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Island Peak Climbing

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  • The authentic Sherpa culture.
  • The highland monasteries whole view of Everest from Kalapatthar
  • The glacial walk over Khumbu Glacier.
Island Peak 6,189 m (20,305 ft) or Imja Tse is a small peak nested on the high grounds of Himalaya in Nepal. It can be climbed in two different seasons; pre-monsoon (March-May) and post-monsoon (September-November).

First climbed in 1956 by a Swiss team, Island Peak came to be the most popular choice for climbing small peaks in Nepal. The geographic certainty and close distance from Mount Everest makes it a favorable peak for climbing for fun or to practice before assaulting a giant peak like Mount Everest.

The 14 days itinerary includes a day for rock climbing and city tour of Kathmandu, 12 days of complete trek and acclimatization en route, and once you have reached the base camp it will require further 2-3 more days for climbing.

Having an ice axing skill is an added advantage before taking on a Six-Thousander peak. A climbing guide can be a great assistantor coach to supervise your climb.
Day 1 Lukla Flight and trek to Phakding 3-4 hours Lodge

We drive to airport early in the morning to take our flight to Lukla (35 min flight) and meet our other assistance trekking crew there and start our trek. (Flight to Lukla itself is amazing, very interesting and full of excitement while landing to this little mountain airstrip.) After a short break of tea and coffee (Guide would load the baggage to the porter at the same time)-{Enjoy taking a great picture of flight landing and taking off.}, then, you will take an easy walk passing through local Sherpa villages, crossing through the several suspension bridges, the trail mostly follow the river bank of Dudhkoshi River till reaching to Phakding where we will have our first overnight stay in mountain. Today is a wonderful walking at full of natural surroundings, passing through many local Sherpa villages, crossing through the Buddhist monasteries, several up hills and down hills and involves of crossing a several suspension bridges.

As this day hike is mostly about 3 to 4 hours only, which is relatively short then others days of walking thus you would also have time to relax and little acclimatize at Phakding itself. Simply relax or visit to the local Sherpa village surroundings of Phakding. O/N at Mt. Lodge at Phakding.

Day 2 Phakding - Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours Lodge

Morning breakfast at Lodge at Phakding then start walking for a slightly longer day to Namche. At first, the trail crosses Dudhkoshi River over a long suspension bridge, then walking through beautiful pine forest. After about 2 hours of leisurely walk, we will reach to Monjo and soon thereafter, we will be at the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, where we will check our permit (make permit), then short descent to the Dudh Kosi River again passing lots of Mani stones and in scripts and shortly reach to Jorsale, the last stop before heading up hill to Namche. Since no tea house is available from Jorsale to Namche portion, we will have to have our lunch here. From Jorsale, across the river again with long suspension bridge, then short walking through the riverbank brings you to another deep suspension bridge which is known as a HILLARY SUSPENSION BRIDGE. Crossing this bridge connects you to the big hill which required a tough walk (almost 2 to 3 hours) all the way up to Namche Bazaar.

Little more than half walking to this hill, there is a rest point which gives you a first glimpse of Mt. Everest (8848m/29021 ft), it is just amazing.

Namche Bazaar which is the gateway to Mt. Everest and is the main trading centre of this region. O/N at Namche at Mt. Lodge.

Day 3 Namche Bazaar: Rest & Acclimatize Day Lodge

Today, we will spend a day in Namche Bazaar, resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of (3,440m/11,283ft). The best acclimatization hike we could recommend for this day is to Everest View point Hotel (3880m/12,726ft) which is approx of 2 hours uphill, the great view of Mt. Everest and Khumbu Himalayan panorama.

Afternoon, you may just explore Namche, visit its Sherpa museum- a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering and if this happens to be Saturday, you would have a wonderful local market Hatt market at Namche it is interesting and a wonderful experience about how the locals do exchange their goods or buying their requires stuff for the market itself.
Namche itself is a prosperous town, tourist shopping hub with all the required trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment. O/N at Namche at Mt. lodge.

