Island Peak Climb
Region: Himalayan Ranges in Nepal, Khumbu Himal.
Activity Type: Group Adventure.
Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group.
Duration: 15 nights / 16 days.
Difficulty Level: High.
Best time for climbing Island Peak: Mid-March to May and mid-September to mid-December.
Approx Trekking Km: 140 kilometers.
Trip Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu.
Maximum Altitude Gain: 6, 160 meters / 20, 210 ft.
Type of Accommodation during Island Peak Expedition: Hotel/tea houses/tent.
Overview of the Island Peak Climb
Island Peak is officially known as Imja Tse, located in Khumbu Himal. It has an altitude of 6,160 meters (20,210 feet) and is surrounded by Mount Lhotse, Makalu, and Everest! Island Peak is certified as a trekking peak and comes under Nepal Mountaineering Association, NPA peaks. To climb island peak Nepal requires good physical fitness, and it’s a challenging expedition for anybody. To climb island peak Nepal can be a bit strenuous as to trek some parts of this mountain, one requires proper gears. You need a ladder set up in a few places to cross crevasses and a fixed rope to cross a few sections of the Island peak climb. From the island peak climb summit, you can see many big mountain peaks like Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, and a few more. Mount Everest is not visible as the huge Lhotse wall comes in between and blocks the view.
According to our island peak trek itinerary, our Island Peak Climb expedition starts from Lukla after flying from Kathmandu, then goes through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Tengboche, Pangboche, Pheriche, Dughla, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Dingboche, and Chukung. You visit Everest Base Camp and summit Kalapatthar before starting your Island peak climb. Our 16 days Island Peak Climb itinerary is designed to give you enough time to acclimatize yourself before climbing the Island Peak. We provide highly experienced guides, a support team, and an affordable cost of the Island peak climb for you.
If you have been wondering how much does it cost to climb island peak or is island peak hard to climb, worry no more as we have got you covered. We make sure that your Island peak climb is as easy as it can be, and our affordable costs make it easy for you to go on this amazing adventure without going out of budget. So, with us, you no longer have to do not stress over whether you can go on this climb or how much to climb the island peak.
What does the Island peak climbing trip include?
- Airport pickups and drops.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
- Tented accommodation during the climb.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on the climbing day.
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary.
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu).
- Certified experienced trekking guide (leader), climbing guide (leader), and assistant guide.
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
- Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
- All necessary permits, trekking permits, and island peak climbing permit cost, national park permits.
- Group climbing Gears.
What does the climb Island Peak Nepal trip not include?
- Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
- Food and drinking water throughout the trip, except on climbing days.
- The island peak trek cost does not include additional accommodation and food expenses if the trek is delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health, or other reasons.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.) are not included in the island peak trek price.
- Health Insurance, Personal Insurance, and other travel insurance.
- Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury, or any health problem are not included in our island peak climb cost.
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s).
Island Peak Climb Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu.
On your arrival day in the capital city of Nepal, we will provide airport pick up and bring you to our hotel, where you can meet your fellow trekkers. We will have a briefing session today where we will brief you about the expedition. After the session, you are free for the rest of the day. You can do shopping or roam around Thamel street.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (2, 860 m / 9,383 ft, 35 minutes flight), then trek to Phakding (2, 652 m / 8, 700 ft): 3 hours.
Today we will fly to Lukla in the morning. We will pick you up from the hotel and drop you at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for your Lukla flight. It takes 30 minutes to reach Lukla, your gateway for Island Peak Climb. During your flight, you can see a lot of high Himalayan peaks on your left and a lot of mountaintop villages below. After you arrive at Lukla, you will meet your support team and start your first walk to Phakding. The Namche to Phakding trek is easy and goes through many villages. It takes 2.5 hours to reach. Phakding is a big village situated on the bank of the Dudhkoshi River.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3, 440 m / 11, 286 ft): 6-7 hours.
