Island Peak

Trip Introduction

Everest Base camp with three different high passes Kongma La (5535/18159 ft), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m) is for the adventurers who are seeking for the real challenging treks. This trekking is design for the people who are physically fit and want to prove themselves. The main attraction of this trek is the three high passes more then 5,300 with crossing the glaciated crevasses with the spectacular sceneries of surrounding mountains. Getting to the Mount Everest base camp, treks to Kala Patter (5545m/18,192ft), 360 degree view form Gokyo Ri (17,585ft/5,360m) is also the other activities that is involve in this treks.

This trek also introduce trekkers some remote untouched Sherpa village and monasteries. View of 5 eight thousand meter peak, inherent Sherpa culture and the hospitality along the treks, monasteries, prayer wheels and flags, some of the world’s highest passes make this treks an experience of your life time.

If you are looking for challenging treks around Mount Everest then this is a good option for your next trips. Open trail treks also offer some other treks for the trekkers who are looking for trekking to this resign but easier trekking including the famous part. If you are looking for slightly easier treks then three pass but including the high pass you can chick “Everest base camp treks via Gokyon -18 Days” which takes us through the Gokyo and Cho la pass to the Everest base camp. Which also involve the fascinating view from Kala patter and Gokyo Ri. “Everest base camp treks- 14 Days” is design for those people who have limited amount of time and want to treks up to Everest base camp. Our “Everest view treks-9 Days” is design for the old people or people who not very fit physically or have less time.

Package inclusions:

  • Pick-up & drop-off from Kathmandu International Airport by private car.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in the local Kathmandu restaurant
  • Three nights in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu (convenient location but not in the heart of Thamel so won’t be overly crowded)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with tour guide, private transportation and entrance fees of all temple
  • Flight ticket for Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the treks with the cup of tea/coffee.
  • Accommodation during treks in local hotel or tea house. Our Guide will ensure this accommodation will be the best available.
  • Permits including – Trekking Information Management Systems (TIMS) and Sagarmatha conservation area permit
  • English speaking trekking leader, Guide as the size of group and the porter (2 trekkers = 1 porter) including their salary, equipment, insurance, food and lodging
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket, duffel bag, T-short and trekking Map
  • Comprehensive medical kid box
  • All government taxies and the local fees

What’s not included:

  • Mineral water, juices, other drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Donation to monasteries
  • Other donation for local projects fund and others
  • Any other personnel expenses throughout the treks
  • Tips to guide and porter

Day 1: Arrived in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft):

When you arrived in Tribhuwan International Airport, representative from Open Trail will be there holding your group name or leader name. He will drop off you at the hotel. After checking in, you can take rest or visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel or you can also do some souvenir shopping in Thamel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Open Trail treks where you will serve authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great introduction to Nepalese food culture.

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

We will begin our second day with the breakfast before starting a guided tour to some of the historical and religious sites of Kathmandu. These places are listed as world heritage site. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar squire, Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), Hindus secret temple Pashupati Nath. We will end our tour by visiting the Swayambhunath also known as “monkey temple”. In the middle of the tour we will take you to the very special local restaurant for lunch.
After we finish the tour we will meet our trekking guide and leader for dissection and preparation for our following days trekking. In the evening we will go to the different type of local restaurant for the dinner.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla(2800m/9186ft) and trek to Phakding (2600m/8530ft)

Today will begin with an early morning 45 minute flight to the busy village of Lukla, which sits at an altitude of 2,800meters. If you get in quick, the left hand side of the plane will offer you amazing scenery of the Himalayas. Once we arrive in Lukla a quick traditional breakfast will set you up for an easy 3 hour hike, crossing the mountain rages via high suspension bridges – which are not for the faint hearted. The track will take us to the first guesthouse, a little village called Phakding where a fire will warm your legs up in preparation for tomorrow’s strenuous trek.
Total Trekking time: 3 hours

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,286ft)

This morning will start early with a gasping climb over 600meters to Namche Bazzar testing the fittest of trekkers. The hike will begin by crossing over the Dudh Kosi River and follow the East Side of the mountain ranges. Although the walk is testing the track will take you through high mountain ranges with sample views of what you will be rewarded with for the remainder of the trek. It is during this climb to Namche that you will notice the altitude and once reaching the village, tomorrows rest day will feel well deserved.
Total Trekking time: 5 hour.

Day 5: Acclimatization day in Namche

Namche is the hub of the Khumbu region and many locals will gather there for the daily markets to trade and sell items. This gives you a great opportunity to explore the center and pick up any last supplies you may need for the rest of the trek. There is also a famous German Bakery here where you can indulge in freshly brewed coffee and cake.
Today is also a good opportunity to walk up to the Everest View Hotel which will not only boast your first views of Mt Everest but will also assist your body in adjusting to the high altitude.
Total Trekking time: 4 hour.

