Langtang Valley Trek, 2019

Langtang Valley Trek-2019

Are you looking for a short trekking adventure to the mountains? Are you yearning to be near the mountains, but can’t find the time to do so? If so, then Langtang Trek is just for you. One of the most popular valley treks in Nepal is the mountainous region of Langtang. It is a mixture of walking on steep ridges along the valley to walking on glaciers. The pathway leading to the village is filled with great views of the mountains in the region too. The location lies just 30 kilometers from the city of Kathmandu. But the difference in the landscape between the two places is really vast. 

  • Langtang Trek: Intro
  • Trek Overview
  • Daily schedule for Langtang Trek
  • Best time to take Langtang trek

Langtang Trek: Intro

If you are looking for a quick getaway from your busy schedule and indulge yourself in the Himalayan region. Then try Langtang Trek. It is one of the shortest treks to the Himalayas filled with remote and beautiful scenery. The trek to the valley is one of the most accessible protected areas near the city of Kathmandu. The trekking trail is not as crowded as the other trekking trails in Nepal which makes it a peaceful walk. You need to attain permits before your entry in the Langtang National Park, which is where we are headed. It is available for purchase at the Village of Dhunche. And your trip, however, begins from the village of Syabrubesi, along the Syabrubesi river.

The itinerary for Langtang Trek is relatively a short one. But you can extend the trek by visiting Gosaikunda Lake and the Helambu Region from Langtang. The trekking takes you right up to Kyanjin Gumba where you can get great views of Langtang Range. You may need to travel through fallen glaciers and avalanches or even landslides in this trek. This is an unforeseen natural calamity, which can only be worked around. But along with Langtang Peak, you will also witness the sight of other peaks in the nearby region. The Langtang region is also a great location for bird watching and butterfly watching if you are interested.

Trek Overview

Langtang Trek is a short trip to the Himalayas filled with numerous viewpoints of the surrounding mountain ranges and the hills. The trekking trail starts at Syabrubesi from where the trail takes an uphill turn as you proceed further. Then the trail takes you through some of the most remote parts of the Langtang region. Words cannot express correctly the views through you pass through. But we will try our best to explain the landscape details in this region and the environment around you. 

The trail is basically with great views of the mountains nearby behind the customary hills. And there are many hills we will have to go through to reach Langtang. You can expect to go through forests laden with rhododendron trees and some parts with low growing shrubs too. As we reach higher up, the terrain changes to a barren almost desert-like region. And there are many glaciers and waterfalls to be seen along the way. Langtang Valley which is hidden behind the hills is indeed something worth witnessing first hand.

Daily schedule for Langtang Trek

Your journey starts once you reach Kathmandu and our staff reaches you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You have the rest of the day to yourself. You can take a stroll around the marketplace if you are looking to get some last minute supplies. You will find everything necessary for mountaineering as a whole, in the shops here in Kathmandu. In the evening, we’ll give a short briefing on the Importance of Acclimatization and how we will achieve it. The next day, our guide will take you around some of the places in the city of Kathmandu. Depending on the time, we can visit PashupatiNath Temple, the Swayambhu Nath and the Boudha Stupa. In the evening, we will give the details about how we will conduct the trek for the trekking party. Rest at the hotel.

The following day, we hit the road and 3hours from Kathmandu and we reach Trisuli Bazaar. We can take a pit stop before heading towards our first trekking destination, Syabrubesi. Before that, we will take another stop at Dhunche where we obtain our Langtang National Park Permit. We’ll be trekking in protected areas and the permit is required to be verified at certain checkposts in the region. Once we get our permits, we head towards the checkpoint of Syabrubesi, which stands along the Syabrubesi River. And this is where your trekking begins.

Even as you start your journey, the peaks become visible from Syabrubesi. As you leave the Syabrubesi, the terrain takes a rapid turn towards remoteness. Settlements start to disappear as we make our way up through stone pathways made by the locals. The trail takes us along the stream through the muddy trail. We cross a few suspension bridges, which gives us a wonderful view of the hills. There are places where you need to walk on fallen landslides in this region and we need to be careful. The area is prone to occasionally falling of rocks and rolling stones. The trail otherwise is really peaceful here and the walkthrough trees can invigorate the mind and soul of anyone. 

A few hours of trekking, we reach a small checkpoint and we can rest and have our lunch. Another 3 hours walk lies ahead towards Bamboo, our next destination. The trail takes a slight elevation as you make your way further uphill. This area also has a fear of falling stones and you definitely need to watch and be alert. After a series of rough trekkable pathway, we reach the village of Bamboo. We halt for the night here. 

The next day we leave the village and make our way past landslides and rocks can fall tumbling anytime here. So we need to be very careful not to slip up and remain cautious crossing these parts. A little further and we reach the stop of Riverside where we can take a short break and feel the environment around us. Then we head uphill through rhododendron forests amidst beautiful view of the mountains and surrounding hills. 

The view of the valley start becoming more vivid and the temperature decreases as we make our way up the hill. The transition of the terrain is also remarkable as you go further up the trail. The view however, remains as stunning as ever. The remoteness of the area is going to leave you out of words to express. Before Langtang village, we reach the checkpoint of Thangshyap with stunning view of the hills converging together at the base. We have our lunch at a restaurant in Thangshyap amidst this stunning view. The final climb is along the walls of a hill with the river flowing beneath us. On perfect days you can see so many mountain ranges along the road you just took. 

Finally we reach the Langtang, tucked between several hills surrounding the village. The view becomes even more stunning even from the few tea houses scattered around Langtang. Rest is crucial at the end of the day, so our accommodation is provided in one of the tea houses. We will have an acclimatization session here at Langtang the next day. The view of the village from a nearby hill is immaculate. We will explore the outskirts of Langtang during our acclimatization session and mingle with the people living here. The village is mainly populated by Tamangs of the Himalayas.  

The next day, we head towards the Kyanjin Gumba with stunning surrounding views of the mountains. The walk is a peaceful walk at high elevation and we reach the stop of Mundu and then Sindhum. The trail has a slight elevation and follows the mountainous rocky road to finally reach Kyanjin Gumba. The surrounding hills and nearby mountains become even more prominent as you reach the top. The terrain has a barren look to it and is basically a river bank to the stream flowing nearby. But you are surrounded by hills at this point. 

The location of Kyanjin Gumba however has a great view of the Langtang Range, clearly visible from the village. We will rest in one of the tea houses available here. The next day, we make our way through a picturesque view of the mountain, which looks like its just nearby. A 40mins free walk and we reach the summit of Kyanjin Ri. The pathway is along the rocky hill amidst breath-taking views of the surrounding hills and Langtang Peak. Kyanjin Ri is a great vantage point to have a close look at the surrounding peaks. The spot is a great location to meditate or find peace by submerging yourself with the fantastic view around you.

We make our way back to Kyanjin Gumba and gather our luggage. And with memories full of the magnificent views, we make our way back down the same path we came before. The downhill trek can be even more strenuous after a nice uphill walk. So it is better to take it slow and have plenty of rest. Finally after we reach our starting point of Syabrubesi, we take a vehicle to take us to Kathmandu. A day will be kept aside for rest and if you are looking to buy something to take home. The journey finally ends with your departure as per your schedule. 

Best time to take Langtang trek

Weather and temperature at the Himalayas are unpredictable and it is subject to change anytime. But the best seasons to place your bets on visiting Langtang is in spring and autumn season. Spring is ideal for a fresh start of the year, and the views are unhinged and immaculate. The trekking trail is also dry and manageable. Possibility of landslides and avalanches in the area is also very less during the Spring season. Lots of birds and butterflies can be seen during this time of the year. 

Autumn is another season best for being near Langtang village. The landscape is fresh after the recent rain which has washed the trail too. The greenery in most parts of the trek gives the scenery a lively picture along with rhododendron flowers. The view is not obstructed by fog or mist and the sky is clear for a nice trek in the mountains. The trekking trail is dry and walking on it cannot be very difficult. Winters and Monsoons are not good seasons for a trek. The fog hides most of the views. The pathway is either too wet with rain to walk or frozen with snow to even stand on. The slippery roads can lead to many accidents while walking the mountain region of Langtang. The cold during winter is also not bearable and most of the tea houses remain closed during this time.

How difficult is Langtang Trek?

How difficult is Langtang Trek

The green pastures of Langtang valley offer one of the most beautiful treks in the mountainous region of Nepal. The remoteness has lured many trekkers from around the world and is fast becoming a sought-out destination. However, many have mentioned that the trek is on a dangerous trail and should be avoided. But what reward without some risk, right? This trek gives the best chance to be as close as you can get with the mountains. With some great viewpoints along a stream flowing endlessly and finally Kyanjin Ri’s viewpoint. All of this and more without any climbing involved. Isn’t it a bargain? Let us discuss a few things.

