Island Peak Climbing - 14 Days

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Island Peak Climbing
  • Maxium Altitude
  • Difficulty Level
  • Trekking Season
    March to May and September to December


The mountain known as “Island Peak” or Imja Tse is located in the eastern part of Nepal. It is in the Everest region of Nepal, rising 6,189 meters above the sea level. Island Peak Climbing ranks as one of the most adventurous mountain climbing peaks in Nepal. Island Peak is located in the central of Chhukung valley. On the head of the Chhukung Glacier between Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam. The mountain’s obvious position in the centre of the Chhukung valley led to its renaming as “Island Peak” in 1952 AD.

In preparation for Everest expedition, a British expedition team first scaled this mountain in 1953. To this day, most climbers begin their ascent of an island peak before attempting to summit one of the Himalaya’s larger peaks. Slightly difficult to climb, Island Peak has a spectacular, deeply glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. However, the magnificent views from the summit are certainly a fitting reward for your efforts.

There is no doubt that Himalayan peaks have drawn adventurers, climbers, and cultural enthusiast for many decades. This Island peak is the best trekking peaks for adventure climbing. Among 33 officially opened trekking peaks in Nepal, it is the most popular as it offers all the novice climbers and trekkers an exhilarating climbing experience beyond simple trekking in Nepal. The climb is physically demanding but not technically challenging. Any fit and acclimatized person having the strong inclination towards adventure can join the Island peak climbing trip. By climbing the Island peak you will have almost the same unforgettable sense of achievement as you would on Everest.

Best Time for Island Peak Climbing

The best month for this trip is March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn) as the weather is relatively warm and the view of the mountain is crystal clear. This Peak can also be climbed during winter but the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

Trip Highlights

  • Summit Triumph: Conquer the majestic Mera Peak, standing at 6,476 meters, for breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • Remote Adventure: Explore the pristine wilderness of the Khumbu region, immersing in untouched beauty.
  • Technical Challenge: Experience thrilling technical climbing through crevasses, ice walls, and steep slopes with expert Sherpa guidance.
  • Cultural Immersion: Engage with local Sherpa communities, gaining insight into their rich culture amidst towering peaks.
  • Scenic Beauty: Marvel at snow-capped peaks, glacial valleys, and lush forests in the Everest region.
  • High-altitude Experience: Test your limits and acclimatize to high altitudes in this renowned mountaineering destination.
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13 Nights 14 Days

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    Detailed Itinerary

    Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, a representative from our team will greet you at the arrival terminal. Look for a person holding a placard with your name. They will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. After checking in and freshening up, you’ll have a briefing about the trek.  Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Early in the morning, you’ll be transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for your flight to Lukla, a thrilling 35-minute journey that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Lukla, you’ll meet the remaining crew members who will accompany you on your trek. From Lukla, the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi River and leads you to Phakding. The trek is relatively easy and takes about 3 hours. Phakding is a small settlement with beautiful views and serves as a perfect introduction to the trek. Overnight at a guesthouse in Phakding.

    Leaving Phakding, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi River and enters Sagarmatha National Park. You’ll pass through Benkar, Monjo, and Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. The trail offers magnificent views of Thamserku (6,608 m) and Kongde Ri (6,187 m). Namche Bazaar is a vibrant town with a mix of Sherpa culture and modern amenities like cafes, bakeries, and shops. The trek takes about 6 hours and involves some steep ascents and descents. Overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.

    Today is an acclimatization day to help your body adjust to the higher altitudes. After breakfast, you’ll hike to the Everest View Hotel (3,865 m), which offers panoramic views of Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), and other surrounding peaks. On the way back, you can visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery. Namche Bazaar itself is an interesting place to explore, with its bustling market and stunning views of the Himalayas. Overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.

    Leaving Namche Bazaar, the trail ascends through rhododendron forests and offers stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. After a gradual climb, you’ll reach the village of Phunki Thenga, where you’ll stop for lunch. From here, the trail ascends steeply through pine forests before reaching Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for its monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region, with stunning views of Everest and Ama Dablam. The trek takes about 5-6 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse in Tengboche.

    The trail descends through rhododendron forests to Debuche, where you’ll cross the Imja River and trek through pine forests to Pangboche. From Pangboche, the trail gradually ascends to Dingboche, a summer grazing settlement surrounded by high peaks. Dingboche offers stunning views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. The trek takes about 5-6 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse in Dingboche.

