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ISLAND PEAK CLIMBING (22 days)
sightseeing of kathmandu valley, fly to lukla & trek to phakding, trek to namche, trek to tengboche, trek to pheriche, trek to pheriche, trek to gorak shep, trek to everest base camp, trek to dingboche, trek to chukhung, trek to island peak base camp, trek to high camp, ascent of island peak, spare day, trek to pangboche, trek to lukla
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Trip duration: 22 Days

Grade: Strenuous - Peak Climbing - Alpine grade: PD+

Activity: Sightseeing and trekking

Starts in: Kathmandu

Ends in: Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house)

Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus

Maximum altitude: 6160 m
 

 

Kathmandu to Kathmandu (22 days)

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
 

Day 2 Sightseeing in Katmandu
 

Day 3 Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2652m]
 

Day 4 Trek to Namche [3450m]
 

Day 5 Rest day in Namche Day 6 trek to Tengboche [3867m]
 

Day 7 Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
 

Day 8 Rest day in Pheriche
 

Day 9 Trek to Lobuche [4930m]
 

Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
 

Day 11 Trek to Everest base camp [5357m]
 

Day 12 Trek to Dingboche [4350m]
 

Day 13 Trek to Chukhung [4750m]
 

Day 14 Trek to island peak base camp [5150m]
 

Day 15 Trek to high camp
 

Day 16 Ascent of island peak [6160  m]
 

Day 17 Spare day
 

Day 18 Trek to Pangboche [3950m]
 

Day 19 Trek to Namche [3450m]
 

Day 20 Trek to Lukla [2800m]
 

Day 21 Fly to Kathmandu
 

Day 22 Depart Kathmandu
 

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience as exotic panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range peaks sprawls before you. The Nepali support team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Day 2 Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities which bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine PASUPATHINATH, the largest Buddhist stupa in town BOUDHANATH, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and SOYAMBHUNATH. In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.

Day 3 Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2652m]
A spectacular flight and hair raising landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail to our first camp near the river at Phakding.

Day 4 Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Camp is near the bazaar at Namche.

Day 5 Rest day in Namche
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Everest view hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the national park centre and museum just above the town.

Day 6 trek to Tengboche [3867m]
From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now we get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. We camp near the monastery with Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam framed in the doorway of the tent.

Day 7 Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
We descend steeply through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6856m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche.

Day 8 Rest day in Pheriche
A day to rest and acclimatize and a chance to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Alternatively, we can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view up the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Lhotse.

Day 9 Trek to Lobuche [4930m]
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place for the night, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.

Day 11 Trek to Everest base camp [5357m]
To reach Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche to camp for the night.

Day 12 Trek to Dingboche [4350m]
We head back down today, through Duglha, to the summer village of Dingboche, where the houses are dotted about in the fields.

Day 13 Trek to Chukhung [4750m]
Today, we have an easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along the way we have great views of Island Peak and the challenge that awaits us.

Day 14 Trek to island peak base camp [5150m]
Another easy day, the trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Base camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which mark the start of the climb on Island Peak.


Day 15 Trek to high camp
We ascend a little further to high camp where we will relax and make final preparations for our climb tomorrow.

Day 16 Ascent of island peak [6160 m]
Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views. We descend along the same route, down to base camp.

Day 17 Spare day
A contingency day allocated for weather etc.

Day 18 Trek to Pangboche [3950m]
After descending along the trail to Chukhung, we continue on to Dingboche for lunch. It is then another couple of hours to the lovely village of Pangboche where we'll camp for the night.

Day 19 Trek to Namche [3450m]
Today we follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Day 20 Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Day 21 Fly to Kathmandu
We pack up early and head for the airstrip for the flight back to Kathmandu

Day 22 Depart Kathmandu
Our The Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).

Trekking Peak Equipment List

Equator will provide the technical climbing equipment, including: harness, axes, helmets, crampons, carrabinas, ropes and base camp camping and cooking equipment.

You will need to supply the following personal equipment. If you do not have the following equipment you can rent it when you arrive in Kathmandu. Our office staff will take you to one of several quality trekking rental stores.

MOUNTAINEERING
Waterproof trousers
Gloves (liner/layer/shell)
Plastic boots
Thermal bottoms / top
Day sack
Sleep mat (4 wk course)
Gaiters

Check your gear works before setting out, hire gear fits, etc. Your mountaineering equipment will be packed into a separate bag provided. Equator will transport this separately to base camp. You will NOT have access to this bag until base camp. You only need to carry what you need for trekking, not climbing. Equator can arrange a porter to Dzongla for you if you would like to trek with just a day pack.


Personal Equipment List

►Backpack
►Day Pack (if using porter support)
►Trekking Boots/ shoes
►Socks x 3
►Sleeping Bag (4 season)
►Down Jacket (can be rented in KTM / Pokhara or Namche Bazaar)
►Shorts x 2
►Fleece Pant / Jacket
►Flashlight (extra batteries)
►Shirt/T-Shirt x 1
►Thermal Underwear Top 2 / Bottoms 2
►Book
►Trekking polls (optional)
►Sun Hat / Visor
►Gloves
►Sun Screen
►Sunglasses (UV protected. Imperative to have quality eye wear)
►Waterproof Jacket
►Watch
►Wool- fleece / Hat with ear protection
►Water Treatment
►Permit / Money
►Camera / film
►Small First Aid

*If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections or sinus problems, bring what you need with you.

If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections, foot rot, or sinus problems, bring what you need with you. You will definitely want to be carrying some for common illnesses like diarrhea, staff infection and upset stomachs. You will need a complete set of inoculations for Asia, ask your doctor for advise.


Trekking Peak Equipment List

Please bring any of your own food: power bars, granola bars, dried fruit, chocolate, always nice to have.

Pre-departure information and trekking tips

Travel: We will be more than happy to organize all your internal travel arrangements in the Kingdom of Nepal. We have a wide variety of services and budget options to suit your needs including, airport pick-ups, sightseeing excursions, airline reconfirmation, hotel reservations and much more. Contact our friendly and experienced staff for a personal itinerary.

Cost: The cost of the trip includes all specialized climbing equipment (see personal equipment list) meals and accommodation during the trip, permits, porters, local transport and internal flights to and from Kathmandu. It does not include personal expenses, alcohol, candy, soft drinks, meals or accommodation when staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara

Your pre-departure meeting will take place in Kathmandu two evenings prior to the beginning of the course.

Age: Age is an attitude and not a problem, but we do require that group members be at least 18 years old.

Insurance: expedition members are responsible for having their own travel insurance including helicopter evacuation.

Vaccinations: Nepal has no official vaccination requirements for entry. However we recommend that you visit a doctor for the latest recommendations and protect yourself accordingly.

Visa: Visa can be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival. You will need 2 passport size photograph.

Currency: The best currency to have is US Dollars in travelers cheques, cash and/or credit cards. American Express, MasterCard and Visa are all accepted in Nepal.

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Testiminols Guest
Thank you to everyone at Equator for a great trip on Sun Kosi, especially to Arun and the rest of the team on the river who all worked very hard providing us with great support and wonderful food. We all had a fantastic trip and hope to come back to paddle more rivers and see more of Nepal in the future. It was also nice to meet you.
Catriona