Nepal - Khumbu Trek & Island Peak

Overview

This climbing and trekking program explores several of the largest mountain valley systems in the Khumbu Himal and includes optional ascents of 20,306-foot Island Peak (Imja Tse). We also visit the base camps for Ama Dablam expeditions (one of the most picturesque in the Himalaya) visit the base camp for Mt. Everest expeditions, and throughout the journey enjoy superb views of Himalayan giants, including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Ama Dablam, Baruntse, and Makalu. This trek is a joint AAI/Adventure Consultants undertaking.

Nepal, Khumbu - Island Peak above the town of Chukung.

Island Peak above the town of Chukung. Colin Monteath - Hedgehog House

Nepal - Khumbu Trek & Island Peak

Trip Structure and Itinerary

Nepal, Khumbu - Map

From Kathmandu, we fly into Lukla (9000'), the gateway to the Upper Khumbu. This is the heart of Sherpa country and we get to enjoy genuine Sherpa hospitality in beautiful and well-kept lodges that we have carefully chosen during the years we have been visiting this region. There's nothing quite like sitting back after a good walk to enjoy some of the world's most spectacular scenery while sampling the local food and beverages.

We make our way slowly up the valley, stopping for a couple of days in Namche Bazaar (11,300') to enjoy the markets and to explore the local villages. We can make a day trip to the Sherpa villages of Kunde and Khumjung, where we can visit the Himalayan Trust Hospital, Khumjung Monastery and stop at the ever popular Khumjung bakery.

From Namche it's on through the high Sherpa villages of Pheriche and Lobuche (16,000') to Gorak Shep. Taking our time is important as it gives us ample opportunity to take in all the sights as we acclimatise to the high altitudes. A climb of Kala Patar rewards us with exceptional views of Mount Everest and its neighbours, Nuptse and Lhotse. The next highlight is a visit to Everest Base Camp itself.

After our 'Everest Experience' we trek to the Base Camp for Island Peak via a high alpine pass, the Kongma La (18,160') and on to the village of Chukhung in the Imja Khola Valley. The pass crossing provides some of the best high-altitude views anywhere in the Himalaya! For those who would like a couple of easier trekking days, the option is available to hike around to Chhukhung via Pheriche and Dingboche with a staff member and there is also the option to camp at Island Peak Base Camp, while the climbers tackle the summit.

Nepal, Khumbu - South ridge of Island Peak, with the north ridge of Ama Dablam in the distance.

South ridge of Island Peak, with the north ridge of Ama Dablam in the distance. Colin Monteath - Hedgehog House

Due to glacial recession the climbing on Island Peak has become more technical in nature over time. This has resulted in the need for team members to have basic rope work and mountaineering skills. An ascent of Island Peak today involves the use of a ladder over the bergschrund and fixed ropes on steep snow slopes (45°) towards the summit and back.

You need to be fit and energetic to climb Island Peak, and have some previous experience climbing with ice axe and crampons. You will need to be familiar with rappelling, abseiling and general rope skills. Instruction in the use of fixed lines, ladder crossing and a refresher on abseiling will be given prior to summit day. Your trip leaders are all experienced Western and Sherpa guides, providing the highest level of safety to ensure a safe passage on the journey.

The trip concludes with a relaxed trek back down to Lukla and a flight back to Kathmandu. We provide the most affable and experienced western guides working in conjunction with our excellent Sherpa friends, to promise you an experience of a lifetime!

Nepal - Khumbu Trek & Island Peak

Cost and Details

$4,600 (trek only)

$5,300 (with Island Peak addition)

Max Ratio - 12 climbers with 2 AAI/AC guides and Sherpa support

Capacity - 12 

Dates

Trip 1: April 26 - May 19, 2020
Trip 2: October 15 - November 7, 2020

 

Prerequisites

  • For Trekking:  Backpacking experience and good physical condition
  • For Ascents:  Basic alpine skills and very good physical condition

Nepal - Khumbu Trek & Island Peak

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