Everything to know about Poon Hill Trek

A trek to the mountains is one of the most popular wishlist entry on many journals. The feeling of having the cool breeze (even chilly at times) on your face as you make your way up the valley towards the mountains is a wonderful experience. Here we put up everything to know about Poon Hill Trek, under the following headings: 

  • Nepal and Nepal tourism
  • History of Poon Hill Trek
  • Places to stay during Poon Hill Trek
  • Quotation for Poon Hill Trek
  • Best season to visit Poon Hill Trek

Nepal and Nepal tourism

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country which borders China in the north and India in the south, east and west. Bangladesh is located in the southeastern point of Nepal. The widely used language here is ‘Nepali’ and they are known for their bravery and honesty world-wide. Nepal is the home for eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. It is also the home for many historic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries, like the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. 

Tourism is the largest industry in Nepal, and it proves to be the main source of revenue for the Nepalese people. With possession of the eight highest peaks in the world, Nepal is a hot spot destination for tourists, mountaineers, rock climbers, and adventure enthusiasts. Therefore, Mountaineering and other types of adventure tourism and ecotourism are important to the economy of Nepal.

History of Poon Hill

Poon Hill, also known as Ghorepani, is a village in the Myagdi District of the Dhaulagiri Zone of northern Nepal. The literal meaning of the word ‘Ghorepani’ is “water for a horse” in Nepali, where ‘Ghore’ means “horse” and ‘pani’ means “water”. The more commonly used name for Ghorepani is Poon Hill, and Poon Hill lies 17 kilometers from the district of Beni and is at an altitude of around 2874 meters. This village lies within the territory of the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), therefore every visitor is required to have a National park permit to visit. The place was used as a resting spot by the ancient traders where they found water for their horses, hence the name speaks for itself. Since the construction of roads started the main source of income for the residents of Poon Hill shifted from trading to tourism. Since then, the economy of the villagers at Poon Hill has taken a toll for the better.

Places to stay during Poon Hill Trek

Your pick up point may vary, if you are coming from Kathmandu, you will need to be in Pokhara. But if you are already at Pokhara, then your journey starts from Nayapul, from where you begin your trekking towards Tikhedhunga for the night. From Tikhedhunga, we head towards Ghorepani, through Ulleri. The basic accommodation here is tea houses. Early morning we head towards Poon Hill which is a 6 hours walk. Then we come back to Ghore Pani and go down towards Tadapani for a night’s stay. From Tadapani, we take the trail through Ghandruk and Landruk till we come to Tolka. After a goodnight’s sleep at Tolka, we walk towards Dhampus. From Dhampus, we take an hour-long drive to Phedi. And from Phedi another 2 hours drive back to Pokhara. We will have a rest day at Pokhara, where you can go for sightseeing around. Then depending on your itinerary, we head back to Kathmandu.

Quotation for Poon Hill Trek

The trek to Poon Hill is a relatively short but really sweet trip since you will be experiencing the view of several mountains on a short span of time. The trip can either begin from Kathmandu or Pokhara, but the nearest town near the entrance to the trekking trail is Pokhara. Depending on the choice of itinerary, you may land up resting for a day at a hotel in Pokhara. Our journey begins with a 1.5 hours drive to Nayapul from your hotel in Pokhara. 

After you drop off at Nayapul, it’s time to pick up your rucksacks and begin the hike towards Tikhedhunga (roughly translates to “sharp stone” in Nepali). The trek takes about 4 hours and it’s not a difficult trek either. With an elevation of 1540 meters, you will trek along gentle plains and well-maintained path and riverbank trails. You also come across the orange fields while walking along the banks of the river Bhurugundi Khola. Your rest will be at a tea house at Tikhedhunga. 

The next day we head towards Ghorepani village. You can catch glimpses of the Annapurna peaks as you make your way uphill. The total duration of the trek is 7-8 hours. We rise up early in the morning to get a good view of the sunrise at Poon Hill. It is a 45 minutes walk up the valley. On a clear day, the view of the Annapurna is nothing but majestic. After the wonderful sight, we head back down again to Ghorepani. After a brief rest and packing your belongings, we head towards Tolka. The total hike duration to Tolka is 7-8 hours. 

Your journey is almost at its end as we leave Tolka towards Dhampus. You can take in the sight of the green valley and get a magnificent view of Machhapuchhre. From Dhampus, we take an hour drive to Phedi. And from Phedi take a 2 hours to drive back to Pokhara back to your hotel. Finally a rest day at Pokhara, and if your quotation ends in Kathmandu, you will be taken there via a flight.

Best season to visit Poon Hill Trek

A trek to the valley leading to Poon Hill can be taken at any time of the year. However, the best season to visit Poon Hill is Spring and Autumn. It is definitely easier to trek in these parts when there is no rain or snow on the trail. So, when the weather is clear and the temperature is not extreme, you get the most of the views. During the Spring and Autumn seasons, the weather is pleasant. You can enjoy the pastures green and the clear blue sky which go hand in hand to bring out the surrounding landscape.  Even if the days are warmer, the nights can still be chilly. So don’t forget your warmest clothes.

Things to remember for Poon Hill Trek

In order to pry ourselves out of the reach of our busy lives, we often think of taking ourselves to a far distant place, away from all the problems. If you are a busy person with a hectic schedule, Poon Hill Trek might be the best package for you. It is a short, as well as a sweet trek in the Himalayan region. Here we have a study of things to remember for Poon Hill Trek and the information is classified as such: 

  • Introduction to Poon Hill Trek
  • Overview of Poon Hill Trek
  • Initiative for Poon Hill Trek
  • Itinerary for Poon Hill Trek
  • The best time to take Poon Hill Trek

Introduction to Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek, though one of the shortest trips a person can take, is packed with everything nature has to offer from a journey to the foothills of the Himalayas. It is considered a relatively easy trek into the Annapurna region and one can spend their time amidst the beautiful view of snow-capped mountains around. And also a combination of different varieties of flora and fauna scattered beautifully on the slopes of the valley where the trek takes place. Depending on the speed and time taken by individuals, the trek usually takes not more than 5days to complete.

Overview of Poon Hill Trek

The Ghorepani trek is also known as the Poon Hill trek. In the duration of your trek here, you will pass through some quaint but beautiful local villages, rhododendron forests with a variety of birds flying around and of course the splendid view of Nepal’s most famous mountain peaks, like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I and Annapurna South, and so on. The Poon Hill trek starts from Nayapul after a one and a half-hour drive from Pokhara. The quaint yet beautiful villages you pass are inhabited by the Gurung and Magar tribes of Nepal. As you reach higher grounds towards your destination, you will come across the most spectacular view of the peaks in almost every turn.  When you reach the viewpoint at Poon Hill (3201m) you can emerge yourself in the blissful sight of the open horizon which provides the best view of the mountains around and gives a splendid display of the sunrise. 

Initiative for Poon Hill Trek

In the course of our trek, you will come across sightings of the Mount Dhaulagiri range, Mount Gangapurna, Mount Annapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna II-III-IV, Lamjung Himal, Barashikhar, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Hiunchuli and Manaslu ranges. At sunrise, when the sun rises up at the horizon and reaches the snow-capped peaks, the Mountains mainly Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m) along with the other peaks close to the viewpoint, begin to slowly reveal itself in the light. It is a magical show put on by Mother Nature at her best, and it is the most heavenly sight one can witness all at a glance. That is why this trek is considered to be a wholesome package of the best views of the mountains and the surrounding hills and valleys have to offer to mankind.

Itinerary for Poon Hill Trek

Our journey starts at Nayapul. If you are coming via Kathmandu, you might need to get down to Pokhara and then take a 1-hour drive to Nayapul. In the beginning of the trek, we will come across many local villages and tea houses, with lush green hill slopes and rivers adding beauty to the scenery. We will also need to cross the Tikhedunga Khola (river) atop a suspension bridge after which we come across a flight of stone steps. There are more than 3000 steps to reach the top, and you will be handsomely rewarded. Waiting for you at the top is the magnificent view of Mount Annapurna South(7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) and you can immerse yourself in it as you regain your energy.

