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Thanknak Ri Exp (6757 M / 22169 FT.)

  • Trip Code: THNK
  • Trip Duration: 18 to 28 Days Days
  • Destination: Drangang Ri Summit
  • Group Size: 2 to 15
  • Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Max Altitude: 6757 M / 22169 FT.
  • Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Private Jeep
  • Accomodation: Teahouses/Tended Camp
  • Trip Grade: Very Strenuous


About Height of Thaknak Ri

Despite some sources indicating Thaknak Ri is 6,802M / 22,316FT. too  although Nepal government authorized official record said it’s height is  6757 M / 22169 FT.  One of the lifetimes experience of scaling rarely climbed Drangang Ri may bring your dream in ture. Sorrounding among numerous white peaks, Thanknak Ri/ Drangang Ri offer sublime mountaineering experience and spectacular vista of Himalayas.

The Path, Location and Nature

The Path to the this peak offers close-up at the culture of the local ethnic communities and also immense solitude in the lap of the mighty mountains themselves. The isolated trekking begins with a trek to the Gaurishankar Himalayan range in the Rolwaling Valley. Thanknak Ri/Drangang Ri is located in isolated Rolwaling Himalayan range, south of the Tashi Lapcha Pass, which borders Khumbu. This peak is rarely climbed, which make it less crowded and perfect for the trekkers who love to trek in the peaceful surrounding. Despite the height, this peak is challenging to climb and need to Three Camping before summit the peak. You will go through small villages, riverbanks, high pastures, and dense forests. You will cross the glacial moraine and ascend towards Thanknak Ri/ Drangang Ri, which will be strenuous and challenging.

Right time to Summit and Stunning Views

You will get to see panoramic views of mountains like Mt. Gaurishankar (7,134 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), and the mighty Mt. Everest (8,848 m) among a dozens of other snow-capped towering Mountains. You will also see gorgeous glaciers and rivers on this trek. Along with this, you will experience the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the people living in this region. The trail is difficult to follow and you need to be physically fit to go on this trek. The best times to go on this trek are from March to May and September to November.

About Our Experience

Be the part of this challenging and adventurous trip with Snowpal Treks and Expedition. We have been operating in the field of tourism in Nepal for years since 1998 and have an excellent reputation as a competent agency. We aim to provide an excellent experience to our clients with great transportation and accommodation facilities along with English-speaking guides who are familiar to this regions.


Fitness requirements: 

To climb a high mountain need an extremely good physical fit shape. Basic physical fitness has to start in your home country. Running, Cycling, Trekking in mountains, and climbing some low-elevation mountains is the best training even for less then 7000m mountains. This type of cardiovascular training increase the lung capacity to deliver a sufficient amount of oxygen to your brain tissues even at an extremely low level of Oxygen. We recommend more days in the base camp for those interested in climbing mountains. Acclimatization and rehearsal on the base camp of the climbing mountain both personal psychological adaptation capacity as well as cardiovascular capacity. Some of those people no matter how fit they are at sea level may not be able to adapt to high altitude, So need plenty of acclimatization days for the adaptation capacity in their bodies.

Altitude hazards and complications:

As altitude increases, the partial pressure of oxygen decreases in your bloodstream. Your lungs will absorb oxygen from the air and deliver it to your blood for distribution to the rest of your body. This is called partial oxygen pressure. If there’s not enough oxygen in the blood, this can lead to High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) or high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). Sustained exposure to low levels of oxygen can cause frostbite and hypothermia. At high elevations due to lower UV absorption by the atmosphere, there is a risk of sunburn too. Also, other hazards include broken bones due to falls, avalanches, or ice falls.


With over 6500m of mountain climbing in Nepal, we recommend supplementing oxygen. We suggest to all our clients climb 6500m + Mountain required at least a bottles of supplemental Oxygen to be secure for emergency use. How much Oxygen one requires is an individual decision, some people climb without supplement oxygen too, and some want one bottle at least. It depends on the previous experience of the climber. We suggest every expedition member must have at least one Oxygen bottle for emergency rescue use to get down from the Summit as you might be very tired while climbing from early in the morning. Our experience indicates five Oxygen bottles are usually sufficient for the average climber. All our equipment is easy to use and guaranteed for safety. Does not need any extra tools to use it. If the unused masks, regulators, and oxygen bottles are in good condition, we may consider buying them back at 20% valued cost.


