Trip Duration: 15 Days
Trekking Duration: 11 Days
Region: Everest Region
Max-Altitude: 6,189 Meters
Seasons: Spring || Autumn
Start Point: Kathmandu
End Point: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Tea House
Size: Minimum 02 Persons
Island Peak is an impressive peak that is located inside the Everest region of Nepal. It was named “Island Peak” by Eric Shipton and his expedition team in 1953. The peak contains massive ice coverage that can be seen from Dingboche. The first summit climb of Island Peak was made by Charles Evan, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie and Tenzing Norgay as a part of climbing preparation of Everest expedition.
Apart from the adventurous climbing experience, the peak provides views of Mt. Nuptse 7,879m, Mt. Lhotse 8,501m, Lhotse Middle Peak 8,410 m and Lhotse Shar 8,383m. To its east is Mt. Makalu 8,475m and Cho Polu. Similarly to its south rises Mt. Baruntse 7,720m and Ama Dablam 6,856m and other neighboring peaks.
Initially, we board a scenic flight to Lukla, the gateway to Khumbu and entire Everest region of Nepal. After landing we gather our gears and begin our trek over gradually ascending main EBC trail that passes through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tyangboche to arrive at Dingboche. With proper acclimatization, we continue to trek as we approach, Island Peak Base Camp.
Before attempting the climb to Island Peak summit, we will do peak climbing preparation activities. Following the footsteps and guidance are given by our experienced climbing experts, we will tackle several technical climbing sections and head towards the summit.
After the successful summit achievement of Island Peak, we will follow the same route to descend back to Lukla. Our amazing experience of Island Peak Climbing ends with a scenic flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff with warm welcome and transfer to respective hotels with briefing regarding Island Peak climbing, hotels, lodge on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Mornings, flight to Lukla with views of mountain range, after 30 mins of great flight reaching Lukla, with short break trek towards Phakding village for overnight stop through farm villages, a moderate walk with few short ups overlooking beautiful scenery along the route to Phakding located by Dudh Kosi river.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.
After a nice morning, walk continues crossing bridges over Dudh Kosi River passing several interesting villages of Toc-Toc, Bhenkar and Monjo arriving at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate, from here on the river bed for few hours and after the last bridge a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar, at Namche with facilities of good restaurant, pubs, cyber café, post office, and banks.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
A perfect place for rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher area, morning a short hike to Everest View Hotel or walk up on top a hill of Namche for views of Everest, Amadablam and adjoining peaks, visit the museum.
Day 05: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
From Namche on gradual scenic path with downhill to Imjatse river at Phunge-Tenga for lunch, and then uphill through rhododendron, pines, firs tree forest with views of snowcapped peaks. On reaching Thyangboche visit famous Buddhist monastery with magnificent panorama of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtenga, Thamasarku, Kwande and majestic Amadablam.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05 hrs.
Morning downhill walk for few hours over Imjatse River, after the bridge walk on an open country where tree lines fades for few short juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes, uphill for a while to reach at Pangboche village at 3,900 meters. Last permanent village before Dingboche and beyond, from here a slow climb to Somara for lunch and continue walk with climb to Dingboche village for overnight stop, located in Imjatse valley with panorama of mountains.
Day 07: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 5,087m - 06 hrs.
Leaving Dingboche we will trek on a trail that is a gradual ascend towards high Imja valley. We will have magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse , Island Peak and other surrounding high peaks. Our trek continues until we arrive at Island Peak Base Camp. We will set up our camp at the foot of Island Peak’s south ridge beneath the giant wall of Nuptse and Lhotse.
Day 08: Acclimatization and Exploration.
Now, we are above 5000 meters from the sea level. So to avoid any kind of mental and physical illness we will take a rest here at the base camp before making the summit climb attempt of Island Peak. Our Sherpa will check our health conditions to make sure that everyone is fit for the main summit climb. They will also make necessary checks on climbing gears such as crampons, ice axes, harness and other equipments.
Day 09: Climb to Island Peak summit 6,189 m & Back to Base Camp - 09 hrs.
Today is the day we have been waiting for as we climb Island Peak and achieve its summit. Fully equipped and properly acclimatized we start early with the aim to reach the summit before noon. The strong winds especially after midday can really create obstacles in reaching the summit. Following instructions of our Experienced Sherpa climbers, we will tackle several technical sections and head towards the summit. Once at the top we are rewarded with breath taking views of Mt Lhotse. Mt Makalu, Lhotse Middle Peak, Lhotse Shar, Mt Nuptse, Mt Baruntse and other surrounding peaks . We will spend short and quality time at the top of Island Peak and then descend following the same route back to Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche - 06 hrs.
After successfully conquering the summit of Island Peak, we take our time and start our return trek by retracing our footsteps and pass along the rocky trails which eventually heads back to Dingboche. We can wash away the sweat and tiredness when we arrive at Dingboche.
Day 11: Trek to Monjo 2,860m - 06 hrs.
After a great time descend to Imjatse River, with steep climb for an hour to Sanasa, from here on gradual path with short ups and downs to Namche Bazaar, a break here and then walk back to Dudh Kosi river valley and to Monjo for overnight stop.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.
Morning walk reaching at Phakding from here retrace the journey back to Lukla with last climb, on reaching Lukla celebrate last night dinner with fellow trekkers and staff.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
From Lukla taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure.
Day 14: In Kathmandu free day with sightseeing tour.
A spare day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay and cancellation due to unfavorable bad weather which might occur, as the Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes if all goes well have a free day or sightseeing tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.
Day 15: International departure homeward bound.
Today, your last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Island Peak Climbing, as per your time for international flight, our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.
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