Kwangde Peak Climbing
Kwangde Ri is very interesting and challenging peak in Everest Region. It is hidden at the northern end up the Lumding Drangka, a high and remote valley bounded to the west by the tumbling glaciers of karyolung (6511m/21361ft), Khartang (6853m/ 22484ft) and Numbur (6959m/ 22831ft). The Lumding valley is rarely visited by trekkers or expeditions. At the northern end of the valley the stream cascades down a natural rocky barrier above which is a moraine – bound lake, the Tsho-Og, at the snout of the Lumding glacier.
The first ascent of Kwangde Lho was made by a Nepalese expedition in 1975 which was led by Kumar Khadga Bikram Shah. The actual summit was reached on 17 October by Lhakpa Tenzing. Sonam Gyalzen, Shambhu Tamang and Sonam Hisi via the South Ridge. Experienced climbers who are looking for rarely climbed and challenging small peak in the Himalayas will find this peak very attractive.
All of the routes climbed to date on the Kwangde Peaks are difficult; none have proved suitable for commercial trekking peak expeditions. The routes on the North Face are particularly difficult and reflect recent developments in lightweight Himalayan climbing, with an emphasis on technical difficulty and a high degree of commitment. Two climbers without support camps or fixed ropes have invariably made them, although in at least one case a subsequent ascent has seen a return to traditional siege style tactics with masses of fixed rope and camps. Even the routes on the South Face are committing and difficult, although the climbing is more traditional in character.
Trekking & Kwangde Peak Climbing
Duration: 14 days
Max. Altitude: 6187m
Main Season : October,April
Accomodation:3 night in Kathmandu Hotel,4 night in Trekking Lodge & 6 night in Tent
Group Size: min 2 pax
- Welcome in Airport by Garland
- All ground Transportation by private vehicle
- Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 4 star hotel with breakfast
- Escorted sightseeing with an English speaking guide , private care and all entrance fees
- Kathmandu /Lukla /Kathmandu flight fare for member & 3 Nepali staff
- Accommodation in lodge during trek and tent while climbing
- Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking & camping
- High altitude tent, & high food at climbing
- seasonal sleeping bag
- Trekking map.
- All necessary paper work & Permits
- All cost for a guide (First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking) and required porters
- Nepal Mountaineering Association certified climbing guide
- experienced cook, Sherpa and kitchen crew.
- climbing royalty
- Garbage deposit
- Climbing Sherpa fee
- Tents, mattress, cooking utensils and camping equipments
- Accommodation, Meals, Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
- Travel & Rescue arrangement.
- First Aid Kit
- All government taxes.
- Farewell dinner
- International Tickets reconfirmation
- Nepalese Visa Fee (USD 40 for 30 Days)
- International airport departure taxes
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal Mountaineering Gear
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
- Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
- Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.
Accommodation on the trek & Food
You will be accommodated in lodges during tea house trek & tent in camping trek . Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised at the variety of food at the lodges.
There are a lot of steep ascents and descents on the trek and a good level of fitness is required. Some days you may be required to walk up to six hours. Please note that the estimated walking time each day will vary according to the overall fitness of the group and weather conditions.
Footwear & Clothing: Bring well broken-in walking shoes, suitable for snow; thick socks, light socks, camp shoes; down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and pants; sweater or fleece jacket; underwear; warm and cotton or polypropylene pants or jeans; shirts and T-shirts; shorts; long underwear; wool hat; sun hat; gloves; bathing suit; comfortable track/gym suit.
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Arrival Kathmandu .Overnight in Hotel
Clear Sky Treks representatives will welcome groups at the KTM Airport with a banner and drop them off at the hotel After check-in and refreshments, Clear Sky Treks office management personnel and a guide will formally introduce themselves and provide a trip briefing. Group members should submit 2 passport size photos plus a copy of their passport and also, a copy of Travel insurance and return flight information.
Permit Preparation (You can use this day for sightseeing). Overnight in Hotel B
This day we use for permit preparation however you can start an interesting tour around Kathmandu This tour provides a full taste of our vivid cultural images and the enchanting mannerisms and traditions of our people. The tour includes stops at and Kathmandu Durbar Square & Patan Durbar Square. You can enjoy this day for shopping & rickshaw rides around Thamel. In the evening we will take you to a fare well dinner with ethnic dances and food.
Flight to Lukla 2800m & Trek to Phakding 2610m.Overnight in Tea House BLD
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which takes approximately 35minutes and trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) which takes approximately three hours. You transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. You begin today’s trek passing through Lukla, with its hotels, teahouses and general stores. You follow a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at the Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Kosi to Phakding
Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Tea House BLD
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about four and half hours.This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La.
Namche rest for acclimatization. Overnight in Tea House BLD
We have a rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatise. This town, the hub of Sherpa society, is the administrative centre of the Khumbu region and has a police checkpost (we must all register there), the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park, a bank, several shops selling items of every description and a proliferation of Sherpa inns. We spend the day relaxing or exploring the town.
Namche to Thame (3800m.) Overnight in Tea House BLD
Trek to Thame (3800m.) and it takes about four hours. Thame is a place where you can visit many ancient monasteries. You will be able to experience the real Sherpa culture and at the most, from Thame you can take a glance at the beautiful mountain peaks.
Thame to Kwangde 4700m.Overnight in Tent BLD
It takes approximately 6 hrs. The 4 hrs you will be followed the straight trail of jungle and glacier. Then for next 2 hrs you have to slightly climb up the rock trails. Overnight in tent.
Rest/acclimatization. Overnight in Tent BLD
This day you can use for climbing practice and acclimatization. Overnight in tent.
Kwangde to Base cam (4900m) Overnight in Tent BLD
This day you have to walk 4 hrs.
Base Camp to high camp 5200m. Overnight in Tent BLD
This day you have to walk 3 and half hours. This day you have to climb by following the route of rope.
High Camp – Summit Kwangde Ri (6187m) – Back Base camp Overnight in Tent BLD
You will start to walk in this early morning at 2 o ‘clock and around 7 you will submit the peak. This day you have to climbing 150 m of rope and this day you will have to take vertical steeps.
Base camp –Lukla Overnight in Tea House BLD
Trek to Lukla [2886m] and it takes about 6 hours. Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chhang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.
fly Lukla – Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel B
After breakfast we will fly back to Kathmandu.
Final Departure B
All too soon it's time to bid Nepal a fond farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure of the Himalaya.