Kyajo Ri Ascent

  • Kyajo Ri Ascent Nepal Everest Region By Outdoor Himalayan Treks

Officially opened for climbing only in 2002, Kyajo Ri Ascent offers a fine option for the mountaineers all around the world who seek to have an exciting, adventurous climbing experience, but who do not want to put themselves into too much strain and risk by trying the mountains over 8,000 meters. With experienced mountaineers grading its climbing in par with Ama Dablam Ascent, it is a technical peak but not in the extreme. While porters can be expected to help the climbers as far as the second high camp at 5700 meters, the climbers themselves need to have the experience of climbing on crampons and on steep snow and ice as well as mixed terrain. As there are no taller mountains in its close neighborhood, your moments on its summit make it worth all the hardships, all stress and strain involved in attempting it.

Kyajo Ri has been climbed from Southwestern Ridge, Southeastern Ridge and North Face, but the easiest and most repeated path is the Southwestern Ridge. We follow the route of Everest Base Camp trek until Namche to reach the peak. From Namche onwards as well, different routes can be used, combining the exciting and adventurous treks over many passes and unbeatable vantage points of Everest Region. The following itinerary is only one possible, straight route to the mountain and back to Namche. If you have some more days at your disposal, we can combine other attractive and adventure trekking destinations in the region, before or after the summit ascent.  We can include Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri, the formidable Renjola Pass as well as the entire Everest Base Camp trek with Kala Paththar and Gorek Shep. The choice is upto you—to your passions of exploration and adventure and to your love of the sceneries, terrains and culture of the people inhabiting them. Please do not forget to ask us to customize the itinerary, should you want any changes to it.


Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2750m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m)

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3450m)

Day 5: Rest and Acclimatization in Namche

Day 6: Trek from Namche to Mende (3740m)

Day 7: Trek from Mende to Base Camp (4550m)

Day 8: Acclimatization in Base Camp

Day 9 and 10: Base Camp to First High Camp (5350m) and High Camp Rest

Day 11: First High Camp to Second High Camp (5700m)

Day 12: Reach the Summit and Descend to the Second High Camp

Day 13: Second High Camp to Base Camp

Day 14: Trek back from Base Camp to Namche Bazaar

Day 15: Namche to Lukla

Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 17: Returning Home or extending stay in Nepal


Day 1: Arrival
A member of Outdoor Himalayan Treks will be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. S/he will receive and welcome you there and transfer you to your hotel after your landing. If you get time after refreshing yourself in the hotel, you can choose to go on a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.


Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing
Today we will arrange for the supplies and make necessary documentations, including the procurement of entry and climbing permits. We will also introduce you to your guide and the team accompanying you on your adventure. Except for setting aside some time for team introduction, you will have the entire day at your disposal. Therefore, go on the Heritage Discovery Tour of Kathmandu valley to see its majestic monumental and cultural wealth.


Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2750m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m)
We hover over small and big green mountains and sail in air close to the Himalayas for about 45 minutes before we land in a mountainous regions surrounded by mountains on all sides. After landing, we will have lunch and walk towards Phakding. We will complete the trip in about 4 hours and stay in the village for the night.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3450m)
The trail follows the Dudh Koshi River mainly, which we cross and re-cross during the day on many suspension bridges. We walk past numerous villages like Benkar, Chumoa, Monzo and Jorsale. The final leg of the journey today consists of a steep climb, and as we approach Namche, we can catch some glimpses of Everest.

Day 5: Rest and Acclimatization in Namche
We spend a day in Namche to acclimate ourselves in high altitude. During the daytime, you can roam around the Bazaar area to engage yourself. But it is better to go on a hike to a nearby village Khumjung, from where you can have marvelous views of Mt Everest and Ama Dablam. Or simply climb out of the Bazaar to visit the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park, and the Sherpa museum. The more strain you put yourself into by climbing into higher altitude, the better acclimated you will be for your further visit.


