Island Peak Climbing, located in the Everest region, is one of the most prevalent mountain ventures of Nepal that takes travelers to Island peak (6189 meters) and Everest Base Camp (5364 meters). Also called Imja Tse, Island Peak seems like an island in the ocean of ice when viewed from Dingboche, hence the name. This trek appeals to a myriad of nature and adventure pursuers every year with the promise of brilliant panoramas of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Mt. Lhotse (8383 meters), Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam (6812 meters) and so much more.
The majestic views of the mountain chains, glaciers, sundry sceneries, waterfalls, rivulets, encounters with the local Sherpas cumulatively make climbing to Island Peak an entire package trekking opportunity. Along with that, this Island Peak Climbing combined with Everest Base Camp trek also provides you a glimpse of the vegetation and wildlife of Sagarmatha National Park. Perhaps you would encounter the faunas of Everest National Park like musk deer, Himalayan Pheasant, elusive Red Panda, Snow leopard, etc.
This trek starts with a brief enthralling flight to Lukla. Eventually, you will trek to the Imja valley of Everest region where Island peal stands aloft. En route, you come across several Sherpa villages where you get a chance of cross-culture with Sherpa people following a unique and traditional lifestyle. The Tengboche monastery at Tengboche, sparkling Namche Bazar, heartening friendliness of the locals, and exciting views from this climbing experience will fill your heart and soul with joy, energy, and wonder. This trek is quite strenuous and requires decent trekking preparations and expertise. Just like many other treks of Nepal, the ideal time of this trek is Spring and Autumn.
Main attractions of Island Peak climbing
- The mind-blowing feeling of being in Island Peak (6189 meters).
- The best viewpoints like Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp for great mountain views.
- A glimpse of life, vegetation, and faunas of Everest National Park.
- Khongma La Pass and its wonderful views
- Panoramas of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse, etc.
- Glimpse into the life of local Sherpas
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (1,340 meters) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu exploration day plus trekking preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860 meters) and trek to Phakding from Lukla (2,610 meters).
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche bazaar (3,440 meters): About 5 hours
Day 05: Acclimatization day plus and hike to Everest view Hotel (3,870 meters) and Khumjung village.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 meters): About 5 hours
Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche village (4,410 meters): About 5 hours
Day 08: Hike to Nangkartshang hill (5,083 meters) from Dingboche; About 3 hours.
Day 09: Hike to Lobuche (4,910 meters): About 5 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Gorapse the last settlement of Everest Base Camp Trek (5,171 meters)
Day 11: Trek to EBC (5,364 meters) and back to Lobuche Lodge:
Day 12: Trek to Khongma La 5,535 meters and Chhukung (4,730 meters)
Day 13: Trek to Island base camp at 4,970 meters
Day 14: Attempt summit of Island Peak (6,189 meters) and trek back to Chhukung
Day 15: Contingency day.
Day 16: Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche monastery (3,860 meters).
Day 17: Tengboche trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters)
Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860 meters) trek
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,340 meters) transfer to hotel.
Day 20: Final departure.