Trip Overview of Island Peak Climbing
Island peak climbing is a small and mythical trek in the Khumbu region. Island peak also known as Imja Tse has an altitude of 6119 meters from the 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 on 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 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 a long trek 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.
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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.
Form there you will have the 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 UNSECO in 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 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 on 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. Island peak is situated at the 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 slower you slower your trek. For minimizing this problem you will have to keep your body hydrated.
Difficulty to climb
Climbing 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 the tissue. Frostbite can happen in hands, legs, and ears due to extreme cold. The normal temperature on the island peak is -15 to -20 degrees Celsius. In order 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. You can find Nepali, Sherpa, and some western food like chips during this trek. It is very important that you eat the right food which proves you 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 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 the 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 in 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 water purifying tablet with you.
- While climbing island peak you will be connected with 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 are 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 harness 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 issue 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. There are some hazards that might come in the trail to 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. There are different companies that 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 it 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 island peak will be very helpful. If you have a positive mind while trekking you can enjoy this trek more. It is true that the island trek is the most difficult trek 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 the Mera 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 the good clothing for the climbing as the temperature and low and very cold after the Island peak base camp. The wether 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, 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 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 a hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange 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