• Country Nepal
  • Duration 20 Days
  • Region Khumbu (Everest Region)
  • Max Altitude 6,189 meters / 20,306 feets
  • Group Size 4 to 6 People
  • Arrival On Kathmandu
  • Departure From Kathmandu
  • Grade Moderate
  • Meals Dinners in Kathmandu / All meals in the Trek
  • Accommodations 4* Boutique Hotel/ Lodges in Trek
  • Prime Activity Mountaineering
  • Minor Activity Culture and Trekking
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Date & Price
  • Include & Exclude
  • Logistics
  • Grade
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Trip Overview

The Gateway for big Expeditions

Island peak is one of the most famous 6000-meter peaks in the Himalayas. A Swiss expedition team first climbed this peak in 1956 as a training exercise. The expedition was in preparation for the ascent of Mount Everest and Lhotse. Many mountaineers still use Island peak as an acclimatization climbing peak.  Island peak is also locally known as Imja Tse because of the Imja Lake beneath of the mountain.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes the Island peak climbing with a trek to Gokyo lake.  Gokyo lake is situated in the Everest region thus it is also known as Sagarmatha National Park. Which is the UNESCO world heritage site due to its excellent area, Glaciers, deep valleys, stunning mountains and dominating Mount Everest The popularity of the Everest region has not ceased to grow since the first conquest of the Top of the World in May 1953. The region is famous for the good reason; some of the most spectacular and beautiful mountain scenery in the world combines with the famous friendliness and hospitality of the Sherpa people.

An early flight to Lukla offers a stunning view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Beneath the plane a vast agricultural terrace of the hilly region. The beginning two days hike till Namche consisted of green vegetation, lush forest, colorful monasteries and stone craft walls. And continuous smiling faces of the Sherpa people.

After the two days warm up hiking, the landscape dramatically changes to a treeless territory with an outstanding view of 8000 meter Giants like Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu. And thus numerous 7000-meter peaks along with the beautiful Ama Dablam, the “Matterhorn of Nepal”. An acclimatization rest day at Gokyo Lake, Shangri-la, which encircles with various mountains. rest day will also provide us time to prepare for our Cho-la pass and Island peak climbing.  Crossing Cho-La pass will specify an excellent static physical aptitude. That helps to understand stamina and strength Moreover it increase the confidence to achieve the summit of Island Peak.

Island Peak ascent will be via southwest ridge with a stunning panoramic view of the giant mountains. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS competent Sherpa guides will accompany the team till the summit. On our way back, we cross the World Heritage site Tengboche Monastery through a forest of Juniper, Fir, and Rhododendron.

Trekking and climbing in the outdoors especially in the Himalaya provide some health benefits ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. It is also the best place where we have enough time to discover oneself and rejuvenate our life. Beside personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy by giving work to people who were affected by the April 2015 earthquake.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team is an honor to welcome you in the Himalaya. We are committed to organizing small groups with high-quality services. Which are essential for flexibility, contentment, good ambiance also precious exchanges of cultures and knowledge with our local team.

Dream…Explore…Discover…


Highlights of Trip

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS propose the climb of Island Peak with a beautiful trek to Gokyo lake and Cho-la pass

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Breathtaking domestic flight to Lukla, and back to Kathmandu
  • Trekking through the world's famous Everest area: the Khumbu, the land of the Sherpas
  • Acclimatization climb on Gokyo Ri, 5443 meters, and cross of Cho La pass at 5420 meters
  • Fascinating glimpse of the highest beautiful turquoises lakes of Gokyo at 4750 meters
  • Great mountaineering experience on a 6000-meter peak: Island Peak
  • Discovery of the ancient Himalayan settlements
  • Extraordinary views on some giants of the Himalaya: Everest, Ama Dablam "the Swiss    Matterhorn of Nepal", Lhotse (the fifth highest peak), etc.
  • The importance placed on high-quality organization, staff, equipment and services to a small team of trekkers-climbers.

