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14 Nights 15 Days
Availability : Everyday Departure
Kathmandu
Island Peak Summit
Min Age : No Age Limit
Max People : 20
Island Peak Climb Details

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Everest region of Nepal. Standing at 6,189 meters (20,305 feet), Island Peak offers a challenging yet achievable climbing experience for adventure enthusiasts.

The Island peak journey typically begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek through the picturesque villages of the Khumbu region, passing through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche. Along the way, trekkers acclimatize to the high altitude and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Upon reaching Chhukung, climbers typically spend a few days acclimatizing and preparing for the ascent. This involves practicing climbing techniques, reviewing safety protocols, and resting to ensure optimal physical condition for the climb.

The ascent of Island Peak usually takes around two to three days from Chhukung. Climbers navigate through rocky terrain, glaciers, and steep snow slopes, with sections requiring the use of crampons, ice axes, and ropes. The climb involves technical sections, including a steep ice wall known as the “headwall,” which requires careful navigation and the use of fixed ropes. The final push to the summit of Island Peak is usually made in the early hours of the morning to take advantage of stable weather conditions and minimize exposure to avalanches and rockfall. Climbers ascend under the guidance of experienced Sherpa guides, who provide support, encouragement, and assistance throughout the climb.

Reaching the summit of Island Peak is a moment of triumph and awe; with panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks stretching as far as the eye can see. Climbers often pause to savor the achievement and capture photos before beginning the descent back to base camp. Descending from Island Peak, climbers return to Chhukung before continuing their trek back to Lukla via the same route. The journey concludes with a flight back to Kathmandu, where climbers can reflect on their incredible adventures and celebrate their accomplishments.

Location and Altitude: Island Peak stands at an impressive altitude of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) above sea level, making it an attractive option for both novice and experienced climbers. It’s situated in the Khumbu region, near the base camp of Mount Everest.

Difficulty Level: Climbing Island Peak is considered moderately difficult, and suitable for climbers with prior trekking experience and basic mountaineering skills. The ascent involves technical sections, including steep snow and ice slopes, as well as a challenging final ridge leading to the summit.

Technical Climbing: While Island Peak is classified as a trekking peak, it still requires some technical climbing skills, including the use of crampons, ice axes, and ropes. Climbers should be comfortable with glacier travel, fixed rope sections, and basic rock climbing techniques.

Weather Conditions: The weather in the Everest region can be highly unpredictable, with conditions changing rapidly, especially at high altitudes. The best time to climb Island Peak is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November when the weather is relatively stable with clear skies and milder temperatures.

Challenges: One of the main challenges of climbing Island Peak is the altitude. Acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness and ensure a safe ascent. The climb also requires physical endurance and mental resilience, as climbers will be trekking and climbing for several days in rugged terrain and high altitudes.

Permits and Logistics: Climbers need to obtain permits for Island Peak from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) in Kathmandu which Sali Trekking makes stand-by before you arrive in Nepal. Additionally, hiring a licensed guide and obtaining the necessary gear and equipment are essential for a successful climb.

Summit Day: The summit day typically starts very early in the morning, usually around midnight, to take advantage of stable weather conditions and avoid potential avalanche danger. Climbers navigate through the dark using headlamps and ascend steep snow slopes and rocky terrain before reaching the summit, where they can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayas.

Overall, climbing Island Peak is a challenging yet rewarding adventure, offering a memorable experience for mountaineers seeking to test their skills and conquer a Himalayan peak. With proper preparation, training, and guidance, it’s an achievable goal for those with a passion for adventure and a love for the mountains.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • An English speaking guide and porters
  • Lukla flights both way
  • 1 main course meals 3 times a day with a cup of tea or coffee
  • Twin sharing accommodation arrival to departure.
  • Climbing guide and all the necessary climbing gears
  • Trekking and climbing permits

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa, and Travel insurance
  • Meals in the Cities
  • Personal expenses: Boiled and bottled water, hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances and Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

