An adventure amidst beautiful Imjatse valley around high Khumbu.
Eco Himalaya Treks & Expeditions, presents an exciting adventure Island Peak Climbing. Where one can enjoy the thrills reaching 6,189 m / 20,305 feet high on the summit of Island Peak.Island Peak, the local native name is Imjatse Himal located amidst beautiful Imjatse Valley, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks.The name Island peak was given by explorers and mountaineers in the early 1950’s and 1960. Due to its unique position in the middle of glaciers rising high above Imjatse Valley. One of the most popular and famous trekking peaks in all Himalayan ranges, due to its accessibility and success rate.The grade of climbing we have used from famous and popular French / Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification Systems. PD + which means “Per Difficule” with plus, leads to a straightforward climb with some technical difficulty sections to negotiate.Climbing on a moraine, ice, snow, and rocky areas with more than 60° vertical ridge. Where all climbers must be well equipped with the necessary climbing gears for a safe and successful climb and descent. Eco Himalaya Treks & Expeditions have designed the itinerary days flexible, allowing all members to enjoy rest and acclimatization days. Which is most important before the ascent of Island Peak summit, having much time and exercise. The first part of the adventure leads through lovely villages of high Khumbu valley, visiting scenic points and impressive monasteries.Where walk leads towards Everest Base Camp and on top of high Kalapathar rocky hill at 5,643 m. Offers grand vista of giant snow-mountains with closest views of Mt. Everest, and then heading towards Island Peak base camp.At Island Peak base camp with time for acclimatization and practice climb, and then getting ready for the Big Day!Our expert climbing guide leads you to the summit of Island Peak, making the climb much more accessible. The guide will fix ropes and make ledges on the necessary technical section as safety measures. After reaching on top of Island Peak, a safe descent to base camp, and then on the scenic walk back to Lukla.Enjoy the gradual pleasant walk to Namche and Lukla, completing all major highlights of the adventure. From Lukla, an ever-exciting panoramic flight brings us to Kathmandu, after a mesmerizing and great adventure on Island Peak Climbing.
On first arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport received by our guide and staff with traditional greetings. Taking care of your baggage, and then a short drive to the hotel, located in the heart of a city near the exciting areas at Thamel. Check into your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed from the Jet-Lag, join in with other members for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offering information regarding the trek, climb, hotels and of local lodge.
Morning after breakfast, at given time our city and cultural guide will receives you at the hotel. A short drive to the hub of Kathmandu city, for exciting tour of old Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard. The area is teemed with life and activities, a great way to soak into Nepalese cultures. Visiting historical and religious monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites most of the ancient buildings.After an interesting time at Durbar Square, a short drive to Nepal’s most important landmark, the Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years old history. A Buddhist monument tucked on a hill top west of the city, from here visit the Hindu holy temple of Pashupatinath. The tour continues to large dome Stupa of Bouddhanath, as well known as ‘Little Tibet’. A great place to enjoy the tour of the world’s largest Stupa with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.Enjoying the day tour, transfer back to hotel rest of the afternoon preparation for the trek and climb, packing the right gear.
Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic air-terminal for early flight to Lukla, as time to board in a small aircraft. The plane heads east facing superb panorama of Himalaya range of peaks with Mt. Everest, then landing at Lukla airport.A moderate town, where walk starts heading down to Dudh Koshi River valley through several Sherpa villages. Festooned with prayer flags, Buddhist monument and prayer wall then reaching our first overnight stop at Phakding village.
Today’s walk to Namche Bazaar, morning having nice breakfast the trail leads up and down to Benkar village. Cross over a long bridge to Monjo village to enter Sagarmatha National Park, as walk leads to cross another bridge.Then reaching Jorsalle for lunch stop, the last village before Namche Bazaar, afternoon walk following a river bed. As climb starts on crossing the last high bridge, an exciting long winding uphill within forested path to Namche Bazaar.On reaching Namche transfer to a nice lovely lodge for overnight stops, facing views of Kwangde and Tharmasarku peaks.
A perfect place and right altitude for rest day as well for acclimatization, morning take a short hike. The top of Namche high ridge offers grand views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse with Ama Dablam. Includes series of peaks, visit the park museum nearby, an interesting place to get information of the Khumbu areas.For energetic people, enjoy few hours steep climb up to Everest View Hotel for glorious view of Mt. Everest. The first deluxe and luxury hotel of Khumbu and Everest region at 3,880 m high. Afternoon relax or take a stroll around the streets of Namche Bazaar lined with shops and many nice restaurants.
Adventure continues on leaving Namche Bazaar towards our destinations, morning walk on scenic wide path. Overlooking views of giant snow peaks as walk leads into lovely forest and down to Phungi Tenga near Imjatse River.A small place popular for lunch and refreshing stops, afternoon few hours climb up to Thyangboche and the monastery. One of the best beautiful spot for a short moderate trek, where one can enjoy panorama of Everest. Includes view of towering snow-clad peaks at close distance in the harmony of beautiful forest surroundings.At Thyangboche after checking into a nice rooms facing views of peaks, with time for short tour of the monastery. Observe the monastery interior and main prayer large hall adorned with tall statues of Buddha with various saints and Gurus.
