Island Peak Climb with Heli Shuttle

  • Duration
    15 days
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous
  • Max Altitude
    6,189m
  • Group Size
    Min 2 Pax
  • Best Time
    April-May & Oct - Nov
  • Accommodation
    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 Expand all

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

You may arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by one of Nepal Hiking Team’s representative. He will help you get transferred to your hotel. Further plans and programs will also be explained to you. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 - Free Day in Kathmandu

This day is reserved for the final preparations for the trek and climbing. You will be focusing on checking your gears and packing necessary equipment. You may leave all unnecessary belongings at the hotel and re-pack only the necessary items for the trip. Overnight stay at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast included.

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

You will have an early morning transfer to the airport for your Lukla flight. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at a high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about an exceptional 60 meters only.  From Lukla, you will be trekking to Phakding with an amazing, green landscape with the view of Kusum Kangraru accompanying you. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Phakding. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

Following the Dudh Koshi River, we will be ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar forests to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchanged salt, dried meat and textiles in ancient times. Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche also remains the central trading post in the Khumbu that attracts Himalayan and lowland merchants.  You will spend two days at Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike to Namche, we can capture our first glimpses of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Namche Bazaar to Everest View Hotel - Namche

This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. We will hike to the Syangboche Airport (3700m), supposed to be the highest located airstrip in the world, then continue climbing to the Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Tawache among many others. On the way back, we can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

The uniform and easy trail leads us towards the view of Mount Everest, descending deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Phungki Thanka and from this point; it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley to the Tengboche Monastery (3860m). The monastery is the spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is lengthy, but is more than adequately compensated by gorgeous views of Mount Ama Dablam and on clear days, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Tengboche is located at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja River and is surrounded by the ridges covered in alpine woods. Views of the Danphe birds can also be seen in the forests. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tengboche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

Descend through beautiful forests, we will cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m). Perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days. You can also enjoy views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse & many other peaks along the way. The route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the ‘summer valley’. At Dingboche, you can see a kilometer long wall built to protect the village’s crops. Mani Stone walls also line the trail. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100 meters. After breakfast, you will ascend to Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically strenuous day.  Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude, there are good views of the Lobuche East (6119m), the Lobuche West (6145m), the Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), the Kangtega (6685m) and the Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you could even see Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley.  After a short rest, you will then start the descent back to Dingboche and the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours.  After lunch, we can take a well-deserved rest, as afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will also spend a second night in Dingboche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

Trekking along a broad valley floor to Dughla, we will be passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m). This post is staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association, which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continuing up the valley, we will be gaining altitude. We will come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lobuche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

After a short climb through meadows, you can look down at the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapatthar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours, we will get to Gorekshep, and continue our journey to the Everest Base Camp.  There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek – but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking, you will arrive at the base camp and can enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, from where the Everest expedition begins. Then we will go back to Gorakshep. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Gorakshep, breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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

The day starts with a hike up to Kalapatthar (5545m), an excellent viewpoint to observe Mount Everest and innumerable spectacular mountains views. Then we will trek back to Gorekshep for a hot breakfast and trek descend back to Dingboche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

From Dingboche, we will make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8501meters) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. We will reach the base camp of Island Peak in the mid-afternoon. We will be spending time at the tented camp for one or two day (s) and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook. Overnight stay at the tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Pre-Climb Training: After lunch, our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, and on how to go up and down using ropes. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training experience for Island Peak Climbing, we believe that some training experience will boost up your confidence and climbing skills, thus increasing the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.

Overnight at tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

Today is the Island Peak Ascent (6,189m). We will begin our climb early in the morning, generally around 1 AM. In the beginning, we will climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we will descend down to Island Peak Base Camp. Then later after quick lunch or break, we will be flown to Lukla by helicopter.

Overnight stay at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14 - Lukla to Kathmandu

You will be delighted by the mountain views for the last time while flying from Lukla to Kathmandu on your 30 minute flight. As you reach at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast included.

Day 15 - Farewell

The airport representative from Nepal Hiking Team will transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight from where you will depart.

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.

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