Island Peak Climbing

Trip Highlights

  • Island Peak Climbing (6189 m.).
  • Wonderful View of the Mt. Everest
  • Cultural wonders of Everest region
  • Peaceful yet adventurous walk all throughout the trip
  • Cultural Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Tengboche and Pangboche Monasteries Exploration

Island Peak is a beautiful mountain peak in the Everest region of the Himalaya which towers 6,189 meters above sea level. This peak was named Imja Tse in the year 1983 is a very popular trekking peak in the Everest region. This is not a highly technical climbing peak, So to climb to Island peak, one does not necessarily have to be a seasoned climber.

The highlight of the trip, Island Peak summit day, also brings an awesome mountain view from the top. Since the summit day involves walks on rocky path and snow trail, it is pretty much challenging and interesting at the same time. You definitely enjoy the walk towards the top without much technical involvement.

This Island Peak Climbing itinerary is for the adventurers who want to do the Island peak climbing straight without going to the Everest Base camp or any other detours. While cutting the days to the base camp or any other alternative detours, this particular trip can be done in less days.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need to go. Than we  talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour – 4 hrs

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. Sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites.

Boudhanath: It is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas.  stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Pashupatinath: It is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Thisis about half day tour so you have tome for free and easy and last gear heck up.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla 2860m – Phakding 2610m,30 min fly and 3.30 hrs walk.

Take an early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway town to the Everest trek. Flying for about 30 minutes enjoying spectacularly beautiful view of the middle hills and mountains of Nepal, we land at the airstrip of Lukla. We, then, meet our complete trekking crew at Lukla and proceed on our trek for the day towards Phakding. After a four hours’ trek on a gradual downhill trail, we reach the small village of Phakding on the bank of beautiful Dudh Koshi River.Stay overnight at a teahouse.

Day 04: Phakding – Namche 3,440m,5 hrs walking

The trek for the day today that starts after breakfast at the teahouse goes mostly uphill to Namche. We come across several suspension bridges that allow us to connect from one mountain to the other across rivers and gorges. The effort of the trek is rewarded by the spectacular beauty of Namche bazar and the view of the Himalayan peaks from here.  The stunning mountain peaks seen from this homeland of the famous Sherpas are… This homeland of famous climbing tribe Sherpa, who have the roots centuries back into Tibet, has become the ethnic Sherpa town for ages now when they migrated to the Everest region crossing the Himalayas.

Development of tourism activities in the Everest region has brought a significant change in the social and economic lives of Sherpa community as they have been the most preferred climbing assistants and trekking guides. All local Sherpa households of Namche bazar have been benefitted from the tourism industry as they have been able to run hotels at their own hometown. Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day

We spend an extra night here at Namche Bazar as part of the acclimatization to the high altitude to  adjust to the thinning of the air.we do  short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people.You can see Mt. Everest from the top.Or we   hike up the Syangboche Airport (Old airport) around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. if you are not too tired can visit biggest Sherpa village in Everest region the Khumjung village where the Hillary school sits and Khunde nearby and back to Namchebazar Overnight at lodge..

Day 06: Namche – Tengboche 3860m,5 hrs

We walk to Tengboche today on an uphill trail to an even higher elevation today. We will be walking higher and higher on the trek for the next few days until we reach the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. On reaching Tengboche and checking into a teahouse, we can explore the surrounding and Tengboche Monastery. Some overwhelming views of the Himalayan peaks including incredible Mt. Ama Dabalam make our moments at Tengboche wonderful.

Day 07: Tengboche – Dingboche 4410m,430 hrs

The trek from Tengboche to Dingboche is about 6 hours on a beautiful trail. We will walk past the beautiful mountain village and Pangboche which is also overnight stopover place for some of the trips. We walk on the trail across a river called Imja and reach Pangboche where we will have a short break to visit Pangboche monastery. After exploring the monastery, we walk towards Dingboche which is our stop over destination for today.

Day 08: Dingboche – Chhukung 4730m,2.30 hrs

We start early morning after breakfast. It’s a short walking.Traversing the scenic trail overlooking the enigmatic Island peak, we eventually reach Chhukung for the lunch.  At Chhukung, we get ourselves ready double-checking our equipment for our Island summit day. We can go around for some exploration to acclimatize in the altitude.

Day 09: Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp 5,200m,3.30

The walk to the base camp of Island Peak today takes us along the Lhotse glacial moraine. we go through such a diverse range of terrains with beautiful scenic views along the glacial moraine and river valley. After mapping the beautiful winding trail, we eventually reach the base of Island Peak to spend our night there. After reaching the base camp, we have our lunch and pre-climbing training.

