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Island Peak, Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trekking

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Join a trekking package with Actual Adventure on an amazing thrill with Island Peak hiking and walking you into the hub land of the Khumbu, Everest base camp (5357m) and Gokyo (4750m). Island peak (6189m) is a main attraction of Everest region for climbing by means of an inspiring and extremely icy west face which grows from the Lhotse Glacier. The hike towards Gokyo Ri (5357m) and Kala Patthar (5545m) can be a excellent adaptation climb which provides you magnificent nearest scenes of world’s highest mountains Mt. Everest (8848m) together with Lhotse (8414m), Makalu (8481m), Nuptse (7861m) and many more.  Extra through this trekking you will get an opportunity to cross the irregular and challenging Cho La pass (5,420m), Kongma La pass (5545m) and Renjo La pass (5345m) in the Everest region.

 

Island peak has remarkable location in the center of the Chhukung valley which is similar to Island on sea of ice so it was named ‘Island Peak’ in 1951 AD. Its original name was ‘Imja Tse’. It takes two days to reach the Peak from the base camp if the climate is good otherwise it may takes more days. It is better to stay two nights at the base camp to acclimatize and train to attempt Island summit (6189 m) in one push straightly from the base camp as told by experienced. The trek starts to this region from the most popular airfield in the world, the Lukla airport in the Khumbu region.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1360 m)

An actual Adventure representative will meet you at the arrival gate of International Airport and take you to your hotel.  Today you will meet your trekking guide and be concise about your daily activities. At evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner organized by our company.

 

Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu (1360m)

Kathmandu holds the historical and spiritual place so today we can start our tour after breakfast, from the place which are considered as World Heritage sites; Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur) where you can see Kumari temple, Museum, Kaal vairab (the god of distruction), Taleju Vawani (the goddess temple once opened in the 9

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day of  great festival Dashain), Pasupatinath ( the biggest holy temple of Hindus), Swayambunath (the famous monkey temple), Boudhanath (the large Stupas in the world). Then you can stay at your hotel at night.

 

 

Day 3: Lukla Flight (2800m/ 9383ft) then treks to Phakding (2,652m/8700ft)

As we finish our breakfast early morning, we will attend domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is the entrance of our trek. We can reach tensing Hillary Airport within 35 min enjoying the magnificent green landscape and White Mountains. This is the most wonderful air route in the world terminating in a spectacular hillside surrounded by high mountains.

As we reach Lukla, we will meet our group member and we will finish our packing and arrangement to start our trek via the wealthy Lukla village to Phakding. Today to adapt the atmosphere there, we will have short trek. Nevertheless, if you are interested for additional trip then we go to a nearby Monastery. We will spend our night at hotel in Phakding.

 

 Day 4: Journey on foot to Namche 3,440m/11,290ft

After breakfast we will start our walk in the morning. Today the trek is enjoyable with few short ascend and descend with several crosses over the Dhud Koshi River and fabulous scene of Mt. Thamserku (6623/21729 ft) via Benkar village. We will reach at Monjo, gateway of Sagarmatha National Park is crossing many bridges on the way where our trekking permit will be checked to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs. Regularly down walk take us to the last village of Namche Bazaar that is Jorsale. We will arrive at the Hillary suspension bridge on walking through the river bed. We will walk ascend now, towards Namche bazaar and enjoy the glorious and closer vistas of Kwangde Pea, we can be mesmerized by Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and many other peaks.  We will get the pleasure of this panorama by sitting in Chautara. We will spend our night at the colorful village of Namche Bazaar which is the entrance of Khumbu region.

 

Day 5: Hike to our first amazing panorama of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse.

As today is our acclimatization day so we will take a small hike today instead of sitting idle. We will wake in the yak bells and sunrise revealing 6000m mountains that cover us! We can be mesmerized by Kwangde (6380m), Thamserku (6608m), and Kangtega (6685m). Even it is a place after day, thrill is in the air, as a slow ascent hike leads to the world’s highest Hotel, the Everest View, will help us to adapt and offer us our first stunning scene of Mt. Everest (8848m) and other famous Himalaya peaks with Nuptse (7,861m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Davlam (6856m). We will back to Namche Bazaar stay one more night

 

Day 6: Mongla (3870m)

We will climb up to the Airport at Shyangboche from Namche and then take lunch at Khumjung, the biggest village in the region. The holy peak of Khumbiliya (5761 m) above Khumjung village always blesses village. It is an abode of the guard goddess of the region regularly represented in spiritual paintings as a white - faced picture of a white horse. The track outlines around Khumbilya’s lower slopes passing through attractive birch forests and onto treeless, meadows to the stupa (3992m) on the top of stony edge. Once again the panoramas of the mountains are attractive. We will spend our night the lodges on the lumber known as Mongolia.

