Island Peak Climbing

  • DURATION20 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELVery Strenuous
  • GROUP SIZE1-14

Trip Overview

Island Peak climbing with Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular and adventurous climbing in the Himalayas that has attracted thousands of trekkers and climber over the year.

Island Peak stands 6,189 meters above the sea level and also widely known as Imja Tse. It is one of the most stunning mountains in the Himalayas. Climbed first in 1953 by a British Expedition team, the top of Island Peak offers panoramic views of the numerous Himalayan Mountains and breath-taking scenery.

There is an interesting story behind the origin of the name of this peak. Back in 1953, when a British traveler namely Eric Earle Shipton saw a peak from Dingboche, the view of the peak resembled him like a sea of ice and named it Island Peak.

We have designed our Island Peak Climbing itinerary including Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar in it, which takes the journey to the next level. Climbing Island Peak and exploring the base of the world's highest mountain on one trip has dragged many adventure lovers from all around the globe.

Located near the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Mt. Lhotse, Island Peak Climbing take you far away from your daily life amidst huge Himalayan Mountains and spectacular sceneries. The trail is adventurous and passes by beautiful villages where you get to see the daily life of the locals.

We offer tailor-made and private departures as well for Island Peak climbing. Our experienced and professional crew assist you during the trip. We make sure everything goes smoothly during the trekking and climbing period. For more information related to the EBC and Island Peak climbing, package read below or contact us anytime.

Things you will get to see & experience during the Island Peak Climbing

A thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

Lukla is the starting point of the Island Peak climbing, and to reach Lukla, you have to take a breathtaking flight that offers aerial views of the Himalayas. The flight is short but stimulating.

Walk by Sagarmatha National Park to reach Namche Bazar

Sagarmatha National Park is part of the UNESCO World Natural Site. This national park is home to numerous Himalayan flora and fauna. The trail from Monjo goes through the national park and ascends all the way up to Namche Bazar. Most parts of the trail include steep climbs and various streams.

The famous Namche Bazar

You are spending a couple of nights in Namche Bazar for acclimatization purposes. During the stay, you get to explore the village and go on short excursions to nearby areas. Trekkers usually hike up to the Everest View Hotel, Khumjung village, or Syangboche Airstrip to witness beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks.

Likewise, as Namche Bazar is the biggest Sherpa settlement area, you get to observe the lifestyle, culture, and traditions of the locals. You can also visit places like the Sherpa Culture Museum, Everest Photo Gallery, cafes, etc.

Experience rich culture and tradition of Sherpa

The best thing about Island Peak Climbing is that you get to explore and experience at the same time. While you pass through many villages, you get to see the unique and simple lifestyle of the local communities. The ancient monasteries, stupas, chortens, and prayer wheels add a blissful & spiritual essence in the journey.

Visit ancient Tengboche monastery

Tengboche monastery is the most important monastery in the Khumbu region. Not only that, but it is also the biggest and the oldest monastery of the region. The monastery has played a vital role for years for locals. Many significant rituals and festivals are celebrated here. The monastery was first built in 1961 and later re-built twice in 1934 and 1989 as it got destroyed due to earthquake and fire respectively.

Reach Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp is the base of Mt. Everest, which is the highest mountain in the world. This very place itself is renowned among travel enthusiasts all around the world. Situated at 5,364 meters, EBC offers a panoramic view of Everest and the surrounding mountains.

Hike up to Kala Patthar to witness 360 degrees of Mt. Everest

Before heading towards the Island Peak Base Camp, you ascend to Kala Patthar to witness gorgeous sunrise and 360-degree views of Mt. Everest and Himalayas. This short hike also help you in acclimatization. Kala Patthar is 5555 meters just above the Everest Base Camp and a very famous viewpoint in the Khumbu region.

Scale Island Peak

Climbing Island Peak is the main focal point of the trip. The route to the top of the peak is surely not easy, but you get to see some of the most beautiful views and experience a life-changing adventure. There will are many technical and demanding parts, however with the help of our professional Sherpa climbers, you reach the summit & return back safely.

