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21.09.2011 - 08.10.2011 5 °C
Island peak climbing itinerary takes you to the acclimatization hike to the most popular trekking destination of Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar first for the close up views of Mt. Everest before scaling the pick. Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shipton's who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. It is also known as "Imja Tse" in Sherpa Name.
After exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area.
We continue trek to Tengboche Pheriche and accommodate at high altitude in Gorekshep. After enjoying with magnificent views of Mt Everest and surrounding peaks, we continue descend to Chhukung to prepare for the ascent of Island Peak. After a day of walking from Chhukung we reach the Island Peak Base Camp to prepare for to attempt the peak. It may take an additional day or two to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. For some people reaching to the summit from the base camp is a day activity. However, some climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the joy of climbing and also helps a safe ascent. After a successful climbing we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.
Itinerary Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters) and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) takes about 35 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) takes approximately three hours.
You begin your trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) takes approximately five hours. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 05: A day for rest at Namche Bazaar (3440m.) for acclimatization.
It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For acclimatization you walk up to Khhumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 06:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours.
As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours.
Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization.
There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon. You have another option as you can hike upto Chhukum. From here you can enjoy the panoramic view of Island peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m.) takes about five and half hours.
The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail follows a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) takes about seven hours.
Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appears at the front of you. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek back to Lobuche takes about 4 and half hours.
Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche takes about 4 hours. You trek all the way downhill passing Duglha. The spectacular views of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega and many more compensates you tiredness. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) takes about 2 and half hours. The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Trek Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) takes about three hours.
You trek through gradual ascent path all the way to Base Camp. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak and many others. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 15:-16: Climb to Island Peak (6189m.). Crossing the gully now you climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, to the glacier.
This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. You descend along the same route, down to base camp. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 17: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung takes about three hours. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 18: Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3985m.)
After descending along the trail to Chhukung, you continue on to Dingboche for lunch. It is then another couple of hours to the lovely village of Pangboche. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 19: Trek from Pangboche to Khumjung (3790m.) takes about six hours.
In the beginning you trek gradual down path and after crossing Phortse Tenga you trek through steep ascent path up to Mongla and then gradual down to Khumjung. On the way, you pass villages with monasteries, chorten, mani walls and prayer flags, yak pasture, farming terraces with panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Thamserku, Kantega, Tyangboche monastery etc. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 20: Trek from Khumjung to Monjo takes about five hours.
All the way you walk downwards. En route, you pass Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 21: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2800m) takes about 3 hours.
Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chhang (local drink), dance along the tunes of Sherpa music and look back on a memorable trekking experience. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 22: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes about 35 minutes.
Day 23: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.