    Today is a rest day in Dingboche to help your body acclimate before trekking to Chhukung. You can explore the surrounding area or take a short hike for better acclimatization. Overnight at a guesthouse in Dingboche.

    From Dingboche, the trail descends through the Khumbu Glacier moraine to Duglha and then ascends to Chhukung. The trek takes about 3-4 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse in Chhukung.

    Leaving Chhukung, the trail ascends through the Imja Valley and pastures to Island Peak Base Camp. Along the way, you’ll enjoy close-up views of Ama Dablam and Lhotse. The base camp is located in a scenic location surrounded by towering peaks. Your guide and support crew will set up a tent for you while you rest and prepare for the climb. The trek takes about 6 hours. Overnight at a tent camp in Island Peak Base Camp.

    Today is the highlight of your trek as you climb Island Peak. You’ll start early in the morning (around 1:00 AM) for the summit push. The climb involves steep ascents over rocky terrain, using ropes, ice axes, and crampons as necessary. From the summit, you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and other peaks. After spending some time at the summit, you’ll descend back to Island Peak Base Camp and then continue to Dingboche. The climb takes about 10-12 hours in total. Overnight at a guesthouse in Dingboche.

    Leaving Dingboche, you’ll retrace your steps back to Namche Bazaar. The trek takes you through Pangboche, Tengboche, and Phunki Thenga before descending to the Dudh Koshi River and Namche Bazaar. The trek takes about 7-8 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.

    Today is your final day of trekking as you descend to Lukla from Namche Bazaar. The trail takes you through beautiful Sherpa villages like Monjo and Phakding, offering stunning views of the Himalayas. The trek takes about 7-8 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse in Lukla.

    Early in the morning, you’ll take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore Kathmandu. You can visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city, do some last-minute shopping, or simply relax at your hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Today is your departure day. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time for shopping or exploring Kathmandu

    Trip Includes

    • Airport pickup and drop.
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Basic teahouses accommodation during the entire trek.
    • Camping during the climb.
    • 3 times meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and also during the climbing.
    • Domestic Flights (KTM Lukla-Lukla –KTM).
    • English speaking Trekking guide and climbing Guide during the Climb.
    • Porters Service.
    • Permits: Everest region permit and Island peak Climbing Permit
    • All camping and trekking Equipment’s..
    • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag – if Necessary (Need to returned after the trek).
    • Farewell Dinner.
    • Medical Kit
    • Government and local Taxes

    Trip Excludes

    • Personal Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa.
    • Drinks (mineral water, Tea, coffee, whisky) or other snacks and any meals beside breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hot shower, charge etc.
    • Guide and potter Tips
    •  Personal expenses
    • Hot showers during the trek.
    • Personal trekking equipment.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the “Trip Includes” Section.

    4 Responses to Island Peak Climbing

    • Frank R

      Island peak - Life time Experace

      One of the best experiences of our life for sure! We completed successfully the EBC trek . On the third day we decided to add Island Peak summit and thanks to Bharat, yaka and our guide Lakpa everything was organized to perfection. We couldn’t be happier, for sure we will repeat and aim to higher peaks.
      Highly Recommend Mountain treks Nepal

    • Jarda

      Island Peak with EBC

      We had a properly organized trip Of Island peak, and after that my friend bought several trips from Bharat by the time he became not only our guide but also our friend and local guardian. Hotels, Guides, Porters and foods were just as promised and we didn’t find a single difficulty during the expedition.
      Mountain treks Nepal and Mr. Bharat is highly recommended.

    • Enrique

      Great trip

      The whole trip was just great! Our guide Yaka was throughout helpful and knowledgeable about everything we asked. We enjoyed the trip a lot!!!!
      Thank you Bhaat for everything

    • Svetozar

      we had a great experience climbing Island Peak and Ebc ! Our trekking guide Depak was with us 95% of the trip and he made every day a joy. Always making jokes and telling us about the location we were in. Our porter lakpa was very strong, we couldn’t have done it without his hard work. The day we actually climbed Island Peak we were guided by the expert hands of Aale . He kept us going when we were feeling depleted.
      Great experience with Mountain treks Neapl !

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