Island Peak (6,189m) - 17 Days

Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shipton’s party who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. It is also known by its Nepali name of Imja Tse. Climbing Island Peak trip fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climbers, who have been seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to take adventure climbing trips beyond simply trekking in Everest. The mountain is an extension of Lhotse Shar and is located between the Lhotse and Imja glaciers, standing at 6189m.

Every adventure lovers throughout the world are aware of the trekking in the Everest Region for which many travelers visit every year to fulfill their dreams. Comparatively very few of the travelers visit for Peak climbing a slightly more challenging adventure. The region offers numerous opportunities to conquer the various peaks which are open to the climbers. Island Peak is considered as one of the easy climbing peaks making it an ideal peak to begin the Himalayan adventure of climbing. People with good physical fitness and knowledge of ice climbing are welcome to join this adventure activity.
Island Peak is considered the most famous trekking peaks in Nepal. The trails to the Island Peak climbing run through the Khumbu region where you can experience an ultimate trekking adventure of the Himalayas with the perfect amalgamation of ice climbing. Spring Season (March to May) and autumn season (October to December) are considered to be the best season for this climb.

The typical itinerary for the Island Peak Climb begins with the flight to Lukla. The trekking starts as soon as one reaches Lukla and trek towards Phakding. We trek slowly up the Dudh Kosi valley we branch off to Chukkung and then onto Island Peak Base Camp and prepare for the ascent The area lies under the Sagarmatha National Park which has been inscribed as the country’s first national park to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. A special permit is required to climb the Island Peak.

Expedition Himalaya provides all the enthusiast climbers and opportunities to fulfill their bucket list. The team of expert guides and porter will arrange all the aspects of the trip to make it hassle-free for the trekkers. Accommodation at the local lodges will be arranged and for the few days of climbing, tented accommodation will be arranged for the climbers. All the meals during the trek as well as climbing will be provided. The itinerary is prepared in a way that it allows proper acclimatization to the trekkers as well as have enough time to admire the nature and beauty of the country.

We ensure you a guaranteed departure on your chosen date. However, at times due to adverse weather conditions, the flight might be delayed or canceled for a day affecting the schedule. We always recommend you to add one night (three nights to the most) in Kathmandu after your trek if possible.

Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the airport, one of the official representatives from Expedition Himalaya shall welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to the hotel as well as assist you in the check-in procedure.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2
Rest/preparation

We spend the day preparing for our exciting trek. Our representatives will take care of all the permits required for this trek. During your free time, you can stroll around Thamel and Basantapur.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3
Fly to Lukla (2,840), trek to Phakding (2,010m)

Relishing the stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas throughout the flight, we land at Lukla which is the starting point of the trek. Upon reaching Lukla, your guide will introduce you with the porter who will be carrying your bag packs and accompanying you throughout the trek. We start our trek passing through small Himalayan villages and pass through several Buddhist monasteries to reach Cheplung village. Cheplung village hosts the mesmerizing view of sacred Mt. Khumbila (5761m). From Cheplung, we trek for a couple of hours to reach Phakding.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at the local lodge in Phakding

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,420m)

We start our morning early and after breakfast we shall trek along free-flowing Dudh Koshi River. We then enter Sagarmatha National Park after registering our permits at the check post. Throughout the day, we will be trekking through lush Himalayan forests of pine, rhododendron, and juniper. We shall cross a couple of suspension bridges to reach the small village of Chhamuwa and Monjo. After trekking for few more hours we finally reach Namche Bazaar, which is situated at the heart of Khumbu region. It is a beautiful village inhabited by the famous Sherpa people also regarded as the unsung heroes of Everest.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at the lodge in Namche Bazaar

Day 5
Rest/acclimatization

Today is our first acclimatization day, we shall be hiking in and around Namche and help our body get adapted to the high altitude. During the trek, we will take a tour of the Sherpa town and learn about their culture and lifestyle. We can also take side trips to museum, stupa and monastery. If it is a Saturday, we might even get to witness a weekly market where villagers come to sell the local products. We will also visit Hotel Everest View (3962m), as the name explains offers a splendid view of Everest along with the other Himalayas.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at the lodge in Namche Bazaar

Day 6
Trek to Tengboche (3,870m)

Passing small village of Kyangjuma, we trek along beautiful Dudh Koshi River on our way to Tengboche. On the way if the weather is clear, we will get to sight the first views of mountains such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, Kangtenga, and Thamserku. We will then cross a wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi River at Phunke Tenga which leads us on the trail to Tengboche alongside Imja River. After approximately 6 hours of trek, we reach Tengboche where we will explore the ancient Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche Monastery, also known as Dawa Choling Gompa,

