ISLAND PEAK EXPEDITION
Everest region, Nepal
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Island Peak Expedition
Inside Nepal's breathtaking Khumbu Region is where you'll find the respectable 6000-meter summit known as Island Peak. Eric Shipton gave the mountain the name "Island" due to the fact that its position and appearance make it seem to be an island in the middle of a sea of ice. This ridge climbs to the south, reaching all the way up to the summit of Island Peak. The Island Peak itself is an extension of the south ridge of Lhotse Shar, which is separated from it by a col. It is an ice and rock peak that is accompanied by massive crevasses that need ladders to cross, a 300-meter steep headwall, and an exposed ridge at the summit. This kind of pre-climbing work is often encountered on an Everest ascent. The Peak is also known as the training peak that climbers utilise before trying the formidable Mt. Everest. Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzin Norge were the first people to use this training peak. Since 1953, the top has maintained its role as a training summit and continues to make use of the same route. Read More
While Island Peak has a relatively tiny peak, it is surrounded by tremendous cliffs that are part of the Nuptse, Lhotse, and Baruntse ranges, and it offers a beautiful view of some of the world's highest mountains. The adventure begins with a hike from Dingboche to Chukung, which is located at an altitude of 4,720 metres. In Chukung, acclimatisation and climbing some of the alternative mountains in the nearby area take up a couple of the days that are spent there. After that, we make our way through Chukung valley on a well-worn road of rocky and difficult paths all the way to the Base Camp at 5100 metres.
In base camp, required equipment is placed along the path and fastened, and as each day of climbing progresses, the climber builds sufficient strength to reach the peak. While the route consists of winding ascents on scree and rocky formations, a number of crevasses that call for the use of ladders, and a steep wall of ice that calls for the employment of Jumar to place lines, it is possible to accomplish the objective. In the event that everything is prepared and ready to go, the summit attempt will begin virtually in the dark and will include travelling through winding rocky trails, heavy snow, and enormous crevasses before reaching the foot of the headwall. The ascent up the headwall takes around two hours and is done on snow or ice. Despite its intimidating appearance from a distance, the headwall is not that steep. As soon as we have arrived at the foot of the wall, we will ascend to the top with the assistance of a pre-fixed line and a jumar. After a few hours of hard work, you will finally be able to reach the summit ridge; nevertheless, this precarious and narrow slope requires extreme caution. It is required to clip yourself with a safety carabiner before taking a look around the world's tallest mountain ranges since the top of Island peak is open and exposed, and it only allows three to four people to stand there at a time. From above, one can view Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8501m), Lhotse middle Peak (8410m), and Lhotse Shar (8383m) circling to the north; Makalu (8475m) in the east; AmaDablam and Baruntse in the south; and Lhotse Shar (8383m) looping to the south. Soon, the victory will be over, and then the challenging chore of going down will begin, which will include abseiling on melting snow and ice. As soon as you have reached the foot of the wall, descend cautiously since the snow will have melted and the ladders that were fastened to the large crevasses may have become loose. Hence, ensure that you adhere to all of the climbing rules discussed before when ascending. After successful navigation of all the challenges, we shall arrive at the base camp. The next day, walk back to Chukung and then all the way back to the roadhead.
The Island Peak trip is much more than simply climbing a mountain; it also offers breathtaking views of the giant Himalayas in the Chukung Valley in the Khumbu area. It offers the possibility of coming face to face with one of the tallest mountains in the world and seeing it from every angle. While climbing Island Peak does not require advanced physical prowess, it does need some familiarity with fundamental climbing techniques. In the end, individuals who are ready to climb a technically challenging 6,000-meter Himalayan peak and arrive on the breathtakingly beautiful airy ridge of an island should consider Island Peak to be an excellent option.
You are about to embark on a journey that will last for 20 nights and 21 days, during which you will reach the summit of Island Peak, where you will encounter a spectacular glacier after completing a challenging rock ridge and a nice scramble.
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Itinerary of Expedition
Our crew will provide you with a briefing on your ascent of the island summit today. At this time, you are free to ask any questions that you may still have.
