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Everything to know about Island Peak Climb

August 28, 2019 by Climb High Himalaya  

Island Peak climb of Nepal is the most favored and exciting adventure one can think of embarking on towards the famous Himalayas of Nepal. The journey we undertake will be filled with picturesque landscapes and daunting valleys with views of many mountain ranges including Mount Everest to be seen almost every day of your trek. Here we will learn everything you need to know about your trip, and they are classified under the following heads: 


  • Nepal Tourism

  • History of Island Peak

  • A brief overview of Island Peak

  • Places you visit on the Island Peak climb

  • A brief quotation for Island peak climb

  • Best season to visit Island Peak





Nepal Tourism


Nepal is a landlocked country that shares its borders with  India, China and is separated by only Sikkim from Bhutan. Even though it is a small country compared with others, it is rich in diversity and is blessed with beautiful mountains and historic holy places. Tourism forms the main source of income for the country of Nepal with religious people and mountaineers visiting the country to explore the most popular places on earth. Mount Everest is in the Khumbu region of Nepal and is the highest mountain peak in the world, scaled by the famous Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Along the trail leading to Mt. Everest, you will come across several mountain ranges that form a part of the Great Himalayan Range. Nepal is also famous for its many temples and monasteries. Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, erected to glorify and praise Lord Shiva, is a very famous temple. The Manokamna which is on top of a Huge hill is also a great tourist attraction and attracts people from all over the world. Nepal is also quite popular for the many Nepali dishes prepared by the people there. But most of the tourists traveling to Nepal are there for the Mountain adventures or looking for a religious journey.




History of Island Peak



Island Peak is the popular name for Imja Tse. It is located in the Sagarmatha National Park in the Khumbu region of Nepal, where all the mountain ranges come together to form the Great Himalayas. The Island Peak was so named by the members of the British Mount Everest Expedition in the year 1953 because it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. However, the peak was later renamed as Imja Tse, but the still, Island peak remains to be the popular choice for viewers. The southwest summit of Imja Tse was first scaled in the year 1953 as part of a training exercise by a British expedition that went on to scale Mount Everest. The team who climbed Imja Tse comprised of Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, Charles Wylie, and seven other Sherpas. The main summit was first climbed in 1956 by Hans-Rudolf Von Gunten (and two other unknown Sherpas), a member of a Swiss team that went on to make the second ascent of Everest and the first ascent of Mount Lhotse. The peak is still used as a training exercise climb before mountaineers attempt to climb Mount Everest. 




A brief overview of Island Peak


There is no doubt that the mountain ranges in the Himalayas have drawn adventurers, climbers, and cultural enthusiasts for many decades since the first men to scale the mountains came along. Among all the trekking peaks in Nepal, the Island peak is the most popular as it is suitable for all novice climbers and experienced trekkers. This Island peak climbing offers an exhilarating climbing experience beyond simply trekking in Nepal. By finishing the climb of the Island peak, you will be standing on the summit of a peak that faces the other ranges at a height of 6189 meters. Standing on top of the Island peak you can cherish the same unforgettable sensation of achievement as you would on the top of Mt. Everest. The climb of island peak or Imja Tse is not a technically difficult one, but it requires you to be physically fit for the ascent.



 

Places you visit on the Island Peak climb


The first point of contact will be Kathmandu, Nepal. Where you will spend 2 days to rest, do some last-ditch shopping and check your gears and also attend a seminar on the importance of acclimatization at high altitudes from our experts. Then we fly to the hilltop airport at Lukla airport via Kathmandu airport. Once you leave civilization, the first stop will be after a 2-hour trek from Lukla to Phakding. It is located on the river banks of Dudh Koshi and has a number of cozy lodges where you can spend the night in. From Phakding the next place you visit while on the Island Peak climb is Namche Bazaar, home of the Sherpas. With 2 days spend on acclimatization, we head towards Deboche, after passing through Thyangboche monastery in Thyangboche. After spending a night in Deboche, we head towards Pheriche, where climb high completed a restoration project on the nunnery in 2005. A 4-5 hours trek from Pheriche, and we reach Lobuche. From Lobuche, we move towards Gorak shep and also visit the Everest Base camp on the way. Next, after the ascent of Kala Pattar to see the sunrise and also to see the view of Mount Everest from atop such a daunting height, we go down towards Dingboche. From Dingboche, we climb up the Imja Tse valley till we reach the Island peak base camp. After a rest and acclimatization session day, we practice climbing Island peak as we check our gears too. After reaching the summit, we head back down towards Pangboche then back to Namche. After Namche, no more acclimatization, we trek back to Lukla airport. Thus after you reach Kathmandu, your trip comes to an end, and these were the places you visit while on the island peak climb.




