Trip Overview of Island Peak Climbing
Island peak climbing is a small and mythical trek in the Khumbu region. The Island peak also known as Imja Tse has an altitude of 6119 meters from sea level.
The mountain gets the name “Island Peak” in 1952 AD by Eric Shipton’s group. With its best location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, It seems as if it’s the Island on a sea of ice from Dingboche. The Island peak areas are the extension of the ridge which comes down from the south end of the Lhotse Shar. It lies hardly 10 kilometers away from Mount Everest.
This trek is a fabulous climb through green grassland along with the fabled view of Mount Everest. This trek is for those people who love Adventure Mountains in their real form covered by snow and ice. The highlight of this trek is a stunning view of different high mountains like Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest’s north face from Kala Patthar. This place is called the island peak because earlier it used to look like an island in the sea of ice. Compare to other mountain peaks in Nepal island peak is slightly difficult to trek.
This trek is long and takes about 20 – 21 days to complete with proper acclimatization. You will need to get some special training and experience to do this trek. Sir Edmund Hillary who was the first person to climb Mount Everest also has trekked this place as an experience and training for Mount Everest. The distance between Mount Everest and the island peak is about 10 km.
Popular peak climbing in Everest region
This adventure allows you to behold the never-seen-before locations ranging from mountains, glaciers, backpacking, and famous mountain trails. The Island peak climbing offers you enough chance to enjoy the fantastic view of Mt. Everest, including several other similar peaks, and explore the Buddhist monasteries and shrines along with extraordinary wildlife. The path, Chukkung RI, and Kalapathar are more essential for the classic views of icefalls and glaciers of the Mahalangur Himalayan range.
Imja Tse/Island not only provides an enjoyable climb but also offers some of the different spectacular scenery of the Himalayas in the Khumbu region including the Mt. Everest 8848 m, Mt. Nuptse 7,855 m, Lhotse 8,516 m, Makalu (8475 m) in the east, Baruntse 7720 m, and Mt. Amadablam 6856 m in the south.
This island peak climbing expedition offers terrific trekking through the high Khumbu region. It fit, enthusiast person is welcome to join the team. Sensational views of an array of high snow-capped mountains, dramatic landscapes, verdant steep valleys, Buddhist culture, warm, friendly hospitality of Highlanders, pristine lakes, breathtaking viewpoints, in the heart of world’s heritage ‘Sagarmatha National Park’ are the critical features of Island Peak climbing that will be your once in a lifetime experience.
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You can observe centuries-old Nepalese and Tibetan cultures during this trek. You will get to witness the majestic view of the mountains, glaciers, backpacking, and famous mountain trails. Going through different remote villages of the Khumbu region like Tokyo, Namche Bazar, Dzongkha, Tengboche, and Chukung will make you closer to the local people. You will spend two nights in the island peak base camp.
From there you will have a panoramic view of the high snow peak mountains. You will also get to see different rare animals like pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer throughout this trek. Sagarmatha national park which is enlisted by UNESCO as the world’s heritage site also falls under this trek. The best season for trekking to the island peak from March to May (spring) and from September to November (autumn). We will arrange the best package for island peak climbing for you.
Island peak is one of the prominent climbing peaks in Nepal with an altitude of 6,189 meters. Island peak is also commonly known as Imja Tse. This peak is surrounded by many high mountain peaks like Mera Peak, Pokalde, Louche East, and the highest mount Everest. The Island peak appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche that is why this peak is named Island peak by Eric Shipton. This peak is also referred as “trekking peak “because this peak is one of those few mountain peaks in Nepal which is accessible without the logistic of a major operation and does not require a huge mastery of winter and trekking skills.
The majority of trekking peaks in Nepal can be submitted within 1 or 2 days but there are lots of technical difficulties that can make your trek hard. island peak was firstly climbed in 1956 by a team that as experience and t be familiar with climbing techniques for climbing the great Mount Everest. This submit is falls on the moderate level of trekking because of the ice and snow all over the trail. you can get a breath-taking view of mysterious mountains like Ama Dablam (6,856) and Makalu (8,481 m). the ascent to island peak might be a little hard for the trekkers but the descent is very easy and fast. While trekking at island peak you will get a chance to walk through the countryside where you will immerse in the old and centuries of Gurung, Sherpa, and Tibetan cultures.
