Everest 3 Passes trek and Island Peak climb
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I propose a great traverse, not so frequented among the trekking routes of Nepal, to discover the Sherpa country by crossing all the valleys of Khumbu.
The 3 Everest Passes trek allows you to experience the diversity of these famous mountain regions while getting away from the crowds, as we use the trails and difficult passages of Renjo La Pass (5340m), Cho La Pass (5330m) and Kongma La (5535m) .
Known locally as Imja Tse, Island Peak is a spectacular peak among the Himalayan giants. Nestled in the Chukhung Valley, this beautiful mountain is indeed like an island, dwarfed on both sides by the stunning Lhotse and Nuptse to the north and Baruntse to the south. The views from the summit are truly magnificent, and made all the more memorable by the fact that you have to climb a spectacular aerial ridge to reach it.
D1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Welcome, transfer and installation at the hotel.
D2: Free day and administrative formalities.
D3: Flight to Lukla (2800m), hike to Phakding (2800m).
The early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla offers a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayas: Langtang, Gauri, Shanker, Numbur, Manglungtse, and finally Everest appear during this 45 minute flight. In Lukla, the Sherpas are waiting for us with all the necessary equipment for the expedition.
The trek begins with a short descent to the Dudh Koshi valley. From the village of Chaunrikarka (2621m) the trail heads north through Sherpa villages where wheat, potatoes, maize and vegetables are grown. We cross the Dudh Koshi on a wooden suspension bridge.
Positive altitude difference: 50m, negative altitude difference: 250m, 3 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D4: Phakding - Namche Bazar (3440m).
This day begins with a walk along the Dudh Kosi where the path climbs gently. Several times we cross the river, then we pass the village of Jorsale (2805m) and start a steep climb to Namche Bazar. Half an hour later you can see Everest. We arrive in Namche early enough to discover this famous Sherpa village and its inhabitants. A few Tibetan shops and traders sell jewellery and handicrafts from Tibet. Every week there is an important market where the local farmers sell their crops of wheat, corn, millet, etc.
D+: 900m, D-: 50m, 5 to 6 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D5: Namche Bazar.
Acclimatization and rest day in Namche Bazar.
D6: Namche Bazar - Thame (3800m)
Acclimatization day and excursion towards the Tashilaptsa pass.
3 to 4 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D7: Thame - Langden (4700m).
A difficult day to climb to Langden in the Bhote Koshi valley.
D+: 900m, 5 to 6 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D8: Langden - Renjo La (5350m) - Gokyo (4785m).
Steep ascent to Renjo La, a pass located at 5350 meters above sea level, which allows us to pass from the Bhote Kosi valley to Gokyo. After the pass, it takes us 1h30 to descend to the village of Gokyo. We have a superb view of all the peaks of the Everest region, the Ngozumpa glacier and the lakes of Gokyo.
D+: 700m, 8 to 9 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D9: Gokyo - Gokyo Peak (5360m) - Nha (4860m).
The climb to the small peak above Gokyo Lake offers the best views of Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Cholaste and Tawachee.
We then descend to Nha where we spend the night.
D+: 500m, D-: 500m, 5 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D10: Nha - Cho La (5355m) - Dzonglha (4860m).
We descend to Tajung Tsho and cross the moraine of the Ngozumpo glacier before reaching Thangnak. Gradual ascent to the pass, then gradual descent to Dzonglha.
D+: 500m, D-: 500m, 6 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D11: Dzonglha - Lobuche (4930m).
Trek to Lobuche with superb views of Nuptse, Pumori and Lobuche Peak.
D+: 100m, 2 to 3 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D12: Lobuche - Kala Patthar (5545m) - Lobuche.
Early morning departure to enjoy the view. We walk along the Khumbu glacier.
The climb is relatively easy until Gorak Shep and then becomes steeper until Kala Patthar. You are now in the middle of a huge amphitheatre surrounded by the highest and most prestigious peaks in the world.
D+: 700m, D-: 700m, 7 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D13: Lobuche (4930m) - Kongma La (5535m) - Chukhung (4743m).
Today is the longest day of the trek.
D+: 640m, D-: 640m, 6 to 7 hours walking, accommodation in lodge.
D14: Chukhung - Island Peak Base Camp (5090m).
The climb is gradual across the moraines to the base of Island Peak. Camp at 5090m on the side moraine of the Ijma Glacier.
4 to 5 hours walking, night in tent.
D15: Island Peak base camp.
Preparation and acclimatization day at the base camp.
D16: Island Peak climbing (6189m).
Start at night through moraines that lead to a rocky outcrop. Climb it (steep), then the glacier avoiding crevasses and seracs. There follow gentle slopes to the snow wall supporting the edge of the terminal ridge. The snow slope is steep (45°) and requires the use of fixed ropes. The "wall" is about 150 meters high. We finally get a foothold on the ridge which we climb up to easily reach a first summit then a second more delicate one (40°).
We go back down to the base camp to pick up our gear and continue to Chukhung by the same route.
D17: Chukhung (4743m) - Tengboche (3860m).
We descend through Pangboche where one of the oldest gompas in Nepal is located. We return to the forest and villages and descend to Tengboche, the spiritual heart of the Khumbu. We visit the famous monastery, a magnificent site dominated by the Ama Dablam.
D+: 150m, D-: 1000m, 5 to 6 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D18: Tengboche - Monjo La (2800m) - Lukla (2800m).
We cross the Gumila forest to get to Lukla.
D+: 650m, D-: 1600m, 5 to 6 hours walking, accommodation in a lodge.
D19: Flight Lukla - Kathmandu.
Morning flight to Kathmandu.
On a clear day, the view of the Himalayan range is superb.
Transfer to the hotel.
The price includes
- Airport/hotel/airport transfers.
- Two nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Insurance for the Nepalese team.
- Full board in a lodge with tea or coffee.
- Everest conservation permit.
- TIMS (Trekking Information Management Service).
- Airport taxes for the domestic flight.
- All government taxes.
- Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) summit royalties.
- Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu flights.
- Supervision by an experienced English speaking mountain guide certified by the Nepal Mountain Association.
- An assistant guide from 4 people.
- Camping equipment: sleeping tents, kitchen tents, mess tents, mattresses, cooking utensils and camping equipment.
- All meals in tents at base camp
- 1 porter for 2 participants (in accordance with the rules of the Nepal porter's union, one porter carrying a maximum of 20kg, you will have to hire an extra porter if your luggage exceeds 10kg).
- 1 porter for 1 and 2 participants (2 for 3 and 4 participants, 3 for 5 and 6 participants).
The price does not include
- Meals in Kathmandu.
- International flights.
- Personal equipment (sleeping bag, hiking poles, water bottle, backpack, glasses, sunscreen).
- Personal insurance (compulsory: check that your insurance covers you in case of an accident, i.e. all medical costs, the cost of helicopter evacuation and air repatriation home).
- Entry visa to Nepal (check that your passport is still valid 6 months after your return date).
- Transport for the visits in Kathmandu.
- Entrance fees in the city (museum, monument, monastery, etc).
- The costs of exceptional events (road cuts, landslides, general strike, bad weather conditions, snow...) which cannot be foreseen.
- Hot water in the lodges.
- Recharging of batteries in the lodges.
- Bank charges for international transfers.
- Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".
- Lodge during the trek.
- Tent at base camp.
- Confirmed and full