Then we head on to Ulleri village for a night’s stay. After a good night’s sleep, we continue our trek mostly through a jungle for most of the day. The sounds of the jungle can be a fascinating experience especially when the birds declare their presence. You also have a good chance to see many wild birds and animals in the forest along with rhododendron flowers blooming in the wild. Moving forward, we reach our primary destination, Ghorepani/ Poon Hill, where we will halt for the night at a lodge nearby.

To see the beautiful sun rising above the snow-capped mountains, we need to get up early. We make our way up to Poon Hill, and make sure you are wearing warm clothes. It might get really cold up there. It takes almost an hour to reach the top, from where you can witness the magnificent display of the sun and the mountain ranges. This is a spiritual place that provides a majestic scenery of the sun and the mountain ranges. Sure it looks like magic when all the nearby ranges come along as if to support the sun to rise and help him to reach the sky. After sunrise, after witnessing all the wonderful display by the sun and the mountains, we head back to Ghorepani for breakfast.

We then continue our journey (which is a 6-7 hours walk) towards Ghandruk(1939m), taking a steep uphill path first to reach Deurali Pass, which resembles the elevation at Poon Hill. You will come across views of the mountain ranges (we saw earlier) again, as we move on and make our way down to reach Tadapani. We continue our trek after a brief rest and pass through Bhaisi Kharka (Buffalo Pasture) before we reach the village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the villages with the highest population of Gurung people. You can learn many things about the Gurung culture in the Gurung Culture Museum. We spend our night at a lodge in Ghandruk. 

On a clear morning, one can get to see the view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre(fishtail) and Annapurna III up close while you have your breakfast. We head towards Kimche from here which is almost an hour walk through green pastures. Then we take 3 hours to drive back to Pokhara from Kimche for an overnight stay at your hotel in Pokhara. The itinerary may vary if you choose to go to Kathmandu on the very same day. After which your short but fun-filled trek comes to an end. 

As mentioned earlier, the trek is not a difficult one and anyone fit enough to walk for a few hours can make the trek. The ascent of the stone steps before reaching Ulleri might be a challenge for some, and you can opt to take measures to train yourself before you embark on this trip.

The best time to take Poon Hill Trek

The best time to visit Poon Hill is Spring and Autumn, that is in September till November and March till Mid June. The weather during these seasons will be warm, sunny with a cool breeze blowing your way at daytime. But can become pretty chilly during the night, so much so the temperature might go below freezing point. When you make your ascent uphill towards Poon Hill, the temperature starts decreasing. So make sure you pack some warmer clothes for the trek. And since the weather is subject to change due to various untold reasons, trekkers are suggested to come well prepared.

A Trek to Poon Hill

A trek to Poon Hill is considered to be one of the easiest and shortest treks towards the Himalayas. The trek is packed with blissful sightings of the mountain ranges across green valleys. Though easy, the trek takes place at a high altitude. Therefore, it is important that we understand some basics about the trip. Some points are discussed below as follows: 

  • Pokhara, Nepal
  • What to expect in Poon Hill Trek
  • What we do for Poon Hill Trek
  • Where to stay during Poon Hill Trek
  • Daily activities during Poon Hill Trek
  • Cost related to Poon Hill Trek

Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara is a beautiful metropolitan and the second-largest city in Nepal. It is a city with the Phewa lake in its wake. Pokhara is also known as the gateway to the Annapurna circuit, a famous trekking trail. The city of Pokhara is located 200 kilometers from Kathmandu and is considered the Tourism capital of Nepal. Many travelers visit Pokhara for the view of Machhapuchhre and the peacefulness of the city. While many journeys here to take the fabled trek to the Annapurna Base camp.  The city is also home to a large number of elite Gurkha soldiers.

What to expect in Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek promises to be a short and easy, yet an exciting trek to the Himalayas. Poon Hill is located in the village called Ghorepani, literally meaning “water for horses”. In this short trek, you come across striking views of some of the most famous mountain ranges. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli are some of the ranges which can be seen while on this trek. Apart from the majestic ranges, we walk among lush green forest bustling with rhododendron trees. You may even be lucky to come across some mountain animals but birds you’ll see plenty. The trail you take is a popular trekking trail leading to the Annapurna Base camp. Therefore, there are plenty of quaint lodges and tea houses you come by during your trek. Poon Hill is also a place known for the beautiful views of the rising sun.

What we do for Poon Hill Trek

The Poon Hill trek is an easier trek compared to other treks in the Himalayan region. Therefore, extensive physical training is not necessary to complete the trip. As there is no climbing and no scrambling involved, you just need to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. Our tour guides will be escorting you while giving you valuable information about the areas you reach. Depending on the pace and the time taken by the group, your routine will be scheduled accordingly. The trail passes through several lodges and settlements in the region. But you won’t have to go over the hassle of booking a room prior to your arrival. On your arrival, a briefing will be done by our experts. You just need a mental presence to take the trip. You can leave the rest of us.

Where to stay during Poon Hill Trek

The trip to Poon Hill, as we mentioned, is a short but sweet trek in the mountain region. Though short, the trip is filled with many places to see and places to rest for the night. Nonetheless, the lodges till you reach Ghorepani may be quaint but are comfortable with hospitable hosts. Your itinerary depends if you are coming from Kathmandu or Pokhara. But your trek to Poon Hill starts from Nayapul, near Pokhara. The hotels you stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be 3-star hotels. As we start our trip, the lodging will be in cozy lodges or tea houses. From Pokhara or Kathmandu, we drive to Nayapul, and we take the trekking route to Ulleri. It takes approximately 5-6 hours to reach Ulleri from Nayapul. Lodging at Ulleri will either be at a tea house or a lodge. Ulleri to Ghorepani, the main stop, is another 4-5 hours of trek. The accommodation here as well can either be at a lodge or a cozy tea house. After watching the sunrise at Poon Hill, we head down a 5 hours trek towards Tadapani. Here you will be staying at a tea house settlement. From Tadapani, another 7 hours trek takes us to Tolka. Tolka’s accommodation will also be adjusted in one of the cozy tea houses there. Towards the end of the trip, we hike 3 hours towards Dhampus. After lunch, we take a 1-hour drive towards Phedi. Then another drive to reach Pokhara. At Pokhara, you will be amongst civilization, and in a 3-star hotel. And depending on your itinerary, you will fly towards Kathmandu, where another 3-star hotel will be waiting for you.

Daily activities during Poon Hill Trek

Your Poon Hill Trek will begin either from Kathmandu or Pokhara. If you are traveling from Kathmandu, that means an extra day will be kept aside for your arrival to Pokhara. But the trekking route begins from Pokhara. On your arrival at Pokhara, we take a drive to Nayapul. The drive to Nayapul is approximately 90 mins from Pokhara. Reaching Nayapul, we begin our trekking spree. The trek takes 6 hours and our first destination is Ulleri. As promised the walk doesn’t disappoint your eyes. You will be passing through subtropical valleys with green forests. The forests are filled with chirping birds and rhododendron trees.

 We also cross the Modi Khola by way of a suspension bridge and continue towards the village of Tikhedhunga. Then we climb the 3300 stone steps leading to the village of Ulleri at 2050 meters. The view along the steps is indeed worth noticing. We halt after reaching Ulleri at a nearby tea house. The next day, we embark on our ascent towards our primary destination Ghorepani. Ghorepani in literal terms means ‘water for horses’. The village was once used by traders as a resting place while on their way to the local market. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains like the sight of Annapurna South and Nilgiri. 

We halt at Ghorepani (2750 meters) for the night. The night will be a bit chilly compared to the day, even during summers. So do make sure you are tucked in warm. The view from the top of Poon Hill is famous for its sunrise. Hence before dawn, we rise and head up the steep trail towards Poon Hill (3210 m). Along with the sunrise from the hill, you can catch the wonderful view of Mustang and Pokhara Valleys. Then we return down to Ghorepani for our breakfast with a view. After breakfast, we continue our descent towards the village of Ghandruk. On the way, you can witness the magnificent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiuchuli mountains. 

