Island Peak Climbing
Trip Highlights of Island Peak Climbing
- The trail and everything of the island peak climbing 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 Island peak climbing is not that high so trekkers are less likely to have altitude sickness during your Island peak climbng. but you will have to take the necessary precaution for avoiding this problem.
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.
Island peak climbing 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 Island peak climbing 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 Island peak climbing and 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 climbing 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 type of special mountaineering experience. The journey to the island peak will provide you with 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.
Island peak climbing 2033/2024
Island peak climbing trip 2023, 2024 booking is open and you can book your Island peak climbing for any mountain peaks for any dates. Most of our groups are small and tailored made. You can make your own climbing itinerary on a private trip or join our small group. We operate from 2 people to 10 person group. If you are with your loved one or friends you can do the private trip. Island peak climbing 2023 and 2024 date is from Arrival to Nepal to Depart from here. We can make the Island peak climbing itinerary from Kathmandu to Kathmandu also.
Itinerary of Island Peak Climbing
Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for your Island peak climbing trip. As you freshen up after your long journey, you will be asked to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the Island peak climbing , and we will process the trekking permits. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.
A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning of our Island peak climbing trip, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will visit the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square take you to the ancient Nepalese culture. On the journey back to the hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies, and lifestyles.
Flight from KTM to Lukla and trekking to Phakding
Early morning we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla via mountain flight of about 40 minutes scenic flight. With clear weather, we get fantastic views of the mountains, including Everest, as we enter the deep gorge of the Dudh Kosi valley.
You begin your Island peak climbing trip from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way, you will have a view of Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m), and Mount Kwongde Range. We then take a leisurely walk for about two hours to Phakding village for the overnight stop and the rest of the time stroll around the village for local knowledge.
Phakding trekking to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding, the Island peak climbing trail follows the Dudh Koshi valley north, meandering through the pines, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo, the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park.
Beginning with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes waterfalls and other culturally and naturally occurring items of interest. Villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of Rhododendron, Magnolia, and fir. Along the way to you will be rewarded with your first glimpse of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m), Everest (8848m), and many more.
Acclimatization day in Namche
Set in a natural amphitheater looking across to the jagged ridge of Kongdi Ri(6187m), Namche Bazaar is one of the most attractive settlements in the Khumbu region. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at a high altitude before heading off.
We will have a full day’s rest so that we won’t face any problems ahead for your Island peak climbing trip. Today we make a short acclimatization trek up to Khumjung, a delightful Sherpa village above Namche. You have full day leisure for a beautiful panoramic view or stroll around the market You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde, and so on.
Namche Bazzar trek to Tengboche
We follow a spectacular path that traverses around the hillside high above the Dudh Kosi River. After walking for one hour, you will arrive in Phungithanga. The trail climbs past some water-powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons. The start of the Tengboche (3870m), the village is scattered across a vast, grassy saddle below a crescent-shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and firs.
From the viewpoint at the top of the hill, there are awe-inspiring views of distinctive peaks like Amadablam (6856m), standing proud of the massif containing Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m) and inspiring views of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in the Khumbu region.
Tengboche trekking to Dingboche
In the morning, views of mountains and monasteries are spectacular in Tengboche. From Tengboche follow the trail as far as Orsho and take the lower path along the west bank of the Imja Khola, through the forest of birches conifers and rhododendrons. As we follow the river northward, the trails pass through several chortens and mani walls and small villages.
Today’s Island peak climbing walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-Tse (5820m), and the high wall of Nuptse. Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards the Makalu area. We enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. Overnight stay in Dingboche.
Rest day in Dingboche for the acclimatization
It is essential to spend an additional night here to aid the acclimatization process for Island peak climbing. It can be along a short hike 400 m climb to the Nangkartshang Gompa on the ridge north of Dingboche. Excellent view of Makalu (8463 m) from here. You can go for a day walk like a trek to Chhukung (4,730m) is worthwhile, which takes approx. 4/5 hours from Dingboche, but it might ruin your rest. To the north of Dingboche, there are spectacular views of Lhotse’s massive South Face.
Dingboche Trekking to Lobuche
The Island peak climbing trail follows a downward path to Pheriche village. It joins the trail below thing beautiful views of cholatse across the valley. After another steep ascends the trail climbs up and over the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier. The path follows a pleasant, grassy valley.
