Island peak via EBC

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, does not necessarily have to be a seasoned climber.

Although main purpose of this trip is to climb Island Peak, you also get to reach the base of the highest mountain in the world. The trip is coupled with Everest Base Camp trekking. You will trek first to the Everest base camp and also go to the famous Kalapathar for a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and other magnificent mountain peaks. The view from Kalapathar is certainly magical to overwhelm anybody.

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. 

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 discuses 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 - B

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. A 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. It is an half day tour so you have time for free and easy and tiem for last gear checking.

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 walk 

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 walk

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 – Pheriche 4370m,4.30 hrs

The trek from Tengboche to Pheriche is about 6 hours on a beautiful trail. We will walk past the beautiful mountain villages of Diboche and Pangboche which are also overnight stopover places in 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 Pheriche which is our stop over destination for today.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

As part of the acclimatization process on the high altitude climate, we are going to stay overnight at Pheriche today. We will hike up to Nagkarsang hill today. Passing through the cairns, yak pastures overlooking Dingboche valley, we walk up towards the hill at an elevation of 5000 meters above sea level. After some incredible moments on the top enjoying spectacular view, we hike down to Pheriche for overnight stay.

 Day 09: Pheriche – Lobuche 4940m,4 hrs

We walk to Lobuche today after breakfast. We follow the trail ascending towards Thukla and eventually to Lobuche for overnight stay. The walk will bring various mountain peaks into our view. The walk with the view of several spectacular mountains is worth the effort it takes.Stay overnight at Lobuche.

Day 10: Lobuche – Gorakshep 5164m – Everest Base Camp 5364m,  8 hrs

We walk to Gorakshep from Lobuche today. The trail traverses up and down on the mountains and glacial moraine. Once we reach Gorakshep, we take lunch at the tea house we are staying tonight and proceed towards Everest Base Camp in the afternoon. We walk to the epic base of the highest mountain in the world. We walk to the new base camp of the Everest which is different than the old one where Hillary and Tenzing had camped before starting on their adventure journey towards the summit of the highest peak in the world.

After spending some quality time at the base camp, from where we can inhale fresh air from stunning mountains of Pumori, Khumbutse and Nuptse, we start our way back to Gorakshep for the stay overnight.

Day 11: Gorakshep – Kalapatthar 5545m – Dingboche 4410m, 7 hrs

We go for an early morning hike up to the stunning view point of Kalapatthar, which provides excellent panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks right in front of us. We get to enjoy a stunning sunrise over the Himalayas. Later, we descend to Gorakshep and have our breakfast. We proceed on the trek for the day on the way back down to Dingboche to stay our overnight there.

Day 12: Dingboche – Chhukung 4730m, 2.30 hrs

We start early morning after breakfast. It’s a short walking day of more or less two hours. 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. Overnight at tea house.

Day 13: Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp 5,200m, 3.30 hrs

The walk to the base camp of Island Peak today takes us along the Lhotse glacial moraine. Although a short walk of about four hours today, 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 Tent.

Day 14:  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. After the ropes are set, 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. We trek back to Chhukung today for overnight at tea house.

Day 15: Contingency Day

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

Day 16: Chhukung – Phortse 3800m – B/L/D,6 hrs

Today we trek to Phortse 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 17: 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. After spending some relaxing time at Namche Bazar we head on our descent towards Monjo for our overnight stay.Stay overnight at Monjo.

Day 18: 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 19: 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 of wonderful and fresh mountain air. We are transferred to our hotel and left on our own to enjoy and relax.

Day 20: 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 21: Departure Day

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

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up & Droop.
  • Trekking Guide, Climbing Guide, cook, Sherpa and porters.
  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner.)
  • Accommodation. (Lodge and tent) 
  • Hot drinks. (Tea & coffee) 3 times a days.
  • Domestic pick up and droop.
  • Group Climbing gear.
  • Climbing special permit and Permit.
  • Air Ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Four night’s Nepal's 3-start stander hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu (including: guide, private transport and entry permit)
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipment’s, Air ticket, land transport etc for trekking and climbing staff.
  • All camping gear, cook and food for climbing
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket and Duffel bag.
  • All taxes.

 

Cost Excludes

  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Tips (Gratuities) to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you.

 

What to bring:

Important documents

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  4. Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards).

Climbing Gears (personal)

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

Climbing Gears (Group)

  1. Snow bar(we provide)
  2. Rope(we provide)
  3. Ice hammer (we provide)
  4. Ice screw (we provide)
  5. Tape Slings

Head Clothing

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

Lower Body Clothing

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

Feet

  1. Thin, lightweight inner socks
  2. Thick, warm wool hiking socks and hiking pool
  3. Hiking boots with spare laces
  4. Camp shoes (sneakers 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 wind-stopper jacket (optional).
  4. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  5. Down vest or jacket (we provide).

Hands

  1. Lightweight gloves.
  2. Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a water proof shell outer (seasonal).

Accessories

  1. Down Sleeping bag rated to- 20  to  -30 degree centigrade and below (depends on season) (we provide)
  2. Head lamp (e.g. petzl zoom)with spare bulbs and batteries
  3. Trekking bags/Duffel Bag(we provide)
  4. Basic First Aid kit (we also provide basis medicine)
  5. Large plastic bag – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  6. Day pack
  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. Multi-purpose 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. Binocular
  2. Reading books
  3. Trail map/Guide book
  4. Journal and pen
  5. Walkman
  6. Pencil and small note book
  7. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  8. Swimming customs
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