Escape Nepal offers Island Peak climbing holiday in Nepal and the Island Peak (6,160 m.) is also famously known as Imja Tse, the Island peak is one of the popular peaks in Nepal for climbing. Usually, the Island peak is combined with major trekking destinations in Everest region including Everest Base Camp and we have done the same here however if you prefer to have longer days in the Everest Region and want to include Chola pass Trek or High passes Trek, then we can include them on our itinerary so, please write us with your length of your holiday and list of the places that you want to visit in your single holiday, the Island peak has long been popular for climbing ever since Nepal was first opened to the outsiders and its route was then discovered back in 1950s. The official record shows that Island peak was first climbed by the British team in the course of preparing to climb the world’s highest peak--Mt. Everest (8,848 m) in the year 1953, and it is also said that Tenjing Norgey Sherpa was also one of the team members for climbing of the peak for the first time.
The Island peak previously known as Imja Tse was said to have named as ‘Island peak’ in 1953 by the British National, Eric Earle Shipton who was one of the member of the team then who were climbing for the first time. The peak was said to have named as ‘Island peak’ because the peak then was like and still is like an Island in a sea of ice, when you have views of this very peak from Dingboche. Island peak climbing trip is popular not merely for having summit on the pinnacles of majestic Himalaya in Nepal alone but also for sneaking awesome up close views of hosts of Himalayas located in the Everest region including that is of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m) also known to be Lhotse Shar as well as of Mt. Nuptse I (7,861 m), Mt. Nuptse II (7,827 m), Nuptse Shar (7,804 m), Nuptse Nup I (7,784 m), Nuptse Shar II (7,776 m), Nuptse Shar III (7,695 m), the Nuptse in fact is connected with a long ridge to Mt. Lhotse. And, Island Peak is also regarded to be a part of Mt. Lhotse itself.
In course of ascending up on the Island peak, you will happen to pass snow-filled rocky hills, boulder, slippery ways, using ice axe, crampons and other necessary equipment you continue hiking on the ice filled ways and finally beating up the strong wind and challenging snow-filled path, you will reach on the pinnacle of the Island peak, from where you will be amazed with seeing paradise of snow, undoubtedly the stunning vista of Mt. Lhotse shar which is raised still tall to the north, while on the south-west, you will glimpse the sight of Mt. Makalu (8,463 m) and Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Mt. Buruntse (6,770 m) and Amphu Lapcha (5,245 m) and host of other Himalayas like strongly built wall. Although, if you encounter enormous challenges while crossing the path, you will immediately forget all as you are amazed with dazzling views of the majestic mountains, awesome scenes and sceneries including that is of glaciers, glacial lakes and so forth.
Technically, the Island peak is regarded to be one of the most difficult and challenging peak for climbing but undoubtedly, it is the peak which offers you utmost adventure and lifetime experience, not merely of peak climbing alone but you will also have an opportunity to explore the distinct culture and rituals as well as the lifestyles of legendary Sherpa, Rai who are residing alongside of the trail. And, undoubtedly, as you pass through green jungle, you will happen to spot numerous of flora and fauna, as well as explore around the Buddhist monastery and more. All these features are crystal clear why Island peak climbing trip is popular and special climbing trip in Nepal. Escape Nepal team have carefully designed the itineraries of Island peak climbing with adequate of stoppages for acclimatization which will ease you have summit to this very peak successfully and have first time experience.
We at Escape Nepal have prepared 21 days itinerary for the island peak that is included your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley, so, Before, we head off to the Island Peak climbing trip; we will first have sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley, explore around its world cultural and religious heritage sites and after having excursion all around, we will have a short flight from Kathmandu airport to Lukla and the actually trekking begin via Phakding, we continue trekking to Namche Bazaar, where we will have one day for rest and acclimatize with high altitude. Next day, we head off to Tyangboche, which is famous place for having amazing views of Mt. Everest and also famous for an ancient Buddhist monastery and after exploring all around we will continue trekking to Pheriche, where you will have another day for acclimatization. You will then continue trekking to Gorakshep, reach at Everest Base camp and then retrace down Kalapattar and climb to Kalapathar then trekking down to Dingboche, and via Chhukung valley, we will finally reach at Island peak base camp and summit to the peak and having amazing mount vistas from the top, we will then retrace down to Dingbuche, Tyangboche, subsequently get down to Lukla via Namche Bazaar and fly back to Kathmandu.
We departure for the island peak on any day that is suitable for you so, contact us for your date even if you are single looking to join group tour or you are already group and want to have climb with your group, we offer best rate for both type of departure.
Day 01. Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters) and you will be met by our airport representative and transferred to hotel, Evening free and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. ( A)
Day 02. Full day of sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, overnight at Hotel: After having Breakfast at hotel, we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa and return to hotel, evening free/shopping for the island peak climbing and overnight at hotel, ( A, B).
