Island Peak (6183m) also known as Imja Tse is one of the famous climbing peaks in Nepal, located at Everest region. This peak was first known as Imja Tse peak. The trekking to the peak does not only provide an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the different spectacular scenery of Himalayas lying in the Khumbu region including the Mt. Everest (8848m),Mt.Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,516m), 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 (7720m), and Mt. Amadablam (6856m) in the south add more charm while having summit to the Peak. The peak was first ascended in 1953 by the British team as part of their preparations for climbing Everest. Tenzing Norgay was one of the members of the first ascent team. The peak is actually part of the south ridge of Lhotse Shar and forms a semicircle of cliffs that rise to the north of Nuptse, Lhotse, Middle Peak and Lhotse Shar. Until you are along with the well-experienced peak climbing guides of Himalayan Joy Adventure, you do not need to worry on anything, even if you the first time in Nepal and want to have experience of climbing the peak. The journey begins from and ends at Lukla and then continues up past Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Chukung valley, Imaja Glacier to the base camp of Imja Tse or Island peak we finally reach to the base camp and after having successful ascend to the peak, we return back via same route to Kathmandu.
A Himalayan Joy Adventure representative will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and provide transportation to your hotel. After checking into your room and refreshing, our HJA representative will describe the details regarding your trek. Then, you can visit the tourist hub in Thamel. There are many places to shop for trekking gear and souvenirs. In the evening, Himalayan Joy Adventure will host a welcome dinner at the typical Nepali restaurant with a Nepali cultural dance. After dinner, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, our city guide will take you to various historical places and world heritage listed sites. These will include Pashupatinath (One of the greatest Hindu temples in Asia), Bouddhanath stupa (Buddhist stupa), Swayabhunath (Buddhist stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (home of the living goddess Kumari)). After sightseeing, you will be dropped at your hotel with time to prepare for your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
In the morning your trekking guide will take you to the Kathamndu domestic flight terminal to catch your flight to The Tenzing Hilary airport in Lukla. This thirty-five minute flight is spectacular, including views of Gaushankar, Dorjelakpa, and beautiful farming terrains and forests.Lukla(2700m) is the gateway to Everest Base camp and other Everest region treks. After arriving in Lukla, you will begin your trek descending through Chaukharka and Chhoplung village. From Chhoplung, you will have a view of the holy mountain, Khumbila, which is never climbed. The trail continues itsdescent down to Thado Khola, passing by beautiful Mani walls and prayer wheels along the way. Soon, you will reach Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
After breakfast, you will begin trekking along the Dudhkoshi River, crossing over many suspension bridges. Soon you will reach the small village of Jorshale to eat lunch. Jorshale is the last village until you reach Namche Bazaar. It is also a Sagarmatha National Park check post, where you must stop for a permit check. The trail continues following the river until Dovan, where you will cross a high suspension bridge ascending to Top Danda. It is here that you will have your first view of Mount Everest, and majestic views of Thamserkhu and Kusum Ri. The trail continues to ascend to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar has nice facilities including a bank/ATM service, bakeries and café, massage, trekking shops, health posts, and a weekly market.
You will have an acclimatization dayin Namche Bazaar, which means you will climb to a higher altitude and sleep at a lower altitude to prevent altitude sickness. After breakfast, you will climb to a view point near the army camp with a beautiful view of Everest, Lotse, Nupse, Aamadablam, Thamserkhu, Kusum Ri, Kongde and the Imja Valley. Then you will climb up to Shyangboche, which is home to the famous luxury Everest hotel. From here, you will continue to beautiful Sherpa settlement in the Khumjung valley and Khunde. Khumjung is home of the Hilary School and has a monastery where Yati’s head is kept. After your acclimatization hike, you will return to Namche. Overnight in Namche.
In the morning, you will begin the steep climb out of Namche village and soon enjoy the flat, but still beautiful walk to Sanasa. Once you reach Sanasa, you can stop for a tea break and enjoy the fascinating views, birds (especially the Impayan pheasant), and other wild animals. After Sanasa, the trail divides in two sections, Gokyo Valley trail and EBC trail. You will take the EBC trail down to Phungitanga on the river bank, which has a few teahouse, prayer wheels and an army post. The trail soon has a steep ascent through the Rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Tengboche is home of the largest monastary in the region which stunning views of Aamadablam, Everest and other mountains in the background. Overnight in Tengboche.
From Tengboche the trail descends through a Rhododendron and birch forest to Dibuche, then crosses the Imja Khola and ascends up until you reach Pangpoche. Along the way, you will pass several Mani walls. There are two villages in Pangpoche, one old and one new. Old Pangboche has a monastery and upper trails offering fascinating views. From Pangboche, the trail gently ascends up to Samare. Here, you will have your lunch and great view of Aamabablam. From Samare to Dingboche, you will enjoy walking along the Imja Khola and majestic view of mountains. After one and half hours of walking, you will arrive in Dingboche. Dingboche is a tourist’s hub where mountaineers and trekkers spend about 2-3 days to acclimating to the altitude. There is a nice bakery here, a pool house, and a beautiful stone wall. Overnight in Dingboche.
