Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek

19 Days

Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek is an exotic experience in the high Himalayas range, Island Peak is no doubt one of the most famous 6000-meter peaks in Nepal.

Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft), locally known as Imja Tse was first scaled in 1956 by the Swiss expedition team, which was then a training exercise before climbing Mount Everest and Lhotse. Since then it has been a prominent peak for preparation as well as introduction climbing.

Island Peak is located in the Everest Region. This place is well known for its serene beauty and the diversity of Sagarmatha National Park. This peak dramatically lies above the Chukung Valley with Mount Lhotse and Nuptse South wall to the north and Baruntse to the south.

As we mentioned above, this particular peak is widely climbed as a training peak. Due to the similar topography as Mount Everest, you will get used to the skills like crossing crevasses with ladders and using jumars, which are important for summiting 8000+ mountains.

The summit of Island Peak provides some of the most aspiring scenery of the Himalayas. This climb gives you the best exposure to mixed rock and icy walls. Crampons are necessary after high camp. Island Peak is graded as Alpine PD+ with expedition-style climbing used not technically challenging. However, it is physically demanding due to its location.

Our 19 days Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek package starts with a breathtaking flight to Lukla. Trek through the bank of Sun Koshi river crossing tiny Sherpa settlements we reach Namche Bazaar. This place is known as the gateway to Everest and is the largest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu region.

Continuing our trek from Lukla, we will be greeted with an awful view of Mount Everest. Also, the mountains like Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and numerous 7000-meter mountains will make your journey worthwhile. No doubt this Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek will provide a lifetime holiday experience in the lap of some of the highest mountains in the world.

How difficult is Island Peak Climbing?

Island peak climbing is challenging peak climbing due to its topography and location. However, if have sound health and are mentally prepared, you can get to the summit with less effort. If you are familiar with basic mountaineering technic like the use of ropes, ladders and crampons come in handy. The first section comes with a physically tough ascent. The trekking will be challenging but not technical. From the glacier field, you need to use ropes and crampons. Climbing in this section is a bit similar to climbing Everest, due to the snow-covered crevasses. The toughest part is climbing the headwall. You will need a lot of determination as the ascent is steep and the thin air makes it more difficult. We will be supported by the fixed rope making our climb safe. From the summit ridge to the top is less demanding.

Island Peak expedition is idle for trekkers with previous experience in High Altitude trekking. However, this expedition can be your gateway to the Mountaineering expedition. Our guide will provide proper training before pushing for the summit.

What kind of meals do we get during Island Peak Climbing?

We will have a three-time meal a day with hot tea/coffee during our trekking days. We will have our breakfast and dinner at the same lodge where we stay overnight and lunch will be provided on the way to our next destination. Guesthouse lodges provide a wild range of menus of common continental dishes. Nepali Dal Bhat (rice & lentils with seasonal vegetables) will always be on their top list. In the villages above Namche, lodges provide limited items. During climbing days, freshly cooked food will be served. In Kathmandu breakfast will be included at your Hotel.

In Kathmandu breakfast will be included in your package at the hotel. There will also be one farewell dinner with a cultural show day before your departure.

What about accommodation in Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek?

The best 3-star category hotels are used while your stay in Kathmandu. In trekking, we use Standard Teahouse Lodges. These teahouses provide basic lodging and meals. Also, hot showers, charging facilities, and internet are available for extra charges payable directly by guests. Normally $ 10 per day will be enough. While camping you will stay in a tent. All accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis, which means you have to share your room with other trekkers. You can get a single room for yourself as an extra supplement cost. However above Namche bazaar getting a single room are subject to availability.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, meet our office representative and be transferred to the hotel. You will have a complete pre-trip meeting. The rest of the day is free on my own. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast commences the exciting sightseeing tour of culturally rich Kathmandu City. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Patan City (City of Fine arts). Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Early morning drive to the domestic airport to board your onward flight to Lukla. Arrive at Lukla, you will be served a hot meal for the rest of the journey which is an easy trail to Phakding. You will meet your experienced porters at Lukla and continue to Phakding for an overnight stay. (Note: Due to ongoing renovation work at the domestic airport in Kathmandu, it is likely your flight will be operated from Manthali Airport (130kms/ 4hrs drive from Kathmandu). You will have to drive at night to be seated on an early flight to Lukla which takes 20 mins approx.

