This peak is known as Imja Tse peak in local Tibetan and Sherpa language in Everest region. The peak was named as Island peak by Eric Shipton and his party in 1953 because they viewed this peak like an island in the sea of ice from Dingboche. This peak altitude of 6160 meter was climbed by British team and Tenjing Norgay Sherpa in 1953 for the first time as a good preparation to summit Mt. Everest expedition.
From the Island peak base camp at beginning part we walk mostly on black rocks. After few hours walking, we get snow and ice crevasse the climbing starts hanging on ropes. Near the top, we have to climb in 45 degree and finally, we reach on the summit. The climbers can take benefits to view Lhotse Shar, Baruntse, Amphu and Amadablam to the south, Nuptse, Middle peak to the north and Choyu and Makalu to the East from the top of island peak. This peak is technically not so difficult to climb than other peaks in Nepal.
Trip summery in facts: Trip Title: Island Peak Climbing Maximum Elevation: 6160m Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Trip Duration: 23 Days Mode of Operation: Tea House Lodge + Camping Trek. Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec. Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 12 people
Outline Itinerary: Island Peak Climbing Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport 1300m, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city of Kathmandu. Bed & breakfast included. Day 02: Flight Katmandu to Lukla 2860m 45m by plane, then trek to Phakding (2600m) 3hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m), the biggest ethnic Sherpa village, influenced by Tibetan Buddhist society and the gate way of Everest region. 6 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 04: Namche acclimatization: explore around Syangboche airport, airfield of the highest altitude in the world and visit Khumjung village. We can see the spectacular views of Everest Himalayan range including Amadablam, Thamserku, Kongde, Khumbi La, Nuptse, Lhotse, Lobuche, Tauche etc. 6 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 05: Trek from Namche to Thame (3820m), village of Everest summiteers in Khumbu region. 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 06: Trek from Thame to Lungden( 4600m). 6 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 07: Trek from Lungde to Gokyo Lake crossing Renzo La Pass 5338m. 8 hours Overnight at Lodge. Day 08: Gokyo Lake acclimatization and visit around the glacier lakes. Day 09: Early in the morning, from Gokyo Lake ascent Gokyo Ri peak (5480m) and descend down to Gokyo Lake after having breakfast then trek to Thangnak 8 hours Over night at Lodge. Day 10: Trek from Thangna (Dragnag) (4700m) to Dzonglha (4830m) via Chola Pass (5430m). 8 hours Over night at tea house Lodge. Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4920m).5 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5100m) 4 hours Overnight at tea House Lodge. Day 13: Early in the morning, from Gorakshep ascent Kalapathar (5545m) to see the sun rise views in Everest Himalayan range including Pumori peak, Chhangte peak, Khumbutse peak, Amadablam, Lhotse peak,Nutpse peak,Baruntse, the great Khumbu glacier etc. After having lunch at Gorakshep trek to Lobuche. Day 14: Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung (4930m) via Kongma La Pass 5540m. It's the hardest journey among 3 cols pass trek. We should carry pack lunch for this long course. 9 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 15: Chhukung acclimatization, visit Chhukung Ri peak 5500m and return to Chhkung.7 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 16: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp 5000m. 5 hours Overnight tented camping. Day 17: Island peak Base Camp summit Island peak 6160m and trek down to Chhukung. 10 hours overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 18: Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche monastery 3870m 4 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 19: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Namche Bazar. Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 20: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla. Overnight at tea house Lodge. Day 21: Flight from Lukla to Katmandou 45m and transfer to hotel 2 star with bed & breakfast included. Day 22: Reserve day for the Lukla if in case there will be weather problem. Kathmandu free day sightseeing. Hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included. Day 23: Airport transfer from hotel and international departure.
-Kathmandu International & domestic airport - hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Everest (Sagarmatha National Park), TIMS and Island peak climbing permits.
-Accommodation in tea house lodge + tented camping in twin basis.
-Camping equipment: tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, porter's tent, utensils, tables, chairs etc.
-Climbing equipment: main rope, fixed rope, snow bar, rock piton, ice crew etc.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for climbing guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Lukla round flight tickets as mentioned in above itinerary.
-Internal airport tax in Kathmandu & Lukla.
-13 % VAT compulsory Nepal Government tax and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking climbing guide, cook and porters.
-Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, sleeping bags, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for climbing guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
Member Personal Equipment: S/No Particular Qty.
(01) Down suits 1
(02) Summit shoe 1
(03) Walking shoe 1
(04) Crampon 1
(05) Summit Glove (Mitten) 1
(06) Normal gloves 1
(07) Special sun glasses for snow.
(08) Iceaxe 1
(09) Harness 1
(10) Jumer 1
(11) Carapina (normal) 3
(12) Sleeping bag (-20 Degree Celsius ) 1
(13) Down filled Mattress 1
(14) Summit socks 1
(15) Normal socks 2
(16) Climbing bag (40 ltr) 1
(17) Safety Helmet 1
(18) Down jacket 1
(19) Down trouser 1
(20) 8 finger / descender 1
(21) Headlamp (Icon or Spot) 1
(22) Gore-tex jacket 1
(23) Gore-tex trouser 1
(24) Fleece jacket 1
(25) Fleece trouser 1
(26) Fleece liner gloves 3
(27) Screw Gate Carapina 1
(28) Balaclava (wind stopper) 1
(29) Thermos bottle 1
(30) Base layer (woolen) 1 (set)
(31) Water bottle normal 1
(32) Travel bag solid North Face/Quechua 60 liter 1