Island peak via Gokyo-Chola-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,S o to climb to Island peak, one 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.

But before reaching the base camp, you take an alternative route via Gokyo Lakes. The route takes left from Namche Bazar towards Dole to go to Gokyo lakes instead of direct and usual base camp route. Gokyo route will see less trekker but they see the magnificent views of the Himalayas which the usual base camp trekkers don’t get to see. Exploration of Gokyo lakes, crossing of Cho La pass and hiking to Gokyo Ri make the route worthy to take effort. Once the route meets at Lobuche, the trek goes to the Everest base camp and also 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. after 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 - 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.After tour you will have some free and easy times.Overnight at hotel.

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 – Dole 4038m, 6 hrs

We trek to Dole today after breakfast at our lodge at Namche. About six hours of walk through pine and rhododendron forested area via Tengboche takes us to Dole. On the way, when we reach Tengboche, we will stop for some exploration of a monastery there and surrounding. During our trek, we will be able to enjoy the view of the fascinating mountain views, serene forest, cultural and spiritual vibrations. When we reach Dole, we check into a guest house and relax.

Day 07: Dole – Machhermo 4470m , 4.30 hrs

The walk today to Machhermo brings us some magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks of Thamserku, Kangtenga, Cho Oyu, Tawache etc. Comparatively a short walk of about four hours takes us to Machhermo which is situated north of Dole and south of Gokyo. We will reach Macchhermo early in the afternoon leaving us with plenty of time to enjoy the magical beauty of the place and explore around.Stay overnight at a guest in Machhermo.

Day 08: Machhermo – Gokyo 4750m ,4.30 hrs

The trek for today takes us to a wonderful place called Gokyo. The very first section of the trek takes us on an uphill walk through a ridge enjoying the Himalayan view. Our walk also passes through a glacial moraine, first lake before reaching the beautiful Gokyo village on the bank of a serene lake. passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier We will have some time in the afternoon to explore around the village.Stay overnight at Gokyo.

Day 09:  Gokyo –Gokyo ri (5483m)  – Thaknak  4700m

We take an early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5483 meters above sea level There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded, back to the Gokyo Lake and trek tothaknak via the third lake. The walk takes us past glacial moraine and shortly to our destination thereafter. Stay overnight at Thaknak.

Day 10: Thaknak – Cho La 5420m-Dzongla( 4800m),

Now you ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. The Chola pass is most of the time covered with blue ice giving you a chill feeling. The trail is narrow and sometimes stone fall donw so you have to be careful, Here you can also enjoy Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche peak and several other beautiful sights. From here, the trail descends steeply then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla. This is probably hardest day of the trek.Overnight at Dzongla

Day 11. TrDzongla-  Lobuche(4910m)   Gorak Shep (5200m) 5.30hrs walk.

After breakfast we start our hike, Passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits, which offers you panoramic view of the mountains along the way.We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910m at Lobuche .Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Trek to Lobuche for lunch and continue Grakshep. Not much up and down if you compare other day but still difficult because of the height. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 12:Gorakshep 5164m – Everest Base Camp 5364m-gorakshep.6  hrs

We proceed towards Everest Base Camp . 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 13: 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 14: 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. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse's massive south wall,it is an short walk, after lunch just explore azound.At Chhukung, we get ourselves ready double checking our equipment to our Island summit attempt.Overnight at Lodge.

Day 15: 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 16:  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 17: 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 18: Chhukung – Tengboche 3860m – B/L/D

Today we trek to tantalizing Tengboche village. We start the trek early from Chhukung village leaving the massive Island peak behind us. The pleasant tiredness of the wonderful adventure gives us the fuel to walk happily to Tengboche. We walk past beautiful Pangboche village wher we had some nice time exploring monastery while heading towards the base camp. We reach Tengboche village after about 6 hours of trekking journey for another incredible view. Stay overnight at Tengboche village.

Day 19: Tengboche  – Monjo 2850m – B/L/D

We walk down to Namche Bazar after breakfast.  Descending through the pine forest towards Namche Bazar, we enjoy the one last view of the highest peak in the world. Although Mt. Everest hides from our view, there are several other magnificent mountain peaks to overwhelm us. We walk past Namche Bazar and head further lower to Monjo.  Stay overnight at Monjo.

Day 20: Monjo  – Lukla 2840m – B/L/D

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 21: 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 22: 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. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing. 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. After tour you have free and eay.Overnight at Hotel.

Day 23: Departure Day

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick 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, Equipments, 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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