Early in the morning is the time of departure for domestic flights departing from Kathmandu. The flight is entertaining since it takes you through a variety of terrain, including plains, hills, and mountains. The name of Lukla's airport, which honours the first two people to reach the peak of Everest in 1953, is the Tenzing Hillary Airport. Exhilarating is the best word to describe the sensation of landing at this high-altitude airport. After you have landed and unpacked all of your belongings, you will immediately begin the three to four hour hike to Phakding, which will be your first overnight stay. You should arrive at Phakding by midday; but, due to the high altitude – Phakding is located at 2,651 metres / 8,697 feet – and the extremely early morning start, we will not continue our journey today.
As you make your way through the pine trees and over the rivers today, there is a lot to take in. There are a lot of new things to try out today, like walking over a suspension bridge if you haven't before.
As you make your way towards Sagarmatha National Park on this path, you will pass through yak pastures, woods, and Sherpa settlements. When we look up, there is Mount Thamserku just above us. And now we arrive at Namche Bazaar, which is historically known as a huge market town and serves as the hub of climbing and trekking activities in this area due to the fact that all expeditions are required to pass through here. You are also able to make any last-minute purchases, such as purchasing refreshments for your excursion.
Before continuing on and ascending, it is imperative that everyone spend a day to acclimatise to the new altitude. However, becoming acclimated does not imply sitting around doing nothing; being active is the most effective approach to become acclimated. You will get the opportunity on this day to go to the community of Khumjung and see out the school that Hillary established there for the local Sherpa kids. In addition to that, there is a health position that he was instrumental in establishing.
As we make our way out of Namche, with its crowded restaurants, stores, and excursion groups, we get the feeling that we are entering a new nation. In this location, there are symbols of Buddhist devotion to be seen everywhere. Along a dusty switchback route, we are getting closer to the Tengboche Monastery. Along the way, there are shrines, mani walls (prayer inscriptions cut into stones), and prayer flags that are flapping in the wind.
The views from inside the monastery itself are breathtaking, including a whole panorama of mountain ranges. On exhibit are the mountains Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. When you have had your fill of the breathtaking mountain scenery, you may like to turn on some butter lights and talk to some monks, if the opportunity presents itself.
This may seem like a small day in terms of time, but the terrain is difficult, so you should come prepared. Dingboche, the highest Sherpa town, may be reached by following the Imja Khola (a river) and travelling across some lonely meadows. We arrive in time for lunch, giving us plenty of time to unwind and gaze in awe at the surrounding mountains, notably Ama Dablam.
Once again, we allow ourselves an extra day to acclimatise to the higher altitude. As was indicated before, it is important to remain active during these days; thus, we propose that you go to Nangkar Tshang Peak, which offers fantastic views of Makalu. The round-trip time for this trek is estimated to be between 3.5 and 5 hours.
You have a difficult hike ahead of you today, although it starts off easy enough as it passes through some alpine scrub and yak pastures. The Thukla Pass has a height of 4,830 metres and is known for its breathtaking scenery. There are several mountains that are seen that are higher than 7,000 metres, including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse, just to mention a few more. Following the completion of this pass, the next one to conquer is the Thukla Pass. There is a monument for people who have passed while while climbing Mount Everest located at this Pass. On the other hand, a relatively small village known as Overnight at Lobuche has a breathtaking location.
We will spend the night in the last hamlet before reaching Everest Base Camp, which is where we will proceed today. Following lunch, we will depart Gorakshep and begin our ascent to the Kala Pattar viewpoint. This is the point on the mountain that is the closest we can get to Mount Everest without actually climbing it.
Because of its height of 5,545 metres and breathtaking vistas, Kala Pattar is sometimes referred to as Everest View Point. After spending some time soaking in the breathtaking views and snapping away on our cameras, we make our way back to Gorakshep for the night.
Today, we will go back over the ground we've already covered to reach Lobuche, where we will spend the night once again. And once again, take in the breathtaking panoramas that can be seen from this little village.
