Island Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

This exciting expedition makes a wonderful circuit of the Everest region crossing high passes and ascending spectacular viewpoints. The aim of the trek is to acclimatize for the exciting and challenging ascent of Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft), which offers breathtaking views of the highest mountains on earth.

Island Peak is one of the main climbing peaks in Everest Region with an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. Our Island peak climbing itinerary has been designed very professionally taking care of proper and gradual acclimatization at suitable intervals. Before scaling the peak, we also take you to the most popular trekking destinations – Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar – for the close up views of Mt. Everest and other highest mountains. After enjoying the magnificent views of Mt Everest and surrounding peaks from Kala Patthar and at the same time acclimatizing properly for the climb, we cross Kongma La, descend to Chhukung and prepare for the Island Peak ascent. The journey begins from and concludes at one of the most famous mountain airstrip in the world, the Lukla Airport in the Everest Region.

The Island Peak is situated at the heart of Khumbu region, which is recognized as a moderate Climbing peak of Everest region. Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shipton’s who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. It was renamed “Imja Tse” in the early ’80s, though its original name is still more popular. Our Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek can also be very interesting to the climbers who are planning to attempt even higher altitude peaks afterwards. Island peak climbing fulfills the dream of the climbers who are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen their experience towards peak climbing. The 21-day Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek is designed for those adventurers who are energetic and physically fit and are wishing for both trekking and climbing experience within a short period of time in the eastern Himalaya.

Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Griffon Travels. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary as planned; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Day to Day Activity

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing and preparation day
Day 03: Fly to Lukla
Day 03-10: Trek to Everest Base Camp
Day 11-13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp
Day 14: Island Peak High Camp
Day 15: High Camp to Summit and back to Chhukung
Day 16: Reserve day
Day 17/18: Trek to Lukla
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 20: Spare day in Kathmandu
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu

Note: You only get Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu. You are on full board rest of the trip.

Trip Highlight

» Two challenging ascents, Kala Pattar (5,545m) and Island Peak (6,189m)
» Close-up views of some of the world's highest mountains, including Everest, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam
» Following the footsteps of the great climbing expeditions of the past

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu:
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
    Today there is a half day guided tour to visit the old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the old city. Here is the old Royal palace, with its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers. There are several Hindu temples to house for different Hindu deities and images including the resident for Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living Goddess from mid 18th century. You will get magnificent example of Nepali architecture from medieval period around this Durbar square. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls.

    You are free in the afternoon to visit the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupors in the world at Bodnath or you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath. There should be time for briefing, checking your climbing gear and do all the preparation for the trip. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 03- 10
    You will have short but exciting flight to Lukla and ascend to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar following the footsteps of the great climbing parties. You will spend extra day at Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpa people where you may get more supplies for the rest of the trip in Khumbu region. Leaving Namche Bazaar you’ll continue following the valley to Thyangboche where you’ll visit the incredible monastery in the region. You may wish to do Puja (prayer) at the monastery to receive good luck for the rest of the trip in Khumbu region. You will have another acclimatization day at Dingboche. On that day, you can climb Nangkartshang Peak (5,090m) above Dingboche. From the top, you will have a wonderful close-up view of our objective, Island Peak and you’ll get magnificent views of the surrounding glacier around you. You continue on the main trail to Lobuche, from where you will head to Everest Base Camp for the great views of Khumbu Ice fall. BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 11- 13
    You will climb Kala Patthar in the morning for acclimatization and magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Pumori.  Descending back to Lobuje, we leave the main trail, head up to the Kongma La, a steep pass with fantastic views of Nuptse just beside us, and continue to Island Peak Base Camp. The next few days are spent ascending Island Peak. The climb provides a 'challenging alpine experience' involving fine climbing among breathtaking scenery. For the fit, experienced walker this really is a fantastic chance to get as close as possible to some of the world's highest peaks.BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 14- 16
    You have at least 3 days for climbing Island Peak for your final excursion on the trip. Ascending on Island Peak either in autumn or in spring season, you will have unforgettable climbing experience once in your life in the eastern Nepal Himalaya. C
    Overnight Tents, full supported Camping

    Day 17/18
    You descend to Lukla via Namche; you may like to celebrate your climbing experience with your staff in the mountain before flying back to Kathmandu. BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu.
    We fly back to Kathmandu and spend the rest of the day at leisure. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 20: Spare day in Kathmandu,
    Today is free in Kathmandu for last minute sightseeing or shopping. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 21: Depart Kathmandu,
    The trip ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for the flight back home. Included meal: Breakfast


Price Includes

» Arrival and departure transfer
» Accommodation in Kathmandu- twin Share
» City tour in Kathmandu
» Transportation, tour guide
» Kathmandu - Lukla return flight for members, staffs and equipments
» All national park permits and entrance fees
» Tea house trek including food and accommodation in Lodges - Boiled water, tea and coffee
» Guide, porters and camping crew during  trekking/climbing
» Island Peak climbing Permit fees
» Food, Tents and Kitchen equipments for climbing
» Group climbing equipments such as rope, ice screws, snow pickets, etc.
» Climbing Guide, his equipment allowance and salary
» Additional porters for carrying climbing gears
» Salary and Insurance for all Nepali staffs

Price Excludes

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage and laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu (except welcome and farewell dinner)
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Personal climbing equipments
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

Equipment List
You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
Sun glasses
Chap stick / Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners / Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit

All equipments as in trekking equipment list except 25L day pack. Need a 40L+ day pack.
Snow Gaiter (compulsory)
Snow Goggles
Head torch
Thick socks at least 3 pairs
Gloves, thin thermal layer and thick down or acrylic filled wind and waterproof outer layer
Wind stopper Top/Wind stopper bottom
Ruck-Sack minimum 40L+, should have loop to hold Ice-Axe, pole and side pocket to hold water bottle

Harness: Black Diamond on high quality
Karabiners: Two pieces Screw Gate “D” Shaped and two plain
Tape Sling: Two meters 1inch wide tape sling with free ends
Ice-Axe: Choice depends on use. Generally length between your ankle and finger tips on stretched body (60cm to 70cm).This is the choice of shaft length to go for.
Climbing boots
Crampons: Quick clip on and release design having detachable anti balling plate and a size to fit your boot.
Jumar/Ascenders: This is a device for climbing up on a rope and is a must in steep climbing section.
Descender: This is a device to climb down a rope safely. Figure of eight and ATC are other names.
Sleeping bag: Good sleeping bag of 80% – 90% down, 1000gm filled to use above base camp & normal trek,
Down Jacket: A good down filled jacket to use above base camp n normal trek.
Duffel bag: trekking/Mountaineering Basics 85 litter water proofs.

Latest News
TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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Griffon Travel is an adventure company in Kathmandu, Nepal, which has been established by experience people from the Himalayas
Address: Minbhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal