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Island peak climbing

Overview

Island Peak Climbing is a perfect entry to the mountain climbing in the Himalayas. Despite being a non-technical peak, many climbers fail to approach at the summit just because of the high altitude. Island Peak is one of the soft peaks of the world. Many people grade it as a trekking peak as it does not need high mountaineering skills to reach the summit of this peak.

Island Peak is located in the upper Imja valley at 6189 m above the sea level. So, it is also known as Imja Tse Peak.

The approach to the Island peak begins following the traditional trail of Everest Base Camp from Lukla-Phakding-Namche-Tengboche to Dingboche. From Dingboche, the trail moves toward Chukung where we have our last overnight before climbing to the summit.  Basically, we offer 2 different itineraries for Island Peak Climbing. Next, the most popular route also includes the trek to Everest Base Camp as it enables every climber to be used-to of high altitude.

No doubt, our climbing guide/expert will teach you rope skills just before beginning to ascent; it will make an ideal trip for the beginner climbers. Similarly, with an assistance of our reliable and experienced guide, an enthusiastic climber can successfully conquer to reach the top of the peak despite having basic climbing skills.

Highlights of Island Peak Climbing

  • Magnificent view of world’s high mountains – Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu
  •  Soft climbing – an opportunity for the Himalayan Adventure entry

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and walk to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs walks.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 05: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche 4,360 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Chhukung 4,730 m from Dingboche 4,360m – 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m – 04 hrs.
Day 09: Trek Island Peak High Camp 5,400 m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Climb to the Summit of Island Peak 6,189m/ 20,305 ft – 07 hrs.
Day 11: Reserve and contingency days in case of bad weather.
Day 12: Trek to Pangboche 3,985 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13:
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m -06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu with an optional sightseeing tour.
Day 17: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Island Peak Adventure and Climb. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning depart from the hotel for fabulous adventure to Island Peak Climb, taking a short scenic flight of 30 mins with sweeping panorama of high peaks including Mt. Everest, as the small aircraft lands at Lukla of above (2,820 m) high, from here walk towards Phakding on gradual downhill trail with short ups with views of Kwangde and Kusum-Khanguru peaks as the walk leads through Choplung and Ghat Sherpa villages to reach our overnight stop at Phakding. Phakding village, located above Dudh Koshi River here with time for short hike around this lovely village to witness Sherpa cultures with overnight halt in a nice cozy lodge.

  3. Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5 hrs walks.

    After a pleasant night stop with the sound of river, morning walk leads following the Dudh Kosi River upstream and crossing suspension bridges to reach at Monjo village with grand views of Kwangde and Tharmarserku peaks, from here into Sagarmatha National park (Sagarmatha Nepalese name for Mt. Everest, while Sherpa calls Chomolungma in both languages means 'Great Mother'). Walk proceed towards Jorsalle village and into river valley covered within rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir trees as the route leads uphill for few hours to reach at famous Namche Bazaar, where colorful and busy Saturday market is held weekly.

  4. Day 04: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.

    An important rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, at Namche one can take a short walk to Everest View Hotel of few hours walk uphill or visit the park museum located on top of Namche Bazaar offers grand views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Amadablam and other series of snowcapped peaks. Visit its interesting museum full of information regarding Sherpa people, culture with flora/fauna and as well of mountaineering history, rest of the afternoon free at leisure with views of mountains.

  5. Day 05: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m), 5 hrs.

    With marvelous stop at Namche Bazaar, morning with short steep climb and then on pleasant winding trail into alpine woodland with super views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse-Amadablam with other smaller peaks, as the walk continues heading downhill at Phunki-Tenga, a small place by the Imjatse River for lunch. After lunch with few hours climb into serene alpine forest filled with rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines-juniper and fir tree lines with constant view of peaks, finally walk leads on a small plateau at Thyangboche Monastery the highest spot of the trek at (3,867 m) high offering mind blowing views of Mt. Everest-Amadablam and arrays of peaks that surrounds this lovely spot. Here with time to visit it's interesting and famous Buddhist monastery, where in October a great festival Mani Rimdu is held and as well mountaineers takes blessing from the priest for safe and successful climbs.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m), 5 hrs.

    From Thyangboche after catching morning super panorama of mountains and then head downhill through serene woodland reaching at a metal bridge over Imjatse River, from here with uphill walk to Pangboche, the last permanent Sherpa farm village before Everest base camp, as our walk leads to Somare for lunch with super views of Amadablam at close distance, and then heading on gradual path with short climb to reach at Dingboche within beautiful and scenic Imjatse Valley. Dingboche at (4,360 m) located within a beautiful valley with views of Amadablam including Lhotse and stunning Island Peak with Taboche and Chotalse peaks, Dingboche with many fine lodges.

  7. Day 07: Trek to Chhukung (4,730 m) from Dingboche (4,360 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning walk leads past Dingboche offering great views along the trek heading east and close to Island Peak, which is also called Imjatse Himal due to its location around Imjatse valley. Our route takes you on near the level ground with fabulous views during the walk all the way to Bible a small settlement, after a short rest continue to walk towards further east for an overnight stop at Chhukung, a small place with few lodges to cater the needs of the trekkers and climbers.

