Grade : Technical climbing | Max Altitude : 6143m
Challenging peak climbing | high energy metabolic boost | stunning Kanchenjunga alpine scenery | rejuvenation-creativity stimulating adventure
Boktoh (6,143m) dominating west view from Ramche, on Yalung glacier on the way to Kanchenjunga South Basecamp, is a beautiful and intimidating looking peak and with spectacular route, a perfect objective for mountaineer looking for 6000m challenge. There is an icefall to access final 400m route, from the col on its north side just above the icefall, along neve shoulder. It is a stunning, challenging but achievable objective on the way to Kanchenjunga South Basecamp.Tweet
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Boktoh (6,143m) dominating west view from Ramche, on Yalung glacier on the way to Kanchenjunga South Basecamp, is a beautiful and intimidating looking peak and with spectacular route, a perfect objective for mountaineer looking for 6000m challenge. There is an icefall to access final 400m route, from the col on its north side just above the icefall, along neve shoulder. It is a stunning, challenging but achievable objective on the way to Kanchenjunga South Basecamp.
Semi-technical nature of Boktoh route is descevingly complex and calling for skills in route finding. Infinite Mountain Adventure (IMA) focuses exclusively on client’s success with the climb, ensuring safety, comfort and enjoyable climbing experience. IMA's innovative strategy optimizes acclimatization and climbing time to preserve your energy essential for the climb. IMA provides western style climbing training to Sherpa guides and appropriate climbing equipment with staff trained to use it.
IMA maximizes holiday time value for our professional and executive clients with minimum time away from their busy schedules. All our climbing adventures are designed by exercise physiologist and experienced climber and are appropriately scheduled for safety and success.
IMA offers preparation program in Australia for experienced trekkers and provides our clients with sound advice on preparations by exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training.
Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu | Transfer
Day 2:Kathmandu Rest | Preparation
Day 3:Sekutar Flight | Trek to Mitlung
Day 4:Trek Mitlung to Chirwa
Day 5:Chiruwa to Shekhathum
Day 6:Shekhathum to Amjilaysa
Day 7:Amjilaysa to Gyabla
Day 8:Gyabla to Ghunsa
Day 9:Ghunsa Acclimatization
Day 10:Trek to Sinlapche La
Day 11:Trek to Ramche
Day 12:Trek to Boktoh Base Camp
Day 13-16:Climbing Days
Day 17:Trek to Tarading
Day 18:Trek to Yamphudin
Day 19:Trek to Khewang
Day 20:Trek to Kande Banyang
Day 21:Trek to Taplejung
Day 22:Flight to Kathmandu | Celebration Dinner
Day 23:Airport Transfer | Departure
Your adventure price includes:
Infinite Mountain Adventure (IMA) operates Boktoh climb in spring and autumn seasons. IMA Boktoh peak climbing offers a spectacular semi-technical and challenging 6000m climbing in a safe and quality environment. Boktoh climb is a very physical undertaking with a short icefall and snowy ridge climb in stunning alpine scenery of Kanchenjunga massif. There is no mountaineering experience required but high level of endurance fitness and ability to do basic rock climb and rappel is required to climb through the icefall. IMA will provide guided preparations for our clients.
Our guides are experienced and qualified young Sherpas from Kanchenjunga area. We provide extensive training to our staff in technical climbing as well as English, customer relationships and Mountaineering Outdoor First Aid. So apart of professionalism you can expect warmth and genuine hospitality of Sherpa and Tibetan culture.
Our staff is young, energetic and experience in customer relationship and technical climbing through our training program and practical experience. Our climbers are the only guides trained in western style climbing, critical thinking and ethical behaviour. Our guides are our business partners and participate in profit sharing scheme.
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Absolutely not, all your gear will be delivered to Boktoh BC by a porter.
During the trek we will offer food in local lodges cooked to western taste. The area of Kanchenjunga is undeveloped and lodges offer a very basic food. We employ trained high altitude cook to make the food palatable for western tastes. During 6 days of climbing period we will provide sufficient meals to deliver required energy. The cook will ensure that meals are tasty, nutritious and as much of fresh vegetables as possible.
All foreign visitors to Nepal with exception of Indian nationals require Nepali visa. Passport holders of Australia, New Zealand, United States and all European countries are eligible for the visa on arrival. Since spring 2015 Nepali Immigration has introduced computerized automated visa system making arrival Immigration process fast and convenient. You will require a visa with 1 month duration.
Yes the Boktoh climbing permit and Kanchenjunga Conservation permit are included in the package and we will organize them prior to your arrival to Kathmandu.
Yes our representative will pick you up from Tribuvan International airport and will transfer you to the hotel. We monitor time of your arrival and we will be there on-time. All you need to do is to collect your luggage, clear customs and proceed to the outside of the terminal. Kathmandu International terminal is very small. Once you outside the building you will easily see your name displayed by our representative, who will transfer to the hotel.
