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Island Peak Climbing

  • Price
  • USD 2100
  • Trip Grade
  • Strenuous
  • Max Elevation
  • 6,189m/20,305ft
  • Best Time
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Activities
  • Trekking/Climbing
  • Total Duration
  • 17 Days
  • Group Size
  • 2-15 people

Imja Tse peak, at a height of 6,160 meters, is more popularly known by the name of Island Peak. The peak was named Island peak by Eric Shipton?s party in 1953, as the peak resembles an island in a sea of ice when viewed form Dingboche. Later in 1983, the peak was renamed as Imja Tse. The peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest. Tenzing Norgay was one of the members who successfully ascended it. The peak is part of the 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 Shar. Cho Polu and Makalu lie to the east of the Island Peak. Baruntse, Amphu and Ama Dablam lie to the south.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) then trek to Phakding (2,652m): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 5-6 hours trek
Day 04 : Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 05 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m), 5-6 hours trek
Day 06 : Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m), 4-5 hours trek
Day 07 : Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m), 5-6 hours trek
Day 08 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m) -trek to Everest Base-Camp (5364m) & back to Gorak Shep (7hrs)
Day 09: Visit to Kalapatthar (5,545m) trek to Dingbuche (4,350m), 5-6 hours trek
Day 10: Dingbiche to Island Peak base camp (5,200m), 3-4 hours trek
Day 11: Acclimatization day & pre-climbing training
Day 12: Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m),back to base camp, 9-11 hours
Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m), 5-6 hours trek
Day 14: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 4-5 hours trek
Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m), 6-7 hours trek
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 17: Final departure to sweet home !
Day 01:  Arrival Kathmandu (1300m)

We will be waiting you at Kathmandu international airport holding a signboard with your full name so that you could recognize us so easily. When you come out, we will take private car to get 3*** hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Shortly you will do check in and get refreshed. In the  evening we will have a fantastic welcome dinner together at one of the Nepalese famous kitchen which introduces you a very unique Nepalese cuisine.

Day 02:  Fly to Lukla (2,800m) then trek to Phakding (2,652m): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

An early flight to Lukla and landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla. Once we reach there, you will have quick breakfast. Then we will proceed towards Phakding which is slightly downhill from Lukla, so it will be comparatively easier day for us.

Day 03:  Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 5-6 hours trek

Today we we walk through a beautiful Sherpa villages along the Dudh Koshi river crossing  many suspension bridges.  The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get our first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, we stop for a while to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hrs to reach Namche Bazaar, a trading center of Everest region.

Day 04 :  Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

This is the scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. We either spend the day taking hiking to Thame or Khumjung  or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. We further climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth.

Day 05 :  Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m), 5-6 hours trek

The trail leads moderately flat with superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku, Khangtaiga. The trail continues wild lives spot of musk deer, colorful pheasant. Trail descend to Dudh Koshi river where few lodges and series of picturesque water driven prayer wheels. Cross suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River a steep climb through pine and juniper forest, walk about 2 hours bring us to Tenboche. The famous  Monastery with the background of Ama Dablam, Nupte, Mt. Everest and many more peaks.

Day 06 :  Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m), 4-5 hours trek

Journey towards Pheriche and trek through forests filled with of a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendron. This picturesque trail dips down to Deuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pheriche. Walking on the gentle uphill for a while to reach at Pangboche village at 3,900m, from here a slow straight to Somare for lunch and continue walk on the nice terrain with last climb to Pheriche village.

Day 07 :  Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m), 5-6 hours trek

We start early in the morning. The ground under our feet is solid, and it will remain such until the afternoon sun puts mud puddles in the trekkers way. Trees are long gone, the only vegetation left consists of few species of sturdy grass. Views consist of rugged peaks – Taboche, Cholatse, Arakam Tse to the West, in the East our eyes can feast on Nankar Tshang and Pokalde. We appreciate the change in scenery – as rock and ice surrounds us we finally feel like being in the Himalayas.

Day 08 :  Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m) -trek to Everest Base-Camp (5364m) & back to Gorak Shep (7hrs)

Trekking after approximately 3 hours from Lobuche, we will reach Gorak Shep. Take Lunch at Gorekh Shep and have rest for a while. Gorakshep is the last place where you get lodge/guesthouse accommodation. From Gorak Shep continue trekking to reach Everest Base Camp, which is one of the ultimate destinations of our trekking and will take approximately another 3 hours. On the way, we pass through the massive icefall and glacier and after walking one and half hour we see the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Hiking through the trail with several ups and downs in the high altitude, we explore the lovely and vibrant, beautiful views of Snowcap Mountains and icefall glacier. When we reach to EBC we will enjoy the natural magnificence of Khumbu Glacier and icefall, people staying in the tented camp and some of the enthusiastic mountain climber doing the preparation for Everest expedition. We will spend one hour at the base camp enjoying the Himalayan beauty and capturing the majestic views in our cameras. Then trek back to Gorek Shep.

Day 09:  Visit to Kalapatthar (5,545m) trek to Dingbuche (4,350m), 5-6 hours trek

Morning hike to Kalapathar at 5,545meters, offering great views of mountains as far to the horizon including Mt. Everest at close distance, beneath towering lofty peak of Pumori. After a great time return to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk to Lobuche then heading on the same trail for an hour then the route diverts towards Imjatse valley for overnight stop at Dingbuche.

Day 10:  Dingbiche to Island Peak base camp (5,200m), 3-4 hours trek

From Dingboche we make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8,501m) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. It is only a short distance from here to the Base Camp, which we will reach in the mid-afternoon. Accommodation will be in a tented camp and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional camping team.

Day 11:  Acclimatization day & pre-climbing training

Our professional guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. Usually we will be climbing on rock surface for up to around 5770m. After that, we climb on ice and use ropes when necessary. However, the use of the rope and the length depends upon the season and the crevasses.

Day 12:  Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m),back to base camp, 9-11 hours

Today’s the big day! Prepare to get started before the thin light of dawn as we make our ascent with head lamps, scaling the rocky trail up. Our timing is superb: we’ll drink in a glorious Himalayan sunrise atop a shining glacier and prepare for the tough, ultimate climb. A brief trek against a plateau of virginal snow brings us to the steep, precipitous final headwall. Time to put those climbing skills to use! The scramble for the summit is arduous, but you’ll never be more proud of yourself! After a brief, triumphant time at what feels like the top of the world, it’s carefully! downwards to its’ base camp.

Day 13:   Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m), 5-6 hours trek

We will retrace our route through Khumbukhola valley and pass through Sherpa villages of Orsho and Shomare to reach Pangboche which offers close up views of Imjatse River and Everest, Kongde, Amadablam, Thamserku and other peaks and mountains.

Day 14:  Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 4-5 hours trek

Today we are trekking back to Namche, an easier descent passing through rhododendron forest and few traditional villages. Tengbuche is a small village with a famous monastery offering you the splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills and river views where we stopped for lunch then we will retrace to Namche.

Day 15:  Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m), 6-7 hours trek

Following the morning breakfast, we continue our trek to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi River. The trail goes steeply downward with rocky terrain. Even though, we are walking the same route, we feel completely different then the before. We pass through the rhododendron, pine and oaks forest and several snow covered peaks.

Day 16:  Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m)

After the breakfast; we will check in to Lukla airport and board the plane to Kathmandu. Flight is again depended on weather conditions so delay could happen! In Kathmandu, in the the evening,we  will host a farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurant.

Day 17:  Final departure to sweet home !

Today your Nepal stay is going end !  Majestic Himalaya representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 1 hour before your scheduled flight. We wish sweet journey  for your way back to home. Just sweet home!

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OUR SERVICES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DURING THE TRIP:

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
  • Medical kit (carried by your guide)
  • All government and local taxes

OUR SERVICES EXCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DURING THE TRIP:

  • Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included’ section

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