After breakfast continues your trial to Namche Bazaar. Enter Sagarmatha National and continue to Namche bazaar. Namche Bazaar, also known as the gateway to Everest is the largest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Today is a free day for acclimatization purposes. A short hike to Syangboche airstrip and Everest view hotel is worth a try. Or just simply relax at your guest house or explore the village.

On this day you will trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche village. This day will be a lot of ascending and descending with the forest where if lucky one can spot musk dear, Himalayan Thar, and pheasant. Continue the trial to a settlement of Phunki Thenga. From here you ascend continuously to reach Tengboche village. This village houses the largest Monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery. The view from Tengboche is a highlight of this tour with Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Everest, and Lhotse in the background. You will spend overnight at Tengboche.

After breakfast continues your trek to Pheriche village. Today we will be gaining altitude throughout the journey. Pass through mani walls and shortens and fields with stonewalls when you reach nearer to Dingboche. Overnight stay at Pheriche village.

Start your trek uphill through a ridge above Pheriche village to reach Thukla danda where you will find the memorials of climbers who died in this region. Continue to Lobuche village, where we will stay overnight.

Today is an important day of the trek as we are finally reaching Everest Base Camp. After breakfast trek to the beautiful village of Gorakshep through the rocky moraine of Khumbu glacier. Leave your backpack here and continue the hike to Everest Base Camp. Cherish the moment at EBC, take photographs, and later return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

Get ready early morning for a hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) from where we are going to see the astonishing beauty of the sunrise over Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks. Return to Gorakshep for breakfast and trek back to Lobuche where we will stay overnight.

Trek to Chhukung via Kongma La (4,730m/15,519ft) - 6-7 Hrs (B/L/D)

Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,061ft) - 3-4 hrs (B/L/D)

Pre-climb training at Island Peak Base Camp (B/L/D)

Summit Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) and trek back to Chukung - 9 Hrs (B/L/D)

Take a tight breakfast as we will have a long day retracing our trail back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Trek to Lukla via the same villages we have left before. Upon your arrival at Lukla, explore and enjoy your last moments in the Khumbu region. Stay overnight at Lukla.

Fly back to Kathmandu. Be transferred to your hotel and relax. Nothing to do today, take your time.

Today is a free day. You can explore the surroundings or simply rest at your Hotel. Evening you will be transferred to a Nepalese restaurant for Authentic Nepalese cuisine with a cultural show.

Your trip ends. After breakfast, you will be transferred to International Airport to board your flight to your next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival/ departure transfers, sightseeing tour as mentioned above using private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • AIRFARE: Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Ramechap and Lukla.
  • Four nights' twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu using a 3-star category hotel with breakfast.
  • Fourteen nights' twin sharing failing dormitory accommodation in the best available guesthouse lodges while on trekking.
  • Three-time meals a day with tea/coffee on trekking.
  • Complimentary farewell dinner after your trek completes with a cultural show.
  • Experienced local English-speaking guide throughout the trek with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance.
  • Required number of porters to carry your luggage with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance. (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Necessary Climbing Gears i.e. boots, harness, and helmet.
  • Necessary trekking permits, detailed pre-trip meeting, comprehensive first-aid kit.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare and visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner wishlist in Kathmandu.
  • Personal trekking gear, personal expenses, bar bills, telephone, wifi in lodges, hot water, hot shower, and beverages.
  • Any kind of extra expenses occur due to unforeseen situations like flight cancellation, natural calamities, or political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking crew (not mandatory but highly appreciated)

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time for Islan Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek?

The best time to climb Island Peak is during spring (March-June) and Autumn (September-November). Springtime comes with a lot of trekkers and climbers in this region. During winter extreme cold could be hard for many. Rainy seasons are not recommended due to less visibility.