A brief quotation for Island peak climb



Day 1: Arrival and reception at a hotel in Kathmandu. Rest day.


Day 2: Sightseeing visit to Boudha, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath and equipment check.


Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport and then from the airport to Phakding. Overnight halt.


Day 4: Trekking from Phakding to Namche, home of the Sherpas.


Day 5: Rest and Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.


Day 6: Trekking from Namche to Deboche via Thyangboche monastery in Thyangboche.


Day 7: Trek to Pheriche, and night’s halt there.


Day 8: Trek to Lobuche from Pheriche, along with the splendid view of the mountain ranges.


Day 9: Ascent of the steeper trail leading the way to Gorak shep, after a visit to the Everest Base Camp.


Day 10: From Gorak shep, we visit the Kala Pattar, then make our way towards Dingboche.


Day 11: From Dingboche, we trek towards our main destination, Island Peak Base Camp.


Day 12: Rest and training day at Island Peak Base Camp.


Day 13: Summit day climbing and go further 300m to Base Camp.


Day 14: Trek back to Pangboche.


Day 15: Trek back to Namche. 


Day 16: Trek back to Lukla airport.


Day 17: Fly out to Kathmandu


Day 18: Rest day or visit Bhaktapur.


Day 19: Departure.


The quotation above is a basic one, and the itinerary mentioned above is subject to change should there any issues arise. Depending on the speed and the time taken by the trekking party, the trip schedule might be changed. The planning is done in order to give you enough time to adjust to the environment of the mountains and also to get some climbing and trekking practice, so do make full use of the time and space and enjoy your trek to the fullest.


Best season to visit Island Peak




Island Peak Climbing is possible to venture throughout the year except during the monsoon season (mid-June till the end of August). Many climbers have successfully attempted their climb even in winter but the extreme cold could be detrimental for some and also the view might be clouded, and it might ruin your trip. The best and most suitable season for Island Peak Climbing is during spring (March to early June) and autumn (September to November). These seasons coincide with Everest Expedition timing, so along the climbing route, you will encounter many Everest expedition team during the months of April and May. If you are an amateur mountaineer and want to savor the best climbing experience and view, we suggest you launch the island peak climbing expedition during spring. It is also one of the busiest climbing seasons of the year. The weather during autumn in the mountain tends to be clear and is also considered to be the best season to scale the island Peak.on general terms, autumn is the best and the most popular season to visit Nepal and go for any sort of travel, trekking, touring and other expedition around the country. It is the season when Nepal is decorated at its finest with amazing views. The temperature during autumn moderate; really favorable for trekking and mountaineering.  It is possible that the post-monsoon period might get a bit crowded but on the flip side, we assure you the best weather, climbing conditions and the view. As spring and autumn is the peak season in Nepal, you must confirm the availability and book flights and hotel accommodation in advance to secure the place.

 

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.

 

Things to remember for Island Peak Climbing

August 28, 2019 by Climb High Himalaya  

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. In this journey, you will come across many mountain ranges in the Himalayas, as the trekking trail falls on the main trail leading to the Everest Base Camp. Here we will study the main things to remember for Island Peak Climbing and the context is as follows:


  • Introduction to Island Peak climbing

  • Overview of Island Peak

  • What to expect on Island Peak climbing

  • Where do we go during Island peak climbing

  • Itinerary for Island Peak climbing

  • The best time to visit Island Peak




Introduction to Island Peak climbing


Island peak is the popular name for Imja Tse. It was so named by a British mountaineer in 1953 because it stands majestically as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche ( a Sherpa village in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal in the Chukhung Valley). Island Peak is a mountain located in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. This peak is actually an extension of the ridge that comes down from the south end of the Lhotse Shar, situated hardly 10 kilometers away from Mount Everest.



Overview of Island Peak


The Island Peak was originally used as a training peak by the pioneers Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary before they made their historic ascent of Mount Everest. The route is still being used today and climbers also use the Island Peak to train themselves for their climb of  Mount Everest. This is mainly because the terrain of the Island peak is similar to that of Mount Everest, and climbers get ample knowledge and practice to make them ready for a much challenging climb. Island Peak climbing may be considered as a physically challenging climb, but it is not a technically challenging ascent. The climbing of Island Peak assures to give the climbers a splendid view of the surrounding mountains with a complimentary view of the hillside, glaciers and some famous mountain trails. It is advised that, even though the climb to the summit of the Island peak doesn't require much technical knowledge, one must have proper physical training at least 4-5 months prior to your trip. If you do not have any previous experience in high altitude climbing, then you will need to train a little extra to come up to the standards. 





What to expect on Island Peak climbing


Standing at a height of 6160 meters above sea level, the Island Peak trek cum climb provides a glorious view of the surroundings and of course towering mountain ranges, while you make your way towards the base camp of Island Peak. The trekking trail towards the base camp of the island peak goes through the main trekking trail of the Himalayas in Nepal and the route promises to be through beautiful valleys and wonderful scenery of the Khumbu region. Therefore, Island peak adventure offers a series of thrilling sceneries of Mount Everest and several other peaks alike. Additionally, you can explore the Buddhist monasteries and shrines as you go along the path. Hence the climb of Island Peak not only promises to be a pleasant and enjoyable one but also proves to provide some spectacular scenery of the surrounding Himalayas of the Khumbu region. You can witness the breathtaking view of the surrounding ranges including Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8475m) along the east side of Island Peak. Towards the south of Island Peak, you come across the splendid view of Mount Baruntse (7720m) and Mount Ama Dablam (6856m). The pathway along the track also passes through smaller villages of Khumbu, Khunde, and Khumjung inhabited by Sherpas mostly. You will be provided with all the required briefing and equipment’s so as to provide you with hassle-free trekking experience.



Where do we go during Island peak climbing


Almost all the treks and expeditions to the Himalayas start with a Kathmandu visit and then Lukla airport. So your first halt will be at a hotel in Kathmandu. You can gather last-minute supplies which you think you might need for the journey and also have an equipment check. Please make sure your gears are in order and are functioning correctly by getting advice from our experts. A day is also kept aside for a sightseeing visit to Boudha, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath temples. After this, we leave civilization towards Lukla airport the hilly airport closest to the Himalayas. The first night’s halt in the mountain region will be at Phakding which is located on the riverbank of Dudh Koshi. It is a small hamlet with a few cozy lodges scattered around. From Phakding we head towards Monjo to go past the Khumbu National Park, then we reach Namche Bazaar where we conduct the first acclimatization session. The next stop is Thyangboche, the home of the famous mountain monastery, which has a splendid view of the three enormous Himalayan valleys. From Thyangboche, we head towards Pheriche and after descending down a valley, we trek to Lobuche. From Lobuche, we visit the Everest Base Camp and then head towards Gorak Shep. After checking out the magnificent view of the Mount Everest atop Kala Pattar, we head down towards Dingboche. From Dingboche, we take the 5-hour walk towards our primary destination the Island peak Base camp where we rest for 5-hours the night and also have an acclimatization session and prepare ourselves for the climb. After climbing up the Island peak summit we head back towards Pangboche and then towards Namche. After spending a night each there, we make our way to Lukla airport where the plane will take us back to Kathmandu and back to civilization. 



Itinerary for Island Peak climbing


The trip to Island Peak starts with an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport. The trail from Lukla, leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding (2700m), your first overnight here. This is a two-hour trek. 

From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Koshi Valley. (Koshi which means river in Nepali and it comes down from the Everest glacier). All along this part of the trail leading to Island peak, there is a magnificent forest of Magnolia, rhododendron and giant firs. On the cliffs above the river, it is possible to see musk deer and Himalayan tar. At Monjo, the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail then follows the river and crosses Dudh Koshi and makes a steep climb to Namche (3440m). 


Namche is a very colorful Sherpa village where you will see vendors selling antiques and each Saturday there is an important weekly haat or market. The village is the best place to acclimatize to the extreme weather in the region. From Namche, The trail follows the Imja Khola (a River) and gradually ascends to Dingboche (4410m). From here the views are great and the mountain views are outstanding. This is a four hrs walk.


We continue the hike up the Imja Khola valley to Chukkung, a small summer settlement at 4730m. The views from Chukkung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island peak (6189m) is of course, marvelous. The great south face of Lhotse towers above to the north. From Chukkung, we keep heading up the Imja Khola valley and camp at base camp 5087m. After further rest and gear check at the base camp, the climb continues till we reach the summit. 


This is just a basic pathway that takes 16days to complete including the sightseeing in the capital city,  Kathmandu. For a more vivid trek, the pathway will be adjusted and accommodated as per the requirement.


The best time to visit Island Peak


The monsoon is not the best time to take the adventure as heavy rainfall may become a hindrance and make it very uncomfortable for you during your visit to the Island peak. There are chances of extreme landslides and definitely slippery roads. 


The best time for a visit is the Autumn season (October-November) when you can witness clear blue skies and freshness all around, leading to much magnificent scenery. Spring season (March-May) can be considered as another good season to visit the Island peak. At this time of the year, you can take in the sight of different varieties of rhododendrons blooming and strewn across the hillside and covering it with a mixture of colors.  


On the contrary, Winter is not the best time to make the journey when the weather is too cold for comfort at such a high altitude, plus the snow can block the passes leading to the summit of Island Peak.


It is advised that, even though the climb to the summit of the Island peak doesn't require much technical knowledge, one must have proper physical training at least 4-5 months prior to your trip. If you do not have any previous experience in high altitude climbing, then you will need to train a little extra to come up to the standards. 



A guide to Island Peak Climb

August 28, 2019 by Climb High Himalaya  

If you are looking for a guide to Island Peak Climb visit, here are a few things that can help you get a heads up before you enter the realms of the mighty mountains. The climb is becoming extremely popular as more and more climbers visit the Island Peak Base camp to reach the point at a height of 6189 meters. All of this about an Island Peak climb and more are delicately put in the following manner: 


  • Island Peak: a History

  • Prologue for Island Peak Climb

  • Experiencing Island Peak Climb

  • Hotels and settlements during Island Peak Climb

  • Where to go on Island Peak Climb

  • When to visit Island Peak Climb




Island Peak: a History


The name Island Peak was given by Eric Shipton when he came with his British Everest Expedition crew in 1953. The mountain was so named as it appears to be like an island in a sea of ice and snow. It was later changed to Imja Tse in 1983, but the name Island Peak is more popular than its latest name. The Island Peak climb was originally used by the British expedition as a part of a practice climb before they made their historic ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. The team who climbed Imja Tse comprised Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, Charles Wylie, and seven other Sherpas. Since then the peak has been a training climb before making the ascent of the mighty Everest for many mountaineers. The British expedition of 1953 scaled the southwest summit of Island Peak, but the first to make it atop the main summit was by the members of the Swiss team comprising of Hans-Rudolf Von Gunten and two unknown Sherpas.




