Parchamo Peak Climbing

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.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 17 Days
Trekking Duration - 13 Day
Trip Level - Extreme
Max. Altitude - 6178 meters
Min. Group Size - 2+

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.

Highlights of Climbing Parchamo Peak

  • Join part of the Everest Base Camp trek, a justifiably famous and popular route
  • Stay in comfortable lodges part of the way, a rare possibility on mountaineering expeditions
  • Ascend a peak that requires fitness and experience, but that is quite simple

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.

The Route Followed

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.

Accommodation

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.

 

Trek to Thame.
Parchemo base Camp

Detail Itinenary

Arrival In Kathmandu Day 01
Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters).
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel).
sight-seeing-kathmandu-valley Day 02
Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
A half day guided tour to numerous of historical and spiritual attractions listed under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will join the group meeting and provide a detailed briefing for the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included).
Fly to Lukla Day 03
Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters).
An early morning beautiful flight to Lukla (35 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Lukla. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, our adventure starts. The trail gradually drops into the Dudh Koshi Valley and passes through the lovely Sherpa villages of Chauri Kharka, Cheplung, then undulates through villages of Thado Koshi, Ghat, and finally arrives at Phakding (3-4 hours). (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek to Namche Bazaar Day 04
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).
During the day, we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times on the suspension bridges. And stand with the Views of Thamserku (6608 meters) and the holy mountain Khumbi Yui Lha (5761 meters) shows themselves for the first time as we trek through small villages of Tok Tok, Ghat, Benkar and Monjo. The trail keeps following zigzag for the whole morning and enters into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path drops down to Jorsalle and steadily follows the river for a while until the start of steep climb towards Namche Bazzar. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek Back to Namche Bazaar Day 05
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
As an acclimatization day we walk to the village of Khunde (3840 meters) Khumjung (3780 meters) and Everest view hotel via the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude. The day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school founded by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8516 meters) and Ama Dablam (6856 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (6 hours). (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek to Thame. Day 06
Trek to Thame (3,820m).
After breakfast we start our hike to Thame and we gradually ascend passing a small Sherpa hamlet in a beautiful walk. And letter on We cross the Bhotekosi River then ascend to Thame amid stone – girt field set in a broad valley. After lunch we will have leisure time to visit Thame Monastery which is located in one hour hike up the hill side from Thame. Kwangde, Thamserku. Kusum Kangaru are visible from here we return to Thame. (3-4 hours). (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek to Thyangpo Kharka Day 07
Trek to Thengpo kharka (4230m).
After leaving the Thame Valey We climb the main trail towards Thamo Teng and from top of the hill we turn westwards passing mani and chorten on the way. The undulating trail continue take us to the west of the Thame Khola valley passing by Yeak pasture and to Thenpo kharka. (4-5 hours). (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Parchemo base Camp Day 08
Trek to Ngole or Parchemo Base Camp (5100m).
We leave the river valley behind and the trail goes towards north – west, ascends around a limb of Tengi Ragi Tou. We further cross a rock slide, grassy moraine below rock overhangs to a rocky landscape. Around one hour of hike takes us to the moraine beneath the overhangs to Ngole, the glacier camp site below the pass. We make the necessary preparation for the summit next day. (5-6 hours). (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Parchemo High Camp Day 09
Trek to High Camp (5640m).
We continue climbing north – east of the Icefall from Tashi Lapcha over scree beneath the rock wall of Tengi Ragi Tau and arrive on rocky terraces to set the high camp. (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Parchemo Peak Summit Day 10
High Camp – Summit (6178m.) – Base Camp (5100m).
We start early in the morning after breakfast around 4:00 am. We climb the snow slopes to gain the ridge of Parchamo rising from the broken glacier of Tashi lapcha pass. We continue climbing on the ridge and reach the summit without much difficulty. There may be crevasses near the summit which could give problem while climbing but our experience climbing guide will check properly. From the summit we can enjoy the dramatic view of Cho Oyu, Tengi Ragi Tau, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru and many others peaks. We then track our steps to the base camp. (8-9 hours). (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Spare Day for Summit Day 11
Spare day for summit.
The spare day will be used as contingency if we could not climb the peak due to unfavorable weather condition or for some other reasons. (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek back to Thame Day 12
Base Camp – Thame (3820m).
We then descend through the glaciers, pass rock slide, grassy moraine and following the valley continue to Thame. (5-6 hours). (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek Back to Namche Bazaar Day 13
Trek to Namche (2835 meters).
The return trek towards Lukla continues on the previously travelled route taken during the way up. And we spent one more night in Namche Bazaar (3-4 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek Back to Lukla Day 14
Trek to Lukla. (2810 meters)
The way down from Namche, we take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju and continue to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Fly Back to kathmndu Day 15
Fly back to Kathmandu.
A 25 minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included).
Sightseeing in Kathmandu Day 16
Free day at Kathmandu.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to the Himalayas or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights). (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included).
Final-Departure Day 17
Departure
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets.

Service Include on Trip Cost 

  • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  •  Sightseeing in Kathmandu historical site; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple with city guide and necessary transport.
  • Two in sharing 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu 3* standard Hotel with breakfast. Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
  • Experience climbing guide and supporters porters including their salary, food, accommodation, insurance.
  • Parchamo  Peak Climbing Permits & Sagarmatha National Park entry Permits.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • All meals and hot drinks during the trek.
  • Climbing gears like rope, snow-bars and ice screws.
  • Camping arrangements during Parchamo  Peak climbing period.
  • First Aid Kit. Government taxes and service charge.

Service Exclude on Trip Cost

  • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • International flight ticket.
  • All not mentioned in inclusion section.

Gear List

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:
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  • Day-wear shirt/rain pants
  • Trekking pants
  • Wind pants
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Quick drier Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen 35++
  • Water purification
  • A set of Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks
  • First aid kit
  • Antiseptics
  • Camera and video camera
Medical
·         Betadine / Dettol ·         Hand-plaster ·         Bandage.
·         Eye drop ·         Eardrop ·         Sinex
·         Gauge ·         Cotton ·         Move / Spray.
·         Design ·         Diamox ·         D-Cold.
·         Vicks ·         Paracetamol ·         Medicine for diarrhea
·         Medicine for a toothache · ·

 

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).)
02: Crampons (With flat rather than “cookie cutter” frame rails)
03: 40 ft 6mm perlon (For Prussiks or bring your glacier rig.)
04: Alpine Climbing Harness (Harness should fit over all clothing; have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in.)
05: Carabiners (2 Large Pear or D-shaped locking. 2 standard ovals or D’s)
06: Climbing helmet (Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on)
07: 1 Ascender (Recommended: left or right hand.)
08: Ski or trekking poles (Snow baskets required. Helpful for balance when carrying a heavy pack or if you have knee problems) 09: Double plastic climbing boots.
10: Gaiters (Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being to tight around the boot.)

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.

Notes: ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.

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