About Island Peak Climbing in Spring and Autumn
Island peak climbing (Imja Tse Peak ) in Nepal is one of the most popular adventure sports in the Everest region. The Island Peak with a total elevation of 6,183masl is popularly known as Imja Tse peak and, is a part of Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), the world’s fourth and the third highest mountains in Nepal.
Island Peak stands up to the north of Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Buruntse (6,770 m), Amphu Lapcha (5,245 m) and Ama Dablam (6,856 m) lie to the south. The Island peak ascent for many travelers is the beginning of the climbing in the lofty Himalayas. Be prepared for the summit of the highest mountains primarily above 8,000 meters. For many travelers, it is a course of acclimatizing before heading to the summit of the higher mountains, the fact is self-explanatory.
The 20 days climb to Island peak in Nepal is paired with trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar with Outfitter Nepal! The peak was renamed Imja Tse by the government authority of Nepal in 1983, after Eric Earle Shipton, a British, saw views of this peak resembling an island in a sea of ice from Dingboche. The peak was first climbed by a British team in 1953 in the course of making a summit to Mt. Everest, Tenjing Norgay Sherpa was one of the team members during the expedition.
The Island peak is located near the Chukung glacier, primarily between the Ama Dablam and Mt. Lhotse ranges. It is the most popular and sought-after peak among many people seeking a wild adventure. According to statistics, approximately 300 groups attempt to summit Island Peak each year. At a 45-degree angle, you'll come across the massive rocks and ice wall, which leads to the small summit ridge and offers spectacular views of the white Himalayas in the region. Similarly, when on an Island peak climbing trip, you can visit a pristine Sherpa hamlet, and tranquil monasteries, and learn about their unique culture, customs, and amazing food, as well as discover the various biodiversity.
The peak climbing starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trekking through Phakding to Namche Bazaar, then Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and finally reaching Everest base camp. Island Peak climb continues further by returning trek to Thukla and then to Dingboche. The trek to Island base camp via Chhukum and finally reach to Island Summit and then retrace back to the base camp and after having excursion all around the peak, you also retrace to Pangboche and then Namche and the finally get back to Lukla via Phakding and then fly back to Kathmandu.
Island Peak climbing with Everest Base camp Trek for 20-days is available online for booking at Outfitter Nepal! We have an itinerary to climb the Island peak that includes arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu! It includes a whole list of varied adventures that will, with no doubt give you the real taste of calm alongside adventure! We offer group and private departure to Island peak, find the list of the dates that are open for booking and do let us know if you want private group departure or given dates are not suitable for you and need another date. We are ready to depart the Island peak on any date.
The Specialty of Island Peak Climb
If you've ever climbed Kilimanjaro, you've probably wondered what it's like to reach 6000 meters. At 5,895 meters, Kilimanjaro is a five-thousander. Island Peak, at 6,189 meters above sea level, is popular among beginners and serves as a warm-up for higher peaks such as Everest. It takes minimal technique and can be climbed by anyone who is reasonably fit, despite its physical demands. Of course, it isn't as simple as that. It requires a thorough crash course in high-altitude mountaineering, but with the right guide, you may accomplish something truly remarkable.
Combining Island Peak with Everest Base Camp
Combining an Island Peak ascent with a trek in the Everest region is the best way to acclimate to the climb. An ascent of Island Peak is best prepared by trekking to Everest Base Camp. This provides for adequate acclimatization while allowing you to stay longer in Khumbu. After a short flight to Lukla, a usual trek begins. The paths will take you to Phakding, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Sagarmatha National Park) in the Dudh Koshi's lush valley, and then to Namche Bazaar, where we will stay two nights for acclimatization. The trip continues from Tengboche to Pheriche and Lobuche, passing through culturally rich Sherpa communities with chortens, Mani walls, museums, and spectacular vistas of the Himalayas.
You will explore the Everest Base Camp and hike to Kala Patthar before reaching the anticipated Island Peak. Hikers flock to Kala Patthar because they can see the complete sunrise or sunset over Mount Everest. Finally, we hike to Island Peak's Base Camp and climb to the summit. A 360-degree panoramic vista of mountains such as Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Makalu rewards the effort. From there, we climb up and down till our thrilling Everest Base Camp adventure with Island Peak Trekking comes to a close in Kathmandu.