Island peak is an easy peak climbing in Nepal
You will have two different options from where you can start the island peak climb. one is from the base camp at the altitude of 5,087 meters which is also called Pareshyaya Gyab. Another option is quite famous and more preferred to reduce the amount of time and effort for climbing Island peak which ascends to High camp at an altitude of 5,600 meters. You might have a little trouble with a proper water supply and food in the higher altitude region, so you will have to plan your trek according to that.
The real glacier travel begins from the top of the gorge and up to the sloppy ice and steep snow. For the ascent of the mountain, there is a rope fixed set at almost 100 meters to the submit for the trekking. From the top of the island peak, you will get an exotic view of mount Everest and several other mountains on the side of mount Everest like Lhotse and Mount Makalu.
Island peak trekking will provide you a great chance of experiencing mountaineering especially for beginners for climbing other high mountains. for climbing island peak you will not be required any types of special mountaineering experience. The journey to the island peak will provide you a beautiful glance at the natural and cultural beauty of the Khumbu region. Island peak is also surrounded by a sea of the glacier of sea and mountains from seven and eight thousand meters heights.
How to get there?
Island peak trek generally starts from the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After you arrive at Lukla airport, you will be trekking toward Manju village. Manju village is located at an altitude of 2750 meters. The next day you will be trekking from Manju village to the famous Namche Bazar. On the trail to Namche, you will be going through the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges. After 5 hours of walking, you will finally reach Namche Bazar
The next day is the acclimation day at Namche Bazar. You can trek a little upward from the Namche Bazar to witness the panoramic view of the mountains. Sherpa museum is also a famous place at Namche Bazar where you can observe the culture and origin of Sherpa people. After that your next morning you will be trekking to Tengboche.
From Tengboche, you will get an outstanding view of mountains like the great view of the world’s highest peaks Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangdepeakss. the nightlight of Tengboche is the Tengboche Monastery which is the oldest monastery in Nepal and is believed to be made around 300 BC. From Tengboche, you will be heading toward Dingboche. The path to Dingboche goes through the forest of birch, fir, juniper, and rhododendron, and the magnificent view of Pangboche village.
the second acclimation day is at Dingboche. From Dingboche you can hike for about an hour to reach Nangkartshang Peak (5,050 m) from here you will get the first glance of the island peak and you will have to trek towards Dingboche. After that you will be trekking to Lobuche, where the route goes through the pleasant walk through the meadow will reach Thukla. Walking a couple of hours from Thukla you will reach Lobuche. The next day is probably the most exciting day of this trek as you will be trekking to Everest base camp via Gorakshep. From Lobuche, you will be trekking to Gorakshep which is especially known as the place which provides the best view of Mount Everest.
Everest base camp trek to island peak
Trekkers prefer the combo of a trek to Everest base camp with climbing the island peak in the same trek. however, this trip will be a lot more challenging for beginners. Trekking to the world’s highest mountains and climbing one of the famous climbing peaks in Nepal is also very exciting. This trek will take you through Kalapatthar, from where you will get the view of the entire north face of Mount Everest and several other mountain peaks.
From Gorakshep, you will be hiking toward EBC. Your next trekking destination is Dingboche. From Dingboche, you will be trekking toward Chhukung valley. From Chhukung you will have to be prepared for climbing Island peak. You can buy the trekking gear and other equipment for climbing the island peak here. From Chhukung you will be trekking to island peak. The weather condition of the island peak area is extremely cold. From the island peak you will be trekking to high camp you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock.
From the high camp, you will be climbing the submit. You will be climbing the peak via the ropes and following the instruction of your guide. After climbing the submit, you will be trekking back to Namche Bazar. From Namche Bazar, you will be trekking back to Lukla and Kathmandu via a flight.
Submit day: standing at the top of island peak
The major highlights of island peak climb are standing at the top of island peak at an altitude of 6,189 meters. From the top of this peak, you will bet the closest view of mountains like Makalu (8475 m), Baruntse (7129 m) in the east, and the famous expedition peak of Ama Dablam (6812 m) in the south. This peak is physically challenging and a bit hard but once you stand at the top of the island peak you will forget all the pain and difficulty. You can take pictures and enjoy the view of the mountain all around.
Highlights of trekking to island peak
- The trail and everything of island peak trek is a perfect introduction to mountaineering and Himalayas trekking in Nepal.
- The panoramic view of mountains through the trail including the heightens Mount Everest and Lhotse, Makalu, and many 7,000 m+ peaks.
- You will also get a chance to Experience traditional high-Himalayan Gurung, Sherpa culture in the towns of the Khumbu region while trekking the island peak.
- Observing different wildlife including the Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Monal, and maybe even the Snow Leopard in Sagarmatha national park.
- Trekking in Everest base camp from where you will get the real experience of trekking to mountains.
- As this peak is not that high so trekkers are less likely to have altitude sickness during this trek. but you will have to take the necessary precaution for avoiding this problem.
Things to know before trekking to island peak trek
- Be prepared for the trek i.e. take proper mountain climbing training, yoga, and different exercise which will help to complete this trek easily.
- Buy your equipment as it will be new and be more comfortable. You can buy trekking equipment’s in Kathmandu as it will cost less.
- You will have to hire a porter to take care of your bags and luggage for the entire trek as this trek is a long trek and it will be difficult to carry bags throughout the entire trek.
- Manage your safety yourself for the entire trek. as mentioned above the weather condition of the island peak is very cold so wear warm clothes throughout the trek and wear a helmet and safety equipment while climbing the peak.
- Always listen and follow the instruction given by the guide while trekking.
When to trek island peak?
The best time to trek island peak with Everest base camp is between September to the end of May. During these months the weather of the island peak area is best for trekking. the temperatures of the island peak are pleasant and most days are dry and sunny which helps to complete this trek without much difficulty. Precipitation is very much less during this time of the year s you can enjoy this trek there is no chance of delay. You can also observe the best views of the mountains.
Is island peak safe to trek?
Of course, the island peak is very much safe to trek despite some difficulty. So, the safety and comfort of the trekkers throughout the trek are high. Besides that, some of the difficulties of this trek can be minimized by taking pre-trek training. You will be provided with an experienced and trained guide. While island peak you will be knotted tightly with your trekking guide and following your guide’s instruction you can complete this trek easily.
What are the gears that I need to carry or this trek?
While traveling in the mountains you will need to carry many things with you. The things that you need to carry for this trek includes Climbing boots, Backpack (daypack), Sleeping bag, Headtorch, Water & windproof jacket, Shirts and t-shirts, Thermal base layers, Sun hat & sunglasses, Gloves, Thermal bottoms, Socks, Trekking trousers, Water & windproof trouser, Water bottles Sun cream & lip balm and Personal toiletries. For trekking, you will need to carry a Tape sling, Gloves, Carabiners, Prussik loop, Ice ax, Climbing Harness, Ascending device, Descending device, Crampons, and climbing helmets and boot.
Do I need to get training before this trek?
there are many courses and training that you can take before trekking to the island pea. However, it is not a compulsion for this trek. The training you should do to prepare for your island peak climbing trek depends on your current level of fitness and any medical conditions. That is if your acre physically strong then you do not need to take training some yoga and basic physical exercise will be enough but if you are not physically strong then you will have to take some climbing courses. We suggest for climbing island peak you can do a minimum of five times per week, an hour each time, doing activities such as hill walking, cyclin ruining and strength work.
What happens in case of emergencies?
As there are fewer facilities in the higher altitude area of Nepal. There is a limited number of hospitals or any kit of medical services on the trail to Island peak. So, while hiring a guide trekking companies check whether he/she have passed the medical course or not. Trekking guides are well trained for any kind of emergencies. Since the priority is the health and safety of trekkers, if a fellow trekker in your group needs to descend, then an assistant guide would go with them. If there arise serious emergencies then evacuation would be by helicopter.
Island peak climbing trek is the most difficult trek in Nepal. You must acquire some special physical training and exercise before trekking this place. We need to understand the risk as this place falls in the extreme altitude region. If you have breathing difficulty during the trek because with the increase in altitude oxygen level decreases. Carrying a pair of trekking boots will be very helpful for this trek. The route to this trek is not very difficult to walk however you will need a high amount of energy for this trek. The starting part of this trek is very hard so once you reach the glacier field you will have to wear crampons and rope–up. Some common difficulty face during this trek are as follows: –
Altitude sickness is also known as mountain sickness is the condition of a body that causes hyperventilation, nausea, and exhaustion due to lack of oxygen. The Island peak is situated at an altitude of 6119 meters so many people are likely to have altitude sickness during the trek. Dizziness, Vomiting, Nausea are the common symptoms of altitude sickness. If you feel any symptom of altitude sickness then the slower you slower your trek. For minimizing this problem you will have to keep your body hydrated.
