Peak Climbing in Nepal

Overview

Nirekha Peak climbing (6159m) is in the Mahalangur Region, deep in the Himalayas, close to the Tibetan border and hidden among the well-known giants of Everest, Cho Oyu, and Cholatse. Only recently has it been opened up to Western climbers. The climb itself is relatively straightforward, though it does require ice-axe, crampons and some fixed rope sections. It is a very do-able climb for anyone in good shape and with a desire for high adventure.

The normal ascent to the Nirekha Peak is a great and - depending on the conditions - difficult climb. Only experienced climbers should attempt this route, though it is partially saved with fixed ropes. The summit consists of two summit pyramids. It is unclear which one is higher. Clearly the N summit is easier, but requires crossing a difficult crevasse, while the S summit requires one pitch in steep (50°) ice. The Kanchung BC is the preferable starting point; from the lake camp it is hardly doable in one day. Both ascents are scenically beautiful.

Highlights

  • Historical, cultural, religious heritages sites of Kathmandu valley
  • Breathtaking flight experience to and from Lukla
  • Explore Sherpa villages, cultures, religions and lifestyle
  • Excursion around Gokyo Lake and summit upto Gokyo-Ri
  • Summit to Nirekha Peak with the eye-catching views of Ama Dablama, Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Island Peak, Makalu , Cholaste and Tawachee, hike upto Kalapatthar
  • Crossing Cho-La pass
  • Hike to Kalapatthar and Everest base camp
  • Old monasteries at Tyangboche
  • Sagamatha National Park and vast bio-diversity

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Moderate to Adventures
Trip Duration 20 Nights/ 21 Days
Trip code NAP - NPK - 214
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Lukla/Lukla-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Nirekha Peak (6159m)
Trip Cost Prices on request
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 persons in one group
Accessibillity Round trip from Lukla, trek start from and returns to Lukla and the flight takes about 35 minute.
The Route Nirekha Peak (6159m) Gokyo-Ri (5350m) Kalapatthar BC (5545m) Everest BC (5450m), 5/7-hrs average walking per day, Moderate to strenuous trail.
Season Sept – Nov/March - April
Permit Fee Spring: (Mar-Apr-May) USD 250 – Autumn: (Sep-Oct-Nov) USD 125 – Winter: (Dec-Jan-Feb) USD 70 – Summer: (Jun-Jul-Aug) USD 70 per passenger and maximum number of members in a team is 15 people
Trip Facilities 3+ hotel in city on B/B and teahouse/lodges and tented accommodation during the climbing period.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the evening at hotel about the daily program activities by your Group Leader/Guide.

We transfer to the airport then you have a scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla (2800m) from Kathmandu. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends. On arrival meet your trekking crews and process to start trek to Phakding. The trail from Lukla leads you to Chablung (2645m) and it descends steeply to the Thade Kosi which is also known as Kusum Kangru Khola. Beyond the Thade Kosi Bridge, the trail climbs to Ghat (2590m) and again climbs to Phadking. In Phadking you can climb to the Gompa to see your first view of the high peaks. 

The trek start in the morning and after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again with magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) from the Benkar village. Trek continuing crossing the bridges and reaches at Monjo where is entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park, where your trekking permit checked and keeps the record of all trekkers going to and from this place including the local trekking staff as well. When enter the National park boundary we descend and a gradual walk brings us to the suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi river, after the bridge Jorsalle village is reached, the last village till Namche Bazaar, from here the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak and it other sister peaks towards east with Kusum Kangaru on the back as you climb higher, view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache peak can be seen from some part on the way to Namche. Finally we reach at colorful houses called Namche Bazzar main gate of Khumbu region.

You may have full day leisure for the acclimatization or stroll around the market, if Saturday can be seen many people in Saturday market for shopping to fulfill their daily needs and only one shopping market in the surrounding areas. Also you can visit Sherpa Museum as well a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering.

 This day our walk follows on the gradual trail about couple of hours with most scenic trails and after Sanasa a short uphill overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak after a pleasant walk through the rhododendron forest and get a view point of Mongla, where from you can be seen the best Himalayan views and decent to Phortse Thanga. Enjoy the walking and further few hours walk ascending will reach at Dole

Firstly, we climb to the scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at (4220m) to Luza at (4360m). The path is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub to Lhabarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machharmo at (4410m). It was in Machharmo in 1974 that one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in Khumbu. There are few good condition hotels and good mountain views from Machharmo and it takes 3-4 hrs walk.

This day, we climb up to the ridge and can be seen excellent view both down the valley to Khangtega and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at (4390m). We descend to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at (4690m), where you'll have chance to find the Lama Foot prints on a stone. Enjoy the lake view and after an hour walk will reaches at Gokyo valley at (4750m), on the edge of third lake. There are some few teahouses with comfortable bed room and after lunch explore around the Lake

This morning hike up the to Gokyo-Ri for the breathtaking view of splash a sunrise top of the mountain including Mt. Everest view and much more Himalayan scenery. This will be unforgettable life time memories and enjoy around the top. We have a great memories and stroll back an hours to Gokyo for breakfast. We trek down to Thaknak (4750m) for the overnight passing through the second Lake and walk on the glacier and will reaches at Thaknak after 4-5 hrs walk. Sometimes on the busy season it’s hard to get a room then they operated tented camp as well.

You will have time to wake up and after breakfast we will pack up our all gears and head to high camp (5600m) for the next day overnight. Walking with rough trails up to high camp and definitely feel the sort breathing to get here it is actually difficult to climb as we climb to a shoulder on the south west ridge about an 4-hrs to get to high camp. Snow can be found depends on time but often snow remain from November to March at high camp. The beautiful panoramic view welcome you and keen for the next day summit. We will camp and overnight at high camp with brief by your Climber guide.

You will have time to wake up and after breakfast we will pack up our all gears and head to high camp (5600m) for the next day overnight. Walking with rough trails up to high camp and definitely feel the sort breathing to get here it is actually difficult to climb as we climb to a shoulder on the south west ridge about an 4-hrs to get to high camp. Snow can be found depends on time but often snow remain from November to March at high camp. The beautiful panoramic view welcome you and keen for the next day summit. We will camp and overnight at high camp with brief by your Climber guide.

This day is our main adventure day, we start early in the morning to climb Nirekha peak but it all depends on the weather condition. it takes about ten hours. At the summit you will catch panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Cholatse, Pumori, Changri and more. After a safe trip to the top we safely make our way down then same day back to Base Camp.

This day we reserve for the day for unforeseen condition as bad weather, climber sickness or other hidden condition. We can use this day for climb if the abnormal situation comes.

As our continuing journey, we walk in the high passes and one of the tuff days to cross the Cho-La at 5467 meters height. The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. After crossing the Cho-La pass and reaches at Dzongla (4850m) for overnight

We continue trek along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapatthar and Pumori, before reaching at Lobuche (4910m) for lunch. You'll have good chances for the best view of Mt. Nuptse a front of you walking along the Gorakshep. The trail up to the Gorakshep is rocky and windy but it offers the good view of Pumori and there are beautiful views of the Everest Base camp and glacier with scenic Mountain View. We stop at the Gorakshep and enjoy the night at higher elevation but care with drinks and are sincere with altitude.

 Early morning our journey continue steep climb to the top after 2 hour walk on our pace. After reaching the top, you will feel beaming as you achieve the moment that you been dreaming, since the beginning of the journey. Top of Kalapatthar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks amazing, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you feel its worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world, and can be seen to the south Khumbu glacier sweeps below you, and you can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier and lot of picturesque scenery. Re-track to Gorakshep and after the breakfast at Gorekshep we ready for our adventure to the targeted destination and we continues our trek towards the Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively with commotion during the high expedition season. It takes 2-3 hrs to get to base camp and after a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorekshep for the overnight at lodge.

After breakfast trek down to Dhugla then go straight up the hill from the bridge to reach an upper trail. Staying high above the valley floor, we pass the yak pasture at Dusa to a Chorten at the head of the Imja valley. Dingboche is the only place in Khumbu where barley is grown; enjoy the scenery and overnight stop at hotel.

The walk this day will be easy heading downhill to a lower elevation from Dingboche the walk is pleasant all the way to Tyangboche. After crossing the bridge our route descends following the stream towards Pangboche village, and further down to Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery or Gumba, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam, Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east and more peaks all around you.

Trek goes down to the riverside at Fuki Tenga and steady climb through forest and continuous walk to Namche Bazaar. After Namche we walk down to the hill, cross some suspension bridge and reach Manjo for over night.

After breakfast you will depart Monjo and continue your descent along the Dudh Kosi, you can walk at your own pace and enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. Arrival in Lukla and you'll have time to stroll around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member and overnight at Hotel. On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek.

This morning you will be transferred to Lukla airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are mostly in morning due to impact of weather and wild blowing at Lukla airport. We take a Trans Himalayan flight back to Kathmandu by small aircraft and transfer to hotel.

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

  • Documents: Nirekha peak permit, national park entrance permit & TIMS card
  • Activities: Walking, trekking and climbing as per the itinerary.
  • Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, kitchen utilizes and sleeping bag if necessary. 
  • Accommodation: 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 18 nights lodges/Tent during trekking
  • Food: Full board on teahouse/Tented [Breakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking and 2 breakfast in city.
  • Staffs: Trekking Leader/Guide, Climbing Sherpa and necessary supporters.
  • Transportation: Arrival/deliarture transfer and surface road-head transportation and Kathmandu to Lukla  and return flight.
  • Company &  Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

* Your international flight.
* Travel insurance covering with emergency Helicopter rescue
* Personal travel, trekking and climbing equipments 
* Lunch and Dinner while in City
* Bar bills and Beverages
* Tips/Gratuities for trekking crews
* Temple and Monastery entrance fee while sightseeing in city
* Optional activities
* And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

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