• Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

Island Peak, also named as Imja Tse, is a well-known trekking peak amongst the climbing lovers which is located in Khumbu region. With an altitude of 6189m, the trip to this peak has gained much popularity due to its accessibility, flexibility, and mesmerizing views of popular mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many others from the peak. Even a simple day training can allow a novice climber to summit the peak.

Highlights

  • Friendly trekking trail of Everest Base Camp filled with local people and culture.
  • Magnificent views of Everest Region mountains from the top.
  • A climbing friendly peak for even novice climber.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permits preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)

You will be picked up by your guide 1.5 hours prior to your flight time to make sure you will reach the domestic airport on time. Make sure you already have your breakfast by the time your guide reach your hotel lobby.

After a scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla, your guide will arrange local porters there to help you with your luggage throughout the trip. Today is the first day of the trek. So, intentionally you will be having a short trek today to get used to the altitude. You will be descending to Chaurikharka first and then head up the Dudh Koshi Valley to Phakding where you will be staying overnight.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)

After breakfast in Phakding, you will continue north following the Dudh Koshi River towards Monjo and Jorsale. From here you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park area. Here your guide will complete the check-post work whereas you can enjoy some time clicking pictures. After lunch here, you will get to cross two rivers viz. Imja River and Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi) River followed by a steep climb to Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is the main village in Khumbu area and is renowned for a central market area of this region. It is an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market locally known as "Haat Bazaar". 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Restday in Namche.

Today is the first acclimatization day of your trek. So, you can rest and relax in your lodge. Optionally, you can choose to hike to Kunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966 A.D in Kunde Village located at an altitude of 3840m. This hospital serves approximately 8000 people of Khumbu area and carries significant importance in this area. 

Or to speed up the acclimatization process, you can hike for an hour to reach Hotel Everest View, located in Khumjung village at an altitude of 3880m. This place is quite popular for a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Lhotse. If you have time, you can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum which in houses traditional Sherpa household, old artefacts, and everyday objects. It is the perfect place to get a sense of Sherpa life through the ages.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3867m)

After breakfast in Namche, you will follow the trail to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. From here, you will start getting amazing views of the Khumbu peaks viz. Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Passing through several small villages and tea shops, you will descend to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga where you can have lunch. It's good to have adequate rest and collect your energy for a steep climb to Tengboche. No matter how much you get tired of the trail, the beautiful sights of Rhododendron, beautiful birds and superb Himalayas views will make you forget your tiredness in a matter of seconds.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m)

Wake up early morning to explore the Tengboche Monastery and the places around. The monastery at Tengboche looks even more spectacular in the morning with mountains at its back.

Continuing to reach Pangboche, choose the upper trail for better views. You will pass through several Chortens, Mani Walls and small villages. Stop by at the place which offers delicious food with a fantastic close view of Mt. Ama Dablam. After a few rest time, you will walk the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt. Ama Dablam. From here you will enter the Imja Valley walking a fairly moderate trail. The valley gradually unfolds as you descend into the Lobuche River and begin the last and steepest climb to the day leading up to Dingboche. After reaching Dingboche, you will see the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potato from the cold winds and grazing animals.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Rest day in Dingboche.

This is going to be the second acclimatization day of your trip. Enjoy your refreshing breakfast admiring the fantastic Ama Dablam to the south.

For ideal acclimatization, climb the ridge on the north behind the village for a better view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu, three of the six highest peaks. While on the west you will see the towering peaks of Cholatse and Taboche. Northwest direction will also show an array of peaks rising at the head of the Khumbu Khola Valley.

Rest of the day, you can stroll around the Dingboche village clicking some nice pictures of surroundings.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4750)

After breakfast in Dingboche, take some time to enjoy the morning views of the Himalayas. Today's trail will pass through stone walled fields and Imja Khola Valley before you enter the glacier moraines amidst the towering Himalayas.

The trail will continue to Bibre from where the trail will get intersected by icy streams. You will get to enjoy the fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Laptcha Mountains. After walking few more further, you will reach Chhukung.

Climbing Chhukung Ri (5550m) peak to totally optional today. If you are feeling quite energetic, you can walk ahead to this peak after lunch. The climb to this peak is a bit hard and involves some easy scrambling near the summit. But the views of Khumbu valley seen from above is just superb.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m). Pre-climb training.

The path from Chhukung is a steep way to climb. First, you will be climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley which then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. After this, you will continue short pleasant walking along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A criss-cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. 

