Out of the 10 tallest peaks in the world, eight of them are located in Nepal, including the tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. The Himalayas which is the grandest and highest mountain range in the world also passes through this remarkable country. That is why it should come off as no big surprise that Nepal attracts thousands of trekkers, peak climbers and mountain climbers.
In fact, some outstanding and great achievements have been made in the field of peak climbing in Nepal. After all, eight peaks in Nepal are more than 8,000 meters tall. Around 1310 peaks have been identified to have a height of more than 6,000 meters but lesser than 8,000 meters. The presence of all these peaks have made peak climbing a popular activity as well.
What Is Peak Climbing?
Peak climbing falls somewhat midway between trekking and mountaineering. Peak climbing and mountaineering are two different activities. First of all, people do not have to be trained in mountaineering in order to try out peak climbing.
Peak climbing is the stage after trekking. If you feel comfortable trekking and which to take its excitement up a notch, then peak climbing is the best activity. A complete mental as well as physical preparation is required for peak climbing however.
The Climbable Peaks in Nepal
Peak climbing is usually done on mountains that are lower than 6500 meters of height. The Nepal Mountaineering Association is the official mountaineering association of Nepal. It maintains a list of peaks that can be trekked and climbed. Nepal has more than 20 peaks that are available for peak climbing purposes.
- Island Peak or Imja Tse
Imja Tse is the local name for Island Peak which the most popular of destinations for peak climbers. It is located within the Everest region. This peak is quite challenging. Those who have become tired of simply trekking can give peak climbing in Island Peak a try. The highest point of Island peak is 6189 meters.
- Mera Peak
This is one of the highest peaks that can be climbed in Nepal. The maximum elevation of Mera Peak is 6476 meters. Mera Peak offers an incredible and breathtaking panoramic view of some of the tallest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest. Other famous mountains that you can see from Mera peak are Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Chamlang, and Nuptse.
- Lobuche Peak
Lobuche actually has two peaks called Lobuche East and Lobuche West. The peak on eastern side has a height of 6119 meters while the West peak has a height of 6145 meters. Climbing the eastern peak can be quite adventurous. However, some may find it challenging if they are not completely familiar or comfortable with peak climbing.
- Mt. Kyajo Ri
The height of this mountain is 6186 meters. This peak is considered to be among the most difficult and challenging peaks to climb in Nepal. This mountain is located in a rather remote valley in Nepal called the Khumbu valley. Climbing this is usually done in an expedition style by setting up base and secondary camps.