Trekking in Nepal | Adventure Altitude Treks & Expedition

Duration

18 days

Activities

  • Trekking in Nepal

Accomodation

  • Kathmandu 3*hotel  and during the trekking normal lodge.

 

Meals

  • kathmandu B/B plan and during the trekking breakfast, lunch, dinner.

 

special offer

from $2250 USD

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek highlights

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Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

Island Peak Climbing and Everest Base Camp Trek is a trip to Everest Region of Nepal. The combined trip of Everest Base Camp and Island Peak climbing covers hiking to Everest Base Camp and climbing the Island Peak.This itinerary is perfect match for the person who is planning to hike to Everest Base Camp and to experience the peak climbing in Nepal.Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climbing start with trekking to Everest Base Camp via Tengboche. Then the trip finishes with climbing the Island Peak of Nepal. The journey also includes the several Sherpa settlements of Everest and the marvelous views of the mountains.The best time to do Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek are spring- March to May and Autumn- September to November. 

Island peak climbing is one of the most popular climbing peak in Everest region. The peak is 6,150 m and mostly used as training peak before climbing Everest. The journey starts from Lukla and heads all the way upto Chokung. From Chokung , we will trek upto Everest Base Camp and stay there overnight in tents. Next day, we will retutn to Gorekchep and stsy overnight. We will hike to Kalapatthar next morning. Kalapatthar is one the most beautiful view point in Everest region. You can see panoramic mountain views of Pumori, Lhotse, Amadablam, Everest and surrounding peaks . After spending some time in Kalapatthar, we will trek back to Dingboche. Dingboche is one of the most beautiful ethinc Sherpa village. Most climbers and and trekkers visiting Everest region stay at least one night in Dingboche for acclimatization and to enjoy Sherpa Culture. After having breakfast next morning , we will trek back to Chokung. On this day , we will get enough rest and prepare for climbing Island peak. Chokung is a small Sherpa settlements where people who want to corss Khombola Pass. Khombola pass is the highest pass in Everest region lying at an altitude of 5,800 m approximately sea level. Next day , we will head towards Isand peak base camp. On our route to island base camp , we will encounter many glacial lakes , beautiful mountain views etc. It will take 2 and a half hour to reach Island peak base camp from Chokung. After reaching Island peak base camp , you will meet our climbing guide. He will brief about the climbing , gives you information about the landscapes, safety tips , climbing gears and techniques etc. After resting a bit , we will begin to prepare for Island peak climbing. We will check our supplies, toileteries, climbing gears etc . During evening time , you will encounter mountain hens surrounding you. Mountain hens are considered rare so it's a beautiful oppurtunity to encounter rare birds in Himalayas. After having dinner , overnight sleep at tent. 

Next morning at 3 AM , we will wake up and start gearing for climbing. After gearing up completely , we will start climbing Island Peak . You will follow each and every instructions and footsteps of climbing guide. MId-way through the climbing, you will see amazing green emerald Imja lake with magnificent view og mountains surrounding the lake. The terrain is rocky so you have to put your feet very carefully to avoid strains. After crossing 5000 m . the amount of oxygen concenteration decreases. Most of you will feel fatigues and weak muscles. Loss of breathe is common. So we recommend you to walk slowly on your own pace to avoid altitude sickness. The snow line begins after 5000 m so you have to use crampons , rope and folllow the steps of climbing guide. There are crevasses where ladders are used to cross. So you must be very careful while crossing those crevasses. After crossing the crevasse , we will reach the top of Island peak. From the peak you can see Makalu , Mount Everest, Lhotse etc,. This is one of the most beautiful experience one can get while climbing Island Peak. You can take photos ,. After spending some time at the top , we will start descending to Island Base Camp . When we arrive at Island Base Camp , we will say good bye to our climbing guide and group up with our trekking guide. After that ,we will pack up our climbing gears and equipment and head towards Dingboche. We will stay overnight at Dingboche and celebrate our success. 

Next morning , after having amazing local Sherpa cuisine, we will start our journey towards Lukla. And from Lukla , we will fly back to Kathmandu and you are then transferred to your accommodation. 

