Thirty three peaks in the Nepal Himalaya have been singled out as “Trekking Peaks“ implying that they are suitable for climbing by trekkers (as against mountaineers) with little previous climbing experience. The degree of difficulty and length of the actual “climb” varies: and once the mountain is reached, several days may be needed for technical training, setting up a high camp and the summit attempt. Most of the peaks are over 6 000m calling for thorough acclimatisation before summiting can be considered. Most trekking passes are below 5 400m!
All climbing treks must be led by a qualified NMA Trekking Guide who will provide any necessary climbing equipment required. You will need to have (borrowed from LDT) plastic climbing boots and gaiters, gloves, snow glasses etc. to assist your ascent. Any necessary training for snow, glacier or rock work will be given and practised before the summit is approached.
Island Peak (Imja Tse, 6 189m/20 306ft) is part of the south ridge of Lhotse Shar and stands as a sentinel in front of a vast curve of rock and ice that comprises the south face of the Nuptse – Lhotse – Lhotse Shar – Shar Tse ridge: all over 7 600m. Its base is surrounded by glaciers.
Impressive triple-peaked Mera is Nepal’s highest trekking peak. It rises amidst spectacular scenery beneath the walls of the Everest – Makalu Himalaya. From atop Mera Central (6 461m/21 198ft), views stretch from Cho Oyo in the northwest to Kangchenjunga in the far east – five “eight-thousanders” with one sweep of the eyes.