Island Peak Climbing in Nepal
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Island Peak Climbing with Recreation Holidays

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Set off on the Island Peak climbing adventure with RecreationHolidays and discover the exhilarating challenges of Imja Tse, historically named by Eric Shipton in 1951 due to its appearance as an island amidst a sea of ice. This peak, an extension of the Lhotse Shar in the southern Himalayas, offers a blend of trekking and mountaineering in a diverse alpine environment. Your adventure begins in Lukla, from where you'll experience the ups and downs of the Everest Region, with stunning views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mera Peak at an altitude of 6,189 meters. The climb involves navigating rocky boulders and exotic vegetation, and since the 2014 earthquake, it has included traversing deep crevasses with ladders, demanding both bravery and balance.

Reaching the summit of Imja Tse brings a sense of triumph, with a descent to the Island Peak Base Camp where you can unwind amidst views of the Himalayan giants. The best times to undertake this climb are from March to May and October to November, though the journey is possible throughout the year with proper acclimatization. RecreationHolidays ensures you are guided and supported by the best climbing staff, who lead you safely to your destination and provide expert advice every step of the way. Join us to step into a world of high-altitude adventure and create lasting memories on one of the most iconic peaks in the Himalayas.

Highlights

  • Scenic Journey: Enjoy a breathtaking scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back, offering unique aerial views of the Himalayas.
  • Cultural Insights: Dive deep into the rich Sherpa culture, interacting with local communities to learn about their traditions and lifestyles in the Himalayas.
  • Historic Sites: Visit the ancient Tengboche Monastery, a center of spirituality renowned for its impressive religious significance and stunning architecture.
  • Natural Beauty: Wander through landscapes adorned with mesmerizing prayer wheels, colorful prayer flags, mani stones, and expansive suspension bridges.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Explore varied mountain terrains, including valleys, slopes, and lush forests teeming with vibrant rhododendrons, springs, and waterfalls.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Experience the stunning diversity of wildlife, including sightings of musk deer, colorful pheasants, elusive snow leopards, and Himalayan Thar.
  • Adventure and Challenge: Tackle the thrilling and challenging Island Peak Climbing adventure, testing your limits and providing an exhilarating climbing experience.

Climbing Skills and Fitness Requirements for Island Peak

Skill Level and Physical Fitness:

Island Peak is a moderately technical climb that is accessible to beginners as well as experienced climbers. Participants should be energetic and physically fit due to the demanding nature of the climb. While previous climbing experience is beneficial, it is not mandatory. What's crucial is a strong determination and the desire to reach the summit. Our climbing leaders are highly trained and possess excellent decision-making skills, ensuring a supportive climbing experience.

Age and Health Considerations:

There is no specific age restriction for the climb, provided participants meet the necessary health and skill requirements. Typically, adventurers aged between 20 and 60 years undertake this journey. Regardless of age, all climbers should be in good physical health and possess a reasonable degree of fitness.

Trek Grade and Daily Activity:

Island Peak Climbing is categorized as a challenging but immensely rewarding adventure. Daily trekking durations range from 5 to 7 hours, with the path including long climbs, steep descents, and traversing rocky paths and forested areas. Regular breaks are integrated into the journey to enjoy the breathtaking mountain vistas. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable and manageable your climb will be.

Medical Considerations and Support:

This climb is not recommended for individuals with sensitive health conditions, particularly those affecting the heart or lungs. Our base camp is equipped with medical personnel ready to monitor health conditions throughout the expedition. Furthermore, we have essential medical equipment and provisions on site. All our guides and leaders are medically trained and are prepared to provide necessary care efficiently.

Best Time for Island Peak Climbing

Weather is a critical factor in planning for Island Peak Climbing. The best periods are:

March to April: Clear skies, with daytime temperatures around 18°C and night temperatures around -12°C.

May to June: Just before the monsoon, suitable for climbing with daytime temperatures around 25°C and night temperatures around -5°C.

July to August: Monsoon season with potential visibility issues and trail challenges. Daytime temperatures around 27°C and night temperatures around 5°C.

September to October: Post-monsoon with clear skies and temperatures up to 20°C during the day and 5°C at night.

November to December: Early winter with clear days. Daytime temperatures around 18°C and night temperatures around -10°C.

