ISLAND PEAK (IMJA TSE)
Duration:16 Days Country: Nepal Max. Altitude: 6.189 mt.
Accommodations: Hotel / Lodge / Tent Price: $00 REQUEST PRICE
Grade: Demanding Activity: Trekking / Peak Climbing
ISLAND PEAK CLIMBING
Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse 6,189m/20,305ft which is located in Sagarmatha National Park (EVEREST REGION), eastern part of Nepal. From Dingbuche as it seems like an island surrounded by a sea of ice, it is so called Island Peak. Island peak was first climbed in 1953 by a British expedition group that included Tenzing Norgay who along with Edmund Hillary became the first ever to climb Mount Everest.
Our expedition begins from Kathmandu then take a flight to Lukla. From Lukla, we trek to Phakding then to Namche Bazaar. We take an acclimatization rest day in Namche and trek further on to Tengboche then to Dingboche and eventually we reach to Chukkung. On the 9th day of the expedition, we summit the Island Peak. We can have a glorious views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse and Lhotse along with a gorgeous spread of the Khumbu Himalaya from the top of Island Peak. Furthermore 16 Days Everest Base Camp Trek offers wonderful high mountain views and chance to experience local Sherpa culture, a world famous mountain climbers. We trek inside Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site. Our professional Sherpa guide will lead you to the base camp of the Mount Everest. Of course we do not miss climbing Kalapathhar to admire the panoramic views of Mount Everest and other surrounding great Himalayas. Any one in good health condition with average physical fitness can easily join this adventure. The itinerary is carefully designed in order to ensure full acclimatisation.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350m
Land to Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport and after you will be transferred to the hotel by our team. There will be welcome dinner together with all team. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Trek to Phakding via Lukla (KTM-LUK flight) 2,800m, 3-4 hours
We take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We meet the rest of our team in Lukla and start trekking from there. We walk on a trail that gradually descends to Cheplung village from where we get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From here, we gradually descend until Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,438m, 5-6 hours
Today we walk through a pine forest, along side Dudh Koshi river then we enter to Everest National Park. Eventually we ascend on a steep trekking route and reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar 3,438m
Today is acclimatization day so quietly we visit Namche Bazaar, biggest Sherpa town of Khumbu region. We may hike-up to Everest View Point to see Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche 3,870m, 5-6 hours
Today we have easy trekking trail until Phunki Tenga. After that we ascend towards Tengboche. Tengboche monastery is the biggest monastery of the Everest region. If we reach there on time we may visit inside the monastery. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche 4,360m, 5-6 hours
We make our way through lush forests of birch, confer and rhododendron trees. While trekking we can admire beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. We cross the Imja River to reach Pangboche. We have a lunch at Samare then after short ascend we reach to Dingboche.
Day 07: Trek to Chhukung 4,730m, 3-4 hours
The trek to Chhukung is relatively easier and shorter compared to previous days. The trail is fairly flat with steady inclines at times.
Day 08: Trek to Island Peak Base camp 5, 240m, 3-4 hours
We head to Island Base Camp today. It is a fairly steep trail to the base camp but compared to earlier days it is not much of a challenging trail. Initially, we start by climbing south and then turn east towards Imja Valley. Along the way, we are greeted by the magnificent Ama Dablam. The trail then continues through the moraines from Lhotse Glacier and Imja Glacier. Here onwards it is a pleasant trail to Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 09: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit (6,189m) and return to Chhukung, 10-12 hours
Early breakfast at around 2 am after which we get all the necessary gear for the summit and head out. It is essential that you stay alert at all times and follow the instructions given by the guide. You will get the best views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse and Lhotse among other mountains from the summit. After we descend to the base camp and then Chukkhung eventually.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,940m via Khongma La 5,550m 7-8 hours
We trek toward Khongma La, following major part of the trail quite steep. After short rest on top we descend to the steep path and pass through Khumbu Glacier before reaching Labuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,164m (Everest Base Camp 5,364m) 6-7 hours
We trek to Gorak Shep and If the weather is clear first we climb to Kala Patthar to enjoy the sunset. The view from the top is outstanding. Only next day we do the Everest Base Camp. Today we can enjoy amazing views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,438m, 6-7 hours
Today we descend down to Namche Bazaar, we pass through Laboche, Dhuglha, Pheruch and Panboche village. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla 2,800m, 6-7 hours
We walk through several suspension bridges, Sherpa’s villages, pass by several monasteries while descending to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu 1,350m
We take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. After we can take a rest in Kathmandu or do some personal shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Extra day in Kathmandu
We usually have one extra day in Kathmandu in case of flight cancellation of Lukla. However we still have to visit some remaining UNESCO sites of Kathmandu; Patan Durbar Square and Baktapur Durbar Square. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Final departure from Kathmandu to your home
As your adventure comes to conclude today. Our team drop us off at the Tribhuvan International Airport, usually 2-3 hours before the scheduled flight.
All means of transport within Nepal (flight, car, jeep)
2/3 nights in a hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast and accommodation in a shared double room
1 typical dinner or lunch with folklore show in Kathmandu
During the trek with full board, drinks included and accommodation in a shared double room
Entrance fees to monuments and national parks
Guided tours with English speaking guide
Rental of equipment, food, accommodation, insurance for guides and porters during the trek.
Porter service during the trek
Entry visa issued on arrival
Travel insurance, lunch and dinner in the city
Tips and anything not expressly mentioned in "The fee includes"