Trek Highlights

  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Explore Namche Bazaar
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery
  • Impressive vistas of high peak and Khumbu Ice fall.
  • View of the Everest and other mountains from the Kalapattar.
  • Visit Everest Base Camp and the Glacier.
  • Great scenery from the summit of Island peak Summit.

Trek Overview

The Island peak climbing (6179m) is also recognized as Imja Tse Peak among a local which is the most popular trekking peak in Everest region. The peak was first ascended by the team of Britain in 1953. After that many group and people climbed this stunning peak of Nepal.

You will see the glory of the Khumbu region passing by the Sherpa inhabited area of Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar and Tengboche.  The ascending of the peak presents the captivating vistas of the panoramic Himalayan Mountains of Solukhumbu region including Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Makalu 8463m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201 and other 27 snow-capped mountain of Everest trekking region as well as glaciers and majestic lake Imja Se from the summit of Island peak. Climbing to island peaks also offers beautiful Tibetan monasteries and lush valleys.

The island peak climbing is ideal for energetic and physically fit trekkers with little or no experience for summit island peak. Some of the experienced climbers use Island Peak as the acclimatization before commencing high elevation peak climbing. The route to the base camp of the Island peak climbing is the similar route as that of the Everest Base Camp Trekking. 

The best seasons for the Island Peak Expedition are winter (December to February), spring (mid-March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November).

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate at Kathmandu.

  2. Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.

  3. Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9317ft), trek to Phakding (2,610m/8561 ft) - 4 to 5 hours walking.

    Our representative will transfer from your hotel to the airport for the early morning 30 minutes spectacular flight to Lukla. After landing at Lukla airport we meet our crew and head up towards Phakding. After 4 hours trek on a gradual descending trail, we arrive at the small village of Phakding on the bank of stunning Dudh Koshi River. We overnight at Phakding village.

  4. Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m/11302 ft) - 5 to 6 hours walking.

    The trek for today commence after breakfast then walk up mostly uphill to the trading town of Namche Bazaar. We traverse many suspension bridges and if the weather is clear, you can catch a first glimpse of majestic Everest. Namche is the largest town in Khumbu region, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. This vibrant village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here. Overnight at lodge.

  5. Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche

    Today we take a rest day as a part of acclimatization. There is ample of things to do in and around.We can take a short walk above the town to see the backdrop of Everest. You can also view the beautiful scenery from the national park centre and museum just above the town. You can visit Sherpa Culture Museum and get back to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you can either relax or explore the Bazaar.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12687 ft) 5 hours walking.

    The trail proceed through Alpine region with a gradual climb to Phunki through rhododendron forest with awe inspiring views of Ama Dablam, Kangtaiga and Everest. After crossing the Dudh Khosi at Phunki Tanga we start to ascend through forest to Tengboche which is the legendary monastery of the Khumbu region. Overnight at Lodge.

  7. Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,350m/14271 ft) 5 to 6 hours walking.

    The trek from Tewngboche to Dingboche is about 6 hours walk. We pass through picturesque village and mountain. We walk on the trail and after descent to the Imja Khola, we traverse the river and ascend slowly to the village of Pangboche. We spend two nights at Dingboche for acclimatization process. This village is in a cozy location above the Imja Khola and is warmer and less breezy as compare with the neighboring village of Pheriche. 

  8. Day 08: Acclimatization and hike day at Dingboche

    Today we have one more acclimatization day. We start early morning after breakfast. We have options to hike either Nagajun Hill (5,050m/16,568ft) or Chhukung Village. We will come back to Dingboche and after lunch, you would have leisure time for rest and relax.

  9. Day 09: Dingboche– Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    Today, after the early breakfast, we initiate our 5 hours excursion ascending slowly all along a plateau of yak herder shelters. You will have pleasant walk passing through magnificent Mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumari spread out before us in spectacular landscape. After two and half hours gradual walk, we will arrive at Dughla. From Dughla the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before turning left just pass the climber and Sherpa memorial. From here, away from the tree line area, the trails go down slowly and flow to the western side till we arrive at the valley of Lobuche where we will stay overnight.

