Island peak climbing

Island peak is very popular amongst the trekkers owning to the adventurous climbing option the peak offers. Island peak rises in the middle of the Chhukhung valley amidst the extended sections of Lhotse Shar glacier on all sides like an island that rises above the sea level, therefore, the peak is popularly known as the Island peak. It is the most preferred peak climbing journey in the Everest region of Nepal. Which lets you venture into the heights of 6000 meters and offers some incredible views of mountains and glaciers in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is also popular as Imje Tse in the local language. The name Island peak was given by a climbing team of Eric Shipton in1953. It is not technically difficult however the magnificent views of mountains that the summit of the peak offers is beyond any mere imagination. You will be blessed with some exclusive views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Lhotse Shar, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Baruntse and many others.

Generally, spring (mid-March-May) and autumn (September-November) is considered the best time for peak climbing. The weather is comparatively warm and a visitor can get clear a view of mountains in this season. If you think you need some more challenges than you can combine Island peak climbing with other treks in Nepal. Nepal Intrepid Treks offers Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek and Island peak climbing with Gokyo Lake Trek are predefined packages. However, we are always ready to customize our itinerary as per your need and preferences.

It is a sixteen days long journey which starts with a guided tour of some magnificent places of cultural importance in Kathmandu. Then you will be headed to the Khumbu region of Nepal with a flight to Lukla airport. From Lukla, we take a trail along the Dudhkoshi river, pass forests, villages and enter into Sagarmatha National Park. We further pass some local villages and forests to Namche, a popular and interesting town in the region. Then ascend up to Dingboche via Tengboche after that heading towards Chhkung valley that will lead us to Island peak base camp. We attempt the climb and return via the same path after a successful climb up the peak.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2,850m) and trek to Phakding (2,650m) – 3 hours
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche (3,443m) – 6 hours
  • Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche; short trek – 4 hours
  • Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,880m) – 6 hours
  • Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,450m) – 6 hours
  • Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche; hike to Nagarsan Hill (5,100m) – 4-5 hours
  • Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) – 5 hours
  • Day 10: Trek to Gorekshep & day EBC (5,364m) then back to Gorekshep (5,180m) – 8 hour
  • Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar(5,545m) for sunrise, then trek to Dinboche(4,450m) – 7-8 hours
  • Day 12: Trek to Chhukung(4700m) - 3 hours
  • Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp(5300m) - 5 hours
  • Day 14: Summit the Island peak (6189m) – 08 hours climb and descend to Chuukung
  • Day 15: Trek down to Namche(3443m) - 7 hours
  • Day 16: Trek to Lukla(2850m) - 6/7 hours
  • Day 17: Flight back to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 19: Farewell

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Nepal Intrepid Treks will be your dedicated travel companion until you return to your home country. Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport, we will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Accommodation for our valued customers includes room and breakfast in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.

Take in the impressions of Nepal as we drive you from the airport to your hotel. We will assist you with the check-in and provide you with further information regarding your Island Peak Climbing. You may then have a rest or stroll through the bustling, colorful streets and alleys of Kathmandu.

Prepare for a day of immersion into the Nepalese culture, while visiting the most important landmarks of this fascinating city and its outskirts. Our experienced guide will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site which represents the political and historical values of Nepalese civilization.

We then proceed to Swayambhu Nath Temple, also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ thanks to its adorable colony of monkeys that run free. This temple is the symbol of harmony between Buddhists and Hindus. At the top of the stupa you will have a splendid birds-eye view of Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings.

We continue to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a holy place for Hindu devotees. Especially interesting is the holy cremation area where preparations and daily cremation ceremonies take place. From here we return to the hotel.

Today is the day your Everest Base Camp Trek starts. From the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport you will take a flight to Lukla– a thrilling experience owning to the dramatic location of its airport. During the flight, you will get some stunning views of mountains arranged like a row of thorns. At Lukla airport, you will take your first step in the Khumbu region of Nepal, home to the highest peak in the world – Mt. Everest.

From Lukla, your guide will lead you along the trail, while passing countless prayer wheels, which you can spin clockwise to activate the mantra’s that are written on the scrolls. Descending towards the Dudh Koshi River, and cross a suspension bridge. We then continue the path to Phakding – a small village and our stopping point for the day. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Phakding (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Leaving Phakding, we follow the trail that weaves up and down through villages and gorgeous rhododendron forests. You will pass donkeys, yaks and Sherpas carrying tremendous loads on their backs, as there are no roads in the Himalayas. We enter Sagarmatha National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and walk to the village of Jorsalle from where we follow the river. We cross two swinging bridges – one suspended on a higher level above the other, which makes for a fantastic photo opportunity – and pass the village of Monjo. From there, we walk uphill for roughly three hours along beautiful valleys, picturesque villages and ever-smiling and friendly inhabitants, until we reach Namche Bazaar.

