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Island Peak Climbing

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Island Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

This is a well planned route with the best acclimatisation designed to detail with awesome Himalayan scenery that literally stirs the emotions, trek to Island Peak via the Everest Base Camp route on a high.

This is definitely not the highest trekking peak in Nepal; but the imposing Island Peak at 6,189m/20,305ft provides a great deal of technical ramifications. We have before us an assorted feast of rock scrambling, roped glacier travel, a steep snow/ice wall on fixed ropes, and an exposed summit ridge for an exciting climax that gets the adrenaline pumping on top physical gear. The trip takes-off with a flight from Kathmandu to Hillary’s airstrip at Lukla, before a trek to Dingboche via the Sherpa capital, hustling & bustling Namche Bazaar. You spend two blissful nights in each of these villages, to assist with your acclimatisation and lessen the chances of altitude illness, especially for a trip like this. The two-week hike in is a world class trek in a league of its own. It provides optimum acclimatisation and includes an early morning ascent of Kala Pattar, or alternatively the trek up to Everest Base Camp. At every twist and turn we are rewarded with unforgettable panoramic views of 7,000 and 8,000m Himalayan giants that stand tall reaching to the sky.

As Island Peak is graded Alpine 2B, suitable mountaineering experience is necessary. Island Peak is one of the most popular 6,000m peaks in Nepal. On this 3-week trip you acclimatise gradually whilst trekking up the Khumbu Valley, before climbing a lower mountain, Pokalde and then clambering on to Island Peak. For the climb you have the advantage of using a high camp placed at 5,600m, as well as a spare summit day to provide more flexibility. The ascent begins with a scramble up a rocky gully to a ridge where you put on crampons and rope up for the glacier crossing heading towards the south ridge. The route across the glacier is easy-angled, but it can be crevassed in places. From the bergshrund at the base of the headwall, 100m of snow and ice, as steep as 45° is climbed to arrive on the airy summit ridge. This is followed to the top, where you can enjoy marvelous views of Lhotse Shar, Makalu's west face, the north face of Baruntse and Ama Dablam's north ridge.

After the ascent of Island Peak you retrace your steps back down the main Everest trail to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu and a truly warm soft bed, spending two nights there before heading back to the green, green grass of home.

  • Trip Code: IPC01

    Destination: Nepal

    Duration: 19 Nights / 20 Days

    Trip Grade: Very Strenuous

    Activity: Day Tour, Trekking and Peak Climbing

  • Trip Highlights

    • Inexpensive beautiful mountain climb in just 1 day. Perfect for novices. Fun for experienced climbers too.
    • One of the most stunning places to take an up-close look at the high peaks around Everest.
    • Expedition includes a hike to Everest basecamp and Kala Pattar, as well as this fun and "easy" trek peak
       

Day to day itinerary

You arrive in Kathmandu and our representative will be on standby with our office vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. A per-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Your can refresh your self, go for a walk down the street to get familiar with your surroundings before preparing for a tasty dinner of a local Nepalese cuisine which you will truly enjoy accompanied by a cultural dance performed by the local belles. Your first overnight in the city of temples, probably the most in the world
Meals included: 1 welcome dinner
Today we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the afternoon.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
After an early morning b/fast, we take the super flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2827m. Flight time is about 35 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort out and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to Phakding where we’ll stay overnight.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.
From Phakding, we cross the river and head up valley where we’ll see porters from the south ferrying supplies to Namche. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is quite spectacular in the spring months when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi at Benkar where there are tantalising glimpses of the snow peaks Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m) where we arrive in time for lunch. We spend the night in Monjo with the afternoon free to do some exploring around the village. The day has been deliberately kept short to aid acclimatization, a very important process that’s good on the body.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
Today the walking is a little roughshod and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo, it is a short walk to the entrance of the National Park before we cross the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale at 2805m. The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi rivers. It is here that we start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river we slowly ascend at a steady pace towards Namche. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. After arriving in Namche, we’ll have lunch and the afternoon is free to bargain in the shops for 'Tibetan' artifacts, or relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Its your day
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
We remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatisation to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is mesmerising and offers a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks with great views of Everest. After breakfast, there are a number of options: perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola river valley, or a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and details of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and escort you on your walks.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
The trail contours around Khumbilya's lower slopes, passing through beautiful birch forest and on to treeless, grassy slopes to a stupa-3992m on top of a rocky ridge at Mongla. Once again the views of the mountains are magnificent. Phortse can be seen across the valley, a picturesque village set in a patchwork of stone-walled fields. From the stupa you descend on a series of switchback trails to the Dudh Kosi River, 300 meters below, at Phortse Bridge & cross the Dudh Kosi and ascend to the village of Phortse for overnight.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
From Phortse, we ascend through the high ridge of Imjakhola. Along the way keep an eye open for Blood and Danphe Pheasant, Musk Deer and, high on the steep slopes of the valley, the Himalayan Thar. Gradually ascend & descend to the village of Pangboche where the peak of Ama Dablam dominates the skyline. We will take lunch here and perhaps view the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp. In the afternoon our route ascends gradually, high above the Imja Khola, passing the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the Imja Khola and Pheruche.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place for the night, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.
To reach Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche to camp for the night
We head back down today, through Duglha, to the summer village of Dingboche, where the houses are scattered about in the fields.
Today, we have an easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along the way we have picturesque views of Island Peak and the challenge that waits for that unique feeling of success.
This is a pretty cool day; the trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Base camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which marks the first start of the climb on Island Peak.
We ascend a little further to high camp where we will relax for a breather and make final preparations for the big climb tomorrow.
Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully fresh and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more theatrical mountain views. We descend along the same route, down to base camp.
Early in the morning we will make a steep ascent to Kala Patar. You will need to start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Our goal, Kala Patar, is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk due to the altitude but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. It will probably take a good hour and a half to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints will provide views almost as good. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest surround us in panoramic display. About 3kms away in distance and some 200m below, the area of Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and it is worthwhile spending as long as you can to relish this special moment.
The descent back down to Gorak Shep is easy. Today we go downhill most of the way, as we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association has a trekkers’ aid post here and it is quite interesting to visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the valley to Pheriche. The trail descends through Lobuche to Pheriche and on a clear day, there are still stunning views of mountain landscapes.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
After breakfast we descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi, and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and its then a gradual walk to Namche Bazaar where we have lunch and descend to Monjo for an overnight stay.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
Today is our last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk along the valley before we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We’ll have lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free for you to wander around, relax or perhaps have a hot shower! In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner party followed by a few celebratory drinks. We can taste some ‘Chhang’ {mountain beer brewed from fermented rice} and do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps; and enjoy with the crew whom we’ve come to know so well over the weeks being together. It’s a time to make merry after the success of our climb. We then hit the sack for some blissful rest after a truly great venture that was successful.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffe
We get up early in the morning, enjoy our b/fast & get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel and the warmth of a soft comfortable bed.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch
Today is free to relax and do your own things; perhaps some last minute shopping or pen a few post cards to the loved ones at home, until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home.
Meals included: 1 breakfast.

