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Nepal Environmental Trek
Nepal Environmental
Treks & Expedition

Island Peak climbing

Duration
18 days
Max. Elevation
6189m
Group size
Min 1+
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
 Flight
Best Season
Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
Accomodation
2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu. Lodge (Teahouse) and Camping Accomodation during Trek
Meals
3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route
{ Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding - Namche Bazaar - Tyangboche - Dingboche - Chhukung - Island Peak Base Camp - Island Peak - Chhukung - Tyangboche - Namche Bazaar - Phakding - Lukla - Kathmandu }

Highlights

Overview

Island Peak (Imja tse climbing) is a popular and adventurous climbing peak among all the trekking peaks in Nepal. In fact is 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 Imja tse climbing journey involves trekking through the Khumbu region via Sagarmatha National Park. You will be popping in famous places such as Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Tengboche Monastery, Dingboche among others and taking in the beauty of spectacular mountains and rich biodiversity spread in front of your eyes. During acclimatization in Namche, cherish the opportunity to experience Sherpa hospitality and beautiful mountains. 
 
The base camp of Island peak (Imja tse) 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. 
 
Once the climbing is done, you will be retracing the same steps backwards to Lukla. This time you can loosen up a bit and take more time to take in the surrounding beauty of Khumbu region. Those with more time on hands can climb down from Island Peak and hike up to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp before returning to Lukla. Kala Patthar situated at an altitude of 5644m provides an unparalleled panorama and close up views of Everest, Lhotse, Khumbu Glacier among others. Similarly you can also fulfill the dream of reaching Everest Base Camp (5364m) by hiking from Gorakshep. 
 
Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition has been organizing climbing expedition on Island Peak (Imja tse 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. 

Important Note

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.

Trip Itinerary

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our airport representative. You will be greeted traditionally with flower garlands. The representative will then take you to your hotel where you will be served welcome drinks. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around and visit shops, restaurants and bars. Stay overnight at the hotel. 

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.

After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers you up close views of the Himalayas and romantic landscapes of hills, farms and rivers. 

On arrival to Lukla, you will begin 3 hours trek to Phakding (2640 m.). You start your trek from Lukla with a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Mt. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a wonderful valley to your right; and Mt. Kusum Kang (6367m.) to the far end. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) takes approximately five hours. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and faces the Bhote Koshi to the South. Stay overnight at lodge.

A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend acclimatizing with the high altitude. For acclimatization you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit a monastery. 

You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by the lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) takes about 2 and half hours. The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping the livestock’s in summer time. Along this, you enjoy the beautiful mountain views in and around the valley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek 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 in camp.

Climb to Island Peak (6189m.) Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here, it is time to rope up and put on your crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit you have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over you whilst in the other direction, there are more mountain views. You descend along the same route, down to base camp. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung takes about three hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours. Tyangboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering you splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes about four and half hours. The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings you to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m.) takes about four hours. The trails descend steeply for about one and a half hours. After that, the path follows few ups and downs to Phakding via Monjo. Stay overnight at lodge.

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

Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. 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. 

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Includes

    a) Kathmandu

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
    • 3 night hotel accommodation with breakfast
    • One day city sightseeing with an English speaking tour guide and private vehicle
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
    • Souvenirs


    b) Trekking

    • Island peak climbing permit
    • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
    • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
    • Entry fee of local municipal government
    • Climbing guides (Sirdar) (one climbing guide for 2 climbers)
    • Equipment fee for the climbing guide/s
    • Required porters including a cook (some nights will be camping and will require cook and cooking utensils)
    • All meals three times a day during the trek/climb
    • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) for some nights and some nights camping
    • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, rope, snow bar, rock piton, Carabineers Crampons, Ice axe, Helmet, Harness, cooking utensils, Epi gas, etc.
    • Round trip flight tickets: Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
    • Insurance and equipment for the guides and porters
    • First aid kit
    • Tax, VAT and our service charge
    • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency while trekking in mountains, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must have insurance from a reliable international travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)

Doesn't Include

    • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips for involved staffs
    • Sherpa summit bonus
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal climbing equipment
    • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)
    • Entrance fees while sightseeing in and around Kathmandu

Equipment List

Mountaineering Equipment
Crampons, Ice axe, Helmet, Harness, Lock and unlock Carabineers, Shovel, Climbing pack, Rope, Ski poles, Desender/abseil device, Jummer (Asender), Tapes, Prusik Loops, Rappel device, Hand Warmer (if possible)

Clothing and Wears
Trekking shoes with spare laces, Mountaineering Boots, Plastic or leather for mountaineering boots, Gore-Tex pants, Long shorts, Insulated Parka, Jumper, Waterproof Jackets, Down Jacket, Fleece Vest, Wool cap, Neck Gaiter, Gloves, Climbing Socks, Thermal Underwear, Sandals, Snow Goggle

Essential Gears
Backpack, Duffle bag, Sleeping Bag, sleeping pad, Tents

Gadgets
Map, Compass, Camera, GPS, Two way radios, Binoculars, Head Lamp, Flashlight

Sun Protection Items
Sun glasses, sun scream, Lip balm,

Medical
First aid Kit (Brufen / Ibuprofens, Antibiotic, Diamox, Paracetamol, Handy Plaster, Crack Bandage, Tincture Iodine, etc.)

Other Essentials
Energy Bars, Water bottle, Water Purification Tablets, Toiletries, Trekking poles, Pocket knife, raincoat, Satellite Phone, Altimeter

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