Island Peak Climb with Heli Shuttle

Island Peak Climb with Heli Shuttle

Duration
15 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    6,189m
  • Group Size
    Min 2 Pax
  • Best Time
    April-May & Oct - Nov 
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse/Tent

Trip Overview

Island Peak Climbing with Heli Shuttle trek package is one of the fantastic adventures filled trekking in the Everest region. The trek lets you view the world’s tallest mountain from its lap and at the same time, you get to relish the joy of summiting one of the peaks in the Himalayas of Nepal. Island peak stands tall at the height of 8189m above sea level.

The summit of the Island peak is an exuberating feeling that every adventure lover as well as mountain climber looks forward to the experience. Moreover, it a journey for the eager climbers who wouldn’t get enough of mountains and their thirst for adventure with only an approach to the Everest Base Camp. All in all, it is a complete package where you get to enjoy the complete delight of Himalayan culture as well as the Himalayas vistas.

Island Peak Climbing with Heli Shuttle is the perfect expedition for those who wouldn’t get enough of mountains and aspires for more than just reaching Everest Base Camp! Get a genuine taste of mountains by scaling the Island peak in the Everest region. And to add more thrill to it, conclude your journey with an exciting helicopter ride from Island Peak Base Camp to Lukla. Island Peak is locally popular as Imja Tse. This particular peak was the first summit by very famous mountaineer Eric Shipton and the group he led in 1952 AD.  It is an appealing pinnacle that lies in the middle of the Ama Dablam and Lhotse on the head of Chukung glacier. Lying in the middle of the Chukung glacier, the pinnacle rises tall in the middle of like an island in the middle of the ocean. Hence, the peak is called Island Peak. So if you are looking for the excitement of summiting a mountain in Nepal, Island Peak Climbing is the ideal decision.

It is set in the core of the Khumbu district and presents a moderate challenge for mountain climbers. Remarkably, you will get the chance to find probably the best view on the planet including the view of Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse, and Lhotse and so on from the top of the peak. To start our Island Peak climb, we will travel to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding from where we will push forward on a lopsided path; go over a few iron suspension bridges, and thick lush zone of pine and cedar trees to reach Namche Bazaar which is the focal point of Everest district. At Namche Bazaar, we will have an acclimatization day to stay away from mountain sickness. You will also visit the famous Tengboche monastery. From here you will get the splendid view Mount Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, and numerous different pinnacles are another feature of the excursion.

We will likewise clear a path to the engaging Sherpa settlement – Dingboche popular as ‘summer valley’. From Dingboche, you will get to see the view of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, and so on. From here, you will head towards Lobuche and the next day to Everest Base Camp. After an amazing time at EBC, you will head towards Gorakshep and hike Kala Patthar for a stunning golden sunrise view over the Everest range. Afterward, we will head back towards Dingboche and from there to Island peak base camp to get ready for the summit that is about to happen. After the summit of the Island Peak and peeking over the mammoth mountain from one of the mountain peak itself, you will gradually descend to base camp and board on the waiting helicopter to fly back to Lukla.

Overall, Island Peak Climbing with Heli Shuttle lets you truly capture the beautiful Himalayan cultural and natural aspects of the Khumbu valley. And the thrill of climbing the Island perfectly blends with these delights. So are up for this experience, come go along with us for an outing of a lifetime!

Highlights of Island Peak Climbing with Heli Shuttle

  • An exciting mountain flight to Lukla- also known as one of the daring flight experience which gives you an adrenaline rush
  • Meeting the people of Sherpa community – they are known are having the most records of summiting Mount Everest.
  • Vibrant and picturesque Namche Bazaar and its café. Alleyways, bakeries good and the peaceful vibe
  • Visit the Tengboche monastery- an important sacred site for Buddhist followers and the people of Everest region
  • Hiking up to Kala Patthar to witness the sun-kissed view of Mount Everest
  • Being in the lap of Mount Everest, it is a wonderful and glorious feeling
  • The glorious feeling of summiting Island Peak (6189m)
  • Relieving helicopter flight from Island Peak Base Camp to Lukla
  • Panoramic view of Everest range- Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Makalu and many more

What does the trail of Island Peak with Heli Shuttle trek look like?

In this trek, Island Peak Climbing with Heli Shuttle you will get to see the transition on the forest on the initial phase of the trek. For some part, you will walk along the rhododendron forest and in the next few hours through naked hills. So it is wonderful to experience this transition.

