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Chhukung Ri

Everest Region
chhukung Ri peak
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Makaraj tamang on the chhukung ri

Trip Facts

Duration : 12 Days Max-Altitude : 5550 M Program Type : tea house Best Season : April- May, Jun- Jul Sep-Oct-Nov Per Day Walking : 5/6 h Trek Grade : Grade 3:

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 expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

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No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $1340
2 Paxes $1240
2-6 Paxes $1200
6-10 Paxes $1160
10-15 Paxes $1100
15+Paxes $1100

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Overview

Chhukung Ri Trek: A Journey to Himalayan Serenity

Chhukung Ri Trek is a prominent peak located in the Khumbu region of Nepal, near the village of Chhukung. It’s renowned for offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and the iconic Mount Everest. Standing at an altitude of 5,546 meters (18,192 feet). Chhukung Ri Trek is a non-technical peak that attracts adventurers seeking a thrilling yet accessible Himalayan experience.

In recent years, Chhukung Ri Trek has gained popularity not only for its panoramic views but also as a challenging yet accessible trekking peak for those looking to experience high-altitude trekking without technical climbing. The ascent to Chhukung Ri offers breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan range, making it a memorable experience for trekkers and climbers alike.

Discovering Chhukung Ri Trek

Chhukung Peak offers breathtaking vistas of the Everest (Khumbu) Region, showcasing iconic peaks such as Imja Tse (Island Peak, 6,189 meters/20,305 feet), Ama Dablam (6,812 meters/22,349 feet), Makalu (8,485 meters/27,838 feet), and Nuptse (7,861 meters/25,791 feet). Chhukung Ri trek provides a serene alternative, allowing trekkers to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayan landscape. It stands as one of the most popular climbing peaks in the Everest region, known for its challenging ascent and stunning summit views. Climbers often ascend Island Peak from Chhukung, spending time there to acclimatize before attempting the peak.

 Highlights of Chhukung Ri Trek

The journey to Chhukung Peak typically begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860 meters/9,383 feet), where the trek commences. From Lukla, trekkers embark on a picturesque trail that winds through lush rhododendron forests, attractive Sherpa villages, and across exhilarating suspension bridges spanning the Dudh Kosi river.

Cultural Immersion

Trekkers pass through vibrant Sherpa settlements like Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters/11,286 feet), Tengboche (3,867 meters/12,687 feet), and Dingboche (4,410 meters/14,468 feet). These all offers glimpses into the rich cultural heritage of the region. Namche Bazaar, a bustling trading hub, provides an opportunity to interact with local Sherpa communities renowned for their hospitality and mountaineering skill.

Chhukung Base Camp

Located at the base of Chhukung Ri, the trek’s focal point is Chhukung Ri Base Camp, where preparations for the ascent begin. Experienced guides from Nepal Wilderness Trekking manage the base camp, ensuring they equip trekkers with the necessary knowledge and safety measures for the climb ahead. Island Peak is also situated near Chhukung.

Climbing Chhukung Ri

Ascending Chhukung Ri requires approximately 3-4 hours of moderate to strenuous effort, making it an ideal acclimatization hike for mountaineers preparing for more challenging peaks like Imja Tse. The climb is notable for its rocky terrain and panoramic views, offering trekkers a sense of accomplishment as they reach the summit.

Location and Access

  • Region: Khumbu, Everest Region, Nepal.
  • Starting Point: The trek typically starts from Lukla, where trekkers usually fly into from Kathmandu. From Lukla, the route follows the classic Everest Base Camp trail.
  • Elevation: Chhukung Ri stands at approximately 5,550 meters (18,209 feet) above sea level.

Challenges of Chhukung Ri Trek

  • High Altitude: The primary challenge is the high altitude, which can cause altitude sickness. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Proper acclimatization and gradual ascent are essential to minimize the risk.
  • Steep Ascent: The climb to the summit involves steep, rocky terrain and some scrambling near the top. Trekkers need to be physically fit and have good stamina to tackle the ascent.
  • Unpredictable Weather: Weather in the Himalayas can change rapidly, with sudden snowstorms, strong winds, and low temperatures. Trekkers must be prepared for varying conditions and carry appropriate gear.
  • Physical Demands: The trek to Chhukung Ri is physically demanding, requiring endurance and strength. The combination of long trekking days, high altitude, and challenging terrain can be exhausting.
  • Limited Facilities: The remote location means limited access to medical facilities and emergency services. Trekkers should carry a basic first-aid kit and be prepared for self-sufficiency.
  • Navigation and Trail Conditions: The trail can be difficult to navigate, especially in poor weather conditions. It’s important to have a reliable map, GPS, or a guide who knows the route well.
  • Acclimatization: Spending extra days at higher elevations, like Namche Bazaar and Dingboche, is crucial for acclimatization. Rushing the ascent increases the risk of altitude-related illnesses.
  • Wildlife Encounters: While rare, encounters with wildlife such as yaks and mountain goats can occur. Trekkers should be aware of their surroundings and respect the local fauna.
  • Mental Toughness: The combination of physical exertion, high altitude, and isolation can be mentally taxing. Maintaining a positive attitude and staying motivated are key to successfully reaching the summit.

Ascent of Chhukung Ri trek

  • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous. The climb involves a steep, rocky trail with some scrambling near the summit.
  • Duration: The ascent and descent can be completed in a day. It typically takes 4-6 hours to reach the summit and about 2-3 hours to descend back to Chhukung.
  • View: From the summit, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Everest (8,848 meters), Lhotse (8,516 meters), Nuptse (7,861 meters). And in other side you will encounter the Makalu (8,485 meters), Baruntse (7,129 meters), and Ama Dablam (6,812 meters).

Preparation and Gear

  • Physical Fitness: Good physical fitness is essential due to the high altitude and steep climbing.
  • Acclimatization: Proper acclimatization is crucial. Spending extra days at higher elevations, like Namche Bazaar and Dingboche, helps reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Gear: Standard trekking gear including warm clothing, sturdy boots, trekking poles, and a good-quality backpack. For the ascent, crampons might be necessary depending on the season and snow conditions.

Best Time for Chhukung Ri Trek

  • Pre-monsoon(Spring): Late March to May, this season offers stable weather and blooming rhododendrons.
  • Post-monsoon (Autumn): Late September to November, mostly clear skies and stable conditions make it the most popular trekking season.

During these periods, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. Which is helpful for trekking and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Himalayas.

Environmental Considerations

  1. Water: Safe drinking water is crucial. Trekkers should purify water or buy bottled water from lodges.
  2. Waste Management: Trekkers are encouraged to follow eco-friendly practices, such as carrying out their trash and using designated waste disposal areas to minimize environmental impact.

Trash Removal Efforts

  1. Clean-up Campaigns: Various organizations, both local and international, conduct regular clean-up campaigns. The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) organizes annual clean-up drives, collecting tons of waste from the region.
  2. Everest Summiteers Association: This group, along with other NGOs, has undertaken significant efforts to clean up the higher camps and Everest Base Camp.

Waste Management Facilities

  1. Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC): The SPCC manages waste by setting up collection points along the trekking routes and at Base Camp. They also educate locals and trekkers about proper waste disposal.
  2. Recycling Centers: In villages like Namche Bazaar and Lukla, there are facilities to sort and recycle waste. Organic waste is composted, while non-biodegradable waste is transported to lower altitudes for disposal.

Experience with Nepal Wilderness Trekking

Nepal Wilderness Trekking ensures safety and enriching experiences with expert guides. For more trekking adventures in Nepal, consider exploring options like the Three Passes Trek, Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Ri Trek, and Langtang Valley Trek.

Conclusion

The Chhukung Ri trek is more than just a climb; it’s an immersion into the heart of the Himalayas, where every step offers a new perspective of this awe-inspiring landscape. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or embarking on your first Himalayan adventure, Chhukung Ri promises unforgettable moments and a deeper appreciation for Nepal’s natural wonders.

Embark on the Chhukung Ri trek and discover the serenity of the Himalayas, where adventure meets tranquility and every summit offers a glimpse of Everest’s majestic realm.


Detail Itinerary

  •  Day 01: Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2650m/8,694ft) 4 hrs. Overnight at the lodge
  •  Day 02: From Phakding to Namche Bazaar, 3440m, 6 hours. Overnight at the lodge
  • Day 03: You will hike to the famous Everest View Hotel (3800m/12487ft) for 3 hours and catch a glimpse of Everest. After that, you can visit the Hilary and Sherpa museum in Namche. There is a slide show program in the evening as well. Overnight at the lodge
  • Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3850 m/12,631 ft) 5-6 hours. Visit the Buddhist monasteries. Overnight at the lodge
  • Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m/14271ft) in 4 hours. See Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Lhotse on the way. Overnight at the lodge
  • Day 06: Dingboche (4350m/14,271ft) acclimatization
  • Day 07: Three-hour trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m/15,518ft). Overnight at the lodge
  • Day 08: Climb to Chhukung-Ri (5550m/18,208ft) in 10 hours.Lodge night at the lodge
  • Day 09: Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3985m/13,074ft) 6hrs. Overnight at the lodge
  • Day 10: From Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,286ft) in 05 hours. Overnight at the lodge
  • Day 11: The trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m/9,317ft) takes seven hours. Overnight at the lodge
  • Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in 35 minutes Overnight in your own hotels 

Cost Included

  • Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are served with Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, and other European foods.
  • Accommodation at tea houses according to the itinerary
  • Organize your belongings with this kitbag
  • Sleeping bag for a comfortable night on a trek in minus-25 degrees
  • Trekking Permit for Everest National Park
  • Permit for entry into Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality
  • Experienced English-speaking, government-licensed trekking guide
  • One porter for every two passengers experienced Sherpa helpers
  • Meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance for guides and porters
  • Governmental paperwork, local taxes, and all necessary paper works

Cost Excluded

  • International flight tickets
  • Arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport, Nepal entry visa fees vary by duration (15 days - $25-30, 30 days - $60).
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu before and after our trip
  • Personal protective equipment for high and low temperatures
  • Travel insurance covers high-altitude rescue and evacuation in an emergency
  • Soft drinks, caffeinated drinks, such as coke and beer,
  • Water/mineral water, Dessert, etc. Laundry, hot shower
  • Gratuity for the guide and porter
  • All costs and expenses not listed under "cost include" are excluded.
  • Costs or delays outside the control of the management, such as landslides, weather, itinerary changes due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.

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