Island peak climbing trip route 

Everest Base Camp outline itinerary
Trip day Trip details 
1 Fly to lukla and hikning to phakding (2652m ) 4h 
2 PHakding to manche bazzar (3440m) 6h 
3 Namche bazzar  rest day same day little hike to everest view (3810m ) 3h
4 trek to tangboche ( 3860m) 6h 
5 Tangboche to dinbouche (4410m)  6h Dinbouche rest same day hike to najarjung hill
6 dinboche to loboche (4920m) 6h
7 Trek to everest base camp same day back to gorakhchep(5281m
8

Morning hike to kalapathar then back to dinboche( 5h ) 

9 Trek to dinbouche  (4410m)
10 After the Breakfast heading to island  base camp(4780m)
11 climbing to early morning island peak climbing(6189m) then back to dinbouche 
12 Dinbouche  rest day or walking down to tangbouche 
13 trek to namchebazzar 
14 trek to  lukla 
15 lukla to fly back to kathmandu 

Why choose the island peak climbing?

Island peak climbing is an adventure sports in Everest region. Most of the climbers who eant to summit Everest climb Island Peak as a training peak. Standing on the summit of Island Peak, 6189m, you are surrounded by the entire Khumbu range, including Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak and the unclimbed Lhotse Shar.   To the East, are the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier, Cho Polu, 6734m, and the perfect pyramid of Mt. Makalu, 8475m. Island Peak Climbing is rated ‘moderate’; and although a good level of physical fitness is essential, previous climbing experience is not required.  Its highly glaciated West Face rises from the Lhotse Glacier up to a technically straightforward ridge; this is a perfect place for novice climbers to develop the skills of climbing on snow and ice at high altitudes. 

So if you are trekking to Everest base camp , why not also climb a peak and develop your clinmbing skills ? The Island Peak expedition not only the adventurous but enjoyable climb but also some of the most amazing scenic view of the Great Himalayas of Khumbu region. Island peak can be clearly seen from Dingboche as a pyramid of icy rocks. The peak is the south ridge extension of Lhotse.

Island Peak Climbing Difficulty :

Island Peak is easy for climbing expedition compared to other trekking peaks in Nepal. From High Camp, the path is narrow, steep, zigzags, and some scrambling over the rock before we reach the crampon point at the edge of the glacier. After the set of climbing gears, we climb on the glacier traverse where we cross a few deep crevasses which have to be crossed on ladders to reach the bottom of the summit steep ice wall. Then, we climb to a steep summit ice wall where the guide fixes the climbing rope and with a jumar, ice axe, and crampon, the summit ice wall climbing is still not totally technical. But, it is still challenging at high altitudes.

Best time to climb Island Peak:

Before starting your climb to any peak foremost, you need to ensure appropriate timing, climate, temperature for your safe and sound expedition. Each season offers a different flavor to your experience. The best time for island peak climbing is autumn and spring due to the favorable climatic condition needed for your successful summit. In contrast, the Monsoon/Winter and summer seasons are less considerable due to hostile weather situations, leading to difficulties while carrying on the journey and even death sometimes.

Accommodations and foods available during the Island Peak Climbing :

Accommodations during the trek is decent and comfortable which are run by the locals. Camping is also available upon request. Each lodge is accommodated with a central communal area fitted with traditional heater. Each bedroom contains a pair of beds with minimal furniture. Blankets and pillows are provided but it is recommended to carry a decent sleeping bag. The bedrooms are unheated and restrooms are mostly shared. 

Foods available on the trek are fresh and of good quality. Apart from traditional Nepali/ Thakali cuisine, Chinese, Continental, Italian dishes are also available. German Bakery, French Bakery and an Irish pub can be found in Namche where you can enjoy drinking. 

At Island Peak Base Camp, there are no hotels so we will be camping. So we recommend you to bring a 4 season sleeping bag with liners and a comfortable mat. Camps are usually on sharing basis. A camp will accommodate two persons .

Porable cooking stoves, climbing equipments, your duffle bags and foods will be carried by porters.

Climbing expereince for climbing Island Peak:

Island Peak Climbing is not easy . There are lots of hurdles like ice, crevasses that can be dangerous. You need to be geared properly to climb this peak. All the ropes and ladders are fixed by your clombing guide. Previous small scale mountaineering experience is needed.Knowing hot to put crampons on and walk safely, using a walking axe and ice axe correctly, tieing yourselfin to harness and onto the main rope are major skills needed to climb this peak. If you dont have any previous experience, let your climbing guide know prior to the expedition so they can prepare the route depending on your experience.