Get to see panoramic views of Himalayan Mountains and stunning glaciers

Island Peak climbing is all about great views of the Himalayan Mountains that join you from the beginning of the journey. You get to see many famous mountains including Everest from different perspectives. Other stunning views of mountains like Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Kongde (6,187 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Kantega (6,782 m), etc will fuel you to move ahead.

Itinerary

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Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where one of our team members welcome you and take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you.

  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

Today, you go on a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites like Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The tour guide inform you about the major events that happened in these sites and also tells the history and stories behind them. Later, in the day, you prepare for the trek. 

  • Hotel
  • B
  • Kathmandu

After a quick breakfast, you fly to Lukla. This flight is going to be the most thrilling and memorable flight of your life. On landing at Lukla, you meet with crew members and begin trekking towards Phakding. From Lukla, the trail ascends through dense forests along Dudh Koshi River to Phakding.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2600
  • Phakding

After having a warm breakfast, continue trekking along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing it several times. The trail further follows Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to hundreds of flora and fauna. The trail from national park ascends steeply and that can be tough, however, steeping your feet in beautiful Namche Bazar make you forget the pain you had earlier.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
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  • Namche Bazaar

This is a rest at Namche Bazar. You spend the day exploring around. You can go on a short hike to Everest View Hotel or Khumjung village. Both places are good for observing excellent views of snow-capped mountains. Trek back to Namche Bazar, and can also visit Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3440
  • Namche Bazaar

After breakfast at lodge, you continue trekking towards Tengboche along with enjoying superb views of Mt. Kantega, Kusum Kanguru, and Mt. Thamserku. The trail further, descends to a river and leads you to Phunki Tenga. From here, you ascend through lush forests of rhododendron and reach Tengboche. You can visit the monastery in the evening.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3867
  • Tengbuche

After having breakfast, you begin trekking by descending through lovely forests of rhododendron. The trail takes you to Imja Khola and crosses a suspension bridge. From here, you walk passing by a long mani wall and reach Pangboche. Further, you trek through summer pastures and reach Dingboche.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4230
  • Dingbuche

This is an acclimatization day in Dingboche. Explore the village and its nearby area. You can see amazing views of the north face of Ama Dablam along with Lhotse and Nuptse ridge. Go on a short hike to Nagarjan Peak to acclimatize.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4230
  • Dingbuche

The trail moves north until you come across a stupa and continue trek and cross a small wooden bridge over a river to reach Dugla. Further, you ascend and reach Lobuche. You can see stunning views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Pumori, and many other mountains. 

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4910
  • Lobuche

Today, you are going to hike up to Everest Base Camp. Trekking on a rocky moraine, you trek to Gorakshep. On the way, you can see views of icy glacial ponds and icebergs. After a short lunch break at Gorakshep, you continue towards the Everest Base Camp. Spend some time and trek back to Gorak Shep for a night stay.

  • Guest House
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  • Gorekshep

Wake up early in the morning and hike up to the very famous Kala Patthar view point. Upon reaching here, you get to witness striking sunrise along with 360-degree views of Mt. Everest and other surrounding mountains and you return to Gorekshep and have hot breakfast.

You then trek to Dingbuche for overnight stay.

  • Guest House
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  • Dingbcuhe

Leaving Dingboche behind, you trek through the stone wall field and ascend along Imja Khola valley. You can see wonderful landscapes while ascending. You reach Bibre and cross a cold stream, you reach Chhukung.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Chhukung

The trail gradually ascends to Island Peak Base Camp. The route up to base camp is not technical. At the base camp, you set the tent along with other team members and stay overnight. The guide also teach you basic uses of gears that is helpful to summit the peak in next day.

  • Tented Camp
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  • Base Camp

Today, it is going to be a long day. You begin ascending towards the top of the Island Peak. The route to the peak involves many crevasses and technical climbing. The Sherpa guide help you fix the ropes and cross all difficult sections. Upon reaching the top of the mountain, you get to see panoramic views. Later, you descend following the same path and reach Dingboche for a night stay.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Dingbuche

This is the spare day in case of bad weather and you couldn't make a summit on a scheduled day, then you try this day and if you are successful to summit the peak then you will spend this day/night in Kathmandu.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Dingbuche

From Dingboche, you retrace the path back to Namche Bazar. The trail ascends and descends through many forests and small villages and leads you to Namche Bazar. 

