19 Days Island Peak Expedition with E.B.C Trekking

Key Infomation

  • Duration:19 Days
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude6100m
  • ActivityTrekking , Hiking and Climbing
  • Group Size15
Price fromUS$2,190US$2,290
Group Price Available
Group Price Available
peoplePrice
1 person - 15 peopleUS$ 2190
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  • No booking or Credit Card Fee
  • Free Cancellation

Highlights

  • Climbing Island Peak  and mountaineering in the incredible Nepal Himalaya
  • Sunrise from high on Island Peak
  • Beautiful views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Island Peak and the Khumbu Icefall
  • Sunrise over Everest from Namche Bazaar
  • Sunset over Everest from Kala Pattar at 5545m
  • 3 weeks spend with our Sherpa staff
  • The incredible sense of achievement and personal satisfaction that only adventures like this can provide

Island Peak (6,160 m.) also known as Imja Tse peak, is similar to ‘an island in the seas of ice’, though it is technically difficult peak for climbing but one of the thrilling and paradise peak for having awesome sceneries of majestic mountains of nearby and so forth and foremost, prepare oneself for having summit to the higher mountains.

Located in the Khumbu region, Island Peak (6,160 m.) also popularly known as Imja Tse peak, is one another most famous and demanded peaks for climbing in Nepal. Island peak, the name in itself is self-explanatory. The peak looks similar to the island of ice. This is therefore why the peak initially was known as Imja peak, and later on was given by British national, Eric Earle Shipton as Island peak, as this peak looked like ‘an island in the seas of ice’. As Shipton depicted the sight being like an island as he saw from Dingboche, the site today is no different than long time back.

How popular the Island peak is for climbing, an official data recorded between the year 2006 to 2010 shows it clearly. Within this four years period, as many as 12,000 people had obtained the permission. Comparatively, island peak is technically the most difficult peak for having a summit and therefore, though obtained permission many people could not ascend to the top of the peak. Therefore, we Footprint Adventure recommend you to make adequate preparation prior to being peak climbing trip. We have carefully designed the itineraries and the whole trip with adequate of acclimatization, but the success of summit depends more on guide and climbing team as well as the kind of preparation.

Island peak is a part of the Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m) also known to be Lhotse Shar as well as of Mt. Nuptse, as you ascend up alongside snow-filled rocky and sloppy hills, beating the strong winds and slippery snow filled trails, boulders, and thick fog, as you climb on the top of the island peak, you will feel paradise of snow, amazing scenery of Lhotse Shar, raised stiff tall summit to the north, and the giant Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), to the west as well as the Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Mt. Buruntse (6,770 m) and Amphu Lapcha (5,245 m) to the south-west. Island peak as said above is undoubtedly paradise for utmost adventure seekers at the meantime who are willing to see and capture dazzling views of the dramatic mountains, incredible sceneries, numerous of glaciers, glacial lakes and more. Island peak was said to have first climbed by the British team in 1953 as the preparation of climbing Mt. Everest.

It is not that you will only see the mountain vista, incredible landscapes, you will also have an opportunity to delve into the unique culture, rituals, lifestyles at the meantime numerous of flora and fauna. More importantly, if you wish to you can sojourn in the beautiful village of legendary Sherpa enjoy with local dishes and delicacies, have excursion around the ancient Buddhist monastery, mani, Chhorten. All these features are explicit enough why Island peak climbing trip is a special trip in Nepal.

