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Island Peak Climbing-19 days

Trip Overview

Island Peak lies in the center of the Everest Region of Nepal and is the most popular of Nepal’s 33 designated trekking peaks. As you summit this peak, you get the splendid views of Mount Everest (8848 m), Mount Lhotse (8500 m), Mount Makalu (8478 m), Mount Nuptse (7880 m), Mount Ama Dablam (6812 m) and Mount Baruntse (7129 m) at the closest view. It’s a great summit for first time climbers who are looking for something a little more challenging then the Everest Base Camp Trek and a good peak to start with for those with more mountaineering ambitions in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu trip preparation

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours

Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft): 4-5 hours

Day 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): 5-6 hours

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft): 6-7 hours

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours

Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours

Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours

Day 13: Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp

Day 14: Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 10-12 hours

Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft): 4-5 hours

Day 17:  Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-7 hours

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

Day 19: Final Departure

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport at Kathmandu, our office representatives will welcome you and transfer to your hotel. 

Day 02: Kathmandu trip preparation

Today, our guide will check our set of equipment in order to make sure that they are in a perfect condition for the coming trip.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

Today, we will take a flight to Lukla. After flying above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. We then start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. 

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

we walk through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River ending our nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar. 

Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day

This is the day set aside for acclimatization.  We can either stroll around Namche’s quaint villages or come in contact with the Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy an up-close view of the mighty Everest.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours

After breakfast, we trek towards Tengboche. It is an easy walk from Namche to Phunki. Upon reaching Phunki, we ascend towards Tengboche, a village that houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery of the Everest region. 

Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft): 4-5 hours

We descend for about half an hour through a forest before crossing a river. Next, we trek uphill and notice that as we climb higher, the landscape becomes drier. We walk past a traditional Sherpa village of Pangboche before reaching Pheriche, a beautiful village located on a riverside. 

Day 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): 5-6 hours

we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and then pass through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara. The trail then continues to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and we find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. 

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft): 6-7 hours

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest.

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours

We prepare for an early morning departure. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night’s rest. 

Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours

 we trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft). The ascent to Kongma La pass is the most difficult part of our trek today. In the Kongma La, we see cairn wrapped in prayer flags to mark the pass. Then we descend gradually to Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. 

Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours

Island Peak Climbing

 we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak. 

Day 13: Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp

We begin our pre-climb training today after breakfast. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak Climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.

Day 14: Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 10-12 hours

The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enter a steep rock channel. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. 

Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

Today’s walk will be a much easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages, Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche.

Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft): 4-5 hour

From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche.our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. 

Day 17:  Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-7 hours

The trail descends steeply downward. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. 

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey.

Day 19: Final Departure

Our representative from Mountain Sun Valley Treks will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Equipment List

1. Ice Axe

2. Crampons

3. Harness

4. Tape Slings

5. Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)

6. Descender/Eight figure

7. Plastic mountaineering boots

8. Ascender/Jumar

9. Helmet

10. Snow Bar

11. Rope

12. Ice Hammer

13. Ice Screw

 

Useful Info

The trek  can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com

FAQ

Do I need a visa / permit for Island Peak?
Yes, all visitors to Nepal (excluding Indian citizens) will need a visa. A 30-day multi entry visa will be perfect for a trip of this length. A deposit on garbage may also be required.

Will I get altitude sickness?
The route of the trek and the trek-specific itinerary ensure that enough time is allocated for proper acclimatization. By the time you reach the high point of Island Peak, you would have already spent 2 weeks at high altitudes such as those at Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. This will mean you should be adequately acclimatised for the summit of the peak.

What insurance do I need for Island Peak?
Yes. Trekking at altitude in Nepal comes with various risks of injury and sickness, so a proper insurance policy is vital. The risk is even greater on the Island Peak Trek as you will be reaching altitudes of above 6,000m.

Most insurance companies will not offer standard travel insurance for treks above 6,000m so we recommend contacting your local mountaineering association in your country for more advice on which insurance policy to take out.

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Duration 19 days
Transportation Flight/Car/Jeep/Bus
Group Size 1-10
Difficulty Challenging
Max Elevation 6,189m/20,305ft
Accomodation Lodge and Tent Camp
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