Likewise, on the initial part of the journey, you will not encounter the clear views of mountains. It is from the second day while leaving for Namche Bazaar, you will start to see amazing mountain vistas.

You will cross many suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. These are essentially delighting part of Everest Base Camp trek.

On the climbing day, you will be instructed by your climbing guide about the route. In no time you will scale the Island Peak.

In the beginning, we climb the stone gorge. This isn’t difficult however there are a few short stone strides to move before we develop on the correct side of the gorge. The course at that point follows a ridgeline, which prompts an invigorating feeling of reaching the top of the peak. We have to rope up for the ice sheet as it contains a few rifts. The climbing guide will fix a rope any place necessary. A lofty snow slant drives you onto the highest point edge.

When will be the best time?

For Island Peak Climbing with Heli Shuttle trek/climbing, the best time would be spring and autumn season. Besides these two seasons, we would not prompt you to do the peak climbing any other time of the year due to unfavorable weather, and these other two seasons would be summer/monsoon season which tumbles from June to August and winter season which tumbles from December to February. Whereas, the other two seasons, spring and autumn are famous for its favorable weather and picturesque mountain views. Spring season falls from March to May. It is also the time for flower blooming so you will see the trail colorful and full of sprouting colorful vegetation. Similarly, it also provides wonderful views of the Himalayas under a clear sky.

And on the other hand, the autumn season which falls from September to November are pretty popular time amongst trekkers and mountain climber. Since it is a post-monsoon season, there are fewer chances of precipitation. This time of the year is popular for its moderate temperature, warm days, cool nights, and clear skies with splendid mountain views. You can do the Island peak climbing other times of the year too however, your experience may not exceed your expectations.

Is this climbing very difficult?

Island Peak Climbing is not as difficult as you may think. Indeed, when people think about climbing a mountain, thoughts of the journey being difficult will surely pop up in your mind. Also, you may question, if people with no prior mountain climbing experience can do this trek or not. And to clear your dilemma, we are happy to inform you that if you are an experienced and healthy trekker with nice physical fitness and stamina then you can do this trek.

To do this expedition, you need to have experience of doing high altitude trek. Similarly, you do not have to worry about not having prior climbing experience because Island Peak Climbing is not a technical climb. No hard technical techniques are required for this trek. And before the summit of the peak, our experienced mountain climb will give a briefing about the climb and training at the Island peak base camp.

How can we train ?

A high level of physical fitness is required to do this trek. Therefore, training before the climbing dates is necessary and will increase your endurance level. Hence, you can start your training at least two months before your expedition dates. You can do exercises like swimming, walking, jogging, running, squats, etc. Doing any form of activities or exercise that will increase your cardiovascular capacity, it will be beneficial for the trek. Likewise, your target before starting the trek should be to cover at least 5 km in half an hour.

Can beginners also join?

If you are a beginner in the trekking genre then, we do not suggest you opt for this expedition. Because it is a high altitude trek. Additionally, you will walk for 5 to 6 hours daily on the trail which will be quite difficult for rookie trekkers. And the day of the summit is the most challenging in the whole journey because you will be active at over 6000 m height for about 12 to 14 hours. So for the beginner with no prior trekking experience, we do not suggest this trek. But as told earlier, if you have previously done high altitude trek and necessarily fit and has food endurance level then you can do this peak climbing. For Island peak climbing, previous mountain climbing experience is not required. Also, the people who have health-related problems like heart, knees, or lungs and are interested to do Island Peak, we would advise them to consult with their doctor before making the reservation for the trek.

Why should you do island peak climbing with Heli shuttle with NHT?

Mountain climbing is one of the dangerous adventure sports. So it is fair that you should be concerned about the people with whom you will be working. We would like to exactly point out the answers to your dilemma regarding this matter. First of all, Nepal Hiking Team has been in this industry for more than a decade and perfectly knows what the clients are looking for. NHT is one of the reliable trekking agencies based in Nepal and works with a team that has more than 2 decades of working in this industry.

All our peak climbing guides are Sherpa’s who has more than 20 years of climbing experience. They are talented and skilled regarding mountain climbing. They know how to tackle any hurdles that may come in the way. On the same note, we prepare an itinerary of all the climbing expedition with their consultation.

Hence, our itinerary for Island Peak Climbing is perfectly crafted with the right number of acclimatization days and contingency plans. The equipment like crampons, helmet, ice ax, harness, ropes) we provide our climbers are all of the good quality. All in all, we work very hard so that you can have the best experience while you are in the mountains.

