Island Peak Climbing- 20 days



Trip overview
Primary Activity: Heritage tour, walking in the mountain trail, crossing high passes and climbing peaks
Duration : 20 Days Trip Code : HNIPC020
Trip Grade : Strenuous Max-Altitude : 6189m/20305ft.
Meals : All Meals during trek Accomodation : Hotels/Teahouses/Camping
Group Size : Min:2, Max: 10+ Transportation Flights/Private Vehicles
Trip Start : Kathmandu Trip End : Kathmandu
Route : Kathmandu-Namche-Macchermo-Gokyo-Chola-EBC-Kalapatthar-Kongmala-Island Peak-Namche-Kathmandu
Departure Dates
Best Season : Spring(March/April/May/early June) and Autumn(September-October-November-early December)
Trip Notes / Guideline on Itinerary: Price offered is full inclusive and it is quoted in USD. Trip will only starts when you will arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. The given itinerary is just a standard itinerary and could be customized on request.

Description


Conquering an island of snow in the Himalayas is obviously a fun filled escapade with unlimited thrills, sheer adventure, and treasured memories.

Island Peak climbing Imje Tse, also known as Island Peak is popular among climbers because of its beauty, which looks like the island of ice on the elevated region ringed by Himalayas.  Fascinating and great climbing peak in the center of Khumbu Himalayas, Island Peak soars as high as 6,189m. It is an ideal peak to begin the Himalayan adventure of climbing and the challenges to conquer this beautiful mountain are considered moderate.

Climbing Island Peak with us has so many fantastic highlights. All the incredible highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek including Kalapattar, and High Passes are in the itinerary. Moreover, the extension to summit Island Peak after achieving the base camp is challengingly fun. Also, the journey to the summit of Island Peak is scenic and thrilling.  The well designed itinerary allows climbers abundant acclimatization facilities and our guides who are trained and experienced in taking western climbers to summit the mountains and bring them back safety are always ready to help in any circumstances. Based on fully organized camps beyond Everest Base Camp, our trained Sherpa Cook have expertise in serving hygienic and balanced diet throughout the adventure. Even, the itinerary is designed taking proper guidance from our experienced guide and is prepared for those who wants very intensive walking in trek every day and want to climb the challenging peak accordingly.

  • Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)
  • Day 02 Cultural tour in Kathmandu & Preparation Day (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)
  • Day 03 Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (Altitude: 2840/ 9372 ft. Phakding: 2610 m/8612 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazar (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 05 Rest day for acclimatization (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 06: Trek to Dole (Altitude: 4200 m/13860 ft. Trek 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (Altitude: 4,470 m/14750 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (Altitude: 4,800 m/15840 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 09: Morning Excursion to Gokyo Ri, Trek to Thagnak (Altitude: Gokyo Ri: 5483m/18094 ft. Thagnak: 4700 m/15510 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 10: Trek to Cho La pass 5,367m to Dzongla (4830 m): 7 - 8 hours (Altitude: Cho-la pass: 5330 m/17589 ft. Dzongla: 4830 m/15939 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 11: Trek to Gorekshep, excursion to Kalapatthar and back to Gorekshep (Altitude: Kalapatthar: 5550 m/18315 ft. Gorakshep: 5140 m/16960 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5357m and back to Lobuche (Altitude: EBC: 5357m/17678 ft. Lobuche: 4910 m/16203 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 13: Trek to Chhukung (4,730m/15518ft) via Kongma-la pass (5535 m) (Altitude: Kongma-la: 5535 m/18265 ft. Chhukung: 4750 m/15675 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 14: Island Peak base camp (Altitude: 5,200m/17,060ft. Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 15 Climbing training course and preparation (Altitude: 5,200m/17,060ft. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 16 Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20305ft) back to Chhukung (Altitude: 6,189m/20305ft. Trek: 8/9 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 17 Trek to Namche (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 18 Trek to Lukla (Altitude: 2840/ 9372 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 19 Fly to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Meal: B/D)
  • Day 20 Departure (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: B)

Trip Photos and Videos


Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)

On your arrival in Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representative will pick up you and escort you to the hotel as well as help you to check-in at hotel. After your refreshment, you will be briefed about the next day trip. In the evening, we, the Hiking Nepal will offer you a welcome dinner introducing Nepalese cuisine and culture.


