Island Peak Climbing with EBC

TYPOLOGIES

Trekking Peak

DIFFICULTY

High

MIN. AGE

16 Years

Trip Introduction:

View just like an Island situated between iceberg when seen from Dingboche is the reason for this peak named as an "Island peak" to which a way through one of the best trekking route in the world (Everest Base Camp) is made. Passing from the heavenly landscapes through a Khumbu region and make a trip towards the Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp itself is a delightful experience which makes more enchanted to mount towards the Island peak. However, Island Peak climbing is always challenging task but the travellers are assisted by the many years experienced mountaineer team. In addition to this, trekkers and climbers are accompanied with other travellers all the way long.

 

Island peak is the busy and popular climbing peak in the Khumbu region. It was first climbed in 1956 by Hans-Rudolf, Von Gunten and two unknown Sherpas; since then many travellers has made a successful climb. As it is a merged trip with a Everest base camp trek, the travellers gets an lifetime opportunity to unfold the beauty of the major mountains over the world. At first, the trek from Lukla ahead towards the paradisiacal villages such as Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep and makes a way to Everest Base Camp (5,380m/17,646ft) and Kalapathar (5,545m/18,187ft) in different days. This place is not only blessed with the breath taking charm of Himalayas but also the unique culture, amazing Tibetan crafts, historical monuments, housing and lifestyle which is diverged from and other settings. Kalapatthar and EBC itself present the astonishing view of the world's highest mountains such as Mount Everest (8,848 meters/29,029 feet), Nupste (7,861m/25,791 ft), Changtse (7,580m/24,862 ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27940 ft). The morning sunrise reflecting in the snow-capped mountains makes the magical surroundings that left everyone wondering. Moving towards the Dingboche, the time for peak climbing begins.

 

A day before peak climbing, every climbers are warmed up by the experienced Sherpas & mountaineers and the best tented camp is given at the base camp. Mountaineering is often done before the usual expected time than any other day to avoid the obstacles that may create due to wind blow during the mid-day. Enjoy the great moments from the top of the peak by catching the sight of spectacular glacier, Mt. Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Nuptse, Mt AmaDablam and many other mountains with wondrous sky above. Then, a way back is made towards the base camp of the Island peak following the same route. Although peak climbing a challenging thing to do, the expert guidance & assistance and the climbers effort always makes the move successful. Return with an ideal trip which makes every visitor to look back on throughout the lifetime.

Trip Highlights:

  • Island Peak Climbing (also known as ImjaTse) at the level of 6,189 meters with Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek is an amusing experience aimed for an active trekkers and the one with the experience of peak climbing.
  • The travellers makea way through the popular EBC trial and set foot on Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp which is above 5,000 meters where the stunning sight of immense Himalayas in the world such as Mt. Everest, Mt Nuptse, Mt Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Cho Oyu, Mt Baruntse, Amadablam and many other snow-capped peaks are explicated.
  • Explore the charm of Himalayas, its distinctive culture, traditions, crafts, monuments, wondrous topography with optimum assistance by Sherpa guide and get service by the experienced peak climbers throughout the journey.
  • Passing through the dynamic landscapes and thriving flora and fauna, the Khumbu region offers the quality time to come across the beautiful flowers, different species of birds and animals that are thin on ground.

TOUR MAP

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft altitude) and transfer to Hotel.

Adventure Mountain Nepal Trekking and Climbing’s airport arrival and departure representative will meet you at the airport as per your arrival schedule. He/she welcome you and drive to the hotel. Check-in hotel and take a rest or relaxation time at Hotel. Then you can have a free excursion to know the surroundings and visit our office to get brief information of Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar Trek elevation, we also conduct an introduction program with trekking leader and official team.

Day 02 Guided tour around world’s Heritage sites of Kathmandu

Early morning breakfast at the hotel and our guide will pick you up from a hotel for sightseeing of World Heritage Sites. Actually, there are seven World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and we arrange sightseeing spots according to your choice but you have to choose only 3/4 spots for a day since it is not possible to visit all places in a single day–at least 2/3 days requires to have sightseeing tour of all heritage sites in Kathmandu. World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu are; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Temple, Pashuapatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Changu Narayan Temple. In the evening we again can have pre trek discussion.

Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft altitude) & trek to Phakding (2,650m/8692ft altitude) 25 minutes’ flight and 4 hrs walk

Early in the morning drive to Domestic terminal of Tribhuwan airport and take a flight for about 30 minutes to Tenzing Hillary airport Lukla. Lukla is the beautiful valley which is surrounded by High Mountain and hills from all direction. Make sure the backpacks and all stuffs fully arranged to get started the trek towards Phakding. The easy and scenic trail follows soft descends to the bank of Dudh Koshi River, follow the river bank of the river before we reach at Ghat. After there we continuously walk gentle ascend to Phakding. We visit several Gompas, Monasteries and beautiful stone carving (written Buddhist scripts) all the way to Phakding.

Day 04 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft altitude) 5-6 hrs walk

Early breakfast at teahouse. Follow ascent trail through pine forest. We have to cross several suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River, gradually walk via Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo to reach at check post of Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park where we have to record our National Park entry permit. With a walk of zigzag ascends and descends, mostly uphill takes us towards the capital of Sherpa people at Namche Bazaar. We can have a beautiful view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru Peak and other.

Day 05 Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places

We are already at above 3,000 meters from sea level at Namche Bazaar, it is a perfect way to acclimatize by resting and exploring around at Namche Bazaar before ascending towards higher altitudes. As per health experts suggests keeping moving and stay active to adapt to the weather, today we can take a walk towards the Khumjung monastery (an important Buddhist monastery to explore) or ascend up to Syangboche viewpoint. Over there from Syangboche, we can have excellent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, and other snow-capped peaks. In the evening, we can explore around the Bazaar, can use ATMs, use internet cyber, cafes and restaurants to be close with locals as well as learn the unique culture, traditions, and lifestyles of Sherpa’s.

Day 06 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,867m/12,684ft altitude) 5-6 hrs walk

Early breakfast at the teahouse. Follow smooth trail with few ups and down with a super view of Himalayas throughout the trek, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Thamserku are some of them. Along the trail we also can have chance to encounter with Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar and Multicolored Pheasants. The trail goes continuously towards Sansa via Kyangjiuma, which is the main junction point to split out the main trail of Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar Trek and Gokyo Lake Trek. After there, we again follow pine forest, prayer flags and festooned bridge of Dudh Koshi to reach Punki Thengh which is a small village with small army post. Then we follow ascends trail through pine forest to reach Tengboche – is great valley for close view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Thamserku as well as biggest Buddhist monastery of Mt. Khumbu region known as ‘Tengboche Monastery’. Interested can attend the praying program at 03:00 pm over there.

Day 07 Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,358m/14,294ft altitude) 5-6 hrs walk

Breakfast at teahouse. Follow ascend the trail to cross small village. We gradually walk north to Pheriche or take eastward trail which both leads us to the northern part of Mt. Ama Dablam. After some walk we reach at Imja village. Then we follow descend trail to the river and climb the steepest trail of the day which leads to Dingboche. Along the trail, we can see cultivated land of barley, potato and buckwhet as well as local people made the largest stone walls to protect crops from cold wild and grazing animals. So then, at evening we explore the Sherpa village of Dingboche.

Day 08 Rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche

We are already at above 4,300 meters from sea level, and this is about the time to possible of altitude sickness it is a good idea to have a rest and acclimatization before heading up to Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar. Next we explore around Imja River, tinny village of Chhukung and visit world’s highest billiard parlors. Also we can view Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Peak 38 and many other snow-capped peaks.

Day 09 Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m/16,164ft altitude) 5-6 hrs walk

We begin with breakfast at the teahouse then follow Khumber Khola valley to reach Dughla over there. Then again we follow Dusa and Phulong Karpo valley where we can see wonderful Chola Lake and Mt. Pumori. We cross Dughla where we see Khumbu Glacier. Along the trail we also can see memorials Chhortens of those Sherpa who lost their lives in Everest Expedition. Again we walk gradual ascend trail all the way to Lobuche.

