Island Peak Climbing - 20 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 2490 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

Climbing represents the ultimate adventure in Nepal, both a touchstone to the glorious days of Mallory and Hillary and a reflection of the fact that the Himalayan giants stand as the preeminent mountaineering challenge in the world. For those who wish to sample such an exhilarating experience Island Peak offers one of the premier climbs available to trekkers, and it's an option Nepal Trekking Experts is well placed to deliver via our many years of working in the industry. What makes this climb even more worthwhile is the bonus of being able to visit Everest Base Camp along the way — if standing on such historic and famous ground isn't enough to impel you to the top of Island Peak, nothing will! The trek also helps climbers to acclimate to the altitude and build up their fitness en route, an important point for those who may be lacking somewhat in conditioning.

A 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes us to the start of our adventure, the classic trek to Everest Base Camp via Namche, Tengboche and Lobuche. From there we continue on to Kala Patthar and the site of our base camp on the lower slopes of Island Peak to prepare ourselves for the excitement ahead.

Island Peak, or Imja Tse as it's known to locals, is a breathtaking climb that can be attempted from either the base camp (4970m) or the high camp (5600m) along a natural line that leads over  a narrow ridge to the summit and its magnificent  views of Everest and Lhotse. To stand atop Island Peak and behold the magnificent panorama and cloud base below is to feel like you're standing on top of the world - it's a very special moment.

Whether visiting on an individual basis or as a group, Nepal Trekking Experts has the expertise to arrange your Island Peak experience, so why not contact us and let our staff get you on the trail to the mountain's base camp?

Trip Highlights

  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Namche Bazaar
  • Tengboche monastery
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Kala Patthar
  • Island Peak climbing

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla by scenic mountain flight then trek to Phakding (2652m, 4/5 hrs).

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6 hrs).

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche

Day 06: Namche to Tengboche (3860m, 5/6 hrs).

Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m, 6 hrs).

Day 08: Another acclimatization day.

Day 09: Pheriche to Lobuche (4940m, 6 hrs).

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m, 7 hrs)

Day 11: Early morning, hike to Kala Patthar (Black Rock 5550m) then back to Lobuche for overnight.

Day 12: Lobuche to Kongma La 5535m then descends towards to Chhukung village for overnight.(5555m, 8 hrs)

Day 13: Extra day in Chhukung for Island peak climbing preparation. We can hike to Chhukung Ri if you wish.

Day 14: Chhukung to Island peak Base camp (4970m, 4/5 hrs)

Day 15: Early morning hike to Island peak (6189m) to make your dream true then back to Dingboche. (4410m, 10 hrs)

Day 16: Reserve day in case of bad weather.

Day 17: Dingboche to Namche(3440m, 7 hrs).

Day 18: Trek Namche to Lukla (7 hrs).

Day 19: Early morning fly back to Kathmandu

Day 20: Farewell

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with Breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • Staff insurance, salary, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • All necessary trekking permits such as National Park, TIMS, climbing permits, etc.
  • All meals during the trek and climb
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Certificate of achievement 
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First Aid kit
  • Professional climbing guide and his meals, accommodation, insurance, salary, etc.
  • All necessary climbing equipment such as a tent, rope, ice axe, etc
  • Return ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla including the domestic airport tax
  • International airfares & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance, personal expenses, property theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing fees (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc
  • Tips to staff

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.

Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.

Day 02Free day for trekking preparation.

Day 03Kathmandu to Lukla by scenic mountain flight then trek to Phakding (2652m, 4/5 hrs).

Day 04Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6 hrs).

Day 05Acclimatization day in Namche

Day 06Namche to Tengboche (3860m, 5/6 hrs).

Day 07Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m, 6 hrs).

Day 08Another acclimatization day.

Day 09Pheriche to Lobuche (4940m, 6 hrs).

Day 10Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m, 7 hrs)

Day 11Early morning, hike to Kala Patthar (Black Rock 5550m) then back to Lobuche for overnight.

Day 12Lobuche to Kongma La 5535m then descends towards to Chhukung village for overnight.(5555m, 8 hrs)

Day 13Extra day in Chhukung for Island peak climbing preparation. We can hike to Chhukung Ri if you wish.

Day 14Chhukung to Island peak Base camp (4970m, 4/5 hrs)

Day 15Early morning hike to Island peak (6189m) to make your dream true then back to Dingboche. (4410m, 10 hrs)

Day 16Reserve day in case of bad weather.

Day 17Dingboche to Namche(3440m, 7 hrs).

Day 18Trek Namche to Lukla (7 hrs).

Day 19Early morning fly back to Kathmandu

Day 20Farewell

Useful Info

  • Proper climbing gear is essential
  • Medical kit and your personal insurance coverage
  • Good acclimatization
  • Better to avoid alcohol and smoking above 3000m
  • Drink enough water
  • Slow and steady is the best way of hiking/climbing
  • Be alert with altitude symptoms

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