Island Peak Climbing

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Island Peak Climbing
  • Duration16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate/Technical
  • Max Altitude 6165 M
  • Group Size 20
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
Island Peak Climbing Highlights
  • The Island Peak sits at an altitude of 6189m in the famous Khumbu region.
  • Amazing, the mountain views from Island Peak Summit.
  • View the wide areas of glaciers, and ice, and be face to face with mountain peaks.
  • Gain the necessary experience in a real mountain climbing environment.
  • The extremely unique adventure and experience of camping which is at Island Peak Base camp.
  • Safe and healthy food. 

Island Peak is the peak to climb if you plan to scale Mount Everest or an eight thousand meter peak. An ideal peak for novice climbers and alpinists, climbing Island Peak offers the right challenges to hone your skills and build your confidence. Rising at a height of 6,189 meters, Island Peak, locally known as Imja Tse, is the popular trekking peak in the Everest Region. The first group of climbers to ascend this peak in 1953 were Tenzing Norgay, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie, and Charles Evans. The credit of naming this peak Island Peak goes to British explorer and mountaineer Eric Shipton. The name was given as the mountain looked like an island standing alone which is surrounded by a chain of mountains.

The peak was categorized as a trekking peak by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Island Peak is a popular destination for the non experienced and experienced climbers. As the summit can be climbed from the base camp within a day, most climbers prefer to use it as acclimatization or practice climbing before tackling the 8000-meter giant like Mount Everest. The peak is also one of the best mountains for beginning Himalayan peak climbing.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01:Arrival Kathmandu ;350m/4,429ft
  • Day 02:Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding 2,800m/9,187ft 3-4 hrs
  • Day 03:Phakding to Namche Bazaar3,440 m/11,280ft
  • Day 04:Namche Bazaar : Acclimatization Day 3,438m/11,280ft
  • Day 05:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3,870m/12,697ft
  • Day 06:Tengboche to Dingboche 4,360m/14,305ft 5-6 hrs
  • Day 07:Dingboche to Chhukung 4,730m/15,519ft 3-4 hrs
  • Day 08:Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri and trek back to Chhukung 5,546m/18,196ft 3-4 hrs
  • Day 09:Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp 5,200m/17,061ft 3-4 hrs
  • Day 10:Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp 5,200m/17,061ft
  • Day 11:Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit, back to base campn ,6189m/20,306ft 10-12 hrs
  • Day 12:Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche 3,985m/13,075ft 5-6 hrs
  • Day 13:Pangboche to Namche Bazaar 3,438m/11,280ft 4-5 hrs
  • Day 14:Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2,800m/9,187ft 6-7 hrs
  • Day 15:Fly to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,429ft
  • Day 16:Final departure

Our representative will greet you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be taken to your hotel by our team in its private vehicle after you have completed your customs formalities. Your trekking leader will give you an orientation during the welcome meal after you have rested at your hotel. Overnight will be done at Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1320 M
  • Time:30 Min Drive to Hotel

After breakfast, we have to fly early morning at Lukla, through one of the most beautiful air routes at the world, enjoying breathtaking green and white mountains. This culminates at the hillside landing surrounded by high mountains. Upon our arrival at Lukla, we also meet the rest of our crew members. We then begin our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla to Phakding. To improve acclimatization, we have a short hike today. Moreover, if interested, we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery too. 

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:2610 M
  • Time:30 min Fly and 3 hours walk

On this day at first we follow the Dudh Koshi River and reach Zamphuti. From here you can see excellent views of Thamserku peak. Then you have to ascend to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of these people. From Chomoa, we continue our walk uphill and enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park which is at Monjo (2840m.). We continue our walking uphill with mountain views and finally reach the popular  Namche Bazaar.

