22 DaysKathmandu to Kathmandu Grade:
Trekking Mode: Hotels & Lodge with camping on climb
Climbing Grade: PD + graded as Swiss / French alpine climbing system.
Seasons : All except July/Aug
Maximum altitude: 6,189 m
Food and accommodation: All included
“ start and end with super panoramic flight to and from Lukla, sensational vista of world’s highest peaks with Everest-Lhotse & Makalu, exploring culture and unique traditions of Himalayan Highlanders the Sherpa people, visit of impressive monasteries, walking from green woodland to arid landscapes beneath towering South Face of Everest with classic climb of Island peak”
Island / Imjatse Peak climbing is an exciting journey that offers incredible views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m / 29, 028 ft) and other ranges of snow capped peaks in the comfort of nice cozy lodge en route with camping facilities for few days while climbing to Island peak.
A great adventure for beginners (amateur climbers) and also to the hardy mountaineers, Island peak is also known as Imjatse peak named after Imjatse valley. Island summit 6,189m/ 20,305ft, the climbing graded as PD+ (means Peu Difficile) has also few technical difficulties like walking on glaciers. The grade is taken as per international Swiss / French Alpine System, widely used worldwide for alpine climb.
This fabulous adventure includes visit to Everest Base Camp & Kalapatthar before the climb, allowing proper acclimatization, with enough rest days for practice. The adventure starts with a short flight to Lukla and then heading higher to the nice villages of Namche-Thyangboche-Pheriche, visiting monasteries and interesting Sherpa cultures of Buddhist religion.
As the trek leads to Everest base camp and on top of Kalapatthar with enough acclimatization, climb to the summit of Island peak which will be your adventure of a lifetime, experiencing tough climb with awesome views. When you finish going downhill until Lukla, the trip concludes with a flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Day 02:Preparation day with optional sightseeing tour.
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2820 m) and trek to Phakding (2640 m) - 04 hours.
Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) - 05 hours.
Day 05:Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 06:Trek to Thyangboche (3867 m) - 05 hours.
Day 07:Trek to Pheriche (4240 m) - 05 hours.
Day 08:Rest day at Pheriche for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 09:Trek to Lobuche (4930 m) - 05 hours.
Day 10:Trek to Gorakshep (5170 m) and Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and return to Gorakshep - 06 hours.
Day 11:Hike to Kalapathar and trek to Chukhung (4730 m) - 06 hours.
Day 12:Trek to Island / Imjatse Peak Base Camp (4970m) - 04 hours.
Day 13:Rest day at Island peak Base Camp.
Day 14:Climb Island Peak (6189 m) and return to Dingboche (4260 m) - 9 - 10 hours.
Day 15:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) - 06 hours.
Day 16:Trek back to Lukla - 06 hours.
Day 17:Fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 18:International departure for homeward bound.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines. On arrival at Kathmandu international airport terminal Nepal Adventure Team staff and guide will receive you with a warm welcome and then transfer to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu around the interesting area of Thamel. After refreshment our guide / leader will brief with information regarding hotels, Nepali culture, tours and Island Peak climb with welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with folk / cultural program.
Day 02Preparation day with optional sightseeing tour. Tour preparation day since you'll be going for a long tour from the day after. You can opt to do sightseeing tour if you wish to which will cost extra.
Day 03Fly to Lukla (2820 m) and trek to Phakding (2640 m) - 04 hours. Starting early on having or with pack breakfast, heading towards Kathmandu domestic air terminal for a short scenic flight to Lukla in a smaller plane, on 35 minutes airborne incredible views of snow capped mountains range with glimpse of Everest as the plane lands at Lukla amazing airstrip. From Lukla with refreshing stop, follow our expert guide as the walk leads downhill with winding trail passing Sherpa traditional villages to reach our first overnight stop at Phakding village by Dudh Kosi River.
Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) - 05 hours. After an enjoyable overnight stop morning walk lead through beautiful alpine woodland of pines and rhododendron trees with views of snow capped peaks, following the river upstream crossing several bridges and to entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, this park listed as highest world heritage site. As the walk progress an uphill all the way to Namche Bazaar, a wonderful town-village where the houses serves as hotels and lodges. In Namche Bazaar last place with modern facilities of ATM, Banks, post office, Cyber Café, Trekking / Climbing shops and stores with many café, bakeries and restaurants in the backdrop of Kwangde peaks.
Day 05Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion. Namche Bazaar an ideal spot for rest day and acclimatization at 3,440 meters high before heading higher elevation. Morning after breakfast a short walk a Park headquarter with a museum, stuffed with information regarding Khumbu / Everest, Sherpa religions, culture, history, mountaineering to flora and flora. This wonderful spot offers stunning views of Ama-Dablam, Tharmasarku, Kangtenga, Kwangde, Khumbi-la with Mt. Everest and Lhotse towards North, after an impressive morning head back to lodge for lunch with afternoon free to relax and catch up with the dairy and browse around the bazaar.
Day 06Trek to Thyangboche (3867 m) - 05 hours. After a pleasant time in Namche, morning leads to uphill for a short while and then on a nice winding trail of rhododendron and pine trees with fabulous views of Ama-Dablam one of the most beautiful peak in all Himalaya. This nice walk offers great views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamasarku and Kwangde peak the path descends to Imjatse River reaching at Phunge Tenga, a small place with few tea shops, a favorite lunch stop place. After a nice break, second half of the journey leads with an uphill through a pristine forest to Thyangboche Monastery. A scenic spot with amazing views of Ama-Dablam, Kangtenga, Thamasarku, Kwangde and Mt. Everest, a holy spot as the head lama (Rinpoche) of the monastery resides here. At Thyangboche monastery mountaineers get blessed from the high lama (priest) for better success and safe expedition.
