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  • Trip Name : Island Peak Climbing
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Trip Duration : 23 Days
  • Activity : Trekking

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak (Ima Tse 6189 m. / 20,305 f.) is taken as the mostly climbed Peak. It can be climbed in both the spring and autumn season. It is located in the upper Imja Valley of the Khumbu, surrounded by Himalaya.

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Island peak climbing takes you to the acclimatization hike to the most popular trekking destination of Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar first for the close up views of Mt. Everest before scaling the pick. Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shipton's who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. It is also known as "Imja Tse" in Sherpa Name.

After exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area.

We continue trek to Tengboche Pheriche and accommodate at high altitude in Gorakshep. After enjoying with magnificent views of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks, we continue descend to Chhukung to prepare for the ascent of Island Peak. After a day of walking from Chhukung we reach the Island Peak Base Camp to prepare for to attempt the peak. It may take an additional day or two to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. For some people reaching to the summit from the base camp is a day activity. However, some climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the joy of climbing and also helps a safe ascent. After a successful climbing we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.



Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)

Day 2 - Visit old town of Kathmandu

Day 3 - Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft). Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563 ft)

Day 4 - Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286 ft)

Day 5 - Namche Bazaar acclimatization day

Day 6 - Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche (3,800m / 12,467ft)

Day 7 - Trek from Deboche to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft)

Day 8 - Dingboche acclimatization day

Day 9 - Trek from Dingboche to Chukhung (4,710m/15,453 ft), back to Dingboche

Day 10 - Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,180m/16,995 ft) via Kala Patthar (5,555m/18,225 ft)

Day 11 - Trek from Gorakshep to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109 ft) via Everest Base Camp (5,365m/17,602 ft)

Day 12 - Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft)

Day 13 - Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,710m/15,453 ft)

Day 14 - Trek from Chhukung to Imja Tse (Island Peak) Base Camp (5,240m/17,192 ft)

Day 15 - Trek from Imja Tse Base Camp to High camp or training at Base Camp

Day 16 - Ascend to Imja Tse (6,189m/20,305 ft) and back to Imja Tse Base Camp

Day 17 - Extra day at Imja Tse Base Camp in case of bad weather

Day 18 - Trek from Imja Tse Base Camp to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664 ft)

Day 19 - Trek from Tengboche to Monzo (2,825m/9,268 ft)

Day 20 - Trek from Monzo to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft)

Day 21 - Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)

Day 22 - Leisure day in Kathmandu

Day 23 - Departure from Nepal

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)

Upon arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our airport representatives who will warmly greet you and transfer to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle. We provide 3-star accommodation in the city and we arrange for a trip briefing with dinner in the evening.

 

Day 2 - Visit old town of Kathmandu

A professional guide and vehicle are provided for a day of sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with other interesting cultural monuments that dot the valley. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. We get to observe the lifestyle of Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, fascinating history as well as awe-inspiring architecture.

 

Day 3 - Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft). Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563 ft)

Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport in Kathmandu for a scenic 30-minute flight to Lukla. The airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m). There will be some time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sorts and loads trekking equipment and baggage. The trek starts with a descent to Dudh Kosi River, from where the wider trail leads us to the village of Ghat (2,550m), and then to Phakding on an easy-paced walk.

 

Day 4 - Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286 ft)

Walking along the shores of Dudh Kosi, we get to cross the serene river many times on exhilarating suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. A little further, we enter Sagarmatha National Park from where the trail climbs steeply with picturesque sights. After trekking for a few hours, we reach Namche Bazaar, known as the Gateway of Everest.

 

Day 5 - Namche Bazaar acclimatization day

In order to acclimatize to the altitude gained and thinner air, we spend a day in Namche Bazaar. There are several quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries at this town, also the largest in the Everest region. We pay a visit to the museum nearby known for its traditional artefacts that showcase the Sherpa culture. We also hike to Syangboche Airport from where we can see rewarding vistas of stunning sunrise and sunset over the Himalayan panorama.

 

Day 6 - Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche (3,800m / 12,467ft)

We ascend out of the village and follow a high, fairly level path above the Dudh Kosi enjoying spectacular mountain views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse as we go. We pass the various shops set up by Tibetans selling trinkets and then descend through forest of blue pine to cross the Dudh Kosi again at Phunki (3,250m). We make another ascent on a switchback trail, sometimes made quite dusty by yak trains, to reach the spectacularly sited Thyangboche Monastery (3,867m) from where there are brilliant views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taboche to the north and northeast, Thamserku and Kantega to the southeast and Kwangde to the southwest. Thyangboche Monastery was seriously damaged by fire in 1989 but has since been rebuilt and there will be time to visit both the monasteries and a museum. We reach our teahouse at Deboche. 6 hours walk.

 

Day 7 - Trek from Deboche to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft)

Cross a large open meadow and descend through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendron to cross the Imja Khola. The trail now climbs up past some magnificently carved Mani walls to Pangboche Monastery 3900m, the oldest monastery in the region. Our route now takes us beyond the tree line. Much of the vegetation is scrub juniper, tundra and windflowers. Pass several yak herders’ huts and climb over a small ridge before crossing the Khumbu Khola and ascending to Pheriche.

 

Day 8 - Dingboche acclimatization day

A day for acclimatization and exploring: you can do a day’s walk up the Imja Khola valley through Bibre at 5060m to the yak huts at Chukhung. Here are good views of the east face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse wall. Or you can walk north, up along the valley side to the ruined Nangkartshang Gompa, or continue up to nearby Nangkartshang peak with its fantastic views. 5 hours walk.

 

Day 9 - Trek from Dingboche to Chukhung (4,710m/15,453 ft), back to Dingboche

From Pheriche we proceed northwest across the flat floor of the valley draining the Tshola and Khumbu glaciers. The stone walled fields of Pheriche are the last we pass. After two miles we turn right and start to climb the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glaciers. At lunchtime we reach Dhugla. From Dhugla the track climbs over the gargantuan chaos of the Khumbu Glacier’s moraine. Eventually, it takes us to the left of the glacier and to the huts at Lobuche.

 

Day 10 - Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,180m/16,995 ft) via Kala Patthar (5,555m/18,225 ft)

It is a 6am start for those who wish to ascend Kalapathar. Gentle walk initially, then ascend after about an hour and cross the moraine. Descend to the expanse of the Gorak Shep (5,160m). A two hours steep ascend brings us to the top of Kalapathar. From Kalapathar descend to Gorak Shep and spend the night there.

 

Day 11 - Trek from Gorakshep to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109 ft) via Everest Base Camp (5,365m/17,602 ft)

From Gorak Shep, it may be possible to make an excursion in the direction of the Base Camp area, depending on group fitness. Though of interest, this trip is not as spectacular as the ascent of Kalapathar as there are no views of Everest but there is a possibility of meeting/visiting famous climbers and their camps. Return to Lobuche.

 

Day 12 - Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft)

Return from Lobuche to Dughla and then, taking a different trail, stay with above the valley floor before descending steeply to Dingboche

 

Day 13 - Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,710m/15,453 ft)

After Breakfast continue up the valley to reach Chhukhung in about two hours and rest at Chhukhung.

 

Day 14 - Trek from Chhukung to Imja Tse (Island Peak) Base Camp (5,240m/17,192 ft)

 

Day 15 - Trek from Imja Tse Base Camp to High camp or training at Base Camp

 

Day 16 - Ascend to Imja Tse (6,189m/20,305 ft) and back to Imja Tse Base Camp

 

Day 17 - Extra day at Imja Tse Base Camp in case of bad weather

 

Day 18 - Trek from Imja Tse Base Camp to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664 ft)

Walk down the Imja valley to Tengboche.

 

Day 19 - Trek from Tengboche to Monzo (2,825m/9,268 ft)

From Tengboche via Namche Bazaar to Monzo.

 

Day 20 - Trek from Monzo to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft)

We continue on down Dudh Koshi for lunch at Ghat, or to Lukla.

 

Day 21 - Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)

Today we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, and during your flight you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can rest, relax and go sightseeing throughout the day.

 

Day 22 - Leisure day in Kathmandu

This is a leisure and free day in Kathmandu for exploration. You are free to go souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, Everest mountain flight and other adventurous activities. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at Mul Chowk Restaurant’s cozy and elegant dining ambience.

 

Day 23 - Departure from Nepal

The trip concludes today. You will be dropped at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by our airport representative for your flight departure from Nepal.