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ISLAND PEAK CLIMBING, EVEREST QUARTER

Island Peak summit

Located on top of the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountains, Island Peak summit is the most sought after trekking destination because of its challenging geographical conditions. Island Peak summit offers an excellent opportunity to climb a Himalayan Summit (6,173m) together with an exhilarating trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. The most difficult section is a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees leading to the narrow summit ridge.

The magnificent views from the summit, however, are certainly a fitting reward for your efforts. Before climbing Island Peak summit, we trek up the Dudh Koshi valley from Lukla, passing through Namche and Tengboche on our way to Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp. After being rested and feeling physically fit and acclimatized, we then head up the beautiful Imja Khola valley towards Island Peak summit. Besides trekking adventure, we also get to witness pristine Sherpa villages and ever-so-serene monasteries. With ponderous memories of the trekking earlier done, we retrace our route back through Namche to Lukla, and from there on we fly back to Kathmandu. Island Peak summit trip can be done during March to May and September to December.

Island Peak summit

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel (1,350m.)

Day 02: Rest days at Kathmandu.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 2800m. Trek to Phakding (2,610m.)

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m.)

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,800m.)

Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m.)

Day 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,900m.)

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp

Day 11: Trek to Dingboche

Day 12: Dingboche to Chukung (4,730m.)

Day 13: Chukung to Island Peak base camp (5,000m.)

Day 14: Island Peak base camp to High camp (5,500m.)

Day 15: High camp to Summit (6,189m.) and Back to Base Camp.

Day 16: Extra Day.

Day 17: Trek to Pangboche.

Day 18: Trek to  Namche Bazaar (3,440m.)

Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m.)

Day 20: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Day 21: Rest day at Kathmandu.

Day 22: Departure your destination.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel (1350m.)

Upon your arrival to the airport, you will be welcomed by the friendly Visit View Nepal staff members who will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu for accommodation. You can explore the streets of Thamel, a trekking hub, after you settled in. Further, we will arrange a special welcome dinner featuring local varieties to introduce the Visit View Nepal team.


Day 02: Rest days at Kathmandu.

Today, we consider a rest day but the interested one can go for city sightseeing which includes two or more UNESCO world heritage sites such as Durbar Square and Pashupati temple. Next, we will take you to world largest Buddhist stupas of the world named Swyambhunath “Monkey Temple”. After Lunch, we will have a discussion that may arise during your full trips and then we will pack our baggage with necessary equipment’s.


Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 2800m. Trek to Phakding (2610m.)

We will take a scenic flight to lukla, which serves as the gate to Everest offers view of tremendous mountain peaks. With our team in Lukla, we will trek through Lukla to Phakding and even  interested one can go to a near by monastery.


Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)

To reach our today’s destination we will do a short and relaxing hike with several river crossings as we pass through Sagarmatha National Park. Namche Bazzar represents excellent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Kusum Kangaru as well as several other small Khumbu  peaks.


Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

Today we  scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for the trek. It is preferable  to stay active and energetic  during the acclimation period to acquaint  your lungs with the thin air. We either spend the day taking a day hike to visiting Khunde or Thame.We can explore the Namche Bazzar too. Namche Bazzar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes,  restaurants,  shops, and so on. We can learn more about first climbers of Everest, native Sherpa culture of the Everest region from  Tourist Visitor Center. The sacred peak Khumbila surrounds this valley which entertain a well-known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We will spend overnight in Namche Bazaar.


Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3800m.)

After, finishing our breakfast, we will catch our trail for tody’s destination. All the way up we can observe to spot wild pheasants, deer, and thar before arriving to Kayangjuma. Phunki Thenga will be our nest spot to take rest for a lunch break and continue along a steep path through dense forests. We will keep walking upto Tengboche for our teahouse program.


Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4200m.)

Today, our first stop to take rest will be Periche, offers dense forest and fast flowing rivers. We will pass through  several beautiful view points while visiting the local gompa and mani wall.


Day 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4930m16,170ft.) 5-6 hrs.

We start with an easy walk towards Chupki Lhara ridge known for its stone monuments and prayer flags, leaving behind the terminal moraine and Khumbu Glacier. We can observe Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal before continuing along a peaceful stream  leading to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.


Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep

We keep walking along a steep path along the Khumbu Glacier. You can enjoy with the views of Everest, Pumori, Lingtren, Nuptse and Khumbutse. From Gorak Shep, we will see our one of the attraction of the trip with a close up view of Mt. Everest towering over the regional landscape.


Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp

We will hike along the historic route to Everest Base Camp following in the footsteps of mountaineers such as Sir Edmund Hilary. We will return back to Gorak Shep for the night. We will adore  one of the best sunset viewpoints in the Everest region  after a short hike to Kala Patthar.


Day 11: Trek to Dingboche

Today, our route lead us to descending path to Duglha pausing to rest and entertain the scenery. Overnight we will spend in the village of Dhingboche.


Day 12: Dingboche to Chukung (4730m.)

To reach the village of Chukhung, we move along a gradually mounting  trail for a few hours. We will stop at a beautiful scenic viewpoints along the way offers views of the island peaks, our eventual  destination.


Day 13: Chukung to Island Peak base camp (5000m.)

We will continue our trial for 3 hours along a riverside  along the southern face of mt. Lhotse. Inja glacier stands as the entry point to the Island Peak.


Day 14: Island Peak base camp to High camp (5500m.)

We will take a short trip up toward island peak and take extra time to prepare for our trip to the peak the following day.


Day 15: High camp to Summit (6189m.) and Back to Base Camp.

We will leave behind our high camp along a very narrow ridge leading to a remote glacier. All the climbing gear should checked and continue with the help of ropes and crampons to climb the glacier. We then move along a steep snow covered terrain leading to the island peak summit. From peak, we will enjoy with the beautiful spectacular views of Lhotse emerging over the Everst. We will return back to the high camp through the same route. Furthermore, we return back to base camp.


Day 16: Extra Day

Today is a scheduled extra day . You may rest or explore the area surrounding base camp depending on your mood.


Day 17: Trek to Pangboche

We continue our previous trial to Chukhung. We will stoop in Dingboche for a lunch. After admiring the local views, we will head to Pangboche to make a camp for tonight over stay.


Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)

High Settlement in  the region begins to blur reaching the peacefull of Tyangboche. It is a home to the largest monastery. We then continue down a steep trial along Dudh Koshi river famous for wildlife including goats, pheasants and leopards. We will pass through the army base of Namche before continue back to Bazaar.


Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m.)

Our walk lead us to down a steep trial the same path we took previously while enjoying contrasting views of the other side of the Himalayan range. We will see Buddhist flags and prayer stones passing through the small villages before our arrival in Lukla.


Day20: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

We will return back to Kathmandu. Either you can take rest after a tiredness of long trip or you can explore the city.


Day 21: Rest day at Kathmandu.

Explore City, Hinduism & Buddhism pilgrimage, historical places, shopping for a memory, and so on.


Day 22: Departure your destination.

Our member staff will escort you to the airport for your departure. Farewells, you will continue on your journey with beautiful memories of your adventure in Nepal.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrance fees during Kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow