Island Peak Climb

Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.

You may arrive at any time. One of the airport staff from Visit View Nepal Treks will greet and welcome you at the airport. He then escort you to reach the hotel. You will check into the hotel, and relax at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m). Duration: 3 hrs.

We will take a scenic flight to Lukla. Lukla is situated at an altitude of 2804m. We will start trekking slowly to Cheplung village where the beautiful glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a holy peak appears. We will then pass lush background. The arresting views of Kusum Kangraru will mesmerize us before we reach Phakding. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Duration: 6 hrs.

We will trek to Namche Bazaar taking approximately 6 hrs. On the way, you will completely allure by the eye-catching settings. We will enter Sagarmatha National Park upon reaching close to the Jorsale village. We will walk on an uneven trail. Then, we traverse several suspension bridges; and thick forest of pine and cedar trees. After challenging climb, we will reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the major set in the Everest region which is surrounded by snowy peaks and where Sherpa people reside. Namche was long ago a trading post for Tibetan and Nepalese traders. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar – Everest View Hotel – Namche

Today we will rest in Namche Bazaar as an acclimatization day. We will explore around Namche Bazaar and we hill hike to Everest View Hotel. You can capture stunning views of Everest, Tawache, Amadablam, Lhotse, and more. On the way back to Namche Bazaar, we will visit The Everest Photo Gallery and The Sherpa Culture Museum. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche (3860m). Duration: 5 hrs.

Today, we will move rather close to the arresting views of Mt. Everest. We then walk down to the Dudh Koshi Valley from where we will make way to the Dudh Koshi valley to get to the Tengboche. Tengboche is located at an altitude of 3860m. We will visit the famous Tengboche monastery. You will be rewarded by the serene background of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam and many other peaks. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m). Duration: 5 hrs.

From Tengboche we head to Dingboche which takes approx. 5 hours to reach. We will move down to Debuche. We go across another suspension bridge over the Imja River. Next, we will climb to Pangboche which is set lying between massive Mani stones. We continue our walk making a way to the appealing Sherpa settlement – Dingboche, also known as ‘summer valley’. Dingboche offers a stunning views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Island Peak, etc. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day: Hiking to Nagerjun (5100m) and return. Duration: 6 hrs.

This would be your second acclimatization day. You will do an about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast, you ascend Nagerjun (5100m). Nagerjun is a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche.

The purpose of this day is to climb high and sleep low. The trail becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically difficulty day. From Nagerjun you can see a good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m), Taboche Peak (6367m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a good climate, you could even see Makalu, the world’s 5th highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley.

After a few minutes and a short rest, you start descent back to Dingboche and the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch, take a well-deserved rest. An afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will spend a second night in Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 8: Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp (5240m). Duration: 6 hours

From Dingboche, we head towards Island Peak Base Camp. It takes around 6 hours to reach the camp. We follow the Imja Valley which rewards the awesome views of Ama Dablam.  Also, we will follow the moraines that pour from Lhotse lying 8501m high to the smooth flat area at Pareshaya Gyab. Next, we will arrive at Island Peak Base Camp at the elevation of 5240m. Overnight at tented camp.

You will also get training from our veteran guides on peak climbing skills. He will teach you to use of climbing gears such as ice axe, crampons, harness, etc as well as ropes. Learning the skills improves your confidence to reach at the summit of the peak.

Day 9: Island Peak Base Camp to summit Peak (6189m) and back to Chhukung. Duration: 10 – 11 hours.

Today is the most important day of the trek. We will reach at the peak of the Island Peak lying at the height of 6189m. Early morning we begin our trek since we need to walk for approx. 11 hours on this day. We will climb up to the rock gorge to reach at an edge line, which leads us to the muzzle of the glacier. Then we will reach at the top of the Peak. Discovering the amazing views from the top will remain in your memories forever. After a short rest, we will return back to the base camp. Overnight at camp.

Day 10: Reserve Day for Contingency

This day is used as a contingency in case we are unable to summit the Island Peak on day 9 due to bad weather condition or some other reasons because there is no such guarantee that we can get a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit (Day 9).