Another day has passed, and with it comes another opportunity to adjust to the high altitude. Sitting over Chhunkung village is Chhukung Ri mountain. The ascent to this summit allows our bodies to grow acclimated to the higher altitude. Near the peak's top, there is some climbing that has to be done, but the views are spectacular, and we can see Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks. After descending the mountain, we go back the way we came and make our way to Chhukung, where we will spend the night.
The routes traverse between various hills before emerging into a sandy plain right before Island Peak and Lhotse. These hills are reached by following the glacial moraine that comes from Chukung and then going down to the runoff that comes from Imja Lake. Walk in this direction to reach Island Peak Base Camp, which offers stunning views of the Imja Valley.
The remainder of the day is devoted to getting ready for the ascent!
Assuming that the weather cooperates, we will reach the top of Island Peak today (6,189 metres/ 20,305 feet). The ascent begins at a very early hour, around 2:00 in the morning, and is rather strenuous. It is necessary to struggle over steep boulders in addition to the rough scree. When we reach around 5,700 metres in elevation, our previous experiences have taught us that the high altitude significantly slows down our pace.
We put on our crampons and harnesses, as well as our ice axes and ropes, in preparation to climb over the glacier when we finally reach a thin ridge that marks the beginning of the glacier. There is a possibility of having to traverse the area using ladders as well as severe climbing areas.
At this point, it may take anything between one and two hours for us to get to the foot of the Headwall. It is feasible to take a rest at the Headwall while the staff is working on repairing the climbing ropes. After finishing your ascent of the Headwall, you will arrive at the highest point of Island Peak. Your efforts have paid off with these breathtaking vistas; this is the reward for all of your hard work.
We abseil down the Headwall while still roped in due to the fact that the top is quite tiny. Once we reach the base of the Headwall, we re-rope together and follow the route down through the glacier. There is opportunity for a brief period of relaxation in High Camp. We will begin the descent to Island Peak Base Camp, where we will spend the night, after which we will pack up our stuff and begin our ascent. Job nicely done!
Because we are continuing to take the same path down the Khumbu Khola valley, today should be considerably less taxing on the body than yesterday because we are descending in altitude. Both Orsho and Shomare are Sherpa settlements, and we cross through both of them. Pangboche may be reached by a different path, so depending on the interests of the party, we can either proceed to the gompa in higher Panchoche or follow a different track.
Everest is in the north, Ama Dablam, Kangtaiga, and Thamserku are in the east, and the Kongde range is in the south. Pangboche is a beautiful settlement that is surrounded by mountains on all sides. In addition, we can make see the Imja Tse River as it winds its way through the verdant valley.
We reach Tengboche by travelling through the jungle and retracing our ways to the Imja Tse River after following the path that leads from Pangboche to Tengboche. At this location, we will go to the Tengboche Monastery, where we will eat lunch.
As we continue on our journey, we will bridge the Dudh Koshi River, continue down the Dudh Koshi Gorge, and then enter pine woods. down the way, the scenery will be covered with rhododendrons and juniper trees. It is possible to witness wild animals in this area, and if we are really fortunate, we could even encounter a snow leopard. At last, as we make our way towards Namche Bazaar, we go through the army camp. Here, we are able to unwind and relive the trip while engaging in stimulating discussion over supper.
Today, we go back through the steps that we took the first time—was it really just two weeks ago? We begin our descent to Lukla, where we will spend our last night in the Everest Region.
We take a flight very early in the morning, which brings us back to Kathmandu by midday. This provides us with plenty of time to complete any last-minute shopping before going out to a celebration meal.
If you have an international flight, the members of our team will see to it that you get at the airport on time. If you want to remain in Nepal for a longer period of time, you should definitely sign up for one of our other tours or treks. Just ask!
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➽ Preparation for Expedition
As you are aware, any alpine travel requires careful preparation, planning that allows for appropriate pliability in terms of monitoring and responding to conditions, and holding all of this together by conquering challenges to the mind, body, and spirit during the great Himalayan trek.
