Climbing a Himalayan peak is every mountaineer’s dream. And, the peaks in the Nepalese Himalaya are the ultimate goals. Island Peak is one of the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal. The trekking peak is suitable for novice climbers and provides an exhilarating experience for experienced climbers as well. Also known as Imja Tse, Island Peak ( 6,189 m) got the name from its position- from Dingboche, it looks like the peak is in the middle of an ice-ocean. Island Peak falls in the Sagarmatha National Park, the same national park that also hosts the Everest region. So, it is fairly popular to combine Island Peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek.
Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trek is a perfect combination of a summit expedition, and trekking in the highest region of the world and experiencing the unique culture of the Sherpas. Broadly categorized as ‘’slightly difficult’ (Alpine D+) Island Peak is at 6,189m height. Even though it is physically demanding, the climb to the top of the peak is not a big technical challenge.
Island Peak with Everest Base camp Trek starts from Kathmandu. We tour the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and hold a pre-climb meeting. The next day, we start off the adventure with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is a scenic 30-40 minutes’ long flight alongside some of highest mountains in the world like Mt. Everest.
We have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Acclimatization is crucial in adapting to high altitude and thinning amount of oxygen in the air. We continue on the trail to Everest Base Camp. We set foot on the EBC site on the ninth day of the trek, and climb Kala Patthar (5,545m) the next day. Kala Patthar is one of the best vantage points in the Everest region. Enjoy full frontal views of Mount Everest including other mountains like Nuptse (7, 861m/ 25,791 ft.), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,350 ft.), and Lobuche (6,119m/20075 ft.) from Kala Patthar.
Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trek is an expedition as a whole. However, the expedition to the top of Island Peak, in the true sense, starts once we make our way from Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung at 4,730m. Island Peak Base Camp is situated at 5200 m and takes us two hours from Chhukung. On the 13th day, we conduct pre-climb training on Island Base Camp. We scale the summit on the 14th Day. We start the climb early in the morning as it takes us about 10-12 hours for climbing from the base camp to Island Peak summit and climbing back to base camp.
Once at the top, a breathtaking panoramic views of Himalayan giants like Nuptse (7,879m)and semi-circle formed by Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse central (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) in the north, fascinating views of Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) in the east and stunning views of famous expedition peak of Ama Dablam (6812m) in the south make all the hardship feel worthwhile. After the successful summit, we trek back to Lukla and board a flight back to Kathmandu.
Adventure Club Trek and Expeditions has highly experienced Sherpas, porters and guides to make your expedition safe, successful and exhilarating. For those looking for a shorter expedition in the Everest Region, Adventure Club Trek and Expeditions also offers Island Peak Climbing-17 Days and Mera Peak Climbing- 17 Days. Our Everest High passes Trek with Island peak Climbing- 23 Days trip is perfect for those seeking a more adventurous expedition and trekking experience in the Everest region.
In March 2014, I have trekked from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. The trek was organized by Adventure Club Treks and Hungarian travel agency Eupolisz. We trekked in a large group consisting of 20 trekkers and 12 porters; our chief guide was Birendra Chudal. We have been in the mountains for 13 days. The tour also included a side trip to Gokyo Valley, where we succesfully scaled the Gokyo Ri peak (5360 m). After reaching Everest Base Camp, we also bagged Kala Pattar peak (5545 m). Climbing these peaks does not require any special skills or technical gear, but it is very strenuous due to sparse air. From both peaks, we could see Mount Everest and several other peaks exceeding 8000 m of height. I have never been on such a high mountain before (my highest mountain so far was 4165 m Jebel Toubkhal in Morocco). A part of the group, led by Cheten Sherpa, also climbed the 6000-odd Imja Tse peak, using crampons, piolets and ropes, but I did not take part in this part of the tour. Asides mountains, we also visited the lively Sherpa town Namche Bazaar and the stunning Lama monastery of Tengboche. During the trip, we spent the nights in lodges that provided good food and warm rooms, and sometimes even warm shower. Our guides Birendra and Szilveszter were very helpful and educative. Porters have done their exhaustive work excellently. We had luck with the weather, as most of the time it was sunny, we had some snow in Gokyo Valley that made the mountains look beautiful, but did not hinder us in walking. After the trekking, we also visited the stunning monuments of Kathmandu and nearby towns Patan and Bhaktapur. I hope that I will return one day to this beautiful country.
I did Gokyo Ri - Kala Patthat - Everest Base Camp - Island Peak trek with Adventure Club Trek in March 2014. It was very good, definitely one of my best trips. Our guide, assistance guide and porters were very professional, friendly, and helpful with intensive knowledge of local life, mountains, natures and khumbu village. I travelled with a group of 18 and it was not an easy job to manage necessary needs for us in such a remote area but our guide managed it efficiently that made me feel like we were still in homeland.
I would like to thank to Adventure Club and especially Birendra for their kindness during the trip, they proven professionalism on the trek and provided good information and assistance.I would definitely recommend using Adventure Club Trek for any adventure trips in Nepal.
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.
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