Updates Pikey Peak Trek (29th Apr – 6th May 2017)

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INTRO:

A short duration trek to the peak which offers mesmerizing view of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and many more.
Pikey Trek is a comfortable trekking route among the others treks. This peak (4,065 m) being one of the tallest mountains of Solu (lowland of Everest region). It’s the best alternative trek for those people who can’t reach Everest Base Camp. Name of the Pikey is taken from the two names of the Sherpa people. The trek is well known for its stunning views of majestic sunrises & panoramic Himalayan views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt.Makalu, Kanchenjungha, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse Shar, Numbur, Khatang, Karyalung, Annapurna, Nuptse, Amadablam, Shishapangma, Thamserku and Mera peak etc. It is famous for because of having marvelous Himalayan scenery including the Rhododendrons, Magnolia and wild orchids and the festival season in August that includes a cleansing rituals. Thousand of devotees walk to the lake for the festival from village all around Solukhumbu. This trail goes through Phaplu, Loding, Jasamane Banjyang to reach the Pikey Danda(Hill), Khamding ( where Wongchu Memorial Hospital is being constructed in the memory of late Wangchu Sherpa whose contribution towards Nepal Himalaya and the Sherpa community is unparalleled), Chyangba village and Kathamandu.

 

TEAM:

AJAY MUDLIAR
UDAY BATHIA
RITESH JAIN
NACHIKET GIRISH DESHPANDE
NEERAJA DESHPANDE

29th Apr 2017:

The first ever GGIM’s batch for Pikey peak has embarked on their journey.

Today the team shall reach KTM and will be received by Peak Promotion team. They will stay at Hotel Holy Himalaya tonight and begin their journey to Pikey peak from tomorrow.

Updates Mt. Island Expedition (7th Apr 2017)

bout the peak –

Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, is a 20,305 ft high mountain situated in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton’s party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Imja Tse summit was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss team as a training exercise in preparation for Mount Everest and Lhotse. Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks given its difficulty (alpine PD+) and accessibility especially when supported by a Nepalese climbing guide. [expand title=”Read More”]

Base camp to high camp is basically a hike but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes may be set up by required for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 metres (330 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. From the Top, gigantic wall of Lhotse, towering 2,300 m (7,500 ft) above the summit can be seen.

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Team Members: Rohit Ijantkar & Rugved Thite

23rd Apr 2017:

Well deserved dinner party to rejuvenate the golden memories!

22nd Apr 2017:3:30 PM

As expected, both the teams of Island expedition reached KTM safely and they will now rest at hotel and proceed for departure back to Pune.

11:00 AM

No updates from the team as yet on 11:30 AM. We will post as soon as we hear. Most probably both Island batches will be together at Lukla and shall fly to KTM soon.

21st Apr 2017:

Today the news is that both the summitters have trekked all the way from Chukung to Namche yesterday and will be reaching Lukla today.

19th Apr 2017: 

Good News again!!!

Duos R and R makes it to the summit! These guys reached base camp yesterday. And at night around 1:30 AM they went for the summit push!

By 9:00 AM the tricolour fluttered on top of Mt. Island. The way they made their summit , is a moment of pride not only for them but for every one of us. Without taking an extra day at high camp, they moved to summit directly and came back to Chukung the same day!!

Bravo boys! We all are proud of you!!

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Today also no communication. But as per the plan, team will move to Island Base camp and make their final preparations for the summit attempt.

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Today the team has left from Dingboche to Chukung. Chukung is a last destination before heading to the base camp of Island. Communication is a bit of a problem here but as per the messages from porters & guides en route, both the climbers are healthy and eyeing for the final countdown.

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Today the team reached Tengboche. Due to flight hassle and subsequent delay in launching the expedition, the duo, high on energy and in extra ordinary fitness levels, are marching at a faster speed to their destinations. From Lukla, they moved to Namche and from Namche, they skipped the extra rest day and moved to Tengboche.

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3:30 PM: Unfortunately the weather at KTM turned bad that the flights could not take off. Team has turned back to hotel and will reattempt tomorrow.

10:30 AM: Both the members have reached the KTM airport to board their flight to Lukla.

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Finally the duo, Rohit & Rugved managed to get a rescheduled flight today and they are on their way to Kathmandu. They will reach by afternoon and immediately begin preparations for the trek.

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In a totally unprecedented event that happened today, when our Island team reached Pune airport, they came to know that their flight has been cancelled due to technical difficulty. As of now, the team will reschedule their departure to KTM on 10th  Apr.

We will keep you posted of subsequent developments!

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