Thus, the following are some factors related the preparation for Island Peak Expedition:
⦿ Physically –
When it comes to your body, a journey requires a lot of stamina, therefore in order to be in shape for it, you should start working out at least a month before you enrol in a programme. Run often and engage in other forms of exercise on a daily basis in order to build up the necessary strength in your legs and improve your endurance. Put down the cigarette and strengthen your lungs by completing breathing exercises on a regular basis twice a day; this will assist you acclimatise to the circumstances while also making you more robust on the walk. Participate in a variety of cardiovascular workouts such as yoga, playing sports outside, and others.
⦿ Mentally –
The mental preparation that is necessary for a journey is just as essential as the physical training that is required for it. Take some time to enjoy your regular activities, focus on your health, get enough rest, and de-stress before signing up for a walk. Do not put undue mental strain on yourself by making unwarranted predictions about the journey. Spend time with your closest pals to invigorate yourself and clear your head. Pre-trek expectations are not worth considering because once you start the journey and meet the rest of the pack, you will feel encouraged and excited. The mental preparation will increase as the journey progresses through all of the situations. And the mental effects of the physical difficulties will be felt. As a result, pay special attention to different portions of the body and make a deliberate effort to allow them to relax while you walk. As you are hiking, you should make an effort to relax your body, particularly your hips. Consider each stride you take on a meandering downhill route or a steep slope to be a part of a simple dance, and appreciate the natural rhythms that the landscape and your body may establish together if you go with caution. Explore a variety of approaches to walking as a strategy for finding satisfaction in the activity beyond the achievement of a predetermined objective. Enjoying one's journey and avoiding mental strain are the two most important factors in maintaining mental fitness.
⦿ Technically –
In a technical sense, you should fit yourself with trekking shoes that are the appropriate size and then walk with them. Usage 60ltr. Carry about a rucksack with some weight in it as part of your regular routine so that you may become acclimated to carrying heavy burdens. Invest in a hiking stick, a water bottle, some toasty socks, some thermals, some fleece, some feather jackets, some pants, a poncho, some flip-flops and some technological equipment like a power bank and a camera (DSLR or digital camera).
➽ Things to Carry
- Trekking Pants, Lowers that are thick and heated
- Windproof jacket, Jacket stuffed with down, ideally one that has a hood
- Fleece, which is warm and dense.
- Sweater made of wool with full sleeves
- Thermoregulating undergarments (upper & lower).
- Accessories made of wool, including a woollen hat, woollen gloves, woollen socks, and ordinary socks (3-4 pairs).
- a Balaclava, a woollen hat, or a scarf or silencer (the latter two are optional).
- Comfy Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended).
- Towel with a Low Weight (1 unit).
- Toilet Paper (plenty).
- Wet-Tissue Papers (plenty).
- Floaters, sandals, or slippers that are not too heavy
- Poncho or raincoat, etc. Towel of a small size and low weight.
- a container for water.
- Sunscreen Lotion.
- Use a cap to shield the harsh rays of the sun from your face, Sunglasses.
- Stick or Trekking Pole, Head Torch or Headlamp, and Walking Stick or Trekking Pole (with extra batteries).
- Medications (if required any specific drug) (if requiring any particular medication).
- Personal hygiene products.
- You should have a day pack or another compact backpack that you can sling over your shoulder and carry with you wherever you go.
- A camera with its batteries fully charged.
➽ How to Reach
How to Reach Kathmandu Nepal:
Kathmandu is comparable to a city where a wide variety of tourism options amuse visitors with historic glances, culture, history, exciting acts, and a great deal more. Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal's country. It is located in the capital city. There are a significant number of flights that provide service to a variety of nations that depart from here. Flights operated by Jet Airways, Air India, and Indigo are among those that may take passengers from Indian cities to Kathmandu. The many airlines that fly to other nations across the world are Qatar Airways, Silk Air, Etihad Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Airlines, Air Asia, Air China, Air Arabia, and FlyDubai. Other flight operators include Silk Air, Etihad Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and Oman Airlines.
