Nirekha Peak Climbing in Everest Region

 
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Trip facts

Duration: 22 Days

Country: Nepal

Nirekha Peak (6195 m, 20206 ft) is one of the recently opened expeditions in the Khumbu region very close to the Cho La Pass. This peak is kind of hidden in the laps of well-known peaks like Everest (8848 m), Cholatse (6440 m) and Cho Oyu (8201 m). There is a couple of ways to summit on this Nirekha Peak - north and south. We prefer from the north side to south but nevertheless, both ways to the summit reward the identical astounding mountainous views. Being physically and mentally fit, prior experience of mountain climbing can help successful ascending this peak.

The first ascends to this peak was done in April 2003 by Matt Florets and Greg Valentine. From the summit of the peak, you will be mesmerized with different mountainous views of Everest and other peaks like Nuptse (7861 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Lhotse Shar (8516 m), Ama Dablam (6812 m), Makalu (8485 m), Cho Oyu (8188 m), Baruntse (7129 m) etc.

This expedition begins from the picturesque flight to Lukla and from there we carry out a short hike to Phakding. The next day, our trek begins crossing through beautiful pine forest following the Dudh Koshi River and as continuing trekking through diverse forests - pine, juniper, and fir - we reach Namche Bazaar. The next day we will be completely acclimatizing and visiting some of the monasteries, and the Edmund Hillary School.

Further continuing our trekking for few days and crossing some of the places like Tengboche and Dingboche; we reach Dingboche where we will be acclimatizing as it is an ideal place to adjust the altitude. Next, we head to Lobuche and then trek to Gorakshep and visit the Everest Base Camp. From EBC, we are headed to a vintage spot of Everest region i.e. Kalapathar. From here we will enjoy the closest perception of the Everest. Further trekking we will arrive at the base camp passing via Cho La pass. Here we will be preparing for our summit and then next we will trek to the Nirekha High Camp. And next, we will ascend the Nirekha Peak. After our successful completion, we will retrace back to High Camp and then head to Gokyo Lake, then to Machermo, back to Namche and further trek to Lukla and finally fly back to Kathmandu.

Spring (April-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best seasons to endeavor this expedition as on spring - on the trails - you get to observe the various floras throughout your trek and in autumn - the temperature will be moderate with clearer sky where you get to spot the beautiful different mountains clearly.  For more information about this Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition, please do contact or email us.

Our detailed itinerary for Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition is:

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

As you arrive at the Tribhuvan international airport of Kathmandu then our team will be already there waiting for you. As you can easily spot them as they will be there carry the signboard of the company name and then they will greet you and take you to the respective hotel and then you can take rest or freshen up. In the evening, our team will be offering you a welcome dinner with the authentic Nepali cuisine. Overnight at Kathmandu.      

 

  Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft) & Trip preparation

Today after breakfast we will be visiting the office of Accent Himalaya. Then we will arrange a small meeting for discussion about the trip and also be introducing you to our trek/ climbing leaders and other climbing members who will be joining you. The climbing expert will check all the climbing gear to make sure that they are well equipped for our adventure peak climbing. Then we will take rest as tomorrow we will be heading to the Himalayas. We will be spending our night at Kathmandu.

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800 m/9184 ft) then trek to Phakding (2652 m/8700 ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

After breakfast, we will head to the airport for an airstrip fly to Lukla. During your flight you get the picturesque view of the Himalayas then we will be landing at the Lukla airport and then we will start our trek and before reaching the speaking village we will be passing through the affluent village of speaking.  Today we will be trekking only for few hours for the proper acclimatization or one can visit the monastery nearby. We will be spending our night here at Phakding.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11283 ft): 5-6 hours

After having our breakfast, we will be trekking through lovely pine forests alongside the Dudhkoshi River and continuing our trek - we get the stunning view of the mount Thamserku which is at the height of 6608 meters. Then we will be crossing the dense pine, fir and juniper forests, if there is a clear weather then one gets the magnificent view of the Everest, Lhotse and the Nuptse. Continuing trekking, we will reach the Namche bazaar which is the main entrance gateway to the Everest region. As today we crossed the five suspension bridges and the last one is the Hillary suspension bridge which is the highest bridge in the Khumbu region. We will be spending our night at Namche Bazaar.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3440 m/ 11283 ft): Acclimatization

Today we will be acclimatizing the altitude but instead of remaining idle we will be hiking to the Everest view hotel where one get the close view of the mighty mountain Everest or either we can spend our day roaming at the Namche bazaar and then visit the museum where one get to know the history of the Everest region and the first summiteers to the Mt. Everest and displaying the flora and fauna of the Everest region.

For those people who like to trek further, we can even trek to the Khumjung village which will take maximum 5- 6hours and reach the village we can visit the Hillary school and the Khumjung monastery where the well-known yeti head are kept. We will be spending our night at Namche bazaar.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870 m/12694 ft): 5- 6 hours

From Namche to Phunki it is an easy trek and reaching Phunki we will ascend to Tengboche and there you can visit the Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery of the Everest region. From the monastery, one get the splendid view of the Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku and the Amadablam. As the monastery opens at 3 and if we are lucky we will get to observe the ritual religious ceremony. We will be spending our night at the Tengboche.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 m/14300 ft): 5-6 hours

If you like to visit the Tengboche monastery we can head to the Tengboche monastery to view the stunning view of the mountain. We will continue our trek through rhododendron, birch and the conifers forests. Before ascending to Pangboche we will be crossing the Imja River. We will be heading through the upper trails to the Pangboche for the stunning view of the Himalayas.  On the way, we will be also visiting the Pangboche monastery. And from here the trails is fairly moderate then we will be entering the Imja valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We will be descending down to the river and start to ascend up to the Dingboche. We will be spending our night at Dingboche.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Dingboche: Acclimatization

Dingboche is the best spot for the proper acclimatization for the trekkers and climbers to the Mt. Everest, Imjatse, and Ama Dablam. The village is one of the stunning villages of the Khumbu region with a range of fields enclosed by stone walls for the protection barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the chilly wind and grazing animals. We will be hiking to the Nagarjuna hills where one get the stunning view of the Lhotse, Makalu, Tawache, Ama Dablam and Cholatse.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours

Today we will start our day with the gradual ascend to Dughla to the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Then we will climb to through the steep track to the Chupkilharkha. Then we will be continuing heading to the Khumbu glacier and here one get the mind-blowing view several snowcapped peaks which are Lingterin, Khumbutse, Mahalangur and Pumori Himal. Then our trail will be bit easy as we will be heading following the Lobuche valley. We will be spending our night at Lobuche.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

We will be trekking to the Gorakshep and continuing trekking straightly we will come across the Indian mountaineer army memorials. From here the trails are bit misleading but one must follow the trekking/ climbing guide. The trails become a bit challenging as you will be reaching the high altitude and it will be thin air. Before reaching the Everest base camp we will be passing through moraine, rocky dunes and streams. Leading to the Everest base camp you’ll get to observe some of the tents sites especially in the spring seasons there will be a lot of other adventurous people who will be trekking and climbing in the Everest region. From the base camp, we get to view the Pumori, Nuptse, and Khumbutse Mountain. We will be trekking back to the Gorakshep and spend our night at Gorakshep.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft), then to Dzongla (4858 m/15, 939 ft): 6 - 7 hours

Early morning we will be trekking to the kalapatthar before that be prepared as in the early morning it is extremely cold and continue trekking we will get the view of Mount Everest, lingtren, Changtse, Khumbutse, Nuptse. Then ascending further we will reach the top of the kalpatthar where one gets the close view of the mighty mountain Everest including with other several snowcapped peaks. We will be descending down to the Dzongla and here we will be spending our night at Dzongla.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Dzongla to Nirekha Base Camp (4950/1625 ft) via Cho La pass (5368m/17,611 ft): 6 - 7 hours

Then we will be reaching high altitude as the air becomes thinner but one gets the glimpse of the tranquil Cholatse lake and even Ama Dablam peak can be seen. Ascending the incline is not as easy as you thought about it is one of the strenuous- the final ascend to the Cho la can be a bit tricky due to the round curve trial. Then we will be further trekking through the step trails and within two hours we will reach the Nirekha base camp and from here one get to view the diverse peaks of the Himalayas that surrounds us in all direction. We will be spending our night at nirekha base camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Nirekha Peak Base Camp: rest and basic climbing training

After breakfast, we will be practicing our climbing training. Our climbing experts will give you some training and how to use the climbing gear which also includes how to use the ropes and how the knot the ropes etc. the remaining hours we will be resting and enjoy the view of the Himalayas. We will be spending our night at Nirekha base camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Nirekha Base Camp to High Camp (5300m/17385ft): 2 - 3 hours

After taking plenty of rest we are all set for trekking t the Nirekha high camp. Before climbing to high camp the steep trail we will be trekking to the flat snow covered track and then we will be ascending to high camp and from here one get the picturesque view of the Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Cholatse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Lobuche east, Ama Dablam. We will be spending our night at Nirekha high camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: Summit Nirekha Peak (6159 m/20201 ft) and back to High Camp: 11-12 hours

