Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing: 19 Days

Key Information

  • Duration:19 Days
  • Primary Activity:Peak Climbing
  • Group Size:1 - 25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Challenging
  • Meals:All Meals Included
  • Accomodation:Tea House/Camping
  • Max-Altitude:6189 m.
  • Transportation:Airplane
  • Departure from:Kathmandu
  • Culture:Sherpa

Island Peak Climbing: 19 Days

Island Peak, is 6187 meters high and one of the most popular and busy trekking peaks in Nepal. Also known as Imja Tse, Island Peak lies in the Khumbu Himalayan range and rewards climbers with the most astonishing views of the Himalayas. If you are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen your experience with a peak climbing expedition beyond simply trekking in Nepal, this is the mountain for you. Our itinerary gives you a couple of days extra to get acclimatized along the journey.

Island Peak starts with a trek through the beautiful Gokyo valley with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. We follow the Dudh Koshi river valley, acclimatise for one day in the Sherpa town of Namche Bazzar and head for the pristine Gokyo lake. We enjoy the climb to famous Gokyo Ri which commands one of the finest views of Everest , Cho Oyu and other mountains, cross the Cho La pass, enjoy yet another grand view, and descend to Dingboche. From Dingboche we start the preparation for the ultimate highlight of the trip – climbing Island Peak.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Trek through the beautiful mountain Sherpa villages
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Trekking over the famous Kongma La Pass
  • Walk and climb on Himalayan glacier
  • Ticking peak climbing in Nepal off the bucket list
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Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft).

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)

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Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).

Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 2
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Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2,800m.) | Trek to Phakding (2,652m.) 3-4 hours trek

Early morning transfer to a domestic 40-minute scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), the destination where our trek will start. After reaching Lukla, you will have time for tea and to relax before we start. We begin our trek through the Sherpa village and cross several tributary streams with beautiful views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2650m). When you arrive, you can take an optional short hike to a nearby monastery or just explore the area. Overnight stay at Lodge. (B, L, D)

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Day 04: Trek: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m.) 5-6 hours trek.
From Phakding, you will trek through beautiful forests along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing the river on high suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. For here, you will ascend pretty steeply to Namche. If the weather is clear, you will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Kongde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak from this point. Option to visit some of the village monasteries while trekking to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu Region (3440m). We stay overnight at Lodge. (B, L, D)

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Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher to avoid altitude sickness. This is the first of two scheduled “acclimatization” days”. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, a bakery, and local markets. Namche is an ideal place to spend a day for rest to acclimatize with the higher altitudes before heading off towards Khumjung. To prepare you for the tough climbing in the days ahead, you can spend the day taking a day walk hike to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or you can take a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding views of the Everest Mountain range. Stay overnight in lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 5
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Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) – 5- 6 hours 

After breakfast, we trek towards Tengboche. First, we start with an easy walk from Namche to Phunki. Upon reaching Phunki, we ascend towards Tengboche, a village that houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery in the Everest region. Located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), it is draped with the panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 3:00 pm so if we are lucky we might just be able to witness a religious ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche. (B, L, D)

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DAY 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft) – 4-5 hours

We visit the monastery in the morning and enjoy taking pictures of the monastery with the amazing Himalayan Mountain landscape. Then we leave Tengboche to descend for about half an hour through a forest before crossing a river. Next, we trek uphill and notice that as we climb higher, the landscape becomes drier. We walk past a traditional Sherpa village of Pangboche before reaching Pheriche – a beautiful village located on a riverside. If time allows, we can take a class with a mountain specialist in a medical clinic at Pheriche. Stay overnight in Pheriche. (B, L, D)

Day 7
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Day 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft) – 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we start with an easy walk towards Dugla. Next, we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and then pass through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara. Here we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest summiteer Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepalese mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. The trail then continues on the Khumbu Glacier moraine and we find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Stay overnight in Lobuche. (B, L, D)

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Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep – 5170m via Everest Base Camp-5,364 m (7-8 hours)

The trail to Gorak Shep goes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We follow the trail along the north ridge of Everest with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse in our sight. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we have 360-degree views of snowy mountains. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp we take regular stops to appreciate the path that many Everest climbers took – a hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste, Pumori are the mountains we can see from Base Camp. However, Everest is not visible from here. After multiple photographs and celebrations, we head back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. Stay overnight in Gorak Shep. (B, L, D)

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Day 10: Gorak Shep to Pheriche-4280m. via Kala Patthar-5,545 m. (7-8 hours)

Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic sunrise views from Kala Patthar as we witness the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. The temperature will be around -10 to -14 C so be well prepared. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we pause regularly to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to take pictures. After several hours of ascending, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks while our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views. We head back to Gorak Shep for breakfast before gradually descending down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Pheriche. (B, L, D)

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Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft) – 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft). The ascent to Kongma La pass is the most difficult part of our trek today. In the Kongma La, we see cairn wrapped in prayer flags to mark the pass. Then we descend gradually to Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. After reaching Chhukung, we will check our equipment in order to get ready for our ultimate climb. Stay overnight in Chhukung. Note: If we do not want to undertake the Kongma La pass, we can follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung instead. (B, L, D)

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Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft) – 3-4 hours

The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the mainline of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Labtsa lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak. Stay overnight at Island Peak Base Camp. (B, L, D)

Day 12
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Day 13: Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp

We begin our pre-climb training today after breakfast. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using the climbing gear such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak Climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back or resting for the next day’s climb. Stay overnight at the base camp. (B, L, D)

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Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft). Back to base camp (10-12 hours)

We wake up early today at around 12/1 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier for a successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully. Though it’s not too difficult, there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. The guides will fix a rope when required. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. Both fixed rope and man rope will be used during the climb for safety. We use fixed rope after successfully climbing on rock. The length of the rope will usually be 350 m. However, the length depends on the time of the season and the crevasses. There are two newly formed crevasses which are approximately 3 and 4 meters long. We will be using ladders to cross them. Finally, we reach the summit! After lots of pictures, celebrations and time to soak in the views, we descend back to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew are waiting for you to congratulate you on your successful Island Peak climb (B, L, D)

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Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) – 5-6 hours

Today’s walk will be much easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages – Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest gompa in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley. (B, L, D)

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Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) – 4-5 hours

From Pangboche, we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit the nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees from Tengboche. If it’s Spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our path. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudkoshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga. The trail then follows the Dud Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests and eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m) for a relaxed lunch and to soak up the views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptese. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After 6-7 hours of trekking, we reach the army camp of Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching our lodge, you can have a nice hot shower and rest in Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight. (B, L, D)

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Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla – 2,800 m via Phakding (5-6 hours)

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly as our shaky legs continuously battle against the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast following Dud Koshi, the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are traveling the same route down, we will see completely different views – a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow-covered peaks. Stay overnight in Lukla. (B, L, D)

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Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner

This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. After having breakfast, we head back to Kathmandu. The rest of your time here is free for shopping and sightseeing. In the evening; you will be invited to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of authentic Nepalese cuisine. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu (B, D)

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Day 19: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel
Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)

Day 19

For Cost of Island Peak Climbing(19 Days) – Contact Us

COST INCLUDES

  • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
  • All nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire or purchase) and trekking map.
  • All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
  • First aid kit.
  • All taxes, be it local or government

COST EXCLUDES

  • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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