5 most popular peak climbing in nepal
Island Peak Climbing
1950

Overview

Island Peak known as Imja Tse, stands at at 6,189 meters (20,305 ft) above sea level and is located in the picturesque Imja Valley in the Everest region only a few miles from Mt. Everest.  It is one of the most highly sought after peaks in the world. Some people class Island peak as a trekking peak. Island Peak can be climbed during two seasons on either side of the monsoon, spring (mid-March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November). It's possible to climb the peak during the winter but cold temperatures will present additional difficulties.

The summit of Island Peak is at 6,189m so the rate of elevation gain and the consequent risk of altitude sickness or specifically Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a concern. Your general fitness and your acclimatization process will both be very important and we make sure we minimise any threat of A.M.S.. Our trek to Island Peak initially follows the main Everest Base Camp Trek route, but separates near Dingboche.

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Arrival, Pick-Up And Transfer To Hotel In Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu welcome by Nepalese flowers and transportation to your Hotel, After checking-in at the hotel - leaving for Thamel for necessary purchases of the personal gear needed, fitting of the climbing boots, receiving duffel bags for re-packing personal belongings. Change of the currency: assistance will be provided by “Nepal Social Treks & Expedition”Dinner: regular dinner at a good restaurant without national songs and dances. (Overnight at Hotel

Day 2
Day 2: Free Day/ Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast at Hotel, sightseeing will start with a visit to Swoyambhunath (monkey temple), and Boudhanath. In the afternoon, meeting with guide and checking the trekking gear. (Overnight at Hotel)

Day 3
Day 3: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,800m). Walking 4 Hours

After breakfast at Hotel drive to airport to catch flight to Lukla (2,600m). The Lukla flight is 35 minutes. After arrival in Lukla the trail leads north from the airstrip to the edge of Lukla Plateau. The walk is easy and goes through several villages reaching Phakding (2,800m).The walk is 4/5 hours with a slow relaxed pace.(Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Phakding)

Day 4
Day 4: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m) Walking 5 Hours

The walk begins following up soft trail passing several villages, beautiful pine forest, then comes to Jorsalee (2800m). From Jorsalee, the trail follows up Dudhkosi River about one hour and climbing slowly up a steep trail to reach Namche. Namche Bazaar is the administrative capital of the region. Historically it was the staging point for trading expeditions to Tibet and its Saturday market remains an important event bringing traders from villages a week’s walk away. An acclimatization day allows for an excursion to Thame. Intricately carved mani stones mark the path to this large valley with a picturesque gompa on the hillside overlooking the valley. The trail up to Namche is steep but after arrival, one can enjoy the first breath taking view of Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,879m) and Lhotse (8,383m). Walking time takes about 6 hours. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Namche Bazar)

Day 5
Day 5: Namche Bazaar – Khumjung Valley Excursion (3,790m) Walking 3 Hours

This day is an acclimatization day spent in and around Namche Bazaar. The Khumjung Valley Excursion begins leaving the market place with a steep climbing about one hour to Shyangboche. From the top of Shyangboche, one can see beautiful views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Themserku (6608m), Nuptse (7879m), and Lhotse (8383m). After there, the trail goes downwards to Khumjung, where one can see the Sir Edmund Hillary School and hospital. Walking time takes about 3/4 hours. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Namche Bazar).

Day 6
Day 6: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,860m) Walking 6 Hours,

Leaving Namche, the trail descends crossing several villages through a beautiful pine forest up to Phunki Thanga. After that, the trail is a steep climb to Tengboche. A visit to the Tengboche monastery for afternoon Puja can be done upon arrival. Walking time takes about 6 hours. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Tengboche)

Day 7
Day 7: Tengboche – Pherichhe (4,270m) Walking 5 Hours,

From Tengpoche, the trial ascends a short steep and muddy descend until a suspension bridge then it is ascending till Pheriche. While walking, one passes small villages like Diboche through birches, conifers and Rhododendron forest. After a long walk the trail passes several villages such as Pangboche and reaches Pheriche. Walking time takes about 6 hours.(Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Pheriche)

Day 8
Day 8: Pheriche – Lobuche (4,910m) Walking 4 Hours,

Leaving Pheriche, the trail leads very soft way up to Dugla (4,620m). After that it ascends for about 2 hours, then flat to Lobuche. Walking time takes about 6 hours.(Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Lobuche)

Day 9
Day 9: Lobuche – Gorak Shep- Everest Base Camp (5,364m) Walking 5 Hours,

·From Lobuche, the rail is relatively flat with several small ascends and descends to Gorak shep which is nestled below the summit of Mt. Pumori (7161m.) and the sheer west face of Nuptse. This takes 2 hours. In the afternoon, you will be visiting EBC (5400m) with guide. The tail to EBC takes you along the Khumbu glacier. From here you can observe the blue ice and the Khumbu icefall. This trekking will be an unforgettable experience. Walking time takes about 4 hours (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Gorak shep)

Day 10
Day 10: Gorak Shep – (Kalapathar)- Dingbouche (4,410m) Walking 6 Hours,

·Excursion to Kalapathar. From Gorak Shep the trail is a steep ascend to the top of a small peak, Kalapathar 5545m meaning “black rock”. From here, we can see Mt.Everest , Mt.Nuptse, Mt.Ama Dablan, Mt.Kantega, Mt.Tamserku, Mt.Tawatse and Mt.Pumori all present themselves in a 360 degree panorama. It’s possible to begin the ascend to Kalapathar very early in the morning and sunrise can be seen over the Himalayan range. After Kalapathar, the trail leads down to Dingbouche.(Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Dingbouche)

Day 11
Day 11: Dingboche – Chhukung (4700m) Walking 3 Hours

·After breakfast, the trail leads uphill to Chhukung (4700m) and steep climb up to Chhukung for 360 views of Himalayas. Chhukung is the entry point for the Island Peak Expedition trip. In Chhukung you will meet the climbing guides and cooks. From this point day trips to Glacier or to Imjatse valley can be done. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Chhukung)

Day 12
Day 12: Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) Walking 5 Hours

·The trail leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. The trail continues along a streamside leading to what we call Big-rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the South West side of Island peak. Here there will be briefings, preparations & tanning about the climb. Overnight in Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m) (Overnight at Tent Camp)

Day 13
Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp- High Camp (5500m) Walking 5 Hours

The trail to High camp is steep up and rocky. Along the way, we can see beautiful views of Imja glacier and lake. This walk takes 3 hours.(Overnight at Tent Camp – High camp)

Day 14
Day 14: Island Peak Summit (6189m) And Back To Chhukung . Walking 6 Hours

We start the climbing the rock gully to the summit from early about 3am in the morning. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, it is 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Base Camp and then Chhukung. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Chhukung)

Day 15
Day 15: Chhukung – Tengboche Walking 4 Hours

The trail makes a gradual descend through scrub junipers and around Mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many Mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja khola, the trail climbs many carved Mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth it. (Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Tengboche)

Day 16
Day 16: Tengbouche – Namche ( 3440m) Walking 5 Hours

Today the trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural trail.(Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Namche)

Day 17
Day 17: Namche – Lukla (2840m) Walking 6 Hours

The trail leads back to Lukla (2,840m/9,186ft). On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax, stretch those sore legs and celebrate the completion of your trek.(Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Lukla)

Day 18
Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu, Flight 40 Minutes

After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you’ll head to your hotel and then take rest. (Overnight at Hotel)

Day 19
Day 19: Final Departure

Departure to onward Journey.

The Cost Include(s)

  • Airport pick up and drop by private car.
  • 3 * Hotel accommodation ( twin share) with Breakfast where stated.
  • Government approved Trek team English speaking Mountain Guide and mountain support team plus porters (all our staff are insured)
  • Island Peak trekking/climbing permit
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Three meals a day (B.L.D.) on trek plus tea/coffee.
  • Private overland transport as described in the itinerary.
  • Return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • All conservation and trek permits (T.I.M.S.) for the region you are trekking in.
  • Sightseeing if mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Assistance with buying trek gear or we can loan you for the trek.
  • Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers,

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Bottled drinks of any kind plus extra tea and coffee when trekking.
  • Tips and gratuities for staff.
  • Personal insurance which if trekking or climbing must include helicopter evacuation.
  • Please Note: Visas can be obtained on your arrival at Kathmandu Airport.
How Difficult Is Island Peak Climbing?

Though Island peak climbing is not technically challenging, it is physically demanding and is graded as Alpine PD+. This strenuous plus expedition rises to an altitude of 6189m / 20,305 feet and walks through steep and narrow trails and glacial moraines. While you will be provided with acclimatization days, one needs to be physically fit to take on this trek.

Do I Need Any Prior Climbing Experience For Island Peak?

Island Peak is a strenuous plus trek which involves trekking as well as climbing with all the expedition equipment’s. Previous climbing experience certainly helps, but no prior experience is required for Island Peak climbing. Moreover, at Island Peak base camp, our climbing Sherpa will organize a special session on climbing skills and the use of climbing equipment’s. Some cardio and regular walks will certainly help prior to your arrival in Kathmandu. However, anyone with pre-medical history needs to seek medical consent before considering the expedition.

Do I Need Travel Insurance For Emergency To Join Island Peak Climbing?

We strongly suggest you to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure. However, we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is medically trained and has ample knowledge to deal with any life threatening situation. But it's always wise to have insurance as your back up.

What Permits Are Required For Island Peak Climbing?

As for Island Peak climbing, you would need special Island Peak climbing permit along with (Everest) Sagarmatha National Park permits, and TIMS card (trekking information management system). We obtain these entire permit and travel documents for you.

What Do You Mean By Acute Mountain Sickness? How Can It Be Treated?

Acute mountain sickness is a negative health effect of high altitude caused by your body’s reaction to a shortage of oxygen. The amount of oxygen present at sea level is double of that contained at 5,000m above the sea-level. Your body needs sufficient time to adjust your breathing to the higher altitude. Above 2,800m, the effect of high altitude is experienced.

What Are The Symptoms Of AMS?

Symptoms of AMS are headache, nausea, loss of appetite, coughing, and fatigue. If you’re feeling any of these while trip, rest and discontinue your trip for that day. If your health is getting worse while resting, return back to lower altitude. You should rest until you feel okay. Then, you can continue your trip. You can always abandon your trip if you’re not able to complete it. Let your guide know if you are having troubles during the trip and act on his advice.

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  1. Island Peak Climbing
    We trekked along the EBC route, for the most part, to go to Island Peak. Although we didn't end up going all the way to Island Peak due to a snow storm, it was an absolutely amazing experience to trek with Nepal Social Treks and Expedition. Basu and the Nepal Social team are professional and flexible. They responded quickly to help us organize the trip on very short notice. They were also extremely helpful in helping us navigate the change of itinerary due to unforeseen weather conditions on the mountain. I would come back again!
  2. Island Peak Climbing
    Booking a mountaineering expedition is an important decision. After browsing through several agencies in KTM, I am finally extremely satisfied and pleased to have chosen Nepal social. Basu and the whole team did an exceptional job. Kudos to our climbing guide Tenjee Sherpa.
  3. Island Peak Climbing
    I was hoping to trek to EBC after traveled to Tibet in the year 2012, and my dream come true with the help of Nepal Social Treks in May 2014. Furthermore, Basu has planned for us an amazing route, over 20Days on the trek, we covered Three High Pass (Renjo-La, Cho-La, Kongma-La ), Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp, and Island Peak. Basu pickup us at Kathmandu Airport when arrival, treat us welcome lunch and farewell dinner, arranged City Tour for us after back from Trek, we even had beer and wine session at rooftop of the hotel, and having a great chat :) During the trek, our guide BUDDHI is helpful, before starting the trek, he will explain to us the detail of the trek later, so that we have some basic idea of the trek, example like how many meters ascending/descending, estimate duration, rocky route, etc... The company also arrange 3 porters for us, porters Lapar, Mingma, Sundi, are reliable, they arrived Tea House early, and put our luggage nicely into our room as well as our sleeping beg. We had a great time at Nepal. Thank you Nepal Social Treks!
  4. Island Peak Climbing
    After a couple of visits to other companies in Kathmandu, we walked into Nepal Social and the feeling was right. Basu was so personable and took much time to kindly and patiently answer the millions of questions we had. I ended up doing three different trips with them: 3 high passes and Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, and Indigenous People's Trail. Each trip was great and I always felt well looked after by all of the guides. I would highly recommend Dil! He was so kind and sweet. The management here is great also. Nirajan is the best! My experience with Nepal Social is that they are your friend above all else. While professional, the relationship I had with the office staff and guides felt really personable. They are my friends, not just a trekking company. Other guides that I observed seemed to be more distant, acting just like that: a guide. The guys at Nepal Social really make an effort to be your friend. They will let you drink tea in the office and will help you with anything you need, from visas, to money exchange, to buying trekking gear, shipping packages, etc. They are also really flexible to work with you to make your trip what you want. As I was signing up for the 3 high passes trek, they told me I could decide later to add Island Peak or Jiri. They take good care of you and will do everything they can to accommodate you and your needs. I can't talk them up enough and confidently recommend them.
  5. Island Peak Climbing
    I went with Nepal Social Treks Gokyo / Chola Pass/Everest Base camp trek. It was one of the best adventures of my life. Summiting Island Peak was unforgettable. Our guide Basu and other teams from the company were great. Definitely I will come back again for another adventure with NSTE and I would recommend this company anyone who is looking for adventure.
  6. Island Peak Climbing
    I went on an Everest circuit trek with my good friend Kenneth and everything was just phenomenal. Over 21 days, we covered Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass, Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp, and Island Peak, all of which Basu and Ram (Nepal Social Treks) organized without a hitch. We were also led by the agency's appointed guide, Dil, who was professional, helpful and added to the fun of the whole expedition. Not forgetting also the ever-humble Pasang Sherpa (summited Everest twice) who guided us up to Island Peak. For those who are looking for an agency, especially first-time visitors to the Himalayas like ourselves, look no further than this one (: Their hospitality was beyond a doubt top-notch too. Ram met us at the airport when we got to Kathmandu and ensured lodging, tour around the city and even treated us to both a welcome and farewell dinner. Probably what separates them from the other agencies is their genuine friendliness and willingness to help. A job is very well done, guys!
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