• Aug 20, 2022

The Himalaya, an amphitheater of climbing adventure with an uncountable named and unnamed parade of stunning peaks, is a mica for climbing expedition. Peak climbing in Nepal is the 2nd most famous adventure activity after trekking. With the high Himalayas, Nepal is a top adventure destination for peak climbing

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Peak Climbing in Nepal - Hierarchy to follow

Peak climbing in Nepal can be categorized into three sections of hierarchy based on the level of difficulty and mountain elevation such as trekking peaks, Peak climbing, and climbing Expedition

Trekking Peak

The Nepal government has given authority to the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) of 27 trekking peaks ranging from 5800 to 6500 meters. Island and Mera peaks in the Everest region are the most popular trekking peaks climbing in Nepal. A fit person with adventure outdoor experience can join these trekking peaks climbing trips. This type of trekking peak climbing is simply a step further up beyond hiking and trekking.

Climbing Peak

Many stunning peaks are ranging above 6500 to 8000 meters, normally known as best peak climbing or can be named intermediate climbing adventure before the real 8000-meter peak expedition and a step up after the trekking peaks. The most climbed peaks in this range are mount Amadablam, Baruntse, and Saribung

Expedition Peak

8000 meters peaks in the Himalayas as a normal term as expedition climbing. It is mandatory to have peak climbing experience and mountaineering training to enroll on any of these expeditions. The highest peak of the Mt. Everest expedition is the ultimate adventure climbing. Other 8000-meter peaks including Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Kangchenjunga stand at the top to challenge climbers around the world.

For anyone interested in the expedition climb, a Curated plan is most. Climbing high and higher peaks in the Himalayas must be done one after another. In general, a fit and dedicated person can do the biggest expedition in 2 to 4 years. Must respect the nature of the Himalayas thus proper planning with the elevation gain is the first and foremost point to follow. The first step is the do the trekking to check how your body reacts to elevation gain. Second, join the trekking peak climbing like Island peak beyond simply hiking. Before the big expedition like Everest, a technical and challenging peak climbing of around 7000 or another 800-meter peak recommended like Amadablam or Manaslu is recommitted.

The best season for Peak Climbing in Nepal

Choosing the best time for such peak climbing in Nepal plays an important factor in a safe climbing adventure. Normally spring (March, April, and May) and autumn seasons (September, October, and November) are the best time to plan to climb. The best time to peak climbing also depends on the peak and its specific characteristic. Like the climb, Mt Everest and other 8000-meter peak climbing are in Spring whereas Ama Dablam and Manaslu are best suited in Autumn. Trekking peaks including the Island, Mera, Chulu, and Yala can be done in both spring and autumn seasons. Some trekking peaks like Island and Yala peak can be customized and done in winter in the month of December also.

How difficult and physical fitness

Undoubted peak climbing in Nepal is tough and one of the most difficult adventure activities to challenge physical fitness and mental strength at the same time. Proper physical fitness is a must to endeavor longer hikes and climbs at a difficult and higher trainer in unfavorable weather conditions. Proper planning on altitude elevation gain is a very crucial factor on peak climbing trips.

Peak climbing in Nepal: Gear and Training

Special climbing gear is required for any of these peak climbing in Nepal. Normally harness, ascender, a figure of eight, ice axe, crampons, climbing rope, and climbing boots are a must. Climbing boots vary from normal climbing boots for the trekking peak to double boots for the bigger expedition. Good gloves and warm cap to wind stopper pants and jacket is minimum. Based on the peak elevation selection of a good down jacket and sleeping bag to down body gear is required.

Proper climbing training is not mandatory to join the trekking peak climbing in Nepal as such climbing training is being customized at the base camp. Training on rock climbing and knowledge of basic knots is helpful for a safe climbing adventure. Proper climbing training or earlier trekking peak climbing experience is a must to join on 7000 to 8000-meter peak climbing expedition.

Climbing Permits and cost

Permits are a must for all the peak climbing in Nepal. Based on the elevation and characteristics of peaks it cost from US$ 250 to US$ 11000 per person. Besides the climbing permit, one needs to have the trek permits, national park entry permit, village development entrance tickets, special and restricted region permit as applicable, and garbage deposit fees, etc. which your local tour company organizes for you. Higher peak climbing and expedition teams must have a government liaison office to go with the team. Your climbing cost does cover all these permit prices.

Conclusion

Undoubtedly mountains in Nepal offer great opportunities for the climbing adventure to the fit and experience adventures. Whichever peak you choose to climb,  good physical fitness and a strong and positive attitude is a must. Though one can join the trekking peak climbing, without training. Proper planning is a must to doing peak climbing in Nepal. More preparation and better planning are the keys to a successful and safe climbing adventure in Nepal.

Pradip Limbu

Pradip Limbu

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