Alpine Explore Nepal
Himalayan of Nepal

Island Peak with Everest base camp trek (6198m.)

island peakThe approach follows the "Everest Base Camp and Gokyo lakes" itinerary, one of Nepal's most famous treks, through the Khumbu Mountains - Sherpa country. After a magnificent mountain flight to Lukla we follow the Dudh Koshi valley to Namche Bazaar. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen. Through small yak-grazing settlements we reach the Gokyo lakes where we climb Gokyo Peak (5480 m) and enjoy stunning summit mountain scenery that includes Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyo. After the Cho La pass, we reach Gorak Shep and climb to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and enjoy an impressive up-close view of Everest.

The ascent of Island Peak includes little technical climbing (Grade: Alpine PD). Only the last part, a steep (40 degrees) snow and ice ramp requires the use of fixed rope to reach the summit. The scenery is absolutely breath-taking: Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Baruntse. Our return route passes through Tengboche, a magnificent location with a fascinating monastery, where we rest and savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest, Ama Dablam (6856m), Kantega (6809m), Kwangde (6194m), Nuptse (7879m), and Lhotse (8511m), to name but a few.

Details itinerary for Island Peak

Day 01: Kathmandu. Airport - hotel transfer.

Day 02: Kathmandu. Day at leisure.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2850 m) by plane. 3-hour walk to Phakding (2600 m).

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m) in 5h. A tough climb towards the Sherpa capital. Beautiful vistas of Thamserku (6608 m), Everest (8848 m) and Lhotse (8511 m).

Day 05: Namche Bazaar. Acclimatisation day, which gives us time to explore the bustling local market or enjoy an excursion towards the village of Thame or Khumjung.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar - Phortse Thanga (3600 m) in 5 h. Beautiful view of the Tengpoche monastery and the verdant Phortse plateau on east. Stunning vista of the Thamserku (6608 m) and Kang Taïga (6685 m) on south-east and the Taboche (6367 m) on north-east.

Day 07: Phortse Thanga - Dole (4040 m) - Machhermo (4410 m) in 5 h. Rhododendrons forests give way to junipers and tall conifers. After Dole the landscape gets rocky. First sights of the Cho Oyu (8153 m).

Day 08: Machhermo - Gokyo (4750 m) in 4 h. We follow the immense frontal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier to the Gokyo lakes. Climbing up we will discover one by one those emerald drops lost into black rocks and snow.

Day 09: Gokyo Peak ascent (5480 m) in 5 h. A breathtaking 360 º view with Lhotse, Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, four of the forteen 8000 m on earth, dominating the myriad lesser peaks.

Day 10: Gokyo - Nyimagawa (5050 m) in 5 h. crossing through moraines of the terminal Spit of Ngojumpa glacier. From Thagna, climb up through gentle and grassy Slopes to the foot of the Cho La. Descent is made by the same route, proceeding the whole way down to Base Camp, then to Chukung.

Day 11: Nyimagawa - Cho La Pass (5420 m) - Dzongla (4840 m) in 5 h. The steep trail goes through blocks of rocks. After the pass, we shortly cross an easy segment of the glacier then descend towards Dzongla.

Day 12: Dzongla - Gorak Shep (5160 m) in 5 h. A pleasant walk on mountainside.

Day 13: Gorakhshep (5160 m) - Kalapatthar (5545 m) - Lobuche (4920 m) in 6 h. An intricate route threading its way between crevasses and almost translucent ice pinnacles and undulating over moraine ridges. Unforgettable panorama on the highest mountains on earth and the impressive black pyramid of the Everest.

Day 14: Lobuche - Dingpoche (4400 m) - Chhukung (4730 m) in 7 h. Easy descent to Dingpoche, then climb up through the Imja valley towards Chhukung.

Day 15: Chhukung - Island Peak Base Camp (5120 m) in 4 h. The trail crosses the river and follows the valley for a while, passing beneath the magnificent 3000 m south face of Lhotse.

Day 16: Base Camp - Island Peak (6189 m) - Chhukung (4730 m) in 9 h. The trail makes climb to a narrow edge, leading on to the glacier (5900 m). We rope-up now and wear our crampons as the real climb starts. We have a fair 150 m progression onto the crevassed glacier. A fixed rope is set up on a 45° slope, 130 m long that leads onto the summit ridge, 100 m long. This ridge is wonderfully airy and soon the summit is gained. Standing on the top we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhoste (8501 m) looming over us. In the other direction,dramatic views of Ama Dablam, Chamlang, Baruntse. Descent is made by the same route, proceeding the whole way down to Base Camp, then to Chhukung.

