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Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trekking

Duration : 20 Days | Travel style : Active Adventures

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  • Island peak climbing
  • Island peak climbing
  • Island Peak climbing with Everest base Camp trek
  • Island Peak Climbing
  • Everest Base Camp Trek with island peak climbing
  • Everest Base Camp Trek with island peak climbing
  • Everest Base Camp Trek with island peak climbing
  • Everest Base Camp Trek with island peak climbing
  • Everest Base Camp Trek with island peak climbing

Trip Highlights

  • Country

    Nepal

  • Duration

    20 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    20305 ft./ 6189 m.

  • Group Size

    Private

  • Grade

    Adventurous

  • Best Season

    Mar to May / Sep to Dec

  • Accommodation

    Hotel / Lodge / Camp

  • Transportation

    Flight / Private Vehicle

Island peak climbing has gained much popularity in the recent years as the summit is physically demanding but is relatively less technical. If you are physical fit and have aspiration to summit the peak following the challenge that arises at the altitude, Island peak is perfect option for you. The wholesome experience of Khumbu region as your journey to summit includes trekking to the basecamp of the words highest mountain, i.e. Mount Everest. You will also be visiting Kalapatthar, an ultimate view point where you will be surrounded by mountains like Pumori, Chyangtse, Nuptse, Lhotse and the amazing Mount Everest followed by other gigantic mountains.

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a popular peak located in the Everest region of Nepal. It's considered a good option for those who want to experience high-altitude climbing without tackling the more technical and challenging peaks.

Information on Island Peak Climbing

Normally climbing the island peak takes around 16 days including the days for acclimatization as well as training. The days tends to be long for this itinerary as you will also be visiting the Everest basecamp as well as Kalapatthar. The climb involves crossing glaciers, steep snow and ice and rocky ridges in order to reach summit at an elevation of 6189m.

Things will be easier for climbers who has previous experience with using axe, crampons and ropes. However, the training will be provided by the support climbing guides too so no need to worry if there is no prior experience.

Permits are required to climb Island Peak, and can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. The climbing season typically runs from March to May and September to November.

We start our journey to island peak by catching the adventure flight to Lukla airport. We then follow the classic trail leading to Everest base camp. You will be hiking through Sherpa village, the exotic town of Namche, getting insights on Sherpa culture, life style and amazing wildlife. Once reaching base camp of Everest we then return to Dingboche. We follow the trail via Chhukung we depart to Imja Valley where Island Peak nestles. We then will summit the island peak and return back following the same route that we took from Lukla.

For more than ten years, Global Holidays Adventure has been offering a carefully designed package tour for Island Peak climbing, with a focus on high-quality service and hassle-free travel for our clients. Our itineraries are well-planned and include enough time for acclimatization to ensure the good health condition of our climbers. Our experienced and highly successful Sherpa Guides, who are capable of handling any unexpected situations that may arise in the Himalayan region. We place a high priority on safety and make sure our clients have a safe and enjoyable climbing experience.

Itinerary

You can always customize this itinerary as per your preference.

1

Day

Kathmandu Arrival
Once you arrive at the Kathmandu airport one of our representative will welcome you. He will be holding PLA card with your name written in it. You will be taken to your hotel by a private vehicle. There will be small meeting regarding the trip.

Hotel (Breakfast Included) | Private Vehicle

2

Day

Lukla Flight & Hike Phadking (2652m).
You will be transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu from where you will be catching the flight to Lukla. The 35 minutes flight is an adventure in itself.

Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) | Flight/ Private Vehicle

3

Day

Phadking to Namche bazaar (3440m), 5/6 hour walk.
Following the trail with alpine forest alongside of Dudh Koshi River passing through Lorche Dovan suspension bridge we reach Namche bazaar. Namche was a historic trade hub for Tibetan as well as traders of Solukhumbu. During recent times you will find Namche as a modern town filled with shops, internet cafes and many more.

Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) | Flight/ Private Vehicle

4

Day

First Acclimatization day
Planned as spare day in order for your body to get acclimatized at the elevation of 3440 m as well as for upcoming days. Following your morning meal (breakfast), you will begin your hike towards Khumjung, starting at Namche Bazar and passing through Syangboche (3720m), which is home to a nearby local airport. As you climb up a hill, you'll be able to get a glimpse of Tengboche peak (6367m), Lhotse Peak (8414m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) for the first time.
Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) | Flight/ Private Vehicle

5

Day

Namche to Tengboche (3860m), 5/6 hour walk.
The trekking path proceeds further into the Dudh Koshi Valley and leads to Punki Tangka. You will then ascend on the right side of the valley of Dudh Koshi to reach Tengboche Monastery (3860m), which is the main spiritual hub of Khumbu. Though the climb is a lengthy one, the sights of Mt Amadablam, and on clear days, Mt Everest and the adjacent peaks make it worthwhile. Once you've finished exploring Tengboche Monastery, you'll trek to Diboche and stay overnight at Rivendell Lodge.
Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) | Flight/ Private Vehicle

6

Day

Diboche (4410m) 4/5 hour walk.
You'll hike through stunning forests and cross the Imja Kola River before reaching Pangboche (3900m). This day of trekking will be exceptional as you won't descend in altitude and will be treated to breathtaking views of mountains like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and more. From there, you'll continue on to Dingboche, which is also called the "Summer Valley."
Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) | Flight/ Private Vehicle

7

Day

Acclimatization day two.
During the second day of acclimatization, we will trek at an altitude of 5100m. After having breakfast, we will climb up Nagerjun Hill, which takes around 6 hours. From the top, you'll get a stunning vista of Lobuche East, Teboche, Tamsek, Kantega, and Ama Dablam. On days with clear visibility, Makalu can even be seen. After a brief rest, we'll head back to Dingboche. Spend the night in Dingboche and rest after having lunch.
Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included) | Flight/ Private Vehicle

8

Day

Trek to Lobuche (4910m), 5/6 hrs walk.
We will arrive at Dughla after hiking through a broad valley and passing the Trekkers Aid Post in Pheriche, at an elevation of 4240m. The Himalayan Rescue Association supports the operation of the Aid Post, which provides medical assistance and consultation to trekkers. We will then climb higher in elevation and leave the valley behind to reach the yak grazing lands of Lobuche (4910m).

Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

9

Day

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5160m), then return to Gorakshep, 5/6 hrs walk.
You will hike to Everest Base Camp today. Today you won't gain much elevation, but going up and down will be exhausting. When you arrive at basecamp, you will be able to see the Khumbu icefall, where the Everest expedition begins. Later, we return to Gorakshep, which is located between base camp and Kalapatthar.

Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

10

Day

Hike to Kalapatthar & trek back Dingboche, 6/7 walk.
Today we start our day early and hike to Kalapattar, an amazing view point with spectacular views of Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest, and the surrounding peaks. We then trek back to Gorakshep and enjoy hot breakfast while taking in the breathtaking views of the mountains. We descend to Lobuche after resting for a while.

Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

11

Day

Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m/15,518ft) 3hrs.
We take a slightly different route down to Dingboche from Lobuche. Then we make a slight ascent into the Chukkung Valley.

Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

12

Day

Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5087m/16,690ft)
From Chukkung we make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8501meters) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. It is only a short distance from here to Base Camp, which we will reach in the mid-afternoon. Today is only 4 hours walking as we are becoming acclimatized to the thinning of air, from today the accommodation will be tented camp for next two days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook.

Tent Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

13

Day

Climb Island Peak (6165m/20,226) and back to base Camp, 15hrs.
Today is you most important day that you are going to do your final destination summit to Island Peak(6187m). Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views. We descend along the same route, down to base camp.

Tent Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

14

Day

Additional day in case of uncertainty on summit day.
The day is actually planned for any mishaps that may occur on summit day. For example any emergency or weather issue. If you cannot summit the peak on the planned day then you will summit today. This day can also be used for the climber not well enough to make the summit on the desired day. If everything goes as planned then we do not require this day.

Tent Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

15

Day

Island peak base camp to Pangboche (3985m 6 hour).
Leaving the mountains behind us our descent takes us through various towns of Dingboche, Orsho, Shomare and Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend gradually through Debuche and then to Pangboche.

Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

16

Day

Back to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,286ft) 05hrs.
We descend steeply from Pangboche to Phunki Thanka through a beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron, and fir. We cross the Dudh Koshi River and ascend to Trashinga after a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea. From here, the trail contours high above the valley to Shanasa, where we can visit Kunde and Khumjung villages before returning to Namche Bazaar, our overnight stop.

Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

17

Day

Back to Lukla(2840m/9,317ft) 7hrs.
The last day of trekking as tomorrow we will be catching flight to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Lukla you can enjoy the time reflecting on your achievement of summiting the peak. You can enjoy on Lukla wandering around or some drinks. You can thank Sherpa companions and enjoy farewell dinner with them.

Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

18

Day

Fly Kathmandu from Lukla.
We will catch morning flight from Lukla, the 35 minute adventure flight will bring you back to Kathmandu. Upon landing on Kathmandu you will be driven to your hotel. Please don’t be angry if weather don’t permit to takeoff the flight.

 Hotel (Breakfast Included)

19

Day

Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour (Optional day for Lukla flight.)
We will enjoy the day while engaging in sightseeing activity around the places inside Kathmandu valley. You will be visiting world heritage sites, Kathmandu durbar square as well as places of your choice, if you have any. Later in the evening you will be enjoying cultural dinner at one of the Nepalese restaurant.

Hotel (Breakfast Included)

20

Day

Departure.
One of the representative from Global Holidays Adventure will drop you at the international airport from where you will be catching the flight to the next destination.   

Cost Details

"So What you are paying For?"

We would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience.

