Island Peak Expedition

Island peak, a well-received trekking peak of Nepal lies at an astounding elevation of 6189m also known as Imja Tse lies on the Himalayas of Eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island in 1951 by Eric Shipton’s party, because the peak is surrounded by glaciers from the 7000m and 8000m peaks which makes it like an island of ice. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar. 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, that falls under the UNESCO heritage site of Nepal. The climbing duration is around 19days where 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 thorough out 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.

Highlights of Island Peak Expedition

Ethnic and Himalayan lifestyle

On route 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 in the conserved area of Sagarmatha national park which is enlisted on the 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 in a lifetime which holds decades and decades of history.

Imja Peak (Island 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 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 the peak however it requires a lot of hard work and dedication.

Best time to climb Island Peak Expedition

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 peak 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 peak to prepare for higher peaks.
  • Experience of trekking and climbing
  • Buddhist culture and customs.
  • Island Peak Climbing
  • Trekking through 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 Chulu West Peak ClimbingIsland Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp TrekLobuche East Peak Climbing with Everest Base CampMera peak climbing and many more.

If you need any further information, please contact us.

Trip Facts

  • Trip CodeLHN160
  • Duration16 Days
  • Pricefrom US$2750 / person
  • GradeStrenuous
  • DestinationNepal
  • Min Pax01-15 pax
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Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and Pre-trip meeting.

After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit Luxury Holidays Nepal’s office. In the evening, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour and trekking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya or Arushi Boutique Hotel
  • Max. Altitude: 1,300 m/4,265 ft

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What's Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private luxury vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or Arushi Boutique Hotel) for three nights on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • All accommodations in standard lodges during the treks and tents during climbing on a twin-sharing basis.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Freshly cooked Full board meals prepared by our cook while on Island peak expedition.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea and coffee while on the trek.
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Sherpa and other support staff while on Island peak climbing.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced staff, including trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader), assistant guides and porters including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Good quality Tents and Kitchen utensils for camping
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, Luxury Holidays Nepal duffel bag, t-shirt, and travel map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment’s
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits and Island Peak Climbing permit (the US $ 250).
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

What's Excluded

  • International airfare(See the international flights page)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu (Meal costs about 3 -7 dollars per item depending on the place where you eat).
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Hot Shower / Batteries charge / Heater during the Trek.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).

Trip Map

Island Peak Expedition Trip Map

Cost included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private luxury vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or Arushi Boutique Hotel) for three nights on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • All accommodations in standard lodges during the treks and tents during climbing on a twin-sharing basis.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Freshly cooked Full board meals prepared by our cook while on Island peak expedition.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea and coffee while on the trek.
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Sherpa and other support staff while on Island peak climbing.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced staff, including trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader), assistant guides and porters including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Good quality Tents and Kitchen utensils for camping
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, Luxury Holidays Nepal duffel bag, t-shirt, and travel map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment’s
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits and Island Peak Climbing permit (the US $ 250).
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

Cost Exclude

  • International airfare(See the international flights page)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu (Meal costs about 3 -7 dollars per item depending on the place where you eat).
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Hot Shower / Batteries charge / Heater during the Trek.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).

Trekking Grade:
The Island Peak Climbing trip is a challenging journey. It is moderately long trekking that goes into the country's most elevated mountain. So travelers require more energy and the trip is actually tiring which includes 5-8 hrs. (approx.) of walking per day in the rocky edges. It doesn't require previous experience, but you must be physically healthy and better if you do regular exercise. If you love walking at high altitudes, then this trip is for you.

Accommodation:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will provide you with 3-star hotels in Kathmandu, a standard Lodge during trekking and a tented camp during climbing. Lodge has the rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket and pillows. We will provide you and your group with the lodge which is locally available every day. If you want to upgrade accommodation in cities, then contact us for cost detail. Accommodation in Kathmandu(Hotel Holy Himalaya or Arushi Boutique Hotel).

Transportation on Journey: 
Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you a private luxury vehicle for airport transferal, sightseeing tours and flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.

