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Island Peak Climbing

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The Island peak, also known as Imja Tse (6189m) was first climbed in 1953 in preparation for the ascent on Everest. This is a very popular peak. Apart from being an enjoyable climb, it has some of the most spectacular scenery of the Khumbu region. Island peak is said to resemble an "Island in a sea of ice" and is actually an extension of the south ridge of Lhotse Shar. The mainland forms a semi-circle of cliffs that rise in the north to the rugged summits of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse middle peak and Lhotse Shar. To the east lies Cho Polu and beyond this, the red granite Makalu

To the south lies the Baruntse, Amphu and the left Amadablam. The Amadablam looks like a giant sea-stack guarding the entrance to the glacial bay Where Island peak stands. Island peak's first route of ascent was the south-east flank and south-west ridge. The usual base camp site is between Imja Tse and moraine of Imja glacier. In the event of heavy snowfall, this area has proved to be prone to avalanche danger. The west face also offers good route. Most people seem to Climb Island peak without bottled air, which for the Sherpas could even be "just cigarettes.

 

Feature of trekking     

 

Area                             :           Everest Region.

Culture                         :           Major influences among the majority of Sherpa.

Starting Point              :           Lukla

End Point                     :           Lukla.

Maximum Elevation     :           Island Peak (6189m.)

Trekking grade             :           Moderate/High altitude.

Total Days of program :           21days.

Duration of Trekking    :           17 days.

Best season                  :           Sep, Oct, Nov - Mar, April, May.

Type of trekking           :           Camping/ Tea house.

Accommodation          :           Tent/Lodge.

Transportation             :           By Flight  

Meals                            :           Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.

Walking hours             :           5 to 6 Hrs Per day.

Himalayan sights        :           Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu,Makalu,Nupse, Amadablam, Thamaserku, Khangtenga  and many more.

 

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:-  Arrival to Kathmandu (1310m
Day 02:- Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m) - Flight to Lukla 30 minutes and walking 3 to 4 hours
Day 03:- Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3440m) - walking 5:30 hours. 
Day 04:- Rest day in Namche Bazaar for the acclimatization.

Day 05:- Trek to Tengboche (3860M)

Day 06:- Trek to Dingboche (4,358m)

Day 07:- Acclimatization day at Dingboche

Day 08:- Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m)

Day 09:- Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m) & hike to Everest base camp (5,316m)

Day 10:- Hike to Kalapthar (5,550m) & trek to Dingboche (4,300m)

Day 11:- Dingboche to Chhukung

Day 12:- Chhukung to Island peak base camp (5050m) walking 6 hours, O/N at Tented camp
Day 13:- Trek to High camp, Tented camp,

Day 14:- Summit (6189m/ 20305ft) and back to Dingboche Village over night at tea house

Day 15:-Trek Dingboche (4400m) to Phortse (3810m)

Day 16:- Phortse to Namche (3,440m)

Day 17:- Trek to Lukla (2,800m)

Day 18:- Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 19:- Flight reserve day/Leisure at Kathmandu/Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 20:- Departure from Kathmandu

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Day 01:- Arrival at Kathmandu (1310m)

Our airport representative will be received you at the airport and transfer to hotel. It is 5km and takes about 20 minutes. Our trip leader will brief the group about the trip during the pre-departure meeting. This will be notice you after your arrival in kathmandu, at the hotel or in the Splendid High Adventure office. The briefing will cover whole itineraries and re-confirm flight times. O/N at Hotel, At the evening serve welcome dinner.

