Island Peak Climbing

22 days

‘adventure on beautiful Imjatse valley within world highest mountains’

Highlights:
“ Fantastic views with an adventure over thrilling and exciting climb on Island Peak
Within giant towering peaks offering mind-blowing views of dramatic landscapes
Walking from beautiful green forested areas to arctic zone of ice and glaciers
Exploring high Khumbu Sherpa villages enrich with Buddhist culture and old tradition
Enchanting cool forest of rhododendron-pines-oaks and magnolia tree lines
Trek and climb with visit of Everest base camp and climb of Kalapathar and Island peak”

Trip Profile:

Trip Mode:                  Hotel and Lodge on trek and few nights camping on climb.
Trek Grade:                 Moderate to Adventurous.
Peak Grade:                PD+ (as per French / Swiss Alpine Climbing Systems)
Activities:                    Sightseeing and scenic drive, trek and climb with both ways flights.
Highest Altitude:         Kalapathar at 5,545 and 5,364 m on Everest Base Camp.
and on top Island Peak 6,160 m high.
Trek & Climb:              17 Nights and 18 Days (With both ways flight from Lukla)
Total Trip:                   21 Nights and 22 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season:                        April to June and September to November (April and September
to November best months with clear blue sky).

Introduction:

Nepal Holiday Organizer presents an exciting and thrilling adventure on Island Peak climbing, the peak is known by the locals as Imjatse peak and as per NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Associations) trekking peaks list.

Island Peak, a perfect name as it stands high in the midst of beautiful Imjatse valley as an island surrounded by world highest giant mountains Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Lhotse Shar with adjoining surrounding high peaks.

Island Peak a broken ridge of Lhotse southern peak might have been separated thousands of years ago, making this trekking peak one of the most sought and popular among climbers and adventurer.

Island peak stands at 6,160 m and 20,328 ft high with climbing grade as PD + which is taken from French and Swiss Alpine Climbing System as used world-wide on day climb to the summit and back at base camp. PD + means a straight forward climb with some technical efforts in few sections of the climb to its summit top.

Our adventure to Island Peak Climbing involves trek to Everest Base Camp and short steep climb at Kalapathar a scenic view point of above 5,545 m high, offers super panorama of Khumbu giant mountains with Everest at its closest.

After a good acclimatization with rest days and then our true adventure takes you to the high summit on top Island peak at 6,160 m and 20,328 ft high, where you will be surrounded by world highest peaks Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft) and Lho – La or Khumbutse peak (6,036 m – 19,992ft) Mt. Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft) Changtse ( 7,583 m / 25,230 ft) Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft)  Amadablam (6,812 m / 22,480 ft) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarserku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft) holy peak of Khumbi-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) and as far world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) Lobuje Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft) Pokhalde ( 5,806 m / 19,159 ft) and many other smaller unnamed peaks.

Island Peak Climbing starts with a sweeping flight to Lukla the gateway town to Everest base camp, from here walk leads towards Sherpa farm villages and into cool alpine forest areas to reach at famous Namche Bazaar with facilities of well stocked stores, shops, restaurants, bakeries, cyber café including banks and post office an ideal spot for rest day for acclimatization.

From Namche Bazaar onward heading towards another lovely spot of Thyangboche Monastery surrounded by alpine woodlands and mountains with Everest and majestic Amadablam, and then heading higher to arctic zone at Everest base camp with views of Khumbu Ice-Falls and glaciers, and a climb of Kalapathar as extra hike finally our walk leads to our highlight and destination on top Island Peak.

After a memorable and exciting adventure on Island Peak Climbing heading back to Lukla for scenic flight back to Kathmandu where this fabulous adventure concludes.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,315m and transfer o hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 05: At Namche for short hike and acclimatization.
Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,243 m – 05hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Pheriche for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 09:  Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Chukung 4,730m – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m – 04 hrs.
Day 13: At Base Camp Rest day for acclimatization and preparations.
Day 14: Trek & Climb to High Camp 5,400 m – 03 hrs climb.
Day 15: Summit day of Island / Imjatse Peak top.
Day 16: Trek to Dingboche 4,345 – 05hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Thyangboche or further – 06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Monjo 2,860m via Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Lukla with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 21: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 22: Final International departure homeward bound.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu after your international flight.
On arrival in Kathmandu received by Nepal Holiday Organizer staff and guide for short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Island Peak Climbing, our guide or group leader will brief with information regarding trek and climb - hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast our tour guide will receive you for sightseeing tour around interesting part of Kathmandu, as Kathmandu city a blend of modernization and old lively cultures where you can witness medieval period villages and way of life of the locals as it was for past hundreds of years. Kathmandu valley steeped with ancient history-old traditions full of world heritage sites of Buddhism and Hinduism temples / monasteries.

