Seen from above Dingboche the mountain Imja Tse (Island Peak) resembles an island in a sea of ice. It was first climbed in 1953 by a very prestigious team in preparation for the ascent of Everest. It is an interesting and attractive summit with a highly glaciated West Face rising from the Lhotse glacier. The mountain itself is an extension of the South ridge of Lhotse Shar and is separated by a small col. Above this gap, rising to the south is a classically beautiful ridge leading to the summit of Imja Tse. As well as providing an enjoyable climb Island Peak also provides some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu region.
This Base Camp option aims to provide the independent trekker with the option of climbing Island Peak without tying you to a longer itinerary – all we need is 5-6 days’ notice of your arrival in Chukkung, the nearest village, as long as you have left your passport photos and application in our office in Kathmandu before you leave town.
Equipment note – please note that you don’t need any specialist climbing equipment for this option – everything is provided, so you don’t need to take anything from Kathmandu. We recommend that you have your own down jacket and sleeping bag of good quality such as you would take trekking in any event. Boots for mountaineering may be rented in Chukkung at a small extra cost and need not be carried around your entire trek – this is a much easier option and there is a wide range available in the village for this very purpose.
Please see the ‘Trip Info’ section.
We can organise this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your referred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the climb or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:
00 (977) 1-470-1398
Alternatively, you can contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.
As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online. You can also use an app such as World Remit.
Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.
If the weather doesn’t favour climbing on the scheduled day, a contingency will be provided but at an extra cost of US$100 per person, to be paid at the Island Peak Base Camp.
If the client has an insurance coverage, he/she shall fill the authority form with a copy of the insurance certificate, authorising Climb High to initiate any rescue without delay.
However, in the absence of any rescue insurance, if the client is willing to finance his / her own rescue, Climb High will render all possible help.
Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing suitable for the mountains. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.
For this climb all specialist climbing kit is included - harness, karabiners etc. If you don't have climbing boots, you may rent these from one of the outlets in Chukkung at a small extra cost - there is a wide range available. A complete kit list is to be found on this website.
Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurance and porter conditions are met, and more.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.
Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
Cost: US$ 330 per person