January to February: Coldest months with heavy snowfall, especially in January. Daytime temperatures around 15°C and night temperatures around -15°C.

Please note, weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, and temperatures may change rapidly.

ItineraryExpand All
Day01

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Recreation Holidays will greet you. You'll be escorted to your designated hotel where you can refresh and relax. During your welcome, you'll receive a brief overview of your trip itinerary. If time permits, you may also have the opportunity to enjoy a Nepalese cultural program in the evening. The night will be spent at the hotel.

Max Altitude: 1,350mMeals: noAccommodation: Hotel
Day02

Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This exhilarating flight provides a spectacular view of the snow-capped Himalayas and the stunning landscapes below. Upon arrival at Lukla airport, you will be greeted by your guide from Recreation Holidays. From there, begin your trek towards Phakding, passing through the quaint village of Ghat (2,250m) along the scenic Dudh Koshi River. The day concludes with an overnight stay in Phakding.

Max Altitude: 2,611mMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Guest house
Day03

Start your day with an early morning breakfast before beginning your trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, you'll pass through Jorsale, a small village renowned for its beautiful waterfall. The trail winds through a lush forest of rhododendrons, giant firs, and magnolia trees. You will traverse several wooden and steel bridges, experiencing a mix of ascents and descents through the verdant landscape. Your day ends with an arrival at Namche Bazaar, where you will spend the night.

 

Max Altitude: 3,440mMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Guest house
Day04

Take this day to rest and acclimatize in order to prepare for further trekking. You have the option to explore nearby Khumjung Village, which offers a glimpse into the local culture and stunning views, or enjoy a leisurely walk towards Thami, situated at an elevation of 3,810 meters above the Bhote Koshi river valley. These activities will help you get accustomed to the altitude, ensuring you're well-prepared for the days ahead. Spend another comfortable night at Namche Bazaar.

Max Altitude: 3,440mMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Guest house
Day05

Begin your day with an early breakfast in Namche Bazaar before setting out for Tengboche. Your route will take you through lush forests filled with rhododendron and conifers, leading to the serene location of Tengboche. Home to the Tengboche Monastery, this village is renowned for one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region, situated at an altitude of 3,860 meters. The monastery is beautifully framed by peaks such as Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega. The trek to Tengboche will take approximately 3 to 4 hours. Enjoy your evening here with an overnight stay.

Max Altitude: 3,867mMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Guest house
Day06

Today's trek takes you from Tengboche to Dingboche. Along the way, you'll traverse through enchanting forests filled with juniper, rhododendron, fir, and birch trees, passing by the nunnery in Debouche. After crossing the Imja Khola, you'll make a stop at Pangboche village for lunch, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Ama Dablam. From there, the trail ascends through broad alpine meadows before reaching Dingboche village, crossing the Imja River once more. Settle in for the night after a fulfilling day of trekking.

Max Altitude: 4,343mMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Guest house
Day07

Continue your journey as you trek from Dingboche to Chhukung. Nestled beneath a grand rocky wall that connects Nuptse with Lhotse, Chhukung is a quaint village offering close-up views of the imposing Mt. Ama Dablam, standing at 6,856 meters. The trek provides not only a physical challenge but also a feast for the eyes with stunning mountain landscapes.

Max Altitude: 4,730mMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Guest house
Day08

Today’s journey from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp begins with a climb to the south before veering east toward the main valley. The trail takes us under the southern edge of the Lhotse Glacier's moraine and continues alongside a stream, making for a pleasant hike. "The trail meanders through the moraines of the Imja and Lhotse glaciers, eventually unveiling a vast valley to the southwest of Island Peak."

Ascending northward from Chhukung, we follow the valley close to the moraine of the Lhotse Glacier. A brief hike beside a river leads us to a large rock. From here, a 40-minute ascent brings us to the base camp. Once we’ve set up camp, you’ll receive practical training on peak climbing techniques. This includes how to properly use climbing gear like ice axes, boots with crampons, harnesses, and ropes. The evening is spent at Island Peak Base Camp, preparing for the climb ahead.