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Altitude Chart of Trip

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Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2 : Sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Day 3 : Kathmandu-Lukla -Phakding (2610m), 3 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 4 : Phakding –Namche (3440m), 5 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 5 : Rest day in Namche / Lodge
  • Day 6 : Namche to Dole (4100m) 6 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 7 : Dole to Machhermo (4400m), 5 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 8 : Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4750m), 5 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 9 : Rest at Gokyo Lake or hike to Gokyo Ri (5453m), 4 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 10 : Gokyo Lake to Dragnag (4700m), 6 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 11 : Dragnag via Cho-La Pass to Dzong La (4850m), 6 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 12 : Dzongla to Chhukung (4730m), 7 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 13 : Chhukung to Island peak high camp (5600m), 6 hrs / Tent
  • Day 14 : Ascent of Island Peak (6189m) and back to high camp, 8 hrs / Tent
  • Day 15 : Island peak High camp to Debuche (3820m), 5-6 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 16 : Debuche to Namche, 6 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 17 : Namche to Lukla, 6 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 18 : Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 19 : Leisure day in Kathmandu (reserve day/shopping, rest)
  • Day 20 : International flight back (we suggest at evening)

Date & Price

Please be advised that we stay at your disposal for a customized Island Peak Trip. 

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price Voyage Status Book Now
10 Sep, 2017 30 Sep, 2017 N/A Book Now
22 Oct, 2017 09 Nov, 2017 4780 Booking open Book Now

Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that participant know the total costs of their adventure trip in advance!

  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Flight Kathmandu-Lukla and back (by airplane), incl. the local taxes
  • Accommodation in 4-Star Boutique Hotels in Kathmandu on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Four dinners in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trekking, on a sharing basis
  • Attached room at Namche, Gokyo, and Lukla
  • Major meals during trekking
  • A well-experienced and trained Team: Guide, Sherpa(s) (depending on the number of participants), cook for high camp, porters/yaks, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging
  • Tented accommodation, on a sharing basis with all necessary equipment for climbing period.
  • Food for the climbing period
  • Transportation of the luggage and composite material from Kathmandu, and back
  • Lukla personal climbing material cargo up to 15 kg
  • All necessary trekking and climbing permits
  • The technical material to secure the mountain and passes if needed
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Communication means in case of emergency
  • Oxygen, mask, and regulator in case of emergency
  • Medical first aid kit
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Lastly a big Smiley from Wild Yak Expedition Team.

Price Excludes

  • International flight 
  • Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight (except see "included")
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu or on the way to/from trekking due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the trekking due to any reason which is not related to WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunches in Kathmandu
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment and climbing equipment
  • Individual beverages and personal expenses (phone calls, satellite communications, Internet, laundry, battery recharge and shower in the lodges, extra porters, and all other personal items)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips (Guide, Sherpa(s), Porters/yak men, driver, City guide, etc.)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price.

Logistics

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In the case of emergency, the group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.

The Guide is also outfitted with communication means, only to be used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS also works with the national helicopter rescue airlines.

To minimize risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes and the climbing period of the Peak, weather forecasts are provided to the Guide on a regular basis.

Depending on the difficulty of some climbing route in peak, guide and assistant guide will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, like fixing the rope and assisting the whole group (4-6 persons) all the way to the top and back

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely to modified during the trekking by your Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be One to keep to the scheduled itinerary. However, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

The Guide will try to ensure that the trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you for being prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a trekking trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our trekking programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure.

OUR TEAM

The success of this Trekking Peak Trip depends on both the personal status of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' team carefully selected according to their expertise in the particular environment and individual aptitudes. Our team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Our Guide: is a professional mountaineering guide with experience in conducting in high altitude around the Himalaya, including first aid training and in-depth knowledge of the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. He will help as the interpreter with the local population. He is ensuring your safety and is ensuring that everything is running accordingly to the program. He plays a vital role in taking care of the participants' needs, supervising the staff and assuring the safety requirements and leading the members all the way through the trekking and during the climbing period, providing you with interesting information about the mountains, the culture, and traditions of this part of Nepal. He also makes sure that the rubbish properly managed, and the route is kept clean throughout the whole Trip. Though WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is in charge of the booking of the majority of the lodges, it is the Guide responsibility to ensure that the lodges are convenient and the food of good quality. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will frequently be informed about the progression of the group during the trekking/climbing experience. Guide and assistant guide will secure the necessary technical parts of the peak for climbing and support the group while climbing.

Climbing Sherpa (assistant guide): Our assistant guide also has a government license but must work as an assistant guide during some time to become a company approved Guide. He assists the Guide with all the essential duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. Accompanying and supporting the guide during climbing of peak. He is equipped with an emergency first aid kit and walks along with the clients to monitor the group.

