Popular Trekking Peaks in Nepal

Posted Mar 7th, 2021 under Blog, Climbing & Expeditions, Travel Guide,
Pisang Peak trekking peak in Nepal

Pisang Peak (6091m), a popular trekking peak in Annapurna region, Nepal

Nepal is a land of mountains with majestic Himalayas ranges. It is known all around the globe for eight to fourteen mountaineering 8000m+ peaks. However, there are other peaks under 7000m that equally inspire the visitors for adventure activities in Nepal. Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has classified this type of peaks (from 5800m to 6476m) as trekking peaks. Currently there are 28 trekking peaks in Nepal (previously 33 peaks) open for climbing.

Trekking peaks are less technical and climbed by the mountaineers with little experience as hobby or as a part of preparation for climbing expedition peaks. If we see from this side, climbing trekking peak doesn’t sound like a very serious adventure but they are also challenging and attempting them requires sincere effort. One needs to consider that Himalayan mountains have advantage of altitude and the lowest trekking peak is as high as some highest peaks in other parts of the world. So, like any mountain climbing proper acclimatization, right equipment and sound physical fitness is required while climbing trekking peaks in Nepal. If you consider to attempt this wonderful adventure, here is the list of some popular trekking peaks in Nepal.

  1. Island Peak (6160m)

Island Peak, locally called as Imja Tse, is located in Sagarmatha National Park, Everest region. It is named for its appearance which resembles the image of a floating island in sea of ice. This is usually combined with other Everest treks for adaptation to the environment in higher altitudes. This peak climb would be a lifetime experience for adventure lovers. Panaromic view of mountains like Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse  and Ama Dablam can be captured from the peak.

  1. Mera Peak (6654m)

Mera Peak is the tallest and second famous trekking peak in Nepal. Due to less technical difficulties while climbing this peak, it has high success rate. However, it is still a challenging peak because of its altitude. Trekking while climbing this peak leads you to the remotest and alluring areas in Hinku valley in Makalu region. This peak covers the wide ranging views of 5 8000m peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchanjugha and Cho-Oyu.

  1. Cholatse (6440m)

Cholaste Peak is one of the most arduous trekking peaks due to narrow and inclined ridges. This peak is situated between Gokyo and Khumbu valleys in Everest region. Due the technical difficulties while climbing the peak, only climbers experienced in ice and rock climbing are recommended to climb Cholatse Peak. Starting from Gokyo, the climbers have to pass through Thagnak to Zungla via Cho La Pass to reach its Base Camp.

  1. Yala Peak (5520m)

Yala Peak, located in Langtang region, is the easiest trekking peak. It is excellent for first timer climbers and adventurers due to the easy routes while ascending the peak. Climbing the peak gives you one of the most rewarding mountain views of central Himalayas. The trekking covers  the portion of Langtang region including the sacred lake of Gosaikunda and a mixture of Tamang, Sherpa, and Bhote cultures in Helambu region.

  1. Pisang Peak (6091m)

Situated in the laps of Annapurna Region and Manaslu Region, Pisang Peak is one of the most popular non expedition peaks in Annapurna region. This peak is integrated with Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Thorang La Pass that includes the holy Muktinath Temple. Pisang Peak delivers climbers with diverse ecosystem, different landscapes and provides opportunity to interact with local community of different cultures and traditions.

  1. Lobuche East Peak (6119m)

Situated in Everest Region near the Khumbu Glacier and the settlement, Lobuche East is the straight inclined peak with slightly more technical hurdles than Island Peak and Mera Peak. This peak provides eye catching wide range views of Mt. Everest, Khumbu valley and monasteries. Climbing this peak encourages mountaineers for attempting higher altitude Himalayan ranges. Normally, the peak is climbed as an acclimatization climb by those who are attempting Everest.

  1. Pharchamo Peak (6187m)

This peak lies in remotest areas in Rolwaling region and Everest Region connected by Tashi Lapcha Pass. This peak is relatively quieter than other trekking peaks in Nepal. After entering the Rolwaling valley, the first access to the peak, your ascent to Pharchamo Peak starts from the ice fall of Tashi Lapcha. From the peak, you will experience the breathtaking view of Gaurishankar, Melungtse and several other peaks. While climbing this peak, you will have the opportunity to explore various cultures and the diverse flora and fauna of the valley.