You will come across many stone houses as you make your way through the village. The village is mostly inhabited by Gurungs, one of the tribes of Nepal. You can get acquainted with the rich cultural traditions of the Gurungs, at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk (2700 m). We continue our journey towards another village of Landruk through glimpses of the mountains on every turn. Till we reach Tolka, where we spend our night there. The total trekking duration till Tolka excluding stops is roughly 7 hours. From Tolka we leave for Dhampus, which is about a 3hours trek.

 As we near the end of our trek, we head towards Phedi but we take a cab to reach there. It takes about an hour from Phedi. We have our lunch there and then take cabs for a 2-hour drive towards Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to your respective hotels. If you came from Kathmandu, depending on the itinerary, you may have to rest at Pokhara for the night. Else you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. A trek to Poon hill, coming to an end.

Cost related to Poon Hill Trek

The cost related to Poon Hill trek is relatively low when compared with trekking to another location. Your expenses might differ because the trip might start either from Kathmandu or Pokhara. And depending on the requirements you may have for the trip, our prices might vary a bit. Therefore in order to know the exact cost, you will have to get in touch with our sales team. However, to clarify the services we provide, here is the list of services that are covered with the expenses. And also the services not covered with the expenses.

List of services included with the cost: 

  • All meals and accommodations in tea houses during the trek includes hot drinks
  • Trek leader
  • Porters
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu
  • Three nights hotel in Pokhara
  • Transportation to Kathmandu|Pokhara
  • Flight from or to Pokhara|Kathmandu
  • Airport to hotel transfers
  • Staff insurance
  • Domestic baggage 15 kg
  • Annapurna National Park conservation fees
  • Trekking permit (TIMS)
  • Climb High duffle bag
  • Rescue arrangements
  • First-aid kit
  • VAT

Consequently, the list of services not included with the expenses are as follows:

  • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Hard and Soft Drink
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any other expenses in case of any natural disaster

A guide to Poon Hill Trek

A trek to the Himalayas has always been the most sought out adventures for the tourism industry. Since the world became free for passport holders, tourism has taken a massive toll. Consequently, the Himalayas have become the most popular destination for tourists and travelers alike. Here we have enumerated a list of things as a guide to Poon Hill Trek. they are listed as follows:

  • Ghorepani/ Poon Hill: A History
  • Prologue for Poon Hill Trek
  • Experiencing Poon Hill Trek
  • Hotels and settlements during Poon Hill Trek
  • Where to go on Poon Hill Trek
  • Season to go for Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani/ Poon Hill: A History

Ghorepani is one of the largest villages in the Annapurna mountains of Nepal. It belongs to the Myagdi District in the Dhaulagiri Zone of Northern Nepal. Ghorepani in literal terms means ‘water for horses’. The location was initially used by traders to rest for the night before continuing their journey the next day. They used to feed their horses while at the village. Hence the name. Poon Hill is a viewpoint at Ghorepani famous for the view of the sunrise from 3210 meters. The route toward the village is well maintained as it is taken by traders and trekkers as well.

Prologue for Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill trek is considered to be one of the shortest and easiest treks in the Annapurna circuit. The trek begins at Nayapul near Pokhara, where your ascent of the steeply sloping hill begins. In this trek, you will come across fantastic views of the mountains in the Annapurna range. Along with the spectacular views you walk through green pastures and lush green jungles. The trail takes you among birds of different colors and Rhododendron trees in the forests. You also make your way past the Modi River and you have to cross it using a suspension bridge. One of the highlights of the trip is the staircase with 3300 stone steps leading towards the village of Ulleri. You also come across sightings of Annapurna south, Hiuchhuli and Dhaulagiri while on this route. However, the main highlight of the trek is the sunrise from the top of Poon Hill. Poon Hill is located about an hour from the main Ghorepani village. It also is the spot for a magnificent view of Mustang and Pokhara valleys. 

Experiencing Poon Hill Trek

The trip to Poon Hill starts with a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. However, our packages include itineraries starting from Kathmandu as well. However, one has to come to Pokhara for the trip. There will be a short briefing from our staff on your arrival and everything will be explained about the trek. Do make sure you have everything you need before you make the trip. We can organize the trek on a private basis for groups of friends, clubs, charities and any other social groups. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may or may not opt to have a Climb High leader. But still, you can take the assistance of one of our guides and/or porters. If any such assistance is required, you can let us know and we will prepare your package accordingly. We also have an option to change our schedules depending on the pace and time taken by the trekking group.

Hotels and settlements during Poon Hill Trek

The only two places where you will be allocated to a hotel is at Kathmandu and Pokhara. Rest of the trip takes place away from civilization. Therefore the accommodation will be provided at lodges and cozy tea houses  As you make your way from Nayapul to Ulleri through Birethanti, you will come across many smaller villages. The trekking is on the trail leading to Annapurna Base Camp which is a popular route. So there are a lot of settlements where you can rest for the night. At Ulleri, your halt will be at a lodge in collaboration with Climb Hill. From Ulleri we travel uphill towards Ghorepani. At Ghorepani, the accommodation provided will be at local settlements called tea houses. Tea houses are basically a smaller and simpler version of a lodge and they are really cozy. The hosts in all the lodges and tea houses are friendly and cordial. They will ensure your stay in their rooms are comfortable and memorable. Lodging at Tadapani and Tolka will both be at tea houses under Climb High’s supervision.

Where to go on Poon Hill Trek

As mentioned earlier, your trip can either begin from Kathmandu or Pokhara. When starting from Kathmandu, we will have a day for rest and briefing at your hotel. The next day we’ll take a 6-hour drive to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we have a day for rest and briefing before starting the trek. Accommodation will be held at a 3-star hotel at both Kathmandu and Pokhara. In the morning, from your hotel in Pokhara, we will take a 90 minutes morning drive to Nayapul. After assembling at Nayapul, our ascent towards Ulleri begins. It is a 6-hour trek through green sub-tropical forest and beautiful valleys.

As we make our way towards Tikhedhunga, we cross the river Modi Khola using a suspension bridge. At Tikhedhunga we rest for a while and make sure your rest well. Because as we leave Tikhedhunga, we need to climb a staircase made of stone steps. The collection of steps total of 3300 steps. But the walk is rewarded with magnificent views of the valleys around till we reach Ulleri (2050m). Here we halt for the night at a lodge. 

The following morning, we ramp up towards Ghorepani village. You can admire the panoramic view of the nearby mountains Annapurna South and Nilgiri along the trail. We travel through lush green forests where birds are abundant. Another thing found in abundance are the beautiful Rhododendron trees. The trail takes us past 2 sparkling clear streams, a small ridge and another stream. The trekking duration from Ulleri to Ghorepani takes approximately 4 hours. Elevation at Ghorepani is 2750 meters.

Poon Hill is famous for the view of the sunset and the surroundings. In order to witness the spectacular sight, we must wake up before dawn and head uphill. We start at 4 am and spend an hour walk to reach the top of Poon Hill (3210m). Poon Hill enables us to see a magnificent sunrise, towering above the views of Mustang and Pokhara valleys nearby. After experiencing an unforgettable sight, we head back to Ghorepani. Breakfast with a view is on the table, so enjoy it. Post breakfast with a view, we trek downhill towards Tadapani. It is a 5 hours trek along a similar terrain as before.

As we make our way towards Tadapani we pass the Deurali Pass. We can get a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from this pass. The trail takes a steep decline as we make our way through a moss-covered forest. The forest has a rich birdlife in its midst and gives us a great sunset view. On reaching the village of Tadapani, we spend our night at a nearby lodge. In the morning, after breakfast, we begin the end of our trip. This time we venture towards Tolka. 