  • Introduction
  • Trekking in the Langtang Valley
  • Flora and Fauna in the valley
  • Why is the Langtang Trek difficult and dangerous?

Introduction

The trek takes place around 30km from the busy city of Kathmandu in Nepal. Though the distance is not much, the difference in landscape and terrain is really vast. If Kathmandu is a bustling city then the Langtang region is just the opposite. With a landscape with captions of hills and views of the peaks, it’s a perfect location for a wonderful trek. You will walk through quaint forests and hilly and rocky roads near the Langtang river. There are large villages with several settlements on the trail leading to the village of Langtang and Kyanjin Gumba. 

 From the beginning of the trek at Syabrubesi itself, the views of the hills standing close by can be seen. The Langtang valley trek can also be extended towards Gosaikunda Lake and Helambu Region from Langtang village. The village is mostly inhabited by Tamangs of the Himalayas and you can learn many things about their culture. You can come across many domestic animals like yaks and sheep grazing in the fields. Many birds and butterflies can also be seen in these forests but it’s hard to come across the animals here. Apart from rhododendron trees, there are junipers and coniferous trees as well.

Trekking in the Langtang Valley

Langtang trek is one of the shortest trips right to the heart of the Himalayas and close to Langtang Range. The trip promises to be an exciting trek filled with beautiful scenery and strange terrain in a protected area. The trip starts at Syabrubesi village, the pick and drops point for all mountaineers going towards Langtang. The route gradually ascends to take us higher and closer to the mountains. The presence of Langtang Khola (river) remains through most parts of this wonderful trek. Each stop is at a higher elevation, which seems like hurdles before reaching the ultimate destination.

The trek can be taken by anyone who has at least one good trekking experience at high altitudes. The route passes through some of the most remote parts of the Langtang National Park which are also considered difficult. The Langtang National Park stretched over 1700 sq.km was the first of the Himalayan National Parks too. However, the area is still lightly inhabited by people so the trekking trail has not been used as often. So whoever wants a solitary and peaceful trek to the Himalayas, can take this wonderful trek to Langtang Village. 

You reach the confines of the Himalayas and its remote villages while gazing upon beautiful mountain vistas. Each stops you make will ease your hunger for the best views in the Himalayas. In fact, the villages themselves look uniquely picturesque amidst such grandeur only Mother Nature can offer. Ironically, this beautiful valley was discovered by a person following the trail taken by his yak, thus the name. It’s a true story. Lang means “yak” and tang means “follow” in Tibetan. Imagine what may have been missed for much later had he not lost his yak to the National Park.

Flora and Fauna in the valley

Langtang Trek takes you through two drastic changes in terrain in the Himalayan region. The transition from a grassy lowland to a much rockier alpine landscape at high altitudes can be observed. Some areas are almost desert like beside the Langtang River. The trees growing abundantly along the trail includes mostly Rhododendron, Laurel, Sal, Blue Pine, and Nepalese Alder. The upper region consists of Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs until the landscape takes a more alpine grassland meadow. Other species of plants growing in these areas include silver fir, hemlock, and larch.

The expansive meadows on this trek are homes to many hoofed animals like Musk Deer and Himalayan Tahr. Animals like Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, Snow Leopard, Ghoral and Wild Dogs can also be found in this region. There are a few places you come across a Baboon or some monkeys as well. Several species of birds and butterflies can also be seen soaring above the Langtang Valley. Birds such as the Impeyan Pheasant, Ibis Bill, and SNow Patridge are common in this region. Domestic animals like Himalayan Yak and Mules are also common in the villages.

Why is the Langtang Trek difficult and dangerous?

In 2015, the devastating incident of the Earthquake in Nepal caused major damage, especially in the Langtang Region. The disaster took away many lives and homes in several villages located in the region. As a result, Langtang Valley was closed for trekking for almost 4years. But the Trekking trail is open and the tea houses have started accepting guests as well. Many owners who lost their lodges and restaurants are rebuilding to accommodate more trekkers coming that way. The trail had also been damaged as a result of the earthquake, but they have recreated a different path now. 

Now the reason why they say Langtang Trek is difficult is because of the trail through which you need to travel. Part of the trail takes us to small dirt tracks big enough to take a mule or even a yak. There are a few suspensions bridges you need to walk to cross a river to reach another hill. While some locations have smaller streams and handmade wooden bridges to cross. The trail also takes a rocky turn as you move higher before reaching the village of Langtang. But you can overcome this trekking trail if you have the physical strength and capability to carry yourself this terrain. They may sure seem like a hurdle, but your hard work is rewarded with the most spectacular and picturesque views. 

People call this expedition a dangerous trek as well. Few of the locations you pass are prone to occasional landslides. And these unforeseen landslides usually damage the trekking trail covering a large portion of the trail with its sediments. Sometimes it is impossible to walk beyond but sometimes it is possible to walk around the rubble. However, all the villages you reach are safe from landslides and do not pose a threat to the trekking journey. Apart from that, the trail is well maintained and it only takes a physically fit body to complete the journey.

Gateway to Annapurna Base Camp

Gateway to Annapurna Base Camp

 

Imagine waking up to the sight of a nearby mountain smiling back at you as you look at it spellbound. Well, you can expect that and much more in Annapurna Base Camp Trek, right up to the heart of Himalayas. It’s not just a trek, but a wonderful journey towards the base of the 10th highest peaks, located in Nepal. Today there are various checkpoints on the trekking trail leading to the most magnificent places on earth. All these villages, as it turns out, are well maintained and cater to our basic needs at high altitudes. You also enter the Annapurna Sanctuary and make a stop at Machhapuchhre Base Camp on this journey. Let us see how we get to the base of one of the highest and most dangerous peaks to date. 

  • Nepal Tourism Today
  • Why is Annapurna considered dangerous?
  • Stops towards Annapurna Base Camp
  • What to expect in Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
  • Permits and things required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

 

Nepal Tourism Today

We live in a world dominated by the use of machinery and computers. People are becoming so relentlessly reliant on technology that we forget some of the best things on earth. And traveling can greatly help someone looking to take time off a hectic work schedule. Tourism doesn’t only mean places to visit and things to experience. It also plays a big role in the economy of the city or town or village in question. It helps in the employment of people in so many different aspects of life and profession directly or indirectly. Thus boosting the revenue for the whole nation in the long run. And Tourism is the most important industry and a source of revenue and foreign exchange for the economy of Nepal. 

Nepal is home to some of the oldest and most holy sites for the Hindu and Buddhist religions. There are numerous temples and monasteries around Nepal with great historical significance. Nepal is also rich in cultural heritage and the people are really proud of their respective traditions. But the inclusion of 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world sets Nepal aside. Thus Today Nepal is considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The Nepalese Government and the Nepal Tourist Board have taken various steps and measures to preserve these areas. Some of the sites have already been declared to be a world heritage site by UNESCO. Truly, these locations do need to preserved and kept safe from any further deterioration and damage 

 

Why is Annapurna considered dangerous?

For many years, the peaks of Mt. Annapurna have lured many climbers from around the world with its beauty. Yet only a handful have been successful in scaling the 10th highest peak right to the summit. However, a considerable amount of deaths have occurred too while making attempts to climb to the peak. The surface area of the peak is very treacherous and only ambitious or experienced climbers can make an attempt. Still, the massif stands beautiful as ever. The literal meaning of ‘Annapurna’ in Nepali is ‘filled with food’. It serves as the main source of water for tributaries leading to the formation of rivers like Indus and Brahmaputra. The tributaries also provide fertility to the farming villages in the region. Hence Annapurna is known as the ‘Goddess of harvest” by the locals.

But the challenging terrain where frequent avalanches occur gives Annapurna the name “killer mountain” too. The climate is also very unpredictable in this region and it practically snows the whole year-round. This is a threat to anyone venturing to these parts especially for those looking to climb the peak. So planning is very important while visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary. Regardless of these facts, the destination has become even more popular nowadays. Each year adventurers take this wonderful journey across quaint villages which frankly gives you picturesque views of the Himalayas. By the end of the journey, you will realize how beautiful indeed the Himalayas really is.

 

. Stops towards Annapurna Base Camp

The checkpoints on the trail leading to the base of Mt. Annapurna are small or slightly larger villages. These villages are inhabited mostly by the Gurungs and Magars of the Himalayas. The tea houses and lodges we will be staying in are well maintained and will cater to basic daily needs. They are built just for the benefit of the trekking or climbing parties that come by. This journey begins from the city of Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. After a two days halt kept for acquiring permits and a bit of sightseeing, we leave for Pokhara. 

From Pokhara, we take a vehicle to take us to Nayapul near Pokhara, and that is where our trekking begins. Vehicles can take you to the next two stops if you are on a tight schedule and need to rush. But walking is always better to experience the trek first hand right from the beginning. From Nayapul, we reach Bhirethandi, a junction separating the village of Ghorepani and Ghandruk. We submit our Annapurna Conservation Area permit then trek towards Ghandruk village. 

After about 6 hours trek we reach Ghandruk where we halt for the night at a lodge there. In the morning we leave Ghandruk and reach the village of Jhinu. After a short break, we take a little above 4 hours of the hike towards the village of Chhomrong . Here we can have our lunch. After crossing the river via a suspension bridge, we make our way towards Sinwa after approximately 3 hours of trek. We halt at a tea house in Sinwa.

In the morning, we get ready for a hike towards Deurali. We reach Dovan first after a 3 hours walk. Then we make our way uphill through a very chilly pathway leading to Deurali village which is 6 hours uphill. You will find lots of people trekking to and from different locations, mostly base camps on the trekking trail. Views plenty you can feel the rush when you reach the top. It is just exhilarating. We make our way towards Annapurna Base Camp next. The trail becomes a bit difficult while making your way across avalanches along the water stream. At times, the path is practically covered in thick ice, which makes it a challenging activity. 

On the way to our primary destination, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Just a few steps and corners uphill from the Base Camp we finally reach Annapurna Base Camp. The Base Camp is well equipped for a cozy night at such high altitudes. There will be many people along with you at the shelter there. In a perfect weather condition, starry nights in the Himalayas can be really wonderful. So will the phenomenon of the rising and setting of the sun. The Base Camp is at a great location for a resting point on the foothills of this majestic peak. After witnessing the magic first hand, we retrieve our steps back downhill towards a different route suitable for downhill walking. 

About 7 hours downhill from Annapurna Base Camp, we reach the village of Sinwa. We halt for a night at a lodge there. The next part of the journey will be a 4-hour trek to the village of Jhinu. On the way, we come to the Chhomrong Checkpost, where we validate our Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. After completing formalities and admiring the view we head downhill towards our destination for the day, Jhinu. At the village, you can indulge yourself in the hot springs along with a can of beer. It will feel really good after the long-tiring yet wonderful trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary. We rest for the night at the lodge here in Jhinu.

The following day, we make our way towards the stop at Nayapul where your trekking journey began. Crossing rivers and small streams using suspension bridges and wooden bridges we cross many small settlements.along the trail. At first, we make a pit stop at Seuli Bazaar which is the final checkpoint for our permits then we reach Nayapul. The trekking part of the journey is over and we take transport to reach Pokhara. We will halt for the night at the hotel here before making our way to Kathmandu the next day. This brings us to the end of your Annapurna journey with Climb High Himalayas.

 

What to expect in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Well for starters, you can expect this trek to be something more than just walking but a journey to the Himalayas. The walk can be of about 5-6 hours each day in the rugged terrain of the Himalayan region. As you make your way to Annapurna Base Camp the terrain changes drastically which is a wonderful sight to see. There are fully equipped and functional 

Checkpoints along the trail where many people have settled  So you can expect to be amongst people while you rest at each checkpoint. The trekking trail is well maintained though few locations may get damaged due to avalanches near the base camp. But apart from that, it is a peaceful walk right on the lap of the Himalayas.

You cross numerous forests filled with Rhododendron and Bamboo trees, cross streams using suspension bridges. There are terrace farms scattered and fields of crops near the villages. There are many smaller villages along with the much larger and more populated villages in the trekking trail. However, the larger villages are where our accommodation will be provided. The region is mostly populated with the Gurung and Magar community of Nepal and a few Sherpas too. The trail takes you through rocky terrain uphill and downhill with stunning views of the mountain range on every bend. 

The list of mountain ranges you come across are listed below:

  • Annapurna South
  • Himchuli 
  • Machhapuchhre
  • Annapurna III
  • Gangapurna
  • Bada Shikhar, and
  • Annapurna I

The sunrise and sunset is another magnificent experience, right from the grounds of Annapurna Base Camp. The 360-degree view of the mountain ranges surrounding Annapurna Base Camp is nothing but mind-blowing. The weather can be really cold at the base camp, but it is relatively cooler as we make our descent. The river you see flowing along the trail is the Modi Khola. You can also experience the hot water springs at the village of Jhinu while you make your way back from the Base Camp. You will run into many people trekking in this trail as it leads to many fantastic locations.  It is a perfect trek for anyone willing to take a short trip, right to the heart of the Himalayas. 

 

Permits and things required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

 To enter the Annapurna Sanctuary, there are few things required from everyone entering. First, the Annapurna Conservation Area permit required to be shown at a few outposts which can be acquired in Kathmandu. Then we need to make sure we have our bookings intact. It can get very crowded at the tea houses during peak season. Apart from that, you need to have your luggage, if required you can hire a porter to carry your belongings. You need to pack warm clothes as it can get really cold, especially at the Base Camp. 

But you can keep some space for lighter windcheaters to help you walk freely. Umbrellas or raincoats may be required during Monsoons and winters. Water is an essential part of our lives, especially drinking water. So make sure you are well equipped, as drinking water can be costly in the hills. As for your physical strength, if you are capable of walking 5-6 hours each day with/without porters. Then you can make it to the top. The journey is supposed to invigorate you and freshen you up, and you definitely need a good mindset for it. That’s all. 

 

 

Places to see during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Places to see during Annapurna Base Camp

If you have visited Nepal but haven’t got anywhere near the Himalayas, then your trip is still incomplete. The Himalayan peaks are the cream and sugar of Nepal. Tourism would not be as booming as it is now without the presence of the Himalayas in Nepal. Despite the fact that Nepal is a small country, it compensates for the size with its physical features. Home to 8 of the 10 world’s highest peaks, Nepal has the hot spots for the best tourist destinations. Let us have a look at one of these trekking destinations famous as a tourist favourite. 

  • Nepal and Tourism
  • Pokhara: Introduction
  • Mt. Annapurna: Introduction
  • Places you come across on the trek
  • Hotel and Accommodation in the trek

 

Nepal and Tourism

Nepal is a landlocked country wedged between India, Bhutan and the Tibetan dominion of China. Though small in size, the physical features, and the cultural depth is what makes Nepal a wonderful nation. It is also very rich in biodiversity and is famous for its numerous temples and monasteries. Having 8 of the 10 world’s highest peaks makes it a dream destination for tourists all over the world. Nepal has much to offer with its production and supply capabilities. But the dominant industry in Nepal is still Tourism. Each year, thousands of traveling parties visit Nepal for either the holy places or the snowy abode of the Himalayas. And tourism brings about much business to the other industries of Nepal simultaneously. 

Previously, the Himalayan region was not well maintained. There were many incidents of carelessness, especially by the trekkers and climbers after which natural calamities took place. This greatly affected the economy of Nepal and the government was forced to close the regions that were damaged. The animals and birds of the region, along with the people living there were greatly affected by this factor. Later along with the Nepal Tourism Board, the government established camps and made provisions to conserve these locations. Then these locations were re-opened for the public but under the strict supervision of the travel agencies. After much work, the trekking trail has become one of the best trekking trails in the world. 

Pokhara: Introduction

Pokhara is the second-largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu. It is also known as the Tourism capital of Nepal. It is called so as most of the treks to the Himalayas lie in its boundaries. The entire city is said to be built upon the Phewa Lake and at night you can hear the water flowing beneath the city roads. It gives us a nice panoramic view of Mt. Machhapuchhre right from the heart of the city. Phewa Lake is a major attraction within the city and serves a lively boating activity on its surface area. You can also go for paragliding from a hill near Pokhara. These flights can be seen while you’re on the boat at Phewa Lake too. Extreme sports like rafting, canoeing and bungee jumping are also prevalent in Pokhara. There are numerous caves you can explore while you are at Pokhara.

The city also has an active night-life. One can have a nice time at one of the pubs or bars open till late at night here. The city is lined with exquisite hotels and restaurants within the city limits. Pokhara is widely dominated by the Gurkha families of Nepal. They are considered as the most valiant and honest people in the world. Other major attractions in Pokhara is the Devi Falls, which is a magnificent sight. The crystal clear waterfalls forming foaming later at the bottom of about 20ft height. The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara is also a great place to learn more about the Himalayas and mountaineering. Likewise, the Gurkha Museum acts as a great place to understand more about the brave Gurkha soldiers. Apart from this, trekking to many destinations in the Himalayas starts from your arrival at Pokhara. 

 

Mt. Annapurna: Introduction

Mt. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world located on the ridge east of the Gandaki River. It is considered one of the most dangerous peaks in the world. Gandaki has one of the deepest river gorges in the world that separates Annapurna from the Dhaulagiri range. The Annapurna peak was first scaled by the French climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in 1950. The main peak is only attempted by ambitious and experienced climbers visiting Nepal. Annapurna in Nepali literally means “filled with food”. Normally it is translated as the “Goddess of the harvest” by the locals. 