After an interesting tour afternoon free at leisure preparation for Island Peak Climbing and Trekking.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,886m & trek to Phakding 2,640m - 04 hrs
Morning transfer to domestic airport for a sweeping scenic flight of 30 minutes to Lukla, Lukla airport named Tenzing - Hillary Airport. This is one of the world’s most unique airstrips with ups and downs short runway, after a time for refreshment in Lukla, where your bigger baggage will be carried by our porters or loaded on Ghopkyo (mix breed of normal cow and yaks).

From Lukla our first day walk begins on gradual path with much downhill and short climb passing traditional Sherpa farm villages with views of snowcapped peaks.

After a pleasant walk reaching overnight stop at Phakding located by the glacier fed Dudh Kosi (river)

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight with the sound of the river, morning walk leads following Dudh Kosi, crossing few bridges to reach at Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo village. From walk leads to last village of Jorsalle before Namche Bazaar walking on river bed and forested area.

After crossing the last high bridge few hours climb with marvelous views of peaks with Everest then reaching famous Namche Bazaar, here with two nights in this large prosperous trading town / village as well the main centre of Khumbu with facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with a busy colorful Saturday market.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

Namche a perfect spot for rest and acclimatization day, this morning a leisure short hike up to park museum with full information from mountaineering, flora / fauna of the area with Sherpa culture and Buddhist religions, this scenic spot offers grand views of mountains Mt. Everest and stunning Amadablam. For energetic and interested can take few hours hike uphill to Everest View Hotel for best views of Mt. Everest and other mountains.

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m - 05 hrs.
From Namche Bazaar walk is fairly easy for first half with short descend to Shanasa and with more down-hill reaching at Phungitenga, a small place with couple of teahouses and Nepal Army barrack serving as park wardens located in the midst of alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees.

From here 2 hours of strenuous climb on the winding trail in the shade of lovely forest till Thyangboche Monastery is reached for overnight stop. This beautiful spot offers views of the majestic beautiful peak Amadablam with Everest above Nuptse and Mt. Lhotse towards north east.

Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,243 m - 05 hrs.
Morning with eye catching views of mountains, our journey starts with a long descend through beautiful birch-rhododendron and pines forest, and then crossing a bridge over Imja Khola.

From here tree lines stops for short bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes (azalea), after the bridge a slow climb brings your at Pangboche, this is the last permanent village further up are temporary settlements to cater the needs of travelers with fine cozy lodges.

Walk leads slowly into exposed areas of windswept landscapes with grand close views of Mt. Amadablam with gradual up and crossing the last small bridge reaches you at Pheriche valley and to its groups of nice lodges for overnight stops.

Pheriche located on scenic valley a summer grazing areas for yaks, at present with many good lodges with great panorama of mountains with views of Taboche and North Face of Amadablam and other series of peaks. 

Day 08: Rest at Pheriche for acclimatization with short hike.

Rest day at Pheriche for proper acclimatization at this high altitude on this day take a slow walk uphill to Nagarjun hill above Pheriche and Imjatse valley near Dingboche for best views of surrounding peaks including Island Peak, Mt. Makalu towards east.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.

After Pheriche, climb uphill for an hour then a nice good walk to Thugla ( Dugla) on the midway of Pheriche-Dingboche and Lobuche, with views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Amadablam. Thugla a popular lunch spot for people heading up hill to Everest base camp, after a lunch break an hour climb to a ridge called as Thug-la pass with many stone memorials of unfortunate climbers died on Everest-Lhotse-Pumori expeditions. 

From this lovely spot an hour more of pleasant walk brings you at Lobuche on route Everest base camp.

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m continue to Everest Base Camp 5, 364 m - 06 hrs.

Walk this morning is gradual with few short steep up but can be tough due to high altitude gain with awesome views of Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest.

After few hours of strenuous and scenic walk reaching at Gorakshep as the trek leads over moraine and glaciers to Gorakshep with few lodges, located beneath Kalapathar Hill and Pumori peak on route Everest base camp.

