Hiking or TrekkingTours in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
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|Poon Hill Gorepani Trek|
|Tamang Heritage Trek|
|Annapurna Circuit Trek|
|Annapurna Base Camp Trek|
|Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal|
|Everest Base and Island Peak|
|Everest Trek via Renjo La|
|Everest Trek via Gokyo Lakes Cho La|
|Island Peak Climb|
|Mera Peak Trek|
|Mera Peak Trek via Mingo La|
|Mera Peak Trek via Amphu Lapcha|
|Nepal Mountain Bike Tour|
|Annapurna Tilicho Lakes Biking|
|Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan Jungle|
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 Amadablam in the South. For many, climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas as it enables so called 'beginners' to practice climbing with the use of technical equipment.
Island Peak is known by many not as a technical peak but as a trekking peak. 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 skillful on using climbing gear such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons.
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 Dingboche (3,860m). Our trek today will head down into a valley to cross another bridge and they trek along gradually rising landscapes to the village of Dingboche from where we will get incredible views towards Island Peak or Imja Tse.
Day 8: Trek to Chhukung (4730m). From Dingboche, we then head east into the Chhukhung Valley Lhotse . From here you will also have magnificent views of the incredible Amadablam (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal .
Day 9: Island Peak Base Camp 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. Once camp has been set up you will be free to get your climbing gear in order and get organized for your ascent of the peak tomorrow.
Day-10: Island Peak Summit (6160m) 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 of Island Peak, you will descend back down to Base Camp and Chhukhung.
Day-12: Contingency Day
Day-13: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs). The trail today will descend quite steeply as we head back down towards Namche.
Day-14: Trek Namche to Lukla (2,840m) (7 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. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing!
Day-15: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m).
Day-16: Free day to explore, and enjoy .
Day-17: Depart Kathmandu
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Island Peak, is best climbed 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.
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.