Island Peak Climbing also called Imja Tse in Everest reason is most popular Himalayan climbing peak in Nepal. Climbing Island peak is the first choices for beginner climber and fit trekkers. The top of Island Peak 6,189 miters gives unforgettable sights of other Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest. Climbing Island Peak is physically demanding but not technically challenging. Climbing route starts from Lukla via regular Everest trekking trail till Dingboche village from where the trails turn towards Chhukung valley. 16 days itinerary covers enough preparation time in Kathmandu, two days climbing clinic with our climbing guide in Island base camp, get the summit and return back again to Kathmandu. Nepal Highland Treks provide professional and responsible climbing guide, climbing equipment and necessary supply to make success climb.
We can provide you different itineraries. Island peak climbing itinerary can combine with Everest Base Camp. First reach at Everest Base Camp and climb Kalapathar (5,555miters) make proper acclimatization and fit your body before reaching at peak. Another option is to combining trip itinerary as Everest Base Camp, Kongma La pass and Island peak. It is 19 days perfect itinerary have enough acclimatization and preparation days. Everest region have famous three high passes which are known as adventure passes in the world. Climbing itinerary can also combining with three highest passes Rengo La, Cho La, Kongma La, Everest Base Camp and Island peak. It can be total 22 days plan with trekking and climbing days.
Accommodation in the trip is in local tea houses accept days in Island Peak base camp. Our staffs fix the tents during climbing period. All the foods and drinks are prepared at camp. Climbing guide make you involve in climbing clinical course before starting climbing Island Peak. To get success of the peak is within one morning. We start very early in the morning from base camp and reach at Island top (6,189 miters) at the time of sunrise. Come back to base camp and trekking down towards Lukla.
Day 01:Arrival at tribhuban international airport Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and Overnight 1350m
Day 02:Half day cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and trip preparation. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,860m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3/4 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 04:Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 05:Acclimatization at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight
Day 06:Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 07:Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 08:Trek Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m) 2 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 09:Trek Chhukung to Island peak base camp (5,200m) 4 Hours. Overnight at tent
Day 10:Climbing clinical training. Get preparation to summit tomorrow. Overnight at tent
Day 11:Summit Island Peak (6,189m) and decent to Chhukung. Overnight at tea house
Day 12:Trek back to Tengboche Monastery. (3,860m - 5 hours) overnight at tea house
Day 13:Trek back to Jorsalle/Manjo. overnight at camp
Day 14:Trek back to Lukla. Overnight at tea house
Day 15:Fly back to Kathmadnu. Overnight at Hotel
Day 1Arrival at tribhuban international airport Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and Overnight 1350mA representative from Nepal highland Treks pick up and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time rest and get fresh. You accommodation in Thamel which is center of City. Touristic place Thamel have goods restaurants as well as trekking equipment shops.
Day 2Half day cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and trip preparation. Overnight at Hotel After breakfast in Hotel, our tour guide will lead you to cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu. Valley. we can cover one big Hindu temple Pashupatinath, one biggest Buddhist stupa Bauddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar squire, Old palace. Remaining time is to prepare your trip. Stay together with guide checking for necessary items to the trip.
Day 3Fly to Lukla (2,860m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3/4 hours. Overnight at tea houseEarly in the morning we drive to domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. It is early morning flight about 35 minutes. Scenic flight with tiny aircraft takes off you at Hillary airport (Lukla). Introduce with your porter. After managing your luggage, start walking toward Phakding. The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River. Easy and flat walking takes only around 4 hours.
Day 4Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house After your breakfast start trekking to Namche Bazar (Biggest town in Everest region). We pass big suspension bring at the beginning. Than our trail become slightly up hills. Route is passing through alpine forest along with Dudhkoshi River. We also pass Benkar village, Monjo village and jorsalle on the way. After having our lunch, we start tough up hills walking and reach Namche.
Day 5Acclimatization at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight It is acclimatization day and we take hiking tour around. Hike to Everest view hotel and Khumjung village. Visit local monasteries and Hillary school. It is pleasant day to have your lunch at Khumjung village with front view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Amadablam and others. Come back to Namche. Walking around in Namche get more refresh
Day 6Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house We trek an easy way with front view of panoramic mountain up to Phunki Thanga, small River side village. From here, trekking route start to be up hills. It contains some of the major ascend toward Tengboche. Tengboche is famous with Tengboche monastery and it is one of the largest monastery in Everest region. Monastery open from 3 pm and it is good visit at their evening chanting by lamas
Day 7Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house Trekking through Rhododendron forest reach at Deboche village. After Diboche valley reach at Pangboche village which is having biggest settlement of Sherpa peoples. We still have good view of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam. Trekking trail than follow through upper Pangboche for exploring an oldest pangboche monastery. After walking some minor ascends, we can see picturesque village of Dingboche with beautiful potato fields.
Day 8Trek Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m) 2 Hours. Overnight at tea house We trek to Chhunung today. It is very short trekking and you can view fabulous view of Island peak. Setup once again your climbing equipment. If you need to hire any equipment here is the place. Tomorrow we have to trek up to island peak base camp
Day 9Trek Chhukung to Island peak base camp (5,200m) 4 Hours. Overnight at tent Today after breakfast, we heads further on to the steep way climbing southern part then turning east to the main line of the valley. Continue short pleasant walking along a streamside leads to the Big –rock and the route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast from here. A mid difficult cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads you to a wide valley flanking of Island peak where we will set up our base camp for overnight at tented camp.
Day 10Climbing clinical training. Get preparation to summit tomorrow. Overnight at tent Whole day climbing familiar training with our climbing guide. get full setup with your climbing equipment and rope. All the foods are from our own tent prepared by cooking team. Early bed to get up early morning tomorrow.
Day 11Summit Island Peak (6,189m) and decent to Chhukung. Overnight at tea house Island Peak Ascent starts early morning around 2 am. Climb to the rock gully is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Chhukung for overnight.
Day 12Trek back to Tengboche Monastery. (3,860m - 5 hours) overnight at tea house Today trekking back through same way to Tengboche. You still can explore tengboche monastery.
Day 13Trek back to Jorsalle/Manjo. overnight at camp We plan to trek back further down from Namche to make shorter day walking to Lukla tomorrow. Stay overnight either in Jorsalle or in Manjo.
Day 14Trek back to Lukla. Overnight at tea house It is 4 to 5 hours easy walking back to Lukla today. Reach at tea house and fairwel
Day 15Fly back to Kathmadnu. Overnight at Hotel Early in the morning, fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Free time till evening. fair well dinner with Nepal Highland Treks in cultural Nepali restaurant.
Day 16Departure Final departure ! Representative from Nepal Highland Treks assist you till airport. It is important to reac hat airport before 3 hours from your original flight time.
Our Guarantee departure date of May 5 is 21 days itinerary including Everest Base Camp and Kongma La pass. Let us know either to follow the same itinerary entirely or have your own customize itinerary and join climbing period only.
Last trip my wife and i did Chola pass, Renjola pass and EBC with Nepal Highland Treks. This time we wanted to do Kongma la plus something a little more challenging so we decided to climb Island Peak as well. Nepal Highland Treks tailored a trip to our exact needs. Our guide was simply the best. A wealth of knowledge and always happy. He felt more like a friend as well as listening to us and accommodated every request. I highly recommend contacting them if you are ever thinking of visiting Nepal.
- Andy Cox (Jack), Australia