Island Peak Climbing
Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak (6189m), one of the popular and challenging peaks of Nepal is located in the Everest region on the lap of Mt. Lhotse. The actual name of the peak is Imja Tse but popular with its name of Island Peak. The name of the peak is Island because it seems like an island from Dingboche This trekking commence from Lukla and goes through Namche, Tyangboche, Dingboche, Chhukung with the stunning views of giant snow-capped Everest range and ends at the same place. If you want to do some acclimatization before to climb it, the best option is to do Everest Kalapathar trek and then head to Island peak. Rocky ascend with narrow ice gorges makes the conquering of summit very difficult.
Island Peak climbing includes the trekking of Everest Region that continues through the bank of Dudh Koshi River from Lukla. From Everest Base Camp, the trail heads up to Imja Khola valley which lies on the foothill of Island Peak (Imja Tse). Trekking to the Base Camp and Island Peak provides the beautiful panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Cho Oyo, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse (7879m.), Mt. Pumori, Mt. Cholaste, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Gyachung Kang and many other hundreds of small Peaks. From the Base camp it takes around 10 hours to get to the summit.

 

Brief itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding (2,610m) 3/ 4 hours

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5/ 6 hours

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization (3,440m)

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) 5/6 hours

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m) 5/6 hours

Day 08: Rest day for acclimatization

Day 09: Dingboche to Chhukung Village (4,700m) 4 hours

Day 10: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m) 5 hours

Day 11: Island Peak summit (6,189m) and back to Base Camp 12/13 hours

Day 12: Island peak Base Camp to Dingboche (4,300m) 4/5 hours

Day 13: Dingboche to Phortse (3,890m) 4/5 hours

Day 14: Phortse to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5/6 hours

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Phakding 2,610m 6/7 hours

Day 16: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) 4/5 hours

Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350m) 25 minutes by flight

Day 18: Final Departure

 

 

Type of our services:

In Nepal the trekking can be categorized into three types: Therefore we have the three types of services for trekking on the client's requirement and request. You can choose the service and email us at any time and price will be changed accordingly.

01: Fully Organized Camping Trek:

Camping trekking is that kind of trekking on which all the food are prepared and served to the clients in their own dinning tents and they have to spend their night an open area in the tent during the trek. This type of trekking are organized in those areas where Lodges are unavailable and difficult to accommodate during the trek. All the members have to sleep in the tents and breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by the cook and Kitchen staffs. The essential things such as tents, foods, utensils, tables, chairs, stoves and kerosene are taken from Kathmandu. Hence, this type of trekking is a bit expensive instead of tea house trek because we have to take everything from Kathmandu. The price covers all permits, transportation, staffs salary and insurance along with your domestic flight tickets, transportation and accommodation in Kathmandu as well.

02: Full Package Lodge or Teahouse Trek:

Tea house or Lodge trek is a type of trek on which we will eat and sleep at lodge during the trek. The package covers all the foods (breakfast, lunch and dinner) accommodation, trekking permits, hotel in Kathmandu, arrival and departure, round transportation and domestic flight tickets along with staffs salaries, foods accommodation and their insurance.

03: Guide or porters services with accommodation:

This type of trekking is based on lodge trek. The price includes only guide or porter, his foods, accommodation, insurance and your accommodation and trekking permits during the trek. We are always flexible for the price and itinerary and please never hesitate to ask question if you have any queries. We are here just for you to give quality of service.

 

Key notice for trekkers

 

Foods:

You can have the food on the basis of your order on the fixed priced menu on this trek. We will serve you three times meal a day during the trek. Breakfast and dinner with tea or coffee are served at the same hotel where we stay but the lunch we will take on the way to trek. The best authentic Nepalese food is Daal bhat (that comes with lintel, rice, pickle, meat or vegetable). You can consult with your guide for lunch, dinner and breakfast so that you will get the authentic and hygienic foods during the trek. Most of the clients have to eat food at the hotel where they stay according to the rules and regulation of the local. As you check in lodge, you have to give the order for dinner and fix the time because in the mountain the hotel kitchen is small where the innkeeper cooks everything over a single wood or kerosene stove with a limited supply of pots. So, it may take a bit longer.