Day 10 Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,925ft altitude) & continue to Everest Base Camp (5,380m/17,646ft altitude) then back to Gorakshep 6-7 hrs walk

Early morning breakfast at teahouse. Today’s trail leads to our core destination. We cross moraine of Khumbu glacier, pass through pyramid sign on the way from where you can observe Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Langtern, Mt. Khumbutse, and Mt. Nuptse. Then again we follow small trail to Thangma Riju form where we perceive 360 degree vista of Snowy Mountain. Then climb steeply trail to reach at Gorakshep where we find Show Mountains in all direction including Mt. Everest & Pumori. Gorakshep is our today’s stop for dinner and overnight. Take off our backpacks and heavy stuffs at tea house and start a journey towards Everest Base Camp. After having a great time at Everest Base Camp, we retrace our steeps back to Gorakshep for overnight stay.

Day 11 Morning hike to Kalapathar (5,545m/18,187ft altitude) and trek to Lobuche (5-6 hrs walk)

We start trek at early in the morning at round 4:00 A.M. to Kalapathar for sunrise view over the Himalayas. We walk continuous ascend around 2 hours to reach Kala Pathar. When the first ray of sun strike the mountain it turns into Golden color which seems pretty amazing. Take picture of golden Mountain and soaring around Kala Pathar return back to Gorakshep for breakfast. Then we start gradual descend trail all the way to Pheriche.

Day 12 Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche. 4-5 Hrs walk

Breakfast at teahouse. Follow descend trail through riverside and crossing suspension bridge of Imja Khola to Pongboche village. After that you again follow the trail through pine forest to Tengboche.

Day 13 Trek from Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp (5,087m/16,685ft altitude) 6-7 Hrs walk

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 be due to Lhotse (8501meters) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. we'll reach within the mid-afternoon. are going to be a tented camp for the next two days and you'll 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 like ice axe , climbing boot and crampons, harness, ascender, etc and on the way to go up and down using ropes. Although it's not mandatory to possess prior training experience for Island Peak Climbing, we believe that some training experience will step up your confidence and climbing skills, thus increasing the probabilities of scaling the summit also on fully enjoy the experience.

Day 14 Climb Island Peak (6,189m/20,299ft altitude) and back to Base Camp (8-9 Hrs ascend/descend)

Island Peak Ascent (6,189m), we start our climb early within the morning, generally around 1 AM. within the beginning, we climb the rock gully. This is often not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the proper side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which results in an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier.
We need to fasten for the glacier because 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. overnight at island peak base camp.

Day 15 Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche (5-6 Hrs walk)

Early morning after breakfast we descend to Dingboche for overnight. Overnight guesthouse/tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16 Trek from Dingboche to Namche Bazaar. (6-7 hrs walk)

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 17 Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla. (5-6 Hrs walk)

Breakfast at teahouse. Last day ofIsland Peak Climbing with Gokyo to EBC Trek follows descend trail to Phakding. We have to cross Suspension Bridge of Dudh Koshi, pass through pin and rhododendron forest with different prayer flags and stone rocks on the way back to Lukla.

Day 18 Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Early morning breakfast at lodge. Walk to Lukla airport for schedule flight. Adventure Mountain Nepal Trekking and Climbings’ airport arrival and departure representative will meet you at the Kathmandu airport. Drive to hotel. At the evening feel free for leisure and personal activities such as Shopping, markets explore, spa, massage, rest and relax can be an option.

Day 19 Spare day. Free for personal activities or additional activities on request.

This is a day as a spare which can use with rest, relaxation and free walk around the market. Day trip in request: Sightseeing, Meditation, Paragliding, Short Hiking, Mountain flight and other activities can be done according to you plan. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner together with entire team of Adventure Mountain Nepal.

Day 20 Farewell, departure transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport.

Our airport arrival and departure representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport on your scheduled flight.