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ISLAND PEAK EXPEDITION (6189M) - IMJA TSE

16 Days
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  • Max. Elevation:
    6189m / 20,305ft
  • Walking Per Day:
    5 - 6 Hours
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel + Lodge + Tent
  • Best Season:
    Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size:
    2 - 15 PAX

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Country

Nepal

Peak Name

Island Peak

Duration

16 Days

Route

Normal Route

Range

Khumbu Himal

Trip Overview

Imja Tse peak or also popularly known as Island Peak stands tall with a modest height of 6,189m. English Mountaineer Eric Shipton named it an Island Peak in 1953. He thought it resembles an island in a sea of ice seeing it from Dingboche. In 1983, Island Peak again got its new name, Imja Tse. Island peak climbing is done along with the Everest Base Camp Trek. With very few technical aspects, it offers itself even to the beginner climber with competitive endurance. Hence, it is one of the most popular choices among the 6000m. Island Peak welcomes hundreds of climbers groups each year luring them to their peak.

Island Peak trek spans around 16 days. The trip begins after landing at Lukla airport. Spending a couple of nights in Namche Bazaar the climbers acquaint themselves gradually before actually climbing the Island Peak. It takes four to five days to reach the Base camp of Island Peak. Here in the base camp climbers have to familiarize themself with the climatic condition before actually pushing themselves to the summit. The ascent to the top starts along a ridge where climbers use a foot traction device popularly known as crampons along with a rope to elevate upwards. The way across the glacier is easy with occasional fractures in them. After reaching the top, an exquisite view of Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse, and Ama Dablam is seen. This peak was first ascended by Tenzing Norgay who was a part of the British Team preparing for the Everest Triumph. After reaching the summit, you descend via the main Everest Trail to Lukla Airport.

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) & Transfer to the Hotel
    B/D
    Hotel

  • Day 2
    Fly from Kathmandu – to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,800m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 3
    Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3,440m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 4
    Acclimatization in Namche Bazzar (rest day): Hike at Everest View Hotel
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 5
    Trek from Namche Bazzar to Tyangboche Monastery (3,860m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 6
    Trek from Tangboche to Dingboche (4,243m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 7
    Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 8
    Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 9
    Hike from Island Peak Base camp to High Camp (5,550m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 10
    High Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m) and Back to Chhukung
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 11
    Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 12
    Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 13
    Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 14
    Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (transfer to Hotel)
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 15
    Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 16
    Transfer to International Airport for final departure
    Breakfast

Route Map

Cost Includes

  • AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu (3 Star Category) on a bed & breakfast Basis- Sharing Twin Bed Room.
  • WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
  • PERMITS : All necessary paper works: Island Peak climbing Permit from NMA, Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, TIMS CARD & Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry fee.
  • GARBAGE DEPOSIT : Garbage Deposit fees.
  • STAFF INSURANCE : Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and climbing.
  • MAP : Trekking and climbing map.
  • MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – to Lukla and while returning Lukla – to Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
  • CLIMBING STUFF TRANSPORTATION : Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staffs from Kathmandu to Lukla (by air cargo) and to Base camp (by Porters)– While returning: Base camp to Lukla (by porters) and Lukla to Kathmandu (by air cargo).
  • MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 25 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters.
  • FOODS & LODGING : 3 Food 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek.
  • DRINKS : 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
  • PORTERS : Porters (1 member: 1 Porter) during the trek.
  • CLIMBING SHERPA : Veteran and Government Licensed Climbing Guide.
  • CLIMBING SHERPA SALARY & ALLOWANCE : Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
  • STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porters’ daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
  • OXYGEN BOTTLE (O2) : Oxygen bottles will be in stock at base camp in case of an emergency (with appropriate charge).
  • HIGH CAMP SERVICE : Necessary cooking gas, cooking pot for a member, high altitude tent (sharing basis), high food for a member, Sherpa, and climbing crews. Group climbing gears, and fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
  • LIGHT : Necessary light at all tents. * if required.
  • GUIDE : Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sight-seeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • VALLEY SIGHTSEEING : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [Swoyambu (Monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square] by a professional guide.
  • MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit.
  • SUMMIT CERTIFICATE : Island Peak climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (after climbing the Island Peak successfully).

Cost Excludes

  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee $60 USD per person for 30 days and to be applied for 60 days is $120 USD.
  • LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
  • EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU : Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • INSURANCE : Travel and high-altitude insurance, accident, helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
  • RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs.)
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will serve soft drinks for members in base camp).
  • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
  • TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • INTERNET SERVICE : Not included during the trek.
  • EXTRA PORTER : $25 USD for an extra porter per day (If an extra porter is demanded).
  • SUMMIT BONUS : Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa.
  • TIPS : Tips for Basecamp and other staff.
  • EXTRA : Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

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    Grading

    Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

    For Expeditions

    1. Easy (E): Climb requires one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with non-technical elements.
    2. Moderate (M): Either a serious one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
    3. Difficult (D): Multiday climbs with some moderately technical elements. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
    4. Hard Difficult (HD): Multiday, Highly technical climb. Requires high level of physical fitness and stamina.
    5. Very Difficult (VD): Multiday, Extremely technical climb. Requires very high level of Physical fitness and stamina.

    Grading

    Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

    For Trekking

    1. Light: Light walking and generally level hiking that is good for most fitness levels. During these trips, hill-walking experience is desirable.
    2. Moderate: Trek has various types of moderate to difficult terrain, including rough trails and normally 3 to 5 hours a day. Requires an average to above average fitness level.
    3. Moderate+: High altitude treks above 3000 meters or in fairly difficult terrain- normally 4 to 6 hours a day. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
    4. Extreme: These high altitude treks or passes are known to be the most strenuous and has difficult terrain and conditions. These treks may require a degree of mountaineering skills and you capability of carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5600 meters. Daily walking is 5-8 hours approx.

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    Chris Huntsman

    USA

    These guys are the real deal. Incredibly professional and helpful; I genuinely couldn’t imagine hiking to base camp any other way.

    Seven summits planned everything, lodging, flights, and meals. All I had to do was show up and hike. My bag got lost on the way into Lukla (the airlines' fault not Seven Summits) but these guys (Sherpa Chhepal) organized a personal porter to bring my pack up to us since we’d already started our trek.

    Not only did Chhepal square away a porter but he did even more digging and got my bag on a helicopter instead. I had it first thing in the morning; it was incredible. When I was heading back to Kathmandu once we were finished, I realized I had time to catch an earlier flight if I could get out of Lukla on time. Well our flight was delayed but Seven Summits squoze me on a helicopter, got me to KTM, and I started making my journey home an entire day early because of that.

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    Canada

    I had an excellent experience with these guys. They had a stellar Ama Dablam basecamp, a solid group of Sherpas, and great food. I'll be using them again on future climbs.

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    UK/Bahrain

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