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Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak climbing takes you into the heart of the Khumbu, Gokyo (4750m) and Everest Base Camp (5357m). An ascent of Gokyo Ri (5357m) and Kala Pattar (5545m), is good acclimatization and gives you magnificent close-up views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and more. You will cross the little use Chola pass (5420m) and Kongma La Pass (5535m); ascend one of the popular peak of the Everest region.The name Island Peak was given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shiptons party who were on their way to explore the Barun Gorge.

The mountain itself is really an extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar and is separated from it by a small col. Above this gap, rising to the south, is a classically beautiful ridge leading to the summit of Imja Tse. The continuation of this ridge, descending south-west, provides part of the normal route of ascent and leads in turn to the South Summit, seen capping the rocky west facet of the mountain when viewed from near Chhukhung. As well as providing an enjoyable climb the peak also provides some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu. If the peak can be likened to an island in a glacial sea, then the mainland forms a semicircle of cliffs that rise in the north to the rugged summits of Nuptse (7879m) Lhotse (8501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8410m), as yet still unclimbed and Lhotse Shar (8383m). To the east, rising above the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier, is Cho Polu (6734m) beyond which can be seen the red granite mass of Makalu (8475m). To the south of the Imja Glacier the icy fluting of Baruntse (7720m) and the Amphu peaks lead the eye to the lofty pinnacle of Ama Dablam (6.856m). Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. The combination of Everest base camp trek and Island Peak Climbing is probably the most popular and adored trip in Nepal. From Dingboche, the mountain can be seen as an island in a sea of ice. Imja Tse Peak not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of the Himalayas in the Everest region.

Island Peak Climbing / 22 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2652m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche (3867m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4200m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Pheriche.

Day 09: Pheriche to Lobuche (4928m) 4-5.

Day 10: Trek to EBC (5316m) and back to Gorakshep (4316m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 11: Kalapathar (5550m) hike and stroll back to Dingboche (4358m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 12: Dingboche to Chhukung valley (4730m) 3-4 hrs.

Day 13: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5600m) 3-4 hrs

Day 15: High camp to summit (6189m) to Chhukung, 8-9 hrs.

Day 16: Reserve day for unforeseen condition.

Day 17: Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 18: Tyangboche to Namche (3440m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 19: Namche to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu 30 min.

Day 21: Leisure at Kathmandu.

Day 22: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).