As it stands, Annapurna has attracted many climbers from all over the world who have been struck by its beauty. But unfortunately, attempts to reach the summit have been futile and only a few climbers descend successfully. To date, more than 200 climbers have taken the initiative to climb Mt. Annapurna. There are various reasons why Mt. Annapurna is such a deadly mountain and is called “Killer Mountain” by a handful. But the main reason for the summit climb being so deadly is the challenging terrain and frequent avalanches. The climate of Annapurna is also quite unstable. The mountain range receives heavy snowfall almost throughout the year which brings eventual threats in a mountaineer’s life. But we will not be climbing the mountain and any of its peaks. We will only be reaching the Base Camp where we will not get a clear cut view of the summit. 

Places you come across on the trek

The trek begins a few kilometers from Pokhara City, but our journey will begin on your arrival at Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and I the cultural and traditional hub of the country. After a briefing and a day spent on sightseeing around Kathmandu, we head towards Pokhara next. From Pokhara, we take a vehicle to take us to the village of Besi Sahar. After BesiSahar we trek towards the village of Bahundanda. 

A day at Bahundanda then we trek towards the village of Chamje. Followed by a trek towards Thonje village. Then we make our way towards the village of Chame. The trek to Chame is followed by a trek to Pisang. Following morning, we trek towards Manang village. The next trek is towards Yak Kharka followed by a trek to Thorung Phedi. We also cross the Thorung La Pass after our stay at Thorung Phedi before reaching Muktinath. 

A trek to Muktinath is followed by a trek to Jomsom and then we head towards the village of Lete. Then we take the trekking trail to reach Ghorepani. After the morning session of sunrise at Poon Hill, we trek towards Tadapani. Tadapani trek is followed by a trek to Chomrong. Then we trek towards the village of Dovan. 

From Dovan, we take a short trek towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp, before heading towards Annapurna Base Camp. We will halt at both the Base Camps on this trip. From Annapurna Base Camp, we make our way towards the village of Bamboo. From Bamboo, we trek towards Jhinu danda passing the hot springs at Chomrong. Then trekking past Landruk, we trek towards Pothana. Then a short trek will take us to Kande via the Australian Camp. after which we take a vehicle to take us back to Pokhara. On spending a day at Pokhara we finally make our way back to Kathmandu. Which marks the end of your journey. 

Hotel and Accommodation in the trek

The trekking trail right up to the heart of the Himalayas in Nepal is in good condition. Currently, many people have settled around the region as well. So settlements for accommodation is not a big factor even during peak season. Just make sure you have done your pre-booking with your travel agency. You will only find standardized hotels during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara. As your trekking begins, stay will be booked in one of the tea houses or lodges found in the region. 

Tea houses are small cozy settlements with friendly hosts. These are tough structures able to withstand the cold wind and the temperature outside, made especially for the trekkers. The tea houses serve both food and lodging to trekkers and climbers alike. There are few amenities that may not be available in all the tea houses, like wi-fi or hot showers. Few tea houses do provide these services at an extra cost. Lodges are only a bigger version of tea houses. They become less profound as you reach higher altitudes. But recently, many lodges have also come up in the Himalayan region of Nepal.

What to remember in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Things to remember

One of the most sought out treks around the 8000m high mountains of the world is Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trek promises to be a fascinating journey for anyone looking to enter the Himalayan region. The trekking trail is filled with lush green forests and valleys. The Annapurna Conservation Area is also filled with different species of birds and animals. Quaint villages filled with friendly folks and many settlements to rest for the night in. 

The trail also takes you through classic viewpoints of many mountains surrounding the region where Annapurna Base Camp is located. So let us have a look at what you are up against when you take this trip.

  • The Himalayan Range
  • Annapurna Base Camp: Introduction
  • Places to go through in Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Weather and Climate 

The Himalayan Range

The Himalayan Range of Asia spans over 2500 km of numerous mountain ranges across five nations. Those nations lucky to have the privilege are India, Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, and Bhutan. Including Mt. Everest, 8 of the 10 world’s highest peaks are located within the Himalayan Range. These mighty giants are the main source of water to some of the most important rivers in India. Rivers like the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra are fed directly by its tributaries from the Himalayas. In Sanskrit, “Himalaya” means “abode of snow” and they are the 3rd largest deposit of ice in the world. The polar caps are the only region to have more snow than the mountains of the Himalayan Range.

Though the Himalayan Range is spread across five nations, the most popular trekking destination lies in Nepal. The Nepalese Government with the help of the Nepal Tourism Board have done a decent job in maintaining these heritage sites. UNESCO has declared most of the area around these majestic peaks as heritage sites. Therefore certain rules apply in these regions presently. And the areas surrounding the base camps have been established as National Parks or Conservation sites.

This is to ensure that along with the Himalayas, the animals and birds living there are also not hampered. A common misconception is that the peaks lie just a short distance from the cities in Nepal. It is not quite right. The trekking to many destinations in the Himalayas starts from a city, that’s true. But you will still have to travel for almost a week to reach the point where the Himalayan Region begins. 

Annapurna Base Camp: Introduction

Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you through some of the most diverse locations, across cute villages with rich mountain vistas. You will find a wide variety of flora and fauna in this region too. Numerous forests filled with fir and rhododendron trees fall directly on the trekking trail which is a beautiful sight. You will go through picturesque views of Mt. Machhapuchhre right at the beginning of your trekking spree. At a height of 8091m Mt. Annapurna is the 10th highest peak in the world with Base Camp at 4130m. The trek to the base camp is not a difficult one, and it is applicable for all age groups. 

It normally takes a fortnight to reach the Base Camp from Kathmandu, but itinerary can be flexible. So if there is any request as such, you can let our representative know. Accommodation is allocated in tea houses and lodges during your trek to the Himalayan region. Since settlements are limited in these parts, it is advised to pre-book your stay with the agency you are dealing with. Tents are also a possible option during dry seasons. Winters may be a bit of a hurdle for tent pitchers though. There is a variation of landscapes and the transition from one to the other is a sight to see. Once you reach Sinuwa, you also enter the Annapurna Sanctuary, a world heritage site declared by UNESCO.

Places to go through in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The actual trek to Annapurna Base Camp begins from Ghandruk near Pokhara. But where you start depends where your travel agency is located. For Climb High Himalayas, the head office is in Kathmandu, and that is where our journey starts. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel there. You are free to explore the city on your arrival. In the evening we will conduct a briefing on the importance of acclimatization at high altitudes. Acclimatization is a necessary activity to take a successful and healthy trek to any high altitude region. While we commence on acquiring and validating your permits, our staff will take you around some locations in Kathmandu. This is on the next day. In the evening we will give a briefing about how we will proceed with the trip.

The following day, we take a 30 mins flight to Pokhara, or we can also take a 4hours drive to the city. On reaching Pokhara, we will assemble and take a cab to Phedi. Then we make our way towards Ghandruk. This will be the first instance of the trek which will last around 5-6 hours. We halt for the night at a lodge in Ghandruk. The next day we make our way towards Pothana 1990m. The trekking trail doesn’t get steeper till Pothana and you only be walking in slightly elevated terrains. The trail becomes steeper as you leave Pothana for Landrung 1565m the next day. There are few suspension bridges across rivers you will have to go through to reach Landrung village. 

The next day we trek towards the village of Chommorong 2340m which is another 5-6 hours walk. Accommodation here will be at a tea house. Then comes a trek to Bamboo 2310m, with the trek taking approximately 4-5 hours. The village has very few settlements and accommodation here will be at a tea house. The following day, the trekking trail takes a drastic transition when we trek towards Deurali 3230m. From Deurali the trekking trail takes a steeper turn as we trek towards Annapurna Base Camp 4130m. On this route, it is possible to make a small leeway towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3700m as well. A day will be spent at Machhapuchhre Base Camp before spending another day at Annapurna Base Camp. 

Both the Base Camps have a huge area to explore. Chance to see mountaineers attempting to climb the peaks can also be seen. Once we take in the favored destination, we trek downhill from now on, right up to Nayapul. First, we trek towards Bamboo again. Then we make our way to Sinuwa Village 2340m. This is the village where the Annapurna Sanctuary begins.

Then we head down towards Jhinua Dara 1780m which gives us the best possible view of the nearby mountain peaks. You can also visit the hot springs present a few hour’s walks from the main village. The next destination is the village of Birethanti. It might be a relief when you finally reach the small hamlet. A cab will be waiting for you to take you to Pokhara. We will rest at a hotel in Pokhara before we drive back to Kathmandu. The journey to Annapurna Base Camp thus ends here.

