Mt. ABI

Mt. ABI

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Mt. Abi of Khumbu Himal range is located in the Mahalangur Solukhumbu region of Nepal. The mountain is also known as Cholo and also by Kangchung from the pass that reaches it – the Kangchung La. Mt. ABI can be considered as technical and utmost suitable as an intensive training ground for future major 8000m peaks. The nearest peaks from Mt. ABI being the Nirekha Peak, Gokyo Ri, Lobujya West, Machermo Peak, Lobuche East, and Mount Cholatse. Mt ABI ranks as the 69th highest mountain in Nepal.

Elevation :  6,097m Range/Region :  Mahalangur / Khumbu
Latitude :  27 44 Longitude :  86 58
Royalty Group :  A Trip duration :  27 days
Trip Grade :  PD+ (Peu Difficile+) Starts :  Lukla

Mt. Abi peak situated in the Khumbu Himal range, which is located in the Mahalangur Himalayan range Solukhumbu region of Nepal. This mountain previously called Cholo and well known also by Kangchung peak from the pass that reaches it - the Kangchung La. Mountaineers planning to climb the 8,000ers consider Mt Abi as a perfect training mountain for ice climbing and high altitude acclimatization. Mt.  Abi requires careful ascent due to the technical ridges towards its peak. This peak was first issued a climbing permit in 2002 and although it is classed as moderate. It has been successfully climbed less than 6 times. The recognized route is Lukla-Mera la- Abi Base Camp.

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  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu International Airport- T I A (1300m) and transfer to hotel.

  • Day 02: After breakfast we set out for an extensive guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valleys cultural, historical, religious (world heritage) sites. During the course, we visit the famous Pashupatinath temple of Lord Shiva situated at the holy bank of River Bagmati where we will also observe the Hindu cremation ritual. We then proceed to the Boudhanath stupa, a major pilgrimage centre for the Buddhist faith which also is the largest of its kind in the world. We then have a short break for lunch followed by a visit to Swoyambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey Temple from where we can have a bird’s eye view of whole of Kathmandu valley. Following this we then proceed for a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the oldest royal palace of Kathmandu and a UNESCO world heritage site.  The whole area of Kathmandu Durbar Square is dotted with numerous fascinating Nepalese architect dating back many centuries. The site is also the home to Nepal’s living Goddess – Kumari, where we will also have the opportunity to experience firsthand this unique Nepali tradition.  In the evening we will attend the welcome dinner hosted by Makalu Adventure with live Nepalese culture shows.

  • Day 03: Kathmandu ( 1310m) - Lukla (2827m) - Phakding (2652m) 5 hours:
    After a very early start, and an early take off from Kathmandu Domestic Airport, a 45 minute flight is all it takes to propel us into the Everest region of Nepal. The landing at Lukla (2800m) is spectacular and on arrival we are greeted by our sirdar and trekking crew who organise the luggage and hustle us off for tea. After a leisurely lunch we start the trek in earnest, setting off for a gentle walk to Phakding (2800m), a further 3 hours to the north. The trail leads through Lukla, past hotels, shops and airline offices to the edge of the Lukla plateauwhere the trail drops to meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung. From here the trail follows the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat and then finally to Phakding where we spend the night.

  • Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazar (3440m) 6 hours
    The trail starts through a level path along the right bank. Thamserku looms skyward on the opposite bank. We cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Benkar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along a path with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village of Monjo. Now we descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank. After a short climb we come to Jorsale’s tea house and hotel, also stop at the National Park entrance counter where National Park fee is collected. After Jorsale we enter a forested mountainside and follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks - the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. After covering a short distance along the Bhote Koshi River we begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. As the  mountain path zigzags uphill, we will emerge at a ridge atop a rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.), The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead of us as we travel along the path surrounded by thick pine forest. We then pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the ever thriving Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar - (3440m) surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opening out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.  Overnight at Camp or Lodge.

  • Day 05: leisure (acclimatization) in Namche Bazaar: 
    We will rest a full day at Namche Bazar allowing our bodies to acclimatize to the altitude of 3440m. Namche is tucked between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops with state of the art internet cafes and bakeries. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off onwards. There are various options for short hikes within Namche during our acclimatization rest. We can have an hour’s walk up to Syangboche (3800m) where the Everest View Hotel is situated with outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru, all along. Alternatively we could as well have a leisurely stroll up to the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Khumbu Himalayas
    We return back to the hotel in the early afternoon for lunch and spend the rest of the day either just laying down or on self exploration.

  • Day 06: Namche - Dole (4200m):
    On the journey from Namche Bazaar to Dole we get to see plenty of rhodendrons, pheasant, mountain goats and musk deer. The uphill trail to Dole consists of long granite staircases built into cliffs.  A panoramic view of several peaks, especially Ama Dablam is the main highlight of the day.

  • Day 07: Dole- Machermo (4470m):
    The trail climbs via Lhabarma (4,220m) to Luza (4360m) from Dole. The trail is steep sometimes and leads us to Machhermo after a climb along the side of the valley high above the river. The first Yeti sighting in the Khumbu region was reported in Machhermo in 1974.

  • Day 08: Machermo - Gokyo (4790m):
    The Cho Oyu (8, 1513m) peak is best seen from Machhermo and the valley of Kantega below. From Machermo, the trail passes through Pangram (4,390m) and past the Ngozumpa and Longponga glaciers before we finally reach Gokyo at 4,790m.

  • Day 09: Climb Gokyo~Ri (5360m), trek to Thangna (Dragnag) (4950m).
    The Gokyo Ri is a small hill rising from the North of a glacier and requires a 3 hour ascend. Once atop the Gokyo Ri, we can see more of Everest magnificently flanked by the awesome Mt. Makalu, Nuptse and Changtse.  

  • Day 10: Trek to Abi Base Camp (5355m).

  • Day 11: High Camp (5610m).

  • Day 12: Summit Mt Abi Peak (6097m) and return to Base Camp.

  • Day 13: Trek to Dzonglha (4830m) over Cho La Pass (5330m).

  • Day 14: Trek to Pheriche (4252m).

  • Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (3867m).

  • Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3446m).

  • Day 17: Trek to Lukla.

  • Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu.

  • Day 19: Rest day at Kathmandu

  • Day 20: Final departure.
Trip Cost Includes
  • All ground transfers as per our itinerary.
  • Thamel Eco resort Hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast and all taxes).
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (including all entrance fees).
  • Welcome Dinner with Live Nepali Program hosted by Makalu Adventures.
  • Mt. ABI Climbing Permit Fee.
  • National Park Permit Fees (including all other entrance fees wherever applicable)
  • Mountain guide for climbing support (including his daily wages and insurance).
  • Airfare: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Fully organized camping trek arrangement (best camping equipments, tents, mattresses & etc)
  • Guide, cook, kitchen helper/porters - with their daily wages, insurance, foods and other expenses occurring in connection of this trip.
  • Everyday three times meals on trek, prepared by our very professional kitchen crew.


For Lodge-to-Lodge Trek (if and where applicable):

  • Accommodation and foods as available on the local lodges on the way while trekking.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Airport taxes.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, showers etc).
  • Helicopter rescue and evacuation if required.
  • Tips and gratitude

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