Island Peak Climbing

Island peak climbing

 ‘adventure on world highest valley and mountains with awesome panorama’

Highlights:

“Adventure within high Khumbu valley to Everest base camp with climb of Island peak
Exploring high altitude Sherpa villages enriched with ancient culture of Buddhist religion
Walking into lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and junipers trees
Visiting old monasteries of great interest in the backdrop of giant snow capped peaks
Scenic and panoramic flight both ways from Kathmandu and Lukla with amazing views”

Trip Outlooks:

Trip Mode:                              Hotels and in Lodge basis during trek.
Trek Grade:                             Moderate and Adventurous.
Climbing Grade:                     PD + (French and Swiss Alpine Climbing classification)
Highest point:                         On top Island Peak 6,160 m and at Kalapathar 5,545 m on trek.
Trek & Climb Duration:        15 nights & 16 days (Lukla to Lukla)
Total Trip:                                19 nights & 20 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Activities:                                 Cultural tour - scenic flight with trek and climb.
Season:                                    All year round except June to August the wet months.

Introduction:

Awesome Nepal Treks presents fascinating, scenic and enjoyable high altitude adventure Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trekking, leading you with exciting moment within world highest mountains in the backdrop of Sherpa ‘High Landers of Himalayas’ immense culture and traditional villages interwoven with Buddhism religion.

Island Peak climb rewards you with alluring views from Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft) and Lho - La or Khumbutse peak (6,036 m - 19,992ft) Mt. Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft) Changtse ( 7,583 m / 25,230 ft) Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft)  Amadablam ( 6,812 m / 22,480 ft) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarserku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft) holy peak of Khumbi-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) and as far towards world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) with Island Peak / Imjatse (6,160 m / 20,328ft) Lobuje Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft) Pokhalde ( 5,806 m / 19,159 ft).

A great combination fully loaded adventure where the climb of Island Peak is undertaken after much acclimatization and practice with a visit of Everest base camp overlooking notorious Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers, and then a climb of scenic view point at Kalapathar with Everest at its closest. Adventure continues to our main goal and highlights for the climb of Island peak around beautiful Imjatse valley, Island peak also called Imjatse peak due its positions as it stands in the midst of scenic Imjatse valley surrounded by giant and towering peaks.

Island Peak Climb at 6,160 m and 20,328 ft high with grade PD +, taken from French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification the grade means a straight forward climb to the summit with some technical effort to encounter, where our expert guides will place on the top and bring you back safe and sound after an exciting and adventurous on top of Island peak. After a wonderful and glorious time on Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trekking a short early morning flight brings you back at Kathmandu with grand services of Awesome Nepal Treks and its guides and staff.

Guideline Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 07 hrs.

Day 05:Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m - 07 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 06 hrs.

Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 06 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m - 08 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Kalapathar 5,550m trek to Dingboche 4,400m - 08 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Chhukung 4,700 m - 03 hrs

Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m - 03 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to High Camp 5,400 m - 03 hrs.

Day 15: Climb to the Summit of Island Peak and back to Chhukung-4,700m - 11hrs.

Day 16: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Monjo 2,860m - 07 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Lukla - 06 hrs.

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 20: International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed  briefs with information regarding Island Peak Climb and Everest base camp trek and  evening group welcome dinner.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Island Peak Climb and Everest Base Camp Trekking next early morning.

(other options on tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area also known as Little Tibet)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Mornings, flight to Lukla with views of mountain range including Mt. Everest, after 30 mins of great flight reaching at Lukla with its unique airstrip a gateway Sherpa town to Everest base camp and other adventure destination.

From Lukla walk to Phakding village for overnight stop leading past Sherpa farm villages, a nice and pleasant walk with few short ups overlooking beautiful views along the walk to Phakding village located by Dudh Kosi a glacial River.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.

After breakfast , we commence our trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). The trail goes along the right bank of Dudh Koshi. Thamserku is standing majestically skyward on the opposite bank. We then reach Bengar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to Sagarmatha National Park Service where a park entrance fee is to be deposited. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other. Crossing over the Hillary bridge, trek begin steep ascent to Namche Bazar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazar (3440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods

Day 05:  Acclimatization and excursion at Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is at 3,440m,this level is consider threshold of altitude sickness. Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude.Go high and sleep low is the best way to acclimatize,best acclimatization hike for the day we recommend is to Everest view hotel,a perfect place for proper speed acclimatization before heading higher area, morning hike to Everest View Hotel which is about 2 hrs uphill walk,great spot for magnificent view of Mt Everest,Lhotse ,Amadablam and adjoining peaks of the Khumbu Himalayan panorama.

Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.

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. Afternoon with time for tour of the monastery, which was burnt by accidental fire in 1991 at present back into normal form, where you witness young monks and elderly priest and Lama on evening prayer.

