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Everest Base Camp & Island Peak

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Overview

Reaching the summit of Island Peak will surely be a dream come true for adventurers and thrill seekers alike. A 3-week difficult and challenging feat to reach 6187m, a remarkable accomplishment leaving you with unforgettable memories and stories to tell for years to come.
Following the Everest Base Camp route, we pass through traditional Sherpa villages, rich in culture and always offering a warm welcome. You will relish the stupendous mountainous views on offer around every corner as we follow sacred rivers and trek through forests thick with pine, bamboo and rhododendron in the Khumbu region. You will visit the highest placed monastery in the world, enjoying Buddhist traditions and rituals, all in the company of the majestic Himalayas.

 

This trip takes you to the heights of Himalayan peaks, immersing you in snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers and roaring sacred rivers.
After reaching Everest Base Camp and the peak of Kala Patthar, its time to either try out your mountaineering skills, or, if you are a novice, we will introduce you to the world of climbing, teaching you technical skills to help you reach the summit of Island Peak. Sleeping under the stars in this Himalayan wonderland, we begin our ascent from Base Camp to the pinnacle of Island Peak, standing amongst the giants of the Himalayas at 6187 meters. Not many places on earth offer such magical views of the worlds highest and most beautiful mountains.
Outstanding, mesmerizing views of Thamserku (6618m), Makalu (8485m), Ama Dablam (6828m), Baruntse (7168m), Lhotse (8501m), Lhotse Shar (8386m), Peak 38 (7590m), Kusum Kanguru (6367m) and the Dudh Kosi Valley are all yours for the taking when you reach the top of Island Peak.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. (1345m.)
A Moktan Adventure representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in a Kathmandu hotel.

 

Day 2: Sightseeing and last minute preparations.
Your second day in Nepal is all about culture! One of our professional tour guides will take you to visit the many historical, religious and spiritual sites of Kathmandu including Patan Durbar square, Swayambhunath Temple (also known as the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple and the largest stupa in Nepal, Bouddhanath. You will meet your guide who will answer any questions you may have. Overnight in a Kathmandu hotel.

Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2840m/35 minutes) and trek to Phakding (2610m/3 hours.)
We take an early morning flight between the mountains to the Sherpa town of Lukla. An easy 3-hour trek following the Dudh Kosi River brings us to Phakding. Overnight in teahouse.

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazar. (3440m/5 hours.) (3440m/11290ft)
Crossing suspension bridges, loaded with Buddhist prayer flags and giving way to herds of yaks, we will climb a steep trail through forests of fir, pine, bamboo and rhododendron until we reach the Sherpa capital and gateway to the high Himalaya; Namche Bazaar. This is an energetic, colorful town where you can enjoy the local food and drink and soak up the atmosphere.

Day 5: Rest/Acclimatization.
We take a day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize our bodies to the increasing altitude. Early morning, we will hike above the town, stop for a coffee at the world’s highest hotel (3962m) whilst soaking up the most magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we will pass through Khumjung village, the location of the Sir Edmund Hillary secondary school and a trip to the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a unique photography display, is worth a visit. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 6: Trek to Tyangboche Monastery. (3860m/5 hours.)(3860m/12660ft) 5 hours
We leave Namche Bazaar and trek for around 5 to 6 hours following the fast flowing waters of the Dudh Kosi with glorious views of the surrounding mountains. The views become even more dramatic as you approach the holy place of Tyangboche, a traditional site and spiritual center of the Khumbu region where the Rimpoche (Lama Re-incarnate) exists. The monastery here is the highest monastery in the world and is adorned with incredible ornate wall hangings and houses a twenty-foot sculpture of Buddha and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas; if you are lucky enough you will see the Lamas performing their rituals and hear the divine chanting and music. Tyangboche is famous for its unparalleled panoramic views of Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest. Overnight at teahouse.

 

Day 7: Trek to Pheriche. (4280m/5 hours.)
The day starts with a gentle descent through the rhododendron forest before reaching Deboche. Another hour of gentle trekking takes us across the Imja River passing stones inscribed with Tibetan text describing past great lamas and all that is good about Buddhism. We then begin a gentle ascent to Pangboche where the landscape will change and the vegetation will begin to disappear. The Imja and Khumbu Khola rivers meet on our journey today, close to Pheriche, and we follow the Khumbu Khola to our teahouse for the night.

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche. (4940m/6 hours.)
We start the day with an easy trek over flat landscape, following the Khumbu Khola for around one hour. Yaks and naks will keep us company on the way, as this is their grazing land. The next two hours is a steep climb up to Thukla Pass and the memorial site to those who have lost their lives trying to scale to the peak of Mount Everest. We push on further, up a gentler incline to Lobuche and our resting place for the night. Nearby to our teahouse is an Italian weather station and resource centre that we can pay a visit to, we could also climb to a ridge for our first views of the Khumbu Glacier, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Overnight in teahouse.

