Island Peak is most popular climbed peak in Everest region. Traditionally known as Imja Tse – it got named “Island Peak” in 1952 due to its striking resemblance to an island on a sea of ice. This is a classic trek to the Everest region including Kalapathar and Everest Base camp where this experience will take you into the heart of the world’s majestic Himalayan Mountains. Island Peak has an impressive highly glaciated West Face which rises from the Lhotse Glacier.
Our adventure begins from Lukla which is a short flight away from Kathmandu. We follow the steep path along Dudh Koshi River through Sagarmatha National Park we arrive at Namche Bazaar, gateway to Everest. We continue our trek to Tengboche village where Tengboche monastery, largest and highest altitude monastery of Everest Region is located. Then we head to Pheriche, Lobuche and Everest Base Camp. From the camp we walk to Gorak Shep and then to KaLa Pathar which is famous as a vantage point for up-close and breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains.
After a good night’s rest we head back to Lobuche from where we continue our journey to Kongma La Pass, Chhukung and Island Peak Base camp. You can have a pre-climbing training on Island Peak Base camp. We finally get to our goal- summit of Island Peak and back to the Base Camp. We descend throuth wide valley of Khumbu river, pass through beautiful Sherpa villages arriving at Pangboche and then to Namche.
After a night rest we return back to Lukla. This trip also walks us through the renowned Khumbu region within the “land of the Sherpa’s” where we will participate in Nepalese and Tibetan cultures which have existed for centuries. The summit of Island peak stands adjacent to one of the world’s largest ice walls and offers stunning views of Ama Dablam and the pyramid of Makalu. This trip is suitable for those who are energetic and wishing for both trekking and climbing at one go. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip.
Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 30 minutes flight and 4 hours walk
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft) 5-6 hours walk
Day 05: Acclimatize at Namche
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft) 5 hours walk
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft) 5-6 hours walk
Day 08: Acclimatization 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
Day 17:Transfer to the airport for the final departure
Your wonderful journey to the amazing Himalayas starts from your flight to Kathmandu. Onto your arrival our company representatives will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight. You will have a rest at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
You start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred Lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Bhaktapur Durbar square and Patan Durbar Square are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bhakatpur is an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, you get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambience of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. Overnight at hotel.
We drive 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 Lukla. Lukla is known as a gateway destination. A clear day normally offers a great aerial view. At 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. Then the trek begins towards Phakding. After four hours hike we will 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. When we reach 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. Then we return to hotel or logde. Overnight at hotel or lodge.
After breakfast, 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 see 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. Overnight at Lodge in Namche bazzar
Namche Bazaar, a gateway to the high Himalayas, is the main trading center in the Khumbu region. This place is very popular for altitude acclimatization. For adaptation you should acclimitimaze to the weather for further days to spend at the trek. 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.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.
After breakfast at the lodge in Namche Bazaar, we continue to follow the trail along the glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi. The trail offers great 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 gives spectacular view of the Himalayan Mountains. Overnight at Tengboche
After breakfast, we again start the usual hike walk. We first hike half an hour downhill to the riverside then through the 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 move towards 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. Overnight at Dingboche.
This is the finall 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.
After breakfast, the day’s walk begins towards the east of the Chukkung valley through stone walled fields, Imja Khola valley. This rocky trail is rich in 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 climbing tips. You can also discuss your queries related to climbing with our climbing guides. We check the gears and equipments needed for the trek. Overnight at Chhukung.
After having breakfast, we will be lead by our climbing team. 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. Tehn 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. Overnight at tent in the camp.
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. All the gears will be rechecked at the camp and 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. Overnight at tent in the camp.
This is the day that takes you to your actual destination. Therefore, we start as early as we can. 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. Overnight at Chhukung.
After breakfast, 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. Overnight at Khumjung.
After having breakfast, we start the day towards Namche Bazaar. We descend towards Namche bazzar. 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. Overnight at Namche Bazzar.
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. Overnight at Lukla.
The trek ends hence we fly to kathmandu from Lukla. We give a farewell dinner to the clients for the trek completion and discussion onto your arrival for next time.
Nearly 2 hours before your scheduled flight, our company representative will take you to the airport. We are sure; you will back to your home taking amazing experience of Nepal. We hope you enjoyed trekking and want to be somewhere in the Himalayas again.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 17 Days
Price : USD 1800
Difficulty Level : Tough
Minimum Altitude : 1300m
Maximum Altitude : 6189m
Group Size : 2-15 people
Permits : sagarmatha national park permit, Tims card, climbing permit
Activities : trekking, hiking & climbing
Transportation : Flight,car & bus
Best Season : March, April, may, September, October & November
Accommodation : 3-4 star hotel in kathmandu, Normal guest house during trekking