During the routes in Nepal you will see many mountains of more than 6,000m, and you will wonder if it is possible to climb.
Yes is the answer, on each route there are many attainable peaks even if you are not a professional climber.
Sometimes by deviating a couple of days from the path you can make a summit and this can be a great complement to your trek. Other times you have to prepare an alternative route for a week to be able to do some summits. Be that as it may, for most of these peaks you have to carry material, put a fixed rope, carry tents, food, etc … This means hiring a small expedition with a good specialized guide and porters. There are some quite simple peaks, and others where you have to cross cracks, ride ropes, cross complicated steps, … and almost all require a good level of physical condition. Aside from being a good acclimatization exercise, it can be a great workout if you want to climb a higher mountain later.
Please note that for peaks over 6000m. a special permit is required. Here you have information about permits
Some popular peaks...
Here we are going to list some of the most popular peaks in each area, which can be done without having much experience in climbing:
5.145m - Gosaikund/Langtang region
El pico Surya está situado en la región del lago Gosaikunda y es un perfecto complemento para el trekking desde Helambu a Langtang. No es difícil llegar hasta esta cumbre siguiendo los hitos de piedra, y no necesitas material especial, es casi como continuar tu trekking hasta un collado de altura.
Desde la cima se puede ver el Everest, el Lhotse, el Cho Oyu y el Shishapangma (todos por encima de los 8000 m). Además, si el cielo está despejado, también se puede divisar hacia el lado opuesto la cordillera del Annapurna, el Manasu y el Ganesh Himal. Una gran recompensa para el que decida añadir un día más a su ruta para subir esta cumbre.
5.520m - Langtang region
This peak is found in the Langtang region. From Kyangin Gumpa (3,870m), the last population in this Langtang route, we will hike along a rocky glacier trail to Yala Peak base camp, where we will spend a night camping. The next day’s ascent does not have much difficulty, anyone physically fit can reach the top, but it is advisable to take advantage of the day before at base camp to review with your guide how to use the climbing equipment correctly.
We start the ascent very early and in about 4 hours we will reach the top (5,520m). From there we have great views of the Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Ganesh Himal (7,224m), Jugal Himal (6,070m), Shishapangma (8,013m), Naya Khang (5,844m), Tserko Ri (4,984m),6,300m) Ganchenpo (6.300m), and more …
We retrace our steps and go directly to Kyangin Gumpa to sleep.
Mardi Himal Peak
5.587m - Mardi Himal region
As it does not reach 6,000m you do not need a special permit, Mardi Himal Peak is considered an ideal introduction for mountaineering in the Himalayas, especially if you do not have much time .
This summit is made in a single day from the Base Camp, which makes it a perfect complement for the Mardi Himal trek.
In principle, the climb is not of great technical difficulty, but it is long and physically demanding (like any other climb to a peak. Most likely, we will need to use crampons on some sections.
You have to start the ascent very early to guarantee success, and for that you have to sleep in the Base Camp, at 4,500m altitude, with which we will need to set up camp and bring food at least for that night. It is convenient to hire the services of a guide to avoid wasting time looking for the route.
From the top you can enjoy beautiful views of Annapurna Sur (7,010 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m) and above all the majestic Machhapuchhare (6,993 m).
A very authentic experience in a remote and isolated environment.
6.144m - Annapurna region
Esta cumbre está en la región de Annapurna y se asciende desde el Thorong La Pass (5.416m). Es un buen complemento para imprimir sensaciones alpinas extra al trekking del Circuito del Annapurna, pero solo para los que lleguen allí con fuerzas y tengan algo de experiencia en el manejo del material de montaña, ya que la ascensión requiere de montaje de cuerdas fijas para mayor seguridad.
Desde la cumbre tendrás una magnifica perspectiva del macizo de los Annapurnas.
Aunque solo es un día extra, la ascensión a la cumbre requiere montar tiendas en el Campo Base y preparar comida, por lo que es imprescindible contar con los servicios de un guía local experimentado y porters que se ocupen del campamento.
Una magnifica oportunidad para subir una cima de más de 6.000m.
6.189m - Everest region
This peak is in the SoluKhumbu (Everest) region and has many of the incentives you can find when climbing a larger mountain. You are going to find cracks that you must cross with stairs, you need to be tied, with an ice ax and crampons. It is a real but relatively simple climb, perfect for gaining experience.
To do this summit you only have to add a couple of extra days to the trek to Everest Base Camp, but like almost all summit expeditions, you will need to hire an experienced guide and porters to mount the Base Camp, located at 5,200m.
Once at the summit you will be able to admire the impressive landscapes and peaks like the Ama Dablam (6,812m), the Pumori (7,161m), the Khumbutse (6,640m) or the Lhotse (8,501m), among others. A true wonder…
Many of the climbers who go to Everest ascend Island Peak to acclimatize.
Lobuche East Peak
6.119m - Everest region
This summit can be a good complement if you are on the route to Everest Base Camp.
It is recommended to climb to the top after having climbed Kala Patthar (5,643m) or similar, to have better acclimatization and not suffer discomfort with altitude.
Upon reaching Lobuche (4,910m) we take a detour for 4 hours to the Lobuche Base Camp at 4,980m, where we must camp. The views are spectacular at all times.
The next day we must climb a slippery rock path for 4 hours until we reach the Upper Camp. Here we will review together with our guide the handling of the mountain material for the morning ascent (crampons, ropes, ice axes, etc.)…
To climb to the top you have to get up very early and start walking with head torches . The harder the snow is, the easier it is to move forward. We will be tied at all times and proceed with great caution along a very exposed snowy ridge before reaching the top.
From the summit we have fabulous views of Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,414 m), Ama-Dablam (6,856 m), Makalu (8,463 m) and more …
We will go down to the base camp where we will camp overnight and the next day we resume the normal trekking route.
6.476m - Makalu / Everest region
This peak is located in the southern part of the Everest region, almost entering the Makalu area, and is the highest that can be climbed with a trekking permit. Its ascent has become increasingly popular among mountaineers without much climbing experience as it is an excellent opportunity to have all the sensations of the great summits, walking on snowy and glacial terrain at more than 6,000m altitude.
Although you can start by following the Everest Base Camp route, it really is a totally different trek and quickly drifts to more isolated areas in the Hinku Valley. As with all the peaks of more than 6,000m in Nepal, you need to hire your expedition with an official guide and know that the last 3 days you must camp in the high altitude fields before reaching the top.
You can start your route by flying to Lukla (2,840m) or if you have more days you can start in Paphlu/Salleri and gradually climb to prepare your body and avoid discomfort with altitude.
The ascent does not present great technical difficulties, however snow and cracks can make the trek to the summit take longer than expected.
The base camp is usually installed at 5,300m above the glacier moraine, while the high camp is set at 5,800m, on the Mera Peak glacier itself.
The views from the top are fantastic. The Kanchenjunga, the Chamlang, the Makalu and the Baruntse to the east. Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and Kangtega to the west. And Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse appear from the north.
The trekking is about 9 days to the summit and the same number to return, a total of 20 days counting transport to and from Kathmandu. A real expedition experience, perfect to learn the handling of the material and the sensations in the mountains before embarking on a higher ascent.
Otras cimas cercanas a rutas de trekking...
-Naya Kanga Peak (Ganja La)- 5.844m- Langtang region.
-Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak)- 5.695m- Annapurna region (Machapuchare Base Camp).
-Chulu West Peak- 6.419m- Annapurna region (near to Manang).
-Lobuche West- 6.145m- Everest region (Lobuche).
-Nirekha Peak- 6.159m- Everest region (near Cho La pass).