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Packages » Everest Packages » Package E005

Island Peak Mountaineering Expedition

Package Code: E005
Duration:  19 Days / 18 Nights
Best Time: March to May and Mid-September to Mid-December
Accommodation: 12 Nights at Tea Lodge, 3 Nights in Tents, 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL
Minimum People Required: Two
Level of Endurance: Strenuous moderate
MaxIMUM Elevation: ISLAND PEAK SUMMIT (20,305 FT.)



Introduction:

Island Peak Mountaineering Expedition
The mountaineering and trekking expedition to Island Peak is both exhilarating and rigorous. This magnificent Island Peak mountaineering expedition will take you to the top of the mountain, Khumbu region, and offers extraordinary  close-up views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and many more peaks. In the Everest region, this is one of the main peaks to climb. The mountain derives its name due to its geographical location, which is right in the middle of the Chhukhung valley, resembling an island in a sea. It was renamed as ‘Imje Tse’ in the early 80s, however the name Island Peak stuck with it. The best feature of the mountain is its West Face arising from the Lhotse Glacier.

 

On summit of the Island Peak, at an altitude of 6,189 mts. (20,305 ft.) you will be able to take in the breathtaking vistas of the Solo-Khumbu region.

 

EXPEDITION MAP:

Island Peak Mountaineering Expedition

Itinerary:

Day 01: Your Port of Embarkation to Kathmandu
A Nomadier representative will be waiting for your flight to land at Tribhuvan International Airport and welcome you to the beautiful country of Nepal. You will then be transferred to your hotel and assisted in the check-in process as well. Your expedition permits and if you book them through Nomadier, flight tickets to and from Lukla, will be handed over to you in the hotel room itself. You can choose to spend the evening roaming the streets of Kathmandu, go shopping in Thamel for your trekking/mountaineering gear and clothing or just relaxing in your room. Overnight at hotel.


Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and situated in a valley, approximately at a height of 4,600 ft., surrounded by four major mountains namely Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. The city is the gateway to Nepal Tourism and the centre of the country’s economy. Its history dates back to over 2000 years ago and it was on the ancient trade route between India and Tibet which caused a fusion of artistic and architectural traditions of other cultures that can be witnessed even today .


Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding
Today is your flight to Lukla and our representative will transfer you to the domestic airport in Kathmandu and see you off. Your flight to Lukla and especially landing at the Lukla airport is a fair indicator of the adventure in store ahead. The airstrip at Lukla is one of the highest in the world with an altitude of 9,350 ft. (2,850 mts.) and was built by the Sherpas under the supervision of Sir Edmund Hillary who along with Tenzing Norgay was the first to climb Mt. Everest. It is very tricky for pilots to land planes here as it is one of the shortest and most dangerous airstrips in the world and has a rock wall at the end of the airstrip! On arrival, you will be met by a Nomadier representative who will introduce you to the Expedition Guide, other members in your Group and your Support Staff. He will give you basic tips and guidance and will also answer all your queries.  After a light breakfast, you’ll begin your trek to Phakding.


Phakding is around half day’s walk from Lukla and this initial part of the trek is a good acclimatizer for the tougher challenges ahead. Along this route are views of Mt. Nupla (5,885 mts.) Kusum Kangaru (6,367 mts.) and the Kwongde range and you will also cross several Mani stone walls which are revered by the Buddhists. You would always pass them through from your left-hand side. These walls are made from stone tablets and carved boulders and are beautifully painted with bright colors. Overnight stay at a lodge.


Lukla
Lukla
Lukla means a place having many goats and sheep but only a few are found in the area today. An old Sherpa monastery, built around the start of 19th century by Lama Kyamgon-Deltsen-Donden is situated in Lukla. Lukla also boasts of the Pasang Lhamu Nicole-Nicky Hospital which was established in honor of the first Nepalese women to summit Mount Everest, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa and the first Swiss mountain guide, Nichole Nicky.


Phakding

Phakding
Phakding is located between Lukla and Namche and is a good place to stop by for a meal. It is also the first overnight stay for most trekkers in the region. Located centrally in Phakding is the Rimijung Monastery established by a Sherpa Lama, Khempo Dorje in the 16th century. The village is bisected by the Dudh Kosi or Milk River and the Pema Choeling Monastery is only a short distance away and worth visiting.

 

Day 03: Phakding to Namche

The route from Phakding to Namche is along the riverbanks of the Dudh Kosi and should take you around 5-6 hours to traverse. Crossing the river on suspensions bridges, and ascending through rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir trees, you arrive at Namche Bazaar (3,441 mts.). All routes to Mt. Everest have to pass through here and hence facilities are well-developed. The town is built around a spring which acts as the only water source and has many interesting shops and vendors and exquisite views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight stay at a lodge.


Namche

Namche
Namche is a famous town in the Everest region, which every mountaineer has to pass through, on their way to Mt. Everest. The town is called Nauche by the Sherpas and is possibly derived from Nakmuche or Nakuche which mean ‘big dark forest’, something Namche once was. Today, it is the administrative headquarters of the area and boasts of an electricity system installed by UNESCO that uses separate grids for day and night usage. The Saturday Markets are a highlight and a weekly get-together for the Sherpas with trading and bartering of supplies, which have been carried up the mountain from the lower villages, in full flow.

 

Day 04: Rest in Namche and Sightseeing
Rest in Namche and Sightseeing
Today is a day of rest which is very important to allow the body to get used to the altitude. You are free to walk around the village and on a clear day, take in gorgeous views of sunrises and sunsets on the snow clad mountains all around.  There are many lodges in Namche with a variety of culinary delights and the yak steak is simply not worth missing. Namche also has a privately run heritage display of the traditional Sherpa lifestyle, The Sherpa Cultural Centre. Overnight stay at a lodge.


Day 05: Namche to Deboche
The trail to Tengboche (also spelled as Thyangboche) is quite broad for the Everest region and is located high above a river making it one of the most beautiful sections of your trek. You will pass forests that are home to the famous diminutive Musk deer and reach Tengboche, the cultural and religious hub for the people of Solo-Khumbu. Deboche or Devoche is only a 20 minute walk away, where you will spend the night in a lodge.


Tengboche
Tengboche
Tengboche or Thyangboche is seated at an altitude of 3,860 mts. (12,664 ft.) in a clearing surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons and is home to the Tengboche Gompa, venue for the Mani Rimdu dance festival in late October or early November. Apparently the structure was first built in 1923 but has been destroyed by earthquakes and fires over the years and subsequently rebuilt. It is a must for every expedition to Mt. Everest to offer prayers over here for their success and safe return. From the famous Gompa, one can have a panoramic view of the Himalayas comprising Kwongde (6,187 mts.), Tawache (6,542 mts.), Everest (8,850 mts.), Nuptse (7,855 mts.), Lhotse (8,618 mts.), Amadablam (6,856 mts.) and Thamserku (6,608 mts.) as well look at the route taken to reach Tengboche. The village, sitting on a hill at the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Imja Khola rivers, is surrounded by satellite dwellings and is a locale for the finest mountain scenery in the Himalayas.


Deboche

Deboche
Deboche/Devoche at an altitude of 3,770 mts. / 12,123 ft. offers superb views of Khumbui Yul Lha which looks formidable. A small nunnery is also present here behind a picturesque barrier of trees. They are also a few other hamlets nearby and a spectacular little gorge which can be crossed on a short suspension bridge


Day 06: Deboche to Dingboche
After leaving Deboche, you’ll walk towards Dingboche and towards the 5,000 mts. mark. You would come across a suspension bridge at Imja Khola. From there you would then climb upto Pangboche amongst the beautiful scenes that surround you. As you keep moving forward you will come across a river which you will have to cross. From there you would move towards the right corner of the valley and reach Dingboche. Overnight stay at a lodge.


Dingboche

Dingboche
Dingboche is a village in Chhukhung Valley and a popular stop for trekkers and climbers on their way to Mt. Everest to get acclimatized to the rapidly increasing altitude. The Imja River flows directly east of Dingboche which comprises mostly of lodges for trekkers. Since it is above the tree line, the village lacks the greenery of the villages below. Tsampa or flour made from barley is a specialty of Dingboche as it is the single barley-growing area in the Solo-Khumbu with the right soil and a reliable water source.


Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukhung
The walk from Dingboche to Chhukhung is a slow gradual walk. When you reach Chhukhung you will have some time for a walk around the valley and also to check all your climbing gear and do the required preparations for the climb next day towards Island Peak base camp. You should rest for the day. Overnight stay at lodge.


Chhukhung (4,750 mts. / 15,584 ft.)

Chhukhung
This is a traditional Pangboche herding station (or phu) because of the rich and extensive grasslands in the valley. It’s nestled under the terminal moraine of the Lhotse Glacier and is surrounded by recent and ancient moraine debris. The views here are fantastic, even from the base of the valley, and they get even better the higher you explore. Looking down the valley, Khatang and Karyolung rise majestically above Kongde while Toboche (Tagouche/ Tawouche literally meaning ‘horse’s head’ but can also be loosely translated as ‘big ego’) and Cholatse (‘Lake-pass Peak’) are close and to the right. Ama Dablam is quite something to see from here and the fluted snow wall above the Chhukhung Glacier is stunning, especially around sunset. The Phu makes a good base to explore the huge valley system with many ‘small’ peaks that can be fun to climb.

 

Day 08: Rest Day
This day in the itinerary has been set aside for rest. You would be spending this day preparing and rejuvenating yourself for the long and tiring climb in the days to follow in your pursuit of summiting the Island Peak. Overnight stay at lodge.


Day 09: Chhukhung to Island Peak Base Camp
Chhukhung to Island Peak Base Camp
The route from Chhukhung is a difficult and steep climb. You will be moving south before turning east to the main line of the valley. The route moves along or below the southern flank of the morainic grounds from the Lhotse Glacier. You would continue walking besides an extremely pleasant streamside. The short exciting walk from here leads to a place popularly known as ‘The Big Rock’. A crisscrossed route would then lead you to a wide valley, which lies to the southwest side of the Island Peak Base Camp, which is at an altitude of 5,200 mts. (17,060 ft.).  Overnight stay at Base Camp in tents.


Day 10: Island Peak Base Came – Attack Camp – Island Peak High Camp
Island Peak Base Came – Attack Camp – Island Peak High Camp
You begin your trek towards Island Peak High Camp through Attack Camp. It is from the Island Peak High Camp that you would start your summit of the Island Peak the next day. The route from the Base Camp towards the High Camp will be a test of endurance. The day would entail climbing steep hillsides. You will also notice the landscape around you gradually change from sandy to grass ridden to boulder strewn. The trek before reaching the High Camp comprises climbing a hill, going through narrow slopes before encountering a steep rock channel. You have reached the High Camp. Enjoy the view from an altitude of 5,600 mts. (18,372 ft.) and prepare for the memorable summit to follow the next day. Overnight stay at High Camp in tents.


Day 11: Island Peak and Back to Base Camp
Your day would start early today as you begin the Island Peak ascent. The climb is tough as you navigate the rocky and narrow passage. The movement ahead becomes a little tricky due to the several short rock steps that you would have to climb before emerging on the right side of the passage. The path from there follows a ridgeline before leading to a thrilling traversal onto the neb of the summit glacier. This area requires you to be especially careful as the glacier has many crevasses. After having navigated the crevasses you would reach a ice slope from where you would have to rope your way to the top. You have successfully completed your endeavour of summiting the Island Peak. You have one-upped the altitude of 6,189 mts. (20,305 ft.). After enjoying the feeling and taking the scenic views you will start your descend back to the Base Camp through the same route. Overnight stay at the Base Camp in tents.


Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukhung
On your trek back to Chhukhung from the Base Camp, you would undertake the same route. You would reach Chhukhung crossing the Big Rock, the morainic grounds from the Lhotse Glacier, trekking through valleys and a steep climb. Overnight stay at a lodge at Chhukhung.


Day 13: Chhukhung to Pangboche
Chhukhung to PangbocheYou would start the trek and move south to reach Dingboche. The trek would continue in the same direction to Pangboche.  At Pangboche (4,000 mts. or 13,123 ft.), the few houses that remain are all clustered around an old Gompa and the whole village is surrounded by gigantic juniper trees. According to legend, Lama Sange Dorje once tossed a handful of his hair into the wild here and the junipers were born. Pangboche means ‘grass fields’ but today only a few cultivated potatoes and radish can be found here along with an abundance of wild mushrooms. The Gompa is believed to be around 450 years old, which makes it the oldest Sherpa Gompa. Many trekkers take the opportunity to have a look around, hoping to see the ‘yeti’ scalp kept here but it disappeared in 1991, presumably stolen. However it’s worth coming up here just to see the Gompa. The lama or his wife are usually close by to let you in and you should, of course, leave a donation. Firewood collection in Pangboche is still well organized. Dead wood is collected from the opposite side of the valley from selected spots and when the supply thins another part of the forest is used. Yak dung, a valuable fertilizer, is now also used as fuel, something that started with the arrival of trekkers. Overnight stay at a lodge.


