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  • Destination: Khumbu
  • Group Size: 1+
  • Minimum altitude: 6189M
  • Best Season: feb to May- sept to Nov
  • Grade Info: Strenuous
  • Transportation: Aeroplane
  • Total Days: 16 days
  • Walking Hour: Apprx 5-6 hrs/day

Island peak (6189 meters) or Imja Tse is a beautiful mountain peak. This beautiful mountain peak looks like an island of ice from Dingboche and is hence named Island peak. This adventurous peak climbing adventure provides climbers with an incredible experience. Island Peak is a relatively more straightforward climb that makes it ideal for first-time climbers or beginners.

This incredible trail is ideal for those travelers who want an excellent adventure among the landscapes of this tranquil region. This peak climbing will provide travelers with the best views of snow-capped mountains in the Everest Region. The climbing of Island Peak can be combined with the Everest Base Camp trek if you want an extended adventure. But the Island Peak Climbing itinerary is an entirely outstanding adventure on its own.

The trails of this trek pass through Sagarmatha National Park and the diverse flora and fauna of the region. There are few technical challenges of this mountain peak climbing. We provide this incredible peak climbing adventure at a reasonable price. Read on to know more about Island peak climbing itinerary and other related information in detail.

Highlights of this Trip

  • Summit Island peak (6189 meters) in the Everest region.
  • Explore the diverse rare, and endangered wildlife of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Incredible view of Island peak that looks like an island in a sea of ice from Dingboche
  • Experience the Sherpa culture, heritage, and tradition
  • Magical views of the snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, and others.
  • An ideal adventure for beginner mountain peak climbers.

About the Route

Our Island Peak Climbing journey passes through rugged terrains and remote trails. We took a scenic mountain flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The magical beauty of the region will enchant all travelers. We will continue our trekking journey from Lukla as we trek to Phakding and Namche, passing through an uphill and downhill path. There are various village settlements and other stops along the trail. We can take incredible pictures of these regions while trekking.

After arriving at Namche Bazaar, we will take an uphill trek to Tengboche monastery or the Dawa Choling Gompa. Finally, we will make our prayers and observe the magical evening prayers. Dingboche is our next stop from where we will trek to the Island Peak Base Camp. This is the point where your expedition to Island peak starts. After that, the professional guides will begin managing the climb of Island Peak (6189 meters).

After observing the beautiful snow-capped mountain vista from the summit of Island peak, we will descend to Lukla. Our trekking route then leads us to Dingboche. From Dingboche, we will continue our trail to Tengboche village and then to Namche. Moreover, the path of this incredible trek then leads you to Lukla. The Namche descending trail to Lukla is the longest trekking journey of our expedition.

After arriving at Lukla, we will continue our journey with a scenic flight to Kathmandu. The professional climbing guides and climbing experts will provide you with the necessary training and technical climbing required for this Island peak summit. Island Peak climbing is an incredible experience that gives you a fantastic experience.

When is the Best Time to Climb Island Peak?

The Island Peak climb and other peak climbing adventures are ideal in the Spring and Autumn season. While summer might seem like the most obvious choice for peak climbing, various challenges make it unsuitable.

The Spring is ideal for Island peak climbing as there are stable weather conditions. Besides that, there are no other physical and weather-related disturbances. There is almost no precipitation, with the weather remaining calm and steady at all times. Clear blue skies provide the best views of the majestic snow-capped mountains of the Everest region.

September to November in Autumn is the next best time for climbing and trekking adventures. Furthermore, the temperature is ideal for a trekking adventure in the daytime. There is no harsh sun, and the wind breeze is calm and slow. Therefore, Island Peak Climbing is suitable in these conditions and seasons.

However, the summer-monsoon brings challenges like landslides, avalanches, and slippery-muddy roads. The winter in the Everest region is entirely freezing, with temperatures dropping significantly. Climbers have a high chance of getting frostbites and other issues due to extreme cold. Therefore, it would be best if you avoid winters for this expedition.

Island Peak Climbing with Helicopter Return

Island Peak climbing is an incredible adventure ideal for beginners as well as expert climbers. However, since the Island Peak (Imja Tse) lies above 6000 m in altitude, it can get challenging for some climbers. There are some technical sections along the route to the summit as well. Hence, a quick helicopter return tour is ideal for reducing the duration and difficulty of this expedition to some extent.

