With routes reaching high into the heart of the Himalaya, the terrain of Nepal is a challenging objective for ice climbers of all skill levels. From Langtang and Everest all the way east to Kanchanjunga, the country known for its accommodating attitude towards climbers will provide the best conditions and environment for the ice climbing adventure of a lifetime.
Nepal is a country in South Asia that is defined by its severe landscape. The northern border with China is high in the Himalaya Mountains, while its southern lowland border with India is part tropical and subtropical. The deep culture of Nepal has roots in Hinduism, and the founder of Buddhism was born in the southern part of the country. Treks into the world’s tallest mountains have increased the climbing brand of Nepal. Ice climbing routes are notoriously high, and located at various stages throughout the ridges of the Himalaya. Trekking and mountaineering expeditions often feature untouched and new ice climbing. With the high elevation comes a constant change in ice formation, making for exciting new lines even on previously explored routes.
Nepal has a wide range of weather. The Himalaya and the location of ice climbing routes will have arctic, subarctic, and cold zones. While the temperatures in the winter will dip below freezing, the weather tends to be dry and the sun can help warm the air on clear days.
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Getting to Nepal usually includes a flight into Kathmandu. New Delhi, Doha, Istanbul, Hong Kong, and Singapore all have direct flights to Kathmandu. You can also train from India to Kathmandu through the Sunauli Border Crossing. Bus access is also available from India.
The best time for ice climbing in Nepal is January and February, though it is possible to find ice routes early and late in the season, so possibly December and March as well.
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