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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Island peak climbing

Trip code IPC-27
Package name Island peak climbing
Duration 20 Days
Max. elevation 6130 Meter
Level DIFFICULT
Transportation private vehicle and Both ways flight tickets
Accomodation Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu; and the best available lodge in Treks, overnight in a tented camp on the climb
Starts at kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Tengboche-Dingboche-Lobuche-Gorakshep-Everest base camp-Kalapathar-Chukung-Island Peak base camp-high camp-Island Peak-Island Peak-Pangboche village-Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu
Cost USD 2,287 per person

Highlights

Overview

Everest base camp with Island Peak Climbing is a blend of an exciting adventure. Make every trekker's and climber's dreams come true with high success, as our itinerary is designed in a great way. To make the climb safe and easier with ample days for rest and acclimatization visit Everest base camp. As well as a climb of high Kalapathar Hill that will allow much exercise before the actual ascent to Island Peak. Island Peak rises at the height of 6,189 m /20,305 feet high, the peak is also called Imjatse Himal.

As it is located above scenic Imjatse Valley, with the surrounding giant mountains of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and Amadablam North-East Face. Louche peak climbing is also known as very popular climbing. The name Island peak is tagged by early western mountaineers and explorers, as the stunning mountain appears like an Island. Situated amidst the wide beautiful valley of Imjatse within close reach of the last human settlement of Chukung and Dingboche.  

Island Peak is a perfect mountain for all types of adventurers and trekkers, that leads you to an alpine-style climb. Within a day of more than 7-8 hours, as per the physical and technical ability of climbers. It was first climbed by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and some fellow members of Everest Expeditions way back in 1953. Island Peak was climbed as a practice climb before Mt. Everest was summited, at present. One of the most popular trekking peaks for all climbers and trekkers due to its accessibility and high success. Island Peak climb grading we have used from famous French and Swiss Alpine Style Climbing Classification Systems as PD + This means a mountain with a straightforward climb with some technical section to tackle ice, rocks, and snow.

Everest base camp and Island Peak Climb begins from Lukla after a scenic short flight from Kathmandu. An interesting walk where your heavier baggage will be laden on pack animals called Jhopkyo. A crossbreed of a yak and normal cow/ox as well carried by strong cheerful porters. From Lukla, our expert guide leads you past the nice farm villages of Sherpa, the main mountain tribes of Everest. As well spread around the North East Himalaya region known as the famous highlanders of Himalayas. Where Sherpa is famously known as a world record holder for mountaineering various peaks of the Himalayas.

The walk takes you to enter Sagarmatha National Park, which is listed in World Heritage Sites. The park is enriched with exotic flora/fauna with the world's highest peaks, the name Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepal. While the local Sherpa call as Chomolungma is of Tibetan origin language, you can notice the similar culture to Tibetan Buddhism. A wonderful walk of gradual visiting and staying overnights in the comfort of a nice lodge at the famous Namche Bazaar. Spending rest days for acclimatization and then on the road to our main target to reach Everest base camp. Where trek leads on the scenic trail and serene cool forest to the beautiful location at Tengboche.

A place with an impressive monastery surrounded by green woodland with an awesome panorama of snow peaks. From here enjoy views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse with magnificent looking Mt. Ama Dablam. From here onwards tree lines fade as the walk reaches you at Everest base camp after a few overnights. Staying in Dingboche and Lobuche within high Khumbu valley and to our first destination of the adventure. Enjoy tremendous views of towering peaks that surround you at base camp, within close reach of Khumbu Ice-Fall and glaciers. After an exciting moment climb up to the top of Kalapathar rocky hill at 5,545 m the highest spot. That is on trekking before the climb of Island Peak, from hereafter catching an amazing panorama of high peaks. Includes closest views of Mt. Everest, and then towards our final highlight and destinations to Island Peak base camp and Best time to climbing Island peak.

On Island Peak climb stay in a tented camp for a few nights, with time for rest and checking climbing gear. Then getting ready for the big approach to the summit of the Island peak. Our expert guide leads you safe and sound to the top encountering a few tough sections to negotiate. From the top enjoy breathtaking scenery, steeped with the world's highest peaks and feel tired but in an exciting mood. Achieving one of the biggest experiences of a lifetime adventure. Then head safely back to Lukla for the last overnight around the high Khumbu and Everest area. Where next early morning a sweeping panoramic flight brings you to Kathmandu. After a great wonderful adventure on Everest base camp and Island Peak Climb.

