Island Peak Climb with Heli Shuttle

Island Peak Climb with Heli Shuttle

Activities:
Trekking/Climbing
Duration
15 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    6,160m
  • Group Size
    Min 2 Pax
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Best Time
    April-May & Oct - Nov 
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse/Tent

Trip Overview

Island Peak Climbing with Heli Shuttle trek package is fantastic adventure-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 6,160 above sea level.

The summit of the Island peak is an exuberating feeling that every adventure lover and mountain climber looks forward to the experience. Moreover, it is 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 absolute 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 famous as Imja Tse. This particular peak was the first summit by very famous mountaineer Eric Shipton and his group in 1952 AD.  It is an appealing pinnacle that lies in the middle of the Ama Dablam and Lhotse on the head of the Chhukung 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 crooked path; go over a few iron suspension bridges and a 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 a splendid view of Mount Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, and numerous different pinnacles are other features of the excursion.

Likewise, we will clear a path to the engaging Sherpa settlement – Dingboche, famous 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 a fantastic 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 meeting 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 genuinely capture the Khumbu valley’s beautiful Himalayan cultural and natural aspects. 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 experiences which give you an adrenaline rush
  • Meeting the people of the 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 the 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 beautiful 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 in the initial phase of the expedition. For some part, you will walk along the rhododendron forest and through naked hills in the next few hours. So it is lovely to experience this transition.

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

You will cross many suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. These are essentially delighting part of the 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 right side of the valley. The course follows a ridgeline, which prompts a refreshing 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 the 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 the summer/monsoon season which tumbles from June to August, and winter season, which tumbles from December to February. The different seasons, spring and autumn, are famous for their favorable weather and picturesque mountain views. The 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 lovely views of the Himalayas under a clear sky.

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

Is this climbing challenging?

Island Peak Climbing is not as difficult as you may think. Indeed, when people think about climbing a mountain, thoughts of the journey being complex 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 friendly physical fitness and stamina, then you can do this trek.

To do this expedition, you need to have experience in doing high-altitude treks. Similarly, you do not have to worry about not having prior climbing experience because Island Peak Climbing is not a technical climb. No complicated specialized 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 will benefit the trek. Likewise, your target before starting the expedition 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, 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 pretty tricky 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 are necessarily fit and have a food endurance level, you can do this peak climbing. For Island peak climbing, previous mountain climbing experience is not required. Also, for the people who have health-related problems like heart, knees, or lungs and are interested in doing 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 precisely 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 two decades of working in this industry.

All our peak climbing guides are Sherpa’s who have 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 expeditions 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 excellent quality. All in all, we work very hard to 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 wish 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’re going to flaunt your mountain climbing technical skills, go for the 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 vehicles including airport transfers
  • Three 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

Jeff, North America Just got back from Nepal a couple of days ago, where my partner and I were doing an Everest Base Camp Trek assisted by Nepal Hiking Team. Their service couldn't have been better. I started planning this trip last Spring and looked at numerous trekking companies. Chose NHT due to the tremendously positive reviews on them, the professionalism of their website, and the quick response I got from Ganga when I sent an initial inquiry via their website -- he phoned me within a few hours, apparently as soon as the morning had come round to Nepal (given the time difference between North America and Nepal). He was extremely helpful and responsive from the start, all the way through the completion of our trek and the last couple of days back in Kathmandu. Our guide for the trek, Bhim, couldn't have been more helpful and took very good care of us and kept us safe. The whole operation and experience couldn't have been more positive.
Marcel, South Africa We recently returned from an EPIC trekking adventure to Everest Base Camp with the Nepal Hiking Team. Due to some time restraints we trekked on the cusp of the season, started our trek on 30th Aug, and returned to Kathmandu on the 10th of Sept, and what a great decision that was! The weather was amazing, we had most of the tea-houses to ourselves, our guides were on their first trip after the second wave of the covid 19. So it was great for them as well to witness everything as if for the first time. If you prefer a more 'quiet' trek, then I would recommend going on the cusp of the season! Our guide Raj of Nepal Hiking Team, did everything in his power to make the trip a most memorable trip and our wonderful porter who's name happens to be 'Love' totally lived up to his name! I cannot thank the Nepal Hiking Team enough for all their prep work, the guide's knowledge and caring for our welfare, and Ganga, the father of the group who personally met us at the airport and made sure that all our needs were met. What a great team, I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your future Himalayan trekking!
Raymond Low, Singapore Nepal Hiking Team provide an excellent guide to me when I hiked Everest Base Camp. My guide, Mr. Prakesh Rai, is very professional and caring... He always gives me very informative replies whenever I have a question or two about the terrain which we are trekking, the history of certain towns or places we passed by or stayed...He is always asking how I am (my old right ankle injury came back)...and will help me carry my load.... We had a good time together especially when we take photographs of the awesome scenery.....He works tirelessly and would be a concern for my diet and always asked me if I had enough of food, hows my leg was, and whether feeling ok especially when we are going towards a higher altitude..... We had a wonderful acclimatization climb and he is always observing me how I am doing. Nepal Hiking Team rocks!.... And I would sincerely recommend my friends to this group..... It’s simply awesome!... Thank you Nepal Hiking team and it's truly a great experience traveling with your professional guide!
Yang, Singapore It was an awesome experience in Nepal, in which a big part of my trip was covered in the mountain, thank to NHT. Ganga, the company manager has been engaging since my enquiry and very efficient and patient with all my queries. They are flexible to customize to my needs due to my planned itinerary besides hiking. They also made arrangement for airport pick up and Ganga met me in person in my lodge to go through the procedures and discussion. 2 days prior to the trek it was raining heavily and many flights were cancelled. We were lucky to tag along a rescue helicopter to Lukla, also thank to Ganga's arrangement. When we arrived at the start point, we were welcome by the friendly guide and porters. My relationship with Gurung, the guide was very good, he took care of me every single bit of the trip, as I was a slow walker in the team. He would check our conditions from time to time to ensure our well beings. Gurung and I joked around in the tea houses and we made many friends and some exchange of cultural knowledge. I was not well when I returned from Base Camp. We discussed and we decided that an evacuation was needed. Gurung visited me in the hospital and sent me back to the hotel after discharge. I had a farewell lunch with him. Ganga and Hari, the 2 managers visited me on the 2 days and they even sent me to the hospital again for report collection. Hari also sent me to the airport on my departure day. I have total satisfaction and heart-felt appreciation for Nepal Hiking Team. There were other companies who tried to compromise prices and quality but not NHT, who insisted on quality and care above all. I'm back in Singapore safely. And they are keeping in contact with me on some follow-ups. I truly want to recommend you this company for their awesome service given the reasonable if not attractive price! This trip was so awesome although I had some hiccups on my decent. I miss Nepal alot, and the friendship shared.
Stephen, Australia I finished the ABC and Bhutan Tours with Nepal Hiking Team and had a very good time. It was a great pleasure dealing with Balaram and Ganga. They are extremely professional, flexible, and accommodating. prior to the trip, I had been constantly emailing Balaram with my questions, whether or not they are directly related to the trek. Balaram was always extremely responsive with detailed answers and he was always patient. When I first got to Kathmandu, both Ganga and Balaram met me at the hotel to greet me. Throughout the trip, they constantly checked up with the guide to make sure that everything went okay. Overall, the trek was well organized and I can say with confidence that the team has done their best to ensure that my needs were met. I am already thinking about coming back to Nepal for my next trek and I will certainly go with Nepal Hiking Team again.