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Island Peak Expedition

Island Peak, 6189 meters high peak in Himalayas

Island Peak, 6189 meters high peak in Himalayas, was climbed for the first time by the members of the famous British climbing expedition in which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made a successful ascent on Mount Everest. The member of that expedition, Eric Shipton, named the top Island Peak. The peak got a new name Imja Tse in 1983 but even today local people call it Island Peak. It is surrounded with the giants: Lhotse (8501m) and Nuptse (7861m), while from the top two peaks over 8000m are also seen- Cho-Oyu (8201m) and Makalu (8463m).

Our expedition starts with flight from Kathmandu to Lukla followed by several days of walking through Khumbu valley to base camp and acclimatization on peaks Nangar Tsang (5100m) and Chukung Re (5550m). During the walk-through Khumbu, all the time in front of you will be the world’s highest peak – Mount Everest (8848m). We will overnight in the villages or in the local lodges and on arrival to the base camp we will cross to the tents which are provided by us, as well as ropes and bolts in order to ensure the direction to the top. All equipment will be transported to the base camp by the yaks. The final climb takes about 8h and return to the base camp about 4h. The experience in using of winter climbing equipment and outdoor sleeping is needed. So far, we had many successful expeditions to this peak with success rate over 80%.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Kathmandu airport. Transfer & Hotel accommodation.

Day 2

Visiting Buddhist and Hindu monasteries and temples in Kathmandu.

Day 3

Local flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Arrival at Lukla. Packing of equipment for the
porters. Trek to Phagding about 3 hours.

Day 4

Phagding – Namche Bazaar. Signing in at Sagarmatha National Park. Arrival at
the largest Sherpa village – Namche Bazaar.

Day 5

Climb to 4000m (Everest View hotel) for acclimatization and return to Namche Bazaar.

Day 6

Departure from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. Visiting the most beautiful Buddhist
monastery Tengboche.

Day 7

Departure from Tengboche to Pangboche. Overnight in Pangboche.

Day 8

Departure from Pangboche to Dingboche. Rest.

Day 9

Climb for acclimatization to 5100m, Nangar Tsang peak. Return to village.

Day 10

Departure from Dingboche to Chukung (4950 m) – 3 hours walk. Accommodation.

Day 11

Climb for acclimatization to Chukung Re (5550m).

Day 12

Departure from Chukung to Island Peak base camp.

Day 13

A day for acclimatization and rope course in BC. Preparing of personal equipment for the climb.

Day 14

Climb from BC to the top of Island Peak (6189m). After ascent returning to BC.

Day 15

Descent from BC for Pangboche.

Day 16

Descent from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar.

Day 17

Descent from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.

Day 18

Local flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Arrival to Kathmandu. Accommodation.

Day 19

Kathmandu sightseeing & shopping.

Day 20

Departure day.

Dates & Prices

October 28th, 2019
Spots available: 15 1980 €, Per Person
November 15th, 2019
Spots available: 15 1980 €, Per Person

FAQ

What’s included in the price?
To maximize convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and think about hiking & climbing. Here’s what’s included:

  • All local transfers including flight to/from Lukla
  • 13 nights in a mountain lodges / full board
  • 2 nights in 3* hotel in Kathmandu / BB
  • 3 nights in BC tents / full board
  • Porters to/from BC Island Peak
  • All necessary permits / trekking, climbing, national parks etc…
  • Sherpa guides during ascent
  • All necessary expedition equipment
  • Professional  mountain guide

The price does not include:

  • Flight tickets to/from Kathmandu
  • Nepali visa
  • Water and other beverage during the trek through Himalayas
  • Taxi services in Kathmandu
  • Tickets for temples and museums

You will need to cover flights; insurance and extra spend. You’ll need to book your flights to and from Kathmandu, travel insurance, Nepali visa and cover other personal expenses.

What’s the hiking to BC Island Peak like?
This is one of most beautiful places in Himalaya.All the time in front of you, Mt. Everest rises, the river Dud Koshi hook in its canyon, while smiling faces greet you with “Namaste” at every turn. Daily we walk from village to village about 6 hours. During the walk to the BC  we will have three acclimatization climbs in order to be ready for the final climb on Island Peak.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?
You need a high level of fitness level. We recommend the previous hiking experience at altitudes up to 4000 above sea level. Your  guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start. Experience instructor will be with the group all the time. Climbing skills are desirable, but all you need to climb to this top, you will get instructions from the guide and practice in the base camp.

What do I need to bring with me?
All expedition equipment will be provided (BC tents, ropes, ice screws, fully equipped BC…). For the rest of your trip, we recommend you bring:

  • Backpack (approximately 50 l) for the trekking & ascent
  • Sleeping bag (up to – 15 C, comfort zone)
  • Trekking trousers
  • Gore-Tex jacket and Gore-Tex trousers
  • Transport bag for the equipment
  • Hiking shoes (trekking to BC)
  • Climbing boots (BC to the top)
  • Socks (thermal + cotton)
  • T-shirts (cotton)
  • Base layer shirt and thermal long underwear pants
  • Woolen cap (or polar)
  • Hat (sun protection)
  • Polar jacket
  • Gloves
  • Towel and toiletries kit
  • Sunglasses + sun screen (sun protection SPF50)
  • Crampons
  • Trekking poles
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • 3x prussic rope (6mm, 3m), 3 lock carabineers and rope ascender
  • Head lamp with spare batteries
  • Water bottle x 2 and thermos x 2

 

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and professional  guide and support by local Sherpa guides.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and freshly cooked, hearty mountain meals. These include domestic cheese, chicken and Yak meet, local tea, honey, eggs, rice, pasta and vegetable. We can organize your meal in the way you like. The drinks are not included.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely.  Just let us know when you fill in your travel documents.

When can I go on this trip?
Book on to our pre-set dates above.  If you are considering alternative dates, the perfect time for this adventure is March, April and October, November.

What’s the weather like?
Early spring and late autumn are the best periods to visit Khumbu region. In spring average temperature is around 18; Autumn is slightly chillier but still really pleasant and colors are stunning. During the ascent average temperature is around – 15 degrees Celsius.

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before travelling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 15. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Can I customize the trip?
Of course! For private groups of six or more the trip can run on any days you wish, be extended or changed to suit your needs. Enquire now for a private trip.