Mt. Imja Tse (Island)Peak

Mt. Imja Tse (Island)Peak
Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, is a mountain in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton's party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but Island Peak remains the popular choice. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar.

Imja Tse summit was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss team as a training exercise in preparation for Mount Everest and Lhotse.

Imja Tse is the most popular of Nepal's so-called trekking peaks given its difficulty (alpine PD+) and accessibility especially when supported by a climbing guide and is the most frequently climbed peak in the Himalaya.

Details Itinerary :

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
 Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed by our representative and taken to one of the best hotels. During your stay in Kathmandu, you will be visiting Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples and shrines which reflect ancient local traditions and arts and culture. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well come dinner awaits for you.

Day 02:  Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2800m)
 Today, we take early flight from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu . Upon landing at Lukla Airport (2800m), we would be going to a hotel and do refreshment and go for lunch. After having lunch, we proceed towards Phakding (2800m). Our trail penetrates the beautiful village Lukla. We meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung and go through the trail following the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat and then finally reach Phakding where we will spend the very night.

Day 03:  Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m)
 We start our trek from Phakding and reach Namche Bazar in the late after noon. Our trail to Namche Bazar continues north up the Dudh Kosi Valley.The trail leads us to Jorsale (2810m) where we enter the Sagarmatha National Park, and submit our trekking permits for checking. From here, we continue on an ever-steepening trail to Namche Bazaar (3440m). En route we cross the spectacular suspension bridge high above the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and the Dudh Kosi, and shortly after glimpse our first view of Everest, way off to the north-east. The trail to Namche is steep and long, but eventually we reach the remarkable Sherpa capital perched high on the hillside and dominated to the east by the immense bulk of Kwangde (6187m).

Day 04:  Acclimatization in Namche
 Acclimatization is important before trekking to higher altitude. We spend the day by taking a side trip to Thami or Khumjung visiting the National Park Visitor Centre on the hill above Namche or by simply resting and browsing in the shops in the town. Namche is a fascinating place simply to 'hang out' and take in the culture of the mountains, from the trading of visiting Tibetans to the stories of departing mountaineers.

Day 05:  Namche Bazar - Phortse Thanga (3500m)
 We start our trek from Namche heading north-east on a direct line to Everest. Ahead of us we can see one of the most beautiful mountains in the Khumbu - Ama Dablam (6856m), as well as Everest still far off in the distance. At Sanasa we branch off the Everest trail and head up the hill to the small settlement of Mong where we stop for lunch. From here it is a steady descent to the Dudh Kosi at Phortse Thanga (3500m). This is a beautiful riverside settlement and is our camping spot for the night.

Day 06: Phortse Thanga – Dole (4200m)
 It is our turn to move ahead from Phortse Thanga to Dole. Our trail initially climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest and then continues high above the Dudh Kosi, steadily gaining height. We pass through the settlements of Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) and eventually reach our camp site for the evening at Dole (4200m).

Day 07:  Dole - Machhermo (4410m)
 We have been gaining altitude daily. Hence, we must check our blood concentration in time to time to avoid adverse effect in our health. Our trail keeps on continuing high above the west bank of the Dudh Kosi and we obtain tremendous views of the mountains at the northern end of the valley, including Cho Oyu, as well as back down the valley to Ama Dablam, and across the valley to Tawachee and Cholatse. Machhermo at 4410m is a pleasant camp site where we spend our night.

Day 08:  Machhermo – Gokyo (4750m)
 The valley widens beyond Machhermo and the trail passes through the settlement of Pangka before descending to the river. It is a steep ascent up the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier to the first of the Gokyo lakes at 4650m from Panka. The trail then goes to the second lake at 4690m and eventually we reach Gokyo at 4750m.Gokyo is a sizeable settlement with many tea-houses, located in a delightful location on the edge of the lake.The views from Gokyo are magnificent and stunning. The next day, we will climb a small hill above Gokyo village, known as Gokyo Ri, to get fantastic views of Everest and Cho Oyu.

Day 09: Climb Gokyo Ri – Chhugyuma (5000m)
 We start our day slowly ascending to the top of Gokyo Ri at 5350m, and will be rewarded by magnificent views of Everest to the east and Cho Oyu to the north. Descending to Gokyo, we would be able to retrace our steps to the area between the first and second lakes and take a trail eastwards across the Ngozumpa glacier. After this, we reach the small settlement of Dragnag where we rest for a while. Finally, we reach our camp at Chhugyuma at an altitude of 5000m

Day 10: Chhugyuma (5000m) - Cho La (5368m) – Dzongla (4860m)
 From Chhugyuma, we make an early start, and continue upwards towards the pass that links the Gokyo and Everest valleys - the Cho La. From our camp site it is about 3-4 hours of normal walking to the pass at 5368m. Although the walk is comparatively a hard, but are rewarded by fabulous views on both sides of the pass. From the pass we descend slowly on a rough trail to the small settlement of Dzongla and make our camping. The superb view of the majestic peak- Cholatse can be viewed.

Day 11:  Dzongla - Chhukung (4743m)
 Leaving Dzongla behind, we slowly and steadily descend to the main Everest trail at Duglha. From this point, we continue to descend to the ridge above Dingboche where we obtain our first view of Island Peak which has been dominating the end of the Imja valley to the east since immemorial past. It is our pleasure to take lunch at Dingboche, the large sprawling Sherpa settlement situated at 4410m, before continuing up the Imja valley to Chhukung at 4743m.

Day 12:  Chhukung - Base Camp (5087m) - High camp (6000m)
 We continue to the site of our base camp from Chhukung. The trail follows the moraine of the Lhotse glacier to the snout of the Imja glacier where it branches to the east and skirts around the base of Island Peak. We make our main camp at a spot known as Pareshaya Gyab at 5087m. After taking lunch we continue up to our high camp. The trail is well defined until we reach the area of our High Camp at 6000m.

Day 13: Island Peak (6189m)
 We get set early for the summit at about 3.00 am, and scramble up in the dark to the snow-covered glacier above. It is wise to take care as we make our way up the glacier until we reach a broad snow basin which leads up to the final section of the climb. Ahead of us now is the main summit ridge and we climb a steep snow and ice slope, using fixed ropes, for approx. 100m to access the ridge. The ridge is a classic and leads quickly to the east up to the main summit at 6189m. The climbers can be rewarded by the fantastic view of Lhotse to the north, the Amphu Labsta and Mera Peak to the south, and Ama Dablam to the west. After having close-up, we slowly descend by the same route making our way back carefully to the Base Camp.

Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp - Dingboche.
 In reward of successful climb, we retrace our steps back down the Imja valley having food at Chhukung to Dingboche. We will spend the night in this small Sherpa settlement.

Day 15: Dingboche - Namche Bazaar
 Following the same trail we still head down passing through the settlement of Pangboche, Tengpoche monastery, Phunki Thanga, and then rises again to traverse high above the river on a winding trail into Namche Bazaar.

Day 16: Namche Bazar - Lukla
 It is the final day of our trek. Having lunch at Namche Bazaar, we descend to Lukla. Overnight spent at Lukla.

Day 17:  - Kathmandu
 We take our early flight from Lukla and arrive in the Kathmandu valley with a 45 minute flight. You will be received by our representatives at the airport and then directly transfer to the hotel. Having food at the hotel, we go for shopping in the afternoon. In the evening, a farewell dinner will be served.

Day 18  : Back home destination.

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