Island Peak climbing / Imja Tse Himal a beautiful peak stands aloof on its own within scenic valley of Imjatse, where the peak also called with native name Imjatse Himal due to its location amidst this magnificent valley.
Island Peak climbing / Imjatse Himal towers high above 6,189m/ 20,305 ft high, actually a broken rocky ridge of world’s fourth highest Mt. Lhotse southern flanks, Island peak must have formed since past hundreds of years ago from the effects of heavy snow, strong winds and avalanches.
A stunning peak to look at from Dingboche and Chukung area, where at present as become one of the most popular trekking peaks of Nepal due to its accessibility reaching the foot of the mountains with less duration of time to climb to its high summit.
Although we have graded the climb as PD + which means ‘Per Difficult’ taken from French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification Systems, where climb leads on long snow line, moraine and glaciers with some technical effort to tackle, where climbers should be in good physical shape with adequate climbing gears required.
Starting our adventure Island Peak-Imjatse Himal Climb and trek after reaching at Lukla from Kathmandu taking a swift short flight, where walk leads through nice farm Sherpa villages around Dudh Kosi River valley.
Walk continues to a climb to reach at famous Namche Bazaar stopping for two whole nights for acclimatization purpose before heading higher terrain, Namche an interesting town / villages with facilities of banks-ATM-many good restaurants and lodge / resorts including well stocked shops and stores.
From Namche onward walk into green tree lines of blue pines, firs and rhododendron with views along the trail facing Everest-Lhotse and majestic Amadablam includes array of peaks, and then slowly reaching a beautiful spot at Thyangboche with time to visit its interesting monastery surrounded with snow-capped peaks and woodland.
After Thyangboche into wild open windswept country to reach scenic Imjatse valley at Dingboche and Chukung where our true adventure begins heading towards Island peak base camp with ample time for practice and rest before the summit on top Island Peak.
With enough rest and preparation aiming higher following our expert guide to reach at the summit of Island peak / Imjatse Himal surrounded by mind-blowing panorama of peaks, after feeling high and in great spirit descend back to Chukung and then on the trail back to Lukla for sweeping flight reaching at Kathmandu, after a remarkable and mesmerizing adventure on Island Peak climbing and treks.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff and guide with warm welcome then transfer to your hotels in the hub of the city.
After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups for briefing on Island Peak Climbing/ Imjatse Himal Climb and Treks, where our guide offers you with useful important information regarding trek and your stay in Nepal with us including some short details on climb with technical know-how.
Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.
Morning, depart from the hotel for exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest, Kathmandu city and its valley steeped with historical and religious monuments temples and monasteries listed as World Heritage Sites.
Afternoon our climb guide will help you with list of climbing and trekking gear required for the adventure to Island Peak climb, rest of the day free to relax and preparation for next early morning flight to Lukla.
Starting early morning transfer to domestic airport for short and scenic flight to Lukla, taking a smaller aircraft (Twin Otter or Dornier) during 30 minutes on air with amazing panorama of Himalayan series of peaks with Mt. Everest, as the plane lands on its unique uphill runways reaching at Tenzing & Hillary airport in Lukla.
From here a slow start with few hours of walks on downhill past many Sherpa farm villages with well tended crops and vegetable fields and terraces with occasional views of snow capped peaks of Kwangde and Kusum Khanguru, and then reaching our first overnight stop of the trek at Phakding in the comfort of nice and cozy lodge located by the raging Dudh Kosi River.
Early morning refresh yourself with Yoga course for an hour, and the after breakfast where day leads you to long uphill walk to reach at famous Namche Bazaar, starting with gradual walk following Dudh Kosi River upstream crossing few bridges to reach Sagarmatha National Park entrance near Monjo village.
Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepalese while Sherpa calls Chomolungma (of Tibetan origin) in both languages means 'Great Mother', from here a pleasant walk on river bed then climb for few hours into forested trail with views of snow capped peaks, as this scenic walk reaches you at exciting Namche Bazaar.
Morning Yoga routine as per given time by our Instructor and Guru today a free and rest day at Namche Bazaar for necessary acclimatization, before heading higher area an ideal spot for free day at this height above 3,440 m high.
In Namche spend the day with scenic hike to view points on top Namche facing Mt. Everest-Ama Dablam and other range of peaks, afternoon explore the streets and shops, Namche holds a colorful and busy Saturday Market once a week.
Starting early morning Yoga class on lawn with the views of peaks, or indoor in a large dining hall, after a hearty breakfast, depart from Namche where walk leads you on gradual scenic path with downhill to Imjatse River at Phunge-Tenga for lunch, afternoon uphill climb into rhododendron, pines, fir forest with grand views of snowcapped peaks.
After few hours of climb reaching at Thyangboche Monastery, enjoy marvelous views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtenga, Thamasarku, Kwande with magnificent Ama Dablam, afternoon with time to visit its interesting monastery and observe monks and priest on prayer.
