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    Island Peak Expedition (6,160 m)

    4.33/5 from 15 reviews

    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Tour, Trekking & Climbing
    • Accommodation
      3 star standard hotel in Cities, Guest house during trekking and tent during climbing
    • Meals
      All Standard Meals throughout the trip
    • Vehicle
      Private Luxury Tourist Vehicles and Aeroplane
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    About - Island Peak Expedition (6,160 m)

    Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is one of Nepal's most popular trekking destinations, at an incredible elevation of 6189 meters lies on the Himalayas of Eastern Nepal. The peak was given the name Island by Eric Shipton's group in 1951 because it resembles an ice island and is surrounded by glaciers from the 7000- and 8000-meter summits. The peak is actually a continuation of the ridge that descends from Lhotse Shar's southernmost point. The summit is spectacular and attractive with a highly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier

    The Island peak has been tremendously approved by the trekkers and mountaineers who wished to feel the adventure of climbing a peak with some of the technical skills yet not compulsory, but the experience of the trek is definitely a hand advantage. A 6000m peak is a suitable peak for starting to test your physical abilities for higher sets of peaks respectively. The Island peak was actually a training peak used by Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa before attempting a summit on Everest. There is quite a bit of technical use in crossing crevasses with ladders, jumpers on fixed-line, and many more, all of these skills will be taught and passed on by a professional guide to you.

    During the climb, you can expect some extraordinary views of the Himalayas in the Khumbu region. The peak can be seen in a pyramid-like structure through the traditional village settlements of the Everest region, which falls under the UNESCO heritage site of Nepal. The climbing duration is around 19 days and the trip will start with a tour of UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and a scenic ride to one of the adventurous airports of Nepal in Lukla. The climbing requires acclimating your body to multiple levels of elevation, that's when you will be able to explore the magical village of Namche Bazaar. 

    Stargazing views of Lhotse Shar, Makalu, and Ama Dablam can be experienced through the island peak. The peak remains constant and full of adventure throughout the trip however you are strongly recommended to look after your physical fitness before 7-8 weeks of climbing the Island peak, that is when you will realize your physical and mental strength in order to successfully summit the peak. Running up and down the hills before the climb is extra helpful in order to be ready for the expedition.

    Major Highlights of Island peak Expedition

    Ethnic and Himalayan lifestyle

    As you make your way to the peak, you will encounter numerous villages of similar living styles. The aura of those villages is the similar culture and rituals they have been following for decades and decades. You will be able to understand how Himalayan settlements have been possible for this long period of time. The village settlements will welcome you with their warm hospitality which remains forever in your memory.

    UNESCO heritage sites

    The island peak resides on the conserved area of Sagarmatha national park which is enlisted on a UNESCO world heritage site meaning that you will be having a chance to observe multiple UNESCO sites including Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan durbar, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Changu Narayan respectively. These sites are to witness once a lifetime which holds decades and decades of history.

    Trekking Peak

    Island Peak Climbing is a beautiful and adventurous experience for all. The peak was early known as Imja Tse, an island within an Ice Sea as seen from is a famous trekking peak one can summit in an easy fashion. Peak Climbing is an adventurous experience for all. The Peak, which rises to a height of 6189 meters, is a very comparatively easy way to conquer peak however it requires a lot of hard work and dedication.

    Best time to climb Island peak

    Many wonders about the perfect time for climbing a peak, the right period of time is when you are physically and mentally stable to climb, however, to add on the success for climbing Island peaks the month of April, May, September, October, November are considered the supreme period which falls under Spring and Autumn respectively.

    More Highlights of Island peak expedition

    • Exemplary peaks to prepare for higher peaks.
    • Experience in trekking and climbingBuddhist culture and customs.
    • Island Peak Climbing
    • Trekking through the UNESCO heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park.
    • Professional guides to uncover the history of mystical sights
    • Panoramic views of the Everest region
    • Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam
    • 14 and below 65 age group are recommended to conquer the peak
    • UNESCO heritage sites of  Kathmandu.

    If you are looking for similar trips in the Everest region, we also offer Lobuche East Peak Climbing with EBC, Mera peak climbing, and many more.

    For any kind of inquiries and details feel free to contact us. 