Alternative Peak climbing options

Nepal Hiking Team offers several other peak climbing options for adventure lover who wants to go little more extreme than this one. We have an EBC Trek with Island Peak if you do not want to do Heli Shuttle. Similarly, if you want to see the wonders of the Annapurna region, then you can go for Pisang Peak Climbing. And if you want to flaunt your mountain climbing technical skills then, do go for Lobuche peak climb. Besides these adventure-filled expeditions, there are many more experiences that you can discover on our website.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

Day 02: Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla - Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 3 hours

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 hours

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Everest View Hotel - Namche

Day 06: Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft), Duration: 5 hours

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 5 hours

Day 08: Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Dingboche, Duration: 6 hours

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft), Duration: 5 hours

Day 10: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorakshep (5181m/16994ft), Duration: 8 hours

Day 11: Hiking to Kalapatthar (5545m/18187ft) - Gorekshep – Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 7 hours

Day 12: Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp (5240m/17187ft), Duration: 6 hours

Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit Peak (6189m/20300ft) and Fly back to Lukla via Helicopter, Duration: 10 – 11 hours

Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 15: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Island peak climbing permit fee
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek and tented accommodation during the climbing
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • English speaking trekking guide and highly experienced (2-3 times Everest Submitter ) climbing guide for Island peak including their foods, accommodations, salary, insurance etc.
  • Require porters (two clients: 1 porter) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Heli shuttle from Island peak climbing to Lukla on sharing basis.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • Boiled water will be provided during the climb
  • All require permits including TIMS, Sagarmatha NP, Island Peak climbing etc.
  • General climbing equipment such as rope, ice screw, snow bar etc.
  • All taxes and service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Drink including - water, coke, Fanta, alcoholic beverage, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Lukla, Phakding and Namche
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Mark, USA My family of four went to Everest Base Camp just before the pandemic hit the world. It was a long-awaited family vacation. We go camping whenever we can. But my teen boys were worried about being in the remote mountains for two weeks. Nonetheless, they were still up for a challenge. We knew about Nepal Hiking Team through a family friend. They previously did one of their treks and had only lovely things to say about their services. And we, too, listening to their experience, contacted Nepal Hiking Team for our family vacation. They were cautious with our requests and requirements. They were quick in responding to our questionable amount of inquiries. They were always thorough and prompt. Likewise, our pill of happiness and motivation, our guide Bhim was always there to encourage us whenever we felt it wasn't easy to go forward. He assured us we could finish the journey, and we did too. He never forgot to remind us to stay hydrated and that also on an hourly basis. He routinely checked our pulses to check our oxygen level and was always asking if we needed anything. The trekking team took good care of us during the trek. As much as our safety was given a priority, they made sure we were enjoying our trek as well. He was a master of trekking and had every bit of information about the mountains. He knew the mountains' names and continued to amaze us with his knowledge of mountains and their people. Our family vacation was fantastic, and its praise goes to the company and our talented guide Bhim. Without him and our robust porters, we would not enjoy the mountains' beauty to the fullest. We are happy that we went with our friend's recommendation and choose NHT for our extraordinary journey. We plan to visit again when all the commotion caused by the virus subsides.
Jessica, Australia I am glad that I decided to undertake the Everest Base Camp Trek. My partner and I both are avid hikers. Before this, we had never opted for trekking. Nepal was on our list of places to go for a long time, but we never got a chance to dwell on it due to work. But last winter, everything worked for us. And we decided it is time to visit Nepal. We both wanted to do trekking, but since Nepal's mountains are not easy for beginners, I was more leaning towards doing easy and short treks in Nepal. But my partner was so keen on doing the Everest Base Camp trek, so we agreed to the EBC trek. Even though we had decided on the hike, I was still skeptical about doing it because of its high-altitude nature. And when we found Nepal Hiking Team, we stated our concern to them as well. They were so helpful and informed them, and the trek is doable by the first-time trekker. They advised we got on training mode immediately as we still had few months left before starting the walk. Since I was the most concerned one, I paid most attention to building physical stamina. After months of training and waiting, it was finally