Trip Factors

Trip Duration : 21N /22D

Peak Climbing Code: STE/PC/01 
                       
Package: Kathmandu
                                                                  
Trek Duration: 17 Nights /18 Days

Hiking period: Its 18 trailblazing days out on the trail till summit day…check out your gear!

Grade: Strenuous - Peak Climbing - Alpine grade: PD+

Meals: Healthy meals provided on the trail

Accommodation: Hotel, lodges (tea house) and camping at some areas when making the climb

Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu

Activity: A cultural tour and a trekking climb…  
                                                 
Transportation: Flights and private car or tourist coach
                                                                                
Maximum Altitude: 6173m…we peak out and freak out on summit day at Island Peak!
 

Price per Person [Min. 2 PAX required]

An ascent of Nepal's most popular trekking peak through the legendary trail of Everest Base Camp…

You couldn’t ask for more in only 18 days, ‘Island Peak’ was baptized with the name ‘ImjaTse’’ in the ‘80s but the original name carries more weight. The mountain earned its namesake "Island Peak" in 1950 AD due to its prominent location in the center of the Chhukung valley, like an isolated island on a huge bed of ice. The Peak has an imposing highly glaciated west face that springs out from the Lhotse Glacier, posing a technical challenge for climbers, but this venture is arguably the easiest and most economical path to know firsthand what high altitude climbing is all about above 6000m/21000 feet. This is also an awesome area for upfront views to get real close to the high rung peaks that protectively surround the king peak of Mt. Everest. The rewards sure surpass the heady challenge…for some of the most stunning Himalayan scenery on earth.

But then, ‘A trekking climb to Island Peak at 6189m’was never a cakewalk, and can be done by anyone who is physically fit and daring enough to undertake the compelling icy venture…

Island Peak or Imja Tse is pretty close to Mera Peak physically, another famous trek peak most trekkers tend to make a beeline for; nevertheless, both these handsome biggies are divided by a fearsome series of mountains that cut a thin fine line between the Hongku and Khumbu Valleys. This venture is a chance to summit Island peak and get a bird’s eye view of Mera peak which ambitious climbers would sure want to conquer after taking on Island peak with a dash across the isolated but amazing Amphu Labtsa pass at a tough elevation of 5780m – seasoned climbers can even hit 2 birds with one stone with a foray up both peaks via the imposing pass…this expedition will be the icing on the cake for diehard trekkers who’ve done a lot of trekking and experienced enough to target peaks above 6000m.

Our journey includes trekking to Base Camp, one of the most absorbing hikes on the planet; walking through medieval snow-free trails that meander by verdant green terraces, gushing clean water streams over swinging airy bridges and at nights we haul up in cozy teahouses, and if needed, we set up our tents in serene pastures in the laps of some of the tallest mountains on earth; the meals we enjoy on the trails are nutritious and hygienic, always energizing our weary bodies for the arduous climbs ahead each day. Our itineraries are designed to give you ample time to acclimatize, chill out and get familiar with your surroundings in welcoming Sherpa villages. Our odyssey wades into high alpine zones that are icy and treacherous but we lay out fixed rope lines that are protective. Our healthy yaks and trusted porters carry our entire luggage and there’s no need to haul those heavy rucksacks along the way. You have enough space to hike at your will so you can blend your trek and climb into a gripping experience of a whole lifetime…    

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport

Day 2

Free at your Leisure

Day 3

Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2652m]

Day 4

Trek to Namche [3450m]

Day 5

Rest day in Namche

Day 6

Trek to Tengboche [3867m]

Day 7

Trek to Pheriche [4252m]

Day 8

Rest day in Pheriche

Day 9

Trek to Lobuche [4930m]

Day 10

Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]

Day 11

Trek to Everest base camp [5357m]

Day 12

Trek to Dingboche [4350m]

Day 13

Trek to Chhukhung [4750m]

Day 14

Trek to island peak base camp [5150m]

Day 15

Trek to high camp

Day 16

Ascent of island peak [6173m]

Day 17

Spare day

Day 18

Trek to Pangboche [3950m]

Day 19

Trek to Namche [3450m]

Day 20

Trek to Lukla [2800m]

Day 21

Fly to Kathmandu

Day 22

Depart Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street, don’t make it too late, get back to your nest for supper and then get ready for a good night’s sleep because the morrow is going to be busy. The first overnight at your hotel in the valley of temples and cows – probably the most in the world
 
Day 2: Free at your own leisure

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about what to do in your next free day. 
The choice is yours: either you can stroll around the nearby market on your own or you can opt for a half/full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. The cost for this extra tour is not added in the trek cost and you have to pay extra depending on the places you choose to visit. This extra tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites.  Sansui Treks will give you an orientation on your program & you will also get the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure. When this is done, you might find time to shop around the city in the evening time if you need any gears for the trek. Overnight at your hotel
 

Day 3: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding [2656m] hiking time approx 3 hrs

A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.
 
