Everest Base Camp and Island Peek

Locations: Nepal.
Difficulty: 2
Next Trip: 17/04/2017
Trip Cost: 2900.00

Everest Base Camp & Island Peak

Everest Base Camp & Island Peak

This trip combines a trek to Everest Base Camp & Island Peak.  This is a very popular trip for trekkers and beginning mountaineers.  This is also a great way to help acclimation before moving on to other peaks in the Khumbu area.  No previous mountaineering experience is required.

This trek takes us first into the heart of the Khumbu, as we follow in the footsteps of the great Everest climbers through Namche Bazaar towards Everest Base Camp. & Island Peak.   An ascent of Kala Patar (5,545 meters) is good acclimatization and also gives us a magnificent close-up view of Everest. Leaving the main trail, we cross the little used Kongma La Pass to camp below Pokalde Peak.  We then move into the Imja Valley to the base of Island Peak, 6,189 meters before a short walk to the high camp.  This challenging trek involves scrambling on rock followed by the ascent of a snow face and then up the final ridge.

For those who are well acclimatized and have the determination and energy, the views from the top provide some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu.  The rugged summits of Nuptse, Lhotse, Cho Polu, Baruntse, Makalu and Ama Dablam surround us and are just some of the most magnificent Himalayan giants you will observe from the top.  The peak can be likened to an island in a glacial sea, where the mainland is formed by a semicircle of cliffs, that rise in the north to the rugged summits of Nuptse (7,879 meters), Lhotse (8,501 meters), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410 meters), as yet still unclimbed and Lhotse Shar (8,383 meters).  To the east, rising above the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier, is Cho Polu (6,734 meters), beyond which you can be see the red granite mass of Makalu (8,475 meters).


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November 20, 2016