➽ Trip Cost Includes
- Mountaineering (guide) from Himalayan Adventure Tours who is highly experienced, professionally trained, and qualified, and who has extensive familiarity with the route.
- Arriving at the Airport Climbing excursions include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunches. Departure transfers will be provided in accordance with the itinerary. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- 5 Nights in Kathmandu with BB Plan Included in the Price
- Kathmandu sightseeing with an expert local guide, including all applicable entry fees and use of a private car.
- Climbing permit for Mount Island Peak, including all necessary ground transportation by private vehicle, as outlined in the itinerary
- All of the necessary fees and permits for trekking in national parks
- Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu Flight
- Camping and Tea House Facilities Throughout the time spent trekking and climbing, accommodations are provided.
- Liaison officer Cooks/Helper and other staff members who are required.
- HAF/LAF/Porters/mules for the purpose of transporting common equipment (such as food, tents, utensils and Central climbing Equipment).
- All staff members' salaries, as well as their food, clothes, and insurance.
- All key central climbing gears
- Throughout your trek or expedition, we will supply you with dome, mountain, or high altitude tents on a shared-twin basis. There would be things like camping beds, a cooking tent, a dining tent, and camping chairs available.
- High-Altitude Porters are needed to transport cargo, set up high camps, and repair ropes, among other things.
- Emergency oxygen-mask & regulator (need to pay as per usages)
- Solar panel installed at the base camp to charge batteries and provide lights.
- Bottle of butane gas for use in cooking at high altitude
- Satellite Phone (Need to pay as per usages per minute)
- In Kathmandu, there will be a welcome and goodbye meal.
- All relevant taxes, VAT, and other documentation that is required
- Meals: Breakfast is the only meal that will be offered at the hotel. Throughout the course of the walk, all of your meals will be supplied. The cuisine will be a fusion of Indian, Chinese, and Continental styles, and each meal will be freshly made.
- Meals at high altitude: we will be eating food that has been pre-packaged in tins.
- A first-aid kit that also includes portal oxygen.
- Camping fees, forest permits, and fees for wild animals all add up.
➽ Trip cost Excludes
- Climbers may hire individual porters to carry their gear.
- Airport transportation costs
- Expenses for carrying still/video cameras etc.
- Irregular/Personal costs, such as laundry, phone calls, and gratuities.
- Climbing equipment such as ropes, pitons, snow bars, crabs, etc.
- Your own personal mountaineering equipment and clothes, as well as any specialised foods you may need
- Inner Line Permit.
- Health coverage or the price of a rescue mission
- Expenditures of a more personal character (such as booze, soda, bottled water, mineral water, canned or bottled drinks, candy, canned or packaged dried fruits, etc.)
- Provisions/food to or from the starting point of the trek.
- Any expenses that are incurred as a result of natural disasters, human error, or other unforeseeable occurrences.
- Protect your trip with a travel insurance policy.
- Authorization, licensing, and enlistment with the IMF.
- Payment for Liaison Officer (included for foreign expedition only)
- GST of 5%.
➽ Special Casual Leaves
Government employee can avail the benefit of special casual leave when u join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rule of the pay commission, special casual leave can be availed for up to 30 days in a calendar years for trekking and mountaineering expeditions through a register organization. Himalayan adventure trips are a register adventure tour operator register with Indian mountaineering foundation and Himachal Pradesh tourism. Candidates have to apply for leave at least 30 days before the trek/expedition start.
➽ Provided By The Customers
Everything about our visit to Prashar lake was better than we could have imagined. From our initial contact with Himalayan Adventure Trips, we felt their genuine interest in learning about our group's goals and expectations, and our travels with them reinforced at every turn that they not only understood our requirements but also have the acute skill and expertise to achieve them. Having already had such a wonderful experience with this firm, I will be promoting a trek to Prashar lake to all my friends who share my passion for hiking and will specifically recommend that they work with this outfit. Absolutely fantastic; I have nothing but praise for it.