Day 14: Pangboche to Khumjung
Pangboche to KhumjungKhumjung at an altitude of 3,790 mts. (12,434 ft.) is a beautiful little place that soothes your senses after the trek from Pangboche. This is a picturesque village with many beautiful houses and the direct impact of tourism is low (few trekkers stay here) but every family has some involvement with the trekking industry and hence the apparent wealth. Khumjung’s Gompa is at the top end of town amid a pleasant stand of protected trees. Surprisingly, there is a school in Khumjung, now expanded to a considerable size, but which was first built by Sir Edmund Hillary with a little help from his friends. Overnight stay at a lodge.


Day 15: Khumjung to Monjo
Khumjung to MonjoKhumjung to Monjo is a pleasant walk. Enroute you would pass through beautiful yak pastures and broad trails to reach Shyangboche airstrip before trekking down to Namche. Crossing Namche you would be required to descend steeply. You would walk past big Mani walls and stone carvings, as you take in the breathtaking views of Thamaserku and Kwadgi-ri. As you keep moving ahead you would reach the river bank of Jorsalle. As you keep walking along the river bank you would come across the national park before continuing on to Monjo (2,815 mts. / 9,235 ft.). There are few lodges in this village and a few simple inns and tea shacks. Signs welcoming donations herald a monastery situated a hundred metres or so off the main trail. The gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park is also in very close proximity. Overnight stay at a lodge.


Day 16: Monjo to Lukla
Back in Lukla, you feel as if you have returned to the plains only to realize that you’re still close to 10,000 ft. above sea level. In the evening you prepare for your journey to Kathmandu as you take away with you, beautiful memories that will stay with you forever. A Nomadier representative will see you off at the airport the next day.


Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu
Back in Kathmandu, a Nomadier representative will receive you at the Domestic Airport, transfer you to your hotel and help in the check-in. The rest of the day is left free for you to recover from the recent strain or for the super-fit, walk around in the city. Overnight at hotel.


Day 18: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is a wonderful place for sightseeing and you’ll spend half of this day visiting the major and most renowned sights in the city like Pashupatinath, Bodhnath, Swayambhunath and Durbar Square. This extra day will also acts a contingency if bad weather delays your flights to Kathmandu from Lukla and reduces the chances of you having to reschedule your international flight tickets. In the evening, you can choose to go shopping for mementos and local craft as a remembrance or just relax in your room. Overnight at hotel.


Pashupatinath
PashupatinathPashupatinath is Nepal’s most important Hindu temple and stands on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. The temple is located 100 mts. away from the end of the runaway at Kathmandu’s International Airport and is a powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power to where, devotees of Shiva and Sadhus flock from across the entire sub-continent. Non-Hindus cannot enter the main temples but the surrounding complex of Shaivite shrines, Lingams and Ghats (stone steps) is fascinating and definitely worth the visit.


Bodhnath
BodhnathFamed for its Stupa, Bodhnath pulsates with life as thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfettered. The lanes around the Stupa are crammed with Monasteries and workshops that make butter lamps, ceremonial horns, Tibetan drums, singing bowls, plumed hats for Lamas and other essential Buddhist paraphernalia.


Swayambhunath
SwayambhunathSwayambhunath is a place that offers one of the definitive experiences in Kathmandu. This sacred locale, a monkey temple, is always mobbed by monkeys and is a chaotic jumble of Hindu and Buddhist iconography. A gleaming white Stupa makes for its centre and is topped by a gilded spire painted with the eyes of the Buddha. What makes it an absorbing experience are the ancient carvings made into every spare inch of space and the smell of incense and butter lamps hanging heavy in the air. 


Durbar Square
Durbar SquareIn history, Durbar square was the king’s seat of ruling and it is here that kings were crowned and their undisputed authority legitimized. Today, it is the traditional heart of the old town and still boasts of some of the world’s most spectacular architecture. The entire square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is made up of three loosely linked squares and many terraced platforms which make for a great spot to view Kathmandu in motion.


Day 19: Kathmandu to Your Port of Destination
Today is the last day of an exhilarating part of your life as you leave Kathmandu. A Nomadier representative will transfer you to the international airport and wish you goodbye.