Day 9: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5300m) and back to Gorak Shep. (5170m/8 hours total.)
We will reach Gorak Shep in time for lunch; here we will leave our bags behind and head out over the rocky tracks to Everest Base Camp. Everest Base camp is the closest you can be to Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment. You may see a group of people in camp preparing to climb the mighty Mount Everest. We will then hike back to Gorak Shep for dinner and a well-earned rest. If the weather is clear, sunset views from Gorak Shep are pretty spectacular! Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 10: Hike up to Kala Patthar (5545m) then trek to Dingboche. (4360m/8 hours total.)
A very early start to reach the peak of Kala Patthar for some truly enchanting views of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalays. This peak is arguably the best place to be for unparalleled views of the highest place on earth. To reach the peak is a challenging trek up a steep sandy track, but your efforts will be rewarded with some of the best views you will ever see, watching the colors of the sunrise prance atop of the snow capped peaks. We return to Gorak Shep for breakfast and then head out again, descending past Lobuche before reaching Dingboche and our teahouse for the night. Overnight at Teahouse.

 

Day 11: Trek to Chukkung. (4750m/2.5 hours.)
An easy trek following the Imja River into a deep valley will bring us to Chukkung. The area offers many activities for your free time. You can climb to Chukkung Ri (5559m) or explore the Lhotse, Imja and Lhotse Shar Glaciers.

 

Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp. (5090m/5 hours.)

Lots of “up and down” today across the Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Imja Glaciers. Along the way, Ama Dablam will be at our side, leading the way to Base Camp. Views of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Imja Peak, Baruntac and Island Peak will all be on offer as you walk the glacial path. At Base Camp, you will receive expert training from our guides in equipment use, how to walk on the snow and climbing using the ropes.

Day 13 & 14: Summit to Island Peak (6173m) and return to Base Camp. (5090.)
The next two days all depend on the weather conditions. Your guide may decide it is fine to reach the summit in one day, or they may decide to spend the night at High Camp and attempt the summit the next day. Reaching the summit of this mountain, climbing rocky and icy tracks is a feat not to be underestimated. What an accomplishment to summit this mountain and stand amongst the giants of the Himalayas. When you reach the top, feast your eyes on the magnificent sights on offer. Makalu, (8485m) Ama Dablam, (6828m) Baruntse, (7168m) Lhotse, (8501m) Lhotse Shar, (8386m) Peak 38 (7590) and the long Imja Valley and Glacier are just some of the beautiful, bewitching views for you to capture and keep with you for a lifetime. After our incredible achievements, we will begin our descent back to Base Camp for another night at camp.

Day 15: Trek to Debouche. (3770/7 hours.)
We join the Imja River and follow it back to the tree line and lower altitudes. We pass through Chukkung, Dingboche, Shomare and Pangboche before reaching our teahouse for the night in Debouche.

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazar. (3440m/5 hours.)
We return to the Sherpa capital through the rhododendron and blue pine forests. We will stay again in this lively village in a local teahouse.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla. (2840m/6 hours.)

We trek back along the banks of the Dudh Kosi River to Lukla where will spend our last night in the mountains before returning to Kathmanu the next day. Tonight you can relax, enjoy good food and drink and celebrate your accomplishment of the last 17 days.


Day 18: Morning Flight to Kathmandu.

Another exciting flight through the mountains back to the capital and overnight in a hotel in Thamel.

Day 19: Leisure day in Kathmandu.

A free day to relax, rejuvenate and maybe take in some more sights of Nepal and all its rich culture.

Day 20: Flight home.
A Moktan Adventure representative will accompany you to the airport and bid you farewell.

 


 

Includes / Excludes

Cost Include(s)

Required transfers by private vehicle
Standard twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu
Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle with entrance fees
All required permit (TIMS, National park entry, climbing royalty, garbage deposit)
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight ticket
Standard meals (Brekfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climbing
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
Camping accommodation for 2 night during climbing
English speaking guide, and required number of porters (includes their wages, accommodation, food and insurance)
General climbing equipment like ice screw, snow bar, rope etc
All tax and official expenses

 

Cost Exclude(s)

Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
Travel insurance (mandatory), international flight fare, Nepal visa
All beverages, bar bills, laundry, personal expenditure
Personal trekking and climbing gears
Any cost that occurred due to unforeseen circumstances

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Trip Price

$ 2000

Duration 20 Days

Grade Alpine

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Country Nepal

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