FOOT AND SHADOWS WALKING HOLIDAY TOURS

ISLAND / IMJATSE PEAK TREK & CLIMB

“climb of popular Island peak around high Imjatse and Khumbu valley”

Highlights:

“trek an climb of Island Peak around in the shade of Mt. Everest with scenic panorama,
scenic flight in and out of Lukla with range of snowcapped peaks views,
visiting traditional Buddhist culture villages and interesting monasteries,
at the base of world number one peak with tremendous views,
serene forested area of rhododendron and pines to barren arctic terrain”

Trip Outlook:

Trip Mode:                              On Tea House / Lodge with camping on climb.
Trek Grade:                             Moderate to Adventurous
Highest altitude:                     6,160 m on top of Island peak & 5,545 m at Kalapathar.
Climbing Grade:                      PD + (as French / Swiss Alpine system)
Trek& Climb duration:            17 Nights & 18 days (Lukla to Lukla)
Total Trip:                               21 Nights & 22 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season:                                    April to June and September to November.

Introduction:

Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours invites trekkers and adventurer for an exciting adventure to Island Peak climb in the shade of rich Sherpa culture of Buddhist religion and heritage. This is once in a lifetime adventure to experience awesome high altitude trek and climb walking to Everest base camp beneath towering South Face of Mt. Everest and massive Khumbu Icefalls and glaciers. This amazing adventure reaches you at Kalapathar top for fascinating views of surrounding high peaks with Everest at the closest. Starting this overwhelming journey with a scenic flight to Lukla to reach famous Namche Bazaar at Sherpa capital here with time to relax and acclimatize before heading higher altitude. Walk leads through beautiful forest to famous Thyangboche Monastery with views of Everest and majestic Ama-Dablam peak and adjoining mountains, from here on arid and windswept country to Everest base camp after passing smaller settlement of Pheriche-Lobuche and Gorakshep. After a wonderful time at base camp with soaring peaks then climb Kalapathar at 5,545 m, and then heading to main goal of the adventure for the climb of Island Peak. Island / Imjatse Peak summit stands at 6,160 meters / 20, 328 ft high, a less technical with straightforward climb of PD grade meaning “Peu-Difficile / a little technical difficult and walking on glaciers” graded as Swiss / French Alpine System. With full support of our experience guide reaching the top and feeling high on top of the world with fascinating panorama of mountains that surround the summit top. This fabulous Island / Imjatse Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp trekking ends at Lukla with short flight back to Kathmandu. xpert guidance of Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours will make your adventure to Island / Imjatse Peak Climb, memorable with exciting times.

Outline itinerary:        

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03:            Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04:            Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.

Day 05:            Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.

Day 06:            Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.

Day 07:            Trek to Pheriche 4,240 m – 05hrs.

Day 08:            Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09:            Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp
5,364 m and return to Gorakshep – 06 hrs.

Day 10:            Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Chukung 4,730 m- 06 hrs.
Day 11:            Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m – 03 hrs.
Day 12:            Rest day at Base Camp.
Day 13:            Climb to High Camp 5,400 m – 04 hrs.
Day 14:            Climb to the Summit of Island Peak 6,160 m – 06 hrs.
Day 15:            Spare and contingency day.
Day 16:            Trek back to Dingboche 4,260 m – 06 hrs.
Day 17:            Trek to Thyangboche – 05 hrs.
Day 18:            Trek to Monjo 2,860m – 06 hrs.
Day 19:            Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 20:            Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 21:            In Kathmandu free day with sightseeing tour.
Day22:             International departure for home ward bound.

Trip detail:     

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines and countries, received by Foot and Shadow Walking Holiday staff and transfer to hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide will brief with information on hotel, culture, do’s and don’ts, Island / Imjatse Peak Climb with welcome dinner.

Day 02:            Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
After breakfast our city guide will take you on sightseeing tour at places of interest as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites with temples, monasteries, Stupa and old king’s palace after an enjoyable interesting tour back to hotel, preparation for Island / Imjatse Peak Climb.

