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The Island Peak climb at an altitude of 6189m in the famous Khumbu region.
Amazing, mountain views from Island Peak Summit.
Trekking and Climbing
Located on top of the Chhukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse mountains, Island Peak is the most sought-after trekking destinations because of its challenging geographical conditions. Each year more than 300 groups attempt to scale the summit of Island Peak. This trek offers an excellent opportunity to climb a Himalayan peak (6189m) together with an exhilarating trek in the Everest region. The most difficult section of the climb is a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees leading to the narrow summit ridge. The magnificent views from the summit, however, are certainly a fitting reward for your efforts. Before climbing Island Peak, you trek up the Dudh Koshi Valley from Lukla, passing through Namche, Tengboche, and Dingboche. After being acclimatized properly, you then head up the beautiful Imja Khola Valley towards Island Peak for climbing the peak. After successful summit, with ponderous memories of the trekking earlier done, you retrace your route back through Namche to Lukla, and from there on you fly back to Kathmandu. This trip can be done during March to May and September to December.
A physically fit and well acclimatized person is qualified to make an ascent over this peak.
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. As your plane lands at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the arrivals and escort you to your hotel.
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Boudhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and after that to Pashupatinath, the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. You take a tour to Patan also called as Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. You will walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.
A scenic flight of thirty minutes from Kathmandu brings us to Lukla airport, a cliff-hanging airport in Khumbu from where most of the trekking in Everest region begins. After meeting the crew, you head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.
From Phakding, you cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche, one of the most important stopovers during the trip. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading center in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the locals and the people from neighboring vicinity.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, teashops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can visit Khunde village which has Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, and Khumjung village which have a monastery known for having famous yeti scalp or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. You get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by some settlements with numerous teashops, you descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here you can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche Monastery, one of the most remarkable monasteries you visit during the whole trek. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from here.
You descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6,812 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the monastery, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours’ walk-through scrub junipers bring you to Dingboche.
A day for acclimatization. You get to wander up the valley to the summit of Nangkartshang Peak (5083m), from where you can get the stupendous 360-degree view of the mountains including Mt. Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Island peak, Amadablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Taboche and Cholatse. Another option can be a hiking to Chhukung Village (4730m) – the last village before Island Peak. If you want to push yourself a bit harder, you can also climb Chhukung Ri (5550m), from where you can get the impressive view of Imja Tse (Island Peak), Imja Glacier, Ama Dablam, Makalu and Nuptse. In that case an early start from Dingboche is required.
Today, you have an easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chhukung. Along the way you have great views of Island Peak and the challenge that awaits us.
Another easy day, the trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx. 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. The Base Camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which mark the start of the climb on Island Peak. After you reach there, you will relax and make final preparations for your climb tomorrow.
Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit you have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over you whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views. You descend along the same route, down to the Base Camp.
A contingency day allocated for weather etc.
After descending along the trail to Chhukung, you continue on to Dingboche for lunch. It is then another couple of hours to the lovely village of Pangboche where you will spend the night.
Today you follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche you descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.
Your final day's trek follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. You have a party with your Sherpa guides and porters. You sample some chang (local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Altogether an end to a memorable trip on a merry note
Your Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).