Island Peak Climbing Expedition
Island peak (6,187 m) is one of the popular choices for climbing peaks in the Nepali Himalaya. Island peak is located in Imja valley in the Everest region near the Mount Everest. Island Peal is also known as Imja Tse by the Nepalese. The mountain was named island peak due to its appearance as an island on a sea of ice from far away. From the high point of Island peak, it offers awe-inspiring spectacular panorama view of mountains like Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse central (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m), Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) in the east, and Amadablam (6812m) in the south.

Nepal is the country with 8 highest mountains above 8000 meters, Himalayan peaks have drawn many adventures and a large number of climbers every year. To climb this peak, one doesn’t require advanced climbing skills. Any trekkers or climbers who want to experience mountain climbing looking for a good challenge and thrill adventure, island peak is best for them.

Island peak is mainly climbed for the practice of mountaineering skills before climbing other giant mountains. Island peak trek offers stunning panorama view of Himalayan peaks in the world. Walking through the alpine village of Lukla, this expedition takes trekkers through the beautiful lake in the Gokyo valley, visit Everest base camp, cross the Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5420 m), and Kongma La (5535 m) and climb Kalapatthar.

Trekkers also take through traditional Sherpa village, famous monastery Tengboche and get to experience the unique culture of local Sherpa people. The climb to Island peak Summit is along the rock ridge to a glacier. Upon reaching the top of Island peak, trekkers will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of gigantic mountains offering the best satisfaction that every climber dream of.

Amble Himalaya Treks is the leading trekking organizer in Kathmandu, providing the best services and unforgettable memories. Our client’s safety is utmost concern for us. We provide our client with necessary gears and equipment’s so they can have best Himalayan experience. We offer package according to the choice of our clients.

Trip Fact

Geography Mountain/ Forest/ Village Level of Difficulty  Moderate
Duration of Trek 15 Days Max Altitude 6,189 m
Religions Buddhism/Tibetan Ethnic People Sherpas/Tamang
Accommodation Hotel/ Lodge/ Tent Camp Transportation Private Vehicle/ Tourist Bus/ Airplane
Group Size (2-10) Person

Outline Itinerary



Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu and expedition preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) then trek to Phakding (2,652m): 30 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5-6 hours
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m): Acclimatization Day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) (5- 6 hours)
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) (3-4 hours)
Day 08: Dingbuche to Chhukung (4730m) (2 hours)
Day 09: Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m): 3-4 hours
Day 10: Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m), back to base camp: 10-12 hours
Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m) 5-6 hours
Day 12: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 4-5 hours
Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m): 6-7 hours
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu (30 minutes)
Day 15: Final Departure

Included on the Cost:

Domestic and international flights transfer.
3 Star hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on double/twin room sharing with Breakfast.
Guided tour of the city with all entry fees as per Itinerary.
Kathmandu- Lukla –Kathmandu flight.
Accommodation in trekking at best available Teahouse/Lodge and camp.
Daily breakfast.
Full board service on the whole trip; Base camp and above (on deluxe tour only)
Full supper staff and equipment at base camp and above (cook, porter, kitchen staff, tents, dining tents, lights, solar, all necessary equipment).
Meals (Lunch, dinner & breakfast) at base camp and tented accommodation.
One climbing Sherpa guide.
Amble Himalaya Treks provides duffel bag and sleeping bag to use during the trek.
Experience professional trek guide, accredited by the Nepal government.
Trekking permits and local taxes for the region.
Island Peak Climbing Permit.
Porters required to carry all personal gear; 1 porter per 2 trekkers. (on deluxe tour only)
Group first Aid Kit.
Insurance for all our staff.
Emergency Travel Evacuation assistance.
Trekking map for each trekker.
Amble Himalaya souvenirs on departure.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Departure Date

Drop at Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

Additional information

Trip TypeBudget, Deluxe, Guide Service
1

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)


Pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport. Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.
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Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu and expedition preparation


