The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has designated 18 lesser peaks, ranging in elevation from 5,587m to 6,654m, as Trekking Peaks – please check the link – we can organize a trek up any of them. These mountains offer a compromise between a standard trek and a mountaineering expedition, ranging in difficulty from moderately steep glacier hikes to mildly technical, rock and ice climbs. Previous climbing experience is not necessary, they are suitable for beginners, but you need to be able to cope with cold conditions and have some experience of mountains. The air at this altitude is thin so you need to be in good condition to climb them, and the view down can be a bit dramatic, ie you need to be both fit and adventurous.
They are best climbed between October and mid/late November, before the first snow falls, or between late March and early May. They all require government permits costing US $350 for 1 to 4 trekkers, an additional US $40 each for the next 4 trekkers and US $25 each for the final 4 trekkers. Maximum team size is 12 trekkers. A US$ 250 refundable garbage deposit must also be made with the NMA.
The following peaks are classified as trekking peaks;
|Ganja La Chuli aka Naya Kanga||5,844||19,173|
|Imja-tse aka Island Peak||6,189||20,305|
|Khongma-tse aka Mehar Peak||5,820||19,095|
|Shigu Chuli aka Fluted Peak||6,501||21,329|
|Tharpu Chuli aka Tent Peak||5,500||18,044|
The highest is Mera Peak, and its not the most difficult with a great walk in.