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Island peak climbing

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Price starting from

$2,476 USD 1,960

per person

Duration

20 days

Max. Elevation

6130m

Group size

1-10 Pax

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
private vehicle and Both ways flight
Best Season
March to May, September to November
Accomodation
Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu with the best available lodge on Treks, and overnight in a tented camp on the climb.
Meals
full board meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner tea, or coffee)
Starts at
kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Tengboche-Dingboche-Lobuche-Gorakshep-Everest base camp-Kalapathar-Chukung-Island Peak base camp-high camp-Island Peak-Island Peak-Pangboche village-Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Great scenic combination with famous Everest base camp.
  • Island Peak climb Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime experience around the high beautiful Khumbu valley.
  • Walk on a picturesque trail with ever-present views of stunning giant snow peaks.
  • On the rooftop of the world at Everest base camp, Kalapathar hill, and Island Peak.
  • Explore lovely cultural Sherpa villages adorned with age-old Buddhist heritage.
  • Wilderness Excursion's carefully designed itinerary to help acclimatization process, Competitive cost, Island Peak Summit at 6,189m.
  • Spectacular views of Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Range of other classic peaks including Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kang Tega. 
  • The region is home to Sherpa and its unique culture and tradition are very similar to Tibet. 

Everest base camp and Island Peak Climb, a blend of an exciting adventure. Making every trekker's and climber's dreams come true with high success, as our itinerary is designed in a great way. To make the climb safe and easier with ample days for rest and acclimatization visiting Everest base camp. As well as a climb of high Kalapathar Hill that will allow much exercise before the actual ascent to Island Peak. Island Peak rises at the height of 6,189 m /20,305 feet high, the peak is also called Imjatse Himal.

As it is located above scenic Imjatse Valley, with the surrounding giant mountains of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and Amadablam North-East Face. Louche peak climbing also knows as very popular for climbing. The name Island peak is tagged by early western mountaineers and explorers, as the stunning mountain appears like an Island. Situated amidst the wide beautiful valley of Imjatse within close reach of the last human settlement of Chukung and Dingboche.  

Island Peak is a perfect mountain for all types of adventurers and trekkers, that leads you to an alpine-style climb. Within a day of more than 7-8 hours, as per the physical and technical ability of climbers. It was first climbed by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and some fellow members of Everest Expeditions way back in 1953. Island Peak was climbed as a practice climb before Mt. Everest was summited, at present. One of the most popular trekking peaks for all climbers and trekkers due to its accessibility and high success. Island Peak climb grading we have used from famous French and Swiss Alpine Style Climbing Classification Systems as PD + This means a mountain with a straightforward climb with some technical section to tackle ice, rocks, and snow.

Everest base camp and Island Peak Climb begins from Lukla after a scenic short flight from Kathmandu. An interesting walk where your heavier baggage will be laden on pack animals called Jhopkyo. A crossbreed of a yak and normal cow/ox as well carried by strong cheerful porters. From Lukla, our expert guide leads you past the nice farm villages of Sherpa, the main mountain tribes of Everest. As well spread around the North East Himalaya region known as the famous highlanders of Himalayas. Where Sherpa is famously known as a world record holder on mountaineering various peaks of the Himalayas.

The walk takes you to enter Sagarmatha National Park, which is listed in World Heritage Sites. The park is enriched with exotic flora/fauna with the world's highest peaks, the name Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepal. While the local Sherpa call as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language, as you can notice the similar culture of Tibetan Buddhism. A wonderful walks of gradual visiting and staying overnights in the comfort of a nice lodge at the famous Namche Bazaar. Spending rest days for acclimatization and then on the road to our main target to reach Everest base camp. Where trek leads on the scenic trail and serene cool forest to the beautiful location at Tengboche.

A place with an impressive monastery surrounded by green woodland with an awesome panorama of snow peaks. From here enjoy views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse with magnificent looking Mt. Ama Dablam. From here onwards tree lines fade as the walk reaches you at Everest base camp after few overnights. Staying in Dingboche and Lobuche within high Khumbu valley and to our first destination of the adventure. Enjoy tremendous views of towering peaks that surround you at base camp, within close reach of Khumbu Ice-Fall and glaciers. After an exciting moment climb up to the top of Kalapathar rocky hill at 5,545 m the highest spot. That is on trekking before the climb of Island Peak, from hereafter catching an amazing panorama of high peaks. Includes closest views of Mt. Everest, and then towards our final highlight and destinations to Island Peak base camp and Best time to climbing Island peak.

