Island Peak Climbing 20 Days / 19 Nights
Nepal Peak Climbing
March to May, October and November
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Island Peak climbing is a great Himalayan experience that includes glacier travel, moderate snow trekking and ice climbing.
From Kathmandu, you will fly to Lukla, the trailhead to the Everest region of the Himalayas. Situated at an elevation of 9,350 feet, the views of the Himalayan Mountains from Lukla on a clear day are simply breathtaking. Once there, we follow an ancient route that journeys through tiny villages, across high mountain passes and through remote valleys. Along the way, we visit Buddhist monasteries and begin to appreciate the unique mountain culture found in the Himalayan foothills. The views grow more spectacular as we venture up the Dudh Kosi River to Namche Bazaar - the gateway to Khumbu region at 11,300 feet. We spend a night next to the Tengboche Monastery (12,887 feet), where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, and Lhotse.
The Island Peak climb offers many highlights. A rewarding hike leads to the summit of 18,450 foot Kala Patthar and provides a truly spectacular panorama of Mt Everest - the highest mountain of the world. Another prominent mountain you would admire is Lhotse (27,560 feet). We will also go to the Everest Base camp and explore the area. While the views from base camp are not so great, we will have an opportunity to explore the area and meet the expedition team as they prepare for their summit of Everest.
Our journey then continues to Imja Tse, also known as Island Peak, which tops out at 20,305 feet and rewards us with magnificent views of Ama Dablam, South Face of Lhotse and Everest. From the summit of Island Peak there are stunning views of Lhotse and Makalu, the 4th and 5th highest mountains in the world, respectively. The return trek continues to delight adventurous souls with more spectacular mountain views, lush forested valleys and opportunities to learn about the Nepalese religion and culture.
Note: You should plan on at least a couple of spare days in Kathmandu prior to the Island Peak climbing trek for permit formalities. At the same time, you can explore the cultural sights of this fascinating city.
Day 01: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8700ft).
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3445m/11300ft).
Day 03: An extra day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
Day 04: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3929m/12887ft).
Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4344m/14250ft).
Day 06: A rest day at Dingboche.
Day 07: To Lobuche (4931m/16175ft).
Day 08: To Gorakshep ( 5182m/17000ft).
Day 09: To Everest Basecamp (5358m/17575ft).
Day 10: Descend to Pheriche (4254m/13950ft).
Day 11: To Chukung (4573m/15000ft).
Day 12: To Island Peak Base Camp (4732m/15520ft).
Day 13: To High Camp (5281m/17323ft).
Day 14: Attempt summit and return to the base camp (6189m/20300ft).
Day 15: Retrace down to Chukung.
Day 16: To Namche Bazaar.
Day 17: Backtrack to Lukla.
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu.
Day 19: A reserve day.
Day 20: Depart to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8700ft)
We fly on a twin-engine Otter or Dornier to the Himalayan foothill town of Lukla where we begin our trek into Khumbu region. At Lukla (9,350 feet), we meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek for about two and a half hours to Phakding. Overnight camp.
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3445m/11300ft)
Following the banks of Dudh Kosi and crossing this river several times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags, we head up to Namche Bazaar with breathtaking views. Along the way, weather permitting, we catch our first glimpse of Mount Everest. Overnight lodge.
Day 03: An extra day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization
We should allow an extra day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Namche Bazaar is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Just walk leisurely in the town or take an excursion to Khumjung or Khunde villages.
Day 04: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3929m/12887ft)
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night next to the Tengboche monastery, the spiritual center of Khumbu region.
Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4344m/14250ft)
From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on Imja Khola and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.
Day 06: A rest day at Dingboche
Rest day. There is an option of taking a light acclimatization hike up a nearby peak for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region.
Day 07: To Lobuche (4931m/16175ft)
From Dingbouche, the trail traverses through farmlands and meadows before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the small village of Dzugla, and continue along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
Day 08: To Gorakshep ( 5182m/17000ft)
After an early morning start, we ascend Kala Patthar (18,450 feet) and enjoy the best view of Mount Everest you could ever have without having to climb it. Today, we camp beneath Kala Patthar at Gorak Shep. Hiking Time: 6-7 hours.
Day 09: To Everest base camp (5358m/17575ft)
Today we continue our trek to Everest base camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu icefall. If it’s for the views, you will be disappointed at the basecamp but you will explore around and get chance to meet the mountaineers who are either heading up to the summit or returning. Hiking Time: 2-4 hours.
Day 10: Descend to Pheriche (4254m/13950ft)
We head down the glacier and re-enter the lush and beautiful valleys, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks.
Day 11: To Chukung (4573m/15000ft)
Today we hike to 18,231’ Chukung Ri, a beautiful hike with a stunning location below the Lhotse/Nuptse Wall. This is the largest rock wall in the Himalaya. From here we get great views of Ama Dablam, Island Peak and Makalu.
Day 12: To Island Peak Base Camp (4732m/15520ft)
Continue to Island Peak base camp at 15,520 feet and prepare for moving to high camp.
Day 13: To High Camp (5281m/17323ft)
It’s customary to set up a high camp on a mountaineering style, otherwise a physically fit and well-acclimatized party can attempt the summit from base camp itself. It takes 2-3 hours to reach the high camp and rest of the day we relax, enjoy the view and prepare for the final climb.
Day 14: Attempt summit and return to the base camp (6189m/20300ft)
We start early morning, continuing up a rocky gully before traversing to the right. We gain elevation up the rocky ridge before coming to the base of the glacier. Here we rope up and continue up the glacier until the South ridge is reached. We follow this superb and classic ridge to the summit where you will be rewarded with the outstanding views of Lhotse (27,890 feet), Makalu (27,805 feet), Ama Dablam (22,493 feet) and Baruntse (25,328 feet) are revealed. We then continue down to base camp for the evening.
Day 15: Retrace down to Chukung
In case of bad weather, we built in an extra day for another summit attempt, otherwise we break camp and back track to Chukung.
Day 16: To Namche Bazaar
Descend to Namche Bazaar. If it’s the week-end, we have an opportunity to visit the market.
Day 17: Backtrack to Lukla
Our last day on the trail, we descend from Namche to Lukla, crossing eleven suspension bridges and re-entering the fertile valleys of the lower Dudh Kosi. We stay overnight in Lukla.
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu
If the weather is fine, the plane can land in Lukla and we will take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu, giving us one last chance to say farewell to the mountains.
Day 19: A reserve day
You have a reserve day, which you can use for second attempt of the peak or if the flight to Lukla gets canceled due to bad weather.
Day 20: Depart Kathmandu
You are transfer to the airport for your international flight back home.
- Everest National Park fee.
- Certified mountaineering guide.
- All crews that include Sherpa, cook, kitchen aid, porters etc.
- 3 meals a day in the mountain prepared by Nepali cook.
- All Camping gears that includes sleeping tents, dinning and kitchen tents, foam mattress, toilet tent, shower tent.
- Crew insurance.
- Equipment for Nepali guide.
- Peak permit fee (USD 350).
- Portable altitude chamber.
- First aid kit.
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu airfare.
- Drinks, tips and expenses of personal nature.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel insurance.
- Personal climbing gears: boots, harness, ice-axe, crampons, etc.
- Personal accident insurance.
- Any extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.