Island Peak or Imja Tse (6,160)

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  • Price:US$ 0
  • Duration:22 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Grade:Strenuous

Destination: Nepal

Max. Altitude: 6160m

Group size: Min 1 person, Max 10 people.

Departures: year round

Costs: please contact us

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This is a classic Himalayan expedition, incorporating a trek into the centre of the Khumbu region and the ascent of a 6,000m peak. Combined with a legendary mountaineering route, Sherpa hospitality, and unbeatable mountain vistas, we can think of no better introduction to trekking peaks in Nepal.

At 6,189m, Imja Tse is situated at the head of the Imja Khola valley. Surrounded by a sea of ice in the eastern Khumbu, the view from the summit is one of the most spectacular anywhere in the world. Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) form an immense semi circle in the north, and to the east, Makalu (8,875m) towers above its neighbors.

Following a few days in Kathmandu, we commence the expedition with a flight to Lukla, a small mountain airstrip deep in the Khumbu. We then set off towards the capital of the region – ‘Namche Bazaar’, with its bustling market and great bakeries. We stop here for a day’s acclimatisation

Beyond Namche, we follow the classic Everest trail, along the Dudh Khosi and then into the Imja Khola. Passing Sherpa villages, monasteries and temples we head on through forest of rhododendron and dwarf firs until we reach the alpine meadows above the tree line. With plenty of acclimatisation time built into the program, we make our way steadily in a northerly direction to the Khumbu glacier and our first destination – ‘Kala Pattar’. We gain unsurpassed views of Mount Everest from here, and build up strength for the second leg of our journey.

Retracing our steps down the Khumbu glacier and beyond to Dingboche, we rejoin the Imja Khola and head east to its source, and to our base camp near Pareshaya Gyab (5,070m). Although we could summit Imja Tse and return comfortably in a day, we spend the next few days exploring this remote corner of Sagamartha National Park. Establishing a high camp at 5,640m, we prepare for the highlight of the trip. Using crampons and ropes, we climb snow slopes and cross glaciers on our final push to the summit. The final climb to the summit is steep, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Standing on the summit, dramatic views fill our field of vision in all directions.

Retracing our steps to the Imja Khola, we descend back to Namche Bazaar with a spring in our step. The loss in altitude and increased supply of oxygen, coupled with our greater level of fitness gives us a great feeling as we head back to the airstrip at Lukla.

The Imja Tse expedition is a highly accessible adventure into the grandest mountain range on earth, offering unsurpassed views and a perfect introduction to Himalayan climbing.

All our guides and porters are experienced, licensed and covered by insurance.

Come and join us for a life changing experience – with Himalayan Unforgettable Adventures!

Day to day outline itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu, check into hotel
  • Day 02:Kathmandu tour
  • Day 03:Fly to Lukla, start the trek and stay at Phakding
  • Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar and acclimatise
  • Day 06:Trek to Tengboche (3,860m),
  • Day 07:Trek to Pheriche (4,240m)
  • Day 08:Trek Lobuche – Gorak Shep and Kala Pattar (5,550m)
  • Day 11:Trek to Dingboche, Chukkung and then Pareshaya Gyab (5,070m)

  • Day 13:Climb Island Peak (6,160m)

  • Day 15:Return trek to Lukla.

  • Day 20:Flight to Kathmandu

  • Day 21:Kathmandu Valley tour

  • Day 22:Final departure

Cost Details

Cost Include

Flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, all transfers, national park entry fee, peak fee, camping equipment and food on trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner), group climbing equipment, medical kit, climbing Sherpa, Sirdar/guide, cooks, porters, sat phone, cultural tour of Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley, B&B in Kathmandu hotel.

Cost Exclude

Flights to/from Nepal, airport and departure taxes, entry visa, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, alcoholic and aerated beverages. personal travel insurance, personal climbing equipment and clothes, tips for porters and guides

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrive in Kathmandu, check into hotel

Day 02Kathmandu tour

Day 03Fly to Lukla, start the trek and stay at Phakding

Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar and acclimatise

Day 06Trek to Tengboche (3,860m),

Day 07Trek to Pheriche (4,240m)

Day 08Trek Lobuche – Gorak Shep and Kala Pattar (5,550m)

Day 11Trek to Dingboche, Chukkung and then Pareshaya Gyab (5,070m)

Day 13Climb Island Peak (6,160m)

Day 15Return trek to Lukla.

Day 20Flight to Kathmandu

Day 21Kathmandu Valley tour

Day 22Final departure

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