After you have a sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu valley, you will then begin Island peak climbing trip with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then you begin real trekking through Phakding, you will reach at Namche Bazaar, where you will stop for one day in order to have acclimatization. At Namche, you will roam around the village of legendary Sherpa, enjoy with their local dishes and delicacies, explore around the Buddhist monastery. Next day you will continue trekking to Gokyo valley, Thaknak, crossing Cho La pass, you will reach Gorakshep and retrace down to Kala Patthar, Lobuche, Chhukung and finally reach at Island base camp, after ascending to the top of the peak, you will retrace down to Namche Bazaar, finally at Lukla and then fly back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

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You will be met by Footprint Adventure Treks and Expedition’s representative at Airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure for you to explore, and shopping for trekking. A pre-trek briefing will be given this evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Three Star Standard Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude1300 m

Next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a whole day sightseeing and visiting around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and swyambhunath, especially old and fundamentally enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Just perfer for trekking gear after 3 pm and stay overnight at KathmanduDay 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m, 6-7 hour)

  • Accommodation Three Star Standard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Welcome Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1300 m

An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804 m). On arrival at the airport, the guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610 m). After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy. After passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), it is a short walk to Phakding.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time30min flight & 3-4hr trek
  • Maximum Altitude2,650m

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6hour
  • Maximum Altitude3,440m

We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up to the Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including Mt Everest.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude3,880m

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We  have trekked to an altitude of 3,860 m upon reaching Tengboche. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes this day.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6hour
  • Maximum Altitude3,985m

Monastery in Tengboche is in an excellent location with the Himalayas as its backdrop. After breakfast, we will visit the monastery and enjoy taking pictures of the monastery and the amazing landscape. We trek for about half an hour through a forest before crossing a river. Next, we trek uphill and notice that as we climb higher, the landscape becomes drier. During trek we will pass through a traditional Sherpa village of Pangboche before reaching Pheriche, a beautiful village located on a riverside. Here, we will also see a small helipad that is used for helicopter rescues during emergencies. We may even take a class with a mountain specialist in a medical clinic at Pheriche

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hour
  • Maximum Altitude4,200 m

After breakfast, we start with an easy walk towards Dugla. Next, we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and then pass through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara. Here we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest summiteer Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepalese mountain guide) who died on a mission to climb Everest. The trail then continues to the Khumbu Glacier and we find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,930m

This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. During spring, there will likely be expedition teams about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude5,364m

We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Lobuche at Local Lodge.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time7-8 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4940 m

 

After breakfast, we trek we can follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung instead.. Overnight in Chhukung at Local Lodge .

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,730m

Sunrise in the morning after having your breakfast, we hike to Island Peak Base Camp. You will be walking through Part of Imja Glacier. When you reach to our Tent at Base Camp, you will have your Lunch and later our climbing Guide will give you some demonstration about Your Climbing and teach you how to use all instruments.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time3-4 hours
  • Maximum Altitude5,200m

We begin our pre-climb training today after breakfast. Our guides from Footprint Adventure  will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak Climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back or resting for the next day’s climb

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude5,200m

We wake up early today at around 1 to 2 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier for a successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridge line, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew will be waiting for us to celebrate our successful climb.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time10-11 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude6,189m

After having breakfast in Base camp we will walk downward to Tengboche. We can have opportunity of viewing the ranges of mountains along with the beauty of nature. After walking few hours we will reach Tengboche. We will Rome around the village and return back to hotel to stay night over there

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3800m

From Tengboche we march downward to Namche Bazaar. We will walk viewing the beauty of nature along with mountain ranges. Due to the beauty of nature we will reach to Namche Bazaar unknowing. There we will entertain for some time

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,340 m

This is our last day of trekking as we return to Lukla where the trek began. We enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can wander about, relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening, have a few celebratory drinks and dance with your trekmates.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,840m

Enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains we have recently visited, the 35 minutes scenic flight takes us back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our hotel. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance performances.

  • Accommodation Three Star Standard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time30 min
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

Today is our final Day of trip. A representative from Footprint Adventure  Treks will transfer you to Kathmandu Airport. Please note that you have to be at Airport before 3 hours of flight time.

