Island Peak Climbing

Introduction

Island Peak Ascent | Outdoor Himalayan Treks, Nepal

Island Peak expedition (6189m) in Everest region is among very famous mountaineering expeditions in Nepal. Although Nepal is home to 8 out of 14 highest peaks in world going over 8,000 meters, numerous other mountains in the Himalayan region draw a large number of climbers every year because climbing them is equally demanding, and equally adventurous. Just like the legendary 8 thousanders, these lesser mountains give a good test to the skills and acumen of the mountaineers. Island Peak is definitely one of them, and this peak climb is also done for the practice of mountaineering skills and acclimatization as a prelude to the Everest expedition.

Our itinerary for Island Peak expedition not just takes you to the top of this mountain from where you will enjoy a heavenly panorama of Himalayan peaks and other sceneries; it also helps you collect the intimate experience of the Sherpas, their culture and lifestyle. Khumbu region, also called Everest region, is the original settlement of Sherpas in Nepal, who have now earned a worldwide repute as the most hospitable people and the most reliable climbing guides. Our 20-day itinerary comes with the combined riches of climbing and trekking; and you also get to know about Everest Sherpa lifestyle.

We will start with a short flight through a very charming aerial mountain route to Lukla and then head towards Island Peak in the route towards Everest as far as Everest Base Camp. We have also set aside days for acclimatization. Once we reach the Island Peak Base Camp, it is possible to stand atop the summit in about 2 days. While some set up a high camp and proceed towards the summit, others spend two nights at the base camp and reach the summit in a single attempt. Depending on weather condition and other factors, your guide will choose the best alternative for you.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 19 nights and 20 days

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Minimum Altitude: 1300 m, Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 6189 m at the Summit

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Arrival/Transfer

Day 2: Trek Preparation

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m)

Day 4: Phakding – Namche (3440m)

Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

Day 6: Namche – Thyangboche (Tengboche) (3680m)

Day 7: Thyangboche – Pheriche (4240 m)

Day 8: Pheriche – Lobuche (4950m)

Day 9: Lobuche – Kalapathar (5545m) and back to Gorekshep (5160m)

Day 10: Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m); and back to Gorekshep

Day 11: Gorekshep to Chhukung (4730m)

Day 12: Chhukung - Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)

Day 13: Island Base Camp - High Camp (5600m)

Day 14: Acclimatization

Day 15: High Camp – Summit (6189m) & back to Base Camp

Day 16: Base Camp – Pangboche (3940m)

Day 17: Pangboche – Namche

Day 18: Namche – Lukla

Day 19: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 20: Drive to airport for final departure

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival/Transfer
Our representative will wait for you at the airport, receive you at the arrival, and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Trek Preparation
We will brief you on the expedition and introduce you to other participants if possible. Please put any questions you might have and get them answered by us. We will also prepare all documents including trekking and climbing permits. If you have spare time, you will have the pleasure of a complimentary sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m)
In about 40 minutes, you will reach Lukla on a very scenic domestic flight. From there, trek for some hours to reach Phakding.

Day 4: Phakding – Namche (3440m)
Moving mostly along the Dudh Koshi River (so called for its milk-white water fed by glaciers) on your foot with some ups and downs through forests and hills, you will reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a small, beautiful, and fully modern town in the gateway to Everest region.

Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
You can do a lot to make your day active in Namche, because that helps you better to get acclimatized. Visiting Sagarmatha National Park headquarters, and enjoy the mountain panorama is one option. The other finer options are to visit nearby Sherpa villages named Khumjung and Thame, get a first-hand experience of Sherpa culture and return to Namche in the evening.

Day 6: Namche – Thyangboche (Tengboche) (3680m)
Tengboche is a beautiful Sherpa village and the cultural center of Khumbu region because of the monastery Tengboche located here. The monastery has earned a name for the Mani Rimdu festival in which monks do elaborate rituals for days. The trail to Tengboche from Namche consists of several ups and downs, but be prepared to face some majestic Himalayan views from the way.

Day 7: Thyangboche – Pheriche (4240 m)
As you reach Pheriche, you will be nearer to the majestic peaks and equally majestic sceneries of Everest region. This village has been inhabited by the Sherpas, and you can also see the lifestyle of the Sherpas in a remote village located at a high altitude.

