Kyajo Ri peak climbing

Kyajo Ri Peak Climbing

Summit the least explored and climbed peak

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 12
  • Duration:25 Days
  • Max Altitude:[6,186m/20,296ft]
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Camping
  • Activity:Peak Climbing In Nepal
  • Meal:Meals included
  • Min. Age:18
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
Package difficulty Strenuous
All inclusive cost$ 3,800.00
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Trip Overview

  • One of the least explored and climbed peak
  • Semi Technical Peak
  • Gokyo Ri and Renjo La for Acclimatization
  • Full Scale Expedition Climbing Peak

Kyajo Ri Peak Climbing Overview

Standing tall at 6,186m/20,296ft, Kyajo Ri Peak Climb is a semi-technical 6000m peak located in between Thame and Gokyo valley. Less popular and unclimbed as compared to the neighbouring peaks, Kyajo Ri provides a thrill of climbing 6000m peak in a pure expedition style. 

Opened to climbing in 2002, Kyajo Ri was climbed for the first time by Franco/ British team. Commercial Kyajo Ri climbing route is through south west ridge. Southeast ridge is more challenging while it can also be attempted from northeast face. In order to maximise the summit chances, our itinerary includes acclimatization trek and ascent of Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,575ft) and trek over Renjo la Pass (5,340m/17,520ft) before we reach Kyajo Ri base camp for our actual climb. We will leave main trail from Namche and walk past Dole and Machhermo to Gokyo valley. Crossing the challenging Renjola High Pass, we will move to Kyajo Ri Base Camp via Thame.

From base camp, our real climb begins and we will be climbing mostly 55 degrees to 60-degree slope of snow and ice. It is still one of the least explored peaks.  We will attempt climbing Kyajo Ri from the southwest ridge. There will be two High Camps above Base Camp before we reach the summit. Camp I will be at 5,350m while Camp II will be at 5,700m altitude. Spring and Autumn are the best seasons for Kyajo Ri peak climb.

At Highland Expeditions we always believe in ‘Safety first and Service paramount’. The success of any climb depends largely on a carefully planned itinerary and best logistics and these are what we offer. We are committed to maintaining the climb safe and success with the quality of service. Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. You will be guided by highly professional guides who have experience of successfully climbing several national and international peaks. At Highland Expeditions, we provide 1:3 guide to client ratio on summit days.

We are dedicated to providing the highest professionalism throughout the climb by taking utmost care of all the logistics needed.

We provide all required personal climbing gears for the climb

[Mountaineering Boots, Harness, Crampons, Helmet, Ascender, Rope, Ice Axe, Screwgate Carabiners (Lock & Unlock), Prusik Loop)

Why climb with us? 

At Highland Expeditions we always believe in ‘Safety first and Service paramount’. The success of any climb depends largely on a carefully planned itinerary and best logistics and these are what we offer. We are committed to maintaining the climb safe and success with the quality of service. Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. You will be guided by highly professional guides who have experience of successfully climbing several national and international peaks. At Highland Expeditions, we provide 1:3 guide to client ratio on summit days.

We are dedicated to providing the highest professionalism throughout the climb by taking utmost care of all the logistics needed.

Is this trip for you?

  Grade   Strenuous
  Physical Rating   7-8
  Total Duration   24N/25 Days
  Trekking Duration   16N/17 Days
  Climbing Duration   3N/4Days
  Maximum Elevation   6,186m/20,296ft at Kyajo Ri

Previous experience of climbing at high altitude will be beneficial and you will need a very strong physical stamina level. This grade trip involves usages of climbing equipment (Harness, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Ascender). Previous experience is essential and we also provide a climbing course at base camp before the actual climb where your guides will teach you the proper way to use the equipment.  Previous experience of trekking/climbing at 5000m+ elevation will be beneficial.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Your leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions.

