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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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).
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)
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)
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)
·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)
·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)
·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)
·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)
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)
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 (40-45Â°) 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)
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)
Today the trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural trail.(Overnight at Tea House Lodge – Namche)
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)
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you’ll head to your hotel and then take rest. (Overnight at Hotel)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.