Island Peak Expedition

Do you want to experience an epic Himalayan mountaineering expedition? Don’t have the megs bucks or time to climb Everest? Then an Island Peak Expedition is just what you are looking for. Find out the Island Peak Expedition cost as well as what it all entails.

About Island Peak

Island Peak or Imja Tse as known by the local Sherpa people is situated in Nepal, Himalayas.  It tops out at 6,189m. It is becoming popular as a peak due to its relatively easier climbing conditions compared to Everest or Ama Dablam. Although there are still a few technical skills required for an Island Peak Expedition, it is a totally doable mountain for most novice mountaineers.  The Island peak expedition cost is way lower than a summit of Everest but with the same feel to it. How did Island Peak get its name? It was named by the 1953 British Mount Everest Expedition as it basically looks like an island of ice as viewed from Dingboche.

What makes an Island Peak climb so appealing?

if you are looking at an epic Himalayan style mountaineering expedition, then you need to add this to your bucket list. Not only do you get summit Island  Peak, but you also get to cross crevasses on rickety ladders, abseil down the 400m ice wall, jumar your way up the ice wall and dodge the elements that make mountaineering so attractive. And of course, there is the added bonus of spending 2 weeks following in the footsteps of mountaineering legends like Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay and Darren MacDonald. The route to the summit is via Sagarmatha National Park. Every day is different as the massive Himalayan giants loom over you from the start of the trek in Lukla to the base camp of Island Peak. Spend time in the ancient monasteries. Take a stroll through the villages and tea houses along the way. Make lifelong friends as you get to know the local Sherpa people. And the Island Peak Expedition cost is a lot more affordable.

How long is the Island Peak Expedition?

The total duration of the expedition from the time you leave home to the time you arrive back again is 19 Days.

Best panoramic views of the Himalayas from the summit

If you are looking for a great view, then you won’t get any better than from the summit of Island Peak. On a clear day, you will get one of the best panoramic views of the great Himalayan giants like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam.

What technical experience would you require for the climb?

The first part of the Island Peak Expedition involves an 8 day trek into the base camp. The route follows the Khumbu Valley until Dingboche. We then follow the route up the Imja Khola Valley to Chukkung. The last stop before base camp. So as you can guess. No technical problems up to this point. The climb from base camp up to what is known as Crampon Point is very steep and very challenging. But nothing technical as yet. It is from Crampon Point that we put on the crampons, climbing harnesses, helmets and clip onto the fixed ropes.

Navigating the Island Peak Crevasses

The first challenge is through the ever changing crevasses. We make use of aluminum ladders for this purpose. They are lowered overt the crevasse, held in place with ice screws and tested out by the loudest and heaviest client. The challenge is to get the points of your crampons on the rungs of the ladder while peering down into the bottomless void. Most people opt for attempting this on their hands and knees. The next challenge will be knowing how to jumar up the 400m ice wall on the  fixed ropes. Bare in mind that the rope is only 60m long and anchored to the mountain by ice screws. Your job will be to unclip safely and reclip onto the the next section of rope. There are about 10 of these anchor points. And then there is the descent…. you will have to know how to abseil using a standard figure of eight belay device. And again…you will have to navigate the anchor points each time.

We help with the technical training on the expedition

If you have never climbed in the Himalayas before and have no idea what is required, stress not. Book an Island Peak Expedition with Soul Adventures and we will teach you everything before you leave. These skills will include how to abseil, jumar, walk on a fixed rope with other climbers attached, climbing knots, harness safety, attaching crampons, self arrest with an ice axe, walking accross a ladder with crampons and… to avoid urinating or poohing on the climbers below you. The Island Peak Expedition cost includes all these value added services.

Affects of altitude

At a height of  6,189m, Island Peak is considered a high altitude climb.Your body will take a hammering from the effects of the thinning air. You would need to be aware of these effects before leaving. Please take some time and  read our article on these effects: click here

Things to consider from cost and weather conditions

This hike is rated as extreme with volatile and unpredictable conditions. These include bad weather, altitude sickness, missed flights and freezing conditions. You would need to take all of these into account before embarking on the tour. Best ton chat to us. We can take you through everything from equipment needed, logistics, training and what to expect.

Additional information

Duration19 Days
LocationHimalaya, Nepal
Number of Tickets1 ticket @ R55,000 pp
  • Fully supported expedition
  • Incredible panoramic veiws of the Himalayan giants
  • Unique and interactive mountaineering experience
  • Trek through the Khumbu Valley in the footsteps of mountaineering legends

Day 1:

Depart for Kathmandu

Day 2:

Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel

Day 3:

Transfer to airport. Fly to Lukla, Trek into Phakding

Day 4:

Trek into Namche Bazaar

Day 5:

Rest Day

Day 6:

Trek into Tengboche

Day 7:

Trek into Dingboche

Day 8:

Rest and acclimitisation day.

Day 9:

Trek into Chukung

Day 10:

Trek into high camp

Day 11:

Summit and overnight in Base Camp

Day 12:

Trek to Pangboche

Day 13:

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 14:

Trek to Lukla

Day 15:

Fly to Kathmandu

Day 16:

Day in Kathmandu

Day 17:

Spare Day in case of bad weather

Day 18: Fly home

Day 19:

Arrive Home

  • All airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights accomodation ( breakfast included) in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Return Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • 2 nights tented accomodation at Island Peak Base camp
  • 1 nights tented accomodation at High Camp
  • 10 nights accomodation in tea houses on the trek
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek
  • All trekking and climbing permits
  • Climbing Sherpas for the summit climb
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Medical Kit
  • International Flights
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Equipment. Can be hired in Chukung
  • Tips
  • Any extra accomodation fees due to a delay in the itinerary ( bad weather the main cuplrit)
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel costs if you are evacuated early
  • Helicopter rescue fees
  • Visa

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