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Lord Baden Powell ( Scout) Peak

  • Duration: 17 days
  • Group Size: 2 to 16 peoples
  • Grade: moderate
  • Max Altitude: 5890
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu
  • Ending Point: Kathmandu
  • Accommodation: Lodges/Tea Houses/ Camping
  • Meals: All meals during the trekkin and climbing
  • Traspotation:

    Bus/Car


In the year 1907, a camp for young boys was organized by Robert Baden Powell, at Brownsea Island in England. Twenty boys spent twelve days divided into patrols, going on hikes, learning how to cook outdoors without utensils, learning patriotism and having a great time. This was the first scout’s camp. The success of this camp led to the formation of many more scout groups and camps. The year 2007 marks the centennial year of the scouts’ movement. In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, different programs has been organized by  scouts the world over.
The Government of Nepal, in order to mark the centenary celebrations, has announced a new trekking route in Ganesh Himal and Langtang area, and a peak nearby that falls under the Langtang valley region, after Lord Baden Powell, the founder of International Scouts. The new trekking route will be called Lord Baden Powell trek and the peak, known locally as Urkema Peak, as Lord Baden Powell Peak. This decision was taken to popularize trekking and climbing in the less frequented regions of Langtang and Ganesh Himal area among scout groups and young adventure sports enthusiasts.
A great number of scout groups visit Nepal every year. They come to this tiny Himalayan nation in search of ideal locations for outdoor activities like trekking, hiking, rafting, mountain climbing etc. The opening of the Lord Baden Powell Trail and the Lord Baden Powell Peak will obviously prove to be popular among these scout groups. It is also hoped that this decision will help promote tourism and boost the economy in the Langtang region and Ganesh Himal area.
The decision was also inspired by the location of the Nepal Scouts Camp in Kakani. Kakani, about an hour’s drive from Kathmandu lies on the way to Ganesh Himal. The location of Kakani is convenient to use as a set-off point for the 10-hour-journey towards the north–west, where the trekking tour in the Ganesh Himal area begins.


Lord Baden Powell Peak
Lord Baden Powell Peak, a mushroom shaped mountain situated in the Langtang region. Baden Powell Peak  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 (5,890m) 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.

Itinerary For Lord Baden Powell Peak, Nepal
Day 01:
Kathmandu to Kakani (2050M/5740 ft.) 1.5 hrs drive
In the morning we take a one and half hours drive to Kakani. Nepal Scouts International Training Center and camp is located there. It spreads over 43.75 Hectors. This land was donated in 1998 to Nepal Scouts by the Government of Nepal. Over here scouts and non scouts from Nepal and other countries are given training and camping facilities. In addition the venue is used for various events and programs.

If we have time we can do the above mentioned day and then head up to Syabru Bensi otherwise the itinerary will be as given below. If we do the above day , The day 01 below will be day 02 and so on.. 

Day 01: 
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 8-9 hours
We leave Kathmandu in the morning for Syabrubesi, a village which is also a starting point for treks into the Langtang valley. Our journey will be on a winding road through frequent switchbacks. On a clear day we get to enjoy outstanding views of Mt.Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. Syabrubesi is the starting point of our trek. 
Overnight in tea house.

 

Day 02:  
Trek begins: Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,200m/7,217ft.): 5 hours
Our trek starts from today. From Syabrubesi, we hike across the bahun Dada pass enjoying views of the Ganesh Himal, Mt.Langtang Lirung and others. Gatlang is a small village on the hillside with traditional stone walled and wooden roofed houses. 
Overnight in tea house.

Day 03: 
Gatlang to Tatopani (2607m/8550 ft): 6-7 hours
We begin today's trek with a descent to Thangbuchet and soak-in magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Ranges along the way. Next, pass by the Chilime Hydropower dam and ascend until Tatopani. The name Tatopani literally means 'hot water' in Nepali owing to the natural hot springs there. However, the hot springs are no longer there after the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015. 
Overnight in the tea house

 

 

Day 04: 
Tatopani to Nagthali (3200 m./ 10495 ft.) – 4 hrs
From Tatopani, it’s a few hours walk uphill to Nagthali hill. Here, we enjoy the mesmerizing views of Langtang, Sanjen,Kerung and Ganesh Himal and Gosaikund Range.
Overnight in tea house.