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    Island Peak Expedition (6,160 m) Itinerary

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    What's Included

    • PICKUP AND DROP: Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop), by private vehicle.
    • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu (4-star category) - single room supplementary on the bed and breakfast plan.
    • CARGO CLEARANCE: Assistance for cargo clearance in Nepal’s Customs, clearance cost is subject to a charge.
    • CLIMBING PERMITS: Expedition Royalty and a permit fee of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) to climb Island Peak, Sagarmatha National Park, and Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry permit and fee.
    • GARBAGE MANAGEMENT: Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
    • INSURANCE: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and expedition.
    • CLIMBING AND TREKKING MAP: Trekking and climbing map.
    • DUFFLE BAG: One Luxury Holidays’ Duffle Bag.
    • TRANSPORTATION AND FLIGHTS: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla and while returning Lukla - Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
    • EXPEDITION STUFFS TRANSPORTATION: All necessary expedition equipment transportation for all Members and Staff from Kathmandu to Lukla (by air cargo) and Base camp (by Porters / Yak) – While returning: Base camp to Lukla (by porters / Yak) and Lukla to Kathmandu (by air cargo).
    • LUGGAGE: Up to 25 Kg per member as personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters.
    • FOOD AND LODGING: 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Tent during the trek and at the Basecamp.
    • DRINKING WATER: Per day 2 Liters of boiled water per member to carry on the thermos.
    • PORTER: Porters per member up to the Base camp and from the Basecamp (both ways).
    • HIGH ALTITUDE CLIMBING SHERPA: 1 veteran and government-licensed climbing Sherpa per member (1 Member: 1 Sherpa), during the entire climb from Basecamp to the summit and back.
    • ASSISTANCE: Climbing Sherpa to assist in carrying your gear to the high camps.
    • SALARY & ALLOWANCE: Climbing Sherpa’s Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
    • OXYGEN BOTTLE (O2): Oxygen bottles will be in stock at base camp in case of an emergency (with an appropriate charge).
    • OXYGEN MASK & REGULATOR: 1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks will be in base camp in case of an emergency.
    • HIGH CAMP SERVICE (INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOGISTICS): High Altitude Tent, Lights, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot, High food for a member, Sherpa, and other crews. Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
    • HIGH ALTITUDE TENT: Members will share tents in high camps (2 members: 1 tent).
    • WEATHER FORECAST: Weather forecast report during the entire expedition.
    • GUIDE: Local government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
    • VALLEY SIGHTSEEING TOUR: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [Swoyambu (Monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square] by a professional guide.
    • MEDICAL KIT: Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staff.
    • CERTIFICATE: Island Peak climbing certificate issued by NMA (after climbing Island peak successfully).

    What's Excluded

    • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
    • NEPAL ENTRY VISA FEES: Nepalese Visa fee is $50 USD for 30 Days.
    • LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
    • EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition, domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
    • INSURANCE POLICY: Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.) *Mandatory
    • PERSONAL EXPENSES: Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will have soft drinks for members at base camp).
    • PERSONAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT: Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical Kit, and all kinds of Personal Trekking / Climbing Gear.
    • TOILETRIES: Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
    • FILMING: Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
    • INTERNET SERVICE: Not included during the trek and the expedition.
    • SUMMIT BONUS: Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa - Minimum 300 USD.
    • TIPS: Calculate some tips for the high camp and other staff– Minimum 100 USD.
    • EXTRA: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

    Dates & Availability

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      Mr. Jonas Dwon
      Finland, Turku

      Excellent experience doing Island Peak Climbing

      The Island Peak part is especially exhausting however the adaptation treks leading up to IP are well designed to help prepare you for the hard effort to the top. The support guides and porters were all first class with lots of experience. We enjoyed meeting up will all our fellow companions from all over the world.
      Thank you Luxury Holidays Nepal for organizing this very well.

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      Mr. William Black
      Australia, Melbourne

      Island Peak Expedition with Luxury Holidays Nepal’s team

      We are greatly indebted to Luxury Holidays Nepal for helping us to fulfill our dream of the Island Peak Climbing Expedition. We thought Island peak climbing was out of possibilities when looking at the prices of the other companies. We are so grateful that Luxury Holidays Nepal made it possible. We arrived in Kathmandu on 10th October 2016 with six of my friends. After one day's stay in Kathmandu in Gokarna Forest Resort, we fly to Lukla. It was a fantastic scenic Himalayan flight that provided a beautiful close-up view of the higher Mountain range. As soon as we arrived at Lukla airport our trekking began. At first, we trekked to Kalapathar. After enjoying the great view of Mt. Everest at Kalapathar we headed towards Chhukung. We stayed in Chukkung for 2 days for acclimatization and preparation for climbing. Our climbing guides taught us basic climbing techniques which helped us very much. Then we started to climb Island peak. Although our all team did not succeed in the whole peak climbing it was a great experience though. We enjoyed it very much. We do not have any comments on the management of Luxury Holidays Nepal. We highly appreciate the leadership style and the management of Mr. Ram. All the climbing guides were highly experienced, caring, and helpful. As a result of our satisfaction, we are planning Everest three high pass Trekking in 2017 April. Thank you very much to Luxury Holidays Nepal and all the best for your bright future in trekking and adventure operations in Nepal.

