Island Peak (6189m) is also known as Imja Tse, which is situated in the Everest region on the top of Chukung Glacier between the Ama Dablam and Lhotse Himalayan range. It is gorgeous and comparatively less challenging NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) authorized trekking peak. Island Peak is the name given by Eric Shipton, a Mountaineer by being impressed with the range of ice and beautiful location. This peak was first climbed by the British climbing team in 1953 A.D, before ascending to the top of the world- Mt. Everest. Island Peak Climbing is an adventurous journey and suitable for the climbing practices.
Although the climbing to Island Peak has been illustrated as a less technical climbing, it is challenging enough for the Peak climbing experiences in the Everest region. It needs the climbing equipments of mountaineering as boots with crampons on, climbing ropes, ice axe, harness, carabineers, Descender device and others. Trip to the Island Peak climbing is combined with the world famous Everest Base Camp Trekking. It is also helpful to acclimatize the climbers for the successful climb. Flying to Lukla from Kathmandu, it crosses Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep, Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar and heads to Chhukung for the Island Peak Climb. Our expert peak climbing guide assists you to ascend the Island peak with proper information. The views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and other peaks are stunning and incredible. The trip descends all the way to Lukla and flies to Kathmandu.
Vertex Holiday suggests you to have some more spare days, which is useful in case the climate will not be favorable. We provide you the information about the technicality and the need of practice to have a successful summit. We offer all the required basic climbing materials and hygiene meal for the climbers. Please, contact us for more information.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. As you arrive Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, we give you short briefing and orientation by out trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with a dinner with Nepali cultural program. Overnight at hotel.
After the breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, those include UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and mediaeval arts and architectures. There are Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. Overnight at hotel.
Having breakfast, drive to the domestic airport of Kathmandu and fly to Lukla enjoying the picturesque Everest region Himalayas. Landing at Lukla, you meet rest of the crew who accompany us during the trekking. Then the trek starts smoothly through the easy trail and you can see the tiny settlements along with their potatoes fields. Crossing the steel bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach to Phakding. Overnight at lodge.
After the delicious breakfast, we begin our trek, which is ascending high. Crossing bridges, we reach to the entry gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsalle. Now the trail is steep high. The charming view of Everest can be seen for the first time of the trek. We walk continually till we reach to the horse-shoe shaped Namche Bazaar, which is one of the busiest settlements in the Everest region. Overnight at lodge
Today is an acclimatization and exploration day. To avoid the mountain sickness, it is necessary when we walk over 2700 meters. So, we go on exploring this amazing town along with its neighboring parts as Khumjung and Everest view hotel. There are almost all the facilities and markets of all the goods. Basic facilities are available as health post/hospital, school, trade centers and others. Hillary school is located there. The exploration hiking is also wonderful to understand the Sherpa culture and traditions, spirituality and hospitality. Back to lodge and rest. Overnight at hotel.
Beginning the trek from Namche Bazaar, we head towards the Tengbuche monastery, following the River and walking through the oak, rhododendron and birch forest. You have a chance to see the wild animals as wild goat, blue sheep and others. The dazzling Himalayan views accompany us throughout the trail. We have a lunch at Phunki Tenga, which lies beside the River. Gradually, we walk to Tenbuche and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Mornings are normally chilling in the mountainous region. Having a warm breakfast, we begin our trek from Tengbuche. The morning bells can be heard. Lamas and monks perform their rituals in the morning. The monastery is perhaps the highly located monastery in Nepal. On the lunch stop of Pangboche, we can again visit the oldest monastery of Everest. It takes a couple of hours to reach Dingbuche from here. The views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kwangde, Thamserku and others are brilliant. Reach to Pheriche and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Having breakfast, we move out through the rocky trail. With a breakfast, we begin to climb up to Lobuche. First we pass Phalang Karpa and reach to Dugla, which is our lunch point today. There is a memorial place of the climbers who pass away during Everest expedition. Up to reaching Dugla, we can feel if we have some symptoms of altitude sickness. If you feel that, we do not move higher. If not, we walk again and reach to Lobuche for the stop. Overnight at lodge.
We are very near to the Everest base camp. For the lunch, we reach to Gorakshep, where we also put our baggage. Carrying a day pack, we begin to ascend to the Everest base camp through the rocky trail that is prevailed with moraines. At the climbing seasons, Everest base camp remains full of tents, where climbers stay and do climbing practices. Taking sufficient snaps, we descend to Gorakshep and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Getting up early, we hike up to Kalapatthar. For the breathtaking sunrise view over the snowy peaks, Kalapatthar is the best view point. Also the awesome panoramas of Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Cho Oyu can be seen. Then we trek down to Gorakshep, have breakfast/lunch and trek down to Lobuche. It’s a long walk, but superb excursion. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, we descend all the way to Dingbuche. Then we catch the trail that leads us to Chhukung. The trail is easy but the high altitude may cause the walk becoming slower. There are few Sherpa houses in Chhukung village and it is surrounded by the potatoes fields. It is a summer settlement of them. After this long walk, we take a rest there. Overnight at lodge.
After the breakfast, we begin to ascend to the Island peak through the rocky trail, but it is wide. The trail is zig zag to trek down to the moraine of the Lhotse glacier. Then we follow the Imja Khola, those emerges at the Island peak and walk continually to the base camp. Overnight at the tented camp.
For any peak climbing, you need to know the technicality of the peak. Which way to follow and what equipments mostly used in the trip. Our professional guide gives you a briefing about it and also takes you to the climbing spot. Having a pre-climbing session, it builds a confidence on you and knows the peak structure surficially. Pre-climbing practice is also highly beneficial for the physical fitness and acclimatization. Overnight at tented camp.
It is the day of summiting the Island peak. With great enthusiasm, we begin the trip with an early breakfast. Though Island peak is not highly technical, some parts of its boulder are steep and slippery. Finding the ridgeline and following the fixed rope, we reach to the peak point of Island peak. The outstanding panoramas of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and other peaks can be explored from the closer point of view. Then we retrace to the base camp through the same route. Celebrate the succession of Island peak climbing with your crews. Overnight at tented camp.
After breakfast, we trek to Dingbuche and walk down to Pangboche. After exploring the Tengbuche monastery, we reach to Pangboche monastery, which is the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region that reflects the cultural loadedness in the locality. It is surrounded by the snowy white peaks on the near horizon. Overnight at lodge.
We follow the route that goes through the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. The trek is wonderful with the views of some Khumbu peaks that are familiar to us. Passing Tengbuche, we reach to the Namche Bazaar. If you prefer, we can descend further to Monju and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
This is the last trekking day. We have a breakfast and begin the excursion through the steep trail from Namche Bazaar. Checking out from national park counter, we reach to Monju and head further crossing the suspension bridges. Passing Phakding, the normal route begins. We gradually reach to our concluding point at Lukla. We celebrate our successful trek with all the team members. It is the last day of the trek for our crew. Overnight at lodge.
It’s time to bid farewell to this Himalayan town and fly back to Kathmandu. The Himalayan peaks that became familiar to us can be explored for the last time if the weather is clear. Landing in Kathmandu, you transfer to the hotel and take a rest. Overnight at hotel.
This is a great day to explore the ancient town- Bhaktapur. It is a half day trip. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an old Newari town, where mediaeval architectures, pagoda style temples, pottery square and various other attractions lie there. After the tour, drive back to Kathmandu and join the dinner in the evening at typical Nepali restaurant. We have a special moment. Overnight at hotel.
Note: in case the flight gets cancelled, today is the reserve day for that. Weather change is normal in the mountain region.
Having a good memory with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your departure.
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