Island peak (6165m) climbing
Island Peak or Imja Tse peak in Nepali, at a height of 6,165 meters, is more popularly known by the name of Island Peak by westerner. The peak was named Island peak by Eric Shipton's party in 1953, as the peak resembles an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Later in 1983, the peak was renamed as Imja Tse.The peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest. Tenzing Norgay was one of the members who successfully ascended it.The peak is part of the south ridge of Lhotse Shar and the main land forms a semicircle of cliffs that rise to the north of the summits of Nuptse, Lhotse, Middle Peak and Lhotse Shar. Cho Polu and Makalu lie to the east of the Island Peak. Baruntse, Amphu and Ama Dablam lie to the south. While climbing Island peak - you are with our experienced Sherpas climbing guide, many of whom have scaled other peaks including Everest. Please check with us.
What's in it?
All airport transfers from arrival to departure
17 day adventure, for 13 days - 3 meals a day
Flight from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
All Climbing Gear except climbing boots
15 kg baggage allowance in flight and during trekking
English-speaking, government-licensed Trekking Guide
English-speaking, government-licensed Climbing Guide
All applicable trekking and climbing permits
4 nights centrally located hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
Government taxes, entrance fee, equipment fee, and other applicable fees
First aid kit
Farewell dinner with Nepalese cultural show
Transportationtransfers and flight included
Meals3 meals during the trek
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Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
You will be picked up at Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel in Thamel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu - sightseeing tour and briefing
Sightseeing tour of Boudanath Stupa and Patan city. Evening trek briefing and introductory time with guide and other staffs, reviewing your gears and last minute shopping.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800 m) and trek to Phakding (2611 m)
Early breakfast and early transfer to domestic airport. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is one of the most spectacular in the world by small twin otter plane. From the flight you get to see the contrasting country with the snow line of the Himalayan range to the north and rugged foothills of Nepal immediately below and stretching away to the south. The landing at Lukla airstrip (9,184/2,800m) adds considerably to the general excitement of landing on a mountain airstrip. At Lukla we will be met by our Sirdar and the entire trekking crew which includes Sherpas and porters who will be with us for the duration of the trek. After a sort out and a cup of tea, we begin our trek to Phakding. 3 to 4 hours walk.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
After three hours of following the banks of the DudhKosi River we come to a spectacular suspension bridge, which marks the start of the climb up to Namche. Near the halfway point up the hill views of Everest (29,028’/8,850m) and Lhotse (27,916/8,511m) come into sight. Namche is the most prosperous and largest town in the Khumbu. A traditional – trading center, a market is held every Saturday. The wares on display include grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. Thamserku (21,806 ‘6,648m) and Kwangde (20,417/6,224m) loom to the east and west, and the sacred mountain Khumbila (18,729/5,707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. 6 hours walk.
Day 05: In Namche Bazaar - Acclimatization day
We use today as our acclimatization day allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. You may want to walk little further uphill to Everest View hotel for about 2 hours walk or just roam around Namche Bazaar. In Namche you may visit Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3867 m)
The trail descends forming a dramatic View of Ama Dablam (21, 9641/6,696m) and Kangtaiga (22,235’/6,779m) flanked by the towering heights of Sagarmatha (the Nepalese name for Everest).Lhotse and Nuptse. Cross the DudhKosi at Phungithanga and climb through rhododendron forest to the saddle at the top of the hill. Here lies Tengboche, the main monastery of the Khumbu area. The views from here are unforgettable. Tengboche lies at the base of Kangtaiga and the spur of this ridge affords panoramic views of the main peaks of Khumbu including Everest, Lhotse, and AmaDablam. 5 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4343 m)
Descend from Thyangboche and again cross the ImjaKhola, and then trek uphill gradually to Pangboche. There is an interesting Gompa site above the main village. The trekker is in the midst of the Himalaya here, with spectacular views all round. For acclimatization, there is a need to spend two nights around the 14,000’/4,268m level and Dingboche lying in a sheltered spot above the ImjaKhola is generally more attractive than Pheriche. It is however, of note that the Himalayan rescue association has their aid post at Pheriche. 5 hours walk.
Day 08: In Dingboche - Acclimatization day
Take a good acclimatization day, you may walk up to Chhukung ri and return to Dingboche for overnight.
