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Trekking on lonely paths through the Solu Khumbu, Island Peak, 6189 m

Nepal - Asia

Island Peak, Nepal - Island Peak, Nepal
20.10 - 16.11.2019
Off the beaten track, we stroll through the Solu Khumbu, always within sight of Mount Everest and other majestic six-, seven- and eight-thousanders. We pass the recently opened Renjo La and two more passes over five thousand meters. Perfectly acclimatised, we enjoy the crowning glory of the ascent of the 6,000-meter peak Imja Tse (Island Peak).
The Khumbu is certainly one of the most beautiful trekking regions in the world. On this route we discover the most beautiful side of the heartland of the Sherpa. An unforgettable experience for enthusiastic mountaineers.

Your benefits at a glance

- Flight by scheduled flight from Zurich to Kathmandu
- long-standing cooperation with one of the largest and most renowned trekking agencies in Nepal
- three comfortable nights in double rooms in one of the best hotels in Kathmandu
- a tent for two participants
- Proven and highly reliable local team
- state-of-the-art safety equipment such as B. Satellite phone for emergencies is a matter of course
- proven expedition pharmacy with the necessary medicines for any height-related emergencies
- Guided tour by certified professional mountain guide IFMGA
- Comprehensive area knowledge of the organizer and the mountain guide
- small groups with individual care
- Proven travel program, this trip was carried out succesfully several times with guests

Guide

Thomas Villars
Certified Mountain Guide IFMGA and Snow Sports Instructor with Federal Certificate of higher vocational Education und Training

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Price

CHF 6990.-   (per person / 6 - 10 Participants)

All inclusive.

Requirements

Echelle pour la haute montagne
F Facile -  
AD assez difficile
Physical
Exz

Technically easy, conditionally demanding high mountain hike with mountain climbing. Very good condition, for the ascent of the Imja Tse experience in crampons and glaciers. Enjoy traveling in a foreign culture, the will to experience something special. This trekking is also suitable for those who do not want to join the ascent of the Imja Tse, as we return to the starting point on all summit ascents.

Program

Imja Tse (Island Peak), 6189 m, Pokalde, 5806 m, Gokyo Ri, 5360 m, Gyazumbo Peak, 5448 m, Kala Pattar, 5545 m, roundtrip through the Solu Khumbu with exit and end point Lukla. Duration 27 days.

Our trekking takes us to one of the most popular and scenic and cultural trekking regions in the world. One of the undisputed highlights is certainly the sight of Mount Everest, called in Nepali Sagarmatha and in Tibetan Chomolungma, with its 8848 m the highest elevation of the earth. This mountain, first climbed in 1953 by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, is surrounded by a sea of ​​other mountain giants. Nestled in this is the heartland of the Sherpa, the Khumbu. These high valleys are among the highest settlement areas on Earth, with the highest villages at 4,000 meters and even higher. In addition to the magnificent panoramic views of the highest peaks in the world and wildlife viewing within the Sagarmatha National Park are possible. Our trekking also gives us a good insight into the way of life, culture and religion of the resident Sherpa people and the life and prayer of the monks in the monasteries .. The following travelogue is a general information about the approximate course of this trip, the definitive program depends on the weather, the conditions and the constitution and performance of the participants. These factors also determine the success of this exceptional trip.

1st and 2nd day: Arrival from the place of residence to the meeting point in Zurich-Kloten Airport and flight to Kathmandu. Drive to our hotel near the tourist area of ​​Thamel.

Day 3: Sightseeing of Kathmandu, strolling over Durbar Square, the former palace area of ​​the Malla rulers, and immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere of the winding old town streets and bazaars. Visit to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, destination of countless pilgrims and sadhus. Circumnavigation of the stupa of Bodnath, the most important Buddhist sanctuary in the country. In the evening preparation of the trekking trip.

Day 4: Flight with small airplanes to Lukla, 2840 m, the classic starting point for all trekkings and expeditions in Solu Khumbu. Welcome our crew, the sirdars, the sherpa, the kitchen team and the porters. Hike with descent to Phakding, 2610 m, on Dudh Kosi, the milk flow. Along the river we continue to Monjo, 2800 m, where we spend our first night in a tent.

Day 5: After entering the Sagarmatha Nationl Park, the ascent follows to Namche Bazar, the main town of the Sherpas at 3450 m. We cross the famous so-called Hillary Bridge, from where we enjoy a first furtive view of Mount Everest.

