Nepal is perhaps the richest country in mountainous beauty. In almost every trekking destination in Nepal, you will get to see magnificent panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. In the various trekking destinations such as the Everest region, Annapurna region and others, you also have the splendid opportunity to go for peak climbing.

Nepal is home to 8 out of the 10 tallest mountains in the world. Climbing these tall peaks requires you to get special mountaineering permits. These permits have a high cost. On top of that, you will also have to buy costly equipment. Finally, you will also have to train supremely well to get to the top of these peaks.

Thankfully, there are various small mountains in Nepal that are less than 7000 meters. Climbing these peaks require you to get some permits. However, the cost of these permits is not as high as the permits of the mountains over 7000 meters. You can climb these relatively low altitude peaks while you are in your treks.

While climbing these peaks in Nepal, you can experience all the beauty of this Himalayan country. These range from rivers which originate from the Himalayas, picturesque valleys, lush green hills, diverse vegetation, exotic flora and fauna, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, moraines, and other natural and geographical beauty.

Like the various trekking regions in Nepal, the physical preparation needed for peak climbing is different for different peaks. You can climb some of the peaks in Nepal relatively easily while other peaks require a lot of physical preparation.
 

Mountaineering Section of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) grants the authority of issuing peak climbing permits to Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
 

All the peak climbing treks by Sublime Trails come with trained guides who are registered with the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). All the guides we assign you for your peak climbing treks are locals of the region you will head out to.
 

Hence, they have a lot of experience in trekking in the Himalayas of those regions. They also are knowledgeable about the weather, flora, and fauna of the region. They will add a lot to your journey.
 

Sublime Trails offers a rich experience of peak climbing in the lofty Himalayas. Peak climbing was once a privilege that was exclusively for expeditionists. However, now you can enjoy the pleasure as well as the rigor of climbing a peak while trekking in Nepal.
 

Nepal Mountaineering Association Peak’s Royalty Structure

Royalty structure for Foreign Climber per person in US dollar

Group A

Group “B”

Cost/

Season→

Spring

Autumn

Winter

Summer

SN

Name of the peak

Region

Height↓

March/April

May

Sept/Oct/

Nov

Dec/Jan/

Feb

June/July/

August

1

Hiunchuli

Annapurna Himal

6434m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

2

Singu Chuli (Fluted Peak)

Annapurna Himal

6501m

USD400

USD200

USD100

USD100

3

Mera Peak

Khumbu Himal

6470m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

4

Kusum Kangru

Khumbu Himal

6360m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

5

Kwangde

Khumbu Himal

6086m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

6

Chulu West

Manang district

6419m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

7

Chulu East

Manang district

6584m

USD400

USD200

USD100

USD100

8

Imja Tse (Island Peak)

Khumbu Himal

6165m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

9

Pharchamo

Rolwaling Himal

6279m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

10

Lobuje

Khumbu Himal

6090m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

11

Ramdung

Rolwaling Himal

5900m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

12

Pisang Peak

Manang district

6091m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

13

Khongma Tse (Mehra Peak)   

Khumbu Himal

5849m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

14

Paldor Peak

Langtang Himal

5903m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

 

Group B

Group “B”

Cost/

Season→

Spring

Autumn

Winter

Summer

SN

Name of the peak

Region

Height↓

March/April

May

Sept/Oct/

Nov

Dec/Jan/

Feb

June/July/

August

1

Hiunchuli

Annapurna Himal

6434m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

2

Singu Chuli (Fluted Peak)

Annapurna Himal

6501m

USD400

USD200

USD100

USD100

3

Mera Peak

Khumbu Himal

6470m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

4

Kusum Kangru

Khumbu Himal

6360m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

5

Kwangde

Khumbu Himal

6086m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

6

Chulu West

Manang district

6419m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

7

Chulu East

Manang district

6584m

USD400

USD200

USD100

USD100

8

Imja Tse (Island Peak)

Khumbu Himal

6165m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

9

Pharchamo

Rolwaling Himal

6279m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

10

Lobuje

Khumbu Himal

6090m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

11

Ramdung

Rolwaling Himal

5900m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

12

Pisang Peak

Manang district

6091m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

13

Khongma Tse (Mehra Peak)   

Khumbu Himal

5849m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

14

Paldor Peak

Langtang Himal

5903m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

15

Ganja La Chuli (Naya Kanga)

Langtang Himal

5863m

USD250               

USD125               

USD70  

USD 70

 

What is peak climbing?

