Island Peak climbing trip fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climbers, who have been seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen their experience towards the peak climbing expedition beyond simply trekking in Nepal. Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse (6,119m), lies to the south of Everest and is one of the most popular trekking peaks. It was named Island peak by Eric Shiptons in 1953, as the peak resembles an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Climbing Island Peak is well within the reach of any fit and determined trekkers as it is not a technical, though demanding snow climb.
The professionally designed Island peak climbing itinerary takes you to the acclimatization hike to the most popular trekking destination of Everest Base camp and Kala Pathar first for the close up views of Everest before scaling the peak. Heavenly place commanding views of the beautiful glistening ice flutings between Amadablam and Kang Leyamu and the incredible Lhotse South Face, a soaring wall to 3200 meters are some of the breathtaking highlights on the way to Island peak base camp. We head for Island peak climbing after the essential climbing practice course briefed and instructed by Climbing Sherpa on various aspects of climbing techniques. Your historical effort to summit the peak will be rewarded with probably one of the best panoramic views in the world as you feel Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Makalu are almost touching the tip of your nose. Descending with a sense of achievement, our route takes us into many cultural sights; Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village; Tangboche, famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monastery and Khumjung with Hillary school inside the clouds and mysterious Yeti scalp.
There are two different itinerary for climbing Island Peak ( option are)
Day01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in kathmandu (1300m)
Day02: Free day in kathmandu and self sightseeing around valley (option are) Swoyambhynath( monkey Temple) Boudhanath, Pasupatinath ( Hindu Temple)
Day03:Kathmandu to Lukla by air than by trek to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hour of walking
Day04: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m) 5-6 hour of walking
Day05: Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: Acclimatization Day
Day06: Namche Bazzar to Dole [4,110 m/ 13,152 ft]: 5-6 hrs or to Thami
Day07: Dole - Machhermo-[4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]: 4-5 hrs(Trekking: approx 4 or to Lumden
Day08: Machhermo - Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 4-5 hrs or Via Renjo pass to Gokyo
Day09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day ( GokyoRi or side trip to 5th Lake)
Day10: Gokyo Ri [5,330 m/17,483 ft] - Thaknak [4750 m/15,580 ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day11:Thaknak - Cho-la Pass [5367 m/17,604 ft] - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 7-8 hrs
Day12:Lobuche- E.b.c. [5364 m/17,594 ft]-Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft]: 6-7 hrs
Day13:Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 ft] - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 7-8 hr
Day14: Lobuche to Dingboche to chukung valley or via Kangmala pass
Day15: Chhukung -Island Peak Base camp [5,200m/17,060ft]: 3-4 hours
Day16: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp [5,600m/18,372ft]: 2-3 hours
Day17: High camp to summit to Base camp to Chhukung: 8-10 hours
Day18: Thyangboche Monastery
Day19: via Namche Bazaar to Monjo
Day 20: Monjo toLukla
Day 21 Fly back- Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 22 : Free day in kathmandu and self visiting to Bhaktapur and patan city
Day 23: Tour Ends ( Departure for onwards destination)
Option B(Fixed Daparture for 6 Days tour ( Chukung to Chukung) )
Price Per Person US$ 1075
Day 01 : Arrive Chukhung,2pm breifing check equipment, AMS lecture.
Day 02 : Acclimatization and instructional day Camp.
Day 03 : Acclimatization and instructional day Camp.
Day 04 : Trek to Island Peak Base Camp
Day 05 : Summit day depart Base Camp 2 a.m. return lunch. Camp Base camp.
Day 06 : Day 6 provides a second opportunity to summit Island peak due to bad weather or illness. Those who have summited depart base camp after breakfast - lunch Chukhung end of trip.
Island Peak Mountaineering Instruction Course
Our objective is not just about summiting a Himalayan peak, although this is a major accomplishment in itself. We specialize in teaching you the necessary skills to become a competent expedition member. Nepal’s unique environment and consistent conditions provide the perfect classroom for our high altitude Himalayan School. A solid ratio of instructors to students guarantees you the personal attention required for a successful summit attempt.
Island Peak 6,160 meters was first ascended in by a British expedition that included Tenzing Norgay. Eric Shipton’s party named the peak in 1953, as it resembled an island in a sea of ice. The peak is part of the south ridge of Lhotse and linked to the semicircle of cliffs that rise to the north of the summit of Nuptse. Our adventure begins with a short
flight to Lukla and two days of easy walking to Namche bazaar. En- route to Base Camp our trail takes us into the high valleys of the Khumbu region, providing magnificentviews of Everest and the satellite peaks. Island Peak is a substantial undertaking, which demands hard work and commitment, however the rewards of standing on top of this Himalayan classic are ten fold.
This course is suitable for the complete novice or as a great refresher for those who want to climb again. The course curriculum includes an introduction to equipment, crevasse rescue, ice climbing skills, rope work and comprehensive mountaineering safety techniques.
Hard Rock Treks will provide the technical climbing equipment, including: harness, axes, helmets, crampons, carrabinas, ropes and base camp camping and cooking equipment.
You will need to supply the following personal equipment. If you do not have the following equipment you can rent it when you arrive in Kathmandu. Our office staff will take you to one of several quality trekking rental stores.
Waterproof trousers,Gloves (liner/layer/shell),Plastic boots, Thermal bottoms / top, Day sack, Gaiters
Check your gear works before setting out, hire gear fits, etc. Your mountaineering equipment will be packed into a separate bag provided. Equator will transport this separately to base camp. You will NOT have access to this bag until base camp. You only need to carry what you need for trekking, not climbing. Hard Rock can arrange a porter to Dzongla for you if you would like to trek with just a day pack.
Personal Equipment List
Backpack,Day Pack (if using porter support),Trekking Boots/ shoes,Socks x 3,Sleeping Bag (4 season),Down Jacket (can be rented in KTM / Pokhara or Namche Bazaar),Shorts x 2Fleece Pant / Jacket,Flashlight (extra batteries),Shirt/T-Shirt x 1,Thermal Underwear Top 2 / Bottoms 2,Book,Trekking polls (optional),Sun Hat / Visor,Gloves,Sun Screen,Sunglasses (UV protected. Imperative to have quality eye wear),Waterproof Jacket,Watch,Wool- fleece / Hat with ear protection,Water Treatment,Permit / Money,Camera / film,Small First Aid
*If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections or sinus problems, bring what you need with you.
If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections, foot rot, or sinus problems, bring what you need with you. You will definitely want to be carrying some for common illnesses like diarrhea, staff infection and upset stomachs. You will need a complete set of inoculations for Asia, ask your doctor for advise.
Food: Please bring any of your own food: power bars, granola bars, dried fruit, chocolate, always nice to have.
Day to Day Itinerary for Island Peak and Everest base camp Trek
Day 01 Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu. Our airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door. Please check your name at play card. He will bring you to hotel in kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes.
Hanumandhoka ( Kathamdnu Durbar Square ): It is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square , with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of people. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to see here are, Taleju temple built by king Mahendra Malla in 1954 AD, the temple of Kal Bhairab , the god of destruction, Nautale durbar, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the big drum and the Jaganath temple. It was listed in the UNESCO world heritage monument list in 1979.On the right hand corner, a large wooden lattice screen hides an enormous gilded face of Sweta Bhairab. The screen is removed only during the Indra Jatra festival.. there are also the Numismatic museum and Tribhuban museum inside the Hanuman Dhoka palace building . Photography is prohibited inside the museums. Both the mseums remain closed on Tuesday and government holidays.
Day 02 Free day in Kathmandu and self Sightseeing around valley
Swoyambhunath ( Monkey temple)
This is one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaityas. It is said to be 2,000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire’s base are the all seeing eyes of Lord Budhha. It is 3Km west of Kathmandu city and it situated on a hillock about 77 m commands an excellent view of the Valley. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal . It was listed in the UNSCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa) is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet . It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha , on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu .
Bodnath was probably built in the 14th century after the Mughal invasions; various interesting legends are told regarding the reasons for its construction. After the arrival of thousands of Tibetans following the 1959 Chinese invasion, the temple has become one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism. Today it remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalis, as well as a popular tourist site.
Pashupatinath Temple :
Situated 5km east of kathamandu, the temple of Lord Shiva , Pashupatinath, with two tired golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest for Hindus. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activites performed in the Temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river. The Temple was listed in the UNESCO world heritage Monument List in 1979
Day 03 Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2,652 m) 35 min flight; 3-4 hours trek(Trekking: approx 3 hours) In the early morning we take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), flying parallel to giant Himalayan mountains bordering Nepal and China (Tibet). The flight time is about 40 minutes . After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. In the afternoon we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) it is a short walk to Phakding.
Day 04 Phakding -Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 5-6 hrs. From Phakding we cross the river and head up the valley, following porters from the south that are ferrying supplies to Namche Bazaar. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, where there are tantalizing glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where we arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon the walking is a little tougher and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo it is a short walk to the entrance of the national park, before we cross the Dudh Kosi River to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi Rivers, where we start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river, we slowly ascend at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time.
Day 05 Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: (Acclimatisation Day) We remain at Namche Bazaar for a second night to allow for proper acclimatisation to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade still exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village. The stunning vista includes a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. After breakfast, a variety of options exists. Perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola River Valley or a visit to the national park headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and information on the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on walks.
Day 06 Namche Bazzar to Dole [4,110 m/ 13,152 ft]: 5-6 hrs
Climb steeply out of Namche Bazzar up to Kyangjuma Village from where we can enjoy outstanding views of Thamserku, Katenga, and Ama Dablam. Most strenuous ascent of the day is obviously to pass the Mong La, a very charming place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. An ancient historical Chorten stands at the centre of the settlement of Mong La. We stop at the top of Mong La to admire the grandstand views of surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while we have our lunch. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. Spotting wild lives like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer while on the way is not unusual. Through forests, waterfalls and bridges, we reach Dole - a small place with few teahouses. Overnight in Dole.
Day 07 Dole - Machhermo-[4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]: 4-5 hrs(Trekking: approx 4 hours) Today is another short day starting with a climb out of the small Dole Valley before ascending more gradually up the Dudh Kosi Valley, high above the river. The walk is easy though we will feel the effects of altitude on even the smallest hill. The barren alpine scenery with only small clusters of scrub juniper is a stark contrast to the snowy white peaks and deep blue skies. After two hours we arrive at Luza (4360m) and, after a further hour’s walk, we reach our lodge at Machhermo (4465m) where we spend the evening. After lunch there is an option of taking an excursion across rocky moraines to the base of Kyajo Ri (6168m) and Machhermo Peak (6073m
Day 08 Machhermo - Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 4-5 hrs
(Trekking: approx 4 to 5 hours) A short, steep climb leads from the Machhermo Valley on to the steep grassy slopes of the Dudh Kosi Valley. Keep an eye open for the colourful Tibetan snow cocks, often found in this area. The valley widens as we pass through Pangka (4390m) and on to the jumbled, terminal moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal and the source of the Dudh Kosi River. Climbing steeply over a rocky trail we keep to the western side of the glacier to reach a small lake at the head of a wide valley and then pass a larger lake at Longponga (4690m), before following the lateral moraines to the third lake at Gokyo (4750m). Gokyo consists of a number of stone dwellings surrounded by stone-walled yak pastures.
Day 09 Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day
(Rest and Exploration Day) Those who have opted for the morning views at Gokyo Ri have to rise early for an ascent of Gokyo Peak (5360m), while others can have a late breakfast and possibly take an optional walk up the Gokyo Valley to enjoy further magnificent scenery
Day 10 Hike - Gokyo Ri [5,330 m/17,483 ft] - Thaknak [4750 m/15,580 ft]: 5-6 hrs
If Gokyo Ri has not been done the day before we do this today. Gokyo Ri is the highlight of this trip. Early morning, we hike up the Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak). Climb to Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top, but even from the trail scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of third lake overlooking Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier are mind blowing. Enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest and Pumori. Sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks is unlike from Kala Patthar (from Kala Patthar Nuptse seems taller). The climb to Gokyo Ri would surely be one of unforgettable life time memories. Trek down to Gokyo and after breakfast trek to Thaknak for the overnight stay.
