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Island Peak Climbing is a favorite choice among novice climbers who wish to start their climbing adventures with technical peaks and progress to challenging climbs of higher altitudes. Island Peak is also popularly called Imja Tse by the locals and mountaineering community around the world. It was named ‘Island Peak’ primarily due to its striking location. It lies in the heart of the Chukhung valley – like an island on a sea of ice.
Island Peak has a remarkable, highly glaciated west face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier, which is a bit tough to do, yet the brilliant views from the summit are surely a fitting reward for your efforts. Island peak is a demanding climb to its summit above 20,000 feet and needs to be approached with dedication and respect.
Island Peak is an excellent introduction to high altitude mountaineering and can be looked at as a stepping stone to higher peaks. Island Peak is for those who want to explore the Everest Region, and also want more of a challenge and experience real mountaineering. Your Island Peak Climbing adventure begins with a thrilling mountain flight to Lukla, followed by a short trek to Phakding.
Island peak expedition pretty much follows the same classic Everest Base Camp trek route via Namche, Tengboche, and Dingboche. You enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and trek through beautiful rhododendron forests & high suspension bridges draped with bright colorful flags.
Meet the welcoming, friendly locals en route the trail, explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and learn about the beautiful and unique Sherpa culture. The second phase of your Island Peak journey takes you to Chhukung with an optional trek to Chhukung Ri peak and then to Island Peak Base Camp.
Island Peak is a favorite choice among novice climbers who wish to start their climbing adventures with technical peaks and progress to challenging climbs of higher altitudes. Island Peak is also popularly called Imja Tse by the locals and mountaineering community around the world.
It was named ‘Island Peak’ primarily due to its striking location. It lies in the heart of the Chukhung valley – like an island on a sea of ice. Island Peak has a remarkable, highly glaciated west face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier, which is a bit tough to do, yet the brilliant views from the summit are surely a fitting reward for your efforts.
Island peak is a demanding climb to its summit above 20,000 feet and needs to be approached with dedication and respect. Island Peak is an excellent introduction to high altitude mountaineering and can be looked at as a stepping stone to higher peaks. Island Peak is for those who want to explore the Everest Region, and also want more of a challenge and experience real mountaineering.
Your Island Peak Climbing adventure begins with a thrilling mountain flight to Lukla, followed by a short trek to Phakding. Island peak expedition pretty much follows the same classic Everest Base Camp trek route via Namche, Tengboche, and Dingboche.
You enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and trek through beautiful rhododendron forests & high suspension bridges draped with bright colorful flags. Meet the welcoming, friendly locals en route the trail, explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and learn about the beautiful and unique Sherpa culture.
The second phase of your Island Peak journey takes you to Chhukung with an optional trek to Chhukung Ri peak and then to Island Peak Base Camp. After a demanding and strenuous 10 hour climb from the Island peak base camp, it is a gratifying experience at the summit of Island peak with brilliant views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and Baruntse.
If you aren’t quite ready for the Island Peak Climbing yet, our expert team can help you with preparation climbs that can train you for the challenge presented by the Island Peak Climbing. Get in touch with our friendly staff and plan your adventure in the Khumbu region. Visit our Instagram page for latest trip updates.
Packing for Your Next Adventure: Everything You Need to Know for Island Peak Climbing
The key to having a good time in the mountains is to be organized and plan ahead. In addition to all of your training, ensuring that you have the appropriate equipment is an important aspect of preparing for your trip. Choosing the proper equipment will give you an extra comfort and safety boost, so you can be at your best while still enjoying yourself. It’s essential to have the right gear with you to get the most out of your trip. To help you better prepare for the mountain you will be climbing, we have provided a complete packing guide.
