Island Peak

from $3,995

This is a fantastic opportunity to extend your trekking and mountaineering skills in the majestic Himalayas.

 

  • Price
    $3,995
  • Duration
    21 Days Door to Door
  • Activity Level Challenging
    5/8
  • Elevation
    6189m | 20,305 ft.

Overview:

Island Peak is a veritable smorgasbord of hiking, climbing and cultural exploration, ideal for those that are keen to bridge the gap between trekking and expeditions. Not only will you be able to flex your snow and ice climbing muscles and skills, but you will also summit to 6189 metres.

Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, is a mountain in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1953 by members of the British Mount Everest expedition because it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche.

The expedition provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region, while also providing excellent training for those wanting to summit Mount Everest.

Skill Level

Intermediate levels of fitness are required that include crossing crevasses on ladders, ascending ice walls, climbing with crampons and even abseiling down an ice cliff!

The adventure package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included?Items that are included in the cost of package price.
  • Conservation/National Park fees and all Government taxes
  • All trekking and climbing permits
  • Four nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis (twin beds sharing). Single supplements can be arranged at an additional fee
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with guide and private transport
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Domestic airfares (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) and domestic airport taxes
  • All accommodation and meals whilst on the trek and on the climb
  • Hot drinks – tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice and boiled water
  • A highly qualified personal Sherpa guide who has summited Everest and other Himalayan peaks multiple times
  • Experienced Nepali trekking guide
  • Assistant Guides as required
  • Porters as required
  • Insurance for all Nepalese staff and special insurance for the Sherpa climbing guide
  • General first aid kit
  • Tents and other communal climbing gear
  • Stoves and EPI gas for high on the mountain
  • Freeze dried food for high on the mountain
  • All climbing hardware, ropes, snow bars and ice screws for the technical sections on the mountain
  • Celebration Dinner after the climb
What is not included?Items that are not included in the cost of package price.
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature – personal gear, telephone calls, laundry etc.
  • Travel and Medical Rescue Insurance
  • Staff/ guide gratuities
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, besides those mentioned above.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water
  • Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Any costs arising from flight cancellation/ delays, political disturbance or natural disasters.
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu

    You’ll be met at Kathmandu’s Tribubhan Airport by an Adventures Global representative and transferred to our charming hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. After a short briefing you can explore this mystical city with its multitude of trekking and souvenir shops, internet cafes, hotels, restaurants and bars, bakeries, moneychangers, vegetable and spice markets, temples and stupas. Wander through the maze of narrow, cobbled streets filled with vendors, touts, eccentrically clad backpackers and ubiquitous rickshaws with their persistent drivers offering you their services.

    Overnight: Hotel

  2. Day 2 Kathmandu

    This morning we will enjoy a half-day tour of Kathmandu, visiting some wonderful cultural sights in the company of a knowledgeable local guide.

    Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), with its commanding views of Kathmandu (at 1420 m), its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism.

    We then move on to the striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa that attracts pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations of the stupa.

    We then visit the Hindu Pashupatinath and its sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating – when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees.

    In the afternoon, we will do a gear check to ensure that you have all the necessary items for the trek. You will have the opportunity to do some last minute shopping in Thamel should you need to replace or augment any gear.

    Overnight: Hotel

  3. Day 3 Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding (2800m)

    We fly on a twin-engine Otter to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic vistas of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants.

    After landing in the village of Lukla (2800m), we meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek for about three hours to Phakding.

    Trekking Time: 3 hours

    Overnight: Local lodge

  4. Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

    We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region.

    Namche Bazaar is a colourful panoply of lodges, houses and restaurants and is nestled in a u-shaped bowl amphitheatre surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides and opening out to the Bhote Khosi on the other. Namche Bazaar is a prosperous trading town and many Tibetans cross the nearby border via the Nangpa La to trade their wares.

    Trekking Time: 5 hours

    Overnight: Kalapathar Lodge.

  5. Day 5 Namche Bazaar

    Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.

    Optional activities include an early hike above town, before the clouds move in, rewarding trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam.

    Visit the Sherpa Museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, mountaineering history and information of flora and fauna of this region.

    Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher and taking a day hike to Khunde or Khumjung will be beneficial in this regard. Explore the wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, or indulge in the delights of the local bakeries.

    Overnight: Kalapathar Lodge.

