Kangchenjunga, Nepal Guided Trek
Experience one of the most beautiful walks in the Himalayas.
In 1989 Craig van Hoy summited the worlds third highest mountain Kangchenjunga (catch-chewn-chung-ga) as part of the first American team. The trek into the Kangchenjunga Base Camp is one of the most beautiful in all of Nepal. Unlike the Mount Everest area the trek has only been open to hikers since about 1990 and is still a very pristine walk. The other unique thing about this trek is that you follow the river valley to eventually reach the high villages on Pangpema, and eventually base camp. On most treks in Nepal you have to cut across the “grain” of the great Himalayan range meaning you go from ridgeline to river valley and then repeat the process for days to reach the highlands.
$3,695 includes domestic flights in Nepal.
Included: Hotels, tours, all ground transportation, domestic flights, porters, guides, food & all group equipment.
Not included: International round-trip air fare and travel expenses United States to Nepal, personal gear, excess baggage charges, airport taxes and Nepal entry visas, satellite telephone air charges, costs incurred as a result of delays or events beyond the control of Go Trek, recommended insurance policies (medical, evacuation and trip cancellation.)
This is the mountain that put Craig Van Hoy literally “on the map” and it is very special every year he returns. His team included a notable “Who’s Who” of American mountaineering including Lou Whittaker and Ed Viesturs. To mark that unforgettable event, Craig recently announced that Go Trek would lead a “Reunion Journey” back to the 16,500-foot base camp. Don’t miss the chance to join Craig as he recounts the expedition and journey that launched his legendary formal career in mountaineering. Let Craig, along with his Nepali partners, take you in to this pristine wilderness area where there are no crowds and the views are stunning.
A special feature of this adventure has all team members following the river valley trail leading to the remote, high villages on Pangpema, and eventually base camp. This slow, gradual ascent allows for exploration of culture, color and local traditions. This is a special place, a special route and an emotional journey for Craig every time he returns. Don’t miss as chance to join him on this historic occasion.
Culture & Sightseeing
This is a wonderful trek filled with monasteries, Sherpa culture and the exotic sights and sounds of Kathmandu.
Extensive mountaineering experience is not required. As on all our treks in Nepal, porters or yaks carry all your gear. Typically your day pack may include items such as a camera, jacket, hat, gloves and a water bottle.
You should check with your physician or your local travel clinic well before your departure for current requirements. The following immunizations are recommended:
- Hepatitis A & B
Both are recommended for protection against Hepatitis.
Make sure you are current you may need a booster.
For protection against animal bites.
Ask your clinician.
There are two ideal “weather windows” for Nepal. Temperatures are relatively warm through the latter half of March until the first of June. Mornings are bright and clear with the air slowly becoming hazier as the day progresses. The color displays of the rhododendron forests in spring time are spectacular. The fall season, the later half of October to early December, is an ideal time for the best mountain views. Cool and clear crisp air greets the trekker each morning and evening.
- Camp shoes (running shoes, sneakers, etc.)
- Hiking boots (waterproofed and well broken in)
- Four pairs of socks
- One pair light fleece gloves
- One pair heavier ski gloves
- Fleece hat (ski cap)
- Two pairs synthetic long underwear (top and bottoms) (no cotton)
- One pair fleece pants (full side zips)
- One fleece jacket
- One pair hiking shorts
- Two pair running shorts
- Down jacket with hood
- GORE-TEX® jacket
- GORE-TEX® pants (full side zips)
- Two big duffel bags with locks, nametags, and contact information written directly on the duffels
- Secure travel wallet
- Passport with one extra photo.(You’ll need the photo for the Nepal Entry Visa.You will also need four more passport photos for trekking permits)
- Backpack, 3500-cubic-inch-capacity
- Large day pack (Use this as your airline carry-on)
- Two sleeping pads (one inflatable and one closed cell foam)
- Several nylon stuff sacks, two plastic garbage bags, and five large Ziploc bags
- Headlamp with one set of extra batteries
- Sunglasses (wrap around style)
- Pocket knife and Bic lighter
- Personal toiletries (lightweight)
- Personal First Aid Kit: tape, BandAids, Amoxicillin, Cipro, Dexamethasone, Diamox, and cold/flu medicine
- Small stash of personal snack food and drink mix powder
- Walkman/Discman with extra batteries (for the tents)
- Two Nalgene water bottles (wide mouth) with foam insulated covers
- One pee bottle (for tent nights)
- Adjustable ski poles
- Sunscreen, lip balm, and sun hat
- One package Potable Aqua (iodine tablets) for water purification
- Cup, bowl, and spoon
- Camera and film