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16 Days Island Peak Climbing

Background Imja Tse (6189m), more commonly known as Island Peak, has grown to be a popular trekking peak over the […]

  • trip code

  • group-size

    person

  • duration

    16 days/15 nights

  • maximum attitude

    6,189m

  • fitness level

    Moderate

  • meal Accomodation

    Tea-house/Camp/Lodge

Background

Imja Tse (6189m), more commonly known as Island Peak, has grown to be a popular trekking peak over the years. It is relatively more welcoming to inexperienced expedition goers, and is a well-known and mapped peak. The peak is popular for its unique location as the peak rises like an island amongst a sea of ice. The Island Peak Climbing trip offers you a great trekking and mountaineering experience through the Sagarmatha National Park and charming Sherpa settlements. 

Over the 16-day duration of the trip, you will be prepared, make your way through the lower Everest region and scaling Island Peak (6189m). The trip starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. After trek preparation, you will fly to Lukla. After landing in Lukla airport, you begging trekking and go to Namche via Phakding Village. After a day spends acclimatizing to the altitude at Namche, you continue your ascend gradually making your way through the village of Tengboche and the settlements of Dingboche and Chhukung. The land gets more arid, while the mountains grow ever so closer in proximity. After 6 days of trekking, you arrive at Island Peak Base Camp. The next morning, you head towards the summit of Island Peak early in the morning. After a challenging walk using ropes and crampons, you arrive at the top. From the top of Island peak is the close-up view of Lhotse Shar (8393m), Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7312m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). Afterward, you head down to the base camp and start making your way down. En route, you will cross the villages of Pangboche and Namche before arriving at Lukla. A short flight from Lukla will bring you back to Kathmandu where you get a spare day to rest and explore the city. Spring and autumn (March-May and September-November) are the recommended seasons for this trip. 

Miteri Nepal is your perfect travel companion for this trek as the experienced guides will lead you through this journey. They will help you achieve your goals with ease and efficiency. Likewise, we also offer many other services and facilities to help you have a safe and comfortable trip.

Trip Facts:

Geography: Forests/Hills/Mountains

Location: Solukhumbu

Level of Difficulty: Moderate 

Duration of Trek: 16 Days

Max Altitude: 6189m 

Religions: Buddhist

Ethnic People: Sherpa

Accommodation: Teahouse/Camp/Lodge

Transportation: Flight/Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle

Minimum Pax: 2

Trip Highlights: 

  • Experience the welcoming and warm Sherpa culture of the Everest region 
  • Climb one of the smaller peaks, Island Peak (6189m)
  • Wonderful mountain views of the Everest Range and the many neighboring mountains
  • Enjoy trekking through the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park 

 

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

    A representative of Miteri will come and pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport. They will transfer you to your hotel. If time allows you can go explore and familiarize yourself with the atmosphere of the city. 

  • Day 02: Trip Preparation

    Today, you will sit down with our guide and go over your trip in detail. You will be briefed on your safety and might also go for climbing training in a nearby climbing center. After the preparations are done, you are free to explore the city as you please. We recommend you visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, or Swayambhunath.

  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) then trek to Phakding (2,652m): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

    The flight to Lukla will gift you with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas that tower over the clouds. The thrilling flight will then be followed by a short trek to Phakding. It is a beautiful village beside the Dudh Koshi River. The trail you follow is a gradual descent and takes you through rhododendron forests to reach Phakding. 

  • Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5-6 hours

    From Phakding to Namche you pass through many settlements en route and get your first mountain view of Thamserku (6608m), Nup La (5885m), and Kongde Ri (6093m). The trail goes through dense rhododendron and magnolia forest and enters Sagarmatha National Park. A steep ascends will then take you to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the largest settlement of the Khumbu region and it has many restaurants, internet cafes, and hotels. 

  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3440 m): Acclimatization Day

    Namche is the biggest village in the entire Sagarmatha region and offers a delightful introduction to the lifestyle of the Sherpa community. You will be acclimatizing here before your trek ahead. You can either explore the town or hike to surrounding villages like Khumjung and Khunde. You can even head to the Everest View Hotel to relish the sight of the Mt. Everest (8848m).

  • Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m) (5- 6 hours)

    The trek from Namche to Tengboche is a gradual climb through the conifer forests and Rhododendron trees. The trail heads northeast along the Imja River to settle at Tengboche which houses the biggest monastery in the Everest region- Tengboche Monastery. The monastery and the village have a wonderful panoramic view of Ama Dablam(6856m), Kangtega (6685m), Everest (8848m), and Taboche (6367m) all appearing nearby. 

  • Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m): 3-4 hours

    The trek from Tengboche to Dingboche mostly ascends as you move through rhododendron forests and glacial streams. As you get higher in altitude you get above the tree line into drier climate. The view of Ama Dablam (6586m) dominates your skyline during the whole trek. En route to Dingboche, you will pass villages of Debuche and Pangboche and many Chortens, Mani walls, and monasteries. 

  • Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m): 2 hours

    Dingboche to Chhukung is a short trek as the main purpose of the next two days is to properly acclimatize your body to a higher altitude. You will stop at Chhukung before making your way to Island peak. Once you reach the village, you may climb Chhukung Ri Peak (5546m) or rest. Chhukung is at the entrance of the Imja valley, and at its other end lies Island peak. 

  • Day 09: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m): 3-4 hours

    The climb today is short but fairly steep and tough. The terrain is rocky and rough surface, and the higher altitude will make it a bit more challenging. From Chhukung we stick to the route heading east. We reach Lhotse glacier then head alongside the glacier’s southern flank. From here, we alternate between Lhotse and Imja glacier moraines and climb up the zigzag path to the base camp. 

  • Day 10: Trek to Island Peak (6189m), & back to base camp: 10-12 hours

    Since the mid-day offers strong winds and unpredictable weather, we need to make it to the top before noon. The trail is rocky, with large boulders scattered across. Moving forward, the path narrows through a rocky slope which leads to a ridge. We traverse along this exposed ridgeline into the glacier terminus of the summit. There could be newly formed crevasses, and ladders or ropes may be fixed per the requirement to ensure your safe summit. The top of the island peak is majestic, you feel like you are on a deserted island amongst the majestic sea of mountains and snow. Makalu (8475m) and Baruntse (7312m) are seen on the east with Ama Dablam (6856m) on the south while Lhotse Shar (8393m) towers ahead. We then carefully descend the same trail back to the base camp. 

  • Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,930m): 5-6 hours

    Today’s trek will be easier compared to our previous day as it is mostly a steady descend. Before arriving at Pangboche, you trek along Khumbu Khola valley crossing the beautiful Sherpa villages of Orsho and Shomare. Upper Pangboche like Tengboche also houses a Gompa, the oldest in the Khumbu region. We visit the monastery then head down to Pangboche. From Pangboche, it there are wonderful views of Kongde to the south and Ama Dablam (6856m), Kangtega (6685m) and Thamserku (6608 m) to the east. 

  • Day 12: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 4-5 hours

    Our trek first follows the Imja Khola, before joining up the trail adjacent to the Dudh Koshi descending rapidly through coniferous forests. You will cross Tengboche, Sansa, and other Sherpa villages before arriving at Namche. The drop in altitude will be a nice welcome back to Namche. 

     

  • Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m): 6-7 hours

    The trail today is a long continuous descent so, take it easy on your knees. We will be crossing the suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River and its sister tributaries. You will arrive in Lukla with sore legs but with a triumphant mind and heart full of warm memories, the chilly mountains have provided you. From the rough terrain of Everest Region to the lush rhododendron forest en route to Lukla, the trip has allowed you to experience the diverse landscape. 

  • Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu (40 minutes)

    We will catch an early morning flight from Tenzing Hillary Airstrip of Lukla to Kathmandu. The flight back to Kathmandu is your last glimpse of the Everest region, to which you bid farewell from your seat above in the clouds. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you have the rest of the day to do with as you please. You can just rest or go for souvenir shopping in Thamel.

  • Day 15: Reserve Day |Farewell Dinner

    Today, you can catch up on any shopping you need to do or visit some of the popular landmarks of Kathmandu. This day is also reserved in case of flight cancellation the previous day in Lukla. The day will end with a hearty farewell dinner where you will be exchanging thanks and well wishes with your guide and your friends you made during the trek.

  • Day 16: Departure

    A representative of the company will accompany you to the airport for your international departure. We hope you had a great time climbing Island Peak with us, and wish you the best luck on your journeys ahead. 

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