Island Peak Expedition Nepal
Island Peak Expedition Nepal resembles as an Island in a vast sea of ice, viewed from Dingoche, on the way both Everest Base Camp and Island Peak Expedition. Local name of Island Peak is Imja Tse. In 1953, Eric Shipton, a British climber named ‘Island Peak’. Later in 1983, backed her original name. Since then, both names are in use to call this beautiful snowy peak as Island Peak ‘Imja Tse’. According to Nepal Mountaineering Association, the submit height of Island Peak is 6160m.
In the north of Island Peak, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Nuptse are standing beautifully. Makalu (8463m) is, with pride
standing to the east. Similarly, Baruntse (Barun Tse), Amphu and Ama Dablam lie to the south of Island Peak.
Island Peak Expedition route encounter through rich Sherpa culture, monastery and natural beauties inside Sagarmatha National Park. UNESCO enlisted this park as natural heritage site in 1979. Eco-friendly Treks & Expedition plans itinerary of Island-Imjatse Peak Expedition covering base camp of Everest (8848m.), the highest peak all over the world.
Island Peak Expedition Nepal Climbing Route:
Eco-friendly Treks & Expedition climbing guide starts from base camp at 5,087m. (16,690ft.). Island Peak Base Camp is also called Pareshaya Gyab. From here, our climb starts in between 2 and 3 early in the morning. First day, we are normally ascend to High Camp 5,600 m. (18,400 ft.). There are couple of reasons to stop here at the high camp. The very first reason is to acclimatize so that the summit of next day reduce the possibility of high altitude sickness. Anoter cause to stope here is, to reduce the effort and time needed for summit day. Among these reasoning, the weather condition prevails. If the climbing guide observe weather may possibly getting worse next day, the climb may continue without having over night in high camp. Here, the climbing members’ health and other condition prevails to continue from the high camp.
From the Base camp to high camp is basically a hiking, not extreme climbing when there is not too much snow or the route damange due to one of the several causes. From just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and then, up through a broad open gully at the top. From here, a glacier travel begins up to a steep ice and snow slope so that may fix the fix ropes to proceed on till the top of the Island Peak. Such strenuous ascent is abut 100 m. (329 ft.) to be at the summit ridge, a difficult climbing due to steep. The summit offers you incredibly views of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Nuptse to the north, Makalu (8463m) to the east and Baruntse (Barun Tse), Amphu and Ama Dablam lie to the south of Island Peak. Lhotse range blocks the ten kilometers near Mt. Everest.
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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) (A)
Showing your name board, our airport representative waits in Kathmandu International Airport (TIA). You transfer to hotel, check in and free time. Have enjoy!
Day 2: Trip Final Preparation in Kathmandu. (A,B)
In the morning, generally at 8 am, one of us come to meet you at your hotel. Please manage to be there at lobby with:
(a) your original passport to prepare necessary permit/s from the concerned authority
(b) a couple of same passport size photos for permit/s and
(c) Trip final full payment. The staff introduce you with your trip guide at the same time. You have time to interact with your guide, he may check and suggest your trip equipment and packing for the trip on your interest, please tell us if you like this. The rest of the day, you may buy or hire additional equipment and packing (if necessary). Then, you rest for acclimatization and final preparation for the trip. If you like any additional program for the day, please inform us at the time of mail corresponding.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (35MIN.) – Trek to Phakding (2,630m). (A,B,L,D)
Your day begins early as you head for Kathmandu airport to catch to Lukla flight. Assuming the flight departs without much delay, you will have fine weather with stunning views of Himalayan peaks. The trail leaves Lukla through a Kani or gateway. Soon you are walking down gently descending trails, past rolling farmlands that extends over what seems to be a wide promontory overlooking the canyon of the Dudh Koshi River. The snow peak at the head of the valley is Kumbila (5,716m), the mountain sacred to the Sherpas. On the way to Phakding, you will notice a huge boulder printed with Tibetan religious mantras (mostly; Om Mani Padme Hum). About 3 hours walk, you will be in Phakding.