Pre-Climb Training: After lunch, your guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gears such as ice ax, climbing boot, and crampons, harness, ascender, etc and on how to go up and down using ropes. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training experience for Island Peak Climbing, we believe that some training experience will boost up your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.

  Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Island Peak BC to Island Peak High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), 2-3 hours

After having breakfast, you will start the climb up the hill making your way through the narrow slopes and uncompromising paths. After 2-3 hours walk upwards, the trail will finally take you to the High camp of Island peak where you will stop for overnight.

The high camp itself offers the spectacular view of lofty pinnacle and glacier surrounding the Island Peak. At high camp, all the required elements and gears will be re-checked, your boots will be fitted with crampons and if required, you may also be provided with the last minute techniques for your following day’s successful climb. The night is spent in a tented camp at the high camp.

  Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Summit Island Peak (6189m). Trek back to Chhukung.

Today, you will need to wake up very early at around 1 am. After having your breakfast, you will be heading up for the climb. Keep in mind that you will need to reach the summit before noon as after that strong winds in the highlands can be a great barrier in the successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside.

During the climb, the guides will fix the rope when required to make it easy for the climb. Using ladders to cross the crevasses which are approximate of about 3 - 4 meters long, you will be gradually approaching towards summit.

After enjoying the summit views with some great picture snaps, you will descend all the way back to Island Peak Camp. Continue your trip back further to Chhukung with all crew members for overnight.

  Tea House/ camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Day reserved for any contingency.

There is no such guarantee that there will be favorable weather on the planned day for the summit. So, this day is used as a contingency in case you are unable to summit the Island Peak on the planned day due to bad weather condition or some other reasons. If weather gets exceptionally unfavorable it's wise to postpone the program of summiting the peak for the planned day. Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent; the day can be used in that condition too.

If the trip goes smoothly, you can use this day as a rest day in some favorite spots while return.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Trek from Chhukung to Khumjung (3780m)

After having breakfast at the lodge, the trail heads towards Pangboche and then Tengboche through Rhododendron and Pine forest. The trail then drops, steep down to the valley crosses the suspension bridge and continue towards Khumjung. You can enjoy a hot shower and loosen your muscles here. The night is spent at a lodge in Khumjung.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Trek from Khumjung to Namche (3440m).

After having breakfast, you will start the day walk towards Namche Bazaar. The trail first drops down through the ridge and then the walk is fairly easier till Namche Bazaar. At Namche Bazaar, you can enjoy strolling the Namche market or relax in the nearby restaurants, cafés or bakeries. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Trek from Namche to Lukla

Today is the last day of your trekking day. You will cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River. Following the same trail which you used before to climb up to Namche, you will reach Lukla in about 6 to 7 hours.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.

Today is the return day from Lukla. Your guide will finish all the airport formalities while you are having breakfast at the lodge. The porters will manage your luggage to be transported from your lodge to the airport. Once the guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will be called to see how the airplane gets landed in the small strip of Lukla airport. Afterward, you will get to the airport to get into the plan for flight back to Kathmandu.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 18: Freeday in Kathmandu. Buffer day for return flight contingency.

Today is an extra day kept as a buffer day in case the flight back to Kathmandu gets disturbed due to any weather contingencies. However, if you succeeded in landing Kathmandu on the previous day, you can enjoy a short day tour or have some shopping in the market to purchase a token of memory from Nepal to your home.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 19: Depart Kathmandu.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours a your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

  Breakfast

Commencing this trip

The climbing trip to Island Peak follows the same route to Everest Base Camp until Dingboche from where you will turn towards Chhukung, the starting point of climbing up the Island Peak. The trip starts from Lukla which is accessed by a half an hour flight from Kathmandu in a small aircraft. From Dingboche, you will see this peak like an island standing in the mid of glacier lakes which made its name in 1953 A.D. by a group of British expedition groups. But later it was named Imja Tse in 1983 AD.

After the summit, you will turn back to Chhukung and return to Lukla via Pangboche and Namche concluding the trip.

Best time to do this trip

Climbing peak is suggested to do in springtime when the weather is much welcoming and clear. This period is the high season time for climbing and expedition trips and that's the reason why you may encounter some large groups of trekkers on the trail to various expedition trips. 

Autumn time is also favorable for the summit but weather will be a bit colder with the thicker snowy trail. Please note that the climbing permits are discounted by 50% during Autumn from the rates of Spring.

19 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Challenging
  •    Destination: Everest Region
  •    Activities: Peak Climbing
  •    Accommodation: Tea Houses, Camp
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Group size: 2 - 12
  •    Best Season: March - May/ October - November

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