Prologue for Island Peak Climb


The trip to the Island Peak is a popular trek which includes all the necessary elements required to make your trek in the Himalayas a memorable one. The trekking path towards Island Peak walks us through the green valleys of the Himalayan region. You can indulge yourself in the century-old Nepali and Tibetan culture while you make your way towards the base camp. The Island Peak trip offers the most spectacular scenery of the mountain ranges located in the Khumbu Region. The path lies on the same trail leading the trekking party towards the famous Everest Base Camp until the path separates on reaching Dingboche. Since it runs along the famous trail, you will come across many lodges and settlements in quaint villages as you go forward. You will also make your way through jungles filled with birds and dominated by Rhododendron trees and fir trees. The sceneries you come across on almost every turn once you travel uphill is also worth mentioning. That's probably because there are numerous viewpoints along the path where you can envision the sight of the mighty mountains surrounding the area. 




Experiencing Island Peak Climb


The Island Peak climb is considered to be a physically challenging climb, rather than a technically difficult climb. We will be providing the guides for the trek as well for the climb including the porters to help you with your luggage. However, in order to be successful with the climb, one must be a fit and enthusiastic advanced beginner with basic climbing skills. The whole trip is also adjusted according to the pace taken by the trekking party so that you can enjoy the journey to the maximum. There are some points where we have assigned an extra day for acclimatization, and you can make full use of that particular day. There will be no hassle for lodging during your trek as there are lots of cozy lodges to stay in along the trail. The hosts in these lodges and tea houses are well known for their hospitality, so you are in good hands. Despite the extremity in terrain and harshness of the climate, our tour guides are properly trained to help you reach the base camp and make the climb successfully. 

Hotels and settlements during Island Peak Climb



The only hotel you might get the luxury of staying in will be when you are in Kathmandu for the first time and at the end of the trip. As you make your way up the valleys, the altitude rises rapidly, and the face of civilization falls with the same vigor. But since you will be taking the popular trekking trail leading to many base camps, including Mount Everest Base camp, there are numerous villages with comfy lodges at cheap rates for your disposal. Your first lodging in the mountains after leaving Kathmandu will be held at Phakding, a small hamlet located on the banks of Dudh Koshi. As you go further up the valley, you will reach Namche Bazaar inhabited mostly by Sherpas, and here as well, there are a number of small cozy lodges and tea houses for you to spend the night in. While reaching Deboche via Thyangboche from Namche, you might notice a drop in the density of the villages you pass. Nonetheless, the people hosting their guests at the settlements are the most friendly people and are well known for their hospitality.

 You will have a night’s halt at Lobuche where you will be spending the night at a tea house settlement. The same applies when you make your way to Gorak Shep and downhill towards Dingboche. You will be provided with a sufficient amount of blankets to keep yourself warm at night. Even if the days are relatively warmer in the mountains, the night can be extremely chilly and windy. So it is important you keep yourself warm to avoid getting sick at this altitude. As you reach the Island Peak Base camp, the camping experts will help you set up camps for a night’s rest before your attempts on climbing the Island Peak. Depending on the itinerary you have chosen, we may visit the 2nd Base camp of Island Peak, where we will need to set up another campsite for the night. As you retrace your steps, you will be visiting the same places you stayed at earlier Until we fly back to Kathmandu, where you will get the first sight of modern civilization after more than 15 days in the Mountain region.




Where to go on Island Peak Climb



The normal and easier route involves the starting of the trip after your arrival in Kathmandu. A day is kept aside to check your equipment and also to get a briefing about the importance of acclimatization at high altitudes by our staff. Another day will be set for local sightseeing, where you can visit the religious Boudha of the Buddhist, and the Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath of the Hindus to receive blessings before you embark on the mountain journey. On the 3rd day, we fly to Lukla airport via Kathmandu Airport, from where your trekking starts. The first place we come to is Phakding. Being a small hamlet on the banks of the river Dudh Koshi, the location has several lodges scattered along the river. We stay for a night in one of those lodges. The next day is an uphill climb towards Namche Bazaar, which is the capital of the Khumbu Region. It is inhabited mostly by the sherpas who are well known for their hospitality. A day is set for the acclimatization session as the trail gets steeper from here on. You can also witness the Namche Haat, which is held on Saturdays at the nearby market place. On this day, the Tibetan merchants are allowed to cross the Nepal Tibet Border and sell their wares. It is definitely a colorful sight and if you wish you can purchase souvenirs to take back home in memory of your mountain trip.


