Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 15
  • Max Elevation: 6160m
Highlights
  • Exhilarating climbing experience in Everest mountain panorama
  • Stunning scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Incredible walk on the legendary trail used by Edmund Hillary and Tenjing Norgay Sherpa
  • Lukla town, Lukla Airport, Namche Bazaar and holy Tengboche monastery
  • The hustle and bustle of Namche Bazar, Hotel Everest View and Sherpa Cultural Museum
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Sagarmatha National Park and the experience of Himalayan flora and fauna
  • Stupendous mountain peaks including Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse central and Lhotse Shar, Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m)  and  Amadablam (6812m) 

Only few people in this world love adventures. Among different sorts of adventures, Peak climbing is one of them. Nepal is considered to be one of the finest destinations for Peak Climbing and Island Peak Climbing is one of them. A popular peak climbing located in  Everest region of Nepal is strikingly popular among the adventure enthusiasts across the world. Island Peak climbing offers us the first-rated thrills of adventure in our life.

Island Peak Climbing  (6189m), having been located in Khumbu region, despite being not located among the mountain giants, has successfully been fascinating the adventure lovers around the world for years and the climbers experience an exhilarating flavor of Island Peak Climbing in Nepal which will probabably be the lifetime achievement. Island Peak Climbing is rated as moderate peak climbing in Nepal so that it is not required a sound technical skill of mountaineering  for a successful scale of Island peak; nevertheless, the finest level of fitness is a must. Both the beginner and the expert can do it provided that they own highest level stamina and fitness.

The other name for Island Peak  is 'Imja Tse' which is often taken as the first attempt for most of the climbers before they make any technical summit attempt of giant peaks in the Himalaya in Nepal. This adventurous trekking/climbing is always combined with  Kalapathar Everest base camp trekking as the climbers require sound acclimatization for a successful attempt of Island Peak. This trekking commences after a scenic and exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. You slowly ascend to Namche and in few days you will get Kalapathar  Everest Base Camp. From Kalapathar  Everest Base Camp you will witness an astonishing view of world tallest mountains soaring up in the horizon. This trek will be a perfect acclimatization for the climbers. During acclamatization prior to the main attempt, our climbing guide will teach some basic skills of climbing including handling climbing equipment safely.

Then on the day of scaling the summit, you will move early in the morning. On the very day, you have to confront the rocky ridge full of snow and a glacier to which lead you to the top of Island peak. Definately, it is physically challenging but our professional climbing guide will use crampons, harness, jumar, and ropes if it is required for the safety and successful climb. The final section of climb 60-70 degree face about 100 meters is really challenging to climb but on the triumph, this day or this moment will be the greatest achievement for adventure in your entire life. From the summit of Island peak, you can witness a magnificent panorama of gigantic mountains – Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse central (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) which form a semi-circle to the north and the stupendous views of Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) in the east and majestic Amadablam (6812m) in the south – a life-time experience of Island peak expedition combination with Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas of Nepal.

 

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

Our representative will receive you as soon as you arrive at the Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel. There is no such  important schedule program for the day except short gathering. We briefly talk about the program you have chosen. You can take rest of the time in the way you like. 

  • Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

This tour today is to Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, and Pashupatinath temple which are  UNESCO World heritage sites of Kathmandu. We will have authentic glimpses of Nepalese history, culture and civilization during this tour today. We end the  at around 4 pm-Overnight in Hotel

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

We are going to board on the early morning flight to Lukla because, sometimes, the flight to Lukla may get interrupted due to bad weather conditions.  The flight will be very scenic. After arriving at Lukla we continue our trek to Phakding Village. Walking via rural settlements and lush forest, we, finally, will get Phakding. Overnight at Phakding

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Phakding
  • 2652m

We begin this second day's after your breakfast at Phakding. Today’s trekking to Namche, initially,  passes via Manjo and Jorsalle. The trails take you along the Dudh Koshi river. Monjo ways out an  entry into of Sagarmatha National Park. Further, trekking will take you to Jorsalle and the trail will go all the way up until you get Namche Bazaar 3441m, one of the tourist hubs in the Everest region and the gateway to Everest region. Namche offers you a beautiful view of Thamserku mountain and some others too. Overnight at the guesthouse at Namche.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Namche Bazaar
  • 3440m

This is the rest day for acclimatization. The day will be for hiking to Syangboche airport 3700m, climbing up to Mt. Everest view hotel. Everest view hotel is a popular viewpoint for witnessing  panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, and many more. We  go to visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and explore traditional Tibetan market in the evening. Also, you will find numerous restaurants and coffee shops where you can enjoy your favorite dish. Overnight in the guesthouse.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Namche Bazaar
  • 3440m

After we acclimatize at Namche, we trek towards to Thame. Thame is a monastery from which the village has been named. The monastery and its ancient arts and architecture are marvelous. The legendary climbers Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary have assisted this village a lot. Overnight at the guest house at Thame.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Thame
  • 3736m

Today’s trekking is relatively shorter than in other days. We only have to work for 3-4 hours. We experience beautiful settlements of Sherpa people and enjoy their way of life. We also view some mountain summits. Overnight at the guesthouse at Lumde.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lumde
  • 4368m

This is another day for acclimatization. We explore Lumde, which was used as the ancient trail between Tibet to Nepal. We also explore the surroundings and relax at Lumde and adjust our body to a new elevation in the mountain.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lumde

A long day starts early in the morning. We continue the trail ascends to reach the Renjo La from where an exciting landscape of mountain get to see. Renjo La Pass, being one of the highest passes in the world offers the rooftops of Gokyo shining distantly on the shore of the lake beneath the grey shimmer of the Ngozummpa Glacier, and the alluring peaks of Everest 8848m, Lhotse 8516m, Cholatse 6440m, and Tawache Tawache .Then we descend downhill till we get to Gokyo. It takes about 3 hours. Overnight at the local guesthouse at Gokyo.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Renjo La Pass
  • 5360m

Early in the morning, we climb Gokyo-Ri 5360m it takes Two and Half Hour ascends to reach the Gokyo Ri. This is another superb vantage point after Kala Pathar. You have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Nupse, Cho-Oyu, Amadablam, Pumori and other snow fed peaks. You have also stunning view of Sunrise with parallel mountain panorama . After you celebrate the blissful moments of breathtaking mountain panorama and sunrise,  you walk down to the hotel at Gokyo Valley. It takes about 1 and a half hour and you have breakfast. Then, we relax and enjoy a variety of dishes at Gokyo enjoying the lake view. Overnight at guesthouse at Gokyo.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Gokyo
  • 5330m

Today’s trail is all the way along sand and rocks witnessing avalanches and glaciers. At the same time, we capture the mesmerizing mountain view. finally, we get to Thaknak. At Thaknak, we do not get many guesthouses and may not be proper accommodation. So, for today we have to consider the food and accommodation. Overnight at guesthouse at Thaknak.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea house
  • Thaknak
  • 4750m

We begin our trekking early in the morning since we have a long day work. The trail is all the way up till we get Chola Pass. Chola Pass is one of the highest passes of Nepal's mountain and also of the world. We experience snow at the top of the pass and somehow the trail is slippery too while we are descending down to Lobuche. Then, we finally trek to Lobuche. Overnight at the guesthouse at Lobuche.

  • Tea House
  • Lobuche
  • 4940m

Today is the essential day of Everest Base Camp Trekking. Our trekking path ascends ahead through the side of the Khumbu Glacier. Passing through the Thangma Riju we reach at Gorakshep. In Gorakshep Village the surrounding snow capped Mountain view including Mt Everest welcome us. From Gorakshep we continue our trek to Everest Base Camp and return back to overnight at Gorakshep.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lobuche
  • 5170m

We climb Kalapatthar early in the morning. We spend  around 1 hour to get the top of Kalapatthar. This vantage point offers us the most astonishing view of mountain peaks including Mt. Everest. It is normally windy. We walk down to Gorekhshep and trek back to Lobuche along following the same trail.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lobuche
  • 5545m

Today, we have another one of the highest passes of the world to pass. From Lobuche, we head to Kongma La Pass. Kongma La Pass is also a popular viewpoint to witness fabulous mountain views in the Everest region. Then, we head to Chukkung Valley. This is a beautiful village. We check our all equipment for the climb at Chukung. Overnight at Guesthouse at Chukkung.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chhukung
  • 4730m

The trail today is fairly steep. The winding trail and Imja and Lhotse Glacier finally take us to the southwest side of Island Peak. The leader or the guide will conduct a short training on how to use climbing gear such as the ice axe, climbing boots, and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. We also learn how to use the rope. You can take help from these whenever necessary while climbing

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Camping
  • Island Base Camp
  • 5200m

This is the longest and the most important day for us. We have to get up at around 1 am in the morning and have our breakfast because we have to scale the summit before the afternoon. The summit in the afternoon is windy. We pass several crevasses and the leader will fix the rope if it is required. We finally get the summit and enjoy the views and get back to the Base Camp. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Submit Island peak
  • 6189m

Today, We walk down to Pangboche from Island Peak Base Camp enjoying the journey equally. We trek down via Sherpa villages witnessing the beautiful view of mountain peaks. Overnight at the guesthouse at Pangboche.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Pangboche
  • 3985m

We are walking down to lower elevation to the Sherpa Capital, Namche Bazaar. We still capture some of the astonishing views of mountain peaks. We relax at Namche and we even can celebrate our successful climb of Island Peak. Overnight at the guesthouse at Namche.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Namche Bazaar

We, today, descend down to Jorsalle and Phakding and finally Lukla. We confirm our short flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lukla

Undertake this short flight of 35 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu. Arrive at the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel. You will join a cultural farewell dinner with us this evening. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

We bid farewell to you by dropping you to the Kathmandu airport so that you can board on your international flight homewards. 

