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Island Peak

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Breakfast: 17
Lunch: 14
Dinner: 15
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Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Teahouse: 13 Night(s)

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Island Peak

Experience the adventure of crossing some of the exotic passes in the world while conquering the Island Peak. This trek traverses some of the highest passes in the world reaching the might Everest base camp on the way to climbing Island peak also known as Imja Tse.

This 19 days adventure Island peak climbing begins with sightseeing in the diverse city of Kathmandu, heads to the popular starting destination- Lukla, traverses several colourful villages in the Everest region. The trek further reaches the Everest base camp and leads towards the ultimate Island Peak.

The trek to Island peak starts from Lukla, which is also known as the gateway to the Everest region. We fly from Kathmandu to the Lukla from where we approach the mountain following the steep and strenuous trails of the Khumbu Valley, which has beautiful views and villages and lovely people. Island Peak Expedition goes through some of the nearby passes, such as Renjo La Pass (5,338m), Chola Pass (5,420m), and Kala Pattar (5,545m); which is surely the highlight of this trek.

Island Peak climbing is a fantastic experience in the Himalayas of Nepal, designed for energetic and physically fit trekkers with little or no experience in mountain expedition. Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the major climbing peaks in the Everest Region of Nepal with an impressive West Face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. Being one of the 'trekking peaks' with very little technical aspects, Island Peak is not a difficult undertaking for a beginner climber wishing to enter the incredible world of mountain climbing.

Perfect for beginners eager to celebrate the first foray into mountaineering and a great practising peak for those heading for Everest expedition. Experience the thrilling, exhilarating and once in a lifetime adventure with Island Peak Climbing!

Trip Code

IP22

Starts

Lukla

Finishes

Lukla

Duration

18 Days

Difficulty

Severe

Group-Size

2 - 7

Age

Minimum 18

Seasons

Mar-May,Sep-Nov

Elevation

6189 m/ 20305.1ft

Trip View

20927

Activities

Peak Climbing

Travel Style

Comfortable

Trip popularity

TRIP FACTS

  • Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse.
  • The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton's party.
  • Island Peak was first climbed by a British Expedition in 1953 as a part of the training exercise.
  • At the elevation of 20,305 feet with Lat/Lon: 27.92°N, 86.93°E.
  • Offers the splendid views of gigantic mountains such as Mount Nuptse (7,879m), Mount Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle (8,410m). Lhotse Shar (8,383m), Mount Makalu (8,475m), Baruntse (7,129m), Ama Dablam (6,812m) and many other Himalayan peaks.
  • Exploration of Sherpa culture, tradition and religion.
  • Visit Tengboche monastery and other shrines and gompas on the way.
  • Best time to visit Island Peak are April, May, October, and November.

Why this Trip

Island Peak climbing a wonderful adventure that takes you to some of the exotic passes in the world; Renjo La Pass (5,338m), Chola Pass (5,420m), and Kala Pattar (5,545m). This trip is sure to give you confidence and experience in mountaineering for future ventures.

Trip Notes

  • •We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • •What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • •A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
  • •5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in the Everest region.

Brief Itinerary

This is going to be the first day of Nepal adventure. At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting with a placard-carrying your name on it. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu;

Meal:

  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Airport pick up
  • welcome dinner
After breakfast, Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu, bridges modern facilities with centuries-old traditions and cultures with its tourist-friendly accommodations and the ancestral etiquette “Atithi Devo Bhava” meaning "Guest is equivalent to God". Throughout the day, most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will be observed. Overnight stay at the hotel;

