Experience required for guided ascents:
Many of the trekking peaks can be climbed by a fit person with basic mountaineering skills i.e. safe use of ascending and descending devices (abseiling), safe use of crampons and an ice-axe, and may require the team to be rope together. In general Alpine experience at PD or glacier travel is desirable, although not essential. However, winter walking experience, particularly the use of crampons and ice axe would be advisable.
Most of these peaks require Full Service Trek support as their base camps and / or approach routes are in remote areas not serviced by tea houses or lodges. Therefore in addition to the services provided on the Full Service trek, you will also to provided:
- An experienced climbing guide* and any support from additional climbing Sherpas.
- Arrange your climbing permit and hopefully your NMA certificate of success.
For small climbing groups it may be more cost efficient to use tea houses for most of the trek to base camp, and not use the full service option. This is possible by the hiring of additional porters to that normally taken for a tea house trek. The price for this option will varying according to group size and route, and above a certain group the full service option will be cheaper.
* Discover Guide Nepal Team has many years of experience of guiding ascents of the most popular trekking peaks/Expedition in Nepal: e.g. Mera Peak, Island Peak, Lobuje East etc., and will be your climbing guide. In the event that our team has a previous trekking peak commitment, a highly experienced and fully qualified mountaineering guide will be provided.
The 18 Trekking Peaks: -
Mt. Everest Region
Island Peak (PD+), (6189m), mostly a non-technical climb
Mera Peak (PD-), (6476m), From Mera La an easy snow climbs but sometimes crevasses complicates the route.
Kusum Kanguru (6369m), the most difficult trekking peak (only logistical support provided).
Lobuche East (PD) ( 6119m): An exposed top but often covered with rotten snow, some exposed knife ridges and some crevasses
Mehra Peak (AD?) (5802m): Now called Khongma Tse. Rock and ice climb that’s not so difficult from either the Imja valley or Lobuje
Kwangde (AD+/D) (6187m): North face is seen from Namche, difficult climb, southern side is a moderately technical climb. Allow 2 to 3 weeks.
Pokhalde (AD) ( 5806m): Short, steep snow & rock climb from the Kongma La above Lobuche
Singu Chuli (AD+/D) ( Fluted Peak), 6501, steep ice slopes
Hiunchuli (TD) (6441m), snow, ice and rock, technical climb.
Mardi Himal (F/PD-) (5587m): Five day slug up the Mardi Khola to approach the peak, an outlier of Machapuchre.
Tent Peak (PD) (5500m): Now called Tharpu Chuli, climb involves glaciers and crevasses.
Pisang Peak (PD-) (6091m), steep snow at the top.
Chulu East (PD+) (6584m), a long approach from Manag, needs two high camps
Chulu Far East (PD-) (6059m) straight forward ascent from same basecamp as Chulu East
Chulu West (AD) (6419m): Route circles Gusang Peak to climb Chulu West from the north, requires at least 2 high camps.
Naya Kangri (PD), (5846m), involves rock and snow climb
Pharchamo (PD) (6187m), steep snow climb on a route, possible avalanches.
Ramdung (PD-) (5925m): Requires a long approach through Rolwaling valley.
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