Island Peak Climbing

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Duration

19 Days 18 Nights

Meal

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation

  • Hotel
  • Eco-lodge

Activities

  • Sightseeing
  • Scenic Drive

Price From

USD 2595

USD 2595

Island Peak Climbing

19 Days 18 Nights

Overview

Island Peak(6,189m), or Imja Tse, is a well-known trekking peak in Nepal. Perched in the northern part of the Khumbu Region, Island Peak is the ultimate destination for climbers, mainly beginners. It is less technical and strenuous hence suitable for all. 

Simply put, Island Peak Climbing is one of the best things in the Everest Region. The peak, which looks like an Island of the sea, invites you to do a fantastic expedition. It starts with a worthwhile flight to Lukla. Landing in Lukla, you walk through the paved trail of Everest Base Camp Trek

Passing Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche, you will first go to Everest Base Camp. Yes, this Island Peak Climbing is a complete walk in the region. You will visit Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. These visits are fabulous for mountain views. However, you can choose a straight route if Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar are not on your list.

Only after that, the real walk to Island Peak begins. The journey reaches Island Peak Base Camp via Chhukung. Next, you climb the famous Island peak and experience everything from the top. The glorious views of peaks like Lhotse, Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and others are entirely worth it. Every hardship will make sense.  

After this incredible climb, you will retrace Lukla via Tengboche, Namche, and Phakding. And with one flight to Kathmandu, you will finish the expedition. When you reach Kathmandu, your mind will be full of memories, experiences, and takeaways from the climb. 

Undoubtedly, Island Peak Climbing is a fantastic climbing expedition. You can reach the top with basic climbing training, knowledge, and good preparation. Our experienced Sherpa guides will help you on this journey. 

If you want this expedition, reach us in Spring and Autumn. The climbing is excellent during these two favorable weather windows.    

Highlights

  • Return through the Khumbu Region by exploring and experiencing it more.
  • Do Island Peak Climbing and level up your alpine game.
  • See the highland pastures, icy glaciers, and high areas of terrain.
  • Witness the notable and magnificent mountains like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Island Peak, Lobuche, and many more.
  • Reach Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar before the Island Peak summit.
  • Explore the magical town of Namche Bazaar and spend a day around it.
  • Take an insightful walk through Sherpa villages, farm fields, and terraced fields.
  • Cross the serpentine Dudh Koshi River using numerous prayer flag-decorated suspension bridges.
  • Pass via the lush and varied vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Take a scenic flight to Lukla and begin the exciting walk.
  • Land in Kathmandu and explore Kathmandu valley’s quaint heritages.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel Transfer

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Tour Preparation

Day 3: Fly to Lukla(2,800m) and Trek to Phakding(2,610m)

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche(3,400m)

Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Day 6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche(3,874m)

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche(4,400m)

Day 8: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Day 9: Trek to Lobuche(4,900m)

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep(5,180m) and Hike to Everest Base Camp(5,364m)

Day 11: Morning Hike to Kala Patthar and Trek to Lobuche(4,900m)

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung(4,730m) via Kongma La(5,535m)

Day 13: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp(5,200m)

Day 14: Island Peak Summit(6,183m) and Return to Chhukung

Day 15: Trek back to Tengboche(3,870m)

Day 16: Trek back to Namche Bazaar(3,400m)

Day 17: Trek back to Lukla(2,850m)

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu(1,350m)

Day 19: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel Transfer

You will arrive in Nepal at Kathmandu Airport to do Island Peak Climbing. We will be at the airport to receive you. After a lovely welcome, we will head to your hotel. Upon reaching there, we will leave you to rest and relax. Later, we will have a welcome dinner together at a local restaurant. We will introduce each other and talk about Island Peak.   

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Tour Preparation

We will take a free day in Kathmandu before we leave for Island Peak. On the one hand, we will visit the major tourist attractions in the city, like Pashupatinath Temple, Monkey Temple, Bouddhnath Stupa, and Basantapur Durbar Square. We will learn about Nepal’s rich history, art, and culture. Likewise, we will arrange things for Island Peak Climbing. We will buy/rent climbing gear and clothing. In this way, we will spend the day in Kathmandu.    