  • Accommodation:Lodge`
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3440 M/11280 Ft
  • Time:5-6 Hours walk

Today we take rest at the  proper acclimatization with some excursion. We can also hike at the Everest View Hotel, the ideal place to overview some of the outstanding mountains like Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can walk also around the Khumjung valley, Hillary School and Khunde Hospital and then return back to Namche. In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpa and Rai people.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3440 M/11280 ft
  • Time:2-3 hours hike

This day we have to leave Namche bazaar and walk for some time at the ridge and then descend down to Dudh Koshi River at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge we climb in the steep path up to the Tengboche. On reaching Tengboche you will see at the local monastery. Tengboche have largest Monastery of Khumbu region.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3870 M/12697 ft
  • Time:5-6 hours walk

From Tengboche we move down at the Debouche, cross another exciting suspension bridge at the Imja Khola, and climbs till Pangboche amongst thousands of Mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us at the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:4360 M/14305
  • Time:5-6 hours walk

Today, we have a very short day, and after breakfast, we head further east side to 2-3 hrs gently uphill will reach Chhukung, which is a hidden valley that is near the base of Island Peak. We'll have a full day's rest at the Island peak and the last place to prepare the camping and climbing gear and overnight will be done at Hotel.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:4730 M/15519 ft
  • Time:3-4 hours walk

We will be climbing in Chhukung Ri and will rest and hike in the nearby places and will trek back to Chhukung.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:5550 M/18196 ft
  • Time:3-4 hours hike

 From Chhukung we have to walk along the Imja Khola to Pareshaya Gyab. Here we see the excellent views for the Lhotse Glacier and Nuptse-Lhotse wall. After walking some time from there we have to reach the base camp of the Island peak.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:5200 M/17061 ft
  • Time:3-4 hours walk

On this day, we will be going forward and we will be training and physically and mentally prepare ourselves for our next destination to Island Peak Base Camp

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:5200 M/17061 M
  • Time:2-3 hours walk (up and down)

This day we have to climb the peak. From the Island peak we can also observe and enjoy the amazing view for white mountains of Everest region like Nuptse (7,879m.), Lhotse (8,501m.), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m.) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m.) in the north, Makalu (8475m.), Ama Dablam etc. Then we descend down at  the Base Camp where we will be  stay overnight. 

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:6189m/20,306ft
  • Time:10-11 Hours walk

From Island Peak Base Camp we will be going to Pangboche and we will be hiking in it. Some short trails will follow us. We will our rest at Pangboche.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3,985m/13,075ft
  • Time:5-6 Hours walk

After a night rest at Pangboche, we will wake early in the morning. After packing ourself we will be heading back to Namche Bazaar where we will be planing to return ourselves to our original destination.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3,438m/11,280ft
  • Time:4-5 Hours walk

Finally, we will return to Lukla where the trek will begin, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time the time reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:2800M/9187 ft
  • Time:6-7 hours walk

On This day you will be taking a  flight back to Kathmandu. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast,
  • Max Altitude:1350 M/4429 ft
  • Time:30 min fly and drive to Horel

The trip will ends, our Airport Representative will drop you at the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:1320 M/4429 ft
  • Time:Drive to Airport
Cost Details
What is Included
  • Airport pickup and drop transportations. 
  • Tent and teahouse stay in trek
  • Conservation permit, 
  • Royalty of Peak Climbing
  • 2-night Hotel in Kathmandu on BB Plan. 
  • An experienced licensed holder Climbing/trekking Guide and required porters
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters
  • First Aid kit.
  • Transportation by bus, car, or by flight,
  • Climbing Equipment 
  • All necessary Road transportation
  • All needed Government fees.

What is not Included

  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Extra Night Accommodation in Kathmandu (due to delayed departure or early arrival from the mountains. 
  • Any expense of personal nature Nepal entry Visa fee (USD $40 for 30 days and USD 25 for 15 days Visa, You will get a visa upon your arrival.
  • Any kind of Drinks (bar bills, water, tea, coffee, etc)
  • Tips and Donations
Good to Know

Best Time for Island Peak Climbing

The weather and climbing conditions play a crucial role in determining the best time for Island Peak climbing. The preferred seasons are spring (April-May) and autumn (October-November). 

During these periods, the weather is stable, with clear blue skies and mild temperatures. Climbing in the offseason, like winter or monsoon, is not recommended due to harsh weather conditions and increased risks.

