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Island Peak Climbing

16 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Himalayan Flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Explore Namche Bazaar – the famous Sherpa hometown
  • Visit the ancient Tengboche Monastery
  • Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the local people

The Island peak locally known as Imja Tse is one of the best trekking peaks in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a famous climbing peak beautifully located on the top of the Chhukung Glacier between Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam. The Island Peak height rises to 6,189m (20,305ft) above the sea level. Island Peak extends the southern ridge of Lhotse Shar, separated by a small col, and appears to look like an island in the sea of ice. Climbing this peak is physically demanding but not challenging, making it perfect for novice climbers.

For climbing Island Peak, you need to have a high level of physical fitness and a moderate level of technical climbing knowledge. During the trip, we will help you develop your mountaineering skills, and by the end of the Island Peak Climb, you will gain enough climbing skills to overcome the Island Peak difficulty. Your trek to Island Peak starts with a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (Gateway of Everest Base Camp). After landing in Lukla, you will take a short trek to Phakding, taking the first steps of the path to Island Peak. You are free to spend the remaining time as you wish. We suggest you visit the local monasteries. And we trek to Namche Bazaar, where you will spend a day acclimatizing. After acclimatizing at Namche, you will hike to Tengboche. After spending a night at Tengboche, you will reach Dingboche and, finally Chhukung. From Chhukung, the trail goes northwards to the high Imja valley and finally to Island Peak’s south ridge base camp. From here, you will see striking views below the Nuptse-Lhotse wall. We will be camping at the Island Peak Base Camp for the night, aiming to summit the peak the next day.

On the summit day, we will wake up early and climb a rocky ridge. You will be following our lead Sherpa. Just above the rock ridge lies a snow headwall that leads to the summit. We will just follow this snow headwall. From the peak, you will get stunning, surreal views of mountains Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Central (8,410m), and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) that form a semi-circle in the north, you can see Ama Dablam (6,812m) and Baruntse (7,129m) in the south, and Makalu (8,475m) in the east. Therefore: On the top of the Island Peak, you will experience the feeling of accomplishment that will last for your entire life. After enjoying the views to our heart’s content, we will descend to the Island Peak Base Camp and retrace our trekking trail to reach Lukla.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350m) and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,600m) 3-4 hours
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m) from Phakding 5-6 hours
Day 4: Rest and Acclimatization at Namche Bazar
Day 5: Trek to Debuche (3720m), from Namche Bazar 5-6 hours
Day 6: Trek to Dingboche (4,412m), from Debuche 5-6 hours
Day 7: Trek to Chhukung (4,730m), from Dingboche 2 hours
Day 8: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m), 3-4 hours
Day 9: Pre Climb Training and Rest day (5,200m) 3-4 hours
Day 10: Summit Island Peak (6,189m) and back to Base Camp
Day 11: Contingency day
Day 12: Trek to Pangboche (3,985m), 6-7 hours
Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,450m) 6-7 hours
Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2,800m) from Namche Bazar 6-7 hours
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m) from Lukla
Day 16: International departure

Join with Us on a Island Peak Climbing

  • We’re a local travel agency. When you book with us, you get best possible price, which is middle-man free.
  • We don’t add hidden extras cost. All trips include travel permit, lodging and fooding. There are no surprises with hidden costs.
  • Tell us about your trip requirement. We’ll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement so that you have a memorable trip.

Summit Day:

  • We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to each group (2:1 ratio) to help clients reach the summit. The secret of success in it; A strong and experienced climbing Sherpa. No matter how good and experienced a climber is, it is long. Individual climbing Sherpas will set up camp. They will provide food, fuel and customer support on the day of the summit.

Details Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and at that time you check your name on the play card and then transfer to hotel in Kathmandu.

You will be transferred to Tribhuvan Airport, domestic terminal early in the morning for Kathmandu to Lukla flight. It takes 35 minutes of pleasant flight to take us to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. We will be greeted by aerial views of many snow-clad peaks and mountains. Lukla is the gateway to Everest Khumbu region. After reaching Lukla, you will be introduced to other crew members. We will take breakfast at one of the lodges. Once porters prepare necessary luggage, we will begin our trek for Island Peak. We will pursue the stone pathway downhill. After few hours, we will meet the flat trail. The trail has a spiritual ambience. Mani rocks decorate the path while we can rejoice the striking view of Lukla village. We will finally reach Phakding. After refreshment, you will have short walk to nearby village. Time permitting, we will also visit a local monastery.

Early in the morning after breakfast, we will continue our journey along Dudhkoshi River. The trail stretches through pine forest. After crossing thrilling suspension bridges at several points and passing through we will reach Monjo which is known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. We will take sharp descend to the river. Crossing another suspension bridge, we will proceed towards high Hillary Bridge located at the foot of the hill. Crossing this bridge, we will climb uphill to the Namche Bazaar. We can get view of Thamserku Mountain. If weather is clear, we can also have first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Kusum Khangru mountains.

Today we will go around Namche Bazaar appropriate adaptation with the environment at the height. Namche is a prosperous village situated in a large protected hollow. And the amazing scene visible from here includes superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. Then, after having our breakfast, we can also walk towards Thami (3810m) over the amazing Bhote Khola River Valley or visit the national park headquarters to look at the strange displays of Sherpa culture and way of life. (with staff)

Leaving Namche Bazaar, we will walk along the glacial water of Dudh Koshi River. We will be greeted with views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and, Thamserku and Ama Dablam Mountains. Our journey continues through the colorful forest of blooming rhododendron to Sanasa. The region is rich in wildlife like musk deer and different colorful local birds. In Sanasa lies the junction point. One of the path leads us to the Gokyo valley while the other one leads us to Everest Base Camp. We will take sharp climb to Tengboche monastery which is the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region. The journey rewards us with close-up views of many surrounding mountains. We will visit the monastery and walk through forest of birch and rhododendron to Debuche where we will stay overnight.

After breakfast, we will descend to Imja River. The trail takes us uphill to Pangboche (3860m) through the lush forest. We will visit the Pangboche Monastery. The village is also decorated with Chorten and Mani walls. The trail allows us an access to Imja Valley. We will take steep climb to Pheriche and continue further to Lobuche River. The final steepest climb of the day will take us to Dingboche. Agriculture is the chief occupation of locals in Dingboche. We can see fields enclosed by stonewall in Dingboche.

From Dingboche to Chukung, it's only 2 hrs of a walk at a slow pace. We reach Chukung for lunch and will spend the rest of the afternoon preparing for our climb and sorting out the gears.

We will head south towards the main valley in the east. Crossing streams at few points, the trail gets rough with boulders and glaciated rivers. We will cross Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines and arrive at the valley which serves as the Base Camp for Island peak. We will rejoice the striking view of southwestern face of Island peak. Stay overnight in Island Peak Base Camp.

In the morning, there will be a climbing course at the nearby hill, where your guides will teach you the required climbing skills and the basic safety instructions. The course will mainly consist of ascending on the fixed rope using Jumar and descending on the fixed rope using ATC guide or Figure 8. Proper usage of safety cord and Terrian instructions will be given too.

Since the heavy wind blows during the afternoon at the summit, our target will be to reach the summit before noon. Hence, we will wake up much early on this day. We will take a moderate climb for the first part of the climb before reaching the steep hillside. The terrain frequently changes from sandy area to meadow to boulder. From the hill, we will follow the tapered path through a steep rock channel to emerge to the gully. Walking through a ridgeline, we conquer challenges proposed by seracs and crevasses. We will proceed through the snout of the summit glacier with the help of ropes and move through 40- degree snow slopes to reach the summit. The challenge of the climb is rewarded with the gratifying views of Lhotse Mountain, Nuptse Mountain, Makalu, Baruntse and Amadablam Mountains. We will capture the memories on camera and then prepare ourselves for a long descend to the Base Camp.

An extra day scheduled for any delays. Climbing a 6000m peak involves multiple factors such as weather and health condition, etc which can cause a delay or interruption to our itinerary. In such a case, our schedule might get affected. This contingency day will help us to make sure that our schedule will go on smoothly without interruption.

Leaving the Base Camp, we will follow the easy trail to the lower altitudes. We will retrace the route through the wide valley of Khumbu River and walk past pretty tiny Sherpa settlements of Orsho and Shomare to Pangboche. Pangboche is popular for its oldest monastery in Khumbu region. We can rejoice the views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga and Kongde ridges and Imja Tse River from Pengboche village.

Leaving Pangboche early in the morning, we will follow the return trail along Imja River that takes us through the forest of birch and spruce to Tengboche village. After brief stop in Tengboche, we will follow the trail through forest of blooming rhododendron to the bridge. We will cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi River and move through Dudh Koshi gorge and pine forest to Sansa village. The region is rich in Himalayan wildlife like mountain goats, Thars and local birds. Stay Namche

Our last day of trek following the Dudh Kosi River down to Lukla. It’s only a gradual walk along the Dudhkhosi river after our steep descent from Namche. We’ll have lunch on our way and we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. Rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. This is our final day on these fantastic mountains.

Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We will be transferred to hotel in a private vehicle in Kathmandu. Take leisure and soothe your aching limbs from long and tiring peak climb.

Finally, the inevitable day of departure arrives. Thanks for joining us on this climb and it's been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. You will be assisted in your last minute preparations. Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Stay tuned and hope to hear from you soon. Have a safe and pleasant journey home.

