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Lukla Flight Notice

As per Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap again.

The Chief of Tribhuwan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri has informed that all the airlines have prepared for their morning flights to Lukla via Ramechhap. So, if you’ve already booked a trek to Everest region with us within the period above mentioned, make sure that you are prepared for a flight to Lukla via Ramechhap (Manthali airport) instead of Kathmandu. So, we would like to request all our admired guests who have confirmed trips in Everest region to have this information updated: We’ve to drive to Manthali Airport from Kathmandu at 2 am (approx.) to catch the flight from Manthali to Lukla. The 137 km drive will take around 4-5 hours.

Another reliable and a bit expensive option is going for a helicopter upgrade and flying to Lukla straight from Kathmandu. The Kathmandu helipad area will not be affected and you can have Helicopter flight to Lukla from 6.30 am onwards. The upgrade could cost you a top up of USD 350-500 per person depending on the payload and availability of the flights.

  • Duration:23 Nights 24 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 10
  • Activity:Trekking & Climbing
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 6186m

About Kyajo Ri Expedition

Kyajo Ri, 6186m is a full scale expedition climbing peak. It is significantly harder physically and technically than popular trekking peaks such as Island Peak or Lobuche East or Mera Peak, which are a comparatively easier 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. Government of Nepal only opened Kyajo Ri peak for climbing 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. Our Kyajo Ri Expedition starts with a scenic flight to Lukla. It follows the main "Everest Base Camp Trekking Route" as far as Namche Bazaar. The trek to base camp is not overly difficult for fit and experienced trekkers, perhaps a bit harder than the Kala Pattar climb near Everest Base Camp.

We continue the Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail till Kyanjuma village then we leave the main route and head up the Gokyo valley to the Renjo La, 5388 m, a high pass from where we enter the Thame valley. The trek through Gokyo valley is just majestic. The combination of lakes, mountains, hiking trails, Local Sherpa community makes this route a wonderful trekking trail. Renjo La Pass offers one of the best Panorama view of the Khumbu Himalaya and a great acclimatization climb. We descend into the valley to reach 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 challenging expedition with significant technical rock and ice climbing at high altitude. The normal 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, rock and ice climbing experience.  

Kyajo Ri Climbing Route Overview:

Base Camp 4550m to Camp I 5200m: It is reached by crossing rough moraine. Just at the bank of Glacier Lake. 

Camp I to Camp II, 5700m: It is not so far but it is strenuous as the glacial terrain is rough with talus and giant boulders. Camp II is on a snowy col. Some groups attempt the summit from Camp I itself. Depending upon the route and feasibility of camping at Camp II. 

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.

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The best season for Kyajo Ri Climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). However, the winter is also a great time to climb if you are well prepared for the cold weather. In the crisp and cold month of December the views of the mountains are crystal clear and there are fewer tourists around. The duration of the Kyajo Ri Climb can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition will arrange every detail of your Kyajo Ri Expedition; lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.
 

Planning to climb Kyajo Ri in 2020 and 2021 !!

Guaranteed Departure.. Please get in touch for further details. 

Highlights of Kyajo Ri Expedition

  • 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
  • less climbed peak, less crowded trails 
  • trip leaded by our expereinced Sherpa climbing Guides. 
  • well set up logistics and support during camping days
  • it has a beautiful, comfortable and quiet base camp, located in a wonderful isolated valley.

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room or go for a walk exploring the city.

  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Tourist Vechile

The Managing Director of our company will be there to meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your climbing equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it today. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft

An early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes only 35 minutes. On your arrival in Lukla airport, one of our guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakdingma.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 2,610 m/8,560 ft
  • Domestic Flight

Namche Bazaar, widely known as the capital of Khumbu and the gateway to Everest, has many good hotels and lodges. This is the biggest village along the entire Everest region.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinner air. We will visit a museum which displays the traditions and customs of the local Sherpa people. We hike up to the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel where we can see the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

Today as we trek, Ama Dablam, 6812m, one of the most beautiful peaks of the world will be showing its glimpse to us in a distance. As we go along, the trail follows the hillside of Khumbila and reaches our first pass, Mon La, from where the trail descends steeply to Phortse Drangka village. We leave the Everest trail and branch off to follow the Gokyo Valley along the tree-line until we reach the small mountain settlement of Dole.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 4,200 m/13,776 ft

The trail goes through small yak mountain pastures, waterfalls and small villages namely Khele, Lhabarma and Luza before reaching Machermo. Machermo is a small village looking out on Cholatse, 6440m, Taweche, 6542m and facing the Kyajo glacier.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 4,470 m/14,665 ft

