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Island Peak (16 Days) Itinerary, Height, Climbing Permit Cost, Difficulty, Best Season For The Exped

Posted By: Simran Subba , June 2021

Imja Tse, also known as Island Peak, is a peak in the Himalayas in eastern Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park. Members of the British Mount Everest expedition called the mountain Island Peak in 1953 because it seems like an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The mountain was renamed Imja Tse in 1983, although Island Peak is still the most common name.

If you've ever wanted to climb a challenging 6000-meter Himalayan peak, this well-known mountain may be able to grant your ambition. In fact, Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing utilized it as a training peak in 1953, and the route they found is still used today. Island Peak is still a favorite training peak for clients preparing to climb Mount Everest since it requires many of the same abilities.

Island peak Overview 

The Island Peak trip takes at least 19 days to complete, including time in Kathmandu, and includes 16 days of trekking and climbing. We do recommend adding extra time to your travel plans to account for any flight delays entering and exiting the Alps.

Island peak

The steady rise up the Khumbu valley provides good acclimatization, which is further aided by a climb to Chukhung Ri (5550m) for a spectacular perspective of Lhotse's south wall. There's also the option of adding on an expedition up the Kongma La pass, which offers iconic views of the Khumbu Glacier, as well as a climb of Pokalde (see pricing tab) (5806m).

The major goal, Island Mountain, is the trip's last climax and a famous 6000m peak that Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing ascended as a training peak for Everest in 1953. You'll be thoroughly acclimatized and mountain fit by the time we arrive at the summit. Several skills in safe mountain travel at high altitudes, such as glacier travel, scrambling and moving on mixed snow and ice terrain, will be taught and practiced throughout the trip. This trip requires good alpine abilities, and if you can't acquire them before joining us, you'll have plenty of time to study and practice them before reaching Island Peak.

Highlights of the Island peak trek

  1. Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu scenic mountain fly
  2. Experience trekking in the Everest area.
  3. Ascending the lovely Island Peak (6189m).
  4. The perfect climbing peak for novice climbers as well as seasoned hikers
  5. Stunning views of several mountains.
  6. The opportunity to learn about the Sherpa culture and way of life.
  7. During the trip, it is easy to spot wildlife.

Island peak Altitude

The island summit is 5240 meters high, which is equivalent to the Everest Base Camp. The Island Peak may be reached from the Base Camp. The highest point you will reach will be Island Peak. It stands at a height of 6187 meters.

Island peak Difficulty, How hard is Island peak?

After the most difficult ascent, the finest vista awaits. However, the ascent to the peak is not as simple as you may think. Because of their prominence, the Nepalese peaks are considerably more difficult. When it comes to Island Peak, it is well-known for its difficulty and beauty. You may learn about the Himalayan Sherpa people's pure heritage, culture, and religion during the tour.

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Island Summit is a difficult and hard peak. Because it involves rugged terrain over 5000m, the initial portion of the summit is quite difficult. The Island Peak Base Camp (5100m) is a formidable task in all of itself. The high altitude is also a significant stumbling block. Because oxygen levels drop substantially at high altitudes, the danger of high altitude sickness must be considered.

Climbing with ease necessitates adequate climbing experience as well as a strong physical physique. A strong sense of resolve is essential. Keep your health and cleanliness in mind.

Island Peak Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness, often known as "mountain sickness," is a set of symptoms that can occur if you walk or climb to a greater height, or altitude, too rapidly.

The mildest type, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is the most prevalent. Dizziness, headaches, muscular pains, and nausea are all symptoms that resemble a hangover.

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High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) is a severe and potentially life-threatening accumulation of fluid in the lungs.

The most severe form of altitude sickness, High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), occurs when there is fluid in the brain. It's a life-threatening situation, and you should get medical help immediately soon.

Island Peak Prevention

Acclimatization is the most effective strategy to reduce your risk of altitude sickness. As you go to higher elevations, you should gradually acclimate your body to the variations in air pressure.

You should gradually increase your altitude. Slowing down permits your lungs to take in more oxygen through deeper breaths and more red blood cells to transport oxygen to different regions of your body.

Island peak Cost 

For the autumn season, the cost of an Island Peak climbing package is U$D 870 per person, and for the spring season, it is U$D 950 per person. Note that climbing permits are more costly in the fall.

Island peak Cost

Best time of the year for Island peak climbing

The ideal climbing seasons for the Island Peak Climbing and all other summits are autumn peak climbing (September to November) and spring peak climbing (March to May). In comparison to other climbing seasons, the weather is bright and pleasant, with beautiful mountain vistas. This trip may also be done throughout the winter (December, January, February and June, July, August) if you want to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, culture, and climbing. However, most climbers may find the cold unforgiving in the winter.

Island Peak Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

With your nameplate, an Asian Heritage Treks & Travel representative will greet you at the airport. After arriving at Nepal's airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation. You will pass past the Open Cremation Place (Pashupatinath temple), Royal Palace Museum (Narayanhity), Garden Of Dream, and Thamel on your route from the airport to the hotel.

