ADVENTURE-PULSE
(The Adventure Management Consultants)

Island Peak

Overview

Island Peak lies in the Upper Imja Valley of the Khumbu Valley, surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Island Peak is of the most popular Trekking Peaks in Nepal. It can be climbed both in the spring as well as the autumn season. The summit offers mesmerizing views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Makalu and many of the other prominent peaks of the area. The climb is perfect for anyone wanting to test their skills in the high Himalayas with great exposure and a mighty ice climb; Island Peak is a must-do.

Island peak was named by Eric Shipton in 1952 and its first ascent was made by the members of 1953
British Everest team as a training climb. The summit of Island Peak stands near the South Face of Lhotse, the 4th highest peak in the world.

 

Quick Facts

Best Time : March-May & Oct-Dec

Duration : 22 Days

Max. Altitude : 6173m

Commences At : Kathmandu

Ends At : Kathmandu

  • Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing and preparation day
  • Fly to Lukla (2810) and trek to Phakding (2660m).
  • Phakding to Namche
  • Namche (acclimatization day)
  • Trek to Tengboche / Dibuche (3870m).
  • Trek to Dingboche (4252m).
  • Dingboche – acclimatization – Hike to Nangakarshang (5010m).
  • Trek to Lobuche (4930m).
  • Trek to Everest base camp (5360) and stay at Gorakshep.
  • Kalapathar to Lobuche 2hours
  • Chhukung 6-7 hours
  • Island Peak Base Camp 3 hours
  • High Camp 1-2 hours
  • Summit (6189m) - Base camp (5087m) 5 hours to reach summit, back to Island Peak Base Camp 2 hours.
  • Dingboche (4410m) 4 Hours
  • Namche Bazaar
  • Lukla
  • Flight back to Kathmandu
  • Rest
  • Departure
  • Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing and preparation day
  • Fly to Lukla (2810) and trek to Phakding (2660m).
  • Phakding to Namche
  • Namche (acclimatization day)
  • Trek to Tengboche / Dibuche (3870m).
  • Trek to Dingboche (4252m).
  • Dingboche – acclimatization – Hike to Nangakarshang (5010m).
  • Trek to Lobuche (4930m).
  • Trek to Everest base camp (5360) and stay at Gorakshep.
  • Kalapathar to Lobuche 2 hours
  • Chhukung 6-7 hours
  • Island Peak Base Camp 3 hours
  • High Camp 1-2 hours
  • Summit (6189m) - Base camp (5087m) 5 hours to reach summit, back to Island Peak Base Camp 2 hours.
  • Dingboche (4410m) 4 Hours
  • Namche Bazaar
  • Lukla
  • Flight back to Kathmandu
  • Rest
  • Departure

Contact

An Adventure-pulse representative will be at airport to pick up you to the Hotel. Short briefing at hotel. You will have welcome dinner in the evening.

In the morning we begin tour around Kathmandu with AP's renowned guide. Kathmandu has many historic, religious and architectural places to visit. Swoyambunath (Buddhists shrine, also called monkey temple), Boudhanath (Tibetan Buddhism beliefs), Pashupathi Nath (Hinduist's greatest pilgrimage site) and the Patan Durbar Square (Historic place for ancient art & architecture of Kathmandu) are the highlights of the tour. In the evening our guide will check the trekking equipment that you have. You can also buy your equipment in Kathmandu for you convenient.