The trail from Machhermo climbs a ridge from where you will get an excellent view. In front of you, will be the great Gokyo Valley with its streams and lakes, and the Cho-Oyu peak, 8153m and Kantega peak , 6686m and Ama Dablam 6812m on your back. We descend to the river bank below before beginning the steep climb up to a small mountain lake from where the trail levels out and follows along to Longponga Lake, 4690m, then finally up a boulder-strewn path to glorifying Gokyo.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 4,790 m/14,730 ft

Today, we climb for around two hours up to Gokyo Peak, 5360m. This is a straight-forward but steep climb and also tiring. But, It will be worth the effort as this is one of the best panoramic views in the Khumbu. From the rocky summit, four peaks over 8000 meters can be seen: Everest, 8848m, Cho Oyo, 8153m, Lhotse, 8511m and Makalu, 8481m and other awesome peaks too. Besides the peaks, when you look downward, you will see the Gokyo lakes and the huge creaking Ngozumpa glacier snaking its way down the valley. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 4,790 m/14,730 ft

Today, we will reach the high point of our acclimatization i.e. Renjo La. We walk around the north side of the Dudh Pokhari travelling westwards towards the pass. The trail follows a blunt ridge at first before climbing up rocky ground to the top of the pass. The views back towards Everest and of Cho Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse and Ama Dablam are superb. We then descend to Lungden.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 4,360 m/ 14,300 ft

Trekking back eastwards to the village of Mende, will be relatively relaxing as we are well acclimatized. The full circuit of Kyajo Ri via the Renjo La pass, is ideal for acclimatization. We can relax in the afternoon and prepare for a longer day tomorrow.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,740 m/12,267 ft

The trail branches off the main trekking route and follows a Yak herder's trail which crosses a couple of cols and climbs up into the valley of Kyajo Trangka. The base of the valley is a flat meadow, surrounded by impressive overhanging rock walls. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 4,550 m/14,924 ft

We can either relax today or move to Camp I depending on the weather and the physical readiness of the group. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 4,550 m/14,924 ft

Today, we will accompany our mountain guides who will carry some equipment to Camp I at the foot of the glacier. It's a long way over some pretty rough ground. From Camp I, we have a good view of the route to the summit which rises north-ward from Camp I. We will return to base camp in the afternoon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 5,200 m/17,056 ft

We can either relax today or move to Camp II depending on the weather and the physical fitness of the group. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 5,200 m/17,056 ft

The route to Camp II covers some tricky scrambling over silvery and slightly slippery flat rocks and rock boulders to get up to the glacier and up onto the next flat col.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 5,700 m/18,696

From Camp II, the trail steadily becomes steeper with snowy slopes and outcroppings of rock. Depending on weather conditions, we can expect about 500m of technically difficult climbing before we are standing firm on the snow crested summit. In dry and cold weather there can be hard blue ice which presents a greater challenge. The pointed summit of Kyajo Ri is small, with amazing views of the entire Khumbu Region. We make multiple abseils during the descent from the summit, and reach the col of Camp I, where we will spend the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 10-11 hrs
  • 5,200 m/17,056 ft

Since we cannot guarantee favorable weather for the scheduled summit day, we have allowed an extra day in the schedule. If we are unable to summit the Kyajo Ri on due to bad weather or some other reason, such as someone in the group having acclimatization problems, it is useful to have an extra day. If the trip goes smoothly, and we do not need this spare day, we will continue our return journey to Lukla. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping

Return back to base camp and celebrate our successful climb to the summit of Kyajo Ri. We will stay overnight at Base Camp. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 4,550 m/14,924 ft

We return back on the same trail that we went on. One long day of trekking will take us all the way to Namche where we will stay overnight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us back to the first villages we saw two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 2,810 m/9,219 ft

You take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Domestic Flight

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. 

  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vechile

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 12 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during 8 nights camping  (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gears 
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while on Kyajo Ri Expedition
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for One Trekker basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill's Tshirt
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Kyajo Ri Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Kyajo Ri Expedition climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
     

Personal Climbing Gears includes:

  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Crampons
  • Harness 
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Tape slings
  • 2 x Screwgate Karabiners
  • Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • Helmet
  • More about Personal Climbing Equipment and Gears

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date14 Sep, 2020end date07 Oct, 2020Available$3650
start date25 Sep, 2020end date18 Oct, 2020Available$3650

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 
 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.


We have set dates for departure to the Kyajo Ri Expedition. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

If the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 10 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 10 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Kyajo Ri Expedition is possible. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the climb. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

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 Expedition:

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 Expedition:

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 Expedition 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 Holy Himalaya , 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.
                   
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.