Day 02 Cultural tour in Kathmandu & Preparation Day (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)

After your delightful breakfast, you will be introduced with guide and takes you to UNESCO Heritages sites of the valley where you will observe living heritage of Medieval Nepal - Witness the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupatinath and capture the sacred moments of Hindu death ritual at Aryaghat in Pashupatinath. Stroll the lively streets of Kathmandu Old Market Asan to Kathmandu Durbar Square and visit the home of The Living Goddess Kumari, Nepalese style of Architecture as well as astonishing wooden carving. A short drive from Kathmandu Durbar Square will take you to a hill top stupa called as “Swyambhu” meaning “self -emerge” and belief that the hill emerged impulsively from the great lake that once covered Kathmandu valley.    

After check-in at hotel, get refreshed and relaxed. Then, check your trekking gears and if anything missing, you can move for shopping nearby your hotel or even ask your tour officer to take you at authentic shop. Enjoy the evening at your own and stay overnight at hotel.


Day 03 Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (Altitude: 2840/ 9372 ft. Phakding: 2610 m/8612 ft. Flight: 30 minutes Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)

On a clear bright morning, you will fly over the snowcapped mountains to one of the most electrifying high altitude airports, Lukla at an altitude 2900 m. Your guides and porters will accompany you here for the trek. Hence, the trekking adventure kicks off. Beginning the trek, you will slide down almost 500 meters to Dudh Koshi River. Then, the trek winds along the trial beside the River towards Phakding. Passing several mani-walls and boulders engraved with Buddhist prayers, you will arrive at Phakding where you will spend your first night of your trek.   


Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazar (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)

The trek chases the northern trial up the Dudh Kosi valley to Monjo. At Monjo the trek officially enters Sagarmatha National Park where you have to issue Sagarmatha National Park Permit Card. Continuing the trial along the steep uphill climb while savoring the first glimpse of Everest, you will arrive at the hub of Sherpa- Namche Bazaar. Spend overnight at lodge.


Day 05 Rest day for acclimatization (Altitude; 3440 m/11352 ft. Meal: BLD)

It is a day to acclimatize you with higher elevation. On this day, you can go for a short hike to Khumjung, a beautiful settlement of Hospitable Sherpas. OR, you can roam around the Namche that offers Internet Cafes, restaurants, ATMs, and colorful markets. Even, you can enjoy the traditional living of mountain dwellers that is getting complimentary by the awe-inspiring surrounding and high altitude flora/fauna. Spend overnight at lodge.


Day 06: Trek to Dole (Altitude: 4200 m/13860 ft. Trek 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Today, you will climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Koshi from where the route turns north. Treading to the ridge top that stretches down from Mt. Khumbila, which is manifested by a beautiful “Chorten”, you will begin to explore Mohang. It is the birth place of the reincarnated revered monk of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet, who has flourish Tibetan Buddhism in Khumbu and neighboring regions.  Beyond, Mohang, you will slide down along the series sheer switchbacks on sandy slope to Dush Koshi Riverbed. Crossing a Dole Check Post of National Park at Tenga, you will reach to Dole, a small village that lies at the riverside. Spend overnight at lodge.


Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (Altitude: 4,470 m/14750 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Your trek from Dole begins with a steep uphill climb to Machhermo. The trail today passes beautiful villages- Labarma and Luza, then the trail gets easier passing through small other villages and summer settlements. Following the valley above the Dudh Koshi, you will enter to the small settlements with few tea- houses called as Macchermo. Spend overnight at Lodge.


Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (Altitude: 4,800 m/15840 ft. Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Today the trek begins with uphill walk to a ridge that caters fantastic view. From the ridge top, the deep valley Kantega down and towering Cho Oyu 8153m above are eye-feasting sights. From the ridge top you tread along the widened valley and cross Phangga- pass, where 40 people during 1995 avalanche lost their lives. Sliding down to the riverbed and then chasing along the steep trail via the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier, arrive to a stream. Crossing the stream on a small iron bridge, tread along the leveled trail and arrive to first Lake Longpongo, at 4690 m. Soon you will sight the second lake Taujung Tsho. A short walk from second lake brings to the third lake called Gokyo Tsho. The famous village of Gokyo sits just above the lake with an amazing backdrop of Mt. Cho-Oyu. You will have lunch & post lunch set out to explore Dudh Pokhari. Overnight in lodge.


Day 09: Morning Excursion to Gokyo Ri, Trek to Thagnak (Altitude: Gokyo Ri: 5483m/18094 ft. Thagnak: 4700 m/15510 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Today, you will begins your journey early morning to Gokyo-Ri, an ideal vantage point to sight extremely the beautiful vistas of Everest and its closest neighbor. Spending some valuable time, retrace back to Gokyo to trek to next spot. You trek across the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side of Gokyo Valley. Then, walking along the ridge of the mountain you will enter into Thagnak. Spend overnight at lodge.


