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 see the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, the tallest of all, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, and peaks like Mt. Lobouche, Mt. Kusum-Khangaru, and Mt. Kwangde. You will also be visiting Sherpa villages and monasteries to gain insight into their culture and lifestyle.
Island peak is officially classified as a group “B” trekking peak by Nepal Mountaineering Association 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 straight forward 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.
Our journey begins with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla & continually trekking along the Dudh Kosi ("MilkRiver"). After crossing the Namche Bazar ”Sherpa headquarter/Capital”, we will continue on to Gokyo-Ri (5,360m), with its beautiful natural beauty of Himalayas & better introduction of local Sherpa cultures.
From Dragnag, we ascent over the Cho La pass (5,330m), which offers a real mountain experience and continues to walk up to Zongla. The next day walk up to Gorekshep (5,150m), passing through the stunning views of Mt. Lobuche East and West. Depending on the weather forecast, we climb to the top of Black Rock “Kala Patthar” (5,550m), for a panoramic view of some of the world’s highest mountains including Mt.Everest. Trek into Everest Base Camp(5,364m), depending on season, you'll see mountaineering expeditions preparing for their ascent to the highest peak in the world, beginning with the spectacular Khumbu Icefall. Up to here is acclimatization trip, and now to walk 2/3 days to Island Peak Base Camp. 1st night we will stay at Base camp and then go up to high camp and early next morning, we will summit the peak and descent to base camp or may walk down to Chukung. Finally, we trek out of Khumbu via Lukla by flight to Kathmandu.
Day 1Arrival in KTM, transfer to hotel, briefing
Day 2Tour, Necessary preparation & packing
Day 3Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,610m)40min flight, 3-4hrs trek
Day 4Trek to Namche (3,440m)5-6hrs
Day 5Day Hikes Acclimatize to Khumjung/Khunde (3,840m)
Day 6Trek to Phortse (3,860m) 5hrs
Day 7Trek to Machhermo (4410m) 5hrs
Day 8Day hike to the hills & acclimatization day
Day 9Trek to Gokyo (4,700m) 4hrs
Day 10Climb Gokyo-Ri (5,360m) & trek to Dragnag (4,700m) 6-7hrs
Day 11Cross Cho La Pass (5,330m) & trek to Dzong-La (4,830m) 7hrs
Day 12Trek to Chukung (4,743m) 6hrs
Day 13Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m) 5hrs
Day 14Climb to High Camp (5,600m)5hrs
Day 15Summit – descent to BC and trek to Chukung
Day 16Trek to Pangboche(3,930m)
Day 17Trek to Namche (3,440m)
Day 18Trek to Lukla (2,800m)
Day 19Fly to KTM and transfer to hotel
Day 20Free day in KTM or reserve day for Lukla – KTM flight
Day 21Departure for Int’l flight to home
Most of our trekking peaks are over 6,000m; therefore we count it as a tough trip. Your tough level of fitness is really important for this trek. So we strongly suggest preparing yourself for good physical fitness level. You do not need to be an athlete but a good level of overall fitness is essential. 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 a strong candidate. You can go to the 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 a 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, you need to be able to hike 6 – 10 hours over hilly terrain up to 6,000m of altitude with a daypack.
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 Himalayas Mountains. This trip will be helpful if you want to gain some knowledge about mountaineering and have a future plan to climb the BIG Mountains.
If you have any previous mountaineering experiences and well knowledge about playing with mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbing will increase the chances of reaching thesummit but previous trekking and mountaineering experiences are not mandatory and also doesn’t require any technical experience. Note that if you are participating in one of the technical climbing peak then you must have well knowledge about playing with mountaineering climbing gears (i.e. crampon with boot, Ice axe, harness, ropes, jumars, prussiks, abseiling, moving past knots, anchor, etc.).Crampons are used for maximum grip and harness and ropes are used for maximum safety during climbing. But for those who have no mountaineering experience and skill but have got tough level of fitness, you will have basic training sessions 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.
Published on : December 12, 2018
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