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Everest Three Passes Trek & Island Peak Climbing (6,160m) - 27 days

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Mount Everest, 8,848m (29,028ft) above sea level reign as the highest mountain on Earth. For decades summiting Everest has been considered as one of the greatest mountaineering achievements. In the spring of each year, we embrace this intense challenge by taking a group of qualified climbers to climb Mt. Everest via the South East Ridge of Nepal. The first successfully climbed on Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay Sherpa accomplished this feat in May 29, 1953. Since then the South East and also via other various routes, the Mt. Everest has seen over thousand ascents. The South East is by far but the most successfully climbed route on the mountain.

The Everest area, known locally as Sagarmatha National Park, is home to some of the world's highest peaks as well as the famous Sherpas, migrants from eastern Tibet who crossed over the Himalaya and settled here sometime in the late 1400s or early 1500s. This trek is one that goes deep into the heart of the Himalaya. The mountain views are stunning, and the simplicity and hospitality of the Sherpa community is heartwarming. You will get to take in the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, the tallest of them all, Mt Lhotse, Nuptse, Lobouche Peak, Amadablam, Kasum Kangru, Thamserku and Kwangde. You will also be visiting Sherpa villages and monasteries to gain insight into their culture and lifestyle from up close.

The challenge over three passes trek including to Everest Base Camp will help you to be well acclimatized and spending a couple of nights, we head back to the beautiful Imja Khola valley towards Island peak base camp.

Island Peak (6,160m) is also officially classified as a group “B” trekking peak by Nepal Mountaineering Association and also known as “Imja-Tse. Looks like an island in a sea of ice and that is why it is called Island peak. It's situated at the top of the Imja-Khola valley in the Khumbu region. To climb the peak is semi-technical and straightforward so that the climber must be proficient in using materials like ice axe and crampons. The most difficult section is a slope of around 45-degree ice wall leading to the narrow summit ridge. This is a truly spectacular peak, surrounded by enormous mountains, and the technical nature of our course means that we can explore some of its less travelled slopes.

After well setting up the base camp of Island peak, we have 2 nights 3 days for a summit attempt of the peak. First we will climb to high camp (5,700m) and next morning about 3.00 am we will go for a summit attempt of the peak and straight descent to the base camp and to Chukung. And finally we return passing through Sherpas capital Namche and fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu.

The Journey 

The typical trekking day begins at around 7.00am, when a friendly face will wake you up and you will pack your pack for the day’s journey. During breakfast, which might include fruit, cereal, toast, pancakes and drinks; your trek guide will provide a briefing on the day activities.

Morning includes trekking for a few hours with stops every hour or so to rest, drink, explore and take pictures. We stop at a teahouse for a hot lunch along the trail. The afternoon often involves a little walking to our lodge where we have afternoon tea, explore the surrounding area, read a book or have a snooze before dinner and hot drinks. Every trekking day we will walk a minimum of 4 hours and maximum of 6 hours a day. We will take several days to make our way up the lower valley, plenty of time for our bodies to acclimatize and to enjoy the fantastic Nepalese countryside.

Namche Bazar marks the beginning of the Khumbu region. We take time to acclimatize before continuing up to the Ranjo Pass and Gokyo valley, we will trek up this stunningly steep – walled valley beside a ranging torrent that becomes a babbling brook between the stunning Gokyo lakes.  We will climb Gokyo Ri which offers views of the whole valley, right up to Mt Cho Oyu.  The Cho La, approached from Dragnag below Gokyo, is a chance to walk on the glacier with relative safely. Although the approaches either side is quite steep, the glacier itself is quite flat and almost crevasse – free. It can usually be safety crossed without crampons and gives us access to the upper reaches of the Khumbu valley. In case of unseasonable snow or poor weather it’s a simple matter to walk down and around the intervening range via a well made, lower track to Pangbouche and Lobuje. From the Lobuje we trek up the valley alongside the Khumbe glacier and night at Gorekshep. Our short cut over the Cho La pass (5,330m) offer a real mountain experience before we head to Gorekshep, and the nearby Kala Patther (5,550m) and Everest Base Camp (5,365m). Now you will have the option of a sunset or a sunrise trek to the 18,188' summit of Kala Pattar for a panoramic view of some of the world's highest mountains including Everest at 29,035'. We'll make the 3-hour trek on to Everest Base Camp where, depending on the season, you'll see the mountaineering expeditions team preparing for their ascent to the highest peak in the world, beginning with the spectacular Khumbu Icefall.

