The EBC trek with Island Peak is an adventure that lets you enjoy every aspect of the Everest Region. You can let yourself indulge in the soft snow capped mountains. It is a thrilling adventure that combines two very dramatic aspects of trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest with the climb of the Island Peak. It is best suited for people who are looking for an experience that is more thrilling than regular trekking journeys. The journey takes place in the beautiful Khumbu region of Nepal and is incorporated with many highlights. You will be getting yourself in an adventure that is both exciting and thrilling. The trekking takes you through many ethnic Sherpa Villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and many others. Get yourself blessed with the view of the Tengboche monastery in the Light butter lamps and serene environment.
The main highlight of the whole trip is the climb to the Island Peak. Surrounded by glaciers, the peak looks like an Island and the views of the surrounding Himalayas from the peak are astounding. Enjoy the vast snowy ridges and acreages of ice as you make your way to the top of the peak. Observe the Sherpa culture and tradition as well as you do the journey. The Everest Base Camp with Island Peaks lets you truly capture the beautiful culture and natural aspects of the Khumbu and blends it with adventures of the climb and the trek. It is a nerve shaking experience with the outstanding views of mountains, glaciers and glacier lakes . The trekkers can experience the isolated communities in the mountainous region with the wild scenery of the mountains on its own undisturbed habitat.
The trekking will start with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. Lukla airport offers you with lifetime experience as it is one of the dangerous airports in the world. The runway of the airport lies between the two hills which is the difficult runaway for the experienced pilot also. Its airfield is at high elevation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 metres. From here trekkers will begin their trek to the Phakding with green landscape and view of Kusum Kangaru. The trekkers will stay at the guesthouse here and enjoy the evening and night time with the local cuisine and dinner.
From Phakding trekkers have to cross the river to reach the valley. The trail is near to the river valley with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest. After crossing the Dudh Koshi at Benkar , trekkers can get the sight of snow capped peaks of Kusum Kangaru and Thamserku. It is only the short walk to Monjo where trekkers gather around to have lunch. From Monjo , National Park is about a short distance. In the hours of daylight the walking is a little problematic and is an uphill way to Namche bazaar. The trail now goes to the generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the meeting point of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi Rivers. The trekkers have to walk through the large suspension bridge.
This is the day for acclimatization to the trekkers. The trekkers will hike to Syangboche Airport 3700 metres, the highest airport in the world. Then continue to climb to the Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and Tawache. On the way back you can visit Sherpa culture museum and Everest Photo Gallery.
From here, trekkers have to walk towards the park headquarters and climb up above the Dudh Koshi River. The path to Dingboche blesses with the monastery situated below the summit of Mt Everest and bordered by other snow capped peaks. The trekkers can also get the picture of local flora and fauna with the amazing Danphe( national bird of Nepal). After coming at the reforestation area of Trashinga, the track moves down until it comes across the Dudh Koshi River at Phunki Tenga 3250m. After this, it is initially steep through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests towards Tengboche.
Trekkers have to go high above the Imja River and get further on to the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the river and old glacial moraines on the track to the community of Dingboche. The Mt Everest here is hidden behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge.
The trekkers will start hiking after breakfast in the hotel. You have to ascend Nagarjun Hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The foot path becomes steep at times resulting in a physically challenging day. From this altitude there are stunning views of Lobuche East, Lobuche West, Taboche Peak, Thamserku, Kangtega and Amadablam. On a clear day you can even see the Makalu and great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short break, go back to Dingboche and take a nice rest for a night before starting another day.
You can trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing the Trekkers Aid post at Pheriche.The trekking starts with the large flat land on wide open fields. Then, crossing the Khumbu Khola at Dughla, the trekkers eat a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu glacier. The fantastic view of Pumori and across the border in Tibet, Changes are seen at the top of the valley.
The trekking starts from the wide valley of Khumbu Glacier. It is the firm, slow and steady way towards the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier. The trails make a sequence of small up and down over an unsteady track lined with cairns that shows the way eventually to the blue glacial sands of Gorakshep 5160m. Then, the trekkers head off towards the Everest Base Camp, it is the point for the Mountaineers to summit the peak. They again trek back to Gorakshep in the afternoon and stay there.
This is the trek to the small mountain of Kalapatthar with the gigantic views of mountains and glaciers. After admiring the amazing and stunning views of the surrounding the trekkers will descend back to Gorak Shep and back to the Dingboche.
The trekkers will start their day following the trail to the Imja valley with the great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. You will reach the base camp of Island Peak in the mid- afternoon.
This is the main highlight of the whole journey where you will go towards your destination to achieve the greatest experience of the lifetime. At the beginning of the trail, you will climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. A steep snow slope leads you onto the summit ridge. From here you can enjoy the beautiful summit views and you can even capture this amazing moment in your camera.
Now you have to say goodbye to the beautiful mountains and descend through various towns of Orsho, Somare and Pangboche, Tengboche then Phungki Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma and easier trail to Namche.
This trekking trail follows a sandy path with strenuous walk. The trail is full of views of landscape and some mountain scenarios. The trekkers can explore Lukla bazaar and local shops. You can also celebrate your successful trekking with special brands of drinks.
Fly from Lukla Airport to Kathmandu Airport and enjoy the panoramic views of snowy mountains from the window of the plane.
This is one of the adventurous trips in Nepal where you can enjoy the beautiful and ancient culture of the Sherpa people with the thrilling experience of climbing the summit of the Island Peak.
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