Day 07Trek to Pheriche (4240 m) - 05 hours. With morning views, after breakfast downhill walk through lovely rhododendron and pines forest, a nice pleasant trek leading to a bridge over Imja Khola. From here a moderate climb to reach at Pangboche village with houses built of stones, this is the last permanent village before Everest Base Camp. From here on leaving the tree lines behind for short rhododendron and juniper bushes. Walk leads slowly to an exposed area with super views of Mt. Ama-Dablam at close distance, after a nice day trek reaching at Pheriche for overnight stop.
Day 08Rest day at Pheriche for acclimatization and excursion. Nepal Adventure Team provides another rest day at Pheriche for safe and enjoyable trekking; as the altitude gains rapidly from here onward having a rest day here helps to acclimatize well to reach Everest Base Camp and climb of Island Peak safely. Pheriche offers stunning views North Face of Ama-Dablam, a short high climb on the ridge provides views of world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu and Amphu Labtsa peak with Island peak.
Day 09Trek to Lobuche (4930 m) - 05 hours. After wonderful stop at Pehriche, morning walk follows on a flat windy valley for some time and then climb for an hour to reach Thugla ( Dugla) located on the midway where trail from Pheriche and Dingboche joins towards Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar. Thugla a nice place for lunch break with stunning views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Ama-Dablam, after lunch a slow and short steep climb up to terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier with many memorials of unfortunate mountaineers and climbers. From here a gradual walk to Lobuche for overnight stop in the comfort of a cozy lodge.
Day 10Trek to Gorakshep (5170 m) and Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and return to Gorakshep - 06 hours. Starting the morning with a gentle walk could be hard due to high altitude gain with views of Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest, after 2 hours of strenuous walk reaching at Gorakshep after walking on moraine and icy trails. Gorakshep with 4-5 nice lodges and the last place with lodge facilities before Everest Base Camp; with a break here journey continues to Everest Base Camp walking over moraine overlooking at Khumbu Icefall, slowly the walk leads to our main highlight and destination of this adventure at Everest Base Camp. Enjoying incredible moment for an hour at base camp, return journey back to Gorakshep for overnight stop after achieving high lights of the trip.
Day 11Hike to Kalapathar and trek to Chukhung (4730 m) - 06 hours. Starting early to reach one of the highlight and highest point on trekking, a steep climb for 2 hours leads on top Kalapatthar, a black rocky ridge at 5,545 meters high, offering awesome panorama of surrounding high giant peaks with Mt. Everest at stone throw distance towards East. From here 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 12Trek to Island / Imjatse Peak Base Camp (4970m) - 04 hours. After Chukung walk to Imjatse valley at Parsya Gyab and Island Peak Base Camp, leading to a steep climb towards south on moraine left bank of Lhotse glacier, following glacial streams to the snout of Imja glacier crossing a dry lake between Lhotse and Imja glaciers to reach at base camp around Pareshaya Gyab, afternoon free to relax and acclimatization.
Day 13Rest day at Island peak Base Camp. A necessary rest day for acclimatization and preparation for the climb with time check the climbing gear before the climb of Island peak.
Day 14Climb Island Peak (6189 m) and return to Dingboche (4260 m) - 9 - 10 hours. A Big Day! after final preparations, start the adventure before dawn with a climb across the broad open gully, and following snow-covered glacier above, avoiding Sera and crevasses climbing northwards over snow covered scree in the margin in between a glacier and base of the main top ridge. Then climb leads to cross a gully with some stone and ice fall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads upwards for nearly 100 meters (300ft) to the top of the summit, on reaching the top with high spirit and triumph overlooking panorama of world’s highest mountains 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 Dingboche.
Day 15Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) - 06 hours. From Dingboche walk is pleasant on the downhill trail to reach Thyangboche after Somare on the same path passing Pangboche village with an hour climb up to Thyangboche and back into tree lines and rich green vegetation to Phungthnaga and again climb up and get reach to Namche.
Day 16Trek back to Lukla - 06 hours. A pleasant and relaxing walk enjoying the surrounding scenery as the trail leads back to Lukla on this last day walk of this fabulous adventure, just few small short uphill climb brings you back to Lukla for last overnight stop around Khumbu and Everest and farewell to our loyal and friendly porters.
Day 17Fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure. Flight starts early morning, transfer to Tenzing and Hillary air terminal at Lukla airport on boarding the plane a sweeping flight of 35 minutes brings you back in Kathmandu and then transfer to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure. Farewell dinner in the night.
Day 18International departure for homeward bound.Your last day in amazing Nepal as per international flight time our staff will transfer you to international airport for your flight back home or to next port of call, after a great and enjoyable adventure to Island / Imjatse Peak Climb with grand service of Nepal Adventure Team and its guides and porters.
The groups safety is very important for us. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Even though every effort is made to go as planned, a little change might occur in the itinerary because of weather conditions, health condition of a person, unexpected natural disasters, etc. when you have to flexible.
In event of flight cancellation/delay in/out of Lukla:
Due to bad weather conditions(might even happen in best season), it is very likely that the flight to/from Lukla could be delayed or cancelled so make sure you have a day or two extra in your plan.
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