Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak Climbing- 20 Days

The ultimate  way to acclimatize for  Island Peak, 6189m, is with a challenging trek through places of breath-taking beauty in the heartland of the Khumbu region.   For those who want to summit their first Himalayan peak, Gokyo-Cho La-EBC-Island Peak is the perfect expedition.  The trek goes via Gokyo lake, 4750m, Cho La pass, 5420m, and Everest Base Camp, 5357m. Island Peak is a favorite climbing peak in the Everest Region, offering what is considered to be the finest of all views of the Himalayas.

The trek to Island Peak starts out on the traditional trail to Namche Bazaar.  From Namche we follow the main trail for about 2 hours and branch off into the Gokyo Valley, ascending stone stairs that seem to almost hang off the mountain’s edgealong the Dudh Kosi River.  The four-day trek to Gokyo passes thru scant settlements where few tourists have ventured.  The trek leads to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes beside the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier, and up to summit the rocky Gokyo Peak.  From Gokyo Ri, 5360m, there is a dramatic view of four of the six highest mountains in the world: Everest, 8848m, Lhotse, 8516m, Makalu, 8485m and Cho Oyu, 8188m as well as other towering snow-peaks: Gyachung Kang, 7922m, Cholatse, 6440m, Taweche, 6542m, and Kangchung, 6103m.  The Ngozumpa Glacier gouges its way through the valley below.

The next adventure is the spectacular Cho La pass, 5420m, from where we get another spectacular view of the entire Khumbu region. As we descend from Cho La pass, we get the first look at Island Peak. The next climb is Kala Pattar, 5545m, the most popular vantage point for Mount Everest. From here we descend into the Imja Valley and turn off to Chukkung to begin the approach to Island Peak Base Camp.

On the summit of Island Peak a magnificent panorama awaits you.  In a semi circle to the north there is Nuptse, 7879m, Lhotse, 8501m, Lhotse Middle Peak, 8410m, and Lhotse Shar, 8383m; to the east Makalu, 8475m; and in the south, Ama Dablam and Baruntse .  This view and the relatively easy climb must be the reasons for Island Peak being a favorite in the Khumbu. 

The best season for Gokyo Chola- EBC-Island Peak climbing is from March to May and from September to November. The duration of the Gokyo Chola- EBC- Island Peak trek can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will arrange every detail of your Gokyo Chola- EBC- Island expedition; lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Excellent route for acclimatization
  • Remote Khumbu is full of mountains empty of people
  • Gokyo’s glacial lakes and amazing view from Cho La pass
  • Island Peak summit view is best in the Himalaya
  • Island Peak is perfect for first high altitude climb

 

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m

Day 3 : Trek to Namche Bazzar, 3441m

Day 4 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar

Day 5 : Trek to Khumjung, 3790m

Day 6 : Trek to Dole, 4200m

Day 7 : Trek to Machermo, 4470m

Day 8 : Trek to Gokyo, 4790m

Day 9 : Trek to Thagnag 4990m

Day 10 : Trek to Dzongla, 4830m

Day 11 : Trek to Chhukung, 4710m

Day 12 : Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, 5200m

Day 13 : Acclimatization Day- Basic Training Ascend to 5600m and return to Base Camp

Day 14 : Base Camp to Summit 6189m and descent to Chhukung

Day 15 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)

Day 16 : Trek to Namche, 3441m

Day 17 : Trek to Lukla

Day 18 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 19 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 20 : Departure

Cost Include(s)

  •     Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  •     Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  •     Accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) eg. Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  •     Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 15 night  (15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
  •     Meals during 3 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  •     All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  •     Experienced English-speaking Sherpas; Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guides
  •     Porters - 2 persons: 1 porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter
  •     Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  •     Cook, Climbing guide and necessary porters from Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp – Chhukung
  •      Equipment Fee for climbing guide
  •      Garbage Deposit
  •      Island Peak Permit
  •     Sagarmath National Park fee, TIMS permits and all required permits and official documentation
  •     Our Service charge
  •     Round Trip Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathamndu 
  •     Local Airport Tax 
  •     Personal insurance for Nepalese guide & Porters (staff) 

Cost Exclude(s)

 

  •     Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu (can be arranged upon your request.)
  •     Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  •     Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  •     Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  •     Trekking Sleeping Bag
  •     Personal Expenses
  •     Tips (Tipping your guide and support staff is customary)
  •     Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  •     Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  •     Batteries and Telephone calls

Personal Climbing Gear

  •     Crampons
  •     Harness
  •     Ice Axe
  •     2 x Tape slings
  •     2 x Screwgate Karabiners
  •     Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)
  •     Prussic Loops
  •     Helmet
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 March, 2017 29 March, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
16 March, 2017 04 April, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
05 April, 2017 24 April, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
12 April, 2017 01 May, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
24 April, 2017 13 May, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
12 May, 2017 31 May, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
20 May, 2017 08 June, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
20 September, 2017 09 October, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
05 October, 2017 24 October, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
14 October, 2017 02 November, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
24 October, 2017 12 November, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
05 November, 2017 24 November, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
15 November, 2017 04 December, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
27 November, 2017 16 December, 2017 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
10 March, 2018 29 March, 2018 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
16 March, 2018 04 April, 2018 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
05 April, 2018 24 April, 2018 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
12 April, 2018 01 May, 2018 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
24 April, 2018 13 May, 2018 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
12 May, 2018 31 May, 2018 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now
20 May, 2018 08 June, 2018 USD 2150 per person Available Book Now

Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion for Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak Climbing . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.  

 

Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.

Clothing

It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

 

Climbing Gear

  •        Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  •        2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner  type recommended
  •        3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  •        Ice axe with leash - Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  •        Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  •        Crampons fit to plastic boots
  •        Adjustable trekking poles
  •        Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

 

Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •        1-Down parka with hood

 

Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments

 

Feet

  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)

 

Hands

  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves

 

Head

  •         Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •         Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection

 

 

Accessories:

  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries


Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         *Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)

 

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

 

Extras/Luxuries:

 

  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  •  *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  •  Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  •  *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  •  *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  •  A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

Why Climb Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need a Sherpa guide as a partner, some rope, a few bits of protection, good weather and overriding urge to die of old age.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Logistics on the Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak Trip:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.

Gokyo Cho La Island Peak Trip Accommodation:

Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.
Our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti , in Kathmandu, before heading into the remote regions and after returning trip. During the trek, eleven nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses/lodges.

Safety

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance:

To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

Optional Island Peak Packages:Island Peak Climbing - 05 Days | Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing - 21 Days | Three Peaks and Three Passes in Everest Region - 29 Days

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 20 Days

Price : US $2150 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2C

Group Size Min:2 Pax

Group Size max:12

Activities:Trekking / Climbing

Maximum Height:6189m

Minimum Height:1300m

Transport:By Air

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 14 night (15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included

Camping services:Meals on the climbing period 2 night camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Boundary and Biscuit

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