Tolka is a 7-hour trek from Tadapani and it is all downhill from here. The route descends steeply through a rhododendron forest first towards Bhaise Kharka. The forest is not only inhabited by various birds, but you can encounter meeting monkeys as well. A while after you leave the forest, the trail turns steep with rocks and we cross a stream. The crossing leads us out on a ridge towards the village of Ghandruk.  

Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. You can get acquainted with the diverse Gurung culture at the Gurung Museum at Ghandruk. We have a hearty lunch at Ghandruk before making our way past terraced rice fields and subtropical forests. The scenery is splendid in almost every turn you take. We walk mostly on the banks of the river Modi Khola. Going past a flat-steep descent we reach Langdruk where we halt for the night.

The next day, we have a short journey on our hands. We take a 3-hour trek to Dhampus crossing green valleys, past steep sloping hills. After some time we reach Dhampus where you are very close to civilization at this point. We have our lunch and then take a private vehicle to reach Phedi. The drive takes an hour. From Phedi, after a brief rest, we take another vehicle towards Pokhara. It is a 2-hour drive to your hotel at Pokhara.

For trekkers coming from Pokhara, this is where your journey ends. For those who began from Kathmandu, you will be taken to the airport for your flight. Thus ends your journey where you will get back to civilization again. But hopefully, you have captured enough memories to carry with you for a long long time.

Season to go for Poon Hill Trek

The trek to Poon Hill, though short is through steep terrains and high altitude. Therefore the climate in this part of the world is chilly and even cold, especially during the night. Winters can be a rough time to come in this area. The weather reaches a freezing point and most of the lodges can be shut down. The snow may make the scenery beautiful but trekking on the trail can be a really slippery affair. Monsoon is another season which can be a nightmare for the trekkers. The route is muddy, slippery and unexpected, while the views are also clouded. Walking a steep terrain carrying an umbrella or wearing a raincoat can be a horrid experience for you. 

So we have decided. After years of trekking in the region, we have classified the best season to visit Poon Hill.  Spring, the time between March to May, caresses the Himalayan region with warm weather and a cool breeze. The sky is blue and the views are nothing short of spectacular. This is the peak season for a trek when most of the trekkers decide and take the venture. Autumn, which runs from September to November is another good season for the Poon Hill trek. Just after the monsoons, the sky will be cleared and brings a cooling breeze as you make the climb. This makes way for a more spectacular view of the mountains and the surroundings.

Things to remember for Island Peak Climbing

Island peak climbing offers an excellent opportunity to climb a Himalayan Island Summit together with an exhilarating trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. In this journey, you will come across many mountain ranges in the Himalayas, as the trekking trail falls on the main trail leading to the Everest Base Camp. Here we will study the main things to remember for Island Peak Climbing and the context is as follows:

  • Introduction to Island Peak climbing
  • Overview of Island Peak
  • What to expect on Island Peak climbing
  • Where do we go during Island peak climbing
  • Itinerary for Island Peak climbing
  • The best time to visit Island Peak

Introduction to Island Peak climbing

Island peak is the popular name for Imja Tse. It was so named by a British mountaineer in 1953 because it stands majestically as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche ( a Sherpa village in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal in the Chukhung Valley). Island Peak is a mountain located in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. This peak is actually an extension of the ridge that comes down from the south end of the Lhotse Shar, situated hardly 10 kilometers away from Mount Everest.

Overview of Island Peak

The Island Peak was originally used as a training peak by the pioneers Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary before they made their historic ascent of Mount Everest. The route is still being used today and climbers also use the Island Peak to train themselves for their climb of  Mount Everest. This is mainly because the terrain of the Island peak is similar to that of Mount Everest, and climbers get ample knowledge and practice to make them ready for a much challenging climb. Island Peak climbing may be considered as a physically challenging climb, but it is not a technically challenging ascent. The climbing of Island Peak assures to give the climbers a splendid view of the surrounding mountains with a complimentary view of the hillside, glaciers and some famous mountain trails. It is advised that, even though the climb to the summit of the Island peak doesn’t require much technical knowledge, one must have proper physical training at least 4-5 months prior to your trip. If you do not have any previous experience in high altitude climbing, then you will need to train a little extra to come up to the standards. 

What to expect on Island Peak climbing

Standing at a height of 6160 meters above sea level, the Island Peak trek cum climb provides a glorious view of the surroundings and of course towering mountain ranges, while you make your way towards the base camp of Island Peak. The trekking trail towards the base camp of the island peak goes through the main trekking trail of the Himalayas in Nepal and the route promises to be through beautiful valleys and wonderful scenery of the Khumbu region. Therefore, Island peak adventure offers a series of thrilling sceneries of Mount Everest and several other peaks alike. Additionally, you can explore the Buddhist monasteries and shrines as you go along the path. Hence the climb of Island Peak not only promises to be a pleasant and enjoyable one but also proves to provide some spectacular scenery of the surrounding Himalayas of the Khumbu region. You can witness the breathtaking view of the surrounding ranges including Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8475m) along the east side of Island Peak. Towards the south of Island Peak, you come across the splendid view of Mount Baruntse (7720m) and Mount Ama Dablam (6856m). The pathway along the track also passes through smaller villages of Khumbu, Khunde, and Khumjung inhabited by Sherpas mostly. You will be provided with all the required briefing and equipment’s so as to provide you with hassle-free trekking experience.

Where do we go during Island peak climbing

Almost all the treks and expeditions to the Himalayas start with a Kathmandu visit and then Lukla airport. So your first halt will be at a hotel in Kathmandu. You can gather last-minute supplies which you think you might need for the journey and also have an equipment check. Please make sure your gears are in order and are functioning correctly by getting advice from our experts. A day is also kept aside for a sightseeing visit to Boudha, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath temples. After this, we leave civilization towards Lukla airport the hilly airport closest to the Himalayas. The first night’s halt in the mountain region will be at Phakding which is located on the riverbank of Dudh Koshi. It is a small hamlet with a few cozy lodges scattered around. From Phakding we head towards Monjo to go past the Khumbu National Park, then we reach Namche Bazaar where we conduct the first acclimatization session. The next stop is Thyangboche, the home of the famous mountain monastery, which has a splendid view of the three enormous Himalayan valleys. From Thyangboche, we head towards Pheriche and after descending down a valley, we trek to Lobuche. From Lobuche, we visit the Everest Base Camp and then head towards Gorak Shep. After checking out the magnificent view of the Mount Everest atop Kala Pattar, we head down towards Dingboche. From Dingboche, we take the 5-hour walk towards our primary destination the Island peak Base camp where we rest for 5-hours the night and also have an acclimatization session and prepare ourselves for the climb. After climbing up the Island peak summit we head back towards Pangboche and then towards Namche. After spending a night each there, we make our way to Lukla airport where the plane will take us back to Kathmandu and back to civilization. 

Itinerary for Island Peak climbing

The trip to Island Peak starts with an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport. The trail from Lukla, leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding (2700m), your first overnight here. This is a two-hour trek. 

From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Koshi Valley. (Koshi which means river in Nepali and it comes down from the Everest glacier). All along this part of the trail leading to Island peak, there is a magnificent forest of Magnolia, rhododendron and giant firs. On the cliffs above the river, it is possible to see musk deer and Himalayan tar. At Monjo, the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail then follows the river and crosses Dudh Koshi and makes a steep climb to Namche (3440m). 

Namche is a very colorful Sherpa village where you will see vendors selling antiques and each Saturday there is an important weekly haat or market. The village is the best place to acclimatize to the extreme weather in the region. From Namche, The trail follows the Imja Khola (a River) and gradually ascends to Dingboche (4410m). From here the views are great and the mountain views are outstanding. This is a four hrs walk.

We continue the hike up the Imja Khola valley to Chukkung, a small summer settlement at 4730m. The views from Chukkung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island peak (6189m) is of course, marvelous. The great south face of Lhotse towers above to the north. From Chukkung, we keep heading up the Imja Khola valley and camp at base camp 5087m. After further rest and gear check at the base camp, the climb continues till we reach the summit. 