  • BF
  • NON
  • Kathmandu

What to Expect

  • Private Arrival and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  • Full board meals while trekking (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) entire Island peak climbing.
  • Freshly cooked Full board meals prepared by our cook while on Island peak expedition.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea and coffee while on trek.
  • Responsible trekking in Himalayas with One trekker : One porterratio policy.
  • Accommodation in tea house or lodge while on Island peak Everest base camp trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tented camp while on the island peak climbing.
  • Nepali welcome dinner as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in itinerary.
  • All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary to start the Island peak trek.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Island Peak climbing expeditions Permit Royalty of US$ 250 only per person and other government tax.
  • Climbing Clinic Course at base camp.
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gear: LA SPORTIVA climbing boot, EXPED down-filled mattress, Black daimond crampons, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer, helmat, climbing rope etc.
  • We provide all camping gear including  – tents for member, dining tent with table and backrest chair, Kitchen tent with utensils, staff, porter and toilet tents on whole trip.
  • Mountain Monarch Trip Gears – sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket, rain poncho etc for the use during the trip. S
  • Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) / Gamow Bag (A life saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) or Oxygen along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Island peak climbing trip map.
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses.
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while on Island peak climbing.
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment on Island peak Everest base camp trek.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Warm clothing and trekking gear for staff including porters: Gortex jacket, Gortex trousers, fleece jacket and pant, trekking shoes, woolen hat, gloves, shocks, sunglasses etc.
  • Complimentary Mountain Monarch Island peak climbing T-shirts.
  • Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
  • Comprehensive pre – departure information and trip dossiers.
  • Trekking permit, Everest National park entry fees required for the Island peak expedition.
  • Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kind.
  • International Airfare to Kathmandu for the Island peak trip.
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks etc.
  • Cylinder or PAC bag and first aid kit.

Useful Info

How difficult is Island Peak climbing:

Island Peak climbing is considered to be difficult and challenging.  It is rated as Alpine PD+. Actually, it is not technically challenging but physically demanding.  Mostly, the experienced climbers who have achieved some experience of climbing by climbing other peaks dare to do this climb. Technical climbing course, least  6 days,  with crampons and ropes is required prior to embarking the destination. Thus, it is recommended to prepare accordingly. We design our itinerary to provide an ample level of acclimatization.

Can anyone join:

Yeh, we can join the group because climbing is considered to be easier in a group. However, solo climbing is also possible. We will be accompanied with an international climbing leader with other members if we join the group. Each member will be found helping each other during the climb.

Do I need any prior climbing experience for Island Peak:

Yeh, we need to have prior climbing experience for Island Peak climbing. We, at least, must be with a 6-day technical climbing experience.   After climbing other less challenging peaks, the climbers dare to challenge this peak. We recommend you to do regular exercise and do short hikes in order to keep yourself fit .

Why climb Island peak with Magic Expedition Trekking And Tour:

Climbing Island Peak with Magic Expedition Trekking and Tour will be a successful adventure for a lifetime. The team we offer is always professional and well-trained to handle foreseen and unforeseen occurrences during the climb. We assure your safety and success.  We suggest you right to be with proper equipment for a lifetime adventure.

What gear does the company provide for Island Peak climbing:

We provide Sleeping Bag, Tents, Duffle Bag, Map and Down Jacket. Considering the inconveniency of the climbers, we also offer climbing boots (size taken after your arrival), Black Diamond crampons, ice axe, ice bar, ice screw, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, safety helmet, plain and locking carabineers, prussic cord and new climbing rope, etc Considering  Except these, the individual climber has to afford all required equipment for Island Peak Climbing.

What is the success rate on Island peak climb:

It was 100 % in 2017.  We have been operating Island Peak Climbing for the last 10 years and we have resulted in 90 percent success rate. Sometimes, due to not ample acclimatization and bad weather condition, cant triumph over it.

How is the climbing Day? Do we start early in the morning:

Obviously, the climbing day is the most significant day of this adventure trip. We have to be both physically and mentally committed and equipped to scale this peak. We begin our trip early in the morning at around 3 because we have to face a strong blow of wind if we do not move earlier. We have to work hard for more than 8- 9 hours.  If we follow this time schedule, we scale the summit at 9 and get back to Base Camp to have lunch. This scale is incredibly amazing and memorable.