  10. Day 10: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,288m/17,349ft) 3hrs – Everest base camp (5,360m/17,585ft) 4–5 hrs hike

    Today our destination is the Everest Base Camp (EBC). After the breakfast, we get ready and begin our trek by following the rocky terrain. We will enjoy the magnificent vistas of the pool of Khumbu glacier and icebergs. After leaving Lobuche, the trail to Gorak Shep is extraordinary where we walk through the rocky moraine undulate trail. After a lunch break at Gorak Sep we then walk to Everest base camp, the trail is mainly on rocky moraine before traversing over on to the glacier. There is a spectacular vista of the well-known Khumbu icefall from the base camp.  After few time in the base camp we then come down back to Gorak Sep where we stay overnight.

     

  11. Day 11: Gorak Sep – Kalapathar (5,545m/18,192ft) 3hrs hike – Pheriche (4,240m/13,901ft) - 5hrs hike

    Kalapattar is one of the major highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek. After breakfast we start our trek by climbing up black rock situated just above Gorak Sep. Though the trek can be demanding and frosty cold as it would be worth as you can see the magnificent majestic backdrops of Mt. Everest (8848m/29000ft) including the extensive range of Khumbu Himalayas where you can enjoy clear and unobstructed view. The views appear colourful during sunset. After our successful climb we then move down to Periche as we stay overnight.

  12. Day 12: Trek to Chukhung (4730m) 3 hours hike

    Today we walk to Chukhung towards Island Peak. We follow the trail on the right banks of the Imja River.  We pass Kharka the valley broaden and the trail levels. Lhotse lies straight ahead when you come to the small village of Bibre as we come down to the river and traverse its rocky bed into Chhukung (4730m).  The scenery from this valley is wonderful with Ama Dablam and the enormous wall of Nuptse and south face of Lhotse. We overnight here.

  13. Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp (4970m/16905 ft, 4 hrs)

    Today, we trek all along the Imja Khola to Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasing site by a small lake with beautiful backdrops of the Lhotse Glacier and Nuptse-Lhotse wall. Today you will reach the Base Camp of Imja Tse. Once camp has been set up you will have leisure time to relax and prepare or organize climbing equipment for climbing the peak tomorrow. 

  14. Day 14: Summit Island Peak (6160m/20209 ft). Return to Chhukung.

    You will start early for the summit. The trek to island peak is fairly steep trail. Great care and caution must be employing while scaling the wall to emerge on the ridge leading to the summit. After the summit of Island Peak, you will move down to the Base Camp and Chhukhung. Overnight at Lodge.

  15. Day 15: Spare day in case of bad weather.

    Depending on weather conditions, we stay extra days at Chhukhung.

  16. Day 16: Return trek to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

    Today we continue to walk by descending to the lower elevation. Following the same path back all the way through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the picturesque Sherpa villages, Orsho and Shomare. We can visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region Pangboche is a charming village bounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse river flowing through the wide lush valley. 

  17. Day 17: Return to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft): 4-5 hours

    From Pangboche we retrace our way downward to the Imja Khola and up all the way through the forest to Tengboche. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside covered by rhododendron and juniper trees. After traverse the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail leads the Dudh Koshi gorge descending swiftly through the pine forests before we reach Sansa. We can see wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After we pass Chorten, we arrive at army camp at Namche Bazaar.  Overnight in Namche Bazaar

  18. Day 18: Return trek to Lukla. (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-7 hours

    Today after breakfast we move down steeply downward carefully due to rocky terrain. After traversing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural.  After we reach Lukla we take a rest and freshen up and stay overnight.

  19. Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu

    We will fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival back in Kathmandu we will stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu. You have leisure time to do shopping and take rest.

  20. Day 20: Fly Back Home

    You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.

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