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hi Pierre and Mahesh. Very nice to hear from you. Great to hear that Pierre now you are in Kathmandu. We had a wonderful visit to Nepal, the weather was great during the Kali Gandaki trek. We did what wanted to do in Kathmandu and Pokhara and we even managed to do the mountain flight. What more could we ask for. Mahesh and Lhakpa looked after us very well and we came back with wonderful memories of Nepal, with a strong desire to return. Thanks for Frens Himalayan Treks and Expedition. Anu Mitra
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Island peak climbing

 Located on top of the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountains, Island Peak is the most sought after trekking destination because of its challenging geographical conditions. Each year more than 300 groups attempt to scale the summit of Island peak. This trek offers an excellent opportunity to climb a Himalayan Summit [6173m] together with an exhilarating Trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. The most difficult section is a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees leading to the narrow summit ridge.

The magnificent views from the summit, however, are certainly a fitting reward for your efforts. Before climbing Island Peak, we trek up the Dudh Kosi valley from Lukla, passing through Namche and Gokyo on our way to Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp. After being rested and feeling physically fit and acclimatized, we then head up the beautiful Imja Khola valley towards Island Peak. Besides trekking adventure, we also get to witness pristine Sherpa villages and ever-so-serene monasteries. With ponderous memories of the trekking earlier done, we retrace our route back through Namche to Lukla, and from there on we fly back to Kathmandu. This trip can be done during March to May and September to December.

A physically fit and acclimatized person is well qualified to make an ascent over this Peak.

>ALPINE GRADE: PD/AD : The most difficult section is a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees leading to the narrow summit ridge.

>SEASON : september/november and march to may.
 
>MODE OF TREKKING : tea house / camping.
2 types of program : in lodge during the trek and 2 nights camping for the ascent or full arranged camping trek during the trek and the ascent. The first type of program (lodge) is better from 1 up to 5 per.

Island peak climbing Itinerary

D-1: arrival in Kathmandu and transfert to hotel.

D-2: Sight seeing of  Kathmandu or you can use this day as a rest day too.
 
D-3: flight Kathmandu-Lukla (45 min) early in the morning. Walk to Phakding (2800 m): 3h.
The path goes down and reaches the Dudh Kosi valley. Nice views of Kusum Kanguru (6367 m), we pass Chablung and Ghat following the valley until Phakding (2800 m).
 
D-4: Phakding-Namche (3400 m): 5h.
We continue in the Dudh Kosi valley through rhododendrons and pine forests. At Monjo, we enter the National Park of Sagarmatha. We finish the day by a steep ascent to Namche: first views of Everest and Lhotse peak.
 
D-5: Acclimatization in Namche.
 
D-6: Namche-Phortse (3500 m): 5h.
The route climbs upward a pass, the Monla (3900 m) and descends to Phortse. On the way we have magnificent views on Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Everest…
 
D-7: Phortse-Dole (4000 m): 5h.
The first part of the route takes place in a forest; when the forest ends, a gentle mountainside ascent begins until Dole and its few lodges.
 
D-8: Dole – Macchermo (4410 m): 6h.
We continue northward following the path through yak pastures and meadows.
 
D-9: Macchermo-Gokyo (4750 m): 5h.
The route enters the zone of ablation on the right bank of Ngozumba glacier. We pass the first and second lake enjoying the breathtaking scenery of peaks and glaciers. We follow the path along the third lake bank until Gokyo and its few lodges.
 
D-10: ascent of Gokyo Ri (5350 m): 3h
The Gokyo Ri is a hill above Gokyo and the lake. After 3 hours of a steep ascent, we are rewarded by one of the most fantastic view of the Khumbu: all form a splendid 360° panorama with Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu…
 
D-11: Gokyo-Tagnag (4700 m) : 3h.
Short day to reach Tagnag through the moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier (cairns).
 
D-12: Tagnag-Dzongla (4800 m) via the Chola (5330 m) – 7 to 8 h according the conditions.
We start early in the morning. The route ascends a wide and shallow valley, crosses a ridge at 5050 m and leads us to the last slope. After it’s a steep rocky ascent, from the pass we are rewarded by a magnificent view of Himalayan giants. We descend gently by snowy slopes and moraines in a gully-like terrain. Dzonghla is a small nomad camp with 2 lodges surrounded by faces of Cholatse peak and Tawatse peak.
 
D-13: Dzonghla-Lobuje (4900 m): 4h.
The route winds around the mountain, crosses several ridges, just before Lobuje we reach the main route to Everest BC
 
D-14: Lobuje – Gorakshep (5100 m) – Kalapatar (5535 m) and overnight in Gorakshep: 6 to 7 h
We start early in the morning; the route follows the left bank of the Khumbu glacier through the zone of ablation until Gorakshep (2h30). The ascent of Kala Patar is steep at the beginning and become easier. Splendid views from the top and during the ascent: south col, western cwn, Everest south west ridge, Nuptse, Pumori…
 
D-15: walk to Everest BC (5300 m) and return to Lobuje: 6h
Foothpaths and cairns onto the glacier until the BC: impressive view of the ice fall.
Descent to Lobuje by the same way.
 
D-16 : Descent to Dingboche (4400 m) : 4h.
We descend by the main route, following the moraine on a good path.
 
D-17 : Trek to Chuukung (4700 m) : 3h.
Easy day , we follow the Imjha Khola valley surrounded by Lhotse face, Ama Dablam etc....
 
D-18 : Trek to Base camp (5100 m) : 3h.
Another easy day, the trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Base camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which mark the start of the climb on Island Peak.

Day 19: Ascent of Island peak (6173m)
After reaching the Hight camp little further after the base camp we cross a gully and the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is very airy and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse, Everest, Ama Dablam… . We descend along the same route, down to the base camp.
Day 20 : Spare day
 
Day 21 to Day 22 : Trek to Namche via Pangboche (3950m)
Descent through birch and rhododendrons forests.


Day 23: Trek to Lukla (2800m)
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla.

Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu
We pack up early and head for the airstrip for the flight back to Kathmandu
 
Day 25 : rest day
 
Day 26 : transfert to airport and return.
 
>Price/pers with all the detailed program : Please write us with the number of guests. We will reply you as soon as possible.

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Our Price Includes

1. Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
2. Standard twin sharing accommodation in 2 star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included.
3. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private car / van / bus.
4. All your standard Meals as per itinerary (breakfast, lunch, diner)
5. Hot drinks during tented camping.
6. Twin sharing tea Houses / Lodges, Guesthouses and Tented accommodation during the trek.
7. A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek and climb.
8. The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
9. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
10.trekking permit
11. peak permit fees.
12. Garbage Deposit Fee.
13. General Climbing equipments such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar etc..
16. Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
17. All our government taxes.
18. Official expense.

Our Price Excludes

1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
2. Your travel insurance (compulsory).
3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
4. Nepal entry visa, you can obtain easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. You will also require 2 passport size photos.)
5. Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
6. Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment.
7. Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected).
8. Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
9. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.