relating to the climb. The Mt. Kanchenjunga expedition is accessed from Suketar, a long trek brings you to the Base camp.

There are two Base Camps to climb Kangchenjunga, Kangchenjunga North Base Camp on the Kangchenjunga Glacier and the South Base Camp on Yalung Glacier. The access to both camps is from Suketar (2400m), the town with the closest airport to the mountain with flights to Kathmandu. Suketar is also the last town accessible from Kathmandu by the road. The route from North Base Camp via the North Col is the Normal route. It is not the easiest by it is the safest route with the least of objective hazard. Three of the five peaks (main, central, and south) in Kanchenjunga are on the border of North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India and Taplejung District of Nepal While the other two are completely in Taplejung District. Kanchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world until 1852, and only after the British Great Trigonometric Survey in 1849 was Mt. Everest (known as Peak XV) at the time was crowned the highest and Kanchenjunga the third-highest. Kanchenjunga was first climbed on May 25, 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band of a British expedition team.

Mt. Kanchenjungha is graded at alpine PD+/AD. Climbers need around a 2 month climbing period for the expedition. It will definitely not be recommended for an inexperienced climber or first 8000m expedition but it is a delight for experienced technical climbers. The scenery is phenomenal all the way from the base camp overlooking the Kanchenjunga glacier. The most difficult section is to the South Col of about 500m of mixed ice and rock, climbing Sherpas guide will fix ropes for your safety.

Itinerary Details of Everest expedition spring 2019/20

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel or similar hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (1350M/4430ft)

Day02:  Preparation, Briefings at Departments of tourism, Last minute shopping

Day 03:  Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakding (2650m/8694ft, 04 hrs); lodge accommodation

Day 04:  Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar through colourful Khumbu villages (3440m/11286ft, 06hrs); Lodge accommodation

Day 05:  Rest day for acclimatization; you will be hike to famous Everest View Hotel (3800m/12487ft, 3hrs) to catch a glimpse of Everest; explore Hilary and Sherpa museum at Namche in the evening with slide show program.

Day 06:  Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dibuche (3,860mtr/12,661ft)

Day 07:  Trek from Dibuche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,465ft, 4hrs) about 4-5hrs; catch glimpses of AmaDablam and Lhotse; lodge accommodation

Day 08:  Acclimatization in Dingboche(4,410M/14,465ftft), hiking up to chhukung-re.

Day 09:  Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,915mtrm/16,126ft, 4-5hrs); lodge accommodation

Day 10:  Trek fromLobuche to Mt Everest Base Camp (5,380mtr/17,652ft).

Day 11:  Rest in Mt Everest Base camp (5,380mtr/17,652ft)

Day 12-37:  Climbing period Summit Everest (8,848m/ 29029ft)

Day 38:  Trek from Everest base camp to Dingboche(4,410m/14,465ft, 4hrs) , lodge accommodation

Day 39:  Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche (3860m/12631ft, 04 hours) lodge accommodation

Day 40:  Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft, 04hrs) lodge accommodation.

Day 41:  Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2840m/9317ft,7hrs) lodge accommodation

Day 42:  Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350M/4430ft); 35minutes, transfer to hotel

Day 43:  Leisure day & shopping in Kathmandu; Fair well-Celebration dinner with culture program in the Evening.

Day 44 :  Transfer to the airport for final departure

Day – 45 - 50: Reserve Day

 

Full Board:

For our full board climbers we set up intermediate facility at camp 2 (6,400m); this will include personal tents for full board clients, kitchen and dining tents and the toilet facility. We provide meals while our clients are in camp 2. We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to help the clients reach the summit. Personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp 3 and camp 4 including food provisions, fuel and oxygen and will guide and assist the client on the summit day.;We provide the climbing Sherpa with appropriate radio communication to Camp 2, 3, and 4 and the climbing route.

