Khumbu Island Peak

About trip

Trip Overview

In the valleys of Khumbu & Imja, Everest and other massive peaks of the Eastern Himalayas dominate the skyline. Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags, and intricately carved mani stones line every hilltop, rock wall and trail side, singing prayers for everyone's well-being. With eight of the worlds ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. Everest Trek in justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain (8,850m) but also for its friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions, colourful festivals and monasteries. The flora and fauna are other ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park. The story of the yeti is still a mystery in the world from the Khumbu region. So, must be why it has been selected among world's 20 Journeys of Lifetime by The Observer, UK. Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags prayer wheels and intricately carved Mani stones line every hilltop, rock wall and trailside singing prayers to the gods with every breeze and every passing traveller...

What you will get

Includes

  • All ground transfers by private vehicle as per our itinerary.
  • Three star Hotel Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu (twin sharing, including breakfast and taxes)
  • Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program we host.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing (including all entrance fees).
  • Airfares: Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu.
  • Trekking arrangement.
  • Including all high quality camping equipments and tents such as Two Men Tent, Kitchen Tent, Dinning Tent, Toilet Tent, Tables, Chairs, Mattresses, Hot Water Bags, Pillows, Inner Sheet and etc ( For Camping Trek)
  • Everyday three times meals per day while trekking, which will be prepared by our very professional kitchen crew (For Camping Trek)
  • Accommodation and foods as available on the local lodges on the way while trekking. ( For Lodge-to-Lodge Trek )
  • National Park Permit Fee. ( For Lodge-to-Lodge Trek )
  • Island Peak climbing permit fee.( For Lodge-to-Lodge Trek )
  • Guide, porters and their daily wages, insurance with all necessary lodging - fooding arrangements.( For Lodge-to-Lodge Trek )
What you wont get

Excludes

  • Airport taxes.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, laundry and etc.
  • Meals while staying on the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
  • Rescue and evacuation - if needed.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance.
  • Tips and Gratitude.
Things To Do

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Full day guided sightseeing inside the Kathmandu valley.

Join us for the welcome dinner at evening. Hotel Overnight

Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m). (2-3 hours).

Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Lukla.

FLy from Kathmandu to Lukla

The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience, in itself.  The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters!
Meet with your sirdar (Trekking Guide) and the rest of the crew. You will need to identify your luggage, which is to be made into loads, and then while you have lunch your crew will load these onto pack animals or get it ready for your team of porters. After lunch, trek for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610 m & Camp or Lodge overnight.

Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park.  There is an entrance station just beyond the village where trekking permits are checked and National Park fees collected.  Continue along the trail, crossing the Bhote Kosi River to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar 3,440m the administrative centre of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. 

Namche Bazar

Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail on the way to Everest! Overnight the Camp or Lodge.

Rest day at Namche for acclimatization.

You will explore the surrounding of Namche this day, Namche Bazar Rest and acclimatization. Namche is the famous picturesque Sherpa village and we have rest in the afternoon to enjoy walking round the village and visiting the Sherpa museum. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) (5 hrs).

Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) 5hrs walk.

 

Tengboche We walk with beautiful view under the soaring peaks of Thamserku and steadily descend to the Imja Khola and lunch at Phunki along a very pleasant trail. Here in Phunki, we see series of water driven prayer wheels. After lunch 2 hrs ascent will take us to Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) surely is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,312m) (5 hrs).

Pheriche (4,260m) 5 hrs walk. We move forward up to Imja Khola valley Pangboche (3,900m) and lunch. After lunch we visit the Monastery and look at the Yeti scalp. We again move to the summer village of Pheriche (4,260m). Superb scenery at all time. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).

Lobuche (4,920m) 4 hrs walk. We move up a small ridge and contour around the base of Khumbu Glacier and lunch at Dhugla (4,600m). After lunch, we take a steep ascent to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are stunning. We continue again along the moraine and camp at the foot off the Lobuche Ice Fall (4,930m).

Lobuche

Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).

The actual distance is not so far for this day but we wake up in the early morning and move forward to Gorek Sherpa where we take a rest.

Hike up to Kalapatthar / Everest Base Camp / Retrace your steps to Lobuche (4,920m) (8 hrs).

This day, we climb Kala Patthar. From here we have a steep ascent up to the top of the Kala Patthar top.

