Kwangde Peak Climbing Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, one of our staff members will be there to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Full day Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley by private car,
After having breakfast, we do full day sightseeing around the historic Kathmandu valley in our private car along with an experienced tour guide. We will visit the famous temples and stupas of Kathmandu valley like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath. Pashupatinath is a major Hindu pilgrimage site whereas Boudhanath and Swayambhunath have the great essence to Buddhists around the world. In the evening, we will return back to the hotel, pack our bags and check the required equipment for the climb. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m),
In the early morning, we will leave for Lukla from Tribhuvan International airport. A scenic flight over the majestic Himalayas will finally take us to Lukla. Domestic flight delays and cancellations are always a possibility in flights involving Lukla. So, we have buffer days as contingencies to such conditions. On reaching Lukla, we will have our lunch and start our trek along the descending trail to Cheplung village from where we can see a clear view of the Mt Khumbila (5761m). The trail further descends to Phakding. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Ghat Pari,
Today, we will continue our trail along the dense forests of pine and oak that takes us to the Bengkar village in the north. We will cross many suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and cross few settlements like Chumao before reaching our destination Ghat Pari. Ghat Pari is a small settlement area in between Lukla and Monjo village. We will see some small family temples and large Mani walls there. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 5: Trek from Ghat Pari to Yak Kharka,
Today we will ascend along the path towards Yak Kharka. The path will be mostly along the forested area of pine and junipers. As we are ascending to the higher altitude we will find fewer settlement areas and less vegetation. Yak Kharka is a small settlement area with few tea houses. It is generally used by the herders for seasonal grazing of their cattle. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 6: Acclimatization Day,
Today will be our first acclimatization day at a higher altitude of this region. We need to acclimatize ourselves at the higher altitude and thinning air. On this day, we engage ourselves in hiking to Ledar which offers beautiful viewpoints to observe the mountain peaks of Everest region or we can prepare the trekking gears and equipment needed to submit the Kongde Ri peak. We can take rest and can enjoy the mesmerizing views of the high peaks. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 7: Trek from Yak Kharka to Lumding Kharka,
We will start our trek to Lumding Valley. The trail continues along the beautiful meadows and forests with the most fascinating views of major mountains peak. We pass through Lumding La pass (4516m) and continue ahead to cross the Dudh Koshi River before reaching our destination, Lumding Kharka. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 8: Trek from Lumbding Kharka to Kwangde/Kongde Ri Base Camp (4910m),
After having our breakfast, we will head toward the Pokhari Camp. The trail mostly passes through green meadows and verdant forests of pine and oak. On reaching Pokhari Camp, we will head toward Kongde Ri Base Camp. The climb will be steep along the narrow ridgeline. The magnificent views of the glaciers and mountains along our way always invigorate us to ascend further. We can see the Numbur (6959m) and Karyolung glaciers surrounding the Kongde Ri Peak (6168m). On reaching Kongde Ri B
Day 9: Preparation Day for climbing,
Today, we will rest at the base camp and can utilize this day for practicing to climb the mountain. Under the proper guidance of the trek guide, we will learn to use the trekking gears and practice to climb the mountain. Prior mountain climbing experience will be beneficial for us. We can also explore the nearby areas around the Base Camp. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 10: Trek from Base Camp to High Camp,
Today we will head toward the High camp from Basecamp. We steeply ascend along the Kongde Ri. The trail will be mostly steep and challenging, so we must be careful and we need to practice utmost caution during the climb. The trail mostly passes through the rocky ridges and may be slippery due to ice. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Summit to Kwangde 6011m and back to Base Camp,
From high camp, we will ascend to the top of Kongde Ri which is at the height of 6168m. We will ascend slowly, under the guidance of our experienced trek guide. On summiting the top of Kongde Ri we can enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6586m), Gaurishankar (7134m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8188m) along with many another numerous ranges of towering mountains. Capturing the beautiful views of major mountains in our camera, we will slowly descend to our Base Camp. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 12: Reserve day for Climbing due to bad weather,
Due to bad weather, we may not be able to scale the peak. So we will use this day to descend to the Base Camp and take rest there. A proper rest is needed after a long trekking journey. Our shaky legs need some rest to get prepared for the climb ahead. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek from Base Camp to Yak Kharka,
The descending trail along the thick dense forest will take us to Yak Kharka. Initially, our trail descends to Pokhari camp and then to Lumbding Kharka. We will have our lunch there and slowly descend to Yak Kharka. The trail will be steeply descending and challenging along the ridgeline. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Lukla,
We will retrace the path along the forested landscapes crossing many settlement areas like Ghat Pari, Cheplung village and many more. We descend as we bid a final goodbye to the Himalayas. We will encounter many terraced farms on our way to Lukla. On reaching Lukla we will rest or we can also explore the village. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 15: Early morning fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel, refreshment.
Today we will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. A scenic flight for 30-35 minutes will take us to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu we will transfer you to the hotel and you can shop for gifts and souvenirs. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Reserve day for flight delay in case of bad weather,
Today will be a reserve day. You can take rest or stroll around the area. A tour to some major tourist destinations is also an option to spend the day. You can spend the day as per your preferences. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Final Departure to Kathmandu International Airport.
We will drive you back to Tribhuvan International airport for your scheduled flight.
Customize Your Peak Climbing: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.