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Island Peak Climbing - 19 Days

Island Peak ClimbingThis itinerary highlights for only Expedition Team, if someone is planning to make expedition in Nepal, provided that you are doubtful in regards to altitude. First you can try to climb Island peak, then you will get more confidence for completing your destination.

Island peak is clearly seen from the Dingboche. The climbing becomes more exciting and enjoyable as you climb up. It also offers stunning views of Khumbu region. Other peaks such as Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse middle peak, Lhotse Star, Cho Polu, Makalu , Baruntse and Ama Dablam there.

Normal route of Island Peak:

The base camp of Island Peak lies in Chukung Valley , between Island Peak and the lateral moraine of the Imja Glacier. Proper care should be taken to avoid the possible avalanche in the event of heavy snowfall.

From the base camp, a well-acclimatized party in good conditions can make the summit and return to the base camp in a day. However, most of the climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp, which adds the joy of climbing and helps a safe ascent. From the base camp the route skirts southeast around and base of Imja Tse and climbs steep grassy slopes and small rocky steps. We scramble up on open gully which leads between two ridges to the site of high camp on at 5, 280m.

From the high camp, the lefts hand ridge scramble across the broad open gully. After crossing a gully a steep snow and ice ramp leads upward for nearly 100 meters to the summit ridge. Climbing near the summit is a little difficult due to steep climbing. We can make the itinerary as you interest and time.

Southeast Flank & South-West Ridge of Island Peak

The Island Peak base camp is located at Pareshaya Gyab n between Imja Tse and the lateral moraine of Imja glacier. This place is more famous for avalanche in the event of heavy snowfall. In a good condition, a well acclimatized party can make the summit and can return to the base camp in a day. Nevertheless, most of the climbers prefer to establish a high camp which is important for safe ascent. The route skirts south east around and base camp of Island and climb steep grassy slopes and small rocky steps. We scramble up on open gully which leads between two ridges to the site of the high camp on the left-hand ridge below and to the right of the small hanging glacier. The left hand ridge scrambles across the broad open gully. After crossing a gully, a step snow and ice cramp leads upward to the summit ridge. It is little difficult to climb near the summit due to steep climbing. The snow slopes below the summit has developed some large crevasses making the final ascent to the top difficult in recent times.

Why Climbing Island Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks

Experience: Annapurna Foothills Treks has the revered team of outstanding mountaineers, instructors and cultural enthusiast. Climbing and trekking in the Himalayan region requires staffs with expertise in the related field. The passionate staffs are also equally crucial to add the profound richness in the expedition. We feel proud to say that our staffs are passionate to their chosen profession. Thus, our expertise in this region is simply unsurpassed. We have been working in this field for the last four years now. Since then, we are running expeditions consistently every year. We are quite familiar with the region, combined with our expertise and knowledge.

Why Sherpas climber guide? Annapurna Foothills Treks always puts safety in high priority. Our guides are experienced climber and mountaineering license holder.

If the climbing trek is headed by a climbing guide, we use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Nepali guides help you to fix the rope. However, we also teach the climbers how to fix the rope for glacier travel or to set up a belay using climbing rope. The guide will do it for demonstration only.

You should acknowledge your personal limits while climbing without guide. After all, this is a Himalayan region, and peaks are straightforward. To be safe, you don’t need shop’s worth of Karabiners, ice-screw, snow stakes and rock racks- just a partner, rope, few bits of protection, experience using this gear, good weather and overriding urge to die of senility.

The routes mentioned below cover the least difficult way up some of the main trekking peaks in the region. Under good condition, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateur have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without more danger. Ask the trekking company if all staffs are insured for their appropriate roles. Many cut corners here.

Sherpa Staffs: The trek will be supported by the experienced team of Sherpa. We are working with the team for many years. And the relationship we developed among us for so many years makes wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. The majority of our gear will be moved by porters and Yaks, particularly in Island and Kala pattar portion. Your personal packs will also be carried by the porters and Yaks. This will give you enough time to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Logistics: We have chosen the Island peak as a part of the expedition because of the sheer beauty and location of the peak in the Buddhist influence region. You will fully enjoy the world of mountains and we hope that your travel will be unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Nevertheless, Annapurna Foothills treks offers most comprehensive program available, utilizing a distinguished staff of Sherpa, huge 4 season tents and a diverse assortment of quality meals. (Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu. Although the local food is a part of our diet, we find a wide variety of food helps keep climbers and trekkers, healthy and strong.)

