Everest Base Camp and Island Peak
Nepal, Climbing, 21 days - from £2,195 (land only) - from €2,635 (land only) - from $3,620 (land only)
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All KE holidays to Nepal include airport transfers and all meals in Kathmandu and while on trek.
- The complete Khumbu experience including a 6000 metre summit
- Spectacular views of the Khumbu from Pokalde
- Visit Everest Basecamp
- A great trek and climb combination
- Climb Island Peak in Nepal
High in the Khumbu, close to Everest and closer still to the precipitous south face of Lhotse, the aptly named Island Peak (6189m) rises above a tangled knot of glaciated valleys. Technically straightforward, an ascent of this classic Himalayan Trekking Peak is within the grasp of any suitably fit and prepared trekker. Why not cap a visit to Everest Base Camp with a high adventure experience in the company of a KE climbing leader, following the elegant snow ridge of Island Peak to one of the finest viewpoints in the region? This superb trekking and climbing holiday follows the Everest Trail via Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche to Gorak Shep for close up views of the world's highest peak. Then, after crossing the Khumbu Glacier and the Kongma La, we make an ascent of Pokalde (5806m), an excellent training an acclimatisation climb, to a summit where the panorama includes 4 of the world's 8000 metre peaks. Reaching our basecamp beside the lake of Imja Tsho, we are ready and prepared for the ascent of Island Peak, which provides fine alpine climbing and a real sense of achievement. Combining a great trek and a rewarding climb, this is one of the best of all adventure holidays to be had in Nepal.
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Is this holiday for you?
Generally, the underfoot conditions during the trekking element of this holiday are relatively straightforward. The Khumbu is Nepal's most popular trekking destination and the trails are well used and present relatively easy walking conditions. It should be noted however that trekking at high altitude is of itself quite demanding. The climbs of Pokalde and Island Peak are not technically difficult but we will encounter a variety of terrain ranging from scree slopes and boulder fields to glaciers where we will need to be roped together and steeper snow slopes where it will be necessary to use fixed lines to safeguard ascents and descents. Full instruction on the use of fixed lines and glacier crossing will be given during the trip and previous experience of these techniques is not a prerequisite. However, it would be useful to have previous experience of walking with crampons.