Cost Include
  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB (Bed and Breakfast) plan.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek and climbing period.
  • Full board Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing bases during the trek and tent will be available during the climbing period.
  • All camping equipment in base camp.
  • Flight Ticket from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for member and Staff.
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) Permit.
  • Island peak climbing Permit.
  • Necessary staff during the trekking and climbing period With Experience Guide and Porter.
  • 2:1 and 5:2 experienced Government license holder climbing guide during climbing period as per itinerary
  • Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available).
  • One tent will be available in the Base camp for 2 people on shared basis.
  • High altitude food and all climbing crew will be available above base camp.
  • Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes will be available during climbing period.
  • Necessary kitchen crew will be available in base camp.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before departure.
Cost Exclude
  • International airfare and Nepal visa Fees.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • All alcoholic and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Island peak is generally recommended for beginners who are ready to enter the world of mountaineering. Still, climbing the top of the island requires high-altitude trekking experience. The top of the island is a difficult climb at extreme altitudes with steep uphill and thin air to breathe. The base of the headwall is the most difficult part of the climb. Nevertheless, the climbing route is fixed with a fixed rope to the top.


You will be climbing with other like-minded people unless you have a group on your desired day. Experienced and knowledgeable local Sherpa guides who have been successful many times at the peak. Some major mountaineers who have climbed many mountains several times during their mountaineering career. Your guide will support you from the beginning, share important tips and teach you tricks. He also offers pre-climb training at the base camp the day before the summit. Many operators do not take this mountaineering tour seriously, putting your health and well-being at risk. Therefore, be careful when choosing your trek organizer.


It is possible to climb the Island Peak whole year except during the monsoon season, but the best time to climb the Island Peak is in spring and autumn. Spring is from March to early June, which is also the busiest mountaineering season of the year. September-November is the autumn season when the temperature is mild and the weather is nice. Climbers have tried to climb Island Peak even in winter in the past, but the frigid winters can be really dangerous for some. The summer season is rainy and you can't get a great view while climbing.


The island peak covers an altitude of 6160 m.


Island Peak is situated in the Everest region of Nepal, on the Nepalese – Tibetan border. Island Peak is an extension of Lhotse and Everest. The ridge line drops off Lhotse and right onto the summit of Island Peak.


You might be able to see the Everest during the flight to Lukla if the weather is clear.


Drinking water will be provided in the teahouses during the journey up to the base camp, either from taps, boiling water, or bottled water. We also recommend using steriPEN or other water purification solutions.


Because cell phones don`t always operate high in the mountains, we rely on a satellite phone carried by the climbing leader for emergency communications.


No, supplemental oxygen is usually only used over 23,000 Feet or 8,000-meter mountains.


On usual trekking days, you will be walking for 5 - 6 hours a day covering 10km - 14 km. But on the summit day, your climb could last up to 8 - 9 hours since it is advised to go as slow as possible, using the right amount of energy for the long duration and inhaling as much air as possible.

Required Equipments

Island Peak Climbing: This is a guideline to help what equipment are necessary for trekking and peak climbing. Normally personal equipment and items are individual choice but the most important face that one should have enough gears to tackle the weather in Himalaya.

During the trek heavy items will be carried by our porters or yaks. And the personal belongings which you need for daily or frequent purposes like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun-cream and toilet paper etc. are to be carried by yourself in the backpack. We will provide complimentary water proof duffel bag which you can use during the trek and is carried by porters. You can leave your non trekking items at the hotel or in our office and collect them after the trek.

Flowing gear list gives you some ideas that you can bring for the successful climbing.

Personal Climbing Gears:

  • 1 Ice axe
  • 1 Crampons
  • 1 Harness
  • 2 Tape slings.
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock).
  • 1 Descender/eight figure.
  • 1 Plastic mountaineering boots.
  • 1 Ascender/Jhumar.
  • 1 Helmet.

Group Climbing Gears (Provide by Global Holidays Adventure):

  • Snow bar
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer
  • Ice screw

Head

  • Head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions.
  • Warm hat that covers your ears.
  • Good headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves).
  • Light weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover.
  • Waterproof shell jacket.
  • Down vest and/or jacket (If you don't have then company will provide)
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable.

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves.
  • 1 pair of mittens; consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched, waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner.

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear.
  • 1 pair of hiking shorts.
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers.
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms.
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers.
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric.

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks.
  • 1 pair of hiking boots with spare laces.
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals.
  • Cotton socks.
  • Gaiters.

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag 30 degree DC. (If you don't have sleeping Global Holidays Adventure will provide one good sleeping bag.)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner.

Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack or 1 large duffel bag (If you don't have we will give you one water proof bag)
  • Day pack/backpack of 35 to 50 liters for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light).
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit.
  • Anti-diarrhea pills.
  • Anti-headache pills.
  • Cough and/or cold medicine.
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide.
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Note: Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant!
  • Water purification tablets or water filter.
  • 1 set of earplugs.

Practical Items 

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit.
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches.
  • 1 compass or GPS (optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch (optional)
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries.
  • Large Ziplocs.
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each).
  • 1 small folding knife.
  • Binoculars (optional).
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks.

Toiletries items 

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel.
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable).
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable).
  • Deodorants.
  • Nail clippers.
  • Face and body moisturizer.
  • Female hygiene products.
  • Small mirror.

Extras or Luxuries items

  • Reading book.
  • Trail map/guide book.
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps).
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110 ampere).
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs).
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance.
  • Dollars in cash to purchas Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport.
  • Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines.

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