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Island Peak Climbing

Peak Climbing In Nepal

Trip Facts
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Trip Duration : 16 Days
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Best Time Sep/Dec and Feb/ Jun
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Grade : Hard
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Mode of trek : Tea house/camping
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Maximum Altitude : 6200m.


Island peak is a famous 6000m trekking peak in Nepal. It is popularly known as “Imja Tse” by the locals. This fantastic mountain towering at 6160m is ideal for climbing by beginners and amateurs. Climbers also need to trek through remote terrains of the Everest region before arriving at the summit.

Moreover, this tranquil region offers you the best adventure in the bliss of mother nature. This gorgeous mountain peak looks like an island of ice from Dingboche. The snow-clad mountains of the Everest Mahalangur Region including Mt. Everest (8848.86m) looks enthralling from the peak.

The peak climbing can be taken as a side trip on the Everest Base Camp trek. Moreover, the walk trails pass through the tranquil landscapes of the Sagarmatha National Park. There is incredible wildlife and vegetation in this UNESCO-listed natural heritage site.

The trails of this itinerary  pass through ancient settlements experience the rural villages of the local people. village lifestyle and its heritage and traditions will enthrall you. This peak climbing itinerary also offers you a serene cultural exploration opportunity.

During the Climbing you will faces some technical challenges along the route, including a headwall. Hence, trekkers require training with gear and equipment to complete this journey with ease. The climbers need to be in proper shape, both physically and mentally. This spectacular peak climbing adventure is one of the best in Nepal. Read further to learn about the Island peak climbing journey and other related details.

Highlights of this Trip

  • Climb Island peak (6160 meters) summit during the journey
  • Trekking through the naturally stunning terrains of the Everest region
  • Various side hiking trips during acclimatization
  • Exploration of the culture, heritage, and tradition of the region
  • Awe-inspiring views of towering Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest
  • Experiencing Himalayan sunrise and sunsets from the viewpoints
  • Warm welcome and hospitality in the journey

When is the Perfect time for Island Peak Climbing?


The Spring from March to May is ideal for Island peak climbing. There is stable weather in the region with no cloudy skies. Besides, there are no weather challenges in these peak seasons. No heavy rainfall means dry trails throughout.

The clear weather and blue skies offer trekkers with majestic Himalayan vista. Spring also comes with blossoming trails with diverse wildflowers and vegetation. Wildlife in the region remains active as well, which is another highlight.


From September to November, there is ideal weather in the beautiful Everest region. In the daytime, you can experience perfect temperatures and calm weather overall. Clear skies with minimal precipitation are another attraction of the trek in Autumn.

Trekkers have the opportunity for cultural exploration this season as various festivals fall during this season. The pristine snow-clad mountains look incredibly beautiful in the region. Besides, you will get stunning views of the region’s natural landscapes.

There are various weather-related challenges like landslides, floods, avalanches, and slippery trails in the off-seasons. The winter season is quite extreme with weather conditions and freezing temperatures. While you can trek in the off-season, you will need to prepare well with proper preparation. Therefore, the Island Peak climb is more comfortable and safe in peak seasons.

Difficulty Factors of Island Peak

Altitude Sickness

This Island peak expedition takes you to the highest altitude of 6160m. Besides that, you will trek above the altitude of four thousand meters. Since you will cover increased altitude in a short amount of time, acute mountain sickness remains quite common.

Acclimatize adequately along the trail so that you will remain safe. Moreover, you should also take proper rest between treks and hydrate regularly. Trekkers should drink 4-5 liters of water or other liquids during the trekking journey.

Dehydration can make the trek quite challenging for all travelers. Hence, you should avoid alcohol and other stuff that can cause dehydration. You can also carry rehydration salts during the walk to keep you hydrated. Another important aspect is to avoid gaining more than 500m on a trekking day.

