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Trip Code: NHT211
Trip Grade: Very Strenuous
Max Elevation: 6189 m
Total Duration: 22 days
Best Time: April - May and Sept - Nov
Group Size: 02 - 12 People
A quest of every enthusiastic climbers who wouldn’t get enough of mountains and their wilderness with just a walk up to the Everest Base Camp! Get a real taste of mountains by Island peak climbing up a peak in Everest region which is popular amongst the trekkers as Island peak. Island peak is an alluring peak that lies in between the peaks of Ama Dablam and Lhotse on the top of Chukung glacier. Lying in between the Chukung glacier, the peak rises tall in between like an island in between the sea therefore named as Island peak. Also known as Imja Tse, the peak was first climbed by a team of Eric Shipton in 1952 A.D.
Everest Base Camp Trek with Island peak climbing fulfils the dream of every climber who seek for adventure and thrill along with the trekking journey to the apex touching mountains. Talking about Island peak climbing, it is mostly not so technical and can be performed by anyone with basic snow climbing skill and high altitude endurance capacity. Island peak is highly glaciated in its west face and its summit offers the best views of mountains in Everest region like Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse and many more. The magnificence of wild and cold mountains that unfolds right before our eyes is a reward to all the struggles that we went through climbing up the ropes.
So, add a little more to your journey to Everest with a climb up to Island peak for the majestic view imaginable. Walking up to the Base Camp is a good experience but why not to experience the best with Everest Base Camp Trek and Island peak climbing? Nepal Hiking Team encourages you to opt for the best.
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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Touring the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley that includes: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 hours
Early morning transfer to the airport for Lukla flight. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about an exceptional 60 meters only. Trek to Phakding with an arresting, green landscape with the view of Kusum Kangraru. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours
We follow the Dudh Koshi, ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles.
Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu that attracts Himalayan and lowland merchants.
You will spend two days at Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 - Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel
This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. We will hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), supposed to be the highest airport in the world, then continue climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache etc. On the way back, we visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06 - Namche to Dole (4200m/13776ft) Duration: 5 hrs
The trails easy in the begging up to Kyangjuma & climb steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. This trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. The trails pass many Kharkas, summer settlements used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures.
The route passes through the settlement s of Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) to Dole where there’re few hotels. The views of Khumbila and Tawache (6542m) are incredible throughout the day!! Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07 - Dole to Machhermo (4400m/14432ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Trail climbs to Lambara at (4220m) and Luza at (4360m). The tails is steep in most places as it climbs through brush junipers. There’re Kharkas whenever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water.
The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at (4410m). Here was in Machhermo in 1974 that Yeti killed three yaks and attached a Sherpa woman. This is the most credit yeti incident ever reported. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08 - Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4700m/15416ft) Duration: 4 hrs
We climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at (4390m) then descends to the riverbank before beginning of climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It’s a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small Lake at (4650m), where a family of green Brainy ducks resides. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09 - Hike to Gokyo RI (5360m/17880ft) Duration: 4 hrs
Early wake up and climb up to the Gokyo-Ri, for panoramic view of Mahalangur Himalayan range, it takes approximately 2hrs climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache & a great looking of Ngozumpa glacier a largest glacier in Nepal. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10 - Trek to Thangna (4700m/15416ft) Duration 2-3 hrs
Trekking to the foot of Cho La pass. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11 - Cross Cho La pass (5420/1780ft) then trek to Dzongla (4830m/15842ft) Duration: 7 -8 hrs
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4/5 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect our journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5300 meters we could be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late.
We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, and then we descend to the Dzongla at noon. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12 - Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 4 hrs
Today, we will take easy and short trekking route as we had big and hard trekking day yesterday. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) Duration: 8 hours
After a short climb through meadows, look down at the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours we will get to Gorekshep, and continue our journey to the Everest base camp.
There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek – but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking, you will arrive at the base camp and enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, where the Everest expeditions begin. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14 - Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18187ft) - Gorekshep – Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) 7 hours
The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m), an excellent viewpoint to observe the Mount. Everest and innumerable spectacular mountains views. Then trek back to Gorekshep for hot breakfast and trek descend to Dingboche (4410m). Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15 - Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp (5240m/17187ft) Duration: 6 hours
From Dingboche we make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8501meters) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. We will reach in the mid-afternoon. Will be tented camp for next two days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook. Overnight at tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Pre-Climb Training: After lunch, our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boot and crampons, harness, ascender, etc and on how to go up and down using ropes. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training experience for Island Peak Climbing, we believe that some training experience will boost up your confidence and climbing skills, thus increasing the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.
Day 16 - Island Peak Base Camp to summit Peak (6189m/20300ft) and back to Chhukung 10 – 11 hours
Island Peak Ascent (6,189m), we begin our climb early in the morning, generally around 1 AM. In the beginning, we climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier.
We need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Dingboche for overnight. Overnight guesthouse/tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 17 - Reserve day for contingency
There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit (day 16), so this day is used as a contingency in case if we are unable to summit the Island Peak on day 16 due to bad weather condition or some other reasons.
If weather gets exceptionally unfavorable we wisely have to postpone the program of summiting the peak. Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent; the day can be used in that condition too. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day. Overnight at tented camp or guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 18 - Trek to Namche (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 7 hours
Leaving the mountains behind us our descent takes us through various towns of Orsho, Somare and Pangboche, Tengboche then Pungki Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma, and easier trail to Namche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 19 - Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hours
The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 20 - Fly back to Kathmandu
30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 21 - Leisure Day
Spend the day in Kathmandu, to rest or to explore, as per your inclination. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 22 - Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport.
- All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
- Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
- Island peak climbing permit fee
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek and tented accommodation during the climbing
- Seasonal fruits during the trek
- English speaking trekking guide and highly experienced (2-3 times Everest Submitter ) climbing guide for Island peak including their foods, accommodations, salary, insurance etc.
- Require porters (two clients: 1 porter) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
- Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
- Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
- Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- Comprehensive first aid medical kit
- Boiled water will be provided during the climb
- All require permits including TIMS, Sagarmatha NP, Island Peak climbing etc.
- General climbing equipment such as rope, ice screw, snow bar etc
- All taxes and service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Garbage deposit fee US$ 250.00 (Refundable)
- Drink including - water, coke, fanta, alcoholic beverage, snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek except Lukla, Phakding and Namche
- Personal trekking equipments
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
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