The following day our route leads across the Khumbu glacier to the site of Everest Base Camp at the foot of the massive Khumbu icefall. Finally the trek heads for the Imja valley and Island Peak Base Camp, where we set up our own base camp at the foot of the mountain’s South ridge, surrounded by stunning ice scenery beneath the immense Nuptse-Lhotse wall which towers above.
Island Peak/ Imja Tse (6,189m./20,305ft.) Located at the top of the Imja valley in the Khumbu region, just above the summer settlement of Chhukung, surrounded by Lhotse and Lhotse Shar glaciers. It offers a worthwhile challenge to the experienced winter mountaineer, competent in using ice axe and crampons, being technically straight forward.
Some of the difficult section being a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees leading to the narrow summit ridge, approximately Scottish winter grade 2. The climb will be undertaken towards the end of the trek when everyone will be fully acclimatised.
For those not attempting the climb of Island Peak, there is an opportunity to explore the Imja Khola Valley. This trip is highly recommended, even if you have no intention of climbing Island Peak. It will take you into high valleys, with plenty of time to visit Sherpa villages and monasteries and photographs the ever exciting moments from stunning view points.
From Island Peak base camp our route descend along the Imja Khola to Dingboche and make way to Namche Bazaar, passing through Pangboche village with time to visit the old gompa of this area and at Thyangboche as well. After the great long descent from Namche, then following the Dudh Kosi valley to Lukla where a spectacular mountain flight brings you back to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.
Day 2: A day in Kathmandu with 1/2 day sight seeing.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. Approx. 5-6 hrs.
Day 5: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m.Approx 5 hours.
Day 7: Trek to Pheriche 4,243m. 5 hrs.
Day 8: Trek to Lobuche 4,930m. 5 hrs.
Day 9: At Lobuche with trek to Gorakshep 5,140m / Kalapatthar 5,545m.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Dingboche. 4,410m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Chhukhung 4,730m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp. 4,970m. 3 hrs.
Day 14: At Base Camp Rest day.
Day 15: Trek and Climb to High Camp. 5,400m. 2-3 hrs climbs.
Day 16: Climb to the Summit at 6,189m.
Day 17: Trek back to Dingboche. 5-6 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Thyangboche. 4-5 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Namche Bazaar. 4-5 hrs.
Day 20: Trek back to Lukla. 6-7 hrs.
Day 21: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
Day 22: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 23: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
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