Island peak, known as imja tse Peak (6180m), this is situated in Everest region of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. island peak was first climbed in 1953 as part of a training exercise by a British expedition.The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton’s party. This peak is known as part of training exercise peak before to climb world highest mout Everest. The difficulty level of island peak is easy to moderate, however, due to the high altitude, we suggest caution. High Altitude sickness can be a problem if acclimatization is not done. Prior trekking experience can provide fruitful, however, with our expert guides we will ensure that every trekker will see the end of the journey. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar. Being one of the ‘trekking peaks’ with very little technical aspects, Island Peak is not a difficult undertaking for a beginner climber wishing to enter the incredible world of mountain climbing.
High Altitude Sherpa can organize your all-inclusive 16 days Everest Base Camp trek and Island peak climbing Trip. You will be required to get a Peak Climbing permit and Sagaramatha National Park entrance fee before departing on trek. all mountaineering permits need to be arranged through a travel or trekking agency. it is not allowed to apply individually for peak climbing.
BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPAL
Autumn Session: September – November
The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.
Winter Session : December – February
Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.
Spring Session: March – May
Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.
Summer Session: June – August
Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.
Training and Climbing Approach
We spend several nights at base camp for proper acclimatization before we head to the higher camps. Upon arrival at base camp, we organize climbing training covering climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, descending, safety techniques, abseiling, belaying. We climb couple of times on our acclimatization hike to test your climbing skills before we head out on our attempt to climb Island peak.
Climbing and Team Composition
The expedition leads by an English Speaking high altitude experience guide. All climbing Sherpa guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training and they are competent to deal with the normal medical issues. This arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. In a group size of 4-5 people, two assistant guides, it is depend number of client where and how difficult you climbing peak.
physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Previous rock and ice climbing, high altitude over 5000 m experiences will be an asset. Experience of walking on Glacier with crampon and using ascending, descending device in mountain. on the day of summit will be required to walk 6-7 hours ascending and descending. The climbers need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along the steep technical terrain. It is important for medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctors before taking the trip.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft):
High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel, introduce your island peak guide and check the requirements and briefing about the island peak climbing each day program. O/n at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation:
We tour to world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. O/n night at hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) then trek to Phakding (2,652m)30 min flight: 3-4 hour.
Early morning drive to airport by tourist vehicle. After a flying above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. We meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek to Phakding. O/n at hotel.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5-6 hours.
After breakfast we walk through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River ending our nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar. After walking for almost over an hour, we come across the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) on our right and also experience the serenity of pine, fir and juniper forests throughout our journey.We continue walking until we reach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. This day we cross five suspension bridges.It is an uphill walk from last bridges to Namche Bazaar. O/n at hotel
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft) Acclimatization Day:
Health experts recommend that we stay active and move around even during the rest day instead of being idle. There are a few options set aside for this day.we can hike up to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy an up-close view of the mighty Everest. While in the Namche village or upon returning from the hike to the Everest View Hotel, trekkers may also visit the local museum.For trekkers who want to hike for a little longer, a hike to Khumjung village (5-6 hours) may also be an option. While in the village we can visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the head of the Yeti!). O/n at hotel.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m): 5- 6 hours.
trek towards Tengboche. It is an easy walk from Namche to Phunki. Upon reaching Phunki, we ascend towards Tengboche, very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery of the Everest region.it is dressed with the panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 6 am and 4:pm. And, if we are lucky we might just be able to observe a religious ceremony. O/ n at hotel
Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m): 4-5 hours.
We visit the monastery in the morning and enjoy taking pictures of the monastery and the amazing landscape. We descend for about half an hour through a forest before crossing a river. As we climb higher, the landscape becomes drier. We walk past a traditional Sherpa village of Pangboche before reaching Pheriche, a beautiful village located on a riverside.in pheriche we will also see a small helipad that is used for helicopter rescues during emergencie. O/n at hotel.
Days 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m): 5-6 hours.
From pheriche start with an easy walk towards Dugla. Next, we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and then pass through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lha where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest summitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepalese mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. The trail then continues to the Khumbu Glacier moraine to lobuche. O/n at hotel.
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorkasep (5180m): 3 hours.
The uphill trip from Lobuche to Gorkasep it will take three hours leaving sufficient time to peak of Kalapathar, can overnight in Gorkasep and climb Kalapathar early in the next morning for best chance to good weather. At 5545m small viewpoint offer the best view of Everest, Lhotse. Some time altitude makes you uncomfortable to sleep in Gorkasep.If the altitude getting to you better to descending to Lobuche or Thukla on the same day. O/n at hotel.
Day 10: Trek from Gorkasep to Lobuche (4930m): 2 hours.