The overall trekking and Island peak ascent lasts for around 20 days, but the views and reaching the ultimate destination is worth all the hope!
Here are some highlights of what you get to explore on your Island Peak Adventure!
Start your Adventure with a Daring Flight to Lukla
Lukla, the starting point of the Island Peak ascent, is only 35 minutes away by plane. It takes a lot of fortitude to stay on the short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It will be a breathtakingly gorgeous and thrilling flight. The absolutely spectacular flight is one of the best pleasures of the Island peak experience. What is it about this flight that makes it so thrilling?
It is, in fact, Lukla Airport's landing strip. It features one of the world's shortest runways at 525 meters (1,729 feet) and one of the world's highest airports at 9,334 meters (2,845 m). When you take into account the runway's steepness, which dangles off the side of a mountain, you arrive at a destination that’s bound to give you an adrenaline rush!
Wilderness in the UNESCO Enlisted World Heritage Site
The trail to EBC and Island Peak travels through Sagarmatha National Park, which offers a diverse range of climate zones and vegetation. From Monjo onwards, you drive through Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. This park is also a World Natural Heritage Site. The route includes several ascents and descents, as well as crossing several streams and dense woodlands. Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Kangtaiga, and Gyachyung Kang can all be viewed during your journey to the Everest Region.
Namche Bazaar, the Mystical Village you must Have Heard about
The Island Peak route passes through Namche Bazaar, which is a significant stopover. If you wish to discover Nepal's Himalayan region and mountains, this is the place to be in! Along the trails from Monjo to Namche Bazaar, you can see the first glimpse of Everest! At 3,500 meters above sea level, Namche Bazaar serves as the starting point for treks to Everest and other Himalayan peaks. It's a lively market town that sells everything from trekking and climbing gear to Tibetan souvenirs.
The Everest region's gateway is the gorgeous Namche. It also serves as a memorial to previous climbing expeditions, as well as providing information on Sherpa culture and way of life. Namche is well-known for its yak cheese and butter. Nestled on the side of an arch-shaped mountain with panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks from all locations in the valley, Namche was formerly an important trading centre in the Khumbu region. Namche is a highlight of the Everest trekking adventure! To adapt, trekkers frequently stay here for several days. It goes without saying that your trip to Namche will be memorable!!
Experience Spirituality on your way to Tengboche Monastery
The Tengboche Monastery is the main attraction for trekkers, mountaineers, and everyone else along the Everest trekking route. This historic monastery, which is also a significant religious holy site in Khumbu, offers spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam and the surrounding Himalayas. Guru Rinpoche blesses all the pilgrims and guests who enter this sacred location.
The Tengboche monastery was built in 1961, but it got destroyed by the 1934 earthquake. In the same year, the monastery was renovated again. The monastery, however, was completely destroyed by fire in 1989 and had to be rebuilt. Despite these tragedies, the Tengboche monastery is the oldest and largest in the Khumbu region.
Make it to Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp is located at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier, surrounded by some of the world's most famous peaks! The base camp is a must-see for climbers from all over the world! Thousands of trekkers visit the camp and other Nepalese circuits each year but never attempt to summit the peaks. The base camp for Mt. Everest is situated at the foot of the world's highest mountain (8,848 m). In and of itself, reaching Everest Base Camp is a great achievement. Everest Base Camp offers stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains and glaciers.
Witness the Sherpa's Unparalleled Cultural Heritage
Sherpas are among the uniquely cultural Nepali Indigenous group. Sherpas have earned news for delivering clients to the summit of Mount Everest, one of the world's most perilous destinations. The Everest region was extremely remote until adventure trekking was introduced.
Get to know the true Sherpa culture en route to Island Peak Ascent!
Kala Patthar and Much Clearer Views of the Everest
Kala Patthar is a fantastic vantage point for seeing Mount Everest's face, which is not visible from the base camp! Kala Patthar, a mountain crest that you can visit before reaching Everest Base Camp, is a short hike from Gorakshep.
