Everest High Passes Trek with Island Peak Climbing takes you to some of the highest passes in the world and the top of Island Peak (6,189m). We cross three high passes in the Everest region in this expedition- Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft).This 23-day-long journey with Adventure Trek Club and Expeditions starts in Kathmandu exploring centuries-old Newari architecture, alleys, UNESCO world heritage sites, and monasteries. A 30-minute-long exciting mountain flight from Kathmandu takes us to Lukla, popular known as the gateway to the Everest region. Our trek ahead is dominated by views of soaring Thamserku (6,623 m) and KusumKanguru (6,367m).
We will spend a spare day at Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Khumbu Himalayas. Enjoy spectacular views of Mount Everest ( 8,8848) from the Sherpa town. The spare day here is for acclimatization. We can go on short hikes during the day. We gradually ascend into Gokyo Valley in the days to come. Walking alongside Ngozumpa Glacier and turquoise glacier lakes to reach Gokyo is beautiful heaven. Once at the top of Gokyo Ri views of the region’s eight thousand- Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu – make for a breathtaking panorama. We will then head to Lobuche crossing Cho La ( pass) at 5,300m on the way. From Lobuche, we trek to GorakShep via Khumbu Glacier.
Everest High Passes Trek with Island Peak Climbing also takes us to Everest Base Camp and then makes our way to Kala Patthar to enjoy the Panoramic views of Everest and surrounding peaks from the top. We make our attempt to summit Island Peak from Chukhung where we arrive after crossing Kongma La ( 5,535 m).Island peak is technically more difficult to climb than Mera Peak, but like Mera Peak climb it is perfect for anyone seeking to climb their first Himalayan mountain. We have a contingency day in case the weather on the day of the summit isn’t favorable. Once the mountain is made, we trek back to Namche and then to Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu.
For those who want to climb Island Peak but without trekking the Everest region, Adventure Club Trek and Expeditions also provides Island Peak Climbing- 17 Days option. Pisang Peak through Thorong La Pass-18 Days, Mera Peak Climbing-17 Days, Yala Peak Climbing-15 Days and Island Peak through Everest Base Camp-19 Days are other options for a shorter expedition.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.
You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$3500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.
Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
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