    • Meal: None
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and climb preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]

    After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your exploration tour in Kathmandu, which includes Bouddhanath stupa and Pashupatinath temple. However, sometimes, depending on your flight arrival, if it’s too late into the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you some sleep and rest so that you can get rid of that jetlag before you venture out of the Hotel for our interesting tour. In the evening, you will be briefed by your trek and climb leader about your trekking program the next day. In case you have fallen short of any trek and climb equipment that you may need, this time can be used to arrange for it.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]

    Early in the morning, you will be transferred to Tribhuvan Airport, domestic terminal for Kathmandu to Lukla flight. It takes 30minutes of pleasant flight to take us to
    Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. The flight allows panoramic views of many snow-clad peaks and mountains. Lukla is the gateway to Everest Khumbu region. After reaching Lukla, you will be introduced to other crew members. We will take breakfast at one of the lodges. Once porters prepare necessary luggage, we will begin our trek. We will walk through the stone pathway downhill. After few hours, we will meet the straight trail which is decorated with Mani rocks. We can rejoice the striking view of Lukla village. We will finally reach Phakding. After refreshment, you will have short walk to nearby village. If time permits, we will also visit a local monastery. Return to lodge in Phakding for dinner. You will get briefing regarding following day’s trek. Overnight stay in lodge in Phakding.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    We will continue our journey along Dudhkoshi River which will take us through pine forest. After crossing suspension bridges at several points and passing through small settlements of Zapute, Toktok, Benkar and Chumoa, we will reach Monjo. This is known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. Lowering down from the park, we will arrive at river. Crossing another suspension bridge, we will proceed towards high Hillary Bridge located at the foot of the hill. Crossing this bridge, we will climb uphill to the Namche Bazaar. We can get view of Thamserku Mountain. If weather is clear, we can also have first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Kusum Khangru mountains. We will stay overnight in a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 05 - Rest and Acclimatization day [3,450m/11,319ft]

    Namche Bazaar is regarded as gateway to the high Himalayas. It is also the main trading center and a capital of Sherpa land. Rest is recommended in Namche for acclimatization purpose. Short hike will be arranged to the ancient Sherpa village of Thame to observe the rich Sherpa culture. We can also visit nearby Khumjung, Khunde or Khongde villages. Shopping in marketplace of Namche is another fine idea. National Park Head office, Museum and monasteries are other places of interest. The area is clustered with cafes, shops, bakeries and restaurants. The place supports facilities of post office, hospital, government health post. Internet access is also available at Namche so that you can contact your near ones. Overnight stay in a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Dole [4,040m/13,255ft]

    Leaving Namche, we will take four hours of trek to Dole. We will follow classic path to Everest Base Camp till Sanasa from where we will climb uphill to Mongla (4000m) that greets us with breathtaking views of mountains. We will cross Phortse Tenga and climb to
    Dole via rhododendron forest. Trekking route to Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass trek route intersects at Sanasa. Stay overnight in Dole.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 07 - Trek to Machhermo [4,470m/14,665ft]

    We will leave our camp in Dole early in the morning and follow the ascending trail along valley, passing through the juniper forest. We will pass the summer settlement area where we can see yaks grazing on the lush green vegetation. We will enjoy the panoramic views of Cho Oyu Mountain, Kantega Peak and Thamserku Mountain from our campsite. Stay overnight in Machhermo.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Gokyo [4,800m/15,750ft]

    We will leave Machhermo and pursue the picturesque path to Pangka. Lowering down from Pangka, we will follow the river that flows to the west of Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa glacial system for brief periods before climbing through the rocky area to reach the holy lake. Moving along the glacier to Cho La (5420m), we will reach second lake. Brief walk from the second lake will take us to the third lake known as Dudhpokhari. Gokyo is located on the eastern edge of Dudhpokhari. Stay overnight in Gokyo.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 09 - Hike up to Gokyo Ri [5,357m/17,575ft] and overnight at Gokyo [4,800m/15,750ft]

    This is a rest day which helps us to reduce the stress level. It will also help in proper acclimatization to the changing altitude. Lodges are available in Gokyo. Gokyo Ri and Fifth Lake are the places of interest in Gokyo. Gokyo Ri is in fact one of the best view points in Everest. We will return to our campsite in Gokyo for overnight stay.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 10 - Trek to Lungden [4,500m/14,764ft] via Renjo La Pass [5,340m/17,520ft]

