Island Peak Climbing

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Contact in Nepal
Contact Person: Man Badhur Shrestha
Email Address: info@nepalhimalayatravel.com,
peakatmane@gmail.com
Mobile/Whatsapp : +9779851166409
Tel. Number: +977 1 4258881
Contact in Europe
Contact Person: Ines Osswald-Rai & Bijay Rai
Email Address: ines.osswaldrai@gmail.com
Mobile/Whatsapp : +4915738199364

Contact Person: Bijay Rai
Email Address: bijayrai@nepalhimalayatravel.com
Mobile/Whatsapp : +9779849541827
Tour Details

Island Peak climbing is a wonderful experience in Nepal’s Himalayas with Everest Base Camp Trek. Also known as Imja Tse, Island peak (6189m) is easy to conquer comparatively to other expeditions.  It is crafted for enthusiastic and physically fit trekkers with little or no training in mountaineering. Situated in the middle of the Everest zone of Nepal it is the most famous of the 33 named trekking peaks in Nepal. It’s a perfect summit for the first time climbers searching for something a little more demanding than the Everest Base Camp Trek and a decent peak, to begin with for those with more mountain climbing aspirations in Nepal. While many consider Island Peak to train for higher and more gradual heights, the ascent is incredibly beautiful and constantly thrilling on its own!

As one of the ‘ trekking mountains ‘ with very little technical aspect, Island Peak is not a challenging endeavor for an inexperienced climber who wants to enter the spectacular mountain climbing world. Every year, hundreds of tourists come to Nepal to get a permit to ascend Island Mountain. The journey to Island Peak also brings us through the mountains, where we indulge ourselves in the centuries-old cultures of Nepal and Tibet. The excursion through the exquisite village of Dingboche offers some of the most remarkable scenery in the Khumbu. Packed with Buddhist shrines, this stone village charms our way to the mountain. Our skilled climbing tour maximizes the incentives for sightseeing (including Everest Base Camp and the walk to Kala Pathar) while ensuring acclimation and a fair price.

The journey initiates with a thrilling flight to Lukla, and there onwards leads towards a marvelous journey through the rough lands, the wonderful nature, and the majestic mountains. When you reach the top of the island, you will stand at 6189 meters above the top of the beautiful mountain. Just above Iceland’s summit, you have the same unforgettable feeling of success than on Mt. Everest. The Island peak exploration is typically not technically challenging yet physically challenging. You wouldn’t want to miss this mesmerizing yet thrilling trek to the mountains.

 

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Our representative will Pick up from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and transfer to the hotel.In Hotel we introduce the guide and talk about the trek and arrange the stuff which you need while trekking.
Overnight at Hotel with B/-/-

Day 2 Free Day

This day you can rest or do Shopping for trekking and if you want to do sightseeing than we can arrange you for the sightseeing in Swayambhunath Buddhist Monastery, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Monastery and Pashupatinath. These all tour destinations are world heritage sites designed by UNESCO world heritage. You can see typical features of different locations. After finishing the tour, you have to prepare for upcoming trekking and we will introduce the guide and do short briefing.
Overnight at Hotel.B/-/-

Day 3Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

After breakfast, we will be taken to the domestic terminal of TIA for an early morning flight to Lukla. After a flying above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains. Upon our arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities, we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery.
Overnight at Lodge with B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 3-4 Hrs and fly 35 Minutes

Day 4Trek to Namche Bazar 3440 m

After breakfast, we continue our trek through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River After walking for almost over an hour, we come across the shine Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) on our right and also experience the serenity of pine, fir and juniper forests throughout our journey. If the weather is clear, we may even catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We continue walking until we reach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. This day we cross about 4/5 suspension bridges, the last one also known as the Hillary Bridge being the highest. It is an uphill walk about 400 m from Hillary Bridge to Namche Bazaar.
Overnight at Lodge With B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 5-6 Hrs.

Day 5 Rest day Namche Bazar 3440m

Today is the day for acclimatization. Health experts recommend that we stay active and move around even during the rest day instead of being idle. There are a few options for this day. We can either walk around Namche’s quaint villages or come in contact with the Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up to the Everest View Hotel,Khumjung and enjoy an up-close view of the mighty Everest. While in the Namche village or upon returning from the hike trekkers may also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region.
Overnight at Lodge with B/L/D

Day 6 Trek to Tengboche 3870 m

After breakfast, we continue our Journey towards Tengboche. It is an easy walk from Namche to Phunki Thangka Upon reaching Phunki Thangka, we ascend to Tengboche about 600 m to the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery of the Everest region. Located at the Sagarmatha National Park it is draped with the panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 4:00 pm so if we are lucky we might just be able to watch a religious ceremony.
Overnight at Lodge with B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 5-6 Hrs

