Island Peak Climbing is one of the most popular climbing adventures in Nepal that takes people to Kala Patthar (5600 meters) and Island (6189 meters). Situated in the Everest region, this Island Peak Climbing allures thousands of adventure seekers every year to its premise with the promise of the spectacular view of Mount Everest and Other Popular mountains like Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam etcetera.
Climbing Island Peak can get much more challenging than popular Everest Treks like Everest Base Camp Trek. As a result, it is not actually recommended or suggested for beginners or novice trekkers.
The majestic views of the mountain ranges, glaciers, diverse landscapes, waterfalls, and rivulets make climbing to Island Peak (also known as Imja Tse) a serious hit. Along with that, you will get to see the diverse vegetation and wildlife of Sagarmatha National Park.
You will come across the Sherpa people following a unique and traditional lifestyle as you trek up to Island Peak. The Tengboche monastery at Tengboche, lively Namche Bazar, heartwarming hospitality of the locals, and exhilarating views from this climbing experience will fill your heart and soul with joy and wonder.
Located near Mera peak, Island peak is a difficult trek that might be challenging for you if you lack trekking experience.
- Spectacular views from the summit of Island Peak.
- Stunning Mt. Everest views from Kala Patthar.
- Witness the unique and traditional culture and lifestyle of Sherpa.
- The colorful Namche Bazar, traditional Khumjung, Pangboche village, and nature-filled trails.
- Views of breathtaking mountains and glaciers of the Everest region.
- Views Of a glacial lake i.e. Imja Lake.
- Magnificent rhododendron, pine forests, and diverse trails.
Island Peak Climbing Short Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 meters).
Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters) and then trek to Phakding (2,652 meters): 40 minutes flight, About 3-4 hours trek.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters): About 5-6 hours of trek.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters): Exploration day/ Acclimatization Day.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 meters): About 5- 6 hours trek.
Day 6: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200 meters): About 4-5 hours trek.
Day 7: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930 meters): About 5-6 hours trek.
Day 8: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 meters) hike up to Everest Base Camp (5364 meters): About 6-7 hours trek.
Day 9: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 meters) and back to Dingboche (4500 meters): About 7-8 hours trek.
Day 10: Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200 meters) via Chukung: About 3-4 hours trek.
Day 11: Acclimatization day/ Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 12: Island Peak base camp to Island Peak (6,189 meters) trek back to base camp: About 10-12 hours trek.
Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985 meters): About 5-6 hours trek.
Day 14: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters): About 4-5 hours trek.
Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 meters): About 6-7 hours trek.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300 meters).
Day 17: Final Departure.
Island Peak Climbing Difficulty And Challenges:
Snow mountain climbing is hard and Nepal Himalaya climbing is not that easy because of its elevation. But hikers can make climbing easier by spending more time in lower elevations with acclimatization. In short duration, climbing island peak is more dangerous so Mission Himalaya Treks and expeditions offer climbers 17 days acclimatization friendly itinerary to summit Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trek.
During your whole trip, you are required to carry almost 7 to 10 kgs backpack for day necessary goods so you must be good physical fitness, You can have prior training like Jogging, Treadmill, Stairmaster and hiking at least 1 month prior than yours climbing. 1 day prior to climbing Our climbers will teach you some technical parts and training skills it helps you to succeed in your mission to Island peak Summit(6189m)
Located in the Everest region, Island Peak stands high at an altitude of 6189 meters. The high altitude, extreme weather, and challenging trails together make this a difficult one. Island Peak climb can even get extreme for those adventure enthusiasts who know nothing about mountains or trekking. The difficulty of Island Peak Climb is a very subjective thing and varies from person to person.
Although climbing Island Peak is not as easy a thing to do, you can decrease the difficulties and challenges you might face during the trek by spending more time in mountains, getting used to uneven surfaces, doing exercise, increasing stamina, etc. Altitude sickness and an altitude above 6000 meters are not a joke.
If you are planning to climb Island Peak, you have to plan accordingly. Also, reaching there takes 2-3 days to acclimatize. This way, your body will get time to adjust to the dropping temperature and increasing height thus providing you with an advantage over Altitude Sickness.
The best time for Island Peak Climb is during the months of Spring i.e. March, April, and May, and the month of Autumn season i.e. September, October, and November. During these months, the path will be dry and safe. Moreover, the views of the mountains are brilliant under the blue skies. Spring and Autumn seasons are the best times difficulty-wise as well due to appropriate weather and safe trails. The trekking routes are likely to be filled with people since many people come to trek during these seasons.
The off seasons i.e. Summer and Winter are the less preferred times for climbing Island Peak. Summer due to the wet, slippery trails, and poor views, and Winter Season due to extremely cold weather.