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Mountaineering in Nepal: Kwangde Ri Trek (6011m)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Mountain/Rock Climbing  
Season: March - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1450 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1450 US Dollar (USD)

A stunning new Khumbu trek and climb combination. A fresh perspective on Nepal's most popular region. Fabulous views of Everest. Trek to the "forbidden" Nangpa La on the Tibetan Border. Towering above Namche Bazaar, the triple summited Kwangde Ri is a strikingly impressive mountain. This is one of the difficult climb trekking peak. Its northern summit, Kwangde Nup (19795ft), which is climbed from a base camp in the rarely-visited Lumding Valley, makes a superb trekking peak objective and also provides a simply fantastic vantage point. The summit panorama extends across the Khumbu, from Ama Dablam and Makalu in the East, to Everest and Cho Oyu and includes the spectacular Rolwaling peaks, to the northwest. Just as exciting as the peak, however, is our chosen means of acclimatization, which will involve a week of trekking in the lovely valley to the north of Thame and culminate in an ascent to the high and glaciated Nangpa La (18750 ft).

This remote pass is the high point of a historically important trade route between Nepal and Tibet and has, until recently, been off-limits to trekking groups. This mouth-watering new itinerary provides a whole new way of looking at the Khumbu. Kwangde Ri is also called Kongde Ri and Kwande on various maps. This difficult mountain forms an impressive multi-summited ridge on the eastern end of the Lumding Himal, which in turn can be regarded as part of the Rolwaling Himal. Rising south-west of Namche Bazaar above the Bhote Kosi River, the mountain's northern flank forms an impressive barrier that throws down several steep ridges to the north. It's glaciated southern flank is more aloof. It is hidden at the northern end of the Lumding Drangka, a high and remote valley bounded to the west by the tumbling glaciers of Karyolung (6,511 m), Khartang (6,853 m) and Numbur (6,959 m). The Lumdring valley is rarely visited by trekkers or expeditions.

At the northern end of the valley the stream cascades down a natural rocky barrier above which is a moraine-bound lake, the Tsho Og, at the snout of the Limding Glacier. North of the Tsho Og, itself hidden in a huge rocky cwm, is the massive Lumding Tsho Teng (5,151 m). All of the routes climbed to date on the Kwangde Peaks are difficult; none have proved suitable for commercial trekking peak expeditions. The routes on the North Face are particularly difficult and reflect recent developments in lightweight Himalayan climbing, with an emphasis on technical difficulty and a high degree of commitment. They have invariably been made by two climbers without support camps or fixed ropes, although in at least one case a subsequent ascent has seen a return to traditional siege style tactics with masses of fixed rope and camps. Even the routes on the South Face are committing and difficult, although the climbing is more traditional in character. Experienced climbers who are looking for rarely climbed and challenging small peak in the Himalayas will find this peak very attractive.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, day at leisure. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Day at leisure/Hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2840 m)/trek to Phakding (2640 m). Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440 m). Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 5: Day for acclimatization. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 6: Trek to Thame (3820 m). Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 7: Trek to Base Camp. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 8: Climbing. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 9: Climbing. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 10: Climbing period. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 11: Return to Base Camp. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 12: Clean up Base Camp and trek to Thame. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazar. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 14: Trek to Lukla. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 15: Spare day in case of flight cancel. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu/Hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 16: Day at leisure/farewell dinner/Hotel. Includes: (B, D).

Day 18: Drive to Airport for return flight. Includes: (B).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Airport pickup and drop
- Welcome/farewell dinner
- Hotel accommodation In KTM
- Tent stay for entire trek
- Round trip flight to Lukla
- Meals as mentioned
- Conservation permit
- Royalty of Kwangde Ri
- Equipment of climbing guide
- Insured-equipped guide
- Insured-equipped trekking crew.

Price Excludes:
- Personal climbing equipment
- Meals other than mentioned
- Drinks and bar bill
- Tipping
- Personal insurance
- Airport departure tax (USD 23)
- Domestic airport tax (USD 7)
- Other things not mentioned.

About This Supplier
Location: Nepal
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2007

Activity: Trekking; Rafting; Safari; Rock climbing; Biking; Bungee Jumping; Canoing; Fishing; Cannoning; Vehicle hire; Accommodation; Air Ticketing; Mountain flight - Flora and Fauna Study - Climb to Everest and other Himalaya - Educational tours for students - Trip for people involved in environment awareness...

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