Island Peak is one of the most popular 6,000 m climbing peaks in Nepal. This 16 day expedition itinerary ensures you acclimatise gradually whilst trekking up the Khumbu Valley, before reaching Island Peak base camp. At base camp there will be a training day as well a prep ffor summit day. You will then attempt the summit of Island Peak and descend the same route back to Lukla for your flight to Katmandu
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek, will meet you with your trekking guide and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.
Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,850 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,656 m)
Altitude: 2,850 m/ 9,184 ft (Lukla) & 2,656 m/ 8,698 ft (Phakding)
Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate. Flight time: 35 min
After a short morning flight to Lukla, you’ll be introduced to your porter. Kick off your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530 m/ 8,300 ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652vm/ 8,700 ft), where we will be staying for the night to acclimatize. Enjoy your free time in Phakding, a popular stopping point.
Day 3: Trek to Namche (3,450 m)
Altitude: 3,450 m/ 11,283 ft
Walking Distance: 10-12 km (5 – 6 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
We’ll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Our trail takes us first over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it’s uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you’ll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.
Day 4: Rest day in Namche for acclimatization
Altitude: 3,450 m/ 11,283 ft
At this point, we take a well-deserved break! Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. There’s an optional 2 hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend
the day exploring Namche Bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment.
Day 5: Trek to Tengboche (3867m)/ Debuche
Altitude: 3,867 m/ 12,684 ft
Walking Distance: 10 km (6 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels us for another day of trekking towards Island peak today! Breathtaking views of the Himalayas – Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde – are some of the highlights not are missed. A short drop takes us to the riverside, and then it’s across the river upwards through the forest pass. Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination, Tengboche, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views, which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. We’ll stop in on the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the largest in Khumbu. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks.
Day 6: Trek to Pheriche (4,252 m)
From Tengboche we start our day by descending through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to the village of Debuche. From here the level trail passes many Mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest. After crossing the Imja Khola River the route climbs past some magnificently carved Mani stones to Pangboche (3,860 m). This is the highest year- round settlement in the valley, and the Pangboche gompa is the oldest in Khumbu and once contained relics that were said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We will cross the Khumbu Khola River and arrive in Pheriche, which is a labyrinth of walls and pastures (4:30 hrs).
Day 7: Trek to Chhukung (4,730 m)
Trekking Time: 4 – 5 hrs
Height: Chhukung 4,730 m
The track opens with stone walled fields and a perfect view of Imja Khola Valley. Then the trail unfolds with glacier moraines. Glimpse of Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains are frequent en route. From Bibre village we get the first glimpse of Island Peak. On reaching
Day 8: Climb Chukkung Ri (5,550 m), Chukkung (4,730 m)
Trekking Time: 4 – 6 hrs
Another rest day for acclimatization in Chhukung can be spent climbing Chhukung Ri (5,550 m). The climb does not require equipments and a large amount of physical effort. Top of Chhukung Ri has well defined view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks. Upon getting back to valley, we take rest.
Day 9: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970 m), Training Day
Trekking Time: 3 – 4 hrs
Height: Island Peak Base Camp 5,200 m
After breakfast we follow literally steep trail. We head to south first and turn to east main line of the valley. Then we follow the breezy track just below the southern edge of the moraine sourced from Lhotse Mountain. Then the trail unfolds some easy section along the river. A zigzag path through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines escorts us to a wide valley adjoining the southwest side of Island Peak.
After having some rest in Base camp we attend the pre climbing training session which certainly boosts our confidence level. Spend rest of the day enjoying the scenery and recollecting the energy. We sleep early as we have to wake up early in the morning tomorrow for the Island peak climbing.
Day 10: Preparation/ Summit day (6,189 m)
Trekking Time: 10 – 12 hrs
Height: Island Peak 6,189 m
We wake up at around 1 to 2 am since we have to reach the top before noon. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. The track has some rocky segments before we come to the narrow steep rocky channels. The narrow and rocky channels escort us to summit glacier. We rope and other required equipments to cross the glacier. A constant climb on long and steep glacier slope leads us onto the summit ridge. From the top we enjoy witnessing Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse and Amadablam. Descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp and celebrate the successful completion.
Day 11: Contingency day, Chukkung (4,730 m)
A contingency day allocated for weather etc.
Day 12: Trek back to Pangboche (3,985 m)
Trekking Time: 5 – 6 hrs
Height: Pangboche 3,985 m
A descend to Pangboche is easier than the ascend, we retrace back to Pangboche following Imja River and passing few settlements. Pangboche is a beautiful village of Sherpa people surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east.
Day 13: Trek back to Namche (3,450 m)
Trekking Time: 5 – 6 hrs
Today we have nothing new to see today except few people passing by you. So we continue our journey back to Namche bazar. We can pay a visit to Tyngboche monastery during the lunch time. An absolute downhill through pine forests, suspension bridge and Chortens we arrive at Namche Bazar.
Day 14: Trek back to Lukla (2,850 m)
Altitude: 2,800 m/9,184 ft
Walking Distance: 16 km (6 – 7 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in our last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.
Day 15: Fly Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft
Flight time: 35 min
In the morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants near to your hotel, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.
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