Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak (6173m.) also known as Imja Tse, climbing is challenging and technically difficult climbing. It is the extension of Lhotse Shar which is very popular for trekking trail that can be reached crossing Everest Base Camp. Through Gokyo Valley, the trekking trail leads to the peak. The name of the peak is Island because it seems like an island from Dingboche. Being located on the top of Chhukung Glacier, the peak is very challenging for climbing. The difficult geographical landscape between Mt. Amadablam and Lhotse makes it challenging to reach the summit.

Island Peak Climbing includes Climbing Gokyo Ri for astonishing view of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyo and many other peaks. Trekking trail leads to Chola Pass and continues to Dingboche from where Island Peak climbing route starts. The narrow summit ridge which is mixed rock and ice wall can be the most difficult section while climbing. Island Peak is reached through Dingboche with enough acclimatization on the way due to high elevation.

Trekking to Island Peak is one of the challenging adventures which goes through Everest Base Camp. Therefore, a person should be physically fit and healthy and having experience in mountaineering to climb Island Peak. The trek continues to Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley, Chola Pass and finally to the summit of Island Peak (Imja Tse). Climbing of this peak also includes some unnamed peaks in Khumbu region.

Trip Highlights :

Time for Nepal Total : 18 Days
Walking and Climbing Duration: 15 days
Trekking and Climbing Destination : Kalapather and Everest Base camp and Island peak
Starting : Lukla
Ending : Lukla
Grade : hard
Mode of trek : Tea house/camping
Maximum Altitude : 6200m.
Minimum: 2 people.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu exploration and preparing for trek
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2800m. trek to Phakding 2610m.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m.
Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche 3800m.
Day 07: Tangboche Pheriche 4200m.
Day 08: Pheriche Lobuche 4900m.
Day 09: Trek to Kalapattar 5545m. and back to Lobucche
Day 10: Trek to Dingboche 4300m.
Day 11: Dingboche Chukung 4730m. as approach island peak trek
Day 12: Chukung Island peak Base camp at 5000m.
Day 13: High Camp 5300m.
Day 14: High Camp summit 6160m. back to Base Camp
Day 15: Base Camp Tengboche 3800m.
Day 16: Tengboche Namche Bazaar
Day 17: Namche to Lukla
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 19: Fly back to your destination