It is recommended to hire a personal Sherpa. Normally you have to carry some or all of your own Oxygen up and down the mountain even on Summit day. Although our group of Sherpas is helpful and will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you will not able to carry your own Oxygen, hiring a personal Sherpa is the best idea for your safety.

Personal food:

Along with positive thoughts, Food is the most important element of our expedition and we will ensure that you are well-fed at all times. Our skillful cooks will prepare three delicious meals a day in base camp, also in Camp I and Camp II on the mountain. This will consist of soup, local cheese, sausage, biscuits, noodles, potatoes and porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish. Tea with milk and sugar, dried juice, Milk, and hot chocolate. At high altitudes, you may feel affected by altitude sickness and you will lose appetite so it is important to have flavors you most likely will consume. If there are any religious and cultural specific unusual personal food requirements that might be secure with imported products bring them with you. In this case, You are required to bring your own energetic imported food, energy drinks, and snack.

We Recommend to Import

Even you can buy in Kathmandu, we recommend you bring a variety of high-altitude food such as Mars, Snackers, Some other types of Chocolate, dry nuts, energetic tube drinks, instant altitude food, pastries, and biscuits. Normally we do not provide snacks and high-altitude foods. We may guide you to buy it in Kathmandu or you may bring it from your home. However a growing range of imported foods, including European and American cheeses, chocolates, and biscuits are now available in Kathmandu, Some of your own imported brands of energy bars and instant food may not be available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our clients purchase their daily snacks in the Mart and Departmental store in Kathmandu. In our regular Itinerary, we have scheduled shopping time too.


Itinerary of Thanknak Ri Exp (6757 M / 22169 FT.)

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport; Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you on your arrival time. The person will be holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name and you will transfer to your hotel.You are free to spend the day as you wish as there aren’t any scheduled programs.

Overnight at a Heritage hotel in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft).

After breakfast visit to Department of Ministry of Tourism for orientation briefing class about expedition rule,regulation  and return to hotel for all type of equipment details review, if missing bits of clothing and equipment or any type of needs goods, we will go for last time shopping. Then if time remining, we go for local sightseeing around the city or any world heritage site. Then we will have dinner together in a local delicious restaurant. Group will be introduced with Sherpa guide and crue.

Overnight at a Heritage hotel in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft).

You will drive through Araniko Highway (The road to China/Tibet Border). From Lamosangu left Araniko Highway to Dolkha/Charikot to continue drive to Chhet Chhet. Upon reaching Chhet Chhet, you will begin trekking towards Shingati via Piguti to. You will go through several villages and cross a stream. You will then walk through the forest and reach Singati Bazaar. The final stages of the trek will be along the Tama Koshi River.

Overnight at a Mountain Lodge (1,525M/5,003FT).

You will begin trekking crossing the Rolwaling Knola gradually ascending to Simigaon (2036M/6,680FT). The trek also goes through rhododendron forests and Sherpa villages along the way. From Simigaon also we have to walk in the steep path. We pass through Sherpa villages. In the village you can explore their culture and tradition and enjoy their hospitality. Continue Walk to Doghang (2,791M/9,157FT) the local village to stay the night.

Overnight at a Mountain Lodge (2,791M/9,157FT)

You will begin trekking through the forest valley of lush green alpine vegetation. On the way, you will get to witness amazing views of mountains and the serene surrounding. You will then cross Rolwaling River and trek along the left side of the valley. You will reach Beding (3,693M/12,116FT.) on the bank of Rolwaling River. The Sherpa tiny village has a warm hospitality to stay for the night.

Overnight at a Mountain Lodge (3,693M/12,116FT.)

You will begin trekking easily through a fir forest. The trail is short, and after trekking for a while, the valley broadens, and you will walk on the flat land towards Na Village. Na is a big scattered village that provides plenty of tea houses and camping grounds for trekkers. It is also the oldest settlement in the Rolwaling region.

