Island peak climbing is the most popular trekking peak in Everest region Khumbu Himalaya of Nepal; it’s imposing and extremely glaciated west face that rises from Lhotse Glacier. The peak is itself a south part of Lhotse shar divided by a small col. Though re-baptized as Imja Tse in 80s it is popular by its original name. It got its name in 1952 AD because of its placement in the middle of Chukung valley giving appearance like an island in a sea of ice. It is located in the top of Chukung valley between Ama Dablan and Lhotse Mountains at an altitude of 6,189m. The most challenging section of this climb is ice wall at slope of 45 degrees which is followed by slender summit ridge.
One full day walking from Chunking will lead to Base Camp and get prepared to climb the peak. To get victory over the summit it will take one or two days depending upon the weather conditions. From the summit we can view the outstanding mountain panorama of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu with Hodgepodge of many others. Climbing Island peak is comparatively easy and common due to which many visitors desire to go there. Your island peak expedition begin from Lukla uphill to island peak top and walking back at Lukla from here you will fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: From Tribhuban International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the afternoon we will invite you to our office for briefing about the each day program.
Day 02: After having breakfast we will do some sightseeing which includes Pashupatinath Swoyambhunath and Bouddhanath.
Day 03: Enjoy the most scenic 30minutes flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. As you reach Lukla start the Everest Base Camp Trek to Phakding via Chaurikharka and Chhuplung. Overnight at Phakding(2640m).
Day 04: Early in the morning after having breakfast trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar(3435m) via Jhorsalle. From Namche we can see the first glance of Everest.
Day 05: Today we will acclimatize at Namche Bazaar. Today we may rest or hike through the village of Khunde and Khumjung. Khumjung is the largest village of Khumbu region. After having lunch we will hike back to Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche(3890m) via Sanasa and Fungethaga. We will have our lunch at the edge of Dudhkoshi river. From Tengboche we can see the captivating vista of Gokyo Ri, Amadablam, Thamserku and Island Peak. Tengboche is known for the highest monastery in the world.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4450m). After having breakfast we leave for Dingboche via Deboche village, Minlinggo, Pangboche and Imjastse. Thoughout the trail we can see the spectacular vista of Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Kantega, Nuptse and Lhotse. Dingboche is a beautiful village enclosed by stone wall. Overnight at teahouse.
Day 08: Today we acclimatize at Dingboche. From Dingboche we can see some breathtaking views of North face of Ama Dablam and Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore the valley that take us to Island peak. Another option can be hike to Nagarjun hill from where we can see the vista of Island peak with many others.
Day 09: Trek for 4 hours to get to Chhukung Valley. Overnight at Chhukung.
Day 10: Trek from Chhukung Valley to Island Base Camp.
Day 11: Climb to Island peak and trek down to Dingboche.
Day 12: Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche.
Day 13: Trek from Tengboche to Manjoo (2900m). Walk downhill cross the bridge near Phungitenga near Sahansa. The trail from Namche to Manjoo is one of the most scenic path in the whole trail. In the way we will visit traditional village of Khumjung and Khunde. Overnight at Manjoo.
Day 14: Trek from Manjoo to Lukla (2886m). Today the trek will be quite easy except some uphill climbs and then down to Bhote Koshi River crossing it three times.
Day 15: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Departure for your onward flight.
Note: Above Itinerary can be customized as per client’s interest and time frame
Nepal, the country that we had been hoping to visit since many years ago. A mystical country to us and many of other people. We had our travel plan studied a year before we come into decision for flight ticket purchasing. We were lucky that AirAsia finally launched is Nepal route from Malaysia with promotion fare. We were 4 of us traveling from Penang Island (Malaysia). We bought our flight ticket with low cost airline AirAsia somewhere in Sept 2012 with flying route of PEN-KUL-KTM-KUL-PEN.
PEN-KUL-PEN was with AirAsia and KUL-KTM-KUL was with AirAsiaX and at the same time we contacted Mr. Devi Baral the Managing Director from ANET via email about the trekking trip for Everest Mini Trek. His spontaneous email response with good English writing gave us very good impression about the reliability of this company. We were having close in touch with him through email until our departure date of 27 Apr 2013. Throughout the email responses, Devi Baral did an excellent job by replying our inquiries with detail which are very helpful for us as the first timer to visit Nepal. From his email replying which had built up our confident level to visit our inaugural Himalayan country and showing the good personality of himself as Nepalese. They are friendly and helpful people.
On 27 Apr 2013, our flight departed on time from Penang to KL-LCCT then again to Kathmandu. We were then pick up from Devi's arranged transport and safely arrived in Hotel Access Nepal. Room was OK with clean toilet, WIFI signal is only good in lobby. Breakfast from this hotel was ok, importantly the service was excellent and helpful waiters. Electricity in Nepal is expensive, therefore, this hotel practices cost saving by resuming its power starting from 4:30pm local time daily which we understand from the hotel staff. No big deal as Apr/May still a cool month in Kathmandu. Hot water was running fine in this hotel as well.