Day 8: Pheriche – Lobuche (4950m)
We trek for only about 4 hours today because of altitude and rough, rocky terrain. However, superb mountain sceneries greeting you along the way make up for the difficulties and tiredness. There are a few teahouses in Lobuche, which were developed by the locals to serve the needs of trekkers and mountaineers.

Day 9: Lobuche – Kalapathar (5545m) and back to Gorekshep (5160m)
Prepare yourself for the most memorable day of your life. As you walk for a short time from Lobuche and reach the bottom of Kalapathar, a small mountain, and climb to its top in about three hours, the sceneries of sky-rising mountains will be very close and superb. Many trekkers come to Nepal simply to stand on the top of Kalapathar for a few minutes, and they feel the experience of a lifetime! After you have the fill of watching sceneries, return to the bottom and walk for a short time to reach Gorekshep.

Day 10: Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m); and back to Gorekshep
This is a tough and adventurous leg of the whole journey because of rocky trail and thin air in the high altitude. It takes about 4 hours to reach Everest Base Camp from Gorekshep and about 3 hours to return there. In the climbing seasons, there are hundreds of climbers with their tents at the base camp, mulling over their plans to reach the summit of the highest peak of the world.

Day 11: Gorekshep to Chhukung (4730m)
Chukung is a small settlement at high altitude. We make final preparation for the peak climbing from here.

Day 12: Chhukung - Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)
It takes about 4 hours to reach the base camp from this village. The walk consists mostly of ascents along the southeastern direction from here. At last we reach the base camp of the mountain at under its southwestern face at the head of a wide valley.

Day 13: Island Base Camp - High Camp (5600m)
The trail to high camp from the base camp is challenging. We need to negotiate steep hillside with sand and boulders, sometimes moving through a narrow passage between huge rocks.

Day 14: Acclimatization
We will spend a day at the high camp for acclimatization.

Day 15: High Camp – Summit (6189m) & back to Base Camp
The toughest and also the most exciting day of the expedition because it culminates into your victory over the peak. Beginning very early in the morning (around 1 am), we push towards the top. At first we pass through a rock gulley, then walk along a crest-line and finally hit the bottom of the glacier that begins at the summit. To avoid falling into crevasses, we use ropes to move up the glacier. Finally we stand atop the summit, enjoy incredible views, bask in a sense of victory and contentment and climb down to the base camp.

Day 16: Base Camp – Pangboche (3940m)
You will find this day much more relaxing than the previous ones because you are now making a return and leaving the high altitude. Stunning sceneries will greet you all the way today as well, and you will stop at Pangboche for the night.

Day 17: Pangboche – Namche
Today we make a rapid descent to Namche through Tengboche. The trail consists mostly of downhill walks, although there is short leg of steep climb after you cross the Dudh Koshi River. The trail then continues with numerous bends with short ascents and descents until reaching Namche Bazaar.

Day 18: Namche – Lukla
The final day of walk is marked by nostalgia of what has passed in the previous days.

Day 19: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu
A short and a beautiful flight lands you at the Tribhuvan International Airport once you take off from Lukla.

Day 20: Drive to airport for final departure
We pay you farewell at the airport.

Price

Package price: USD 1875.00 per person

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can choose from the menu)
  • Transportation: Hotel - airport - hotel transfers, Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight tickets
  • Documentation: Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card, Island Peak climbing permit, garbage deposit permit, required climbing gear
  • Equipment/Accessories: Trekking poles, down jacket, sleeping bags, first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based), tent, and required climbing equipment like rope, ice axe, harness, etc.
  • Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking) and a porter
  • Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)
  • Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

Exclusions:

  • Beverage (cold drinks, bottled mineral water, tea/coffee, etc.)
  • Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, photography charges, etc.)
  • Tips or donations
  • Your travel insurance

Guidelines

Fitness Level:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking and climbing experience will be desirable. Our guide will provide you necessary training on basic skills of peak climbing, and handling climbing gears like ice axe, climbing boot, crampons, and ropes when you reach the base camp.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipment/Gears:

  • Camping tent
  • Cooking equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • Crampons
  • Ropes
  • Ice-axe
  • Ice-claw
  • Carabiners, harness
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipment yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • TIMS Card
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit
  • Island Peak climbing permit
  • Garbage deposit permit
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance

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