Day 6: Trek from Namche to Mende (3740m)
Leaving the route of Everest Base Camp trek, we now head towards our destination: Kyjo Ri Peak. Today’s trek is a short one. Take time to relax on the way and absorb the mesmerizing sceneries of numerous peaks. Mende is a little village to the south of Kyajo Ri peak at the entrance of Kyjo Drangka, a wide valley that leads us to the Base Camp of Kyjo Ri. Mende has a few houses and you may see some yaks grazing in the pastureland.

Day 7: Trek from Mende to Base Camp (4550m)
In comparison to the previous day, today’s trek is longer, and you need to work out your route by following the yak footprints. You will hike through steep hillsides, do some ups and downs and we will reach set up our base camp near the Southwestern Ridge of Kyajo Ri in the plains of Kyajo Dragnka valley. Marvelous sceneries abound on all the sides, with numerous spires of gigantic mountains seeming to pierce the sky.


Day 8: Acclimatization in Base Camp
Not only good for your health, this day can be utilized for absorbing the magical scenes of sky-piercing peaks. Take some hike around the valley and watch the Himalayan grandeur to your fill from different vantage points. You can spend a further day in Base Camp to beat your tiredness and make yourself fully prepared for the ascent.


Day 9 and 10: Base Camp to First High Camp (5350m) and High Camp Rest
Move up to First High Camp today. At the bottom of Kyajo Ri glacier, there is not only some flatland for pitching our tent but also flowing water coming from the melting ice of the glacier. It is simply a wonderful location for a high camp and it also offers great views around. Here you can spend one further day for rest and acclimatization.


Day 11: First High Camp to Second High Camp (5700m)
We make another push towards the summit today, setting up another camp at about 5700m. The route moves mostly through loose rocks and some gigantic boulders.


Day 12: Reach the Summit and Descend to the Second High Camp
The summit day is perhaps the hardest and most challenging, requiring us to move on ropes, across numerous pitches of snow and ice. The technical part of the climb is done mostly on this day, and the climb mostly goes up steep ice and snow. However, when you reach the summit, you will forget all tiredness, beam with a sense of victory, and watch in awe the incredible mountain panorama around you. The summit of this peak is sharp, and there are no other peaks in the immediate neighborhood to intrude and block your appreciation of the ethereal surrounding view. Your standing at the summit will surely be a moment of your entire lifetime! Up from the camp to the summit and down to it—it will be a long and hard day but worth all labor and hardships.


Day 13: Second High Camp to Base Camp
Climb down to the Base Camp from second High Camp today.


Day 14: Trek back from Base Camp to Namche Bazaar
We move back to Namche from the base camp today. On our approach, we stopped at Mende for the sake of acclimatization, but today we reach Namche for our overnight stay.


Day 15: Namche to Lukla
Our trek today consists of a significant loss of altitude, up from 3446 meters down to 2750 meters. Much of this loss occurs in the initial stages of our trek when we cross the torrential Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries. And our legs are going to bear the brunt, so keep your body in balance and move down through rocky terrain in steady steps. We will pass through rhododendron and pine forests. As we approach Lukla, the path becomes more level, making it easy to walk. We see rural life and lifestyle—from houses and villages to the terraced farmland and daily activities-- of Nepal on the way. The nearer we approach to our destination, the farther the view of the mountains.


Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we board a scenic flight to Kathmandu, paying farewell to the bewitching Himalayas. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can simply relax yourself or proceed on a sightseeing of Bhaktapur or Patan.


Day 17: Returning Home or extending stay in Nepal
If you decide to leave Nepal immediately, we will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and say you goodbye. You can also set aside some days for jungle hiking in Chitwan where you can also enjoy elephant ride and see rhinos — perhaps a tiger as well if lucky, for rafting in the Trishuli River or for doing some paragliding in Pokhara.





Country: Nepal
Duration: 17 days
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