Island Peak Climbing is considered a trophy for trekkers in Nepal because it offers an unmatched close view of Mount Everest and many other Himalayan Range. The Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse lies between Mount Ama Dablam and Lhotse at the center of the Chukung glacier – making it almost like an island. It is a tough feat to achieve due to harsh climatic and topographical conditions. But considering the thrill and the view it provides, it remains one of the hottest trekking peaks in the Everest region and in Nepal. The peak is mostly used by climbers who want to scale Mount Everest or other peaks for practicing because it is relatively hard for trekking for easier scaling.
Actually almost all the goodies that Nepal offers to its tourist: A walk through the alleys of Kathmandu’s rich cultural, ancient, historical heritages and diverse lifestyle; an amazing mountain flight that passes across some of the world’s tallest peaks, trek through the Sagarmatha National Park, hospitality of the Sherpa people, climbing a peak and above all – takes you to so close to nature that you feel it in you.
WHAT ARE OPTIONS AVAILABLE?
Well literally speaking – options are unlimited. If you have already visited the area and this time around just want to climb the Island Peak than we can arrange a straight to the island package for you. And if you want to immerse yourself in the highlights of Nepal treks, then just leave the planning to us and you enjoy your well earned holiday. We will take care of the rest.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN THE LAND OF HIMALAYAS (1320M/ 4329FT)
DAY 2: OFF TO THE LAND OF BRAVE SHERPAS (2655M/ 8708FT)
DAY 3: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAR (3440M/11284FT),5-6 HOURS
DAY 4: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT NAMCHE (3440M/11284FT).
DAY 5: NAMCHE TO TENGBOCHE (3790M12694FT), 5 HOURS.
DAY 6: TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE (4410M/14464FT), 5 – 6 HOURS.
DAY 7: DINGBOCHE TO CHHUKUNG (4730M/ 15,514FT), 4 HOURS.
DAY 8: CHHUKUNG TO ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP (4970M/ 16,302FT), 4 HOURS.
DAY 9: ACCLIMATIZATION AND PRE-CLIMBING EXERCISE AT ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP.
DAY 10: THE BIG DAY: SCALING ISLAND PEAK (6180M/20270FT) AND RETURNING TO CHHUKUNG (10-11 HOURS)
DAY 11: EXTRA DAY IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER.
DAY 12: CHUKKING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR 6 HOURS, (3440/11284FT).
DAY 13: TREK TO LUKLA, (2800M/9184FT), 6-7 HOURS.
DAY 14: SAY GOODBYE TO THE KHUMBU REGION, TRIP END WITH FAREWELL DINNER
Adventure of climbing the Island Peak starts with knowing the land of Himalayas. And it starts in Kathmandu -where you will land if you come by air. Kathmandu is a melting pot of diverse Nepali cultures. It’s a metropolis in the making but a living museum that imbibes the lively lifestyle and history of this Himalayan nation.
When you head for an adventurous trek you should be prepared for off-the-beat routine. On this morning its an early wake up call to board a 35-minute mountain flight through the Himalayas to the land of Sherpas: Tenzing Hillary Airport in Solukhumbu. Known as one of the most extreme airports in the world, you will love the feel of the area as soon as you touch down. It smells adventure. From here you will join the rest of your team members for the journey and head out for Phakding. En-route you will pass through Rhododendron, Magnolia and pine forest, small Sherpa settlements, prayer flags fluttering between highland trees and the cold wind, Mani walls and adorable and hospitable tea houses. Overnight in Phakding.
We will start trekking from Namche Bazar to Phakding after our breakfast. The trail to Namche Bazaar – the region’s main trading center passes through the Dudh Koshi River glacier river offering a scenic view of the snow-capped Mount Kushum Kanguru (6369m), Thamserku (6623m). The last leg of the trek involves a steep gradient trek to the town of Namche Bazar. Tiring it maybe but the view is equally rewarding.
One thing that is important while trekking to Everest region is easing with altitude sickness. Today we will acclimatize by hiking up and around the Namche Bazar, enjoy the views it offers of the mountains of Everest Himalayan Range from the nearest viewpoint, and learn more about the Sherpa people and their culture.