This is just a basic pathway that takes 16days to complete including the sightseeing in the capital city,  Kathmandu. For a more vivid trek, the pathway will be adjusted and accommodated as per the requirement.

The best time to visit Island Peak

The monsoon is not the best time to take the adventure as heavy rainfall may become a hindrance and make it very uncomfortable for you during your visit to the Island peak. There are chances of extreme landslides and definitely slippery roads. 

The best time for a visit is the Autumn season (October-November) when you can witness clear blue skies and freshness all around, leading to much magnificent scenery. Spring season (March-May) can be considered as another good season to visit the Island peak. At this time of the year, you can take in the sight of different varieties of rhododendrons blooming and strewn across the hillside and covering it with a mixture of colors.  

On the contrary, Winter is not the best time to make the journey when the weather is too cold for comfort at such a high altitude, plus the snow can block the passes leading to the summit of Island Peak.

It is advised that, even though the climb to the summit of the Island peak doesn’t require much technical knowledge, one must have proper physical training at least 4-5 months prior to your trip. If you do not have any previous experience in high altitude climbing, then you will need to train a little extra to come up to the standards. 

Island Peak Climb 2019

The dream to witness the might and glory of the mountains remains in the minds of many people around the world. Some are lucky enough to visit the majestic landmarks and yet some fail to enter the realms of the mighty giants in their lifetime. For centuries, mankind has immersed themselves in unfolding the rush they get when they travel to such places. And thus find the solace one can fathom after being present in such a vicinity. In this context, we will see what it takes to make it through when venturing on a journey so close to the heavens. Specifically, we will learn about the Island peak climb with context to the following features relating to the same:

  • Kathmandu, The Capital of Nepal
  • What to expect in Island Peak climb
  • What we do for Island Peak climb
  • Where to stay when on Island Peak climb
  • Daily activities during Island Peak climb
  • Cost related to island Peak climb

Kathmandu, The Capital of Nepal

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and is one of the most densely populated cities in Nepal. The city is rich in diversity and culture and has the most number of tourists visiting in any season. Tourism is the main source of income for the country of Nepal, and Kathmandu alone has the most visited sites for tourists all over the world. With blissful green vegetation and being the stronghold of a majority of Hindu temples and Buddhist Monasteries, Kathmandu is a proud city being the main headway to several mountain ranges of the Himalayas. Kathmandu is also the home of the King and Queen of Nepal and is the political stronghold for the whole of Nepal. The city is a modernized version of the country and one can even embark themselves on a massive foodie journey.

What to expect in Island Peak climb

Island peak climbing offers an excellent opportunity to climb a Himalayan Island Summit together with an exhilarating Trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar which falls on the way to the Island peak base camp. The Island peak climb is not a technically difficult climb, but more of a physically difficult climbing. This means that  a climber may not have the technical know how of climbing but needs to be physically fit before the ascent is made. Therefore it is advised that anyone venturing on this trip be sound of health and at least take a proper physical training 4-5 months prior to embarking on this journey. The route that we take for this climb is on the main trail for the Everest Base Camp. therefore, the trekking route is filled with green valleys, cozy lodges and tea houses along the path, friendly people and of course, splendid view of the various mountain ranges which constitutes the Great Himalayan Range. Our itinerary is prepared in such a way that it can adjust to the pace and timing of the trekkers in the group. And there will be enough time kept aside for acclimatizing to the mountain environment so that there is no problem as we make our way towards the base camp which is at a high altitude.

What we do for Island Peak climb

Island Peak climbing may be considered as a physically challenging climb, but it is not a technically challenging ascent. So do make sure your gears are checked and is in working condition to avoid any issues. There will be a briefing before we begin the journey, and do make sure everything you need is packed for the days to come. We will also have porters ready if you need assistance in carrying your luggage, and you can be assured you are in good hands as the ported are mostly sherpas of the mountain region, and they are considered to be the most friendly people on earth. Your lodging will be accomodated in certain lodges and tea houses along the path while moving along the trail. The trail falls directly on the main route for Everest Base Camp trek, so you can be assured there are plenty of cozy lodges to rest the night in. The schedule can also be changed according to the requirement and pace and time taken by the trekking group, and there will be ample time to adjust to the mountain region as we move onto higher altitudes. This is not just kept aside for weather adjustment, but also to make sure you enjoy your time to the fullest while you are on a journey for Island Peak climb. 

Where to stay when on Island Peak climb

You will come across many settlements and tea houses as you move upward. And since the trail is on the same route as the Everest Base Camp trek, the trip is through many historic places and fantastic viewpoints. The first point, however, will be Kathmandu, where you will have a day or two to rest and prepare yourself for the long journey. One day can be kept aside for sightseeing too. Then the next stop will be Lukla airport, from where your trekking journey away from civilization begins. Your first trek in the mountain region of Khumbu will take you to Phakding, a small hamlet with small scattered settlements on the bank of Dudh Koshi. We travel uphill towards the home of the Sherpas, Namche Bazaar, where a session for acclimatization is held. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu region and is inhabited by. the friendliest people on earth. After 2 days at Namche, we will head towards Deboche via Thyangboche, where you can visit the famous mountain monastery, Thyangboche Monastery. After Dingboche, we travel uphill through Dungla and amidst the fantastic view of the nearby ranges, to reach Lobuche. Then the ascent becomes steeper and rougher and we make our way to Gorak Shep from Lobuche. On the way, we will visit the Everest Base Camp too. From Gorak Shep, we take a short trip up Kala Pattar to witness the most exhilarating view of Mount Everest then make our way down to Dingboche again. We reach the primary destination of our trip from Dingboche to Island peak base camp which is a long journey. After a rest day and practice day at the base camp, we will climb the Island Peak next. Then we move back to Pangboche and retrace our steps to reach Namche once again. From Namche, we will directly take long trek towards Lukla airport, where our flight will take us back to Kathmandu. Thus bringing your long journey of island peak trek to an end.

Daily activities during Island Peak climb

The pickup point for your trip to Island Peak begins with your arrival at Kathmandu. You will be taken to your hotel for rest. The next day can be spent on short sightseeing of the Boudhanath, the world heritage site of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath, and also to make a last-ditch shopping for the supplies you might need for the long journey. Then we begin our main journey after reaching Lukla airport from Kathmandu airport. From Lukla, we make our way towards Phakding, where we will halt for the night in the small hamlet on the banks of the river Dudh Koshi. From Phakding, we make our way up to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is inhabited by the Sherpas of the mountain and they are some of the friendliest people who are known for their hospitality. We will spend an additional day here for the acclimatization session and get adapted to the mountain altitude. However, adaptation is not the only reason we halt for an extra day. You can be witness to the sight of having traders from Tibet cross the Nepal border to sell their trade. As a result, you may land up taking a few souvenirs back home to remind yourself of this trip. 

After a much-needed rest and adaptation to a higher altitude are checked, we head uphill towards Thyangboche, where we can visit the fabled historic mountain monastery commonly known as the Thyangboche monastery. Not only does the monastery stand as a sacred place for Buddhists, but also the viewpoint there is one worth mentioning. Thus after a gasping view of the peaks in the near distance, we head to our night’s stay at Deboche. the next day, we take the trail that leads the path to the broad, gently sloping valley to Phalang Karpo at 4,340m. The trail crosses small streams on boulders. The views of Tawachee and Cholatse (6,440m) are outstanding from along the trail. From Dugla (4,620m) the trail climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments built in the memory of those who have died in their attempts to climb Everest. 

The trail then drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche (4,930m). This is a four / five-hour trek. From Lobuche, the trail gets steeper and rougher, but we reach Everest Base Camp on our way to Gorak Shep. The climb of Mount Everest needs much more expertise and ability than the climb of Island peak. On the contrary, you may come across climbers getting ready for their climb up the world’s highest peak and people gathered to help them through. Or just people who had come there to set up camp for the night. But our halt will be at Gorak Shep. after spending a night at Gorak Shep, it is time for us to climb up to Kala Pattar for the breathtaking view of Mount Everest. 