Day 07: 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 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
Another rest day for proper acclimatization, a short hike to Nakarjung hills for best views of Mt. Makalu and other adjoining. For energetic people can walk up to Chukung at 4,760 m high a small and last settlement within Imjatse valley offers incredible views of Island Peak, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.

After a great rest at Dingboche morning walk with steep climb for an hour commanding excellent views, and then on gentle trail to Thugla for lunch where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river, here trail from Pheriche joins after a break a steep climb for an hour to Thulga pass, with stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other high mountains. From here a nice pleasant walk brings to Lobuche for overnight stop.

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m - 06 hrs.

Today reach the highlight of this adventure at Everest Base Camp, walk for few hours with short steep climb in between over glacier and moraine, reaching Gorakshep, beneath Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar.

Walk continues towards Everest Base Camp, at base camp enjoy the view of notorious Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after a grand time with experience of a lifetime adventure at base camp retrace the journey back to Goarkshep for overnight halt.

Day 11: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m and trek to Chhukung 4, 730 m - 06 hrs.
Early morning a steep climb to the top of Kalapathar for the fantastic panorama of surrounding giant peaks including Mt. Everest at close distance, this will be the highest point on trekking at 5,545 m / 18,192 ft.  After a fantastic time with super views downhill to Gorakshep and continue trek to reach Imjatse valley towards Dingboche and further to Chhukung for overnight stop.

Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m - 04 hrs.  
From Chhukung walk on Imjatse valley to Parsya Gyab at Island Peak Base Camp, which leads to a steep climb over moraine of rocks and Lhotse glacier, follows a glacial streams to the snout of Imjatse glacier and then crossing a dry lake between Lhotse and Imjatse glaciers to reach at base camp around a small place at Pareshaya Gyab, afternoon free for practice climb and short hike.

Day 13: Climb to High Camp 5,400m - 03 hrs.
From base camp, climb leads further to set up High Camp to make the climb to the summit more approachable, normally climbers make it from base camp to the summit but it is always safe and best to add more camp, morning on leaving base camp to high camp of Island Peak leading over moraines and then scrambling up on open gully leading in between two well defined ridges and to high camp below a small hanging glacier at 5, 280m, afternoon with last and final preparations for the big climb next day.

Day 14: Climb Island Peak 6,189m and return to base camp - 06 hrs.
A Grand day of this awesome adventure! After full preparations start before dawn climb across broad open gully, following snow-covered glacier, avoiding serac and crevasses climbing northwards over snow covered scree in the margin between a glacier of the top ridge.Climb leads to cross a gully with some stone and icefall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads upwards for nearly 100 meters (300ft) to the summit, on reaching top fulfilling adventure of a lifetime experience with success with unmatched views of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Amadablam 6,856 m, Mt. Makalu 8, 463 m, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks ,after an exciting and tough climb descend on the same route towards base camp.

Day 15: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05 hrs.
After a successful climb of Island peak, return journey to Lukla as the morning walk leads with few uphill’s over dry moraine, then reaching at Chhukung with striking views of snowcapped mountains, after short rest continue walk to our overnight stop at Dingboche in the comfort of nice cozy lodge with great views.

Day 16: Trek to Thyangboche - 05 hrs.

Return journey is much easier losing heights every hours, walking downhill with few short ups to Pangboche and then to the bridge with two 2 hours climb to Thyangboche for overnight stop.
Day 17: 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 18: 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 15: 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 19: 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 20: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal in the land of Himalayan wonders, after wonderful experience and fond memories of Island Peak Climb and Everest Base Camp trekking, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.

 

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Inclusions

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
  • Two nights Standard hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at one of the typical Nepalese local restaurant
  • Required private transport at Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight, airport taxes and transfer
  • 16 nights/ 17 Days Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek (3 Days on climbing excursion with tented camp), full board of meals and accommodations.
  • Everest National Park Permit/ trekking & TIMS Card
  • Island Peak Special Climbing Permit
  • Necessary group climbing gears
  • One Climbing guide for climbing section & One Trek Leader for trekking Section , both leaders are English speaking, first aid trained, Climbing leader is trained & licensed from Nepal Mountaineering Association- Rock climbing and mountaineering trained), the cost of camping and trekkers crew/ insurance/s
  • Medical kit bag
  • All necessary Gov. Taxes and service charges

Exclusions

  • Nepal Visa fees, intl. airfare in/out Nepal
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu except welcome dinner
  • Personal Climbing equipment (Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, Zoomer, Descender, Carbines & climbing boots etc.)
  • Travel and rescue Insurance
  • Personal nature expenses- phone calls, laundry, hot shower, bar bills, cold beverages etc.
  • Personal tipping
  • Cost of any extending trips

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