Island Peak Climbing

Price

USD 2237

Trip Duration

17 days

Trip Grade

Difficult & Challenging

Highest Altitude

6189

Accommodation

Tea House, Hotel, Tent

Transportation

Car, Flight

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

March-May, September-November

Island Peak Climbing Introduction

Island Peak, locally known as Imja Tse, stands as Nepal’s most sought-after climbing peak, catering to climbers with varying experience levels, including those embarking on their inaugural ascent.

Our expert climbing guides impart essential climbing gear techniques at Base Camp, prioritizing your safety. With a guide-to-climber ratio of 1:3 or 1:4, tailored to the climbers’ experience, we ensure a personalized and secure climbing experience.

The journey commences with a scenic flight to the Lukla airport a gateway to Everest, leading you through iconic locations such as Namche Bazaar and the highest monastery in the region, Tengboche.

After staying two nights at Dingboche & after doing the hike to Ngarshyang Hill we enjoy the panoramic view of Imja Valley & surroundings. After this hike up to 5000 your body slowly adjusts to the High altitude then we start heading towards Chukkung.

Island Peak Base Camp offers only tented accommodation as climbers gear up for the summit. To beat the high winds, climbers embark on the ascent around 1 am, culminating in a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas, a truly unforgettable moment. Following the descent and trek to Dingboche, the return route to Lukla same route. 

We collaborate with local Sherpas based in Dingboche and Chukung, ensuring the guidance of highly experienced Sherpas intimately familiar with the intricacies of Island Peak.

Highlights

  • Island Peak Climbing 6189m
  • Trek to the majestic Himalayas
  • Lukla Airport Land & take off
  • Namche Bazar
  • Tengboche Monastery
  • Sherpa Villages & Hospitality
  • Mesmerising Views of Everest Himalayas & surrounding peaks

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: - Arriving in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: - Kathmandu to (Ramechhap)- Lukla (2840m) - Phakding (2610m)
  • Day 3: - Phakding – Namche Bazar (3445m).
  • Day 4: - NAMCHE BAZZAR- ACCLAMATIZATION DAY
  • Day 5: - NAMCHE BAZAAR TO TENGBOCHE/DEBOCHE
  • Day 6: - TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE
  • Day 7: - DINGBOCHE: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
  • Day 8: - DINGBOCHE TO CHUKKUNG
  • Day 9: CHUKKUNG TO ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP
  • Day 10: Reserve Day for Contingency
  • Day 11: SUMMIT DAY THAN TREK TO CHUKKUNG
  • Day 12:CHUKKUNG TO TENGBOCHE
  • DAY 13 - TENGBOCHE TO NAMCHE
  • DAY 14 - NAMCHE TO PHAKDING AND LUKLA
  • DAY 15 - LUKLA TO (Ramechhap) KATHMANDU
  • Day 16:- Sightseeing exploration(city tour) in Kathmandu
  • DAY 17:- DEPARTURE DAY

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: - Arriving in Kathmandu

Welcome to the land of the Himalayas with an amazing culture & world’s one of the friendliest countries. We will come to pick you up at the Airport and then transfer you to the Hotel in Kathmandu, evening we are having a group briefing & Discussion (5 PM) for the trip/checklist & last-minute gear preparing for the trip.

Day 2: - Kathmandu to (Ramechhap)- Lukla (2840m) - Phakding (2610m)

Early Morning Drive to Ramechhap airport then fly to Lukla airport by Twin Otter aircraft, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. On the flight you watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalayas.

 Many of the world’s highest mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu & Cho-you (the world’s highest Himalayan range) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. Once you are in Lukla this high-altitude trek begins by descending towards Phakding. Passing the small villages like Chiplung, Chaurikharka, Thadakosi, Ghat, etc. We stayed there at Phakding. Approximately 3 hour’s walk

Day 3: - Phakding – Namche Bazar (3445m).

The first day may have been surprisingly long for some, but staying at Phakding allows you to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. Passing beautiful villages like Zamfutte, Toktok, Benkar, Monjo & Jorsalle gives you plenty of great photo stops & beautiful mountain scenery. You are having the Lunch at Jorsalle right after entering into the Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO) at Monjo.

At about halfway up the Namche hill after the Hillary Bridge, A gap in the trees allows us to spy on Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.

Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. A bazaar (A local market) is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand-woven aprons and Tibetan boots.

 

The Sherpa used to host traders from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m), and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in. Approx. 6/7 hours hike.

Day 4: - NAMCHE BAZZAR- ACCLAMATIZATION DAY

You hike to the National Park headquarters after breakfast to see the magnificent view of Mt. Everest & 360-degree mountain view. Then hike to Syangbuche airstrip for superb views of the Himalayas & lower Dudhkoshi valley. See the mountains like Thamserku, Kangitega, Kusum Kangaroo, Kwangde (etc. Approx. 4 hours walk.