At a height of 5545 m, Kala Pattar is the best vantage point to have a close look at the mighty Everest and fall in love with the light of the sunrise fall on the mountain.  After heavenly sightseeing, we head on down to Dingboche to turn in for the night. In the morning, we trek towards our main destination the Island Peak Base camp. Island peak base camp is about 5 hours hike up from Dingboche. We take the path up the Imja Khola valley to Chukkung, a small summer settlement at a height of 4730m. The views from Chukkung towards Island peak (6189m) is a sight not to miss. In addition, the great south face of Lhotse towers above to the north of where you stand. From Chukkung, we head up the Imja Khola valley to Island Peak Base camp. Your first day at the base camp can be spent on rechecking your climbing gears for any issues and also to acclimatize to the altitude at the campsite. The next day we climb the Island Peak with the help of our climbing gears and of course the climbing experts. 

After the day’s work is done, we head to the second base camp of Island Peak about 300 meters from the main Base camp. Here we settle for the night and prepare for our journey back to civilization. The following day we make our way towards Pangboche to spend the night there. Then we head back the same trail towards Namche Bazaar, before coming off the banks of Phakding along the river Dudh Koshi to make our way towards Lukla Airport. As you fly back to Kathmandu, you will be leaving the heavenly abode of the mountains behind you and entering civilization. After you reach Kathmandu you will be taken to the Hotel there. A day will be kept aside to visit Bhaktapur for sightseeing and a leisure trip around Kathmandu. 

Cost related to island Peak climb

The estimated expenses related to Island Peak climb depends on the number of days you have chosen to undertake. And also if there are any other extra benefits which are not covered under the normal service provided. The list of services covered are: 

  • Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • All meals and accommodations during the trek and climb
  • Camping equipment (two- men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, kitchen equipment)
  • Trekking cum climbing guide, porters, cook, kitchen boys and yaks
  • Insurance for climbing guide, camping staff, and porters
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees
  • Climbing permit for Island peak
  • Trekking permit (TIMS)
  • Climbing the rope and fixed static rope (200m), carabiners, snow bars, and ice screws
  • Climbing gears
  • Domestic baggage 15 kg
  • Airport |hotel transfer
  • Wages and equipment allowances for climbing guide and staffs
  • Equipment for staffs and porter
  • Climb High duffle bag
  • Rescue arrangements
  • First-aid kit
  • Hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • VAT

However, there are certain services not covered in our services and the list goes something like this: 

  • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla, if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Beverages (hard and soft drinks)
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • other expenses in case of any natural disasters.

Everything to know about Island Peak

Island Peak climb of Nepal is the most favored and exciting adventure one can think of embarking on towards the famous Himalayas of Nepal. The journey we undertake will be filled with picturesque landscapes and daunting valleys with views of many mountain ranges including Mount Everest to be seen almost every day of your trek. Here we will learn everything you need to know about your trip, and they are classified under the following heads: 

  • Nepal Tourism
  • History of Island Peak
  • A brief overview of Island Peak
  • Places you visit on the Island Peak climb
  • A brief quotation for Island peak climb
  • Best season to visit Island Peak

Nepal Tourism

Nepal is a landlocked country that shares its borders with  India, China and is separated by only Sikkim from Bhutan. Even though it is a small country compared with others, it is rich in diversity and is blessed with beautiful mountains and historic holy places. Tourism forms the main source of income for the country of Nepal with religious people and mountaineers visiting the country to explore the most popular places on earth. Mount Everest is in the Khumbu region of Nepal and is the highest mountain peak in the world, scaled by the famous Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Along the trail leading to Mt. Everest, you will come across several mountain ranges that form a part of the Great Himalayan Range. Nepal is also famous for its many temples and monasteries. Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, erected to glorify and praise Lord Shiva, is a very famous temple. The Manokamna which is on top of a Huge hill is also a great tourist attraction and attracts people from all over the world. Nepal is also quite popular for the many Nepali dishes prepared by the people there. But most of the tourists traveling to Nepal are there for the Mountain adventures or looking for a religious journey.

History of Island Peak

Island Peak is the popular name for Imja Tse. It is located in the Sagarmatha National Park in the Khumbu region of Nepal, where all the mountain ranges come together to form the Great Himalayas. The Island Peak was so named by the members of the British Mount Everest Expedition in the year 1953 because it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. However, the peak was later renamed as Imja Tse, but the still, Island peak remains to be the popular choice for viewers. The southwest summit of Imja Tse was first scaled in the year 1953 as part of a training exercise by a British expedition that went on to scale Mount Everest. The team who climbed Imja Tse comprised of Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, Charles Wylie, and seven other Sherpas. The main summit was first climbed in 1956 by Hans-Rudolf Von Gunten (and two other unknown Sherpas), a member of a Swiss team that went on to make the second ascent of Everest and the first ascent of Mount Lhotse. The peak is still used as a training exercise climb before mountaineers attempt to climb Mount Everest. 

A brief overview of Island Peak

There is no doubt that the mountain ranges in the Himalayas have drawn adventurers, climbers, and cultural enthusiasts for many decades since the first men to scale the mountains came along. Among all the trekking peaks in Nepal, the Island peak is the most popular as it is suitable for all novice climbers and experienced trekkers. This Island peak climbing offers an exhilarating climbing experience beyond simply trekking in Nepal. By finishing the climb of the Island peak, you will be standing on the summit of a peak that faces the other ranges at a height of 6189 meters. Standing on top of the Island peak you can cherish the same unforgettable sensation of achievement as you would on the top of Mt. Everest. The climb of island peak or Imja Tse is not a technically difficult one, but it requires you to be physically fit for the ascent.

Places you visit on the Island Peak climb

The first point of contact will be Kathmandu, Nepal. Where you will spend 2 days to rest, do some last-ditch shopping and check your gears and also attend a seminar on the importance of acclimatization at high altitudes from our experts. Then we fly to the hilltop airport at Lukla airport via Kathmandu airport. Once you leave civilization, the first stop will be after a 2-hour trek from Lukla to Phakding. It is located on the river banks of Dudh Koshi and has a number of cozy lodges where you can spend the night in. From Phakding the next place you visit while on the Island Peak climb is Namche Bazaar, home of the Sherpas. With 2 days spend on acclimatization, we head towards Deboche, after passing through Thyangboche monastery in Thyangboche. After spending a night in Deboche, we head towards Pheriche, where climb high completed a restoration project on the nunnery in 2005. A 4-5 hours trek from Pheriche, and we reach Lobuche. From Lobuche, we move towards Gorak shep and also visit the Everest Base camp on the way. Next, after the ascent of Kala Pattar to see the sunrise and also to see the view of Mount Everest from atop such a daunting height, we go down towards Dingboche. From Dingboche, we climb up the Imja Tse valley till we reach the Island peak base camp. After a rest and acclimatization session day, we practice climbing Island peak as we check our gears too. After reaching the summit, we head back down towards Pangboche then back to Namche. After Namche, no more acclimatization, we trek back to Lukla airport. Thus after you reach Kathmandu, your trip comes to an end, and these were the places you visit while on the island peak climb.

A brief quotation for Island peak climb

Day 1: Arrival and reception at a hotel in Kathmandu. Rest day.

Day 2: Sightseeing visit to Boudha, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath and equipment check.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport and then from the airport to Phakding. Overnight halt.

Day 4: Trekking from Phakding to Namche, home of the Sherpas.

Day 5: Rest and Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

Day 6: Trekking from Namche to Deboche via Thyangboche monastery in Thyangboche.

Day 7: Trek to Pheriche, and night’s halt there.

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche from Pheriche, along with the splendid view of the mountain ranges.

Day 9: Ascent of the steeper trail leading the way to Gorak shep, after a visit to the Everest Base Camp.

