TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Imja Tse Trekking Peak (6160m) is one of the most popular and probably the most stimulating trekking peaks in Nepal and is also known as Island peak to the whole world. Imja Tse will captivate you with its fantabulous paranoiac beauty and most appreciably, you will get a standardized viewpoint to watch the roof of the world: Mt. Everest.

Immense Himalayan paranomas like Lhotse (8501m), Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse Shar (8383m), Makalu (8475m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8410m) and Amadablam and Baruntse can be seen as you reach the top of Imja Tse Peak. Two of the adventurous passes namely Kongma La pass and Chola pass are to be crossed. In 1953, Eric Shipton, a British Mountaineer and his group named the peak as Island peak because the peak seemed as an island when seen from Dingboche. Later on in 1983 the peak was renamed as Imja Tse.

For getting into island peak, at first you walk up to the Dudh Koshi valley from Lukla, following through Namche and then Tengboche to Kalapatthar and the Everest Base Camp. From here, can be viewed the glory of the world Mt. Everest lying right in front of your face, the sunshine welcomes your face in Everest. Khumbu Glacier is worth watching, one considers themselves lucky. After that, we move downwards to Chhukung and are prepared for Island Peak Climb. This climb is planned for you if you are entirely physically fit.

Permit Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to thrill yourselves by joining our Island Peak Climbing. This is once in a life-time achievement and opportunity for you and we are pleased to provide this opportunity to you.

ITINARARY

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu [1,300m/4,428ft]

Upon your arrival at TIA-Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, our representative and some staff of GHHT- Ganeh HImal Hiking Team will be at the terminal gate waiting for you and while finishing all your custom formalities of airport you can directly head to the terminal gate where our staff will welcome and pick you up from the airport and transferred you to the hotel. After checking in into the hotel you can take rest and relax for awhile and later you can visit our GHHT office and do some preparation of the trip and then we will be introducing you to other fellow participants who will be joining along with you. Later in evening the GHHT will be hosting a welcome dinner in one of the best Nepali restaurants which serve the most typical Nepali cuisine which will be the intro of Nepali food culture. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Dinner is included.


Day 02: Fly towards Lukla [2,800m/9,184ft] then trek towards Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

Today after breakfast we will take a flight towards Lukla. It is one of the scenic flights where one will get to capture the picturesque view of Himalayas including with other several snowcapped peaks. Within 40 minutes flight we will reach at Tenzing Hillary airport and then we will be meeting our other crew members. After that we will begin our trek via flourishing village of Lukla towards Phakding. Today we set on different altitude so, we will be hiking only few hours to adapt the attitude. If you are interested for any further activities, we can do a short hiking towards monastery close by. We will spend our night in Phakding.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 03: Phakding towrds Namche Bazaar [3,440m/11,283ft]: 5-6 hrs.

Today after breakfast we will be trekking via attractive pine forests alongside the huge flowing Dudh Koshi River and head on the trail that leads to Namche Bazaar. Continuing trekking for an hour we will welcome by the view of mount Thamserku [6608m] and all the way trekking through fir, juniper and pine forests. If the weather is good we will slightly get to view the mighty highest mountain Everest along with Nuptse and Lhotse ridge. We will continue our trek unless we don’t reach at Sagarmatha National Park which is the entrance towards Namche Bazaar. Today we will be crossing approximately five bridges and the last one is called as Hillary suspension bridge which is the highest bridge of Everest region. We will spend our night in Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 04: Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: Acclimatization Day

Today is the day for acclimatization but most health expert advices that instead of spending whole day by taking rest, one will not be well adapted to the altitude so, instead of taking rest we will be doing a short hiking where there are some option like we can either wander around the Namche Bazaar. We can even hike to Everest view hotel where one get an opportunity to view the Mt. Everest in close and on the way one can visit the local museum which showcases diverse flora and fauna of the Everest region and also you will get to explore the history of the Everest region.

Those who want to attempt a longer hour hike; we can hike towards Khumjung village which approx take 5-6 hours. In this village we will be visiting Edmund Hillary School which was built by the first climber to Mount Everest named Sir Edmund Hillary. We will be also visiting the Khumjung monastery which is the famous monastery where Yeti scalp are kept. We will spend our night in Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 05: Namche Bazaar toward Tengboche [3,870m/12,694ft] 5- 6 hrs.