Island Peak climbing, is a challenging yet rewarding adventure that offers stunning views of the Everest region’s majestic peaks. Overall, climbing Island Peak is an exhilarating adventure that combines the thrill of mountaineering with the beauty of the Himalayas. With proper preparation, training, and support, it’s an achievable goal for adventurous trekkers seeking to summit a Himalayan peak. Here’s what you can expect when climbing Island Peak:

  • High Altitude: Island Peak stands at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) above sea level. As you ascend, you'll experience the effects of high altitude, including reduced oxygen levels and potential altitude-related illnesses. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are crucial for a successful climb.
  • Technical Climbing: While Island Peak is classified as a trekking peak, it requires some basic mountaineering skills. The climb involves traversing steep slopes, ascending fixed ropes, and possibly using crampons and ice axes. Prior mountaineering experience or training is recommended, although many climbers attempt Island Peak as their first Himalayan summit.
  • Stunning Scenery:The climb offers breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. The route also provides glimpses of the surrounding glaciers, valleys, and alpine landscapes, making for an unforgettable experience.
  • Base Camp Life:The climb typically starts with a trek from Lukla or Phaplu to Everest Base Camp via Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. Along the way, you'll stay in teahouses or campsites, enjoying the hospitality of local Sherpa communities and immersing yourself in the region's unique culture.
  • Summit Attempt: The final push to the summit usually begins in the early hours of the morning to take advantage of favorable weather conditions and frozen snow. The climb to the summit involves navigating a steep snow slope, ascending a glacier, and possibly crossing a crevasse before reaching the summit ridge. The final section to the summit is often a challenging rock scramble.
  • Summit Views:Standing on the summit of Island Peak, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Everest region's iconic peaks and the vast Himalayan landscape stretching into the distance. It's a moment of triumph and awe that makes all the effort worthwhile.
  • Safety Considerations: Climbing Island Peak carries inherent risks, including altitude sickness, avalanches, and crevasse falls. It's essential to climb with an experienced guide and adhere to safety protocols throughout the journey. Weather conditions in the mountains can be unpredictable, so flexibility and preparedness are key.
Itinerary
Please note that this Island peak climbing itinerary is a general guideline and may vary depending on factors such as weather conditions, acclimatization, and the pace of the group. It's essential to have a flexible schedule and be prepared for unforeseen circumstances during the climb. Additionally, climbing Island Peak climb requires prior mountaineering experience or the guidance of experienced climbing guides.

Day 1Arrival Kathmandu (1350M)

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be warmly greeted by our representative who will be holding a placard with your name and you’ll be escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. Once you arrive at your hotel, our representative will assist you with the check-in process. Same time there will be a trip briefing and get ready for a big adventure.

Day 2Fly To Lukla And Trek To Phakding (2,610m)

Your journey begins with an early morning flight to Lukla. The scenic flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas before landing on the short and thrilling runway at Lukla. Upon arrival, at Lukla, have some hot drinks repack your duffle bag and hand-carry bag then begin your trek to Phakding. The trek descends gently through picturesque Sherpa villages, crossing several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. After approximately 3-4 hours of trekking covering an 8km distance, you’ll reach the quaint village of Phakding, situated at an altitude of around 2,610 meters.

Day 3Phakding To Namche Bazaar(3,440 m)

The trek from Phakding begins along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River,  and crosses multiple suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge, offering stunning views of the river and surrounding landscapes. The trail passes through Monjo, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, where permits are checked, and continues the trek to Jorsale. After Jorsale, the trail follows the river before a steep 600-meter ascent to Namche Bazaar, with a vantage point halfway up providing the first views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, after a 6-7-hour walk covering a 12 km distance, trekkers find themselves in the heart of the Sherpa community, with various amenities and serving as a vital acclimatization stop for those heading further into the Everest region.

Day 4Acclimatization Day In Namche Bazaar

After breakfast in Namche Bazaar, the trail set off ascends steeply through pine forests, offering spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. 20 minutes of the hike, you’ll reach a viewpoint with panoramic vistas of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. After the viewpoint, continue the hike to the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest hotels in the world, where you can take a break and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while soaking in the breathtaking views. And then, retrace your steps back to Namche Bazaar, appreciating the stunning mountain scenery at a more relaxed pace. Spend the afternoon exploring Namche Bazaar, enjoying its cafes and bakeries. This acclimatization hike to Everest View Hotel is essential for adjusting to higher altitudes and provides stunning views and insights into Sherpa culture, preparing you for your journey towards Everest Base Camp.

Day 5Namche Bazaar To Debuche (3,800 m)

Begin your trek from Namche Bazaar after breakfast, following a relatively flat trail with stunning views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. After about two hours, you’ll reach Kyangjuma, where the path forks towards either Gokyo Valley or Everest Base Camp. Continue towards Everest Base Camp, passing through pine forests and rhododendron bushes, descending to Phunki Tenga (3,250 meters / 10,663 feet) to cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. From here, a steep uphill climb leads to Tengboche, home to a renowned monastery worth visiting. The trail then gently descends through birch, juniper, and rhododendron forests to Debuche, a quieter spot with a few lodges and a nunnery, offering a peaceful retreat surrounded by nature. The trek from Namche -Debuche covers a distance of approximately 13 km and typically takes around 5-6 hours to complete.

Day 6Debuche to Dingboche (4410m)

The trek begins through rhododendron and pine forests, crossing the Imja Khola river via a suspension bridge and passing through the charming village of Pangboche, the oldest in the Khumbu region. The trail continues uphill, offering magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and other Himalayan peaks, as you pass Mani walls and chortens before reaching Shomare, a small settlement with a few teahouses. The path gradually ascends through open alpine meadows, and yak pastures becoming more rugged as you climb higher. Before reaching Dingboche, the trail crosses the Khumbu Khola bridge and ascends through stone-walled pastures. As you approach Dingboche, the landscape becomes more barren, but the views of the surrounding peaks are breathtaking. The trek from Debuche to Dingboche covers approximately 9 km and typically takes around 5-6 hours.

Day 7Dingboche Acclimatization day

Acclimatization is crucial for a successful trek in the high altitudes of the Everest region. Dingboche, at 4,410 meters, offers an excellent opportunity for this before ascending further. Begin your hike from Dingboche after breakfast, starting with a steep ascent that rewards you with increasingly impressive panoramic views of the Imja Valley and peaks like Ama Dablam. Maintain a slow and steady pace, taking short breaks and hydrating frequently to avoid altitude sickness. The trail becomes steeper as you go higher, so listen to your body and ascend gradually. Spend time at the peak, enjoying the views and capturing photographs, then descend back to Dingboche with caution on the steeper sections. Return to your lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon resting, hydrating, and preparing for the next leg of your trek.

Day 8Dingboche to Chukung (4730m)

The trek from Dingboche to Chhukung spans 6 kilometers and can typically be completed in 2 to 3 hours. This scenic route showcases panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks and follows the picturesque Imja River, winding through yak pastures, quaint villages, and breathtaking alpine landscapes. It’s a rewarding journey that allows you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Everest region, offering a chance to marvel at stunning mountain scenery along the way.

Day 9Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)

The trek from Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp combines breathtaking Himalayan scenery with the exhilaration of high-altitude hiking. Beginning in Chukung, trekkers follow a picturesque path that winds through challenging terrain, crossing glacial moraines and rocky trails. As the trail ascends, panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and pristine valleys unfold, while encounters with yak herders and Sherpa communities offer insights into mountain life. The journey ends at Island Peak Base Camp, nestled at 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) beneath the towering peak of Island Peak (Imja Tse). Trekkers prepare for the ascent, soaking in the tranquil ambiance. The trek typically spans 7 kilometers and takes 3 to 4 hours on average.

Day 10Island Peak Base Camp to the summit (6,189m) and Back to Chukung (4730m)

The ascent from Island Peak Base Camp to the summit usually spans 8 to 10 hours round trip, depending on weather and individual fitness. Negotiating steep terrain and encountering icy patches along with technical climbing segments, climbers must equip themselves with essential gear like crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and ropes, and it’s advisable to have an experienced guide. Upon reaching the summit (6,189m), one is greeted with awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and Ama Dablam, among others, offering a moment of reflection and accomplishment before the descent. The return journey, while typically faster, demands caution, particularly on steep and icy stretches.

