Island Peak Climbing
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- Climbing Duration: 17 Days
- Summit Height: 6,189m/20,238 feet
- Walking Hour: 6 Hours daily
- Climb Group Size: 2-12 People
- Best month to climb: April – November
- Hiking Trip Mode: Guest House + Tent Camp
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Transport: Car/Plane/bus
The Island peak climbing combined with ebc hikes is a challenging itinerary design for adventure trekkers. The itinerary covers perhaps the most underline scenery of mountain high passes of the Everest region, Nepal.
Hikes at Kalapatthar is a mountain black stone located at an altitude of 18,188 feet above the sea. Glorious Kala Patthar is a famous hill station to follow perhaps the best panorama of Mount Everest and many other tallest peaks. A part of climbing, you can see the tallest mountains, the high mountain villages, dazzling landscapes, lush green forests, and some of the former Buddhist monasteries.
Furthermore, it has a great possibility to experience the local Sherpa hospitality. Moreover, cross Kongma La high Pass (5,535/18,099 feet) and rise to Island peak (6,189m/20,238 feet). Comparing kong mala – kong ma la pass with island peak trek is the most adventurous one but the summit provides an excellent view of almost the whole saipal Himalayan range.
How to get to the Island peak?
The Island peak is more easily accessible than you might think. If you’re wondering how to get to the Imja peak summit, know that you will need to fly and then hikes for some days.
If you’re planning to base yourself in the closest airports would be:-
Ramechap Airport – Lukla Airport: 20 minutes flight.
Kathmandu airport – Lukla airport (direct flight): 35 minutes
Lukla airport – Island peak base camp trekking: 8 days
Purchase Adventure Travel Insurance.
I hope you don’t board without adventure travel insurance. If you do, you better think again. Adventure travel insurance is arguably the most important thing to have on hand (after your passports and visas) for a trip like climbing island peak. Many climbers had to use their travel insurance multiple times on the road, even though they’re healthy.
You never know when something might happen especially while you are climbing. Take comfort in knowing that whether your flight gets canceled or you wind up sick and in the hospital, you will be covered. Many climbers go with purchasing Travel Insurance for each and every one of your travelers.
Pack for your Island Peak Climbing Adventure
What you pack will depend on what time of the year you visit Island peak. Remember that you’ll be in a high mountain region though so, no matter what, pack layers. While your clothing may vary, there are equipment checklist travel essentials that we recommend bringing on your trip. From packing essentials to climbing outdoor essentials, hiking essentials, camping essentials, and more… We’ve got you covered. Still, confuse? ask us for special and additional climbing gears.
Amazing Island Peak equally well-known as an Imja Tse 6,189m, is an interesting mountain to climb. The climber can see the best view of Lhotse, Amadablam, Cholatse, Taboche ..etc from the summit. Climbing Island peak is the top most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. Roughly about 10% of visitors of Khumbu valley, plan to climb because island peak deaths are almost zero every year, and possible to climb at any time (except winter) throughout the year.
The Island Peak Climbing itinerary details.
Our ebc combine with Island peak climbing crossing over kong mala pass has 16 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the summit. The island peak route map is scheduled for a world explorer who wishes to hike to the high passes mountain but is restricted time-wise than let us know your own travel route. However, if this itinerary is not fit you then send us an inquiry for a tailor-made itinerary.01 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Later breakfast, start to our guiding sightseeing to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; including visits to Pashupatinath temple, Hindu pilgrimage sites, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can see the sights with the Hindu temple, Buddhist monastery, gompas build with unique architectures, and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu. Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.
Take an early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860m/9,381 feet), seat at north side to get better view. Upon arrival at Lukla bazaar, meet our entire crew, have breakfast, and go. As you Lukla to Phakding hikes (2640 m), the trail is one of the easiest parts as the landscapes go simply up in ascending order. The travel goes further with a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left shore of the Dudh Koshi. A little summit, Nupla is just next to you on the opposite bank of the River. Passing several Sherpa villages, we reach Bengkar village.
04 Day Namche Bazaar hikes (3,440m/11,249 feet.), 6 hours
The trail ascends through the Koshi riverbank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny Monjo hamlet. We walk the Sagarmatha National Park check post office where everyone should pay park entrance fees. We follow a short walk along the river banks of this valley where the major river puts together each other. Crossing over the Hillary bridge, you will have the first excellent view of Mount Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.). Namche Bazaar is a midpoint for selling trekking gears, foods, and other necessary commodities.
We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Sengboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments) and hill station. We go to a hill station to have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde, and several other sn mountains within 360 deg angle. We walk further to Khumjung village which is the largest village in Khumbu, at the foothill of the sacred peak Khumbila. Visit Khumjung monastery and Kunde hospital if you have a couple of hours time to look after the Sherpa community.
