Top 10 best peak climbing in Nepal

There is something eccentric and peaceful about these mountains that seems to attract people from across the globe. I mean, who does not want to spend their time in the solace of mountains? Since the last century, people have flocked to Nepal to scale its many mountains. Through the years, Nepal has garnered a reputation for being a prime peak climbing destination as well. Mountains like Everest, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse are the favorite of adventurers along with many more. 

In this blog, we shall take a thorough look at the 10 best peak climbing places in Nepal. So, without further ado, here we go. 

What is peak climbing?

 When we speak of peak climbing, most of us have confusion regarding what it truly is. For starters, some people think peak climbing and expeditions are synonymous. But the reality is far from that. Let’s commence this blog by clearing your doubts as to what peak climbing is. 

Peak climbing trips refer to such trips in which people climb mountains that have an elevation of up to 6500 meters above sea level. In addition, it also involves climbing without the use of sophisticated equipment and rigorous training. Likewise, climbing these peaks does not take more than two to three weeks.

In the context of the expedition, it involves rigorous training and spending at least two weeks in the base camp. An expedition can take anywhere around a month or two to complete. In the same manner, you have to be seasoned to take part in an expedition and there are certain checkpoints that you need to fill. We hope that now you are thoroughly clear as to the differences between peak climbing and expedition.

Best peak climbing in Nepal 

Pokalde Peak climbing

There are numerous mountains in the Everest region that has enticed travelers throughout the years. While the highlight mostly falls on the shoulders of Mount Everest and Lhotse, there are other mountains too that are worthy of attention. Take the Pokalde peak as an example. Standing at 5806 meters, this peak is an ideal destination for climbers that want a Himalayan experience. 

The journey takes you through Namche Bazar and you’ll walk the classic Everest Base Camp trek route till Kalapatthar. Observe the gorgeous Tengboche monastery and delightful Buddhist monasteries along the way. From Lobuche, head to the Pokalde base camp by crossing the Kongma La pass and summit the Pokalde Peak. Here are some quick facts about this peak. 

  • Location – Solukhumbu

  • Altitude – 5806 m

  • Climbing Days – 1 Day

Pharchamo peak climbing 

The Rolwaling valley is a valley that is shrouded in mysteries. In spite of its proximity to the Everest region, there are still many things to know about it. One of its mysteries is the Pharchamo peak. Standing at 6187 meters, this peak is an ideal destination for climbers. The road to the peak takes you through the northeastern part of the icefall from the Tashi Lapcha Pass. Once you arrive at Tashiphuk, the Pharchamo peak is just above you. 

Upon reaching the summit of this peak, you’ll witness serene pictures of mountains like Melungtse, and Gaurishankar. Diverse wildlife and an adventure of a lifetime are what this trip is all about. 

  • Location- Rolwaling valley 

  • Altitude- 6187 m

  • Climbing days- 1 Day

Pisang Peak climbing 

The Pisang peak resides in the northern frontier of Manang district and is carefully nestled between Manasalu and Annapurna. It is one of the major highlights of the Annapurna base camp trek as well. In comparison to other mountains in this list, the Pisang peak climbing journey is a rather easy one. The initial route to the Pisang base camp involves walking past quaint Gurung settlements like Timang and Lower Pisang. 

From the Pisang base camp, you’ll walk on the elevated trail that leads you to the summit of the Pisang Peak. The ascent is a bit steep at some parts so be careful. Upon reaching the snowy summit of this peak, observe the gorgeous backdrop of the Annapurna region.

  • Location- Annapurna 

  • Altitude- 6092 m

  • Climbing days- 2-3 Days

Dhampus peak climbing 

The Dhampus peak climbing is another prime destination of the Annapurna region. It forms an integral part of the Dhaulagiri circuit trek and if you are up for it, you can join the Dhaulagiri circuit trekking upon completing Dhampus peak climbing. As you move to its summit, you’ll witness the Kaligandaki river and the pristine Dhaulagiri Mountain itself. 

The road to the summit involves walking past forested trails in Ghorepani, Tatopani, and drinking fine tea in Tukche while observing the delightful mountains. Upon reaching the summit of the Dhampus peak, observe notable views of Manasalu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Macchapuchre. 

