Kwangde Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

The mountain extends further east from the Lumding Himal toward the massive Rolwaling Himal. The Kwangde Ri lies in the Khumbu Range of the Everest Region. It’s a challenging climbing peak with an average height of 6011 m. The northern approach to the peak is more challenging, although even the southern face is also a demanding one. The climbers are rewarded with the exciting views that extend across the Khumbu, from Ama Dablam and Makalu in the East, to Everest and Cho Oyu and the Rolwaling peaks, to the northwest. It forms an impressive multi-summited ridge at the eastern end of the Lumding Himal, which in turn is part of Rolwaling Himal. The mountain stands above the Bhote Koshi River to the south-west of Namche Bazar. The northern part of the mountain forms an impressive barrier having several steep ridges to the north.

It’s glaciated southern flank is more aloof. It is hidden at the northern end of the Lumding Drangka, a high and remote valley bounded to the west by the tumbling glaciers of Karyolung (6,511m/21,361ft), Khartang (6,853m/22,484ft) and Numbur (6,959m/22,831ft). The Lumdring valley is rarely visited by trekkers or expeditions. At the northern end of the valley the stream cascades down a natural rocky barrier above which is a moraine-bound lake, the Tsho Og, at the snout of the Limding Glacier. North of the Tsho Og, itself hidden in a huge rocky cwm, is the massive Lumding Tsho Teng (5,151m/16,899ft).

All of the routes climbed to date on the Kwangde Peaks are difficult, none have proved suitable for commercial trekking peak expeditions. The routes on the North Face are particularly difficult and reflect recent developments in lightweight Himalayan climbing, with an emphasis on technical difficulty and a high degree of commitment. They have invariably been made by two climbers without support camps or fixed ropes, although in at least one case a subsequent ascent has seen a return to traditional siege style tactics with masses of fixed rope and camps. Even the routes on the South Face are difficult, although the climbing is more traditional in character.

The first ascent of Kwangde Lho was made by a Nepalese expedition in 1975 which was led by Kumar Khagdar and Bikram Shah. The actual summit was reached on 17 October by Lhakpa Tenzing. Sonam Gyalzen, Shambhu Tamang and Sonam Hisi via the South Ridge.

Experienced climbers who are looking for rarely climbed and challenging small peak in the Himalayas will find this peak very attractive. Further Information to arrange a climb to this peak will be provided on request.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel

You will be welcomed by our representative at Kathmandu International Airport. You will then be taken to the hotel where you can either relax in the afternoon or hang around. Staying in hotel for overnight.
Day 02: Prepare permit & trekking

Go sightseeing in Kathmandu. Visit Soyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Durbar square and many other sites. Later in the day, you will be briefed about the trek and then preparations will be made.
Day 03: Flight – Lukla (2800 m) & trek – Phakding (2610 m)

We will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla while witnessing a breathtaking of enormous Himalayan range bordering China and Nepal. We will land after 40 minutes. The trek starts with a leisurely walk down to the Dudh Koshi River, where we reach the major route to Namche Bazaar. After passing through the small community of Ghat (2550 m.), we reach Phakding. Overnight stay at guest house.


Day 04: Phakding- Namche Bazaar(3440 m)

Day 05: Namche rest for acclimatization

Day 06: Namche -Kwangde base camp 4700m.

Overnight stay at base camp.

Day 07: Rest/acclimatization

This day to acclimatize and rest.

Day 08: Base camp – high camp (5200 m)

Climb to high camp and overnight stay at camp.

Day 09: High Camp – Summit Kwangde (6011 m)

After summiting Kwangde peak , we return to base camp.

Day 10: Base camp – Namche Bazaar

Day 11: Namche – Phakding

Our way down progresses toward Phakding where you could see dramatic vista of Sherpa villages, snow-capped peaks, lush hillsides and deep jungles. After we reach Namche, we trek down, come across several suspension bridges and reach at Monjo. Then , we gain trek back to Phakding all along the Dudhkoshi River.

Day 12: Phakding – Lukla

From Phakding, we continue moving until we reach beside the Dudh Koshi and from here we trek to Lukla. It takes around 6 hours of trekking. Overnight stay in lodge.

Day 13: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu

Early in the morning, we take the scenic flight for returning to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, we are transferred back to our hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu at the hotel.

Day 14: In Kathmandu free day.

You can go around Kathmandu visiting many sites or shopping in Thamel. 

Day 15: Final Departure

You are dropped off at the airport for your departure from Nepal.

Cost Included

  • Conservation/national park fees and all govt. taxes
  • Climbing peak permit of Island Peak
  • Hotel in Kathmandu (***)on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Airport Pick & Drop.
  • An Experience head Sardar/Guide
  • Trained Cook and Kitchen boy(s)
  • Required number of porters
  • Accommodation at tented camp.
  • High quality tents two men tent with sleeping mattress (All climbing gears if any requirements.)
  • Group dinning tents with table and chairs
  • Kitchen tents and Toilet tent
  • EPI gas with stove for high camp
  • All meals quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice)
  • Available high altitude food
  • All necessary Climbing hardware gears including Climbing ropes
  • Complete first aid kits
  • Oxygen with mask and regulator for emergency/medical purpose
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half day world heritage sites tour
  • Cultural celebration meal (Nepalese finest cuisine)

Cost not Include

  • PERSONAL equipment for climbing & trekking
  • Personal & medical Insurance of expedition
  • Climbing food, Gas & stove above Base camp
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter incase needed
  • Walki Takie permit & Satellite phone permit
  • Personal expenses
  • Bar Bills & beverage
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration:15 Days
  • Trip Grading: Strenuous
  • Best Time: April-May
  • Group Size: 2-10pax

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