After our entertainment at Namche, we head uphill and make our way through to Thyangboche and Thyangboche Monastery. This monastery is visited by many climbers to pay respect to Lord Buddha, and still, some visit the monastery for the splendid viewpoint at this location. It is one of the high altitude Monasteries in the world. After coming together with this holy place, we make our way to Deboche to rest for the night.  After visiting the Deboche Convent which was completely restored by Climb High in 2015, we make our way to Periche. The trail is on a broad and gently sloping valley leading to Phalang Karpo (4340m). The trail leads us to excellent viewpoints for Tawachee and Cholatse peaks at a height of 6440 meters. As we make our way to Dungla, the trail becomes steeper and we come across a row of snow monuments built in the memory of the brave climbers who tried on their climb of Mount Everest. As the trail lowers a little, we reach the valley of Lobuche (4930m), and the total hike from Pheriche takes 4 to 5 hours.

After a night’s halt at Lobuche, we make our way towards Gorak Shep and come across Everest Base camp. This campsite normally has the place bustling with people climbing or practicing to climb during Springtime. You can ponder on the thought of being stuck in the campsite while trying to make the ascent of Everest. We turn in a cozy settlement at Gorak Shep after a tiring trek keeping in mind the main task up ahead the next day. That is probably because, in the morning, we will be heading uphill to climb Kala Pattar at a height of 5455 meters.  Kala Pattar is a great vantage point to envision the magnificence of the sunrise and the rays that fall on Mount Everest, from such close proximity, and at such a great height. After the enlightening sight, we head down towards Dingboche to rest for the night. 


The following day, we leave Dingboche towards our primary destination, the Island peak Base camp. The hike is about a 5-hour walk from Dingboche, and we trek across Imja valley towards Chukkung,  a small summer settlement at a height of 4730m. The view from Chukung towards Island Peak is tremendous and not to be missed. From Chukkung, we keep heading uphill on Imja valley to finally arrive at our destination, the Island Peak Base camp where we set up camp for the night. The day after this is kept aside for acclimatization to the higher altitude, and also to recheck your equipment and get basic practice to climb Imja Tse from our climbing experts. The next day is a summit day. We scale the island Peak which is at a height of 6189 meters with the help of our climbing experts. After a tiring climb of the Island Peak, we head towards the next base camp to set camp for the night.  


After witnessing the climb we head downhill towards Pangboche and Namche, where we spend a night in each village. From Namche, we make our long walk back to Lukla Airport through the bank of Dudh Koshi, to end your expedition of the Island Peak. We fly back to Kathmandu, where you can get back to the first hit of civilization after almost 2 whole weeks of the mountain.




When to visit Island Peak Climb



Spring season from March to May and the Autumn season from mid-September to November are the best seasons for this trip. Although Island Peak Climb can be made during the winter season, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone. Monsoon is another season not good for visiting the island peak or anywhere nearby in the context as the trekking trails are muddy and slippery. Not to forget the view is foggy and clouded from the best viewpoints in the world. 

A guide to Island Peak Climb

August 28, 2019 by Climb High Himalaya  

If you are looking for a guide to Island Peak Climb visit, here are a few things that can help you get a heads up before you enter the realms of the mighty mountains. The climb is becoming extremely popular as more and more climbers visit the Island Peak Base camp to reach the point at a height of 6189 meters. All of this about an Island Peak climb and more are delicately put in the following manner: 


  • Island Peak: a History

  • Prologue for Island Peak Climb

  • Experiencing Island Peak Climb

  • Hotels and settlements during Island Peak Climb

  • Where to go on Island Peak Climb

  • When to visit Island Peak Climb




Island Peak: a History


The name Island Peak was given by Eric Shipton when he came with his British Everest Expedition crew in 1953. The mountain was so named as it appears to be like an island in a sea of ice and snow. It was later changed to Imja Tse in 1983, but the name Island Peak is more popular than its latest name. The Island Peak climb was originally used by the British expedition as a part of a practice climb before they made their historic ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. The team who climbed Imja Tse comprised Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, Charles Wylie, and seven other Sherpas. Since then the peak has been a training climb before making the ascent of the mighty Everest for many mountaineers. The British expedition of 1953 scaled the southwest summit of Island Peak, but the first to make it atop the main summit was by the members of the Swiss team comprising of Hans-Rudolf Von Gunten and two unknown Sherpas.