Luggage:
Throughout the trip of Mountain Trekking, your luggage is carried and moved by the porters. You should carry a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. Your main luggage will be your trekking bag and you can carry a small lockable bag that will provide safety. You are provided with a free locker room in the hotel of Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 15kg and for more weight, you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.

Group Leader during the journey: 
Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained travelling guide in your group. There will be a single porter for a couple of people.

Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid for in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival in Nepal (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.

Vouchers:
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to the availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).

Visa:
You can get a visa at Kathmandu airport upon arrival. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy.

Tourist Visa Fee Details

Days

Updated Tourist Visa Fees

15 Days (Multiple Entry)

USD 30

30 Days (Multiple Entry)

USD 50

90 Days (Multiple Entry)

USD 125

Visa Extension (Within Valid Visa Period)

USD 3 per day

Visa Extension (With Multiple Entry)

Additional USD 25

Visa Extension (After Visa Expiration)

Late fee USD 5 per day

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Booking your international flight:
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
makemytrip.comwww.kayak.comwww.vayama.com
They usually have good offers. For more details: (See the international flights page)

When and where should you arrive?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends after the scheduled trip after breakfast.

You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel. 
If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] 
After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.

Currencies accepted in Nepal: 
Some major currencies (USD, AUD, and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Health Issues:
We advise you to visit your doctor at least 60 days earlier before beginning your journey to Island peak climbing. Altitude sickness (AMS) is the main health issue. You may feel mild altitude sicknesses like nausea, lethargy, and headache but they will get less in a couple of days or. To be protected from (AMS) you can take Diamox pills or you can consult the doctor and use medicine as referred and purchase them from Kathmandu. For your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for (AMS) and other basic medicine, but we suggest you carry your own medicine. We recommend you take pills for diarrhea, cold, fever and nausea.

Insurance/Evacuation: 
We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by a serious illness, then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. But you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place in the evacuation process. So, it is good for you to have insurance which will cover your cost. Be insured (As you will reach up to 6200meter). (See the travel insurance page)

Trip Extensions/ Add on trips
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to IndiaBhutan and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal like the Annapurna trekLangtang TrekManaslu TrekBunjee JumpingRaftingPeak ClimbingTours, etc.

Tips:
A general rule of thumb for tipping is to USD 40 to USD 70 per Traveler, depending on the length of the trek. Porters do appreciate a personal tip, although it is not uncommon for the Guide and his Porters to pool the tips they have collected before splitting it amongst themselves, with the Guide is getting a little more for overseeing the welfare and safety of both the Travelers and Porters as a whole. That said, this is just a guide and you may tip however much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trip a memorable one.

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Note:
1. Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have extra days then you may even engage yourself in optional activities that can be arranged by Luxury Holidays Nepal upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.

In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitations. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you with accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of a flight delay/cancellation after finishing the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transportation, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.

2. During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.

Island Peak Climbing FAQs

  • Is Island Peak climbing is Safe?

Island Peak climbing is one difficult expedition in the Everest region. However with proper and adequate gears, equipment, and professional guidance and assistance of Climbing guides and Sherpa Porters. Although extreme cold, unpredictable weather, heavy Snow falls, low air pressure, and low oxygen level, etc. make Island Peak climbing challenging but not an unsafe one.

  • What are the challenges of Island Peak Climbing?

Island peak is surrounded by the Himalayan ranges in Everest Region and it rises up in the mid and that is why this peak is called island peak. Island peak Climbing is recognized as the safe one but there are lots of challenges. Unpredictable bad weathers, heavy snowfalls, heavy clouds and fogs almost blocking the vision, extreme cold and chilly wind, low air pressure and oxygen level, etc. are the challenges Island Peak is climbing. 

  • What is the best time for Island Peak Climbing?

The best time for Island Peak Climbing is the months of Autumn and spring. During these months, there is no or low snowfall and the weather is stable. Sky and vision are clear and clouds are very thin. So the months of September, October, November, March, April, and May are recognized as the best time for Island Peak Climbing. 

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