Khumbu Three Peaks
A superb opportunity to enter the world of climbing in the high Himalaya. We use a programme of trekking up the Khumbu valley then ascending peaks of increasing altitude (Pokalde 5806m, Kongma Tse 5820m) to build up to the ascent of Island Peak at 6189m. This process is great for acclimatisation but also for exploring several mountains and enjoying some great high level camping in the heart of the Himalayas.
The gradual ascent of the Khumbu valley and Chhukhung Ri (5550m) and then the peaks of Kongma Tse (also known as Mehra) and Pokalde allows this acclimatisation via an exciting series of ascents which are each lovely objectives of their own with breathtaking views.
During the trip you will learn many valuable skills in safe travel at high altitude, mountaineering techniques, glacier travel, scrambling and mixed snow and ice terrain. This is an ideal stepping stone for experienced hill walkers or low altitude mountaineers toward peaks in the greater ranges.
Imja Tse, as it is known to Nepalese, not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region. Seen from the summit, the giant peaks of Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle to the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Ama Dablam in the south add more charm for climbing Island Peak.
From Dingboche the mountain is clearly seen as a pyramid of ice and rock. It was named by Eric Shipton because of its resemblance to an island in a sea of ice. The mountain itself is the extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar separated by a col. The ridge rising to the south from this point leads to the summit of Island Peak.
The route follows the Chukkung Valley to Base Camp, from which the summit is a challenging 6 to 9 hour climb depending on conditions. The route includes rocky paths followed by snow and ice, a 300 metre headwall which is fixed with a rope to clip onto, and an exposed snowy summit ridge about 300 metres long which can be narrow and precipitous.
For more information and booking please visit Adventure Alternative - Khumbu Three Peaks.
Please note that the required number of participants is at a minumum of 2 and a maximum of 12 participants. Nevertheless, it doesn't mean that you have to be a group of 2 to book the trip.
23 Days - Summary
Day 1- 2 - International Flight arriving into Kathmandu
Day 3-9 – Fly to Lukla & trek through Khumbu.
Day 10 – Trek to Chukhung Ri
Day 11-14 – Climb Pokalde & Kongma Tse
Day 15-18 - Trek to Island Peak & climb to summit
Day 19 - 21 – Trek back to Lukla
Day 22 - 23 Fly to Kathmandu and depart.
For a more detailed itinerary please click here.
$ 3,223 or £ 2,495
14 April - 06 May 2018
13 October - 04 November 2018
14 October - 05 November 2017
- International flight to Kathmandu
- Meals and drinks in Kathmandu
- Personal costs like drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water (~£100)
- Trip Insurance
- Visa ($30 for two weeks)
- Tips (~$75)
- Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu
- Personal climbing equipment and clothing
- Airport transfers
- Internal flight to Lukla
- Accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights - twin/double rooms
- Accommodation in lodges/tea houses during walk in(twin rooms with beds and mattresses)
- Three meals per day during the walk in, and hot drinks (e.g tea, coffee, juices)
- Sagamartha National Park Fees
- Sherpa guides (English speaking, trained in first aid)
- Porters (1 per member, carries about 15kgs)
- Staff food, insurance and equipment
- Group climbing gear, eg. ropes, ice screws, snow bars
- Permit for climbing all peaks
- TIMS permit