If you wish to visit Everest base camp (5380m) it will take 4/5 hour round trip from Gorkasep. in April/May there is plenty of fixing tent because of climbing peak season. In the other month there is not great time to see except for view of Khumbu Icefall; there is no view from Everest base camp, if you only have energy for side trip better to climb Kalapathar. Another two hour walk down hill to Lobuche. O/n at hotel.
Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours.
After breakfast, we trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m). The ascent to Kongma La pass is the most difficult part of our trek today. In the Kongma La, we see cairn wrapped in prayer flags to mark the pass. Then we descend gradually to Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. O/n at hotel.
Note: If we do not want to undertake the Kongma La pass, we can follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung instead but this is dependent on your physical fitness.
Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours.
The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a river side. The route to the Amphu Labtsa lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak.overnight in tent at Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 13: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp:
We begin our pre-climb training today after breakfast. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down.we strongly believe that some training experience will increase your confidence and climbing skills. We can spend the rest of the day for the next day’s climb. O/a at tented.
Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp: 10-12 hours.
We wake up early today at around 1 to 2 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb . It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the high lands might become a barrier for a successful summit. We need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp. O/n in tented.
Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m): 5-6 hours.
Today’s walk will be a much easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse river flowing through the wide fertile valley. O/n at hotel.
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hour.
From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. O/n at hotel.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours.
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk carefully as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. O/n at hotel.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu:
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu,There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the climbers’ successful summit of the Island peak. O/ n at hotel.
Day 19: Final Departure:
Final Departure to your own destination Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal
1. Sun hat or scarf
2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
3. sunglasses with UV protection
5. Light and expedition weight thermal tops
6. Fleece jacket or pullover
7. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
8. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
9: Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- necessary
10: Lightweight gloves
11: Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12: Fleece liner gloves
13: Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)
14: Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)
15: Lightweight cotton long pants
16: Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
17: Fleece or wool pants
18: Gore-Tex jacket
19; Gore-Tex jacket trouser
20: thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)
21: Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)
22: Hiking boots with spare laces
23: Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
24: Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]
25: Headlamp and batteries
26: Basic First Aid Kit
27: Daypack (approximately
28: Water bottles (2)
29: Small wash towel
30: Swise knife
31: Leap gurd 30spf
Member Climbing Personal Equipment
S.No: Particular. Qty
(1) : Summit shoe La Sportiva alpine boot – 1
(2) : Crampon – 1
(3) : Summit Glove (Mitten) – 1
(4) : Normal gloves – 2
(5) : Summit Snow goggles – 1
(6) : Glacier glasses – 1
(7) : Ice axe – 1
(8) : Harness & tapsling – 1
(9) : Jumer – 1
(10) : Carabiners (normal) – 3
(11) : Down filled Mattress – 1
(12) : Summit socks – 2
(13) : Normal socks – 6
(14) : Climbing bag (40 ltr) – 1
(15) : Helmet – 1
(16) : Down jacket – 1
(17) : Down trouser – 1
(18) : 8 finger / descender – 1
(19) : Headlamp (Icon or Spot) – 1
(20) : Gore-tex jacket – 1
(21) : Gore-tex trouser – 1
(22) : Fleece liner gloves – 3
(23) : Screw Gate Carabiner – 2
(24) : Balaclava (windstopper) – 1
(25) : Thermos bottle – 1
(26) : Base layer – 2
(27) : Swise Knife -1
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Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be ?
This is a difficult thing to scale. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However peak bonus normally $.200 $.300 for high altitude sherps guide.
If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.
1. Povidone-iodine cream –1 tube.
– Antiseptic cream.
2. Cotton- 1 roll.
– For dressing wounds.
3. Dressing gauze – 5 pcs.
– For dressing.
4. Crepe bandage – 2.
– Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.
5. Band- aid – 10.
6. Dressing tape – 1.
– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.
7. Moleskin second skin- 1 packet:
– Great for treating chaffing and blisters.
Finger Pulse Oximeter:
1.Normal arterial oxygen is Approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mmHg).
2.Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.
3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.
4.Values under 90 percent are considered low.
8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:
– For mild headaches.
9. Ibuprofen 400mg –10 taplets:
– To relieve moderate to severe pain.
10.Throat lozenges –20:
– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.
11.Decongestant -10 tablets:
– For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.
12. Antihistamine –10 tablets:
– For allergies.
13. Antiemetic –10 –tablets:
– To control the vomit and nausea.
14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:
– For bacterial diarrhea.
15. Omeprazole 200mg –10 tablets:
– For minor gastric upsets and acidity.
16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):
– For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.
17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:
– For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.
18. Dexamethasone 400mg-10 tablets:
– To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.
19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:
– To be use only under expert supervision to treat HAPE.
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