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Island Peak Climbing

  • Everest Cho-la Pass Trekking
  • Everest Cho-la Pass Trekking
  • Everest Cho-la Pass Trekking
  • Everest Cho-la Pass Trekking
  • Everest Cho-la Pass Trekking
  • Everest Cho-la Pass Trekking
  • Everest Cho-la Pass Trekking

Overview

Island Peak aka Imja Tse is a mountain situated in the Everest region. The peak of Imja Tse was named as Island Peak by Eric Shipton since it looked like an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Island peak is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Khumbu region. Climbing the peak is an exciting experience for every trekkers and climbers. Scaling the Island peak also lays a foundation for climbers who would later wish to climb other higher peaks. The trip takes you to the world of mountains where you enjoy scenic view of world’s tallest mountains while exploring the tradition and culture of people living in the higher Himalayas.

Our expedition begins with a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport. The next day we fly all the way to Hillary airport in Lukla. We will then go to Namche Bazaar which is a junction for trekkers, the Sherpas’ and the expeditors en route to the mighty Everest. En route you will see the interspersed villages, the forest filled with colorful rhododendrons, magnolia and giant firs and many scenic views that adds more excitements to your expedition. Leaving Namche behind we trek along a high traversing path where we have our first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Walking further we reach Thyangboche Monastery which resides at the height of 3867m. The monastery is located on a ridge top which offers the scenic view of Everest landscape. The trail further descends to Imja Khola and continues to the villages of Pangcoche and Pheriche before reaching Khumbu Glacier. The Island peak climbing begins after reaching to Base camp and trekking further to High camp (5600m). We start early in the morning usually between 1-3 AM. We struggle to summit the peak by hiking some rocky path and passing through the broad open gully. We do not need prior experience to scale the Island peak but knowledge about the climbing gears, rope climbing ext would be an advantage. We wrap up our expedition by returning to Lukla from where we board a flight back to Kathmandu. Our itinerary has been designed in such a way that it provides ample time for acclimatization and trek preparation so as to accomplish the adventure successfully.

Highlights of Trips   
• Magnificent flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (Enjoy the view of Himalayan range from the flight)
• Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
• Trekking in Sagarmatha National Park (Listed in UNESCO world heritage natural site)
• Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
• Variety of floras and faunas to witness
• Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m
• Visit to Tengboche Monastery situated at the height of 3860m
• Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
• Visit to Sir Edmund Hillary memorials (Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung and Sir Edmund Hillary Hospital in Khunde Valley)
• Eye-popping view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
• Ascend Island Peak.

Outline Itinerary (Day to Day Itinerary)
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours of trekking]
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]
Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche (3420m)
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) [5-6 hours]
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m) [5-6 hours]
Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m) [3-4 Hours]
Day 08: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m) [3-4 Hours] and Climbing Preparation
Day 09: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5600m) [2-3 Hours]
Day 10: High Camp-Summit Island Peak-Base Camp-Chhukung [8-10 hours]
Day 11: Chhukung to Namche Bazaar [8-9 Hours]
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla [6-8 hours]
Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]
Day 14: Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Departure dates:
Departure dates and the itinerary arrangements can be arranged as per your requirement. Please contact us for the arrangement of the departure dates. Breakfree Adventures allows you to plan your Island Peak Climbing as per your convenience.

 

Note : The above itinerary is prepared as per our standard trekking Plan. Please let us know if you would like to make changes in the itinerary plan. We can make a custom trek plan as per your convenience and requirement.

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Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later escort you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around city depending upon the availability of time O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours of trekking]
After breakfast you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport to board a flight to Lukla, a gateway for our trekking expedition. The scenic flight to Lukla is surely going to be a once in a lifetime experience for you. The air route to Lukla is one the most beautiful air route in the world. The 40 minutes flight above the majestic mountains will land you at Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla we start our trek until we reach Phakding. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of Kusum Kangraru. 0/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]
Today we take a stiff walk through a beautiful pine forest that leads us along the Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension bridge to reach the check post and the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. Walking further we reach chautra where we have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Two hours of more walk eventually lands us in Namche Bazaar(3440m) which is a gateway to Mt. Everest and trading point for many Sherpa people and Tibetan merchants. Namche Bazaar is an ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts and other mementos. We will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization and visit local markets and traditions of the people living in the Himalayas. O/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche (3420m)
We have set this day for acclimatization. We have all the options today whether go for hiking to Thame or visit Khunde or relax and explore Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the center of the Khumbu region and it has government offices, internet cafes, Shops, restaurants and colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. A few hundred vertical feet of trekking will really us to properly acclimatize. Our guide will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO world natural heritage site) where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. A day full of hangout at the Namche Bazaar lets you discover the Himalayan beauty of the Khumbu region. O/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) [5-6 hours]
We set out towards the trail that leads us to magnificent village of Tengboche enjoying the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close-up view of Mt. Thamserku. Our journey today would rather be an exciting one for it offers magnificent view of the Himalayas and the Himalayan range throughout our expedition. On the way, we can spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail via Kayangjuma eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. We walk further through the beautiful pine forest crossing prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi river to reach Phunki Thenga. After few minutes of halt for lunch we climb through the forests for few more hours to reach Tengboche where we spend our night. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Nuptse. The biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region “Tengboche Monastery or Gompa” is the central attraction of Tengboche. We pay our visit to the monastery and witness some ceremonies out there. We will also spend plenty of time capturing the scenic beauty of the Himalayan range in our cameras. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Tengboche.

Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m) [5-6 hours]
Early morning view of the towering peaks and Himalayan range from Tengboche is something that leaves your eyes wide open. After spending couple of hours snapping the scenic view, we gear up for our expedition to reach Dingboche, also known as Summer Valley. We choose the upper trail and pass through several chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We cross Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m). The majestic views of Mt. Ama Dablam and the Himalayan range is still keeping our expedition energetic. We enter the Imja Valley and descend into the Lobuche River and a continuous climb from there will eventually take us to Dingboche. We will see beautiful green fields protected by stone walls to them safe from cold wind and animals. O/N we stay at the guest house.

Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m) [3-4 Hours]
Today we would be taking a pleasant walk leaving Dingboche behind following the trail via Imja Khola valley with magnificent views of the Himalayas en route. We will be having a relaxed walk of just 3-4 hours today. As we walk through the trail we can see towering peaks of Mt. Lhotse on our left and Mt. Ama Dablam on our right. Walking further we reach at yak herdman’s place called Bibre. As we take further steps we can see the Island Peak (Imja Tse) which is one of the most popular trekking peak of the region. We will cross some icy streams en route before we reach Chhukung. Approximately, thirty minutes of walk from Bibre takes us to Chhukung. We can behold scenic view of glaciers and massive mountains all around us. You have all the choice today whether you want to have a relaxing time resting in Chhukung or hike to the rocky knoll of Chhukung Ri wthat offers stunning views of Mt. Lhotse, Island peak, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu and other Himalayas. Overnight we stay at Chhukung.

Day 08: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m) [3-4 Hours] and Climbing Preparation
We will follow the trail climbing steadily towards south of the valley and later continue turning east. The trail then continues along the southern edge of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. We will be having a relaxed walk via Imja and Lhotse glacier moraine to the Base camp of Island peak. Upon reaching the base camp our guides will conduct the training session on peak climbing skills and using climbing gears like ice axe, climbing boot and crampons, harness, ascender, rope handling etc. Although it is not mandatory to take any training for Island peak climbing, it provides with basic techniques on gears handling and techniques that helps in successfully climbing the peak. Overnight, we stay at Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 09: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5600m) [2-3 Hours]
Today we move to island Peak High Camp from its base camp. The path to high camp leads up beyond the base camp. We then ascend few meters towards the hillside. The path is quite sandy initially and later goes through the grassy path. We ascend the hill and reach the high camp of Island peak.

Day 10: High Camp-Summit Island Peak-Base Camp-Chhukung [8-10 hours]
Today is the climax of our trip. We will be summiting the Island peak. We begin our climb early in the morning few hours after the midnight. We begin by climbing a rocky ditch. This is not difficult but still the short rocky steps may create some problem. We will then follow a ridgeline which leads to an exciting traverse through the snout of the summit glacier. We need the rope support to go up through the glacier as it contains several crevasses. Our guide will help you in fixing the ropes where ever necessary. A vertical snow hill leads us to the summit ridge. After summiting the peak we take pictures of scenic beauty from the peak and descend down to Chhukung for the overnight stay. We have all the reasons to celebrate the night today.

