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Island Peak 6160 meter also known as Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal located at Khumbu valley or Everest region. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton. Island peak is very famous Nepal Mountaineering Association peak (trekking peak) among the 33 NMA peaks. Island peak derives its name as the mountain looks like a sea of ice from along with one of the most enjoyable climbing occurrences.
Island Peak was first climbed in 1953 as part of a training exercise by a British expedition that went on to summit Mount Everest, which included Charles Evans, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie and Tenzing Norgay, with seven Sherpas.
To climb Island Peak, one has the option of starting from a base camp at 5,087 meters (16,690 ft) and starting the climb between 1am or 2 am. Another popular option is to ascend to High Camp at around 5,600 meters (18,400 ft) to reduce the amount of effort and time needed for summit day. 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 moderate scrambling 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 here, fixed ropes may be set up by the guides for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 meters (330 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing.
Scaling of the Imja Tse or Island Peak gets rewarded by some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region. Once on the summit, see that the giant mountains, Amadoublem, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle in the north, views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Ama Dablam in the south.
That peak is more charm for climbing. For many mountaineering enthusiasts, climbing Island Peak marks the preparation for a full scale Himalaya expedition in Nepal in the later years. For the serious mountaineers, Island Peak also peak serves the purpose of acclimatization before heading to the bigger mountain climbing.
Everest base camp trek combined with Island Peak climbing is probably the best trip in Nepal adored by adventure seekers. Asian Hiking Team’s a local travel agency organize Island peak climbing, trekking starting from Lukla all the way to visit Everest Base Camp continues trekking to Island base camp, summit the peak then end the trek in Lukla.
During the trekking until Chhukum possible Guest house/Lodge facilities. In the guest house / Lodge was running hot and cold water facilities. Private rooms are available in most guest houses/ Lodge. Most bathrooms are shared. Many years experience of Trekking field of organizing various treks in Nepal assures you that we have chosen for our treks the cleanest and most hygienically kept Guest Houses /Lodge with friendly atmosphere and the best views. From the base camp we need to full board camping. Camping is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters accompany you. Our porters carry all trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up, mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp.
If anyone is looking Island Peak climbing part only, we have Sherpa guide and climbing store in Dingboche (in peak season Sep to Dec. and March to June) so that we operate climbing 3 days camping with equipment, necessary documents, camping arrangement with essential staff, so that you can contact us to do Island peak climb from Chhukum to Chhukum as well.
.Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu, at 7-8 pm group meeting and tour briefing at hotel, overnight in Kathmandu
In the morning, you fly from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will brief you on the trek, as well as introduce you to Asian Hiking Team porters. While your Sherpas sort out and load your trekking equipment, you have time to explore Lukla. After finishing breakfast, to proceed from Lukla to Khumbu, head north, past a Chorten with praying wheels and join the main tail at Chiplun (2696m) in less than one hour. The proceeds from their head north crossing the Thado Khola (2554m) with the awesome trekking peak Kusum Khanguru (6483m) at its head. To reach Phakding (2640m), 1.30 hours from Chuplung or almost 3.30 hours from Lukla, overnight at Hotel.
To cross the west bank (right) of the Dudh koshi river, Continue through blue pine and rhododendron forests, pass a settlement of Metal worker (Tok Tok), village of Banker (2905m) with small lodge, see view of Mt. Thamserku (6856m) 1 hour. In the short while cross to the east (left) bank and climb up through Chumowa, cross the Khansar Khola to reach Mondzo (2835m). Enter the Sagarmatha national park here, check your permit. Descend in a cleft to the west (right) bank of Dudh Kosi on a suspension bridge to reach Jorsule (2774m) 30 minutes. This is the last village before Namche Bazar. We take Lunch here & proceed to cross Dudh Kosi (Bhote Kosi) again to the left side & again to cross the main Dudh Kosi, climb up to Namche Bazaar (3440m), proceed in pine forest. Can see, first view of Mt. Everest between Lhotse & Nuptse reach 2 and a half hours from Jorsule, overnight at Hotel.
Today is a rest day, however, we should do some activities such as climbing Syangboche airport, visit Sherpa home in khumjung/Khunde village includes Adman Hillary school or view from Everest view Hotel, 2 hours. Namche bazaar has many officials or offices, including army base camp and bank. Namche used to be trading center, where grain from the south was exchanged for salt from Tibet and it’s remains now a trading center. Every Saturday is market day. There is the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) & Sagarmatha pollution controlled Project (SPCP). Here is Sherpa Museum & monasteries too, overnight at hotel.