On Island Peak climb staying in a tented camp for few nights, with time for rest and checking climbing gear. Then getting ready for the big approach to the summit of the Island peak. Our expert guide leads you safe and sound to the top encountering a few tough sections to negotiate. From the top enjoy breathtaking scenery, steeped with the world's highest peaks and feeling tired but in an exciting mood. Achieving one of the biggest experiences of a lifetime adventure. Then head safely back to Lukla for the last overnight around the high Khumbu and Everest area. Where next early morning a sweeping panoramic flight brings you to Kathmandu. After a great wonderful adventure on Everest base camp and Island Peak Climb.

Important Note

  • If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for other trips, please contact us.
  • The above itinerary is basically a guideline. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1
On reaching Kathmandu via various international airlines, at the airport our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing. Regarding the Island Peak climb and trek, information includes other useful information to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.

Day

2
A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek to Everest base camp and Island Peak climb. Last hour shopping to purchase and hire needful gear for the trip, with time one can book for optional sightseeing tour. Around Kathmandu valley major cities, steeped with ancient world heritage sites.

Day

3

Departure from the hotel as early as possible by the latest 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. Having breakfast, and leaving unwanted items for storing in the hotel. Our staff and guide will transfer you for the short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport. After checking in for security, and then proceed to an airfield to board in a small aircraft, either Dornier or Twin Otter. With a maximum of 15 to 18 seated planes, as the plane lifts off enjoy a panorama of Himalayan peaks, where the route leads North East with views of Mt. Everest as the plane makes landing at a small airfield in Lukla. The airport named Tenzing and Hillary, a tribute to the first legendry conqueror of Mt. Everest. At Lukla getting organized with the heavier baggage to be carried by porters and on pack animals known as Jhopkyo (a mixed breed of Yak and lower region cows or ox). The trail leads around many lovely Sherpa villages adorned with Buddhist prayer walls and monuments to reach Phakding for an overnight stay in a nice moderate lodge.

Day

4
Walk today takes you to the famous Namche Bazaar the hub of Khumbu villagers, as well as trekkers. Where once a week, a colorful and busy market is held every Saturday walk leads to cross few bridges over Dudh Koshi glacial rivers to reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, where a ticket to be shown of purchased. Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepal, while the Sherpa knows as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language. From here reach the last village of Jorsalle before Namche Bazaar, for a lunch break, and then continue to walk following the river on a bank, within the cool shade of pine and rhododendron forest. On crossing the last high bridge, along undulating uphill for few hours to reach Namche Bazaar for two overnights stops. Enjoy the views of Kwangde and Tharmasarku peaks from the lodge in Namche and then check into your rooms for refreshing rest before dinner time in a large warm and cozy dining hall.

Day

5
Free day in Namche for necessary rest and a short hike to view-points which is a good way to support acclimatization. Enjoy leisure morning with breakfast and hike to Namche viewpoint overlooking Mt. Everest and the beautiful peak of Ama Dablam with other adjoining peaks. Visit the museum offers full information about the Khumbu region. For energetic people can take a hike up to Everest View Hotel of few hours, as well one can spend the day exploring Khumjung and Khunde villages. This is quite different from Namche Bazaar with many traditional houses located on a glacial valley.

Day

6
The morning after breakfast, an easy stroll after a short climb to the top of Namche facing excellent views of Khumbu peaks with Everest, and then down to Imjatse River at PhunkiTenga, a small settlement popular mid-day stops of trekkers for lunch or refreshments. From here on steep winding uphill for some hours within the cool forest to reach a small scenic plateau at Tengboche and its colorful monastery. The area is surrounded by an array of peaks with grand views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam with a range of adjoining high mountains. Herewith time to visit the impressive monastery interior of great Buddhism religion interest and then retire back to your lodge for the rest of the afternoon.

