Nepal is one of the world’s fantastic destinations for mountain expedition. Besides climbing eight thousanders, Nepal Himalayas contains hundreds of 7,000er mountains. The mystical mountains of Nepal attract world mountaineers throughout the year. Nepal is possibly the only country in the world where mountaineers can climb the tallest mountain in the world. Beyond climbing the ranges of tallest peaks, Mountain Expeditions above 7000 meters are also equally enchanting in the Himalayas. Few places in the world have such fascinating high mountains and glittering peaks to scale amidst astounding natural beauty.
Here are depicted the few mountain expeditions above 7000 meters mostly popular for climbing in the Nepal Himalayas.
Nuptse Expedition begins at Lukla and the initial days of the trek pass through the legendary Sherpa country up the spectacular high valley of the Khumbu Region. The expedition follows the normal route to Lhotse and Nuptse massif. The Base Camp lies beside the Khumbu Glacier above its icefall. The steep and rocky south-face of Nuptse slopes rise from the Western valley with the upper part attached with Khumbu-glacier, above the icefall. Situated in the Khumbu Himal just southwest of Mount Everest in the western part of the Lhotse-Nuptse-massif, Mount Nup-tse is the southern border of the Everest’s Western Cwm. The main ridge of Nuptse is separated from Lhotse by a 7556m high saddle and has 7 peaks. The main summit Nuptse I (7861m) was first summited by a British expedition on the north-ridge in 1961. The Nuptse ridge goes west-northwest until its steep west-face drops down more than 2300m to the Khumbu-glacier. The south-face of Nuptse is 2500m high and 5 kilometers wide. The north side is above the Western-Cwm valley with the upper part of the Khumbu-glacier above its famous icefall.
Pumori Expeditionreaches to the peak of Mount Pumori. A moderately technical pyramid snow and rock mountain, Mt. Pumori is perhaps the most popular mountain among the 7000er Himalayas of Nepal. The mountain lies in the Khumbu Region of Nepal 8km west of Mount Everest along Nepal-Tibet Border. Although a 7,000er, Mt. Pumari is technically challenging mountain offering sections of wild exposure requiring climbers to have previous mountaineering experience and with excellent physical fitness level. The ascent to the Pumori is rewarded with stunning photographic views of snowy mountains including Lhotse and Everest.
Baruntse Expedition too encompasses the peak of Mount Baruntse. Lying between greater cousin peaks of Lhotse and Makalu at the epicenter of three glacial valleys – the Barun, the Imja, and the Hunku – Baruntse was one the early Himalayan peaks recognized by Edmund Hillary’s team for climbing east of Everest. The peak is crowned by four summits on four ridges with a high rate of successful ascent on normal route via South Ridge. Despite being a 7000er, Baruntse Expedition involves various 8000m climb components, thus offering itself as an ideal training peak for higher climbing. The steep sections of ice at 50 degrees and a prominent ice cliff at about 7,000 meters make the South-East Ridge of Baruntse somewhat difficult climb. The route via Lukla, the Mera La, and Hinku Valley offers a more accessible alternative.
Himlung Expedition traverses through Manaslu region northeast of the Annapurna region of Nepal. Himlung Himal (7126 m) lies in the remote corner of Nepal and Tibet border. Previously a restricted region, Nepal Government opened the region only in 1992 by and so far only a few expedition teams including Japanese and French have summitted Mount Himlung. Expedition for Himlung Himal follows Round Annapurna route to Koto and from Koto towards Nar-phu Gaon. The route passes through high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow gullies, forests, rocks, springs, Gompas and unique cultural settlements. The expedition also offers mysterious culture and panoramic mountain views of Nandadevi, Rajramba, Api Himal, Kappa Chuli Peak and many more.
Pasang Lhamu Chuli Expedition aims to map out Pasang Lhamu Chuli. Pasang Lhamu Chuli is also recognized by three other names: Jasumba, Cho Aui and Nagpai Gosum Peak. The first recorded summit to the peak was in 1986 by a Japanese team from the northern Tibetan side gaining the prominent North West ridge to the summit. In 2009, a Swiss team consisting of three young mountaineers reached the top of Nagpai Gosum through the southern face. The standard route begins from with trekking from Lukla and via Namche Bazar passes through the pass Nagpa La. The Pasang Lhamu Chuli (Mount Nagpai Gosum) lies in the Cho Oyu massif about six kilometers west of Mount Cho Oyu. In fact, Mount Nagpa Gosum is the highest of three 7000m-peaks in the south-western ridge of Cho Oyu (8201m). The impressive north-face of Nagpa Gosum with its white “spider” can also be seen from the Gyabrag-glacier above Cho Oyu Base Camp. The Pasang Lhamu Chuli or Nagpa Gosum Base Camp lies on Sumna Glacier at an altitude of 5,400 meters one hour from the traditional yak caravan route from Tibe to Namche Bazar over Nangpai La. Advanced Base Camp (5600 m) is situated at the foot West Ridge Nampa La. Two more camps have to be set up as the trekkers climb higher. From the summit, mountaineers savor the astonishingly close view of Everest and other high peaks in the Everest region.