Island Peak (Imja Tse) Climbing

Island Peak (Imja Tse) Climbing

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  • Summit Island Peaks at an elevation of (6189m/20299ft)
  • Stunning view of the world’s highest snow-capped peaks in Nepal.
  • Experiencing scenic mountain flight to Lukla Airport; one of the world’s dangerous airports.
  • Explore famous Namche Bazar along with Tibetan Culture.
  • Explore the wildlife in Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Explore the ancient monasteries of Khumjung and Tengboche, amid the world towering mountain peaks
  • Visit the World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Basic Training for climbers on snow and ice by our certified climbing guides, if needed.
  • Witness magnificent views of expansive Glaciers and Icefalls of the Khumbu region.
  • Use of professional gears and equipment during the climbing period along with certified and experienced climbing guides

Island Peak is one of the most popular highest mountain peaks trekking in Nepal. Island Peak Climbing has recently drawn a lot of attention among tourists, especially those who are enthusiasts of adventurous mountain climbing. Located in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal, Island peak climbing is one of the splendid peaks with an elevation of 6189mt.from the sea level. Locally known as Imja Tse, it was first climbed by Charles Evan, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie, and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 as a route to Mount Everest expedition. It was then named Island Peak as it appears like an island in an ocean of ice from Dingboche. The Island peak is used as a training peak before attempting Mount Everest to help acquire several skills such as crossing crevasses with ladders, using jumars on fixed lines. The trip to Island peak offers the best climbing opportunity for beginners who wish to experience Himalayan climbing.

Island peak climbing offers an adventurous and exhilarating peak climbing experience with the majestic views of several world-renowned snow-capped mountains (Mount Lhotse 8501mt, Makalu 8475mt, Lhotse Middle peak 8410mt, Lhotse Shar 8383mt, Nuptse 7879mt, Baruntse 7720mt, and Ama Dablam 6856mt) in the Everest region. The peak climbing is combined with the Everest Base Camp which is easily accessible from Chhukung village, just way off the Everest Base Camp Trail. The journey starts with a 45 minutes flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Arriving at Lukla, we will get ready and trek to Phakding which is a gentle climb for 2-3 hours through the left bank of Dudhkoshi River. We will stay at Phakding for a night exploring the local monasteries of the place.

The trek continues towards the Namche Bazar which is a 5-6 hours walk from Phakding through the Dudhkoshi valley. On the way towards the Namche Bazar, we will stop at the Sagarmatha National Park and collect our entrance fee. We will ascend steep hills alongside the Bhotekoshi River on our way to Namche Bazar. Trekking slowly and steadily through the pine forest we will reach Namche Bazar where we will stay overnight for the sake of acclimatization.

The trek further continues to Tengboche then Dingboche to Chhukung from where the trail goes uphill towards the Imja Valley and finally to the base camp of Island peak’s south ridge where you can enjoy mesmerizing views beneath the Nuptse-Lhotse wall. The next day we will start towards Island peak very early morning scrambling along a rock ridge to a glacier. Above the glacier, there is a steep snow headwall which leads to the summit with the stunning view of mountains Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8501m), Lhotse Central (8475m), and Lhotse Shar (8383m) in the north as well as striking views of Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) and one of the famous expedition peak of Amadablam (6812m). Next, we descend and follow back the trail for our return journey to reach back to Lukla. The journey back to Kathmandu from the Lukla Airport is exciting and you can enjoy the mind-blowing scenic mountain flight watching the clear mountain range above the clouds.

Difficulty level:

Island peak climbing is challenging yet perfect for beginners who are interested in mountain climbing. The peak was first climbed on the route to the expedition of Mount Everest. Nowadays, most mountaineers use it as a training peak before starting their journey to Mount Everest to acquire mountaineering and snow hill climbing skills. The trek demands the utmost physical fitness and enough technical skills to use the gears for snow hill climbing. A positive mindset and strong determination will further help in boosting confidence.

Island peak can be extremely difficult at an extreme altitude. It is important to acclimatize to the oxygen deficiency gradually along the trail. Besides that, the journey is well equipped with experienced porters and guides as well as with satisfactory lodging and food facilities.