A helicopter trip is ideal for those trekkers who want to skip rugged trekking trails on their route back. This incredible aerial tour will save you time and energy by taking you to your destination in a short time. After successfully climbing Island Peak, you can descend back to Island peak base camp. From base camp, we will then trek back to Chukkung.

Chukkung is a small lodge settlement along the Everest base camp trails. There is a small helipad in Chukkung from where you can take a spectacular helicopter flight to Lukla or Kathmandu. You have a choice to return to Kathmandu on the same day or you can fly to Lukla and take a normal flight from Lukla to Kathmandu the next day. You can observe awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped mountains of the Everest Mahalangur Himalayan region during the helicopter flight.

Moreover, other natural landmarks include green hills, serene waterfalls, and pristine rivers in the area. Our helicopter trip is a safe and comfortable trip run by highly experienced pilots. The team members are also friendly and provide you with incredible helicopter trips.

How is Climbing Island Peak Difficulty?

The climbing Island peak difficulty is relatively easy and ideal for beginner climbers. This incredible climb has some technical sections. Therefore, climbers must have some training before taking on this fantastic mountain.

Beginners with some knowledge about mountaineering gears and equipment can take this climb with ease. This is essential as there are some technical and other difficulties during the expedition. Some of the significant challenges along the trail are as follows:

Altitude Sickness

This incredible Island peak expedition takes you to the top of the summit at an altitude of 6189 meters. As you will achieve high altitude during this expedition, altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness is common among travelers. Therefore, you should acclimatize regularly to tackle altitude sickness and rest frequently.

There are multiple acclimatization days in this Island Peak Climbing itinerary. Besides that, travelers should also get proper rest and hydrate regularly. Dehydration can get quite challenging as it can lead to altitude sickness.

Technical sections

The Island peak is a relatively easy climb as compared to other peak climbing adventures in the region. However, this incredible climb is not ideal for absolute beginners without proper training. There are some technical sections during this trial. Besides this, climbers should also have some knowledge about the gears used for these technical sections. Professional guides and experts will help you in training and successfully climbing this incredible Island peak summit.

Weather conditions

The weather conditions along the trail are another difficult factor during this expedition. These weather conditions at higher altitudes are pretty unpredictable as there chances of quick weather changes in a short amount of time. Strong harsh winds are pretty standard in the summit area in the afternoon. Therefore, most of these expeditions get started early in the morning. There are heavy snowfall and overcast conditions at times, making this peak climbing quite a challenge.

Trekking Routes

The trekkers will need to trek for around 7-8 hours during their expedition. These trails are quite beautiful but challenging to cross due to their remote location and rough uphill climbs. The trekking journey will take you through diverse regions that move up and down a lot. This means you will need to travel with an outstanding level of fitness and stamina.

Food and Accommodation During the Trip

The Island Peak Climbing is an incredible adventure that takes you to the most remote parts of the country. This climbing expedition brings you to local settlements of the region and provides you insightful culture, heritage, and lifestyle. The place you will stay and eat is an essential part of any traveling tour and trekking journey.

Since the trail passes through remote areas that do not have a connection through transportation. You will not get any fancy high-quality hotels as in the city. However, tiny tea houses and lodges that you will find along trails provide you with space and facilities. The basic facilities of rooms in these tea houses include twin beds, blankets, mattresses, and others. There are some rooms with an attached bathroom and heaters as well.

You must ensure that you book all your meals and accommodation facilities in advance. They can get quite packed quickly in peak seasons. However, travelers will stay in tented camps while in the base camp of Island peak. You will spend the night at a tent for two days before and after the Island Peak summit climb.

Kathmandu has many incredible hotels that range from luxury five stars to small local restaurants. Your food choices get depleted as you move from city to high altitude region. The local dish of “Dal Bhat” is ideal in the higher areas. The nutritious dish is perfect for your trekking adventure as it provides the necessary energy required for this trek.

Island Peak Climbing Cost

The Island Peak Climbing Cost is generally based on the duration of your itinerary. However, the cost for the 17 days of Island peak ranges around USD 2200 per person. These meals, accommodation, transportation, and others are also included in these costs. Check out the cost includes and excludes for more info.

Elevation and altitude for profile island peak.

island peak climbing elevation and altitude profile

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) and Trek to Everest Base camp (5364m)

Day 10:Trek to kalapattahar  (5555m) and Trek to  Dingboche (4350m)

Day 11:Dingboche -island peak base camp (5150m)

Day 12: Reserve day if incase of bad weather.

Day 13: Ascent of island peak (6189m) and back to Base camp

Day 14:Island peak base camp- Pangboche (3950m)

Day 15:Pangboche- Namche (3450m)

Day 16:Namche -Lukla (2800m)

Day 17:Lukla - Kathmandu.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

The Island Peak Climbing journey starts with your arrival at Kathmandu. Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our staff representative. You will then get transferred to a hotel of your choice.

After getting your visa on arrival at the airport, you can transfer to a hotel. You will be transferred by private cab to your hotel. You will get briefed about this tour and rest at a hotel to start your trekking adventure the next day. Besides that, you can stroll around the streets of Thamel in Kathmandu in the evening.

Day 02: Rest and Arrangement day

Our Island peak climbing requires proper packing and preparation. Hence on this day, we will continue our arrangement of this incredible climb that requires adequate climbing gear and equipment. You can either buy those gears or rent them from shops around Kathmandu. We will rent those items that you will not use after this peak climbing journey and buy reusable items on other trips.

We will also gather permits required for this trip, including national park permits, local area permits, and other climbing permits. However, you don't have to manage all these logistics on your own. Our team leader will provide you with a short briefing about this peak climbing adventure in the evening. You will also get to learn about your local guides, team members, and other crews.

Besides that, you can also go on a short trip around the old streets of Kathmandu. Many important world heritage sites listed by UNESCO are ideal for a great cultural adventure. You can also explore ancient alleyways of Malala era courtyards that provide you with incredible insight into the region. After completing this amazing tour, you can return to your hotel, where you can rest for the night.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla flight, Trek to Phakding

Maximum Altitude: 2860 m

Flight duration: 40 minutes

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Our Island Peak climbing journey starts with a mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will continue our journey, passing through beautiful landscapes of the region and other natural beauties. After arriving at Lukla, we will continue our trek to Phakding village settlement, passing through the area's beautiful landscapes.

The awe-inspiring views of snow-capped mountains during this 40 minutes mountain flight will make you fall in love with the place. After arriving at Lukla, we will proceed to take permits like the Pasang Lhamu Local Area Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit. The Everest region treks do not require the Trekkers Information Management System permit you usually need in other regions' tours.

Instead, the entry charge goes to the local development of infrastructure in the area. After the official process of obtaining permits gets completed, you will trek along the same path as the Everest Base Camp Trek routes. The beautiful trails alongside the Dush Koshi River will enchant travelers for 2-3 hours. Before we arrive at Phakding, we will stay overnight at a tea house and rest for the evening.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Maximum Altitude: 3445 m

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

After waking up early, we will observe the beautiful Himalayan sunrise from your tea houses. We will trek to Namche Bazaar, the commercial capital of the Everest region. We will then head towards Namche from Phakding in a beautiful trail rich in biodiversity and green vegetation. You can observe beautiful waterfalls and suspension bridges along the route.

After a few hours, the trail will lead you to the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo. At the Monjo checkpoint, you will show Sagarmatha National Park permits. However, we will manage them in advance so you can travel without any hassle. You can also observe rare and endangered wildlife in the region.

However, the trekkers are strictly prohibited from causing any harm to the wildlife of the region. They must abide by the laws of the protected area. You will also cross the longest suspension bridge known as the Hillary Suspension Bridge. After arriving at Namche Bazaar, you can stay overnight and rest at a lodge. You can also taste delicious local cuisine in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.

Maximum Altitude: 3445 m

Trek duration: 3-4 hours

On this day, we will acclimatize at Namche Bazar and explore the area. As per our Itinerary, we will explore the beautiful natural and cultural vista of the region. Acclimatization is a significant part of any high-altitude trek and summit peak climbing journey. It helps to adjust to the high altitude and fast-changing conditions.

Acclimatization does not stop at Namche Bazaar, as we will also take short hikes around the region. We can take a beautiful walk to the Syangboche viewpoint, from where you can observe majestic views of the Himalayan area. Syangboche is just an hour's hike away from Namche Bazaar.

Syangboche airstrip is a helicopter strip. However, the Syangboche Airstrip provides you with the best views of snow-capped mountains. After taking pictures of these magnificent mountains, you will continue your trek back to Namche. The hike to Syangboche will take around 3 hours.

