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Top 5 Peak Climbing in Nepal

Top 5 Peak Climbing in Nepal

Are you planning to spend your upcoming holiday on a mountain in Nepal? Wait!.  As per the list provided by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, there are 33 different climbing peaks in Nepal. A number large enough to confuse anyone, who is planning their first attempt on peaks in Nepal, right?.

Well, we are here to flood you with information, in order to help you make an informed decision, which definitely is the best thing to do than to be disappointed later.

So, first things first! Peaks below the elevation of 7000m are categorized under climbing peaks in Nepal. These peaks are relatively easier to climb requires very less or no special equipments and training to climb. The maximum climbing period is less than 5 days.  In total, there are 33 climbing peaks in Nepal. These peaks are categorized into two groups: Group A and Group B. 15 out of 33 peaks fall under Group A  and the remaining 18 fall under Group B.

Now, if this really is your first peak attempt, then you should definitely look for the options that best suit your requirements. Therefore, let’s proceed on a journey to discover the ‘best climbing peaks’ in Nepal.

1.The Island Peak or Imja Tse: The location, appearance and the structure- all contribute to make this peak look like an island in a sea of ice. Due to this the peak is very commonly known as the Island Peak. The name was given by Eric Shipton. This peak is the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal and receives a lot of climbers every year. Compared to other peaks, this peak is easy to climb and is best for people with little or no alpine experience. You don’t have to be a mountaineer to climb this peak. Climbers follow the Everest Base Camp route up till Dingboche, which presents a wonderful opportunity to enjoy beautiful Sherpa settlement, their culture, tradition and hospitality. The route branches off towards Island peak near Dingboche.  Moreover, the top greets you with a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Makalu and other peaks in the immediate vicinity. Island Peak climbing is the best option for climbers looking for the best peak climb in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

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  • Elevation: 6189m
  • Permit  Group: B
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Best time to climb: April-May and October- November
  • Location: Solukhumbu inside the Sagarmatha National Park
  • Number of climbing days: 1-2 days (including the base camp)
  • Accommodation: Guesthouses/Lodges during the trekking and Tented Camp during the climb
  • Additional attractions: Namche Bazaar, Sagarmatha National Park, Tengboche Monastery and Culture, tradition and hospitality of Legendary Sherpas

 

2.Mera peak: Located south of Mt. Everest and south east of the Island peak, in between the Hinku and the Hongu Valley, this peak in the Khumbu region is the highest climbing peak in Nepal. It is the collection of three separate peaks in the Khumbu region. The peak is famous as it offers the finest view among all other climbing peaks in Nepal.  5 out of 14 world’s 8000m peaks: Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho- Oyu (8,201m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m) and Kanchenjunga (8,586m) are visible very close. The climbing, though technically straightforward, the route is less technical and fairly easy. The route to the base camp gives a wonderful opportunity to enjoy both- the crowded settlement of the Sherpa people with cultural delights of the Khumbu Valley and the less trodden trail and unspoilt areas of the Khumbu region. It is also considered the best choice for climbers looking for an expedition-style tented camping and climbing trip in Nepal.

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  • Elevation: 6470m
  • Permit Group: B
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Best time to climb: September-November
  • Location: Solukhumbu inside the Sagarmatha National Park
  • Number of climbing days: 3-5 days (including the base camp)
  • Accommodation: Guesthouses/Lodges or tented camp during the trekking and tented camp during the climb
  • Additional attractions: Sagarmatha National Park and Culture, tradition and hospitality of the very welcoming Sherpa people.

 

3.Lobuche East Peak: Lobuche Peaks: Lobuche East and Lobuche West are located in the village named Lobuche. Compared to the other climbing peaks in Nepal, this peak is closer to the Everest Base Camp. For this reason, this summit provides the best view of Everest’s south face and a very close view of Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori and Makalu. Although, the climb is technical, compared to the other climbing peaks, climbers do not require special training or experience; however, climbers definitely have to have to knowledge of alpine climbing techniques of using ice axes, crampons, abseiling as well as the rope climbing. Although technical, Lobuche east climbing is considered the best climbing for novice climbers.

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  • Elevation: 6,119m
  • Permit Group: B
  • Difficulty Level:  Moderate
  • Best time to climb: Mid March-May, October- Mid December
  • Location: Solukhumbu inside the Sagarmatha National Park
  • Number of climbing days: 3-4 days (including the base camp)
  • Accommodation: Guesthouses/Lodges during the trekking and tented camp during the climb
  • Additional attractions: Namche Bazaar, Sagarmatha National Park, Tengboche Monastery, view of the Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and the Sherpa villages, their lifestyle, culture, tradition and religion.

 

4.Pisang Peak: Situated north of the Manang Valley, very close to the Annapurna Circuit and just above the Pisang village, this Pisang peak is another popular climbing peak in Nepal. This peak lies in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Compared to the other trekking peaks in Nepal, this peak is more technical, especially the summit ridge. However, the top greets you with the majestic view of the entire Annapurna, which is definitely worth the effort. Climbers with prior mountaineering experience are more likely to be successful than the novices. Pisang peak is also a good choice for people who are looking for a climbing experience away from the Khumbu region in Nepal.

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Pisang Peak
  • Elevation: 6,092m
  • Permit Group: B
  • Difficulty Level:  Difficult
  • Best time to climb: March-April, September-November
  • Number of climbing days: 2-3 days (including the base camp)
  • Location:  Annapurna Conservation Area in the Western Nepal
  • Accommodation: Guesthouses/Lodges during the trekking and tented camp during the climb
  • Additional attractions: Annapurna Conservation Area, Thorong La pass, Muktinath and Jomsom.

 

5.Kyajo RI: Situated just north of Namche Bazaar, between the Thame Valley and the Gokyo Valley, Kyajo RI is the highest summit on the southern part of the Khumbu Himal. It’s a classic trekking peak with astonishingly isolated base camp. This peak is technically challenging even for the experienced climbers. Interestingly, most of the climbers who have already climbed Mt. Ama Dablam compares the summit climb of Kyajo RI with Ama Dablam’s summit climb.

Compared to the other climbing peaks in the Khumbu region of Nepal, Kyajo RI receives  a very little attention of the climbers, hence, making it the best option for climbers looking to avoid heavy traffic, like in the Island peak.

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Kyajo Ri Peak
  • Elevation: 6,186m
  • Permit Group: A
  • Difficulty Level:  Easy
  • Best time to climb: March-April, September-November
  • Number of climbing days: 2-3 days (including the base camp)
  • Location:  Khumbu Region in the Eastern Nepal
  • Accommodation: Guesthouses/Lodges during the trekking and tented camp during the climb
  • Additional attractions: Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, Settlement of Sherpa people and their lifestyle, culture, tradition and religion and the Renjo La Pass.

With all these options available, now you can make the best choices considering your requirements, needs and budget.

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