Island Peak Climbing

Peak Climbing in Nepal

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US$ 1,799 US$ 1,709 P/P

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    21 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Island Peak 6,189 m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Car & Flight

  • Region/Type

    Everest Khumbu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Island Peak Climbing Overview

Island Peak (6,189 m) Climbing is perfect for energetic and physically fit climbers having a desire for adventure. It is one of the top peak climbing attraction in Nepal.

The name Island Peak was given by English mountaineer - Eric Shipton in 1951. The name Island Peak is justified as the peak is located isolated in the center surrounded by glaciers that are descending from tall mountain peaks above 7,000 m and 8,000 m.

The peak rises from the Lhotse glacier from the southern end and from the peak summit, captivates you with its marvelous panoramic beauty and most appreciably, you will get a standardized viewpoint to peek at Mount Everest up close.

Island Peak Climbing expedition can also be considered as the training grounds for peaks above 7000 meters. 

Island Peak has been climbed by many people since time immemorial (including Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary) and at some point in time, became the preferred climbing peak who seek a challenging route.

Climbing Island Peak is physically hard but not technically challenging and is perfect for those who wish to expand their experience towards mountain expeditions.

Standing on the summit of Island peak gives you a feeling of accomplishment. From here you get stunning views of the southern faces of Everest and Lhotse. You also get to see Ama Dablam and Makalu.

Our journey starts from Lukla. Next is a walk up to the Dudh Koshi valley following through Namche, and then Tengboche to Kalapatthar and the Everest Base Camp. Khumbu Glacier is worth watching from here. Finally, we move downwards to Chhukung and prepare for our venture.

The peak climbing requires lots of practice as well as involves crossing the crevassed glacier and extensive use of gears such as ladders, jumar, ropes, and traversing through the snowy terrain. On our 21 days itinerary, the 14th day is dedicated to practicing climbing techniques using proper gears, and the following day we summit the peak.  

Island Peak Climbing Highlights

  • Includes Everest Base Camp trek
  • Total 21 Days with Acclimatization days
  • Alpine PD+ climbing grade (somewhat difficult)
  • A different experience on trek traversing through the jungle, grassland, glacier, high passes.
  • The extremely good vibe of Sherpa culture and village.
  • Breathtaking views of the highest mountain such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Mount Cho Oyo, etc.
  • Rejuvenation of body mind and soul by trekking and climbing of the different nature trails.
  • Be on the summit of Island peak (6,189 meters)

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the designated hotel by an airport representative from Himalayan Trekkers. In the evening meet in the office with our team and stroll around Thamel.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Briefing & Preparation

🕑 Full Day in KTM

Max Altitude: 1350 M

There are 7 cultural Heritage Sites (the Pashupatinath Temple, the Boudhanath Stupa, the Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Changu Narayan Temple) within a small periphery of Kathmandu valley. 

We will take you to at least 3 Heritage Sites for sightseeing today. In the evening we will have a short trip briefing session & help you prepare for the trek.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 3: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding

🕑 35 Minutes Flight & 3/4 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2,652 M

After a warm breakfast, we take an early flight to Lukla. Once we land at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla, we begin our trek to Phakding. Phakding is located at an altitude of 2,652 meters where we halt overnight at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar

🕑 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3440 M

After breakfast, we start today's trek towards Namche Bazaar. We walk through serene pine, fir, and juniper forest along the Dudh Koshi River. Our trek continues until we reach the Sagarmatha National Park entrance also the gateway to Mount Everest, Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 5: Rest Day & Acclimatization in Namche

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 3440 M

Today is a rest day for you, as we have to acclimatize to the altitude. You can do many activities at Namche Bazaar. You can go for a short hike, visit the village, try amazing food and coffee, you can try the locally made yak cheese, do any last-minute shopping for trekking (if any). 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3867 M

After spending a day off, we again continue with our trek. Today we trek to Tengboche, a beautiful village located at 3,867 meters. The village offers an amazing panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayan peaks such as Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The largest and most famous monastery in the Everest region, Tengboche Monastery is the prime highlight of the village. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 7: Trek to Pheriche

🕑 4/5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4252 M

After breakfast, we will pay our visit to Tengboche Monastery and continue our walk towards a beautiful settlement of Pheriche passing through a traditional Sherpa village named Pangboche. Stay overnight at the lodge in Pheriche. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 8: Acclimatization Day in Pheriche

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 4252 M

As you have already climbed above 4,000 meters so, it is needed to acclimatize to this height. Today we rest at Pheriche and explore the beautiful valley and its surrounding. We enjoy the day with the stunning view of the mountains and stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 9: Trek to Lobuche

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4930 M

After acclimatization at Pheriche, we trek to Lobuche today. It will take us about 5 hours to reach 4,930 meters - Lobuche. Spend overnight at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep & Further Hike to Everest BC

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5357 M EBC

Gorak Shep at the altitude of 5,184 m is a halt point before moving to the famous Kala Patthar. So, after walking for 3 hours from Lobuche, we reach Gorak Shep at 5,184 meters. From there, we again continue hiking to Everest Base Camp at 5,357 meters. It takes about 5 hours walk and we again trek back to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar & Trek Back to Dingboche

🕑 7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5,545 M Kalapathar

After early morning breakfast, we start our hike towards Kala Patthar, a popular landmark among the trekkers trekking in the Everest region. You get the stupendous panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Changtse from Kala Patthar. After spending some amazing time here, we continue trekking to Dingboche (4350m) for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 12: Trek to Chhukung

🕑 4/5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4,750 M

After breakfast, we head towards Chukung valley, which is another beautiful place in Khumbu region. You can explore the village once you reach and spend overnight at a lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp

🕑 3/4 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5150 M

We will reach one step closer to our destination today. After walking for 5 hours from Chukung, we reach the Base camp (5150m) of Island Peak. Overnight at Base Camp. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 14: Trek to the High Camp & Climbing Preparation

🕑 3/4 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5,150 m +

After having breakfast at the camp, we now move forward to the High Camp. We will spend the rest of the day practicing peak climbing techniques using the gears. Overnight at High Camp. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 15: Climb Island Peak (6,189 m) & Back to Base Camp

🕑 9 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 6,189 Island Top

Finally, the day we have most awaited has come, climbing Island Peak. We start very early in the morning as we have to reach the top by noon. Situated at 6,173 meters l, it would be an amazing and exciting experience to climb this peak. After spending some time taking pictures and admiring the summit views, we descend to Island Peak Base Camp and spend the night. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 16: Spare Day

Max Altitude: 5,000 m +

After ascending the Island Peak aka Imja Tse, we are sure that you would want to explore more of this region. So, we have included a spare day for you today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 17: Trek to Pangboche

🕑 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3950 M

With the immense pleasure of conquering the Island Peak, we retrace back our route to reach Pangboche. Today, we celebrate our success in climbing Island Peak once we reach the village. Overnight. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 18: Trek back to Namche Bazaar

🕑 7/8 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3440 M

After morning breakfast, we follow the same route back down towards the Imja Khola to Tengboche. After lunch in Tengboche, we continue our walk down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 19: Trek Back to Lukla

🕑 7/8 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2,860 M

From Namche, our trail makes a steep descent towards the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. From here, we walk on a leveled trail until we reach Lukla. Overnight in Lukla. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu

🕑 35Minutes Flight & Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

It is time to say goodbye to Sagarmatha Region and enter Bagmati Region. After breakfast at the lodge in Lukla, we take a 40 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu. We will transfer you to your hotel to freshen up. You can have a long spa day to avoid your tiredness from the trek. Then, in the evening we offer you a complimentary dinner from our side.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 21: Final Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Airport

With a heavy heart, it is now time for us to depart but we certainly hope to see you again in Nepal for another adventurous trip. We wish you a happy and safe journey back home or onward destination. Airport Drop Off in a Private Vehicle.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • All Airport transfers as per itinerary 
  • Ground Transfer as per the itinerary mentioned above
  • 3* Standard Category accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Daily Breakfast at Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Tea House/Lodge Accommodations during the Hike and Base Camp
  • Meals - Breakfast Lunch and Dinner along with Tea/Coffee during the Trek and Climb
  • National park permits and Trekking permits
  • Peak Climbing Permit/Royalty
  • An Experienced Trekking & Climbing Guide as per Itinerary
  • Well-equipped English-speaking guide and support crews.
  • All Wages for support crews
  • Climbing guide
  • Welcome or farewell dinner
  • All applicable taxes and surcharges 

Excludes

  • Nepal Visa Fees 
  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu
  • Meals (Lunches & Dinner) in the city
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Tipping/ gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay etc)
  • Personal Trekking/Climbing Equipment
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section 

FAQ'S

Q. 1. Where is Island Peak located?

Island peak is located in the Khumbu region of northeast Nepal lying just over the ridge from Mt. Everest and Lhotse. It is situated in the Sagarmatha National Park as well. 

Q. 2. What is the height of Island Peak?

It is located at an altitude of 6,189 meters above sea level.  

Q. 3. When is the best time to climb Island Peak?

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) is the best time to ascent Island Peak due to good weather conditions, mesmerizing views of the Himalayas, and the lowest chances of unforeseen contingencies.  

Q. 4. Is it difficult to climb Island Peak?

Island peak is a moderate to fairly difficult climb but not a technically challenging peak. Previous climbing experience is not required for climbing this peak but one must be physically and mentally healthy and we suggest engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, jogging, cycling, swimming, etc. before the trek.

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