Gorakshep was the original base camp in early 1950’s to 1970’s, here with overnight stop after reaching our main highlight of this adventure at Everest base camp.

From Gorakshep few hours of walk leads to base camp over rocks, boulders, moraine and glacier on reaching at world highest Everest base camp, enjoy the surrounding views enclosed within Everest hidden behind high peaks of Lho-la-Nuptse with close views of notorious Khumbu Ice-Falls. In mountaineering high season April to June this place will be flooded with hundreds to colorful tents, climbers and staff.

After reaching our goal and highlight head back to Gorakshep for last overnight stop in high Khumbu valley.

Day 11: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m and trek to Chukung 4, 730 m - 06 hrs.
Early morning a steep climb to the top of Kalapathar for the fantastic panorama of surrounding giant peaks including Mt. Everest at close distance, this will be the highest point on trekking at 5,545 m / 18,192 ft.  After a fantastic time with super views downhill to Gorakshep and continue trek to reach Imjatse valley towards Dingboche and further to Chukung for overnight stop.

Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m - 04 hrs.   
From Chukung walk on Imjatse valley to Parsya Gyab at Island Peak Base Camp, leading with steep climb over moraine of Lhotse glacier then following a glacial streams to the snout of Imja glacier and then cross a dry lake between Lhotse and Imja glaciers to reach at base camp at Pareshaya Gyab, afternoon free or take a short walks and practice climb.

Day 13: Rest day at Base Camp. 
Necessary rest day for acclimatization and preparation for the climb of Island Peak, here with time check your climbing gear before climb of Island peak summit.

Day 14: Trek & Climb to High Camp 5,400m - 03 hrs.
From base camp, climb leads further to set up High Camp to make the climb to the summit more approachable, normally climbers make it from base camp to the summit but it is always safe and best to add more camp, morning on leaving base camp to high camp of Island Peak leading over moraines and then scrambling up on open gully leading in between two well defined ridges and to high camp below a small hanging glacier at 5, 280m, afternoon with last and final preparations for the big climb next day.

Day 15: Climb Island Peak 6,189m and return to base camp - 06 hrs.
A Big Day of this awesome adventure! After full preparations start before dawn climb across broad open gully, following snow-covered glacier, avoiding serac and crevasses climbing northwards over snow covered scree in the margin between a glacier of the top ridge.

Climb leads to cross a gully with some stone and icefall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads upwards for nearly 100 meters (300ft) to the summit, on reaching top fulfilling adventure of a lifetime experience with success with unmatched views of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Amadablam 6,856 m, Mt. Makalu 8, 463 m, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks.

After an exciting and tough climb descend on the same route towards base camp.

Day 16: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05 hrs.
After climb of Island / Imjatse peak, return journey to Lukla as the morning walk leads with few uphill’s over dry moraine, then reaching at Chukung with striking views of snowcapped mountains, after short rest continue walk to our overnight stop at Dingboche in the comfort of nice cozy lodge with great views.

Day 17:  Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.

Leaving Dingboche with close North views of Amadablam, morning starts with downhill back into tree lines, walk leads past Pangboche and from the bridge an hour climb brings you back at Tyangboche Monastery for overnight halt in this pleasant environment.

Day 18: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m through Namche Bazaar - 06hrs.
Morning walk leads to a long descend reaching at Imjatse River in Phunge tenga, after crossing bridge with short steep uphill and then on gradual path all the way to Namche Bazaar, from Namche continue downhill walk to Dudh Kosi River, from here with short ups and downs to reach at Sagarmatha National Park to Monjo village for overnight stop in the nice village.

Day 19: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.
After an exciting and fabulous trek and Island Peak Climbing with a visit of Everest base camp, last day walk of this adventure leads on same trail with last climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop, afternoon free with last night dinner celebration with fellow staff-guides and members.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
From Lukla an early morning flight to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu domestic airport our guide and staff transfer you back to your hotels with rest of the day free for individual activities.

Day 21: In Kathmandu free day with sightseeing tour.
Nepal Holiday Organizer reserve this day as contingency in case of flight delay or cancellation, which occurs sometime due to bad weather, as Himalayan weather can be unpredictable. If all goes well as per the itinerary one can join in our interesting tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

Day 22: International departure for home ward bound.
After a memorable adventure experience on Island Peak Climbing with fabulous views of world highest mountains, our staff transfers you to airport for your final departure homeward bound.

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