The Island Peak, which stands tall at an elevation of 6,198m, is the most popular climbing peak in Nepal amongst 326 peaks currently permitted for climbing and mountaineering. Also known as the Imja Tse in the local Sherpa language, the peak is situated between the picturesque Khumbu region and Imsa Tse Valley. The mountain was named Island Peak by celebrated British mountaineer, Sir Eric Shipton as it looks like an island from afar amidst the icy alpine water.
Located in the Sagarmatha National Park, Island Peak is an extension of a peak coming down from the southern face of Mt. Lhotse Sar. Its first successful expedition was carried out in 1956 by a Swiss expedition group as a practice climb before ascending Mt. Everest. Since then it has been a favorite as a go-to peak amongst mountaineers and climbers alike. The peak is described as a perfect climbing peak if you are looking for a perfect strike of balance between fun, adventure, and adrenaline rush.
From the top of Island Peak, we can have the most amazing views of the mountain ranges of the Khumbu region. Some of the most notable peaks seen in close proximity from the top of Island Peak are Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and Mt. Ama Dablam. The views of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in the region, are pretty amazing from here.
The other main attractions of the peak climbing experience are trekking to two of the most iconic viewpoints of Everest region – Everest Base Camp (5,087m) and Kala Paththar (5,555m). From these viewpoints, several 8000m peaks like the Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Lhotse will appear at mere distance.
The 22-day-long journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla in Khumbu region. It is also known as the gateway to Everest region. From Lukla, we will begin our trek northward gradually towards the Khumbu Valley passing through beautiful Himalayan hamlets like Phakding, Namche, and Lobuche. On our way towards the summit, we will stop for a thorough exploration of Everest Base Camp and Kalapathhar. The Island Peak ascent will be undertaken with great caution and safety in the safe hands of our experienced team of guides. All the requirements such as clearing the path and fixing the rope will be done with great expertise. Once you make it to the top, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the encircling mountain range. The return journey will be much easier comparatively with few shorter climbs and trek through the forests to reach the famous Tengboche Monastery. From there, we will subsequently trek down to Lukla, from where we will board a flight to Kathmandu.
At Team Himalaya, we are absolutely dedicated to make your peak climbing experience a safe and memorable one. The itinerary has been intricately made to ensure proper acclimatization to the unforgiving Himalayan terrains. Your safety is our first and foremost priority and our team of professional climbers, guides, and porters with years of experience in the field will lead you to an unforgettable peak climbing journey. The Island Peak awaits for you.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines, our TH staff will receive with courtesy transfer to hotels in the centre of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting to be with many shops, stores and excellent world class restaurants, with time for short walk and to buy necessary items for the trip, in the hotel our guide will inform and brief regarding trekking and climbing and other important things.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to Island & Imjatse Peak Trek and Climb.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
An early morning start from the hotel with a short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for super scenic flight of 35 minutes to Lukla with awesome views of mountains range, and the shortly landing at strange runways with an uphill, on reaching Lukla with time for rest and to refresh with morning tea and coffee and probably breakfast depending upon the time of arrival, from here a slow start passing the market with shops and stores in Lukla and heading downhill for a while, and then with short ups and gradual winding trail passing many farms and villages, Buddhist prayer monuments and views of snow capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Kwangde and finally reaching the overnight stop at Phakding by the river Dudh Kosi.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk of the 2nd day trekking starts with an easy walk with few ups following the river Dudh Kosi most of the way, crossing the same river by suspension bridge reaching at Monjo village a nice village with lodges catering the trekkers for many years, view of Thermasharkhu peak and Khumbi-la mountain the patron god of Khumbu area, Monjo is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at the park entrance a rest after getting the permits to travel this area requires Park permits with fees and as well TIMS ( Trekking Information Management System) after a brief rest here continue walk crossing the bridge over Dudh Kosi and to Jorsalle village for lunch, this is the only village for 2-3 hours till Namche is reached. From here walking on the river bed for a while and then after crossing the last bridge over Imjatse River (which joins Dudh Kosi) an uphill walk for few hours through beautiful alpine forest lined with rhododendron, pines and fir trees with awesome mountain scenery of Kwangde, Kusum kanguru if the day is clear view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse also, after a hard climb of few hours reaching at famous Namche Bazaar the Sherpa capital of Khumbu region with many houses with lodges, hotels, pubs, restaurant with fresh bakery and cyber café, health post, post office and banks.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
An important and necessary to have a rest day or 2 nights at this altitude to safe guard from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) where drinking plenty of fluids helps but not alcoholic drinks which dehydrate you. In Namche optional walks around neighboring area up to Everest View Hotel (believed as world highest hotel at 3,880 meters) a 2-3 hours hike with promising mountain views with Mt. Everest and magnificent Ama Dablam peak, or walk to the top of Namche hill with aerial view of Namche with Mt. Everest, Lhotse,Tawache, Tarmasarku, Kwangde and Ama Dablam peaks and visit interesting museum with full of information of this Khumbu area, afternoon at leisure to browse around the bazaar with nice stores, this place is flooded with locals and trekkers on Saturday big market.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.
Morning with a short climb to the ridge above Namche and then on the pleasant walk for the first half of the day with views after views of mountains and surrounding beautiful landscapes and into a nice woodlands and then on the downhill slope for an hour to reach lunch break at Phungi-tenga located in a gorge by the river Imjatse and in the middle of alpine woodland.
After a refreshing moment starting with an uphill for 2 hours through nice tree lines of rhododendron and pines with beautiful views of snow clad peaks and finally reaching the famed Tengboche Monastery (Gomba) for overnight stop.