Island Peak Climbing Difficulties Level

Climbing Island Peak can be physically draining for some new in experienced trekkers, but it is not that difficult to climb. Island Peak Climbing is one of the Moderate and Technical level Peak Climbing in Nepal. If you are planning to do Peak climbing in Nepa. it is the best route for you. It is the ideal mountain for novice climbers to scale before they progress at something big. It is also the perfect Himalayan peak for climbers trying to summit a Himalayan peak for the first time. Mountaineers aims to climb Mount Everest usually choose trekking peaks such as Island or Mera Peak to practice their climbing skills. 

Climbing at ice, rock, and snow with technical maneuvers and using ropes to belay and rappel down on Island Peak gives them added confidence. Though it is not technically challenging, one should bear in mind that climbing Island Peak could be physically challenging. At the summit day, you will be walking and climbing non-stop for more than 10 hours.  Only those who are physically and mentally fit can fulfill this challenge. Previous climbing experience, while not necessary, can be an added advantage as the ascent to the summit will be a lot easier for you people.

Island Peak Climbing Routes

The route begins in Kathmandu and later fly to Lukla and takes 30 to 40 minutes to reach the Lukla. Then you will be heading to Phakding. Later we have to follow Dudh Koshi trail and later reach to and reaches Zamphuti.

Later you will have proper acclimatization and will hike at Everest and will overview at Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, etc. On this day we have to leave Namche bazaar and walk for some time along the ridge and then move downwards to Dudh Koshi River which is located at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge, we have to move up at the steep path up at the Tengboche. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Tengboche has the largest Monastery in around Khumbu region.

From Tengboche, we move down at Debouche, Cross another exciting suspension bridge at the Imja Khola. Later, we have to move to at the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We continue to climb as we are heading at the altitude of 4910 meters which is at Lobuche.

This day also we also walk along the Khumbu Glacier at the Everest Base Camp at 5365m. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is wonderful to behold.

This will be one of the most difficult yet interesting days of the trek. In the morning we climb Mt. Kalapatar, a small peak. From Kalapattar we can see the most magnificent mountain panorama of Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8848meters, towers directly ahead, and other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse, and many more.

From Lobuche, we also head to the east and in the Chukkung Valley. The valley is directly under the rock wall which links Nuptse with Lhotse. From Chhukung, we walk along the Imja Khola to Pareshaya Gyab. Here we also see the brilliant views of the Lhotse Glacier and Nuptse Lhotse Wall. 

We will be finding our destination and will be climbing at the Peak. From the Island Peak, we will be going at the Nuptse (7,879 m), Lhotse (8501 m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8410 m), and Lhotse Shar (8383 m) in the north, Makalu (8475 m), Ama Dablam and several more. From Chhukung, we have to go down steeply through the forest of rhododendron and pine. We have moved to Namche Bazaar after then.

We then have to return to Lukla where the trek will begin, which will seem like a lifetime. Finally, we have to time to reflect on the group and seek the personal achievement of all those who have taken part in the journey.

Island Peak Climbing FAQs

  • If you are fit, have basic mountaineering prowess, and have solid preparation, you can easily climb the Island Peak. The peak is a beginner's mountain. Anyone with adequate preparation can climb this Island Peak. The climber should be able to handle the high altitude, steep trekking, and snowy climbing.

  • When you do Everest Base Camp with Island Peak, you also get enough time to acclimatize before the ascent. Also, you will also be exploring the popular landmarks of the trek which includes Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gorak Shep, etc. The journey becomes more exciting and intense sometimes.

  • You will also need a permit to climb Island Peak. Alongside, you will also need Khumbu Regional Area Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit. You will need three  other permits, one for the peak and the other for the areas.

  • You can do Island Peak without prior climbing experience. There is no compulsion to mountaineering experience on this expedition. However, if you have some, it is better. Otherwise, you have to get an alpine course and train yourself physically and mentally.

  • You can also do Island Peak without prior climbing experience. There is no compulsion for mountaineering experience on this expedition. However, if you have some, it is better. Otherwise, you have to take the alpine course and train yourself physically.

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