Day 5: - NAMCHE BAZAAR TO TENGBOCHE/DEBOCHE

Breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels us for another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp. Breathtaking views of the Himalayas – Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama-Dablam, Thamserku, cholatse, Tabuche Kwangde, etc. And some of the highlights not be missed. A short drop takes us to the riverside at Phungi Thanga then it’s across the Dudhkoshi River upwards through the forest pass. 

Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination, Tengboche, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. We’ll stop in on the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the largest in Khumbu. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks. Stay at Tengboche: 3,860m

Day 6: - TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE

Your trek today kicks off with a walk through the rhododendron forest to Deboche followed by a bridge over the raging Imja Khola River. We’ll pass the valley wall and then traverse the plains to Pangboche village, the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region.

Enjoy a great opportunity to observe a typical Sherpa village and have lunch with the locals at Somare Village about an hour’s walk from Pangboche. Our afternoon trek will be a difficult one, as the landscape gives way to dry & above tree line deserted mountains and we hike towards Dingboche(4,410m).

Day 7: - DINGBOCHE: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

This is your chance to rest up before the last leg of our adventure! Spend a full day exploring Dingboche and the surrounding valleys, the latter of which links with Island Peak, the high passes of Amphu Lapcha, and Makalu Barun National Park.

Taking an optional trek by hiking up to Ngarshyang hill (5150m) to see the valleys will pay off in rewarding views, but taking it easy is the most important thing today. You’ll need your rest for another day of ascent tomorrow. Stay here at Dingboche Again (4410m).

Day 8: - DINGBOCHE TO CHUKKUNG

Take a gentle ascent northeast of Dingboche village and hit the trail towards Chukkung. After leaving Dingboche you feel the altitude gain as Chukkung lies at a higher elevation. From the trail, you get marvelous views of Island Peak and Lhotse. You lie surrounded by giant mountains, rolling glaciers, and glacier moraines.

  A handful of lodges lie scattered on a desolate but beautiful landscape. Chukkung lies below the Island Peak Base Camp and during the climbing season, it’s usually filled with climbers attempting to summit Island Peak. Head to a teahouse and take a rest. Overnight in Chukkung (4730m)

Day 9: CHUKKUNG TO ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP

We will reach one step closer to our destination today. After walking for 4 to 5 hours from Chhukung village, we reach the Base camp (5150m) of Island Peak. We rest for the remainder of the day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. Do some side trips for better acclimatization & your climbing guide will teach you about using the climbing equipment on the climbing tomorrow. Stay at Island Peak Base Camp in Tent(5150m).

Day 10: Reserve Day for Contingency

The weather in the Himalayas is quite unpredictable. Hence, it is good to take on a contingency day considering unfavorable weather or any other obstructions that might delay the group in climbing the peak. If the group summits the peak on the planned date and everything goes well, this day could be cut off from the itinerary. 

Day 11: SUMMIT DAY THAN TREK TO CHUKKUNG

Finally, the most awaited day has come, climbing Island Peak(6189m). We start very early in the morning as we have to reach the top as early as possible because, after the afternoon there may be high winds that will make climbing more challenging. The ascent will be somewhat difficult as we have to climb through the steep and uneven terrain. And after a lot of time pushing and pulling, we will finally reach the Island Peak Summit yeah!!!! 

We will spend a significant amount of time on the peak taking in and appreciating the spectacular scenery and adventure before returning to the base camp. From the base camp, we will further walk down to Chhukung for the night. Stay at Chukkung (4730m) . 

Day 12:CHUKKUNG TO TENGBOCHE

With the immense pleasure of conquering the most beautiful Island Peak, we retrace our trip back the same route to Tengboche where there is a beautiful Buddhist Monastery. Today, we celebrate our success in climbing Island Peak once again we reach the village of Tengboche. stay at Tengboche(3860m). 

DAY 13 - TENGBOCHE TO NAMCHE

The walk from Tengboche back to Namche is mainly short & easy walk-ups & downhill. Down to Phungi Thanga then uphill toward the Kyanjuma. We’ll be in Namche Bazar by lunchtime. Another day in Namche Bazar to celebrate, you can visit bars, bakery, and cafes to have a bit different taste. Stay at Namche Bazar (3440m). 

DAY 14 - NAMCHE TO PHAKDING AND LUKLA

After early breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in our last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew, you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet. 

DAY 15 - LUKLA TO (Ramechhap) KATHMANDU

In the morning, you’ll have a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (Ramechhap than 4-5 Hours drive), where your journey both begins and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip. 

Day 16:- Sightseeing exploration(city tour) in Kathmandu

Today is the exploration of the city of temples, gods, culture, art, architecture, and traditional capital city of this Himalayan country. Out of the 10 World Heritage Sites in Nepal, 7 of them are inside this beautiful capital city making the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage sites, As visiting all of these historic and religious landmarks in a single day is not possible, you will explore 3-4 of these magnificent marvels in this day. Visiting Swyambhunath Temple(Monkey temple), Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple & Bouddhanath Stupa.

 

DAY 17:- DEPARTURE DAY

It’s your last day in Nepal, the end of your Island Peak trekking & climbing trip! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty of time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say we see you again and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

Includes

  • Simple tea houses in trekking on a twin-sharing basis with 3 times of meals. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner with 3 cups of tea each)
  • Two-night tented accommodation with a simple meal
  • An experienced professional climbing guide for Island peak climbing with all permits, climber, helpers at Base Camp with their salary, meal & Insurance
  • Climbing equipment like Summit Boot. Ice exe, harness, jammer, crampons, etc.
  • Garbage security deposit(SPCC) for permit($500)
  • A professional trekking guide for the Trek & necessary number of porters (2:1) with their salary, meal, transportation, insurance & accommodation. 
  • Necessary permits, Tim card & Local Municipalities fees
  • Both way flight Kathmandu (Ramechhap)-Lukla-Kathmandu (Ramechhap)
  • 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis & simple lodges on trek with full board meal.
  • All grounded transportation like pick up drop (domestic/Intl both). 
  • A group medical kit with an oximeter

Excludes

  • All Kinds of beverages. 
  • All extra expenses such as shopping and trekking gear. 
  • International flights. 
  • Early arrival / late departure. 
  • Travel insurance (you must purchase one for Island Peak Climbing before starting the trek) 
  • Rescue evacuation if needed (it can be helped to arrange)
  • Tips for driver, guide& porters. 
  • If the plan is changed by any other problem such as a landslide, political disturbance, changing plan, or cancellation of flight. Or the things not mentioned above

Trip Map

Gear & Equipments

Clothing

1) Trekking Trousers

2) Trekking shirts

3) Inner Thermals(Top/bottom)

4) Breathable Underwear

5) Fleece Jacket

6) Windproof jacket

7) Dawn jacket

8) Trekking Towel

Head Gears

1)  Sun Hat

2) Head Band

3) Buff (snood)

Hand Gear

1) Inner Gloves

2) Outer Gloves

Foot Gears

1) Hiking Boots

2) Hiking shocks

3) Thermal shocks

4) Gaiters

Bags

1) Duffle Bag*

2) Backpack (rucksack for day pack)

3) A few Ziploc/waterproof bags

Equipment

1) Sleeping Bag*

2) Sleeping bag liner (if you rent)

3) Trekking Pole*

4) Sunglasses

5) Water bottle or Hydration Bladder

6) Headlamps

7) Camera/video camera

8) Water purification tablets*/ filters/ UV light/ staripin

9) Diamox/Dzolamode*

10)Sunscreens

11) Toiletries

12) If you take any Specific medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Island Peak?
Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. It stands at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) and is located in the Everest region, near the base camp of Mount Everest.
Do I need prior mountaineering experience to climb Island Peak?
While prior mountaineering experience is beneficial, it is not mandatory for climbing Island Peak. However, participants should have a good level of physical fitness and be comfortable with trekking at high altitudes.
What is the best time to climb Island Peak? A: The best time to
Island Peak is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These months generally offer stable weather conditions and clear skies, making it ideal for climbing.
How long does it take to climb Island Peak?
The duration of the Island Peak Expedition typically ranges from 16 to 20 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and weather conditions. This duration includes acclimatization days, trekking to base camp, summit day, and descent.
What permits are required for climbing Island Peak?
Climbing Island Peak requires obtaining permits from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) as well as a climbing permit from the Government of Nepal. Additionally, trekkers need to have the necessary trekking permits for the region they will be traversing.
What are the accommodation options during the Island Peak Expedition?
Accommodation during the expedition includes teahouses, lodges, and camping. In lower altitudes, trekkers can stay in teahouses and lodges along the trail. As climbers ascend to higher altitudes, camping becomes more common.
What equipment do I need for climbing Island Peak?
Essential equipment includes mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet, sleeping bag, down jacket, trekking poles, and appropriate clothing layers for varying weather conditions. It's essential to have proper gear for cold temperatures and high altitudes.
Is altitude sickness a concern during the Island Peak Expedition?
Yes, altitude sickness is a potential concern during the Island Peak Expedition due to the high altitude. Proper acclimatization, hydration, and gradual ascent are crucial in minimizing the risk of altitude-related illnesses.
Do I need a guide for the Island Peak Expedition?
While it is not mandatory to have a guide for the Island Peak Expedition, it is highly recommended, especially for those without prior experience in high-altitude trekking and mountaineering. A guide can provide valuable assistance, support, and navigation expertise throughout the journey.
What is the difficulty level of climbing Island Peak?
Climbing Island Peak is considered to be of moderate difficulty. The ascent involves technical sections such as using fixed ropes, crossing glaciers, and navigating crevasses. However, with proper training, preparation, and guidance, climbers with basic mountaineering skills can successfully summit Island Peak.

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