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Trip Duration

14 days

Trip Grade


Highest Altitude

6,189 m


Tea house/Lodge


plane, bus/jeep

Group Size

2-20 max

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Island Peak Climbing Brief Insight

In the years, the Himalayas have drawn thousands of climbers and tourists. The Himalayas’ awe-inspiring magnificence ignites our passions. Nepal is a country dominated by mountain ranges. Nepal has eight eight-thousanders (mountains rising beyond 8,000 meters above sea level) among its 14 other peaks.

Subsequently, heaps of climbers and travelers from all over the planet come to explore the mountain locales of Nepal. In the event that you have longed to ascend the audacious paths of mountains, you can begin ascending tops over 5,000 m. Among large numbers of the pinnacles, the Island Peak is one of them. Climbers who are new to climbing will enjoy it.

Island Peak lies in the Eastern region of Nepal inside Sagarmatha National Park. Previously, It was known as Imja Tse. The pinnacle stands 6,189 m tall and appears as though an island encompassed by an ocean of ice when seen from Dingboche. Because of this, individuals from the British Mount Everest Expedition named Imja Tse as ‘Island Peak’ in 1953. In 1983, it was renamed ‘Imja Tse’ for the second time. Imja Tse, on the other hand, is better known as Island Peak.

The summit of Island Peak was first endeavored by a British Expedition as a training meeting in 1953. It was the southwest segment of the pinnacle. Later on, they proceeded to summit Mt. Everest.

On the way to the highest point of Island Peak, there are crevasses (a deep open crack). Thus, mountaineers who attempted to conquer the peak were forced to return without achievement. Accordingly, during the hour of April 2009, the Nepal Mountaineering Association shared instructors with introducing stepping stools over precipices. Along these lines, a successful attempt at the summit has now become possible.

Climbing Island Peak is less difficult, but it is still strenuous. It is the best top to climb if you wish to reach summits higher than 6,000 meters. In this way, Island Peak is a great place for beginners and intermediate climbers to start.

Island Peak Climbing’s trail to the peak is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The perspectives on other mountain giants like Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc are exceptional. The all-encompassing sights of rich green valleys, clear rivers, glaciers, snowcapped mountains, and a lot more all through the journey to the summit are worth the effort.

Kathmandu is the starting destination for the Island Peak expedition. The city presents a diverse ethnic population as well as world heritage sites, religious values, history, and other attractions. Continuing the journey, the flight takes off to Lukla from Kathmandu. Lukla is the base for Everest climbs and mountaineering expeditions.

The trekking route follows sandy and steep ways with stunning perspectives on the Khumbu region’s mountain ranges. The Sherpa people’s genuine friendliness is truly inspiring. The journey leads to the summit of Island Peak once you’ve acclimatized. You will learn trekking and climbing abilities from specialists during the summit process.

Highlights of Island Peak Climbing

  • Island Peak – The ideal peak to start mountaineering 
  • Picturesque flight to Lukla over the Himalayas. 
  • Trek across exciting mountain terrains with scenic beauty of nature. 
  • Visit the Sherpa community and learn about their culture.
  • A high-altitude Tibetan Buddhist monastery – Tengboche Monastery.
  • An exceptional view of giants such as Mt. Everest Makalu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and others. 
  • Trekking in Sagarmatha National Park’s remote wilderness.
  • Training for climbing in Imjatse base camp.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla then trek to Phakding

Trek Distance :

6.5 km approx.

Highest Altitude :

Lukla (2,800 m) and Phakding (2,652 m)

Trek Duration :

3-4 hrs

The journey starts to Lukla from Kathmandu as the initial step of the Island Peak climbing. Lukla serves as the starting point for many treks in the Everest region.

The scenic view from the plane includes lush landscapes, rivers, winding roads, and mountain ranges. It lands at the Tenzing Hilary airport in Lukla after a half-hour flight. Lukla is a small town that caters to tourists and travelers with a variety of services.

