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Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing expedition
Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing includes Buddhist Monasteries, Alpine forests of fir and rhododendron, high suspension bridges, meeting caravans of yaks and yak-cow crossbreeds along the way. Namche Bazaar is a colorful, bustling market with traders from surrounding villages and as far as Tibet. From Tengboche Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam can all be seen. Climbing above the tree line to cross alpine pastures and glacial moraine you eventually reach Base Camp, high on the Khumbu Glacier, where colorful expedition tents give a bizarre appearance to this desolate place surrounded by rock, snow and ice.

Island peak that translate to “Imja Tse” which is well above 20,305 foot may not be among the Highest Mountains but it is a good destination for the further preparation of future climbing. Island Peak Climbing has lot to offer, like magnificent view of Ama-Dablam, south face of Lhotse and Everest, Lhotse and Makalu that is filled with thrill and excitement. This trek is relatively easier than other climbing and requires only some basic knowledge and practice of snow climbing.

Kalapathar(A Black Mountain) (5550m) Kala Patthar, appears as a big brown bump below the impressive south face of Pumori (7,161m / 23,494ft). Many trekkers in the region of Mount Everest attempt to summit Kala Patthar, because it provides the best and most beautiful view Mt. Everest and a 360º view of the Himalayas.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport & transfer to Hotel (1345m/4428ft)

Airport representative from our company pick you up upon your arrival. Then transfer you to the hotel for short briefing about the trip. In the meantime, you can roam around the city to get familiar with new city or take a rest and relax.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing & Final Preparation

After breakfast at Hotel, sightseeing starts with a visit to Kathmandu - Swayambhunath (monkey temple), and Boudhanath. In the afternoon, meeting with guide and checking the trekking gear for final preparation. (Overnight at Hotel)

Day 3
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,610m) -35 min flight & 4 / 5 hrs trek

After breakfast from Hotel, we drive to airport to catch flight to Lukla (2,600m). After arrival in Lukla the trail leads north from the airstrip to the edge of Lukla Plateau. The walk is easy and goes through several villages reaching Phakding (2,800m). (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Phakding) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4
Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11286ft)- 6/ 7 hrs

Today’s trekking is a bit difficult and uphill. After breakfast we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The park preserves the rare floras and faunas. Then we cross several bridges before ascending to the heart of Khumbu region, Namchhe Bazaar. Namchhe is known as the Sherpa Capital where you are presented with striking views of Everest, Ama Dablam and Kongde Ri. (Overnight at Tea Hourse Lodge) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5
Namche Bazaar – Khumjung Valley Excursion (3,790m/12434ft) – 3 / 4 hrs

This day is an acclimatization day spent in and around Namche Bazaar. The Khumjung Valley Excursion begins leaving at the market place with a steep climbing about one hour to Shyangboche. From the top of Shyangboche, one can see beautiful views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Themserku (6608m), Nuptse (7879m), and Lhotse (8383m). After we trail downwards to Khumjung, where one can see the Sir Edmund Hillary School and hospital. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Namche Bazar) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6
Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,870m/13664ft)- 6 hrs

Another amazing day in trip, we go by eastern ridge with views of rhododendron forest and descend though the forest. We cross Dudh Koshi River and after that we ascend uphill which leads us to the Buddhist land. We may see Himalayan Thar and Pheasants along the way. Now, we reach Tengboche Village. Here we can see the famous Tengboche Monastery which is also a pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge - Tengboche) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7
Tengboche – Pherichhe (4,240m/13910ft)- 6 hrs

From Tengpoche, it's a short steep and muddy descending until a suspension bridge then ascending till Pheriche. While walking one passes small villages like Diboche through birches, conifers and Rhododendron forest. After a long walk the trail passes several villages such as Pangboche and reaches Pheriche. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge - Pheriche) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8
Pheriche – Lobuche (4,930m/16174ft)- 6 hrs

Leaving Pheriche the trail leads very soft way up to Dugla (4,620m). After that it ascends for about 2 hours, then flat to Lobuche. Walking time takes about 6 hours. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge - Lobuche) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9
Lobuche – Gorak shep- Everest Base Camp (5,160m/16929ft)- 4 hrs

From Lobuche the rail is relatively flat with several small ascends and descends to Gorak shep which is nestled below the summit of Mt. Pumori (7161m.) and the sheer west face of Nuptse. This takes 2 Hours. In the afternoon you will be visiting EBC (5400m) with guide. The tail to EBC takes you along the Khumbu glacier. From here you can observe the blue ice and the Khumbu icefall. This trekking will be an unforgettable experience. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Gorak shep) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10
Gorak Shep – (Kalapathar)- Dingbouche (4,440m/14566ft)

