Parchamo Peak (6273m) is part of the Rolwaling Himal range and lies just west of Everest. It overlooks both the Rolwaling and Khumbu regions and is a straightforward but spectacular ascent for experienced climbers.
Parchamo Peak sits atop the TashiLapcha Pass, which separates the Rolwaling and Khumbu regions. Rolwaling is a wild, isolated high valley, whereas Khumbu is the popular and well-visited home of Everest. On this trek and climbing expedition, you get a bit of the best of both worlds: the adventure of climbing a lesser-visited peak, plus trekking through a rightfully famous and popular region.
Parchamo is a trekking peak (the 7th highest in Nepal), meaning that only a trekking permit is required to Summit it, not a mountaineering permit. Basic glacier and winter climbing skills are required, as is trekking at high altitude and good fitness. The ascent itself does not pose many complications, although a difficult ice step shortly before the summit can be a challenge.
The Khumbu region, through which you’ll trek before veering off to Parchamo, is the heartland of Sherpa culture. As well as the stunning mountains, there are many cultural attractions along the way, such as Tibetan Buddhist stupas, monasteries, prayer wheels and large carved mani stones.
This climbing expedition begins with a short but exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This small town on the edge of a mountain is the gateway to the Everest region, so is always busy with trekkers, porters and support animals passing through.
Trek to Namche Bazaar, a bustling Sherpa town full of lodges, cafes, souvenir shops and cultural attractions like monasteries and museums. This is the last place on the Everest Base Camp route to stock up on supplies, plus at 3440m it is an ideal place to acclimatize, so it is always busy here.
After Namche, veer off towards Thame, Thengpo, and Ngole. Set up base camp on the moraines below Parchamo. Climb to the north-east of the TashiLapcha Pass, and set up the high camp. The peak is accessible from here, above the glaciers of TashiLapcha.
From the peak, you can look down and enjoy stunning views of the Rolwaling Valley to one side, and the Khumbu region on the other.
Return the same way, and fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
The first few days of this trek will be spent sleeping in basic but comfortable lodges on the Everest Base Camp route. Then, switch to tented accommodation. On the return, sleep in lodges again. There is the option of staying in very high-quality lodges in some places, should your budget allow.
Parchamo Peak Climbing short Itineraries:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters).
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters).
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Thame (3,820m).
Day 07: Trek to Thengpo Kharka (4230m).
Day 08: Trek to Ngole or Parchemo Base Camp (5100m).
Day 09: Trek to High Camp (5640m).
Day 10: High Camp – Summit (6178m.) – Base Camp (5100m).
Day 11: Spare day for the Summit.
Day 12: Base Camp – Thame (3820m).
Day 13: Trek to Namche (2835 meters).
Day 14: Trek to Lukla. (2810 meters).
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure.
|Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen about safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:|
Climbing gear you should bring:
01: Ice Axe w/Leash (General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5’7″ use a 60cm tool; 5’7″- 6’1″ use a 65cm tool; over 6’1″ use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long).)
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
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