A climbing peak is any mountain peak that has an altitude lower than 7000 meters in altitude from sea level. You can climb these peaks without a lot of special equipment and long training, which you would need for mountaineering expeditions.

So peak climbing is quite different from an expedition. For instance, you have to spend more than 2 weeks training and acclimatizing in the Everest Base Camp for the Mount Everest expedition. On the other hand, the climbing period for a peak is set for less than five days.

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) classifies certain peaks as into Group A and group B peaks.

You should also take the difficulty of climbing a peak into consideration. If any peak climbing is considered as an ‘Easy’ trek, it doesn’t mean that you can complete the trip easily. It means that you don’t need any experience of peak climbing for climbing those peaks.


Cost of peak climbing in Nepal

We have enlisted the cost of peak climbing for an individual trekker in the table above. However, for up to 4 climbers, the price is $350. You will have to pay $40  extra for each additional climber up to 8 climbers. If you have a team of 9 climbers, the price is $535 with an extra of $25 for each additional climber up to 12 climbers.

The cost, however, is subject to changes according to the seasons. Winter and summer seasons are off-seasons in Nepal. So the price of peak climbing in these seasons is lower compared to the spring and the autumn season.

Finally, you will also have to deposit $250 for garbage disposal. You will get a refund of these garbage disposal cost at the completion of your trek.


Best Season for Peak Climbing in Nepal

Spring season (March, April, and May) is the best time for peak climbing in Nepal. A maximum number of peak climbers visit Nepal in the spring season. The weather of the places is consistent and the snow is also set wonderfully this season making it a very good time for peak climbing in Nepal.

Autumn (September, October, and November) is the second most popular time for peak climbing in Nepal. The weather conditions are almost identical to the spring season in autumn.

Winter (December, January, and February) is the coldest time of the year in the Himalayas. Snowfall in this season might obstruct your peak climbing in the winter season. You will also have to pay proper attention to your equipment in the winter season.

Summer (June, July, and August) coincides with the monsoon season in Nepal. This makes peak climbing tricky as the trails are often wet. There are also risks of avalanches which is why this is not the most popular time for peak climbing in Nepal.


Best Trekking Peaks in Nepal

Nobody can really tell you which is the best trekking peak in Nepal. This is because there are various things you need to consider before choosing the best trekking peak in Nepal. These include the difficulty, the region you adore the best, as well as the itinerary you are the most comfortable with.

So we have come up with a list of the 10 best trekking peaks in Nepal. You can read about them and decide which peak will be the best one for you.


1. Island Peak

Island Peak is the most popular trekking peak in the Everest region. It is also the most popular trekking peak in Nepal. Island Peak climbing offers a close-up view of the fourth highest mountain in the world- Mt. Lhotse. This peak is also popular because you can complete the Everest Base Camp trek and then head out to climb this peak. Another reason for the popularity of the Island Peak is that you complete this trek even without previous experience of peak climbing.

Facts about Island Peak:

  • Location: Everest / Solu Khumbu region

  • Altitude: 6,189 m

  • Difficulty: Little Difficulty

  • Number of climbing days: 1-2 (including Island peak base camp)

  • Duration: 16 days and above


2. Mera Peak

Mera Peak(6,476 m) is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. It lies to the southeast of Island Peak in the Solu Khumbu region. The name suggests that Mera is a single peak. However, Mera is a collection of three separate peaks. The journey to Mera peak offers the most wonderful views of the mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Everest (8,848m).


Facts about Mera Peak:

  • Location: Makalu Barun National Park

  • Altitude: 6,476 m

  • Difficulty: Little Difficulty

  • Number of climbing days: 3

  • Duration: from 16 days and above


3. Lobuche East Peak

On your way to the Lobuche East Peak, you can also go to Kala Patthar (5,545 m) and Everest Base Camp (5,363). A trek to the Lobuche East Peak gives you breathtaking close views of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Cholatse and Mt. Pumori. Besides the peak climbing to Lobuche east, you can also go climbing the Lobuche West Peak. However, the climb to Lobuche West is a lot harder.

