The Khumbu Climber - A KE Classic
Nepal, Climbing, 26 days - from £2,595 (land only) - from €3,245 (land only) - from $4,545 (land only)
Climb Three Classic Khumbu Peaks in the shadow of Everest
Original KE itinerary with acclimatisation on the Nameless Towers of Gokyo and the Cho La before tackling three sensational peaks in the Sherpa homeland of the Khumbu.
- Climb Lobuche, Pokalde and Island Peaks in the shadow of Everest
- Challenging circuit trek of the Everest region
- Option to visit Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar
- Led by a KE Western Climbing Leader supported by Sherpa guides
- 1:3 guide to client ratio on summit days and full trek crew
Back by popular demand, the original KE ‘‘Khumbu Climber'' climbing holiday not only explores the three principal valleys of the Everest region, but also includes ascents of three major peaks in the shadow of Everest. This classic climbing holiday begins with a trek to the holy lakes at Gokyo where we make a training and acclimatisation climb of the 'Nameless Towers' above Gokyo's 'Fifth Lake' with the 'Scoundrel's View' of Everest'. We then cross the Cho La to reach our first mountain challenge, an ascent of Lobuche Peak East (6119m), which we tackle from a high camp spectacularly located on a level part of the ridge overlooking the main Khumbu Valley. After the climb there is the option to visit Everest Base Camp and / or climb the viewpoint peak of Kala Pattar before we cross the Kongma La to tackle our next peak, Pokalde (5806m). This provides an enjoyable and entertaining climb involving some easy scrambling protected by fixed line. From the summit there are sensational views of nearby Ama Dablam and all the peaks of the Khumbu, as well as the more distant but equally imposing Makalu. The fitting climax to this Khumbu trilogy is an ascent of the aptly named Island Peak, set in a sea of glacial ice directly adjacent to the incredible Lhotse South Face. Island Peak or 'Imja Tse' (6183m), is one of the most popular of the so-called 'trekking peaks' and gives classic Himalayan climbing on an alpine scale. Each of these peaks offers challenging and exciting climbing in exposed situations protected by fixed lines amongst breathtaking scenery.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a challenging and sustained trekking and climbing holiday. The trekking circuit generally follows good paths and yak trails in the valleys, providing straightforward walking conditions. The two principal passes involve more difficult trekking conditions and the Cho La is glaciated and usually snow covered. As this trip is primarily aimed at those wishing to climb trekking peaks, the difficulty of the trekking will not be a major consideration. However, the aim of this trip is to accomplish as much climbing as possible and it should be noted that in order to achieve this the trekking programme is quite ambitious. Climbing at altitudes of over 5000 metres is always strenuous.
Trekking peak difficulty
The term ‘Trekking Peak' was coined in the seventies when trekking was a relatively new phenomenon. Few of the trekking peaks can be simply ‘trekked' up, and perhaps ‘Alpine' peak would have been the better term. For these peaks, experience in the use of crampons, of roped climbing, occasionally in exposed situations, and competence on such terrain, is essential. Fixed lines will be placed by the guides to safeguard any exposed passages but previous experience of fixed lines is not required as full training in the simple techniques required will be given prior to the climbs. If you are in any doubt as to your capability for any of these climbs, please give our office a ring.
The following are the approximate Alpine climbing grades of the peaks.
Lobuche: PD with 45 degree snow slopes and exposed ridge climbing
Pokalde: F Mixed ground with some easy rock scrambling
Island Peak: PD with 45 degree snow slopes and exposed ridge climbing