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Island Peak Climb and Everest Base Camp Trek

OVERVIEW

Nepal is located between Tibetan Plateau and Indian continent with spectacular mountain vistas of young Himalaya. Here are numerous places to do trekking and peak climbing. Among them Everest base camp trek and Island peak Is the most famous. This trek and Expedition offer you the opportunity to experience the culture of Sherpa peoples as you approach the highest peak in the world. Everest trek and Island peak Expedition is justifiable famous, not only for its proximity to the world’s highest mountain but also its friendly peoples, picturesque scenery and rare flora and fauna but still the existence of the Yeti remains a mystery.

The world highest peak Mr. Everest and Hundreds of other white peaks including Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Yu, Mt. Pumari, Mt. Ama-Dablam snow caped mountain are waiting for your warm welcome in this region. It is also the home of the Sherpa people whose warm hospitality and skills as mountain guides and porters have made them famous. Its active and devout monasteries are the center of the Buddhist Lama culture and its festivals are many and colorful. In this region you will be into the heart of these giant massifs passing through colorful and beautiful Sherpas villages that each have something unique to offer such as the Yeti’s skull and hands at Pangboche or the world’s highest Monasteries at Tenboche. And of course, at every village you typical Sherpa hospitality.

Island Peak Expediton commence with flight to Lukla (2800m.), which is a small (15000 feet runway length) STOL (short takeoff and landing) airstrip.

Itinerary of Island Peak Climb and Everest Base Camp Trek

Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in hotel on BB Basis

After Breakfast full day sightseeing proceeds to world heritage site to Syambhunath Stupa The Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu. The all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathmandu city. Then proceed to patan durbar squar also call Lalitpur the city full of fine arts. It covers the dozens of temples like Krishna Mandir, Kumbeswor temple, Golden temle. Next site proceeds to Pashupatinath Temple the holiest Hindu Temple situated on the bank of sacred holy river Bagmati. Sightseeing continues to the Boudhanath Stupa the biggest Stupa around inhabited by Tibetan Refugee since 1959AD. The day ends at Kathmandu Durbar Squar where can visti the Living Goddes Kumari who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees, Kastamandap temple (Though now it is under reconstruction process after collapsed in earthquake in 25 April 2014), the temple made out of single tree and named Kathmandu as it was known as Kantipur in earlier times. Kathmandu Durbar Squar cover dozens of temples concluding Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Maizu dewal, Taleju temple, Nautale Durbar, Kaal Bhairav, freak street and many more.

Overnight in heritage hotel on BB basis.

Breakfast served in the early morning and drive to Kathmandu airport for your domestic flight to Lukla. It’s takes approximately 25 minutes. There’ll be time to explore the village whilst the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. From Lukla we descend on a wide trail northwest to the village of Chomlung in the Dudh Kosi valley. The valley radiates energy through beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The walking is easy and we follow the river’s course, passing through the village of Ghat. Our destination is the small village of Phakding.

Overnight in Phakding at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After the breakfast, we start our journey to Namche Bazaar, from Phakding we head up valley on a busy trail. Continue along beside the Dudh Kosi amongst beautiful alpine scenery, through the fragrant blue pine and fir forest, glimpsing spectacular views of Kusum Kangru (6369m) and Thanserku (6608m) along the way. Our lunch spot in Monjo, Leaving Monjo, we again cross the Dudh Kosi, to the western bank at Jorsale prior to trekking through the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Continuing upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, it is here we begin our first sustained ascent to Namche Bazaar after crossing the large suspension bridge. Walking at a slow pace, we have a fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. Climbing again, the path takes us through pine trees to reach the distinctive horse- shoe shaped bowl containing the village of Namche Bazaar. Stay in the heart of the village, with the afternoon free to bargain in the shops for “Tibeta artifacts, relax over a cup of tea and talk with our experienced Trekking guides and simply marvel at the beautiful scenery.

Overnight in Namche at lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day to acclimatize Exploring Namche and Sherpa culture. Wake up early in the morning and  climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. Namche is famous for its local market or bazaar. Each week, Sherpas from the surrounding villages come to buy food and to socialize. Any food not grown locally, such as rice, corn and some vegetables is brought in from the lowland village, which can be up to a 6-10 day walk from Jiri. Spend the morning exploring this colorful and lovely spectacle. Perhaps walk along the Thame Valley in the afternoon or visit the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture, mountaineering in the park, flora and fauna.