Prologue for Island Peak Climb


The trip to the Island Peak is a popular trek which includes all the necessary elements required to make your trek in the Himalayas a memorable one. The trekking path towards Island Peak walks us through the green valleys of the Himalayan region. You can indulge yourself in the century-old Nepali and Tibetan culture while you make your way towards the base camp. The Island Peak trip offers the most spectacular scenery of the mountain ranges located in the Khumbu Region. The path lies on the same trail leading the trekking party towards the famous Everest Base Camp until the path separates on reaching Dingboche. Since it runs along the famous trail, you will come across many lodges and settlements in quaint villages as you go forward. You will also make your way through jungles filled with birds and dominated by Rhododendron trees and fir trees. The sceneries you come across on almost every turn once you travel uphill is also worth mentioning. That's probably because there are numerous viewpoints along the path where you can envision the sight of the mighty mountains surrounding the area. 




Experiencing Island Peak Climb


The Island Peak climb is considered to be a physically challenging climb, rather than a technically difficult climb. We will be providing the guides for the trek as well for the climb including the porters to help you with your luggage. However, in order to be successful with the climb, one must be a fit and enthusiastic advanced beginner with basic climbing skills. The whole trip is also adjusted according to the pace taken by the trekking party so that you can enjoy the journey to the maximum. There are some points where we have assigned an extra day for acclimatization, and you can make full use of that particular day. There will be no hassle for lodging during your trek as there are lots of cozy lodges to stay in along the trail. The hosts in these lodges and tea houses are well known for their hospitality, so you are in good hands. Despite the extremity in terrain and harshness of the climate, our tour guides are properly trained to help you reach the base camp and make the climb successfully. 

Hotels and settlements during Island Peak Climb



The only hotel you might get the luxury of staying in will be when you are in Kathmandu for the first time and at the end of the trip. As you make your way up the valleys, the altitude rises rapidly, and the face of civilization falls with the same vigor. But since you will be taking the popular trekking trail leading to many base camps, including Mount Everest Base camp, there are numerous villages with comfy lodges at cheap rates for your disposal. Your first lodging in the mountains after leaving Kathmandu will be held at Phakding, a small hamlet located on the banks of Dudh Koshi. As you go further up the valley, you will reach Namche Bazaar inhabited mostly by Sherpas, and here as well, there are a number of small cozy lodges and tea houses for you to spend the night in. While reaching Deboche via Thyangboche from Namche, you might notice a drop in the density of the villages you pass. Nonetheless, the people hosting their guests at the settlements are the most friendly people and are well known for their hospitality.

 You will have a night’s halt at Lobuche where you will be spending the night at a tea house settlement. The same applies when you make your way to Gorak Shep and downhill towards Dingboche. You will be provided with a sufficient amount of blankets to keep yourself warm at night. Even if the days are relatively warmer in the mountains, the night can be extremely chilly and windy. So it is important you keep yourself warm to avoid getting sick at this altitude. As you reach the Island Peak Base camp, the camping experts will help you set up camps for a night’s rest before your attempts on climbing the Island Peak. Depending on the itinerary you have chosen, we may visit the 2nd Base camp of Island Peak, where we will need to set up another campsite for the night. As you retrace your steps, you will be visiting the same places you stayed at earlier Until we fly back to Kathmandu, where you will get the first sight of modern civilization after more than 15 days in the Mountain region.




