5, Mid (technical 2 + altitudinal 3) | 18 Days in Nepal

Ascent of Island Peak and Kalapattar

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ISLAND Peak is located on top of the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountains, Island Peak is the most sought after trekking destination because of its challenging geographical conditions. Each year more than 300 groups attempt to scale the summit of Island peak. This trek offers an excellent opportunity to climb a Himalayan Summit [6173m] together with an exhilarating Trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. The most difficult section is a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees leading to the narrow summit ridge.

The magnificent views from the summit, however, are certainly a fitting reward for your efforts. Before climbing Island Peak, we trek up the Dudh Kosi valley from Lukla, passing through Namche and Tengboche on our way to Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp. After being rested and feeling physically fit and acclimatized, we then head up the beautiful Imja Khola valley towards Island Peak. Besides trekking adventure, we also get to witness pristine Sherpa villages and ever-so-serene monasteries. With ponderous memories of the trekking earlier done, we retrace our route back through Namche to Lukla, and from there on we fly back to Kathmandu. This trip can be done during March to May and September to December. A physically fit and acclimatized person is well qualified to make an ascent over this Peak.
Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding - Namche Bazar - Tengboche - Dingboche - Lobuche - Kalapattar - Dingboche - Island Peak - Pangboche - Namche Bazar - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Activities

    Mountaineering

  • Altitude

    6,130 m
  • Departure Date

    March 23 - April 09 | April 25 - May 12 | September 21 - October 08 | October 18 - November 04
  • Group size

    4-10 pax
  • Trip Starts

    Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends

    Kathmandu

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. Meeting at the airport, transfer to hotel. Walk around the city. We recommend a walk through the old town, walk around Durbar Square, watch new Royal Palace, Parliament, and numerous temples.

Day 2 Schedule flight to Lukla (2840m)

Trek to Phakding. (2610m). Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla in a small plane (about 45 min flight). Arrival route start transition to the village. Phakding (2.5 h) (2640 m) or to the village. Monjo (4 hrs) (2800 meters), depending on the level of the group.

Day 3 Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft)

5 - 6 hrs The trail follows the narrow valley of the river. Dudh Kosi, the arrival in the village. Namche Bazaar (6 h) (3400 m).

Day 4 Namche Bazaar

Rest Day in Namche Bazaar (3440m) for acclimatization

Day 5 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery (3,870m/12,694ft)

5 - 6 hrs We set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ups and downs which will not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps our company all through the journey. Along the way, we can spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp.

Day 6 Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft)

5 - 6 hrs With mountains at its backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more spectacular in the morning. At this juncture, we can take pictures of the monastery and the scenery around and as usual start the day journey. We choose the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche village. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages.

Day 7 Rest day for Dingboche for acclimatization

Rest day for Dingboche for acclimatization

Day 8 Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)

5-6 hrs walk After breakfast at the lodge the trail leads through the valley and get in to the bottom of the hill from where uphill begins to get in to Dugla. After that the trail continue climb upto the ridge where many memories of Sherpa who died on the glacier of Mount Everest. The the trail gently climb up to the Lobuche for overnight.

Day 9 Lobuche - Hike up Kala Pattar (5550m)

7-8 Hours Walk Today early morning we will take a dark climb up to the Kala Pattar. It takes a couple of hours to walk up to the famous viewing point of Kala Pattar (Black Rock) at 5,545m/18,192ft ; this small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lotse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. The views are golden along with sunrise and then back to its original color of white snow capped. Explore sunrise with Everest as long as you want then hike back to Gorekshep, breakfast and will retrace back to Lobuche for overnight.

Day 10 Lobuche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft)

Lobuche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft). 6-7 hrs.

Day 11 Trek to Island Peak base camp

Today is another short trek of four hours to the Island Peak base camp (about 5400 m). Beginning today, accommodations will be tented camps for the next two days, with food prepared by our professional chef. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 12 Hike up to Island Peak High Camp (5600m)

Hike up to Island Peak High Camp (5600m).

