Island peak

  • Max. Altitude: 6160m
  • Duration: 20
  • Best Season: October/November

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Island Peak or also known as Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peak of Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shiptons party since it appears as an Island in a sea of Ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but Island Peak remains the popular choice. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotshe Shar. The combination of Everest base camp trek and Island Peak climbing is probably the best trip in Nepal adored by adventure seekers. Imja Tse not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region. Seen from the summit the giant mountains, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Amadablam in the south add more charm in climbing Island Peak. For many mountaineers climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalayas expedition in Nepal. For some mountaineers the peak stands for the purpose of acclimatization before heading to bigger mountain climbing. Trekking to Kaalapatthar or Everest base camp is best suited for acclimatization before proceeding to the climbing on Island Peak .The normal route for climbing Island Peak is South East Flank & South-West Ridge Normally; the base camp is set at Pareshaya Gyab (5,087m), between Imja Tse and the lateral moraine of the Imja Glacier, starting the climb between 2 and 3 am. Proper care should be taken to avoid the possible avalanche in the event of heavy snow fall. For some people reaching to the summit from the base camp is a day activity. However, most of the climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the joy of climbing and also helps a safe ascent.

However, adequate water supply and concerns about sleeping at a higher altitude may dictate starting from base camp. Base camp to high camp is basically a hike but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderatescrambling and up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From this points about 100 meters Fixed rope is necessary which will be fix by our Guide or Sherpa Climber.

Trip Profile:

Grade: +++++
Maximum Height: 6160meters
Types of Trek: Tea house and Camping
Best Time: April & May and October- November
Minimum members: 2 person in a trip
Maximum members: 12 persons in each team

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Katmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2652m]
Day 4: Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 5: Rest day in Namche
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche [3867m]
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche [4350m]
Day 8: Trek to Chukhung [4750m]
Day 9: Climb Chhukung Ri [5,546m] and back to Chukung
Day 10: Trek to island peak base camp [5150m]
Day 11: Ascent of island peak [6173m]
Day 12: Spare day
Day 13: Trek to Pangboche [3950m]
Day 14: Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 15: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 17: Depart to your own destination

Kalapathar-Everest Base Camp and Island peak

Days 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1300m) , Transfer to Hotel..
  • Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. There is only one international airport in Nepal and it lies in Kathmandu. the world's listed heritage sites like Boudhanath, Kahtmandu Durbar square, Pashupathnath Temple, Patan Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath also knows as Monkey temple are centre of attraction.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding - 2,840m
  • An early morning scenic flight to Lukla. The mountain flight over to Lukla is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. We start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar-3446m
  • The next day, Crossing the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours to reach Namche Bazaar. This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu region with genuine Tibetan artifacts
Days 04: Stay at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
  • We spend a day in Namche Bazar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,446m (11,300ft)

Days 05: Trek to Dikuche-3800m.
  • Today we encounter the first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Thyangboche, home of an impressive and newly rebuilt monastery then descent to Dibuche.
Days 06 : Trek to Pheriche -4200m
  • An hour's walking from Dibuche brings us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam. Contouring up the valley side, re-cross the river leads to Pheriche
Days 07: Trek to Lobuche- 4930m
  • The trail starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a couple of hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses then to Lobuje
Days 08: Trek to Gorakshep -5130m and Everest Base camp (5300m) and Overnight at Gorakshep.
  • Contouring along the valley-side and looking down on the Khumbu Glacier, follow a reasonable trail to Gorak Shep where we take lunch and leaving Gorak Shep for Everest base camp trek. The trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier reaching base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, we will turn back to Gorakshep.
Days 09 : Ascent Kalapathar (5545m) and Trek to Lobuje (4930m).
  • Kalapathar is regarded to be the best view point of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and other many mountains. Early morning, we will trek to Kalapathar and descent back to Gorakshep. Having lunch at Gorakshep, we trek to Lobuje for overnight stay.
Days 10: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung (4,730m)
  • Kongma La pass is one of the most impressive and popular trek of in Nepal. Having breakfast, we ascent up to Kongma La top. The Buddhist prayers flags signify your success. Taking pictures and having pack lunch at the top, we descend down to a small and last village, Chukung.
Days 11: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5150m)
  • It is easy day. It takes around 4 hours to reach Island peak base camp. Reaching upon base camp, we get ready with our equipments. We take early dinner and sleep early so that we can start early in the morning for summit push
Days 12: B.C to summit and back to B.C
  • It is the most important and hardest part of the trip. We wake up around 12:30 am and prepare with our gears. We leave around 1-1:30am. Walking at night is calm. At first we just ascent on hillside. Once we touched the moraine and rocky section, we need to climb some steep rocky section. Walking for around 4 hours we touch the snow part. Putting our crampons and climbing gears, we climb up connecting each other on a rope. It is easy walk but should be very careful because of lots of crevasse. This leads to a big wall where our Sherpa team put fixed line. We just climb up using ascender (Jumor). Reaching the summit is the happiest part of the climbing. We can have best view of Lhotse south face, Ama Dablam, whole Khumbu valley and Mount Everest.
  • We return back to base camp after the summit following same way.
Days 13: Spare day
  • Sometime we have to wait for good weather. The spare day is for that.
Days 14: Trek to Pangboche
  • Island base camp to Pangboche after summit is little long time but it’s easy day
Days 15 : Trek to Namche Bazar.
Days 16: Trek to Phading
Days 17: Trek to lukla -2640m.
Days 18 : Flight to Kathmandu.
Days 19 : Spare and sight seen in Kathmandu, Overnight at Hotel.
Days 20 : Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination
  • Trekking permit
  • Sagarmatha National park permit
  • KTM-LUKLA-KTM air flight
  • Staff insurance
  • Allowance for Sherpa and guide
  • Lodging & Food during trekking
  • Transfer in Kathmandu
  • Twin basis 3 stars Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast plan. Additional 300/-$ for 5 stars hotels.
  • Porters for trekking
  • International Airfare to and from Nepal
  • Personal travel Insurance
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Helicopter Rescue if needed
  • Alcoholic drinks during trekking and climbing
  • Tips to Staffs if you like
  • Passport
  • Money, Traveler’s Cheque and Credit cards
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Sunglass Normal-1
  • Casual Clothing for travel and Kathmandu-1set
  • Polypropylene shirt or T-Shirt-2
  • Warm fleece inner-2
  • Fleece jacket -1
  • Wind Jacket-1
  • Down Jacket-1
  • Down pant-1
  • Light weight trouser-1
  • Gore-Tex pants-1
  • Gore- Tex Jacket-1
  • Underwear-3
  • Light weight gloves-1
  • Down Mitts-1
  • Ski Gloves-1
  • Sun Hat-1
  • Warm Hat-1
  • Headband/buff-1
  • Light weight walking shocks-5
  • Climbing shocks-4
  • Climbing Boots-1
  • Trekking boots-1
  • Gaiter-1
  • Sun and lip care cream-1+1
  • Personal first aid kit-1
  • Repair kit like (needle, threat)
  • Reading materials
  • Diary and Writing material
  • Camera/video camera
  • Harness-1
  • Unlock karabiners -2
  • Screw/lock karabiners-1
  • Descender/fig.8/-1
  • Ascender/Jumor-1
  • Tape slings-2
  • Ice Axe- 1
  • Crampons-1
  • Helmet-1
  • Head Lamp-
  • Batteries- 2sets/2times changeable
  • Sunglass with UV rays protection-1
  • Water bottle-1
  • Ruck sack- 45-55ltr -1
  • Sleeping Bag(20°C)-1

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