Island peak climbing is one of the best packages for beginners with little or no previous climbing experience. Island peak, locally known as Imja Tse (6,160 m), will give you a diverse natural climbing experience as this mountain falls within the borders of the Sagarmatha National park; a UNESCO world heritage site, which also includes several glorious towering mastiffs like The Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. The region is full of spectacular scenery along the way with a great climbing experience and cultural exposure.
You will begin your adventure to conquer the Island peak (6,160 m) with a scenic flight weaving through clouds and mountains from Kathmandu to Lukla. Reaching Lukla, you will be trekking towards Phakding. From there you will be heading towards Namche Bazaar, one of the highest settlements in the world, where you will start the first phase of acclimatization with a day’s stay and excursion around the village. After acclimatizing your body to the high elevation you will resume your trek towards Thyangboche where you will be spending the night in a Lodge.
The next day you will start your trek with a light breakfast and will be making your way to Dingboche. In this beautiful village, you will also get to take a break and spend an important acclimatization day. You will resume your trek the next day towards Lobuche. The trail to Lobuche is mostly uphill. The next day you will be heading to the Gorak Shep and then hike towards the Everest Base Camp.
After spending some time at the Base Camp, you will descend back to Gorak Shep for the overnight stay. The following day, we will hike towards the famous viewpoint, Kalapatthar early before sunrise. After enjoying the spectacular view of the massive mountains, we descend towards Lobuche. The next day, we reach the Kongma La Pass, the highest pass of this trek, and head towards the final settlement before reaching the base camp at Chukung (4730m). Finally, on the next day, you will be arriving at the Island base camp where you will be staying in a tea house with some fellow climbers and local Sherpas.
After a day off from trekking, you will begin preparing for the ascent to the Island peak with a short briefing from your climbing guides. The next morning you will begin the climb towards the majestic Imja Tse/ Island Peak (6,160 m) ascending above the snows and the clouds. Upon reaching the summit you will be rewarded with views of some of the highest mountains complimented by the panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges. After enjoying the scenic ranges from the summit you begin descending down towards Thyangboche. The destination after Thyangboche is Monjo where you will bid the mountains goodbye the next day by trekking towards Lukla followed by a flight back to Kathmandu.
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After a scenic 30 min flight, we land in Lukla, the starting point of this incredible adventure. Lunch will be served at Lukla or en route to Phakding, depending upon the arrival time. We will have time to wander around Lukla, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the baggage. We then start trekking to Phakding going over a suspension bridge and climbing to Ghat from where one and half hours of walking will take us to Phakding for the overnight stay near the banks of Dudh Koshi river.
Trek along the bank of Dudh Koshi crossing it and re-crossing it later via suspension bridges. We pass through Benkar village with a magnificent view of Thamserku 6608m/21680ft. It is a busy trail filled with trekkers, porter and jhopkyos (cross between cow and a yak) leading to Monjo 2835m/9301ft, a small Sherpa settlement at the entrance of Everest National Park. Push ahead to Jorsalle 3096m/11296ft; the last place with shops till we reach Namche Bazaar. A 2 hour’s uphill walk along a winding trail takes us to the famed Namche Bazaar with its colorful houses located in a natural U-shaped amphitheater.
Namche Bazaar is an excellent place for acclimatization. The purpose of spending an extra day at this beautiful bazaar is to helps us cope with the higher altitude. On this day, we can hike around the nearby hills or explore around the Bazaar in Namche.
Fairly easy walk for the first half which then leads to 20 minutes climb to the top ridge of Namche Bazaar. From here, the trail proceeds with magnificent views of the giant snow peaks including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thermasharkhu, and Kwangde-Ri peak until we reach Phungitenga, a small Sherpa settlement with beautiful prayer wheels propelled by water. The village is covered with silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees. From here, the trail winds through the pleasantly shaded woods that takes us to Thyangboche, the beautiful spot offering an eyeful of Himalayan beauties—Mt. Ama Dablam, considered as the most beautiful mountain, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar.
