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Island Peak Climbing

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 16 days
Max. Altitude: 6,189m/20,305ft
Grade: Challenging
Trek Start Point: Kathmandu
Trek End Point: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Tea house / lodges
Meals: Full
Mode of Travel: 02
Transportation: flight
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Overview

Island Peak Climbing ( 6189m),also called Imja Tse by Nepalese is popular choice among novice climbers designed for beginners having mountain climbing dreams and who wish to begin their mountaineering journey by submitting Island peak and then move on to others peaks.  Very little technicality is needed to climb this mountain. Moreover, our itinerary has been designed very carefully allowing climbers to cope with altitude with gradual acclimatization.

You will not only reach the summit of the magnificent Island Peak but also experience trekking in the most coveted Everest region.  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.

    Day 01- Arrive in Nepal .

    Day 02- Sightseeing in Kathmandu city

    Day 03- Lukla – Phakding

    Day 04- Phakding – Namche Bazzar

    Day 05- Namche Bazzar- Tengboche

    Day 06- Tengboche – Dingboche

    Day 07- Dingboche-Chhukung

    Day 08- Chhkung- Island peak base camp

    Day 09- Rest and pre-climbing training on island peak base camp

    Day 10- Summit island peak and back to base camp

    Day 11- Island peak base camp – Pangbochhe

    Day 12- Pangbochhe -Namchhe bazzar

    Day 13- Namchhe Bazzar – Lukla

    Day 14- Lukla – fly Kathmandu

    Day 15- Free and easy day

    Day 16- Back to sweet home.

Day 01- Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly representatives and transferred to your hotel. Free & easy for your sightseeing around Thamel, the tourist area and an evening welcome dinner by GHZ Treks.

Day 02-Cultural and Historical sightseeing in Kathmandu valley:-

Day 03-Kathmandu – Fly to Lukla(2,800m/9,184ft) – Phakding(2,652m/8,700ft)

An early morning start drive to the domestic Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing  Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804m). after reach airport we will trek up to Phakding .overnight at guest house.

Day 04-Phakding-Namchhe Bazar (3,440m/11,283ft)

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 05- Namchhe Bazzar- Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft)

After breakfast, we trek towards Tengboche. It is an easy walk from Namche to Phunki. Upon reaching Phunki, we ascend towards Tengboche, a village that houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery of the Everest region. overnight at guest house.

Day 06- Tengboche – Dingboche(4,360 m/14,300 ft)

We will  visit the monastery in the morning and take pictures of the amazing landscape. Then we begin our trek by walking through lush forests of birch, conifers and rhododendrons on an easy path. This picturesque trail then dips down to Debuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pangboche.   On arrival at Dingboche, we are greeted by a beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 07- Dingboche – Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft)

Dingboche is a summer settlement and here the great peaks of Ama Dablam, the ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse, Tawache and Chalotse surround us. We begin today’s trek to Chhukung by walking through stone-walled fields, Imja river  valley before walking in glacier moraines. On our walk, we will be surrounded by Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. Later, beyond Bibre village we see Island Peak soaring above us. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We reach Chhukung, a small settlement in about half an hour from Bibre. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. Overnight in Chhukung.

Day 08- Chhukang – Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft)

The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 09-Rest and pre- climbing training in Island peak base camp

We begin our pre-climb training today after breakfast. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. Usually we will be climbing on rock surface for up to around 5770m. After that, we climb on ice and use ropes when necessary. However, the use of the rope and the length depends upon the season and the crevasses. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp, take photos and back or resting for the next day’s climb. Overnight at the base camp.

Day 10- Summit Island(6,189m/20,305ft) peak and back to base camp

wake up early today at around 12 to 1 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier for a successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully. This is not difficult, but there are several short rock steps to climb before we 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. The guides will fix a rope when required. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. Both fixed rope and man rope will be used during the climb for safety. We use fix rope after successfully climbing on rock. The length of the rope will usually be of 350m. However, the length depends on the time of the season and the crevasses

There are two newly formed crevasses which are approximately 3 and 4 meters long. We will be using ladders to cross them. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew is waiting for us. We celebrate on our successful Island Peak climb.

Day 11- Island peak Base Camp – Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft)

Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded 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 fertile valley.

Day 12- Pangboche – Namche Bazzar

From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar.  Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 13 – Namche Bazzar – Lukla

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 14- Lukla – Fly to Kathmandu and rest day

Day 15- free and easy day

Day 16- Back to sweet home ,The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport.

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