Overnight at a Mountain Lodge in Na village (4,180M/13,714FT)

Today is your rest day at Na Gaun to get acclimatized with the increasing altitude. You will hike to the nearby mountains and explore the area. You will see breath-taking views of glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and lush green forest around you. The stunning views of Mt. Gaurishankar (7,134 m) can also be relished during the trek.

Overnight at a Mountain Lodge in Na gaun (4,180M/13,714FT).

After having breakfast, you are going to ascend towards the Camp I. The trail will be rocky, Morine and you will get to see amazing views around you while trekking to the base camp. Upon reaching the Camp I, you will rest and explore the surrounding area. You can also see the Gigantic Rolwaling Glacier from the Base Camp.

Overnight at a tented camp in Base Camp (5000M/ 16,404FT).

You will wake up early and freshen up to trek further to the High Camp. You will ascend gradually to reach High Camp which is situated at an altitude of (5,665M/ 18,586FT) meters above the sea level. You will see High Camp covered in the snow and witness stunning views of surrounding mountains from here. Overnight at a tented camp in High Camp. Upon reaching the summit, you get the grand spectacle of mountains in the Himalayan trail like Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m), Kusum Kanguru (6,367 m) and dozens of snow camped mountains.  After spending some time at the top, you will trek back to the Base Camp.

Overnight at a tented camp in appropriate camp site.

If you have two more days, You may to trhough Tashi Laptsa Pass to Thame to Namche to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu however flight from and to Lukla my disturb frequently because of cucial weather of Himalaya thill the end of September.

So, if you have limited time might be better to retrace the route to Beding.

Overnight in Beding at a Mountain Lodge.

We walk to Chhet Chhet to catch the Jeep to drive back to Kathmandu.

Overnight in Beding at a Mountain Lodge.

Our Jeep and drive will be waiting your arrival time. We back to Kathmandu the same Route.

Overnight at a Heritage hotel in Kathmmandu.

If you arrives one day letter in Kathmandu because of unseen reason also you can fly back on day 18. Final Day in Kathmandu, Shopping, Farewell dinner in a Typical Nepalese Restaurant with different ethnic group culture Dance.

Overnight at a Heritage hotel in Kathmmandu.

Transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or combine with other trip like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park or more sightseeing around World heritage sites. The cost would be extra for any additional programs.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure from Intl's airport.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Chhet Chhet and Chhet Chhet to Kathmandu by private Jeep.
  • 4 nights (2 nights before and 2 nights after the trip) in a boutique hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • Accommodation in teahouses during the trekking.
  • Accommodation in tented camp while climbing Thaknak Ri.
  • Accommodation for all involved Nepalese Staff during the trekking and climbing.
  • Thanknak Ri/ Drangang Ri climbing permit.
  • Gaurishankar National Park Special entry permits.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Permit.
  • Climbing Clinic course at the base camp by climbing Sherpa.
  • All meal (3 meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking and climbing.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea, and coffee hot chocolate while on the trek and climbing period.
  • Climbing high altitude food.
  • Fare well dinner with culture dances of different ethnic group of Nepal.
  • Gov. License holder Experienced climbing Sherpa to Summit the Thanknak Ri/ Drangang Ri
  • Climbing Sherpa allowances and salary.
  • Climbing and Trekking staff: Climbing Sherpa, cook, kitchen helper, Necessary porters (A porter carry 25 to 30 Kg), and their food, salary, accommodations.
  • Insurance of all Nepalese staff including porters (Death, medical and accidental Heli rescue).
  • Group combine climbing gear/equipments like climbing fixing rope, main rope, snow bar, Ice crew, rock pitons.
  • Camping equipment: 2 person member tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, staff and porter tent, toilet tent, Mattresses.
  • Camping Equipment Utensils: EPI Gas, Gas Stove or fuel Stove for cooking, Fuel/Kerosene oil, Cooking pots,
  • 1 bottle oxygen for rescue in an emergency with mask regulator.
  • A mobile set with local SIM card and charger (Required to refund after the trip).
  • Walkie-talkie set to communicate to base camp while climbing period.
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Special gifts of Snowpal Trek and Expedition Pvt. Ltd.
  • Garbage deposit USD 500 per permit/per group refundable as per the provisions made by government of Nepal.