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides pick-up and drop services from international and domestic airports on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representative of AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will be waiting for you on arrival at both domestic and international airports with your name's placard so that you can easily find our person.
  • According to the above trekking peak climbing schedule, AlpineTrav will arrange two nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • For full board clients we provide a personal tent and meals. And we provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide each group(2:1 ratio) to help the clients reach the summit.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide Experienced, and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking and climbing Sherpa guide during the trekking and climbing period.
  • Transportation will only be included during the trekking and major city for members as per the itinerary above.
  • According to the our schedule program, AlpineTrav Treks arranged regular flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu for climbing members and climbing Sherpa guides.
  • Apart from Camping, AlpineTrav Treks will provide you with a clean and cozy teahouse/lodge during the trek.
  • Lunch in the trekking is usually made on the way while Dinner and breakfast at the tea house where you stay overnight. AlpineTrav Treks provides a clean and fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee at the tea house's menu throughout the trek and camping accommodation at the advance base camp during the ascent.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide all the essentials for trekking, peak climbing, rowing, and camping at the advanced base camp.
  • During the ascent, AlpineTrav Treks will provide a chef cook and cook assistant at the advanced base camp to take care of your food and drink.
  • AlpineTrav Treks, allow up to 20 to 25 kg of personal climbing equipment per person during the flight onboard and during trekking carried by porter/yak/mules.
  • The offer cost includes island peak climbing royalty and climbing permit of island peak charged by the Nepal government.
  • As Island Peak is at Sagarmatha National Park's territory, AlpineTrav Treks provide you a permit for Sagarmatha National Park.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Sagarmatha National Park, so AlpineTrav Treks provide you a TIMS permit also.
  • AlpineTrav Treks provides all wages, clinical, equipment, and insurance for all elaborate staff in the journeying and climbing.
  • AlpineTrav Treks provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of climbing and health safety.
  • AlpineTrav Treks provides high quality tents with comfortable mattresses at the advanced base camp and high camp for members and involved staff.
  • AlpineTrav Treks offers dynamic / Static Rope, Ice Screws, Snow bar, Rock piton, lucked-unlocked Karabiners to open the route and fixed the life for safe and successful climbing.
  • During your climbing expedition, AlpineTrav Treks offer you clean, Nutritious, and fresh food at the advanced base camp.
  • For trekking peak where it requires high camps or the first camps before attempting the summit, we provide you nutrition high altitude package food and essential (EPI cooking gas) and stoves.
  • AlpineTrav Treks for your convenience always provide maps of related trekking and peak climbing.
  • The above offer price includes our service, government charges and all taxes and vat. Except for the above amount, there are not any hidden costs charged by us.
  • AlpineTrav Treks want to offer you to have dinner, before you departed from Kathmandu. (It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition).
  • AlpineTrav Treks offer you farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, and since this place offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we hope you will taste the food you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu, you will have to arrange your own lunch and dinner (except the farewell dinner).
  • During the trek you may want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any kind of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars. In that case, you have to buy it yourself as the client needs these items during the trekking.
  • Use of trekking and climbing equipment of a personal nature, laundry expenses, tips, landline, mobile, walkie-talkie, satellite phone and internet service are not included in the package. You have to pay for cost it yourself when you use it.
  • Mountaineering itself is a risky and adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. Therefore, safety is a primary factor for us. Therefore, you should take out your travel insurance that covers all the expenses of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical examination, and hospitalization before coming to visit Nepal.
  • The package cost provided above does not include your international flight ticket and tourist visa to Nepal. (You have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa by yourself).
  • Any additional expenses arising out of various/unforeseen circumstances like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations are not included in the package cost.
  • A short sentence, "The services we provide inclusive of the above package cost," if you want more services, there will be an additional charge.
  • The staff involved in your treks and climbs will be expecting tips, gifts or something at the end of the trip, which will be an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have provided.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package on the company’s website. The only question most of our customers have is why AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions did not include the price in the package. Because, in order to provide you with a reasonable price and try to address your every need, we would like to provide you with some information. Which will help your trip.

Please read below for more information.

  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group, (category of the hotel) and the budget of the client.
  • The above itinerary is a standard guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and tips. And this itinerary can be modified according to your time and needs.
  • After our trip is confirmed, the price will be adjusted in our contract, if the customer wants to add some services, we will charge for those additional services and if he wants to reduce some services, we will reduce the fee accordingly.
  • Itinerary is published in full board operation services for clear understanding of the customer. But, among many options such as hotel facilities in Kathmandu, the client can make own choice.
  • Cost – also depends on the number of porters and mode of transport. Let us know through email, WhatsApp or message.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact AlpineTrav Treks for any information regarding your selected package. We’ll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement so that you have a memorable trip.
  • We’re a local travel agency. When you book with us, you get best possible price.
  • We don’t add hidden extra cost. Airport to Airport services and all trips include airfare, travel permit, standard accommodation and fooding. There are no surprises with hidden costs.

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Island Peak Climbing

Trip Facts

  • 15 Nights, 16 Days
  • Strenuous
  • 6,189m/20,305ft
  • Autumn (September to November & (Spring) March to May
  • TIA (Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu, Airport
  • Private Car, Flight or Tourist Bus
  • Hotels, Teahouse & Camping
  • 1 - Maximum 12

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