Top 9 Trekking Peaks in Nepal | Peak Climbing
Trekking Peaks in Nepal is a special permit classification given by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). This is the least expensive permit available, but it is also given to peaks that are usually between 5,800 and 6,476 meters above sea level. These peaks are less technical in nature, and are often climbed by novice climbers or those with little mountaineering experience.
Nepal, the land of the Himalayas, is known all over the world for housing eight of the fourteen 8000m mountains in the world. While the high Himalayas are popular among mountaineers from around the globe, there are several “trekking peaks” in the country which have been equally successful in inviting adventurers who want to do more than trekking but aren’t quite ready for a mountain expedition.
The trekking peaks in Nepal are also climbed to practice for the expedition to higher peaks. If you are in a very good physical and mental shape and are planning a trek into the Himalayas of Nepal, then adding a peak climb to your adventure is an excellent way to witness the beauty of the Himalayas in a totally different way. Plus, the sense of accomplishment gained from summiting a real Himalayan peak is a feeling that is unmatched by anything else.
If you are wondering which are the best trekking peaks in Nepal, then we’re here to help. Here is a list of the top 9 most popular trekking peaks with brief descriptions so that you can choose the right fit for your next Himalayan holiday.
Probably one of the most well-known and popular of the trekking peaks, Mera Peak, rises to the south of Everest, but in the Makalu Region. Mera base camp trek begins in Lukla, where many of the best trekking routes in the Everest region start, including the Everest Base Camp Trek. This peak takes you to a less visited and more remote area called the Hinku Valley within the Makalu Region. The base camp is at 5,300 m, located below Mera La (5415 m), and then another high camp is established at 5,800 m near the rocky outcrop of Mera Glacier. The high camp offers incredible views of some of the surrounding mountains including Chamlang (7319m), Makalu (8463m), Baruntse (7152m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8414m). There are three main peaks that are climbable but the most favorite is Mera Central (6476 m). The ascent to the summit is technically straightforward, however, heavy snow and rock mazes can make the trek to the summit a long one. However, Mera Shikhar is an excellent choice for those who need an introduction to mountaineering.
Island Peak, so-called because it was reported to look like an “island floating in a sea of ice”, is another fine trekking peak for the less experienced climbers. Island Peak is in the Everest Region and combined often with the popular EBC Trek for an acclimatization purpose. Another combination includes an Island Peak Climb with a Mera Peak Climb via the Amphu Lapcha Pass (5845m). The Island Peak Climb would probably top anyone’s list as the most spectacular adventures of their life. Seen from the summit are the giant mountains like Nuptse (7861m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7152m), and Ama Dablam (6856m).
Also situated in the Everest region, Lobuche actually has two peaks, and quite often there is some confusion as to what the names are. Most climbers go for the Lobuche East Peak, as opposed to Lobuche West which is often confused as the east peak. Yes, it is hard to imagine a west peak being confused for an east peak, but there you go, it happens nonetheless. For anyone interested to climb this exciting peak, you will be conquering the Lobuche East Peak, which like the first two can be combined with a trek to the Everest Base Camp, or with Island Peak. This peak offers more challenges than its neighbors, Mera and Island, and has a more technical feel to it. It is a better choice for those who have had some mountaineering experience in the past. Views from the summit are as glorious as anyone can imagine and the Himalayas of the Everest region stretch out before you.
The Pharchamo Peak lies in a wilder and remote region and is reached by trekking through the Rolwaling Valley up and over the Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m), but is still considered the Everest Region. Seen from the pass, Pharchamo Peak is attractive with a well-defined North-West ridge rising from the crevassed glacier astride the Tashi Lapcha. This peak is the perfect trekking peak for you if you want to traverse through remote landscape with little to no encounters with other trekkers, but still, want the vistas of the mountains in the Everest as well as the Rolwaling Regions, and to experience the Sherpa life that lives in the valleys of the Everest region.
Located closest to Kathmandu, Yala Peak Climb is an excellent choice for physically fit beginner climbers, even if your trekking experience is as limited as your mountaineering experience. To access the peak, you go into the Langtang Valley which has a wonderful mixture of Tamang, Sherpa, and Bhote cultures. Views of the Langtang Range as well as the Tibetan giant, Sishapagma (8013m), appear extraordinary from the summit of Yala. Part of the trek to this peak also includes the holy lake of Gosaikunda and a traverse through the Helambu region which divides the Kathmandu area from Langtang National Park.
Now we move further west into the central part of the Himalayas and into the Annapurna Region. Directly above a village with the same name, Pisang, the peak is reached through the northern edge of the Manang Valley. This peak is often combined with the Annapurna Circuit Trek and goes over the famous Thorung La Pass (5416m) that brings you to the sacred Muktinath temple. It is a beautiful and fairly symmetrical peak with a steady climb along a well-defined ridge to the summit. This peak also is best for those with climbing experience as there are technical sections to contend with. But the climber is well rewarded with views of Himlung (7126m), Manaslu (8163m), and Gangapurna (7454m) along with the snow-covered peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs.
Chulu West Peak is another peak along the Annapurna Circuit trek besides Thorung La Pass in Manang Valley. Chulu West is a bit more difficult as the trek is longer and slightly more technical than its neighbor Pisang Peak (6091m). However, with excellent physical fitness, some previous climbing experience, and a desire for serious adventure, this peak will reward you with an incredibly close-up view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, as well as views stretching all the way to Tibet.
The adventure begins when you visit Pokhara, then proceed to Jomsom, which is also the entry point to access the Mustang region. Some will follow the routes of the Poon Hill Trek to reach the area and add adventure and extra days. Dhampus Peak is in the Dhaulagiri range and is becoming very popular, but remember, being popular doesn’t mean you will meet others while climbing this peak. This is a very non-technical peak, and more accessible to those with little mountaineering experience. Standing on the Dhampus peak, the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges spread out in front of you.
Sometimes called Tharpu Chuli too, Tent Peak is more central in the Annapurna Region than the last few peaks mentioned. If you want to view Annapurna up-close and personal, then this is your trekking peak. Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), and various other peaks of the Annapurna range are all laid out in front of you once you reach the top of Tent Peak. Unlike the last few, this trek is often combined with the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, a slightly different trek that takes you into the Annapurna Conservation Area, an ecological wonder in itself. If you are ready to transition from an avid trekker to an amateur climber, this peak is for you.
So, here is a list of top 9 trekking peaks in Nepal that will get you thinking about climbing the peak on your Nepal trekking trip. No matter which peak you choose to climb or which region you decide to trek, Nepal is a wonderland full of amazing adventures, heart-warming cultural experiences, and great challenges for your mind and body.
Kyajo Ri is an ideal Himalayan peak for those who want to take the technical challenge of climbing a 6000 plus peak. The climb is a mix of moderate rock climbing and steep alpine ice and snow. Basecamp is at 4,500 meters in a remote valley that situates a couple of days walk from Namche Bazaar. A high camp on a glacier at 5,300 meters is utilized after setting up the base camp. Then another camp is used for a successful attempt at around 5,700 meters. Finally, a climb to the summit along the snow of 50-55 degrees in angle with a small rock wall leads the way to the exposed summit. The summit of Kyajo Ri offers stunning views of Cho Oyu (8188m) and Everest (8848m) along with several other peaks of the Rolwaling region as well as the Everest region.