Full Board Service Cost Includes:

  •  Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both Domestic and International flight as per itinerary.
  •  Assistance at the International airport by Friends Of Himalayas while arriving and departing in Kathmandu.
  •  4 Nights Yak and Yeti or similar hotels accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  •  Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.
  •  Schedule Flight Tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.
  •  All trekking and mountaineering equipment like; kitchen tent, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance Base  Camp and camp two.
  •  Common climbing equipment (necessary fixed and main rope, ice bars, ice screws, snow bar etc)
  •  Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp and cook at Camp 2
  •  3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea/ coffee) in  available tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking
  •  3 fresh meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners) will be serve at base camp, and camp two.
  •  All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during expedition for both members and crews.
  •  Per person 60kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak to climbing the Mt. Everest.
  •  Daily Weather Report Services from Seattle based
  •  Trekking Permit (Everest National Park entry fee)
  •  TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  •  Expedition Royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Everest (8848M).
  •  Nepalese Government Royalty and fees;
  •  One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 03 Times Everest Summiteers Climbing/expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client.
  •  All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
  •  Medical consultation services at the base camp with the HRA clinic at the base camp.
  •  Equipment allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpa’s, cooks, kitchen boys.
  •  Equipment allowances and wages for Government Liaison Officer.
  •  First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  •  Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
  •  Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  •  Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  •  Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.
  •  Emergency Oxygen, mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
  •  Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  •  Solar panel for light and battery charger.
  •  All tents for camp 1, 2, 3 and 4 for members and staff.
  •  Ice fall charges by Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee.
  •  Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chamber).
  •  7  Bottles (28L) of Poisk Oxygen will be provided each members (we use Poisk brands of the Oxygen)
  •  Latest model of Summit or Top out system mask and regulators
  •  Sherpa’s tents, food for climbing, and insurance for staff
  •  Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude climbing Sherpa guide, cook and staff.
  •  Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
  •  Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at camp two.
  • Trekking and Climbing map of the  Mount Everest.
  •  EPI Cooking gas, stove will be provided in camp one, three and south col for cooking food, boiling water.
  •  Generator will be providing for back- up of lighting power and charging electronic tools.
  •  Transportation of food supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/Yaks to base camp)
  •  Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  •  Complete pre-departure information
  •  Flight ticket reconfirmation
  •  visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  •  Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  •  Friends Of Himalayas T-shirt/Pashmina, broacher.

Full board service Cost Exclude:

  •  Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
  •  Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.
  •  Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  •  Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  •  Extra transportation then display in itinerary program.
  •  Any additional staff other than specified.
  •  Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  •  Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  •  Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  •  Wallie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera or walkies-talkies).
  •  Personal climbing gears;
  •  Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkies-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
  •  Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
  •  Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  •  Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum US$ 1500.00 per climbing Sherpa guide.
  •  Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.
  •  Airfare of international flights.
  •  Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)
  •  Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  •  Any other item not included in “COST INCLUDES” sect

In Base Camp

Friends Of Himalayas provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.

In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only.In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.

In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.

Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and Base Camp organization. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.

Base Camp Service Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both domestic and international flights as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the international airport by Friends Of Himalayas team while arriving and departing in Kathmandu.
  • 4 Nights Yak and Yeti or similar hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B basis.
  • Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.
  • Schedule flight tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu to all the climbing members, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.
  • All trekking and mountaineering equipment such as: Kitchen tent, storage tent, dining tent, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance base camp and camp two.
  • Services of chef and kitchen assistant at Base Camp and chef at Camp 2.
  • 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner with Tea/coffee available in the tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking.
  • 3 fresh meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at base camp, and camp two.
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking to base camp which will be carried by porter or yak to the Mt. Everest base camp.
  • Daily weather report services from Seattle, Washington based company.
  • Trekking permit (Everest national park entry fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit of Nepal government to climb Mt. Everest (8848M).
  • Nepalese government royalty and fees.
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accident insurances for all involved staff in trekking and climbing period.
  • Medical consultation services at base camp with an HRA clinic at the base camp.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for, cooks, kitchen boys.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for government liaison officer.
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carried by guide for communication. Available to clients with the cost of $3USD per minute call.
  • Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.
  • Emergency oxygen, mask and regulator provided at the request of the client with appropriate charges.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • Solar panels for light and battery charger.
  • Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chambers).
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude staff.
  • Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.
  • Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at camp two.
  • Trekking and climbing map of Mount Everest. 
  • Generator will be providing for back-up lighting power and charging electronic devices.
  • Transportation of food supply from Kathmandu to base camp (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/yaks to base camp).
  • Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information.
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation.
  • Visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Friends Of Himalayas Adventures T-shirt/Pashmina, broacher.

