Pachermo & Kyajo Ri Expedition- 31 Days

This expedition includes two rarely climbed peaks in the Rolwaling and Khumbu regions of Nepal.  Pachermo, 6187m, is a relatively straight forward trekking peak which is an excellent preparation for the tougher objective - Kyajo Ri, 6186m.
Pachermo Peak:  The approach trek follows the remote and beautiful Rolwaling Valley (east to west) to the Tasi Labsta pass, 5755m, which is due north of Pachermo Peak. 
The Tasi Labsta pass is part of the ridge that rises between the Rolwaling Valley and the Thame Valley (of the Khumbu).  
A one-day drive to Dolakha takes us to the trail head.  Trekkers are seldom seen in the rugged wilderness of the Rolwaling Valley. The valley is at first steep sided and covered in thick forests but climbs into high summer pastures where the valley widens out to incredible mountain scenery. 
A long, grueling hike over rocky moraine and crevassed snow leads to where the glacier flattens out astride the Tasi Labsta Pass, a wild and impressive place where we are surrounded by superb vista of two mountain ranges in one of the most inaccessible parts of the Himalaya.  Many peaks have never been climbed or even named. From here there is also a magnificent view of the summit of Pachermo, and the route of ascent; a clearly defined northern ridge leads up to the snowy peak.
The base camp is on a rocky terrace just below the glacier at around 5700m. Pachermo is a straight forward climb on steep snow with several sections of scrambling on rock and ice.  Weather, snow and glacier conditions play a large part in how difficult the route will be. Sometimes it can be tricky traversing the crevasses on the ice step below the summit. If necessary we will use fixed ropes. 
From the summit of Pachermo there is a magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Makalu.
We descend into the Thame Valley towards our next and tougher objective, Kyajo Ri.
Kyajo Ri:  This semi technical peak has until now has received little attention from the climbing world despite being so close to Namche Bazaar in the popular Everest region. Though its height puts it in the trekking peak category, Kyajo Ri is a full-blown expedition peak with plenty of technical interest.  The south-west ridge of Kyajo Ri is significantly harder, both physically and technically, than Lobuche East-East or Island Peak.
Kyajo Ri is the highest summit on the southern part of a ridge which runs from north of Namche Bazaar all the way to Cho Oyu on the Nepal-Tibet border.  This ridge divides the Thame valley to the west and the Gokyo valley to the east. Kyajo Ri  is the highest peak in the vicinity and so there is a sensational panoramic view from the top; we can see Everest and all the other 8000-meter peaks of the Khumbu.
Base Camp, 4400m, is in a secluded hanging valley at, a couple of days walk from Thame, where Tenzing Norgay grew up. The Kyajo Ri climb utilizes two camps. There are some very highly exposed and steep pitches between Camp II, 5700m, and the summit.
It is a beautiful mountain, with a sharp defined summit unlike Lobuche East, or Island Peak, which have long undefined summits that can be confusing to confirm on summit day.

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Climb Pachermo & Kyajo Ri are 'new' peaks with few fixed ropes and anchors to be seen on the routes
  •  Excellent acclimatisation and climbing practice on Tsho Labsta Pass and Pachermo
  • Kyajo Ri is steeper and more sustained than either Island Peak or Lobuje East
  • Kyajo Ri is classified Trekking Peak (permit less expensive) but  is a full-fledged expedition
  • Our camping treks have excellent logistics
  • Experienced Sherpa guide at your side
  • Technical yet not extreme/ high levels of objective hazard
  • Experience authentic Sherpa culture in two  isolated valleys, Rolwaling and Thame
  • Visit the busy Sherpa capital of Namche and popular Everest Base Camp trail


 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat, 960m 6 - 7 hr

Day 4 : Trek to Simigaon, 2000m, 5 - 6 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Dovan, 2850m, 5 - 6 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Beding 3690m. 5 - 6 hrs

Day 7 : Acclimatization day at Beding

Day 8 : Trek to Na Gaon 4180m, 4-5hrs

Day 9 : Acclimatization day at Na Gaon

Day 10 : Trek to Tsho Rolpa, 4560m, 5 - 6 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Drolambau Glacier, 4700m, 6-7 hrs

