With no surprise, the Everest region is drawing lots of climbers, trekkers and cultural enthusiasts every year. Island Peak Climbing is popular among novice climbers and advanced beginners. Island Peak locally known as Imja Tse falls in the Sagarmatha National Park, the Himalayas of Northeastern part in Nepal. The prime location of Island peak appears as an island on the sea of ice from Dingboche. This is the reason why it was named as Island Peak by members of the British Mount Everest expedition back in 1953. 

The forbidding and sturdy terrain, region that entangle the culture of local Sherpa people, offers such mighty experiences that trekking in the Himalayas holds in a class by itself. While most of them out there think to travel to the Himalayas as only high-altitude climbing or trekking, Island Peak Expedition offers climbers and trekkers an exciting opportunity to enter the world of the potent  Himalayas. After the successful Island Peak Expedition, one can get the striking view of the Himalayan giants, including the elegant Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Makalu, Baruntse and massive face of Nuptse. 

Nepal trail finder is very transparent regarding what costs include and do not include, and how much you should expect to spend each day. Prices for climbing expeditions are all very, very reasonable. Likewise, staffs are concerned in pre-trip communication which is impeccable, thorough, and timely. Company leadership and staff all are very responsible- they’ll carry extra basic meds for altitude, gastroenteritis, etc. Throughout the trip our staff will take good care of you. This is not what we say, this is what Nepal Trail Finder Trekkers family say.

Summit Day

The Summit day to Island Peak starts very early with an interesting scramble along a glacier from a rock ridge. There is a steep snow head wall above the rock ridge that leads to the summit. Our peak expert guides fix new ropes to ensure 100 percent safe ascend with Harness and Jumar for the challenging and strenuous section of the climb. This section climbs up 65 degree face about the last 100 meters of the summit ridge. The breath taking view from the summit is the reward for your all courage and physical efforts to drag yourself there. You can see a stunning panorama of massive Himalayan peaks-Lhotse  (8516 meters)- Lhotse central (8401 meters), Nuptse (7873 meters) which crate a semi-circle towards north and the view of Baruntse (7129 meters), Makalu (8463 meters) and famous peak of Amadablam (6812 meters) in the southern are. This is definitely a never forgetting experience of climbing Island peak with E.B.C.Trek.

Trip Highlights of Island Peak Climbing

Striking view of the Himalayan giants, including the elegant Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Makalu, Baruntse and massive face of Nuptse. 

Explore the region that entangle the culture of local Sherpa people.

Quality time in Everest region.

Island peak summit at the elevation of 6189m.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02: Trek Preparation Day
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m)
  • Day 04: Phakding to Namche (3440m)
  • Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar(3440m)
  • Day 06: Namche – Thyangboche (Tengboche) (3680m)
  • Day 07: Thyangboche – Pheriche (4240 m)
  • Day 08: Pheriche – Lobuche (4950m)
  • Day 09: Lobuche – Gorakshep (5160m)- Everest Base Camp (5364m)
  • Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar(5550m) - Chhukung (4730m)
  • Day 11: Chhukung - Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)
  • Day 12: Island Base Camp - High Camp (5600m)
  • Day 13: Acclimatization
  • Day 14: High Camp – Summit (6189m) & back to Base Camp
  • Day 15: Base Camp – Pangboche (3940m)
  • Day 16: Pangboche – Namche(3440m)
  • Day 17: Namche – Lukla(2860m)
  • Day 18: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Day 19: Drive to airport for Final Departure
  • Day 01 :Arrive in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel

    You might land in Tribhuban international airport at any time. Our airport representative will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 02 :Trek Preparation Day

    On the second day, you’ll visit our office at Thamel for trek preparation. Likewise, you’ll meet your fellow trekkers. We will roam around Thamel for shopping the kinds of stuffs that you’ll need during your trekking.

  • Day 03 :Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m)

    On the third day, you’ll take an early morning flight to Lukla. The domestic airport at Lukla surprises every visitor in Everest region. You’ll then trek for 4 hours all the way to Phakding soon after you land at Lukla. Overnight in Phakding.

  • Day 04 :Phakding to Namche (3440m)

    On your fourth day of your Island Peak Expedition, you’ll trek to Namche from Phakding. It will be around 830 meters of gain in elevation. At about half-way up the ascent from Phakding to Namche, a gap in the trees allows you to spy on Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear enough, the top and the southwest ridge will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Finally, after 5 to 6 hours of total trek from Phakding, you’ll reach Namche. Overnight at Hotel in Namche Bazar.

  • Day 05 :Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar(3440m)

    On the acclimatization day in Namche, we can roam around the essential town of the Everest or Khumbu district and has government workplaces, ATMs, internet cafés, shops and a colorful market. Likewise, you can climb up to Sagarmatha National Park and appreciate the dawn over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, etc. If you are keen on multi day climb, you can trek to Khumjung village. Similarly, today you can visit the Hillary School and a cloister which houses a sasquatch scalp! Medium-term in Namche Bazaar.