Difficulty to climb
Climbing the Island peak requires trekking training along with physical exercise before training. This trek is very difficult to climb because of snow all over the trail. While climbing the trek you will be connected by rope with your guide, but do not trust that rope connection entirely. Having a rock climbing experience might be helpful for this trek.
This is a skin problem caused by the freezing of skin and underlying tissue. Frostbite can happen in the hands, legs, and ears due to extreme cold. The normal temperature on the island peak is -15 to -20 degrees Celsius. To minimize frostbite, you will have to keep your body warm and not reveal any body part.
Food and accommodation during the trek
Island peak climb trek goes through different villages so you do not have to worry about the place for accommodation and food. You will find a variety of food in the lower altitude region but as you reach to Khumbu region you will not find much variety of food. We can have Nepali, Sherpa, and some western food like chips during this trek. You must eat the right food which proves you with the energy for trekking. In addition to this, there are many shops throughout the trail that provide snacks, sweets, and chocolates.
You will be very comfortable with the hotel’s ad lodges in the Khumbu region. You will need to carry sleeping bags adjustable for any season with you as you will be camping in the mountains. For camping, you will be provided with a foam mattress. Also, hotels and lodges might be packed during peak seasons like spring and autumn season so do not forget to book your trek early. Make sure you eat warm food which will help you do complete this trek fast. Moreover drinking lots of water will help you to be complete this trek very fast.
Is Island peak climbing doable?
Island peak is definitely achievable for most people. Though climbing an island peak is hard, it is worth it after you get the view of the high mountains. You must make a positive frame before trekking. But adequate preparation is required f
or the trek. Physical and technical training is very important before the trek. Rock climbing, mountain climbing, and camping experience will be helpful for this trek.
Doing physical exercise include swimming, yoga and basic exercise before 6 months of the trek will be beneficial for the trek. also, this trek needs more time to complete so, make sure that you plan this trek in such a way that you will have 2 -3 days to adapt to the temperature. Trekking island peak is not for people who have a breathing problem or any other health-related problem.
Gears and equipment list
- Hiking island peak is a very difficult task to do. Walking on the rocky might be painful for your feet so you will have to carry a pair of trekking boots with you.
- Make sure you carry Good gloves to keep your hands warm while trekking. Also, remember that the gloves must be very comfortable as you will have to carry mountaineering equipment.
- Always carry a water bottle with you. It is very important to keep your body hydrated in high altitude places like island peak. Also, carry a water purifying tablet with you.
- While climbing the island peak you will be connected with a rope with your guide. So you will need to carry a rope with you. There are different types of ropes available in the market but dynamic ropes are preferred for climbing mountains.
- A Well-fitted harness is required for to island peak. Make sure that the harness that you will use is comfortable and easy to apply.
- As you will be trekking in the mountains so you might have to camp in the mountains so carry a sleeping bag.
The following is some advice for the Island Peak Climbing Equipment list. You can choose the packing list as per your interest, elevation, season, and requirements. Most of the equipment can hire in Kathmandu. remember to pack light.
- Climbing harness
- Ice ax
- Mountaineering boots
- AscenderDescender/Abseil device
- Snow bar
- Ice hammer
- Helmet (optional)
- Sun hat or scarf
- Fleece jacket with wind-Stopper
- Waterproof shell jacket
- Down jacket (you can hire in Kathmandu also)
- Lightweight gloves and also Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer for Island peak climbing.
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fahrenheit
- Trekking poles (sticks)
- Trek rucksack or duffle bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Daypack (35 to 50 ltr)
- Thermo-rest sleeping pad
- Water bottles
- Small wash towel
- Quick-drying towel (medium-sized)
- Soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Face and body moisturizer
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Tissue paper/ toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial Hand wash
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Reading book
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Snack Foods (Bring snacks and foods you like to munch)
- Travel clothes to wear in Kathmandu
- Sleeping bag (-20 degrees sleeping bag)
- Inflatable mattress
Tips for success climbing
A guide is very necessary for trekking to island peak climb. If you are associated with any trekking company then you will be provided with an experienced and registered guide. But there are lots of local guides in the Khumbu region who are not qualified. Your entire trek depends upon the guide that you hire so make sure that guide is well qualified. Though hiring a guide is not compulsory but we suggest you hire a guide. Many unwanted problems may arise during the trek so a guide might help you through the problem. In addition to this guide for island peak climbing are professional climbers so they will help you while climbing.