Excursion to Kalapathar. From Gorak Shep the trail is a steep ascent to the top of a small peak, Kalapathar 5545m meaning "black rock". From here we can see Mt.Everest , Mt.Nuptse, Mt.Ama Dablan, Mt.Kantega, Mt.Tamserku, Mt.Tawatse and Mt.Pumori all present themselves in a 360 degree panorama. It’s possible to begin the ascent to Kalapathar very early in the morning and sunrise can be seen over the Himalayan range. After Kalapathar, the trail leads down to Dingbouche. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge - Dingbouche) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11
Dingboche - Chhukung (4700m/15419ft)

After breakfast the trail leads uphill to Chhukung (4700m) and steep climb up to Chhukung for 360 views of Himalayas. Chhukung is the entry point for the Island Peak Expedition trip. In Chhukung you will meet the climbing guides and cooks. From this point day trips to Glacier or to Imjatse valley can be done. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge - Chhukung) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12
Chhukung - Island peak Base Camp (5087m/16689ft)

The trail leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. The trail continues along a streamside leading to what we call Big-rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the South West side of Island peak. Here there will be briefings, preparations & tanning about the climb. Overnight in Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m) (Overnight at Tent Camp) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13
Island Peak Base Camp- High Camp (5500m/18044ft)- 3 hrs

The trail to High camp is steep up and rocky. Along the way we can see beautiful views of Imja glacier and lake. (Overnight at Tent Camp – High camp) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14
Island Peak Summit (6189m/20305ft) and Back to Chhukung-

Island Peak Ascent (6,189m/20,305ft), from early about 3am in the morning will have to start climb the rock gully towards the summit. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, it is 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Base Camp and then Chhukung. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Chhukung) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15
Chhukung – Tengbouche

The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and around Mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many Mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja khola, the trail climbs many carved Mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth it. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Tengbouche) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 16
Tengbouche – Namche ( 3440m)

This is the day to return back Namchhe Bazaar and the path leads downhill to Phungitenga and we continue flat trail until Namchhe. Here you can explore The Everest National Park Museum which houses many mountaineering and Himalayan artifacts. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Namche) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 17
Namche – Lukla (2800m)

We trek back to Lukla through same route, crossing several suspension bridges and Sherpa settlements. Our goal today is to reach Lukla before the sunset for celebration of our successful trip. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Lukla) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 18
Lukla – Kathmandu

We take scenic flight back to Kathmandu. And maybe you can do shopping or buy souvenirs for your friends and family. Or better you can relax, have some massage and dine the best meals of the city in some of the best restaurants. (Overnight at Hotel) Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Attend the evening dinner and cultural program provided by our company.

Day 19
Free Day in Kathmandu

After winding up a successful trip, our representative drops you off to the airport for your further journey. You are dropped to the airport around 3 hours before the departure so that there may not be any delays. Have a safe journey!

Cost included

  • Arrival & Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals on tented camping & Lodge expedition
  • Accommodation on tented camp
  • Half day guided city tour as listed in itinerary
  • Peak Climbing Permit Royalty and other government tax
  • Group Climbing gear including climbing rope, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer etc.
  • All camping equipment - 2-person member tent, dinning tent, kitchen tent, staff & porter tent, toilet tent with commode, dining table with backrest chair etc.
  • Free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, insulated mat, down jacket, duffel bag etc during the trip
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Insurance of all staff including porters
  • Adventure Treks T-shirts / other seasonal gifts as perks
  • 10 % VAT and 13% TSC Taxes.
  • High altitudes chamber bags (PAC) for very high altitudes

Cost excluded

  • Nepal entry Visa fees, your travel insurance of any kind (emergency evacuation insurance is recommended as this is an adventurous trip and evacuation by Helicopter may be necessary)
  • International Airfare
  • Lunch and Dinner except mentioned itinerary
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips items for trekking crew members personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, laundry, beverage drinks etc.
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Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Dhaulagiri region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Dhaulagiri Base trekking is considered a strenuous trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Dhaulagiri Base Camp. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Dhaulagiri base camp trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Dhaulagiri base camp trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Dhaulagiri region. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Dhaulagiri region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

Island Peak Climbing includes Buddhist Monasteries, Alpine forests of fir and rhododendron, high suspension bridges, meeting caravans of yaks and yak-cow crossbreeds along the way. Namche Bazaar is a colorful, bustling market with traders from surrounding villages and as far as Tibet. From Tengboche Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam can all be seen. Climbing above the tree line to cross alpine pastures and glacial moraine you eventually reach Base Camp, high on the Khumbu Glacier, where colorful expedition tents give a bizarre appearance to this desolate place surrounded by rock, snow and ice.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 6189 m
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate to Strenuous
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • April, May, October, November
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