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Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Island peak climbing is getting famous among the trekking peak climbers nowadays because of its stunning scenery as well as gives to adventure lovers another chance to explore the Everest Base camp . Island Peak is  located in the Everest Region Khumbu area which offers an impressive and highly glaciated face that emerges from the Lhotse Glacier. Island peak at an elevation of 6189m is actually an extension of Lhotse Shar located between the Lhotse and Imja glaciers, so the Island peak is also called as Imja-tse in local lenguage. Island peak climbing also offers spectacular scenery of the Khumbu region and the Chhukung valley. From the highest point of the peak you can delight yourself with the huge south face of Lhotse and the wonderful view of Amadablam Peak.

For Island peak climbing ,We begin our climbing expedition with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu takes about 40 Minutes.  We accompany the Dudh Koshi river valley and stay one day in the Sherpa town of Namche Bazzar and enjoy the local market. Next day our journey stop at Tyangobche which from here we  can see the best view if the mount Everest. Tyangobche offers one of the finest scenery of Everest as well as many other peaks like  Cho Oyu and many different mountains and ancient Tyangobche monastery.

From Dingboche we begin the arrangement for our Island peak climbing expedition. Despite the fact that we can ascend the peak in a single day, however from our earlier experience we spend one  nights at the base camp for adjustment and finally attempt the Island summit from the Base Camp. Necessary peak climbing permit from Nepal mountaineering association (NMA) is needed as well as an experience Sherpa climbing guide who has license from the  government is needed. Full insurance for the climbing Sherpa guide is compulsory to issue the permit as well as his license number,

Trip Highlights of Island peak climbing:

A panoramic fight to Lukla with hundred Panoramic views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Thamserku. Visit best viewpoint for the Everest from Tyngboche. Unique cultural of Sherpa people,
Centuries old Tyangboche monastery and Pangboche Monastery.
Exploring Namche Bazaar, Khumjung Village and Pangboche Village. Sherpa culture and customs. trekking through dense forest. Visit Napache park head quarter, Explore the Khumbu region.

Elevation and altitude for  profile island peak.

island peak climbing elevation and altitude profile

Normal gears for Island peak climbing:

Personal Climbing Gears:

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screw-gate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/Jhumar
  • Helmet

Group Climbing Gears:

  • Snow bar
  • Ropes ( main / Fix )
  • Ice hammer
  • Ice screw

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Rest and Arrangement day.

Day 03:Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding:

Day 04:Phakding - Namche Bazaar (Elevation: 3446m)

Day 05:Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

Day 06:Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3867m):

Day 07:Tengboche - Pheriche (4252m)

Day 08:Pheriche - Lobuche (4930m)

Day 09:Lobuche- Gorak Shep (5184m)

Day 10:Trek to Everest base camp (5357m)

Day 11:Gorak Shep- Dingboche (4350m)

Day 12:Dingboche -Chukhung (4750m)

Day 13:Chukhung- island peak base camp (5150m)

Day 14:Ascent of island peak (6189m) and back to Base camp

Day 15:Island peak base camp- Pangboche (3950m)

Day 16:Pangboche- Namche (3450m)

Day 17:Namche -Lukla (2800m)

Day 18:Lukla - Kathmandu.

Day 01: Arrival and Transfer to the hotel.

We will pick up from the airport and transfer  to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Rest and arrangement day.

This day is for the arrangement day, such as check equipment and documents for the climbing with introducing your guide / porter staff. As an option we can also do the Kathmandu sightseeing.

Day 03:Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding:

40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal - provides unforgettable views of the terraced landscape and river valleys below, along with the scenery of the world’s highest mountains followed by a trip to Phakding (8700ft, 2650m)

Day 04:Phakding - Namche Bazaar.

Walking through the magnificent forest of rhododendron, ending your nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar which takes about 7 hrs from Phakding. On the way we can experience the scenery of blue pine forests, firs, and junipers.

Day 05:Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar.

Enjoy the beautful village of Namche along with the friendliness and hospitality of its local Sherpa people. Visit the local museum which displays the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region.

Day 06:Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3867m):

Begin their trek with awe-inspiring, unforgettable views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cholatse, Kantaiga, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. This trek is quite an easy walk from Namche to Phunki, followed by a three-hour ascent towards Tengboche.

Day 07:Tengboche - Pheriche (4252m):

A short day’s journey towards Pheriche consists of a trek through forests filled with of a variety of lush trees - birch, conifers and rhododendron. This picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pheriche.

Day 08:Pheriche - Lobuche (4930m):

continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier., before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine.

Day 09:Lobuche- Gorak Shep (5184m):

To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m].

Day 10:Trek to Everest base camp (5357m):

To reach Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorak Shep.

Day 11:Gorak Shep- Dingboche (4350m)

We head back down today, through Duglha, to the summer village of Dingboche, where the houses are dotted about in the fields.

Day 12:Dingboche -Chukhung (4750m):

An easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along the way we have great views of Island Peak and the challenge that awaits us.

