Off the Beaten
Pharchamo Peak Climbing

Pharchamo Peak Climbing

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 12
  • Duration:20 Days
  • Max Altitude:[6,187m/20,299ft]
  • Accommodation:Camping/Lodge
  • Activity:Peak Climbing In Nepal
Package difficulty Strenuous
All inclusive cost$ 3,800.00
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Trip Overview

  • Least crowded peak
  • Rolwaling and Khumbu Valley
  • Attractive snow peak lying south of Tashi Laptcha Pass
  • Ample days for acclimatization

Pharchamo Climb Overview

Pharchamo Peak (6,187m) exists to the south of Tashi Lapcha Pass which links Rolwaling region to Everest Region. Rolwaling region has stayed far from modernism where time has stood still in ancient period. Pharchamo Peak was climbed for the first time in 1955 by following northwest ridge. Our climbing route progresses to the north-east of the icefall from Tashi Lapcha Pass and Base Camp of Pharchamo is at Tashiphuk.

This is one of the least crowded peaks to climb in Nepal. Climbing Pharchamo is the rewarding experience that offers breathtaking scenes of Gaurishankar, Melungtse and several other peaks. The well defined ridge stretches above Drolambu glacier to the summit. Traversing Tashi Lapcha Pass, visit to Tsho Rolpa Lake, exploring remote Rolwaling Valley and observing the diverse flora and fauna and rich cultural diversity of Rolwaling Valley and Khumbu Valley are highlights of Pharchamo Peak Climb.

Summit Day

We will follow the classic route from northwest ridge and pass through crevassed glacier and seracs to the summit. It takes about 4 hrs to reach to the summit. The top of Phachermo allows 360 degree views of Gaurishankar, Everest, Makalu and other mountains. 

Why climb with us?

At Highland Expeditions we always believe in ‘Safety first and Service paramount’. The success of any climb depends largely on carefully planned itinerary and best logistics and these are what we offer. We are committed in maintaining the climb safe and success with 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 for providing 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   19N/20 Days
  Trekking Duration   14N/15 Days
  Climbing Duration   1N/2Days
  Maximum Elevation   6,187m/20,299ft at Pharchamo

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.  However 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. The Trek & Climb 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 at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street

    • Meal: None
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and trek/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 jet-lag 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 - Drive to Gongor Khola [1,440m/4,726ft]

    We will leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive to Dolakha. The route is scenic with views of GauriShankar and other Mountains and peaks. From Dolakha, we will continue to drive towards Charikot where we can get close observation into the life of locals. We will reach Gongar Khola in about 8hrs.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 04 - Trek to Simigaun [2,036m/6,682ft]

    After early breakfast, we will follow the trail that rises along western edge of Tamakoshi River. The path gets tapered in a gorge before it reaches Chetchet. We will enjoy the view of cascading waterfall and move further whereby we will reach Tama Kosi River. Crossing this river, we will climb uphill to Simigaun village. We will place our camp nearby the local Gompa that allows scenic view of Gaurishanker Mountain. Stay overnight in Simigaun.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Dhongang [2,800m/9,189ft]

    Early in the morning, we will head north from Simigaon and follow the escalating path uphill through colorful rhododendron forest. Exiting from the forest, we will reach the grazing area where local cattle can be seen grazing on lush green vegetation. After brief ascend, we will pursue the lowering path to the River. We will pass through small settlement area of kyalche and reach the wooden bridge. Crossing the bridge, we will make it to Dhongang where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Beding [3,790m/12,437ft]

    We will leave our campsite in Dhonkang after breakfast and cross Rolwaling River from where the path progresses through pine, oak and rhododendron forest. We will climb uphill and reach small village of Nyimare. The path continues through farmland of Ramding village to Beding which is one of the major villages in Rolwaling Area. Beding village allows panoramic views of Gaurishanker Mountain, Melungtse Mountain and other peaks and mountains. Stay overnight in Beding.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 07 - Trek to Na [4,200m/13,783ft]

