Kyajo Ri (6186 m) is the highest trekking peak on the southern ridge between Thame and Gokyo valley. It lies in the Khumbu region, just north of Namche Bazaar. It is a classic & isolated peak in the Mahalangur Himal, among the peaks continuing all through to Mt.Cho Oyu on the Nepal-Tibet border.
The peak was opened to climbing by Ministry of Tourism, government of Nepal in 2002 and the first official ascent was made same year by a joint French-British team. They trekked via Machhermo, traversed the Kyajo Glacier and climbed through the Southwest Ridge. The same route was followed without deviation in 2003 by a French team as an acclimatization outing in preparation for climbing the difficult North Face of Machhermo peak .Also in 2003, a Dutch team climbed the Southwest Ridge route after failing on an attempt of the east face. In 2005 An American team climbed the more difficult Southeast Ridge establishing only the second route on the peak. There have been a few other attempts on the mountain by an Australian team in 2005 and an American team in the spring of 2006 and a Korean team and others.
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.
It takes about five hours. The trail starts through a level path along the right bank. Thamserku looms skyward on the opposite bank. You cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Benkar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. You continue along a path with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village of Monjo. Now you descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank. After a short climb you come to Jorsale’s teahouse and hotel, also stop at the National Park entrance counter where National Park fee is collected. After your departure from Jorsale you enter a forested mountainside. After short distance along the Bhote Kosi you begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.), The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.
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.
From Namche Bazaar you climb steadily through the middle of rhododendron, juniper forest and the elevation increases making the trekking beautiful in spring season. 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.
Today we leave the main path and follow a rough yak trail up over a couple passes to enter ‘Kyazo Drangka’, the remote broad valley south of our peak. This will be a long day up to the Base Camp at (4550 m)
Today we acclimatize at Base Camp and prepare for Camp I
We continue our trek to Camp I at the base of Kyajo Ri Glacier (5350 m). This is an excellent location for a high camp, on level ground, with great views and within an easy reach of water flowing out from the frozen glacier. Then we return to the Base Camp.
We move toward Camp 2 at 5700 meters.
From Camp II, we climb up to the broad saddle at the base of the South-West Ridge. At this point, the ground steepens and we climb through snow & Ice on the South-West Ridge. There is one rock-section, however primarily the climbing is on the snow & ice. The sharp summit (6186m) is a narrow wedge of snow. Afterwards we return to Camp 2.
Today we descend back to the Base Camp.
This is one reserve/extra day to allow for any health or weather problem
The walk to Machhermo is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep through rhododendron forest. The walk is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages and monasteries and in the late afternoon you will reach Machhermo for the overnight stay.
The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.
We will get an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferrd 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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