Khumbu Trek, Island Peak Climb
Island Peak expedition offers a unique chance for beginning mountaineers to climb in a relatively lesser traveled region amidst the mighty Himalayas. The summit of Island Peak stands adjacent to one of the world's largest ice walls and offers stunning views of Ama Dablam and the pyramid of Makalu. This trip walks us through the renowned Khumbu region. In the "land of the Sherpa" we partake in Nepalese and Tibetan cultures as they have existed for centuries. The Khumbu journey offers striking scenery as we venture through unspoiled terrain.
Date September 29th-October 20th 2007
Island Peak expedition offers a unique chance
for beginning mountaineers to climb in a relatively lesser traveled
region amidst the mighty Himalayas. The summit of Island Peak stands
adjacent to one of the world's largest ice walls and offers stunning
views of Ama Dablam and the pyramid of Makalu.
This trip walks us through the renowned Khumbu region. In the "land
of the Sherpa" we partake in Nepalese and Tibetan cultures
as they have existed for centuries. The Khumbu journey offers striking
scenery as we venture through unspoiled terrain.
Date: September 27th-October 18th 2008
Pemba Sherpa, who grew up in the Khumbu in these Himalayan mountains
as a child, and 12 CMC trip leader to Nepal, is returning to his
homeland with a group of trekkers and climbers. He will lead the
classic trek in the Everest region, including Chukkung ri, with
an optional climb of Island Peak. In addition, all CMC trips spend
a day visiting the village where Pemba grew up, and having dinner
with Pemba's mother!
Depart U.S. on Saturday, September 29, 2007. Return to U.S. On
Friday, October 19, 2007.
Day 1: Depart for Kathmandu.
Day 2: En route to Kathmandu.
Day 3: Arrival in Kathmandu. We will be met at the airport by Pemba's
Kathmandu staff, who will escort us to our hotel. The group is then
free to explore Kathmandu or relax from the long trip.
Day 4: Kathmandu Sightseeing. We have arranged for a private sightseeing
tour of the mystical city of Kathmandu that includes the Buddhist
shrines of Swayambunath (the famed monkey temple) and Bodhnath,
as well as the Hindu funeral pyres of Pashupatinath. The evening
is free to finish final packing arrangements.
Day 5: Kathmandu to Lukla and Phakding (8,661ft.). We fly from Kathmandu
to Lukla (9,350ft.), and land on the memorable Lukla airstrip. We
are then met by our trekking crew, and begin our trek by following
Dudh Kosi River and traditional Sherpa villages to Phakding.
Day 6: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,319ft.). We’ll continue
to move up the Dudh Kosi valley, past a waterfall at Benkar (2700m)
and on the Chomoa. Magnificent forests of firs, rhododendrons and
manolias grace much of this part of the trail. We drop to the Dudh
Kosi to cross it and climb again to Jorsale (2850m) where we will
enter the Sagarmatha National Park. After lunch at Jorsale, it’s
all uphill to Namche, but our first views of Everest, Nuptse, and
Lhotse make the climb worth it!
Day 7: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (11,319ft.). Acclimatization
is critical before going higher, so you have the day to explore
Namche Bazaar. Some members of the group may want to take a long
acclimatization hike up to the monastery at Thame. We will also
be here for the famous Saturday market, with many Tibetan, having
crossed the Nangpa La, selling their wares.
Day 8: Namche Bazar to Khumjung (12200ft.). We’ll visit the
market in morning and have a lunch in Namche Bazar after lunch we'll
trek to famous Sherpa village Khumjung. We’ll camp near Hillary
Day 9: Khumjung to Tengboche (12,664ft.). It’s up to Punkitanga
and then on to the famous monastery of Tengboche with its background
of mountain peaks, including Ama Dablam and Everest. The original
monastery burned down in 1988, but the new structure, built in 1990,
is also striking. This still remains the largest and most active
monastery in the Khumbu. We’ll camp near the monastery so
you’ll have plenty of time to photograph and explore this
Day 10: Tengboche to Dingboche (14,271ft). We continue on the Dingboche,
passing some small chhusas (yak herding stations) on the way. We'll
visit the Himalayan Rescue Association post in Pheriche while acclimatizing.