Max Altitude: 5,200mMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tented camp
Day09

An early start between 12 and 1 AM kicks off this demanding day, beginning with a pre-climb breakfast. It’s crucial to start early to reach the summit before noon to avoid the strong afternoon winds, which can hinder the climb. The trail initially ascends several hundred meters from the base camp, moving through sandy terrain that transitions into grassy and then boulder-strewn paths.

As we ascend, the path narrows and enters a steep rock channel. The climb through this gully involves navigating several short rock steps before emerging onto a ridgeline. This leads to a thrilling traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. Here, the guides may fix ropes as needed. A steep snow slope then brings us to the summit ridge, where both fixed and man ropes ensure safety during the ascent, with rope lengths adjusting based on crevasse conditions and seasonal variations, typically around 350 meters.

This section includes the crossing of two newly formed crevasses, approximately 3 and 4 meters in length, navigated with ladders. Upon reaching the summit, we take time for photos and to appreciate the expansive views before descending back to Island Peak Base Camp. Here, we celebrate our successful ascent with the waiting crew members.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tented camp
Day10

Today's journey will take you from Island Peak Base Camp back to the village of Pangboche, a trek expected to last approximately 5 to 6 hours. Departing from Imja Tse Base Camp, you will navigate your way down, crossing the Khumbu River via a wooden suspension bridge. Following the course of the Imja Khola river, the trail leads directly to Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village nestled in the Himalayas. Here, you will spend the night, providing a well-earned rest after the day's descent.

Max Altitude: 3,901mMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Guest house
Day11

Begin your day with an early breakfast before setting off from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar, tracing the path alongside the Imja River. As you retrace your steps, the route will take you through the lush rhododendron and birch forests up to Tengboche. From Tengboche, the trail descends gradually to the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River at Phunki Tenga. The journey continues as you make your way back to Namche Bazaar, concluding a 5 to 6-hour trek. Settle in for the night after the day's walk.

Max Altitude: 3,440mMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Guest house
Day12

Start your day with breakfast in Namche Bazaar before embarking on the return trek to Lukla, retracing the route you initially took. This familiar path marks the conclusion of your trekking adventure as you head back towards the gateway of your expedition. Spend your final night in Lukla, reflecting on the journey and resting up after your descent.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Guest house
Day13

After breakfast in Lukla, you'll catch a flight back to Kathmandu, once again savoring the stunning aerial views of the Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival at Kathmandu's domestic airport, a representative from Recreation Holidays will greet you and escort you to your hotel. Here, you can unwind and reflect on your trekking experience. Enjoy a restful night at the hotel as you transition back to city life.

Max Altitude: 1,350mMeals: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel
Day14

Enjoy a relaxed day in Kathmandu, scheduled as a leisure day to ensure you have ample time before your international flight. This day is perfect for resting after your trek, or you can choose to explore the city further. Take the opportunity to roam around Kathmandu, perhaps visiting local markets or shopping for souvenirs. Wrap up your adventure with one last night at your hotel, reflecting on the experiences of your journey.

Max Altitude: 1,350mMeals: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel
Day15

Today marks your departure from Nepal, concluding your memorable trek. A representative from Recreation Holidays will ensure you are transported to the international airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled flight, allowing for a smooth check-in and departure process. Safe travels as you head back home, carrying with you a wealth of experiences from the heart of the Himalayas.

