Everest Base Camp via the 3 Peaks and 3 Passes Nepal Trek, Autumn 2015
IMG's Everest programs are recognized worldwide as simply outstanding, with a reputation for our highly professional staff of leaders, climbers and Sherpas, first-rate logistics and our resulting safety and success record on the mountain. Under the direction of legendary climber and expedition leader Eric Simonson, we offer something for everyone... from treks to summit climbs.
For Autumn 2015, we have revised our popular Everest Trek with a unique itinerary designed for the adventurous hiker who wants to do the Classic EBC Trek via a more challenging loop route with very little backtracking. Along the way we climb three peaks and cross three high passes!
This is classic high altitude trekking, and the key to enjoying it is getting well acclimatized. Because it is very strenuous, for 2015 we have added several "rest days" to the itinerary. We start our trip with the famous flight to Lukla and trek to Namche Bazaar. Then, on to Tengboche, Pangboche, Pheriche, and a nice acclimatization hike onto the ridge to see the North Ridge of Ama Dablam. We continue up the Imja Kosi valley to Chukkung, from where we make a spectacular climb of 18,238 ft Chukkung Ri. Then, we cross over into the Dudh Kosi valley to Lobuche via the Khongma La (18,320 ft pass) and crossing of the famous Khumbu Glacier (rubble covered, no ropes needed). From here we head up to Gorak Shep and Kala Pattar (18,192 ft climb) and a visit to Everest Base Camp (about 17,500 ft).
For climbers looking for more altitude climbing, we have the Lobuche Peak option. On the way down from Everest BC, Lobuche climbers turn right and head up to the Lobuche Peak Base Camp. From there, after a couple days of training and prep, they climb this gorgeous peak, with a world class Everest view from the summit! This is a great climb for people with Mt. Rainier skills, seeking to hit 20,000 feet.
After departing the upper Dudh Kosi valley the trekkers will turn west over to the Cho La (17,485 ft pass) which leads to the spectacular Gokyo valley, with incredible views of the south face of Cho Oyu and the surrounding peaks. From here we explore the glacial lakes and climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri (17,570 ft). Then, we ascend the Renjo La (17,515 ft pass) which takes us to the famous Thame valley and the old trade route from Tingri (Tibet) to Namche. After a visit to the famous Thame monastery, we descend back to Namche and Lukla, having completed the perfect Everest loop trek!
Sherpa Trek to Everest Base Camp with possible helicopter to Lukla
Late September is a fantastic time to begin a trek into Khumbu. The weather in normally getting good, and you are "ahead of the wave" of trekkers who will arrive a few weeks later. The problem, however, is that the Lukla fixed wing flights are still unreliable in late September (weather needs to be good weather both in Kathmandu and Lukla for the flights to go). Our plan for our Autumn Sherpa Trek (led by the IMG Sherpas) is to commit to a late September departure, but if the Lukla flights do not go, we will charter a helicopter. Cost for this is not included, but we estimate it at $750 per person (depending on the number of people).
Please contact me personally if you have further questions or would like to discuss different options.
I'll look forward to hearing from you,
IMG Himalayan Program Director
Expedition Organization and Leadership
International Mountain Guides ("IMG")
IMG is the oldest and most respected high-altitude climbing service in the world and its three principals, Eric Simonson, Phil Ershler, and George Dunn, have led and organized hundreds of expeditions worldwide. Each is an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide with Himalayan expedition experience including Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Shishapangma, and Cho Oyu. IMG's Himalayan mountaineering programs are organized and directed by Eric Simonson, one of the world's premiere expedition organizers. Under his direction IMG has conducted over 40 Himalayan expeditions. His teams include a group of professionals and Sherpas who are the best in the business. Since 1990, over 600 IMG team members have summited the world's classic 8,000-meter peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma.
Our goal is to minimize risk while helping as many team members as possible reach their goal, and we invest in the people and equipment that will make this happen. We value our reputation as the premiere international climbing company, and we only put programs in place that measure up to our own high standards. If you would like to join a world-class team, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your goals and qualifications and secure an exciting role for yourself on our expedition!
Ang Jangbu and the IMG Sherpa Team
A veteran of dozens of expeditions and an Everest summiter, Ang Jangbu has worked with Eric Simonson on every IMG Himalayan program since 1991 and is a very popular leader. Ang Jangbu Sherpa and his staff put together one of the very best Sherpa teams for IMG. We are proud to have a group of Sherpas working for us who are among the best paid, best led, best equipped, and best trained in the business.
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