Day

7
From Tengboche enjoy the morning views of snow-capped peaks while you have breakfast, and then the day starts with an easy descend to reach a strong metal bridge. On crossing the bridge above Imjatse River, a slow uphill climb to Pangboche village with closest views of beautiful Ama Dablam. From here onward tree lines disappear for short bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes. The walk takes you higher to reach scenic Imjatse valley, where Dingboche is located for an overnight halt, facing the first view of Island Peak towards the east of the valley floor.

Day

8
Another deserving rest day, for good acclimatization where one takes a hike uphill to a ridge called Nagarjun. Where you can enjoy the panorama of peaks with Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam North Face as far as the world's 5th high Mt. Makalu in the east. Rest of the afternoon enjoy a stroll around Dingboche with many good lodges and shops or just relax with the mountain views.

Day

9
Slowly our adventure heads towards our first highlight to reach Everest base camp and climb of Kalapathar high hilltop. The morning starts with a steep climb of less than half an hour to a ridge festooned with prayer flags and Buddhist monuments. Enjoy the great views, as the walk continues on easy up to reach a small settlement of Thugla. Where massive Khumbu glaciers melt into torrential cold streams. A favorite stop for trekkers heading both ways to Everest base camp, Lobuche, or down to Dingboche and Pheriche valley. After lunch at Thugla, afternoon an hour climb towards Thugla's small pass where you can notice many tombs and memorial of unfortunate climbers. After a short good rest, a slow and easy walk but strenuous due to thin air and high altitude to reach overnight stop at Lobuche. Lobuche at 4,940 m / 16,210 feet, situated about 150 km (93 mi) east of Kathmandu, located near the foot of Khumbu Glacier, approx. 8.5 km South-West from Everest Base Camp.

Day

10
Today, our walks lead to one of the highlights at Everest base camp, although a short distance. But takes strenuous hours of walking due to high altitude and air pressure. Start on the easy path and the up above Khumbu glaciers over moraines of rocks to reach Gorakshep. The highest human settlement before base camp with few lodges to stay for overnights after visiting Everest base camp. From Gorakshep heed slowly taking more than two hours to reach at base camp, feeling wonderful. Standing beneath the world's tallest peaks and close to massive Khumbu Icefall and glaciers. Enjoy the stupendous scenery of high giant snow peaks then back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop, after a great day adventure.

Day

11
Early morning climb to the highest rocky hilltop of Kalapathar, which means black rock. A vigorous steep climb due to altitude gain but worth it as you stand on top, overlooking the grand panorama. Where Mt. Everest will be at the closest distance with Mt. Pumori ahead after a breathtaking moment descends back to Gorakshep. After breakfast continue treks downhill past Lobuche and Thugla, and walking above Dingboche to reach the last settlement in Chukung.

Day

12
Morning with leisure time for breakfast, from here for few overnights staying in tented camps, with food prepared by our camping cook and kitchen staff. Walk towards Imjatse valley to reach the base of Island peak, as the climb leads over the moraine. Includes few icy streams to cross and then end the morning walks near a place called Parsya Grab. Where our base camp is located near a small glacial pond, rest of the afternoon rest and preparation for the climb.

Day

13
A most climber takes the challenge to the summit of Island Peak from base camp. But it is always safe and best to add one more high camp before the summit day. As well as to scout the route of the climb, where our guide will make necessary arrangements ahead for the early next morning climb. On reaching the exact spot to establish a high camp and finding level ground to pitch tents. Afternoon relaxes and check your gear, as well with some practice ice climbing and then rest with early dinner.

Day

14
Start early morning before the break of dawn, as climb leads across glacier climb with care following our lead climbing guide. Where there are few crevasses to avoid, as climb takes you due straight north over snow-covered scree in-between a glacier to a top ridge. The climb takes you over rocks and icefall section, a steep snow and ice ramp to negotiate at about 100 meters (300 feet) to reach on top of the summit. The last leg of the climb is always tiring and feeling much excited about reaching the summit top. The highest point of the adventure at 6,189 m /20,305 feet high, facing a spectacular panorama of surrounding giant peaks. Includes view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and Mt. Makalu the four world highest peaks with a wide range of lesser mountain ranges. Feeling on top of the world, then make a safe descend on the same route to base camp for last overnight in tents.