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Your hotel will be located in the heart of the Touristic Hub. Our specialist will assist you and go through your trip plans with you. There will be ample time to take a trip down Thamel's main street.

Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2,800 m) & trek to Phakding (2,652 m)

You will fly from TIA to Lukla's Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Solukhumbu. The flight will take you above the Himalayas, providing you with a spectacular panoramic view of the higher mountains, including the famed Mt. Everest, which will be standing there in all its grandeur with its snow-covered summit. Our Sherpa team will unload our trekking equipment at the airport, and our guide will inform you and introduce our porters before our trip to Phakding begins.

Day 3: From Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)

After breakfast, you stroll through lovely pine trees before continuing down the Dudh Koshi River to Namche Bazaar, where your nature-filled adventure ends. After almost an hour of walking, you come across the gleaming Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m) on your right, as well as the peacefulness of pine, fir, and juniper woods along the way.

Namche Bazaar

You could even catch a peek of Mt. Everest looking over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge if the weather is clear. Continue trekking till you reach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, the primary trade hub of the region and the gateway to Mt. Everest. On that day, you will cross five suspension bridges, the tallest of which is the Hillary Bridge.

Day 4: Rest day in Namche Bazaar

The Sherpa Capital is also known as Namche Bazaar. You may utilize your free time to acclimate, relax, and explore the area. Most trekkers choose to rise before dawn to take in the breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Thamserku, Amadablam, and other stunning peaks from the Sagarmatha National Park. One may comprehend the size of the mountains' shadow cast into the clouds above by seeing the shadow of the mountains projected onto the clouds above. Salt-butter tea and Champa — a kind of grain used by the Sherpas in the area – are good energy sources.

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Day 5: From Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 m)

We will begin our walk towards Tengboche after breakfast. Walking will begin on the Everest Expedition Trail, which is old but still in use. The track is a meandering, smooth road that leads you uphill through a thick rhododendron forest, with spectacular views of Mount Everest (8,848 m), Thamserku (6,618 m), and Amadablam peak rising at 6,856 m on the east side of Mt. Everest. There's a good chance you'll be surrounded by Himalayan vegetation and animals. Tengboche is known for its Buddhist Monastery and viewpoint (where you may attend daily worship). After arriving in Tengboche, relax at a nearby lodge.

Day 6: From Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m)

We go to the Tengboche monastery in the morning. The path then dips to Debuche, crosses the Imja River, and climbs up to Pangboche through the coniferous forest. We also go to Pangboche Monastery. Then we drop into the river and begin the ascent to Dingboche.

Day 7: Walk from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730 m)

We'll stay here for a day to acclimate and adjust to the lower air pressure. We'll go to Chhukung valley through the Imja Khola valley for a spectacular vista of the surrounding peaks, including Lhotse's huge south wall, before returning to Dingboche in the evening.

Dingboche

Day 8: Day for Acclimatization

This is an acclimatization day. The high-altitude mountain settlements and circumstances will become second nature to you. You are free to explore the area and learn more about it.

Day 9: From Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200 m)

The ascent to Island Peak Base Camp is strenuous. We begin by climbing south and then walking down a meandering route. We then continue walking by a brook. Island Peak is reached through a crisscross path between the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines.

Day 10: Pre-Climb training at Island Peak Base Camp

After breakfast, you will be instructed on peak climbing methods as well as the usage of climbing equipment such as the ice ax, climbing boots, crampons, harness, ascend-er, and other similar items. The training would be beneficial even if it is not required.

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Day 11: Hike from Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189 m)

We get up in the morning and eat breakfast before beginning our ascent. Due to the possibility of strong gusts, it is necessary to reach the top before midday. We descend to Island Peak Base Camp after taking in the summit sights.

Day 12: From Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985 m)

This day, we will descend to a lower altitude through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Orsho and Shomare to reach Pangboche – a lovely village surrounded by Everest to the north, Amadablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south, and the Imja Tse River flowing through the valley.

Day 13: From Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

We retrace our ways from Pangboche down to the Imja Khola and up through the jungle to Tengboche, where we have lunch before continuing on to the army camp at Namche Bazaar.

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Day 14: From Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Following breakfast, you will continue your journey via Chumoa town, a lovely settlement where you will eat lunch. After lunch, you'll trek to Phakding along the river before continuing on to Lukla. After a few hours of walking, you'll arrive at Lukla, where you may unwind and immerse yourself in the local culture and way of life. When we arrive in Lukla, we'll reflect on our experience together as a group and our individual accomplishments.

Day 15: Flight to Kathmandu

Take one last look at the mountains you've lately visited. Before 10:00 a.m., the aircraft to Kathmandu departs. It varies depending on the weather conditions. You will be taken to your accommodation upon arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 16: Day for the Departure

You will be picked up and driven to Kathmandu by our representative. You will be advised and supported with your onward travel plans, as well as a private van drive to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before your departure schedule and fly back to your home/other travel destination.


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