A magnificent circuit of the Everest region with and stunning views from Kala Pattar plus a challenging ascent of Island Peak
This wonderful trek takes us into the heart of the Khumbu. We follow the expedition route to Everest Base Camp and make an ascent of Kala Pattar (5545m) for close up views of Everest. Crossing the rarely used Kongma La Pass (5535m) we have magnificent close-up views of Nuptse. We then move into the Imja Valley to the base of Island Peak (6189m). Climbing this peak is challenging as we scramble on rock, ascend a snow face and then tackle the final ridge. For those who are well acclimatised, determined and have the energy, the views from the top provide some of the most striking scenery in the entire region.
What makes this trip responsible?
We ask that you use environmentally sound practices whilst in Nepal. Please do not buy any mineral water whilst on trek as currently there are no provisions for disposing of the empty plastic bottles. Boiled drinking water is provided throughout the trek and it is advisable to bring water purification tablets (such as Biox Aqua) to treat any non-boiled water. Please bring bio degradable soaps and shampoos and do not pollute the rivers. We recommend bringing a spare plastic bag for rubbish that cannot be burnt. Burnable rubbish can be left in the lodges and non-burnable rubbish should be taken back to Kathmandu. Please take used batteries back to your own country.
Please note that many Nepalis are still traditional in the way they dress. Out of respect for the country we ask you to dress conservatively – no sleeveless tops. Although shorts are acceptable on trek only they should be very modest and reach the knees and for women a skirt or trousers are preferable. Temples and monasteries are places of worship so please be respectful when visiting them and whilst taking photographs.
Click on the title below for more information about our projects in Nepal.
Himalayan Community Support project
Exodus has supported various projects over the years in the Himalaya and all the details can be found on the project page. Your leader will also provide up to date information in Kathmandu.
Esther Benjamin’s Trust helps to improve the lives of Nepal’s most vulnerable children and young people. The Trust provides full time care for 140 children who are at risk of being trafficked or of domestic or sexual abuse - an indispensable safety net.
We are also very proud of our environmental project, where we have installed over 50 solar cookers into the Everest region. In most of the lodges we use, these solar cookers help to continually boil and sterilise the water meaning there is no need to buy plastic water bottles that cannot be easily recycled in Nepal. We also donated 89 smokeless stoves to Thulopatel Village to provide a safer and healthier alternative to cooking, which helps prevent eye and lung problems women used to experience because of the smoky fire.
For full details please visit the Project page.
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