Today after breakfast we will trek to Tengboche, it is an easy hike from Namche towards Phunki. After reaching Phunki we will climb to Tengboche village and this village is known for the popular monastery called Tengboche monastery- the biggest monastery of Everest / Khumbu region which is situated amid the Sagarmatha National park. From the monastery one will get the fascinating view of Himalayas as well as even other peaks like Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Thamserku and Lhotse can be seen from the Tengboche monastery. We will even visit this monastery at 3p.m to explore the religious ceremony. We will spend our night in Tengboche.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 06: Tengboche toward Dingboche [4,360 m/14,300 ft]: 5 to 6 hrs.

The view from the Tengboche monastery is the most splendid spot to view the diverse mountain and before heading to Dingboche we will spend some time relishing the view. After that we will start our trekking via lush rhododendron, conifers and birch forests on an easy trail. From here we will descend down towards the Debuche and cross the Imja River and ascend up towards Pangboche- there are two tails one is upper and the other one is lower trail but we will be trekking towards the upper trails of Pangboche which offers picturesque view of Himalayas. We will be also visiting the Pangboche monastery. Continuing trekking by entering the Imja valley and then we will descend down to the river and ascend up towards Dingboche, on the way we will be welcomed by lovely fields which are surrounded by stone walls to protect the fields of potato, barley and buckwheat from grazing animals and strong cold winds. We will spend our night in Dingboche.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 07: Dingboche towards Chhukung [4,730m/15,518ft]: 3-4 hrs.

Dingboche is the summer settlements where we will be surrounded by spectacular peaks such as the Ama Dablam, Tawache, Nuptse, Cholatse and Lhotse and enjoying the view we will begin our trek towards Chhukhang by trekking via stone wall fields and Imja valley. On the way our path trekking we will be bounded by Ama Dablam and Lhotse peaks. After that we will reach at Bibre village where we will get to view the Island peak. From here we will be walking on the icy streams trials and within half an hour we will reach at small settlements of Chhukhang. From here we will get extraordinary view of Amphu Labsa and Ama Dablam peaks. We will spend our night in Chhukhang.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 08: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri [5,546m] and trek back toward Chhukung: 3 – 4 hrs.

Today we will be acclimatizing the altitude where we will be ascending towards Chhukhang Ri which will be perfect for acclimatizing the altitude properly. Chukhang Ri- peak is situated above the Chhukhang village. The ascend towards Chhukhang Ri is not so challenging and from the top we will relish the incredible view of Amphu Labsa and Ama Dablam peaks. After spending some time in Chhukhang Ri we will descend back towards Chhukhang. We will spend our night in Chhukhang.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 09: Chhukung toward Island Peak Base camp [5,200m/17,060ft]: 3-4 hrs.

Today we will be trekking to Island peak base camp on steep trail where we will first ascend towards south and from here we will turn to the east towards the main line of valley. After that we will be trekking on the windy trail beneath the southern flank of moraine from Lhotse glacier. Then we will be trekking on enjoyable path alongside the streams. The way to Amphu Lapcha lies towards the south east direction. A zigzag way via Imja and Lhotse glacier moraine leads us to broad valley adjoining to south west side of Island peak. we will spend our night in Island peak base camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 10: Pre-Climbing training on Island Peak Base Camp

Today  after breakfast our climbing expert will be giving you a training such as climbing techniques and how to use the climbing gears in proper way, the equipments includes ice axe , harness, ascender, climbing boots etc. the expert will be also teaching you how to use the ropes while moving upwards and downwards. To summit the Island peak climbing it is not compulsory that one must have experience; even the novice climber can also attempt this summit. The training will be helpful as it will boost up your confidence and you will get some skills of climbing so, one can easily summit the peak with the help of our climbing expert and some training. Typically we will be ascending on rock surface upwards at the approx at 5,770 meter. We will ascend on icy trails and use the rope when it is required. We will spend our night at base camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp toward Island Peak Summit [6,189m/20,305ft], back to base camp: 10-12 hrs.

Today in the mid- night at 12 or 1 we will wake up and have a light breakfast and begin our actual journey where we will summit the Island peak and we must reach at the summit before noon time because in afternoon time the winds blow very strongly so, it will be difficult to summit the peak. The path heads up further above the base camp and then we will be heading on steep hillside and our sandy trail turns into a grassy trail. After ascending the hill we will perceive that the slope narrow and the path enter a sheer rock channel. After that we will be climbing rock channel as it is not so tough however there are abundant sort rock sheer and then we will ascend on right side of gully. The way then trails a ridgeline which leads us to exciting over the muzzle of summit Glacier. Our climbing guide will be fixing a rope when it is needed. With step snow slope we will reach at the summit ridge. We will be using both the man rope and fixed rope for the extra safety. After successfully summiting the peak we will be using the fix ropes, the maximum length of the rope will be 350 meter though the length of the rope depends on crevasses and seasonal period.