After hiking around the region, if you still want to explore around, you can visit the 900-year-old monastery. The cultural tour of the area is another incredible aspect of the part as you can contact and interact with the locals. You can go shopping around various souvenir shops so that you can take souvenir items for your friends and family back home. After exploring around, we will rest overnight in the tea house.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Maximum Altitude: 3975 m

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

After an early sunrise, we will continue our journey from Namche to Tengboche. The trail passes through various natural landmarks of the region. Tengboche (Thyangboche) is a famous religious landmark of the area. It is a Sherpa monastery also known as a spiritual hub of the region.

The Namche to Tengboche trail is an uphill journey with a few steep climbs. You will pass through small stupas, main walls, chortens, and monasteries. There you can observe nuns and monks performing their daily activities and evening prayers. The trail then passes through the Mong La Pass (3975 meters) and provides you with the best views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Aba Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, etc.

After crossing the high-altitude mountain pass, you will arrive at Tengboche (3867 meters). The way to Tengboche monastery remains covered in Buddhist prayer flags and chortens. The sanctuary has a viewpoint that provides you with the best views of snow-capped mountains. The travelers can then rest and spend the night at a local teahouse in Tengboche.

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche

Maximum Altitude: 4252 m

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

We will start our trek with a scenic Himalayan sunrise from a viewpoint near Tengboche. From Tengboche, you will start your trek to a small village settlement of Periche. Travelers will pass through various rugged terrains and narrow cliff ways to arrive at their destination.

The beautiful natural landmarks of the region, including serene waterfalls, and green hills, will enchant travelers. After a strenuous trek for around 4-5 hours, travelers will arrive at their destination of Pheriche. You will rest and stay the night at a lodge in Pheriche.

Day 08: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche

Maximum Altitude: 4930 m

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

We will then continue our trek in a rugged trail that moves through various landscapes of the region. There is a diverse natural heritage of the area that provides travelers with an incredible adventure. These trails also pass through narrow cliffs and serene rivers that you cross through various suspension bridges.

After trekking in these regions for 3-4 hours, you will arrive at this settlement of Lobuche. Lobuche is a beautiful village settlement with incredible snow-capped mountains and other region's natural landscapes. After exploring the region, you will stay overnight at a local lodge or teahouse.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5184m) and Trek to Everest Base camp (5364m)

Trek Duration (Gorak Shep): 2 to 3 hours

Trek Duration (Everest Base Camp): 6 to 7 hours

Maximum Altitude (Gorakshep): 5180 m

Maximum Altitude (Everest Base Camp): 5364 m

On this day, we will continue our journey to Gorak Shep and, subsequently, Mount Everest base camp. Leaving the beautiful landscapes of Lobuche, you will trek to Gorak Shep. The trail then leads you to the rocky moraine, from where you will get magical views of snow-capped mountains, the iceberg, and the glacial pond. This incredible viewpoint lies just beneath the Khumbu Glacier.

 

Then trails ascend before making a slight descent and then arrive at Gorakshep. This incredible region lies beneath Kala Patthar and is the last stop with lodges and teahouses before EBC.

You can then head towards Everest Base Camp, passing through rocky trails with many sharp uphill climbs. After arriving at EBC, you can then explore the world's highest mountain around the base camp. You can also take beautiful pictures of the base camp region before making your way back to Gorak Shep. You will stay the night at a teahouse in Gorak Shep.

Day 10: Trek to Kala Patthar (5555m) and Trek to Dingboche (4940m)

Trek Duration (Kala Patthar): 1 and a half hours

Trek Duration (Dingboche): 7 hours

Maximum Altitude (Kala Patthar): 5555 m

Maximum Altitude (Dingboche): 4940 m

You will wake up early in the morning to observe beautiful views of the Himalayan sunrise from Kalapathar. This hike to Kala Patthar provides you with magnetic views of snow-capped mountains overlooking Mount Everest and the other Himalayas. This popular viewpoint is quite famous among trekkers and provides one of the best views of Mt. Everest.

The hike to Kalapathar must be completed early in the morning in the dark. After exploring around for some time and observing magical vista, we will return to Gorak She. Then, we will again trek back to Dingboche, where we will stay overnight at a teahouse.

Day 11: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp from Dingboche

Maximum Altitude: 5087 meters

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

The trail today takes you to the ultimate destination of Island Peak base camp from Dingboche. Moreover, we will continue our trek to Dingboche, passing through rugged and remote trails to the Island Peak Base camp. This trek then leads you to the base camp of Island Peak.

