Chukkhung to Island Peak

Chukkhung to Island Peak Overview

Island Peak also known as Imja Tse, (6189m) lies in the eastern part of Nepal and falls under Sagarmatha National Park. This peak was named Island peak in 1953 by the members of the British Mount Everest expedition because when it is viewed from Dingboche, it appears as an island in a sea of ice. Later, the name was changed to Imja Tse, but island peak is more popular among people. The peak itself is the continuation of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar separated by a col. The southwest of Imja or island peak was first climbed by Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, Charles Wylie, and 7 other sherpa. It was done in 1953, as a part of a training exercise by a British expedition that went on to Summit Mount Everest. However, the main summit was first climbed by Hans- Rudolf Von Gunten with two other Sherpas as members of the Swiss team that went on to make the second ascent to Mount Everest and first ascent of Lhotse. The base camp of Island peak lies at the elevation of 5087m, which is called Pareshaya Gyab and the high camp lies at the elevation of 5600m. From the base camp, the trails are covered with glaciers, steep snow, and ice slopes which requires very experienced climbers with mountaineering skills. From the top of Island peak, you can see a massive view of Mount Lhotse.

This tour takes around 10 days starting from chukkung if you take proper rest and take some days off. t cost you around 900-1100$ including all your flight tickets, travel insurance, permits, food and accommodations etc.

Highlights of Chukkhung to Island Peak

  • Glacial walk and climbing to Island peak
  • Experience the tented night camps
  • Diverse flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Spectacular view of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Best season to climb

The best season to climb Is Spring (March-May) and autumn (September- November). This season comes with fewer challenges. It is also possible to climb in the winter season, you just have to be ready for more challenges and extremely cold weather which is below -15 degrees Celsius. This peak climbing cannot be done in Monsoon also known as the summer season since the trails are slippery due to heavy rainfall.

Other requirements

Insurance- travel insurance is kind of a mandatory thing before traveling anywhere. You can always purchase your travel insurance from your travel agencies. It usually costs around 150$(15000 NRS) good for 30 days. You need to give them complete details about the places and altitudes you will be reaching because your insurance depends on details you have given earlier.

Nepal visas/passports – foreigners other than Indians need to have valid visas and passports before visiting Nepal. The passport must hold a minimum of 6 months of visa validity from their date of arrival. They can have the Nepalese visa at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International airport.

Packing List

Clothing and equipment

Travel wallet Climbing shocks
Backpack Thermals tops/bottoms
Duffel bag Synthetic underwear
Trekking boots Synthetic climbing/trekking pants
Trekking shocks Insulated pants
Light weight sneakers Shell pants(water proof)
Medium weight Gaiters(water proof) Medium weight long john tops
Foot powder Synthetic pile jacket
Down booties Down jacket
Double insulated climbing boots Shell jacket (light weight waterproof)
Heavy gaiters  Down parka
Buff neck gaiters Face mask
Fleece gloves Winter/summer hat
Climbing gloves Glacier glasses 
Chemical hand warmers and foot warmers Dark goggles
Climbing pack Double lenth and single length sling
Lightweight harness Climbing ascender 
Locking/non-locking carabiners Prusik cord
Helmet Alpine ice axe
Point crampons Figure 8 and Rappel device
Trekking poles Backpack cover
Down sleeping bag Sleeping pads
Batteries Headlamps
Water bottles Camera
Thermos Charger/adapter 
Water purification tablets  Power banks
Travel towel Safety kit 
Hand sanitizer Suns cream and lip balm
Altitude sickness medicine  Wash kit
Cup, bowl, spoon  Trash bags and tissue papers

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Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather in Island peak
The temperature in the Island peak summit always remains under the freezing point. Even in lower altitudes, it is quite cold. However, in the spring season, the average temperature over 4000m is around 17-25 degrees Celsius in the daytime and the minimum temperature is -15 degrees Celsius especially in the morning and night. In the winter season, the temperature below 4000m is around 12 to -5 degrees Celsius. In higher altitudes over 4000m, the temperature is around 8 to -15 Degrees Celsius. The summit is even colder. During the monsoon /summer season, the temperature below 4000m remains around 2- 18 degrees Celsius and over 4000m remains 10 to -2 degrees Celsius.
Food and accommodation
The route to the island peak from Chukkung have enough teahouses run by local people. They provide a comfortable room with twin sharing beds, blankets, and pillows. But once you reach the base camp, you need to do camping and that is why all the stuff for camping is necessary. Tents, sleeping bags, mats, liners, are highly recommended. Food- food in teahouses is healthy and delicious. You will have options like Dal, Bhat, vegetables and also some western foods. Burgers, chips, soft drinks, beer, pastries, fries, bars, and many more are available there. Again once you reach the base camp and start the camping, you need to prepare your own food. Or if you are traveling through any travel agency they will hire a cook for you and make some easy foods.
Transportation
Bus- there is no bus available from Kathmandu to reach Lukla. Lukla is the starting point of this trek and the only airway is the option to reach there. Airplane- your starting point of the trek is Lukla. Flights are easily available from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes 30 minutes and costs you around 4000 NRS. Once you reach Lukla, you will head towards Namche Bazar and start your trek from Phakding.
Communication and electronics
Electricity and communication service are not much of a problem in the Island peak trek. Especially in lower altitudes, all the teahouses have electricity for you to charge your phones and other electronics. Mobile Coverage is available in some place and most of them have satellite phones. Internet facility is also available in teahouses. Even though not so reliable it will definitely help you to connect with your friends and families. However, during your camping days or once you reach base camp, these facilities are not available. Extra batteries and power banks are highly recommended.
Guides and porters
Being one of the mountain areas, trekking all by yourself is quite difficult. Hiring a guide could help you a lot. They have proper knowledge of directions, accommodations, camping sites, and many more. the Guide usually charges you around 30-35$ per day. Porters are a really important part of this trek. If you are planning on a camping trek you need them to carry all your gear and equipment. They charge you around 20-25$ per day.
Safety and fitness
Island peak trek is certainly among the difficult ones. Peak climbing experiences are mandatory in this trek. You have to walk for 6-7 hours per day. It is very important to have a high level of fitness so that you can enjoy your journey without any difficulties. All the mountaineering and climbing skills like using crampons, ice axe, ropes, harnesses, etc are highly needed. The way to the summit is very difficult and the summit ridge is quite airy with steep drops off to the sides. Having a high level of concentration and patience is important. You need to practice light exercise, running, jogging, and build your muscle strength before your journey starts. The maximum height in this trek is 6189m, which increases the risk of altitude sickness. You have to stay hydrated throughout your journey, eat nutritional food, and check your oxygen level from time to time and walk slowly so that you can adjust with increasing heights. If you ever feel any symptoms of altitude sickness like nausea, increased heart rates, breathing difficulties, etc. you need to talk to your guide, your friends, or anyone near you. Lastly, this peak is not recommended to non-experienced or new learners.
Permits and fees
Sagarmatha National Park Permit- this permit costs 3000NRS (30$) to every trekker beside SAARC countries. It costs only 1500NRS (15$) to SAARC countries. Pasang Lhamu VDC permit- this permit costs 2000 NRS (20$) to every trekker. Island peak climbing permit- the cost for this permit depends on the seasons. Spring (March-May)-250$ Autumn (September- November)-125$ Winter (December- February)-70$ Summer (June-August)-70$

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