Day 11: Dingboche to Chukung (15,507ft.). Today we have a beautiful
walk to the village of Chukkung, with Lothse (and Chukkung ri) "leading
Day 12: Chukung ri (18,283ft.). Return to Chukung (15,584ft.). Another
day to trek higher and sleep lower. After breakfast we will climb
Chukkung ri. This classic vantage point is superb for viewing Lhotse,
Makalu, Island Peak and the high himal. We’ll return to Chukkung
for a good night’s sleep.
Day 13: Chukung to Island Peak High Camp (18,200ft.). Those climbing
Island Peak will head east to Island Peak base camp, and then continue
up the endless switchbacks to high camp. Our tents will be firmly
planted on a series of platforms, protected from the wind. The altitude
will now be quite noticeable, so we will rest and drink plenty of
fluids and preparation for the climb.
Day 14: Island Peak Climb (20,252ft.). Return to Chukung (15,584ft.).
We begin with a predawn start, lighting our way by headlamp up the
rocky trail. The trail is fun, at places requiring easy scrambling.
We’ll enjoy a beautiful sunrise on the edge of the glacier
as we don our crampons and climbing equipment and slowly climb up
to the base of the headwall. From there, we will jumar up the steep,
final pitch, and then cross the fantastic ridge to the summit (20,252ft.)!
Members of the group not climbing Island Peak today will travel
to Lhotse glacier and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding
Day 15: Chukung to Tengboche (12,664ft.). We'll retrace our steps
back to Tengboche today.
Day 16: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (11,319ft.). We'll continue
to retrace our steps back to Namche.
Day 17: Namche Bazar to Sewangma (8,900 ft.). Today we descend
down to Phakding, then cross the Dudh Kosi river to Sewangma, Pemba's
boyhood village. This is an "off-the-beaten path" excursion
where we will see no other tourists and will be welcomed by Pemba's
Day 18: Sewangma to Lukla (9,350ft.). We will complete the trek
in the village of Lukla, bustling with tourists, porters, and guides..
Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu. We’ll catch an early morning
flight on the memorable Lukla airstrip and return to the luxuries
(e.g., hot showers) of Kathmandu!
Day 20: Kathmandu. An open day in Kathmandu to visit more of the
temples, shop, and relax.
Day 21-22: Return to U.S.
$2,310 ($2,490 for those climbing Island Peak)
Initial deposit to hold space: $300
Balance due: Six weeks before departure
Make a check payble to Pemba Sherpa and mail it to Pemba Sherpa
455 S. 39th St. Boulder, CO. 80305
Land cost of trek and climb.
Round-trip flight, Kathmandu to Lukla
Guide, siddhar, porters, cook, and staff
Tent and foam sleeping pads
Climbing permit and trekking permit
Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee
Four nights lodging (double occupancy) in Kathmandu
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
One day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Airport transfer in Kathmandu
Bangkok lodging and Bangkok airport tax
Lodging in Kathmandu beyond four days.
Airport tax in Kathmandu
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
In addition to personal gear, you should bring a sleeping bag (rated
0 degrees or less), a daypack, and a large duffel bag with a double
zipper that locks (for porters or yaks to carry with your personal
gear). You will be provided with a two-person tent, full-length
foam sleeping pad, all commissary gear, and eating/drinking utensils.
All personal gear, camp stools, folding tables, and dining tent
are carried by porters and/or pack animals. Trekkers carry only
a daypack with water bottles, camera, extra jacket, and items you
may need during the course of the day. A full equipment list is
provided after sign-up.
Immunizations will be necessary before leaving the United States.
You and your doctor are responsible for determining what is necessary
for you, although we will send a list of recommended vaccines. All
cost for evacuation, hospitalization, and other medical expenses
are the responsibility of the individual.
Pemba Sherpa will organize and lead this trip. He grew up in the
Khumbu in these Himalayan mountains as a child. He has been a guide
throughout Nepal since 1986. He has lead over 20 trips to Nepal
for the Colorado Mountain Club and the HEC, including Island Peak,
Lobuche Peak, Chulu East, and Ama Dablam. He has lived in the Colorado
since 1991, but spends four months a year guiding trips throughout
Participants should be strong, experienced hikers in good physical
condition. Experience of ice and snow travel over glaciers is helpful,
but not necessary. You must have the willingness to undergo the
hardships of outdoor living and long days of strenuous hiking, often
at high altitude, with a smile!