Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration : 16 Days
  • Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Highest Altitude : 6189 m
  • Difficulty : Very Strenous
  • Season : Mar-May, Sep-Nov
  • Activity : Peak Climbing
  • Trip Grade : 5

Island Peak

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Island peak is also know as imja Tse peak with the height of 6160 meter and one of the popular climbing peak in Everest region. 

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The peak was named island peak as the peak resembles an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak is part of south ridge of Lhotse Shar and the main land forms a semicircle of cliffs that rise to the north of the summits of Nuptse, Lhotse, Middle peak and Lhotse Sar. The climb do not require any previous climbing experience but its an assets if you have it. Physical fitness and acclimatization period is necessary before you ascend. Our climbing Sherpa will provide you an essential demonstration on climbing and using of tools which will be good enough for you to safely undertake the climb. 

Day 01: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2600m)
Day 02: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 03: Rest day
Day 04: Namche - Tyangboche (3860m)
Day 05: Tyangboche - Dingboche (4300m)
Day 06: Acclimatize
Day 07: Dingboche - Chhukung (4730m)
Day 08: Rest Day and Climb Chhukung Ri (5550m)
Day 09: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5200m)
Day 10: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
Day 11-12: Climbing period (Island Peak Base Camp to Summit 6189m and back to Base Camp)
Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3985m)
Day 14: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 15: Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2840m)
Day 16: Lukla - Kathmandu

Day 01: Kathmandu fly to Lukla- Trek to Phakding

Early in the morning you head to the airport for your flight to Lukla. This is an approximately 45 minutes flight with incredible mountain views north to the Himalayan Range. After meeting the crew in Lukla, you head up the Dudh Koshi River Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding.

Trekking time: approx. 4 hours

Heights: Kathmandu 1350m, Lukla 2840m, Phakding 2600m


Day 02: Phakding - Namche Bazaar

This morning you continue north following the Dudh Koshi river and on to Jorsale where you enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the ImjaDrangpa (ImjaKhola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (BhoteKosi) where you cross once more on a suspension bridge. This is followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs) up to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market.

Trekking time: approx. 6 hours

Heights: Namche Bazaar 3440m


Day 03: Rest day

Today is for letting your bodies rest and acclimatise. If you are feeling good you could go for an acclimatisation walk, or explore the village. Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Options for acclimatisation walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital, or the one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the view of AmaDablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest, with many more in the mix as well.


Day 04: Namche - Tyangboche

From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the river and, as you go, you get great views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and AmaDablam. After dropping down steeply to the river at PhunkiTenga and having lunch, you have a long steep climb up through beautiful forest to tonight's lodge. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu and you will stay near this monastery with Everest, Lhotse and AmaDablam in full view.

Trekking time: approx. 6 hours

Heights: Tyangboche 3860m


Day 05:Tyangboche - Dingboche (4300m)

After breakfast you head on up the trail to Dingboche. You firstdescend through stunning forest to Deboche and then cross the river and have a short climb to Pangboche which is a good lunch spot. On this side of the river stunning Ama Dablam is prominent and a stunning distraction from the trail as you continue up to Dingboche for the night.

Trekking time: approx. 6 hours

Heights: Dingboche 4300m


Day 06: Acclimatize


Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m)

The track opens with stone walled fields and a perfect view of Imja Khola Valley. Then the trail unfolds with glacier moraines. Glimpse of Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains are frequent en route. From Bibre village we get the first glimpse of Island Peak. On reaching Chhukung our guide allocate the tea house. Check in tea house and explore the village. Chhukung is small village of Sherpa people with ideal view of Amadablam and the Amphu Labsa Mountains.

Trekking Time: 3-4 hrs

Height: Chhukung 4730m


Day 08: Rest Day and Climb Chhukung Ri

Another rest day for acclimatization in Chhukung can be spent climbing Chhukung Ri (5550M).  The climb does not require equipments and a large amount of physical effort. Top of Chhukung Ri has well defined view of  Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks. Upon getting back to valley, we take rest.

