Pharchamo

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Trip Facts

  • Max Altitude 6187m / 20298ft
  • Grade Moderate
  • Duration 22 Days
  • Group Size 2 - 15

Overview

Pharchamo is also known as Parchemuche, a renowned trekking site. It is a straightforward snow mountain located to the south of Tasi Lapcha. The Schneider Rolwaling Himal map does not identify it, although it is given a spot height of 6,187 meters. This mountain is named Parchoma on the Mandala Lamasangu to Everest map, which is most likely a mistake. According to both Shipton’s and Gregory’s expedition surveys, the summit is around 6,318 meters high. From the pass, the mountain appears to be a pleasant but undemanding snow peak with a well-defined north-by-northwest ridge rising from the Tesi Lapcha’s rather flat, crevassed glacier.

Pharchamo Peak

The first ascent of Pharchamo Peak took place in 1955. Crevasses rise from the stony lower buttresses above the Drolambau Glaciers in the west, breaking up the ridge’s consistent slope. The main route to Pharchamo Peak is by Rolwaling Valley, which was closed in the 1980s due to potential threats to porters crossing the Tashi Lapcha. The only other option is to go through Namche Bazaar and Thame on the Khumbu side. For trekkers crossing the high Tasi Lapcha (5755m) to Namche Bazaar in the Everest zone, Parchamo Peak has become an exciting climb.

This mountain can be coupled with the more difficult Ramdung Go summit and the Tesi Lapcha trip. The only other possible approach is from the Khumbu side via Namche Bazaar. We take the trekking trail to Thame and then Thengpo to Ngole to set up base camp on the moraines at 5100m height. As we climb, we come to another prospective campsite, but setting up camp is not recommended owing to frequent rock falls. We continue our thrilling trip by climbing northeast of the Tesi Lapcha icefall to just below the granite walls, where we set up camp on rocky terraces at 5,500 meters.

We reach the rim of Pacharmo Peak, which is raised from the Tesi Lapcha Pass glaciers, from here. Then we continue the ridge with less difficulty, however, the crevasses towards the peak can occasionally pose issues.

Our Pharchamo Peak journey will end at the Lukla airstrip after descending through the ancient commercial center Namche Bazaar after a great Himalayan trekking experience. Unique Path Treks & Expedition” is delighted to design your Pharchamo Peak Climbing tour, complete with our professional climbing guides and competent personnel, for your enjoyment.

More about This Peak Climbing

The picturesque Pharchamo or Pacharmo Peak (6187m) is south of Tashi Lapcha. It features a ridge from north to the west that rises from the crevassed glacier astride the Tashi Lapcha. The ridge’s face is broken by crevasse and series rising from the stony lower buttresses above the Drolambau Glaciers in the west, forming a consistent slope.

The major route to Pharchamo is through Rolwaling Valley, which was closed for most of the 1980s due to potential threats to porters crossing the Tashi Lapcha. The only other option is to go through Namche Bazar and Thame on the Khumbu side. In 1955, Pharchamo Peak was first climbed.

Unique Path Team conducts Pharchamo peak climbing according to the client’s interests, budget, and time frame at a reasonable price.

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m)

On the first day of our journey, our organization’s frontman picks you up from Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu), where you will be warmly received and transferred by our private car to a tourist-vehicle.

Day 02

Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trip preparation

After having our morning breakfast on the second day, we proceed to tour several historical places that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Following our exploration of these areas, we return to Kathmandu to finalize our trekking equipment (trekking boots, down jackets, sleeping bags, ropes, harness, Ice ax, Crampons, and many other items) that will be needed during our future trek, and we spend this night at the same hotel.

Day 03

Drive to Gongar Khola (1350m/4428ft) via Jiri Charikot (7-8 hrs drive)

We will leave Kathmandu today and travel to Gongor Khola. The picturesque drive provides breathtaking views of the surrounding natural treasures as well as the daily lives of the locals. The drive to Gongor Khola, the starting site of the trek, takes about eight hours.

Day 04

Trek to Simigaun (2000m/6560ft) 4-5 hrs trek

We begin our trip at Gongor Khola, following a track that crosses the main path before ascending and descending through a dense forest of rhododendron, oaks, and pine trees. We’ll continue walking along the riverbank before crossing the suspension bridge and climbing a difficult incline to the settlement of Simigaun, which is mostly populated by Sherpas.

Day 05

Trek to Dovan (2850m/9348ft) 5-6 hrs trek

We’ll continue on the trail from Simigaun, passing through more Sherpa settlements. We continue on the trail, which leads through a beautiful pine forest before climbing onto a rocky ridge, with wonderful views of Gaurishankar just above the Rolwaling Valley. From the top of the ridge, we’ll descend gradually to Rolwaling Khola and finally to Dovan.

Day 06

Trek to Beding (3690m/12103ft) 5-6 hrs trek

We’ll travel along the Rolwaling Khola’s bank after leaving Dovan. We take a trek through a lush forest of rhododendron and pine trees, with spectacular views of Gaurishankar. We will slowly ascend to an open region where the Sherpa settlement of Beding is located after crossing the suspension bridge.

Day 07

Trek to Na Village (4180m/13710ft) 3-4hrs trek

We’ll have a short and easy trekking day today. We’ll make an easy gradient through the fir trees from Beding. We continue our trip to Na Village as the valley gets broader and flatter. Na is a dispersed settlement with numerous tea places and decent camping opportunities.

Day 08

Rest at Na Village for acclimatization and a local hike.

Acclimatization is critical at higher elevations. As a result, we’ll rest for a day at Na Village to acclimate. Furthermore, Na offers a few good day hikes. We can travel up the valley to a little Kharka and then follow the trail to Yalung Peak Base Camp, which takes about five hours round trip. Alternatively, we can hike to the end of Tsho Rolpa Lake for views of Kang Nachago above Na, which will take four hours.

Day 09

Trek to Kabuk at Tsho Rolpa Lake (4560m/14956ft) 4-5 hrs trek

Our hike begins with a steady ascent to a bridge across the Tsho Rolpa outflow. We take the main trail to the south, which ascends an ablation valley. We travel past Chhukyima on the route, where there are a couple of tea shops run by Na Village residents. Continuing on our path, we reach the valley’s end and ascend a steep incline for a spectacular view of the lake and surrounding peaks. From there, we descend gradually to Kabuk.

Day 10

Trek to Drolambu Glacier (4880m/16006ft) 5-6 hrs trek

We start early today because our trail passes via a glacier crossing, which is best done before the sun rises. We cross the plateau to the glacier’s far eastern corner before descending a loose earth route to Trakarding Glacier’s southern border. The trail ascends from here to the northern side of the glacier. Once on the north side, we follow the trail to the Drolambu Glacier’s snout.

Day 11

Trek to Tashi Cape via Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m/18876ft) 6-7 hrs trek

We get an early start for the difficult Tashi Lapcha Pass crossing. We climb a natural ramp that leads to the pass crossing, following the track that crosses over the glacier. The pass is a rocky ridge that is frequently covered with snow and freezing. From the top of the pass, we enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. The high camp is located about 100 meters below the peak, beneath an overhanging rock face.

Day 12

Rest/Acclimatization day at Tashi Cape

Acclimatization is critical for a successful ascent to Parchamo Peak’s top. A lack of acclimation might result in any type of mental or physical illness. As a result, we will spend today preparing for the summit of Parchamo Peak the following day.

Day 13

Summit Parchamo Peak (6187m/20300ft) and back to Ngole (5110m/16760ft) 9-10 hrs hike

Today is the day we’ve been looking forward to. We’ll get an early start with the goal of reaching the top before lunchtime, as high gusts in the afternoon can make climbing the summit difficult. We’ll hike northeast through the scree beneath Tengi Ragi Tau’s rock face. We will climb the snow slopes over the crest and negotiate several tough portions before reaching the top, following in the footsteps and instructions of our experienced climbing specialists. We are rewarded with spectacular views of Cho Oyu, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, and other neighboring mountains as we reach the summit. We’ll descend and return to Ngole after spending some quality time at the peak.

Day 14

Trek from Ngole to Thyangbo Kharka (4320m/14169ft) 5-6 hrs trek

Following the trail that descends from the steep slopes of Ngole after reaching the peak of Parchamo Peak. We’ll keep descending rapidly till we reach Thyangbo Kharka. There are a few tea houses and decent camping spots in Thyangbo Kharka.

