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Island Peak Climbing - 13 Days

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak climbing trip starts from and comes to conclusion at Lukla airstrip, passing through the Dudh Kosi valley and the popular Sherpa hometown of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and Chhukung. We then head up to the beautiful Imja Khola valley towards Island Peak. The trip offers to witness the pristine Sherpa villages, their lively culture and serene monasteries en-route. Island Peak (6,160m/20,211ft) in the Khumbu region is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. It lies at the top of the Imja Valley and surrounded by the Imja, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar glaciers. The peak resembles to an island in a sea of ice when viewed from above Dingboche.

Island Peak was named by Eric Shipton in 1952. The peak was renamed as ‘Imja Tse’ in 1983 although most people still refer to it as Island Peak. Island Peak climbing is the most sought after trekking holiday because of its challenging geographical structures. As per the NMA records, more than 300 groups attempt to scale the summit of Island Peak each year. The classic expedition route to summit is the narrow north ridge but the most common route is the southwest ridge. The most difficult section of the peak is a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees that leads to the narrow summit ridge. The views from the summit are stunning with Lhotse soaring above to its North, Baruntse to the southeast and Makalu to the east.

  • One of Nepal’s most popular trekking peaks bounded by glaciers
  • Outstanding views of Lhotse, Baruntse and Makalu from the top
  • The mountain bears a resemblance to an island in a sea of ice
  • British Expedition team made the first ascent in 1953
  • Option available to extend the trip to the popular Mt. Everest Base Camp

Day 1
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft).

Day 2
Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,446m/11,306ft).

Day 3
Rest and acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar.

Day 4
Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,867m/12,687ft).

Day 5
Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft).

Day 6
Trek Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,519ft).

Day 7
Trek Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,061ft). Basic training for climbing.

Day 8
Climbing day: Summit Island Peak (6,160m/20,211ft). Trek back to Base Camp or Chhukung.

Day 9
Spare day for weather.

Day 10
Return trek Chhukung to Pangboche (3,930m/12,894ft).

Day 11
Return trek Pangboche to Namche Bazaar.

Day 12
Return trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla.

Day 13
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.

Cost Includes:

  • Permit fees for Island Peak and Sagarmatha National Park
  • Three meals a day (B/L/D) served at teahouse/lodge and at our own kitchen during climbing period
  • Accommodations in the mountains at teahouse/lodge/tents
  • An English speaking Trekking Guide
  • Experienced NMA registered Climbing Sherpa Guide
  • An experienced Cook and kitchen crew for camping period
  • Necessary porters
  • Necessary climbing equipment including Top quality high mountain Tents, Fixed and Main ropes, Ice-screws, Safety ropes, Jumars, Karabiners, etc.
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Regular flights for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu and ground transfers to/from airport
  • Satellite phone support for expeditions and trekking peaks (on demand)
  • Emergency co-operation service and first aid kit box
  • A certificate by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) on successful summit of peak climb
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Personal climbing equipment such as Plastic Boots, Ice-axe, Gaiters, Crampons, Harness, etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • Refundable Garbage Deposit of US $500
  • International Airfare and Taxes

  • Kathmandu City Tour
  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
  • Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • White Water Rafting in Nepal
  • Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
  • Shopping Tours

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