Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing offers the climbers an adventurous and thrilling climbing experience in an ascent mostly non-technical with some basic snow climbing skills. Sitting in the middle of Upper Chhukung valley, Island Peak offers magnificent view of the soaring Himalayas including the tallest Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and other neighboring peaks. Adventurers going for Island Peak Climbing experience the glacier travel, moderate snow and ice climbing, walk across the often vertiginous suspension bridges festooned with prayer flags, through dense forest with varieties of vegetations and wildlife, and receive a warm and welcoming reception by the legendary Sherpa community. Join the Island Peak Climbing to experience the blend of adventure and cultural exploration and get lasting memories and a pleasing sense of acheivement.

Island Peak Climbing follows the trail to classical Everest Base Camp Trek before getting separated near Dingboche. Before that, climbers start their expedition with the exploration of historical heritages of Kathmandu and fly to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region. The hike then begins from Lukla with a breathtaking scene of the lofty Himalayas and descends to the riverbed of mighty Dudh Koshi River past Mani walls, prayer flags and smaller hamlets such as Chheplung, Thado Koshigaon and others. Following the trail along the glacial milky river, we trek through smaller settlements, lush and dense forest, terraced farmlands, several suspension flags festooned with prayer flags, waterfalls before reaching the Monjo village, entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Ahead in the trail we encounter steep slopes to reach Namche Bazaar and further on the trail we navigate through views of Ama Dablam , Lhotse Shar, Daboche and other peaks, stone steps and steep trail before reaching ancient monasteries of Tengboche, Pangboche and Dingboche. Now we shall gradually enter into the Everest Base Camp and climb to Gorakshep, KalaPatthar and the ultimate site of Everest Base Camp before trekking down to Chhukung village. Parting our trail from the main route, we then head into the Chhukung valley. Through the trail surrounded by glaciers, glacial lakes, avalanche chutes and towering Himalayas we reach to the base of Imja Tse or Island Peak. After some preparations, we summit this peak and have magnificent view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and others. We trek back to Lukla and then to Kathmandu to complete this adventure.

Island Peak Climbing is good beginning for aspiring climbers and is a bit of challenging experience that combines trekking and peak climbing. March to May and September to November is the best seasons for this adventure. With enough preparations, you can experience lifetime thrill and adventure during this expedition. Allow us to take care of your itinerary, accommodation and other aspects during your Island Peak Climbing expedition.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu International Airport then transfer to Hotel.

Day 02:  Trip preparation.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla at 2840m (9088 Ft),then trek to Phakding at 2610m (8352 Ft).

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namchebazaar at 3440m (11008 Ft).

Day 05: Rest day at Namchebazaar.

Day 06: Trek from Namchebazaar to Tengboche at 3860m (12352 Ft).

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche at 4410 (14112 Ft).

Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche.

Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche at 4910m (15712 Ft)

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorekhshep at 5140m (16448 Ft),then trek to Everest Base Camp at 5364m (17165 Ft).

Day 11: Hike to Kalapathar at 5550m (17760 Ft),then back to Chhukum at 4730m (15518 Ft).

Day 12: Trek from Chhumkum to Island Peak Base Camp at 52oom (17060 Ft).

Day 13: Base Camp to High Camp at 5600m (18372 Ft).

Day 14: High Camp to the Summit at 6189m (20305 ft) Then back to Chhukum.

Day 15: Trek from Chhumkum to Tengboche at 3860m (12352 ft).

Day 16: Trek from Tengboche to Namche at 3440m (11008 ft)

Day 17: Trek from Namche to Lukla at 2840m (9088 ft)

Day 18: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu then transfer to hotel.

Day 19: Departure for home.

Note: Due to the bad weather of domestic flights from Kathmandu to  Lukla and after the trek from Lukla to Kathmandu delayed sometimes by a few hours or canceled for a day or more. It could happen even in best trekking season also as you know how climate changes effecting in the world and especially Himalayan Region of Nepal. Perhaps we always recommend you to add supplement nights in Kathmandu after your trek if possible. If everything goes well, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, as you wish for those extra days. However, if you want a helicopter rescue instead of flight cancellation from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu we can organize according to your request.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu

Upon on your arrival at the Tribhuban International Airport one of our staff will be there to warm greeting you with beautiful garland that is our respect and the culture to welcome to the new stranger. After welcoming you our staff will transfer to you to the hotel. After your long journey on a plane, you may get tired, so be fresh then our manager will come to meet you to the hotel and talk about the plan of your trip details.

