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Itinerary for ISLAND PEAK

Island Peak Climb is considered the best climbing adventure in one of the most popular trekking trails in the Himalayas. It is best suited for whoever is looking to book their first ascent of one of the best peaks in the Khumbu region. It is not technically difficult to make the ascent. But you will need to be physically fit to embark on this adventure. It is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the Himalayas of Nepal. So make sure you book this trip well in advance to avoid the rush, especially during peak season. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your expedition.

  • Nepal and trekking
  • Island Peak: A History
  • Where to stay during Island peak climb?
  • Itinerary for Island Peak climb
  • Who can take the Island Peak Climb?

Nepal and trekking

For many years now. Nepal is one of the topmost sought out destinations for tourists looking to experience a traditional yet cultural vacation. Nepal boasts the presence of numerous temples and monasteries within its jurisdiction. And all these temples have a historical significance of its own. Every year thousands of people from all over the world come to pay respect at these holy places. Another thing Nepal is popular for is the nepali delicacies. There are many castes or tribes and each of them, they follow their own culture here. So in the long run, Nepal has become the hub for delicious nepali delicacies. That is because Nepal is very rich in cultural heritage. Nepal is also popular for many eatables manufactured and sold only in Nepal. 

Though being a small landlocked country in Asia, the country is rich in biodiversity as well. But one thing that makes Nepal a unique destination is the inclusion of some of the highest mountain peaks in the world. Including Mt. Everest. A major portion of the Himalayan range falls under the jurisdiction of the Nepalese government. In many years, these regions became so popular as a trekking destination that the government took control of it. Consequently, they along with the Tourism Board of Nepal, have been instrumental in the maintenance of the Himalayan regions. There are rules and regulations to enter most of the Himalayan regions. Visitors require permits to embark on a venture to these parts. This in turn helps in keeping the region free of any violations and misdemeanours. And they have done a pretty impressive job in keeping up that balance between the people and nature.

Island Peak: A History

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse Peak by the locals, falls on the same route as Mt. Everest. Like Mt. Everest, this peak also has a historical significance of its own. This Island Peak was originally used as a part of a practice climb before attempting the ascent of Mt. Everest. Historically, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa along with a few other Britishers practiced climbing Island Peak, before he made history with Everest. Edmund Hillary was his climbing partner at that time of course. After that, many climbers followed the leaders of climbing and started practicing on Island Peak before climbing Mt. Everest. 

Island Peak is named so, as it looks like an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The name was given by the British Mountaineer Eric Shipton, who came with the British Everest Expedition crew in 1853. The locals called it Imja Tse which means “Island Peak” in a Nepali dialect. But Island Peak remains the popular choice for the people. The British expedition who came with Shipton scaled island Peak from the southwest summit, which was in 1853. But the first to scale this peak were members of the Swiss team comprising of Hans-Rudolf and two unnamed Sherpas.

Where to stay during Island peak climb?

The Island Peak Climb is one of the most exciting-exhilarating and wholesome treks in the Himalayan region. Since the trail falls on the same trail leading to Everest Base Camp, it is well maintained. And since this trail is the main trading route as well, there are plenty of accommodations available if you visit the villages. However, peak seasons might see a rush in the number of people coming and visiting. Therefore it is advised to do a pre-booking to avoid any hassles and issues. Even better if you let the agencies handle this part of the trip. 

The region is base for some of the most remote and rustic viewpoints in the world. However, there are plenty of villages at certain checkpoints where you can rest for the night. There are plenty of people who have taken to settling in the Khumbu region. Accommodation, however, is limited to tea houses and lodges, nothing above that. So the only place where you will be assigned a hotel is when you visit Kathmandu. Rest of the places you visit past Lukla you will be assigned in either tea houses or lodges. Tea houses are small cozy settlements meant for the trekkers. Basic amenities like hot showers, hot food and beverages are available here. There are a few tea houses where you also get wi-fi connection at a certain cost. Lodges are a bigger version of tea houses and they provide the same benefits too. The possibility of finding a lodge diminishes gradually as you ascend higher and higher though.

Itinerary for Island Peak Climb

Below we have the basic itinerary for Island Peak Climb. The itinerary is subject to change with any unforeseen calamities or natural disasters that may arise. If you are looking for a customised version of the quotation, you can get in touch with us. Our representatives will make sure you have the best possible itinerary for the trip.

DAYS:

  1. Arrival at Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu (1300m).
  2. Rest day- Sightseeing around Kathmandu. Permit acquisition.
  3. Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2800m).
  4. Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 
  5. Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar. Hike to Khumjung.
  6. Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m). Trip to Tengboche Monastery. Night halt.
  7. Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4243m).
  8.  Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m).
  9. Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m).
  10. Island Peak Base Camp trek to High Camp (5550m).
  11. High Camp trek to Island peak Climb (6189m). Return to Base Camp.
  12. Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3985m)
  13. Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. 
  14. Trek to Phakding, then trek to Lukla.
  15. Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
  16. Final departure.

Who can take the Island Peak Climb?

As mentioned earlier, the trip is not technical but rather has a physical requirement. Let us elaborate on this subject. The trek is admissible to anyone fit enough to walk 5-6 hours daily with a 10kg bag on his/her back. The trekking trail is well maintained and walking on it will not be a huge problem. For the climb, individuals should have basic climbing knowledge and basic practical experience as well.  You can take classes before you take this journey to train yourself. Apart from that, the climb doesn’t require much technical knowledge, but will require you to be fit enough for the expedition. Likewise, if you have trained yourself to be fit a couple of months before the trip, it will be easier. The climbing part is a bit tough, and you need to be strong enough for that. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a breakthrough. If you are looking to put your mark on your climbing record. If you want to do a good job in the first instance. Then Island Peak Climb, is the one for you.

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