Kalapathar

The actual distance is not so far but we take it very slowly to make up for the altitude. This top (5,545m) is a hard pull but the view from the top surpasses anything you can imagine. All around us flows, huge glaciers and the creaking of the mobile glacier ice only disturbs the silence of these altitudes. The mountains of Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m) and Khumbutse (6,623m) separate us from Tibet and just over the Lho La pass we see the huge rock of Changtse (7,750m) in Tibet itself. But Sagarmatha, or Mt. Everest the queen of them all towers over everyone. This is the roof of the world. Continue to the Everest Base Camp. We return at Lobuche for the stay overnight.

Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 7 hrs)

Trek east from Dingboche into the Chhukhung Valley. Chhukhung (4730 m) lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse.  From here you will also have magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal.

Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)

Trek along the Imja Khola to Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasant site by a small lake with fine views of the Lhotse Glacier and Nuptse-Lhotse wall. You will reach the Base Camp of Imja Tse today.  Once camp has been set up you will be free to get your climbing gear in order and get organised for your ascent of the peak tomorrow, weather permitting. 

Summit Island Peak (6160m)

Weather permitting, you will begin your climb today. The day's climb will continue through high camp on a col. at 5,700 meters. You will start early for the summit. The going gets difficult once you reach the bottom of the steep icefall below the summit. Great care and caution must be exercised while scaling the wall to emerge on the ridge leading to the summit. After the summit, descend to the Base Camp. 

Extra Day / Summit / Return to Chhukung (4730m).

We keep this day extra just in case weather or any condition will change the summit plan early on. Return back to Chhukung 

Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

The trail descends steeply and another steep climb to Namche Bazaar.

 

Camp or Lodge Overnight

Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding. Overnight Camp or Lodge. 

Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Trek further to the mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing! Overnight Camp or Lodge at Lukla.

Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Lukla to Kathmandu by Air

Free day to explore, and enjoy Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.

Final Departure.

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Safety & Precautions

At high altitudes and other flights of fancy

Traveling at high altitudes

On many of our trekking tours, it goes high. Traveling at high altitudes often allow unique experiences. However, the height should always be treated with respect. In increasing amount of oxygen is decreasing (the oxygen content of the air remains the same), our bodies can absorb less oxygen and therefore it is possible to suffer from altitude sickness.

Mountain Sickness

The first symptoms may be shortness of breath, etc., headache, fatigue, poor sleep, poor appetite. Upon arrival at high altitudes (above 3000 meters), these symptoms may occur temporarily, but they usually disappear after 1 to 2 days.

The incidence of altitude sickness symptoms has less to do with age or the personal fitness, but much more with the speed of the ascent to high altitudes and their own behavior. Our programs are very carefully put together in order to allow an easy acclimatization. But even so, it is possible that trip participants are rarely as strong altitude sickness that eventually the journey must even be canceled..   

Therapy

In an ongoing, mild form of altitude sickness (slight but persistent headache, little sleep, etc.) should if possible a rest day without climbing are turned on. In most cases, the victims recover completely and be able to continue the tour. In such a case, headache agents can reduce the discomfort associated with the active ingredient, ibuprofen or any Diamox. On many trekking group we lead with an extra horse. If someone feels not fit, you can also ride a distance, if permitted by the terrain.

People with severe headache or signs of brain dysfunction must descend (recommended at least 1000 meters in altitude). Dexamethasone can reduce the discomfort.

Acute are the Höhenlungen- and altitude cerebral edema. Extreme shortness of breath, dry cough and sudden drop in performance may indicate a high altitude pulmonary edema. In this case, nifedipine may be employed.

Walking and standing uncertainties may indicate a height edema. The treatment can be done with dexamethasone (possibly Diamox).

Safety Measures

Some of the Treks that Makalu Adventure has designed involves crossing over high passes some over 5000 meters. It is the utmost important for us to provide safety equipment. Some of the equipments that we provide are listed below.

Safety Equipment

In all of our group tours this is standard:

  • Extensive emergency pharmacy and pulse oximeter
  • Many trekking at high altitudes, this is usually this:
  • Height pressure chambers of PAC
  • Satellite phones Thuraya
  • 24h SOS -Telephone : Makalu Adventure has its own 24-hour SOS phone..
  • Vaccinations:No vaccinations are mandatory for the Himalayan countries.  Please consult on before leaving your house or tropical doctor vaccinations or contact us.
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