Island Peak (Gokyo,EBC 22 days)

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Trip Overview
Detail Itinerary
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Trip Overview:

Seen from above Dingboche the mountain Imja Tse (Island Peak) resembles an island in a sea of ice. It was first climbed in 1953 by a very prestigious team in preparation for the ascent of Everest. It is an interesting and attractive summit with a highly glaciated West Face rising from the Lhotse glacier. The mountain itself is an extension of the South ridge of Lhotse Shar and is separated by a small col. Above this gap, rising to the south is a classically beautiful ridge leading to the summit of Imja Tse. As well as providing an enjoyable climb, the peak also provides some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu region.

Activities: Trekking and Climbing

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek & climb

Transportation: Domestic flight and private vehicles

Outline Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu
Rest day in Kathmandu
Kathmandu Flight Lukla- Trek to Phakding
Phakding to Namche
Rest day and acclimatization day in Namche
Namche to Dhole
Dhole to Machhermo
Machhermo to Gokyo Lake
Climb Gokyo Ri peak and Back to Thangnak
Thangnak to Cho la Pass and to Dzongla
Dzongla to Lobuche
Lobuche – Gorakshep, visit Everest base camp
Kalapattar – Dingboche (4410m)
Dingboche – Island peak base camp (5087m)
Rest day in base camp
Summit day! Island peak (6189m)
Island Peak base camp – Pangboche
Trek to Namche
Trek to Lukla
Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel
Rest day
Departure
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17
Day 18
Day 19
Day 20
Day 21
Day 22
Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 1
Day 2
Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 2
Day 3
Kathmandu Flight Lukla- Trek to Phakding

This is a 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,840m. The trail from Lukla leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding 2,610m, first overnight here.

Day 3
Day 4
Phakding to Namche

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, 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 tahr. From Monjo, the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the river and crosses Dudh Koshi and makes a steep climb to Namche 3,440m. 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.

Day 4
Day 5
Rest day and acclimatization day in Namche
Day 5
Day 6
 Namche to Dhole

The trail passes through many Kharkas (summer settlements) used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The views of Khumbila 5,765m and Taboche 6,495m are spectacular.

Day 6
Day 7
Dhole to Machhermo

From Dole the trail climbs to Lhafarma 4,330m and Luza 4,360m. The trail is steep in most places as it climbs through junipers to Lhafarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo 4,400m.

Day 7
Day 8
Machhermo to Gokyo Lake

Beyond Machhermo, the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view of Cho Oyu 8,210m. Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail reaches Phangka 4,480m. The trail descends to the river bank before beginning the climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, alongside the stream to the first lake at 4,650m. The trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4,690m and finally up a boulder strewn path to Gokyo at 4750 meters.

Day 8
Day 9
Climb Gokyo Ri peak and Back to Thangnak

For a majestic and a spectacular view, climb Gokyo Ri 5,357m. It is a two hour climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachong Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche.

Day 9
Day 10
Thangnak to Cho la Pass and to Dzongla

About half way between the first lake and second lake, a trail leads off across the moraine to the east. This is the route to the 5,368m Cho la Pass into the Everest region. The Pass is not difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side. After crossing the Pass, we rest at Dzongla from where you have splendid view of Lobuche East, Amadablam, Taboche and Cholatse.

Day 10
Day 11
Dzongla to Lobuche

Start heading down to Thukla (Dughla). From Thukla, head up towards Lobuche 4,940m. The trail climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments in memory of six Sherpas who died in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese skiing Expedition. The trail then drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche, a summer village. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical views peak of Pumori 7,145m comes into view.

Day 11
Day 12
Lobuche – Gorakshep, visit Everest base camp

5,300m and again return to Gorak Shep. The trail to Gorak Shep crosses the shallow brook that flows past Lobuche, runs through a gully that has the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier on the right hand side. On it’s left side rises the terminal moraine wall of the much smaller Lobuche glacier.

Day 12
Day 13
Kalapattar – Dingboche (4410m)

On the lower slope of Mt Pumori, a ridge extending to the south terminates is a small peak. This peak, Kalapatthar 5,545m provides the best vantage point for viewing Mt. Everest. Climb Kalapatthar in the morning and spend some time on the top. Return to Gorak Shep for breakfast and trek downwards to Dingboche.

Day 13
Day 14
Dingboche – Island peak base camp (5087m)

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 tremendous. The great southern face of Lhotse towers above to the north. From Chukkung, we keep heading up the Imja Khola valley to Island peak base camp. 

Day 14
Day 15
Rest day in base camp

Rest and acclimatization day. The day can be used to learn climbing and check all the climbing gears.

Day 15
Day 16
Summit day! Island peak (6189m)

Leave early for the summit. Return to high camp and down further to base camp.

Day 16
Day 17
Island Peak base camp – Pangboche

Start heading down to Pangboche. This is 5 hrs walk.
Pass through the Deboche nunnery which is the oldest nunnery of Nepal established in 1925. Stop here and tour the nunnery. Visit the famous Tengboche monastery too.