Day 11 Thaknak - Cho-la Pass [5367 m/17,604 ft] - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 7-8 hrs
ChoLa pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is going to be one of the toughest days, the pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail we climb up continuously up from Phedi. As we gain height, theview gets increasingly captivating before us. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. Prominent mountains we get sight of during the trail on the Pass and from the top are Kyajo Ri, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung etc. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soar on the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. Depending upon our own condition and interest, we might take overnight at Dzongla or simply go ahead to Lobuche for overnight. However, the idea is better to go up to Lobuche same day to ease our next day’s Everest Base Camp ascent and also that lodges are better in Lobuche than that of Dzongla. If we decide to continue, we climb down from Dzongla and after crossing a bridge and transverse through grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we reach Lobuche.
Day 12 Lobuche- Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft]-Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft]: 6-7 hrs
(Trekking: approx 3 hours to Gorak Shep, 6 hours round trip to Everest Base Camp) As the trek to Gorak Shep is relatively short, we have the opportunity for a leisurely breakfast before beginning the day’s walk. From Lobuje we follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier. A gradual ascent enables us to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When we reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m) - reached after
about three hours of walking. After a quick bite we gear up accordingly to head off towards the Everest Base Camp.
Day 13 Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 ft] - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 7-8 hrs
We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the likelihood of chilly winds. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can with our camera and take views in with our mind’s eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast followed by a gradual descending down to Lobuche for a good night’s rest.
Day 14 Lobuche to Dingboche to chukung valley
(Walking time: approx 6 hours) you will meet your climbing leader and climbing team at Dingboche, who are big mountain specialists, and will accompany you on Island Peak, ensuring the maximum likelihood of summitting. These guys know their stuff, so you’re in good hands. From Pheriche we cross over the ridge to Dingboche and take a liesurely walk following the Imja Valley where great views of Ama Dablam dominate the skyline. We arrive in Chhukung for lunch and in the afternoon follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8501m) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. It is only a short distance from here to Island Peak Base Camp (5090m) which we will reach in the mid-afternoon.
Day 15 Chhukung -Island Peak Base camp [5,200m/17,060ft]: 3-4 hours
Pre-Climb Training : After lunch, our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boot and crampons, harness, ascender, etc and on how to go up and down using ropes. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training experience for Island Peak Climbing, we believe that some training experience will boost up your confidence and climbing skills, thus increasing the chances of scaling he summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.
Day 16 Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp [5,600m/18,372ft]: 2-3 hours
We move to Island Peak High Camp. The path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel. Overnight in Island Peak High Camp.
Note: Climbers often find it easier to attempt for Island summit in one push directly from the Base Camp. If you would like to attempt the summit push from the Base Camp, spend two nights at the Base Camp for acclimatization and training. Make an acclimatization climb to the High Camp after taking breakfast on the second day, spend some time there, and come back to the Base Camp. Generally, we take lunch after completing the day’s hike. It would be also easier for the porters to stay at the Base Camp instead of staying at a higher altitude at High Camp for a long time which might cause altitude problems, climbers too find it more convenient to sleep at a lower altitude of the Base Camp.
Day 17 High camp to summit to Base camp to Chhukung: 8-10 hours
We allow three days for the ascent of climb Island Peak. This allows for weather and acclimatization to be taken into account. However, most of our trips require only two further nights at base camp. The plan for the climb will be decided by the climbing leader at the time, taking into account the group’s acclimatisation, weather, snow conditions and other factors. On the first day there will be instruction on crampon, ice axe and rope work and after lunch we ascend from Base Camp to High Camp (5700m), a steep, two-hour climb up grassy slopes to our high camp just below the permanent snowline. The following morning we leave very early for the final climb to the summit. This may take between four and six hours, depending on snow and weather conditions and we will fix a rope on the summit headwall for safety on both the ascent and descent. To reach the summit, you will need to be very fit and be determined. A head for heights is also useful! The view from the top is absolutely brilliant and the ascent is an achievement you will remember for the rest of your life. We will arrive back in camp mid afternoon and there maybe time to descend beyond Base Camp.
