Day 1 of Island Peak Trek: Arrival in Kathmandu
The tour operator will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival. Transfers to the pre-booked hostel will be arranged by the operator. The accommodation in Hostel is on a sharing basis. Please come fully prepared for the Island Peak trek; however, if you want to do some last-minute shopping, today will be the most convenient day. Overnight in the hostel in Kathmandu.
Day 2 of Island Peak Trek: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phadking
One of the most delightful experiences of this entire trip is the flight between Kathmandu and Lukla. Today, you will board the light aircraft to Lukla. This short duration of flying experience is unique as you get the 360-degree views of snowy peaks and the green valleys below. The airstrip of Lukla is short and narrow and perched at the cliff surrounded by moutains. Enjoy the thrill of landing at Lukla!
Meet the guide and porters in Lukla and begin walking towards Chaurikharka village, followed by descending to Dudhkoshi Ghat. Continue trekking alongside the Dudkoshi River until you reach Phadking. Overnight at a Tea House in Phadking.
Day 3 of Island Peak Trek: Phadking to Namche Bazaar Trek
Today, you will trek to Namche Bazaar. Follow the trail which takes you across Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through the dense pine forest to Monjo. You will also hike through the forested path, spot huge Mani stones along the way and then exert yourself to complete a difficult climb to Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is the biggest Sherpa village in Nepal. You can savour delicious food of this village and explore the narrow lanes filled with tiny shops. This is the last spot to buy anything you might need for this trek. Overnight in a tea house at Namche Bazaar.
Day 4 of Island Peak Trek: Acclimatization and Trek to Khumjung and Return
To successfully climb the Island Peak, you need your body to get acclimatized to the high altitude. So today, in order to speed up acclimatization, you will trek to Khumjung village and return to Namche Bazaar in the evening. Khumjung village is located at an elevation of 12,434 ft in the Khumbu subregion inside Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site. Overnight in a tea house at Namche Bazaar.
Day 5 of Island Peak Trek: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery Trek
On today's trail to Tengboche, you can see the incredible views of the Himalayas - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kwangde mountains. You will trek through the gorgeous forest of rhododendron and negotiate steep climbs to reach Tengboche.
Tengboche is one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region from where you can clearly see the peak of Ama Dablam. Tengboche Monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region, and one of the few monasteries in the world where non-Buddhists are allowed to attend the prayer ceremony. Overnight in a tea house in Tengboche.
Day 6 of Island Peak Trek: Tengboche to Pheriche Trek
Today's trek starts with a steep descent across the forested area, then crossing the Imja Khola river and later climbing to Pangboche village. Two more hours of easy trekking will bring you to Pheriche village. Overnight in a tea house in Pheriche.
Day 7 of Island Peak Trek: Acclimatization at Pheriche
It's your second day of acclimatization today. Rest in your cozy tea house or take a short trip to Lake Tshola Tsho and across the ridge to Dingboche for the views of Imja Valley and Lhotse's south face. Return to Pheriche in the evening. Overnight in a tea house in Pheriche.
Day 8 of Island Peak Trek: Pheriche to Lobuche Trek
Today's trek will bring you through the craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche. You will also walk over glacial moraines to reach Lobuche. Lobuche is a small settlement offering fantastic views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse. The winds here are extremely chilly as you will be at the elevation of more than 16,000 feet. Overnight in a tea house in Lobuche.
Day 9 of Island Peak Trek: Trek to Kala Pathhar and Return to Lobuche
Today you will be ascending close to 2000 feet and arrive at Kala Patthar. Continue moving along the Khumbu glacier and climb steep trails to reach Kala Patthar. The panoramic views of the snowy mountains from Kala Patthar will leave you delighted. Descend back to Lobuche for the overnight stay at a tea house.
Day 10 of Island Peak Trek: Lobuche to Chhukung Trek
Begin trekking downhill from Lobuche towards Dingboche. Continue moving along the moraine until you arrive at Dingboche. From here, you'll climb up to Chhukung. Overnight in a tea house in Chhukung.
Day 11 of Island Peak Trek: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp Trek
Today morning, you will set off on a short trek towards Island Peak base camp. Spend the rest of the day prepping for tomorrow's summit climb. Relax at the campsite to get your body acclimatized. You may also do some breathing exercises which may be helpful during the exhausting climb. Today, for the first time on this trek, you be staying in tents at the Island Peak base camp.
Day 12 of Island Peak Trek: Trek to Island Peak and Return to Base Camp
The most awaited day of your climb is here. Today you will reach the Island Peak. Set off early morning from the base camp with ice axe, crampons, harness and ropes and start moving towards the peak. A short hike along the immaculate snow carpet will bring you to a precipitous headwall. This is your final climb! This summit climb will test your mountaineering skills and your mental endurance. The feeling of standing atop the Island Peak is indescribable. After spending some time at the peak, start descending to the base camp. Overnight in tents at the Island Peak base camp.
Day 13 of Island Peak Trek: Reserve Day
In case you were unable to summit the Island peak yesterday, you get a second chance to reach the peak today. The trail would be the same as yesterday. If you've successfully climbed the Island Peak yesterday, you can spend time resting at the base camp.
Day 14 of Island Peak Trek: Trek to Pangboche
After successfully climbing the peak, retrace the route past the Imja Khola valley, past Chhukung and Dingboche and arrive at Pangboche. Spent the remaining day resting in the tea house. Overnight in a tea house at Pangboche.
Day 15 of Island Peak Trek: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar Trek
The days of trekking through the familiar routes continue. Kepp descending through the forested paths and alongside the river until you reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a tea house at Namche Bazaar.
Day 16 of Island Peak Trek: Namche Bazaar to Lukla Trek
Today is your last day of trekking in the Himalayas. Keep descending past the quaint villages of Nepal and cross the thrilling Hillary Suspension Bridge to arrive at Lukla. At Lukla, you will be staying in a tea house.
Day 17 of Island Peak Trek: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
In the morning, board the light aircraft from Lukla to Kathmandu. After spending 16 days in the Himalayas and conquering the mighty Island Peak, this flight experience will be more exhilarating than the previous one. You will be transferred to a hostel in Kathmandu where you may rest in the cozy bed after the tiring trekking trip. Overnight at the hostel in Kathmandu.
Day 18 of Island Peak Trek: Departure
It's your last day in Nepal. Check-out of the hotel as per your flight timings. The operator will arrange transport to Tribhuvan International Airport. Your Island Peak trekking trip ends here.