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Kwangde peak climbing forms an impressive multi summated ridge on the eastern end of the Lumdinng Himal which in turn can be regarded as part of the Rolwaling Himal. Kwangde RI is also called Kongde RI and Kwande Peak. Rising south west of Namche Bazzar above the bhote koshi, the mountain’s northern flank forms an impressive barrier that throws down several steep ridges to the north.
Its glaciated southern flank is more remote. It is hidden at the northern end of the Lumding Drangka, a high and remote valley bounded to the west by the tumbling glaciers of Karyolung(6511m), Khartang(6853m) and Numbur(6959m). The Lumding valley is rarely visited by trekkers or expeditions. At the northern end of the valley the stream cascades down a natural rocky barrier above which is a moraine –bound lake, the Tsho OG, at the snout of the Lumding Glacier. North of the Tso Og itself hidden in a huge rock is the massive Lumding Tsho Teng(5151m).
All the Kwangde Peak climbing routes are difficult; none have proved suitable for commercial trekking peak expeditions. The routes on the North Face are particularly difficult and reflect recent developments in lightweight Himalayan climbing, with an emphasis on technical difficulty and a high degree of commitment. They have invariably been made by two climbers without support camps or fixed ropes, although in at least one case a subsequent ascent has seen a return to traditional siege style tactics with masses of fixed rope and camps. Even the routes on the South Face are committing and difficult, although the climbing is more traditional in character.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Pick up at Kathmandu airport upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing about Peak Climbing.
Day 2: Sightseeing and climbing preparation.
Sightseeing Tour visit Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa with our well experienced tour guide by private car, equipment check and stay overnight in Hotel.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding to Ghat Pari trek, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 5: Ghat Pari to Yak Kharka trek, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 6: Acclimatization Day, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 7: Trek to Lumding Kharka, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 8: Lumbding Kharka to Kongde Ri Base Camp trek, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 9: Preparation Day for climbing, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Base Camp to High Camp trek, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Summit to Kwangde RI 6011m and back to Base Camp, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Reserve day for Climbing due to bad weather, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Base Camp to Yak Kharka trek, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Lukla trek, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Early morning fly to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel, refreshment.
Day 16: Half day Sightseeing in Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square with our tour guide by private car, Farewell Dinner with us, stay overnight in Hotel.
Day 17: Final airport transfers to get flight back to home.