Nepal

Ice Climbing in Nepal? Absolutely, and there are so many options!

There are fabulous opportunities to travel to Nepal to go ice climbing as your core activity or adventure.
Expedition Base can offer some superb choices for those considering ice climbing as your trip of choice or as part of another trip that you choose to join with us.
For those of you with time available from January through to March in any given year, you can experience ice climbing in Nepal with us.
In most years, you can expect some good ice between 4,000m – 5,500m from mid-January to the end of the first week of February. If you are keen to climb at a higher altitude, then your options expand through to March (see below). The best time can also often start earlier and finish later, depending on how high in altitude you wish to go, where you want to climb and how much time you have.
Lakpa Sherpa, one of the owners of Expedition Base, is one of Nepal’s leading ice climbers, amongst his many other impressive attributes. He is well known for repeating Catherine Destiville’s 800m, 18 pitch (Phari) waterfall ice climb on Kwangde (near Namche) in 2006. Few have tried to climb the full length of the waterfall, fewer have succeeded.
Lakpa and the Expedition Base team can organise ice-climbing opportunities for clients and prospective clients in Nepal with Lakpa or any number of Expedition Base’s highly skilled guides.
Below are some locations and brief details, for your information, but if your planned Nepal trip takes you to other locations then we will be able to organise ice climbing in other locations, if the ice permits!

Phari Waterfall 800m, 18 pitches

One of the longest ice climbs in the world! 800m of ice in one of the most exotic, magical locations on earth. Expect technical ice climbing from start to finish.

Where: Kwangde, Near Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

When: From mid-January to the end of the first week of February

Altitude: 2,800m – 3,600m

Duration: The climb itself can be done in less than 48 hours, but you need to allow time to reach the location, limber up and acclimatise a little bit. Depending on how much time you have, once you reach the top, it’s a walk out or you might fancy a helicopter to help you manage your time available. The whole trip could be done in a week or less, but contact us and tell us your timing and we can organise an awesome experience for you!

Experience: For experienced ice climbers only

Everest Base Camp Pinnacles – Khumbu (Everest) Valley

Where: Everest Base Camp

When: From mid-January to the end of March

Altitude: 5,350m

Duration: To climb at this altitude, you will need more time to acclimatise. This option can be a trip in itself or can be one of the locations you might choose to ice climb as part of one of Expedition Base’s mountaineering courses or as part of trekking or climbing trip you choose with us!

Experience: No experience required. We can teach you all you need to know.

Machhermo – Gokyo Valley

Where: Macchermo

When: From mid-January to the end of the first week of February

Altitude: 4,470m

Duration: There are great ice climbing opportunities at Machhermo, and access via foot along main trails is relatively easy. You will need some acclimatisation as part of your trip but expect amazing views to compliment your ice climbing adventure.

Experience: No experience required. We can teach you all you need to know.

Dole – Gokyo Valley

Where: Dole

When: From mid-January to the end of the first week of February

Altitude: 4,038m

Duration: There are great ice climbing opportunities at Dole, and access via foot along main trails is relatively easy. You will need some acclimatisation as part of your trip but expect amazing views to compliment your ice climbing adventure.

Experience: No experience required. We can teach you all you need to know.