Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak ClimbingAffords an excellent opportunity to go high, but the actual climbing portion of the trip is limited to just a few hours of walking roped up on snow. The team enjoys the Everest Basecamp trek prior to climbing Island Peak, then on day 12 of the itinerary; at Dingboche we depart to the village of Chukkung, and then on to basecamp. Basecamp: Island Peak basecamp is at 5,100 meters/16,700 feet. The trail from Chukkung follows gently along the moraine of the massive Imja glacier. High camp: We walk uphill on a path over slabs and boulders for about two hours to Island Peak high camp at 5,500 metres/18,000 feetUpon leaving high camp in the wee hours of the morning, the path to the summit is a good one on rocks and scree. Then we take out our ice-axe and put on our crampons for the final few hours of walking roped-up on the snow slopes to the summit. We cross a large snow plateau climbing a 34 degree headwall on snow using fixed ropes. We reach the summit shoulder and climb the final 15 metres to the summit using ropes. Once there, we can be treated to some very awe inspiring views of the 4 highest peaks in the world excellent sherpas have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful trek to Island.Peak and the comfortable villages we will visit because this is their home region. They live in this land, grew up on farms here, have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and genuine culture of the Khumbu Valley. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable, enjoyable along the way, and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a truly wonderful trek with friendly people. Island peak, 6189m , is actually an extension of Lhotse Shar, and is located between the Lhotse and Imja glaciers.We attempt along the standard route. Though the summit can be reached on a single day we make use of a high camp on its south west ridge to ensure the success. The climb involves one steep and exposed 100 m ice climb, otherwise it is a non technical snow climb. The climb also offers fabulous view of the Khumbu region and the Chhukung valley. From the summit you can enjoy the huge south face of Lhotse and the peak of Amadablam.

Peak Climbing Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840 metre/9300 feet. Trek to Phakding, where we camp in a field on the river bank at 2650 metres/8,700 feet.
Day 02: Walk to Namche Bazaar 3440 metre/11,300 feet.
Day 03: Rest, acclimate, and relax in Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Trek to Tengboche, 3900 metres/12,800 feet.
Day 05: Walk along to the village of Pheriche, 4250 metres/13,900 feet.
Day 06: Walk along to the village of Dughla at 4620 metres/15,150 feet.
Day 07: Walk along to the village Lobuche, 4930 metres/16,200 feet .
Day 08: A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5160 metres/16,900 feet.
Day 09: Walk up to Everest basecamp, which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5300 metres/17,400 feet.
Day 10: Trek to Kala Patar. This evening we stay in Dingboche at 4530 metres/14,850 feet. back to top
Day 11: Branch off from our standard Everest basecamp trek. We will take a leisurely walk up to Chukkung Village at 4700 metres/15,500 feet.
Day 12: Today we will go up to Island Peak basecamp at 5100 meters/16,728 feet.
Day 13: Rest in Island Peak basecamp and train to ascend and descend fixed ropes.
Day 14: We will wake up in the middle of the night and slowly and carefully head for the top at 6189 metres/20,300 feet. Walk down to basecamp. back to top
Day 15: Today we will make a relaxed walk down to Pangboche.
Day 16: We will walk back to Namche Bazaar.
Day 17: Walk down from Namche to Lukla.
Day 18: Return flight to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu. Do take a taxi out to Bhaktapur if you wish to visit an impressive temple city.
Day 20: Flight Home. Good Bye

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