Day 7Trek to Pheriche 4250 m

After breakfast,we continue our journey descending for about half an hour through a forest before crossing a river. Next, we trek uphill and notice that as we climb higher, the landscape becomes drier. We walk past a traditional Sherpa village of Pangboche before reaching Pheriche, a beautiful village located on a riverside. Here, we will also see a small helipad that is used for helicopt rescues during emergencies. We may even get a chance to take a class with a mountain specialist in a medical clinic at Pheriche.
Overnight at Lodge with B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 5-6 Hrs

Day 8Trek to Labuche 4910 m

After breakfast, we continue our journey through flat grassy trail an easy walk towards Thugla. Next, we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and then pass through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to those who had given their life on a mission to climb Everest. The trail then continues to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and we find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal.
Overnight Lodge with B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 5-6 Hrs

Day 9Trek to Gorak Shep 5140 m

After breakfast,We continue our journey towards Gorak Shep and after lunch we Continuing straight ahead, we walk across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The trail from here can be misleading; hence it is important that we have to follow our leader Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky trails, 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.
Overnight at Lodge With B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 7-8 Hrs

Day 10Hike to Kala Patthar 5550 m

Today we continue our journey in early morning towards Kalapatthar in darkness and cold temperatures -10 to -14 C. and, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Gorak Shep and take breakfast and again continued to Lobuche same way.
Overnight Lodge with B/L/DTrekking time Approximately 6-7 Hrs

Day 11 Trek to Chukung (4725 m) via Kongmala Pass 5435 m

After breakfast, we continue our Journey through Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft). The ascent to Kongma La pass is the most difficult part of our trek today. In the Kongma La, we see prayer flags to mark the pass and from the Pass we can see the awesome views of the mountain’s surroundings us Then we descend gradually to Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. After reaching Chhukung we will also check our equipment in order to get ready for our climb.
Note: If we do not want to undertake the Kongma La pass, we can follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung instead.
Overnight at Lodge with B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 6-7 Hrs

Day 12Trek to the Base Camp 5145 m

Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
After breakfast,we continue our journey towards Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Labtsa lies to the southeast. A path through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak.
Overnight at Tent with B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 3-4 Hrs

Day 13 Summit Island Peak 6189 m and back to Base Camp

Early in the morning around 1o clock we wake up and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier for a successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. We climb the rock ravine. This is not difficult, but there are several short rock steps to climb before we appear on the right side of the ravine. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the nose of the summit glacier. The guides will fix a rope when required. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. Both fixed rope and main rope will be used during the climb for safety. We use fixed rope after successfully climbing on rock. The length of the rope will usually be 350 m. However, the length depends on the time of the season and the crevasses.There are two newly formed crevasses which are approximately 3 and 4 meters long. We will be using ladders to cross them. After enjoying the summit views and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew are waiting for us,
Overnight at Tent with B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 10-11 Hrs

Day 14Reserve day

We reserve this day as a reserve day. Should be necessary because of bad weather or an overnight stay in the base camp. Your guide and you decide on the spot how to proceed with the day, should he not be necessary for the ascent.
Overnight at Lodge with B/L/D

Day 15Trek to Pangboche 3985 m

After breakfast,we continue our Journey through the trials which leads down the valley,Today’s walk will be a much easier 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,Dingboche, Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse river flowing through the wide fertile valley.
Overnight at Lodge with B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 4-5 Hrs

Day 16 Trek to Namche 3440 m

After breakfast we continue our Journey From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Salnasa or kyangjuma. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc.while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar.
Overnight at Lodge with B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 5-6 Hrs

Day 17Trekk to Lukla 2810 m

After breakfast we continue our Journey From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Salnasa or kyangjuma. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc.while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar.
Overnight at Lodge with B/L/D Trekking time Approximately 5-6 Hrs

Day 18Flight back to Kathmandu

After breakfast according to our flight schedule we catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu,transfer to Hotel. we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping.
Overnight at Hotel B/-/-

Day 19Free Day in Kathmandu

We will have the rest day and free day in Kathmandu where you can buy souvenir and gifts from Nepal to your friends and family. you will be carrying lots of memories with trekking and adventure activities in Nepal.

Day 20Departure

Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel workmate and organize your photos. A representative from Nepal Himalaya Travel will take you to the airport, according to your flight scheduled. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Includes and Excludes

Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu.
* Domestic flight ticket and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the lodge trek.
* Home-Stay/Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipment’s & insurance.
* All transportation.
* All necessary permits.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.

Our Trek Package Cost doesn’t include;
* Meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance 
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment’s like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…