Island Peak Climbing

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Island Peak Climbing – 15 Days…on stunning icy trails

Island Peak Climbing, We begin our venture via Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche, we follow the Island Peak Climbing Via Everest Base Camp trail to Lobuche beside the Khumbu glacier. Since acclimatization is important for this trip, we visit Everest Base Camp and do an ascent of the standard viewpoint of Kala Pattar, where we get to relish some premium views of the world’s highest peak. Then wading through the Khumbu Glacier, we clamber up Kongma La which opens a way to the valley of the Imja Khola and the summer grazing settlement of Chukung. From this point onwards, we move up to the base camp for our central goal, Island Peak. The ascent of this 6000m peak in the silhouette of the huge Lhotse face is an ‘alpine experience’ never to be forgotten, which takes some arduous climbing in bare situations amongst incredible scenery. This is one of the greatest among all of Nepal’s mountain adventures Trekking in Himalaya.

Due to its high altitudes, Island Peak Climbing the months ranging from January, February, March, April, May, June, July, October, November & December, are best suited for trekking in these regions. Nepal Base Camp Treks (Pvt.) is most familiar and known for its exploits in this region & we will escort on this venture throughout the journey… Please feel free to contact us about more trekking information at info@nepalbasecamptreks.com – we’d be glad to help you.

Trip Factors:

Trip duration: 15 Days

Grade: Strenuous – Peak Climbing – Alpine grade: PD+…This is a trip where eagles dare…the sense of achievement is gratifying to the core…

Activity: Sightseeing and trekking

Starts in: Kathmandu

Ends in: Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house)

Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus

Maximum altitude: 6189m…we peak at Imja Tse

Size of group: 1-10 people

Highest-Point: 6189m/20,300ft

Destination: Nepal

Fitness level: Moderate

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Selected Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek

  • Best Time to climb
  • The best time to climb Island Peak is spring (March to May) and autumn (October to first week of December). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing panorama views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

Itinerarys

 

Day 01: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding 2652m/9184ft, 3 hours trekking

After an early morning b/fast, we take the super flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2827m. Flight time is about 35 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort out and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to Phakding where we’ll stay overnight. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

 

Day 02: Monjo-Namche Bazaar 3446m, 4 hours trekking

Today the walking is a little roughshod and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo, it is a short walk to the entrance of the National Park before we cross the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale at 2805m. The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi rivers. It is here that we start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river we slowly ascend at a steady pace towards Namche. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. After arriving in Namche, we’ll have lunch and the afternoon is free to bargain in the shops for 'Tibetan' artifacts, or relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

 

Day 03: Namche Bazaar Hike

We remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatization to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt, and dried meat.It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is mesmerizing and offers a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks with great views of Everest. After breakfast, there are a number of options: perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola river valley, or a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and details of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and escort you on your walks.Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

 

Day 04: Namche Bazaar-Tengboche 3850m, 4-5 hours trekking

The trail contours around Khumbilya's lower slopes, passing through beautiful birch forest and on to treeless, grassy slopes to a stupa-3992m on top of a rocky ridge at Mongla. Once again the views of the mountains are magnificent. Phortse can be seen across the valley, a picturesque village set in a patchwork of stone-walled fields. From the stupa, you descend on a series of switchback trails to the Dudh Kosi River, 300 meters below, at Phortse Bridge & cross the Dudh Kosi and ascend to the village of Phortse for overnight.Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

 

Day 05: Phortse-Pheriche

From Phortse, we ascend through the high ridge of Imjakhola. Along the way keep an eye open for Blood and Danphe Pheasant, Musk Deer and, high on the steep slopes of the valley, the Himalayan Thar. Gradually ascend & descend to the village of Pangboche where the peak of Ama Dablam dominates the skyline. We will take lunch here and perhaps view the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp. In the afternoon our route ascends gradually, high above the Imja Khola, passing the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the Imja Khola and Pheruche.Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

 

Day 06: Trek to Lobuche [4930m]

We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb, there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

 

Day 07: Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m] Everest Base Camp [5357m] & Kalapathar 5554m]

To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place for the night, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day. To reach Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche to camp for the night.

 

Day 08: Trek Gorakshep to Dingboche [4350m]

We head back down today, through Duglha, to the summer village of Dingboche, where the houses are scattered about in the fields.

 

Day 09: Trek to Chukhung and island peak base camp [5150m]

Today, we have an easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along the way, we have picturesque views of Island Peak and the challenge that waits for that unique feeling of success. This is a pretty cool day; the trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Base camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which marks the first start of the climb on Island Peak.

 

Day 10: Trek to high camp

We ascend a little further to high camp where we will relax for a breather and make final preparations for the big climb tomorrow.

 

Day 11: Ascent of island peak [6173m]

Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully fresh and on reaching the summit we have jaw-dropping close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more theatrical mountain views that stop our breath for a few seconds as we gasp at the surrounding beauty that envelops us, perhaps, this will be a moment we will never ever forget for the rest of our lives, because there is no other place on earth like this, it has a beauty of its own, as the other peaks of Nepal all have their exclusive own identities. We descend along the same route, down to base camp. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

 

Day 12: Chhukung -Tengboche 4252m

Early in the morning, we will make a steep ascent to Kala Patar. You will need to start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Our goal, Kala Patar, is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk due to the altitude but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. It will probably take a good hour and a half to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints will provide views almost as good. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega, and Everest surround us in a panoramic display. About 3kms away in distance and some 200m below, the area of Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and it is worthwhile spending as long as you can to relish this special moment. The descent back down to Gorak Shep is easy. Today we go downhill most of the way, as we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association has a trekkers’ aid post here and it is quite interesting to visit. After lunch, we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the valley to Pheriche. The trail descends through Lobuche to Pheriche and on a clear day, there are still stunning views of mountain landscapes. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

 

Day 13: Tengboche-Namche Bazaar-Monjo 3440m, 5 hours trekking

After breakfast, we descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron, and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the River Dudh-Kosi, and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and it's then a gradual walk to Namche Bazaar where we have lunch and descend to Monjo for an overnight stay. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

 

Day 14: Monjo-Lukla 2800m, 3-4 hours trekking – our last day on these lovely mountains

Today is our last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk along the valley before we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We’ll have lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free for you to wander around, relax or perhaps have a hot shower! In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner party followed by a few celebratory drinks. We can taste some ‘Chhang’ {mountain beer brewed from fermented rice} and do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps, and enjoy with the crew whom we’ve come to know so well over the weeks being together. It’s a time to make merry after the success of our climb. We then hit the sack for some blissful rest after a truly great venture that was successful. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

 

Day 15: Lukla-Kathmandu, 35-minute flight to Kathmandu

We get up early in the morning, enjoy our b/fast & get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel and the warmth of a soft comfortable bed. Meals included: 1 breakfast

 

 

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Your safety during the journey is of paramount concern while traveling with Nepal Base Camp Treks and note that turbulent and cloudy weather is regular phenomenon along the Himalayas ranges and possibility of domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu may have to be delayed for few hours or even canceled for a day.

Any Weather conditions and health condition of a group member, or unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the tentative itinerary. NBCT leader will try to ensure your trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if any required.

As a safeguard we recommend you to add a couple of extra days after your trek before you fly from Kathmandu to your onward destination.

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    Name : Renata

    Last year it was my first trip to Asia. I had always dreamt about hiking in Himalayas. I was a bit worried as I turned…

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  • 3.43 / 5 (14 votes)
    Name : Lyle Clancy

    In October 2014, 2015 I completed another wonderful family trek in Nepal to Langtang and Gosainkund lakes thanks to Sappa and his company “Nepal Base…

  • 4 / 5 (10 votes)
    Name : Christian Bank

    German Language: Wir haben mit Sappa und einem Träger im Mai 2011 eine elftägige Trekking Tour durch die Langtang und Helambu Region gemacht. Wir sind…

  • Adriano Rosa
    3.38 / 5 (16 votes)
    Name : Adriano Rosa

    Sappa é o cara. Visitei o Nepal em duas ocasiões. Na primeira ele foi meu guia no circuito Annapurna, onde caminhamos por 21 dias. Na…

  • 3.27 / 5 (15 votes)
    Name : Peter Devenney

    I trekked with Sappa to EBC in 2007. We were introduced to him by three groups of friends who had each trekked with him before…

  • 3.73 / 5 (22 votes)
    Name : Lucie

    In October 2015 I went to Nepal for the second time. This time I decided to take my family along, because my previous experience with…

  • 3.50 / 5 (24 votes)
    Name : Krystof

    Dear Sappa and friends! I loved our trip to Nepal! Thank you for preparing a delicious food for me, for carrying my backpack, teaching me…

  • 3.10 / 5 (30 votes)
    Name : Teresa Ojeda

    Sapa amigo!!!! I can´t tell you how much we think of BEAUTIFUL NEPAL and of YOU! the wonderful time we spent together. We are totally…

  • 3 / 5 (26 votes)
    Name : Renata

    Last year it was my first trip to Asia. I had always dreamt about hiking in Himalayas. I was a bit worried as I turned…

  • 3.59 / 5 (17 votes)
    Name : Stephan Bank

    We took an 11-day trekking trip with Sappa and a porter in the Langtang and Helambu region in Mai 2011. We entered Langtang valley at…