Kanchanjunga Expedition

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“At the height of 8,586m/28,169ft is the Mount Kanchenjunga – the second highest peak in Nepal and the third highest peak in the world. Mount Kanchenjunga was the first climbed by Mr. Joe Brown and George Band of the British Expedition on 25th of May 1955 via the Southeast Ridge climbing route which also called the Yalung Face route.”

Kanchenjunga – which we use for this itinerary– is spelt differently according to local language of Tibet, Bhutia of Sikkim and Rai of Nepal. These all uniquely means the abode of God. Kanchenjunga basically translated as “the five treasures of the high snow”- that might come from five peaks of the Kanchenjunga namely Kanchenjunga Main, Kanchenjunga West (Yalung Kang), Kanchenjunga Central, Kanchenjunga South, and Kanbachen. Kanchenjunga lies both in Nepal and India and separates Nepal from Sikkim by Singalila Ridge.

We, Satori Adventures – one of the most revered company to operate Himalayan expeditions – operates 59 days full board Mount Kanchenjunga Expedition in Nepal. With the height of 8,586m /28,169 ft, Mt. Kanchenjunga, is the second highest mountain peak in Nepal, and the third highest in the world after Mt. Everest and Mt. K2.   

Joe Brown and Geroge Band from the British Expedition made the first ascent of the Kanchenjunga peak in the 25th May, 1956 and on 26th May – the next day – Norman Hardie and Tony Streather followed them to the summit via the Kanchenjunga climbing southwest ridge route. Our Kanchenjunga expedition route follows the southeast ridge route and one of the comfortable routes to the summit.

It is pertinent to have experience of wall climbing, rock climbing, and ice climbing with significant exposures to extreme weather. Furthermore, your stamina and the psychological strength is equally important to climb 100-150 m high wall of rock/ice in 30-50 degrees vertical slope. Before you reach to the Advance Base Camp you have a section of some 35 degrees slope of some 30 meters distance. Another section of some 30-35 degrees slope is between Camp 1 and 2. Before you reach to Camp 4 of Mt. Kanchenjunga there is another vertical climb of some 40-45 degrees.

We guide your expedition with perfection and care, but your previous knowledge on Mt. Kanchenjunga climbing route map, technical issues, and physical fitness are some pre-requisites.

Your Kanchenjunga Guided Expedition with Satori Adventures begins with arrival in Kathmandu and a long drive to Phidim – a municipal town in the Panchthar of eastern Nepal that is well connected with other parts of the country by the roads/highways. You trek from here to the Tso Glacier Camp in seven days including the acclimatization, and then to the Advance Base Camp. After you complete the expedition successfully you trek down to Ilam – on of the most popular tea estate districts in Nepal – and then drive to Kathmandu.

British rule in India in 1808 began to measure the height of the peaks in the Himalayas aiming to locate the world’s highest peak. British surveyor General Lt. Colonel Robert Colebrook calculated the height of these snowy mountain peaks of the north from the Indian town of Gorakhpur in the previous year and roughly concluded two peaks were higher than any peak in the Andes, if this be true then the world’s highest mountain peak.

Nepal was completely isolated by then and the Britishers were not allowed to enter into the country, thus they worked from India itself. In 1847, under the leadership of Surveyor General Andrew Waugh, they made a series of observations from the eastern end of the Himalayan range. He noticed that Mt. Kanchanjunga– the survey team gave the peak a local name – could be the world’s highest peak.

Later various survey team explored and guesses that another peak further west could be higher than Kanchanjunga which was named peak ‘b’ for some time and in 1854 Michael Hennessy named peak IX for Kanchanjunga and Peak ‘XV’ for the Mt. Everest. 

Finally, in March 1856 Waugh made an announcement that Peak XV –now Mt. Everest – is 29,002 feet and Kanchanjunga to be 28,156 feet concluding that Kanchanjunga most probably is not the highest peak of the world.

Later various exploration activities took place in the Himalayas through the Indian town Darjeeling – under the British rule – and Tibet. In 1899 British explorer Douglas Freshfield and the Italian photographer Vittorio Sella were the first to circumnavigate the mountain Kanchenjunga in which they became the first mountaineers to view the great Western Face of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Aleister Crowley – who had been a part of the team attempting Mt. K2 in 1902 – led the first climbing expedition of Kanchenjunga in 1905 with Jules Jacot-Guillarmod and reached the height of 6,500 m (21,300 ft) on the southwest side of the mountain. In another attempt in 1929 German expedition led by Pau Bauer reached the height of 7,400 m/ 24,280ft on the Northeast spur before being turned back by a five-day storm.

In other subsequent attempts of climbing Mt. Kanchenjunga, Günter Dyhrenfurth led an international expedition comprising the German Uli Wieland, Austrian Erwin Schneider, and Englishman Frank Smythe in 1930 which was a failed attempt due to bad weather and snow conditions. Paul Bauer led a second German Expedition to Kanchenjunga in 1931, and the last attempt before reaching to the summit was in 1954 led by John Kempe consisting J. W. Tucker, S. R. Jackson, G. C. Lewis, T. H. Braham and medical officer D. S. Mathews. This expedition proved to be useful for the climbing route which was used by the 1955 expedition.