Highlight sights of Island Peak Climbing:

Everest 8848m., Lhotse 8516m., Nuptse 7896m, Pumori 7145m., Amadablam 6812m. Thamserku 6800m, Khumbila 5751m, Kwangde Ri 6187m, Kangtenga 6645m, Kusum Kangru 6369, Makalu 8463m, Island Peak 6189m, Chhukungri 5845m, Lobuche East 6119m, Lobuche West 6145m, khumbuste 6640m, Cholatse 6640m, Cha Kung 7020m, & More attractive snowcapped peaks.

Facts of Island Peak Climbing

Country Nepal
Destinatin: Island Peak Climbing
Peak Climbing Starts in: Lukla
Peak Climbing Ends in: Lukla
Peak Climbing Duration: 19 Days
Activities: Tours & Sightseeing, Trekking & Walking, Peak Climbing
Culture: Different Community with majority of Sherpa, Tamang, Chhetri, Brahamn & Tibetan.
Transportation: Private vehicle as per itinerary | Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu by plane
Accommodation: 4 Nights in Kathmandu, 3 Nights tent Island peak base camp, 11 Nights in trekking lodge/ camping.
Trekking grade: Alpine
Max. Altitude: 6168m (Island Peak)
Best season in Nepal: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct & Nov
Mode of Trekking: Lodge/ Camping
Group Size: Min 02 PAX, Max 12 PAX
Cost starts: US$ 1390 - US$ 1862 per person

Detail Itinerary for Island Peak Climbing

Days Day to Day Activities
01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. As you fly, the panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range greets your sight. After the completion of Visa formalities, you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please look at your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition follows them. Meet our representative and then you will be transferred to hotel. You will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice at the time of check in.
The Managing Director or The Manager of company will meet you in hotel and will brief about the trip. You should clear your dues before we proceed for the trip. You are free to relax or explore around the city in the very first day. Overnight stay at Hotel.
02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After the breakfast in the morning, our city guide will come to the hotel with vehicles and then we leave hotel to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the house of living Goddess Kumari, the ferocious Kal Bhairab, The Red Monkey God and hundreds of erotic carvings. Swayambhunath is the world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaityas. It is said to be 2000 years old.
Boudhanath is a huge Buddhist stupa located about 7 km east of Thamel. It stands on a massive mandala style platform and has features similar to the Swayambhunath, though it is bigger than Swayambhunath in size. It is said that this stupa was built during the 5th Century. Every year, Thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and neighboring countries visit Boudhanath, particularly in winter and Pashupatinath temple. Overnight stay at Hotel.
03 Kathmandu to Lukla Phakdingma
We fly on a twin-engine Otter to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The sights from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla, we meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek for about two and a half hours to Phakdingma. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
04 Phakdingma to Namche bazzar
we continue trekking along the bank of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. We stay overnight at Namche bazzar.
05 Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. We make a short walk around museum to celebrate the traditional custom of the sherpas people. Today, we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
06 Namche to Tengbuche
The trail leads past the large Sherpa settlement of Khumjung and then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka. The trail then ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Tengboche at 3870m., home to the famous Tengboche Monastery, spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is long but, more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on clear days views of Mt. Everest and it surrounding peaks. Amadablam means "Mother's Charm Box" and is named after the little box that Sherpa women wear around their necks. It is also one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalaya. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
07 Tengbuche to Dingbuce
Descend through a beautiful forest, then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche 4,400 m. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
08 Dingboche Rest Day
Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
09 Dingbuche to Chhukung [4750m]
Today, we have an easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along the way we have great views of Island Peak and the challenge that awaits us.
10 Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp: (5,200m)
From Chhukung, the path leads steep, climbing south and the turn east line of the valley. Then the trail twists below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse glacier. We continue short yet pleasant walking along the river side and leads to a Big-rock. On the south of this rock, the Amphu Lapcha route lies. The criss cross route through Imja and Lhotse glacier leads to a wide valley. It flanks the south west side of the Island peak. We stay overnight at Island peak base camp. We set up a tent at base camp and you will be served meals there. Overnight stay at tent
11 Base Camp to High Camp (5600m)
We head towards the Island peak high camp. Then we start climbing the mountain. The path then goes beyond the base camp before we strike off left up the steep hillside. At the beginning, the path is sandy but soon it turns into lush before becoming boulder strewn. The slope contracted as you climb up the hill. Then the path enters a steep rock channel. We stay overnight at in Island peak high camp. You will be provided meals in the tent.
12 High camp to summit to Base camp to Chhukung:
We have to climb the rock culvert from early in the morning. Although it is not difficult, there are many short rock steps to be crossed before you come across the right side of the culvert. Then the trail leads to the ridgeline and it ultimately leads to traverse on to 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 (35-40°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Chhukung. We stay overnight at guest house in Chhukung. You will be provided three meals a day there.
13 Extra Day in for in case bad weather
14 Chhukung to Namche Bazzar (34500m)
Gradually, we trek down to Dingboche and the trek continues down the Pangboche. We trek same trail back which was used top trek up. The trek then comes down to the river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach at Namche Bazzar. We stay overnight at lodge there.
15 Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2652m.)
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2652m.) and it takes about four hours. The trails descend steeply for early one and half hours. After that, the path has small ups and down to Phakding through Monjo. We stay overnight at guesthouse.
16 Namche Bazzar to Lukla
Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath going to Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us through the first villages we saw two weeks ago : Gumila, Phakding, Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on a memorable trekking experience and staffs are expecting for precious Tips.
17 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu . Over Night stay in Hotel
18 Sight seeing in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, our city guide reaches in Hotel with Vehicles, then we drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur is one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley. It is well known as Living Museum. Old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple, Datatriya temple, exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. And Patan is located 7 km away from Kathmandu, this city has many 15th to 17th century, Hindu and Buddhist, monuments built during the Malla dynasty. The most important area with many monuments is the Patan Durbar Square. (Culture program) Over night stay at Hotel.
19 Kathmandu – departure
Transfer to international airport for your final departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal

Note:
Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek, Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The safety and security of clients is a matter of great importance for us. All of our trips are led by qualified professional government license holder guides and they have received adequate training from the government of Nepal. We always carry first aid kits in our trip. Out duty is to work hard for you safety and comfort, no matter where we go. Therefore, we work very honestly to provide you the Himalayan experience that suits your needs. Please feel free to put forward your queries for making your trip more significant and memorable.

Cost of Island Peak Climbing

Group Size 1 pax 2-4 pax 5-8 pax 9-12 pax
USD (US$) per person Inquiry 1862 1504 1390

Island Peak Climbing Service Includes

  1. Transportations from Airport – Hotel – Airport Car, Van, Heice and Coaster
  2. Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  3. Equipment: Trekking tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Table and chairs, Mattresses during the trekking & Peak climbing period
  4. Accommodation in lodge trek 14 days (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea coffee and Bed) 4 days camping Trek meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) Tea coffee and seasonal fruits
  5. English Speaking experienced Sherpa, Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guide
  6. Equipment Fees for climbing guide
  7. Climbing Rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  8. Staff: 1 Guide, 1 Cook, 1 Kitchen, 1 climbing guide & necessary porters
  9. Climbing peak permit/s & other necessary fees
  10. Personal insurance for Nepalese staffs
  11. Our service charge
  12. One Sherpa,(guide assistance) group size more than 4
  13. Sagarmath National park fee, TIMS permits & Any required permits or Official Documentation
  14. Around Trip Airfare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathamndu
  15. Local Transportations Hotel - Airport – Hotel Car, Van, Heice and Tourist bus for pick up / drop
  16. Local Airport Tax

Island Peak Climbing Service Excludes

  1. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu can be managed upon your request (Click for Hotel)
  2. Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu can be arranged upon your request (Click for tour in Kathamndu)
  3. Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
  4. Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  5. Emergency Rescue evacuation
  6. Trekking Sleeping bag
  7. Personal expenses
  8. Tipping (Tips)
  9. Bar bills & beverage

Suggested Climbing gears:

  • Climbing boots, Crampons
  • Ice axe, Harness
  • Karabiners,
  • Tapes/slings,
  • Rock pegs, Helmet (crash hat)
  • Warm climbing trousers, Long cotton hiking shirts
  • Waterproof climbing jacket, Gaiters,
  • Sun hat, Light cotton athletic socks and wool,
  • climbing socks, Long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts,
  • T-shirts, Wool long underwear
  • Down high altitude, Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket/ trousers/vest, Climbing sunglasses
  • Sunscreen, Lip salve
  • Lightweight fleece, Fleece/wool for climbing
  • Head torch /batteries/bulbs, Lightweight thermal/ insulated ski gloves

Equipments are available in Kathmandu on sale and parts of this equipment can be rented too.

Client Testimonials

Namadste!
While doing trek in the khumbu region, we will witness the different views of mountains such as Kwangde, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, the "horse saddle" of Kanteiga and of course the summit of Everest itself. We take a short rest for a while and it allows us little time for acclimatization. Here, you prepare yourself to explore the ascent of kalapatthar which is an altitude of 5545m. While climbing down from Lobuche, you will see some glacial moraine until the peak comes into view. Finally, you will be witnessing the north face of Mt. Everest . We return through a different route through Panboche to Lukla. We catch a flight for Kathmandu from Lukla.
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