Baden Powell Scout Peak- 5718m

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Tea House /Camping

Meals

Breakfast

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!

General Information

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • Accommodation during trek in Local Lodge/Tea House (standard room)
    • Accommodation in tent during climbing period
    • All meals during trek and climbing period
    • English speaking local expert guide, porters
    • Supplement for Local climbing Sherpa during the Climbing period
    • National Park Fees
    • Peak climbing permit
    • Drive Kathmandu – Syabrubesi- Kathmandu in private vehicle
    • 3 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on sharing room with breakfast
    • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English speaking local guide
    • Entrance fees to sightseeing monuments
    • Airport transfers and escort
    • Insurance for all staff & porters
    • Equipment & clothing for all staff & porters
    • First aid kit bag (carried by guide)
    • Rope, Ice screw, Snow bar etc.

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal visa fees
    • International flight and airport taxes
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal expenses like, communication, laundry, bar bills, internet, camera/mobile battery recharge, hot water/shower on trek, snacks while walking etc.)
    • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
    • Tips for guide, porters, drivers etc.
    • Personal insurance and medical expenses
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen reasons
    • Anything not mentioned under “Price Includes”

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BOOKING PROCEDURE

Your booking of this trek will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $1000 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 1000) • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

TRIP EXTENSIONS

In addition to this trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan etc. You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet or Bhutan, whichever seems more appealing to you.

DISCLAIMER

It is fundamental to acknowledge that trekking is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

LANGTANG REGION

Langtang region lies in north central Himalayas of Nepal. This region is one of the most famous trekking destinations along with Annapurna and Everest region. Situated at an altitude above 2460 meters, this region offers various traditional and ethnic villages, different cultures of Tamang and Tibetan origin people, stunning forest, high alpine meadows, beautiful landscapes of breathtaking mountains and many more. This region has over 70 different glaciers, high altitude lakes that includes Gosaikunda, Bhairavkunda, Dudhkunda and Lantang mountain ranges. The major mountains in this region are Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Gangchempo, Changbu, Yansa Tsenji, Kyunga Ri, Dogpache, Langshisha Ri etc.

LANGTANG NATIONAL PARK

The first Himalayan national park, Langtang national park is the fourth protected area established in 1976 AD.  It expands from an altitudinal range of 6,450 m (21,160 ft) and covers an area of 1,710 square km. extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts in the southern mountainous terrain of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border and gets bisected by the Gosaikunda Lake and the Dorje Lakpa range from east–west to south–east. Beautiful landscapes produced by the complex topography and geographical settings can be seen from this national park. This park holds a rich biodiversity and is characterized by hill forest in the southern section consisting of pine, rhododendron and Nepali alder. This park is well known for pristine forest, high elevation meadows, Tibetan culture and astonishing mountain views. Langtang Valley trek, Helambu trek and Gosaikunda are famous treks in this national park.

CLIMATE, FLORA AND FAUNA

Langtang region contains varieties of climatic zones from subtropical to alpine. One can visit Langtang anytime expect the monsoon season as the visibility during monsoon season remains limited. Therefore, you cannot experience the best view. Month between September-May offers a variety of magnificent views, from lush temperate river valleys with beautiful landscapes to spectacular old growth forest and glacial-craved cliffs rimmed by snow-covered peaks. March, April, October and November are the most popular and favored months to travel this region. Weather remains clear and one can get the best experience during these months. The weather remains dry expect January- February when you can experience snow. The various trees that are found in these regions includes deciduous oak and maple, evergreens like pine, and different types of rhododendrons. Langtang’s expansive high meadows provide summer habitat for many animals life that includes the Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan Thar, Assam macaque and red pandas. This place is a home to snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.

LANGTANG REGION PEAKS

Langtang Lirung
Langtang Lirung is the highest mountain among Langtang Himalayan ranges in the Langtang region standing at an elevation of 7234 meters southwest of Shisapangma. Langtang Lirung is not climbed too often, although attempts were made from early 60’s. There has been 14 attempts (from 1960 AD – 1995 AD) to reach the summit of this beautiful mountain among which 13 attempts were failed. Only Pemba Tsering and Seishi Wada of the Japanese Sherpa expedition successfully summited Langtang Lirung in 1978. This mountain is notable for its large vertical relief above local terrain and lies near Trishuli, Gandaki, and north of the Langtang Khola.