Today, we will trek to Namche Bazaar, a major destination in the entire zone. It takes 7 hours to reach Namche Bazaar. Most of the trail goes alongside the Dudhkoshi river. The initial part of the trail goes through many villages; you will cross a few hanging bridges and get a gigantic view of Mt Thamserku, which is visible just after you start your trek from Phakding. You will enter Sagarmatha national park from Monjo village and eat your lunch at Jorsalle village as this is the last village before Namche Bazaar. After your lunch, we will trek a small distance on a flat trail alongside the river, then gradually uphill to the twin hanging bridges of Namche. If the weather is good, you can see the first glimpse of Mount Everest from the bridge. After the bridge, the trail goes uphill to Namche Bazaar. You will need to climb many steps before reaching your Tea house in Namche.
Day 4: Namche to Khumjung Village (3, 790m / 12, 430 ft). 1 hour.
Today we will trek a small distance to Khumjung village, which is situated above Namche Bazaar. This is the biggest village in the entire Khumbu zone. First, we will visit Namche Museum, from where you get a clear view of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and more. After the museum, we will hike to Syangboche airstrip and then proceed to Khumjung village via Everest View Hotel, situated on the outskirt of the village. You will get a clearer and more prominent view of all the big mountains after the Syangboche airstrip. It’s a rest day after you arrive at Khumjung; you can visit the Khumjung monastery if you want.
Day 5: Khumjung to Tengboche / Debuche (3, 860 m / 12, 664 ft): 6 -7 hours.
Today we will reach Debuche village, the next village after Tengboche; it takes 6 to 7 hours to reach Debuche. The first part of the trail is easy till Phungi Thanga, where we will eat our lunch and go uphill till Tengboche. The trail to Tengboche after Phungi Thanga is fully uphill and similar to what you face before Namche Bazaar. Tengboche is famous for its monastery and is situated on flat ground on a mountain. You can visit Tengboche Monastery and spend some time before proceeding to our Tea House in Debuche. It takes 20 to 30 minutes to reach Debuche from Tengboche.
Day 6: Debuche to Pheriche (4, 371 m / 14, 341 ft): 4 – 5 hours.
Today you require 4 to 5 hours to reach your next destination. The initial part of the trail is downhill till you cross the river, then it’s fully uphill till Pangboche village. The view from Pangboche is spectacular. Amadablam looks gigantic from this place. The view of Everest and Lhotse also look spectacular from Pangboche. After Pangboche, we will proceed to Shomare village and then to Pheriche. Before Pheriche, we will cross a small mountain pass and arrive at our Tea House at Pheriche. Pheriche is situated on the flat ground amidst mountains on a delta of a river. It’s a windy place, and the weather is very unpredictable here.
Day 7: Pheriche to Dughla/Thukla (4,620 m / 15, 157 ft): 1 hour.
This is another small trek that takes 1 hour to reach Dughla, situated a little above Pheriche on the other side of the river. It is very important to spend a night at Dughla for acclimatization before proceeding further. Dughla is a tiny place. You can see a spectacular view of Lobuche peak and Amadablam. You can also do a small hike to Chola Lake.
Day 8: Dhugla/Thukla to Lobuche (4,940 m / 16, 207 ft): 3 to 4 hours.
Not a very long trek today; it takes 3 to 4 hours to reach Lobuche from Dughla. From the beginning, the trail goes uphill till Gughla pass. This is the toughest part of today. The top of the Gughla Pass is very flat and full of memorials. You can see 100s of memorials of the climbers who lost their life in expeditions in this zone. The view of many high peaks also looks spectacular from Dughla Pass. After crossing the pass, the path is almost flat till our Tea house in Lobuche.
Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5, 164 m / 16, 942 ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m
/ 17,598 ft): 8 – 9 hours.
Today will be a long day of the trek; start early in the morning and reach Gorakshep, then start our trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep for a night’s stay. The initial part of today’s trek is flat after Lobuche, then it’s uphill till Lobuche pass, after crossing the pass the trail becomes flat for some distance then it goes many ups and downs on the moraine of Khumbu Glacier till you reach Gorakshep. After reaching Gorakshep, you will take your packed lunch and start your further journey to Everest Base Camp. The trail to Base Camp is quite similar to the previous day. During most of the island peak climbing season, we will trek on the sidewall of Khumbu Glacier and finally get down to Glacier and reach the Base Camp, Everest Base Camp is situated on the last part of Khumbu Glacier quite close to the Khumbu icefall. We will spend some time at the Base Camp and then return to our Tea house in Gorakshep.
