Kyajo Ri Expedition- 26 Days

Kyajo Ri, 6186m, is a full-scale expedition climbing peak. It is significantly harder physically and technically than popular trekking peaks like Island Peak or Lobuje East, both of which are a simple one-day ascent to the summit.  

Kyajo Ri is the highest summit on the southern part of the Khumbu Himal ridge that runs north of Namche Bazaar.  The Government of Nepal only opened Kyajo Ri peak for trekking in 2002.  Until now, this amazing peak has attracted little attention, and still has the feel of an unexplored peak as the route is free of fixed rope and anchors.

The trek into base camp is a pleasure in itself while at the same time providing the necessary acclimatization for the climb.  The Kyajo Ri expedition starts with a flight to Lukla. It follows the main "Everest Base Camp Route" as far as Namche Baazar. The trek to base camp is not overly difficult for fit and experienced trekkers, perhaps a bit harder than the Kala Patar trek near Everest Base Camp.

From Namche we leave the main route and head up the Gokyo Valley to the Renjo La, 5388m, a high pass from where we enter the Thame valley. We descend into the valley to Mende, where we leave the main trail and enter the remote valley of Kyajo Drangka, where we set up our Base Camp south of Kyajo Ri.  

Kyajo Ri is a difficult expedition with significant technical climbing at high altitude. The typical approach via the SW Ridge requires two more camps above Base Camp. Climbers on this expedition need to be in excellent physical condition and should have basic mountaineering skills. Summit day is very long and tiring.

Kyajo Ri Climb Overview

Base Camp 4500m to Camp I, 5300m: It  is reached by crossing rough moraine.

Camp I to Camp II, 5700m: It is not so far but it is strenuous as the glacial terrain is rough with tallus and giant boulders.   Camp II is on a snowy col.

Camp II to Summit: Above Camp II there is a belayed climbing using fixed rope on snow slopes of 50° to 55° up to the exposed and pointed summit. We will belay, lower and rappel the same route on descent.  Summit day is comparable to summit day on Ama Dablam.


Trip Highlights


  • It is a beautiful mountain, with a sharp, defined summit
  • Significant technical climbing with few objective risks
  • Mid-Khumbu location gives incredible views of surrounding summits including 8000-meter peaks
  • Rarely climbed peak
  • Less expensive permit than similar peaks classified as ‘climbing.
  • It has a beautiful, comfortable and quiet base camp, located in a wonderful isolated valley.

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazzar, 3441m

Day 5 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar

Day 6 : Trek to Khumjung, 3790m

Day 7 : Trek to Dole, 4200m

Day 8 : Trek to Machermo, 4470m

Day 9 : Trek to Gokyo, 4790m

Day 10 : Acclimatization day in Gokyo, 4790m

Day 11 : Cross Renjo La, 5388m to Lungden, 4380m

Day 12 : Trek to Mende, 3740m

Day 13 : Trek to Base Camp, 4550m

Day 14 : Climb to Camp I, 5350m and descend to Base Camp

Day 15 : Rest day at Base Camp

Day 16 : Move to Camp I, 5350m

Day 17 : Rest day at Camp I

Day 18 : Climb to Camp II, 5700m

Day 19 : Summit Kyajo Ri, 6186m

Day 20 : Spare day

Day 21 : Trek back to Base Camp

Day 22 : Trek to Namche

Day 23 : Trek to Lukla

Day 24 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 25 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 26 : Departure

Cost Include(s)

  • Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  • Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, 4 nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) eg. Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  • Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 11 days (11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
  • Meals on the trail during 9 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • Experienced English-speaking Sherpa guide; Govt. Trained / Licensed Holder
  • Porters: 2 persons- One porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  • Cook, Climbing guide and necessary porters from Lukla – Kyajo ri Base Camp – Lukla
  •  Kyajo Ri summit
  • Equipment Fee for climbing guide
  • Garbage Deposit
  • Sagarmath National Park fee, TIMS permits and all required permits and official documentation
  • Personal Insurance for Nepalese staff
  • Our Service charge
  • Round Trip Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathamndu
  • Local Airport Tax

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, which can be arranged upon your request.
  • Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue / Evacuation
  • Trekking Sleeping Bag
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips for guide and porters (customary)
  • Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  • Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  • Batteries
  • Telephone calls
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
12 November, 2016 07 December, 2016 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
20 November, 2016 15 December, 2016 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
01 December, 2016 26 December, 2016 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
12 March, 2017 06 April, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
04 April, 2017 29 April, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
10 April, 2017 05 May, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
22 April, 2017 17 May, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
10 May, 2017 04 June, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
16 September, 2017 11 October, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
08 October, 2017 02 November, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
15 October, 2017 09 November, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
22 October, 2017 16 November, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
12 November, 2017 07 December, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
20 November, 2017 15 December, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now
01 December, 2017 26 December, 2017 USD 3600 per person Available Book Now

Kyajo Ri Expedition Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion  for Kyajo Ri Expedition  . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.  


Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.


It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.


Climbing Gear

  •        Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  •        2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner  type recommended
  •        3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  •        Ice axe with leash - Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  •        Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  •        Crampons fit to plastic boots
  •        Adjustable trekking poles
  •        Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)


Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •        1-Down parka with hood


Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments



  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)



  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves



  •         Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •         Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection




  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         *Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)



  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)




  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  •  *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  •  Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  •  *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  •  *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  •  A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

Why Climb Kyajo Ri with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need a Sherpa guide as a partner, some rope, a few bits of protection, good weather and overriding urge to die of old age.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Logistics for Kyajo Ri:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.

Safety for Kyajo Ri Peak Climbing
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility.  While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority.  Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.

Kyajo Ri Trip Accommodation:

Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.
Our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti , in Kathmandu, before heading into the remote regions and after returning trip. During the trek, eleven nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses/lodges.

Travel Insurance:

Annapurna Foothills Treks strongly recommends that you are adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.



Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 26 Days

Price : US $3600 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 3D

Group Size:2-8 persons

Activities:Trekking/ Climbing

Maximum Height:Kyajo Ri, 6186m

Transport:By Air

Starting & Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek/ climbing:local lodges 11 days (11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)

Camping services:Meals on the climbing period 9 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

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