Island Peak Climbing - 20 Days

  • Duration 20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Lodge and Camping Based
  • Best Season Spring (March - May) & Autumn (Sept - Nov)
  • Group Size 16
  • Maximum Altitude 6,189 m

Highlights

  • Climb 6,000 meters above a peak in the Everest region
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
  • Witness the lifestyle of Sherpas and their tradition
  • Walkthrough dense forests and beautiful mountain villages before going above the treeline
  • Visit old monasteries along the way and get to live a Himalayan lifestyle
  • Climb with reliable and best Sherpa guides
  • Full support during the climbing period with basic climbing training

Island peak is a trekking peak. It means the trail is not technically advanced and perfect for beginner climbers. In this package, we have extended our Everest Base Camp Trek and combined Island peak expedition in the journey. Before pushing towards the top of this peak, we ascend to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, which is also ideal for acclimatization. 

Attempt your first peak climbing expedition in the Himalayas by joining our adventurous yet doable Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek. Go beyond trekking and taste the adrenaline of mountain climbing.

During Island Peak Climbing with EBC trek, you reach not only the lap of Mt. Everest but also conquer a snow-capped mountain in the Himalayas. Island peak is known as Imja Tse in Nepali, so do not get confused if we use this term anywhere on the page. 

The first part of the EBC Trek with Island Peak goes through Sherpa village and lush forests. You then traverse at a high altitude above the tree line along gorges, moraines, and glacial paths. Experience the heartwarming welcome of the locals and visit ancient monasteries along the way. 

As you get pumped with the adrenaline of trekking in the Himalayas, the enriching cultural experience along the way will keep you down to Earth and remind you to take a breath & unwind your worries. 

Views during the venture

Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek offers fantastic mountain panoramas. You get to witness diverse landscapes from different viewpoints, like Everest View Hotel and Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar especially offers a gorgeous sunrise with 360-degrees views of the snow-capped peaks all around it.

Mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Baruntse, etc are seen while trekking & climbing. Likewise, the view of glaciers, waterfalls, and lush valleys is excellent too.

Island Peak

Suited in the Chukkung valley, the Island peak is one of the most stunning peaks in the Himalayas. Dominated by the giant Lhotse and Nuptse south wall in the north and Baruntse to the south, the top of this peak does look like an island. 

The Island peak is the extension of Lhotse Shar's south ridge. It is separated by a col the ridge rising to the south from this point leads to the summit of Island Peak.

Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing discovered the Island peak in 1953 during their expedition to Mt. Everest. They have used it as a training peak. And to this date, mountaineers use the Island peak as a training peak before approaching eight thousand above mountains. 

Island peak expedition difficulty

The overall EBC Trek with Island Peak is a challenging journey that includes strenuous climbing. You'll not only deal with steep, rugged terrain but also high altitude and exposure to sun & cold. Island Peak Climbing is for experienced trekkers and climbers who want to introduce themselves to slightly technical climbing in the Himalayas.

Following the Chukkung valley, we reach the base camp of Island peak. From here, the summit walk is around 9 to 12 hours round trip. The route to the summit is rocky and steep. You walk along the snowline using fixed ropes. Before reaching the summit, you cross crevasses and 300 meters of headwall.

Climbing preparation

To prepare for Island Peak Expedition, do daily exercise that involves training your muscles endurance & stamina. Go on short hikes and treks with long walking hours with a day pack weighing around 5 kgs. If possible, try hiking on similar terrain (steep & rugged). 

Get your gears ready early and break into your new trekking/climbing boots. Our team will provide you with a packing list to help you ready your gears. 

Island peak climbing with EBC booking is open for the Spring and Autumn of 2022 & 2023

Join our Island Peak Climbing with EBC trek 2022/2023 for an adventurous journey of your life. We have the best climbing crew led by the industry's most experienced Sherpa guides who will assist you to reach the summit. 

Click on our booking button on the package page that will lead you to the booking process. It is very simple and needs a few minutes only. Once we receive your booking request for Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek, our team members will get in touch with you and help you with further procedures. 

Also, check out our Lobuche Peak Climbing and Pisang Peak climbing.

Itinerary

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Meet our airport representatives at the Tribhuvan International Airport. He'll help you load your luggage and take you to the designated hotel. You can take your time to unpack and relax. In the late evening, there is a welcome dinner organized by the company for you with other team members.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

This day in Kathmandu is used to visit tourist sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the afternoon, we will introduce you to your team leader/climbing guide. There will be a small briefing session, and we prepare for the journey.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

We drop you at Kathmandu's domestic airport for your short flight to Lukla. It'll be a lifetime flight experience for you. At Lukla, our porters join you for the journey. We load all the leagues and begin descending towards Phakding village. The views of Kusum Kangaru and Kongde Ri from this village are stunning

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,840 m

The trail today ascends to the Sherpa town, Namche Bazaar. From Phakding, we walk by forested paths to Monjo village. Here, we register our permits and begin trekking through dense forests, crossing suspension bridges numerous times. The trail passes by small villages and waterfalls. We steeply ascend to Namche Bazaar. The village welcomes us with a fantastic view of Mt. Everest and its satellite peaks.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,441 m

Before we gain more elevation, we spend today exploring and resting in Namche Bazaar. If you want to catch a gorgeous sunrise, then wake up early and hike to the Hotel Everest View. It is a luxurious hotel in the Namche Bazar that offers breathtaking views of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Tawache, etc.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,800 m

From Namche Bazaar, the trail descends to Dudh Kosi valley. We reach Phungki Thanka and ascend to Tengboche village through lush forests of rhododendron. The trail offers beautiful mountain views. Situated at the confluence of Imja Khola and Dudh Koshi River, Tengboche houses the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,860 m

We continue the trek to Pheriche village. Another famous stop with great landscape. The trail ascends through farming areas and remote villages. You'll come across yak herders while trekking and also get to see locals doing their daily chores.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,200 m

Our second rest day we spend in Pheriche. We'll go on a hike to a nearby hill and explore the village. These acclimatization days are crucial before the summit to avoid altitude sickness.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,600 m

From Pheriche, the trail gets rugged and steep. We leave the tree line behind and walk in a dry, barren area. Mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, etc, are seen along the way. The climate begins to get colder and more exposed to the sun.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,910 m

Our last stop is Everest base camp before we descend back to Gorak Shep to spend the night. From Lobuche, we walk on an uphill steep route and further pass by the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail passes by Gorak Shep and steeply ascends to EBC. The thin air makes this part of the trek more exhausting than it is.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,364 m

We hike to Kala Patthar early in the morning. The top offers a gorgeous sunrise with 360-degree views of the Himalayan mountain all around it. The views from Kala Patthar are unbelievable. Later, we descend to Dingboche to spend the night. It's a long downhill walk.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,545 m

We now join the more exciting part of the trip, the Island Peak climbing. From Dingboche, we gradually make our way through moraines to Pareshaya Gyab. Mt. Ama Dablam dominates the sky with its giant presence. Further, we ascend towards the base camp of Island Peak and begin setting our tents. The team leader will give you pre-climbing training that will boost your confidence.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,200 m

Early in the morning, we begin ascending towards the High Camp and set the camps. The views along the way are phenomenal. It's a short walk up to the High Camp, so we'll have a lot of time to rest.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,550 m

For the final push, we wake up before the light breaks and follow a steep uphill scree. The route then passes a narrow gully and scrambles over the rock, and we reach the crampon point at the edge of a glacier. From here onwards, we use climbing gears and cross a few deep crevasses using ladders and fixed ropes. Further crossing the summit ice wall, we reach the top of Island Peak. After spending some time at the top, we descend back to base camp to spend the night.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude6,189 m

It's an extra day in case we have to take a break in between the climbing period because of bad weather or other unseen circumstances. If not used we'll have an extra day in Kathmandu to spend.

