Classified by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) as “trekking peaks”, climbing peaks generally fall between the altitude range of 5,000m to 7,000m. NMA has classified 33 peaks in Nepal as 'trekking peaks' ranging from 5650-6500m into Group A comprising 15 peaks and Group B comprising 18 peaks.
In fact, Nepal has more than a thousand peaks between 5800 and 6580 meters above sea level, some of which have never been climbed before. Climbing such mountains is much more than just a mountaineering experience: it is a fusion of local culture, customs, and mountains. From terraced rice fields to highland potato fields, along crystalline mountain rivers to immense glaciers, deep gorges at the bottom of giant mountains, away from the hustle and bustle of the cities to the silence of the mountains, fascinating experiences await you.
A climbing peak is a peak with an elevation limit of 6500 m from sea level which is easier to climb without special equipment and long training. Remember, for Everest Expedition you need to spend more than two weeks for training and acclimatization in base camp.
This differs vastly from the term expedition. As maximum climbing periods for a peak is set less than five days. In general, this is a small twist in your trekking. The nearest peak for climbing from Kathmandu is Yala Peak in Langtang.
It is illegal to climb a peak without obtaining a climbing permit. NMA issues permit upon request. A garbage deposit is required and refundable.
Traveling in Nepal is good for all seasons. Nepal consists of four seasons: Spring (March-May), Summer (June- August), Autumn (September- November), and Winter (December - February). However, spring and autumn are the best seasons for climbing and trekking as the weather is good, the temperature is comfortable; not so cold, not too hot, and less rain. April, May, October and November are the busiest months as they are best for trekking weather-wise and trails get crowded during this time. Island peak climbing is still possible to climb in December month although it is the coldest month in the Himalayas.
During summer, its monsoon season and it rains everywhere whereas, during winter, it’s very cold higher up in the mountains. But due to the lower amount of people in winter, some people like trekking at that time although some routes may be closed due to avalanche risk or too much snow in the area.