Day 10: From Gorak shep, we visit the Kala Pattar, then make our way towards Dingboche.

Day 11: From Dingboche, we trek towards our main destination, Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 12: Rest and training day at Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 13: Summit day climbing and go further 300m to Base Camp.

Day 14: Trek back to Pangboche.

Day 15: Trek back to Namche. 

Day 16: Trek back to Lukla airport.

Day 17: Fly out to Kathmandu

Day 18: Rest day or visit Bhaktapur.

Day 19: Departure.

The quotation above is a basic one, and the itinerary mentioned above is subject to change should there any issues arise. Depending on the speed and the time taken by the trekking party, the trip schedule might be changed. The planning is done in order to give you enough time to adjust to the environment of the mountains and also to get some climbing and trekking practice, so do make full use of the time and space and enjoy your trek to the fullest.

Best season to visit Island Peak

Island Peak Climbing is possible to venture throughout the year except during the monsoon season (mid-June till the end of August). Many climbers have successfully attempted their climb even in winter but the extreme cold could be detrimental for some and also the view might be clouded, and it might ruin your trip. The best and most suitable season for Island Peak Climbing is during spring (March to early June) and autumn (September to November). These seasons coincide with Everest Expedition timing, so along the climbing route, you will encounter many Everest expedition team during the months of April and May. If you are an amateur mountaineer and want to savor the best climbing experience and view, we suggest you launch the island peak climbing expedition during spring. It is also one of the busiest climbing seasons of the year. The weather during autumn in the mountain tends to be clear and is also considered to be the best season to scale the island Peak.on general terms, autumn is the best and the most popular season to visit Nepal and go for any sort of travel, trekking, touring and other expedition around the country. It is the season when Nepal is decorated at its finest with amazing views. The temperature during autumn moderate; really favorable for trekking and mountaineering.  It is possible that the post-monsoon period might get a bit crowded but on the flip side, we assure you the best weather, climbing conditions and the view. As spring and autumn is the peak season in Nepal, you must confirm the availability and book flights and hotel accommodation in advance to secure the place.

A guide to Island Peak

A guide to Island peak

If are looking for a guide to Island Peak Climb visit, look no further. Here are a few things that can help. Just to give you a heads up before you enter the realms of the mighty mountains. The climb is becoming extremely popular as more and more climbers visit the Island Peak Base camp. The point is at a height of 6189 meters. The following content includes everything to know about Island peak climb:

  • Island Peak: a History
  • Prologue for Island Peak Climb
  • Experiencing Island Peak Climb
  • Hotels and settlements during Island Peak Climb
  • Where to go on Island Peak Climb
  • When to visit Island Peak Climb

Island Peak: a History

In 1953, Eric Shipton who came with the British Everest Expedition gave Island Peak its name. As it appears as an island in a sea of ice and snow, so the name. It was later changed to Imja Tse in 1983, but Island Peak is more popular than its latest name. Island Peak was originally used by the British expedition as a practice climb. All before they made their historic ascent of Mount Everest in 1953.

The team who climbed Imja Tse comprised Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, Charles Wylie, and seven other Sherpas. Since then the peak has been a training climb before making the ascent of the mighty Everest for many mountaineers. The British expedition of 1953 scaled the southwest summit of Island Peak. However, the first to make it atop the main summit was by the members of the Swiss team. The team included Hans-Rudolf Von Gunten and two unknown Sherpas.

Prologue for Island Peak Climb

The trip to the Island Peak is a popular trek. It includes all the necessary elements required to make your trek in the Himalayas a memorable one. The trekking path towards Island Peak walks us through the green valleys of the Himalayan region. You can indulge yourself in the century-old Nepali and Tibetan culture while you make your way towards the base camp. The Island Peak trip offers the most spectacular scenery of the mountain ranges located in the Khumbu Region. The path lies on the same trail leading the trekking party towards the famous Everest Base Camp. Until the path separates on reaching Dingboche.

You will come across many lodges and settlements in quaint villages as you go forward. You will also make your way through jungles filled with birds and dominated by Rhododendron trees and fir trees. The sceneries you come across on almost every turn once you travel uphill is also worth mentioning. That’s probably because there are numerous viewpoints along the path. Here you can envision the sight of the mighty mountains surrounding the area. 

Experiencing Island Peak Climb

Island Peak climb is considered to be a physically challenging climb. Not a technically difficult climb. We will provide guides for the trek and for the climb including porters to help you with your luggage. However, to be successful with the climb, one must be a fit and enthusiastic advanced beginner with basic climbing skills. This whole trip can be adjusted according to the pace taken by the trekking party. This is so that you can enjoy the journey to the maximum.

There are some points where we have assigned an extra day for acclimatization. You can make full use of that particular day. There will be no hassle for lodging during your trek. As there are lots of cozy lodges to stay in along the trail.odges and tea houses are well known for their hospitality. Even our guides are well trained despite the extremity of the terrain and the harshness of the climate. They can help you to reach the base camp and make the climb successfully.

Hotels and settlements during Island Peak Climb

The only hotel you might get the luxury of staying in will be when you are in Kathmandu. As you make your way up the valleys, the altitude rises rapidly. And the face of civilization falls with the same vigor. But since you will be taking the popular trekking trail leading to many base camps. Including Mount Everest Base camp. And there are numerous villages with comfy lodges at cheap rates at your disposal.

Your first lodging in the mountains after leaving Kathmandu will be held at Phakding. A small hamlet located on the banks of Dudh Koshi. As you go further up the valley, you will reach Namche Bazaar inhabited mostly by Sherpas. Here as well, there are a number of small cozy lodges and tea houses to spend the night in. While reaching Deboche via Thyangboche from Namche, you might notice a drop in the density of the villages you pass. Nonetheless, the hosts at these settlements are friendly people and are well known for their hospitality.

 You will have a night’s halt at Lobuche where you will be spending the night at a tea house settlement. The same applies when you make your way to Gorak Shep and downhill towards Dingboche. You will be provided with a sufficient amount of blankets to keep yourself warm at night. Even if the days are relatively warmer in the mountains, the night can be extremely chilly and windy. So it is important you keep yourself warm to avoid getting sick at this altitude. As you reach the Island Peak Base camp, the camping experts will help you set up camps. We will take a night’s rest before our attempts on climbing the Island Peak.

Depending on the itinerary you have chosen, we may visit the 2nd Base camp of Island Peak. Here we will need to set up another campsite for the night. As you retrace your steps, you will be visiting the same places you stayed at earlier. Until we fly back to Kathmandu. Where you will get the first sight of modern civilization after more than 15 days in the Mountain region.

Where to go on Island Peak Climb

The normal and easier route involves the starting of the trip after your arrival in Kathmandu. A day is kept aside to check your equipment. And also to get a briefing about the importance of acclimatization at high altitudes by our staff. Another day is set for local sightseeing, where you can visit the religious Boudha of the Buddhist. And the Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath of the Hindus to receive blessings before you embark on the mountain journey. On the 3rd day, we fly to Lukla airport via Kathmandu Airport, from where your trekking starts. The first place we come to is Phakding.

It is a small hamlet on the banks of the river Dudh Koshi. The location has several lodges scattered along the river. We stay for a night in one of those lodges. The next day is an uphill climb towards Namche Bazaar, which is the capital of the Khumbu Region. It is inhabited mostly by the sherpas who are well known for their hospitality. A day is set for the acclimatization session as the trail gets steeper from here on. You can also witness the Namche Haat, which is held on Saturdays at the nearby market place. On this day, the Tibetan merchants are allowed to cross the Nepal Tibet Border and sell their wares. It is definitely a colorful sight. if you wish you can purchase souvenirs to take back home in memory of your mountain trip.

After our entertainment at Namche, we head uphill and make our way through to Thyangboche and Thyangboche Monastery. This monastery is visited by many climbers to pay respect to Lord Buddha. And still, some visit the monastery for the splendid viewpoint at this location. It is one of the high altitude Monasteries in the world. After coming together with this holy place, we make our way to Deboche to rest for the night.  After visiting the Deboche Convent which was completely restored by Climb High in 2015, we make our way to Periche.

