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Island Peak Climbing - Cost and Itinerary 2024/25

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Duration
15 days
Max. Elevation
6189m
Group Size
Min 2
Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
Plane and private transportation
Best Season
March to May and Sep to Dec
Accomodation
Hotels and teahouses
Meals
Breakfast in city & BLD during the trip
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route

Highlights

  • Stunning view of the mesmerizing peak of Everest region
  • Residents of Sherpa culture in Khumbu valley
  • Combination of high-altitude trekking and Peak Climbing
  • Scenic and thrilling flight to Lukla
  • One of the easiest peaks of 6000 meters and ideal first climb for experienced trekkers and novice mountain climber.
  • Best Season To Climb Island Peak

Overview

Island Peak Climbing-14 days package is a wonderful gateway to Himalayan climbing that satisfies every aspirant and serious climbers. Originally called Imja Tse, the peak got its name as Island Peak in the early ’80s because of its location. It is in the middle of Chhukung valley and looks like an island on a sea of ice. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. takes you to the most enthralling Imja Tse Lake and Imja Tse Peak which is also called Island Peak.

The 6,189m high peak offering marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and Nuptse has an impressive highly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. Island Peak Climbing-14 days package is one of the most popular peak climbing destinations in Nepal. It not only offers a fabulous peak climbing experience but also a chance to explore and discover the Sherpa traditions. It’s an opportunity to hike along the highest monasteries and passes in the Himalayan region.

The expedition starts with a scenic and thrilling flight to Lukla from where the trek commences. It is an excellent opportunity to observe and experience the Himalayan way of life, flora and fauna and wildlife. This sixteen days package is an extremely exciting and thrilling way of experiencing the Himalayas up-close. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. offers this package for the aspiring mountaineers to prepare themselves for further higher mountain climbing exercises.

Factors That Attract To Lure One To Climb Island Peak
Island peak is located in the world-famous trail of Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayan region of eastern Nepal. The local name of this peak is Imja Tse and in 1953 the name was given as Island peak by British because it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche Island peak is a stunning climb and great way to stand at 6189 meters above sea level. It is known as Island trek expedition Climb near Everest in the Khumbu valley.

It is not so tough as Pisang Peak of Annapurna Region; with basic mountaineering skills, you can summit to Island Peak. It is one of the popular climbing peaks of Himalayan, offers an opportunity to experience high altitude trekking and climbing expedition to the Himalaya. It is one of the easiest 6000 meters peak. Climbing Island peak is probably the easiest and most affordable way to obtain high-altitude. This expedition offers the climber and trekkers an exciting opportunity to enter the world of the mighty Himalayas. Also, you will get an opportunity to climb Kala Pattar, which is one of the viewpoints of Mt.Everest, Around island base camp is a stunning and truly wild terrain, far from any village.

The best and popular season in Nepal to Trek and Mountain expedition is Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November). These months are the best season that offers the best climatic weather and temperature to walk on the trail with the mesmerizing views, that’s why these seasons are chosen by the enthusiast trekkers and Climber. Choosing the best season means you will not miss the opportunity to explore the unforgettable soulful moment and success in trekking and climbing.

Monsoon/summer season and winter season are not the perfect season to ascent up to the summit ridge. The weather condition will be more challenging and may have to face some difficulty in the various section of the trail. Summer the weather will be high humid and the trail will be muddy and slippery, a dark cloud will block the scenario of the iconic views of the majestic mountain.

Winter season will be more challenging due to the extreme change in weather, the climate of high altitude is always unpredictable, during daytime the temperature will be warm but after the sunset temp will drops to -20 degree which means a freezing cold and ow chance to get success.

Highlights Of Climbing Island Peak In Spring And Autumn Season
  • The weather condition will be mild and stable during day and Morning and evening time will be chilly.
  • Spring offers the best walk through the green lush forest and colorful rhododendron.
  • Trail will be clean and dry
  • Low chance of avalanche and rainfall.
  • Breathtaking view of Mountain range
  • 100% chance to ascent summit.
 Trial Options For Island Peak
To do this expedition there are different options to choose from. There is another route via Khumjum, a beautiful town with the famous old Monastery that houses a real-life yeti skull. By skipping the Kala Pattar route, you can take a short itinerary by passing through Namche Bazar- Dingboche -Chhukung and Island Peak Base Camp.

Another option is by following the Namche Bazaar- Tengboche- Dingboche- Lobuche -Gorak shep-Everest Base Camp- Kala Patthar – Lobuche – kong ma la – Chhukung – island base camp.

It is also possible to combine and extend this expedition Mera peak and Island peak together by Passing Amphu Labtsa Pass whopping 5780 meters. However, the experience of the group should be considered, it is more adventurous and challenging.

Accelerate On And Off To/From Island Peak
Mostly trekkers and climber prefer to fly to the Hillary Airport of Lukla. Normally the flight takes off from Kathmandu Domestic Airport, it takes about 30 min flight. However, the changing weather may frequently delay the flight. Wisely prepared for the delays, Lukla flight is unpredictable due to extreme change in weather.

The alternative the way is to overland from outside Kathmandu, the pioneer’s route trek from Jiri passes beneath Lukla. This route is only better for the Everest base camp trekkers, it extends the length of climbing Island Peak.

Permits To Climb Island Peak
It needs a Sagarmatha National Park Permit and TIMs, to enter in the Conservation area it is compulsory to pay the entry fees.

  • TIMS Cost USD 20 Per person
  • Entry Permit Cost USD 30 per person

Trip Itinerary

The guests shall be greeted by a representative of Bharal Adventure who is responsible for taking them to their hotel upon their arrival. The dinner comprising of authentic Nepali food is the preliminary firsthand experience of the Nepali culture that the company offers you. Meeting with a crew for trek preparation is also done on this day.

With free days in Kathmandu for necessary preparations where you will be busy packing and purchasing necessary required equipment's for the expeditions, on last final day in Kathmandu with final briefing regarding the climb including do’s and don’ts, where our expert climbing guide will provide much information and items required for the climb.

An early morning flight from Kathmandu rewarded by breathtaking views of green and white mountains takes the team to the gateway destination, Lukla from where the trek begins. After assembling other crew members in Lukla, the convoy shall commence their trek through the prosperous village of Lukla to Phakding.

Hiking through the villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and Jorsale, the team disembarks the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After passing the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers, followed by a final steep ascent of about two hours, the team is rewarded with the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge from where it takes an hour and a half hike to reach Namche Bazaar.

Exploration of Namche Bazaar itself could be done where the travellers will have a chance to discover and learn about the Sherpa culture, visit the museums, biodiversity of the Everest region and assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders. Namche is the major trading centre of the region that has restaurants, ATMs, a bakery and colourful market each Friday evening and Saturday. Also, a few hours trip to Everest View Hotel could be taken from where the mighty Everest could be observed in close proximity. Also, a few hours’ side trip to Khumjung Valley could be arranged where a visit to Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the head of the Yeti) could be done.

Enjoying the marvellous views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku, the trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche comes to an end. The team treks towards Pangboche and then descends to Kayangjuma. After passing through Sansa, the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp, the team disembarks at Phunki Thenga for lunch and rest. It requires a short tough climb from here to Tengboche. We will visit the Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery of Everest region nestled in Sagarmatha National Park, during the afternoon around 3 o’clock to witness a religious ceremony.

The day begins with the flawless view of the monastery at Tengboche with the mountains at its backdrop. Taking the trail to Debuche crossing over the Imja River, we will take the upper trail to Pangboche village. We visit the Pangboche monastery and take the moderate route to Imja Valley from where we approach the confluence of Lobuche River from where the steepest climb of the day takes the team to Dingboche.

Today it's your leisure or rest day. You can chill out this day and prepare for the next day's trek. Your guide will help you out with the planning information for tomorrows journey.

The trek to Chhukung begins by walking through the stone-walled fields, Imja Khola valley before walking along the glacier moraines. The views of Lhotse and Ama Dablam keep us company as we walk until we reach Bibre village from where Island Peak comes closer to us. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams through where we arrive at Chhukung, a small settlement in half an hour from Bibre. After walking for 3 hours from Chhukung  we can also reach to Chhukung rii.

The trek to Island Peak Base Camp moves through a fairly steep trail where we first climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. Then the walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier begins from where it continues on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the south-east. A criss-cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the south west side of Island Peak.

Waking up at around 12 to 1 am and having the breakfast helps us reach the summit before noon as the strong winds in the highlands in afternoon could become a barrier for a successful summit after that. The trail goes up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. The initially sandy path turns to grass becomes becoming boulder strewn again. Climb up the hill takes us to the narrow slope from where the trail enters a steep rock channel. As we climb the rock gully, the route follows a ridgeline leading to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. Here, roping up for the glacier is required because of the several crevasses it contains. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary from and around here. A steep snow slope will lead us onto the summit ridge where both the fixed rope and man rope will be used for the climb because of the safety reasons. The fixed rope of about 350m is used after successfully climbing on rock, however, the length depends on the season as well as the crevasses. Capturing the picture-perfect view from the summit, we descend back to Chhukung where we have small celebration commemorating the successful scaling of the peak.

From Chhuking, retracing the steps down to Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche, we can also plan a visit to the nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After having our lunch here, the walk continues through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees going across the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River following the trail descending rapidly through pine forests from Dudh Koshi gorge to Sansa. Passing through a chorten and encountering (if we are lucky) wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colourful pheasants, etc., we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar.

The steep downward trail is traced by wobbly legs tired from continuously battling the rocky terrain. The team follows the same trail as before. The team by now shall be warmed up and whatever sickness or sore throats they had been feeling shall pass by now. The final trek of the expedition ends after arriving at Lukla.

The forty minute early morning flight to Kathmandu enables the team to either plan more sightseeing in Kathmandu or spend the rest of the day relaxing and shopping for souvenirs in Thamel with or without the assistance of a representative from Bharal Adventure. To commemorate the end of the adventurous expedition in the land of mountains, a farewell dinner shall be organized where the guests will have one more chance to indulge in the delicacy of authentic Nepali meal before they plan their next tour to the country.

The journey of a lifetime along the Himalayas comes to an end on this day. The guests are accompanied to the airport by one of the representatives of Bharal Adventure approximately three hours before their scheduled flight takes off.

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Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodations during the short trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • English-speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Bharal Adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork including climbing and trekking permits, and National Park Permit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment(s)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Doesn't Include

  • Nepalese visa fee 
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included’ section

Reviews

3 difficult passes and Island Peak

I did with a friend 3 difficult passes (Renjo la pass, Chola pass and Kangmala pass), Kala pathar and Everest Base Camp with the Bharal Adventure team and it was a big success. During the trek we wanted to go faster and the guide was really flexible about that. He adapted his rhythm to ours and we finally could finish our trek earlier. The guide was really dedicated during all the trek. Thanks to him we get achievement in very good conditions. The porter was just amazing and thanks to him we achieved our program!!! The Mountain guide is professional and experienced. He helped us to succeed the Island Peak even we have never climbed such a high peak before !! As we finished earlier, the staff managed our flight from Lukla to Katmandu which is really difficult to change in such a short time!! It was our first time in Nepal and this will not be our last one. We will certainly come back several times to this beautiful country for other challenges and adventures with Bharal Adventure staff because they are able to make a program according to our needs. Thanks a lot to Bharal Adventure team for such a professionalism!!!

Ouiza
France

Attempts of Island Peak after High Passes Trek!

While planning to trip in Nepal, I was looking for something interesting with best option. I choose Everest Base Camp Trek with High passes. I emailed to number of companies and choose Hiking Nepal. I got a very quick and complete information about the trek. Upon arrival till my stay in Nepal, I felt very special and hiking team were very flexible and supportive. On my way to Base Camp, when I reach at Namche, I met some other friends who were climbing Island Peak. Since, my days were flexible, I just WhatsAapp Nittam about my interest. At first, she was worried about my fitness but considering my interest, she arrange everything instantly after consulting with climbing Sherpa. Nittam suggested me to climb Island Peak only after trek and I believe it was perfect decision to attempt to Island Peak after Everest Trek with High Passes. Thank you all for making a wonderful memory. Wish to see you in my next holiday.

Pitson
Spain
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Equipment List

EQUIPMENT & PACKING LIST FOR Island Peak Climbing - Cost and Itinerary 2024/25 ( IMPORTANT NOTE )


Important documents and items
  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (-40 C at least)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag ( Scenic Nepal Treks will Provide you)
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Personal Climbing Gears ( You can Hire in Chukung) 

  • Ice Axe 
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screw gate karabiners (2 locks, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight-figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/Jhumar
  • Helmet 

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches if you do smoke
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, a climbing permit is required for Island Peak. It is obtained through the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Additionally, you will also need a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit.

Island Peak is considered a challenging climb, suitable for those with prior trekking and basic mountaineering experience. The climb involves steep sections, glacier crossings, and the use of basic climbing equipment such as ice axe and crampons.

The duration of the Island Peak climb depends on the itinerary chosen. On average, the climbing portion takes around 2-3 days, with additional time required for trekking to and from Lukla or Namche Bazaar.

Essential equipment includes a helmet, harness, ice axe, crampons, ropes, and appropriate clothing for cold and high-altitude conditions. It's important to be well-prepared and have the right gear for the climb.

Yes, altitude sickness is a potential risk. It is essential to acclimatize properly during the trek and climb, staying hydrated and following a gradual ascent to minimize the risk of altitude-related issues.

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