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Island Peak / Imja Tse

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Everest Region
20+ booked
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Duration
19 days
Highest Elevation
6,189 m / 20,305 ft
Ages
0 yrs
Season
Spring/Autumn

Tour Overview

Nestled in the majestic Everest region of Nepal, Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, stands as a prominent peak at an altitude of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet). This exhilarating climb attracts adventurers from around the world, offering breathtaking views of iconic Himalayan peaks such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Interesting fact: The name "Island Peak" was coined by Eric Shipton's team in 1953, as it appeared like an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche.

Trekking through the picturesque Khumbu Valley, you'll traverse beautiful landscapes adorned with prayer flags, monasteries, and traditional Sherpa villages. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural traditions of the Sherpa people, known for their resilience and mountaineering prowess. Interesting fact: Island Peak holds cultural significance for the local Sherpa community, who regard it as sacred and believe it to be the abode of the goddess Makalu.

Island Peak has a fascinating mountaineering history. It was first summited in 1953 by a British team led by Charles Evans, Tenzing Norgay, and Sherpa Gyalzen Norbu. Since then, it has gained popularity among climbers as an excellent peak for honing mountaineering skills. Interesting fact: Island Peak serves as a training ground for climbers preparing for higher Himalayan peaks, making it a stepping stone towards the dream of summiting Everest.

Tour Highlights

  • Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, offers a thrilling climb at an altitude of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) in the Everest region of Nepal.
  • Enjoy stunning views of iconic Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam, from the summit of Island Peak.
  • Trek through the beautiful Khumbu Valley, passing through Sherpa villages and experiencing their warm hospitality and rich cultural traditions.
  • Gain mountaineering experience with basic technical skills required for the summit climb, making it a perfect peak for novice climbers seeking to advance their skills.
  • Witness the spectacular Khumbu Icefall, a challenging and awe-inspiring section of the Everest Base Camp route, as you make your way towards Island Peak.
  • Celebrate your achievement with a sense of accomplishment and pride, knowing that you have conquered one of the most popular and accessible peaks in the Everest region.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival To Kathmandu & Transfer To The Hotel (1,300m)
Arriving in Kathmandu, you're greeted by the city's rich cultural tapestry. You'll be transferred to your hotel where you can unwind and anticipate the adventure that will lead you to the iconic Island Peak.
Day 2: Fly From Kathmandu/Ramechhap To Lukla (2840m) & Trek To Phakding (2800m)
The scenic flight to Lukla marks the beginning of your trek. As you tread the trails to Phakding, you'll be introduced to Nepal's mountainous beauty, with flowing rivers and charming villages.
Day 3: Trek From Phakding To Namche Bazzar (3,440m)
The journey to Namche Bazaar takes you through forests and suspension bridges. Namche Bazaar, a hub of culture and commerce, offers a first taste of the Himalayan lifestyle.
Day 5: Trek From Namche Bazzar To Dibuche (3,870m)
As you continue your ascent, the landscape transforms, revealing rugged beauty and soaring mountains. The village of Dibuche provides a tranquil setting for the night.
Day 6: Trek From Dibuche To Dingboche (4,243m)
The trail leads you to Dingboche, surrounded by stunning landscapes. The higher altitude reminds you of the altitude's challenges and the rewards of being in such a unique environment.
Day 7: Trek From Dingboche To Lobuche (4,940m)
Ascending further, the path takes you to Lobuche. The air grows thinner, and the terrain becomes more rugged, serving as a prelude to your impending encounter with Everest Base Camp.
Day 8: Trek From Lobuhce To Ebc And Back To Gorekshep (5,170m)
significant day takes you to Everest Base Camp, a symbolic destination for trekkers. The feeling of standing at the base of the world's tallest peak is indescribable. You'll then return to Gorakshep, surrounded by towering peaks.
Day 9: Trek From Gorakhshep To Kalapatthar (5,545m) (Sunrise View) And Back To Dingboche (4,360m)
An early morning ascent to Kalapatthar rewards you with a panoramic sunrise view of Everest and its neighboring giants. The trek then takes you back to Dingboche, completing a day full of awe-inspiring sights.
Day 10: Trek From Dingboche To Chhukung (4,730m)
Your journey leads you to Chhukung, a remote village nestled amidst the mountains. The isolation and grandeur of the surroundings offer a unique sense of adventure.
Day 11: Trek From Chhukung To Island Peak High Camp (5,550m)
The path to Island Peak High Camp is a gradual ascent that introduces you to the stark beauty of high altitudes. The camp's views are a testament to the challenges and rewards that lie ahead.
Day 12: High Camp To Island Peak Summit (6,189m) And Back To The Chhukung
Summit day arrives, and the climb to Island Peak's peak is a culmination of your efforts. Standing atop the summit, you're surrounded by a panorama of Himalayan grandeur. The descent back to Chhukung is a journey of reflection.
Day 13: Contingency Day (Due To Bad Weather)
Nature's unpredictability is accounted for with this extra day, ensuring that unfavorable weather conditions don't hinder your progress.
Day 14: Trek From Chhukung To Tengboche
Retracing your steps, the trail leads you back to Tengboche. The familiarity of the route allows you to appreciate the changes in scenery and your growth as a mountain trekker.
Day 15: Trek From Tengboche To Namche Bazaar
Descending further, you'll pass through Tengboche and make your way back to Namche Bazaar. The sense of accomplishment and the memories of the journey linger in the air.
Day 16: Trek From Namche Bazaar To Lukla
The final leg of your trek takes you back to Lukla, where your journey began. The bustling town offers a mix of emotions, from nostalgia to the satisfaction of having completed an incredible adventure.
Day 17: Fly From Lukla To Kathmandu And Transfer To Hotel
As you fly back to Kathmandu, the city's familiar sights offer a sense of coming full circle. You'll have a chance to reflect on the transformative journey you've undertaken.
Day 18: Sightseeing Around Kathmandu Valley
A day of sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley allows you to immerse in Nepal's rich culture and history, exploring ancient temples, bustling markets, and sacred sites.
Day 19: Transfer To International Airport For Final Departure
Depart from Nepal with the memories of the towering peaks, the camaraderie of fellow trekkers, and the personal growth that comes with conquering challenges. The journey may end, but the experiences you've gained will stay with you forever.

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