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 01: 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: Acclimatization 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: Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 09: Lobuche to Gorakshep,visit Everest base camp (5364m/17,594ft)
Day 10: Gorakshep to Kala patthar, back to Dingboche
Day 11: Dingboche to Chhukung ( 4,730m/15,518ft)- 3 to 4 hrs
Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft) 3-4 hours
Day 13: Island Peak High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), 2-3 hours
Day 14: Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft) & return back to Chhukung, 8-10 hours
Day 15: Trek to Khumjung (3,780m/12,401ft)
Day 16: Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,283ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 19: Transfer to the airport for the final departure
Your adventure in the Himalayas begins with your flight to Kathmandu. When you arrive, our representatives will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel where you will stay for the night. You can rest and relax after your journey.
On a guided tour, you will visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square has palaces from the medieval era. Pashupatinath is a sacred site for Hindus with a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Boudhanath is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site with many monasteries. Swayambhu, also known as Monkey Temple, is a popular site among tourists. Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square are also UNESCO sites with unique temples and palaces. Overnight stay at a hotel.
We will take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which is the starting point of our trek. After breakfast and introduction to the crew, we will start trekking towards Phakding. The trek will take around four hours with a mix of downhill and flat trail. We will see prayer rocks and have a great view of Lukla village. Once we reach Phakding, we can freshen up and our guides will take us on a short walk or hike to nearby monasteries for acclimatization. We will then return to our hotel or lodge for the night.
We start our trek after breakfast from Phakding to Monju, which is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. During the hike, we cross many suspension bridges and small settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa, and Monju. Your guide will take care of the necessary national park formalities at the entrance. Then, the trail drops steeply down to the river, crosses another suspension bridge and goes uphill to the Namche Bazaar. From Namche Bazaar, you can see a stunning view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kusum Khangru. Overnight stay at Lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is a popular trading center in the Khumbu region and a key spot for altitude acclimatization. To get used to the weather and altitude, we organize a short hike to Thame or a visit to Khumjung/Khunde/Khongde. Namche Bazaar has plenty to offer with its National Park Head office, Museum, monasteries, cafes, shops, bakeries, and restaurants. There are also essential services like a post office, hospital, government health post, 24-hour electricity and water supply, and high-speed internet access. This is an excellent opportunity to contact your family before continuing towards the base of Everest Base Camp. We spend the night in a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
After having breakfast at the lodge in Namche Bazaar, we continue our trek along the Dudh Koshi river. The trail provides breathtaking views of some of the highest peaks in the world including Mount Everest, Mount Nuptse, Mount Lhotse, and Mount Ama Dablam. You may also be able to see Thamserku and spot some wildlife such as musk deer, pheasants and Himalayan Thar. After passing through a Rhododendron forest, we reach Sanasa, a major trail junction. From there, we climb up to the famous Tengboche monastery, the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region, which offers spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountains. We will spend the night in Tengboche.
We begin our day with breakfast and continue our trek by walking downhill for about 30 minutes to reach the riverside. We then hike through the forest and cross the river before reaching Pangboche, where we can see beautiful Chortens and Mani walls. Our journey continues to Pheriche, where we will have a moderate walk before reaching the Imja Valley. Finally, we will climb up to Dingboche, which involves the steepest climb of the day. We will spend the night at a lodge in Dingboche.
We will continue our trek from Dingboche towards Lobuche. On the way, we will walk on the Khumbu glacier moraine and get to witness some of the great peaks. We will spend the night at Lobuche.
We're going on a trek to Everest Base Camp, passing by the stunning Gorakshep Lake. Along the way, we'll take in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds us. We'll spend the night at Gorakshep before continuing on to Everest Base Camp.
This day, We'll start our trek to Kala Patthar early in the morning to catch a beautiful view of Mount Everest. Later, we'll trek back to Lobuche and spend the night in Dingboche.
After breakfast, we'll start walking towards the east of the Chukkung valley, passing through stone-walled fields and the Imja Khola valley. The trail is rocky but offers stunning views of Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Once we reach Chhukung, we'll check into our lodge and meet our climbing guide. Our guide will give us some climbing tips and answer any questions we may have. We'll also check our gear and equipment needed for the trek. We'll spend the night in Chhukung.
After breakfast, our climbing team will lead us along a pleasant trail by the stream. As we continue, the trail becomes more glacial as we cross the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraine. We'll finally reach the valley where we'll set up our camp for the day. From the base camp, we'll enjoy a stunning view of the southwestern face of Island Peak. We'll spend the night in tents at the camp.
After breakfast, we'll start climbing up the hill, navigating through narrow slopes and challenging paths. After 2-3 hours of walking, we'll reach the High Camp of Island Peak where we'll spend the night. The High Camp offers a spectacular view of the pinnacle and glacier surrounding the Island Peak. At the camp, we'll double-check all of our gear, fit our boots with crampons, and learn any last-minute techniques for a successful climb the next day. We'll spend the night in tents at the camp.
This is the big day, so we start as early as possible. We'll use the techniques we learned earlier to navigate past rock steps, seracs, crevasses, and icy slopes. Finally, we'll reach the summit (6189m) and enjoy a breathtaking view of peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and more. We'll take some time to take photos before descending all the way back to the High Camp to collect our remaining gear. Then, we'll walk back to Chhukung and spend the night there.
After breakfast, we'll follow the trail through Rhododendron and pine forests towards Pangboche and then Tengboche. The trail descends steeply to the valley, crosses a suspension bridge, and continues towards Khumjung. Once we arrive, we can take a hot shower and relax our muscles. We'll spend the night in Khumjung.
After breakfast, we'll head towards Namche Bazaar. We'll descend towards Namche Bazaar and spend the night there. You can enjoy a hot shower to relax your muscles and visit nearby restaurants, cafes, and bakeries for a break. We'll spend the night in Namche Bazaar.
After breakfast, we'll continue our trek downhill from Namche towards the second bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We'll pass through Monjo, where we'll complete the formalities at the National Park check post, and then walk towards Phakding. We'll stop there for lunch before continuing on to Lukla. Along the way, you'll see prayer stones, rhododendron and pine forests, prayer flags, Sherpa villages, and open plains. This is the final day of the trek. Once we reach Lukla, you can spend time with the crew or reflect on the wonderful memories you've made. We'll spend the night in Lukla.
The trek comes to an end as we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. We'll have a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of the trek and discuss any plans for future visits.
Our representative will escort you to the airport approximately 2 hours before your scheduled flight. We hope you had an incredible experience trekking in Nepal and will cherish the memories forever. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey back home and hope to see you again in the Himalayas soon.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 19 Days
Price : 2200 USD
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