Do you wish to reach the base of the world's highest mountain and summit one of the notorious peak? But are you intimated by the journey? Well, we have an excellent package that will satisfy your thirst for adventure without tiring you out! The Island Peak climb with Heli Shuttle is a fascinating journey with many adventures. It is a package where you enjoy the delight of Himalayan culture and the mountain vistas. And to make the journey more endurable, the package includes a helicopter ride back to Lukla.
Get a genuine taste of mountains by scaling the Island peak. And to add more thrill, this 15-Day journey also takes you to the foothill of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest, and hike up to one of the highest viewpoints in the Khumbu, Kala Pathar. The views of the snow-capped peaks from this viewpoint will be nothing but stunning. You will catch a beautiful golden sunrise from this viewpoint and watch the mountains turn a shade of gold.
Along the trek, you'll walk through the Sagarmatha National Park and pass through many Sherpa villages. Hence, you'll get the chance to witness wildlife in the natural state and learn about the cultures of the Sherpas throughout your journey.
Now, let's take a deeper look at this package and also what it has to offer:
- Take off on an exciting flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla, the beginning of your adventure.
- Take a walk through the Sagarmatha National Park, which is a world heritage site according to UNESCO.
- Explore the vibrant town of Namche Bazar and see what it has to offer.
- Engage in interaction with the local Sherpas as you journey through the mountains.
- Discover the ancient artifacts of the Sherpas in the Sherpa Culture Museum.
- Visit Tengboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region, and get a chance to converse with the Lamalas (monks).
- Hike up to Kala Patthar to witness the sun-kissed view of Mount Everest.
- Feel a sense of accomplishment as you reach the foothill of the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest.
- Celebrate the glorious feeling of summiting Island Peak.
- Panoramic view of Everest range- Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and many more
As you make your appearance at the Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our staff will greet you and then escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Now, after taking a day for preparation, you’ll initiate your journey by boarding a flight to Lukla. Upon landing, you’ll hike to a small sherpa settlement named Phakding for an overnight stay.
Moving forward, you’ll make your way toward Namche Bazar. You’ll stay here for an extra night to let your body acclimate to the high altitude and hike up to Everest View Hotel. Now, you’ll continue the journey by crossing small villages like Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. In Dingboche, you’ll stay for an extra night for acclimatization purposes. You’ll finally reach Gorekshep and visit the Everest Base Camp. After the visit, you’ll head back to Gorakshep to stay for the night.
Subsequently, you’ll hike to Kala Pathar and then descend to Dingboche. On the twelfth day of your trek, you’ll reach the Island Peak Base Camp and then climb up towards the summit of the Island Peak. After enjoying the views at the summit, you'll descend to the base camp, where a helicopter will be waiting for you to fly to Lukla. Taking one last look at the Himalayas, you’ll end your journey with a flight back to Kathmandu.
When Is The Best Time?
The journey to the Island Peak Climb with the Heli Shuttle Ride sounds interesting. Doesn’t it? However, you need to know the perfect time to embark on getting the most out of it.
It is best to climb during the Spring (March-May) and Fall (September-November). You can enjoy the hike under the warm sunshine through the rhododendron forest during the spring. Likewise, during the Fall, you’ll enjoy walking in the cool breezy air and witness a color change in nature.
Besides these two seasons, we would not prompt you to do the peak climbing any other time of the year due to unfavorable weather, harsh wind, slippery trails, and barometric pressure during the climb.
Is The Climb Challenging?
After collecting all the information regarding the climb, are you now wondering about its difficulty level? We’ll give you a quick rundown about this in the following paragraph.
The trail takes you to the foothills of the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest, and then to the summit of Island Peak. The climb can be done even if you have no prior mountain climbing experience. However, you will need experience in doing the high-altitude trek.
Nevertheless, the ascent to Island Peak is no easy task. It's a strenuous journey that is sure to test your limits, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Climbing this peak necessitates a high level of fitness and mental fortitude. Altitude sickness can also be an obstacle, but don't worry! Our itinerary includes enough days to let your body acclimate to high altitude.
Note: Before the summit of the peak, our experienced mountain climber guide will give a briefing about the climb and training at the Island peak base camp.
Alternative Peak Climbing
Is the Island Peak Climb with the Heli Shuttle not to your appeal? Well, here are the alternative options for you to explore.
The first and foremost is the EBC Trek with Island Peak Climb. The 19-Day journey will take you to the Everest Base Camp and then to climb the Island peak. This itinerary helicopter ride and therefore adds days to your adventure. You’ll also climb the best viewpoint in the Everest region, Kala Pathar in this journey.
The second one is the Lobuche Peak Climb. Skipping the Helicopter ride to Lukla, the 18-Day journey will push you to your full potential and test your willpower to explore the Khumbu region. In this journey, you’ll first make a stop at the foothill of Mt, Everest and then to climb Lobuche Peak. The climb to the Lobuche Peak is relatively easy than the Island Peak.
Lastly, we have the Everest Base Camp Trek. You can opt for this trek if you want to skip the mountaineering part of the journey and focus more on exploring the Khumbu region. This 16-Day adventure will take you to the base camp of Mt. Everest and to the best vantage point in the region, Kala Pathar. You can get a view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks from this viewpoint.
All of our adventures promise an unforgettable experience in the Himalayas. But, if you have any questions about the journey, you can just contact us. We will be glad to be at your service.