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ISLAND PEAK CLIMBING WITH MT. AMADABLAM BASE CAMP

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Duration

19 Days

Max. Elevation

6200mm

Group size

2 -12 pax

Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation

Domestic Flight

Private transportation as per itinerary

Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation

Hotel in Kathmandu

Lodges during trek

Meals

Breakfast in Kathmandu

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner during trek and climb

Starts at
KATHMANDU
Ends at
KATHMANDU
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Lukla-Nmache Bazzar-Tengboche-Pangboche-Amadablam base camp-Chukung-Island Peak Base Camp-Climb Island Peak-Pangboche-Lukla

Highlights

    • Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime experience on top stunning Island Peak
    • A sweeping panorama of the world tallest mountains range from Island Peak summit
    • On scenic trail within high and beautiful Imjatse valley enclosed by giant peaks
    • Trek on a peaceful path away from the main route to majestic Amadablam base camp
    • Adventure of exciting activities from beautiful views to local impressive cultures” 

Island Peak Climb with Mt. Amadablam base camp Trek, an amazing adventure with Vertex Holidays and quite different from others. As we have included the Amadablam base camp trek to make the trip more special than other companies. This allows climbing members to get acclimatized better in a tranquil wilderness, being away from the main busy trail for a day. Island Peak is also known as Imjatse Himal, due to its location that towers high amidst magnificent Imjatse valley. As it appears like an island, the early pioneers and mountaineers tagged the name as Island peak. The peak in the past years and at present is regarded as a perfect mountain for practice climb and exercise. Before heading for major expeditions for an ascent of Mt. Everest and other high surrounding giant mountains of Khumbu. Island peaks stand as an individual mountain at 6,189 m / 20,305 feet, close to Lhotse and Nuptse peaks. The grading for the climb as PD + ‘Per Difficule’ with plus, means a straight-forward mountain to climb. As climb progress with some technical challenges to face, to reach the summit of Island Peak. The grade we have used from famous and popular French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification Systems, which is popular worldwide. Island Peak or Imjatse Himal, a popular trekking peak to climb with a high success rating, due to ease of access. A straightforward route to its base camp and close to settlements of Chukung and Dingboche. Where climber needs to stay only for few nights in a tented camp for the climb than other trekking peaks of Nepal. Island Peak Climb with Mt. Amadablam base camp Trek, a wonderful combination visiting first right on the bottom of majestic Mt. Ama Dablam. One of the most beautiful peaks around the great Himalaya range, and then heading straight towards our final destination. At Island Peak base camp, with enough days for practice climb and acclimatization for the next big day. The adventure starts with a swift scenic flight from Kathmandu to land at Lukla Tenzing & Hillary Airport, a nice Sherpa town. Where most treks and climb around high Khumbu of Everest region begins and ends in Lukla.The walk starts on an easy gradual well-defined path with downs and ups past lovely Sherpa villages. On the way, encountering many prayer monuments of great religious interest as walk leads through farm and villages. Then crossing over bridges above Dudh Kosi River to reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. The park is listed in world heritage sites enriched with exotic flora/fauna, includes the world's highest peaks and famous mountains. Sagarmatha a name for Everest in Nepal, while the native Sherpa calls Chomolungma in both languages means ‘a great mother’.From the park after walking on a river valley and gorge covered with a green forest of tall rhododendron and pine trees. Where climb heads towards the undulating wide trail to reach renowned Namche-Bazaar, the heart of Khumbu villagers and trekkers. At Namche Bazaar for rest days, a perfect place and height at 3,440 m for acclimatization facing grand views of snow-peaks.After Namche heading towards the main scenic trail catching views of Everest, Amadablam, and an array of peaks. The walk continues with a climb to reach picturesque Tengboche and the monastery, surrounded by high peaks with close views of Amadablam. A beautiful and scenic spot amidst green woodland, encircled by snow-mountains with grand views of Mt. Everest with Mt. Amadablam.Enjoy an impressive tour of the monastery, and then continue to walk to reach an open wild country, leaving the forest behind. A walk takes you high at Pangboche village, the closest route to Mt. Ama Dablam base camp. A day hike from Pangboche to Ama Dablam base camp, as adventure finally enters scenic Imjatse valley. Then towards our destination at Island peak base camp, as route leads past Dingboche to reach the last settlement of Chukung. Spending overnight in Chukung walk leads to the barren, dry country over moraine and ice to the bottom of Island Peak. At base camp with ample time for rest and some practice climb, then reach towards our main goal. To the summit of Island Peak, with the expert guidance of Vertex Holiday mountain guide reaches you safely on top Island Peak. At the top enjoy an incredible and breathtaking panorama of high snow-capped peaks that surrounds you facing close towards giant mountains. Views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse with Cho-Oyu, Baruntse Himal, and Mt. Makalu in the east direction. An enjoyable wonderful feeling, after a tough and exciting triumph, descends safely back to Chukung for a return journey back to Lukla. Where sweeping flight brings you to Kathmandu, after an overwhelming adventure and experience on Island Peak climb with Amadablam base camp trek.
Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu tour of world heritage sites, climb / trek preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2, 820 m and trek to Phakding 2,645 m - 04 hrs.  
Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m / 11, 350 feet - 06 hrs.
Day 05:At Namche for acclimatization and a short scenic hike.
Day 06:Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Pangboche 3, 900 m -03 hrs.
Day 08: At Pangboche day hike to Amadablam base camp 4,580 m.
Day 09:Trek to Chukung 4,730 m via Dingboche 4,340 m - 06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 5,200 m /17,060 feet -04 hrs.
Day 11: Free day for Climbing Training before Island Peak climb.
Day 12: Climb to High Camp 5,280 m / 17,323 feet -03 hrs.
Day 13: Climb Island Peak / Imjatse Himal 6,189 m / 20,305 feet descend to 
Chukung maximum - 09 hours climb and walk.
Day 14: Trek to Pangboche - 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar - 06 hours. 
Day 16: Trek to Lukla - 06 hours.
Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu spare and contingency day. 
Day 19: Depart Nepal for international departure homeward bound.


