PHARCHAMO PEAK CLIMBING
PHARCHAMO PEAK CLIMBING
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Pharchamo Peak rests at an altitude of 6,273m above sea level. The exquisite mountain peak sits between Rolwaling and Khumbu valley and was first explored in 1955. Since then, numerous climbers have conquered this high altitude summit. However, it should not be thought of as an easy climb. Pharchamo Peak climbing is technically very difficult and you need all kinds of ropes and mountaineering equipment in order to complete this climb and trekking route.
The trekking route that we walk on is relatively easier as there is not much gain in altitude per day. Although we trek for long hours the path is not excessively steep. Climbing, though, is a different story. This is one of the technically difficult peaks in the region. Once you reach the top of the mountain, the view that you get to see and the vibe of the environment makes you feel that your effort was worth it.
Our trip begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Dolakha followed by several days of moderately difficult trekking. We penetrate through numerous forests, cross large rivers, walk along huge suspension bridges, visit the magnificent Tso Rolpa Lake and many such landscapes before finally preparing for the climb to the summit. Once we reach the base camp, we start preparing ourselves for the challenge that should be overcome. We use our skills and tricks we learnt in our training in order to make it to the summit. After the feat, we retrace our path towards base camp and then divert towards Lukla. From Lukla, we take an amazing and jaw-dropping flight out of the Himalayas.
The best seasons to complete this climbing trek route are spring and autumn. We will be witnessing varieties of flora and fauna. Rhododendron, pine forests and other alpine vegetation are very common. We will also meet with a lot of people from different religious and cultural backgrounds and this makes our trip more of a learning experience. The warmth and hospitality of the people you find on the way makes you feel homely.
Day 01: Airport pickup and hotel transferOur Representative will be waiting for you at the airport and welcome you in our typical Nepali culture. You will be quickly arriving at the hotel afterward where you can expect luxurious accommodation. There will be a welcome dinner tonight and afterward a proper sleep which is much needed after the long trip from home.
Day 02: Rest and Tour Day at KathmanduToday we will discuss our trekking and make necessary preparations and we will take a quick city tour of Kathmandu as well. After all the briefings regarding the trek and acquiring necessary permits, we will arrange a short trip to a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and so on. A quick stroll in the streets of Kathmandu and last minute gear shopping is a perfect thing to do in the evening.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dolakha (1,660m) – 8 hoursWe make a drive of about 8 hours to reach Dolakha from Kathmandu via Lamosangu and Charikot. The twisting and turning road gives some thrilling experience on this road trip. We stayed overnight in Dolakha.
Day 04: Trek from Dolakha to Shigati (950m) – 7 hoursOur trek formally begins. We start from Dolakha and reach Shigati at the end of the day via Piguti. The trail passes through different villages. We will also be crossing many streams and forests on the way. Our trail would be decorated with beautiful orchids, rhododendrons, and other vegetation. The fragrance of these vegetation gives us a pleasant feeling and motivation to carry on with the trek. We stayed overnight at Shigati.
Day 05: Trek from Shigati to Jagat (1,440m) – 7 hoursThe trek from Shigati to Jagat takes about 7 hours. Our trail goes down to the river side and then the flat land. On the way, we notice many small villages inhabited by the people from different communities. This trail also penetrates through forests many times. Eventually, we would have to cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Jagat on the other side of the river. Jagat is a small town and people living here belong to different cultural backgrounds. We stayed overnight at Jagat.
Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Simigaun (2,020m) – 6 hoursOur trek continues for another day of a long but easy walk. We follow a relatively flat path and it occasionally ascends and descends through thick jungle. We need to cross suspension bridges many times. Crossing a suspension bridge is always a fun part of the trip. Similar to the last few days, we have come across many villages. There are also plenty of tea shops and local shops on the trail. You can buy and eat some quick items here. Our trail then ascends up to Simigaun which is a small village and is inhabited by the Buddhist and Hindus. We stayed overnight at Simigaun.
Day 07: Trek from Simigaun to Daldung La (3,976m) – 7 hoursApproximately 7 hours of trekking is just enough to take us from Simigaun to Daldung. We come across a beautiful Sherpa village on the trail. A variety of species of flora and fauna can be spotted in this section of the trail. After an uphill trek, the trail alternatively becomes ascending and descending. We can also spot the Yak Naka. Yak Naka is a temporary Yak shed and this temporary shelter is also used to produce cheese and butter from Yak’s milk. Eventually, we reached Daldung La and stayed overnight there.
Day 08: Trek from Daldung La to Beding (3,690m) – 7 hoursThe trail joining Daldung La to Beding gradually goes through the different species of plants and animals. Rhododendron is the most common plants to be spotted. We will be crossing over a suspension bridge which is suspended over a very deep gorge. After 7 hours of walking, we reach Beding. Beding is a big Sherpa village. We stay overnight at Beding.
Day 09: Trek from Beding to Na (4,180m) – 5 hoursTrek from Beding to Na can be memorable as you might get a chance to play with snow if you explore the upper slopes of the valley. We can also visit a nearby glacier. The trail goes up along the river bank. This place offers very fresh air and the charming sound of the river and allows the travelers to take a dip into nature. Finally, we reached the Sherpa village Na where we stayed overnight.
Day 10: Acclimatization Day at NaOur trip is quite long and we are also going to climb over 6,000 meters. So, good physical and mental strength is prominent for the safe completion of the trip. Therefore, we take a rest day today to acclimatize ourselves with the changing altitudes and changing weather conditions. From the village of Na, we can spot beautiful mountains such as Gauri Shanker, Menlung, Yalung, and other high mountains of Tibet. You can also make a short trek to Yalung glacier. We stayed overnight at Na.
