Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a 6,189m/20,305ft tall mountain in Nepal’s eastern Himalayas, the peak falls in Sagarmatha National Park which also hosts the famous Everest Region. When you view the peak from Dingboche, it appears as if it an island surrounded by a sea of ice. So, Eric Shipton’s expedition party named it Island Peak in 1951. Our 17-day-long Island Peak Climbing expedition aims to take you to the top of the Island peak through some of the most challenging parts of the Everest region. Island peak was first climbed in 1953 by a British expedition group that included Tenzing Norgay who along with Edmund Hillary became the first ever to climb Mount Everest.
Adventure Club Trek and Expedition offers you the opportunity to make history with its Island peak climbing-17 days itinerary. With Alpine PD+ difficulty level Island Peak Climbing is one of the most sought after climbing expeditions for mountaineers looking to climb higher mountains in future.Our climbing expedition begins from Kathmandu with a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We then take a flight to Lukla. The 30-40 minutes’ long flight is one of the most scenic flights in the world with views of some of world’s tallest mountain including the Everest.
From Lukla we trek to Phakding then to Namche Bazaar. We take an acclimatization rest day in Namche and trek further on to Tengboche then to Dingboche and eventually to Chukkung where we take another acclimatization day rest. From chhukung we trek to the Island Peak Base Camp and stay there next day for pre-climb training. On the 12th day of the expedition, we summit the Island Peak. The climb takes 10-12 hours. Even though challenging and strenuous, the climb is rewarding. Glorious views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse and Lhotse along with a gorgeous spread of the Khumbu Himalaya from the top of Island Peak is something to cherish forever.
We then trek to Pangboche to Namche to Lukla and take a flight back to Kathmandu. For a more challenging form of Island Peak Expedition, Adventure Club Trekking offers Everest High Passes Trek with Island Peak Climbing-23 Days and Island Peak with Everest Base camp Trek- 19 Days. For a shorter and less challenging climbing expedition in Nepalese Himalaya, we have Yala Peak Climbing-15 days. We also offer Pisang Peak and Thorung La Pass – 18 Days expedition.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we set off to a sightseeing tour of some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, historic places like the three Durbar squares in the valley, Asia’s largest stupa, Boudhanath, another Buddhist Stupa, Swayambhunath famous as ‘Monkey Temple’ and the holy Hindu temple, Pashupatinath. We will also discuss on the vitalities of the trek that starts tomorrow. Your trekking leader will introduce you with the team and, inform you on all necessary requirements.
Rise and shine! An early morning start to a wonderful day ahead. We head back to TIA for our flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. The flight to Lukla only operates in the morning to avoid high mountain wind. Around 40 minutes’ long scenic flight in a Twin Otter along the Himalayas is a pleasure to the eyes. Upon arrival at Lukla each of us will be assigned a porter before we begin our trek to Phakding. We start by following the trail towards Dudh Kosi River until the path connects to the main trail to Namche Bazaar. Located just above Chaurikharka, it is an easy trek. Pass by the village of Ghat to finally arrive at Phakding. Overnight at a guesthouse in Phakding.
Our destination for the day is Namche Bazaar, also known as the gateway to Everest. We start our trek on a trail along the Dudh Kosi River and throughout our journey to Namche we cross the river several times via suspension bridges. The path then passes through a pine forest. Before entering the Sagarmatha National Park the forest clears out to present a fantastic view of the world’s tallest Mt. Everest(8,848). From here onwards, it is a steep climb but the path is made pleasant by the magnificent views around. Overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
Today is assigned acclimatization day to avoid AMS. As planned we hike up to Sherpa village of Khumjung. The village offers magnificent views of Ama Dablam ( 6,812m/22,349 ft) and Thamserku (6,623 m/21,729 ft.). While here, we also visit the Khumjung Monastery which houses the scalp of a ‘’Yeti’’ and Khumjung School built by Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust in 1961. return to Namche in the afternoon and stay the night.
As we set out of Namche Bazaar we follow a uphill trail along the Dudh Kosi gorge which leads through pine forest to arrive at Sansa. The path then takes a downhill path towards Trashinga. We cross the Dudh Kosi River then through rhododendron, juniper and fir forest to arrive at Tengboche. Explore the Tengboche Monastery which houses a twenty foot Buddha’s sculpture. Inside you can also see ornate wall hangings and musical instruments and robes of Lamas. Overnight at a guesthouse in Tengboche.
First, we take a downhill path to Debuche from where we cross a suspension bridge over Imja Khola and then ascent to Pangboche. Around six hours walk uphill will take us to the Sherpa village of Dingboche. Enjoy fantastic views of Lhotse (8,516 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m) and Island Peak (6,189 m).Overnight at a guesthouse in Dingboche
The trek to Chhukung is relatively easier and shorter compared to previous days. The trail is fairly flat with steady inclines at times. Along the way we pass by many houses built with stones. As we near the Chhukung Valley the magnificent Island Peak fills up the skyline. Overnight at a guesthouse in Chhukung.
Today we acclimatize to the thinning air at the high altitude. To better adjust to the changing conditions, we have a planned trek to Chhukung Ri, a rocky peak like Kala Pathar. It is around 3-4 hours up to the summit which provides fantastic views of the mountains like Makalu (8,481 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Ama Dablam and Imja Tse/Island Peak. Then, we head down to Chhukung village where we spend the night. Overnight at a guesthouse in Chhukung Village.
We head to Island Base Camp today. It is a fairly steep trail to the base camp but compared to earlier days it is not much of a challenging trail. Initially we start by climbing south and then turn east towards Imja Valley. Along the way we are greeted by the magnificent Ama Dablam. The trail then continues through the moraines from Lhotse Glacier and Imja Glacier. Here onwards it is a pleasant trail to Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight in tents.
Today, will be dedicated to pre-climbing training. The guides will teach you all the basic tricks and techniques required for tomorrow’s summit. You will be taught the proper use of ice axe, crampons, harness, climbing boots and ascender. The training also includes basic safety measures and things to do incase of an emergency. To build up more confidence before the big day we practice using our climbing gears and go on a short hike on ice. Overnight in tents.
Finally the big day is here! Early breakfast at around 2 am after which we get all the necessary gear for the summit and head out. Our goal is to reach the top before noon to avoid the strong winds that blow in the highlands in the afternoon, which is one of the major factors that determine the success of our summit. We begin on a sandy path and as we climb higher the trail gradually turns to boulder strewn path. The further we go the more the slope narrows and eventually leads to a rock channel. Follow the rock gully to a ridgeline leading to the snout of the summit glacier. It is essential that you stay alert at all times and follow the instructions given by the guide. Climb up a steep snow covered slope to reach the summit ridge and from there it is a short climb to the top. Throughout the climb both fixed ropes and man rope will be used as safety measures. The length of the rope line depends on the weather condition and the crevasses.You will get the best views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse and Lhotse among other mountains from the summit. We descend to the base camp from the top. Overnight in tents.
We have an early breakfast and then retrace our steps back to Pangboche. We pass through Chhukung and Dingoche to arrive at Pangboche. Overnight at a guesthouse in Pangboche.
From Pangboche we pass through Debuche and Tengboche to finally arrive at Namche Bazaar. It quit a short trek so have the whole afternoon to yourself. Just relax and rest those sore legs. You can celebrate the success of the summit by drinking at this beautiful town. Overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
Trekking back to Lukla (where the airport is) from Namche takes about 6 hours. After some ascend and descend and crossing Dudhkoshi River over several suspension bridges, you reach Lukla. This is the point where the trekking officially ends. Overnight at guesthouse.
This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes, and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club. Overnight at hotel.
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.
You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$3500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna,Langtang, or any other regions.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.