The 30 minute flight to Lukla will definitely occupy a prominent place on your list of top ten experiences during the course of this trek. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport here is one of the most challenging airstrips in the world. Built on a cliff-top 9334 ft in the air, this little runway is just 30 meters wide and 527 meters long (less than a tenth of the usual dimensions for a regular runway) with a 11.7 Degree gradient which is significant enough to make it one of the steepest approach landings in the world! There is no prospect of a successful go-around on-short final due to the terrain which is high (a jagged, unforgiving mountain face) immediately beyond the northern end of the runway and a steeply angled drop at the southern end of the runway into the valley below! Are you scared yet? Well, don't be! Only the most skilled and experienced pilots operate the flights that go to and from this area and they've practiced it to perfection. The planes that land here aren't the regular Airbus and Boeings that we're used to either. The airport's paved asphalt runway is accessible only to helicopters and small, fixed-wing, short-take-off-and-landing aircraft such as the DHC-6 Twin Otter, Dornier 228 and Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter. The views of the Solo khumbu’s forested valleys and its panoramic snow-capped mountain ranges are absolutely surreal. What's more, for a plane that seats only 20 people, there's still an incredibly charming air-hostess and everyone gets a window seat!!! Once you land, we stop for breakfast during which time you will be introduced to the real muscle behind this climb – our team of intrepid Sherpas and their Yaks who will be entrusted with your luggage for the duration of the trek, following which, we will begin our short walk down to our very first destination, the riverside village of Phakding.

Arguably the longest day of the climb during the course of the trek, our ascent to Namche Bazaar will see us intimately acquainted with the beautiful DudhKosi River. As she meanders through the Everest Valley, we enjoy her clever little game of hide-and-seek, at times appearing as a raging torrent under the many suspension bridges that we cross in our attempt to catch up with her, and, at others, a delightfully effervescent companion as we hop over rocks and through pretty tree-lined mountain trails inching closer and closer to the true heart of the Khumbu Valley - Namche Bazaar. Huge, beautifully carved Mani stones adorn the trail that cuts through the Sagarmatha National Park, accentuated by the colorful Buddhist prayer flags that flutter in the breeze seeking blessings from the clear-skied heavens above. As for the village itself, Namche Bazaar is teeming with life! The terraced approach with its quaint potato-kale-and-spinach farms, antiquated little shops (that sell everything you could possibly need), purposeful yak caravans, playfully curious local children, and its warm, welcoming people will leave your delighted heart, spoilt for choice.

At 3340m above mean sea level, after our first official night at high altitude, our fourth day sees us waking up to a well-deserved and much needed rest day a.k.a ‘Acclimatization day’. The lofty snow-capped peaks of Thamserku and Kongde Ri stand guard right outside your window. With dreamy scenery now merging into everyday reality, even the most persistent dreamers find it impossible to delay their excitement at seeing these amazing peaks in favor for a few extra winks of sleep. Grumbling stomachs (and calf muscles alike) are in for a treat today too. A relatively relaxed start with a hot, wholesome breakfast - simple pleasures truly are the order of acclimatization days, which come along every time we gain roughly one vertical kilometer in height during this particular trail. The purpose of the Acclimatization day is to allow your body to get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air. The universally accepted way of doing this is to "Climb high and sleep low". Once everyone has had their fill of the various manifestations of gourmet menus that Namche's tea houses are known to produce, we visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum which has many artefacts of historical significance and some detailed information on the local flora, fauna, topography and prevailing conditions of the region. The plateau that the museum sits on offers some great panoramic views of the Himalayas and marks the beginning of the trail for our hike to the Syangboche airstrip (you have to see this one to believe it) and the Everest View Hotel. It's a day full of exciting firsts for the Adventure Pulse teams including, but not limited to, your very first view of Mount Everest (weather permitting)!

The sheer beauty of this part of the trek to Everest Base Camp cannot be overstated, and is personally, our favourite day on the trail. The wildly fun descent to our lunch stop at the riverside village of Phukithanga takes you through expansive rhododendron forests which are a verdant delight after the monsoon season and are rivalled only by their pre-monsoon avatar which captivates all your senses with Its pink, white, and scarlet flowers that dance merrily above you and line the path all the way to the little village of Tengboche. Calories are never an issue in this part of the world, with lunch invariably being followed by immediate uphill stretches. Mount Everest stays visible and resolute all through the day's trek with her tell-tale plume of snowy clouds softly beckoning you closer. The route after our lunch stop is a steady, shaded climb whose forested slopes will have you shaking your head in utter-and-complete disbelief, at the fact that the Himalayas were, (in the not-so-distant past), entirely underwater, even as you walk through irrefutable proof of it! A beautifully carved gateway marks the end of the climb and welcomes you to Tengboche, home to the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region, the ancient and sacred Tengboche Monastery. Teams from Adventure Pulse bound for Everest Base Camp enjoy the rare privilege of attending the prayer ceremonies at this monastery where the monks and Lama bless our expedition and request the Gods to grant us safe passage to and from the mountain.

