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Pharchamo Peak Climbing

Pharchamo Peak Climbing

Pharchamo Peak Climbing

Pharchamo peak climbing (6273m) lies south of the Tashi Lapcha and, when seen from the pass the mountain is really attractive. It is a straightforward snow peak first climbed in 1955 along a well defined north-by-northwest ridge rising from a relatively flat, but crevasses, glacier that is still the main route to the summit. The Rolwaling valley is the main access to Pharchamo. You climb north-east of the ice fall of Tashi Lapcha, setting up a high camp just below rock walls at 5,500m. From this camp you gain the ridge of Pharchamo, following it without much difficulty - but watching for crevasses which can cause problems near the summit. The approach trek to Pharchamo in the Rolwaling Himal leads through a region which has remained untouched by western civilization and groups of trekkers are not often seen, even in the peak trekking seasons. The scenery is outstanding, the route leads along beautiful river valleys before emerging in high alpine country and there are excellent views of Gaurisankar, Melungtse and many other great peaks. Crossing the Tashi Laptcha pass is really adventurous job.

The peak, which lies due south of the Tesi Lapcha, is unnamed on the Schneider Rolwaling Himal map, but is given a spot height of 6273 metres. Seen from the pass the mountain is an attractive but straightforward snow peak with a well defined north by north west ridge rising from the relatively flat, crevasses glacier astride the Tesi Lapcha. To the west of the ridge the face forms a uniform snow slope broken by crevasses and small Sera rising from the rocky lower buttresses above the Drolambau Glacier.

Pharchamo Peak Climbing / 23 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Dolakha (1660m) 7-8 hrs.

Day 04: Trek Dolakha to Shigati (950m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 05: Trek Shigati to Jagat (1440m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 06: Trek Jagat to Simigaon (2020m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Trek Simigaon to Daldung La (3976m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 08: Trek Daldung La to Beding (3690m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 09: Trek Beding to Na (4180m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 10: Rest Day at Na for acclimatization.

Day 11: Trek Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4540m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Trek Tso Rolpa to Trakarding Glacier (4800m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 13: Trakarding Glacier to Tashi Lapcha Phedi (5010m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 14: Tashi Lapcha Phedi to Parchamo Base Camp (5500m) via Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 15: Rest at Tashi Cape (Parchamo Base Camp).

Day 16: Summit Parchamo Peak (6273m) and return back Base Camp.

Day 17: Trek back Base Camp to Ngole (5110m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 18: Trek back Ngole to Thame (3820m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 19: Trek back Thame to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 20: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 21: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu - 30 min.

Day 22: Leisure day in Kathmandu.

Day 23: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).

Pharchamo Peak Climbing / 23 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Normally, you need to be trained for rock climbing a day course before start your trek, so you will be taken to a natural rock climbing spot Balaju which is 3 Km drive from Thamel. We will offer excellent opportunities to learn how to use climbing equipments like; rope, harness, Ice axe, crampons although maintain your physically fitness. Alternatively we will start half day sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Place in Kathmandu. Some of this place is considered the World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After come back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek guide and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss about any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping of needed equipments and other necessaries. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Dolakha (1660m) 7-8 hrs.
Drive Kathmandu to Dolakha through Lamosangu and Charikot. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 04: Trek Dolakha to Shigati (950m) 6-7 hrs.
We start trek today's from Dolakha and towards Shigati via Piguti. It takes about four hours. The trail goes through across different villages. You need to cross many streams and jungles in this trail. You come to see many orchids, rhododendrons and other vegetation. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 05: Trek Shigati to Jagat (1440m) 6-7 hrs.
Then head towards Jagat and it takes about seven hours from Sigati. You go down to the river side and flat land. On the way, you come to notice many small villages inhabited by the mixed community. On the trail, we have to cross the jungles several times. We also have to cross the suspension bridge to reach Jagat. It is small town and people from the different cultural background live here. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 06: Trek Jagat to Simigaon (2020m) 5-6 hrs.
We go to Simigaon from Jagat. It takes almost seven and half hours. As we proceed forward, we follow the flat path and it ascends and descends through the thick jungle. You cross the suspension bridges several times. You also come across many villages on the trail. Small tea shops and local shops are available on the trail. Then we ascend up to Simigaon and this small village is inhabited by the Buddhist and Hindus. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 07: Trek Simigaon to Daldung La (3976m) 6-7 hrs.
It takes approximately six hours to reach Daldung La from Simigaon. You come across beautiful Sherpa village in the trail. This trail is rich in different species of flora and fauna. After this uphill trek, you follow ascending and descending path. At the same time, you enjoy the splendid view of the surrounding. You witness the Yak Naka, a temporary Yak shed, if it happens in the season. Basically, cheese and butter is produced here. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 08: Trek Daldung La to Beding (3690m) 6-7 hrs.
Daldung La trek towards to Beding slowly goes up through the different species of plants and rhododendron trees. We trek over the suspension bridge over the deep gorge. It makes the trek more delightful. Finally we arrive at a big Sherpa village, Beding. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 09: Trek Beding to Na (4180m) 4-5 hrs.
Trek towards Na and its four hours trek. You can explore the upper slopes of the valley for snow today. You can also visit the nearby glacier too. The trek goes up along the river bank. This place is very open and it offers fresh air and charming sound the river. As the trek proceeds forward, you come across the panoramic view of the mountains. In addition, we also come across the Sherpa village and explore their specialties. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 10: Rest Day at Na for acclimatization.
Today is the rest day for acclimatization. Then the trek further goes towards Ramdung Go. You spectator the mountains such as Gauri Shanker, Menlung, Yalung and the mountains of the Tibet on the trail,  at the end you arrive at Yalung glacier camp today. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 11: Trek Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4540m) 5-6 hrs.
From Na, the trek further goes to Rolpa Lake. The trail goes through the flat path and gradually climbs up. You come across many natural lakes filled the scary water of glacier on the trail. The beautiful view of Menlung and Tibetan Side Mountain adds more glory in the trek. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 12: Trek Tso Rolpa to Trakarding Glacier (4800m) 5-6 hrs.
We wake up early in the morning and start our trek towards Trakarding glacier. We walk past the glaciers throughout the day and explore the beauty of the surrounding. This also enriches your trek. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 13: Trakarding Glacier to Tashi Lapcha Phedi (5010m) 5-6 hrs.
From Trakarding glacier, we further trek towards Tashi Lapcha Pedi camp. It is situated in the altitude of 5755m. The trail involves some rock climbing and then we walk gradually on the glaciers. We set up our camp at Tashi Lapcha Pedi camp. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 14: Tashi Lapcha Phedi to Parchamo Base Camp (5500m) via Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m) 6-7 hrs.
You will climb up the Tashi Lapcha Pedi and to Tashi Lapcha high camp through the Tashi Lapcha Pass. The trial will completely be over the snow straight up and then steep down towards high camp.  Trek from Tashi Lapcha Pedi to Tashi Lapcha pass is very exciting. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 15: Rest at Tashi Cape (Parchamo Base Camp).
This day is for making necessary preparation for the summit of Parchamo. Here you will be completely surrounded by the views of Parchamo, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, Pigphera go Shar and many more. (Overnight at Tented Camp on full board basis)

