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ISLAND PEAK

19 Nights/20 Days

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Overview

It is no surprise that Himalayan peaks have drawn adventurers, climbers and cultural enthusiasts for nearly 200 years. The stark and rugged terrain, so entwined with the culture of local Sherpa people, offers such powerful experiences that we stands in a class by itself. While many think of travel to the Himalayas as only high altitude climbing or trekking, this is somewhat of a misconception as many beautiful ascents can be made with limited climbing experience. This expedition offers both climbers and trekkers an exciting opportunity to enter the world of the mighty Himalayas.

In order to acclimatize prior to climbing Island Peak (20,305ft/6,189m), we offer a trek through the Himalayan Khumbu. This expedition offers wonderful trekking through the glorious Khumbu region and any fit enthusiast is welcome to join the team. All team members will have the opportunity to summit Kala Pattar (18,187ft/5,545m), a wonderful location to view and photograph Mt. Everest, then we head for a visit to Everest Base Camp. While climbing team members make the summit attempt of Island Peak, trekking only team members will spend 2-3 days walking in the stunning valleys around Island Peak.

The route to Kala Pattar takes us along the path to Everest Base Camp. We travel through the renowned village of Namche Bazaar and the revered monastic community of Tengboche. From the summit of Kala Pattar we can snap excellent photographs of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. The Kala Pattar trek serves both as an introduction to the warmth of the Sherpa community and as an acclimatization period preceding the ascent of the great pyramid, Island Peak.

The trek to Island Peak also walks us through the countryside, where we partake in Nepalese and Tibetan cultures as they have existed for centuries. The journey offers some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu via the enchanting village of Dingboche. Filled with Buddhist shrines, this village of stone charms our path to the mountain. The summit of Island Peak stands adjacent to the South Face of Lhotse, one of the world’s largest ice walls, and offers stunning views of beautiful Ama Dablam and Makalu. It is an excellent opportunity to participate in and fully experience a Himalayan mountain climbing expedition.

Fact File
Country Nepal
Activities Peak Climbing,
Trip Length 20 Days
Trip areas Everest Region
Trip Starting Kathmandu
Trip Ending Kathmandu
Meal Plan Full board on trekking
Places to see Kathmandu, Lukla, Everest region
Main attractions Mountain, animals, Culture, Local peoples, alpine areas, green forest, monasteries, Gurung culture, Sherpa culture, above 5000 m highest everest ranges
Trekking Type Difficulty
Highest Point 6189 meters
Accommodation Tea House/Camping
Mode of Transportation Flight/Trek/Transportation
Group Size Minimum: 2, Maximum: above 2
Season March -Middle of Jun & Sep-Dec


Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Lukla.
After final administration requirements, we fly via Twin Otter STOL to the landing strip in Lukla. Weather permitting, this flight offers outstanding views of the eastern Himalayas. In Lukla, we meet and join our staff, load the yaks and begin the ascent to base camp. Our first day is an easy walk to the lush environs of Phakding, located on the Dudh Kosi river.

Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar.
We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending 2,300 m through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar (11,300 ft). The village of Namche is an historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat, gold and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. Our group spends two days in Namche affording us the opportunity to acclimate, visit local markets and spend time with friends in town. Our camp is perched above the city and we make our way to nearby high points to capture glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks.

Day 03: Rest day in Namche Bazaar.
Visit sights in Namche Bazaar including the Sherpa museum and local marketplace.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar trek to Thame 12464ft.
Perhaps one of the most fascinating days of the trek, we travel to the village of Thame (12,464 ft). This gives us an intimate view of Sherpa culture while visiting a traditional home. Interestingly enough a number of famous climbing Sherpa have come from Thame. This experience is one rarely afforded to trekkers.

Day 05: Thame trek to Khunde
Waking early we climb to the Thame monastery and further explore local Buddhism. We tour this 400 year-old gompa and learn about its inner workings and the lives of its monks. As we tour the monastery we discuss the wall paintings and artifacts that are central to Buddhist practice. Before departure we will hopefully have the opportunity to meet and receive a blessing from the Thame Rinpoche (head priest). From Thame we walk to the beautiful village of Khunde, one of the largest villages in the Khumbu. The day's walk is moderate and rather pretty, winding through thick cedar forest. This is also the home of Sir Edmund Hillary's hospital and school.