Temperature in Everest region:

The weather and climate differs from place to place in Nepal. The best season for trekking starts from September to December and March to April. The best season for trekking in Nepal can be divided into autumn (fall) and spring. September to December season falls on Autumn Season. September and October are the best and peak season in Nepal. During these months the weather is warm and pleasant. The temperature during the day is 15° to 20° but at night will be cold. As you go higher the weather will be colder. The sky will be clear and monsoon is over. Sometime it snows and that time the temperature goes to be below 0 degree during the night.
November and December is also good season for trekking. These two months will be a bit colder. Temperature during the day is 15° to 20° but at night the temperature goes to be below 0° to -10°. Hence you need to bring good sleeping bag for Everest base camp trek. January and February is taken low season due to cold. During these period, the weather will be too cold at higher place and the climate is not bearable for trekkers. The temperature during the day will be like 5° to 10° but at night goes to be -10° to -15°.
Likewise, March to May is the good season for trekking. The weather is warm and good for climbing as well. The sky will be clear and all the way will be dry but a bit dusty and windy. The hilly region covers by the beautiful flowers of Magnolia and rhododendron and seems colorful. The temperature is 20° to 25° during the day but will be cold below 0° at night at the higher place.
June to August is rainy season and most of the areas are a bit difficult to travel due to landslide and rain. Most of the hills will be covered by clouds and all most all views cannot be during this season.

Accommodation in Everest region:

The Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be in 3 star categories hotel. All accommodations are on a twine-shared basis. During the trek, the rooms are very basic with common bathrooms. The United Brothers Trek and Expedition will book the best lodges during the trek. You can get room with attached in Lukla and Namche Bazaar but after that all the rooms will be only on twine sharing basis with outside bathroom. In higher places, if you get the room with attached bathroom during the trek but the bathroom will be frozen due to cold in the higher places. If you want single room, please notify it before your arrival, and we will tell the extra price for that and book the hotel accordingly. You can get the single room in city like Kathmandu and Pokhara easily on the basis of your choice but in the mountain during the trek, sometimes the hotel owner does not want to give single room due to lack of rooms or overflow of trekkers. In such cases, you have to consider and sleep on twine sharing basis with your friends.
There are only limited lodges at Lobuche, Gorakshep, Dzongla and Gokyo. In those places sometimes all the rooms will be fully booked due to over flow of tourists and in such case, we have to sleep in the dormitory room or dining hall with 10-15 persons. We will sleep at Island peak base camp at a Tent and the food will be prepared by our guide and cook.

Drinking water:

Drinking water is the most important thing for the travel. During your trek, all the trekkers are requested not to drink the water directly from the tap. The tap water on the way is not pure to drink .You can buy mineral water on the way to drink but it may not get all the way because the SPCC has banned the plastic bottles to prevent environmental pollution. So, you can take personal water bottle from Kathmandu and fill the drinkable water in it from the available place or you can put in purification tablet before drinking. That is the best way to be safe from the disease which may cause from impure drinking water during the trek. Some of the trekkers use to drink water from the tap due to the lack well information. So, it's not good to drink water from the tap for your health.

Physical Strength and pre- experience:

Trekking means walking on foot to visit and observe panoramic beauty being close to Nature. You have to walk at least 5/6 hours per day. The trekkers must be physically and mentally fit enough. Everyday walking and jogging help you to achieve the target. If you have pre experience of trekking that helps a lot but nothing is impossible if you wish from your bottom of heart. Hence, clients are requested to do a lot of exercise for walking. You can walk or jogging every day before travelling that makes your muscle strong and fit for the trek. Better to do short trekking before joining longer trek like Passes above 5000m.

High Altitude Sickness:

High Altitude Sickness (HAS) or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is one the main problems during the trekking and any one (Mountain climbers, hikers, skiers or travelers) can be victims of AMS apart from their Physical Strength. It is the most dangerous things which has no any specific medicine and one needs to be cautious from the initial period. It starts normally above 2400m and the main causes are walking faster, less drinking water, lack of acclimatization, addiction of alcohol and cigarettes and lower level of oxygen and air pressure. The prime symptoms of AMS are dizziness, headache, vomiting, nausea, insomnia and anorexia. The best way to prevent it is to drink plenty of water, and enough acclimatization at above 2400 m. Our tour leader and staffs will have sufficient first aid medicine and kit but in case of creasing situation of AMS one might need to cancel the trip and descend down. If the situation of the patient is getting worse, clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.

Essential equipment that needs to bring for the trek:

Please read the brief guideline for packing list which assist you to be well prepared. We have listed most of the important equipment list here but it may differ a little bit according to the season, area of trip and the duration of trek. The sleeping bag and down jacket are provided through United Brothers Trek and Expedition but if you want to bring your own that will be better and fit for you. The porter will carry your luggage but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Hence we want to request you to pack the necessary thing that you need during the day. You can buy the following things here in Kathmandu as well but the quality will be different.

Valuable documents and items:

Passport with valid date and flight tickets

Photocopies of valid passport, Passport sized Photos, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance

Some cash (Dollar, Pound or Euro) for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts

Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Wearing Clothes and equipments:

Sleeping bag (good one -20°)

Down jacket

Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Few pairs of T-shirts

One pairs of hiking shorts,

Fleece or woolen trousers

One pairs of hiking trousers

Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)

Light and expedition weight thermal tops

Warm hat (that covers your ears)

Few pairs of underwear

Warm gloves

Few pairs of shocks

Cap or Hat (that can be used during the day at lower place to protect from Sun)

Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions

Trekking boots

Trekking shoes (light)

2 pairs of Sunglasses

Headlamp with extra bulbs and batteries

Camera or movie camera

1 medium-sized quick drying towel

Gaiters and Crampon (For winter, high passes or peak climbing only), optional

Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)

Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters)

1 large duffel bag

A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables things

Medical:

Small, personal first-aid kit. (Normal and light)

Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters

1 skin-blister repair kit

Anti-diarrhea pills

Anti-headache pills

Cough and/or cold medicine

Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox

Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.

Water purification tablets or water filter

Toiletries:

Toothbrush/paste

1 small folding knife

Multi-purpose soap

Sun Cream

Deodorants

Nail clippers

Face and body moisturizer

Female hygiene products

Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

Tissue /toilet roll

Anti-bacterial hand wash

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one international airport of Nepal from where you will be welcomed with a great hospitality by the representative of United Brothers Trek and Expedition and transferred to the hotel. After having checked in the hotel, we will give you a short briefing about the trip and collect the essential documents (Passport and Photos) from you to issue the trekking permits. You can rest the leisure time exploring around and stay a night at the hotel with breakfast.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu

You can get up in the morning and have breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we will come to pick you up at the hotel and take for full day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley (the world heritage site). At first, we will drive you to Swayambunath Temple. Swayambunath means self-originated Buddhist Temple which is known as Monkey Temple as well. It is located on the top of the hill from where you can see the superb view of the whole Kathmandu Valley. After having visited this holy temple, we will drive you to Boudha Stupa. It is a holy place for Buddhist and pilgrims which was slightly damaged during due the tremor of 2015 but later rebuilt. It is one of the largest spherical stupas in the world. From here, we will take you to Pashupatinath Temple that is pretty close from Boudhanth. Pashupatinath Temple, located at the bank of the Bagmati River is one of the biggest and most popular Shrines where you can behold for Hindus. Pashupatinath Temple which is the biggest Hindu Temple. You can see the ritual and cremation activities according to the Hindus Culture. At the end of the day, we will return back to the hotel. By the evening, we will take you to a Nepali restaurant for welcome dinner with typical Nepali cultural dance. At last, we will drop you to the hotel and spend a night with breakfast.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding (2,610m) 3/ 4 hours

Today, we will come to the hotel to pick you up and drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m), with the mountain view of Langtang range and Everest region from where our trek begins.  We will land at Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla after 35 minutes of adventurous flight. Lukla is the gate way of our trek where many good lodges are available. Upon your arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members (porters, cook and kitchen) and let them pack the baggage. We stop for a while to drink a cup of and then start our trek through beautiful Sherpa village like Chhoplung; Ghat until we reach Phakding. We will stop on the way for lunch. Today is our first day and we walk only for few hours and spend a night at lodge at Phakding.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5/ 6 hours

Phakding a tiny and beautiful Sherpa village is located at the bank of the Dudhkoshi River. From here the trails goes through pine forest, and small Sherpa village along Dudh Koshi River. On the way to it you can see stunning scenery of Mt. Thamserku (6618 m) and waterfalls. We continue our trip passing the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, and Monju, arrive at the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We stop for lunch at Monju or Jorsale and continue the journey. The trail climbs carries on along the bank of Dudhkoshi River. Form the last suspension bridge the way makes uphill till Namche Bazaar. If the sky is clear, you can see the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar which is the most beautiful city and trading Centre of Everest region. We spend a night there.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization (3,440m)

Today you have whole day leisure and to utilize it, our trekking guide take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various flora and fauna of the Everest region. If the weather is clear you can see the superb view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku and Kongde Himal. Similarly, you can visit the old and new Sherpa museum as well which is pretty close from the Tourist Visitor Centre. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day also instead of being idle. After that you can come back to the lodge and have lunch then visit Namche Monastery and explore around Namche Bazaar. We spend a night at the same lodge.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) 5/6 hours

Namche Bazaar is the main Centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday.From here,we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam and close up view of Thamserku. The trip follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs reaches at Kyangjuma. On the way, you can see the wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The path continues through small jungle and reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. From here we descend down to Dudhkoshi River through the pine forests, cross bridge over Dudh Koshi River and finally reach a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods called Punki Tanga. We stop here for lunch and then continue our journey to Tengbuche. We have to climbs up till Tengboche through dense juniper and pine forest. After 2 hours of ascending, we will get to Tengboche.  Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Amadablam, Nuptse, and Everest. You can visit a very old and famous Tengboche Monastery all over in. We stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m) 5/6 hours

Tengboche is located on the lap of Mt. Amadablam. You can take a picture of the spectacular view of sunrise on the Mt. Everest, Amadablam and Tengboche Monastery in the morning. After breakfast, we continue our journey towards Dingboche. The route goes through pine forest and you can see numbers of Chorten, Pray wheels on the way and reaches to a small Sherpa village called Pangboche. If you have time, you can visit the Pangboche Monastery as well. We keep going on with the breathtaking view of Amadablam, green forest to Samare village. Samare is a small Sherpa village where we stop for lunch. From here, the trail goes through yak pasture and small shrubs and crosses a river. Then gradually ascend and arrives at a beautiful valley called Dingboche. It is a small Sherpa village where you can get many good lodges for staying. We spend overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Rest Day for Acclimatization

Today, you can hike up to Chhokung village for hiking which takes about 3 hours. On the way you can see beautiful scenery of Mt. Lhotse ridge, Amadablam and the huge Khumbu Valley. By the afternoon you can come back to the same lodge and have lunch then have relax for the next day’s trip. We spend again another night at the same lodge.

Day 09: Dingboche to Chhukung Village (4,700m) 4 hours

We trek to Chhukung village, crossing the valley and natural vegetation with some ascend and descend. The trek is full of beautiful scenario along the way experiencing a fresh air in remote area. After 4 hours of walking, we will arrive at Chhukung village explore around it till evening. We stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m) 5 hours

From there, we move to the Base Camp of Island Peak. Gigantic views of mountains and glaciers around you give a sense of heaven to the observers. The air becomes thinner as we walk to the high elevation above 5000m and it takes around 4/5 hours to get to the Island peak Base Camp. By the evening, we do will some climbing training near the campsite for the next day’s climbing and stay overnight in a tented camp

Day 11: Island Peak summit (6,189m) and back to Base Camp 12/13 hours

On this day, you will be given wakeup call at 1am and take some tea and light breakfast. After that we gently climb through a rocky trail through high camp and glacier. As you get at the bottom of the island peak, our climbing Sherpa will fix the rope to get to the summit and finally you will get on the top. The astonishing views of snow-capped peaks give a unique experience from the top of the peak. The pleasure of successful access to the summit of peak while you are on the head of peak cannot be expressed in words! We return back to the Base Camp and stay overnight in tented camp

Day 12: Island peak Base Camp to Dingboche (4,300m) 4/5 hours

Today, we will slowly return back to Dingboche following the trail previously walked. The pleasant views of natural scenes and landscapes does not lesson while descending down. The trail climbs down to Chhukung and Dhingboche village with the scenic view of Khumbu valley, Mt.Lhotse and Island peak. We stay a night at Lodge.

Day 13: Dingboche to Phortse (3,890m) 4/5 hours

As usual, we will start the trek after breakfast. From here, we return back to Phortse from Dingboche following same trail. The trek offers the same pleasant views of natural landscap along with the magnificent view of Mt. Amadablam, Everest and other numerous small peaks and Tengboche.The route departs to Phortse from the last bridge before reaching Diuche and finally arrives at Phortse. We stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Phortse to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5/6 hours

Phortse is a beautiful village from here, we descend slowly down to Phortse Tanga. After that we climb up to Mong La and then descend down to Sannasa and Kyangjuma village with the beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tabuche and Amadablam. From Kyangjuma, we come to Namche Bazaar through easy way with the beautiful scenery of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tabuche himal and kongde Peak. After 2 hours of easy walking, we finally arrive at Namche Bazaar where we spend a night.

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Phakding 2,610m 6/7 hours

Namche Bazaar the Himalayan Trading Centre is the most beautiful city of Everest region from where we descend down and cross Dhudhkosi River then continue our trek to Phakding through Jorsale, Monju, Benkar village along bank of Dhudkoshi River and finally arrive at Phakding. We spend a night there.

Day 16: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) 4/5 hours

On the final day of our trek today, we directly head to Lukla and celebrate the final day of our trek with our innocent porters and staffs. By the evening we dinner together and distribute tips for them to thank for their hard working during the trek and say good bye. We spend a night at Lukla

Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350m) 25 minutes by flight

Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. You can relax and do shopping for your next destination. By the evening, we will take you for farewell dinner. We stay Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Final Departure

We will drop you to the airport for your final departure and say good bye to all of you until your next visit.

What is Included in the Cost

  • Arrival and departure transportation by private vehicle

  • 4 Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu flight tickets

  • Island Peak Permits

  • Climbing guide

  • Garbage deposit

  • Tent and Foods at Island Peak Base Camp

  • One day full day sightseeing in Kathmandu

  • welcome and farewell dinner

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary

  • All government, local and airport taxes

  • All essential paperwork for trekking permits

  • Tims Card

  • National park fees

  • Accommodation on twine sharing basis in trekking

  • Foods (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee during the trek

  • Porters (2 trekkers- 1 porter)

  • An English speaking and government license holder trekking guide

  • Staff's salaries, insurance, equipment, foods, accommodation and flight tickets

  • Medical Kit

  • T-shirt, cap and map from united brothers trek and expedition with its logo

  • Trekking poles

What is Excluded in the Cost

  • Visa fees in Nepal

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

  • Excess baggage Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu

  • Climbing gears and equipment

  • International flight tickets

  • Travel insurance and evacaution

  • Sleeping bags and down Jackets

  • Hot Shower

  • Heater

  • Battery Charge

  • Mineral water

  • Hot water

  • Personal expenditure (bar bills and laundry)

  • Extra porter

  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu 

  • All entrance fees in Kathmandu during your sightseeing

  • Tips for guide and porters

 

Trip dates trip price trip status
01 Mar, 2019 - 15 Mar, 2019 0.00 Available

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tirp fact

  • Duration : 15 days
  • Trip Grade : Challenging
  • Trip area : Everest region
  • Type of Trek : Lodge Trek
  • Group Size : 1-12 pax
  • Max height : 6,189m
  • Starting point : Lukla
  • Ending point : Lukla
  • KTM/Lukla : Flight
  • Lukla/KTM : Flight

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