Beyond the classic itineries in the Khumbu Valley are more challenging treks to the summits of some of the higher peaks in the area. Those that are accessible to trekkers, i.e. without the need for advanced mountaineering equipment or expertise, include Chukkung Ri (5546m), Island Peak (6189m) and Mera Peak (6476m), the highest trekking peak in Nepal.
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Travel to Everest Region - Challenging Treks
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In the South-East corner of the Everest National Park, between the massive peaks of Lhotse and Makalu, sits the rarely climbed Mt. Baruntse. At 7129m it is considered a semi-technical mountain but the extreme altitude and several exposed pitches near the summit will make this a very challenging climbing expedition. World Expeditions have put together an exciting itinerary which includes an acclimatisation climb on Mera Peak before crossing over into the remote Honku Valley and an attempt on our main objective; Baruntse. The generous itinerary gives us plenty of time for multiple attempts before we exit back to Lukla and Kathmandu via the difficult and impressive Amphu Labsta Pass. Our 2012 expedition will be led by Soren Kruse-Ledet.
High in the Khumbu, close to Everest and closer still to the precipitous south face of Lhotse, the aptly named Island Peak (6189m) rises above a tangled knot of glaciated valleys. With its outrageous location and elegant summit ridge, this peak has been a favourite with KE leaders and clients for 2 decades. Trekking via Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche, we follow the Everest Base Camp trail to Lobuche beside the Khumbu glacier. As part of our acclimatisation programme we visit Everest Base Camp and make an ascent of the classic viewpoint of Kala Pattar, where we enjoy some of the finest views of the world's highest peak. Then crossing the Khumbu Glacier, we climb up to the Kongma La which gives access to the valley of the Imja Khola and the summer grazing settlement of Chukung. From here we move up to the base camp for our main objective, Island Peak. The ascent of this 6000 metre peak in the shadow of the huge Lhotse face is an '˜alpine experience' in every sense, involving fine climbing in exposed situations amongst breathtaking scenery. This is one of the best of all Nepalese adventures.
If the classic trek to the base of the world's highest mountain is not enough in one trip, then try our combination of Everest Base Camp, Kala Pattar, Kongma La and the stunning, 6189m Island Peak. Our carefully devised itinerary with a number of rest days offers an exceptional way to acclimatise safely. We ascend slowly through culturally rich Sherpa villages beyond the treeline into a barren, but dramatic land of ice, rock and towering peaks. Our first aim is to trek to both Everest Base Camp and the nearby peak of Kala Pattar (5545m) for spectacular views of Mount Everest. We continue across the remote Kongma La dwarfed by the awesome Lhotse Face high above. Well acclimatised now, our final and most challenging goal is an ascent of Island Peak under the watchful eyes of our experienced leader and Sherpa guides. Peaks, passes, prayer wheels and hospitable people make this a truly unforgettable expedition.
This superb trekking holiday makes a complete high-level circuit of the Khumbu and crosses 3 major passes to link the valleys of Thame, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja Khola. From Namche Bazaar, we follow the course of the Bhote Khosi towards Tibet, before turning eastwards to cross the spectacular Renjo La (5340m). Then, from the holy lakes at Gokyo, it's up and over the Cho La (5420m) to reach Everest Basecamp and the dramatic viewpoint summit of Kala Patar. Our walk out takes us by way of the Kongma La (5535m) before joining the Everest Trail to walk out via the villages of Dingboche and Pangboche and the monastery of Tengboche. Optional ascents of Gokyo Ri and Chukung Ri add spice to this challenging trip, which we choose to run with a KE Western leader. Running this circuit of the main passes of Khumbu in a clockwise direction means we can build up our acclimatisation on uncrowded trails and in the unspoiled valley of the Bhote Kosi, leaving Everest Base Camp as the climax of the trip and also means we spend a minimum amount of time on the popular Everest Trail. For experienced trekkers who want to visit Everest Base Camp but wish to eschew the crowds and experience authentic Sherpa culture, this holiday really does have it all.
A challenging trekking holiday in the remote Kangchenjunga region of the Nepal Himalaya. Traversing the remote and rarely-visited north-eastern corner of Nepal, our trekking route to Kangchenjunga leads through picturesque farmland and rugged valleys to the basecamp for the south side of the Kangchenjunga massif at Ramze. Walking to the north side of Kangchenjunga by way of the Mirgin La (4663m / 15,295ft), we are greeted with magical views of the Himalaya including Makalu, Chamlang, Everest and Kangchenjunga. Trekking beyond the attractive Tibetan settlement of Ghunsa, with its sturdy wooden houses, numerous prayer flags and smiling villagers, we skirt the incredible northern flanks of Jannu on the approach to the Nepal side Kangchenjunga basecamp at Pang Pema (5100m / 16,728ft). Here at last, the formidable north face of Kangchenjunga is revealed. Our trekking efforts are rewarded with magnificent close up views of Kangchenjunga towering above the glacier opposite our camp in icy blue splendour. Varied and sustained, this popular trek is rated amongst the most beautiful walks in the world.
