23 April, 2010- Island Peak Base Camp

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On the way to Island Peak Base Camp

Island Peak Base Camp

We enjoyed another long morning at the great tea house in Chukhung (Chukhung Resort & Restaurant) before hiking up to Island Peak Base Camp.  It was a beautiful hike along a glacial river and more rolling moraines. Fewer people up here, which is a nice change from the trails closer to Lukla.  There are several other groups at base camp, preparing to climb Island Peak also. A small hike up from base camp revealed Imja Lake, an amazing ice-covered lake that is glacially dammed at the base of Ama Dablam.  We are spoiled campers, as the tents and dinner were prepared for our arrival by our great porter/guide team.  Best tomato soup I’ve ever eaten! No Kidding!  We also carbo-loaded with pasta, in preparation for the long climb tomorrow.  Marcie ate most of my share. We plan to be up at midnight to begin the climb.  Wish us luck!

Island Peak Base Camp
Jasmina Near The Top