About Island Peak climbing

Island Peak is located in Khumbu Region (Everest Region). It is one of the most popular peaks of Nepal. It is a busiest peak where at least thousands of climbers step in. Regulus suggests any climber be it amateur or professional to experience Island Peak because it is not that hard and technical in comparison to other peaks.

It is a rewarding climb that gives astounding view of many mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and yes, Mount Everest.

The peak stands high at an altitude of 6,189m. Climbing Island Peak gives exhilarating experience to climbers. If you are planning to climb Ama Dablam or Mount Everest climb then before that Regulus suggests you to gain firsthand experience at Island Peak. This will benefit you to learn climbing techniques and build confidence in you. Earlier climbers used to practice here before going for Mount Everest climbing.

Island Peak was known as Imja Tse earlier. Eric Shipton, a renowned climber coined new name to Imja Tse as Island Peak in 1951. This is because the peak appears like an island in the vast ocean of ice while watching from Dingboche.

In the course of time, Island Peak replaced its new name with the same old one—Imja Tse. But, at present, the peak is still popular as Island Peak among foreigners and Nepalese.

The extended ridge coming down of south end of Lhotse Shar makes the Island Peak. It was the Swiss team who climbed the Island Peak for the first time in 1956.  They climbed Island as a training session prior to Mount Everest climbing.

The use of ropes, crampons, ice axe among other equipments is common in Island Peak climbing. The crossing of a glacier with open crevasses and climbing fixed line by the use of jumar makes the climbing more exciting and thrilling.

The final section of Island Peak climbing is really challenging where you need to show excellent level of climbing techniques and fitness level. The summit is of around 13 to 16 hours which starts during night or midnight. The sunshine and blowing wind in the peak during day time makes the climbing impossible so climbers summit at night. 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Regulus Treks & Expedition receives you at Tribhunvan International Airport and drive you to hotel. If your arrival is at appropriate time then you can enjoy leisurely walk in the streets of Thamel. It is a prime destination for foreigners. It is said that Kathmandu visit is incomplete without strolling in this part of the city. Overnight in a hotel. 

Today you explore Kathmandu, also known as city of temples with our guide. Basically there are four major touring sites in Kathmandu. They are: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and and Bouddhanath Stupa. And the main part is these all four sites are listed in World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will be introduced to your guide by Regulus. You can have good conversation with him regarding the upcoming trip. You can enjoy the night life of Thamel which completely depends on your wish. Overnight in Thamel.

Definitively the morning is good today as you will fly to Lukla enjoying scenic beauty of mountains. The harmonious mountain will capture your heart. It is around 30 minute flight from Kathmandu. There are lots of monasteries in Lukla and if interested you can visit there. We begin our trail on foot from here and it ends at Phakding for today. The team of porter guide will join you from here. The way to Phakding is so beautiful that you will remember it for rest of your life. Hills, green lush vegetation and streams will surely mesmerize you. We will put off at Phakding at night. 

We follow the route of Dudh (Milk) Koshi River to arrive at Namche Bazaar. Crossing pine, fir and rhododendron forests we arrive at Monjo. The entrance to Sagarmatha National Park is Monjo. Furthermore, after walking for few more hours we reach Namche Bazaar where we put off tonight. Namche is a big market of Khumbu region. People of different ethnic group especially, Sherpa inhabit here.

Acclimatization means adjusting body temperature with increasing altitude in order to avoid altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can be severe so we take rest at some places. But, at the same time we also enjoy the day. Today we visit Khumjung. The monastery at this place lures many tourists as there you see skull of yeti. It takes three hours to reach here. We get back to Namche and spend night in the same tea house where we did put off earlier.

It is uphill walk today but not that hard. in your every step you will enjoy Dudh Koshi River as the river flows below you. The way to Tengboche is really beautiful. You witness several animals and birds especially, Danphe (national bird of Nepal). Crossing Trashinga we arrive at Phunkitenga where we have our lunch. Trashinga to Phunkitenga is a descend walk. We now move upward and crossing pine and fir forests we reach Tengboche where we will spend our night. Tengboche is popular for a monastery which is a largest monastery of Khumbu region. You will pay visit here.

What to Expect

  • Airports/Hotel transfers using a private vehicle.

  • Accommodation in 3 stars category Hotels.

  • Accommodation in Tea Houses or any Local Hotels with Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) 

  • Permit fees
    -National Parks
    -Conservation Area entry
    -Trekkers Management Information Service (TIMS) Permit. Visit
    -All governmental authorization and permit necessary cost.

  • Local tourist guide and Local Porter if necessary.

  • All your rescue and travel arrangements. If there is an emergency condition.

  • Medical supplies and First Aid Kits.

  • Entry Visa fee and any kinds of immigration charges in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal.

  • International Flight Fare to/from Kathmandu, Nepal.

  • Extra Night meals and accommodation on your early arrival or late departure also any domestic flight delays.

  • Extra luggage charges.

  • Personal expenses like Laundry, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, hot showers, phone calls, charging, boiled water/bottled waters, etc Rescue in emergency services.

  • Individual buying and souvenirs.

  • Any kinds of tips during your hotels and restaurant visit.

  • Rent or Purchase any type of equipment or gear.

  • Purchase special medicines and kits.