Thyangboche a scenic and beautiful spot where once a year in the month of mid October or November a festival is held called Mani-Rimdu, where you can observe monks adorned on different deity masks wading evil spirits.
With morning majestic views, morning downhill walk for short while to reach Imjatse River, after crossing a bridge walk into open country where tree lines stops for few short juniper and rhododendron bushes, uphill for a while to reach at Pangboche village at 3,900 meters.
Pangboche last permanent village before Dingboche and beyond, from here a slow climb to Somara for lunch and continue walk with climb to Dingboche village for overnight stop, located within scenic Imjatse valley with excellent views of Amadablam and Island Peak.
A rest day for proper acclimatization with longer Yoga exercise facing beautiful landscapes and views of high peaks, option for short hike up to Nakarjung hills for better views of surrounding peaks with Mt. Makalu towards east adjoining.
Afternoon check climbing gear and perhaps with some practice lesson on climb from our guide with more information regarding its technical sides to reach the top of Island peak or Imjatse Himal.
After a nice and pleasant stop at Dingboche, as our morning walk lead to short climb facing excellent views, and then walk on gradual scenic trail to Thugla for lunch, this is where massive Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river.
From here trail Pheriche and Dingboche trail joins towards Everest Base Camp, after a break a steep climb for an hour to Thugla pass, witness stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing on Mt. Everest, Lhotse or other high mountains. From here a nice walk to Lobuche for overnight stop.
Today our adventure takes you at Everest Base Camp our main goal and highlight of the trip walking for few hours with short steep climb in between glacier and moraine, then reaching at Gorakshep, beneath lofty peak of Pumori and Kalapathar rocky hill.
Walk continues towards Everest base camp, at base camp enjoy views of massive Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after an exciting time with experience of a lifetime retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for overnight stop.
Early morning climb on top Kalapathar at above 5,545 m, highest point on trekking with magnificent views of mountains includes Mt. Everest at close distance, after a great time on top descend back to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk to Thugla, from here downhill to Imjatse valley with nice scenic walk towards Dingboche in the comfort of nice cozy lodge for overnight stay.
After an early morning breakfast from here uphill to Imjatse valley with nice scenic walk towards the last human settlement at Chhukung in the comfort of nice cozy lodge before Island Peak base camp. If the afternoon after lunch you can day hike up to Chhukung Peak.
After a wonderful stop in cozy lodge at Chhukung, today onward for few days in tents camping for few nights till the climb is done, morning walk leads to our main highlight and goal to Island Peak base camp located in a scenic spot at Parshya Gab, here setting our camps with afternoon free to practice climbing with our expert guide.
Real thrill and adventure starts heading higher to establish a high or advance camp above 5,400 m high, to make the climb much accessible and shorter, morning leaving the base camp towards high camp climb above moraine towards an open gully, located between two well defined ridges to reach at high camp beneath a small hanging glacier above 5,400 m high.
Here with time in the afternoon for final preparations for the big climb next early morning.
Starting very early before break of dawn where climb begins to reach top of Island peak above 6,160 m / 20,328 ft high with PD + grade as taken from French and Swiss Alpine Climbing System, as our guide leads you across a broad open gully, following snow-covered glacier, avoiding serac and crevasses climbing northwards over snow covered scree in the margin between a glaciers facing a top ridge.
Climb continues crossing a gully with some stone with icefall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads you above 100 meters high (300 ft) to reach its main summit, as strenuous climb takes you on top our final and major highlight of the adventure.
Enjoy the views and success of a lifetime experience as you great dreams accomplished with great successful climb facing awesome panorama of giant peaks with Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Amadablam 6,856 m, Mt. Makalu 8, 463 m, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks, after a great climb feeling in high spirit descend safely on the same route back to base camp.
Every member and staff should be at base camp on this day to clean up the garbage to hand over designated SPPC personal (Sagarmatha Pollution Project Control). Trek to Chhukung for overnight stay.
After getting organized our return route leads towards Imjatse valley with scenic views as walk proceeds towards Dingboche to reach at Tengboche for lunch break.
From Tengboche walk downhill with short up to reach at Namche Bazaar with grand views of Everest and Ama Dablam includes other close peaks then reaching at Namche for overnight stop after a pleasant walk of short ups and downs.
Our last day walk of the great adventure, morning starts with long descend towards Sagarmatha National Park entrance at Monjo village and then crossing a long bridge to reach at Phakding.
From Phakding towards Lukla as walk leads ups and downhill with last climb of an hour to reach at Lukla for last overnight stop in Khumbu and Everest region.
From Lukla an early morning flight to Kathmandu with panorama of mountains views all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back into your hotel with free afternoon to relax after a great and wonderful time on Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Today a free day in Kathmandu reserved as extra day in case of flight delay and cancellation in Lukla, due to unfavorable bad weather conditions which can occur sometimes as Himalaya weather can be unpredictable.
If all goes well as per our guideline set itinerary, one can enjoy this day relaxing or with individual extra activities or book for another exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.
Your last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations. Our staff or guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great adventure on Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trekking.