There are two crevasses which are around 3 to 4m long and to cross that crevasses we will be using the ladder. Spending some time at the top of the summit and relishing the view of mountains and then we will descend down to Island peak base camp and then we will celebrate for successfully summiting the Island peak.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp toward Pangboche [3,985m/13,074ft] 5-6 hrs.

Today our trail will be relatively easy as we will be heading down to low altitudes. We will be following the same way via wide valley of Khumbu Khola and then we will be passing via exquisite Sherpa village Shomare and Orsho. There is also other trail to upper Pangboche where one can visit the Pangboche Gomba which is said to be the ancient Gomba of the Khumbu region our one can also take a usual trail where we came from that leads to Pangboche village where one can enjoy the spectacular view of mountain such as the Everest, Kangtaiga, Thamserku, Kongde, Ama Dablam and the huge flowing river known Imja Tse.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.     


Day 13: Pangboche toward Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hrs.

Today we will retrace back to Namche Bazaar where we will head down to Imja Khola and head up via the dense forests towards Tengboche. If you want to visit the nuns of Tengboche we can do it that today and then we will have our lunch at Tengboche. After that we will continue our trek via lush pine forests and then we will arrive at Sansa. On the way we might get to spot several animals like snow leopards, mountain goats and Himalayan Pheasants and others. Then we will pass the chorten and arrive at army camp at Namche Bazaar. We will spend our night in Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 14: Namche Bazaar toward Lukla: 6-7 hrs.

Today we will descend down steeply so, we must be careful as our wobbly legs constantly battle the rocky path. After that we will be crossing the Dudh Koshi River through suspension bridge and from here our path becomes more natural and level. We will then reach at Lukla where you can relax and stretch up your sore legs. We will spend our night in Lukla.

Breakfast is included.


Day 15: Fly towards Kathmandu

Today early morning we will take a flight towards Kathmandu and reaching at the Kathmandu our guide will drop you at the hotel where you can freshen up and relax for awhile and then you can stroll around the souvenir shop nearby. If you want to explore any other area of Kathmandu city we can do that today where our tour guide will be helping you. The GHHT will host a farewell dinner in evening for successfully completing the Island peak climbing. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Breakfast and dinner are included.


Day 16: Final departure

Today your adventurous journey to Island peak climbing finally comes to an end and it is time to say goodbye. Our representative from the GHHT- Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule. We hope to look further for your next adventure.

Breakfast is provided. 


 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 5 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard) with breakfast
  • 14 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking Mountaineering Leader and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Accommodation

Accomodations

3 star hotels in Kathmandu will be provided and in days during the trek you will have standard tea houses as accommodations. Rooms will be on twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you need a single room. Cases may be different for solo travelers and odd numbered groups or genetically different peoples travelling together.

During the days of climb you will be staying in local tea houses or tented camps as available. In tented camps you will be provided with a team of local chefs and Sherpa helpers. Meals available will be local Nepali meals.

Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing at additional cost. Solar heaters depend on day's weather. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. It is advisable to carry wet wipes as an alternative.

 

Meals

In tented camps, you will have a team of local porters, helpers and chefs and will assist you in the cooking process. You will be served with Nepali Meals during the trek. Tented camps can be wonderful experience and opportunity for you to enjoy the trek.

 

During a Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.

All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem.

 

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trek are autumn and spring. The weather is clear and views are breathtaking. Other seasons will be very difficult to complete the climb due to bad weather conditions and acclimatization.

 

Additional information

You can seek any additional information by directly contacting us.

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous. We have to stay a night in the camp or tent as we build when we are in such are and we are in camping or tented house

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 18 days which is main customary and pragmatic. In this 18 days itinerary it has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 19 Days

Difficulty: Intermediate

Activities: Peak Climbing, Hiking, Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodge-to-lodge & tented camp trip

Country: Nepal

Region: Everest

Price: USD 2,100

Group size: Min 2 pax

Best Season: Mar to Jun & Sep to Nov