Day 04: PHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3450m). (A,B,L,D)
We continue north following the Dudh Koshi river and on to Jorsale where we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading center with a weekly Saturday market. Distance: 10.5km/6.5miles approximately 5 hours walks.
Day 05: NAMCHE – THAME (3820m). (A,B,L,D)
This day is meant for acclimatization and hence we do not embark on any serious trekking. Instead we go to a slightly lower altitude of Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, the first man on Everest. We conduct some sightseeing of the monastery there and generally rest.
Day 06: THAME – LUNGDEN (4300m). (A,B,L,D)
We take our breakfast and head to Lungden. The terrain from Thame to Marlung is alpine zone and there is very less vegetation. We enjoy the peace and relative solitude of this little trekked valley. After about an hour, we walk parallel to the village of Yellajung on the other side of the Bhote Koshi. We pass by the Tarngga village enjoying superb views of Kongde Ri as we look down the trail. A further 45 minutes or so on a gradually rising trail brings us to Marlung. After Marlung, we walk for about an hour and then climb a small rasing hill. Upon crossing the water stream we trek 2 to 3 hours to reach Lungden.
Day 07: LUNGDEN – RENJO-LA PASS (5,340m). Trek to GOKYO LAKE (4750m). (A,B,L,D)
The big day starts real early and it is a long day, as we have to walk about 5 hours to reach the pass, going slow because of the high altitude. After a brief stopover to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Everest Range and take photographs, we start on a remarkably difficult downhill journey for about 3 hours to reach the village of Gokyo walk along the stunning and beautiful Dudh Kunda (Milk Lake).
Day 08: Hike to GOKYO RI (5483m). (A,B,L,D)
After two to three hours “huff and puff” you reach the summit not to be disappointed for your effort at all, as the views from here are well worth the effort you put in. Everest (8,848m), showing more of its northern flank than from Kalapathar, with Makalu (8,481m) further to the east and Cho Oyu (8,201m) towards the north make a mesmerizing view to watch. Return back to Gokyo Ri after spending a wonderful break at the summit.
Day 09: GOKYO – THAKNAK (4750m,). (A,B,L,D)
Today, we are on the trail to Thaknak. Thaknak is also sometimes pronounced as Dragnag. We climb out of Gokyo village to a ridge. Then, we take the route through the Ngozumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Continuing further and traversing along the edge of that mountain, we descend down to Thaknak. On the trek, we enjoy the magnificent views of Cho Oyu, Gokyo Ri, and other high Himalayas.
Day 10: THAKNAK – CHO LA (5,330m). Trek to DZONGLA (4830m). (A,B,L,D)
Today, we trek to the Cho La Pass. Cho La pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is going to be one of the toughest days. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. So, we climb up continuously up from Phedi. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below.
Day 11: DZONGLA – GORAKSHEP (5,160m). (A,B,L,D)
After a breakfast at Dzongla, we head to Gorakshep. It is easy downhill for a while and few up and down till Lobuche. Onwards, the trail is though rocky trail with a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and many more. The interesting part of this today is you are walking by the moraine of Khumbu ice fall till Gorakshep.
Day 12: Hike to KALAPATHAR (5,545m). Overnight at GORAKSHEP (5,160m). (A,B,L,D)
We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kalapathar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. Familiar the most famous peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse to the east and Mt. Everest between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. After 2 hours of ascent, we will be Kalppathar. From this juncture, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapathar where our eyes rook taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another.
Day 13: Hike to EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364m). Trek to LOBUCHE (4940m). (A,B,L,D)
After a light lunch we will set off to walk to Everest Base Camp which is approximately 4 to 5 hour return trek back to Gorakshep. After crossing the sandy flat at Gorakshep the trail climbs onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier and ascends the side of the glacier for two hours before finally descending onto rocky glacial moraine. The trail then winds up and down and through fascinating ice sera’s to Everest Base Camp where there are fantastic close up views of the Khumbu ice fall. After a short stop we will retrace our trail back to Gorakshep. On being back to Gorakshep and continue to walk to Lobuche of 2 hours walking.