Namche is a popular place in the Khumbu region. It used to be a trading capital during ancient times for its residents and Tibetan people. Even today it is still the most bustling town in the Khumbu region, with many colorful shops, an internet café, a Danish bakery and lovely places to stay. If you are looking for souvenirs or trekking gear, you will find it here. Namche is also known as the Gateway to Everest, as it is the only way to get to Everest Base Camp. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

The acclimatization process in Namche Bazaar involves either a short trek or a more relaxing day roaming around in the town of Namche. According to health experts, trekkers should always move around a little while relaxing, in order to acclimatize at this altitude. This is why we will take you on a short hike or you can walk around at your leisure in and around Namche. The atmosphere of fellow hikers in search of apple pie is hard to beat.

For the short day hike we can take you to the world’s highest placed hotel “The Everest View hotel”. From there you have spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Khangtega (or The Snow Saddle, unique in its geographical setting as it resembles the saddle of a horse rider), as well as panoramic views of other snowcapped mountains. There will still be plenty of time to visit the colorful town of Namche in the afternoon and find that apple pie (yes, we love it too!). Overnight stay at our guesthouse in Namche (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

We continue our journey towards Tengboche. Today, the trail goes uphill and downhill, and is therefore quite tiring. But the majestic views of Mt. Everest and other peaks of the Rolwaling range (Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Ama Dablam) make more than up for it and will keep you going. You will be walking through sweet-smelling pine and vibrant rhododendron forests, crossing rolling hills and pastures with yak herders, all the way up to Tengboche.

This place is not just popular for the stunning views of surrounding mountains, but also for the artistic monastery built here. With a bit of luck you might even see Buddhist monks play football on the field next to the village centre, or wake up early to see the sunrise over the monastery, the unrivalled backdrop of Mt. Ama Dablam and the tip of Mt. Everest. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tengboche (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

After an amazing sunrise, you will have the chance to walk around and visit Tengboche Monastery. Note the beautiful wooden prayer wheels and the prayer flags flying the colors that represent the five Tibetan Buddhist elements: earth, wind, fire, water and consciousness. The believe is that the prayers and mantras written on the flags will be blown into the universe by the wind, in order to spread good will and compassion into all pervading space.

We continue our Everest Base Camp Trek by slowly descending towards the village of Deboche. Once passed, you will walk through striking forests of rhododendron and conifers, and cross a bridge over the Imja Khola to Pangboche. As we walk, we come across mani stones and prayer flags adorning the path. As we reach Dingboche, you will have a very close view of Mt. Ama Dablam and it feels as if the mountain is towering over you from up close. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Dingboche (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

During an Everest Base Camp Trek, you are increasing your altitude. The air in the atmosphere gets thinner and thinner, which makes acclimatization a must. Therefore, you will be spending this day in and around Dingboche to adapt yourself to the elevation gain and prepare you for the journey ahead. Today, we will hike up to Nagarsan Hill at 5,100 meters; it also offers some of the most spectacular views of the mountains in the Everest region.

You will be aware of the thin air as you ascend. But once you arrive at the top, you’ll understand the physical importance of this beautiful hike and you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Island peak, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nuptse and many others. Light as a mountain goat, you will skip down to the valley floor, secure in the knowledge that you are now ready for the grand finale. Overnight stay at our guesthouse in Dingboche (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

 

Leaving Dingboche, we head towards Lobuche, our destination before for the most important 2 days. We will continue walking the valley floor towards Dugla and will be leaving the Khumbu glacier behind us. On the way to Lobuche, you’re passing the cemetery where climbers who lost their lives during their attempt to climb Mt. Everest are resting peacefully. Stand here for a few moments, quietly thinking of those who started their adventure at Everest Base Camp.

You can feel the air in the atmosphere getting thinner as you continue. At this critical point in the journey, the key is to go slow, so as not to exhaust yourself. At Lobuche, we will be blessed with splendid views of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Khumbutse and Mahalangur. As we cross the Khumbu glacier, the beautiful peak of Mt. Nuptse also comes into sight. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Lobuche (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Today is the most important day of your journey, as you will fulfill your ultimate dream of facing the ‘Goddess Mother of the Universe’: Mt. Everest, at Everest Base Camp. Leaving Lobuche, we will head towards Gorekshep with a view of the northern ridge of Everest, along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. As we walk down to Thangma Riju, we are blessed with a 360 degree view of snow-clad mountains. After a steep climb up the Changri glacier, Kalapatthar comes into sight and we continue walking until we reach Gorekshep. Here we have a quick break to prepare for the 2 hour walk to Everest Base Camp.

Driven by adrenaline, you will pass glaciers and frozen rivers, a fairy tale world of snow and ice. The last hundred meters of rocky terrain will finally bring you to the prayer flags at Everest Base Camp. Looking up you will see the towering peaks rising up in front of you, and your eyes will keep wandering to take it all in. This is the place where the ultimate adventurer starts his climb to the top of the world. Be proud of what you accomplished, for it is a spectacular moment indeed. We retrace our steps back to Gorekshep for an overnight stay at a guesthouse in Gorekshep (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Where Everest Base Camp rules in terms of accomplishment, Kalapatthar is the king of sunrises. If you are an enthusiastic photographer, this is the place for you! It’s a very early rise to enjoy a daybreak you have never seen before: a golden sun emerging behind white-capped mountains. Its glittering rays touching the pristine snowy peaks make Kalapatthar the best place for stunning photos of a sunrise over the mountains and its surrounding wild landscape.

