Island Peak Climbing 17 Days
Island peak (6,189 m) which is also known as Imja Tse, situated at the Imja Valley, is one of the incredible treks of the Khumbu region in the Himalayas of Nepal which have attracted climbers, adventurers, and ethnic enthusiasts for several years. As being one of the most popular trekking peaks, Island peak offers us magnificent views of the mighty Himalayas and does not necessarily require trained climbers but energetic, enthusiastic, determined, and physically fit climbers.
Our journey of Island Peak climbing begins from the scenic flight over the green lush valleys from Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu) to Tenzing Hillary Airport (Lukla). After that, we begin our journey by trekking to Phakding and reaching Namche Bazaar, and hiking to Everest Base Camp. Along the way we see numerous amazing landscapes, unique settlements opposed vegetations, and many more attractions which will make the journey worthwhile. Climbing peak offers the amazing view of not only Lhotse (8516m) and Nuptse (7864m) but also of other snow-capped peaks. Alongside mountains, you can be entranced with Buddhist inhabitants and a remarkable view of their monasteries. Finally reaching the Island Peak Base Camp, the wonderful mountains keep us throughout this trek.
You don’t need any professional mountaineering experience to climb Island Peak, nonetheless, a good level of fitness and the desire to push your boundaries is adequate. The experience of climbing along the Island peak will be very thrilling and challenging.
Island Peak Climbing 17 Days Outline Itinerary
|Day 01:||Arrival day in Kathmandu - Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft|
|Day 02:||Fly Kathmandu to Lukla - Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft | Trek to Phakding - Altitude: 2,652m/8,700ft | Trek: 3-4 hrs.Meal: BLD|
|Day 03:||Namche Bazaar - Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft | Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD|
|Day 04:||Excursion trip around Namche for Acclimatization - Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft. Meal: BLD|
|Day 05:||Tengboche - Altitude: 3870m/12385 ft; | Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD|
|Day 06:||Dingboche - Altitude: 4410m/14464ft | Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD|
|Day 07:||Dingboche: Acclimatization day. Meal: BLD|
|Day 08:||Chhukung - Altitude: 4750m/15583ft | Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD|
|Day 09:||Lower base camp - Altitude: 5,200 m | Trek: 3/4 hours. Meal: BLD|
|Day 10:||High Camp - Altitude: 5,600m/18,372ft | Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD|
|Day 11:||Island Peak Summit - Altitude: 6,189m/20,305ft | Return to Chhukung | Trek: 8/9 hrs. Meal: BLD|
|Day 12:||Khumjung - Altitude: 3,780 m | Trek:5/6 hours. Meal: BLD|
|Day 13:||Namche- Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft | Trek: 6/7 hrs. Meal: BLD|
|Day 14:||Lukla- Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft | Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD|
|Day 15:||Fly back to Kathmandu - Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft | Flight: 35 minutes. Meal: B|
|Day 16:||Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Meal: B|
|Day 17:||Departure day.|
Island Peak Climbing 17 Days Detail Itinerary Expand All
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu - Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft
On the first day of our trip, our organization front man picks you up from Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu) along you will be passionately welcomed and shifted towards tourist standard in by our private vehicle. After transfer to the hotel and freshen up, we head for a meeting at the office for discussion/briefing regarding our planned trek.
Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla - Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft | Trek to Phakding - Altitude: 2,652m/8,700ft | Trek: 3-4 hrs.
After having breakfast, we will be shifted to Tribhuwan International Airport by our private vehicle to board Himalayan scenic flight towards Lukla (gateway of Khumbu/Everest region). Therefore, we start our short and effortless trek downhill towards Sherpa settlement of Cheplung along following Dudh Koshi valley takes to Phakding. Finally after reaching Phakding, accommodation, and dinner will be managed at the lodge.
Day 03: Namche Bazaar - Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft | Trek: 5-6 hrs.
After enjoying breakfast, we develop our trek by leaving several unique settlements, suspension bridges and lush forests behind en route to pass official permit checkpoint (entrance to Sagarmatha National Park). After that, continuously proceeding walk towards the intersection point of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River along attempting upward hike with an opening perspective of monster Everest promotes Namche Bazaar. Tonight’s accommodation and dinner will be facilitated at the lodge.
Day 04: Excursion trip around Namche for Acclimatization - Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft.
We are now already over 3,400 m of elevation than sea level so before climbing extra height, today we center upon acclimatization. We don't trigger our trek forward however as indicated by your want, we will plan an arrangement to investigate minor Sherpa settlements including Khumjung or climb up to old Sherpa town of Thame. On residual hours, you can hang out on web cafes and restaurants or visit all through historical centers. This night, we remain at the same hotel in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Tengboche - Altitude: 3870m/12385 ft; | Trek: 5/6 hrs.
