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ISLAND PEAK CLIMBING

Starting Price : $2465
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Difficulty: Challanging
  • Best Time: October to December and March to May
  • Accomodation: Yes
  • Transportation: Yes
  • Meal: Yes

Trip Overviews

Everest base camp trek and Island peak climbing gives you both test of trekking and climbing which is a bit challenging and one of the most exciting adventure trip in the world. There are several ways to start this life time adventure trip. The most common is flying to Lukla and Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla to fly out to Kathmandu. This trek takes you through the most popular village of Khumbu region to the Base Camp of the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,021ft).The highlights of the trek is spectacular views of Himalayan range and Everest Base Camp and of course Island peak climbing which is lifetime experience. Hike to Kalapathar (The literal meaning is Black Rock) is an interesting with its most dramatic views of Mt. Everest, Pumari, Nuptse, and Lhotse along with incredible peaks of entire Khumbu region. This is a great fusion of spectacular views of Himalayan range and richest Sherpa people with its unique culture./p>

Island peak also called Imja Tse 6189m is the most popular trekking peak to climb in Everest region. It is located on top of the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountain. This mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD, by a climbing team of Eric Shipton, due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. Island peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest. Island Peak climbing trip fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climbers, who have been seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to take adventure climbing trips beyond simply trekking in Everest.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, we will greet you and assist you to the Hotel Blue Horizon or a different hotel by request (prices may vary).  We can meet later on that day or the next day to take you to our head office to brief you on your upcoming Trek with us. At that time we will introduce you to your trekking guide and Sherpa. If your flight arrives on time, we will take you to one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance. This will give you a glimpse into the different ethnic groups of the country. If you arrive late in the evening we can do this the next day.
 

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trip preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and climbing gears and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)
We drive to airport early in the morning as per flight departure time to take our flight to lukla (2,800m). It is scenic flight about 35 minutes which gives you a perfect site of mountain range. Once you are at Lukla airport, meet our other trekking member there and breakfast at the lodge. By the time prepare luggage for the Porters then walking starts through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka. It is few up downs to get in to Phakding passing through plenty of prayer Rocks (Mani in local language). After getting in to the lodge at Phakding, fresh up and short walk to the village or hike up to the Gompa to get acclimatize. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft)
After hot breakfast at your lodge, the trail leads towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmath National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, drop down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads uphill to the Namche Bazzar. On the way you will have great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valley. Stay overnight at the Lodge.

Day 05: Acclimatize day at Namche
Today you explore the Museum, visit Khumjung village and Khongde village where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surroundings peaks with Sherpa culture. You can also visit Thame which is old Sherpa village as an option. Remaining of the day you can explore Namche Bazzar where you can use Internet, visit National Park head office, Museum and monastery as per your interest and time.  Stay overnight at Namche.
 

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft)
After breakfast at the lodge at Namche, the trail leads short up towards ridge and easy way to Kyamjuma then descends slightly to Dudhkoshi at 3250m. After that a steep ascent will bring you to the famous Tengboche monastery, with its picturesque background of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest and other peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,910ft)
At the beginning hike half an hour down to riverside though lush forest to cross the river and gradual climb up to Pangboche which is popular Sherpa settlement. Then the trail continue leads uphill towards north of the valley which has lovely views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and more peaks around. Once you get to the ridge the trail drops down to the valley at Pheriche for overnight.

Day 08: Acclimatize Day
Today we again acclimatize at Pheriche as a 2nd acclimatize day on this trip. Today you hike up to the ridge for the view and also to get acclimatize. Afternoon walk around the village and overnight at the lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft)
After breakfast at the lodge the trail leads through the valley and get in to the bottom of the hill from where uphill begins to get in to Dugla. After that the trail continue climb upto the ridge where many memories of Sherpa who died on the glacier of Mount Everest. The trail gently climb up to the Lobuche for overnight.
 

