island-peak

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, (6,189 m). This is a strenuous climb and must be treated with respect. Island Peak is an excellent introduction to Himalayan high altitude mountaineering, and is often seen as a stepping stone to higher peaks.


Day 01: On arrival at Trivubhan International Airport, you will be met by a member or our team with the Adventure with Altitude Logo, please only allow our staff to handle your belongings, and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Morning flight to Lukla (2840m), then walk to Monjo (2835m). (4-5hrs) the flight is exciting and the views amazing. You will meet the rest of your trekking team; have a short break in Lukla before walking to Monjo. Today we walk through beautiful villages, pass Mani stones (these are stones with religious carvings on them), and cross several suspension bridges, before reaching our destination.
Day 03: Monjo to Namche Bazaar (3440m). (5-6hours). we leave Monjo and enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Today you walk along the Dudh Khosi crossing bridges as we go. We have the highest bridge to cross today, and then we start the steep incline up to the view point where you get your first view of Mount Everest. We walk through forest of alpine trees into Namche Bazaar. This is a vibrant village and has a busy market where Tibetans come to sell their wares.
Day 04: Acclimatisation day. An acclimatisation walk is vitally important, to help your body to acclimatise to altitude. We walk to Syangboche (3,900m) and back. The views of the mountains are spectacular from here. Return to Namche for lunch. The rest of your time is free to explore Namche, spend time in the bakeries or even play a game of pool!
Day 05: Acclimatisation day. Today you can either relax or there are options for short walks.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m). (6 hours). Today’s trail skirts the side of the valley, above the Dudh Khosi. As we walk along we enjoy amazing views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. We pass several villages and tea shops. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Khosi we have a steep climb in to Tengboche. This is the home of a monastery, which was razed to the ground by fire in 1991 and has been rebuilt.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m), (6-hours). Trekking in the shade of rhododendron trees, we cross a suspension bridge and have a walk of about an hour before reaching Pangboche; a fantastic view of Ama Dablam can be enjoyed here. We continue to walk up the Imja Valley to reach the farming village of Dingboche.
Day 08: Acclimatisation day. We will walk from Dingboche to Ama Dablam base camp (4600m). We get good views of Ama Dablam, many other peaks and a beautiful lake view. (3-hours)
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m). (6-hours) We walk via Thukla (4620m) where we stop for lunch. There are impressive views of the trekking peak Lobuche East (6119m) and the north face of Taweche Peak. After lunch we walk through the Everest Memorial Park to Sherpa’s and mountaineers who have lost their lives on Everest. The trail starts to climb steeply alongside the glacier. After a few hours we reach our destination for tonight in Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m). (5 hours). This was the base camp of the 1953 Everest Expedition. We enjoy views of Pumori (7165m) and Nuptse (7864m) on the way. After lunch we head for Everest Base Camp (5364m). Return and overnight at Gorak Shep.
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Dingboche. (5-hours) We have an early morning rise, to climb Kala Patthar (5550m), hopefully for sunrise. This affords us spectacular views of Everest (8848m), the Khumbu ice fall, Pumori, lakes and much more. After breakfast we trek to Dingboche stopping for lunch at Tukla.
Day 12: Dingboche to Chhukung (4410m). This small settlement is where we stay overnight. We organise all climbing gear before continuing on to Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 13: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp. ( )We walk for approximately 4 hours before reaching Base Camp. We will do some training around base camp. There are beautiful views of the Imja valley a glacier and lake.
Day 14: Today we have a rest day, have extra training before our summit attempt tomorrow. It is essential to make sure you are properly hydrated.
Day 15: Island Peak (6189m) summit attempt. Today is a long and hard day, there is a steep 400m path, rocky scree for a further 150m and a scramble and traverse across to a steep section of rock. Although a straight forward trek to this point, the altitude makes it very strenuous, and you will find that the pace slows down dramatically. We walk accross a narrow ridge before the start of the glacier. At this point we organise ourselves, putting on our gear, roping up, cross the glacier, before facing the 100m head wall and then heading to the summit. After reaching the summit we return to base camp.
Day 16: Today is either an extra day should the weather close in and we need another attempt at the summit, or we trek back to Chhukung. This allows us some well deserved rest and relaxation.
Day 17: Chhukung to Dingboche.
Day 18: Dingboche to Namche Bazaar. Reaching Namche Bazaar allows us to trully relax and enjoy our accomplishments.
Day 19: Namche to Phakding.
Day 20: Phakding to Lukla.
Day 21: Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 17 and Day 19 can be used as extra days for the climb or as buffer days to fly out of Lukla. The weather at Lukla can be unpredictable, which means that there can be flight delays, which may mean your flight back to Kathmandu is delayed and this can affect your onward international flight. It is possible to trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche and from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.

Prices vary depending on level of service you require and grade of hotel accomodation, climbing permit and group size, please contact us. The information below is based on a full service.

The price covers the following services:

  1. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis.
  2. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with hot beverage and snacks whilst on trek.
  3. Tea house accommodation whilst on trek.
  4. Sagarmatha National Park permit, Climbing permits.
  5. Domestic airfare (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu).
  6. Domestic airport tax.
  7. An experienced English speaking climbing guide, or where possible language of your choice trained and licenced by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation. Climbing guide equipment.
  8. Hire of climbing equipment.
  9. Highly experienced well equipped trekking porter.
  10. Staff food, accommodation, clothing, salary & insurance.
  11. All necessary ground transportation.
  12. Airport transfers.
  13. All governmental procedure.
  14. Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.

The price does not cover the following services

  1. Meals in Kathmandu. Extra hotel nights.
  2. Expenses of a personal nature, internet access, charging batteries, showers etc.
  3. Bar and beverage bills.
  4. Your Travel Insurance, helicopter rescue and cover for any other adventurous activities that you may take part in.
  5. Rescue & Evacuation.
  6. Gratuity (tip) for staff.
  7. Nepal entry visa

Anyone who wishes to take part in this trip, should have previous experience at altitude.
Abseiling experience and preferably some winter walking skills.

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