  6. Day 6 Trek to Tengboche (3870m)

    The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We pass through Sanasa, which is inhabited primarily by Tibetans, after which the trail drops to Phunki Thanga (3250m).

    It’s a 2-hour climb from here to Tengboche, through forests and around mani stones up to the saddle where the monastery sits, in a clearing surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons. Views from here of the Himalayan giants are deemed to be the most magnificent in the world.

    Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 6m sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. If our group is fortunate, we will see the resident Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical Buddhist chanting and music.

    Trekking Time: 6 hours

    Overnight: Rivendell Lodge

  7. Day 7 Trek to Dingboche (4410m)

    It is a short, steep and muddy descent through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to Debuche. Look out for Nepal’s national bird, the impeyan pheasant. After crossing the Imja Khola on a swaying suspension bridge high above a spot where the river rushes through a narrow cleft, the trail climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche at 3860m.

    Beyond Pangboche, the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line. The vegetation is predominantly scrub juniper and tundra. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam (“Mother’s Charm Box”).

    Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals.

    Trekking Time: 6 hours

    Overnight: Everest Resort

  8. Day 8 Dingboche

    Today is an important acclimatization day, prior to venturing into the upper reaches of the Khumbu valley. The day can be spent visiting the monastery in Dingboche, famous for its Yeti scalp and hand, and exploring the Imja Khola. There are also some breathtaking views of the north face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak.

    Today’s walk is short allowing for an opportunity to relax in the afternoon and either do some laundry, reading, writing, photography etc. or just laze in the sun.

    Overnight: Everest Resort.

  9. Day 9 Trek to Lobuche (4930m)

    From Dingboche, the trail traverses through farmlands and meadows before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the small village of Duglha (4620m), before climbing up to a viewpoint with stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. The trail drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse, seen from Lobuche, is a memorable sight.

    Trekking Time: 6 hours

    Overnight: Local lodge

  10. Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep (5160m)

    The trail initially follows the western side of the broad Khumbu Valley and ascends gently through meadows beside the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher and the trail is constantly changing.

    En-route to Gorak Shep, the conical peak of Pumori comes into view – on its lower slopes, a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak. This peak is called Kala Pattar (meaning ‘black rock’) and at 5545m high provides the best vantage point for viewing Mt Everest.

    The trail makes a short descent onto the sandy, flat expanse of Gorak Shep.

    Trekking Time: 3 hours

    After enjoying something to eat and hydrating well, we set off on our ascent of Kala Pattar. A slow, steady pace is the best approach – avoid rushing! It’s a tough climb, but the views from the summit surpass the wildest imagination.

    The Icefall, the South Col, the entire Everest south face and the North Ridge are visible, as well as the Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet). You are also rewarded with magnificent views of Changtse, Nuptse, Tawache, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Pumori.

    These are poignant moments that will be cherished for the rest of your life.

    We then descend for a well-earned rest at Gorak Shep.

    Climbing Time: 3 hours

    Overnight: Local lodge.

  11. Day 11 Trek to EBC (5310m)

    In the event of bad weather on Day 10, we have the opportunity for a second chance to climb Kala Pattar.

    Today we also continue our trek to Everest Base Camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu icefall. The route follows the Khumbu Glacier, sometimes on the moraine and sometimes on the glacier itself.

    Base Camp is spread over a wide area and resembles a tented town when expeditions from all over the world settle there during the climbing season. We will visit, before returning to Gorak Shep for the night.

    Trekking Time: 4 hours

    Overnight: Local lodge.

  12. Day 12 Trek to Chukung (4743m)

    After breakfast at our lodge, we trek to Chukung, over the Kongma La Pass (5550m). This trek aids our acclimatization and it is a very beautiful trek. In Chukung, we organize our gear and prepare to leave the lodge, so that we can set up camp at the Island Peak Base Camp.

    Trekking Time: 8 hours

    Overnight: Local lodge.

  13. Day 13 Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4970m)

    We leave the lodge and trek to the Island Peak Base Camp, where we set up camp, review some technical climbing skills and then have an early dinner in preparation for an early start to the summit.

    Trekking Time: 4 hours

    Overnight: Tents

     

  14. Day 14 Summit Day (6160m)

    Today is our big day, where we aim to summit Island Peak. We will get up around midnight, have a hot drink and snacks and then set off in the early hours, climbing up the ridgeline and then onto the glacier. Once we are on the glacier, we will rope up and ascend to the prominent ridgeline where we will utilize fixed ropes to negotiate the final slopes to the summit. We enjoy the breathtaking views, take photographs and then descend back to our Base Camp.