We will continue our trail, passing through the high altitudes of Imja valley. There is an uphill climb providing majestic views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak, etc. The Island Peak Base Camp remains located at an altitude of 5087 meters. There are no tea houses or lodges as it is a remote area.

We will arrive at this Island Peak Base Camp in around 6-7 hours. Today we will spend the night in the night sky as our team will provide a healthy cooked meal even in the base camp. The peak region is quite cold, and there is Imja Lake which makes it relatively harder with a cool breeze. Therefore, trekkers should remain warm.

Day 12: Acclimatization and Exploration (Reserve day)

Maximum Altitude: 5087 meters

Today is our day of acclimatization in our Island Peak Climbing expedition. Acclimatization is essential as the trails of this trek pass through 5000 meters. There are high chances of trekkers getting altitude sickness. So the process of acclimatization will help you adapt to high-altitude conditions. We will be at a high altitude today.

Our professional guides will train you well in this trek and peak climbing adventure. This is also a preparation day as travelers will climb the Island peak the next day. The exploration around the region around base camp today. There is a beautiful lake called Imja Lake from where you can observe the majestic snow-capped mountains of the area. Finally, you can rest for the evening and prepare for your summit climb.

Day 13: Island Peak summit climb and then return to base Camp

Maximum Altitude: 6189 meters

Trek duration: 9-10 hours

The trail today passes through various rugged terrains to arrive at the summit of Island Peak. The acclimatization day later, we will continue our Island Peak Climbing expedition. Harsh winds are flowing in the summit area. Therefore, climbing Island Peak difficulty can get quite challenging in the afternoon.

So, the Island Peak expedition is ideal in the early morning. The difficult steep and rough terrain can get challenging. But you can summit Island peak with ease with proper preparation and training. Technical sections of this climb can get quite challenging, especially for first-time trekkers.

But with professional Sherpa guides, you can complete this expedition with ease. The principles and expedition leaders will ensure that you will cross these technical sections safely. You will remain safe during this journey. Furthermore, they will ensure that you don't get injured and reach the summit without any hassle.

After a few hours of the steep uphill climb, you will arrive at the Island Peak Summit. The snow-capped mountains of green landscapes of the region will enchant any traveler. After exploring around and taking incredible pictures, you can then head back down to the base camp.

The summit downhill journey is quite challenging as well. After returning to the base camp, we will rest in the tented camps. The whole journey of climbing a steep uphill and returning to base camp takes around 9-10 hours.

Day 14: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche

Maximum Altitude: 5087 meters

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

After an early morning rise, we can observe Himalayan sunrise and take incredible pictures. Then, you will return to Pangboche to climb the Island Peak. The remote landscapes of the region are an excellent adventure.

The trail from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche passes through a descending path. You will descend on a course that passes through beautiful settlements in a short time. You will arrive in Pangboche in around 5-6 hours, passing through the local accommodations and exploring the region.

On the trail, we arrive at Pangboche, experiencing the change in air pressure and altitude change. The magnificent views of snow-capped mountains of the Everest region will enchant travelers. You will arrive at Pangboche after a trek of 5-6 hours. The tea house at Pangboche will provide you with basic facilities for meals and accommodation.

Day 15: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

Maximum Altitude: 4410 meters

Trek duration: 8-9 hours

After observing the gorgeous Himalayan sunrise, we will continue our trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. You will continue our trail passing through the beautiful natural diverse courses. As you descend along the trail to Namche Bazaar, you can find the beautiful Tengboche monastery.

Moreover, the monastery remains covered in main walls, chortens, and Buddhist prayer flags. There you can observe beautiful snow-capped mountains from various viewpoints along the trail. From Tengboche, we will continue along the trail to arrive at the market on Namche Bazaar, which is a commercial hub of religion and popular among trekkers.

The diverse tourist hub of Namche Bazaar will provide you with an incredible cultural exploration. Travelers will stay in a tea house in Namche in the evening and explore the beautiful area.

Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Maximum Altitude: 3440 m

Trek Duration: 9-10 hours

Today's trail passes through natural diversities to arrive at Lukla from Namche Bazar. Our Island Peak Climbing itinerary comes to an official end in Lukla. This most extended section of the trek passes through uphills and downhills.

It provides travelers with another incredible adventure. We will pass through Namche Bazaar early in the morning after observing the beautiful Himalayan sunrise. The long trail provides travelers with serene waterfalls and suspension bridges.