The venture begins with a straightforward and quick path. You walk down to Cheplum, passing through the rugged and gravel path. Starting here, the brief look at Mt. Khumbila is impressive. As the hike progresses, it passes near to the Dudh Koshi River. From there, you’ll ascend to Phakding via a steep ascent.
Overnight in Phakding.

Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Trek Distance :

8 km approx.

Highest Altitude :

3,440 m

Trek Duration :

5-6 hrs

The path to Namche Bazaar is not easy. It’s exciting to walk through skewed vistas, riverbanks, designed overpasses, and small settlements on this magnificent path.

The trekking trail ahead appears to be less skewed in the beginning after leaving Phakding. It takes a long time for you to reach the desired altitude. Eventually, the journey becomes more difficult as it gains altitude as it approaches Namche Bazaar.

The journey begins in the early hours of the day. You cross a designed overpass to get to the other side of the valley. Climbing through the wild, you head to Benkar and where you wander alongside the Dudh Koshi River. The magnificent vista of mountains above 6,000 meters opens up as the trek progresses.

Before long, you show up at Sagarmatha National park at Jorsale. It’s the perfect time for the final push to Namche right now. En route, a look at Mt. Everest should be visible for the first time. As a result, you arrive at Namche Bazaar. You’ll pass through counters along the way that require entry permits. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar

Highest Altitude :

3,440 m

Trek Duration :

1-2 hrs

Namche Bazaar is a Sherpa tribal settlement that serves as an administrative center in the Khumbu region. It serves as the foundation for expeditions and climbs in the Everest region. As a result of the thriving tourism business, the town has transformed into a lively hub.

While traveling at higher altitudes, acclimatization is an unavoidable necessity. Because there is less oxygen at higher elevations, our bodies require time to adjust to the changes in their environment. Altitude sickness is caused by a rapid ascent to a higher altitude. In severe circumstances, you may experience cerebral and pulmonary edema. The day will be spent in Namche Bazaar with a short climb close by.

In the wake of eating, you advance up to Hotel Everest View (3,880 m) as a part of acclimatization. It is a high-altitude hotel. From the hotel, the all-encompassing view of the Himalaya ranges is astonishing. The hotel has pubs and restaurants, as well as free WiFi and a laundry. You’ll get back to your stay strolling through similar pathways after spending some time there.

Rather than climbing to Hotel Everest View, you can have a stroll around the area.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 4: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Trek Distance :

9.5 km approx.

Highest Altitude :

3,870 m

Trek Duration :

5-6 hrs

It’s a chance to forget about Namche Bazaar and make a move for Tengboche. Because of the uneven and rocky pathways, the journey is arduous. The trail leads its way through a small descend at first, then climbs even higher afterward.

The trek begins by walking along the valleys’ edge. You climb past Kyanjum and get a lovely view of the rhododendron woodland. The trail goes to Phungi Thenga after a short climb. The journey becomes harder past Phungi Thenga. You continue your trek to Tengboche, where you will be greeted by the magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse.

Assuming you choose to stroll around after arriving at Tengboche Monastery. Then, at that point, Tengboche Monastery is the ideal place to go sightseeing. The religious monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery notable as Dawa Choling Gompa. It is the biggest Gompa in the Khumba locale.
Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

Trek Distance :

11 km approx.

Highest Altitude :

4,360 m

Trek Duration :

5-6 hrs

The journey from Tengboche to Dingboche is revitalizing. The walk is exciting since you get to see the excellence of the glacial river and the Himalayas. Along with that, the trek leads you through the beautiful village of Pangboche, which serves as the base camp for Mt. Ama Dablam.

The adventure begins with a drop to Deboche through a forest track. After a while, you gain elevation and walk along a stone-engraved wall. Soon after, you cross a suspension bridge to reach the Pangboche settlement. The village has a magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dablam.

As the journey progresses, the trail climbs altitude, providing breathtaking views of mountain ranges. After that, you’ll arrive in Shomare village. It is the final town on the way to Dingboche. You continue on to the Dingboche suspension bridge crossing.

