Island Peak

Island Peak


From £3,195
Altitude 6,189m Grade: 2B

Island Peak is a great first Himalayan mountaineering experience to over 6000m.

Island Peak is a compact expedition for those who want to attempt a classic Himalayan peak in just over two weeks without going to Everest Base Camp. Previous use of crampons is essential as we will not have time to provide instruction. We follow the main Everest trail through the many tiny villages with their Buddhist monasteries and unique mountain culture. The views grow more spectacular as we progress up the Dudh Kosi River to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region and then up through Thyangboche where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest and Lhotse before we finally branch off to Island Peak. The summit day of Island Peak involves a comfortable scramble, an intriguing rock ridge and then onto a wonderful glacier. Onwards, a steep snow headwall leads to a classic summit ridge. From here you are afforded fabulous views of many Himalayan giants, including the immense face of Lhotse, the elegant pyramid of Ama Dablam, the ragged summit of Nuptse and beyond to Baruntse and Makalu.

Why climb with Adventure Peaks

  • Use of a high camp at 5,500m reducing summit day to an attainable ascent (most teams reduce costs by going from BC)
  • British Expedition Leader for groups of +4 (local English Speaking Leader for less)
  • No load carrying
  • 2 days set aside for a summit attempt
  • All permit fees included in the price
  • 15% discount off the RRP on equipment and clothing purchased at the Adventure Peaks shop and online

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* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.

Extras

Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

ItemPriceDays
Everest from the Air £270
Chitwan Safari at Tigerland Resort (+4 days) £525+4 days
Chitwan Safari at Parkland Resort (+4 days) £425+4 days
Pokalde pre-extension £575+3 days

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader.
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies
  • Communication equipment (each member on a Grade 3B or above are normally provided with a radio whilst on the mountain and the team is often supported with a Satellite Telephone and e-mail facilities on extended expeditions at Base Camp).
  • 90 - 120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Travel to and from UK airport (unless otherwise specified).
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early or you leaving an expedition early
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances including the cost of extra nights accommodation, and if required the helicopter cost to and from Lukla
    (including a share of the leaders cost)

Itinerary

Day 1

International flights.

Day 2

Arrive in Kathmandu early evening.  Transfer to hotel close to the famous, bustling Thamel district of Kathmandu (H,B)

Day 3

Fly to Lukla (2800m) before a gentle walk to Phakding (2610m).  A spectacular short internal flight takes us to this tiny airstrip town and the gateway to the Sherpa Kingdom.  After lunch we can do the short walk along the typically stony path that descends from the forested terraces of Lukla.  This takes us right into the Dudh Kosi valley and the brightly painted lodges of Phakding.  From here there are stunning views of Kusum Kanguru’s North Face (6367m). (T,B,L,D)

Day 4

Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m).  We trek into the Sherpa capital and heart of the Khumbu.  You will now be becoming familiar with local protocol for passing chortens, mani stones, yaks, spinning prayer wheels etc and enjoying the hustle and bustle of trekking and everyday life that exists on the ‘Everest Trail’.  At Monjo we enter Sagarmartha National Park and can visit the small visitor centre there.  Four hours duration.  (T,B,L,D)

Day 5

Acclimatisation/Rest Day in Namche Bazaar.  It is important to have a couple of nights and a rest day in Namche before proceeding any higher.  You can spend the day taking short walks up to Thami or Khumjung, visiting the Everest, Ama Dablam and Pumori viewpoints or just relaxing and exploring the narrow streets of this busy Sherpa capital. (T,B,L,D)

Day 6

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3900m) or to Deboche (3820m).  Heading north east up the side of the Dudh Kosi, we climb steeply out of Namche, turn the corner and we are immediately presented with superb views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Tengboche and its stunning monastery are located on the obvious spur below Thamseku but it requires a steep descent to the river and a long steady pull back up. Five hours duration. (T,B,L,D)

Day 7

Tengboche/Deboche to Dingboche (4358m).  A good day walking through beautiful rhododendron trees that gradually takes us back to the river and into Pangboche, a great viewpoint for Ama Dablam.  On leaving the village we turn up the Imja valley to reach the lovely and picturesque village of Dingboche.  Seven hours duration. (T,B,L,D)

Day 8

Acclimatisation/Rest day at Dingboche.  An acclimatisation day spent absorbing the views around camp and relaxing.  Optional short trek to Pheriche and its hospital run by the Himalayan Rescue Association.  They run regular and informative talks on acclimatisation and high altitude medicine. (T,B,L,D)

Day 9

Dingboche to Chukung. Today is dominated by the view of Island Peak at the head of the valley and by the ever changing vista of Ama Dablam’s northern aspect to your right. Ascent of Chukung Ri.  The small village of Chukung is hidden in the moraine of the Lhotse & Nuptse glaciers until just before you arrive.  (T,B,L,D)

Day 10

Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp.  Another easy day brings you to the narrow base camp below the south ridge of Island Peak. (C,B,L,D)

Day 11

Acclimatisation, move to High Camp or Summit day. An early start from Base Camp (or high camp) should see us scrambling up onto the glacier as the sun rises. An obvious route weaves its way through the crevasses until a steep climb on fixed lines leads to the awe-inspiring summit ridge with it’s views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and Baruntse. (C,B,L,D). Descend to Chhukhang or Pangboche.

Day 12

Spare Summit day

Day 13

Descend to Pangboche.or  Namche (T,B,L,D)

Day 14

Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. (T,B,L,D)

Day 15

Namche Bazaar to Lukla. (T,B,L,D)

Day 16

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.  Back to the comforts of our hotel in Thamel and the enjoyable hustle and bustle.  This is a good time to buy souvenirs and try your hand at haggling with the local shopkeepers.  Time to celebrate. (H,B). Possible evening flight.

Day 17

If not flown yesterday, return flight from Kathmandu, some flights arriving back next day.

Kit

Island Peak kit list

This is not a definitive list and is designed to be used in conjunction with our kit list we will send to you in your dossier. We also have many alternatives for both Men and Women so if you have any questions please do get in touch

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Client discount

Adventure Peaks provides 15% discount off any equipment purchased online or from our Ambleside shop if you have booked (and paid a deposit) on one of our expeditions or courses*.

We offer our equipment hire service to both clients and non-clients, although Adventure Peaks clients receive a further discount.

*Excludes books/maps and electrical equipment.


Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services.  Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue:
https://partner.globalrescue.com/adventurepeaks/



We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

Reviews

Gavin · 4 years ago ·

Highlight was summit day. Leaving from high camp, where others go from base camp, was an advantage as this got us ahead of the other climbers. View from the top were stunning.

Bob · 6 years ago ·

The trip was great, just what I thought it would be up till I got ill... Even then I stayed positive, life is an adventure and you take the rough with the smooth and try to enjoy it then there is no disappointment, just a great adventure to talk about!

Alistair G · 8 years ago ·

Thanks for organising such a wonderful expedition. I will be honest and say I was quite unsure of what to expect, but it surpassed all my expectations. Zack and the local guys deserve a massive pat on the back for doing such as simply excellent job. Please ensure they get the recognition and praise they deserve. I would use adventure peaks again it was the first one I found on the Internet and the website is easy-to-use and had a good overview.

Anonymous · 9 years ago ·

The entire trip was an amazing experience even though I didn't make it to the summit. The local agent was very helpful in organising the helicopter and looking after me and my husband when we returned to Kathmandu. Your guide was brilliant, very knowledgeable.

Fred · 10 years ago ·

Zack is an outstanding group leader combining experience, technical ability and group interpersonal skills to a very high standard indeed. I rate him as excellent. I appreciate Zacks efforts to get me a single room in the teahouse which worked every night except one. Similarly the he went beyond the call of duty to attend to the injury I sustained on the headwall.


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