Kwangde Peak Climbing

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Kwangde Peak, also known as Kwangde Ri is one of the most beautiful adventure climbing trips in the Everest region. The Peak is located in the southwest of Namche Bazar, above the Bhote Koshi River with a height of 6,011 meters/19,721 feet above sea level. It forms an impressive multi-summited ridge at the eastern end of the Lumding Himal - a part of the Rolwaling Himal and a northern part that creates an impressive barrier having several steep ridges to the north.

The climbing adventure enfolds a few days of beautiful trekking through Sherpa villages, river valleys, and wonderful landscapes. The trekking starts once you land at the Lukla after a scenic flight from Kathmandu. The trail runs along Dudh Koshi River valley towards Phakding and goes to Namche Bazar via Monjo after crossing Hilary Bridge on the trail. While trekking, the mountain starts sending wonderful views which makes the trip more memorable. Before reaching the Kwangde Base Camp, you will experience the rich Sherpa culture at Namche Bazar and Thame. The summit of Kwangde Peak offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,031ft), Nuptse (7,879m/25,849ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,939), Makalu (8,481m/27,824ft), Baruntse (7,129m/23,389ft), and Thaserku (6,608m/21,680ft).

There are two trail paths to summit the peak, the North and South sides. You can choose any summit direction to summit peak. If you chose Northside then it is climbed from the base camp in the Lumding Himal. Lumding Himal is regarded as a part of Rolwaling Himal, situated above the Bhote Koshi River and ranges to the southwest of Namche Bazaar. If you chose the southern side it is very remote and unapproachable. It is difficult because it is hidden at the northern end of the Lumding Drangka, a remote valley with the beautiful scenery of landscapes and glaciers of Karyolung(6,511m/21,361ft), Khartang (6,853m/22,484ft), and Numbur(6,959m/22,831ft). This peak is difficult to climb from both the North and South rough the peak. People who don’t know any knowledge of mounting, are not allowed to climb this peak. Climbers must have a high degree of commitment along with technical knowledge. Kwangde Peak is not suitable for beginner climbers. It will be very difficult for beginner climbers.


View of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Mt Makalu, Barunste, Mt Cho Oyu, and other peaks of Everest & Rolwaling Himalayan Ranges. ·

Kwangde Peak Climbing Summit good experience at 6,150 meters. ·

Adventurous trip and a challenging peak. ·

Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries, Sherpa Buddhism, Local Sherpa people, and their lifestyle. ·

Beautiful scenic by flight, Kathmandu- Lukla.

The trail takes the climbers into the natural wilderness of Khumbu and offers a pleasant opportunity to indulge in the natural exploration of the region. The trail passes through the dense and colorful forests with rhododendron, oak, and pine trees, yak pastures, Buddhist monasteries, stunning landscapes, and tempting mountain vistas and concludes on the summit of the Peak itself. The view from the top of the Kwangde Peak is remarkable and presents the mountains of the Everest region in an emphatic manner. The trekkers are rewarded with magnificent views of the mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and the Rolwaling Peaks.

Kwangde Peak Climbing starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and the trekking starts toward Phakding. The trail passes through the beautiful village of the Sherpa community encountering monasteries leading from the Dudh Koshi River valley. The trekking is very enjoyable with a loyal forest trek over suspension bridges to reach Namche Bazar. You can experience the change in vegetation and settlements and the climate becomes harsher and alpine vegetation becomes prevalent. At the Kwangde Base Camp, the training of using mountaineering equipment is provided by the guides. The climb to the summit is a rigorous task yet this is what makes the experience more exciting. The view from the summit is incredible and memorable. It is one of the most beautiful adventure peak climbs which challenges many adventure lovers with its difficult climbing route. The peak is rarely climbed and the challenging peak in the Himalayas of Nepal is every bit worth undergoing along the journey. 


Today is the day of your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal, You will find one of the representatives from Bold Himalaya waiting for you. You will be warmly greeted and welcomed by the representative and transferred to the hotel. 

After you check into the Hotel, you can take relaxing time on your own as there are no activities scheduled for the day. In the evening, the guide will explain in brief about the itinerary.

On this day, we take our flight to Lukla - a beautiful valley in the Sherpa community. It will take around 30min to reach there enjoying the flight with the beautiful view of mountains and hills. From Lukla, we start our journey to Phakding. We will pass through the beautiful village of the Sherpa community. We can see some small monasteries on the trail. The trail leads us right into the Dudh Koshi (Milk River) valley. Hike in a peaceful area, far from the city area will be very interesting. We reach Phakding by following the guide and the trail. We stay overnight at the Lodge/Hotel of Phakding.