Day 13 Summit to Island Peak (6187 m)

Summit to Island Peak (6187 m) & return to Chhukung (4750 m)- 9 to12 hrs. Today is our main adventure day. Weather permitting, we’ll start early in the morning for the climb up Island Peak (6187m). After Camp 1, we ascend through a gully and traverse to the right. After making our way up a wide stone field, we cross the ridge to the glacier and crevasses. After a safe trip to the top, we make our way back down the same day back and return to Chhukung.

Day 14 Chhukung to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft)

4-5 hrs walk The trek comes down from Chukkung following towards Panboche. After this, we take a same trail back which is used to trek up. The trail comes all the way down to river. We cross the river and take an hour walk up through the forest to reach Tyangboche. And over night at lodge.

Day 15 Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft)

5-6 hours The trail descends to the Dudhkoshi River and continues up to Kyungjuna. Finally an easy walk leads you to the Namche bazzar for overnight where you will have really hot shower which is the best after few days having no shower. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 16 Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)

7-8 hours After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. Again some formalities has to be done at the check post of the National park at Monju then continue walk to the Phakding for the lunch. After that your last day of the trek continue to the Lukla. Stay overnight at the lodge

Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

35 minutes scenic flight Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So guide will do all airport formalities by the time you can have a breakfast at the lodge. Your luggage will get in to the airport already with the help of our sherpas and porters. Once guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, will call you to watch how the small aircraft get lands in to the small airstrip. After quick photograph, get in to the airport and straight away get in to the plane to fly out to Kathmandu. Once you are at the airport at Kathmandu, guide will assist to get in to your hotel by private vehicle.

Day 18 Drive to Airport

Day 18 Drive to Airport. Final Departure to your home country.

Fitness Level and Technical Ability

Climbers wishing to join this expedition must already be experienced with rock and ice climbing and have successfully completed previous climbs at high altitude, over 4500m (15,000ft).

This expedition requires excellent levels of fitness to endure the extreme conditions of summiting big peaks. To prepare for this, climbers should undergo a regular and strenuous exercise regime for at least 6 months to build their strength, stamina and endurance.

Trip Map

Cost Include

  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu on B/B.
  • 1 Sherpa Guide for the group.
  • 2 Common Porter for the group to carry climbing equipment.
  • Necessary Tents & food in Island Peak Base Camp.
  • All necessary kitchen utensils in Island Peak Base Camp.
  • General Climbing equipment such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar etc.
  • National Park fee.
  • Peak Permit Fee.
  • Garbage Deposit Fee.
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport transfers.

Cost Does not Include

  • Hotel after 4 nights in Kathmandu.
  • Food during stay in Kathmandu.
  • Accomodation & Food during trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp (Up and Down).
  • Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Sherpa's Summit Bonus USD 500.
  • Personal high-altitude Sherpa.
  • Tips for Staff.

By air and by land

  • Flight from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu.

Booking procedure

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Personal gear

Technical Equipment for the ascent

  • Crampons (e.g. Grivel G12)
  • Rucksack 70-80 liters
  • Rucksack 35-40 liters
  • Harness
  • Prussiks
  • Karabiners with screwgate lockers - 3 items
  • Jumar (ascender)
  • Telescope ski poles
  • Thermos
  • Rappel device
  • Ice Axe
  • Head lamp
  • Photo camera
  • Video camera and assessors
  • Accumulators
  • Personal crockery for high camps

Equipment for body and feet

  • Trekking shoes
  • Boots of "Everest" Millet type
  • Gore-tex jacket with wide hood
  • Gore-tex trousers (better semi-overalls)
  • Windblock jacket
  • Windblock trousers
  • Jacket "Polartec - 100" - 2 items
  • Warm underwear - 2 sets
  • Personal underwear
  • Polartec gloves – 2 pairs
  • Thinsulate gloves
  • Thinsulate mittens - 2 pairs
  • Warm woolen socks - 4-5 pairs
  • Balaclava
  • Warm hat
  • Windblock face mask
  • UV glasses
  • Ski goggles (preferably)
  • Gaiters

Meet your experts

Mingma Gelu Sherpa

Mingma Gelu Sherpa is a mountaineer and entrepreneur. He has summited Mt. Everest 8 times. He is also the first Nepali to summit Mt. Elbrus in Russia. He has been on the mountains since his youth, coming from the Makalu region, and working on mountain expeditions since the age of 14.

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