This trip to Nepal is a short concentrated introduction to climbing moderate peaks in the Himalayas, and to expedition mountaineering. The mountains and the routes we climb by have been chosen to show a variety of approaches and techniques, and to maximise climbing time. They fit neatly into the projected time scale and allow for sufficient acclimatisation. We climb successively Pokalde (5,806m), Chukung Ri (5,600m) and finally Island Peak (6,189m).
Island peak is the culmination of our efforts and a significantly more demanding climb than the previous two peaks. This is the highlight of the expedition and affords great views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Ama Dablam and a host of other summits.
ITINERARY – Days
1-2 International flight to Kathmandu, where you will be met and driven to the hotel in the city.
3-4 Fly to Lukla and walk to Namche Bazaar.
5 Rest day in Namche Bazaar. This is primarily to aid acclimatisation, but the town is a fascinating place to explore and to hunt for souvenirs.
6-10 We continue slowly up the Khumbu Valley to a base camp below Pokalde where we take a rest day
11 Climb Pokalde
12 An easy and short walk to camp at Chukung.
13 Climb Chukung Ri. A short walk and easy scramble lead to the top of this easiest of our three peaks.
14 Walk to Island Peak base camp.
15 A very full day climbing Island Peak.
16-19 Return trek to Lukla.
20 The return flight to Kathmandu is early in the morning, which leaves the rest of the day free.
21 An entire day free in Kathmandu.
22-23 You will be driven out to the airport in good time to catch the international flight home.
Ideally suited to the fit hill walker wishing to expand their experience and while some climbing experience will be useful it is not essential.
Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu (one night at beginning, two at end of trip). Family run lodges on the trail. Tents at base camp and above.
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