Nepal's Highest 'trekking peaks' a good introduction to Himalayan Expeditions.This expedition has been packaged to enable members to climb Mera Peak or to extend their stay and also tackle Island Peak.Mera Peak (6476m) Mera Peak (6,654 m) is the highest permitted trekking peak in Nepal. It stands to the south of Everest and dominates the watershed between the heavily wooded valleys of the Hinku and Hongu Drangkas. J.O.M. Roberts and Sen Tenzing made the first successful ascent of Mera Peak on 20 May 1953. The route they used is still the standard route. The summit of Mera Peak provides one of the finest viewpoints in Nepal, offering a panoramic view of Chamlang, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, and Baruntse in the east and the peaks of Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam and Kangtega to the west. Everest can be viewed to the north over the massive unclimbed south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/Lhotse ridge. Under favorable conditions, it is possible to climb the peak and descend back on the same day.Island Peak (6189m) Island Peak 6,160 meters was first ascended in by a British expedition that included Tenzing Norgay. Eric Shipton's party named the peak in 1953, as it resembled an island in a sea of ice. The peak is part of the south ridge of Lhotse and linked to the semicircle of cliffs that rise to the north of the summit of Nuptse. Our adventure begins with a short flight to Lukla and two days of easy walking to Namche bazaar. En- route to Base Camp our trail takes us into the high valleys of the Khumbu region, providing magnificent views of Everest and the satellite peaks. Island Peak is a substantial undertaking, which demands hard work and commitment, however the rewards of standing on top of this Himalayan classic are ten fold.This course is suitable for the complete novice or as a great refresher for those who want to climb again. The course curriculum includes an introduction to equipment, crevasse rescue, ice climbing skills, rope work and comprehensive mountaineering safety techniques.
Day 01: Fly to Lukla, trek to Chutanga (3100m)
Day 02: Cross Zatr La to Tuli Kharka (4400m)
Day 03: Tuli Kharka to Tashing Ongma -Kothe (3600m)
Day 04: Kothe -Tashing Ongma to Tangnag (4350m)
Day 05: Tangnag to Khare (5100m)
Day 06: Acclimatisation Day at Khare (5100m)
Day 07: Mera La to High Camp (5800m)
Day 08: Ascent of Mera Peak (6476m), return to Base Camp at Mera La (5415m)
Day 09: Mera –La to Kongma ding 4415m
Day 10: Kongmading to Setopokhari 4785m
Day 11: Setopokhari to Amphu lapcha Highcamp 5400m
Day 12: Amphulapcha High camp to Over the Amphulapcha and chukung 4725m
Day 13: Rest day in chukung
Day 14 Chukung to Island peak Base camp 5145m
Day 15: Island peak summit (6186m) and O/N base camp or chukung if you are fit and fine!
Day 16: Base camp to chukung
Day 17: Chukung to Tengbuche 3860m
Day 18: Tengbuche to Namche 3445m
Day 19: Namche to Lukla
Day 20: fly lukla to kathmandu.
:: What Is Included ::
* Arrival Pick up and drop off for departure
* Accommodation in Kathmandu as per above program
* All meals as specified for trek in Camp and Tea House
* All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
* Base Camp Sherpa (s) and Cook crew
* Internal flights as per itinerary.
* All trekking arrangements including permits, government taxes and agency service charge
* Accommodation in twin sharing Tent or local lodges
* Trekking guide & porter (salary, insurance, food, accommodation & other allowances).
* Necessary climbing gears
* Basic first aid kit is carried by your leader.
* Farewell dinner after the trip
* Insurance for our local crew
* All Government taxes and agency service charges
:: What Is Not Included ::
* Insurance must have which cover your rescue cost,
* Plastic boot hire
* Kathmandu food lunch & dinner,
* Personal expenditure,
* all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, mineral water, Hot water, snacks,
* We recommend you bring water purifier & neutralizer tablets to reduce your cost of traveling & to help you be a more environmentally friendly traveler etc.
* Porter, Guide & other tips.
* Personal clothing & equipment.
* Travel insurance which must cover Helicopter rescue.
* Optional trips. Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Namaste Adventurte control.
* Anything else not specified in the ‘included costs’ section above
:: Meals ::
We provide all camping equipment and gear, including tents, dining, toilet, and Kitchen tents. At base camp we have a large mess tent equipped with all necessary kitchen gadgets including stoves, tables and chairs. Meals are prepared by our trained and experienced cooks. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Please let us know if you have any special food requirements.We offer all varieties of food including continental and local Nepali/Tibetan items. Breakfast includes porridge, egg, bread, etc. Some of the items in the lunch include rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables, chapattis, bread, and tinned meat and fish items. Fresh or tinned fruit and tea or coffees make the desserts. For the main meal, you can choose your own menu - either local or western varieties. Local varieties include from the local Dal Bhat, yak stew, momo to the western burghers, pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas.
:: Health and Experience Requirements ::
Our Island Peak expeditions are led by professional and experienced mountaineers and guides supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. The climbers need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes and prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 6,000 m. A high standard of physical and mental fitness is also necessary for the climb.
:: Travel Insurance ::
It is a condition upon joining any of Namaste Adventure's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance. For more information
:: Equipment and Packing List ::
While packing for Island Peak certain equipments are essential. Please Click here for this trip's comprehensive checklist.
:: Trekking Day ::
You will be experiencing the ‘early to bed and early to rise’ schedule. A typical trekking day starts at around 6 or 7 am. Enjoy the hearty breakfast and begin trekking. Carry your pack containing personal items you need for the day. The porters and yaks carry all the loads. Walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery, chat with the natives, and take photographs. The lunch time depends upon the terrain and is prepared by our catering team. Generally you stop for lunch after about 4 hours of walking. The lunch hour also helps in acclimatization. The aim would be to reach next stop by the sunset. After reaching the overnight stay point, check in to rooms then you relax with a cup of tea or coffee. If time permit take a pleasure walk around.
:: Climbing Day ::
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at their own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
:: Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements ::
Our Island Peak expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Not only in terms of qualification, but we also make it sure that our leaders have proven track of record in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect. Our expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including acute mountain sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crew members are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.
:: Team Composition ::
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign:
* HGT Accredited Climbing Leader
* Base Camp Assistance and other necessary trek crew such Porters, Yaks and Yak man
* Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
:: Best Season ::
Most of the Ice Climbing to climbing Peak are operated during the pre and post monsoon seasons. However, we also operate the expedition in early winter.