Private vehicle / By Air
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
Best Season March to May and September to November
- You will lose at least 8-12 lbs
- It is popular and oldest climbing peak of the country
- Get opportunity to watch many mountains from a single peak
- Understand and study Sherpa culture and their lifestyle
Although Imje Tse was renamed for Island Peak in 1980, its original name Island Peak is still popular among trekking lovers. This trekking is not limited within enjoyment and fun but is also challenging task for those who dare. It is something what you call man versus nature, it is something what you have to call man versus his endurance.
It is situated in eastern part of Nepal. Eric Shipton named it as island Peak in 1951 as it appears like an island in the vast sea of ice while viewed from Dingboche.
Later in 1983 the peak was renamed as Imja Tse but its popularity still lies in old name Island peak. The peak is an extension of the ridge which comes down off the south end of Lhotse Shar. The peak was climbed first by a Swiss team in 1956. It was their training trail before climbing to Mt. Everest and Lhotse.
Outline Day to Day Itinerary:
- Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02:Kathmandu sightseeing and climb briefing
- Day 03:Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
- Day 04:Phakding to Namche Bazaar
- Day 05:Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day)
- Day 06:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
- Day 07:Tengboche to Dingboche
- Day 08:Dingboche to Chhukung
- Day 09:Acclimatization day and Climb Chhukung Ri
- Day 10:Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp
- Day 11:Practicing Climbing training on Island Peak Base Camp
- Day 12:Climbing Island Peak and back to Base Camp
- Day 13:Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche
- Day 14:Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
- Day 15:Namche Bazaar to Lukla
- Day 16:Fly to Kathmandu
- Day 17:Final Departure
- Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu On your arrival in Kathmandu, staff of NTA will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. You will have some spare time to hang around. In the evening NTA will give you welcome dinner.
- Day 02:Kathmandu sightseeing and climb briefing Today, after breakfast, you will tour Kathmandu with NTA’s guide. The capital city has many things to offer especially UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites including other spiritual destinations. Historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath (Hindu sacred temple), Swoyambhunath and Bouddhanath (Buddhist shrine) are the prime destinations of your visit.
On this very day you will be briefed regarding peak climbing and also preparation is done like climbing equipments and team formation. You will meet trek leaders and other team members of the expedition.
- Day 03:Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding After breakfast, we will take early flight to Lukla from the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport. We land at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. It is one of the best air routes of the world that is surrounded by mountains. Here we meet our trekking guides and make trekking arrangements to Phakding. Lukla to Phakding is a short trek. You will look around the place and see nearby monastery in Phakding. We will spend night at a lodge in Lukla.
- Day 04:Phakding to Namche Bazaar Trekking to Namche Bazaar from Phakding is very interesting. We cross beautiful pine forest and walk along Dudh Koshi River to reach Namche Bazaar. On the way you will get chance to see Mt. Thamserku. If weather is kind then you can also get clear glimpse of Mt. Everest. Our walk ends at the entrance of Sagarmatha National park in Namche Bazaar. It is a gateway to Mt. Everest and main commercial area of the region. While reaching Namche we will cross five suspension bridges and one of them being Hillary Suspension Bridge.
- Day 05:Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day) Today is a rest day. We will move around and observe Namche Bazaar today. You will have a chance to get acquainted with Sherpa culture. You can also visit local museum here. It gives you a lot of information about Sherpa people, their culture and Mount Everest. However, if you prefer a bit longer hike then you can go to Khumjung village. It takes you around six hours to reach this village from Namche Bazaar. Here you can visit Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery. This monastery is famous for housing the head of the Yeti.
- Day 06:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Tengboche is our next destination from Namche Bazaar. After breakfast we move towards Phunki. From Phunki, we ascend towards Tengboche. Tengboche Monastery in Tengboche is the largest monastery of Everest region. Tengboche is almost at the heart of Sagarmatha National Park—UNESCO listed World heritage Site. From here one can view mountains at 360 degree namely Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. We will spend night at Tengboche.
- Day 07:Tengboche to Dingboche Our next destination is Dingboche. After enjoying Tengboche and capturing pictures of its beautiful landscapes we begin our walk through birch and rhododendron forests. We reach Debuche. We cross Imja River to reach Pangboche. We visit Pangboche Monastery. We further move and enter Imja Valley. We reach at the confluence of Lobuche River. After a descend trail we climb up for Dingboche where we will stay at night.
- Day 08:Dingboche to Chhukung Many peaks like Ama Dablam, the ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse, Tawache and Chalotse surrounds us at Dingboche. Before walking in glacier moraines towards Chhukung we pass through stone walls and Imja River. While on walk at Bibre village we see Island Peak rising towards sky. After walking for another half an hour from Bibre we reach Chhukung where we put off for the night.
- Day 09:Acclimatization day and Climb Chhukung Ri It is a rest day today. In order to adjust ourselves in high altitude we practice Chhukung Ri climbing. This peak is located exactly above Chhukung village. The view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks from here gives heavenly feeling. After spending some time here we get back to Chhukung where we will spend our night.
- Day 10:Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp is a steep trail. First, we head towards south and take eastward direction and following winding course we reach at south-west face of Island Peak where we spend our night.
- Day 11:Practicing Climbing training on Island Peak Base Camp Our peak climbing guides will take your class regarding peak climbing after breakfast. They will tell you about peak climbing techniques, gear using techniques including ropes. Peak climbing training is not compulsory but to boost up your confidence and for your safety it is essential. We will enjoy and spend night at the camp.
- Day 12:Climbing Island Peak and back to Base Camp Today, we wake up at early in the morning, at 2 am, and have our breakfast before we begin our climb. We do this in order to reach at the peak before noon so that the strong wind which starts blowing at noon may not catch us barring our summit. Initially, course to Island Peak climbing is a bit steep and sandy followed by grassy route which further leads us to boulder strewn. As we move forward, the slope gets narrowed entering to steep rock channel. We need ropes at some places which is tied by our guides. After reaching at the peak we take photographs and enjoy the adventure for some time. We get back to the Base camp where we spend our successful night.
- Day 13:Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche We retrace the same course today while descending through Khumbu River. We will see beautiful Sherpa villages, Orsho and Shomare on the way. We can visit Gompa located at Upper pangboche by taking another route. This monastery is understood as oldest holy Buddhist site of Khumbu region. The regular way will take us to Pangboche village. It is beautiful village surrounded by Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga, Kongde, and Imja Tse River. We will stay overnight at pangboche.
- Day 14:Pangboche to Namche Bazaar Following the same path, we move downward to Imja River and move upward for Tengboch where we will have our lunch. After crossing Dudh Koshi River and gentle walk we reach Sansa. If we are lucky enough then we can also see snow leopards and mountain goats on the way. Finally, we reach at Namche Bazaar where we will spend our night.
- Day 15:Namche Bazaar to Lukla Trail to Lukla from Namche Bazaar is a steeply downward trek. We cross few suspension bridges before reaching Lukla where we will halt for the night.
- Day 16:Fly to Kathmandu From Lukla we catch early flight to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu you can take some rest or roam around the city. In the evening, NTA will offer you Farewell dinner.
- Day 17:Final Departure Your journey ends today as you pack your baggage for your destination. Our staff will drop you at the airport.
- Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
- All nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire or purchase) and trekking map.
- All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
- First aid kit.
- All taxes, be it local or government
- Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Size of Trekking Group
For any trek, there will be one leader, and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 10 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 10, NTA can arrange this too.
While on trek, we will spend all nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 300 to 350 US. You have to make adjustments if in some places single rooms are not be available.
During our trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks.
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.
Getting Visa for Nepal
You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months.
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.