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Island Peak Climbing

Peak Climbing in Nepal.
17 DAYS

Island Peak Climbing is an admired peak expedition experience in the Everest region of Nepal. Rising 6,189m above the sea level, Island peak (also known as Imja Tse) is beautifully located in the middle of Chhukung valley, on top of the Chhukung Glacier between Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam. This peak, coming down as an extension of the ridge from the southern end of Lhotse Shar, sits like an island in the sea of ice. Therefore, it was named Island Peak by a climbing team of Eric Shipton in 1953. This peak is the best trekking peaks for adventure climbing.

Island Peak is considered the most enlivening experience as this 250m rope climb to the apex not just offers spectacular views of the Himalayan range but also the pristine culture, tradition, and religion of the Sherpa people en route. The Island Peak summit offers a majestic view of peaks like Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle, and Lhotse Shar (all over 8000m) forming a semi circle in the north while Mt. Makalu greets you in the east and Baruntse and Ama Dablam in the south. The trail also offers an exclusive opportunity to experience glacial moraines (Imja and Lhotse), suspension bridges, monasteries, prayer rocks, colorful settlements decorated with flags, and Sagarmatha National Park that features varieties of rare flora, fauna and birds. In addition to this, the warm hospitality offered by the Sherpa people makes the trail more enjoyable.

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Day 01: Arrival kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trip preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft)

Day 05: Acclimatize day at Namche

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft)

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft)

Day 08: Acclimatized day

Day 09: Trek Chhukung( 4,730m/15,518ft)- 3 to 4 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft), 3-4 hours

Day 11: Island Peak High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), 2-3 hours

Day 12: Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft) & return back to Chhukung, 8-10 hours

Day 13: Trek to Khumjung (3,780m/12,401ft)

Day 14: Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,283ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 17: Final Departure

Day 01: Arrival kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you will be greeted by one of our company representatives who will further escort you to the hotel. Later that day (if possible) or the following day, a meeting is scheduled at our head office to brief you the details of your upcoming trek. Here, you will also be introduced to your trekking guides and Sherpas. If your flight arrives on time, a welcome dinner is also scheduled for you at one of the most popular local restaurant where you can enjoy Nepali food along with a glimpse of cultural music and ethnic dance. On request, dinner can also be postponed to the following day (as per your convenience).

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of various historical, natural and cultural world heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, itself offers a wide range of unique historical, natural and cultural sites. You will be guided to some of these sites for the purpose of sightseeing. The sites include the World heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square – one of the most important historical structure that offers eye appealing architectural wonders, the Pashupatinath temple - a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva (the lord that holds the power of destruction), Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and the Boudhanath Stupa – dedicated to Lord Buddha. However, you also have an option to skip one of these sites and visit another World Heritage site, ‘Patan Durbar Square’ along with Mahabouddha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple that simply offers some of the historical masterpieces to the connoisseurs of art. After spending 3-4 hours observing these beautiful sites, we will meet one more time to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). The evening will be spent in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)

Early in the morning you will be escorted to Tribhuvan International Airport (in a private vehicle) to board a flight to Lukla (2,800m). After 30-35min scenic flight the plane will land at a Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla is known as a gateway destination. A clear day normally offers a great aerial view of the terrain while you are in the sky.

On reaching Lukla Airport, you will be introduced to other crew members. Breakfast will be served at the lodge and luggage will also be prepared for the Porters. Shortly after this without wasting any time, the trek begins following the stone pathway downhill that leads you out of Lukla and towards Phakding.

