Join MAA members in Nepal to climb Kyajo Ri, a stunning 20,295' peak in the Khumbu. This expedition features the complete alpine experience on an uncrowded beauty - steep alpine ice and rock climbing that leads to an airy summit with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Participants must be proficient in ice climbing, rock climbing, and glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 9 participants.
SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified by email. Thank you!
BRIEF DETAILS: (FULL TRIP DETAILS WILL BE SUPPLIED TO CONFIRMED EXPEDITION TEAM)
What's happening: Kyajo Ri, 20,295'. Steep alpine ice up to 65 degrees and rock climbing up to 5.7 in alpine style, teams of 2 or 3. Sixteen days of international travel, high altitude trekking, incredible culture and food, and fast and light alpine climbing with your team. No fixed lines on a less crowded Himalayan peak. No oxygen required, but will be available in emergencies. Sherpa and basecamp support. To prep, attend team conference calls and training opportunities summer 2019. Share the itinerary with the Ama Dablam team. Rock your mind in one of the most amazing places on the planet!
Event Leader: Darren Shutt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-872-3399
Minimum / maximum participants: 5/8. We must have a minimum of 5 participants for the expedition to be feasible at this price.
Nepal partner: Top Himalayan Guides will be assisting with logistics, permits, certified personnel and general expedition support.Participant Expedition Fees: (March estimate) $4,180 per person. This covers costs for MAA our excellent Nepalese partner Top Himalayan Guides. Expedition fees cover all the following:
- All transportation to and from airports
- 3 night accommodations in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast
- Flights to and from Lukla
- All tea house accommodations and meals during trekking portions of the climb
- All Sherpas and cook staff
- All basecamp accommodations and meals
- All group equipment such as tents, cooking stoves, radio communications, oxygen for medical purpose and sleeping mats
- Group first aid kits
- Nepal government and local fees, permits and insurance
- MAA group technical climbing equipment - ropes, protection, etc.
- Sherpa and cook staff tips
- Expedition Leader participant fees and flight costs
- In-country contingency for unexpected group expenses - cash while in Nepal
- MAA operations fee
- Personal loaner MAA technical gear and equipment
Expedition fee does not include:
Air travel to and from Kathmandu, estimated to be $1,000 - $1,200
Lunch, dinner and any extra nights in hotel in Kathmandu
Medical, travel, or rescue insurance
Drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, emails and other items of a personal nature
Any costs associated with leaving the expedition early
Any costs associated with arriving back in Kathmandu early, for example, having climbed the mountain ahead of schedule
Personal spending money and sightseeing tours
Payment and Refund Information: A minimum of 5 participants is required to make the expedition feasible. Fee must be paid to confirm registration, and can be paid in portions, if requested. Full refund outside of 90 days, 50% refund 60-90 days, no refund closer than 60 days from departure. If we do not meet our minimum by 90 days ahead, we will cancel the expedition and provide a full refund, or discuss options for adjustments.
Special note on travel: The exact itinerary is dependent upon a number of factors such as weather, mountain conditions, and team dynamics which may affect the actual day we are back in Kathmandu by several days. We recommend to not schedule return flights until we return to Kathmandu. If you do schedule a return flight, it likely may get changed - moved up or back.
What to bring: Comprehensive list will be supplied to the confirmed team. In general you will need warm double boots, mittens and all cold weather technical mountaineering personal climbing equipment, a warm sleeping bag, trekking clothes and gear, and travel clothes. We will have Sherpa support to carry gear to basecamp, and tents and mats are supplied. There are no fixed lines on Kyajo Ri - all climbing is alpine style. All shelter and meals will be supplied by Top Himalayan Guides.
Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants.
Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
SIMPLIFIED ITINERARY Sept. 28th - Oct. 15th:
Prior: Weekday evening video conference calls, and online coordination. First will be March 20th. Additional calls will be scheduled.
Prior: Training climbs in CA in June, Aug, or Sept, TBD.
- Saturday, Sept. 28th - Leave the US. Cross international date line. Arrive in Kathmandu on Monday, Sept. 30th.
- Day 1, Sept. 30th: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,343m) and transfer to hotel. Orientation with THG and logistics.
- Day 2: Early flight to Lukla (2,866m) and trek to Phakding (2,640m).
- Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m).
- Day 4: Acclimatization and short day trip to Everest viewpoint (3,856m), visit Sherpa village to Khunde, Khumjung and back to Kyangjuma for the night.
- Day 5: Trek to Mende (3,736m).
- Day 6: Trek to Kyajo Ri base camp (4,550m).
- Day 7: Rest and acclimatization at Kyajo Ri Base camp.
- Day 8: Trek to Kyajo Ri Camp 1 (5,200m).
- Day 9: Climb to Camp 2 (5,700m)
- Day 10: Climb Kyajo Ri peak (6,186m) and back to Camp 1.
- Day 11: Trek to base camp.
- Day 12: Trek back to Namche Bazar. Split from the Ama Dablam team.
- Day 13: Trek back to Lukla.
- Day 14: Early flight Lukla to Kathmandu.
- Day 15: Kathmandu city sightseeing, bit of shopping and farewell dinner.
- Day 16, Tuesday Oct. 15th: Flights home.
- In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
- Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
- Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
- MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.