 

 

Day06: Move to Dole (4,410m / 13,152 ft)

First of all we will finish our breakfast then we will move steeply out of Namche Bazaar to Kyangjuma village where we can be pleasure by the stunning panorama of Thamserku, Katenga and Ama Dablam. The most laborious climb of the day will be to cross the Mong la, a very pleasant location on the edge of Mt. Khumbila. We will have lunch and take a rest at the top of Mong La enjoying the gorgeous and grand scene of surrounding snow capped Mountains and valleys. The abundance of the flora and fauna together with wild flowers and Rhododendron will be the most marvelous aspect of our trail today. It will be usual to mark wild lives such as Pheasants, mountain goats and vague musk deer. Passing through forests, some waterfalls and bridges then we will reach at a small place with few teahouses, Dole and stay there overnight.

Day07: Hike to Machherma (4,470m / 14,663 ft)

At first, we ascend gradually via picturesque crest over Dole and we will rise up to Lhabarma (4220 m) to Luza (4360m). This trek offers us superior views of Cho oyo, Kantega and Thamseku. We have to walk through many summer arrangements and an attractive village of Luza. As we climb up from Luza we can observe the Dudh Koshi valley, deep like a gorge with its absolute sides. We will reach Machherma, trekking along the hill side over roaring Dudh Koshi and passing via some small settlements and sandy urges.  Marchherma is the last foremost hamlet on the way to Gokyo. We can enjoy the striking stream running down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche Mountains through the middle of the village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. We must pay our visit to the Himalaya Rescue Hospital for speech regarding altitude sickness at Machherma. It is very important because its preventative measure and primary cure. We will spend our night there.

Day08: Step towards Gokyo (4800m/ 15,744 ft)

Today we will enjoy the tremendous scene of both down the valley and the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku and Northern part of Cho-Oyu (8153m) while climbing a ridge Chorten. After some steady walk through a Chorten, we will reach to Pangka (4480m). We walk down to the River bank before starting to hike up to the mortal moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. It is a vertical hike on the moraine. As we cross an Iron Bridge above stream the trail levels out when it chases the valley cross the first Lake, Longpongo (4690 m). There we get an opportunity to scrutinize the Lama footprints on a stone. We will be awestruck by the sparkling turquoise blue sheet of water at the spectacle of the second lake, Taboche Tsho. Few minutes’ walk takes us to third lake, the two linked of rolling streams. Gyoko village lies by the third lake and Cho- Oyu Mountain as a background sets is a wonderful sight. After lunch, we will walk around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. We will spend our night at teahouse in Gokyo.

 

Day09: Acclimatization at Gokyo Valley

Today we will have a full day rest but we should not stay idle. If the weather is excellent then we will grab a chance to climb Gokyo RI today instead of next day to take pleasure of the excellent scene of the Everest region. Or we can have another option to explore to six lakes of Gokyo as this is very popular beside its grand view. So we will trek about 3 km north of Gokyo to watch the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). Stay at Gokyo village overnight.

 

Day10: climb Gokyo RI (5357m ) and Thaknak (4750m)

Today early morning we will Gokyo Ri which is the highlight of the trip. Climbing Gokyo Ri is definitely challenging and laborious as taking about 4 hours gradual ascend to reach the top. We will suppose to be surrounded by wonderful mountains like Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. It will be the most memorable trip for us. We descend from Gokyo taking breakfast to Thaknak. We will pass our night at Thaknak.

 

Day11: move to Cho- La- Pass(5367m) and Dzongla (4830 m)

We will start our trek early in the morning because Cho La Pass is also an emphasize trip. The path even itself is not difficult, it is vertical and greasy. We have to incessantly climb through a gorge and a rocky trail from Phedi. When we cross the edge of stationary Lake we will reach at the top of the Cho La pass which is adorned with prayer flag. Again we can feel we are covered by the mountains because at south, Ama Dablam leads over a range of mountains, Cholatse rise on the west, Lobuche at East and Baruntse erects vertical to our right. We will walk further to reach Dzongla from where we will be mesmerized by the same peaks completely. We will pass our night in local lodge in Dzongla.

 

Day12: trek to Lobuche (4940 m)

We will walk about 7 hours today like usual so that we can see lots of things and enjoy the surroundings. We descend from Dzongla and pass from the bridge. We then slant via grassy way enjoying the panorama of Lobuche peak (6119m) and the snowfield Cho la Pass leads the skyline. Finally we will extend through an edge. We can rest in Lobuche for the whole night after twisting round throughout the large gruff river bed.