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (also in case of early return form trekking/expedition then the schedule itinerary).
  • Extra night in Kathmandu (In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking/expedition (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary.
  • Sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu.
  • Personal trekking and climbing gear (Climbing boots, Crampons, Ice Axe/Ice hammer, Harness, Jammers, Karabiners, Finger eight/ATC guide, Tap sling etc (Can hire/buy in Kathmandu)
  • Personal clothing, Packing items or bags.
  • Bar bill and any bottled drinks such as alcohol, mineral water.
  • Laundry expenses, hot shower, Internet, landlines phone, battery charger.
  • Any extra service, products offers or activities which are not mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Any additional staff other then specified.
  • Helicopter for rescue (required to make insurance). If needed we are 24 hour ready to rescue and rescued amount will be claimed from your insurance.
  • Any Services/items not mentioned in cost includes.
  • Staff tips and Sherpa Summit Bonus.

Essential personal climbing gear:

    1. Climbing helmet: 

      For the purpose of crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs, the lightweight Climbing helmet is an essential feature.

    2. Climbing harness:

      A mountain climbing harness should be simple in design, comfortable when you were and as light as possible with positively foolproof locking features, and easy to put on and take off with gloves in your hand.

    3. Climbing Crampons: 

      Light and stainless steel with anti-balling and the ability to point in toe positively, comfortable and safe to walk into ice, it should be adjustable to fit your boots size.

    4. Climbing Ice axe:

      The ice axe should not too aggressive, It should be a general purpose for ice climbing and versatile light with comfortable to use wearing alpine gloves.

    5. Ascender: 

      This is a mechanical device such Ascender or Jamar, which must be suitable to be used with gloves or mittens used for ascending on a rope.

    6. Headlamp Multi-Led:

      Headlamps Multi-led is a very essential item in climbing equipment with spare batteries. We recommend multi-led because single bulb light is low reliability and a single point of failure.

    7. Karabiners: 

      We request you to keep with you during your climbing period a Minimum of 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small, and 4 regular.

    8. Rappel device: 

      Even if you lose your Rappel device and you will at some stage, Figure 8, act or similar, be familiar with mounter hitch as it may save a climber’s life.

    9. Ski poles: (Optional)

      Adjustable types very handy for the approach, are the recommended type and best.

    10. Slings: 

      Three 2m (6ft) and one 3m (10ft).

    11. Masks, hoses, and regulators: 

      There are some climbers who do not use supplementary oxygen but most mountaineers use it. It is very essential for the safety of climbers. The regulator must be of very good quality for your safety.

    12. Altimeter:

      An altimeter is a device used on high mountains to measure altitude, giving the user information on how high they are above sea level. Altimeters are usually barometric, calculating the location’s air pressure to determine the altitude at that point.

    13. Jet Boil Stove:

      Quickly boil water while you cook, grill, or heat food with the Jetboil Flash personal cooking system, which features a fold-and-stow spigot and lightweight aluminum pot with a flip lid. Optimized for efficiency and fast boiling times, the Jetboil flash boils water in an impressive 100 seconds.


Clothing should be kept in large plastic bags or any waterproof stuff to keep it dry.

Regarding the clothing for our climbers, we recommend those company that understands climber and mountaineers’ needs and utilizes the best Icebreaker quality. The quality of clothing plays an extreme role in your comfort and safety. The woolen quality must be the finest and it should match cotton with softness and polypropylene to moisture away from the body and keeps you dry and warm even if it might slightly more expensive.


    1. A warm and light woolen hat that may cover your ears.
    2. Scarf or neck sleeve.
    3. Face mask.
    4. Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions.
    5. Sun hat.
    6. Balaclava.
    7. Ball cap or brimmed sun cap.
    8. Glacier Sunglass with side shields.
    9. Ski-type goggles (Optional with light and dark lenses).


