Peak Climbing in Nepal

Island Peak Climbing - 6189m

Island Peak Climbing

The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar. Island Peak has an impressive, highly glaciated west face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier which is a bit tough to do; however, the magnificent views from the summit are certainly a fitting reward for your efforts.

Island Peak, is also known as Imja Tse, is a mountain in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1953 by members of the British Mount Everest expedition because it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but Island Peak remains the popular choice. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar. Island Peak has an impressive, highly glaciated west face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier which is a bit tough to do; however, the magnificent views from the summit are certainly a fitting reward for your efforts.

Our Peak climbing journey starts from Kathmandu with a short but beautiful mountain flight to Lukla. Our trekking starts from Lukla all the way to Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and ascend to the peak. Our second rest days will be in the Base camp of Island Peak and get rest and guidance to summit the peak and also enjoy the view of the panoramic beauty of Himalayas. We head our trail towards the target point of this journey. We summit the Island Peak and descend back to Lukla. We fly back to Kathmandu and end our journey.


Trip fact: 20 Days 

  • Group Size: 1-12 People
  • Max-Altitude: 6,189m/20,305ft
  • Destination: Lukla, Island Peak
  • Fitness level: Challenging
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu
  • Departure From: Kathmandu
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time:September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation: Twin sharing in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city and tea house, lodge, camp and home-stay during trek

 


Trip Highlights

  • Climb Island Peak
  • Breathtaking view of Khumbu Region
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar
  • real experience of local myth
  • Hike through the classic expedition route to Mount Everest
  • Passing through Forest and Typical Buddhist Villages
  • Great Acclimatization with full comfort
  • Splendid view of Mt. Everest and other eight thousand meter above peaks.
  • City guided tour of heritages sites in Kathmandu city

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

Day 3: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): flight; 3 - 4 hours trek

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5 - 6 hrs

Day 5: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization

Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/12,660 ft): 5 - 6 hrs

Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 - 6 hrs

Day 8: Dingboche: acclimatization and rest

Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche - (4,910m) 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak shep (5400m) - 8-9 hrs

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar (5545m) and back to Lobuche (4940m): 7-8 hrs

Day 12: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung (4,730m): 6-7 hrs

Day 13: Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hrs

Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp: acclimatization and rest

Day 15: Base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 10-12 hrs

Day 16: Island Peak Base Camp to Tengboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

Day 17: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3860m/12,660 ft): 5 - 6 hours

Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 - 7 hrs

Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu:

Day 20: Final Departure

 