After a wonderful stop at Thyangboche with glorious morning views of Mt. Everest and majestic Ama Dablam. Walk down to Imjatse River and cross a bridge from here tree lines stops for short alpine bush and shrubs. A slow gradual climb leads to Pangboche village, the last permanent settlement on route Everest base camp. From Pangboche walk up to Somare for possible lunch stop with close views of staggering Ama Dablam peak.Afternoon walk leads on gentle uphill path, can be quite windy walking on exposed terrain. A short down to a river, then climb towards Pheriche valley where lovely Pheriche settlement situated, beneath North Face of Am Dablam and Taboche peaks. Overnight in the best available lodge in Pheriche facing grand views of snow-capped peaks.
Enjoy an extra day at Pheriche, a lovely location amidst high mountain range that encloses the Pheriche valley and its settlement. A nice hike to Nakarjung hill above Pheriche and Dingboche offers sweeping panorama of surrounding snow mountain range. Includes superb view of famous Island Peak with Mt. Makalu in the east direction with array of giant peaks. Afternoon at leisure to explore round Pheriche, a place with HRA post (Himalayan Rescue Association).
After an enjoyable time with rest day in Pheriche, adventure continues on easy trail walking on wide Pheriche valley. The trail follows to short steep up and then on gentle uphill to Thugla. A small place with few tea-houses and lodges, where route from Pheriche and Dingboche meets. A possible lunch stop, afternoon a steep haul up to Thugla ridge top, and then on gradual pleasant to Lobuche. Located on west end of a wide valley with several good lodges with grand views of Nuptse peak.
Finally the big day of the adventure towards our main highlights to Everest base camp. A long day trek, starting early as possible heading up the flat valley towards rocky moraine and above Khumbu glacier. After few hours of exciting walk reaching at Gorakshep, situated on a sandy field beneath Kalapathar hill and Mt. Pumori. Having a short break, continue trek heading east following a rocky trail and glaciated path. Finally reaching on the foot of world highest peaks at base camp within dramatic landscapes of ice and glaciers. Stand close to massif Khumbu tumbling Ice Fall, the view of Mt. Everest is obstructed by Lhotse and Nuptse peaks. However, enjoy the stupendous scenery of giant mountains and then head back to Gorakshep for overnight stop. After a long exciting day with great adventurous walk to Everest base camp and close to notorious Khumbu Icefall.
Start early morning for few hours steep climb to the top of Kalapathar, on the highest spot of the trek. Rewards stunning scenery of towering mountain range with Mt. Pumori in front with close views of Mt. Everest.After a great scenic views, descend to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk downhill. The trail follows past Lobuche and then down to Thugla, where our route diverts towards Imjatse Valley and Dingboche. A large settlement for possible lunch stop, afternoon walk continues from Dingboche towards the end of Imjatse valley. As walk heads further east with close views of Island peak.
A wonderful walk along scenic trail with short up and down and then climb for a short while. Then reaching at remote settlement of Chukung, a small place with few good lodges facing tremendous views of surround peaks. At Chukung in a nice small simple lodge, the last overnight in a lodge before the climb of Island Peak.
From Chukung, heading towards our final highlight for Island Peak climb, adventure continues down and ups over rocky moraine.
After few hours of steady walk reaching at Parsya Gyab close to Island Peak Base Camp. Our tented camp is set near a snout of Imja glacier, and over dry pond in-between Lhotse and Imja glaciers. Afternoon check the climbing gear required for practice climb, rest of the day relax and enjoy the views.
Enjoy the rest day at base camp for acclimatization, and preparation for the climb on top Island Peak. Rest of the day our guide will train you on using your climbing gear and tools, with practice exercise on ice and rocky ledges at base camp.Rest of the day enjoy relaxing and checking the route of climb and gathering information from our expert guide.
Normally most climbers makes it to the summit from the base camp, but we have allowed another high camp. Which makes the climb easier, safe and accessible to the summit and back in good time. Leaving the base camp, carrying necessary climbing gears then head for the climb over rocks and ice. Crossing icy streams, reaching a small flat areas beneath Island Peak, where high camp is set for the final bid. Rest of the afternoon preparation and checking the route to the Island Peak summit.
An early morning start before crack of dawn, having breakfast and the follow our lead guide. The route leads to cross a glacier, climb slowly with care avoiding crevasses, as climb continues heading north over snow filled scree of smaller rocks in-between a glacier towards a high ridge.
Climbing across a technical sections over rocks and icefall with steep snow and ice ramp. All climbers will be supported with main ropes for the last steep haul over 100 meters to the summit. On reaching the top of Island Peak, having rest then enjoy the breathtaking panorama of giant mountains that surround you.Facing views close views of Everest top with Lhotse, Nuptse and Lhotse Shar towards north. Includes stunning views of Makalu in the east with Baruntse Himal, Amphu Labtsa and Ama Dablam peaks.After a stunning views a slow and safe descent on the same route to base camp for warm refreshing drinks. Enjoy the last overnight in tented camp before heading back on the main busy trail. After feeling on top of the world and in high spirit, descend to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk downhill. The trail follows past Lobuche and Thugla, and down to Pheriche valley and at Pheriche settlement with many good lodges.Having lunch along with grand views of Taboche and Cholatse and Ama Dablam peaks, down to a river. A short climb and then descend to Pangboche for overnight stop with close view of Mt. Ama Dablam.