Day 06: Khunde trek to Dingboche.
We continue on and climb to the village of Tengboche (12,683 ft), the cultural and religious center of the Khumbu. At the monastery we attend Buddhist ceremonies and rituals performed by local monks. Vistas from Tengboche are spectacular. The jagged peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega stand to our south as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam are visible to the north. The Monastery at Tengboche is one of the most well-known in the world as the Rinpoche is revered throughout the Buddhist community and has authored a number of books and essays. In the past our groups have had an audience with the Rinpoche and received his blessing. Views from this locale include: Kwangde 20,293 ft, Tawachee 21,457 ft, Nuptse 25,843 ft, Lhotse 27,883 ft, Everest 29,035 ft, Ama Dablam 22,487 ft, Kangtega 22,235 ft, and Thamserku 21,674 ft). We lodge in the village of Deboche.

Days 07-08: Around Pheriche
We climb to the village of Pheriche (13,907 ft) which is not far from Dingboche (a village en route to Island Peak). Pheriche has become famous for its high altitude research center. The center attracts world renown physicians who acquire data to analyze the effects of high altitude on human physiology. During our stay we visit the research center and have time to chat with staff physicians. We will also spend an additional day further acclimatizing and hiking.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (16,174 ft)
From Pheriche we continue through this high alpine region to the settlement of Lobuje (16,174 ft), where we spend one night. This trail passes through a famous Sherpa memorial. Lobuje is located on the flank of an old lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier.

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep.
The trail winds through the high tundra and glacial moraine to Gorak Shep (16,924 ft), the last inhabited area in the upper Khumbu. While our Sherpa are setting up camp we make an ascent of Kala Pattar (18,300 ft), a small peak with excellent views of Everest, Nuptse and nearby Pumori. Many Everest photos are taken from the summit of Kala Pattar. Gorak Shep presents a rougher environment and gives the trekker the true flavor of the nighttime rigors of mountaineering. This will be our high point of acclimatization before heading to Island peak.

Day 11: Around Everest Base Camp
We leave Gorak Shep and cross the moraine of the great Khumbu glacier to reach Everest Base Camp, which lies beneath the sweeping ridges of Everest and Nuptse. Everest Base Camp at 17,300 ft is a sprawling tent city set amidst glacial debris. Here the climbers begin final preparations for their ascent of Mt. Everest. We spend a few hours at base getting a sense of the community and meeting climbers before returning to Gorak Shep. During our visit to camp we venture to the edge of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall. From here, we see climbers en route as they negotiate this complex maze of ice.

Day 12: Trek down to Dingboche.
Feeling refreshed by the lower altitude, we descend to the village of Dingboche. Dingboche is a stunning village of stone huts known as the summer village for local herders. The mountain views are outstanding from this valley as Makalu stands in the distance.

Days 13-14: Trek down to Tengboche, Namche and trek down to Lukla.
During these days trekkers will descend back through Tengboche and Namche to Lukla with a flight back to Kathmandu on day 15

After moving from Dingboche with a night in Chhukung, climbers head to Island Peak Base Camp (16,690ft) which will be the starting point for our ascent the next day. The climb begins with a two hour scramble to the Imja Tse glacier. After donning crampons we cross the glacier and ascend to the picturesque south-west ridge. As we follow this narrow ridge, Makalu begins to rise in front of us over the holy peak of Cho Polu and the stunning South Face of Lhotse stands 8,000ft above us to the left. From the 20,305ft summit of Island Peak the views of the Imja Valley and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. After relaxing and enjoying this vista, we descend to Base Camp and prepare for our return to Lukla.

Days 15: On the way to dingboche

Days 16: Trek down to Dingboche.

Days 17: Trek down to Tengboche.

Days 18: Trek down to Namche Bazaar.

Days 19: Trek down to Lukla.

Day 20: Early morning flight to KTM (weather permitting) and trip will end in Kathmandu.

Inclusions / Exclusions

PRICE INCLUSIONS:
All airport/hotel transfers
All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles
All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant
climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part -very high quality North Face or Mountain
Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipments
Travel and rescue arrangements
Welcome and farewell dinner
Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
All government and local taxes

PRICE EXCLUSIONS:
Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
Personal climbing equipments
Personal climbing guide if requested
Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
Tips for guides and porters

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