Island Peak Climbing
Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.
Activity Per Day
5-6 Hours Climbing/Trekking
Domestic flight (lukla-Ktm-Lukla) and private vehicle -Land Transportation
Min Group Size
Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal for climbing on the Himalayas. The combination of Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak climbing is probably the best trip in Nepal adored by adventure seekers. From Dingboche, the mountain is seen as an island in a sea of ice. Imja Tse not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of the Himalayas in the Everest region. Seen from the summit the giant mountains, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi-circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse, and Amadablam in the south add more charm in climbing Island Peak. For many mountaineers climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on the Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalaya expedition in Nepal in the later years. For some mountaineers, the peak stands for the purpose of acclimatization before heading to bigger mountain climbing. Trekking to Kaalapatthar or Everest base camp is best suited for acclimatization before proceeding to the climbing on Island Peak.
Highlights of Island Peak Climbing
- Experience the exhilaration of trekking to Everest Base Camp
- Trek up to 6183m through spectacular scenery
- Trek through the heart of Sherpa country
- Informative guides to uncover the history behind mystical sights
- Breathtaking views of the Everest region
- Get to know the gentle spirit of the Sherpa people
- Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser crests seen from a peaked vantage point
- Get among the hustle and bustle of market town Namche Bazaar
- Guided tour of Kathmandu’s ancient temples
Getting to and from Island Peak
Our excursion start with a 40 minutes' trip to Lukla from Kathmandu. Upon appearance, we will prepare and trip to Phakding where we will go through rest of the day visiting nearby religious communities The following day we journey to Namche Bazaar where we will go through a day for acclimatization purpose. We will additionally proceed with the journey to Tengboche then Dingboche to Chhukung, from here the path goes upwards the high Imja valley lastly to base camp of Island Peak's south edge, from where we will see striking perspectives underneath the Nuptse-Lhotse wall.the following day we culmination Island Peak .We start the highest point day early daytime scrambling along a stone edge to an ice sheet. Over the stone edge there is a precarious snow head divider prompting the summit,from the pinnacle you will be ,compensated with staggering , strange perspectives on mountains Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse focal (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) which structure a semi hover in the north and the shocking perspectives on Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) and well known endeavor pinnacle of Amadablam (6812m) . You will be left with a sentiment of achievement that will last you a lifetime .Next we slide down and remember our traveling trail for our arrival excursion to reach back to Lukla. This energizing experience ascending trip at Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp finishes with a brain catching grand mountain departure from Lukla back to Kathmandu.
This ascension is the tenderfoot's means to up to mountaineering undertakings for apprentice mountain dwellers who might be enthused about slope walkers with past mountaineering experience utilizing crampons and ice hatchet.
Outline Itinerary ( 21 Days )
You shall arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, you shall meet up with your representative of HSJ who shall transfer you to the Hotel. Orientation in the evening at around 5 PM and welcome dinner .Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (D)
Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple or Kapan Monastery, Boudhanath, Swaymbhu and Patan durbar square). Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (B)
Kathmandu to Lukla by flight (2840m) and trek to Phakding(2640m).
Kathmandu to Lukla by flight (2840m) and trek to Phakding(2640m).
From Phakding, trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
From Phakding, trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Walk over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Brief entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for permit check and then trek down to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones en route to Jorsale. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. Overnight at the guest house
From Namche Bazaar, trek to Tengboche (3860m)
Descend down through the Khumjung community and move closer to Everest at Shanasa. Walk further to Trashinga and then move down to go across the Dudh Koshi at Phunkitenga (3250m). In the daytime, it is a wide and vertical ascend through fir, black juniper, pine, rhododendron forest and reach Tengboche Monastery. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B).
From Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4410m).
You will pass the valley wall and then traverse the plains to Pangboche village, a brief hike to the Pangboche monastery. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)
Start the trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m).
You will have a mesmerizing view of a small settlement with amazing views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumori and the Nuptse. The night is likely to be cold since you will be quite above sea level. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)
Trek to Lobuche and hike to Everest Base Camp (5364) and trek back to Gorakshep (5140m)
Relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp (difficult). sightings of Khumbu Glacier and icefall. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)
Trek to Kala Pattar (5310m) and enjoy the mesmerizing view and back to Lobuche.
