Khongma Tse |21 Days

Trip Highlights

It is one of several small summits, including Pokhalde, that make up the long south-west ridge of Nuptse between the Khumbu and Nuptse Glaciers.

Trip Overview

Khongma Tse, 5,849m, rises to the north of the Khongma La, standing above the Khumbu Glacier opposite the village of Lobuche. It is one of several small summits, including Pokhalde, that make up the long south-west ridge of Nuptse between the Khumbu and Nuptse Glaciers. Formerly called Mehra Peak or Mehra, the name was changed to Khongma Tse to avoid confusion with the popular 6,476m Mera Peak
Seen from Gorak Shep, the summit has a diamond-shaped hanging glacier above a steeply inclined rock wall that makes up the mountain’s North Face. From Bibre, to the south near Dingboche, the mountain is much more approachable. Seen from the lakes east of the Kongma La, a small, stepped glacier descends from the summit between long, rocky arms that make up the mountain’s South and South-East Ridges. The margins of the glacier provide the normal route of ascent.

A highlight of this trip is an ascent of Pokhalde which provides superb views of Konga Tse prior to ascending the peak. As with Pokhalde, the views from the summit of Kongma Tse are spectacular, especially so because of the nearness of the massive south face of Nuptse. The views northwards towards Pumori and the Lho La are also outstanding.

Outline Itinerary

Detail Itinerary

Equipment List

Footwear:

  1. Plastic mountaineering boots (B2 boots)
  2. Water repellent boots with ankle support for walking
  3. A pair of Gaiters.
  4. Socks
  5. Trainers which can be used in teahouses & camps

Clothing:

  • Waterproof (trousers & jacket)
  • Trousers for trekking (Waterproof)
  • Long sleeve shirts/T-shirts (preferably non cotton)
  • Micro, Mid to heavyweight fleece & Fleece pants
  • Body warmer fleece
  • Thermals (top & bottom)
  • Down jacket

Climbing equipment:

  • Harness with 1m sling,
  • Screw gate carabiners
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Jumar
  • Mountaineering helmet

Head & Hand Gear:

  • Hat (Woolen or fleece)
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
  • Head-torch with extra btteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Mountaineering sunglasses
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Woolen gloves

Personal Equipment:

  • Duffle bag (to be carried by porter)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat. We also provide everyone mats. Your extra mat will be helpful at the Base Camp
  • Backpack to carry water bottles, camera, lunch packs and personal clothing
  • Pee bottle
  • Sunscreen & Insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets
  • Snacks, books, MP3 players, cards etc
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Insurance certificate
  • Hand sanitizer & wipes
  • Toiletries

Personal first aid kit:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Electrolytes
  • Analgesics & throat lozenges
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatization)

Cost Included

  • 4 nights B&B accommodation in Kathmandu at a 3 star hotel on a twin-share basis
  • Accommodation & meals at lodges while trekking
  • Food & camping at Base Camp for members & staff
  • Expedition permit (shared basis) & national park fee
  • 1 tent per climber at Base Camp
  • 2 Base Camp staff (1 cook & 1 kitchen boy)
  • 1 liaison officer plus daily wages, equipment & insurance
  • Staff wages, equipment allowance & insurance
  • 10 porters (porters to carry up to 30kgs each) up to Base Camp per member including food & equipment
  • 8 porters (per porter to carry up to 30 kg) up to Base Camp per member including food & equipment
  • Domestic airfare (Kathmandu-Lulka-Kathmandu) for members & staff
  • Cargo fees (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Cargo clearance & duty fees
  • All surface transfers as per the itinerary
  • Farewell dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural programme
  • Arrival & departure transfers by private vehicle

Cost not Include

  • Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal equipment & insurance
  • Climbing sherpa
  • Supplemental oxygen 4 liters (4 bottles per climber/3 bottles per sherpa)
  • Mask & regulator (available on rental in Kathmandu)
  • Summit bonus and non-summit bonus for climbing sherpa
  • High-altitude food, tent & equipment for members and sherpas
  • Expenses of a personal nature eg. table drinks, telephone calls, laundry service etc.)
  • Costs incurred during rescue & emergency evacuation
  • Ice-fall route (USD 400 per climber)
  • Garbage deposit (USD 4,000 per group)
  • Transport of stools from BC to Namche (Euro 2 per kg)
  • Extra porter
  • Filming permit Euro 1,000 including national park fee
  • Airport taxes

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  • Trip Duration: 21 Days
  • Trip Grading: Fairly challenging
  • Max Altitude: 5,849m
  • Best Time: March to May; September to November
  • Trip Mode: Hotel, Camping
  • Group Size: 2-10 People
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