Island Peak Climbing
Island Peak Climbing
Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Duration18 Days
Trip GradeChallenging
Maximum Altitude6119 M
Group Size1-12
ActivitiesPeak Climbing
Best TimeMarch to May & September to December

Island Peak Climbing is the most appreciated package combined with the Everest Base Camp trek for lifetime experiences. Island Peak in Khumbu rises prominently out of the Imja Lakes just like a real island surrounded by clouds. You will get the best of both trekking and climbing in Nepal.  This all-time popular package fits first-time climbers and a refresher for veteran climbers. Island Peak (6,189 m) is one of the trekking peak of the Everest region climbed by thousands for adventure every year.

The Nepal trekking trip rewards you with an aerial view of the snow-capped peaks, alluring landscapes, and high-placed Sherpa villages. You can do Island Peak climbing without Everest Base Camp trek as well. The itinerary depends on whether you add the base camp to the package or not. While walking through the dense rhododendron, pine, and oak forests of Sagarmatha National Park, you come to witness many flora and fauna.

Located inside Sagarmatha National Park, a journey to Island Peak lets you enjoy the Great Himalayas. Mt. Amadablam (6,812 m), Cho-Oyu (8,201 m), Everest (8,848.86 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Nuptse, Pumori, Thamsherku and several mountains are seen en route. Imja Valley, which is surrounded by gorges and glacial lakes, boasts juniper, fir, birch, and rhododendron forests. You encounter the Himalayan Thar, musk deer, goral, danphe,rare, jackal, monkey, and even the elusive snow leopard.

With enough acclimatization time, Island Peak climbing can be done without any mishaps. During the rest day at Namche Bazaar, you have a few interesting things to do to adjust to the high altitude. It helps you avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and explore the surrounding areas, too. You will visit the Everest View trek of Everest View Hotel, the hotel situated at the highest altitude in the world.

What Else to Do in Namche Bazaar While You Are in Imja Peak Climbing

Besides, you can do a lot of things while resting at Namche Bazaar in the course of Island Peak climbing. Hike to Khumjung Village is the best way to see the Yeti Scalp in the Khumjung Monastery. The Sherpa Museum located a little farther from the Sherpa Capital, Namche Bazaar is a must-visit site in the Everest region. Besides Sherpa culture and tradition, you can see all the photos of Hillary and Tenzing from the 1953 Everest Expedition. All these rarest snaps are preserved in the Hall of Fame of the same museum.

Next, you can take a short stroll around the Sagarmatha National Park located at Monjo. The Office provides you with all the information about the biodiversity conserved within the highest-altitude national parks in the world. The diverse species of wildlife and vegetation of the Himalayan region are found in this protected area.

Likewise, you can visit some small Sherpa villages around Namche Bazaar. You can get first-hand information about their typical socio-cultural life and main occupations. You can also taste the organic food items prepared by these friendly people. This not only gives an experience of the Sherpa cuisines but also a contribution to support them economically.

How to do Imja Peak Climbing?

Island Peak climbing in Nepal begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. It takes nearly 30 minutes to reach the gateway to the Everest region trekking by flight. Then, along the rocky trail through the dense forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron, you move towards Phakding, then Namche Bazaar. After acclimatization, the journey continues further to Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche,  Gorakshep, Everest Base Camp, and Kalapatthar.

After having the 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest Summit from Kalapatthar, you descend towards Gorakshep. You have breakfast there and move further to Dingboche to move towards the Island Peak Summit by resting at the base camp. While at base camp, the Sherpa guide gives you all the information about the climbing skills and techniques. He trains you to use the climbing gears for the successful accomplishment of the task.

Which is the best season for Imja Peak Climbing in Nepal?

Trekking peaks in Nepal are the ones above 6,000 m from the sea level. Peak Climbing to an elevation above 6,000 m is not always possible because of the unpredictable weather conditions. In winter, the excessive snowfall obstructs the climbing. In the same way, the fierce wind in the morning or daytime does not let you climb the peak. Therefore, the time just after midnight is the best to begin to walk towards the summit from High Camp.

