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Island Peak Climbing

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  • icon Destination Nepal
  • icon Trip type Peak Climbing
  • icon Duration 18
  • icon Trip level Extreme
  • icon Cost
  • icon group size 1 - 15
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Island Peak Climbing is 6187 meters high and one of the most popular and busy trekking peaks in Nepal. It is also popular as Imja Tse, lies in the Khumbu Himalayan range. This is the most popular and one of the most accessible Climbing Peaks. This area is occupied nearby mountains such as Lhotse, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, which lies between the Imja and Lhotse glaciers. From the snaking moraines near Chhukung, its south face rears up like a rocky black triangle; the end of a truncated ridge thrown down from Lhotse Shar, from which it is separated by a snowy Col at 5,700 meters (18,700 feet). Island peak climbing is one of the best climb in Nepal.

In 1952 an expedition led by Eric Shipton followed the Imja River searching for a high route into the remote Barun gorge that cuts between Baruntse and Makalu. Near the yak pasture of Chhukung, he described an isolated mountain “resembling an island in a sea of ice”. The name has stuck ever since, despite its local name, Imja Tse. Island Peak was first climbed in 1953 by Charles Evans, Charles Wylie, Alf Gregory and Tenzing Norgay with seven Sherpas. Trail comprised the then-rising stars of the climbing firmament who were preparing for the historic ascent of Everest. Their climb up the southeast flank and the south ridge, from a camp at Pareshaya Gyab, remains the normal route.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

When you will land in Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, check your hand bag, go to immigration office, make visa for your trip and get your suitcase, where outside our represented member shows you the board of our Company and your Name, transfer to the hotel. Our director meets you in the hotel and discusses about your whole trip. In the evening you will participate to experience typical Nepali food with cultural dance show.

Day 2

Kathmandu Cultural Tour & Permit Arrangement

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a full day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Bouddhanath, Old Kathmanu city as well as Swyambhunath.

Day 3

Flight to Lukla-Trek to Phakding (2656m) 3 hrs walk

Flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the DudhKoshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 4

Phakding-Namche (3340m) 6 hrs walk

From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 5

Rest Day in Namche

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of AmaDablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 6

Namche-Tengboche (3860m 5 hrs walk)

From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the DudhKosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and AmaDablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at PhunkiTenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and AmaDablam rising in the horizon can be seen from the campsite.

Day 7

Tengboche-Dingboche (4410m) 6 hrs walk

We descend downhill through a forest, cross the ImjaKhola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite AmaDablam (6,856m), and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the Gompa, Mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. After Pangboche we come out in open meadows and grassy ground with alpine vegetation. A further two hours walk brings us to Dingboche after crossing Khumburiver to ward Imja valley.

Day 8

Rest day in Dingboche

This is your day for rest and acclimatization. We also get to wander up the Imja valley to Chhukung or further high if someone will able and the perpendicular walls of Mt. Lhotse.

Day 9

Dingboche to Chhukung 4750m 4 hrs

From here we have a short walking day to Chhukung as it is very important to avoid getting affected by the thinning of the air and get acclimatization to climb Island Peak. Our guide will give you a short briefing on Climbing Island Peak and about next day’s activities.

Day 10

Chhukung to Island Peak base camp 4hrs, 5240m

Today is only 4 hrs walking as we are becoming acclimatized to the thinning air, from today the accommodation will be islanded camp for the next 2 days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook.

Day 11

Rest and Acclimatization day

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. As well as a short trek around base camp to prepare us for the 6000 meter adventure the next morning.

Day 12

Summit to Island Peak (6187m) and returning to Chhukung (4750m)

Today is our main adventure day, we start early in the morning to climb Island Peak but it all depends on the weather. After camp1, we go up in the gully, traverse to the right up on a wide stone field, cross the bridge to the glacier and crevasses. After a safe trip to the top we safely make our way down then same day back to chhukung.

Day 13

Chhukung to Pangboche 3860m 6rs

We descend to Pangboche from Chhukung after having successful climb.

Day 14

Pangboche - Namche. 3440m 6hrs walk

We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the DudhKosi. At PhunkiTenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Day 15

Namche -Lukla 2800m 7hrs walk

Our final day\'s trekking follows the DudhKosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our Sherpa guides and porters. We try some chayng (local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps saying thanks to your porters.

Day 16

Lukla - Kathmandu flight

We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.

Day 17

Free day or shopping day

After trek, you are free for rest and shopping today.

Day 18

Departure to Respective Destination

Our represented member from Adventure Mountain Club Treks and Expedition helps you for your departure to respective destination at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu Nepal.

Includes/Excludes

Service Includes
  • All transport Bus/Car/Hiace according to group size & trek schedule
  • Flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Three Meals in Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Tea /coffee)
  • Tented Camp and all meals during the Camping period
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide and Porters
  • Professional Climbing Sherpa
  • Trekking permit, Tims, All government Taxes & Fees of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Climbing Permit of Island Peak
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek: sleeping tents/mattresses/kitchen tent/Toilet tent
  • Insurance of Guide / Porters, their salary, equipment, food, lodge/Camp
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars & Garbage deposit
  • Twin Share accommodation in Pokhara and Kathmandu on BB basis,
  •  Sightseeing Fees of World Heritage Sights, Tour Guide in Kathmandu
  • Medical Kits, Trekking bag,
  • All Government Local Taxes
Service Excludes
  • International Flight,
  •  Nepal Visa,
  • Travel Insurance
  •  Personal Expenses (Laundry, bar bills, bottle water, Phone calls, extra room, boiled water, battery charge)
  • Tips for Guide, porter & Climbing Sherpa
  • Personal Gears for Peak Climbing
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (one day you will participate to share Nepali Thali with cultural dance show)

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Trip facts

  • icon Destination Nepal
  • icon Trip type Peak Climbing
  • icon Duration 18
  • icon Trip level Extreme
  • icon Cost
  • icon group size 1 - 15
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