When you hear about peak climbing, it automatically triggers your adrenaline and scares you, right? Well, not anymore. We have a perfect package for you- Island Peak Climb. The trek to Island Peak isn't just a journey - it's a thrilling odyssey through the heart of the Himalayas. Our climb is an experience that will challenge your limits, test your endurance, and reward you with breathtaking views that will stay with you forever.
Didn't the name Island Peak catch your interest? It indeed has quite the story to its name.
The peak was first named by a mountaineer Eric Shipton. He named it so because if you take a look at the peak from Dingboche, it appears as an island surrounded by a sea full of ice. The peak was later named “Imja Tse.” However, Island Peak remains the popular choice.
Climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa as a training peak, the 14 days journey to the summit of Island Peak is one of the most challenging escapes in the Khumbu region.
With our experienced guide by your side, it'll be the journey of your lifetime. Hence, we invite you to set off on this adventure with us.
Now, let's take a deep look at this adventure:
Highlights of the Trip
- Initiate your journey on a thrilling airplane ride to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla.
- Set foot in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Come across endangered wildlife like Alpine musk deer and Himalayan snow-cock.
- Wander around the lively town of Namche Bazar. It is the largest town in the Khumbu region.
- Check out the Sherpa Culture Museum to witness the ancient artifacts of the Sherpas.
- Hike up to the Everest View Hotel and be mesmerized by the panoramic view of the surrounding mountain vistas.
- Pay a visit to the spiritual hub of the Khumbu region, Tengboche monastery, and get a chance to interact with the Lamalas (monks).
- March your way toward Nagarjun Hill and enjoy the beautiful views up there.
- Admire the mountain vistas from the base camp of Island Peak.
- Feel a sense of accomplishment as you summit the Island Peak.
At the Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our staff will be waiting for your arrival to greet you with a “Nepal Hiking Team” sign board. He’ll then escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu.
The journey begins with a scenic flight to Lukla. Upon landing, you’ll walk towards a small sherpa settlement- Phakding for an overnight stay. After meandering for approx. six hours, you’ll now reach Namche Bazar. Here, you’ll let your body acclimatize to the high altitude and hike to Everest View Hotel.
Marching your way toward small villages like Tengboche, Dingboche, and Chhukung, you’ll reach the base camp of Island Peak. In Dingboche, you’ll stay one more night for acclimatization and hike up to Nagarjun Hill. On the ninth day of your trek, you’ll summit Island Peak and then head back to the Base Camp for an overnight stay.
Taking a reserved day for contingency, you’ll retrace your way back to Namche Bazar and then to Lukla. Taking one last look at the Himalayas, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu. The flight marks the end of your journey.
Best Time to Climb
If you're considering climbing up Island Peak, let's find out the best time to embark:
You'll want to plan your climb in spring or autumn. You can expect clear skies, moderate temperatures, and stable weather during these times. This means you'll have better visibility, a more comfortable ascent, and a greater chance of reaching the summit. Our experienced guides will ensure your safety and success.
Climbing during the winter poses a safety concern due to heavy snowfall. Hence, we advise you to avoid a winter climb. The temperatures in winter will be frigid, making it difficult to reach the summit.
On the other hand, the summer months bring monsoon rains that can make the climb more challenging and even dangerous. If you want to avoid the rain and the added difficulties it brings, it's best to steer clear of a summer ascent.
Can you conquer the Island Peak?
Following the same route as the EBC till Dingboche, summiting the Island Peak definitely sounds exciting and challenging. Doesn't it?
Now, you may feel it is as complex as conquering Mount Everest. But don't worry! With the proper training and preparation, you can reach the summit of this peak with ease and achieve an incredible feat.
Having said that, the climb up Island Peak is no walk in the park. It's a strenuous journey that will test your limits and push you to your fullest potential, but the rewards are worth every step of the way. Climbing this peak requires a high level of fitness and mental endurance.
During the climb, you'll be navigating through steep snow and ice slopes, a riddled glacier, and a narrow, exposed ridge leading up to the summit. But don't let that intimidate you! Our guide will instruct you on the walking pace and breathing patterns.
The altitude is another factor that adds to the strenuous nature of the journey. The air is thin at over 6,000 meters above sea level, and climbers can experience altitude sickness. Hence, with enough acclimatization days, our package is perfect for the climb.
We know our clients like to explore various options before landing on the perfect thrilling adventure package. Hence, here’s another alternative that you can delve into.
The EBC trek Lobuche Peak Climb is also an exciting climb that can test your limits and willpower to summit Mount Lobuche. Besides the summit, our journey also takes you to the Everest Base Camp and to the highest viewpoint in the Khumbu region.
We hope the above alternative has given you an idea of the kind of adventure package you may be interested in. However, if you have any specific preferences or requirements, we can help you customize your trekking journey accordingly. Our team is dedicated to meeting all your needs. So, feel free to share your preferences with us, and we will take care of the rest.