Difficulty while climbing Island Peak:

Climbing the peak of the island is considered very difficult. On a daily basis, the trek takes around 4 to 6 hours and involves hills and difficult terrain. Another obstacle is crossing glaciers, rivers, rocky terrain, and mountains. On a peak day, you will have to climb for 12 to 13 hours and cover a distance of around 11 km. The weight of your heavy winter clothes, plus 8 to 11 kg of your bag, add to the difficulty. These are some of the reasons why Summit Island Peak physical fitness is essential.

It is especially suitable for those trekking enthusiasts who want to start their mountaineering experience. It will be reasonably easy for experienced hikers with a high level of fitness. Even if you have no prior climbing expertise, you should be confident when trekking at high altitudes. Basic mountaineering abilities are desirable but not required as the team will provide pre-climb instruction. If you have a pre-existing heart or lung condition, or if you have knee weakness, you should consult your doctor first to see if you can achieve climbing.

Altitude sickness during ascent:

Nepal's mountains are exceptionally high in elevation. With eight of the world's highest peaks above 8000 meters, including Mount Everest, the altitude for climbing and expeditions can be too high for novice and intermediate climbers. However, if taken casually, a sudden change in altitude can be problematic. As altitude increases, the amount of oxygen available decreases. Furthermore, the rapid increase in temperature can cause altitude sickness in some people. Vomiting, fainting, nausea, and headache are some of the early symptoms that hikers may experience. It can happen to anyone, regardless of their level of fitness. Hence, it is comfortable and good to travel at a leisurely pace.

Climb the island Peak summit Everest base camp safety:

Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition guarantees customer safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is of utmost concern to us. We have many checks and balances to make treks safe. We will carry all necessary gear, tools, and first aid kits.

Our trip leaders and guides are trained in wilderness first aid. If a trekker falls ill, your trek guide has the right to decide to continue the trek or dismount immediately based on the overall condition of the trekking team. In the event of an emergency, we will deploy a rescue helicopter to bring you to safety (funded by insurance). Furthermore, we will travel together for the safety of the group.

EBC With Island peak climb equipment & Packing Lists:

This list outlines the required things to bring during the EBC with the Island peak climbing. The weight limit for your luggage is 16 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you to pack only what is necessary.

Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.

For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.

For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket

For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.

For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.

For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.

Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -22 degrees C or 29 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag, A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).

Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic.

Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).

Note: If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy them in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark on trekking. 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines:

On reaching Kathmandu via various international airlines, at the airport our guide and staff for a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city. Where is your hotel located, after checking into your rooms, and then meeting other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for the briefing? Regarding the Island Peak climb and trek, information includes other useful information to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.

Day 2 : In Kathmandu, options for tour and climb preparation:

A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek to Everest base camp and Island Peak climb. Last hour shopping to purchase and hire needful gear for the trip, with time one can book for optional sightseeing tour. Around Kathmandu valley, major cities, are steeped with ancient world heritage sites.

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla 2,820 m start trek to Phakding 2,620 m, -04 hrs:

Departure from the hotel as early as possible by the latest 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. Having breakfast, and leaving unwanted items for storing in the hotel. Our staff and guide will transfer you for the short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport. After checking in for security, and then proceed to an airfield to board a small aircraft, either Dornier or Twin Otter. With a maximum of 15 to 18 seated planes, as the plane lifts off enjoy a panorama of Himalayan peaks, where the route leads North East with views of Mt. Everest as the plane makes landing at a small airfield in Lukla.

The airport is named Tenzing and Hillary, a tribute to the first legendary conqueror of Mt. Everest. At Lukla getting organized with the heavier baggage to be carried by porters and on pack animals known as Jhopkyo (a mixed breed of Yak and lower region cows or ox). The trail leads around many lovely Sherpa villages adorned with Buddhist prayer walls and monuments to reach Phakding for an overnight stay in a nice moderate lodge.

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3, 440 m), -06 hrs:

Walk today takes you to the famous Namche Bazaar the hub of Khumbu villagers, as well as trekkers. Where once a week, a colorful and busy market is held every Saturday walk leads to cross a few bridges over Dudh Koshi glacial rivers to reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, where a ticket to be shown purchased.

Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepal, while the Sherpa is known as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language. From here reach the last village of Jorsalle before Namche Bazaar, for a lunch break, and then continue to walk following the river on a bank, within the cool shade of pine and rhododendron forest.

On crossing the last high bridge, along undulating uphill for a few hours to reach Namche Bazaar for two overnight stops. Enjoy the views of Kwangde and Tharmasarku peaks from the lodge in Namche and then check into your rooms for refreshing rest before dinner time in a large warm and cozy dining hall.

Day 5 : At Namche Bazaar for rest and acclimatization:

Free day in Namche for necessary rest and a short hike to viewpoints which is a good way to support acclimatization. Enjoy a leisurely morning with breakfast and hike to Namche viewpoint overlooking Mt. Everest and the beautiful peak of Ama Dablam with other adjoining peaks. Visit the museum offers full information about the Khumbu region.

Energetic people can take a hike up to Everest View Hotel for a few hours, as well one can spend the day exploring Khumjung and Khunde villages. This is quite different from Namche Bazaar with many traditional houses located in a glacial valley.

Day 6 : Trek to Tengboche Monastery 3,867 m, -05 hrs:

The morning after breakfast, an easy stroll after a short climb to the top of Namche facing excellent views of Khumbu peaks with Everest, and then down to Imjatse River at PhunkiTenga, a small settlement popular mid-day stops of trekkers for lunch or refreshments. From here on steep winding uphill for some hours within the cool forest to reach a small scenic plateau at Tengboche and its colorful monastery.

The area is surrounded by an array of peaks with grand views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam with a range of adjoining high mountains. Herewith is time to visit the impressive monastery interior of great Buddhism religion interest and then retire back to your lodge for the rest of the afternoon.

Day 7 : Trek to Dingboche 4,410 m, -05 hrs:

From Tengboche enjoy the morning views of snow-capped peaks while you have breakfast, and then the day starts with an easy descent to reach a strong metal bridge. On crossing the bridge above Imjatse River, a slow uphill climb to Pangboche village with the closest views of beautiful Ama Dablam.

From here onward tree lines disappear for short bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes. The walk takes you higher to reach scenic Imjatse valley, where Dingboche is located for an overnight halt, facing the first view of Island Peak towards the east of the valley floor.

Day 8 : Rest day for local hike and acclimatization:

Another deserving rest day, for good acclimatization where one takes a hike uphill to a ridge called Nagarjun. Where you can enjoy the panorama of peaks with Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam North Face as far as the world's 5th high Mt. Makalu in the east. Rest of the afternoon enjoy a stroll around Dingboche with many good lodges and shops or just relax with the mountain views.

Day 9 : Trek to Lobuche 4, 940 m, -05 hrs:

Slowly our adventure heads towards our first highlight to reach Everest base camp and climb Kalapathar high hilltop. The morning starts with a steep climb of less than half an hour to a ridge festooned with prayer flags and Buddhist monuments. Enjoy the great views, as the walk continues on easy up to reach a small settlement of Thugla.

Where massive Khumbu glaciers melt into torrential cold streams. A favorite stop for trekkers heading both ways to Everest base camp, Lobuche, or down to Dingboche and Pheriche valley. After lunch at Thugla, afternoon an hour climb towards Thugla's small pass where you can notice many tombs and memorials of unfortunate climbers.

After a short good rest, a slow and easy walk but strenuous due to thin air and high altitude to reach the overnight stop at Lobuche. Lobuche at 4,940 m / 16,210 feet, situated about 150 km (93 mi) east of Kathmandu, located near the foot of Khumbu Glacier, approx. 8.5 km South-West from Everest Base Camp.

Day 10 : Trek to Everest base camp 5, 364 m via Gorakshep 5, 180 m, -06 hrs:

Today, our walks lead to one of the highlights at Everest base camp, although a short distance. But takes strenuous hours of walking due to high altitude and air pressure. Start on the easy path and up above Khumbu glaciers over moraines of rocks to reach Gorakshep.

