The Island Peak Climb is an add-on package for any of the Everest Region Treks. It starts and finishes at Chhukung, where Annapurna Foothills Treks’ experienced climbing guides will meet you and look after you in every way. Before you attempt the climb, however, you must be properly acclimatized. If you have trekked to Everest Base Camp, 5357m, and Kala Patthar, 5545m from Jiri, Phaplu or even Lukla, you will be acclimatized. You might even want to include a nearby pass such as Renjo La, 5338m, or Cho La 5420m for good measure.
Island Peak captivates the interest of experienced and aspiring climbers alike. Standing on the summit of Island Peak, 6189m, you are surrounded by the entire Khumbu range, including Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak and the unclimbed Lhotse Shar. To the East, are the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier, Cho Polu, 6734m, and the perfect pyramid of Mt.Makalu, 8475m.
Island Peak Climbing is rated ‘moderate’; and although a good level of physical fitness is essential, previous climbing experience is not required. Its highly glaciated West Face rises from the Lhotse Glacier up to a technically straightforward ridge; this is a perfect place for novice climbers to develop the skills of climbing on snow and ice at high altitudes.
From Chhukung village, the trail follows the moraine of the massive Lhotse Glacier, then the Imja Tso Khola (river) to Island Peak Base Camp, 5100m. There are slabs and boulders to clamber over to reach high camp, 5500m. After high camp there are more rocks and scree at first, but the final few hours to the top requires the mountaineering skills. There is a 300 meter headwall and a snowy summit ridge which require ropes, crampons and ice axes.
Island Peak Climbing takes only 3 days and 2 nights, making it one of the shortest and least expensive climbing packages offered. Each climb starts according our scheduled departure dates. The minimum size of a group is two persons. After you return to Chhukung, you are free to plan for the next destination.
Note: You may question why we do not plan for overnight at Island Peak High Camp. First of all, at present there is severe water shortage at Island Peak High Camp. At one time we could find ice to melt for water only about 45 minutes away. Now, that ice field has totally melted, and we have to walk 3 hours to bring water. Another reason, it is very difficult to sleep at 5630m. For this reason we plan the trek so that you stay overnight at Island Peak Base Camp, 5200m rather than at Island Peak High Camp.
The name Island Peak was given in 1952 by the great climber, Eric Shipton, who thought it looked like an island in a sea of ice. It is registered with the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) by the name "Imja Tse", which was given to it later. It is a favorite peak expedition of the Everest region of Nepal.
Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing - 21 Days | Gokyo Cho La Island Peak Climbing 25 Days | Everest High Pass and Island Peak Climbing 24 Days -
Day 1 : Chhukung, 4750m
Day 2 : Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, 5200m
Day 3 : Acclimatization Day- Basic Training Ascend to 5600m and return to Base Camp
Day 4 : Base Camp to Summit and descend to Chhukung.
Day 5 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)
Personal Climbing Gear
|Start Date||End Date||Cost||Status||Booking|
|28 March, 2017||01 April, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available|
|03 April, 2017||07 April, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|09 April, 2017||13 April, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|14 April, 2017||18 April, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|19 April, 2017||23 April, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|25 April, 2017||29 April, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|02 May, 2017||06 May, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|07 May, 2017||11 May, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|13 May, 2017||17 May, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|18 May, 2017||22 May, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|23 May, 2017||27 May, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|28 May, 2017||01 June, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|20 September, 2017||24 September, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|26 September, 2017||30 September, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|10 October, 2017||14 October, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|20 October, 2017||24 October, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|25 October, 2017||29 October, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|30 October, 2017||03 November, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|07 November, 2017||11 November, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|18 November, 2017||22 November, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|23 November, 2017||27 November, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|28 November, 2017||02 December, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|08 December, 2017||12 December, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|17 December, 2017||21 December, 2017||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|23 March, 2018||27 March, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|28 March, 2018||01 April, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|03 April, 2018||07 April, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|09 April, 2018||13 April, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|14 April, 2018||18 April, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|19 April, 2018||23 April, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|25 April, 2018||29 April, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|02 May, 2018||06 May, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|07 May, 2018||11 May, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|18 May, 2018||22 May, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|23 May, 2018||27 May, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|28 May, 2018||01 June, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|20 September, 2018||24 September, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|26 September, 2018||30 September, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|10 October, 2018||14 October, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|20 October, 2018||24 October, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|25 October, 2018||29 October, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|30 October, 2018||03 November, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|07 November, 2018||11 November, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|18 November, 2018||22 November, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|25 November, 2018||29 November, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|28 November, 2018||02 December, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|08 December, 2018||12 December, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|17 December, 2018||21 December, 2018||$ 1000 per person||Available||Book Now|
Only Island Peak Equipment and Packing list
This list is only our suggestion for Only 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 Island Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
Annapurna Foothills Treks has a dynamic team of outstanding mountaineers, instructors and cultural enthusiast operating trekking and climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices.
Why Sherpa Staff?
All our staff at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions e is from the Sherpa tribe who are native to the region, experienced in the field, and passionate about their homeland. What most people dont know about Nepal is that there are many castes, tribes and ethnic groups. Sure, we are all Nepalese, but for generations, life and work has been divided along the lines of caste, tribe and ethnicity. For several generations the Sherpa community has had no other livelihood than the mountaineering industry, and they have gained a reputation for honesty and hard work in the field. Although the industry has been infiltrated by other Nepalese, trekking and mountaineering remains one of the few options available to the Sherpa people. In other words, others have easily moved into the industry, but the Sherpa people still have few opportunities outside.
Annapurna Foothills Treks is employs Sherpa staff because it is their sole livelihood. Annapurna hires Sherpa staff because they are honest and hardworking.
Our Sherpa Guides:
Our climbing guides are experienced mountaineering license-holders who always put your safety first. We 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.
We encourage you to play it safe and climb with our experienced guides. 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 senility.
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 the support staff are well experienced, and you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us 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 for Island Peak:
You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides huge 4 season tents. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu. We provide a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong.)
Logistics Note: Annapurna Foothills Treks provides all the equipment you will need to climb Island Peak (and Lobuche Peak and Pokalde). We have a store in Chukung that supplies equipment from Camp and Black Diamond Company, which are high quality mountaineering suppliers. All you need to bring are your own plastic boots to be sure you have a comfortable pair in the proper size. It is possible to hire these boots when you are in Kathmandu.
The following climbing equipment is available in Chukung.
Crampons, Harness, Ice-Axe, 2 x Tape slings, 2 x Screwgate Karabiners, Prussic Loops, Helmet, Ascender /Abseil Device (Jumar) and Descender Figure 8 Click for detail equipment
Annapurna Foothills Treks is deeply committed to preserving the ecosystems at home and around the world. On each expedition we teach and follow the Leave-No-Trace principles and practices. Moreover, we endeavor to increase the awareness of the local population in order to protect 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. AFT is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers
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. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. 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.
Everest Base Camp 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.
To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses is strongly recommended. 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 rescue helicopter will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They 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.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 5 Days
Price : US $1000 p/p
Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2B
Minimum Group Size:2 Pax
Maximum Group size:12 Pax
Activities:Trekking / Climbing
Camping services::Meals on the climbing period 3 days 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