Climbing Island Peak
Join Us For Climbing Island Peak 2017
Climbing Island peak without any doubt is the most popular climbing among the trekking peaks in Nepal. For many trekkers, Island peak expedition will be the extension of trekking to Everest base camp. Island peak, also known as Imja-tse peak is located in Everest region. Island peak climbing has its own bounty of pleasure for climbing on snow slopes with little technical difficulty and danger. The peak itself offers magnificent views of the giant mountains of high Himalayas in Nepal.
The official name of the peak is Imja Tse but was named as Island peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton’s party as the peak is seen as an island in the sea of ice from Dingboche. The peak was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss team as a part of their acclimatization preparing for themselves for Mt. Everest and Lhotse expedition.
Climbing Island peak becomes part of acclimatization for many mountaineers in Everest region. For many trekkers, it is the peak which marks their beginning of climbing in the Himalayas. Novice climbers can get the best exposure of climbing in the Himalayas by climbing Island peak and preparing themselves for climbing higher peaks in the Himalayas.
We organize guided climbing on Island peak supported by experienced climbing guides and base camp staffs. You will get the opportunity to observe the basic climbing skills and practice them before departing from the base camp for climbing Island peak. The climbing guide from Ang Rita Trek will have made fixed lines in the difficult sections of the peak to ensure that the ascend and descend will be safe.
Island Peak Climbing Route Details
Climbing Island peak begins with the flight to Lukla and trekking all the way up to Kalapatthar. The trekking to Kalapatthar makes you well acclimatized to ascend the peak as well as entertain you with spectacular views of the Himalayas. On the descend from Kalapatthar, we take different route from Dingboche to Island peak base camp. The base camp is set on a wide space at an altitude of 5,087m. at the bottom of Imja glacier. Unlike climbing other trekking peaks, Island peak climbing avoids the high camp setting up. It is mainly because of lack of enough snow to make water in the high camp. Consequently, it requires long hours of climbing all the way from the base camp to the summit.
Island peak climbing begins with climbing the rocks and scree to the glacier. Further climbing and crossing a large snow plateau leads to a snow head wall. Ascending the snow head wall, we gain the summit shoulder. We further climb on the ridge and reach the summit of Island peak. Any one who is physically fit and has the zeal of climbing is qualified for climbing Island peak.
Name of the Trip: Climbing Island Peak
Duration: 18 Days
Region: Everest Region
Activities: Trekking & Climbing
Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy
Best Season: March, April, May/September, October, NovemberEnquire This Trip
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Meeting at the airport and transfer to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip at a convenient time.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 – 4 hrs.
Flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) with spectacular views of breathtaking Himalayas. Take easy walk to Phakding for approximately three hours.
Day 03: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 m): 5 – 6 hrs
Walk through beautiful pine forest passing Dhudhkosi River crossing several suspension bridges to Namche with sights of Kusum Kangru, Everest & Nuptse.
Day 04: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
Hike up to Everest View Hotel for better views of Everest and acclimatization. A pleasant day to explore around Namche or hike up to Khumjung / Thame.
Day 05: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m) – 5 – 6 hrs.
Hike up and down through forest and mani stones to Tengboche (3870m.). Great views of Kwangde (6,187m.), Everest (8,848m.),Nuptse ( 7,879m.), Lhotse, Tawache & Amadablam.
Day 06: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,240 m): 5 – 6 hrs
Walk through the forest of briches, conifers & rhododendrons and some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche and further passing through beautiful array of fields to Pheriche
Day 07: Rest & Acclimatization day in Pheriche.
Hike up to to a ridge for acclimatization
Day 08: Pheriche – Lobuche ( 4930m. ): 5 – 6 hrs.
Follow narrow valley and contour around the base of the Khumbu Glacier and steep ascend to Lobuche.
Day 09: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5170 m) – Everest Base Camp (5364 m) – Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs.
Follow lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to Gorakhshep with the views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. Move further towards to Everest base camp for amazing views of Khumbu Ice Fall.
Day 10: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar – Lobuche (4930 m ): 7 – 8 hrs
The day of ultimate destination, the best view of Everest and other mountains from Kalapatthar. Retrace to Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche – Chukkung ( 4730m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
Descend to Dingboche and gradually ascend following Imja Khola Valley to Bibre with the first sight of Island peak. Further ascend to Chukhung with the views of Lhotse and Amadablam.
Day 11: Chukkung – Island Peak base camp ( 5200m. ); 3 – 4 hrs.
Hike to Island peak base camp passing through the yak pastures and bushes and then Imja & Lhotse Glaciers. Camp at base camp with delicious food.
Day 12: Summit ( 6189m. ) – Base camp – Chukkung; 9 – 10 hrs.
The day of ultimate destination, starting at 2:00 am with climbing on slopes, rock gully, ice and glaciers, snow headwall and then steep climbing to the summit. Magnificent views of Himalayas from the summit and then descend to base camp and further to Chukhung.
Day 13: Spare Day for Summit
Use of the spare day as contingency for bad weather or any other reasons.
Day 14: Chukkung – Tengboche ( 3870m. ) 5 – 6 hrs.
Retrace following wide alpine valley, beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Tengboche. .
Day 15: Tengboche – Namche ( 2800m. )
Descend to Dhudhkosi, cross the bridge and pass through pine trees and arrive at Namche.
Day 16: Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2,800m): 6 – 8 hrs
Following rocky terrain and crossing Dhudhkosi several times, descend to Lukla.
Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu
Fly Lukla – Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Farewell dinner at one of the finest typical Nepali restaurant with culture program.
Day 18: Airport Transfer
Transfer you to airport.
Note: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions. In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu – Lukla or vice versa. It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. Ang Rita Trek & Expedition can arrange you cultural / adventure tours ( such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari, ) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back.
If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions and Ang Rita Trek & Expedition will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.
Cost will be provided on request.
The cost includes:
- International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
- Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight fare including airport tax
- All necessary paperwork for permit (Peak permit, national park entrance).
- Climbing guide’s equipment allowance and wages
- Group climbing gears (ropes, snow bars, ice screws etc.)
- High food
- Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail and camping arrangement at base camp (cook. Kitchen boy, tents, mattresses, food, fuel, kitchen and camping equipment )
- All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
- An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members )
- Porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
- First aid medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Farewell dinner
The cost does not include:
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Members personal climbing gears
- Nepal visa fee
- Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
- Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
- Any other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking).
- Gratuity for the trekking and climbing staffs