Island Peak Climbing
Island Peak is better known as the Imja Tse and is one of the most popularized climbing peaks situated in the beautiful country of Nepal. At the altitude of 6189 m, the Island Peak has managed to become one of the first choices for mountain climbers all over Nepal. The peak offers the views of the pristine snowcapped peaks like the Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Makalu and many others. It is a part of the Everest range and lies in the Chukung Valley. The name of the peak arises from the fact that it appears as if it is surrounded by ice all around and appears as a island in middle of an ice.
The peak is considered to be a good acclimatization hike for climbers before climbing other major peaks it has an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that arises high up from the Lhotse Glacier and a steep route and narrow edge makes the route to the top an extremely adventurous one.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu- Lukla (1300m- 2886m)
Day 04: Phakding- Namche Bazaar (2886m- 3440m)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Namche Bazaar- Tyangboche (3440- 3867m)
Day 07: Tyangboche- Dingboche (3867m- 4260m)
Day 08: Dingboche- Chhukung (4260m- 4730m)
Day 09: Chhukung- Island Peak Base Camp (4730m- 5087m)
Day 10: Climbing the Island Peak
Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp- Chhukung
Day 12: Chhukung- Tyangboche (3867m)
Day 13: Tyangboche- Namche Bazaar (3867m- 3440m)
Day 14: Namche Bazaar- Phakding (3440m- 2640m)
Day 15: Phakding- Lukla (2640m- 2886m)
Day 16: Lukla- Kathmandu (2886m- 1300m)
Day 17: Sightseeing around Kathamndu
Day 18: Departure from Nepal
Arrival in Kathmandu
Today, we arrive in the capital of the beautiful country Nepal. Upon arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport, we will be transferred into the hotel where upon we can spend the rest of the day relishing the extremely delicious Nepali cuisine.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Kathmandu has established itself for being one of the cities which has the most UNESCO Heritage Sites in the beautiful country of Nepal. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square as well as the Patan Durbar Square are worth visiting. We can spedn some time preparing for the upcoming trip as well.
Kathmandu- Lukla (1300m- 2886m)
Today we embark on one of the most beautiful flights in Nepal. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is adorned with the views of the extremely beautiful peaks of the Everest Region. The extremely beautiful flight which takes about 45 minutes, will offer the close up views of the Himalayas as well as the romantic landscapes worth exploring. We then trek for about 3 hours to reach the village of Phakding situated alongside the Kongde Ridge which has extremely beautiful views of the mountain peaks.
Phakding- Namche Bazaar (2886m- 3440m)
Today, we will embark on a trek to the ancient trade point between Nepal and Tibet, Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is surrounded on three sides by the mountainous ridges which can be seen up close from this extremely developed city. It faces the Bhote Koshi on the side to the south and is known to be the entry point to the Everest.
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Today, we acclimatize with the altitude in Namche Bazaar to avoid Altitude Mountain Sickness. The key is to move around instead of resting and we hence move into the Khumjung Valley where we can visit a monastery. The area offers the extremely beautiful views of the Evest, Thaserku, Tawoche, Kwangde, Ama Dablam as well as Lhotse we also have the option to walk up to Syangboche after which we will return back to Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar- Tyangboche (3440- 3867m)
Today we will walk past a forested path to Tyangboche. Upon climbing up, the incline will ease and splendid views of the pristine peaks will appear. We will continue along the mountainside until we reach the stone gate built by Lamas. This will be the entry to Tyangboche.
Tyangboche- Dingboche (3867m- 4260m)
Today we pass from Tyangboche to Dingboche will pass through patchwork of fields which will be enclosed by the protection of fields and grazing animals. Dingboche is surrounded by the stone walls which makes it a perfect mystical destination. We spend the night here.
Dingboche- Chhukung (4260m- 4730m)
Today, we will move along from Dingboche to the beautiful Chhukung. It is surrounded by summer hits which have been made for keeping the livestock. Also beautiful mountain views will adorn the region in and around the valley.
Chhukung- Island Peak Base Camp (4730m- 5087m)
Today we will be moving on to the gradual ascent path all the way up to the Base Camp of Island Peak. Along the way, we will be passing through the gradual ascent up the path along with the views of the extremely beautiful pristine peaks including the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Island Peak, Nuptse and many others.
Climbing the Island Peak
This day will be a special one as we will be ascending the beautiful Island Peak. We will be crossing the gully above the camp and climb up to a narrow ridge to the glacier. We will rope up and put on our crampons and cross the glacier from this point. We will be following a steep snow slope and we will be moving on along the wonderfully airy ridge. We will have the stunning close views the south face of Lhotse looming over us. Other views of the Everest region adorn the views from atop the beautiful peak we have managed to climb. With our hearts content for the endeavors we have carried out, we will retrace the path back to the base camp.
Island Peak Base Camp- Chhukung
We will return back to Chhukung from the Island Peak Base Camp today. This trek will take only about three hours and we will be spending the rest of the day resting our aching muscles
Chhukung- Tyangboche (3867m)
Today we will be moving on to Tyangboche from Chhukung. Tyangboche is a small village which adorns a famous monastery which can be visited. The monastery offers the splendid views of the extremely beautiful Ama Dablam amalgamated with lush green hills as well as the roaring river views.
Tyangboche- Namche Bazaar (3867m- 3440m)
We will return back to the entry point of the Everest, Namche Bazaar today. The path is a downhill one which follows a busy trial with some steep climbs. We will move along to the Phungitenga near Shanasha and through and scenic path to move on to the traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. We will then walk along for about 30 more minutes to reach Khunde.
Namche Bazaar- Phakding (3440m- 2640m)
We will move along from Namche Bazaar to Phakding. Today we will descend steeply along the path and through a few ups and downs we will reach Monjo. The path moves along to the beautiful village Phakding where we spend the day.
Phakding- Lukla (2640m- 2886m)
We will trek today for about three hours to Lukla. The path will follow the Dudh Koshi to Lukla and stay the night there.
Lukla- Kathmandu (2886m- 1300m)
We will fly back to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu from Lukla. This flight is a scenic one, which will amalgamate the views of all the mountains we have observed from close by upon reaching Kathmandu, we can stroll around the streets of Kathmandu or relish the exquisite Nepali cuisine.
Sightseeing around Kathamndu
We will spend this day looking around at the World Heritage Sites we have missed out earlier. We can collect souvenirs for friends and family back home.
Departure from Nepal
We will depart, with our hearts content and happy for the endeavors that we have carried out in the beautiful country of Nepal. We will depart with a promise to come back for more in the time to come.