Day 03.Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) - 3.5 hours: Early morning, we drive to Airport for the 35 minutes scenic flight to the small mountain airport Lukla, after reaching at lukla our guide will introduce with the porters, then start trekking following mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi, it is easy trekking and takes about three and half hour to reach at Phakding , overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 04.Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) - 6 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we continue our trekking following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing it many times, we enter to the park in Jorsale and we will stop there for lunch and again we continue the trekking, after few hours walking Namche Bazar will appears ahead as we travel along the path surrounded by pine forest. Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the Namche village. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Duch koshi Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food and other stuff and mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 05.Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m) for acclimatization: Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization we walk up to Khhumjung village through Everest view Hotel in Syangbuche and you will see the beautiful view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community and there is an old monastery as well so, we will visit that and return to Namche, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 06.Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.) - 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking with the ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangaru, after walking few hours on flat Zigzag trail; we descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga then we climb through Rhododendron forest to the Tengbuche, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 07.Trek from Tyangboche to Pheriche (4260 m.)- 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking with descending through Rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola and cross exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and walk passing by a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Pangboche. Our route continues through summer pastures to Pheriche, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 08.Rest day at Pheriche for acclimatization: Today is the remarkable acclimatization day. There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge from the some hill top around there and we will walk around for the acclimatization, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 09.Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4930 m.)- 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek for today and Today's walk offers views of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north- Pokalde (5741m) Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse, after few hours of walking, we will reach Thukla then continue for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, we continue trekking up to Lobuche, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 10.Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (m.) 6-7 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings us to Gorakshep, where we will stop for lunch and we leave all our stuff at lodge as this is the last place where there are lodge available – then we start our Himalayan journey to the Everest Base camp- WOW !!! Congratulation!!! Your Dream to be at Everest Base camp came true now, after visiting sometime in the Base Camp then we return to Gorekshep, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 11.Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Dingbuche-7 Hours: Quite Early morning, we climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise over the Himalayas. From Kala Patthar, we will have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more, after seeing the sunrise, we trek down to Gorekshep and have hot lunch and start trekking down to Dingbuche, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 12: Dingboche to Chhukung Valley- 3 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today, we will a short and easy day as it will take only about 3 hours to reach Chukum however we will walk around to be more familiar with the mountains, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 13: Trek from Chhukung valley to Island Base Camp: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our waling for today and Now, Our Real Climbing starts and it is not technical until Base Camp so, you do not have to be worried about anything, we fix the camp in Base camp and overnight at tented camp: (A, B, L, and D).
Day 14: Submit Inland peak and trek down to Dingbuche: We will start our climbing very early in the morning depending on weather- once we submit then we trek down to Dingbuche and overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 15: spare day for the climbing incase of bad weather any thing: This day is extra day because some time we may need to way another day to submit the island peak due to the weather, it is necessary to have at least one day extra, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 16: Trek from Dingbuche to Tengboche- 4 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking bank to Tyanbuche, which takes about 4 to 5 hours, the most trails is plat and we will climb some part before reaching Tengbuche, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 17: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)- 4 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek back to Namche Bazaar; the walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga to Shanasha, then the trail goes flat till Namche , overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.)- 6 hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek down to Lukla, The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).
Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu: We will take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel, rexax, shopping and overnight at Hotel, (A, B).
Day 20: Leisure day in Kathmandu: It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla, farewell dinner in Kathmandu, overnight at hotel, (A, B).
Day 21: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure: We are doubly sure you have enjoyed a wonderful Island peak holiday that shows you the true depths of Nepal’s natural beauty in dissimilar climatic conditions & its changing landscapes in the course of your exotic journeys. We know that you will always remember this holiday & will return home to tell stories of your amazing experiences in the incredible Himalayan nation of Nepal. We know that you will return again someday. Bon Voyage! On your way home, ( B).
A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch and D- Dinner.
Flight detail to and from Lukla: In some circumstances, we could face problems of internal flights to/from Lukla delayed by few hours or canceled for a day or more because of bad weather. This happens very rarely, but it could happen anyways, even in the best trekking season. You may also know how climate change is affecting our globe. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if possible (just in case). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, or shopping as you wish in the additional days that may come about. However, if you want a heli-rescue in the state of flight cancellation to/from Lukla-we organize it. A helicopter charge can range from USD 3000 to 3500 and it can lift 4 persons per flight.
Trip Itinerary- The itinerary given for the tour standard itinerary that we offer you however if you have any special interests on your holiday or if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and if you would like to add or remove any places from the itinerary then we are flexible with itinerary and we offer you tailor made itineraries according to your time and desire.
Trip price - The price given is per person on twin share basis for the Small group travel for fixed departure and we offer Group discounts for the booking of two or more than two person and group of 10 or more people will have maximum discounts with one person (tour leader) travel free in Nepal (land only) and if you even have maximum number of people even more than 10 people then contact us for the further discussion about the discounts and those want to travel in group and want to have private room ( where possible) on our holiday then that cost you extra single supplement cost, we have given the single supplement cost on our package however if you could not find it then please write us for the further information:
Trip extension - If you have time and are interested to take Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara Tour, Lumbini Tour, then you can start now…we are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement for any of these extra tours.
The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.
We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek) on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.
We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.
When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.
Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.
The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.
We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:
This type of holidays is best described as Alpine, and suitable for those people, who have an excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The holidays cover very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trekking should be undertaken without medical clearance, these types of trek includes some high base camp trek like Makalu Base Camp, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Dhoulagiri Base Camp, Upper Dolpo trek and those peak climbing holidays as well.