One of the most beautiful views in the world is of Everest and Ama Dablam. Similarly, as the light rays reach the summit, the sunrise vista of the Everest peaks is stunning! Thus, Kala Patthar is considered the best Everest viewing location.
Island Peak Climbing Cost
The Outfitter Nepal’s Island peak ascent package which also covers Everest Base Camp ranges between US$ 1800 and US$ 2600. For a group of 7 to 12 people, the cost of the peak climbing goes to be around US$ 1800, while, for a group of 2 to 6, it costs around US$ 2200. If you are a solo trekker, the cost goes around to be US$ 2600 for our standard Island Peak Climbing Package.
The package can be customized according to your convenience. If you want to add in better accommodation and other amenities, the overall cost will alter, however, it can be managed. Likewise, if you want to add more side trails to your itinerary, we are thrilled to help you with that as well!
Island Peak Grade
Island Peak climbing grade is PD+ (Per Difficulty) based on the French and Swiss Alpine Climb Classification System. It is used worldwide on this alpine style of day climb which grades Island Peak as a straightforward ascent to the summit with some technical effort required where all climbers must be properly equipped.
Seasons of Island Peak Climbing
What needs to be noted is that each trekking season has its excitement and environment for climbers, but if you want to be certain of the weather conditions during your journey, stick to the high season. Island Peak can also be climbed in the winter, but you'll need to update your packing list and be prepared for temperatures well below -15 degrees Celsius.
Island Peak Climbing in Autumn 2023/2024
The best time to visit the peak is between September and October when the weather is at its most delightful. During the season, it is neither blistering hot nor freezing cold, giving it the optimum time to scramble the top. Autumn hikers have an easier time negotiating the trail because there are fewer barriers.
Climbing Island Peak in the autumn provides trekkers with an unforgettable experience and breathtaking vistas. The journey is made more interesting by the cold breeze and the brilliant fall foliage in the background, as well as the sound of birds chirping.
It's also the best time to enjoy the views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku, as well as other lofty snow peaks. You can witness sheer glaciers, huge natural vistas, and vibrant valleys from afar. Climbing Island Peak in the autumn provides hikers with an unforgettable experience and breathtaking vistas. The journey is made more interesting by the cold breeze and the brilliant fall foliage in the background, as well as the sound of birds chirping.
Weather and Temperature during Autumn (September, October and November)
Autumn is a fantastic season to visit the Everest region and navigate the trek while taking in the breathtaking scenery. The season clears the skies for hikers after the burning heat of summer and heavy rain. Even after several hours, the courses are simply damp and simple to walk.
In autumn, there is no danger of landslides, floods, snowstorms, blizzards, or any other unforeseen disaster. Snow-capped mountains, vivid forests, brilliant valleys, and magnificent landforms are all part of the season's scenery.
Island Peak Climb in September 2023/2024
Autumn officially begins in Nepal in September, though it arrives a little earlier in the Himalayas. This may be why there are fewer people at the start of the month. However, as time passes, the trail fills up with tourists who are enjoying the pleasant weather while attempting to reach the summit.
In September, the temperature drops, but tourists can still feel the warmth in the air. The lower hills have a summery feel to them, but the upper elevations are still cold and windy. Trekkers can enjoy a beautiful vista with nearby hills and mountains in the frame as the fall foliage begins to creep in.
Temperatures range from 0 to 15 degrees Celsius on average, with the nights being frigid. However, as days are bright and sunny, you'll get a few sightings of Ama Dablam and Makalu. Trekkers may be soaked in the rain at times, especially in early September. Thus, even during Island Peak Climbing in September, they'll have to be cautious.
Island Peak Climb in October 2023/2024
Climbers are encouraged to visit Island Peak in October because of the favorable weather. The weather is kind to hikers and even makes it possible for them to reach the peak without difficulty. As a result, Island Peak Climbing in October is spectacular, and there are fewer difficulties.
The month isn't very hot, and the temperature rise is a warm-up for the upcoming damp and sticky winter. The days are bright and sunny, boosting visibility, while the nights and mornings are cool and breezy.
