Island Peak Climbing Overview
- Trip Code: CT-10016
- Package: Island Peak Climbing
- Duration: 19 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 6,189m/20,305ft
- Trip Level:
AdvancedRequires prior training and some experience in trekking and mountaineering
- Start At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
- Transportation: Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
- Accommodation: Guest House | Tent Camp | Hotel
- Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov.
- Trip Route: Lukla- Namche Bazzar- Tengboche- Dingboche- Gorakshep -Everest Base camp -Kalapathar - Chukhung - Island Base camp - Island Peak - Lukla
Island Peak Climbing 2023 Highlights
- Experience the exhilaration of a breathtaking flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, taking in the awe-inspiring views of the majestic Himalayas along the way.
- Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Sherpa villages nestled in the Everest region, where rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality await.
- Discover the spiritual sanctuary of the Tengboche monastery, a serene and sacred place that adds a profound dimension to your journey.
- Marvel at the panoramic vistas of the Great Himalayan Ranges, including the legendary peaks of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, and other towering summits that leave you in awe.
- Reach the pinnacle of adventure as you set foot in the legendary Everest Base Camp, a true testament to human resilience and the gateway to extraordinary mountaineering achievements.
- Embark on the ultimate mountaineering endeavor with Island Peak Climbing, where you'll challenge your limits and conquer new heights, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Do you have the courage to overcome obstacles? Join us on the adventure to Island Peak Climbing! Drop your dreams into the world and make them true! Come with our professional cragsman make this lifetime experience one you will never forget! The spectacular scenery, daunting terrains, and unrivaled feeling of joy, it is no wonder why Island Peak is perceived as the ultimate adventure for enthusiastic climbers. Don't let this shot slip through your grasp. Don't waste any time and conquer the adventure in you!
Situated at a height of 6,187m, Island Peak (also known as Imja Tse) is a popular adventure travel package in Nepal that combines a couple of unique aspects of trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp along with the Island Peak summit. The whole trek takes place within the beautiful Everest region and the trek is best suited for those looking for more thrilling adventure than just trekking. Climbing Mount Everest can be a daunting task and the cost of climbing Mount Everest is pretty steep as well but climbing Island Peak might suffice your hunger for peak climbing in the Himalayas as the cost is much more affordable and can be done by anyone with a little bit of practice and enthusiasm. If what you're seeking is to widen your experience towards peak climbing expeditions beyond simply trekking in Nepal then this might be the right option for you.
The expedition is led by well-experienced Sherpa climbers. Travelers will be briefed about the journey and various aspects of climbing techniques after their arrival at Kathmandu and they'll be introduced to their fellow guides and climbing experts. The island peak climbing trip starts with a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. During this trek in Nepal, we can see the panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges such as Mt Everest (8,848m), Mt Lhotse (8,749m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Labuche (6,119), Thamserku (6,608m), Kangtega (6,685m), Pumo Ri (7,165m), and Island peak (6,189m) from different angles.
We first reach the Everest Base Camp, the foothills of Mount Everest, and the closest we can get to Mount Everest without any special permit. After accomplishing one of the two challenges we then head towards the second challenge, the Island Peak summit. Surrounded by the glaciers, the Island Peak looks like an island and hence the name. This is the place where you'll be guided by the best professional Sherpas to make your way to the top of the peak from where amazing views of the surrounding Himalayas can be seen. It is truly a special place to be where travelers can immerse themselves in the accomplishment of reaching the summit.
The journey however is not only about the mountains. The unique culture and Sherpa settlement of the Khumbu region are other aspects of what sets this place apart. The beautiful Himalayan people and their hospitable culture will surely warm the hearts of any travelers. We will be passing through many Sherpa villages such as Namche, Tehgboche, Pangpoche, and many more. There are also monasteries and gumbas along the way which is something you won't get to see over other places in the world. Keep in mind that this Everest expedition requires a group of two or more people for the trek. The journey truly is thrilling and challenging but it is an accomplishment afterwards
|Arrival to Kathmandu
|Preparation and Pre-Trip Meeting
|Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding
|Lukla 2,800m/9184ft & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding)
|Phakding to Namche Bazzar
|3,440m/11,283ft (Namche Bazaar)
|Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazzar
|3,720 m/ 12,201 ft. (Syangboche)
|Namche Bazzar to Tengboche
|4,400 m/ 14,432ft (Tenboche)
|Tengboche to Dingboche
|Acclimatization and rest at Dingboche
|4,400 m/ 14,432ft. (Dingboche)
|Dingboche to Lobuche
|4,900m/16,076ft ( Lobuche)
|Lobuche to Gorakshep and a walk towards Everest Base Camp
|5,140m m/ 16,859 ft (Gorakshep) 5,364m/ 17,594 ft (EBC)
|Gorekshep to Kala Patthar to Chukhung
|Kala Patthar 5,545m/18,187ft & 4,730m/15,518ft Chukung
|Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp /Training
|5,240m/17,187ft (Island Peak Base Camp)
|Island Peak Summit and return to Chukung
|6,189m/20,305ft (Island peak)
|Chukung to Tengboche
|4,400m/14,435ft 9 (Tengboche )
|Tengboche to Namche
|3,440m/11,283ft (Namche Bazzar)
|Namche Bazzar to Lukla
|Lukla to Kathmandu
|Spare day in Kathmandu
Island Peak Climbing Altitude Chart
Island Peak Climbing Itinerary
Arrival to Kathmandu
Right on arrival at the airport, the Core Treks team will receive you with all the excitement and enthusiasm. We’ll transport you to a hotel conveniently located in Kathmandu, where you will be able to relax and get used to our pace of life.