Day 05:
Nagthali to Taruche hill view Point[ 3700 m/ 12136 ft. in the morning and after Lunch toThuman (2,400m/7,874 ft) via Brimdang and Nagthali: 6 hours
Early in the morning we walk to Taruche view point [3 hrs] to view the mountain panorama and some of the Tibetan Cities. Walk back to nagthali-[2hrs] have lunch in Nagthali and walk down to Thuman (2400 m.)- 2 hrs, an encient Tibetan village from where we can enjoy the stunning view of the Mt.Langtang Lirung and Gosaikund Himalayan Range. 
Overnight in tea house.

Day 06: 
Thuman to Briddim (2,345m/7,693 ft): 6 hours
Today, we trek to Briddim from Thuman via Lingling.  Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village, ideally located on the lap of the Langtang Himal. Here, we visit the Dukchu monastery. In Briddim, we notice that most of the houses are built by stones and are inhabited mostly by people of Tibetan origin. Briddim in fact, resembles a typical Tibetan village on this side of Tibet.
Overnight in tea house

Day 07: 
Briddim to Lama Hotel (2470m): 6 hours
Today, we trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel. The trail descends to Ghopche Khola which is a small stream. Then we ascend to Lama Hotel via Rimche.  Lama Hotel is located on the bank of the Langtang River and surrounded by lush forests and amazing mountain vista. 
Overnight in Tea house

 

Day 08:
 Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6-7 hours
After breakfast, we start our trip to the Langtang Village. The trail continues alongside dense forests. After climbing up steadily through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us. On the way, we also enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung, pass by water mills, prayer wheels and chortens[ small stupas]. Langtang village is the headquarter for Langtang National Park and features flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley and other crop
Overningt in tea house

Day 09: 
Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 4 hours
After breakfast, we leave Langtang village.  The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Mundu & Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending the mountain passes, we arrive at Kyagjin Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory in the area.
Overnight in tea house

Day 10:
Explore Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) 7-8 hrs
After taking morning tea and breakfast, we get out of the village and walk through yak pastures  to Tserko Ri  (5000m/16,404ft) for mountain sunrise views. Since, we are really getting into the high altitudes, you might start feeling the thin air. In the afternoon return to Kanjin Gompa- surrounded by the Himalayas all around. You can take a walk around Kanjin Gompa enjoying the views, glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks.

Day 11:
Kyangjin to BP Base Camp (6 hrsp (4987m/16357 ft.)
The route from the base to high camp is an uphill climb. This little trek goes up through a rhododendron forest. We follow the rhododendron bushes and cross a river. We head in a westerly direction up to the mountain and moved towards the south. The highcamp at 4,987 m, takes around 6 to 7 hours to reach from Kyangjin. The place where we set up our high camp is a good very open. It is a large rocky area but has fresh water flowing through it. The view from the high camp is fantastic. To the north, you have the 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, we can put up our tents easily. We pass the night at the high camp.
Overnight in the tent

Day 12:
Training / weather day on this day Our guide will fix the rope and assistant guide will provide some trainings and skills on mountaineering.
Overnight in the Tent

Day 13:
Base Camp to B.P. Scout Peak Summit (5890m/ 19320 ft.)
From high camp, we cross the rocky field and climb up about 50 meters until we get to a rocky slab on the right. From there we ascend the snowy 30 degree slope that leads to a glacier, which soon becomes a large glacial bowl. We zigzag our way up, keeping to the right, aiming towards the rock face to the west. From here, the slope gets a little bit steeper. Ropes are fixed. We stay on the ice and climb around the rocks until we get to the top of the ridge at about 5,890m.
After summiting, we climb down to the base camp 


Day 14:
Walk back to Kyanjing Gompa- 6 hrs

Day 15: 
Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 4-5 hours
We trek back to the Lama Hotel. Since the trek is only downhill, it will only take us around 4 to 5 hours to reach our destination. It is a downhill trek through forests and alongside a beautiful mountain river. On the way we pass through the ethnic settlements of the Tamang people whose religious and cultural practices similar to the Tibetans. Overnight in Lama Hotel.
Over night in tea house.

Day 16: 
Trek ends: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi: 5 hours
Today is the last day of trekking. After breakfast, we trek down to Syabrubensi which will be an easy trek through lush green vegetation. After reaching Syabrubesi, we enjoy lunch and celebrate the completion of our trek.
Overnight in tea house

Day 17: 
Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu we take a rest at our hotel or stroll in the streets of Thamel, a popular tourist hub for some souvenir shopping and many other things. 
Overnight in the Hotel

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