It is an opportunity to view the chain of mountains in the reddish morning glow, with the mighty Mt. Everest clearly visible. This place will show you a picture of heavenly perfection, described by many authors in many ways. After beholding all this beauty, we descend to Dingboche and stay overnight at a guesthouse (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Today, we leave the main trail to Everest Base camp and take a route that leads us to Island Base Camp. our walk for the day is beautiful as we walk through a wonderful landscape full of mountain views. We continue through our trail until we reach Chhukung. We stop at a guesthouse in Chhukung for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Chukhung, we head towards the Imja valley with stunning views of Mt. Ama Dablam on sight. Today, we walk for around seven hours until we reach the Island peak base camp. Our walk for the day is quite reviving as the path offers splendid views of mountains all the way to the base camp. We spend our night in a tented camp in Island peak base camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we climb up the summit of the Island peak. Prior to the climb, our climbing leader will give you some tips on do’s and do not’s during the climb. At first we fix the ropes up to ease our climbing journey. We use axe and follow our climbing leader to the summit of the peak. During the climb, you will be blessed with some magnificent views of mountains in the surrounding area. After achieving the top, we descend down to the base camp for overnight stay. We stay at a tented camp in the base camp for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today we retrace our steps back through same undulating paths – up and down through rhododendron and juniper forests to Namche Bazaar. Upon arrival, we stay at a guesthouse in Namche for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We continue our journey back to Phakding via the same path, and further still until we reach Lukla. The Dudh Koshi River, suspension bridge and the lush landscape are reverse flashbacks of the trail you took earlier on. Only this time you walk it with the knowledge that you are one of the fortunate people who summit to the Island Peak. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Lukla. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today you bid a goodbye to the Khumbu region of Nepal. After so many highlights, such an exhilarating experience and so much beauty this region has showed you, you will take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. Upon your arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is at your convenience, whether you want rest or just wander around. Overnight stay at the hotel (breakfast included).

After this wonderful adventure, it’s finally time to bid you a farewell. We will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport for your journey home! We hope with all our hearts that we served you well and look forward to seeing you or your friends again someday.

 

Cost Includes

  • All the ground transports including airport pickup and drop
  • Accommodation  at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu which is inclusive of breakfast
  • Entrance fees to UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu and a knowledgeable sightseeing guide
  • Three board meals during the trek
  • An English speaking, well learned and professional trekking guide
  • Permit fees to Sagarmatha National Park and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Permit for peak climbing
  • Climbing leader and porter
  • Duffel bag and down jacket (if you want to use company’s bag and jacket and return it back after your journey)
  • First aid kit and other assistance

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Meals not included in an itinerary
  • Personal nature expenses like telephone, wifi, laundry, etc
  • Hot water bath in high altitude regions
  • Soft drinks and other extra food items besides three full board meals.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal climbing gears
  • Tips for guide and porters though it is not mandatory
You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!

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whysoscherious,

You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

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Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

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Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.

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melissabartonnn,

Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

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Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.

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olivieryiu,

Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

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Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

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Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

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Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

Unforgettable solo trek in Nepal

I did the Mardi Himal trek with Nepal Intrepid Treks as a solo hiker in November 2019. I learned that I would be traveling in the region on business only a few weeks in advance, and after some research I reached out to Lal for help in customizing an add-on personal trip that worked for my tight schedule and my desire to do a beautiful and challenging trek in the iconic Annapurna region. Mardi Himal was the perfect trek:
- It offered epic views of Annapurna South and Fishtail nearly the entire time, getting closer and closer each day until High Camp and Base Camp when you’re right in between them and it feels like you can reach out and touch them!
- It offered a good balance of physically demanding sections and relatively easy sections, as well as spots to catch your breath, have some masala tea and take in the scenery.
- It offered great elevation gains, so that you can experience firsthand the way the environment, weather, and level of exertion changes as you climb higher and higher.
- The trekking camps were comfortable and the meals were very good. The people who ran the camps as well as the other guides and trekkers were lovely.

Lal put together my entire itinerary, including a couple nights in nice hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and a yoga class at a beautiful retreat outside Pokhara. He ensured that every detail was covered during my stay, and he was in touch throughout to make sure everything was going smoothly. As an experienced hiker and marathon runner we were able to shorten the trek to 5 days by combining some days for greater distance each day; this was great for me both for the level of difficulty I was seeking as well as my tight schedule. My guide Nisan and my porter Prabin were skilled, knowledgeable, professional, extremely helpful and attentive, and fun to be around (not to mention they were great sports about the fast pace).

I’m beyond thrilled with the experience and the service level of Nepal Intrepid Treks. I will definitely come back for a longer trek, and I recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable experience in the Himalayas. Thank you Lal, Nisan, Prabin, and the entire Intrepid team for being excellent guides in every sense of the word, going above and beyond to make my unique solo trip a success and a truly life-changing experience.

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dietrich325,
New York City, New York

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