Three Peaks Nepal

ITINERARY


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Day

 

 

1

Arrive Kathmandu

 

2

Gear checks and sightseeing (if time permits)

 

3

Fly to Lukla (2,860m)
Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

 

4

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

 

5

Acclimatisation day and sightseeing Namche Bazaar

 

6

Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3,780m)
Ascend Khunde Peak (4,200m)

 

7

Khumjung to Pangboche (3,985m) via the Mong La Pass (3,970m)

 

8

Pangboche to Dingboche (4,410m)

 

9

Rest/acclimatisation day

 

10

Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m)

 

11

Climb Chhukung Ri (5,550m)

 

12

Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m)

 

13

Summit bid on Island Peak (6,189m)

 

14

Rest day/Contingency day
and/or move to Chhukung

 

15

Chhukung to Pokalde High Camp (5,500m)

 

16

Climb Pokalde (5,806m)
Descend to Pokalde High Camp

 

17

To Lobuche Base Camp

 

18

To High Camp on Lobuche East (5,400m)

 

19

Summit Bid on Lobuche East (6,119m)
Return to Base Camp

 

20

Rest day/Contingency day

 

21

Lobuche Base Camp to Pangboche

 

22

Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

 

23

Namche Bazaar to Lukla

 

24

Contingency day

 

25

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

 

26

Trip ends


Please note that the itinerary may change at any time and that factors such as weather, team member health, logistics etc. will no doubt create some change in the actual dates of the program.

To enhance your 'Nepal experience' and to explore more of the region we also offer an additional trekking option after the ascents. Cross the Cho La Pass and explore the impressive Gokyo Valley (add 4 days).

THE CLIMBS

This trip offers an opportunity to partake in a journey that covers a lot of terrain and enables you to make multiple ascents on peaks of moderate elevation. Participants should have a background in basic mountaineering or a history of physical exercise that can be applied to energetic trekking and the moderate altitude mountaineering that defines this expedition. Instruction in mountaineering will be provided to ensure the requisite skills are gained prior to the climbing commencing.                               

Each ascent involves a modicum of technical climbing at times where the use of crampons, ice axe and fixed ropes will be encountered.

This journey has many visual highlights with stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and many, many more. 

Island Peak, referred to by the local Sherpa people as Imja Tse – an ‘island in a glacial sea’, is an exciting and popular peak involving climbing on snow and ice on the upper sections.  The view from the summit towards Ama Dablam and the south wall of Nuptse / Lhotse is awe-inspiring.

Energised from the ascent of Island Peak, we turn next to Pokalde Peak. A pretty hike takes the team to a spectacular high camp near some alpine lakes, high on the Kongma La Pass and one of the most picturesque locations in the entire Himalaya. Directly across the valley lies Ama Dablam, the jewel of the Khumbu valley and one of the wonders of Nepal. The climb to the top of Pokalde from this camp is not so far as for Island peak, but on cresting the 5,806m (19,049ft) summit you are blessed with eye-boggling panoramic views around the upper reaches of the Khumbu and Imja Khola valley systems.

Lobuche East is an ideal progression.  Lobuche East is a little more technical, involving the ascent of long snow/ice slopes of moderate angle. The climbing is protected by fixed rope that our guide and Sherpa team will fix prior to the ascent. This mountain is a little more alpine in nature and involves slightly more exposure than the previous two climbs making it a great peak on which to finish the trilogy. The high camp is dramatic with exceptional views towards Cholatse, Taweche and Ama Dablam, especially at sunset when the peaks turn pink as the sun sets into Tibet. We climb to the far eastern summit on the summit ridge, a subsidiary of the high peak.  These are very do-able climbs for anyone in good shape and with a desire for high adventure.

 

 

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Photos

South Ridge of Island Peak with North Ridge of Ama Dablam in the distance. © Colin Monteath

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