Day 4 Namche Bazaar – Tyangboche 5-6 hours Lodge

Today, we start our trek towards Tengboche. We take a smooth walk along the mountain side and walk down to riverside for lunch. And from here we start walking up gradually through pine forest for 2 more hours to reach Tenboche. Tengboche is a very great place to view close views of Ama-Dablam. And it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 5 Tengboche – Dingboche 5-6 hours Lodge

Breakfast at Tyangboche, then will start walking of this day. The trail descends down winding through the rhododendron forest to Deboche and crossing a bridge over the raging Imja Khol River. Hug the valley wall, and then traverse the plains to Pangboche Village (3985m/13070ft) which is probably the biggest settlement village of Sherpa peoples, it has a great chance to see the typical Sherpa peoples, culture and traditions. If you interested, you may plan to have lunch here and while the lunch is preparing (takes approx of 20-25 minute), take a short hike to the Pangboche Gumba over to hill- Probably the oldest Gumba of Khumbu.
Walking onward to Dingboche from here is mostly gradual uphill (another 2 to 3 hours), walking is mostly via the mountain ridge and the vegetation got changed thus we are now likely to see the dry and deserted mountains areas after now.
Dingboche is on the bottom of the starting of Imja Valley and it along the side of the Chhukung Vilalge and main get way to the Island Peak (Imja Tse), to Amphu Laptse pass which connect this valley to Makalu Barun National park. O/N at Dingboche at Mt. Lodge.

Day 6 Rest Day in Dingboche Lodge

Today, we will have another rest day in Dingboche. Proper acclimatization while climbing the peak above 6000m is very necessary. Hence, one more day rest in Dingboche that allows us to hike to higher altitude around the village and hike back to the village, which is relatively at lower altitude gives us an opportunity to acclimatize well, before we head towards Chhukung and simultaneously to the top of Island Peak.

Day 7 Dingboche- Chhukung 1.30 hours Lodge

This is short day, only approx. of hour and half walking to Chhukung Valley. Afternoon, meet our climbing leader, equipment checking, climbing discussion etc. Free time for leisure. O/N at Chhukung.

Day 8 Chhukung- Island Peak Base Camp 4-5 hours Camping

Morning while having breakfast, continue walking onward to the steep way climbing southern part then turning east to the main line of the valley. Continue short pleasant walking along a streamside leads to the Big –rock and the route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast from here. A mid difficult cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads you to a wide valley flanking of Island peak where we will set up our base camp for overnight at tented camp.

Day 9 Island Peak High Camp 2-3 hours Camping

This morning we packed our camping stuff and we'll head on to the High camp from where we start our climb. As you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel nearby where we'll overnight at camp. This is where our guide will fix crampons on your climbing boots and re-check the entire climbing group and personal equipment once again for better safety. If required, you may learn last minute climbing technique with our climbing Sherpa at this stage. If possible, you will be also taken for the ice/rock climbing nearby but subject to the availability. Overnight at High Camp.

Day 10 Island Peak Summit & Return to Chhukung 8-10 hours Camping

Island Peak Ascent (6,189m/20,305ft) starts early this morning via climb to the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45 Degree) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Chhukung for overnight.

Day 11 Chhukung to Tyangboche- Namche 5-6 hours Lodge

The trek comes down from Chukkung following towards Panboche. After this, we take a same trail back which is used to trek up. The trail comes all the way down to river. We cross the river and take an hour walk up through the forest to reach Tyangboche. Lunch. Further descend through forest till to the riverside for approx of 2 hours, across the river and take a walk up towards a big hill for two hours and will have a nice pleasant walk till to Namche. Overnight at Namche.

Day 12 Namche –Lukla 6-7 hours Lodge

After breakfast, we hike down a trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy walk all the way back to Lukla. Refreshed up; your guide will re-confirm your flight of next day morning. You will have time to stroll around. Evening enjoy the last celebration dinner with your trek crew member and overnight at Hotel.

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what’s included
  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Accommodation and Meals (Meals other than those mentioned in Itinerary, Welcome and Farewell are excluded)
  • Domestic Flight/Transportation
  • Trekking Permit (TIMS)
  • Island Peak climbing permit
  • Oxygen gas or Gamow bag
  • Entry fee for the national parks
  • First Aid
  • Trek Guide
  • Insurance for Guide/Porter
  • Certificate for Trek Completion
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
what’s excluded
  • Visa
  • International Flight
  • Additional Excursions (Applicable to those not mentioned in Itinerary)
  • Trekking Equipments
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance coverage
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 12 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Nepali
meeting/Start point Kathmandu, Nepal
Cancellation Refund of full deposit will only be made if you cancel your trip 30 days prior the trip departure date. No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun.

If the company cancels the booking in the case of natural disasters, flight cancellation, strikes, wars, riots, government intervention, weather conditions etc, the full refund will be made, plus you are entitled to take an alternative trip of the similar cost.
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