Triggering Namche Bazaar after breakfast, we follow awe-inspiring curvy hill slope trail holding pleasing forest, remembrance stupas and Sherpa settlements, which leads us to Kyangjumg. Marching forward by watching several snowcapped mountains and bridges over Dudh Koshi River enters Imja Khola valley along with some more draw towards ridge welcomes Tengboche. Hardly any outstanding hours will be completely spent by investigating Tengboche Monastery (antiquated religious spot of Khumbu area) and night will be spent at the hold up there.
Day 06: Dingboche - Altitude: 4410m/14464ft | Trek: 5/6 hrs.
After attending morning breakfast, we begin our steps ahead through stone advances crossing chortens and long smaller mini walls along imja Khola to climb Pangboche. Therefore, strolling with a close perspective of mountains all through terraced fields takes to Dingboche. Apart after steeping Dingboche, remaining hours of the day will be spent on investigating round Sherpa settlement along night will likewise be spent at a lodge in Dingboche.
Day 07: Dingboche: Acclimatization day.
We are already now height above 4,300 m so this day is isolated as second acclimatization day of our trip. Though this day is separated as for acclimatization we won't stay icon preferably we climb up towards the north and sight numerous different well-known peaks with Dingboche valley on floor. During outstanding hours we plan to move forward towards the world’s highest billiard parlor and we spend our night in the same hotel in Dingboche.
Day 08: Chhukung - Altitude: 4750m/15583ft | Trek: 4/5 hrs.
We advance from the Imja Khola valley towards the east. We stroll along the rough trail to get to the valley along on achieving Chhukung, we register fine hotel and meet our climbing guide according to the timetable. After a series of preparation with respect to the following day's climb, we will likewise check all the fundamental equipment and gears that will be required for the following day's climb. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chhukung.
Day 09: Lower base camp - Altitude: 5,200 m | Trek: 3/4 hours.
We first stroll towards the south and afterward towards the principle valley in the east. In the wake of strolling on a charming trail along the stream, the trail coordinates towards a huge rock. From here this rough trail ends and changes into glacial as we cross Lhotse and Imja glacial. Finally passing glacier moraines, we achieve the goal set for the day. Today, one-hour preparing is separated to work on the following day's climb, particularly for novices. The night is spent in a tent at the lower base camp of Island.
Day 10: High Camp - Altitude: 5,600m/18,372ft | Trek: 3/4 hrs.
After having self-arranged light breakfast, we connect for rechecking the whole climbing gears and equipment for some moments. At first, leaving lower base camp, we head towards high base camp by following the narrow slopes and rigid path. However, in the wake of putting the venture on high construct camp, we take part in light exercises and take a full day as relaxation hours. This night will be spent at risen camp at the higher base camp of Island peak.
Day 11: Island Peak Summit - Altitude: 6,189m/20,305ft | Return to Chhukung | Trek: 8/9 hrs.
On the most awaited eleventh day, we move ahead as early as possible. Utilizing and following the methods instructed by the climbing professionals, we advance through short rock steps, crevasses, sears, facing lengthy 40-45 degree slope climb, which finally takes to the summit. Inspecting 360° stunning view from high altitude throughout high peaks including famous stands rewards you feel of achievement. Collecting our belongings, we walk the entire way retracing the trail to Chhukung valley for spending the night.
Day 12: Khumjung - Altitude: 3,780 m | Trek:5/6 hours.
After attending morning breakfast, we march forward catching vertical descent bypassing numerous settlements including Pangboche and Tengboche along crossing those landscapes, monasteries and pleasing lush forest filled with rhododendron and pine behind reaches Khumjung. Finally, after reaching Khumjung, we check for a fine lodge and move forward to examine throughout the domain if interested along night will be spent at the lodge.
Day 13: Namche- Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft | Trek: 6/7 hrs.
After enjoying breakfast in Khumjung, we develop our walk through the ridge which soon turns into a fairly easier walking trail. Continuing the walk ahead, by retracing the earlier developed trail steadily but surely takes to meet the destination of the day. Leisure hours will be spent by exploring different attractions throughout Namche Bazaar along night will be spent at a fine lodge in Namche.
Day 14: Lukla- Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft | Trek: 5/6 hrs.
After morning breakfast firstly developed walk proceeds downhill towards the extension over the Dudh Koshi River. After that, we slightly stroll towards Monjo for considering some formalities at the check post of Sagarmatha National Park along proceeding walk forward leads us to Lukla triggering Phakding behind. Evening hours will be spent by recollecting the memories with the trekking crew members. This night will be spent at a lodge in Lukla.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu - Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft | Flight: 35 minutes.
After having light breakfast, we board a morning flight from Tenzing Hillary Airport (Lukla) to Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu). Guide handles entire formalities and bag packs in the airport. Finally, after landing on Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu) our private vehicle picks you up and escorts toward fine tourist inn along this night will be spent at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
After finishing our morning breakfast, we move ahead for sightseeing some historical places which are listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site. Therefore exploring these locations, we return back for finalizing our trekking equipment (trekking boots, down jacket, sleeping bags, ropes, harness, Ice axe, Crampons, and many more others) which are required during our upcoming trek and this night we spent at the same hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure day.
On the last day of the trip managing your time, you can move forward for collecting unique souvenirs for your family members or your loving ones. Entire necessary arrangements and pack ups will be looked after along private vehicle escorts you to the airport focusing departure hour. Well-wishers and representatives of our company will be there to wish for your safe flight.
- Ground Transportation: Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private vehicle.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3 Nights' twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in a Bed and Breakfast basis.
- Accommodation during Trek: Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms. [Few nights in the attached bathroom in available places]
- Accommodation during Climb: Tented accommodation during the climb
- Meals: 3 Meals per day during the trek (BLD: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. Each meal consist of one course of the meal)
- Guide: Nepal Government licensed English-speaking trekking guide.
- Porter: The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Permit: Everest National Park permits, Khumbu permit for trekking and Island Peak Climbing Permit
- Domestic Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
- Souvenir: Duffle Bag, Trekking T-shirt, Trekking Maps
- Equipment: Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket during Trek (upon request)
- Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
- Exclusive medical kit bag carried by trekking guide
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses
What's Not Included ?
- Your personal expenses for mineral water, soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, hot drinking water, bbar bills showers etc.
- Internet facility, battery chargers, multi plugs etc.
- Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
- Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
- Any other extended trips and accommodation.
- Tips for the guides, porters and driver as a token of appreciation.
- Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in “cost includes” list.
- Nepal arrival visa
PASSPORT AND VISA:
All the foreign nationals (except Indian nationals) are required to display Visa while entering Nepal. Nepalese Visa can be obtained either at the Nepalese Embassy of the respective country or can be obtained during your arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu or from Nepal’s border entry point in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Certain nationals are requested to arrange Visa prior to arrival in Nepal. The listed countries are- Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia and cannot secure Nepalese Visa on arrival.
VISA FACILITY DURATION FEES
Multiple Entry 15 Days US$ 80 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry 30 Days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry 90 Days US$ 175 or equivalent convertible currency
You can also download the VISA form and fill it up. Please go through the link as below: http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
MONEY & CREDIT CARD INFO
Most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in a problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal, 3.5 % service charge is applicable as per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, we suggest you bring some cash in USD just in case your card doesn’t work. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. If you want to exchange money, we provide you with the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel.
While traveling to Nepal, you are requested to have travel insurance that should cover any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Especially, your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charges, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay, and cancellations.
Traveling in the Himalayas is full of adventurous; hence it is wise to choose a proper insurance policy. While choosing your insurance policy, make sure that it will protect all such unforeseen expenses. You must ensure that the policy you do take provides an adequate level of protection, well familiar with your itinerary and covers you for the activities involved. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday or send us a scanned copy and it must be issued from your homeland.
Please, kindly note, this given reference of the insurance company above is only a recommendation, which based on the recommendation of our previous travelers. You could review their update insurance policy by contacting them directly.
VACCINATION FOR NEPAL
Travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or the health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities). For traveling to Nepal, we recommend you to take vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, etc. However, it is not mandatory but recommended.
ALTITUDE SICKNESS (ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS)
Altitude sickness, also known as AMS (acute mountain sickness), is caused by a lack of oxygen at high altitudes (normally above 3,000m). It occurs as the result of our bodies’ inability to adapt to a sudden increase in altitude. If given time, our bodies will adjust and a gradual ascent will decrease the possibility of altitude sickness.
PREVENTION OF AMS: Go slowly, drink a lot of water, and pay attention to the sensations of your body. If symptoms occur you have climbed too far for the day. Rest at the same altitude will give you time to acclimatize and usually relieve mild symptoms.
MILD SYMPTOMS: Headache, nausea, loss of appetite, and mild shortness of breath with minimal exertion, difficulty sleeping, dizziness or lightheadedness, mild weakness, fatigue, a general unwell feeling.
SERIOUS SYMPTOMS: The inability to recover from shortness of breath with rest, severe persistent headache, low urine output, vomiting, confusion, delirium, loss of coordination. These require immediate descent as acclimatization will not take place at the same altitude.
The key is to trek slowly, carry a light pack and just take it easy. Allow your body the time it needs to acclimatize.
Upon your arrival at TIA International Airport, our company's representatives are stationed to pick you up. They will be holding your name sign along with the company's name in it. Our office representative will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Island Peak Climbing 17 Days Departure dates and price
The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.
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This is my third trek with Alpha Adventure Treks in Nepal. The tour was, as usual, extremely well-organized. Puru was quick to react to all of my questions and made certain that I had all I needed for the trip. From the beginning to the conclusion, he looked after me in every manner possible. He made helpful suggestions for vacation planning and preparation, taking into account all of my requests.- Gary Docs ( )