Peak Climbing in Nepal
The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has certified and classified 33 peaks in Nepal as 'Trekking Peaks' ranging from 5650-6500m into Group ‘A’ which comprise 15 peaks and Group ‘B’ comprising 18 peaks.
Below, we list a number of some of the most popular and well known trekking peaks famous throughout the world among those who seek to go above the treelines into wild territory where some of the most stunning vistas in the world can be enjoyed for those who dare to believe, that living life on the edge is what true adventure is all about.
Island Peak – 6173m [locally known as Imja Tse]
Island peak, at 6173m was christened locally as "Imje Tse" in the early '80s, but most climbers prefer to refer to this famous peak by its original name which is far more popular. Island Peak is made up of an imposing high glaciated west face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier which makes it challenging to navigate; the most arduous section is a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees leading to the narrow summit ridge. Nevertheless, the superb views from the summit will be one huge reward for the efforts we put in.
Mera Peak – 6476m
Among the whole group of Himalayan trekking peaks, Mera Peak is the topmost of all. At the summit of Mera Peak at 6476m, trekking climbers will experience glorious views that will halt your breath for a few breathtaking seconds when you see the myriad of towering mountains spread out on the Himalayan range. Mera peak trek offers calm and scenic trekking trails amid amazing natural vistas bypassing any chances of technical challenges.
Chulu West Peak – 6419m
The Chulu West peak, which forms a group of three diverse peaks, namely Chulu West, Chulu East and Chulu Central, is geographically placed in the beautiful Annapurna Region, north of the mountain capital of Manang that serves as the commercial hub of the Annapurna region. Physically, Chulu West is a part of the Manang Himal. Chulu West peak is often the most climbed after Chulu East, and is about 200m higher in altitude. Determined as the ‘Trekking Peak’ by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Chulu West Peak is a much sought after trekking peak among adventure buffs in Nepal.
Naya Kanga Peak – 5844m
Naya Kanga at (5844m) is one of those cool attractive peaks that rise to the west of the Ganja La pass at (5122m). It is a popular trekking peak but a technically challenging mountain to summit; but the classic alpine countryside along its amazing ridge is worth the venture. On peaking Naya Kanga’s summit, the fabulous landscapes of mountains in Nepal and Tibet which include Langshisa Ri (6,310m), Pemthang Ri (6,836m), Shisapangma (8,046m), Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Pemthang Kapro Ri (6,830m) and Langtang II (6,581m) is an emotional experience of the natural beauty when doing this peak.
Khongma Tse Peak – 5849m
Previously well known as Mehra Peak or simply Mehra, Khongma Tse rises to an altitude of 5,849 meters. This peak is placed to the north of Kongma La and stands above the Khumbu Glacier right across to Lobuje. The mountain is one of a chain of summits, which make up the long south-west ridge of Nuptse between the Khumbu and Nuptse Glaciers. Viewed clearly from Gorak Shep, the summit looks like a diamond shaped hanging glacier above a steeply inclined rock wall that makes up the mountain’s North Face, which is in turn slashed by a diagonal ice ramp leading to the lower edge of the glacier.
Pokhalde Peak – 5806m
Pokhalde Peak rises from the earth north of the Kongma La above the Khumbu glacier opposite Lobuche. Lying at a relatively low altitude, Pokhalde offers its climbers a great adventurous climbing/trek journey into high country. Pokhalde, at (5,806m) saw its first footfalls in 1953 via the Kongma La along its north ridge by the 1953 Everest Expedition team led by John Hunt. Pokhalde resembles a wavy edge on a rocky ridge dominated by the vast bulk of Nuptse when viewed from Nuptse. The summit offers a good vantage making its ascent a climb worth the going.
Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) – 5663m
This climbing trek to ascend Tent Peak is one of those mind-blowing treks where the alpine plants, lush forests decked with colorful flowers, culturally rich local people, snow covered mountains which include interacting with the friendly culturally rich mountain folks all combine to make this venture, despite the altitudes, an awesome climb that will linger in your memory for a long time to come. Tent peak, which also goes by the name of Tharpu Chuli, sees a lot of climbers all year around except in the monsoon seasons, and is said to be one of the most climbed peaks in Nepal’s Himalayas.
Lobuje Peak – 6119m
This is one of those epic climbing treks to Lobuje Peak, one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal. ‘Lobuje’, also pronounced as ‘Lobuche’, has two dissimilar summits, Lobuje East at (6,119m) and Lobuje West at (6,145m). Peak is a great summit to attempt and gives us options of several trails to use, some already there and others likely ones. When viewed closely from Pheriche, the dark triangle of its jagged East Face rises above the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to a frosty skyline. From the peak you get startling views of Everest alongside Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori.
Mardi Himal – 5587m
Mardi Himal geographically stands less than fifteen miles north of the lake city of Pokhara, and is the most southerly mountain of the Annapurna range. This peak is relatively the lowest in altitude and some would assume the least attempted or visited among the trekking peaks in Nepal. However, this trekking climb cuts across trails with awesome mountain views, gleaming rivers and lush green terraced fields. The Mardi Himal venture offers lovely hikes through beautiful forests with merry chirping birds, vibrant colourful villages and rolling green valleys, the cultural variety found in this area and the advantage of interacting with the local folks are the primary highlights of this trek.
Pisang Peak – 6092m
Pisang Peak also takes its place as one of the ‘most sought after’ trekking peaks in Nepal. Ideally placed in the famous Annapurna region, Pisang Peak is perched somewhat in-between the two massive peaks of Annapurna I and Manaslu, both high altitude mountains of approximately eight thousand meters. Despite the heights, peak lovers savor the journey which passes through friendly welcoming villages with a mix of interesting cultures where you can stopover and observe the traditional mountain lifestyles of the communities who inhabit this region. The natural beauty of sweet sounding waterfalls, well farmed green paddy fields, dotted barren deserts, oak forests and the deepest gorge in the world make this venture a dream odyssey of sublime wonders that turn holidays into lifetime moments never to forget.