Top 10 mountain expeditions for this spring

Possessing eight of the 10 highest mountains in the world, Nepal is one of the best destinations for mountaineers. Including world’s highest peaks over 8000 meters, there are numerous such other mountain peaks that also attract the attention of mountain adventurers from around the world towards Nepal. Going for mountain expedition is a terrific task and hence choosing the best season to summit over them extremely matter. The top 10 mountain expedition trips favorable to embark in this spring in the Himalayas are introduced here chronologically.

1. Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition

Mt. Ama Dablam

Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition leaves a mountaineer a lasting impression on many as it is perhaps the most stunning mountain along the popular trekking route to Everest Base Camp. The Pyramid shaped Amadablam (6,812m) is located to the south of Everest. The stunning peak stands above Thayangboche monastery. The mountain derives its name from the glacier lying on its Southwest face. The glacier looks like a jewel box hanging on the neck of the mountain, hence the name Ama Dablam, literally meaning ‘The Mother’s Jewel Box’. The standard ascent of Ama Dablam is made via the South-Western Ridge, the same route followed by Ward (UK), Bishop (USA) and Gill (NZ) in the first ascent of the mountain in 1961. Hence, if a mountaineer likes to make a great walk in the Everest region and capture the lasting adventure experience reaching at the zenith of Mt. Ama Dablam the spring season will be the most favorable time for him or her.

2. Mt. Pumori Expedition

Mt. Pumori Expedition is a fantastic trip for mapping out the Khumbu region and the Everest Base Camp. The peak was named “Pumori” by George Leigh Mallory, apparently means “Unmarried Daughter” in the Sherpa language. The climb is very popular as an introductory qualifying climb of Everest by many adventurers. The pyramid-shaped and gorgeously looking Pumori peak (7,161m) dominates the skyline behind Kalapatther, which looks like a cluster of rock on the Pumori Southwest ridge. The climbing is rated Class 3 in YDS (Yosemite Decimal System), which defines the climb as a scrambling with increased exposure. This mountain climbing adventure too is packed with fun and excitement in the Everest region.

3. Mt. Baruntse Expedition

Mt. Baruntse Expedition provides an unbeatable mountain adventure experience. Mt. Baruntse (7,129m) situated between Everest and Makalu is another Himalayan peak attractive for climbing due to its location, classical symmetrical beauty and relatively accessible to climbers.Baruntse being located away from the standard trek route has been a very quiet peak, however, it is rapidly gaining popularity due to classics like Pumori or Amadablam being overcrowded by commercial operators. It was first ascended by Colin Todd and Geoff Harrow on 30 May 1954 via Southeast Ridge, which became the normal route. From climbing aspect, it is an accessible climb with tremendous views of Everest, Makalu and other peaks in the Khumbu region. It is one of the top mountain expeditions to grab the considerably off-the-beaten climbing experience in the Himalayas.

4. Mt. Lhotse Expedition

Mt. Lhotse Expedition is an extremely difficult climb and rarely attempted peak in Nepal. Mt. Lhotse (8516m) is the fourth highest mountain on Earth, but it is best known for its proximity to Mt. Everest. Lhotse is however famous for its tremendous and dramatic south face. The south face of Lhotse raises 3.2km within 2.25km horizontal distance, making it the steepest face of this size in the world. Lhotse has 3 summits, main summit at 8,516m, Lhotse Middle (East) at 8,414m and Lhotse Shar at 8,383m. An early attempt on Lhotse was made by the 1955 International Himalayan Expedition and the first successful summit was reached on May 18, 1956. This trip too falls in the category of top mountain expedition trip as it really tastes the climbers’ adventure stamina.

5. Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition

Mt. Cho Oyu Expedition takes a traveler to the peak of one of the world’s highest 8000 mountains. Despite being the 6th highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu (8,201m) has the highest success rate among the world’s fourteen 8,000er Himalayan peaks. The ascent to the summit is short and direct, with a few small technical sections which can be climbed safely. Cho Oyu lies about 20 km west of Mt. Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. An Austrian team first climbed Cho Oyu in 1954 followed by the Indian and German teams in 1958 and 1964 respectively. Cho Oyu consists mainly of five ridges – Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West with the Jabula Glacier on the north, Lanba Glacier on the south, and Gecongba Glacier. This expedition is highly recommended for a preparation for an attempt on Mt. Everest (8,848m). The comparative ease of access, lack of objective dangers and generally uncomplicated terrain makes Cho Oyu Expedition the most attainable mountain peak of the world. The mountain expedition being one of the top trips in the Himalayas caters an excellent opportunity for climbers to extend their experience to extreme altitudes.

6. The Mt. Nuptse Expedition

Mt. Nuptse Expedition passes through the most sought after adventure destination of the world. Mt. Nuptse (7,855m), the beautiful mountain peak in the Himalayas, is situated in the Khumbu Himal just south-west of Mount Everest. Nuptse the neighboring peak of Everest shares the glory of the Everest Massif. From Tengboche it appears as a massive wall guarding the approach to Everest and joined to Lhotse. Its steep west-face drops down more than 2,300 meters to the Khumbu-glacier. One of the interesting features of this mountain is that its south face is 2,500 meter high and five kilometers wide. Mount Nuptse was first ascended by British national -Dennis Davis and Nepali national- Sherpa Tashi on the north-ridge on May 16, 1961. The name ‘Nup-Tse’ originates from the Tibetan language, meaning ”West-Peak”. This Himalayan expedition is suitable for those mountain climbers who are in search of the ultimate mountain expedition in the high Himalayas.

7. The Mt. Everest Expedition

Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest

Mt. Everest Expedition walking through the tallest mountain region of the world takes a climber to the summit of the highest mountain peak of the world. No doubt, climbing Mt. Everest leaves the sense of most adventurous person on the planet. The South Col route on the Nepal side of Mt. Everest is the way taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who successfully climbed the top in 29 May 1953 registering their names as a Hero of the adventure world. To scale the tallest peak in the world, one must have extensive climbing and mountaineering experiences. While following the footprint of legendary trail to Mount Everest (8,848 m), one can capture the true essence of being one of the most adventurous persons in the world. This climbing adventure is for those mountaineers who like to create a different legendary history in the world of mountain climbing.

8. Mt. Manaslu Expedition

One of the top mountain expeditions for this spring, reaches to the peak of Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m). Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, is a part of the Mansiri Himal in the Himalayas. The peak is located about 40 miles east of Annapurna. The peak’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions. The name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and can be roughly translated as mountain of the spirit. It is the same root word as that for Manasarover, the holy lake near Mt. Kailash in Tibet. Just as the British considered Everest their mountain, Manaslu has been always regarded as the “Japanese mountain”. The eighth highest mountain was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese expedition. Hence, participating in this mountain expedition a climber can reach to the top of a world famous mountain peak of the world.

9. Mt. Annapurna Expedition

The top mountain expedition suitable for the spring season, leads a climber to the peak of the 10th highest mountain in the world. Annapurna is a series of Mountain peaks with a long massif of about 55 kilometers in length, of which Annapurna I is the highest peak with the altitude of 8,091 meters. The Annapurna Range is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya mountains by the Kali Gandaki River, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif. The main summit stands to the west of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The other major peaks of the Annapurna range are Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Annapurna South (7,219m). It is a dangerous mountain expedition and hence only suitable for those ones who like to create a history of passing through a daunting mountain route to the top of the 10th tallest peak in the world.

10. Mt. Makalu Expedition

Mt. Makalu

Apart from introducing the rich biological and cultural treasures of the Makalu-Barun region of Nepal takes a mountain climber to the zenith of the 5th tallest peak in the world. Mt. Makalu (8,462m) is situated in the heart of the eastern Himalayas albeit being located just 14 miles east of Mount Everest, it is somewhat isolated. This trip’s greatest attraction is, a climber passes traverse through the Barun valley of the region. The Makalu region, in particular the Barun valley, is the home of pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal. Within the wide range of altitude and climate, the region contains some of the richest and most diverse flora and fauna of Nepal. Although the region is little known to the world, the expedition to Mt. Makalu leaves an unforgettable mountain climbing adventure experience.

The above mentioned the top ten mountain expeditions are the cream trips in the world of mountaineering in the Himalayas. One can even embark on these trips in the autumn season as it is the second popular peak climbing and trekking season in Nepal. But, the glory of climbing to the top of the mountain peaks in the Himalayas specifically in the spring season gives one unprecedented level of mountain climbing experience.

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