Standing at the elevation of 6159m/ 20,206ft, Nirekha Peak is one of the newly opened trekking peaks in the Mahalangur Himal of the Everest region. It is located between the Abi Himal and Lobuche West nearby the popular giants such as Everest (8,848m), Cho Oyo (8,188 m) and Chola-Tse Peak. It is one of the most popular viewpoints of all the peaks of Nepal. From the summit, one can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of many Himalayan peaks all around.
We take an early flight to Lukla and then trek to Namche Bazaar same day. In Namche Bazaar we spend one extra day to acclimatize and do side excursion. After walking around 16.4 km we reach Gokyo where we spend one extra day. Here we climb to Gokyo Ri (Peak) and continue our trek to Nirekha Base Camp. Here we prepare everything and climb to High Camp and summit the peak.
The beauty of this high endless sea of rugged rock and ice pinnacles lure many climbers and trekkers alike from all over the world each year. Anyone can climb straightforward to the top of Nirekha Peak. The route to the summit is accessible via north of the Cho La Pass. However, one should be in good shape and have a passion for adventure. Climbing this peak requires some technical skills of peak climbing along with Ice-axe, Ice screw, crampons and some fixed rope. Trek Himalayan has organized Nirekha Peak climbing for quite a few people with the support of our experienced Sherpa climbers for the past two years and it was quite successful.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345m). You will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. A short brief about the trekking and climbing follows in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
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. You follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks – the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. 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. 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.
It takes about six hours. From Namche Bazaar 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.
Today, early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m) which can be attempted easily. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded. This day we have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp. Overnight at lodge.
Today is the first long day of the trek. An early start this morning for the ascent of Gokyo Ri, a small peak above Gokyo village. Climbing up Gokyo Ri is technically very straightforward. As we climb up, we will be rewarded with views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, four of the eight highest mountains on earth. Stretching out for miles below us is the longest glacier in Nepal – the Ngozumba glacier, which tumbles down from the slopes of Cho Oyu. The second part of the day is spent going back down to the second lake of Gokyo then crossing the glacier. We stay tonight at Thangna at the foot of the Cho La Pass.
We make an early start for Nirekha Base Camp. Our trek begins from gentle climbing by a narrow gorge towered by amazing cliff of Tagnak. After we get to small hidden valley, the climb is slowly getting steep in places, involving some easy scrambling. From the pass we can enjoy excellent views including an unusual aspect of Ama Dablam. The descent involves the crossing of a small glacier (usually snow covered), which is fairly straightforward. We descend steeply onto the grazing pastures below, the trail becoming more defined as we approach Nirekha Base Camp.
Today early morning we start climbing. We follow the path up beyond the high camp stone field before we cross the Ridge to the glacier. Your climbing guide will fix a rope & cross the snow and ice slope. After reaching the summit you stop for a while and enjoy the views. Then, you descend to base camp.
We go up to the Everest Base Camp and return to Gorakshep. This is strenuous trekking along with the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 meters. The view of the Khumbu icefall from Everest base camp is spectacular. Overnight at lodge in Gorakshep.
After our breakfast at lodge we start our trek further to Kalapathar. This trek is one of the very strenuous yet rewarding of the entire trek. Most of this day we spend climbing Kalapathar,a small peak of 5,545 m. The ascent is demanding but the climbers get the most spectacular mountain panorama of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Lhotse and others. We return to Lobuche Overnight at lodge.
Following the route to the wide alpine valley covered in scrub juniper through the temporary settlement of Yak herders. We continue trekking down to Dingboche, reaching our lodge in the afternoon.
The following morning we trek to Tengboche following the open and wide trail. While walking we can view the great sights of the surrounding mountains. We descend through a beautiful Rhododendron and birch forest for 2 hrs until we reach Tengboche. We will visit the monastery and watch the monks performing their rituals.
From Tengboche the trail drops sharply down to the Dudh Koshi River and the village of Phunki, where we cross the river. We walk up toward Namche Bazaar, winding high above the river enjoying the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. We reach at Namche Bazaar in the afternoon. Overnight at lodge.
Today it will be the last day of the trek. It remains 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 transferred to Hotel. The rest of the day you will be free to relax.
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 this situation, will be highly appreciated.
An opportunity to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any last-minute shopping.
Trip Notes tell you about the itinerary details and supplementary information of the relevant trip of Trek Himalayan. We have prepared specific trip notes adhering to fixed travel dates. Please check which travel dates suit you. If you find any trip notes missing or only partially received while sending to you by email, please bear with us. They will be there anytime soon.