Day 02:- Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m) - Flight to Lukla 30 minutes and walking 5:30 hours
Fly to Lukla, the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikharaka (2680m) and on through small villages, fields and forests following a wide well constructed path. After Kusum Drargka, a large stream, the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi River at Phakding. Overnight at guest house 

Day 03:- Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3440m) - walking 5:30 hours. 
From Phakding the trail follows the western bank of Dudh Kosi passing through forests of Blue Pine until it reaches the village of Benkar (2700m). From here the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the Dudh Kosi, and climbs gently to the village of Chumoa. Between here and the next village of Monjo (2800m) the trail drops steeply to cross Monjo Khola. From Monjo the trail crosses a small rock saddle and then descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence with Bhote Kosi is reached. From here the Khumbu region begins. Above the bridge the trail zigzags up 300m of the steep spur between the two rivers through sparse forest. From the top of the spur, Mt. Everest can be seen rising above Nuptse-Lhotse wall. The next section of the trail climbs less steeply, traversing above the Bhote Kosi until Namche Bazaar is reached. Namcha Bazaar is a market town, where every Saturday morning traders from lower altitude sell goods to sherpas. Most of the trading is over by mid-day and the traders return to their villages. Overnight at guest house

Day 04:- Rest day in Namche Bazaar for the acclimatization. This day we will rest in Namche Bazaar and we do some activities like Excursion to Khunde and Khumjung village very beautiful Sherpa village also there is a hotel call Everest view hotel, if you visit there you will get fantastic panoramic View of Himalayas including Mt Everest. Beside than that you can visit in Sagarmatha national park office in Namche Bazaar and there is a Sherpa museum you can visit there if you are interested about Sherpa culture. And also you have another option like if you have very good physical fitness you can visit to Another Sherpa village call Thame takes you about 7hours to go and back to Namche Bazaar. Thame is home village of Appa Sherpa who got the summit of Everest more than 15times and he registered his name in world genies book. In Namche Bazaar there is all the facilities are available beside car. There are bank, Equipment hiring service internet e-mail, and many more

 

Day 05:- Trek to Tengboche (3860M)

This day in the starting we will walk normal way to  Kyanjuma village with Panoramic views of mountains including Mt Everest  with overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak. We descend to Imjatse River at Phungithanga, a small settlement with couple of teahouses where we will have lunch and after lunch. The trail leads uphill through the forested path of silver fir, blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees get to Tyangboche. This is one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery or Gumba, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam, Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east and more peaks all around you

 

Day 06:- Trek to Dingboche (4,358m)

This day in the starting half an hour descent to Dibuche village small settlement of Sherpa people and some time if Tengboche is very busy we will stay here instead of Tengboche. And cross the River and gradually walk to Pangboche village we trek onwards to Dingboche village from where start the lush vegetation and tree lines vanishes, we enter the Imjatse valley to the Dingboche after 4-5 hrs walk. The great view of the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with view of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island peak or Imjatse 6,189m, which is a popular peak amongst all the trekking peaks in Nepal. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of field enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chukung and further beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6,100m and Amphu Laptsa pass 5,780m.

 

Day 07:- Acclimatization day at Dingboche

Today we rest for acclimatization at Dingboche valley, you may have full day rest or there are some places where can go for a day walk like trek to Chhukung 4,730m is worthwhile which takes approx. 3-4 hours from Dingboche, towards east within the Imjatse Valley, although the trek is gradual, however you can feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly coming towards Chhukung. At Chhukung, there are few teahouses overlooking superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers of Lhotse, Ama-Dablam and Imja glacier, Chhukung valley is the last settlement in eastern Khumbu region. After enjoy stroll back to Dingboche or the group will be taken to Nagarjun Hill (5050m/15291ft). This point offers fantastic views of the fifth highest mountain Makalu 8463m/25625ft. After appreciating the surrounding scenery we trek back to our camp in Dingboche, relaxing in the evening for overnight.

 


Day 08:- Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m)

Today the trail diverts towards north, the path is gradual up for about an hour as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa, from here the trail is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village and today’s walk offers beautiful view of the scenic mountains. After a pleasant walk through the ridge will reach at Thukla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers monuments, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region. We trek continues to the Lobuche an hour for overnight stop.

 

Day 09:- Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m) & hike to Everest base camp (5,316m)

Today, we’ll be walk in the morning towards the Gorakshep. After 2 hrs walking in a windy and rocky path will arrive at Gorekshep for our overnight. This trails offer the wonderful view with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, other peaks, Everest Base Camp, Kalapathar and below the Gorekshep valley including top of the world. After hotel check in our adventure continues towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from Gorekshep can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively with commotion during the high expedition season. It takes 2-3 hrs to get to base camp and after a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorekshep for the overnight at lodge.


