This peak in Khumbu rises prominently out of a level surface, just like a real island surrounded by water; except here, it’s surrounded by clouds on all sides. This is an introductory peak climbing program in Nepal - combined with trekking in the Khumbu Region. You will get the best of both worlds in Nepal - trekking and climbing merged into one. This all-time popular program is fit for first-time climbers and also acts as a refresher for veteran climbers.
This trip offers several experiences in Nepal, one of them being a magical sunrise view from Kalapatthar - a Himalayan vantage point that no trekker to Khumbu misses. From the top of Kalapatthar, you will have incomparable views of the majestic Himalayas. This view is certainly a fascinating and memorable experience not just in this trip but in Nepal as a whole.
The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla followed by a trek to Phakding and on to Namche Bazaar. This iconic town in the Everest Region is popular and prosperous by many measures. It does not matter that being at one of the remote locations in Nepal, Namche still enjoys a footfall of thousands and thousands of trekkers every year who come to the Everest Region. It is in fact the de facto gateway to Everest Region. It has grown so popular that during high season, hotels and lodges have to be booked in advance, months before you even arrive here.
This global destination shows no sign of stagnation as you witness, even during off-season, the number of visitors keep the hotels and lodges occupied. Such is the vibrance of this amphitheater-like town. The colourful bazaars and shops sell everything you can think of - from metallic souvenirs, iced latte, oven-fresh pizza, WiFi, and even high-quality down jackets from North Face and Columbia. The trek will further take you to Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche and to the most popular destination in all of Everest Region - the Everest Base Camp. You will immerse in the sights and sounds of a thousand aspiring climbers before heading off to Island Peak and back to Lukla in this program organized by Orbit Alpine.
Island Peak lies at the southern ridge of Lhotse-Shar over the Chhukung Glacier. On one side is the glorious peak of Ama Dablam and on the other, you will see the grand Lhotse itself. This adventure on the exotic location is coveted by several trekkers and climbers who scale this peak for satisfaction and the rewarding feeling of conquest. The challenging geographical conditions pose a perpetual desire for climbers to Island Peak. And although you do not need special climbing skills or technical know-how, you definitely need a desire and a good level of physical fitness to go on this exciting and challenging trip.
Located inside Sagarmatha National Park, a journey to Island Peak is also a peek into the Himalayan giants of Ama Dablam, Cho-Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Thamsherku and several mountains of Nepal. Lined by gorges and glacial valleys, the common vegetation found in this region are juniper, fir, birch, and rhododendron. As for the wildlife, you are likely to encounter the Himalayan Thar, musk deer, ghoral, danphe, hare, jackal, monkey, and even the elusive snow-leopard. The experienced team at Orbit Alpine will ensure that this program will be a success for you. With our always-aspiring and competent team that provides the best of service, we recommend this combined program of trekking and climbing in Nepal.