Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur Kathmandu, Nepal
US Office: 35 Evergreen Lane Middlebury VT 05753
The main draw for adventure travelers to the Himalayas is trekking — hiking in the glorious mountains with a minimum kit: good boots, a sleeping bag, and perhaps a a trekking pole or two. But there are 28 mountains ranging from 5800 m / 19,000 feet to 6600 m. / 21,500 feet open for low-cost mountaineering too.
These mountains are called trekking peaks, but climbing them is real mountaineering, for a few days at least. You will need appropriate mountain clothing and some equipment - a harness, a jumar or two, some carabiners, an ice axe, and personal rope. But the lower peaks are appropriate first mountaineering experiences as long as you are fit and motivated.
We supply highly experienced and licensed mountain guides, a camp and crew for days on the mountain (and, for some peaks, for the entire trek into and out from the mountain), and group equipment such as snow stakes, ice screws, and fixed ropes. All staff are fully insured.
Depending on the season, the peak, and number of people in your expedition group, expect to pay US$ 500 to $1000 more per person for a peak ascent than for a simple trek to the same area. If you are a single climber the cost could be a bit higher. There is also a refundable US$ 500 deposit to ensure that all trash is carried out and properly disposed of.
Imja-Tse, for example: USS$ 2850 per person, minimum three people
SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR IMJA-TSE (ISLAND PEAK)
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, the high-mountain airstrip that serves the Everest region. Trek north (but down) to Phakding at 2600 m. for altitude acclimatization.
Trek north along the Dudh Kosi, the "Milk River," named for its many rapids, and enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. After lunch there's a steep climb of a couple of hours to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa "capital," set in a horseshoe valley at 3340 m.
Trek to Khumjung, an old and attractive Sherpa town at 3780 m. for altitude acclimatization and return to Namche for a second night.
Trek to fabled Thayangboche monastery (3860 m.), set in a high "saddle" ridge with views of Mount Everest and a great power place.
Sit in on morning worship with the lamas and take an audience with the reincarnate abbot if he is in residence and receiving visitors. Then trek to Dingboche (arguably) the highest permanent agricultural settlement in the world
Proceed to Chukkung, in the valley leading to Imja-Tse.
Set Base Camp for the climb.
Reserve a second day on the mountain for weather delays or a second attempt.
Return to Dingboche.
Trek up along the Khumbu glacier to Lobuje
Follow the glacier north and climb Kala Pattar, a 17,500-foot "hill" with spectacular views of Everest. Overnight at the base of Kala Pattar.
Trek up the glacier to Base Camp, then back to Lobuje.
Trek back down to Pangboche. The monastery here holds a "yeti scalp" in great reverence.
Trek out to Khumjung, an old Sherpa village above Namche
Trek down past Namche and back to Monjo, at the park entrance.
Trek back to Lukla.
Fly to Kathmandu in the morning.