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.