On 25th of May 1955 Joe Brown and George Band stood on top of the Kanchenjunga. Next day two more mountaineers: Norman Hardie, and Tony Streather reached the summit

Since then various expedition teams and mountaineers have climbed the majestic Mount. Kanchenjunga through various Kanchenjunga climbing route.  

Satori Adventures offer the Mt. Kanchenjunga Expedition with the most professional services – as we are revered in the Himalayas.  Mount Kanchenjunga climbing is not an easy climb, thus we recommend you to climb Mt. Cho-Oyu or Shishapangma or similar other mountains in the Himalayas as preparation to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga. You can take this climb as preparation to climb the Mt. Everest as well.

We follow the Kanchenjunga climb route to be the Kanchenjunga Southeast ridge route which is the normal Kanchenjunga climbing route and also called Yalung face climbing.  This is the safest route to climb Mt. Kanchenjunga as well compared to other faces/routes climbed.

We set up camps during the climb in the most suitable and prominent place in terms of safety and views. You trek/climb from the Tso Glassier Camp to Kanchenjunga Advance base camp at 5,400 m /17,717 ft. Camp 1 of Kanchenjunga expedition is located at the height of 6,200m /20,341ft.  Subsequently, Camp II, Camp III, and Camp IV are pitched at; 6,400 m/20,997ft., 7,100 m/23,294ft., and 7,550 m/24,770ft. Respectively. 

 Rugged terrain, extreme weather, and risk of avalanches make the Kanchenjunga climbing difficulty level high, and a seriously risky expedition. We operate our Kanchenjunga expedition as Kanchenjunga summiteers guided expedition. Furthermore, our additional care on smaller group size, selection of seasoned Sherpa Guides for Kanchenjunga climbing, personal and exceptional care, and high-quality services rendered to your requirements, proper planning and acclimatized Kanchenjunga climbing Itinerary make us an unrivaled and experienced Mt. Kanchenjunga expedition operator in the Himalayas.

Our Mt. Kanchenjunga expedition cost is very affordable and competitive, and we are fully committed to provide the expedition services so you can enjoy the Luxury Kanchenjunga Expedition with us. We are pleased to mention here that our luxury Kanchenjunga expedition is far better with affordable price than some of the most expensive Kanchenjunga expedition operators.

Serious climbing business like the Mt. Kanchenjunga Expedition requires plenty of food supplies and equipment of high quality. Our services, be it at the Base Camp or at the High Camp, both are exceptional with high-quality of meals, crews, and equipments. This is the reason Satori Adventures is leading company in the Himalayas for the expeditions including Mt. Kanchenjunga expedition. You will be served with fresh and nutritious food at Base Camp in our Base Camp service and hygienic and nutritious food above Base camp for full board service. You will get sufficient mask, regulators, and bottles of Oxygen for your successful climb. All these arrangements make our expedition services unraveled for Luxury Mt. Kanchenjunga Expedition. If you have any doubt on Mt. Kanchenjunga expedition and have a question how much Kanchenjunga expedition cost? You can talk to our expert assistance available 24 X 7.

We assure that our Kanchenjunga climbing itinerary, and Kanchenjunga 8,586m expedition cost is the most affordable. We further claim that we offer the best rate for Kanchenjunga climbing for luxury guided expedition with Kanchenjunga summiteers guided expedition.

Mountaineering is an adventurous and risky adventure in itself. Risk and struggle are indeed integral parts of our day to day life, thus mountaineering can also be taken as a healthy adventure sport that can buttress happy life.

We have noticed that prior to the expedition trip confirmation majority of mountaineers seek information on How difficult is it to climb Kanchenjunga? Or the most difficult mountain to climb in the world. It is justifiable to have these questions in your mind before starting to collect the information, and proper preparation for the expedition to Mount Kanchenjunga: physical fitness, financial arrangements, and fixing the holiday etc. Below text briefly explain regarding the climbing route and difficulty level.

There are four climbing ridge routes in Mount Kanchenjunga that mountaineers have so far climbed/opened to the summit. They are namely: Southeast Ridge route, Southwest Ridge route, Northeast Spur, and the North Face route. The Mt. Kanchenjunga Southeast ridge route is the most common, normal climbing route, and is fully safe to climb comparing other climbing routes that is also called Yalung face climbing route. 

Before you reach to Tso Glacier Camp, you spend two nights at Ramche. From Tso Glacier camp to reach the Advance Base camp you have to climb some 20-25 meters length by using fixed rope on a vertical stone of some 35 degrees. Kanchenjunga Advance base camp is located at a height of 5,400 m / 17,717 ft which is fixed at the top of Tso glacier.

After few days rest and acclimatization in the Advance Base camp, you begin to climb up to Camp 1 which takes about four and a half hours if you are a mountaineer of average stamina. The climbing from camp I to camp II is the moderate technical section on Mt. Kanchenjunga from south face or Yalung glacier. After the first hour climb on rock boulders of varied sizes, and a steep path of 20-25 degrees climbing, you reach the bottom of a hanging part. From this point in the Mt., Kanchenjunga Yalung face climbing route, you have to ascend a vertical rocky wall of about 40 m with 30-35 degrees slope. It is about another 15-20 minutes to cross this section to reach the crampons point.  In another three hour’s climb on snow slope of some 15-20 degrees you reach Kanchenjunga Camp I – located at the height of 6,200 m/20,341 ft.  Typically, this Camp has enough space for camping and almost safe from avalanches or rock-falling.

Between Camp I and Camp II, the climbing route is safe and comfortable above old ice and fresh snow. It takes about four hours to reach Mt. Kanchenjunga Camp II from Camp I for climber of average stamina. The time depends on each climbers’ acclimatization status, weather condition, physical fitness, and climbers’ walking pace. The Kanchenjunga camp II location is at elevation of 6,400 m/ 20,997ft., which is in a safer location comparing to other camps in the Kanchenjunga expedition. 

From Mount Kanchenjunga, Camp II (C2) to Camp III (C3) takes about four and half hours climbing. Kanchenjunga Camp III is located at the height of 7,100m/23,294ft., which is also a safe location as the campsites. There are usually old and new snows in between those two camps. Satori Kanchenjunga climbing Sherpa guides fix the static rope in this section for safer passage. From Camp II (C2) to the Camp 3 (C3) entire section is set in the fixed rope because the climbing slope is about 40-45 degrees vertical Ice wall moving around. For safety reasons, it is highly advisable to wear a helmet as the climbing route is prepared by chasing the wall on the left side of the route and tied up the rope. There can be some chances of rocks and snow stones fall from Yalung Kang's face.

From Camp III, it takes about three hours ascending to reach Camp IV for average stamina climbers. This duration can fluctuate depending upon how many climbers are there at a time to carry out their climbing. However, Kanchenjunga is not busy mountain climbing route – there are only 30 to 50 climbers each year for expedition. For the first two hours climbing route is more vertical snow wall, about 40-45 degrees, and there is another hour descending on some 20-25 degrees to reach Camp IV. Kanchenjunga Camp IV (C4) is located at an altitude of 7,550 m/ 24,770 ft and we pitch in safe location. This is the final camp from where attempt to climb Mount Kanchenjunga main summit is carried out.

Mt. Kanchenjunga is the most difficult mountain to climb to the top from the final camp than any other 8000ers and takes the longest time as well. Climbers start ascending from Camp IV at about 21.00-22.00 pm for the Mt. Kanchenjunga summit (8,586 m/28,169 ft.)  Target and supposed to reach the top by the morning at 08.00-11.00 am. It means that the climbing time is generally 11-13 hrs to reach to the summit, and another 7-8 hrs to return back to Camp IV bringing the summit day to total of 20-22 hrs. The height to climb from Camp IV to the summit is also long in Mt. Kanchenjunga which is measured to 1036m – longer than any other 8000m mountain peak.

As you leave Camp IV for the summit target, the initial 1-hour is just fine and easy, and then you proceed about four hours through the couloir – the most difficult climbing part of the Mt. Kanchenjunga. After this part you ascend further right side to the central summit of Mount Kanchenjunga from Yalung Kanchenjunga ridge. From this ridge you are to ascend 5-6 hours in a vertical slope of 20-25 degrees on the false summit. The route from the Couloir splits into two where you take the right side and traverse diagonal to the base of a steep wall around 8,400m, climb the wall which is graded IV, and continue to rocky tower at 8,450m. Climb a short snowy ridge and then traverse to the right to a Chimney at around 8,500 m, rappel down the Chimney, traverse to the right on a mixed terrain to join a snow slope leading slope leading to the main summit at 8,586m /28,179ft. This part of climb passes the false summit and finishes at exposed ridge of true summit.

From Camp IV until the Kanchenjunga ridge at 8,200m Satori Adventures’ expert Kanchenjunga climbing Sherpa guides open the route and fix the line few days prior to your summit push.  From the point here, our Sherpa guide open the way ahead by fixing the rope at the same time. The main summit of Kanchenjunga always covered with snow and ice that looks like a cap of snow.

If your stamina is good, the weather is favorable, and other all conditions help you, you can descend the same day all the way down to Camp III which is extremely long and tiring though. Otherwise descend down to Camp IV in the day of summit, and then climb down to Camp I next day to the Advance Base camp subsequent day

Kanchenjunga Advanced Base Camp (5,400m/17,717ft):
Kanchenjunga Yalung face Base camp is located on a rocky moraine with amazing views of the Kanchenjunga massif. Satori Adventures’ Advance Base camp is setup for almost 35-40 days. On any 8,000m peak expedition you spend most of your time at the base camp. Base camp becomes your home away from home. We establish our camp at a walking distance between meeting points with different groups and strategic viewing positions. At this Kanchenjunga Advance Base Camp Satori provides a personal tent – your own private retreat – a common dining tent, and a common shower tent and toilet tent. When you arrive at the base camp, you will be welcomed with hot beverages and snacks available immediately – that is fixed by our expert crew members. Waiting for you there will be your crew members – base camp staff and high altitude climbing Sherpa. Prior to your climbing period you will have a Pooja ceremony at the base camp for good wishes and requesting the mountain goddess for safe and successful passage to the summit. This is one Nepalese tradition not to miss; it represents safe climbing passage for everyone involved in the expedition.

Kanchenjunga Camp I (C1) 6,200 m/20,341 ft) – climbing distance 4 hrs.:
Once you review basic and advanced mountaineering skills here in the Himalayas with the help of you’re climbing Sherpa guides at Yalung Glacier, you are now ready for your attempt to climb to camp I 6,200 m/ 20,341ft. In this section of the climb you will encounter mixed terrain including a few rock and ice sections. First section is made of rock, and then you encounter grassy slopes, and rock slabs and moraines. Above the BC, the route follows a rocky spur up to 6,000m. Then it climbs steep slopes and a serac up to a snow ridge at 6,200m where camp I is established. The first section of climbing on the moraine takes about two hours, then you reach the crampon point at the short glacier bottom, the glacier portion takes about 2 hours. Camp one is considered a very safe camp. For average climbers it takes about 4 hours.

Kanchenjunga Camp II (C2) 6,400m/20,997ft – climbing distance 2½hrs:
The climbing from Camp I to Camp II is the moderate technical section on Mt. Kanchenjunga from south face or Yalung glacier. From camp I, the route follows a short horizontal ridge, and then descends on a plateau and then cross this plateau. Camp II is located at the end of the plateau at the bottom of the face. During this section you encounter the heart of ice and snow. The first section is just slogging over snow for about 20 minutes to get down on the glacier, and then you encounter several steep sections of ice. There are small sections of ice fall which do not require ladders. They can be crossed with the use of fixed ropes and big steps/jumps. Most of the route is fixed by your climbing Sherpa guides on a 30-35º slope. For most climbers this is the crux of the route and a day. Camp II (C2) is situated above the snowy terrace in middle bottom of the ridge. Camp I to Camp II is the shortest to walk which is expected to climb within 2½ to maximum 3 hours for slow climbers.

Kanchenjunga Camp III (C3) 7,100m /23,294ft – climbing distance 5hrs:
Camp II to camp III is the longest distance on the route to climb. You encounter an elevation gain of 700m/2,297ft. At 6,800m you encounter huge serac – roughly 20m high and overhanging at the end. It does not require any ladder crossings, but there are a few crevasses that are roughly a half meter that need to be jumped. This section can be easy in common but still not to be taken lightly. The climbing is still on sustained slopes and there is good chance of exposure to cold and wind. The trail is good and the route to cross the first serac is easy. The view from the C3 is amazing. In spring there can be direct sun hitting in this section making it very warm. This is the camp from where some 10% climbers plan for summit push. However, Satori Adventures always fix Camp IV before summit so that clients can get a half night rest. The main ropes are fixed by Satori’s climbing Sherpa team.

Kanchenjunga Camp IV (C4) 7,550m /24,770ft – Climbing distance 3½hrs:
Climbing from Camp III to Camp IV feels like a short distance. From camp III continue on the plateau where there are plenty of crevasses and Seracs to cross over. Continue to the base of a spur, at the base of the big couloir. Camp IV is set at around 7,550m. Oxygen level is very low at this altitude, so it is expected that any effort no matter how minimum or trivial it is, will feel arduous. In this section you have to climb for 3 hours on steep snow that is 50-55º. This section is little dangerous in autumn season because the snow slope is covered by a layer of ice which makes the section avalanche prone. Satori team makes an easy traverse to Camp IV at 7,550m which allows you to make a shorter summit day.

Kanchenjunga Summit (8,586 m/28,169ft) – Climbing distance 16-17 hrs:
Here is your big day. Summit day is the main day on any expedition. Most climbers begin their summit bid at 11:00 Pm. If all goes well you can reach the summit at 07.00-09.00 am to 11.00 am latest.

From the Camp IV, you climb the couloir up to 8,250 m. Here at the couloir, the route splits in two in which you take the right side and traverse Diagonal to the base of a steep wall around 8,400m. Climb the wall which is graded IV, and continue to a rocky tower at around 8,450m. From this point climb a short snowy ridge then traverse to the right to a Chimney at around 8,500 m. Rappel down the Chimney, traverse to the right on mixed terrain to join a snow slope leading to the main summit. The climb passes the false summit and finishes on an exposed ridge to the true summit at 8,586 m!

Enjoy the spectacular view of the mighty Himalayas. And, climb down.

Satori Adventures Sherpa guides will fix ropes break trail and make every effort to assist the group to reach the summit of the 03rd highest mountain in the world.

Satori Adventures’ operate expeditions in the Himalayas with well-trained Sherpas of western standard born and raised in the foothills of the Himalayas. Their excellence and glorious climbing history need no more explanations. Our Kanchenjunga climbing guides have climbed Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other peaks in the Himalayas of all heights multiple times, and prove themselves to be the best climber, and Leader/guide. Our program is indeed Mt. Kanchenjunga Summiteers Guided Expedition that will assure your safety, and success.

In our Kanchenjunga guided expedition trip, Kanchenjunga climbing Sherpa Guides will make sure that cooperation with other Sherpas from different companies and Base Camp organizations are intact. It is essential that all climbing teams work together in the Himalayas with proper contribution from all operators on the tasks such as route fixing and ensuring safety of climbers from Base to the summit, if there are multiple teams to climb at a time. Our Sherpas have led in these efforts in all past Kanchenjunga expeditions and will do so.

Satori Adventures (P) Ltd is made up of highly experienced and qualified high altitude climbing Sherpa guides who have years of experiences in Himalayan mountaineering. Our staffs: climbing Sherpas and high altitude porters are trained in first aid as well as basic and advance search and rescue courses run by the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

A qualified climbing Sherpa guide can augment your travel and climbing experience in many ways and ensure safety during trekking and climbing periods. Having a professional and experienced guide on your Himalayan adventure is a huge advantage. Our guides will perform multiple tasks: set up all of the logistics; carry your equipments; set up base camp and the climbing camps; fix all the ropes; help with your backpack when you are struggling; show you places that you would have never even thought of; and introduce you to the local culture, geography, and flora/fauna. Satori Adventures make sure that your guides are capable of making correct decisions in critical situations.

We ensure that our Associate Guides have excellent practical experiences in climbing with full knowledge on techniques who also help with trekking, base camp and high camp logistics. We are engaged in training programs of our Guides and Associates to improve their knowledge on history, tradition, culture and religion so as they can communicate with you having proper information. We are also providing opportunities for Nepalese women to guide because we believe in the empowerment of women. It is an ongoing struggle to assure most western climbers feel comfortable with a female guide. We are constantly looking for customers and particularly female customers, who are prepared to accept women as their guides.

» All of our climbing guides have thorough technical training and practical experiences in rock climbing, ice and snow climbing, and logistics.
» All of our Sherpa guides are qualified and experienced enough to setup high altitude camps and have intimate knowledge and experience in high altitude camping.
» Satori climbing Sherpa guides are experienced in all technical mountaineering systems including but not limited to: Fixing rope, technical lead climbing on ice, rock and snow terrain, belaying and high angle rescue situations.
» Fully trained and experienced in the use and instruction of supplemental oxygen, mask regulators, preparing high altitude food, Precautions on avalanche and High Mountain rescue techniques.
» Our climbing Sherpa guides have experiences on several 8000m summits, setting-up climbing routes, fixing lines and helping many western guides and climbers to the summits.
» Most of Satori climbing Sherpa Guides has summitted Everest a minimum of 2x and a maximum of 15x times.
» Satori guides have operated expeditions on Mt. Shishapgmana, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Everest Mt. Cho-Oyu and others in both spring and autumn seasons. They have been in operation of expeditions in the Mt. K2, Mt. G2 and Broad peak in the summer season.
» All of our guides are certified by the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
» All guides have certified skills in first aid, altitude/mountain sickness prevention and rescue protocol training.
» The guides employed by Satori Adventures are people with a proven track record of honesty and personal integrity and are committed to climbing practices that do not cause adverse environmental impacts.
» Satori Adventures has guides who speak several different languages ranging from: English, Italian, German, Spanish, French, and Japanese.
» Our climbing guides have in-depth knowledge about all types of climbing, local culture, local customs and local religions and are keen to share their knowledge with their clients.

When you arrive at the Base camp, our staff and high altitude trekking guide/porters will set up the camps. And, while you rest, recover and continue to acclimatize they are still working to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. Upon completing a Pooja ceremony at Base camp, our team of Sherpas will begin to open the route to Camp I. And on completion our expert guides start to take you and essential logistics to the higher camp. Depending on your physical fitness and bodies’ reaction to altitude, you may stay at camp I for a second night, or move up to camp II and then descend back to base camp.

Our climbing guides will then open the route and fix lines to camp II, equip the camp with gear, equipment and food. If time is required for acclimatization and if the weather conditions allow, you may sleep a second night at camp II, or proceed up to camp III and then return back down. During your rest and time at the base camp our team will continue to open the route, fix the camps and supply food, oxygen, and equipment for the summit push.

Depending on the height of the mountain our team will fully equip camp IV with food and oxygen, and make sure that you are fully acclimatized before attempting the summit push. Our climbing Sherpa guides will always prepare and serve hot water, tee/coffee/tang juice, breakfast, lunch and dinner above the Advance Base camp. Our guides take full responsibility of all activities on the climbing route. They cook, serve you food, carry your supplies and motivate you when you get tired.

After you acclimatize through camp I, II, III, IV (as per the height of the mountain you are climbing) our climbing guides will check the weather forecast, group fitness and recovery conditions. If upcoming weather reports, your physical fitness and conditions are all good and in order then they will permit to begin the summit push. On the summit push, you will move to camp I, camp II, camp III and then camp IV before moving to the summit. At camp III or IV you will wake at 10:00pm to 01:00am to begin the summit push.

If due to any reason (bad weather, group physical fitness, accident, or any other incidence occur) you have to return to base camp before the summit push, but still have climbing time, good weather conditions and climbers are interested for another summit push, our climbing Sherpa will provide one more opportunity. However, more than 98% of climbers either summit on the first try, or give up the trip after the first summit attempt.

How you Choose an experienced expedition operators?
It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service so as it suites ones needs, and also provides the safe and secure mountaineering experiences. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies registered in Nepal who claim to offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Mt. 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.

We understand that climbers who choose Satori Adventures for lifetime experience expedition trip have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition Satori Adventures runs. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition” seat, but instead we want to include a team of companionable climbers 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 the mountains. We run our expedition trips with best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client harness their full potential and climb the peak successfully. We are confident that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful in climbing the highest mountains of the Himalayas.

Diminutive Climbing Team Members
We are always developing and updating our operational systems to ensure the facilities provided are of higher standard.  We make sure that our expedition members do deserve same standard services during the trekking and climbing! In the interests of giving you the optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size into smaller so all members of the group summit the peak on the best weather day. Given the chances of less window days for the summit of the peak like Mt. Everest and others, it is pertinent to have smaller group size for the successful expedition.

Those offering the expedition services in comparatively cheaper prices, accumulate many climbers and make larger group size, and subsequently split the group into smaller unit during the summit day which likely cause failure to some members of the same group. Our group members climb as the family members/team of close friends even in international group. We accept maximum of 08 climbers in a group and split into different group for larger numbers than this.  Thus we are renowned for personalized services.

Maximum Summit Success;
The Satori Adventures methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt. Everest and other mountain peaks have been reflected on the highest success rates. Our extensive experiences in the Himalayan expeditions equip us with the edge for making right decisions while needed. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operators resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and success rates. There is always a 1:1 ratio of the climbing Sherpa/guide and client on our expeditions. We always use professional and experienced climbing Sherpa or guides who have all reached the summit of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks multiple of times.

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. They have equally many years of mountaineering experiences on the world’s high peaks. Our guides are experienced in both advanced and basic rescue courses and all have a minimum of 3 years guiding experiences on the Mt. Everest.

Advanced Communication Method
Satori Adventures Mt. Everest and other Himalayan expeditions have been at the forefront of providing top communications for our expeditions. This allows us to obtain and deliver comprehensive weather forecasts made by agencies based in U.S.A., Europe, and Kathmandu based 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 the Base camp.

Facilities Camp setup at Base Camp and Kitchen at Camp II
Satori Adventures focuses on comfortable atmosphere at the Base camp, including good quality food and other services. We experience that this arrangement is helpful for the overall success rate on the mountain. Our cooks are some of the best cooks in the business, providing wholesome and appetizing meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food/dietary requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and catered to uphold you for the rigorous ascent. We offer various choices of diet plan, including vegetarian, Vegan, continental, Indian and others. If you have special food considerations you can let us know this 60 days prior to the expedition starts, so we can plan the best meals for your trip.

Approaches to ABC
The approach on Kanchenjunga Southeast Ridge Base camp is through the Taplejung region of East-north Nepal leading up to Tso Glacier. The expedition trip starts with drive from Kathmandu to Phidim (1,200 m/3,937ft)  and to Khamdani by a Jeep (1,650 m/5,413ft) to Khebang (1,910 m/6,267ft) – Yamphudin (2,080 m/6,824ft) – Tortong (2,995 m/9,826ft) – Cheram (Tseram) (3,870 m/12,697ft), Ramchaur  (4,530 m/14,862ft) - Glacier camp (5,176 m/16,981ft) and then to the Kanchenjunga Advance Base Camp at 5,400 m/17,717ft. It takes typically 10 days to reach ABC from Kathmandu.

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 Facts of the Trip

  First Ascent: Mr. Joe Brown and George Band, British Expedition, May 25, 1955

  Highest access: 8,586m (28,169ft)

  Duration: 56 (typically) Days

  Group Size: 02-10 People per group

  Co-ordinates: 27°42'10''N / 88°09'00''E

  Location: Nepal/ Sikkim border; Kanchenjunga

  Country: Nepal

  Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)

  Grade: Alpine PD+/AD

  Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus

  Best season: Late spring (traditionally less hazardous)

  Major Activity: Trekking/ Mountaineering

  Culture: Sherpa, Rai and Limbu

  Climbing route: Southeast Ridge

  Himalayan sights: Kanchenjunga, Baruntse, Kanchanjunga South

Itinerary Details of the Kanchenjunga Expedition

 Arrive at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to requested hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (1350m/4,430ft).

 Preparation, briefings, last-minute shopping and formalities.

Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and Drive to Phidim (1200m/3,937ft) 12hrs. Overnight hotel accommodation.

 Drive from Phidim to Khebang (1910m/6,267ft) 5 hrs.Tea house/camping accommodation.

Trek from Khebang to Yamphudin (2080m/6,824ft) 7hrs.Tea house/ camping accommodation.

Trek from Yamphudin to Tortong (2995m/9,826ft) 8 hrs.Tea house/camping accommodation.

Trek from Tortong to Cheram (Tseram) (3870m/12,697ft) 7hrs.Teahouse/camping accommodation.

Rest and acclimatization day before reaching  Base camp.

Fly from Tseram to Kanchenjunga Advance base camp (5400m/17,717ft) 6hrs.

Kanchenjunga climbing period (8586m/28,169ft) Summit.

Preparation and clean the camp for the return

Fly from Kanchanjungha to Tapetok overnight at tea house accommodation (1400m/4,595ft)

Drive from  Tapekot to Ilam (3636m/11,930ft) 7 hrs. overnight at Lodge accommodation.

Drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur and flight to Kathmandu (1350m/4,429ft) 10 hrs.Lodge accommodation.

 Leisure and shopping, Farewell-celebration Dinner in the evening.

Transfer to the airport for final departure

Full Board Service Cost (Includes)

  • To ensure your safety and avoid the natural panic of people entering a new destination for the first time, Satori Adventures provides pick-up and drop services from international and domestic airports on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representatives of Satori Adventures will be waiting for you on arrival at both domestic and international airports with a Satori banner with your placard so that you can easily find our person. Satori's identity card will accompany the person for your confirmation.
  • According to the above Kanchenjunga Expedition climbing schedule, Satori Adventures will arrange four nights demanded category (from tourist star to five-star) of hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • Satori Adventures will provide experienced, and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking/ climbing Sherpa guide (Expedition leader) during the trekking and climbing. 
  • Surface transportation will only be included during the trekking and major city for members as per the scheduled itinerary. 
  • Surface transportation from kathmandu to Phidil and Phidim to Kathmandu for members as per the scheduled itinerary. 
  • Satori Adventures will provide you with a lovely tea house accommodation (except chain hotels) to stay in and eat during the trekking trails.
  • Lunch in the trekking is usually made on the way, while dinner and breakfast are made at the tea house where you stay overnight. Satori Adventures provides a clean and fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/ coffee at the tea house's menu throughout the trek and camping accommodation at the advance base camp and Camp-02 during the ascent of Mount Kanchenjunga
  • Satori Adventures will arrange all food and fuel for base camp and higher camps during the Kanchenjunga expedition for both members and expedition crews.
  • Satori Adventures provide EPI Cooking gas, and the stove will be provided in camps one, three, and south col for cooking food, tea, coffee, boiling water, and heating nutrition high altitude package food.
  • Satori Adventures will provide all the essentials for trekking, Kanchenjunga climbing, rowing, and camping at the advanced base camp.
  • Climbing Mt. Kanchenjunga duration takes more than other 8000m and brings an extended stay at the Advance base camp. Items like kitchen tents, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils are high quality and branded, where we will try to provide more convenience.
  • During the ascent of Mount Kanchenjunga Satori Adventures will provide a chef cook, cook assistant, helper, and base camp manager at the advanced base camp to take care of your food, drinks, and other necessary services your good and comfort.
  • Satori Adventures allow up to 60kg of personal climbing equipment per person during the flight onboard and during trekking in Kanchenjunga expedition carried by porter/ yak/ mules.
  • The offer cost includes Mount Kanchenjunga south regular route climbing royalty and the Nepal Government's climbing permit. (Permit issued by Department of Tourism)
  • As Mount Makalu Peak is located at Kanchenjunga Conservation  territory, Satori adventures provide you a permit for Kanchenjunga Conservation Area..
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Kanchejunga Consversation so Satori Adventures provides you a TIMS permit too.
  • The right weather is a crucial factor in a safe and successful ascent. As far as possible, we will provide a regular upcoming day's weather forecast from the Kathmandu office for the Kanchenjunga climb duration.
  • Satori Adventures provides all wages, clinical, equipment, and accidental insurance for all elaborate staff in the journey and climbing.
  • We provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your climbing and health safety.
  • Trekking and mountaineering are often inaccessible and far from information, communication, and transportation in the Himalayas, so information and communication are significant for safety and a successful trip. That's why Satori Adventures provides satellite phones, walkie-talkies (radio set) with the expedition team leader, and your climbing Sherpa guide. Satellite phones available for members at the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
  • Satori Adventures provides V25 north face two main model tents with comfortable mattresses at the advanced base camps, and above the advance camp, two members have one tent. (In advance base camp 1:1 tent and above base camp 2:1 tent as per safety.)
  • Satori Adventures offers dynamic/static rope, ice screws, snow bar, and rock piton locked unlocked karabiners to open the route and for safe and successful climbing.
  • Satori Adventures arrange a generator for back- up lighting power and charge electronic tools if solar panels are not enough for light and charge the battery.
  • Satori Adventures arrange transportation, service of food, all needed expedition, content supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu and return to Kathmandu (Cargo to Base Camp and return)
  • Satori Adventures will try to make the base camp as convenient as possible. We will provide you a heater at the base camp for heating the dining room during cold temperatures (mostly required for evening and morning).
  • Health is a prime concern during your climbing expedition. This is why Satori Adventures include emergency oxygen, mask, and regulator provided to guest and expedition staff requirements.
  • Till the date, there's no available alternative to electricity or lighting at the Kanchenjunga , so that Satori Adventures provides solar panels or generators for lighting, battery, and mobile charging at the base camp.
  • Satori Adventures include Icefall charges ,Summit rope cost charged by Expedition Operators Association, and Himalayan Rescue Association medical insurance charged in the package cost.
  • For the climbing proposal of acclimatization and summit target, Satori Adventures included all tents for camps 1, 2, 3, and 4 for members and staff.
  • During your climbing expedition, Satori Adventures offer you clean, nutritious, and fresh food at the advanced base camp and camp two in Kanchejunga. We provide you nutrition, high altitude package food, and essential EPI cooking gas and stoves to boiled water, tea, coffee, and warm pocket food above the advanced base camp.
  • Satori Adventures provides all food and fuel for both members and crews at advanced base camps and higher camps during the Kanchejunga expedition.
  • We offer each climber One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 03 Times Everest Summiteers Climbing / Expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client with the idea of making your ascent safe and successful. There will also be one experience and professional Leader, Sherpa, for each expedition group. 
  • The package cost includes all wages, equipment allowance, and the load carries bonus for involved staff in trekking and climbing expedition.
  • The package cost includes all wages, equipment, medical and accidental insurances for the liaison officer.
  • Satori Adventure always has concerned and top priority about our trekking guides, climbing Sherpa guides, cooks, porters, and involved staff safety during the period of trekking and high mountain climbing. For this reason, we always do medical insurance, helicopter evacuation insurance, and treatment insurance for all involved staff with a reputed insurance company.
  • As Mount Kanchenjunga’s ascent is long, the stay at Camp two is more extended due to acclimatization. We also take care of our climbers in Camp two and arrange kitchen dining arrangements to supply freshly cooked food. 
  • For your convenience, we always provide maps of related trekking and trekking peak climbing.
  • During the climbing period of summit target, Satori Adventures included Five bottles (28 liters) of Poisk Oxygen will be provided to each climbing member (we use Poisk brands of Oxygen which is one of the trustful oxygen brands for high altitude)
  • As adequate quality oxygen, masks and regulators are crucial during Everest climbing. We provide masks and regulators from the latest model of summit or top out brands.
  • Before your departure, as a memory, Satori Adventures would like to handover Satori T-shirt/ Pashmina and Brochure.
  • If you need any assistance with departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation, Visa extension procedure services, Satori Adventures fully support you without any charges.
  • The above offer price includes our official service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat. Except for the above amount, there are not any hidden costs charged by us.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.

Full Board Service Cost (Excludes)

  • Kathmandu is Nepal's capital, and since this place offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the food you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner (except farewell dinner) by yourself.
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself as a customer often requires these items during the trekking. There's no guess on how much and will take by the client and its cost.
  • Expenses are incurred towards personal nature trekking, climbing equipment, laundry expenses, tips, landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phones, and the internet service is not included in the package. You have to pay for it yourself when you use it.
  • Personal climbing equipment is one of the significant factors for your safe and successful climbing. So you have to arrange all your personal climbing equipment brand and quality on your own.
  • Mountaineering is, in itself, a risky and adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to arrange your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa by yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/ unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations costs are not included in the package cost.
  • Additional costs if needed extra workers, than what we have included in the package.
  • As per the Mountaineering Association and Department of Tourism rules, after the successful summit, the climbing member has to pay a summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides US$ 1500.00 minimum to be paid before departure from Kathmandu.
  • Our involved expedition staff (chef cook, cook, cook assistance, base camp manager) are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and thank you for the kind of service you have rendered. Normally US$ 250-300.00 per person collected by the team leader and divide to all involved base camp staff except climbing Sherpa guide.
  • The short sentence, "All the services not mentioned in the above package (cost includes parts) are excluded," It will cost extra if you want additional services.

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