Highest access: 6,160m (20,196ft)
Duration: 19 Days
Location: Khumbu region
Grade: Peru Difficult (PD+)
Himalayan sights: Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche
Accommodation: Tourist standard to five star as request
Transportation: Car, Flight
Group Size: 01-09 Person
Best season: Spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November)
Major Activity: trekking/climbing
Airport: Kathmandu Airport
Departure From: Kathmandu Intl Airport
Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B,L,D in during trekking and climbing
Culture: Sherpa and Tamang
First Ascent: Swiss team 1956
Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping
Climbing route: Scramble/glacier/ice climb
Co-ordinates: 27°55'15''N / 86°56'14''E
Sir. Edmund Hilary and Mr. Tenjin Norge Sherpa, the Everest Base Camp with the popular trekking peak climbing of "Imja Tse" the Island Peak in the same route; Snowy Horizon is now everywhere in this world.Just purchase returning ticket online through your favorite airlines and contact our corresponding consultant through web mail, you will be in Kathmandu and all arrangements will be ready upon your arrival. We prepare your climbing permits, logistics, accommodation and flights to and from Lukla on behalf of yourself. Whether you choose full board or just base camp service (if you are an alpinist) Snowy Horizon offers you Island Peak Mountaineering as a unique adventure including climbing permit from NMA and all other necessary logistics form arrival up to departure from Kathmandu.
The Island peak is technically simple to climb and offers superb panorama views of Khumbu area from its summit. The panoramic visible mountains from the summit of Island peaks are: Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak (as yet still unclimbed) and Lhotse Shar the higher snowy capped peaks. To the east of this classic trekking peak the rising above the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier the Cho Polu (6.734mt.) and with red granite mass of Mt. Makalu (8,475m) could also be viewed.
Island Peak climbing in Nepal is introduced as an inexpensive and easy adventure with low permit fee for aspiring climbers. They can experience the striking beauty of the summit with only 6160m of the Island peak Expedition. The climbers can be acclimatized in this cold temperature in the pocket on the way back from the standard Everest base camp trekking. Thus, it is said that the Island Peak climbing could be done as an add-on activity to the most famous EBC trekking adventure.
11 April/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and Hotel transfer
12 April/Day 02: Preparation, Briefings, Last minute shopping in Kathmandu
13 April/Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek (4hrs) to Phakding (2652m); lodge accommodation
14 April/Day 04: Trek (6hrs) from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) through colourful Khumbu villages; Lodge accommodation
15 April/Day 05: Rest day for acclimatization; you may hike up to Everest View Hotel (3800m) (3hrs) to see Everest; back at Namche visit Hilary and Sherpa museum
16 April/Day 06: Trek (5hrs) from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850m); visit significant Buddhist monastery; lodge accommodation
17 April/Day 07: Trek (4-5hrs) from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4350m); catch glimpses of Lhotse and Ama Dablam; lodge accommodation
18 April/Day 08: Rest for acclimatization at Dingboche; enjoy pleasant and scenic Sherpa village
19 April/Day 09: Trek (2-3hrs) from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m); lodge accommodation
20 April/Day 10: Trek (3hrs) from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m); camping
21April/Day 11-12: Climb to Island Peak (6189m); camping
23 April/Day 13: Trek (3hrs) from Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung; lodge accommodation
24 April/Day 14: Trek (4hrs) from Chhukung to Pangboche (3985m); enjoy Sherpa culture; lodge accommodation
25 April/Day 15: Trek (6hrs) from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3400m.); lodge accommodation
26 April/Day 16: Trek (7hrs) from Namche Bazaa to Lukla (2800m) through scenic Khumbu; This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with our staff.
27 April/Day 17: We take again scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu , which takes about 35 minutes.
28 April/Day 18: Leisure day; sightseeing in Kathmandu (Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath); Fairwell-Celebration dinner
29 April/Day 19: Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities
20 Sep/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (1350m)
21 Sep/Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2840m) and to Phakding (approx 4hrs walk)
22 Sep/Day 03: from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m approx 7hrs walk)
23 Sep/Day 04: Namche Bazaar rest day, for acclimatization hike to view lodge (3800m, 3 hrs walk)
24 Sep/Day 05: from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3860m approx 5 hrs walk)
25 Sep/Day 06: from Tyangboche to Pheriche / dingboche (4250m approx 5 hrs walk)
26 Sep/Day 07: from Pheriche / dingboche to Lobuche (5018m approx 4hrs walk)
27 Sep/Day 08: Lobuche rest day for acclimatization
28 Sep/Day 09: from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m approx 3 hrs walk) and rest
29 Sep/Day 10: Gorakshep Kalapatther (5545m) and (5200m) back to Lobuche(5018)
30 Sep/Day 11: from Lobuche(5218)to to Chhukung (4730m); lodge accommodation
01 Oct/Day 12: Trek (3hrs) from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m); camping
02-03Oct/D13-14: Climb to Island Peak (6189m); camping
04 Oct/Day 15: Spear day for climbing due to weather
05 Oct/Day 16: Trek (3hrs) from Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung; lodge accommodation
06 Oct/Day 17: Trek (4hrs) from Chhukung to Pangboche (3985m); enjoy Sherpa culture; lodge accommodation
07 Oct/Day 18: Trek (6hrs) from Pangboche to Khumjung (3790m.); lodge accommodation
08 Oct/Day 19: Trek (5hrs) from Khumjung to Monjo; All the way we walk downhill; En route we pass Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at lodge in Monjo.
09 Oct/Day 20: Trek (3hrs) from Monjo to Lukla (2800m) through scenic Khumbu; This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with our staff.
10 Oct/Day 21: We take again scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, which takes about 35 minutes.
11 Oct/Day 22: Leisure day; sightseeing in Kathmandu (Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath); Fairwell-Celebration dinner
12 Oct/Day 23: Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities
Trekking Peaks are the mountain which can be approached in a day to the summit from their base camp including return to the basecamp. Trekking peaks are generally between 5000m to below 7000m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). These peaks are also called NMA Trekking Peaks.
There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.
There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.
To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.
Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Associationauthorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.
Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.
A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while Peak Climbing.
Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.
In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.
There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.
During the access trek you will be accommodated in a lodge/teahouse; once in the basecamp you will be assigned a tent and your climbing Sherpa will prepare high altitude food; all your climbing gear and food for the climb will be carried by the porter up to the base camp.
It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaksrequire one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.
It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.
Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?
On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.
On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.
It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.
You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.
You will require a travel insurance, which will not exclude climbing and helicopter evacuation. You need obtain your insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Climbing insurance may be obtained through some climbing clubs and some insurers such as IHI.
The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.
I recently traveled on a trip to Everest Base Camp and Island Peak with Snowy Horizon Treks and Expeditions and was extremely impressed with their logistics and attention to detail. Even during some of the worst weather in years in Nepal, our trip was great, in no small part to the guides, porters and leaders at Snowy Horizon Treks. They are true professionals, not to mention genuinly honest and great people, who provide a service that is second to none. If you travel with them, you will not be disappointed.