Lobuche East (6119m) is one of the most challenging 'trekkers peaks' in the Everest region. It is technically demanding and requires greater commitment and climbing expertise than on Mera Peak. Our climb is combined with an ascent on nearby Island Peak (6189m) and Pokhalde (5806m). On our approach trek we appreciate the Sherpa villages en route to Gokyo Lakes before heading over the Cho La to the Lobuche East Base Camp. We plan to ascend the South Ridge to a high snow camp from where we are ideally placed to summit and also gain commanding views of Everest. Following our ascent we trek east to attempt Island Peak (Imja Tse) and Pokhalde Peak to complete this exceptional expedition in the Everest region.
Makalu (8481m), the world's fifth highest summit, is normally climbed from a basecamp at Sherson (c.4700m), a lovely high grazing area close to the tip of the Barun Glacier and surrounded by an awe-inspiring array of Himalayan peaks. The return trek into this remote alpine world is one of the finest in Nepal and is accessed by way of a short flight to the airstrip at Tumlingtar above the Arun River. From here, our trekking route takes us through pretty terraced farmland and a number of delightful villages, before climbing to cross the Shipton La (4229m). At the high points of this classic trekking holiday, the views extend from Makalu to distant Kangchenjunga. We have a full day to explore above Sherson, gaining surprising views of the Kangshung (east) Face of Everest as well as close-up perspectives of the impressive Chamlang and of Makalu's towering South Face. This is a holiday for the connoisseur of Nepal trekking.
Mera (6460m) & Island Peak (6189m) are two of the most popular trekking peaks in the Nepal Himalaya and this expedition combines attempts on both mountains with a trek through the remote Honku Valley and a crossing of the spectacular and difficult Amphu Labsta Pass. The generous itinerary ensures proper acclimatisation and we have plenty of contingency days in the event of inclement weather. Being slightly to the south of the main range, Mera offers spectacular views from Kanchenjunga in the east to the Langtang region in the west. Island Peak is situated right in the heart of the Khumbu area and although it is dwarfed by the enormous Lhotse Face to the north, the views from the summit are truly exceptional.
Mera Peak (6461m) is the highest trekking peak in Nepal and a suitable challenge for a first-time climb in the Himalaya. Our specially devised itinerary allows optimum time for building fitness and acclimatisation - key factors that have contributed to our success record. On our trek - that leads though the traditional Sherpa villages of the Solu Khumbu and the blue pine and rhododendron forest trails of the Hinku Valley - you appreciate why we have selected this magnificent approach to the base camp. Fully acclimatised we ascend to a high camp just below Mera La and prepare for our attempt on the main summit of Mera Peak. The ascent is not technically demanding and unequalled views of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu will more than satisfy your aspirations on this fine Himalayan climb.
Mera Peak at 6476 metres, is one of Nepal's highest trekking peaks and its summit panorama takes in 5 of the world's 8000 metre peaks - Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Cho Oyu. This ultimate Himalayan trekking and climbing holiday begins with a short and exciting flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla and continues through the high and lovely Hinku Valley. Here, our tried and tested program of acclimatisation contributes to an unrivalled success rate on climbing Mera peak. Although physically very demanding on account of the altitude, the climb on Mera Peak is not technically difficult, ascending snow slopes that rarely exceed 30 degrees. Viewed from the mountain's upper slopes, the sunrise on Everest and Kangchenjunga is truly unforgettable. Mera Peak is the perfect choice for fit and keen hillwalkers looking to take part in a real Himalayan climbing expedition.
Back by popular demand, the original KE ‘‘Khumbu Climber'' climbing holiday not only explores the three principal valleys of the Everest region, but also includes ascents of three major peaks in the shadow of Everest. This classic climbing holiday begins with a trek to the holy lakes at Gokyo where we make a training and acclimatisation climb of the 'Nameless Towers' above Gokyo's 'Fifth Lake' with the 'Scoundrel's View' of Everest'. We then cross the Cho La to reach our first mountain challenge, an ascent of Lobuche Peak East (6119m), which we tackle from a high camp spectacularly located on a level part of the ridge overlooking the main Khumbu Valley. After the climb there is the option to visit Everest Base Camp and / or climb the viewpoint peak of Kala Pattar before we cross the Kongma La to tackle our next peak, Pokalde (5806m). This provides an enjoyable and entertaining climb involving some easy scrambling protected by fixed line. From the summit there are sensational views of nearby Ama Dablam and all the peaks of the Khumbu, as well as the more distant but equally imposing Makalu. The fitting climax to this Khumbu trilogy is an ascent of the aptly named Island Peak, set in a sea of glacial ice directly adjacent to the incredible Lhotse South Face. Island Peak or 'Imja Tse' (6183m), is one of the most popular of the so-called 'trekking peaks' and gives classic Himalayan climbing on an alpine scale. Each of these peaks offers challenging and exciting climbing in exposed situations protected by fixed lines amongst breathtaking scenery.
This itinerary has been carefully devised by Brigitte Muir as an ideal introduction to expedition mountaineering and presents an opportunity to experience first hand the inspiring culture of the region. We combine a superb trek in the famous Everest region with ascents on Pokhalde Peak (5806m), Chukhung Ri (5600m) and finally spectacular Island Peak (6189m). Our November departure is led by Brigitte Muir and the April departure is led by one of our expert locally trained Sherpa guides. Brigitte is a renowned mountaineer being the first Australian female to summit Mt Everest and the first Australian to climb the Seven Summits.
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