Island Peak is 6187 metres high and one of the most popular and busy trekking peak in Nepal, also known as Imja Tse, lies in the Khumbu Himalayan range. Climbing this peak gives the best satisfaction every amateur and serious climber can dream of. If you are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen your experience towards the peak climbing expedition beyond simply trekking in Nepal, this is the mountain for you.
We head for Island Peak Climbing after the essential climbing practice course which is briefed and instructed by our Climbing Sherpa on various aspects of climbing techniques. Your historical effort to summit the peak will be rewarded with probably one of the best panoramic views in the world as you feel Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Makalu are almost touching the tip of your nose. Descending with a sense of achievement, our route takes us into many cultural sites, such as Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village, Tangboche, famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monasteries and Khumjung with Hillary school inside the clouds and mysterious Yeti scalp.
Sector: Everest region
Route : Island peak trek.
Duration: 17 days
Maximum Altitude : 6187m
Best Season: March-December
Group Size: 2
Trek Start/End: LUKLA / LUKLA
Trekking Hours: 5-7 per day
Note: The above itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday at your request to accommodate of specific requirements.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters). Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu and will be displaying with DOLPA ADVENTURE TREKS AND TOURS signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel . Overnight in Kathmandu.|
|Day 2||Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley : Optional In the morning of after breakfast at around 8 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour in Nepal. After the meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. Sightseeing places will be : Pashupatinath, Boudhnath, Swoyambhunath stupa and Kathmandu durbar square. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The rest of your time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.|
|Day 3||Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding. An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804m). Upon arrival at the airport, a guide will meet us and introduce the porters before we begin the three hour trek to Phakding (2610m). After landing there will be time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load the trekking equipment. We then begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), Phakding is just a short walk. Overnight at Phakding|
|Day 4||Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar. We begin the five hour trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche (3441m) is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at Namche.|
|Day 5||Namche Bazaar acclimatization day. A day will be spent in Namche in order to adjust to the high altitude. We’ll go on a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point can be seen rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at Namche.|
|Day 6||Namche trek to Tengboche Monastery. The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi, with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today. After five hours we’ll reach Tengboche, where the local monastery can be seen. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a twenty foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony in either the evening or morning, depending on how the day’s trekking progressed. Overnight at Tengboche.|
|Day 7||Tengboche trek to Dingboche. From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues for six hours, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We’ll set a leisurely pace to adjust to the altitude (4350m). Overnight at Dingboche.|
|Day 8||Dingboche trek to Chhukung. From here we have four hours of walking to Chhukung (4710m), as it is very important to adjust to the high altitude in order to climb Island Peak. Our guide will give provide important information about climbing Island Peak and the next day’s activities. Overnight at Chhukung.|
|Day 9||Chhukung trek to Island Peak base camp. Today is another short trek of four hours to the Island Peak base camp (about 5450 m). Beginning today, accommodations will be tented camps for the next two days, with food prepared by our professional chef. Overnight at Base Camp.|
|Day 10||Acclimatization day. We will spend a day here in adjusting to the thinning of the air. We’ll also make a short trek around the base camp to prepare us for the 6000 meter adventure tomorrow morning. Overnight at Base Camp.|
|Day 11||Summit to Island Peak (6187 m) & return to Chhukung (4750 m)- 9 to 12 hrs. Today is our main adventure day. Weather permitting, we’ll start early in the morning for the climb up Island Peak (6187m). After Camp 1, we ascend through a gully and traverse to the right. After making our way up a wide stone field, we cross the ridge to the glacier and crevasses. After a safe trip to the top, we make our way back down the same day back and return to Chhukung. Overnight at Chhukung.|
|Day 12||Chhukung trek to Tengboche. Today we follow the same route back down to Tengboche (3860m). Passing through Dingboche, Pangboche and Diboche, the day’s trek will take six hours. Overnight at Tengboche.|
|Day 13||Tengboche trek to Namche Bazaar. Leaving the mountains behind, our descent takes us from Tengboche Monastery to the town of Namche Bazaar (3441m). We arrive back at Namche Bazaar in the afternoon, a five hour walk. We’ll enjoy an evening of talking with follow trekkers over a nice meal. Overnight at Namche.|
|Day 14||Namche trek to Lukla. Finally we make the five hour return to Lukla (2804m), where the trek began. We’ll take time to reflect on the trek as a group, and on the personal achievements of all who took part. Overnight at Lukla.|
|Day 15||Flight back to Kathmandu. On the scenic thirty-five minute flight back to Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a last glimpse of the mountains you have recently climbed. O/N in Kathmandu|
|Day 16||Free day in Kathmandu. Today, Pax have their own free time in Kathmandu for their final shopping and packing. O/N in Kathmandu|
|Day 17||Departure to final destination. Morning time is free in Kathmandu and afternoon will transfer to airport for the final destination.|