Typically vertical climb, View of the peaks of Pumori (7,145m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Lingtren (6,697m) and more which divides Nepal from Tibet and just above the Lho La pass. Scenes of Changtse (7,750m).Enjoy the mesmerizing view and back to Lobuche. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)
From Lobuche trek back to Dingboche (3985m).
walk further on to reach Dingboche. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)
Trek to Chukkung (4730m).
Walk to the Chhukhung Valley which is situated lower than a huge rock wall that connects Nuptse with Lhotse. Highlight: magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 m.) Overnight at Hotel (B).
From Chukkung trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5150m).
Walk beside the Imja Khola to reach Pareshaya Gyab, trip highlight: Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Lhotse Glacier. getting reading for peak climbing the next day. Hands-on training on the use of implements like the ice axe and climbing boot, and demonstrate moving up and down on ropes. Overnight in a tent. (BLD)
Climb to High camp (5481m)
Climb to High camp (5481m). Overnight in the tent (BLD)
Climb to summit (6189m) and return to Base Camp.
Early morning start at 3 is to begin climbing Island Peak (6164m) taking 5-6 hours to get to the top. Take in the views and then descend to stay in the same place at high camp. Overnight in a tent. (BLD)
Base camp - Dingboche (4410m).
views across to Lhotse to the north, the Amphu Lapcha and Mera Peak to the south, and Ama Dablam to the west. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)
Dingboche - Tengboche (3860m).
Descend out of the alpine desert and back into landscapes of pine forests. Walk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. The path leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)
From Tengboche trek down to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Views of Mt. Amadablam, lush green hills, and river views. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River trek onwards to the Kyanjuma, the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazar. Dense wildlife of some species of Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer, and wild goat can be found abundance inside the rhododendron forest. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B)
Trek down from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m).
The descent from Namche to the Dudh Koshi (difficult). Walkthrough rhododendron and pine forests with the view of distance snow covered peaks before arriving Phakding. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B) .
From Lukla, Fly to Kathmandu (1350m)
Evening farewell dinner with cultural program. Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya.(D)
Morning breakfast and Drive to Airport for your departure.
Morning breakfast and Drive to Airport for your departure.
- All surface transfers as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu at Himalayan Suite Hotel and guesthouses with breakfast while trekking
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in Tented Camp while climbing with freshly cooked meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Welcome dinner
- Climbing Clinic Course at base camp
- All required Climbing gears, tents, plastic climbing boot, crampons, climbing rope, ice- axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer etc
- Experience Sherpa climbing guide with support staff
- Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
- Fooding, lodging and other expenses of climbing crew
- KTM-LUKLA-KTM flight
- Garbage deposit Fee
- Thirty minute massage at Himalayan Suite Spa
- Lunch and dinner during the trip except climbing days (Meal cost is about $4-7 per item)
- Personal equipment’s and clothing
- Your insurances (Highly recommended)
- Personal expenses
- City sightseeing monuments entrance fee (NPR 250+ 400+ 1000)
- National park and climbing permit fee
Best Time to climb Island Peak
The climate is one of the most significant variables to see when choosing to travel/move to Island Peak nobody is past nature. It's yet extremely difficult to foresee being 100% certain. Individuals journey a year of the year up to Everest base camp trip yet unquestionably, there is good and bad times in each season, It is most appropriate to travel throughout the spring and the fall as sky is completely clear from nightfall till day break, the stormy climate speaks and thick sun-blocking mists likewise blurs. The Magic of clear sky blue skies gives the most staggering vistas. With included those amazing scenes, the temperature is likewise flawless with daylight being warm and the earth subsequent to diving of the sun isn't as cold as different months
Altitude sickness is worrisome and feared by numerous adventurers and will require quick treatment and shouldn't be left disregarded. Height infection is preventable however can be deadly if the side effects are overlooked .Our outing agenda is intended for gradual rising so the body can adjust to the new elevation In this journey, we will adapt in two spots; Namche Bazaar and Chuukung At Namche Bazaar, travelers can investigate the well known Sherpa town and change in accordance with the slim air. We will likewise be having a second acclimatization at Island peak Base camp where we will climb the edge to investigate the staggering scenes on the pinnacles. We will be taking a ton of rest all through the undertaking. During your rest days you will be taking a shot at recuperating, eating and drinking, to peruse, unwind, tune in to music and walk around visiting different groups. For the ascension our agenda is created for a moderate and more determined calendar with all the more a lot of rest and acclimatization days with greater adaptability.