Day 14: LOBUCHE – KONGMA LA PASS (5,535m). Trek to CHHUKUNG (4730m). (A,B,L,D)
After breakfast at the lodge, your day will start walking through Khumbu glacier towards east. After crossing the glacier and river the trail leads up to the pass which is the highest pass of this trip. There will be no tea shop and water resource so that you will have to carry few bottles of water to drink. After hard climb to the top, the trail drops steep down to the Chukung valley where your day ends. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 15-18: ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP AND EXPEDITION (A,B,L,D)
Day 19: CHHUKUNG – TENGBOCHE (3865m). (A,B,L,D)
Chhukung is also the starting point for the Island Peak Climbing. Now we are getting closer to the Himalayan civilization of the Khumbu Region. The Imja Khola joins the Dudh Koshi River a little above the Pangboche Village. There is a famous monastery at Pangboche believed to have been the oldest in the Khumbu region. From Pangboche, we descend down the alpine desert and back into greenery of pine forests. The path leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche. We pay our visit to the famous Tengboche Monastery.
Day 20: TENGBOCHE – NAMCHE BAZAR (3440m). (A,B,L,D)
From Tenboche, we make a steep descent and the trail leads us back along the Dudh Kosi River. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants while passing through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar where we want to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. The final steep climb traverses the hill side taking us to Namche Bazaar. We take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar
Day 21: NAMCHE – LUKLA. (A,B,L,D)
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. Upon arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on faces.
Day 22: FLY BACK Kathmandu (A,B,L)
After our breakfast, we take a drive to Kathmandu or take a flight to Kathmandu.
Day 23: At Leisure/ Spare day (A,B)
Day 24: Departure to your destination (B)
Today, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and pray for your Safe journey.
(Abbreviation: A = Accommodation, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Guide & Logistics
- We meet you at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel
- Double room in sharing basis with breakfast at 5 star hotel in Kathmandu
- Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as per itinerary at main trip duration
- Required permit/s for the trip
- Experienced trip guide and his daily expenses (meals, transport, tent, insurance)
- Land transfer to and from trip starting and ending points as per itinerary
- Domestic Airfare if needed (confirm this at the time of trip booking with us) and 100 kg cargo each
- All taxes (Value Added Tax and income tax if/when apply)
- We transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for onward flight as per itinerary
- Agency service charges
- Supporters (Porters) during the trip
- Kitchen utensils required, during the trip
- Kitchen tent / Kitchen (camping) charge at base camp during the trip
- Toilet tent and pitchment charge at base camp during the trip
- Double tent for each of you up to base camp
- Tent grounding service to be paid at local
- Charge of Sleeping bags during trip
- Other supports: first aid kit during main trip
- Laison Officer and his basic costs
- Mountaineering guide (Sherpa) per client is required during climbing period.
- Mountaineering royalty and permit for Nepal Government
- Staffs (Manager, Cook, Kitchen, assistant) charge
- Required fixed and dynamic ropes, ice axe and other gears during climbing period
- Oxygen bottles and mask
- Satellite phone carrying by guide for communication
- First aid medical kits for porters and staff members
Price NOT Included:
- Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
- Hot and cold drinks are not available except mineral water
- All except explained in “Cost Includes” above
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- 24 Days
- Grade: TD
- Lodging: Lodge & Tent
- Peak Height: 6160m.
- Size: 2-20 Persons
- Dept: Each Month 5th
- Trip Season: Spring/Autumn
- Trip Type: Mountaineering
- Price: USD 2600/each
Very good value for money spent. We all arranged and generally well managed.
- GLENN INGRAM