Day 02: Trek Preparation

Today, our manager will come to meet you at the hotel at 10.00 AM.  He will brief about the trip in detail, introduce with the guide and provide you all the documents. You will be free in the afternoon and manage your time for trek preparation. Our guide will meet you at your hotel at six O’ clock in the evening then take you for well come dinner. After having dinner, drop you to the hotel and stay over night.


Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

Fly  from Kathmandu to Lukla. You should be ready early in the morning to fly to Lukla. It’s a 45 minutes scenic fly to Lukla. Lukla is the most critical airport. Once you arrived in Lukla have breakfast, then start your trek. Lukla is the gateway to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking. Today you have a short day trek approximately three hour trek. You can enjoy the scenery and some of the peaks. You can pass some villages like as Chheplung, Thadokoshi, Ghat and you will be arriving at Phakding then stay overnight there.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namchebazaar

Trek to Namchebazar. Namche Bazaar is the biggest town on this trip. You should have a breakfast in Phakding. After breakfast you should start your trek to Namche Bazaar. The trail much harder than the last day. At the beginning of the day you should cross the bridge, then passages some little towns. While you are walking on the trail you can enjoy the mountain views of Thamserku and Kusumkangaru. You can see the Dodhkoshi river and the scenery. Monju is a nice place where we should check our trekking permit. After 10 minutes walk you should cross the bridge again and reach at Jorsalle. You might stop for lunch there. After you have lunch,you should have a big climb to Namche Bazaar. You will see the Hilary bridge, double suspension bridge and then get to Topdanda. There is a very nice view point. You can see the Everest at the first time if the weather is clear and there is no cloud. Next  one and half hour walk you will reach at Namche Bazaar then stay overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche

Rest day at Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the best place to explore the day. The acclimatization day you should ascend about three- four hundred meters, then back to the hotel. Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Solukhumbu region. Our guide takes you to the Everest view point to see all the mountain views. It takes about two hours walk, then you can back via Khumjung village, visit Hillary school. If you have more time to explore the day, you can visit the Sherpa museum, then stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Trek from Namchebazaar to Tengboche

Trek to Tengboche. Tengboche is a nice place to spend the overnight. It is situated on the top of the hill. The trail today very nice and gentle. In the beginning, it is hard to get to the top of Namche Bazaar then after very nice and easy walk until to Kyanjuma. You can enjoy the scenery and all the mountain views, including Everest, Nupche, Lhotse and several Peaks around. After Kyanjuma, the trail drop down to the Dodhkoshi and after crossing the bridge you get to Fungi Thanga. The trail to get to Tengboche a bit harder, takes about two and half hour. You can visit the biggest monastery in the evening, talks with the Monks and stay overnight at Tengboche.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

Today trek to Dingboche. You may feel harder because of the gaining altitude more. The trail drop down first until to the Debuche then nice and gentle walk through the rhododendron forest until to the bridge of Imja Khola and climbs past superb Mani stones (carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant Mani Padme Hum) to Pangboche at 3860m.The trail then climbs to Dingboche, you can enjoy the superb view of Amadablam and stay overnight at Dingboche.

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche

Rest day in Dingboche. Another complete acclimatization day at Dingboche to get success to the Everest Base Camp Trekking. You can hike after breakfast about two, three hours in around the hill there or you can get to another village at Chhukum and back to Dingboche in the evening and stay overnight at Dingboche.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

Trek to Lobuche. Today you should walk slow and steady. In the beginning until to the Dhukla very nice and easy walk. The trail after Dhukla goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier for about one hour, then left into a memorial area known as Chhukpilhara, before reaching Lobuche at 4930m. The night so cold there, you should prepared the nights with warm jackets and stay overnight there.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorek Shap to EBC

Trek to Gorak Shep. The trail continues to Gorak Shep at 5160m. It takes approximately three hours gradual climb. Once you arrive at Gorak Shep, you should prepare to go to the Everest Base Camp. The trail more likely rocks, narrow and sometimes windy as well. Today will fulfill your dream. You had very hard time to come to Nepal not only that you dream to do the Everest Base Camp once in your lifetime. Take photograph with the group and your friends, then back the same way to Gorakh Shep and stay over night at Gorak Shep.

Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar then trek back to Pheriche

Today’s hike to Kalapathar (Black Rock) at 5545m early in the morning, then trek back to Pheriche. Kalapathar is like a small Peak offers the best view of Everest without climbing it. The view of Everest is pretty close from the Kalapathar, take some photograph, it must memorable, then back down to Gorekhshep have breakfast the trek back down until to Pheriche and stay overnight there.