Complete Packing List
|HEADWEAR & EYEWEAR||UPPER BODY|
|Sun Cap||Thermal Wear (2)|
|Balaclava||Mid Weight Trek Top (1-2)|
|Fleece Cap||Heavy Weight Trek Top (1)|
|Head Buff||Fleece Jacket (1)|
|Neck Gaiter||Gore-Tex Jacket (1)|
|Sun Glasses (UV Protection)||Down Jacket (1)|
|Glacier Glasses (UV Protection)||Trekking T-Shirts (2-3)|
|LOWER BODY||PERSONAL EQUIPMENT|
|Thermal Wear (2)||Down Sleeping Bag (-20°C for Base Camp)|
|Mid Weight Trek Pants (2-3)||Thermarest Mattress Inflatable|
|Heavy Weight Trek Pants (1)||Headlamp (with Rechargeable Batteries)|
|Gore-Tex Pants (1)||Trekking Pole|
|TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT||HANDS AND FEET|
|Helmet||Fleece Gloves (Thin 2 Pairs)|
|Crampons||Wind Stopper Gloves|
|Ice Axe||Heavy Gloves (Mitten)|
|Harness||Summit Boot (Millet/ Lasportiva/ Kailash)|
|ATC Device (Descender)||Trekking Shoes (1 Pair)|
|Jumar (Ascender)||Trekking Socks (5 Pairs)|
|Carabiner (2-3)||Summit Socks (1 Pair)|
|Prusik Loops||Base Camp Flipflop|
|Rucksack (45 – 55 Ltr)||Valid Passport|
|Day Pack (30 – 40 Ltr)||PP Size Photo (2 Copies)|
|Duffle Bag (Optional)||Insurance Paper|
|Water Proof Stuff Sack||Contact Address|
|MEDICAL||EATING & DRINKING|
|Brufen / Combiflam||Energy Bar / Snacks|
|Crepe Bandage||Spoon / Fork|
|Iodine Tincture||Bowl / Lunch box|
|Lip Balm||Hand Disinfectant|
|Quick Dry Towel||Tooth Brush|
|Poncho / Umbrella||Garbage Bag|
Our training goal is to get you physically and mentally prepared to face Island Peak Climbing with more confidence. The climbing goal will be to perform consistently throughout the adventure. Fitness for mountaineering requires a high overall level of physical conditioning. Both cardiovascular and motor fitness are needed to climb at varying levels of intensity and to navigate challenging terrain, often while carrying a loaded pack and at high altitudes.
Training goals are critically important and allow you to perform better at higher altitudes and enjoy the entire adventure. We suggest that you examine the physical requirements of the climb you are approaching and work on your fitness in different levels. Click here to Learn more about Trip Grades and choose what’s best for you!
Establish a timeline for your training program and focus on specific conditioning for better results. Along with your workouts try and add hikes and climbs in the outdoors whenever possible to get more comfortable with different terrains. Sound fitness gained through a well-guided program is the only best way to ensure a safe and successful adventure.
Mountaineering Fitness and Training
It may also be helpful to break down your training timeline into a number of key phases. These are:
Phase 1 : Base physical fitness
The first phase of getting prepared for your climb is to focus on your base fitness. You should incorporate a fitness routine that focuses on both cardiovascular fitness and motor fitness training. For those who are not used to intense workouts this phase will help you to kickstart your training. Remember that consistency is the first most important factor in achieving any goal. Combine your basic fitness regimes along with running and stair climbing. You are now ready for outdoor adventures.
Phase 2 : Training specific for the climb
Once you have established your base physical fitness, you will need to train specifically for the climb. Depending on the difficulty and intensity of the climb, add advanced workout sessions combined with uphill training. Try and do the same fitness routines with some added loads. Strength training combined with cardiovascular and motor fitness will help with the overall conditioning. This will take your workouts to the next level and help gear up for the mountaineering challenge ahead.
Phase 3 : Outdoor Training
Nothing can replace training in the real outdoors. In the final phase of your training, you should be attempting climbs which are similar to the ones you are approaching. It is great to test your endurance outdoors. This gives you a great edge in preparing for conditions similar to the ones you will encounter during your expedition. It isn’t always possible to find similar terrains close to where you live, but it is best to find a hike as close to the climb as possible. This is the best way to test your climbing gears as well.
Training goals and timeline
Working out for at least 5 days in a week is the best way to get your body physically prepared for the climb ahead. Regular and consistent training always gives the best result and keeps you highly motivated. Make sure that you workout regularly and also give enough time for rest and recovery. Keep it balanced and have a properly planned fitness routine and never overdo exercises to the point of injury. While 2 to 3 months is a good amount of time to train, starting your training earlier allows more time to adjust and prepare.
Click here to learn more about Training for your Upcoming Climb and get ready for the adventure!
|Start Date||End Date||Price||Availability||Book|
|22 Sep, 2023||08 Oct, 2023||$ USD||Guaranteed||Book now|
This was a unique experience, very well organized by the Protrek team. My group aimed to summit the Island Peak, but the larger group we belonged to we had people aiming for others peaks as well as the EBC, which allowed us to get to know lots of fun people and being part of a great team.
After speaking to nearly 10 tour operators, both in the UK and Nepal, I settled on Protrek Adventure for my Everest Base Camp and Island Peak climb in April 2022, and did not regret it at all. The first communications I made with them were answered both promptly, and with all the information I expected and this gave me a feeling I was dealing with a professional and as importantly, a company that cares about my experience too. As this was my first trip to Himalayas, and my first 6000m plus mountain, I had many questions, but all were answered concisely by Dawa at the end of the email.
