Climbing and Expedition

Khumbu listed among Lonely Planet’s 10 best regions

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KATHMANDU, OCT 29 – Lonely Planet has placed Nepal’s Khumbu region among the 10 best regions to explore in 2015. Khumbu is also known as the Everest region.

The guide book has placed Nepal in the sixth spot after Gallipoli in Turkey, Rocky Mountain National Park in the US, Toledo in Belize, Tasmania in Australia and Norway Arctic in Norway. Read More

Five-year-old boy climbs Kala Patthar

Five-year-old Harshit Saumitra from Darbhanga, India, has become the youngest mountaineer to successfully climb Kala Patthar (5,554 metres) in the Mt Everest region.

According to members of the expedition, Harshit climbed Kala Patthar on October 17. Harshit was a member of an expedition that comprised his father Rajeev and two Sherpa guides.

During a press meet in the Capital today, Rajeev, a famous Indian mountaineer said that it took his son 10 days to reach the base camp, which for ordinary people takes seven days. According to him, Harshit was moving towards the base camp at a time when dozens of people, mostly foreigners, were losing their lives in blizzards in the Annapurna circuit. “I had taken special precaution for his safety. His health condition is perfectly sound.” Read More

Kilimanjaro: The Roof of Africa

Soaring above the rippling tea plantations and low hills of northeastern Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft) is Africa’s highest peak. Crowned by eternal snows, the mighty Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and dominates its landscape unlike any other mountain. Located in Tanzania, this extinct volcano looms over five eco-systems and large game reserves and is certainly one of the world’s most impressive sights. Every year, over 50,000 people set foot in Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.

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Follow the less traveled Shira Route up the western slope, hiking eight days through the spectacular landscapes of five temperate zones. On this once-in-a-lifetime trek, take in extraordinary views extending hundreds of miles, and experience the sunrise from the roof of Africa.

Trip highlights:

  • Climb the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and sleep on its crater floor.
  • Explore rain forests, heather moors, lava formations, and glaciers.
  • Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the mountain with local naturalists.

More than 300 climbers in bid to attempt mountains this autumn

KATHMANDU: With the beginning of this year’s last climbing season, many climbers have set out to climb fourteen different mountains of Nepal.

According to officials at the tourism industry division of the ministry of culture, tourism and civil aviation, 316 mountaineers from 32 countries have obtained permit to climb mountains ranging from Arniko Chuli (6,039 m) to Mt Lhotse (8,516 m).

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“Mountaineers, including 99 female, nine of them expedition leaders,representing 42 expedition groups, have attended the ministry’s briefing after obtaining climbing permits for the autumn season, Joint Secretary Madhu Sudan Burlakoti who heads the tourism industry division at the ministry said. Read More

Nepali women summit Mt K2

KATHMANDU: Three Nepali female climbers set a world record by scaling Mt K2 (8,611m) this afternoon, the expedition organisers said.

According to Himalayan Women Welfare Society, experienced mountaineers Maya Sherpa, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa and Dawa Yangzum Sherpa conquered Mt K2, also known as ‘mountain of mountains’ at 3:35pm local time.

“We are so overwhelmed with joy that we do not have words to express our happiness,” a statement by the first Nepali Women K2 Expedition – 2014 said. “It is a proud moment for all Nepali women,” it said.

Maya, team leader of the expedition, has 11 years of experience in mountaineering and has already scaled Mt Everest twice. Pasang Lhamu and Dawa Yangzum are also experienced climbers.

The team, with the motto ‘women climbing for climate change’ climbed K2 in the Himalayan Karakoram ranges of Pakistan. Their aim was to raise awareness about global warming around the world, said Nima Nuru Sherpa, adviser of the expedition. “We became the first Nepali female expedition team to scale the mountain carrying our national flag. Certainly, it is a very proud feeling.”

The expedition was organised by Himalayan Women Welfare Society in coordination with Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Mountaineering Association and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, the private sector and other development agencies.

The Ministry of Environment bid farewell to female climbers on May 21 at a function in the capital. The estimated cost of the expedition was around eight million rupees. The expedition was sponsored by ICIMOD, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal and many other tourism-related organisations.

According to mountaineering database, K2 is known as the ‘Cruel Mountain’ due to the extreme difficulty of ascent and the second-highest fatality rate among the eight thousanders. Also, one out of every four persons attempting to scale the summit has died.

According to the Guinness World Records, Wanda Rutkiewicz (Poland) had climbed K2 on 23 June, 1986, becoming the first woman to climb the mountain.

Summit objectives

• To climb Mt K2 to mark the 60th anniversary of its first ascent

• Promote mountain tourism in Nepal and women’s participation in it

• Raise awareness among major stakeholders working on climate change in Nepal about the impacts of global climate change on the Himalayas

• Demonstrate the strength of women and their potential to bring about positive change

Source: The Himalayan Times
Date: 26 July, 2014

Short Peak Climbing in Nepal

Home to eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world, it is only apt that Nepal is called ‘the Home of the Gods’. Conquering the majestic Himalayas can be a far-away dream of a lifetime to some while it could simply be an extreme sport, an exhilarating pursuit that offers the ultimate challenge of strength, endurance, and sacrifice for others. For those who harbor an interest in the Himalayan climb, these Short-Peak Climbing will steer beginners through their first ascent:

Island Peak

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Island peak is the most popular peak as it offers all novice climbers and trekkers an exhilarating climbing experience and is often considered as the first step for any climbers prior to their summit attempt of giant peaks in the Himalaya. Island Peak not only provides an enjoyable climb but also offers some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region.
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Why go for Pisang Peak Climb?

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One of the most popular climbing peaks within the Annapurna region, Pisang Peak is one of the smallest trekking peaks famous among novice climbers for its easy climb, short span and breathtaking Himalayan vistas. Pisang Peak rises above from Pisang village and yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final summit pyramid.

In order to reach the base camp from the Pisang village, the path moves up through thin wood and grazing land to a Kharka (4,380 m.) which is considered as the best place for base-camp set-up. Base camp lies at an elevation of 4200m in a flat alpine section along the ragged trail. The peak is fortified by a hanging glacier to the west part which is considerably challenging. The final summit of the Pisang peak is seen covered by snow throughout the year. Read More

Cho Oyu climb with Himalayan Glacier

Cho Oyu Mount
Cho Oyu Mount


The sixth highest mountain (8,201 meters) in the world and the most frequently climbed 8,000m peak, Cho Oyu needs no introduction. Often regarded as a stepping-stone to an attempt on Everest, Cho Oyu presents one with an excellent opportunity to extend one’s experience to extreme altitudes. The literal meaning of Cho Oyu is “Goddess of Turquoise’, as its stark shadows appear turquoise against the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. Located on the Tibet and Nepal border and a part of the Great Himalaya Trail, this expedition not only tests your limits in high altitudes but also provides a unique chance to experience the Himalayan Tibetan culture. Read More