After an early morning breakfast, we follow the trail that drops to Debuche and then cross the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola. The trail leads to a gradual climb to Pangboche, a Sherpa settlement with old monasteries. The route leaves the treelines behind to exposing a wide landscape with a majestic view of Mt. Ama Dablam at close range to reach Dingboche.
Dingboche, also known as 'The Wall' in the Everest region, is another perfect place to acclimatize our body in the higher altitude. On this day, we explore the village and nearby hill to keep our feet moving.
After a pleasant walk of nearly 2 hours, the trail reaches Thugla. Here we cross a small wooden bridge over then a steep one hour walk will take us to a resting spot that fantastically showcases Everest and other prominent Himalayan peaks. A gradual ascent of another 2 hours will take us to Lobuche, which comes as a surprise as it is a very tiny settlement, which is well-hidden and sheltered from the wind, a pastoral home of yak herders.
The first hour of walk involves a gradual ascent from the end of the grassy field as we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The climb slowly leads to a steep climb section over the moraine. The strands uphill are compensated by breathtaking views of the Himalayas including Pumori, Nuptse, and Everest. Gorakshep is another small cluster of teashops; we will camp just below them. After a break here at Gorakshep we’ll continue towards Everest Base Camp. The walk can be quite strenuous due to thin air, rocky dunes, moraines, and streams till you reach the base camp but it’s worth it. The EBC is a lively place during the high expedition season. Head back to Gorakshep for the night.
Early morning hike to Kalapatthar (5,545m), which is a popular peak for expedition groups for acclimatization and to perform practice climbs before attempting higher summits. View from here is beyond imagination, Everest seems just a stone’s throw away between Nuptse and Lhotse while other snowcapped giants dominate the surrounding view. The Everest Base Camp is also visible from here on the Khumbu Glacier. After a wonderful time here we’ll descend back to Gorakshep and continue our journey to Lobuche. Our route descends further down to towards the small village of Lobuche.
Leaving Lobuche in the early morning, we head towards the Imjatse valley at Chhukung. Along the way, we enjoy the remote wilderness of the area with a breathtaking view of Amphu Lapcha and Island peak. We then cross over Kongma La Pass at 5545m, the highest pass of this trek. Next, we descend towards the Imjatse valley and then to Chhukung for an overnight stay.
After the breakfast, we make our way towards the south side to Island peak. The trail leads to a steep climb along the streamside towards the base camp of Island peak. Upon reaching the base camp, the Sherpa team will set up the camp for the night.
We climb to the high camp of Island Peak at 5630m. On this day, we pack all our mountain gears and walk along the narrow slopes. We then ascend on a steep rock channel to reach the High Camp. Final preparation for the climb.
Big Day! The climb to the Island Peak summit is steep and slightly technical. The climbing crew will fix the ropes whenever necessary on this strenuous ascent. Upon reaching the summit, along with the glory, we witness the spectacular panoramic vista of the massif mountains surrounding us. After that, we descend down the same route to the Base Camp.
A reserve in case of the unfavorable weathers and to maintain the itinerary accordingly if any. If everything goes well, this day can be used to shorten our trek on the way to Lukla.
After leaving the Base Camp, we descend straight towards the village of Dingboche. From here, we descend further down towards the beautiful village of Thyangboche. We will walk into lush green vegetation for the first time after spending our week on an arid landscape. The final phase of the trek is an hour-long climb to reach our overnight destination at Thyangboche.
After the breakfast, we trek downhill towards the Imja Khola and cross the bridge. Next, we climb for about an hour to reach Namche Bazaar. After Namche, the trail is completely downhill until we reach Monjo.
The final trekking day of this great adventure. The walk is fairly easy with a gradual walk through the village of Phakding. The path is mostly downhill with a few uphills on the way towards Lukla.
Early morning return flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. The 30-minutes flight will be one of the most memorable ones with glimpses of the breathtaking landscapes. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you can enjoy the rest of your leisure day or shop around the bustling streets of Thamel.
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