Upon returning to Island Peak Base Camp, a short rest eat some hot food and trek back to Chukung, retracing steps through the scenic landscape.

Day 11Chukung to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Retracing the trek from Chukung trekkers follow the familiar trail back towards Dingboche, passing through scenic valleys and alongside glacial rivers. From Dingboche, the route continues towards Tengboche, where the famous Tengboche Monastery offers a peaceful retreat and panoramic views of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Continuing downwards, the trail passes through lush forests and charming Sherpa after 7-8 hours of trekking, the journey ends in Namche Bazaar, where exhausted trekkers can relax, shop for souvenirs, and reflect on their memorable adventure in the Himalayas.

Day 12Namche to Lukla (2840m)

Retracing the trek from Namche Bazaar, trekkers initially descend through rhododendron forests and Sherpa villages, passing by familiar landmarks like the Hillary Suspension Bridge and Sagarmatha National Park entrance. Continuing the descent, the trail leads through picturesque valleys, with occasional glimpses of towering peaks. As the journey progresses, trekkers gradually retrace their steps along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges and encountering charming settlements like Phakding and Ghat Eventually, the familiar sights of Lukla come into view, marking the end of the trek.

Day 13Fly Back to Kathmandu (1350)

The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu marks the end of the island peak expedition. Upon landing in Kathmandu, trekkers return to the vibrant capital city, where they can celebrate their achievements, unwind, and explore the city’s cultural and historical attractions before departing for home or embarking on further adventures in Nepal.

Day 14Free day in Kathmandu

A free day in Kathmandu offers a chance to delve into the city’s rich cultural and historical tapestry. Start with a leisurely breakfast at a local café, then set out to explore iconic landmarks like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath Stupa, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wander through bustling markets like Thamel for souvenirs and handicrafts, or seek tranquility in gardens like the Garden of Dreams. Indulge in the vibrant street food scene, sampling momos, chaats, and sel roti. Whether immersing in culture, spirituality, or city energy, Kathmandu’s free day offers unforgettable experiences and lasting memories.

Day 15Departure or extend your stay in Nepal

3 hours before your flight time, you’ll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey or departure flight, marking the end of your unforgettable adventure in Nepal.

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Your Questions, Expert's Answers

Frequently asked questions.

How difficult is it to climb Island Peak?

Both treks are physically demanding and require a good level of fitness. The trek involves long days of walking at high altitudes, while Island Peak requires some basic mountaineering skills, including the use of crampons and ice axes.

When is the best time to climb Island Peak?

The best time to climb Island Peak is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November when the weather is generally more stable.

How long does it take to climb Island Peak?

 Island Peak climbing typically takes 15 days, from arrival to departure.

Do I need a permit to climb Island Peak?

Yes, you will need various permits to trek to climb Island Peak. These include the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit for Everest Base Camp, as well as the Island Peak Climbing Permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

Do I need to hire a guide and porter for Island Peak climb?

While it is not mandatory to hire a guide and porter, it is highly recommended, especially for those without prior trekking or mountaineering experience. Guides can provide valuable assistance, navigation, and safety support throughout the journey.

What kind of gear do I need for Island Peak?

Essential gear includes sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a down jacket, a sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures, trekking poles, a headlamp, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a first aid kit. For Island Peak, additional mountaineering equipment such as crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets are required.

Are there any health risks associated with climbing Island Peak?

Altitude sickness is a significant risk, especially when ascending too quickly. It’s essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Other common health risks include frostbite, sunburn, and gastrointestinal issues.

Is travel insurance necessary for Island Peak?

Yes, comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended, covering emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation, and medical expenses incurred during the trek and climb.

How much does it cost to climb Island Peak?

The cost can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, the level of support (guides, porters, etc.), and the quality of accommodations. On average, you can expect to spend anywhere from $2000 to $3000 or more for the entire journey.