Have some desires for a thrilling Himalayan adventure? Want to go to the Himalayas and experience the joy of being amidst the towering Himalayan peaks?
This Island peak climbing expedition takes you on such a wonderful Himalayan adventure trip that gives you the insight on what the words like incredible, wonderful, breathtaking etc. really mean. The trip lets you walk on the famous Everest trail and takes you around to the beautiful villages, landscapes, lakes, passes in the region before you make it to the base of the world’s highest mountain and to the summit of Island peak. Island Peak which was named Imja Tse in the year 1983 is a very popular trekking peak in the Everest region in the Himalayas of Nepal. Although some climbing is involved, this peak is not a highly technical climbing peak. So to climb to the summit of Island peak, you do not necessarily have to be a seasoned climber. This is simply a trekking peak which can be summited without much of mountaineering skills and experience under the guidance of a climbing guide.
The trip brings you an excellent opportunity to experience the spectacular Himalayas on the Everest region taking you to the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and crossing two high Himalayan passes, namely Cho La 5420 m and Kongma La 5535m and eventually bringing the summit of six thousand meters mountain to you. You strong will power and sincere effort under the supervision and guidance of an expert mountain climbing guide only can bring this trip come true for you.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m
Today is your arrival day in Kathmandu. Once you finish the custom and visa process and come outside at the airport in Kathmandu, you will find a person waiting for you with our company sign board. Follow him to the car and you will be driven to your hotel. Check in, relax and spend some leisurely time.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
Take an early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway town to the Everest trek. Flying for about 45 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 03: Phakding – Namche
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 04: Acclimatization Day
We spend an extra night here at Namche Bazar as part of the acclimatization to the high altitude climate. We will take a day hiking trip to one of the hiking destinations in the area. We come back to Namche bazar for the overnight stay.
Day 05: Namche – Dole 3534m
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 06: Dole – Machhermo
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 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 07: Machhermo – Gokyo
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. We will have some time in the afternoon to explore around the village as we reach there after a walk of about four hours.
Stay overnight at Gokyo.
Day 08: Gokyo Exploration Day
We take our day to explore the majestic beauty of Gokyo village and surrounding wonders. We take an early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5483 meters above sea level to enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu. We walk back down to Gokyo and make an afternoon walk to the Fifth Lake and later explore Nagjumba Glacier.
After spending an incredible day in and around Gokyo, we spend overnight here at Gokyo itself.
Day 09: Gokyo – Dragnag 4700m
Comparatively a short walk today, we trek towards Dragnag via the third lake. The walk takes us past glacial moraine and shortly to Dragnag thereafter. After the beautiful short walk of the day, we reach Dragnag and explore the place for the rest of the day or simply take a leisurely time to rest.
Stay overnight at Dragnag.
Day 10: Dragnag – Cho La 5420m – Dzonghla 4830m
It’s a long day today which takes us to Dzonghla for overnight stay. The walk goes past a high Himalayan pass called Cho La at the elevation of 5420 meters above sea level. Today is not only a long day of trek but also a difficult walking day. The day starts early to trek up towards Cho La pass passing through huge boulders. We walk on narrow and icy path through the pass thus have to be extra careful not to slip. After crossing the pass, we descend down towards Dzonghla where we spend overnight today.
Day 11: Dzonghla – Lobuche 4940m
Today we are going to meet the regular Everest base camp trekking trail when we reach Lobuche for our overnight stay. We are heading closer to the base camp of Everest as we walk further ahead towards Lobuche along the Khumbu valley. Once we reach Lobuche, we will meet trekkers making their way to the Everest base camp along the regular trekking trail to the base of the world’s highest mountain.
Day 12: Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp
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 13: Gorakshep – Kalapatthar 5643m – Lobuche
We go for an early morning hike up to the stunning view point of Kalapatthar at the elevation of 5545 meters above, which is also the highest elevation gain on this trek, for an excellent panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks right in front of us. Later we descend to Gorakshep and have our breakfast. We proceed on the trek for the day on the way back down to Lobuche to stay our overnight there.
