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ISLAND PEAK EXPEDITION

Outrageous Nepal

Island Peak Expedition

AN EPIC CLIMB ABOVE 6000 METERS PERFECT FOR A FIRST HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION.

Everest needs no introduction. It’s the highest mountain on the planet but that’s not what makes this trek to the base camp incredible. Sherpa culture, gigantic glaciers, Buddhist temples, landscape diversity, spectacular summits, beautiful villages and, wait for it millennials…, the coffee shops, make this trek an absolute must for anyone seeking to experience something truly unique in the world. By adding Island Peak to the Everest base camp trek, we’ll be ticking a Himalayan 6,000 meter summit off the bucket list as well! Although considered an entry level summit, Island Peak is a major mountaineering experience in the Himalayas and is physically demanding.

Alpine Academy

TRIP TYPE

Alpine Academy, Summit

Trip duration

DURATION

19 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

Nepal

ACCOMMODATIONS

Tent, Tea House

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A great first step into Himalayan expeditions.

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Trek to Everest Base Camp and summit Kalapathar to acclimatize for this summit. 

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Experience a 360 degree panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam from the summit.

Itinerary

This is a serious mountaineering achievement that is often considered a prerequisite to climbing Mount Everest itself. Good physical conditioning, dedicated training focusing on cardio and endurance, and a willingness to learn new skills whilst on this expedition are key to enjoying this incredible climb.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO KATHMANDU

Day 1 is arrival day. We’ll be picking you up from the airport and checking you in to the Kathmandu Guest House. Kathmandu airport can be a bit of an experience unto itself. Once you’ve navigated your way out you’ll be met by your LHO team leader. Depending on what time you arrive you’ll benefit from a tour of Kathamdu which includes Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Thamel. At 8:00pm we’ll have a team dinner and briefing before heading back to the hotel for gear checks and last minute preparations.

DAY 2: LUKLA TO PHAKDING

We’ll start our day early and aim to depart the hotel no later than 5am to catch our flight to Lukla. The flight itself takes around 30 minutes although we should expect around a 2-hour delay pre-departure as is typical in Nepalese aviation. Once in Lukla we’ll be met by our porters for the expedition. Depending on the the time of arrival we’ll have the chance to briefly roam around the town and grab tea before heading out on the first section of our trek. The trek to Phakding is relatively easy. There are very few uphill sections and we’ll largely be trekking in alpine forest and between the better developed villages of the Khumbu region. We usually arrive early on the first day and don’t expect to walk for more than 4 hours. It’s a great chance to check out the town and sample your first Everest region German bakery experience. Yes, you read that right!

DAY 3: NAMCHE BAZAAR

We’ll start our day early and aim to depart the hotel no later than 5am to catch our flight to Lukla. The flight itself takes around 30 minutes although we should expect around a 2-hour delay pre-departure as is typical in Nepalese aviation. Once in Lukla we’ll be met by our porters for the expedition. Depending on the the time of arrival we’ll have the chance to briefly roam around the town and grab tea before heading out on the first section of our trek. The trek to Phakding is relatively easy. There are very few uphill sections and we’ll largely be trekking in alpine forest and between the better developed villages of the Khumbu region. We usually arrive early on the first day and don’t expect to walk for more than 4 hours. It’s a great chance to check out the town and sample your first Everest region German bakery experience. Yes, you read that right!

DAY 4: EVEREST VIEW HOTEL

The trek to Lava Tower is the first real taste of the high altitude environment as we reach almost 4,600 meters of altitude before descending to Baranco at 3,900 meters. We purposely choose the high route to Baranco to enable our bodies to acclimatize. This is also the first full day on the trail. We’ll be having a packed lunch on this day at the Lava Tower before descending to Baranco for our hot dinner. The environment shifts into an alpine desert as we weave our way past dramatic rock formations. It is common to find snow at the higher altitude.

DAY 5: TYANGBOCHE

Easily one of the highlights of this trek is the monastery at Tyangboche that sits at the foot of Ama Dablam and serves as a gateway to the highest mountains on the planet. The trek starts early in Namche Bazaar as we make our way out of the villages and onto the main trail that leads into the deep Khumbu valley. It begins with a flat path and slowly winds along the mountain side before a big descent to the valley floor. Lunch will be by the river at the low point of the day before ascending to 3,800 meters where the village is situated. At 3:30pm the monastery opens for visitors and we’ll have a chance to visit and participate in the rituals of one of Buddhism’s holy sites.

DAY 6: DINGBOCHE

This is one of the longer days of our adventure together as we breach the 4,000 meter elevation mark and put the better developed low altitude villages behind us. The trail to Dingboche is mostly a gradual ascent as we turn around the iconic Ama Dablam that will accompany us on our right side throughout the day. Depending on the pace of the group we may have lunch in Pengboche or continue straight on to our final destination. Although remote, Dingboche actually has one of the best coffee shops on the trail. We’ll be sure to visit it.

