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Best Trekking Peaks in the Himalayas for New Climbers

  Written by : Swotah travel

   Sep 14, 2022

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Best Trekking Peaks in the Himalayas for New Climbers

Easier Climbing Peaks in Nepal

You have done a lot of treks in Nepal, from the easier Annapurna treks, and the well-known Everest Base Camp Trek to treks in more remote and challenging areas such as the Everest Three Pass Trek and the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek.  Perhaps you have even ventured to the remote areas of Dolpo and Upper Mustang, but now you want something more challenging. 

Or perhaps you have climb mountains in your country but do not consider yourself an experienced climber.  Then a climbing peak might be the perfect expedition for you.

What is a Trekking Peak?

A climbing peak is where you will climb to a maximum elevation of 6,500m, which does not need very special equipment or long training. The maximum climbing time for a trekking peak is less than 5 days.  Compare this to trying to summit Mt Everest where you need to spend more than 2 weeks only at base camp in training and acclimatization.  Not to mention all the earlier preparation and practice at home. Like Everest, you will need a climbing permit to climb a trekking peak but obviously, it is nowhere as expensive! 

 

Seven Best Trekking Peaks for Beginners

Plus, a bonus climb for those with more experience! 

  1. Island Peak  6,189m

This is often the first choice, particularly as it lies near the Everest Base Camp Trekking route and is combined with a trek there.  

It takes 1 to 2 days to climb, with another approx. 17 days for trekking, and the best time to go is April to May and October to November. 

Its level of difficulty is PD or a ‘little difficult,’ but it’s a straightforward route with only a few sections requiring climbing techniques.  It is suitable for both beginners, but a good level of physical fitness is required.  It certainly also helps if you are familiar and comfortable with being at high altitude.

  1. Mera Peak 6,470m 

Located quite close to Island Peak is another famous trekking peak. This is actually the highest climbing peak in Nepal and is a bit trickier to access but once there the climbing route is not too difficult. It is also a PD standard climb. 

Three to 4 days are spent climbing while the rest of the time is spent trekking in the Everest Region for a total trip of around 17 days.  The best time for this climb is September to November. 

  1. Pokalde Peak 5,806m

This is the climbing peak with the shortest amount of time actually climbing –one day. This is probably a great climb for those at the very beginning of their climbing journey.  As usual a good level of fitness is required as it is around a 17-day trip, including trekking to Everest Base Camp.  Best time to go is April to May and September to October.

  1. Lobuche Peak 6,119m

Again, near Mount Everest, there are two peaks here for climbing, Lobuche East and Lobuche West.  Technically, Lobuche East is suitable for novices.  Three days are required for climbing, with a total trip, including trekking to Everest Base Camp of around 18 days. The climbing on the east peak is considered F (fairly easy), although remember there is a long trek involved which will deplete some energy.  The best time to go is mid-March to May and October to mid-December. 

  1. Yala Peak 5,732m

If you don’t want to fly, Yala Peak is the closest one to Kathmandu, a day’s road journey to Langtang.  This peak is also registered as an F – meaning ‘fairly easy’ in terms of climbing.  With one to two days of actual climbing, the total trip time is around 14 days combined with travel and trekking.  The best time to go is March to May and October to November.

  1. Chulu Peak 6,419m 

Lying near the Annapurna Circuit Trail there are also two summits – Chulu East and Chulu West.  These summits (for which you need separate permits) have two climbing days (Chulu East) and four climbing days (Chulu West).  Chulu West is one of the easier climbing peaks for beginners although a good level of fitness and stamina is required.  The trip is around 18 days and is graded as PD (little difficult). Best time to go is March to April and September to November. 