Day 18 : Thyangboche (Walking time: approx 6 hours) It is amazing how quickly we retrace the trail back downhill to Dingboche for a long tea break. From Dingboche we ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega, before taking lunch at Orsho. In the afternoon we again descend to Shomare and later pass through Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River and re-trace our steps to Debuche and on to Thyangboche.
Day 19 : via Namche Bazaar to Monjo
(Walking time: approx 8 hours) From Thyangboche we descend steeply to the suspension bridge at Phunkitenga and after a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa before returning to Namche Bazaar, where we take lunch and enjoy a final opportunity to visit the shops in the bazaar. In the afternoon we descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi and follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where we spend the night.
Day 20 Lukla(Walking time: approx 5 hours) There is no rush today as we retrace our steps back to Lukla. We take lunch in Phakding and, although the final ascent up to Lukla is a surprise for most trekkers, reach the airport in the early afternoon. Lukla is famous for its end of trek celebrations, although we should not overdo it, as the plane ride back to Kathmandu is not best enjoyed with a hangover!
Day 21 Fly back- Lukla to Kathmandu
We rise early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. We are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. at the afternoon self visiting to
Day 22 : Free day in kathmandu and self visiting to Bhaktapur and patan city
Bhaktapur durbar Squares:The Golden Gate is the entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of 55 Windows, built by King Ranjit Malla. The gate is one of the most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind in the entire world. This gate is embellished with deities and monsters with marvelous intricacy. The palace of 55 Window was built in 1700 AD. Among the brick walls in their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony of 55 windws. This balcony is a masterpiece of wood carving. The stone temple of Batsala Devi which is alsolocated in the Durbar Square is full of intricate carvings. This temple also sets a beautiful example of Shikhara style architecture in Nepal . There is a bronze bell on the terrace of the temple which is also known as the Bell of Barking Dogs. This colossal bell, placed in 1737 AD, used to ring to signal curfew those days.The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Picture Galley, the Batsal Temple , etc. A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on the column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument list in 1979.
The ancient city of Patan , lying 5 km southwest of kathmandu, is known as the city of fine arts, The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. The diversity of the medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today’s visitors.
Patan Durbar Square:
Situated in the heart of the city, constitutes the focus of visitor’s attraction. The square is full of ancient palaces, Temple and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. The Patan durbar Square consist of three main chowks or countryards, the Central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshar narayan Chowk, The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture. The Royal Bath called Tushahity. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument list in 1979.
Built in 1637 AD, the temple of Lord Krishaa holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan. It is supposed to be the first specimen of Shikhara style architecture in Nepal . It is the only temple in Nepal having 21 spires and is completely 21 spires and is completely mad of stone.
Day23: Tour Ends
- Airport pick up and drop by private transport ( international flight and Domestic flight)
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu domestic flight ticket with departure taxes
- Airfare for trekking guide
- 4 night hotel in kathmandu with bed and breakfast(Tourist standard hotel, centrally located, attach bath room, hot and cold shower)
- Accommodation on tea house during the trek
- Accomodation on tent during the climbing period
- All necessary trekking staff with experienced English speaking trekking guide.Climbing Sherpa and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter),
- All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
- Trekking map for Everest Region
- All the meals during the trek and climbing period ( Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner)
- Down jacket and seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map for Everest region (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip
- All the climbing Equipment except crampons and climbing boots. ( crampons and climbing boot you can hire them at Namche Bazar.completion Waterproof trousers,Gloves (liner/layer/shell)
- Plastic boots,Thermal bottoms / top,Day sack,Gaiters )
- Climbing equipment such as ( Sleeping tent, kitchen tent , sleeping mattres ( for climbing period), all the cooking equipments, Fixed rope and Main Rope, Snow bar, iceaxe, Jhumar, Harnis, 8 finger, helmets, , carrabinas and Capsluck ( luck and onluck)
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
- All government and local taxes
What’s not Included
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late,departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
- Lunch and Dinner at Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Personal climbing equipments ( which you can hire them at Dingboche)
- Tips for guides and porters