The first leg of today’s trek is reaching Phorthe. The trail takes us through a wide trail with few ups and downs and pas along with trails that are inhabited by Musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and the multicolored pheasants. Passing through the beautiful Sherpa towns of Kayangjuma, Sanasa we will rest at Phunki Thenga for lunch. From here the trek gest a bit tougher but the trail that is full of pine and fir forests compensates the toughness. At the end we reach Tengboche. This town is famous for it is home to one of the biggest and oldest ancient monasteries in the Khumbu region- the Tengboche Monastery.
We head out for Dingboche after having snacks at Tengboche through the familiar vegetation, prayer flags, Mani walls, Chortens, the majestic views of Everest Himalayan Range, Himalayan Thars and passing through the beautiful town of Pangboche we will reach Somera. As a treat for all the hard trek we will enjoy our lunch in front of the Mount Ama Dablam. After a hearty lunch, we will trek along the banks of the river with reasonable ascent, and some beautiful terrace farms enclosed with high stone walls to save the harvest from strong winds before reaching Dingboche. It has internet café and a billiard board. Overnight in a local lodge.
We head out for Chhukung in the morning after having breakfast. The initial trail leads along with Imja River and the stone wall covered terrace farms of the Imja valley. Some hour further up, we will walk through glacier moraines and the tree-less tundra region. As we ascend, shortage of oxygen slows down our trekking speed and we slowly make our way up. After reaching Chhukung, we will take our lunch and rest there for the day to acclimatize with the growing altitude. Overnight in a teahouse.
We head out for the final leg of our ascent to the Island Peak Base Camp. Initial leg of the trek is a steep ascent up the mountain through winding trail. To avoid altitude sickness we tread on the trail slowly and gradually. After we get over the steep climb, we come across a stunning view of the Island Peak, Mount Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many others. From here onwards our we will hike on a pleasant trail that leads into the beautiful valley of Pareshaya Gyab which acts as the base camp for Imja Tse (Island Peak). Here we will set our tents for the night and enjoy the dinner cooked by our team. The menu won’t be elaborate but it definitely will be delicious to the palate and the stomach.
Throughout the day today, we will prepare ourselves for the ascent tomorrow. The drill involves trekking higher up in the altitude and learning technical details on using climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boots, crampons, harness, ascender etc from peak climbing expert of our team. The drill will also include using a rope as we believe that the drill helps to build your confidence and increase your skills to scale the summit. Overnight again at the Island Peak Base camp.
To scale the summit without many hassles we will head out at 2 in the morning. Heading out early is important because strong winds in the afternoon make it hard to climb the summit. The trail goes several hundred meters up beyond the base camp soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb the uphill, we will see the slope narrows ad the trail enters a steep rock channel. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to exhilarating and exposed climbers onto the snout of the summit glacier. From here we use rope wherever necessary and continue climb onto the summit ridge. After a hard struggle through mountain ridges, we finally make it to the summit. It offers aesthetic views of the Everest Himalayan Range and the Khumbu Valley. After spending some time over the summit celebrating the ascent we will trace our steps back to the base camp and then to Chhukung.
This is an extra day included in case our summit to the Island Peak is deterred by bad weather. If our trip goes as planned than on this day we will head for Namche (given below) or else will reach Chukkung in the evening.
We will head out to Namche Bazaar today. With the altitude gradually decreasing we will feel much better and will be able to walk with better strides. In Pangboche we will sit for breakfast with a pleasing view of Mount Ama Dablam. After that, we will continue tracing our steps back and finally stop at Tengboche for lunch. With a well-fed tummy and the delight of having scaled the Island Peak we will continue our journey along the familiar trail filled with rhododendron bushes and fir tree, the Dudh Koshi River and pass through the villages of Tashinga and Sansa, Kyangjuma before reaching Namche Bazaar Overnight in a teahouse.
Though on our ascent we had made it to Lukla in two days, our way back is much easier with fewer paths to ascent. So by the end of the day we will make our way into Lukla – ending our journey into the Khumbu region and enjoying the facilities at Lukla.
After a long memorable journey in the Khumbu region and its splendid mountains, today we will fly back to Kathmandu – seeing the mountains from the window of our flight. Back in Kathmandu with the day remaining, you will have plenty of time exploring Kathmandu, buying memorabilia. At night we will have a farewell dinner and share our experience during the tour. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Deluxe Hotel and Teahouse.
Breakfast in Kathmandu and Three-time meals during the Trip.