Day 10: Trek to Cho La pass 5,367m to Dzongla (4830 m): 7 - 8 hours (Altitude: Cho-la pass: 5330 m/17589 ft. Dzongla: 4830 m/15939 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Today will be a long day of your trek and required a bit technical, as you will be crossing the pass. The presence of steep glacial section on the east makes this pass a technically demanding walk. Ice covered rocks make day’s trek tricky with slippery attributes. Beginning the trek, we walk through rocky ravine to the top of the pass, which is marked by fluttering prayer flags and chortens. The pointed Ama Dablam along with Cholatse soars Lobuche East and Baruntse are extremely beautiful vistas from the top. Now traversing across some crevasses we arrive to Dzongla Village. Spend overnight at lodge.


Day 11: Trek to Gorekshep, excursion to Kalapatthar and back to Gorekshep (Altitude: Kalapatthar: 5550 m/18315 ft. Gorakshep: 5140 m/16960 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Today the trek lasts for maximum 6 hours. First, you will hike up to Gorakshep & then will walk along the ridge over Khumbu Glacier before hiking up to the highland seasonal hamlet of Gorakshep. The same day, you will hike up along the rock strewn trail to Kalapattar 5545m, which is the vantage point for the dramatic close up view of Everest.


Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5357m and back to Lobuche (Altitude: EBC: 5357m/17678 ft. Lobuche: 4910 m/16203 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Once the weather permits, you will set out for the biggest reward of the trek, Everest Base Camp. Here come the most beautiful achievement of a lifetime when you reach over the glacier to Everest Base Camp which nestles right below the sparkling Khumbu Icefall, Everest Base Camp 5357m. Explore and experience the extreme elevation and retrace your path back to Lobuche. Spend overnight at lodge.


Day 13: Trek to Chhukung (4,730m/15518ft) via Kongma-la pass (5535 m) (Altitude: Kongma-la: 5535 m/18265 ft. Chhukung: 4750 m/15675 ft. Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Another interesting and adventurous pass is awaiting for you and it is the highest pass of this trip. You will starts walking just after breakfast following Khumbu glacier towards east. The trail would be long without any tea shop and water sources, hence, you should carry water bottle and some snacks. On the trail, you can catch the best view of Mt. Kongma Tse (5820 m), Mt. Pokalde (5806 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Lhotse Shar (8383 m), Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Baruntse (7220 m) and Mt. Ama Dablam. You will continue to walk up till you reach at Kongma-la top that is decorated with the cairns and Buddhist flag, then you will step down towards Chukkung where you will stay overnight.


Day 14: Island Peak base camp (Altitude: 5,200m/17,060ft. Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)

A gradual steep route takes you to the base camp of Island Peak. Today’s trek initially chases the uphill trail on the south then, turns east to the valley. Treading along the moraine that stretches out from Lhotse Glacier in the south you will then trek along easy streamside trail. The zigzag trail in between Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines stretches all the way to wide valley southwest to Island Peak, which is the base camp. Enjoy the glaciers created by Imja and Lhotse, take a click of Imja Tse and southwestern face of the Imja Peak.


Day 15 Climbing training course and preparation (Altitude: 5,200m/17,060ft. Meal: BLD)

Today will be an important day. Take guidance of guide who will train you on basic climbing on basic climbing skills that include ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The use of ropes during high altitude climbing shall also be in today’s training.  Practice to climb for the next day, especially for amateurs.


Day 16 Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20305ft) back to Chhukung (Altitude: 6,189m/20305ft. Trek: 8/9 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Climbing a summit in the Himalayas means it is always a midnight start. To avoid strong Himalaya wind in the summits late afternoon, climbers do so. The ascend to Island Peak summit stretches gradually uphill for several 100 meters until it reaches the steep section. From sandy trails to grassy, the trails to the summit of Island peak also leads through rock strewn snowy section. The trail gets narrower and you will cross pass the rocky gully and then tread along the snowy ridgeline before using the ropes to get over the tricky final snout that leads to the summit. Enjoy the moments there, which are truly magical. Witness the world’s highest peaks including Everest so close and so raw, take some pictures and follow the retracing trail back to Chhukung. It will be the longest walk in your entire trail. On arriving at lodge in Chhukung, you can get relax your tired muscles.