After check-in and placement of your items, we request you to walk over to the Core Treks office for the barebones briefing that will set the scene for your journey. In addition to preparing you with all the information you need, we will also address your queries to the best of our ability and make sure you are excited and ready for the trip.
Be rest-assured that we are dedicated to ensure that you are properly placed to begin your journey on a positive note, by making your arrival and orientation a hassle-free process. Join us on this amazing journey with Core Treks—the place where your comfort and contentment come as the first priority.
Preparation and Pre-Trip Meeting
Commence your morning with a delectable breakfast, afterwards come and join us for a helpful session which will lead you towards an unforgettable experience. Meet up with your fellow pilgrims and receive a warm welcome, which includes an introduction to our experienced guides and contact representatives.
This session which you will attend will see you getting a complete briefing about the upcoming trek and and the summit climb, and you will also be issued with all the related permits and licenses. It is our pleasure for you to ask any questions you may have, so that we know that we have succeeded in providing you with enough information and empowering you to make the right decision.
After the session, your afternoon in Kathmandu will be at your own leisure. Use this final day to round up your tour of buzzing Kathmandu or have a quick shopping around lively Thamel. Become one with the metropolis and its majesty, culture, and cuisines. You'll return home with memories that will increase your enjoyment.
Be at peace with our presence, we are here to ensure your stay in Kathmandu is both productive and fun. Hence, the moment is now, the gist is in the air, and let us get prepared for the most exciting journey of your lifetime in the magnificent Himalayas.
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding
Join us in this thrilling trip for the Lukla flight airstrip of Kathmandu at early morning. Get ready for the most wonderful flight indeed, as you embark to see the wonders of the highest mountain ranges in the world that create an air that takes your breath away. Ranked among the most harrowing flights on the planet, it constitutes a one-off experience of-its-kind.
We now start our trekking expedition, getting off at Lukla. There we'll tread through the majestic views impressing us with eye-catching panoramas at every step. We shall reach Phakding and on the way the beauty of the surroundings will be a complete bliss leaving you awe-struck, thus revealing a perfect setting for a trekking adventure.
Are you ready to plunge into the stunning beauty of this area? This trek has been created to reveal new experiences with every passing minute, so that you leave with unforgettable memories and an enlightened spirit.
Therefore, let us buckle up, welcome the challenge of flying Lukla, and let our heart be at peace in sync with the grandeur of the surroundings as we start the once in a lifetime trip of our lives together.
Important Note: Lukla flights have been diverted to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu according to the recent notice from Aviation Authority. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap is about 4h to 5h (140km) via B.P.Highway. We will be preparing very early in the morning for the drive to Ramechhap in order to catch early flights. Read more about Lukla flights diversion here.
Phakding to Namche Bazzar
Having reached the beginning of the busiest and most spectacular part of this trek, we continue on through the Dudh Koshi River valley, up the magical Himalayan pine forests which keep us company along the way. On the way, there will bridges to cross, several of them suspension, including the popular Hillary Suspension Bridge, named after Sir Edmund Hillary, the one of the first persons to top Mount Everest. These bridges are not just landmarks but magnificently built constructs that link us to the awesome natural features around the world.
Our route takes us to the town of Namche Bazaar, which is also known as a gateway for the Everest Regions trading center. This intersection of history thrives today as a center of trade activities, the meeting point of Nepalese and Tibetan traders that existed a long time ago. From what used to be a simple village life now is thriving in Namche Bazaar with a variety of hotels, pubs, restaurants, and internet cafes. Allow yourself to be submerged in local culture, take delight in exquisite gastronomy and bask in the splendor which this Himalayan town offers you.
As we navigate through Namche Bazaar, we are enchanted by the mixture of old and new elements: the latter enhances our trekking experience. Take a rest, (energetically) recharge, and settle in for the end of our first leg of the expedition, because Namche Bazaar is not only a necessary stop on our journey but also a living picture of history, culture and hospitality.
Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazzar
Namche Bazaar, an excellent destination situated in the center of the Everest region, is the right place for acclimatization in our expedition. We will hike towards to Syangboche (3720m) to familiarize ourselves to high altitudes. Such an event trains our bodies and allows us to adapt gradually; resulting in safer and more enjoyable trekking trail.
Syangboche is also renowned as the area with the highest airport altitude in the world. From this impressive vantage point we are granted with an amazing landscape view of the grand Bulgarian Mountains. Behold with your eyes the awe-inspiring sights of Mt. Everest (8848.86m), Mt. Lhotse (8749m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Labuche (6119m), towering high and generating the one thing that all without exception should respect The immense majesty of these mountains rises high up and combines with the clear skies to offer an awe-inspiring view.
Continuing our exploration from Namche, there is a magnificent hotel called Everest View Hotel, which is the highest spot on the Earth. The distinctive hotel provides an unforgettable experience that is impossible to find anywhere else in the Everest region, where you can be mesmerized by the astonishing views while relaxing in the ambiance of this rare mountain-top lodge.
Namche Bazaar and its surrounding area offer a valuable acclimatization opportunity and give us a unique chance to enjoy the best views of mighty Himalayas and their untouched beauty.[footnote] Please notice the lexical choices, sentence structure, and the use of bracketed comments. Therefore, stop for a minutes, lay back into the magnificence of the place and give the mountain a chance to etch their marks on you
Namche Bazzar to Tengboche
As soon as we begin the trek towards Tengboche we can see the narrow trails we have to pass by which run along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river plying the amazing sights of the magnificent Himalayan range. The trip flows logically from begining to end as the route is consistently and smoothly level without any steep ascents and descents. Thus, we are able to sometimes forget that we are on a hike and just concentrate on nature around us.
On our arrival in Tengboche we encounter a shrine that is of a high priority to the people of the Everest region; the Tengboche Monastery. Our tour starts in the main hall decorated with fine textile pieces, an authentic reflection of the rich cultural traditions of this region, where we gather the first glance of a stunning 20-foot Buddha statue. The live symphony of the monks' morals and culture presents itself, as we hear the musical instruments and see the Lamas' robes, and the spiritual legacy of the monastery deepens.
Daily prayer ceremonies are carried out within the monks' community playing the role of a splendid manifestation of the spirituality that consumes this sacred place. During our trekking, our group will get a chance to watch the sunrise up close in the morning or the sunset outside in the evening, we will choose the one depending on the daily trekking schedule. In taking this moment of prayer with the local community, we will be part of a changeless tradition that links us to the very heart and soul of the Everest region.
You will be captivated by the road to Tengboche where nature’s canvas and religion’s canvas form a masterpiece that goes beyond the ordinary. Take in the natural splendor of the Himalayas as well as the calm atmosphere of the monastery that will enlighten and reenergize your life. We move forward and upward to new heights.
Tengboche to Dingboche
Our journey continues through the magical Imja Khola where adventurers enjoy the adventure of crossing suspension bridges and the thrill of every climb this gives them. We are greeted with the uptrend on the path ahead, which makes the journey even more pleasant. In the end, the journey terminates in the beautiful village of Dingboche, a Sherpa village which is a itself an epitome of scenic beauty of the range with Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam acting as the witnesses. The grandeur of these majestic peaks makes you continually aware of the presence of the miraculous worlds we live in.
Dingboche is a serene Sherpa village, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in its environment. Why don't you try to take a break and feel the real soul of the local culture what is presented with the beautiful landscapes that we always had? Gazing at the Lhotse, Island Peak, and an Ama Dablam in the background and thinking of how they are the perfect spots to look and adore the magnificence of the Himalayans. May the sensationalism that comes with this beautiful and yet humble village never let go, as we continue on this unique and unforgettable expedition.
Acclimatization and rest at Dingboche
Dingboche, a well worth stopover on our trek, is a great place to you. After our thoroughly enjoyable breakfast, we enter the exciting hike to Nangkartshang Peak, the perfect way to gradually acclimatize our bodies to the altitude. This view point enables you to admire a breathtaking panorama, only to be surpassed by a sight of Ama Dablam on clear days, from its noble main top to its base in all its gracefulness. A splendid sight fills our eyes as we reach the top; a rewarding lunch at Dingboche is waiting for us. An hour after noon an obvious decrease in temperature is felt because the sun, now, kindly descends from behind the mountain ranges. This time is ideal to relax, walk about the charming villages or just bask in the repose it provides, and our bodies do the healing and restoration.
The serene ambiance and breathtakingly beautiful Himalayas in Dingboche serve as an excellent place for trekkers who want to relax while enjoying the scenery. Utilize this break in the action to venture into the authentic local culture, experience the magnificence of village life, and meditate upon the road that has been traveled. As the afternoon takes its course, the attractive essence of Dingboche opens your heart to its beauty, inspiring you with the spirits you need for the breathtaking wonders that are ahead during our trek.
Dingboche to Lobuche
Proceeding to our next stop where there is Dhungla a crucial aid post. Pheriche, this postl is located between Pheriche and there, which provides medical assistance to climbers in case they need, safeguarding them throughout the trekking. While we follow the hiking trail, we gradually climb up and up, gaining the more elevation we take a step. Leaving the valley, we find the grasslands where yaks are grazing and the incredible scenery of the Lobuche area, which together create a lovely effect and distinctive atmosphere of the region.
Embrace the sense of achievement as we wander on these amazing landscapes, admiring complexity of the nature and power and dignity of human nature. This experience so far has clearly revealed to us the strength of our characters and the captivating beauty of Everest region. As we reach the peaceful folds of the Lobuche region, do keep in mind to look back and cherish all the adventures you have in the past and look forward to the marvels that lie ahead in the days to come.
