This is the most popular trekking peak in Nepal. 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 mountain itself is the extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar seperated by a small col. The ridge rising to the south from this point leads to the summit of Island Peak. The extension of this ridge descending south-west is the part of the normal route of ascent and leads to the South Summit. Imja Tse not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the 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 for climbing Island Peak.
|Max Altitude||6183 m|
|No. of Days||20|
|Activities Per Day|
Arrive to Kathmandu 's Tribhuvan International airport and be meet by a member of our crew. We will be driven to our hotel and later go on a familiarization walk with one of our guide.
After breakfast in the hotel we drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the flight (45 minutes) to Lukla (2840m).
Landing on the narrow, sloping runway in the heart of the mountains is a very spectacular way to arrive. From Lukla it is best to allow two days for the walk up to Namche Bazaar to assist with acclimatization. Walking down from Lukla to Phakding (2610m) beside the river takes about 2 hours and this is the first camping place Lodge on your trek.
A very pleasant walk by the river though pine forest leads to Monjo and the entrance to the Khumbu National Park. Dropping to the river a suspension bridge is crossed and a good path followed, passing numerous teahouses to cross the river once again on a plank bridge. The climb up to Namche has been made easier by the building of a new suspension bridge, opened in 1990. Which has allowed the route to avoid a difficult rocky section, which used to cause problems for yaks in the past. The first view of Everest is gained about an hour and a half below Namche. Camp is made outside one of the many lodges, or stay on one of the selected lodges.
Namche Bazaar (3400m) is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giants peaks of the Khumbu. Known as the trekkers "Mecca", Namche boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Thame. Options for acclimatization walks include one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nupste, Lhotse and Everest.
Trek to Tengboche.
Trek to Periche.
Periche to Lobuche.
Lobuche to Gorekshep 5,140m.
Climb Kalapattar 5,545m in the morning and descend to Lobuche 4910m.
Trek to Chukung 4730m.
Island Peak Base Camp/Pareshaya Gyab 5080m
Summit Island peak and back to Base Camp/Chukung 4730m.
Trek back to Dingboche 4,410m.
Dingboche to Tengboche 3860m.
Tengboche to Namche Bazar 3440m.
Namche Bazar to Phakding 2610m.
Phakding to Lukla 2840m.
Fly back to Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Free day or half day shopping.
Drive to Airport and fly back.
This trek explores the breathtaking Gokyo valley which is located adjacent of the Khumbu. Gokyo is a land of high altitude lakes and icy glaciers.
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