Island Peak Climbing
Island peak climbing takes you to the acclimatization hike to the most popular trekking destination of Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar first for the close up views of Mt. Everest before scaling the pick. Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shipton’s who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. It is also known as “ImjaTse” in Sherpa Name.After exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the DudhKosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and KusumKanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the KumbuSherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area.We continue trek to TengbochePheriche and accommodate at high altitude in Gorakshep. After enjoying with magnificent views of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks, we continue descend to Chhukung to prepare for the ascent of Island Peak. After a day of walking from Chhukung we reach the Island Peak Base Camp to prepare for to attempt the peak. It may take an additional day or two to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. For some people reaching to the summit from the base camp is a day activity. After a successful climbing we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.
Outline Itinerary for Island peak climbing
|Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)|
|Day 2 – Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft). Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563 ft)|
|Day 3 – Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286 ft)|
|Day 4 – Namche Bazaar acclimatization day|
|Day 5 – Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche (3,800m / 12,467ft)|
|Day 6 – Trek from Deboche to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft)|
|Day 7 – Dingboche acclimatization day|
|Day 8 – Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,180m/16,995 ft) via Kala Patthar (5,555m/18,225 ft)|
|Day 9 – Trek from Gorakshep to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109 ft) via Everest Base Camp (5,365m/17,602 ft)|
|Day 10 – Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft)|
|Day 11 – Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,710m/15,453 ft)|
|Day 12 – Trek from Chhukung to ImjaTse (Island Peak) Base Camp (5,240m/17,192 ft)|
|Day 13 – Ascend to ImjaTse (6,189m/20,305 ft) and back to ImjaTse Base Camp|
|Day 14 – Extra day at ImjaTse Base Camp in case of bad weather|
|Day 15 – Trek from ImjaTse Base Camp to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664 ft)|
|Day 16 – Trek from Tengboche to Monzo (2,825m/9,268 ft)|
|Day 17 – Trek from Monzo to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft)|
|Day 18 – Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)|
|Day 19 – Leisure day in Kathmandu|
|Day 20 – Departure from Nepal|
Detailed Itinerary of Island peak climbing
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)
Upon arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our airport representatives who will warmly greet you and transfer to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle. We provide 3-star accommodation in the city and we arrange for a trip briefing with dinner in the evening.
Day 2 – Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft). Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563 ft)
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport in Kathmandu for a scenic 30-minute flight to Lukla. The airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m). There will be some time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sorts and loads trekking equipment and baggage. The trek starts with a descent to DudhKosi River, from where the wider trail leads us to the village of Ghat (2,550m), and then to Phakding on an easy-paced walk.
Day 3 – Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286 ft)
Walking along the shores of DudhKosi, we get to cross the serene river many times on exhilarating suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. A little further, we enter Sagarmatha National Park from where the trail climbs steeply with picturesque sights. After trekking for a few hours, we reach Namche Bazaar, known as the Gateway of Everest.
Day 4 – Namche Bazaar acclimatization day
In order to acclimatize to the altitude gained and thinner air, we spend a day in Namche Bazaar. There are several quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries at this town, also the largest in the Everest region. We pay a visit to the museum nearby known for its traditional artefacts that showcase the Sherpa culture. We also hike to Syangboche Airport from where we can see rewarding vistas of stunning sunrise and sunset over the Himalayan panorama.
Day 5- Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche (3,800m / 12,467ft)
We ascend out of the village and follow a high, fairly level path above the DudhKosi enjoying spectacular mountain views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse as we go. We pass the various shops set up by Tibetans selling trinkets and then descend through forest of blue pine to cross the DudhKosi again at Phunki (3,250m). We make another ascent on a switchback trail, sometimes made quite dusty by yak trains, to reach the spectacularly sited Thyangboche Monastery (3,867m) from where there are brilliant views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam and Taboche to the north and northeast, Thamserku and Kantega to the southeast and Kwangde to the southwest. Thyangboche Monastery was seriously damaged by fire in 1989 but has since been rebuilt and there will be time to visit both the monasteries and a museum. We reach our teahouse at Deboche. 6 hours walk.
Day 6 – Trek from Deboche to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft)
Cross a large open meadow and descend through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendron to cross the ImjaKhola. The trail now climbs up past some magnificently carved Mani walls to Pangboche Monastery 3900m, the oldest monastery in the region. Our route now takes us beyond the tree line. Much of the vegetation is scrub juniper, tundra and windflowers. Pass several yak herders’ huts and climb over a small ridge before crossing the KhumbuKhola and ascending to Pheriche.
Day 7 – Dingboche acclimatization day
A day for acclimatization and exploring: you can do a day’s walk up the ImjaKhola valley through Bibre at 5060m to the yak huts at Chukhung. Here are good views of the east face of AmaDablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse wall. Or you can walk north, up along the valley side to the ruined NangkartshangGompa, or continue up to nearby Nangkartshang peak with its fantastic views. 5 hours walk.
Day 8 – Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,180m/16,995 ft) via Kala Patthar (5,555m/18,225 ft)
It is a 6am start for those who wish to ascend Kalapathar. Gentle walk initially, then ascend after about an hour and cross the moraine. Descend to the expanse of the GorakShep (5,160m). A two hours steep ascend brings us to the top of Kalapathar. From Kalapathar descend to GorakShep and spend the night there.
Day 9 – Trek from Gorakshep to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109 ft) via Everest Base Camp (5,365m/17,602 ft)
From GorakShep, it may be possible to make an excursion in the direction of the Base Camp area, depending on group fitness. Though of interest, this trip is not as spectacular as the ascent of Kalapathar as there are no views of Everest but there is a possibility of meeting/visiting famous climbers and their camps. Return to Lobuche.
Day 10 – Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft)
Return from Lobuche to Dughla and then, taking a different trail, stay with above the valley floor before descending steeply to Dingboche
Day 11 – Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,710m/15,453 ft)
After Breakfast continue up the valley to reach Chhukhung in about two hours and rest at Chhukhung.
Day 12 – Trek from Chhukung to ImjaTse (Island Peak) Base Camp (5,240m/17,192 ft)
Day 13 – Ascend to ImjaTse (6,189m/20,305 ft) and back to ImjaTse Base Camp
Day 14 – Extra day at ImjaTse Base Camp in case of bad weather
Day 15 – Trek from ImjaTse Base Camp to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664 ft)
Walk down the Imja valley to Tengboche.
Day 16 – Trek from Tengboche to Monzo (2,825m/9,268 ft)
From Tengboche via Namche Bazaar to Monzo.
Day 17 – Trek from Monzo to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft)
We continue on down DudhKoshi for lunch at Ghat, or to Lukla.
Day 18 – Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)
Today we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, and during your flight you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can rest, relax and go sightseeing throughout the day.
Day 19 – Leisure day in Kathmandu
This is a leisure and free day in Kathmandu for exploration. You are free to go souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, Everest mountain flight and other adventurous activities. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at MulChowk Restaurant’s cozy and elegant dining ambience.
Day 20 – Departure from Nepal
The trip concludes today. You will be dropped at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport by our airport representative for your flight departure from Nepal.