Nepal - Khumbu Trek & Island Peak

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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

The 24-day adventure starts and finishes in Kathmandu, where we begin our cultural smorgasbord with ancient temples, bustling markets and sumptuous restaurants to visit. From here we fly into Lukla, 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 few days in Namche Bazaar to enjoy the markets and to explore the local villages. We may make a day trip to the Sherpa villages of Khunde 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 Phortse, Pheriche and Lobuche 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 Island Peak Base Camp via the Kongma La and on to the village of Chhukung 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 Chhukung via Pheriche and Dingboche with a staff member. There is also the option to camp at Island Peak Base Camp.

The Khumbu Trek concludes with a relaxed trip 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 - South ridge of Island Peak, with the north ridge of Ama Dablam in the distance.


NOTE: This trek runs alongside our pre and post monsoon Island Peak expeditions, making this a perfect trip for friends, couples or families who want to share an adventurous journey without the need to both be climbing the mountain.

There is also the option to extend the trip by including a side trip to the Gokyo Valley.

 

Nepal - Khumbu Trek & Island Peak

Cost, Dates 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, 2021
Trip 2: October 14 - November 6, 2021

 

Prerequisites

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

 

Visa

Trek members will be required to obtain an entry visa into Nepal at the beginning of the trek.

Nepal - Khumbu Trek & Island Peak

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