Autumn is in full bloom in October, with vibrant colors such as orange and crimson tinting the leaves. The leaves begin to fall on the trail as the months progress, making the woodland even more naturally lovely. During their trek to the sanctuary, hikers come across wild species such as musk deer and Himalayan Tahr. Large numbers and trekkers make the paths and teahouses significantly noisier in October.
In October, the itinerary is jam-packed with cultural and religious activities. In October, visitors trekking the mountain can join the residents in their celebrations and festivities. You will be able to gain an understanding of the region's rich and diverse culture.
Island Peak in November 2023/2024
November is the start of the winter season, therefore the weather is a little gloomy and drab. Although it is not as warm and cozy as October, climbers can still enjoy the sunshine during the day. From the beginning of the month, the weather begins to cool, but substantial snowfall is doubtful.
The weather in November is still unpredictable and trekkers should stay up to date on the weather prediction to avoid any unpleasant surprises. After the sun sets, it gets chilly, although the days are still warm, with temperatures reaching 12 degrees Celsius.
The low temperature, on the other hand, is beneficial to the climbers. You can take advantage of the milder weather by ascending the trail at a more leisurely pace. After the mid-season, the foliage on the trees begins to fade, so the vistas may not be as beautiful as they were in October. You can still take in the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains such as Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Due to the overcast weather, you may have some difficulty catching a glimpse of Mt. Everest.
Late autumn can be bitterly chilly, and towards the end of the month, trekkers should expect a thin dusting of snow. The temperature on the peak might plummet below -10 degrees Celsius, and powerful winds can make mountaineers' lives harder. It's time to bundle up in thick clothing because the weather can be chilly at times, especially at higher elevations. Crampons will come in handy when exploring the trails at Ngozumpa Glacier.
Island Peak Climbing in Spring 2023/2024
The season is excellent for climbing Island peak because it has the least amount of precipitation and the gentlest weather. The weather is beautiful at this time of year, with mild temperatures and bright, sunny days. The typical daytime temperature in spring is 15 to 17 degrees Celsius, with nighttime temperatures as low as -8 degrees Celsius.
At the start of the season, there's a blast of cool air accompanied by a light snowfall. As time passes, things improve. By the end of March, the winter's lingering effects will have faded, and visitors will be able to enjoy brilliant sunny days once more. During the spring, travelers are likely to notice a drastic change in the weather. The weather is often cold at the start of the season, but by the end of spring, the temperature has risen substantially.
Island Peak Climbing in March 2023/2024
March is an excellent month to visit the mountains. It features pleasant weather, peaceful routes, and beautiful scenery. The courses are less crowded in the month due to the post-winter temperature. In the first couple of weeks of the month, the Island peak is bitterly chilly.
Only at the end of the month is the climber able to enjoy the weather. From here on out, the weather becomes more consistent, with temperatures reaching highs of 17 degrees Celsius. Following the lowest temperature of -15 degrees Celsius, the nights are cooler and more humid across the region.
Mornings are bright and sunny, while afternoons are cold and windy. In the evenings, the weather in Island peak is frequently frigid, with temperatures ranging from -7 to -14 degrees Celsius. The trekkers might even encounter snowstorms throughout the night, so they should plan for the journey.
In March, the weather might be snowy at higher elevations. It can even be subarctic at times, yet trekkers can enjoy the springtime vitality and attitude. Climbers are less likely to encounter snow-related challenges on the journey, but because it is shoulder season, they may need to plan for lodging and food.
Island Peak Climbing in April 2023/2024
April is the first month of spring, with warm days and cold nights. At Island peak in April, the weather changes swiftly. It gets much warmer and sunny in April than in March. Beautiful mornings with a nice breeze and bright sunshine tend to enhance tourists' days.
Spring days in April are mostly sunny, with temperatures gradually rising. Evenings and evenings are cool, although not as cold as in March. The weather at Island peak is pleasant during the day, with temperatures ranging from 0 to 15 degrees Celsius.
In April, the weather is pleasant, making trekking simpler for climbers. It gets warmer at the end of the month than it does at the start. As the season progresses, the trail will get more crowded, and visitors may not have the entire trail to themselves. On the plus side, the month also brings pleasant weather with bright sunshine all day. April ensures that the cold winter days are long gone, allowing climbers to enjoy cool and pleasant weather.
