IMJA TSE (Island Peak) –
15 Days. Max. Altitude 6,189m.
Fully supported and tented on climb and teahouses during approach/return.
Pre-trek Briefing: HE Office (Kathmandu Guest House) 3 pm two days prior to Day 1. Full attendance necessary for briefing with emphasis on individual equipment check (options for hiring etc).
Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, is located towards the eastern end of the Nepalese Himalaya. First named Island Peak in 1951 by the distinguished British mountaineer, Eric Shipton, he claimed it resembled ‘an island in a sea of ice’. It was initially conquered in 1953 by a British team preparing for an assault on Everest; in fact Tenzing Norgay was a team member on the first ascent.
Island Peak is a favourite of mountaineers, requiring little prior mountaineering experience. It should only be tackled though in the company of a highly trained mountaineering guide.
DAY TO DAY PLAN –
THE APPROACH ROUTE Teahouse accommodation and meals – Days 1-7
Day 1: Fly to Lukla
(2,820m/45mins) & trek to Phakding. (O/nt altitude 2,610m/4hrs approx.) An early morning stunning flight to the gateway to the region of the legendary Sherpas. Start trek north towards Phakding - meandering trails lined with stoned walls.
Day 2: To Namche Bazaar
(O/nt Altitude 3,440m/6hrs approx.) Following the torrent of the Dudh Koshi, the trail climbs north through forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs, to the village of Jorsalle for lunch, before ascending to Namche Bazaar, the largest village often called the ‘Sherpa Capital' of Khumbu. (B)
Day 3: In Namche Bazaar – Acclimatisation Day
Today is for acclimatisation to the high altitude; adjust by exploring the local markets,
mingle with the people, walk up to the Everest view point, breathing deeply and happily lazing around in sunshine. (B)
Day 4: To Tengboche
(O/nt Altitude 3,860m/5hrs approx.) The trail now forks northeast along a tributary valley with the mountain views opening up to become very dramatic as the steep climb approaches the holy ground of Tengboche. Monastery; yak pasture and world’s highest sacred institution combined! Amazing views, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Everest. (B)
Day 5: To Dingboche
(O/nt Altitude 4,360m/5hrs approx.) Trekking past the Gompa, which holds the famous Yeti scalp, at Pangboche, are the summer yak pastures and here lies no doubt as to the Spartan lives of Sherpas. Beyond this, it is as well to understand that overnight sleeping facilities can reflect the harshness of our surroundings. Much of the walking in this area is of comparatively gentle gradient, although a leisurely pace is anyway recommended due to the high altitude. (B)