“Exhilarating climb on the summit of Island peak, rich Buddhist culture, warm-friendly locals, traditional village, land of world’s heritage, high alpine valley’s in the shade of the mighty Number One ‘Mt. Everest,
Island peak climbing is the perfect blend of trekking and climbing. The popular trip will take you to the Everest base camp, kalapathar followed by a summit of Island peak at an altitude of 6189 meters above the sea level but misses the wonderful view of Gokyo Lakes. The Island Peak is also known as “Imja the” peak but it is commonly known as island peak as it appears to be the island on the large surface of the frozen ice. This peak is also considered as pre-training climbing peak before attempting mountains above 8000 meters. During the first ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 AD by legendary Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, they climbed island peak to acclimatize properly.
Like any other Everest region trekking, we will board the flight to Lukla and follow the trekking route of Everest Base camp. At kalapathar, we will see the amazing panoramic views of great Himalayan ranges and move ahead towards the exploration Island Peak. Get to explore the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of local inhabitants Sherpa people. Beat the touching distance away from Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Lhotse and seen the never seen view of glorious Himalayan ranges from the summit of the Island peak. Following the same route, we will descend towards Lukla airstrip and fly back to Kathmandu.
With the hearts full of passion towards trekking and mountaineering along the good physical fitness, you can definitely get ready for Island peak climbing. Join with BUNA treks and create the true adventure of Everest base camp trekking and Island peak climbing at a single go.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking /Climbing/Camping, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with 1/2 day sightseeing.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
Approx: 45 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m 9-10km (2 1/2 -3hr walk) to Phakding at 2,652m. The morning after breakfast transfer to domestic Airport after the necessary security formalities, the board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the loaded baggage to be carried by porters. The walk is gradual and most of the way, with few ups from Tarhe khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi river.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. Approx. 5-6 hrs.
From Phakding 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 Thermasharkhu 6,608m, from the village of Benkar, cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge on this busy trail of trekkers and Ghopkyo and porters, finally reaching at Monjo. Monjo is situated below the magnificent peak of Thermasharkhu and near the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. From here a short descend and a gradual walk brings to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge Jorsalle village is reached, the last village till Namche Bazaar is reached, from the last bridge over the Imjatse river 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 kangaroo on the back as you climb higher, view of Mt.Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen along the way another 1-2 hour walk reaches you to the famed Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Suggested activities a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow-capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m.Approx 5 hours
The walk is fairly easy for the first half, after a 20 minutes climb to the top ridge of Namche Bazaar, overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thermasharkhu and Kwangde-Ri peak after a pleasant walk of two hours coming to a small place at Shanasa, from Shanasa with short up and downhill, the trail descends to Imjatse river at Phungitenga 3,250m, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses, the walk from here is strenuous for an hour on the winding trail through the shade of woods. From here the walk is gradual uphill for another hour, with great view of the close peaks of Thermasarkhu and Kantenga, After hour and a half reaching at Thyangboche, one of the most beautiful places in the Himalaya the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery or Ghompa, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east and more peaks all around you.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,243m. 5 hrs.
We descend steeply through woods, cross the Imja Tse Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite of Ama Dablam (6,856 m.) and is a good place to stop by for lunch. Pheriche is a good two / three hour’s walk beyond and is situated beneath the impressive spires of Cholatse (6,440 m.) and Taweche (6,542 m.).
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,930m. 5 hrs
Continue the walk up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Taweche on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Dughla is a good spot to have lunch, before the steep climb zig-zagging up through the boulders of the glacier terminal moraine. The top of this climb surprises us by numerous stone cairns-memorable to the many sherpas who have died while climbing on Mount Everest. The path then continues more easily on the left side of the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep 5,140m / and continue towards Everest BC 5,360m
Walking along the side of the Khumbu Glacier which is straight forward at first, but later the path becomes rocky and awkward, climbing across the moraine. The sugar loaf dome of Pumori (7,145 m.) lies directly ahead and to the right, on the opposite side of the glacier, Nuptse rises in a sheer spire. Just behind it, remains elusive to the last moment is the Mt. Everest. Gorak Shep is another small cluster of tea shops. Directly above Gorakshep is Kala Pattar (5,545m) continues towards 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. Head back to Gorakshep for the overnight camp.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar and Trek to Dingboche. 4,360m. 4-5 hrs
Morning hike of two hours to Kalapatthar, on reaching the top enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding snow peaks and the closest view of Mt.Everest, from here return to Gorakshep for the walk towards Dingboche. Retrace the journey back to Thugla, after Thugla a pleasant downhill trek leads to Dingboche in the Imja-Tse valley with great views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, including the classic view of Island peak.
Day 11: Trek to Chhukhung 4,730m. 3-4 hrs.
Today, take an easy walk for about 3 hours climbing up gradually to a small settlement of Chhukhung and camp for the night. The afternoon is spent relaxing and necessary preparations or for an optional hike around, for the exceptional great scenery of the surrounding high peaks and glacier.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp. 4,970m. 3-4 hrs.
The route to Base Camp, the path at first climbs quite steeply to the south before following the moraine east along the main valley below the southern or true left bank of the Lhotse Glacier. The trail then follows glacial streams to the snout of the Imja glacier. At this point, the path swings north-east and crosses a dried up lake bed between the Lhotse and Imja Glaciers, from a base camp at Pareshaya Gyab. A well-acclimatised party in good condition can make the summit and return in a day back to Base Camp.
Day 13: At Base Camp Rest day.
Acclimatisation with necessary preparations sorting out the gear for the climb.
Day 14: Trek & Climb to High Camp. 5,400m. 2-3 hrs climb.
From the base camp, the route skirts south-east around the base of Imja Tse between the moraine and the mountain before turning north-east and climbing steep grassy slopes and small rocky steps. Occasional cairns are to be found marking the path. Easy scrambling up an open gully leads between two well-defined ridges and the site of high camp on the left-hand ridge below and to the right of a small hanging glacier at 5,280m / 17,323ft. Care should be taken pitching of a camp or bivouac to avoid possible avalanche danger from the ice above. At high camp relaxing and planning, making necessary preparations for the next early morning day climb.
Day 15: Climb to the Summit at 6,189m.
From a high camp on the left-hand ridge scramble across the broad open gully and gain the right-hand ridge. Following this, this gives easy scrambling to the snow-covered glacier above. A route needs to be found out leftwards, avoiding seracs and crevasses before turning back northwards over snow-covered scree in the margin between the glacier and the base of the main summit ridge. After crossing a gully with some stone and icefall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads upwards for nearly 100 meters (300ft), to the summit ridge. The last moves on to the ridge often prove difficult and many climbers leave a fixed rope in place to aid descent. The ridge itself is a classic and undulates towards the main summit which is reached by a final tricky snow pitch. Standing atop we have the stunning close-up view of the South face of Lhotse (8,501 m.) in the vastness that looms before us. We have the impressive dramatic views of the mountains -Amadablam (6,856 m.), Chamlang and Baruntse in the far horizon. Descent is made by the same route to the low base camp.
Day 16: Trek back to Dingboche.
5-6 hrs. Descend to Pareshya Ghyab, continue further along (4,343 m.) the easy trail to Chukung. After lunch, we will walk for about 3 hours finally reaching a village of Dingboche and camp for the night.
Day 17: Trek to Thyangboche. 4-5 hrs walk
From Dingboche descend all the way to Pangboche, then after the bridge a small climb through the cool shade of the forest reaching to a nice spot at Deoboche, from here another 30 minutes of the climb to Thyangboche. In the evening visit to the legendary Monastery.
Day 18: Trek to Monjo via Namche Bazaar. 4-5 hrs.
An easy downhill walks to the bridge, from here a steep climb for a while and then reaching the level path towards the village of Shanasha, from here one can take an optional walk to Khumjung and Khunde village before Namche Bazaar. From this village another four hours of good walk leads to Monjo via Namche Bazaar.
Day 19: Trek back to Lukla. 6-7 hrs
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walks to Lukla, you can walk at your own best pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from a few short uphills, the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
Day 20: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are scheduled for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, depending upon the flight time make way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and escort you back to the Hotel.
Day 21: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Day 22: Transfer to Airport for the International departure
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, our office staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
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