The trekking trail passes through village settlements of Monjo, Phakding, and other settlements. After Namche Bazaar, we shall finally reach Lukla. You will trek around the pristine Dudh Koshi River and cross many suspension bridges to arrive at Lukla. You will stay the night at the teahouse in Lukla.

Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 2860 m

Flight Duration: 30 minutes

Travelers can rise early in the morning to observe Himalayan sunrise for one last time in our expedition. We will then fly from Lukla to Kathmandu on a scenic mountain flight.

The beautiful aerial flights are a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We will arrive at Tribhuvan International airport in around 40 minutes. You can explore the medieval city and its cultural landmarks. You can go on a short sightseeing tour of the region and spend the night in a hotel. We will have a celebratory dinner as our journey comes to a successful end.

Trip Cost US$ 2200 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Transportation cost to and from the airport/hotel
  • Kathmandu stay for three nights with BB Plan
  • Private Vehicle cost during all essential ground transportation tour
  • All-natural park and conservation area entrance fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city
  • Climbing permits
  • First aid kits
  • Porters to carry your luggage
  • Salary for staffs
  • All necessary paperwork and government taxes
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight
  • All meals of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the tour
  • Accommodation at Tea House, Lodges, Hotel, and Camping
  • A friendly professional guide for trekking and climbing
  • All climbing and trekking gears
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
Cost Excludes:
  • Flight fare
  • Climbing gears
  • Food charges other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa charge
  • Tipping costs for staffs
  • Personal expenses

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we get a visa in Nepal?

You can get a visa upon arrival in Nepal at the airport. The travelers can get their visas after filling the form and providing all the proper documents required. The visa costs depend upon the duration of stays in the country.

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, you can fill in the visa-on-arrival form and go for the processing. After filling up the form at electronic booths and presenting proper required documents, you will get necessary documents like an original passport with six months of validity and two copies of passport size photos.

You should also get the required money for the visa based on the duration of your stay. The number of days in your itinerary determines the cost of your visa. You can also extend your visa at an added cost.

What is the maximum point of the Island Peak Climbing itinerary?

The maximum point on this peak climbing journey is 6189 meters.

Is Island Peak hard to climb?

Climbing Island Peak difficulty is relatively easy compared to other snow-capped mountains in the region. However, this peak climbing adventure requires some technical knowledge as there are some technical sections in this peak climbing adventure. However, with packing, training, and preparation, you can summit Island peak with ease.

How are the routes of this Island Peak?

Island Peak routes pass through the same paths of Everest Base Camp to some extent. So the trails are pretty similar till Dingboche, and then it gets remote till we arrive at the Island Peak Base Camp. The rocky and rugged route that moves uphill and downhill can make this climbing Island Peak difficulty very challenging.

Do travelers need training before Climbing?

Island Peak is ideal for beginners but not extreme beginners as there are some technical sections in this trek. Having some knowledge about climbing gear and equipment is essential. However, travelers should get half-day training with proper gear and equipment. So, travelers should get adequate training from professional guides and expert climbers.

What is the best time to climb Island Peak?

The Island Peak climbs in Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May). The weather remains stable, and there are moderate temperatures. These seasons also provide you with incredible views of snow-capped mountains from the summit of Island Peak.

Is Island peak climbing with EBC possible?

Yes, Island Peak Climbing with EBC trek is possible as you can trek to the Everest Base Camp. Then, summit Island peak and then return.

What are the permits required for Island Peak Climbing?

The essential permits include the Pasang Lhamu Entry permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Permit. A trekking information management system is not necessary for this trek in the Everest region.

Are there technical sections of this Island Peak?

Island Peak is not as technical as other snow-capped mountain peaks in the region, but there are some technical sections in the climb. The trekkers should also need proper training gear and equipment.

Is Island Peak expedition possible without a guide?

Island Peak Climbing is a proper mountain peak climbing adventure. Therefore, a professional guide is essential for proper training and safety measures that you need to follow to tackle risky conditions during the climb. Therefore, this peak climbing adventure is not possible without a guide.

Our oxygen cylinders required for this Island peak expedition?

The Island peak expedition does not need the oxygen cylinder as it is a small-scale climb with less altitude. However, there is supplementary oxygen provided by the team in case of emergencies.

What are the chances of altitude sickness along the trail?

As this is a high-altitude trek, travelers are prone to altitude sickness. Since you will travel to above 6000 meters, you will need to acclimatize well and have proper rest and diet. Hydrating well during this trek is also essential to avoid altitude sickness. Travelers can also take Diamox tablets to tackle altitude sickness.

