Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a popular climbing peak located in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Standing at an elevation of 6,189 meters, Island Peak is one of the most climbed peaks in the Himalayas and is a popular choice for those who are seeking a challenging climb with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

The Island Peak climbing itinerary usually takes around 18 to 20 days and starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From there, the trek passes through several picturesque Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche, before reaching Island Peak Base Camp.

The climb to the summit of Island Peak involves a steep ascent over snow and ice, and requires basic mountaineering skills like using crampons and ice axe. The climb is not technically difficult, but it is physically demanding, and climbers need to be in good physical condition.

Reaching the summit of Island Peak offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. The descent back to Island Peak Base Camp is followed by the trek back to Lukla and a flight back to Kathmandu.

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 4: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 7: Acclimatization day in Dingboche
Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung
Day 9: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp
Day 10: Rest day and training at Base Camp
Day 11: Trek from Base Camp to High Camp
Day 12: Summit push and return to High Camp
Day 13: Trek from High Camp to Pangboche
Day 14: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Day 15: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 16: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu

Itenerary

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  • Day 1-2: Kathmandu
    • Arrival in Kathmandu
    • Sightseeing and preparation
    • Briefing with trekking agency
    • Overnight in Kathmandu
  • Day 3-9: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp
    • Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche
    • Acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche
    • Trek to Island Peak Base Camp
    • Set up camp and prepare for the summit
    • Climbing instructions and practice
    • Summit day
    • Descend to Chhukung
  • Day 10-12: Trek back to Lukla
    • Reserve summit day or rest day
    • Trek back to Namche Bazaar
    • Trek back to Lukla
  • Day 13-14: Return to Kathmandu
    • Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
    • Rest and relaxation
    • Optional exploration of Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Departure

    Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for departure

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Usefull Information

Inclusions:

Airport transfers (pick up and drop off)
Accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trek
All necessary permits and entry fees for the trek and climbing
Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Climbing guide and porters
Climbing equipment (such as ropes, ice axes, crampons, etc.)
First aid kit
Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee
Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu flight fare
Insurance for guide and porters
24/7 customer service

Exclusions:

International airfare
Nepal visa fees
Personal climbing and trekking equipment (such as climbing boots, sleeping bags, etc.)
Meals and drinks in Kathmandu (except for breakfast)
Tips for guide and porters
Extra accommodation and meals in case of flight cancellation, delays or early return
Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, internet, etc.

Usefull Information

Clothing:

  • Base layer (moisture-wicking)
  • Insulating layer (fleece or down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants
  • Trekking pants (convertible to shorts)
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Hiking boots (well broken-in)
  • Socks (wool or synthetic)

Climbing Gear:

  • Mountaineering boots (compatible with crampons)
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Prusik loops
  • Carabiners (locking and non-locking)
  • Tape sling
  • Ascender

Personal Gear:

  • Backpack (30-40 liters)
  • Sleeping bag (rated for cold temperatures)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Snacks (energy bars, nuts, etc.)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Trekking poles

Miscellaneous:

  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Cash (for tips, snacks, and souvenirs)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Camera or smartphone for photos
  • Notebook and pen
  • Travel towel
  • Plastic bags (for trash and wet clothes)

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
    • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
    • Transfer to your hotel and check-in.
    • Rest and relax after your journey.
    • Optionally, explore the nearby surroundings of your hotel.
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Heritage Sites
    • Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring ancient palaces, temples, and courtyards.
    • Explore Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist stupas in Nepal.
    • Visit Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.
    • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Day 3: Bhaktapur and Patan
    • Travel to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and artwork.
    • Explore the traditional Newari culture and architecture of Bhaktapur.
    • Visit Patan Durbar Square, a center of fine arts and Buddhist and Hindu culture, featuring ancient palaces, temples, and shrines.
    • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Day 4: Drive to Lumbini
    • Depart from Kathmandu and drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, located in the Terai region of Nepal.
    • Visit the sacred garden, Maya Devi Temple, and various monasteries and monuments in Lumbini.
    • Explore the peaceful surroundings and learn about the life of Buddha.
    • Overnight stay in Lumbini.
  • Day 5: Lumbini to Chitwan
    • Depart from Lumbini and drive to Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its rich biodiversity.
    • Check-in at your hotel or jungle lodge.
    • Enjoy an elephant safari, jungle walk, or canoe ride in the national park.
    • Experience Tharu cultural dance in the evening.
    • Overnight stay in Chitwan.
  • Day 6: Chitwan to Pokhara
    • Depart from Chitwan and drive to Pokhara, a scenic lakeside city nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.
    • Visit Bindhyabasini Temple and explore the vibrant Lakeside area.
    • Optionally, enjoy boating on Phewa Lake or visit the World Peace Pagoda for panoramic views of the Annapurna range.
    • Overnight stay in Pokhara.
  • Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu and Departure
    • Drive or fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
    • Optionally, explore any remaining heritage sites or do some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu.
    • Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight, marking the end of your Nepal heritage tour.

    Trip Fact

  • Best Seasons spring
  • Duration 17 days
  • Trek Difficulty Moderate

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