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Kanchenjunga Boot Camp Trek

Grade : hard | Max Altitude : 6100m | Accomodation : 4

Spectacular challenging Kanchenjunga experience | look at Kanchenjunga from 6100m | Tibetan Buddhist culture | Sherpa genuine hospitality

About IMA Kanchenjunga Bootcamp

Kanchenjunga Bootcamp is one of the most demanding treks in Nepal with remoteness, some challenging trekking crossing two 4000m passes. Your Sherpa guides will take you to a 6100m vantage point to view huge and spectacular Kanchenjunga massif. Our Sherpa guides are from Kanchenjunga area and will offer you genuine Sherpa culture experience.

 

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Highlights

  • High altitude (6100m) metabolic boost to wellness
  • Face Mt Kanchenjunga | World 3rd highest mountain
  • Safety: qualification experience quality
  • Insides of Sherpa-Tibetan Buddhist culture | Spring Festival
  • Well-designed acclimatization
  • Kanchenjunga Glacier Valley|7000m peaks

Departures

Spring 2016:

Mar 26

Autumn 2016:

Oct 15

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About IMA Kanchenjunga Boot Camp

Kanchenjunga Bootcamp Trek is a special collaboration between IMA and Kanchenjunga Guesthouse. Young Ghunsa Sherpas will take you from Taplejung to Ghunsa through spectacular Ghunsa River Valley and will offer you hospitality in their remote Kanchenjunga Guest House. Spring departure has been synchronized with Ghunsa Buddhist Festival, so you will experience a special cultural event.

This Kanchenjunga Trekking Adventure has been designed by our trekking logistics expert and exercise physiology specialist to stimulate the maximum metabolic outcome. From this outdoor Himalayan trekking adventure at high altitude, you will improve your fitness and endurance in a safe challenging and controlled environment. It has been designed for healthy and fit hiker looking for a personal high altitude challenge, innovative team building event or just to recharge for the following year of busy and stressful responsibilities. The pace of the hike is relatively low due to high elevation; however there are options for stunning short glacier trips to amazing vistas.

During the Kanchenjunga Circuit Boot Camp Trekking Adventure we reach Pangpengma, the North Kanchenjanga base camp at 5140m, from there we attempt to reach an elevation of 6100m for the most amazing view of Kanchenjunga massif as well as many 7000m peaks delineating the Tibetan and Sikkim borders.

You will experience some technically easy climbing on the glacier and a broad shoulder of 6800m Drohmo peak.

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu | Preparations

Day 2: KTM-Suketar flight | Trek to Mitlung

Day 3: Trek Mitlung to Chiruwa

Day 4: Chiruwa to Shekhathum

Day 5: Shekhathum to Amjilaysa

Day 6: Amjilaysa to Gyabla

Day 7: Gyabla to Ghunsa

Day 8: Ghunsa Acclimatization | Festival

Day 9: Ghunsa to Kangbachen

Day 10: Kangbachen to Lhonak

Day 11: Trek to Pangpema

Day 12: Pangpema | Acclimatization

Day 13: Trek to Climbing Camp

Day 14: Climb Mt Drohmo Shoulder 6100m

Day 15: Trek to Lhonak

Day 16: Trek to Ghunsa

Day 17: Ghunsa | Rest day

Day 18: Trek to Sinlapche La

Day 19: Trek to Ramche

Day 20: Ramche | Explore Kanchenjunga south

Day 21: Trek to Ghunsa | Lapsang La

Day 22: Ghunsa | Rest day

Day 23: Trek to Amjilaysa

Day 24: Trek to Chiruwa

Day 25: Trek to Taplejung

Day 26: Flight Suketar-KTM

Day 27: KTM Contingency Day

Day 28: AirportTransfer|Departure

Your adventure price includes:

  • All arrival|departure transfer services.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • Required staff during the trekking.
  • KTM-Sekutar Return flight.
  • All trekking and camping equipment including personal tent with floor mat and Thermarest mat Base camp standard Kitchen, Dining and Toilet tents.
  • Lodge accommodation in Ghunsa - twin share basis / meals (B|L|D).
  • 3 meals per day and lodging Sekutar-Ghunsa.
  • Trekking Permit (NP entry fee) / TIMS card/ Restricted Area Permit.
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accident Insurance and food for all staff involved during trekking.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staff.
  • Tent accommodation on the trek in a spacious dome expedition tent on twin basis.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information by our Australian consultant.
  • Sherpa warmth and western quality standard by purpose trained staff.

To undertake this adventure one must be moderately fit and enjoy trekking, mountain bike riding and exploring other cultures. We provide the most comfortable accommodation and the best food available during the bike ride. The ride is really leisurely but fast and exciting with 12km uphill ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath. Our pace is comfortable and designed by exercise physiologist to prevent AMS (Acute Mountain sickness) and is scheduled with appropriate acclimatization schedule. The bike ride is entirely on unpaved and in places rugged jeep road and village trails and contains one section of steep technical descent. So one must be reasonably fit and to be able to sustain three-week period of hiking and bike riding.

Our guides are experienced and qualified young Sherpas from Kanchenjunga area and young local Tibetans from Mustang area familiar with Tibetan Buddhist traditions and spirituality. We provide extensive training to our staff in technical climbing and bike riding as well as English, customer relationships and 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 and mountain biking through our training program and practical experience. Our climbers are the only guides trained in western style climbing and not just high altitude porters. Your Chief guide owns the adventure and organizes entire program for you through our network of partners so there is no middle man sitting in Kathmandu collecting commissions and exploiting staff and you the tourist.

Simply click on SERVICES TAB, where you find all inclusions. If this is insufficient please send us e-mail to info@8mtb.com.

Absolutely not, we employ porters as a part of your package deal to carry your gear from lodge to lodge, most of the time on the jeep.

Yes, if you have to, however our Muktinath Fun bike ride trip is designed at the pace and level allowing a fit and prepared bike rider to ride up hill without considerable exhaustion. Exhaustion at high altitude even 3700m can potentially trigger Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You Biking guide will promote appropriate pace and rest to prevent AMS. Please ask us about free preparation program, there is nothing to lose but there are enormous gains to achieve. Just in case we will offer stand-by jeep to take you up.

Your guide will carry appropriate spares and tools and has the knowledge and experience to be able to repair reasonable bike damage.

Absolutely all your food as well as accommodation is included from the time you leave Kathmandu until you arrive to Pokhara. In Kathmandu and Pokhara your breakfast is included and you will bear the cost of any other meals to allow you have a personal choice of restaurant. However if you wish to manage lodging bills yourself please do not select meals option on the trip cost calculator.

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. For Muktinath Biking adventure you will need 2 weeks visa.

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. In Pokhara we use Lakeside Center Hotel. All these hotels are new with high cleaning standards and very good hot water solar shower systems with attached bathrooms and with breakfast included in Kathmandu hotel and in Pokhara, where we take breakfast in the outside AM/PM Café.

No you don't need sleeping bag. In all hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Kagbeni, Muktinath, Marpha and Tatopani accommodation includes great shower and fresh clean bedding.

No specialized gear is required for Muktinath Fun Bike Ride Adventure. We recommend cycling in your trekking boots for safety and comfort. The area is semi-desert between Marpha and Muktinath, but due to climate change you may encounter unseasonal rainfall and at higher altitude snowfall. In the desert with clear sky you will experience big temperature difference between day and night and light down jacket will be essential. 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 biking due to innovative design and high quality manufacturing equivalent or better, for Himalayan use, to leading western brands but for fraction of the cost.

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 riding/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.

Apply Layering Principle while Trekking and Biking

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 ride 10-20km per day except the downhill day from Marpha to Tatopani where we will ride 40km downhill.

Nepal is a very safe country to travel even for single tourists, however nature is unpredictable and one should not travel alone in particularly at high altitude. We train our guides in high altitude safety and outdoor mountaineering first aid, so they are capable to respond to any emergency unlike most of Nepali guides.

We promote quality recreational and non-competitive style of adventure with emphasis on safety. Our trek and ride adventures are fun, exciting and culturally enriching due to local well educated and well trained staff. With plenty to see and experience we stop to visit local temples, gompas and monasteries and take photographs at spectacular vistas. We will ensure the pace to prevent AMS and any physical injuries. In a case of accident we carry essential First Aid Kit and your guide will be familiar with its content and application.

The risks during the ride are potential to develop AMS, gastric problems or physical injury. 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 provide good quality new mountain bikes maintained appropriately after each adventure to prevent any bike failure. We require each group member to have valid Travel Insurance, which allows Medivac. We treat AMS, gastric issues and bleeding and if required we activate emergency evacuation by helicopter. Helicopter evacuation is activated by the guide and is coordinated by our Kathmandu office.

There are some risks associate with natures' activities such as excessive unseasonal snowfall or landslide blocking the path and potential earthquake. We have developed 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 biking adventure participants are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which doesn't exclude helicopter emergency 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:

  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Disturbed sleep or drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid pulse
  • Swelling of hands, feet & face

Symptoms generally associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness include:

  • Bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis)
  • Chest tightness or congestion
  • Confusion
  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
  • Grey or pale complexion
  • Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
  • Shortness of breath at rest

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)?

  • Breathlessness
  • A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
  • Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
  • Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
  • Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)?

  • Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
  • Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Blurred or double vision/retinal haemorrhage

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:

  • Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body
  • Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
  • Drinking plenty of water; the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colourless urine
  • Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
  • Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m above 2,400m
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

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.

