Island Peak Climbing Overview
Island Peak lies to the south of Everest. The summit of the Island Peak is at 6,189m/20,305ft. Eric Shipton, a member of the British Mt. Everest expedition, named the peak Island Peak in 1953. As the peak features an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche.
This peak was later renamed and is also known as Imja Tse. But Island Peak remains the popular choice. And the southwest summit of the Island peak was first climbed in 1953. It was part of a training exercise by the British expedition. And the main summit was first climbed in 1956.
Island Peak Climbing is an amazing experience in the Himalayas of Nepal. Island Peak is one of the popular and main climbing peaks in the Everest region. It is one of the trekking peaks with few technical aspects. It is designed for energetic and physically fit trekkers. Island Peak is not a difficult undertaking for beginner climbers. But the climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. Peak has an intense, deeply glaciated west face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. It is located between the Lhotse and Imja glaciers.
Welcome to Nepal. Upon your landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will see our representative waiting for you. After a warm welcome, we will drop you to your desired hotel and help you check-in. You can have some rest first. Later we will brief you about your Peak climbing and help you with preparation. After preparation, you can stroll around beautiful Thamel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Today, you will have an early breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel. We will transfer you to the domestic airport by a private vehicle. From where you will have a flight to Lukla. You have around 35 mins of scenic flight to the Lukla Airport, the highest airport in Nepal. The alluring greenery surround of Lukla will mesmerize you. You will meet the rest of our crew members here. And after registering the entrance card at Lukla Tourism Checkpoint we begin our trek.
From Lukla, we head toward Phakding. We enter through Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Memorial gate as our trek begins. The trail then drops down to Thalsaroa and Cheplung. And you can have the spectacular vista of surging Dudh Khoshi river on the way to Cheplung. Besides Cheplung, the trail crosses through the suspension bridge over Thado Khola. It offers the view of Mt. Khumbila before reaching at Ghat. Continuing to Phakding, we have inclined walk offering spectacular views. The demonstration of the prayer wheels, mantras painted Mani stones & gompas are amazing. Phakding is a stopover while trekking to the Everest region. Overnight stay at Phakding.
Leaving Phakding, we follow the enchanting trail to Namche. It is going to be a long and tiring day trek today. Our trail follows the bank of Dudh Koshi River. It leads us to various Sherpa villages like Rimijung, Zamfute, Benkar, and Chhamuwa. This trek offers serene beauty in the Himalayan region. Reaching Chhamuwa, we register the entrance card. From here, we climb through the magnificent forest of rhododendron, fir & Mongolia trees. Next, we submit our entrance card and National Park entry card at Monjo. It is the border of Sagarmatha National.
From Monjo, we continue along the riverbed to the confluence of the Bhote and Dudh Koshi Rivers. Then we have a steady climb, crossing the high Tenzing-Hilary suspension bridge. Next, with a glimpse of the Mt. Everest and the Nuptse-Lhotse, we ascent through pine forest that takes us to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
This day is set as the first acclimatization day of our Island Peak Climbing. Before moving up to a higher elevation, we have acclimatized our bodies. So, we are acclimatizing in beautiful and famous Namche. Namche Bazaar, considered as the Gateway to Everest, is the biggest town along the Everest trail.
Today, we will first walk around Namche's quaint villages. Then we will head toward the Everest View Hotel. It is one of the highest placed hotels in the world. Form here you get the panoramic view of Mt. Khumbila, Mt. Thamserku, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Including the close-up view of the mighty Mt. Everest. Likewise, we can hike to Syangboche airstrip. There you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Namche village from the runway. After exploring these beautiful places, we hike back to Namche have rest. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
After a delicious breakfast in Namche, today we head toward Tengboche. We trek along the rushing glacial water of the Dudh Koshi. While trekking you have a superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam. With the views of the mountains, our trail rises to Sanasa. From here the trail to the right descends to cross the Dudh Koshi on a suspension bridge near Phunki Thenga. Phunki Thenga is the lowest point north of Namche Bazaar.
We then enter the Imja Khola Valley. The trail from here rises steeply and through the rhododendron forest. And the trail takes us to the hilltop village of Tengboche. Overnight at Tengboche.
With the beautiful morning, we walk to the monastery in Tengboche. The monastery is in a perfect location to enjoy the alluring Himalayan landscape. After visiting the monastery, we begin our trek to Dingboche. We walk through a lush forest of birch, conifers, and rhododendron first. It will an easy path to walk. Then the trail dips down to Debuche crossing the Imja River. On the way, we climb up to the Pangboche. With the pristine view of the Himalayas, we follow the upper Pangboche trail. Here, we visit the Pangboche monastery.
Leaving Pangboche, we walk on a moderate trail and enter Imja Valley. You can see the valley has a gradual unfold as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We then descend into the river and start the climb up to Dingboche. As the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls greet as we reach Dingboche. These stone walls protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals.