With the nonstop climb, the course acquires elevation offering shocking perspectives on mountain ranges. From there on, you arrive at Shomare town. It is the last town prior to arriving at Dingboche. Pushing forward, you advance to the Dingboche crossing engineered overpass.

The track gains elevation as the journey progresses. En route provides breathtaking views of mountain ranges. From there on, you arrive at Shomare village. It is the final settlement before reaching Dingboche. You make your way to the Dingboche crossing suspension bridge by pushing onward.
Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 6: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung

Trek Distance :

4.5 km

Highest Altitude :

4,730 m

Trek Duration :

3-4 hrs

The route from Dingboche to Chhukung is straightforward. You begin by making your way down to the valley next to the river. The path ahead is rough and rocky.

The fascinating view on Ama Dablam should be seen at this point as the hike begins. The beautiful perspective on Lhotse and Nuptse dazzles your eyes after a strenuous climb. Em route, you’ll pass by the Lhotse South Face Memorial. The memorial is built in honor of climbers who perished while attempting to reach the summit. Then you leave the Memorial and walk down the river until you reach Chhukung. Chhukung is a small town with a handful of teahouses.
Overnight in Chhukung.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day - Chhukung

Highest Altitude :

5,546 m (Chhukung Ri)

Acclimatization day is important to adapt to the increasing elevation as stated earlier. At high altitudes, our bodies must adjust to the changing environment in order to avoid altitude sickness.

A trek to Chhukung Ri is the best way to get used to the increasing altitude. The Chhukung Ri is a massive slope located north of Chhukung. You arrive at the highest point of the slope after 3-4 hours of climbing. The panoramic perspective on Island Peak, Lhotse, and other mountains is breathtaking. You can stay for 30 minutes before heading back to Chhukung.
Overnight in Chhukung.

Day 8: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp and Pre-climb training

Highest Altitude :

5,200 m

Trek Duration :

3-4 hrs

The ascent to Island Peak Base Camp is a difficult and steep. During the trek, you get the amazing chance to notice the perspectives on mountains and glaciers. You leave Chhukung and head straight ahead. You pass through of Lhotse and Imja glacier. As you continue on your journey, you advance with heavenly perspectives on peaks. Island Peak Base Camp is reached after a short climb.

You can leave your belongings and eat lunch when you arrive at the base camp. You’ll be kept in a single-person tent that the guide will have set up before your arrival. Not long after lunch, pre-climbing preparations will begin. Experts will instruct you on how to prepare for rappelling and belaying. During the preparation, you become accustomed to ice axes, ascenders, harnesses, karabiners, and other climbing equipment.

Climbing on Island Peak is ideal for amateurs. There is no need for technical requirements or prior peak climbing expertise. To reach the summit, though, physical fitness and a strong willpower are required.

After the preparation has been completed. This evening, you must get some rest. This is due to the fact that after midnight the following day, peak climbing is completed ahead of schedule.
Overnight in a tent at the base camp.

Day 9: Island Peak Summit and back to Base Camp

Highest Altitude :

6,189 m

Trek Duration :

10-12 hrs

During the evening, mists and a strong breeze make it difficult. As a result, the journey begins promptly at 2 a.m. To reach the summit, it requires a full day. So, when you begin the climb, you must have packed lunch.

Leave the base camp and make your way to high camp. You arrive to Crampon Point along a snowy and frosty trail. From this point on, you’ll need crampons. For safe ascent over 5,700 meters above sea level, the climbing group will be linked to a man-rope.

Through a small edge, the path leads the way to the foundation of Imja Glacier. You can have the delight to see the amazing perspective on Mt. Makalu, Baruntsee and Mera top from the glacier. After a while, there comes a vertical climb the most difficult ascent. You move up in a fixed-line with the help of anchors. Maintain a constant state of alertness. From there, you’ll walk through a few of crevasses and up the erected ladders to the summit of Island Peak.