The highest human settlement before base camp with few lodges to stay for overnights after visiting Everest base camp. From Gorakshep heed slowly taking more than two hours to reach base camp, feeling wonderful. Standing beneath the world's tallest peaks and close to massive Khumbu icefalls and glaciers. Enjoy the stupendous scenery of high giant snow peaks then back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop, after a great day's adventure.

Day 11 : Climb to Kalapathar 5,545 m and trek to Chukung 4,730 m, -06 hrs:

Early morning climb to the highest rocky hilltop of Kalapathar, which means black rock. A vigorous steep climb due to altitude gain but worth it as you stand on top, overlooking the grand panorama.

Where Mt. Everest will be at the closest distance with Mt. Pumori ahead after a breathtaking moment descends back to Gorakshep. After breakfast continue treks downhill past Lobuche and Thugla, and walk above Dingboche to reach the last settlement in Chukung.

Day 12 : Trek to Island Peak base camp 5,200 m, -04 hrs:

Morning with leisure time for breakfast, from here for a few overnights staying in tented camps, with food prepared by our camping cook and kitchen staff. Walk towards Imjatse valley to reach the base of Island peak, as the climb leads over the moraine.

Includes a few icy streams to cross and then end the morning walks near a place called Parsya Grab. Where our base camp is located near a small glacial pond, the rest of the afternoon rest and preparation for the climb.

Day 13 : Trek and climb to the high camp of Island Peak 5, 460 m, -03 hrs:

A most climber takes the challenge to the summit of Island Peak from base camp. But it is always safe and best to add one more high camp before the summit day. As well as to scout the route of the climb, where our guide will make necessary arrangements ahead for the early next morning climb.

On reaching the exact spot to establish a high camp and finding level ground to pitch tents. Afternoon relaxes and check your gear, as well with some practice ice climbing and then rest with early dinner.

Day 14 : Climb to Island Peak 6,189 m /20,305 feet, -08 hrs:

Start early morning before the break of dawn, as climb leads across glacier climb with care following our lead climbing guide. Where there are few crevasses to avoid, as the climb takes you due straight north over snow-covered scree in-between a glacier to a top ridge.

The climb takes you over rocks and icefall section, a steep snow and ice ramp to negotiate at about 100 meters (300 feet) to reach on top of the summit. The last leg of the climb is always tiring and feeling much excited about reaching the summit top. The highest point of the adventure at 6,189 m /20,305 feet high, facing a spectacular panorama of surrounding giant peaks.

Includes view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and Mt. Makalu the four world's highest peaks with a wide range of lesser mountain ranges. Feeling on top of the world, then make a safe descent on the same route to base camp for the last overnight in tents.

Day 15 : Trek to Pangboche village 3, 900 m, -06 hrs:

After an exciting adventure on the Island Peak climb, head back to Dingboche for an onward journey to Lukla after a great successful time. Morning a nice walk to Dingboche and then downhill to Pangboche for an overnight stop.

Day 16 : Trek to Namche Bazaar, -06 hrs:

Morning enjoys close views of Ama Dablam and then morning leads to descending crossing a river with a climb up to Tengboche. From here onward back into tree lines, with down and ups to Shanasa village. As the walk gets better on a gradual winding path to reach Namche for an overnight halt.

Day 17 : Trek to Lukla, -06 hrs:

Today can be a long stretch of walks but easier on the downhill to reach by the river bank and the past Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo village to reach Phakding. From here on the gradual winding trail with the last final climb to reach the end of the trek at Lukla for the last overnight around the high Khumbu and Everest region.

Day 18 : Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel:

On achieving great triumph and success on the top Island peak, depart from the lodge to Lukla airport, where the morning flight reaches you back at Kathmandu. From the airport, transfer to your respective hotels with a free day to enjoy the hustle-bustle city life of Kathmandu.

Day 19 : Spare day with an optional tour in Kathmandu:

It is always best and wise to have a spare or contingency day, in case of a flight delay that might lead to cancellation. Due to bad unfavorable weather conditions for small planes to operate which can happen even in the best time of the seasons. On this free day, one can enjoy individual activities and shopping for souvenirs or take a tour of Kathmandu's ancient city sites within Kathmandu, Patan, or Bhaktapur.

Day 20 : International Departure for homeward bound:

Your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure on Everest base camp and Island Peak climb, then time for your international flight. Our staff transfers you to the airport for homeward bound.

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