Flora and Fauna

The Government of Nepal and Nepal Tourism Board have come together in seeing that the trekking destinations are managed properly.  The same can be said about Annapurna Sanctuary. But the main authority dealing directly with the management of the site is the National Trust for Nature Conservation. They are responsible for creating awareness and conducting activities for the conservation and development of the area. They tend to Tourism Management, Community Development. Protection and extension of the many conservation sites. This department is doing a decent job which speaks for itself.

The Annapurna Sanctuary is very rich in biodiversity. It has over 480 species of birds, 40 species of reptiles, 20 species of amphibians and 100 species of mammals. Several distinct species of butterflies are also found here and are more active during the Spring season. The most common animals found here are the blue sheep, yaks, koalas, Blood pheasants, and Tahr. Chances of running into some endangered species like red pandas, snow leopard, and musk deer are rather slim though. Most of the plants covering a forest feature Rhododendron and coniferous trees including several species of orchids and medicinal plants. Juniper can also be found in some of the forests. 

Weather and Climate 

Climate and temperature are subject to change anytime in the Himalayas. There may be moments of cold temperature all of a sudden in peak summers or start raining in winters. This is beyond our control and abnormal weather usually doesn’t last for too long. After years of experience of trekking into the Himalayas, we have come up with the assumption that we can put it in a few words that follow. There are basically two degrees of temperature, in winters the temperature falls down to lower than -20 degrees. In Summers it can be around 10-15 degrees during the day, and within 10 degrees during the night. Still, it is one of the coldest regions of the Himalayas. 

The main question however that comes up is the best season for a wonderful trek. During Summers or Monsoons, the rain becomes very unpredictable, even annoying. The temperature is not the only issue here. The trekking trail, the landscapes all remain a victim to the rain and makes it difficult to do any work. There are few landslides that might occur in these areas during Monsoons. The views become blurred out and the mist blocks most of the path you walk on. The same goes for winters, only colder. Snow practically pours and covers any signs of the trekking trail, making it difficult to navigate with even a guide. The area is an avalanche-prone area, and part of the trail always gets damaged during the winters. Almost all the tea houses and lodges remain closed due to the extreme weather.

The seasons for getting the best view of the numerous scenery and a peaceful trek is Spring and Autumn Seasons. The trekking trails are cleared and the sky is free of clouds. The views remain as beautiful as ever and the surrounding valleys appear greener than usual. Especially after the monsoons when the rain is finally over. Most of the birds and animals opt to come out and stretch their legs during these two particular seasons. Consequently, the number of people visiting the area also increases during Spring and autumn seasons. So you may have to consider to consult with your tour guide for the proper information. We can help you decide and place the booking accordingly.

Gateway for Island Peak, Nepal

Gateway for Island Peak

Imja Tse peak popularly known as Island Peak stands with a modest height of 6189m. The English Mountaineer Eric Shipton was the individual who named it as Island Peak in 1953. Mainly he saw it resembling an island in a sea of ice when looked upon from Dingboche. In 1983, Island Peak again got its new name as Imja Tse from the locals, meaning ‘Island Peak’ in Nepali. But the initial name was more popular among the people. Island peak climbing is done along with a visit to the Everest Base Camp. With very little technical aspects, it offers itself even to the beginner climbers with competitive endurance. Hence, it is one of the most popular choices among the 6000m peaks in the Himalayan Range. Island Peak welcomes hundreds of climber groups each year luring them to its base and summit.

  • Nepal
  • Island Peak: Introduction
  • Island Peak: Climate 
  • Island Peak: Places Covered
  • Island Peak: Flora and Fauna

 

Nepal 

Nepal contains some of the most rugged and difficult mountain terrains in the world. Roughly 75 percent of the country is covered by mountains. From the south to the north, Nepal can be divided into four main physical belts, each of which extends east to west across the country. The first is the Tarai, a low, flat, fertile land adjacent to the border of India. Second, the forested Churia foothills and the Inner Terai zone, rising from the Terai plain to the rugged Mahabharat Range. Third, the mid-mountain region between the Mahabharat Range and the Great Himalayas. And, fourth, the Great Himalaya Range, rising to more than 8,850m.

A landlocked country is the size of Arkansas, lying between India and the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. Nepal contains Mount Everest (29,035 ft; 8,850 m), the tallest mountain in the world along with 6 other highest peaks in the world. Along its southern border, Nepal has a strip of level land that is partly forested, partly cultivated. North of that is the slope of the main section of the Himalayan range, including Everest and many other peaks higher than 8,000 m.

Island Peak: Introduction

Island Peak trek spans of around 16-17 days in total. The trip begins after landing in Lukla airport. Spending a couple of nights in Namche Bazaar the climbers acquaint gradually before actually climbing the Island Peak. It takes four to five days to reach the Base camp of Island Peak. Here in the base camp climbers have to familiarize themselves with the climatic conditions before actually pushing themselves to the summit. The ascent to the top starts off with along a ridge where climbers use foot traction device popularly known as crampons along with a rope to elevate upwards. The way across the glacier is easy with occasional fractures in them. After reaching the top, exquisite view of Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse and Ama Dablam is seen. 

This peak was first ascended by Tenzing Norgay who was a part of the British Team preparing for the Everest Triumph. Historically, the peak has been used as a practice climb before the ascent of Mt. Everest. A fit and enthusiastic advanced beginner with basic climbing skills can successfully reach the spectacular summits of Kala Pattar and Island Peak. The climbs are considered physically challenging, but not technically difficult. Porters and yaks are will help us carry gear, food, and supplies. We encourage you to review the detailed itinerary, and we would be delighted to put you in touch with veteran trekkers to learn from their experiences.

Island Peak: Climate 

We should not underestimate the climate in the Himalayas. Going up there, it can get really cold so it is essential that you get accustomed to that temperature while hiking. In winter, expect a temperature of around -20 C. Not to mention the wind-chill effect that can make the Island Peak climbing even more challenging. Especially during winters, the cold is practically unbearable. the spring-summer and Autumn days are a bit warm with the sun shining bright. Nevertheless, the nights become chillier as you ascend higher in the Himalayan region.

Therefore, acclimatization is very essential to make it to the top successfully without any problems. The most common locations for acclimatization sessions are at Namche Bazaar and at Tengboche. The basic requirement is that we need to first take a light hike to a higher elevation. Then descend to a lower elevation to complete the process. This way, your body will adjust to the new altitude. And the possibility of any sickness will normally be diminished. 

 

Island Peak: Places Covered

During your expedition towards climbing the Island Peak, you come across many villages. Only a few of them will be our destination for a night’s halt. Hotel rooms will only be provided on your visit to Kathmandu. Since there are no hotels in the mountain region, accommodation will be at tea houses and lodges. So the first place, where it all begins in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Here you will be allocated a room in a hotel. Then Lukla, the airport strip where we land after our flight from Kathmandu. On reaching Lukla, we trek towards the hamlet of Phakding. Here we halt for the night at a tea house. Next is Namche Bazaar, the capital and the main trading center of the Khumbu region. 

A day is spent for acclimatization at Namche. We enter the Sagarmatha National Park as soon as we reach Namche too. From Namche, we travel towards Tengboche, and we can visit the Tengboche monastery there. Then we trek towards Deboche. From the village of Deboche we make our way towards the village of Pheriche. Along the way, we cross the Phalang Karpo. Then we reach Dungla a village with numerous stone monuments built to honor the people who died climbing Mt. Everest. Then we make our way towards Lobuche. 

After a night at Lobuche, we trek towards Gorak Shep where we visit the Everest Base Camp along the way. A night’s halt at Gorak shep, then we climb the hill towards Kala Patthar’s viewpoint. This viewpoint gives a great vantage point to have a good look at Mt. Everest from a close distance. Also, the view of the sunrise is priceless. Then we make our way towards Dingboche to rest for the night. We trek across Imja valley to reach Chukkung the next day. From Chukkung we head uphill towards Island Peak Base Camp.

The first day is acclimatization, then the next day we travel to High Base from Base Camp. then we have the summit day, where we attempt to reach the summit. Then we head back to Base Camp after the attempts. We trek downhill, towards Pangboche. Then Namche again. We make a long journey across Phakding to reach Lukla where we halt for the night. Then a flight awaits us to take us to Kathmandu in the morning. Then after a night’s stay in Kathmandu, depending on the flight schedule, final departure at the Kathmandu airport.

 

Island Peak: Flora and Fauna

The forests in the region provide refuge to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. Sagarmatha National Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and red panda. Himalayan tahrs, langur monkeys, martens, and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

The temperature and available oxygen decrease with altitude. Therefore, the animals that are found here are adapted to living on less oxygen and cold temperatures. They have thick coats to retain body heat. Some of them have shortened limbs to prevent loss of body heat. The Himalayan bears go into hibernation in caves during the winter when there is no food available.