Day 13:Chukhung- island peak base camp (5150m):

Camp Another easy day, the trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Base camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which mark the start of the climb on Island Peak.

Day 14:Ascent of island peak (6189m):

Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views. We descend along the same route, down to base camp.

Day 15:Island peak base camp- Pangboche (3950m):

After descending along the trail to Chukhung, we continue on to Dingboche for lunch. It is then another couple of hours to the lovely village of Pangboche.

Day 16:Pangboche- Namche (3450m):

follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Day 17:Namche -Lukla (2800m):

Final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Day 18:Lukla - Kathmandu:

After breakfast, transfer to airport, fly to Kathmandu takes half an hour.

Trip Cost US$ 2200 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Two night Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on B/B
  • All  Your Arrival and departure from Airport - Hotel - Airport.
  • Climbing peak permit and one climbing guide (Sherpa).
  • A trekking guide during the trek.
  • Flight from Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu for the member and crews.
  • National Park entrance permit.
  • All Meals ( Breakfast / Lunch / Diner )  during the trek and camping and a cup tea coffee during the breakfast.
  • Accommodation in lodge during the trek, basic camping arrangement during climbing.
  • Porters to carry member baggage 15 to 18 kg per person.
  • Accident insurance for staffs.
Cost Excludes:
  • Personal clothing.
  • Personal climbing equipment ( 150 USD )
  • Personal accident insurance, emergency evacuation cost, oxygen.
  • Alcoholic beverage, laundry and tips.
  • Your Travel insurance ( compulsory )

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Where is Island Peak?

Island peak is located in Everest region of Nepal which is right on the Nepalese, Tibetan border. Island peak is an extension of Lhotse and Everest. The ridge line drops of Lhotse and right onto the summit of Island peak. The Imja valley is home to amazing glaciers running down from 8,000m high in the unique mountain valley. Our Itinerary of Island peak is also including Everest Base camp Trek.

What kinds of gear and clothing do I  need?

Good hiking boots and proper mountaineering boots. You need good gloves to keep your hands warm on summit night and gloves that you can use when climbing using ropes, carbines, adjusting figure of 8 and adjust all mountaineering equipment. Depending on the month it can be as low as -20c you need to wear a warm hat with buff to cover your mouth. A buff keep moisture, A down jacket is a great piece of kit, you can wear at night while relaxing and you can use for your summit bid.

wide range of cloths. 15kg is your weight limit for our yaks to carry. You will carry rain gear (for the many days on the trek), fleece, or down jacket, camera and 3 liters of water (depending on the day) You can wear shorts for the right number of days, but most people prefer trekking pant. Higher up you will use gortex shell and thermal underwear for summit night. You will need sock liners, wool socks and a couple of light layers heading into Island peak base camp. Wicking layers (merino wool), mid weight fleece layer. Make sure you have trainers to change into once you reach the camp each day. Merino wool from Smart-wool or Icebreaker are great layering products.

What is the best season for peak climbing in Nepal ?

March to May, September to November Is the best season for peak climbing in Nepal.

How difficult is peak climbing in Nepal ?

It depends on the peak you choose to climb, there are easy peaks as well as difficult peaks, and we recommend peak climbing according to your need and your expertise.

What is the Normal success rate of peak climbing?

It depends the peak you choose, climate, weather, health and the peak grade: roughly the success rate of peak climbing is above 95% from our company.

What equipment does company provide and can we rent some?

You can hire or buy personal equipment needed for peak climbing, Normal gear like Sleeping bags and down jackets will be provided by, Exciting Nepal treks. If you like you can also hire from our own company.

What problems occur in high altitude?

Lack of oxygen in a body might occur in high altitude which may result in nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, hypothermia even death.

Can I charge my device while peak climbing?

Yes you can charge your device like mobile, camera and chargeable device during the trekking Area only, but during the camping we can not.

Who will be my guide and what is their qualification and experience?

Our Company provides veteran, qualified peak climbing and mountaineering guides.

What kind food and accommodation you provide?

We provide healthy food, comfortable accommodation during the trek but basic camping accmodation during the climbing

Does your company give certificate after successful peak climbing?

Exciting Nepal Treks and Expedition will provide certificate which is provided by NMA.

How you rescue if I become sick?

Depending on the seriousness of the accident we provide first aid if not then company can arrange the evacuation operation to the nearest medical facility and in case of any emergency, company could bring you to Kathmandu Hospital.

Do I get refund if I become sick before peak climbing or after the trip departure?

If you become sick before the departure informed us before 35 days 80 % of amount will be refunded, after that we deduct the cost of permit and flight as well as 33% trip cost will be chargeable, No refund will be provided after a week as well after the trip departure.

What permit do I need for peak climbing?

Nepal Mountaineering Association:  issue permits which is needed for peak climbing and our company will assist you on getting the permit.

https://www.excitingnepal.com/nepal-peak-permit-fees/ please check the information.

Please let us know if you have more question at info@excitingnepal.com




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  • Trekking Destination: Khumbu
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  • Total Days: 16 days
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