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Island Peak
Island Peak
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Island peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is also nick named as Imjatse is located 83°44'45'' Longitude and 29°08°00'' latitude was named by Eric Shipton who thought it looked like ‘an island in a sea of ice', on their way to explore the Barun Gorge and from Dingboche the mountain does indeed resemble an island in a sea of ice. In 1983 Island peak was renamed Imja Tse, although for most people the descriptive name of Island Peak seems to have been retained.  Island peak is situated at the top of the Imja Khola valley in Khumbu, Everest area just above the summer settlement of Chhukung, surrounded by the Imja, Lhotse Shar glacier is a moderate climbing graded "D" Alf Gregory, Charles Evans, Tenzing Norgey Sherpa and Charles Wylie with other Sherpas as part of an acclimatization program, prior to their successful campaign on Mt. Everest, first climbed the peak in 1953.

Island peak offers a worthwhile technical climb, involving a scramble up a rock gully and easy rock ridge, to glacier. Above the glacier, steep snow headwall leads to the summit ridge that continues in an incredibly exposed position to the summit.

Before climbing Island Peak, we trek up the Dudh Kosi valley from Lukla, passing through Namche, Phortse Tenga, Pangboche on our way to Kala Pattar or Everest Base Camp. The climb will be undertaken towards the end of the trek when everyone will be fully acclimatized, we then head up the beautiful Imja Khola valley towards the Peak.
The best period for climbing the peak are from March thru May and September thru December.

Following the ascent of the Peak, we retrace our route back to Tengboche, Namche to Lukla, and from there we fly back to Kathmandu.

Day Outlined itinerary
1 Arrive Kathmandu, met by our representative and transfer to Hotel.
2 At leisure in Kathmandu/Sightseeing. 
3 Fly to Lukla(2,840m) and trek to Phakding (2,610m). 
4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m). 
5 Acclimatization day. Optional walk upto Kunde and Khumjung. 
6 Trek via Kyangjungma to Mong la (3900m) cross, then to Phortse Tenga (3675m).
7 Trek to Machhermo (4,460m). 
8 Acclimatization day at Machhermo. 
9 Trek to Gokyo (4,800m). 
10 Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5,360m), return to Gokyo and cross Ngozumba Glacier to Thangnag (4700m). 
11 Cross Cho-La pass (5420m) and descend to Zhonglah (4,830m). 
12 Descend to Khumbu valley and trek to Lobuche village (4,907m). 
13 Visit Everest Base Camp (5300m) and return to camp at Gorakshep (5,140m). 
14 Ascent of Kalapathar (5545m) in the morning and return trek to Dingboche (4,400m). 
15 Trek towards the upper Imja valley to Chhukung (4,743m). 
16 Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,145m). 
17 Half day rest at BC and climb upto High Camp (5600m).
18 Early morning start ascending of Island Peak (6,189m) and trek back to Chhukung or Dingboche. 
19 Trek via Pangboche, Deuche to Tyangboche (3,867m). 
20 Trek to Jorsalle (2800m) / Monju (2815m) via Namche Bazaar. se.
21 Trek to Lukla (2840m). 
22 Fly Lukla/Kathmandu, meet South Asia Treks representative & transfer to hotel. 
23 At leisure in Kathmandu. 
24 Transfer to airport for onward international journey.

Please e-mail us for cost and further related information

Cost includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing bed & breakfast basis,
  • Internal flight tickets,
  • Island peak Climbing peak permit & other necessary permits,
  • Professional Sherpa Guide (Sirdar) & assistant Sherpas depending on number of member backed by full crew member of kitchen staffs,
  • Summit bonus for climbing sherpas,
  • Daily wages, insurance, cloth, food, shelter of staffs and porters,
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during entire trip,
  • Complete camping equipments & all common climbing equipments: snow-bar, ice-screw, ropes, snow shovel,
  • Transport of all food supply & equipments from the trip starting point to the ending point as per itinerary,
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers,
  • First Aid Medical Kit (only for staffs),
  • O2 or hyperbaric chamber for emergency use,
  • Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements,

Cost excludes

  • Air travel to/from Nepal,
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
  • Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
  • Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.