Detail Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)
After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): flight; 3 - 4 hrs
A thrilling scenic flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the supporting crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5 - 6 hrs
We begin our trek on uphill and downhill trails with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and a magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (21,675ft) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked. We walk furthermore and pass through Jorsale village before reaching Namche Bazaar. From here, we get beautiful views of the Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and others.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization
This is the first of the three scheduled rest days which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. As experts opinion it’s good to remain active even in your rest day which will make you more active. So we are going to spend the day enjoying small hikes in and around Namche Bazaar, Khumjung Monastery and Hillary School and museum.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/12,660 ft): 5 - 6 hrs
Today’s trek starts on an easy trail to Phunki Thanga ascending toward Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National Park and provides panoramic views of the highest mountains on earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse and Lhotse
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 - 6 hrs
Trekking downhill and pass through lush forests filled with birch, conifers and rhododendron trees our trek continous with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam to keep us company. The picturesque trail dips down to Debuche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. We move ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately climb up to Dingboche. The village is a beautiful windy settlement overlooked by chortens and prayer flags.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Dingboche: acclimatization and rest
This village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Island Peak (Imja Tse). We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche - (4,910m) 5-6 hrs
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot for rest and the trail wind up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, a pile of stones set on a hill or mountain to mark a spot for walkers and climbers, or as a memorial to somebody who died there climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Lobuche to to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak shep (5400m) - 8-9 hrs
We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a night.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Gorak Shep to KalaPatthar (5545m) and back to Lobuche (4940m): 7-8 hrs
We start early morning with a target to reach before sunrise; we climb Kalapatthar at (5545m.) and enjoy a spectacular sunrise view. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks that include a host of famous ones: Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more huge peaks. Yaks are normally regarded as porters in this area due to its tough terrain which would be difficult for human porters. We enjoy the stunning Himalayas and descend to Lobuche where we stay the night.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung (4,730m): 6-7 hrs
After breakfast, we trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft). The climb to Kongma La pass is to the extend part of our trek today. Cairn covered in prayer flags would be the mark of the point of the Kongma La. Then we move down slowly to Imja Khola valley and descent more to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. After reaching Chhukung we will also be prepared for equipment to get ready to summit of island peak.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hrs
The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a moderate vertical trail. We walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier and continue walking along a streamside. A zigzag direction through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley bordering the south west side of Island Peak.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp: acclimatization and rest
Today we acclimatize and be prepare for the peak climbing. It will be kind of a rest as well as training day to know the basis of climbing peak. Our guides will provide guidance on techniques and proper ways of using gears and accessories. We believe with proper guidance it will boost confidence and skills to increase the chances to triumph over the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back or resting for the next day’s climb.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp:10-12 hrs
It is important we reach the summit before because of strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier for a successful summit so, we start at midnight. As we ascend the hill, come across slope narrows and steep rock channel. The route follows a crease, which leads to a thrilling and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. The guides will fix a rope when required. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. We follow the ridge line and come into the exposed area next to the summit glacier. We rope up all members to traverse icy glacier and cross several ravine. Ultimately reach bottom of south summit ridge and use fixed rope and Jammer onwards climbing 45degree ice slope and sharp submit ridge to the top. Shortly enjoying summit views we descend down to base camp for the night.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Island Peak Base Camp to Tengboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hrs
After summiting Island Peak this trail will be much gullible as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages, Orsho and Shomare. We take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley then we descend further more to Tengboche and we call for a night.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3860m/12,660 ft): 5 - 6 hrs
Today’s trek starts on an easy trail via Phunki Thanga descending toward Namche Bazaar village. We cross down from the Sagarmatha National Park which provides panoramic views of the highest mountains. We reach to Namche Bazaar.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 - 7 hrs
The trail has become more level and natural we begin our trek with a descent We walk through Sherpa villages noticing their impressive faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayer flags. Our trek, we cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries, open plains, through rhododendron and pine forests and enjoy distant views of the snow covered peaks. Our long trek to the mountain and its high passes ends today.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu: 40 min flight
This day you will be fly back to Kathmandu. After having lunch you will be having the sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. In the evening you will be collecting souvenirs, memories of Nepal treks and tours. As this is your last night of your tour in Nepal, farewell dinner program as courtesy for you.
Included meals: Breakfast Dinner

Day 20: Final Departure


Cost Includes

  • Welcome in Airport by garland
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Two-way ticket in domestic fixed wings Air craft, Kathmandu by local bus or private jeep
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek, lodge and Home-stay
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags
  • trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
  • Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • National Park Fee
  • TIMS
  • First aids kit
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

Equipments checklists - climbing trips
In addition to the above list of suggested trekking equipment, you should take along with various items of mountaineering tools. For any trip which has crossed by steep, snow-covered ground, or which has included section of glacier travel, it might be necessary for the group roping up as a safety precaution. To facilitate this process of roping up, you will need to maintain a minimum requirement, a climbing harness, a climbing sling and two locking carabineers. Plastic mountaineering boots, a mountaineering ice axe and a pair of crampons with front points are the other items of equipment, which are required for our trekking peak trips. (Please note: Our recommendation that you take no more than 33 pounds of trekking equipment DOES NOT include your plastic boots, ice axe, crampons or harness/carabineers. During the trek, climbing hardware will be carried separately from your personal trek bag in-group bags until needed).

An explanation of the equipment that you will need

Daypacks for climbing trips
3000-4000 cubic inches. For climbing trips, you will be required to carry more warm clothing during the climbs and also your personal climbing gear. For this reason, you will need a slightly bigger daypack than for a trekking-only trip. If you have any questions about gear, please do not hesitate to call our office for advice.

Equipment Rental
In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, we offer a wide range of equipment available for rent for the duration of your trip. All rental equipment can be picked up from your trip leader upon arrival for your trip.

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