The tail rise to settle to the east of Sagarmatha National Park Museum (3520m), instead, contour high above the Dudh Kosi passes Kyangsuma. Steeply down to reach Phorse Tanga, may we have lunch; this is last sport before Tyanboche. After hot lunch climb 2.20 hours to reach Thyangboche (3767m, after your arrival check hotel and visit the monastery. Everyday 3-4 PM and 6-7 am is worship time in Monastery. Overnight at Guest house.
Today, we start early around 7 to 8 o’clock. Half an hour down to Debuche, where is monastery and small settlements inside the alpine forest. After 45 minutes walk to cross the bridge, continues climb to reach lower Pangboche. The trekking routes follow lower path of Pangboche. It is worth to visit Monastery if you have time, its takes 45 minutes extra. An hour walk to reach in small settlement call Somare, may have a lunch in Somare then gradually walk up. After one hour walk from Somare, there are two ways, one heading to Pheriche and other is Dingboche. Left hand side direction is way to Pheriche 4200m, 1 hour from junction. After arrival, have a short drinks with rest and climb 200 meters over the hill because of everyday we “ascend high and sleep low”. Overnight guest house/Lodge.
After breakfast, we start trekking at 7-8am, the first part of trekking flat follow the river valley and we need to little climb to reach Dukla. Trek continues to Dukla 4680m, may we have lunch and climb to Dukla/Dhukla pass 4800m where many memorials monuments who died in Everest summit. It takes 5 hours to Lobuje 4910m from Dingboche, Overnight at lodge.
This is another big and difficult walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to the Everest Base Camp (5365 m). Early in the morning leaving Lobuje, after lunch in Gorak-shep within 3 hours, we will head up to Everest Base camp (5365 meters), and return to Gorak-shep at elevation of 5180 meters. We are likely to see the teams of Everest Expeditions. The view of the Khumbu Icefall is spectacular. We then return to Gorak Shep for to spend our nights. We walk over the moving stone with jump so it does hard, be careful to walk, overnight at Guesthouse.
After reaching Base camp of Everest our aim today is to trek Kalapattar (5545 meters) a small peak. This will be difficult, but rewarding trek. We start early in the morning before sunrise to reach the viewpoint that offers some of the best views of Mount Everest as well as other panoramas of the surrounding mountains. Kalapattar means “Black rock”, most excellent view point in the world. Returning to Hotel, after a late breakfast descend to Dingboche at elevation of 4410 meters 5 hours, check your climbing gear where is our store, overnight at Guesthouse.
After the breakfast, follow the Imsa Valley river, on the bottom of Lhotse, today is short walking almost like 3 hours to reach Chhukum 4800m. After lunch in Chhukum, climb to chhukung Ri 5550m, 3 – 4 hours, return to hotel, overnight in Guest house/Hotel.
Today, our journey to Island Base Camp, so need to check all the equipment and take a hot breakfast and start walking at 8-9 am. Walking over the glacier with the beautiful view, its takes 3 to 4 hours. After we reach our staff fix tent and camp side, have a hot lunch and climbing guide teach you about climbing, use ropes, security, how to handle the emergency situation. Overnight in Camp with hot meals.
Very early may be 1 to 2 AM wake up call, take some hot soup and start climbing, first we reach to High Camp, something like 3 hours then continues walk to crampons point 2/3 hours, change all the equipment, left non necessary goods and start climbing. Time to reach in summit is difficult to tell you, may it take 2-4 hours from crampons point. Summit the Island Peak 6180m and return to Base Camp, overnight in Base Camp, tented camp.
Today we give you spare day, weather is our master, we can’t control so we give you one day extra. As well as human body, may get sick or any problems, nobody not knows. You have already expense lot money to climb Island peak, if one more day extra may you can success so that we make spare day. If you climb on your schedule may you can use spare day other place as you want.
After hot breakfast, treks all the same way return to Chhukum continues walk to Dingboche may we have lunch here then all the same way walk down to Thyangboche, 5-6 hours trekking, overnight at Lodge/hotel (B/L/D).
Today also we follow as before routes all way to Namche Bazar passing Phoste Thanga, Kangzingma. We have lunch in Namche Bazar and continues walk down to DudhKosi river bank crossing the suspension bridge twice then reach Manzo where we check National park permit on second day of trekking, 5/6 hours, overnight Lodge/hotel.
Today is the last day of hiking. It is also short day walking to reach Lukla. We have lunch in Thado Khola or Chomping and reach Lukla 4 hours, check hotel may talk hot shower and rest and relax Last night on the mountain. overnight Lodge/hotel.
We have an early breakfast and drop to Tenzing Hillary Airport as our flight schedule own way flight to Kathmandu. It is 30 to 45 minutes flight to Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu. After your arrive Kathmandu, you are free and relaxed as you want. overnight in Hotel.
The trip end today, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.