Dorje Lakpa
Standing at an elevation of 6,966 m, Dorje Lakpa is located in the solid mass of Jugal Himal, east side of Langtang valley and south of mount Shishapangma (8013 m) and Tibet border. The first attempt and successful climb was recorded is by a Japanese expedition team in the late 1960s by the western ridge. Later, German – Nepali expedition summited the mountain in July of 1986. Today, different mountaineering agency offers various packages for expedition of this beautiful mountain.

Gangchempo
Mount Gangchempo lies at an height of 6373 meter. This prominent mountain lies to the west of Dorje Lakpa (6966 m) and few miles east of Langtang Lirung (7234 m). This mountain was first ascended by a Nepali expedition team in 1990 AD. Tilman’s pass, one of the famous and toughest passes named after Bill Tilman extends from its back.

PLACES

Syabru Besi
Situated at 50 miles north of Kathmandu valley, Syabru Besi is a beautiful village in the Langtang region which lies on the base of the green hill on the way to Langtang valley at an altitude of 2380 meters on the bank of Trishuli river. It is also the gateway of some of the popular treks such as Langtang trek, Gosaikunda trek and Tamang heritage trail. This place offers the impressive views of the Annapurna Himalayas in the west, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region.

Lantang Village
Langtang village lies near the base of Mount Langtang Lirung (7234 m), the highest mountain in the region. You can find various lodges and teahouses that offers good meal and accommodation in this village. The fabulous views of snow-capped mountains and Langtang glacier seen from this village is breath taking. This village was completely affected by earthquake that occurred in 2015 but later due to the hard work of enterprising, strong and resilient locals the village was revived in less than 3 years.

Kyanjin
Kyanjin is a traditional and ethnic village which is a home to the alpine forests and have a stunning perspective of Langtang glacier right before your eyes. Visit to Langtang Valley, Kyanjin Monastery, and the Lirung glacier are the major highlights of this place. You can see the spectacular views of the Ice fluted Gyanghempa, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa ranges, Ganesh Himal, and Lang Shisha from this beautiful place.

PEOPLE

Tamang
Tamang means “horse Traders”. It is assumed that they were involved in a business of horse trading and riding. Tamang people are rich in tradition who follow Tibetan Buddhism and have their own culture, language and lifestyle. They speak Tamang language which comes from Tibeto-Burman language family. The people who live in Langtang Valley are thought to be the descendants of Tibetan from Kerung who intermix with Tamang from the Helambu area. Langtang Valley mostly consists of Tamang people.

Sherpas
Sherpas live in the upper regions of Langtang region. They emigrated from Tibet about 600 years ago. In the past they were traders and porters, carrying butter, meat, rice, sugar, and dye from India; and wool, jewelry, salt, Chinese silk and porcelain from Tibet and beyond. The closure of the border between India and China undermined their economy. The Sherpa’s found their load carrying skills, both on normal treks and high altitudes in great demand. Now, these able bodied, hardy and fearless Sherpa are world-class climbers known for their amazing climbing prowess. They are such an inseparable part of mountaineering and trekking in Nepal that any climbers and trekkers can rarely imagine doing a Himalayan adventure without their support.

 

 

FESTIVALS

Drukpa Tsheshi

This is a unique Buddhist festival celebrated in Kyanjin Gompa where all the villagers of surrounding villages get together and celebrate for 6 days. Drukpa Tsheshi is celebrated to commemorate the moment when Lord Buddha turned the wheel of Dharma for the first time. This festival marks the beginning of spreading the religion and the first sermon that the Lord gave to his five disciples.

Ghawa
Ghawa is a Buddhist ceremony celebrated by the locals of the region. Not only the people from one village but all the villagers from near villages flock together and sing and dance in the celebration.

Lhosar
Lhosar is one of the major festivals celebrated by Tibetan people, including Sherpa in this region which marks the start of the New Year. People wear new clothes, adorn jewelries, feast, exchange goods and gifts and dance together in this festival. Buddhist monks offer prayers for good health and prosperity at monasteries for the people.

 

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