Island peak climbing is a renowned trip in the Khumbu region for those who love adventure trip. The peak is locally known as the Imja Tse, beautifully situated on the top of the Chhukung glacier, in the middle of Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam peak. This trip became so popular in order to acclimatize for climbing the higher and challenging peaks like Mt. Everest. The trip connects with the high pass trekking that helps climbers to ascend the Island peak.
Climbing the Island peak, the journey begins from Lukla after the Himalayan flight from Kathmandu. As a warm up practice, the trek goes continually to Namche Bazaar and furthermore to the Gokyo valley. One more day, you spend exploring the Gokyo Ri and climb through the challenging Cho La Pass, which is above 5000 meters. Adjoining the trek with the Everest base camp and Kalapatthar, it leads you to the Chhukung and the Island Peak base camp. The peak was climbed in 1953 by the British Expedition Team to acclimatize before going to climb Mt. Everest. The pre-climbing session goes on with the special guidance of our professional climbing guides. Climbing to the Island Peak summit (6189 meters), you can explore the glorious views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Baruntse, Makalu and the neighboring peaks. Getting the wonderful peak climbing experience, you trek down all the way to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
Alpine Excursion Treks and Expedition organizes Island peak climbing with EBC Cho La Pass Trek with excellent arrangement. Physical fitness and acclimatization are required for this trip along with basic climbing skills. Please, feel free to contact us for the detailed information.
Day 01Arrival day in Kathmandu Namaste and welcome to Nepal. Alpine Excursion Treks and expedition's representative welcome you warmly at the Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to the hotel. You take rest and enjoy your meal in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02Sightseeing (shopping) day. After the breakfast, you set out for the sightseeing trip in the Kathmandu valley. Our expert tour guide shows you the UNESCO world heritage sites, which include Pashupatinath (the Hindu temple), Boudhanath (Buddhist stupa), Swayambhunath (Buddhist stupa and temple). Then, return back to the hotel. If you have to shopping, you have time to do. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03Flight to Lukla (2840 meters) and 3 hours trek to Phakding (2610 meters). 35 min fly/3 hrs walk We fly to Lukla early in the morning with the breathtaking views of the Everest Himalayan chain. In Lukla, we meet our further crew (if you required) and arranging the things, we proceed to Phakding, walking above the Dudh Koshi River and enjoying the valley views, potato fields and the forest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters). 5-6 hrsToday, we walk almost up and up to the Sherpa hub, known as Namche Bazaar. First we cross few suspension bridges and enter to the Sagarmatha National Park. The gradual uphill walk is exciting with the greenery views of the forest and we get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Reach to Namche Bazaar and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 05Rest day and visit Khumjung valley and come down to Namche.As we are climbing to the alpine region, we need acclimatization to fit in the thin air region. After breakfast, we walk around Khumjung and Khunde. On your interest, we can walk up to the Everest View Hotel. Then we come back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at lodge.
Day 06Trek to Dole (4110 meters). 6-7 hrs From Namche Bazaar, we gradually ascend to Dole via mong, Phortse Thanga Tangwa Kharka. It is almost all the way uphill trail and the views become more fabulous. The alpine meadow begins and we pass the dense woods on the way. On the way, we pass the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje. Overnight at lodge.
Day 07Trek to Machhermo (4470 meters). 5-6 hrsWe have uphill trail even today. The walking becomes gradual as we are getting into the high altitude. From Dole, we reach to Kele, Labharma, Luza and finally reach to Machherma. The trail is almost dotted by the dense woods and the alpine meadows that you can feel it while breathing. Overnight at lodge.
Day 08Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters). 5-6 hrsPassing Phangga, we reach to the landslide area of 1995. Then the real wonder and an exciting excursion to the stunning Gokyo valley begins. We pass two Lakes, named Longpongo Tsho and Taujung Tsho and finally reach to the Gokyo valley, which is beautifully situated beside the Gokyo Lake, which is known as the third lake. The Janai Purnima fair is held beside the Lake every year. Overnight at lodge.
Day 09Early morning climb up to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and return to Gokyo. Early morning, we begin to hike towards the Gokyo Ri. It is an exciting viewpoint of the Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and the vicinity peaks. The Ngozumba glacier adds more attraction on the trek, which is the longest glacier in the Khumbu region. We can enjoy climbing the Gokyo Peak and gradually retrace to the Gokyo valley and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 10Cho La Pass (5368 m) and trek to Dzongla (4830m). 8-9 hrsWe leave the Gokyo valley and head towards Dragnag after the breakfast. Then we begin our grand excursion towards the Cho La Pass. It is challenging enough to deal with. The top of Cho La 5368 meters is a wonderful viewpoint of the peaks of the Khumbu region, including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche peak and others. Crossing the Cho La Pass becomes highly challenging in winter due to the high snow fall. However, even in the normal season, there can be snow and the route becomes slippery and special attention should be paid along with using some basic climbing equipments. Then we climb down gradually to Dzongla. Overnight at lodge.