Day 3: Fly to Lukla(2,800m) and Trek to Phakding(2,610m)

Flight Duration: 30 minutesTrek Duration: 4-5  hoursThe Island Peak adventure finally begins. We will come to Kathmandu Airport’s domestic terminal in the morning for a flight to Lukla. We will soon land at Lukla’s Tenzing Hillary Airport. After the landing, we will get ready for our walk to Phakding. The trek eventually begins from here through the alleys of Lukla. We will descend from there to join the riverbed of the Dudh Koshi River. In 4 hours, we will reach Phakding for the night.  

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche(3,400m)

Trek Duration: 6-7 hoursBy taking the sides of the Dudh Koshi River again, we will progress towards Namche Bazaar. We will cross several suspension bridges throughout the day along with the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. In the meantime, we will also get the first glimpses of peaks. We will take several more uphills, downhills, suspension bridges, and villages to reach Namche. Namche, the region's hub, will be an excellent place for our evening.     

Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

It will be the first acclimatization day of Island Peak Climbing in Namche. The place is perfect for getting used to the altitude and exploring. Thus, we will do acclimatization while exploring Namche Bazaar. We have several alternatives like the Everest View Hotel visit, Khumjung & Khunde village visit, or Local Museum visit. As per our time, we will choose one or maybe two of the options. In this way, we will spend a free day in Namche. 

Day 6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche(3,874m)

Trek Duration: 5-6 hoursThe following day, we will leave Namche by heading upwards. The path will lead us to the headwalls of the elevations. While walking on the flat road, we will see majestic Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, and other beauties. Soon, we will take a downhill that runs through lush woods. We will reach the banks of the Dudh Koshi River again. One vertical uphill from the banks of the river will lead us to Tengboche. We will have a blissful night in the village of Tengboche Monastery.  

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche(4,400m)

Trek Duration: 5-6 hoursWe will start with a down going trail through a lush forest. It will be an easy walk until we reach the river bed of Imja Khola. After the river, our walk will head upwards to Pangboche. In Pangboche, we will cross several monasteries and mani walls. We will enter Imja valley from the Lobuche River. Then, gradually trekking on a steep trail, we will reach Dingboche, where we will sleep well. 

Day 8: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Trek Duration: 4-5 hoursNow it is time for some more acclimatization on Island Peak Climbing.  Thus we will stay and wander around Dingboche only. Located several hours away from Dingboche, Nagarjun Hill(5,100m) is the perfect hike option for the day. It is just a short distance from Dingboche and offers fantastic mountain views. We will climb the hill and see Mt Lhotse, Island Peak, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and others. Following the conditioning hike, we will return to Dingboche for the night. 

Day 9: Trek to Lobuche(4,900m)

Trek Duration: 5-6 hoursIn the morning, watching amazing views, we will start the walk to Lobuche. It will start on an easy and flat trail. Afterward, we will cross Khumbu Glacier’s terminal moraine to reach a memorial site for climbers who died in the region's mountains. We will pause for a while at the place. Following, we will resume walking on the terminal moraine until Lobuche

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep(5,180m) and Hike to Everest Base Camp(5,364m)

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours It is a special day of the trip. We will wake up and begin our hike to Gorak Shep. The view while walking is awe-inspiring. Enjoying the picture, we will cross the rocky and rough path to reach Gorakshep. At Gorak Shep, we will take lunch and rest at a teahouse. Then, leaving our belongings there, we will do an evening hike to Everest Base Camp.  At Everest Base Camp, we will celebrate the promenade and the view of EBC. We will return to Gorak Shep for the night after the view.

Day 11: Morning Hike to Kala Patthar and Trek to Lobuche(4,900m)

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours We will wake up early to hike to Kalapathar, the best place for mountain views. Upon reaching the site, we will watch a breathtaking sunrise view and a lengthy mountain panorama. It will be one of the best memories of Island Peak Climbing. After this, we will descend back to Gorak Shep to have breakfast. Next, we will take a long route that brings us to Lobuche. It will be a restful night in Lobuche. 

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung(4,730m) via Kongma La(5,535m)

Trek Duration: 7-8 hoursAfter breakfast, we will begin walking towards Kongma La Pass. The walk will be strenuous as it is rough and steep. We will overcome this part to reach the top of Kongma La Pass, one of the three Everest passes. Next, we will take a downhill trail that ultimately ends in Chhukung. Across the day, we will see several glaciers and many astonishing peaks. Arriving in Chhukung, a bit more exhausted than before, we will take a worthy sleep. 