Equipments you need to buy/have for Island Peak Climbing

  • BAGS - Large Rucksack or duffle bag ~80L (for a porter to carry) + medium daypack ~40L (carried by you)
  • SHELL - Top and bottoms 
  • INSULATION - Warm layered system to keep you warm, down jacket for summit day, sun hat and warm hat
  • BASE LAYER - one or two thin layers to wick away sweat and to strip down to when it gets hot
  • FEET - Crampon compatible boots, trekking boots and base camp shoes
  • HARDWARE - Crampons, walking axe, alpine harness, descender, jumar, 4 screwgate karabiners, helmet, 2 x 120cm slings, poles
  • SLEEPING - 4 to 5 season sleeping bag
  • EATING/DRINKING - Water bottles & favorite snacks for during the day, insulated cup, flask
  • WASH KIT AND MEDICAL KIT - To allow you to wash and manage minor first aid situations
  • ADDITIONAL - Sunglasses, suncream, lipsalve, camera, headtorch

Equipments you can rent :

A number of items can be rented in Kathmandu that are needed for climbing. We can provide thos items to you upon your requests.

  • Mountaineering Harness
  • Descender, jumar, Karabiners, slings
  • Crampons
  • Walking Axe

Plastic boots or double mountaineering boots can be rented from Chukkung.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How hard is Island Peak Climbing ?

Peak climbing is always hard. It requires experience and knowledge of equipment usage . A climber must know how to use crampons and walk safely with them, how to use ice axe and walking axe, how to put harness and walk on man rope etc. There is no vertile ice climbing but there are crevasses and chance of avalanches so if not careful one could suffer serious injury. The main problem is acclimitazation. The climbing starts from Base camp with 5000 m altitude so there's always a high risk of altitude sickness. However, supplimental oxygen is provided for emergency use. The icy rocks, loose stones, crevasses etc makes this climb harder than expeceted.

The trip is a steep hike and climbs from 5,100m up to 6,189m. The most difficult part of the climb is the final steep section up the headwall before reaching the summit ridge. Local hill or stair climbs with some weight are the best ways to prepare for the climb. You should be able to comfortably hike all day.

2. What type of weather is expected during Island Peak Climbing ?

Weather in Upper Himalayan region is ever changing. The weather may seem fine in the morning but can change instantly to cloudy blocking the visibility and may even snow heavy sometimes. The weather is alwasy clean in the early morning so we start our climbing at 3 am in the morning. If the weather becomes relly bad, we have no other choice but to return back to base camp and wait for the weather to be fine. If the weather turns bad while we are at base camp, we will wait extra days until the weather is fine. 

3. Why do climbers choose Island Peak Climbing ?

Island Peak is used as a training peak by the climber before their Everest Expedition. It provides climbers the basic idea of weather , level of oxygen concenteration in higher altitude , acclimatize etc. 

4. Do I need any previous climbing experience for climbing Island Peak ?

Yes, it is recommended to have some climbing skills for Island Peak Climbing. At least, a person must have basic skills of using crampons, ice axe , walking safely with them etc. Although there is no vertical ice climbing involved , there are crevasses, loose and icy rocks and mostly bad weather makes it really difficult. A person with climbing expereince can hadle these problems easily but for beginners its might be hard. So if you have never climbed any peak before or have any experience in climbing , let your climbing guide know prior to expedition, so that guide can educate you and plan the climbing plan according to your experience. 
 

5. Do I need to use supplemantal Oxygen during the climbing ?

In most cases, supplemental Oxygen are not needed as your body has already been acclimatized during the trekking . However ,we provide supplemental Oxygen in case of emergency rescue operations .

6. What is the best time to do Island Peak Climbing ?

As long as the weather is clean, Island Peak climbing can be done in any season. However the most preferred climbing months are April and May as the weather is mostly stable with clear blue skies and little to no chance snowfall. 

7. Do I need any special permit to climb Island Peak ?

Yes, a special climbing permit is required to climb Island Peak , which can be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Assocoation at Kathmandu. The permit cost depends on the climbing season starting from 75 US$.

8. How long does it take to climb Island Peak ?

Starting from Base camp, it takes 4 hours toreach the summit and one and a half hour to climb down to Base Camp. However, the whole trip is 16 days, that includes trek to Everest Base Camp, Island Peak Climbing and acclimatization day .

9. Do I need to hire a guide and porter to climb Island Peak ?

Highly Experienced climbing guides and porters are provided from your booking agency.

10. How high is Islan Peak? 

Island Peak is 6,189 m high.