Then from landing in KTM, to leaving 20 days later the trip was faultless, and the team employed by ProTrek were skilled, experienced and always had the clients interests at heart.
We had trouble with the Lukla flight, and the field director made a special trip to help us arrange/negotiate a helicopter – just one example of the level of customer service shown by ProTrek.
So, to Sandeep the Field Director, Dawa in the office, Viji, Karma the guide, and Laxman our porter – a huge thank you for your level of service, professionalism and for making this the perfect trip.
Mein Projekt war der EBC-Trek mit anschliessender Besteigung des Island Peaks.
Ich habe mich bewusst für einen lokalen Anbieter entschieden, da so oder so klar war, dass die eigentliche Arbeit von Locals umgesetzt werden würde- da erschien es mir nicht sinnvoll, einer westlichen Agentur noch eine „Vermittlungsgebühr“ zu zahlen.
Das ist dann auch der erste Punkt: Preise!
PTA erscheint im Vergleich zu anderen sehr günstig- das freut natürlich den Geldbeutel. Merkt man das negativ? Auf keinen Fall!!
Das Personal/ der Kontakt:
Alle generellen Anfragen wurden bei Instagram schnell und freundlich und umfassend beantwortet. Nachdem es dann konkreter wurde, gab es dazu noch Mailverkehr.
Ca. 10 Tage vor Start der Reise gab es ein langes Telefonat, in dem Platz für alle Fragen war, in dem es viele, gute Hinweise gab und in dem die Packliste noch mal durchgesprochen wurde- in aller Ruhe.
Vor Ort wird man am Flughafen abgeholt und freundlich begrüßt- und dann ins Hôtel gebracht.
Wir hatten etwas Trouble mit dem domestischen Transfer- auch hier hat man sich sofort gekümmert!
Ab Lukla dann waren wir in den zuverlässigen und freundlichen Händen von Karma Sherpa und unserem Porter Laxman Rai. Wir wurden sehr sehr zuvorkommend behandelt, aufmerksam, freundlich und bemüht. Alle gesundheitlichen Punkte wurden regelmäßig abgefragt und kontrolliert. Nachdem wir klar gemacht hatten, dass wir „nicht solche Klienten“ sind, entwickelte sich sogar ein wirklich freundschaftlicher, humoriger Umgang, geprägt von echtem, zwischenmenschlichen Interesse.
Ohne die Leistung der Helfer vor Ort, wären wir „Westler“ gar nicht in der Lage, diese Dinge so zu erleben, wie wir es können…! Vielleicht kommt man noch ohne einen Guide aus, wenn man sich beim 2., 3. oder 4. Besuch dann gut auskennt, aber ohne die Porter, die mühelos das 3-4fache des eigenen Gepäcks tragen und dabei immer noch freundlich und höflich sind- und deutlich schneller als man selber- müsste man sich schon sehr sehr einschränken. Aber auch unser Sherpa/Guide hat uns immer wieder Gewicht abgenommen, bei zig Handgriffen geholfen und uns das Gefühl gegeben, gut aufgehoben zu sein.
Damit man sieht, dass es eben keine Scheinfirma ist, wo man dann am Flughafen ankommt, nachdem man gezahlt hat & plötzlich alleine in Kathmandu steht, wird hier nur eine Anzahlung geleistet. Der Rest wird nach Anreise gezahlt.
Natürlich ist dies kein Luxusurlaub, das sollte jedem klar sein! Dennoch werden die Lodges sehr bewusst ausgesucht, dort wo es möglich ist, wird eine höhere Zimmerkategorie gewählt. Ich war zu jedem Zeitpunkt zufrieden! Das Essen in den Lodges war super, schmackhaft, nahrhaft und immer genug!
Organisation des Treks:
Der gesamte Ablauf ist durchdacht organisiert. Die Höhen-Sprünge sind bewusst gestaltet, es gibt weitere „Hikes“ an den „Ruhetagen“ zur Akklimatisierung, nach denen dann jeweils „tief“ geschlafen wird. Obwohl man sich als Gruppe bewegt, gab es immer die Möglichkeit, sein eigenes Tempo zu wählen, egal ob schneller oder langsamer. Außerdem wurde zu jedem Zeitpunkt respektiert, wenn man einfach eine Weile „für sich selber“ in Bewegung war, mit seinen Gedanken alleine. Die täglichen Strecken sind absolut darstellbar – jeden Abend gut es ein kurzes Briefing für den nächsten Tag. Die Strecken auf dem Abstieg sind etwas länger, jedoch bewegt man sich hier ja überwiegend „bergab“ und ist bereits akklimatisiert und auch gewöhnt, viel zu laufen.