    The path takes us into bit higher altitude on this day where we will experience cold climate. Leaving the Sherpa village of Beding, we will take long and slow walk along Rolwaling River for better acclimatization. We will be blessed with close-up views of surrounding mountains and peaks and awe-inspiring natural scenery. We will reach to our campsite in Na. This is a temporary settlement used by locals for cattle grazing. We can get stunning view of Chobutse Peak (6689m) that rises above Tsho Rolpa.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 08 - Rest and Acclimatization day [4,200m/13,783ft]

    Rest is recommended at Na before traversing the Tashi Laptcha Pass at an elevation of 5,700m. It will help us in better acclimatization to the changing altitude. We can take a short hike on this day

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 09 - Rest and Acclimatization day [4,200m/13,783ft]

    We will take second day of rest on this day. For better acclimatization, we can arrange side trip to Yalung La Pass which allows views of glaciers, peaks and mountains along with view of Ramdung Peak and Yalung glacier. Stay overnight in Na Gaon.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 10 - Trek to Chukima [4,560m/14,961ft]

    Spending a memorable days in Na, we will cross the river and head south to reach Yersa at Sangma which is the last place of cattle herders. We will cross the wooden bridge and follow ascending path through moraines to the dam of Tsho Rolpa. Tsho Rolpa is also known as Cho Pokhari. We will set our camp to the south of Tsho Rolpa from where we can enjoy views of Chobutse, Dragker-Go and other peaks and mountains. Stay overnight in Chukima

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 4-5 hrs
  • Day 11 - Trek to Tolomban (Zabuwa) [5,410m/17,753ft]

    We will leave Chukima and continue walking through Drolambu icefall that is located below Tashi Labcha Pass to reach Jabowa. This is going to be a difficult trek. The journey continues through the eroded valley where there is no trace of habitat. Experience the sheer wilderness of being in a distant land on this day.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs
  • Day 12 - Traverse Tashi Lapcha pass [5,755m/18,882ft] and trek to Tashi Phuk

    We need to start our trek quite early in the morning before sunrise. Walking through the glacier, we will pass through spur that allows easy access to upper section of glaciated region. After 4 hrs of strenuous climbing, we will reach to the top of Tashi Lapcha which rewards us with views of awe-inspiring sceneries. The summit is marked with cairn and prayer flags. We will lower down to the other side and walk along glaciated pond to Tashi Phuk where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 8-9 hrs
  • Day 13 - Summit Pharchamo [6,187m/20,299ft] and trek to Ngole

    We will attempt to reach summit of Pharchamo peak on this day. This is going to be a short climb that continues for mere 4 hours. From Tashi Phuk, we will take steep climb. We are greeted by awe-inspiring views of peaks in Khumbu region. After spending some time on summit, we will take 2 hrs of descend to Ngole where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs
  • Day 14 - 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 15 - Trek to Thame [3,800m/12,468ft]

    Leaving our campsite, we will head east over snow slopes. The trail lowers down to Thame River and then to Thengpo. The path is scenic with views of peaks and mountains that rise high above Thame River. We will pass along dispersed temporary settlement to Thengpo. Moving along pasture field, we will follow the trail to Thame.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 16 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    Leaving Thame, 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: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 17 - Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]

    Our last day of trek following the Dudh Kosi River down to Lukla. It’s only a gradual walk along the Dudhkhosi river after our steep descent from Namche. We’ll have lunch on our way and we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. Rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. This is our final day on these fantastic mountains. Later we celebrate our successful completion of trek & climb with our Sherpa guides and porters who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends. It’s a pleasure to end this wonderful trip on a happy note. We then slumber into blissful sleep.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 18 - Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We will be transferred to hotel in a private vehicle in Kathmandu. Take leisure and soothe your aching limbs from long and tiring peak climb.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 19 - Free day 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)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 20 - 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: None
    • 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.

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 High-quality mountain tents for accommodation in Rolwaling region and climbing period
  • Meals and Accommodation at Tea Houses/Lodges after Thame
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
  • Pharchamo peak permit with garbage deposit. 
  • National Park Fees
  • LUKLA-KTM Airfare
  • All ground transfers and escorts as mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • 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

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