GeographyForests, Hills, Himalayas
Level Of DifficultyChallenging
- Buddhist Monasteries,
- Spectacular mountain views
- Forest of Rhododendron and fir
- Popular vantage point ‘Kala Patthar’
- Island Peak summit
- Namche Bazaar
- Everest Base Camp
- Khumbu Glacier
Island peak is one of the most famous trekking peaks in Nepal which is also called Imja Tse Peak by local people. The peak is located in the Sagarmatha National Park which is in the eastern Nepal. The elevation of the peak is 6189m above the sea level. Island peak climbing along the Everest Base Camp is one of the longest treks with new and exciting things to explore everyday of trekking.
Island peak may not be among the highest peaks but it offers the equal challenges and spectacular views of mountains as other highest peaks. Island peak climbing with EBC offers the majestic views of mountains like Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and many others. You can also have an exciting and thrilling experience of trekking in Khumbu region.
Island Peak Climbing with EBC needs a proper rest and acclimatization day during the trek. Similarly, you need to do some pre climbing practice sessions to be familiar with the climbing technique and equipment. The trail is sometimes uphill and sometimes downhill so you need to walk carefully.
Best time for Island Peak Climbing with EBC
Island peak climbing is possible to be done throughout the year except the months of monsoon that is June and August. Every year many trekkers and climbers successfully summit the peak. Doing this trek is not technically difficult. The best time for Island Climbing with EBC is during spring and Autumn. This season is the high season for this trek. Short brief about the season for the climbing are given below:
Spring season(March to early June) is considered the best season for trekking in Island Peak Climbing with EBC. In this season, the temperature is mildly warm in low and moderate in high altitude. During this season, you will have a wonderful landscape of hills and mountains. The forest is covered by pines and beautiful rhododendrons.
Autumn is considered the best season to scale the Island peak. And it is the most popular season for trekking, climbing and travelling in Nepal. In this season, you will have the finest and spectacular view of mountains. The temperatures during this season are moderate and really favorable for trekking and climbing. It is the high peak season for travelling in Nepal so you need to prebook the flight and hotel accommodation.
Trekking in winter is possible only with well prepared equipment and strong determination. Always remember, you need to have a sound physical and mental fitness and expert crew members. Doing this season camp trek is extremely dangerous. Similarly, the tea houses at alpine altitude often get closed during winter due to heavy snowfall, so you must check the availability of teahouses.
Summer in Nepal means monsoon rain for several days causing avalanches and landscapes in some dangerous places. Trekking in Nepal is not favorable in the Summer season. You won’t have a clear view of mountains. Continued rainfall could result in slippery and damage routes.
How difficult is Island Peak Climbing?
Island Peak Climbing with EBC is a long days trek which is about 20 to 21 days. Trekking in the remote area for more than 2 weeks could be very trying. Many trekkers feel the trek is a bit difficult. But the level of difficulty depends upon person to person, time of climbing, walking hours, and many others.before climbing the peak you must be physically and mentally prepared with proper technical and physical training. You need to take the climbing and physical challenges seriously. Similarly, proper acclimatization day needs to be allocated to overcome the oxygen deficiency gradually along the trail. Enough water and healthy food also play a vital role to minimize the difficulty of climbing. The quality of your sleep and fulfillment of rest is also necessary for efficient trekking.
Ascending in the first part is Physically very difficult. Trekking through a rough terrain upto 5000m and then rope-up and wear crampons to reach the glacier field. Trekking through the foot of the headwall is the toughest part of this climb. However, fixed lines in the route makes the climb safer. Similarly, maintaining hygiene is also necessary for the successful summit. With strong determination, climbing Island Peak is an easy peak to conquer.
Island Peak Climbing with EBC is a trekking as well as climbing which takes 20 days which begins after spending a exploring day in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Then the trek starts after the exciting morning flight from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla which is known as the gateway to Himalayas. The trekking begins with the descent along the bank of Dudh Koshi River with many numbers of Mani walls, stone carving and prayer flags. We will be trekking through the dense forest of Rhododendron and pines all the way to Phakding and Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is a famous Sherpa Kingdom which is a perfect place to spend a night and spend the day hiking to Everest View Hotel, Syangboche, and many other places. After spending 2 nights in Namche Bazaar we will trek to Everest base Camp and Kala Patthar via Dingboche, Tengboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep. Along the way, you will find many Sherpa communities which are famous for Buddhist culture and traditions practiced. Then we will trek back to Dingboche for the further trek. The trail then goes straight forward towards Island Peak Camp which stands at the altitude of 6,189m above the sea level. Trekking up to 5600m is not so difficult and after that we trek from rocky steps and canyon. The steep ascent resulted in the climb being difficult and challenging.
After the successful summit of Island Peak along the Everest Base Camp we return to Lukla from the same trail. Then we will trek a morning flight to Kathmandu with spectacular mountain views with some unforgettable lifetime experience.
Day 01: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m) – Phakding (2,610m)
Day 02: Phakding (2,610m) – Namche Bazar (3,440m)
Day 03: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Namche Bazar (3,440m) - Tengboche Monastery (3860m)
Day 05: Tengboche Monastery (3860m) - Dingboche (4410m)
Day 06: Acclimatization (rest) day in Dingboche(4410m)
Day 07: Dingboche(4410m) - Lobuche (4,940)
Day 08: Lobuche (4,940) - GorakShop (5,164) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back to Gorak Shep.
Day 09: Early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5550 meters)and trek down to Lobuche (4,940m)
Day 10: Lobuche (4,940m) - Chhukung (4,730)
Day 11: Chhukung (4,730) - Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m)
Day 12: Pre-Climbing Training on Island Peak Base Camp (5,200 m)
Day 13: Island peak climbing (6,189)
Day 14: Back to Tengboche Monastery (3860m)
Day 15: Back to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 16: Back to Lukla (2,860m)
Day 17: Lukla (2,860m) - kathmandu (1380)
Costs Includes and Excludes
- Airport picks up and drops by private Car.
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu).
- Airport taxes.
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
- Meals during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and Tea or Coffee.
- Guest House (Lodge) during the trek.
- 2 nights in Kathmandu and provide breakfast.
- License holder Guide.
- Porter service during the trek (one porter for two Guests).
- All Government and Local Taxes.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
- Guide and porter salary.
- Guide & Porter insurance during the trekking.
- Farewell dinner with typical Nepali culture.
- Nepalese visa fee.
- Lunch & dinner at Kathmandu.
- Trekking gear.
- International flights.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- personal expenses such as all Bar Bills Alcoholic or non Alcoholic Beverage drinks, phone and Laundry.
- Hot Shower.
- Tips for guide and porters.