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Island Peak Expedition (35 days)

Trip Code:NET-EXP-ISL1

  • Trip Type Camping
  • Duration 35 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 6300 m.
  • Group Size 1
  • Travel Mode Flight
Island Peak Expedition

Island Peak Expedition

Island Peak expedition is a popular and adventurous climbing trip among all the trekking peaks in Nepal. In fact it is one of the most sought-after peak by both experienced and beginner climbers. Also called Imja Tse Peak, Island peak stands tall at the height of 6160m. From a distance, the peak seems as if it is surrounded by a complete of sea of ice and hence its name.  
 
Expedition teams often use Island peak as a peak for acclimatization and warm-up when attempting to climb Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Island peak is actually an extension of southeast ridge of Mt. Lhotse. 
 
The first part of the journey involves trekking through the Khumbu region via Sagarmatha National Park
The base camp of Island peak is located at an altitude of 5,087m. To reach the summit of Island peak involves walking through gully, crevasses, snow and glaciers. Our Sherpas will help you how to fix ropes and teach you glacier walking which will be important tools especially during the last 100m of ascent. Climbing Island peak is both a challenge and a rewarding experience as the summit of Island Peak offers stunning views of beautiful Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Makalu. 
 
Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition has been organizing climbing expedition on Island Peak successfully over the years. Our experienced high altitude Sherpas, guides and porters are there to assist you in making your desire to stand on the summit of Island Peak true. 
 

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 Trip code: NET-EXP-ISL1
  Region Everest Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 35 days
 Trip Type: Camping
 Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Min. Group Size 1
 Max Altitude: 6300 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Flight
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu
Camping Accomodation during Expedition

Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip. Checking your climbing equipments, and discussing the climb with the climbing/trekking guide. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes approximately 30 minutes and trek to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge in Phakding. Early in the morning you will be driven from hotel to Kathmandu airport, after 30 minutes spectacular flight you will land to Lukla airport (2800m.).You begin your trek to Phakding (2652m.) and you walk for about two and a half to three hrs. While trekking, you head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding (2652m.)

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about 5 to 5 and a half hour. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri, Tawache peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Stay overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set up by late Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850 m.) takes almost 5 hours. From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. From here you can catch a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250m.). The village has an excellent place for lunch and you can take a short rest before making the steep climb to Tyangboche. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Stay overnight at lodge in Tyangboche.

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4350m.) takes about four and a half hours to 5 hours. You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite to Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the Gompa, Mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As you gradually ascend, you do find thick forests as the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and a half hour’s walk brings us to Dingboche. Stay overnight at lodge.

Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) takes about two and a half hours. The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping the livestocks in summer time. Along this, you enjoy the beautiful mountain views in and around the valley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) takes about three hours. You trek through gradual ascent path all the way to Base Camp. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak and many others. Stay overnight at lodge.

Climb the Island peak and back to base camp.

Trek from Base camp to Pangboche. After descending along the trail to Chhukung, we continue on to Dingboche for lunch. It is then another couple of hours to the lovely village of Pangboche where we'll camp for the night.

Trek from Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp. Lunch at Pangboche and continue trek to Base camp, Sherpa staff will set the base camp & Expedition members take relax.

Base Camp, Camp I, Camp II, Summit to the top. You have full 17 days to make the summit on the top of Mt Ama Dablam with support of our experienced climbing Sherpa.

Base Camp (4600 m): Situated on a large grassy meadow with a wonderful views.

To Yak Camp (5400 m): Yaks carry most of your equipment for this section, which saves three to fours hours of heavy work. There is a rough track over very rocky terrain, which the yaks and we use.

To Camp I (5800 m): Your first real camp is only one and a half hours walk above Yak camp. This section is marked by rock cairns and involves boulder hopping and some easy scrambling. You sometimes fix a couple of sections with rope to be used as a handrail.

Camp I to Camp II (6000 m): Now, you begin your climb. This route mostly involves usually rock climbing. You follow a narrow ridge, switching back and forth on each side of the ridge. This is the hardest rock climbing of the entire route. In places the exposure is extreme and you will be grateful of the fixed ropes in place. You can also use your jumar to help you over the odd spot of difficulties. Most of the climbing on this section is traversing on rock, so good rock climbing skills will help you move efficiently and quickly over this terrain.

Camp II: Situated on top of the Yellow Tower on a narrow platform this camp site is rather exposed and has fantastic views. If you dropped your cup from here, it would probably land in base camp!

Camp II to Camp III (6300m): Now, for the hardest snow and ice pitches of the route, you follow a system of steep snow and ice gullies up to join a feature called the Mushroom Ridge. Whilst the ridge itself is not as technical as the gullies leading up to it, the exposure here is palpable. It is a narrow, windy, snow mushroom-like ridge with giant Himalayan peaks in the background. This feature leads us up onto a small plateau at 6300 m, which serves the purpose of camp three.

Camp III: A cold and exposed position is the start of your summit push. The Sherpas will often use a full climbing rope to tie our tents down as the natural shape of the mountain can at times unfortunately funnel the wind to this location. It is, however, the only safe flat piece of real estate within range of the summit.

Summit day: The initial route is to the right of the huge “Dablam” (ice cliff), up a moderately steep slope. Once past this feature we move toward the centre of the face. The angle eases slightly and a couple of tough hours later we emerge on the summit (6856 m). The summit is the size of a tennis court and allows us to move around and take pictures. Five of the world’s six highest peaks are clearly visible, with many other 7000m and lesser peaks filling the gaps.

Trek from Ama Dablam Base camp to Namche. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2652m.) which takes about four hours. Stay overnight at lodge. The trail descends steeply for early one and a half hours. After that, the path has small ups and downsto Phakding through Monjo.

Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886m) which takes about three hours. Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure. 


The Trip includes following services:

 a) Kathmandu
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private car
  • 5 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
 b) Trekking/Climbing
  • Peak permits for Ama Dablam and Island Peak
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Climbing Sherpas (one climbing Sherpa for every 2 climbers)
  • One trekking guide, One cook and One kitchen helper
  • Required porters/Yaks
  • One liaison officer
  • All climbing equipment for climbing Sherpa, guide, cook and kitchen helper
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping  bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc. 
  • Insurance and Medical expenses for Liaison Officer, Climbing Sherpa, Sirdar (guide), Cook and assistant porters
  • All meals three times a day during the trek/climb
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) for some nights and some nights camping
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Cargo charges on the basis of per 30 kgs per person
  • Insurance and equipments for guide and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)

The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal Climbing equipments
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

 

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    Enrice, Sissi, Rugge,
    Italy

    We summites Island Peak ! 6183m ! Everything was perfect.

    Italy here !
     
    We did and amazing trip in Everest region, we summites Island Peak ! 6183m ! Everything was perfect.
     
    Thanks very much to Nepal Environmental Treks for this experience hoping to be back in Nepal soon with you!
     
    Enrice, Sissi, Rugge
     
    Oct13, 2014

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