Island Peak is located in Khumbu Region (Everest Region). It is one of the most popular peaks of Nepal. It is a busiest peak where at least thousands of climbers step in. Regulus suggests any climber be it amateur or professional to experience Island Peak because it is not that hard and technical in comparison to other peaks.
It is a rewarding climb that gives astounding view of many mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and yes, Mount Everest.
The peak stands high at an altitude of 6,189m. Climbing Island Peak gives exhilarating experience to climbers. If you are planning to climb Ama Dablam or Mount Everest climb then before that Regulus suggests you to gain firsthand experience at Island Peak. This will benefit you to learn climbing techniques and build confidence in you. Earlier climbers used to practice here before going for Mount Everest climbing.
Island Peak was known as Imja Tse earlier. Eric Shipton, a renowned climber coined new name to Imja Tse as Island Peak in 1951. This is because the peak appears like an island in the vast ocean of ice while watching from Dingboche.
In the course of time, Island Peak replaced its new name with the same old one—Imja Tse. But, at present, the peak is still popular as Island Peak among foreigners and Nepalese.
The extended ridge coming down of south end of Lhotse Shar makes the Island Peak. It was the Swiss team who climbed the Island Peak for the first time in 1956. They climbed Island as a training session prior to Mount Everest climbing.
The use of ropes, crampons, ice axe among other equipments is common in Island Peak climbing. The crossing of a glacier with open crevasses and climbing fixed line by the use of jumar makes the climbing more exciting and thrilling.
The final section of Island Peak climbing is really challenging where you need to show excellent level of climbing techniques and fitness level. The summit is of around 13 to 16 hours which starts during night or midnight. The sunshine and blowing wind in the peak during day time makes the climbing impossible so climbers summit at night.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (flight)/Trek to Phakding
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazar
Day 05: Acclimatize at Namche Bazar
Day 06: Namche Bazar to Tengboche
Day 07: Thyangboche – Pheriche
Day 08: Pheriche – Lobuche
Day 09: Lobuche – Kalapatthar & back to Lobuche
Day 10: Lobuche – Dingboche
Day 11: Dingboche – Chhukung
Day 12: Chhukung – Island peak (Imja Tse) Base Camp
Day 13: Island B.C – High Camp
Day 14: High Camp – Island Peak summit & back to Island B.C
Day 15: Island B.C. – Dingboche
Day 16: Dingboche – Thyangboche
Day 17: Thyangboche – Namche Bazaar
Day 18: Namche Bazaar – Lukla
Day 19: Lukla - Kathmandu by flight then transfer to Hotel
Day 20: Back to your destination
Day 01Arrival in KathmanduWelcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Regulus Treks & Expedition receives you at Tribhunvan International Airport and drive you to hotel. If your arrival is at appropriate time then you can enjoy leisurely walk in the streets of Thamel. It is a prime destination for foreigners. It is said that Kathmandu visit is incomplete without strolling in this part of the city. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 02Kathmandu sightseeing It is a busy day with jam-packed schedule. We will visit four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu namely, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa. Kathmandu Durbar Square: It is a historical site of the country which covers five acres of land at the centre of Kathmandu. The entire site is divided into two parts—inner and outer. The inner part consists of Hanuman Dhoka Palace which is one of the prime sites to visit. The statue of Hanuman (monkey god) is placed in front of the main entrance of the Palace. King Pratap Malla erected a statue of Hanuman here in 17th century with the belief that the god will keep all evils outside the palace. He also built Sundari and Mohan Chowk on the north of the palace. According to stone scriptures, Kathmandu Durbar Square was the administration centre for Lichhavi Kings. They built palaces and temples here in 3rd century but no remains of it is found yet. The major developments of the site took place in the time of Ratna Malla in 1484. He turned the existing palaces into Royal Palace. Since then many temples and palaces were built here by different Malla and Shah Kings. There are many things to observe in the outer part of the area such as: Kasthamandap, Shiva-Parvati temple, Kumari Ghar and many more. Kasthamandap enshrines Gorakhnath (Lord Shiva in the form of cow protecting god). King Laxmi Narasingha Malla built it in 16th century by using woods of a single tree. It was built in Pagoda style. This temple was completely destroyed by the quake of 25th April, 2015. The name Kathmandu was derived from this very temple—Kasthamandap. Kumari Ghar (house) is another major attraction of this place as living goddess—Kumari lives here. This house is also severely damaged by the quake and