Kwangde Ri (6011m), towering above the Bhote Koshi and lying to the south-west of Namche Bazaar is an arduous mountain to climb in spite of its altitude. Successful Kwangde ascents are small in number due to the difficulties associated with its summitry. Standing near the entrance of Everest region, Kwangde Ri has spectacular, multiple summits.
The labors in Kwangde climb are rewarded partly by the magnificent panorama of Sherpa villages and Himalayan peaks to be had from the summit, and partly by the unique trek in the rarely trekked Lumding valley. Just at the rear of sometimes crowded Everest region, Lumding is an unexplored, untrodden Himalayan valley with its pristine charm awaiting you to uncover. As Kwangde climb is a serious mountaineering adventure, you can also use hone your skills and fitness for larger mountaineering expedition.
First climbed in 1975 A. D., Kwangde Ri has been conquered from the southern and the northern face as well. The northern face is more difficult than the southern one, requiring the use of advanced mountaineering techniques. Conventional methods can be used in its glacier-worn southern slope.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Preparation in Kathmandu
Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2750m) and Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2610m)
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 5: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3820m)
Day 7: Trek from Thame to Kwangde Ri Base Camp
Day 8-11: Climbing period
Day 12: Trek from Kwangde Ri Base Camp to Thame
Day 13: Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar
Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 15: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 16: International departure
Health and Fitness Requirement:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.
Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous climbing experience will be plus points.