Gokyo – Cho La – Island Peak / September 2013

Hello fellow trekkers,

a friend of mine and I are planing to trek through the Gokyo Valley, over the Cho La pass to Chukung. From there we plan to climb Pokhalde for acclimatization and prep. for Island Peak.
So far, our idea is to hire a guide only for the trek from Chukung to Island Peak, for which we look for fellow climbing partners in order to split the required permit fee.

We both are in our early thirties and experienced in climbing and mountaineering, even on high altitude.

My friend arrives in Katmandu on Sept 5th, and I fly in on Sept, the 7th. This gives us some time to check with the local agencies to find a guide for Island Peak.

We are looking for fellow trekkers to come along and/or climb Island Peak. Interested?

That’s how our itinerary roughly looks like (Sept 7 – Sept 28):

Day 01 – 07/09: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]
Day 02 – 08/09: Spare and planning day
Day 03 – 09/09: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft]- Phakading [2,652 m/8,700 ft]: 35 min flight; 3-4 hours trek
Day 04 – 10/09: Phakding -Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 05 – 11//09: Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: Acclimatization Day
Day 06 – 12/09: Namche Bazzar to Dole [4,110 m/ 13,152 ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 07 – 13/09: Dole – Machhermo-[4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]: 4-5 hrs
Day 08 – 14/09: Machhermo – Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 4-5 hrs
Day 09 – 15/09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day
Day 10 – 16/09: Hike – Gokyo Ri [5,330 m/17,483 ft] – Thaknak [4750 m/15,580 ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 11 – 17/09: Thaknak – Cho-la Pass (5367 m/17,604 ft) – Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 8-10 hrs
Day 12 – 18/09: Lobuche – Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft)- Chhukung [4,730m/15,518ft]: 6-7 hrs
Day 13 – 19/09: Pokhalde (5,806)
Day 14 – 20/09: Chhukung -Island Peak Base camp [5,200m/17,060ft]: 3-4 hours
Day 15 – 21/09: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp [5,600m/18,372ft]: 2-3 hours
Day 16 – 22/09: High camp to summit (6,189m/20,305ft) to Base camp to Chhukung: 8-10 hours
Day 17 – 23/09: Reserve Day for Contingency
Day 18 – 24/09: Chhukung to Namche Bazar: 8-9 hours
Day 19 – 25/09: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Day 20 – 26/09: Fly back- Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 21 – 27/09: spare day
Day 22 – 28/09: depart Kathmandu

Depending on the local weather and how we cope with the altitude, we might adapt this initial plan.

Best,

George

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