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One of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal, the Island Peak is a beautiful peak that gets its name from its appearance. Visible like an Island in a sea of ice and snow, the Island Peak is one of the best choices when it comes to peak climbing adventures, especially for beginners. With a highly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier, Island Peak is an extension of the South Ridge of the Lhotse Shar separated by a small col. The peak is also popularly known as the Imja Tse and presents unforgettable views of the surrounding mountain peaks from the summit. The Island Peak Climb is a mesmerizing journey through Khumbu's amazing landscape.
Island Peak Climb begins with a short flight to Lukla. The trip then takes you coruscating through the Dudh Koshi and Imja River valleys to many ethnic Sherpa settlements and villages. Passing by terrace farms and beautiful highland pastures, you will get breath-taking views of many of the region's Himalayas, like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, the Ama Dablam, and many others. The trip also includes visiting Namche Bazaar, one of the most popular Himalayan towns of Khumbu, renowned as the gateway to Everest. Likewise, the journey also includes visiting the Tengboche Monastery, one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in the region.
Finally, you will follow our Sherpa guide up the Island Peak, navigating your way through thick snowy terrains and icefalls. The peak is known for its crevasses and you will be using various climbing equipment to make your way to the top. As you reach the summit, you can get awe-inspiring views of the neighboring peaks spectacularly.
The Island Peak Climb is great for novice climbers who are looking for a relatively easier climbing journey. The trip is also incorporated with the best services regarding guidance, food, transportation, and accommodation. It is the best option for people who want to experience the thrill of summiting a peak.
Outline ItineraryDay 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
Day 02 : Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 3-4 hours
Day 03 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft) 5-6 hours
Day 04 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)
Day 05 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 5-6 hours
Day 06 : Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 07 : Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft) 2-3hours
Day 08 : Acclimatization at Chhukung: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung
Day 09 : Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft)
Day 10 : Pre- Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
Day 11 : Climb from Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp 9-10 hours
Day 12 : Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft)
Day 13 : Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Day 14 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 15 : Fly to Kathmandu
Day 16 : Final departure
- 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
- 3 star accommodations in Kathmandu
- A porter and his entire expenses.
- Airport pickup and drop facility.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
- Climbing permit
- Company duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
- Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
- First aid medical kit
- Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
- Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
- Insurance of guide and porter.
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
- Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide
- Lodge expenses during the trek.
- Professional Sherpa climbing guide
- Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
- Airfare for international flights.
- Cost for additional trips.
- Extra night accommodations in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trip(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Nepal arrival visa.
- Personal climbing gears
- Personal expenses
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
- Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
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Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft)
Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)
This day is reserved for acclimatization. Namche is a great place to explore and visit many attractions. You can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery at Namche. You can also opt to hike to the Everest View Hotel or the Syangboche Airstrip from where you can see the amazing sights of Mount Everest. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar.
Trek to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft)
The path follows the Dudh Koshi River and meanders up-and-downhill towards Tengboche today. You will also cross the Imja River via a suspension bridge. Upon reaching Tengboche, you can pay a visit to the Tengboche Monastery here and offer a prayer for a successful trip. You can get dramatic views of the Ama Dablam and the Everest Himalayas from the village. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tengboche.
Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft)
You will traverse down the Imja River Valley, through the rhododendron and pine woods towards Dingboche today. The village has a kilometer-long wall that protects the village's crops from sweeping winds that flow down the Himalayas. The trip is also filled with many chortens and Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche.
Trek to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft)
From Dingboche, you will be trekking along the narrow path that goes through beautiful cedar and juniper woodlands towards Chhukung. The terrain is filled with emerald pastures and occasional Gumbas with colorful prayer flags atop the sores. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chhukung.
Acclimatization at Chhukung: Climb Chhukung RI (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung
This is another day reserved for acclimatization. Today, you will have a short hike to Chhukung RI, a high ridge from where you can get wonderful panoramic views of the Imja River Valley and the surrounding mountain peaks of Everest. The trip is rather difficult, but the view from the top of the vantage point is worth the climb. After taking in the sprawling views of the valley and the Himalayas, you will make your way back to the village. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chhukung.
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft)
Following the pathway that travels uphill through the alpine forests, you will make your way to the Island Peak Base Camp. The trek is filled with changing terrains that vary from pasturelands to snowy fields. You can also see many yaks grazing in the pastures and the horizons are decorated with views of the rising peaks. Overnight stay at Island Peak Base Camp
Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
This day is reserved as a training day before the summit of the peak. Today, you will get training on how to use the equipment for navigating your way properly up the peak. The guide will show you the basics of using equipment like ropes, crampons, and karabiners among other equipment, including ice axes, to use for climbing the snowy slopes of the Island Peak. Overnight stay at the Island Peak Base Camp.
Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to Base Camp
This is one of the important days of the trip. Waking up early in the morning, you will make your way to the summit of Island Peak. The climb is filled with crevasses and hollow grounds, so you will follow your Sherpa guide who will lead the way. Climbing over metal rungs of ladders placed over deep crevasses and climbing up the slopes with crampons on your boots, you will finally reach the summit from where views of the surrounding peaks dramatically present themselves. After taking in the sights, you will carefully navigate your way back down to base camp. Overnight stay at the Island Peak Base Camp.
Trek to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft)
Trekking downhill past smaller settlements, you will be making your way back to Pangboche, trekking on the same path as you used before. The terrain changes from snowy glacial sludge to greener pastures and alpine woods as you make your way towards the lower ends of the valley. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Pangboche.
Trek to Namche Bazaar
From Pangboche, you will retrace your steps back t Namche Bazaar, enjoying the beautiful views of the mountain peaks that rise against the valley horizons. The trip is filled with pasturelands laden with yaks and mules and you can also see many local Sherpa people in traditional attire. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche.
Trek to Lukla
From Namche, you will have an easy trekking trip downhill back towards Lukla. You will be trekking once again through the woods of the national park, which you will exit at Monjo and pass Phakding to reach Lukla. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lukla.
Fly to Kathmandu
You will bid the Everest peaks goodbye for the last time today as you catch your early flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped back at the airport for your departure.
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