Muktinath Fun Bike adventure is moderate level biking adventure. It requires a moderate endurance level and the ability to ride mountain bike on unpaved road uphill. You should be in general good physical shape to start with. Generally our customers for Annapurna Trek-Bike adventure are bike riders or recreational runners and many test themselves with occasional 5km city fun runs or 50km bike rides. 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 Muktinath Bike Ride adventure.

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 twice weekly trying to get your 5km within 40 minutes or 50km road ride within 2.5 hours, which will mean that you can sustain continuous exercise. To prepare for that you should preference outdoor step training or riding hills and undulating terrain. 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.

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.

Infinite Mountain Adventure Muktinath Bike Ride is scheduled during the best climbing months in spring and autumn season with the best weather months. The area of lower Mustang is located in semi-desert dry zone with low precipitation between autumn and spring. The weather is typically sunny and dry, with light wind only, the days feel warm in particularly with clear sky. However with dramatic climate change we see disturbance of weather patterns with unusual precipitation and unpredictable cold weather snaps, so you have to be prepared for that with extra warm gear.

During the ride weather will be comfortable above Kagbeni and mild to warm below Marpha. We will cover altitude difference of 3000m and temperature varies with the altitude and drops at the rate of 9.8?C/1000m.

UV exposure is a considerable factor at high altitude. On average sunny day you can expect 7 hours of sunshine within 11 hours of daylight with UV index of 7 at Kagbeni and higher at higher elevations. Graphs below give weather averages in Muktinath.

Muktinath located at the foot of Annapurna at the edge of Tibetan plateau, a popular pilgrimage and an ancient trading post on Salt Trading Route still resonating today with many traders, gurus and Sadus finding their solace and purpose here, and pilgrims taking their ritual bath in temple's pools. The temple complex is a mix of Buddhist and Hindu culture and religion, where both of them integrate I a peaceful collaboration and respect. We will also visit nearby Chuming Dechen Buddist Nunnery established in 1660 with the original monastery still existing. There is also new monastery building to visit designed by German architect and built with German donations. It is truly spectacular piece of architecture and very impressive building combining modernity and tradition in a very sensitive and creative way. The monastery is on the way to an interesting Tibetan village of Chhongkhar with Bon culture monastery. Chhongkhar village is one of those places where time has been standing still for centuries.

Kagbeni is an old customs towns on ancient trading route from India to Tibet. One can still see signs of ancient prosperity of the town with its palace of 108 rooms and Red Gompa, which is today a teaching monastery for young monks. You can visit morning chanting ceremony in the Gompa. Kagbeni is perched on the banks of Kali Gandaki River with a spectacular view of the town from the other side of the river as well from the road to Muktinath. We will also visit the oldest monument in the village the temple dedicated to Guru Ripoche, who brought Buddhism from India to Tibet.

Lubra is an interesting place both from visual and traditional aspects. It is only village outside Dolpo dominated by Bon culture. It contains two monasteries. The upper one fell into disrepair and it was reconstructed with support of Danish embassy in Kathmandu. After Chinese invasion of Tibet the area was training and operations ground of Tibetan Army until 1960's when Dalai Lama ordered disarmament. The ruins of the Spy Room or HQ building still exist and can be seen from the top monastery. The soldiers of the Tibetan Army settled in Refugee camps in the area and the issue has not been resolved for over 50 years with their descendants still stateless and with limited prospects. IMA supports Tibetan Refugees in a quiet and practical way with our biking operations being run by young Tibetans developing business with our support and couching.

Marpha is an apple capital of Nepal with extensive apple orchards around the town and production of dried apple and apple cider. The town is quiet scenic perched on the hill with narrow streets and whitewash stone courtyard houses. In 9th century a Japanese monk Ekwai Kawaguchi visited the area and travelled to Tibet and Lhasa via Upper Mustang. It was said that he was an Japanese spy and was hosted by wealthy merchant with the hose still existing today and marked with commemorate plate and sign.

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, departure date and select services your require and find out price for your group. We have two price levels for peak season and shoulder season. Simply click on BOOK/INQUIRE button and give us required details. We will send you invoice for the deposit of 25% of the trip value. After paying deposit for the trip we will send you booking confirmation and trip 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 Muktinath Fun Bike Ride is scheduled during spring and autumn dry season in rain shadow area, so days will be warm and mornings will be fresh in Kagbeni and Muktinath with mild and warm conditions in Marpha, Tatopani and Beni. The ride is at high altitude where cold perception is more severe than at lower altitude. Refer to Q&A for more information about weather and preparations.

The ride is along village treks and jeep road. We will stop in many places to visit interesting places and hike-up to the vistas. The ride is not competitive; for comfort and safety we recommend light trekking boots with sturdy sole for the ride in preference to traditional cycling shoes.

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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.

Tour Map:

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Min Group Size : 4

Hotel in Kathmandu
Airport Transfers
Return airfare to Taplejung
Guide and Porter service
lodging on the trek
camping equipment and food above Ghunsa


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