Abi Peak is one of the beautiful trekking peaks, located in the Mahalangur Himalayan range of the Upper Khumbu region. It is a rocky peak just South of Lobuche East. Mt. Abi, previously called‘. Cholo’ has been opened for climbing with a climbing permit. The summit can be approached through Kangchung La Pass. Those mountaineers planning to undertake 8,000m peaks in the Everest region consider Mt Abi to be a perfect training ground for ice climbing and high altitude acclimatization.
In addition, Abi Peak trip also includes a hike up to Gokyo-Ri to enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu and other surrounding peaks. After Abi Peak summit we trek down towards the crossing of one of a most popular but challenging Pass called Cho La at 5420 meters on our return journey. We follow the trail that passes through Pheriche, Tengboche, Namche Bazaar and then ends in Lukla.
Being technically difficult peak, Mount Abi requires a careful ascent to the summit. The summit ridge is narrow and can only be scaled the top in good weather condition. We require approx 200m of fixed ropes and other essential climbing gear. The rate of success to the summit is also high and Trek Himalayan proposed itinerary assures you proper acclimatization.
This peak was first issued a climbing permit in the year 2002. Since then it has been successfully climbed more than 15 times. We follow the normal route from Lukla through a forest filled with rhododendron trees towards Namche Bazaar and then up to Gokyo valley. Trek Himalayan provides all necessary logistics to assist in summit attempt. We organize permits, camp facilities, high-quality tents for base camp and high camp, fixed ropes, high altitude food, porters, professional climbing Sherpa, transport etc.
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed by our airport representative and transferred to hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight in Kathmandu
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour in Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue on to Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour with a lunch. After that you will view ancient Nepalese art in the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu.
It takes about 30 minutes to fly From Kathamndu to Lukla and Takes about 3 and half hours to Trek to Phakding (2640 m.), you transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.). The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk upto Khhumjung where you can visit monastery. Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche and kongde. Or you can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. .There is also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. This museum exhibits Sherpa culture.
We leave behind Namche Bazaar and find two trails come up to ‘Mong La’. Then we step down towards ‘Phortse Tanga’ and from there, we trek to Dole which is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch & rhododendron forests. Sometimes, the elusive ‘musk deer’ can also be spotted on the route.
It takes about five hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.
It takes about four and half hours. Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.). The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.
After an early start we make our way up Gokyo Ri 5360m directly above the village of Gokyo, for a magnificent panoramic vista. The view that unfolds is simply stunning. We can see from Cho Oyu in the north all the way around to Ama Dablam and beyond. Some of the best views of Everest are to be seen from Gokyo Ri. A spectacular morning spent on this summit before dropping back down to Gokyo
Today we trek to Abi Peak Base Camp and overnight at tented camp.
We continue our trek to High Camp. From the High Camp we can have great views and the frozen glacier
Finally, we scale the summit of Mt. Abi. Afterward, return to the Base Camp.
If snow conditions permits, we will cross the Cho La – a high level pass which will give us access to Dzonglha.
We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is located directly opposite to Ama Dablam (6,856 m), and we will have exceptional views of the mountain if weather permits. We walk through the monasteries, mani walls and scattered pine trees further down until we reach Pheriche.
We walk downhill to the Dudh Koshi valley. As you make our way we enjoy the view of Ama Dablam (6812m) Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m). After a gentle descent we enter into Tyangboche (3867m) there are some lodges and a hotel managed by the National Park Service. Tyangboche is an important lookout point on this route and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful.
The ending day of the trekking goes through the Dudh Koshi down to Lukla. The final evening in the mountains calls for a farewell party with the group members as well as the Sherpa Guides, porters.
We will get an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to Hotel. The rest of the day you will be free to relax or do last minute shopping.
Note: Flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated
An opportunity to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any last-minute shopping
Our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your departure from Nepal.
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