Day

15
After an exciting adventure on Island Peak climb, head back to Dingboche for an onward journey to Lukla after a great successful time. Morning a nice walk to Dingboche and then downhill to Pangboche for an overnight stop.

Day

16
Morning enjoys close views of Ama Dablam and then morning leads to descending crossing a river with a climb up to Tengboche. From here onward back into tree lines, with down and ups to Shanasa village. As the walk gets better on a gradual winding path to reach Namche for an overnight halt

Day

17
Today can be a long stretch of walks but easier on the downhill to reach by the river bank and the past Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo village to reach Phakding. From here on the gradual winding trail with the last final climb to reach the end of the trek at Lukla for last overnight around high Khumbu and Everest region.

Day

18
On achieving great triumph and success on top Island peak, depart from the lodge to Lukla airport, where the morning flight reaches you back at Kathmandu. From the airport, transfer to your respective hotels with a free day to enjoy the hustle-bustle city life of Kathmandu.

Day

19
It is always best and wise to have a spare or contingency day, in case of flight delay and might lead to cancellation. Due to bad unfavorable weather conditions for small planes to operate which can happen even in the best time of the seasons. On this free day, one can enjoy individual activities and shopping for souvenirs or take a tour of Kathmandu's ancient cities site within Kathmandu, Patan, or Bhaktapur.

Day

20
Your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure on Everest base camp and Island Peak climb, then time for your international flight. Our staff transfers you to the airport for homeward bound.

Inclusions

  • Pick and drop off from the international airport.
  • 4 Nights twin basis bedroom in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing tour guide by private van.
  • Govt. registered, fluent English speaking and friendly guide and necessary porters.
  • Climbing guide for Island Peak Expedition.
  • All meals: lunch, breakfast, and dinner, during the trekking.
  • Tea, coffee, and cookies 3 times a day during the trekking.
  • Tents, food, and other necessary things for one-night camping in Island Peak BC.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight of your guide per person.
  • Airport transfer for domestic flights.
  • Trekking lodge accommodation during the trip.
  • Island Peak Climbing Royalty fees.
  • TIMS Card and Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Permit.
  • Salary, Accommodation, and food for your guide and porters.
  • Insurance and gear for climbing/trekking guides and porters.
  • Garbage deposit fee (refundable after the trip)
  • Government tax, vat, and Office service charge.
  • International airfare & Nepali visa fee (See the Visa & Entry Procedure page).
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Client's personal climbing gear.
  • Personal travel insurance (See the travel insurance page).
  • personal expenses (phone. Call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, and trekking person equipment ''See the travel personal equipment page'').
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for guide and porters.

Complimentary

    • Welcome dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
    •  Everest Base Camp & Island peak trekking map.
    • sleeping bag during the treks, (to be returned after the trip).
    • seasonal fresh fruits during the trek.
    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • adventure certificate of achievement.
    • tips for staff (it is expected).

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the best classification systems on alpine-style climbing, which is popular and widely used and much simple to understand the nature of the climb. We have been using the French / Swiss Alpine Climbing in all our climbing trips and expeditions.


Normally we have a minimum of 2-3 people and a maximum of 4 to 10 persons also, depends upon the time of booking and trip departure for Island Peak Climb. Where interested climbers need to book at least a minimum of a month, so that we can suggest all other people to join in, then we know after the booking is closed with how many were have joined in for Island Peak Climb. In some cases, we also arrange for solo or a single person also, where the cost comes slightly higher than in a group.


Yes only for few days during the climb from the base camp of Island Peak, after leaving the last lodge accommodation of Chukung. Where tented camp will be well organized with all meals included, prepared by our expert cook with separate kitchen cooking varieties of dishes to keep your healthy and fit for the climb.


Springtime from March to May is good for Island Peak to climb as well as trekking to Everest base camp when most days are clear for views and pleasant walks. Cold in the morning and from late afternoon till night time, chances of snow-fall sometimes during the trek and climb.

Next, best season is in autumn from September to November, where days clear most of the time, but with shorter sun-light hours. Much colder morning and night time but with the bright starry night sky.


Only at Lukla and Namche Bazaar facilities to change the money as well with ATM. From Namche onward, there are no banks or ATM, but some lodge owners can accept the foreign bills and will exchange them into local currencies as per the standard rate, or slightly higher.


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