  8. Day 08: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970 m), 4 hrs.

    After a wonderful stop in cozy lodge at Chhukung, today onward for few days in tents camping for few nights till the climb is done, morning walk leads to our main highlight and goal to Island Peak base camp located in a scenic spot at Parshya Gab, here setting our camps with afternoon free to practice climbing with our expert guide.

  9. Day 09: Trek Island Peak High Camp (5,400 m), 4 hrs.

    Our real adventure begins heading higher to pitch high camp at above (5,400 m) high which will make the climb to summit of Island peak much easier and accessible, morning leaving from base camp to high camp of Island Peak also called Imjaste peak due to its location, as the climb leads above moraine then towards open gully leading between two well defined ridges to reach at high camp beneath a small hanging glacier at (5,280 m) high, here with time in the afternoon for final preparations for the big climb next early morning.

  10. Day 10: Climb to the Summit of Island Peak, 6 hrs.

    The climbing of Island peak at above (6,160 m/20,328 ft) high grade is PD + taken from French and Swiss Alpine Climbing System, which is one of the most popular grading systems worldwide. On this final and Big Day! Start early morning before dawn as our guide lead you across a broad open gully, following snow-covered glacier, avoiding serac and crevasses climbing northwards over snow-covered scree in the margin between a glacier facing a top ridge. Climb continues crossing a gully with some stone and icefall dangers, a steep snow and ice ramp takes you above 100 meters (300 ft) to the main summit, on reaching the top where your adventure of a lifetime experience with great dreams accomplished into a successful climb with amazing panorama of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,501 m), Mt. Amadablam (6,856 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Chamlang and Baruntse peaks, after a great climb feeling high spirit descend on the same route towards base camp.

  11. Day 11: Reserve and contingency days in case of bad weather.

    We have spare day to adjust with the climb as contingency day just in case of bad weather, if all goes well according to our standard itinerary, this spare day can be used with slow and scenic walk back to Lukla having some short day on route, where you can enjoy the views and local culture during the trek.

  12. Day 12: Trek to Pangboche (3,985 m), 6 hrs.

    After a wonderful climb with perfect camping facilities enjoying the views, morning a long walk towards Chhukung and then at Dingboche, from here leaving the beautiful Imjatse valley with a downhill walk towards Pangboche village for an overnight stop.

  13. Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 6 hrs.

    From here onward long descend to the bridge, after the bridge back into greens and tree lines as the route climbs up to Thyangboche Monastery, with a downhill walk to Phunki Tenga on crossing a wooden bridge climb uphill to Lobesa and Sanasa small villages with a gradual winding path to Kyanjinma. A beautiful spot with few lodges facing Everest-Amadablam and Tharmarserku peaks, here the chance of spotting some wildlife like Thar, Musk deer and the colorful Danphe (Impeyan pheasant and the national bird of Nepal). From this peaceful spot, the walk continues for another hour on a pleasant winding path to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stop after a great day walk.

  14. Day 14: Trek to Lukla, 4 hrs.

    After a wonderful time on high Khumbu valley with climb of Island peak morning depart from Namche Bazaar as the walk leads to a long descends towards Dudh Kosi River as this scenic walk leads within lovely alpine forest and then reaching at Monjo, from here walk leads on the same route following gentle path past Phakding and Ghat villages with an climb to reach at Lukla, where you can enjoy the afternoon relaxing and celebrate with staff-guides-porters and fellow member on this last night around high Khumbu within Everest areas.

  15. Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    Early morning transfer to Lukla airport known as Tenzing & Hillary airport with its unique airstrip, sometimes the flight can delay due to bad weather, as the flight arrives from Kathmandu board on the smaller Twin-Otter or Dornier airplane where a scenic flight brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.

  16. Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.

    We have reserved as contingency and a free day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla due to unpredictable bad weather conditions, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  17. Day 17: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Island Peak Adventure and climb.

What's included !

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Climbing peak permit & other necessary permits (Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS and Climbing Permit),
  • A professional English speaking trained trekking guide and a climbing guide
  • Daily wages, insurance, cloth, food, shelter of staffs and porters,
  • Internal Flight Tickets (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek
  • Tent/camping accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during trek and climb,
  • Complete camping equipment
  • Transport of all food supply & equipment from the trip starting point to the ending point as per itinerary,
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping bag (should be returned after completion of the trip)
  • Trekking bag or duffel bag to keep your things
  • Good quality tents and kitchen equipment for camping
  • Farwell dinner
  • First Aid Medical Kit box
  • Trekking Map
  • Rescue arrangement only (must cover by your travel and rescue insurance)
  • All local and governmental taxes

What's not included !

  • International air fare
  • City sights entrance fees.
  • Bar bills & personal expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency rescue charges if necessary.
  • Climbing bonus for Sherpa climbers,
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge fee, snacks, etc.
  • Personal clothing & gears.
  • Tips to guide and porter.
  • Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control.

FAQs

The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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