Climbing Island peak's icy ridge and glacier in April become surprisingly less challenging. Trekkers won't get frostbite or freeze their skin because the trails aren't completely covered in snow. You can easily reach the summit with the help of a trek leader and a few technical skills.
Island Peak Climbing in May 2023/2024
The temperature in May is slightly hotter than in the previous months. The temperature rapidly rises, reaching temperatures of up to 15 degrees Celsius and higher. The temperature is warmer at lower elevations, although it is still below 0 degrees Celsius at the summit.
The temperature becomes increasingly heated as the month progresses toward summer. As the month progresses, the days become warmer, but tourists should not expect full-fledged summer weather. The weather is mild and pleasant at the beginning of the month.
With temperatures progressively rising, the humidity level is quite high this month. The weather appears to be balanced and normal for the most part, with warm mornings and slightly crisp evenings. The temperature fluctuations in high terrains are easy to notice, especially when frigid nights are replaced by warm air. May is also a popular month for travelers. It attracts a large number of travelers who want to climb the mountain during the peak trekking season. The trail is a zoo, with pedestrians wandering back and forth up and down the mountain.
In comparison to other spring months, trekking the Island peak in May is less difficult. The weather is pleasant at this time of year, so climbers won't have to push themselves to reach the summit. You must, however, devote sufficient time to training and maintaining physical fitness.
Peak Climbing during Monsoon (June-August) and Winter (December-February)
The ascent to the Island peak is possible at any time of the year. However, the trip to the Island peak is especially more strenuous during monsoon and winter. It is difficult during monsoon because of the erratic weather pattern, and continuous rainfall and the trail gets extremely muddy. However, it is not impossible. Here at Outfitter Nepal, we have had guests who have climbed the Island peak even during the harsh monsoons of June and July. Although, you might as well have to carry extra gears for your safety on the slippery slope.
Similarly, it will be exceedingly cold during the winter. You'll need to bring extra clothing with you to keep warm. On top of that, the snow on the trail is at its heaviest in the winter. With many inches of snow piling up and occasionally obstructing the trail, it will become much more difficult. The weather is also particularly nasty and difficult! Thus, with our experience in the peak climbing sector, we believe, spring and autumn are the best options for your peak climbing adventure!
Safety during Island Peak Climb
On Island peak, you are not as exposed as you are on Mount Everest and similar peaks. The few Island peak expeditions that have been recorded, on the other hand, were caused by altitude sickness. You can also learn how to avoid altitude sickness, the most common source of problems in the Himalayas.
At Outfitter Nepal, we place the highest priority on safety. Thus, when it comes to keeping the cost of our climbs and treks cheap, this is one area where we simply do not cut corners. Trekking businesses and guides are chosen for their technical expertise, demonstrated safety performance, flawless judgment, courteous demeanor, and ability to deliver valuable and professional information. They're also quite professional and well-versed in first aid and personal safety equipment. All guided treks and excursions to Everest Base Camp and Island peak come equipped with first aid kits.
It's okay to not be concerned about crime. In the Everest Region, crime is virtually non-existent.
Permits for Island Peak Climbing
The following permits are required for trekking to Everest Base Camp and climbing Island Peak:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): NRS 2000 or US$ 17 per person
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: US$ 30 + tax per person
Island Peak Climbing Permit: The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) classifies Island peak as a Group B climbing peak that requires both a climbing and trekking permit. The cost of a climbing permit varies from US$ 70 to US$ 250 per person depending on the season and is provided by the NMA, whereas a Local Area Permit for trekking is US$ 20
Training for Island Peak Climb
It will be difficult to prepare your legs for greater elevations if you do not reside in the Himalayas. It doesn't get much higher than Nepal, after all. This is why we must be upfront: Unless you have previously trekked at a higher altitude, becoming fully prepared for your expedition will be challenging. If that seems frightening, rest assured that you do not need to be 100 per cent prepared.