Day 4: Trek to Namche [3450m] – hiking time approx 5 hrs

From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
 
Day 5: A day for rest in Namche

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.
 
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche [3867m] hiking time approx 5 hrs

From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi.  We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from the campsite.
 
Day 7: Trek to Pheriche [4252m] hiking time approx – 5-6 hrs

We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, Mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche.
 
Day 8: A day for rest in Pheriche

This is a day for rest and acclimatization. We also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for views of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt. Lhotse.
 
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche [4930m] hiking time 5-6 hrs

We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
 
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m] hiking time 5-6 hrs

To reach our next stop, Kala Pattar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.
 
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m] hiking time 7-8 hrs

A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.
 
Day 12: Trek to Dingboche [4350m] – 5-6 hrs

It’s from this point where the walk is fairly reasonable 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 fine-looking array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals.
 
Day 13: Trek to Chhukhung [4750m] – 3-4 hrs

Dingboche is a known summer settlement and hereabouts, the great peaks of Ama Dablam, the ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse, Tawache and Cholatse engulf us all around. We begin today’s trek to Chhukung by walking through stone walled fields and the Imja Khola valley before hiking across glacier moraines. As we hike the paths, we are surrounded by the Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. Later, beyond Bibre village we see Island Peak towering above us. The trail ahead is criss-crossed by icy streams. We reach Chhukung, a small settlement, in about half an hour from Bibre. From this point, directly across the valley are the incredible Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labtsa mountains.
 
Day 14: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp [5150m]

This is another day that’s pretty comfortable on the body; the trail crosses a river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the superb south face of Lhotse. Base camp stands adjacent to the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which highlights the beginning of our climb on Island Peak.
 
Day 15: Trek to high camp

We ascend a little further to high camp where we haul up for a breather and make final preparations for our climb tomorrow.
 
Day 16: Ascent of Island Peak [6173m] – 11-12 hrs

It’s important that we get up at the break of dawn today at around 2-3 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It’s wise to reach the summit by noon because in the afternoon the gusty winds in the highlands might be a block for a successful summit. Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is magnificently airy and on reaching the summit we have breathtaking close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views that leave our hearts skipping a beat. We set our video cams on overdrive for some of the best pictures we can get hold off…it’s an experience never to be forgotten. We descend along the same route, down to base camp where some of our crew waits for us – and it’s a celebration night for us at base camp after a gritty successful summit.
 
Day 17: This is a spare day

We could call this a contingency day owed for inclement weather or any unpredictable circumstances which could/may have occurred. This is absolutely your day to do as you wish and anyway you want. You’ve earned this day which was saved in the event of any emergency for a technical climb of this kind.
 
Day 18: Trek to Pangboche [3950m] – 5-6 hrs

After descending along the trail to Chhukhung, we continue on to Dingboche where we haul up for lunch. It is then several hours before we reach the lovely village of Pangboche where we camp for a blissful night.
 
Day 19: Trek to Namche [3450m] – 4-5 hrs

Today, we revert to our old path and follow the river, and after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are a few of the Himalayan master peaks we get to see on the way. From Tengboche, we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.
 
Day 20: Trek to Lukla [2800m] – 6 -7 hrs – this is our last day on these gripping mountains that have been home to us all of these weeks; and we’ve surely fallen in love with them…

Today is our last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk along the valley before we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We’ll have lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free for us to wander around, relax or perhaps have a hot shower! In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner party followed by a few celebratory drinks. We can taste some ‘Chhang’ {mountain beer brewed from fermented rice} and do jigs to some Sherpa dance steps; we enjoy with the crew whom we’ve come to know so well over the weeks being together. It’s a time to make merry after the success of our risky climb. We then hit the sack for some blissful rest after a truly great venture that was successful.
 