Stark and rugged beauty create an almost moonscape campsite at Lobuche, a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Lobuche peak. Tawoche and Nuptse are particularly spectacularly from Lobuche towering. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Lobuche to Gorakshep, trekking to Everest Base camp, and back to Gorak shep
The first section of the trail from Lobuche follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain walls, past turn off to the Italian pyramid. Take time to detour to the edge of the moraine to look over the Khumbu glacier. Along windy and rocky paths with the beautiful view of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, and other magnificent peaks, we reach Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp, with the new camp being further up the valley.
After lunch, our adventure continues towards Everest Base Camp. The trail passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams. The Base Camp area provides an opportunity to experience the freezing and harsh conditions that mountaineers brave to summit this famous mountain. In Everest Base Camp, the climbers gather to summiting Everest during the high expedition season. We explore the base camp and its surroundings glacier and return to Gorakshep.
Gorak Shep trekking Kala Patthar and back to Lobuche
Mornings are usually sparkling and bright, and this is the best time to climb the Kalapathar for one of the world’s definitive mountain views. We will be rewarded the 360-degree dramatic panorama views of Mt Everest and surroundings mountains like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku along with many other peaks. You will have an easy walk for about 2hrs to reach Lobuche. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Lobuche to Dingboche
The Island peak climbing trail follows an upward path from Pheriche village. It joins the trail below thing beautiful views of cholatse across the valley. Today’s walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-Tse (5820m), and the high wall of Nuptse. The path follows a pleasant, grassy valley. Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards the Makalu area.
Dingboche – Chukung
Today trail gently goes up from Dingboche on a wide valley without green trees and forests. We descend gradual walks up the Imja Khola valley to Chukung before town of Island peak climbing. A small summer settlement. We will meet climbing staff for Island Peak climbing. Overnight in Chukung, where we make final preparation for Island Peak Climbing.
Chukung – Trek to Island Peak Base Camp
The path from Chukung leads a reasonably steep way for Island peak climbing south, then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then storms slung or underneath the south side of the valley from the Lhotse Glacier. The trail of Island peak climbing follows the moraine of the Lhotse glacier to the snout of the Imja glacier, where it branches to the east and skirts around the base of Island Peak. Stay overnight at Island peak Base Camp.
Island Peak Base Camp High Camp, Summit and back to basecamp
Today we will move a trail of Island peak climbing to Island peak high camp. The path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. As you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel, from here, The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier.
A 60 meters high wall is the only difficulty on the expedition, and a final ridge leads to the summit of Island Peak. The hill is a classic and leads quickly to the east up to the main summit at 6189m. From the summit, there are fantastic views across to Lhotse to the north, the Amphu Lapcha and Mera Peak to the south, and Ama Dablam to the west. After congratulations and photos, we then head back to Base camp.
Island Peak Base Camp to Tengboche
We will have a long day journey back to Chukung and Tengboche after our Island peak climbing. We will catch some missing views of the Everest range during return pathworking. Descend out of the alpine desert and back into landscapes of pine forests. Walk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. The path leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche.
Tengboche to Namche
Tengboche offers splendid views of Mt. Amadablam, lush green hills, and river views. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River trek onwards to the Kyanjuma, the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazar. Dense wildlife of some species of Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer, and wild goat can be found abundance inside the rhododendron forest. The evening explores the small surrounding area with magnificent scenery.
Namche Bazaar trekking to Lukla via Phakding
The descent from Namche to the Dudh Koshi can be the hardest stage of the entire trek. The trail descends over the ridge past rocky cliffs and scattered pines to the tiny village of Toktok. We will work through rhododendron and pine forests with the view of distant snow-covered peaks before arriving at Phakding. It will just be another 3hr easy and gentle trail back to Lukla.
The Island peak climbing trail drops steeply and runs level throughout the day. Enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village arrival in Lukla. You’ll have time to stroll around the local areas.
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Saying a final goodbye to our porters after your success Island peak climbing, we will have a flight back to ktm of an exciting one hour. (It also can be an extra day in case of bad weather in Lukla, which makes the Lukla flight delayed and cancel.) In the evening, you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show exchanging greetings among friends and with all Nepalese people. You can buy some souvenirs.
Today is free or the last minute after your Island peak climbing. You have a few hours of unique shopping for your relatives. If you have more time, you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private car.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast.