is in reconstruction process. Kumari is regarded as a living form of Taleju Bhawani (Durga). There are many other things to see here. It is truly a historical site with cultural outlook of Nepal. It is a centre of Newar culture. Pashpatinath temple: Pashupatinath is located on east from Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is a sacred site for Hindu where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Linga. The Linga is a stone of around three and half feet cylindrical black coloured stone where face of Lord Shiva is carved in four sides. There are temples of many other god and goddess in this area. Bouddhanath stupa: Bouddhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas of South Asia. It is built in octagonal mandala structure. The entire stupa is surrounded by brick wall. The colour of the stupa is completely white. A dome like structure is made on the octagonal base where people walk in clockwise direction reciting matras. The prayer wheels, butter lamps and prayer flags in the site are really pleasant. There are more than 50 monasteries in Bouddhanath area dedicated to Lord Buddha. The site gives glimpse of Tibet so it is also regarded as mini Tibet. It is said that the stupa was built by Lichhavi King called Shiva Dev in 590 AD but it is not proved it. Swoyambhunath stupa: Like Bouddhanath Swoyambhunath is also regarded as prime site for Buddhist. It is a place where hundred thousand people around the world visit every year. The site is located on the west from Kathmandu. Swoyambhunath is situated at a hillock. It is a dome shaped structure with the eyes of Budddha in all four directions at top of the dome. Swoyambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple because a lot of monkeys live here. ‘Self-Existing’ is the meaning of Swoyambhu. It is said that this stupa used to be here even then when this entire valley was logged with water forming a huge lake. Later Manjushree arrived here and saw a beautiful lotus with many petals. Manjushree was moved by the lotus and he determined to settle village in this place. He cut the gorge at Chovar making passage for water flow. Since then people started living here. Here ends our Kathmandu sightseeing today and we get back to hotel. It is also a day for trek preparation. We will introduce you with our trekking guide who will be with you for next nine days. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 03Kathmandu to Lukla (flight)/Trek to Phakding Definitively the morning is good today as you will fly to Lukla enjoying scenic beauty of mountains. The harmonious mountain will capture your heart. It is around 30 minute flight from Kathmandu. There are lots of monasteries in Lukla and if interested you can visit there. We begin our trail on foot from here and it ends at Phakding for today. The team of porter guide will join you from here. The way to Phakding is so beautiful that you will remember it for rest of your life. Hills, green lush vegetation and streams will surely mesmerize you. We will put off at Phakding at night.
Day 04Phakding to Namche Bazar We follow the route of Dudh (Milk) Koshi River to arrive at Namche Bazaar. Crossing pine, fir and rhododendron forests we arrive at Monjo. The entrance to Sagarmatha National Park is Monjo. Furthermore, after walking for few more hours we reach Namche Bazaar where we put off tonight. Namche is a big market of Khumbu region. People of different ethnic group especially, Sherpa inhabit here.
Day 05Acclimatize at Namche Bazar Acclimatization means adjusting body temperature with increasing altitude in order to avoid altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can be severe so we take rest at some places. But, at the same time we also enjoy the day. Today we visit Khumjung. The monastery at this place lures many tourists as there you see skull of yeti. It takes three hours to reach here. We get back to Namche and spend night in the same tea house where we did put off earlier.
Day 06Namche Bazar to Tengboche It is uphill walk today but not that hard. in your every step you will enjoy Dudh Koshi River as the river flows below you. The way to Tengboche is really beautiful. You witness several animals and birds especially, Danphe (national bird of Nepal). Crossing Trashinga we arrive at Phunkitenga where we have our lunch. Trashinga to Phunkitenga is a descend walk. We now move upward and crossing pine and fir forests we reach Tengboche where we will spend our night. Tengboche is popular for a monastery which is a largest monastery of Khumbu region. You will pay visit here.
Day 07Thyangboche – Pheriche
Day 08Pheriche – Lobuche
Day 09Lobuche – Kalapatthar & back to Lobuche
Day 10Lobuche – Dingboche
Day 11Dingboche – Chhukung
Day 12Chhukung – Island peak (Imja Tse) Base Camp
Day 13Island B.C – High Camp
Day 14High Camp – Island Peak summit & back to Island B.C
Day 15Island B.C. – Dingboche
Day 16Dingboche – Thyangboche
Day 17Thyangboche – Namche Bazaar
Day 18Namche Bazaar – Lukla
Day 19Lukla - Kathmandu by flight then transfer to Hotel
Day 20Back to your destination