Peak Climbing is among the most popular adventures in Nepal which is best for those who wish to climb peaks just over 6000 meters.
It is gaining popularity over the last few decades with a number of people trying to attempt the different peaks of Annapurna, Everest and other mountain regions in Nepal. Peak climbing to the slightly lower peaks, with lower risks of actual summits and altitude sickness, do not require much climbing or mountaineering skills.
The experienced trekkers usually go for mountain expeditions above 7000 meters. But, there are few people who fear the height above 7000 meters. So, for them, peak climbing is the best option to satisfy their mountain cravings. These climbing’s are physically less demanding and easier than the real expeditions.
A few decades ago, Nepal was known to the world only as the home of Mount Everest, with people from all over the world summiting the highest peak on earth with different records.
But, for those who want to stick to the traditional and more natural means of adrenaline rush, then we have a moderate form of adventure that is more trying than trekking and easier than summiting the world’s highest peaks, the perfect option for you would be Peak climbing.
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Island Peak Climbing
Island Peak is situated in the mystic Khumbu valley in the Everest region of Nepal. It takes a total of 20 days to complete the trek and to reach the summit at an elevation of 6189m.
Spring and autumn are the best months for island peak climbing. It is one of the wonderful and exciting peak climbing in Nepal. You reach the peak after passing through the world famous Everest Base Camp as well as Kala Patthar, which are also the important spots of the Everest Base Camp trek.
A longer and slower route should be traveled for proper acclimatization and easy climb without any health issues. The peak climb is moderately difficult and requires fit climbers with previous climbing experiences as it combines both trekking and peak climbing.
The climb is actually a non-technical type that could be the perfect introduction to the Himalayan climbing experience. The actual peak comprises of a west face that is glaciated and rises from the Lhotse glacier.
From the Everest Base Camp, one has to pass through a rock ridge to the glacier and from there a steep snow head-wall finally leads to the summit. The steep climb is made worth all the effort by the breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains like Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, and many more.
The challenging peak climb performed with the use of equipment like harnesses, carabiners, climbing boots, helmets etc to witness one of the most beautiful mountain vistas in the world makes the climb a truly unforgettable experience.
Pisang Peak Climbing
Situated in the Annapurna region, the Pisang Peak rises above from the Pisang village with lush green yak pastures. The trek is a total of 17 days and takes you to an elevation of 6092 meters.
The months from Sept- Nov and Feb-May are the best seasons to complete the trek and finally make the awesome climb. The climb is considered one of the easiest among the Nepali peak climbs.
From the Pisang village, the path ascends through sparse forest and pasture lands to Kharka, where the base camp is set. Another high camp is set at an altitude of 5400m. A well defined ridge from here takes you to a final steep snow slope that leads to the summit and is also the route for the descent.
A high level of physical fitness and good health ensures that you have an exciting trip from Besisahar onward.
The route is dominated by the picturesque Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and other mountains and also encounters a number of contrasting flora and fauna.
The trek is a very cultural and scenic one with exciting visits to the Muktinath temple, Larkya la pass, Jomsom and through the Himalayan peaks to Pokhara.
Mera Peak Climbing
It is one of the most popular peaks for climbing in Nepal. Situated in the Khumbu valley of Everest region, the summit is at an elevation of 6461 meters. The 19-day expedition and climbing trip is quite famous for being the highest peak in the region.
Its position in the edge of the Khumbu region means you get an unforgettable sight of the mighty Himalayan Mountains like Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and others.
With a straightforward climb, the peak is ideal for those with moderate climbing experiences and good fitness level. The trip begins at Lukla airport, one of the most dangerous airstrips in the world.
From there the trek through valleys could be quite physically demanding, but with proper acclimatization, the Mera peak climb is not that technically difficult. As you will be traversing a glacier, most of the climb you will be using crampons while being roped to the others.
The trip is not just exciting because of the climb but also due to the trek from Hinku valley through rhododendron and bamboo forests where you get to experience a great mixture of cultural and natural beauty.
Situated in the Annapurna region, the Tent Peak, also known as Tharpu Chuli peak is one of the best short treks in the region. The trek incorporates the Annapurna sanctuary trek and takes you to a maximum elevation of 5663m.
The 2-week long climbing trip in the region allows you to enjoy magical close-up views of the majestic mountains in the region.
Annapurna Base Camp is also the base camp for the climb from where you cross through the moraines of Annapurna south glacier to set up high camp below North West ridge of tent peak.
A steep ascent to the summit ridge takes you up to the summit which is a great vantage point to see the tantalizing mountains like Annapurna range and others.
The ascent to the high camp includes walking on loose scree and steep grass slopes which making the climb a bit tricky.
It is a short 15-17 day trip in the Langtang valley region that takes you to an elevation of 5732 meters.
The best season to do the peak climb is from October- April and provides the best chance to travel to Himalayan regions and climb summits. The trek is through dense forests, valleys, and ethnic settlements to the Yala Base Camp.
It is a relatively easier climb that only requires good fitness level and zeal for adventure to have a safe and fun trip. The highlight of the trek has to be the views of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Lenpo gang, Dorje Lakpa and the mighty Shishapangma on the Tibetan side.
It is one of the easy, wonderful yet adventurous trips with great views, cultural enrichment, and a physically demanding experience.
Chulu West Peak
This peak climbing experience in the Annapurna region is one that is best for experienced trekkers. There are two peaks Chulu East and West.
The west peak standing at an elevation of 6419 meters provides a great trail for the viewing of the majestic mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and others.
The trail proceeds to Manang valley one of the highest valleys in the world and requires 3 camps including the base camp. From the base, the route up the North West ridge is followed that leads up to the real peak.
The return trip trail passes through the Thorung La pass and Jomsom adding more flavor to the already exciting trip.
These are a few climbing peaks in Nepal that we believe could be one of the most memorable and exciting trips of your life. Whether you are a novice climber or an expert mountaineer, the mountains of Nepal have a certain type of peak for you that perfectly fit your needs and climbing level.
But you must do some physical exercises before going on these climbing trip. You must be well-trained to use ice axe, crampons, and ropes. Give yourself a break from the usual and exhausted adventure sports, and give peak climbing in Nepal a chance to change your idea of adventure forever.
Other than that a number of adventure sports have made Nepal a Mecca for adventure lovers all around the world. From rafting, canyoning, bungee jump to mountain flights and paragliding, a number of adventure sports from the land, water to air make the trip to Nepal an exciting one.