Duration: 19 days
Cost: USD 2399
Trip Type: Lodge/Camping
Altitude: 6,189 m
Best Month: Mar-May and Sep-Dec
Group Size: Minimum of 2 person
Island Peak also called Imja Tse lies in the Everest region of eastern Nepal and is 6,189 m tall. The peak is the extension of the ridge coming down off Lhotse Shar. It is one of the main climbing peaks in the Everest region.
Island peak summit is for those adventurer seekers who are energetic and physically fit and wish for both trekking and climbing experience at one go. After summiting this mountain you will stand amongst the other giants of the Himalayas.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Early in the morning, representatives from our office will meet you at thebrief you about the trekking. After that along with our tour guide, you will be taken for sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. You will visit different world heritage sites namely, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, Bouddhanath and Patan Durbar Square. Return early in the evening so that you can prepare for the trekking gear.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2845 m) then hike to Phakding (2660 m)
Flight Time: 30 minutes
Walking Time: 3 Hours and half minutes
Your trekking guide will come to your hotel in the morning and take you to the airport in a taxi for the flight to Lukla. After landing at Lukla, your trek will start. The trail to Phakding is a gradual downhill for about 3 and half hours. Phakding is the land of Sherpas, where you can see monasteries, pray er wheels and also you can get sight of snow capped peaks.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3420 m)
Walking Time: 5 to 6 Hours
Today the trail follows slightly uphill by the bank of the Dudh Koshi River till the junction of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. From the junction you need to follow the uphill trail till Namche Bazaar. If the weather is clear you will be able to get the first sight of Mt. Everest from Durbin Danda along the way. You will be entering the world heritage site- Sagarmatha National park, which is the house of multitude of mountain wildlifes.
Day 05: Rest and Acclimatization Day
This is the day set aside for the rest, but we recommend you to keep moving to acclimatize with the altitude. For this you can either take a short trip of about an hour uphill till army camp and visit museum inside the Sagarmatha national park and enjoy the panoramic mountain view or you can take a longer trip to the Everest View hotel (3900m) which is steeply uphill and takes you about 3 to 4 hours. From the hotel you can get the better panoramic views of the mountains. We recommend you to trek to the Everest view hotel. Or while in the village you can visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Namche to Tengboche (3870 m)
Walking Time: 5 Hours
Today we will trek towards Tengboche. Initially we will take an uphill trail for about 15 minutes through the village, then we will follow the flat trail all the way to Sanasa village. From the village we will descend to the Gokyo. The trail descends further more until we reach Phunki Thenga then the rest of the trail is uphill all the way to Tengboche, a village that houses a famous Tengboche Monastery which is the largest in the Everest region. You can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of various mountains including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.
Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200 m)
Walking Time: 5 Hours
After visiting the monastery early in the morning, we descend for about half an hour through the forest before crossing the river. After that, the trail follows uphill through the traditional Sherpa village of Pangboche before reaching Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.
Day 08: Acclimatization day
Today is another rest day to you during the trek. You can visit a local village or you can enjoy yourself with the incredible views of the mountains.
Day 09: Pheriche to Lobuche (5,000 m)
Today the trail goes slightly uphill till Thugla then there is a gradual descend until you reach Lobuche. While passing over the Thugla pass you can see memorial stupa and pray flags hanging on the hills in the memory of climbers who have perished during the Mt. Everest expedition. You can see the incredible view of various mountains like Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache, Cholache, Pumori and Nuptse. The glacier ridge of Lobuche offers you the view of Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Khumbu glacier and moraines formed by glaciers.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,170 m) then to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m)
Walking time: 3 Hours to Gorakshep then 4 hours to Everest base camp
After the breakfast you will follow the trail which is flat and easy for an hour then, you will pass through the moraines formed by the glaciers where the trail becomes rocky and icy. Then the trail follows gradual uphill all the way to Gorakshep. After leaving the bag at the hotel, you will hike to Everest Base Camp, which takes 4 hours, both ways. There you will see the closer view of the Khumbu glacier and other various mountains like Nuptse, Pumori, slight view of Mt. Everest and Lho-La. Overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar (5,545 m) and back to Dingboche (4,360 m)
Waking Time: 4 Hours to Kalapatthar then 3 and half hours to Dingboche
It is recommended to climb the Kalapatthar before sunrise so you need to wake up early and hike towards Kalapatthar. The hike to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep is a steeply uphill so it's more challenging. After you reach the top of Kalapatthar, you will see 360 degree panoramic views of mountains including Mt. Everest and Khumbu glacier. After you are done descend to Gorakshep then continue to Dingboche.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200 m)
Walking time: 6-7 Hours
After we are done with the breakfast, we start our trek for the day towards Island Peak Base Camp. The trek to the base camp is fairly steep. We walk on the winding path below the moraine formed by the Lhotse glacier. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse Glacier moraines lead to the Island Peak Base camp. We will make ready of our equipment in order to get ready for the ultimate climb. Overnight at the Base Camp.
Day 13: Base Camp to the Island Peak Summit (6,189 m) and back to Base Camp.
Time: 10-12 Hours
We wake up early in the morning around 2 and have our breakfast before we set off for the summit of Island Peak Mountain. It is always recommended to reach the peak before noon because there will be a lot of strong winds which acts against our mission. It is a great achievement to summit this mountain peak and stand amongst the other giants of the Himalayas. From the top you can see the incredible sights of various mountains like Makalu, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Peak 38 and many more. After some celebrations, we will descend to the Base Camp.
Day 14: Buffer Day
In the case of bad weather, we keep this day as a reserve for Island Peak Summit.
Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985 m)
Walking time: 5-6 Hours
After the breakfast we will set towards the Pangboche which will be an easier trek. We will follow the same route back where we will pass through the Sherpa Village to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a beautiful village surrounded by many mountains like Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and many others.
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Walking Time: 5 Hours
From Pangboche we head down towards the Imja Khola and up through the forest of Tengboche. On the way we keep our eyes wide open to see various wildlife like mountain goats, snow Leopards, colorful pheasants and many others. From Tangboche the trail goes steeply downhill for an hour to reach Phunki Thenga. From here, the trail ascends up for 1.5 hours to Sanasa village. The trail becomes flat and easy from Sanasa to Namche.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Walking Time: 6 Hours
The trail descends along the ridge through pine forest until the high suspension bridge, then the rest of the trail goes easy until Lukla. You can enjoy yourself with your trekking guides and porters as today is the last day of the trekking. Overnight at Lukla.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu
Today you will fly back to Kathmandu. After arriving at the Kathmandu, you can go for a shopping and buy gifts for your loved ones back at home.
Day 19: Departure
End of the memorable trip, a representative from our office will take you to the airport for the final goodbye.