The trail goes ahead leaving a steep cliff that drop down to the Dudh Kosi river. Get an amazing panorama such as Ama Dablam (6812m), Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m) on your walkking. We walk to Tengboche hill passing Trashinga, Phunki Tenga and colorful Rohodondrons forest. Monestery Tengboche (Om Mane Padme Hun) offers a good view of sun rise and sun set at Mount Everest and Ama Dablam skyline.
We trek leaving Tengboche at the backdrop, we go down passing with rhododendron forest and enter Deboche village. Cross Imja river suspension bridge, head towards Minlinggo and inter Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse.
It is our turn to head towards Lobuche from Dingboche which is situated at a distance of five and half hours normal walk. The onward trail is gentle up to Pheriche. You have almost the best trail to watch Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde, Kongma-Tse.. etc.
Leaving Lobuche, the magical view of mount Pumori and Cholatse, Lobuche and Amadablam is simply eye-catching. Hike further with walking over the rocky mountain icebergs, we reach the sandy ground Gorakshep. After lunch, we climb Kala Patthar hill which is located at an altitude of 5545 meters above the sea. We ascend about 365 meters above Gorekshep to the Kala Patthar summit. The mountain view from Kala Patthar is just perfect to watch Khumbu icefall, Everest summit, Pumori, Everest base camp, and more in a row.
Check your gears, hike along the Khumbu glacier and cross it to reach kong ma la pass. The risky kongma la is 5,535 meters but offers the best panorama of the Khumbu mountain range. The view from Kongmala and the view from Island peak summit offer similar. If you are a photographer and trying to find the best possible hill station to capture photo shoots? we recommend the kong mala pass trek route. But the route is a tough and the longest day tour to reach Chhukung lodge.
Today is acclimatization day. However, planning the best hike? Chhukung Ri is an idle place. Chhukung Ri is a peak located directly above the Chhukung lodge. The climb to Chhukung Ri involves some easy scrambling near the summit. As you are on the summit, you will have a fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks.
We arrange and recheck all climbing gears in Chhukung before heading to island peak trekking. Hike to Island Peak Base Camp which is on a fairly steep trail after chhukung. Walk over the Lhotse glacier and also link the trail coming from Amphulapcha pass. The Amphu Lapcha pass trek route located to the southeast. As you are in Island peak base camp guide will instruct about basic climbing information for tomorrow early morning. Stay overnight in Tent Camp.
A tough day that we need to wake up very early morning. You can have breakfast at around 1:30 and begin to climb. Have in mind that we need to get summit before noon because in the afternoon it’s strong windy. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. As you are climbing higher the landscape’s slope narrower. The Trek route follows a ridgeline, that leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the nose of the summit glacier.
In addition, the Sherpa climbing guide will fix a rope if it’s required. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. Both fixed rope and climbers rope will be used during the climb for safety. You can use fixed rope after successfully climbing on rock. The length of the rope will usually be 350 meters. However, the length of the rope is depended upon the season and crevasses.
There are two newly formed crevasses which are approximately 3 and 4 meters long. Gokyo Treks and the expedition’s expert guide will help you to cross to reach the summit. After enjoying the top views, descend down to Island Peak Base Camp. Clean the base camp and walk further to Chhukung guest house. In the evening, celebrating our successful Island Peak climbing journey with a climbing party.
From Chhukung we descend the valley of the Imja Khola, trek through the village of Dingboche with its stone-walled potatoes fields, down alpine pastures through the kharkas of Tsura, Orsho, and Shomare to the village of Pangboche, the highest year-round settlement in the valley. The Pangboche Gompa (monastery) is the oldest in the Khumbu and once used to boast the brain and hand of a Yeti.
Finally, trek descends from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar passing several villages. Sanasa and Lagusasa are the most famous ones. You will catch the way descends from Gokyo valley. We trek furthermore twenty minutes to find a lodge for lunch and a short pause. After Lunch at Sanasa, we hike up to Khumjung village where one can visit traditional villages landscapes. You might also visit Hillary Hospital located in Khunde. And in the meantime, we follow the Khumjung Monastery to find another path to reach Namche in the late afternoon.
We trek to Lukla with the same trail like we use on ascend. It is the last day of our trekking. Upon arrival at Lukla, we would get refreshed and take rest.
We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu airport. Upon arrival at kathmandu tribhuvan international airport, we arrange a return transfer back to your hotel. In the afternoon, go for shopping or request us to discover Kathmandu as a guided trip on additional cost.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does Island peak climbing cost?
Budget Island peak climbing cost USD 1,999 is standard trek price on a double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. Many climbers are demanding to go Island peak climbing 1 night 2 days package after Chukung village. Gokyo Treks agency is aware with those concerns and if guest requests for such service, we can arrange climbing permits, guide, food and climbing gears to attempt the summit.
For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-stars category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and Tourist standard accommodation with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Top Island peak climbing cost includes:
- Kathmandu international airport pick up on your arrival in kathmandu airport with private vehicles.
- 2 nights Twin sharing Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
- A highly experience, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable, English speaking well trained, Government license holder Sherpa Treking Guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
- Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip with applicable airport taxes
- 3 meals each day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking and climbing days.
- Guest House accommodation during the trekking
- Sagarmatha National Park entries permits and TIMS permits and as well as their fees.
- Required number of porters during the trek.(one porter = two guest basis) because our porter can carry maximum 24 kg of your bag pack.
- Island peak climbing permits fees, Climbing guide bonus and climbing guide’s insurance
- Tent accommodation with unlimited climbing foods while on peak climbing time
- Well paid salary, food, accommodation and insurances of Nepalese staffs.
- Updated Island peak climb map 1 piece for each guest.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Island peak climbing cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Trekking and climbing gears for each foreigner (personal) and clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
As checking island peak facts, the climbing tour is possible to complete within 10 days, if you wish to go express to island peak and desced to lukla. However, we can organize private Island Peak Climbing combine with ebc trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Guaranteed – Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited – Only few space available
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal?
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your international flight details. Our representative will come to meet and greet you. We pick you up from TIA airport Kathmandu to your hotel in Thamel.
Question: Do I need experience for island peak climbing?
Answer: This trip is suitable for experienced trekkers who can walk roughly about 4 or 5 hours daily with a lightweight daypack. If you have some walking experience something above 3000 meters, you can do this trip..
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on climbing island peak?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu. And during the trekking normal accommodation as the rooms are a clean cozy bed with nice mattresses and blankets. However, we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent a 4 seasons sleeping bag while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in Island peak climbing?
Answer: All the guesthouses along the trek routes they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going. However, for climbing days you will have climbing food hot drinks.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with climbing and trekking?
Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it on pay.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Island Peak Climbing?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. We recommend you to bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Lodge trek there will be chances to charge the battery on pay. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.
Question: Are there any communication facilities on Island peak climbing?
Answer: In this trek route, you can get telephone services as well as internet services.
Question: Compare the island peak vs Kilimanjaro peak climbing and hiking?
Answer: According to our Mountain climbers says, climb up Mt Kilimanjaro sounds like an incredible encounter. We get the sense it’s more a test of patience, stamina or endurance, and high mountain altitude sickness rather than something that is physically challenging. It is great to hear why you think climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is an incredible challenge.
However, Climbing Island peak is a better adventure vs Kilimanjaro as it located in the depth of Khumbu valley. The trip starts with a fly and goes up to 20,300 feet within a short span of time.
Question: Can I use credit cards to pay additional expenses while on imja valley trekking?
Answer: Normally not. You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards won’t work in the mountain. But if you are wishing to stay in a luxury hotel along the routes, then you can pay the difference amount to the hotel directly via your credit card. In this way, credit card works.
Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on express Island Peak Climbing?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our every porter carry a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Where can I organize my personal climbing gears?
Answer: If you have those climbing gears at your home bring them along with you. If you don’t have them, you can rent it in Chhukung village. In Chuhkung guest house, you can get all those gears on rent.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Island peak climbing was great with Nepali Friends
We were a group of four (my wife, our daughter and her boyfriend) and we started on 15th October 2018 from Kathmandu to Lukla. After fly into Lukla, we did 17 days climbing trip up to Everest base camp and Kalapattar. This was our third time of trek in Nepal. Before we had been in Langtang/Gosainkund and in the Annapurna region up to ABC, and the Everest region is certainly the most spectacular one. But, obviously, it is also the most crowded one.
Ammar had been a perfect guide for us, extremely helpful in choosing the proper lodges, getting our food ready in time, and just making life as easy and entertaining as possible. Although he is young, he has a lot of experience in these regions, and, what is very helpful, a lot of friends among the locals. This can be useful: for example, the boss at the airport of Lukla is his friend.
You might have heard of problems arising in Lukla when the weather is bad for several days and the planes cannot fly. Tourists are getting nervous because they might miss their international flights. And here Ammar´s friend would be very helpful and find you a place on a plane for flying out.
Furthermore, Ammar´s rates are quite decent, much cheaper than when you book with one of the large trekking organizations. And finally, he managed to choose three porters for us which were the best we had. They even came back several times, after they had reached the day’s destination, to help us with our own bags. I had never experienced that with other porters we had so far.
Don´t hesitate to ask further questions, I am happy to answer, and had a good time there. Best wishes, and namaste (as a training for Nepal ) – Ingeborg and Hannes from Austria
Island Peak Climbing highlights
- Detect the best Himalayan view in 360 deg angle from Renjo la, Klapatthar & Kongma la.
- Best view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Cholatse, Cho oyu, Thamserku ..etc
- Challenging Island peak summit offers the best scenery of all khumbu Himalayas.
- Sherpa Buddhism, ancient monastery, Local sherpa and their life styles.
Island peak climbing Note:
The climbing Island peak information stated above is just a sample guideline. However, the trip is possible to modify your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on hiking trip.
It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
“What makes Island Peak Climbing special?”
Opportunities for adventure peak climbing are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.
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