Strenuous Khumbu Climb Challenge
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Mount Everest (Nepali:Sagarmatha , Tibetan:Chomolungma, Chinese:Zhumulangma Peak, pinyin: Zhumulangma Feng), Chajamlangma (Limbu), or Mount Chomolungma) is the world's highest mountain above sea level at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). It is located in the Himalayas in Asia. A direct approach to the foot of the world's highest mountain - Mount Everest.
Strenusous Khumbu Climb Challenge trek is specially designed to those who wants extreme thrills with peak climbing. This trip includes 3 different trekking peaks and 3 high passes including Mount Everest Base camp and Gokyo Lake. This is one of the hardest trek and normally done with lodge mode except camping during climbing period. Only few people are able to complete this trip as it requires high physical fitness.
Island Peak (Imjatse) is the most popular trekking peak in Nepal. This mountain is seen like an island in a sea of ice from Dingboche. The summit is interesting attractive with a hightly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. The mountain itself is the extension of the south Ridge of Lhotse Shar separated by a small col. The ridge raising to the south from this point leads to the summit of Island Peak. The extension of this ridge descending southwest is the part of the normal route of ascent and leads to the south summit. Island Peak not only provides pleasant climbing but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region. This is one of the steep climbing peak and windy at the top with quickly changing climate. In clear day we can view the gaint mountains like Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak and Lhotse Shar make a semi circle in the north, the views of Makalu in the East and Baruntse and Amamdalam in the south add more charm for climbing Island peak
Pokalde Peak (or Dolma Ri) (5806m.) is a mountain peak of Nepal situated 12 km southwest of Mount Everest. Pokalde Peak is one of the shortest and easiest trekking peaks in the Everest Region. The majority of the 650m climb from base camp requires little more than walking with short sections of scrambling up rock.
During the trekking seasons this rocky peak is scarcely covered by snow. Despite its lack of any great technical difficulty, it offers trekkers the prospect of reaching 5,800m in elevation and superb views from the summit, particularly to the South East, North West and West. Other prominent mountains visible from the summit include Makalu, Ama Dablam and Pumori. Because of its relatively low difficulty and impressive summit vista's for this altitude, Pokalde is a popular commercial tourist peak in Nepal for those wishing to climb a Himalayan peak without needing to use ice axes and crampons.
The first ascent of Pokalde Peak was made in April 1953 via the ridge adjoining the Pokalde summit with the Kongma La high pass (5535m). This ridge continues from Kongma La to the slightly higher Mehra Peak (Kongma Tse) at 5820m and beyond. Hence the prominence of Pokalde Peak is modest at 271m (889 feet). Most ascents of Pokalde Peak nowadays are made by skirting the opposite Makalu side of the mountain.
Lobuche East Peak (6119M) is the hardest of the trekking peaks (fee: $350 for four climbers) that commercial groups attempt. In the Everest region(Khumbu) only Kwangde and Kusum Kangguru are more difficult. The main peak of Lobuche, however is to the NW of Lobuche East and is not included in the trekking peak permit. Therefore, a legal climb to Lobuche West (Main) requires an expedition-peak-permit and is considerable more expensive than Lobuche East. Now follows a description of Lobuche East (20075ft, 6119m 27° 57' 34.2? N, 86° 47' 23.8? E). Very few climbers who attempt this peak reach the real summit, but many attain the worth-while false summit. Good conditions and a dawn or pre-dawn start is recommended. The average angle for the rocky slabs above the lake (high camp) at about 16,500' to the start of the snow ridge at around 18,600' average 45 to 50 degrees and the route is marked with cairns. This is nice for alpine starts. These rock slabs could be tricky with snow on the rock and there are a couple of moves as you approach the SW ridge that parties may want to be roped up to surmount. It is better to avoid the south west face unless you are looking for more of a challenge. Most climbers who take the SW ridge approach stop at the top of the ridge and consider this to be the false summit of Lobuche East. To reach the true summit of Lobuche East, which is a continuation on the knife-edged ridge heading north west, a rope is recommended due to the exposure. A fall here would be disastrous. There is a slight descent from the false summit along the NW ridge and then a steep climb to the highest point on the long summit ridge. This is a couple of rope lengths at most. From the true East summit, you will see more knife edge ridge leading NW to a massive notch that separates Lobuche East from Lobuche West, which is higher. The true summit proved to be, at first, an unatainable goal, but rocky outliners of Lobuche East were first climbed by the Swiss in 1952. Subsequent attempts fell short of the summit, finally climbed in 1984. Lobuche West was first climbed in 1955, by the South shoulder, which was also the first attempt. Since then the mountain has been scaled only a few times, also by the East-Face.
Adventure Zambuling Treks has sucessfully completed this trip with 100% safety number of times previously.
Peak Grade: Technical
Trip Duration: 29 days
Climbing Period: 4 days (3 peaks)
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transport to Hotel
Day 02: Rest day, sightseeing and briefing day
Day 03: Early morning flight to Lukla(2840m.) and trek to Phakding (2610m.)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
Day 05: Rest day for acclimatation and little hike
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche(3860m.)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche(4410m.)
Day 08: Trek to chhukhung(4730m.)
Day 09: Trek to Island Base camp (4970m.)
Day 10: Rest day for acclimatation, training day with climbing support Sherpas and preparing gears
Day 11: Trek to High camp (5250m.) - camp
Day 12: Early morning climbing Island peak (Imjatse) 6189m. and return to base camp - camp
Day 13: Clean the base camp and trek to Pokalde Base camp.
Day 14: Rest day for acclimatation, training day with climbing support Sherpas and preparing gears
Day 15: Early morning climbing Pokalde peak 5806m. and return to base camp - camp
Day 16: Trek to Lobuche by crossing Kongma La(5535m.)
Day 17: Trek to Gorakshep and immediately trek to Everest Base Camp
Day 18: Early morning trek to Kalapathar and trek to Lobuche Base Camp
Day 19: Rest day for acclimatation, training day with climbing support Sherpas and preparing gears
Day 20: Early morning climbing Lobuche East 6119m. , return to base camp, clean it and trek to Dzongla - camp
Day 21: Trek to Gokyo Lake by crossing Cho La Pass (5420m.)
Day 22: Early morning trek to Gokyo Ri for view of Several 8000m. Peaks in Tibet (Cho Oyu, Sisa pangma…) and back to Gokyo Lake
Day 23: Early morning trek to Lumde by crossing Renjo La(5360m.)
Day 24: Trek to Thame
Day 25: Trek to Namchebazaar
Day 26: Trek to Lukla
Day 27: Early morning flight to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 28: Rest day or final shopping day
Day 29: Final departure to homeland
Note: This itinerary can be reserved if required
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
Both way domestic Air fare (KTM-LUK-KTM) with airport tax
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Everest National Park Entry fee
Peak climbing permit
Food for the members on camping basis/ Lodge basis
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)
All camping equipment and camping charges during climbing period
All required group climbing equipments( like fixed ropes, man rope, ice bar, ice screw.....)
All required Nepalese staffs including climbing support sherpa
Climbing support Sherpa equipments
All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese government rules
Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu
All personal equipment and personal expenses
All personal climbing gears
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staffs and porters Tips...