Important Note

PERSONAL CLIMBING GEAR FOR ISLAND PEAK:
Plastic Boot a pair
Crampons a pair
Ice Axe          one
Harness      one
Carabineer or Karabiner   two each
Snow Gaiters    a pair
Snow / Sun Glass     one each
Warm Gloves     a pair
Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser.  a set each
Down Jacket one each
Down sleeping bags one each with inner linear
Main Ropes 200 m (50 m per person) as per the peak chosen
Snow Bar 2 / 4 pieces depending upon group size.
Ski Pole (optional) one each

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

On arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal International Airport via various airlines, our guide and staff receive you for a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms and then meet other members of the trek at the hotel lobby for briefing. Regarding the wonderful adventure on Island Peak Climb with Amadablam base camp trek. On briefing includes useful information to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. Evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to Nepalese culture of various parts of Nepal with folk dance and music. 

 

Day

2

A free day in Kathmandu for trek preparation, with a day tour of exciting places around Kathmandu city of great historical, cultural and religious interest. Most of the Hindu and Buddhist monuments including old palaces are included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our city guide will show you the ancient wonders of Nepal, afternoon relax and prepare for the trek and climb of Island Peak around Everest region. 


Day

3

Start early morning departure from the hotel, with a short transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport, as per flight time after going through securities board in a small aircraft. Dornier / Twin Otter or similar types. The flight heads east overlooking a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range of peaks with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse, as the plane lands at Lukla airstrip. The airport called Tenzing & Hillary tribute to the first conqueror of Mt. Everest on May 29th, 1953. From Lukla airport after collecting all our baggage, carried by our strong porters or pack animals called Zhopkyo (crossbreed of Yaks and normal low altitude cows or ox). After a refreshing stop, start the walk to Phakding for the first overnight stop. Walk beings through Lukla street market and then descend to a place called Choplung, with many prayer monuments. The place where the route of Lukla and Jiri meets, and then on the main scenic trail past many nice farm villages to reach Phakding for an overnight stay in a moderate standard lodge.

