Kanchenjunga Main Overview

Peak ID





8586 M / 28169 FT






1st ascent on

25/05/1955 AD(11/02/2012 BS)

1st ascent by

George Band,
Joe Brown,

Kanchenjunga Main, is the third highest mountain peak of the world. It has an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section of the Himalayas called Kangchenjunga Himal delimited in the west by the Tamur River, in the north by Jongsang La and Nepal China boundary. Kanchenjunga Main lies on the boundary of Nepal and India. Until 1852, Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but calculations based on various readings and measurements made by the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India in 1849 came to the conclusion that Mount Everest, known as Peak XV at that time, was the highest. Allowing for further verification of all calculations, it was officially announced in 1856 that Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. Kangchenjunga was first climbed on 25 May, 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition. They stopped short of the summit in accordance with the promise given to the Chogyal that the top of the mountain would remain intact. Every climber or climbing group that has reached the summit has followed this tradition.


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    Province 1
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Nearest help center

( from the basecamp along
the caravan route )
  • Police post:

    0KM at Tapethok
  • Army post:

    Taplejung at a distance of 0.1KM and for alternative route is also Taplejung at a distance of 0.1KM
  • Health centre/post:

    0.1KM km away at Siwa and in alternate route is Tellok at a distance of 0KM
  • Nearest settlement :

    Ghunsa at a distance of 0KM and for alternative route is Yamphudin at a distance of 0KM

Royalty Fees

  • Nepalese (NRs):

    NRs 10000 in spring season, NRs 5000 in autumn and NRs 2500 in winter or summer for expedition
  • Foreigners (USD):

    USD 1800 in spring season, USD 900 in autumn and USD 450 in winter or summer for expedition

How to get there

  • From Kathmandu:

    Fly to Biratnagar or Bhadrapur and then by vehicle to Taplejung or by vehicle to Taplejung
  • Caravan route:

  • Caravan route

    0.1KM through Ghunsa and through Yamphudin is 0.1KM
  • Climbing route

  • Duration:

    75 Days