Kitchen team: is composed of a cook and kitchen boys (depending the number of participants). Its role is to provide excellent food to the members, by respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and ensure that the campsite is comfortable. The kitchen boy(s) is/are assisting the cook by cleaning the dishes, getting the water and ensuring that the campground is kept clean. The Cook manages the campsite while the participants are on the mountain.

Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters' rights and have high standards to make sure that they treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses and medical insurances.

In some places where the porters usually replaced by yaks, it is the responsibility of the yak driver ("yak man") to ensure that the transportation of material carried in an appropriate manner.

ACCOMMODATION & MEAL

In Kathmandu / Pokhara: We stay at 4-Star Boutique Hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screen by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

Transportation: All the transportations in Kathmandu will attend by a private vehicle. Flight to Lukla and back done by two engines, Otter Aeroplane.

During Trekking: we stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouse) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination and program. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your sleeping bag. Showers are available at the majority of the lodges. Please note that majority of the toilets are common in the lodges, except in few of them where we provide you with attached rooms on available, especially on resting day at Namche and Gokyo to enjoy a shower and enjoy your rest day.

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as Continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant's charge, except the coffee and the selection of teas that served for breakfast and in the afternoon upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch packages are also available some specific days.

Base Camp: According to the present program, we settle campsites at the base camp, installing dining and kitchen tent and enjoy the meals prepared by our kitchen team. Sleeping tents provided on a sharing basis with a single mattress individually.

To make your stay comfortable in the campsites, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers the lightening for the dining and kitchen tents and solar batteries charging facilities.

THE ASCENT

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Team constituted with some of the best Sherpa mountain guides in the Himalaya. Its co-founder Norbu Sherpa has himself climbed seven times Mount Everest and is a summiteer of numerous other 8000-meter peaks. The company WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is seriously dedicated and focused on the climbing security features and quality services.

A team of 2-3 qualified and experienced Sherpa guide secures the ascent route by fixing ropes in the technical parts of the mountain, where necessary.

A basic mountaineering exercise usually conducted at the base camp before climbing. The group is then guided to the summit and way back by a team of 2 / 3 Sherpa guides of WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS.

Weather reports regularly forwarded during the climbing period and as well while crossing the passes, in the event of the unstable weather situation.

Grade

Pre-Training before Trek

Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make many healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.

Before your embark for your Island Peak trekking and climbing, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular aerobic exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally, you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building an excellent stamina and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth to go for at least once a week for a 3 to 4-hour hike, which familiarizes already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatize and enjoy the trekking days.

TREKKING GRADE

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Trekking for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you.

ISLAND PEAK Trekking: Moderate 

A moderate trekking grade takes into account the following factors:

  • An altitude up to 5500 m above sea level 

  • An average trail inclination of about 30%-45%; some sections may consist of loose, sandy, gravel ground and 
boulders 

  • An average of 400 to 800 elevation ascent a day (especially when crossing passes) 

  • The capacity to walk comfortably on glacier moraines 

  • A trail, which may be rough paved, loose dirt, slippery, in landslide area, icy or snowy (in some parts you might be assisted by the guides) 

  • The aptitude for walking at least 4-7 hours per day (longer days when crossing the passes 8-9 hrs.)

It requires the following skills from each participant:

  • A good stamina, to be able to walk for several hours at a sustained walking pace in a high altitude environment during several subsequent days 

  • You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident (depending on the trail conditions, you may need some help in certain sections, especially while crossing the passes) 

  • You can carry a small personal backpack up to 4 kg

CLIMBING GRADE:

  • Fitness required good body strength, good stamina, and efficiency at altitude, right mental attitude and prepared to deal with the demanding situations of the high altitude.
  • Technical Skill: Basic climbing knowledge should be confident in glacier walking with a crampon, abseiling and ascending devices use, able to walk together in same rope.
  • Climbing experience: at least 4000-meter peak climbing expertise in the Alps.
  • Strength: Should be able to carry a 3/5kg backpack and climb in the high altitude environment.
  • Climbing distance between Camps: 4/6hrs
  • Summit distance overall: 9/10 hrs from last camp and back to camp.
  • No of Higher Camps: 1 camp
  • Degree of objective: Low
  • Vertical Sections: less and short sections (25/35 degree)
  • Ice climbing: rarely short sections
  • Mix Ice and Rock Climbing: Rarely some sections, but may use hands to cross some boulder.
  • Altitude: 4,500 meters to 6,000 meters elevation
  • Oxygen Level in the body: 59% to 49%

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