Having explored the main valley of the Sagarmatha national park, crossed passes and glacier and taken in the summits of three great view points, we head back towards to the Chukung valley and we prepare for the successful ascent of the stunning peak Island Peak and finally down the valley through Namche and Ghat to Lukla at a great rate – fit and strong and ready to take on the world! There will be time to see KTM and buy gifts before heading home with thrilling tales of peaks and glaciers, Sherpas, Gompas, Yaks and the grandeur of the Himalayas.

The trip designed for those …………

  • Trekkers looking for an extra challenge trip in the Himalayas are most welcome to participate.
  • Looking for the course in the Himalayas
  • Previously trekked in the Himalayas and looking for the next climb to the technical peaks of above 7000m
  • Looking for the next challenge to 8000m peak like Cho Oyu/Shishapangma

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Familiar with Sherpa culture & tradition through our friendly staff & local peoples
  • Develop your climbing skills and play with climbing gears
  • Ascent a straight forward Island Peak (6,160m) and enjoy with Himalayan Peaks
  • Climb Kala Patther 5,550m, view point of Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Ri (5,360m) view point of Cho Oyu.
  • Trek over a view point of Mt Everest Ranjo La Pass (5,360m)
  • Trek through the Khumbu valley & Gokyo valleys.
  • Take a flight to Lukla & view numerous Himalayan Giants on the way
  • Our experienced Sherpa guide ensures you enjoy the high quality adventure trip
  • Explore the ancient & the fascination city of Kathmandu

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in KTM (1300m), Transfer to Hotel and Briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Tour, necessary preparation & packing

In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.

Day 3

Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,610m) 40min flight, 3-4hrs trek

We will drive to domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport early in the morning and catch a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will follow one of the most scenic air routes in the world with panoramic views of glistening mountains to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla allows access to Everest Khumbu region. We will assemble the crew and take breakfast before start of Everest3 Passes Trek and Island Peak. Following the stone path through Ghat village, we will reach Phakding village. Visit local monastery. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 4

Trek to Namche (3,440m) 5-6hrs

Leaving Phakding, we will walk along Dudhkoshi River and enter the dense pine forest. We will cross suspension bridges and walk through dispersed houses of Zapute, Benkar and Chumoa to reach Monjo. Monjo allows an entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We need to go through required national park formalities before we can enter the park. The park is rich in Himalayan herbs, plants, mammals and birds. We will descend to Hillary Bridge existing at the base of hill. After crossing the bridge, we will follow the escalating path towards Namche Bazaar. The path rewards us with views of Thamserku Mountain, Everest, Lhotse and other mountains and peaks. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5

Day Hikes Acclimatize to Khumjung/Khunde (3,840m)

Namche Bazaar acts as the major trade centre to conduct trade in between locals and neighbouring Tibetans. Namche is also popular as the capital of Sherpa land. It is wise to take rest at Namche on this day. For proper acclimatization with the changing altitude, we can arrange day hike to small Khumjung and Khunde villages. Visit the local monastery and observe the local lifestyle. Head office of National Park, Museum and monasteries are interesting places near Namche. We can get most of the modern facilities including hospital and post office at Namche. Stay overnight in Namche.

Day 6

Trek to Thame (3,800m) 4-5hrs

Moving through the western Khumbu region, we will follow the scenic path that allows views of Himalayan wildlife. Thame is located at bit higher altitude than from Namche. It is a brief walk from Namche to Thame. Enjoy walking along yak caravans to and from Thame. This pretty village is popular among mountain climbers. We will visit Thame School in the afternoon. Explore around Thame and stay overnight.

