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Island Peak Trek & Climb

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Duration
21 days
Max. Elevation
6160m
Group Size
Minimum 2
Level
Difficult
Transportation
Ground & Air
Best Season
March to May & September to November
Accomodation
Tea Houses Lodges & Tented Camp
Meals
Breakfats, Lunch and Dinner during Trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Lukla-Namche-Tengboche-Pheriche-Lobuche-Everest Base Camp-Gorakshep-Kalapathar-Chukung-Island Peak Base Camp-Summit of Island Peak-Pangboche-Namche-Lukla

Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque Khumbu landscapes and beyond scenic Imjatse Valley.
  • Exceptional scenery of towering giant peaks from the top of Island Peak summit.
  • Enjoy the pleasant walks to Everest Base Camp and climb of Kalapathar rocky hill.
  • Fascinating panorama of staggering peaks with Mt. Everest at close distance.
  • Trekking through lovely Sherpa village adorned with impressive colorful cultures

Overview

Island Peak Trek and Climb, leads to high Khumbu areas around picturesque Imjatse Valley, where Island Peak is located. The local name is Imjatse Himal, due to its location, looking from the distance stands like an Island in the middle of Imjatse valley, hence the name is tagged as Island Peak. 

Island Peak at 6,160 m / 20,205 feet is one of the most climbed peaks around the Himalayas. Where the success rate is higher than any other trekking peak in Nepal, due to its location and accessibility. 

The grade of Island Peak is used from the popular and famous French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification Systems. The grading as PD + means more Per Difficult, a straightforward climb to the summit, and encountering few technical sections to negotiate. The climb over rocks, snow, ice, and glaciers with ropes support in some areas to reach the Island Peak summit.

The altitude in various guidebooks and maps may differ, but the most accurate as listed by NMA; (Nepal Mountaineering Association). 
As mentioned above, a good height for a stunning-looking Island Peak. The success rate is higher than any other trekking peak in Nepal, making Island Peak the most popular mountain to climb.

The climb to Island Peak, we have reserved at the end after getting fully acclimatized with some exercise. Before the ascent of Island Peak, the adventure takes you to higher areas to the famous Everest Base Camp. Including the climb of Kalapathar a popular high rocky ridge for the best closest views of Mt. Everest on the treks. On completing the popular treks to Everest base camp and climb of Kalapathar, then getting ready for the real adventure.  

The walk leads to beautiful and scenic Imjatse valley, with a lovely settlement of Dingboche and Chukung. From here onwards reach our main highlight of the trip walking up towards Island Peak base camp. Treklanders Adventures has reserved a free spare day, for final preparation to make the climb a huge success.

As well as having one more high or advanced camp making the ascent possible with a shorter time to reach the summit. Before the final bid, with time to check the safe accessible route. As our guide gets busy fixing snow bars and necessary safe arrangements on technical sections. The climb starts early morning before the break of dawn which will be quite dark, where good head-torch is essential.

Following our lead expert guide who will support every member on technical or difficult areas. After an arduous steep climb and negotiating the technical section, then finally reach on top of the Island Peak summit.

After a hard effort with time to breathe and enjoy the spectacular views of giant snow mountains, that encircles the top. Facing a grand close look at Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse with majestic Ama Dablam, Baruntse, and Mt. Makalu. 
Includes countless series of peaks, after a jaw-dropping scenic panorama, a safe descent leads to base camp.    
Leaving the base camp after a jubilant moment return journey on the scenic main trail to Namche Bazaar. Walking through Chukung, Dingboche, and Pangboche villages with a beautiful spot of Tengboche and the majestic colorful monastery.

Walk leads amidst a green forest of pines and rhododendron to Namche Bazaar and then back to Lukla. For the last overnight around high Khumbu and Everest, and then a sweeping flight brings you to Kathmandu. 
After an overwhelming adventure and experience on Island Peak Trek and Climb with the grand services of Treklanders Adventures.

Important Note

Trip Summary:
Mode of Trek: Best available lodge / guest house on treks.
                                        Includes tented camp on climb for few nights.
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous.
Climbing Grade: PD + (Per Difficult with plus) from French / Swiss
                                        Alpine Climbing System Classification.
Trekking Region: Around Khumbu district, North Mid-East Himalaya. 
Start and End of trek: From Lukla to Lukla with flight both ways. 
Trek / Climb:         16 Nights and 17 Days with flight both ways. 
Total Trip: 20 Nights and 21 Days, from arrival to departures.

Best Seasons for Island Peak Trek & Climb:
The best season for Island Peak Trek & Climb is from spring, March to May. 
Including autumn/fall begins from September to early November. 
 
Springtime is bright and beautiful, most days are clear with sunny days, can be cloudy afternoons. Bringing cold chill in the late afternoon, and night till morning this is the time when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom.
 
The next best season is autumn/fall, where days are clear with sunny days for views and walks. But shorter days due to limited sunlight hours, cold morning and night time can expect snowfall sometimes. But an enjoyable day for pleasant walks with clear views of the beautiful snow mountain range

Interested people can venture during winter times of December to February, freezing temperatures morning and nights. But clear sunny days from late morning till afternoon, can expect snowfall during trek and climb.

Culture & Religion:
The high Khumbu district of Everest region is populated by the Sherpa’s, the main mountain tribes of eastern Himalayas. The Sherpa culture and traditions interwoven to Tibetan heritage with Buddhism religion. Where trekkers will come across religious monuments of prayer walls, spinning wheels, Stupas, and monasteries. All houses are adorned with Buddhist prayer flags. Traditionally the Sherpa are farmers and cattle herders, raising and breeding livestock. 
But with the influx of foreign visitors and mountaineers, majority of Sherpa of Khumbu are depended upon tourism. One can witness with best hotels and lodge accommodation from Lukla to Gorakshep and at Chukung. 

Trekking Peak climbing equipment list:
Plastic Boot:         a pair
Crampons:         a pair
Ice Axe:                 one
Harness :                 one
Carabineer or Karabiner: two each
Snow Gaiters:         a pair
Snow / Sun Glass:  one each
Warm Gloves:         a pair
Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser:. a set each
Down Jacket:         one each
Down sleeping bags:         one each with inner linear
Main Ropes:         200 m (50 m per person) as per the peak chosen
Snow Bar:         2 / 4 pieces depending upon group size.
Ski Pole (optional): one each
Following items can be bought or hired in Kathmandu or Chukung and at Namche Bazaar.

Please Note:
The flight to Lukla and back to Kathmandu, can get delayed sometimes or might be postponed for next morning. If weather is bad and unfavorable for regular, this is normal, around the Himalayas. On this situations please bear with us, the company will try the best finding other solution to avoid inconvenience to all our clients. 

The next important information for all trekkers to Everest and Khumbu region needs to be aware. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla might get diverted to Manthali town airport of Ramechap district. The diversion is made by Nepal Civil Aviation due to heavy air-traffic at Kathmandu international or domestic airport.
This notice applies till further notice from respective Government departments.

Manthali airport of Ramechap located approx. 150 km / 93 miles from Kathmandu, driving distance of 4 to 5 hours. Might need to travel to Ramechap on the second day after international arrival in Kathmandu.

Trip Itinerary

On reaching departure air terminal on landing at Kathmandu / international airport. Our staff and guide receives you for short transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city. After checking into your rooms, getting refreshed join with other members of the treks for group briefing. Provided by our guide or trek leader, briefing includes all important subjects related to trek and climb of Island peak, includes information of Kathmandu and hotels. Evening a group welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurants, an introduction to Nepali meals and cultures.


Morning options for half-day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu world heritage sites of great cultural and historical interest. After the tour free for trek preparation. (In case if the flight operates from Ramechap, Manthali town airport. Trek Landers Adventure, will inform for early departure from the hotel to Ramechap airport for Lukla flight next morning).


Flying either from Kathmandu or from Manthali airport at Ramechap, transfer to the domestic airport, having early breakfast. Board on a small aircraft of 25 to 30 minutes to land at Lukla’s Tenzing & Hillary Airport. Lukla town the door to various adventure destination around Khumbu and Everest region. 

From Lukla a short day walk of 3 hours or more to reach Phakding village for overnight stop. The walk leads downhill and on gradual pleasant trail through several lovely Sherpa villages adorned with Buddhist monument. Following the Dudh Koshi River to a nice village at Phakding, and checking into a best available lodge.  


Enjoy the day from Phakding onwards, morning walk heads higher past smaller villages to cross a long bridge. The climb leads to a nice Monjo village and then at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. (The name Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepal, the native Sherpa calls Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language).

From the park to the last village of Jorsalle before Namche Bazaar, possible lunch stop. Afternoon walk following the river bed and climb up to a high suspension bridge, and then on undulating uphill. Taking another few hours to famous 

Namche Bazaar the capital of Khumbu Sherpa’s, and major hub for trekkers.

All house are in an amphitheater U shaped basin, the size of a town provides great facilities for visitors. As well as for the local also, where once a week a busy colorful Saturday market takes place. Hence the name as Namche Bazaar, arriving on this large settlement check into a nice lodge for two overnight stops.


An ideal place with perfect altitude for rest day to support acclimatization before heading higher destination. At Namche enjoy a leisure morning and take a hike around its scenic viewpoints. 

Suggested short hike and excursion around Namche Bazaar and beyond:

The short and scenic is short steep climb to Park museum above Namche Bazaar offers grand vista of Mt. Everest. Includes views of Lhotse and majestic Ama Dablam with arrays of snow clad peaks. Visit the park museum provides good interesting information of the Khumbu and its people, cultures and custom.

As well of exotic flora and fauna with history of mountaineering expeditions around Khumbu high mountains. 

The next great hike is to Everest View Hotel at 3,880 m, located on a high ridge amidst forest surrounding. One of the world’s highest deluxe hotels offers superb views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and magnificent Ama Dablam. A walk of 2-3 hours with an hour or more climb and down, overlooking birds-eye views of whole Namche Bazaar.

Rest of the afternoon rest or explore the fancy streets of Namche Bazaar, lined with shops, stores and restaurants. Includes café, fresh bakeries, pubs and bars with backdrop of stunning views of Kwangde Peaks.


Morning enjoy the grand views of Kwangde peaks, having breakfast, walk starts to Tengboche and the monastery. A short steep up from Namche Bazaar outskirt, and then on scenic winding trail facing views of Mt. Everest. Then walk down to Imjatse River to cross a bridge reaching a small settlement of Phungi Tenga for possible lunch stop. After a refreshing stop, walk uphill into cool shade of lovely woods of tall rhododendron, pines, firs and junipers. As climb continues, then finally reaching atop a wide scenic plateau. Where Tengboche located with a colorful impressive monastery stands atop of the small settlement.

A picturesque spot for Everest Panorama with stunning views of Ama Dablam, Kantega, Tharmasarku and Kwangde range of peaks. This beautiful place surrounded by green lovely forest, enjoy the views and check into a nice lodge.

Late afternoon a refreshing tour of the monastery interior, witness the vibrant religious arts and paintings. Includes large statues of Lord Buddha with other famous saints and Gurus, and observe the monks and priest on prayer activities.


From Tengboche enjoying the morning panorama of Everest and magnificent peak of Ama Dablam. The trail heads down to a river where tree lines drops for short juniper bushes, a slow climb to Pangboche. The last permanent village en route Everest base camp and beyond. Walk follows on gentle up to Somare for lunch break beneath the shadow of towering Ama Dablam peak.

After lunch heeding with slow up towards Pheriche valley, as walk descend to cross a river and then climb towards Pheriche valley, where a nice settlement of Pheriche is situated. A scenic lovely place with many good lodges for overnight stand, beneath North Face of Ama Dablam and Taboche peaks. Facing views of Cholatse Peak and surrounding snow-capped peaks that encircles Pheriche Valley. Overnight in the comfort of a nice cozy lodge at Pheriche with beautiful scenery to enjoy.


At Pheriche another pleasant rest day for acclimatization and short hikes, before heading higher terrain to Everest Base Camp and Island Peak. Hike up to Nakarjung hill for best panoramic views of surrounding series of giant peaks. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Dingboche and back to Pheriche for lunch and overnight stop.


After a pleasant rest at Pheriche adventure starts with gradual walk to the north-west of the Pheriche wide valley. Then a short climb up to a small place of Thugla, for possible lunch stop. Afternoon a steep climb up to Thugla pass, and then on gradual up to Lobuche for overnight in the best available lodge. 

Enjoy the comfort of a nice lodge after a great day and getting closer towards Everest base camp.


An exciting trek in the morning towards Everest base camp one of the highlight of the adventure. Start the day walk early morning for a long day, following on a gentle path with few ups. Then reach over a rocky moraine areas above Khumbu glacier. After few hours of pleasant morning walk arriving at Gorakshep, situated at the bottom of famous Kalapathar rocky hill. Gorakshep the last settlement of Khumbu area on route Everest and Lhotse base camp. From here the trail heads east on a well-defined path for an hour. The last leg of the hike continues over moraine of ice and glaciers to reach Everest base camp. Enjoy the dramatic scenery of arctic like landscapes enclosed by towering peaks of Lhotse, Nuptse and Lingtrin. The views of Mt. Everest is obstructed by adjoining peaks, however an amazing place to experience. 