 

Day

4

Walk today takes you to the famous Namche Bazaar the hub of Khumbu villagers, as well as trekkers. Where once a week, a colorful and busy market is held every Saturday walk leads to cross few bridges over Dudh Koshi glacial rivers to reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, where a ticket to be shown of purchased. Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepal, while the Sherpa knows as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language. From here reach the last village of Jorsalle before Namche Bazaar, for a lunch break, and then continue to walk following the river on a bank, within a cool shade of pine and rhododendron forest. On crossing the last high bridge, along undulating uphill for few hours to reach Namche Bazaar for two overnights stops. Enjoy views of Kwangde and Tharmasarku peaks from the lodge in Namche and then check into your rooms for refreshing rest before dinner time in a large warm and cozy dining hall.  

 

Day

5

Free day and well-deserved rest day after a long climb of the previous day to reach Namche Bazaar, a necessary to have spare and leisure day for a short hike to view-points. A good way to support acclimatization, enjoy the morning with breakfast and hike to Namche viewpoint overlooking Mt. Everest and the beautiful peak of Ama Dablam with other adjoining peaks. Visit the museum offers full information about the Khumbu region. For energetic people can take a hike up to Everest View Hotel of few hours.


Day

6

The morning after breakfast, an easy stroll after a short climb to the top of Namche facing excellent views of Khumbu peaks with Everest, and then down to Imjatse River at Phunki-Tenga, a small settlement with few lodge and restaurants. A popular mid-day stops of trekkers for lunch and refreshments, from here on steep winding up for few hours through the cool shade of lovely woods to reach Tengboche and its colorful monastery. The area is surrounded by an array of peaks with grand views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam with a range of adjoining high mountains. Herewith time to visit the impressive Buddhist monastery interior of great cultural and religious interest, and then retire back to your lodge for rest and marvel at the surrounding exciting vista of snow-mountains.  


Day

7

Today a short walk of few hours to reach the next to last village at Pangboche, from Tengboche enjoy the morning views of snow-capped peaks while you have breakfast. Then the day starts with an easy descend to reach a strong metal bridge. On crossing the bridge above Imjatse River, a slow uphill climb to Pangboche village with close views of beautiful Ama Dablam. At Pangboche, check into a nice lodge after a good lunch afternoon free for a short hike to upper Pangboche, a place with an old monastery surrounded by juniper trees and few houses that serves as lodges.


Day

8

Another rest day for a lovely walk up to majestic Mt. Amadablam, carrying pack lunch for the day hike. Start the day after good breakfast, heading down to Imjatse River and then cross a small wooden bridge. A steady steep climb takes you to a high ridge, a place with few huts and shelter of Yak herder. From here with a gradual climb to reach an open wide grassy field at Ama Dablam Base Camp. Enjoy the superb panorama of high snow peaks that surrounds this beautiful spot, standing beneath the West Flank of Ama Dablam, the most impressive Face of Mt. Ama Dablam. After spending pleasant time at base camp descend to the river, with a short steep climb to overnight stop at Pangboche village.    

 

Day

9

On leaving the last permanent village of Pangboche, while other places on route are temporary settlement with lodges and tea-houses to cater the trekkers. From here onward tree lines disappear for short bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes. The walk takes you higher to reach scenic Imjatse valley, where Dingboche is located, a perfect place for a lunch stop in one of many good lodges with nice restaurants, facing the first view of Island Peak towards the east of Imjatse valley floor. After a refreshing stop at Dingboche, a nice scenic walk heading due east on a large field of grassy meadow and crossing few icy streams, with a short climb to reach a high ridge at Chukung for an overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge. Afternoon and enjoy close views of Island Peak, with Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and Nuptse.


