Thirty-three lesser summits, ranging in elevation from 5550m to 6654m, are designated as trekking peaks. They fill the gap between standard hikes and full-on mountaineering expeditions: some are little more than snowy, other technical, multi-day rock and ice climb. You need to be specially fit and able to cope with a very cold and potentially stormy condition: previous climbing experience is preferable for the easier peak and essential for the harder ones. Above all, acclimatization is crucial: many agency expeditions don’t allow enough time, and many clients fail to summit-or worse-as a result.
Most Popular Trekking Peaks
The most popular trekking peaks are in the Everest region. Imja Tse, Island peak (60160m) is busy and relatively straight forward: Lobuche East (6119m) is a demanding ridge climb; Mera peak (6654m) is the highest than all of the trekking peak, and thus among the most dangerous and interesting.
In the Annapurna region, popular peak includes Pisang (6091m), a moderately difficult peak with rocky sections near Manang, and Tharpu chuli, Tent peak (5663m) dramatically situated in the Annapurna Sanctuary.
Here are two categories of the peak: “Group B” peak is the original eighteen trekking peak; “Group A” mountain were only opened to climbing parties in 2002, and may offer more of a sense of breaking new ground. They are distinguished only by bureaucracy, with harder and easier climbs in both groups.
Climbing a trekking peak takes more time than most standard routes-three to four weeks is typical-and inevitably costs more, epically if you go with an agency. Contributing to the expenses is the peak permit. Group B peak cost $350 for a group of 1-4 people, with an extra $350 for 5-8 people, plus $40 per person, and an extra$510 for 9-12 people, plus $25 per person, Group A peak cost $500 for up to seven-member, plus $100 per additional person, up to a maximum of 12 in the party. Fees are payable to the official Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) through a certified guide or authorized trekking or travel agency. You will also have to pay the salaries of an NMA certified Sirdar, who will arrange logistics, and at least a few porters, and transportation and equipment for both trekkers and staff. Some peak is located in restricted areas, for which an additional permit fee is payable. It will take several days or a week to organize a trekking peak expedition from scratch in Kathmandu.
Another hundred-odd higher peaks are only open to expeditions, which must comply with additional regulations and pay a significantly higher fee, though there are a deep discount for small group climbing out of season and some peak in the mid-and-far west are now a royalty fee.