On your acclimization day, you will hike through Chhukung village to Chhukung-Ri peak. The peak offers incredible views of the Imja Valley, and a panoramic view of Aamadablam, Aamphulapcha, Khangtega, Thamserkhu, Lotse, Nupse and Island peak. After reaching Chhukung-Ri, you willdescend to Dingboch and rest. Overnight in Dingboche
After breakfast, you will begin a slight ascent. The trail gradually inclines providing views of mountains, peaks, yak herding and Pheruch Valley. The trail then merges in Thukla with a lower trail called, Pheruche.You will take a tea break in Thukla. After Thukla,there is a rapid increase in altitude so it is important to take your time while ascending. After a steep hour ascent, you will reach the memorial for those who have died climbing in the Khumbu/Everest region.After another twenty minute walk, the trail merges with Chola pass trail and continues to Labuche. You will check into your room and hike 200m up from Labuche to assist in acclimation.. Overnight in Labuche.
The trail continues to climb through meadows and rocky terrain to Gorakshep(5120m). It will take a couple of hours to get to Gorakshep then another two and a half hours to reach Everest Base Camp(5310m). The trail to Everest Base Camp has many twists and turns and there is some risk of falling stones. Everest Base Camp has incredible views of the Khumbu glacier, icefall and iceberg. Many mountaineers begin their Everest expeditions here. Although there is not much elevation gain on this portion of the trek, most people experience the high altitude at this point, therefore, it is important to arrive in Gorakshep at an early time. Overnight in gorakshep.
Today may be one of the highlights of your trek! Early morning, you will start ascending up the small hill of Kalapatthar(5545m). You will reach the top after 2 hours steep climbing, and at times there may be chilly winds. Throughout your ascent, there will be plenty of time to catch your breath and take photos of the beautiful views. Once you reach the top, you will have the best view of Everest (8848m) and an equally stunning view of Pomori (7100m), and many other mountains including Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changste and Nupse. After summiting Kalapatthar, you will descend down to Gorakshep and have breakfast. The trek continues from Labuche to Dingboche, which may seem quite easy after many days of steep uphill climbs. Despite this, it is important to walk slowly and carefully because there may be unstable rocks.After along day of trekking you will rest well in Dingboche . Overnight in Dingboche
After breakfast your day will start heading towards Island Peak Base camp passing Chhukung village and enjoying the view of mountain surrounding. Your tent and lunch will be ready at the Base camp. Overnight in Tent.
Today, you will prepare for next day or to get on top while your climbing guide will gives you basic training.
Then, you will have a good rest or explore around the base camp. Overnight in Tent
Early in the morning your climbing guide will take you for the summit. After attending on the summit you will be back in the base camp. Overnight in Tent.
After breakfast, you will descend to Dingboche following the same trail which you followed up. You have a great opportunity to explore what you had missed when you up. The trail slight descend down to Pangboche through village of Samare. Overnight in Pangboche.
Near Pangboche, you will cross the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola then, gradually ascend to Tengboche. From Tengboche, the trail drops down to Phungi Tanga and the ascends up to Kyangjuma. The hiking from Kyangjuma to Namche is not challenging, and you will pass bybeautiful Buddhist Stupas along the way. Overnight in Namche.
The hike to Lukla is quite long, but manageable. The trail drops rapidly to Dovan where it crosses over another suspension bridge over the Dudhkoshi River and reaches Jorshale. In Jorshale, you will need to check your Sagarmatha National Park Permit. You will trek through Muse, Banker, TokTok and Phakding. You will have lunch in Phakding then make the ascent to Chhopolung, finally arriving in Lukla. Overnight in Lukla
Early in the morning, you will fly back from Tenzing Hilary Airport inLukla to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be provided transportation back to your hotel room and will have free time to enjoy Kathmandu. In the evening Himalayan Joy will host as a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant, and provide you with transportation back to your hotel.
You have free time today so you can go shopping such as Pashmina , Thangka, Lokta paper, Hemp products, Khukuri(Nepali knife),Metal wares, wooden carving, rudraksha, woolen carpet, Mask Jewelry and jems as a souvenirs. In the Evening Himalayan Joy will host as a farewell dinner in the typical Nepali restaurant. Drive back to hotel.
Himalayan Joy Adventure will drop at the Tribhuwan International Airport terminal with sufficient time to check in for your flight. We hope that you had an incredible time in Nepal and encourage you to share your experiences with us on Trip Advisor or email. We welcome all feedback and hope that you had an experience of a lifetime with us! Have a safe flight!
FLIGHT DELAY IN LUKLA.
Sometimes the flight may be cancelled due to the unpredictable weather in Luka so Himalayan Joy Adventure has created itinerary for this trek with one day free/extra day in the end of the trek. In case your flight has been cancelled more than two days, we will charter a helicopter to and from Luka to ensure your flight on scheduled towards homeland or further destination. This extra service cost will be minimum $500 to maximum $4000 USD dollars which you can claim from your insurance.
Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can takes long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimizes the fuel used and to make campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveler so, just leaving foot-print on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradable which you had.