    1. Light and perfectly fit gloves will be worn when tying knots.
    2. Warm fleece mitt liner.
    3. Another extra glove during trekking and Base camp.

Upper body:

    1. A couple of T-shirts.
    2. Fleece pullovers, medium weight.
    3. Fleece jacket.
    4. Gore-Tex waterproof jacket with hood, better larger to cover the climbing helmet.
    5. Best quality down jacket for chilly days with extra lightweight.
    6. Best quality goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down /duvet suit.

Lower body: 

    1. Pairs of underwear.
    2. Walking trousers for trekking and around camp.
    3. Pair of lightweight thermal bottoms.
    4. Pair of fleece trousers.
    5. Pair of Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof /breathable with full side zips.
    6. Pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet).


  1. A pair of good quality plastic shell climbing boots with inner boots, should not be a tight fit with heavy socks.)
  2. One pair of leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp.
  3. One pair of cross-trainers, running shoes, and /or sandals for Kathmandu and at the campsite.
  4. Three pairs of warm and heavy poly or wool socks.
  5. Pairs of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool.
  6. Plastic bread- bags or Vapour barrier liner socks.
  7. Two pairs of lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool.
  8. Light Icebreaker merino wool or cotton socks for in-town.

Rucksacks/ travel bags, daypack, and Sleeping gear:

      1. One medium rucksack (50-70 liters/ 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry).
      2. Two large (120 l / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment.
      3. Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Sleeping gear:

      1. For high altitude, one down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to -35 C (-30F). In the high camp, you can s sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag.
      2. For base camp, one additional sleeping bag (good to -20 C (-5 F).
      3. At least 3 closed cell foam mats for use in base camp and high altitude, which can be purchased in Kathmandu inexpensively, we do not recommend inflatable mats due to the high probability of accidental puncture.

Note. Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin liners, or large plastic bags.


      1. Personal hygiene.
      2. Personal hygiene supplies.
      3. Two tubes of lip sun cream, One large tube of skin sun cream (min. factor 30).
      4. Anti-mosquito cream.
      5. One toothpaste /brush set.
      6. One bar of soap or hand sanitizer gel/ 1 small synthetic towel.
      7. Hand wipes.

Medical supplies:

Note. Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits.

      1. One pocket of skin blister repair kit.
      2. Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor’s prescription.
      3. One small bottle of anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium).
      4. One small bottle of anti-headache pills.
      5. One small bottle of cough and /or cold medicine.
      6. One/two course of antibiotics for stomach infection is available locally at a chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
      7. One small bottle of anti-altitude sickness pills. Diamox. Acetazolamide. For more about this medication. Please contact us.
      8. Do not bring sleeping pills. They are respiratory depressants non-compatible with high-altitude physiology.
      9. One small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter.
      10. Earplugs.
      11. Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.

Personal prescription of medications, Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.

Miscellaneous practical items:

      1. A Small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit.
      2. A cigarette lighter, and 1 small box of matches.
      3. A compass or GPS.
      4. A battery-powered alarm clock/ watch.
      5. A digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries.
      6. Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, and large Ziplocs are also useful.
      7. Three water bottles (1 liter) of wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle).
      8. A plastic cup and spoon.
      9. A small folding knife.
      10. Binoculars (optional).
      11. Four large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks.
      12. Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary.
      13. Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance.
      14. Dollars, Pounds, or Euros cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, and snacks, and to purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
      15. Credit cards, Bank / ATM/ Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
      16. A bathing suit/ swimming costume (you never know).
      17. Base camp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example, paperback books, playing cards, iPod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.
      18. Travel clothes for base camp and in town.
      19. Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open relaxed, positive, and friendly attitude as traveling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment.

Note. This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions.


  • Trip Code: THNK
  • Trip Duration: 18 to 28 Days Days
  • Destination: Drangang Ri Summit
  • Group Size: 2 to 15
  • Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Max Altitude: 6757 M / 22169 FT.
  • Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Private Jeep
  • Accomodation: Teahouses/Tended Camp
  • Trip Grade: Very Strenuous