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Kyajo Ri Peak Climbing

Trip Introduction

Kyajo Ri - peak climbing takes us to  summit  of (6186m). This climbing peak is a semi technical peak suituated in the central of  Everest region of Nepal. The Kyajo Ri peak was officially opened for people to climb by the Nepalese government in 2002 and listed on group 'A' climbing peak by Nepal Mountaineering Association. The first ascent was made that year by a French/British team. The best route is to climb the Kyajo Ri peak is from Mende, (the village in Thame side from Namche) and the other route is from Machhermo side, which is in the Gokyo valley.Kyajo Ri is part of the Khumuche Himal and is located in the Gokyo Valley which is the Mount Everest Region of Nepal. Kyajo Ri is a spectacular, and very beautiful mountain surrounded by an amazing landscape.

 

The normal ascent of Kyajo Ri from it's base camp at around 4,600m to Camp 1 at over 5200m. This involves a 2 hour hike over a grassy spur and boulders. Camp 1 to Camp 2 involves some technical climbing. It is listed as difficult expedition trekking peaks by Nepal mountaineers Association and there is significant technical climbing at high altitude. Though the technical challenges are there, it is less complicated compared to other higher expedition. However it is a cheaper option as you do not need a climbing permit because Kyajo Ri has been classified as a "Trekking Peak".

 

Trip Facts

Trip Grade: Aventure Climbing

Best Month: March / April ,Oct / Nov

Per Day climb: 5 / 6 hours

Trek Type: Lodge / Provided Tent

Maximum Elevation: 6,091m

Duration : 17 days

Region:  Everest Khumbu region

The Route: KTM- Lukla - Namche – Kyajo Ri Peak - Namache - Lukla

Mode of Travel: Flight

 

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu.

Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!

 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!

 

Day 03: Kathmandu to Phakding Trekking time 3 hours.

After an early breakfast we will head straight to the airport where we will fly to Lukla. The flight is about 40 minutes but one that you will never forget as we fly over the foothills of the Himalayas.We will arrive and as porters are employed to carry the luggage we will have chance for a cup of tea before starting the trek. Lukla is 2800m above sea level and we will be trekking to Phakding which is 2653m. It is a short trek around 3 hours- through local villages and alongside a river.

 

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Trekking time 6 - 7 hours.

Today we begin the trail up the valley alongside the river. A easy morning trekking and we will be in Monjo (2835m) in time for lunch.This afternoon is where the uphill really kicks in! the reward is worth it as it is thefirst time you will get a view of Mount Everest . Today we enter the Sagarmathanational park and then we cross the Dudh Kosi river and through to the village of Jorsale.After this the steep climb up to Namche begins and it is at a well timed rest stop wherewe will see Everest. We will be in Namche for lunch and a well deserved rest. There are many shops here and a chance to relax and any supplies needed. Namche is at 3440m and so is where the altitude can sometimes start to effect people.

 

Day 05: Acclimatize at Namche.

We will stay in Namache for an acclimatisation day with a walk up to a village Khumjung which is interesting to see village life and also you get great views of the mountains.As we will be walking higher to around 3780m this will also help in the acclimatisation process.

 

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Mende (3736 m/12,255 ft): 5-6 hours.

The walk to Thame from Namche is relatively easy. The trail follows an almost steady level until we reach the settlement of Thame, a beautiful village with amazing views of the Himalayas. From here the trail makes a short ascent to Mende. Overnight in Mende. Included meals.

 

Day 07: Mende to Kyajo Ri Base Camp (4550m/14925 ft): 5-6 hours.

From Mende we leave the main trails and follow a faint yak trail up over a couple of passes to enter the Kyajo Drangka; the isolated broad valley south of Kyajo Ri. On our way, we enjoy great views of the Himalayas including Thamserku, Khumbila, Kusum Kangaru, Kwangde and Pachharmo. Kyajo Ri Base Camp is set up on a flat surface between the rocky mountain on one side and a small river on the other. Overnight in Kyajo Ri Base Camp. Included meals.

 

Day 08: Rest day at Kyajo Ri Base Camp.

This day is set aside for proper acclimatization before summiting the Kyajo Ri peak.  However, since it is always wise to stay a little busy during acclimatization, we will be hiking to Camp I and back. Furthermore, we also check our climbing equipments today. Overnight at the Kyajo Ri Base Camp. Included meals.

 

Day 09: Kyajo Ri Base Camp to Camp I (5200m/17056 ft): 4-5 hours.

The ascent to Camp I begins with hiking over a grassy spur and boulders. Next, our trail follows the upward rocky section with a lot of boulders and skid pebbles. We walk for another few hours on a steep trail before reaching Camp I. Our camp will be set on a level ground, with good views and within easy reach of water flowing out from the frozen lake at the foot of the Glacier. Overnight camping at Camp I. Included meals.

 

Day 10: Acclimatization and rest at Camp one.

This is another day set aside for acclimatization and rest before summiting the Kyajo Ri peak. We trek to Camp II and come back to Camp I to spend the night. This will also help us prepare for the next day’s climb. Overnight at Camp I. Included meals:BLD

 

Day 11: Camp I to Camp II (5700m/18,700ft).

