Island Peak (Imja Tse )
Island Peak also called Imja Tse by the Nepalese is a popular choice among novice climbers who wish to begin their mountaineering journey by summiting Island Peak and then move on to other peaks.The mountain was named “Island Peak” in 1952 AD due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an island on a sea of ice. Island Peak has an impressive, highly glaciated west face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier which is a bit tough to do; however, the magnificent views from the summit are certainly a fitting reward for your efforts.
Island Peak climbing is a fantastic experience in the Himalayas of Nepal.It is designed for energetic and physically fit trekkers. Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks in the Everest Region of Nepal with an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. Being one of the ‘trekking peaks’ with very little technical aspects, Island Peak is not a difficult undertaking for a beginner climber wishing to enter the incredible world of mountain climbing.
Hundreds of climbers flock to Nepal every year to get a permit for Island Peak climbing. By climbing the Island peak, you will stand on a summit of wonderful mountain at 6189 meters with almost the same unforgettable sense of achievement as you would on the top of mt. Everest.
Day 01: Arrive in the Kathmandu (1300m)
Your journey will start from the Kathmandu Valley. When you arrive at the Kathmandu Airport, our representative Wongchhu Peak Promotion (WPP) will welcome you and he/she will drop you at the hotel so that you can relax and take rest in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley:
After morning breakfast Wongchhu Peak Promotion will introduce you with your tour guide and he will pick you from respective hotel for an interesting tour of Swayambhunath Stupa located on a hill top, with fabulous views of Kathmandu city, green hills that surrounds the valley and of high snow capped mountains.
Swayambhunath one of the oldest historical sites listed in world heritage of more than 2,5000 years old Buddhist religious complex with huge dome shape stupa with four mystical eyes of Buddha overlooking four directions North, South, East and West. After an impressive tour visiting the monastery and small chapels this place surrounded with green forest with many monkeys around and this place is also known as “Monkey Temple”.
Next nice tour leads towards east of Kathmandu city at Pashupatinath Temple area, tourist or non Hindu are not allowed inside the main temple, however one can overlook the temple from the bank of Bagmati river the holy and famous Shiva temple with golden pagoda tier roofs and four silver doors surrounded with lovely forest with many monkeys around. This place is flooded in the mid February on Shiva Ratri (birth anniversary of lord Shiva). Nearby on the opposite bank of the river funeral and cremation takes places for all Hindu religion.
Then after drive towards north east reaching at Bouddhanath Stupa also called as “Little Tibet” due to strong Tibetan influence in culture, traditions and Buddhist religion, Bouddhanath a huge dome with tow tier where one can walk up near the top with nice views of surrounding Bouddhanath area with shop, stores, restaurants and monasteries.
After a fascinating and lovely historical and cultural tour return back to respective hotels. Then take rest for a while and in evening you will meet with your trekking guide and representative from Wongchhu Peak Promotion (WPP) office for short briefing before your trip because you should know all the essential factors and places before going to the trek.
Day03: Kathmandu – Lukla (35-45 mins) Lukla – Phakding(2610m) (3-4 hours)
The next day, you need to be well prepared for the trek. Flight leave at the crack of dawn from Kathmandu domestic airport and check-in is even earlier. Lukla is situated at the altitude of 2880m you need to get to the domestic airport of Kathmandu in order to fly to the Lukla. It takes around 35 to 40 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After such a literally breathtaking flight, it is pretty normal to feel slightly fuzzy in the head on arrival in Lukla. Most people take tea, a second breakfast or lunch before setting out. There is no great rush to reach Phakding. The trek can be done in 4 hours or so. The trail passes through choplung (2660m) and Nachi Pang, with its magnificent view of the snowy peak of Kusum Kanguru. The sprawling village of Ghat has a small monastery. Phakding village has lodges on either bank of the Dudh Koshi. Phakding monastery, high above on the west side, is best visited on the return to Lukla . Overnight in Lodge
Day04: Phakding – Naamche (3440m) (6-8 hours)
In the fourth Day, early in the morning after having breakfast you will have a walk through a magnificent forest of Rhododendron with unimaginable views of the river side. From Phakding the trail climbs and contours through pleasant pine forest. The next village, Bengkar (2630m), is well known for its apple pies. The route climbs to Monjo (2835m) and the entry check post for the Sagarmatha National Park. From Jorsale (2740m) it’s all up, with a glimpse of Everest as the trail climbs to Namche (3440m).This beautiful trek will take around 5/6 hours from Phakding and end at Namche Bazaar. This is normally one of the harder days on the trek, not because of the particularly different terrain, but because it’s the first critical day in which altitude plays a part. Overnight in Lodge.
