Island Peak & Kala-Pathar

(Imja Tse) 6,189 meters / 20,305 feet

Trek & climb description - day-to-day Itinerary - Trekking Price includes

Island Peak is one the most suitable trekking peaks for those with little or no previous climbing experience. Island Peak also offers a worthwhile challenge for those who enjoy climbing and are competent in using ice axe and crampons. The climb is technically straightforward. The climb occurs towards the end of the approach trek, when everyone will be fully acclimatized.

The name Island Peak comes from mountaineer Eric Shipton & party who imagined it an island in a sea of ice. The Tibetan name is Imja Tse. Island Peak emerges from between the Imja glacier and the LhoTse glacier. It extends from LhoTse Shar (LhoTse east face). Stunning views of the huge south face of LhoTse herself, plus Ama Dablam (the mother's necklace)Our trek starts at Lukla after a spectacular flight from Kathmandu.

At Lukla Airstrip, you will meet all the trekking and climbing staff. We walk our way up to Namche Bazaar (Nauje) and after two nights in Namche we head to Gokyo and Gokyo Ri (5,800m). We then walk up to Kala-pathar after doing the Chho-la (Chho Pass) to get the classic view of Everest SouthWest face. Finally, we trek south, heading for the Imja Valley and Island Peak Base Camp where we set up our own group's base camp at the foot of the Island south ridge.

Since the weather is the main factor that influences the success of treks and climbs, we try to set up Island Peak climbing trip in the best times of the year. Based on our own experience, from mid first week of October to first week of December and mid March to end May are the best time to do both Mera and Island peak (and other trekking peaks in the Everest area as well.) During these autumn and spring "windows," the mornings are quite clear and bright and daily temperatures are relatively warm.

Generally, you will need to be familiar with ice axe, crampons, and self-arresting techniques. However if you have no prior experience and are interested in learning to climb both ice and snow, we can design a trip for you with special support from our experienced family Sherpa team.

The Island peak trek and climb is a long trip, with much of your time spent at altitudes above 12,000 ft. It can be a tiring trip physically. Doing a some kind of aerobic physical program or regular walking would greatly help you in preparing for a climbing trek, to get into shape for the climb. The view from atop both Mera and Island peaks shows the best mountain scenery in the world. The better shape you are in, the more fun you will have seeing this gorgeous view.

Those of you who are real climbers and plan to summit in all but the most extreme weather, we would recommend you to bring your personal good-quality climbing gear. If you don't own personal gear or don't want to carry too much in your luggage, you can also buy or rent most (often, all) of the fair quality gear you need for these climbs, in Kathmandu's trekking gear rental shops. However, as always, high season (Oct-Nov, and Mar-Apr) means most competitive supply/demand in Kathmandu trekking gear rental shops.

Our Sherpa family guides are well trained in both ice and snow climbing; most have been climbing high peaks for at least 15 years. Some of those high peaks include Everest, Makalu, Dhaulagiri and KanchEnjunga. Nepal Sherpa Treks family trek and guide staff are well trained, responsible, pro-safety, and pro-security.

As a small Sherpa family-operated trekking company with low overhead, Nepal Sherpa Treks is able to serve individuals and small groups on flexible schedules. Our family staff guide treks and climbs not only at peak season, but all year round, weather permitting. Please contact at, if we may offer you a price quote on a climbing trek to Island Peak or Mera Peak that fits in your travel schedule.

Kalapather and Island Peak (Imja-tse) itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02: You can do sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan. Get ready for trek and climb.

Day 03: Trekking to Phakding --We fly to Lukla and trek along the Dudh Koshi (Milk river) inside two cliffs. Nice good-smelling evergreen, oak, and rhododendron forest on both sides of trail. Easy trek in morning but save your energy because there is a harder uphill climb in later part of trekking day.

Day 04: Trekking to Nauje (Namche Bazaar) --Early wake-up today because this is a big push. Morning section is pretty easy. We get pack-lunch and enjoy maybe tea-coffee along the way depending on cook's choice. Today is a higher altitude day so slow and steady will work best. You can see Mount Everest (Chomo-lungma) from the new style bridge crossing at Dudh Koshi . Keep walking up to Nauje (Namche Bazaar). We will have nice hot snacks in Nauje which has many Sherpa shops, lodges, and restaurants. Nauje (Sherpa name for Namche Bazaar) is a fun place for both Sherpas and trekkers to enjoy.

