Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing
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Facts About Island Peak Climbing

Grade

Strenuous

Max Size

1-15

Altitude

6173 m

Transportation

Car/Bus/Jeep/ Plane

Accomodation

Lodge/Hotel

Major Activity

Trekking and Climbing

Himalayan Sights

Everest range

Starts/Ends

Kathamandu - Kathmandu

Duration:

18 Days

Trip Overview

Island Peak Climbing is the most popular trekking peak climbing in Nepal and offers gentle climb to the 6173 meters Island Peak summit.  The peak climbing in Nepal is an adventurous combined form of trekking in Nepal and mountain peak climbing in Nepal. The beautiful Island peak seems like an island in the sea of snow. So the peak is famous as Island peak. The local name of this Island peak is Imja-Tse peak.

Imja-Tse or Island peak is located in between Mount Ama Dablam and Mount Lhotse in Everest just on the top of Chhukung glacier. From the summit of the Island peak, magnificent views of some of the highest peaks in the world can be observed on the top level. Island peak is considered as technically easy trekking peak climbing in Nepal together with an exhilarating Himalaya trekking to the Mt. Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. The Island peak climbing route is the same for Everest Base Camp trekking and only extra two days is enough for this Island peak climbing expedition.

Island Peak Climbing is best adventurous package with cultural experience. The trail to Island Peak passes through the many beautiful and small villages with rich culture and traditions. The people with unique culture and languages and their great hospitality makes our trip lifetime memorable. The route also passes beautiful lush forests of pine, oak and rhododendrons and the great scenario of high mountain peaks can be observed during whole trip. Island Peak Climbing can be taken as the warm up for high mountain expeditions.

Life Dream Adventure has successfully organized Island Peak Climbing program many times. We recommend you to climb this Island peak route in spring and autumn season. No previous peak climbing experience is required to summit this Island peak. One with physically and mentally fit with well acclimatized person is qualified to make an ascent over this Island Peak.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Food
No Meals Included
Accomodation
3 star rated hotel,
Elevation
1300

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu, you are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program and preparation for trek.

Overnight in Kathmandu

 

Day 2 : Trip Preparation in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Food
Meals Included- Breakfast.
Accomodation
3 star rated hotel,
Elevation
1300

Today we will visit Life Dream Adventures office in the afternoon. There we will meet guides who will check our equipments and make sure that we are redy to go for further trek. We will also have short briefing about the trip which will make us familiar on the days up in the mountain.

Overnight in Kathmandu

 

Day 3 : Kathmandu - Lukla (2840 m/9320)- Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Mountain Lodge,
Elevation
2652

Today we will have 40 minutes scenic flight to Lukla in the early morning. Lukla is the starting point of every Everest trek. From Lukla we will start our short trek to Phakding. Descending for about an hour takes us to Cheplung village which offers us the glimpses of Mt. Khumbila which is a sacred mountain and has never been climbed. We further descend to Phakding village.

Overnight in Phakding

 

Day 4 : Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs treks
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Mountain Lodge,
Elevation
3440

After having early morning breakfast we will ascend to Namche Bazaar. After crossing some bridges over Dudhkoshi and sever other rivers and doing some ups and downs we will reach the Monjo from where we will enter Sagarmatha National Park after checking all our permits. Further walk from Monjo takes us to Jorsale village and finally to Namche Bazaar.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar

 

Day 5 : Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

Today we will rest in Namche Bazaar which will helps us to acclimatize in higher altitude. Experts believe that it is better to stay active even in the rest days so we will go for some small hikes near Namche Bazaar. We will go a short hike to Everest View Hotel and enjoy the incredible views of Mount Everest. There is a beautiful old monastery – Khumjung Monastery, near the valley where we will hike today. If time permits we will also make a short visit to Tourist Visitor Center at Sagarmatha National Park which will help us to learn more about Sherpa cultures and various plant and animal of Everest Region.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3860 m/12,660 ft):5-6 hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
3860

After having breakfast we will trek through ascending and descending trail leaving the Phunki Thanga behind. After the 5-6 hours of scenic walk we will reach Tengboche. The largest monastery of Everest Region lies here which is famous for Yeti’s Scalp. The monastery also offers the mesmerizing views of highest mountains including Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam.

