01. 8 highest peaks in Nepal
Nepal’s varied topography despite its small area has made it an explorer’s paradise. The Himalayan country surprisingly bears eight of world’s highest mountains. Among the 14 peaks over 8,000m around the world, Nepal’s fortunate location boasts eight which include Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Cho Oyu and Annapurna. The peaks in the Himalayan range are glorified each year by daring adventurers who visit the site of these mountains and even scale them.
02. A lot of Expedition Training Organization in Nepal
With an aim to promote mountain tourism as a safe tourism, NMA has been actively involving in the training activities intended to produce qualified and skilled resources. NMA conducts Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) and Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC) in the month of June i.e. 12 June and December i.e. 20 December annually.
Annual Training Schedule:
Basic Mountaineering Course
Basic Mountaineering Courseis conducted in June annually starting from 12 June. The training is intended for the mountaineers to equip them with new techniques and methodology on mountaineering and rescue activities. The average duration of the training is 40 days with 10 days theory (Kathmandu) and 30 days practical (Langtang).
The interested candidates are requested to read the following directions before applying for the course.
For Nepalese nationals:
The interested Nepali candidates should have the following criteria to apply for the course.
- Sport background
- Physically and mentally fit
- Able to write and speak basic English language
- Basic knowledge about mountaineering and trekking
- Guide Training (Conducted by Nepal Academy of Tourism & Hotel Management ,NATHM)
- Mountain leader course
- Introductory Rock Climbing Course, First Aid Course, Basic Mountain Rescue Course, Hill Walking & Mountain Navigation Course Conducted by Nepal Mountaineering Instructors Association (NMIA) & NMA.
- Wilderness First Aid Course ( Conducted by NMIA, Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP), Alliance France and Other related organization )
- Above 8000 meters Summiteers
- Basic Mountaineering Training under Foreign Alpine Association (IFMGA member country)
03. A lot of Himalaya’s Sherpas
The Sherpa are an ethnic group who live in the high mountains of the Himalayas in Nepal. Well-known for being guides to Westerners who want to climb Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world, the Sherpa have an image of being hard-working, peaceful, and brave. Increasing contact with Westerners, however, is drastically changing Sherpa culture.
The Sherpa migrated from eastern Tibet to Nepal around 500 years ago. Prior to Western intrusion in the twentieth century, the Sherpa didn’t climb mountains. As Nyingma Buddhists, they reverently passed by the high peaks of the Himalaya, believing them to be the homes of the gods. The Sherpa eked their livelihood from high-altitude farming, cattle raising, and wool spinning and weaving.
It wasn’t until the 1920s that Sherpa became involved in climbing. The British, who controlled the Indian subcontinent at the time, planned mountain climbing expeditions and hired Sherpa as porters. From that point on, due to their willingness to work and ability to climb the world’s tallest peaks, mountaineering became part of the Sherpa culture.
04. Highest Point on the Earth Mount Everest.
Mount Everest, located in Nepal and Tibet, is usually said to be the highest mountain on Earth. Reaching 29,029 feet at its summit, Everest is indeed the highest point above global mean sea level—the average level for the ocean surface from which elevations are measured. But the summit of Mt. Everest is not the farthest point from Earth’s center.
Earth is not a perfect sphere, but is a bit thicker at the Equator due to the centrifugal force created by the planet’s constant rotation. Because of this, the highest point above Earth’s center is the peak of Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo, located just one degree south of the Equator where Earth’s bulge is greatest. The summit of Chimborazo is 20,564 feetabove sea level. However, due to the Earth’s bulge, the summit of Chimborazo is over 6,800 feet farther from the center of the Earth than Everest’s peak. That makes Chimborazo the closest point on Earth to the stars.
You may be surprised to learn that Everest is not the tallest mountain on Earth, either. That honor belongs to Mauna Kea, a volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mauna Kea originates deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, and rises more than 33,500 feet from base to peak.
05. Easy to Climb in Nepal.
If you are an adventurous trekker but haven’t have got a mountaineering experience yet, then you must choose to go with easy non technical trekking peaks of Nepal first. Easy Peaks of Nepal are for trekkers who would like a straightforward introduction to mountaineering. Fit walkers and trekkers who are looking to extend their experience to higher altitude adventure can go for any of the easy peaks climbing trip we have classified here. The easy peaks of Nepal are of no or very little technical difficulty and you need not have previous mountaineering experience, the degree technical knowledge you need to climb these mountains can be gained during the climbing course itself. Or if you doubt, its advised to gain a little bit of rock climbing experience so that you get introduced to the climbing gears. Rock climbing experience would be a asset for you.
While on the easy peak climbing trip, you will gradually trek in to the mountain, taking time to acclimatize, before the ascent to the summit from a high camp. Most peaks involve a walk up a glacier requiring basic ice axe and crampon skills which can be gained in the mountain itself. There is plenty of opportunity to gain proficiency in lower glacier area. Any fit trekkers with experience at high altitude and camping conditions are good candidate for the easy climbing peaks of Nepal. A one week course involving an introduction to alpine mountaineering skills would also be excellent preparation, but the necessary technical and gear using skills can easily be acquired on these easy mountains themselves. But of course one should be fit, strong (both mentally and physically) and have a lot of endurance power to walk/climb in high altitude conditions for long hours (min 7-8 hours) on summit day.
If you aim to climb one of the eight thousanders or the Everest itself, you must start from these easy peaks to understand the Himalayan peaks, to make yourself prepared to mange with their vast altitude, to make yourself skillful to cope with their technical challenge. Nowadays it’s becoming more and more common to have the highest peaks on earth on the climbing list. Commercial expedition organizers offers package prices and basically anyone who’s got the cash can try it out. This has lead to crowded peaks and a lot of casualties. So, if you aim to be a professional mountaineer, start with the easy peaks, then move to more technical ones and go step by step. Never hurry to jump to higher and technical ones, we wish you safe mountaineering!!
Some Easy Peaks of Nepal are:
Island Peak (Imja Tse) 6189m
Mera Peak 6476m
Chulu Far East peak
Lobuche East peak 6119m
Pokalde Peak 5806 m
Chulu East Peak 6584m
Yala peak 5732m
Tent Peak (Tharpu Chulu) 5663m
Larkya La Peak 6010m
Mardi Himal 5587m
Pachhermo Peak 6187m
Hiunchuli Peak (6441 m)