  • Day 06 :Namche – Thyangboche (Tengboche) (3680m)

    Today, the trek until Phunki is a simple walk. From there you’ll climb towards Tengboche town which houses the renowned Tengboche religious community which is the greatest cloister of the Everest area. It is situated inside the Sagarmatha National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The religious community is honored with all-encompassing perspectives on the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The Tengboche Monastery opens at 3:00pm, so on the off chance that you reach there by 3 o'clock you can watch a Buddhist religious function. Overnight in Tengboche.

  • Day 07 :Thyangboche – Pheriche (4240 m)

    The trail today slides and goes through lavish backwoods of birch, and rhododendron trees. While trekking through, you can appreciate great perspectives on Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Later, you’ll walk downhill to Debuche and cross the Imja River to reach Pangboche. Further, you’ll stroll towards the upper Pangboche trail and appreciate the Himalayan vista and the Pangboche Monastery. After your lunch at Pangboche, you’ll continue your trek past the turn off for the Aba Dablam Base Camp. Ahead of you, the view of the landscape becomes very barren. The trail then continue uphill to the Pheriche pass from where you can get the sight of the town of Pheriche not too far away. Finally, you’ll reach Pheriche and stay overnight.

  • Day 08 :Pheriche – Lobuche (4950m)

    Today, you’ll trek mostly on the moraine of the Khumbu glacier. You’ll gain around 610m (2,000ft) in elevation. Later, you’ll reach the Climber’s and Sherpa’s memorial today on the way to Lobuche. You can take a rest and pay your tribute for a somber reminder of all the tragedy in these mountains during climbing expeditions. You’ll get a view of The silvery river twisting through the valley and that is the Dudh Kosi. Likewise, the Mountain you see is Ama Dablam. Finally, you’ll reach Lobuche and stay overnight.

  • Day 09 :Lobuche – Gorakshep (5160m)- Everest Base Camp (5364m)

    After early morning breakfast, a slow, steady climb much of the way from Lobuche starts all the way to Gorak Shep. only about three miles of trek and you’ll reach Gorekshep, but the high altitude really is the reason for moving slowly. You can get the beautiful view of tall, rocky, snowcapped mountains completely around you. The trek to Everest Base Camp isn't extremely troublesome. Be that as it may, you’ll rise and plummet for the most part on an icy mass way. There is additionally a ton of winding on harsh landscapes. As you achieve the base camp, you’ll appreciate the unbelievable liquefy designs and respect the delicately adjusted ice towers on the upper piece of the Khumbu ice sheet. The Everest Base Camp is incredibly delightful. Likewise, you can appreciate astonishing perspectives on Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains from the base camp. In the wake of absorbing the excellence, finally you’ll stroll back towards Gorak Shep and stay overnight.

  • Day 10 :Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar(5550m) - Chhukung (4730m)

    Early in the morning, you’ll get up right on time for the approach of Kala Patthar. It will be dim outside with cold temperature and no doubt nippy breezes. Then you’ll stroll on a genuinely steep trail at an agreeable pace. As you are strolling the slope, you can see Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse mountains. The view from the summit is extraordinary. You can see the world's tallest mountain Everest along other relentless Himalayan pinnacles. Subsequent to investing some energy at the summit of Kala Patthar, you’ll stroll back to Gorak Shep which is generally simpler than climbing up to Kala Patthar. After lunch in Gorak Shep you’ll continue trekking to Chhukkung. As a matter of fact Chukung is a small settlement at high altitude.Likewise, it is the place where you’ll make final preparations for the Island peak climbing from here.

  • Day 11 :Chhukung - Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)

    Today, after breakfast you’ll start your trek to Island Peak Base Camp. It will be a 4 hours short trek. The trail follows most of ascents along the southeastern direction from Chhukung. Finally, you’ll reach the base camp of the mountain at under its southwestern face at the head of an open wide valley. Overnight stay at base camp.

  • Day 12 :Island Base Camp - High Camp (5600m)

    The trail from Island Peak base camp to High camp is mostly challenging and you’ll ascend the steep hillside with sand and boulders. Likewise, you might sometimes be moving through a narrow passage between huge rocks. The staffs from Nepal Trail Finder will set up tents and you’ll spend overnight inside tented camps at high camp.

  • Day 13 :Acclimatization

    You’ll have a big day tomorrow and you’ll have to brace yourself for this journey the next day. Hence, you’ll spend your day acclimating and preparing for the next day. Our staff will brief you with all the challenges and train you with the use of climbing stuff. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Day 14 :High Camp – Summit (6189m) & back to Base Camp

    Finally the big day is on, Early in the morning around 1 am you’ll wake up and start your big day. The challenging and also the most exciting day of the expedition that culminates you into your victory over the Island Peak. During your ascend at first, you’ll pass through a rocks, then continue your walk along a crest-line. Finally, you’ll reach the bottom of the glacier that begins at the summit. To avoid falling into crevasses, you’ll use ropes to move up the glacier the way you were trained yesterday. Finally you’ll reach the top and stand atop the summit, enjoy incredible views around you. You will have the sense of victory and contentment and the enthusiasm that fills you at the top will be amazing. After enough time for the Himalayan view, you’ll finally climb down to the base camp.

  • Day 15 :Base Camp – Pangboche (3940m)

    Today, the day will be much more relaxing than the previous ones because you are now making a descend and leaving the high altitude. On your way down you’ll get the view of stunning scenery. Finally, you will stop at Pangboche for the overnight stay.

  • Day 16 :Pangboche – Namche(3440m)

    Your descend today from Tengboche will be rapid all the way to Namche. The route will be mostly downhill however you might need to make steep climb after you cross the Dudh Koshi River. Finally, the trail walks you through numerous bends with short ascents and descents until you reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche.

  • Day 17 :Namche – Lukla(2860m)

    Today, you’ll start your trek to Namche Bazaar on a rough territory. It is generally a declining trek on a trail near the Dudh Koshi River. Then you’ll cross a few suspensions spans, go by a few religious communities and towns before coming to Lukla. Subsequent to coming to Lukla you’ll go through the rest of the day accepting rest as today will be your last day on the mountains. Overnight in Lukla.

  • Day 18 :Fly Lukla – Kathmandu

    Today, you’ll find an early morning flight to Kathmandu after your long mountain venture. In the wake of achieving Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some trinket shopping. On the off chance that you might need to investigate some other zones of Kathmandu, you can do that today. Our guide can assist you with both keepsake shopping and touring. There will be a goodbye supper at night to praise the effective culmination of your adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 19 :Drive to airport for Final Departure

    Your experience with us and with Nepal closes today. A Nepal Trail Finder representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport a couple of hours before the flight. And you’ll leave Nepal with a new feeling never felt before.

Cost Includes

  • All transportations during the trip
  • Round airfare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • All airport taxes
  • All necessary documents and paperwork (TIMS cards and permit)
  • Highly experienced English speaking Government Registered trekking guide and porter to carry luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Guide and porter (salaries, equipment, food and lodging, insurance and transportation)
  • Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Chlorine treated drinking water
  • Accommodation: Private /Share and single/double room in Mountain
  • First aid box
  • All government and local taxes
  • Farewell dinner
  • Souvenir

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (Phone calls, WIFI, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, boiled water and hot shower)
  • Tipping and donations

Climbing Island Peak Difficulty

Climbing Island Peak is not that easy, however it can made easier by spending more time on the trek in and on the mountain. You have to climb up at the lower oxygen level in the trail. The summit statistics show most people are not summiting Island peak. If you are planning to do Island Peak Climbing in 10 days then it is more dangerous and challenging expedition. This obviously downs your chances of success. Hence, Nepal Trail Finder with Climbing Experts made the itinerary of 18 days, so that you can trek easily and minimize the Peak Climbing Difficulty Level. Generally you need good level of fitness, and excellent physical conditioning. Moreover you should be determined and have faith in yourself that you can climb up. We recommend not to do any thing without the guidance of Expedition Experts.

Island Peak Climbing Permit

The Island Peak Climbing Permit varies from season to season. The permit cost in Spring(March-April-May) is $40, Autumn(Sept-Oct-Nov) is $20, Winter(Dec-Jan-Feb) is $10, Summer(June-July-Aug) is $10. Permits and TIMS cards can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office, Kathmandu. We can prepare these all documents for you, if you visit with Nepal Trail Finder.

Island Peak Climbing Equipment

As you are climbing a Peak, you should have following climbing equipments. These are most essential gears for Island and other Peak Climbing. You can find more required equipments below.

  1. Accessory Cord

  2. Ice Axe

  3. Crampons

  4. Climbing Harness

  5. Trekking Poles

  6. Double Boots

  7. Gloves

Points to Remember

  • Since this is the peak expedition, preparation and training prior to trek is much recommended.

  • Novice climbers and beginners must take training regarding the rock climbing and peak climbing.

  • The peak expedition prior training gives you idea regarding the Mountain movement skills, climbing up and descending through fixed ropes, Technical climbing skills and Mountaineering rope work.

Trip Map

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  • Trip Duration 15 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Difficulty Difficult
  • Trip StylePeak Climbing
  • AccommodationCamping
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