Join the Island Peak climbing and apprehend one of the most beautiful peak climbing experiences in the Everest region. Suitable for the bold, committed and adventurous climbers, it is also one of the much favored peak expeditions for the adventurers around the world. This expedition takes you to the formidable Island Peak through the tough and high-altitude passes in the Everest Region, namely Renjo La pass, Cho la pass and Kongma La Pass. Similarly, through Island Peak Climbing, climbers get the opportunity to explore four important valleys of Thame, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja, vibrant and colorful monasteries of Tengboche, Pangboche, Namche, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame and Lawdo along with the cultural settlements of Thame, Khumjung, Marlung, Langden and Gokyo in the Khumbu region, the iconic Everest Base Camp and the marvelous viewpoint of panoramic Everest and its sibling peaks, the Kalapatthar. Conquering the mighty Island Peak (6189m), finally, is the dream-come-true for climbers. This excellent journey also peeps into the cultural legacy and heritage of the inhabitants in Everest region.
Island Peak Climbing starts from the dynamic yet culturally intact town of Lukla after short scenic flight from the medieval Capital city of Kathmandu up the torrential Dudh Koshi river valley and towards the Sherpa dominated settlements of Namche Bazzar, Khumbu, Thame and Khumjung. Trekkers branch off the main trail towards the quaint village of Portse Tenga to the Gokyo valley. Ascending across the snowy height of Cho La Pass, we reach to the glittering and breathtaking Everest Base Camp and the centre stage of the natural amphitheatre of Everest region, the Kalapatthar, for striking view of colossal Himalayas. Two days trek to the Island Peak base camp follows necessary acclimatization procedure before we summit the formidable peak. Atop the peak, climbers witness the breathtaking view of the glittering mountains including Everest (8848m), Shishapangma (8035m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Amadablam (6812m), Nuptse (7855m), Mera (6476m), Gosainthan (8013m) Kongde Himal (6200m), Thamserku (6430m), and Khumbila (5761m). We then descend back to Lukla through Dingboche, Tengboche, Namche and Phakding which follows our return to Kathmandu.
Island Peak Climbing suits the climbers aspiring for the thrill and adrenaline rush of peak climbing. Being one of the most adventurous and challenging trip, basic experience of peak climbing is required on the part of the climbers. Join us to take on some challenge and summit the formidable peak!
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,338m) and transfer to hotel
Arrive to the Capital city of Nepal and you will be greeted by our representative staff and then transfer to your hostel where you will rest your tired self. We shall meet and brief discussion is done regarding the trip along with your introduction with our crew members. You shall enjoy the cuisines and hospitality at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley and Pre-trip meeting
After breakfast of the day, we start our sightseeing around the medieval cities of Kathmandu valley. We shall visit the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Buddhist shrines of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, historical Durbar squares which are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The mystic and myths of these masterpieces shall be explained in detail by the guide accompanying you. We shall meet at the hotel for the pre-trip meeting where you will be explained in detail about the trip. You shall get your bags packed for the trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla and trekking to Phakding 2640m
Pull up your socks and be ready as the real adventure begins. We shall board an early morning fight to Lukla. An exciting and enthralling flight above the breathtaking green and white peaks shall take us to the small hilly Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, the starting point of our climbing expedition. After meeting with the other crew members of our trip and making the other arrangements, we shall start our adventure from Lukla following by descend to village of Nurning and uphill march to Phakding along the Dudhkoshi river. Today’s short trek is intended to assist acclimatization. However, other additional activities may be taken on interest. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3440m)
Today shall be an interesting day. We wander along the Dudh Koshi and through the alluring pine forests, monasteries and cross couple of suspension bridges. After having our trekking permits checked at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo we pass through village of Jorsale to reach the Hillary Bridge, the highest among the bridges we shall cross today. We shall get glimpse of magnificent Mt.Thamserku (6608m) from Benkar village and break at Chautara to adore the majestic peaks along the route. An uphill walk from the Hillary Bridge shall lead us to the colorful Namche Bazzar to end one part of our nature-rich journey and begin the next section. Overnight in Namche Bazzar
Day 05: Namche acclimatization day (3440m)
As health experts recommend, today we shall have the acclimatization day in Namche due to its altitude suitable for the purpose. A few hundred vertical trek is recommended rather than being idle in your lodge. More preferred is at least some wandering around the quaint villages and get familiarized with the rich heritage of Sherpa culture and a side-trip to the Everest View Hotel for an up close view of the Everest. Surrounded by the snowy peaks, Namche is home to local museum that displays the region’s history and native flora and fauna. For trekkers preferring bit longer hike, a nearby pretty village of Khumjung is another option. It hosts the school built by Sir Edmund Hillary, the famed Khunde hospital and Khumjung Monastry (famous for housing the head of the Yeti!) that makes it a place worth visit. Overnight in Namche Bazzar
Day 06: Namche to Dole.
We march ahead in the main Everest Base Camp trail until we part our ways from Kyangjuma ahead towards Dole through the rhododendron forests wherein the alpine vegetation slowly enter into the scene. The convergence of Dudh Koshi and Imja river as seen from Mong La is beautiful. Through the summer yak pasture lands we navigate through villages of Tongba and Gyele we reach to the stop for the day, Dole. Beautiful Himalayas entertain us all along the day. Overnight in Dole.
Day 07: Dole to Machermo (4410m)
We move further up to the heights of Lhabarma (4220m) and monastery in the ridges of Luza (4360m). Mostly the steep climb is encountered along the way. Yak pastures are seen frequently along the path and Dudh Koshi lies far below in the valley. We further ascend to the sandy spurs at Machermo. Legend has it that in 1974 a Yeti killed three yaks and a Sherpa woman in the very place, making it the most discussed incident related to Yeti. Splendid view of Cho Oyu, Kantega, Thamserku pleases the trekkers all along. Overnight in Machermo.
Day 08: Machermo to Gokyo (4750m)
Today we start our ascend to the famous Gokyo Valley. Our trek moves onto the glacial debris created due to the Ngozumba Glacier besides enjoying the view of Kantenga, Cho Oyu and others. Past the rubble, the lakes in Gokyo region start coming to our sight one after the other. The first lake, Longpongo, is seen before the bigger second lake of Taboche Tsho at 4740 m. Little ahead of the second lake is the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, linked by a small stream accompanying the Gokyo village with the backdrop of Cho Oyu mountain. On our way we enjoy the marvelous lakes in the lap of the Himalayas. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 09: Gokyo to Gokyo Peak (5460m) and back to Gokyo (4750m)
Today involves a bit of hardworking. We ascend the Gokyo peak and get back to the resting point since yesterday, the Gokyo itself. Parting in a diagonal fashion from the biggest glacier of Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier, we ascend the ridges in steady and effortful manner. The time taken for ascend depends on the physical fitness and acclimatization level of the climber. You will be captivated by the spectacular view from the summit of the Gokyo Peak. The marvelous mountains of Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Cholatse, Thamserku, Lobuche, Mt. Everest and several other unnamed peaks shall amaze us as always and we shall be overlooking the glorious Ngozumpa glacier. We descend back to the Gokyo village and prepare us for the further adventure. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 10: Gokyo to Dragnag (4690m)
We descend from the beautiful Gokyo to the stopover of Dragnag across the majestic Ngozumpa glacier. We pass the moraines of the glacier and nearby to the foothill of the Cho La pass. The ups and downs in the trail helps the climbers adapt to the strains of the further part of the trips which includes more strenuous trails including the overcoming the Cho La pass the next day.
Day 11: Dragnag over Cho La (5420m) to Dzongla (4841m)
An exciting day for this trip awaits the climbers. Crossing the Cho La pass involves ascending over the steep trails and the path greased by the snow making it a difficult trail. The prayer flags decorate the pass and the view of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Baruntse greets the climbers and below lies the village of Periche. The trekkers are advised to take on the guidance of experienced guides due to the chance of track being lost by the novice trekkers. Crampons may be needed depending on the season to make through the pass. Overnight in Dzongla.
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m)
We trek today round the Awi Peak and past the Cholatse lake as we trail to the ridges of Lobuche after joining the busy trail extending from Tengboche to Lobuche. Navigating after Dzongla we have the view of the majestic Nuptse (7745m) over the Khumbu glacier and move ahead in the path. We are one step closer to the mighty Everest though the mountain still remains a far destination. After some rest, be ready to witness the amazing sunset in high altitude. Be prepared bigger excitements tomorrow.
Day 13: Lobuche to Kalapathar (5555m)
Be ready for the panoramic view of the highest peak of Everest and the sibling peaks around after a strenuous trip to the mighty viewpoint of Kalapathar. Literally meaning the ‘black rock’ kalapathar is famous for being the viewpoint that provides the most beautiful and up close view of the Himalayas. We take several breaks in between the ascend which allows us for adaptation to the higher altitudes while we aim for the Kalapathar that appears as a solid rock below the majestic Pumo Ri mountain. We catch our breath at the awesome view and capture as many picturesque moments from the highest point of Kalapathar as possible. After enjoying the rather emotional ascend, we descend back to the Gorakshep.
Day 14: Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5367m) and back to Lobuche (4930m)
A big day! Today we march to the lap of the mightiest Mount Everest and get the feel of being on the top of the world. Past the Khumbu Glacier and along the new moraine route we reach our destination of the base camp. Before us stand the five of the world’s highest mountains in a seemingly small area. After witnessing the ice fall in the vicinity and fulfilling our utmost desire to be near the mighty mountain, we get back to the ridges of Lobuche and call it a day. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 15: Lobuche to Chhukung (4730m)
Today we aim to join the Island Peak trekking trail at the end of the day. We cross the formidable Khumbu Glacier and the Kongma Glacier on our path. We move past the Kongma La, the Pokalde and Nangshar Tshang peak to our far right. We turn north to past the Dingboche, a summer settlement with the view to Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawache and Chalotse overlooking our trail. Stone walled fields, glacier moraines, Icy streams and the Bibre village mark today’s trail. Ahead the Bibre village awaits our destination for the day. Overnight in Chhukung.
Day 16: Chhukung to Island peak Base Camp (4970m)
We face a fairly steep trail as we move ahead to the base camp of Island Peak. Initially we move on the Island Peak trail on the southern side of the Lhotse glacier. After some decent trail we turn on to the crisscross climbing route of the Island Peak ahead the Lake of Imja Tso. There comes the base camp of the Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 17: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5500m)
Today also serves as the pre-training day before we conquer the summit of our much awaited Island Peak. We aim to reach the High Camp before we attempt the summit. We practice the peak climbing techniques with the use of the proper climbing gears and other equipments under the guidance of the experts. This shall boost the confidence in the climbers and helps the climbers enjoy the summit experience. Depending in the season and crevasses the use of rope is done. Overnight in the High Camp.
Day 18: High Camp to Island peak summit (6183m) and back to Base Camp (4970m)
This is the D-day for the climbers and the main goal of this expedition arrives before us. Ans early ascend to the summit is preferred due to the difficult conditions the strong afternoon winds pose before the climbers making it difficult to complete the summit properly. We shall reach to the right side of the steep rock gully, and then follow a ridgeline and a headwall just below the summit. This difficult climb will be eased by short rock steps and the use of rope shall allow an easier climb whose length depends on the crevasse. After enjoying the summit and capturing the memories, we descend back to the Base camp with the feeling of triumph.
Day 19: Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche (4300m)
Imja Tse got its name of Island Peak from Eric Shipton’s expedition team as the peak appeared to them as an island in a sea of ice as viewed from Dingboche. The trek onwards down the Island Peak Base Camp becomes relatively easier as compared to ascend towards the summit. We follow the same route to the south of the Khumbu glacier on the Island Peak trek route till we reach bit ahead of the Bibre village. From here on we walk along the Imja river and take a break for the day at the Dingboche. The all snowy and rocky landscapes helps release some strains from our mind and makes us relaxed.
