Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing is one of our favorite treks and Peak Climbing and we’d be delighted to help you explore this incredible legion in Nepal.

The Island Peak Climb is an add-on package for any of the Everest Region Treks.  It starts and finishes at Chhukung, where Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure experienced climbing guides will meet you and look after you in every way.  Before you attempt the climb, however, you must be properly acclimatized.  If you have trekked to Everest Base Camp, 5357m, and Kala Patthar, 5545m from Jiri, Phaplu or even Lukla, you will be acclimatized.  You might even want to include a nearby pass such as Renjo La, 5338m, or Cho La 5420m for good measure. Island Peak captivates the interest of experienced and aspiring climbers alike.  Standing on the summit of Island Peak, 6189m, you are surrounded by the entire Khumbu range, including Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak and the unclimbed Lhotse Shar.   To the East, are the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier, Cho Polu, 6734m, and the perfect pyramid of Mt. Makalu, 8475m.

Island Peak Climbing is rated ‘moderate’; and although a good level of physical fitness is essential, previous climbing experience is not required.  Its highly glaciated West Face rises from the Lhotse Glacier up to a technically straightforward ridge; this is a perfect place for novice climbers to develop the skills of climbing on snow and ice at high altitudes.

From Chhukung village, the trail follows the moraine of the massive Lhotse Glacier, then the Imja Tso Khola (river) to Island Peak Base Camp, 5100m. There are slabs and boulders to clamber over to reach high camp, 5500m.   After high camp there are more rocks and scree at first, but the final few hours to the top requires the mountaineering skills.  There is a 300-meter headwall and a snowy summit ridge which require ropes, crampons and ice axes.

Island Peak Climbing takes only 3 days and 2 nights, making it one of the shortest and least expensive climbing packages offered.  Each climb starts according our scheduled departure dates. The minimum size of a group is two persons. After you return to Chhukung, you are free to plan for the next destination.

Highlights:

  • The vibrant, colorful, chaotic city of Kathmandu 

  • Experience Nepali Sherpa culture

  • Southwest face of Everest

  • Forests of rhododendron, birch and conifer

  • Island Peak, one of the popular peaks to climb

  • Astounding views of Lhotse, Imjatse and Ama Dablam

Trip Facts

Duration: 3/4D-4/5D

Altitude: 5600m

Difficulty: Alpine Grade 2B

Accommodation Tent

Season: Spring/Fall/Winter

Equipment: Climbing gear 

Itinerary

Day 01:

Chhukung Valley to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m/ 17060 ft.), 3-4hr walk

Day 02:

IPBC to High Camp (5600m/c18372 ft.), 3-4hr walk

Day 03:

Summit Island Peak 6189m & return to Chukung, 9-10hr walk

Day 04:

we will keep the Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)

Trek Duration:

Standard itinerary – 3-4 days. Can be shortened or extended depending on time and fitness

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Private climbing with an English speaking Sherpa mountain guide

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) during the climbing

+ Accommodation during the trip in tent

+ All climbing permit & TIMS card

+ First Aid kit

+ Garbage Deposit

+ Liaison Officer expenses

+ Group climbing equipment, stoves and fuel

+ Supplementary climbing oxygen, mask and regulator

+ High altitude freeze-dried meals

+ Kitchen Sherpa staff gratuities

+ Medical & accidental insurances of crew    

+ Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars

+ All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment

 

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled mineral water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

- Tips for Guide & Porter (not mandatory but expected)

- Hot shower, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt

- Trekking Sleeping Bag

- Crampons

- Harness

Ice Axe

- 2 x Tape slings

- 2 x Screw Gate Karabiners

- Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)

- Prussic Loops

- Helmet

Equipment

Equipment for trip

  • Treking pole
 

Useful Information

Note: You may question why we do not plan for overnight at Island Peak High Camp. First of all, at present there is severe water shortage at Island Peak High Camp. At one time we could find ice to melt for water only about 45 minutes away.  Now, that ice field has totally melted, and we have to walk 3 hours to bring water. Another reason, it is very difficult to sleep at 5630m. For this reason, we plan the trek so that you stay overnight at Island Peak Base Camp, 5200m rather than at Island Peak High Camp.

The name Island Peak was given in 1952 by the great climber, Eric Shipton, who thought it looked like an island in a sea of ice.  It is registered with the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) by the name "Imja Tse", which was given to it later.  It is a favorite peak expedition of the Everest region of Nepal.

Start from: 950 USD
Duration
4-5 days
Season
Spring/Fall/winter
Region
Khumbu
Grade
Alpine Grade 2B
Altitude
5600m
Walking
5hr
Accommodation
Tent