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This mountain was only opened for climbing in 2002 and has come as an excellent option for mountaineers who want to indulge in adventurous and exciting climbing without the perils of attempting the more risky and strenuous 8 thousanders. If one were to grade this mountain, it would be at par with Ama Dablam and though it is a technical peak, it need be categorized in the extreme. Porters can assist the climbers till the second high camp at 5700 m; however, climbers also need to have the experience of climbing with crampons on steep snow and ice and on varied terrain. Since this peak is not surrounded by other taller peaks, your ascent to the summit will make your hardship all the worth while.
Kyajo Ri has been summited from southwestern ridge, southeastern ridge and north face. However, the preferred path is the southwestern ridge. We follow the Everest Base Camp trek path till Namche in order to reach the peak. Beginning from Namche, various routes can be used with a combination of exciting and adventurous treks over passes and excellent vantage points. The itinerary that is chalked out below is one of the possible routes to the mountain and back to Namche.
If you have extra days at your disposal, we can combine adventure trekking destinations in the region, either before or after the ascent. Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ryi, the fearsome Renoja Pass as well as the complete Everest Base Camp trek with Kala Pathar and Gorek Shep. Your choice can be based on the level of adventure and thrill, your love of nature, local people and culture, etc. Your itinerary can be customized to suit your tastes and interests.
Fitness Level: This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.
Skills: You need to have climbing experience on snow and ice and mixed terrain as well with steep inclines. You should also need to be skilled in handling climbing gears like crampons.
Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.
All climbing gears
Water purification solution
Full fingers gloves
You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.
Sagarmatha National Park Permit and Peak Climbing Permit
Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
Day 1: Arrival
A member of NepalTours will be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. S/he will receive and welcome you there and transfer you to your hotel after your landing. If you get time after refreshing yourself in the hotel, you can choose to go on a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing
Today we will arrange for the supplies and make necessary documentations, including the procurement of entry and climbing permits. We will also introduce you to your guide and the team accompanying you on your adventure. Except for setting aside some time for team introduction, you will have the entire day at your disposal. Therefore, go on the Heritage Discovery Tour of Kathmandu valley to see its majestic monumental and cultural wealth.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2750m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m)
We hover over small and big green mountains and sail in air close to the Himalayas for about 45 minutes before we land in a mountainous regions surrounded by mountains on all sides. After landing, we will have lunch and walk towards Phakding. We will complete the trip in about 4 hours and stay in the village for the night.
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3450m)
The trail follows the Dudh Koshi River mainly, which we cross and re-cross during the day on many suspension bridges. We walk past numerous villages like Benkar, Chumoa, Monzo and Jorsale. The final leg of the journey today consists of a steep climb, and as we approach Namche, we can catch some glimpses of Everest.
Day 5: Rest and Acclimatization in Namche
We spend a day in Namche to acclimate ourselves in high altitude. During the daytime, you can roam around the Bazaar area to engage yourself. But it is better to go on a hike to a nearby village Khumjung, from where you can have marvelous views of Mt Everest and Ama Dablam. Or simply climb out of the Bazaar to visit the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park, and the Sherpa museum. The more strain you put yourself into by climbing into higher altitude, the better acclimated you will be for your further visit.
Day 6: Trek from Namche to Mende (3740m)
Leaving the route of Everest Base Camp trek, we now head towards our destination: Kyjo Ri Peak. Today’s trek is a short one. Take time to relax on the way and absorb the mesmerizing sceneries of numerous peaks. Mende is a little village to the south of Kyajo Ri peak at the entrance of Kyjo Drangka, a wide valley that leads us to the Base Camp of Kyjo Ri. Mende has a few houses and you may see some yaks grazing in the pastureland.
Day 7: Trek from Mende to Base Camp (4550m)
In comparison to the previous day, today’s trek is longer, and you need to work out your route by following the yak footprints. You will hike through steep hillsides, do some ups and downs and we will reach set up our base camp near the Southwestern Ridge of Kyajo Ri in the plains of Kyajo Dragnka valley. Marvelous sceneries abound on all the sides, with numerous spires of gigantic mountains seeming to pierce the sky.
Day 8: Acclimatization in Base Camp
Not only good for your health, this day can be utilized for absorbing the magical scenes of sky-piercing peaks. Take some hike around the valley and watch the Himalayan grandeur to your fill from different vantage points. You can spend a further day in Base Camp to beat your tiredness and make yourself fully prepared for the ascent.
Day 9 and 10: Base Camp to First High Camp (5350m) and High Camp Rest
Move up to First High Camp today. At the bottom of Kyajo Ri glacier, there is not only some flatland for pitching our tent but also flowing water coming from the melting ice of the glacier. It is simply a wonderful location for a high camp and it also offers great views around. Here you can spend one further day for rest and acclimatization.
Day 11: First High Camp to Second High Camp (5700m)
We make another push towards the summit today, setting up another camp at about 5700m. The route moves mostly through loose rocks and some gigantic boulders.
Day 12: Reach the Summit and Descend to the Second High Camp
The summit day is perhaps the hardest and most challenging, requiring us to move on ropes, across numerous pitches of snow and ice. The technical part of the climb is done mostly on this day, and the climb mostly goes up steep ice and snow. However, when you reach the summit, you will forget all tiredness, beam with a sense of victory, and watch in awe the incredible mountain panorama around you. The summit of this peak is sharp, and there are no other peaks in the immediate neighborhood to intrude and block your appreciation of the ethereal surrounding view. Your standing at the summit will surely be a moment of your entire lifetime! Up from the camp to the summit and down to it-it will be a long and hard day but worth all labor and hardships.
Day 13: Second High Camp to Base Camp
Climb down to the Base Camp from second High Camp today.
Day 14: Trek back from Base Camp to Namche Bazaar
We move back to Namche from the base camp today. On our approach, we stopped at Mende for the sake of acclimatization, but today we reach Namche for our overnight stay.
Day 15: Namche to Lukla
Our trek today consists of a significant loss of altitude, up from 3446 meters down to 2750 meters. Much of this loss occurs in the initial stages of our trek when we cross the torrential Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries. And our legs are going to bear the brunt, so keep your body in balance and move down through rocky terrain in steady steps. We will pass through rhododendron and pine forests. As we approach Lukla, the path becomes more level, making it easy to walk. We see rural life and lifestyle—from houses and villages to the terraced farmland and daily activities– of Nepal on the way. The nearer we approach to our destination, the farther the view of the mountains.
Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we board a scenic flight to Kathmandu, paying farewell to the bewitching Himalayas. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can simply relax yourself or proceed on a sightseeing of Bhaktapur or Patan.
Day 17: Returning Home or extending stay in Nepal
If you decide to leave Nepal immediately, we will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and say you goodbye. You can also set aside some days for jungle hiking in Chitwan where you can also enjoy elephant ride and see rhinos — perhaps a tiger as well if lucky, for rafting in the Trishuli River or for doing some paragliding in Pokhara.