In Kathmandu we use newly build Hotel De Veda, which meets earthquake proof building code and is located in quiet part of Thamel. Kanchenjunga is largely undeveloped area and the lodging is simple but we will ensure the best possible accommodation and food. Where accommodation is poor we will utilize our tents. During the climb we set-up kitchen and dining facilities in the basecamp and utilize freeze-dry food for high camp.
Yes you need -20°C sleeping bag if you like sleeping warm and cosy however one can get away with -10°C one. Some lodges on the way provide warm blankets but in most places you will need your sleeping bag. The lodges at the start and the end of the trek are in low areas with high temperatures.
Yes we will provide thick quality base matt in the base camp and down filled Thermarest style of airbed for the basecamp and high camps.
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We recommend purchasing down gear as well as fleece and Gore-Tex jackets from Keamp8848 in Kathmandu. We use their gear as our personal gear for trekking, climbing and mountaineering due to innovative design and high quality manufacturing equivalent or better, for Himalayan use, to leading western brands but for fraction of the cost. If you require down suit you will need to order it one month prior to your arrival. Please contact us and we will assist you with the order.
You will also require basic climbing gear such as helmet, Ice-axe, crampons, climbing and trekking boots and following climbing hardware: alpine style of harness (Black Diamond Alpine Bod), ascender device, rappel device, minimum 4 karabiners (2 locking and 2 non-locking) and 4 Prusik loops (2 long and two short. Your info pack will contain details.
IMA recommends quality over price for comfort and safety and long term savings. Quality can be expensive but it doesn't have to be if one select right gear from right OEM. Naturally there is budget advantage of buying from quality Nepali OEM and you will pay 25-50% for similar or better designed Nepali gear comparing to leading US or European brands. We use and recommend Keamp8848 for quality, innovative design and the price. Your guide will direct you to Keamp8848 factory showroom in Thamel located only 5 minutes' walk from hotel De Veda. You should consider purchasing your Gore-Tex climbing/trekking jacket, Gore-Tex over pants, Fleece jacket and down jacket in Kathmandu. Another Nepali OEM to consider is Sonam brand, which has comparable pricing to Keamp8848, however quality of fabric is different and it lacks innovative design features of Keamp8848.
Climbing hardware is readily available in numerous trekking/climbing stores in Kathmandu, so you don't need to bring them on the plane and save the weight of your luggage. We will advise you details within you info pack.
Apply Layering Principle while Trekking and Climbing
While biking and trekking in any mountainous undulating environment and in particularly at high altitudes where the weather is also a subject to rapid changes one needs to adopt layering principle with clothing to regulate body temperature ensuring that the body temperature stays in comfortable range to prevent excessive sweating followed by rapid cooling. When you start the day wear sufficient number of layers to keep warm but as soon as you feel overheating remove a layer on the go quickly to prevent unnecessary overheating and sweating.
Take advantage of Merino Wool as a first layer
For layer one garments we recommend Merino Wool from Icebreaker because the company understands climbers and mountaineers needs and utilizes the best quality material. No other company can at this stage (spring 2015) match Icebreaker quality. The quality in extreme conditions is essential for your comfort and safety. Merino wool is the finest wool and it matches cotton with softness and polypropylene with insulation and breathing-ability because it takes moisture away from the body and keeps you dry and warm.
Utilize Merino Moisture Wicking, Insulation and Antibacterial Properties
The process of taking the moisture away from the body is called wicking. Wool and synthetic fabrics are really good wicking materials hence they are very suitable to wear for hard physical activity such as trekking, mountain biking and climbing. Due to its natural nano-tube construction wool has also antibacterial properties, so it stays usable for much longer. It is slightly more expensive then polypropylene so is bike riding, trekking and climbing. Using cotton shirts for trekking, mountain biking or climbing in high altitude is a wrong and dangerous approach, which can lead to hypothermia.
We have incorporated acclimatization into the climbing sequence and appropriately scheduled approach by high altitude exercize physiologist, so there is no need for prior acclimatization. The only requirements is high level of endurance fitness.
Our philosophy is to maximize acclimatization and the climb and to minimize pointless and exhaustive trekking. However Boktoh peak is located in a remote area with relatively long access comparing to climbing in Annapurna and Everest areas .We are climbing business with extensive climbing experience. By the time you reach the Basecamp you will be ready to climb and not exhausted. We climb 6149m high from the Basecamp alpine style with intermediate C1.
The risks during the Boktoh climb are potential to develop AMS, gastric problems or physical injury such as bleeding. IMA maintains programs and procedures to prevent and avoid all the above. We have appropriately equipped and up-to-dated First Aid Kit and train staff how to use it effectively. We require each group member to have valid Travel Insurance, which allows Medivac. We treat AMS, gastric issues, and bleeding. If required we activate emergency evacuation by helicopter, so we require all climbers to obtain Travel insurance to cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses. There are some risks associated with natures' activities such as excessive unseasonal snowfall or landslide blocking the path and potential earthquake. We have developed western style and quality emergency and evacuation procedures to ensure safety on our adventure, which includes double back-up communication channels to our office in Kathmandu to assists us with any emergency.
