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

Bogdan Ilie, USA My wife and I were lucky to have chosen Nepal Hiking Team to plan our trip. We opted for a private guide and had a porter as well. We waited at the airport, and we were dropped off there as well when we left Nepal. Our guide, Ram, made sure that our trip was organized flawlessly and that we were doing well and happy at all times. He chose the best available teahouses, and we were allowed to chose the food from the menu in all of them (there seem to be agencies that say you can either choose dal bhat or pay out of pocket). We were even served, during dinner, sliced apples carried by the porter. Ram was very knowledgeable, and he shared information related to mountain peaks, vegetation, and animals. As we saw, his English skills are excellent. Above all, he is friendly and has a positive attitude, so we enjoyed talking and interacting with him. The porter, Bhola, was also very friendly. He looked like he was 50 kg but carried 55-65 kg easily. Overall, it was a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience to which Ram, Bhola, and Nepal Hiking Team contributed substantially. One of the owners, Ganga, even offered free rides to do the PCR tests or other purposes. We couldn't have hoped for better treatment from this agency. Note: Read Original Review on Trip Advisor (Click Here)
Lucie H, UK In May this year - some friends and I joined the NHT For 16 days. Every fine detail was considered, with our guides and porters going above & beyond to ensure we were comfortable and happy. Their knowledge and experience created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all. I have no hesitation in recommending Nepal Hiking Team to anyone! They made this experience perfect, thank you, guys.  
Mike, USA I went with my girlfriend to the Everest Base Camp with a guide and porter from Nepal Hiking Team. Right from the pick-up from the airport, we felt like valued clients, and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed in an otherwise hectic city. From the moment the trek started, our guide Bheg ensured we were comfortable and constantly checked on our physical state throughout each day and provided advice and assistance where we needed it. Overall, the experience was one I'll never forget, primarily because I proposed at the top and because the Nepal Hiking team made the experience as stress-free and as organized as possible, all with a smile on their face at all times. I highly recommend NHT.
Megan Y., China Ganga, Balaram, and the team were fantastic; even when we had a 24-hour flight delay, they re-scheduled everything without fuss or fee. We had an excellent driver for just us (and guide where we had them). We even changed things along the way, and whether the driver, guide, or agent, they were more than willing to help and be flexible. :) The trip took in some hiking, some sightseeing, some relaxing, the jungle, and for each occasion and location, we were provided a specialist guide for the event/location. The hotels they chose for us were precisely our requirements based on the activity we were experiencing on any given day. Balaram even met us many times in person to round off the experience and ensure all was well and take honest feedback in person - the personal touch makes you feel even more appreciated and welcome as a customer. We would recommend anyone contact the team if they are planning a trip to Nepal. Thank you, guys, for a memorable vacation.
Jonathan, USA The team NHT provided the best possible service. They were attentive in every aspect in the months leading up to the trek through emails and were responsive and thorough in addressing my questions and concerns. During our tour, Bheg (our guide) and our porter were there to take care of our (myself and one other trekker) needs and always smile and graciously. I have used other more expensive and well-known trekking teams in the Himalayas in the past and would rank NHT on an equal or higher plain. Bheg has many years of experience, as did our porter, and was very competent in their roles and Bheg in his knowledge of the area and the trek. Though our porter did not speak very much, Bheg was kind enough to translate when asked, and our porter was equally attentive in assisting Bheg and us to ensure a successful trek. Very competitive price and an excellent team and experience. I highly recommend them.