We walk for four hours before we reach Phakding. This trail from Lukla to Phakding offers downhill and flat trail experience. Along the trail you can also experience prayer rocks (Mani in local language) and a splendid view of the colorful Lukla village. Upon reaching Phakding, you can freshen up and then our guides will take you for a short walk to the village or even hike up to the nearby Gompas (monasteries) for the purpose of acclimatization. We then get back to the lodge where the dinner is served. After dinner briefing regarding the following day’s trek will be made by the team leader. The night is spent at a lodge in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft) 5-6 hours walk

After having breakfast, without wasting much time we set out from our lodge in Phakding and move towards Monju which is also known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. In between Phakding and Sagarmatha National Park you will get to experience the thrill offered by many suspension bridges, and the small settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monju. Here, you can also enjoy small tea houses and shops while your leader takes care of the necessary national park formalities at the entrance to the park. On entering the national park the trail drops steeply down to the river, crosses another suspension bridge and continues towards the high Hillary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads you uphill to the Namche Bazaar offering you the first great view of Mt. Everest, hidden behind Lhotse-Nuptse along with the view of Mt. Kusum Khangru. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatize day at Namche

Namche Bazaar, a gateway to the high Himalayas, is the main trading center and a tourist hub in the Khumbu region. This place is very popular for altitude acclimatization. Though this is a rest day it is highly recommended to keep moving and stay active for proper adaptation. Therefore, we organize a short hike to Thame, which is an old Sherpa village or visiting Khumjung/Khunde/Khongde is also considered a very good option to enhance acclimatization. Moreover, Namche Bazaar offers many ways to spend a day. You will have you enough time to visit the National Park Head office, Museum, and other monasteries. You can also have your own quality time at cafes, shops, bakeries or restaurants. The place also features other essential services like post office, hospital, government health post, 24 hour electricity and water supply and high speed internet access. You can also contact your family before heading towards the base of Everest Base Camp. This is night is also spent in a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft) 5 hours walk

Shortly after having breakfast at the lodge in Namche Bazaar, we continue to follow the trail along the hastening glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi. The trail offers dramatic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Ama Dablam along with the close up view of Thamserku. Before reaching Sanasa, you can also enjoy the blooming Rhododendron forest. If you are lucky you will also get a chance to spot wildlife musk deer, multi-colored pheasants and a herd of Himalayan Thar. On reaching Sanasa, which is a major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp, we take a steep ascent that will lead us to the famous Tengboche monastery (the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal) which is draped with a spectacular view of the Himalayan Mountains. We spend our night at a lodge in Tengboche.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft) 5-6 hours walk

After having breakfast, we again start the usual hike walk. This time, we first hike half an hour downhill to the riverside then through the lush forest, across the river and finally climb up to Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft). Here you can experience magnificent Chorten and Mani walls. We then ascend to Pheriche and from here a moderate walk will lead you to the Imja Valley. From here, we climb the last and the steepest climb of the day and finally reach Dingboche. The night is spent at the lodge in Dingboche.

Day 08: Acclimatized day

This is the final, yet the mandatory acclimatization day before heading towards Island Peak. Dingboche is a summer settlement that offers a magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse and numerous other peaks, from the ridge on the north behind the village. You can also observe the Imja River that flows directly east of the village. Another interesting thing about this village is, the kilometers of stone walls that cover the entire valley of Imja. You will also be surprised to see an internet café and one of the world’s highest billiard parlors. Therefore, this place offers some of the best options to spend your day.

Day 09: Trek Chhukung( 4,730m/15,518ft)- 3 to 4 hrs

After having breakfast, the day’s walk begins towards the east of the Chukkung valley through stone walled fields, Imja Khola valley. This rocky trail is overshadowed by the beautiful views of Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam. On reaching Chhukung, we check into the lodge and meet our climbing guide. Our guide will brief you regarding the following climb. You can also discuss your queries related to climbing with our climbing guides. We will also check the necessary gears and equipments to get prepared for the next day’s climb. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chhukung.

Day 10: Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft) 3-4 hours

After having breakfast, we will be lead by our climbing team towards the south, which then heads toward the main valley in the east. The trail is fairly pleasant along the stream. The trail heads towards huge rock and then becomes glacial as it crosses Imja and Lhotse glacier moraine. After this we finally reach the valley where we set our camp for the day. The base camp presents the magnificent view of the southwestern face of Island peak. The night is spent in a tented camp at the base camp.

