Nirekha Peak climbing is a paradise for mountain lovers – both for beginners and professional climbers. Nirekha peak climbing is a must-visit peak in Nepal that fulfills the desire for great adventure among climbing enthusiasts. Nirekha peak lies down in a different bed than the most mediatic peaks. Nirekha Peak (6,069 meters high) is very close to peaks such as Everest and Cho-Oyu.
Nirekha Peak, like a magnet, attracts climbers from all over the world with its fantastic nature, dizzying cliff and landscapes, birdsong, and fresh air.
Nirekha Peak, located in the Khumbu region, is roughly in line with Lobuche Peak and immediately east of Cho La Col and a few hundred meters above Cho La Pass. This mountain has recently been opened as a trekking peak by the NMA in Nepal. In April 2003, the first ascent was made by Matt Florets and Greg Valentine. An all-female team made the second successful ascent in October 2003.
The summit consists of two summit pyramids, the north summit, and the south summit. The North Summit is more accessible but requires a tricky crevasse to cross. The South Summit requires a strenuous part on an incline in the ascent is up to 50° steep ice. It is unclear which of the two peaks is higher. The ascent is relatively easy, although it requires technical equipment such as ice axes, crampons, ice screws, jumar, and some fixed rope sections. Only experienced climbers should attempt to climb the summit of Nirekha, which requires some technical mountaineering skills. It is a physically demanding ascent for all climbers in good shape and with a desire for a great adventure.
There are two climbing routes at Nirekha Peak; one starts from Kangshung Base Camp (5250m) and takes about 9 hours, and the other from Lake Base camp (5050m) and takes about 11 hours. The climb from the Kangshung side is preferred as it is easier and shorter. The ascent mostly takes place in ice and snow and requires crossing deep glacial crevasses and overcoming steep ice slopes.
From the Chola Pass Base Camp, a narrow trail heads north, and just before the glacier is Nirekha Base Camp. The glacier up to Cho La Col on the Kangshung side is relatively safe, with only a few mostly harmless crevasses. It is a 2-3 hour walk from Base Camp to High Camp. The climbing route goes up the southwest face, and it is made of hard blue ice. The Nirekha summit ridge is a long way up, and there are several deep crevasses.
Despite the relatively small difference in altitude, the mountain requires excellent physical condition and acclimatization. You have views of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Himalayas from the summit. From the top you can gaze at Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Yu, Gyachung kang, Pumori, Makalu, Khang Tega, Thamserku, Tawoche, Ama Dablam, Cholatse and many others.
If you are a connoisseur of mountain climbing, adventure, and challenge, then Nirekha peak is for you. The average cost per person to climb Mount Nirekha ranges from $3000-to $4000. A one-month valid climbing permit should be obtained from NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) at the fee of $250 per person during the spring season, $125 per person in autumn, and $70 per person in the winter and summer season.
The best time to explore the Nirekha peak in its full glory is the spring season ( March to May), with a haze hovering in the air covering the mountain Nirekha. It is at this time that glorious rhododendrons bloom. The pink and red flowers on the trees paint the harsh beauty of the Himalayas. A striking feature of the spring months is the stability of the weather and the transparency of the air. Daytime temperatures in the mountain can reach +15.
The second favorable time is the autumn season ( September to early December) when the air and visibility are clearer. It is due to the fact that stable weather conditions are established in the mountain, and the amount of precipitation decreases. Rain is still likely, but most often, in the evening, the snow has already completely melted, and the amazing starry sky above will enchant you at night.
Though the summit is open in the winter season ( late December to February) and summer season ( June to August), these are unfavorable as the daytime temperature can range between 7 to 15 degrees Celcius. At night, the zero-degree temperature will welcome you. Summer is the season of monsoons with endless intense rains.
Your trip begins after landing at one of the most dangerous airports in the world, Lukla airport. A trek through beautiful ethnic Sherpa villages such as Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dole, Macchermo, and Gokyo, accompanied by the Dudh Koshi river and several waterfalls along the way, will make your trip worth remembering. During your expedition, one of the most important stops will be the Everest Base camp with a climb on Kala Patthar, which will be your vantage point.