Island peak climbing, the most demanded climbing peak in Nepal has been fulfilling the ultimate dream of being at the Himalayan peak of all mountaineering adventure lovers. Island peak climbing is often considered as the warm up and acclimatization peak before embarking for the Mt. Everest expedition. Even Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenjing Norgay Sherpa went for Island peak climbing before conquering top of the world first time ever in 1953 AD. Island peak climbing is initiated after boarding a short and scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and heading towards Phakding on the same day. On our Island peak climbing expedition we arrive at Namche bazaar where we will be acclimatizing for a day and meet fellow everest trekkers and mountaineers. Island peak climbing is not only limited to peak climbing, but it is the perfect way of acknowledging local Sherpa culture and tradition by visiting various ancient monasteries in Tengboche and Dingboche. Before arriving at the island peak base camp we go for day trip to Chhukung ri and trek back to Chukkung. Chukkung ri view point offers the very close views of Mt. Lhotse and Nuptse, Ama dablam, Makalu, Baruntse along the Imja tse valley and equally sparkling glacial lake. Proper acclimatization is the major thing to be considered while embarking for the island peak climbing. Therefore we will be acclimatizing at high camp and get ready for summiting next day. Early morning after having a meal we start climbing Island peak which finally fulfills our ultimate desire of being at the top of Island peak. On our way to summit we will discover one pyramid shaped very whitish holy mountain Chhuplung also known as Sherpa god. Due to strong wind on the summit, we head back towards Chhukung before noon and trek back to namche bazaar and Lukla in the following days respectively. Finally we conclude our Island peak climbing after boarding a flight back to Kathmandu.
|Top of pisang peak.|
|Climbing Pisang Peak|
Island peak climbing is the ideal Himalayan expedition for the beginners which requires basic peak climbing skills. However Island peak climbing is non technical peak and can be embarked by every physically fit peak climbing enthusiast. Join the Island peak climbing expedition professionally organized by Icicles Adventure treks for ultimate peak climbing experience around famous Everest region of Nepal.
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van / Bus.
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at 3* category hotel in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu City Tours as per above program, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide car / van.
- Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation and 2 tented Camp (twin sharing ) during the trek (we provide rooms with private bathrooms and hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla)
- Island peak climbing permit fees
- Government licensed holder English speaking guide during the trek and climb, required number of porters and their food, wages, equipments and insurance etc.
- Round Trip flight from/to Kathmandu inclusive of domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla.
- First aid medical kit.
- Icicles adventure treks and tour T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- Icicles adventure treks and tour T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- General climbing equipment such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar etc.
- Sagarmatha national park permits.
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
- Government taxes and office service charge.
- Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
- Your travel insurance.
- Your travel insurance.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.) (US$ 40 per person) you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 60 days from date of issue.
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
- Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment.
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
- Tips for trekking/climbing staff and driver.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an icicles adventure treks and tour signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour.
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast, Included)
Day 03: Kathmandu Lukla – Phakding (2652m) 3 hours.
Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Lukla. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on an evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! When we get Lukla then have cup of coffee at Khumbu resort, (Remember this building we have to stay overnight for fly out to Kathmandu after finished our trip) After the nice hot drink our adventure starts along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2800m with green landscape & view of Kusum kangraru. Overnight at guest house.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440m) 6 hours
After you finished your hot breakfast your guide will lead the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley with brilliant views of Thamserku & Kusum kangraru to the Munzo, just beyond the Munzo you will see huge building of Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Gate, where trekking permits are checked and National Park fees collected, can get more information about the Everest region & National park Oh don’t forget to observe the records of monthly visitor into the Khumbu region. Then trek down & cross the Jorsale Bridge, This is the last place to Namche Bazar so we recommended you to have lunch or some snacks! make sure you have enough water for 3 more hours. The trail Continue along the Dudh Kosi River after two more brides begins the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar 3441m, the administrative center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail to Namche Bazar! Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche bazaar – Hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours.
This is a day for acclimatization. We will take you the shyangbuche airport 3700m. it is suppose to height airport in the world. Then continue slightly climbing to Everest view hotel where you can observe including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache & many more. After the brilliant view of those mountains, we trek down to Namche & we will take a Sherpa museum. There you can see the traditional custom of Sherpa peoples & Mt. Everest photo Gallery. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D
Day 06: Namche – Tengbuche (3860m) 5 hours
The trail leads flat & easy towards the view of Mt. Everest & other mountains up to Kyangjuma about 1-1.30 hours then have cup of tea and descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka. The trail then ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Tengbuche at 3860m. The home of the famous Tengbuche Monastery, spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is long but, more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on clear day’s views of Mt. Everest and it surrounding peaks. Amadablam means “Mother’s Charm Box” and is named after the little box that Sherpa women wear around their necks. It is also one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalaya. Overnight at guest hose.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 07: Tengbuche – Dingboche (4410m) 5 hours
Descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche. (3900m perhaps today is most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude while trekking like other days & enjoying the view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other smaller peaks, will be just in front of those mountains & feel like been heaven, The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche as know as summer valley 4,400 m. Overnight at guest house.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 08: Day trip to Chhukung RI & trek back to Chhukung (4700 mtrs) 7 hours.
Today you can enjoy another acclimatization day. This day we will have a day trip to Chhukung Ri 5546m The views from Chukkung is wonderful, also we can observe a fifth highest mountain Makalu. Then descend to Chhukung for Lunch & continue down to Dingboche. Overnight at Guest House. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 09: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5240m) 3 to 4hours
After breakfast we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Labtsa lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak. (Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight at tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 10: Trek to High camp 5400m 3 to 4 hour.
Our climbing guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak Climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back or resting for the next day’s climb overnight at tented Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 11: Summit 6167m trek back to Chhukung 4700m 8 hour
We wake up early today at around 3 to 4am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the high lands might become a barrier for a successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enter a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we 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. We need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Chhukung we celebrate on our successful Island Peak climb Overnight at Guest House. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441meters). 5 hours
From Tengboche we descend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi River and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through to Shanasa, and trails goes all flat to Namche bazar Overnight at Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2804meters) 5 hours
This is our last day of trekking, finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. In the afternoon is free to wander around, relax or perhaps enjoy a hot shower! In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a few celebratory drinks and dancing with our Sherpa companions. Overnight at Guesthouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 14Lukla – Kathmandu (1310m)
30 minutes scenic fly back to Kathmandu we catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping & Transfer Hotel. (Breakfast, Included)
Day 15: Final Departure
Final Departure from Nepal to your onward destination. “Farewell”. (Breakfast, Included)