Day 7

Trek to Lungden (4400m) 5hrs

Samdur Peak and Thambuchet are places of interest in Thame. After early morning tea, we will leave Thame and pass through the dispersed villages to Taranga. From Taranga, the trail continues through series of ups and downs exhibiting the wonderful secenario of surrounding peaks and mountains including Mount Everest, Cho Oyu and other. Stay overnight at Lungden. 

Day 8

Rest & Hiking day, Lungden (4,400m)

This is a rest day which helps to break the stress of trek. Placing rest day in an itinerary is also essential from the acclimatization point of view. We can explore around Lungden on this day. Nakpa Valley exists in the ancient trade route used by locals to trade with neighbouring Tibetans. We can also take short trip to Darkyachhulung peak. Holy site of Warfield exists in Marlung. Lake Cho Relmo is also place of interest in Lungden. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 9

Trek to Gokyo (4,750m) via Renjo La Pass (5340m) 6hrs

This is going to be a long day of trekking. Almost 4 hours of trek will take us to the top of Renjola Pass. We need to move slowly while climbing Renjo La for acclimatization purpose. The top of Renjo La Pass rewards us with spectacular views of Everest range. We will capture this amazing moment in camera and take photographs and then lower down to Gokyo along the First Lake in Gokyo named as DudhKunda (Milky Lake). Enjoy the mountain views that are above 8000m height. Stay overnight in Gokyo.

Day 10

Climb Gokyo-Ri (5,360m) &Gokyo (4,750m) 6hrs

GokyoRi is also one of the three major viewpoints in Everest region. Base of GokyoRiexists five minutes away fromGokyo Lake. We can reach to the top of GokyoRi in almost three hours. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m)and Cho Oyu(8,201 m) can be seen from the top of GokyoRi.It also allows views of Gokyo Valley and Khumbu Mountain Range. We will enjoy the views of surrounding mountains and descend to Gokyo where we will stay overnight. Gokyo is located by the side of Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa glacier. 

Day 11

Trek to Dragnag (4,700m) 4-5hrs

Leaving Gokyo, we will follow the escalating path uphill through glacier. Another forty five minutes of downhill trek along the valley will take us to Dragnag which is the base camp of Cho La Pass. The path is scenic with spectacular views of surrounding mountains. There are only few teahouses available in Dragnag. Stay overnight at Dragnag. 

Day 12

Cross Cho La Pass (5,330m) & trek to Dzong-La (4,830m) 6-7hrs

This is the challenging day. We need to climb very steep sectionthrough the glacier traverse on the eastern side. Ice glazed rocks make this trail slippery. We will climb through a valley and a rocky trail, enjoying the views with each step. Walking along the frozen lake, we will reach to the summit of Cho La pass (5368m) which is adorned with prayer flags. Chola Pass summit allows panoramic views of KyajoRi Peak, Numbur Mountain, KangchungPeakand other peaks and mountains.AmaDablam Mountain can be seen to the south while CholatsePeak can be seen to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntseexists to the right. We will lower down from Cho La Pass to Dzongla (4,830 m) and walk towards Dzong La. Basic facilities are available in Dzong La.   

Day 13

Trek to Lobuche (4900m) 4hrs

This is a short trek and the path is not so difficult. We will leave Dzonglaand move through series of ups and downs to Lobuche. Enjoy the panoramic views of AmaDablam Mountain, Nuptse Mountain, Lhotse Mountain, Everest Mountain, Pumori Peak, LobuchePeak and other peaks and mountains. Lobuche is a pretty tiny village that offers amazing sunset view over Nuptse Mountain. Stay overnight at Lobuche. 

Day 14

Trek to EBC (5,364m) &Gorakshep (5,150m) 6hrs

Leaving Lobuche, we will head towards GorakShep Lake. Once a big lake, the size of lake has shrunk lately. From Gorakshep Lake, we will advance towards Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The trail continues through rocky dunes and moraine to the Base Camp of Everest. The Base Camp rewards us with views of Nuptse Mountain, Khumbuste Mountain and Pumori Mountain. Retrace the route to Gorakshep. Stay overnight in Gorakshep.

Day 15

Hiking to Kalapathar (5,550m) & trek to Lobuche 6-7hrs

This is going to be long trek. We will wake up at around 3 am and prepare tea before heading through moraines and boulders to Kalapattar. Expect the challenges of low temperature and cold wind. Kalapattar is famous for its sunset view over Everest. Get the 360 degree view of Everest including panoramic views of Khumbutse, Changtse and other peaks and mountains. Take pictures and retrace the route back to Lobuche via Gorakshep for overnight stay.

Day 16

Trek to Chukung (4730m) 4hrs

From Lobuche, we will follow the scenic route with ample views of AmphuLapcha Pass and Island Peak Valley. The sheer wilderness will intrigue you. We will cross Kongma La Pass and lower down to Chukung. ChukungRi is located inChukung Valley. Stay overnight in Chukung.

Day 17

Rest day and explore surrounding area, Chukung

This is a rest day. Chukung Valley is worth exploring. It offers south face of Lhotse to the north while Island Peak exists in the centre of the valley. The view from Chukungup the valley on the moraines nearto Island Peak is incredible. Return to Chukung for overnight stay.

Day 18

Climbers trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,000m) 5hrs

Short trek from Chukung will take us to Base Camp of Island Peak. Heading south from Chukung, we will walk through Lhotse glacier along Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines. We will reach to the southwest edge of Island Peak which will be our camp site. Enjoy the spectacular views of surrounding mountains and moraine valley. We will stay overnight in Base Camp of Island Peak.

Day 19

Climbers trek to Island Peak High Camp (5,600m) 5hrs

After packing our essentials, we will begin our climb to the High camp of Island Peak. The slope continues to narrow and the trail enters a sloped rock channel. We will make our Camp nearby the rock channel. You will need to use crampons on this day. Follow the instructions of your guide properly for safety. The guide will share some quick last minute climbing technique. Stay overnight at High Camp.

Day 20

Climbers Summit Island Peak (6,160m) & to Chukung (5,000m) 7hrs

The trail continues to raise up from the rock gully. We need to climb series of short rock steps which will bring us to the right side of the drain. We will follow a ridgeline which will take us to the exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We will need rope on this day. Moving through crevasses, we will climb 40 degree slope by help of rope and follow the ridge up to the summit. We will spend some time in summit enjoying the successful ascend of Island Peak and lower down to Base Camp from where we will retrace the route back to Chukung. 

Day 21

Climbers Spare day &Chukung (4,730m) 4hrs

Including a reserve day in our itinerary makes sure that our trip goes according to plan even if we get delayed by unforeseen circumstances like bad weather and other factors. We will explore Chukung Valley for mountain views and stay overnight.

Day 22

Climbers trek Deboche (3,810m) 5hrs

Few tea houses are available in Chukung. We will enjoy the views of Lhotse, Imja and Amadablam Mountains and walk along river which takes us through the less vegetation area. Following the sloped path uphill, we will reach Dingboche. We can see fields enclosed by stone walls at Dingboche. Dingboche offers spectacular views of Amadablam, Lhotse and Nuptse peaks. Following the Imjatse Valley, we will reach Pangboche village. Passing along Mani walls, we will reachPangboche Village from where we will descend to Deboche. Stay overnight at Deboche. 

Day 23

Climbers trek to Namche (3,440m) 5hrs

Leaving Deboche after an early morning tea, we will proceed towards Tengboche Monastery where we can see Buddhist Lamas performing rituals. Tengboche Monastery is one of the famous monasteries in Khumbu region. From Monastery, our trail continues along DudhKoshi Valley to the small village of PhukiTenga. We will follow the ascending path to Namche. The path is scenic with views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and other mountains. Stay overnight in Namche. 