Dingboche is a summer settlement surrounded by great peaks. Ama Dablam, the ridge of Nuptse- Lhotse, Tawache, and Cholatse surrounds Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
After breakfast in Dingboche, we begin our trek to Chhukung. We trek through stone-walled fields, Imja Valley. Then we walk in glacier moraines. While walking, we will be surrounded by Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. Continuing our trek, we reach Bibre village. Here you can see Island Peak soaring above us. We follow the trail that is intersected by the icy stream. We reach Chhukung. Chhukung is a small charming settlement. And directly across the Chhukung valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountain. Overnight at Chhukung.
It’s a day for another acclimatization. As the altitude is increasing day by day and we are coming closer to Island peak. We need to acclimatized our bodies. And for acclimatizing the body we will climb Chhukung Ri today. Chhukung is located above the Chhukung village. And climbing this peak will help our body to adjust to the high altitude. Moreover, the panorama from the top is breathtaking. You will have an amazing view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peak from here. After making it to Chhukung Ri we get back to Chhukung valley and have rest. Overnight at Chhukung
Today we are going to the Base Camp of Island Peak. The trail to the base camp has equal steepness. From Chhukung, we climb south first then turn east to the main line of the valley. Then we walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. After that, our trek continues on a pleasant trail a stream-side. And following a crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines. And we reach a wide flanking the southwestern side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Base Camp
We will spend a day at Island Peak Base Camp. Here, we will have pre climbing training after breakfast. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing methods. And teach you the appropriate ways of using the climbing gear. Ice axes, harness, ascender, climbing boots, and crampons, etc. are the climbing gears. Today's training will also include how to do up and down using ropes. It is not compulsory to have preceding training for Island Peak Climbing. But, some training experience will boost up your confidence and climbing skills. We keep climbing stuff in order after preparation. And we get ready for tomorrow climb to Island Peak. Overnight at Island tented camp.
It is the most awaited day of our trek. As we are going to climb Island today. We have to begin our climb early in the morning, around 1 AM after breakfast. With the beginning of the trek, the trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters and strike off the steep hillside. Before becoming boulder strewn the path turns to grass. And we will see the narrow slope as we climb up the hill and the trail enters a steep rock channel. After that, we climb the rock gully. And following a ridgeline leading to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. Our guide will fix a rope when required and a steep snow slope leads us on to the summit glacier. Moreover, for safety during the climb, both fixed rope and man rope are used. After passing all the challenges we reach the summit of Island Peak. You will have an amazing panorama here. The view from the summit will mesmerize you.
After enjoying the summit views, we descend back to Island Base Camp. Overnight in tented camp.
After a wonderful upward journey to the Island peak, from today we are trekking downward. We descend to Pangboche from Base camp after breakfast. It will be much easier as we are descending to lower altitudes. We pass through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola. Following the same route, we cross beautiful Sherpa villages, Orsho, and Shomare on the way. Continuing the trek, we reach Pangboche village. It is a scenic village surrounded by Mt. Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega to the east, the Kongde range to the south. Moreover, the Imja Tse river flows through the wide fertile valley.
Leaving Pangboche, we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. From Tengboche, we continue our trek through the hillside. This hillside is blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. Then we cross the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We follow the trail of Dudh Khoshi gorge that descends through the pine forest and we arrive Sanasa. After Sanasa, we pass through the forest. We look out for wildlife like mountains goats, colourful pheasant, snow leopard, etc. on the way. And passing through a Chortens, we reach to beautiful Namche bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
We will have a delicious breakfast Namche. Then we will trek back to Lukla. From Namche, we will descend crossing several suspension bridges. We further trek to Dudh Koshi River to Phakding. Then a gradual walk from Phakding takes us to Cheplung. And after ascending we reach Lukla. You can see prayer flags, Chortens, Mani walls & miniature Gompas lined throughout the village. Overnight at Lukla
After breakfast at Lukla, we will say a final goodbye to the Everest region. We memorize the journey before leaving. Today, you will have another thrilling flight back to Kathmandu. You will take one last close look at the mountains during this flight. On reaching Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel
You can have some rest first then wander around nearby areas. Later in the evening, you will have a cultural dinner with Bold Himalaya. It’s farewell dinner to celebrate the successful climb to the summit. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Here comes the last day of your trip. Today, you are returning to your home town. Our representative will drop you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Or if have a long vacation and you are staying in Nepal for more time, we can arrange another awesome trip- if you are interested.
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All ground transportation during the trip as per the itineraryFour-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis on BB (Bed and Breakfast) plan
Best available trekking lodge during trek & tented camp in high camp before Island climbingThree meals in a day (Breakfasts, Lunch, and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek and climbing period
All camping equipment in Base camp
All climbing equipment Sagarmatha National Park entry permit Experienced Climbing Sherpa climbing guide during the trek & Climbing including their food accommodation salary insurance Porter (2guest: 1 Porter) including their food accommodation salary insurance TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) Permit
Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
One tent will be available in the Base camp for 2 people on a shared basis
High altitude food and all climbing crew will be available above base camp
Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes will be available during the climbing period
A necessary kitchen crew will be available in the base camp
Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation, and extend visa service(if necessary)
Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before departure
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