Day 05: Namche (Nauje) relax and explore -- Sometimes culture show is available in Namche if the singers and dancers are available. You can see Khumbu Sherpa culture very strong here. If your guide is a Khumbu Sherpa he might take you to visit his Nauje relatives for some salt-butter tea and tsampa! (Sherpas are from either the southern district of Shar-Khumbu (Solu) or the northern district of Khumbu. Ask your guide where is his home village)

Day 06: Trekking to Tengboche Monastery -- The way to Tengboche gives view of some Himalayan wildlife life pheasant and deer, and also more and more beautiful views of Ama Dablam and other big snow peaks. Today the trail joins the old (still used) Everest expedition trail. Afternoon trek goes up up up through thick evergreen forest to the famous Tengboche Monastery. This monastery is run by a famous Sherpa lama. Tengboche is a major center of Sherpa culture revival. From Tengboche monastery courtyard, we can see sun set and sun rise over Everest.

Day 07: Trekking to Dingboche -- This morning rise early going to Dingboche. At the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic in Pheriche we will listen carefully to the clinic doctor speak about high altitude sickness. Trail is beautiful and famous. Juniper trees smell is nice Passing through Pangboche Village with famous Yeti Skull which used to be kept in the gompa. Pangboche is the original Sherpa settlement in Khumbu, and Pangboche Gompa is the original gompa established by Lama Dorje, who guided the Sherpas from Kham into Khumbu. Sherpas first entered Khumbu from Kham about 400 years ago.

Day 08: Trekking to Lobuche - Another early-morning start time that we need in the high altitudes. Big trees are gone now. Only small bushes and rough grass. Look at the huge Himalayan mountains all around you! See Tawo-che, Chola-Tse, Lobu-che, Pumori, Chomo-lungma (Everest), Lho-tse Shar, Nup-tse, Ama Dablam and other amazing peaks. Be sure you bring best film.

Day 09: Trekking to Kala-pathar and then Lobuche Trek up Kala-pather (Kala means black and Pathar means rock) (19000 ft)l to get the most excellent view of Chomolungma (Mt. Everest) especially seeing Khumbu Glacier Valley.

Day 10: Trekking to Chhukung -- Today going mainly down so easier. Toward end of day we go a little uphill approaching Chhukung. Looking at the big peaks from a different angle going towards Imja-Tse (Island Peak).

Day 11: Trekking to Imja-Tse Base Camp -- (16,000 ft) -- Walking up to base camp today you can get many very fine photos from many interesting angles. It is nice to see where we are going! Tonight please to eat well and drink well because tomorrow we push for summit.

Day 12: Trekking to Imja-Tse High Camp--- (18,500 ft/5,600m) -- This path starts sandy, then grassy, then filled with boulders. You will be happy to have lots of liquids in your body. Today after we get to the high camp we will do some climbing practice

Day 13: Island Peak Ascent (6,189m/20,305ft) -- First thing today is climbing up rock gully - but this is really just scrambling. Following a ridge line, we make traverse onto nose of glacier. Rope up because of crevasses then cross snow- ice slope at about 45º angle where guides make fixed rope. From here follow summit ridge to top. Very pretty view and you will feel good at top! Then we go down.

Day 14: Trekking to Tengboche -- Trek back to Tengboche monastery. Nice trail view going back, we meet again Khumbu Sherpa folks..

Day 15: Trekking Tengboche to Nauje -- Today, we get up early to catch the sun rise over the towering peaks. From here, we can view Chomolungma, Nuptse, Lhotse Shar, Ama Dablam, Kangteiga, Thamserku, Kwangde, Khumbila, Tawoche and all the Celebrity Names :)

Day 16: Trekking back to Lukla. Plenty of interesting people to meet and talk with in Lukla. Ask your Sherpa guide if any of his relatives operate a shop, hotel, or restaurant in Lukla. Maybe he can introduce you to a special place.

Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu air-flight

Planning Note: Please allow at least one extra day in Kathmandu before the trek for issuing climbing permit AND at least one extra day in Kathmandu after the trek, in case of trail event or flight delay.

Kalapathar-Island Peak trekking price includes, per person:
· Kathmandu airport transfers
· A day sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with guide.
· Accommodation at local lodges
· Three Meals a day (B,L,D) at local lodges
· Camping and kitchen supplies for three days at climbing camp
· Services of climbing guide and porter.
· Equipment allowance for climbing guide
· Insurance for all the trekking staff
· National Park fee
· Peak climbing permit fee.

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