The nomenclature might seem strange and rather oxymoronic at the first glance–an Island and a Peak– but this seems to capture the description of the mountain quite aptly. As the name encompasses a wide range of height, the peak reflects similar inclusion in the range of travelers it welcomes. Having a difficulty rating of Alpine PD+, the Island Peak is an ideal destination not only for experts but novices too who desire to tick conquering a high peak off their bucket list. If you are a traveler looking forth for an exhilarating experience in the Himalayas with a limited experience of mountaineering, then Island peak should be your ultimate choice.
The Imja Tse Mountain, popularly known as the Island Peak, gets its sobriquet due to the outlook as an island in a sea of mountains when viewed from Dingbuche. The trail to the peak is filled with the mesmerizing scenery of mountains like Ama Dablam, Nuptse and the taste of rural life in the Himalayas in the villages of Dingbuche, Phakding, and many others along the way. The solace in the Himalayas with the constant feeling of self-satisfaction with every step towards elevation leaving your trail in the heights that only a few get to reach is absolutely motivating. Blended with this experience is the Sherpa hospitality that makes the trip all the more intriguing, as we encounter and immerse with the unique Himalayan culture.
Asian Adventure Trips, a renowned name in mountain travel, keeps your satisfaction in high regard. We give utmost priority to your safety and equally appreciate the recreational value of the travel. We boast the finest pool of trek guides and arrange best of requisite logistics to summit peaks alongside giving you the experience of staying in the Himalayan villages of Nepal imbued with Sherpa culture. Our motto is to be integral in creating your memories for a lifetime.
Welcome to the historic city of Kathmandu! A representative from Asian Adventure Trips will be at the airport to receive you. You will reach the hotel shortly where, we shall have a briefing session on the exciting trip ahead. Then, you can explore the back streets of the delightful valley permeated with decent variety in culture, lavishness in legacy, and medieval fragrance in the cutting edge.
The theoretical session about the trek, as a precursor to a practical one, would help to get everyone on the same page. We shall have some free time after the sessions on each day, which you can utilize to explore the city and buy your personal essentials for the trip.
An exciting 40-minute flight to Lukla through the high hills and close view of the mountains is definite to give you an adrenaline rush and Goosebumps. In the wake of arriving in Lukla, we might set on our short trek to Phakding. The journey to Phakding will be covered in 3-4 hours, which will be seemingly shorter owing to the beautiful panorama. Remembering the ultimate objective to help acclimatization, we will take short trips around Phakding. We will stay overnight here.
We shall embark our journey from Phakding continuing our aesthetically pleasing interaction with nature on our way to Namche Bazaar. The journey will be filled with mesmerizing scenery of shining mountain tops of the likes of Mt. Thamserku, simultaneously, the sound of assiduous Dudh Koshi will please our senses. In about 6 hours, we will reach the coveted market of Namche Bazaar– an indispensable place of the route of any mountain climber in the Eastern Himalayas of Nepal.
Situated at an altitude of nearly 3500 meters from the sea level, Namche Bazaar is a market that caters to all the needs of mountaineers. It boasts facilities like ATM, Wi-Fi, restaurants offering cuisines from different parts of the world inter alia. The exciting journey lies ahead!
We embark on yet another journey to Tengboche, a serene village in the Khumbu region. As we elevate, the peak of Ama Dablam will constantly remind us the proximity of the destination as it comes closer. After a 6 hour long trek along the rugged trail, we reach Tengboche. From here we can value the all-encompassing view of a few ranges– Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache, Lhotse and the Mount Everest. These peaks would certainly reinforce that you have come quite far! The Tengboche Monastery is yet another attraction in this region, which is part and parcel of the visit here. We will stay overnight at Tengboche.
We will have to continue taking a steep ascent along the track maintained by a local Sherpa to reach Dingbuche. The view of the mountains, the alpine trees is so breathtakingly gorgeous that one should be careful not to lose focus from the rugged track. Finally, we will achieve the lovely valley of Dingbuche. We will enjoy the local cuisine after reaching Dingbuche and call it a day.
Our next destination is Chhukung, another village en route to the Island Peak, famous among tourists for the memorable homestay experience that the villagers offer. Another opportunity to closely observe the Sherpa culture, cuisine and generous hospitality. We will spend a night in Chhukung.
On the tenth day of our journey, we will reach nearer to the summit as we ascend towards the base camp. An approximate 4 hours journey from Chhukung would take us to the base of the Island Peak. As we elevate higher, for the purposes of acclimatization, we will gather some rest at the base camp.
In order to supplement the theory that was imparted at the initial days in Kathmandu, we shall now bring the knowledge into action. On the eleventh and the twelfth day of our journey, we shall devote our time to get familiar with the height, learn to handle the difficult situations that might arise along the journey while ascending, and other nuances relating to climbing the Peak.
Finally, we have reached the climax of our trip. All the efforts that we have put in to reach, thus far will culminate in the assent of the Island Peak. Scaling the peak will give you a surreal feeling of being at the top of the world, a sense of inexplicable achievement. The picturesque view of the sea of mountains will mesmerize you and you can drink the cornucopian drink of spiritual happiness and perennial contentment.
With the sense of achievement, we will descend into the picturesque village of Pangboche. Popular as the base camp for Ama Dablam, it is encircled by Kang Taiga, Everest, Thamserku, and Kongde, along with Ama Dablam. A predominantly Sherpa valley, it is also an abode to one of the oldest monasteries in the region. We will spend a night in Pangboche.
Another five-hour trek amidst the Himalayan beauty that the cameras will not do justice in capturing and we will reach Namche Bazaar again. Here you can connect to the internet, use the ATM, enjoy the food items that you might have missed in the journey. We will spend rest of the day and night here.
Now post achievement of scaling Island Peak, Lukla might reveal to you what you could not see earlier. You will appreciate the serenity, greenery of Lukla and the feeling of contentment would make you ecstatic. Although 7 hours in the scale of time, descend would seem much lesser to you now. We will spend our last night so proximate to the mountains.
Another flight from the dramatic air routes to the capital. As we take off and elevate further in the sky, the peaks and high hills we were amidst till yesterday will start looking more like pictures captured in camera and start seeming distant until they are out of sight. In 40 minutes, we will reach Kathmandu. You can explore more parts of this historically and culturally vibrant city and shop some souvenirs.
With fun-filled memories and experience of a lifetime, we will be bidding farewell. You remain the family of Asian Adventure Trips and we shall be more than happy to be your travel partner the next time you plan to go even higher. With a strong hope to see you again, adieu!