Challenging sections

The Island peak has some challenges along the route as it takes you through remote trails. Hence, it requires some form of training. Trekkers must have knowledge about the trekking gear and equipment. They should also hire some trekking and touring guides with high experience. The journey is generally a 7-8 hours trek for a couple of weeks. This remote uphill trek in rugged terrain requires proper fitness and stamina.

Weather related factors

The high altitude weather remains pretty challenging during most of the trek. There is unpredictable weather throughout the journey. This makes the trip quite tricky for all trekkers. Overcast conditions and strong harsh winds are pretty common as you move high along the trail. Hence, you should prepare well with the proper gear, equipment, and training.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival outside the Kathmandu airport terminal, the airport representative will wait you to take you to the hotel taking around 20 minutes but you must check your name at play card. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2

Fly to Lukla 2800m. trek to Phakding 2610m, 3 hour

Today we will take an amazing flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m) in the morning parallel to the huge Himalayan adjacent to Nepal and China. After 40 minutes, we will land in a runway and our caretaker will help us carry our belongings. Then we will walk down to the Dudh Kosi River, where we connect with the main path to Namche Bazaar. After moving all the way through the small area of Ghat (2550m), we will soon arrive at our tea house at Phakding.

Day 3

Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m. 6 hour

Today, we start from Phakding and walk across the river to trek all the way through the area of rhododendron, blue pine forest and more which is really superb experience especially during the spring. We go crossways to the Dudh Kosi at Benkar and take pleasure from the scenes of snow-topped mountains Kusum Kanguru (6369m), Thamserku (6623m) and so on. The way then becomes fairly difficult and includes a perpendicular climb to Namche Bazaar. The will now walk through upstream on flat land, on the bank, to the fusion point of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After crossing one of the suspension bridges above the river we will ascend to Namche Bazaar. We get the most amazing vivid opportunities of gigantic peaks -Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taweche is visible. Overnight at hotel Namche Bazaar.

Day 4

Rest at Namche Bazaar

Today we will go around Namche Bazaar appropriate adaptation with the environment at the height. Namche is a prosperous village situated in a large protected hollow. And the amazing scene visible from here includes superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. Then, after having our breakfast, we can also walk towards Thami (3810m) over the amazing Bhote Khola River Valley or visit the national park headquarters to look at the strange displays of Sherpa culture and way of life.

Day 5

Trek to Tengboche 3800m, 5 hour

We will today descend down through the Khumjung community and move to the major path to Everest at Shanasa. We will walk further to Trashinga and then move down to go across the Dudh Koshi at Phunkitenga (3250m). In the daytime, it is a wide and vertical ascend through fir, black juniper, pine, rhododendron forest and reach Tengboche Monastery. Here we can see gigantic peaks AmaDablam, Kantega, Mount Everest etc. We stay at hotel in Tengboche tonight.

Day 6

Tengboche Dingboche 4400m, 5 hour

We will today slide down through the forest of birch, juniper, fir and rhododendron at Debuche. Here we only steady way up but due to the elevation we have to speed ourselves increasingly all the way through the day. After passing the Imja Khola, the trail heads to Pangboche where we can see the beautiful mountain of Ama Dablam. Then our route is to climb all the way through unwrapped alpine hillsides prior to another crossing of the Imja Khola and reach Dingboche.

Day 7

Rest day for Acclimation day.

This is your acclimation day; hang around in Dingboche Village. Overnight Lodge.

Day 8

Dingboche to Chukung 4730m. as approach island peak trek

Today we will walk to the Chhukhung Valley which is situated unswerving lower than a huge rock wall that connects Nuptse with Lhotse. From here, you will have magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 m.), definitely, the most photographed peak in Nepal.

Day 9

Chukung to Island peak Base camp at 5000m

We then walk beside the Imja Khola to reach Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasant place near by a small lake with very beautiful views of the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Lhotse Glacier. Once we set our camp here you can keep you climbing stuff in order and get ready for your climb of the peak tomorrow.