There are certain treks, or sometimes, just specific trails that have the ability to turn your entire world upside down. The walk from Tengboche to Dingboche occupies a prime position amongst these. We start by descending to the settlement of Deboche which sits placidly sheltered in the shadow of Tengboche alongside the ImjaKohla River. If the trail itself doesn't immediately summon images of the scenery that one can usually only witness in epic fantasy movies like the Lord of the Rings, one look at the almost-elven-looking Rivendell Lodge here definitely will! The hike from Debouche to Dingbouche is filled with stream and river crossings along wooden bridges, climbing up large steps, going through impressive colorful Tibetan gates, and the ever-present, never-tiring views of the Himalayas. Disguised as one of the infamous "Nepali flats", a term that you will doubtless hear from the locals at some stage during the course of your trek, there's only one way to find out what this trail is truly about! Cliché as it sounds, you will find that you discover more about yourself and who you really want to be with every passing step, as you gradually follow the river, crossing above the tree line into this improbably-beautiful, almost-lunar segment of our expedition. It's amazing to see just how much life there is up here despite the fact that you are at an altitude of more than 4000m and over 50 kilometers (not to mention a whole airplane ride) away from the nearest roads! The huge metal bridges that span the riverine valley will soon take you to the village of Dingboche where our groups invariably experience that magical, mesmerizing phenomenon we've all come to recognize as the first snowfall on the trail!

The acclimatization day at Dingboche is quite like the one at Namche Bazaar and involves a short day-hike uphill to a point called Nangakarshang which is ringed by some of the most technical and difficult peaks to climb. The view point showcases the peaks of Lhotse (4th highest mountain in the world), Manaslu (the 5th highest mountain in the world), a new face of Ama Dablam (our constant traveling companion, initially deemed unclimbable by Everest's famous summiteer, Sir Edmund Hilary), Island peak, Baruntse, Lobuche East and the ever steadfast Thamserku amongst others. We get back to our tea house in time for a scrumptious lunch and spend the rest of the day enjoying Dingboche, exploring the area (basically following our noses as we chase the delicious smells that waft toward us from its little bakery) and playing various board / card games; or just reading a novel in a cozy corner in front of the Bukhara( fire stove) in the wooden dining hall.

The trek from Dingboche to Lobuche is where things suddenly start to get very real! There's a good chance you'll be walking through snow as you cross into the glacial moraine by this time which adds to the excitement. The fact that you, are now only one short day away from our destination, Everest Base Camp adds to the excitement. Our route takes us to Lobuche over the Thukla-Dukla pass — a tough climb given the high altitude and steep terrain, both of which make for slow progress. However, perseverance is generously rewarded here and as you reach the top of the pass, you find yourself amidst memorials of some of the most famous climbers in the world who attempted Everest and died in the process!

We start early in the morning from Lobuche and set off for Gorakshep in order to make our ascent to Everest Base Camp! The walk to Gorakshep takes us above 5000 mtrs, where even the most resilient climbers start slowing down due to the altitude. We stop at Gorakshep to catch our breath where we wait for our Sherpas to arrive with our bags so we can settle them into our rooms and in the meantime, fortify ourselves with brunch. Once everyone is well-rested, we set off on the glacier for Everest Base Camp.

In the morning we climb up to the Kala Patthar to view the summit of Mt. Everest. It is the best place to photograph the panoramic view of Mt. Everest. Most of the pictures of Mt. Everest are taken from Kalapathar. We then descend to the lower altitude of Lobuche.

Today we descend to Dingboche and make our way to Chhukung.

