Island Peak (6,189m.) climbing is one of the most popular and unquestionably most enlivening trekking in the world. Island peak trek provides an opportunity to visit the center region of the Khumbu. The magnificent vista visible throughout the trek will enthrall you and which will never be elapsed. Most importantly, you will get an occasion to view the world’s highest peak- Mount Everest.
Renamed as Imja Tse in 1983, Island Peak trekking is one of the major trekking peaks in Everest area with an amazing and ice-covered West Face that rise up from the Lhotse Glacier. This peak entails one steep and uncovered 100 m snow climb. In addition, mostly it has non technical snow climb with eye-catching landscape and offers superb views of the summits - Lhotse (8501m.), Nuptse (7879m.), and Lhotse Middle Peak (8410m.).
Furthermore, you can walk up to Kalapathhar (5545m.) and Everest Base Camp, the famous trekking spots. From there, you can enjoy close up views of Mount Everest and an exciting panorama of sunrise on the snow capped peaks on top of the Khumbu Glacier early in the morning. Then, we move down to Chhukung and arrange for the Island Peak climb. The peak itself is in fact an expansion of the South crest of Lhotse Shar and is divided from it by a tiny col.
This 21 days lodge or tent trek to Island Peak Climbing designed by Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks is meant for those adventure lovers who are in searching for less difficult climbing and which also bestows the most well-known Himalayan in the world. If you are active, physically healthy but have inadequate time to trek, we arrange Island Peak trekking for you which is the ideal destination.
The Fees for Peak Climbing under NMA Permission:
There are various trekking peaks in the Everest, Annapurna and other regions of Nepal. Permits for these trekking peaks can be obtained on the payments.
Group Size 01 to 04 : US $ 350.
Group Size 05 to 08 : US $ 350.- + 40.- per extra person
Group Size 09 to 12 : US $ 510.- + 25.- per extra person
After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport and then s/he will transfer you to hotel. Check in to the Hotel. Rest of the day is all yours and overnight at hotel.
Today our experienced and skilled guide will brief you about the trek. And you will be preparing for permit and get ready with all the necessary equipments for trekking. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Taking a superb scenic flight which provides a chance to fly to the giant Himalayan that joins Nepal and China, you move from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m.) early in the morning. Upon your arrival after 40 minutes, your porter will carry your baggage during your trek. The trek starts with a simple walk down to the Dudh Koshi River where you connect the main path to Namche Bazaar. After going across the small area Ghat (2550m.), you arrive at Phakding.
Today, you begin from Phakding and go across the river to trek through the region of rhododendron and blue pine forest which is really splendid throughout the spring, when the flowers blossom. You go across the Dudh Koshi at Benkar and enjoy the scenes of snow-capped mountains Kusum Kanguru (6369m.) and Thamserku (6623m.). The way now gets fairly complex and includes a vertical ascends to Namche Bazaar. The walk follows upstream on flat ground, on the bank, to the unification point of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Koshi rivers. After crossing a suspension bridge above the river we move up to Namche Bazaar. We get the most unbelievable vivid opportunities of viewing huge peaks -Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Taweche is observable. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
You will visit around Namche Bazaar today in order to get appropriate acclimatization at the height. Namche is a well off village located in a large sheltered hollow. From the national park headquarters on top of the village, one can take the chance to look both scenery of sunrise and sunset. The amazing panorama also contains superb vista of the Khumbu peaks and large views of Everest. After having your breakfast, you can optionally walk towards Thami (3810m.) over the spectacular Bhote Khola River Valley or opt for going to the national park headquarters to watch the unusual displays of Sherpa life and culture.
You walk down through the Khumjung community today and travel to the most significant path to Everest at Shanasa. You keep on walking to Trashinga and after that go down to traverse the Dudh Kosi at Phunkitenga (3250m. In the daytime, it is a broad and vertical climb all the way through fir, pine, black juniper, rhododendron forest and reaches Tengboche Monastery. In addition, you can see huge peaks Ama Dablam, Kantega and obviously Mount Everest. You stay at Tengboche tonight.
You go around the monastery in the morning before moving down through the forest of birch, juniper, fir and rhododendron to the nunnery at Debuche. For now, you have steady climbs only. After crossing the Imja Khola, the trail heads to the Pangboche village where you can have lunch seeing the stunning peak Ama Dablam. In the afternoon your way ascends through open alpine hillsides before crossing the Imja Khola again and reaches Pheriche.
Today, you leave Pheriche and the trail ascends to the drainage of the Khumbu. After around an hour it begins to mount up the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Half of the way up to the moraine is Dughla. Moving further from Dughla the trail keeps on climbing steeply to the peak of the moraine. The trail now moves on plane level on the west side of the moraine before arriving at Lobuche.
From Lobuche, today you will walk to Gorakshep and after that you ascend to Everest base camp and Kalapathar. There are no hotels and lodges at Everest base camp and Kalapathar. After reaching Kala Patthar, you will have a straight climb and lets you to see splendid views of Everest. You can see the peaks like Lingtren (6,697m.), Pumori (7,145m.) Khumbutse (6,623m.) which seprates you from Tibet. You then head back to Lobuche to stay tonight.
You today walk to Chukhung Valley which is situated beneath the far-fetched rock wall that connects Nuptse with Lhotse. From here, you will see magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 m.), the most pictorial peak in Nepal. Tonight at Chhukung.
Today you will walk all along the Imja Khola to reach Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasant spot by a tiny lake with very stunning sights of the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Lhotse Glacier. Once camp has been set in Island Peak Base Camp 5000m, you will be liberated to get your climbing stuff in order and get prepared for your ascent of the peak tomorrow.
You will start climbing early in morning to reach the peak and the way turns complicated once you arrive at the base of the icefall below the peak. Great carefulness must be taken while going up the wall to expose on the edge to the summit 6160m. After reaching the summit, you will return down to the Base Camp.
Today, you trek downward all along the gorge of the Dudh Koshi to the tiny village of Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
You have your lunch in Phakding and climb up to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.
Early in the morning, you take a scenic flight from Lukla for traveling back to Kathmandu. We transfer you back to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is free day on your own in Kathmandu, there will be chances of flight cancel or delay by the weather so you need keep one extra day as reserve. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our airport representative will take you to the airport for your way back your country.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph