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Island Peak Climbing (6,160m) - 21 days

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The Everest area, known locally as Sagarmatha National Park, is home to some of the world's highest peaks as well as the famous Sherpas, migrants from eastern Tibet who crossed over the Himalaya and settled here sometime in the late 1400s or early 1500s. This trek is one that goes deep into the heart of the Himalaya. 

The mountain views are stunning, and the simplicity and hospitality of the Sherpa community is heart warming. You will get to see the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, the tallest of all, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, and peaks like Mt. Lobouche, Mt. Kusum-Khangaru, and Mt. Kwangde. You will also be visiting Sherpa villages and monasteries to gain insight into their culture and lifestyle. 

Island peak is officially classified as a group “B” trekking peak by Nepal Mountaineering Association also known as“Imja-Tse". Looks like an island in a sea of ice and that is why it is called Island peak. It's situated at the top of the Imja-Khola valley in the Khumbu region. To climb the peak is semi-technical and straight forward so that the climber must be proficient in using materials like ice axe and crampons. The most difficult section is a slope of around 45 degree ice wall leading to the narrow summit ridge. 

Journey (itinerary)

Our journey begins with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla & continually trekking along the Dudh Kosi ("MilkRiver"). After crossing the Namche Bazar ”Sherpa headquarter/Capital”, we will continue on to Gokyo-Ri (5,360m), with its beautiful natural beauty of Himalayas & better introduction of local Sherpa cultures.

From Dragnag, we ascent over the Cho La pass (5,330m), which offers a real mountain experience and continue walkup to Zongla. Next day walk up to Gorekshep (5,150m), passing through the stunning views of Mt. Lobuche East and West. Depending on weather forecast, we climb to the top of Black Rock “Kala Patther” (5,550m), for a panoramic view of some of the world’s highest mountains including Mt.Everest. Trek into Everest Base Camp(5,364m), depending on season, you'll see mountaineering expeditions preparing for their ascent to the highest peak in the world, beginning with the spectacular Khumbu Icefall. Up to here is acclimatization trip, and now to walk 2/3 days to Island Peak Base Camp. 1st night we will stay at Base camp and then go up to high camp and early next morning, we will summit the peak and descent to base camp or may walk down to Chukung. Finally, we trek out of Khumbu via Lukla by flight to Kathmandu.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Develop altitude experience, and build a foundation for big mountains, and ultimate goal to summit Island Peak.
  • Challenging walk over Cho-La Pass (5,330m)
  • Climbing on Gokyo-RI (5,360m)
  • Snow Lake ”Gokyo Lake”

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in KTM, transfer to hotel, briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Tour, Necessary preparation & packing

In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.

Day 3

Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,610m)40min flight, 3-4hrs trek

We will drive to domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport early in the morning and catch a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will follow one of the most scenic air routes in the world with panoramic views of glistening mountains to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla allows access to Everest Khumbu region. We will assemble the crew and take breakfast before start of Everest3 Passes Trek and Island Peak. Following the stone path through Ghat village, we will reach Phakding village. Visit local monastery. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 4

Trek to Namche (3,440m)5-6hrs

Leaving Phakding, we will walk along Dudhkoshi River and enter the dense pine forest. We will cross suspension bridges and walk through dispersed houses of Zapute, Benkar and Chumoa to reach Monjo. Monjo allows an entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We need to go through required national park formalities before we can enter the park. The park is rich in Himalayan herbs, plants, mammals and birds. We will descend to Hillary Bridge existing at the base of hill. After crossing the bridge, we will follow the escalating path towards Namche Bazaar. The path rewards us with views of Thamserku Mountain, Everest, Lhotse and other mountains and peaks. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5

Day Hikes Acclimatize to Khumjung/Khunde (3,840m)

Namche Bazaar acts as the major trade centre to conduct trade in between locals and neighbouring Tibetans. Namche is also popular as the capital of Sherpa land. It is wise to take rest at Namche on this day. For proper acclimatization with the changing altitude, we can arrange day hike to small Khumjung and Khunde villages. Visit the local monastery and observe the local lifestyle. Head office of National Park, Museum and monasteries are interesting places near Namche. We can get most of the modern facilities including hospital and post office at Namche. Stay overnight in Namche.

Day 6

Trek to Phortse (3,860m) 5hrs

Being properly acclimatized, we will follow the scenic path with close-up views of mountains at the backdrop to reach pretty village of Sanasa. We will enjoy the views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and other peaks and mountains. Following the steep path, we will cross rhododendron forest to reach the view point of Mongla. After capturing the panoramic views of mountains from the view point, we will lower down to PhortseThanga. Stay overnight in Phortse.