Overlooking close views of massif Khumbu Ice Fall as it tumbles down near the foot of Everest at base camp. From the base camp return walk back to Gorakshep for overnight stop. 


An opportunity for closest views of Mt. Everest from Kalapathar Hill top, morning a steep climb to reach top of Kalapathar. The highest point of the treks beside climb of Island Peak summit. The best view-points in all Himalayas for the closest views of Mt. Everest at a stone throw distance.

Enjoy the tremendous panorama of giant peaks with close views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Pumori. After a refreshing morning hike head downhill to Gorakshep for breakfast. Morning walk follows on the same trail to Lobuche, and then down, where our route diverts from the main trail at Thugla. 

From here heading towards Imjatse Valley on a nice pleasant downhill to Dingboche, situated on Imjatse Valley. After a refreshing stop walk continues heading east at the end of a valley rim. Wall on gradual wide valley with few short ups and down. Then finally ending the day reaching a small settlement at Chukung for overnight halt. Rest of the afternoon relax and marvel the close views of Island Peak and Lhotse with Lhotse Shar. For energetic people can enjoy few hours hike up to Chukung-Ri for excellent views of surrounding near snow peaks.


From Chukung onwards staying in tented camp for few overnights till the climb is completed. Morning walk leads with close views of Island Peak, with down and ups over rocky ridges of moraine. Then reaching our destination at Island Peak Base Camp with time for rest, after having lunch on setting the camp.

The lunch is prepared by our expert camping cook, having separate kitchen unit and dining tent as size of a group. Afternoon relax and marvel the views of surrounding glorious magic scenery of giant white peaks.


Enjoy the rest day to support good acclimatization, after the trek to Everest base camp and climb of Kalapathar hill. Everyone should be quite familiar with the rough mountainous terrain and getting acclimatized. The rest day allows preparation for the climb and checking the gear. As well using it and having short practice and training. The guide will instruct with useful information of the climb and the route to the summit of Island Peak.


To make the climb more enjoyable and shorter we have added an extra day establishing High or Advance Camp. Allowing climbers to get better knowledge of the route and technical section en route to the summit of Island Peak.

The climb leads behind towards eastern side of the mountain to set the high camp at available space and level ground. The route to High Camp climbing over glacier and icy snout of the peak; avoiding rock falls and finding the right spot for High Camp. Afternoon after setting a small camp as per size of the group, checking the route of climb. While our guide will make necessary arrangements fixing snow bar, making ledges and fixing ropes on technical sections.


Start the big climb of the adventure, although the climb does not require much technical expertise. However requires strength, stamina and positive attitude and determination to pull up the spirits. The climb needs some basic skills and how and when to use the right tools for the climb. It is best to reach the summit before noon time due to strong wind, bringing extra cold from wind chill factor. 

The path leads above sharp incline as it narrows before entering a steep rock vale (narrow channel of rock). Then finally, after continues effort crossing through the vale, the guide. For safety pre-caution the guide may fix a rope to each climber to assist in climbing. Reaching a snowy slope to the ridge at the summit, the rope often extends to some 350 m. As well depending upon the season and danger of crevices, the crevices may be 2 to 3 meters deep, might require use of ladders. After a hard struggle, reach on top of the summit and catching your breathe feeling relaxed. Enjoy the glorious panorama of surrounding giant peaks as far as your eyes can reach. Feeling on top of the world, descend safely on the same route back to High; and then at Base Camp for warm refreshments. 

Enjoy the last overnight in tented camp before heading back to Lukla, after achieving the goal and highlights.


Morning clear the camp and leaving nothing only the footprints, walk on the same route on up and down to Chukung. Having lunch, walk to the end of scenic Imjatse Valley to Dingboche, and then head down to a river. Then short up, where route of Dingboche and Pheriche meets. Our route leads on easy downhill to Pangboche village for overnight stop.


Morning starts with easy descent to a bridge, and then climb towards Tengboche Monastery. One of the most picturesque spot surrounded by snow peaks amidst lovely forest with impressive monastery. Having time for short tour of the monastery interior, and then continue downhill to Imjatse River. A slow steady climb for an hour past Sanasa village, and then on easy winding trail reaching the junction. The point, where route of Gokyo, Khumjung and Everest base camp branches off. From here few hour walks to Namche Bazaar for overnight halt after a tiring long day treks.


