Island Peak Climbing
This wonderful Island Peak trekking and climbing take you into the heart of Khumbu Gokyo (4750m/158840ft) and Everest Base Camp (5357m/17575ft). An ascent of Gokyo RI (5357m/19216ft) and Kala Patthar (5545m/18192ft) is good acclimatization and gives you magnificent close-up views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and more. You will cross the little use of Chola pass (5420m/17782 ft) and Kongma La Pass (5535m/18159ft); ascend one of the popular peaks of Everest regions. Island Peak (6189m/20305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks of the Everest Area. This name was kept in 1952 AD due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an island on the sea of ice. It was renamed Imje Tse in the early 80 through its original mane is still more popular. Island peak has an impressive highly glaciated west face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier.
DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
On arriving Kathmandu airport you will meet the staff to transfer at hotel.Brief about the trip.O/N in Kathmandu.
DAY 2: In Kathmandu Day Tour and Preparation day
In Kathmandu with tour and preparation for trek to Khumbu.Full day guided tour of world heritage sites:Pashupatinath temple,Bouddhanath stupa,Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa located on a hill lock as set on the program and time permitting.Evening free for own activities and preparation for the trek and climb.
DAY 3: Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and trek to Phakding (2,650 m) - 04 hrs.
Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for short scenic flight of 35 minutes to Lukla the gateway to Everest and higher Khumbu area, from here after a break to refresh meet the guide, trekking staff and porters and continue walk past Lukla town on the easy path with views of Kwangde peak and village of Muse and Chowri Kharka, the walk with few ups and down following the Dudh Kosi River passing villages to Phakding is reached for overnight stop.
DAY 4: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.
From Phakding morning walk is pleasant through nice woodland of pines and rhododendron trees with few ups and down with views of Kusum Khanguru, Kwangde and Tharmasarku peaks crossing bridge over Dudh Kosi to reach at Monjo and to Jorsalle after entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, at Jorsalle for lunch.From here walking on the river side for some time and heading uphill in the forest to cross the last bridge over Imjatse and Bhote Kosi that joins Dudh Kosi river at this point.A long winding uphill with first views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse (on a clear day) this winding climb finally reaches at Namche Bazaar after few hours of hard uphill walk from lunch continue walk to Namche Bazaar.
DAY 5: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar and Short Hike
A great place for rest and free day and necessary for acclimatization before heading higher beyond Namche.At Namche optional short hike to view point and the museum provides information of this area about flora / fauna, geography, mountain and Sherpa history, culture and religion offering tremendous views of Everest,Ama Dablam,Lhotse, Thermasarku,Nuptse, Kwangde, holy Khumbi-la peak and of valley and gorge below.Optional hike to Everest View Hotel above Namche at 3,880 meters by Syangboche old airstrip or a half day hike visiting the pacidity and sleepy villages of Khumjung with monastery and Khunde.
DAY 6: Trek Namche bazaar to Tengboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
After an enjoyable rest at Namche, journey continues on the nice and scenic trail with view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and other range of peaks walking into green tree lines a good walk with downhill to Phungetenga a small place in a gorge after crossing the Imjatse River for lunch at Phungetenga.From here a steep uphill haul through the nice forest surrounding with views of Thermasarku and Kangtenga peaks, and then with long climb of less than two hours reaching at famous Tengboche monastery with awesome views of surrounding peaks including Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam.Here as per the time set for a visit inside the monastery where you can observe monks, priests and lama on prayer time in late afternoon.All major expeditions to Mt. Everest and other high peaks visits here to get bless from the chief priest for triumphant and safe climb.
DAY 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche 4,530 m - 05 hrs.
On leaving Tengboche walk leads downhill through nice cool woodland passing settlement of Dingboche to reach a bridge over Imjatse river gorge, from this bridge the last of tree lines and lush vegetation, walk leads to a gradual climb through rows of prayer and mani wall, stupa with fantastic views of Ama Dablam as the walk progress reaching at Pangboche (the last permanent village on route Everest Base camp and other high area of Khumbu).From Pangboche walk leads to a short steep climb to Shomare a small temporary village serving as lodge, teahouse and popular lunch stop on route Dingboche and Pheriche with close views of AmaDablam.From here a slow climb towards Orsho where the walk gets gentle and path splits from this place the other high trail to Pheriche, the lower path east to Dingboche, our route heading east crossing the icy Khumbu river tributary of Imjatse and Dudh Kosi river, and then a steep climb for 45 minutes to reach the ridge with prayer stones, a pleasant walk from here brings at Dingboche with many lodges around where the areas are guarded with stone walls located on the southern Imajatse valley beneath the towering North Face of Ama Dablam with views of Lhotse, peak 29 and Island / Imjatse peak towards east.