Day 11: Chhukung to Namche Bazaar [8-9 Hours]
We gear up for a long day trekking today. We trek through Imja Khola to reach Pangboche village. We will also visit the famous monastery in Pangboche which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region. We then descend down the trail via green landscape filled with pine forest. The trail further leads to an uphill climb to reach the village of Tengboche. We pay our visit to the Monastery and descend down to Dudh Koshi River. We climb the hillside and enter the Namche Bazaar. Overnight, we stay in Namche.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla [6-8 hours]
We will be wrapping up our trekking expedition today. Leaving Namche Bazaar behind we descend down the rocky trail crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river. As we walk the trail becomes more smooth and easy. We find the environment really warm and cozy compared to previous days of our expedition. We can feel the fresh air blowing from Himalayas that makes our expedition more energetic and vibrant. We pass through beautiful forest filled with Rhododendron, pine trees and different natural vegetations. We get to snap beautiful mountains and the panoramic views on our way. We will be pleased passing through Sherpa villages that offer a unique blend of Sherpa culture and tradition. Upon arrival at Lukla we conclude our long expedition and have a relaxing time with our friends and crew members. Overnight, we stay in Lukla.

Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]
We will wave our final goodbye to the beautiful mountains today. The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because the windy afternoon may cause difficulties flying the aircraft. The early morning scenic flight over the Himalayas drops us at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport from where you will be escorted to the hotel. Today we have the whole day to relax at the hotel or hang around in the city for buying gifts to your near and dear ones. You will be joining a special farewell dinner in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by Breakfree Adventures and its team. O/N at the Hotel.

Day 14: Transfer to airport for your onward destination.
Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful trekking adventure. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

The price includes the following services:
• Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
• Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast on twin/triple sharing basis
• Round trip flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
• Domestic airport tax
• Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
• Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
• A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters (two trekkers, one porter) during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance coverage
• Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS)
• First Aid/Medical Kit
• Duffle Bag
• Welcome dinner with Nepali Cultural show
• Government taxes
• Service charge.
• Climbing gears

 

The price does not include following services:
• Any meals other than the breakfast in Kathmandu
• Monuments entrance fees
• Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
• Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
• Tips for guides and porters.

Island Peak Climbing Depature Dates 2013/2014

Start Date End Date Price Availability  

 

Private departures are available everyday upon your request.

Note:
AVAILABLE : You can book up to four places on this trip. Available and guaranteed.
GUARANTEED : This trip is guaranteed to depart as we have fulfilled the minimum numbers of travelers.
LIMITED : Immediate booking is recommended as the availability is limited in this departure.
JOIN : Join this offer as soon as possible before time runs out.
CLOSED : This trip is now full or unavailable on the specified date. Please contact us, if you are interested in travelling on this available date.
REQUEST : Due to some aspects of the trip we are unable to confirm the trip immediately. However, we will inform you about the status of your request within 2 business days.

Useful Information:
We will provide you with detailed information about the trekking, Climbing, trekking trail etc for simplifying your expedition. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any queries we would be more than happy to provide you with all the information you are seeking from us.

When to go (Best Season to Travel)
Autumn (Mid September-Mid December) and spring (March-May) are the best season for the Island Peak Climbing. The weather during the season is sunny and warm during the day that offers you to enjoy the magnificent view of the Himalayan range whereas the nights are chilling and cold and can fall to freezing in the higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan and Feb) is also ideal for Island Peak Climbing but cold is something that bothers you. Trekking and peak climbing during summer will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon of a keen botanist. The trekking routes are always busy with trekkers during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and crowded and you can have a great journey enjoying the scenic views.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended for trekkers who plan their trekking in the Himalayas. Travel insurance is mandatory while going for trekking, hiking etc in Nepal. Please make sure that your insurance policy covers personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that your policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered by your policy. You must carry proof of insurance (i.e. your insurance certificate) with you during your expedition.

Meals and Accommodation:
We will arrange three or four star hotel for your accommodation (Upgradable upon request) in Kathmandu. During the Island Peak Climbing we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house/Lodge. Tea Houses are like hotels that serve with hot showers, western foods and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guest houses are ordinary guest house with shared washing and toilet facilities and comparatively cheap in price. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with one of the group member with same sex. If you wish to stay single in a room then you have to let us know in advance and some surcharges are applicable in such case. Please be noted that there are several guest houses that do not allow a single accommodation during the peak season so sharing the room with somebody becomes a compulsion. We will arrange your dinner and early breakfast in the guest house itself but the lunches will be arranged in some restaurants en route. Your stay at a local guest house helps you to be more familiar with local culture and traditions.

Breakfree Adventures is highly concerned about the standard of food and make sure that sufficient food is provided to our guest. A special menu will be offered so that you could choose the kind of food you like to eat. A cup of tea or coffee would be included in your meal menu. Our guide will always be there to assist you while choosing the food from the menu. The menu comes with comparatively high price due to the availability of food items and spices and extreme locations. Most of the tea houses serve you with delicious local cuisines along with international foods. You can get food items like biscuits, chocolates, cold drinks, soft drinks and seasonal fruits and veggies. Bottled water is always available in the tea house and restaurants or shops en route. You may ask your guide to fill the bottle with boiled water from the lodges and purify them with purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 14-days Island Peak Climbing is moderate trek suitable for passionate trekkers who have the ability to walk at least four to six hours a day. Some days you might even need to walk seven to eight hours. Walking in higher altitude is rather challenging and it requires a lot of physical caliber. A good physique, positive altitude, self confidence and strong determination are the keys to success to successfully accomplish the Island Peak Climbing. Island peak climbing does not require any prior climbing experience but knowledge about the climbing gears and equipments would be an advantage. Our guides will however train you on gear handling, rope climbing and ice climbing before climbing the Island peak. Prior preparation like walking or jogging few hours a day before starting your trek is beneficial and it simplifies your expedition. Past hiking experience would be an asset but not mandatory for Island Peak Climbing. Participants with chronic illness, physical disorder, heart, blood and respiratory disease are strongly advised to inform Breakfree Adventures before booking the trek. Consultation with a medical professional is highly recommended before starting your Island Peak Climbing expedition.

The Trekking Group:
For Island Peak Climbing we allocate one trekking and climbing leader, an assistant guide (4 trekkers: 1assistant guide) and porters for carrying the luggage. We make sure that the trek expedition will still go ahead as planned if any of the group members falls sick. We operate the Island Peak Climbing for any group size but generally a largest group consists of twelve people. We also make customized group size as per your requirement.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
Trekking guides and staff plays a vital role in making a trek a successful one. We allocate trained, experienced, courteous and expert guide and crew members for every trekking endeavor. The staff and guide we deploy during the trekking have the utmost ability of operating your days in the mountains. The team will be lead by the best and professional guide from the industry. Our guide and are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, expertise, guiding skills and aptitude. We deploy the guides and crew member who are familiar with the local culture and community and geographical distribution. Trekking guides of Breakfree Adventures are trained with the following trainings so that to enhance their potentials on medical issues, biodiversity, environmental issues and English language proficiency.
• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our trekking guides speak English (Some may have the potentials to speak other foreign language like French, Spanish etc) adequate enough for the smooth communication but please consider that English is not our mother tongue. Our guides and porters know the routes and trails and are well aware of local culture and traditions.

Acclimatization:
Breakfree Adventures’s 14-days Island Peak Climbing is planned with high degree of awareness about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Trekking in the higher altitude too fast might cause a medical condition serious enough to cause death. The level of oxygen fluctuates as the height increases. For example, at an altitude above 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Our body requires many days to adapt the less-oxygen environment so the itinerary should be planned accordingly. Our itinerary is planned in such a way that it provides sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible trek plan is therefore very crucial to minimize the risk of AMS. Breakfree Adventures highly advises specially the guests with known heart, blood or respiratory diseases to consult their medical professional before travelling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our leaders are well trained to administer the AMS. Breakfree Adventures’s itineraries are designed to avert the risk of AMS as much as possible.

Safety and Security:
We do not compromise on safety and security of our guests. We highly prioritize safety and security measures during the trek. We have to understand that there are certain risks while travelling in higher altitude which you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and trekking trail and they would cancel or re-route a trip if they feel any destination is unsafe to travel.

Responsible Travel:
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel professionals who are always passionate to make your stay in Nepal a memorable one. Our team adopts social philosophies that highly value the responsibility for their clients, local people and the environment we work. We admire the natural environment and social, cultural and traditional aspect of this majestic country. We always opt to assist our guests in discovering the beauty and culture in the best possible way we can. Responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism in the environment while opening employment opportunities and generating income for local communities. Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving environment and we keep a close watch to ensure the environmental protection. As a responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local people and community through which we travel. While trekking to different destination, we choose environment friendly lodges that ensure high level of guest care. During the treks and other expeditions we follow a zero garbage policy (Pack in, Pack out) and leave nothing behind in the campsites and travel areas. We would appreciate your feedback and suggestions regarding the responsible travel.

Trip Facts

Trip Code: BANETE16
Trip Duration: 14 days
Activities: Trekking, Sight Seeing Tour, Peak Climbing, scenic flight.
Max. Altitude: 6189m
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best Season: Feb - May and Sept – Nov
Group Size: Minimum one
Daily walking: 5 - 8 hours each day
Transportation: Private vehicle as per itinerary, Lukla to Kathmandu flight
Accommodation: 3 star in Kathmandu and lodge/teahouse during the trek (Upgrade on request)
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
Trip Type: Lodge/teahouse trek (Camping on request)

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