Island peak climbing 22 daysBook
If you are looking for something really challenging and dreaming to do big Himalaya attempt in future better to try Island peak(6,189m) as this peak is used by many climbers to prepare for the Mount Everest and other leading Mountains. Island peak also known as Imje Tse is the most popular and main climbing peak in Everest Region. Island peak looks small compared to the giant neighboringpeaks however its summit rising with highly glaciated Lhotse Glacier is stunning.This is more technical peak and requires mountaineering experience using crampons and ice axe.The summit provide the spectacular views of Nuptse(7,879m), Lhotse(8,501m), Lhotse Middle peak (8,410m),Makalu, Amadablam, Baruntse taking away all hard effort to attempt the summit.Before summiting to the island peak summit our itinerary take you to the most popular destination Everest base camp at a same time providing you time to acclimatize.
Our Island Peak Climbing itinenary is designed by the expert peak summiter . Every steps have been planned with the high degree of awareness against altitudes hazard. This itinenary provide enough time for the acclimitization and exploration of the himalayan beauty with out putting your health on risk.
Day 1 : Pick up in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Welcome greeting at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by the representative from Wild Stone Adventure. You will then transfer to the Hotel for refreshment where you will be served with welcome drinks. Depending on your interest and condition you can either rest, hang around the street or visit our office for rest of the day. Included: Welcome Drinks
Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing, climbing briefing and preparation
We will start guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The tour cover UNESCO World Heritage Sites including historical Durbar Square, Sacred Hindu Temple (Pahupati Nath) ,popular monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists Shrine (Buddha Nath). After completion of city tour you will meet with guide and other helping staffs, you will be explained with nature of your trek and your trekking gears will be checked. Included: Breakfast
Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu –Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m)
Early morning spectacular mountain flight to Lukla with your trekking team which takes about 30 minutes. We start descent toward the Dudhkoshi passing the Chaurikharka village. The trail follows the edge of Dudhoshi river until we reach Phakding.Today we end up with the Short hike to assist in acclimatization.
Trek Time : 3 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activities : Visit nearby Monasteries
Day 4 : Trek Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Today cross the high suspension bridge trek through the forest and pasture land. Steep ascent to the Namche offers the first glimpse of mighty Everest along with Thamserku, Konde Ri and Mt. Kusum Kangaru. Namche (3440) the largest Sherpa town is Mecca of Himalaya culture.
Trek Time : 5 hours Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 : Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Namche serves as an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. We recommend you to stay active and have some hike instead of being idle for a day. 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, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on. We may also take an hour's walk up to Syangboche where Everest View Hotel deluxe hotel build by Japanese is situated above Syangboche airstripe for an outstanding view of Everest. Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activities & Attractions: Visit Sherpa Culture Museum, Sagarmatha National Park Visitor's Center, Tourist Visitor Center, Tibetan Healing Centre , Namche Monastery, Namche Library , Hotel Everest View, Khundi Hospital, Hillary School, Namche Market
Day 6 : Trek Namche Bazaar Tyangboche (3867m)
After breakfast,we climb through the forested zone, enjoying the excellent views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse,Thamserku amongst others. Along the way we walk through rhododendron forests where musk deer and Himalayan Thar can be easily spotted.We continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tengboche. Tengboche has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu and regarded as the religious centre of the region.
Trek Time : 5 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 : Trek Tyangboche – Dingboche (4360m)
Leaving Tengboche and the Khumbu mountains as a backdrop-and descend through a rhododendron covered area to the beautiful settlement Deboche where you have a close view at Ama Dablame.We continue to up and downs and leave the mountain path to cross over a suspension bridge to the left bank of the Imja Khola. Climb the mountain path while looking up at Ama Dablam and Kantega (6779m) as they appear on the opposite bank. Soon after a snow white stupa with gorgeous eyes is mirroring the Ama Dablam, this is a marvelous place for a picture! Then the trail ascend the chorten-lined route,to the village of Pangboche and a monastery. Pass through the village and cross a stream to a path skirting a rocky area to terraced hills along the riverbank. The trails climb slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse. 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
Trek Time : 5 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 : Acclimatization day at Dingboche
Here in Dingboche we enjoy outstanding mountain views, particularly the north face of Ama Dablam and and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The optional acclimatization walk to the remote village of Chhukung and Chhukung Ri provide good chance to your body to acclimatize better. From here you can enjoy the panoramic views of Island peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche peak ,Amphulapche, and Baruntse Base Camp and the white ice lake of Imja Tsho.
Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activities : Hike to Chhukung Ri
Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 : Trek Dingboche - Lobuche (4928m)
The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail follows a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier.We stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind.
Trek Time : 6 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10 : Trek Lobuche- Gorakshep(5160m) - Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Today trek leads you to the ultimate destination. The trail to Gorek Shep following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. After a lunch, we take a trail to Everest Base Camp passing through the Khumbu Glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche.We enjoy wonderful shadow of the highest peak of the world !
Trek Time : 7 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 : Trek Gorakshep -Kala Patthar (5545m) - Lobuche
Today we accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar – the Black Rock - located at 5 545 m. Sunrise from the top of Kala Pattar is quite spectacular and we can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more peaks. We return back to Gorak Shep via the view points of the ice lakes of Pumori and Everest.After breakfast we track back our way to Pheriche . The town of Pheriche is known to be a very windy town. Around here you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Also located here is the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are available here most time of the year to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as the local people.
Trek Time : 6 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12 : Trek Lobuche - Dingboche (4358m)
Today we head back to Dingboche.
Trek Time : 5 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
If you like to take the Kongma La Pass (5535m), instead of heading back to dingboche, we can follow another route to Chhukung via Kongma La pass. Time : 6 hrs
Day 13 : Trek Dingboche- Chhukung valley(4,730m)
After breakfast we have walk a gentle up hill to reach Chhukung, which is a hidden valley near the base of Island peak. Trek Time : 3 hrs Included:Breakfast & Cultural Dinner
Day 14 : Trek Chhukung- Island Peak Base Camp(5200m)
The path from Chhukung leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. We continue short pleasant walking along a streamside. On the way we can enjoy the panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and Island Peak along with many other beautiful mountains.
This days is marked as the start of the climb on Island Peak. At some point of the day our guide will provide training on the vital climbing techniques. These on the spot training will sure to boost up the confidence.
TreK Time : 3 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 15 : Trek Base Camp- High Camp (5600m)
We ascend to island Peak high camp, from where we will push final steps to the Island Peak summit. The path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb the hill, we will notice that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel.
Time : 3 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 16- Day17 : Climbing Island Peak Summit(6189m)
We start our summit attempt around the midnight.In the begining, we climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over. After enjoying the summit views you will descend to base camp and then to Chhukung.
Time : 9 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Reserve Day : One day for the contingency. There is no guarantee that we can make it to the summit on Day 16, so this day is reserved.
Day 18 : Trek Chhukung - Tyangboche (3867m)
Today, we start walk downhill to Dingboche and the trail continues toward the Pangboche. From Pangboche, we descend all the eay down to river and walk through the forest to reach Tyangboche.
Trek Time : 5 hrs Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 19 : Trek Tyangboche –Namche Bazaar (3440m)
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, where you can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings you to Namche for an overnight stay.
Trek Time : 5 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Trek Time : 5 hrs Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 20 : Trek Namche Bazaar - Lukla
The trail descends steeply for about one and half hours. After that, the path has small ups and downs to Phakding through Monjo. This is the final day everest base camp trek ,in evening you will have a farewell ceremony with your guides and porters where you will be able to taste Chang (a purely brewed local beer) and try some Sherpa cultural dancing.
Trek Time : 4 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 21: Fly Lukla - Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu after mountain journey. You will board an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will get transferred to our hotel for the refreshment. You can rest throughout the day or if interested you can explore the nearby market for shopping typical Nepalese gifts for your friends and family. This evening you will have a cultural dinner together with the Wild Stone Adventure staffs.
