The Island Peak is named so because it resembles an island surrounded by a sea of ice. The peak that stands at a height of 6,189m is also known as the Imja Peak. The peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British expedition team. The summit of Imja Tse offers stunning views of the Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Cho Polu, Makalu, Baruntse, Amadablam and Amphu peaks.
Our trek starts from Lukla as we follow the Dudh Koshi river and make our way to the villages of Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche and Lobuche. From Lobuche we trek to Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep, is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition and the site where Peace Nepal Treks had successfully organised the 2009’ Everest Cricket Match. Our ascension of the Kala Pathar (5,600m) in between our trek makes our journey even more fascinating and thrilling at the same time. A day’s stay at Gorak Shep around the base camp gives us ample photographic opportunities to capture the mesmerizing beauty of Mount Everest, the Khumbu Ice Fall and the Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori peaks.
We make our return journey through Pheriche and Tengboche where the grand Tengboche monastery basks in the solitude of the beautifully scenic valley. Our trek leads us back to Lukla on the fourteenth day, where our flight to Kathmandu marks the end of the trek.
After your arrival in Kathmandu our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in checking in.
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is 40 minutes of pure mountain experience until we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Our trek begins in Lukla as we descend towards the Dudh Kodhi River before following the trail leading to Namche Bazaar.
The trek to Namche Bazar is a steep climb through forests of rhododendron around the Sagarmatha National Park. After crossing several suspension bridges and four hours of walking we reach the Sherpa market of Namche Bazaar.
Two days of rest in Namche Bazaar helps us in acclimatisation and prepares us for our journey ahead. Namche, the trading capital of the Khumbu region was once the trading grounds of Tibetan Salt. Even today we can see Tibetans selling rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat in the region. Namche is believed to be one of the best places on earth to see the sun rise and set between the snow clad Himalayas.
From Namche, we follow the trail towards the national park headquarters. Soon the route to Tengboche becomes visible above Namche and we see the famous Tengboche monastery surrounded by the majestic Himalayan peaks.
Day six gives us plenty of time to visit the Tengboche monastery. After spending some time observing the tranquility of the monastery we follow the Imja Khola through Pangboche until we reach Dingboche.
Today we have a rest day in Dingbuche, we can alk around the villages for good acclimatization.
Today we ascend to Lobuche passing through the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We camp at Lobuche for the night.
Gorak Shep, is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition and the site where Peace Nepal Treks had successfully organised the 2009’ Everest Cricket Match. We also have the option of climbing the famous Kala Pathar peak (5,545m) in the evening.
Today, early morning visit in Everest base camp and trek back to in Lobuche, overnight stay in Lobuche
From Lobuche we trek towards the Kongma La pass (5,535m) and overnight stay in Chhukung
Then Climbing day in Chhurkung Ri and then on to Chhurkung Ri and back to Chhukhung overnight stay.
Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse. Today we make our way to the Base Camp of the Island Peak.
Once again we follow the Everest trail through Pangboche and reach the Tengboche monastery.
The trail now descends to Namche Bazaar which offers superb views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peaks. We stay overnight at Namche, a perfect place to celebrate the success of our two week trek.
On our way back, we cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, make our way through steep descends and walk past numerous tea houses before finally arriving at Lukla.
40 minutes of pure mountain experience on our flight to Kathmandu marks the end of our journey.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Accommodation and meals: During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation.
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
Climbing equipments: – (Warm down jackets, sleeping bags, warm trousers, koflach shoes, trekking shoes and sandals, perfectly fitting crampons, gaiters, jumar, gloves, sun glasses, head light, helmet, harness belt, figure – 8.
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
Nepal has four climatic seasons
* Spring : March-May
* Summer: June-August
* Autumn: September-November
* Winter: December-February.
There is no seasonal constraint on travelling in and through Nepal. Even in December and January, when the winter is at its severest, there are compensating bright sun and brilliant views. The monsoon season does affect the summer months, so be wary that trekking can be hazardous, although there are some regions that are actually best visited at this time – please see our list of treks for more information.
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets)
If you’d prefer to share this Peace Nepal holiday trip with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options.
In 2005 I had the honor assisting to build a primary school in Pakuwal Tulo Parsel Nepal, together with a friend and on behalf of the Lions Club Schoorl. Tulo Parsel is the home ground of Nir Bahadur Lama, managing director of Peace Nepal Treks. During the building time I was in close contact with him, and still we are.…