ISLAND PEAK EXPEDITION - IMJA TSE

Combining a trek with a climbing expedition may be the ideal combination of two exciting adventures in the Himalayas. Hiking up to Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar in themselves are great adventures; climbing Island Peak during the trek raises the trip to another level.

This expedition high in the picturesque Khumbu region does not present too much technical difficulty and combines with a trek. Our initial hike takes us up to the Dudh Khosi which has its source in the Gokyo lakes. We will get to admire these lakes from the viewpoint when we reach Gokyo Ri. We cross the Cho La Pass before reaching Kala Patthar. Then we do the actual climbing towards the summit of Island Peak also known as ImjaTse (6,189m). Finally, the descent is easily done going down the valley of Imja Khola and on the way back, take a moment to visit the monastery of Tengboche. We hike further on to reach Namche, the nerve center of the Sherpa community.

Though not too technical, on this expedition one needs to be physically fit and also well equipped (crampons and ice axes, rope handling, etc.).

Combining a trek with a climbing expedition may be the ideal combination of two exciting adventures in the Himalayas. Hiking up to Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar in themselves are great adventures; climbing Island Peak during the trek raises the trip to another level.

This expedition high in the picturesque Khumbu region does not present too much technical difficulty and combines with a trek. Our initial hike takes us up to the Dudh Khosi which has its source in the Gokyo lakes. We will get to admire these lakes from the viewpoint when we reach Gokyo Ri. We cross the Cho La Pass before reaching Kala Patthar. Then we do the actual climbing towards the summit of Island Peak also known as ImjaTse (6,189m). Finally, the descent is easily done going down the valley of Imja Khola and on the way back, take a moment to visit the monastery of Tengboche. We hike further on to reach Namche, the nerve center of the Sherpa community.

Though not too technical, on this expedition one needs to be physically fit and also well equipped (crampons and ice axes, rope handling, etc.).

HIGHLIGHTS
- A summit of more than 6000m that can be climbed even without mountaineering experience.
- A beautiful high altitude trek via Gokyo Lakes and Kala Patthar.
- The high pass of Cho La.
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Very Difficult
  • Best Period: October & April
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Number of walking days: 13
  • Highest Altitude: 6189 Meters
  • Flights: Ramechap - Lukla - Ramechap
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Camp during trek

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Day

Airport pick-up, transfer to hotel and check-in.
- Accommodation: Hotel

Meet with the guide. The departure for Ramechhap (4-5 hours by road) can be organized around 2:00 p.m. (depending on the composition of the group) to spend the night there in a lodge.
- Accommodation: Holy Himalaya on BB Basis or Guest House at Ramechap on MAP.

Drive to Ramechap (4-5hr drive) in the night shuttle at 03:00 am to reach Ramechhap Airport for Lukla flight.
The early morning 25-minute flight offers a panoramic view of the eastern part of the Himalayas: Gauri Shanker, Numbur, Manglungtse, and finally mighty Everest surrounded by other mountains. Our Sherpas await your arrival at Lukla (2,700 m) with all the equipment.
The trek begins with a short descent to the Dudh Khosi valley. From the village of Chaunrikharka (2,621 m), the trail leads north through little Sherpa villages that grow wheat, potatoes, corn and vegetables. Walking over a wooden suspension bridge we cross the Dudh Koshi River.
- Ascent : + 50 meters
- Descent: - 250 meters
- Duration of hike: 3 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge in Phakding.

The day starts with a hike along the Dudh Koshi as the trail climbs up gently. We cross the river several times, walk through the village of Jorsale (2,805 m) and make a steep climb towards Namche Bazaar. Half an hour later, we begin to see Mount Everest. Early arrival in Namche ensures us plenty of time to walk around this large and prosperous Sherpa settlement and interact with its inhabitants. Interesting jewelry and handicrafts from Tibet are on sale here. Once a week, a large thriving market materializes in Namche where farmers from the surrounding areas bring and sell their crops of wheat, corn, millet, etc.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 50 m.
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
Acclimatization and rest day in Namche (3,440 m)
- Accommodation: Lodge
Taking a trail on a gentle slope on the mountainside, we climb above Namche Bazaar to reach the Mong Pass where we stop to admire views of Ama Dablam and Kantega, two beautiful peaks. Then, we go down along the Dudh Koshi (Milky River in Nepali) and go slightly uphill to reach the village of Phortse (3,800 m.). This day’s hike helps us acclimatize.
- Ascent: + 760 m.
- Descent: - 300 m.
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
Today we walk along the Khumbu Valley. It’s a slow and steady hike to Pangboche village which enjoys a good view of  Ama Dablam. We then walk for 1 ½ hr. along the Inija Khola (river )and pass Shomare, then walk along the Lobuche Khola to finally arrive at Pheriche.
- Ascent: + 560 m.
- Descent: - 100 m.
- Duration of hike: 5 to 6 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
For about an hour, it’s an easy walk. The trail to Thokla (4,620 m.) climbs gently and gradually becomes steeper as we approach the Thokla Pass (4,830 m.). We come across chortens that were raised in memory of mountaineers who perished while climbing Everest. The trail becomes rocky and goes over a loose moraine before arriving at Lobuche.
- Ascent: + 640 m.
- Duration of hike: 4 to 5 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
After an early morning departure, you enjoy the best views. Walk along the Khumbu Glacier and climb to Gorak Shep in relative ease. After Gorakshep, we climb up the grassy ridge, to Kala Patthar as the path becomes steeper. We are in the heart of a huge amphitheater surrounded by the highest and most prestigious peaks in the world. After enjoying the most wonderful view, we head back to Lobuche.
- Ascent: + 650 m.
- Descent: - 650 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
This is the longest day of our trek on our way to cross the difficult pass of Kongma La. Then descend to Chukhung.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 800 m.
- Duration of hike: 8 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
Hiking along the moraine and the glacial lakes of Chokarma Tso and Imja Tso, we climb slowly to the Island Peak Base Camp where we set up our tent and start preparing for the climb.
- Ascent: + 250 m.
- Duration of hike: 3 hr
- Accommodation: Bivouac
We climb up to get unmatched views of Ama Dablam and the south face of Lhotse. Island Peak is the most popular trekking peak in Nepal. Climb down and head back to Chukhung.
- Ascent: + 1200 m.
- Descent: - 1200 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
We walk down via Pangboche, home of one of the oldest gompas of Nepal. There are forests and villages along the way as we go down to Tengboche, the spiritual heart of Khumbu. Visit the famous Tengboche Monastery, a magnificent gompa with Ama Dablam as a backdrop.
- Ascent: + 150 m.
- Descent: - 1000 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
Make a big descent to the Dudh Koshi (river) and then climb up again to reach Sanasa before we stop for lunch at Namche. In the afternoon, we walk back to Monjo where we spend the night.
- Ascent: + 450 m.
- Descent: - 1400 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
We leave Monjo, cross the Gumila Forest and reach Lukla.
- Ascent: + 200 m.
- Descent: - 200 m.
- Duration of hike: 4hr
- Accommodation: Guest House

