Imja Tse(Island Peak) 6169m is one of the most popular lesser peaks and to scale the mountain you will need some mountaineering skill.This trip is the same as the Everest Base Camp trek until your entrance to the Chhukung valley. Either you can take the air service from Kathmandu to Lukla or drive to Jiri 184 km east of Kathmandu and trek to Lukla and continue up to Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, ImjaGlacier to the Base Camp of Island Peak. Three days are set aside for the ascent of Imja Tse and follow the same route back to Kathmandu as in the Everest Base Camp trek. If you take the one-way flight to Lukla, the whole trip will take 23 days and if you take the return flight to Lukla the trip will take 16 days.This trip offers you not only enchanting views of Mt. Everest (8848m) Lhotse (8516m) Ama Dablam (6856m) and numerous others peaks it allows you to experience the culture and tradition of Bhuddist monasteries and Sherpa villages.
:: Day to Day Itinerary ::
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 : 1/2 day Kathmandu sightseeing and preparations
Day 3 : Fly to Lukla (2840m), trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 5 : Rest and acclimatision day in Namche Bazaar
Day 6 : Trek to Tengboche (3867m)
Day 7 : Trek to Dingboche (4350m)
Day 8 : Rest and acclimatisation day in Dingboche (4350m)
Day 9 : Trek to Chukkung
Day 10 : Trek to Island Peak base camp (4970m)
Day 11 : Climbing Island Peak
Day 12 : an extra day is included in case of poor weather
Day 13/16 : Return to Lukla
Day 17 : Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18 : Free time in Kathmandu
Day 19 : Fly back home
:: Trip Start Dates and Price ::
|02 to 20 April|
01 to 19 May
:: What Is Included ::
* Arrival Pick up and drop off for departure
* Accommodation in Kathmandu as per above program
* All meals as specified for trek in Camp and Tea House
* All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
* Internal flights as per itinerary.
* All trekking arrangements including permits , government taxes and agency service charge
* Accommodation in twin sharing Tent or local lodges
* Trekking guide & porter (salary, insurance, food, accommodation & other allowances).
* Necessary climbing gears
* Basic first aid kit is carried by your leader.
* Farewell dinner after the trip
:: What Is Not Included ::
* Insurance must have which cover your rescue cost,
* Plastic boot hire
* Kathmandu food lunch & dinner,
* Personal expenditure,
* all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, mineral water, Hot water, snacks,
* We recommend you bring water purifier & neutralizer tablets to reduce your cost of traveling & to help you be a more environmentally friendly traveler etc.
* Porter, Guide & other tips.
* Personal clothing & equipment.
* Travel insurance.
* Optional trips. Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Namaste Adventurte control.
* Anything else not specified in the ‘included costs’ section above
:: Meals ::
We provide all camping equipment and gear, including tents, dining, toilet, and Kitchen tents. At base camp we have a large mess tent equipped with all necessary kitchen gadgets including stoves, tables and chairs. Meals are prepared by our trained and experienced cooks. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Please let us know if you have any special food requirements.
We offer all varieties of food including continental and local Nepali/Tibetan items. Breakfast includes porridge, egg, bread, etc. Some of the items in the lunch include rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables, chapattis, bread, and tinned meat and fish items. Fresh or tinned fruit and tea or coffees make the desserts. For the main meal, you can choose your own menu - either local or western varieties. Local varieties include from the local Dal Bhat, yak stew, momo to the western burghers, pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas.
:: Health and Experience Requirements ::
Our Island Peak expeditions are led by professional and experienced mountaineers and guides supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. The climbers need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes and prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 6,000 m. A high standard of physical and mental fitness is also necessary for the climb.
:: Travel Insurance ::
It is a condition upon joining any of Namaste Adventure's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance. For more information
:: Equipment and Packing List ::
While packing for Island Peak certain equipments are essential. Please Click here for this trip's comprehensive checklist.
:: Trekking Day ::
You will be experiencing the ‘early to bed and early to rise’ schedule. A typical trekking day starts at around 6 or 7 am. Enjoy the hearty breakfast and begin trekking. Carry your pack containing personal items you need for the day. The porters and yaks carry all the loads. Walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery, chat with the natives, and take photographs. The lunch time depends upon the terrain and is prepared by our catering team. Generally you stop for lunch after about 4 hours of walking. The lunch hour also helps in acclimatization. The aim would be to reach next stop by the sunset. After reaching the overnight stay point, check in to rooms then you relax with a cup of tea or coffee. If time permit take a pleasure walk around.
:: Climbing Day ::
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at their own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
:: Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements ::
Our Island Peak expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Not only in terms of qualification, but we also make it sure that our leaders have proven track of record in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect. Our expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including acute mountain sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crew members are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.
:: Team Composition ::
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign:
* HGT Accredited Climbing Leader
* Base Camp Assistance and other necessary trek crew such Porters, Yaks and Yak man
* Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
:: Best Season ::
Most of the Ice Climbing to Island Peak are operated during the pre and post monsoon seasons. However, we also operate the expedition in early winter.