With the help of the headlamp, you must cross the crevasses carefully. Actually, due to the warm weather favorable for stable snow levels, spring is the best season for peak climbing in Nepal. Spring in Nepal falls in March to April and May when most of the peaks including the Great Himalayas trail, So thousands of climbers scale them now. Nonetheless, the adventure lovers attempt to do it in October and November as well for the crystal clear view of the surroundings. Talking about Island Peak climbing, spring season is the best time for this expedition.

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Upon your arrival Nepal Trekking Routes Treks & Expedition representative are waiting to the Airport to pick up you with Display Board . When you will meet your offical representtive he/she will take you to the hotel.

A spectacular flight and hair raising landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail to our first camp near the river at Phakding.

We cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Camp is near the bazaar at Namche.

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Everest view hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the national park centre and museum just above the town

From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now we get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. We camp near the monastery with Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam framed in the doorway of the tent

Trek to Pheriche via Pangboche

A day to rest and acclimatize and a chance to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Alternatively, we can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view up the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Lhotse


Trek to lobuche this is anothere hardest day for trek


To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place for the night, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.


To reach Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche to camp for the night. We head back down today, through Duglha, to the summer village of Dingboche, where the houses are dotted about in the fields


Today, we have an easy walk for about 5 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along the way we have great views of Island Peak and the challenge that awaits us.The trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Base camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which mark the start of the climb on Island Peak.


We ascend a little further to high camp. 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 our 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 we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views. We descend along the same route, down to base camp.


After summite you trek back to Island Peak base camp and collect your thing continue to trek to Chhukung and overnight at Chhukung


Today we follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche


Today you will walk alonggg the Dudhkoshi river via smal sherpa village and reach to the Lukla overnight at lukla


Fly to Kathmandu We pack up early and head for the airstrip for the flight back to Kathmandu


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  • Three nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis;
  • Pick up and drop from Kathmandu airport to airport.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with a cup of tea or coffee) during the trek and climbing period.
  • Full board Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek and tent will be available during the climbing period
  • All camping equipment in Base camp;
  • Flight Ticket from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for member and Staff
  • 10 kg baggage allowance in flight and 25 Kg during trekking (with porter or yaks);
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) Permit
  • Climbing permit for Island Peak
  • Necessary staff during the trekking and climbing period With Experience Guide and Porter.
  • Necessary experienced Government license holder Climbing guide during climbing period as per group size
  • Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
  • One tent will be available in the Base camp for 2 people on shared basis;
  • High altitude food and all climbing crew will be available above base camp.
  • Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes will be available during climbing period
  • necessary kitchen crew will be available in base camp
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare international flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee, Visa issuance is easy at the arrival
  • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower.
  • Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets.
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • All kind of Personal Expenses
  • Ice fall fees Garbage Deposit (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies &Filming permit.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

Yes, it is possible to climb Island Peak solo. However, it is strongly recommended that you hire a guide or join a group for your safety. Guides and groups can provide knowledge, safety, and support that can make your experience more enjoyable.

If the weather is bad on your summit day, the best thing to do is to be flexible and adjust your plans accordingly. If conditions are too dangerous to attempt the summit, it‘s best to turn back and wait for better conditions. If visibility is low, it‘s important to stay on the designated route and to use the rope lines that are set up. If you are properly equipped with the right gear and clothing, you should be able to stay safe and warm while waiting out the storm.

The amount of tip for a climbing guide is entirely up to you and based on your own personal judgment. It is generally considered polite to tip a guide, especially if you had a good experience, as it shows your appreciation for their services. Most people usually tip around 10–20% of the total cost of the climbing trip, although this amount can vary depending on the services provided.

The essential equipment for a successful island peak climbing expedition includes:

1. Technical climbing equipment such as a harness, helmet, carabiners, slings, ascenders, descenders, ice axe, crampons, snow pickets, and anchor building materials.

2. Mountaineering boots, insulated sleeping bag, down sleeping bag, sleeping pad, headlamp, and lightweight tent.

3. Clothing: waterproof and breathable jacket and pants, insulated jacket, light and warm layers, fleece and synthetic base layers, gloves, and hat.

4. Personal items such as a first aid kit, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, water bottles, energy snacks, and a camera.

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