Overnight in Tengboche

Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft): 4-5 hours
Food
Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4200

After having breakfast we start our trek to Pherinche. Firstly, we descend for about an hour through a dense forest and cross a river. Then the trail starts to go uphill to the drier landscapes. After walking for sometimes we reach the beautiful village Pangboche, and finally to Pherinche. Pherinche is a beautiful village located on the river side which also has small helipad that is used for rescuing during emergency.

Overnight in Pherinche

Accommodation – Mountain Lodge, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Pherinche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): 5-6 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4930

Today we start our trek with quite easy walk towards Dugla. From here, we trek uphill on the steep terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier. Then we ascend to Chupki Lhara where we can observe an array of stones and prayer flags kept as memories of Scott Fischer (American Mountaineer) and Babu Chhiri Sherpa (Nepali Mountain Guide). From Lobuche we can have the incredible views of giant peaks like Khumbutse, Pumori, Mahalanngur etc.

Overnight in Lobuche

Accommodation – Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Mountain Lodge,
Elevation
5170

We move along the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier. We will enjoy the great views of Pumori, Mahalangur and other mountains through the trail. After small ascend we reach Thangma Riju which rewards us panoramic views of high Himalayas. We will reach Gorakshep after some walk where we will find ourselves surrounded by the giant White Mountains. From Gorakshep we will hike up to Everest Base Camp and spend some time there. Again we will trek back to Gorakshep.

Overnight in Gorakshep

 

Day 10 : Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) and back to Lobuche
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5545

To catch the mesmerizing view of Sunrise over the highest mountain in the world, we will start our trek very early in the morning. For the trek to Kalapaththar we have to be prepared for chilly winds and changing temperatures. After some ascents we will reach the Kalapaththar from where we can have a closure view of Mount Everest and other famous peaks. After having fun ion Kalapaththar we will trek back to Lobuche.

Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 : Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft)
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5535

We will start our trek very early in the morning. Today we are trekking to the maximum elevation on the entire trek that is Kongma La Pass. Ascend to Kongma La pass is most difficult part of our trek today. We can see cairn wrapped prayer flags on the top of Kongma La used to mark the pass. Then we descend gradually to Imja valley and finally to Chhukung. Then we will check our equipments and get redy for our upcoming climb.

Overnight in Chhukung

Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 : Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5200

After having breakfast we will start ascending to Island Peak Base Camp. Enjoying the great views of landscapes and giant mountains we ascend on a steep trail and finally reach Island Peak Base Camp which offers the mesmerizing views of snowcapped peaks.

Overnight in Island Peak Base Camp

Accommodation – Mountain Lodge, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 : Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5200

We will start our pre climbing training after having breakfast. Our experienced guides will give you training on Peak climbing Techniques, and teach the proper way to use climbing gears like ice axe, climbing boots, and crampons etc. The training also includes the use of rope for going up and down. Although prior training is not compulsory for island peak climbing, we believe that some training experience will boost up your confidence nad makes your climbing more exciting and best memory of lifetime.

Overnight in Base Camp

Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 : Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft),
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
6189

We will start our climb very early in the morning i.e. around 12 to 1 am after having our breakfast. We have to summit the peak before noon because in the afternoon strong winds might become a barrier for our successful summit. We will climb the peak as guided by our experienced guides using the different equipments like ice axe, ropes etc. reach the top of island peak before noon. Then we will gradually descend to Base Camp.

Overnight in Island Peak Base Camp

Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 : Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3985

Today we will have much easier walk as the trail mostly descends to Pangboche. Tracing back the footprints to Khumbu khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa settlements and reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a beautiful village surrounded by high mountains including Everest to its south. The village offers the panoramic views of giant Himalayas.

Overnight in Pangboche

Accommodation – Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Day 16 : Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft): 4-5 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

From Pangboche we follow back the same trail to Im ja Khola and trek up through the forest to Tengboche. Then we pass through the hillside covered with dense forest of Rhododendrons and juniper trees. After passing via forests and beautiful Sansa village, we reach Namche Bazaar.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-7 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2800

We will trek back to Lukla today. Descending through the beautiful pine and Rhododendron forests and some small villages we will reach Lukla. Literally our trek ends today as today is our last walk of the Everest High Passes Trek.

Overnight in Lukla

Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 : Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Our representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your destination or alternatively the next destination.

Note: The proposed itinerary is a standard pattern for guideline. You can modify this climbing/expedition itinerary according to your time and requirements. The Itinerary may be changed after understanding by both agency and client.

