|Island Peak with Everest Base Camp|
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I Love Trekking Nepal Offers an mesmerizing adventure towards Everest Base Camp acclimatizing before climbing the popular beautiful Island Peak or Imja Tse (6,189m. / 20,305ft.) situated at the top of the Imja Khola valley in the Khumbu, just above the summer settlement of Chhukung, surrounded by the Imja, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar glaciers.
It offers a worthwhile challenge to the experienced winter mountaineer, competent in using ice axe and crampons, being technically straightforward.
Island Peak with Everest Base Camp trekking starts from Lukla after a spectacular mountain flight from Kathmandu. We make our way first to Namche Bazaar and after two nights here, head into all four of the high valleys. First to Khunde and then to Khumjung valley with views of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde, finally we trek heading for the Imja valley and Island Peak Base Camp, where we set up our own base camp at the foot of the mountain’s South ridge, surrounded by stunning ice scenery beneath the immense Nuptse-Lhotse wall which towers 9,000ft above.
The climb of Island Peak is undertaken towards the end of the trek, allowing plenty of time for acclimatisation. Seven to eight days are allocated for the climb from base camp and high camp with full fledged training from our well experienced Sherpa guides who have scaled most of the trekking peaks and some eight Thousander giant peaks.
From Island Peak base camp descend along the Imja Khola to Dingboche and make way to Namche Bazaar, passing through Pangboche visiting the village and Gompa and at Thyangboche visit the Buddhist monastery.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu.
SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK
FEATURES: The Mountains of Sagarmatha National Park are geologically young and broken up by deep gorges and glacial valleys. Vegetation includes pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods, scrub and alpine plant communities, and bare rock and snow.
The famed bloom of rhododendrons occurs during spring (April and May) although other flora is mostly colorful during the monsoon season (June to August)
Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are the Himalayan thar, ghoral, serow and musk deer. The snow leopard and Himalayan black bear are present but rarely sighted, other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), and jackal and languor monkey.
The park is populated by approximately 3,000 of the famed Sherpa people whose lives are interwoven with the teaching of Buddhism. The main settlements are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse. The economy of the Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding.
But with the coming of international mountaineering expeditions since 1950 and the influx of foreign trekkers, the Sherpa economy today is becoming increasingly dependent on tourism.
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