Dates of trips

  • 20/04/2021-10/05/2021
  • 24/10/2021-13/11/2021

Description

Climbing Island Peak (6189m a.s.l.) is a perfect idea for those who have already summitted one or more four or five-thousand peaks and are looking for a further path of mountain development towards the highest mountains: seven- and eight-thousanders. Climbing Island Peak is easy mountaineering, but still should be taken seriously. For people with Alpine or Caucasian experience, climbing Island Peak will surely be an interesting challenge and will enrich their mountain experience. For its height, Island Peak is also a perfect “bridge” between peaks 5000 and 7000 meters high. It is one of the few six-thousanders easily available for mountaineers in the world.

In addition, the expedition to Island Peak is an opportunity to admire the picturesque panoramas and famous walls of the Himalayan peaks, as well as to visit the base camp at the foot of the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest and to climb the iconic Kala Patthar viewpoint. And as mountains are not the only fascinating thing in Nepal, there will also be an opportunity to plunge into the exotic multi-colored culture of the peoples of Nepal, taste delicious cuisine, observe the rituals of various religions or admire the unusual art and handicraft.

 

Group

5-12 persons

Time

21 days

Mountains

Himalaya

Activity

mountaineering, trekking

Teams

2-3 persons

Price

4600 PLN + 1900 USD

Country

Nepal

Level

medium

Trip program

Day 1 – members’ flights from selected airports;

Day 2 – arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel ***. Accommodation in double rooms. Afternoon walk around Thamel, the tourist and commercial district of the city. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 3 – preparation day in Kathmandu: meeting with a Nepalese guide, equipment briefing, checking and adjusting equipment, possibly buying the missing equipment. In the afternoon, an optional trip along the most valuable monuments of Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 4 – early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport (Kathmandu or Ramechhap, depending on which airports the authorities will appoint for flights on this route). Around 45-minute flight to Lukla (2750m a.s.l.). Breakfast. Then, about 3-hour easy trek along the Dudhkoshi River Valley, through the Sherpas’ villages to Phakding (2610 m a.s.l.). Overnight in a lodge;

Day 5 – approx. 6-hour trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440 m a.s.l.), a well-known town in the Solukhumbu region. The first 4 hours of easy terrain, the next 3 slightly more difficult, but very scenic. Overnight in a lodge;

Day 6 – acclimatization day in the Namche Bazar area. A trip to the village of Khumjung, to an altitude of approx. 4000 m a.s.l., then descent back to Namche Bazar. Overnight in a lodge;

Day 7 – approx. 6-hour trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860 m a.s.l.). Tengboche is a wonderful viewpoint from which you can admire the peaks of Ama Dablam and Thamserk, as well as the panorama of the Khumbu Himalayas. We will also visit a Buddhist monastery, where you can observe monk rites. Overnight in a lodge;

Day 8 – approx. 6-hour trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4240 m a.s.l.) – a high-altitude village, where Sherpas still follow a traditional lifestyle. Overnight in a lodge;

Day 9 – approx. 4-hour trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4950 m a.s.l.). Along the way, we will see Pumori, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and other peaks. Overnight in a lodge;

Day 10 – a 3-hour ascent from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5160 m a.s.l.), and further to Mount Everest Base Camp – the mountaineers’ base at the foot of the world’s highest mountain. Then return to Gorek Shep. Overnight in a lodge;

Day 11 – another unforgettable day ahead. From Gorak Shep, a two-hour climb to the Kalapatthar peak (5550 m a.s.l.), a famous view point, from which you can admire the views of all the most important Himalayan massifs, including Mount Everest of course. We will reach Kalapatthar at sunrise to be able to see the most spectacular view this place offers. Then, we will go down to Dingboche (4400 m a.s.l.). Overnight in a lodge;

Day 12 – approx. 4-hour trek from Dingboche to the village of Chhukung. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 13 – approx. 4-hour trek from Chhukung to the base camp at the bottom of Island Peak (5,200 m a.s.l.), located at the foot of the southwest wall. Overnight in tents at the base camp.

Day 14 – acclimatization day. Ascent to the upper camp, glacier walking and rescue training. Overnight in tents at the base camp.

Day 15 – the most difficult and also the most exciting and long awaited day of the expedition: the summit push on Imja Tse, i.e. Island Peak (6189m a.s.l.). We will leave the base camp very early, around 1:00. The route leads first through a rocky gorge, then a rib, and finally a glacier requiring rope protection to the top. After reaching the summit, descent to base camp, short rest and packing, and then trek down to Chhukung. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 16 – approx. 4-5 hours light trek down from Chhukung to Tengboche. Overnight in a lodge;

Day 17 – further descent: trek down from Tengboche to Namcze Bazar. Overnight in a lodge;

Day 18 – approx. 8-hour trek down to Lukla. Overnight in a lodge;

Day 19 – flight from Lukla to Kathmandu or Ramecchap. Transfer to a hotel ***. In the evening, a gala dinner in traditional Nepalese style.

Day 20 – free time in Kathmandu, then transfer to the airport and departure home;

Day 21 – flight to homes

The trip price includes

  • service of 1 BluEmu tourleader per group for the entire duration of the trip and 1 Sherpa guide (speaking English) for 5 participants (in case of a group of more than 5 people, a guide assistant will be provided);
  • all accomodation listed in the program: 3 nights in a comfortable *** hotel in Kathmandu, accommodation in local guesthouses – lodges during all trekking days, as well as accommodation in tents provided by BluEmu at the base camp at the bottom of Island Peak;
  • all local transfers listed in the program by private transport: from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu, to the airport before flight to Lukla, and then from the airport to the hotel after returning to Kathmandu and from the hotel to the airport before departure home;
  • boarding: 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner – any dish to choose from the menu in lodges) during all trekking days; breakfasts and dinners in the expedition standard prepared jointly with the tourleader of the expedition at the Island Peak base (the highest quality alpine stoves and gas are also provided);
  • breakfasts in Kathmandu;
  • return flight Kathmandu / Ramechhap – Lukla;
  • all necessary documents for the expedition: Island Peak climbing permit, Sagarmatha National Park permit and Khumbu Gaupalika area permit;
  • a farewell gala dinner in traditional Nepalese style in Kathmandu (Nepalese cuisine, folklore show);
  • medical expenses insurance and accident insurance for the entire duration of the trip (while in the mountains, the policy covers high-risk sports);
  • unique t-shirt and buff;
  • Polish Tourist Guarantee Fund contribution

The trip price does not include

  • air ticket from the chosen airport to Kathmandu and back;
  • Nepali visa (purchased on arrival at Kathmandu airport);
  • lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, additional meals during trekking;
    bottled drinks, bottled mineral water, as well as boiled water, coffee or tea in lodges during trekking;
  • porter services. One porter carrying up to 25kg is about 25 USD per day (the price includes maintenance and insurance of the porter);
  • personal expenses (e.g. additional meals / snacks / desserts, fees for charging electronic devices in the mountains, WI-FI, fees for photographing, hot shower, laundry, telephone, etc.);
  • customary obligatory tips for a Nepalese guide;
  • excess baggage fees in personal luggage during the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back (airlines allow 10kg of main baggage + 5 kilos of hand baggage, each kilogram of excess baggage costs USD 1)
  • the cost of individual transfers from or to Kathmandu airport in case of arrival or departure at a different time than most group members.

Equipment

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