Day 13: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp(5,200m)

Trek Duration: 4-5 hoursIt is time for Island Peak Camp. Carrying our backpacks, we will head up from Chhukung. The path is moderately steep. Firstly, we will head towards the South before moving to the east in the valley. Our walk will wind up along the way via the moraine of Lhotse glacier. Next, our walk will happen on a comfortable trail by a Himalayan stream. Imja Glacier’s moraines will also come before we reach Island Peak Base Camp. In this way, we will get to the campsite. Before it is night, we will do some climbing practice and training. Then we will spend the night in a camp tent. 

Day 14: Island Peak Summit(6,183m) and Return to Chhukung

Trek Duration: 10-11 hoursThe day to climb Island Peak is here. We will start this day quite early to give ourselves enough time. Following the lead of the climbing guide, we will take an ascend of a rocky ridge.After the ridge, we will climb across a glacier using crampons, axe, and ropes. Then we will climb gradually for 1-2 hours to reach the headwall of Island peak. The guide will set a string to climb the headwall and reach Island Peak. Using the rope, we will reach summit Island Peak. A mouth-opening view of the mountains and vicinity will be our reward. Following the summit, we will descend to Chhukung via High Camp and Island Base Camp. Chhukung will await us with a celebration evening. We will have a memorable time there. 

Day 15: Trek back to Tengboche(3,870m)

Trek Duration: 6 hoursFrom Chhukung, we will walk to refind Tengboche. Our promenade will happen via Pangboche, Debuche and Dingboche. The walk will also become easy as we are losing altitude. Walking through the region and enjoying the sceneries, we will reach the town of Tengboche Monastery to spend the night. 

Day 16: Trek back to Namche Bazaar(3,400m)

Trek Duration: 6 hoursNow we will embark towards Namche Bazaar. The route goes via lush vegetation and several Sherpa villages. As it is a retracing trek, we will come up to the same places and pictures from different angles. Overall, it will be a picturesque walk with several ups and downs. Namche Bazaar will host a good evening.  

Day 17: Trek back to Lukla(2,850m)

Trek Duration: 6 hours After the night in Lukla, we will start our final day of walking on Island Peak Climbing. The trek will begin with a downhill walk to the Dudh Koshi River. We will have more uphills than downhills. So it is going to be a long walk. Just like the first day of the trek, we will use suspension bridges several times. In this way, we will reach Lukla to complete the walk. A time to celebrate the journey will be in Lukla. 

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu(1,350m)

Flight Duration: 30 minutes We will take a scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. It will be an exciting flight over the mountains. Shortly, we will land in Kathmandu. With many good experiences from the trip, we will reach our hotel and rejuvenate.

Day 19: Departure

The trip ends here. We will take you to the airport for departure. With the hope of seeing you shortly, we will bid farewell.   

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Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Philip Hoffmann

Philip Hoffmann

Katmandu, Bhaktapur Patan, and another locals city I forgot the name ( Themi) are the most interesting cultural cities for sightseeing in Katmandu valley. It's a very very vibrant and tremendous and much rich culture in Nepal. I went to Pokhara and on the way rafting in the river was great fun. 8 days of trekking to Khopra's dada was awesome and amazing with the fabulous horizontal mountain view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna series. After the trek, I went to Chitwan for 3 days Jungle Safari and back to Kathmandu via a flight.  I am very thankful to my guide and the organizer Sabbatical Explore Nepal for the best trip arrangement even for a short time. As we have discussed at the farewell dinner together I am sure to be back with my other working colleague. 
I already miss the beautiful mountains and caring people of Nepal. Specially Shiva my guide Shesh.
Namaste ! and see you asap !! 

Harish Gupta

Harish Gupta

We have just finished the Annapurna Base Camp trek with Sabbatical Explore Nepal. Our guide Shiva and Samir  were excellent, very friendly young men with good English. The looked after us very well, staying with us and supporting us as we trekked, and making sure our meals and accommodation were sorted each day. Shiva and Samir  were very knowledgeable about the mountains, the areas we visited and Nepal in general. It was lovely to share stories with them, and I’m sure they will make excellent guides as well.


Sarah Green

Sarah Green

Sabbatical Explore Nepal's team planned this excursion, which went excellent and was exceptionally well planned. We had the best guide on this trip who was friendly, humorous, and professional. He made us feel easy throughout the excursion.  He was always there to explain the new things of the journey from the unique hanging bridges to the rapid Dudh Koshi River. The entire team for the journey was great. I can say the trip to Everest Base Camp is a trip for my lifetime. Thanks a lot to the entire team of Sabbatical! 

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