Kyajo Ri Expedition- 24 Days

Kyajo Ri, 6186 m, 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 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. 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. Our Kyajo Ri Expedition starts with a scenic 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, 5388 m, a high pass from where we enter the Thame valley. The trek through Gokyo valley is majestic. The combination of lakes, mountains, hiking trails, Local Sherpa community makes this route an interesting trekking trail. Renjo La Pass offers one of the best Panorama view of the Khumbu Himalaya and a great acclamatization climb.  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 challenging 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, rock and ice climbing experience.  

 

Kyajo Ri Climb Overview:

 

Base Camp 4550m to Camp I, 5200m: It  is reached by crossing rough moraine.

Camp I to Camp I, 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. 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 Expeditions 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 2019 and 2020 ?

Email us: info@annapurnafoothills.com  

 

Guaranteed Departure Autumn.. Join Now !!

We have guaranteed departure for climbing Kyajo Ri  on Sep 24th, Oct 15th and Oct 29th 2019. 

Small groups are sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too. The solo expedition cost of Kyajo Ri Climbing is 5000 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 04 - 06, the cost per person will be only $3800 USD per person. 

 

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
  • 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.

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 Dole, 4200m

Day 7 : Trek to Machermo, 4470m

Day 8 : Trek to Gokyo, 4790m

Day 9 : Acclimatization day in Gokyo, 4790m

Day 10 : Cross Renjo La, 5388m to Lungden, 4380m

Day 11 : Trek to Mende, 3740m

Day 12 : Trek to Kyajo Ri Base Camp, 4550m

Day 13 : Rest day at Base Camp

Day 14 : Move to Camp I, 5200m

Day 15 : Rest day at Camp I

Day 16 : Climb to Camp II, 5700m

Day 17 : Summit Kyajo Ri, 6186m

Day 18 : Reserve Day

Day 19 : Trek back to Base Camp

Day 20 : Trek to Namche

Day 21 : Trek to Lukla

Day 22 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 23 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 24 : Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
25 October, 2019 17 November, 2019 US $3800 per person Available
07 November, 2019 30 November, 2019 US $3800 per person Guaranteed
20 November, 2019 13 December, 2019 US $3800 per person Available
05 December, 2019 28 December, 2019 US $3800 per person Available
22 March, 2020 14 April, 2020 US $3800 per person Available
05 April, 2020 28 April, 2020 US $3800 per person Available
22 April, 2020 15 May, 2020 US $3800 per person Guaranteed
30 April, 2020 23 May, 2020 US $3800 per person Available
10 May, 2020 02 June, 2020 US $3800 per person Available
17 May, 2020 09 June, 2020 US $3800 per person Available
14 September, 2020 07 October, 2020 US $3800 per person Available
25 September, 2020 18 October, 2020 US $3800 per person Guaranteed
05 October, 2020 28 October, 2020 US $3800 per person Available
20 October, 2020 12 November, 2020 US $3800 per person Available
31 October, 2020 23 November, 2020 US $3800 per person Available
12 November, 2020 05 December, 2020 US $3800 per person Guaranteed
24 November, 2020 17 December, 2020 US $3800 per person Available
04 December, 2020 27 December, 2020 US $3800 per person Guaranteed

Cost Include(s)

  • 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

Cost Exclude(s)

  • 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.

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.

 

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

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 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.                                        

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 24 Days

Price : US $3800 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 3D

Maximum Height:6186m

Minimum Height:1300m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:8 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Camping, Climbing

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Kyajo Ri Permit, Sagarmatha National Park Fee and TIMS Card

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

Accommodation during Trek:12 Nights (Tea House)

Accommodation during Camping:Meals during 7 Nights Camping

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