Day 11Trek to Gorakshep (5160m). 5-6 hrsThe previous experience of passing the high pass, we find it easy to deal the gentle trekking trail though in the alpine altitude. With the physical fitness, we walk gradually From Dzongla to Labuche enjoying the views around, of the mountains and the glaciers. Thamserku, Kangtega and other peaks can be seen frequently. We reach to Labuche and take a rest. Then the uphill trail becomes challenging with the increasing altitude. We pass the Italian Research center and cross the Lobuche Pass at 5110 meters and finally reach to Gorakshep. Overnight at lodge.
Day 12Excursion to Kalapatthar (5550 meters) and trek down to Lobuche.Early in the morning, we climb up to the Kalapatthar. From the trail, we can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse face, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Pumori on the near horizon. We have enough time to enjoy taking photographs of the golden sunrise and enjoy looking around. Then, we descend to Gorakshep. After breakfast, trek down to Lobuche. Overnight at lodge.
Day 13Trek to Chhukung via Khongma La. After breakfast, we head towards the Khongma La Pass, after crossing the Khumbu glacier. The last high pass of this trek is also the highest high pass among three. The top of the Kongma La is a brilliant viewpoint of the Everest Himalayas. From 5530 meters with a challenging walk, we trek down to Chhukung with 800 meters down. Overnight at lodge.
Day 14Trek to Island Peak Base Camp. As a part of side trip on this journey, we walk up to the Island peak base camp. For those who have already crossed the high passes will find it easy to go and come back. Another beautiful part of the Khumbu can be explored today, include Imja Tsho. As we will be early, we can begin a peak climbing training session. Overnight in tent.
Day 15Summit Island Peak (6189m) and back to base camp. 8-9 hrs This is the most awaited day in the Island peak climbing trip. Early in the morning, we begin to climb the Island peak. The icy flakes and the steep trail become challenge of the trip. Gradually climbing, we reach to the top of the Island peak. The eye catching views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and the surrounding peaks surprise you with the good morning welcome. Taking abundant photographs, we climb down to the base camp. Overnight at tent.
Day 16Extra day/reserve day in case of bad weather or some problems. You should manage a reserve day so that in case the weather gets bad, you can attempt another day. The weather is flexible in the mountain. Overnight in tent.
Day 17Trek to Chhukung. 5-6 hrs Bringing the excitement of the successful ascent of the Island peak, we trek back to Chhukung from base camp. It's continually through the glacial trail and the downhill route. Overnight at lodge.
Day 18Trek to Tengboche (3900m). 6-7 hrs From Chhukung, we continue to trek down through the up down trail to Dingbuche. Following the Imja Khola, we reach to Orsho, Somare and finally to Pangboche, the place, where the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region lies. The centuries old Pangboche Gompa is surrounded by various chhortens. Then we trek down to Tengbuche, where the globally recognized Tengbuche monastery lies. Overnight at lodge.
Day 19Trek to Namche (3440m). 5-6 hrs After breakfast, we begin to trek down from Tengbuche, widely renowned cultural spots of the Tibetan Buddhists. This is richly loaded by the spirituality. Via Phunki Tenga, we gradually descend to the Namche Bazaar. Overnight at lodge.
Day 20Trek to Lukla. 7-8 hrs Almost, the trail is just downhill. We begin after breakfast and finally, check out from the Sagarmatha National Park check point. Crossing various steel bridges, we reach to Phakding. Then we have a gentle walk through the easy trail. The view of the Dudh Koshi valley can be seen stunning. Arriving at Lukla, we bid farewell to the porters (if we have) and have a memorable evening. Overnight at lodge.
Day 21Fly back to Kathmandu. Today, we fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu enjoying the Everest region snow covered peaks. From airport, you will be transferred to hotel. Then you have a whole day for shower and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 22Rest (shopping day). After the tiresome excursion, today you have your own day. It may be valuable to do the shopping and buy souvenirs for your family members and your friends. Then you can have a relax time. Overnight at lodge.
Day 23Departure. The last day of the trip, the representative of the Alpine Excursion Treks and Expedition drops you to the airport. Thank you for joining us for your memorable trip. See you again
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