There are several approaches to ascend Island Peak, but Annapurna Foothills Treks highly recommends doing Three High Passes before attempting Island Peak, 6189m, as they provide the ultimate pre-acclimatization. After crossing three high passes in the Everest region; Renjo La Pass 5430m, Cho La Pass, 5330m, Kongma La Pass 5535m, you will be physically and psychologically prepared to summit Island Peak.
Island Peak is a perfect choice for trekkers who are fit and ready to do something more than a challenging trek. Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, lies to the south of Mount Everest like an island rising from valleys on all sides.
We start out with a 35-minute mountain flight to Lukla where we sort out our gear and meet up with our crew. We hike up the Dudh Kosi Valley on the well worn Everest trail while enjoying the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. We reach Namche Bazaar, commercial hub of the Khumbu. This is a great place to stop and acclimatize with great options for day hikes and view of the mountains.
Instead of taking the busy trail toward Everest Base Camp, we head off into the Bhote Koshi Valley to Thame. This is a lovely cultural experience as the villages on this old trading route with Tibet are less commercialized and therefore more authentic. We branch off this trail and climb toward the Renjo La, 5430m, and then down to the beautiful Gokyo Valley, with its lovely turquoise lakes beside the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier. We well want to climb Gokyo Ri, 5357m, a mind boggling view of the region's 8000-metre peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho, before we cross the glacier and head toward Cho-La, 5300m, We join the Everest Base Camp trail at Lobuche Village.
After reaching Everest Base Camp we climb the famous Kalapathar, for another awesome panorama of Everest and surrounding peaks and return to Lobuche where we take the trail to the Kongma glacier. By this time we feel well acclimatized to head up to Kongma La, 5535m our last pass before we make our attempt on Island Peak from Chhukung.
At Island Peak Base Camp our expert climbing Sherpa will provide a training of climbing techniques to ensure that you are completely confident before you begin the climb.
Although Island Peak is technically straightforward, nothing at altitudes of 6000-and-some-meters is easy. We start our trek back to Namche with a great sense of accomplishment, and feeling strong for all the extra red blood cells we have in our system. The next day we catch our flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
The duration of the three high passes in Everest region and climbing Island Peak trek can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Check out the other Island Peak options.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m
Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazzar, 3441m
Day 5 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar
Day 6 : Trek to Thame, 3820m
Day 7 : Trek to Lungdeng, 4500m
Day 8 : Rest day: Trekking around Lungdeng
Day 9 : Cross the Renjola Pass, 5415m to Gokyo Lake
Day 10 : Morning ascent to Gokyo Peak 5360m and descent to Gokyo lake and trek to Thagnag 4990m.
Day 11 : Cross Cho La pass, 5420m and descend to Dzongla
Day 12 : Trek to Lobuche, 4910m
Day 13 : Trek to Gorak Shep, hike around Everest Base Camp(5363) and return back to Gorak Shep
Day 14 : Early Morning ascent to Kala Pattar 5545m and descent to Lobuche,
Day 15 : Cross Kongma La Pass 5535m, and descend to Chhukung, 4710m
Day 16 : Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, 5200m
Day 17 : Acclimatization Day- Basic Training Ascend to 5600m and return to Base Camp
Day 18 : Base Camp to Summit 6189m and descent to Chhukung
Day 19 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)
Day 20 : Trek to Namche, 3441m
Day 21 : Trek to Lukla
Day 22 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 23 : Free day Kathmandu
Day 24 : Departure
Personal Climbing Gear
|Start Date||End Date||Cost||Status||Booking|
|14 May, 2017||06 June, 2017||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|10 September, 2017||03 October, 2017||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
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|15 October, 2017||07 November, 2017||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|22 October, 2017||14 November, 2017||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
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|16 November, 2017||09 December, 2017||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|05 December, 2017||28 December, 2017||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|12 March, 2018||04 April, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|02 April, 2018||25 April, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|14 April, 2018||07 May, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|26 April, 2018||19 May, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|14 May, 2018||06 June, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|10 September, 2018||03 October, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|01 October, 2018||24 October, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|15 October, 2018||07 November, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|22 October, 2018||14 November, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|10 November, 2018||03 December, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|16 November, 2018||09 December, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
|05 December, 2018||28 December, 2018||$ 2600 per person||Available||Book Now|
Three High Passes and Island Peak Equipment and Packing list
This list is only our suggestion for Three High Passes and 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 Three High Passes and 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.)
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.
Three High Passes and 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 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.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 24 Days
Price : US $2600 p/p
Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2C
Group Size Min:2 Pax
Group Size max:12 Pax
Activities:Trekking / Climbing
Hotel in Kathmandu:4 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:Local lodges 17 days (17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 16 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
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