Island Peak – also called Imja Tse- is one of the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal. Standing 6,189m in height, it is almost always the first choice for many mountain climbers before taking on bigger mountains. The top of Island Peak offers magnificent close-up views of the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and many others.
The mountain is part of the Everest Range in the Chukung Valley and comes across as a big island floating on a sea of ice. Majority of seasoned climbers often regard the peaks as a good acclimatization hike. The journey to Island Peak begins with a trek on the main Everest Base Camp trail, and separates at Dingboche.
Many climbers often take a circuitous rate to observe and take in the spectacular views of Everest.
Island Peak has an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar. The route to the summit includes a steep slope and a narrow ridge.
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Day 1: Meet our staff in Chukung and climbing support team with short briefing
Day 2: Early morning hike to Chukung Ri after lunch and climbing training
Day 3: Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp
Day 4: Summit day, back to Island Peak Base Camp, then take to some soups. Continue walk to Chukung
Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions.
In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu – Lukla or vice versa.
It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. We can arrange you cultural / adventure tours (such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari,) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back.
If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions and Ang Rita Trek & Expedition will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our airport representative. The representative will then take you to your hotel where you will be served welcome drinks. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around and visit shops, restaurants and bars. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip. Checking your climbing equipment’s, and discussing the climb with the climbing/trekking guide. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers you up close views of the Himalayas and romantic landscapes of hills, farms and rivers.
On arrival to Lukla, you will begin 3 hours trek to Phakding (2640 m.). You start your trek from Lukla with a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Mt. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a wonderful valley to your right; and Mt. Kusum Kang (6367m.) to the far end. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) takes approximately five hours. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and faces the Bhote Koshi to the South. Stay overnight at lodge.
A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend acclimatizing with the high altitude. For acclimatization you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour’s walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by the lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) takes about 2 and half hours. The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping the livestock’s in summer time. Along this, you enjoy the beautiful mountain views in and around the valley. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m.) takes about three hours. You trek through gradual ascent path all the way to Base Camp. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak and many others. Stay overnight in camp.
Climb to Island Peak (6189m.) Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here, it is time to rope up and put on your crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit you have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over you whilst in the other direction, there are more mountain views. You descend along the same route, down to base camp. Stay overnight in camp.
Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung takes about three hours. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours. Tyangboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering you splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes about four and half hours. The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings you to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m.) takes about four hours. The trails descend steeply for about one and a half hours. After that, the path follows few ups and downs to Phakding via Monjo. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886m) takes about three hours. Your final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.
Rope, harness, ice-axe, carabiners, crampons, F8: Jumar, helmet, ice bar, ice screw, sleeping bag and climbing boots.
BEST TIME TO CLIMB
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although Island Peak can be climbed during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
This trip will take you high into the Himalayas and into the heartland of the Everest region with a chance to visit the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. You will have the opportunity to get up close not only with the snow-clad mountains and rugged terrain of the Khumbu region of Nepal, but also with the lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people, whose name rings synonymous with the Himalayas itself. In order for you to maximize your opportunity and get the best out of this trip, it is only pertinent that you become familiar with the timing of your trip.