Our guides and porters are very much prepared, trained and experienced at high height and they have broad emergency treatment Training too. Your wellbeing and security is imperative to us and we ensure that it will be our absolute primary goal. In the event that you have been affected by altitude sickness, the main fix is to climb down right away. Likewise, realize that your group leader that is your guide has the conclusive duty to choose whether you can proceed with the trip dependent on your general health conditions.
Level of Peak Climbing Skills required
Island peak requires moderate degree of specialized ascending skills.It is intended for vigorous and genuinely fit travelers with next to zero involvement with mountain campaign with minimal specialized aptitudes required .Island Peak isn't hard for amateurs .The excursion is entirely appropriate for any gutsy spurred adventurers who have capacity to stroll in snows edges and trails. in the event that you have any related knowledge in 7000m mountains or just appreciate Peak Climbing, it will be a bit of leeway for you. Additionally you should have a strong determination and want to ascend the mountain.As for the authority , strategies and by and large dynamic during the ascension we have prepared profoundly experienced aides and endeavor staff.
Age doesn't make a difference as long as you meet the wellbeing and aptitudes necessities. By and large we have individuals from ages 20-60 going along with us for Trekking and Peak Climbing on higher altitudes.
Peak Climbing Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health
The Island peak Peak Climbing is a difficult yet compensating journey with more value to scenes, experiences and thrill. The Peak Climbing will be from 5 to 7 hours daily depending the on the goal, taking normal breaks where we appreciate the mountain scences. The trip courses include long ascensions, steep drops and a precarious trails in the rough ways and the woods also. To go on such trips, the fitter you are physically, the more agreeable and charming the excursion will be. In the event that you have an experience of peak climbing or strong desire of Peak Climbing, this might be a bit of leeway for you. This journey isn't prescribed to the individuals who suffer from heart or lungs sickness.
We have medically trained staffs at the basecamps to screen your wellbeing all through the jounrye and every base camp are outfitted with medical types of gear and provisions. All our aides and pioneers leading the trip have medical training and ability to care for you effectively.
What to expect during peak climbing?
A day on traveling will be an extraordinary day as a result of the delightful mountains. You will get an opportunity to appreciate the view, click pictures and investigate the neighborhood towns. Your journey will be joined by experienced, amicable and qualified aides alongside watchmen to convey your baggages.
The day starts with early morning breakfast. At that point we gather our packs and set off to trip to our goal between 7 to 8 am relying upon the term of the journey every day. We will travel for 3 to 5 hours before we enjoy a short reprieve. Lunch will be given around early afternoon. A portion of our group leave ahead to reach at the overnight cabin to do some planning. Supper is given around 6 to 7 pm. Prior to hitting the hay, we will talk about the day's understanding and plan for the following day. We will appreciate and engaging ourselves and it is really up to the individuals on the off chance that they need to go along with us as they may want to rest. During the ascension, the schedule relies upon the climber, climate and course conditions. We will consistently pick the more secure choice. We will cross troublesome ice shakes a few days will incorporate steep snow Peak Climbing .Some days we will utilize fixed rope courses. For our trip our exceptionally experienced Peak Climbing guides fix new ropes to guarantee safe rising with jammer and saddle for the difficult and provoking move of 100 meters to the highest point edge. If things go well we will be at the highest point following after 3 days of leaving the base camp.
Accomodations and Meals
Tea houses / lodges are accessible during the trek (except the climbing time on Island Peak). And we must build a camp for our lodging during our climbing time for a few days. We must also sell both tea rooms and camping facilities in areas where tea / lodges are inaccessible. Single, two, three or twin shared accommodation can be provided according to the requirement.