If the weather didn’t favor to us, we will have to wisely postpone the program of summiting the peak. If somebody in the group may get some problems related to altitude sickness, or may not be well enough to make the ascent; this day can be used in that condition too. If the trek goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day. Overnight stay at the tented camp or guesthouse.

Day 11: Chhukung to Namche (3440m), Duration: 7 hrs.

We will leave the mountain behind us. We descent through various towns of Orsho, Somare and Pangboche, Tengboche then Phungi Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma. We then follow easier trail to Namche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar.

Day 12: Namche to Lukla (2800m), Duration: 7 hrs.

We follow the way of Dudh Koshi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla. You will catch your return flight to Kathmandu the next day. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lukla.

Day 13: Lukla to Kathamndu

You will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. You will be delighted by the mountain views for the last time on your 30 minute flight. As you reach at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 14: Farewell/Departure

The airport representative from Visit View Nepal Treks will escort you to reach the Kathmandu International Airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight from where you will depart.

What's included

  • All ground transports in private vehicles including airport transfers
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Island peak climbing permit fee
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek and tented accommodation during the climbing
  • English speaking trekking guide and highly experienced (2-3 times Everest Submitter) climbing guide for Island peak including their foods, accommodations, salary, insurance, etc.
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Require porters (two clients: 1 porter) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla, and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Visit View Nepal Treks T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Boiled water will be provided during the climb
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • General climbing equipment such as rope, ice screw, snow bar, etc.
  • All require permits including TIMS, Sagarmatha NP, Island Peak climbing, etc.
  • All taxes and service charges

What's not included

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Hot shower during the trek except Lukla, Phakding and Namche
  • Personal climbing/trekking equipment
  • Drink including - water, coke, Fanta, alcoholic beverage, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

The famous Island Peak climb (6189m) is also known as the Imja Tse, a mountain lying in the eastern part of Nepal.  The name Island Peak was derives from mountaineer Eric Shipton and his party in 1951 as the hill looks like an island surrounded by a sea full of ice. The peak expand its edge, coming down south to the tip of Lhotse Shar. The eventual purpose of this 14 days tour is climbing the classic Island Peak. The peak was also used by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay as a training peak when progressing towards Mount Everest. It is one of the demanding break free in the Khumbu region which gives you a chance to get some of the best mountain views in the world. To name a few, you can have the panoramic views of other reigning peaks i.e. Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, etc.

For the first day we take a scenic flight to Lukla. The journey moves across Phakding, and we ascend and descend many uneven trails on our way. As we continue walking, we climb and cross several high suspension bridges. We will be on amidst the dense Pine and Cedar forests that takes us to the heart of Khumbu, Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) is our acclimatization destination. During acclimatization we hike up to the Everest View Hotel, offers the spectacular Everest range. We will meet a lot of Sherpas in the region as we move along and ahead. The native mountain people serve you in the journey. Being a part of Sherpa people hospitality is another subtle yet essential part of this trek. We learn about the way of life of other ethnicities in this region. We make our way to the famous Sherpa settlements of Dingboche (Summer Valley).

Island Peak Climb

After reaching Dingboche, we hike up to Nagerjun (5100 m.). We rest for a day as we prepare to get to the Island Peak Base camp (5240m.). We learn some skills of peak climbing. We move forward to a long journey leading us to the summit of Island Peak (6189 m.). One of the major highlights of this entire trip is climbing up to 11 hours on a single day of reaching the summit. The journey on this day is difficult as we ascend to the rock gorge to get to the narrow edge line and arrive at the glacier’s mouth. Yes, the long journey will get strenuous, and we also separate a day for contingency (in case of a situational problem).  But, the views from the summit are bound to stay in your memories forever. Our experience says you will never have enough of this journey in the Khumbu region.

Hence, we suggest the Island Peak Climb to travelers traveling to the Everest region but looking for a slight dare with some mountaineering experience. This trip is recommended for people who love touring the area’s untouched beauty and also want to raise the levels of their daring side. So, if you are interested in an expedition contact members of the Visit View Nepal Treks. We offer a range of packages and some of the best tours that might spark your climbing interest.

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