Day 20: Dingboche to Tengboche (3867m)
Our descend continues today as well as we move away from our much awaited ascend to the summit of the Island Peak. We reached to the cultural legacy of Tengboche through the other culturally rich settlements of Pangboche. Tengboche is the terminal site of the “Sacred Sites Trial Project” of Sagarmatha National Park. Through the Khumbu valley we pass through the other beautiful Sherpa inhabitation of Shomare and Orsho. The Gompa in Upper Pangboche is believed to be the oldest in the region. The lively monasteries of Tengboche are soul pacifying. The view of Ama Dablam, Everest, Thamserku pleases the trekkers while the imja river continues to accompany us. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 21: Tengboche to Namche
This section of the trail indicates the later part of our expedition. The colorful rhododendron and juniper tree provides liveliness to the trail while the mighty Dudh Koshi warns us against polluting the trail. The pine forests add beauty to the path and we look forward to the site of wildlife including Mountain goats, pheasants, snow leopards and others. Past the Buddhist shrines we reach the unofficial Sherpa capital of Namche Bazzar to call it a day. Overnight in Namche.
Day 22: Namche to Phakding (2640m)
Downward trek in the mountainous path is to be a cautious walk after a strenuous upward trek. We cautiously descend with our shaky legs over some suspension bridges in places of Larja, Tawa, Benkar among others in a slow and steady manner. The confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers near Larja Dobhan is a treat to the climbers’ eyes. We exit the natural haven of Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of “outstanding universal value”) that is home to several species of wildlife and vegetations. The rhododendron, fir and magnolia forest on our way adds beauty to the trail. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 23: Phakding to Lukla (2866m)
The trail becomes more natural and easy as we continue struggle through the rough terrian. However, the battle becomes a bit easier as compared to the heights of higher altitudes. Today’s part of the journey is the last section of this expedition that involves physically demanding trekking activities. Prayer wheels and flags, Mani walls and walled stones make our trail back to the trekking starting place creates the feeling of completing the strenuous yet richly rewarding expedition. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 24: Return flight to Kathmandu
The contentment of successfully completing a difficult expedition knows no limit to the climbers as they fly over the astonishing mountains to reach the Kathmandu valley that marked the beginning of their journey. The mountains and greenery clad hills amuse and please the climber in the same way it did in the first encounter. The magic never fades. After the flight climbers generally prefer resting at the hotel recounting the wonderful memories of their lifetime back there in the lap of the nature and giving some rest to their body. Overnight at Hotel Horizon.
Day 25: Leisure day in Kathmandu and overnight at Horizon hotel.
The trip has finally come to an end. The climbers may do some souvenir shopping as a memory of their expedition or collect some more memories in Kathmandu, arrange your captured photographs and/or share among other members of this expedition and celebrate for the successful completion of the expedition. Get ready with your bags packed to return to the respective destinations.
Day 26: Transfer to airport for final departure.
Phew, the long expedition ends. The participants are transferred to the airport for the final departure. Hope, you have created some fantastic memories of this tiny Himalayan nation in its scenery, diversity and hospitality. Come back again for some other memorable moments. Ciao!
All land transportation as required in trekking and pick up from airport and drop to the airport in end.
Your food (Lunch,Dinner and breakfast) and accommodation during the trek. Your accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
National park permits and Trekking permits.
Peak Climbing Fees.
Well equipped English speaking guide and support crews.
Food and accommodation for guide and a support crews ,their salary and insurance.
Emergency rescue service for you and Nepali staffs if needed.
Your personal wedges and bar bills.
Your food in Kathmandu.
Emergency rescue charge if incase
Tips to Nepali support crews.
Trip Summery : Lukla-Namche-Gokyo-Cho La pass-Island base camp-Summit-Lukla
Highest elevation : 6183 m Island summit.
Mode : Challenging
Duration : 26 days.
Type : Camping / Tented
Conquer the grand Island Peak and high passes of Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La.
Feel the marvel of beautiful Thame, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja valleys and explore the diverse flora and fauna of the valleys.
Get immersed into the Buddhist faith in the colorful yet ancient monasteries of Tengboche, Pangboche, Namche, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame and Lawudo.
Mingle with the locals in the Sherpa villages along the expedition trail and experience the Sherpa culture.
Be amazed with the awe-striking view of several beautiful peaks of the Everest region.
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