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Island Peak Climb 2019

August 28, 2019 by Climb High Himalaya  

The dream to witness the might and glory of the mountains remains in the minds of many people around the world. Some are lucky enough to visit the majestic landmarks and yet some fail to enter the realms of the mighty giants in their lifetime. For centuries, mankind has immersed themselves in unfolding the rush they get when they travel to such places. And thus find the solace one can fathom after being present in such a vicinity. In this content, we will see what it takes to make it through when venturing on a journey so close to the heavens. Specifically we will learn about the Island peak climb with context to the following features relating to the same:

  • Kathmandu, The Capital of Nepal

  • What to expect in Island Peak climb

  • What we do for Island Peak climb

  • Where to stay when on Island Peak climb

  • Daily activities during Island Peak climb

  • Cost related to island Peak climb

Kathmandu, The Capital of Nepal

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, and is one of the most densely populated cities in Nepal. The city is rich in diversity and culture, and has the most number of tourists visiting in any season. Tourism is the main source of income for the country of Nepal, and Kathmandu alone has the most visited sites for tourists all over the world. With blissful green vegetation and being the stronghold of a majority of Hindu temples and Buddhist Monasteries, Kathmandu is a proud city being the main headway to several mountain ranges of the Himalayas. Kathmandu is also the home of the King and Queen of Nepal, and is the political stronghold for the whole of Nepal. The city is a modernised version of the country and one can even embark themselves on a massive foodie journey.

What to expect in Island Peak climb

Island peak climbing offers an excellent opportunity to climb a Himalayan Island Summit together with an exhilarating Trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar which falls on the way to the Island peak base camp. The Island peak climb is not a technically difficult climb, but more of a physically difficult climbing. This means that  a climber may not have the technical know how of climbing but needs to be physically fit before the ascent is made. Therefore it is advised that anyone venturing on this trip be sound of health and at least take a proper physical training 4-5 months prior to embarking on this journey. The route that we take for this climb is on the main trail for the Everest Base Camp. therefore, the trekking route is filled with green valleys, cozy lodges and tea houses along the path, friendly people and of course, splendid view of the various mountain ranges which constitutes the Great Himalayan Range. Our itinerary is prepared in such a way that it can adjust to the pace and timing of the trekkers in the group. And there will be enough time kept aside for acclimatizing to the mountain environment so that there is no problem as we make our way towards the base camp which is at a high altitude.

What we do for Island Peak climb

Island Peak climbing may be considered as a physically challenging climb, but it is not a technically challenging ascent. So do make sure your gears are checked and is in working condition to avoid any issues. There will be a briefing before we begin the journey, and do make sure everything you need is packed for the days to come. We will also have porters ready if you need assistance in carrying your luggage, and you can be assured you are in good hands as the ported are mostly sherpas of the mountain region, and they are considered to be the most friendly people on earth. Your lodging will be accomodated in certain lodges and tea houses along the path while moving along the trail. The trail falls directly on the main route for Everest Base Camp trek, so you can be assured there are plenty of cozy lodges to rest the night in. The schedule can also be changed according to the requirement and pace and time taken by the trekking group, and there will be ample time to adjust to the mountain region as we move onto higher altitudes. This is not just kept aside for weather adjustment, but also to make sure you enjoy your time to the fullest while you are on a journey for Island Peak climb. 

Where to stay when on Island Peak climb

You will come across many settlements and tea houses as you move upward. And since the trail is on the same route as the Everest Base Camp trek, the trip is through many historic places and fantastic viewpoints. The first point however will be Kathmandu, where you will have a day or two to rest and prepare yourself for the long journey. One day can be kept aside for sightseeing too. Then the next stop will be Lukla airport, from where your trekking journey away from civilization begins. Your first trek in the mountain region of Khumbu will take you to Phakding, a small hamlet with small scattered settlements on the bank of Dudh Koshi. We travel uphill towards the home of the Sherpas, Namche Bazaar, where a session for acclimatization is held. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu region and is inhabited by. the friendliest people on earth. After 2 days at Namche, we will head towards Deboche via Thyangboche, where you can visit the famous mountain monastery, Thyangboche Monastery. After Dingboche, we travel uphill through Dungla and amidst the fantastic view of the nearby ranges, to reach Lobuche. Then the ascend becomes steeper and rougher and we make our way to Gorak Shep from Lobuche. On the way we will visit the Everest Base Camp too. From Gorak Shep, we take a short trip up Kala Pattar to witness the most exhilarating view of Mount Everest then make our way down to Dingboche again. We reach the primary destination of our trip from Dingboche to Island peak base camp which is a longer journey. After a rest day and practice day at the base camp, we will climb the Island Peak next. Then we move back to Pangboche and retrace our steps to reach Namche once again. From Namche, we will directly take long trek towards Lukla airport, where our flight will take us back to Kathmandu. Thus bringing your long journey of island peak trek to an end.

Daily activities during Island Peak climb

The pick up point for your trip to Island Peak begins with your arrival at kathmandu. You will be taken to your hotel for rest. The next day can be spent on a short sightseeing of the Boudhanath, the world heritage site of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath, and also to make a last ditch shopping for the supplies you might need for the long journey. Then we begin our main journey after reaching Lukla airport from Kathmandu airport. From Lukla we make our way towards Phakding, where we will halt for the night in the small hamlet on the banks of the river Dudh Koshi. From Phakding, we make our way up to Namche bazaar. Namche Bazaar is inhabited by the Sherpas of the mountain and they are some of the friendliest people who are known for their hospitality. We will spend an additional day here for the acclimatization session and get adapted to the mountain altitude. However, adaptation is not the only reason we halt for an extra day. You can be witness to the sight of having traders from Tibet cross the Nepal border to sell their trade. As a result you may land up taking a few souvenirs back home to remind yourself of this trip. 

After a much needed rest and adaptation to a higher altitude is checked, we head uphill towards Thyangboche, where we can visit the fabled historic mountain monastery commonly known as the Thyangboche monastery. Not only does the monastery stand as a sacred place for Buddhists, but also the viewpoint there is one worth mentioning. Thus after a gasping view of the peaks in the near distance, we head to our night’s stay at Deboche. the next day, we take the trail that leads the path to  the broad, gently sloping valley to Phalang Karpo at 4,340m.The trail crosses small streams on boulders. The views of Tawachee and Cholatse (6,440m) are outstanding from along the trail. From Dugla (4,620m) the trail climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments built in the memory of those who have died in their attempts to climb Everest. 

The trail then drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche (4,930m). This is a four / five hour trek. From Lobuche, the trail gets steeper and rougher, but we reach Everest Base Camp on our way to Gorak Shep. The climb of Mount Everest needs much more expertise and ability than the climb of Island peak. On the contrary, you may come across climbers getting ready for their climb up the world’s highest peak and people gathered to help them through. Or just people who had come there to setup camp for the night. But our halt will be at Gorak Shep. after spending a night at Gorak Shep, it is time for us to climb up Kala Pattar for the breath taking view of Mount Everest. 

At a height of 5545 m, Kala Pattar is the best vantage point to have a close look at the mighty Everest and fall in love with the light of the sunrise fall on the mountain.  After a heavenly sightseeing, we head on down to Dingboche to turn in for the night. In the morning, we trek towards our main destination the Island Peak Base camp. Island peak base camp is about 5 hours hike up from Dingboche. We take the path up the Imja Khola valley to Chukkung, a small summer settlement at a height of 4730m. The views from Chukkung towards Island peak (6189m) is a sight not to miss. In addition, the great southern face of Lhotse towers above to the north of where you stand. From Chukkung, we head up the Imja Khola valley to Island Peak Base camp. Your first day at the base camp can be spent on rechecking your climbing gears for any issues and also to acclimatize to the altitude at the campsite. The next day we climb the Island Peak with the help of our climbing gears and of course the climbing experts. 

After the days work is done, we head to the second base camp of Island Peak about 300 meters from the main Base camp. Here we settle for the night and prepare for our journey back to civilization. The following day we make our way towards Pangboche to spend the night there. Then we head back the same trail towards Namche Bazaar, before coming off the banks of Phakding along the river Dudh Koshi to make our way towards Lukla Airport. As you fly back to Kathmandu, you will be leaving the heavenly abode of the mountains behind you and entering civilization. After you reach Kathmandu you will be taken to the Hotel there. A day will be kept aside to visit Bhaktapur for sightseeing and a leisure trip around Kathmandu. 

Cost related to island Peak climb

The estimate expenses related to Island Peak climb depends on the number of days you have chosen to undertake. And also if there are any other extra benefits which is not covered under the normal service provided. The list of services covered are: 

  • Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back from Lukla to Kathmandu

  • All meals and accommodations during the trek and climb

  • Camping equipments (two- men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, kitchen equipments)

  • Trekking cum climbing guide, porters, cook, kitchen boys and yaks

  • Insurance for climbing guide, camping staff and porters

  • Sagarmatha National Park fees

  • Climbing permit for Island peak

  • Trekking permit (TIMS)

  • Climbing rope and fixed static rope (200m), carabiners, snow bars and ice screws

  • Climbing gears

  • Domestic baggage 15 kg

  • Airport |hotel transfer

  • Wages and equipment allowances for climbing guide and staffs

  • Equipments for staffs and porter

  • Climb High duffle bag

  • Rescue arrangements

  • First-aid kit

  • Hotel stay in Kathmandu

  • VAT

However, there are certain services not covered in our services and the list goes something like this: 

  • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu

  • Meals in Kathmandu

  • Bottled mineral water

  • Beverages (hard and soft drinks)

  • Personal trekking gear

  • Tips for guides and porters

  • other expenses in case of any natural disasters.