Included:Breakfast and Cultural Dinner
Day 22 : Farewell
Your Island peak climbing expidition has come to an end. Wild Stone Adventure representative will transfer you to International airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Included:Breakfast
Money Matters so we would like to explain what you are paying for. We are local operator providing world class services to the travelers yearning to be foot on Himalayan trail. We provide you with the minimum price possible for fully inclusive trips .We are proud to guarantee NO HIDDEN COST.
- Airport Pick up and drop.
- Delux accomodation in Kathmandu
- All surface transfer as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu city tour by English Speaking Guide on Private Vehicle.
- All the standerd meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking and Climbing.
- Safe and ozonated water throughout the trek.
- Tea House Acomodation during trekking and camping during Climbing.
- Registered and trained Climbing Guide.
- Required number of insured Porter (2 trekkers: 1porter)
- All Required Permits(TIMS, National Park Entry Permit, Climbing Royalty, Garbage Deposit)
- General Climbing Equipments.
- All Surface transfer for your guide, porter and necessary cargo.
- Staff insurances.
- Government taxes and official charges. Visa charge not included here.
- Attractive First Aid Kits.
- Farewell Cultural Dinner in Kathmandu.
This package doesnot cover following cost and should be personally paid by the traveller.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Beverages and other hard drinks cost
- Nepal Entry visa fee and airport taxes.
- Expences of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc
- Rescue and emergency cost/ Insurance cost but we will help to carry of the procedure.
- Personal trekking equipments
Your safety is our paramount concern while trekking with Wild Stone Adventure. Your Leader has full authority to amend any part of the itinenary due to safety reason. Every effort will be made to keep up with the above itinerary however it is the adventure in remote himalayan zone we cannot guarantee it! Wether condition, physical condition of trekkers and unexpected natural disasters can force to alter the itinerary.Your Leader will forward you with the alternatives so please be prepared to be flexible.
Upon your arrive at Tribhuban International Airport (TIA), Wild Stone Adventures' representative will greet you and transport you to your Hotel. The rest of the day depends on your interest and condition, you can either take a rest or visit our office.The next day you will be formally introduced to your Guide, brief about the trek and enjoy sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural and historical landmarks.
Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with private facilities which are of Western style.
Whilst trekking accommodation is on tea house whereever possible and rest of the days on tent. We provide comfortable two men camping tent, foam mattress, 4 season sleeping bag will be provided. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on the enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All teahouse accommodations & tent is based on twin share with basic shared toilet facilities.
Wild Stone Adventure use high quality private transportation to get in and off the trekking put in point and put out point.On longer routes, we use private or tourist buses, which provide a slightly higher degree of comfort and safety.For air transportation Wild Stone uses modern, comfortable and most - reliable airline operator.In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses / mules / donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities during your trip period. Island Peak Climbing cost include breakfast in Kathmandu and freshly cook three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) prepared by our experienced and trained cook during the trek with high level of balance diet, hygiene and safety.We will provide meals according to our menu. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most of our menu is similar to tea houses offering variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
For Island Peak Climbing , there will be one leader (5 trekkers:1 leader)and the required number of sherpa porter(2 trekkers:1 porter) and support staffs.As you will be travelling in the group you will be exposed to all the pleasure of travelling in group. We can run Island Peak Climbing for any group size but generally we have maximum of ten people, we we found this to be best group size for the optimal success.
Group Leader and Support Staffs
All our trips are accompanied out by one of our local group Leaders. The aim of the group leader is make your Island Peak Climbing successsful, enjoyable, memorable and hassle free. Our leader will provide informationa on the culture, geography, ecosystem, flora and fauna of the place your are travelling. They will also offer suggestions for the optional activities and thing to do, recommend great places and introduce you to the local people. Our leader will also assist you to learn the local language.
All our outdoor guides are licensed from the Government of Nepal. Beside the license they have numbers of certificates including Wilderness First Aid, certificate from Kathmandu Education Projects, certificate from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, and Eco friendly guiding certificates.
Island Peak Climbing 22 days is a strenuous adventure involving long day walks and crossing the high passes with light back pack. Some days you might even need to walk more six hours. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes however, those in excellent physical condition with above average fitness and some past altitude hiking experience can do this trek.
For the Island Peak Climbing the general rule is you need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking at very high altitudes with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend you to undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, to enhance your strength and stability. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to boost your fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.
The best season for Island Peak Climbing Spring ( March to May) and Autumn (late September to November).
The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee (NRs)
It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Money may easily be exchanged at Kathmandu airport on arrival and banks and licensed moneychangers in cities. Credit card cash advances and ATM withdrawals are in NPR only.
Before departing on your trek, make sure you have enough Nepalese currency in small denominations as change is hard to find in the villages ( 100 rupee are easy to trade )
Extra Pocket Money
While trekking with Wild Stone Adventure, all meals are included in your trip cost . You will need very little local currency for meals in Kathmandu extra snacks, soft drinks or souvenirs along the trail.
Extra money dependa upon your spending habit. Please consider your own spending habits when you count for extra pocket money.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $500 as an emergency fund, to be used when circumstances beyond our control ( natural disaster, extreme weather, nepal strikes) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability.
When visiting and entering temples and Nepalis house you must remove your shoes. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather goods. Other temples, such as those in Pashupatinath, do not allow foreigner besides hindu to enter. These are normally marked with a sign in English, and we urge you to respect such practices.
Always ask permission before taking photos inside any temples, and before photographing any local people. When permission is granted, always be sensitive when photographing people, and non-intrusive when shooting inside temples when prayers are in progress. Generally, photography is allowed outside Buddhist and Hindu temples and at religious ceremonies and festivals.
You are guest in Nepal and it is appriciated if you behave like Nepali (Local):
- Dress Respectfully (no short shorts or revealing clothes)
- Do not show affection in public.
- Do not buy antiques.
- Do not point your feet (unclean) to people and point with full hand not with one finger.
- Do not step over persons.
- Do not touch or step over offerings (red powder, flowers/rice)
- Do not use your left hand (dirty)
- Receive and give with two hands.
- Ask permission before taking people's photographs.
- Discourage begging, pay fair price
- Take off your shoes before entering a monastery or Nepali house.
- Go clockwise roung the stupas, temples etc
- Avoid touching monks / lamas.
Dress respectfully with an awareness of local standards. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool during hiking. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unaccepted. While visiting temples,monasteriesand other religious sites men need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels and tea houses for a small charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your ownlaundry so we suggest you bring biodegradable soap.
While packing for “ Island Peak Climbing ” it essential to considered weather condition and time of year you are travelling.
Please Click here for the complete packing list for this trip.
Tipping is expected but not compulsory and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your trip.
Being a responsible trek operator is at the heart of what Wild Stone Adventures is all about. The beautiful environment of the Himalaya is also an extremely fragile one. At Wild Stone Adventure , we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact as much as possible.We are committed to responsible tourism and it is implemented in every trip through the following means.
- Leave no Trace
- Discourage deforestation
- Keep Water Source Clean
- Plant Saplings
- Plants Left in Their Natural Environment
- Alternative Source of Energy for Fuel
- Employ local leaders and supporting staffs
- Use local tea house and home stay
- Consume local food
- Reduce, Reuse and Recyle
Suggested reading for Island Peak Climbing.
- Trekking Peaks of Nepal -Bill O' Connor
- Trekking and Climbing in Nepal -Steve Razzetti
- Trekking in Everest -Jamie Mc Guinness
- Everest, A Trekkers' Guide- Arlene Blum
- Nepal Travel Guide – Lonely Planet
- Into the Thin Air -Jon Krakauer
- Trekking in Nepal –Antoine d’ Abbundo
- Rough guide to Nepal – David Reed
- Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya – Stan Armington
- Nepal Himalayas -Shirahata Shiro
- Mountain sickness -Peter Hackett
- Pocket first Aid and Wilderness Medicine -Dr. Jim Duff & Dr. Peter Gormly