Best season for Climbing:

Besides winter and monsoon season, other seasons are considered suitable for Island Peak Climbing. The best months to climb Island Peak are April, May, September, October, and November. Low rain and less extreme cold can help in making the climb successful around this time of the year. April, May are the seasons for Everest Expedition and these seasons coincide with your island peak climbing, so you may encounter many Everest Expedition teams during these seasons.

Outline Itinerary

DayDay Acitivity
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley and Climb Preparation Day
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport and trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar
Day 05: Exploration and Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar
Day 06: Trekking to Tengboche from Namche Bazar
Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung village
Day 09: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp
Day 10: Island Peak Summit and Return back to Chhukung
Day 11: Trek to Tengboche from Chhukung
Day 12: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazar
Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 15: Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Final Departure

Once you arrive at the airport, our staff representative from Mystic Mountain Treks will meet you at TIA and you will be transferred to the hotel and our staff will help you until the check-in process ends at the hotel. You can either rest in the hotel or roam around Thamel city. In the evening, you can join us for the welcome dinner offered by the company.

AccomodationOver night at Star Hotel
Meals Dinner

The next day, after breakfast you will do a half-day trip to some of the cultural heritage sites and some UNESCO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. And after lunch, climbing guides of our company will be there to meet you at the hotel and they will provide more information on climbing island peaks, and they will review the gears you brought and take you to a rental shop, in case you need additional climbing equipment. After that, we will finalize the Paperwork and make a final check of your climbing gear and equipment. And, yes your dues must be cleared before we proceed the journey to 15 days of island peak climbing. You are suggested to have good sleep Cause tomorrow is a big day.

AccomodationStar Hotel in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner

The next day we will fly to Lukla Airport from Tribhuwan International Airport early morning which takes about 35-40 minutes. Lukla is the gateway to the Khumbu region. At Lukla, we will meet our porters and we will continue to trek towards Phakding, following the trail along the bank of Dudhkoshi River, which is a short and easy trek. We will stay overnight here and acclimatize our bodies. At some free time, you can visit the local market and local monasteries around Phakding.

