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15 Day Island Peak Climbing

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What You'll Do
  • Great practice for climbing Everest
  • The panoramic views of snow capped mountains in our flight to/from Lukla
  • Insight into the Sherpa culture and their lifestyle
  • Island Peak Summit Base Camp (6189m/20306ft)
Overview
Island Peak Climbing is one of the most interesting climbing and which is one of the smaller but challenging trekking peaks that lie in the Everest region in Nepal.
What to Expect
Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 ROCK CLIMBING COURSE or SIGHTSEEING

An expedition trip to Nepal involves slightly more preparation than average trips abroad. We take care that you should not be ill equipped, exhausted and unable to cope with the thought of climbing all the way. So we take you to Balaju, a natural rock climbing spot on a 3kms drive where you will be given the climbing course to provide you the opportunities to learn to use rope, harness, ice axe, crampons, although there is no snow. We return to Kathmandu for the night stay. Or you can opt for sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley if you feel you don’t need the course. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187ft); trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563 ft) 2-3 hours trek; 200m descent, 50m ascent

Early morning flight from Kathmandu International Airport to Lukla Airport and trek to Phakding. Descending above farmlands we pass through Sherpa villages of Chheplung, Ghat and Sano and Thulo Gumela and shrines and monasteries of Drangdrak Gompa and Pema Choling Gompa with breathtaking views of sacred mountain Kumbila and sister summits Kusum Kanguru peaks. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to NAMCHE (3420m/11221ft) 5-6 hours/1000m ascent, 100m descent

Heading for the Namche Bazar, we cross through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok to see dazzling Thamserku glistening in the sun that stays all the way with us in most of our trek. Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo, we reach Utche Choling Gompa on a bluff abutting the Dudhkoshi river and further we make our way between the bluff to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Completing halfway to Namche Bazar, we head for the second half of the march that would likely to take more time due to steep climb at the end. Crossing through the last village of Jorsale, a steep stepped path leads us to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge and just before this bridge the Dudhkoshi is met by its tributary, the BhoteKoshi. Beginning the final steps uphill slowly we reach heights of Namche from where we can have first look at Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally after about 1.5km/0.9mile) we reach Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek TENGBOCHE (3870m/12697ft) 4 hours; 350m descent, 750m ascent

From Namche we take the easy level trail that cuts around the ridge from Chhorkung to reach the end of a bluff which is a viewpoint over a grand panorama of peaks, from Thamserku to Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest. From here we reach Kyangjuma (3550m) and a short walk from there takes us to an important trail junction at Sanasa (3600m) from where we take the trail to Tengboche that runs gently downhill towards the river. This trail drops gradually to Lawichasa and on our descending way the thumb like peak of Ama Dablam soars into view above the trail. From Lawichasa a narrow trail branches north to reach Tashinga (3380m) and now the trail drops down on steep stone steps to Phunki Thenga (3250m) and then to a bridge. From the bridge the trail climbs past some water powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons. We might see musk deer and Himalayan tahr among the trees to eventually follow the path that reach a kani and a pair of chortens marking the start of Tengboche village which is scattered across a wide, grassy saddle below a crescent shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and rhododendrons. The focal point of Tengboche is the famous Tengboche monastery. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek DINGBOCHE (4360m/14305ft) 3-5 hours; 70m descent, 580m ascent

From Tengboche we follow the trail through a forest of conifers and rhododendrons, keeping an eye out for monal pheasants and musk deer that leads us to a village of Debuche where we vsit Debuche Gompa which has some expressive old thangkas and murals painted on wooden panels. Debuche also has a small Buddhist nunnery on the east hillside. The trail continues through dense forest to reach Milinggo and then drops steeply to a suspension bridge over Imja Khola. We cross the bridge and climb the hillside opposite to a white stupa with Buddhist eyes and after a hundred yards we see a stupa that crowns an exposed bluff, mirroring the soaring tower of Ama Dablam at the end of the valley. East of the stupa is a footprint of Khumbu’s patron Saint Lama Sange Dorje. We soon reach Pangboche village that has the oldest monastery in Khumbu, Pangobche Gompa founded by Lama Sange Dorje. Following the Imja Khola the trial climbs towards the village of Shomare and crossing the treeline beyond this village we are walking up rolling arid stretch, an alpine terrain with patches of scrub and isolated pastures and fields and the yak grazing. Crossing through the yak pasture and herdsmen’s stone huts at Orsho and Tsuro Wog, we turn right where the trail descends to a point near the confluence of Imja Khola and Khumbu Khola. Finally climbing a low ridge we reach the sprawling settlement of Dingboche which is a cold and windy place with sub-zero night temperatures even in summer. Overnight at guest house.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to CHHUKUNG (4730m/15519ft)

On this day we follow an epic trail along the Imja Khola to Chhukung, a small summer settlement nestling among ridges of moraine. Mountains and glaciers surround Chhukung from all sides. It is here where we do final preparation for the challenge. Overnight at guest house.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Climb to ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP (4970m/16307ft) 3-4 hours

The path from Chhukung leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Continue short pleasant walking along a streamside leads to what we call Big-rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. Stay over night in Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Climb to ISLAND PEAK HIGH CAMP (5600m/18372ft) 2-3 hours

The path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel. Stay overnight in Island Peak High Camp. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Climb to SUMMIT BASE CAMP (6189m/20305ft); Back to CHHUKUNG 8-10 hours

We start the climb to rocky gully early in the morning which is not much difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m (330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views we descend all the way to Chhukung for the night stay. Overnight at guest house.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Trek TENGBOCHE (3870m/12697ft) 5-6 hours

The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and around mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja Khola, the trail climbs many carved mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth. Walk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. Followed by climb gradually up to Tengboche where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu. Overnight at guest house.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek back NAMCHE BAZAAR

From Tengboche we move towards Phunki Tenga and now descend to Sanasa and Kyangjuma and then finally to Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Trek back LUKLA

Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla retracing the way we came up. Overnight at guest house.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Fly back KATHMANDU

We fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and are dropped to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 15 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

If you prefer to stay longer or can extend your holiday..Meals: Breakfast
What's Included
  • 1. All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
  • 2. 3 Nights in a Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • 3. 9 Nights stay in Lodge/Guest House during trek.
  • 4. 2 Nights stay in Tented Camps during climbing days.
  • 5. Rock Climbing Course in Kathmandu.
  • 6. All costs for Alpine Club Leader, Sherpa, Assistant Trek Leader and porters.
  • 7. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee during trekking and climbing days.
  • 8. Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu
  • 9. Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu with departure taxes.
  • 10. National Park permits and TIMS Fees.
  • 11. Island Peak Permit fees.
  • 12. Garbage Deposit Fee.
  • 13. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags and General Climbing equipments that need to be returned to office after trek completion.
  • 14. ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you
What's Not Included
  • 1. Nepal entry visa fees.
  • 2. International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • 3. Bar bills and laundry.
  • 4. Travel insurance including evacuation.
  • 5. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell meals.
  • 6. Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
  • 7. Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment.
Meeting Point

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Trip style
This trip follows through the classical route to the SUMMIT BASE CAMP (6189m/20306ft) where we will be staying at tented camps. Dinner and breakfast will be at the places where we sleep and the lunch in the way at places where we can relax with views of the magnificent mountains.

Service level
This trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

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