time for the trek, and when we arrived in Nepal, Kathmandu airport, NHT was warmly welcomed by the team. A day before the hike, Ganga briefed about the walk, and the next day we got on the flight to Lukla. It was frightening but worthy of an adventurous experience. Our guide Narayan, amazed us with his knowledge about the mountains. He always made sure we were comfortable on the trek and never rushed our journey. He instead obliged to approach the walk smoothly and slowly. As I was more conscious about getting altitude sickness, he shared many helpful tips to avoid altitude sickness. He was very patient and always answered whenever we had one too many questions to ask. And for that reason, we are thrilled we choose NHT and have Narayan for our trek. If it were not for NHT, I would not be able to experience the trek's beautiful features. I am so thankful to NHT for arranging this wonderful and unique. All the credits go to your fantastic team for our wonderful experience in the Himalayas. We will revisit Nepal and have your company plan our next trip!
Paul Wilson, USA Everest Base Camp Trek was on my bucket list ever since I saw the bewildering Everest range images on my Pinterest page. That scenic destination stole my heart in a bit. So, I was like I had to be there someday. And when the perfect time came around, I started preparing for the trek. Nepal Hiking Team was recommended to me by my friends who trekked EBC a few years back. I immediately contact them and arrange my most awaited journey. My guide for the trek was Paban, and I am lucky to have him on the hike. I am a slow walker as I did not have any experience of trekking. He was very attentive about my pace. I never asked to walk faster as I was trekking in a group. He has a broad knowledge of the mountains and about the Sherpa people. He explained about all the mountains visible to our eyes. There were many things best all through the journey. A few of my best experiences on the trek would be breakfast at Everest View Hotel, rest day in Namche Bazaar, and Everest base camp itself. Also, the flight to Lukla was quivering, which fulfilled my need for an adrenaline rush. Similarly, the early morning hike to Kala Patthar fulfilled my thirst for breathtaking views of the mountains. From Kala Patthar, we got an up-close view of Mt. Everest, not from the base camp. I am glad I went on this journey. It was everything I had always expected it to be. And for not letting my expectations down, I am very much thankful to Paban and Nepal Hiking Team for making this trek a trip of a lifetime. From the beginning of the journey to Nepal's last day, they were always present to look after my needs. I am glad I choose them and very thankful for unforgettable memories. Every part of the journey was cherishing, and I look forward to exploring more trekking trails of Nepal in the future.
John, United States A good agency is the key to making or breaking a good travel experience. This is the most important factor that I look for when I am deciding on selecting a travel agency for my trips. For my visit to Nepal, the peak trekking season had many trekkers doing the Everest Base Camp Trek and I was no exception. When I checked Nepal Hiking Team, I was thoroughly impressed by their proficient website. When I e-mailed them about my query, I was surprised and immediately impressed by how prompt and detailed the responses were. Then as the arrangement of the trip was underway, I was thoroughly convinced that I had selected a good agency. It was proven true when I arrived in Nepal for the trip. I was greeted by Rabin, my guide for the trip. His well-mannerism and kind nature made me feel at ease. Then with a good briefing by Mr. Ganga at the office fully sealed my concentrated belief that I was in good hands. This relieved my peace of mind and I just let go the entire trip. It was the most fun I have ever had!  I had the best services and Rabin’s guidance made the trip into a smooth sailing! Thank You Nepal Hiking Team! Hope you guys will have more tourist after this ongoing pandemic.
Gabrielle, Australia A family trip was organized to the Everest Base Camp, a long-awaited adventure that was on our list for the longest time. We had wanted to organize the trip a year ago, but circumstances prevented us from doing so. Nevertheless, we finally did the trek this year and are ever so happy about it. With seven in our group, we had members ranging from 20 to 50 years old. Our guide was considerate and hiked with all of us while arranging the pacing. Logistically, everything went very smoothly. On our first day we were given a great tour of Kathmandu and also a briefing to pick up our gear and help on re-packing. Nepal Hiking Team had reservations made for the Lukla flight early in the morning and off we all went for the trek the next day. Staying at the lodges and guesthouses the higher up we went, we had the view of the mountains right from our windows! Our guide was always able and willing to make changes for us and overall, I feel like we stayed in the best available places. The itinerary of our trek was very reasonable and had enough acclimatization days to fit into the schedule. We spent two nights at Namche and Dingboche as well and had good tours of the villages. Our guide and our porters were very open and willing to help accommodate us in any way they could. Overall, the trek was beautiful and had many great and splendid moments. We are grateful to Nepal Hiking Team and their efforts. Arranging one of the best trips for our family, Nepal Hiking Team played a big part in making sure that we had a good time, and we most certainly had a grand old time in the mountains of the country with great people and beautiful landscape!