This Island Peak also known as Imjatse peak (6091m) lies in the Imjatse valley in Everest Region. It is the 68th highest peak here in Nepal. This island peak trek is little different and technically challenging trek than the Everest base camp trek or Gokyo lake trek in the Everest region. This is an adventurous trek where you have to climb the Island peak. With the help of experienced guide and with some technical knowledge, you can complete this trek.It is the best trek for those trekkers who are looking for some extra activities and some extra adventure. This Island Peak can be one of the practicing peaks for those who are looking forward to summit Mt. Everest itself or other 8000 m peaks. This Island peak is not an easy trek, but with proper acclimatization, proper gears, and experienced guides, one can summit this island peak. This is about 16 to 18 days trek. The itineraries are made in such way that one can trek through different villages with proper acclimatization. Itinerary also includes pre climbing training at the Island Peak base camp, where you will be properly guided on how to handle the climbing gears and equipment like ice axe, harness, crampons and climbing boots, ascender etc., and using ropes to ascend and descend during climbing. This training will help you to climb up the peak without any difficulty. For those, who has prior experience in climbing doesn’t need the training, but to enhance up your confidence on climbing it is recommended to do training. Up to the 5570 m, it is usually the rocky surface. It doesn’t require any ropes or crampons. After that altitude, we will use ropes and crampons to walk on the slippery snow depending upon the season and weather. We will use ropes and ladders to cross the crevasses.
Usually, the final day of summit starts very early in the morning or should say in the midnight as early as 12 or 1 am. It will be a long day trek for almost 10 to 12 hours where we will summit the Island Peak and then descend to the basecamp in one single day. It will not be possible to summit in the afternoon because of strong wind can be the barrier in the highlands. So it is better to reach summit before the afternoon. From the top of the peak, you will get an astonishing 360o view of mountains like Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Mera Peak, and other surrounding peak. Unfortunately, one cannot see Everest from the top of the Island peak, as it is tuck behind Mt. Lhotse.
This Island peak trek starts from Lukla to Namche Bazar to Tengboche to Chukkung to Island Peak base camp and the Island Peak itself with few days of acclimatization en route. Different mani walls, paintings, different colored prayer flags, villages, flora and faunas, snow capped mountains, roaring rivers, and waterfalls can be seen during this trek.
Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Max Altitude: 6190 m
Cost: USD $2490.00
Activity: Peak Climbing
Starting Point: Kathmandu
Ending Point: Kathmandu
Clear Sky Treks & Expedition representative will greet you in an airport & transfer you to your hotel, here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.
After breakfast, we can enjoy a free day on our own or participate in a sightseeing program. The sightseeing program is focused to introduce some highlights and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Durbar square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. After some hours’ sightseeing, we get to the office and get our equipments checked by the climbing leader, prepare things as per need, introduce with fellow participants, and after Clear Sky Treks give you briefing about the trip, we get chance to ask questions we might have regarding the trip.
Early morning after breakfast, we get transferred to domestic airport and fly to Lukla. After an adventurous 40 minutes flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At the airport, we meet our other crew members. We get time to stroll around while the guide divides and manages baggage to be carried by porters then we start our trek, passing Chaurikharka village, and makes a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat .The trail follows the precise bank of the Dudhkosi River until camp at Phakding is reached. This first day is short for acclimatization reasons.
A day begins on level ground, relative to the environment in which you are! You will cross the river on a high suspension bridge and begin to climb up to Monjo (2800m) and on to the gateway to the Sagamartha National Park Entrance in place to protect and preserve this beautiful environment. There is a good rest stop on the way up where you will see people gathered, admiring the first real chance to see Everest in the distance. On the way up today you will be rewarded with views of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache Peak before eventually arriving at Namche after about 5 hours.
The main aim today is to allow your body to acclimatize, it is important to drink lots of water and take some gentle exercise. Namche is a growing town tucked into a neat little valley, there is lots going on in the centre with market days on Friday and Saturday. There are some interesting museums and shops. There is also internet and a sauna! You could venture further afield, take a visit to Khumjung where the Hillary school sits and Khunde nearby, on the way back to Namche you could visit the Shyangboche airstrip, (3790m) the highest in the world nearby is the Everest View Hotel for stunning views.
There are various trails leading out of the village of Namche, your guide will show you the most appropriate, you are most likely to enjoy excellent views of Ama Dablam and Everest amongst others along the way though. From Sanasa trail descends to Phunki Thanga from where you have a 2 hour climb to Tengboche steeply at first but soon levels out. You will come to a stone gate which marks the entrance to Tengboche, the religious centre of the Khumbu region. Overall today will take approximately 5 hours.
Leave Tyangboche and the Khumbu mountains as a backdrop and descend to a rhododendron-covered area to emerge in a pleasant level area. Pass a long Mani-stone wall to enter the village of Dingboche. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow capped mountains including Island Peak (6,189m).
From Dingboche the trail goes gradual up, . After this, We take a short gradual walk to reach Chhukung. Over night at lodge.
This is a day to check and set up all the climbing gears and do final preparation for the climbing. You can have a little surrounding walk around of the valley for some hours. And have a rest for whole afternoon. Overnight at lodge
The path from Chhukung leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Continue short pleasant walking along a streamside leads to what we call â€œBig -rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. Over night in Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft).
You will have move to Island Peak high camp, from where you will climb the Mt. Island peak. The path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel.
Island Peak Ascent (6,091m), from early in the morning will have to climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45Âº) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Chhukung for overnight.
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. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse river flowing through the wide fertile valley.
From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, 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. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Today the trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural walk to phakding. After a lunch, trail will lead you back to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax, stretch those sore legs and celebrate the completion of your trek. Reconfirm your flight ticket and overnight at lodge.
You will be on an early flight back this morning, on arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and taken to your hotel.
In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.
All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure Himalaya.
All ground transportation by private vehicle.
Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 3 star hotel with breakfast as per itinerary.
Escorted sightseeing in Kathmandu with an English speaking guide, private transportation & all entrance fees. # A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking trekking guide. One porter between each two members during trek & required porters during camping. Nepal mountaineering association certified climbing guide. An experienced cook, kitchen crew & Sherpa during trek.
Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu flight fare for member & Nepali staffs.
Accommodation in lodge or tent during trek as per itinerary.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in trekking & camping.
All necessary paper works and permits.
Sleeping bags. Trekking maps. First aid Kits.
Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation and Insurance of trekking staff.
Travel and rescue arrangements.
All government taxes
Trip Success Certificate
Nepalese Visa Fee (US$ 40 for 30 Days)
International airport departure taxes and excess baggage charges.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
Soft and hard drinks. Water.
Personal mountaineering gears. Climbing Sherpa equipment fees.
Travel and rescue insurance.
Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters. Tips.
Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual.
Tip foe staffs
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Duration: 17 days
Accommodation: 3 nights in Kathmandu & 11 night in trekking lodge & 2 night in Tent
Trekking: Tea house & Tent
Max. Altitude: 6091 m
Transportation: Private transportation & flight
Best Time: September to November & March to May
Group size: Min. 2 pax