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Island Peak Climbing - 17 Days

Island peak climbing is getting famous among the trekking peak climbers nowadays because of its stunning scenery as well as gives to adventure lovers another chance to explore the Everest Base camp. Island Peak is located in the Everest Region Khumbu area which offers an impressive and highly glaciated face that emerges from the Lhotse Glacier. Island peak at an elevation of 6189m is actually an extension of Lhotse Shar located between the Lhotse and Imja glaciers, so the Island peak is also called as Imja-tse in local lenguage. Island peak climbing also offers spectacular scenery of the Khumbu region and the Chhukung valley. From the highest point of the peak you can delight yourself with the huge south face of Lhotse and the wonderful view of Amadablam Peak.

For Island peak climbing, We begin our climbing expedition with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu takes about 40 Minutes. We accompany the Dudh Koshi river valley and stay one day in the Sherpa town of Namche Bazzar and enjoy the local market. Next day our journey stop at Tyangobche which from here we can see the best view if the mount Everest. Tyangobche offers one of the finest scenery of Everest as well as many other peaks like Cho Oyu and many different mountains and ancient Tyangobche monastery.

From Dingboche we begin the arrangement for our Island peak climbing expedition. Despite the fact that we can ascend the peak in a single day, however from our earlier experience we spend one nights at the base camp for adjustment and finally attempt the Island summit from the Base Camp. Necessary peak climbing permit from Nepal mountaineering association (NMA) is needed as well as an experience Sherpa climbing guide who has license from the government is needed. Full insurance for the climbing Sherpa guide is compulsory to issue the permit as well as his license number,

  • Hike to Everest Base Camp
  • Panoramic view from Kalapatthar
  • Experience Khongma La Pass
  • Summit Island Peak at 6,189 m
  • Island peak is the most popular trekking peak
  • Take in views of Imja Lake, a small glacial lake at the base of Island Peak
  • Tented overnight accommodation at Island Peak Base Camp
  • Experience climbing in the Himalayas

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2
Sightseeing around Kathmandu

Day 3
Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2796m).

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Day 5
Acclimatization day

Day 6
Trek to Tengboche (3860m).

Day 7
Trek to Pheriche (4410m).

Day 8
Acclimatization Day.

Day 9
Trek to Lobuche (4910m).

Day 10
Trek to Gorakshep (5140m), Everest Base Camp (5364m) and return back to Gorakshep.

Day 11
Hike to Kalapather and trek to Dingboche.

Day 12
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5050m).

Day 13
Climb Island Peak (6165m) and trek to Chhukung

Day 14
Trek back to Namche

Day 15
Trek back to Lukla.

Day 16
Return flight to Kathmandu.

Day 17
Departure to your destination.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • Fly In / Fly Out
  • 16 Nights 17 Days
  • 6,189m/20,305ft
  • 2-12 Persons

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