Gokyo trekking with Island Peak climbing is the best trip holidays in Nepal since in a single trip holidays we trek to Gokyo Lake and climb up Island Peak. First trek up to Gokyo Lake and then continue trek to EBC and Kalapatthar and finally we head to Island Peak base camp to attend Island Peak summit.
Island Peak lies to the south of Mount Everest, and is home to some of the finest Mountain View in the world. We follow the Dudh Kosi Valley to Namche Bazaar and on to the magnificent Thyangboche Monastery. Trekking here, in the shadow of the Everest massif and surrounded by Buddhist prayer flags, is absolutely awe-inspiring. Ascending to Pangboche and Dingboche, we follow the historic route taken by all Everest expeditions in Nepal, before setting off to the remote wilds of the Gokyo Lakes – home to some of most dramatic sights in the Everest range. We trek past glacial moraine to Gorak Shep and on to the historic Everest Base Camp. Afterwards, we ascend Kala Patar for fantastic views of Everest. After descending to the Imja Valley and on to Chukkung, we make our attempt on Island Peak. This expedition is challenging, but well within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit.
Gokyo Lake and Island Peak is challenging trekking and climbing trip, a good preparation and good trekking and climbing equipment is necessary for this trip holidays. Most of the time during this trip, we stay at local run guest house and lodges, only 3/4 nights we sleep in tented camp accommodation while we are climbing to Island Peak. Below is the Gokyo Lake trekking and Island Peak Climbing Itinerary, please kindly check it and for customized climbing trekking and climbing trekking itinerary, cost, map and please as with team of guide, cook and Sherpa.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1360m)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met at airport by us and transferred to your hotel. We will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door with your name written in the paper. Look out your name. Tour trekking briefing is scheduled for the late afternoon. He will discuss our trekking program and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. The evening is free.
Day 2: Kathmandu (1360m) Tour
Kathmandu sightseeing tour visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. We also visit Pashupatinath temple, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. There we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration. Departure information for the next morning will also be given.
Day 3: Kathmandu –Lukla -Phakding (2652m, Trekking: approx 3 hours)
In the early morning we take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), flying parallel to giant Himalayan Mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet, China. It is about 40 minute’s flight. After landing we have time to explore the village while our team sort and load our trekking equipment. In the afternoon we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) it is a short walk to Phakding.
Day 4: Lukla -Namche Bazaar (3446m, 7 hours trekking)
In the morning the trekking is easier and trek close to the river valley with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom. We also see the glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). In the afternoon after lunch the walking is a little tougher and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. We slowly ascend at a steady pace after crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar (3446m)
We have a day in Namche for proper acclimatization to the altitude. It is recommended a hiking to the national park headquarters above the village so that you have an opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from there and could see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and information on the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on walks. The stunning vista includes a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. Perhaps a walk towards Everest view hotel and Khumjung village.
Day 6: Trek to Mongla (3870m)
The trek passing through beautiful birch forest and onto treeless, grassy slopes to a stupa (3992m) on top of a rocky ridge. Once again the views of the mountains are magnificent. Phortse can be seen across the valley - a picturesque village set in a patchwork of stone-walled fields. We overnight at the cluster of lodges on the saddle known as Mongla.
Day 7: Trek to Dole (4085m, 4 hours)
We descend on a series of switchback trails to the Dudh Koshi River, 300 metres below, at Phortse Bridge. Leaving Phortse Bridge we ascend steeply to Dole, enjoying excellent views of Kantega, Thamserku and Ama Dablam (6856m. After lunch you can explore the upper Dole Valley returning via a high ridge above the lodge to enjoy fantastic views of Cho-Oyo and Gyachung Kang (7922m) to the north, and Taweche (6542m) and Cholatse (6440m) across the valley to the east.
Day 8: Trek to Machhermo (4465m, 3 hours)
Trek steeply out of the small Dole Valley and then ascend gradually up the Dudh Kosi Valley, high above the river. The walking is easy although you will feel the effects of altitude on even the smallest hill. The barren alpine scenery with only small clusters of scrub juniper is in stark contrast to the snowy white peaks and deep blue skies.
Day 9: Trek to Gokyo (4720m, 4 hours)
A short, steep climb leads from Machhermo Valley on to the steep grassy slopes of Dudh Kosi Valley. Keep an eye open for the colourful Tibetan snow cocks, often found in this area. The valley widens as you pass through Pangka (4390m) and then descend onto the jumbled, terminal moraines of the Ngozumpa Glacier - the largest in Nepal and the source of the Dudh Kosi. Climbing steeply over a rocky trail we keep to the western side of the glacier to reach a small lake at the head of a wide valley. We soon pass a larger lake at Longponga (4690m) before following the lateral moraines to the third lake at Gokyo (4750m). Gokyo consists of a number of stone dwellings surrounded by stone-walled yak pastures. Our lodge is located close to the lake.
