Climbing Group Size
We organize climbing on Kyajo Ri for any number of people above two pax..The maximum number of members in the climbing group will be 8 pax. If the group consists of more than 8 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, and necessary number of climbing guides for the group. We arrange one porter between two members to carry the luggage during the trek and provide more porters to take the members climbing equipment and camping equipment directly to Kyajo Ri base camp.
Experience and Health Requirements
Kyajo Ri peak is a technical peak which requires climbing on 50 – 60 degrees of snow and ice slopes with rocky boulders. Previous climbing experience on ice and snow is required to climb it. Furthermore the climbing members require good physical fitness, strong will power, ability to tolerate harsh conditions. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking and preparing for the climbing. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in hiking on the high altitude and reaching to the summit of the peak. The climbing guide of Ang Rita Trek will make the fixed line on the difficult sections and assist the climbers in every aspects while climbing. It is highly recommended for the climbers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trip. Team members who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution on this trip.
Members need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.
Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The members will have to share washing and toilet facilities. Ang Rita Trek can arrange rooms with attached bathroom in some places in the trekking with extra cost for the separate groups. For this kind of arrangement, the request should be made at least four months prior to the trip date. We make camping arrangement at Kyajo Ri base camp and two members of the same sex will have to share a tent.
Members are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner ) during Gokyo – Renjo La trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Ang Rita Trek allows members to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking. As we make the camping arrangement at Island peak base camp, our cook prepares delicious food for the climbers.
Anyone can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Ang Rita Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekking and preparing for the climbing Kyajo Ri. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS.. Trekking to Gokyo – Renjo La Pass serves the best way of acclimation to climb Kyajo Ri.
Equipment and Packing List
A variety of clothing is necessary for trekking as well as climbing Kyajo Ri. While choosing the equipment one needs give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking and climbing equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Weight limit ( 15 kg including the hand carry ) for the flight to Lukla is another aspect to consider
Personal Climbing Gears:
- Plastic boots
- Tape Slings / prussic ( two )
- Karabiners ( 2 unlock, 2 lock )
- Joomer ( Ascender / decender )
- Ice axe
Group Climbing Gears ( Ang Rita Trek provides group climbing gears )
- Climbing ropes
- Snow bars
- Ice screws
- Ice hammer
- T – shirts
- Hiking shorts
- Full sleeves shirts
- Long light weight cotton pants
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
- Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Waterproof shell jacket
- Down jacket
- Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat
- Sun hat
- Lightweight gloves.
- Heavyweight gloves for climbing
- Hiking boots
- Light and comfortable camp shoes
- Thin, lightweight inner socks.
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Down Sleeping bag
- Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter )
- Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time )
- Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag )
- Water bottle
- Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries
- Trekking poles
- Personal medicine box
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
- Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene:
- Quick drying small towel
- Toothbrush / paste
- Face and body moisturizer
- Sun block for lips
- Tissues / toilet rolls
- Wet wipes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Anti bacterial hands wash
Trek Leader(s) and Staff
All the climbing guides who lead trekking to Kalapatthar and Island peak climbing through Ang Rita Trek are the Sherpas from Khumbu region. Their in-depth knowledge about Sherpa culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream to stand on the foot of the Everest a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our Sherpa Sherpa leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate climbing trips in the Himalayas. Most of our climbing guides have successfully climbed Everest and other peaks and trained by legendary climber Mr. Ang Rita Sherpa, the chairman of this company.
Ang Rita Trek is firmly believes that roles of porters are significant in arranging the trips smoothly and successfully. We are strongly committed to the porters’ rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.
Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Everest region and Kyajo Ri climbing are Spring ( March – May ) and Autumn ( mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking and climbing in Autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December, Flights to Lukla will be frequently disturbed during the monsoon season (June – mid Sept.). However, for those who can afford extra spare days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking and climbing for the flight to Lukla and back can plan their trip in beginning of September as well as the trail will not be so crowded.