This beautiful scenic spot offers tremendous views of peaks that encircle this place with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and towering Mt. Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thermasharkhu and Kwangde peaks, afternoon visit this interesting monastery with Lama and monks chanting prayer at the main hall statue of Sakyamuni Buddha and with thanka paintings around the wall and ceiling, and then visit the small museum.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,243 m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk descends to Debuche through beautiful birch-rhododendron and pines forest, from here a nice pleasant walk and then the path leads crossing a bridge over Imja Khola. From here a gentle climb to reach Pangboche a Sherpa village with several houses made of stones with an old monastery and this is the last permanent village before Everest Base Camp, from here leaving the tree lines behind for short rhododendron and juniper bushes. The trail leads slowly through exposed landscapes with superb views of Mt. Ama Dablam 6,856 m at close range after a good walk of the day, then reaching at Pheriche for overnight stop after a good walk of few hours from lunch stop, Pheriche village situated beneath impressive peaks of Cholatse 6,440 m and Taweche 6,542 m.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,930m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk on the valley then with an uphill to Dugla ( Thugla) beneath the Cholatse and Taweche Peaks, Thugla a nice spot for lunch as there no lodge till Loboche, from here climb the steep up to the top Thugla pass which has numerous stone cairns-memorable of unfortunate climber’s who have died climbing on Mount Everest and other high mountains of this area. Trek continues on the left side of the glacier, finally reaching the cluster of houses at Lobuche for overnight stop.
Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m and continue to Everest base camp 5,357m – 08 hrs round trip.
From Lobuche walk towards world’s highest Everest base camp at 5,367 meters aother highlight of this trip before the climb of Island peak, morning walk follows rocky moraine and glacial pond. After walk on moraine dunes a short downhill walk brings to Gorakshep situated below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt. Pumori 7,145m., after short stop here continue walk towards Everest Base Camp, after an strenuous walk over rocky dunes and moraine, reaching at Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp with great views of Khumbu icefall and other giant peaks then return back to Gorakshep for the overnight stop.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar and trek to Chukhung 4,730m – 06 hrs.
An early morning excursion for two hours to Kalapatthar view point at 5,545 meters, for awesome scenery of Mt.Everest in a close distance and panorama of high mountains peaks all over the north east range after a great return back to Gorakshep and continue walk to Lobuche then heading on the same trail for an hour then the route diverts towards Imjatse valley for overnight stop at Chukung the last settlement of Khumbu and Imjatse area.
Day 11: Trek to Island / Imjatse Peak Base Camp 4,970m – 04 hrs.
After Chukung walking towards Imjatse valley at Parsya Gyab and to Island Peak Base Camp, the path leads to a steep climb towards south then on the moraine along the left bank of Lhotse glacier and the following glacial streams to the snout of Imja glacier and crossing a dry lake between Lhotse and Imja glaciers to reach at base camp around a place called as Pareshaya Gyab with afternoon to relax and short walk around.
Day 12: Climb Island Peak 6,189m and return to base camp – 06 hrs.
Big Day! After final preparations then starting this final adventure before dawn with a climb across the broad open gully and it follows a snow-covered glacier above, avoiding the serac and crevasses climbing northwards over snow covered scree in the margin in between a glacier and base of the main top ridge.
Then our climb leads to cross a gully with some stone and icefall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads upwards for nearly 100 meters (300ft) to the top of the summit, on reaching the top where dream becomes a reality with an overwhelming success, from top of the summit overlooking striking panorama that surrounds you with world’s highest mountains lies before you with offering unmatched views of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Ama-Dablam 6,856 m, Mt. Makalu 8, 463 m, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks in the far distance, after an experience of a life time descend on the same route towards base camp.
Day 13: Reserve day in case of unfavorable weather condition
We have reserved an extra day which will be as contingency day, in case of unfavorable weather conditions some times in this high Himalayan range, the weather can be unpredictable, so an extra day on this type of adventure is very necessary, if all goes well can be used on the way back to Lukla with short day walk enjoying the great scenery along the way.
Day 14: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 05 hrs.
After a life time experience climb of Island / Imjatse peak our return journey to Lukla trekking back to villages, morning walk leads with few uphill’s over the moraine, then reaching at Chukung with striking views of snow capped mountains around, after a brief stop here walk continues to our overnight stop at Dingboche in the comfort of nice cozy lodge and great mountain vista.
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 06hrs.
Leaving Dingboche with super views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse wall, Lhotse, then heading on the downhill path and back to lower altitude and tree lines, the walk leads past Pangboche and from the bridge an hour or more climb brings you back to the famed Tengboche Monastery with amazing surrounding scenery .
After Tengboche trek descend to Imjatse River at Phunge tenga, here after crossing the bridge a steep uphill for an hour then with gentle winding walk all the way to Namche Bazaar, ( for energetic people can use the route to Namche visiting Everest View Hotel or Khumjung and Khunde village) .
Day 16: Trek to Lukla – 05 hrs.
After a memorable trip to Island & Imjatse Peak including Everest base camp, today the last day walk of this fascinating journey, from Namche on the downhill path to Dudh Kosi River bank, from here with short ups and downs to reach the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and then Monjo village is quaint nice village, after monjo the trail back to lukla on the gradual winding trail passing phakding and ghat village then the last uphill climb to lukla for overnight stop ,evening time enjoy the last meal with fellow trekkers ,staffs and porters.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Lukla the flight starts early morning to Kathmandu, sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather, as per the flight time board in the small plane for a super, scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching at Katmandu domestic terminal our guide and staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.
Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.
After a most memorable experience of a life time with Team Himalaya, our staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure as per your flight time for homeward bound or to respective countries.