Hiking Time: 3-4 hrs


Day 09: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp.

After breakfast we follow literally steep trail. We head to south first and turn to east main line of the valley. Then we follow the breezy track just below the southern edge of the moraine sourced from Lhotse Mountain. Then the trail unfolds some easy section along the river. A zigzag path through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines escorts us to a wide valley adjoining the southwest side of Island Peak.

Trekking Time: 3-4 hrs

Height: Island Peak Base Camp 5200m.


Day 10: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp

After breakfast we attend the pre climbing training session which certainly boosts our confidence level. Spend rest of the day enjoying the scenery and recollecting the energy. We sleep early as we have to wake up early in the morning tomorrow.


Day 11-12: Climbing period (Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp)

We wake up at around 1 to 2 am since we have to reach the top before noon. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. The track has some rocky segments before we come to the narrow steep rocky channels.  The narrow and rocky channels escort us to summit glacier. We rope and other required equipments to cross the glacier. A constant climb on long and steep glacier slope leads us onto the summit ridge. From the top we enjoy witnessing Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse and Amadablam. Descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp and celebrate the successful completion.

Trekking Time: 10-12 hrs

Height: Island Peak 6189m


Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche

A descend to Pangboche is easier than the ascend. We retrace back to Pangboche following Imja 
River and passing few settlements.  Pangboche is a beautiful village of Sherpa people surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east

Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs

Height: Pangboche 3985m


Day 14: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

Nothing new to see today except few people passing by so we continue our journey. We can pay a visit to Tyngboche monastery during the lunch time. A absolute downhill through pine forests, suspension bridge and Chortens we arrive at Namche Bazar.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs


Day 15: Namche Bazaar - Lukla

From Namche Bazaar you will be amazed at how easy that steep trail is to go down (as opposed to the hard slog you had as you came up) as you descend back down to the village of Jorsale. Passing the villages of Phakding and Choplung, you the trail that cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla.

Trekking time: approx. 7 hours

Heights: Lukla 2840m


Day 16: Lukla - Kathmandu

This morning you get up early to catch the morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla.

 

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset.

Visa for Nepal

All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.

You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.

1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.

2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.

3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.

4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.


Please Note:
The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate. 

 

BODY WEAR

  • Loose comfortable T-Shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
  • Trousers
  • A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
  • A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
  • Water and wind proof jacket
  • Water and wind proof trousers
  • Woolen or thermal/wind proof gloves
  • Sun hat and sun/snow glasses
  • Woolen and fleece hat
  • Scarf     
  • Warm Down Jacket
  • Warm Sleeping Bag

 FOOT WEAR

  • Warm woolen and normal socks
  • Comfortable and warm trekking boots
  • Water proof Climbing Boot
  • Crampons
  • Gaiters

 Climbing Equipments

  • Harness-1
  • Ascender-1
  • Descender-1
  • Eight Finger-1
  • Ice Axe-1
  • Carabiners-4

 ACCESSORIES

  • A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
  • Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
  • Camera, music and books
  • Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
  • An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
  • Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
  • WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle `       boiling/hot water
  • HEAD TORCH!
  • Batteries for camera, torch etc..
  • A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
  • Walking sticks (if needed)

Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask your tour leader if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!


INSURANCE

All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.


THE TRAILS

Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!


FLIGHT

The flight to Lukla are with small aircraft and the flight depends on the weather condition, so there are chances of flight being delays for hours or even cancelled due to the weather. You will only be allowed to carry 10kg as luggage and 5 kg as a hand bag and extra charge will be charge by airlines for excess baggage. 


ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.

Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).

Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.

The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.

You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.


TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS

Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.

Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.


CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT

While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.

There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:

-Pick up any litter along the trail

-Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water source

-In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source

-Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests

-Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled

-Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora

-Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)