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Almost all treks to Everest begins from Lukla so, early in the morning, a drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight to Lukla will be arranged. It takes 30-35 minutes to reach Tenzing Hillary airport/Lukla airport. After reaching Lukla, the porters and the team members joining us on the trek will be introduced. The ultimate Island Peak Trek begins with a hike up through the beautiful town of Lukla to the PasangLhamu Memorial Gate. From the gate, the trail leading us out of Lukla, drops down to the village of Phakding, traversing the community forest and small Sherpa villages like Thalsharoa, Chheplung, ThadoKoshi Gaon, and Chhuthawa. Savour the beauty of well-decorated chortens, prayer rocks, prayer flags and prayer wheels on our way alongside the mesmerizing view of Kusum Kangru and the Dudh Koshi River. It takes about 4 hours to walk downhill to reach Phakding. Check-in at the teahouse. In the remaining time, either rest or explore the nearby monasteries. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Phakding;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Flight to Lukla
After breakfast in Phakding, Island peak trek continues. Crossing the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River, leaving Phakding our trail continues north, through the forest of pine, up and downhill past a few suspension bridges and small settlement: Toktok, Bengkar, Chhamuwa to Monjo. At Monjo, your guide will take care of the necessary formalities, before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. From the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, we will continue on a trail which steeply drops down to the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the bridge, and following the lower riverbank trail, we climb into the forest over gravel and boulders and continue to Larja bridge, past LarjaDobhan. Crossing the Larja Bridge, enjoying the first view of Mt. Everest and hiking up the steep hill through the pine forest on a rocky trail to Mislung, the forest ends and the trail levels out from Mislung. From Mislung, the plain trail leads us to Namche. After checking into the teahouse, the remaining time can either be spent resting or exploring the town of Namche. Overnight stay at Namche Bazar;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Hiking
To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), further up the trail, a day stop at Namche Bazar for acclimatization is essential. Staying active boosts the process of acclimatization rather than simply resting. Therefore, we will go for an acclimatization hike. Enjoying the wonderful view of Khumbu La, Ama Dablam and Thamserku peaks we advance to KhundeTsamkhang (a Buddhist temple), built above the village of Khunde. We reach Hillary Memorial Viewpoint to see the 360-degree views of Khunde, Namche, AmaDablam, and Pachermo Peak. After exploring Khunde, through the potato fields we continue east to the largest village in the Khumbu region- Khumjung. We will be exploring around the village to see the Hillary School (a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary), the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu region, and Khumjung monastery which treasures a skull of a yeti. Overnight stay at Namche Bazar;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Namche Bazar exploration
We begin the trek to Tengboche through an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. Ascending towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National park. Enjoying panoramic views of the highest mountains on the earth including Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we reach Tengboche. If we reach there early, we will most probably be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony. Overnight stay in Tengboche;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Trekking
After breakfast, we begin our day’s trek walking downhill passing through lush forests full of birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. Accompanied by breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam, the trail descends down to Debuche, passing over the Imja river taking us to Pangboche. Walking the upper Pangboche trails, enjoying pristine views of the Himalayas and Pangboche monastery, we move towards the Imja Valley. Passing the Lobuche river and climbing up to Dingboche, we reach the beautiful windy village adorned by chortens and prayer flags. Overnight stay at Dingboche;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Trekking
The trail will become more and more challenging as we reach higher altitudes. We ascend the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which goes through boulder-strewn slopes leading us up to Chupki Lhara. Chupki Lhara is a ridge that provides spectacular views. After climbing the moraine on the far side through Khumbu glacier the trail leads us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Trekking
Moving along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we leave icy cold Lobuche and head towards Gorakshep. On the way, we come across the magnificent view of the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. After almost two hours of walking, we reach Gorakshep and rest for lunch before heading to Everest base camp. We pass through rocky dunes, streams, and moraines and reach the base camp to the highest mountain in the world; Everest. From here, we can observe the stunning view of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorakshep. Overnight at Gorakshep;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Trekking
Early in the morning, we start our trek to Kala Patthar to catch the breathtaking view of sunrise on Mount Everest from Kala Patthar. After several hours of ascent, we reach the top of Kalapatthar from where we can admire the glorious sunrise over Mount Everest up close. The day’s first light will illuminate the pristine views of AmaDablam, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, and Lobuche on the way down. From Kala Patthar, we head back to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast, we trek to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Trekking
From Dingboche, we head towards Chukung where our climbing training begins. Although it is possible to climb the island peak without climbing experience, training prior to the climb is quite essential. Once we reach Chukung, the expedition leader will provide the climbing gears like boots, ice axes, rope, radio etc. This training creates familiarity with mountaineering gears and tools and boosts your confidence to scale the peak. Overnight at Chukung;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Trekking
On this day, we will not walk any further. We rather take rest that day and prepare for the next day for the summit climbing of the peak. Although it is possible to climb Island Peak with no prior climbing experience training, the expedition leader will provide us with climbing gears like; boots, ice axes, rope, radio etc. This training will uplift your confidence to climb scale the peak. This day, the training will be provided and we prepare physically and mentally for further day. Overnight at Island Peak Base camp;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Trekking
This day is important for us because it is the summit day. We have our breakfast in the early morning and walk to conquer the summit of Island Peak. We start to ascend with headlamps scaling the rocky trail up. We will see glorious Himalayan sunrise and prepare for tough, ultimate climb. We will need the climbing skills and off we climb to Island Peak. We will be rewarded with the beautiful landscape view along with Himalayan views from the summit. We follow back the same path to the original path of our ascent. We head back to the Base Camp and then to Chukung to celebrate our success;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Peak summit
  • trekking
We follow back to the original path of our ascent. The fascinating culture of the Sherpa’s is on display once more and we reach Tengboche. Overnight at Tengboche;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Trekking
Walking downhill retracing our way back through Sagarmatha National Park accompanied by the stunning views of the glorious mountains we reach Namche Bazar. Overnight at Namche Bazar;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Trekking
After our breakfast, we return back over the main track down to Dudh Koshi retracing our way back to Phakding. Following the track, we reach Lukla scaling different Sherpa villages crossing a suspension bridge above ThadoKoshi. This will be our last night in the mountains until next time. Overnight stay at teahouse in Lukla;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Trekking
After about 35 minutes of flight time, we land in Kathmandu and we’ll drive back to the hotel. Rest of the day is for relaxing or sightseeing around Kathmandu city or it’s up to you to plan whether to stroll around the city buying souvenirs or spend a relaxing day at massage. Overnight in Kathmandu;

