Nepal – Island Peak
Island Peak is a great introductory peak for trekkers who want to upgrade their climbing credentials from trekking to ascending a snow peak. This peak is also used by many experienced mountaineers as an acclimatization peak for higher climbs such as Ama Dablam, and even Mount Everest. The first successful ascent of Island Peak was claimed by the Swiss Everest Expedition team in 1956.
Named by Eric Shipton with his expedition team in 1952, “Island Peak”, also known as Imja Tse, is one of the most popular climbing peaks in the Everest region. Standing at 6,189m above sea level, Island Peak is a stand-alone peak nestled among the majestic peaks of the Chhukung valley, similar to an isolated Island on a sea of ice. Geographically, Island Peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar.
About The Climb
The trek starts from Lukla, similar to going to Everest Base Camp. This scenic route will pass several villages, suspension bridges and allows you to experience the dramatic changes in vegetation - ranging from the lush greenery of the trees to the stark contrast of alpine meadows in the higher altitudes.
After trekking past the bustling village of Namche in the Khumbu region, Ama Dablam will be a constant feature of the trek. It is also possible to spot Mount Everest if the weather conditions are great! Following the Imja Khola (Imja River) along the Imja Valley, Dingboche will be the first village after taking the split path from Everest Base Camp trek. A popular spot for acclimatization, Dingboche is situated at an elevation of about 4,200m. Prior to arriving at Island Base Camp, Chhukung will be the final village on the trekking route.
Situated in a flat, yet rocky area between the South-East ridge of Island Peak and the edge of the Imja Lake lays Island Peak Base Camp (Pareshaya Gyab – 4,970m). During the peak climbing season, the Base Camp can be packed with as many as 200 people.
In this direct approach, High Camp can be reached from Base Camp in about 2 to 3 hours, and the summit climb will typically begin from 2:00 a.m. The route will take approximately 2 to 3 hours of scrambling via a long rocky gully and takes you close to the snow line and extended snow fields will appear. A 200m continuous ascent on steep snow and ice ramp leads you to a narrow ridge and towards the short summit. On this final steep and exposed section of the ice ramp, our climbing guides will set up fixed ropes for protection. Upon summit, you will be able to admire some of the most famous peaks on Earth - Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Ama Dablam, just to name a few.
There are four main seasons in Nepal. The best seasons to visit Nepal are spring, autumn and winter. Trekkers can trek from March to early June in spring. The next trekking season starts in mid-September and goes up till March. During this period, the visibility is good and it does not rain usually. You can get excellent views of landscapes and mountain ranges in this season. After November the temperature in higher altitudes becomes very low and snowfall starts
Autumn (September to November): Autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. It offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.
Winter (December - February): Winter is when snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas is a common occurrence. Though it gets colder in night, it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail. However, not all treks are suitable to be done in winter especially those involving climbing and crossing high passes.
Spring (March - May): Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside a wild flowers paradise during the spring season. The temperature is warmer as compared to autumn and winter.
Past climbing experience is not essential, but you should have a strong trekking background. You will be required to trek above 4000m most of the days; having trekked above 5000m is an advantage. Used of crampon, harness, and knowledge on abseil and rope-up skills are good to have, but not essential. We will organise a pre-trip familiarization session; additional training at the base camp will be conducted by our guides.
Equipment and Gear
Winter clothing (thermal base layer, down jacket etc) is required be it that you climb in Spring or Autumn.
You will also need the following equipment for the summit attempt:
- Crampon compatible high altitude boots / double layer boots (or plastic boots);
- Climbing harness
- Sewn slings
- Ascender & abseil device
- Locking karabiners
- Walking ice axe (optional)
A packing list will be provided for all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to read about the layering system to be better prepared and choose the right gear/equipment for your climb.
- Group size: 4 - 12 people
- You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at email@example.com
|Day||Description||Meals||Altitude at Rest|
|Day 1||Arrive Kathmandu||-/-/D||1330m|
|Day 2||Day tour & final preparation in Kathmandu||B/-/-||1330m|
|Day 3-4||Domestic flight to Lukla – Start of trek to Phakding and Namche.||B/L/D||Phakding - 2600m|
Namche - 3440m
|Day 5-12||Approach trek to Everest BC (5350m) & Island Peak BC||B/L/D||Island Peak BC - 4970m|
|Day 13-16||BC to HC - Summit - BC (including spare day)||B/L/D||Island Peak HC - 5600m|
|Day 17-20||Trek to Lukla||B/L/D||2840m|
|Day 22||Depart Kathmandu. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfer in Kathmandu
- Round trip airfare, airport departure taxes for domestic (KTM-Lukla-KTM) flight (max 15kg check in baggage)
- All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
- Half day city tour in Kathmandu
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Kathmandu & during trek (teahouse/tent )
- Trek gear: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, down jacket and duffel bags
- Camping equipment and crew: sleeping tent (twin sharing), dinning tent and kitchen crew
- Climbing gear: ropes, mountaineering boots, harness, ascender, slings, abseil device, karabiners, ice axe and helmet.
- Trek support: Trekking guide, climbing guide, assistant guide and porters (1 porter to 1 trekker)
- Portable oxygen cylinder and comprehensive first aid kit.
- Boiled drinking water, tea and coffee during meals on trek
- Permits & fees: Trekking permit (TIMS) fee; National Park entry fee
- $100 contribution to D2N's Nepal Scholarship
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Visa Fee (Visa On Arrival: USD40 for 30 days visa).
- Single Supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping (Budget around 10 to 15% of the package fee per trekker for the tip for the trekking crew)
- Personal porters
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 6500m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal services during trek like hot shower, WIFI usage and charging of electronic appliances etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Extension of stay after the trek
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing
2. Equipment preparation & gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Physical training preparation
4. Trip information kit
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Nepal, possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue.
Fair Treatment to Porters
Our porter to trekker ratio is 1:1. This is to ensure fair treatment to the porters that each porter does not carry an excessive heavy load for the duration of the trek. The 1:1 ration also helps to create more jobs for the locals who work as porters for a living.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. A training recommendation specific to the climb or trek will be given upon signing up. A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for the trek. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.