• Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Overview

Trip Facts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Difficult
  •    Destination: Nepal
  •    Activities: Peak Climbing
  •    Accommodation: Tea house in trek/ camping in climbing
  •    Meals: all meal during the trek and climbing
  •    Maximum altitude: 6100m
  •    Group size: 1
  •    Best Season: Sept to Nov, Mar to May

Trip Information

Island Peak Climb is one of the most popular climbing adventures of Nepal that takes people to Kala Patthar (5600 meters) and Island (6189 meters). Situated in the Everest region, this Island Peak Climb allures thousands of adventure seekers every year to its premise with the promise of the spectacular view of Mount Everest and Other Popular mountains like Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam etcetera.

Climbing to Island Peak can get much more challenging than popular treks like Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. As a result, it is not recommended or suggested for beginners or novice trekkers. The majestic views of the mountain ranges, glaciers, diverse landscapes, waterfalls, rivulets make climbing to Island Peak (also known as ImjaTse) a serious hit. Along with that, you will get to see the diverse vegetation and wildlife of Sagarmatha National Park.

You will come across the Sherpa people following a unique and traditional lifestyle as you trek up to Island Peak. The Tengboche monastery at Tengboche, lively Namche Bazar, heartwarming hospitality of the locals, and exhilarating views from this climbing experience will fill your heart and soul with joy and wonder.  Located near Mera peak,  Island peak is a difficult trek that might be challenging for you if you lack trekking experience.

Highlights of Island Peak Climb

  1. Spectacular views from the summit of Island Peak
  2. Stunning Mt. Everest views from Kala Patthar
  3. Witness unique and traditional culture and lifestyle of Sherpa
  4. The colorful Namche Bazar, traditional Khumjung, and Pangboche village, and nature-filled trails. ‘
  5. Views of breathtaking mountains and glaciers of the Everest region.
  6. Views Of a glacial lake i.e. Imja Lake
  7. Magnificent rhododendron, pine forests and diverse trails

 

Difficulty and challenges of Island Peak Climb

Located in the Everest region, Island Peak stands high at the altitude of 6189 meters. The high altitude, extreme weather, and challenging trails together make this a difficult one. Island Peak climb can even get extreme for those adventure enthusiasts who know nothing about mountains or trekking. The difficulty of Island Peak Climb is a very subjective thing and varies from person to person.

Although climbing Island Peak is not as easy a thing to do, you can decrease the difficulties and challenges you might face during the trek by spending more time in mountains, getting used to uneven surfaces, doing exercise, and increasing stamina etcetera. Altitude sickness and the altitude of above 6000 meters is not a joke.

 If you are planning to climb Island Peak, you have to prepare accordingly. Also, reach there taking 2-3 days to acclimatize. This way, your body will get time to adjust to the dropping temperature and increasing height thus providing you an advantage over Altitude Sickness.

 

Best time for Island Peak Climb

The best time for Island Peak Climb is during the months of Spring I.e. March, April and May and month of Autumn season i.e. September, October and November. During these months, the path will be dry and safe. Moreover, the views of the mountains are brilliant under the blue skies. Spring and Autumn Season are the best times difficulty wise as well due to appropriate weather and safe trails. The trekking trails are likely to be filled with people since many people come to trekking during these seasons.

The off seasons i.e. Summer and Winter are less preferred times for climbing Island Peak. Summer due to the wet, slippery trails, and poor views and Winter Season due to extremely cold weather.

 

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 meters)

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters) and then trek to Phakding (2,652 meters): 40 minutes flight, About 3-4 hours trek

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters): About 5-6 hours of trek

Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters): Exploration day/ Acclimatization Day

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 meters): About 5- 6 hours trek

Day 06: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200 meters): About 4-5 hours trek

Day 07: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930 meters): About 5-6 hours trek

Day 08: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 meters), hike up to Everest Base Camp (5364 meters): About 6-7 hours trek

Day 09: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 meters) and back to Dingboche (4500 meters): About 7-8 hours trek

Day 10: Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200 meters) via Chukung: About 3-4 hours trek

Day 11: Acclimatization day/ Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp

Day 12: Island Peak base camp to Island Peak (6,189 meters), trek back to base camp: About 10-12 hours trek

Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985 meters): About 5-6 hours trek

Day 14: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters): About 4-5 hours trek

Day 15:  Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 meters): About 6-7 hours trek

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300 meters)