Day 16: Summit Parchamo Peak (6273m) and return back Base Camp.
This is a big day, we wake up at 2.30 am around and after a breakfast, the group will put on crampons and rope up before setting out for the summit. From the high camp a well acclimatized party will take 4 - 5 hours to the central summit of Parchamo peak. From the summit can be seen the magnificent views around the many mountains. You then retrace your steps to Pharchamo base camp (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 17: Trek back Base Camp to Ngole (5110m) 5-6 hrs.
Trekking from Pharchamo base camp to Ngole, takes about 5 to 6 hrs through. The trail goes down towards the Thame. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 18: Trek back Ngole to Thame (3820m) 6-7 hrs.
We wake up at dawn this morning. Then we start trekking to Thame. The trail ascends up and follows the easy trek afterwards. You enjoy the beauty of the surrounding environment. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 19: Trek back Thame to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 4-5 hrs.
As we go further Thame to Namche Bazaar, the trail ascends for an hour up to Sanasa which is in the altitude of 3550m. In this point, you get your first glimpse of the peaks of the Khumbu region such as Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. After passing several villages and numerous teashops, the trail further descends steep towards the bridge over the Dudhkoshi River at Phunki Tenga. You feel very exhausted due to the rough path; the trek still offers numerous other attractions such as the chirping sound of the birds and scenery mountain views. This makes your trek more exciting. You come to notice several villages and teashops in the trail. The trail ascends up and you arrive at Sanasa where you find local people selling Tibetan goods. The way further goes to Namche bazaar and this path involves lots of ups and downs. While walking in the trail, the thick forest, scenery and mountain views arrest your attention right away. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 20: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hrs.
After a long walk today well have long and last day trek back to Lukla, Firstly we descend the long way before cross the bridge and further walk to Monju and ten Phakding for lunch. We trek back with enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. After long walk 7-8 hrs we arrival in Lukla and you'll have time to stroll around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member for memorable trip. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 21: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu - 30 min.
If the weather is good, early in the morning you fly back to Kathmandu after your long mountain journey. After 30 min you will be arrive at domestic airport at Kathmandu. We will send private Car/van/bus to pick up you to the hotel than you can rest and relax throughout the day in the hotel if you don't have any necessities things to do. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 22: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Today is your leisure day, if interested you could buy some gifts from Nepal for your friends and relatives, you will visit some nearby shops or venture at Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If enthralled to explore some other areas of Kathmandu you could take some more time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner"at traditional Nepalese restaurant with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of the Parchamo peak (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 23: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).
Today is last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.

(Useful Info: - Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to bad weather conditions. Such conditions may happen even in the best seasons. Therefore, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We do our extreme to avoid such delays, and fix you on next flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organize Heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla)

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
  • 4 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in 2 bed room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • "Farewell dinner" before a day your departure from Nepal.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Down jacket, for seasonal sleeping bag, Mountain Guide treks & Expedition kit bag/duffel bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipments & clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters

Note:- Cost includes and exclude section may give you better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.

The following is a list of equipments, clothing and accessories that we recommend for Pharchamo Peak Climbing in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we are feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for equipments and clothing which may be equally as suitable.

Head

  • Light or warm fleece hat.
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Sun hat and scrap
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (4)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and / or jacket (optional)
  • Body lotion / Anti-sunlight cream

Hands

  • Playing cards
  • Lightweight gloves (water / wind proof)
  • Trail map and guide book
  • Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (4)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4-pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4-pairs)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and / or sandals)

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent and all necessary camping equipments
  • Money belt
  • Head touch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional Items

  • Swiss Knife
  • Playing cards / backgammon / chess set
  • Trekking map
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen
  • Photos of home / family
  • Energy / protein bars (optional)
  • Walkman

Mountaineering Kit

  • Plastic or leather mountaineering climbing boot (one Pair)
  • Crampons (one pairs each)
  • Ice Axe (one each)
  • Harness (one each)
  • Carabineer / Three (2 screw gate, 1 plain)
  • Rope (50-60m)
  • Prussic Loops (3 meters)
  • Helmet (one each)
  • Snow Gaiter (one pairs each)
  • Jumer / Ascender (one each)
  • Gear tape Seattle
  • Figure 8 / Decender (one each)

Note: If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

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