To make your Island peak climbing successful you will have to carry the right gear with you. While trekking to the mountains gears are the most important thing. Your treks might fail if you do not pack your gears. For trekking island peak some of the important things that you will need to carry are a Climbing Helmet, Climbing Boots, Crampons, Climbing Harness, Ascending device, or Jumar, Descending or belay device, Tape sling, Carabiners, Prusik loop, and Ice ax. Some of the trekking companies will provide you crampons and climbing harnesses but it is better if you buy your own. Also for clothing for this trek carry lightweight clothes and gloves.
Make your schedule flexible
While planning your Island peak climbing, you will have to make your trekking days flexible. The altitude of the island peak goes to the danger zone so, you will need acclimatization while trekking. To reduce altitude sickness you will have to trek slowly. You will have to extend your trekking days according to the temperature and weather conditions of the place. Moreover, if you are having any health-related issues then proper acclimation is the best solution until you feel better.
Remember safety comes first
There is no doubt that Island peak climbing is a risky thing to do. Some hazards might come in the trail to the island peak climb trek. If you feel any kind of uneasiness and sick then stop the trek. You can only complete the trek if you are healthy and energetic. To cover the risk you will have to get insurance. Different companies provide insurance for trekking to island peak. You can choose the insurance according to your wish. If you are traveling with us then we will find you a good insurance company.
Prepare for the trek early
To trek island peak climbing you will have to know different types of knots. You will have to experience camping and hiking before trekking the island peak. You should know how to use trekking kits before trekking. Also, you should learn about rock climbing. Having a special type of physical training is very important. Taking a mountaineering course can be very helpful to complete this trek.
Before submitting Island peak climbing you will have to be mentally fit for the trek. Positive attitude while trekking the island peak will be very helpful. If you have a positive mind while trekking you can enjoy this trek more. The island trek is indeed the most difficult in Nepal but if you have the right attitude and enthusiasm then you will complete this trek in no time.
Island Peak Climbing - Trip Info
Duration: 19 Days
Trek Grade: Difficult
Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal
Location: Everest Trekking Regions.
Best time: March to May and September – November are the best seasons.
Guide: Government certified hiking/Trekking & Climbing Guide.
Lodging: Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation private room. Tented camping will be done on the journey during the trek and climbing.
Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Nepali cuisine – vegetarian option usually available)
Best Time for Island peak climbing
for peak climbing in Nepal we have the best tow season in Nepal, Autumn and spring are the best time for Island Peak climbing. The Island Peak climbing between October and November or between March and May is perfect the perfect time.
During this time, the weathers are clear and in spring the day is long. But you need to always carry good clothing for the climbing as the temperature and low and very cold after the Island peak base camp. The weather after base camp is unstable and sometimes the bad weather and the freezing temperature adds thrill and adventure to the Island Peak climb.
Furthermore, for the to safely climb to Island peak we need dry and stable weather. Strong winds and snowfalls might double the difficulty of the climb. So, for the best chance of avoiding these problems we need to choose the right time for the climb.
Flight delay/cancelation and changes in the itinerary:
Be aware that Lukla flights are based on weather conditions can sometimes lead to flight delays or changes. We always endeavor to make sure you reach your destination on time. And for our Island peak climbing, we will re-arrange your ticket to the next available flight.
In the case of delaying Lukla flights, the client is responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation costs. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a Helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, all additional costs would be your responsibility.
in case of flight delays to Lukla on this Island peak climbing, we will endeavor to accommodate you with the same hotel you use in Kathmandu on your arrival day. if It is not available we will look for other hotels for your availability until we have a confirmed flight for you. We will adjust the itinerary to ensure you get as much time as possible in the mountains. This may mean reducing/removing the Kathmandu nights at the end of the trip.
If in case the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is canceled you will be asked to cover the additional night cost and food as well. You will be rebooked for your flight the next day. If flights can not operate due to extremely bad weather: In extreme conditions, the regular flights cannot operate. In such cases, We can assist you by providing helicopter service for your Everest luxury trek. You will be asked to pay this extra cost (less the regular flight ticket price). You may wish to place a claim for this with your insurance company on return to your home country
After completing your Island peak climbing, if you have more time you can do different activities in Nepal. You can go to Chitwan National park for a Jungle safari tour or can do a day Rafting trip. Pokhara is a famous place for different adventure activities like Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Bungy Jump. We can arrange different tours and put these extra activities as optional tours and They are not included in your package cost.
You can arrange these activities with us at a good discounted price. If you need hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange them at a reasonable cost. you can do the tour in Kathmandu city also or join a 1-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet and Bhutan tours