Trip Cost Details

Cost Include

  •     3 night's standard luxury accommodations in Kathmandu on BB plan  
  •     All meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Arrival pick up and departure drop.      
  •     All internal local transport as per the itinerary.  
  •     Internal l flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for client and Trek Leader.
  •     All trekking and climbing arrangements including trekking and climbing permits, National Park entrance fees, accommodation in twin sharing local basis lodges or best available places for accommodations, trek leader and porters-salary, insurance, food, accommodations and other allowances.  
  •     Trek bag, Basic first aid kit carried by your leader. No single supplement is required in Kathmandu or in the mountain.    Arrival Airport Pick and departure Drop.

Cost Exclude

  •     Kathmandu food-lunch and dinner, International flights from your home to home.
  •     Airport Taxes, car, taxi or van, Visa fees. Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs. Personal expenditure, All bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain, mineral water, sweet deserts, we recommend bringing Water purifier and neutralizer tabulates to reduce your cost of traveling and to become responsible traveler.          
  •     Tipping for trek crew (driver, Trek leader and porter-tipping is not mandatory but expected). Meals or drinks except 3 meals or not specified in the itinerary, Personal clothing and equipment, Travel insurance, Optional trips.      
  •     Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Nepal Nomad's control. Anything not specified in the Cost Includes section.

General Info

Prior to set off to Island Peak climbing, we host a Pre-Trip meeting here in Kathmandu office on the 2nd day of your itinerary which starts in the evening during the dinner and introduce your trek Leader. It is an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your Everest Base Camp Trekking as well as introduce yourself to one another.
Island Peak climbing requires a good level of fitness and experience of mountain climbing can beneficial. These tend to be longer treks and climb with some more difficult days, some of which may involve walking at increased altitudes and more difficult terrain. There may occasionally be a longer day when negotiating the more challenging sections such as a mountain pass or viewing peak. Altitude may range up to 5000 meters.
The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should not weigh more than 20 kg.
Head:
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body:
Under Garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter cold.
Upper Body:
T-shirts
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket
Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
Nepal Trek Bags/Duffel bag *
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Trekking Poles
Water bottle (2) or camel bag
Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Toiletries:
1 medium sized quick drying towel
Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Feminine hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene:
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash
Extras Luxuries:
Binoculars
Reading book
Trail Map/Guide book
Journal & Pen
Walkman
Pencils and small notebooks
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
Swimming custom for city.
At 6.30 am your Sherpa knocks on your door with a cup of good morning tea. Then it's time to have breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today's trekking hiking for the next three to four hours then stop for an hour at pleasant spot along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Afterward, walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the over night. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow climbing and trekking crew about the trip of the day. Pack of games can be an asset to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it's time to bed for a well deserved night
Whilst on to Everest Base Camp Trekking, accommodation options are limited so please do not expect the Ritz! Nepal Nomad use simple family run lodges, with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. Accommodations are on a twin share basis and we recommend you use your own sleeping bag. Lodges and tent in Island Peak climbing tend to have shared bathroom facilities and you may not always have access to a shower. Despite the lack of facilities, these lodges certainly have a rustic charm, most are blessed with spectacular views and being family run operations, they offer a great insight into the daily life of the Mountain people.
It is Nepal Nomad's booking terms & conditions of joining Island Peak climbing with us that you must be fully insured with medical, emergency rescue evacuations including trip cancellation insurance which should cover over 3000m to 6000m.
Our Island Peak Climbing Itinerary designed to ensure there is plenty of times for adequate occurs as a result of acclimatization and cases of mountain sickness are rare. The common Symptoms are headaches, nausea, irregular breathing, insomnia and the swelling of fingers and glands. Treatment is to descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible which normally results in rapid improvement and recovery.
On our Island Peak climbing three meals on full board basis will be provided (Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Chinese and Indian cousins). Each day dinner and breakfast will be taken in the same lodge you spend over night but Lunch will be taken on your way to next village. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu.

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