Island peak Expedition
As a matter of fact, Himalayan peaks have undoubtedly drawn adventurers, climbers and cultural enthusiast for many decades. Among all the popular trekking peaks in Nepal, Island peak is the most popular as it is suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers. Explicitly this Island peak ascension offers exhilarating mounting expertise beyond merely trekking in Nepal. By climbing the Island peak, you will stand on a summit of the wonderful mountain at 6189 meters. Standing on prime of Island peak treasure a similar memorable sense of accomplishment as you'd on the top of mt. Everest. Normally, the Island peak Expedition isn't technically difficult however, it is physically difficult.
The mountain was named “Island Peak” due to its striking location in 1952 AD by Eric Shipton’s group. As a matter of fact, island peak lies in the middle of the Chhukung valley. Later in 1983, Island peak was renamed as Imja Tse peak. Island peak climbing is popular as Imja Tse trek or Island peak expedition. The island peak is situated in Sagarmatha National Park. Island peak expedition in the Khumbu region offers the best view of Mountains including the Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Nuptse 7,855m, Lhotse 8,516m, Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse 7720m, and Mt. Ama Dablam 6856m in the south, adding more charm for climbing Island Peak. Island peak expedition is often the first step for most of the climbers before any summit attempt of giant peaks in the Himalayas.
Day by Day Trip Plan
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
After arriving in Kathmandu, our airport representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or Pay a visit to our office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by our agency. For dinner, you'll be served authentic Nepalese cookery which can introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today just after your breakfast is over, you’ll begin a guided tour to many of the most historical and religious attractions around Kathmandu valley, which also are listed as United Nations World Heritage sites. You’ll visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, you’ll get your equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss Island peak expedition details at our office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (35 minutes flight) and trek to Phakding (approx. 4 hours)
After a brief morning flight to Lukla, you’ll be introduced to your guide and porter. Then from Lukla continue your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), where we will be staying for the night to acclimatize. Enjoy your free time in Phakding, a well-liked stopping point.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 6 Hours approx.
Today you’ll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. After that, your trail firstly takes you over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away.
Soon after that, you’ll approach the entrance point to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check. Further, you’ll descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. you’ll have your lunch here, and then it’s uphill to Namche.your path on the riverside is flanked by two crossings, one among that is the Hillary suspension bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to your resting place, but you’ll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.
DAY 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest And Acclimatization day
At this point, you’ll take a well-deserved break! Today you will spend your day resting and allowing your bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. In addition to that, there’s an optional two-hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for a summary of the Sherpa culture and history of mountain climbing. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open at the locals’ marketplace. It is a part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub crammed with all manner of trekking and mountain climbing vesture and instrumentality.
DAY 06: Namche Bazaar To Tengboche (approx. 6 hours)
On the sixth day, breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels you up for another day of trekking towards Island Peak expedition. Breathtaking views of the Himalayas - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde - are some of the highlights not be missed. A short drop takes you to the riverside, then it’s across the river upwards through the forest pass. Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground finally leading you to your destination, Tengboche. Additionally, Tengboche is also one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views, which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. you’ll stop in on the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the largest in Khumbu. You can nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery. Likewise, you can relish by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks.
DAY 07: Tengboche To Dingboche (approx. 6 hours trek)
Your trek today starts off with a hike through the rhododendron forest to Deboche. Right after that trail passes by a bridge over the raging Imja Khola River. You’ll then pass the valley wall and further traverse the plains to Pangboche village, the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. You’ll get to relish a great opportunity to observe a typical Sherpa village and have lunch with the locals. You can have a brief hike to the Pangboche monastery, one of the oldest in the area. your afternoon trek will be a difficult one, as the landscape gives way to dry, deserted mountains and you’ll hike towards Dingboche.
Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m): approx. 4 hours
Dingboche is a summer settlement surrounded by great peaks of Ama Dablam, the ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse, Tawache and Chalotse. You’ll begin today’s trek to Chhukung by hiking through stone-walled fields, Imja Khola valley. You’ll then walk through glacier moraines. On your walk, you’ll be surrounded by Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. Later, beyond Bibre village you’ll see Island Peak soaring above. The path ahead is intersected by icy streams. Finally, you’ll reach Chhukung, a small settlement in about half an hour from Bibre. From there, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. Overnight in Chhukung.
Day 08: Acclimatization: Hike up to Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and back to Chhukung: approx. 4 hours
Today you’ll climb Chhukung Ri which will help your body adjust to the high elevations and cold weather. Chhukung Ri is a peak directly above the Chhukung village. The Hike up to Chhukung Ri involves some simple scrambling near the top. From the top, you can have a view directly across the valley for an amazing sight of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks. Finally, you’ll descend back to Chhukung to spend the night.
Day 09: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m): approx. 4 hours
Today’s hike to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, you’ll climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. You’ll then hike on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, you’ll continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The path on the southeast is the path to the Amphu Lapcha. Finally, You’ll follow the crisscross route through the Imja Khola. Later, the path through Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the southwest side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 10: a day for Pre-Climb training in base camp
You’ll start your pre-climb training today after breakfast. Our expedition experts on peak ascent techniques and the accurate ways of using ascent gear such as the piolet, climbing boots, crampons, harness, ascender, etc. Likewise, you’ll be trained for using ropes for climbing both up and down. The training will enhance your confidence and climbing skills, thus increasing your chance of a successful summit of the mountain. Usually, you’ll be climbing on rock surface for up to around 5770m. After that, You’ll climb on ice and use ropes when necessary. However, the utilization of the rope and therefore the length depends upon the season and the crevasses. You can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back or you can take rest for the next day’s climb. Overnight at the base camp.
Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m) and back to base camp approx. 12 hours
Today you’ll wake up early around 12 to 1 am and have your breakfast before beginning your expedition. It is important to leave early to reach the summit before noon. In the afternoon the strong winds always cause the barrier for a successful summit. The path moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the trail shortly turns to grass before turning into boulder strewn. As you climb up the hill, you’ll see that the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. Then you’ll climb the rock gully. This is not tough, however, there are many short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the proper aspect of the valley. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. The guides will fix a rope when required. A steep snow slope will lead you onto the summit ridge. Both mounted rope and man rope are going to be used throughout the climb for safety. You’ll use fix rope after successful ascension on the rock. Normally, the length of the rope is 350 meters. However, the length depends on the time of the season and also the crevasses. There are two new shaped crevasses that are roughly three and four meters long. you’ll be using ladders to cross them. After enjoying the summit views, and taking photos, you’ll descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp. You’ll celebrate on your successful Island Peak climb.
Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m) approx. 6 hours
Today’s hike will be easier as you’ll descend down to the lower elevations. Following the same path back via the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, you’ll then pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare. You can also take an alternate trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, one of the oldest Gompa in the Khumbu region or take the regular path to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse River. Overnight in Pangboche.
Day 13: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: Approx. 5 hours
From Pangboche, you’ll retrace back down to the Imja Khola and ascend up through the forest to Tengboche. Then you’ll have your lunch at Tengboche. Further, you’ll continue through the hillside along the woods with rhododendron and juniper trees. Then, you’ll cross the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, you’ll then follow the path along the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine woods before reaching Sansa. Finally, After passing a chorten, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
DAY 14: Namche To Phakding And then to Lulka(approx. 7 hours trek)
After breakfast, you’ll hike toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Your arrival in Lukla brings an evening in your last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to nice cooperation and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which may be bittersweet.
DAY 15: Lukla To Kathmandu (35 minutes flight)
In the 14th day morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll be transferred to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one among the most effective Nepalese restaurants in the city, where we’ll be desperate to hear your feedback on the trip.
Day 16: Final departure
Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan international airport from your hotel and you’ll be leaving Nepal with all the beautiful memories.