Day 17
Day 18
Trek to Namche
Day 18
Day 19
Trek to Lukla
Day 19
Day 20
Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel
Day 20
Day 21
Rest day
Day 21
Day 22
Departure
Day 22
  • Private trek or group option

We can organise this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your referred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.

  • Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:

00 (977) 1-470-1398

Alternatively, you can contact us by email at: info@climbhighhimalaya.com

  • Booking

To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.

As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.

Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.

  • Equipment


Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.

A complete kit list is to be found on this website.

  • Porter Protection


Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.

  • Why use Climb High?
  • Our acclimatisation schedule and trip organisation is designed to give everyone in the team the best chance of reaching base camp in great condition and feeling healthy.
  • This trek is accommodated in lodges with traditional Nepali hospitality.
  • Treks are led by highly experienced leaders plus Sherpas and porters.
  • Porter welfare is paramount to us – we are a local company and want to ensure that we take care of our own staff.
  • We are a premium Nepali trekking operator, with impeccable local contacts – any changes in plan can be dealt with far more effectively using our experience and network of local contacts.
  • We have our own modern offices in central Kathmandu in Mandala Street – Thamel’s premium street

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

  • Cost:

US$ 3075 per person

  • Services Includes:
  • Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu,
  • All meals and accommodations during the trek and climb,
  • Camping equipments (two- men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, kitchen equipments)
  • 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 rope and fixed static rope (200m), carabineers, snow bars and ice screws,
  • Climbing gears,
  • Airport |hotel transfer,
  • Wages and equipment allowances for climbing guide and staffs,
  • Equipments for staffs and porter,
  • Climb High duffle bag,
  • Rescue arrangements,
  • First-aid kit,
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu,
  • VAT.
  • Services Excludes:
  • 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 disaster.

Travel Reviews:

Kara and Seth
3 PEAKS
In November 2016, my wife Kara and I took our second trekking trip with Climb High Himalaya.
The trip was 25 days trekking and climbing Lobuche...
Paul Anderson & Daniella
California, U S A
Larkya peak / Tsun valley 2016
May 16, 2016
Namaste! First of all, let me thank you/Climb High for an incredible experience! The Manaslu/Tsum trek and Larkya Peak climb were amazing and everything...
Raimund Mair
May 16, 2016
I just wanted to let you know that I had a safe trip to Kathmandu and back to Austria. Everything worked out perfect. Thanks a lot to all you guys! It was an amazing experience...
Hauke Kornmesse
Feb 9, 2016
It was a well organized trip.
I enjoy the trip the more the longer I am back home. But honestly: it was a well...
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US$ 3075 per person

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  • Trip Duration: 21 Nights 22 Days
  • Activities: Trekking and Climbing
  • Accommodation: Teahouses & camping
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Altitude: Maximum 6,189m
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ISLAND PEAK, Gokyo, EBC 22 days

US$ 3075 per person

5/5
  • Trip Duration: 21 Nights 22 Days
  • Activities: Trekking and Climbing
  • Accommodation: Teahouses & camping
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Altitude: Maximum 6,189m
  • Dates: Spring & autumn
Trip Overview
Detail Itinerary
Trip Info & Chart
Cost & Services

Trip Overview:

Seen from above Dingboche the mountain Imja Tse (Island Peak) resembles an island in a sea of ice. It was first climbed in 1953 by a very prestigious team in preparation for the ascent of Everest. It is an interesting and attractive summit with a highly glaciated West Face rising from the Lhotse glacier. The mountain itself is an extension of the South ridge of Lhotse Shar and is separated by a small col. Above this gap, rising to the south is a classically beautiful ridge leading to the summit of Imja Tse. As well as providing an enjoyable climb, the peak also provides some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu region.

Activities: Trekking and Climbing

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek & climb

Transportation: Domestic flight and private vehicles

Outline Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu
Rest day in Kathmandu
Kathmandu Flight Lukla- Trek to Phakding
Phakding to Namche
Rest day and acclimatization day in Namche
Namche to Dhole
Dhole to Machhermo
Machhermo to Gokyo Lake
Climb Gokyo Ri peak and Back to Thangnak
Thangnak to Cho la Pass and to Dzongla
Dzongla to Lobuche
Lobuche – Gorakshep, visit Everest base camp
Kalapattar – Dingboche (4410m)
Dingboche – Island peak base camp (5087m)
Rest day in base camp
Summit day! Island peak (6189m)
Island Peak base camp – Pangboche
Trek to Namche
Trek to Lukla
Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel
Rest day
Departure
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17
Day 18
Day 19
Day 20
Day 21
Day 22
Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 1
Day 2
Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 2
Day 3
Kathmandu Flight Lukla- Trek to Phakding

This is a 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,840m. The trail from Lukla leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding 2,610m, first overnight here.

Day 3
Day 4
Phakding to Namche

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, 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 tahr. From Monjo, the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the river and crosses Dudh Koshi and makes a steep climb to Namche 3,440m. 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.