  • Location- Dhaulagiri

  • Altitude- 6012 m

  • Climbing days- 2 Days

Island Peak 

The Island peak is the go-to destination for travelers that wish to partake in a peak climbing journey in Nepal. Locally known as Imja Tse, this mountain was used by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hilary as their practice point before mounting Everest. Before arriving at the summit of Island Peak, you’ll navigate through the Khumbu region. 

After witnessing the immaculate sunrise in Kalapatthar, find yourself climbing the Island peak mountain. The climb is a bit technical at some points so proceed with caution. Once at the summit, capture surreal pictures of the entire Everest region. 

  • Location- Solukhumbu 

  • Altitude- 6189 m

  • Climbing days- 2 days 

Mera Peak climbing 

Like the Island Peak climbing, the Mera Peak climbing journey is also quite famous. It also resides in the Everest region and sits just southeast of Island Peak. Reaching Mera Peak is somewhat a struggle which you’ll find while crossing the Zatra La Pass. Walkthrough the Hinku valley and get a first-hand experience of the quaint Sherpa settlements that dot these terrains.   

Make your way to the summit at a steady pace and once you reach the summit, admire the delightful picture of many 8000 meter+ mountains like Everest, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse. 

  • Location- Solukhumbu 

  • Altitude- 6470 m

  • Climbing days- 3 days 

Lobuche East peak climbing 

The Lobuche East peak lies in proximity to Mount Everest and Island Peak. There are travelers who choose to climb Lobuche peak instead of Island Peak as there is more traffic in the Island peak. To climb this peak, you have to follow the standard Everest base camp trek itinerary till Dingboche. Here, you’ll acclimatize for a day and then head out to climb Lobuche. 

The climb to the summit is easier and it is something that novice travelers would enjoy. As you reach the summit after 3-4 hours of climbing, you’ll be able to catch tantalizing views of Everest and Lhotse. 

  • Location- Solukhumbu 

  • Altitude- 6119 m

  • Climbing days- 3 Days

 

Yala Peak climbing 

The Yala Peak climbing journey lies in proximity to Kathmandu and forms a part of Langtang Hill. Likewise, it is also one of the most frequented climbs in Nepal. The mountain stands at 5520 meters and provides travelers a diverse experience that ranges from dense forests to snowy terrains. As you proceed through the quaint Tamang villages, you’ll understand Tamang culture in detail and get glimpses of Tibetan culture too. Climb the summit and get the opportunity to witness the unblemished view of Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, and Lenpo Gang. 

  • Location- Langtang 

  • Altitude- 5520 m

  • Climbing days- 2 Days 

 

Chulu West Peak climbing

The Chulu West Peak is an integral part of the Manang Himal which in turn is also a part of another mountain. This peak sits north of the famous Annapurna Circuit trail. Similar to Lobuche, there are two Chulu peaks, namely, Chulu east and Chulu west. To climb each mountain, you require a separate permit. As you walk past the serene forests of the Annapurna region, you’ll reach the summit of the Chulu west peak and from there, observe the delightful picture of the Damodar Himal Range and Annapurna. 

  • Location- Annapurna 

  • Altitude- 6419 m

  • Climbing days- 5-6 Days

 

Kyajo Ri Peak climbing 

The Kyajo Ri peak climbing takes you into the deeper parts of the Everest region. Broadly speaking, you’ll walk on the classic Gokyo lake trek. The trekking route takes you to villages like Dole and Macchermo where you’ll get the opportunity to witness the traditional Sherpa way of life. In addition, you’ll witness the serene pictures of the three lakes in Gokyo and if you travel in winter, you’ll find them covered in ice. 

The climb to Kyajo Ri peak is fairly easy and it does not see many travelers too. From the summit, observe delightful views of the surrounding environment and be sure to take pictures. 

  • Location- Solukhumbu

  • Altitude- 6186 meters

  • Climbing days- 2-3 days 

 

CONCLUSION 

A peak climbing journey is never dull but on the contrary, it is filled with numerous adventures. Nepal is a prime destination for those that are willing to take the next step in fulfilling their journey of peak climbing and to understand the beauty of nature and life. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and set out on this grand adventure!

 

 

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