Island Peak /Imja Tse (6189m) and Everest Base Camp trek

 

Duration: 19 Days                    Maximum Elevation: 6189m

Grade: Hard                             Season: Mid September to November and March to mid May

 

 

Island Peak (6189m) is one of the major climbing peaks in Everest Area. The mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley. Island peak has an impressive, highly glaciated West Face, which rises from the Lhotse Glacier. The mountain extends from the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar and is separated only by a small column. From base camp, we will ascend a steep, grassy slope up small rocky steps to the higher camp. It is necessary to climb a steep, exposed snow and ice ramp to the summit ridge; fixed ropes will be used where necessary for a safe ascent to the top. This climb is more of a technical challenge than many other peak climbs, however our experiences guides will assist you as much as is necessary, depending on your climbing experience. The maximum altitude reached is 6189m and a high level of physical fitness and some climbing experience is necessary for this expedition. Island Peak is easy and common so most of the visitor from the world is willing to go there. We can visit Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu Mt. Lhotse (over 8,000m) and many other Mountains.

 

Short flight subsequent to Kathmandu to Lukla Airport, you tag on the classic Everest loom through the Solu Khumbu, Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3440m).Namche Bazaar is the first halt, necessary for acclimatization to higher altitudes while enjoying the colorful and vibrant market place. The Sherpa people, whose lifestyle is uniquely different compared to any other indigenous populace in the world, are renowned for their warm heartedness and inhabit the villages in which you will be staying. After visiting Khumjung village trekking will bring you to the village of Tengboche, home to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world (4100m) and also reputed by photographers as one of the best places to capture the awesome beauty of Mt. Everest (8848m) and its surrounding peaks. You proceed to Dingboche (4410m) passing immense frozen glaciers and dramatic scenery, where another day of acclimatization day is necessary. The exceptional views of the snow-capped Ama Dablam (6956m). Advancing to Everest Base Camp (5450m), you can enjoy spectacular glacial forms and a great sense of triumph from making it “all the way”! From Base Camp the trek continues to Kalapattar a spectacular viewing point (5550m), to enjoy a magnificent sunrise over Mt. Everest.

 

A shortcut may be taken through the Congma La Pass (5535m) throughout Chhukung- valley and Island (Imja Tse) Base camp. We endeavor the summit (6189m) after one night at the High Camp perched on the South West Ridge where magnificent vistas of the Khumbu can be seen. You then retrace your steps back to Lukla village from where you will take a short flight back to Kathmandu, enjoying your last views of the awe-inspiring Himalayan range.

 

 

Outline itinerary:

 

Day 01: Arrival in Katmandu International Airport and transferred to Hotel

Day 02: Katmandu Valley Sightseeing; pre trek information; evening guide introductions

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 05: Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization)

Day 06: Khumjung to Tengboche

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 08: Dingboche acclimatization day

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuje

Day 10: Lobuje to Gorak shep

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kalapattar to Lobuje

Day 12: Lubuche to Chhukung

Day 13: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp

Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp

Day 15: High camp to summit to Base camp to Chhukung

Day 16: Chhukung to Tengboche

Day 17: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 19:  Lukla – Kathmandu flight, transfer to hotel and trip conclude