Organisation des Bergsteigens:
Ordentliches, gut organisiertes Basislager, bequeme Umsetzung der Schlafmöglichkeit! Auch hier vollständige und leckere Verpflegung. Der zugebuchte Climbing Sherpa war sehr erfahren, entspannt und dennoch umsichtig. Speziell im Abstieg, sehr erschöpft und etwas angeschlagen, war Phurba Sherpa „überall“, sehr nah an der Person und sehr vorausschauend.
Ich würde jederzeit wieder mit Protrek Adventure auf Tour gehen.
Very pleased with the company went with these guys to Island Peak
Many thanks to Fura Sherpa.
And also Viji, who helped to implement everything at the highest level.
You guys are great 👍🙌
Очень доволен компаний сходил с этими ребятами на Айленд пик
Огромное спасибо шерпу Фура.
А также Виджи, которая помогла все реализовать на высшем уровне.
Ребята вы супер 👍🙌
I booked the Island peak expedition with Protrek adventure, and they customized the itinerary for my buddy and me. They included the Everest base camp too in the plan – which was cool, and the service was extraordinary. Tea houses booked for our stay were top class accommodations, and the food was excellent. Our local guide Phurba Sherpa was very helpful and handled the trip well. I was quite impressed with the camping facilities and the equpiments provided to us. Commendable efforts at such high altitudes. Turned out to be one of the best trips I’ve ever had to Nepal.
Did the Island peak climb with Protrek adventure. Undoubtedly the best company to book high altitude climbs. Their lead guides & sherpas are highly skilled, which made a huge difference in the expedition. Infact they motivated me during the summit push, without which i wouldn’t have made it to the summit. Thanks Phurba and Sandeep, you guys are awesome! Equipment and camp facilities are excellent. Support staff were friendly and helpful. Highly recommend Protrek for trekking and expeditions in Nepal.
I did the EBC trek with Island Peak. From Kathmandu Protrek took complete care of us. They have amazing, knowledgeable guides and support team. Would recommend them to anyone looking to do a trek or peak in Nepal!
Very professional company, provided all the details well in advance. The guide and materials provided are superb which resulted in a successful ascent of Island Peak.
Fast and good service, they provided a super sherpa for us (kancha nuru sherpa) the sherpa had also done everest so more than enough experience. Next time we will definitely book with this organization again! Keep it up!
Snelle en goede service, ze verzorgde een super sherpa voor ons ( kancha nuru sherpa) de sherpa had ook everest gedaan dus meer dan genoeg evaring. De volgende keer boeken we zeker weer bij deze organisatie! Ga zo door!
I went on the Island Peak climb with Protrek last spring and had a great time. For the trip to Nepal, I was travelling with my climbing partner. We had an excellent experience hiking with this fantastic group of people. They were extremely professional, and their expertise was evident in their work. The camping facilities were excellent, as was the food. Even at such high altitudes, our camp staff did an excellent job and served us delicious food. Phurba is a knowledgeable and approachable guide. Thank you for guiding us all the way to the summit. It was a truly special moment at the summit. This was my first high-altitude adventure, as well as my first 6000-meter peak. I’m glad I did it with the best team. Thank you so much guys! See you soon on another incredible adventure.
Best expedition organizing company in Nepal. Logistics and team coordination was extraordinary! Utmost care was given to the safety of trekkers. Experience and local knowledge of the Expedition Leader is highly commendable. Our team had a truly wonderful experience in Lobuche Peak with Protrek. Thanks to the warm and welcoming staffs who made our stay in Nepal unforgettable. We would love to plan our next trip soon with you guys..!!
Had a fantastic expedition to Lobuche Peak with the Protrek team. Don’t look any further and book them for your next Himalayan adventure. Highly professional and excellent logistics. Highly recommend them for your high altitude adventures.
I climbed Lobuche Peak in Nepal with Protrek Adventure during the autumn season. Excellent logistics, helpful staff, knowledgeable guides and a stunning mountain combine to make this one of my favourite expeditions. Highly recommend Protrek Adventure for adventures in Nepal. It was an experience I will never forget. Thank you Dawa and Nuru for the guicance and support. You guys made this adventure enjoyable from start to finish.
Very well planned and organised. Had a good experience during Stok Kangri expedition. Arrangements were very professional and the trip was supervised by highly skilled and experienced hands. Will definitely recommend Protrek to others if looking for high altitude treks.
Excellent team to plan your Himalayan trip with. I’m happy to climb Mera Peak with such amazing and friendly Sherpa guides. They are very organized, efficient and friendly. Awesome support and great patience. Thanks for making my very first trip a memorable one! Hope to see u guys soon again.
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