Where to go on Island Peak Climb



The normal and easier route involves the starting of the trip after your arrival in Kathmandu. A day is kept aside to check your equipment and also to get a briefing about the importance of acclimatization at high altitudes by our staff. Another day will be set for local sightseeing, where you can visit the religious Boudha of the Buddhist, and the Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath of the Hindus to receive blessings before you embark on the mountain journey. On the 3rd day, we fly to Lukla airport via Kathmandu Airport, from where your trekking starts. The first place we come to is Phakding. Being a small hamlet on the banks of the river Dudh Koshi, the location has several lodges scattered along the river. We stay for a night in one of those lodges. The next day is an uphill climb towards Namche Bazaar, which is the capital of the Khumbu Region. It is inhabited mostly by the sherpas who are well known for their hospitality. A day is set for the acclimatization session as the trail gets steeper from here on. You can also witness the Namche Haat, which is held on Saturdays at the nearby market place. On this day, the Tibetan merchants are allowed to cross the Nepal Tibet Border and sell their wares. It is definitely a colorful sight and if you wish you can purchase souvenirs to take back home in memory of your mountain trip.


After our entertainment at Namche, we head uphill and make our way through to Thyangboche and Thyangboche Monastery. This monastery is visited by many climbers to pay respect to Lord Buddha, and still, some visit the monastery for the splendid viewpoint at this location. It is one of the high altitude Monasteries in the world. After coming together with this holy place, we make our way to Deboche to rest for the night.  After visiting the Deboche Convent which was completely restored by Climb High in 2015, we make our way to Periche. The trail is on a broad and gently sloping valley leading to Phalang Karpo (4340m). The trail leads us to excellent viewpoints for Tawachee and Cholatse peaks at a height of 6440 meters. As we make our way to Dungla, the trail becomes steeper and we come across a row of snow monuments built in the memory of the brave climbers who tried on their climb of Mount Everest. As the trail lowers a little, we reach the valley of Lobuche (4930m), and the total hike from Pheriche takes 4 to 5 hours.

After a night’s halt at Lobuche, we make our way towards Gorak Shep and come across Everest Base camp. This campsite normally has the place bustling with people climbing or practicing to climb during Springtime. You can ponder on the thought of being stuck in the campsite while trying to make the ascent of Everest. We turn in a cozy settlement at Gorak Shep after a tiring trek keeping in mind the main task up ahead the next day. That is probably because, in the morning, we will be heading uphill to climb Kala Pattar at a height of 5455 meters.  Kala Pattar is a great vantage point to envision the magnificence of the sunrise and the rays that fall on Mount Everest, from such close proximity, and at such a great height. After the enlightening sight, we head down towards Dingboche to rest for the night. 


The following day, we leave Dingboche towards our primary destination, the Island peak Base camp. The hike is about a 5-hour walk from Dingboche, and we trek across Imja valley towards Chukkung,  a small summer settlement at a height of 4730m. The view from Chukung towards Island Peak is tremendous and not to be missed. From Chukkung, we keep heading uphill on Imja valley to finally arrive at our destination, the Island Peak Base camp where we set up camp for the night. The day after this is kept aside for acclimatization to the higher altitude, and also to recheck your equipment and get basic practice to climb Imja Tse from our climbing experts. The next day is a summit day. We scale the island Peak which is at a height of 6189 meters with the help of our climbing experts. After a tiring climb of the Island Peak, we head towards the next base camp to set camp for the night.  


After witnessing the climb we head downhill towards Pangboche and Namche, where we spend a night in each village. From Namche, we make our long walk back to Lukla Airport through the bank of Dudh Koshi, to end your expedition of the Island Peak. We fly back to Kathmandu, where you can get back to the first hit of civilization after almost 2 whole weeks of the mountain.




When to visit Island Peak Climb



Spring season from March to May and the Autumn season from mid-September to November are the best seasons for this trip. Although Island Peak Climb can be made during the winter season, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone. Monsoon is another season not good for visiting the island peak or anywhere nearby in the context as the trekking trails are muddy and slippery. Not to forget the view is foggy and clouded from the best viewpoints in the world.