 

 

Island Peak Itinerary

Itinerary for ISLAND PEAK

Island Peak Climb is considered the best climbing adventure in one of the most popular trekking trails in the Himalayas. It is best suited for whoever is looking to book their first ascent of one of the best peaks in the Khumbu region. It is not technically difficult to make the ascent. But you will need to be physically fit to embark on this adventure. It is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the Himalayas of Nepal. So make sure you book this trip well in advance to avoid the rush, especially during peak season. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your expedition.

  • Nepal and trekking
  • Island Peak: A History
  • Where to stay during Island peak climb?
  • Itinerary for Island Peak climb
  • Who can take the Island Peak Climb?

Nepal and trekking

For many years now. Nepal is one of the topmost sought out destinations for tourists looking to experience a traditional yet cultural vacation. Nepal boasts the presence of numerous temples and monasteries within its jurisdiction. And all these temples have a historical significance of its own. Every year thousands of people from all over the world come to pay respect at these holy places. Another thing Nepal is popular for is the nepali delicacies. There are many castes or tribes and each of them, they follow their own culture here. So in the long run, Nepal has become the hub for delicious nepali delicacies. That is because Nepal is very rich in cultural heritage. Nepal is also popular for many eatables manufactured and sold only in Nepal. 

Though being a small landlocked country in Asia, the country is rich in biodiversity as well. But one thing that makes Nepal a unique destination is the inclusion of some of the highest mountain peaks in the world. Including Mt. Everest. A major portion of the Himalayan range falls under the jurisdiction of the Nepalese government. In many years, these regions became so popular as a trekking destination that the government took control of it. Consequently, they along with the Tourism Board of Nepal, have been instrumental in the maintenance of the Himalayan regions. There are rules and regulations to enter most of the Himalayan regions. Visitors require permits to embark on a venture to these parts. This in turn helps in keeping the region free of any violations and misdemeanours. And they have done a pretty impressive job in keeping up that balance between the people and nature.

Island Peak: A History

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse Peak by the locals, falls on the same route as Mt. Everest. Like Mt. Everest, this peak also has a historical significance of its own. This Island Peak was originally used as a part of a practice climb before attempting the ascent of Mt. Everest. Historically, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa along with a few other Britishers practiced climbing Island Peak, before he made history with Everest. Edmund Hillary was his climbing partner at that time of course. After that, many climbers followed the leaders of climbing and started practicing on Island Peak before climbing Mt. Everest. 

Island Peak is named so, as it looks like an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The name was given by the British Mountaineer Eric Shipton, who came with the British Everest Expedition crew in 1853. The locals called it Imja Tse which means “Island Peak” in a Nepali dialect. But Island Peak remains the popular choice for the people. The British expedition who came with Shipton scaled island Peak from the southwest summit, which was in 1853. But the first to scale this peak were members of the Swiss team comprising of Hans-Rudolf and two unnamed Sherpas.

Where to stay during Island peak climb?

The Island Peak Climb is one of the most exciting-exhilarating and wholesome treks in the Himalayan region. Since the trail falls on the same trail leading to Everest Base Camp, it is well maintained. And since this trail is the main trading route as well, there are plenty of accommodations available if you visit the villages. However, peak seasons might see a rush in the number of people coming and visiting. Therefore it is advised to do a pre-booking to avoid any hassles and issues. Even better if you let the agencies handle this part of the trip. 

The region is base for some of the most remote and rustic viewpoints in the world. However, there are plenty of villages at certain checkpoints where you can rest for the night. There are plenty of people who have taken to settling in the Khumbu region. Accommodation, however, is limited to tea houses and lodges, nothing above that. So the only place where you will be assigned a hotel is when you visit Kathmandu. Rest of the places you visit past Lukla you will be assigned in either tea houses or lodges. Tea houses are small cozy settlements meant for the trekkers. Basic amenities like hot showers, hot food and beverages are available here. There are a few tea houses where you also get wi-fi connection at a certain cost. Lodges are a bigger version of tea houses and they provide the same benefits too. The possibility of finding a lodge diminishes gradually as you ascend higher and higher though.

Itinerary for Island Peak Climb

Below we have the basic itinerary for Island Peak Climb. The itinerary is subject to change with any unforeseen calamities or natural disasters that may arise. If you are looking for a customised version of the quotation, you can get in touch with us. Our representatives will make sure you have the best possible itinerary for the trip.

DAYS:

  1. Arrival at Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu (1300m).
  2. Rest day- Sightseeing around Kathmandu. Permit acquisition.
  3. Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2800m).
  4. Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 
  5. Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar. Hike to Khumjung.
  6. Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m). Trip to Tengboche Monastery. Night halt.
  7. Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4243m).
  8.  Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m).
  9. Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m).
  10. Island Peak Base Camp trek to High Camp (5550m).
  11. High Camp trek to Island peak Climb (6189m). Return to Base Camp.
  12. Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3985m)
  13. Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. 
  14. Trek to Phakding, then trek to Lukla.
  15. Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
  16. Final departure.

Who can take the Island Peak Climb?

As mentioned earlier, the trip is not technical but rather has a physical requirement. Let us elaborate on this subject. The trek is admissible to anyone fit enough to walk 5-6 hours daily with a 10kg bag on his/her back. The trekking trail is well maintained and walking on it will not be a huge problem. For the climb, individuals should have basic climbing knowledge and basic practical experience as well.  You can take classes before you take this journey to train yourself. Apart from that, the climb doesn’t require much technical knowledge, but will require you to be fit enough for the expedition. Likewise, if you have trained yourself to be fit a couple of months before the trip, it will be easier. The climbing part is a bit tough, and you need to be strong enough for that. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a breakthrough. If you are looking to put your mark on your climbing record. If you want to do a good job in the first instance. Then Island Peak Climb, is the one for you.

Climb Island Peak ( Imja Tse )

Island Peak (Imja Tse) Climb, is one of the most challenging and daunting expeditions to the Khumbu region. The expedition takes place on the same track that leads the way to Everest Base Camp. In fact, the itinerary goes right to the Everest Base Camp before making way towards the primary destination. Apart from this fact, the trail is filled with variations in terrain and lush green forests. A tough climb is on the cards so make sure you have trained for this particular trip. We will be discussing as to how difficult it is to climb Island Peak. But before that, let’s have a look at a few things to remember before you enter the Himalayas. 

  • Kathmandu: The Capital City
  • Island Peak(Imja Tse): Introduction
  • How difficult is Island Peak climb?
  • Places to visit in Island Peak Climb
  • Best season to visit island Peak

Kathmandu: The Capital City

Kathmandu is not only the capital of Nepal but also the capital city of tourism in Nepal. It is a city famous for having a culture so rich that researchers from all over the world visit. They create reports and documentaries based on the traditional and cultural aspects of the Nepalese people. And quite rightly so. Kathmandu alone has numerous temples and monasteries within the city boundary. All the holy places have a historical significance of their own which makes it even more special. You can find many institutes in Kathmandu established to create awareness about their culture to the people of Nepal. Even the schools and college students hold cultural and traditional feats every once in a while. 

Kathmandu is also the starting point for so many wonderful expeditions to the Himalayas. Moreover, the tourism industry remains to be the backbone of Nepal’s economy and is vital for foreign exchange and revenue. No wonder. Most of the highest peaks in the world, including the highest peak, Mt. Everest is in Nepal. These regions are not only meant for climbers and mountaineers. But it also forms the sweet spot for trekkers and recreational tourists. Not to forget the holy places like Pashupati Nath Temple and Manokamna which have special significance. On top of that the nepalese are well known for their friendly and easy going attitude. Which helps them to give the best customer service anyone can look for. Likewise, the Nepal government has also taken initiative to help boost tourism in Nepal.

Island Peak(Imja Tse) Climb: Introduction

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse peak, stands modestly at a height of 6160m in the Khumbu region. The peak resembles an island in a sea of ice when looked upon from Dingboche, hence the name. This was in 1953 when the British Mountaineer Eric Shipton visited the region to scale the Island Peak. The trekking trail falls on the famous Everest Trail and it is possible to venture towards both the Base Camps. You can request for a modified or custom made itinerary to make this particular trip possible. A trip to the Island Peak is filled with every necessary element required to make a mountain expedition a success. The trail leads you through lush green valleys and quaint villages inhabited by the Sherpas. The trail goes through many temples and monasteries where you can offer your prayers. You can find yourself wrapped in ancient nepali and tibetan cultures while on this journey. 

Since it falls on the same trail as everest Base Camp, the trail is also very well maintained by the Government. As you will be entering the Sagarmatha National Park, you will need to have a permit to proceed further. The forests you enter are filled with rhododendron trees beautifying the area with many singing birds completing the picture. You can also find fir trees and smaller shrubs in the forests. There is also a chance to come across various mountain animals on the trail. The Sagarmatha National Park has transformed the wild animals to a version of tame animals. So they don’t pose any threat when they see humans along the region. There will be a few stops along the way for the acclimatization sessions. Acclimatization is a very important session to avoid mountain sickness and adaptation in high altitudes. 