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Includes
  • Roundtrip Airfare: Flight costs for Kathmandu to Lukla and return, inclusive of all taxes and government fees.
  • Meals Provided: 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 13 dinners throughout the duration of the trek and climb.
  • Accommodation: A total of 13 nights which includes five nights in twin-shared rooms with attached bathrooms in Lukla, Namche (3 nights), and Phakding. Seven nights in twin-shared accommodations in Tengboche, Dingboche (2 nights), and Chhukung (4 nights). One night in a twin-sharing camp/tent at Island Peak Base Camp.
  • Guidance and Portage: Government-licensed trekking and climbing leader, plus porters to assist trekkers with luggage (one porter for every two trekkers, maximum load per porter is 18 kg).
  • Campsite Support: Cook and helpers specifically for stays at Island Base Camp.
  • Permits: Includes Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit, and Island Peak Climbing Permit fees.
  • Experienced Climbing Guide: Fees for a licensed and experienced Sherpa Climbing Guide.
  • Camping Essentials: Tent and camping staff along with a kitchen crew to manage meal preparations and logistics.
  • Health and Safety: Medical kit available, along with snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits provided daily.
  • Emergency Services: Arrangement for rescue operations in case of severe health complications, supported by travel insurance.
  • Taxes: All applicable government and local taxes are covered.
  • Certification: Discovery World Trekking Peak Climbing Certificate awarded upon successful completion.
  • Celebration Meal: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu to celebrate the conclusion of the trek/expedition.
Excludes
  • International Flight Costs: Airfare to and from your home country is not included.
  • Visa Fees: On-arrival visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport (30 days - USD 50).
  • Accommodations and Meals in Kathmandu: Costs for stays and meals in Kathmandu before and after the trek are not covered.
  • Extra Nights in Kathmandu: Additional accommodation costs due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Personal Expenses: Includes shopping, snacks, boiled water, beverages (hot tea/coffee, cold drinks), hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharges, and hiring extra porters.
  • Personal Clothing and Gear: Participants must provide their own clothing and trekking/climbing gear.
  • Travel Insurance Requirement: It is mandatory for all participants to have travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter rescue and evacuation at high altitudes.
  • Gratuities: Tips for guides and porters are not included and are at the discretion of the client.
  • Unforeseen Costs: Any costs arising from itinerary changes due to safety concerns, illness, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, etc.
  • Other Unlisted Costs: Any other expenses not specifically mentioned in the "What is Included in the Island Climbing Package?" section are excluded.
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Accommodation During Island Peak Climbing

Lodge to Lodge Accommodation:

For the majority of the trek, you will experience comfortable lodge-to-lodge accommodation. The specifics include:

Lukla, Namche, and Phakding: 5 nights in twin-sharing rooms with private attached bathrooms, ensuring comfort and privacy.

Tengboche, Dingboche, and Chhukung: 7 nights in twin-sharing rooms, situated in key locations along the trekking route to maximize rest and acclimatization.

Island Peak Base Camp:

Base Camp Stay: 1 night in a camp or tent at the Island Peak Base Camp, providing a true mountaineering experience as you prepare for the peak ascent.

Additional Stays in Kathmandu:

Kathmandu Hotels: At least two nights are required in Kathmandu (one before the trek begins and one after completion). Note that hotel costs in Kathmandu are not included in the package to offer flexibility in choosing accommodations that fit various preferences and budgets.

Food on the Trek

Nutrition is key on high-altitude treks and climbs, and our meal plan is designed to meet the caloric and nutritional demands of such strenuous activities.

Meal Inclusions:

14 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, and 13 Dinners: Each meal is planned to provide the energy needed for the day's activities.

Popular Menu Items:

Breakfast Options: Local Tsampa porridge, eggs in various styles, oatmeal, corn flakes, French toast with jam, butter, cheese, honey, Tibetan bread or chapati, pancakes, muesli, assorted fruits, vegetables, and hot beverages including a variety of teas, coffees, and hot chocolates.

Lunch and Dinner Selections: Staples like Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan bread, vegetable curry, assortments of soups, Sherpa stew, steaks, sandwiches, momo (Nepalese dumplings), pasta dishes including macaroni and spaghetti, noodles, thukpa, salads, pizza (various toppings), and snacks like papad and prawns. Desserts typically include rice pudding and apple pie.

Dietary Recommendations:

High Altitude Diet: At higher altitudes, it's recommended to consume fresh vegetables and ample fluids such as green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and particularly garlic soup, which are essential for maintaining good health in thin air conditions.

Avoidance: Consumption of non-vegetarian items is generally not recommended due to the difficulty in ensuring meat freshness. Similarly, it is advisable to avoid dairy products, alcoholic beverages, caffeinated drinks, and hot chocolates to prevent altitude sickness.

Note: All personal bills for additional orders outside the standard meals (alcoholic, hot, and cold drinks) at tea houses/lodges or cafes are not included in the package and should be settled individually.

