Everest High passes Trek with Island peak Climbing

Duration: 23 Days

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.

Trip Highlights:

  • Climbing the Island Peak ( 6,189m)
  • Exploring centuries old Newari architecture in the Kathmandu valley, tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and exploring the culture of Nepalese people.
  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla alongside some of world’s tallest mountains like the Everest.
  • Getting to know the culture of the Sherpas in the Khumbu Himalaya.
  • The beautiful Gokyo Valley with several turquoise lakes and climbing Gokyo Ri for a spectacular view of the Khumbu Himalayan spread.
  • Crossing Everest Region’s three highest passes Cho La at 5,300 m, Kongma La at 5,535 m and Renjo La at 5,338m.
  • Closely observing the Khumbu Icefall
  • Setting foot on the Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier
  • Getting to see the world’s highest mountain Mt Everest from up close. 

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 02: KATHMANDU: Sightseeing and trip preparation
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,804m) and trek to Phakding (2,610m): 40 minutes flight, 3 hours trek
  • Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,441m): 5- 6 hours trek
  • Day 05: Acclimatization rest day at Namche Bazaar
  • Day 06: Namche Bazaar to PhortseThanga (3,680m): 5 hours trek
  • Day 07: PhortseThanga to Machherma (4,470m): 5 hours trek
  • Day 08: Machherma to Gokyo (4,790m): 5 hours trek
  • Day 09: Acclimatization Day in Gokyo Valley: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,330)
  • Day 10: Gokyo to Thangna (4,500m): 4 hours trek
  • Day 11: Thangna -Cross Cho La pass (5,300m) then trek to Dzongla (4710m): 7 hours trek
  • Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4,910m): 4 hours trek
  • Day 13: GorakShep (5,170m), visit Everest Base Camp (5,365m) and return to GorakShep: 7 hours trek
  • Day 14: GorakShep: Climb to Kala Patthar (5,545m) and then trek back to Lobuche (4,910m): 7 hours
  • Day 15: Lobuche -Cross the Kongma La pass (5,535m) to Chhukung (4,710m): 8 hours trek
  • Day 16: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp(5,200m), pre-climb training: 4 hours
  • Day 17: Summit of the Island peak (6189m) and return to Chhukung (4,750m): 8-10 hours
  • Day 18: Reserve Day for Contingency in case of bad weather.
  • Day 19: Chhukung to Tengboche (3,860m): 6 hours trek
  • Day 20: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,441m): 5 hours trek
  • Day 21: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,804m): 6-7 hours trek
  • Day 22: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 23: Farewell; flights home
  • Trip Duration 23 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Style Peak Climbing
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouse for trekking and tents for climbing during the trek
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