 

 

 

 

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representatives will greet you and will then help you to get to the hotel in Thamel.

The group meeting will be conducted in the morning. Then after you guide will help you to sort out all the equipment and the essentials needed for your trip.

Take an early morning fight to Lukla Airport (one of the wonderful airports in the world). Meet your crews in Lukla then start your trek to Phakding. The route to Phakding is easy through the green hills via Dudh Koshi Riverbank.

Grab the early morning breakfast, then start the hike towards Bazar. The route up to Namche Bazar is mostly uphill and again you will follow the Dudh Koshi River. Hilary Bridge is one of the highlights of the day. Plus, the clear day offers the first glimpse of Mount Everest.

After breakfast, trek up to Everest viewpoint (2 hours’ hike) for the magnificent mountain views including Everest. Then after retracing to Namche Bazar for the lunch. Later go explore “The Sherpa Capital’ including the Sherpa Museum.

Wake up with the sunrise view at Khongde and other towering peaks than to the breakfast. The route to Tengboche offers greater views of mountains, green hills, and occasional wildlife as well. In Tengboche, do visit the Tengboche Monastery- the biggest in Everest. And round off a fabulous day with the stunning sunrise in the Himalayas.

The morning comes with the fabulous sunrise, probably one of the best as the sun spreads its golden rays in the Himalayas.  Eat your breakfast, then start the trek towards Dingboche.  The occasional views of Danphe- the national bird of Nepal, Himalayan Musk Deer- one of the endangered species and the excitement of the chance of witnessing Snow Leopard will excite you all the away to Dingboche. Plus, the superb views of the Himalayas are always with you.

Get out most of the acclimatization day by hiking up to Nagarjun Hills. Nagarjun Hills offers the super views of mountains and the eagle view of Dingboche village. The hiking to Nagarjun will very helpful as it helps to adapt the thin air

 

The route to Dingboche to Lobuche is mostly uphill. The main highlight of the day is “The Monument Hill” and the view of the mountains from there. Monument Hill consists of the memories of the people who lost their lives in the process of Everest Expedition and the trekking in Everest.

Breakfast at Lobuche then gets to Gorakshep for the lunch. After lunch, leave your backpack at Gorakshep and equipped with the daily backpack, some chocolates, and the water for the Everest Base Camp. After visiting Everest Base Camp, you will get back to Gorakshep for the night.

Start early morning (around 4:00 am) and hike to Kalapatthar where the fascinating sunrise in Mount Everest awaits. After the sunrise view, get back to Gorakshep for the breakfast. Later, retrace same way back to Dingboche for the night.

Set off to Island Base Camp, the hike towards Island Base Camp will be of six to seven hours.  Help your guide to set up the tented camp at the base camp. Post lunch, get involved in the pre-climbing training to gain the information and the skills needed for the successful climbing.

Start early morning, follow your guide and enjoy the successful summit. The guide will be there to help you on every needed aspect. Get amazed with the superb views from the top, then after descend down to Chukkung for the night.

The day is reserve for just in case of the bad weather or any other exceptional cases. If everything goes well then, we do not this day.

With the greater memories and leaving the super mountains views today you will get back to Namche Bazar for the night.

Follow the same way back to Lukla from Namche Bazar via Phakding.

Return back to Kathmandu with a scenic flight from Lukla. Later in the evening, do some last-minute shopping. In the evening, join the farewell dinner with the Adventure AltitudeTreks Team.

You will be transferred to Kathmandu International Airport to catch your returning flight.

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Includes & Excludes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast in twin sharing basis
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Tented accommodation during the climb
  • Flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides and their all expenses including insurance
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) and carries 15kgs- 25 kgs and their all expenses including insurance
  • Down jacket and sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Tents and kitchen utensils for camping during the trip
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
  • Medical kit (carried by your guide)
  • All government and local taxes
    • International airfare
    • Travel insurance
    • Nepal visa fees
    • Personal expenses (Wifi, bar bills, laundries, hot shower during the trekking, gadget charging fees- US$ 1- US$
    • 5 per gadget, mobile recharge etc)
    • Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival from the trek due to unforeseen circumstances
    • Extra luggage charges (Only 15 kgs- 10kgs+5kgs are included if more you need to pay US$ 2 per kilogram)
    • Emergency evacuation (our company will help to arrange the evacuation if needed)
    • Tipping
    • Anything does not mention in the inclusion list

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