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Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak (Imja -Tse) is one of the most famous climbing peaks in Nepal. It stands in the Everest Region, reaches a height of 6,189m and is home to some of the finest Mountain View in the world. The mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. It was renamed "Imja Tse" in the early '80s, though its original name is still more popular.

Island Peak is one of the main climbing peaks in Everest Region with an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier This summit proves a good acclimatization hike and offers you magnificent close-up views of the world's highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and many others.

The trek to Island Peak initially follows the main Everest Base Camp Trek route, but separates at Dingboche. It can be made as a circular trek that takes in some of the Himalayan’s most spectacular scenery. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar.  The route to the summit includes a steep slope and a narrow ridge.

Trip Highlights

Duration: 20 Days

Type of Trek : Tea house + Camping

Max Altitude: 6189 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Flight

Grade: Strenuous

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Price Info
  • Testimonials

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu airport. Meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 Free day in Kathmandu for the preparation of expedition. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes approximately 30 minutes and trek to Phakding.

Day 4 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) .

Day 5 Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. Stay overnight at lodge in Namche Bazar.

Day 6 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850 m.)

Day 7 Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche

Day 8 Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization

Day 9 - 10 Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.)

Day 11 Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) Camp for the night.

Day 12 Climb to Island Peak (6189m.) . You descend along the same route, down to base camp.

Day 13 Trek from island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung which takes about three hours. Stay overnight at lodge in Chhukung.

Day 14 Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3985m.)

Day 15 Trek from Pangboche to Khumjung (3790m.) aStay overnight at lodge in Khumjung.

Day 16 Trek Khumjung to Monjo which takes about five hours.

Day 17 Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2800m)

Day 18 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. Stay overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19 Free day in Kathmandu for shopping to take home souvenirs of your Nepal trip. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20 Transfer to airport for final departure.

Detailed Itinerary

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu airport. Meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 Free day in Kathmandu for the preparation of expedition. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes approximately 30 minutes and trek to Phakding. Early in the morning you will be driven from your hotel to Kathmandu airport, after a 30 minute spectacular flight you will land at the Lukla airport (2800m.).You begin your trek to Phakding (2652m.) and you walk for about 2 and half to 3 hrs. While trekking, you head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding (2652m.)

Day 4 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about 5 to 5 and half hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Stay overnight at lodge in Namche Bazar.

Day 5 Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche Bazaar for the outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Center and Museum just above the town. Stay overnight at lodge in Namche Bazar.

Day 6 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850 m.) which takes almost 5 hours. From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. Now, you have the first glimpse of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Although exhausting due to the zigzagged path, the trek has numerous attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds chirping in the wild and superb mountain scenery which makes your trek exciting. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Stay overnight at lodge in Tyangboche.

Day 7 Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4350m.) which takes about 4 and half hours to 5 hours. You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and steadily climb up to the village of Pangboche. As you gradually ascend, you find thick forests as the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and a half hour’s walk brings you to Dingboche. Stay overnight at lodge in Dingboche.

Day 8 Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization

Day 9-10 Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) which it takes about 2 and half hours. The trail follows a gradual ascent up to Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping livestock in the summer time. Stay overnight at lodge in Chhukung.

Day 11 Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) which takes about three hours. You trek on a gradually ascending path all the way to Base Camp. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and Island Peak along with many other beautiful mountains. Camp for the night.

Day 12 Climb to Island Peak (6189m.) Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here, it is time to rope up and put on your crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit you have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over you whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views. You descend along the same route, down to base camp.

Day 13 Trek from island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung which takes about three hours. Stay overnight at lodge in Chhukung.

Day 14 Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3985m.) After descending along the trail to Chhukung, you continue on to Dingboche for lunch. It is then another couple of hours to the lovely village of Pangboche where you will camp for the night.

Day 15 Trek from Pangboche to Khumjung (3790m.) and it takes about six hours. In the beginning you trek gradually down path and after crossing Phortse Tenga you trek through a steeply ascending path up to Mongla and then gradually down to Khumjung. Stay overnight at lodge in Khumjung.

Day 16 Trek Khumjung to Monjo which takes about five hours. Follow a descending path for the entire day. En route, you pass Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at lodge in Monjo.

Day 17 Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2800m) which takes about 3 hours. Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chhang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience. Stay overnight at lodge in Lukla.

Day 18 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. Stay overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19 Free day in Kathmandu for shopping to take home souvenirs of your Nepal trip. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20 Transfer to airport for final departure.

Price Info

The price includes the following services:

  • Peak climbing permit
  • Climbing guide / Sirdar (One climbing guide for 4 climbers)
  • One trekking guide/leader
  • Necessary porters including a cook (some nights will be camping and will require cook and cooking utensils)
  • All meals three times a day during the trek/climb (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodations in teahouses (lodges) and some nights for camping
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping    bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • All land transportation (from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel)
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu with domestic airport tax
  • Insurance and equipment for the climbing & trekking staff
  • First Aid kit
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 2 start standard hotel
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Farewell dinner on the last day

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • All drinks & beverages
  • Hot shower
  • Battery charges
  • Tips
  • Climbing equipments 
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

Trek to Everest Base Camp and then climb Island Peak(6,189m/20,305ft.)

This has been a great trek & climb. What a wonderful experience. I found your company extremely professional. The trek was very well organized. The guide (Ang Pasang Sherpa) was the best we could have asked for. The 2 posters were also fantastic.

Paul Mulyk
Australia
17/08/2012

Trek to Everest Base Camp and then climb Island Peak(6,189m/20,305ft.)

One of the most interesting and intense trips of my life! The views were spectacular, the organization was geart plus the guides were exceptional and will recommend this to everyone!

Adrian Podpirka
Australia
17/08/2012

On Top Of Island Peak

On 19th of October we summitted on top of Island Peak in perfect weather. It was magnificent and I enjoyed it very much. Our Sherpa guide Kanchha Sherpa was an excellent and everyone was very helpful.

Harry Harbison
Ireland
25/10/2010

Island Peak Climb

Our group went trekking starting from Lukla to Kala-Patthar; on the way visiting Everest Base Camp as acclimatization before the ascend on Island Peak which took place on the 8th of October 2010. We ascended and submitted in beautiful weather at 11:30A.M. This was immensely enjoyable time for all of us. We thoroughly enjoyed being among very friendly people, Kanccha Sherpa and superb nature.

We are thankful to the organizers.

1. Renata Niezbecka
2. Anna Kosicka
3. Bernard Antoni Maslowski
4. Joanna Elzbieta Guza
5. Jolanta Anna Dudzinska
6. Pawel Tadeusz Kielbasa
7. Mariusz Tadeusz Rechul
8. Rafal Tomasz Zembol
9. Artur Michal Malek

Poland
18/10/2010