Day 10: Gokyo (4720m) Peak Climbing
Climb up Gokyo Peak (5360m). This is a straight-forward, but steep climb and also tiring, due to the altitude. The walk up will take just over two hours and the reward is one of the best panoramas in the Khumbu. From the rocky summit we can see Everest (8848m), Cho Oyo (8153m), Lhotse (8511m) and Makalu (8481m). Countless other towering snow-peaks and rock spires fill the horizons including Gyachung Kang (7922m) to the east of Cho Oyo, Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m) and Kangchung (6103m). In addition, there’s a bird-eye view of the Gokyo lakes and the huge creaking Ngozumpa Glacier snaking its way down the valley. Time permitting you may also follow the lateral moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier past Kangchung Peak to a point where the Gyubanare Glacier joins in.
Day 11: Trek to Thangna (, 4 hours)
After breakfast we descend down the valley back to the next lake. From here we ascend the lateral moraines and follow the small trail across the Ngozumpa Glacier. The walking is a series of ups and downs on glacial scree and will take around hour to cross. From the far side we reach the yak herders huts and tea houses at Dragnag (4690m).
Day 12: Trek to Dzongla via Cho La (4950m, 7 hours)
In the morning we ascend the small ridge behind the village above Pheriche Valley. From the chorten at the top, Tawache and Cholatse (6440m) make for a striking scene as they seem to lean forwards from across the valley.
Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep (5160m) - Everest Base Camp
As the trek to Gorak Shep is relatively short, we have the opportunity for a leisurely breakfast before beginning the day’s walk. Trekking takes approx 3 hours to Gorak Shep, 5 hours round trip to Everest Base Camp
Day 14: Climb Kala Patar - Dingboche (4410m, 8 hours)
We wake up early for the trek to Kala Patar (5545m) to experience sensational sunrise. The ascent is quite steep, so we start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Kala Patar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest, the highest mountain in the world, surround us. About three kilometres away and some 200 metres below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and it is worthwhile spending as long as you wish in order to savour this special moment. The descent back down to Gorak Shep is easy and once back at the lodge we have a quick drink and head off to the rooms to pack our kit bags whilst breakfast is being prepared. After breakfast we set off to Lobuche and on to Thugla, where we stop for lunch. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola and head above the valley to Dingboche in the Imja Khola Valley, where we stop for the night.
Day 15: Trek to Chukkung (4780m, 3 hours)
After the last couple of tough days, we take it a lot easier today. We leave after a late breakfast to follow the valley, with great views of Island Peak and the spectacular Ama Dablam dominating the skyline. We reach Chukkung in time for lunch. In the afternoon we can sit back, relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
Day 16: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5090m, 3 hours)
After Chukkung we follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8501m) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. It is only a short distance from here to Island Peak Base Camp, which we reach in the mid-afternoon.
Day 17: Trek to Island Peak High camp (5700m).
We have allowed two days to climb Island Peak. The strategy for the climb will be decided by our trek leader at the time, taking into account the group acclimatization, weather, snow conditions and other factors. Generally we rest in the morning and after lunch ascend from Base Camp to High Camp (5700m), a steep, two-hour climb up grassy slopes on a well-defined trail. The site of the camp is just below the permanent snowline.
Day 18: Climb Island Peak (6189m) to Dingboche)
The following morning we leave very early for the final climb to the summit. This may take between four and six hours, depending on snow and weather conditions. We will fix a rope on the summit headwall for safety on both the ascent and descent. Although it is not a difficult climb technically, the snow slopes are crevassed, the headwall is reasonably steep and a head for heights is useful. To reach the summit, willpower and stamina are required, but the incredible feeling of achievement atop this 6000-metre giant will remain a lifetime memory. The view from the summit is utterly fantastic! Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse are the dominant giants rising above a sea of lesser peaks. Given good conditions we should be able to descend on the path from the summit all the way back to Dingboche.
Day 19: Dingboche - Namche Bazaar (3446m, 7 hours)
From Dingboche we cross the Khumbu Khola and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of the Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega. We then descend to the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare and later pass through Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend gradually through Debuche and then to Thyangboche, where we take lunch. In the afternoon we descend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi River and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through to Shanasa and then to Namche Bazaar - our stop for the night.
Day 20: Trek to Phakding (2652m, 4 hours)
We enjoy a leisurely departure from Namche Bazaar with a final opportunity to visit the shops in the bazaar before we descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. We follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where we take lunch. In the afternoon it is a short walk via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru, back to Phakding.
Day 21: Trek to Lukla (2800m, 3½ hours)
This is our last day of trekking, where it is only a short walk on the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We then take lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free to wander around, relax.
Day 22: Lukla - Kathmandu (1360m)
We rise early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free to do souvenir shopping or further sightseeing. Located in the south of the city, Patan is also worth a visit with its own Durbar Square full of historic structures and statues of past kings. Our final night in Kathmandu gives us a chance to go out on the town and enjoy a final dinner (optional) with our travelling companions and new-found friends.
Day 23: Kathmandu (1360m) Airport.
Our trip ends today after breakfast. A departure transfer to the airport is not included and Kathmandu has so much to offer and occasionally flights from Lukla can be delayed, so we recommend that you consider booking pre-tour or post-tour accommodation and a departure transfer before you commence your travels.