What is the cost of Island Peak Climbing?

This peak climbing expedition costs around USD 2000 per person. The cost also depends upon the duration of the itinerary.

What are safety protocols during this expedition?

There are complete safety protocols during this peak climbing adventure. There are medical first aid facilities as all our crew members have proper training in these matters. There are evacuation facilities on a helicopter as well.

Is travel insurance essential for Island peak climbing?

Yes, travel insurance is a must for high-altitude mountain peak climbing like Island peak. This travel insurance must cover medical emergencies, injuries, thefts, loss, cancellation, and others.

What are the climbing gear and equipment required?

It is essential to get climbing trekking gear and equipment for this peak climbing adventure. However, you can also rent them in the Thamel area in Kathmandu.

How much tip is essential?

The tipping cost should be around 10 percent of the total cost. You can tip guides and porters, kitchen staff, and others.

What are the essential Packing Lists for Island Peak Climbing?

Clothing

  • Trekking boots
  • Waterproof trekking shirts
  • Waterproof trekking pants
  • Full Sleeve shirts
  • Pair of Sandals
  • Warm hat
  • Down jacket
  • Woolen gloves
  • Socks
  • Umbrella/ Raincoat

Toiletries

  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Toilet Paper
  • Moisturizer
  • Sanitary pads/ Tampons
  • Lip Balm
  • Face towel

First Aid

  • Diamox tablets
  • Water purification tablets
  • Antibacterial sanitizer
  • Paracetamol
  • Anti-nauseant
  • Imodium
  • Mosquito repellent

Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Solar chargers
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Extra batteries
  • Playing Cards
  • Power banks
  • Map
  • Notebook
  • Books or Kindle

Important documents

  • Travel permits
  • Passport
  • Travel insurance

How do train for Island Peak Climbing?

Island Peak expedition is an incredible adventure in the Everest region in Nepal. The training regime requires various mountaineering gears, including safety harnesses, crampons, fixed ropes, ascenders, etc. Moreover, a basic level of stamina and fitness is also a must for this peak climbing adventure.

These training regimes will help you successfully summit the mountain. They will also help you with strengthening your endurance level, fitness, and stamina. This training regime should start at least two weeks before your expedition.

Physical training

Physical training for any high-altitude peak climbing is a must. These physical activities help you gain endurance, strength, and stamina for strenuous trekking and peak climbing.

Physical training will also help you gain muscles in the arm, shoulder, and back. You should also train based on the itinerary and duration of your stay in high-altitude conditions. Climbers also gain muscles in the shoulder, arm, and back.

The training regime should also include a protein-rich diet and hydrate regularly. If you take regular medications for a pulmonary-related illness, you should consult your physician in advance.

Cardiovascular exercises

Cardiovascular activities like hiking, running, cycling, swimming, paddling, jogging, and others are essential before this trek. Moreover, these exercises help you tackle acute mountain sickness and altitude sickness. Climbers will also get strength for their hike and help them tackle muscle strain. It will also reduce injuries by increasing your flexibility through these aerobic exercises.

Mental preparation

Mental preparation is an essential part of any training regime for a high-altitude peak climbing adventure. A positive attitude is essential to keep you motivated to reach the top of the summit. Climbers also get an overall idea of the peak climbing adventure if they take practice hikes.

Besides that, you can also ask veteran mountain climbing experts for their insights on Peak climbing in Nepal. This way, you can stay motivated throughout the trekking adventure.

Do I need any Tips while Climbing Island Peak?

  • Acclimatization and hydrate regularly during this trek
  • Hire a professional guide and porters for this peak climbing expedition
  • Take Diamox tablets to cope with altitude sickness
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages along trek as that can further lead to altitude sickness
  • Check the forecast of weather conditions before starting your trek
  • Advance book all the meal and accommodation facilities
  • Walk gently at a steady pace
  • Get travel insurance with proper coverage above 4000m
  • Carry protein bars, chocolate bars, granola bars, and other snacks to munch on during the trek

The Final Say

The peak climbing adventure of Island peak is one of the best adventures in Nepal. The Island Peak summit provides you with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Mt. Nuptse, and others.

Moreover, various cultural heritage sites will enchant you. The cultures, traditions, and heritage will fascinate you. Overall, Island peak climbing is an outstanding adventure in a tiny Himalayan nation.

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