Day 10: Trek to Gorekshep and Visit Everest Base camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
The trail leads toward Gorekshep through the rocky trail. On the way you will have great views of the Mt. Everest,Mt. Nuptse,Mt. Pumori and more. You will be able to see Khumbu Glacier on the way. After few up downs, you will reach at Gorekshep which is located at the bottom of Kalapatthar. This is a day which will fulfill your dreams to visit the base camp of the highest peak in the earth. It is 3 hour walk through the ridge of the Khumbu glacier. You will enjoy the surrounding views of the glacier and mountains. There are Buddhist prayer flags which are the symbol of the Base Camp. During the climbing season there will be many tends with colorful looking around. After exploring around, trek down to the lodge and remaining of the day chill out at the lodge. Stay overnight.
 

Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar and Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft)
Today you will have to start your day without breakfast in the morning which is 2 hour hike up to the Kalapatthar, the greatest view point of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori , Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamerserku, Mera Peak and many more. After taking many photographs, trek down to the lodge at Gorekshep for breakfast and continue your walk down to Lobuche. Stay overnight at the lodge.
 

Day 12: Trek Chhukung( 4,730m/15,518ft)- 3 to 4 hrs
Today you walk towards east of Chukung valley. It is rocky trail today an had beautiful views of mountains and peaks. Once you get in to Chukung at the lodge meet with our Climbing guide and at the same time check climbing gears and equipments. Our guide will brief you about the further expedition towards our targeted point. You can also ask questions to our guide which relates climbing and our guide also tell you his climbing story to different peaks and mounts. Stay overnight at Chhukung.
 

Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft), 3-4 hours
After breakfast at the lodge, follow our climbing team towards south part then turn east to the main of the valley. Continue walk to the huge rock and cross Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines to get in to the wide valley where we can set the tent. Overnight at tented camp.
 

Day 14: Island Peak High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), 2-3 hours
After hot breakfast at the camp, climb up the hill where you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel nearby where you will stop for overnight at camp. At the mean time ur guide will fix crampons on your climbing boots and re-check the entire climbing gears and personal equipment once again for better safety. If required, you may learn last minute climbing technique with our climbing Sherpa at this stage. If possible, you will be also taken for the ice/rock climbing nearby but subject to the availability and depends up on weather. Stay overnight at High Camp.
 

Day 15: Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft) & return back to Chhukung, 8-10 hours
At very early morning (also depends on the weather condition we may have to wait for another day so be prepare for this) your expedition starts. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you 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. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45 Degree) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge leads to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to high camp and you’re your gears to get down to Chhukung for overnight.
 

Day 16: Trek to Khumjung (3,780m/12,402ft)
After breakfast the lodge, follow the valley towards Pangboche and short climb to Tengboche through the forest of Rhododendron and pine. After that the trail drops steep down to the valley to cross the suspension bridge and continue up to Khumjung for overnight.

Day 17: Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,283ft), 4-5 hrs
After short climb to the ridge the trail drops down through the ridge where you can see the village with its U angle settlement. Evening explore around the town and overnight at the lodge.

Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)
After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. Again some formalities has to be done at the check post of the National park at Monju then continue walk to the Phakding for the lunch. After that your last day of the trek continue to the Lukla. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So guide will do all airport formalities by the time you can have a breakfast at the lodge. Your luggage will get in to the airport already with the help of our sherpas and porters. Once guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, will call you to watch how the small aircraft get lands in to the small airstrip. After quick photograph, get in to the airport and straight away get in to the plane to fly out to Kathmandu. Once you are at the airport at Kathmandu, guide will assist to get in to your hotel by private vehicle.

Day 20: Final departure.
Today is the last day of the trip with us. If you would like to extend your holiday with us, we will help you if you require otherwise we will assist you to the airport as per your flight departure time. If your flight is late evening, you can do last minute shopping or manage your photos of the trip then final departure from the airport.

Date and Prices

Special Note: On our trip you are able to schedule your own departure dates. We are able to depart our trip every day (only Nepal). So kindly choose your own date as per your convenient. Contact us to schedule your own departure day.

What Included

Airport transfer by private vehicle
3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with breakfast
Welcome & Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at one of the typical Nepalese local restaurant
Kathmandu guided city tour by private vehicle
Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight, airport taxes and transfer
 3 days on tended camp during the climbing
One experienced Climbing guide for climbing section & One trekking guide for trekking Section
Everest National Park Permit/ trekking & TIMS Card
Island Peak Special Climbing Permit
All necessary Gov. Taxes and service charges

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