Island peak is a climbing and trekking expedition. It's recommended that you take it easy. When it comes to preventing altitude sickness while hiking in Nepal, the rule of thumb is to take it easy. It makes no difference how fit you are; once you're out on the trails, you must go at your own pace. Of course, the more fit you are, the more you will be able to enjoy your vacation. Get in shape!
Rehearsing is a good way to get the swing of what you're doing. Climbing is the finest climbing practice. We assume you appreciate hiking because you are interested in a multi-day trekking adventure. Awesome, keep it up! If you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by hills or even mountains, now is the time to appreciate them even more. When? If you're new to this, we recommend starting your trek a full year in advance, essentially climbing for 60 minutes (or two) for seven days.
You'll have an excellent opportunity to enhance your power once you've gotten the hang of it, which should take about three weeks. Carry a ten- to fifteen-pound pack and schedule a three-hour hike into your week. If this style of life is different from yours, you will get the benefits of this moderate exercise in no time.
Food and Accommodation during the Island Peak Ascent
Climbing in high altitudes requires a lot of energy, carbs and proteins! Local cuisine and delicacies are significantly more hygienic, thus we encourage people to eat them. Frozen snacks that take days to get reach the trails are not the best option.
We recommend Dal Bhat, a Nepalese dish that supplies your body with necessary carbohydrates and protein. The lentils, beans, and pulses soup contain a lot of protein. Another popular cuisine is syakpa, often known as Sherpa stew. Seasonal veggies will be served in the tea houses, supplying critical nutrients to your body. High-fiber grains including buckwheat, millet, and barley are also nutritionally dense. Noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, pizza, lasagna, a variety of curry meals, and fried rice are just a few of the cuisines available.
We can also help you discover a high-end hotel and teahouse that fits your budget. During the Island Peak ascent luxury and premium hotels and lodges, as well as budget hotels and lodges, are available wherever possible. Comfortable mattresses with cushions, electric blankets, hot and cold showers, free Wi-Fi, and other options are provided in the rooms. The rooms are often tiny yet cozy, and two guests frequently share them. The room includes a mattress, blanket, and pillow, among other things. We can provide separate rooms for you if you're traveling alone.
Difficulty during the Island Peak Climbing
The Island peak climb is rated to be very strenuous. On a daily basis, the trek takes about 4 to 6 hours and includes hills and difficult terrain. Another hurdle is passing across glaciers, rivers, rocky terrain, and mountain passes. On the summit day, you'll have to climb for 12 to 13 hours and cover a distance of roughly 10 kilometers. The weight of your heavy winter apparel, as well as the 7 to 10kg of your bag, adds to the difficulty. These are some of the reasons why summiting Island Peak requires physical fitness.
It is especially suitable for those trekking enthusiasts who want to start their mountain climbing experience. It will be reasonably easy for experienced hikers with a high degree of fitness. Even if you have no prior climbing expertise, you must be confident when trekking at high altitudes. Basic mountaineering abilities are desirable but not required because the team will provide pre-climb instruction. If you have a pre-existing heart or lung condition, or if you have knee weakness, you should first consult your doctor to see if you can achieve the climb.
Altitude Sickness during the Climb
The Nepalese Himalayan is exceptionally high in elevation. With eight of the world's highest peaks exceeding 8000 meters, including Everest, the height for climbing and expeditions may be too high for novices and intermediate climbers. However, if taken casually, the abrupt shift in altitude could be problematic.
The amount of oxygen available reduces as altitude rises. Furthermore, the quick rise in temperature may cause altitude sickness in some people. Vomiting, fainting, nausea, and headache are some of the early symptoms that trekkers may experience. It can happen to anyone, regardless of their degree of fitness. Thus, it is preferable to adapt and travel at a relaxed pace.
Essential Equipment List for Island Peak Ascent
This is the list you particularly require for the Island Peak Ascent.
- Hand Wears: Gloves and Hand warmers
- Footwear: Trekking Shoes, Altitude Liner, Woolen socks, Trekking Socks
- Personal Equipment: Trekking Backpacks, Toiletry Bags, Gears
- Climbing Gears: Ice Ax, Climbing Harness, Crampons, Karabiners, Belay Device, Ascender
- Mountaineering Boots and Helmet
- Ice Crews