Today we give you a free day to explore around streets of Kathmandu and prepare for the expedition. Overnight in Hotel.
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Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,651m): 30 minutes flight; 3 - 4 hours trek


We take an early morning flight to Lukla; gateway to Everest region enjoying the white snowcapped mountains. We start our trek passing the beautiful alpine village of Lukla, and descending towards the Dudh Koshi River until Phakding. We pass through monasteries and shrines on our way to Phakding. Overnight in Hotel.
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Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5 - 6 hours


We continue our trek following the Dudh Koshi River crossing the suspension bridge twice and walking through the dense pine forest. Then we ascend steeply for 2 hrs up Namche Hill before reaching Namche Bazar. Namche Bazar (3,500 m) is a gateway to Everest. It is also is a trading market town selling everything, especially Tibetan artifacts. Overnight in Hotel.
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Day 05: Namche Bazaar(3,440m): Acclimatization Day


We spend a day to rest in Namche Bazar for acclimatization or either explore around the streets of Namche bazar’s village and get to learn the rich unique culture of Sherpas or we can take a short hike to Everest Viewpoint to view the amazing panoramic view of Everest. We can also visit a local museum that exhibits the traditional customs of Sherpa people and the history of Mount Everest region.
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Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) 5- 6 hours


Today we trek towards Tengboche enjoying the panoramic view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku and passing several villages. Tengboche is a small village with famous Tengboche Monastery which is the largest monastery in Khumbu with a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha. Overnight in Tengboche.
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Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) (3-4 hours)


We continue our trek descending to Dingbuche, crossing suspension bridge on the Imja Khola. Then we ascend to Pangboche walking through rhododendron forest and following our trail through Sherpa village of Dingboche. Upon reaching Dingbuche, we can view different Himalayan range. Overnight in Lodge.
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Day 08: Dingbuche to Chhukung (4730m) (2 hours)


Today we trek for 2 hours to reach Chhukung, following the trail alongside the Imja Khola and walking through stone-walled fields. Chhukung is a summer settlement surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Overnight in Hotel.
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Day 09: Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m): 3-4 hours


We continue our trek ascending the steep trail climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. The trail then leads to the winding path of the moraine that flow from Lhotse Glacier. We walk through the crisis cross route of Imja leading to the Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight in tented camp.
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Day 10: Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m), back to base camp: 10-12 hours


We start early in the morning to climb up Island peak (6, 189 m). We ascend through rock gully steep trail making our way up a wide stone field. We climb several short rock steps before reaching on the right side of the gully. We then follow the trail crossing the ridge of glaciers and crevasses. Upon reaching the high point of Island Peak, we will be treated with the breathtaking view of different Himalayan Range. We trek back to base camp and stay overnight in tented camp.
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Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m) 5-6 hours


We make our way back to Pangboche passing Chortens, Mani walls, and following the same trail through rhododendron and pine forest. We pass through various villages to reach suspension bridge above the Imja Khola River. Overnight in Pangboche.
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Day 12: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 4-5 hours


We continue our trek back to Namche Bazar, passing through Phungki Tenga, Sanasa and Kyangjuma enjoying the landscape and snow-capped mountains in the back. Overnight in Hotel.
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Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m): 6-7 hours


Today we trek for 6-7 hrs to reach Lukla descending through the steep trail. We walk back passing the Sherpa villages and through dense forest alongside the bank of Dudh Koshi enjoying the natural beauty. Overnight in Lukla.
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Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu (30 minutes)


We will take a 30-minute flight to the Kathmandu. At evening, we’ll enjoy nice dinner at a restaurant in Thamel. Overnight at a hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.
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Day 15: Final Departure


Drop at Tribhuvan International airport for your final departure.

Included

Domestic and international flights transfer.
3 Star hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on double/twin room sharing with Breakfast.
Guided tour of the city with all entry fees as per Itinerary.
Kathmandu- Lukla –Kathmandu flight.
Accommodation in trekking at best available Teahouse/Lodge and camp.
Daily breakfast.
Full board service on the whole trip; Base camp and above (on deluxe tour only)
Full supper staff and equipment at base camp and above (cook, porter, kitchen staff, tents, dining tents, lights, solar, all necessary equipment).
Meals (Lunch, dinner & breakfast) at base camp and tented accommodation.
One climbing Sherpa guide.
Amble Himalaya Treks provides duffel bag and sleeping bag to use during the trek.
Experience professional trek guide, accredited by the Nepal government.
Trekking permits and local taxes for the region.
Island Peak Climbing Permit.
Porters required to carry all personal gear; 1 porter per 2 trekkers. (on deluxe tour only)
Group first Aid Kit.
Insurance for all our staff.
Emergency Travel Evacuation assistance.
Trekking map for each trekker.
Amble Himalaya souvenirs on departure.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Excluded

Lunch and dinner on the trip below base camp (on budget and guide service)
Personal travel insurance; medical and evacuation insurance.
Nepal entry visa fee US$60 for one month, US$ 30 for 15 days.
Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water.
Tips for trekking guide & porters which is expected,
International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc.

The Trekking Group

For Island Peak Expedition; we will have minimum 2 pax on each group and there will be one climbing Sherpa guide, and assistance guide per 4 trekkers and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) only on the Deluxe trek package. On budget trek package and Guide service includes climbing guide only, if you need porter can request separately.

Accommodations 

Amble Himalaya uses Woodapple Hotel and Spa or similar hotels in Kathmandu for your accommodation. During the expedition we will be using the best available trekking lodges, camps and teahouse with attached bathroom where available and common bathroom at higher villages. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 340.

Meals

Depending in your chosen package, Deluxe Trek package includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner where you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Budget trek package only include Breakfast and Guide Service package includes no meals. Breakfast and dinner will be served at same lodge you will stay and hot lunch will be served along the way. Farewell dinner will be provided to all packages at Kathmandu on your return from Trek.

Drop at Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.


Though Island peak climbing is not technically challenging, it is physically demanding and is graded as Alpine PD+. This strenuous plus expedition rises to an altitude of 6189m / 20,305 feet and walks through steep and narrow trails and glacial moraines. While you will be provided with acclimatization days, one needs to be physically fit to take on this trek.

Island Peak is a strenuous plus trek which involves trekking as well as climbing with all the expedition equipment’s. Previous climbing experience certainly helps, but no prior experience is required for Island Peak climbing. Moreover, at Island Peak base camp, our climbing Sherpa will organize a special session on climbing skills and the use of climbing equipment’s. Some cardio and regular walks will certainly help prior to your arrival in Kathmandu. However, anyone with pre-medical history needs to seek medical consent before considering the expedition.

We strongly suggest you to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure. However, we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is medically trained and has ample knowledge to deal with any life-threatening situation. But it’s always wise to have insurance as your back up.

As for Island Peak climbing, you would need special Island Peak climbing permit along with (Everest) Sagarmatha National Park permits, and TIMS card (trekking information management system). We obtain these entire permit and travel documents for you.

Acute mountain sickness is a negative health effect of high altitude caused by your body’s reaction to a shortage of oxygen. The amount of oxygen present at sea level is double of that contained at 5,000m above the sea-level. Your body needs sufficient time to adjust your breathing to the higher altitude. Above 2,800m, the effect of high altitude is experienced.

Symptoms of AMS are headache, nausea, loss of appetite, coughing, and fatigue. If you’re feeling any of these while trip, rest and discontinue your trip for that day. If your health is getting worse while resting, return back to lower altitude. You should rest until you feel okay. Then, you can continue your trip. You can always abandon your trip if you’re not able to complete it. Let your guide know if you are having troubles during the trip and act on his advice.

Island Peak Climbing