Island Peak Climb with Heli Shuttle

Island Peak Climb with Heli Shuttle
Activity
Trekking and Climbing
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    6,160m
  • Group Size
    Min 2 Pax 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse/Tent 
  • Best Time
    April-May & Oct - Nov 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $2,850USD
Group Booking Discount
No. of peoplePrice per person
13500
2-32850
4-52500

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

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews

Richard, UK

“After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team.

This was for a number of reasons.

  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.

Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision.

I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh.

Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket.

The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak.

Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains.

He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is.

He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience.

Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room.

Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done.

When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier.

If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip”

Nicky N Prasad, Australia I had always wanted to do the Everest Trek, and when I finally had the opportunity, I was delighted with enthusiasm! I think I am also fortunate to have been in the company of Nepal Hiking Team because they gave me no reason whatsoever to companion about anything at all. Every service I received was top-notch, and I was always provided the best available services, from the food and guesthouses to the porter and guiding services. My guide was Paban, and he was very proficient at his work. He made sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. The trip was terrific, and I am so glad I was with NHT! Their prompt responses, their kind gestures, and the best organization of the trip had me convinced that I was with the professionals from the very beginning. My recommendation goes to Nepal Hiking Team for being one of Nepal's most reliant tour agencies!  
Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.
Nicola Ross, Australia The Annapurna circuit trek was one of the best treks I’ve ever experienced. I completed it with my sister (we are both in our early sixties) on a private tour in April 2022. It was very well organized by Nepal Hiking Team, a very professional organization. Nina provided wonderful advice on the trip initially. Our guide, Hari was experienced, attentive, capable, and kind. He made the trip a success for us, along with Nomoratz, our porter, who carried our gear with such good humour. The Himalayas are the most majestic mountain range in the world. The trek was very strenuous and challenging, (more for me than my sister) but was such a wonderful experience. We have learned so much about Hinduism and Buddhism and have developed a great affection and respect for the Nepalese people. They are wonderful hosts with a rich culture we have enjoyed learning about. I highly recommend this company, our guide, and porter if you are considering trekking in Nepal. This country offers real adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences to those who venture here. See this review on TripAdvisor (click here)