Hi – I want to climb Island Peak in late December. I’m looking to fly to Lukla on 20/12 or so and start an Island Peak guided trip (starting at the island peak base camp) some time between 24/12 and 27/12, and fly out of Kathmandu on 4/1. I’m a good hiker, but have never done any technical mountaineering. I want to find a company that provides gear + some training on the mountain too. Mountain Monarch has this Island Peak only trip listed for $950 US (starts and ends at Chhukung – http://mountainmonarch.com/package/island-peak-group-joining-at-basecamp). I’m sure it will be cheaper and more fun if there are a couple of us. Overall I think the trip will be around $1300-1750 US depending on the deals we can find. Does this interest anyone?
To give you an idea of the pace I am thinking to go at –
20/12 – Fly into Lukla, go all the way to Namche (long day, but low altitude)
21/12 – Phortse
22/12 – Dingboche
23/12 – Chhukung
24/12 or so – Start Island Peak. If the trip starts later, maybe hang out on top Chhukung Ri or dart over to Kala Pattar for acclimatization.
31/12 – Chhukung
1/1 – Pangboche
2/1 – Namche
3/1 – Lukla
4/1 – Fly out from Lukla