    Leaving Gokyo early in the morning, we will enter valley and take uphill climb through ice and rock spur to the foot of Renjo La Pass. Climbing Renjo La is a challenging task. 3-4 hrs of difficult climb will take us to the top of Renjo La pass. The summit of Renjo La (5435m) offers one of the finest views in Solukhumbu. We will enjoy the views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholaste, Tabuche peak and other peaks and mountains from Renjola. Lowering down from the pass, we will follow stone steps to reach glacial lake. Walking through the path along glacial lake, we will reach small settlement of Lungden.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 8-9 hrs
  • Day 11 - Trek to Thame [3,800m/12,468ft]

    After early breakfast in Lungden (4500m), we will follow the path along ancient and walled Sherpa villages. The region is rich in Himalayan wildlife like yak and deer. Following the traditional trade route in between Nepal and Tibet, we will reach Thame. Tibetans cross Nagpa La Pass to make it to Namche Bazaar. We will stay overnight in Thame.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 12 - Trek to Mende [3,740m/12,271ft]

    After breakfast, we head to Mende where we will sleep overnight before heading to Kyajo Ri Base Camp.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Day 13 - Trek to Kyajo Ri Base Camp [4,550m/14,928ft]

    This is a relatively easy path. We will leave Mende and follow the narrow yak trail to the pass. Crossing the pass, we will reach Kyajo Drangka valley that exists to the south of Kyajo Ri. The path is scenic with views of Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Pacharmo and other peaks and mountains. We will arrive at the flat surface near river where we will set our camp and stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 14 - Rest and get organized at base camp [4,550m/14,928ft]

    We will take rest at Base Camp and prepare ourselves for the challenges of Kyajo Ri. You will receive instructions on Peak climbing techniques. You will also be taught how to use the climbing gears like ice axe, crampons, harness and ascender properly. You will be made aware about the things that you should do should you get trapped in difficult situation.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 15 - Move up to Camp 1 [5,300m/17,389ft]

    After a day of rest and few hours of practice on previous day, we will aim to reach Camp1 on this day. Our journey continues through grassy spur from where we will climb the rocky section through boulders and pebbles to reach Camp1. We will find the flat area for our Camp 1. Our camp site is scenic with panoramic views of surrounding mountains. Stay overnight in Camp 1.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 16 - Rest and Acclimatization Day

    Taking rest on this day helps us in proper acclimatization of our body. Save energy for the final ascend of Kyajo Ri summit. Drink plenty of fluid. Stay overnight in Camp 1.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
  • Day 17 - Move up to Camp 2 [5,700m/18,701ft]

    Climbing to Camp 2 is more technical than climbing to Camp 1. We need to move through 55 degree slope. The trail is slippery as we walk through glaciers. We will find clear area near glaciated lake for Camp 2. The campsite is scenic with awe-inspiring views of surrounding mountains.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 18 - Summit Kyajo Ri [6,186m/20,296ft] and descend to Camp 2

    This is going to be a long and tiring day but the views and experience make our trek rewarding. We will start the trek early in the morning before sunrise. After hurried breakfast, we will move through boulders and glacier and arrive at Southwestern ridge. We will climb through snow and ice and small rock section to Kyajo Ri summit. We will spend some time on summit for photo shooting and then we will lower down to Camp 2 where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs
  • Day 19 - Contingency day for any delays

    This is a free day which has been allocated in itinerary to ensure that our schedule will go on smoothly without interruption even if their occur complications during climbing peaks. The successful adventure depends on multiple factors like weather condition and fitness of our fellow crew members. In such case, the contingency day will be useful for sticking up to the plan.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
  • Day 20 - Descend to Base Camp [4,550m/14,928ft]

    From Camp 2, we will descend to Base Camp of Kyajo Ri. We will celebrate the successful Kyajo Ri climb. Stay overnight in Base Camp.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 21 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    Leaving Kyajo Ri Base Camp, we will make return trip back to Namche Bazaar. The path is easy where we will be pursuing the descending trail for most part of the trek. We will pass through rhododendron forest and small Sherpa settlements to Namche where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: [3,450m/11,319ft]
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 22 - Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]

    We will take the downhill walk from Namche that leads us to the bridge over Dudh Koshi River. Moving further, we will arrive at Monjo where we need to fulfill the official formalities at the check post of Sagarmatha National Park. We will retrace the route back to Phakding where we will take lunch before moving to Lukla. The trail is easy and colorful marked by prayer stones and prayer flags. We will stay overnight in a lodge in Lukla. Later we celebrate our successful completion of trek with our Sherpa guides and porters who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 23 - Fly to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    We get up early in the morning, enjoy our b/fast & get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. On our touchdown at the Kathmandu airport, we will be met by our office reps and transferred to your hotel. Rest of your day is free to do your own things.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 24 - In Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Enjoy a leisure day. You are on your own. Participating in a day tour in Kathmandu is a pleasant plan. You can also go for shopping in Thamel, a tourist hub where you can buy souvenir items like handicrafts and arts to your family. At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate our successful climb. While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles
    Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.

    • Meal: (B, D)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 25 - International departure

    Finally, the undeniable day of departure arrives. Thank you for joining us on this climb and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. You will be assisted in your last minute preparation. Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours:

Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price Status
06 Oct, 2019 30 Oct, 2019 USD 3800 Available Book Now
05 Apr, 2020 29 Apr, 2020 USD 4000 Available Book Now
19 Apr, 2020 13 May, 2020 USD 4000 Available Book Now
04 Oct, 2020 28 Oct, 2020 USD 4000 Available Book Now
18 Oct, 2020 11 Nov, 2020 USD 4000 Available Book Now
01 Nov, 2020 25 Nov, 2020 USD 4000 Available Book Now

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Cost Inclusion

  • Fully guided climb with experienced climbing guides on 1:3 ratio (Guide to client ratio)
  • Meals and Accommodation at Tea Houses/Lodges during trekking period
  • Meals and High-quality mountain tents for during climbing period
  • Kyajo Ri Peak permit with garbage deposit.
  • National Park Fees
  • KTM-LUKLA-KTM Airfare
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with supplementary oxygen system
  • Personal/Group climbing gears
  • Porterage of equipment required during trekking and climbing
  • Waterproof Duffel bag, Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Peak climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association
  • Staff summit bonus, insurances and allowances

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Personal climbing gears
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses and tips

Essential Information

Accommodation

Hotel: 4 Nights, Teahouse/Lodge: 12 Nights, Camping: 8 Nights

Kathmandu: 
In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery. Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have a single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.
Regardless of whether you're coming back from the mountains or touching base from the airport, come and unwind at the hotel beautiful garden, request some fine Italian espresso or a chilled Beer, and escape in the memorable surroundings of Kathmandu's most adored guesthouse.

On Trek:
Trekking in the (Everest area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets but with a wonderful view from your window.  All the teahouses/lodges have a spacious warm dining room-lounge. The rooms are fairly basic. Blankets are generally provided by the teahouse but we will provide a warm sleeping bag to everyone. Bathrooms are mostly shared and toilets are squat type in most places. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily. Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Kyajo Ri Base Camp/ High Camps:
At Kyajo Ri base camp and high camps, your accommodation will be on fully tented camping. A tent will be provided between every 2 climbers. At base camp, there will be a high-quality member tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and more for your comfort looking at group size. For high camps, we use high-quality tents which will be used for multiple purposes. If in case of a single by default, then we will provide a single tent without any additional cost. 

Single supplement: 
Single supplement will be charged if someone wishes to have their own room in Kathmandu. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of the same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of a single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement. Please note that on the trek, a single supplement is not available due to limited rooms. 

Meals

All meals are included during the trekking period. We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. The menus in the teahouses are varied, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat, Momo (Dumpling) to pizza and apple pie. Despite the fact that meat is available in the teahouses, we prompt against eating it on the trek. The meat has frequently been conveyed in the warmth from lower elevations for a few days before arriving at the teahouses and can cause stomach upsets or disease. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the teahouse/lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. For the climbing days, it will be a fully camping style. Three hot meals will be provided at the base camp and we take high foods for meal at higher camps. 

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you to bring extra foods especially for breakfast as your options for the breakfast will be limited. Meals worth USD 100-1200 are included on this trip. In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

Difficulty

Grading: 7-8 (Strenuous)

Kyajo Ri, standing tall at 6,186m peak is considered technical mountain due to its steep mixed terrain. The climb to the summit of Kyajo Ri is a combination of Ice, Snow and Rock. Its technical mountain but without extreme and requires basic knowledge of rock climbing, roped travel, crampon techniques and ice axe arrest. The route consists of steep ascents climbing 50 degrees to 55-degree slope of snow and ice and you should be confident in walking with a crampon, using abseiling and ascending devices, able to walk together in the same rope. This peak requires more experience as compared to other trekking peaks in Nepal (Mera, Island or Lobuche east) also due to its less popularity.

