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Island Peak (6,169m): also known as Imja Tse is one of the popular trekking peaks of Nepal for climbing on the Himalayas. Along with the most enjoyable climbing experience, Island Peak presents some of the most spectacular scenery of leading mountains in the Khumbu region. From Dingboche, the view of this peak gives an impression of an island in a sea of ice. The semi-circular panorama of Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,879m) and Lhotse (8,516m) to the north, Makalu (8,463m) to the east and Ama Dablam (6,812m) to the south adds more charm in climbing the peak. For many mountaineers, Island peak be the beginning of climbing for bigger mountain expeditions. For some Island, peak stands for the purpose of acclimatizing before heading to higher elevation climbing. And for Island peak climbing, Kala Patthar or Everest Base camp in your mind
- Trek to the world-famous Everest Base Camp
- Enjoy the amazing view of the Himalayas from Kala Patthar
- Travel through the Sherpa villages of Namche, Khumjung, Khunde, and Dingboche
- Visit Tengboche the biggest and oldest monastery n the region.
Itinerary in Details.
Kathmandu Ramechap by jeep flight we fly to fascinating valley of Lukla. This is one of the most scenic air routes in the world. Reaching Lukla, we trek upward heading towards the village of Phakding. To support our acclimatization, we only have a short walk today. Overnight in Phakding.
After breakfast, we take short walk up & downhill with multiple crossing over Dudh Koshi River and enchanting view towering Mt. Thamserku. We cross more suspension bridges and reach to the entrance of Sagarmatha (Everest) national park at Monjo. Passing though river bed and short hikes takes us close to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the main gateway to Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Today we take a day of rest at Namche Bazaar (3,440m) and allow our body to acclimatize with that altitude. If you are interested, hike to Khumjung (3,786m) and explore monasteries and local villages. Namche itself is a famous town with modern facilities. Enjoy your visit around the village and overnight stay.
Breakfast is followed by heading towards Tengboche (3,870m) enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,812m) and Thamserku (6,623m). Along the way you will see wildlife like Pheasant, Musk Deer or a herd of Himalayan Thar. Tengboche has one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in Khumbu region decorated by panoramic Himalayas. Overnight in Tengboche.
On warm morning light, visit around Tengboche monastery. After breakfast continue trek on descending down to riverside, cross the river and trek up towards the traditional and cultural Sherpa village Pangboche. We continue towards the wide village of Pheriche located on riverside. Overnight in Pheriche.
After breakfast we start an easy and straight walking towards river and walk to Dugla. We continue for couple of our trek to Lobuche for overnight stay.
We trek to Gorak Shep, put your baggage in a lodge and then continue trek to Everest base camp. The trail changes every year due to the movements of the glacier. The walk is quite strenuous due to thin air at high altitude, passing through rocky dunes, moraine and streams. Everest base camp is one of the iconic places to see most of top mountains. We get back to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.
We start early morning to catch the remarkable view of Everest from Kala Patthar. It takes 1:30 hours to reach the top, sit on Kala Patthar rocks and admire the incredible Himalayan Panorama. You can take as many pictures as you can with your camera for lifelong memories. Trek back to Gorak Shep, eat breakfast and start gradual descend down to Lonuche for an overnight stay.
Leaving Lobuche, we descend down to Dingboche (4,410m) and continue through stone walled path, river valley and glacier moraine. Ama-Dablam and Lhotse surrounds us throughout journey. From Bibre village, we can see towering Island peak, feels like heartily welcoming us. Crossing 2-3 more streams, we reach to Chhukung, a small settlement located exactly at the lap of Ama-Dablam
Today we take a day rest to acclimatize our body to the elevation. Instead of staying idle, hike to Chhukung Ri (5,550m). It is an appreciative viewpoint located directly above the Chhukung village. Back to the village, roam around and overight stay.
We start early in the morning to make our key day a solid journey. Island peak base camp is going to be our today's destination. We will walk through frozen Lhotse glacier and enter into the wide valley to the southwest side of Island peak. Overnight at Island peak base camp.
We trek to the high camp for an overnight stay or just acclimatization and head back to base camp for acclimatization and training.
Today we begin our climb early around 1 AM. After the climb through the rock gorge the route leads to an exciting pass onto the nose of the summit glacier. We need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. Guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Chhukung for overnight stay.
An extra day is always good in case if you are unable to summit the Peak on schedule due to bad weather condition or some other reasons. If trip goes smoothly, we can reduce this day.
After your dream come true, it would be satisfying walk down to Namche Bazaar. Passing Dingboche, Pangboche, Tengboche village, our returning journey will be fanciful by the shadows and sparks of mountains. We will have a night of rest at Namche Bazaar.
Entertaining unspoiled environment, we will trek all the way down to Lukla valley. Interact with locals, admire their unique lifestyle and celebrate your last night at Everest region.
Morning flight, fly back to Ramechap and drive to Kathmandu.
The Cost Includes
- The Cost Includes
- What’s Includes :
- Tims Card Trekking permit.
- Conservation / National park Permit fee ( Special Permit if Necessary Document. )
- Meal: All meal during the trek best available restaurant .
- 2 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu Trekkers Standard Hotel BB Basis.
- One experience trekking guide/Climbing Guide & necessary porters.
- Transportation from Kathmandu to Kathmandu or flight as itinerary area wise
- Insurance for Guide & Porters
- All accommodation during the trek best available hotel/guesthouses
- Airport -Hotel-Airport transfer
- Company service charge.
The Cost Excludes
- The Cost Excludes
- What’s not Includes :
- PERSONAL equipment for Trekking
- Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Emergency Rescue evacuation
- Trekking Sleeping bag
- Personal expenses
- Tipping (Tips)
- Bar bills, Mineral water
- Departures taxes
- Note : After end of the trip tips for guide and porters compulsory according to our company Rule and regulation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will too, you can.
On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.
The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.
Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, a hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.
No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.
Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. The Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.
Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during the offseason.
It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.
For the Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.