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IN APRIL 2022, I AM CLIMBING THE THIRD HIGHEST MOUNTAIN ON THE PLANET - KANCHENJUNGA
UPON SUMMITING, I WILL DESCEND AND TRAVEL OVER 330 MILES ON FOOT THROUGH THE HIGH HIMALAYAS AND BACK TO KATHMANDU AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.
SUMMIT TO CITY OVERVIEW
The expedition will incorporate a variety of adventurous disciplines from high altitude mountaineering, to trekking and ultra running through some of the most beautiful and demanding environments on the planet. The adventure will start in the eastern Himalayas with a journey to one of the highest points on the planet - Mt Kanchenjunga, and will be followed by a journey on foot through the high Himalaya, foothills and jungle of Nepal to the heart of Kathmandu.
The whole expedition will take approximately 70 days and will be split up into two phases. The first phase (Phase 1) will be the ascent of Kanchenjunga and Phase 2 will be the 300 mile journey on foot from Kanchenjunga Base Camp, through the Himalayas and down to Kathmandu - the capital of Nepal.
This will be the journey on foot to Kathmandu. This is where the deterioration from the ascent will be begin to take place. This route will be extremely demanding on the body as it will cover freezing temperatures at altitudes of up to 6,000m.
Upon leaving Base Camp, the second phase of the expedition is expected to take approximately 10 days. Rupert will cover between 20-40 miles a day depending on the terrain staying in teahouses along the way. The whole journey is approximately 300 miles and will include about 20,000+m of incline.
The route taken will be that of the Great Himalayan Trail which starts at Kanchenjunga BC.
After 250 miles travelling along the GHT, passing Everest, Rupert will drop south out of the high Himalayas and into the foothills before heading 50 miles through the jungles and on towards KTM.
This will take up to 6 weeks to complete. After approximately a 10 day journey to Base Camp, Rupert will start his ascent of Kanchenjunga. He will be part of a small elite team that will face temperatures of down to -40°C, winds up to 100mph and altitudes that exceed 8,000m. Once on the summit, the race to Kathmandu will start. It will be an expedition of extremes.