How difficult is Island Peak climb?

Island Peak Climb offers an excellent opportunity to not only climb the Island Peak summit. But also to reach Everest Base Camp and a trip to Kala Patthar viewpoint which falls on the same trail. Trekking to the main destination is not so difficult as compared with the other trekking destinations in the region. Anyone fit enough to walk 5-6 hours with a 10kg rucksack can take the trip. If required, we can assign potters to carry your luggage while you walk freely during the trek. The climb of Island Peak is also not as difficult as the other peak climbing adventures. Island Peak climb can be considered as a physically difficult climb but not a technically difficult one. This means that the climbers with basic technical knowledge of climbing can participate. But the climbers need to physically fit to take the adventure. In short, you can train yourself to be physically fit for the climb 4-5 months in advance. With some basic climbing training to go along with the physical training. Apparently,  the walk is on easy trail and unless you have difficulty walking uphill, there should be no problems.

Places to visit in Island Peak Climb

Your adventure begins from the city of Kathmandu. On your arrival you will be escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. The first day will be spent in obtaining permits for entering the Sagarmatha National Park and the Khumbu region. In the evening one of our staff will conduct a briefing on the importance of acclimatization in the Himalayas. The next day, a short trip around Kathmandu’s famous sites is applicable. Where we will visit the historic  sites like Pashupati Nath temple, Swayambhu Nath and the Boudha Stupa. You can prepare for the trip for the following day by doing some shopping at the marketplace in the evening.

In the morning after breakfast, we head towards the airport to take a flight towards Lukla airport. Lukla is a mountain airstrip which is tucked amidst the Himalayas and the surrounding valleys. It gives us a splendid view right before we land at the airport at Lukla. It is considered one of the highest and most dangerous airstrips in the world too. On landing, we assemble and then head for the hamlet of Phakding, our first trekking destination. 

Phakding is located on the banks of river Dudh Koshi with scattered tea houses along the river bed. You can make it a choice to visit the local monastery here at Phakding surrounded by numerous prayer flags. We halt at Phakding for the night. The next day, we make our way uphill towards Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu region. The Everest trail is the main trading trail in the Khumbu region. On certain days you can find villagers carrying their trading goods on the same path. And Namche is the main trading centre in the Khumbu region.

Namche is mainly inhabited by the friendly Sherpas of the Himalayas. It is a bustling village with several lodges and tea houses scattered around the area. The region may be providing us with scenic and remote views in every corner we take. But since its a trading route, you will find the villages have amazing population and infrastructures. Many nepalis specially sherpas have settled in this region for their livelihood. Namche also falls under the Sagarmatha National Park. So now you are in a controlled zone. Night halt at one of the lodges at Namche.

Acclimatization day is then scheduled before we proceed further. There is no doubt that acclimatization is an important aspects to make your trip to the Himalayas a memorable one. As a part of the acclimatization process, you need to reach a higher elevation first. Before coming down the very same day to rest at a lower elevation. So we travel (without much luggage) to the town of Khumjung that is about 4-5 hours walk. On reaching you can enjoy the view of the whole Khumbu region and the nearby peaks. We return back to Namche after spending a few hours at the viewpoints. Next day we travel to Tengboche.

Tengboche is a popular destination for buddhist pilgrims and followers. The Tengboche Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in the Khumbu region. You can enter the tranquil vicinity of the monastery to offer your prayers and get your blessings. Along with its religious significance, the viewpoint surrounding the monastery is worth mentioning. You can get breath-taking views of the many peaks of the Khumbu region from a hill near the monastery. Tengboche is also known as Thyanboche by the common people of the region. We halt for the night in the village.

We travel towards Dingboche next, leading the path to the broad but sloping valley. 

We go past Phalang Karpo and past small streams and huge boulders. After almost 5 hours, and we reach the village of Dingboche. On the way you walk past few forests laden with rhododendron and fir trees. If your lucky you might come across some animals along the path. We have a long trek the next day and we halt at Dingboche for the night. 

The next day, we leave for Gorak Shep and we also visit the Everest Base Camp along the way. The trekking trail is mostly uphill and the trail gives us magnificent views of Tawachee and Cholatse. You come across a row of stone monuments built to commemorate the brave souls who died while climbing Mt. Everest. Once you reach Lobuche, the trail takes a steep turn. And before you reach the pathway leading to Gorak Shep that is actually a huge rock. 

To reach the top, we will need to walk on the huge rock, which can be a bit tough at first. 

On reaching Gorak Shep, we rest for sometime. Free of our luggage, we then make our way towards Everest Base Camp. You are walking on a high altitude location, so it is advised to walk at your own pace. At the famous Everest Base Camp, you can explore the huge space beneath the highest peak. During climbing season, you might even find some climbers attempting to climb one of the peaks. From the very spot you stand, history was created a long time ago. You can reminisce on the thoughts one might have before scaling Everest for the first time. You will not be able to see the summit from the base camp, but we will venture to a point where we can. That however is for the next day. We return back to the village of Gorak Shep to rest for the night.

The next day, we take an early trip to Kala Patthar. Sunrise is over pretty quickly in the Himalayas. So if you don’t want to miss the magical phenomenon, we need to get there before dawn. Kala Patthar is the best vantage point to view the peaks of Mt. Everest at a close distance. When the sun rays fall on the summit, the transition of colours is absolutely phenomenal. Once you witness the magic, we head back to Gorak Shep and have our breakfast. Then we make our way towards Island Peak, our primary destination. 

On reaching the Island Peak Base Camp, we set up base and rest for the night. The day can be spent as an acclimatization session where you can stroll around the camp. Not as big as the Everest Base Camp, but it is considerably large. There might be another party trying an attempt already. The next day, we will conduct a basic Island Peak climbing training before we attempt on making the climb. Once the training is finished, the experts will guide you to make the climb. Once everyone has successfully reached the summit, we fall back and rest for the day at the base camp itself. 

The next day we bid goodbye, pack our belongings, then make our way towards Tengboche. From hereon, it is all downhill walk along the Khumbu region. We retrace our steps back the same we came before. We halt for the night at Tengboche, then make our way towards Namche bazaar. There will not be another acclimatization session here, but you can explore the places you couldn’t visit the first time. After a day’s stay, we travel further down towards Phakding first, crossing the many suspended bridges. We have our lunch there, and then head towards Lukla airport. This sums up the trekking part of your Island Peak Climbing adventure. 

We halt for a night at a lodge in Lukla. The next day, we take our scheduled flight to Kathmandu. You will be taken to your hotel here. You have the whole day to yourself. You can take a stroll and go shopping. There are numerous shops where you get something for your loved ones, as a momento. You can explore the handicrafts and traditional items in almost all the shops there. In the evening, we will conduct a farewell dinner for a great trip we had with nepali delicacies. Come morning, depending on your flight schedule, you will be taken to the airport for your departure. This brings us to the end of an exciting journey in the Himalayas, until next time.

Best season to visit island Peak

The climate of the Himalayas is rather unpredictable. The information below is as per the past few years of experience in this region. But since elevation takes its toll, the weather might be subject to change without notice. During the monsoons, the rain makes it very difficult to walk and to view the scenery. The rain falls at torrential speed and most of the trails are muddy as well as slippery. Vision is blurry due to the mist and fog in the area. Experiencing fever and cold is predictable during this time. Sickness can lead to worse diseases if not tended to quickly. The altitude also doesn’t help if you are sick in the first place. 

In Winter season, it is extremely cold, so much so the path is frozen and becomes slippery to even walk on it. The fog blurs the view of the mountains and the valleys. Possibility of landslides and avalanches are also there in the Khumbu region during winters. Due to the cold, most tourists stay away from the place. Therefore almost all the tea houses and lodges remain closed during this time of the year. Snow storm is also inevitable in most parts of the region.

Therefore, the best time to visit this location is during the Spring season and Autumn season. During the Spring, the view is clear and the path as well. The forests are in full bloom, which is a pretty sight to witness. You can also run across many mountain animals during this time of the year. The weather is also peaceful and it is not as cold as compared with the winter season. Most of the tourists prefer this time of the year for a visit.

Autumn is another season when the weather is at its best. The rain washes the path clear and everything is fresh after the monsoon showers. The views are brilliant and the landscapes bursting with lush green vegetation. Animals also find solace in coming out during the autumn season. The days are relatively peaceful and warm with the sun shining bright above your heads. The nights can become a bit cold, but nothing the tea houses and their services cannot handle. Walking during this time is also relaxing and the breeze will take your mind off your tiredness.

Trek to Everest Base Camp

For thousands of years, mankind has ventured into the realms of the Himalayas for a daunting adventure. But many are still left behind from taking this opportunity of a lifetime to witness the grandeur of the mountains. If you belong to the latter group, then don’t hesitate to get some time off from work. We assure that this adventure will not only take you to the foothills of the highest peak. But we will also make sure that you have a safe and wonderful journey to the Himalayas. Let us see what we are up against when we travel to take the Everest Base Camp Trek.