Day 4
Day 5
Rest day and acclimatization day in Namche
Day 5
Day 6
 Namche to Dhole

The trail passes through many Kharkas (summer settlements) used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The views of Khumbila 5,765m and Taboche 6,495m are spectacular.

Day 6
Day 7
Dhole to Machhermo

From Dole the trail climbs to Lhafarma 4,330m and Luza 4,360m. The trail is steep in most places as it climbs through junipers to Lhafarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo 4,400m.

Day 7
Day 8
Machhermo to Gokyo Lake

Beyond Machhermo, the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view of Cho Oyu 8,210m. Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail reaches Phangka 4,480m. The trail descends to the river bank before beginning the climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, alongside the stream to the first lake at 4,650m. The trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4,690m and finally up a boulder strewn path to Gokyo at 4750 meters.

Day 8
Day 9
Climb Gokyo Ri peak and Back to Thangnak

For a majestic and a spectacular view, climb Gokyo Ri 5,357m. It is a two hour climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachong Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche.

Day 9
Day 10
Thangnak to Cho la Pass and to Dzongla

About half way between the first lake and second lake, a trail leads off across the moraine to the east. This is the route to the 5,368m Cho la Pass into the Everest region. The Pass is not difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side. After crossing the Pass, we rest at Dzongla from where you have splendid view of Lobuche East, Amadablam, Taboche and Cholatse.

Day 10
Day 11
Dzongla to Lobuche

Start heading down to Thukla (Dughla). From Thukla, head up towards Lobuche 4,940m. The trail climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments in memory of six Sherpas who died in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese skiing Expedition. The trail then drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche, a summer village. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical views peak of Pumori 7,145m comes into view.

Day 11
Day 12
Lobuche – Gorakshep, visit Everest base camp

5,300m and again return to Gorak Shep. The trail to Gorak Shep crosses the shallow brook that flows past Lobuche, runs through a gully that has the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier on the right hand side. On it’s left side rises the terminal moraine wall of the much smaller Lobuche glacier.

Day 12
Day 13
Kalapattar – Dingboche (4410m)

On the lower slope of Mt Pumori, a ridge extending to the south terminates is a small peak. This peak, Kalapatthar 5,545m provides the best vantage point for viewing Mt. Everest. Climb Kalapatthar in the morning and spend some time on the top. Return to Gorak Shep for breakfast and trek downwards to Dingboche.

Day 13
Day 14
Dingboche – Island peak base camp (5087m)

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 tremendous. The great southern face of Lhotse towers above to the north. From Chukkung, we keep heading up the Imja Khola valley to Island peak base camp. 

Day 14
Day 15
Rest day in base camp

Rest and acclimatization day. The day can be used to learn climbing and check all the climbing gears.

Day 15
Day 16
Summit day! Island peak (6189m)

Leave early for the summit. Return to high camp and down further to base camp.

Day 16
Day 17
Island Peak base camp – Pangboche

Start heading down to Pangboche. This is 5 hrs walk.
Pass through the Deboche nunnery which is the oldest nunnery of Nepal established in 1925. Stop here and tour the nunnery. Visit the famous Tengboche monastery too.

Day 17
Day 18
Trek to Namche
Day 18
Day 19
Trek to Lukla
Day 19
Day 20
Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel
Day 20
Day 21
Rest day
Day 21
Day 22
Departure
Day 22
  • Private trek or group option

We can organise this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your referred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.

  • Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:

00 (977) 1-470-1398

Alternatively, you can contact us by email at: info@climbhighhimalaya.com

  • Booking

To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.

As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.

Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.

  • Equipment


Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.

A complete kit list is to be found on this website.

  • Porter Protection


Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.

  • Why use Climb High?
  • Our acclimatisation schedule and trip organisation is designed to give everyone in the team the best chance of reaching base camp in great condition and feeling healthy.
  • This trek is accommodated in lodges with traditional Nepali hospitality.
  • Treks are led by highly experienced leaders plus Sherpas and porters.
  • Porter welfare is paramount to us – we are a local company and want to ensure that we take care of our own staff.
  • We are a premium Nepali trekking operator, with impeccable local contacts – any changes in plan can be dealt with far more effectively using our experience and network of local contacts.
  • We have our own modern offices in central Kathmandu in Mandala Street – Thamel’s premium street

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

  • Cost:

US$ 3075 per person

  • Services Includes:
  • Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu,
  • All meals and accommodations during the trek and climb,
  • Camping equipments (two- men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, kitchen equipments)
  • 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 rope and fixed static rope (200m), carabineers, snow bars and ice screws,
  • Climbing gears,
  • Airport |hotel transfer,
  • Wages and equipment allowances for climbing guide and staffs,
  • Equipments for staffs and porter,
  • Climb High duffle bag,
  • Rescue arrangements,
  • First-aid kit,
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu,
  • VAT.
  • Services Excludes:
  • 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 disaster.