Today we will hike to the Namche Bazaar from Phakding which will take around 5-6 hours of trekking. Namche Bazaar is the main administrative and trading center for the Khumbu region. With inclusive of magnificent forests of blue pine, fir, juniper, and rhododendron as well as the first view of Everest. We continue our trekking along the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. The trekking is very enjoyable with a loyal forest trek over suspension bridges. We reach the Sagarmatha National Park and can visit the small visitor center there. The trails climb steeply and have a breathtaking view of Namche Bazaar. We stay overnight at Lodge/Hotel.

It is very necessary to take a rest and built our body for high altitude. To adapt to the altitude and new surroundings we acclimatize in Namche Bazaar.  can explore the Namche Bazaar on this day. We can explore the monastery nearby and have an eye-catching view of the mountain. We can enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise and sunset on this day. Besides that we will either be taken to explore Thame Monastery or Khumjung village, viewing Everest (world 1st highest), Ama Dabal, Lhoste (4th highest pick), and Pumori viewpoint.

After spending a whole day resting at Namche Bazaar, we continue our journey to the Peak. Today we trek to Thame Valley. Thame is a small Sherpa town near the outskirt of Tibet. It is the home to probably the mountain climber of Nepal. Likewise, it is the hometown of Ang Rita Sherpa, who holds the record for scaling Mt Everest multiple times without oxygen and is known as the “Snow Leopard”.

Our hiking trail passes along several main walls, carved stones, and prayer flags, all representing the ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture. We descend down to Bhote Koshi River before climbing towards Thame. However, we reach Thame after 4-5 hours of trekking from Namche bazaar. We spend our overnight at Hotel/Lodge in Thame.

We leave the hotel after having breakfast and start trekking towards to the Kwangde Base camp. We follow the trail that is a gradual ascend all the way towards Kwangde Peak Base Camp. The Trail is very enjoyable with the view of Snowcaps Mountain and the rocky path. We can feel the cold environment when we get close to the base camp. We enter the harsh alpine vegetation and to a good camping site where we set up our Base Camp for Kwangde Peak Climbing. We spend our night in the tent at the Base of the Kwandge peak.

This is a very important day for our Kwandge Peak Climbing trip. On this day we prepare our bodies to climb in snow. We prepare our necessary things for mounting. We take basic knowledge of mountain climbing and practice all day. We spend our day exploring the base camp, practicing basic knowledge, and doing some hiking/climbing which is best for acclimatization.

After spending the full day by acclimation rest and basic knowledge of mounting in Base Camp. We will start our climbing to the high camp of the peak. It is a short day climbing but it is very risky as we follow the uphill trail that is covered with snow and ice most of the time. We use our crampons we head towards a good camping site at 5,200m where we set up our high camp. We spend quite an easy and relaxing time at the high camp to adjust to the climate once we reach there. After reaching the high camp. We will stay overnight at a tented camp in High Camp.

It is the day we have all been waiting for. On this day we climb the top of Kwandge Peak (6,100m). We start the day early in the morning before the break of dawn and start climbing towards the top. We go through some technical climbing stuff while attempting the summit. Once we reach the top we can enjoy incomparable views of the mountains like Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt Cho Oyu, Mt Lhotse, Rolwaling mountain range, and countless snow cape peaks. We will take some time to enjoy the panoramic views and capture them with our camera. Later, after spending some memorable time at the top, we descend all the way back to the Base Camp and stay overnight.

The weather in high altitudes is mostly unpredictable and can get worse at any minute. The weather can change at any mins so; this day will be considered a rest day. It will be very risky and dangerous to climb the peak in bad weather so we will descend back to the Kwandge Base Camp.

Now we trek down from the Base Camp to Namche Bazaar. After successfully achieving the summit of Kwangde Peak, we take the same following trail to get back. If we are lucky, it will be mar­ket (mela) time in Nam­che Bazaar. We will retrace our footsteps for our return downhill journey. Gently descending from the alpine vegetation we trek passing through Thame and continue our trek with the scenery of beautiful forest and greenery until we arrive at Namche Bazaar.

We wake up early in the morning to have a beautiful view of the sunrise in Namche Bazaar. It is the last day of our trekking in the beautiful natural resorts. We trek to Lukla from Namche Bazaar. We trek through the dense forest of pain and rhododendron trees. The last uphill climb of around forty-five minutes will bring us back to Lukla where we stay for a night at the Hotel/lodge of Lukla.

On this day we take our flight, back to Kathmandu city. We can explore around Lukla for the last time before our flight and take off from Lukla to Kathmandu. We can enjoy the 30mins of flight with the beautiful view of mountains, villages, and hills. When we arrive in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel. In the hotel, we will celebrate the successful program of completing our Kwangde Peak Climbing. We will enjoy it by singing and Dancing. We take dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

On the final day of our tour, you will check out from the hotel. We Bold Himalayan will drop you at the airport as your flight schedule and end our memorable Kwandge Peak Climbing tour over there.

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Best Time for Kwangde Peak

Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November) are considered to be the best season for Kwangde peak climbing as it distributes the best views of the stunning Himalayas, and favorable weather and atmosphere.

Spring Season

The skies remain clear, weather and temperature are at favorable conditions making the perfect time for Kwangde Peak Climbing. It is pre-monsoon season so the possibility of rainfall is very low. During this time, trekkers experience the natural colors in the varied flora and fauna, especially in the rhododendron (a national flower of Nepal). The routes are normally clear and easy to navigate, and the breathtaking views and views of blooming flowers give pleasure to trekkers and make the journey memorable.

Autumn Season

The weather during this season in the Himalayan region remains stable and clear which is perfect for Kwangde Peak climbing. The days are neither hot nor cold during this season making the temperature favorable for mountain climbing and trekking. Summer and Winter Season Summer (June, July, and August) and Winter (September, October, and November) seasons are not recommended due to the heavy rainfall and snowfall in the mountain region which makes it difficult in navigating the route and climb.

Weather Conditions

Other than the altitude change affecting your body physically, the weather may be another challenge you may face while climbing Kwangde Peak. The weather at higher altitudes is sudden and uncertain so it is best to begin climbing in the early morning to avoid strong winds. These strong winds also act as a difficulty during your climbing journey. Note: Be ready to handle all types of weather and prepare physically and mentally.

Acclimatization Day

It's crucial to gradually acclimate yourself at high altitudes by taking a break at specific elevations to prevent altitude sickness. For Kwangde Peak Climbing, the first acclimatization takes place at Namche Bazar (3,440m) and a reserve day at the high camp (5,200m). While acclimatization at Namche Bazar, you can do day trips exploring the town, and visit different museums and shops. Other best options for the day include a short hike to Everest View Hotel or Khumjung for a magical sunset view. The next acclimatization day provides an opportunity for your guide to teach you the necessary skills for using climbing equipment. The acclimatization days and further reserve days offer enough time to adjust to the higher altitude with low oxygen levels and to prepare for climbing activity. 

Summiting Day 

From the high camp of Kwangde Peak (5,200m), the time to attempt the summit of Kwangde Peak begins. The trip starts in the early morning,  struggling to ascend towards the Peak enjoying the magnificent mountain peaks. The guides navigate the routes using ice axes, and ropes. After reaching the summit, the panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,586m), Gaurishankar (7,134m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m) along with many other numerous ranges of towering mountains. The feeling of reaching the final destination- the summit of Kwangde Peak is unforgettable. The goal of reaching the summit feels like you have conquered the world and dreams eventually come true. After capturing lifelong memory and indescribable feelings, you will descend back to the Base Camp of Kwangde Peak. The ascending and descending journey is quite challenging but achieving the summit of the peak is the most pleasurable moment of a lifetime.

Travel Insurance

Before attempting peak climbing in Nepal, travel insurance must be made compulsorily. Since the Kwangde Peak climbing, reaches an elevation of 6,011 meters, make sure your insurance covers the trekking and climbing activities up to an elevation of 6,200 meters. It is recommended to get insurance that covers all the comprehensive expenses which include medical issues, accidents, injury, and helicopter rescue facility in case of emergency.

Food and Water

During the trek, you can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as various types of international cuisine such as (Tibetan, Italian, Continental, and Indian). Lodges and teahouses along the trail serve clean, hygienic, fresh, highly nutritious, and delicious foods.

While trekking or climbing, trekkers are required to drink 3 to 4 liters of water per day to stay hydrated and save energy. Drinking water is available from the water sources like taps or springs but make sure to use a water purifier before drinking. Fresh and safe drinking water is offered at teahouses or lodges in the form of boiled, bottled, or mineral water. It is advised to carry 3 o4 water bottles for refilling purposes.

Packing List


Thermal Base layers, fleece jacket, waterproof or windproof jacket, short and long-sleeved t-shirts, down jackets, thermal trousers and pants, insulated jacket, underwear, sports bra (for women), hiking shorts, sunhat, gloves, sunglasses, trekking socks and shoes, and trekking sandals.


Climbing boots, crampons, ice axe, climbing harnesses, climbing helmets, jumars, rope, ascenders, and descenders, sleeping bags, four seasoned tents, and trekking poles.

