Island peak climbing is a great first Himalayan experience that includes glacier trek, moderate snow and ice climbing while ascending 20,000+ feet mountain. Nepal is a country of friendly people, magnificent scenery, and a variety of cultural traditions. This blend of outdoor adventure and cultural exploration is a great way to experience the Himalayan Mountains – the world’s most impressive mountain range – and is sure to create lasting memories and provide you with a satisfying sense of accomplishment.
After arriving, you will have a day to practice rock climbing in Kathmandu or an optional choice may explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu before flying into the remote mountain terrain of Lukla village where you begin your trekking into the Khumbu region of the Himalaya. Once there, we follow an ancient route that leads through tiny villages, across high mountain passes, and through the remote valleys. Along the way, we visit Buddhist monasteries and begin to appreciate the unique mountain culture found in the Himalayan foothills. The views grow more spectacular as we venture up the Dudh Kosi River to Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the Khumbu region at 3,440 meters. We spend a night here before we head to Gokyo valley, where you are rewarded with spectacular views of 5 Glacier lakes, spectacular view from Gokyo Ri (5,330m) with Ama Dablam, Mt.Lhotse, Mount Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nupse and other trekking peaks including Mount Everest.
Day by day details
Day 01 – Arrival Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Today is your arrival day. We welcome you upon your arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu. . After hotel check in, a short briefing will follow about your tour and trek program ahead. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby historic/countryside areas or resting. In the evening, traditional Nepali welcome dinner in an authentic Nepali Restaurant with the cultural dances. Overnight in Hotel
Day 02 – Half day cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu
Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu World Heritage sites wherein your guide will accompany you on a tour of UNESCO enlisted temples and palaces that are a unique fusion of Newari architecture, Hinduism and Buddhism. There is enough time to explore the city’s major places of interest with your guide and at your own pace. Our Trek Leader/Guide meets you in the afternoon for trek briefing, equipment arrangement and for the final trek preparation. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03- Rock Climbing Course in Kathmandu
You will be taken to Balaju, a natural rock climbing spot or Indoor Climbing hall for your climbing course before departure to Lukla, a day course will provide excellent opportunities to learn how to use rope, harness, Ice axe, crampons that keeps you physically and mentally prepared. Alternatively you can take a world heritage sightseeing inside Kathmandu valley. After return we’ll brief about trip and group meeting at office or in Hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 04- Flight to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)
Early morning you’ll be transferred to domestic airport to fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). It takes 35 minutes scenic flight to Lukla airport.You will have tea break, while the guide sort out and divide the loads of baggage’s to be carried by porters in Lukla. Guide will manage the lunch place depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla. The trek starts with most scenic view of Numbur Himal & Phari. We further head on to Phakding passing some Sherpa farm villages. We follow the trail to Dudhkoshi River with gradual up to Thado Koshi, where you can have a lunch with superb view of Kusum-Kangaru (6,369m/20,890ft) crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 1 ½ hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop at lodge after 3-4 hrs walk. In the free time stroll around the village for local experience, read, rest or playing cards with the group members.
Day 05- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft)
The trek start in the morning and after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again with magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. Trek continues crossing the bridges and reaches at Monjo where is entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park, where your trekking permit checked and keeps the record of all trekkers going to and from this place including the local trekking staff as well. When enter the National park boundary we descend and a gradual walk brings us to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge Jorsalle village is reached, the last village till Namche Bazaar, from here the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak and it other sister peaks towards east with Kusum kangaru on the back as you climb higher, view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache peak can be seen from some part on the way to Namche. Finally we reach at colorful houses called Namche Bazzar main gate of Khumbu region after 5-6 hrs walk and we overnight stay at Lodge.
Day 06- Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
You may have full day leisure today for the acclimatization or stroll around the market, if Saturday can be seen many people in Saturday market for shopping to fulfill their daily needs and only one shopping market in the surrounding areas. Also you can visit Sherpa Museum as well a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering or visit up to the luxury Everest view hotel & Syangboche airstrip and stroll back to hotel for overnight.
Day 07- Namche to Dole (4,200m/13,776ft)
After good day at Namche, today our walk follows on the gradual trail about couple of hours with most scenic trails and after Sanasa a short uphill overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak after a pleasant walk through the rhododendron forest and get a view point of Mongla, where from you can be seen the best Himalayan views and decent to Phortse Thanga. Enjoy the walking and further few hours walk ascending will reach at Dole for overnight after 5-6 hrs walk. A small place with few teahouses and enjoy your night at Dole.
Day 08- Dole to Machhermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft)
Firstly, we climb to the scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub to Lhabarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machharmo at 4410m. It was in Machharmo in 1974 that one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in Khumbu. There are few good condition hotels and good mountain views from Machharmo and it takes 3-4 hrs walk. Afternoon after reaches and refreshed visit Himalayan rescue association and overnight at the hotel.
Day 09- Machharmo to Gokyo (4,800m/15,744ft)
Today, we climb up to the ridge and can be seen excellent view both down the valley to Khangtega and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4390m. We descend to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4690m, where you’ll have chance to find the Lama Foot prints on a stone. Enjoy the lake view and after an hour walk will reaches at Gokyo valley at 4,750m, on the edge of third lake. There are some few teahouses with comfortable bed room and after lunch explore around the Lakeside and overnight at Hotel.
