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Duration

17 Days

Activities

  • Climbing and Expedition
  • Trekking and Hiking

Accomodation

  • Twin sharing

Meals

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from 2500 USD

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Trip highlights

The peak was named “Island Peak” in 1951 by a climbing team of Eric Shipton as it appears like an Island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Located in the Eastern Nepal in Khumbu region between the chains of Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountains and on the top of Chhukung Glacier, the Island peak was first ascended in 1956 by a Swiss team as a preparation for climbing Mt. Everest and Lhotse. The peak was later renamed as “Imje Tse” in 1983, but its first name “Island Peak” remains popular.

Island Peak is the most popular climbing peak in Nepal because it fulfills the dream of amateur adventure seekers to climb the Himalayan Summit of 6,189m without ideal climbing skills. Island Peak Climbing trip offers unforgettable and magnificent close up view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho-O-Yu and many more; similarly pristine cultures, rare flora and fauna, breathtaking view of beautiful landscapes; all that attracts any kind of adventure seekers. 

Black Diamond Expedition designed the itinerary of Island Peak Climbing suitable for beginner climbers allowing the plenty of time to acclimatize. Our wonderful journey to Island peak starts with spectacular Himalayan flight to Lukla. Then we start our Trek through Sagarmatha National Park and passing by many beautiful villages, enjoying amazing view of landscapes and Himalayas, exploring different flora, fauna and unique cultures and finally reach in bare land at base camp and then high camp. From high camp, our thrilling adventurous journey begins for few hours to conquer the summit of Island Peak and in the same day we hike back to Chhukung village. Finally, our amazing trip concluded when we fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Activities:

Itinerary

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Black Diamond at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to the hotel. After the check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. 

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Dinner 

Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' or Swayambunath, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Buddhists shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding the trip as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

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Dinner

After breakfast, we get transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Here we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading center of this region.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Today is our mandatory acclimatization day. It is recommended to stay active instead of being idle. If we walk few hundred feet vertical, it will help to proper acclimatize. We will visit Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung. We climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch, we walk back to Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

After breakfast, we start our trek towards Pangboche enjoying the superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking the magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way, we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. Shaded by rhododendron trees, the path leads gradually down to the river once again to another airy suspension bridge. An hour's walking from here brings us to Pangboche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

We start our trek after the morning breakfast. Pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. Enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is our second acclimatization day. It is recommended to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle which allows the body to adjust thin air more quickly and lessen the probable effects of altitude. We hike up to the ridge around and enjoy the wonderful scenery of Island Peak seen as an island in a sea of ice; and different mountains peaks with valleys.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the walk is pleasant. We leave Dingboche passing through a kilometer long stone walled fields and rocky trail in alpine landscape. The magnificent view of Mt. Lhotse on left and Mt. Ama Dablam on right will add essence in our leisure walk. After around three hours walk we reach at Bibre. From there we walk for about half an hour to Chhukung enjoying the view of soaring Island Peak (Imja Tse) 6,189m. There are glaciers and massive snowy mountains all around.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we follow the steep path towards south and then take east turn leads us towards main valley. We continue walk through huge rock and cross Imja and Lhotse Glacier to reach the wide valley where we set our camp. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is very short walk. After breakfast we climb up beyond base camp. The trail becomes narrow and rocky as we climb steep hillside. We fix the tent nearby rock channel. 

After lunch we re-manage our climbing gears and personal equipments for tomorrow. If required our guides will give last minute training on climbing techniques, using climbing gears, fixing harness, etc.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is our summit day. We wake up around 1-2 AM since we have to conquer summit before noon. Later it may be difficult because of high speed wind. After breakfast we begin our expedition climbing the rock channel. There are several short rock steps before we reach the ridgeline. And after then the route leads to bare and thrilling summit glacier. From there we need to rope up for the glacier as it may contain several small gaps. Our guide will fix up the ropes up to the summit. With the support of fixed rope we climb steep snow slop to reach on the summit. After enjoying the view from summit and taking photographs we descend all the way down to Chhukung.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast the lodge, follow the valley towards Pangboche and short climb to Tengboche through the forest of Rhododendron and pine. After that the trail drops steep down to the valley to cross the suspension bridge and continue up to Khumjung for overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After short climb to the ridge the trail drops down through the ridge from where we can see the Namche as U angle settlement. Evening explore around the town and overnight at the lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. Again some formalities have to be done at the check post of the National park at Monju then continue walk to the Phakding for the lunch. After that our last day of the trek continue to the Lukla. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today. Late evening we will celebrate dinner together for successfully completing Island Peak Climbing.

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Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast you are free till departure time. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Black Diamond will take you to the airport.

Breakfast

Inclusion

    • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
    • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu airfare and domestic airport tax
    • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com  or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availability.
    • Teahouse/lodge during trekking and tented accommodation during climbing session
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the mountain
    • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
    • Farewell dinner
    • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Entrance fees in the monuments
    • Experienced trekking and climbing guide/leader, cook, assistant climbing guide (1 assistant guide for 4climbers), porters (1 porter for 2 two climbers) and other necessary helpers as per requirement including their salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodging.
    • All high quality Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipments, tents for camping dining and toilet, mattresses, kitchen equipments
    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are needed to be returned)
    • All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
    • Rescue Arrangement
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All government and local taxes.
    • International airfare
    • Nepal Visa fee
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charge
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
    • All kind of drinks
    • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
    • Tips for guides, porters and driver

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Annapurna round trek was well organized by Raj from BDEx. Gide Amrit Pandey is very skilled and intelligent. Weather on the trek was rather different so we were about ready to turn back from Pissang. Nevertheless next day was clean and we immediately decided to continue. Finally we did Thorang La 5416 m. On the way we saw many people coming back because of deep snow. I am happy that we were lucky to pass Thorang La on second day after it was opened. Many thanks for the trip to BDEx and my guide!!!

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