Costa Rica Traverse

The trip was an amazing experience. As expected it was physically tough but worth every drop of sweat and mud (no blood fortunately). For me personally, I found the heat hard to adjust to. I expected us to benefit from the shade of the rainforest more than we did and I guess going from a Scottish winter to an equatorial country didn't help. Having said that it didn't detract from my enjoyment, just made it harder work. We were also lucky because all 13 of us got on very well and it was a good mix of people. A special mention has to go to the guides and Danny in particular. I remember when we did the Cycling in the Andes that the guides were good but Danny was excellent. As well as being extraordinarily fit and knowledgeable about adventure stuff he was passionate about Costa Rica, it's environment and future. He had a great sense of humour and as if all that weren't enough he and his team were superb cooks. Although this wasn't everyone's idea of a relaxing holiday I came home envigorated and motivated with stacks of energy - apart from having to negotiate Terminal 5 on it's second day of chaos! I've already been on your website looking for the next potential challenge, if only work didn't get in the way.


J Dunthorne | UK
 
 

Lobuche East & Island Peak

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.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Kathmandu
DAY 2 In Kathmandu, gear preparation, sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
DAYS 3/4 Fly to Lukla, trek to Namche Bazaar
DAYS 5/6 Arrive Namche Bazaar, rest and acclimatise
DAY 7/11 Slowly ascend to Gokyo Lakes, ascend Gokyo Ri (5483m) to view Everest
DAY 12/13 Cross Cho La (5420m) to base camp
DAYS 14/17 Establish high camp (5400m), undertake summit attempt Lobuche East (6119m)
DAYS 18/19 To Island Peak Base Camp
DAY 20 Summit attempt Island Peak (6189m)
DAYS 21/23 Ascend to Pokhalde Peak (5806m)
DAYS 24/28 Return trek via Thyangboche monastery to Lukla
DAY 29 Fly to Kathmandu
DAY 30 In Kathmandu
DAY 31 In Kathmandu, trip concludes

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Trip Code: ISL
Trip Grading: Intermediate Mtn Expedition
Intermediate Mtn Expedition

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Duration:  31 days
Activities:  Mountaineering Trekking
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Next Trip:  27 September 2015
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price: $4,790.00 USD

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Your trip price includes:
Meals valued at: $1170 USD
Internal flights valued at: $352 USD
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H High Season Climbing Permit Surcharge US $280