Day 09: Island Peak base camp (5200m)- climbing training by your guide
Start leisurely hike to Island Peak Base Camp. It is possible to make the Island Peak summit with no prior climbing experience but you need to have good physical fitness. If you have prior experience in mountaineering then it is to your advantage. Your guide will give you hands-on training on the use of equipments like ice axe and walk on climbing boot, and demonstrate how you move up and down on ropes. Get some rest, we push for the summit at midnight.
Day 10: Island Peak Summit (6165 m) day and back to Chukkhung.
Today is the big day for everyone. Prepare to get started before the thin light of dawn as we make our ascent with head lamps, scaling the rocky trail up. Our timing is superb: we'll drink in a glorious Himalayan sunrise atop a shining glacier and prepare for the tough, ultimate climb. A brief trek against a plateau of virginal snow brings us to the steep, precipitous final headwall. Time to put those climbing skills to use! The scramble for the summit is arduous, but you'll never be more proud of yourself. After a brief, triumphant time at what feels like the top of the world, downwards towards the charming village of Chukhung.
Day 11: Trek to Pangboche (3901 m)
The trail leads back down the Imja valley, firstly to Chhukung and on to Dingboche and then Pangboche for the overnight stay. From Pangboche about 3 kilometers northeast of Tengboche there is a base camp for climbing nearby Ama Dablam and trekking.
Day 12: Trek to Khumjung (3790 m)
Trek to Khumjung is easy day. Close to Khumjung there is another village called Khunde. These two villages with stony fields divided by rock walls have beautiful vistas on all sides. Kunde Hospital, built in 1966 by Sir Edmund Hillary and maintained by the Himalayan Trust, is at the top of the village. Its mission: to treat local people, but it also provides emergency care to trekkers. Khumjung is the largest village in the Khumbu at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. Another place worth a visit is Khumjung School which was built by Sir Hillary’s Himalayan Trust in 1960.
Day 13: Trek to Phakding
We retrace the original steps of our ascent as we make our way back down the mountain again. The fascinating culture of the Sherpas is on display once more - don't miss a peak at the yak-herding stations at Syangboche. Brief stoppage time at Namche Bazaar, continue to walk down Phakding.
Day 14 : Trek to Lukla
Trek to Lukla is fairly easy today. This evening a party is with the crews and lots of dancing . After the party with heavy hearts bid them goodbye. At this point it is recommended that the trek leader collect tips that clients may wish to give to the trekking crew. All tips collected will be given to the Sirdar who will then distribute it to the crew. Please take note that you will be advised on the amount to be tipped to the trekking crew at the pre-trek briefing in Kathmandu prior to the trek. 4 hours walk.
Day 15: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Flights to Kathmandu operate during the mornings before the winds above the DudhKosi build up. The take – off is as spectacular as the earlier landing – and then 45 minutes later, Kathmandu. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight hotel – sharing bed & breakfast basis.
Day 16: Rest at Kathmandu
This day be can be used for shopping, good showers, sightseeing tour in Kathmandu or just relax at one of your favorite restaurant.
Day 17: Departure on your own destination
Free time until departure, transfer to airport, depart from Kathmandu.
|Group size||Cost in US$ per person|
|2 person||US$ 2460 per person|
|4 - 6 person||US$ 2260 per person|
01. Arrival/departure transfers in Kathmandu
02. Hotel accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfast for 4 nights
03. Climbing permit, National park entrance and TIMS permits,
04. Airfare – Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
05. All meals during the trek, accommodation in lodge, tent from high camp to summit - high camp
06. Service of climbing guide, his insurance
07. Porters to carry personal baggage - each member is allowed to bring 15 kg
08. Accident insurance for staffs and porters
09. Climbing gears, ropes, ice scres, crampons, snow bars, ice axe, etc.
Dates & Price
Cost does not include:
01. Personal clothing/equipments and sleeping bag
02. Personal accident insurance, emergency evacuation cost, oxygen, medical box,
03. Alcoholic beverage, laundry and tips
Note: Except sleeping bags and double boots (appropriate size is difficult to match) personal climbing equipments are available for rental - Cost US$140
Centrally located hotel in Thamel while in Kathmandu