Island Peak Climbing (Imja Tse Peak- 6169m) is one of the most popular lesser peaks and scaling the mountain you will need some mountaineering skill.
Island Peak climbing trip is the same as the ‘Everest’ treks till your entrance to the Chukkung valley. Either you can take air service from Katmandu to Lukla or drive to Jiri 184 km. Eastward of Katmandu and commence trek to Lukla and then continue up past Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Imaja Glacier to the Base camp of Imja Tse or Island peak. Three days are set aside for the ascent of Imja Tse and follow the same route back to Katmandu as in the ‘Everest’ trek. If you take one-way flight to Lukla, the whole trip will cover within 23 days and 16 days is enough if both way flights are taken.
Island Peak climbing offers you not only enchanting views of Mt, Everest (8848m.) Lhotse (8516m) Amadablam (6856m.) and numerous other peaks; draws your attention towards monasteries and traditional Sherpa villages. Such a massive glance of the Himalayan peaks can create in you a pleasant wave of internal felicity.
Day 01: Kathmandu-Lukla (2860m) fly in the morning for 45 minutes then commence & trek to Phakding (2600m) – 4 hours
After a very early start and an early take off from Kathmandu Domestic Airport, a 45-minute flight is all it takes to propel into the Everest region of Nepal. The landings at Lukla (2800m) is spectacular and on arrival you will be greeted by trekking crew who organize the luggage and hustle you off for tea. After a leisurely lunch you will start the trek in earnest, setting off for a gentle walk to Phakding (2800m), a further 3 hours to the north. The trail leads through Lukla, past hotels, shops and airline offices to the edge of the Lukla plateau where the trail drops to meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung. From here the trail follows the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat and then finally to Phakding where you should spend the night.
Day 02: Phakding - Naamche Bazar (3446m) - 6½ hours
From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi Valley, staying 100m above the river on it's West Bank. The trail leads to Jorsale (2810m) where you enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here you will continue on an ever-steeping trail to Namche Bazaar (3446m), known simply as Namche. En route you have cross the spectacular suspension bridge high above the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and the Dudh Kosi, and shortly after glimpse first view of Everest, way off to the northeast. The trail to Namche is steep and long, but eventually you will reach the remarkable Sherpa capital perched high on the hillside and dominated to the east by the immense bulk of Kwangde (6187m).
Day 03: Namche Bazar, on day rest for acclimatization
Acclimatization is important before trekking higher, and this is a scheduled stop, which will allow you to gradually become used to the effects of altitude - the lower pressure and the thinner air. You can spend the day by taking a side trip to Thami or Khumjung, by visiting the National Park Visitor Center on the hill above Namche or by simply resting and browsing in the shops in the town. Namche is a fascinating place simply to 'hang out' and take in the culture of the mountains, from the trading of visiting Tibetans to the stories of departing mountaineers.
Day 04: Namche Bazar – Tengboche (3867m) - 6½ hours
From Namche you have to trek northeast on a direct line to Everest, starting up the hill to the Visitor Center and continuing on a reasonably flat easy trail high above the Dudh Kosi. Ahead of you can see one of the most beautiful mountains in the Khumbu - Ama Dablam (6856m), as well as Everest still far off in the distance. At Sanasa you should branch off the trail and head up the hill to the small settlement of Phunki where you will stop for lunch. From here it is a steady descent to the Tengboche. This is a beautiful settlement where you can see the famous Tibetan Monastery. This is the place where you have to spend overnight.
Day 05: Tengboche – Dingboche (4343m) – 6 hours
Day 06: Dingboche-Lobuche (4930m) - 5½ hours
Day 07: Lobuche-Gorakshep (3200m) – 4 hours
Day 08: Gorakhshep-Kalapattar (5545m) or Everest Base camp - Lobuche, 6 hours
Day 09-10: Lobuche – Chhukung valley
Day 11: Chhukung (acclimatization/rest day)
Day 12: Chhukung - Island Peak base camp
From Chhukung you have to continue in a general easterly direction to the site of your base camp. The trail follows the moraine of the Lhotse glacier to the snout of the Imja glacier where it branches to the east and skirts around the base of Island Peak. You have to make your main camp at a spot known as Pareshaya Gyab at 5087m.
Day 13: Island Peak base camp-high camp
After taking lunch and resting you will continue up to the high camp, a further hour or so up the mountain. The trail is well defined until you reach the area of the high camp at approx. 5500m.
Day 14: High Camp-summit – and decent Chhukung valley
You have to set off early for the summit at about 3.00 am, and scramble up in the dark to the snow-covered glacier above. From here you have to take care your way up the glacier until you should reach a broad snow basin, which leads up to the final section of the climb.
Ahead of you now is the main summit ridge and climb a steep snow and ice slope, using fixed ropes, for approx. 100m to access the ridge. The ridge is a classic and leads quickly to the east up to the main summit at 6189m.
From the summit there are fantastic across to Lhotse to the north, the Amphu Labsta and Mera Peak to the south, and Ama Dablam to the west. After taking in the views you can descend by the same route, abseiling from the ridge, and making your way back carefully to Base Camp.
You have to retrace your steps back down to the Imja valley, firstly to Chhukung where you have to stop for overnight stay.
Day 15- 19: Decent from Chhukung valley - Lukla
Day 20: Lukla (fly out)-Katmandu
Note: You can add some more days as per your necessity.
Duration: 20 days
Region: Everest Region
Trekking Type: Lodge stay/Camping Organize
Trekking Grade: ****
Peak Height: 6069 meters
Best Season: September - October, April – May
Cost US: Contact Us.
- Airport transfers - pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as per package on bed and breakfast basis.
- Trek permit and climbing permit/ garbage deposit
- Necessary transportation for trip
- Climber and fee/Insurance/climbing hardware
- Tented camp support full board basis for climbing
- Three times meal during the trekking (breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Guide, Cook, Kitchen staff, and necessary porters for climbing period.
- Airport transfers - pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
- Nepal entry visa and airport tax.
- All the bottled drinks and snacks.
- All the personal gear i.e. Trekking boot, climbing plastic boot, warm cloths, sleeping bag, raincoat, suns cream etc.
- Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Tips for members and climber
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