Yes, all climbers are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which doesn't exclude helicopter emergency evacuation. Insurance is not expensive compering to the cost of expedition and potential cost of evacuation.
Acute Altitude Sickness (AMS) is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen is available for the body to carry on normal functions. This is caused by decreased partial pressure of Oxygen, a difference between external and intercellular pressures.
Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 metres (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at the altitude thus it is vital you monitor your own health. In principle higher cardiovascular fitness decreases susceptibility to AMS. Symptoms of AMS may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it ignored it could lead to serious health issues including death. All biking adventure participants are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which doesn't exclude helicopter emergency evacuation.
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
Symptoms generally associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness include:
At high altitude all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and, if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)?
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatise and avoid altitude sickness by:
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
Most travellers are able to successfully acclimatise by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages.Our guides have training and experience in AMS symptoms recognition, prevention and treatment. The guide will monitor your all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.We ask you to cooperate with the guide by reporting any above described symptoms and allow your guide to undertake appropriate and timely action such as take a rest and have a drink or snack, help you to carry your day pack or change a pace, take extra day rest or descent if necessary.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest medication such as Ibuprophen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS our guide will contact our Kathmandu office and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.
Boktoh peak climb is a serious physiological undertaking with some technical aspect. The trek is I a remote area with long daily distances and lots of elevation gain and loss daily. You should be in general good physical shape to start with. Generally our customers for Shishapangma expedition are bike riders or recreational runners and many test themselves with occasional 10km city fun runs or 50km mountain bike rides or 100km road rides. Considerable number of clients have at some stage completed marathon run. You don't need to be competitive just to be able to complete run or ride within average event time. If you completed one of the above within last 6 months you are well pre-qualifying and ready for Boktoh peak climbing expedition.
If you are in a good shape, the only thing you have to do now is 3 month ramp-up before the adventure. You should aim to jog three to four times weekly trying to get your 10km within 1 hour or 100km road ride within 5 hours, which will mean that you can sustain continuous exercise. To prepare for that you should preference outdoor step training or riding hills minimum twice a week. The more hills and steps you manage to get in, the more enjoyable the ride will be and you will also get more benefits out of the adventure.
There is section of 100m ice fall from where you need to be able to rappel with confidence. We offer rappel clinics in Australia, so please contact us about it. Climbing icefall will also require a basic rock climbing abilities to be able to move through the icefall efficiently.
WHY DO IT?...
Part of doing the adventure is the aspect of motivation, and setting your goals and meeting them. The adventure participation will be beneficial to you in all aspects of your personal and professional endeavours. Our exercise suggestions are designed for you get fitter and hopefully influence your healthy lifestyle as result of the ride.
Please ask us for detailed advice.
The adventure is scheduled during the best weather period in the area. Kanchenjunga is renowned rainforest area with high local precipitation, so the climbing period is very limited. Most of the trek will pass through rainforest and you expect high temperatures and precipitation. Although the climb takes only 2 days we assign 6 days to ensure that we catch climbing window. We also select departure to increase chances of clear weather and safety of the climb.
Absolutely, we welcome individual travellers on our fixed departure but we reserve the right to cancel the departure due to insufficient participation and to offer alternative departure. We require a minimum group of 4 participants. Naturally we will offer group prices for people joining as a group. Our adventure calculator will show you adventure of joining us together with friends.
Complete the booking form on the adventure page, select size of your group and required services and find out price for your group. Simply click on BOOK/INQUIRE button and give us required details. We will send you invoice for the deposit of 30% of the trip value. After paying deposit for the trip we will send you booking confirmation and Shishapangma Climbing Information. The balance is due 2 months prior departure. The deposit as well as the balance may be paid by bank money transfer or by Credit Card via secure PayPal system.
Simply complete BOOKIG/INQUIRE form and specify information you require in the message and we will engage with you by e-mail or if you prefer we will call you at the time convenient to you.
IMA Boktoh climbing adventure is scheduled during spring and autumn to ensure the best possible weather with low precipitation and low temperatures for climb safety. The basecamp is located above 5000m and is subject to mountain weather with possible snow storms and unexpected cold snaps and unseasonal weather.
We will start the trek at 1130m, down trek to 800m and trek to 5200m Basecamp so the difference in temperatures will be some °C. This will require variety of clothing styles and grade. The basecamp is located above 5200m and is subject to mountain weather with possible snow storms and unexpected cold snaps and unseasonal weather.
You will require appropriate Gore-Tex windproof jacket and over pants and down gear including down jacket and down pants. You will also require down sleeping bag for the basecamp and high camps.
Boktoh peak is a semi-technical climb and you will require a minimum mountaineering gear including mountaineering climbing boots, crampons, ice-axe, alpine harness, accessory Prusik loops, karabiners, ascender and rappel device.
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Please note, that the Gear List is only recommendation and you must choose the quantity of clothing ensuring that it will be sufficient to keep you warm and comfortable without excessive luggage.