    Here, we will have a short rest, pack up and then continue down to our teahouse in Chukung, where we will be greeted with a hearty and well-deserved meal.

    Climbing and Trekking Time: 12 hours

    Overnight: Local lodge.

  15. Day 15 Spare day in case of bad weather

    We have built in a spare day, in case of bad weather.

  16. Day 16 Trek to Pangboche (3930m)

    After a leisurely breakfast, we trek down to Pangboche.

    Trekking Time: 4 hours

    Overnight: Local lodge.

  17. Day 17 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

    Today is another easy day, as we make our way down to the bustling little village of Namche Bazaar, where we will greet old friends that we met on our

    way up. We check into the Kalapathar Lodge and enjoy walking around the streets of this quaint little village, perhaps doing some last minute shopping.

    Trekking Time: 4 hours

    Overnight: Kalapathar Lodge.

  18. Day 18 Trek to Lukla (2800m)

    Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.

    Trekking Time: 7.5 hours

    Overnight: Khumbu Resort.

  19. Day 19 Fly to Kathmandu

    If the weather is clear, the morning flight back to Kathmandu will be a scenic and smooth farewell to the mountains.

    Overnight: Hotel

  20. Day 20 Kathmandu

    A free day catching up on any sights we missed during our first few days in Kathmandu, shopping, lounging at the pool, strolling to Durbar Square or perhaps a trip to the medieval city of Patan.

    Tonight we will enjoy a final Celebration Dinner!

    Overnight: Hotel

  21. Day 21 International Departures

    Sadly, we leave the kingdom of Nepal behind, as we make our way home after a life-changing experience.

Gear List:

A variety of clothing is necessary for the trip. You will need clothing for around Kathmandu, trekking in the humidity and heat, and to protect you from the cooler temperatures in the mountains. This list is designed to help you choose the right gear for the demands for this trek and is the minimum requirement. These items are mandatory for survival in the mountains, so ensure you have everything on the list.

The emphasis on equipment necessary for mountain travel follows two simple tenets: lightweight and functional. The items you choose to take should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme conditions. The quality of the equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain, so be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Comfort lends itself to a more enjoyable experience!

The layering system outlined below is usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder, bring one extra medium layer (such as a vest), which will be ideal for extra warmth around camp. When making the final decision as to what goes into your pack, remember that it’s a fine art of taking just enough clothes and accessories to do the job, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably will not use.

Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that “wick” the sweat and moisture away from your skin to keep you much warmer.

 

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT:

  • Jumar – one right or left
  • Climbing Harness
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Crampons
  • Anti-balling plates
  • Crampon rubber protectors
  • Walking sticks
  • Prussic loops
  • 3 Screwgate Carabineers
  • 3 Regular Carabineers
  • 3 Slings
  • Figure of 8 / rappel device
  • Climbing Helmet

 

FOOTWEAR:

  • Double-layered boots – Millets / La Sportiva
  • Trekking boots
  • Running shoes
  • Thongs / Sandals
  • Gaiters
  • Spare boot laces for trekking boots
  • 3 pairs expedition socks
  • 3 pairs trekking socks
  • 3 pairs liner socks
  • Toe warmers

 

TECHNICAL CLOTHING:

  • Down jacket
  • Down pants
  • Gortex longs
  • Gortex shell
  • 2 pairs trekking pants
  • 2 sets thermal underwear – tops & bottoms
  • Normal underwear
  • 2 long-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Thermal suit (optional)
  • 2 short-sleeved technical shirts
  • Soft shell jacket
  • Hard shell jacket
  • 2 fleece longs
  • 2 fleece long-sleeved tops

 

HANDWEAR:

  • Mitts
  • 2 Polartec gloves
  • 2 Silk glove liners
  • Hand warmers (optional)

 

HEADWEAR:

  • Balaclava – heavyweight
  • Neoprene facemask (optional)
  • Woollen hat / beanie
  • Buff
  • Head torch  – plus spare batteries
  • Sun hat
  • Cap
  • Goggles – 100% UV & IR
  • Sunglasses – with side covers
  • Nose guard (optional)