Day 10- Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak (4750m/15580ft)
This morning hike up the to Gokyo Ri for the breathtaking view of splash a sunrise top of the mountain including Mt. Everest view and much more Himalayan scenery. This will be unforgettable life time memories and enjoy around the top. We have a great memories and stroll back an hour’s to Gokyo for breakfast. We trek down to Thaknak for the overnight passing through the second lake and walk on the glacier and will reaches at Thaknak after 4-5 hrs walk. Sometimes on the busy season it’s hard to get a room then they operated tented camp as well.
Day 11- Thaknak to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) and to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft)
As our continuing journey, we walk in the high passes and one of the tuff days to cross the Cho-la at 5,367 meters height. The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. After crossing the Cho-la pass and reaches at Dzongla for overnight stop at teahouse. It has a very basic dorm room with cozy dining but busy season used to stay at tent also. It takes 5-6 hrs walk to get here. Enjoy the fantastic view around the high above.
Day 12- Dzongla to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft)
We continue trek along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori, before reaching at Lobuche (4910m) for lunch. You’ll have good chances for the best view of Mt. Nuptse a front of you walking along the Gorekshep. The trail up to the Gorakshep is rocky and windy but it offers the good view of Pumori and there are beautiful views of the Everest Base camp and glacier with scenic Mountain View. We stop at the Gorakshep and enjoy the night at higher elevation but care with drinks and sincere with altitude.
Day 13- Trek to EBC (5316m) and back to Gorakshep (5,316m/17,437ft)
After the breakfast at Gorekshep we ready for our adventure to the targeted destination and we continues our trek towards the Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively with commotion during the high expedition season. It takes 2-3 hrs to get to base camp and after a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorekshep for the overnight at lodge after 5-6 hrs walk.
Day 14- Kalapathar (5,550m/18,204ft) hike and stroll back to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft)
Early morning our journey continue steep climb to the top after 2 hour walk on our pace. After reaching the top, you will feel beaming as you achieve the moment that you been dreaming, since the beginning of the journey. Top of Kalapathar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks amazing, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you feel its worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world, and can be seen to the south Khumbu glacier sweeps below you, and you can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier and lot of picturesque scenery. Stroll back to Gorekshep and re-track to Dingboche for overnight stop at our teahouse after 6-7 hrs walk.
Day 15- Dingboche to Chhukung valley (4,730m/15,518ft)
Today, we have a very short day walk and after breakfast we head further eastern side to 2-3 hrs gentle up hill will reach at Chhukung, which is a hidden valley near the base of Island peak. We’ll have full day rest at the Chhukung and last place to prepare the camping and check up climbing gear and overnight at teahouse.
Day 16- Chhukung – Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft)
Today, we head further on to our journey with steep way climbing southern part 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. We cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. We’ll reach at Island peak base camp after 4-5 hrs walk and overnight at tented camp.
Day 17- Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft)
After breakfast, we’ll head on to the High camp from where we start our climb. Firstly 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 you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel nearby where we’ll overnight at tented camp.
Day 18- High camp to summit (6,189m/20,305ft) to Chhukung
Today, day of our destination and as start our climb early morning through the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you 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. You will 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 (40-45º) 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. You can enjoy with success and brave to get a summit and after some picture taking of scenic view will descend all the way to Chhukung for overnight at teahouse and it takes full day as 9-10 hrs climbing & walk.
Day 19- Reserve day for unforeseen condition
This day we most kept for the reserve day for the unforeseen condition as weather problem or weakness then you can take this day as your reserve day and if earlier back then you can take the rest somewhere else around. This day may stay at camp or teahouse base on the condition.
Day 20- Chhukung to Tyangboche (3,867m/12684ft)
The walk today will be easy heading downhill to a lower elevation from Chhukung the walk is pleasant and all the way to Tyangboche. After the Dingboche valley and getting down to bridge our route descends following the stream towards Pangboche village, and further down to Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery or Gumba, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam, Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east and more peaks all around you.
Day 21- Tyangboche to Namche (3,440m/11,283ft)
Trek down to Phungithanka a small settlement with couple of teahouses. The trail leads down hill through the forested path of silver fir, blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees and with a great memories and after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river trek onwards to the Sanasa and retrack to Namche bazzar for the overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse/tent accommodation included).
Day 22- Namche to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft)
After a long walk today we’ll have long and last day trek back to Lukla, Firstly we descend the long way before cross the bridge and further walk to Monju and ten Phakding fo
Day 23- Flight to Kathmandu
We get up early in the morning to fly back to Kathmandu.It’s another scenic 30 minutes flight to kathmandu. We are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel, located in Kathmandu. You do not miss to clean yourself, laundry and rest to feel low altitude. In the Evening have a party night .Our guide can recommend you the best and memorable restaurant to experience party time and place.
Day 24- Leisure in Kathmandu
Leisure time in Kathmandu. It’s indeed time for the souvenir hunting around Kathmandu’s noted places having optional trip to tranquil historic Heritages in your own or with us or with our versatile guide. We provide extra drive and drop services anywhere.
Day 25- Departure Kathmandu
Our Tour officer meets you in Hotel for the Departure Transfer to Kathmandu’s International Airport. We always anticipate welcoming you back to Nepal for various other stunning Trekking with our best service in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.