Facts about Lobuche East Peak:

  • Location: Everest / Solu Khumbu region

  • Altitude: 6,119 m

  • Difficulty: Easy, F

  • Number of climbing days: 3

  • Duration: from 14 days and above, pending itinerary


4. Yala Peak

Yala peak lies in the Langtang region of Nepal. It lies in the altitude quite close to that of the Everest Base Camp. You can get excellent views of the highest mountain in Tibet- Shishapangma (8,013 m) from Yala Peak. You can also catch delightful views of Langtang Lirung, Langsisha Ri, Gangchepo, and Dorche Pakpa from Yala Peak

Yala Peak Facts:

  • Location: Langtang region

  • Altitude: 5,520 m

  • Difficulty: Easy, F (applied the: French Adjectival System, IFAS)

  • Number of climbing days: 1

  • Duration: from 10 days and above, including trekking in the Langtang area


5. Chulu West Peak

Chulu West lies in the Annapurna region of Nepal. You can trek to Chulu West Peak after taking a detour from the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can also climb the Chulu West Peak. You can see some of the most wonderful views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I from Chulu West.

Chulu West Peak Facts:

  • Location: Annapurna region

  • Altitude: 6,419 m

  • Difficulty: Little Difficulty

  • Number of climbing days: 6

  • Duration: 18 days and above


6. Pisang Peak

Pisang Peak is one of the most popular peaks for trekking in the Annapurna region. Pisang is a towering peak that lies above the Pisang village in Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) region. Pisang peak is the best vantage point for viewing the Annapurna region. You will also cross Thorong La pass on your way down from Pisang Peak.

Pisang Peak Facts:

  • Location: Annapurna region

  • Altitude: 6,092 m

  • Difficulty: Little Difficulty

  • Number of climbing days: 2

  • Duration: 13 days (more if you want to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek).


7. Dhampus Trek

Dhampus peak is a part of the gigantic Dhaulagiri massif. So the Dhampus peak gives some astonishing panoramic views of around 30 surrounding peaks. These include Machhapuchchhre, Annapurna I, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Tukuche

Dhampus Peak Facts:

  • Location: Dhaulagiri area (close to the Annapurna Region)

  • Altitude: 6,012 m

  • Difficulty: Little Difficulty

  • Number of climbing days: 2

  • Duration: from 15 days and above


8. Pharchamo Peak

Many trekkers climb Pharchamo trek along with Ramdung peak. Both of these peaks lie in the Rolwaling valley. Rolwaling valley lies in the shadow of Everest and Langtang. On your way to Parchamo peak, you will also go to Tsho Rolpa Lake. Parchamo peak lies to the south of Tashi Lapcha pass (5,760 m).

Parchamo Peak Facts:

  • Location: Gaurishankar Conservation Area

  • Height: 6,187 m

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Number of climbing days: 1

  • Duration: from 15 days and above


9. Pokalde Peak

Pokalde is one of the easiest trekking peaks in Nepal. The low altitude of this peak makes it quite easy to climb. Pokalde lies 12 km southwest of Mt. Everest.  You can also take a detour to Pokalde Peak on your way to Everest Base Camp.

Pokalde Peak Facts:

  • Location: Everest / Solu Khumbu region

  • Altitude: 5,806 m

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Number of climbing days: 1

  • Duration: 14 days and above

 

10. Ama Dablam

Unlike all other peaks above, Ama Dablam is an expedition peak. We thought we would include because of its popularity. Mt. Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. Ama Dablam offers everything for anyone looking to climb a peak. These include snowy slopes, ice cliffs, gentle as well as steep trails, picturesque villages, and gigantic peaks. It gives you the most wonderful views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.

Facts about Mt. Ama Dablam:

  • Location: Everest / Solu Khumbu region

  • Altitude: 6,856 m

  • Difficulty: Very Difficult

  • Number of climbing days: 12

  • Best Season: April – May and September – October

  • Duration: from 28-32 days


Final Say

Please do extensive research about the various peaks above before you set out to climb these peaks. Get a proper estimate of the difficulty of these climbing peaks. Besides these popular peaks, there are also many other peaks in Nepal that you can climb. You can contact us to know about these peaks. We will customize peak climbing in Nepal for you.