 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Expedition backpack – 60 – 80 litre
  • Trekking backpack – 50 litre
  • Sleeping bag – minus 20˚C
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Compression bags x3
  • Self-inflatable mattress
  • Closed cell foam pad
  • Pillow / cushion
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Thermos flask
  • Thermos mug
  • Knife, fork, spoon
  • Nalgene bowl
  • Leatherman multi-tool
  • Pocketknife
  • 2 Water bottles with insulation
  • 2 Large plastic bags
  • Pee bottle / funnel
  • Duct tape
  • Baby wipes
  • 10 Zip-lock bags
  • Sunscreen – maximum SPF
  • Protective cream for lips – maximum SPF
  • Whistle
  • Ear plugs
  • Hand sanitizer

 

TRAVELLING GEAR:

  • Large waterproof duffel bag
  • Locks
  • Shorts & t-shirts
  • Mobile phone & charger
  • Books
  • Passport & travel documents
  • 8 Passport photos for visas
  • Certified copies of all travel documentation
  • Currency / credit cards
  • Pens & pencils
  • Journal (optional)
  • Reading glasses (optional)
  • Camera equipment
  • Battery chargers
  • International adaptors
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Playing cards (optional)
  • Clean clothes for travelling home

 

FIRST AID:

  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Medication / Prescriptions
  • Energy drinks
Visas and Training.
Visas & Vaccinations:

Visas

Tourist entry visas can be obtained at Tribuvhan International Airport on your arrival in Kathmandu for US$ 25. You need 2 colour photos for your entry visa (bring 5 in total as you will need additional colour photos for trekking permits etc.)

 

Vaccinations

The following vaccinations are suggested:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria- Revaccination recommended every 10 years
Training Guide:

This training information is intended as a guideline and should be used as such. If you are unsure about anything, please chat to us!

Most importantly, before you embark on any exercise program, please consult your doctor or exercise physiologist to make sure that you are ready for the increased workload.

A focused training program should begin 3 – 4 months before the trip, but working on your base fitness before that is important as it lays a good foundation for the harder work that will follow.

 

Physical Conditioning

Climbing big mountains requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning) and climbing-specific training (i.e. hiking with a pack).

Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for a successful trek into Everest Base Camp. You should be planning to progressively increase your aerobic training and speed of weekly training hikes to give you climbing-specific conditioning that cannot be matched by any other sort of training.

 

Cardiovascular Conditioning

Suggested activities include running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, walking on an inclined treadmill, doing stair stepping or stepmill training, trail running, walking up and down hills, or participating in step aerobic classes.

When first beginning a cardiovascular training program, begin with three workouts (i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday) of 30 minutes of sustained activity at a moderate intensity, and build up to 4-5 aerobic sessions of sustained effort for at least 45 – 60 minutes (taking Wednesday and Sunday as rest days, for example).

Be sure to include a 5-10 minute gentle warm-up before working at your target heart rate for the day. For most workouts, choose a level of exertion that allows you to connect a few words together in a phrase, but leaves you feeling comfortably tired at the end of the workout.

Remember to cool down with 5-10 minutes of appropriate stretching of the muscles you used most in your activity, including lower back, calves, hamstrings, hips and quadriceps.

 

Strength Conditioning

Training with weights, backpacks and gym machines will help you build overall strength, particularly in the lower back, abdominals, upper back, shoulders and legs. Developing strength in your upper back and shoulders will help with carrying a pack and using trekking poles.

The calves, hips, quads, hamstrings and glutes are all involved in ascending and descending steep sections and scree slopes, which will be encountered on our trip.

Before embarking on any weight training, please consult with a qualified gym instructor so that you are well briefed in terms of using the equipment. Most important in strength training is to be sure that you maintain proper form at all times in order to prevent injury or strain.

 

Climbing Conditioning

This involves hiking steep outdoor trails, going up and down stairs or training on an inclined treadmill. In the months leading up to the expedition, it is important to do some long walks in the mountains.

Remember: All of your training is geared towards giving you the strength and endurance to summit Island Peak, and enjoy every moment!

Ideally, you should have some experience walking with an ice axe, using crampons and doing self-arrest. Your guide will revise the use of all necessary skills, but you do need to have a working familiarity of your climbing equipment beforehand.

Overall Rating
5/5
Kevin, Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed On 19/04/2019
5/5

This is truly an incredible introduction to climbing in the Himalayas and Adventures Global were superb to work with in this regard.

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