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      Mr. Jonah
      United States of America (the), New York

      Greater the view from the Top

      Luxury Holidays Nepal is their name while providing very fine and best services. During my Peak Climbing, Luxury Holidays Nepal gave me amazing services, and a great team, who support me during the journey in and very friendly manner. The whole journey is unforgettable for me. It was a great experience. Every step up makes the views more pristine and outstanding.

      Thank you Luxury Holidays Nepal for such an amazing wonderful trip. If I have to suggest the best trek company, I proudly suggest Luxury Holidays Nepal Pvt. Ltd. to everyone. Go and explore the Himalayan landlock country with them. 

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    Essential Information

    Tourist Visa
    Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing visas on Arrival. To obtain a visa upon arrival by air in Nepal you must fill in an application form and provide a passport copy. Visa application forms are available at the arrival hall, though some airlines provide this form on the flight. There are now visa registration machines in the immigration hall for people with electronic passports, which will automatically fill out the visa form for you after inserting your passport. Or, you can get a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed in your own country before your arrival.

    On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points
    15 Days – 30 USD
    30 Days – 50 USD
    90 Days – 125 USD

    Getting in Nepal
    There are many entry points in Nepal but most of you will take a flight to Kathmandu which is the only entry point for travelers who are entering by air. Your expedition will officially begin after flying to Kathmandu where you will be picked up by a Luxury Holidays Nepal representative at the airport, so you need to provide your arrival details in advance. And also lets us know if your flight gets delayed right away so we can manage everything accordingly.

    Domestic Flights
    Domestic flights in Nepal are the main intercommunication to reach the region where you are going for your expedition as most of these regions are disconnected by road transport. Your flights into the Khumbu and any other region that are mentioned in your trip program will be reserved by us on your behalf. Due to the terrain and landscapes of Nepal domestic flights might get caught in weather delays which is why we recommend your return flight back home be changeable at any time.

    Altitude Sickness
    Altitude Sickness is an effect of high-altitude atmospheric pressure that results in a quick change in oxygen level and air pressure of the human body. The symptoms will arise while walking at a high altitude without properly acclimatizing the body. It can happen to anyone even if they have great physical fitness if they climb faster at a higher altitude. It is better to ascend gradually to prevent altitude sickness.

    There is good access to ATMs anywhere in most city areas, however, you will find it hard in rural areas. Different banks have their maximum withdrawal amount limit. Most hotels, restaurants, airlines, and travel agents accept cards as well. It is more important to have enough cash as there will be very limited or no ATM access in trekking areas and also some reserve cash for emergencies. USD is selectively acceptable in Nepal but still, you need to make sure you have Nepalese currency on hand during the expedition.

    There is no significant rule about tipping your guide or porter but it has been more common in Nepal. It is on you to decide whether to thank the guide and porter with tips or not. But in most cases, guides and porters expect tips from you though they don’t ask for tips verbally.

    The water quality in Nepal isn’t the greatest so it is better to use a water filtration or purification tablet. You can also drink boiled water if you like. Make sure to drink a lot of water during the expedition as your body requires more at a higher altitude.

    Nepal is a heaven for adventures and is comparatively a safe destination for those adventures. There is a low rate of serious crime however you should still take sensible safety measures. Keep an eye on pick-pocketers and snatchers in buses and tourist areas. You can avoid walking with a large amount of cash on your own. Always let your guide know if you’re going out during the trip.

    Internet and SIM Card
    Most cities have extensive access to the internet, also hotels, restaurants, and cafes that offer free WIFI. But outside the cities, in the remote trekking areas, it’s fair to non-existent. During the expedition, the internet is available at the base camp for a certain amount of cost. You can easily purchase a SIM card at an affordable cost. You can use the data package using the SIM card as well.

    Vaccinations & Immunization
    Before traveling to Nepal, please consult your travel clinic for updated information on vaccinations and immunizations. The commonly recommended vaccinations are Chickenpox, Diphtheria-Tetanus, Polio, Shingles, Covid-19, Hepatitis A & B, Encephalitis, Malaria, Measles, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever.

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