Our first night in the tent, Island Peak Base Camp where you will have your first introduction to the equipment. The guide will instruct you on how to use them.

A short hike to Island Peak High Camp

The longest day of the trip. You will start walking at 3 am. The reason behind starting this early is to make sure the snow and ice are solid and that you will have enough time to make it back down. We hope to reach the summit just after day break. After reaching the summit, take loads of pictures and marvel at the accomplishment. We will spend the night at Chhukung

We will make our way back to Dingboche.

We will make our way back to Namche

This is our final and last walk to the mountain. We prepare for the flight to Kathmandu. This is our last and memorable day in Khumbu. We spend our night celebrating with Sherpa friends.

Today we leave Lukla and fly to Kathmandu. Our staff will be at the airport to pick you up.

It is our rest day in Kathmandu. You can walk around Thamel, the main tourist hotspot with loads of amazing eateries and cafes.

Your final day in Nepal. Our team will drop you to the airport.

An Adventure-pulse representative will be at the airport to pick up you to the Hotel. Short briefing at the hotel. You will have a welcome dinner in the evening.

In the morning we begin tour around Kathmandu. Kathmandu has many historic, religious and architectural places to visit. Swoyambunath (Buddhists shrine, also called monkey temple), Boudhanath (Tibetan Buddhism beliefs), Pashupathi Nath (Hinduist's greatest pilgrimage site) and the Patan Durbar Square (Historic place for ancient art & architecture of Kathmandu) are the highlights of the tour. In the evening our guide will check the trekking equipment that you have. You can also buy your equipment in Kathmandu for you convenient.

The 30-minute flight to Lukla will definitely occupy a prominent place on your list of top ten experiences during the course of this trek. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport here is one of the most challenging airstrips in the world. Built on a cliff-top 9334 ft in the air, this little runway is 30 meters wide and 527 meters long (less than a tenth of the usual dimensions for a regular runway) with an 11.7 Degree gradient which is significant enough to make it one of the steepest approach landings in the world! There is no prospect of a successful go-around on-short final due to the terrain which is high (a jagged, unforgiving mountain face) immediately beyond the northern end of the runway and a steeply angled drop at the southern end of the runway into the valley below! Are you scared yet? Well, don't be! Only the most skilled and experienced pilots operate the flights that go to and from this area and they've practised it to perfection. The planes that land here aren't the regular Airbus and Boeings that we're used to either. The airport's paved asphalt runway is accessible only to helicopters and small, fixed-wing, short-take-off-and-landing aircraft such as the DHC-6 Twin Otter, Dornier 228 and Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter. The views of the Solo Khumbu's forested valleys and its panoramic snow-capped mountain ranges are absolutely surreal. What's more, for a plane that seats only 20 people, there's still an incredibly charming air-hostess and everyone gets a window seat!!! Once you land, we stop for breakfast during which time you will be introduced to the real muscle behind this climb – our team of intrepid Sherpas and their Yaks who will be entrusted with your luggage for the duration of the trek, following which, we will begin our short walk down to our very first destination, the riverside village of Phakding.

Arguably the longest day of the climb during the course of the trek, our ascent to Namche Bazaar will see us intimately acquainted with the beautiful Dudh Kosi River. As she meanders through the Everest Valley, we enjoy her clever little game of hide-and-seek, at times appearing as a raging torrent under the many suspension bridges that we cross in our attempt to catch up with her, and, at others, a delightfully effervescent companion as we hop over rocks and through pretty tree-lined mountain trails inching closer and closer to the true heart of the Khumbu Valley - Namche Bazaar. Huge, beautifully carved Mani stones adorn the trail that cuts through the Sagarmatha National Park, accentuated by the colourful Buddhist prayer flags that flutter in the breeze seeking blessings from the clear-skied heavens above. As for the village itself, Namche Bazaar is teeming with life! The terraced approach with its quaint potato-kale-and-spinach farms, antiquated little shops (that sell everything you could possibly need), purposeful yak caravans, playfully curious local children, and its warm, welcoming people will leave your delighted heart, spoilt for choice.