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu

We pack up early and head for the airstrip to connect for our early morning flight back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu it’s your day to do as you wish. You could simply go down town and do some shopping for the loved ones and then chill out at some restaurant or bar. At eventide, we attend a farewell celebratory supper for our successful trip at a specialty restaurant for Nepalese cuisine and while enjoying our meal we will be entertained to a thrilling cultural dance program performed by the local belles; and this concludes a wonderful evening to a wonderful odyssey with heartwarming memories. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu
 
Day 22: Departure for home sweet home

Today is free to relax and do your own things; perhaps some last minute shopping or pen a few post cards to the loved ones at home, until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meeting you has been a wonderful experience that Incentive Holidays will cherish for a long, long time; & on your way home, you’ll be thinking of a trip that will linger in your memories for a whole lifetime which we are sure will become fireside stories to be told to your loved ones on a cold winter night for the generations to come. Sayonara friends, till we meet again one day…
 
Critical issues relevant to this trip:

Please note: flying to Lukla [one of the highest altitude level domestic airports in the world] can be an operation as smooth as silk but can also be delayed by a few hours or even canceled for several days due to inclement weather patterns. Conditions of this kind may even occur in the best climatic seasons. Should this happen, trekkers must be prepared for lengthy waits at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, since this may happen either at the beginning or at the conclusion of the trek or even at both airports!  We go out of our way to avoid these delays, and book you on the next possible flight. We advise that you be prepared for such situations, and plan your trekking holidays with extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to adjust with such occurrences. We also arrange heli-rescues in such conditions, if it's available and deemed necessary by our guests. Helicopter flights charge around USD 5000 and can carry 4-5 persons per flight. In the event all goes well, you can use the extra days for other activities with a range of choices: sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, mountain biking or even shopping, etc. 
 
In a worst case scenario, of there is a flight delay/cancellation before the trip and it gets lengthy so as to disturb your onward travel agenda, you are at liberty to choose an alternative trip: fantastic treks are also available in the Annapurna, Langtang and other famous regions of Nepal. If this doesn’t suit your plans and you opt to wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait it out in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla. However, you must accept and realise that there will be no refunds if you choose to while away your time and not take any optional program due to the time limitations you have. Should the cancellation occur before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after completion of the trek, you will be responsible for all the expenses incurred. Please bear in mind further that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flights, etc) included in the package that you will not use later. A lot of treks in Nepal occur in high altitude mountainous territory where weather patterns can be superb in the early parts of the day and suddenly change course within several hours due to climate changes affected by global warming…and nature can be a beast when least expected– however, the scenarios mentioned above don’t happen all the time; 97.6% of all treks and climbs are successful as per data available through government sources. So be optimistic and look out for the lovely sunshine as you walk the ropes while summiting Island Peak.
 
Please Note: that although we will go the lengths to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trails or unpredictable weather patterns may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also sometimes vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the success and safety of your trip and your life.

Accommodation

A ‘Camping trek’ is a term used for sleeping in tents. The tents we provide are ‘Two men or couple domes’ or ‘A’ shaped. A foam mattress with insulation underneath is used for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better.

We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this program, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a choice of their own. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
                                                                

Dining

At Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we ensure that the lodges provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king-size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
 
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites.

Cost Inclusion

  • 3N Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at KTM                                 
  • Normal hotel or lodge / Tented camp during trekking and climbing
  • One English speaking climbing guide
  • Porter (1Porter for 2Pax)
  • Climbing Permit for Island Peak
  • All meals during the trek that includes breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • Climbing tents at base camp
  • Climbing food
  • Climbing rope
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight tickets with 15kg baggage allowance
  • Farewell dinner with Nepali cultural program
  • National park fees
  • Airport pick up and drop
  • All ground transfers as per itinerary

Cost Exclusion

  • Personal equipment’s for climbing
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • International Air Fare
  • Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner) while staying in Kathmandu
  • Tips to Guide & Driver
  • Bar Expenses
  • Telephone, Laundry and Internet
  • Personal Expenses
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • Nepal visa fees 
  • Entrance fees

Note: All our Nepali staffs [guides and porters] are insured [life and medical].

Popular Sightseeing places in Kathmandu:

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Swayambhunath Stupa

Half day sightseeing includes visit two of these places and full day sightseeing includes three of these places inside the ring-road of Kathmandu. Besides the above mentioned places, the charges will apply depending on the distance accordingly.

Please feel free to call us or write to us if you require any further assistance.

The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn.  It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.