Kyajo Ri Peak Climbing- 17 Days

Kyajo Ri 6186m is a stunning climb in the Khumbu Himalaya. Less climbed, pristine, technically challenging and equally rewarding, Kyajo Ri is a perfect climb for the adventure seekers. The climb involves some serious technical climbing at high altitude and is similar to a small scale Expedition. Climbers aiming for this mountain should be in excellent physical shape and have basic rock and ice climbing skills.

Kyajo Ri Peak Climbing starts with an adventurous flight to Lukla airport, the gateway to the Khumbu region. We follow the classic Everest Base Camp trail that goes along the DudhKoshi river through a dense Rhododendron forest and Oak trees towards Namche Bazzar, the capital city of Sherpa. We’ll take an extra day in Namche Bazaar to explore the village and for proper acclimatization. We then follow the Thame valley trail reaching Thamo continuing to Mende and then to the remote Kyajo Ri base camp. At base camp, resting and acclimatizing, our Sherpa climbing guides will set higher camps at Camp I and Camp II.

We have the option of doing a longer version of Kyajo Ri Expedition. Depending upon your time period and previous experiences, we have an itinerary that follows through the Gokyo valley trail, exploring Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri and then crossing the scenic Renjo La Pass 5388 m, before we descend to Thame valley following the trail of Lungden, Thame, Thamo, Mende and Kyajo Ri base camp.

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.


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We normally create small groups. 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 4000 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 04 - 06, the cost per person will be only $2700 USD per person. 


Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m

Day 3 : Trek to Namche Bazzar, 3441m

Day 4 : Trek to Mende, 3740m

Day 5 : Trek to Kyajo Ri Base Camp, 4550m

Day 6 : Rest day at Base Camp

Day 7 : Move to Camp I, 5200m

Day 8 : Rest day at Camp I

Day 9 : Climb to Camp II, 5700m

Day 10 : Summit Kyajo Ri, 6186m

Day 11 : Reserve Day

Day 12 : Trek back to Base Camp 4550m

Day 13 : Trek to Namche 3441m

Day 14 : Trek to Lukla 2860m

Day 15 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 16 : Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 17 : Happy Departure

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Hotel – Airport- Hotel Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Three  nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 5 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
  • Necessary  support staff while on Kyajo Ri Expedition
  • 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, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality fee & 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

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.



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



  •       3- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *3- 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

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 17 Days

Price : US $2700 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 3D

Max. Altitude:6186m

Min. Altitude:1300m

Max. Group Size:6 pax

Min. Group Size:2 pax

Activities:Trekking, Camping, Climbing

Starting / Ending:Kathmandu

Best Time:March- May and September- November

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

Hotel in Kathmandu:3 Nights on B&B Plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek::Local Lodges 6 Nights, ( 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners )

Accommodation during Camping:Meals during 7 Nights Camping

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