Island peak climbing
Island Peak climbing is the most popular climbing peak in Nepal. Its was first named Island Peak by a group of mountaineers led by Eric Shipton in 1952. At the time it did not have an official name and the group noticed that it looked like an Island in a sea of ice as you look at it from the nearby village of Dingboche (4410m). The usual method of climbing Island Peak is to do it on the way back from Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar to help with acclimatisation.
You can rest in the village of Dingboche before taking a half day walk to Chukhung (4900m). In Chukhung we stock up with any food or equipment that we need for the climb, then move on to base camp. From base camp we have the option of either moving on to high camp for another night or pressing on to the summit. This will depend on several factors. How acclimatised everyone feels, and of course, our old friend the weather. We always make sure that we leave extra days to make sure that we have the highest possible chance to make a safe and successful summit.
Diffculties and Safety
Climbing to Island peak is not an easy thing with lots of uphill, downhill and high altitude. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain make sure you have enough walking and climbing experience to enjoy the trek and climb. Most of the days include 4-7 hours walking. Altitude can be the problem too, so drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness.
Your safety is one of our major concern. Your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Accommodation & Food details
We will provide tourist standard accommodations in Kathmandu and this is possible to upgrade in your choice. All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.
During Island Peak Climbing, we will provide tents accomodation and authentic Nepalese food (Dal Bhat) as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). 3 main course meals will be provided during trekking and only breakfast is included while you are in Kathmandu and.
Best Time To VisitAutumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons to do Island Peak Climbing. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests and there chance to get snow too. Climbing in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer climbing could be a boon for a keen botanist.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.
We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.