Island Peak is one of the most popular trekking peak in Nepal. Its was first named Island Peak by a group of mountaineers led by Eric Shipton in 1952. At that time, it did not have an official name and the group noticed that it looked like an Island in a sea of ice when you look at it from the nearby village of Dingboche (4410m). The usual method of climbing Island Peak is to do it on the way back from Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar - where you are well acclimatised. You can rest in the village of Dingboche before taking a half day walk to Chukhung (4900m).
In Chukhung, we stock up food and equipment needed for the climb and then move on to base camp. From base camp we have the option of either moving on to high camp for another night or pressing on to the summit. This will depend on several factors - How well acclimatised is everyone, and of course, the weather. We always make sure that we leave extra days to ensure the highest possible chance to make a safe and successful summit.
Diffculties and Safety
Climbing to Island peak is not an easy thing with lots of uphill, downhill and high altitude. Good physical fitness is required in order to ensure an enjoyable walking and climbing experience during the trek and climb. Most of the days include 4-7 hours walking. Altitude can be the problem too, so drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness.
Your safety is one of our major concern. Your trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary for Trek For Hope - The Himalayan Panoramas (Island Peak leg)
Day 1: 15 April 2017
Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m) Pick up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free time to explore Thamel. (Overnight at hotel)
Day 2: 16 April 2017
After breakfast, we will be boarding a coach to take a 2.5hrs journey to Nalang Village where we will meet with Team ABC - and together we will interact and serve the people of Nalang Village in a day of games, education, craft-work and medical care. Spend the night at the school compound (camping style) and discover about the hike experiences from the other team. (B, L, D)
Day 3: 17 April 2017
In the morning, we will continue with our food and clothing distribution programme. In the late morning, we will perform the torch passing ceremony, receiving the TFH torch from the ABC team and bid farewell to Nalang Village. From there, we take a 3 hours coach ride back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day will be free and easy for more sightseeing and shopping with the ABC team. (B)
Day 4: 18 April 2017
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2630m) 6.4km. 3-4 hours trekking
We bid adios to the ABC team. Our guide will come to pick up at hotel and drive to the airport. It will be a scary yet breathtaking scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla (2840m). After preparing your bag pack to be carried by the porter, you will start your trek to Chaurikharka village and make a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530m) and another hour trek to reach Phakding along the Dhudh kosi river with villages.
Day 5: 19 April 2017
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 10.5 km, 6 - 7 hours trekking
After breakfast we continue our trek along the Dhudh Koshi river for 2-3 hours and we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We check into the National Park and get stamps on our trekking permits. After one hour we cross the high bridge of Dhudh Koshi River and climb straight up to Namche through the pine forest. About 6-7 hours walking.
Day 6: 20 April 2017
Namche Bazaar (3440m) Acclimatization Day
Acclimatization day, go high sleep low. We do some hiking to acclimatize our body and same time you will visit the National Park headquarter office, museum, monastery and hike to Everest View Hotel for a superb Mt. Everest view. We will then return to Namche for the night.
Day 7: 21 April 2017
Namche to Tengboche (3880m) 9,3km 5 hours trekking
The trekking trail is plain and the trail will descend to Dudhkoshi (3250m) followed by a climb up Tengboche. Today’s view from the trek will be incredible, how does Mount Everest view sounds? Tonight you will stay near the famous Tengboche Gompa, which has background views of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest and other peaks. 4-5 hours.
Day 8: 22 April 2017
Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m) 9.5km 5 hours trekking
The trail slightly descents through lush forest in the beginning, then gradually climbs up to the valley’s highest year round settlement of Pangboche (3,860m). You will continue ascending in the afternoon through alpine meadows and yak herds until finally reaching to Pheriche. Approx 4-5 hrs.
Day 9: 23 April 2017
Pheriche (4240m) Acclimatization Day
Go high, sleep low. Today we will hike to the nearest hill from where you can have beautiful photo taking opportunities. There are up close views of Taweche, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Island Peak and Thamserku, as well as Imja valley. Stay the night in Pheriche.
Day 10: 24 April 2017
Pheriche to Lobuche (4910m) 8.1km, 4 to 5 hours trekking
We will walk along the river side which source is Khumbu glacier for 2 hours. We will cross the frozen river and climb to the top of a small hill called Thukla. There are many monuments of Everest climbers along this route. From the Thukla hill, gradually ascent towards to Lobuche and stay overnight at tea house. Approx 4-5 hrs.
Day 11: 25 April 2017
Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5365m) 11.4km, 7 hours
We will get an early start for our trek to Everest Base Camp. After 2-3 hours hiking we reach Gorakshep (5190m) and this is where you will spend the night. We check into the room, leave your bags, enjoy the hot food and continue trek to Everest base camp (5365m) another 2 hours. From EBC, the view is one of the most spectacular anywhere in the world. After taking photographs, you will return to the Gorakshep same route which takes about 1.5 hours.
Day 12: 26 April 2017
Hike to Kalapattar (5545m) and back to Pheriche, 15.9km, 7-8hours
Early morning hike to Kalapattar (1.9km) 2 hours for sunrise, this will be one of the best view from the EBC trip. After taking your snaps on the top of Kalapattar, head back to Gorakshep for breakfast. Check out from the tea house and trek down to Pheriche for the night.
Day 13: 27 April 2017
Trek to Chhukung (4730m) 3hrs
On the way to Chhukung, we can see beautiful closeup view of Island Peak and other mountains . Chhukung is the village of small settlements of Sherpas from the Everest region. Overnight at Tea house on full board basis.
Day 14: 28 April 2017
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m) 3 - 4 hrs
Overnight at tented camp on full board basis.
Day 15: 29 April 2017
Trek to High Camp (5600m) 3 hrs
We have to trek to High Camp, and today is the preparation and training day for climbing Island Peak. Overnight at tents on full board basis.
Day 16: 30 April 2017 - 12 hrs
Island Peak Summit (6189m) and back to Chhukung
We have to trek continuously through the glacier of snow. After reaching the summit of Island Peak, we can see endless mountain views as well as Lhotse (south face). After the summit, we descend back to Base Camp to Chhukung. Overnight at Tea house on Full board basis.
Day 17: 1 May 2017
Trek back to Tengboche (3860m) 5-6hrs
Overnight at tea house on full board basis.
Day 18: 2 May 2017
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m) 4-5hrs
From Pheriche we go all the way down to Pangboche, and climb for 30min to Tangboche where we stop for lunch and make our way to Namche Bazzar. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
Day 19: 3 May 2017
Trek to Luka (2804m) 6-7hrs
Finally, the trek back to Lukla and enjoy your last night in the Himalaya. Time to thank to your porter and wait for the next early morning flight to Kathmandu. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
Day 20: 4 May 2017
Morning flight back to Katmandu
Enjoy the 35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis).
Day 21: 5 May 2017
Departure, transfer to airport
Your guide will pick you at hotel and he will alight you at the airport 3 hours before your flight time for your onward destination.
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Land cost: $1800 USD
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