  • Kathmandu: the Beginning of a Journey
  • Overview: Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Accommodation in Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Quotation for Everest Base Camp Trek 
  • When can you take the Everest Base Camp Trek 

Kathmandu: the Beginning of a Journey

As you read this chapter on Everest Base Camp, there are people already lining up or planning. Not for anything else but for a long trek to the mountains. So let us start with a short intro about the place where it all begins, Kathmandu. We all know, Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. But most of us don’t realize the significance of the cultural dominance that Kathmandu portrays. Kathmandu is a bustling city with many historic places open to the public. There are numerous temples, monasteries, and stupas around Kathmandu worth visiting. The Nepalese Government has taken a lot of steps to promote the cultures of Nepal amongst the youth. In the process, they have been fruitful in arranging camps for youths of Nepal. 

Besides that, Kathmandu is a modernized version of a city rich in culture and traditions. Apart from the Nepalese culture, people are well acquainted with western cultures. You can find multiple shops, restaurants, and institutions here which will prove this theory correct. The market place in Kathmandu is also a great spot to make your purchase for the equipment necessary for your trip. Likewise, most of the travel agencies with adventure packages to the Himalayas are based in Kathmandu itself. Needless to say, they are the most popular travel agencies with experts in mountaineering. Most of these experts often go around the world preaching their knowledge and expertise in mountaineering. 

Overview: Everest Base Camp Trek

Mt. Everest is the highest peak in the world. The summit falls at an impressive 8848 m making it the highest point in the world as well. Apart from the elevation, it also has the highest altitude than any other mountain peaks in the world. Locals have long revered Mt. Everest as home to the Gods, and many ventures to attain Nirvana, ultimate enlightenment. Whatever is truly loved, has many names and quite rightfully so. Everest is known to the Nepalese as “Sagarmatha”, meaning “Goddess of the Sky”. Likewise, in Tibet, Everest is known as “Chomolungma”, meaning “Mother Goddess of the Universe”. But the original name came after Sir George Everest, a Britisher who served as Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843. 

However, Mt. Everest attracts experienced mountaineers as well as novices looking to visit this historic region. Reaching an altitude of more than 8000 m is no ordinary feat. Most climbers face altitude sickness, breathing problems and feel under the weather on their journey. Therefore basic training for trekkers and advanced training for climbers is a requisite to complete the trip peacefully. Rest assured, the trip will be worthwhile if you are willing to sacrifice a few hours of your time daily in making yourself fit. You will be making your way through hills and valleys, across quaint villages with friendly people. There are few rhododendron filled forests on a perfectly maintained trekking trail. Each corner you take and each turn you make, you are bound to be hit by a viewpoint on this trail. And the views of the surroundings- well, it’s just magical. You will have to see it in order to believe it

Accommodations in Everest Base Camp Trek

You will be venturing through some of the highest points in the world on this trek. So discussing your accommodation is very important in order to find shelter at such high altitudes. You will mostly be passing through small villages where settlements are less so it is better to pre-book your visit. There might also be a shortage of various basic necessities for your daily needs. For instance, the internet or water or your favorite drink, might not be available for you at this altitude. So it is always better to plan ahead. 

Anyway, you can be assured to get a 3star or a 4star hotel on your Kathmandu stay. Apart from that in all other stops, your accommodation will be assigned at tea houses or small lodges. Tea houses are small cozy settlements where you can rest for the night where food is also available. A few of them may also have hot showers and certain amenities for the travelers. They are managed well by the friendly folks living in the Himalayas who cater to your basic needs. These tea houses are specifically built for the people coming to visit the region. 

Lodges are also found in some of the villages. They are slightly larger than the tea houses and more comfortable as well. The lodges are well maintained in their own accord and provide various amenities as well. Some of the lodges provide additional sherpas or trekking and climbing gears if required. Possibility of finding a lodge as you go higher up may be diminished though. But, tea houses will fulfill your desire to rest for the night after a tiring trek in the hills. You can be assured of that fact.

Quotation for Everest Base Camp Trek 

Your Everest Base Camp journey begins at Kathmandu from where you will be taken to Lukla airport via Kathmandu airport. After reaching Lukla, you will be transferred to Phakding for a night’s halt. Phakding is conveniently located on the trade route through the area and is the home for many clean and lodges to spend our nights in. After that, we head up on the banks of River Dudh Koshi, where we need to cross the river twice using suspension bridges. Then we reach the village of Monjo where we enter the Khumbu National Park. We then cross the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi on a high suspension bridge and walk a steep route for about 2hours up Namche hill to reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). 

Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Khumbu Region and is a prosperous trading town inhabited by the Sherpas of the mountain. In Namche Bazaar, you have the chance to observe the Tibetan merchants crossing the border to trade their wares in the local market in Namche, which is a fascinating sight. If you are a fan of artifacts and would like to take a souvenir home, you can have a look at things the traders have brought to sell. As you cross the valley in the east at Namche, you can take in the spectacular view of Thamserku and Kangtega mountain peaks. For acclimatization, we will spend 2 days at Namche before continuing our journey and will be hiking to Khumjung as an acclimatizing process. You can also visit the famous bakery there.

From Namche, we venture on the Everest trail contours around the valley side high above the Dudh Kosi. As we traverse along the path we get our first spectacular view of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam ranges. We go past smaller villages and numerous tea shops following the route, and we also cross the Dudh Koshi River and make a steep climb towards Thyangboche. Thyangboche is the home of the famous monastery and surely one of the world’s best viewpoints, looking across from the three enormous Himalayan valleys. We then descend to the river and the village of Deboche (3700m) and spend our night at a comfy lodge that stands a little further along the same trail.

Before our ascent up the Khumbu valley, we will make use of the location for acclimatization here. In Deboche, one can opt to attend a seminar based on the importance of high altitude acclimatization at a nearby hospital in Pheriche. This hospital is run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The trek to Pheriche and then back to Dingboche also serves to fulfill the process of acclimatization as we get closer and closer to Everest Base Camp. 

The next day we go back to Pheriche before making our way up to a valley towards Dugla. Just ahead you will notice the trekking peak of Lobuje East (6,119m), and to our left the formidable north side of Taweche. After a three hour walk, we reach the village and lodges at Dugla (4,620m). We can visit the Sherpa memorials close by, where you get an outstanding view of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. It is all uphill from Dungla. After a few hours of trekking, the trail will eventually lead us to a small cluster of tea houses situated at Lobuche (4,940m) where we can rest for the night after a somewhat longer walk.

After walking for three hours from Lobuche we reach the village of Gorak Shep (5,160m). As we move uphill towards the Khumbu valley we come across the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After yet another 3 hours, we will reach our final destination located near the foothills of the Khumbu Icefall. The Everest Base Camp is a large area spread along and we can spend a long time wandering through it. There is a chance you can meet some of the climbers readying themselves for the climb up the mountain. But to go any further than the base camp, you will need to be a mountaineer with proper mountaineering experience. 

In the morning, we go uphill towards Kala Pattar (5545m) for the blissful sight of the sunset. Travelers are advised to make the trek during the afternoon before evening as the view is more spectacular than. 

The climb uphill takes a tiring 2 to 3 hours. However, after a tiring walk, you will be rewarded with the magnificent view of Everest and the Khumbu icefall, and even the ranges of Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori immediately above the ranges. We then go back the trekking trail via Lobuche and make our way down Khumbu Valley after a brief halt at Dungla. With sufficient views of the majestic Ama Dablam, we walk back to Pheriche to turn in for the night. So as we retrace our steps back through the main trekking trail took earlier, we descend past the lush green valley and through Pangboche then cross the Dudh Koshi once more to enter the small hamlet of Deboche. We take our last steps to end the trek to reach Lukla airport after which you are transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu to thus end the lasting trek of Mount Everest Base camp. 

When can you take the Everest Base Camp Trek

The best time to take the Everest Base Camp Trek is during the Spring season and Autumn season. During Spring, the weather is warmer and the rhododendron trees and other flowers are in full bloom. The longer days provide better opportunities to stretch and explore more of the locations you visit. The visibility is also good during this time of the year, especially during the mornings. The trekking trail is also in good condition, with greenery surrounding you while you make your way to the top. However, this is one of the most popular times of the year and most people take the venture at this time. 

Then Autumn season. The monsoon clears the sky after its rain and the visibility is unobstructed during this time. The terrain has a rich green layer bursting with freshness after the showers. The breeze is cooler and the trail is also cleaner. The temperature becomes comfortable especially for trekking although the weather is colder at this time. The days are dry and the view is just perfect. The landscape gets washed clean by the monsoon rains too, making it easier for you to tread on.