 

Day13: Walk to Gorakshep (5170m) then Everest Base Camp ( 5364 m)

We will walk head to Gorakshep today in the morning where we will observe snow capped peaks intimating us the top of the world. The way through Gorakshep guides us through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier so after a lunch and concise rest, we will hike to Everest base camp. Even we cannot see the grand Mt Everest from base camp. We can really appreciate the risk of the brave mountaineers hiking through the Khumbu Icefall. We will spend our night at Gorakshep.

Day 14: Trek to Kala Patthar and Dingboche (4410m)

Mt Everest is clearly visible from Kala Patthar so we will trek there early in the morning to grasp the remarkable scene of shining, bright Mt Everest by the sun rays. On the way to Kala Patthar, our mouth might be open to say wow for the many pleasing scenes and to enclose them in camera. As we stand on Kala Patthar Junction, we will rush to hike the rocky ridge close to pinnacle manifest by payer’s flags. As we reach at top of the Kala Patthar our eye stock to watch incredible Himalaya’s panorama like Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama-Dablam, Taweche, Kantega. We can take many pictures there for the lifelong memories. We will return to Gorakshep and have our breakfast there. Then we will move towards Lobuche and thugla where we will have our lunch. After lunch we will pass Khumbu River and walk head above the valley to Dingboche in the Imja River valley where we spend our night.

 

Day15- Chukkung (4780m)

We will have lot easier trek today after the harsh couple days. Today we walk after late breakfast to chase valley with wonderful scenes of Island peak and an amazing Ama Dablam ruling the skyline. We will take lunch in Chukkung. Afternoon we can stay back relax and enjoy the superb scenery.

 

Day16- Island Peak Base Camp (5090m)

We will walk about two hours today. From Chukkung we follow the moraines that run from Lhotse (8501m) towards the sand planes at Pareshaya Gyab. We reach Island Base camp in the mid- afternoon from here because the distance is shorter.

 

Day 17-18: Island peak Climb (6189m)

We will take two days to climb Island peak. Our team leader will decide the plan to climb peaks, considering the group adoption, climate, snow conditions and other factor. Usually, in the morning we take rest and after lunch we climb to High camp 5700m from base camp.  It takes around two hours to hike a steep up lush slopes on the well-defined track. The location of the camp is straightly below the stable snowline.

We depart very early for the last climb to summit the next morning. It takes around five hours depending on the climate and snow condition. A rope will be fixed on the summit headwall for safely ascent and descent. Even the climb is not theoretically difficult, the snow slopes are gorged, the headwall is logically steep and head for heights are functional. The scene from the summit is absolutely incredible! Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse are the leading massive a rising above a sea of lesser peaks. We should be able to descend on the path from the summit all the way back to Dingboche.

 

 

Day 19-20: Trek to Namche Bazaar through Pheriche - Pangboche – Tengboche

Today we will have the much easier walk, running down the lower elevation following the route of mortal moraines  at Dughla and the huge valley of Khumbu River. We have to cross many attractive Sherpa settlements like perch, Orsho and Shomare. We can either walk to the Gompa in upper Pangboche or we can walk regular way to reach Pangboche from where we can descend to Imja River and up by forest to Debuche. We will have our lunch in Tengboche and carry on to walk through Rhododendron and Juniper tree. We will cross over the Bridge of Dudh Koshi River, the trail then chases the Dudh Koshi ravine sliding hastily by pine forest. We will ultimately reach Sansa. We will reach Namche Bazaar within a few hours walk. We can enjoy the last view of Lhotse, the lean of Everest and Tengboche from Namche Bazaar. Then we will take rest and relax at our Lodge in Namche Bazaar.

 

Day 21: Hike to Lukla

The path sharply descends so we must be controlled and walks slowly and continues our walk. Now we will cross the suspension bridge above the thunderous Dudh Koshi. We have to cross through dense forest and Sherpa villages. Then eventually we will reach Lukla where we can stretch our painful legs and remember all the experiences of the last two weeks. Today we will enjoy the Sherpa culture and relax there.

Day 22 : Fly back to Kathmandu

After the long mountain journey, we will return to Kathmandu today. The Early morning flight takes us to Kathmandu. You can rest and relax the whole day at the hotel. If you want to do some shopping for your family and friends then you can explore Thamel. You can also take help of Actual Adventure guides. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 23: Departure from Kathmandu

After having Breakfast, you will be free Till Departure. Then you will be taken to Kathmandu Airport by the staff of Actual Adventure. We will always hope to see you again with your family, relative, co-workers and friends.

 

 

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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