Island Peak Climbing

  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Difficulty Technical Challenging
  • Trip StylePeak Climbing
  • AccomodationLodge + Camping
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About Trip

Island Peak (6198), locally known as Imja Tse, is one the most popular peaks to climb in the Everest Region, and rightfully so. It is easily accessible and not as technically difficult as the other climbing peaks. It was deemed“Island Peak”by Eric Shipton´s party in 1951 due to its appearance as an island in a sea of ice from Dingboche. The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but the name Island Peak has stuck. It was first climbed by a team of mountaineers that included Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, as preparation and acclimatization for their Everest ascent in 1953.Island peak is labeled a “trekking peak,” as it is accessible without a major expedition and does require an extensive technical climbing knowledge or experience.However, the logistics of trekking peaks vary greatly depending on each peak.

For the first week and a half or so, we trek along the Everest Base Camp Trek path.  Opon reaching Island Peak Base Camp, we take a day to rest, acclimatize, and prepare for the climb.  This day is much needed to be mentally and physically ready.  We begin the climb very early in the morning to maximize that chances of suitable climbing conditions. Base Camp to High Camp is a not too hard, but just above High Camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, we traverse a glacier up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes are set up by our guide for the ascent of almost 100 meters to the summit ridge. The climb is difficult due to the steepness, but it is well worth it. The feeling of exhilaration will be remembered for the rest of your life.  At the top, you will have a most incredible view of the Everest region peaks, Lhotse being right in front of your eyes.  The experience gives arush to beginners and advanced climbers alike. No technical mountaineering experience is necessary to climb Island Peak, simply a high level of fitness and an even higher desire to make it to the peak.

Climbing is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Island Peak Climbing requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Shikhar Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport (1345m).

A representative from Shikhar Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.

Cost Details:

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
  • Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  • All transportation for the trek.
  • Local guest house accommodation in mountain.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee
  • Island Peak Climbing permit
  • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters
  • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters
  • Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Maps
  • Service charge and government taxes
  • Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)
  • Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.

Note:

Shikhar Adventureis not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise.  Flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days.  It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country.  If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days.  In the case that you have a tight schedule and the flights out of Lukla are delayed, it is possible to take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.