Day 10: Hike to Kala Patthar (5, 644 m / 18, 519 ft) and trek to Chukhung (4, 730 m /15, 518 ft): 8-9 hours.
The next destination on the island peak trek map is Kalapatthar. Today we will start early and hike to Kalapatthar, which takes 2.5 hours to 3 hours to reach the summit. From Kalapatthar, you can see a gigantic view of Mount Everest, Nuptse, and Pumori. You can see a magnificent view of Khumbu icefall, the Khumbu glacier, and many mountains from the top. You will get the best view of Mount Everest from the top of Kalapatthar in the entire zone. The top of Kalapatthar is a windy place, so spending some time, we will get down to Gorakshep and start our further journey to Chukhung. After Gorakshep, the trail becomes easy as you will lose altitude. We will follow the same trail till Dughla and then reach Dingboche on a different trail. After Dingboche, the trail is fully flat till Chukhung.
Day 11: Chukhung to Island Peak Base Camp(5, 200 m / 17,060 ft): 3-4 hours.
Today we will reach Island Peak Base Camp and do a pre-climbing training before our final summit. The trail from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp is uphill and some part of it goes through the moraines of Imja Tse and Lhotse Glacier before arriving at the base camp. Today our experienced guides will provide you with the training on island peak climbing techniques and give you the knowledge of using ropes, ice axes, boots, crampons, harnesses, etc.
Day 12: Island Peak Summit (6, 160 m / 20, 210 ft), and back to Chukhung: 11-13 hours.
Today we will wake up early and start our ascent around 12 or 1 based on the briefing on the Island peak climb last evening. The Island peak climb is long and challenging. The guides will fix the rope whenever required. We will cross a few newly formed crevasses by using ladders. It’s very important to reach the summit before noon; otherwise, it will be very windy and difficult. After reaching the top, we will take a group picture and individual pictures before getting down to base camp. The view from the top is spectacular and gives a panoramic sight of many gigantic peaks on this planet. After the summit, we will return to Base Camp and then reach Chukhung on the same day.
Day 13: Chukhung to Namche Bazaar: 7-8 hours.
Today we will reach Namche Bazaar via Dingboche, Pangboche, Debuche, Tengboche, and a few other villages.
Day 14: Namche to Lukla: 6-7 hours.
On the last trekking day in the Khumbu zone, we will reach Lukla on the same route that we took while coming.
Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu: 30 minutes.
Today we will fly back to Kathmandu. It’s a free day for you to roam around or celebrate your success.
Day 16: Departure.
End of your magnificent journey of Island Peak Climb Expedition, check out by 11 am, and we will drop you at the airport for your onward journey.
Items to bring with you on the Island peak climb
- Trekking bag (60-80 liters).
- A small daypack (knapsack/backpack/rucksack) for carrying your valuables.
- 2 lightweight trekking/hiking pants.
- 1 good quality waterproof trekking pant (breathable fabric).
- 3 – 4 lightweight trekking/hiking t-shirts/shirts.
- Non-cotton underwear briefs.
- 4-5 pairs of trekking socks.
- 2 pairs of good quality merino wool socks.
- Good quality thermals – top and bottom.
- Good quality down jacket to protect from cold.
- Lightweight fleece jacket.
- Bandana or headscarf.
- Warm hat that covers your ears.
- 1 quick-drying towel.
- Poncho (for rain and snow).
- High-quality gloves (with extra inner layer).
- Best quality hiking shoes (preferably waterproof).
- Crocs shoes/sandals.
- Trekking poles.
- UV-protected sunglasses (preferably dark shade).
- Water disinfection drops/tablets.
- 2 water bottles (1 liter each).
- Hand sanitizer.
- Sunblocks (SPF 50 and above) and lip salve with sunblocks.
- Toilet paper.
- Wet-tissue papers/ baby wipes.
- High-quality Headlamp with spare batteries.
- Dry fruits and chocolates.
- Small, basic first aid kit (cough and/or cold medicine, headache pills, etc.).