Day 10:- Hike to Kalapthar (5,550m) & trek to Dingboche (4,300m)

This early morning we start to steep climb to the Kalapthar takes 2 hour walk on our pace. After reaching the top, you will feel beaming as you achieve the moment that you been dreaming, since the beginning of the journey. Top of Kalapathar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks amazing, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you feel its worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world, and can be seen to the south Khumbu glacier sweeps below you, and you can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier and lot of picturesque scenery. Stroll back to Gorekshep for breakfast and we walk fairly easy down to Dingboche for the overnight. It takes 4-5 hrs walk down and during the walk may get a wind and better to start early.

 

Day 11:- Dingboche to Chhukung

Dingboche to Chhung takes one and half hour and after arrive to Chhukung preparation for island peak. Manage the climbing gear and more.

 

Day 12:- Chhukung to Island peak base camp (5050m/15291ft) walking 6 hours, O/N at Tented camp

Day 13:-
Trek to High camp, Tented camp, FB plans, Most people go go the summit from base camp because in High camp storm a lot and water resource is in distant.

Day 14:- Summit (6189m/ 20305ft) and back to Dingboche Village over night at tea house


Day 15: Trek Dingboche (4400m) to Phortse (3810m)

Wake up with the glimpse of Himalayas with sunrise, enjoy the last views of the great high Khumbu Himalayas while having breakfast, then we will start to descend! We will retrace the trail back to Pangboche and then take a right to steep uphill climb that arrives to Phortse. Till now, Phortse has many farmers who are depend on potato and buckwheat farming and Phortse is also known for producing many climbing Sherpa’s. O/N at Phortse.

 

Day 16: Phortse to Namche (3,440m)

Trek down to Phortse thanka a small settlement with couple of teahouses. The trail leads uphill through the forested path of silver pine, blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees and with a great memories trek to the Mong –La Danda. From Mong-La you will see spectacular view of Amadablam and Cho o you and  the trail descend to Kengzuma village then gradually down and normal way to Namche bazaar for the overnight stay.

 

Day 17:- Trek to Lukla (2,800m)

After a long walk today we’ll have long and last day trek back to Lukla, Firstly we descend the long way before cross the bridge and further walk to Monju and ten Phakding for lunch. We trek back with enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. After long walk 7-8 hrs we arrival in Lukla and you’ll have time to stroll around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member and overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 18:- Fly back to Kathmandu

The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. Anyway we will fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer to hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel with ending your Himalayan trip with us.

 

Day 19:- Flight reserve day/Leisure at Kathmandu/Sightseeing in Kathmandu

This day we reserve for if the flight cancelled then not to miss the international flight. If we fly already this may have pleasant day for you and have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip as day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening company will meet you for the farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 20:- Departure from Kathmandu

Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination. 

Include

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in 3*** category with BB basis.
  • 2 way flight ticket KTM/LUKLA/KTM
  • 2 way flight Ticket for guide and climbing guide.
  • Permit fee for Island peak climbing.
  • Trekking guide/Porters
  • Everest national park entry fee
  • Climbing guide equipment fee.
  • Trekking will be Tea house.
  • All the meal on the trekking, Lunch, Dinner, breakfast
  • All the camping gears (like 2men tent, Mattress, for 2days while you are climbing)
  • Rope for climbing, ice piton.
  • Trekking guide, climbing guide and porters insurance.
  •  Well come and fare well dinner will be complimentary
  • Pick up and drive to airport by private transportations/ Domestic and international
not include

 

  •  Personal equipment for climbing which are requires.
  • Your personal insurance,
  • Helicopter rescue in in case.
  •  Food during the periods of stay in Kathmandu
  • Garbage deposit for climbing (which will be refundable 250US$)
  • Expenses of personnel nature like
  • Staff tips
  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances such as strike, accident/natural calamities 
  •  Beverage and bar bill (Tea/ Coffee and alcoholic drinks)
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