At 3340m above sea level, after our first official night at high altitude, our fourth day sees us waking up to a well-deserved and much-needed rest day a.k.a ‘Acclimatization day’. The lofty snow-capped peaks of Thamserku and Kongde Ri stand guard right outside your window. With dreamy scenery now merging into everyday reality, even the most persistent dreamers find it impossible to delay their excitement at seeing these amazing peaks in favour for a few extra winks of sleep. Grumbling stomachs (and calf muscles alike) are in for a treat today too. A relaxed start with a hot, wholesome breakfast - simple pleasures truly is the order of acclimatization days, which come along every time we gain roughly one vertical kilometre in height during this particular trail. The purpose of the Acclimatization day is to allow your body to get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air. The universally accepted way of doing this is to "Climb high and sleep low". Once everyone has had their fill of the various manifestations of gourmet menus that Namche's tea houses are known for, we visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum which has many artefacts of historical significance and some detailed information on the local flora, fauna, topography and prevailing conditions of the region. The museum offers some great panoramic views of the Himalayas and marks the beginning of the trail for our hike to the Syangboche airstrip and the Everest View Hotel. It's a day full of exciting firsts for the Adventure Pulse teams including, but not limited to, your very first view of Mount Everest!

The sheer beauty of this part of the trek to Island Peak cannot be overstated, and is personally, our favourite day on the trail. The wildly fun descent to our lunch stop at the riverside village of Phukithanga takes you through expansive rhododendron forests which are a verdant delight after the monsoon season and are rivalled only by their pre-monsoon avatar which captivates all your senses with Its pink, white, and scarlet flowers that dance merrily above you and line the path all the way to the little village of Tengboche. Calories are never an issue in this part of the world, with lunch invariably being followed by immediate uphill stretches. Mount Everest stays visible and resolute all through the day's trek. The route after our lunch stop is a steady, shaded climb whose forested slopes will have you shaking your head in utter-and-complete disbelief, at the fact that the Himalayas were, (in the not-so-distant past), entirely underwater, even as you walk through irrefutable proof of it! A beautifully carved gateway marks the end of the climb and welcomes you to Tengboche, home to the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region, the ancient and sacred Tengboche Monastery. Teams from Adventure Pulse bound for Island Peak enjoy the rare privilege of attending the prayer ceremonies at this monastery where the monks and Lama bless our expedition and request the Gods to grant us safe passage to and from the mountain.

There are certain treks, or sometimes, just specific trails that have the ability to turn your entire world upside down. The walk from Tengboche to Dingboche occupies a prime position amongst these. We start by descending to the settlement of Deboche which sits placidly sheltered in the shadow of Tengboche alongside the ImjaKohla River. If the trail itself doesn't immediately summon images of the scenery that one can usually only witness in epic fantasy movies like the Lord of the Rings, one look at the almost-elven-looking Rivendell Lodge here definitely will! The hike from Debouche to Dingbouche is filled with stream and river crossings along wooden bridges, climbing up large steps, going through impressive colorful Tibetan gates, and the ever-present, never-tiring views of the Himalayas. Disguised as one of the infamous "Nepali flats", a term that you will doubtless hear from the locals at some stage during the course of your trek, there's only one way to find out what this trail is truly about! Cliché as it sounds, you will find that you discover more about yourself and who you really want to be with every passing step, as you gradually follow the river, crossing above the tree line into this improbably-beautiful, almost-lunar segment of our expedition. It's amazing to see just how much life there is up here despite the fact that you are at an altitude of more than 4000m and over 50 kilometers (not to mention a whole airplane ride) away from the nearest roads! The huge metal bridges that span the riverine valley will soon take you to the village of Dingboche where our groups invariably experience that magical, mesmerizing phenomenon we've all come to recognize as the first snowfall on the trail!