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Before we leave the base camp, we clean it and also take all of our waste down to a lower elevation for proper decomposition. The trail goes through beautiful villages like Chhukung and Pangboche. We ascend through rhododendron forests too.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,860 m

After breakfast, we begin trekking through lush forests and small villages. The trail mostly descends on the way to Namche Bazaar. The views are incredible while returning.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,441 m

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,860 m

After taking a short flight, we reach Kathmandu. The flight offers lat views of the snow-clustered mountains. It might be your last day in Kathmandu if we have used the contingency day. The entire day is leisure, so have fun and do shopping. We organize a farewell dinner today in the late evening to mark the end of the trip. See you on that.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Farewell dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

Our airport team will be responsible to escort you to the international airport. They will pick you up from your hotel lobby in a private vehicle and drop you at the airport's terminal gate.

  • MealsBreakfast

This is our standard and recommended itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit to you, we can customize your trip as per your interest and time-frame. Click here for Tailor-Made program. 

Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary by private car
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast
  • Round flight ticket (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu) inclusive domestic airport taxes
  • Three times meal (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and accommodations during the trekking
  • One highly experience, English speaking & friendly trekking guide and required porter including their expenses 
  • One experience climbing guide for climbing section assigned for your services and his meal, salary, insurance, transportation and accommodation
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit with rope, ice-axe
  • Full board meals and tented camp while climbing Island Peak
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit and TIMS card
  • Everest base camp + Island Peak map
  • Nepal Gateway Company T-shirt and achievement certificate
  • Local fresh fruit
  • First aid kit
  • Evacuation assist if needed
  • Government taxes and office service charge

 

Excludes

  • Meal in Kathmandu apart from Breakfast
  • Your travel insurance
  • Your international flight ticket to/from Kathmandu
  • Your personal nature expenses and equipment and medical kit
  • Your personal climbing equipments
  • All kinds of hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverage
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in Including Section
  • Tipping to field staffs (Tipping is not mandatory but expected)

FAQs

  • Q1. How difficult is Island Peak climbing?

    Island peak climbing is a strenuous venture that ascends above 6,000 meters. The toughest part of the journey begins once you reach the base camp and begin ascending towards the summit. The exposure to sun and cold and steep ascend over snow-covered paths makes Island peak climbing difficult. Before reaching the summit, you have to cross the final steep headwall.

  • The entire EBC and Island Peak trip lasts around 16 to 20 days, depending upon your itinerary. Our itinerary is 20 days long, which allows trekkers to take ample rest days in-between the trek and also enjoy the venture to its fullest.

  • No, you cannot climb Island peak without a guide because the government does not issue climbing permits to independent foreign climbers. You have to climb with a registered Nepali trekking/climbing company. Moreover, climbing a mountain, regardless of its height and technical difficulty, is very dangerous in the Himalayas.

  • Yes, you can see Mt. Everest from the Island peak summit. The weather has to be clear, though.

  • To climb Island peak, you have to spend USD 2,500, and above, depending upon the facilities you get during the journey.

  • Yes, you can customize the Island peak climbing itinerary with us. We let climbers choose other services as per their requirements and tailor the design a perfect trip to suit their taste.

  • We have been organizing Island peak climbing for many years. Our very experienced Sherpa guides have led hundreds of climbers to the top of Island Peak over the years successfully. We can say the success rate of Island Peak climbing is more than 90%.

  • While climbing with us, the participants get a sleeping bag, fleece liners, and down jackets. We also provide duffel bags, claiming boots, ropes, ice axe, and other climbing gears too. You do not have to buy sleeping tents either.

  • Thanks to the less technical climbing route, you do not need previous climbing experience for Island peak. However, the climbers should have high-altitude trekking experience before that will help them to adjust to the long trekking hours and elevation.

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