This is one of the wildest high mountain adventure trekking that involves some rope climbing from Makalu Base Camp across Barun glacier to the Khumbu region while crossing over the passes of Sherpani/East (6,100m/20,014ft) and West Cols (6,135m/20,129ft) with great views of some prominent peaks. The Ice-Col trek is also a demanding Himalayan trek with spectacular views of the mountains above eight thousand meters such as Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,907ft), Lhotse (8,501m/27,890ft), Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), Makalu (8,463m/27,767ft) and Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,170ft) en-route. The trek has some very steep slopes and good for only those with alpine experience and need a high level of stamina. Since there are very few modern facilities and amenities, this trek requires a well-supported and guided team with sensible equipment including ropes and ice-axe. The trek connects with the Khumbu region at Chhukung crossing after the Amphu Lapcha pass (5,800m/19,029ft). The Amphu Lapcha (also referred to as the Amphu Labtsa) pass is one of the most dramatic crossings in the Himalaya having straightforward ice-fall. The valley is high and open, fringed with broad moraines and sharp white peaks where the views of Chamlang (7,319m/24,013ft) and Baruntse (7,129m/23,390ft) are excellent. The Khumbu region has some pristine Sherpa villages and monasteries along the Everest Base Camp trail. Namche Bazaar is the popular Sherpa hometown. The trek is completed at Lukla. The entire Makalu-Barun, Hinku (Honku) valley and Khumbu region has a unique landscape that shelters some of the rare species of animals and plants in Nepal.
- Island Peak climbing can be associated with this trek.
Season for Ice-Col Trekking:
The best times for Ice-Col trekking are from the beginning of April to mid May and from the beginning of September to mid November. The high passes are closed in winter till beginning of spring. The weather must be favourable in order to complete the Ice-Col trek.
High Altitude Warning:
Altitude sickness is a serious concern in the Ice-Col trekking that can affect even young and healthy people. The only medicine to high altitude sickness is to descend, descend and descend. Headache is the most common symptom and there are other signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) for different people but include fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, difficulty in walking and rattling breath. We are very much concerned of your safety and our guides are aware of such situations how they should be dealt with.
We have categorized Ice-Col trekking as hard trek and are suitable for passionate trekkers who have courage to walk at least 5-7 hours each day. You might even need to walk 7 to 8 hours or more on some days. However, if you have passions, good health with average physical fitness and self confidence, this trek can be completed successfully. If you have any previous rope climbing experience, that would be an asset. It is important that you consult with your doctor before making decision for this trek if you have any medical problems in the history. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs or any other serious disease should inform Trekking Encounters before booking the trek.
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