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Kang Guru Expedition

Abhishek Subedi July 12, 2020

Kang Guru Expedition is one of the first mountains, which can be seen on the Jiri- Everest BC-trek. Its ridges are very steep and razor-sharp. It is the most difficult trekking peak in the Everest region. Serious climbing skills are needed for this mountain. One glance is sufficient to know that this is a very serious climb. Kang Guru Expedition, a fascinating mountain which lies in the Western part of Nepal. It is also located between the masses of Annapurna and Manaslu. Mt Kang Guru Expedition has recently been allowed for mountain climbers. Considered as one of the difficult and challenging peaks, the ridges of Mt Kang Guru are steep and very sharp. So as the first ascent of Mt. Kang Guru Expedition made by Japanese Expedition Team.

Kang Guru Expedition

About The Kang Guru Expedition

Apart from the adventure trip to Kang Guru Expedition, we will also have an opportunity to explore the less beaten and remote region of Nepal. We will also trek through many cultural and traditional villages, and along the world’s deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki Valley. Past climbing knowledge, great physical condition and a high level of responsibility are pivotal for the effective try of Mt Kang Guru. Mt. Kang-Guru peak is located in Peri Himal between Annapurna ranges and Manaslu of Nar-Phu valley, above the tree line on the upper limit of cultivation in the north of Manang. Apart from the odd researcher and climbing expeditions permitted to climb Mt. Kang Guru, Mt. Himlung, Mt. Ratna Chuli and Mt. Gyajing Kang, few foreigners have visited the area and tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent. 

The climbing routes follow the Annapurna circuit route up to Koto and proceed to Kang Guru base camp passing through traditional villages of Tibetan setting Meta. Base camp will be pitched at 4250m, camp I at 5300m, Camp II at 6100m and then long climbing on to the summit. The route presents some small technical difficulties and care should be taken for possible avalanches. Furthermore, from here a long and steep trail winds up to Nar and Phu whose villagers, laden with goods purchased in Chame and even lower down in Besishahar, the end of the road head leading to Manang, often camp at Dharamshala, a rudimentary wooden hut built by the people from the two villages. Mt. Kang Guru has become the most popular mountain for the climbers since 2005. 

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu Valley to Chamje

You will take a drive from Kathmandu along the banks of Trishuli River for a couple of hours and then along the banks of Marsyangdi River. The drive is over scenic zigzag hilly roads passing through Besisahar, you will drive towards Chamje – the starting point of the trek and Gangapurna Expedition. During today’s long drive you will have the opportunity to see the daily survival activities of local people as we pass along numerous roadside market towns and villages.

Day 2 Chamje to Dharapani

The pre-climbing trek starts from Chamje, you will cross a suspension bridge and start uphill trekking to reach Sattale – which marks the narrowest section of the valley. The trail goes along densely forested areas filled with rhododendron trees and beautiful terraced farmlands. You will arrive at a broad flat-bottom valley and to the village of Tal, which marks the official entry to Manang District. The trail from Tal is a descent journey to cross a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river before arriving at Karte village. Trekking continues until you arrive at the Gurung village of Dharapani.   

Kang Guru Expedition

Day 3 Dharapani to Koto

Today, walk along steep forested landscapes to reach Timang where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu and other major Himalayas like Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and easy walk to Koto. 

Day 4 Koto to Singenge

There is a check-post at Koto where you must register before heading up to higher altitudes. After registration, the trail descends down to cross a suspension bridge over Naar Phu Khola. The trek upstream to cross another suspension bridge over Seti Khola tributary. From there, the trail becomes steeper as the gorge closes in forming a canyon. You will continue to trek with the thrilling experience of crossing a wooden bridge. And then make a final uphill climb to reach the stone huts of Singenge.

Day 5 Singenge to Kang Guru Base Camp

From Singenge, you will follow the trail that is gradual uphill trekking all the way to a good campsite at 4,250 meters. The trek heads along the harsh alpine vegetation, as you enter into higher altitudes with good views of high mountain valleys and surrounding peaks. After arriving at the campsite, the Sherpa crew will set up the Base Camp and then make necessary preparations for further climbing.

Kang Guru Expedition

Day 6 – 23 Climbing Period of Mount Kang Guru and Descend Back to Base Camp

You will spend several days making climb preparations and climbing training. The Sherpa team members will do all the hard work from setting up the camps at higher altitudes to serving hygienic and healthy meals. Fully equipped with all the necessary climbing gears and properly acclimatized, you will follow the instructions and guidance given by your experienced climbing experts and climb to reach the summit of Mount Kang Guru. After tackling several technical climbing sections you will head towards the peak summit. The tiring and much-awaited climb to the summit of Mt Kang Guru is rewarded with magnificent views of Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges including Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak and other snow-capped mountains. You will spend short but quality time at the summit and then descend following the same route back to Base Camp.

Day 24 Base Camp to Koto

After achieving the experience of a lifetime by reaching the summit of Mt Kang Guru. You will begin your return journey by retracing your steps and following the same trail that passes through the village of Singenge and then continues further to arrive at Koto for your overnight stay.

Day 25 Koto to Syange

Today is the last day of your trek. From Koto you will continue your descent journey passing through dense rhododendron filled forest. Moreover, the trek continues until you arrive at Syange for the overnight stay. 

Kang Guru Expedition

Day 26 Drive from Syange to Kathmandu Valley

 You will drive from Syange back to Kathmandu. The first part of your drive may not seem pleasant because of the bumpy roads but once you are on the highway. The zigzag hilly road offers beautiful riverside scenery on your way back to Kathmandu. 

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