Cost Includes

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off service including domestic and international flights
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for 4 nights on B/B basis
  • One day sightseeing of the Kathmandu city with English speaking tour guide
  • Trekking guides for the trip
  • Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during climbing
  • Necessary porters for trekking/climbing (A porter carries 25-30 Kg)
  • Kathmandu – Lukla round flight tickets to all climbing team (climbing members and staffs)
  • Trekking and camping equipments such as camping tents, mattress, sleeping bags, down jackets.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during the trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
  • Trekking Permit fee
  • TIMS card fee (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Peak Climbing permit
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government taxes levied in Nepal
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs
  • First Aid medical kit
  • Satellite phone carrying by the Guide for communication (available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call)
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at Base Camp and above as required
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu before departure
  • Company service charges
  • Garbage deposit & other Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Tickets
  • Meal in Kathmandu (Lunch and Dinner, except farewell dinner)
  • Personal nature expenses such as energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates etc.
  • Services such as Laundry expenses, hot water etc.
  • Expenses of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones and Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears
  • Any extra services, products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with another member) if applicable.
  • Walkie talkie & Filming permit.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other services not included in "Cost Includes" section

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Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Island Peak?

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a mountain located in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. It is a popular destination for climbers due to its accessibility and the stunning views from its summit.

How high is Island Peak?

Island Peak has an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) above sea level.

Do I need experience to climb Island Peak?

Yes, climbing Island Peak requires a good level of physical fitness and some climbing experience. Prior experience in high-altitude mountaineering is recommended, although not required.

How long does it take to climb Island Peak?

The duration of the climb typically takes 18 to 20 days, which includes trekking to the base camp, acclimatization days, and the actual climb.

When is the best time to climb Island Peak?

The best time to climb Island Peak is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally dry and clear.

Do I need a permit to climb Island Peak?

Yes, a permit is required to climb Island Peak. You can obtain a permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association or a trekking agency.

What gear do I need to climb Island Peak?

You will need a variety of gear for the climb, including mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes, harness, ropes, helmet, and warm clothing. It is recommended to consult a trekking agency or experienced mountaineer for a full list of necessary gear.

Can I climb Island Peak independently?

It is possible to climb Island Peak independently, but it is strongly recommended to hire a guide or join a guided expedition for safety reasons.

What is the difficulty level of climbing Island Peak?

Climbing Island Peak is considered to be moderately difficult, with some technical climbing skills required. However, with proper training and acclimatization, it can be achieved by many climbers.

Additional Information

Additional Information About Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing, also known as Imja Tse, is a popular trekking peak located in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Standing at 6,189 meters (20,305 feet), it is one of the most climbed peaks in Nepal and a great introduction to climbing in the Himalayas for novice mountaineers. Here are some additional pieces of information about Island Peak Climbing:

Difficulty Level of Island Peak Climbing:

Island Peak is considered a moderately difficult peak to climb, with some technical sections that require the use of ropes, crampons, and ice axes. However, it is still achievable for those with a good level of fitness and some previous mountaineering experience.

Climbing season for Island Peak:

The best time to climb Island Peak is in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is stable and the skies are clear.

Permits Card for Island Peak Climbing:

Climbing Island Peak requires a climbing permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), as well as a Sagarmatha National Park permit. You must also be accompanied by a licensed climbing guide.

Island Peak Trekking Route:

The trek to Island Peak Base Camp starts from Lukla and follows the classic Everest Base Camp trek route through the Khumbu Valley. From Chhukung, climbers ascend steeply to the base camp of Island Peak.

Acclimatization:

It is crucial to acclimatize properly before attempting to climb Island Peak, as the high altitude can cause altitude sickness. Climbers typically spend several days in the Khumbu Valley to acclimatize before starting the climb.

Climbing Gear:

Climbing Island Peak requires specific mountaineering gear, including crampons, ice axes, ropes, harnesses, and helmets. You can either rent or purchase this gear in Kathmandu or hire it from a local climbing company.

Accommodation:

During the trek, you can stay in teahouses along the way, which offer basic accommodation and food. At Island Peak Base Camp, climbers usually set up their own tents.

Overall, climbing Island Peak is an incredible adventure that offers stunning views of the Himalayas and a taste of mountaineering in Nepal. With the right preparation, gear, and guidance, it is an achievable goal for many aspiring mountaineers.

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