First Aid and Toiletries

Painkillers, elastic bandages, eye drops, ear plugs, paracetamol, first aid box, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Miscellaneous Items Maps and navigation tools, Camera and spare batteries, and binoculars.

Short details of the trip program

The Kwangde Peak Climbing starts after taking a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The trek beings from Lukla passing Phakding, Namche Bazaar, and Thame to reach Kwangde Peak Base Camp. In addition, we will also set up one more camp at the high camp before heading towards the actual summit. The trail follows the south face, which is a short and easier trail than the north face. The climb to the summit is a rigorous task yet this is what makes the experience more exciting. The view from the top of the Kongde Peak is remarkable the mountains of the Everest region in an emphatic manner. It is one of the most beautiful adventure peaks to climb which demands good physical endurance for a successful climb. The trail follows the same route and the climbing journey marks a full stop once you arrive at Kathmandu from Lukla.  

Responsible Tourism

The trips in Bold Himalaya are conducted believing in economic, social, and environmental responsibility. The unique cultures, traditions, customs, beliefs, and diverse flora and fauna are considered gems of Nepal and it is our responsibility to protect them. We encourage our guests to eco-friendly trips focusing on and prioritizing the well-being of the local community. 

Guide and Porters

Hiring a guide and porters for Kwangde Peak Climbing is crucial since the trip is physically challenging and technical. We at Bold Himalaya provide experienced and licensed mountaineering guides for your climbing journey. Guide and Porters provide enormous support and assistance to reach the top of mountains and to navigate the terrain of the mountain. 

Climbing Kwangde Peak requires technical skills such as using crampons, ice axes, and ropes. A guide ensures that you have the necessary equipment and training. Porters also play a crucial role in having an unburdened climbing journey as they carry the luggage of climbers. They can carry up to a maximum weight of 20 kg of luggage.


The accommodations for Kwangde Peak Climbing take place in teahouses, lodges, and camps. We arrange a 3-star category hotel during your stay in Kathmandu city that serves good facilities and luxurious services. 

During the Kwangde Peak Climbing journey, teahouses and lodges offer comfortable accommodations on a twin-sharing basis. Mostly the teahouses and lodges are facilitated with attached washrooms and the rooms include comfortable beds, blankets, mattresses, and light pillows to have a comfortable sleep. 

The accommodation at the base camps and high camps of Kwangde Peak takes place in tents. 

About Meal

While in Kathmandu, the abundance of food items are available in the hotels so you will taste the dishes according to your selections.

While trekking, Tea houses and lodges along the trekking trail offer Nepalese foods with international cuisine like Tibetan, Indian, and Italian foods. For breakfast, food items like porridge or oats, bread toasts, eggs (fried, boiled, or scrambled), chapati, pancakes, and rice pudding are included. Besides, hot lemon, tea or coffee, and hot chocolates are offered for beverages.

For Lunch and Dinner, these are the main course of food that provide fuel and energy with delicious and high calories meals. The menu includes rice (Bhat), lentils (Dal), vegetables (Tarkari), meat, pickles (achar), fried rice, MoMo (fried or steamed), Pasta, macaroni, spaghetti, pizza, and sandwiches.

While at base camp and high camp, freshly cooked foods such as rice, cereals, lentils soup, noodles soup, hot tea, and potato are served. It is also recommended to bring your own snacks on the day of climbing.

The height of the peak is 6,100m/19,850ft and it lies in the Khumbu region. 

It is one of the most difficult peaks to climb in Nepal and is graded as strenuous level of difficulty. Without any basic knowledge and previous climbing experience, it might be challenging.

The Base camp lies at an altitude of 4,700m/15,416 ft above the sea. Yes, we have to go through the High Camp because the top of the peak is very far from the Base camp. For preparation and to gain some knowledge about the weather, you have to go through a high camp which lies at an altitude of 5,200m/17,060ft.

Kwangde Peak is located southeast of Namche Bazar in the Everest region. It stands just above the Bhotekoshi River bordering the Rolwaling Himal and makes an impressive multi-summited ridge on the eastern end of the Lumding Himal which is a part of the Rolwaling Himal.

According to our planned itinerary, the journey starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and ends with a flight to Kathmandu from Lukla taking around 14 days to complete including acclimatization day and reserve day for weather. However, the days required to complete vary according to weather conditions and the route chosen.

The permits required for Kwangde Peak Climbing are mentioned below:

Permit from Nepal Mountaineering Association

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card

Sagarmatha National Park Permit

There are two distinct seasons for climbing Pharchamo Peak in Nepal: Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May) seasons. The climate during these seasons is steady with clear visibility of mountain views and the possibility of rainfall and snowfall is very low.