We will talk about all the climbing techniques and use of climbing equipment. As a group adventure, we will feel motivated by the expectation of each other in the group, their skills and determination for the adventure. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 10:  Base Camp – Summit 6189 m – Chhukung, 8-10  hrs

The day for us starts really early today soon after the midnight. The big day to climb Island peak which is also known as Imja Tse has come. We are going to set our feet on the path that a Swiss climbing team had successfully put in the year 1953. We begin our climb through sandy trail and proceed ahead on some grassy trail before we meet the trail filled with boulders. We tirelessly keep our spirit high and effort up to go higher toward the stunning summit. As we move higher ahead we feel the narrowing of the mountain trail before it turns completely into a snowy ridgeline and then leads us to the summit glacier. The glacier part is the trickiest part of the climb as it has several crevasses. We need to be roped up to walk along the glacier towards the summit. we begin our walk on the final section towards the summit. Eventually, after the strenuous effort and dodged will power, the summit of the Island peak is blessed to us. We celebrate the achievement of the peak, enjoy some quality time at the peak and take pictures before making our way down towards the base camp. Trek back to Chhukung for overnight.

Day 11: Contingency Day

This is our extra day for the trip as contingency day. In case of bad weather and many other unfavorable circumstances, we might need to use this day to get the situation in our favor. You may tired and need rest and relax day. Whether or not to use this day depends on how much the circumstance favors us for the adventure.

Day 12: Chhukung – Phortse 3800m – B/L/D,6 hrs

Today we trek to Photse village via dazzling Dingboche. We start the trek early from Chhukung village leaving the massive Island peak behind us and walk past Dingboche and cross Imja Khola before heading towards the destination, Phortse, today.  Phortse is a typical Sherpa village in the Khumbu region and little less explored village as it lies off the regular main base camp trail. Almost 6 hours of trekking journey brings us incredible views and amazing cultural experience. Stay overnight at Phortse village.

Day 13: Phortse – Monjo 2835m– B/L/D,6 hrs

We walk down to Monjo today after breakfast. The first section of the trek goes downhill towards Dudh Koshi River and moves ahead towards Phortse Thanga. The trail goes uphill from here to Mong where some incredible views are awaiting us before we start descending towards Namche Bazar. About six hours of incredible trekking journey brings us back to Namche Bazar. Having Lunch and spending some relaxing time at Namche Bazar we head on our descent towards Monjo for our overnight stay.

Day 14: Monjo – Lukla 2840m – B/L/D, 3.30 hrs

We are going to complete a round trip at Lukla today. Traversing the trail down towards the Dudh Koshi River and walking along side it, we eventually reach Lukla trekking past Phakding and several other beautiful places. Once we reach Lukla, we say thank you and good bye to our amazing crew members who made a wonderfully successful trip possible. Whatever we do is not enough to express our gratitude towards them but we are highly thankful to them.Stay overnight at Lukla.

Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu 1400m – B 30 min fly

We take another beautiful morning flight back to Kathmandu by a fixed winged aircraft. Saying a heartfelt good bye to the majestic mountains after so many days of wonderful moments amongst them is quite difficult but we have to do it anyway. We finally land at Kathmandu airport to feel the city air after so many days. We are transferred to our hotel and left on our own to enjoy and relax.

Day 16: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden places in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the local life and culture., the tour lets you a great opportunity to experience historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. On this walking tour, we explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa etc.

After exploring these hidden charms of Kathmandu, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique historical, cultural and religious traditions. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley.

Day 17: Departure Day

We will drive you to airport for the departure flight three prior to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

1.    Airport picks up & Drop.
2.    All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
3.    Accommodation.
4.    Hot drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate).
5.    All transportation.
6.    Trekking permit.
7.    Four nights Hotel with break fast in Kathmandu.
8.    Sight seeing in Kathmandu valley.
9.    All temples Entry Permit in kathamndu.
10.  All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
       transport etc for Nepalese staff.
11.  All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind
       of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu..

Climbing Gears (Personal)

1.    Ice axe
2.    Crampons
3.    Harness
4.    Tape Slings (2)
5.    Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
6.    Descender/Abseil Device
7.    Plastic Mountaineering Boots
8.    Ascender
9.    Helmet (optional)

Climbing Gears (Group)

1.    Snow bar*
2.    Rope*
3.    Ice Hammer*
4.    Ice Screw*

Clothings (Head)

1.    Sun hat or scarf
2.    Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
3.    Sunglasses with UV protection

Clothing (Lower Body)

1.    Under Garments
2.    Hiking shorts
3.    Lightweight cotton long pants
4.    Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
5.    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
6.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet

1.    Thin, lightweight inner socks
2.    Thick, warm wool hiking socks
3.    Hiking boots with spare laces
4.    Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
5.    Gaiters

Upper Body

1.    T-shirts
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
6.    Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands

1.    Lightweight gloves
2.    Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories

1.    Sleeping bag rated to -30 degree centigrade and below (depends on season)*
2.    Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3.    Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
4.    Basic First Aid Kit
5.    Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
6.    Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
7.    Trekking Poles
8.    Water bottle (2) or camel bag
9.    Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
10.    Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries

1.    1 medium sized quick drying towel
2.    Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
3.    Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
4.    Deodorants
5.    Nail clippers
6.    Face and body moisturizer
7.    Feminine hygiene products
8.    Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

1.    Wet wipes (baby wipes)
2.    Tissue /toilet roll
3.    Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries

1.    Binoculars
2.    Reading book
3.    Trail Map/Guide book
4.    Journal & Pen
5.    Walkman
6.    Pencils and small notebooks
7.    Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
8.    Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)

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