Day 12 : Trek to Noisy Knob Camp, 5400m, 6-7 hrs

Day 13 : Trek to Pachermo Base Camp, 5700m via the Tashi Labsta pass, 5755m, 4-5 hrs

Day 14 : Ascent of Pachermo, 6187m & return to BC, contingency day

Day 16 : Trek to Thyangbo Camp, 4250m, 5-6 hrs

Day 17 : Trek to Thame, 3800m, 4-5 hrs

Day 18 : Trek to Base Camp, 4400m, 8- hrs

Day 20 : Climb Kyajo Ri, 6189m

Day 27 : Trek To Namche Bazaar, 3440m, 7-8 hrs

Day 28 : Trek to Lukla, 2820m

Day 29 : Fly to Kathmandu

Day 30 : Free Day in Kathmandu, Expedition Celebration Dinner

Day 31 : Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Include(s)

  • Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  • Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) eg. Hotel Shakti  or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  • Meals on the trail during 27 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 climbing 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 Dolakha to Lukla
  • Pachermo and Kyajo Ri summit permits
  • Group medical kit
  • Safety equipment including high altitude chamber and satellite phone
  • Equipment Fee for climbing guide
  • Garbage Deposit fee
  • Rolwaling Permit, Sagarmath National Park fee, TIMS permits and all required permits and official documentation
  • Personal Insurance for Nepalese support staff
  • Our Service charge
  • Private transportation to Dolakha
  • Airfare:  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
  • Tipping (Tips for guide and porters are customary)
  • Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  • Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  • Batteries
  • Telephone calls
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
05 March, 2017 04 April, 2017 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
01 April, 2017 01 May, 2017 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
10 April, 2017 10 May, 2017 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
07 May, 2017 06 June, 2017 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
10 September, 2017 10 October, 2017 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
08 October, 2017 07 November, 2017 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
15 October, 2017 14 November, 2017 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
24 October, 2017 23 November, 2017 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
10 November, 2017 10 December, 2017 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
20 November, 2017 20 December, 2017 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
05 March, 2018 04 April, 2018 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
01 April, 2018 01 May, 2018 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
10 April, 2018 10 May, 2018 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now
07 May, 2018 06 June, 2018 $ 4000 per person Available Book Now

Pachermo and Kyajo Ri Expedition  Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion  for Pachermo and 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.

Clothing

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

 

Feet

  •       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)

 

Hands

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

 

Head

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

 

 

Accessories:

  • 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)

 

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • 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)

 

Extras/Luxuries:

 

  • *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

The best seasons for the Pachermo Kyajo RI expedition is from March toMay or from October to November.

Some companies offer the Khumbu Approach Option:

Both of these mountains can be accessed from Namche bazaar via the Thame valley (east to west).  This approach is a much shorter trek, only suitable for someone already acclimatized.  The trek up the Rolwaling Valley over the Tashi Labsta however is the best way to gradually acclimatize and the trek itself is amazing.

Why Climb Pachermo & 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:

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.

Pachermo and 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.

This is a fully organized camping trip as there are no guest houses along the routes, Our expert Sherpa guides will be with you every step of the way for advice and assistance. An experienced support team makes sure the logistics go smoothly.  AFT will provides all necessary support to help make your expedition successful in every way . We will do the necessary paperwork for expedition permits and organize all accommodation before and after the expedition. We organize camp facilities, transport loads, stock and set up high camps, fix ropes, provide food, high altitude food, and high quality tents.  Porters will carry group equipment, so you will not need to carry more than your own personal gear.

Safety

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.

Travel Insurance:

To must be 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.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 31 Days

Price : US $4000 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 3D

Group Size:2-12 persons

Activities:Trekking/ Climbing

Maximum Height:Pachermo, 6187m & Kyajo Ri, 6186m.

Transport:By Air/ by bus

Starting & Ending:Kathmandu

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

Camping services:Meals on the climbing period 27 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

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