Parchamo Peak Climbing is a popular peak-climbing destination in the Everest region of Nepal. Situated in the Rolwaling Valley, Parchamo Peak stands 6,273 meters (20,574 feet) above sea level. Climbing Parchamo Peak requires technical expertise and experience in mountaineering. The ascent involves crossing glacial terrain, steep slopes, and potentially challenging weather conditions. Thus, it is recommended for experienced climbers or those who have undergone proper training and acclimatization.
Parchamo Peak, also called Parchemuche in Sherpa dialect, is located south of the Tasi Lapcha high pass (5,755m/18,875ft) along Rolwaling Himalayan range. When we view from the pass, this snow-clad peak looks quite attractive but straightforward with a well defined north-to-north west ridge rising from the relatively flat, crevassed glacier astride the Tasi Lapcha. To the west of the ridge, the face forms a consistent snow slope broken by crevasses and small seracs rising from the rocky lower buttresses above the Drolambau Glacier. At the base of Pharchamo Peak, one can see the glacier slowly moving. From the top of the peak, one can enjoy the panoramic views of Cho-Oyu, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru and other surrounding Himalayan mountain peaks.
Parchamo Peak has become a climbing destination for many trekkers after crossing the high Tasi Lapcha pass and continue trek to Namche Bazaar in the Everest region. The Pharchamo Peak climbing can be combined with the more demanding Ramdung Go peak along with trekking over the Tasi Lapcha. While trekking one passes through the alpine vegetation and experience nice and cool climate.
This beautiful and snowy summit of Parchamo Peak was first climbed in the year 1955 by Dennis Davis and Phil Boultbee who were members of Merseyside Himalayan Expedition led by Alf Gregory. On Parchamo Peak trip one will explore two popular Himalayan trekking regions of Nepal – the non-touristry Rolwaling region and the iconic Everest region.
Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of 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. Then, you will visit ancient Nepalese art in the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu.
From Kathmandu, we head northeast on the Friendship Highway which connects Kathmandu with Lhasa. At Lamosangu, we leave the Friendship Highway and take another way to Jiri. Earlier the motorable road used to be only up to Dolakha. But nowadays because of the Tamakoshi hydropower construction works, we can drive up to Shigati. From Shigati we trek to Suri Dobhan for our overnight stay.
Today we along the river, and then continue on the flat land. We cross several streams and jungles with varieties of orchid, rhododendron and other vegetation. On the way we cross the suspension bridge and reach Jagat, a small township with people belonging to different ethnic groups.
At first, we follow the normal flat path, then the trail climbs up and down through the jungle. The trail follows the river bank. As the valley narrows, we cross the suspension bridge over the river. A steep climb takes us to the Sherpa village of Simigaon, spread on the terrace of the mountainside. The village is mostly inhabited by Buddhists and there are also a few Hindus.
We pass by a few more Sherpa settlements. On a clear morning the views of Mt Gaurishankar above the Rolwaling Valley is fascinating. From the ridge top at Simigaun, we continue our walking towards the Rolwaling Valley. The trail climbs a rocky, wooded ridge with beautiful pine forests. We again descend to the river of Rolwaling Khola (river).
Our trail ascends uphill through different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. We continue our trek along the left bank of the Rolwaling Khola (river). Continuing along the deep river valley, we arrive at a tributary river from Gaurishankar. Here we enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Gaurishankar. The trail rises further until we come across an easy and relatively flat terrain. Finally, we arrive at the Sherpa village of Beding located by the river.
An easy walk along the norther bank of the Rolwaling River begins our today’s trek. We pass across the summer village of Beding, several yaks grazing and people busy in their fields of buckwheat and barley. The crestline formed by the 6000ers such as Chekigo, Bamango, and Konyklemo rise on the immediate left of the village. We arrive at a monastery believed to be a meditative place of the Buddhist Guru Padma Sambhava. Walking along the valley floor, we finally reach the summer village of Na surrounded by potato fields.
At first trek through the leveled plane and gradually ascend to witness the Himalayan Lake filled with the chilling water of the glaciers. The views of Menlung and Tibetan Side Mountains add glory to the unfolding vista. We trek along the right bank of the river and then cross the river to climb up the rocky lateral moraine of the Glacier. We then walk to Tso Rolpa for the night.
Early morning we trek toward Trakarding glacier. We walk past the glaciers throughout the day and explore the beauty of the surrounding. The trail ascends through some uphill rock and a gradual walk on the glacier moraine, occasionally passing rocks overhangs.
The walk follows high slopes above the glacier to avoid the lower section, but further up we have to trek along the centre on the hard rocky glacier. Steady walk leads us to the lowest point of the icefall, then we climb to the easiest point to reach the Drolambau glacier. Here, we will be surrounded by superb high mountain scenery. Continuing further downhill, we camp at Tashi Lapcha Pedi Camp at the foot of Tashi Lapcha, surrounded by absolutely grandiose mountains over 6000m with 360 degree panorama.
Today we continue trekking toward Trashi Lapcha Pass (5755m). From the pass, the view of Khumbu peaks is magnificent. Some hundred meter downhill we trek under overhanging rock, and overnight at camp in a superb location. Next day morning we will enjoy magnificent sunset views from our camp site.
Early morning we trek to the neck of Trashi Lapcha and then climb Pachermo Peak. The snow slopes lead us to the final ridge, sometimes requiring fixed ropes. From the Pachermo summit, we will enjoy the fantastic views of the Khumbu peaks including Everest, Makalu and many other peaks. After successful summit we descend to Col and then to Thengpo. The Pachermo ascent takes about 5 to 6 hrs and then another 3 to 4 hrs to descend to Thengpo.
There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather especially on our planned day for the Parchemo summit, so this day is used as a contingency. If weather becomes exceptionally unfavorable, we have to postpone the program of summiting the peak. Sometimes somebody in our group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough; then the day can be used in that suitation as well.
Today you will be experiencing a bit easy walking; the walk from here will be enjoyable all the way to Thame. A gradual descend brings us to Thame, the first Sherpa village in Everest region since Beding. There is a very old and interesting Monastery at the upper end of the village. Now you have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.
At Thame, the old trade route over the Nangpa-La into Tibet branches North, following the Bhote Koshi, which incidentally is the 2-3 river so named on this trek. The trail descends gently at first and then steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche Bazaar has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains.
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. While walking downhill, we enjoy completely different views of terrain, the forests donned with rhododendrons, and we will see in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces!
We will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferrd to Hotel. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel.
On this pleasant day you may have a full day at leisure either last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives or explore around Thamel.
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you’ll be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Trek Himalayan will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
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