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 Today you explore Kathmandu, also known as city of temples with our guide. Basically there are four major touring sites in Kathmandu. They are: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and and Bouddhanath Stupa. And the main part is these all four sites are listed in World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will be introduced to your guide by Regulus. You can have good conversation with him regarding the upcoming trip. You can enjoy the night life of Thamel which completely depends on your wish. Overnight in Thamel
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