Current Nepal Time
Gary, Paul, Frits and the others
of their team have decided to abort their attempts to climb Kanch this season.
Kangchenjunga International Expedition 2003 is
a non-commercial and non-guided expedition. They
will not use climbing Sherpas or porters above
base camp. They will not use bottled oxygen. All members will participate
and share in load carrying and establishing camps. All members
will assist in establishing and fixing the
route. The Expedition is lead by veteran
Gary Pfisterer. Former Everest
Frits Vrijlandt, and
Paul Walters have joined
and well as Michael Parker from Australia.
The Expedition will
attempt the original route of the British first ascent
on the South Face. The main technical
difficulties will consist of moderate angle snow
slopes from Base Camp (5300m) to Camp I on top of the
"Hump" at 6000m, a higher angle ice wall between Camp
II and Camp III and some steep ground just below Camp
III, just below the "Great Shelf. We will fix rope in
these difficult areas.
Arrive Kathmandu – March 23rd
Day 2-3 Free
time in Kathmandu while visas are obtained or pitch in
to help sort food, gear, and get last minute supplies.
Overnight bus to Taplejung
Day 5-15 Trek
to Base Camp.
Day 15-61 Climb
Kangchenjunga (April 5th – May 31st).
Day 61-66 Trek
to Taplejung and return to Kathmandu on June 6th.
This is an
approximate itinerary. There are any number of things
that could result in changes to the program. Travel
in these regions requires flexibility and patience.
We are likely to summit before the climbing permit
runs out on May 31st, in which case we will return to