Day 24

Climbers trek to Lukla (2,800m) 5hrs

From Namche, we will lower down to rhododendron forest and walk along Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. Walking past the walled road of Ghat, we will reach Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 25

Fly to KTM, transfer to hotel

We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. We can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can arrange your photo albums and jot down memories in your journal. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 26

Free day in KTM, shopping etc

This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. Thanka painting, pashmina shawl and Nepali handicrafts are most popular gift items. Upon your interest, we can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening.   

Day 27

Depart for home

We will transfer you to the Airport as per your scheduled flight for your onward destination. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.
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Start Date
5th Oct 2017
End Date
31st Oct 2017
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USD 3,395
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COST INCLUDES

  • Island Peak Climbing Permit.
  • Conservation/national park fees and all govt. taxes.
  • 4 (four) nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu twin shared on bed and breakfast basis.
  • Round trip Domestic airfares and domestic airport tax.
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfer
  • An Experience head Sardar/Guide.
  • Experienced Support Climbing Sherpa on 1: 3 ratios
  • Required number of porters
  • Light camping equipments with high altitude tent and sleeping mattress during the climbing period
  • EPI gas with stove for high camp
  • All meal quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice)
  • Available high food for climbing period
  • All necessary Climbing hardware gears including climbing ropes
  • Complete first aid kits/ suggested to prepare your personal first aid kit
  • Oxygen with mask and regulator for emergency/medical purpose
  • Insurance for all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour
  • Cultural celebration meal (Nepali finest cuisine)

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/Personal high risk travel insurance
  • Personal climbing gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal nature expenses
  • Cost of electronic appliances
  • International air ticket and departure tax
  • Tip to the local staff
  • Cost occurred due to delay and cancellation of flights, extension of trek and climbing period etc.

Fitness
 
Most of our trekking peaks are over 6,000m; therefore we count it as tough trip. Your tough level of fitness is really important for this trek. So we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical fitness level. You do not need to be an athlete but a good level of overall fitness is important. Being fit will certainly improve your chances of reaching your chosen summit.As an indication, you should be able to walk 8 km / 5 miles with a maximum height gain of 800m / 2,000ft with a 10kg rucksack in 5 hours or less.
 
In order to get ready for this challenge, you need to be trained at least for about 4 to 6 months to prepare yourself as strong candidate. You can go to fitness center every morning for about 2 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack (i.e. 7kg, 10kg, 13 kg, 16kg and up to 20kg).Manage some time for cycling for couple of hours for 3 or 4 times a week. However during climbing, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue etc. but take it as normal and just drink a lot of water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, youneed to be able to hike 6 – 10 hours over hilly terrain up to 6,000m of altitude with daypack. 
 
Experience Required
 
All of our trekking peaks climbing trips are accessible to experienced trekkers and those who have done some climbing trips in European mountains in order to take another challenge on the Himalaya's Mountains. This trip will be helpful if you want to gain some knowledge about the mountaineering and have future plan to climb BIG Mountains.
 
If you have any previous mountaineering experiences and well knowledge about playing with mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbingwill increase the chances of reaching to thesummit but previous trekking and mountaineering experiences is not mandatory and also doesn’t require any technical experience. Note that if you are participating on one of the technical climbing peak then you must have well knowledge aboutplaying with mountaineering climbing gears (i.e. crampon with boot, Ice axe, harness, ropes, jumars, prussiks, abseiling, moving past knots, anchor etc.).Crampons are use for maximum grip and harness and ropes are use for maximum safety during climbing. But for those who have no mountaineering experience and skill but have gottough level of fitness, you will be have basic training session by our guides about how to use the climbing gears during rest/acclimatization day.So we always make it sure regarding the safety of the team and successful climb of the peak. 

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Trip Code: DHA/PC/E3P&IP-27
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Best Month of the Year : April, May, October and November
Trekking Duration: 22 days
Hotel Accommodation : 4 Nights 3 Star Twin Shared BB
Trek Type : Trekking & Climbing – 20 nights teahouse & 2 nights camp
Maximum Elevation : 6,160M.
Destination: : Nepal

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