Day05: Namche acclimatization day (3440m)
Everyone should take a rest day in Namche to adjust to the altitude. Namche Bazaar is a very famous place for sight-seeing of Mt. Everest and all Himalayan ranges as well as wonderful sunrise and sunset, not only that it is also famous for a local museum. So early in the morning after having breakfast you will walk around one and a half hour to have a wonderful Everest view and sunrise. After a few hours back to the hotel you will take some rest. Then in the evening, you will enjoy the beauty of Namche village and lively markets, where you will get unimaginable hospitality from the local people. Then you will visit the local museum and in the museum, you will get chances to see native’s flora and fauna as well as about the history of Mt. Everest. Overnight in Lodge.
Day06: Namche to Tengboche (3860m) (5-6 hours)
There are several routes from Namche to Tengboche. The next trek destination is to Tengboche and it takes almost 5-6 hours to reach the destination. Tengboche is one of the well-known traditional places and it is famous for its Tibet Buddhist monasteries with Sherpa religion and lots monks as well. You will start your treks early in the morning around 8 am, during your journey you will have remarkable views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cholatse, Kantaiga, AmaDablam and Thamserku. You will also enjoy with great Tibet Buddhist monasteries along with Sherpa religion. Buddhist monasteries will open every day at 4o’clock in the evening that every tourist will welcome over there and tourists will enjoy best worship and meditations. And finally, you will have wonderful sunset views from there. Overnight in Lodges.
Day07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) (5-6 hours)
Dingboche is famous for the most beautiful trails with outstanding views of the enormous Mountain and deep valley. It is situated at the altitude of 4,481m. From the very beginning of the trek, you will explore the natural scenarios of the place. Whole day trek will be filled with forests of verities of lush trees such as birch, conifers,and rhododendron. On the way most of the time you will get chance to meet lots of yaks. This charming trail will continue to dip down to Devuche by crossing the Imja River until you reached to Dingboche. There you will see HRA Trekkers and medical assistance in the hotel and let you know about the high altitude information.
Day08: Dingboche acclimatization day
It is very important to spend an additional night at Dingboche to aid the acclimatization process. Many trekkers are happy to spend the day exploring Dingboche but there are several interesting day hikes in this area. One enjoyable short walk is the hour long climb past prayer flags and chortens to Nangkartshang Hermitage, a collection of retreats built around the meditation cave of Sange Dorje, on the ridge north of Dingboche. The trail continues up the hillside for another 90 minutes to a viewpoint at 5070m that offers fantastic views north to Cholatse (6443m) and Taboche (6542m) south to the lakes at the foot of Ama Dablam and east to Chhukung and Makalu (8463m), the fifth- highest mountain in the world. Throughout the journey, trekkers will simultaneously follow the invaluable suggestion of WPP guides. Trekkers will stay overnight in the Dingboche.
Day09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m)
From here onward, the trek will move more gradually be more challenging, due to the higher altitude. We’ll pass Dungla (Thukla), but not before a tough, steep walk to the top of a high hill. At the top hill small chorten can be seen. It is a memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers and trekkers who lost their lives to Everest over the years. The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night, as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be downright chilly! Overnight in Lobuche.
Day10: Lobuche to Gorakshep(5164m)
The first section of the trail from Lobuche follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall, past the turn-off to the Italian Pyramid. You need to trek almost 2 hours to reach Gorkshep which is situated at the altitude of 5,164m. During the journey, you will have beautiful views of Mt .Everest, Pumori, and other so many Himalayan ranges. In the Gorkshep, you will take delicious lunch and hike for Kalapathar (5644m) if the weather is clear. Kala Pathar hill provides perhaps the best view of Mt. Everest in the Nepal Himalaya. Mornings are usually sparkling clear, and this is the best time to make a ascent. For many people this is the highlight of their trek, but cloud can roll in quickly, obscuring the peaks. After wonderful views you get back to Gorakshep and overnight in Gorakshep Lodge.
Day11: Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m)
From Gorakshep the Trail ducks around Boulders, rocky clumps and the huge moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base camp (5364m). You need to trek around 4 hours to reach Everest Base Camp from Gorkshep, where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Khumbu Icefall from the world renowned Mt. Everest Base Camp.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m – 04 hrs
The route to Base Camp, the path at first climbs quite steeply to the south before following the moraine east along the main valley below the southern or true left bank of the Lhotse Glacier. The trail then follows glacial streams to the snout of the Imja glacier. At this point the path swings north-east and crosses a dried up lake bed between the Lhotse and Imja Glaciers, from a base camp at Pareshaya Gyab.A well acclimatized party in good condition can make the summit and return in a day back to Base Camp.