Day 6: Visit of the famous monastery of Thame, 3800 m, one of the most important sanctuaries in Khumbu. The monastery on the trade route to Tibet, via the Nangpa La, 5716 m, is the sacred haven of especially precious Thankas, the sacred scroll paintings of the Buddhists.

Day 7: Along the Bhote Khosi we hike to our next camp in Langden, 4350 m.

8th day: Ascent to our idyllic campsite at Rermo Tso (Tso = lake) at 4860 m. Here begins the actual pass crossing of the Renjo La, which is only recently opened for trekkers.

Day 9: A first big highlight is today with the crossing of the Renjo La (La = Pass), 5417 m on the program. The transition was closed until 2002 and is still used today mainly by pilgrims and traders and hardly by trekkers. We enjoy the view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and many other six- and seven-thousand. Descent to Gokyo, 4750 m, at Gokyo Tso.

Day 10: After climbing the first-class viewpoint Gokyo Ri, 5360 m, overlooking Everest and Cho Oyu, we continue to our next camp at Ngozumba Tso at 4990 m.

Day 11: Again, a rewarding, promising summit awaits us, the Ngozumba Tse, 5553 m. After the descent we walk out of the valley back to Gokyo.

Day 12: Trekking to the high camp at the foot of Cho La at 5100 m. Leisurely we hike out of the Gokyotal and cross the Ngozumba Glacier to Thangnak, 4700 m, and on to our campsite.

Day 13: Crossing the Cho La, 5417 m, and descent to Dzonglha, 4830 m, where we will spend another unforgettable night high above the Chola Tso and sandwiched between the six-thousander Lobuche, 6145 m, and Cholatse, 6335 m.

Day 14: Along the high trail above the Chola Tso we hike today towards Mount Everest, past the memorial plaques and stone pyramids in memory of the mountaineers and Sherpas who have lost their lives on the high mountains in the area. Overnight in Lobuche, 4930 m.

Day 15: Another magnificent and famous scenic mountain, the Kala Pattar, 5545 m, arrives today. From the summit we admire the Pumori, 7165 m, and enjoy a fantastic view of Mount Everest, the Khumbu Icefall and the Everest Base Camp. Descent past Gorak Shep, 5140 m, back to Lobuche.

Day 16: We leave the busy main route in Khumbu, cross the impressive Khumbu glacier and ascend in a lonely and wild area to Kongma La, 5535 m. A short descent takes us to Kongma Tso, 5295 m, where we spend another memorable night.

17th day: With the cup, 5806 m, we reach another fantastic view summit at the intersection of Everst, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. A promising and entertaining descent takes us down to Chukhung, 4730 m.

Day 18: Hike past the Imja Tso to the base camp of the Imja Tse in Pareshaya Gyab at about 5100 m. The rest of the day we recover and prepare for the ascent of our highest peak.

19th day: Shortly after midnight we start to climb the Imja Tse, with 6189 m undisputed highlight of our trip. Until the glacier edge at approx. 5800 m we follow trail tracks. On the glacier we bypass a steep step and, using fixed ropes, we reach the ridge just below the summit. After a few meters over the ridge, we are on the top and enjoy the great views of the Makalu and the Lhotse south wall. Descend back to the base camp.

Day 20: Cozy hike after a hearty breakfast back to Dingpoche, 4400 m.

Day 21: On our way out of the valley we stop at the village of Pangpoche, 3930 m, and visit the Gompa, the oldest sanctuary in Khumbu.

Day 22: Continue to Tengpoche, 3860 m, the world famous pilgrimage site, which is located in the middle of the valley. Visit of the famous monastery.

Day 23: On the busy route we will now meet many trekkers who are just beginning their journey into the land of the Sherpas. We enjoy the hike out of the valley, past Namche Bazar to Monjo, 2800 m.

24th day: Soon it is time to say goodbye to this beautiful landscape and the serene Sherpas. On a last leisurely hike, we have time to work through the experiences of the past three weeks and prepare slowly for the return to civilization. Overnight in Lukla in a lodge.

Day 25: Return to Kathmandu, transfer to our hotel in the city. Then we enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city and get used to it and slowly return to the amenities of modern life. In the evening we enjoy our closing dinner in a Tibetan restaurant.

Day 26 and 27: Free day in Kathmandu, with shopping and walking in Thamel. After a last meal return flight to Zurich.

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