Everest. K2. Kilimanjaro. Aconcagua. The mountain giants of this world are well known to everyone, they make headlines again and again and have a correspondingly high attraction for admirers and conquerors. But there are also the mountains, which stay discreetly in the background and seem to give way to others. The giants who reveal their beauty and wonders only to true connoisseurs and reward them all the richer. One of these mountains is Kangchenjunga at the border of Nepal and Tibet. And this although the so-called “Queen of the Mountains” would have every reason to place herself in the limelight.
So the “Kantsch” (as the tongue twister is simplified in German) with 8.586m is not only the third highest mountain in the world, but also the only mountain that can boast 4 peaks above the 8.000m mark. Welcome to the paradise of altitude difference! The direct translation of the name Kangchenjunga/Kanchenjunga/Kangchendzönga is “Five treasure troves of the great snow”. But whether these treasure troves of the “Queen” are her 5 peaks, 5 glaciers or perhaps something completely different, will probably remain her secret forever. And as if that weren’t enough, the mountain lies in the midst of a beautiful area that is brimming with species-rich fauna and flora (at least in lower altitudes) and awaits mountaineers a special march through the subtropical rainforest up into the eternal ice of the Yulang Glacier.
But there are two sides to every coin and the reason why Kangchenjunga – despite all the above-mentioned qualities – is still a calm mountain, may be because there is no route to the summit that can be regarded as easy. Furthermore, its location on the border to India makes it the most easterly 8.000 m and accordingly very exposed to the weather.
We want to pull together a small group of experienced mountaineers for our Kanchenjunga expedition and want to dare the challenge to climb this snow giant, offering the best safety currently possible in the context of high altitude mountaineering. For this purpose, we offer a professional and multi-tested Sherpa-team, one of our most experienced UIAGM-mountain guides, 1:1 Climbing Sherpa to mountaineer ratio, the best group equipment possible, good and varied cuisine, as well as weather report from our long-time meteorologist and the best oxygen system available on the market.
All that is still missing are adventurous mountaineers who want to face this challenge and experience the beauty of the Queen of the Mountains for themselves.