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Ghekuchen Peak Climbing

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July 17, 2018

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Gyaekuchen peak (Kyakochen Peak) 6107m is a virgin peak situated in North-west Nepal Dolpo and Ghekuchen peak  (Kyakochen Peak) climbing is a combining of climbing peak along with Upper Dolpo circuit trek.

Tour Details

HIGHLIGHTS

Complete trekking traverse of Dolpo from Jhupal to Juphal
Experienced HC climbing leader and Sherpa guides
Superb views of Dhaulagiri and its northern ranges
Stunning camp experience bank of Phoksundo lake
Exploration of Hidden Jewels – Ghekuchen

Ghekuchen Peak 6107m lies in Dolpo region of north-western Nepal. It is outlined by Dhaulagiri range to the south and situated central to the rugged and precipitous terrain of Dolpo region. It is nevertheless visited and trampled by hundreds of local people in the months of May-June for the quest of a precious Himalayan herb, the yartsagumbu.  The foot of the glacial mountain drops distinctly into the snow line and the turquoise blue lake. The site offers an astonishing blend of the geographical display with snow, lake, and pastures that change color and texture each season. At night, sudden thunderous sounds can be overheard in sleep often due to the crashing of massive glacier pieces into the lake at the base of the mountain, an alarm of the impacts of global warming in the Himalayas.  The glacial limit shifts throughout the year. It approaches as close as the lake in peak winter and early spring and retreats up a few hundred meters in peak summer and early autumn.

Himalayan Companion’s Ghekuchen Peak climbing trip 25 days is rare opportunity to make an ascent of virgin peak Ghekuchen climbing combined with superb Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek.

 

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits and National Park fee

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tents),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee

 

Practical Information

Our itinerary has been developed for gradual acclimatization to take place.

The following few points helps on acclimatization process

  • Walk slowly: Maintaining your own pace is very important rather than rush and hurry. There is a proverb ‘If you maintain snail’s pace you reach on sky’.
  • Drink lots of water- There is easier to acclimatize when your body hydrated. So, drink plenty of water and avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol.
  • If your condition is going very worse then you may have to go for Diamox.

Communication

We bring a satellite phone for safety, security and emergency use.

A Typical Day On Trek

The day starts with an early morning a mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helper. Before going to mess tent for breakfast it is best to pack your night gear onto your duffle bag. During breakfast, the tents will be packed away and after porters have arranged their loads they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning.

After breakfast around 8 am we start walking. The pace of trek is leisure with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by side of the trail and is prepare for us by the cook.

There is more walking after the lunch and normally you get into the camp by mid afternoon with the tents already puts up by the local staff. In the evening a three-course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After supper guide will discuss the plan for next day with the group. People may stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring their tent for the night.

Food

While on the trek cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For the breakfast, you make likely to get porridge or cereal, the toast of chapattis and range of hot drinks. On arrival to camp in the afternoon, you will be given tea/coffee and biscuits and three-course meal will follow later in the evening.

Climate

In terms of time of the year, our view is that the best time to do this trek is the during a month of May, this gives you best chances of a crossing of high passes. September is most popular with trekking group however often the passes are icy making travel impossible for pack animals.

This trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and time of the day. In the mountains over 3,000m the nights will be cool, normally 5 and during the day temperature sometimes rise to 25 C. At higher altitude temperature range from about 15C to -10 C.

Trekking Gear and Equipment

This is a guideline equipment list to help you pack for your adventure. The item listed here below may vary according to destination, season and the trek duration. The basic list of gear and equipment is as below;

Clothing

Other Essential Items

Trekking boot and spare laces

Light shoes/trainers

Down jacket

Fleece and sweaters

Shirts x 3

Trekking trousers x 2

Rain/wind jacket

Sun hat

Woolen hat/balaclava

Gloves

Uderwears incl. thermals

Socks x 3 pairs

Kitbag and padlock

Small rucksack/backpack

4to 5 season sleeping bag

Sleeping bag liner

Water bottle x 2 – 1 ltr. Capacity

Torch, batteries and bulbs

Medical kit/First aid kit

Small knife and sunglass/goggles

Suncream, lip guard

Towel and washing kit

Toilet paper and lighter

Passport and trek permit

Optional

Camara and binoculars

Books, notes and pen

altimeter

Gaiters

Trekking pole/walking sticks

For more detail, you can go through Trek Gear Info.

Mountaineering Equipment:

  • Mountaineering double boots – see below
  • Ice axe *
  • Crampons (preferably with ‘step-in’ bindings)*
  • Mountaineering or climbing harness*
  • Karabiners (4 x screwgate)*
  • A belay/abseiling device such as ATC or stitch plate (not a figure of 8)*
  • Climbing helmet*
  • Sling (120cm)*
  • Prussik loops X 2 (5m of 6mm cord makes 2)*
Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 2 Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight 1 hours

Day 3 Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Kageni 3 hours

Day 4 Trek to Chhepka 2840m- 6 hours.

Day 5 Trek to Amchi Hospital 3110m -6 hours

Day 6 Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3640m – 4 hours.

Day 7 Rest and Acclimatization day.

Day 8 Trek to Phoksundo Lake North Camp 3630m – 4 hours.

Day 9 Trek to Forest Camp After sight walking to the east bank 3800m -3 hours

Day 10 Trek to High Camp 4650m – 6 hours.

Day 11 Trek to Shey Gompa 4400m 6 to 7 hours

Day 12 Exploration day at Shey Gompa

Day 13 Cross Sela 5060m trek to Namgung 4430m

Day 14 Trek to Saldang (4070m) close to the Tibetan border.

Day 15 Trek to Sibu (4150m), passing the monasteries at Samdo.

Day 16 Ascend to the pastures below the Jeng La.

Day 17 Trek to Dho Tarap (4020m) Cross the Jeng La (5110m)

Day 18 Rest and explore day in Dho Tarap

Day 19 Trek to Lulang

Day 20 Trek to Kyakochen Lake

Day 21 Trek to Mukot Peak Base Camp (5180m)

Day 22 Acclimatisation day. Skills practice

Day 23 Second acclimatization or contingency day

Day 24 Climb Mukot Peak (6087m) and descend to base camp

Day 25 Contingency day

Day 26 Trek to Thajam

Day 27 Trek to Lasicap

Day 28 Trek to Dunai

Day 29 Trek to Juphal

Day 30 Fly to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 31 Free day in Kathmandu

Day 32 Depart from Kathmandu to Home

Map

Ghekuchen Peak Climbing Map

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