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival outside the Kathmandu airport terminal, the airport representative will wait you to take you to the hotel taking around 20 minutes but you must check your name at play card. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu exploration and preparing for trek
You will visit around Pashupatinath, Buddha, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar square, Patan Durbar Square which are the heritages enlisted in UNESCO world heritage list. In the evening you will get brief information about the trek from our guide and you will make preparations for trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2800m. trek to Phakding 2610m.
Today we will take an amazing flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m) in the morning parallel to the huge Himalayan adjacent to Nepal and China. After 40 minutes, we will land in a runway and our caretaker will help us carry our belongings. Then we will walk down to the Dudh Kosi River, where we connect with the main path to Namche Bazaar. After moving all the way through the small area of Ghat (2550m), we will soon arrive at our tea house at Phakding.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m.
Today, we start from Phakding and walk across the river to trek all the way through the area of rhododendron, blue pine forest and more which is really superb experience especially during the spring. We go crossways to the Dudh Kosi at Benkar and take pleasure from the scenes of snow-topped mountains Kusum Kanguru (6369m), Thamserku (6623m) and so on. The way then becomes fairly difficult and includes a perpendicular climb to Namche Bazaar. The will now walk through upstream on flat land, on the bank, to the fusion point of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After crossing one of the suspension bridges above the river we will ascend to Namche Bazaar. We get the most amazing vivid opportunities of gigantic peaks -Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taweche is visible. Overnight at hotel Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Rest at Namche Bazaar
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.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche 3800m.
We will today descend down through the Khumjung community and move to the major path to Everest at Shanasa. We will walk further to Trashinga and then move down to go across the Dudh Koshi at Phunkitenga (3250m). In the daytime, it is a wide and vertical ascend through fir, black juniper, pine, rhododendron forest and reach Tengboche Monastery. Here we can see gigantic peaks AmaDablam, Kantega, Mount Everest etc. We stay at hotel in Tengboche tonight.
Day 06: Tengboche Pheriche 4200m.
We will today slide down through the forest of birch, juniper, fir and rhododendron at Debuche. Here we only steady way up but due to the elevation we have to speed ourselves increasingly all the way through the day. After passing the Imja Khola, the trail heads to Pangboche where we can see the beautiful mountain of Ama Dablam. Then our route is to climb all the way through unwrapped alpine hillsides prior to another crossing of  the Imja Khola and reach Dingboche.
Day 07: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).
Today, we go away Pheriche and the trail goes up to the drain of the Khumbu. Then after an hour the path mounts up to the Khumbu Glacier. Almost half of the climb to the moraine is Dughla. Moving ahead from Dughla the trail keeps on ascending steeply to the crest of the moraine. The path now moves on flat level on the west part of the moraine prior to arriving at Lobuche.
Day 08: From Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m approx 3 hrs walk) and rest
We will trek towards Gorakshep today. From these places, we will walk up to Everest base camp and Kalapattar and then again return back to Gorakshep for staying overnight since we cannot find  lodges at Everest base camp or Kalapattar.
Day 09: Trek to Kalapattar 5545m. and back to Lobuche
We will walk to Kala Patthar, we will have a vertical climb which makes us able to get beautiful views of Everest Peak. We can observe the peaks of Pumori (7,145m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Lingtren (6,697m) and more which divides Nepal from Tibet and just above the Lho La pass we can see the huge face of Changtse (7,750m). We then move back to Lobuche.
Day 10: Trek to Dingboche 4300m.
We today have our breakfast and leave Lobuche. We walk further on to reach Dingboche today where we spend our overnight.
Day 11: Dingboche to Chukung 4730m. as approach island peak trek
From Lobuche, today we will walk to the Chhukhung Valley which is situated unswervingly lower than a huge rock wall that connects Nuptse with Lhotse. From here, you will have magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 m.), definitely, the most photographed peak in Nepal.
Day 12: Chukung to Island peak Base camp at 5000m.
We then walk beside the Imja Khola to reach Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasant place near by a small lake with very beautiful views of the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Lhotse Glacier. Once we set our camp here you can keep youd climbing stuff in order and get ready for your climb of the peak tomorrow.
Day 13: High Camp 5300m.
We will today leave for High Camp today which lies at elevation of 5300m. The next day is the most significant day of our trek so we will make preparation for that. Overnight at high camp.
Day 14: High Camp summit 6160m. back to Base Camp
We will begin walking up today early in the morning to reach at the summit of Island peak. Here our walk becomes difficult once we arrive at the base of the sharp icefall beneath the peak. Great concern must be realized while going up the wall to come out on the periphery leading to the summit. After arriving at the summit, you will walk down to the Base Camp.
Day 15: Base Camp Tengboche 3800m.
Day 16: Tengboche Namche Bazaar
The track today will go down quite abruptly as we walk back to Namche Bazaar. To arrive at the camp and to reach our overnight spot, we will have a steep climb.

Day 17: Namche to Lukla
We take our lunch in Phakding today and make the final way up to Lukla which becomes a surprise for the majority of the trekkers. We arrive at the airport in the early afternoon. Lukla is famous for celebrating end of the trek.
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu
We will wake up early in the morning and get ready for the entrance of our plane for returning back to Kathmandu. Then, we will transfer back to our hotel. Remaining day to explore in Kathmandu, overnight in hotel
Day 19: Fly back to your destination
Our airport representative will help you to reach Kathmandu International Airport for your way back to your country.


Cost Includes On :

  • Pick up from Airport and Transfer to the hotel. by private car/van/Bus.
  • Two night's standard Hotel in Katmandu.
  • Your stander meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • Trekking permit.
  • All necessary paper works. Domestic airport pick up and drop by car/.
  • Flight Ticket (LUKKTMLUK) / domestic airport Tax.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 clients). And Their well paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter. (Guide flight Katmandu / Lukla/ Katmandu.)
    climbing Guide.
  • Island peak climbing permit.
  • Island peak Garbage fee
  • All the Camping gear.
  • Climbing equipment.Necessary porter
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.
  • Drop to airport by car/van/Bus.

Cost does not include on:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • All Food in Kathmandu. also in the case of early return from mountain ( due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • All expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight)
  • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
  • All Bar bills and personal expenses( phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower, pot of tea, coffee etc.
  • Climbing boots.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

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