Sunday, 09 April 2017
Sunday, 09 April 2017
Cerulean terrain and high summits make for an amazing adventure in the Himalayas. Nepal definitely does not have meagerness when it comes to Himalayan beauty and trekking destinations. With the world’s highest peak with an altitude of 8,848 meters, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain peak in the world. If you are wondering about the most popular peak climbing destinations in Nepal for your next adventure then you have stumbled upon the right place to help you decide! Choosing the right peak to scale among a wide variance of choices that suits your taste and experience determines the level of enjoyment you get from it. The peaks that will be discussed here in the article fall in the vicinity of trekking routes you are likely to take while traversing to Nepal, so even if you are just trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas, you can come across these Peaks and have a look at them in close proximity.
Classified by Nepal Mountaineering Association, these are also known as “Trekking Peaks” and they generally fall under the 5,000 meter to 7,000 meter of elevation range. As the name implies, these peaks can be attempted as part of a normal trekking trip leading up to the designated summit as well. To scale the peak, a separate permit is required along with an associated permit fee. Peak Climbing provides more doses of thrill and adventure, more so than other trekking journeys. Climbing along the ropes tied up to rocks and hard terrain while following the leader in the savage and menacing terra of the snowy mountain is a task that requires great physical endurance and careful planning. Although most of these peaks are non-technical from a mountaineering point of view, you are expected to be rather fit, and of course, have a keen sense of adventure at high elevations. Here are five of the most famous Peak Climbing destinations in Nepal.
1. Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft)
Island Peak would generally be the first choice for Peak Climbing destination among trekkers in Nepal. Making its own unique niche in the genre of Peak Climbing, Island Peak takes you to the heart of Khumbu region where traditional practices and rituals of the Sherpa people have been the way of life for as long as anyone can remember. Island Peak is one of the most frequently chosen Peak Climbing destination in the Himalayas and is a quest for every climbing enthusiast around the planet. Lying between the peaks of Ama Dablam and Lhotse Himal, Island Peak is located on top of the Chhukung Glacier. Rising tall like an island surrounded by the glacial sludge, Island Peak is also known as “Ima Tse” and can be done along with Everest Base Camp Trekking as well. The summit offers gorgeous views of the Everest Region’s Himalayan giants like Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Nuptse and many more!
2. Mera Peak (6,476m/21,247ft
Another popular peak climbing destination in the Everest region, Mera Peak is an excellent introduction to mountaineering. The highest trekking peak in Nepal, Mera Peak is surprisingly also one of the easiest to conquer. Pertaining to its relatively non-steep slopes, Mera Peak consists of three summits- Mera North, Mera Central and Mera South. Peak Climbing to Mera is generally done on Mera central. A straight forward ascend to the summit, you are likely to encounter no issues except maybe the prospect of proper acclimatization. Off-season Peak Climbing can also experience bad weather conditions but if you are attempting peak climbing between the months of April-May or September-November, the weather conditions are favorable. From atop the mountain, view of the entire Everest region presents itself like a picturesque postcard. Camping on the snowy terrain, Mera Peak Climbing offers views of five mountains rising above 8,000 meters. Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Lhotse Peak, Mount Cho Oyu and the Kanchenjunga Peak rises above the quintessence of the ivory landscape.
3. Lobuche Peak (6,119m/20,070ft)
Compared to its neighboring Peaks of Mera Peak and the Island Peak, Lobuche Peak is relatively more challenging to scale. Lobuche Peak has a bit more technical feel to it and requires some form of previous mountaineering experience in order to undergo. The Lobuche Peak is consisted of two peaks- the Lobuche Far East and the Lobuche East. Lying close to the Khumbu Glacier, Lobuche Peak is a strenuous peak climbing journey. Views of Mount Pumori, the Tawache Himal and the Khumbu Icefall can be viewed from the top of the Lobuche Peak. The Lobuche Far East and the Lobuche East forms a long deeply notched ridge between them.
4. Pisang Peak (6,091m/19,978ft)
Rising above the village of Pisang, the Pisang Peak lies on the northern fringes of the Manang Valley on the eastern part of the Annapurna Range. The ascent to the peak can be included with the famed Annapurna Circuit Trek as well. Along the route lies the famous Thorung la Pass, one of the highest passes in the world at 5416 meters. Pisang Peak Climbing has a trek that rises steadily along a relatively well-defined ridge all the way to the summit. Being somewhat technical in nature, Pisang Peak climbing requires previous mountaineering experience. Offering panoramic views of the entire Annapurna range, Pisang Peak is thrilling. You would be able to look at views of Himlung Himal, the trans-Himalayan plateau to the north, Manaslu Mountain in the north east, Annapurna II and IV to the south and Mount Gangapurna and Annapurna III to the west at the Pisang Peak summit.
5. Naya Kanga Peak (5,122m/1,6804ft)
Easily accessible and lying close to Kathmandu in the Langtang region of Nepal, Naya kanga Peak Climbing is perfect for armature climbers and beginners. Rising west to the Ganja La, Naya Kanga Peak climbing offers fascinating views of mountains in Nepal and Tibet as well. You would be able to view Pemthang RI, the Langtang Lirung Himal, Langshisa RI, Langtang II, Ganesh Himal, Pemthang Kapro RI, Shisapangma Himal and many more from Naya Kanga Peak. Naya Kanga Peak is also called “the Ganja La Peak” as well. Ascending through the northern ridge along icy slopes, the Naya Kanga Peak is a trekking journey through Langtang’s beautiful Himalayas.
Well, these were the most famous Peak climbing destinations in Nepal. With this perspective of peak climbing wisdom, hopefully you will sort the right one for yourself to go on another adventure. With a brief preview of the destinations, Peak climbing is surely one of the most adrenalin-inducing activities out there!
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