Island Peak 6160 meter also known as Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal located at Khumbu valley or Everest region. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton. Island peak is a very famous Nepal Mountaineering Association peak (trekking peak) among the 33 NMA peaks. Island peak derives its name as the mountain looks like a sea of ice from along with one of the most enjoyable climbing occurrences.
Island Peak was first climbed in 1953 as part of a training exercise by a British expedition that went on to summit Mount Everest, which included Charles Evans, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie and Tenzing Norgay, with seven Sherpas.
To climb Island Peak, one has the option of starting from a base camp at 5,087 meters (16,690 ft) and starting the climb between 1am or 2 am. Another popular option is to ascend to High Camp at around 5,600 meters (18,400 ft) to reduce the amount of effort and time needed for summit day. However, adequate water supply and concerns about sleeping at a higher altitude may dictate starting from base camp. Base camp to high camp is basically a hike, but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes may be set up by the guides for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 meters (330 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing.
Climbing of the Imja Tse or Island Peak gets rewarded by some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region. Once on the summit, see that the giant mountains, Ama Dablam, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi-circle in the north, views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Ama Dablam in the south.
That peak is more charming for climbing. For many mountaineering enthusiasts, climbing the Island Peak marks the preparation for a full scale Himalaya expedition in Nepal in the later years. For the serious mountaineers, Island Peak also serves the purpose of acclimatization before heading to the bigger mountain climbing.
Everest base camp trek combined with Island Peak climbing is probably the best trip in Nepal adored by adventure seekers. Asian Hiking Team’s a local travel agency organize Island peak climbing, trekking starting from Lukla all the way to visit Everest Base Camp continues trekking to Island base camp, summit the peak then end the trek in Lukla.
During the trekking until Chhukum it is possible to have Guest house/Lodge facilities. In the guest house / Lodge was running hot and cold water facilities. Private rooms are available in most guest houses/ Lodge. Most bathrooms are shared. Many years’ experience of Trekking field of organizing various treks in Nepal assures you that we have chosen for our treks the cleanest and most hygienically kept Guest Houses /Lodge with a friendly atmosphere and the best views. From the base camp we need to full board camping. Camping is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, Sherpa’s and porters accompany you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up, mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp.
If anyone are looking Island Peak climbing part only, we have Sherpa guide and climbing store in Dingboche (in peak season Sep to Dec. and March to June) so that we operate climbing 2 nights 3 days camping with equipment, necessary document, camping arrangement with essential staffs, so that you can contact us to do Island peak climb from Chhukum to Chhukum as well.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu, meet our staff and transfer to a hotel in Kathmandu, at 7-8 pm group meeting and tour briefing at hotel, overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Phakding
In the morning, you fly from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will brief you on the trek, as well as introduce you to Asian Hiking Team porters. While your Sherpas sort out and load your trekking equipment, you have time to explore Lukla. After finishing breakfast, to proceed from Lukla to Khumbu, head north, past a Chorten with praying wheels and join the main queue at Choplung (2696m) in less than one hour. They proceed from their head north crossing the Thado Khola (2554m) with the awesome trekking peak Kusum Khanguru (6483m) at its head. To reach Phakding (2640m), 1.30 hours from Chuplung or almost 3.30 hours from Lukla, overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Namche Bazaar
To cross the west bank (right) of the Dudh koshi river, Continue through blue pine and rhododendron forests, pass a settlement of Metal worker (Tok Tok), village of Banker (2905m) with a small lodge, see the view of Mt. Thamserku (6856m) 1 hour. In the short while cross to the east (left) bank and climb up through Chumowa, cross the Khansar Khola to reach Mondzo (2835m). Enter Sagarmatha national park here, check your permit. Descend in a cleft to the west (right) bank of Dudh Kosi on a suspension bridge to reach Jorsule (2774m) 30 minutes. This is the last village before Namche Bazar. We take Lunch here & proceed to cross Dudh Kosi (Bhote Kosi) again to the left side & again to cross the main Dudh Kosi, climb up till to Namche Bazaar (3440m), proceed in pine forest. Can see, first view of Mt. Everest between Lhotse & Nuptse reaches 2 and half hours from Jorsule, overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar
Today is a rest day, however, we should do some activities such as to climb Syangboche airport, visit Sherpa home in khumjung/Khunde village includes Adman Hillary school or view from Everest view Hotel, 2 hours. Namche bazaar has many officials or offices, including army base camp and bank. Namche used to be a trading center, where grain from the south was exchanged for salt from Tibet and it remains now a trading center. Every Saturday is market day. It is headquarter of Sagarmatha National park (SNP) & Sagarmatha pollution controlled Project (SPCP). Here is the Sherpa Museum & monasteries too, overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Tengboche
The tail rises to the east of Sagarmatha National Park Museum (3520m), instead, contour high above the Dudh Kosi passes Kyangsuma. Steeply down to reach Phorse Tanga, may we have lunch; this is the last sport before Tengboche. After a hot lunch climb 2.20 hours to reach Tengboche (3767m, after your arrival check the hotel and visit the monastery. Everyday 3-4 PM and 6-7 am is worship time in Monastery. Overnight at Guest house.
