Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks of the Everest area. Island Peak has an impressive, highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. This wonderful Island Peak trekking and climbing takes you into the heart of the Khumbu, Gokyo (4,750m/15,584ft) and Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft).
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Langtang Ri will officially greet and meet you at Airport & transfer you to Hotel You will have leisure time, Overnight in Kathmandu (1,000m/3,280ft).
Day 02 : Expedition Preparation and official formalities
(You can use this day for rock climbing course or sightseeing)
You will be taken to 3 Km drive to the place called Balaju, a natural rock climbing spot for your climbing course before departure to Lukla, the one day course will provide excellent opportunities to learn how to use rope, harness, Ice axe, crampons although there is no snow. or
After having breakfast in Kathmandu, you will prepare for a guided tour of the amazing sights in the Kathmandu Valley. You can visit Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (Monkey) Temple, the famous Hindu temple (Pashupatinath) and the largest Stupa in Nepal ( Boudha).
Day 03 : Katmandu-Lukla-Phakding: 35 min flight; 3-4 hours trek
Early morning flight by small twin otter to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). After final preparations, the trekking starts passing Chaurikharka village, and makes a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the precise bank of the Dudhkosi River until camp at Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) is reached. This first day is short for acclimatization reasons.
Day 04 : Trek from Phakding to Namche (5-6hrs)-3,440m/11,286ft
The trail cross Dudhkoshi River through a long suspension bridge then trail leads you crossing side by side along the river to Hilary’s Suspension Bridge. The trail further climbs from here to Namche Bazaar which is the gate way to Mt. Everest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft).
Day 05 : Rest day at Namche
All day kept free for rest. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 06 : Trek to Tengboche (4-5hrs)-3,870m/12,693ft
After breakfast, we start our trekking towards Tengboche. We will have a nice walking till to riverside where we take a breathe with lunch. And we start walking up gradually through pine forest for 2 more hours to reach Tenboche. Tengboche is a very great place to view close views of Ama-Dablam. And it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 07 : Tengboche to Chhukung (5-6hrs)-4,730m/15,518ft
From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Then it keep continue gradually up toward left hill to reach shomare. After walking for an hour, we cross the river and step towards right corner of the valley and reach dengboche. After this, we take a short gradual walk to reach Chhukung. Overnight at lodge.
Day 08 : Chhukung rest day and final preparation for climbing -4,730m/15,518ft
This is a day to check and set up all the climbing gears and do final preparation for the climbing. You can have a little surrounding walk around of the valley for some hours. And have a rest for whole afternoon. Over night at lodge.
Day 09 : Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (3-4hrs)-5,200m/17,060ft
The path from Chhukung leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Continue short pleasant walking along a streamside leads to what we call â€œBig -rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. Over night in Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft).
Day 10 : Island Peak Base Came to Island peak high Camp (2-3hrs)-5,600m/18,372ft
You will have move to Island Peak high camp, from where you will climb the Mt. Island peak. The path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel. Overnight in Island Peak High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft).
Day 11 : Summit Island Peak and trek back to Chhukung (8-10hrs)-6,189m/20,305ft
Island Peak Ascent (6,189m/20,305ft), from early in the morning will have to climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45Âº) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Chhukung for overnight.
Day 12 : Chhukung to Tengboche (5hrs)-3,870m/12,693ft
Slowly trek down to dengboche and the trek continue down following towards pangboche. After this, we take same trails back which are used to trek up. The trails come all the way down to river. We cross the river and take an hour walk up through the forest to reach Tengboche. And overnight at lodge.
Day 13 : Tengboche to Namche (4-5hrs)-3,440m/11,286ft
We take a nice descend walk through forest till to the riverside, across the river and take a walk up towards a big hill for two hours and will have a nice pleasant walk till to Namche. This is same trail as we used before. Overnight at Namche.
Day 14 : Namche to Lukla (5-6hrs)-2,800m/9,185ft
Today the trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural walk to phakding. After a lunch, trail will lead you back to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax, stretch those sore legs and celebrate the completion of your trek. Reconfirm your flight ticket and overnight at lodge.
Day 15 : Lukla- Kathmandu
Early morning fly to Kathmandu .Transfer to your hotel; the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 16 : Explore day in Kathmandu-1,350/4,428ft
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore the Thamel and overnight at hotel. This one extra day we use as a reserve day just in case if you need one extra day on trip or some time flight to/from Lukla can be cancelled or delay so always good to have this one reserve day after your trip.
Day 17 : Extend your holiday or back to home
After this amazing trekking and climbing if you are more interest for other activities like safari, rafting, cycling or more trekking in other areas; Langtang Ri Trekking can organize as your desire. If you decide to leave Nepal we will transfer to airport for your onward destination.
The accommodation in cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Bandipur in this itinerary includes in good 3 star category hotels. The accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bandipur includes bed & breakfast whereas in Chitwan includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, jungle activities and other cultural programmes.
The accommodation during trekking in this itinerary includes in tea houses/lodges. The accommodation in tea houses/lodges in the trekking region is very basic and it is not possible to book an accommodation in advance. Although, in some tea houses/lodges you will be able to have your own room, in many others you will be sharing a dormitory with other fellow trekkers. All amenities such as bathrooms, corridors but not limited are shared. The hot water and hot showers may be available but subject to extra charges so you will have to borne costs for these services. Your guide will arrange a place for your stay when you arrive in each place. Please note that, there may be no or very little choice as it all depends on what times of the year you are trekking, how full the lodges are and how late in the day you arrive at that destination. Normally, during peak season such as September, October, November, Feb, March and April lodges operate in extremely full occupancy.
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