DAY 7: DINGBOCHE REST DAY

We’ll be staying in Dingboche for two nights to rest and acclimatize. The tea houses in this area are relatively comfortable, giving us the opportunity to relax before pushing into the higher altitude environment. We’ll do a short trek before lunch to a nearby viewpoint but for the most part this day is dedicated to rest.

DAY 8: LOBUCHE

Dingboche is the last village on this trail. The tea houses from both Lobuche and Gorakshep are mostly to service trekkers and mountaineers. There are only a handful of inhabitants in both villages. The day will start with a gradual ascent towards the Thukla pass. Just before arriving to the pass we’ll be traversing what appears to be a ditch with loose rocks. This is actually the terminal moraine (end point) of the Khumbu glacier that starts on Everest itself and is one of the longest and largest high-altitude glaciers on the planet. Lunch will be at a tea house just below Thukla after which we’ll cross the pass, home to the memorials of the many mountaineers who’ve perished in the region. The final leg of our trek is less steep than the ascent to Thukla as we make our way to Lobuche (4,900m) at the foots of the south face of Mt Nuptse.

DAY 9: EVEREST BASE CAMP

We’ll be getting another early start on this day and make our way to Gorakshep. Here we’ll check into our tea house, have an early lunch and then make our way along the glacier moraine all the way to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m). The trek to the base camp is not as steep as previous days however the high-altitude environment can make it feel challenging. Our aim is to reach the base camp and return to Gorakshep by 3pm at the latest. For those of us who’d like to, it is possible to catch the sunset above Gorakshep on Kalapathar (5,555 m) although this depends on how we’re feeling.

DAY 10: KALAPATHAR

For those of us who’d like to catch the sunrise on Everest it is possible to go for a pre-breakfast trek up to Kalapathar to do so. For those of us who’d rather sleep in, we’ll be having an early breakfast in order to begin the long descent back to Dingboche via Lobuche. We’ll once again have lunch just below the Thukla pass before continuing the gradual section down to the town. The way back is no less spectacular as we’ll be facing first Cholatse and Tabouche summits and then Ama Dablam from an angle we won’t be familiar with from previous days. Dinner will be in Dingboche with the possibility of free time to explore, visit the coffee shop and take pictures.

DAY 11: CHHUKUNG

With our acclimatization now fully engaged, we make our way to Chhukung, the last village before our Island Peak base camp. The town is sandwiched between Nuptse and the north face of the Ama Dablam. This will be our final stop before Island Peak base camp.

DAY 12: ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP

On the relatively short walk to the base camp we’ll be accompanied by the imposing south face of Lhotse. Once at the base camp, we’ll check in, have something to eat, and participate in training sessions necessary for a safe ascent.

DAY 13: ISLAND PEAK SUMMIT

We leave the base camp in the very early hours of the morning as we make our way up to advanced base camp before pushing for a direct ascent to the 6,160 meter summit. The first section of the climb is largely a walk on steep terrain. The last 200 meters require the use of technical gear. From the summit we’ll be able to see the summits of Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Makalu amongst others. After a short break, we’ll return to base camp for a short rest before descending to Chhukung for the evening.

DAY 14: ISLAND PEAK SUMMIT

In the event that climbing is not possible on the 18th due to weather or other conditions we have set aside November 19th as an alternative summit day. If we do manage to climb on the 18th then this will be a recovery day to relax.

DAY 15: TYANGBOCHE

We’ll return to the Tyangboche monastery directly from Chhukung with views of the Ama Dablam forming on our left-hand side. Although the trail may be familiar, the visual experience on the return leg of our journey is very different. Lunch will be at Pengboche on the route.

DAY 16: MONJO

Next stop is Monjo but not before a short stop over in Namche Bazaar for lunch.

DAY 17: LUKLA

Our last night in the mountains will be spent in Lukla. Team members will have the chance to explore the local bars and coffee shops in the evening and celebrate the end of our adventure together.

DAY 18: KATHMANDU

We’ll have breakfast in Lukla before flying back to Kathmandu where a celebratory dinner awaits. For those who are interested, a city tour is available with visits to Monkey Temple and Durbar Square or you can enjoy the vibrant city bazaars and shopping districts.

DAY 19: NAMASTE!

The last day together is dedicated to airport transfer and farewells. Breakfast is included on the day. Please make sure to provide us with your departure details before the first day of the trip so that arrangements can be made. We’ll be arranging your shuttle 3 hours prior to departure so please do make sure to be near the hotel at the time so as not to be late. For those of us departing late we’re happy to recommend places to visit or arrange for a city tour if you weren’t able to attend it on the first day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters & Permits
  • Indicated Mountaineering Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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