Island Peak Climbing is bed and breakfast basis. You will get breakfast everyday from beginning of the trek. Lunch and dinner is excluded until the peak climbing days. Dinner and breakfast will be eaten in the same camp / tea room, where we have spent the night and lunch will be on our way to the next destination as we have to leave after breakfast to begin our trek. You would be able to sample the varied food; Nepalese, Tibetan, Continental, Indian, Italian etc. by choosing from the menu.
During the camping season, our catering staff prepares hygienic food to serve you when on Island Peak Base Camp and High Camp. All meals ie, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included and prepared by our staffs. During the camp, there can be no choice of food such as tea houses and restaurants. You will understand that our crew must bring from available places all items including camping gear and kitchen appliances. Our team can ensure that you have memorable interactions, even with minimal choices.
Telecommunication and internet connection
Telecommunication services on the higher altitudes are limited. The connectivity is strong and reliable at lower altitudes. It gets rarer and weaker as you go higher.
GSM and CDMA connectivity of NTC and Ncell are available with an Internet connection. Wi-Fi connectivity is a distant wish. This is a wilderness trek, so enjoy a few days of your life away from the Internet connectivity.
Most of the area below 3,000m, the cell phone works partially. while satellite phones are available in camp once you reach the upper ground.
For any emergency situation, our guides are equipped with satellite phones. So you are a call away from emergency response. The absence of a telephone connection should not make you nervous.
During the peak climbing sufficient amount of water would be needed to carried all the way.However until the base camp filling up water is quick. Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals whereever possible. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.
Electricity and connectivity
You will be staying Overnight in the tea houses during your trek. These are small lodges with a common area and a cabin. You can have your food or charge electronics in the community, sometimes use wireless internet and chat with walkers.
Hot water and electricity do not occur in every tea houses. Showering is a luxury and shouldn't usually be done anymore at an altitude of 3,500 m, because warming will be hard when you take a shower again.
You would need to pay additional for all the above items (dusches, hot water , electricity and wifi).To improve your connectivity, carry your phone to the Nepal SIM, you'll get more than you'd think (GPRS/EDGE speed). Village electricity could be perfect during your stay. Villages above 4000 m tend to be the latter. Tea houses can have the potential to charge you either from solar sources or from a battery bank.but it is most wise to either have your own or not depend on electronic devices.
You will need to arrange both the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Permit. You will need special permits for peak climbing and expedition which is not included in the total trip cost HSJ will arrange for your trekking permits.
These will need to be checked at different checkpoints along the trek.
Make sure you also bring a minimum of 4 passport photos for your trekking permit!
For this trek and peak climbing taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service is compulsory.
Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.
It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend. Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You would also have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi and charging.
There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement" of USD 350. Important: Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.
Travel and Transportation Modes
By Bus: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.
By air: The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back is included in the price.
Equipment and Packaging list for Everest Base Camp
Short-sleeved Trekking shirts
Trekking pants and jackets
Long-sleeved Trekking shirts
Insulating down jackets
Sanitary pads / Tampons
Mosquito and insect repellents
Hot water Thermos
Peak climbing gears
- Climbing Helmet: Choose a good quality climbing helmet. Make sure your warm cap fits under your helmet.
- Climbing Boots: High altitude, Insulated stiff-soled climbing boots.
- Crampons: C2 crampons that fit the climbing boots.
- Climbing Harness: Good quality climbing harness.
- Ascending device or Jumar
- Descending or belay device
- Tape sling: UIAA tested 220cm open tape sling or 2 x 120 cm closed tape sling
- Carabiners: 2 x lockable carabiners. 2 x non-locking carabiners
- Prusik loop: Best quality prusik loop
- Ice axe: An ice axe with a wrist strap for climbing
This Tour with HSJ
Guides and Porters
Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.
For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.
Your baggage ought not be in excess of 20 kg and will be carried by the porters. Porters and Yaks will just go with us until they leave our gear with us at the base camp and leave us for a couple of days during the climbing time frame. You will be liable for your own gear during the ascension. Travelers will bring backpack or duffel bag to carry water, cameras, bathroom tissue and comfortable garments and climbing gears. During the ascension, climbers must carry their own gears and are suggested to keep any unnecessary or access stuff at your lodgings, and you can get it back after the journey.
Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip
• Welcome and Farewell dinner
• Yoga Classes
• Spa services
How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?
We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.
Last minute booking
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