- Kathmandu city tour with English speaking tour guide and private vehicle
- Trekking/peak climbing guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid & altitude sickness) and Supporting Staff with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing, and medicine.
- All meals during trekking/peak climbing 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners).
- All necessary camping gear like two men tent, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment, mattress while climbing period.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
- Climbing permit for Island peak
- Climbing equipment like ice ax, Ice crew, snow bar, climbing rope.
- Travel& Rescue arrangement
- Round trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu
- Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us before you arrive here)
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Above the Himalaya Gifts
- Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge, and all Government Taxes
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
- International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
- Alcoholic and hot and soft drinks
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance most covers both rescue and medical assistance.
- Personal trekking gears
- Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
Essential Information - Island Peak Climbing
Things to know before Island peak climbing
- Be prepared for the trek i.e. take proper mountain Island peak 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 Island peak climbing 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.
- Gears and equipment list
- Island peak climbing 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 peaks. Also, carry water purifying tablet with you.
- While Island peak climbing 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 Island peak climbing 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 Mera 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/Guidebook
- 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
Best Time for Island peak climbing
For Island peak climbing in Nepal we have the best two seasons 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 Island peak climbing 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 Island peak climbing. 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.
Island peak climbing is Popular peak climbing in the 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, an 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.
Get our best package for Island peak climbing
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 climbing 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 climbing by Eric Shipton. This peak is also referred to 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 climbing was firstly climbed in 1956 by a team that was experienced and is 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.
How to get there?
Island peak climbing 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 the 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 that 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.
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 difficulties 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 climbing 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.
Island peak climbing Difficulty
Island peak climbing 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 climbing is -15 to -20 degrees Celsius. To minimize frostbite, you will have to keep your body warm and not reveal any body parts.
Food and accommodation during Island peak climbing
Island peak climbing 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 the 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.
Everest base camp trek to island peak climbing
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 summit. You do the Island peak climbing via the ropes and following the instruction of your guide. After climbing the summit, 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 climbing
The major highlights of the island peak climbing are standing at the top of the 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.
Tips for success Island peak climbing
Hire a qualified guide
A guide is very necessary for trekking to the island peak climbing. 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 Island peak climbing 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.
Get the right gears
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 devices, or Jumar, Descending or belay device, Tape sling, Carabiners, Prusik loop, and Ice ax. Some of the trekking companies will provide you with 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 peaks. 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.
Have a positive attitude
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.
Most Asked Questions by Travellers
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.
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.
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 boots.
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 you are 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 peaks 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.
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 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 for 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 3 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.
Reviews on Island Peak Climbing
Based on 2 Reviews
Island peak climbing with best guide
I wanted to go alone to Island Peak 6,200m, a trekking peak located south of Lhotse. I searched on the Internet and found Above Himalayan Trekking. I spoke over telephone many times with Puru, Managing Director and asked to arrange the trip for 25 days. Puru was young man of late twenties at that time, and I was not certain. But, he arranged trekking guide, Phurwa Sherpa, climbing guide, Lakupa Sherpa, both are reliable and I was satisfied finally. Since I was 60 years old and it was my first trip to Nepal, I gave up at 5,900m at limit of my power. It was unforgettable days. Years later, I tried Lobche East 6,100m, a trekking peak located west of Lobche village on the way to Mt. Everest, and asked Puru to arrange 1 person trip for 25 days. The trekking guide was Phruwa Sherpa, same as before, and climbing guide was Cetem Sherpa, a resident of Lobche.
This time, with their suitable support, I climbed to 6,070m, almost summit, and safely returned. It was very satisfactory.
Best guide for Island peak climbing
I have safely returned home last morning. I am pleased to write my comment as follows
My trekking guide, Phurba-san was more than excellent. He always took care of this 60-year-old person and managed to arrange practically a private room at each lodge for my comfort. He helped me a lot, particularly when I had a portion of bad food. I also appreciated his work on securing a return flight despite the cancellation on the previous date.
Thank you for giving me a very good climbing guide Lhakpa Sherpa and I am happy you will follow my suggestion from climbing for your next trip, I suggest having each of your climbing guides use a satellite mobile during the peak climbing as there are mostly out of regular mobile ranges.
Anyway, I enjoyed it very much the climbing.
Many thanks, Puru-san, for the trip.
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