Island Peak Climbing / 22 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Normally, you need to be trained for rock climbing a day course before start your trek, so you will be taken to a natural rock climbing spot Balaju which is 3 Km drive from Thamel. We will offer excellent opportunities to learn how to use climbing equipments like; rope, harness, Ice axe, crampons although maintain your physically fitness. Alternatively we will start half day sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Place in Kathmandu. Some of this place is considered the World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After come back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek guide and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss about any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping of needed equipments and other necessaries. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2652m) 4-5 hrs.
Early morning you'll be transferred to domestic airport to fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). It takes 35 minutes scenic flight to Lukla airport (2,800m/9,184ft) and you will have tea break, while the guide sort out and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. Guide will manage the lunch place depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla. The trek starts with most scenic view of Numbur Himal & Phari. We further on to Phakding passing some Sherpa farm villages. We follow the trail to Dudhkoshi River with gradual with few ups from Thado Koshi, where you can have a lunch with superb view of Kusum-Kangaru (6369m) crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 1 ½ hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop at lodge after 3-4 hrs walk and reminder stroll around the village for local knowledge. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs.
The trek start in the morning and after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again with magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) from the Benkar village. Trek continuing crossing the bridges and reaches at Monjo where is entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park, where your trekking permit checked and keeps the record of all trekkers going to and from this place including the local trekking staff as well. When enter the National park boundary we descend and a gradual walk brings us to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge Jorsalle village is reached, the last village till Namche Bazaar, from here the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imja Tse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak and it other sister peaks towards east with Kusum Kangaru on the back as you climb higher, view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache peak can be seen from some part on the way to Namche. Finally we reach at colorful houses called Namche Bazaar main gate of Khumbu region after 5-6 hrs walk. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
You may have full day leisure today for the acclimatization or stroll around the market, if Saturday can be seen many people in Saturday market for shopping to fulfill their daily needs and only one shopping market in the surrounding areas. Also you can visit Sherpa Museum as well a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering or visit up to the luxury Everest view hotel & Syangboche airstrip and stroll back to hotel for overnight. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche (3867m) 5-6 hrs.
After stroll around the Namche, today we refreshed and fairly easy to walk further on. Our walk follows on the gradual path up to Sanasa with overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak. We descend to Imja Tse River at Phungithanga, a small settlement with couple of tea houses. The trail leads uphill through the forested path of silver fir, blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees get to Tyangboche after total 5-6 hrs walk. This is one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery or Gumba, then the large field with campsites and tea houses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam, Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east and more peaks all around you. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4200m) 4-5 hrs.
Today start our trek with pleasant walk and descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and coming to lovely spot at Deboche 3,650 m with magnificent view of mountains and past the long prayer Mani wall, the path is gradual up to the Pangboche village, from here onwards the lush vegetation and tree lines vanishes we enter the right valley of Pheriche for the overnight. It takes 4-5 hrs walk and during the walk may get a wind and better to start early. Pheriche has Himalayan Rescue Association and can visit their anyway after 3 pm. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Pheriche.
Today we rest for acclimatization at Pheriche valley, you may have full day rest or there are some places where can go for a day walk like for the good acclimatization as hike up hill and return back to Pheriche. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 09: Pheriche to Lobuche (4928m) 4-5hrs.
Today the trail diverts towards north, the path is gradual for about an hour as you come to bottom of hill where from we start to climb. After a pleasant walk through the ridge will reach at Thukla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers monuments, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 10: Trek to EBC (5316m) and back to Gorakshep (4316m) 5-6 hrs.
This early morning we head towards the Gorekshep valley and check in to hotel. After the breakfast at Gorekshep we ready for our adventure to the targeted destination and we continues our trek towards the Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively with commotion during the high expedition season. It takes 2-3 hrs to get to base camp and after a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorekshep. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 11: Kalapathar (5550m) hike and stroll back to Dingboche (4358m) 6-7 hrs.
Early morning our journey continue steep climb to the top after 2 hour walk on our pace. After reaching the top, you will feel beaming as you achieve the moment that you been dreaming, since the beginning of the journey. Top of Kalapathar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks amazing, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you feel it's worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world, and can be seen to the south Khumbu glacier sweeps below you, and you can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier and lot of picturesque scenery. Stroll back to Gorekshep and re-track to Dingboche.  (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 12: Dingboche to Chhukung valley (4730m) 3-4 hrs.
Today, we have a very short day walk and after breakfast we head further eastern side to 3-4 hrs gentle up hill will reach at Chhukung, which is a hidden valley near the base of Island peak. We'll have full day rest at the Chhukung and last place to prepare the camping and check up climbing gear. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 13: Chhukung - Island Peak Base Camp (5200m) 4-5 hrs.
Today, we heads further on to our journey with steep way climbing southern part then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Continue short pleasant walking along a stream side leads to what we call Big -rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. We'll reach at Island peak base camp after 4-5 hrs walk. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5600m) 3-4 hrs.
After breakfast and packed camping stuff, we'll head on to the High camp from where we start our climb. Firstly the path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel nearby where we'll, (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 15: High camp to summit (6189m) to Chhukung, 8-9 hrs.
Today, day of our destination and as start our climb early morning through the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridge line, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m/330ft snow and ice slope (40-45º) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. You can enjoy with success and brave to get a summit and after some picture taking of scenic view will descend all the way to Chhukung. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 16: Reserve day for unforeseen condition.
This day we most kept for the reserve day for the unforeseen condition as weather problem or weakness then you can take this day as your reserve day and if earlier back then you can take the rest somewhere else around. (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 17: Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867m) 5-6 hrs.
The walk today will be easy heading downhill to a lower elevation from Chhukung the walk is pleasant and all the way to Tyangboche. After the Dingboche valley and getting down to bridge our route descends following the stream towards Pangboche village, and further down to Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery or Gumba, then the large field with campsites and tea houses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam, Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east and more peaks all around you. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 18: Tyangboche to Namche (3440m) 6-7 hrs.
Trek down to Phungithanka a small settlement with couple of tea houses. The trail leads downhill through the forested path of silver fir, blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees and with a great memories and after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river trek onwards to the Sanasa and re track to Namche Bazaar. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 19: Namche to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hrs.
After a long walk today we'll have long and last day trek back to Lukla, Firstly we descend the long way before cross the bridge and further walk to Monju and ten Phakding for lunch. We trek back with enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. Arrival in Lukla and you'll have time to stroll around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member.  (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu 30 min.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. Anyway we will fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer to hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 21: Leisure at Kathmandu.
Today is your leisure day, if interested you could buy some gifts from Nepal for your friends and relatives, you will visit some nearby shops or venture at Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If enthralled to explore some other areas of Kathmandu you could take some more time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at traditional Nepalese restaurant with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of the Island Peak Climbing! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 22: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).
Today is last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.

(Useful Info:- Please note that often the Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to bad weather conditions. Such conditions may happen even in the best seasons. Therefore, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We do our extreme to avoid such delays, and fix you on next flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays / cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organize Heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. In case, the flight delay / cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla)

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
  • 4 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in 2 bed room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • "Farewell dinner" before a day your departure from Nepal.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), Climbing Leader, assistant Climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Necessary group climbing gear & equipments
  • Down jacket, for seasonal sleeping bag, Mountain Guide treks & Expedition kit bag/duffel bag,  trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipments & clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters

Note:- Cost includes and exclude section may give you better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.

The following is a list of equipments, clothing and accessories that we recommend for Island Peak Climbing in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we are feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for equipments and clothing which may be equally as suitable.

Head

  • Light or warm fleece hat.
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Sun hat and scrap
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (4)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and / or jacket (optional)
  • Body lotion / Anti-sunlight cream

Hands

  • Playing cards
  • Lightweight gloves (water / wind proof)
  • Trail map and guide book
  • Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (4)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4-pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4-pairs)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and / or sandals)

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent and all necessary camping equipments
  • Money belt
  • Head touch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional Items

  • Swiss Knife
  • Playing cards / backgammon / chess set
  • Trekking map
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen
  • Photos of home / family
  • Energy / protein bars (optional)
  • Walkman

Mountaineering Kit

  • Plastic or leather mountaineering climbing boot (one Pair)
  • Crampons (one pairs each)
  • Ice Axe (one each)
  • Harness (one each)
  • Carabineer / Three (2 screw gate, 1 plain)
  • Rope (50-60m)
  • Prussic Loops (3 meters)
  • Helmet (one each)
  • Snow Gaiter (one pairs each)
  • Jumer / Ascender (one each)
  • Gear tape Seattle
  • Figure 8 / Decender (one each)

Note: If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

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