Day 14: Lobuche – Kongma La 5545m – Chhukung 4730m
About seven hours of walk today takes us to Chhukung via a high Himalayan pass of Kongma La which is 5535 meters in elevation. This route to Chhukung is the most suitable one as it takes us via a high pass which gives us good acclimatization for the summit of the island peak. The walk today goes along the Khumbu glacier towards the Kongma La pass passing through its base
at the elevation of 5000 meters above sea level. After crossing the cairn marked Kongma La pass, we start our descent towards Imja Khola valley and further to Chhukung for the overnight stay.
At Chhukung, we get ourselves ready double checking our equipment to our Island summit attempt in a couple of days.
Day 15: Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp 5,087m
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 at the elevation of 5,200 meters above sea level to spend our night there.
Day 16: Pre-Climbing Orientation and Acclimatization Day
We spend the whole day today at the base camp. We will have a full day to prepare ourselves for the adventure that lays ahead of us for tomorrow. 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. Doing so, the day will allow us ample time to well acclimatize for the summit attempt.
Stay overnight at the Island peak base camp.
Day 17: Base Camp – Summit 6189 m – Base Camp
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 stay our overnight at the base camp after the successful adventure.
Day 18: Island Base Camp – Pangboche 3985m
We walk to Pangboche village today. To our relief, we are walking back to a lower elevation after our successful Island peak summit ascent. While walking to Pangboche, we will be able to experience the Sherpa culture in a deeper level as we walk past the Sherpa villages of Shomare and Orsho. When we reach Pangboche village after about six hours of walk, we find ourselves surrounded by the stunning mountains of Everest from the north, Thamserku, Kangtaiga and Ama Dablam from the east and Kongde from the south. The scenic beauty of the village adds more to our joy and excitement of achievement of walking to the base of the highest mountain in the world and summiting the Island peak.
Stay overnight at Pangboche.
Day 19: Pangboche – Namche 3440m
We take our breakfast at our lodge in Pangboche and start the trek for the day to Namche. The walk takes us via Tengboche where we can visit a monastery and explore the surround for a while until our lunch is ready. After lunch at Tengboche, we start our descent towards Namche bazar through beautiful serene forested area full of juniper and rhododendron trees. Following the trail along the Dudh Koshi river gorge, we still continue further down towards our destination for today. Our day will be even more beautiful if we get chance to see some wildlife during our walk. On reaching Namche after around five hours of walk, we check into a lodge and relax.
Stay overnight at Namche bazar.
Day 20: Namche – Lukla 2860m
Today we map the Everest trail all the way back down to Lukla. We take the same trail we took to go up and come across several suspension bridges and walk past several local villages. Dudh Koshi River flow adds more beauty on the trail and makes the walk more enjoyable. And we eventually reach the town of Lukla where our trek to the Everest Base Camp comes to end.
We bid farewell to our supporting crew members expressing our thankfulness for everything they did to take us to the base camp of the world’s highest peak and bring us back safely. We stay overnight at Lukla today waiting for the flight back to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Day 21: Lukla – Kathmandu
We take another adventurous flight back to Kathmandu. Before boarding the plane, we will have a look on the Everest region and be grateful for offering us such incredible days which will stay in memory forever. The flight takes us back to the chaotic charm of Kathmandu. We reach hotel; check in and spend the day at leisure or find some massage, yoga etc. to rejuvenate our somewhat tired body.
Day 22: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
We will take you for a historical and cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu after breakfast today. The tour will take you to some of the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Those sites are Pashupatinath to see the Hindu cremation rituals on the bank of a holy river, Boudhanath which is the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Swoyambhunath famously known as monkey temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a medieval palace square where you visit the temple of living goddess, Kumari.
Day 23: Departure Day
Get ready at the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to your flight time and we will transfer you to airport for your departure flight.