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Island Peak Climbing Climbing

Island peak /Imja Tse 6189m is the most popular trekking peak in Everest region. First Island peak is known as Imja Tse peak , Eric Shiptons party in 1953 named by Island peak but after 1983 again renamed as Imja Tse .Island peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest. Tenzing Norgay was one of the members who successfully ascended it. Island peak summit is interesting and attractive with a highly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. The mountain itself is the extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar separated by a small col. The ridge rising to the south from this point leads to the summit of Island Peak. The extension of this ridge descending south-west is the part of the normal route of ascent and leads to the South Summit. Imja Tse not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the different spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region including the Mt. Everest 8848m,Mt.Nuptse 7,855m, Lhotse 8,516m, Lhotse Middle Peak 8,410m and Lhotse Shar 8,383m make a semi circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse 7720m, and Mt. Amadablam 6856m in the south add more charm for climbing Island Peak.

The normal route for climbing Island Peak is South East Flank & South-West Ridge Normally, the Island Peak base camp is set at Pareshaya Gyab (5,087m), between Imja Tse and the lateral moraine of the Imja Glacier. Proper care should be taken to avoid the possible avalanche in the event of heavy snowfall.

Detailed ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu
You will be met by Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure staffs at Airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure for you to explore, Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. A pre-trek briefing will be given this evening

 

DAY 2: In Kathmandu (1330m)
Today will be spent exploring some of the amazing sites of Kathmandu, Bauddha Stupa and Pashupatinath.

 

Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).
We transfer to the airport for the 45-minute flight Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with awesome views of the Eastern Himalaya. Our crew assemble and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our first overnight stop at Phakding. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

 

DAY 4-:Trek to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour. Sections of today's walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. We will see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are a compilation of many stone tablets, each with the inscription "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates to "Hail to the jewel in the lotus", and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists and Brahmans alike. Today's walk is not a long one, and you will be eager to press on. Slow down, and enjoy every step of the way. Life is about the journey not the destination. we pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa 'capital' of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche, and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

 

DAY 5: Rest day Namche Bazaar
The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Its more gradual rate of climb is a blessing for those trekking higher. Towering to over 4000 metres above the valley floor, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Taweche (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896m) and Lhotse (8511 m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848 m), rises at the head of the valley. The trip grading Sherpa Cultural Centre has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are fit and acclimatising well may wish to take the optional morning walk. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

 

DAY 6: Trek to Thyangboche (3870m).
The walk to Thyangboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests. This afternoon we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. As we approach the ridgeline we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Thyangboche. The monastery was recently re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding and, if we are lucky, we will see the glowing colour of the sunset, and perhaps even the moonlight on the mountains around us. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day 07: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,312m) (5 hrs).
Pheriche (4,260m) 5 hrs walk. We move forward up to Imja Khola valley Pangboche (3,900m) and lunch. After lunch we visit the Monastery and look at the Yeti scalp. We again move to the summer village of Pheriche (4,260m). Superb scenery at all time. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day 08: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).
Lobuche (4,920m) 4 hrs walk. We move up a small ridge and contour around the base of Khumbu Glacier and lunch at Dhugla (4,600m). After lunch, we take a steep ascent to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are stunning. We continue again along the moraine and camp at the foot off the Lobuche Ice Fall (4,930m). Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day 09: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).
The actual distance is not so far for this day but we wake up in the early morning and move forward to Gorek Sherpa where we take a rest.

Day 10: Hike up to Kalapatthar / Everest Base Camp / Retrace your steps to Lobuche (4,920m) (8 hrs).
This day, we climb Kala Patthar. From here we have a steep ascent up to the top of the Kala Patthar top. The actual distance is not so far but we take it very slowly to make up for the altitude. This top (5,545m) is a hard pull but the view from the top surpasses anything you can imagine. All around us flows, huge glaciers and the creaking of the mobile glacier ice only disturbs the silence of these altitudes. The mountains of Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m) and Khumbutse (6,623m) separate us from Tibet and just over the Lho La pass we see the huge rock of Changtse (7,750m) in Tibet itself. But Sagarmatha, or Mt. Everest the queen of them all towers over everyone. This is the roof of the world. Continue to the Everest Base Camp. We return at Lobuche for the stay overnight.

Day 11: Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 7 hrs)
Trek east from Dingboche into the Chhukhung Valley. Chhukhung (4730 m) lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse. From here you will also have magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)
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 organised for your ascent of the peak tomorrow, weather permitting. Overnight Camp

Day 13: Summit Island Peak (6160m)
Weather permitting, you will begin your climb today. The day's climb will continue through high camp on a col. at 5,700 meters. 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, descend to the Base Camp. Overnight Camp

 

Day 14: Extra Day / Summit / Return to Chhukung (4730m).
We keep this day extra just in case weather or any condition will change the summit plan early on. Return back to Chhukung . Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day 15: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).
The trail descends steeply and another steep climb to Namche Bazaar. Camp or Lodge Overnight

 

Day 16: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).
Down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day 17: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 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! Overnight Camp or Lodge at Lukla.

Day 18: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m).
This early morning about 8.30 we fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Free day to explore, and enjoy Katmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Katmandu.

Day 20: Final Departure.
Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc.

Note: If above itinerary couldnt meet your need, we can design a tailor made itinerary to suit your needs. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer.