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Island Peak Climbing

Duration : 17 Days | Travel style : Active Adventures

2000

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Trip Highlights

  • Country

    Nepal

  • Duration

    17 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    20305 ft./ 6189 m.

  • Group Size

    Any Private Group

  • Grade

    Adventurous

  • Best Season

    Mar to May / Sep to Dec

  • Accommodation

    Hotel / Lodge / Camp

  • Transportation

    Flight / Private Vehicle

Mountain in Sagarmatha National park in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. Imja tse, well known as island peak, the summit was named by the members of British Mount Everest expedition because it looked like island in the middle of frozen sea as seen from Dingboche.

Island peak lies in elevation of 6160m in beautiful khumbu regions of Nepal. It is a demanding outdoor adventure so a fit trekker with the hunger of conquering the summit, and with a strong mentality of challenging, the altitude and own physical ability, conquering the summit of Imja tse is best option.

Island peak has an impressive, high glacier facing west that rises from the Lhotse glacier which is bit tough, nevertheless the magnificent views from summit is one hundred percent rewarding for all the efforts. Everest region is not just famous for the world’s highest mountain but also for its Sherpa people, beautiful villages, great culture and beautiful monastery. Apart from this the natural and colorful flora and fauna beautifies the sagarmatha national park. However the story of yeti is still a mystery of khumbu region.

The 17 days trek to an island peak adds an amazing experience in life as that takes you to, many days of mountain sunshine that is filled with adventure to cleanse your soul. We live in a beautiful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to adventure that we can have if only we seek with our eyes open, that’s why Global Holiday Adventure provides high quality service and wisely designed itinerary providing enough acclimatization days ensuring proper health condition of climbers. We have been operating successful island peak climbing since decade back with our highly experienced Sherpa guides who have guts to face and tackle force majeure that may arise in Himalayan region.

Itinerary

You can always customize this itinerary as per your preference.

1

Day

Arrival at Kathmandu.
Our staff with PLA card will receive you from airport and takes you to your hotel in private vehicSmall meet up in evening and discuss about trek.

Overnight at Hotel(Breakfast Included)

2

Day

Flight to lukla and trek to Phakding 2652 m.
Early morning flight to Lukla. The flight itself is lifetime experience as runway is at high elevation and runway rests at hillside of town lukla providing the views of Himalayas. Trek to Phakding is walking along green landscape and view of Kusum Kangraru.

Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

3

Day

Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m/11286ft, 5/6 hrs. walk.
Today we will follow Dudhkoshi River along alpine trail forest to a pass called Lurch Do van and by crossing suspension bridge we will arrive NamcheBazzar. Namche is a historical Nepalese town that is used for traders of Tibet where they exchanged salt, meat and textiles. Lately it is a modern town where you could find internet cafes, variety of local shops offering imported as well as local goods. Our stay at Namche will be of 2 nights for acclimatization.

  Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

4

Day

Acclimatization at Namche.
This day is reserved for acclimatization. After breakfast we will ascend towards Khumjung. The trail will take you above Namche Bazzar and passes through Syangboche (3720m) where local airport is located. From a hill top you will get your first view of Tangboche Peak (6367m), Lhotse Peak (8414m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On arrival at Khumjung (3780m), you could visit the Hillary School before stopping for lunch at one of the tea houses - the walk takes about 3 hours. After lunch you will continue ascending the foot path to Khunde (3840m), here you could visit the local hospital before the 2 hour ascend back to Namche Bazar. This day is physically demanding at times and you should be prepared as the weather is very unpredictable. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway of the Everest Region, visit the local museum where you can see traditional custom of Sherpa people. We will be staying at namche for night.

Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

5

Day

Trek to Tengboche 3860m/12664ft, 5/6 hrs. walk.
The flat and easy trail leads towards the view of Mt. Everest, then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka. After arriving in Punki, climb towards Temboche, the village where the very famous Temboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Everest region, is located. A monastery in the Khumbu region. Overnight at Tengboche.

Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

6

Day

Trek to Dingboche 4410m/14468ft, 4/5 hrs. walk.

Going down the beautiful forest, cross Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m).  With the Himalayas as its backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche is in a perfect location to enjoy the beautiful Himalayan landscape.  This picturesque trail then dips down to Debuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pangboche. We descend into the river and begin the climb up to Dingboche. This day is probably the most interesting trekking day because you will not lose altitude like on other days.

Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

7

Day

Acclimatization day.

This is your second acclimitazion day where we will hike about 6 hours to an altitude of 5100m. We will be ascending Nagerjun hill located on flanks of Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche village. We will climb altitude during day and sleep at low elevation during night. During hike you can enjoy views of peaks like Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). Also you will see the world fifth highest mountain Mt. Makalu from the top.

Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

8

Day

Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

9

Day

Day 8 (Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung 4730m/ 15519ft, 3hrs.)
From Lobuche we take a slightly different route down to Dingboche. Then we slightly ascend into the Chukkung Valley.

Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak base camp 5087m/16690ft, 15hrs.

From Chukkung, take a leisurely departure along the Imja Valley, following the moraines flowing from Lhotse (8501 meters) towards the sandy desert of Pareshaya Gyab, with stunning views of Ama Dablam, which dominates the skyline. From here, the base camp arriving in the afternoon is just a short distance away. I'm used to the creepy air today, so it's only a 4-hour walk. Starting today, the property will be a tent camp for the next two days, with a professional cook preparing camp meals.

Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

10

Day

Climb Island Peak (6165m/20226ft, and back to base Camp, 15hrs.

Today is the most important day to reach the summit of the final destination to Island Peak (6187m). After crossing the canyon above the camp, the trail climbs an additional hour to the narrow ridge leading to the glacier. Here you need to stretch the rope and wear crampons. This is because the most interesting part of the ascent begins at the glacier crossing. Next, follow the steep snowy slopes that lead to the ridges of the summit. This ridge is wonderfully refreshing, with a stunning close-up view of the south side of Lhotse, which approaches overhead when it reaches the summit, but with a more dramatic mountain view in the opposite.

Overnight at Tent Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

11

Day

Spare day in case of any incidents on summit day.

A spare day for emergencies on Summit Day. There is no guarantee that the scheduled summit date (10th day) will be fairly good, so we will use it as an emergency when the weather is bad or you cannot climb the island on the 10th day. For various reasons. If the weather is very bad, it is good to postpone the summit climbing program from the 10th day to today (11th day). Someone in the group may struggle to adapt enough to climb. You can still use the tag in this state. If your trip is going well, you don't have to take a break this day.

Overnight at Tent Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

12

Day

Trek from Island Peak base camp to Pangboche 3985m/13074ft, 6hrs.

After leaving the mountain, our descent passes through various towns such as Dinboche, Orsho, Shomale and Lower Pamboche, reaches the suspension bridge over the Imja khola, passes through Debche and gradually rises to Pamboche.

Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

13

Day

Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar 3440m/11286ft, 5hrs.

From Pamboche, dive through the beautiful Juniper, Rhododendron and Fir Forest to Punkitenga. After a welcome break and a cup of tea, cross the Dhudh Kosi River and climb Trasinga. From here the trail climbs high up the valley to Shanasa. There you will have the opportunity to visit the villages of Koundé and Koundé before returning to Namche Bazaar.

Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

14

Day

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2840m/9318 ft 7hrs.

This is our last trekking day. Finally, we will return to Lukla, where trekking began. This looks like it was years ago. Enjoy the time as a group to look back on trekking and the personal achievements of all participants. In the afternoon you can take a walk, relax or enjoy a hot shower. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner, then have a festive drink and dance with your Sherpa companions.

Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

15

Day

Flight from lukla to Kathmandu, 35mins.

After taking off flight of lukla, don’t forget to give a last view to Himalayan region, somewhere in the middle lies the peak you have conquered. Arriving in Kathmandu it is a leisure day where you will be strolling around streets of Kathmandu doing shopping, buying souvenirs for your friends and family back in your hometown. 

Overnight at Hotel(Breakfast Included)

16

Day

Explore Kathmandu and farewell party dinner with cultural program in the evening.
Explore Kathmandu and do some shopping. During the day, enjoy a guided tour of various cultural heritage sites that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the popular Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and the Baudanathstupa, two of the largest stupas in the world. At the same time, visit the sacred Pashpatinath Temple, which witnesses the Hindu cremation ceremony. You can also enjoy the various medieval towns and palaces of the Kathmandu Valley. There is a farewell party at one of the typical Nepalese restaurants with a cultural program.

Overnight at Hotel(Breakfast Included)

17

Day

Drop off at airport for final departure.

Global Holidays Adventure representative will transfer you to the Airport for your Final Departure.

Cost Details

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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

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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