On completing our major goals and highlights, clear the base camp and carrying rubbish to designated disposable sites. Leaving nothing except your foot prints, and then start walk up and down to Chukung. From Chukung walk continues on gradual pleasant trail reaching Dingboche, and then downhill to Pangboche for overnight stop.
From Pangboche walk is much easier as altitude drops every hour, head down to a river to cross a bridge. A long climb through forest then reaching Thyangboche for short stop. Walk continues downhill to cross another bridge with short climb up to Sanasa village. Which is the junction of Namche, Khumjung and Gokyo route, from here a lovely walk of few hours to Namche Bazaar for overnight halt.
After a pleasant overnight in Namche Bazaar, last day walk starts heading down to Dudh-Koshi River. The trail follows the river crossing over a bridge with short steep up to Sagarmatha National Park. From the park exit point walk to Monjo village, having refreshing stops continue walk to Phakding. From Phakding on the easy wide rail with hour climb to Lukla for final overnight stop around Khumbu and Everest region.
An early breakfast, with short walk to Tenzing & Hillary airport terminal in Lukla, as plane arrive from Kathmandu. Board on the small aircraft for swift short flight back to Kathmandu, and then transfer to the hotels. Rest of the day at leisure and for individual activities and shopping souvenirs of Nepal.
Reserved as contingency day, in case of flight delay or cancelation in Lukla due to unfavorable weather condition. Might occurs sometime, if all goes well as per the itinerary enjoy the full day in Kathmandu relaxing and recalling the memories of wonderful Everest base camp trekking. As well join in for another tour to Patan and Bhaktapur, worth a visit.
Your last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as per your international flight time our staff transfer you to the airport. Then bid farewell to guide and staff as you enter the airport terminal for homeward bound flight. After a great experience and marvelous adventure on Island Peak Climb.
The flight to Lukla and back to Kathmandu, where flight can be delayed or might get postponed for next morning. Due to unfavorable weather conditions around mountainous region of Himalayas, can happen sometimes even in best time of the season. If the situation arise please bear with us, the company will try its best within our limit and control.Mt. Everest base camp also shares with Mt. Lhotse, the world’s 4th highest peaks, which is close to Mt. Everest. The height of Mt. Everest from 2019 onwards has been officially declared by both Nepal and China at 8,848.86 m / 29,031.69 feet high.Similarly the height of Kalapathar is 5,643 m / 18,514 feet high, the hill with two tops the lower at 5,545 m.
The best seasons for Island Peak Climbing are in spring and autumn/fall. The main flow and high season are spring starting from March to May, when days are longer with enough sun-light hours. The right season for wildflowers in seasonal bloom, especially the rhododendron of various species from tall trees to shorter bushes.Morning and late afternoon till night time is cold from 3,000 m above, chances of light rain and snow-fall sometimes. The next best season is autumn/fall, the high time for trekking around the Himalayas. As well for Everest Three High Passes, most days are crystal clear for scenic walks and best views, but shorter days due to sun-light hours. Much cold from late afternoon till the next morning before the sun hits the area. Chances of snow-fall sometimes from 3,000 m high.
Nepal is a country of the world’s highest mountain range known as the Himalayas, where 80 % of landscapes are covered by hills. As well as greater ridges and mountains, where one can expect walking ups and downhill.The only flat land of the country is located south, which extends from the Far East to the Far West of Nepal. The low land is known as the Terai belt, of sub-tropical climate, the country with most mid and high hills.The people around the hills, especially around the high Khumbu and Everest region populated by the highlanders of the Himalayas.The Sherpa of Everest, interwoven with Buddhism religions and heritage culture, is similar to their Tibetan predecessors. Every house is adorned with prayer flags and villages have religious monuments and prayer walls.The hills are lined with beautiful forests lined with rhododendron, oaks, hemlocks, pines, and fir trees. Higher up with Juniper and Birch trees, but soon gives away for short bushes and shrubs within rocky and windswept terrains.Explore the lovely Sherpa villages on this trek up to Pangboche the last permanent village on route Everest Base Camp. The other places on the route after Pangboche are temporary settlements to cater to travelers with fine good lodges.Nepal has more than 60 ethnic groups and 70 native spoken languages, with a blend of Hindu and Buddhism religions. On this trek expect more uphill climbs with downhill walks, but with constant views of snow-capped peaks. Overlooking Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam with an array of snow peak ranges.
People with enough time in Nepal, can join in for various adventure sports activities. Paragliding, Ultra-Light Flight, Bungee Jumping, Zip Flyer,White water or scenic float Rafting. Other extension program is Mountain Biking for few days, and trip to Chitwan National Park for Wild-Life Safari.