Island Peak Climbing

  • Nepal ‘s  most popular  trekking peak Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse Peak. Adventure seekers combine Everest Base camp trek with Island peak climbing. In Everest base camp  trekking  route, there is a place named Dingboche . One route follows Everest base camp & another follows Island Peak (6,189m). Imja Tse  Peak is situated in an island of glacier so it is also called Island peak.
    Island peak provides an excellent opportunity to go high, but the real climbing portion of the trip is just a few hours of walking roped up on snow. Enjoying Everest base camp trek or Gokyo-Chola pass &  Everest Base camp trek prior to climbing Island Peak is recommended for acclimatization & to make trip more enjoyable. After completing Base camp of Everest & Kalapathar peak(5545m) we descend to Dingboche & follow the trail to Island Peak base camp beyond Chukung.
    The height of Island Peak base camp is 5,100 meters/16,700 feet. Ascending uphill on a path over slabs and boulders for about two hours, high camp (5,500 meters/18,000 feet) of Island peak is reached.
    Summit to Island peak generally starts in early  morning. Climbers take out ice-axe and put on crampons for the final few hours of walking roped-up on the snow slopes to the summit. We have to cross a large snow plateau climbing, a 34 degree headwall on snow using fixed ropes. We arrive the summit shoulder and climb the final fifteen meters to the summit using ropes. From the summit of Imja Tse, stunning views of Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) ,Makalu (8475m) ,Baruntse and Amadablam can be enjoyed.
    The common route to climb Island Peak is South East Flank & South-West Ridge. Normally  the base camp  for climbing Island peak is set at Pareshaya Gyab (5,087m), between Imja Tse and the lateral moraine of the Imja Glacier. Some experienced & fit climber complete the summit & return in same day from Base camp However, large number of the climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the enjoyment of climbing and also helps a safe climbing. Organizing Island peak with Cozy trek is most preferred. Cozy Trek’s schedule allows enough time for acclimatization, training, practice and rest. Our expedition to Island peak is cautious and careful, with excellent & expert  leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, cooks and staffs, tasty food, branded equipment, a full dinning and sleeping tents in base camp and high camp. Cozy Trek(P) Ltd  teach beginners  everything they need to know in special training sessions in base camp and the few days of climbing are mainly steep walking.
    Cozy Trek’s climbing guide and sherpas will be fixing the route, set up the base camp & high camps and carry the equipment. Cozy Trek provides excellent Sherpa Guides who have deep knowledge of the great trek to Island Peak and the villages we will be visiting because those Sherpa guides home area is Everest Region. They born in this land, grew up on farms there, have family and friends in areas we will pass through, making our visit different of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the real and virgin culture of the Khumbu Valley.

    Island Peak(6189m):

    Trip Fact:

    Trip Name     : CT Islandpeak
    Price               : US$ 2599
    Activities        : Climbing & Expedition
    Trip Length    :  19 Days
    Meal Plan       : Full board on trek & Climb; Breakfast at Ktm
    Trip Difficulty : Adventurous to challenging
    Accommodation :  Hotel/Lodge & tent
    Max Elevation :  (6,189m/20,305ft) at summit
    Transportation : Flight & Private vehicle)
    Group Size :  1-10 Persons
    Best Month : Aug - Nov & March - June

  • Detail Itinerary:
    Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport. Meet cozy trek representative and transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel .
    Day 02:  Expedition preparation day.
    Check you gear list & add or remove the logistics. Meet your trekking/climbing guide for pre trip orientation. O/N Hotel

    Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes approximately 40 minutes and trek to Phakding for 3 hrs. O/N Guest House
    Early in the morning you will be driven from your hotel to Kathmandu airport for 20 minutes.After a 40 minute flight  with spectacular views,you will be  landing at the Lukla airport (2800m.).You commence your trek to Phakding (2652m.) for 3 hours. The well marked trekking trail to Phakding(2652m) follow  Dudh Koshi river.

    Day 04:
    Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) for about five and half hours. O/N Guest House.
    Today  you hike and cross the river on high suspension bridges. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way, enjoy a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.

    Day 5:
    Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places.
     For the acclimatization walking  up to Khunde Hospital or a one hour ascending  to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel provides outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Return to Namche for overnight Stay .

    Day 06:
    Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850 m.) for  5 hours.O/N Guest House
    From Namche Bazar, the path contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. Now, you have the first glimpse of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. The trek has several attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds chirping in the wild and superb mountain view  that makes your trekking very exciting. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary Buddhist monastery, the largest in the Khumbu valley. O/N guest house.

    Day 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4350m.)for four to five hours. O/N Guest House
    We gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and steadily ascend to the village of Pangboche. A further two and a half hour’s hiking brings you to Dingboche. Stay overnight

    Day 08:
      Rest day Dingboche
    Optional acclimatization trek (5-6 hours) to the remote village of Chhukung (4 730 m) and Chhukung Ri (top) located at 5 550m.We have magnificent sights at Island Peak (6 189 m), Amphulapche (5 663 m), Baruntse Base Camp (5 400m) and the white ice lake of Imja Tsho. 

    Day 09:
    Trek Lobuche for 5 hrs. O/N Guest House
    After ascending 150 m up to the main road, we reach a viewpoint where we have outstanding sights at Tawachee (6 495 m) and Cholatse peak (6 440m). After our lunch camp in Dugla (4 620m) the trail goes directly up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu glaciers for about one hour.  The trail leads to a row of memorial monuments of lost climbers and sherpas. The trail then drops a little and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. After four to five hours hiking we reach the small settlement of Lobuche which is situated at 4 930 m. We sleep  in a lodge at Gorakskhep, a semi-permanent village at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall. Overnight Lodge(ABDL)
    Day 10: Trek Gorak Shep ( 5160m) with additional hike to EBC. O/N Guest House.
    The ascent to Gorak Shep (5 160 m) becomes steeper and rougher as we cross several moraines.  Soon we see the peak of Pumori (7 145m). We also have our first views at Nuptse (7 864 m), Kala Patthar  (5 545 m) and Mount Everest.  At the right side you look over the Khumbu Glacier, an enormous tongue of ice which marches down the slopes of Everest. We reach Gorak Shep by lunch time and trek to Base Camp in the afternoon.  In total we hike six-seven hours today. Overnight Lodge(ABDL)

    Day 11:
    Trek to Kalapathar(5545m)  & return Gorak Shep
    After we finish our breakfast we climb to Kala Pattar – the Black Rock - located at 5 545 m and marked by a tangle of prayer flags.  At this viewpoint - one of the most astonishing views on earth- you have a 360 degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche West to Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We return back to Gorak Shep via the view points of the ice lakes of Pumori and Everest. We will take rest here in the afternoon.Overnight Lodge(ABLD)

    Day 12:
    Trek Pheriche
    Today we return in 4 hours back to Pheriche located at 4 215 m.  We will enjoy all the surrounding mountains views. Overnight Lodge(ABLD)

    Day 13:
    Trek to Chhukung(4730m.) that  takes about two and half hours. The trail follows a gradual climb up to Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping livestock in the summer time. Stay overnight at lodge in Chhukung.

    Day 14:
    Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) for  three hours. O/N Tented Camp
    We gradually ascend  all the way to Base Camp.During trekking  to Base camp of Island peak you can enjoy the panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and Island Peak and many other beautiful mountains. O/N Tented Camp

    Day 15-16:
    Days to attempt climbing

    Climb to Island Peak (6189m.) Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here, it is time to rope up and put on your crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit you have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over you whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views. You descend along the same route, down to base camp.

    Day 17:
    Trek from island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche that takes about5-6 hours. Stay Overnight  in Guest house
    Day 18: Trek to Tengboche from Dingboche for 5 hours.O/N Guest House
    Day 19: Trek to Namche Bazaar for 5 hours from Tengboche. O/N Lodge
    Day 20: Trek to Lukla for 6 hrs. O/N Guest House.
    Day 21: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. Stay overnight in
    Day 22: Free from Program or departure

  • Cost for Island peak Climbing 2599 US$
    Price Includes:
    • Pick up from Airport on arrival day
    • Three night of Accommodation including breakfast in Kathmandu
    • Accommodation in Guest house/lodge & tenbt as per our itinerary during trip
    • Daily three times meals of your choice from our exclusively wide menu
    • A trekking/climbing guide
    • Additional assistant guide for group over 6 pax
    • Trekking porter between two members
    • National park fee
    • TIMS trekking permit
    • Peak permit
    • Special climbing guide allowance
    • Climbing equipments for guide
    • Kitchen & camping gears
    • Fix/man rope
    • Food for climbing period
    • Airport tax while fly in & out Lukla
    • Road transfer to/from Lukla
    • Additional porters to deliver your climbing/camping equipments/food & other logistics
    • Insurance & equipments for Guide & porter
    • Accommodation, meals & daily allowance of trekking staff
    • Your round trip flights Kathnmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
    • Round trip flight to/from Lukla for Field staff
    • Everest Trek T-Shirt/farewell dinner

    Services Excludes:
    • More than Three Nights hotel in Kathmandu
    • Donation & Entrance in heritage sites
    • All drinks (Hot/cold/bottled) during trek
    • Emergency Evacuation cost( We arrange you on request)
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
    • Recharging cost of electronic devices during trek
    • Hot shower cost
    • Personal climbing equipments such as boot, crampon, harness, Ice axe etc
    Equipment List:

    Ice Axe
    Screw gate Carabineers
    Descended abseil device
    Prussic Loops
    Plastic Mountaineering Boot
    (All of those climbing equipment could be buy at Kathmandu. Hiring of all of these equipment is very much possible at Kathmandu, or Chhukung)


    Sun hat or scarf
    Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    Sunglasses with UV protection
    Lip balm
    Lightweight gloves
    Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
    Upper Body:
    T- Shirts (2 at least)
    Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    Fleece jacket or pullover
    Fleece Wind-Stopper and water proof jacket (optional)
    Down vests
    Down Jacket- rated at least for minus 15.
    Lower Body:
    Underwear (4)
    Hiking shorts (2)
    Lightweight cotton long pants
    Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    Fleece or wool pants
    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
    Lightweight gloves
    Heavyweight gloves/ mittens with a waterproof outer shell
    Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
    Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
    Hiking boots with spare laces
    Camp shoes (sneakers and/ or sandals)
    Gaiters (When trekking and hiking in winter or while at expeditions)
    Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
    Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
    Small padlock or combination lock for your trekking backpack
    Basic First Aid Kit (Altitude medicine provided from AA)
    Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trek bag- Suggested
    Daypack (you will carry your own small daypack for your personal valuable belongings, passport, money etc)
    Water bottles (1) - 1.5 ltrs- suggested
    Hiking poles/ walking sticks- (Optional)
    Reading book
    Trail Map/Guide book
    Journal & Pen
    Pencils and small notebooks
    Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

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