Day 03:            Fly to Lukla 2,820 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Morning a short drive to domestic airport for scenic flight to Lukla with views of mountains during 30 mins flight, at Lukla start the walk with downhill passing traditional Sherpa villages and farm lands to reach at Phakding for overnight stop near Dudh Kosi River

Day 04:            Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
After Phakding walk beings to famous Namche Bazaar a major town of Khumbu region, as the walk leads on gradual path crossing river several time within pine and rhododendron forest.

 

On reaching entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo and towards the last village of Jorsalle and continue walk on river banks, and then a long climb leading at Namche Bazaar for overnight stops.

Day 05:            Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
At Namche a necessary acclimatization and rest day, before heading higher altitude towards Everest base camp. Namche a moderate size village or a town with many shops, stores, banks and ATM with Cyber Café around, optional walk to Park museum with information of the area including grand vista of Mt. Everest and majestic Ama-Dablam peak.

For energetic people can take a hike to Everest View hotel, Khumjung and Khunde village located on the glacial valley beneath holy Khumbi-la peak (patron of Khumbu Sherpa’s)

Day 06:            Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.

From Namche walk leads with views of Everest, Kwangde, Tharmasarku, Ama-Dablam, after crossing Imjatse River to a small place Phunge-Tenga with few shops and lodges a popular lunch spot.

After lunch few hours climb into beautiful forest to reach at Thyangboche monastery for overnight stop. A scenic spot with views of surrounding high peaks, here with time to visit the monastery and monks, priest on prayer.

Day 07:            Trek to Pheriche 4,243m – 05 hrs.
Morning walks through beautiful birch-rhododendron and pines forest, a nice pleasant walk and then cross a bridge over Imja Khola (River). From here a gentle climb to Pangboche village.

This is last permanent village before Everest Base Camp, from here leaving tree lines behind for short rhododendron and juniper bushes. The trail leads through exposed country with super views of Mt. Ama Dablam 6,856 m at close range, after a good walk reaching at Pheriche for overnight stop.

Pheriche village situated beneath impressive peaks of Cholatse 6,440 m and Taweche 6,542 m.

Day 08:            Trek to Lobuche 4,930m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk on the valley then with an uphill to Dugla (Thugla) beneath the Cholatse and Taweche Peaks, Thugla a nice spot for lunch as there no lodge till Loboche, from here climb the steep up to the top Thugla pass which has numerous stone cairns-memorable of unfortunate climbers who have died climbing on Mount Everest and other high mountains of this area. Trek continues on the left side of the glacier, finally reaching the cluster of houses at Lobuche for overnight stop.

Day 09:            Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp
5,364 m and return to Gorakshep – 06 hrs.

Walk to Everest Base Camp with gentle up for few hours then short climb to Gorakshep over glacier and moraine, on reaching Gorakshep located beneath lofty Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar hill.

Form here continue walk to Everest Base Camp above Khumbu glacier and near Khumbu Ice Fall, on reaching base camp with fantastic views, after exciting moment back to Gorakshep for overnight stop.

Day 10:            Hike to Kalapathar and trek to Chukhung 4,730m – 06 hrs.
An early morning hike to Kalapathar view point at 5,545 meters, for scenery of Mt. Everest at close distance with panorama of high mountains, from here return back to Gorakshep and continue walk to Lobuche then heading on the same trail for an hour then the route diverts towards Imjatse valley for overnight stop at Chukung the last settlement of Khumbu and Imjatse area.

Day 11:            Trek to Island / Imjatse Peak Base Camp 4,970m – 04 hrs.
After Chukung walk towards Imjatse valley to Parsya Gyab at Island Peak Base Camp, walk leads to a steep climb towards south over moraine of Lhotse glacier then follow a glacial streams to the snout of Imja glacier and cross a dry lake between Lhotse and Imja glaciers to reach at base camp at Pareshaya Gyab, afternoon free relax for short walks and practice climb.

Day 12:            Rest day at Base Camp.
Necessary rest day for acclimatization and preparation for the climb of Island Peak, here check the climbing gear before climb of Island peak climb.

Day 13:            Trek & Climb to High Camp 5,400m – 03 hrs.
After base camp, climb further up to set High Camp to make more approachable to reach  the top of Island / Imjatse peak, normally climbers make it from base camp to the summit, but it is always safe and best adding more camp, morning leaving base camp with short day walk leads to high camp of Island Peak over moraine, scrambling up an open gully leading in between two well defined ridges and to high camp below a small hanging glacier at 5, 280m, afternoon with last and final preparations for the big climb next day.

Day 14:            Climb Island Peak 6,189m and return to base camp – 06 hrs.
Big Day! After full preparations start before dawn climb across broad open gully, following snow-covered glacier, avoiding serac and crevasses climbing northwards over snow covered scree in the margin between a glacier of the top ridge.

Climb leads to cross a gully with some stone and icefall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads upwards for nearly 100 meters (300ft) to the summit, on reaching top fulfilling adventure of a lifetime experience with success with unmatched views of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Ama-Dablam 6,856 m, Mt. Makalu 8, 463 m, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks.

After an exciting and tough climb descend on the same route towards base camp.

Day 15:            Reserve day in case of unfavorable weather condition

We have reserved an extra day as contingency, in case of unfavorable weather conditions some times in high Himalaya, weather can be unpredictable an extra day necessary, if all goes well can be used on the way back to Lukla with short day walk enjoying with the views along the way.

Day 16:            Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 05 hrs.
After climb of Island / Imjatse peak, return journey to Lukla and villages, morning walk leads with few uphill’s over the moraine, then reaching at Chukhung with striking views of snowcapped mountains, after short rest continue to overnight stop at Dingboche in the comfort of nice cozy lodge and great mountain views.

Day 17:            Trek to Thyangboche – 05 hrs.

Retrace journey to Thyangboche on losing altitude every hour and then, downhill walk with few short ups to Pangboche and to a bridge, with climb of few hours to Thyangboche and back into tree lines at Thyangboche for overnight stop.
Day 18:            Trek to Monjo 2,860m – 06 hrs.
After a grand time around high mountains of Khumbu, walk descend with a climb for an hour to Sanasa, from here a gradual path with short ups and downs to reach Namche Bazaar, after a break here walk back to Dudh Kosi river valley and to overnight stop at Monjo village near Sagarmatha National Park gate.


Day 19:            Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.

Morning walk on a pleasant trail most of the way to reach at Phakding, and then with last climb for an hour to Lukla, at Lukla celebrate last night with fellow trekkers and staff including porters.
Day 20:            Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
From Lukla taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains, on reaching Kathmandu airport, our FSHT staff transfers you back to hotel around Thamel area with rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 21:            In Kathmandu free day with sightseeing tour.
We reserve this day as contingency (spare day), in case of flight delay and cancellation due to bad weather which might happen sometimes, as the Himalayan weather can be unpredictable, if all goes well have a free day or one can book for short sightseeing tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.

Day 22:            Depart Kathmandu for international flight homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal, after a wonderful time Island / Imjatse Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp trekking including grand services of Foot and Shadow Walking Holiday Tours, as per your international flight departure and reporting time, our guide and staff transfer you to airport for your onward flight homeward bound or to next respective countries.


Price Includes

  1. All airport/hotel transfers as per the itinerary.
  2. Guided sightseeing tour around world heritage sites in Kathmandu includes all entrance fees.
  3. Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax.
  4. Hotel in Kathmandu accommodation twin sharing basis.
  5. Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  6. Three meals a day Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner while on trekking and Climbing with ( tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
  7. All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  8. All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader, Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 climber 1 porter), other helpers as per requirement.
  9. Staff salary, potter, kitchen staff, insurance, equipment, flight and transport food and accommodation.
  10. Climbing Guide his all wages, insurance and all arrangements.
  11.  All necessary Government of Nepal paper works.
  12.  Duffel bag.
  13.  Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment Satellite phone, for climbing part -very high quality tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment’s.
  14. Emergency Oxygen and Mask regulator.
  15.  Suitable food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  16.  Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  17.  Climbing Permit.
  18.  Travel and rescue arrangements.
  19.  Welcome and farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show program ( Complementary)
  20.  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  21.  All government and local taxes.
  22. Temple & Monasteries Entry fees in Kathmandu and trekking.

