ISLAND PEAK EXPEDITION

This expedition is without major technical difficulty combined with a trek supported in the beautiful region of Khumbhu.

We will first go up to the Dudh Khosi which takes its source in the Gokyo lakes that we will admire from the point of view of the Gokyo Ri. Pass the Cho La pass before the Kalapattar and then climb the actual island peak called Imja Tse (6 189). Then the descent is easily done in the valley of Imja Khola and the cultural moment of the trip with the visit of the monastery of Tengboche and Namche the capital of Sherpa.

Without being too technical, this expedition requires a very good physical and be well equipped (crampons and ice axes, rope handling, etc.).

HIGHLIGHTS
- A summit of more than 6000 m affordable by all even without mountaineering experience
- A beautiful high altitude approach trek via Gokyo Lakes and Kalapattar
- The high pass of Cho La pass

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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 the guide. Depending on the composition of the group, the departure for Ramechhap (4-5 hours by road) can be organized around 2:00 p.m. to spend the night there in a lodge.
- Accommodation: Holy Himalaya on BB or Guest House of Ramechap on MAP basis
Departure in the night shuttle at 03:00 am for Ramechhap airport for Lukla (4-5h drive)
The early morning flight offers a panoramic view of the eastern part of the Himalayas: Gauri Shanker, Numbur, Manglungtse, and finally Everest appear during this 25-minute flight. In Lukla (2700 m), the Sherpas are waiting for us with the equipment.
The trek begins with a short descent to the Dudh Khosi valley.
From the village of Chaunrikarka (2621 m), the path heads north through the Sherpa villages where wheat, potatoes, corn and vegetables are grown. We cross the Dudh Khosi by a wooden suspension bridge.
- Ascent : + 50 meters
- Descent: - 250 meters
- Number of hours of walking: 3
- Accommodation: Lodge in Phakding.
We start our day with a walk along the Dudh Koshi. The path climbs gently. We cross the river several times, walk across the village of Jorsale (2805 m.) and start a steep climb towards Namche Bazar. Half an hour later, we can see Mount Everest. We arrive in Namche early enough in the day to visit this famous Sherpa village and its inhabitants. Some shops and traders sell jewelry and handicrafts from Tibet and every week, there is an important market in Namche where farmers from the surrounding areas sell their crops of wheat, corn, millet, etc.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 50 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Acclimatization and rest day in Namche (3440 m.)
- Accommodation: Lodge
We climb above Namche Bazar to the Mong Pass by a gently sloping path on the mountainside. Views of Ama Dablam and Kantega, two of Nepal's most spectacular peaks. Then, we go down along the Dudh Koshi (the Milky River in Nepali language) and go up slightly to the village of Phortse (3800 m.). This day makes us acclimatized to altitude.
- Ascent: + 760 m.
- Descent: - 300 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Slow and steady climb across the Khumbu Valley to Pangboche. The village is overlooked by Ama Dablam. During 1 h 30 min. we go along the Inija Khola River. We cross Shomare and walk go along the Lobuche Khola to Pheriche.
- Ascent: + 560 m.
- Descent: - 100 m.
- Hours of walking: 5 to 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
Easy walk for 1 hour. The path to Thokla (4620 m.) climbs gently and becomes steep as we approach the Thokla Pass (4830 m.). There are chortens in memory of the alpinists died during the climb of Mount Everest. Then, the path to Lobuche is rocky.
- Ascent: + 640 m.
- Hours of walking: 4 to 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Early morning departure to enjoy the best view. We walk along the Khumbu Glacier. The climb to Gorak Shep is relatively easy. After, to Kala Patthar, it becomes steeper. We are in the heart of a huge amphitheater surrounded by the highest and most prestigious peaks in the world. back to Lobuche
- Ascent: + 650 m.
- Descent: - 650 m.
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
Longest day of trekking to cross the difficult pass of Kongma La.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 800 m.
- Hours of walking: 8
- Accommodation: Lodge
Along the moraine and the glacial lakes of Chokarma Tso and Imja Tso, we climb slowly to the Island Peak Base Camp where we put the tent up and get prepared for the climb.
- Ascent: + 250 m.
- Hours of walking: 3
- Accommodation: Bivouac
Safety day for the climb. Way back to Chukhung.
- Ascent: + 1200 m.
- Descent: - 1200 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
We walk down via Pangboche where is one of the oldest gompas of Nepal. We see forest and villages again as we go down to Tengboche, the spiritual heart of Khumbu. Visit to the famous monastery, a magnificent site overlooked by Ama Dablam.
- Ascent: + 150 m.
- Descent: - 1000 m.
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
Great descent to the Dudh Koshi and ascent to Sanasa before we take lunch in Namche. In the afternoon, we walk back to Monjo where we spend the night.
- Ascent: + 450 m.
- Descent: - 1400 m.
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
We cross the Gumila Forest and reach Lukla.
- Ascent: + 200 m.
- Descent: - 200 m.
- Hours of walking: 4
- Accommodation: Guest House
25 min mountain flight to return to Ramechhap. Drive to Kathmandu
- Accommodation: Holy Himalaya or similar in B&B
- Accommodation: Holy Himalaya or similar in B&B
Free time then transfer to the airport for international flight

NOTES

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 quilt 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 its 2 flights (English-speaking below 3 participants, free of charge)
- 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 flight to be obtained at the airport.
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses, sleeping bag etc.
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