Overnight in Namche at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After Breakfst we trek out of the village bowl and follow a small trail high above the Dudh Kosi River, where the views are incredible, behind to the west, the ridge of Nupla and Kwangde Himal (6194m), across the valley to the south, the towering ice- fluted walls of Thamserku (6623m), and Everest looms above ridge, a black triangular rock, “Sagarmatha.” On a small ridge across the valley, the monastery of Thyangboche can be seen, a  against the gigantic mountain background. Ascending towards Khumjung, visit the Everest View Hotel on route, where coffee or hot chocolate and views of Everest are the order of the day! We descend to Khumjung and after staying in the more westernized town of Namche Bazaar, these village make a welcome change. Here tourism has hardly changed the life of the Sherpas. The afternoon has been left free to assist with further acclimatization.

Overnight in Khumjung at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we descend to the village of Shanasa and then contour to Trashinga where the trail drops steeply to cross the Dudh Kosi at Phukitenga (3250m). A break is taken here by a series of water – driven paryer wheels. In the late morning we initially climb steeply before the trail levels out to ascend gradually towards Thyangboche. It is a steady ascent of approximately two and half hours through pine fir, black juniper and rhododendron forest. Thyangboche is set in a beautiful meadow, high on a ridge surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks. A peaceful tranquil position, surely one of the wonders of the world and the Thyangboche Monastery is spectacularly situated. The monastery dominated by the gompa with its prayer flags and mani stones was founded in 1916 as a meditation centre.

Overnight in Thengboche at Lodge

Meal: Brekfast, Lunch Dinner

From Thyangboche, we descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron, to the nunnery at Deboche. Keep an eye open for Blood and Danghe pheasant and high on the steep slopes of the valley, Himalayan Thar (wild goats). We cross the Imja Khola, ascending gradually, with the beautiful Amadablam dominating the skyline, to visit the monastery. The afternoon walk follows a trail high above the Imja Khola. A little further upstream we cross the tributary stream and ascend over glacial moraines to our lodge in the ‘summer settlement’ of Dingboche.

Overnight in Dingboche

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Today we have a full day for acclimatization and exploring. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months, when large numbers of yaks are brought here to graze on the valley pastures. Those looking for a pleasant walk can head up the valley towards Chukung. The views are fantastic, the towering south face of Lhotse to the north, Island peak in the centre of the valley, and the fluted ice – walls of unnamed peaks that line the southern end of the valley from a hauntingly beautiful sight.

Overnight in in Dingboche at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We are now well above the tree line and your journey today’s brings you to Dusa from where you descend to a stream at 4850m. We begin our climb of the Khumbu Glacier en route to the tea shops at Dughla. Continue along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kala Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4910m for your evening stay. Take time to rest and acclimatize for this unforgettable day.

Overnight in Lobuche at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wonderful and rewarding day, second final destination of this trip to Everest Base Camp set out on the opposite the dreaded icefall-the most dangerous section of the Everest Summit. Rocky trail is in busy in April/May with porters carrying in supplies and the site is a riot of colorful tents perched on the ice. Everest Base Camp is the main camp for mountaineers and Trekkers feel very happy to be in Everest Base Camp as it makes a Life time memories for the adventure fulfillment. Retrace back from Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep.

Overnight in Gorak Shep

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning climb up to Kalapattar the third final destination of this trip to view sunrise awakening of the Himalayan chain along with 3600 Degree Outstanding spectacular view of numerous sky towering mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt.Lhotse Shar (8382m), Mt.Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Pumari (7165m), Mt. Khumbtse (6639m), Mt. Numptse (7864m), Mt. Amadablam (6814m), Mt.Changtse (7550m), Mt.Cholatse6335m), and many more other peaks that crowd the horizon the all directions. Down back to Grak Shep for breakfast and then retrace to Lobuche continuing south on the Everest-Lukla trai.