Day 6: Namche bazzer to Tengbuche (3,870m/12,696ft)

Once exiting Namche, the track winds along a high mountain range. The first part of today is flat allowing you take in the remote beauty of the Khumbu region. Whilst walking you will be able to spot Mount Everest nestled into the mountain ranges of Amadabalam, Lotse and Lotse Sar. The track will then descend to cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, allowing you to catch your breath. It is here we will have lunch before ascending for a hard 2hours to a teahouse in Tengbuche.
Tengbuche holds the largest monastery within this region, if you’re lucky enough to be here during the months of October and November you will have the opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival where there will be masked dancers and Tibetian Opera celebrating the recreation of Buddhist events.
Total Trekking time: 6 hour.

Day 7: Tengbuche to Dingbuche (4,350/14,271ft)

Today will begin descending into Dibuche, passing through the famous Rhododendron Forest. We will then cross over the Imza Khola and begin a steady climb into Pangbuche. It is here you will really begin to feel the strain of being in high altitude and the pace will be slow. Once we reach Dingbuche we will have gained over 450 meters of altitude. Here is the highest point you will notice locals growing vegetables.

Total Trekking time: 5 hour.

Day 8: Dingbuche to Chhukung
Dingbuche is located at the bese camp of the famous peak called Ama Dablam and the Lotse Chalotse and the Tawache surrounds us. The trekking trail to Chhukung leads us through the Fields own by the inhibatent people of Dingbuche. We follow the Imza valley till we reach the settlement of Chhukung after apporoximately 3 hour walking. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking view of surrounding mountain.

Total Trekking time: 3 hour.

Day 9: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung: 3 – 4 hours

Due to the amount of altitude gained from the previous day, we will have an acclimatization/rest day in Chhukung. It gives you the chance to put your feet up and enjoy a rest from yesterday’s climb or alternatively test you’re fitness again and take a two hour hike to help with the altitude and capture the pure beauty of the Himalayas. This hike offers amazing views of Makalu, Lhtse, Lhotse Shr and Island Peak. If you are after a challenge you can extend your acclimatization hike to reach heights of 5,546 meters.

Total Trekking time: 4 hour.

Day 10: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft):

We begin our trek to Island Base camp by claimbing to the southern side the we turn east side of the valley. We continue our walking along side of the Imza Khola and the Lhotse glacier to the Island Base camp. Overnight at Island base camp.

Total Trekking time: 3-4 hour.

Day 11: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp

Today we are going to do the pre-climb training. Open Trail guides will provide you a proper training on using proper climbing gears. We claim the small peak using the climbing gear like ice axe, climbing boots, crampons, Darkness, ascender etc. We also practice rope climbing. We spend rest of our day acclimatization to the high camp. Overnight at Base camp of Island Peak.

Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp (5,600m/18,372ft)

We begin our day early about 2 O’clock. After the breakfast we start to climb the Mera Peak. Due to the strong wind at the afternoon it is very much important to reach the Top as early as possible. We continue through the mountain for several hundred meter before we finally began to climb the mountain. After we reach the top of Island peak we take some photos and enjoy the scenery and then we descend down to the base camp of the Island peak. We can celebrate our successful climbing.

Total trekking hour: 11 to 12 hour

Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft)

As we are walking to the lower altitude we feel quite easy to walk today. We descend downhill passing through several inhabitant Sherpa settlement. After 5 hour walk mostly through the we will reach Pangboche village. We can some of our afternoon by visiting the Monsatry located at the Upper Pangboche village.

Total Trekking time: 5 hour

Day 14: – Pangbuche TO MANJO (2,840m/9,318ft)

The trekking to Namche passes through some easy up and downhill. If we are lucky enough we enjoy some wildlife such as mountain goat, snow leopard and colorful Pheasant. In Namche we enjoy coffee and cake before we head further. We descend downhill through the pine forest and cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. We cross the Dudhkosi River again for two times before we get the village of Manjo. Overnigt at Manjo.
Total Trekking time: 5 hour.

Day 15: – MANJO TO LUKLA (2,800m/9,186ft)

It is an easy day today. We walk through the valley of Dudhkosi. The trekking is mostly through the gentle up and downhill, Cross several suspension bridge. We can enjoy the walking through the village and we can observe the daily life style of the inhabitant Sherpa people. After we get back to Lukla we can look around the town. We can celebrate our last day at Irish Pub. Overnight at lukla.
Total Trekking time: 5 hour.

Day 16: Fly back to kathmandu

Early morning we go to the Lukla airport for our flight to Kathmandu. 45 minutes breathtaking flight with the view of beautiful scenery of mountain will takes to Kathmandu. We can spent rest of our day exploring the old Darbar. Lots of part of the square is destroyed by the earthquake. You can also do some souvenir shopping around Thamel. At the evening, we will have a farewell dinner hosted by Open trail Treks.

Day 17: – Final diparture

Today is the last day of your adventure. You can have last breakfast together with us. After breakfast if you have time from your flight you can do some shopping or you can go for the sight seen as well. If you want to do some sight seen then you can let us know one day before, we will provide you a car. A representative from Open Trail

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