The ultimate way to acclimatize for Island Peak, 6189m, is with a challenging trek through places of breath-taking beauty in the heartland of the Khumbu region. For those who want to summit their first Himalayan peak, Gokyo-Cho La-EBC-Island Peak is the perfect expedition. The trek goes via Gokyo lake, 4750m, Cho La pass, 5420m, and Everest Base Camp, 5357m. Island Peak is a favorite climbing peak in the Everest Region, offering what is considered to be the finest of all views of the Himalayas.
The trek to Island Peak starts out on the traditional trail to Namche Bazaar. From Namche we follow the main trail for about 2 hours and branch off into the Gokyo Valley, ascending stone stairs that seem to almost hang off the mountain’s edgealong the Dudh Kosi River. The four-day trek to Gokyo passes thru scant settlements where few tourists have ventured. The trek leads to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes beside the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier, and up to summit the rocky Gokyo Peak. From Gokyo Ri, 5360m, there is a dramatic view of four of the six highest mountains in the world: Everest, 8848m, Lhotse, 8516m, Makalu, 8485m and Cho Oyu, 8188m as well as other towering snow-peaks: Gyachung Kang, 7922m, Cholatse, 6440m, Taweche, 6542m, and Kangchung, 6103m. The Ngozumpa Glacier gouges its way through the valley below.
The next adventure is the spectacular Cho La pass, 5420m, from where we get another spectacular view of the entire Khumbu region. As we descend from Cho La pass, we get the first look at Island Peak. The next climb is Kala Pattar, 5545m, the most popular vantage point for Mount Everest. From here we descend into the Imja Valley and turn off to Chukkung to begin the approach to Island Peak Base Camp.
On the summit of Island Peak a magnificent panorama awaits you. In a semi circle to the north there is Nuptse, 7879m, Lhotse, 8501m, Lhotse Middle Peak, 8410m, and Lhotse Shar, 8383m; to the east Makalu, 8475m; and in the south, Ama Dablam and Baruntse . This view and the relatively easy climb must be the reasons for Island Peak being a favorite in the Khumbu.
The best season for Gokyo Chola- EBC-Island Peak climbing is from March to May and from September to November. The duration of the Gokyo Chola- EBC- Island Peak trek can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will arrange every detail of your Gokyo Chola- EBC- Island expedition; lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m
Day 3 : Trek to Namche Bazzar, 3441m
Day 4 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar
Day 5 : Trek to Khumjung, 3790m
Day 6 : Trek to Dole, 4200m
Day 7 : Trek to Machermo, 4470m
Day 8 : Trek to Gokyo, 4790m
Day 9 : Trek to Thagnag 4990m
Day 10 : Trek to Dzongla, 4830m
Day 11 : Trek to Chhukung, 4710m
Day 12 : Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, 5200m
Day 13 : Acclimatization Day- Basic Training Ascend to 5600m and return to Base Camp
Day 14 : Base Camp to Summit 6189m and descent to Chhukung
Day 15 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)
Day 16 : Trek to Namche, 3441m
Day 17 : Trek to Lukla
Day 18 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 19 : Free day Kathmandu
Day 20 : Departure
Personal Climbing Gear
|Start Date||End Date||Cost||Status||Booking|
|10 March, 2017||29 March, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|16 March, 2017||04 April, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|05 April, 2017||24 April, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|12 April, 2017||01 May, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|24 April, 2017||13 May, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|12 May, 2017||31 May, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|20 May, 2017||08 June, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|20 September, 2017||09 October, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|05 October, 2017||24 October, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|14 October, 2017||02 November, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|24 October, 2017||12 November, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|05 November, 2017||24 November, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|15 November, 2017||04 December, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|27 November, 2017||16 December, 2017||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|10 March, 2018||29 March, 2018||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|16 March, 2018||04 April, 2018||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|05 April, 2018||24 April, 2018||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|12 April, 2018||01 May, 2018||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|24 April, 2018||13 May, 2018||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|12 May, 2018||31 May, 2018||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
|20 May, 2018||08 June, 2018||USD 2150 per person||Available||Book Now|
Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak Equipment and Packing list
This list is only our suggestion for Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak Climbing . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip. Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.
Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.
Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients. The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg. That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs). You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.
Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.
It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather. At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night. What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring. A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea. You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.
Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):
Why Climb Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.
Why Climb with a Sherpa?
Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.
Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.
While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.
To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need a Sherpa guide as a partner, some rope, a few bits of protection, good weather and overriding urge to die of old age.
The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.
Sherpa Support Staff:
Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.
Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)
Logistics on the Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak Trip:
You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu.
Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.
Gokyo Cho La Island Peak Trip Accommodation:
Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.
Our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti , in Kathmandu, before heading into the remote regions and after returning trip. During the trek, eleven nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses/lodges.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.
Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.
If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.
If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.
There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.
It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.
Optional Island Peak Packages:Island Peak Climbing - 05 Days | Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing - 21 Days | Three Peaks and Three Passes in Everest Region - 29 Days
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 20 Days
Price : US $2150 p/p
Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2C
Group Size Min:2 Pax
Group Size max:12
Activities:Trekking / Climbing
Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 14 night (15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
Camping services:Meals on the climbing period 2 night camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Bounty and Biscuit
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
A friend and I worked with Annapurna Foothills Treks to be guided trekking on the Annapurna circuit from Besi Sahr over the Thorong La pass to Jomsom, with a guided climb of Chulu West on the way. Our trekking guide Dawa was outstanding all the way to Pisang, and provided…Craig
Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy