Island Peak Expedition
At a height of 6,189 meters from the sea level, Island Peak has been a popular choice for mountain climbers and alike minded trekkers. Also known by the name Imja Tse, the peak lies in the Everest Region and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery coupled by scarce alpine flora and fauna.
The panoramic peak climbing trek will take the trekkers into a whirlpool of the extraordinary beauty of the nature amalgamated with the insights into the local Tibetan influenced Sherpa culture of the Everest Region. Furthermore, find joy in walking along a series of grassy, icy, and rocky trails during the trek. Enjoy the sightings of the red panda, snow leopard, blood pheasant, and even the Himalayan Monal.
With a height of over 6,000 meters, the peak climbing expedition to the Island Peak involves views of some of the tallest peaks in the world, including the Everest. En-route, delight in the scenery consisting of peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Thamserku, and Kangtega. For trekkers who want to experience the thrill of climbing the Everest, Island Peak Expedition comes out at the front as an ideal choice
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m)
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m)
Day 09: Dingboche to Chhukhung (4730m)
Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Chhukhung
Day 10: Chhukhung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)
Day 11: Rest at Island Peak Base Camp
Day 12: Climbing Island Peak (6189m) to Island Peak Base Camp
Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3985m)
Day 14: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu from our respective start points. Freshen up and stroll around the typical streets of the historical city and relinquish in its delicious cuisine for dinner.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu
On this day, we will spend the day looking around the World Heritages of the Kathmandu valley. We will visit the UNESCO listed sites such as the three Durbar Squares of the Kathmandu Valley and then make preparations for our tour starting from the next day. Also, manage all of our climbing equipment and prepare ourselves for the glorious climb a few days later.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)
We embark on a short 45 minutes early morning flight to Lukla located at the Everest Region. Cover 138 kilometers of land in an instance with a flight to the Tenzin-Hilary Airport at Lukla. Enjoy the views of the green hills and snowy peaks down below from inside the airplane. Upon landing at one of the most dangerous airports of the country and even the world, we start off towards our destination for the day, Phakding! An easy short hike will take us to a village called Phakding. Stroll around the village in the evening and visit the nearest monastery.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
The trek today offers the views of some of the tallest peaks of the world next to the local culture of the region. Hike along the Dudh Koshi River and through the pine forests to find ourselves at the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. This entrance to the park is located at the small village of Monjo. Finish up some paperwork and then hike uphill until we get to the trading gateway of the Everest Region. Namche Bazaar is the major trading center of this region. En-route, we will need to cross a number of suspension bridges.
Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
We will spend the day acclimatizing to the climate and altitude of the Namche Bazaar to be safe from the Altitude Mountain Sickness. Today, we will stroll around the village and get conversant with the local Sherpa and other trekkers hiking up towards the Everest Base Camp. While in Namche, we can also set foot at the Everest View Hotel and the local museums. From the hotel, we can have one of the most awe-inspiring views of the peaks of the region such as Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, and even the Everest.
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m)
Start off our trek with an easy trek towards Phunki Tenga. From Phunki, ascend along the narrow trails to get to Tengboche. Tengboche is a village with one of the oldest monasteries of the country and most probably the largest monastery of the region, the Tengboche monastery. This place has the panoramic views of the Himalayas all around. Check in at the tea house and then we will visit the monastery to witness its mystical powers and religious nuptials.
Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m)
The trek today combines the views of the Himalayas along with the views of lush conifer and rhododendron forest along the way. We will hike downhill towards the village of Debuche just to cross the Imja Khola. From there, hike uphill to get to Pangboche. Visit another monastery in Pangboche before trekking towards the Lobuche River. Get past the river and climb up to reach our destination for the day, Dingboche. The village has Mani walls and chortens all around. Even though this place has scarce vegetation, the people here cultivate barley, buckwheat, and potatoes and protect them with stone walls all around.
Dingboche to Chhukhung (4730m)
Rise and Shine! We will get up early to enjoy the sunrise views over the Ama Dablam Mountain. The peak is thought to be one of the most beautiful peaks all over the world. Walk along the Imja Khola and glacier moraines to get to the Bibre village. This village offers one of the many views of our major destination, the Island Peak. Some while after getting past Bibre, we will arrive at Chhukhung. Enjoy the views of Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa peaks.
Acclimatization Day at Chhukhung
Another day for acclimatization. To adjust our body to the rapidly changing altitudes, we will wake up early to climb the nearest peak of Chhukhung RI. The climb is rather easy with only the hardest part along the top. Get to the top and enjoy the views of the Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa peaks. Return to Chhukhung to spend the evening.
Chhukhung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)
The walk today is filled with steep climbs uphill. Climb up through the south side of the valley following with a turn to the eastern side. We will walk up on a windy trail just below the Lhotse Glacier and then keep walking along a pleasant trail alongside a streamside. Keep on the same trail for a couple of hours to finally get to the base of our destination.
Rest at Island Peak Base Camp
Yet another day for acclimatization. However, this day is also for training. We will have our pre-climbing training today where our guides will teach us how to use the gears properly, how to breathe properly, and how to climb up and down with the help of a rope. After the training, rest for the day and plan for the upcoming climb.
Climbing Island Peak (6189m) to Island Peak Base Camp
The most challenging day of this expedition! We will leave the camp early just an hour after the midnight to climb the 6189 meters peak. Hike on a steep hill filled with grass before hiking up on the rocky trail. Keep on trekking until the trails get narrower and with an exposed traverse. Our guides will fix ropes and then our climb will re-start. After a moment, we will again be at a divide of crevasses where we will use ropes and ladders to cross them. Just a bit later, we will get to the top. Witness the panoramic views of the Everest Region from eagle’s eye view. After an hour or so, fall back carefully towards the Island Peak Base Camp and celebrate our successful summit.
Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3985m)
Today, we will track back our walk to the village of Pangboche. This is a rather short trek. Hike downhill to get to the Khumbu Khola and then pass the village of Orsho and Shomare to finally get to Pangboche. The village offers outstanding views of the Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and the Kangtega peaks.
Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Get back to the trading hub of the region after retracing your trail back to the Tengboche Village. Get past the Dudh Koshi River and rhododendron and juniper forests before getting back to Namche Bazaar. En-route, enjoy the views of the mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Embark on a long but easy trail downward to get to Lukla. The trail dips steeply downward to Monjo where we will exit the UNESCO listed Sagarmatha National Park. Keep on walking downhill until we get to Phakding and from there, it’s an easy trek towards Lukla.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Catch an early flight to Kathmandu. Get to the valley and check in at the hotel. We can either rest for the day or also wander off around the busy streets of Thamel.
Free day in Kathmandu
A free day for us! We will visit the remaining world heritage sites of the valley such as Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Bouddhanath. Also, shop for souvenirs for our loved ones.
After a fun filled adventure, we will travel back to our respective end point with a promise to be back for more.