|Group size:||2-12 people||Max-Altitude:||6,189m/20,305ft|
|Arrival on:||Kathmandu, Nepal||Departure from:||Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Meals:||All meals during trekking and expedition. Breakfast in Kathmandu|
|Accommodation:||3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing|
Lobuche East and Island Peak Expedition combines ascending two peaks in the Everest Region. Lobuche East is probably one of the most challenging ‘trekkers peaks’ in the Everest region whereas Island Peak (6,189m) is the most popular. On your 22-day journey you will first trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathhar, which will not only be a rewarding experience but it will also help you with acclimatization. Next, summit the Lobuche East Peak and descend down to ImjaKhola Valley for summiting the Island Peak.
This is the day set aside for acclimatization. Health experts recommend that we stay active and move around even during the rest day instead of being idle. There are a few options set aside for this day. We can either stroll around Namche’s quaint villages or come in contact with the Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy an up-close view of the mighty Everest. While in the Namche village or upon returning from the hike to the Everest View Hotel, trekkers may also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region.For trekkers who want to hike for a little longer, a hike to Khumjung village (5-6 hours) may also be an option. While in the village we can visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the head of the Yeti!). Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
From Lobuche, we trek towards Lobuche base camp. After walking some distance on relatively flatter plane, the path to the Lobuche Base Camp gets steeper and rocky. We move forward along the Lobuche Glacier while enjoying great views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega and other Himalayas. From the base camp, we continue on a rocky moraine path to reach the High Camp. After reaching there, we set up our camp, take lunch and rest. For the climb, we usually will be climbing on rock surface for up to around 5770m. After that, we climb on ice and use ropes when necessary. However, the use of the rope and the length depends upon the season and the crevasses. Fixed rope is used most of the times whereas man rope is used when required. The climbing leaders will decide what is best for when. Overnight in Lobuche East High Camp.
Pre-Climb Training: Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. We strongly believe that the training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.
After breakfast, we retrace our steps to Dughla. Then we enter the Imja Khola valley at the beautiful village of Dingboche. We trek for a few more hours before reaching Chhukung which is the last settlement of the valley. We also notice small group of nomadic huts strategically located at the foot of the Imja glaciers. Chhukung is the point of departure of Island Peak base camp which also offers great views of Lhotse, Nuptse and AmaDablam. (B,L,D)Note: If we want to undertake the high Kongma La pass, we can follow another route via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp
After completingour expedition of the Lobuche East,we will be too tired to attempt Island Peak immediately. Therefore, this day is set aside as a rest day so that we get all the rest we need to begin our next expedition to Island Peak. However, if we prefer to keep ourselves busy then we can visit nearby places as well. Overnight in Chhukung.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Trekking : While trekking, we will provide you a fully trained, English speaking, experienced trekking guide. Every 4 members are entitled to 1 assistant guide, also 1 porter for every two members to carry the luggage.
Climbing : We will provide you a licensed, English speaking, veteran climbing guide. There is also the provision of assistant guides, for a group size of 2-4 people; there will be 1 main guide and 1 assistant guide. In a group size of 5-8 people, there will be 1 main guide and 2 assistant guides. Finally with a group of 9-12 people, we shall be offering you 1 main guide and 3 assistant guides. Other staff members will include one experienced cook and necessary Sherpa staff, mostly assistants who will assist in setting up camps during the climb.This arrangement of staff will ensure the safety of each and every member in the group; also if any member falls ill, the trip will still go ahead as planned. Please also note that the maximum number of people in a group will be 12, as this is the optimum size for a successful trip.
Lobuche East and Island Peak Expedition’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less-oxygen. During this trip, a separate day is set aside (in Namche Bazaar) for acclimatization. Also, the visit to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar will help you acclimatize to the high altitude.Himalayan Glacier advises guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff. Himalayan Glacier's itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.
In order to make your expedition successful you must have lots of willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh weather conditions along with reasonable fitness and stamina. The expedition will usually require 5-6 hours of walking every day. In the Island Peak summiting day however, you will be required to walk for 10-12 hours. No prior climbing experience is required; however previous rock climbing and high altitude trekking experiences will still be an asset. There will also be a pre -ice climbing training for participants to ease them with the expedition. The training will mostly be about using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons. It is important for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, blood diseases and other medical requirements to consult their doctor before taking the trip.
This list is a guideline to help you pack for trekking and peak climbing. Also, please understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Himalayan Glacier inclusive in the service. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter, but you are required to carry a daypack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.Important documents and items