Thamel, the place where this Hotel Access Nepal located was excellent. You may shop till you drop and eat till you bloat. Devi met us up at hotel lobby that evening and we were brought to Himali restaurant for our dinner which was serving very tasty Nepalese food called "Dal Bhat" Literally, "Dal" means lentils and "Bhat" means rice in Nepalese language. It's not just purely the lentils with plain rice but with some delicious side dishes such as chicken curry & other vegetables as well. Himali restaurant is just about 150m walking distance from Hotel Access Nepal. Right after walking out from the main gate of the hotel walked straight until seeing the huge Coco-cola signboard then turn left into the the narrow alley which selling lots of beanie.
After the dinner, we were then brought to Devi's office for trekking permit registration as well as full payments. Thanks for the shirt as well as the complimentary Everest Map. Thereafter, we were then back to the room to relax, met up Devi again before our bedtime. We were introduced by him our trekking guide Mr. Kumar Khadka. That evening, both Devi & Kumar were brief us on our trekking trip.
On 28 Apr 2013, we were departed from Kathmandu domestic airport as per plan to Lukla with Tara Air AKE twin otter. Flight journey took us about 25mins along the scenic Himalayan mountainous view from the left side of the aircraft. We were lucky to have a clear morning to fly and safely landed at one of the world deadliest Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport with 2,850m asl. From there we started our trek all the way to Benkar. Then we overnight in Benkar at Waterfall Hotel overlooking Tamserku snowy mountain.
Kumar our trekking guide was very considerate and booked us the top floor of twin bedroom. The room is clean and beautiful Tamserku peak just directly view from our window. That starry night sky was so clear with moonlight shined into our bedroom. Trekking journey continue the next morning all the way to Namche Bazaar @ 3,440m asl. and we remained in Namche Bazaar for 2 nights. Again, Kumar booked us the top floor twin bedroom with scenic view overlooking Kongde peak. Between the days in Namche Bazaar we did a day trek to Everest Hotel at Syangboche also the small little Namche Bazaar monastery. Trek to Syangboche is a MUST do trek which we were stunt with the world highest peak of Everest, Lhotse & Amadablam. We were speechless with the beauty of mother earth when we were there.
After 2 days in Namche Bazaar, we started our descend back in Benkar where we stayed for the 1st night of trek. Then the following day we continued the final trek back in Lukla and spent our last night of trek there. Day after, we caught our flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arriving in Lukla, we were back in Hotel Access Nepal for the final night before heading back to Malaysia. Final day we did a few places sightseeing such as Pashupatinath, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) & Kathmandu Durbar Square.
On the final night, we were glad being invited by Mr. Devi for his generosity to dine with his family & relatives at home. Although it was just the 1st time we had dinner with them, but the excellent hospitality just made us felt that we had been known each other for decade. That's the precious moment that money can't buy.
Although it was a budget trip throughout the trekking journey, the trekking guide Kumar just made us felt that we were being treated as friend rather than client. Lots of chats & fun which made the strenuous trek a rewarded & easy one. We really appreciate from our heart. Without him our trekking trip probably may not be the happiest one. A million thanks to Kumar for his guidance. Also, not to forget the 2 jovial and fun porters from Lukla.
We would described Devi as a very well organized and knowledgeable person in term of trekking trip planning. He has jovial and friendly personality.
For our trekking guide Kumar Khadka, he is the best ever trekking guide we ever experienced throughout our 10+ years non-stop travelling experiences. He's honest, caring, jovial and helpful person. Along the trekking trip he has find many ways helped us to save lot of unnecessary expenses. With his trekking experience, we learn a lot from him about mountain life.
We are now looking forward to join his next adventure to Annapurna Base Camp in near future!! Counting down for the next trip with them. :)
Tips form Malaysian
We embarked on the 16 day package on 1 May '16, trekking through the villages to ABC before heading up to Tharpu Chuli for a taste of mountaineering.
Kumar was our guide. But he was also our comedian, friend, cook, and big brother, going the extra mile to ensure our safety and enjoyment of the trip. Kumar enthusiastically shared his knowledge and told us about local culture. Kumar also recognised our financial constraints as students, and helped us save money by advising where we could get the best deals for food and whatnot. He even spent an extra day with us in the city showing us the temples. He also treated us to a local meal! Without doubt, the trip would not have been as enjoyable without him! The whole crew was very enthusiastic and friendly as well, with the porters talking to us and singing songs during our free time.
Mr Devi Baral, of Nepal Eco Treks, runs his company well and everything went smoothly. We had no issue with accomodation, food, and park permits. The company is really reliable and price their packages competitively.
I will not hesitate to come back for another trip with him! Perhaps Mera Peak in the near future!
If you're interested, checkout my travel short film at youtube(dot)com/MrChangCJ
Region Everest Khumbu valley (6189m.)
Best Season: Sept. to Nov. & March - June
Duration: 14 Days
Trek type: Tea House+Camping
Max Altitude: 6189 m.
Mode of Travel: Flight
Duration: 16 days