Island Peak Climb

  • 14 days
  • Strenuous
  • 6189 Meters
  • Min. 2 Pax
  • April - May and Oct - Nov

Trip Overview

Island Peak climb (6189m) also popular as Imja Tse which by its name looks similar to an island in a sea of ice is an expansion of the edge coming down to the southern tip of Lhotse Shar. It is set in the heart of the Khumbu region and presents moderate challenge for mountaineers. Unforgettably, you will get to discover one of the best views in the world including the views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam etc. From the summit of the peak. If you are looking for the thrill of adventure with peak climbing in Nepal, Island Peak Climbing is the perfect choice.

To begin our Island Peak climb, we will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding from where we will move ahead on an uneven trail; go across several suspension bridges; and thick wooded area of pine and cedar trees to reach Namche Bazaar which is the center of Everest region. At Namche Bazaar, we will have an acclimatization day to avoid altitude sickness and hike to Everest View Hotel to lock up striking views of Everest, Tawache, Amadablam, Lhotse, and more on your mind.  Visiting famous Tengboche monastery and witnessing serene background of Mount Amadablam, Mt. Everest and many other peaks are another highlight of the trip.

We will also make way to the appealing Sherpa settlement – Dingboche famous as ‘summer valley’ which bestows dazzling views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, etc, before reaching Island Peak Base Camp (5240m). Learning some skills of peak climbing we will walk to the summit of Island Peak ascending the rock ravine to get to an edge line and arrive at the muzzle of the glacier to experience one of the memorable moments.

Just let Nepal Hiking Team know about it if you are interested in Island Peak Climbing. We will rightly plan the trip in a best feasible way satisfying all your needs.

Itinerary Expand all

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

When you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, one of the airport representatives from Nepal Hiking Team will welcome you and escort you to the hotel. Then, you will check into the hotel, and relax at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 hours     

We will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu on this day. As we reach Lukla lying 2804m high, we will start trekking slowly to Cheplung village where the beautiful glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a holy peak appears. We will then pass lush background and the arresting views of Kusum Kangraru will mesmerize us before we reach Phakding. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours

Departing from Phakding, on this day, we will trek to Namche Bazaar taking approximately 6 hours. The eye-catching settings on the way will completely allure anyone. Upon reaching close to the Jorsale Village, we will enter Sagarmatha National park. Then, we will walk on an uneven trail; traverse several suspension bridges; and thick forest of pine and cedar trees. After challenging climb, we will reach Namche Bazaar, the major set in the Everest region which is surrounded by snowy peaks and where Sherpa people reside. Namche was long ago a trading post for Tibetan and Nepalese traders. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Namche Bazaar - Everest View Hotel – Namche

We have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar on this day. We can explore around Namche Bazaar or hike to Everest View Hotel to capture stunning views of Everest, Tawache, Amadablam, Lhotse, and more. We will also visit The Everest Photo Gallery and The Sherpa Culture Museum while returning back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hours

From Namche, we will move rather close to the arresting views of Mount Everest. After that, walk down to the Dudh Koshi Valley from where we will make way to the Dudh Koshi valley to get to the Tengboche. It is located at the height of 3860m. Apart from visiting famous Tengboche monastery, you will be rewarded by the serene background of Mount Amadablam, Mt. Everest and many other peaks. Overnight at a guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hours

From Tengboche we will walk for approximately 5 hours to reach Dingboche. We will move down to Debuche and go across another suspension bridge over the Imja River. Also, we will climb to Pangboche which is set lying between massive Mani stones. From Pangboche, we will make way to the appealing Sherpa settlement – Dingboche. It is named as ‘summer valley’ which bestows stunning views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Island Peak etc. Overnight at a guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp (5240m/17187ft) Duration: 6 hours

From Dingboche, it takes around 6 days to reach Island Peak Base Camp. We will begin slowly following the Imja Valley which rewards with awesome views of Ama Dablam. Also, we will follow the moraines that pour from Lhotse lying 8501m high to the smooth flat area at Pareshaya Gyab. Then, finally, we will arrive at Island Peak Base Camp which lies at the elevation of 5240m. Overnight at tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

On this day you will also get training from our veteran guides on peak climbing skills and using climbing equipments such as ice axe, crampons, harness, etc as well as ropes. Learning the skills improves your confidence to reach at the summit of the peak.

Day 08 - Island Peak Base Camp to summit Peak (6189m/20300ft) and back to Chhukung 10 – 11 hours

This is the most important day of the trek as we will reach at the peak of the Island Peak lying at the height of 6189m. We will begin early in the morning since we need to walk for approximately 11 hours on this day. We will go up to the rock gorge to reach at an edge line, which leads us to the muzzle of the glacier. Then we will get to the top of the Island peak. Reaching at the top and discovering the amazing views will remain in your memories forever. After that, we will return back to the base camp. Overnight at camp.

Day 09 - Island Peak Base Camp to Summit Peak (6189m/20300ft) and back to Chhukung, Duration: 10 – 11 hours

Today is the Island Peak Ascent (6,189m). We will begin our climb early in the morning, generally around 1 AM. In the beginning, we will climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we will descend all the way to Dingboche for overnight stay. Overnight stay at the guesthouse/tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Reserve Day for Contingency

There is no such guarantee that we can get a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit (day 13), so this day is used as a contingency in case we are unable to summit the Island Peak on day 13 due to bad weather condition or some other reasons.

If the weather gets exceptionally unfavorable, we will have to wisely postpone the program of summiting the peak. Sometimes, somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing as well, or may not be well enough to make the ascent; the day can be used in that condition too. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day. Overnight stay at the tented camp or guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Chhukung to Namche (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 7 hours

Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through various towns of Orsho, Somare and Pangboche, Tengboche then Phungki Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma, and easier trail to Namche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 - Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft), Duration: 7 hours

The trek continues along the Dudh Koshi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu the next day. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lukla, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 - Lukla to Kathmandu

You will be delighted by the mountain views for the last time while flying from Lukla to Kathmandu on your 30 minute flight. As you reach at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast included.

Day 14 - Farewell/Departure

The airport representative from Nepal Hiking Team will transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight from where you will depart.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Island peak climbing permit fee
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek and tented accommodation during the climbing
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • English speaking trekking guide and highly experienced (2-3 times Everest Submitter ) climbing guide for Island peak including their foods, accommodations, salary, insurance etc.
  • Require porters (two clients: 1 porter) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • Boiled water will be provided during the climb
  • All require permits including TIMS, Sagarmatha NP, Island Peak climbing etc.
  • General climbing equipment such as rope, ice screw, snow bar etc.
  • All taxes and service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Drink including - water, coke, Fanta, alcoholic beverage, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Lukla, Phakding and Namche
  • Personal climbing/trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

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