Climbing Island Peak - Imja Tse ( 16 Days )

Island Peak 6189m also known as Imja Tse is situated in the Kumbu valley of Nepal. It is one of Nepal’s most classic trekking peaks and the perfect first 6000er. Island Peak is taken as the mostly climbed Trekking Peak in Nepal. It can be climb in both the spring and autumn season. Island Peak looks like an island in the sea from above Dingboche. Island Peak offers very beautiful outlook of Everest Lhotse Amadablam Makalu and many more snow covered mountains. Our adventure begins with a short flight to Lukla and two days of easy walking to Namche bazaar. En- route to Base Camp our trail takes us into the high valleys of the Khumbu region providing magnificent views of Everest and the satellite peaks. Island Peak is a substantial undertaking which demands hard work and commitment however the rewards of standing on top of this Himalayan are tenfold.

 

Experience required:

Island Peak is open to anyone looking for a real Himalayan adventure. The ascent of Island Peak is challenging and will requires use of crampons and an ice axe to navigate the glaciers and ice headwall that characterises the climb. Some prior mountaineering experience is recommended before you take on Island Peak, and a good level of fitness is mandatory! 

Once at the top, you will find that all the hard work was worth it as you will have wonderful panoramic vistas of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Mera Peak. The descent is also a long affair, but once completed,the return journey to Lukla is fast and easy.

Day 1:  Arrive in Kathmandu .  Transfer to hotel and briefing about climb.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2800m) before a gentle walk to Phakding (2610m).  A spectacular short internal flight takes us to this tiny airstrip town and the gateway to the Sherpa Kingdom.  After lunch we can do the short walk along the typically stony path that descends from the forested terraces of Lukla.  This takes us right into the Dudh Kosi valley and the brightly painted lodges of Phakding.  From here there are stunning views of Kusum Kanguru’s North Face (6367m). (B,L,D)

Day 3:  Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m).  We trek into the Sherpa capital and heart of the Khumbu.  You will now be becoming familiar with local protocol for passing chortens, mani stones, yaks, spinning prayer wheels etc and enjoying the hustle and bustle of trekking and everyday life that exists on the ‘Everest Trail’.  At Monjo we enter Sagarmartha National Park and can visit the small visitor centre there.  Four hours duration.  (B,L,D)

Day 4:  Acclimatisation/Rest Day in Namche Bazaar.  It is important to have a couple of nights and a rest day in Namche before proceeding any higher.  You can spend the day taking short walks up to Thami or Khumjung, visiting the Everest, Ama Dablam and Pumori viewpoints or just relaxing and exploring the narrow streets of this busy Sherpa capital. (T,B,L,D)

Day 5:  Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3900m) or to Deboche (3820m).  Heading north east up the side of the Dudh Kosi, we climb steeply out of Namche, turn the corner and we are immediately presented with superb views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Tengboche and its stunning monastery are located on the obvious spur below Thamseku but it requires a steep descent to the river and a long steady pull back up. Five hours duration. (B,L,D)

Day 6:  Tengboche/Deboche to Dingboche (4358m).  A good day walking through beautiful rhododendron trees that gradually takes us back to the river and into Pangboche, a great viewpoint for Ama Dablam.  On leaving the village we turn up the Imja valley to reach the lovely and picturesque village of Dingboche.  Seven hours duration. (B,L,D)

Day 7:  Acclimatisation/Rest day at Dingboche.  An acclimatisation day spent absorbing the views around camp and relaxing.  Optional short trek to Pheriche and its hospital run by the Himalayan Rescue Association.  They run regular and informative talks on acclimatisation and high altitude medicine. (B,L,D)

Day 8:  Dingboche to Chukung. Today is dominated by the view of Island Peak at the head of the valley and by the ever changing vista of Ama Dablam’s northern aspect to your right. Ascent of Chukung Ri.  The small village of Chukung is hidden in the moraine of the Lhotse & Nuptse glaciers until just before you arrive.  (B,L,D)

Day 9:  Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp.  Another easy day brings you to the narrow base camp below the south ridge of Island Peak. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Acclimatisation, move to High Camp or Summit day. An early start from Base Camp (or high camp) should see us scrambling up onto the glacier as the sun rises. An obvious route weaves its way through the crevasses until a steep climb on fixed lines leads to the awe-inspiring summit ridge with it’s views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and Baruntse. (B,L,D). Descend to Chhukhang or Pangboche.