Overnight in Pherice at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning after breakfast we Proceed to Kongma-La Base Camp (5010m/16,437ft) to conquest the pass of Kongma-La (5,530m/18,143ft). To enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature, we need to carry a fresh packed lunch, plenty of water along with some nuts, candy and chocolates. Gradually we enter a wide basin dotted with small freeze lake, the trail rises over loose scree gaining the Longma La after approximately 4 hour we leave the Lobuche. On the top of Kongma la, the prayer Buddhist flags as a mark of the pass. Panoramic view of Mountain with Icy lake and the Khumbu glacier, continue descent might quite difficult stage of the trek. Walking down on the trail, the view of Chhukung valley of Island peak including magnificent of surrounding mountain helps you to reduce your tiredness. Today’s final destination Chhuking waiting there to welcome you.

Overnight in Chhukung at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Today’s trip to Island peak base camp gradually goes up and fairly steep trail. The main line of the valley flank of the moraine from Lhotse and Lhotse Shar glacier. South West side of the Island peak need to cross through the Imjatse glacier moraines. Continue walking on a pleasant trail along with Imja-Khola.

Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pre-climbing training will be conduct at Island Peak Base Camp (5190m/17,027ft). Our climbing guide trains the techniques of climbing, safety rule at glacier and ways of using and handing climbing gear such as the ice axe, climbing boots, crampons, harness ascender etc. If you are already experienced and well-trained mountaineers then it is not compulsory to take part in training session. Our main aim is to assist and guide the beginners who are willing to climb various peaks considering the safety measures in mind and we assure that it will boost the climbers to increase the confidence and climbing skill. The day will spend hiking to high camp and back to prepare mentally/physically for the next day summit.

 

Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Final destination of this trip will be an amazing day. The day start about 12AM (mignight) having breakfast before proceeding to summit the peak. We need to start very early because of strong winds and day sunlight of the mid-day may become obstacle for the successful summit. Gradually climbing up to the snowy peak on ice, our guide starts to fix a rope when feel its necessity. Fixed rope usually will be 300m to 400m though the length of rope depends on season and the crevasses. Normally Island peak does not require the ladder to cross crevasse but there are two newly formed crevasses about 4 meters wide may need to use ladders to cross them. A steep snow slop leads us onto the Summit ridge but comparatively beautiful and amazing walk. The 360-degree spectacular Panoramic view of hundreds of snowcapped mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Cho-Oyu (8201m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8463), Mt. Pumari (7145m), Mt Ama-Dablam (6812m) numerous white peaks from the top of Island peak will be a life time memory. Snapshots dozens of photographs and incredible videos from the summit than we retrace to the base camp where some of crew of our team are waiting making delicious food and cake to celebrate a happy night on your successful Island peak summit.

Overnight at Island peak Base Camp

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

The day will be a quire easier as we gradually descend to the lower altitude Passing through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Orsho and Shomare as a regular trekking trail. There is an alternative way to visit Gompa as it believed the oldest Gompa in Khumbu region in Upper Pangboche. Pangboche village with scenic view of surrounding towering mountains Ama-Dablam, Kongde, Kangtaiga, Thamaserku to the east and the tallest mountain of the earth Everest to the north east. Full day the trail follows the Imja-Tse river along with a wide fertile valley.

Overnight at Pangboche

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

After Breakfast, gradually retrace down the trail to the side of Imja-Tse Khola and up through pine forest to Tengboche.  Visit to Tengboche monastery and nuns than after lunch quite steep descend to Funkitanga. Gentle walk through blanketed hillside by colorful rhododendron flowers and fragrant juniper trees makes you to feel as walking in Eden.  Few hundred meters Walk up to Sansa looking out for wildlife may encounter. Snow leopard, mountain goat “Himalayan Thar”, colorful pheasants “National Bird of Nepal” mainly can be seen while passing through the forest. An easy walk from Sasna toNamchebazar.
Overnight at Namche Bazar

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Steeply downward carefully retrace to the bridge. Crossing the bridges over fast flowing Dudh Koshi river than easy walk to Lukla.

