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Facts of the trip

Trip Code: HOT 01
Trip Duration: 15 days
Max. Altitude: 6300M
Grade: Strenuous
Program Type: Peak Climbing
Trek Start Point: Lukla
Trek End Point: Lukla
Accommodation: Tea house/ Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Tea/Coffee
Mode of Travel: Car/Bus/Flight
Transportation: Flight/Land
Minimum Pax: 2+
Best season: March-June, Sep-Nov

Island Peak (Imja tse) Climbing trail trekking will takes you right into the heartland of the Khumbu, Gokyo and Everest Base Camps. Island Peak is located on the Everest area and has quite an arresting and highly frosty West face that ascends from the Lhotse glacier. On the Island Peak Climbing adventure, as you ascend Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar, you are provided with the opportunity to acclimatize while also getting a commanding view of the highest mountains in the world. On the Island Peak Climbing you will also cross the seldom used Chola pass and Kongma La Pass while getting to the top of one of the most popular peaks on the Everest area. The blend of Everest base camp trekking and Island Peak Climbing is most likely one of the best excursions in Nepal loved intensely by adventure seekers. Island Peak Climbing is a difficult adventure not only because it is challenging but also because of accessibility issues. The normal route for Island Peak Climbing is South the East Flank and the South-West Ridge. The base camp for the Island Peak Climbing is usually set at Pareshaya Gyab. During heavy snowfall while on Island Peak Climbing, it is advisable to avoid the possibility of an avalanche. View from the top of Island peak This peak offers an enjoyable climb the peak, also provides some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu. If the peak can be likened to an Island in a glacial sea, than the main land forms a semicircle of cliffs that rise in the north to the rugged summit of Nuptse (7879m/ 25850ft), Lhotse (9501m/27870ft), Lhotse middle peak(8410m/ 27590ft), as yet still unclimbed and Lhotse Shar (8383m/ 27503ft). To the east, rising above the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar glacier, is Cho polu(6734m/ 22093ft), beyond which can be seen the red granite mass of Makalu (8475m/ 27805ft). To the south of the Imja glacier and icy flutings of Baruntse (7720m/ 25328ft) and the Amphu peaks lead the eye to the lofty pinnacle of Ama Dablam (6856m/ 22493ft), which is liked a giant sea ·stack guarding the entrance to the glacial bay in which Island peak stands


Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 5- 6 hours
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hours
Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 3-4 hours
Day 08: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
Day 09: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
Day 10: Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 10-12 hours
Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Day 12: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 15: Final departure

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, a representative from Blue Horizon trek & Expedition, will pick us up and take us to our hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Early breakfast, we take an early morning flight to Lukla. After flying above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains. Upon our arrival at Lukla, we meet the rest of our crew members. Next, we begin our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla to Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities, we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
After breakfast we walk through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River ending our nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar. After walking for almost over an hour, we come across the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) on our right and also experience the serenity of pine, fir and juniper forests throughout our journey. If the weather is clear, we may even catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We continue walking until we reach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. This day we cross five suspension bridges, the last one also known as the Hillary Bridge being the highest. It is an uphill walk from Hillary Bridge to Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Today is set aside for acclimatization. Health experts recommend that instead of being idle we stay active and move around even during the rest day. We can either stroll around Namche’s quaint villages and get acquainted with the Sherpas and their rich culture, or we can hike up to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy an up-close view of the mighty Everest. While in the Namche village or upon returning from the hike to the Everest View Hotel, trekkers may also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 5- 6 hours
After breakfast, we trek towards Tengboche. It is an easy walk from Namche to Phunki. Upon reaching Phunki, we ascend towards Tengboche, a village that houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery of the Everest region. Located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of “outstanding universal value”), it is draped with the panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku and is also the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. We visit the monastery the same day at around 3 p.m. to witness a religious ceremony.
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hours
With the Himalayas as its backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche is in a perfect location to enjoy the beautiful Himalayan landscape. We visit the monastery in the morning and take pictures of the amazing landscape. Then we begin our trek by walking through lush forests of birch, conifers and rhododendrons on an easy path. This picturesque trail then dips down to Debuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pangboche (We can either walk in the upper or lower Pangboche trails). We are most likely to choose the upper Pangboche trails as it provides more pristine view of the Himalayas. We also visit the Pangboche monastery. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend into the river and begin the climb up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, we are greeted by a beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals.
Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 3-4 hours
Dingboche is a summer settlement and here the great peaks of Ama Dablam, the ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse, Tawache and Chalotse surround us. We begin today’s trek to Chhukung by walking through stone-walled fields, Imja Khola valley before walking in glacier moraines. On our walk, we will be surrounded by Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. Later, beyond Bibre village we see Island Peak soaring above us. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We reach Chhukung, a small settlement in about half an hour from Bibre. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains
Day 08: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak.
Day 09: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
We begin our pre-climb training today after breakfast. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. Usually we will be climbing on rock surface for up to around 5770m. After that, we climb on ice and use ropes when necessary. However, the use of the rope and the length depends upon the season and the crevasses. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back or resting for the next day’s climb.
Day 10: Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 10-12 hours
We wake up early today at around 12 to 1 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier for a successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully. This is not difficult, but there are several short rock steps to climb before we 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. The guides will fix a rope when required. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. Both fixed rope and man rope will be used during the climb for safety. We use fix rope after successfully climbing on rock. The length of the rope will usually be of 350m. However, the length depends on the time of the season and the crevasses
There are two newly formed crevasses which are approximately 3 and 4 meters long. We will be using ladders to cross them. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew is waiting for us. We celebrate on our successful Island Peak climb.
Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Today’s walk will be a much easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley.
Day 12: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar or Manjo: 5-6 hours
From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar.
Day 13: Namche Bazaar or Manjo to Lukla: 5-6 hours
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenirs shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the climbers’ successful summit of the Island peak.
Day 15: Final departure
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. We will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

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Your Program Duration = 15 days Days
All the Prices are in GBP (£) Per Person.

Cost Include

 Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle
 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
 3 night hotel in Kathmandu.
 Teahouse accommodation during the trek
 Tented accommodation during the climbing period
 All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climbing
 Farewell dinners
 All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
 Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
 English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide
 Experience summiteers climbing Guide
 Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter only Cary 25 Kg)
 Nepal trekking Staff salary, equipment, transportation
 food and accommodation for trekking stuff
 Insurance for Nepali trekking stuff
 Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
 Blue Horizon trek and expedition trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt
 Trekking map
 Sagarmatha pollution control community (SPCC) Garbage deposit
 All necessary paper work
 Sagarmatha National park fee, TIMS card
 Island Peak climbing permit
 Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
 Medical kit (carried by your guide)
 All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

 International flight & departure tax
 Lunch & dinner during stay in Kathmandu.
 Personal climbing gears & clothing, (available on hire).
 Tips, any expenses of personal nature, clients insurance.
 Emergency evocation
 Any kind of bar bill hot shower, telephone, internet and alcoholic drink
 Hotel in Kathmandu early arrival and late departure

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