Lumding Valley & Teng Kangpoche Peak with Soren Kruse Ledet

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Join Soren Kruse Ledet on an Australian first - an attempt to climb Teng Kangpoche (6500m), in the Lumding Valley of the Nepal Himalaya


Duration: 30 Days
Starts in: Nepal
Group Size: 8-12

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.


Join Kathmandu

At the airport you will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson Hotel where you will meet your group leader. Your kitbag containing sleeping bag, down jacket and equipment will be issued upon arrival and individual equipment/gear checks will be held during the afternoon. A pre-trek briefing will be held at approx 6.00pm and is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.

In Kathmandu, gear Check.

This morning a group meeting with gear check will be held and at this time any necessary items will be hired or purchased. A group sightseeing tour has been arranged, taking in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. If time does not permit, the tour can be taken after the expedition when there is a full day at leisure in Kathmandu. Notwithstanding, the hotel is centrally located and a short walk from shops, cafes and other features of interest. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Swayambhunath, Durbar Square, Patan or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.

Fly to Lukla (2800m) & commence trek to Ghat

We transfer to the airport for the 45 minute flight to the STOL airstrip at Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvellous views of the Eastern Himalaya. At Lukla we are immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village but this is only a foretaste of what is to come. Our crew assemble and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our first overnight stop at our private eco campsite at Ghat.

Trek to Gangjung Kharka (3550m)

After a hearty breakfast we leave the main trail and follow a steep and rarely used path up the hill directly opposite Ghat and will set up camp in a clearing at about 3500m. Overnight wilderness camping.

Acclimatisation day at Gangjung Kharka (3550m)

We will do a short day walk to about 4000m before returning to camp, set on the ridge below the pass to the Lumding Valley. We will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Overnight wilderness camping.

Cross ridge to Lumding Valley via Moro La (4343m)

The Lumding Valley is a remote and picturesque valley bounded to the west by glaciers leading to Karyolung (6511m), Khartang (6853m) and Numbur (6959m). We are certainly off the main trail now, and are unlikely to see other parties in this rarely visited region. To the north is a lake known as the Tsho-Og, which lies at the snout of the Lumding glacier. Overnight wilderness camping at Lumding Kharka.

Acclimatisation walks from Lumding Kharka

Using our campsite at Lumding Kharka as a base, we will venture into the surrounding mountains on day walks to aid our acclimatisation and to prepare for the climbs ahead. We may venture as far as our basecamp during this phase. This phase of the expedition is a vital ingredient for later success and we take our time to ensure that this step is thoroughly completed. Overnight wilderness camping.

Trek to Base camp (4950m)

Today’s trek is approximately 4-5 hours. The trail ascends higher above the tree line and passes through an ancient glacial valley. We are closer to the mountains now the views are magnificent as we continue on for 2 hours to our camp. We emerge into an amphitheatre of peaks; we can see Karyolung, Khatang, Panayo Tippa, Teng Kangpoche and the four peaks of Kwangde with Kwangde Lho predominating. We set our base camp in a grassy hollow with superb views all around us. Overnight wilderness camping.

Puja ceremony and rest/acclimatisation day at base camp

Once arrived at base camp we are able to pull out all our climbing gear; sort and check it, and rehearse and revise techniques we will use on the climb. Your guide will coordinate these activities to ensure everyone is completely conversant in procedures and correctly equipped. It will only be necessary to take personal gear for the climb with you up to the high camp, and this will include your sleeping bag and mattress. Group gear, such as tents, food, fuel and group climbing equipment/ropes etc will be carried up by some of our porters and staff. The remainder of gear will be stored at base camp where some of our staff will also stay until our return. Whilst at base camp a puja ceremony will be held in preparation for our climb. Overnight wilderness camping.

Explore the Kwangde Range and climb Kwangde Lho (6187m)

The majority of our time is spent in the high and remote Lumding valley, allowing us to experience the Himalaya away from trade and trek routes. The three peaks in the Kwangde range are the perfect backdrop for an exciting adventure in it’s own right and the climb of rarely visited Kwangde Lho (6187m) is an excellent precursor to our climb of Teng Kangpoche. Ample time has been set aside for our Kwangde climb, which will see us ascending variable terrain of rock, snow and ice and sharp ridges, before gaining the summit. The satisfaction of attaining the summit is worth every ounce of effort and commitment you have made to reach it. From the summit, the most spectacular vista is to the North where we have a truly exhilarating view of the peaks of the Everest region and possibly one of the best from the summit of any trekking peak. Khumbila (5760m) and Kabsale (5585m) sit above the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, whilst behind are rows and rows of glaciated peaks; Taweche, Cholatse, Thamserku and Kang Taiga, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse and of course Mt Everest. Teshi Lapcha pass may also be seen to our left and the Thame valley spreads out before us as well as the Bhote Khosi valley which runs from the Nangpa La pass on the Tibet border. It is a truly superb vista and one can only hope we summit in clear weather. Overnight wilderness camping.

Rest days at base camp

These few days, set aside for rest give us the chance to regroup, recharge and enjoy a well earned shower before the main objective of our expedition, Teng Kangpoche. Overnight wilderness camping.

Climbing period on Teng Kangpoche (6500m)

We will move our base camp further up the valley, this section of our expedition is very much exploratory in its nature, however we do expect the climbing on Teng Kangpoche to be reasonably steep and exposed, and it will be a great advantage to be well acclimatised from our climb of Kwangde Lho. Our Sherpa team will prepare the route and fix ropes ahead of our climbing team. Once preparations are complete and camps are set and stocked the climbing will begin. Typical summit bid days can take around 10 to 15 hours or even more, so a steady and relaxed pace from the outset is vital. The program is still flexible and dependent on many factors, which your leader will make final decisions upon with everyone’s safety and enjoyment in mind. Should we be successful, the ascent will be the first for an Australian team, but regardless of the outcome, you can be sure of brilliant climbing in a pristine and rarely visited part of the Himalaya. Overnight wilderness camping.

Return to base camp, contingency day

We will return to our base camp for a well earned rest. The extra day may be used anywhere in the program to cope with setbacks due to weather, snow conditions or some other factor.

Descend to Lumding Kharka

Clearing our base camp, we head down valley, first descending the steep slopes beside the spectacular waterfall cliffs and then down on to the valley floor that is now rich and warm to us after our alpine experience. We will retrace our steps back down the valley to Lumding Kharka. It will be our last wilderness camp for the trip. Overnight wilderness camping.

Cross the Moro La and descend to Ghat

This morning we will ascend steadily up the winding trail to the narrow gap of the Moro La and our last views of the valley. It is then a continuing traverse and descent through rhododendron forest to to the floor of the Dudh Kosi and onwards to our private eco campsite at Ghat. Our last evening with the entire team is tonight and it is a good time to have a small party, especially the porters who will return to their villages from Lukla tomorrow. There is usually lots of music, dancing and singing and if we are lucky, one of the superb cakes that our Nepali chefs are renowned for. Overnight private eco campsite.

Trek to Lukla

Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla where we will spend the night at an eco lodge.

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

This morning, we fly by Twin Otter aircraft to Kathmandu and transfer to the Radisson Hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax or explore and shop in the town.

In Kathmandu

Today is free to spend take in the sights and sounds of Kathmandu once more. If the half day sightseeing tour has not been taken prior to our climb, it may be planned for today. The group will normally plan a celebratory dinner tonight at one of the many restaurants that dot the city, to farewell friends made and relish accomplishments shared.

In Kathmandu, trip concludes

The trip concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport or other arrangements as planned.

Additional Information

The Lumding Valley runs parallel to the Lukla/Namche valley but despite its proximity to one of the busiest trails in Nepal it is rarely visited - in fact it's a well kept secret. We will establish base camp at the head of the Lumding Valley in a picturesque spot overlooking a large glacial lake. Our aim during the climbing period is to explore/acclimatise on the 3 peaks in the Kwangde range immediately behind camp, including a climb of rarely visited Kwangde Lho (6187m) before attempting to climb Teng Kangpoche (6500m) situated further up the valley. There's plenty to do in this Himalayan cul-de-sac so if you fancy having a go at some off the beaten track Nepalese mountains and be part of an Australian first ascent, this is the trip for you.


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