Overnight at Lukla

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

After quiet long time into the mountain, we catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Beautiful mountain views on the way even fly back to Kathmandu. While arriving in Kathmandu, drive from airport to hotel first. If you want to do sightseeing some UNISCO site in Kathmandu, we will arrange the car and guide. Farewell dinner will be in a typical restaurant with different Nepali ethnic group dance. Shopping and Sightseeing will be in your choice otherwise you will take a leisure day either hotel or walking around city.

As this program, today is an end day of your adventure to Nepal. Our company representative will take you to the international airport for your final departure to your home country approximately 2:30  hour before your schedule flight. Or you may extend your other activities like Rafting, jungle safari etc on your choice.

Cost, Includes and Excludes

Snowpal Trek and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. have not mentioned all the package cost on our website because of the following reason.

  1. Any cost depends on the number of the person in a group and hotel category non-star to five stars either in the cities or the Trekking area.
  2. Also, all our Itinerary and package are customizable. What we have published on our site is a guideline. This will be modified as per your requirements and time limit. You can add or reduce the activities or let us know to customize as per requirements accordingly, we calculate the cost.
  3. Our price will be adjusted in our bilateral mutual understanding that is if the client intends to add or reduce the service accordingly.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure from Intl's airport.
  • Arrival and departure from Domestic airport (Lukla),
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu flight ticket for guide.
  • Island peak climbing permit.
  • Sagarmatha National park entry permits.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Permit.
  • Climbing Clinic course at the Island peak base camp.
  • 3 nights (2 nights before and 1 nights after the trip) in a boutique hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in teahouses during the trekking.
  • Accommodation in tented camp while climbing Island peak.
  • Accommodation for all involved Nepalese Staff during the trekking and climbing.
  • Welcome and Fare well dinner with culture dances of different ethnic group of Nepal.
  • All meal (3 meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking and climbing.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea, and coffee hot chocolate while on the trek and climbing period.
  • Climbing high altitude food.
  • Gov. License holder Experienced climbing Sherpa to Summit the Island peak.
  • Climbing Sherpa allowances and salary
  • Climbing and Trekking staff: Climbing Sherpa, cook, kitchen helper, Necessary porters (A porter carry 25 to 30 Kg), and their food, salary, accommodations.
  • Insurance of all Nepalese staff including porters (Death, medical and accidental Heli rescue).
  • Group combine climbing gear/equipments like climbing fixing rope, main rope, snow bar, Ice crew, rock pitons.
  • Camping equipment: 2-person member tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, staff and porter tent, toilet tent, Mattresses.
  • Camping Equipment Utensils: EPI Gas, Gas Stove or fuel Stove for cooking, Fuel/Kerosene oil, Cooking pots,
  • 1 bottle oxygen for rescue in an emergency with mask regulator.
  • A mobile set with local SIM card and charger (Required to refund after the trip).
  • Walkie-talkie set to communicate to base camp while climbing period.
  • Garbage deposit USD 500 per permit/per group refundable as per the provisions made by NMA. (Nepal Mountaineering Association).
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Special gifts of Snowpal Trek and Expedition Pvt. Ltd.

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (also in case of early return form trekking/expedition then the schedule itinerary).Except welcome and farewell Dinner.
  • Extra night in Kathmandu (In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking/expedition (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary.
  • Sightseeing entry fee and guide in Kathmandu.
  • Bar bill and any bottled drinks such as alcohol, mineral water.
  • Laundry expenses, hot shower, Internet, landlines phone, battery charger.
  • Personal clothing, Packing items or bags.
  • Personal trekking and climbing gear (Climbing boots, Crampons, Ice Axe/Ice hammer, Harness, Jammers, Karabiners, Finger eight/ATC guide, tap sling etc (Can hire/buy in Kathmandu)
  • Any extra service, products offers or activities which are not mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Helicopter for rescue (required to make insurance). If needed we are 24 hours ready to rescue and rescued amount will be claimed from your insurance.
  • Staff tips after the successful summit.
  • Any Services/items not mentioned in cost includes.
  • Trip Code: SNT-P-E-001
  • Destination: Island Peak Summit
  • Group Size: 1-15
  • Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Max Altitude: 6189m- 20305ft
  • Trip Starts/Ends: KTM-KTM
  • Transportation: Flight/Trek
  • Accomodation: Mountain Lodge and Camping
  • Trip Grade: moderate to challenging

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