Peak Climbing in Nepal
Peak climbing expedition is usually both technically and physically very challenging activity. 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.
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has been given the authority by the Mountaineering Section of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) of issuing peak climbing permits.
Our objective is to serve the climbing community with helpful information, advise and practical services. On our website you will find wealth of information to help you to understand and decide on your climbing adventure. The biggest and loudest is not always the coolest. We have put lots of work to make our website useful to climbers, adventurers as well as any traveller to decide, what is cool. Now it is up to you and we will be delighted if you find cool climbing adventure just because you have visited our website. Please let us know what you think and how can we improve. These pages were created in collaboration with people who live in the country and people who were exploring it, so there are different angles on different aspects and not just a sterile lonely opinion.
Peak climbing requires several considerations before one can embark on actual climbing activity. There are various rules and restrictions imposed by the government regulating peak climbing activities due to economic, safety, environmental and cultural concerns. Mountains are part of natural resource and most countries, even those wealthy with mineral resources derive fees and income from permits to climb special mountains like Denali in the USA or Aconcagua in Argentina. For Nepalese government fees are an important part of export income.
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Chulu East Peak (6,584m) is comparatively a smaller Peak for Climbing lies south east of Chulu West. The Peak Chulu East provides breathtaking views of the mountains like Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Mt. Manaslu.
Chulu West lies to the North of the Annapurna Range reaching through the famous trekking trail of Annapurna Circuit. For the Climbing of Chulu West Peak, one needs to have a sense of adventure and the stamina of willingness to walk 8 to 9 hours a day at high altitude.
One of the easier less technical and popular trekking Peak (Climbing Peak) in Langtang area of Nepal is Yala Peak (5500m). Langtang trekking area is the central north part of Nepal Himalayas.
Paldor Peak 5896m is situated in the Ganesh Himal, northwest of Katmandu. The name Ganesh is taken from the elephant-headed Hindu god of good luck, probably the most popular goddess in the Kathmandu valley.
Tharpu Chuli 5663m is also known as Tent Peak is located in the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary. This Peak is among the few snow-clad summits at this height range in Nepal. Tharpu Chuli peak offers an ideal opportunity for Himalayan peak summiteers.
Tukuche Peak a wonderful mountain located in front of Dhaulagiri I and Annapurna range on the other side divided by the great Kali Gandaki George. This Peak is on the northern side of Nepal in the wildest valley (hidden valley) known as Mustang.
Some of the most impressive peaks of the world lie in the Dhaulagiri Range and Putha Himchuli Peak is one of them. It is located in the far west of the Massive Dhaulagiri range. For mountain peak climbing, Putha Himchuli Peak is technically challenging one.
Naya Kanga Peak (5,844m), with its other name Ganja La Chuli lies in the lap of the Langtang Region, the most perfect alpine landscape in the world regarded as the second largest national park in Nepal. Langtang National Park has healthy forests of rhododendron, fir, blue and chirr pine and birch.
Lobuche Peak situated just above the Lobuche village in Khumbu Region. This peak is not far from the Mt. Everest but only few kilometers nearer to the way of this world’s highest mountain. Lobuche Peak has its two different summits, one is Lobuche East Peak (6119m) and the other is Lobuche West Peak (6145m).
Pisang Peak (6092 m.) is considered as one of the easier climbing peaks among the trekking peaks in Annapurna Region of Nepal. The Pisang Peak has majestically stood up above the village of Pisang and has formed the shape of pyramid in the summit.
Singu Chuli (6,501m) was formerly known as the 'Flute Peak'. This peak situated in the Annapurna Sanctuary adjoined to Tharpu Chuli and across Hiunchuli peaks. Wilf Noyce and David Cox made the first ascent of this peak.
Country: Nepal, Tibet
Trip Type: Guided
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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.