Price Excludes

  1. International airfare.
  2. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. ( you can eat verity Food in your choice).
  3. Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying USD $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying USD $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  4. Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators. will provide the same, usage of Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators will be extra charged.
  5. Tips for guides and porters.
  6. Personal Climbing  guide if requested.
  7. Single supplement fee USD 350.
  8. Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations or any event out of our control anything not included in service includes column.
  9. Personal Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking and climbing equipment Gears.
  10. Personal expenses (phone calls, internet expenses walkie-takies or satellite phones, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  11. All alcoholic and cold drinks, bottle of water, packing item etc.
  12. Personal trekking and climbing Equipment.
  13. Personal medical and travel insurance which covers Emergency rescue and Evacuation.
  14. Helicopter Rescue & Evacuation – Trekking and climbing time if needed.
  15. Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $2 per kg).
  16. Any others your personal expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Please Note:

 

Aditional Information

Typical trekking day

While we are in trekking our day starts with warm wake up tea/coffee. After refreshing ourselves, we pack our luggage and proceed for the breakfast. As day sets off, considering the altitude and acclimatization, we walk slowly towards our next destination. The group will be guided and accompanied by our trained government licensed guide. Throughout the day, we will take frequent rest breaks to take photographs, treasure the landscape, confront the culture and admire the fascinating mountains and sceneries. A 1 to 2 hour relaxing lunch break is usually taken except when crossing the passes. After the lunch break, we will at least spend 2 to 3 hours more on the trail before reaching the next lodge. Before the dinner, we might enjoy a short walk through the local village, photographing etc. After the dinner, you will be briefed for the next day program.

Accommodation and Meal Accommodation in Kathmandu:  you will stay at a high standard or equivalent standard hotel, including breakfast, on a sharing basis. During the arrival and departure periods in Kathmandu, you can go for dinners to the best restaurants of the city with the different authentic cuisine.

Accommodation during Trekking : you will stay in the stander mountain lodges as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. In most of the lodges, you can enjoy continental, Italian, Tibetan and local cuisines except while crossing the passes. Our day will start with warm wake up tea or coffee and followed by breakfast, lunch and dinner. Upon arrival in the lodges at the end of the day, some tea. The entire beverages during trekking likewise wine, juices, beer, Coca, mineral water etc is paid by the client her/himself.

Accommodation During Peak Climbing:  You will stay in tented camp. All your food, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) and other hot drinks will be prepared by our cook.

Helicopter Rescue

While traveling in the Himalaya you may suffer for the various health problems, injuries and even the altitude sickness. Hence you have to prepare before upcoming destination is this mountain land. Make sure that the policy of the insurance company should cover the process of giving you the service of Helicopter rescue from the mountains in case of Altitude Sickness or other accidents during your trip.

About weather Problem :-

Please note:-  Too often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be cancelled for one, two, or more days due to unfavourable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delay/cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra buffer existence (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in alternative a performance which can be arranged by Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.


Climbing Equipments 

  1. Climbing boots
  2. Crampons
  3. Ice axe
  4. Harness
  5. Karabiners
  6. Ice screws
  7. Snow bars
  8. Deadmen
  9. Tapes/slings
  10. Rock pegs
  11. Helmet (crash hat)
  12. Warm climbing trousers
  13. Long cotton hiking shirts
  14. Waterproof climbing
  15. jacket
  16. Gaiters
  17. Lightweight thermal/ insulated ski gloves
  18. Sun hat
  19. Light cotton athletic
  20. socks and wool
  21. climbing socks
  22. Long sleeved
  23. cotton/woolen shirts
  24. T-shirts
  25. Wool long underwear
  26. Down high altitude
  27. sleeping bag
  28. Sleeping pad
  29. Down jacket/ trousers/vest
  30. Climbing sunglasses
  31. Sunscreen
  32. Lip salve
  33. Lightweight fleece
  34. Fleece/wool for climbing
  35. Descenders
  36. Ascenders
  37. Head torch /batteries/bulbs