In the Khumbu Himal, running just north of Namche Bazaar, is a long line of peaks continuing all the way to Cho Oyu on the Nepalese-Tibetan border. With the Thame valley to the west and the Gokyo valley to the east the 6186 meter (20,290 feet) high Kyajo Ri is the highest summit on the southern part of this ridge. Kyajo Ri is part of the Khumuche Himal and located in the Gokyo Valley, Mount Everest Region of Nepal. It is a very beautiful mountain which was first climbed by Anglo / French expedition in 2002. The mountain has a fine steep and rocky East Face as it is seen from Machhermo village in the Gokyo Valley which is still unclimbed. Base camp is established at 4600m and Camp I at over 5300m. after three hours walking over a grassy spur and boulders. Technical climbing is required from Camp I to Camp II at 5700m. From Camp II to summit has been rated as French Alpine Grade D
History: The peak was opened to climbing by the Nepalese Ministry of Tourism, in 2002 and the first (official) ascent was made that year by a Franco/British team. They approached from Machhermo, traversed the Kyajo Glacier and climbed via the Southwest Ridge. The same route was repeated in 2003 by a French team as an acclimatization outing in preparation for the difficult North Face of Machhermo peak, which they then climbed (Bonfire of the Vanities). Also in 2003, a Dutch team climbed the Southwest Ridge route after failing on an attempt of the east face. In 2005 An American team climbed the more difficult Southeast Ridge establishing only the second route on the peak. There have been a few other attempts on the mountain – an Australian in 2005 and an American in the spring of 2006, a Korean (perhaps), and possibly others. There may have been other attempts or even ascents of the peak prior to its official opening in 2002. At the location of our high camp (which is not the location of any camps from the above expeditions) we found a few old cans and rock tent site enclosures. So someone had been there before us.
In the morning after breakfast at 9 AM, we host a Pre-Trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduced your trip Guide mean time and it will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip and to introduce you to other participants. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. Please advise us if you will be arriving late and are therefore unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU (A)
Airport representative of Eco-friendly Trek will meet; well-come you with flower beat and transfer you by private vehicle to your hotel. The rest of the day at leisure to adjust to the culture shock of medieval Kathmandu, with its bustling bazaars interspersed with shrines and temples and interesting architecture. In the evening you can either eat in at your hotel or venture out to one of the many restaurants in Thamel. Overnight.
DAY 02: GUIDE INTRODUCTION, PACKING/PERMIT FINALIZATION (A,B)
DAY 03: FLY TO LUKLA, TREK TO CHUOMA (2,743m). 5-6 HRS. (A,B,L,D)
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This is one of the most spectacular flights in the world. As you fly east, the snow line of the Himalayan range to the north, will be on your left, with the rugged foothills of Nepal immediately below and stretching away to the south on your right. Lukla is situated high above the river on a shelf at 2,800m, and arriving there is a one off experience because the runway is on a slope and there is a difference of almost 60 metres between its lower and upper ends which all makes for an interesting landing! On arrival you can have a cup of tea while your staff sort out your baggage. From the airstrip you will head north-west, through the village of Lukla and descend to the Dudh Khosi river at Phakding (2,652m). The path leads upstream along the valley, through areas of conifer trees and several more small villages. Another 2-3 hours walking will bring you to Chumoa, a small and picturesque village of about 25 houses located below Thamserku mountain (6,618m) at an altitude of about 9,301ft/2,835m and close to the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Overnight lodge.
DAY 04: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,445m). 6 HRS. (A,B,L,D)
A principal benefit of walking as far as Chumoa on the first day is that you can walk up the steep hill to Namche when fit and fresh in the early morning. Shortly after leaving Chomoa you cross the Monjo Khola and continue to the park gates of the Sagarmartha National Park where you complete entry formalities. You then walk on alongside the river to arrive at the confluence of the Imja Drangka and the Nangpo Drangpo, which combine to form the Dudh Khosi. Crossing the river on a high bridge you start the steep climb to Namche. Near the halfway point up the hill, if the sky is clear, your first views of Everest and Lhotse come into sight. You then continue the climb, less steeply now, to Namche. Namche is the largest and most prosperous village in the Khumbu. Thamserku (6,618m) and Kwangde (6,224m) loom to the east and west and the sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. The narrow streets at its centre are a mixture of traditional and modern, with Sherpa homes mingled with cafes, handicraft shops and shops selling or renting trekking and climbing equipment, foodstuffs and vegetables, tennis shoes and Tibetan boots. Don’t be surprised if, after the exertion of the climb and the rise in elevation, you feel a little tired and head-achey. You will feel better after a cup of tea and a rest. Overnight lodge.
DAY 05: TREK TO THAME (3,801m). 3-4 HRS. (A,B,L,D)
Today you head north-west, up the Nangpo Drangpo valley (Bhote Khosi). As you walk up the valley, up to your left you have fine views of Kwangde (6,343m) and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. You continue high above the river, the Bhote Khosi, on a contouring trail through fine rhododendron forest. Watch out along here for colorful Impeyan Pheasant (the Nepalese national bird) and small deer. Just before the village of Thamo you cross a side valley (Kyajo Kola) and from there you can look back for fine views of Thamserku (6,648m) and Kusum Kangru (6,370m). You might choose to visit the little nunnery passed just as you leave the village. Leaving Thamo you continue up the valley, still staying high above the river before descending to cross the river near some Buddhist rock paintings. For the final part of the walk you climb alongside a small stream to arrive at the cultivated fields in front of Thame village. This is where Tenzing Norgay, the first Sherpa ever to climb Mt. Everest, lived for many years with his first wife. If you are still feeling energetic on arrival you could make the short climb (about 1 hour) to Thame monastery clinging to the cliff side above the village in a truly spectacular location. The monks here have a Mani Rimdu festival every year in the late spring. You climb to the top of the ridge above the village and then ascend left to the monastery. From the monastery terrace there are fantastic views back down the valley of the mountains beyond Namche. As you descend from the monastery it is worth while walking to the end of the ridge to look up the valley towards the Nangpa La, a pass to leading to Tibet and a principal trade route between Nepal and Tibet for many hundreds of years. Overnight lodge.
DAY 06: REST/ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN THAME (A,B,L,D)
A chance to walk and explore further up the valley. This will provide much needed acclimatization. Overnight lodge.
DAY07: TREK TO KYOJO KHARKA (3,900m/12,792ft) (A,B,L,D)
After Thame village easy walk descend to River and after crossing the suspension bridge we head eastern route up to Mende village where we can meet our camping crews and can have lunch at Mende village which is settle on small plateau on the mountain with some farm houses, Monastery and stabilized one Luxury lodge. After a good lunch walk an hour further to left side gentle uphill to Kyajo Kharka, which is small Yak herders place where we can set up our camp for overnight. You can see the best view of Mt. Thamserku, Khumbila, Kusum Kangaru, Kwangde, Pachharmo and surrounding Himalayan ranges.
DAY08: TREK TO KYOJO RI BASE CAMP (A,B,L,D)
Today, after good breakfast at camp we start our journey to base camp of Kyajo Ri. We climb left part with off the beaten trail with small Juniper bushes. Itâ€™s harder to climb but the scenic view can forget to steep uphill to climb. When we reaches at first top we still have to climb another hill and descending to bottom of Kyajo base camp, where from the further walk an hour to get to base camp after 5-6 hrs walk and overnight at tented camp. Kyajo Ri base camp is set up between the rocky mountain with flat ground in a side of small river but the sunshine from 9 am to 2 pm only besides this time feels more colder anyway. This is one of the Summer Yak pasture and big Kharka which is nice place to set up camp.
DAY 09: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION (A,B,L,D)
Today, we have acclimatization day at base camp and afternoon briefing by your expedition Guide about how to fixed the ropes, some climbing technique, about the knot and gears. If you have any question may have chance to ask and reminder is free at camp.
DAY 10: TREK TO HIGH CAMP (A,B,L,D)
This morning after breakfast we pack up all the gears and start to climb high camp. All our Sherpa asst. will help to transfer equipments. After half an hour walk the trails follows the upward rocky section with lot of borders and skid pebbles. Today is definitely shortest day but the hardest part of the trek path. Anyway, after 3 hours steep walk then get to the high camp for the overnight at the camp. After attempt the high camp top can be seen the view of Kyajo Ri and 2 small glacier pond but we camp near the bank.
DAY 11: TREK TO CAMP I (A,B,L,D)
As continuing we start today for the camp 1, where we walk though the Glacier section and crossing via Glacier lakes but no need to wear crampon. Camp 1 has sufficient place to camp for the group and itâ€™s near of the Glacier. From hear can be seen the next day route as well Climbing route too. We are following the south East Ridge for this climbing. We pitch our camp near big glacier lake and overnight at camp.
DAY 12: TREK TO COL AND RETURN BACK TO CAMP I (A,B,L,D)
This day for acclimatization with explore the situation of Col we need to cross the Glacier and needed to fixing the ropes to get their. It takes approx. 2 hrs to pass the Glacier and the climbing leader will fix the ropes and may explore to set up the camp at Col. If the ice can be easy to set of camp unless over the Ice itâ€™s too hard to set up camp. If the Col is Isolated itâ€™s better to try to get the summit from the camp 1, unless itâ€™s hard to set up camp on Col. After explore the Col return at camp 1 for the overnight.
DAY 13: TREK TO COL (A,B,L,D)
Today, another hardest day and we head up to Col for the camp overnight crossing through the glacier & big bolder. Itâ€™s hard day except climbing part and when we crossed the glacier lakes just head over Glacier with Crampon and ropes. This day all the gears suppose to carry by you unless porters donâ€™t have crampon and ropes. While we reach at Col than basic high food will provides and prepare for next day climbing and night at camp.
DAY 14: SUMMIT AND BACK TO CAMP I (A,B,L,D)
This early morning about 4.00 am start to climb and Guide already has set up the ropes and gears. After light breakfast we start to climb though the rocky part with big boulders and after a walk reach at Glacier part from where itâ€™s fairly hard to climb. As you know that we are taking south east route and our leader will take you up to the summit and on the return back we should back to camp 1.
DAY 15: RESERVE DAY (A,B,L,D)
This day should keep a reserve day in case of bad weather or disabilities of the climber. If not needed this day we should keep down and this day used to on the way back. We should stay in Camp this reserve day.
DAY 16: TREK BACK TO BASE CAMP (A,B,L,D)
After a great success of the Kyajo Ri, return back to base camp same day and celebration of the successes trip and overnight at camp.
DAY 17: TREK BACK TO NAMCHE (A,B,L,D)
After a great success we return back same way but this will be longer day to be in Namche. It takes 4 hrs down to Thamo for the Lunch and 3 hrs back to Namche at camp overnight.
DAY 18: TREK TO LUKLA (2,880m). 6 to 7 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
You then descend into Namche before making the knee crunching descent back down to the valley. The warmer climate should offer a good opportunity to finally shed a layer or two. You will still have wonderful views, and the chance to relax in slightly warmer valley surroundings. Trek back down the Dudh Kosi valley for a short way past the checkpoint at Jorsale to CHUMA. Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and these memories will help you up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. The trail to Lukla follows the upward route as far as Chablung, and then turns off above the village of Chaunrikharka towards Lukla. There are signs beyond the stream at Chablung pointing you in the direction of Lukla. The broad trail, leading uphill to the left, climbs steadily past a few bhattis and the school, then through scrub forests above the school and houses of Chaunrikharka. After a steep final climb there is a collection of houses and bhattis in Tamang Tole, a new settlement a short distance from the airport. As you approach the airstrip the houses and hotels rapidly proliferate. On arrival you can finally relax and enjoy a celebratory beer. Overnight Lodge. Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and these memories will help you up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. The trail to Lukla follows the upward route as far as Chablung, and then turns off above the village of Chaunrikharka towards Lukla. There are signs beyond the stream at Chablung pointing you in the direction of Lukla. The broad trail, leading uphill to the left, climbs steadily past a few bhattis and the school, then through scrub forests above the school and houses of Chaunrikharka. After a steep final climb there is a collection of houses and bhattis in Tamang Tole, a new settlement a short distance from the airport. As you approach the airstrip the houses and hotels rapidly proliferate. On arrival you can finally relax and enjoy a celebratory beer. Overnight Lodge.
DAY 19: FLY TO KATHMANDU. (A,B)
Lukla is situated high above the river on a shelf at 2,800m and as the runway is on a slope there is a difference of almost 60 metres between its lower and upper ends which makes for an interesting take off. Another chance to enjoy this great flight. Please note that 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 minimise the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
DAY 20: AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU. (A,B)
An opportunity to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any sightseeing and last-minute shopping. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 21: FLY BACK. (B)
We will serve you appropriate vehicle to transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport as per group size.
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NOTE: On adventure trip on this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary, it is however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary your guide will decide what is the best alternative consulting with you, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
|Trip Duration||21 days|
|Lodging||Tea House Lodge|
|Meals Included||20B, 16L, 16D|
|Best Season||March-May Sept.-Nov.|
|Per Day Walk||6-9 Hrs. (as your pace)|
|Room Included||As your plan|
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