Island Peak Climbing and Expedition (6189 m.) is wonderful adventure climbing peaks in the Everest region. This mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD, by a climbing team of Eric Shipton, due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. Island peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest.See more
Island Peak Climbing and Expedition (6189 m.) is wonderful adventure climbing peaks in the Everest region. This mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD, by a climbing team of Eric Shipton, due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. Island peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest.
- Opportunity to Peak Climbing at Island Peak
- Incredible mountain flight over the Himalayas
- Insightful Buddhism Sherpa Monasteries and their cultures/traditions
- Visit the world heritage site
- Get Buddhism and Hindu religious insights in Nepal
Island Peak climbing itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1350 m. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2830m) and trek to Phakding (2630m). Walk 3 to 4 hrs.
Day 03: Terk to Namche Bazaar (3340). Walk 5 to 6 hrs.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar acclimatization day. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek to Tengbouche (3870m). Walk 5 to 6 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Pheriche (4200m). Walk 4 to 5 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4930m). Walk 5 to 6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Gorak shep (5170m). Walk 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 09: Hike to kala pattar (5545m). Trek back to Lobuche (4940m). Walk 7 to 8 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Kongma La pass (5535m) & trek to Chhukung (4730m). Walk 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m). Walk 3 to 4 hrs.
Day 12: Pre- climbing training on Island peak base camp (5600m).
Day 13: Trek to Island peak summit (6189m). Back to base camp. Walk 10 to 12 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Pangboche (3985m). Walk 5 to 6 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Namche bazaar (3440m). Walk 4 to 5 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2800m). Walk 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Departure for onward destination.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1334m,
Arrival in Kathmandu 1350 m. Eco Trip Nepal representative will transfer to hotel , Island peak climbing briefing with officially arrangements. overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2630m)
Fly to Lukla (2830m) and trek to Phakding. Overnight at Phakding.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3340).
Phakding terk to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Acclimatization day
Namche Bazaar acclimatization day. ( During the day , you can hike to Thame for beautiful Himalayan views, wild animals and Tibetan Monastery or hike to Everest view hotel for superb views of Mt. Everest( 8848m) , Mt.Lhotse, (8516n) Mt. Nuptse, (7855m), Mt.Amadablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku ( 6723m) , Mt. Kantega (6979m), Mt. Kusum Khangaru ( 6367m) , Mt.Kongde (6011m), Mt. Tawache peak ( 6367 m) , Mt. Cholaste (6335m), island peak (6179m), Khumbila (God of Khumbu) 5761m etc , overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3890 m)
Namche Bazaar trek to Phortse village (3890m). Overnight at Phortse village.
Day 06: Trek to Pheriche (4250 m)
Phortse village trek to Pheriche (4250m). Overnight at Pheriche.
Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4930 m)
Pheriche trek to Lobuche (4900m). Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 08: Trek to Gorakshape (5170 m)
Lobuche trek to Gorak shep(5180m), Lunch at Gorakshep than Eco Trip Nepal's trekking guide will take to you Everest base camp 5400m, after khumbu Ice fall and Khumbu glaciers view back to Gorakshep. overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4930 m)
Gorakshep early in the morning Eco Trip Nepal trekking guide will take to you kala pattar (5545m) for superb Himalayan views including the Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Nuptse 7855m, Mt. Pumori 7161m, Mt. Changaste 7550m, Mt.Lingterin 6679m, Mt. Amadablam 6856m, Mt. Thamserku 6723m, Mt. Kantega 6685m, Mt.Kusum Khagaru 6367m, Mt.Kongde 6011m, Mt. Khumbila 5761m(God of the Khumbu), Mt. Twache peak 6367m, Mt. Cholaste 6335m, Island peak 6179m, Lobuche peak 6145m, Pokalde peak 5806m, Honku south peak 6119m and lunch at Lobuche and overnight at Chhukung (4930m).
Day 10: Trek to Chhukung (4730 m)
Dingboche trek to Chhukung (4750m). Lunch at chhukung than Eco Trip Nepal trekking guide will take to you Chhukung Ri 5500m for superb Himalayan views including the Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Nuptse 7855m, Mt. Amadablam 6856m, Mt. Thamserku 6723m, Mt. Kantega 6685m, Mt.Kusum Khagaru 6367m, Mt.Kongde 6011m, Mt. Khumbila 5761m (God of the Khumbu), Mt. Twache peak 6367m, Mt. Cholaste 6335m ,Island peak 6179m, Lobuche peak 6145m, Pokalde peak 5806m, Honku south peak 6119m etc, back to Chhuking and overnight at Chhukung (4730m).
Day 11: Trek to Island peak base camp (5200 m)
Chhukung trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m) Eco Trip Nepal climbing guide will teach you how to fixed the rope, some climbing tipps than make trainning near by Island peak base camp. Overnight at island peak base camp.
Day 12: Trek to high camp (5600 m)
Early morning, our climbing guide will take to you, slowly climbing to the camp first on Island Peak. You have all day to reach that intermediate camp. Do not expect the luxury of the base camp, but rather expect a sleepless night dreaming of your first 6,179 m peak. Overnight at Island peak high camp 5600m.