Day 13: At Base Camp rest day for acclimatization and preparations.
A necessary rest or free day for acclimatization with preparations sorting out gear for the climb, afternoon short hike around on this beautiful surrounding enclosed with snow capped peaks.
Day 14: Climb to the Summit at 6,189m
A Big Day! Starting before dawn after having breakfast and then scrambling up an open gully leads between two well defined ridges of a small hanging glacier at 5,280m / 17,323ft. Care should be taken to avoid possible avalanche danger from the ice above. From this point of left-hand ridge scramble across the broad open gully and gain the right-hand ridge. Following this, this gives easy scrambling to the snow-covered glacier above. A route needs to be found out leftwards, avoiding seracs and crevasses before turning back northwards over snow covered scree in the margin between the glacier and the base of the main summit ridge. After crossing a gully with some stone and icefall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads upwards for nearly 100 meters (300ft), to the summit ridge. The last moves on to the ridge often prove difficult and many climbers leave a fixed rope in place to aid descent.The ridge itself is a classic and undulates towards the main summit which is reached by a final tricky snow pitch. Standing atop we have the stunning close-up view of the South face of Lhotse (8,501 m.) in vastness that looms before us. We have the impressive dramatic views of the mountains -Amadablam (6,856 m.), Chamlang and Baruntse in the far horizon. Descent is made by the same route to the base camp.
Day15: Pheriche to Tengboche (3860m)
The trail heads back to lower Pangboche (2-3Hrs). There are various mani walls and Chorten overlooked by Ama Dablam. The path decends to cross the Imja Khola and climbs into wispy forests of Juniper. The small settlement of Deboche houses a few people with a number of comfortable lodges. The final short but steep climb comes to the famous monastery at Tengboche(3860m). Tengboche is the spiritual center of the Khumbu. An Eco Museum center near the monastery promotes the centre and raises money for the training of monks. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day16: Tengboche to Monjo (2835m)
Crossing on yet another suspension bridge, we climb up the opposite side of the valley to reach the contouring path leading back through Namche Bazaar. A steep descent for down Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi River and the small village of Monjo. Not only is Monjo a quieter place to stay than Namche, it also means our porters have a less strenuous walk back to Lukla tomorrow. Over night in Monjo.
Day17: Monjo to Lukla (2860)
Retracing our steps along the east bank of the Dudh Kosi we make our final ascent down to Lukla, arriving sometime in the middle of the afternoon, affording ample time to relax and enjoy the feeling of a job well done. Lukla itself is a thriving community that is an eclectic mix of Sherpas, trekkers and soldiers and makes for a fascinating place to explore at the end of the trek. Overnight in Lukla.
Day18: Fly back to Kathmandu
After having breakfast we head toward airport for our flights. The terminal building is extremely cold; drinks and snacks are limited. The flight is exciting – once you have taken after off hurtling down into the void. After the plane has missed the hillside below Number Peak and dodged over the lamjura pass , it’s on to Kathmandu. Then you will be picked by Wongchhu Peak Promotion representatives at Domestic airport. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 19 – Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
This will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. You have the option to extend your trip. You can continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, and scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
Day20: Departure to Home:
Finally it’s SEE OFF TIME. You will be picked from Hotel by representatives of Wongchhu Peak Promotion staff and dropped at Tribhuvan International Airport.
– Airport – hotel transfers in Kathmandu
– Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights including breakfast
– City tour of Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Patan and Kathmandu Durbar Square
– Trasportation, tour guide and entrance tickets during city tour
– Flight, Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu for members, staffs and equipments
– Everest National Park entrance fees
– Tea house trekking including food and accommodation in Lodges
– Boiled water, tea and coffee
– Guide and porters during the trek
– Island Peak climbing Permit fee
– Food, Tents and Kitchen equipments for climbing
– Group climbing equipments such as rope, ice screws, snow pickets, etc..
– Climbing Guide, his equipment allowance and salary
– Additional porters for carrying climbing gears
– Salary and Insurance for all Nepali staffs
– Meals in Kathmandu (except welcome and farewell dinner)
– Beverages and alcholoholic drinks on trek
– Personal climbing equipments
– All personal expenses
– Personal medical and evacuation insurance
– All other additional charges for additional services