Step back in time to where Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (Sherpa) prepared for their assault on the world’s tallest mountain. Let the adrenalin flow as you climb Island Peak (6189m).
The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek with the ascent of Island Peak begins with a scenic birds-eye view over the soaring white Himalayan Mountains. You will land at Lukla then hit the trail and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley surrounded by the massive Thamserku (6623m) and Kusum Kanguru (6367m). Kusum Kanguru, means "Three Snow-White Gods" in the Sherpa language, which refers to the triple summit of the mountain. Island Peak is also known in Tibetan as Imja Tse. Island Peak was aptly named by earlier Mt.Everest explorers due to it appearing as an island in a sea of ice.
Before heading to Everest Base Camp and then climbing of Island Peak you will have time to acclimatize at a lower altitude. The trail offers several excellent vantage points from where you can see Mt.Everest, such as Kala Patthar (meaning 'black rock' in Nepali).
The trail leads us through many villages and towns rich in Tibetan culture and traditions, such as Namche Bazaar where we take time out to acclimatize. We then head higher altitudes to Tengboche (3860m), Dingboche (4350 m), Nangkartshang Peak (5083 m), Lobuche (4910 m), Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Kala Patthar (5545m) from where we have incredible views of Mt.Everest and other peaks. Next, we head to Kongma La Pass (5535m), Chhukung (4730m), and then start our journey to Island Peak base camp (5200m) and ultimately Island Peak summit (6189m). Prior to climbing the peak, you will have had ample time to get acclimatized beforehand. We then descend to Pangboche (3985m), Namche Bazaar (3440m), and back to Lukla (2800m) for our return flight to Kathmandu (1350m). Heading back to Kathmandu you will have a new appreciation of the vast Himalayan Ranges.
Before heading to the Himalayas we will explore the historical features in Kathmandu Valley.
Sherpa Expedition & Trekking have been in the tour business for over 40 years and has a reputation second to none. We continue to strive to make the adventure one that you will never forget.
You will be carrying all of your gear and share some of the cluster gear. Keeping your pack light is important, so choose light-weight clothing and equipment. Be sure to have a range of clothing suitable for all conditions. Sudden change of weather may require layering of clothing. Three layers will meet your needs. Avoid cotton or fabrics that do not maintain heat when cold. Comfortable durable wool (or proven fabrics) that breathe and expel sweat lends itself to an additional pleasant experience!'
We will offer complimentary water and a windproof duffle that you'll use on the trek - carried by porters. The duffle is yours to keep once at the end of the trek. You can safely leave your bag, together with your non-trekking requirements, at our office in Katmandu and collect them upon your return.
All equipment, such as base camp tents, room accessories, climbing rope, ice screws, snow bar and ice hammer is provided by Sherpa Expedition & Trekking.
Airline departure details. Please leave your airline ticket at our office in the event you need to alter your departure date.
"While you're needed to bring everything on this list, there are suitable variations that are also suitable. Many of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu from stores that cater to mountain trekking.
It is obligatory to possess smart travel insurance or emergency evacuation insurance that covers evacuation from high altitudes. It is advisable that you have cancellation insurance - just in case of an accident or for some reason, due to unforeseen circumstances, the trip is canceled.
For your personal safety and success, we recommend physical activities like running, swimming and some smaller climbs to lower peaks which incorporate climbs that involve the use of crampons. Be prepared for extreme exposure and steep drop-offs and be capable of carrying around 30lbs/15 kilos. If possible, get some experience in technical rock and mountaineering climbing to prepare for your trek and climb to Island Peak. Be familiar with using other climbing equipment, such as jumar ascenders, crampons, and ropes.
Trekking at altitude requires a lot of energy. We recommend you bring your own healthy snack foods to snack on along the trek.
In Kathmandu, you will stay at deluxe hotels and while on the trek your accommodation is in native lodges/guesthouses. At base camp your accommodation is in tented camps. All accommodation is based on a twin share basis.
In case of any high hypoxia problems, it is recommended as a primary precaution to return to a lower altitude. If the problem persists you will need to be evacuated if necessary by helicopter rescue and jeep.
During the climb, your guide will have access to current weather conditions.
Any questions can be directed to Sherpa Expedition & Trekking. We are here to ensure you are well-equipped and prepared for this fantastic adventure.
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