Day

10

Slowly our adventure heads towards our main goal and highlight to reach Island base camp for the climb. The morning starts on an easy descend with a steep climb of less than half an hour to a ridge. Enjoy the great views, as the walk continues crossing a few icy streams and then on easy up to reach at wide moraine area at Island Peak base camp where tents are set for few overnights. The area around also called Parsya Gyab with a small stone-built hut made as a shelter for porters. 


Day

11

Another important rest day for good acclimatization, and final preparation for the climb to the summit of Island Peak. A nice day with time to check your climbing gear as well practice climb on rocks and ice walls near to the camp. Where our expert guide will teach and instruct you on some technical techniques with information on the route to the summit of Island Peak.


Day

12

Normally, most climber makes ascent from base camp but with Vertex Holiday is another story. As we care for the client’s safeness and success of the climb to make the climb easier and accessible, we have set another high camp for the climb. After a good exercise and practice with acclimatization at base camp, our adventure starts with a climb across a glacier where one needs to be careful in avoiding crevasses, as the route takes you straight north over snow-covered scree in-between a glacier to the top ridge where we will set as high camp at above 5, 280 m high, not much of altitude gain but makes the next early morning much shorter. Afternoon relaxes and plan for the big day with our expert guide, he will brief you regarding the climb with a safe descend back.


Day

13

Our final big and long day, starting early before the crack of dawn, climb over rocks and icefall section, a steep snow and ice ramp takes you near 100 meters or300 feet to reach on top of the summit. Where our guide will support technical areas with main ropes to reach on top of Island Peak or Imjatse Himal as listed in NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association).On top of feeling high, tired but with excitement on achieving great success of a life-time experience. Enjoy facing a grand panorama of towering giant peaks that surrounds the summit. After a wonderful moment then descend safely back to base camp, to clear the camp leaving nothing but your footsteps. After a refreshing stop with a fresh warm drink, continue a few hour walks in the late afternoon to reach an overnight stop in a nice lodge at Chukung.  


Day

14

From here onward, an easy downhill walk with few short ups as route leads past Dingboche village, and retrace rest of the journey to Pangboche for an overnight stop, with grand views of beautiful Mt. Ama Dablam. 

 

Day

15

Morning enjoys last close views of Ama Dablam and then morning heads to short descend to cross over a bridge and then climb to Tengboche. From here onward back into tree lines, with down and ups to Shanasa village. As the walk gets pleasant on a gradual winding path to reach Namche for an overnight halt.

 

Day

16

The last day walk of the adventure leads to a long stretch to reach Lukla, but easier with much downhill, as the walk takes you on the bottom of Namche Hill, the walk along the riverbank, and past Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo village to reach Phakding. From here on a gradual winding trail with last final climb to reach the end of the trek at Lukla. For last overnight around high Khumbu and Everest region with party time with fellow members and trekking, climbing staff including porters who made the trip a great success.


Day

17

Early morning with breakfast, then depart from the lodge to Lukla airport named after famous mountaineers Tenzing and Hillary. The morning flight reaches you back in Kathmandu. From the airport, transfer to your respective hotels with a free day to enjoy the hustle-bustle city life of Kathmandu. 

 

Day

18

It is necessary and wise to reserve a spare as a contingency day, in case of flight delay and might lead to cancellation at Lukla. Due to bad unfavorable weather conditions for small planes to operate which can happen even in the best time of the seasons. On this free day, one can enjoy individual activities and shopping for souvenirs or take a tour of Kathmandu's ancient cities site within Kathmandu, Patan, or Bhaktapur. 

 

Day

19

Your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure on Island Peak Climb with Amadablam base camp Trek, and then as time for your international flight. Our staff transfers you to the airport for homeward bound.


