Are you having difficulties in choosing the best peak to climb? The frontier treks have selected one of the best peaks to climb among many other highlighted peaks that are available in the Himalayan region of Nepal. It’s none other than Island Peak Climbing. The best options for novice and expert climber to experience the delightful peak climbing journey during peak season. Besides, the British expedition and Nepalese team that comprises Tenzing Norgay in 1953 climbed southwest of Island Peak as a part of a training exercise for an expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest.
Island Peak that goes by Imja Tse as the second name that lines in the Himalayas of Sagarmatha National Park, to eastern Nepal. The total elevation of this Island Peak climbing from the sea level is 6,189 meters/ 20,305 feet. Since the altitude is above 6000 meters, Acute Mountain sickness is a real issue. The Island peak summit has two options for a climber. One starts from base camp at the altitude of 5, 087 meters/ 16,690 ft. called Pareshaya Gyab and the other option ascends to High Camp at 5,600 meters/ 18,400 ft. The hike to Island peak climb firstly follows the main Everest Base Camp trek at the elevation of 5, 380 meters/ 17,600 ft. and departs near Dingboche at the elevation of 4,410 meters (14,470 ft). This peak climb gives an opportunity to have a real close view of highest mountains like Everest 8,848 meters /29,029 ft., Lhotse 8,516 metres/ 27,940 ft, Nuptse 7,861 meters/ 25,791 ft., Makalu 8,481 metres/ 27,825 ft. and Ama Dablam 6,812 meters/ 22,349 ft. Besides, the high mountains, Island peak climb offers other awe-inspiring visit and exploration of Tengboche monastery, Sagarmatha National Park, Mamgkartshang Gompa and alike typical Sherpa community culture and their ancient features.
Best time for Island Peak Climbing: Seasonal Highlights
Spring mid- March to May and autumn mid-September to November best season to climb the summit.
The temperature during autumn are moderate
Mountain tends to be clear during these seasons and is the busiest climbing season of the year
The height of monsoon months (mid-June-end of August) is unattainable
Winter has a low temperature and very cold. But is a doable to an extreme adventure lover
Summer invites a monsoon rain for several days resulting landslides and avalanches
Observe centuries-old Tyangboche monastery and Pangboche Monastery.
Observe villages like Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and others.
Close range view of the high mountains above 6000 meters .
Explore the Khumbu region of natural beauties.
The top summit of Island peak.
Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,428 ft.)
After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, we receive you at the airport and take you to the hotel. We visit the frontier treks office, have a short discussion, and give information about the package. We shortly walk around Kathmandu city and explore its surroundings. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/ 9,184 ft.) from Kathmandu then trek to Phakding (2,652 m/ 8,700 ft.) Duration: 40 minutes of flight and 3-4 hours trek.
We take an early breakfast and make your way to Lukla on a domestic flight. Flying over Lukla offers breathtaking high mountains and green hills sightseeing. From Lukla, we trek to Phakding via prosperous villages and monasteries. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 3: Hike from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft.) Duration: 5-6 hours.
From Phakding we follow beautiful pine forest, hike along the Dudh Koshi River. As we march forward, we have a sparkling view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) and also observe untroubled and calm pine, fir and juniper forest. Clear weather helps us to catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest and Lhotse Nuptse ridge. Further, we march via the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park and reach Namche Bazaar. We cross several long suspension bridges, among which Hillary Bridge is one of them to reach the Namche Bazaar. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 4: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
We stay and explore Namche surrounding as a part of acclimatization day. Namche is old fashioned and attractive villages and familiarized with Sherpas and their culture. From, Namche we can have a close view of mighty Everest. In addition, we visit the local museum, Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung monastery at Namche. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 5: Hike from Namche to Tengboche (3,870 m/ 12,694 ft.) Duration: 5-6 hours.
We take breakfast and head toward Tengboche. The trail is easy from Namche to Phunki. From Phunki, we ascend to the Tengboche village. The village is famous for having the Tengboche monastery that is the largest in the Everest region. Tengboche is wrapped with a 360-degree view of the high Himalayas like Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 6: Hike from Tengboche to Dingboche (4, 360m/ 14, 300 ft.) Duration: 5-6 hours.
