Himalayan alpine mountaineering course

Learn mountaineering skills and apply them in the Himalayas with Jyamchang, IFMGA-certified mountain guide, on this 25-day alpine mountaineering course.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

25 days

Mountain Range

Himalaya

People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level

Hard

Offer Period

Mar

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Where better to learn alpine mountaineering skills than the Himalayas? If you learn on some of the highest mountains in the world, you’ll be prepared for anywhere future adventures take you. I want to help you realize your alpine mountaineering dreams. That’s why I’m offering this 25-day alpine mountaineering course in the Himalayas in Nepal.

    Based out of Kathmandu, we will trek to high altitude through the Gokyo Valley and to Everest base camp. Along the way, we practice many different crucial mountaineering skills, including first aid, crevasse rescue, and rope work. In this way, the course is really a combination of classes plus an expedition.

    In fact, the full course includes over 6000 m of peak climbing, so you will be able to practice all the new skills you’ve learned. You’ll also practice getting acclimatized to high mountain climates as we gain thousands of meters of altitude. Some summit highlights of the trip are Gokyo Ri, Lobuche, and Island Peak.

    Since this is a very long and difficult program, you must think carefully about your own fitness before booking. I am happy to help you decide if this alpine mountaineering course is right for you. If you’re looking for a Himalayan mountain experience without the emphasis on skill-building, then you can check out some of the other trips I lead in the area. For example, you can join me to climb Mt Lhakpa Ri in Tibet.

    If you want to learn high alpine mountaineering skills, then this is the perfect trip for you. The Himalayas are the ideal place to learn, and you’ll trek incredible routes and summit world famous peaks.

    Inspired? Book your Himalayan alpine mountaineering course today! It will be a great experience of learning and trekking together. 

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    4225 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Flight to the start of the trip
    • Lifts tickets
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     Price includes flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, but not your roundtrip flight from your home to Kathmandu. Price does not include tips for local staff- about USD 10 per day per porter. Personal travel insurance and medical insurance (required).
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu
    • Day 2Kathmandu Preparations and First Aid Class
    • Day 3Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding – 2656m
    • Day 4Trek to Namche Bazaar – 3450m
    • Day 5Acclimatization trek Namche Bazaar – 3450m
    • Day 6Trek to Dole – 4040m, rope work
    • Day 7Trek to Machermo – 4400m, rope work
    • Day 8Acclimatization trek Machermo and training – 4452m, rock anchor different types
    • Day 9Trek to Gokiyo Lake – 4750m, roping practice
    • Day 10Hike up to Gokyo Ri 5364m, back to Dangnak - Himalaya crevasse rescue/theory
    • Day 11Trek to Zongla 4830m, over Chola pass 5330 m, crevasse rescue practice
    • Day 12Hike up to High camp of Lobuche, practice snow anchorage
    • Day 13Summit day of Lobhuche peak, back to Lobuche or stay at high camp
    • Day 14From Lobuche, hike to Kalapather, and Everest BC
    • Day 15Trek to Chucking over Khongmala pass
    • Day 16Chuking Peak, short rope practice
    • Day 17Rest day, short rope and short rappel practice at cuckung around lodge
    • Day 18Hike to island peak base camp
    • Day 19Summit day for island peak, and back to base camp
    • Day 20Back to Pangboche
    • Day 21Back to Namche
    • Day 22Back to Lukla
    • Day 23Fly back to Kathmandu
    • Day 24Free day in Kathmandu
    • Day 25Fly home
     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Kathmandu

    Accommodation

    Mountain lodges or tents at base camps.

    More info

    You must be physically and mentally well-prepared, with some basic technical mountaineering and climbing skills.

    Guide ratio 10 : 3.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    I come from the East part of Nepal, between Makalu (8,470m) and Kangchenjunga (8,586m). I am IFMGA/UIAGM fully certified since 2009. I have 20+ experience of climbing in the Himalaya. I’ve climbed Mt Everest (7 times), Mt Cho Oyu in Tibet (2 times), Mt Ama Dablam (8 times), Baruntse (2 times), Island peak (15 times), Lobuche (10 times), Pokhalde (10 times), Mera peak (10 times), Mehera peak (5 times), Chulu far east (3 times), Mt Shishapangma until camp 3, Manaslu until 7200m, and Chulu West, Lhakpa ri and other another few more times.
    I also have extensive experience of climbing in Europe: France, Italy, UK and Norway (where I work for three months during the summer as a glacier guide).
    I'm also a technical mountain rescue coordinator for the 8000's.
    It will be my pleasure to guide you through your journey whether for trekking, peak climbing or any mountaineering expedition. Get in touch and let's discuss about the purpose of your trip.

     
     
    FROM 4225 USDper person
     

     

    What People are Saying about Jyamchang Bhote

     

    After a year and a half of planning, a new attempt was made on Ama Dablam. This time a third person joined the climbing party. Acclimatisation on Lobuche gave us a foretaste of what the numerous pitches on Ama Dablam\'s steep terminal slopes would feel like. Good weather conditions and a swift Alpine style climb to C1, C2 and finally the summit concluded this project. Thank you so much Jyamchang for guiding us up there! The timing of the climb (before Autumn\'s commercial expeditions), choice of porters and additional logistics were once again very professional.
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    Martin
    Excellent guide, à la fois attentionné et motivant. Il a su s\'adapter à notre rythme tout en nous stimulant suffisamment pour qu\'on atteigne nos objectifs quotidiens. Il nous faisait un briefing journalier avec le programme du lendemain et ses difficultés éventuelles et une vérification de notre adaptation à l\'altitude (pouls, saturation en oxygène). Dès le premier jour, il a tout pris en charge tant du point de vue de l\'organisation des transports que des hôtels sans faux pas.
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    Siham et Noémie
    As some famous mountaineer once said about his Sherpa climbing partner, Jyamchang belongs to a new generation of Nepali guides who really love to climb. For them, mountaineering isn’t just about business. And that’s the reason why we got along very well whilst attempting the ascent of Ama Dablam in April 2017. We were lucky enough to be able to meet beforehand in Chamonix for a thorough check-up of the equipment and a briefing on the various logistics. I found him to be that kind of straight-to-the-point, smiling and organized person I was hoping to have as a guide and partner for an ambitious climb above 6000 meters, which I had only performed once before (on Island Peak). We met at the airport in Kathmandu and joined a good friend of mine and his trekking guide, who accompanied us during the acclimatization trip across the 3 passes and on to EBC. This gave us plenty of time to get our bodies accustomed to altitude. Jyamchang and I performed a daily health check-up to monitor the effects of altitude, a routine which I found to be very professional. We had agreed during our first Skype discussions that we were going to climb alpine style. That is minimum logistics, no fixed ropes etc. The idea of climbing a difficult mountain such as Ama Dablam without these facilitating artefacts strongly appealed to me, and I appreciated that Jyamchang pushed for this approach of the climb. This was not just pulling the client to the top of the mountain and then collecting the summit bonus. Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions the day before summit day, we were unable to reach the summit. However, I found that Jyamchang’s attitude during the difficult descent with rapidly degrading weather conditions, and another party that we had to help descend, was again showing a professional and competent approach to the mountain environment. All in all, we had a great time in the beautiful surroundings of the Khumbu valley and may be climbing together again in a future expedition. I can strongly recommend Jyamchang for trekking and climbing elsewhere in the world (Jyamchang also guides in Norway). Martin, 32 - Belgium
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    Martin
     

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