Kangchenjunga, 28,200', is the 3rd highest mountain on earth, and one of the most massive massifs in the entire Himalaya. Set between Nepal and Sikkim (India), it sprawls along the border for many miles, with four summits over 27,700', and with dozens of other summits that rise from 22,000' to 26,000'.
It has intrigued mountaineers for centuries, its tantalizing crests gleaming enigmatically along the far horizon. Notoriously difficult to access because of its complex geography, it has immense glaciers, countless subsidiary ridges and ranges, and confusing approaches. Although it was one of the first of the great peaks to be explored, it was one of the last to be climbed.
Above all, Kangchenjunga possesses an exquisite beauty, which is best appreciated from closer approach. We'll helicopter into the high-country at the start, and trek to both the north and the south base-camps, then helicopter out at the end, spending more up-close time in the high mountains, maximizing our time and efforts in the thin cold air.
This high-altitude trek will be accompanied by a full retinue of Sherpas, porters and cooks. These men have vast experience in this region and will enhance our experience. Skip Horner will personally accompany the trip, adding his decades of Himalayan experience to the mix.
All in all this will be a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to one of the most remote, lovely, seldom-visited and enigmatic mountain regions on earth. The effort required will be great, but the rewards will be immeasurable.
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