Prerequisites

To partake in Kyajo Ri Climb, an excellent physical level is required as this trip involves a longer duration of trek/climb. Previous experience of high altitude treks and climbing smaller peaks is of great advantage while climbing a semi-technical 6000m peak like Kyajo Ri. One must have a basic knowledge of rock climbing, roped travel, crampon techniques and ice axe arrest. You should be both mentally and physically prepared for this trip. A fierce determination, burning desire and teamwork is required. We have allowed ample time for acclimatization and contingency day on our itinerary and there will also be a climbing course at the base camp where your guide will teach you the proper way to use the equipment. 

Approach/Route

Our Kyajo Ri Climb Itinerary consists of a total of 25 days with 21 days in the mountains. Our climb begins with a trek to Gokyo Region at first, where we will climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,575ft) as a part of our acclimatization. From here, we cross Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft) and enter the Thame valley. 

After our acclimatization trek, we reach Kyajo ri base camp from where our actual climb begins. We have allowed ample days for the climbing period and we also have a contingency day just so if anything goes unplanned. We will follow the southwest ridge to the summit. 

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 1 and the maximum is 12 people.

Typical day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided a night before during the briefing time. The time table for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day.  The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Weather

The best seasons for Kyajo Ri Climb are Autumn (October till the end of November) and Spring (April to May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The nights are cold (between 0C to -10C) at 5000m+ and the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C). Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. Trekking and climbing during the monsoon seasons and winters are not recommended as the visibility is poor and limited whilst upper parts and high passes could be covered with snow.

March, April, October and November are the favoured months. Please choose the date that is convenient for you.

Guides

Our Guide/Sherpa crews are critical to the success of your climbs that you do with us. We, us professionally trained Sherpa guides & sirdars who are just not hikers & climbers on the mountains but have been trained to perform this task with a lot of common sense & guile.

Kunga Sherpa, Everest summiteer and founder of Highland Expeditions, who has successfully guided and organized over 40 expeditions to 8000m as an expedition sirdar oversees our experienced Sherpa crew that will be with you on the climb.  We ensure that they are confident & experienced. Most of our guides were born in these parts & have relatives living in other parts of the regions where they were born in. We know that locally born staffs are a vital cog in that wheel of sometimes dangerous adventure where anything can happen. At Highland Expeditions, we always make sure that our mountain crews are highly motivated & never compromise.

Private Climb / Group Joining

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our departures section for availability, dates and price. If you would like to climb independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited at your convenient timeframe for any number of people. If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list, we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when you want.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for this kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment.   You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

- Long-sleeved shirts
- T-Shirts
- Trousers
- Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Thermal
- Inner wears
- Undergarments
- Warm socks
- Warm Hat, Gloves (Down) and Bandana/Scarf
- Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the trek.
- Trekking shoes (Full)
- Snow Gaiter
- Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
- Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

- Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
- 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
- Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
- Flight tickets
- Credit cards in case of emergencies
- Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

- Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
- Headlamps with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Camera with charger or spare batteries
- A pair of trekking poles
- Water bottle one (1) litre
- Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
- Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
- Padlock
- Binoculars
- Reading materials, notebooks and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

- Quick-drying towel
- Small face towel
- Toothbrush &Toothpaste
- Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
- Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
- Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
- Hygiene products
- Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of the trek.

- Down Jacket
- Sleeping bag with liner
- Duffel/Kit Bag
- Group climbing gears

Personal climbing gears:

- Plastic mountaineering boots
- Mountaineering/Climbing Harness
- Helmet
- Ice Axe
- Crampons
- Ascender/Jumar
- Descender/ 8 figure (Rappelling device)
- Screw gate Karabiners (Lock 2/Unlock 2)
- Prusik loop

Which boot is best for peak climbing in Nepal? https://highlandexpeditions.com/best-boots-for-nepal-peak-climbing/

Other Information

Other information such as (Insurance, Arrival Instructions, Visa and Passport etc) required for the trip will be provided after your trip confirmation. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you require more information about the trip.

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