Can we see Mount Everest from the summit of Island Peak?

Due to the location, we cannot see Mount Everest from Island Peak. Island Peak is dramatically tucked behind Mt. Lhotse. However, you can get the best possible view of Amadablam, Lhotse, and Mera Peak.

How fit do I need to be for Island Peak Climbing?

Island Peak Climbing requires demanding physical and mental preparation. If you have good physical condition with some previous trekking and climbing experience, you can possibly reach the summit without any difficulties. Even if you are new to climbing, our experienced guides will provide you with basic mountaineering knowledge.

What is new Covid-19 policy for travelling to Nepal?

Nepal is fully open without any restrictions. Nepal Government has issued a new advisory regarding travel restrictions on 01 March 2022 rescinding all previously issued restrictions. No need for quarantine to enter Nepal. The following criteria should have to be followed while traveling to Nepal:
1) Travelers must show documents regarding the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to Nepal’s arrival. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must bring a negative PCR/RT result, checked not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival.
2) The government of Nepal has removed the compulsion of PCR tests while traveling to Nepal, however, re-confirm with any other country you enter for transit.
3) You need a Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination (CCMC) generated QR Code. You can either print the bar code or take a screenshot, and keep it safe while traveling to Nepal.

Can I get on arrival visa in Nepal?

On-arrival visa also called tourist visas facilitates multiple entries. One can get Tourist visas (On arrival visas) at TIA or any surface Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration.

What extra documents do I need?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, five passport-sized photos, and a copy of your passport.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, a professional and experienced representative from High Altitude Nomads will be at the airport. He/she will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Is it a problem, if I am a vegeterian?

Mostly the teahouse serves vegetarian meals, which is also good for you while trekking in the mountain. We recommend consuming vegetarian foods to avoid food poisoning.

What about safety and security while trekking?

One has to take proper care of their belongings and ensure every personal possession is secure. It is important to secure your belongings, especially when you are sharing a room with another trekker.

What mode of transportation is used in this tour?

We use comfortable, private air-conditioned tourist vehicles for our entire tours. We have an exciting range of fleets for the transportation of our valued guests. We are just starting our initiative of sustainable tourism by using electric vehicles where able it is possible.
Domestic flight is used to travel from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla and back.

What is the usual group size for this tour ?

We believe in a small group tour. Our every group consists of a minimum of 2 and not more than 10.

Is your staff insured?

Yes, all our trekking crew including guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are well insured.

Is Altitude Sickness a risk in Nepal?

Altitude sickness occurs when a person travels to a high altitude without gradually acclimatizing. It is most prevalent at 8,000 feet or higher and results from a shortage of oxygen.

The risk of Altitude sickness in Nepal depends on where you are going. Most of the cultural and historical sites in Nepal lie between 800-1600 meters and the National park in the terai region is even lower. This means you are not going to get any Altitude sickness in this area.

The possibility of altitude sickness arises if you are trekking to mountains above 2000-2500 meters. Even though good preparations, enough acclimatizations, proper diet, and moving gently can be really effective.

What if I fall sick while trekking?

Your safety is our foremost priority. Our professional guides will be at your disposal 24/7 throughout your trip. Our every trekking staff are well trained in emergencies in mountains. Our staff will be well equipped with the necessary first-aid kit. In any emergencies, our guide will keep us updated and if needed we shall arrange an emergency evacuation as soon as possible.

Do I have to carry my own luggage on trekking?

Normally our cost includes a porter to carry your luggage. Porters typically carry 20-25 kg on teahouse trekking and 25-30 kg on a camping trek. We recommend you to carry your most needed items, fragile items yourself. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you can take the most necessary items in your backpack (carry yourself) and just have a guide.

What is the ratio of guides and porters in each group?

Normally we use one guide for guests up to 5 pax. For more than 5, there will be an assistant guide at your disposal. For every two people, there will be 1 porter, and the ratio of trekkers and porters be 2 trekkers:1 porters.

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Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek