Island Peak Climbing - Black Diamond Expedition
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  • Climbing Island Peak

Island Peak Climbing

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  • Duration
    Duration:17 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 3 Nights (Standard Hotel in Kathmandu)
    13 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses/Camp)
  • Meals
    Meals :16 Breakfast, 13 Lunch
    15 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Advance
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 6,189m/20,305ft

Overview

The island peak got its name by a climbing team of Eric Shipton as it was found like an island set adrift in a sea when viewed from Dingboche at a distance. Located at a height of 6189m in the Khumbu region in the Eastern Nepal between the chains of Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountains and on the top of Chhukung Glacier, the Island peak got first defeated in 1956 by a Swiss team as a preparation for climbing Mt. Everest and Lhotse. Although The peak was later renamed as “Imje Tse” in 1983, it could not beat its first name “Island Peak”.

Island Peak is one of the most popular climbing peak in Nepal. Island Peak climbing has been designed for the amateur adventure seekers having no climbing skills such that they can easily climb the Himalayan Summit of 6,189m. One of the most important highlight of Island Peak Climbing is that climbers gain an unforgettable and magnificent close up view of various mountains such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and Cho-O-Yu. Island Peak climbing route offers breathtaking views of beautiful landscapes, pristine cultures and rare flora and fauna.

The itinerary designed professionally by Black Diamond Expedition offers ample time for the climbers to acclimatize even for the beginning climbers. The exciting climbing journey to Island peak starts with a magnificent Himalayan flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The real trek starts from Lukla all the way through Sagarmatha National Park passing by many beautiful settlements and amazing view of landscapes. the scenic Himalayas, different flora and fauna including unique cultures are some added advantage of Island peak climbing. This trek passing all these beautiful scenery en route we finally reach the bare land of the base camp of Island peak and then to the high camp. The exhilarating climbing leads us to the summit of Island peak in a few hours and then we return to Chhukung village the same day. Finally, our amazing trip concludes when we fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views at a height of 6189m in the sea of ice that is surrounded by the Himalayas
  • Extraordinarily scenic and endlessly exhilarating experience
  • Maximized sightseeing opportunities developed professional trekking experts
  • Opportunities to explore Everest Base Camp and the hike to Kala Pathar
  • Ample time for acclimatization and a reasonable pace
  • Trek together with the mountain lions and ultra-experienced Sherpas
  • Gaining thrills, adventure, and unforgettable memories

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Meals: Dinner 
Max Altitude: 1300m/4264 feet

Day 2Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, break the day with guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. The first visit is made in Swayambhunath Stupa- oldest stupa situated on the hillock. Enjoy the bird eyes view of Kahtmandu Valley and mountains. After then visit Kahtmandu Durbar Square – Palace of Malla and then Shah King of Nepal. Visit Kumari Ghar (living goddes), Kasthamandap (made up of single tree), Hanuman Dhoka (Gate to enter the palace) and many more temples. Finally visit in Patan Durbar Square- city of fine art and architecture. Visit Krishna Temple, Palace square, Mahabauddha, Mahabihar and many more temples and master piece monuments. Late afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding the trip as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu, Hotel Encounter Nepal.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding

After breakfast, we get transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Here we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla. We walk down through the jungle to Surke and then crossing river we climb to Pakhapani. Passing by jungles, many cultural villages, and hills we reach Paiya from where we can see Knogde Ri, Khatang, Tang Ragi Tu and numerous peaks above 7000m.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2,652m/8,700ft
Trek Duration: 40 mins
Flight Duration: 3 – 4 hrs 

Day 4Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading center of this region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3440 m/11,280 ft
Trek Duration: 5 – 6 hrs trek

Day 5Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

Today is our mandatory acclimatization day. It is recommended to stay active instead of being idle. If we walk few hundred feet vertical, it will help to proper acclimatize. We will visit Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung. We climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch, we walk back to Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Namche Bazzar to Pangboche

After breakfast, we start our trek towards Pangboche enjoying the superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking the magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way, we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. Shaded by rhododendron trees, the path leads gradually down to the river once again to another airy suspension bridge. An hour’s walking from here brings us to Pangboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3860m/12664ft
Trek Duration: 6 – 7 hrs

Day 7Pangboche to Dingboche

We start our trek after the morning breakfast. Pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. Enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 4360m/14304ft
Trek Duration: 3- 4 hrs

Day 8Acclimatized day

Today is our second acclimatization day. It is recommended to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle which allows the body to adjust thin air more quickly and lessen the probable effects of altitude. We hike up to the ridge around and enjoy the wonderful scenery of Island Peak seen as an island in a sea of ice; and different mountains peaks with valleys.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Dingboche to Chhukung

Today the walk is pleasant. We leave Dingboche passing through a kilometer long stone walled fields and rocky trail in alpine landscape. The magnificent view of Mt. Lhotse on left and Mt. Ama Dablam on right will add essence in our leisure walk. After around three hours walk we reach at Bibre. From there we walk for about half an hour to Chhukung enjoying the view of soaring Island Peak (Imja Tse) 6,189m. There are glaciers and massive snowy mountains all around.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 4,730m/15,518ft
Trek Duration: 3 – 4 hrs

Day 10Trek to Island Peak Base camp

After breakfast we follow the steep path towards south and then take east turn leads us towards main valley. We continue walk through huge rock and cross Imja and Lhotse Glacier to reach the wide valley where we set our camp. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 5,200m/17,060ft
Trek Duration: 3-4 hrs

Day 11Island Peak High Camp

Today is very short walk. After breakfast we climb up beyond base camp. The trail becomes narrow and rocky as we climb steep hillside. We fix the tent nearby rock channel.

After lunch we re-manage our climbing gears and personal equipments for tomorrow. If required our guides will give last minute training on climbing techniques, using climbing gears, fixing harness, etc.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 5,600m/18,372ft
Trek Duration: 2-3 hrs

Day 12 Island Peak summit & return back Chhukung

Today is our summit day. We wake up around 1-2 AM since we have to conquer summit before noon. Later it may be difficult because of high speed wind. After breakfast we begin our expedition climbing the rock channel. There are several short rock steps before we reach the ridgeline. And after then the route leads to bare and thrilling summit glacier. From there we need to rope up for the glacier as it may contain several small gaps. Our guide will fix up the ropes up to the summit. With the support of fixed rope we climb steep snow slop to reach on the summit. After enjoying the view from summit and taking photographs we descend all the way down to Chhukung.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 6,189m/20,305ft
Trek Duration:  8-10 hrs

Day 13Trek to Khumjung

After breakfast the lodge, follow the valley towards Pangboche and short climb to Tengboche through the forest of Rhododendron and pine. After that the trail drops steep down to the valley to cross the suspension bridge and continue up to Khumjung for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3,780m/12,401ft
Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs

Day 14 Trek to Namche

After short climb to the ridge the trail drops down through the ridge from where we can see the Namche as U angle settlement. Evening explore around the town and overnight at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft
Trek Duration: 3 hrs

 

Day 15Trek to Lukla

After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. Again some formalities have to be done at the check post of the National park at Monju then continue walk to the Phakding for the lunch. After that our last day of the trek continue to the Lukla. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2,652m/8,700ft
Trek Duration: 5- 6 hrs

Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu

Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today. Late evening we will celebrate dinner together for successfully completing Island Peak Climbing.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Max Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft
Flight Duration: 40 mins

Day 17 Departure

After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Black Diamond drops you to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu airfare
  • Domestic airport tax
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 15 nights accommodation in standard guest house/lodges/Camp during trekking
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Experienced trekking and climbing guide/leader, cook, assistant climbing guide (1 assistant guide for 4climbers), porters (1 porter for 2 two climbers) and other necessary helpers as per requirement.
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • All high quality Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipments, tents for camping, dining and toilet, mattresses, kitchen equipments
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu; and basic tea houses/guest houses during the trek when trekking with Black Diamond Expedition. On most tea house or lodges at Island Peak Climbing, they serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. However, it may be difficult to get one in higher points or during peak season trekking. Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathroom and toilet facilities. We always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation during Island Peak Climbing.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast while a three-course meal will be served during the trekking. The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance.

Best time to climb Island Peak

The best time for Island Peak Climbing are Autumn (September to December) and Spring (March to May).These seasons offer the most favorable weather and trekking conditions with moderate temperatures, clear skies, and mesmerizing natural scenery.  During October, you will also have a chance to experience the major festivals of Nepalese people, Dashain and Tihar. During both seasons, the trails are easily navigable, and the teahouses along the route are fully operational.   

