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Island Peak, Climbing in Nepal, Everest Region

Island Peak Climbing with EBC

The name Island Peak may sound a bit strange for a mountain in a landlocked country, but its name was given in 1952 by one of Nepals early explorers, Eric Shipton, who presumed the peak to be standing in a huge sea of ice. However, the local Sherpa people call it Imja Tse.

The Asia Adventure Nepal has shaped an itinerary that combines the EBC trek with the Island Peak climb that ensures you get properly acclimatized and enough rest at the right places before you head for the summit so that you can enjoy the fantastic views that await you there.

After exploring historical Kathmandu and its ancient heritage sites for a day, we get geared up for our trip by checking all our equipment and making doubly sure that we have all that we need to hit the long and winding road to Island Peak. Our sojourn begins with a scenic flight to Tenzing-Hilary airport in Lukla, the starting point of our venture into the grand wild. After getting our first glimpse of the mountains from the windows of our STOL plane, we now get set to walk this beautiful landscape starting with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the commercial capital of the Khumbu region. From here the views are even more dazzling, and we get to see the towering peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. Once we reach this bustling, high-altitude hub, we stop for our first day of acclimatization and do some exploring of the surrounding areas. This will prepare our bodies for the higher elevations that we will be visiting in the days ahead.

Our ascent then passes through colorful Sherpa villages and continues on above the tree line to the desolate terrain of high altitude, a wonderful scene of silver-grey rock, ice, and mountain peaks that brush the clouds. We slowly make our way to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar, where we get our closest views of Mt. Everest. After that we will begin our scramble up the Kongma-La, where the massive face of Lhotse looms over us at incredible heights. By this time we will be fit, acclimatized, and primed for the final climb of Island Peak as our skilled Sherpa guides lead us to the summit.

Depending on the weather it may take a day or two to scale the peak. For some climbers it takes an entire day of climbing. Others prefer to go up alpine style, camping at higher altitude for a greater feeling of adventure as well as a safer ascent the next day. When we reach the summit of Island Peak, we can take our photos and take in the view, then begin our leisurely stroll back down to Namche, all the while basking in the thrill of our time spent at the top of the world.
From there it is just a day or two back to Lukla and the bustling streets of Kathmandu.

With peaks and high passes, prayer wheels that speak to the gods and warm people along the way, this is an expedition that will not be forgotten.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrive in Katmandu (1334m) transfer to hotel and welcome dinner.

Day 2 :Kathmandu valley sightseeing; climbing preparation and official briefing.

Day 3 :Fly to Lukla (2,800m) & trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3-4 hours trek.

Day 4 :Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day5 :Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.

Day 6 :Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3,867m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 7 :Trek from Tyangboche to Pheriche (4,200m) 4-5 hours trek.

Day 8 :Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4,928m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 9 : Trek to Gorakshep - Everest base camp (5,316m) -Gorakshep (5,170m.) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 10 :Early hike to Kalapathar (5,545m.) and return to Lobuche (4928m) 7-8 hours trek.

Day 11 :Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 12 :Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung valley (4,730m) 2-3 hours trek.

Day 13 :Chhukung valley to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m) 3-4 hours.

Day 14 :Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5,600m) 2-3 hours.

Day 15 :Summit to Island peak (6,189m.) & return to Chhukung (4,730m) 8-10 hours.

Day 16 :An extra day in case of poor weather to attempt Summit.

Day 17 :Trek from t Chhukung o Tyangboche (3,867m) 5-6 hours trek

Day 18 :Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 19 :Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 20 :Flight to Kathmandu and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 21 :Transfer to the airport for your onward flight home sweet home.


What is Included

  • Private pick up and transfer as per the programmed itinerary.
  • 2 nights pre–trek and 1 night post–trek accommodation in Kathmandu at 2-3 Star hotel (or as agreed), with breakfast.
  • Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley (as per the itinerary), with private transport, local guide and all entrance fees.
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, teas and coffees) for the duration of the trek.
  • Twin share accommodation at best available guest house for the duration of the trek.
  • 1 experienced, fully trained, government licensed and English-speaking Senior Trekking Guide for the trek duration.
  • Assistant Guides to offer support for the trek duration, as per the group size.  (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Sherpa porters to carry your luggage for the trek duration, as per the group size. (2 trekkers : 1 porter).
  • Coverage of all expenses for the guide(s) and porters, i.e. food, accommodation, salary, equipment and transportation, plus insurance for all staff (as per state law). 
  • Well-experienced Climbing leader( Guide), assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide),cook and other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section including their salary, food, drinks, accommodation, equipment, transportation and flight.
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gear: Crampons, climbing rope, ice axe, roomer, harness, figure of eight, and carabineer.
  • Camping equipment :Group mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part - high quality 
  • North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment
  • Return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla inclusive of all airport taxes.
  • Access to comprehensive first aid medical kit for the trip duration. (Clients are advised to bring their own personal medical supplies as well).
  • Sagarmatha National Park permits and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) permit and Island peak permit.
  • 1 Asia Adventure Nepal T-shirt, per person.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.
  • All applicable government taxes.
 

What is Not Included

  • Entry Visa fees – 25USD for 15 day visa, 40USD for 30 day visa and 100USD for 3 month visa on entry into Nepal (correct at time of writing)
  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast (and in the case of early return from the mountain other than scheduled).
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks and laundry.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights. (Fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Hot shower during the trek.
  • Personal trekking and clinbing equipment and clothing.
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen.
  • Insurance to cover emergency helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters and drivers. (Tipping is expected, but not mandatory).
Start Date End Date Cost Status
02 April 2015 23 March 2015 Book

It is important to consider that internal flights to/from Lukla can be subject to disruption. Due to bad weather, flights can sometimes be delayed or even cancelled. Although such disruption is rare, we should be prepared for every eventuality, any time of the year, even in the peak trekking season. In case of flight cancellation it is therefore advised to bring extra money to cover costs of additional nights in Kathmandu, as this expense will not be included in your package. If you have to stay in Kathmandu longer than planned, you can of course enjoy other activities like cultural tours, rafting or shopping as you wish, and we can help to arrange this for you. For those travellers on a schedule that cannot be compromised, in case of flight disruption which is very rare, we can arrange an alternative trek to suit personal needs and time constraints.

Trip Facts

Duration: 20 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Trip Cost: On request

Destination: Nepal

Trip Style: Tea house & Camping

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Island Peak Climbing with  EBC Trip Map

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