Day 6: Pheriche
Today, we start early around 7 to 8 o’clock. Half an hour down to Debuche, where there is a monastery and small settlements inside the alpine forest. After a 45 minutes walk to cross the bridge, continue climbing to reach lower Pangboche. The trekking routes follow the lower path of Pangboche. It is worth to visit Monastery if you have time, it takes 45 minutes extra. An hour walk to reach a small settlement called Somare, may have lunch in Somare then gradually walk up. After one hour's walk from Somare, there are two ways, one heading to Pheriche and the other is Dingboche. Left hand side direction is way to Pheriche 4200m, 1 hour from junction. After arrival, have a short drink with rest and climb 200 meters over the hill because everyday we “ascent high and sleep in low”. Overnight guest house/Lodge.
Day 7: Pheriche to Lobuche
After breakfast, we start trekking at 7-8am, the first part of the trekking flat follows the river valley and we need to climb a little to reach Dukla. Trek continues to Dukla 4680m, may we have lunch and climb to Dukla/Dhukla pass 4800m where many memorial monuments who died in Everest summit. It takes 5 hours to Lobuje 4910m from Dingboche, Overnight at lodge.
Day 8: Gorep-shep
This is another big and difficult walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to the Everest Base Camp (5365 m). Early in the morning leaving Lobuje, after lunch in Gorak-shep within 3 hours, we will head up to Everest Base camp (5365 meters), and return to Gorak-shep at elevation of 5180 meters. We are likely to see the teams of Everest Expeditions. The view of the Khumbu Icefall is spectacular. We then return to Gorak Shep to spend our nights. We walk over the moving stone with a jump so it does hard, be careful to walk overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 9: Trekking Dingboche
After reaching Base camp of Everest our aim today is to trek Kalapattar (5545 meters) a small peak. This will be a difficult, but rewarding trek. We start early morning before sunrise to reach the viewpoint that offers some of the best views of Mount Everest as well as other panoramas of the surrounding mountains. Kalapattar means “Black rock”, the most excellent view point in the world. Returning to the Hotel, after late breakfast, descend to Dingboche at an elevation of 4410 meters 5 hours, check your climbing gear where our store is, overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10: Dingboche to Chhukung 4800m
After breakfast, follow the Imsa Valley river, on the bottom of Lhotse, today is short walking almost like 3 hours to reach Chhukum 4800m. After lunch in Chhukum, climb to Chhukung Ri 5550m, 3 – 4 hours, return to the hotel, overnight in the Guest house/Hotel.
Day 11: Chhukung to Island peak
Today, our journey to Island Base Camp, so we need to check all the equipment and take hot breakfast and start walking at 8-9 am. Walking over the glacier with the beautiful view, it takes 3 to 4 hours. After we reach our staff fix the tent and camp side, have a hot lunch and climbing guide teach you about climbing, use ropes, security, and how to handle the emergency situation. Overnight in Camp with hot meals.
Day 12: To Island Peak Summit and Back to base camp
Very early may be 1 to 2 AM wake up call, take some hot soup and start climbing, first we reach High Camp, something like 3 hours then continue walk to crampon point 2/3 hours, change all the equipment, leave non necessary goods and start climbing. Time to reach the summit is difficult to tell you, may it take 2-4 hours from crampon point. Summit the Island Peak 6180m and return to Base Camp, overnight in Base Camp, tented camp.
Day 13: Free Day
Today we give you a spare day, weather is our master, we can’t control so we give you one day extra. As well as the human body, may get sick or any problems, nobody not knows. You have already spent a lot of money to climb Island peak, if one more day extra may you can succeed so that we make spare days. If you climb on your schedule you may use a spare day at another place as you want.
Day 14: Island B.C to Teangboche
After a hot breakfast, treks all the same way return to Chhukum continues walk to Dingboche may we have lunch here then all the same way walk down to Tengboche, 5-6 hours trekking, overnight at Lodge/hotel (B/L/D).
Day 15: Tengboche to Manju
Today also we follow as before routes all the way to Namche Bazar passing Phoste Thanga, Kangzingma. We have lunch in Namche Bazar and continue to walk down to DudhKosi river bank crossing the suspension bridge twice then reach Manzo where we check National park permit on the second day of trekking, 5/6 hours, overnight Lodge/hotel.
Day 16: Lukla
Today is my last day of hiking. It is also a short day walking to reach Lukla. We have lunch in Thado Khola or Chomping and reach Lukla 4 hours, check the hotel, talk about hot showers and rest and relax. Last night in the mountains. overnight Lodge/hotel.
Day 17: Return to Kathmandu
We have early breakfast and drop to Tenzing Hillary Airport as our flight schedule has its own way to Kathmandu. It is a 30 to 45 minutes flight to Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu, you are free and relax as you want. overnight in Hotel.
Day 18: Departure
The trip ends today, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
- All arrival and departure airport transfers with Asian Hiking Team Assistance.
- Hotel in Kathmandu as itinerary with breakfast (3/4 star hotel on request).
- Transport to/from trekking/trip starting and ending point (as itinerary by Domestic flight to/from Lukla).
- Accommodation during the trekking as best available Guest house / Hotel as itinerary.
- North face Tented Camp during the climbing/mountaineering as itinerary.
- Major Meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) by Guest house /Hotel menus.
- Camping / Upper camps’ meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with hot drinks.
- North face Dom Tent for clients, Kitchen/Dinning/Toilet Tents, mates, all kitchen camping equipment.
- Camping staffs; cook, kitchen staff, Sherpa, necessary porters.
- A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder professional equipped English Speaking trekking guide.
- A First Aid and Eco trained, Advance/Basic climbing trained & Government licensed holder professional equipped Climbing/Mountaineering guide.
- One Porter between each 2 members while on trek (Maximum weight for a porter is 25-30 Kg).
- Trekkers’ Information Management System “TIMS” (Trekking permit).
- National Park / Conservations fees or permission.
- Peak Climbing Permit from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
- Monasteries and Temple entrance fees during the trekking.
- Group Climbing equipment such as ropes, Ice tool, Ice screws, Ice Bar, Carabineers, Locking carabineers, Short-5- millimeter accessory cords, Slings etc.
- Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Asian Hiking Team all staffs.
- First Aid Kit.
- Travel & Rescue arrangement.
- All government taxes/ service charges.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- International airfare from / to your country.
- Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Hotel accommodation beyond 4 nights (as per itinerary) stay in Kathmandu.
- Personal climbing gear above Base Camp.
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation, and lost luggage.
- Expenses of a personal nature such as hard and soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, email, internet etc.
- Applicable customs duty and import license fees for all personal expedition goods arriving in Nepal by air/road as cargo.
- Personal solar pack (if any) for charging heavy electronics (laptops, professional camera, batteries, etc.).
- Summit bonus / Tips/ Donation.
- Gifts, souvenirs.
- Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.