Island Peak Expedition - Recommended Equipment List

To ensure a comfortable and safe trek, it's important to pack the right gear. Although personal preferences vary, here is a comprehensive list to guide you:

Clothing:

  • Head: Sun hat or scarf, winter hat or insulating hat, wide-brimmed hat
  • Face: Sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection, face/body wipes
  • Hands: Lightweight gloves, heavyweight winter gloves

Body:

  • Hiking shirts, long-sleeved shirts
  • Hooded rain jacket, fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants, T-shirts (preferably lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Expedition grade down jacket (rentable in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater, waterproof jacket and pants
  • Thick thermal Merino bottoms (e.g., Icebreaker 200, Odlo Revolution Thick)
  • Polar fleece or similar mid-layer trousers
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex Over Trousers or Bibs: Choose fully side-zipped, breathable, and waterproof over trousers or bibs made from Gore-Tex for optimal protection against the elements.
  • Goose-down trousers or bibs, or a down suit
  • Liner gloves for tying knots, mittens

Footwear:

  • Hiking boots, thick wool socks (plus an extra pair of thick light socks)
  • Gore-Tex hiking boots with ankle support

Essentials:

  • Backpack or daypack (size dependent on porter usage)
  • Thermal bottle, water purification tablets
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag (suitable for -15°C)

Toiletries:

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Deodorant, biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers, small mirror

Personal Accessories:

  • Money, watch, cell phone, camera

Additional Items:

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Note: You can purchase or rent gear in Kathmandu. Ensure to verify the sizes if buying or renting. Porters will carry your main luggage with a weight limit of 9 kg per trekker. Your backpack should include essential documents and expensive items. Use waterproof stuff sacks to keep your belongings dry.

Acclimatization Strategy on Island Peak Climbing Expedition

Understanding Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness is a common challenge faced by trekkers and climbers. While it requires immediate attention and can be serious, it is also largely preventable. Our itinerary is carefully designed to allow for a gradual ascent, providing ample time for your body to adjust to the increasing elevations, which is key in preventing altitude sickness.

Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar: Namche Bazaar serves as a crucial acclimatization hub during the Island Peak expedition. This well-known Sherpa town offers a perfect setting for trekkers to adapt to the altitude. During your rest day here, you will have the opportunity to engage in light activities which aid acclimatization. You can explore the local area, enjoy the local cuisine, relax, read, listen to music, or simply take leisurely strolls around the town, immersing yourself in its vibrant culture.

Handling Severe Altitude Sickness: In cases where a trekker is severely affected by altitude sickness, the immediate remedy is to descend to a lower altitude. Our trek leaders are trained to handle such situations with the utmost urgency and have the authority to make critical decisions on whether to continue the ascent or initiate an immediate descent, based on the condition of the affected individual and the overall team's health.

By implementing these acclimatization strategies, we aim to ensure a safe and enjoyable climbing experience for all participants, minimizing the risks associated with high altitude trekking.

Trekking Options: Group and Private Treks

Group Discounts and Arrangements:

We offer both group and private trekking options. If you're booking as a group, you can avail yourself of group discounts—the larger your group, the bigger the discount. However, discounts do not apply to groups assembled by us. We accommodate any group size and provide an assistant trek leader for groups with 14 or more members.

A Typical Day on the Island Peak Trek and Climb

Daily Activities: Your days on the Island Peak trek are filled with breathtaking scenery, photography opportunities, and local cultural exploration. Our experienced, friendly, and qualified guides and porters will be with you every step of the way.

Morning: Each day starts with an early breakfast, followed by packing up and setting off for the day’s destination between 7 and 8 am, depending on the distance. You will typically trek for 3 to 5 hours before stopping for lunch.

Midday: Lunch is served around noon, usually at a scenic midway point en route to the next destination.

Evening: Dinner is served from around 6 to 7 pm. Post-dinner, your trek leader will brief you on the following day's plan. Evenings can be spent reading, playing games like cards, monopoly, or chess, watching mountaineering videos, or learning Nepali phrases from our crew.

Climbing Itinerary Variability:

The climbing segment of the itinerary is subject to change based on climber performance, weather conditions, and route safety. Climbing Island Peak involves crossing challenging ice and steep snow sections. Our experienced climbing guides will ensure new ropes are fixed as needed to secure a safe route for your ascent.

Communication During the Island Peak Climb

Connectivity at Lodges:

During the Island Peak Climbing Trek, internet services are available at lodges for a small service charge, allowing you to stay in touch with family and friends. However, as we reach higher altitudes, the availability of mobile signals may decrease, and we primarily use phones for essential communications and safety purposes.

