• Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

Trip at-a- Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Difficult
  •    Destination: Nepal
  •    Activities: Nepal Climbing
  •    Accommodation: 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu and tea house/camping during trekking and climbing
  •    Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meal during the trekking and climbing
  •    Maximum altitude: 6160m
  •    Group size: 2-10
  •    Best Season: March - May & Sept - Nov

Island Peak Climbing is an attention-grabbing adventure attempted by many adventure lovers and climbers. The Island Peak – the real name is Imja Tse. For a brief history, it was renamed by Eric Shipton in 1951 as this Island Peak from Dingboche seemed like an island in the sea of ice. This Island Peak is actually an extension of the Lhotse Shar at the southern end.  Climbing Island Peak is an outstanding experience that lets you the perfect starter of trekking or mountaineering to the wholesome alpine climate and unique Himalayan topography. View of the entire Khumbu region with the giant snowy walls of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mera Peak is spectacular from the altitude of 6,189m. To reach the Island Peak, you will start your trip from Lukla enjoying the ups and downs of the Everest Region. The representative from Step On Himalaya will lead you towards your destination guiding on each and every footsteps.

Island Peak Climbing lets the climbers enjoy the challenging walk among the rocky boulders in the exotic alpine vegetation. As much high you go, as much the climb becomes interesting and enthralling. If the weather permits, the climbers will be able to see the giant Himalayan snowy peaks glittering under a clear blue sky. As compared to earlier days and especially after the earthquake in 2014, the trekking route has changed a lot beyond the “Crampon point” at the edge of the glacier. Nowadays, the trekkers have to traverse multiple deep crevasses that are crossed using ladders. So, nowadays, the trekkers need a basic ladder practice before your ascent to Island Peak or Imja Tse. You must not be afraid of the depths and be able to stay strong when the ladders wobble. Try your best not to look down while on ladders! Follow the instructions of your climbing guide.

The mountains and glaciers in the Himalayan region are never static. Hence, the changes in the landscapes always contest the stamina of the climbers. Once you reach the summit of Imja Tse, the conqueror feeling is rocking. You will then descend to the Island Peak Base Camp and spend the overnight there. The scene of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest and especially the southern face of Mt. Lhotse, Makalu is simply breath-taking. Throughout the whole climb, the Acclimatization is essential for the continuity of the climb. The months of March to May and October to November are considered as the better time of the year to achieve a successful feat over Imja Tse but all the year round, the climb can be done. Step On Himalaya can arrange the delightful trip to Imja Tse or Island Peak and provide the best climbing guides and staff to support and make your climb an accomplishment.

Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel

Day 2: Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2834m) and then Trek to Phakding (2611m)

Day 3: Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 4: Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Day 5: Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m)

Day 6: Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4343m)

Day 7: Day 7: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m)

Day 8: Day 8: Trek from Chhukung to Imja Tse (Island) Peak Base Camp (5600m)

Day 9: Day 9: Ascent to Imja Tse (Island) Peak High Camp (5600m.)

Day 10: Day 10: Trek back from Imja Tse (Island) Peak Summit (6160m) to Imja Tse (Island) Peak Base Camp

Day 11: Day 11: Trek from the Imja Tse (Island) Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3901m)

Day 12: Day 12: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 13: Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 14: Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 15: Day 15: Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Day 16: Day 16: Departure to International Airport

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by the representative of Step On Himalaya and then escorted to the designated hotel for refreshment and be relaxing. You will be given a short explanation about the trip and if there is remaining time, a Nepalese cultural program can be seen. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: n/a

Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2834m) and then Trek to Phakding (2611m)

Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight is a little scary but very interesting and lets you witness the gorgeous scenarios of the snowcapped Himalayas and the striking landscapes. After landing in Lukla airport, you will meet the Guide from Step On Himalaya and led you towards Phakding passing via small hamlet of Ghat(2250m), along the Dudh Koshi river. After reaching Phakding, Overnight stay here.

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

After an early morning breakfast, you will start the trekking from Phakding towards Namche Bazaar. Jorsale is a small village on the way where there is a beautiful waterfall. There is a huge jungle of Rhododendrons, giant firs and magnolia trees. You will cross a few wooden and steel bridges and then climb up and down all the way passing through the forest until you arrive at Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Today is kept as a rest day for acclimatization in order to continue the further trekking. you can wander around the Khumjung village which is nearby Namche Bazaar or you can also go for a trivial walk towards the Thami at 3810m height situated over the Bhote Koshi river valley. At the end of the day, you will be familiarized with the altitude and ready for the further trek. 2nd night at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m)

The destination today is Tengboche. You will start from Namche Bazaar after having an early morning breakfast. You will walk through the forest of Rhododendron and Conifers till Tengboche. There is a Tengboche monastery believed to be one of the oldest monasteries of the Khumbu region at the altitude of 3860m. It is surrounded by the Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtenga. After walking for about 3 – 4 hours, you will reach Tengboche. Overnight stay here.

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4343m)

You will continue your walk today till you arrive at Dingboche. On the way, there is the beautiful forest of Juniper, Rhododendron, Fir and Birch ending at the nunnery in Debouche. After crossing the Imja Khola, you will reach the Pangboche village where you will stop by for lunch enjoying the stunning views of Ama Dablam. Then the path will lead you towards the broad alpine hilly area and reach to the Dingboche village once again crossing the Imja River. Overnight stay here.

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m)

Today’s destination is Chhukung from Dingboche. Chhukung is a small village situated beneath a large rocky wall joining Nuptse with Lhotse. You will enjoy the magical scenes of Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m).

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Trek from Chhukung to Imja Tse (Island) Peak Base Camp (5600m)

You will now start the trekking from Chhukung to Imja Tse walking along the side of Imja River. You will reach a pleasant spot named Pareshaya Gyab where you can see a tiny beautiful lake and amazing views of the Lhotse Glacier and the Nuptse-Lhotse wall. After reaching the Island Peak Base Camp, you will be setting the camp and then geared the climbing stuff for tomorrow’s climbing to the Island Peak. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.

Accommodation: Tented Camp.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Ascent to Imja Tse (Island) Peak High Camp (5600m.)

The main day of the whole Climbing expedition – Ascent to Imja Tse (Island) Peak. From here, you will start your trek to reach the summit enjoying the views of rocky peaks of Lhotse (8,501m.), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m.), Lhotse Shar (8,383m.) and Nuptse (7,879m.) at the north. Towards the east, there is the Lhotse Shar Glacier and Cho Polu (7,734m.) just above it. Mount Makalu (8,475m.) also can be seen from here. Mount Baruntse (7,720m.) and Ama Dablam (6,856m.) are visible from the southern part of the Imja glacier. Overnight stay at Tented Camp at the summit.

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Trek back from Imja Tse (Island) Peak Summit (6160m) to Imja Tse (Island) Peak Base Camp

After spending the night at the tented camp, you will start climbing up early to reach the Island peak summit. The route is amazingly complex after reaching the base of the pointed icefall beneath the peak. After reaching the summit, you will spend some time there and start moving down to the Imja Tse Base Camp. Overnight stay at the Tented Camp.

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Trek from the Imja Tse (Island) Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3901m)

You will start moving towards Pangboche from the Imja Tse Base Camp. It will take about 5 – 6 hours to reach Pangboche. After traversing the Khumbu River over a wooden suspension bridge, you will follow the trail of Imja Khola towards the Pangboche village. Overnight stay here. 

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

After early morning breakfast, you will trek down from Pangboche village to Namche Bazar following the trail of the Imja River. On the way back, you will follow the same route hence you will come across the dense forest of Rhododendron and Birch till Tengboche. From Tengboche, you will gradually walk down towards the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River at Phunki Tenga and arrive at Namche Bazaar. It will be about 5 – 6 hours walk today. Overnight stay here.

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

After taking breakfast, you follow the same route back to Lukla from Namche Bazar. Overnight stay at Lukla.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

From Lukla, you will board the flight to Kathmandu once again enjoying the beautiful scenes of gigantic Himalayan peaks. Upon arriving at the domestic airport of Kathmandu, the representative from Step On Himalaya will take you to the hotel where you can rest and relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 15: Leisure Day in Kathmandu

This day is actually managed as a leisure day. Not only for resting, but also to make sure that you will not miss the International flight. You can spend the day by roaming around or shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 16: Departure to International Airport

The final day of the trek to see off Nepal and back to home. The representative of Step On Himalaya will take you to the airport at least 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight.

Accommodation: n/a

Meal: n/a

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Airport to Hotel to Airport Transfer in a private comfortable vehicle
  • Required Ground transportation
  • Hotel accommodations (Twin sharing basis) in Kathmandu including Breakfast
  • Accommodation in Comfortable guesthouse and Tent/Camp during trekking
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on board during the trekking period with hot beverages (tea/coffee)
  • Experienced and Government License holder Guide, porter and additional staff like an assistant guide, cook, extra porter
  • Salary, Food, Accommodation, Insurance and expenses of Climbing Staffs
  • All necessary documentation
  • All the government and local taxes
  • Permits and entrance fees to Sagarmatha National Park and trekking peak royalty fees to Island Peak.
  • Medical Kit

What is not included?

  • Visa Fee for Nepal
  • International air tickets, Extra charges for Cargo and extra baggage
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking Gears and Equipment
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Rescue or Emergency Evacuation Expenses
  • Personal Expenses like beverages, laundry, internet, Phone bills, etc.
  • Extended trips or sightseeing
  • Tips and gratuities for Staffs
FROM US

* All Inclusive Price.

$1,990

$2,260

16 days

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