The flight from Lukla takes 25 min to reach Ramechhap. Then after a 4-5 hr drive, we reach Kathmandu
- Accommodation: Holy Himalaya or similar on a B&B Basis.

- Accommodation: Holy Himalaya or similar in BB Basis.

Free time, then transfer to TIA (Kathmandu Airport) for your return flight.

NOTES

Number of pax                              :   1                2                  3/4               5&+

Price in US$ per pax                    :  2650         1865             1625              1550




USEFUL INFORMATION:

Difficulty:
Alpine grade: little difficult - slope less than 40°
Snow race without great technical difficulty - requires knowledge and practice of roped walking, with crampons and ice axe
The best time for climbing is in October.
The second choice is in March – April, but there is always a risk of avalanches during that time.

Materials that you should have:

For trekking

- trekking shoes: high stems and waterproof. Choose quite rigid shoes with non-slip soles and crampons.
- light shoes (tennis) or sandals to put on during the stages in town, village, or while camping at night.
- a pair of flip flops
- pairs of walking and mountain socks
- 2 trekking pants
- underwear. (Fine technical fibers such as Carline or Polartec fibers)
- 1 or 2 breathable Carline shirt and T-shirts
- 1 fleece jacket. It is warm, light and dries quickly)
- 1 mountain jacket (like Goretex or Micropore)
- A quilted jacket is a must
- Rain cape
- gloves or fingerless gloves
- hat
- Sunhat
- good sunglasses

 

Equipment:

- a sleeping bag (- 20° C): Warm, comfortable, fit to your size, sarcophagus-shape (closer to the body with a closing hood)
- sun cream (face and lips)
- headlamp, with spare batteries and bulbs
- light water bottle - 2 liters minimum and isothermal
- pocket knife, better if multipurpose
- toilet paper
- lighter

Climbing equipment to prove (or to rent in Kathmandu):

1. Ice ax
2. Crampons
3. Gaiter
4. Helmet (optional)
5. Harness with short rope
6. Carabiners (2 + 2)
7. Mountain shoes

Materials supplied by our agency:

- Tents
- Ropes
- Mattress
- Fixed ropes
- Ice picks
- Hammer
- Snow anchor
- All camping equipment and trekking kitchen









What's included

- Airport transfers by private car, round trip to Ramechhap
- English - speaking high mountain guide for the entire trek/expedition and domestic flights
- Sagarmatha park permit, Village Community Tax Khumbu, Tourist tax Khumbu
- Collective climbing equipment for the ascent
- Full board in lodge & bivouac according to the itinerary
- Porter & Sherpa: Portage of personal belongings (13kgs per participant) and personal climbing equipment
- 4 nights in Holy Himalaya or similar in Kathmandu in B&B
- Mountain guide & sherpa climbing bonus (300 US $ HT/staff) and Kongma La bonus
- Insurance for guide & sherpas ($ 250 / trekking peak / staff)

What's not included

- Meal in Kathmandu excluding breakfast
- Personal climbing equipment (see below)
- Cargo for excess baggage 15 kg per person on domestic flights (to be paid locally $ 1 / kg approximately)
- Nepal visas ($50 + Photos) and international flights to be obtained at the airport.
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses, sleeping bag, etc.

Suppliments

Compulsory supplement 

>> Royalty Autumn season : 125$ / Person
>> Royalty spring season : 250$ / Person
>> Flight Ramechap - Lukla - Ramechap : 360$ / Person

>> Single room supplement 4 nights: 100$
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