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Island Peak Climbing

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  Trip Code : DH/E-04
  Duration : 14 days
Max Altitude : 6,189
  Meals : All In during the trek/ B&B in the city areas
  Accommodation : Tea house/ lodge/ Camping
Island peak is known as the Imja Tse in the Tibetan language which stands on the height of 6189 meters. It is located in the peaceful and picturesque valley of Imja in the Everest region (Khumbu region). The island peak also provides a strenuous climb and is also an excellent introduction to Himalayan high attitude mountaineering as well.  When you get on top of this peak you can actually feel like standing on an island peak surrounded by the Nuptse wall which leads to Lhotse the extension of island peak.


Short Itinerary:

Day 01: Flight from Kathamandu to Lukla, trek to Phagding
Day 02:  Phakding to Namche bazaar (3,420m)
Day 03: Acclimatization Day (3,420m)
Day 04: Trek to Tengboche monastery (3,860m)
Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4,410m)
Day 06: Acclimation day
Day 07: Trek to Chhukung (4,730m)
Day 08: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m)
Day 09: Acclimation day
Day 10: Island peak summit (6,189m) and return to Base Camp (5,200m)
Day 11: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m)
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,441m)
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2,860m)
Day 14: Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla
 

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • The summit of Island Peak at a height of 6,189 meters
  • Stunnig views of Everest, Lhotse, Island Peak and many others
  • Various Stupas on the trails
  • Crossing the Lhotse Glacier
  • Various Rivers such as the Dudh Khosi River
  • The big town of Namche Bazaar and the Tengboche Monastery
  • Various Stupas on the trails
  • Stunning views from your flight to Lukla

Day 1 : Kathmandu to Lukla Flight trek to Phakding

We have an early flight from Kathmandu towards Lukla, it is said to be one of the most beautiful flights in the world with views that will give you memories for a lifetime. After arriving in Lukla we start this short trek towards Phakding. After the police check post we descend towards the Dudh Khosi River and continue further downwards until reaching the village of Phakding our overnight stay of the day.

Day 2 : Phakding to Namche bazaar (3,420m)

After breakfast continue towards Namche Bazaar, the biggest town of the region. Our trail follows the Khumbu Khola (river) and we cross it many times until Jangbu from where we start to ascend. Beautiful valley landscapes views await us. After a half days ascending the trail becomes steeper until reaching the town of Namche Bazaar. Before reaching the town we can stop at the Everest View Point from where we can have our first look at the mighty mountain. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 3 : Acclimatization Day (3440m)

Today we have a full day to relax and get used to the high altitude. By ascending too much people who are not used to the high altitude can get discomfort of altitude sickness so it is crucial we break down our trek and get used to the new altitudes. Namche Bazaar is the biggest town in the area so you can have a fun day exploring all this town has to offer! Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 4 : Trek to Tengboche monastery (3,860m)

An early rise and we start our trek towards Tengboche. The trail becomes steeper and the path becomes harder. The locals here work on the trails themselves and have a donation box stationed at the start of the trail. Crossing various suspension bridges, passing through forest trails that come out in incredible views of the Himalayas and passing sacred Buddhist Stupas the path climbs up more and more until reaching the Tengboche Monastery. The monastery is beautiful decorated and praying bells await u on the outside. For our overnight stay we will lodge in Tengboche.

Day 5 : Trek to Dingboche (4,410m)

We can feel the cold temperatures now and after breakfast we trek towards Dingboche. We walk downhill through pristine forests with amazing valley views until reaching Deboche. From here we cross a large suspension bridge to Pangboche. The trail can be icy so slipping danger will be there. A steep ascend awaits us all the way to Dingboche with Everest lurking in the background. Overnight stay at Dingboche.

Day 6 : Acclimation day

Today we have our second acclimation day. Being at an altitude of +4,400 meters and more to come we should take care of our health and rest our bodies this day. Dingboche is a nice village with many traffic of trekkers come true. We can use this day to explore and train for higher altitudes so we can face the mighty Island Peak without trouble. Staying for the night in Dingboche.

Day 7 : Trek to Chhukung (4,730m)

Departing for Chhukung village our last stop before heading towards Island Base Camp. This day is more of a hike as we ascend the trail up towards the Chhukung valley. Beautiful scenery awaits us of the snowcapped Himalayas and the amazing Island Peak in our front side towering over the valley. Passing Buddhist Stupas and rocky terrain we reach Chhukung for our overnight stay.

Day 8 : Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m)

After breakfast we get ready and depart for the Island Peak Base Camp. Climbing a steep path leading us south and turning east from the valley we have scenic trail showing us the Lhotse Glacier. A stream from this glacier marks our next path until reaching Big-Rock. From here we follow the Amphu Lapcha trail, it will bring us over the Lhotse Glacier until reaching the wide valley on the south of Island Peak. Reaching our camping spot at the Island Peak Base Camp we put up our tents and prepare for the night.

Day 9 : Acclimation day

Having reached an altitude of +5,000 meters we have our third acclimation day today. Testing our climbing gear is crucial before attempting our climb. We can also explore around the valley and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Himalayas. Overnight at Base Camp.

Day 10 : Island peak summit (6,189m) and return to Base Camp (5,200m)

Today is the day, we head for the summit at 6,189 meters! We wake up before 1 am to have breakfast and depart for our climb. It’s crucial to reach the summit before midday as the strong winds of the Himalayan highlands can prevent us a successful climb to the summit. Following the path ascending up from the base camp we climb the hill and enter a rock channel. As the trail narrows down we proceed very carefully and climb the rock gully. This part is not so technical and we soon reach out of the gully, continuing along the ridgeline onto the end of the glacier. Safety is always a priority and rope will be placed if necessary. Climbing up the snowy slope we reach the summits ridge. Our last obstacle will be traversing a few crevasses and we reach the high point of the summit! Congratulations    you have made it to the top. We rest and enjoy our victory taking pictures and enjoying the amazing view. Now it’s time to head back to Base Camp for our overnight stay.

Day 11 : Trek to Tengboche (3,860m)

After waking up we have a strong feeling of completion and we have a pleasant hike all the way downwards back to Tengboche. Leaving Island Peak in our backside we follow the trails we know all too well by now until reaching down to Tengboche for our overnight stay.

Day 12 : Trek to Namche Bazar (3,441m)

Breakfast and we depart. From here we plan to descend all the way back to Namche Bazaar. As the trail is all familiar to us by now this day is pleasant downwards until reaching the small village of Phungi Thanga. Ascending and descending trails bring us back to a familiar town, Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

Day 13 : Trek to Lukla (2,860m)

After our breakfast we descend back to Pakhding and follow the Dudh Kosi River until ascending back to Lukla where we stay for the night.

Day 14 : Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla

A morning flight brings us back to Kathmandu end concludes our Island Peak climb. Arriving at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel. With the rest of the day free to explore the Kathmandu valley.

What's included

  • Domestic flight tickets KTM-Lukla-KTM
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • All meals during the trek
  • License and permits
  • Experienced trekking guide / porter service
  • All government taxes

What's not included

  • Bottled beverages, tips,
  • items of a personal nature,
  • delay due to weather,
  • natural or political problems that are out of our hand,
  • anything that is not mentioned in the above
This itineray can be made shorter/longer depending on your preference, incase inquire to us by using the comments box during your booking.

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