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Island Peak Climbing - 20 Days

Island peak climbing in Chunkung valley, provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas. Another name of Island Peak is Imja Tse. Island peak lies in Khumbu region where you can enjoy the panoramic views of Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8410m) and Lhotse Shar (8383m) make a semi-circle in the north. The Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Amadablam in the south, and more charming Himalayas are in other side, in climbing Island Peak. Island peak climbing is considered as most popular trekking peaks in Nepal for climbing Himalayas. Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalaya expedition in Nepal in the later years for many mountaineers. Island Peak is situated at an altitude of 6189m. This trip is a special trek which combines an ascent of Island Peak with a visit to the famous lakes of the Gokyo area. We are sure that you will enjoy Island Peak climbing and fill your heart with lots of memories.

Island Peak climbing trek takes off from a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We start from Lukla and trek slowly up the Dudhkoshi valley. After some days, we branch off to Gokyo and climb Gokyo Ri for fantastic views of Cho Out and Everest. You can enjoy trekking in phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, the mountain is seen as an island in a sea of ice. For many mountaineers climbing island peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalaya and for some mountaineers. The peak island stands for the purpose of acclimatization before heading to bigger mountain climbing. Trekking to Kalapathar or Everest Base Camp is best suited for acclimatization before proceeding to the climbing on Island peak. Proper care should be taken to avoid the possible avalanche in the event of heavy snow fall. Most of the climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the joy of climbing and also helps a safe ascent. After you finished your trek to Lukla then you can fly to Kathmandu from Lukla which will considered as an end of this marvelous trip.

The 18/19 days Island Peak Climbing is suitable for those people who are interested in peal climbing especially of Khumbu Himal in Everest Area. Spring and autumn is supposed to be the best season for visiting here. If you want to enjoy peak climbing in more relaxed form you can sign up with Mera Peak 14 days. If you are looking for more stretched one then you can go for Chulu East Peak climbing 21 days.


Island Peak Climbing Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu international airport, transfers to hotel. (1300 m)

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip Preparation .

Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2,800 m)- Phakding (2,652 m) : 35 min flight;

Day 04: Phakding -Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) Acclimatization Day

Day 06: Namche Bazzar to Dole (4,110 m) 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Dole – Machhermo (4,470 m) 4-5 hrs

Day 08: Machhermo – Gokyo (4800 m) 4-5 hrs

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day

Day 10: Hike - Gokyo Ri (5,330 m)- Thaknak (4750 m) 5-6 hrs

Day 11: Thaknak - Cho-la Pass (5367 m) - Lobuche (4940 m) 8-10 hrs

Day 12: Lobuche- Everest Base Camp (5364 m) Gorak Shep (5170 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 13: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5545 m) - Lobuche (4940 m) 7-8 hrs

Day 14: Lobuche - Kongma La (5,535m)- Chhukung (4,730m) 6-7 hrs

Day 15: Chhukung -Island Peak Base camp (5,200m) 3-4 hours

Day 16: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5,600m) 2-3 hours

Day 17: High camp to summit to Base camp to Chhukung: 8-10 hours

Day 18: Reserve Day for Contingency

Day 19: Chhukung to Namche Bazar: 8-9 hours

Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours

Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and departure taxes
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan
  • Teahouse/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in during the trek
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits, TIMS card and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part -very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipments
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Not Include

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipments
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 20 Days

Trek Duration: 18 Days

Trek Grade: Moderate

Trek Type: Teahouse / Camping

Activity: Trekking, Peak climbing, City Tour

Per day walking: 5 to 7 hours

Max. Altitude: High Camp (5,600m)

Transportation: Car / Van / Plane

Group Size: 01 - 14 pax

Accommodation: tourist class guest houses to 5 star hotel in Kathmandu (depends on clients choice), Guest Houses / lodges in the mountain

Best Time to Travel: Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec.

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