Island Peak Climbing

Summary of the Trip

  • Trip Region
  • Trip Altitude
    6160 m
  • Season Spring, Autumn
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Lodge & tentAvailable
  • Per Day Route
    4-7 hrs

  Island peak /Imja Tse 6189m is the most popular trekking peak to climb in Everest region. It is located on top of the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountains, the most sought after trekking destination because of its challenging geographical conditions. This mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD, by a climbing team of Eric Shipton, due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. Island peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest.
  Island Peak climbing trip fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climbers, who have been seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to take adventure climbing trips beyond simply trekking in Everest. Island peak is the most popular trekking peak in Nepal. The summit is interesting and attractive with a highly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. The mountain itself is the extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar separated by a small col.

  • Island Peak Climbing trail is one of the most popular classic trekking route in the world.
  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic mountain flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery, Namche and Khumjung Village.
  • Unforgettable views of Khumbu Ice fall.
  • Summit Island Peak.
  • Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Khumbu Ice Fall view from Kalapatthar at elevation of 5545 meters.

Day 01:Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02:Rock climbing course at Kathmandu or Half day guided city tours of Kathmandu.
Day 03:Kathmandu- Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs
Day 04:Phakding- Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 05:Acclimatize day & Excursion
Day 06:Namche Bazaar - Tyangboche (3870m) 5-6 hours
Day 07:Tyangboche- Pheriche
Day 08:Pheriche- Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 09:Lobuche-Gorekshep(5,160m/16,929ft)-Everest Base Camp(5,320m/17,450ft),5-7 hrs Day.
Day 10:Gorak Shep - Kala Pattar - Pheriche: 7-8 hours
Day 11:Pheriche- Chhukung
Day 12:Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft), 3-4 hrs
Day 13:Island High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), 2-3 hrs
Day 14:Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft) & return back to Chhukung, 8-10 hours
Day 15:Chhukung to Tyangboche (3,867m/12684ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 16:Tyangboche- Namche (3,440m/11,283ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 17:Namche to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 18:Lukla- Kathmandu
Day 19:Depart from Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

  On arrival to Kathmandu; we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the lonely planet recommended Hotel Blue horizon or similar standard hotel. Later we meet and take you to our head office, brief you your upcoming Island Peak Climbing with us and introduce our trekking guide. After this meeting, we will take for welcome dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant. Overnight Kathmandu.
Day 02:Rock climbing course at Kathmandu or Half day guided city tours of Kathmandu
  We will take you nagarjum hill site, 3 km far from city, a natural rock climbing spot for your climbing course. This course will provide excellent opportunities to learn how to use rope, harness, Ice axe, crampons although there is no snow. Or after breakfast, we start our city tour which includes the main touristic attraction of Kathmandu valley eg- Kathmandu durbar square, monkey temple, Bouddha, Pashupatinath temple. Over night at Kathmandu.
Day 03:Kathmandu- Lukla & trek to Phakding
Altitude: At Lukla 2,800m/9,186ft & Phakding 2,652m/8,700ft
Distance of walking:  3-4 hrs walk
  We drive to airport early in the morning to take our flight to lukla (2,800m) and meet our other trekking crew there and start our trek. Today you will take an easy walk passing through Chaurikharka village and make a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkosi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) where we estimate for overnight today. First day is short for acclimatize reason. Explore the village with the remaining time and over night at lodge. 
Day 04:Phakding- Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft
Distance of walking:5-6 hrs walk
  The trail crosses Dudhkoshi River over a long suspension bridge, walking through beautiful pine forest and then leads you along the river to Hilary's Suspension Bridge. Today en route you will see first view of the Mt Everest. The trail further climbs to Namche Bazaar which is the gate way to Mt. Everest and is the main trading centre of this region. This day, you will overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft).
Day 05:Acclimatize day & Excursion
Acclimatization day
  We estimate acclimatization day at this day to adopt high altitude before heading for the EBC. You may spend this day taking a day hike to Thame, visiting Khunde or take a trip to Everest view hotel for the breath taking views of Mt. Everest or relaxing and exploring Namche museum or Namche Bazaar itself. Over night at lodge.
Day 06:Namche Bazaar – Tyangboche
Altitude: 3870m/12696ft
Distance of walking: 5-6 hours walk
  Today, we start our trek towards Tengboche. We take a smooth walk along the mountain side and walk down to riverside for lunch. And from here we start walking up gradually through pine forest for 2 more hours to reach Tenboche. Tengboche is a very great place to view close views of Ama-Dablam. And it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 07:Tyangboche- Pheriche
Altitude: 4240/13190ft
Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walk
 We descend for half an hour to river side through nice forest, cross the river and start trekking up towards opposite hill and landscapes starts more dry and desert afterwards. We will cross a traditional and cultural Sherpa village Panboche where we can see a close up daily activities of Sherpa people. After this, we make a gradual up towards a small hill afterwards trail goes to wide mountain valley- Pheriche. This is a nice wide village located on the riverside. A small helipad is available here for helicopter rescue and daily High altitude Mountain sickness class available here with Mt. Specialist. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 08:Pheriche- Lobuche
Altitude: 4,928m/16164 ft
Distance of walking:5-6 hrs walk
 Today, we take an easy walk up to Duglha (4,620m/15,158ft), stop here for lunch and continue our trek to Lobuche. The trail goes from Duglha directly up to the Khumbu Glacier for an hour, then left into the memorial area before reaching the village of Lubuche (4,930m/12,894ft) for overnight. By this stage the effects of the altitude will be kicking in and nights are expected to be cold here.
Day 09:Lobuche- Gorakshep- Everest Base Camp Excursion
Altitude: At Gorakshep 5,160m/16,929ft & Everest Base Camp 5,320m/17,450ft
Distance of walking: 6-8 hrs walk
 The trail continues climb to Gorak Shep, check in to Mt. lodge, lunch and start your hike to EBC.  This day leads you finally to the Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) walking through rocky and glacial trails which is the most wonderful renowned place of this trek. After visiting the Everest Base Camp you will return to Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,929ft) for overnight. 
Day 10:Gorak Shep - Kala Pattar- Pheriche
Altitude: At Kala Pathhar 5545m/18,187ft & Pheriche 4240/13190ft
Distance of walking: 7-8 hours walk
  Today early morning your leader will knock your door to wake up you with a dark climb up to the Kala Pattar. It takes a couple of hours to walk up to the famous viewing point of Kala Pattar (Black Rock) at 5,545m/18,192ft ; this small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lotse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. The views are golden along with sunrise and then back to its original color of white snow capped. Explore sunrise with Everest as long as you want then hike back to Gorekshep, breakfast and will retrace back to Pheriche. Overnight at Pheriche.
Day 11:Pheriche- Chhukung
Altitude: 4,730m/15,518ft
Distance of walking: 3 to 4 hrs walk
 Our walk today is easy. We walk up for 15 minutes and take a smooth way till to Dingboche for lunch. Then, we hike nother 2 hours to reach Chhukung. Upon on arrival in Chhukung, our climbing guide will check your climbing equipments and brief island peak summit plan. Over night at Chhukung.
Day 12:Island Peak Base camp
Altitude: 5,200m/17,060ft
Distance of walking: 3-4 hours walk.