Flight Time: 40-45 minutes
Trek Distance: 6.2 km / 3.8 miles

AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration3-4 hours
Today we will begin the 6 hours trek towards Namche Bazar with many ups and downs crossing the Dudhkoshi river many times on an exciting suspension bridge laden with prayer flags. On the way will stop at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park to collect our entrance fees. Then we will continue to walk alongside the hills of the Dudhkoshi River until we reach Namche Bazar. Namche is also known as Sherpa’s Capital and home to many Quality hotels, lodges, money exchange, shops, internet cafe, bakery, and bars.
AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration 7.4 km, 4-5 hours
The trek to Island peak can be extreme without proper altitude acclimatization. For acclimatization, we will spend a day visiting around famous Namche Bazar, walk up to the Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, Museum and trek to Syangboche 3800m and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, Amadablam and Kusum Kangaru. In the evening, you can spend time either by drinking Cappuccino at German Bakery or by drinking chill beer at Irish Pub.
AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
The next day after having breakfast we will resume our trek to Tengboche which is a 5-6 hours walk. We will trek through the green alpine forest and enjoy great glimpses of the Himalayan trail. The trail can be challenging due to several ups and downs but it is worth the pain. Crossing the Dudhkoshi River and climbing steeply across the pine forest we will eventually reach Tengboche. Here you can see the biggest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region.
AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration9.2km, 5-6 hours
Today we will continue our trek from Tengboche following the trail ascending above the hill enjoying the magnificent views of Amadablam and Kantega on the opposite bank of the trail. You will reach Pangboche, for lunch. Pangboche village is the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. Passing through the village on the way to the Mani stupa following a moderate path we will reach Dingboche where we will stay the night.
Accomodation Tea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration12 km/ 7.4 miles, 5-6 hours
Today we will kick off our trek by following the stone mani-walls that gradually ascend towards the high Imja Khola valley before walking in glacier moraines. On our way to Chhukung, we will be surrounded by Mount Lhotse and Amadablam. Later a while we will reach a small village named Bibre, from where you can see Island Peak soaring above us. Half an hour's walk from Bibre and you will be at Chhukung, a small sherpa’s settlement.
AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5km, 3-4 hours
Following the uphill trail, enjoying the breathtaking views of Mt. Amadablam and Mt. Lhotse we will gradually ascend towards the Island peak base camp. It is a short hike. After reaching Island Peak Base Camp, Climbing guides from Mystic Mountain Treks will select the safest place and set up the camps And after Lunch we will distribute the climbing gears to climbers which were carried by porters from Lukla and our guides will give a session on how to use gears and equipment on snow and ice, if you are a beginner. We will stay here for a night camping at the base of Island peak’s south ridge below the giant wall of Nuptse and Lhotse.
AccomodationTented Camp
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5km, 3-4 hours
Today we will start our Climb early morning to avoid the midday wind and achieve the Island peak summit before noon. During the trek, we need to cross several crevasses using the technical gears, and with the help of the expert guides. We will make a successful climb to the Island peak summit following the narrow steep trail from the base camp from where we can enjoy the mind-blowing panoramic views of the Himalayas in the Everest region. After spending some time enjoying the glimpses we will return to the Island peak base camp retracing the same trail. And After having hot soup at base camp we will slowly descend to Chhukung Village for an overnight stay.
AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration11km, 9-10 hours
After proper goodnight rest, the next morning after having breakfast we will slowly and steadily head back towards Tengboche from Chhukung following the same lead.
AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration13km, 6-7 hours
The next morning we will start our trek from Tengboche descending on a fairly moderate trail covered in forest, where we can see many types of flora and fauna. On the way, there are hung prayer flags and Chortens. After Reaching Syangboche, we will rest for a while and gradually descend to reach Namche Bazar.
AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6km, 6-7 hours
This is the last day of our journey to Island peak Climbing. We will continue to ascend short hills along the way and crossing the Bhotekoshi River several times, we will finally make it to the Lukla. You can enjoy the rest of the day exploring Lukla Bazar and experience the lifestyle of the locals there.
AccomodationTea House Lodge
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration13.5km, 6-7 hours
Today we will take an early morning flight from Lukla Airport to the Kathmandu Airport enjoying the scenic mountain beauty of the Himalayan ranges seen above the clouds. The flight will be short and thus on arrival to Kathmandu and getting back to the hotel you can enjoy the rest of the day wandering through the streets of Kathmandu. At night time, you can visit Thamel for good food and drinks or simply relax at the hotel.
Accomodationstar hotel in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration40-45 minutes
Our Staff will drop you at the International airport as per the flight schedule.

Cost Include

  • Arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airports as per Itinerary.
  • All Transfer services will be through flights and private vehicles.
  • Welcome dinner hosted by Mystic Mountain Treks.
  • 3 Nights star level hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan.
  • 10 Night accommodation at Tea House Lodge during the trek.
  • 1 Night accommodation at tented camps during the climbing period.
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek.
  • Wide variety of high altitude mountain food for higher camps with Full Board Plan.
  • Government Royalty fees for Island Peak Climbing in Nepal.
  • Trekking Permit (Sagarmatha National Park entrance fees).
  • TIMS Permit (Trekking information management system).
  • Government Certified English speaking, trained, qualified, and experienced Sherpas / Guides.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights for climbing members and Sherpas/ guides.
  • 1:1 Sherpa/ guide to climber ratio and 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio to assist during the summit.
  • 1:2 Porters during trekking and climbing period.
  • Daily wages, allowances, medical, accidental insurances to all involved staff.
  • Energy supplies (chocolate bars) / Fresh seasonal fruits.
  • All required equipment for camping at base camp and higher camps.
  • Comprehensive First Aid medical kit for all the climbing team, carried by climbing guides.
  • Required fixed and dynamic ropes during the climbing period.
  • Radiophone/satellite phone carried by guides for communication.
  • Trekking and climbing map for Island peak climbing in Nepal.
  • All government and local taxes/ fees during a visit to UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • Visa extension procedure if necessary.
  • Our service charge and govt. taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Mystic Mountain Treks.
  • Mystic Mountain Trek’s T-shirt.

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees.
  • International airfare.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Your’s personal Travel Insurance.
  • Any personal nature expenses like laundry bill, internet bill, bars bills, and services not mentioned in the Cost Includes section.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Rescues, medical tests, medicine, and hospitalization expenses.
  • Tips not compulsory but expected.

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