Day 11 Spare Summit day

Day 12:  Descend to Pangboche.or  Namche (B,L,D)

Day 13:  Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla. (B,L,D)

Day 15: Catch the return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Back to the comforts of our hotel in Thamel and the enjoyable hustle and bustle.  This is a good time to buy souvenirs and try your hand at haggling with the local shopkeepers.  ‚Äč

Day 16- Final departure from Kathmandu.

    It is finally time to bid farewell to this amazing country. Our representative will transfer you to the airport from where you will catch your flight. Bid goodbye to this beautiful nation as you fly to your next destination.

 

 

 

 

Included in the Cost

Airport Transfer
On Arrival Pick Up: Welcomed by our representative on arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to the accommodation facility accordingly.

Trip Accommodation
Standard Hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights (Twin Shared Basis)
Best Suited Local Teahouse, Dorm, Tents during trekking and climbing

Meals and Drinks
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with seasonal fruits during trekking and climbing
Breakfast in Kathmandu Valley

Trekking and Climbing Crew and Staffs
Experienced and Well Trained Government License Holder Trekking Guide and Climbing Guide
Supportive Assistant Guide based on the group size
Carrying Staffs to support the luggage of the trekkers. They are strong to carry for two trekkers’ luggages, which is best-minimized upto 20 kg in total.
All Nepalese Crew members’ salary, food, flight, accommodation and most importantly, insurance of each are already covered.

Transportation/Flight
Private Vehicle are used for airport and trekking transfers
Roundtrip Domestic Flight (Kathmandu to Lukla) with airport taxes

Permit and Paperworks
Necessary National Park Area Permit Fee
Necessary Climbing Permit and Garbage Deposit Fee
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Registration Card

Packing and Equipments
AN Seasonal Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket (please care to return after use)
All tents and camping gears for the climbing
Trekker’s personal gears and equipments are NOT INCLUDED.

Others
Comprehensive First Aid Kit (bring your personal medication, if have any)
All applicable fees, local taxes and government taxes
Route Map, Adventure Certificate etc

 

Not Included in the Cost

Visa and Entrance Fee
You can also obtain Arrival Visa at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Multiple entry visas are USD 25, USD 40 and USD 100 for 15 days, 30 days and 90 days respectively.
Entrance Fees to Cultural and Heritage Sites during sightseeing

Meals and Drinks
Lunch in Kathmandu
Any Meals than mentioned in itinerary above
Drinking Water, Soft and Hard Drinks, Tea/Coffee during trip

Personal Expenses
Phone Calls, Laundry, Battery Charging, Shopping, Hot Shower, Additional Carryin Staff Support etc

Trekking gears and equipments
Personal gears and equipments (See Trip Menu)
You can also buy both local made and original branded gears in trekking gear stores of Kathmandu

Travel Insurance
No travel insurance of any kinds is included for trekkers. You should buy yourself a travel insurance that suit your adventure activities and cover possible expenses (Our Crew are Insured).
Other Activities
Any other excursion or adventure plan besides mentioned above is not included however; they can be arranged happily upon your interest on extra cost.

Miscellaneous
Tips of Gratitude for Crew Members (
not compulsory it depends upon your happiness)
Cost arises due obstruction and delay on the programmed itinerary due weather problems, road situation. natural calamities and social & political causes (reason beyond our hands to take control)
Any other thing besides the Service Include Section