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phones and internet expenses.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking gear.
  • Any extra services, products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Recuse, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Climbing Sherpa, high altitude food and fuel above base camp (in camp two we have kitchen to provide food even for base camp service user).
  • Tent above base camp (except camp two).
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Wake talkies &filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Government licensed climbing guide(s).
  • Appropriate food for high altitude.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

Friends Of Himalayas has not able to include the cost of each package in the company website. Many of our clients have the same query: why Friends Of Himalayas Team has not included the price in the package. To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have decided to clarify our customers that due to following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group, category of the hotel accommodation and the facilities that you aspire in the mountain.
  • We operate the peak climbing in full arrangement package and basic arrangement service (full board or base camp service) which directly affects the expedition cost.
  • The itinerary may be changed after reaching an understanding between the agency and the client. Other activities could be added or reduced as per the client’s request before processing the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added in mutual understanding.
  • The number of climbing Sherpa guides, high altitude porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors can affect the cost of the trip.
  • Number of persons in group including; number of climbers, non-climber, base camp supporters, medical doctors, Alpine climbing guide also affect the cost.
  • Either you want to operate this expedition as international group joining basics of Friends Of Himalayas Team or individual (private arrangement) expedition.
  • Request numbers of oxygen, mask regulators and the brands the clients require
  • Climbing season: normally most of the climbers climb Himalayas in the spring and the autumn season. The climbing permit royalty cost for mountain will be 50% less in the autumn than spring season.
  • Type of high camp food that clients require. Any specialized food that has to be ordered from foreign country will be costlier compared to the one available here.
  • Either any of the climbers intend to attempt any world records? If so, do they require special services or equipment?

Due to the above position the price range for the same trip can vary widely. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact Friends Of Himalayas Team for any information about in your selected package.

Why climb with Friends OF Himalayas  in Everest?

How to Choosing a experience Provider

It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only suites their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies who operate 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed at these types of expeditions year after year.
It is very important that the climbers who choose Friends Of Himalayas  for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition Friends Of Himalayas runs. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.

Diminutive climbing Team members

We are always developing and growing our operational systems to ensure you participate will provide as much as facilities provided. We figure our expedition members do not deserve anything less during the trekking and climbing! In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the group summits on the best weather day; sometimes there are less window days for summit in Everest. In big size of group offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days. We feel like our climbing members are feeling that they are climbing as a family and friends team even on international people. We accept maximum 08 people in a group and if we have more than that we always split in two groups. So that our base camp staff cooks, climbing Sherpa guide will fully taking care about you and provide service as per your desire.

Maximum summit Success;

The Friends Of Himalayas  methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt Everest has seen us achieve the highest success rates and our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to making the right decisions. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operator, resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and chance of success. There is always a 1:1 ratio of the climbing Sherpa/guide and client. We always use professional and experienced climbing Sherpa or guides who have all reached the summit of Everest.

Highly Qualified Sirdar/Team leader

Our guides are professionals who are trained and assessed either via the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enables them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition, or many years of mountaineering experience on the world’s biggest peaks. Our guides are experience in both advanced and basic rescue courses and all have a minimum of 3 years guiding on Everest.

Advanced Communication method

Friends Of Himalayas  Everest expeditions have been at the forefront of providing top communications for our Everest expeditions. This allows us to obtain and deliver comprehensive weather forecasts via U.S., European and Kathmandu weather forecasting. Our lead guide is always equipped with a satellite phone during the climbing and at base camp. Two way radio communications between climbing members, guides, Sherpa and base camp staff is also provided. There is also local mobile network available at base camp that provides easy connection with your family during your stay at base camp.

Facilities camp setup at Base Camp and Kitchen at camp two

Friends Of Himalayas  focuses on comfortable conditions at base camp, including good quality food and other services. We find this helps clients with their overall success rate on the mountain. Our cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetizing meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigorous ascent. We offer various choices that will suit any diet plan, including vegetarian, Vegan, continental, Indian and others. If you have special food consideration, please provide this to us 60 days prior to the expedition so we can plan the best meals for your trip.

Approaches to ABC

From South (Nepal): The approach on its south side is through the Khumbu region of Nepal leading up to the Khumbu Glacier extending down to Lobuche (4900m). It starts with the flight to Lukla and the trek via Namche Bazaar (3440m), Tengaboche (36600m), Pheriche (4270m), Lobuche (4910m), Gorak Shep (5140m) to Everest South Base Camp (5200m). It takes typically 8 days to reach ABC from Kathmandu.

April, 2019

Departure DateAVAILABILITYDurationCost/PersonJoin Group
April 6Guaranteed65 days  

April, 2020

Departure DateAVAILABILITYDurationCost/PersonJoin Group
April 6Guaranteed65 days

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