The trail is on a broad and gently sloping valley leading to Phalang Karpo (4340m). The trail leads us to excellent viewpoints for Tawachee and Cholatse peaks at a height of 6440 meters. As we make our way to Dungla, the trail becomes steeper. We come across a row of snow monuments built in the memory of the brave climbers. They died on their attempts to climb of Mount Everest. As the trail lowers a little, we reach the valley of Lobuche (4930m). The total hike from Pheriche takes 4 to 5 hours.

After a night’s halt at Lobuche, we make our way towards Gorak Shep and come across Everest Base camp. This campsite normally has the place bustling with people climbing or practicing to climb during Springtime. You can ponder on the thought of being stuck in the campsite while trying to make the ascent of Everest. We turn in a cozy settlement at Gorak Shep after a tiring trek keeping in mind the main task up ahead the next day. That is because we will be heading uphill to climb Kala Pattar at a height of 5455 meters.  Kala Pattar is a great vantage point to envision the magnificence of the sunrise. The rays that fall on Mount Everest, from such close proximity, and at such a great height. After the enlightening sight, we head down towards Dingboche to rest for the night. 

The following day, we leave Dingboche towards our primary destination, the Island peak Base camp. The hike is about a 5-hour walk from Dingboche. We trek across Imja valley towards Chukkung,  a small summer settlement at a height of 4730m. The view from Chukung towards Island Peak is tremendous and not to be missed. From Chukkung, we keep heading uphill on Imja valley. Then finally arrive at our destination, the Island Peak Base camp where we set up camp for the night.

The day after this is kept aside for acclimatization to the higher altitude. Also to recheck your equipment and get basic practice to climb Imja Tse from our climbing experts. The next day is a summit day. We scale the island Peak which is at a height of 6189 meters with the help of our climbing experts. After a tiring climb of the Island Peak, we head towards the next base camp to camp for the night.  

After witnessing the climb we head downhill towards Pangboche and Namche, where we spend a night in each village. From Namche, we make our long walk back to Lukla Airport through the bank of Dudh Koshi. We fly back to Kathmandu, where you can get the first hit of civilization after almost 2 whole weeks.

When to visit Island Peak Climb

Spring season from March to May. And the Autumn season from mid-September to November are the best seasons for this trip. Although Island Peak Climb can be made during the winter season, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone. Monsoon is another season not good for visiting the island peak. Or anywhere nearby in the context as the trekking trails are muddy and slippery. Not to forget the view is foggy and clouded from the best viewpoints in the world. 

Trekking in Nepal

From a very young age, I have always been an adventure lover. I grew up watching adventure sports and adventure movies. I experienced my first trekking at the age of 12. In search of adventure, I have explored many places in the world. Out of all my trekking experience. Trekking in Nepal has always been one of my favorites and it helped me understand the true value of trekking. Geographically and culturally Nepal is a diverse nation and it has eight of the tenth world’s tallest mountains, including “the highest point on Earth” the Mount Everest.

The above factors make tourism the largest industry in Nepal. So, people who love adventures find Nepal as a hotspot destination.

To all the people seeking adventure and who loves trekking. In this blog, I will share my thoughts on why trekking in Nepal will be your best trekking experience.

Nepal is one of the best tracks in the world attracting trekkers from around the world. Consequently, Kathmandu can be called the trekking hub of the country. It provides trekking guides, organized tours, and gear for sale or rent. You can find a large variety of trekking options here.

Here trekking does not mean wandering alone in the wilderness. It means to meet different people along your journey. Experience a different culture to share your stories. This is why Trekking in Nepal can be your best decision. It does not only connect you with your inner self. It helps to connect with other people.

Which is the best time for trekking in Nepal?

You can trek in Nepal at any time of the year. In each season you will find a different landscape with a different experience. You will have to prepare your trek differently and depending on the season you are planning your trek.

The dry and warm seasons are the best seasons for Trekking in Nepal. The temperature is bearable and the skies are clear these times. In winter months leeches and unexpected rain experienced. The treks are empty of travelers the rainy or the monsoon season and it’s important to check the Nepal climate in any season.

There are many options for trekking in Nepal like Annapurna circuit trek, Upper Mustang Trek

Annapurna circuit trek- It is a trek within the Annapurna mountain range. The total length of the route varies between 160- 230 km (100-145mi) and this trek crosses two different river valley and encircles the Annapurna Massif. Thorung La pass (5416m/ 1769ft) is the highest point of the path, touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. To cross the Thorung La pass easily and safely and it is better to hike the route anticlockwise as this way the altitude gain is slower.

The trek begins at Bhulbhule in the Marshyangdi river valley and concludes in the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The trail passed along the paddy fields and into subtropical forests and several waterfalls and cliffs, and various villages.

Annapurna is one of the best long-distance treks. Recently continuing construction of the road has shortened the trail and it has changed the villages with the construction of the road mountain biking is becoming popular here.

Upper Mustang Trek- Upper Mustang is an isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas and in 1992 Mustang was a restricted area. Making it one of the most preserved regions of the world. The people of Mustang speak traditional Tibetan languages and Upper Mustang preserves the Tibetan culture by the relative isolation of the region from the outside world.

It is a privilege to trek in the Upper Mustang. With its scenic beauty, it gives you an experience of a lifetime. The trek is similar to Tibet Trek and geographically it is apart of the Tibet Plateau.

Being in the Himalayan rain shadow, Upper Mustang is one of the regions in the country suitable for trekking even in the monsoons. The trek is not difficult and the highest point reached is only 3800 meters. There are few accommodations facilities available here but no one must be fully self-sufficient.

This trek requires a minimum of 9 days, starting and ending in Kagbeni and the route follows the Kali Gandaki valley. The high valley walls climb and the settlements are scattered. We can find a very little sign of cultivation. Lo Manthang, the old capital of Mustang is reached in four days and Ponies are available here if one desire. The return trek can follow the same route or an alternative route. The eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki may be followed.

Manaslu Trek-The highest mountain in the world Manaslu, known as Kutang and its height is 8163m ( 26,781ft) above these levels. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas and in the west-central part of Nepal. The Manaslu region has a variety of trekking route of 177 kilometers (110 mi) skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna. The Nepalese government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991.

This Manaslu trek offers trekkers with beautiful scenery and takes through different vegetations like the subtropical forest, river gorges, alpine forest, and striking snow capes.

Langtang valley Trek- It is a region in the Himalayas of Nepal to the north of Kathmandu valley in Tibet border. Langtang valley is often considered as “one of the most beautiful valleys in the world” and the Langtang Valley trek is an easy trek.

It takes 7 days to complete the trek. Most of the population here is of Tibetan origin and, according to legend; the valley was first discovered by a lama. The stunning view of Langtang Lirung range is the highest of this trek and the eponymous mountain is 23,773 feet high and dominates the valley.

Everest Base camp- After the successful expedition of Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay in the year 1953, the route has been every trekker’s dream. This trek is often awarded as one of the best long-distance treks in the world. The trek forms along the side of Dudhkoshi River valley and it takes 16 days to complete the trek. The trek starts and ends from Lukla village and Kala Patthar is the highest point in Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base camp trek is one of the most satisfactory treks as its destination will bring you close to the highest point of the world Mount Everest. The Population along the trek highly consists of the Sherpa people.  The sound of the wind blowing and sound of yak bells will mostly dominate your trek along with the breathtaking view of the snow-covered mountains. Here the track is challenging if compared with the other trekking tracks in Nepal. Coming across prayer flags and carved stones will make everything worth it.

Trekking in Nepal is not only improving your physical health. It helps you to enjoy the beauty of the great Himalayas along with the warm and friendly people of Nepal. Learning a new culture, experiencing life-changing experience and creating beautiful memories are guaranteed with Trekking in Nepal.