Day 10

Island Peak summit 6160m. Back to Base Camp ( 8 hour)

We will begin walking up today early in the morning to reach at the summit of Island peak. Here our walk becomes difficult once we arrive at the base of the sharp icefall beneath the peak. Great concern must be realized while going up the wall to come out on the periphery leading to the summit. After arriving at the summit, you will walk down to the Base Camp.

Day 11

Island peak To Base Camp Pangboche 4000m. ( 5 hour)

Today is easier walk to descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back as we came up.

Day 12

Pangboche To Namche Bazaar, 3440m, 5 hour

The track today will go down quite abruptly as we walk back to Namche Bazaar. To arrive at the camp and to reach our overnight spot, we will have a steep climb.

Day 13

Namche to Lukla. 2800m, 6 hour

We take our lunch in Phakding today and make the final way up to Lukla which becomes a surprise for the majority of the trekkers. We arrive at the airport in the early afternoon. Lukla is famous for celebrating end of the trek.

Day 14

Lukla to Kathmandu by Flight

We will wake up early in the morning and get ready for the entrance of our plane for returning back to Kathmandu. Then, we will transfer back to our hotel. Remaining day to explore in Kathmandu, overnight in hotel

Day 15

Free Day

Today is free day in case flight cancel from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Day 16

Fly back to your destination

Our airport representative will help you to reach Kathmandu International Airport for your way back to your country.

Cost Include/Exclude

What’s include

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport transfer
  • Three night’s 3** Star Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Your stander meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • All Trekking  & Climbing permit.
  • Domestic Flight Ticket (Kathmandu to Lukla/ Kathmandu) / domestic airport Tax.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Trekking and Climbing Guide, porters
  • Trek arrangements with tents, cook and porter/s. NMA Registered Climbing Guide for trek and climbing.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.

What’s excluded

  • Nepal entry visa and International flight ticket.
  •  Travel insurance.
  • Lunch dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Climbing gears
  • All Bar bills and personal expenses( phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower, pot of tea, coffee etc.
  • USD 400 to take helicopter if regular flight cancel
  • Tips for the guide and porter.


What is the Island Peak altitude?

The maximum elevation on this Island’s peak climbing itinerary is 6189 meters.

How hard is the Island Peak climbing journey?

All trekkers can achieve this trekking peak with ease. However, there are some challenging sections as well, including a headwall. Therefore, you should remain physically fit and train well using trekking gear and equipment.

What is the Island Peak route?

Island Peak routes pass through the remote landscapes of the region. The trail to Island peak is the same as Everest Base Camp till Dingboche. From there, it changes, and you will pass through other settlements to arrive at Island Peak Base Camp. The trek passes through remote uphill terrain.

When is climbing Island Peak ideal?

Autumn and Spring are the two best times for the trek. You will get the best views of snow-clad mountains along the trail with stable weather in these seasons.

Is Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp possible?

Yes, Island Peak Climbing with an EBC trek is possible. You can trek to Everest Base Camp and then make your way to the Island peak summit.

What are the Island Peak Climbing permits?

Thre are three permits required for this trek include the Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit, Sagarmatha National Park Permit and Island Peak permit

Are there any technical sections during this Island Peak Climb?

Island Peak is a relatively less challenging trekking peak. However, there are some technical sections, including a headwall. Hence, there must be some proper training with gear and equipment.

Is Island Peak climbing ideal without a guide?

Island Peak Climbing requires a professional guide and porter as it is more challenging than a regular trekking adventure. This needs travelers to be safe with proper measures.

What is Island Peak Climbing cost?

The Island peak climbing costs around USD 1950 to 2500 per person, but it also depends upon the itinerary duration and other factors.

Are there any safety protocols in place?

Safety protocols are in place for this Island peak climbing adventure. There are facilities for first aid along with proper emergency measures for evacuation.

Is travel insurance required for the journey?

Yes, travel insurance is essential, as with any other high-altitude adventure. This altitude sickness must cover injuries, accidents, thefts, damage, loss, delays, cancellations, etc.

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