  • Accommodation Three Star Standard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

What's Included

Arrival & Departure by private Car
Free use for Footprint Adventure  Trek Pack for Sherpa Porter 
All meals are prepared by our experience cook during climbing 
All accomodation and food in lodges before base camp
All Domestic Flight ticket with Airport Tax
All camping equipment and gear, including two person tent, dining tent, toilet tent, porter tent and Kitchen tent
All camping equipment including kitchen equipment, tables and chairs/stools etc
Porters/pack animals to carry all person gear and group equipment
Experienced Guide/Escort
Private Transport from Kathmandu to/ from trek starting and ending points
First Aid kit
Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed and breakfast basis
Trekking permit & fees, National Park entry fees, Conservation fees
Insurance for all staffs
High altitudes chamber bags (PAC) for very high altitudes

  • Visa fees, international airfare & departure taxes
  • Personal climbing equipment (can hire in Kathmandu)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in city
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • Tips for driver, guide and porters
  • Services doesn't includes in service inclusive column

Additional Info

Flight-

Flight is very important things for Island Peak Climbing. While you are going to Lukla or coming to Kathmandu from Lukla  Some time will not flight on time because of weather so after finish the trekking,  you need to take the private helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu catch the international flight.  so you have to take minimum 02 days extra for Island Peak Climbing.


High Altitude Sickness-

Island Peak Climbing would be lifetime memory in your life. If you are not fit we will not recommend for this expedition. While you are going toward the Island Peak Climbing, you have to eat a lot of food and drink. If you have other problem you have to admit the hospital soon in this case you call the helicopter for rescue and our staff will helps your treatment. If you have medical insurance the rescue helicopter payment will be cover by the insurance company so medical insurance is necessary to go this expedition.

Expedition Grade -

Island Peak Climbing is pretty long trek that goes right into high mountain country so, it is physically quite strenuous which involves approx 5-8 hours trekking along the way. There is no previous experience is required, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

Weather-

The best seasons for Island Peak Climbing are from the September until November and from the beginning of March until May. The morning time clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, & disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is also possible.

Food-

We will provide freshly cooked food from the local guest house or restaurant. You will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge and lunch available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks.

Transportation-

Island Peak Climbing starts from your hotel so Car or necessary vehicle will come to your place and drop to the airport then Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu amazing flight.

Telephone and Internet-

Island Peak Climbing there is few places available telephone and the internet. You can get internet password from the hotel counter.  Telephone and internet cost would be extra on your trip.


Electricity-

Most of the lodges/ guest house take an additional charge for battery charging. There is no electricity in the base camp. There is electricity or solar power where you can re- charges your camera batteries, laptop, mobile etc. that cost you need to pay extra.

Drinking Water-

The bottles water is available along the trail until the last village. You can take buy boil water from the lodge or restaurant or you can use Iodine or water purifying medicines.

Luggage-

In Kathmandu, you will get 4 to 5-star standard Hotel or resort accommodation. During the trekking part,  rooms will be basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. You will have a private room but The bathroom will be outside. There are some guest houses with attach bathroom as well as but they will cost extra.

Group Leader and Crew-

We promise we will provide Trained Experienced with honest with local Trekking Guide and Sherpa staff when there are 8 or more members in the Group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members.

Trekking Equipment-

It's not necessary to spend a lot of money for extra equipment and clothing before your trip. The Majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

Trekking (Climbing) Days-

The time schedule is very important for enjoy the trip with among the Guide porters and trekkers Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk.  The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.

Customize Itinerary-

As per your time schedule if there is not a suitable date for trekking departure from Kathmandu so place to mention your suitable time and date then we will organize your great trip to Island Peak Climbing.

Trip Extensions-

In addition to Island Peak Climbing, we can organize  trip to Langtang Trekking, Annapurna Trekking,  Everest base camp trekking, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Ama Dablam, Pisang peak expedition,Chulu East Peak, Chulu West Peak, Mera Peak, Yala Peak climbing, Manaslu Trekking, Mustang Trekking, water rafting,  jungle safari, City tour (Kathmandu, Pokhara  or Lumbini ), home stay Tour, Nepal Cultural Tour, Tibet tour, Bhutan tour  or India tour so  can  extension trip as per your time frame.

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