Day 17: Chhukung - Tengpoche (3860 m) in 7 h. The largest and most active monastery of Khumbu is located at Tengpoche.

Day 18: Tengpoche - Phunki (3250 m) - Namche Bazaar (3440 m) in 5 h.

Day 19: Namche Bazaar - Lukla in 7 h.

Day 20: Lukla - Kathmandu by plane.

Day 21: Kathmandu. Day at leisure. Safety day for your international flight.

Day 22: Kathmandu. Hotel - airport transfer.

Or stay longer or for short tours such as game drive at National parks safari, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc- please ask us).  

Cost per person
US     $ 2325
Pound    £ 1263
EURO   € 1555
Australian $ 2325
Canadian $ 2325

Fixed group departure date:
5th, 12th, 23 and 27. September 2008
7th, 15th, 25th and 27th.  October 2008.
9th, 15th and 23.  November 2008

For the convenience of our travelers to Nepal and fallow up the fixed departure itinerary of Explore Alpine adventure guarantees all fixed group departures dates.

Group Departures are for an adventurous individual person willing to join a small group of other travelers. We can arrange group trekking tours or individual trekking tours, to suit your requirements. Please you can choose any dates which will be suitable for you and please match your arrival in Kathmandu and departure from Kathmandu. 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation in lodge during the trek period. 
  • Necessary Domestic air tickets and airport tax as per itinerary. 
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu/ Pokhara on double sharing with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu/ Pokhara and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Insurance of the guide and porters as per itinerary.
  • Jungle safari tour as per itinerary with full board and national park fees and all jungle activities including Elephant riding.
  • Rafting as per itinerary .
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits and climbing permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement if necessary.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • All government taxes.
  • Climbing Guide and necessary camping equipment.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flight & departure tax
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal Trekking climbing gears (available on hire in Nepal)
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance.

Equipment List for trekking:

 FOOT WEAR

  • Trekking boots: (one pairs), Thick socks (4 pairs)
  • Light socks (3 pairs)
  • Camp shoes (1 pair)
  • Sandals (1 pair)

 CLOTHING

  • Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers (1)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover ( 1)
  • Warm cotton trousers (2 pairs)
  • Shirts and T-shirts ( 4 pieces)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants ( 3 pairs)
  • Long under wear (2 pieces)
  • Short under wear (4 pieces)
  • Sun hat or scarf ( 1) Woolen hat (1)
  • Sunglasses (1)
  • Lightweight gloves (1)
  • Rain coat(1)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof (1)
OPTIONAL      
Insect repellent, toilet articles, note book & pen, toilet roll, laundry soap, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit

OTHER EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (4 seasons) 1
  • Down jacket -1
  • Day pack – 1
  • Water bottle – 1
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Flash light with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve,  gaiters.

Booking & Payment Conditions

Explore Alpine Adventure and Alpine Explore Nepal tour and trek is a well-known government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. We accept your bookings under the following terms and conditions.

1. When you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 30% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets, hotel booking and permit process.

2. Payments can be wired by bank transfer to our company bank account or Master Card and Visa Card. but we give preference bank transfer to our company account.

Please inquiry for bank accounts for your convenience.

3. Bank service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.

4. In addition, payments can be made by Cash, Travels Cheque, Master Card or Visa Card as well. If you would like to make the payment by Master Card or Visa Card, the cards payment handling bank service charge 3.5% will charge to the card holder. 

5. After receiving photo copy of your passport, and 30% advance form you, we send you final confirmation receipt.

6. Remaining balance can be made after your arrival in Nepal. Full payment should be made before trip departure. Be mindful, we also reserve the right to cancel your trip provided full amount is not paid in time.

7. Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour or Trek to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.

8. If you wish to arrange your travel insurance from our Company, we will arrange travel insurance for you.

9 Cancellation by the Client: Cancellation of a confirmed booking must be made by the Client in writing either in written documents or on an email. Cancellation shall valid with approval from the company after receiving document. Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and as a cancellation charge, 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

10 Risk & Liabilities:

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey in this connection, we perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal/Tibet/Bhutan are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of theirs’ own policies.
There for Explore Alpine Adventure and its related organization shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as govt. restriction, Land slide, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness or accident, Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the spots.

Thank you for choosing Explore Alpine Adventure. We look forward to meet you In Nepal and serve you better.

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Contact Information:

Alpine Explore Nepal
P.O. Box: 4546, Kathmandu, Nepal
+977 1 4700714 / 4700175 / 4701974
Fax: +977 -1 - 4700970
Email: alpinetravel@wlink.com.np
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18 April 2000

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