Day 7

Trek to Machhermo (4410m) 5hrs

The trail escalates uphill from PhortseThanga to Dole. Following the steep narrow trail upward, we will reach to the top of ridge. We will walk past Lhabarma (4220m) and reach Luza (4360m). Passing through scrub, we will climb along the side of valley to reach Machhermo (4410m). This area is known as the native land of mythical ape-man Yeti. Locals believe Yeti was seen for the first time in Machhermo in 1974. Few teahouses are available in Machhermo for accommodation. Stay overnight in Machhermo.

Day 8

Day hike to the hills & acclimatization day

This is a rest day. We will climb to the nearby ridge for the views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, Thamserku and other peaks and mountains. Visit Himalayan Rescue Association in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Machhermo. This is the last settlement that we will find before Gokyo.  

Day 9

Trek to Gokyo (4,700m) 4hrs

Leaving Machhermo, we will walk through DudhKoshi Valley to Gokyo village. The trail leads us to Pangka village (4480m) that greets us with spectacular views of Everest, Thamserku, Nuptse and other peaks and mountains. We will walk through Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa Glacier rejoicing the pleasant views of Kantega Peak and Cho Oyu (8153m). Making our way through moraine and rock, we will get first view of three Gokyo Lakes including Longponga Lake, TabocheTsho Lake and DudhPokhari La. We will descend to the Gokyo village for overnight stay.

Day 10

Climb Gokyo-Ri (5,360m) & trek to Dragnag (4,700m) 6-7hrs

GokyoRi is one of the three major viewpoints in Everest region. Base of GokyoRi exists five minutes away from Gokyo Lake. We can reach to the top of GokyoRi in almost three hours. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m) and Cho Oyu (8,201 m) can be seen from the top of GokyoRi. It also allows views of Gokyo Valley and Khumbu Mountain Range. We will enjoy the views of surrounding mountains and descend to Gokyo where we will stay overnight.  Gokyo is located by the side of Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa glacier.Forty five minutes of downhill trek along the valley will take us to Dragnag which is the base camp of Cho La Pass. The path is scenic with spectacular views of surrounding mountains. There are only few teahouses available in Dragnag. Stay overnight at Dragnag.

Day 11

Cross Cho La Pass (5,330m) & trek to Dzong-La (4,830m) 7hrs

This is the challenging day. We need to climb very steep section through the glacier traverse on the eastern side. Ice glazed rocks make this trail slippery. We will climb through a valley and a rocky trail, enjoying the views with each step. Walking along the frozen lake, we will reach to the summit of Cho La pass (5368m) which is adorned with prayer flags. Chola Pass summit allows panoramic views of KyajoRi Peak, Numbur Mountain, Kangchung Peak and other peaks and mountains. AmaDablam Mountain can be seen to the south while Cholatse Peak can be seen to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse exists to the right. We will lower down from Cho La Pass to Dzongla (4,830 m) and walk towards Dzong La. Basic facilities are available in Dzong La.   

Day 12

Trek to Chukung (4,743m) 6hrs

Leaving Dzong La early in the morning, we will walk through snowy peaks. Heading east, we will move throughboulders and reach at the point that greets us with view of Dughla Lake. Moving further, we will enjoy the views of Tawache and Nuptse Mountains as we reach Lobuche. From Lobuche, we will reach Pheriche village and follow the scenic path with views of Amadablam, Tawache, Pokalde and other peaks and mountains to Dingboche. Dingboche is also known as gateway to Chukung. We will lower down to Chukung via ImjaKhola Valley where we will stay overnight. 

Day 13

Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m) 5hrs

Short trek from Chukung will take us to Base Camp of Island Peak. Heading south from Chukung, we will walk through Lhotse glacier along Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines. We will reach to the southwest edge of Island Peak which will be our camp site. Enjoy the spectacular views of surrounding mountains and moraine valley. We will stay overnight in Base Camp of Island Peak.

Day 14

Climb to High Camp (5,600m)5hrs

After packing our essentials, we will begin our climb to the High camp of Island Peak. The slope continues to narrow and the trail enters a sloped rock channel. We will make our Camp nearby the rock channel. You will need to use crampons on this day. Follow the instructions of your guide properly for safety. The guide will share some quick last minute climbing technique. Stay overnight at High Camp.

Day 15

Summit – descent to BC and trek to Chukung

The trail continues to raise up from the rock gully. We need to climb series of short rock steps which will bring us to the right side of the drain. We will follow a ridgeline which will take us to the exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We will need rope on this day. Moving through crevasses, we will climb 40 degree slope by help of rope and follow the ridge up to the summit. We will spend some time in summit enjoying the successful ascend of Island Peak and lower down to Base Camp from where we will retrace the route back to Chukung.        

Day 16

Trek to Pangboche(3,930m)

Leaving Chukung, we will move towards Dingboche village and pass through small Somare settlement to Pangboche village. We will visit the local monastery and stay overnight at Pangboche.

Day 17

Trek to Namche (3,440m)

We will descend to Deboche. From Deboche, the trail continues towards Tengboche Monastery where we can see Buddhist Lamas performing rituals. Tengboche Monastery is one of the famous monasteries in Khumbu region. From Monastery, our trail continues along DudhKoshi Valley to the small village of PhukiTenga. We will follow the ascending path to Namche. The path is scenic with views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and other mountains. Stay overnight in Namche. 

Day 18

Trek to Lukla (2,800m)

From Namche, we will lower down to rhododendron forest and walk along Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. Walking past the walled road of Ghat, we will reach Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 19

Fly to KTM and transfer to hotel

We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. We can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can arrange your photo albums and jot down memories in your journal. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20

Free day in KTM or reserve day for Lukla – KTM flight

Due to the climate condition, delay of flight in Lukla is a common experience. Also, we might lag behind schedule due to unforeseen circumstances. Under such condition, we will catch flight from Lukla to Kathmandu on this day. Returning to Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. Spend the day as you like. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening.

Day 21

Departure for Int’l flight to home

We will transfer you to the Airport as per your scheduled flight for your onward destination. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.
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COST INCLUDES

  • IslandPeak Climbing Permit
  • Conservation/National park fees and all govt. taxes
  • All internal flight cost with airport departure tax
  • 4 (four) nights 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • Climbing Sherpa Guide on 1:3 ratios
  • Climbing Sherpa’s wages, climbing bonus & allowances etc
  • Required number of porters
  • Light camping equipment with high altitude tent
  • EPI gases with stove for high camp cooking purpose
  • All meals quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, treated drinking water)
  • High attitude individual packed food for climbing period
  • All necessary climbing hardware gears including climbing ropes
  • Group first aid kit with Oxygen set
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half day guided city tours
  • Group celebration dinner

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/personal high risk insurance, (must cover emergency evacuation cost)
  • International departure taxes
  • Personal trek& climbing gears
  • Personal Climbing Sherpa
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, Toiletry items etc
  • Bottle water, boiled water, soft drinks, beers
  • Tips to the local staff

Fitness
 
Most of our trekking peaks are over 6,000m; therefore we count it as tough trip. Your tough level of fitness is really important for this trek. So we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical fitness level. You do not need to be an athlete but a good level of overall fitness is important. Being fit will certainly improve your chances of reaching your chosen summit.As an indication, you should be able to walk 8 km / 5 miles with a maximum height gain of 800m / 2,000ft with a 10kg rucksack in 5 hours or less.
 
In order to get ready for this challenge, you need to be trained at least for about 4 to 6 months to prepare yourself as strong candidate. You can go to fitness center every morning for about 2 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack (i.e. 7kg, 10kg, 13 kg, 16kg and up to 20kg).Manage some time for cycling for couple of hours for 3 or 4 times a week. However during climbing, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue etc. but take it as normal and just drink a lot of water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, youneed to be able to hike 6 – 10 hours over hilly terrain up to 6,000m of altitude with daypack. 
 
Experience Required
 
All of our trekking peaks climbing trips are accessible to experienced trekkers and those who have done some climbing trips in European mountains in order to take another challenge on the Himalaya's Mountains. This trip will be helpful if you want to gain some knowledge about the mountaineering and have future plan to climb BIG Mountains.
 
If you have any previous mountaineering experiences and well knowledge about playing with mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbingwill increase the chances of reaching to thesummit but previous trekking and mountaineering experiences is not mandatory and also doesn’t require any technical experience. Note that if you are participating on one of the technical climbing peak then you must have well knowledge aboutplaying with mountaineering climbing gears (i.e. crampon with boot, Ice axe, harness, ropes, jumars, prussiks, abseiling, moving past knots, anchor etc.).Crampons are use for maximum grip and harness and ropes are use for maximum safety during climbing. But for those who have no mountaineering experience and skill but have gottough level of fitness, you will be have basic training session by our guides about how to use the climbing gears during rest/acclimatization day.So we always make it sure regarding the safety of the team and successful climb of the peak. 

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Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/PC/IP-21
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Best Month of the Year : April, May, October and November
Trekking Duration: 16 days
Hotel Accommodation : 4 Nights 3 Star Twin Shared BB
Trek Type : 14 nights 13 days tea house & 2 nights 3 days camping
Maximum Elevation : 6,160M.
Destination: : Nepal

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