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at the lodge in Tengboche

Day 7
Trek to Dingboche (4,360m)

We start our day by trekking through lush Himalayan forests of pine and rhododendron and eventually cross a suspension bridge over Imja River before we enter Pangboche village. We take a short tour of Pangboche Monastery before trekking along rocky trails to reach the small village of Somare. Leaving Somare, we then trek for a couple of hours, alongside Imja Khola, to reach Dingboche. Dingboche hosts a splendid vista of Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8414m), Island Peak (6189m), Lobuche (6119m), Taboche (6367m), and the other Himalayas.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at the lodge in Dingboche

Day 8
Rest/acclimatization

Today, we take a break from the long trek to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude. We can use this day to hike up to Nangkartshang Monastery, situated on the base of Nangkar Tshang Peak (5616m). Nangkartshang Monastery hosts an outstanding panorama of Ama Dablam (6856m), Everest (8848m), and Lhotse (8414m).

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at the lodge in Dingboche

Day 9
Trek to Chhukung (4,730m)

Leaving Dingboche, we climb rough rocky ridges and trek alongside Khumbu Khola. On our way, we come across few small monasteries and Chortens before we reach the small Sherpa village of Thukla. We then climb steep moraines of Khumbu Glacier to finally reach Lobuche. We further continue to trek to Chhukung via Kongma La pass. We will head towards Kongma La walking along the Khumbu Glacier. Today is going to be a tough and tiring day. We will witness an amazing view of the peaks upon reaching Kongma La. From here we will descend to Imja Khola valley. We continue to descend until we reach Chhukung. Chhukung is a small settlement where we will be staying overnight.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at Chhukung

Day 10
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m)

We will be heading to Island Peak base camp. The trail for today is reasonable and easier compared to the previous day’s trails. It will take not more than 4 hours to reach the base camp. We will have to climb the southern part and then to the east to reach the mainline of the valley. From here the paths are windy along the Lothse Glacier but the trail gets easier as we continue to walk along the streamside. We will walk on the crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier to reach the Island base camp. This is a wide valley situated on the south-west side of the Island Peak. We will stay overnight at the base camp.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at Base Camp

Day 11
Rest/preparation

Today is set aside for practicing the peak climbing. We will be provided some kind of training by our guides to climb peak before actual climbing. We will be trained regarding the climbing techniques and they will also make us acquainted with the climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boots, harness, ascender, crampons, etc. They will also teach us how to use the rope to go up and down. This sort of training will help us to be confident and reduce the risk of being injured which in turn helps to fully enjoy the climbing experience. During the day we can explore the base camp and high camp area. We will stay overnight at the base camp.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at Base Camp

Day 12
Summit Island Peak (6,189m), return Base Camp

Today is the day. We will actually climb the peak. This day is going to be full of thrill and adventure. We will have to start very early as the climbing should be wrapped before noon. Afternoons are very windy and may hinder the climbing. We will take the trails that move up beyond the base camp for few hundred meters. From here we will have to climb the steep hill. The path is sandy in the beginning and it becomes grassy before becoming boulder strewn. Moving further the narrow trail we will enter the steep rock channel. We will have to climb the rock gully through the rock steps. We will cross towards the right side of the gully to follow the trail that goes through the ridgeline. Walking through the ridge we will reach the exposed traverse on to the muzzle of the summit glacier. Our guide will fix the rope to go to the other side to climb to the steep slope which leads us to the summit ridge. We will use the fixed rope and man rope for the purpose of safety. We use fixed rope after successfully climbing on rock. The length of the rope will usually be 350 m. However, the length depends on the time of the season and the crevasses. There are two newly formed crevasses which are approximately 3 and 4 meters long. Ladders will be used to cross the crevasses. Upon reaching the top we can spend the time taking pictures and watching the view. Spending some time there we will descend towards the base camp following the same route where the other crew members will join us. The evening can be spent enjoying celebrating the success with the guides and other crew members. We will stay overnight at the Island Peak base camp.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at Base Camp

Day 13
Trek to Pangboche (3,860m)

We will descend to Pangboche. It will be easier as we will walk down to the lower altitude retracing the same route. On our way back we will pass the beautiful Sherpa villages, the forests, and Gompas. We will reach Pangboche in almost 5 hours. Pangboche is a beautiful village from where one can get the amazing view of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga and the Kondge range. Imja River flows through the fertile valley. We will stay overnight at Pangboche.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at Pangboche

