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Expedition At A Glance

24 days, 23 nights

Difficulty Level: 5 (Challenging)

Price (US$): From $3,395.00

Months Available: April, May, October and November

OVERVIEW


Island Peak Trek:

Island Peak was named by Eric Shipton, British mountaineer and explorer, who described it as an Island in a sea of ice. Island Peak, known to the Sherpas as Imja Tse, is the ideal first Himalayan climb and a wonderful experience to climb over 20,000 ft. Basic mountaineering experience such as glacier travel, ice-axe arrest, use of ascender and descender are REQUIRED for participation. Mountaineering skills will be revised by our climbing Sherpas prior to your climb.

Towering Himalayan peaks from Everest to Amadablam, from Lhotse to Thamserku – on this trip you will be surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world. After a day of exploring the temples, stupas and palaces of Kathmandu, you will take a 25-minute flight to Lukla. Trek through Sherpa villages of Namche and Pangboche to the Everest Base Camp. The first challenge is the climb of Kala Pathar (literally, black rock) at 18,195 ft. Then descend to the Imja Valley, establish base camp and high camp, and attempt to summit Imja Tse. Return to Lukla via Khumjung, one of the largest Sherpa villages and site of the famous Khunde Hospital and the Khumjung school, both legacies of Sir Edmund Hillary.

Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore monasteries and palaces in the Kathmandu valley for two full days.
  • Visit Sherpa villages including the famous Namche village.
  • Enjoy daily views of some of the highest mountains on earth including Everest – the highest of them all.
  • Bag your first (or second) 20,000ft.+ Himalayan peak.

 

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 03 to Day 05: Fly into Lukla. Trek to Namche at 11,270 feet. An additional day in Namche for acclimatization.

Day 06 to Day 08: Trek to Dingboche at 13,950 feet via the famous Tengboche Monastery. An additional day at Dingboche for acclimatization.

Day 09 to Day 11: Ascend steadily to Gorakshep at 17,100 feet. You have the option to visit Everest Base Camp.

Day 12 to Day 13: Descend to Chukkung. Rest day at Chukkung before the climb of Island Peak.

Day 14 to Day 17: Proceed to Base Camp. Summit Island Peak.

Day 18 to Day 21: Descend to Lukla.

Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu.

Day 23: Additional day in Kathmandu.

Day 24: Final departure.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 01 - Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Dinner) Day 02 - Kathmandu Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in Nepal. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum. Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 03 - Kathmandu to Phakding (8,700 ft.) Early morning flight to Lukla. The short flight is around 25 minutes long. At Lukla, you will meet your porters and other trek staff. After a quick breakfast at a lodge, begin trekking. Today’s trek to Phakding is fairly level. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 04 - Phakding to Namche (11,270 ft.) Today you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monju. A little past Jorsalle, begins the grueling climb to the largest Sherpa village of Namche. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 05 - Namche acclimatization day Rest or hike through town. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 06 - Namche to Tengboche (12,900 ft.) Descend to Phunki Tenga. After lunch, it is all uphill to Tenboche monastery. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 07 - Tengboche to Feriche (13,950 ft.) From today, you will start to notice the change in the landscape. Forests give way to arid landscape with shrubs. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 08 - Feriche acclimatization day Additional day at Feriche for acclimatization. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 09 - Feriche to Lobuche (16,200 ft.) Today is a long day involving a steep ascent to Dughla and a more gradual ascent to Lobuche. Climb directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier into an area dedicated to climbers who have perished on Khumbu's mountains. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 10 - Lobuche to Gorakshep (17,500 ft.) A short hike to Gorakshep. Begin the climb today by ascending gently through high altitude meadows. Then cross several steep moraines while also walking on an active glacier. Gorakshep is situated on a sandy flat that served as base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. Optional hike to the Everest Base camp. Return to lodge at Gorakshep. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 11 - Gorakshep to Lobuche (16,200 ft.) Trek to Kalapathar (18,195 ft.). The steep ascent to the top of Kalapathar can take up to 3 hours or more but the view from here is one you are unlikely to forget. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 12 - Lobuche to Chukkung (15,100 ft.) Descend to Dughla and and take the high route over Feriche to Chukkung. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 13 - Chukkung (15,100 ft.) Another rest day. Optionally you may climb Chukkung Ri . Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 14 - Chukkung to Island Peak Base Camp (16,200 ft.) Short two-hour hike to Island Peak Base Camp. From today, we will be sleeping in tents for the ascent of Imja Tse. Overnight tents. (All meals) Day 15, 16 and 17 - High camp and summit Hike to high camp at 17,100 ft. and start out early to reach the summit of Island Peak (20,300 ft.). A contingency day is included in case of weather problems. Overnight tents. (All meals) Day 18, 19, 20 and 21  - Descend to Lukla Descend to Lukla via Pangboche, Khumjung and Monjo. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 22 - Lukla to Kathmandu Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Day free. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast) Day 23 - Kathmandu Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Visit Swayambhunath and Bhaktapur Durbar Sqare. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. Farewell dinner celebrations. (All meals) Day 24 - Final departure Transfer to airport for final departure. (Breakfast)

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COST AND INCLUSIONS


Per person Price - valid till December 31, 2018 2 - 3 persons: $3,850 USD per person 4 - 5 or more persons: $3,545 USD per person 6 or more persons: $3,395 USD per person Single Supplement: $300 USD
  • $250 per person discount available on May and June departures.
  • $150 per person discount on November departures.
  • Contact us for private departures for two or more participants.

(Did you know that the price for Grand Asian Journeys’ Everest Base Camp Trek is about 30% less expensive than other major US outfitters’ prices? It’s because we run a Nepal office and have direct access to the best rates and most reliable staff – without the middleman. Other outfitters sell the same trek package for an inflated price. Just ask our previous clients and they’ll tell you we provide more for less.)

Price includes:
  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff
  • All airport transfers
  • Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu.
  • Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary
    • Three meals a day
    • Boiled water for your bottles three times a day
    • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
    • Guide and staff insurance
  • Experienced Climbing Sherpa - 1:4 ratio
  • Tents and camping equipment for the climb portion of trek
  • Group climbing gear: Main ropes, snow pickets etc.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee
  • Gamow Bag (High altitude pressure chamber)
  • Insurance for staff
Price does not include:
  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

DATES AND AVAILABILITY


2018 Dates: April 09 - May 02 May 07 - 30 October 01 - 24 October 22 - November 14 Cannot find a departure that fits your schedule? No problem. Contact us for private departures (two or more participants) for a date of your choosing. For private departures, add US$ 250 per person to advertised trip price; no additional charge for groups of 4 or more.

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“It was indeed a trip of a lifetime and we were very satisfied and fulfilled by the experience and the service that Grand Asian Journeys provided.  For me, as a geologist and mountaineer, to trek and climb in the “company of the giants” in the Himalalya was both a personal and professional opportunity of a lifetime and the experience exceeded my expectations.  First and foremost, the guides and their staff took very good care of us and they were eager to help in any way and under any circumstance.   The food and lodging during our Nepal trek exceeded my expectations.  Also, didn’t expect to receive three hot meals a day and the overall quality of the food was better than I expected it to be.  I thought for sure at least one of us at some point in the trek would have some sort of serious gastro-intestinal track illness but none of us did (just minor discomfort).

Also, both Cydney and I enjoyed having traditional dinner at your family’s house and meeting other trekkers and your family members. You did an outstanding job of making sure we were taken good care of during our entire time in Bhutan and Nepal.”

-Sid H., Dallas, PA, Island Peak 2011

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