Nepal Trekking Peaks Climbing – Nepal Mountaineering Association has had the authority to issue permission for small –scale attempts on trekking peaks. It is not necessary to go through a long application process. Nepal climbing peaks provide a range of difficulty and are situated throughout Nepal.
Peak climbing fee is USD 350 for a group of up to 4 climbers. For larger groups, it is USD 40 each for the next four climbers in the party and USD 25 each for the up to another four climbers, the maximum group size is 12. The permit is valid for 1 month because the regulations for climbing a small peak also require a established adventure trekking company in Nepal to organize a climb rather than try to do the whole project yourself.
Most of the designation trekking peak have significant mountaineering challenges. Few of the trekking peaks are walk ups and some of them such as Kusum Kangru and Lobuche East can be technically demanding and dangerous. Remember that all of Nepal climbing peaks are higher than any mountain in North America. A well equipped base camp is necessary and the ascent of a peak requires one or more high camps that must be established and stocked. Most of the trekking peaks require a minimum of 4 days to climb and can take as long as three weeks. You can buy or rent climbing gear in Kathmandu.
Some of the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal are as belows.
Annapurna Region Climbing Peaks
1. Hiunchuli Peak (6441m) - forms part of the wall surrounding the Annapurna Sanctuary. Not an easy climb requiring traverses of snow, ice and rock.
2. Mardi Himal (5587m) – Five day long up the Mardi Khola to approach the peak. It is the southern outlier of Machhapuchhare.
3. Singu Chuli (6501m) – Reached from the Annapurna Sanctuary. Its original name was Fluted Peak for the steep ice slopes that make it difficult to climb.
4. Tharpu Chuli (5663m) –Originally named Tent Peak, it is in the Annapurna Sanctuary. The climb involves glaciers and creavases, most people climb the easier Rakshi Peak to the south.
Everest Region Climbing Peaks
Imja Tse Peak (6189m) – Involves one steep and exposed 100m ice or snow climb, otherwise a non technical snow climb. It is an isolated peak in the Chhukung valley, easily recognizable if you recall its original name Island Peak
Khongma Tse (5820m) – A rock and ice climb that is not difficult from either the Imja valley or Lobuche. It is used to be called Mehra Peak.
Kwangde (6187m) – North face is difficult climb; the southern side is a moderately technical climb takes 2 to 3 weeks.
Kusum Kangru (6367m) –The most difficult of the trekking peaks. It’s the large squarish peak just south of Thamserku that you can see from the trail from lukla to Namche.
Lobuche East Peak (6119m) – Top is exposed and often covered with rotten snow; there is also an exposed knife ridge and some crevasses.
Mera Peak (6476m) – Easy snow climb from the Mera La, but sometimes creavasses complicate the route; no villages or food on the approach from Lukla requires 2 weeks
Pokhalde Peak (5806m) –Short, steep snow climb from the Kongma La above Lobuche.
Ganesh Himal Climbing Peaks
Paldor Peak (5928m) – A 10 days treks to base camp from Trisuli or a long drive to Somdang.
Langtang Region Climbing Peaks
1. Naya Kangri (5846m) – Ascent requires a snow and rock climb from a base camp north or south of Ganja La. The old name of mountain was Ganja La Chuli.
Manang Region Climbing Peaks
1. Chulu East (6584m) – Ascent start after a long approach via Manang. The climb needs one or two high camps.
2. Chulu West (6419m) – Route circles Gusang Peak to climb Chulu West from the north requires at least two high camps.
3. Pisang Peak (6091m) – Long snow slog above Pisang village, steep snow at the top. The mountaineering school at Manang uses Pisang Peak for training.
Rolwaling Region Climbing Peaks
1. Pharchamo (6187m) – Steep snow climb on a route subject to avalanche. The peak just above Tesi Lapcha and is best approached from the Thame side.
2. Ramdung Peak (5925m) – A long approach through Rolwalilg valley. A permit for Ramdung allows you to trek into the restricted area of Rolwaling; so many groups that get permits for this peak do not even attempt to climb it.