Baden Powell Scout Peak- 5718m

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Teahouse/Camping

Meals

Trip Grade

Moderate to Fairly Challenging

Maximun Altitude

5718m

Attractions

Activity

Trekking & Climbing

Overview

 

Lord Baden Powell Peak, a mushroom shaped mountain situated in the Langtang region offers a perfect alternative to Imja Tse or Island Peak in the Khumbu region. Seen from the south-west, Baden Powell Peak almost looks like Ama Dablam which is situated in the Everest region. It is surrounded by majestic peaks such as Langtang II, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa and Shishapangma in Tibet.

 

Locally known as Urkema Peak, it was renamed Lord Baden Powell Peak (5,718m) in 2007. The peak was named after the father of the Scouts movement by the Nepal Government to mark the centenary celebration of the International Scouts Movement.

 

The trail to Lord Baden Powell peak is located off-the-beaten-track, away from the usual trekking crowd. The villages, dotting the trail, are pristine and untouched by modernity. But the villagers are quite poor. Most of them live below the poverty line and it is hoped that the economic condition of the villagers would improve once this trail gains popularity among trekkers. To mark the launch of the Lord Baden Powell trek and Lord Baden Powell Peak, scouts from different countries like Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore gathered in Nepal in August 2007 and were the first to trek along the Lord Baden Powell trail and ascend the Lord Baden Powell peak.

 

Read our report on first ever Baden Powell Climb (Scout Peak)

Read our trip report on Finnish Scout Team Climb

Itinerary

You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Boudhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and after that to Pashupatinath, the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. You take a tour to Patan also called as Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. You walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.

From Kathmandu, you drive for approximately 9 hours to Syabrubesi. After driving 30 kms, you approach pristine villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. You also get to view the enchanting panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region. Once you reach Syabru Besi, your trek starts. You walk uphill for 1/2 hours to reach Khanjim, a small settlement from where you can see the beautiful views of Syabru bazaar, Tamang Heritage Trail and Ganesh Himal Trail.

You traverse the ridge on Syabrubesi’s main road and soon reach Ghopcha Khola. Terraced fields and dense forest with a variety of plant species like oaks, maple, alder and bamboo open up. En-route, you may get to see yellow-throated martin, wild boar, langur monkey, red panda and Himalayan black bear, the endangered species of Langtang region. Further on, the trail crosses a stream and a bridge. You pass by several small bhattis (tea shops). As you continue ascending steeply along the trail, you come across a steel suspension bridge at 2000m. The route further crosses to the north bank of the Langtang Khola amid the spectacular vistas of cascading waterfalls and opens into scrub oak forest. On reaching 2748m, you arrive at Lama Hotel where you conclude the trek for the day.

From Lama Hotel, you continue the ascent above the Langtang Khola. As the trail progresses, it becomes steeper. You have the most exotic sights of Langtang Lirung, the highest peak of the Langtang region, lying at 7246m. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further you come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela at 3000m. You will see several lodges and police check post. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. You arrive at Langtang village after crossing a stream and reaching up a height of 3500m. Langtang village is the headquarter for Langtang National Park and has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley etc.

The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Muna to Singdun. You cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending the mountain passes, you arrive at Kyagjin Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory, quite popular in the Langtang Valley.

You take a day off for acclimatization and a proper rest. You get to explore interesting places like the monastery, cheese factory etc. You can climb Kyangjin Ri located at 4773m from where amazing views of snow-capped mountains are spreading right next to you. You can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers.

The route from the Base Camp is an uphill climb. This little trek goes up through a rhododendron forest. You follow the rhododendron bushes and cross a river. You head in a western direction up to the mountain and moved towards the south. The Base Camp at 4987m, takes around five to six hours to reach from Kyangjin. The place where you set up your Base Camp is a good open ground. It is a large rocky area but with fresh water flowing through it. The view from the Camp is fantastic. To the north, you have a magnificent view of Langtang Lirung, Langshisa Ri and Shisapangma in Tibet. To the south, the impressive south face of Naya Kanga (5844m) towers above. Since the camp area is totally flat, you can put up your tents easily. You pass the night at the base camp.

Today you rise up early in the morning and start your ascent to BP Peak summit. From base camp, you cross the rocky field and climb up about 50m until you get to a rocky slab on the right. From there you ascend the snowy 30 degree slope that leads to a glacier, which soon becomes a large glacial bowl. You zigzag your way up, keeping to the right, aiming towards the rock face to the west. From here, the slope gets a little bit steeper about 35-40 degrees. At least 100 metres of ropes are fixed. You stay on the ice and climb around the rocks until you get to the top of the ridge at about 5500m. Then there is another steep portion. You fix another 10m of rope. A couple of crevasses are on the way up before you climb 100m straight to the top. You need another fix rope to reach the summit. The ridge at the top is very narrow and has very little space. From the top you have fantastic views of Shishapangma, Naya Kanga, Ganesh Himal and even Kathmandu valley on a clear day. You return back to base camp.

You retrace the same way back to Langtang village from the Base Camp after the successful climb of Baden Powell Peak.

In the morning after breakfast, you trek to Ghora Tabela. You stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

From Lama Hotel, you head back to Syabrubesi. You can wander around the undulating path leading to the village. This gives us an opportunity to get an insight of the culture and custom of the Tamang community. You can also simply relax in the sun savoring the beauty of the majestic Himalayan Mountains.

You drive back to Kathmandu which will takes us around 8 hours.

Our office representative will take you to the airport. With all the wonderful memories of Baden Powell Scout Peak climbing, you will fly back to your home. Have a nice journey!

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