Day 15

Trek from Thyangbo Kharka to Namche Bazaar (3450m/11316ft) 5-6 hrs trek

We take an easy two-hour trek from Thyangbo Kharka to Thame. We travel along the Bhote-Khosi River route from Thame. We continue on our journey by crossing a bridge over the Dudh Koshi as we descend softly towards Phunki Tenga. The road passes through various villages and teahouses before arriving in Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital.

Day 16

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) 5-6 hrs trek

The final day of our journey takes us from Namche Bazaar to Lukla via Monjo. Except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River, which is crossed three times, the journey is pleasant. We will arrive in Lukla for our overnight stay after a 45-minute steep journey.

Day 17

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

We’ll fly back to Kathmandu early the next morning from Lukla. After a successful summit ascent of Parchamo Peak, take a spectacular mountain flight.

Day 18

Free day in Kathmandu

You’re bound to want to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. Visiting Kathmandu’s temples requires an early start. Walking around Thamel’s shopping district is another worthwhile way to spend time in Kathmandu. In the evening, we’ll enjoy one last lunch together. We organize a farewell dinner in a familiar neighborhood restaurant, where you may experience Nepalese ethnic dance and music while dining on delectable Nepalese cuisine.

Day 19

Transfer to International Airport for departure.

Today, our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Service Includes and Excludes

Service Included in this Trip

  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3 to 4 stars level.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking and climbing period for you.
  • Seasonable Local fresh fruits.
  • All accommodations in trekking part.
  • Trip map.
  • Domestic flight tickets from Lukla to Kathmandu with  airport tax.
  • An experienced government licensed holder guide, cook and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porters.
  • All necessary camping gears like two men tent, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment, mattress while climbing and Tashi lapcha pass period.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
  • Pasang Lammu rural municipality entry fee.
  • Climbing permit.
  • Climbing equipment like ice axe, Ice crew, snow bar, climbing rope.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Service Excluded in this Trip

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks) in mountain.
  • Personal equipment.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges).
  • Personal climbing equipment ( Joomer, carabiner lock, carabiner unlock, Harnex belt, Eight finger, helmet, gaiters, Boots, crampons).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

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Trip Info

The Parchamo Peak Climbing starts with the drive from Kathmandu to Dolakha. Then from Dolakha the trekking starts towards Piguti, Suri Dobhan, Jagat, Simagaun, Kharka, Beding. After there, attempt the summit and have a rest in Beding for better acclimatization.

Then, from Bending to Na, Chhyugima, Tashi Lapcha Base Camp, Parchamo Base Camp, and climb to Parchamo Peak and trek to Ngole, Thame, Namche Bazar, Lukla, and flight to Kathmandu for the final departure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Best time for Parchamo Peak Climbing

This trek is a 26-day long trek. So, choosing the best time to do the trek is very important to fully enjoy the trip. Similarly, the best time to do the Parchamo Peak Climbing is during the Spring and Autumn season. During this time of the year, the weather is clear and visitors can travel with clear visibility. Furthermore, during this time of the year, you can experience the biggest festivals in Nepal Dashain and Tihar.

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Grade A: Easy *

Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn’t require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.

Grade B: Moderate **

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.

Grade C: Fairly Strenuous ***

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Grade D: Strenuous ****

These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft

EQUIPMENTS & GEARS

Nepal is one of the best places in the world for river rafting. Numerous fine rivers offer excellent opportunities for rafting, canoeing and simply immersing oneself in the magnificent landscape. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalayan, provide unmatched thrills.

Clothing

Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens With A Waterproof 1

Footwear

Trekking Boot 1 Pair
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair

Other Equipments

Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream, Sunglasses
Flashlight With Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.

Optional

Insect Repellent Toilet Articles Note Book & Pen Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap Pocket Knife Towel Sewing Kit
Plasters Binoculars Camera Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.

For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please go through the links below:

For Canadians And Americans

  1. http://www.travelguard.com
  2. http://www.worldnomads.com
  3. http://www.mondial-assistance.ca
  4. http://www.travelassistnetwork.com
  5. http://www.travelex-insurance.com
  6. http://www.travelite.com
  7. http://www.travelunderwriters.com
  8. http://www.hccmis.com/atlas-travel-insurance

For Australians And New Zealanders

  1. http://www.covermore.com.au
  2. http://www.allianz.com.au
  3. http://www.worldnomads.com.au
  4. http://www.bupa.com.au
  5. http://www.itrektravelinsurance.com.au
  6. http://www.1cover.com.au

For British

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.uk
  2. http://www.worldnomads.co.uk
  3. http://www.thebmc.co.uk
  4. http://www.direct-travel.co.uk
  5. http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk

For Europe And Slovenia

  1. http://www.coris.si
  2. http://www.europaeische.at

For South-Africa

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.za
  2. http://www.tic.co.za

For Indians

  1. http://www.internationalsos.com/en/asia-pacific_india.htm

MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

INITIAL SYMPTOMS

  1. Periods of sleeplessness
  2. Runny nose.
  3. Extra tiredness
  4. Occasional loss of appetite
  5. Feeling laziness
  6. Wish to vomiting
  7. Periodic breathing

Above are normal symptoms which may occur into your body that you should not be worried. Every trekker will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.

ADVANCE SYMPTOMS

  1. Headache and vomiting
  2. Dizziness
  3. Racing heartbeat
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Loss of apatite
  8. Weakness
  9. Hard to breath
  10. Extra tired
  11. Dry Raspy cough
  12. Sleeplessness

When above symptoms will occur into your body, these symptoms usually resolve by spending one or two extra nights at the same altitude or using medicine. Even you are resting at the same altitude or using medicine, if symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.

SERIOUS SYMPTOMS

  1. Worsening headache and vomiting
  2. Swelling of hands and face
  3. Reduced urine output
  4. Walking with a staggering gait
  5. Confusion
  6. Increased tiredness
  7. Breathing irregularity
  8. Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not real)
  9. Changes in the ability to think
  10. Changes in normal behavior

If above serious symptoms will occur into your body, these extremely dangerous symptoms are called High Altitude Cerebral Edema (or HACE). They can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours. Increasing shortness of breath, cough and tiredness may also be signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or HAPE. HAPE can also be rapidly fatal if ignored.

TO PREVENT ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

  1. If possible, don’t fly or drive to high altitude. Start below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) and walk up.
  2. If you do fly or drive, do not overexert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  3. If you go above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), only increase your altitude by 350 to 500 metres (1,000 feet) per day
  4. Climb high and sleep low! You can climb more than 300 to 500 metres in a day as long as you come back down and sleep at a lower altitude.
  5. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don’t go higher until symptoms decrease.
  6. Drink plenty of water, tea or juice etc (at least three to 4 liters per day). Urine output should be copious and clear to pale yellow.
  7. Eat high-carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, cereal) for more energy.
  8. Take it easy and don’t overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
  9. Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don’t smoke.
  10. Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
  11. Avoid taking sleeping pills.
  12. Avoid active movements and try to relax in the first one or two days upon arrival at the high altitude areas.
  13. Bring adequate medicine.
  14. If nothing else works, return to the areas with the lower elevation.
  15. Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
  16. Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
  17. Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
  18. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
  19. Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  20. Never leave or descent sick person along.
  21. Avoid getting cold.
  22. Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if its longer

MEDICINE

Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit – consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.

  1. Aspirin or paracetamol – for pain or fever
  2. Antihistamine – for allergies, eg hay fever; to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness.
  3. Antibiotics consider including these if you’re traveling well off the beaten track’ see your doctor, as they must be prescribed, and carry the prescription with you.
  4. Loperamides or Diphenoxylate ‘blockers’ for diarrhea’ Prochlorperazine or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
  5. Rehydration mixture to prevent dehydration, eg due to severe diarrhea; particularly important when traveling with children.
  6. Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
  7. Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
  8. Antifungal cream or powder – for fungal skin infections and thrush.
  9. Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine for cuts and grazes.
  10. Bandages, band-aids or plasters and other would dressings.
  11. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines)
  12. Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
  13. Multivitamines – consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.