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This 18 day expedition to Island Peak offers amazing views of the Himalayas, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and adjacent peaks, and an exciting ascent which is largely non-technical, though use of crampons and ropes is required. To reach this peak situated in the Upper Chhukung valley, climbers will stroll over vertiginous suspension spans lined with prayer flags and ascend through thick forests full of wildlife, as well as enjoying a warm welcome from the Sherpa people of this area.
The trip begins at Lukla, portal to the Khumbu area and start of the traditional route to Everest Base Camp. Starting from Lukla we trek downward with views of the grandiose Himalayas, plunging to the riverbed of the milky Dudh Koshi river past mani walls, prayer flags and the villages of Chheplung and Thado Koshigaon. Taking the trail along the icy stream, we will walk through tiny settlements, thick timber-land, terraced farmlands, meeting a few suspension bridges and waterfalls before coming to Monjo, last village before the Sagarmatha National Park.
After entering the park there’s a steep incline to reach Namche Bazaar, and then higher up excellent views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, and Daboche, before we reach the religious communities of Tengboche, Pangboche and Dingboche. Following the Everest Base Camp trail we will reach Gorak Shep, pause to summit Kala Patthar and then go on Everest Base Camp itself.
Then we branch off across the Kongma La pass and down to Chhukung valley. Surrounded by massifs, icy lakes, and torrential slide chutes we’ll reach base camp at Imja Tse or Island Peak. After some pre-climb training to make sure everyone is confident, we’ll summit together and enjoy a panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Nupse, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and others. We then trek back to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu to finish.
Island Peak is a great starter for the less experienced climber as the trip is a blend of trekking and climbing. The best times to book are between March – May or September – November. The experience of a lifetime, with amazing views of the highest part of the Himalayas, you’ll finish this climb with enduring memories and a satisfying feeling of accomplishment.