“Because it is there” was good enough for George Leigh Mallory to explain why he wanted to climb Mt Everest in the 1920’s, and almost a century later it’s a perfectly adequate response to the question of why thousands of trekkers choose to hike through Solu Khumbu to the base of that same mountain. The world’s highest peak is an obvious goal. If it were the only peak at the end of a 10 or 20 day trek, it would still be worth the effort. But it’s not.
Everest is simply the best known; the loftiest, among dozens of bewitchingly beautiful mountains that flank valleys inhabited by people whose hospitality is celebrated worldwide. To trek to this land of superlatives needs no excuse.
The name says it all. Mount Everest, Sagarmatha, Chomolungma, the “Mother Goddess of the World” is the ultimate aim for all who dream of mountains. No wonder this journey has become the most popular trek to do in the Himalayas.
Because it is there.
Magical Nepal will take you to Everest on a budget, or in luxury, the choice is yours. If you wish to leave the crowds consider trekking in to the North Face through Tibet. A road now leads all the way to the Rongbuk base camp 5182 m, and you can even trek to Advanced Base Camp at 6492 m, if acclimatised properly.
Or, if you yearn for wilderness then come with us to the East or Kangshung Face, the least known and perhaps the most challenging route of all, as it spends most of it’s time above 4000 m and has two passes to cross, one being over 5300 m.
Passing through landscapes of unsurpassed grandeur, besides observing Everest and it’s South Col from a rare perspective it also gives views of two more 8000 m giants, Makalu and Lhotse, as well as a host of other significant summits to guarantee an unforgettable camping only experience.
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Nepal is probably the ultimate destination for climbers. With 8 of the world’s highest peaks, that is peaks over 8,000m, and of course the highest in the world, Mt Everest, Nepal is every mountaineer’s dream. This popularity started of course when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Everest in May 1953. Although there had been attempts earlier, this achievement drew world attention to the country. With over 1,300 peaks above 6,000, and with over 300 of them available to climb there is something for every level of mountaineer. Naturally no one starts at the top, so to speak! We find the majority of climbers coming to Nepal have at least some experience of Alpine climbing in other countries. For those who have trekked extensively at altitude, Nepal has some great trekking peaks where those with little or no climbing experience can cut their teeth.
In general, trekking and climbing peaks are regulated by the Nepal Mountaineering Association who issue permits for climbing all peaks up to the height of 6,400m (Mera Peak). For expedition peaks, the permits are issued by the Department of Tourism. There are currently 326 peaks open for climbing, which include 20 which are royalty free. Of these peaks, 22 have the condition that they are open for only Nepalese expeditions or joint Nepalese/ foreign expeditions. And there must be at least 3 team members who are Nepalese. Again there are further rules applying to 4 expedition peaks which require the peak to have already been submitted by a Nepalese team or a joint Nepalese/ foreign team.
Yes the rules can be a little confusing but we at Magical Nepal can keep you on the right track and obtain the correct permits for your team! In this section we provide you with information on some of our favourite expedition peaks.
There are currently 33 trekking peaks in Nepal. Trekking peaks first came into existence in 1978 after the Nepal Mountaineering Association was formed in 1973. The NMA is a non-profit, non-government, non-political association working as a national alpine association of Nepal to promote mountain tourism, climbing sports, to protect mountain environments and to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the mountain peoples.
NMA peaks are divided into two groups named, Groups “A” NMA Expedition Peaks, and Group “B” NMA Trekking Peaks. All the peaks lie close to popular and accessible trekking routes and can be easily incorporated into into any of the amazing treks in these regions.
Group “A” peaks are all under 6500 m but are technically difficult and require expensive mountaineering skills to climb. Group “B” peaks are under 6500 m and can be climbed with little or no mountaineering experience. Magical Nepal can arrange guides and porters for you to attempt any of the peaks. A high level of fitness is required as the altitude of these peaks makes acute mountain sickness a danger and proper acclimatization is essential. The permit cost of trekking these peaks is minimal but conditions are highly regulated and have to include insurance for guides as well as other conditions such as a garbage removal fees. Because of this it is far easier to let Magical Nepal organise your summit trek for you.
If you would like to attempt one of these peaks or include it in a trek please contact us. To read more about these peaks the NMA have produced an excellent publication on then available here.
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