Day 11: Trek from Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4,540m) – 6 hoursThe trail moves ahead towards Tso Rolpa Lake. We start walking on a flat path and gradually the path climbs. We meet many natural lakes filled with glacier water on the way. In order to add to the glory of our trail, we get to see the mesmerizing view of Menlung and the Tibetan side Mountains. We reached Tso Rolpa lake situated at an altitude of 4,540 m above sea level after a day of trekking. The view of the lake we see, once we get there, is astounding. The turquoise-colored lake makes us forget all our pain and sorrows and embraces us pleasantly. We stayed overnight at Tso Rolpa Lake.
Day 12: Trek from Tso Rolpa to Trakarding Glacier (4,800m) – 6 hoursWe might have walked long days till now. However, the gain in altitude per day has not been significant. Therefore, we can consider the trail has been easy so far. Yet another easy trail where we walk for 6 hours takes us to this beautiful location of Trakarding glacier. We will walk past the glaciers throughout the day and explore the jaw-dropping beauty of the surrounding. We stayed overnight here.
Day 13: Trek from Tarkarding Glacier to Tashi Lapcha Phedi (5,010m) – 6 hoursWe make our way ahead to Tashi Lapcha Phedi from Tarkarding Glacier. Tashi Lapcha Phedi is situated at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters above the mean sea level. Today’s route consists of some rock climbing and walking on the glaciers. We finally arrived at Tashi Lapcha Phedi and stayed overnight here in a tented camp.
Day 14: Trek from Tashi Lapcha Phedi to Pharchamo Base Camp (5,500m) via Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m) – 7 hoursOur trail will take us from Tashi Lapcha Phedi to Pharchamo Base camp via Tashi Lapcha pass. The route of today will completely be over the snow straight up and then steep down towards high camp. We pass through the thrilling Tashi Lapcha Pass and then climb down to the base camp to stay overnight there.
Day 15: Acclimatization Day at Pharchamo Base Camp (Tashi Cape)Acclimatization or rest day is very essential at this point of our trip. We utilize this day to make necessary preparations for the summit climbing of Pharchamo. At the base camp, the area will be surrounded by the views of Pharchamo, Thamserku, Kusum, Kanguru, Pigphera go Shar and many more. We stayed overnight at Pharchamo Base Camp which is also known as Tashi Cape.
Day 16: Hike from the base camp to Pharchamo Peak (6,273m) and trek back to the base camp. – 8 hoursOn this big day of summit climbing, we wake up quite early, just after midnight. We will do the necessary settings of crampons and rope before setting out for the summit. A hike of around 4-5 hours will take us to the highest altitude of our trip – The Pharchamo Peak (6,273m). From the peak, we can see astounding views of many mountains of the area. After spending some time at the peak, we retrace our path towards the base camp. We stayed overnight in the base camp.
Day 17: Trek from Pharchamo Base Camp to Ngole (5,110m) – 6 hoursLeaving behind the pristine Pharchamo peak and its base camp, we set our path towards Ngole. The trek will be of around 5-6 hours. The trek is relatively easy and we can see plenty of vegetation, wild animals, and birds on the way. At the end of the walk, we reached Ngole where we stayed overnight.
Day 18: Trek from Ngole to Thame (3,820m) – 7 hoursWe wake up quite early in the morning and have a fantastic breakfast. After that, we started our trek down to Thame. The trail initially ascends up and follows a relatively easy and downhill track afterward. The alpine vegetation and the backdrop of gigantic mountain peaks are a treat to watch. We finally reach Thame and stay overnight in a lodge.
Day 19: Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) – 5 hoursMoving forward from Thame, the trail ascends for an hour up to Sansa. At this point, we will get our first glimpse of the peaks of the Khumbu region such as Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamseruku, and Kusum Kangaru. We then cross numerous villages and tea shops. Our trail drops down to the bridge over the Dudhkoshi River. The trail further goes to Namche Bazaar including a lot of ups and downs. The scenery of mountains and the serenity of walking inside thick forest instantly catches our attraction. Finally, we reached Namche Bazaar and stayed overnight here.
Day 20: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m) – 7 hoursBy now, we would have collected awesome memories to rejoice. The final walk of the trip is steeply descending. We will be crossing the suspension bridge over the pristine Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries. After about 7 hrs of a long but comfortable walk, we reached our destination. With a heart full of reminiscences we descend back to Lukla where our flight to Kathmandu would be waiting for us.
Day 21: Fly back to KathmanduUsually, the flights to and from are completed in the early morning because of the unpredictable weather patterns in the afternoon. So we can expect to be in our hotel in Kathmandu by early afternoon.
- Trek Duration : 21 Days
- Difficulty : Strenuous
- Highest Elevation : 6,273m (Pharchamo Peak)
- Accommodation : Teahouses(Lodges)/Tented Camps
- Transportation : By land/By Air
- Group Size : 4-16 pax
- Best Season : Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sept.-Nov.))
- Walk Duration : 6-7 hours Daily (Average)
- Trek Cost
- Explore the majestic mountain peaks of Khumbu Region
- Experience the thrilling summit to Pharchamo Peak
- Embrace the pristine Tso Rolpa Lake
- Explore Tarkarding Glacier
- Pass through a high altitude Pass – Tashi Lapcha Pass
- Enjoy a thrilling drive from Kathmandu to Dolakha
- A scenic and adventurous flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
WHAT IS INCLUDED
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
Here are some necessary trekking apparatus that can be required for accomplishing your trek effortlessly. They are shortlisted below.