Island Peak is the most popular trekking peak in Nepal. Its was first named Island Peak by a group of mountaineers led by Eric Shipton in 1952. At the time it did not have an official name and the group noticed that it looked like an Island in a sea of ice as you look at it from the nearby village of Dingboche (4410m). The usual method of climbing Island Peak is to do it on the way back from Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar to help with acclimatisation. You can rest in the village of Dingboche before taking a half day walk to Chukhung (4900m). In Chukhung we stock up with any food or equipment that we need for the climb, then move on to base camp. From base camp we have the option of either moving on to high camp for another night or pressing on to the summit. This will depend on several factors. How acclimatised everyone feels, and of course, our old friend the weather. We always make sure that we leave extra days to make sure that we have the highest possible chance to make a safe and successful summit.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345 meters)
Arriving at Kathmandu Airport, our office representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. You will then have some free time explore Thamel. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis)
Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
After breakfast, the company owner and your trekking guide will meet you on the hotel and discus about all programs and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. After staff meeting, one of the our professional tour guides will take you for a sightseeing trip for 3 hours and then back to the hotel. Rest of the day can be used for travelling around Thamel and buying any last minute equipment and other necessities. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis)
Day 03- Fly to Lukla (2804 m.) Trek to Phakding (2610 m.) 3-4 hours.
An early morning breakfast in the hotel and then drive to the airport for the 35 minute scenic flight to Lukla at 2840m. Upon arrival we go to meet the trekking porters and get ready for the trek. We begin by descending towards the Dudh Koshi River through the local Sherpa village (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 04- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) 6 hours.
After breakfast we continue along the banks of the Dudh Koshi crossing the suspension bridges laden with prayer flags, we reach a place called Manjo, from where starts Sagarmartha National Park. After entering the national park the trail goes steeply up, with breathtaking views for more than 2 hours to reach Namche Bazzar. It is a beautiful walk through the Rhododendron and pine forest. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 05- Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.
Acclimatization day, we don't do much walking today but we will enjoy with breathtaking views of the white mountains including the top the world (your first view of Everest) from the view point just above Namche. We visit a local Sherpa museum, the national park head quarters office and take a little walk around Namche bazzar. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 06- Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 m.) 5 hours.
The trek starts with a tough climbing on the hill for around ten minutes but then flattens out and jig jags through the small pine forest. There is more chance to see the mountain goats and himalayan pheasant (called Munal in Nepali), which is the national bird of Nepal. At the same time, you can enjoy the sight of some of the world highest, and most beautiful mountains. It really is a sight to behold. We continue walking to follow the trail as it winds its way up and down towards Tengboche. Tengboche where is the oldest local Buddhiest monastery is situated. We visit inside which is incredibly decorated with ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 07- Trek to Dingboche (4350 m.) 5-6 hours.
Our trek begins after breakfast and the trail drops down to Debuche, across a suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and then climbs towards Pangboche village . Pangboche village is the last big village of the Sherpa people. All the while, the views remain epic, although the temperature does begin to drop as the altitude increases. After two more hours walk you will reach Dingboche and stay over night. Remember We should take our time, we must go slow and avoid getting affected by AMS (High Altitude Sickness). (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 08- Dingboche Acclimatization day.
Today you are going to enjoy another day of acclimatization and rest. We suggest to you to do some small hiking trips around the area, which are very good for acclimatization. Go higher and sleep lower is what is recommended. We climb a small hill near by for a couple of hours and back to hotel for lunch and a rest. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 09- Trek to Lobuche (4910 m) 4-5 hours.
The trail continues to rise, we cross the Khumbu Glacier and pass by many stone memorials for climbers who died on Everest. From where you will see another new mountain called Pumori, it is just stunning. We continue our trek to reach Labuche. You might feel it is more difficult to breathe and a headche may arise today due to the altitude. This is very common and is usually nothing to worry about. We suggest you do listen to your body however, and if you think it best to go down, that's what we will do. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 10- Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 m.) and back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters). 8 hours.
This is the day when your dreams come true. We trek for two and a half hours to reach Gorak Shep and have some lunch. We leave the bags in the tea house and start off again along the Khumbu Glacier up to the worlds highest mountains base camp at 5365m. You will enjoy the view of the Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu glacier from base camp. Then we return back to Gorak Shep. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 11- Hike up to Kalapatthar (5555 meters) early in the morning then trek down to Pheriche (4240 meters). 6-7 hours.
We wake up early and take a morning walk to Kalapatthar. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama, including Everest (8848m) directly infront of you. Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7161m), Cholatse (6335m), and Lhotse (8516m) and countless others are all around. After watching the awe inspiring sunrise, we decend back to Gorak Shep, have breakfast and trek down to Dingboche. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 12: Trek to Chhukung (4730m) 3hrs.
On the way to Chhukung the we can see beautiful close view of Island Peak and other mountains . Chhukung is the village of small settlements of Sherpa People frm everest region. Overnight at Tea house on full board basis.
Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp. (5200m) 3-4 hrs. Overnight at tented camp on full board basis.
Day 14: Trek to High Camp (5600m.) 3 hrs .
We have to trek in High Camp and today is the preparation day for climbing Island peak. Overnight at tented camp on full board basis.
Day 15: Island peak Summit (6189m) and back to chhukung.
We have to continuously walking through the glacier of snow. After reaching Summit of Island Peak we can see many mountains view and we can also see Lhotse (south face). After the summit our trail goes downward to Base Camp to Chhukung. Overnight at Tea house on Full board basis.
Day 16: Trek back to tangboche (3860m.m) 5-6hrs. overnight at tea house on full board basis.
Day 17- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m.) 4-5 hours.
From Pheriche we go all the way down to Pangboche, then climb for 30min to Tangboche stop for lunch and make our way up and down to Namche Bazzar. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 18- Trek to Lukla (2804 m.) 6 - 7hours.
Finally, the trek back to Lukla and enjoy your last night in the Himalaya. Time to thank to your porter and wait for the next early morning flight to kathmandu. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Day 19- Morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Enjoy the 35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis)
Day 20- Free day in Kathmandu.
This is also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. Time for some last minute shopping and then relax. If you are interested to extend trip please contact us for various exciting opportunities. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis)
Day 21: Departure, transfer to airport or extend trip.
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