Island Peak via Gokyo Lake
Embark an exceptional adventure to Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek, a challenging trek and a mountaineering opportunity at the same time. A trek to Gokyo valley and Everest base camp is recommended to gain adequate acclimatization before scaling the 6189m peak if you have sufficient time for the adventure. An ascent of Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft) and Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,192ft), crossing of challenging Cho La, and an ascent to Everest Base Camp proves to be an ideal acclimatization hike and gives you superb close-up views of Himalayan peaks (Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, etc) before summiting the Island peak itself for more distant views of hundreds of Himalayan peaks. Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek route offers all the best of the classic trekking route plus the attraction of a much quieter approach and a circular route that avoids backtracking.
After a day of city tours in Kathmandu, the real adventure begins with an exciting flight on a twin otter that lands us at a tiny airstrip in Lukla . Upon meeting more of our crew members at Lukla, we make our way to Phakding. We make several crossings of the same Dudh Koshi River on suspension bridges. Walking through rhododendron forests we enter Sagarmatha National Park and finally the popular Sherpa village of Namche Bazzar where we spend two nights in order to acclimatize with the altitude. We leave main Everest trail and walk up through the village of Dole, Machhermo, etc and finally reach Gokyo Valley where we spend next acclimatization day hiking towards 4th and 5th lakes along with summit of Gokyo Ri for spectacular views of 8000 meters peaks such as Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu including Mt. Everest.
Leaving behind the Gokyo valley, we cross the high altitude pass of Cho la and commence Everest base camp trek and Kala Patthar hike in next couple of days. The feeling of inner satisfaction and accomplishment strikes us upon stepping at base camp of highest Himalaya on planet. Panoramic views of Everest Himalayan range from Kala Patthar are something you would love to cherish. We move forward towards Island Peak Base Camp, get some instructions on climbing techniques we need for the Island peak climbing next day. Early in the morning we grab our boots, ropes and with torch on, we start climbing the glorious Island peak. After the summit, we trek all the way back to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek is suitable for adventure lovers who are looking for a challenging trek in Nepal plus a chance to step to mountaineering on same trip. Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek is a strenuous trek and climb. Physically fit trekkers need not have a previous climbing experience or high altitude experience (if you have its good) to join on this trek, but one should prepare for it with hikes and exercises at least two months prior to the adventure.