Communication with Trek Teams:

Our trek guides communicate with all trek teams at least once a day to ensure the smooth progress of the trek. In case of any needs or emergencies, you can also contact our head office directly. For better connectivity, you have the option to purchase a local SIM card in Kathmandu, although signal strength might be weak at higher elevations.

Additional Personal Expenses During the Trek/Climb

Coverage of Costs:

While this package covers most of the essentials such as on-trek meals and accommodations outside of Kathmandu, it does not include all costs. Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu are to be arranged by our clients, who can choose from a variety of hotels to fit all budgets and tastes.

Incidental Expenses:

Clients are advised to bring personal spending money for other expenses, including visa fees, travel insurance, snacks, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), tips for trekking staff, and souvenirs. We recommend bringing cash (preferably in Dollars) which can be easily exchanged for Nepalese Rupees, as trekking regions typically only accept the local currency.

Travel Insurance for Island Peak Climbing

Importance of Travel Insurance:

Due to the challenging nature of Island Peak Climbing, which includes high-altitude trekking and potential risks such as altitude sickness and sudden climate changes, comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for all participants. This insurance must cover not only medical issues but also emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes up to 6,000 meters.

Insurance Policy Requirements:

Before commencing the trek, all trekkers must submit a copy of their detailed travel insurance policy certificate to Recreation Holidays. It is vital that this policy includes coverage for helicopter rescue and high-altitude evacuation.

Selecting the Right Insurance:

We recommend contacting insurance companies directly to ensure their policies include heli-rescue and high-altitude evacuation coverage up to 6,000 meters. It is crucial to confirm this verbally and not solely rely on website information.

Additional Recommended Coverages:

Given the elevation of Island Peak (6,189 meters or 20,305 feet), we advise securing a policy that extends to at least this altitude, preferably including mountain air ambulance services. Other recommended coverages include:

Medical expenses

Trip cancellation due to pandemics, political unrest, community violence, natural calamities

Delays or cancellations of flights

Policy Submission:

Please send your detailed insurance policy certificate within a week of booking your climb. In case of emergencies, we will use this information for rapid rescue operations and medical treatment facilitation.

Further Information:

For comprehensive guidelines on choosing the right travel insurance and understanding the necessary coverages for high-altitude trekking, please refer to our detailed article in the travel insurance section on our website.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is entirely at the traveler's discretion and should reflect the quality of service received, the length of the trek, and the cost of the trek or climb. In Nepali culture, tipping is viewed as an acknowledgment of good service. We recommend pooling tips collectively at the end of the trek.

Booking and Payment Process

Agency Credentials:

Recreation Holidays is authorized and registered by the government of Nepal, and holds licenses and bonds as a trekking and touring operator. We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), ensuring you can book your trip with confidence.

Advance Payment:

A 20% advance payment is required to confirm your booking, which can be made via bank transfer, Western Union, or online. The remaining trip cost is payable upon arrival in Nepal and can be settled in cash, by bank transfer, Western Union, or by credit card.

Pre-Trip Documentation:

After booking, please send us necessary documents such as a copy of your passport, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, and flight details within a week. This is crucial especially for securing domestic flights to Lukla, as slots are limited and quickly filled during trekking seasons.

Trip Extension Options

Should you wish to extend your stay in Nepal post-trek, we offer a variety of activities including a Kathmandu valley tour, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, and canoeing.

Feedback and Farewell

Upon completion of your Island Peak Climbing, we invite you to a farewell dinner in Kathmandu, where you will receive a trek/climbing achievement certificate and have the opportunity to provide feedback on your experience. "Your feedback is immensely valuable in guiding us to improve our services."

Adding Safety Margin Days

We advise adding extra days to your itinerary to accommodate potential delays in flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, which are common. Allowing at least two additional days provides a cushion to manage any unexpected changes without affecting your international travel plans. In case of significant delays, helicopter arrangements can be made for an additional cost ranging from USD 500-1000 per person.

Note on Itinerary Flexibility: The provided itinerary serves as a general guideline and may require modifications due to factors beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions, trail accessibility, lodging availability, or unforeseen governmental restrictions. While itinerary changes are unlikely, they are not the responsibility of the agency.

