Island Peak Climbing - 19 Days
Island Peak (6173m), which is also known as Imja Tse and appears as an island in a sea of ice from Dingboche, is one of the most popular and easiest trekking peaks of Nepal. Island Peak Climbing takes you in the heart of the Khumbu or Everest region. Island Peak was first scaled in 1953 by Swiss team as the preparation for climbing Mount Everest. Island Peak Climbing offers the enjoyable experience of high altitude climbing with the magnificent scenery of Himalayan and glacier in the Everest region. It provides the superb panorama of the world's highest mountain Mt. Everest (8848m) and other mountains including Lhotse (8510m), Makalu (8463), Nuptse, Ama Dablam etc.
Island Peak Climbing combines the trekking trail of Everest Base Camp Trek with mountaineering of Trekking Peak Island (Imja Tse). The real trek starts from Lukla which is 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu valley and ends at the same place. From Lukla we follow the same trail of Everest Base Camp trekking or the expedition route of Everest up to Everest Base Camp. During this trek up to Everest Base Camp, the trekkers get opportunity to unite with the varieties of flora and fauna of the world heritage site Sagarmatha National Park, the unique culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people who are famous for mountaineering in the world, along with the chance to observe the world highest monastery of Buddha. The flow of Khumbu glacier, cascading down of Dudh Koshi in glee, the view of towering mountains gives the astonishing pleasure for the climbers. You also hike to Kala Pattar (5,542m) from where you see the wonderful view of Mt. Everest. Kala Pattar is also known as Link to Everest Base Camp.
From theEverest Base Camp, it may take two or three days to climb Island Peak. From Everest Base Camp you head towards Dingboche from where you see the peak as Island in a sea of ice to Imja valley,and finally move towards Pareshaya Gyab (5,087m), base of the Island Peak. Then you climb the peak from South East Flank and South-West Ridge. From the Island Peak you see the magnificent view of Lhotse (8,501m) and Nuptse in the north, Makalu (8475m) in the east, and Amadablam in the south.
Day to day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2800m)
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche
Day 06: Namche Bazar - Phortse Thanga (3500m)
Day 07: Phortse Thanga – Dole (4200m)
Day 08: Dole - Machhermo (4410m)
Day 09: Machhermo – Gokyo (4750m)
Day 10: Climb Gokyo Ri – Chhugyuma (5000m)
Day 11: Chhugyuma (5000m) - Cho La (5368m) – Dzongla (4860m)
Day 12: Dzongla - Chhukung (4743m)
Day 13: Chhukung - Base Camp (5087m) - High camp (6000m)
Day 14: Island Peak (6189m)
Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp - Dingboche
Day 16: Dingboche - Namche Bazaar
Day 17: Namche Bazar - Lukla
Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 19: Departure From Nepal