Island Peak Trek & Climbing Course

Posted Dec 23rd, 2010 under Climbing & Expeditions, Company News, Trip Report,

Explore Himalaya congratulates Miss Wasfia Nazreen from Bangladesh on completion of her Climbing Course and for trekking upto Island Peak located in the Khumbu Region of Nepal from 17th November to 4th December 2010. After the completion of her climbing course, Ms. Nazreen climbed Island Peak (6173m) and was able to reach upto 5890m. before she had to descend due to bad weather. Her expedition and climbing course was arranged Explore Himalaya.

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Oh Eun-Sun becomes the first woman to summit the 14 highest peaks

Posted Apr 28th, 2010 under Climbing & Expeditions, Tourism News,

South Korean Oh Eun-Sun becomes the first woman to summit the 14 highest peaks

According to latest reports on BBC and Explorersweb.com a South Korean climber, Oh Eun-Sun has reached the summit of Annapurna and is claiming a record for becoming the first woman to scale the world’s 14 highest peaks. Her ascent to the summit was telecast live on KBS TV network yesterday (27th April 2010) at 18:15 Korea time (about 3:00pm, local time). Oh Eun-Sun was accompanied by 3 sherpas and 2 KBS camera men: Mr. Ha-Young Jung and Mr. Kwan-Joo Nha.

Yoga & Trekking in the Himalayas

Posted May 7th, 2009 under Climbing & Expeditions,

The Himalayas have been playing an important role in mankind’s journey to self realization from time immemorial. Its serene solitude and total seclusion creates an ideal environment for looking within. Yoga or union of the physical self with one’s soul is believed to give a new lease of life to an individual by freeing the mind and releasing the hidden energies that lies untapped. It is believed that a true ‘yogi’ (practitioner of yoga) is able to overcome the physical world and grasp the essence of divinity.

Yoga, unlike other forms of modern exercise, is not rigorous but relaxing. It is also just as effective. Dhyan (concentration) is needed to perfect the yogic postures called ‘asanas’. Practicing the ‘asanas’ is supposed to ensure mental, physical and spiritual harmony. Scientific researches have proven that yoga cures and prevents common as well as rare diseases.The different forms of yogaRaja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga,  Jnana Yoga, Laya Yoga  and Mantra Yoga provide a complete system of self transformation and self realization.

With its lofty peaks and green and serene mountains and hills, Nepal is the perfect destination for yoga and meditation lovers. Introducing yoga into the trekking experience makes up for a richer experience as the physical and mental landscape of the body and mind are opened through daily meditation, yoga and trekking. Thus to rediscover oneself through yoga there will be no other place more tranquil and peaceful than the Himalayas.

Wall Climbing – A Great Recreational Sport

Posted Jan 28th, 2009 under Climbing & Expeditions,

You must have seen Spiderman do it, that is climbing up a wall , but do you know this feat is possible for you too. No kidding! You can climb a wall and that too right here in Kathmandu. The Pasang Lhamu Sport Climbing Center (PLSCC) located in Sankha Park, Ringroad, is one of the most popular places for wall climbing enthusiasts. The sports centre has an artificial wall, 14 m x 14 m with a 70-degree-incline. The wall is affixed with numerous hand and foot holds.  These holds are designed to look and feel like natural rock formation and are arranged in patterns called routes. The wall is safely climbed using ropes, harnesses and protective devices. The centre provides the equipments: ropes, harness, and  climbing shoes for a fee. The center has a membership plan for those who are seriously into wall climbing. They also allow day visits for the curious (one has to pay entrance fee, plus extra for equipments if interested in  scaling the wall).

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Climbing Up the wall

Wall climbing is a great recreational sport. It improves concentration, stretches your muscles and is a good way to challenge yourself physically. If you are a climber and planning to scale some Himalayan peaks this season, then you can practice some climbing moves over here. We tell you it’s a great way to keep fit and prepare oneself for those steep inclines. So go to there and haul (or crawl) yourself up!

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For more information you can contact Pasang Lhamu Sport Climbing Center at this number: 4370742.

[Photo Credit: Sabeen Shrestha]

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