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Island Peak

Island Peak

Island Peak

Island Peak also known as Imja Tse is one of the popular trekking peaks in Nepal for climbing on Himalayas. From Dingboche the mountain is seen as an island in a sea of ice. The summit is interesting and attractive with a highly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. The ridge rising to the south from this point leads to the summit of Island Peak. Imja Tse not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in Khumbu region. Seen from the summit the giant mountains, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Amadablam in the south add more charm in climbing Island Peak. For many mountaineers climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalaya expedition in Nepal in later years. For some mountaineers the peak stands for the purpose of acclimatization before heading to bigger mountain climbing. Trekking to Kalapatthar or Everest base camp is best suited for acclimatization before proceeding Island Peak climbing.

The normal route for climbing Island Peak is South East Flank & South-West Ridge Normally, the base camp is set at Pareshaya Gyab (5,087m), between Imja Tse and the lateral moraine of the Imja Glacier. Proper care should be taken to avoid the possible avalanche in the event of heavy snow fall. From the base camp, a well acclimatized party in good conditions can make the summit and return to the base camp in a day. However, most of the climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the joy of climbing and helps a safe ascent.

Day 01: Fly  to Lukla (2800 m.). Take an easy walk to Phakding.

Day 02: Walk through the busy trail and view the tantalizing glimpses of Kusum Kangru (6,369 m ), Everest (8,848 m.) and Nuptse (7,879 m ). Arrive at Namche Bazar (3,444 m).

Day 03: Rest and acclimatization  at Namche Bazaar. A pleasant day can be spent exploring the village, talking to the Sherpas and marveling at the incredible scenery.

Day 04: It is a steep one hour walk to Synagboche. The trail descends gradually to Phunki Thanga and then climbs steeply at first and then gradually ascends through forest and mani stones to Tengboche (3870m.). The views of the Himalayas including Kwangde (6,187m.), Everest (8,848m.), Nuptse (7,879m.), Lhotse, Tawache, Amadablam are magnificient from here.

Day 05:   We pass through the forest of briches, conifers & rhododendrons with possible sights of snow pigeons, golden eagles, goshawks in tha trail. The route climbs past some magnificiently carved mani stones to Pangboche and then enters alpine medows to Pheriche (4,240m).

Day 06: Walk up a small ridge and then contour round the base of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, take a short steep climb to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are stunning. Arrive at Lobuje (4,930 m ).

Day 07: Walk up to Gorakhshep (5,288 m) and take a climb to Kalapathar (5,545 m). The view from the top  of Kalapathar surpasses anything one can imagine. Huge glacier ice flows all around. The mountains of Pumori (7,145 m ), Lingtren (6, 697 m) and Khumbutse (6,623 m) stand close to Tibet. Capture the most beautiful view of Sagarmatha, the roof of the world. Return to Lobuche.

Day 08: Retrace path to Dingboche.
Day 09: Climb gradually up to Chhukhung. 
Day 10: We walk along the ridge and cross a galcier and arrive at Island Peak Base Camp. 
Day 11: High Camp (Optional)
Day 12: Summit - Chhukhung. 
Day 13: Extra day to attempt summit 
Day 14: Tengboche. 
Day 15: Namche Bazaar 
Day 16: Lukla 
Day 17: Lukla - Kathmandu by flight.

Cost Includes
  1. International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
  2. Accommodation at tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan
  3. Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight fare including airport tax
  4. All necessary paperwork for permit (Peak permit, national park entrance).
  5. Climbing guide’s equipment allowance and wages
  6. Group climbing gears (ropes, snow bars, ice screws etc.)
  7.  High food
  8. Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail and camping      arrangement at base camp (cook. Kitchen boy, tents, mattresses, food, fuel, kitchen and camping equipment )
  9. All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
  10. An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
  11. First aid medical kit
  12. All government and local taxes
  13.  Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes
  1. International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  2. Members personal climbing gears
  3. Nepal visa fee
  4. Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
  5.  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  6. Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
  7. Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
  8. Any other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking).
  9. Gratuity for the trekking and climbing staffs

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