Island Peak Climbing

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Key Information

  • Trip Duration 19 Day
  • Price from US$ 3850
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Trip Style NA
  • Accomodation Lodge + Camping
  • Transportation By Air
  • Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max Elevation 6189m
  • Group Size 2 to 6 people
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Island peak climbing trip is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. Perhaps the name of the peak is so because from Dingboche the peak is seen as an island in a sea of ice. The summit is interesting and attractive with a highly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. The ridge rising to the south from this point leads to the summit of Island Peak. The extension of this ridge descending southwest is part of the normal route of ascent and leads to the Summit. Imja Tse, another name of the Island Peak does not only provide an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of the Himalayas in the Khumbu region. View from the summit are Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi-circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse, and Amadablam in the south add a much more charming bonus in climbing Island Peak (Imja Tse).

Classical climbing  route:
The base camp of Island Peak lies in Chukung Valley, between Island Peak and the lateral moraine of the Imja Glacier. Proper care should be taken to avoid the possible avalanche in the event of heavy snowfall. From the base camp, a well-acclimatized party in good conditions can make the summit and return to the base camp in a day. However, most of the climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp, which adds the joy of climbing and helps a safe ascent. From the base camp, the route skirts southeast around and base of Imja Tse and climbs steep grassy slopes and small rocky steps. We scramble up on open gully which leads between two ridges to the site of high camp on at 5,280m. From the high camp, the lefts hand ridge scramble across the broad open gully. After crossing a gully a steep snow and ice ramp leads upward for nearly 101 meters to the summit ridge. Climbing near the summit is a little difficult due to steep climbing If you are not satisfied with this itinerary or if you want to customize this package on your timeline or budget, please feel free to contact us or email to [email protected]


  • 01Arrival: 15 -20 Minute drive (Airport to Hotel) Arrival in Kathmandu: 15 -20 Minutes drive.
    15 -20 Minute drive. Adventure International Trekking's representative will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transport you to your Kathmandu hotel. After having formal introduction, you are being served with welcome drink at the hotel. They will give you helpful tips for your time in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 02Kathmandu sight-seeing tour & Trekking preparation. Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. After completed city tour In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Adventure International Trekking briefs you regarding your trek as well as provides you opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your upcoming Island Peak climbing trip
  • 03Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding 35 minutes flight and 3-4 hours Hike Early morning transfer you to Tribhuvan Airport for a Twin Otter flight to Lukla that takes about 35 to 40 minutes. Our trekking crew at Lukla will receive you. After final preparations, the trekking starts passing Chaurikharka village, and makes a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530 meters). The trail follows the precise bank of the Dudhkosi River until camp at Phakding is reached. This first day is short hike as acclimatization reasons. Lunch will be served on the way. Walking distance is approximately 4 hours to Phakding (2,650 m/8,692 ft.)
  • 04Phakding to Namche Bazzar 5-6 hours Hike Follow the Bhote Koshi river through forest of pine and oak trees and pasture land, along a valley dotted with small Sherpa settlements. Cross the Bhote Koshi and climb steeply along switch-backing trail to large Sherpa village, after crossing suspension Bridge, 30 minutes later enjoy views of Everest (8,848 m) and Lhoste (8,511 m) come into sight. This prosperous town is the largest Khumbu. A traditional trading center, the Bazaar is held every Saturday. The goods on display are available. Thamserku ( 6,648 m) and Kwangde RI (6,224 m) become visible to the east and west, and the sacred mountain Khumbila (5707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. 6 hours. Night stay at Namche Bazzar (3,420 m/11,217 ft.)
  • 05Namche Bazzar Acclimatize full day explore around Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. A pleasant day can be spent exploring the village, talking to the Sherpas and marveling at the incredible scenery. A hike to the Everest view hotel for excellent lunch with Everest view. The rest day is intended for acclimatization purpose. Night stay at Namche Bazzar (3,420 m/11,217 ft.)
  • 06Namche Bazzar-Tengboche: 4-5 hours Hike Start gratually up and flat trails & slightly descending to Dudhkoshi. Then a steep ascend will bring you to the famous Tengboche Gompa via many rhododendron forest and watching many Wild Goats (THARS)will be scrolled the hills in the background of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest and other peaks. Tengboche for Night Stop (3,920 m/12,857 ft.)
  • 07Tengboche-Pheriche: 5-6 hours Hike Today your journey is a slightly descent through lush forest, before the gradual climb up to the valleys highest year round settlement of Pangboche (3,860m). Continue ascending around afternoon through alpine meadows and yak herds, eventually reaching Pheriche 4,250 m/13,940 ft)
  • 08Pheriche - Lubuche: 5-6 hours Hike Today is a climb via Duglha a small tea house salter there are stunning views of Tawachee peakand Cholatse peak. The trail goesagain Duglha directly up to the Khumbu Glacier for an hour, then left into the memorial area before reaching the village of Lubuche by this stage the effects of the altitude will be kicking in and you can expect colder night at Lobuche (4,910 m/ 16,104 ft.)
  • 09Lobuche to Gorakshep: 3-4 Hours Hike & After Lunch Explore Kalapatter After breakfasts start your usual day gradual climb through view of many mountains as well as khumbu Glaciers on the way you will cross several side moraines to Gorakshep Short but high altitude walk. After your lunch, you will climb to Kalapatter for 2 hours up to see beautiful sunset view over Everest from Kalapatter (5,550 m/18,204 ft.) get down for night stop at Gorekshep( 5,210 m/17,088 ft.)
  • 10Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp- Lubuche 7-8 hours Hike Early start is essential with your pack lunch for EBC . Travel along the Khumbu glacier through jumbled moraine and shattered rock. Reach Everest Base Camp enjoy few hours and trek back down for the night at Lobuche (4,910 m/ 16,104 ft.)
  • 11Lobuche to Chhukung 5-6 hours Hike After breakfast trekking continues decending to Dingboche and a slightly ascending to Chhukung a small summer settlement. Overnight in Chhukung (4,730m) where you make final preparation for climbing. Over night at lodge at Chukung(4,730 m/15,518 ft.)
  • 12Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp 3 -4 hours climbing trails The path from Chhukung leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Continue short pleasant walking along a stream side leads to rock. Over night camp in Island Peak Base Camp (5,280 m/17,318 ft)
  • 13Base camp to High Camp 2 hours climb You will have move to Island Peak high camp, from where you will climb the Mt. Island peak. The path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel. Overnight in Island Peak High Camp (5,710 m/18,728 ft.))
  • 14High Camp to Summit Island Peak & back to Chhukung 6-7 hours climb and hike down Island Peak Ascent (6,189m/20,305ft), from early in the morning will have to climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed tranverse onto the snout of the summit glacier.After enjoying the summit views you will descend to Chukung(4,730 m/15,518 ft.)
  • 15Trek to Tengboche 6-7 hours Hike The trek start down from chukkung following Island river towards panboche. After this, we take a same trails back which is used to trek up. walk up through the forest to reach Tengboche. And over night at lodge.(3,920 m/12,857 ft.)
  • 16Tengboche- Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours Hike Our semi final day, early morning also be able to visit the Tengboche Gompa which has been newly built since the old one was destroyed by fire in 1989. Although we are leaving the Khumbu now, this is one of the best days walking on the entire trek. Here we can gaze back north at the fantastic panorama which includes Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, whilst to the east we can see Kang Tega and Thamserku. We then begin the long descent down a seemingly endless series of switch-backs to the Dudh Kosi at Punki Tenga. We stop here for lunch in a very pleasant and sunny location. Finally we begin our last big hill which climbs up to the lodges at Sanasa. From here the path contours around the hillside in a superb high-level position until we reach Namche with back again for our comfortable lodge. Night stay at Namche Bazzar (3,420 m/11,217 ft.)
  • 17Namche Bazzar to Lukla 6-7 hours Hike After breakfast we kick back track to Monjo and continue our descent along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Phakding village by mid afternoon for Lunch. We trek back to Lukla along the same trail, although it always looks different coming from the opposite direction on arrival in Lukla we will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of our trek. Trek concludes. Night stay at Lukla (2,850 m/9,348 ft.)
  • 18Lukla to Kathmandu 35 minutes flight We fly out of Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning about 35- 40 minute, and taking off is just as exciting as flying in. Transfer into your hotel. O/N Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 19Departure to airport or start your next destination. You could catch up on some last minute shopping, Internet to your friends and family before departure to Airport or onward to your next destination.
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Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Pre-trip services & advice
  • Airport pick up drop services
  • 3 nights Deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu with B/B Plan
  • Kathmandu sight seeing tour by Private Car
  • All permits such as National park, Climbing permits as itinerary describes.
  • All hygienic meals such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • All nights accommodations as per Itinerary describe.
  • Down sleeping bags and Jackets
  • Trekking gear duffle bag for your trekking stuffs.
  • Good quality climbing equipments for peak climbing
  • High quality tents, mattress, pillows, kitchen equipments during the camping period
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip
  • First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking professionals guide
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight tickets.
  • Necessary porters as per the trip
  • Staffs insurance, well paid salary, high altitudes equipments, foods and accommodations
  • Rescue Arrangements off course not the rescue bills please!
  • High altitudes chamber bags (PAC) if required for the trip.
  • Group celebration dinner
  • 10 % VAT and 2% TSC Taxes

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare to/from home city;
  • Food and Accommodation while you are off the trip.
  • Travel, trek and expedition medical and evacuation insurance;
  • Personal expenses (e.g. phone calls, laundry, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, souvenirs, etc.);
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