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Namche Bazaar

After having breakfast, you trek back to Lukla, today is the last day of the trek. Most of the trail involves gradual descent through forests and small villages. On the way, you cross many streams before reaching Lukla. 

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Lukla

After having an early breakfast, you fly back to Kathmandu. Upon landing at the airport, you drive back to the hotel for a night stay.

  • Hotel
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  • Kathmandu

This is an extra day in Kathmandu. If everything goes as per our planned itinerary, then you can enjoy this day exploring more tourist sites and the local markets. It is also your last day in Kathmandu.

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  • Kathmandu

This adventure journey has come to an end. It was our pleasure to serve you. As per the flight departure time, our airport representative drop you at the airport and bid you our last goodbye.

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What's Included

  • All the airport transfers by private vehicles.
  • 4 nights’ hotel in Kathmandu hotel with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • Standard meals during the trek and climb with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • All necessary paper works, National park entry permits, climbing permits and TIMS permit.
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek and tented camp during the climb.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers) for the trek and climbing guide for the climb.
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and Insurance for the guides and porters.
  • Arrangement of emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge.

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses and all the alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate bars and hot shower during the trek.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide and staffs.

Check Available Dates

  • We have set date to departure the Everest base camp- Island Peak Climbing. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date20 Sep, 2020End Date09 Oct, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$2100

Useful Information

Everest base camp - Island Peak climbing itinerary

The Everest base camp trek and Island Peak climbing begins with a scenic and thrilling flight to Lukla. From Lukla, you trek towards Phakding and ascend through Sagarmatha National Park to reach Namche Bazar. The trail then passes through lovely dense forests and takes you to Dingboche via Tengboche. At Tengboche, you visit an ancient monastery.

Further, you pass by several villages and reach Everest Base Camp and hike up to the Kala Patthar. This ascends help you in acclimatization. You then move to Chhukung Valley and gradually ascend towards the Island Peak Base Camp. From here, following the steps of your Sherpa guide, you scale the Island Peak and reach its top.

Island Peak route map

Island Peak trekking route map shows the Island Peak Climbing itinerary with Everest base camp in the pictorial form. You can see all the villages where you are stopping for the night stay marked on the map. The map is designed precisely including the major facts and highlights in it.

Island Peak climbing difficulty

Climbing Island Peak is very challenging. The trail is marked strenuous plus by the expert climbers. The trail includes rough terrain and steep sections. You have to use different shorts of gears to cross the technical parts. The journey involves 6 to 7 hours of walk each day. Good health, strong physical fitness, and determination are needed to successfully reach the summit of Island Peak.

Best time to go on Island Peak Climbing

Spring i.e. March to May is the best time to climb Island Peak because of the stable weather and pleasant climate. It can extend to early June, depending on the weather situation. Likewise, autumn (October to November) is also an ideal time to go on Island Peak Climbing. One thing to know is that the trail is crowded as spring & autumn is the peak time of the year to explore the Himalayas.

Food & Accommodation during Island Peak climbing

During Island Peak climbing, you stay overnight in lodge and camps. The lodge is available up to Gorakshep, and from there onwards, the climbing period begins. Lodge offers a twin-sharing room usually with common/private washrooms depending on the place. The dining area is the warmest space in the lodge and also used as a common space where you can sip hot tea and chat. While climbing, all the tents are carried by the crew members. We offer high-quality sleeping tents along with dining and washroom tents.

Meals get served according to the menu of the lodge. You get three meals a day. Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and Continental dishes can be seen on the menu. Among all the options dal bhat tarkari is the most affordable and filling and our crew member cook and serve you simple meal while climbing. Likewise, you can also buy bars and snacks on the way, which is not involved in the package cost. Drinking water is available almost everywhere. Carry a reusable water bottle along with water purification tablets for extra safety.