Moderate paced with extensive outdoor adventure; camping; strenuous activity. Requires excellent fitness and stamina.
Extensive outdoor adventure; camping; Requires excellent fitness and stamina.
Summit the Island Peak to become an actual mountaineer yourself. This could be the adventure you wanted all your life or a preparation for climbing even higher peaks in the future.
Our expedition to the top of Island Peak begins, in the true sense, in Lukla. We trek in the Everest region for about a week to get to the Island Peak, the journey itself helping in acclimatization and being an adventure.After your journey, you will return home as a real mountaineer who has scaled a Himalayan peak.
A representative of Mountain Kick will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (4,600 feet). Rest overnight at your hotel musing over your Himalayan adventure ahead.
See Kathmandu first before embarking on your adventure. This ancient city is dotted with royal courtyards, monasteries and temples which offer a glimpse into local culture. Your journey starts the next day and we will brief you on your big trip.
You will reach Lukla, a small tourist town overlooking Everest, in just half-an-hour. Lukla lies officially inside the Everest Region and you will begin your Everest Panorama trek here. We will warm up with a three-hour trek downhill to Phakding village and rest for the day.
We will trek for about six hours to get to Namche Bazaar. You will be entering into the Sagarmatha National Park and walking through suspension bridges over vertigo-inducing gorges to get there. As the name suggests, Namche Bazaar is a thriving marketplace geared for tourists and it is so much fun to hang out here.
We rest here to get properly acclimatized to the altitude and temperature. You might want to go for last minute shopping or perhaps chill out at a night club.
Trek for about five hours and you will reach Tengboche. The village is located at the confluence of the Imja River and the Dudh Koshi River and is home to the largest monastery in the region the Tengboche monastery.
We follow the Imja River towards Mount Everest. We will reach Dingboche in about six hours. The village lies on the bank of the Imja River and is known for stone walls that run throughout and beyond the village.
We keep following the Imja River towards the Chukhung Valley. Four hours of trekking will get us here from Dingboche. Chukhung is surrounded by Mount Lhotse and Mount Nuptse from the north, by Mount Cho Polu and Mount Baruntse from the east and by Mount Ama Dablam from the south. This means you will be right in the middle of the Himalayas cornered by mountains and glaciers.
It takes four hours of hiking to reach the base camp of Island Peak or the Imja Tse. The mountain appears as an island in the sea of ice and hence the moniker. We will camp here in a tent for the night.
We will summit Island Peak, which rises over 20,000 feet above the sea level, the next day so you will need all the rest you could get. Be mentally prepared and physically acclimatized.
Island Peak is the most climbed mountain in the Himalayan range. It has a difficulty grade of Alpine PD+ so that means it requires some climbing skills but is possible with the help of a guide. There is a tricky crevasse near the summit but don’t worry we will get you over it. We will start the summit before sunrise and get back to the base and return to Chukhung before sunset.
We start to get back now. We will walk for six hours to get to Tengboche, the same place where we were at on Day 06 of our journey.
Khumjung is a relatively large village which lies on our way back to Namche. The village lies next to Mount Khumbila and the local monastery is believed to be made of a Yeti scalp. Past the village and after a few hours through forests, suspension bridges and alongside mountain ridges will get you to Namche Bazaar, back to the society after your ordeal with wilderness. It’s not too early to celebrate, so you might want to head out and share your adventure over a couple of drinks.
We will climb up the place where it all started, Lukla. Your Everest Panorama trek ends here. You will not have to walk anymore.
In about no time, you will be back to Kathmandu. The bustling city will be a sharp contrast to the calm of the Himalayas.
Spend the day it as you like it. You might want to visit some more heritage sites or wander around happening parts of the city like Thamel. We will have a farewell dinner planned for your last night in Nepal.
You will be headed home and recollections of your Himalayan expedition will keep you occupied on your long flight back.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 550.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
First aid and medicines
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Note: The lists have been prepared by our guides based on experience and are meant as suggestion for an average trekker. Each trekker will have his/her own preferences and necessities and we recommend carrying everything that you think you might need. You will find several options for each equipment and we advise to select the best match for your particular trip. You can purchase almost everything on the lists in Kathmandu and we are happy to help you choose.
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|December 13, 2018||December 29, 2018||available||$3,140|
|December 19, 2018||January 04, 2019||available||$3,140|
|December 25, 2018||January 10, 2019||available||$3,140|
|December 31, 2018||January 16, 2019||available||$3,140|
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