TRIP EXTENSION IDEAS
While in Nepal there are various interesting and exciting options to pursue either before or after your trek or tour.

Everest Mountain Flight-After trekking in the region why not take the opportunity for a close-up view of the world's highest and most famous mountain from the air! The flight lasts about an hour and takes you from the Kathmandu valley, over the Khumbu region and culminates with the unforgettable view of Everest herself.

Exciting option of Rafting & Chitwan National park–One of the oldest and popular National Park in Nepal and in whole Asia, one can find more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The park is especially renowned for the endangered one-horned Rhinoceros, the Royal Bengal Tiger and the fresh water Gharial Crocodile along with many other common species mammals, reptiles and over 450 species of birds. You can take an extension trip from 2 to 4 days.

Bungy Jumping-Imaging a bridge over a 160m from tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the world’s wildest rivers raging below…Now Jump.

This may be the most spectacular Bungy Jump on the planet. This remarkable 500ft. (160m) drop into the Bhote Koshi River gorge on the Nepal / Tibet border is the longest free fall in the world.

A drive of 3 hours (100km) from Kathmandu to within 12 km of the Tibet border to reach the Ultimate Bungy Jump spot. The unlimited Bungy Jump takes place on a 166m wide steel suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, altitude about 3600ft.

Nagarkot- The ridge (2174 m) offers possibly the best display of the Himalaya including if you are lucky, a glimpse of a dark shape in the back that is Everest - while remaining in the proximity of the valley. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent.

Dhulikhel- The small quiet town, known for its traditional crafts, lies 30 km east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 1470 m. Climb a little to see the mountains, from Cho Oyu in the east to Himalchuli in the west. It is a small Newari town where ancient cultures are still religiously maintained. It’s easy access, stunning sunsets and the many side treks make it a popular destination.

Please Note: If you want to extend your stay in Nepal it is essential we are informed as soon as possible after your booking.

Island Peak (Imjatse) climbing trip suggested Personal Gear list
Majority of the gears especially the technical equipments are also available for hiring from us.
•    1 climbing  Harness
•    1 pair of climbing boot.
•    1 pair of Gaiters
•    1 pair of technical Crampon
•    1 pair of Ski or trekking poles
•    1 Ice-Axe. (60 cm)
•    1 Jumar (Ascender)
•    1 Belay device: ATC or figure 8.
•    Karabiners: 2 Screw-gate (locking) and 2 regular twist-locks.
•    1 sleeping bag 4-5 season rated,
•    1 Therma-Rest foam pad
•    1 Foam pad
•    Camera gear
•    1 Water bottle
•    Two sets of high quality Sun glasses
•    1 Swiss Army knife
•    1 Daypack (ruck sack) 34-40 liter
•    Some Compressions stuff sacks
•    1 Headlamp with spare batteries and bulbs
•     1 Large duffle bags with lock
•    1 Woolen warm hat
•    1 Good sun hat
•    Neck gaiter
•    Suns cream
•    Lips cream (2 sticks).
•    1 pr heavy wool mitts.
•    1 pr over mitts (Gore-tex) double liners
•    1 pair of fleece/ wind stopper glove
•    1 Fleece jacket
•    4 T-shirts
•    2 Cotton pants or trekking pants
•    1 wind proof jacket
•    3-4 pieces of regular lightweight underwear
•    2 Long underwear.
•    2 Long-sleeved shirts
•    1 Down Jacket
•    Gore-Tex Shell Pants
•    1 Light hiking boots
•    1 pair of sandle or Sport shoes or low top shoes. For walking in the cities.
•    2 pair new wool or Pile climbing socks
•    Some lightweight socks.

Island peak Climbing Group equipments (ropes, snow bar, ice-hammer, ice-screw, tent etc) are provided by SOUTH ASIA TREKKING

Health Consideration / Medicine

Though our Sherpa Guide/Leader will carry a comprehensive medical kit for purpose of using during the Island peak trip if any staffs felt sick, you should carry your personal medication as prescribed by your doctor. Or a Personal Medical Kit such as: Diamox, ciprofloxacin, anti fungal cream, anti-inflammatory cream/ointment, Antiseptic, Diarrheal medicines, Antibiotic drops, Indigestion medicines, Painkillers, Oral Rehydration Solution, DRESSING AND WOUND CARES

Immunization
At least six weeks before the departure for Island Peak Climbing trip you will need to consult your doctor to work out an immunization schedules relevant to the Himalayas. You should normally be immunized against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Cholera, though you must also contact your doctor for necessary immunization details.

Vaccinations against the following diseases may be useful, although they might be difficult or expensive to obtain. Your doctor will let you know if they are appropriate:
•    Rabies
•    Meningitis
•    Japanese Encephalitis.

Dental Checks
It is most important that you have a through dental examination before the expedition and have any necessary treatment carried out. Dental treatment on the mountain is likely to be drastic and traumatic!

Detailed information regarding Island peak climbing personal gear list & other information will be sent you upon booking the trip.

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Day 1:    Arrive Kathmandu, met by our representative and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2:    At leisure in Kathmandu/Sightseeing.
Day 3:    Fly to Lukla(2,840m) and trek to Phakding (2,610m).
Day 4:    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m).
Day 5 :   Acclimatization day. Optional walk upto Kunde and Khumjung.
Day 6:    Trek via Kyangjungma to Mong la (3900m) cross, then to Phortse Tenga (3675m).
Day 7:    Trek to Machhermo (4,460m).
Day 8:    Acclimatization day at Machhermo.
Day 9:    Trek to Gokyo (4,800m).
Day 10:   Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5,360m), return to Gokyo and cross Ngozumba Glacier to Thangnag (4700m).
Day 11:    Cross Cho-La pass (5420m) and descend to Zhonglah (4,830m).
Day 12:   Descend to Khumbu valley and trek to Lobuche village (4,907m).
Day 13:    Visit Everest Base Camp (5300m) and return to camp at Gorakshep (5,140m).
Day 14:    Ascent of Kalapathar (5545m) in the morning and return trek to Dingboche (4,400m).
Day 15:    Trek towards the upper Imja valley to Chhukung (4,743m).
Day 16:    Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,145m).
Day 17:    Half day rest at BC and climb upto High Camp (5600m).
Day 18:   Early morning start ascending of Island Peak (6,189m) and trek back to Chhukung or Dingboche.
Day 19:    Trek via Pangboche, Deuche to Tyangboche (3,867m).
Day 20:    Trek to Jorsalle (2800m)/Monju (2815m) via Namche Bazaar. se.
Day 21:    Trek to Lukla (2840m).
Day 22:   Fly Lukla/Kathmandu, meet South Asia Treks representative & transfer to hotel.
Day 23:   At leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 24:    Transfer to airport for onward international journey.

Cost Includes

•    Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing bed & breakfast basis,
•    Internal flight tickets,
•    Climbing peak permit & other necessary permits,
•    Professional Sherpa Guide (Sirdar) & assistant Sherpas depending on number of member backed by full crew member of kitchen staffs,
•    Summit bonus for climbing sherpas,
•    Daily wages, insurance, cloth, food, shelter of staffs and porters,
•    Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during entire trip,
•    Complete camping equipments & all common climbing equipments: snow-bar, ice-screw, ropes, snow shovel,
•    Transport of all food supply & equipments from the trip starting point to the ending point as per itinerary,
•    Airport-hotel-airport transfers,
•    First Aid Medical Kit (only for staffs),
•    O2 or hyperbaric chamber for emergency use,
•    Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements,


Cost Excludes

•    Air travel to/from Nepal,
•    Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
•    Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
•    Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
•    Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.

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