Packing Lists for Island Peak Climbing

While trekking to the high-altitude Island Peak, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure not to overpack the stuff because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high-altitude areas and it will be difficult for you to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack include:

  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Baselayer
  • Insulating layer
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking Boots

For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Nepal packing list.

FAQs

How high is Island Peak?

Island peak is 6,189m/20,305ft high. It is located in Khumbu region in Eastern Nepal between the chains of Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountains and on the top of Chhukung Glacier. It is one of the most popular trekking peaks of Nepal. Mera Peak Climbing is an adventurous journey that gives us opportunities to enjoy the most beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas.

How hard is Island Peak Climbing?

Climbing Island Peak is considered to be a challenging climb as it is located at an altitude of 6,189 m (20,305 ft). The itinerary designed professionally by Black Diamond Expedition offers ample time for the climbers to acclimatize even for the beginning climbers . It has been designed for the amateur adventure seekers having no climbing skills such that they can easily climb the Himalayan Summit of 6,189m.  Mera Peak climbing may be challenging but the summit offers outstanding panoramic views of different mountains namely, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.

How much does it cost to climb Island Peak ?

The cost of Island Peak Climbing can vary depending on the type of package, the number of days and the service included on the itinerary. In general, the cost for climbing Island Peak can range anywhere depending on the level of services and experiences of Sherpa and guide. The cost often includes other things like permits, guide fees, transportation to and from the trailhead, as well as accommodation and meals while on the trek. Some packages may also include additional services such as porter fees, travel insurance, and equipment rental. Please check Island Peak Climbing to learn more about the pricing and what’s included on the package.

Can you see Everest from Island Peak?

Island Peak stands at an altitude of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) and is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal, which is also home to Mount Everest . It is possible to see Mount Everest from the summit of Island Peak on a clear sunny day, as it depends on the weather condition. The view of Mount Everest specifically can be obstructed by weather conditions such as clouds and fog.  In addition to Everest, on a clear sunny day from the summit of Island Peak, you will have a panoramic view of several Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and Cho-O-Yu.

What if I cancel the trip? Do I get a refund?

With our lifetime deposit policy at Black Diamond Expedition, you have the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. However, if you still prefer to cancel your booked trip, certain fees will be charged. For more detailed information on our policy, please visit our terms and conditions.

Is my trip guaranteed?

Definitely yes! Our booked trips typically run as scheduled. Unlike  other agencies, you are certain to go on your trek, even if other trekkers cancel their trip.You can book in confidence with us, knowing that our trips are almost always guaranteed to run. The only exceptions are extreme and unfortunate circumstances namely political riots, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics or severe weather. We are a tailor-made company, so even if your trips have been canceled by other operators and on stress, you’re always welcome to us in order to sort out your trip decisions.

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Samuel Evans

Group Traveller

I did this trip in October, and it was truly amazing! It was an adventurous and thrilling experience. Highly recommended! Thank you so much for helping

October 23, 2023

Lily Bennett

Group Traveller

I went on this trip with my friends and brother, and it was truly memorable. We clicked many pictures and visited the Buddhist temple Swayambhunath, enjoying the beautiful view of the Kathmandu Valley. On our way back, a monkey ran up and snatched a packet of chips from my brother’s hand, leaving us all laughing. We carried that laughter throughout the trek, making it a truly memorable experience. Additionally, the climb itself was incredibly thrilling. The joy and sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summit were simply indescribable. I highly recommend this trip to all.

October 20, 2023

Hugo Laurent

Group Traveller

I want to express my gratitude to my guide for ensuring the success of this trip. Unfortunately, one of our friends fell ill during the journey and had to return. However, the rest of us completed the climb successfully. Thanks.

September 20, 2023

Carter James

Solo Traveller

An amazing country with wonderful people and breathtaking natural beauty! This trip surpassed all my expectations. I highly recommend experiencing it.

May 28, 2023

Chiara Ricci

Group Traveller

I had an awesome time! We enjoyed it a lot and will definitely come back again. Thanks for this amazing trip.

April 8, 2023
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