Today involves some technical climbing over mixed face slopes up to 55 degrees along with negotiating through a glacier. Camp II lies near the glacier and has sufficient place for camping. From the camp, we can see the climbing route we will be attempting the next day. We pitch our camp near a big glacier lake. If the weather is favorable, we get plenty of sunlight during the day. Overnight at Camp 2. Included meals:

 

Day 12: Summit Day and Back to Camp II: 7-8 hours.

Our summit day begins in the early morning, at about 3:00 am. After light breakfast we start to climb though the rocky part with big boulders. Next, we reach a part of the glacier from where it is a fairly hard climb. Here the ground steepens, and we climb snow and ice on the Southwest Ridge. There is one short rock section but primarily the climbing is on snow and ice. The sharp summit is a narrow wedge of snow. After spending some time celebrating our success and taking pictures on the summit, we return back to Camp I. Overnight in Camp II. Included meals.

 

Day 13: Trek back to Base Camp: 4-5 hours.

Today we return back to Kyajo Ri Base Camp and celebrate the successful completion of our trip. The return trip will be relatively easier than the summit day as you will have already known what to expect on your journey back. Upon reaching the Base Camp, we relax for some time and if interested, we may even explore the surrounding area. Included meals.

 

Day 14: Base Camp to Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours.

Understand that Himalayan Glacier strictly follows the ‘leave no trace principles’ whenever it can. We are a team deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. Therefore, before leaving the base camp, we clean the area. The mountains are our home and we believe that it is unwise to disregard its value by not preserving it. After cleaning the base camp we return back to Namche Bazaar via Mende and Thame. Included meals.

 

Day 15 : Namche to Lukla  Trekking time 6-7 hours.

An early start to walk  and The trail descend  steeply  for  about one and a half hours. After that the path has small ups and down  to phakding via Monjo.  A relatively easy and short walk for your last steap trekking and we will be in Lukla hopefully  4 pm ensuring plenty of time for a wander through the village there is even a Starbucks!

 

Day 16:  Lukla  to  Kathmandu Sighteeing.

An early start to the airport and weather permitting a flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive back to hotel mid morning and a welcome shower and clean clothes will be waiting for you. The rest of the day will be at your leisure with lunch, shopping in the Thamel and adjusting to civilisation!

 

Day 17:  Kathmandu sighteeing.

Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture. A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek. 

 

Day 18 : Depart. Return to theHome . Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.

 

FLIGHT

For all the Everest Treks you will be flying from Kathmandu to Lukla and then at the end of the trek you will need to do the return flight. This flight is very weather dependent and can be delayed or cancelled at short notice if the weather is not suitable for this mountain flight. At Top of the World Treks we will do our best to manage this situation and if your flight is cancelled we will do all we can to get you on the next available flight. It maybe be possible for a helicopter to be charted but this will be at an extra cost and up to the group at the time.  We plan extra days into our itineraries in case this happens but you are also welcome to plan extra days if you wish.We can arrange sightseeing and tours in Kathmandu if you wish on these extra days.If the weather continues to see cancellation then it must be decided on the group whether to continue to wait or transfer the trek to another range - such as Annapurna or Langtang.  We will fully advise you if this becomes the case.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.Email- info@topoftheworldtreks.com

Cost Includes

We understand that after a hard day trekking the need for some comfort is very important. At Top of the World Treks we only use the best possible accommodation and also food.  We allow our customers to chose from the menu and eat what they would like and this is included in the cost of the trip. We choose places with the best hygiene possible. 

If your trip includes camping we will take a train chef and kitchen staff to ensure the food is also to the highest standard although choices from a menu will not be available.  

 

This price includes the following:

Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be two nights before trek and two nights after trek.

International and domestic airport arrivals and departures.

All necessary  trekking paper, trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit  & Peak climbing permit.

Kathmandu –Lukla and Lukla - Kathmandu Round flight ticket.

All domestic  airport taxes.

Peak climbing Guide and Trekking guide  equipment and wages

Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail and camping arrangement at base camp cook. Kitchen boy, tents, mattresses, food, fuel, kitchen and camping equipment.)

Required portage service to carry tents, food stuffs, fuels & kitchen utensils Necessary  tent and equipment

All the staff insurance, well paid salary, equipment, transportation.

All the transporting.

Government taxes and service charge.

Medical supplies (first aid kit) 

Cost Not Includes

Nepal visa.

International airfare.

Travel and rescue Insurance

Hire of climbing equipment if not bringing own.

Food in Kathmandu.

Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure. 

All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)

Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.

Tips for guide porter. Email - info@topoftheworldtreks.com

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    Equipment Check – List

     

    What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.

     

    The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 

     

    GENERAL CHECK - LIST

    The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

    -Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

    -Fleece jacket or pullover.

    -fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

    -Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

    -Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

    -Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

    -Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

    -Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

    -Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

    -water bottles.

    -Tolietries.

    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

     

    TREKKING  CHECK LIST

    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

     

    MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

    In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

    -Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

    -Mountaineering  Safety harness.

    -Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

    -120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.

    -Mattress.

    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.

     

    Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

     

    EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.

    -Helmet.

     

    FIRST AID MEDICINE

    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional).

    -Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

    -Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

    -Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

    - For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic. Email- info@topoftheworldtreks.com

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