Mountaineering in Nepal
Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition was established by highly experienced and qualified mountain guiding practitioners of Nepal and Tibet Mountaineering Guiding Community. We have created a cooperative of qualified Climbing Guides and Porters who have a long working experience in guiding western expeditions on routes above 8000m and guiding western climbers on technical routes above 6000m.
A professional Climbing guide can enrich your travel and climbing experience in many ways and ensure safety on your adventure during both trekking and technical climbing. Apart of main task of leading the client to the destination and showing you safe path on your climbing route, securing lodging in the busy season and organizing your camp, helping out with your backpack when you are struggling, and organizing all logistics, a knowledgeable and experienced guide would show you places and interesting aspects you have never even thought about, introduce you to the local culture and the locals, local geography, local flora and fauna, and explain meaning of customs and festivals. This is the concept we strive to achieve.
Our associates climbing Sherpas setup routes for all western companies, who bringing their customers to Base Camps of Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu other 8000m mountains as well as open climbing peaks above 6500m.
Our aim is to ensure that our Associates Guides have excellent practical experience in climbing techniques and providing trekking, base camp and high camp logistics. We are working on training programs to improve information services provided by our Guides in the area of history, tradition, culture and religion to help our Guides to communicate information to our customers and to improve the service value.
We are also developing opportunities for Nepalese women guides because we believe in empowerment of women. It is a difficult battle due to both western climbing culture favouring male guides as well as Nepalese culture. We are constantly looking for customers and particularly female customers, who are prepared to accept women guides.
We provide experience mountaineering expedition guides for mountains of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Pakistan.
Our Climbing Guides:
- Our high altitude Sherpa climbing guides are qualified through training with TAAN and NATHAM. They have many years of experience and are highly skilled in all aspects of Nepal Mountaineering and all hold a Nepal Government License, Mountaineering Association Accreditation and Summit Certificates of Nepal Himalayan peaks. Government Licenses are displayed in our office.
- All of our climbing guides have a thorough technical training and practical experience in rock climbing techniques, ice and snow techniques, and logistic knowledge and experience to setup and operate high altitude camps, intimate safety knowledge and experience in high altitude camping, thorough experience and techniques with fixed rope climbing, belay techniques, use of any type of mountaineering gear, use of Oxygen, high altitude food, avalanche and high mountain rescue techniques.
- Our guides have experience of many 8000m summits setting-up climbing routes, fixed lines and helping many western guides and climbers to summit Everest and other 8000m peaks in Nepal, Tibet and Pakistan. Our Guides are either Everest Summiters or Guides Certified by Nepal Mountaineering Association and have certified skills in First Aid, Altitude/Mountain Sickness prevention and treatment training and Rescue Protocol training.
- The Guides employed by the Snowy Horizon Trekking & Expedition are people with a proven track record of honesty and personal integrity and are committed to climbing practices that do not cause adverse environmental impact.
- All our Guides speak English as well as other languages including Italian, German, Spanish, French, and Japanese and are highly valued by our clients.
- Our climbing Guides have an in-depth knowledge about all climbing aspects, local culture, local customs and local religions and are keen to share their knowledge with our clients.
Nepal with 1310 identified Himalayan peaks over 6000m including 8 out of 14 highest peaks in the world is unquestionably a premier mountaineering and climbing destination for thousands of climbers and mountaineers testing their skills and endurance and fulfilling their desire to summit a Himalayan peak and marvel the world from its rooftop. Currently there are 326 peaks open for climbing and mountaineering in Nepal.
Peak climbing expedition is usually both technically and physically very challenging activity. It requires considerable climbing skills and in Nepal usually is done on sub-eight thousand meters high mountains, where acclimatization is easier and more effort can be devoted to climbing skill rather then shier brute force to combat altitude.
Facts of Mountain Expedition
Identified Peaks: 1310 in Nepal
Above 8000m: 8 out of 14
Opened Peaks: 326 peaks open for climbing
Top Mountains: Mount Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri I, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna I
Peak Climbing Question/Answers
What is trekking peak?
Trekking Peaks are the mountain which can be approached in a day to the summit from their base camp including return to the basecamp. Trekking peaks are generally between 5000m to below 7000m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). These peaks are also called NMA Trekking Peaks.
Who can climb a peak?
There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.
I have never climbed before. Can I go for peak climbing?
There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.
What are physical fitness criteria to climb a peak in Nepal?
To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.
What is climbing permit?
Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Associationauthorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.
Do I need climbing permit?
Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.
Who will lead me during climbing?
A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while Peak Climbing.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.
Which is the best season for peak climbing?
In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.
Do I need to join in a climbing group?
There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.
What will be the food and accommodation?
During the access trek you will be accommodated in a lodge/teahouse; once in the basecamp you will be assigned a tent and your climbing Sherpa will prepare high altitude food; all your climbing gear and food for the climb will be carried by the porter up to the base camp.
How much time is generally required for trekking peak?
It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaksrequire one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.
How difficult are the trekking peaks?
It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.
Is there any age limit for trekking Peaks Climbing?
Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?
What are the sources of drinking water supply during Peak Climbing?
On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.
Where do we eat our meals?
On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.
What type of shoes or boots should I wear?
You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.
What problems can arise on altitude?
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You will require a travel insurance, which will not exclude climbing and helicopter evacuation. You need obtain your insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Climbing insurance may be obtained through some climbing clubs and some insurers such as IHI.
What is the cost of Peak Climbing?
The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.