- Nepal's most popular trekking peak to climb.
- Outstanding Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu from the summit.
- The perfect peak for adventurers!
Magnificent panorama views of Himalayan giants like Lhotse (8,501 m), Nuptse (7,879 m), Lhotse Shar (8,383 m), Makalu (8475 m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410 m) in the east, Amadablam and Baruntse in the south welcome you as you reach the Imja Tse Peak. Moreover, you will also pass the secluded Kongma La Pass and Chola pass. The best season for climbing Island Peak is during Spring (March-May) and autumn (Oct-Nov). In 1953, Eric Shipton's group named it Island Peak since it looks a lot like an island in a sea of frost when viewed from Dingboche. And it was only in 1983 that the peak was renamed Imja Tse.
To get to Island peak, you walk up the Dudh Koshi Valley from Lukla, walking through Namche and Tengboche, then to Kala Patthar and finally reach Everest Base Camp. From here, you will get extremely close-up views of Mt. Everest and a get to enjoy mesmerizing sunrise views over the snow-capped peaks on top of the Khumbu Glacier. Then, we descend to Chhukung and get ready for the challenging Island Peak climb. This trekking peak is suitable for adventurers who are adventurous and physically fit. No previous mountaineering experience is needed.
Let Unique Adventure to take you to Island Peak with its magnificent snowy west face towering from the Lhotse Glacier. This trekking peak offers a memorable experience for adventure fanatics.
Today, we will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827 meter), witnessing a breathtaking view as we fly analogous to the enormous Himalayan bordering China and Nepal. We will land at a run way after around 40 minutes. The trek starts with a trouble-free walking downward to the Dudh Koshi River, where we connect the major route to Namche Bazaar. After passing via the small community of Ghat (2550 meter), we reach at Phakding.
Today we set off from Phakding and walk further on a small way up to Jorsale we get in front of a waterfall. Now, the trails villages are united with superb forest of giant firs, rhododendron and magnolia trees. Then, we walk to Namche crossing few bridges and climb a few hundred meters, a perpendicular drop and one steeper climb all the way through the forest.
It is important to walk to higher altitudes while you stay two days in Namche bazaar. There are options here to trek to Khumjung where you can visit the local school and hospital or to Thame village of Sherpa Everest expediters and of the great Everest Sherpa Tenzing Norgay or to airstrip at Shyanboche (3720 meter), above the airstrip is the Everest view hotel, which was set up by the Japanese to bring affluent tourists into the region for a prime view of Everest. From here you can observe the amazing panorama of the Khumbu peaks and most importantly see Mount Everest.
After having our breakfast, we get on the track and move down to the river, Dudh Koshi. We keep on ascending through Rhododendron and Conifer forests up to Tengboche. The Tengboche Monastery is located on a ridge at an elevation of (3867 meter) and is bounded by mountains like- Kangtenga, Thamserku and Ama Dablam.
We today, slide down through the forest of birch, juniper, fir and rhododendron to the nunnery at Debouche. On the way, after crossing the Imja River, the path reaches to the village of Pangboche Here, we can have our lunch seeing the attractive peak of Ama Dablam. In the daytime, our route moves through open alpine hilly area before once again we cross the Imja Khola and then to the settlement of Dingboche.
From Dingboche we move to Chhukung today. It is located unshakably beneath a huge rock wall that joins Nuptse with Lhotse. From here, you will also see magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 meter), almost surely, the most pictured peak in Nepal.
We then walk by the side of the Imja River to reach Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasant spot by a tiny lake with a very well sight of the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Lhotse Glacier. Once we arrange our camp, we can then geared with our climbing stuffs and get ready for your way up to the peak tomorrow.
We will start ascending early to arrive at the summit and our route now gets complex once we arrive at the foot of the pointed ice fall below the peak. Great care has to be taken while ascending the wall to reach on the edge which leads to the summit. After getting to the summit, you will move down to the Imja Tse Base Camp. Today, we can see semicircle view of cliffs that go up in the north to the rocky peaks of Nuptse (7879 meter), Lhotse Middle Peak (8410 meter), Lhotse (8501 meter) and Lhotse Shar (8383 meter). To the east, we will view the iced up waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier above which towers Cho Polu (6734 meter) and we will also witness Makalu (8463 meter). From the south of the Imja glacier, we will be rewarded by Baruntse (7720 meter) and Ama Dablam (6856 meter).
We has set aside a day at the base camp just not to mess up our schedule because of bad day weather.
From Imja Tse base camp, we move to Pangboche today. On the way, we traverse the Khumbu Khola over a wooden suspension bridge and walk beside the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.
From Pangboche, we walk beside the river and, after coming across we make our way up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. From Tengboche, we move down to the bridge above the Dudhkoshi at Phunki Tenga and then we return back to Namche.
From Namche, we today follow trail down to Dudh Koshi and arrive at Lukla passing through beautiful settlements Monjo, Phakding, Chheplung.
We wake up early in the morning to take the flight for returning back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are transferred to hotel.
- Airport transfers (domestic).
- Island Peak climbing permit fees.
- Sagarmatha National Park entrance fees.
- Food and fuel during the trip period (full board breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee/hot chocolate, seasonal fresh fruits, boiled water).
- All guesthouse and tented camp accommodation during the trekking and climbing period; North Face, Salewa, Mountain Hardware or similar tented camp for each member, staffs, climbing Sherpa.
- One high altitude climbing leader (Sherpa guide) licensed by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), who also assist you whilst on climbing and summit attempt as well as will carry food and gears to high camps.
- Expert cook (to cook hygienic food) and kitchen boy to help in the kitchen.
- Porters / Yaks to and from base camp (carry food, tents, trekkers’ luggage, equipment).
- Equipment allowances and wages for the climbing Sherpa guide, cook, kitchen boys, porters.
- Insurance for the climbing Sherpa guide, cook, kitchen boys, porters.
- Group climbing equipment such as necessary ropes, ice screws, snow bars, harness, carbine, eight figure etc.
- Flight Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu.
- Satellite phone.
- Mountain cans cleaning at high camps.
- Rescue and evacuation arrangement.
- All camping equipment such as sleeping tent, store tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, table, chairs and necessary kitchen utensils.
- All necessary ground transportation.
- All government paper works and procedures, applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulation.
- First aid medical kit, Unique Adventure International duffel bag for trekking and area map.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepalese restaurant.
- Hotel in Kathmandu.
- Nepal Visa (US $ 30 cash and two passport size photo required).
- Personal climbing gears.
- Your international flight.
- Optional trip if extended.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Extra hotels in Kathmandu (early arrival, late departure or early return from the mountain).
- Personal travel / medical / climbing insurance which covers travel, medical, accident, evacuation etc.
- Personal nature of expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
- Bar and beverage bills.
- Gratitute (tip) for the staffs.