We visit the Tengboche monastery early in the morning and then start our hike passing a lush forest of birch, conifers, and rhododendrons. The trails descend to Debuche that crosses Imja River and then ascends to Pangboche the trail to Pangboche offers pristine views of the Himalayas. After visiting the Pangboche monastery at Pangboche we further enter to Imja valley and eventually climb up to Dingboche. Dingboche has a beautiful array of fields covered with stone walls, buckwheat, barley, and potatoes. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 7: Hike from Dingboche to Chulung (4,730m/ 15,518 ft.) Duration: 3-4 hours.
Dingboche lines in the ridge of Nuptse- Lhotse, Tawache, and Chalotse and great peak Ama Dablam. We start our hike leading us to Chhukung. As we walk ahead, Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains surround us. We reach to Bibre village and from Bibre to Chhukung. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 8: Climb to Chhukung Ri (5,546 m) and Acclimatization day. Duration 3-4 hours.
We take rest as a part of Acclimatization and climb over Chhukung Ri to help our body to maintain and adopt high altitude. Chhuking Ri peak directly lies above the Chhukung village. From the summit, we have a fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 9: Hike from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200 m/ 17, 060 ft.) Duration 3-4 hours.
The trek from Chhukung to Island peak has a fairly steep trail. At first, we hike south then to east. We march below the southern flank from the Lhotse Glacier. The trail further takes us along the pleasant streamside. We pass over Amphu Lapcha to the southeast, Imja and Lhotse Glacier to the southwest and finally reach Island base camp. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 10: Climb training session on Island Base Camp.
Our guide gives us proper guidelines and techniques for using gears for proper climbing. This training session helps to boost up the confidence level and increase the skill of the climber. The elevation of the rock we use for climbing is roundabout 5770 meters. We climb on ice and rock surface and use ropes whenever necessary. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 11: Hike to island peak summit (6,189 m/ 20, 305 ft.) and back to base camp. Duration: 10-12 hours.
We take our breakfast around midnight and make our way to the summit. The trail is initially steep, sandy and soon reaches to grass. The slope becomes narrow as we climb up. The trails are not so difficult but have several short rock steps, and ridgelines. The guide supports and guides us from time to time. We use the rope to climb the peak. Depending upon the season and crevasses, the length of rope may differ. Normally the length is 350 meters. We meet 3 and 4 meters long crevasses and use the ladder to cross them. From the summit we a wonderful view of high mountains and landscape. In the end, we descend to the base camp and celebrate our achievement. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 12: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985 m/ 13,074 ft.) Duration: 5-6 hours.
We descend to the lower altitude and follow the same route via Khumbu Khola. We pass by Sherpa village ORsho and Shomare. We visit upper Pancgbohce following the different trail and then catch the trail again that leads us to PAngboche. Pangboche is a beautiful village encircled by Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. Duration 4-5 hours.
We step down to the Imja Khola and trace up the Tengboche forest. We take our lunch at Tengboche. We can visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. Leaving Tengboche behind, we follow hillsides forests and cross the bridge over the Dudh Koshi. We can see wildlife like mountain goats, colorful pheasants, snow leopards, and others as we pass through the forest. As we pass through a few chorten we reach Namche Bazaar.
Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 14: Trek Namche to Lukla. Duration 6-7 hours.
We follow the trail that descends the rocky terrain. The trail takes us to the suspension bridge in Dudh Koshi. After, a long hike we reach Lukla. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla.
We take morning breakfast and catch a domestic flight to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, we take out for a short walk and refreshment. In the evening, we have a farewell union. Overnight at the hotel
Day 16: Fly to home.
We take you to the airport and this is where we separate. We hope to see again.
Inclusion / Exclusion
Airport Pick-up and drop-off
3 Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B
KTM -Lukla/Luka-KTM- two-way flight
Peak royalty, National park, and VDC entry fee
Wages, equipment, Meal, Medical Insurances for staff
3 times Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) with Tea/Coffee and hot soup
All the necessary tents, table & chairs, kitchen gears, mattresses EPI Gas, burners, High meal, and general climbing equipment (such as rope, ice screw, snow bar etc.)
Sleeping bag and down jackets (if required) with certain charge