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Island Peak Trekking & Climbing

Island Peak (6189 m), located at the head of the Imja valley, is one of the highest points open to trekkers in the Himalayas. It was named by Eric Shipron. Known locally as Imja Tse peak, it was so called because it appears to rise out of the middle of the Chhukung Valley like an Island on a sea of ice.

The peak was first ascended in 1953 by the British team as preparation for climbing Mt Everest. The peak forms part of the south ridge of Lhotse Shar, and from the top you can see breathtaking panoramic views of the gigantic mountains Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8501m), Lhotse central (8410m) and Lhotse shar (8383m).

The trip commences with an exploration of the world heritage cultural and historical sites in Kathmandu, followed by time to prepare and check kit and gear. Next morning we take a 30 minute flight to the famous Lukla Tenjin Hillary airstrip, with stunning mountain views alone the way. Here we begin the adventure proper. We start our trek walking alongside the Dudh Kosi river, passing through the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail then ascends to Namche Bazaar, trading centre for the Khumbu region, in the heartland of the Sherpa people. Here we take a day’s rest to acclimatise and enjoy the world famous hospitality. We might make a short walk to help with acclimatisation and if so we have the opportunity to witness some of the most remarkable Himalayan panoramas.

The journey then ascends gradually through the Khumbu valley and up to the iconic Everest base camp, where you discover yourself in the lap of the world’s tallest mountain. We make an ascent of Kalapathar for a spectacular view before descending to Gorak Shep and then on to the Chhukung valley. From here we make the ascent to the highest point of the trek, Island Peak, via Island Peak base camp, high camp and finally summit at (6,189m). We then descend back to Lukla.

This trek is suited to people with a high level of fitness and with some trekking experience. The peak itself is considered physically challenging, but not technically tricky. Because of the elevation, good attention to acclimatisation is considered a key ingredient. People with a strong inclination towards adventure can join this trip to scale the top.

As with all our treks, we can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many details according to your time, availability and special interests.

Trip Facts

  • Trip duration: - 16 days
  • Highest point: - (6,173m/20253ft) Island peak.
  • Best season: - October, November, March & April
  • Meal plan: - Breakfast in Kathmandu & Full board on Trek.
  • Physical rating: -
Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu. Pick up by Sherpa Brothers treks representative, transfer to hotel check in and welcome drink from receptionist. Rest and briefing about trip, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast
  • Day 02 Half day sightseeing around world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trip.  In the evening welcome dinner offer from Sherpa Brothers treks at typical Nepalese cultural restaurant, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast
  • Day 03 Morning scenic flight to Lukla (2,840m / 9318ft) and trek to Phakding, (2,652m / 8701ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hrs
  • Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,446m / 11306ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours
  • Day 05 Rest day, hike to world highest point hotel Everest view hotel for hiking, O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours
  • Day 06 Trek to Tyangbuche (3867m / 12687.627ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours
  • Day 07 Trek to Dingbuche (4100m / 13452ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours.
  • Day 08 Trek to Labuche (4930m / 16175ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours
  • Day 09 Trek to Gorak Shep, hike to highest Mt. of the world Everest base camp (5363m) and Gorakshep. [5184m / 17008.704ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 6 hours
  • Day 10 Early morning at 4:30am hike to Kalapathar [5554m / 18222ft] and trek to Dingbuche [4410m / 14471ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours
  • Day 11  Trek to Chhukung [4700m / 15422ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours
  • Day 12  Trek to Island peak base camp [5150m / 16897ft], O/N in tent : Approx 4 hours.
  • Day 13  Trek to high camp, O/N in tent : Approx 2.5 hours.
  • Day 14 Summit Island peak [6173m / 20253ft] and trek back to Chukung, O/N in tea house : Approx 8 hours
  • Day 15 Trek to Tyangboche [3,867m / 12684ft], O/N in tea house : 4.5 hours
  • Day 16  Trek to Manjo [2,835m / 9302], O/N in tea house : Approx 6 hours
  • Day 17  Trek to Lukla [2800m / 9186ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours
  • Day 18  After having early morning breakfast fly to Kathmandu rest, free time and last minute shopping in Kathmandu, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast
  • Day 19 Extra day for weather contingency
  • Day 20 As per flight time, pick up from hotel and drop 3 hour earlier to international airport for home departure
Cost Included

  • Accommodation and food during  16 days  Everest base camp and Island peak climbing  period
  • Professional and experience license holder trekking guide salary and  insurance
  • Porter salary, equipments and insurance
  • Airfare to Lukla and back to Kathmandu with guide
  • standard 3 star category hotel with deluxe BB in Kathmandu for 4 nights
  • Sagarmatha National park permit
  • Half day word heritage sites sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Airport receive and departure 4 times
  • Trip route map
  • Duffel bag for packing daily trek gear
  • Island peak permit
  • License holder experience and professional climbing guide salary, insurance
  • 3 days tent accommodation and food during the climbing
  • Fix rope + snow bar
  • Warm sleeping bag + mattress
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
Cost Excluded

  • Personal nature expense
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal climbing equipments
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Unforeseen accidental rescue
  • Days beyond the itinerary
  • Extra day at base camp because of change in weather
  • Tips for staff
Additional Info

Physical Grading Level

Four circles indicate the adventure grade trek. It usually requires maximum 6-7 hours of walking every day  and approaching on top of the peak is the challenging part of the trip. One should have physical fit and at least, 5000 m altitude trekking experience and basic climbing skills is require to climb this peak. It is vital that participants with per-existing health problems or conditions should make these known to us at the time of booking.

Accommodation and Food

4 nights in 3 star hotel with Deluxe BB in Kathmandu on twin sharing 11 days standard twin sharing accommodation in tea house (trekking guest house) with meals, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/ Coffee). 3 nights 4 days standard camping accommodation and food on full board basis during the climbing period.

Travel insurance

Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.
All Nepalese staff, guides and porters employed by Sherpa Brothers Pvt. Ltd. are covered locally but we regret that we cannot offer insurance for our clients.
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. is not liable should anything go wrong due to unforeseen circumstances.
When choosing an insurance policy be sure to confirm with your insurer that your policy covers adventure holidays and trekking at high altitude. Some insurers makes special exception for these types of trip so please read the small print and contact your insurer if you are unsure.

Four circles indicate the adventure grade trip. It usually requires 6-7 hours of walking every day  and approaching on top of the peak is the altitude demanding & challenging  part of the trip. Participant must have physical fit and at least, 5000 m altitude trekking experience and basic climbing skills is require.  It is vital that participants with pre-existing health problems or conditions should make these known to us at the time of booking.

Accommodation and Food

4 nights in 3 star hotels with Deluxe BB in Kathmandu on twin sharing, 11 days standard twin sharing mountain tea house accommodation and food on full board and 2 nights tented accommodation and food during the climbing period on full board. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/ coffee, all hot drinks and cold tang juice including hot chocolate.

Travel Insurance

Sherpa Brothers Treks Expedition Pvt. Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.
All Nepalese staff, guides and porters employed by Sherpa Brothers Ltd. are covered locally but we regret that we cannot offer insurance for our clients.
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. is not liable should anything go wrong due to unforeseen circumstances.
When choosing an insurance policy be sure to confirm with your insurer that your policy covers adventure holidays and trekking at high altitude. Some insurers makes special exception for these types of trip so please read the small print and contact your insurer if you are unsure.

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