ISLAND PEAK TREK

Island Peak Climb combines the classic Base Camp of Everest(EBC) trek with climbing one of Nepal's trekking peaks. Island Peak mountain was named by 1952 by Shiptons party and although it was later renamed Imja Tse, many of the locals still refer to it as Island Peak. From base camp, the climb to the summit involves some steep sections, where the use of crampons, Ice-axe and ropes are necessary, and for this reason we use highly experienced guides who know the mountain very well, to guide you to the summit. From Dingboche the mountain is seen as an island rising from a sea of ice and alpine desert. Island peak expedition offers an incredible climb as well as some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region.

Seen from the summit are the mountains of Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m, as well as Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Ama Dablan in the South. For many, climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing in the Himalayas as it enables people to practice climbing with the use of technical equipment. Combing Everest base camp with an island peak trek is an ideal way to acclimate.

Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

Day-5: Acclimitisation at Namche

Day-6: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) (5 hrs).

Day-7: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,312m) (5 hrs).

Day-8: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).

Day-9: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).

Day-10: Kalapatthar / EBC to Lobuche (4,920m)

Day-11: Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 7 hrs)

Day-12: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)

Day-13: Summit Island Peak (6160m).

Day-14: Contingency / Return to Chhukung (4730m).

Day-15: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

Day-16: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Day-17: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Day-18: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-19: Free at leisure

Day-20: Final departure.

Frequent Questions

It is 6160m on Imja Tse or 20,305 ft above sea level.
The shortest number of days required for is 17, including pre and post tour but extra days can be added on. Here we have combined the climb with a pre-acclimatisation trek to Everest Base.
You need to be in good physical shape and able to sustain extended periods of hard climbing, as summit day can be up to 12 hours long. You should start training a good 4-6 months prior to the trip with extended periods of cardio workouts and hill walking. Although you will receive training at the peak on using mountaineering equipment, you should also take a course in basic climbing skills so that you are familiar with the rope work before you arrive. 
The routes are not clearly market given that most of the ascent takes place above the snow line. Below the snow many sections are rocky and steep and can  be very slippery at times. Some places are more like a scramble. Once above the snow line you will encounter ice and snow and rock.

Before setting out we will provide you with a full equipment list. However there are certain basics for all peaks over 6000m.

Plastic boots are essential and should be the double boot (with a soft inner and hard plastic shell), as temperatures can drop to below -20C. If you plan on buying these before you leave then make sure you can wear a double layer sock in them with plenty of room for your toes to move. Otherwise you can rent them in Nepal as they are an expensive item to buy.

Crampons are worn with the plastic boot as either a strap on or clip on depending on the type. You will use these for the  majority of the time you spend on the glacier and summit day. Again, these can be rented.

A climbing harness is the next essential item which you will wear over your trekking pants.

The hike to base camp plus the climb up is roughly 150km return trip, Lukla to Lukla. If you add on Everest base it is about 170km
The climb can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the daylight hours tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite and also main summit season for Mt Everest. During spring time, the Khumbu valley erupts with beautiful  rhododendron flowers.
The mountain was named 'Island Peak' in 1952 due to its striking location rising from the middle of the Chukkung Glacier, like an island on a sea of ice.
Our grade: Trek Grade: 3c (FP)

The government of Nepal has designated the term 'Trekking Peak' to 18 Peaks, which can now be climbed once you have a permit via the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The category was created by the Nepal Mountaineering association as an intermediate stage between hiking and mountaineering. The climbs are of an intermediate level yet despite their names, are certainly not just an extension of a walking trek. Tackling a 'trekking peak' should not be undertaken lightly as they require physical stamina, mental focus and require basic mountain climbing skills. On these treks, you will be trekking and climbing above the snow line using ice axe, crampons, ropes and other climbing equipment. Prior experience though not essential, is certainly an advantage.

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude over 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m).

Our early morning hike to Island Peal begins with a flight into Lukla - is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 460 meters! After meeting with guides and porters and a short break for tea we hike away from Lukla towards Everest base for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m.

Day-4: Phakding (2,610m) Namche bazaar (3,440m).

After leaving the village of Phakding the path takes us through a magnificent forest of rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant fir trees alongside the Dhud-Kosi river through small villages like Bekar and Monju. You will crisscross over the river a few times on high suspension bridges until you eventually come to the Sagarmatha Check Point where your permits needs to be checked. The climb then starts with a downhill trek down to the river and then all the way back up again to Namche. Namche is the largest Sherpa village and is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is a major stop-off point for trekkers and climbers heading for Mount Everest

Day-5: Namche bazaar (acclimatisation 3,440 m)

We will spend time here on short treks to acclimatise. Although it says acclimatisation, this means you need to walk for the principle of climb high and sleep low, meaning we gain altitude, then descend again to sleep low, enabling our bodies to better adjust to the altitude before we continue our ascent. A slow and steady pace with adequate time for acclimatisation is key to a successful trek. So we hike up to Everest View hotel for just that, a view of Mt Everest, assuming the weather is clear.

Day-6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,860m)

With incredible views of the Thamserku we steadily descend to the Imja Khola where we see a series of water driven prayer wheels at the little river side village of Pungi Tanga. After a lunch break we start the slow long steep climb up to the famous Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) - one of the most beautiful places in the world. We may continue down to Deboche for the night where it is warmer and accommodation options better.

Day-7: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,312m) (5 hrs).

We set off up to Imja Khola valley towards Pangboche at 3,900m and stop for lunch. Later, we will visit the Monastery and look at the Yeti scalp before moving on towards the summer village of Pheriche (4,260m).

Day-8: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).

We ascend up a small ridge and contour around the base of Khumbu Glacier and stop for lunch at Dhugla (4,600m). After lunch, we take a steep ascent to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are breathtaking. We continue again along the moraine and overnight at the foot off the Lobuche Ice Fall (4,930m).

Day-9: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).

Our distance is not so far, but we will wake early in the morning and move forward to Gorek Sherpa for our next night stop.

Day-10: Hike up to Kalapatthar / Base Camp / Retrace your steps to Lobuche (4,920m)

Our climb, takes us up Kala Patthar, a steep ascent, which enables us to get uninterrupted views of Everest Peak. Kala Patthar lies at 5,545m. The mountains of Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m) and Khumbutse (6,623m) separate us from Tibet and just over the Lho La pass we see the huge face of Changtse (7,750m). We then retrace our steps and head back to Lobuche.

Day-11: Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 7 hrs)

From Lobuche, we then head east into the Chhukhung Valley, which lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse. From here you will also have magnificent views of the incredible Ama Dablam (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal.

Day-12: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)

We trek along the Imja Khola to Pareshaya Gyab, also known as the base camp for the Island Peak Summit climb, a pleasant site by a small lake with fine views of the Lhotse Glacier and Nuptse-Lhotse wall. You will reach the Base Camp of Imja Tse. Once camp has been set up you will be free to get your climbing gear in order and get organized for your ascent of the peak tomorrow.

Day-13: Summit Island Peak (6160m). Return to Base Camp.

You will start early for the summit. The going gets difficult once you reach the bottom of the steep icefall below the summit. Great care and caution must be exercised while scaling the wall to emerge on the ridge leading to the summit. After the summit, you will descend back down to the Base Camp.

Day-14: Contingency / Return to Chhukung (4730m).

As the weather can be unpredictable, we have added  extra time in case the weather is not clear for summit, on our summit bid. If all is fine, we return back to Chhukung.

Day-15: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

The trail will descend quite steeply as we head back down towards Namche. To get to camp, there will be a steep climb to reach our overnight stop.

Day-16: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

We trek down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding.

Day-17: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Trek further to the mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing! 

Day-18: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-19: Free at leisure

Day-20: Final Departure.

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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
Everest NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek (we do not restrict the orders) Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Island peak permit
Climbing Sherpa guide
Main ropes
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek
 

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $40
Rescue and evacuation
Climbing gear
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

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Climb Profile Map

Everest Base Island Peak Climb route profile map

Trip Extension Ideas

 Gokyo Lakes Extension
This adds quite a number extra days to your trip but gives you the chance to trek over the Cho La Pass, across the Ngozumpa glacier to the magnificent high water Gokyo Lakes.
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Trekking Peaks in Nepal
Mera Peak is higher than Island Peak but in terms of technical work, easier to climb. However, the trek TO Mera Peak is tougher than the trek to Island Peak.

Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal at 6654m.
Mera Peak Itinerary
If you are looking at something tougher than a standard Mera Peak Trek or Island Peak trek then there are two options, one is to do Mera Peak and return via the Mingoba La (Pass) and the other is to combine Mera Peak with a crossing via Amphu Lapcha Pass.

Mera Amphu Lapcha Itinerary
Island Peak is lower than Mera Peak but in terms of technical work, is more difficult to climb. However, the trek TO Island Peak is easier than the Mera Peak trek.

Island Peak is 6160m.
 Island Peak Itinerary

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 17 day tour
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  Altitude of 5495m
  A more popular trekking route
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  Breathtaking views of Everest and surrounding peaks
  Same ascent and descent route
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  Accommodation in home stays and lodges
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