DAY 8: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche 4,910 m
Starting the morning walk with a slow climb uphill to the ridge with prayer flags and Buddhist monument of stupa, overlooking astonishing views of snow capped peaks and on the pleasant trail with gradual up and downhill reaching the raging streams fed from the Khumbu glacier at a small place of Thugla (Dugla).A popular lunch stop place where the trail from Pheriche and Dingboche joins with an hour break a steep climb of less than an hour reaches the top ridge of Thug-la with great views of Ama Dablam north face with Tawache and Cholatse, an interesting spot with memorials of late mountaineers who died climbing Everest, Lhotse, Pumori or other peaks of this area.From here walk continues on the gradual path towards Lobuche in the comfort of nice cozy lodge after a good day.
DAY 9: Trek Lobuche via Gorakshep (5,153m) to EBC(5253m)to Gorakshep
walk is gentle following a small stream on the wide valley, reaching near at Glass Pyramid a metrological station operated by Italian and Nepalese scientist, from here on the steep uphill reaching at moraine with Khumbu glacier below, couple of hours of steady and hard walk brings at Gorakshep with few lodges, this was an earlier Base Camp for the climb to Mt. Everest, located beneath Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar on route present Everest base camp.
DAY 10: Trek Gorakshep to Chukhung
Early morning hike to Kalapathar for the best view of Mt.Everest and sunrise.It almost takes 2hrs up and 1hrs down to walk,Then we back down to Gorakhshep,stop for breakfast and trek down to Lobuche for lunch break,then continue to chukhung.
DAY 11: Trek Chukhung to Island base camp
Preparation about climbing,introduction with the climbing guide(sherpa),kitchen staff.O/N in island peak(tent camp).
DAY 12: Island base camp to the Summit at 6,189m.
Starting before dawn after having breakfast and then moving up an open gully leads between two well defined ridges of a small hanging glacier at 5,280m /17,323ft. From this point of left-hand ridge move across the broad open gully and gain the right-hand ridge. Following this, this gives easy movement to the snow-covered glacier above. A route needs to be found out leftwards, avoiding crevasses before turning back northwards over snow covered scree in the margin between the glacier and the base of the main summit ridge. After crossing a gully with some stone and icefall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads upwards for nearly 100 meters (300ft), to the summit ridge. The last moves on to the ridge often prove challenging and many climbers leave a fixed rope in place to aid descent.The ridge itself is a classic and undulates towards the main summit which is reached by a final tricky snow pitch. Standing atop we have the stunning close-up view of the South face of Lhotse (8,501 m.) in vastness that looms before us. We have the impressive dramatic views of the mountains -Amadablam (6,856 m.), Chamlang and Baruntse in the far horizon. Descent is made by the same route to the base camp.
DAY 13: Summit to Tengboche - 07 hrs.
Leaving Island Peak base camp and Imjatse valley on the trail towards Tengboche passing Chukhung and Dingboche with views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse wall, Lhotse, heading on the downhill path and back to lower altitude and tree lines, the walk leads past Pangboche and from the bridge an hour or more climb brings back at Tengboche Monastery for overnight stop.
DAY 14: Trek Tengboche to Namche Bazaar – 05 hrs.
From Tengboche downhill to Phungtenga and after the bridge climb to the top of Luvisa and Shanasa villages and then on the gradual winding trail reaching at Namche Bazaar for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge.
DAY 15: Trek Namche bazaar to Lukla - 06 hrs.
Last day walk of this adventure to Lukla, the path follows the Dudh Kosi passing Benkar, Tuc Tuc and Phakding villages, and then slowly reaching at Choplung where the trail from Jiri and Lukla joins.From here the last 50 minutes climb of this trip to Lukla, on reaching Lukla in the comfort of nice lodge and prepare for the last night dinner and party with fellow trekking guides, staff and porters.
DAY 16: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel with free afternoon.
Morning as per the flight schedule transfer to Lukla airport.Fly to kathmandu,transfer to hotel.
DAY 17: In Kathmandu optional tour and free day.
In Kathmandu free and spare day in case of flight delay at Lukla due to bad weather, which occurs sometimes in the high Himalayan region,a free day for own individual activities or inform the staff of local agent for more sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.
DAY 18: Departure
Our Staff will drop off you at the international airport.