Day 11: Island Peak High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), 2-3 hours

After having breakfast, we start the climb up the hill making our way through the narrow slopes and uncompromising paths. After 2-3 hours walk upwards, the trail will finally take you to the High camp of Island peak where we stop for overnight. The high camp itself offers the spectacular view of lofty pinnacle and glacier surrounding the Island Peak. At high camp, all the required elements and gears will be re-checked, your boots will be fitted with crampons and if required, you may also be provided with the last minute techniques for your following day’s successful climb. The night is spent in a tented camp at the high camp.

Day 12: Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft) & return back to Chhukung, 8-10 hours

This day is the day that takes you to your actual destination. Therefore, we start as early as the light permits. The techniques learned earlier will fully come into play today. We walk past short rock steps, seracs, crevasses, snout of summit glacier and icy 40-45 degree slopes to finally get to the summit. On reaching the summit (6189m) you can enjoy the view of breathtaking peaks like Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse, Makalu, Baruntse, and Amadablam. We spend some time taking snaps and then descend all the way to high camp collect the remaining gears and walk all the way to Chhukung. The night is spent at a lodge in Chhukung.

Day 13: Trek to Khumjung (3,780m/12,401ft)

After having breakfast at the lodge, the trail heads towards Pangboche and then Tengboche through Rhododendron and pine. The trail then drops, steep down to the valley crosses the suspension bridge and continue towards Khumjhung. You can enjoy a hot shower and loosen your muscles. The night is spent at a lodge in Khumjung.

Day 14: Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,283ft), 4-5 hrs

After having breakfast, we start the day towards Namche Bazaar. The trail first drops down through the ridge and then the walk is fairly easier till Namche Bazaar. We spend the night in Namche Bazaar, where you can enjoy a hot shower and loosen up your muscles. You also have an option to relax in the nearby restaurants, cafés and bakeries. The night is spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)

After the breakfast, we continue our walk downhill from Namche toward the second bridge across the Dudh Koshi River near the meeting point of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. Then we walk towards Monjo where on fulfilling the formalities at the check post of the National Park at Monjo, we continue our walk towards Phakding. We stop at Phakding for lunch and soon after the lunch we continue the trail that leads us to Lukla. Along this flat trail you can enjoy prayer stones, rhododendron and pine forest, prayer flags, Sherpa village as well as open plains. This is the last day of the trek. On reaching Lukla you can either spend your time with the rest of the crew members or look for some alone time to summon up the wonderful memories made during the past few days. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lukla.

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Finally, it’s time to bid farewell to the Khumbu region of Nepal. The Sherpas will take your luggage to the airport and other airport formalities will be taken care of by the guides allowing you to enjoy your last breakfast in the Khumbu region. Once the aircraft arrives, you can directly board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu. A private vehicle depending on your group size will be awaiting your arrival in the airport. Your guide will then escort you to the hotel.

Day 17: Final Daprture

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at one of the typical Nepalese local restaurant
  • A day guided city tour of Kathmandu valley
  • Required private transport at Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu flight, airport taxes and transfer
  • Everest National Park Permit/ trekking & TIMS Card
  • Island Peak Special Climbing Permit
  • One experienced Climbing guide for climbing section & One trekking guide for trekking Section (both leaders are English speaking, first aid trained, climbing leader is trained & licensed from
  • Nepal Mountaineering Association Rock climbing and mountaineering trained), the cost of camping and trekkers crew/ insurance
  • All necessary Gov. Taxes and service charges
  • Transfer to the airport for the final departure by private vehicle
  • Nepal Visa, in/out flight to Kathmandu
  • Your meals at Kathmandu, except provided dinner and breakfast
  • Entire cold and alcoholic beverages on the trip
  • Necessary group climbing gears (Climbing rope, ice axe, ice crew and snow bar/ possible to hire or buy in Kathmandu)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Tips
  • Any extending trips

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