Island Peak Climbing in Nepal

Island Peak Climbing

  • 17 Days
  • 6180 meters
  • 2 - 12 person
  • Sherpa/Gurung
  • 4-7 hours per day
  • Teahouse Trek/ Tented camp
  • March to June & Sep to Dec

Island Peak derived its very name as” Island Peak” due to its uncanny location of lying at the centre of Chukung valley appearing like and island on the sea of ice. Sandwiched between Amadablam and Lhotse Mountain this exciting peak embellishes the Chukung Glacier. One of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal also known as Imja Tse has been one of the best climbing peaks on the Himalayas. An intimidating trekking destination is the Island Peak. One of the existing trekking peaks in Nepal that can be scaled without being a professional climbing or trekking expert. Island peak provides a wonderful opportunity to climb the Himalayan Summit (6,137m) and also get a fascinating glimpse of Kala Patthar.

Island Peak climbing journey commences from the scenic Lukla, following the magnificent trail all along the Dudh Koshi valley. From here the trail passes through Namche and Tengboche and up to the Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp.The magnificent views from the summit, is rewarding justifying our monumental effort to reach up here. After an ideal and sufficient rest fully revived and acclimatized, we then head up the beautiful Imja Khola valley towards Island Peak. Besides trekking adventure, we also get to witness pristine Sherpa villages and age old monasteries glorifying its existence till date. Recalling our fond memories of the trekking earlier done, we retrace back through Namche to Lukla, and from there on we fly back to Kathmandu.

Island Peak Climbing can be attempted by individuals having moderate level of physical fitness and the best time to attempt this wonderful peak climbing circuit is somewhere between March to May and September. Mountain Tiger Nepal has best designed itineraries to place you in one of the exciting mountain peaks with eternal safety and excitement.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft). Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Our representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, after introductory meeting transport you to hotel in Kathmandu. We will explain about the program in briefly along the way to hotel. Rest of the day varies upon your arrival time; we can organize some activities if you arrived by midday or early afternoon but late afternoon and evening arrivals have a free day for individual activities

Day 2 Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

Our early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft rushes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runway for casualties brought to the Trust’s hospital at nearby Kunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal. On the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. On arrival, we meet our Sherpas and after a cup of tea we pick up the trail out of Lukla. Surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding.

Day 3 Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

After breakfast we start walk to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about half-way up the hill, a gap in the trees allow us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.

Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to trader from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in.


Day 4 Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

We take the day off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. The secret of safe acclimatisation is to ‘climb high, sleep low’ so it is safe for the more energetic amongst us to hike up the hill behind Namche to the airstrip at Syangboche, or stroll across to the museum behind the police post. Others may prefer to ‘chill out’ and visit one of the lodges for a freshly-baked cinnamon roll. Namche is a busy and bustling trading place and there is always plenty going on.

Day 5 Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,864m/ 12,652ft): 5-6 hours. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

After Breakfast we begin our day with a short hard climb to get to the ridge and walk towards Kyanjua. On the way you can have a breathtaking view of Highest Mountain in the world Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kondge and many more mountains. The trail on which we will be following today descends to Fungi Tanga then ascends to Thyangboche through the forest. You can visit the Thyangboche monastery in the evening time and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/ 14,300ft): 4-5 hours. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

We follow the path down from Tengboche through the rhododendron forest to Deboche and cross an exciting bridge with the boiling, roaring Imja Khol beneath our feet. A gradual climb takes us to the village of Lower Pangboche. We are now in the heart of the Khumbu, with spectacular views across to Ama Dablam. The afternoon stroll takes us along a path that hugs the valley wall and then across wide plains to a split in the valley. The Khumbu breaks left, up to Periche, but we take a detour right to the hamlet at Dingboche at the start of the Imja Tse valley.

Day 7 Day 07: Dingboche to Lobuche (4931 m/15,744 ft): 4-5 hours. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

We climb up to the ridge behind Periche and stay high, mesmerised by the views of Tawoche and Cholatse, until we reach the tea houses at Dughla. A steep, stiff ascent to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier is now tackled. The top of the climb is marked by a series of stone monuments to commemorate some of the climbers that have not returned from expeditions to this region. A rough but obvious trail cuts across left, away from the glacier, to our camp site at Loboje, a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Loboje Peak (6156m). The Lhotse ridge is simply awesome from this angle.

Day 8 Day 08: Lobouche to Kala Patthar (5545m) and Gorak shep (5,330 m/17,483 ft) . Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

A long day and an early start. We trek along the rough path along the side of the Khumbu glacier to the tea shacks at Gorak Shep. Behind rises the attractive 7000m peak of Pumori which dwarfs our trek’s summit of Kala Pattar. The route up is straightforward and takes most people between 90 minutes and 2 hours. All the peaks – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser peaks can be seen from this wonderful vantage point.

The trail from Lobuche follows the grassy ablation valley with great views of Pumori then crosses a tributary glacier to reach the dry lakebed of Gorak Shep. We then climb the 5545m Kala Pattar for incredible views of Everest and Everest Base Camp. After an hour excursion, we descend to Gorakshep for the overnight.


Day 9 Day 09: Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Dingboche (4,410m/ 14,300ft): 5-6 hours. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

We begin our trek to Everest Base Camp through Gorak Shep Lake. We reach at Indian mountaineers memorials. The path here is tricky so we have to follow our Sherpa. As go on through rocky dunes, moraine and streams we reach Everest Base Camp. We get views of Nuptse, Khhumbuste and Pumori from here. We go up to the Everest Base Camp and return trek to Dingboche for overnight stay.

Day 10 Day 10: Dingboche to Chukung (4,730m/15,518ft) to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 8-10 hours. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night, as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be downright chilly!

Day 11 Day 11: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours. Overnight Tented Camp.

The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 12 Day 12: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp
Day 13 Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp (5,600m/18,372ft) 10-12 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 14 Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge
Day 15 Day 15: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

Today we trek up to Namche Bazzar. The first part of the trail on which we are going to descend directly goes through Rhododendron forest and pine forest. The trail slightly goes uphill to Namche via Trashinga and Sanasa village. You can see the marvelous breath taking views of the Khumbu Himalaya. Overnight at Namche

Day 16 Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and our memories help us up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. Our campsite and house are well located and offer a good final resting spot.

Day 17 Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Another chance to enjoy this great flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to un-flyable conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances which can occur will be greatly appreciated.

Day 18 Day 18: Final Departure

Our office representative will come to hotel to pick you up at hotel and then transfer to the Kathmandu international airport for final departure.

Price Includes

  • All Airport and hotel transfer.
  • Two nights’ accommodation in a star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • One highly experienced male guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map. (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Peak Climbing Permit Fee.
  • All forms of Government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.).
  • Personal trekking equipments.
  • Hot shower during the trek.
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses.

Extra Cost:

Airfare to Travel from Kathmandu to Lukla & Lukla to Kathmandu:USD 330 per person, which is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.

Life Insurance, Medical Insurance, Heli Insurance of Guide and Porter USD 1500.

Island Peak Climbing feeUSD 250 per person for foreigner, Indian and Nepalese Nationals.

Garbage Deposit FeeUSD 250 per person (garbage deposit fee is refundable after the completion of the trek/Climbing)

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