  1. Pisang Peak 6,092m 

Still near the Annapurna Circuit Trail, this summit is a little technical and best for those with a higher level of fitness and some climbing experience. It is graded as PD+ (difficult). Actual climbing time is 2 to 3 days while the whole trip takes around 19 days.  Best time to go is March to April and September to November

  1. Ama Dablam 6,856m (bonus climb for those with a bit more experience!) 

For those who are not complete beginners, this might be your trekking peak. Ama Dablam is the most technical trekking peak in Nepal.  To summit is difficult due to the snowy slopes and ice cliffs.  However, this is the third most popular trekking peak in Nepal. The actual climbing time is 12 – 15 days out of a trip of around 25 days.   It is classed as ‘extremely difficult’ and its not for everyone!  Best time to go is April to May and September to October.

 

What to Pack for Trekking Peak Expeditions 

You will pack exactly the same as for a high-altitude trekking trip.  See list below. 

You might want to consider ropes, harnesses, belay, crampons and an ice axe.  But these things are most likely provided by your trekking company.  Please check with your Nepal tour agency. Or you can hire them in Nepal. 

•    Sun lotion

•    Sun glasses – even when not sunny, you are often at a high altitudes when the effects of the sun’s rays are stronger.

•    Sun hat

•    A warm hat for cold weather.  You may even need it in bed too.

•    Buff or scarf.  Buff is easier to carry, and you can use it for other things too i.e., mask, headband.

•    When buying/ packing underwear, go for something that is both quick drying (for washing on the trail) and which absorb moisture from your body.

•    Trekking shirts* are great because they are specially made for keeping you dry on treks.  I suggest 3 or 4 of these for longer treks.

•    Fleece jacket* for warmth.

•    Jacket for over the fleece such as a down jacket*

•    Rain jacket for the obvious!

•    Rain over-trousers if trekking in the monsoon season

•    Trekking trousers and shorts* – again those made specifically for trekking are best

•    Gloves – both inner gloves and thicker insulation gloves if you are going very high or into snowy conditions

•    Hiking socks – again 3 or 4 pairs

•    Hiking boots – wear them in before going on the trek!  

•    Footwear like trainers or sandals for in the lodges and to give your feet a rest from the boots

•    Good backpack and day pack

•    Sleeping bag** and inner sleeping bag/sheet

•    Quick drying towels

•    Hiking poles*

•    Headlight – easier to use than the traditional hand-held torch

•    Feminine hygiene products

•    Wet wipes – maybe not many showers on the way or too cold to strip off to use them.  

•    Water purifier tablets or Life Straw

•    Your usual toiletries like lip balm and toothpaste

•    Any medicines you usually use as well as a basic first aid kit

•    Passport/ money/ insurance

 

*You can buy in Kathmandu on your arrival 

** you can hire in Kathmandu.  Some trekking agencies will provide a sleeping bag for their clients.

 

Cost of Peak Climbing

Peak climbing is by no means an inexpensive Himalayan trekking trip.  To reach the climbing destination, specialist guides and porters are required on top of the cost of the normal trekking.  But the experience of seeing the Himalayas up close and pushing your body to its limits makes it worthwhile.  Not to mention for those who have never climbed before, it is an introduction to a new activity.  And who knows what/ where you will climb next!

 

Is Peak Climbing Safe? 

Many people ask is it safe to travel in Nepal and what is the latest Nepal travel advice and safety

All trekking and climbing has some risks involved and therefore, it is important to go with a properly registered and experienced trekking company.   It is also important to work on your fitness before you arrive. However, no amount of hours in the gym can prepare you for hiking uphill at altitude! But having a base level of fitness is important.

 

My two best pieces of advice are:

    1. Never trek alone.  But if you do, make sure someone knows your exact route and when you will return.  

    2. Always listen to your guide and take their advice.

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Forewarn friends and family that networks may not work in some areas, so they should not panic because you haven’t posted a daily update!  That said, someone should be able to check in on you – through your trekking agency – if you do not make it back on the assigned day.

 

Overall, trekking and/ or climbing with any of the best travel companies in Nepal and if you listen and do what the guide says (for example if you are suffering from altitude sickness your ability to make decisions may be impaired and you may think you can carry on when you should be going down to a lower altitude) means you are in safe and experienced hands.  

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