Island peak climbing is adventurous trekking and peak climbing in Everest region. Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse is Located within Sagarmatha National Park. It offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayas, including Mount Everest. Island Peak is considered a non-technical mountain and is therefore accessible to climbers with basic climbing skills and experience.
Island Peak is classified as a ‘trekking peak’ and is considered suitable for climbers with trekking experience and basic climbing skills. Some technical aspects are required, such as the use of crampons, ropes and ice axes, but no advanced climbing skills are required. root:
Common routes to climb Island Peak include trekking to Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar, acclimatizing in the area, and then climbing to Island Peak Base Camp. From there, climbers head to a high-altitude camp to attempt the summit the next day.
Specific permits are required to climb Island Peak. These include a permit to enter Sagarmatha National Park and a permit to climb Island Peak. These permits can be purchased through licensed trekking agencies in Nepal.
Hiring a local guide or joining an organized trekking company is highly recommended to climb Island Peak. They provide experienced guides, support staff, necessary equipment and help with logistics to ensure a safe and secure climb.
Climbing Island Peak requires good physical fitness. Prior knowledge of hiking at high altitude and regular aerobic exercise will help prepare you for the demands of the climb. Training and preparation should include walking, cardio, and strength training. Best time to climb:
The best times to climb Island Peak are during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (April-May) and post-monsoon (fall) season (September-November). During this period, weather conditions are stable and visibility is good, making climbing safer and more enjoyable.
Typical itineraries to climb Island Peak include Everest Panorama trek, EBC trek or Kala Patthar as part of the acclimatization process. This allows climbers to adapt to high altitudes and minimize the risk of altitude sickness. After arriving at the base camp, climbers head to Island Peak Base Camp, which is located near Imja Glacier. From there we will head to high-altitude camps, usually tackling the summit early in the morning, with the goal of reaching the summit by noon to avoid potential hazards from changing weather and melting ice.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from your trekking agency who will transfer you to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day resting and exploring the vibrant city.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation
On this day, you can take a guided tour of some of the famous cultural and historical sites in Kathmandu, such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the afternoon, you will have a pre-trip meeting with your guide and fellow climbers for a briefing about the trek and climb. You can also use this time to check and organize your climbing gear.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding
You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a scenic mountain airstrip. After landing in Lukla, you will meet the rest of your trekking crew and start your trek towards Phakding. The trail descends through beautiful villages, along the Dudh Koshi River, and passes through forests until you reach Phakding, where you will spend the night.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar
The trek continues along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges and passing through dense forests filled with rhododendron and pine trees. You will gradually ascend to Namche Bazaar, a bustling Sherpa town and the gateway to the Everest region. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
To aid in acclimatization, you will spend an extra day in Namche Bazaar. You can explore the town, visit the Sherpa Museum, or hike to the nearby Everest View Hotel for stunning views of Mount Everest and other surrounding peaks. This day helps your body adjust to the increasing altitude and reduces the risk of altitude sickness.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche
Leaving Namche Bazaar, the trail gradually descends to the Dudh Koshi River and then ascends through rhododendron forests to Tengboche. Tengboche is home to one of the most significant Buddhist monasteries in the region, offering panoramic views of mountains like Ama Dablam, Everest, and Lhotse. You can visit the monastery and immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche
Continuing the trek, you descend through a forested trail, cross the Imja Khola, and ascend to Pangboche. From there, the trail gradually climbs up to Dingboche, a picturesque village with stunning views of the Himalayas. Dingboche is an ideal place for acclimatization, and you can take short hikes to nearby viewpoints.
Day 8: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche
Another day for acclimatization in Dingboche. You can hike to Nagarjun Hill or Chhukung Ri, which offer breathtaking views of Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and other peaks. This day will further prepare your body for the higher altitudes you will encounter during the Island Peak climb.
Day 9: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp
Leaving Dingboche, you ascend towards Island Peak Base Camp. The trail takes you through glacial moraines, rocky terrain, and offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks. Upon reaching the Base Camp, you will set up camp and prepare for the climb. Your guides will provide training on using climbing equipment and techniques.
Day 10: Island Peak Summit Day
This is the most challenging and exciting day of the climb. You start early in the morning, usually before dawn, to begin your ascent to the summit of Island Peak. The route involves traversing a steep snow and ice slope, navigating through crevasses, and using fixed ropes for safety. After reaching the summit, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Everest region before descending back to Base Camp or Chhukung.
Day 11: Contingency Day
A contingency day is included in the itinerary to account for any unexpected circumstances such as bad weather or delays during the climb. If the summit was successful on the previous day, this day can be used for rest or as a buffer in case of any changes in the plan.
Day 12-15: Trek Back to Lukla and Kathmandu
Following the same trail, you trek back to Lukla, passing through villages like Dingboche, Tengboche, and Namche Bazaar. In Lukla, you celebrate the successful climb and bid farewell to your trekking crew. The next day, you take a flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you can rest, relax, and explore more of the city.
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu
On the final day of your trip, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure. You can say goodbye to the beautiful Himalayas and carry with you the memories of your Island Peak climbing adventure.