Take care of the challenges and barriers you’ve encountered along the path today. It’s well worth the effort to stay on top of Island Peak. The moment brings you complete happiness and the pride you’ve been yearning for. Take in the moment and be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

With a sense of accomplishment, now is the time to return to the base camp. Be mindful of your footings and be cautious at all times when descending.
Overnight in a tent at Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 10: Reserve Day

This day has been set aside as a backup in case of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances. At higher elevations, weather and environment are less predictable. It is difficult to proceed with the rising in harsh weather conditions. As a result, if it’s difficult on the climbing day, it’s best to reschedule. In the case that the quest proceeds as planned, there is no need for a reserve day.

Day 11: Trek from Island Base Camp to Pangboche

Highest Altitude :

3,985 m

Trek Duration :

5-6 hrs

The journey that follows is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Now is an excellent time to return to the beginning of your journey. It’s a lengthy downhill journey to Pangboche town.

It will be more straightforward to travel this time because the route follows the same paths. All through the walk, you will be blessed to witness the fabulous vistas of snowy mountains, steep and rough paths, forests, and significantly more.
Overnight in Pangboche.

Day 12: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

Highest Altitude :

3,438 m

Trek Duration :

4-5 hrs

Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs
The Namche Bazaar is the destination for today. As a result, you make your way to Namche with a downhill hike. You go through numerous settlements along the trek, including Deboche and Tengboche. You show up to Namche Bazaar after strolling through forest trails, stream and suspension bridges.

The return venture is somewhat short. You’ll have a lot of free time. Go for a walk in and out of town. Restaurants, cafes, and bars are all places worth visiting. Appreciate and be pleased with what you’ve achieved.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Trek Distance :

19 km approx.

Highest Altitude :

2,800 m

Trek Duration :

6-7 hrs

When returning to Lukla, there are checkpoints. As a result, ensure your entry permits are protected. Continue on the path and descend the stone steps. Take one final glance at Mt. Everest.

After passing under suspension bridges, you arrive in Phakding along stone steps and dusty pathways. Moving further, you’ll arrive at Lukla, after passing through little settlements and taking in the breathtaking views of mountain ranges.
Overnight in a lodge at Lukla.

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu

Trek Distance :

140 km approx.

Highest Altitude :

1,350 m

The expedition to Island Peak is now complete. Say your goodbyes to the massive mountains, lush green forests, rivers, glaciers, and finally, the challenging treks. The Kathmandu expedition departs early in the morning with a scenic flight of valleys, pinnacles, streams, and other sights.

What's Included
  • Simple tea houses in trekking on twin sharing basis with 3 times of meal.
  • accommodation with simple meal
  • An experience professional climbing guide for Island peak climbing with all permits, climber, helpers at Base Camp with their salary, meal & insurance
  • Climbing equipment like Summit boots. Ice exe, harness, jammer, crampons etc.
  • Garbage security deposit(SPCC) for permit($500)
  • A professional trekking guide for the Trek & necessary number of porters (2:1) with their salary, meal, transportation, insurance & accommodation.
  • Necessary permits, Tims card & Local Municipalities fees
    Both way flight Kathmandu (Ramechhap)-Lukla-Kathmandu (Ramechhap)
  • 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis & simple lodges on trek with full board meal.
  • All grounded transportation like pick up drop (domestic/Intl both).
  • A group medical kit with an oximeter

What is Excluded

  • All Kinds of beverage.
  • All extra expenses such as shopping trekking gears.
  • International flights.
  • Early arrival / late departure.
  • Travel insurance (you must purchase one for Island Peak Climbing before starting the trek)
  • Rescue evacuation if needed (it can be helped arranging)
  • Tips for driver, guides & porters.
  • If a plan is changed by any other problem such as, landslide, political disturbance, changing plan, cancellation of flight. Or the things not mentioned above

Best Time

Aside from monsoon season, Island Peak Climbing is possible whenever of year. Autumn and spring are the most reliable seasons for mountaineering. The number of mountain climbers and trekkers in the Everest district increases dramatically during the peak season.

Autumn (September to November)

The ideal time to go on the mountain climbing is in the autumn. The routes via the Khumbu region are crowded by trekkers and mountaineers. The weather is calm, clear, and dry, with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. Because of the great vision, the dazzling perspectives on the far mountain ranges can be visible clearly. The main thing you miss about autumn time is the lack of flowering green vegetations and blossoms.