Lobuche to Gorakshep and a walk towards Everest Base Camp
Explore the mind-blowing excursion with us towards the center of Everest area. We reach our destination 5,180m/16,994ft after long trekking to the village of Gorakshep, and we sleep there. The route up is through the spectacular Khumbu glacier, a wonderful place and a magnificent sight that will impress you as never before. This hike is estimated to be about 6-8 hours of enjoyable trail time that will allow us to appreciate the unparalleled mountains.
On reaching Gorakshep we will be greeted with a welcoming lodge and our packs may be temporarily out of the way. We will carry on with the ascent towards Everest Base Camp, which is a well-known place. Nevertheless, the incline of the climb is not steep, and the journey is full of ups and down has made us to put on the pace and to listen to our bodies at these high altitudes. After roughly 3 hours of hiking, we will be at the base camp of our trek, a fantastic spot to enjoy and relish the sight of Khumbu glacier. Pause a moment and feel the peace of the majestic mountains, then we will retraced to Gorakshep where we will spend a night, surrounded by the serenity of the majestic Himalayas.
Gorekshep to Kala Patthar to Chukhung
Get prepared to live an unforgettably remarkable enough a day as we go for a daring hike to Kala Patthar in the early hours. This beginning is somewhat early for a reason- we want to see the sunrise from this view. Attaining Kala Patthar is considered to be one of the most significant points in trekking to see the mountain itself and the rest of the Himalayan mountain range up front. To start your day, you'll be greeted with an amazing view that will lead you in taking some, marvellous pictures and getting a brief glimpse of Everest in its greatness.
After being utterly mesmerized by the stunning vista, we take a trip back to Gorekshep where we pack our stomachs with rich and nutritious food and drink, giving us the stamina and energy for the rest of our journey. Our journey still rolls on as we officer towards Chukung and Island Peak where more fascinating scenes and exhilarating moments lie ahead. Throughout the journey, you will be immersed into the scenery, where your senses will take you to the spectacular views of this unspoiled habitat.
Explore the beauty of mother nature while embarking on this life changing journey, soaking up all the glory the Himalayas has to offer then making memories that will live with you forever.
Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp /Training
Our day starts with a quick, enthusiastic, easy trek to Island Peak Base Camp, the second home of our adventure. We will conduct professional climbing gear usage training for our four Sherpa climbers by the time of reaching the base camp. Will get idea of how to work with, tools like ice axes, climbing boots, crampons, harnesses, ascenders and a lot more. The instructors who have wealth of knowledge in safety matters will teach the correct techniques of ascending and descending by using ropes. You will climb with safety and confidence.
It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced climber or if this is your first time -- you'll have lots of fun! Gathering sufficient fitness and your will-power, you’re capable enough to climb the summit of Island Peak. However, prior climbing expeditions can sometimes be helpful, yet they are not an essential condition in our case. Nevertheless, you need to be mentally prepared for the challenges that lie ahead, as climbing demands more than mere trekking intoxication; it includes grit and endurance.
Welcome to the amazing experience of climbing the Island Peak, where your mind, body, and soul will be tested by the challenge, conquering the Peak rewards you with unbeatable views and satisfaction that will be cherished in your heart forever.
Island Peak Summit and return to Chukung
Finally, the sunny day we have all been waiting for arrived! At about 1 am in the night, we will take our precautions before undertaking the thrilling climb. Outfitted with headlamps to illuminate the way, timing counts as we start the challenging task of ascending toward the enormous stone field. Climbing ridges and glaciers, and even the winding crevasses we are higher up on the slope, that unbroken snow of the plateau is all around us.
And as we keep the journey we use the rope to climb, normally 300m long. The trek to the peak may demand all our power and patience, though, by our effort, we may understand that this is not just an ordinary trip, it is something special and too meaningful to forget. Reaching the top will be a splendid moment in which our eyes will be overwhelmed by views that will stay with us for a long time.
When the special views been marveled, we will start our descent very slowly to the base. After that, we climb to the wonderful little village of Chukung, where we can contemplate the great achievement we made, and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction that comes from having overcome Island Peak.
Experience the adventure on a voyage of your life, with every step closer to mountain peak, both spiritually and physically. On the way, we will be confronted with obstacles. They will only contribute to a better feeling of achievement and the amazement of the beauty accompanying us always.
Chukung to Tengboche
The breath-taking scenery of Island Peak will soon be our memories as we start our descend back to the path we passed earlier. The trip back to the Tengboche village, which is a place of familiarity and nostalgia, also remind me of our responsibility as humans. The middle part of the trail is where it becomes easier because of the bit decrease in elevation.
With every step, we are surrounded by the tranquil show-stopping fiber of the Himalayas, keeping hold of the memories which make the journey a memory. Although the sights unfamiliar and the sounds are different, the trail remains a comforting reminding of the incredible journey that we have experienced.
As our journey further takes us so down, we can think of the difficulties we’ve been through and the personal development we’ve achieved. The trail is easy to handle that we can enjoy the surroundings, the sights even more, with a newfound amazement.
As for Tengboche, this is where the benign cauters of this world rested its eye, with its famous monastery and what many fondly called, tranquil atmosphere. This is the point where we are able to think at the marvelous journey that we stepped into, full of the ethereal atmosphere present in such a holly place.