Inclusions

    • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
    • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses, and tents during trekking and expedition
    • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
    • Services of English/French/Chinese/German speaking, trained and experienced staff including trekking guide(leader), expedition guide (leader) and porters including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
    • All domestic flights (Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu)
    • Welcome or farewell dinners
    • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals on mountain
    • Porter services for trekking
    • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
    • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Vertex Holiday Trekking duffel bag  (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
    • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
    • Medical kit
    • Travel and rescue arrangements
    • Company services and all required government taxes/royalties

    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
    • Personal climbing equipment
    • Personal climbing guide if requested
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
    • Tips for guides, drivers, and porters
    • Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included section

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Frequently Asked Questions

How tough and difficult is Island Peak Climb?

Any mountains or peaks around Himalaya are tough to climb, but not overall difficult as for Island peak climb, a straight-forward peak to reach the summit but with some tough technical section to cope. Our expert climbing guide will make the climb much possible guiding and supporting you all the way to the top with a safe descend. 

Do we need much climbing gear for the climb of Island Peak?

Not much like on a major mountaineering expedition, but yes you need some excellent gear for the climb, an important for all climbers is a good ice-axe, to begin with, then crampons, harness, helmets, carabineer/karabiner and main ropes which will be provided by the company and etc. Including your personal warm clothing with good climbing boots.   

Is it worth a climb to Island Peak?

Certainly, it is worth a climb to Island Peak, if you are interested in basic or high standard climbing and mountaineering. Island Peak has the highest rate of success than any other trekking peaks, besides Mera or Yala Peaks. Island Peak will be a good start for your mountaineering career as it involves all that climber needs to experience, from rocks, ice, and snow.

What happens if someone is very sick on the way to Everest base camp?

As altitude-wise, it won’t be a big problem but can happen to some trekkers/climbers in the group or with other illnesses, like severe diarrhea or any other medical and health issue. If the member with the worse condition has to break the journey and reach Kathmandu by the fastest means of transport for evacuation. The only fastest and reliable is taking a helicopter service, where all medical and other expenses incurred have to be borne by oneself. Where it can be reimbursed from the insurance company, with a supporting letter from Vertex Holiday and as well from medical doctors in Kathmandu.

What types of culture and religions do we expect on the trek?

Around high Khumbu area from Lukla onwards of strong Buddhism religion and culture of ancient heritage custom with the traditional life of farming and raising livestock. Khumbu areas dominated by Sherpa follow Tibetan Buddhism, which you can witness on walks as well as visiting some monasteries like at Tengboche and Pangboche. 

What happens if the flight does not take-off from Lukla due to bad weather?

It happens sometimes, even during the best time of the year. Where Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes, but not all time of the good seasons. In this situation, if the flight does not operate, due to unfavorable weather. Our guide will make the best effort, as well contact the head office in Kathmandu regarding the situation. If the weather does not improve for flights, even on the next day the best option is to use helicopter services if needed, especially for people with tight international flights. Staying longer in Lukla for few days and use of chopper where clients have to bear the extra expenses and to be claimed from your travel insurance company.  

Which season are the best time for Island Peak Climb?

Nearly all seasons of the year, but best in spring from March to May with autumn/fall of September to November, including pre-winter times of December. Spring is best with wildflowers in full bloom till Tengboche Monastery, and with clear fine days, most of the time can get cloudy in the late afternoon with clear starry nights. Much cold in the morning and nighttime as well in shady areas and the wind-chill factor adds colder with freezing temperatures, can expect snow sometimes around higher altitude.Autumn/fall is another best time with a clear day for views and climb of Island Peak and trekking. But can be much cold morning and night time, can expect snow sometimes around higher altitude. 

Can we charge our electronic gadgets in lodges we stay?

Certainly, every best lodge we use for overnight stops or lunch does have facilities to charge electronic gadgets. From cell-phone, cameras, and laptops on paying a charge per hour for each item. The price differs from one place to another. The only place that you cannot get the facility for charging is at Island peak base camp for some days.

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