|Tour Duration||19 Days||Group Size|
|Starting Point||Kathmandu||Ending Point||Kathmandu|
Island peak climbing is a challenging adventure activity in the Himalayas that goes beyond the simple trekking experience. While the trekking options are only for mountain lovers, peak climbing experience is for the mountain lovers and challenge seekers. Island peak offers an exhilarating climbing experience that allows you to stand on a mountain that rises tall at an elevation of 6189 meters and witness the glories of mountains that stand tall over the elevation of 7000 meters. The impressive views of Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Baruntse and many more, the climb up the peak is truly an incredible experience.
Island peak is one of the popular peak in the Everest region of Nepal. It is comparatively easier than other climbing/ mountaineering options in that region. Also known as Imja Tse, the peak looks like an island in between the sea of ice from Dingboche. Hence, named as island peak. The peak seems to be difficult for climbing but with a good climbing leader and a bit of your effort, the peak is easily conquerable. Going back to history, the peak was first climbed in 1956 by a British expedition team who were preparing to climb the mighty Mt. Everest. The top of the peak offers some stunning views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Baruntse, etc. Mera peak climbing is another option for climbers in the Everest region
Of course, this peak climbing is a difficult climbing experience across the ice and snow. However, the standard climbing route has been rated as Alpine PD+ in terms of difficulty level. If you are already a climber with a certain threshold of endurance capacity, the Island peak climbing is of considerable difficulty level for you. As you ascend up from the base camp, you pass some rocky steps with moderate scrambling through a broad gully. Above the gully, you climb up steep through snow and ice slopes. Further, you follow a fixed rope set up by the guides for a strenuous ascent up to the top of the peak. Though difficult, the top of the peak is worth it. You will be blessed with some incredible views of mountains in the Everest region. The descent down the peak is comparatively easy and faster.
Island peak climbing with Eye on Himalaya Treks and Expeditions P. Ltd is a lifetime experience. With a professional and experienced team like ours, an easy and trouble-free journey is guaranteed. Our itinerary comprises proper acclimatization days that is a must for any climbing experience in a higher elevation region. Also, the local guides and mountaineers with guide you with the best tip for a successful climbing result. For best climbing experience, make sure that you opt for the trek anytime in Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) season.
On this day you will arrive in Nepal at the only International Aiport of Nepal that is Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be accompanied by our fellow correspondents. You might want to rest and then enjoy your welcome dinner followed by cultural performances.
This day is separated for you to prepare for the astounding journey that is waiting for you. You will be instructed about all the trekking arrangements and the packing list and will be discussing your expectations. This day can be significant to most of the people before commencing the journey. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is voluntary, you can visit a number of world heritage sites inside the valley.
Lukla flight is a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu. Flight to Lulka will make you realize that this trip is going to be one of its kind. The flight to Lukla is considered to be a flight with one of the most spectacular landing. Not at a very big height, Lukla is perched at 2,850 m above sea level which is regarded as the gateway to Everest. You will stay overnight at Phakding.
Your route passes through a pine forest as we proceed your walk on the trail that goes up the Benkar valley. You will cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Monjo village before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. A suspension bridge takes you to Jorsale village. We mount on a steep track and reach Namche Bazaar which is seemingly the largest township in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
On this acclimatization day, you can go around Namche Bazaar which is the archaic town of the Khumbu region. You can enjoy other activities like a hike to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Kongde and so on. You will also visit the Hillary School and monasteries around. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
After a heavy breakfast to be prepared for an exhausting yet exciting hike, you will be trekking he till Phunki considering it to be an easy walk. You go uphill towards Tengboche village which houses the very famous Tengboche monastery. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which makes it one of the most significant monasteries in the region. The monastery is blessed with scenic views of the Himalayas. If we reach there by 3 o’clock we can witness a Buddhist religious ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche.
You will be descending through a lush forest with rhododendron tresses and scenic view of the snow capped mountains. You will walk descend to cross the Imja River to enter Pangboche. You will take the upper Pangboche trail and cherish the Himalayan sight and the Pangboche Monastery. You will continue your walk to the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before going uphill to Pheriche. Pheriche is a scenic village with fine barley and potato fields. Overnight in Pheriche.
We start our day with an easy walk towards Dugla after breakfast. You travel across a wide pass which is a substantial wanted transition from walking in a straight line. About the commencement of your trek today you will be accompanied by the mighty Himalayas on all sides. As the path we take starts to go downhill and curves, we bid goodbye to Mt. Pumori.
You mount to the steep final moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The peak of the range is filled with prayer flags which are memorials for climbers who lost their lives on Mt. Everest. As the path descends to the Khumbu Glacier, you find yourself meeting abundant prominent mountains. As you cross Khumbu Glacier you can also get a view of Mt. Nuptse. Overnight in Lobuche.
The trek to Everest Base Camp is not really challenging. Nevertheless, we climb up and decline often on an iceberg path. There is additionally a lot of rambling on rough territories. As we reach the base camp, we relish the unbelievable melt patterns and cherish the lightly rounded ice towers on the higher part of the Khumbu glacier. The Everest Base Camp is remarkably stunning. You can enjoy astounding aspects of Nuptse and Pumori mountains from the base camp. After drowning in the beauty, we trek back towards Gorak Shep where we spend the night. Overnight in Gorak.
You will have to wake up early for the walk up to Kala Patthar. It is going to be dark outside with cold temperature and most anticipated frosty winds. You hike on a moderately steep path at a pleasant pace. As you climb up the hill you encounter Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse mountains. The view from the top is extraordinary. We can see the world’s tallest mountain Everest along other magnificent Himalayan peaks. After spending some time at the top of Kala Patthar, you walk After lunch, we decline to Lobuche to spend the night. Overnight in Lobuche.
After an early breakfast, we start our trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp. The climbing to Kongma La pass is the most challenging part of our trek today. In the Kongma La, we see prayer flags to signify the pass. Then we decline to Imja Khola valley, accompanied by another drop to Chhukung, a tiny summer harvest. After moving Chhukung we will also check our tools in order to get ready for our final climb. Overnight in Chhukung.
The hike today is on a moderately steep trail. First, we climb to the center in front of the valley. We then walk on a convoluted path below the southerly side of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we resume hiking on a path simultaneously a streamside. A curvy path through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines directs to a broad valley flanking the side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
We commence our practice trek today after breakfast. Our guides will accommodate training on peak climbing procedures and the conventional methods of using climbing gears. The training will also incorporate applying ropes to go up and down. Although it is not obligatory to have prior coaching for Island Peak Climbing, we staunchly believe that some practice experience will increase your self-confidence and climbing abilities to enhance the prospects of scaling the peak as well as to fully relish the adventure. We can settle the rest of the day trekking to high camp and back or relaxing for the next day’s climb. Overnight at the base camp.
Today is an early hike day so we’ll have to wake up early and reach the peak before noon because in the midday the strong winds in the ridges might become a hurdle for a prosperous summit. The path moves up exceeding the base camp for infrequent hundred meters before stopping off the steep hill. Originally sandy, the trail soon becomes grassy before becoming rock spread. As we rise up the hill, we will see that the inclination straits and the pathway joins an abrupt rock tunnel. We climb the rocky ravine. An abrupt snow slope drives us onto the mountain range.. We use implanted rope after strongly escalating on the rocks. There are two newly formed fissures which are nearly 3 and 4 meters long. We will be utilizing ladders to cross them. After cherishing the summit scenes and taking photographs, we decline all the way to Island Peak Base Camp. We rejoice on our prosperous Island Peak climb.
Today’s walk will be much relaxed as we penetrate to the lower heights. Comprehending the corresponding path back within the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we cross through the fascinating Sherpa villages, Orsho and Shomare. We can further take a distinct way to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is considered to be the most significant in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a picturesque village surrounded by Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga, the Kongde range and the Imja Tse river streaming through the broad lush valley.
From Pangboche, we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If curious, we can further visit novices at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we resume within the hill concealed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep an eye if by any chance we encounter some wildlife. After a short walk, we enter the camp at Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Regarded to be one of the most challenging descend, this day can perhaps be the hardest day of your entire trek to Everest Chola Pass Trek The pathway goes downhill from rocky ranges and villages of Tokthok which is enriched with scattered pines. Even though the trek is downhill you still might have an adverse effect on your knees. However, on crossing a high suspension bridge the mesmerizing views of pine forests and distance snow-capped mountains will heal over the pain, From Phakding through the lust forest, you will continue your trek to Lukla through a Sherpa residence area and magnificent mountain views. Overnight in Lukla.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some regular shopping by the streets of Thamel and Basantapur. This day you can enjoy various cultural heritages of Kathmandu enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage site.
Your beautiful 20 days stay here in Nepal comes to an amazing end. Our correspondent will accompany us to the airport a few hours before our scheduled flight. While your board you might smile a little thinking about your next adventure in Nepal