Spring (March to May)

Spring is the greatest time to go climbing after autumn. The ways are loaded with vacationers since it is also peak season. It’s the season with lush greenery and blooming flowers. The weather has been fair and stable with a pleasant temperature. On a clear day, a variety of sceneries and distant mountain ranges can be seen.

Winter (December to February)

The off time of year for the Island Peak Expedition is during winter. Due to which the Khumbu area’s paths are rather empty. Higher altitudes get bitterly cold temperatures during the season. Arriving at the summit is troublesome due to snowy pathways and a strong breeze. Only professionals with the correct gear and equipment should attempt winter.

Monsoon (June to August)

The monsoon season is by far the worst and summit attempts are not suggested. It’s hot and humid outside. There is a lot of rain throughout the season. The path becomes muddy and slippery as the day progresses. Rain mists cover the sky. Mountain ranges in the distant will be difficult to see. However, the sky clears up again after a downpour.

Accommodation and Meal

The majority of the teahouses along the way to Island Peak are well-developed and pleasant. Although not luxurious, most teahouses will offer basic amenities such as rooms, food, charging stations, WiFi, and hot showers. Each room has twin beds, a small amount of bedding, a pillow, and a handful of bedsheets. The majority of teahouses lack attached bathrooms. Remember that the teahouse will charge you additional cash assuming you wish to use administrations like WiFi, charging stations, or a hot shower.

Despite, tents will be your accommodation from the base camp to the summit of Island Peak. To be warm and comfy on a cold evening, you’ll require all-season sleeping bags and foam mattresses in the tents.

On the menus of the teahouses along the Island Peak journey, you’ll find both Nepali and western cooking style. Despite the fact that you are bound to limited food options, the piece of meal is very significant. Along with bread, pancakes and soups, Dal Bhat is the most popular meal in the Himalayas. Tea and espresso are also available to keep you warm.

Gears List for Island Peak Climbing

If you’re considering a climb to Island Peak, here’s the rundown of fundamental gears you want to pack:

Mountaineering Packlist

  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Ascenders
  • Belay Device 
  • Carabiners
  • Double Boots
  • Mountaineering Gloves
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Gaiters
  • Trekking Poles

Clothing and others

  • Down Jacket
  • Thermal innerwear
  • Underwear
  • Waterproof wear
  • Trekking wear
  • Woolen and sun hat
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Scarf
  • Trekking Boots
  • Extra Batteries and Power Bank
  • Route map

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to climb Island Peak?
The weather has an impact on trekking and climbing at higher elevations. During unfavourable weather, there is a significant risk. The best seasons for mountaineering and trekking are autumn and spring. During these seasons, the weather is predictable and pleasant. It is remarkable to be able to go around the trails with clear views of mountain ranges. The worst of all is the monsoon.
Is it possible to climb Island Peak in a day?
Island Peak can be climbed in 3-4 hours from its base camp. The day before the summit attempt, pre-climbing training is completed. After a good climb, we return to base camp.
What makes mountaineering boots so costly?
Because of the materials utilized in their construction, mountaineering boots are pricey. The paths used for walking and climbing are likely to be uneven and rocky. As a result, the boots must be able to withstand any form of roughness on the voyage.
Is Island Peak a straightforward climb?
Island Peak is not a simple climb. For the climb to the summit, you must be physically healthy and mentally strong. It will be more suitable for the push to the peak if proper acclimatization is achieved during the hike. The ascent, on the other hand, is less challenging and requires no equipment.
Is it possible to get cash during the trek?
Only up to Namche Bazaar ATM booths are available. After Namche, you travel through the Khumbu region's farmland. So, depending on your needs, take out the appropriate sum of cash for the journey ahead.
Is it possible that you'll get altitude sickness?
There is a possibility that you will get altitude sickness. The illness is caused by a lack of oxygen at higher elevations. Altitude sickness causes headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. As a result, acclimatization is required when traveling at high elevations.

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