Day 17: Final Departure

Detail Itinerary

Detailed itinerary for Island peak Climbing:

Detail itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 meters)

Helping you with your luggage and suitcase, our staff will escort you to the hotel after picking you up from Tribhuvan International Airport(TIA). You can refresh and either take a rest after a long flight or roam across the beautiful streets of Thamel. We will fill you in about our adventurous trip. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters) and then trek to Phakding (2,652 meters): 40 minutes flight, About 3-4 hours trek

We will fly to one of the most highly located Lukla airport in 2800 meters which will take us about 40 minutes. After this, we will meet with all out trekking members, porters and then head towards Phakding at 2652 meters.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters): About 5-6 hours of trek

Third day of Island Peak Climb, we trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar at 3440 meters. Namche Bazar is the famous and colorful tourist hub of the Khumbu region with amazing lodges, markets and shops. This is also the biggest village you will witness on the whole Everest trail. We can see the stunning views of the mountains from here. We will stay the night in hotel or guest house in Namche Bazar

Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters): Exploration day/ Acclimatization Day

We will explore the colorful Namche Bazar as we acclimatize with the changing weather and altitude. We visit the souvenir shops, tea shops and hike to near Everest View Hotel just above Namche Bazar from which we can witness excellent views of Everest. Lhotse, Ama Dablam etcetera. We explore the museum in the region before having dinner and spend our fourth night in Namche Bazar as well.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 meters): About 5- 6 hours trek

After an early morning breakfast, we leave behind Namche Bazar. On our way to Tengboche at 3870 meters, we will have a close-up view of Thamserku. Looking at the stunning views of Mt. Everest and neighboring peaks, we will cross prayer flags, DudhKoshi river and finally reach Tengboche after about 6 hours of trek. Tengboche is an attractive place with the biggest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region. We will explore it and spend our night in a lodge or guest house in Tengboche.

Day 06: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200 meters): About 4-5 hours trek

Walking downhill and uphill, we will trek for about 4 to 5 hours to finally reach Pheriche height of 4200 meters. We will pass through dense forests and cross ImjaKhola before climbing uphill to reach Pangboche village. We will continue trekking until we reach Pheriche village where we will stay our night.

Day 07: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930 meters): About 5-6 hours trek

Enjoying the views of Cholatse and Twache peak, we will trek towards Lobuche. Towards the top we can see many stone signposts that are memorials of many Sherpas and other climbers who lost their lives while climbing Mt. Everest. Continuing our trek, we reach Lobuche at 4930 meters where we will stay our night.

Day 08: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 meters), hike up to Everest Base Camp (5364 meters): About 6-7 hours trek

Eighth day of our adventurous trek is quite challenging one as we will trek to Gorakshep at 5170 meters. We then further hike up to a height of 5364 meters to reach Everest Base Camp. As we go up higher the views of mountains gets even more prominent and pleasant. We will return back to Gorakshep for our night stay after trekking for about 7 hours.

Day 09: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 meters) and back to Dingboche (4500 meters): About 7-8 hours trek

We will wake up very early and then trek to reach Kala Patthar. From Kala Patthar, the view of the south face of Mount Everest is simply spectacular. Not only this we also get to see many other natural beauties for instance Khumbu glacier. We trek back to Lobuche for the night stay.

Day 10: Trek to Island Peak base camp (5,200 meters) via Chukung: About 3-4 hours trek

We will reach Chukung from Dingboche in about 2 hours. After that we will climb along our steep trail crossing Lhotse glacier. We will continue trekking until we reach Island Peak Base Camp at 5200 meters. We will spend our night in this base camp after setting up our tents or in tea houses.

Day 11: Acclimatization day/ Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp

We will explore Island Peak Base camp and also learn some climbing techniques from the guide. We will be provided some training and tips for using ice axes, harnesses and other climbing equipment. We will also learn how to go up and down using the ropes in our climb. We will spend our night in a tent camp at Island Peak Base Camp.

 

Day 12: Island Peak base camp to Island Peak (6,189 meters), trek back to base camp: About 10-12 hours trek

We put on our crampons and begin our adventure early in the morning to ascend up to the summit of Island Peak. We start carefully  by climbing over rock ravine . With the help of guides, we use and fix our ropes and finally reach the apogee of our journey. The world seems stunningly beautiful from up here. After enjoying the views and capturing the pictures for quite some time, we trek back to the base camp where we will stay our night.

Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985 meters): About 5-6 hours trek

We trek back to Chukung and continue our trek to arrive at Dingboche where we have lunch. We trek for about hours to arrive at Pangboche: our destination and night stop for the day.

Day 14: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters): About 4-5 hours trek

Enjoying the glorious sights of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, lush rhododendron forest etcetera, we arrive at Tengboche. We continue descending until we reach Namche Bazar, our night stop.

Day 15:  Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 meters): About 6-7 hours trek

Following DudhKoshi, we trek back to arrive at Lukla. We will make most out of our last night in the Mountain region after trekking for about 7 hours to arrive at Lukla.

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300 meters)

After breakfast, we will go to Lukla airport. Looking down at the mountains and lush valleys one last time we return back to Kathmandu via a scenic flight. You will enjoy a farewell dinner organized by the trekking agency with all the trekking members and spend the last night of 17 day Island in the hotel.

Day 17: Final Departure

You will be escorted to Tribhuvan International Airport or any other mutually agreed location and we will bid goodbye.

 

 

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Airport picks up and drop service during international arrival/ departure and domestic arrival/departure.
  • Deluxe 3 star category accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive with breakfast according to itinerary.
  • All camping equipment
  • 15 kg baggage allowance in flight and in trekking.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla flight and Lukla to Kathmandu flight with guide.
  • Beautiful and clean accommodation at guest houses, lodges during the trek.
  • Full board meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with a cup of hot drinks)
  • One trekking Guide highly experienced, friendly, English speaking, Government licensed, Ministry of tourism Trained with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation and insurances.
  • One strong porter with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation and insurance
  • Everest National Park permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permits
  •  climbing permit for Island peak
  • Necessary staff during the climbing as per group size.
  • High altitude food and all climbing crew
  • Necessary fixed and dynamic rope and kitchen crew.
  • Experience and Government license holder climbing Sherpa guide as per group size.
  • Down Jacket, Four-seasonal sleeping bags, Duffel bag, and trekking map (Down Jacket, sleeping bag and Duffel bag have to be returned after trip completion).
  • Complementary welcome or Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with culture dance show
  • All necessary paper works Government tax and office service charges.
  • First Aid Medicines and medication with your guide
  • Certificate of your trekking signed by the company Manager and your trekking Guide

What is not included?

Island Peak Climbing Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu city Lunch and dinner (also not include in case of early returns, flight delays, or other cause than the schedule itinerary)
  • International airfare from and o Nepal
  • Travel – medical insurances and emergency evacuation.
  • your personal nature expenses (Hot shower, Alcoholic beverages, Telephone, Laundry, personal snacks, Internet, Battery Charging, hot water, Mineral water, beer, coke)
  • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu  rather than the itinerary
  • Nepal Visa fees (two passport photographs, US$ 25 for multiple entry 15 days, USD 40 multiple entry for 30 days, US$ 90 multiple entry for 90 days) can be issued upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • Gratitude, tips for your guide and porter.
  • Cost arising by mishaps, nature calamites.
  • Services that are not mentioned in service include section.
  • Sightseeing cost in Kathmandu and  City.

Useful info

Island PeakClimbing Equipment: 


Mountain Ice axe, Climbing Harness, Karabiners, Ice screws, Snow bars, Descenders, Tents


Clothing Equipments:


 Sleeping pad, Down jacket/ trousers/vest, Warm climbing trousers, Long cotton hiking shirts, Head torch /batteries/bulbs, Waterproof climbing Jacket, Gaiters, Fleece/wool for climbing, Lightweight thermal/ insulated ski gloves, Sun hat, Light cotton athletic socks and wool, climbing socks, Long sleeved, cotton/woolen shirts, T-shirts, Wool long underwear, Down high altitude, sleeping bag, Climbing sunglasses, Sunscreen, Lip salve, Lightweight fleece, 

Customer Reviews


Island Peak Climbing 2018.

Taylor Benjamin | Australia

Rating: 5

We climbed Island peak with mission Himalaya in2018 October. 3 of us climbed with 2 sherpas. its very technical climbing peak using a pair of crampons, and Jumar. WE did some climbing training in Chukung with our Sherpa guide. We are very grateful with Mission Himalaya taking care of us and giving such great hospitality. Birendra was our trekking guide and Nima Sherpa was our climbing leader with Nar and Lakpa. Hopefully, we will go next time more than 6500m peaks with Mission Himalaya Treks. Recommended highly to all. 

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