The acclimatization day at Dingboche is quite like the one at Namche Bazaar and involves a short day-hike uphill to a point called Nangakarshang which is ringed by some of the most technical and difficult peaks to climb. The viewpoint showcases the peaks of Lhotse (4th highest mountain in the world), Manaslu (the 5th highest mountain in the world), a new face of Ama Dablam (our constant travelling companion, initially deemed unclimbable by Everest's famous summiteer, Sir Edmund Hilary), Island Peak, Baruntse, Lobuche East and the ever steadfast Thamserku amongst others. We get back to our tea house in time for a scrumptious lunch and spend the rest of the day enjoying Dingboche, exploring the area (basically following our noses as we chase the delicious smells that waft toward us from its little bakery) and playing various board/card games; or just reading a novel in a cosy corner in front of the Bukhara( fire stove) in the wooden dining hall.

The trek from Dingboche to Lobuche is where things suddenly start to get very real! There's a good chance you'll be walking through the snow as you cross into the glacial moraine by this time which adds to the excitement. The fact that you are now only one short day away from, Everest Base Camp adds to the excitement. Our route takes us to Lobuche over the Thukla-Dukla pass — a tough climb given the high altitude and steep terrain, both of which make for slow progress. However, perseverance rewarded here and as you reach the top of the pass, you find yourself amidst memorials of some of the most famous climbers in the world who attempted Everest and died in the process!

We start early in the morning from Lobuche and set off for Gorakshep in order to make our ascent to Everest Base Camp! The walk to Gorakshep takes us above 5000 mtrs, where even the most resilient climbers start slowing down due to the altitude. We stop at Gorakshep to catch our breath where we wait for our Sherpas to arrive with our bags so we can settle them into our rooms and in the meantime, fortify ourselves with brunch. Once everyone is well-rested, we set off on the glacier for Everest Base Camp.

In the morning we climb up to the Kala Patthar to view the summit of Mt. Everest. It is the best place to photograph the panoramic view of Mt. Everest. Most of the pictures of Mt. Everest are taken from Kalapathar. We then descend to the lower altitude of Lobuche.

Today we descend to Dingboche and make our way to Chhukung.

Our first night in the tent, Island Peak Base Camp where you will have your first introduction to the equipment. The guide will instruct you on how to use them. From Jumars to Cramp Ons, today you will learn to use the various equipment that you'll need to summit Imja Tse (Island Peak)

A short hike to Island Peak High Camp

The longest day of the trip. You will start walking at 3 am. The reason behind starting this early is to make sure the snow and ice are solid and that you will have enough time to make it back down. We hope to reach the summit just after day break. After reaching the summit, take loads of pictures and marvel at the accomplishment. We will spend the night at Chhukung

We will make our way back to Dingboche.

We will make our way back to Namche

This is our final and last walk in the mountains. We prepare for the flight to Kathmandu. This is our last and memorable day in Khumbu. We spend our night celebrating with Sherpa friends.

Today we leave Lukla and fly to Kathmandu. Our staff will be at the airport to pick you up.

It is our rest day in Kathmandu. You can walk around Thamel, the main tourist hotspot with loads of amazing eateries and cafes.

Your final day in Nepal. Our team will drop you to the airport.

Package Details

TRIP COST INCLUDES

  1. Airport pick up and drop
  2. 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu - 3 nights - twin share basis in Bed and breakfast plan
  3. Flight fare from Kathmandu - Lukla- Kathmandu for members
  4. Flight fare from Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu for guides
  5. Domestic airport departure taxes
  6. Full board tea house trekking cost with breakfast, lunch, dinner & accommodation
  7. Guide salary
  8. Porter salary
  9. Trekking permit
  10. Sagarmatha national park permit
  11. First aid kit
  12. Insurance for Nepali staff

TRIP COST EXCLUDES

  1. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (Meals in Kathmandu, except welcome and farewell dinner)
  2. Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  3. Emergency medical evacuation
  4. Tips for staffs (mandatory)
  5. Personal expenses and extra services beyond the itinerary
  6. Beverages and alcoholic drinks on trek
  7. Personal climbing equipment
  8. All personal expenses
  9. Personal medical and evacuation insurance
  10. All other additional charges for additional services

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