  Today after breakfast, we heads further on to the steep way climbing southern part then turning east to the main line of the valley. Continue short pleasant walking along a streamside leads to the Big –rock and the route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast from here. A mid difficult cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads you to a wide valley flanking of Island peak where we will set up our base camp for overnight at tented camp.
Day 13:Island Peak High Camp
Altitude: 5,600m/18,372ft
Distance of walking: 2-3 hours walk
  This morning we packed our camping stuff and we'll head on to the High camp from where we start our climb. As you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel nearby where we'll overnight at camp. This is where our guide will fix crampons on your climbing boots and re-check the entire climbing group and personal equipment once again for better safety. If required, you may learn last minute climbing technique with our climbing Sherpa at this stage. If possible, you will be also taken for the ice/rock climbing nearby but subject to the availability. Over night at High Camp.
Day 14:Island Peak summit & return back to Chhukung
Altitude: At Island Peak summit 6,189m/20,305ft & Chhukung 4750m/15500ft
Distance of walking: 8-10 hours walk

  Island Peak Ascent (6,189m/20,305ft) starts early this morning via climb to the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45 Degree) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Chhukung for overnight.
Day 15:Chhukung to Tyangboche
Altitude: 3,867m/12684ft
Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walk
  The trek comes down from Chukkung following towards Panboche. After this, we take a same trail back which is used to trek up. The trail comes all the way down to river. We cross the river and take an hour walk up through the forest to reach Tyangboche. And over night at lodge.
Day 16:Tyangboche- Namche
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft
Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walk
 We descend through forest till to the riverside for approx of 2 hours, across the river and take a walk up towards a big hill for two hours and will have a nice pleasant walk till to Namche. This is same way as we used before. Over night at Namche.
Day 17:Namche –Lukla
Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft
Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walk
  After breakfast, we hike down a trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy walk all thew way back to Lukla. Refreshed up; your guide will re-confirm your flight of next day morning. You will have time to stroll around. Evening enjoy the last celebration dinner with your trek crew member and overnight at Hotel.
Day 18:Lukla – Kathmandu
  Your flight to Kathmandu is at morning. Today is a well-earned day to put up your weary feet and gratefully rediscover all of civilization's perks. You may do some city site excursion if interested and we will assist you for this with your request. Evening we will have trek completion dinner together, comments about your trip with us. Over night at Kathmandu.
Day 19:Final Departure from Kathmandu
  Today the journey comes to an end. There's nothing to do but trade emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and finally depart from Nepal. Or get ready for our next adventure!

If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
                 We wish you a wonderful Himalayan experience with us!   

• Airport pick up and transfer to hotel

• 2/3 star Standard hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan

• Welcome & Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at one of the typical Nepalese local restaurant

• A Day rock climbing course in Kathmandu or guided city tour of Kathmandu valley

• Required private transport at Kathmandu

• Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight, airport taxes and transfer

• 16 nights/ 17 Days Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek (3 Days on climbing excursion with tented camp), full board of meals and accommodations.

• Everest National Park Permit/ trekking & TIMS Card

• Island Peak Special Climbing Permit

• Necessary group climbing gears

• One AA Climbing guide for climbing section & One Advanced Adventures Trek Leader for trekking Section( both leaders are English speaking, first aid trained, Climbing leader is trained & licensed from Nepal Mountaineering Association- Rock climbing and mountaineering trained), the cost of camping and trekkers crew/ insurance/s

• Advanced Adventure duffle bag & T- shorts

• Gamow Bag for the security measure- provided on request for Group only

• Medical kit bag

• All necessary Gov. Taxes and service charges

  • Visa fees, intl. airfare & all departure taxes
  • Garbage Deposit USD 250.00 (Sharing of the total person) and Deposit fee will be not refunded if the clients (climber) don’t take back their garbage to Namche Bazaar & Kathmandu. 
  • Personal climbing equipment (can be hire in Kathmandu, Namche or Chhukung)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Mask and regulator
  • Lunch & dinner in city
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • Tips for driver, guides and porters
  • Any extending trips
  • Services doesn’t includes in service inclusive column

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