Duration: 22 Days
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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Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft) & Trip preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800 m/9184 ft) then trek to Phakding (2652 m/8700 ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11283 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3440 m/ 11283 ft): Acclimatization
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870 m/12694 ft): 5- 6 hours
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 m/14300 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 08: Dingboche: Acclimatization
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours
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
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft), then to Dzongla (4858 m/15, 939 ft): 6 - 7 hours
Day 12: Dzongla to Nirekha Base Camp (4950/1625 ft) via Cho La pass (5368m/17,611 ft): 6 - 7 hours
Day 13: Nirekha Peak Base Camp: rest and basic climbing training
Day 14: Nirekha Base Camp to High Camp (5300m/17385ft): 2 - 3 hours
Day 15: Summit Nirekha Peak (6159 m/20201 ft) and back to High Camp: 11-12 hours
Day 16: Reserve day
Day 17: Nirekha High Camp to Gokyo Lakes (4,800m/15,580 ft): 4-5 hours
Day 18: Gokyo to Machermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft): 6-7 hours
Day 19: Machermo to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 - 7 hours
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 22: Final departure
Includes and Excludes
- 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
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.
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.