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Domestic flight
  • hotel transfer
Depending on the flight time, Swotah will arrange the transfer to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time.

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

Activities:

  • Airport transfer

FAQS

Island peak is not a technically difficult peak to climb, but you need good stamina and energy to climb it. Even though Island Peak can be climbed without any previous climbing experience, you need to know how to use the climbing equipment and gears. At Base Camp, our guide also helps you to how to use that equipment so you don’t need to worry about that.
Yes, you shouldn’t worry about this. As you arrive, our representative will be standing outside the airport terminal. You'll be directly transferred to the hotel.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request. For this expedition, accommodation will be tented camp.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
You have to pay the remaining balance after arriving in Kathmandu either by cash or through credit card, before we start our adventure.
During the trek, you will get clean and hygienic food. Our cooks and helpers will cook the special meals.
There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
We mostly use the comfortable and efficient vehicle so that you may not get a problem during the ride. We use private or tourist vehicle for sightseeing in the Kathmandu. Depending on the nature or group sized, we use cars, minibus, vans or jeep for travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. Mostly we use AC vehicles for your comfort. For domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu, we use Tara air, Yeti air, and Goma air which are the popular domestic airlines in Nepal.
Although the peak can be scaled almost year around, the best time to attempt Island Peak are during spring (March to early June) and autumn (September to November).
Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because the walking hour really depend on client's speed. So it's really relative.
Yes, the trekking guides working in our company are the certified license holders and they also have received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).
Our guides are well trained; they carry the first aid box for emergency. You also take some medicine box for your personal use.
Yes, our climbing guides are well trained and have got the license from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced with many mountains above 6000 m to 7000 m and also some of them have experienced the 8000 m peaks.
It's always a good idea to book on your own. But we can also help you booking your flight in case of request.
In some villages, it is possible to charge the devices, but it costs extra to charge the camera and other electronic equipments. It usually costs between $3-$6 per hour. So it's expensive. The best idea is to bring a power bank.
Yes, for the first few days, it's possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly to them. In higher altitude regions, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas or Guides.
You can use a credit card only at Kathmandu. As outside the Kathmandu valley, you have to use the cash so change your currency into the Nepalese Rupees before the trekking.
There are no hidden costs in our itineraries. Therefore you don't need to carry much, but everything that's not mentioned on itinerary for example extra cup of tea, coffee, charging electrical appliances, can cost you extra. Therefore, we recommend you to keep at least $20-$50 per day for your personal expenses.
Yes, you can add the extra days as per your wish, but for the extra day, you will have to pay the additional cost to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
Definitely we will provide you porter, or yak as per the condition. Besides your personal bag and the water bottle which will be frequently needed for you, they must be carried by you and remaining will be carried by our porter or yak.
The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave the clothes which are not necessary for the trekking. The best way is to save it in our office store room which is equally safe.
Usually, we rent a sleeping bag which is good for -10 degree Celsius or -20 degree Celsius. In case the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you, we'll also provide you the extra blanket.
During trek, please use comfortable and flexible dress. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm. Good shoes are of great importance. They must be comfortable. For higher altitude treks where you may have to tread snow for long hours, good boots are available for rent in Kathmandu. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
Yes, of course you can change the lodge if you don’t feel comfortable at one place, but it really depends on the availability of the lodges. During the peak season, the possibilities of changing the lodges are low.
We will send our potters to reserve the lodges before we reach there.
No vaccinations are compulsory in the Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria & TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also recommend: •A dental check-up prior to traveling that you know your blood group in case of emergency. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Swotah travelers at the time of your booking.
We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized Guides/Sherpas to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
No, there will not be any problem as mostly at the high altitude, we prefer vegetarian food to avoid the food poisoning.

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