Himalayan Ascent is offering an expedition to tackle some of the less-frequently climbed 6000m trekking peaks of the Khumbu. This is a more adventurous alternative to the heavy traffic commonly found on Island and Mera peaks today. The expeditions will teach basic mountaineering skills, and will provide opportunities to climb by fixed rope or alpine style.
After landing in Lukla, we'll spend a pleasant week or so trekking up the valley towards Mount Everest, passing through numerous Sherpa villages including Namche, Phortse and Pangboche. Along the trail, we'll begin rope training on rock crags at Namche and Phortse. Our introductory climb will be Pokhalde (5806m), which is primarily a rock ascent just off Kongma La (links the Khumbu and Imja valleys). From here, we'll drop to and cross the Khumbu glacier towards our second, more technically demanding objective of Lobuche East (6119m). We'll leave our high camp at 5600m on our summit push, from where we'll use rope fixed by our Sherpa guides. The summit ridge will give you an exhilarating sense of exposure, and also some amazing views towards Mount Everest. We'll descend the mountain confident in our growing ability to tackle our next slightly harder challenge, Nirekha (6169m). Neighbouring Lobuche, Nirekha's high camp is a close distance situated above a beautiful glacier on a col. The next day, it's an early start climbing to the summit ridge, followed by a steep 50-60 degree angle climb to the summit. For climbers with previous rope experience and good fitness, our guides can support an alpine ascent with 3-4 persons per rope. Fixed lines will also be established as a second option. We'll descend on the other side of the col to Thangnak. After successfully summiting 3 peaks, you can either return directly down the valley to Namche, or make a short excursion to Gokyo lakes before circuiting back to Namche.
This expedition is perfect for Himalayan climbers or trekkers who would like to try something different to the usual trekking peaks, and for experienced rock climbers who are looking to transfer their technical skills onto alpine terrain at high altitude.
This expedition requires previous climbing experience in the Himalayas or strong rock climbing experience. Excellent fitness is essential as most climbing days are 8-12 hr along a technical route carrying a ~10-15kg pack. The South West Ridge route is technical and will reach a maximum altitude of 6856m.
- Summit the 4th highest mountain in the world
- Intimate views of Mount Everest and Makalu
- Colourful Buddhist culture of Sherpa people
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Monjo
Day 4-5: Trek to Namche, acclimatise in Namche and rock climbing
Day 6: Trek to Phortse
Day 7: Trek to Pangboche (rock climbing along way)
Day 8-9:Trek to Dingboche and acclimatise in Dingbouche
Day 10-11: Trek to Pokhalde base camp and high camp
Day 12:Summit Pokhalde and trek to Lobuche
Day 13-14: Trek to Lobuche base camp and weather contingency day
Day 15-16: Climb to Lobuche lake camp and high camp
Day 17:Summit Lobuche and return to base camp
Day 18-19: Trek to Nirekha base camp and weather contingency day
Day 20:Climb to Nirekha high camp
Day 21: Summit Nirekha and return to high camp
Day 22:Trek to Thangnak
Day 23-25:Trek to Dole (option via Gokyo), Namche and Lukla
Day 26-28:Fly to Kathmandu, in Kathmandu and depart Kathmandu