Last day walk of the adventure, enjoy the pleasant walk downhill to Dudh Koshi River valley. A nice walk to Jorsalle crossing a bridge with short steep climb to the entrance and exit gate of Sagarmatha National Park. Walk continues past Monjo village heading towards Phakding for lunch stop. Afternoon few hours of good walks with last hour climb to reach Lukla. Arriving by late afternoon with ample time hang around and to enjoy the last dinner celebration with fellow members and trekking staff.


Early morning transfer to Lukla’s Tenzing and Hillary airport as the plane arrives either from Kathmandu or Ramechap. Board in a small aircraft of respective airlines for sweeping panoramic flight back to Kathmandu. Then get transferred to your hotel, with afternoon free at leisure.

If the flight lands at Manthali airport in Ramechap, our staff transfers you to a vehicles. A drive of 4-5 hours brings you back at the hotel in Kathmandu, after a great adventure on Island Peak Climb with Everest base camp Trekking.  


Enjoy an extra day in Kathmandu, we have reserved as contingency day in case of flight delay and cancellation. Due to unfavorable bad weather condition, if all goes well according to our itinerary days, have a great enjoyable day.

For individual activities or get into shopping spree, interested people can join for another interesting tour of other cities of Kathmandu valley. Sightseeing around Patan / Lalitpur or the famous Bhaktapur city Durbar Square, worth a visit.


After an enjoyable and most mesmerizing adventure in Nepal and around the Himalayas with climb of Island Peak and trek to Everest base camp. 

For final departure, our staff transfer you to international airport for flight homeward bound or to next port of call.


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Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off.
  • 4 Night hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • All accommodation in simple T-house
  • Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during trekking.
  • Experience and government licensed guide and porter.
  • Domestic flight ticket Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • First aid kit carry by Sherpa leader .
  • Food salary insurance for Guide and Porter.
  • National park entrance fee All government charges and taxes.
  • 1 porter for 2 trekkers

Doesn't Include

  • Extra night's hotel stay in Kathmandu if extended stay is required.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Laundry service / battery charge Rescue / emergency and Travel insurance.
  • Personal equipment’s and personal expenses.
  • Tips for guide and porter.

Frequently Asked Questions

As this trek is more of an adventurous of two weeks duration, where all trekkers needs to be physically fit and in sound health to cope with ups and downhill walks. Rest of the walks is normal spending overnights in a nice lodge with comprehensive food menu to enjoy. Trekkers of minimum 18 years of age to maximum of 70 years old can join on this wonderful adventure. Requires Medical Insurance that covers emergency rescue if required by any means of transport including service of Helicopter.


Nearly all villages and lodges have electricity with Hydro or Solar power, where one can charge their electronic items. Where client needs to pay an extra fee for using the power as per gadgets charged. As for internet and cell phone communications, every lodges have the Wi-Fi and internet services, but can be quite disturbing sometimes due to weather and location wise.


From Lukla onwards to Gorakshep and at Chukung one can enjoy the comfort of nice lodges and guest house. As well with warm traditional hospitality in every overnight stops, people can choose from budget, standard to luxury lodges where available.

The foods are well served in a large cosy dining hall, can choose various items of foods from the menu with wide range of meals and snacks to choose from.

Serves Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and Nepali foods, as well Mexican, Italian, Korean or Japanese in some lodge restaurants. Includes fresh bakery products also.


It is the one of the most popular trek around high Khumbu and Everest region. The Everest base camp gets most visitors, being the world’s highest peaks as well for its picturesque scenery. The Island Peak, compared to other trekking peaks of Nepal Himalaya, it is one of the most popular peak for alpine style climb. 

For Island Peak does not need much camping equipment just for few overnights, Island Peak with more than 90 % success rate. In best season of the year, that is why Island Peak is a favorite among trekkers and climbers. 

The other reason due to its close location on the main route to Everest base camp with much facilities of good lodge and foods until Chukung.    


As season wise with major flow of visitors to Lukla and vice versa from Kathmandu. During high season of trekking and mountaineering, the flight to Lukla and back can be quite busy. Where more than 20 flights operates in fine clear day, which causes much air traffic. As the airport in Kathmandu shares the same runways with the international and domestic airlines. To make the air traffic lighter, the flight to Lukla from Kathmandu might get diverted in Manthali airport at Ramechap district. Which is about 150 k.m driving distance of 4 to 5 hours, the flight from Ramechap to Lukla is just 20 to 25 minutes. Which makes it easier and quicker before the bad weather closes in. For further updates the company will inform to all our clients, joining with Trek Landers Adventures.


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