Everest Base Camp via the 3 Peaks and 3 Passes Nepal Trek, Autumn 2014
For Autumn 2014, we have revised our popular Everest Trek with a unique itinerary designed for the adventurous hiker who wants to do the Classic Everest Base Camp 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. We start our trip with the Ama Dablam climbers for the famous flight to Lukla and trek to Namche Bazaar. Then, on to Tengboche, Deboche, Dingboche, and a visit to the IMG's Ama Dablam team base camp (14,980ft) at the foot of this famous mountain for some excellent acclimatization.
After saying goodbye to the IMG Ama Dablam climbers, we continue up the Imja Kosi valley to Chukking, from where we make a spectacular climb of 18,238ft Chukking Ri. Then, we cross over into the Dudh Kosi valley to Lobuche via the Kongma La (18,320ft pass) and crossing of the famous Khumbu Glacier (rubble covered, no crampons or ropes needed). From here we head up to Gorak Shep and Kala Pattar (18,192ft climb) and a visit to Everest Base Camp (about 17,500ft).
After departing the upper Dudh Kosi valley we turn west over to the Cho La (17,485ft pass) which leads to the spectacular Gokyo valley, with incredible views of the south face of Cho Oyu and the surrounding peaks. From our Camp in Gokyo we explore the glacial lakes and climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri (17,570ft).
From Gokyo we ascend the Renjo La (17,515ft 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!
For climbers who would like to add a real mountaineering ascent, consider making an ascent of 20,000 foot Lobuche Peak. This is a classic peak that we do several times a year with our IMG teams. We fix about 500 meters of rope along the way to safeguard the route to the summit which involves some moderate climbing on rock, snow, and ice. If you have climbed Mt. Rainier and have solid basic skills (ice axe, crampons, ropes), then this is a do-able climb for you with fantastic views of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks!
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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