Island Peak Climbing 16 days
Island Peak Climbing 16 days

About Island Peak Climbing 16 Days

First ascended by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hilary in 1953 as part of their program to conquer Everest, Island Peak Climbing gives a perfect introduction to the world of high altitude mountaineering. The stunning Khumbu Valley has always been a treasure trove of enchanting landscapes, and perhaps the Mahalangur Himalayan Range is the most striking of them. Forming the border with Tibet, the Himalayan range hosts some of the tallest Himalayas including the majestic Mt. Everest (8,848m). In the midst of the enchanting Himalayan panorama lies the Island Peak (Imja Tse in Tibetan jargon) surrounded by a sea of glaciers from where it gets its name.

The stupendous southern wall of Lhotse/Nuptse Glacier surrounds the Himalaya from both sides while Baruntse takes the southern end. Tucked behind the majestic giants of the Himalayas, Island Peak stands tall with a modest height of 6,189 meters and boasts stunning views of the entire Himalayan range and the Khumbu Region. Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,855m), Khumbutse (6,036m), Lingtren (6,749m), Changtse (7,583m), and Pumori (7,101m) to name a few amongst the Himalayas.

We here at Dream Peak Adventure love peak climbing, and the lovely Himalayan air never fails to instill a sense of adventure. With services to battle every contingency you might face in the Himalayas, we will make sure your journey is one to be remembered. Get in touch with us to know more about Island Peak Climbing.

Highlights of Island Peak Climbing 16 Days

  • Thrilling and scenic flight to Lukla
  • Trek through Sagarmatha National Park
  • Explore Namche Bazar
  • Experience rich culture and lifestyle of Sherpas
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery, the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region
  • Reach the top of Island Peak
  • Get to witness breath-taking scenery and panoramic views of Himalayas

Itinerary

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You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where you will meet with our team members and drive. They will escort you to the hotel and brief you about the day program. Later, in the evening, you will stroll on the bustling streets of Thamel, and end your day with delicious welcome dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

Any journey to the Himalayas needs meticulous planning even more if it involves climbing mountains. Today, we take the time off to make sure everything is ready to go before we attempt our journey. You can also head towards Thamel for any piece of equipment you might be missing or the entire set of equipment in case you didn’t bring it from your home country. We also make sure the necessary forms are gathered and permits are obtained for our journey. Overnight at Kathmandu. 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

A 40 minutes thrilling flight will take you to Lukla. Upon landing here, you meet with other crew members who will join you for the trek. The trail descends to Phakding following a stream. 

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Crossing the famed Hillary suspension bridge, the trail gradually ascends through the forested landscapes with views of Kusum Kanguru (6,367m). Following the gradually opening Dudh Koshi valley, the journey ascends to the vibrant hamlets of Monjo, Chumoa, and Benakri before reaching Jorsale, which marks our entry to the Sagarmatha National Park. If the weather is clear, it’s from Namche bazaar we get our first glimpse of Mt. Everest. 

  • Lodge
  • BLD

The day begins with the lovely view of the Himalayas as the snowy summits of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Nuptse (7,855m) shine on the horizon. After a delicious Himalayan breakfast, you begin hiking towards the stunning hamlets of Khumjung and Khunde for the day hike. Alternatively, you can also decide to trek to the Everest View Hotel, which on a clear day gives a stunning view of Mt. Everest (8,848m). 

  • Lodge
  • BLD

With the stunning summit of Ama Dablam at (6,812m) as your constant companion, the hilly trail gradually ascends through the forested landscape crossing several clusters of settlements en-route. Tengboche is one of the highlighted destinations of the journey due to its stunning views of the Himalayas and for hosting the annual Mani Rimdu Festival. 

  • Lodge
  • BLD

The trail heading out of Tengboche enters the stunning rhododendron forests leading towards Deboche. Crossing the hamlet of Deboche, you trek alongside the Imja Khola before crossing the river over a suspension bridge. Following the ascending route, you reach the stunning plains of Pangboche hamlets. From here, the trail abandons the pleasant hilly landscapes in favor of the rocky Himalayan one as you reach Dingboche for the night.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Your day begins with stunning views of the Himalayas as you prepare to head out to your final destination before reaching Island Peak Base Camp. The hamlet of Chhukung is just 2 hours away from Dingboche and goes through the rocky Himalayan landscapes ascending steeply towards the Himalayas. 

  • Lodge
  • BLD

From Chhukung, the trail takes on the southern end of the valley before gradually turning towards the east finding the glacial moraines of Lhotse. Enjoying the stunning Imja Tse and Nuptse glaciers, the trail heads back towards the south reaching the Island Peak Peak Base Camp. Today we will also do some pre-climbing training.

  • Camp
  • BLD

The day begins early as you make your way towards the summit. Scaling the rocky face of the Himalaya, you gradually make your way up enjoying the stunning Himalayan sunrise midway. The final stretch to the summit is least to say not pleasant as the trail ascends through crevasses and mountain slopes. After conquering the arduous trail what awaits on the summit is a breathtaking Himalayan panorama conjured by the world’s tallest Himalayas. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

You make your way back to Pangboche. Leaving the snowy trail behind, your journey heads down through the rocky trail before meeting with the Everest Circuit trail at Dingboche crossing Chhukung en-route. Beyond Dingboche, the journey continues down towards the flatlands heading towards Pangboche. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

The trail continues descending alongside the Imja Khola before crossing it on a suspension bridge leading towards Deboche. Continuing on the Everest trail, the journey reaches Tengboche, where you take a brief rest enjoying the pleasant views before making your way down the Dudh Kosi Valley.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Today is your last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk along the valley before you make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. In the evening, you’ll have a farewell dinner party followed by a few celebratory drinks. 

  • Lodge
  • BLD

The day once again begins early as you experience the same thrill in taking off from the Lukla airstrip. Enjoying the pleasant landscapes and with one final glance at the Himalayas, the journey takes you back to Kathmandu. Back in the city, you head directly to your hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Just in case an unforeseen event hampers our itinerary, we keep a day in reserve to ensure that our objectives are met. Bad weather can often hamper flights heading in and out of Lukla, and cases of altitude sickness can be encountered for which we might need to spend an extra day acclimatizing. In such cases, a reserve day is used. In case there is no delay, you can use today as a free day enjoying the historical and cultural side of the ancient valley Kathmandu city. 

  • Hotel
  • Farewell Dinner

We will escort you to the Airport for your flight back to your home. As per your flight departure time, one of our team members will be at standby.

    Good to Know

    Island Peak Climbing itinerary

    Following on the Everest Trail, the Island Peak Climbing 16 days Himalayan adventure begins with a scenic and thrilling flight to Lukla. Touching down in one of the most thrilling airstrips, you take some brief rest at Lukla before setting off towards Phakding for your first night on the go. The stunning town of Namche Bazaar is next on our list as you enter the stunning Sagarmatha National Park crossing stunning and vibrant hamlets. Taking a day off for acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar, the journey heads towards Tengboche from where you trek in the constant company of the Himalayas.

    Quickly ascending through the ascending trails leading towards Dingboche, and then to Chukung, you reach Island Peak Base Camp located at an altitude of 5,200m. The next day takes on the majestic Island Peak as you begin your upwards ascend to the summit heading through the glacial moraines and crevasses. Enjoying the pleasant Himalayan panorama from the summit alongside the rush of adrenaline and thrill that comes along with it, you head back to the base camp, which signals the beginning of your descent. Trekking back to Pangboche and then onto Lukla crossing Namche Bazaar en route, the trail takes you back to Kathmandu.

    Island Peak Climbing map

    Our Island Peak Climbing map is professionally designed following the route we are offering. You can check our map for a better understanding of the route and the major highlights. You can also carry a good map on the way that will help you a lot.

    Island Peak Climbing difficulty

    Island Peak Climbing is a difficult peak to climb. This peak also includes a few technical sections as well. As you will move further towards the top of the peak, the elevation will increase, which then increases the chance of high altitude sickness. So, make sure to add ample rest days in the itinerary. You have to walk 6 to 7 hours a day that requires good health and physical fitness. As per our expertise, we recommend you to have previous trekking and climbing experience to go on Island Peak Climbing.

    Best time to go on Island Peak Climbing

    The best time to go on Island Peak Climbing is during spring and autumn. Months from March to May and October to November fall under these two seasons. These are the most preferable time of the year to go on any climbing in the Khumbu region because of stable weather and nice climate. You will see many fellow climbers during this time who are on the way to scale numerous peaks and mountains.

    Food & Accommodation during Island Peak Climbing

    The lodge will be the main accommodation during Island Peak Climbing. There are several ranges of lodge available on the trail. We will book the best possible accommodation for you as per your budget during your trip with us. Talking about the lodge, you will get basic facilities with a common/private washroom. The rooms come with two beds, which means you have to share it with your fellow trekker. A nice sleeping bag is recommended as it can get very cold during the night.

    Meals will be served as per the menu of the lodge. The lodge is run by the locals, therefore they are the one cooks the dishes as well. You will find a nice variety of food to choose from. We advise you to go for dal bhat with veggies or curries, as it is the most affordable and filling meal. Likewise, boiled water is also available everywhere. For more safety, you can carry water purification tablets.