Your guide will make any necessary adjustments in consultation with the group, prioritizing the safety and interests of all members.

FAQs

 

Island Peak, also recognized as Imja Tse, is situated within Sagarmatha National Park in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal, reaching an elevation of 9,189 meters (30,147 feet). The peak was initially named "Island Peak" in 1952 by Eric Shipton, a renowned British mountaineer, because it resembles an island in a sea of ice when observed from Dingboche. The first successful ascent was made in 1953 by Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, Charles Wylie, Tenzing Norgay, and a team of seven Sherpas. Although renamed Imja Tse in 1983 by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the peak is still commonly referred to by its original name, Island Peak.

Meals on the Island Peak climb are designed to be both nutritious and satisfying to support your energy needs. You will enjoy three hearty meals each day: breakfast and dinner are served at the lodge where you stay, and lunch is taken at tea houses or restaurants along the trail. During summit attempts, when staying in tented camps, meals are prepared by our skilled climbing cooks and include packed lunches to accommodate the day’s activities.

Our menu features a variety of options to cater to different tastes and dietary requirements. Breakfast selections include beverages like tea and coffee, toast with toppings, pancakes, and several egg preparations. Main meals consist of a diverse array of dishes such as rice, noodles, potatoes, burgers, pasta, and pizzas, along with traditional Nepali momos (dumplings). Special dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or kosher can be accommodated with advance notice, ensuring all climbers have the sustenance they need for the climb.

Throughout your journey to Island Peak, accommodation varies depending on the phase of the trek. Until you reach Chhukung, you will be staying in lodges, teahouses, or hotels which provide basic but comfortable amenities. From Chhukung to the Island Peak base camp and during your climb, accommodations switch to organized camping. This includes guest tents for sleeping, dining tents for meals, toilet tents for convenience, and kitchen tents for food preparation, ensuring a well-supported expedition.

 

The cost of climbing Island Peak can vary widely, influenced by factors such as the trekking company, the level of service provided, the trip's duration, and the chosen route. Essentially, the pricing structure is comparable to market variations in tech products, where more features and services equate to higher costs. Typically, the price for an Island Peak climb can range between $3,200 and $4,600 per person, depending on the inclusivity and quality of services offered.

 

The duration for climbing Island Peak typically ranges from 14 to 20 days, depending on the chosen route and your experience level. For seasoned climbers who are well-versed in high-altitude techniques, a direct ascent without visiting Everest Base Camp can be achieved in about 14 days. However, for those seeking a more comprehensive experience that includes acclimatization and a visit to Everest Base Camp, the journey extends to about 19 days, which includes two additional days in Kathmandu for arrival and departure. Customized itineraries are available to suit varying preferences and climbing abilities.

While the summit of Island Peak does not offer a view of Mt. Everest, as it is obscured by the mass of Mt. Lhotse, climbers can enjoy spectacular sights of other Himalayan giants. Prominent among these are Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, and Mera Peak, which present impressive vistas from the climb.

Climbing Island Peak, often referred to as a 'trekking peak' due to its accessible nature, still demands a good level of physical fitness and basic mountaineering skills. This climb is suitable for those who have previously undertaken high-altitude treks such as the Everest Base Camp or the Kilimanjaro climb, or similar adventures up to 5,000 meters (16,404 feet). It involves climbing steep ice and rock faces using ropes, snow boots, and crampons, which requires physical strength and endurance.

To prepare for Island Peak, it's essential to engage in a comprehensive fitness regimen months before your climb. Incorporate hiking with a weighted backpack (around 20-25 pounds) to build stamina, perform strength training exercises including free weights and bodyweight routines, and improve cardiovascular health through activities like jogging, running, inclined treadmill walking, aerobics, and hill workouts. Recreation Holidays will provide detailed instructions and guidelines to help you prepare for the physical demands of the climb once you arrive in Nepal.

During your trek from Lukla to Chhukung, accommodations such as teahouses and lodges will be available where you can recharge electronic devices for a small fee. Beyond Chhukung, as you ascend towards Island Peak and return to Pangboche, charging options will be limited to days with sufficient sunlight for solar chargers. It's advisable to bring additional batteries and power banks to ensure your devices remain powered throughout the expedition.

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