The journey is drawing to a close, but the remembrances and adventures we have experienced will be with us forever. We have this satisfied feeling inside us when we are going back to Tengboche that we may not have enough words to describe the beauty of this part of the world.
Tengboche to Namche
Another road trip that follows is the journey dominated by downhill slope and brings us to the Namche Bazaar, the most populated trading center in this region. As we go deeper, the pressure on our legs gets relieved, hence, allowing us to experience the attractiveness of the scenery in a more light hearted way.
On our arrival at Namche, we get the chance to unload our backpacks, therefore taking away the very weight that had tailed us. It's a justifiable break away from work, and we can fully enjoy the nice luxuries of Namche.
The vibrant streets of Namche Bazaar beckon us to walk their market trails where each supreme turn unravels new discoveries of local handicraft, tasty delicacy and fellow voyageurs. Our wonderful destination, which is situated between the Himalayan mountains, is the greatest place to relax and have moments for yourself to look back on the amazing trip we have had.
Slowly but surely the bitterness of the cold is taking over and finally melting away in the blazing heat. We have a chance to relax, take a break, and totally lose ourselves in the festive mood of Namche. Regardless of whether it is the walk through the neighborhoods, having a cup of local tea in a relaxed local café, or just gazing over the town from the heights, Namche Bazaar will give us a pause and we can refresh ourselves before breathing again the air of the valley.
In the village of Namche we see a place where the modern day comforts and the traditional beauty are blended together. Thus, we find the idea of 'the best of both worlds'. It's a haven where restoring our strength, reminiscing about the best moments of our hike and building up the fortitude to complete the last part of our journey are we do.
We round of our journey in the Everest Region at Namche Bazaar, which is a fitting end with its distinct culture, beauty of nature and the warmth of the hospitality.
Namche Bazzar to Lukla
Lukla to Namche Bazaar is the same trail, and our return is the same route we came ascending. But this time the trip, as it is actually characterized by a gradual downhill and a lower high altitude, is more gentle and comfortable to walk on.
Along the way, both on ridges and on downhill, we have the freedom to reflect on the difficulty of the trail, the beauty of the viewed landscapes, and the friendship that was established. This is time of relaxation and celebration, when we indulge into joy of having finished this great mission.
On arrival at Lukla the atmosphere was borne with a feeling of victory. We can just accept the fact that we can have some moments when we can breathe, have some happy thoughts of our successful expedition, and meet up with our fellow trekkers to crack jokes and have interesting conversations. The trip stretched our strength and casts a new meaning to the art of giving up. We have triumphed at last.
We meet warmth and the joy of home wherever we visit Lukla. The town serves as the right setting for reflection, and the many changes we have made and the memories we have created through our journey start to sink in.
At the end of the journey, we can congratulate ourselves on the courage and resilience that enabled us to triumph on such a daunting trip. Whether it be raising a toast to our accomplishments as a group, exchanging fond farewells with our newfound friends, or simply taking some time to appreciate just how peaceful Lukla can be-we will be able to reminisce in the journey’s successful completion.
To us, the path from Namche Bazaar to Lukla was not only the end of the physical trek but also the reminder of all the personal transformations and lifetime memories we encountered along the three weeks statement.
Lukla to Kathmandu
The final leg of our journey commences from a very early morning flight from Lukla, Kathmandu is our destination. Often reserved for the first hours of the morning, the last in the 35-minute ride is the last mention of our trekking expedition. The landscape of the Himalayas was breathtaking as we boarded the plane . We can conclude that we have been through an incredible experience and have gained valuable knowledge and experience during these weeks.
The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is a final chance to see once again this enchanting picture from a new angle. As we find our way back to the ground, surrounded by soaring clouds, we would get the chance to reflect on the number of obstacles that were overcome, the beautiful panoramas that were seen, and the transformation that occurred during the hike.
As we are getting off the plane at Kathmandu, our team will be already waiting for us there waiting to lead us back to the hotel to where we started. This is a feeling of both a rose-tinted view and of relaxation, as we come back to the place of the routine and calm down after the uprushing fume of emotions during our exciting journey.
In the evening, one finds themselves with the perfect opportunity for reflection on our accomplishments, storytelling with fellow trekkers, and enjoying authentic Nepalese cuisine. The pleasure of completion and success makes the trek much more than just an activity, and we can also take pride in having finished it.
But as we sneak into our rooms for the night, we can just breathe out in relief, completely satisfied with what we have been through, the memories we have made and the mountain beauty that we have witnessed. End of trek does not finish the spirit of adventure and the transformative experiences but those live on.
Spare day in Kathmandu
We can’t predict weather conditions in the mountains sometime, there may be the possibility of flight delays if we’ll have bad weather conditions. So, we need a day reserved as a spare day. If all goes well as per our set itinerary, you can book another exciting tour around Kathmandu.
In the evening, CoreTreks will organize a dinner for its guest at a traditional Nepali cuisine restaurant where there will also be a cultural dance program.
The day has come and after bidding our goodbyes a representative from CoreTreks will transport you to Tribhuvwan International Airport around 3 hours before your flight departure.
Island Peak Climbing Cost Mentions
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (3 Nights).
- Twin sharing accommodation during trek. ( 12 Nights).
- Tented Camp (3 Nights)
- Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes.
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- Climbing permit for Island Peak (6,189m./ 20,305 ft.)
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Trekking permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
- Climbing Sherpa from Island base camp to the summit and back to base camp.
- Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Hammer, Snow Bar, Ice Screw, Camping Tents,Group climbing equipment, dining tents, toilet tents and Kitchen equipment’s),
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tipping to crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
- Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
The Island Peak expedition terrorizes a climber not only by being a technical climb but also treats them to magnificent views in the Khumbu region of the Himalayas. From its location in the village of Dingboche, the characteristic peak of Island Peak is visible, often with an ice or rock background. Its name given by Eric Shipton typifies the nature of this particular feature – it looks like an island amidst a sea of ice. The mountains form the southern ridge of Lhotse Shar and the regional col joins them to form the ridge that leads to the summit of Island Peak.
To arrive at the top, the ascent trails the gorgeous Chukkung Valley and Base Camp from which the final climb takes between 9 to 12 hours depending on the weather. The rugged trails are steep with sections of rock scrambling and rope teams crossing the glacier and getting to the spine of the ridge situated over the crevasse-filled traversing terrain, a wall of 300 meters in height. We have fixed ropes on the headwall to give support to climbers and this climber’s life line extends to about 300 m. While it is not steep, the fact that it is a narrow ridge should be remembered. The summit itself is smaller, to serve only a rare group of climbers at an instance.
Having scaled the 300-meter headwall and the subjected summit ridge, the familiar chill of high altitude sets in the body, giving climbers the elation of Himalayan mountaineering. The vista reached from the summit, indeed, is grandiose, and the view seems to offer a 360-degree vision of some of the highest peaks in the world. The massive Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) form a semicircle to the north of us. The scenery is completed by the magnificent views of the peaks Kangchenjunga, Chokrin (8,585m) to the north, as well as Makalu (8,475m) to the east, and Baruntse and Ama Dablam to the south.
Moving towards the Island Peak Expedition requires to be going on the diverse terrains that need to be dealt with by the use of cautious navigation and technical skills. The start of the journey is along the similar pattern to the Everest Base Camp trek considering the rough and irregular terrain. But all the tests come to the play when you have entered the mountain.
Just beyond the horizon of the shadows you will encounter steep scrambling sections on loose rocks, that ends when snow line is reached, wich is referred as “crampon point”. It is this phase that demands a hands on help and mountain climbers navigate a circuitous path through scree and rock formations. Moving along the process, the view keeps changing into snow-covered plains, where rope parties of three to four walk through multiple crevasses. Vigilance is the most important factor in order to remain away from critical slots or crevasses.
At the base of the headwall and having reached the fixed lines, you should carefully inspect the latter before going further. Anchors are usually safe and placed at the proper spacing, but they will become loose after the morning hours. On the climbing part, it's mostly 40-degree slopes and very frequent stop overs to check equipment and your technique. It is worth mentioning that having other climbing teams around can slow down the process, hence, coordination and clear communication becomes a must.
Finally, the path becomes narrow, exposed with a dangerous drop, and often busy when you reach the summit ridge. The simple one cable steadies to the peak, where only a handful could accomodate at any time. The need of negotiating between fellow climber becomes very important,particularly during the climbing of steeper and exposed routes. To prioritize safety, clip the safety karabiner on the anchor before proceeding to the jumar, while the second karabiner should stay at this point to make sure you know you are secured to the rope.
The descent, however, is even more dangerous as extra mindfulness is needed when abseiling the initial pendulum from the summit ridge. For the pros, it is probably a piece of cake, using the supports on the platforms to help them proceed. On the other hand, those with less experience in abseiling may need more time that this could result in slowed proceedings. Overtaking may, occasionally be possible, but it is especially cumbersome, especially when time is running short.
Back in the glacier, modifying light conditions make advance vigilance a necessity. Snow goes on compaction of a lesser extent, and the ladders have probably shifted as well. Safely rappelling down requires not only keeping the man ropes taut but also sticking to the sound rules of climbing throughout the descent. By respecting the official route, a safe return from that awesome excursion is assured.
The Island Peak trek will see the accommodation offered in nice lodges run by the locals, the tents may be preferred if mentions about it. In addition, each lodge also has a communal area with a stove, and the bedrooms are comprised of 2 beds with mattresses, pillows, and blankets. Yet, however, the rooms are unfurnished, so you should have suitable sleeping bags with you for the purpose of warmth. Most lodges have gas heaters in the showers and better still; the "drop" toilets have been upgraded to flush system toilets.
During the trek, you can enjoy variety of delicious food that is the course of both the local Nepali/Sherpa cuisine and the Western recipes. You can enjoy a diversity of meals, including burgers and chips, to dal bhat with rice, one of the best-known Nepali dishes. The pastries, drinks, and snacks are explored along the trail at the lodges and shops. The range of the items includes pastries, beverages, sweets, and chocolates. However, we shouldn't forget that it might be very difficult to eat a healthy diet due to the fact that so many tempting things are all around us. However, it is good to limit yourself with a diet of rice and dal.