How does Magic Expedition guarantee safety against Altitude sickness:

First, we guarantee against altitude sickness with apt acclimatization and the proper foods and safe drinking water in the high altitude. Secondly, we afford such a team and the climbing leader who is very conscious about altitude sickness and they are always medically prepared. Similarly,  our team will carry oxygen cylinders and chambers and you all will be strictly guided what to do and what not to do during the climb. So far, we haven’t faced such a critical case regarding altitude sickness.

Why always opt for a reputed company with the professional leader for Island Peak:

It is an adventure in the mountain. No one wants to challenge the adventure without professional leaders offered by a professional company and professionals are always reliable. Professional company and guide don’t mislead you and they provide a world-class service regarding accommodation, equipment, flight, and guidelines to follow during the climb. And in case of emergency or crisis, the professional can assist us in no time.

Heard Lukla be world's dangerous airstrip? Is there any alternative:

Yeh, it is true however the pilots are professional and they land the small planes very safely. Lukla airport is hidden into a small valley at the lap of the mountain. If the weather condition is not good, we either have to cancel or postpone our flight. This occurs frequently. If it continues to occur, we optionally can fly with a helicopter which costs extra.

What are the average hours walking per day on Island peak:

It is 6-8 hours per day.  But the day we head to scale Island Peak will differ as your pace in the higher elevation. This includes ample acclimatization and we even have the opportunity to explore the mountain and the trails.
 
What kind of food and accommodation are we to expect in the trip:

The accommodation will be normal mountain accommodation with clean common toilet. Occasionally, we get attached accommodation but hard to find. These mountain lodges will offer you the best class of accommodation.
We will have several options for food. The restaurants will offer us almost every item that we get in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. The food they offer will be better than we have in major cities. You will experience the organic flavor of food items.

How am I to communicate in case of an emergency, Any communication facility:

The Everest region is well covered by the network. We can get a local sim card and get access to the network easily. Each lodge and guest house offers us a Wi-Fi facility but for this, we have to pay a certain charge. In this way, we can connect with our family and friends. Interestingly, the summit of Island Peak has no good network coverage.  In case of emergency, the guide or the leader and the leader will find the immediate measure to solve the problem by contacting us through a satellite phone.

Can I charge my devices and have hot showers in Island Peak trek:

Yes, you can charge your devices like cell phones and cameras in every lodge or guest house you stay. But they charge you very little amount of money. It may be like between 100-200 Nepali rupees. We better recommend you bring own backup or extra charged battery which will be more convenient.
We say ‘Yes’. We get a hot shower all around the trip. This also costs extra money. This may vary from 2-7 dollars. But, we and our don’t allow you to take shower at the base camp because of probable crisis in the high altitude regarding health. Rather, we provide you a big bowl of hot water for your cleaning.

What if I am very slow in the group:

In order to avoid the slow pace of the climber, the leader will frequently counsel to walk together because the problem can be solved easily in a team. If such a situation occurs, the leader will take care of those who walk slow and his assistants will take care of the others to make the trip less strenuous. 

What about the drinking water facility:

We are environmentally aware and our team as well. We don’t allow our clients to use plastic bottles for carrying water in the mountain. Rather, we request you to bring a Nalgene metal water bottle which you can fill with boiled water. Every guest house provides boiled water which is safe to drink. This is provided without any extra charge.

Do I need the travel insurance for an emergency to join the climb of Island peak:

We strongly suggest having all-inclusive travel insurance for this climb. We don’t expect any extremity in the mountain because our leader is well trained but in some cases, we may have to evacuate the climber form the mountain. So, in order for these situations, travel insurance is a must.

What permits:

Special Island Peak Climbing Permit, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, and TIMS which are required for Island Peak climbing.
We need to both we, Magic Expedition and Tour will collect for your convenience.

Is it doable in winter:

Island Peak Climbing can be done all around the however the winter months are chill and the climbers have to protect themselves from cold. If we do proper precautions, of course, we can do it. Many of the adventure lovers escape winter for doing Island Peak climbing.

What is the best time to do Island Peak:

April to mid-June during spring and September to November during autumn before the acute winter is considered to be the best time to climb Island peak. These two seasons offer the view of the 360-degree mountain range and astounding landscapes.

Is there any possibility to customize Island Peak climbing:

Yes, we can customize this trip as per the client's interest. We can combine Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lake View Trek, Everest Three Passes Trek along with Everest Base Camp Trekking. So, what type of itinerary do they want, Magic Expedition and Tour is always ready to customize Island Peak Climbing Trip.