Nepal Environmental Treks

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak- also called Imja Tse- is probably one of the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal. Standing 6,189m in height, it is almost always the first choice for many mountain climbers before taking on bigger mountains. The top of Island Peak offers magnificent close-up views of the world's highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and many others.

The mountain is part of the Everest Range in the Chukung Valley and comes across as a big island floating on a sea of ice. Majority of seasoned climbers often regard the peaks as a good acclimatization hike.

The journey to Island Peak begins with a trek on the main Everest Base Camp trail, and separates at Dingboche. Many climbers often take a circuitous rate to observe and take in the spectacular views of Everest.

Island Peak has an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar. The route to the summit includes a steep slope and a narrow ridge.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition offers personalize expedition services. Our professionally trained and experienced climbing Sherpas, Sirdars, Cooks and high altitude climbers will assist you to make your climbing a success. Please contact us for further details including personalized services.

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Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) takes approximately five hours.

Day 05: A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours.

Day 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) takes about 2 and half hours.

Day 09: Trek Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m.) takes about three hours.

Day 10: Climb to Island Peak (6189m.)

Day 11: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung takes about three hours.

Day 12: Trek from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours.

Day 13: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes about four and half hours.

Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m.) takes about four hours.

Day 15: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886m) takes about three hours.

Day 16: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes.

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.

Day 18: Departure

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our airport representative. You will be greeted traditionally with flower garlands. The representative will then take you to your hotel where you will be served welcome drinks. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around and visit shops, restaurants and bars. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip.

Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip. Checking your climbing equipment's, and discussing the climb with the climbing/trekking guide. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes.

After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers you up close views of the Himalayas and romantic landscapes of hills, farms and rivers.

On arrival to Lukla, you will begin 3 hours trek to Phakding (2640 m.). You start your trek from Lukla with a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Mt. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a wonderful valley to your right; and Mt. Kusum Kang (6367m.) to the far end. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) takes approximately five hours.

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) takes approximately five hours. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and faces the Bhote Koshi to the South. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend acclimatizing with the high altitude. 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, Tawoche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by the lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours.

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours. 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. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) takes about 2 and half hours.

Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) takes about 2 and half hours. The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping the livestock’s in summer time. Along this, you enjoy the beautiful mountain views in and around the valley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m.) takes about three hours.

Trek Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m.) takes about three hours. You trek through gradual ascent path all the way to Base Camp. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak and many others. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 10: Climb to Island Peak (6189m.)

Climb to Island Peak (6189m.) Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here, it is time to rope up and put on your crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit you have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over you whilst in the other direction, there are more mountain views. You descend along the same route, down to base camp. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 11: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung takes about three hours.

Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung takes about three hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours.

Trek from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours. Tyangboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering you splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes about four and half hours.

Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes about four and half hours. 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. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m.) takes about four hours.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m.) takes about four hours. The trails descend steeply for about one and a half hours. After that, the path follows few ups and downs to Phakding via Monjo. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886m) takes about three hours.

Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886m) takes about three hours. Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 16: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes.

Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.

Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Departure

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

The price includes the following services:

  • Peak climbing permit
  • Climbing guide / Sirdar (One climbing guide for 4 climbers)
  • One trekking guide/leader
  • Necessary porters including a cook (some nights will be camping and will require cook and cooking utensils)
  • All meals three times a day during the trek/climb (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodations in tea houses (lodges) and some nights for camping
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping    bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • All land transportation (from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel)
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu with domestic airport tax
  • Insurance and equipment for the climbing & trekking staff
  • First Aid kit
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 2 start standard hotel
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Farewell dinner on the last day

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • All drinks & beverages
  • Hot shower
  • Battery charges
  • Tips
  • Climbing equipment's 
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

Chulu East climbing in Annapurna region.

The crews for the climbing were excellent. Especially Kancha, the guide is really exceptional ( friendly, knowledgable, and willing to give the best service ).
Pasang was really hard working and dedicated to the whole trip and always gave the best care. This climbing trip was really enjoyable and memorable.

Suhanto
San Diego, CA, USA
27/09/2009

Lukla – Gokyo – Pheriche – Everest Base Camp - Island Peak Base Camp

We have used Environmental Trekking now for 5 trips over 15 years. Nava has always ensured that our trips have gone smoothly and he and his staffs are totally reliable. We will be using this trekking company again ! !

We highly recommend Environmental Trekking to everybody who wants a great trip into the mountains.

Helen and Ian Boit
England
27/10/2009

Trip Highlights

Duration: 18 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house + Camping

Max Altitude: 6189 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Flight

Grade: Strenuous

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