Today we will be summiting the Nirekha peak we will wake up early in the midnight at 1 and then began our trekking. It is a technical peak and then we will begin with a steady climb of about 20 degrees follow by a very sheer climb on a fine ridge. We will be using the both the main rope and fixed ropes.  Before reaching the summit we will come across the few crevasses. Reaching the top of the summit we get the stunning view of the Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pumori, Tawache, and Nuptse. Then spending some time at the peak we will retrace back to the high camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: Reserve day

This is an extra day for any kind of unforeseen situation as in the summit day if the weather is not favorable and this day can be utilized for summiting the peak if none of any situation occurs then we will be using this day for taking full rest and enjoy the view of the Himalayas.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17: Nirekha High Camp to Gokyo Lakes (4,800m/15,580 ft): 4-5 hours

From high camp, we will be retracing back to Nirekha base camp and then trek to the Gokyo village on the way we will get the spectacular view of the Himalayas. As the trails are long but on the way to the Thangnak is not so difficult. On the way, we will come to the edge of the longest glacier which is known as Ngozumpa glacier and reaching the other side of the glacier we will get to observe the Gokyo Lake along with the other six lakes. Continuing trekking we will come across the third lake and at the edge of the lake there is the Gokyo village and at the Gokyo village, we will be spending our night.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18: Gokyo to Machermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft): 6-7 hours

We will be descending down the track next to the Ngozumba Glacier. Before reaching Phangha we will be passing two more lakes and descend down we will pass the Chorten and continue our trek and then we will be reaching at Machermo. We will be spending our night at Machermo.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 19: Machermo to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours

Today we will head to the Namche bazaar passing several villages which are Dhole, Luza and much more. Then we will be trekking all the way to the Dudh Koshi River then we will be passing the Mong and then descends down through the stone step crossing the Mani walls. We will be continuing our trek and pass the KIyangjuma village. We will be spending our night at Namche bazaar.tyo   

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 - 7 hours

We will be descending down slowly through the rocky terrain as carefully then we will be crossing the Dudh Koshi River through the suspension bridge and from here our trails becomes easy and natural. Then we will finally reach Lukla and then we will take rest. We will be spending our night at Lukla.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu

Early morning we will fly back to Kathmandu and reach Kathmandu our team will drop you at the respective hotel and then you can take rest or freshen up or you can visit the market nearby or roam around the Thamel area and do some souvenir shopping to your loved ones. In the evening we will be giving you a farewell dinner party for the successful of the accomplishment of the peak expedition. We will be spending our night at Kathmandu.

  Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 22: Final departure

Your journey finally comes to an end. Our team will drop you at the airport three hours before your flight schedule so, you get plenty of time for the formalities of the airport. We will hope to see you soon for your next adventurous trips.

  Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop on a private vehicle
  • 3 - star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guide
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) and the services of other staff members
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Accent Himalaya's trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork including trekking and climbing permits
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment(s)
  • Medical kit (carried by your guide)
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee (please bring the exact US $ in cash and two passport size photograph)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage - the cargo charge is at around USD 1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain other than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Services not listed in the ‘What's Included’ section

Trip Note

 

Accommodation for Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels. But once you set out for Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow.  

A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.

Meals and Drinks on Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition Trek

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. We will enjoy typical Nepalese cuisine, Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Continental and so on during the trek. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package. 

Luggage/Backpack for Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition Trek

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.

Guide/Porter on Trek

Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.

Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member

Accent Himalaya organizes Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition Trek from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 12 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Gears Available in Kathmandu

All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.

A Typical Day on Trek

On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day - you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition Trek with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Flight Delay at Kathmandu and Lukla

The Twin Otter Plane is the only mode of transportation to and from Lukla on this tour. Sometimes flights to and from Lukla may be canceled due to sudden changes in mountain weather. So, we have kept an additional day at the end of the tour on our trekking itinerary to use it in case of flight delayed or canceled.

So, if the flights cancel for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on a scheduled flight to your home or other destination and the cost of this extra service is payable directly to our office at Kathmandu. If you have to use this service in US dollars or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only), we will provide you the receipt of the payment with which you can claim the amount from your insurance company. The minimum cost for helicopter charter will be US $ 500 and the maximum US $ 3500 depending on the number of people in the flight.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 22 days for Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Nirekha Peak Climbing Expedition Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you then, we will forward the details of payment.

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