Day 11: Trek Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft)- 3 to 4 hrs

After having breakfast, the day’s walk begins towards the east of the Chukkung valley through stone walled fields, Imja Khola valley. This rocky trail is overshadowed by the beautiful views of Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam. On reaching Chhukung, we check into the lodge and meet our  climbing guide. Our guide will brief you regarding the following climb. You can also discuss your queries related to climbing with our climbing guides. We will also check the necessary gears and equipments to get prepared for the next day’s climb. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chhukung.

Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft) 3-4 hours

After having breakfast, we will be lead by our climbing team towards the south, which then heads toward the main valley in the east. The trail is fairly pleasant along the stream. The trail heads towards huge rock and then becomes glacial as it crosses Imja and Lhotse glacier moraine. After this we finally reach the valley where we set our camp for the day. The base camp presents the magnificent view of the southwestern face of Island peak. The night is spent in a tented camp at the base camp.


(Note: For amateur, one hour training is arranged for the following day’s successful climb.)

Day 13: Island Peak High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), 2-3 hours

After having breakfast, we start the climb up the hill making our way through the narrow slopes and uncompromising paths. After 2-3 hours walk upwards, the trail will finally take you to the High camp of Island peak where we stop for overnight. The high camp itself offers the spectacular view of lofty pinnacle and glacier surrounding the Island Peak. At high camp, all the required elements and gears will be re-checked, your boots will be fitted with crampons and if required, you may also be provided with the last minute techniques for your following day’s successful climb. The night is spent in a tented camp at the high camp.

Day 14: Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft) & return back to Chhukung, 8-10 hours

This day is the day that takes you to your actual destination. Therefore, we start as early as the light permits. The techniques learned earlier will fully come into play today. We walk past short rock steps, seracs, crevasses, snout of summit glacier and icy 40-45 degree slopes to finally get to the summit. On reaching the summit (6189m) you can enjoy the view of breathtaking peaks like Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse, Makalu, Baruntse, and Amadablam. We spend some time taking snaps and then descend all the way to high camp collect the remaining gears and walk all the way to Chhukung. The night  is spent at a lodge in Chhukung.

Day 15: Trek back from Chhukung to Tengboche

Chhukung to Tengboche. It takes about five hours walk today. You must be very tired today because of the summit so you can start later. The trail mostly down today.You can still enjoy the mountain view and the scenery. Dubuche to Tengboche climbs up about half an hour, visit the oldest Monastery in the evening and stay overnight there.

Day 16: Trek from Tengboche to Namchebazaar

Trek to Namchebazaar. Today you feel much better when you descent already from the Everest Base Camp. You have to back the same way passing through the Fungethanga, Lausasa and Kyanjuma. You may see some wild animal and birds if you are lucky. Himalayan Thar, Blue Ship and Musk Deer can see around. The national bird of Nepal Lhophophoras (Danphe) also can see near to the Namchebazaar. You can explore sometimes in Namchebazaar again if you arrive earlier and  manage your time then stay overnight at Namchebazaar.

Day 17: Trek back from Namche to Lukla

Trek back to Lukla. Today is your last day trek. You should walk all the way to Lukla mostly the downhill, passes so many country sites and villages like Jorsalle, Monju, Banker, Phakding, Ghat and some more towns. You had a last night in the mountain, get to gather with your friends and stay overnight at Lukla.

Day 18: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Most of the time you have a morning flight so you should be prepared to go to the airport on time. You should have very nice and 45 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu. Our guide still with you to drop you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our manager will meet you in the evening then take you for the farewell dinner and drop you to the hotel, stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Departure day

Safe journey back home. Today our driver will drop you to the International Airport for the final departure.


Trip Includes:

  • Two nights accommodation in Kathmandu with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • All Ground and air transportation
  • Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days, including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the government and necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary, accommodation and meals.
  •  Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show. (Ethnic music and dance)
  • All the necessary official documents, TIMS Permit, Trekking Permit etc.
  •  Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Route map.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters.
  • All require local and government tax.
  • Three nights accommodation at Namche with hot shower and attached bathroom.

Trip Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc. Which are not under our control.
  • Monument entrance fees.

: Sun Glasses

: Scarf Face Mask

: Fleece Bennie

: Sunscreen

: Cap stick

: Hand Towel

: Cold weather Down Jacket

: Wind Stopper

: Rain Coat

: Fleece Jacket and Trouser

: T-shirt (short or long selves)

: Trekking Trousers

: Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom(two pairs)

: Trekking Boots

: Socks and under wears

: Head torch

: Snow Gaiter(depends on trekking region)

: Camel Pack or water bottle

: Trekking Poles

: Day Pack minimum 25 L with side pocket to keep bottle

: Spare batteries for Camera

: Down Jacket

: Sleeping Bag

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