Day 14
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Today we will walk down to Tengboche passing through Imja Khola. We will continue to walk through the dense rhododendron and juniper forest .after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudhkoshi river, we will take the trail that follows the gorges of Dudhkoshi River that’s descend through the pine forest before reaching Sansa. We might witness much different Himalayan fauna on our way to the destination like pheasant, mountain goats, and musk deer. After walking for sometimes we will reach Namche Bazar. We will stay overnight at Namche Bazar.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at Namchebazar

Day 15
Trek to Lukla (2,840m)

Today is the final day of our trek. Trekking along beautiful Dudh Koshi River, we cross a suspension bridge and enter Jorsalle. We then trek past several monasteries and Mani walls for a couple of hours to reach Phakding. From Phakding, we trek for another couple of hours through small villages crossing small streams to reach Lukla.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight at the lodge in Lukla

Day 16
Fly to Kathmandu

Today, we fly back to the capital via morning flight. We relish the scenic beauty of the Himalayas throughout the flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can either rest or go for souvenir shopping in the nearby market.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Day 17
Depart Kathmandu

We bid you farewell and drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport to connect you with your flight.

Meals: Breakfast

What is Included

  • Arrival & departure transfer from and to the airport & hotels
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin share)
  • 1 night bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Pokhara (twin share)
  • Teahouse accommodation on full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
  • Tents/camping gear and food for base camps
  • Surface transportation as per the itinerary in a private vehicle
  • Permits & other local taxes
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Required number of porter/s
  • Transportation, accommodation, food, salary and insurance for guide and other local staffs
  • Farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu

What is Excluded

  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Trekking gear (also available on hire)
  • Tips for guide & local staffs
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Price Includes’

Better clothing and equipment helps a person to stay comfortable by creating a thin insulating layer of air next to the skin. If you are new to mountaineering better clothing and equipment are required for safety. It protects the climber from overheating on hot days and prevents excessive sweating which might lead to severe dehydration.

Clothing Fabric features

FabricBreathabilityWaterproofWind StopperStretchiness
FleeceExcellentPoorPoorExcellent
Laminated Soft-shell GoodGoodFairGood
Double weave softshellExcellentPoorFairExcellent
Waterproof breathable laminated softshellFairGoodExcellentFair
Waterproof breathableFairExcellentExcellentPoor

We suggest you buy lightweight equipment enough as per the itinerary for below reasons:

  1. It dries quick
  2. It is easy and quick to pack
  3. Feels comfortable during the trek
  4. Saves energy

Personal Equipment List

Head Gear

  • Hat preferably wool or fleece
  • Sun hat & buff scarf
  • Head torch(200 lumens)
  • Sunglasses (UV Protected)
  • Sun Block Cream (SPF 30)

Clothing

  • The thermal inner layer ( 2 pairs)
  • Quick-dry T-shirts (Full Sleeves) (3 pairs)
  • Bodywarmer fleece(1 pair)
  • Down Jacket (1 pair)
  • Gore-tex Jackets( 1 Pair)
  • Underwears
  • Thermal trouser(2 pairs)
  • Trousers for trekking(2-3 pairs)
  • Fleece trousers(2 pairs)
  • Gore-Tex trouser( 1 pair)
  • Down pant( 1 pair)

Personal stuff

  • sleeping bag (-40)
  • Water bottle( 1)
  • Thermos
  • Water purifier preferably tablets
  • Dry bags
  • Trekking Poles
  • Swiss army knife
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Towels
  • Mattress

Hand Wear

  • Inner thin gloves
  • Water-proof warm gloves
  • Gore-Tex gloves

Foot Wear

  • Water repellent trekking boots with ankle support
  • Alpine boot
  • Socks ( as per requirement)
  • Sandal (Crocs will be better)

Bags

  • Strong Kit/Duffel bag to be carried by porter(15 kg Max)
  • Rucksack / Trekking bag (65 liters)

Medicines

  • Personal medications
  • We provide a first aid kit during your trip(With Guide)

Expedition Himalaya provides below technical equipment upon clients request during their climb on a rental basis.

  • Alpine boot(Do mention your size)
  • Crampons( 1 pair)
  • Helmet ( 1 Pair)
  • Harness( 1 pair)
  • Screwget carabiner (2 pairs)
  • Open gate carabiner (1 pair)
  • Ice axe (1 Pair)
  • Jumpers /ascender
  • Climbing rope

*Please go through this link to download the checklist for Gears & Equipment. Peak climbing Gears and equipment list

Visa Information

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.

Visa Charges

Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension

If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu

The visa extension fee for 15 days or less is USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.

In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as late fine.

http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa.html

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Trip Facts

  • 17 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 6,189m
  • Strenuous
  • Teahouse/Camping
  • March to May; September to November
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Hotel, Teahouse, Camping
  • 12 pax Maximum