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Everest Island Peak

  • The Everest base camp trek and Island Peak Climb in Nepal

    The mountain was named by 1952 by Shiptons party and although it was later renamed Imja Tse, many of the locals still refer to it as Island Peak.  From base camp, the trek to the summit involves some steep sections, where the use of crampons, Ice-axe and ropes are necessary, and for this reason we use highly experienced guides who know the mountain very well, to guide you to the summit. From Dingboche the mountain is seen as an island rising from a sea of ice and alpine desert. Island peak offers an incredible climb as well as some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region. Seen from the summit are the mountains of Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m), as well as Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Amadablan in the South. For many, climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing in the Himalayas as it enables so called 'beginners' to practice climbing with the use of technical equipment.

    Island Peak, along with some other peaks in Nepal, is defined by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) as a Trekking Peak. Unfortunately, this has led many to believe that there is no difficulty involved. This is not the case. Anything involving the use of ropes, crampons, climbing gear, climbing skill, snow gullies etc can be difficult, even if it is just for one day. Regardless, you will need good stamina for a long days effort while climbing it, as the route heads up through unending steep rock and snow passes before you reach the snow line. You can climb Island peak without any previous climbing experience and skills of using climbing equipment but knowledge on using equipment and previous experience would be beneficial. For those that do not have prior experience, your climbing Sherpa will give you some pre-climb training at Base Camp the day of arrival, to make you skilful on using climbing gear such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons.

    Everest Island Peak

  • Everest Base Camp and Island Peak Climb Nepal

    Day-1: Arrival: Arrive Kathmandu

    Day-2: Guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.

    Day-3 Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m). Our early morning trek to Everest Base Camp begins with a flight into Lukla - is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! We start the Everest base camp trek for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m.

    Day-4 Phakding (2,610m) Namche bazaar (3,440m). The trek takes us through a magnificent forest of rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs, as we head up toward Namche. After a steep descent and another steep climb through the forest

    Day-5 Namche bazaar (Acclimatization 3,440 m) We will spend time here on short treks to acclimatize.

    Day-6: Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) With incredible views of the Thamserku we steadily descend to the Imja Khola where we see a series of water driven prayer wheels. Later, we ascend to Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) - one of the most beautiful places in the world.

    Day-7: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,312m) Continuing up the Imja Khola valley, we trek towards the summer village of Pheriche (4,260m).

    Day-8: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) After ascending up a small ridge we contour around the base of Khumbu Glacier. After lunch, we start trekking on a steep ascent to the terminal moraine of the glacier and onto the foot off the Lobuche Ice Fall at the base of Everest (4,930m).

    Day-9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) This is a short trek as we head to Gorek Shep not far from Everest Base Camp.

    Day-10: Hike up to Kalapatthar / Everest Base Camp / Retrace your steps to Lobuche (4,920m) (8 hrs). Our climb today, takes us up Kala Patthar, a steep ascent, which enables us to get uninterrupted views of Everest Peak . Kala Patthar lies at 5,545m.  The mountains of Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m) and Khumbutse (6,623m) separate us from Tibet and just over the Lho La pass we see the huge face of Changtse (7,750m). We then retrace our steps and head back to Lobuche.

    Day-11: Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 7 hrs) From Lobuche, we then head east into the , which lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Nepal.

    Day-12: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs) Today, we trek along the Imja Khola to Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasant site by a small lake with fine views of the Lhotse Glacier and Nuptse-Lhotse wall. You will reach the Base Camp of Imja Tse today.

    Day-13: Summit  Island Peak (6160m). Return to Base Camp. You will start early for the summit. The going gets difficult once you reach the bottom of the steep icefall below the summit. Great care and caution must be exercised while scaling the wall to emerge on the ridge leading to the summit. After the summit, you will descend back to Base Camp.

    Day-14: Contingency Day/ Return to Chhukung (4730m). As the weather can be unpredictable, we have added an extra day in case the weather is not clear for summit, the previous day. If all is fine, we return back to Chhukung.

    Day-15: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs). The trail today will descend quite steeply as we head back down towards Namche. To get to camp, there will be a steep climb to reach our overnight stop.

    Day-16: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).We trek down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small of Phakding.

    Day-17: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs). Trek further to the mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you.

    Day-18: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m).

    Day-19: Free day to explore, and enjoy

    Day-20: Final Departure.

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    Everest Island Peak

  • March to May, September to mid November

    The Everest Base Camp trek when coupled with Island Peak, is best done in either March to May during spring, or September to Mid November. In spring, the best time overall considering snow fall and weather, is May. It is also around this time that many of the trees come into bloom such as the Rhododendrons. The downside to this period, is that the mountain views can often be obscured. The route to base camp also tends to be busier as this is prime Everest summit season.

    The second best time is from September to mid November, and although the days are colder with more chance of snow, the mountain views are much clear, being post monsoon season.

    Everest Island Peak

  • On this trek we make use of hotels in Kathmandu, and then lodges on the trek.  We start the tour with two nights in 3-star, Thamel Eco Resort, well situated within the heart of Thamel, or, if it is full, a similar category in Kathmandu.At the end of the trek, we return to the same hotel. While on trek, we stay in lodges or what is known as standard tea houses. The quality of the lodges vary and generally become more basic as one gets to higher elevations.

    Your guide will always seek out a lodge which offers comfortable rooms. Note that while some lodges have private bathroom facilities, others only offer shared facilities. Some offer attached bathrooms which you can pay extra for. Some lodges have hot shower facilities at an extra charge.

    Once we reach Island Peak base camp, we will be staying in tents which will be erected by our porters. The meals at night will be prepared by the cook and served in the dining tent. Once we leave base camp, we will stay in lodges again.

    Everest Island Peak