Day 13: Trek to Chhukung (4750 m)
Early morning, start going to the top. After camp 1, go up in the gully, traverse to the right, up on a wide stone field, cross the ridge to the glacier. Always beware of the crevasses. You are nearly halfway. Have a good trip to the top and safely down. The same day back to Chhukung for Overnight.
Day 14: Trek to Pangboche (3985 m)
Chhukung trek to Tyangboche (3890m). Overnight at Tyangbouche.
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Tyangboche trek to Namche bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla
Namche bazaar trek to Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Lukla fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast, our tour guide will take to for historical monuments sightseeing in Kathmandu valley such as Bhaktapur, Pasupatinath, Bouddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar square and Monkey temple (swyambhunath) and in the evening farewell dinner in Restaurant, overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Final Departure
After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping with own activities, Eco Trip Nepal representative will drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward destination.
- Airport transfers
- 3 night’s hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 15 night’s 16 days Island peak climbing with full board basis
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Teahouse and tented accommodation during trekking and expedition
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals and boiled water in mountain
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
- All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking Peak climbing leader (guide), cook, assistant expedition leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter), other helpers (1 trekker: 2 helpers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Eco Trip Nepal Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Group mountaineering camping and Peak climbing equipments-very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware or similar kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, and kitchen equipments
- Travel and rescue arrangements
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason)
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expedition equipments
- Personal expedition guide if requested
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Tips for guides and porters
Apologies for the delays in returning the evaluation/comments on our recent trek to EBC/Island Peak. Janet and I returned to the UK to face a whirlwind of work (typical story). We nonetheless wanted to feedback to you that we had an absolutely incredible time – truly a trip of a lifetime. Below I’ll go through each of the sections listed on your ‘Confidential Report’.
Communication: the communication was excellent. In fact, that was one of the main reasons we decided to go with Eco-Trip rather than one of your competitors. We were investigating several different companies, and had sent emails to a few different organisations. However – you were by far the most prompt in responding, and the most flexible in terms of designing an itinerary around what we wanted rather than trying to force us into a ‘standard’ plan that didn’t really suit our needs.
Itinerary: as I’ve mentioned above, we were very pleased with the itinerary you set for us – particularly the inclusion of a weather day for Island Peak (which almost became necessary). None of the days were too long, and it was sufficiently slow to allow us to properly acclimatise.
Our Trekking Staff: we cannot say enough good things about Lakpa and Tsiring. Both were absolutely fantastic. Janet and I were recently reflecting:by the time we were climbing Island Peak, we had been trekking with Lakpa for almost two weeks – we knew him well, we trusted him, and we enjoyed his company. This made the trek all the more enjoyable (put simply: we were climbing with a friend, and not just a guide).
Services: If this item is referring to the facilities along the trek – we were extremely pleased with the accommodations, etc. Lakpa was extremely efficient in terms of arranging accommodations for us at each step, and took very good care of us while in the teahouses. We always seemed to get the room with the nicest view(!). One minor point was that we weren’t provided with a duffel before leaving Kathmandu (a small oversight), which meant we needed to give Tsiring one of our rucksacks. We managed to make it work – but next time, we’ll be sure to bring an extra bag to facilitate gear sorting and transport.
Climbing Trek Guide: was Lakpa – who was amazing. He is such a nice fellow, with a very calm and relaxing manner. He also gives off a sense of quiet confidence and competence – exactly what you want in a climbing guide. We both felt very safe during the climb. He also did a very good job of catering for our different levels of experience (one experienced mountaineer and one who was completely new to it).
What more can we say – we had an absolutely amazing time and we haven’t stopped talking about since we returned home. The service you provided – from meeting us at Himalaya’s home, to escorting us through Thali, etc. was all wonderful. You also provided us with both an excellent guide and excellent porter, who were both excellent travelling companions. I hope the enclosed pictures convey the sense that we were a single team. Speaking for myself, I had a few minor issues with altitude sickness, insects (tick), and one somewhat dramatic episode of extreme fatigue. In all cases, Lakpa and Tsiring took very good care of us – showed genuine concern, and did everything they could to make us comfortable and keep us safe. I hope we have the opportunity to return to Nepal soon – and if /when that happens, we will be ringing you to arrange our next trip – and requesting that Lakpa and Tsiring join us for our next adventure.
Andrew and Janet
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Eco Trip Nepal has been working hand to hand with nonprofit social organization SWAN Nepal (Social Welfare Association of Nepal) from its initial years. We provide continuous support to SWAN financially as well as by organizing charity and volunteering tours in the remote village of Baglung district. Organizing your holiday through Eco Trip Nepal will not only provide the chance to explore the natural grandeur of Himalayan country Nepal but also you will be playing a vital role in bringing positive changes in the lives of local community.
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Community Tourism: We help experience the best of Nepal through the eyes of the local Nepalese community. We enhance community based tourism to help our guests discover local habitats and wildlife; celebrate and respect traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. In this way community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will promote community based management of these resources.
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