The tented camps will be put up at Island Peak Base Camp. You will have two-person tents, equipped with trekking poles for easy set-up and takedown of your tent. Remember to have a 4-season sleeping bag and the best sleeping mats at your disposal for better comfort. For the lower altitudes, you might opt for just a sleeping bag liner which prevents hikers being cold when sleeping in the open 4-season bag without overheating.
The porters will take your main bag, with a weight limit of 15 kilograms, so that all the team's needs are met. The team's requirements will be double-checked by me. Your well-being and safety will at all times be ensured by an experienced guide and a climbing guide who will be on your side all throughout your hike.
Before we go to the Island Peak expedition, we must have winter climbing experience at least first. Being able to tie into a harness and onto a man rope, used for anchoring, is also essential. Safety is a must when we walk on glacial ground and tied up together. Yet, prior experience is an absolute must. Sharing your experience level with your guide is of great significance because they will teach you and guide you depending on how much experience you have.
You will find rope ascending device ( jumar, also known as 'cow's tail') along the headwall of Island peak and descender for abseiling back down. This is probably not the best site where one would abseil for the first time, thus, it is recommended to receive training and practice beforehand. The abseil is being done on a single line and there’s absolutely no rope lets you down (or support ) in any way. The top rope for this part is not viable unless there is nothing else to do because of time limitations.
Those crevasses on the route are not huge and not so wide for crossing, but ladders may be hard for some to cross. installed slip-resistant handrails on poles, but they were still difficult. The recommended tactic is to climb across the rungs with the metal tips of the crampons facing down the ladders, while others may find crawling more effective.
The headwall of Island Peak may seem taller from a distance or front on, but once on it, you will know of enough resting spot and wide ledges. It seems less steep and not as difficult as it is perceived. While numerous climbers prefer to go up by "jugging" along the ropes via their jumars, which are used to pull themselves, and essentially, their weight, up as the ropes act as suspension. But multiple people being on a single rope could be they just dangerous. It is a possibility that an anchor can be in place for a few days or so, hence, you should never trust an anchor not until you have personally set it up or you have seen the position with your own eyes. It is recommended to use your crampons and axe to climb with rope protection instead of trusting it all on the rope.
Thr safety aspect of summit of Island Peak is critical, as it is very exposed with steep drops on either side. Concentration as well as mental toughness are desirable. People who have <u>Vertigo</u> or discomfort on steep drops may find this part difficult. Take a ridge hike and develop the correct mindset through knowing how to use crampons or an axe correctly. This is not the best place to take your first trip with it. This level should be an individual effort since the guides will either be in front or behind though at the back of the rope. Learning how to traverse your prusik knot around a rock anchor in safe manner is top priority, and of course, never forgetting to clip in is a must!
While Island Peak climbing is indeed not considered the easiest peak climb, it is still relatively easier than other peak climbs in the Everest Region. Nevertheless, it does require high technical skill and the difficulty of ascent. Let us look at the different levels of difficulty in climbing Island Peak,
Suitable for Advanced Beginners
Isolated by the weather, there are a few mountain destinations in the world that significantly resemble tropical islands, and among them, Nepal's Island Peak is the one we highly recommend, though not for every beginner. It is possible for intermediate level learners who have a clear vision of the climbing gears. The tech part of the climb will be a bit tricky if you don’t have any prior knowledge and experience.
Climbing the 6189 metres of Island Peak also includes a considerable altitude gain which increases the risk of altitude sickness. Previous author: Fassili Abdulahim A two-day itinerary of acclimatization though helps in lowering the chances of altitude sickness still there is a possibility of its symptoms due to the abrupt altitude difference.
Weather factors come to complicate the experience and the technics of climbing. The unpredictable weather at high altitudes can be a real surprise. It is strongly advised to begin the climb as early as possible to avoid noontime when strong winds could make the ascend very challenging.
Although Island Peak is regarded as less technical, therefore, it still includes sections where climbers have to engage in some level of climbing expertise. Experienced intermediate climbers with the basic knowledge of the climbing gear may successfully handle those sections with the guidance of professional guides. However, these technical sections may be hard to comprehend by beginners who previously made no attempts.
The trekker on the course of the popular Everest Base Camp Trek route leads to the summit of the Island Peak. Hiking time for a day's average varies from 7 to 8 hours, i could be 9-10 hours for some days. At places the trail covers magnificent sections, but the further you deviate from the Everest Basecamp Trekking route, the more difficult the terrain becomes and it has very steep uphill climbs.
In short, Island Peak climbing is not a very hard venture among the mountains in this area but it involves some degree of difficulty. With the minimum level of rock climbing experience/technical skills and gear competence it is required. It is necessary to pay attention to the effects of altitude on health, weather conditions, technical details, and tough trekking paths when evaluating the difficulty of the expedition.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Although our team of guides will assist you for the climb, you will require some guiding principles of mountaineering before you make your move. Climbing the Island peak is not easy. It is a challenging endeavor that only a few are willing to take.
Expect a considerably low temperature, tough mountains and low oxygen levels. If you make it to the top of the island, you will be rewarded with a mesmerizing view of the Himalayas.
The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).
For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due to land structure and not much development in the area you will need to set camps at a higher altitude.
To book the Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak Summit in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:
- Online booking
- Wire transfer OR,
- Cash on arrival.
We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.
- Large Rucksack or duffle bag (~80L) for a porter to carry
- Medium daypack (~40L) to be carried by you
- Shell top (jacket) and bottoms (pants) for protection against wind and rain
- Warm layered system to keep you warm in varying temperatures
- Down jacket specifically for summit day
- Sun hat and warm hat for sun protection and insulation
- One or two thin base layer tops and bottoms to wick away sweat and for layering
- These can be stripped down when it gets hot
- Crampon-compatible boots for use with crampons
- Trekking shoes for lower-altitude sections of the trek
- Base camp shoes for comfortable resting at the base camp
- Crampons for traction on icy surfaces
- Walking axe for stability and self-arresting
- Alpine harness for roped sections
- Descender for abseiling
- Jumar for ascending on fixed ropes
- 4 Screwgate carabiners for attaching gear and safety
- Helmet for head protection
- 2 x 120cm slings for various purposes
- Poles for additional stability and support
- 4 to 5-season sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
- Water bottles for hydration during the day
- Favorite snacks for energy replenishment
- Insulated cup for hot drinks
- Flask for keeping beverages warm
WASH KIT AND MEDICAL KIT:
- Wash kit to allow for personal hygiene
- Medical kit to manage minor first-aid situations
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunlight and snow glare
- Sunscreen to shield your skin from UV rays
- Lip salve to prevent chapped lips
- Camera to capture memories
- Headtorch for visibility during early morning or night-time activities
Preparing for a trek in Nepal requires careful consideration of the route and the prevailing weather conditions. To assist you in packing wisely, we have compiled a comprehensive Peak Climbing packing list.
The best period for Island Peak trekking in Nepal is the spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October) periods. During this period the most attractive weather and the best conditions for climbing are.
Spring (April and May):
The weather becomes stable during spring as the warm-up begins. The days are prolonged making it quite possible to go high for good many hours. The skies are generally sunny, providing inspiring views of Ancone Mountain and the surrounding hills. In addition, be ready for the colder temperatures that may be experienced at the higher altitudes and the risk of having occasional showers.
Autumn (September and October):
Autumn is a massively targeted season for Island Peak climbing. The climate is usually dry and stable which provides with clear skies and nice temperatures. The autumn months are good time with great view and good conditions for climbing. The climbing season is considered as the most popular time to trek and climb in Nepal and you are more likely to meet more crowds on the most popular routes.
Spring as well as autumn furnish the most favourable condition for the mountaineering to Mount Island in terms of fairly stable weather, clear skies and bearable temperature. It is worth mentioning that the weather may have changes, and you should consult a local agency or en experienced guide for the most current weather reports and in this manner set up your climbing in a proper manner.
Island Peak Climbing Reviews
Totally satisfied with the service
From: United States | On: 11 Oct, 2019
Being an active trekker, I was looking forward to climbing the Island peak in Nepal along with the Everest Base Camp. It turned out to be a great adventure. Besides the challenging climbing and intense weather conditioning we managed to complete our journey and it felt great.
I want to thank all the people who helped me from CoreTreks to achieve one of my biggest achievement in life. I will forever remember this time. I could not recommend CoreTreks more. Thank you.
Beautiful mountains and delicious food
From: Australia | On: 28 Sep, 2018
Have been planning the Everest summit for the last few years. I finally had time to fly out to Nepal and trek to the world’s tallest mountain, the Everest. It is surprising that Nepal has way more to offer than just the landscapes.
The cuisine of Nepal is really delicious. You might find it spicier but that’s the way to go for me. Talking about the trekking itself.
It was fairly challenging but CoreTreks and the guiding team helped me through it. That is why recommend CoreTreks if you are looking for future trip to the mountains.
An amazing experience with Nepal and Nepalese
From: United Kingdom | On: 16 Apr, 2018
Really had an amazing experience with all the Nepalese people. They are so kind and helpful it’s mind blowing. I recommend all the people that are thinking of visiting Nepal to take the leap.
The country is such a blessing. Thanks to the team of CoreTreks for helping me from choosing the best package for climbing the Island peak to returning back home.
They are best at planning your journey and highly recommended among many other travelers. Nevertheless, the climb to Island peak was a difficult challenge and you should go through all the guidance to accomplish your journey. Hit up CoreTreks and you should know why I recommend this particular company. Have a safe journey to Nepal.
Challenging trek but worth it
From: United States | On: 12 Apr, 2017
It was one hell of a trekking and climbing. We completed the trek with Atma Ram Bhatta and Narendra Bhatta who were both helpful and hardworking individuals from CoreTreks.
Nepalese people are very kind and that filled my heart with joy as we continued to hike up through local Sherpa Settlements.
I would suggest the team to consider more comfortable transportation means as some of them were somewhat uncomfortable. Besides that, love the trip, love Nepal, will definitely visit again.