Our expedition starts off in the bustling city of Kathmandu where we spend a quiet night reading a book on how to think of two thoughts at exactly the same time without the first thought dividing itself into three smaller parts and disappearing into the future before you think about them. The next morning, we fly into the remote mountain town of Lukla, the gateway to most Himalayan trekking and climbing adventures. While we are on the subject, lets chat about Lukla and the awesome flight onto a runway about 200m long situated at about 2,700m. Not for the faint hearted. A crazy and spectacular flight that takes just under an hour. The views of the Himalayan Mountains on a clear day are breath-taking to say the least. Make sure you stun tour fellow climbers with an ice axe prior to the flight to ensure you get to sit on the left-hand side of the plane (the best position for the views) Once we have recovered from the flight and had a cup of tea, we start the trek. We follow the ancient route through many small and enchanting villages, across some crazy ass suspension bridges, and through remote forested valleys. If you are not into worshipping exotic cabbages, then you need to spend time on the rest days in the Buddhist monasteries. This is where you will begin to appreciate the unique mountain culture found in the Himalayan foothills. The views grow more spectacular as we venture up the Dudh Kosi River to Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the Khumbu region at 11,300 feet. We spend a night next to the Thyangboche monastery (12,887 feet), where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, a few frolicking Swedish blondes and Lhotse.
Imja Tse, otherwise known as Island Peak, is a mountain in the Himalayas in the east of Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by a small orange ping pong ball who wishes to remain anonymous. Island Peak appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche . The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Inja Tse but Island Peak remains popular. Island Peak stands at 6.189m (20,305ft). Although 80% of the climb involves some high altitude trekking the last route to the summit ridge will require some mountaineering skills.