The Himalaya of Nepal are the world’s most exciting destination for climbing. 414 peaks are open to mountain climbing in Nepal and summiting a Himalayan peak can be an adventurous challenge and exhilarating experience of a lifetime.
Island Peak (6,189 mt / 20,305 ft), locally known as Imja Tse, is the most popular climbing peak in Nepal. It was first ascended in 1953 by a British team. The mountain is located in an easily accessible location not far from Everest and the trek to Everest base camp. It is often included as a side trip on a trek in the Khumbu if you are fit and looking for something beyond the ordinary. It is usually scaled by Everest climbers as a warm-up peak before attempting the highest peak in the world.
The highland terrain with a spectacular array of snowy mountains, remote Sherpa villages and elegant Buddhist monasteries will be unforgettable. Although Island Peak is the most popular peak for climbing in the Himalaya, it is still a worthy challenge and higher than most summits around the planet.
The summit offers an astonishing view of the surrounding peaks and beyond into remote valleys in Nepal and Tibet. Island Peak Climbing is technically straight forward and can be attempted by all comers, even people without mountaineering know-how and experience, and we will brief you on the use of equipment. Still, it will be demanding and should be attempted only by people fit and acclimatized to high elevation.
The Everest Region is entered by an enchanting weeklong hike from the lowlands or a quick and picturesque flight to the high altitude air field at Lukla from Kathmandu. Our team assembles in Lukla and together we ascend through the famous locations of the region, namely the sprawling Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Pangboche village and more. After ascending to Dingboche, we depart from the main trail and take a side valley trail to Chukung where we meet more crew and refresh our climbing skills. From Chukung we make a day hike up to more remote highlands as we climb to base camp. Along the journey we include adequate rest days to ensure acclimatization. On these days, we take the chance to explore the beautiful surrounding area while we become accustomed to the altitude.
The side valley to Chukkung offers many options for exploration and this area has fewer visitors than other areas of the Everest Region. Therefore, it will be a less crowded and a more peaceful experience with accompanying peaks towering in all directions.
Island Peak Base camp is at 5200 mt / 17,050 ft. We spend a night here and very early the next morning we have a warm drink and snack before we push on to the summit. Most people make it to the summit and return to Base Camp in a day. Along the way and on top of the mountain we can enjoy an unforgettable sunrise that lights up the Himalaya!
The Island Peak Climbing timetable is planned by veteran climbers with special attention to season and safety. We always adhere to the highest safety standards and ensure that this trip is designed for comfort and well-being, especially by following a graded ascent with proper acclimatization.
There are no set departure dates for Island Peak Climbing although the best period for reliable weather and views is March through May followed by September through November.
Please contact us anytime with questions and concerns and for booking. Let us know your preferred schedule, and we will arrange a climbing trip according to your timetable.
Island Peak Climbing includes camping and is fully supported. You carry only a light pack, and we arrange a crew of porters and sometimes yaks to transport provisions and gear, including food and a dining tent, tables, chairs, a toilet tent and personal sleeping tents. Our skilled chef will provide the day’s meals and in the evening we will enjoy a magnificent camp under the stars, surrounded by the Himalaya and jaw-dropping surroundings while we enjoy a supper and a warm drink.
There is a lot to explore in the area that can be easily combined with Island Peak climbing. Please let us know if you have the time and interest and would like to extend your journey in this area.
We look forward to guiding you on the adventure of a lifetime to the top of the Himalaya!
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Fly to Lukla (2804 mt.), trek to Phakding (2610 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 03Phakding to Namche Bazar (3441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Explore around the valley. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153 mt.) to EBC and back to Gorakshep. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mt.) in the morning and retreat trek to Lobuche (4910 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11Lobuche to Chhukung Village (4730 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 12Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp. Walking 4 hours. Overnight at tent camp.
Day 13Island Peak Base Camp to summit (6,189 mt.) and back to Base Camp. Overnight at tent camp.
Day 14Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche. Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 15Dingboche to Namche. Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 16Namche to Lukla. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 17Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18Leisure day in Kathmandu (Sightseeing optional). Overnight at hotel.
Day 19Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.A representative from our company will receive you once you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and takes you to your pre-arranged place of accommodation.
Day 2Fly to Lukla (2804 mt.), trek to Phakding (2610 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.This early-morning flight to Lukla lasts for around half an hour. The views outside the window sufficiently capture the attention of all on board – cameras, mobiles, photographs. Our walk to Phakding starts after breakfast in Lukla. Mostly on a flat trail all the way, it’s the Sherpa settlements, the huge prayer stones, monasteries and the distant mountains that seem to attract everyone’s attention on this first walk. Phakding is where we stop for the night today.
Day 3Phakding to Namche Bazar (3441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Along the banks of the Dudhkoshi River and over a number of suspension bridges, the route enters and leaves Monjo Village on the way and heads for Jorsallé, where we stop for lunch. After lunch in this only settlement until Namché Bazaar, we move on. The pine forest, perhaps, is the only relief in those final two hours of the steep demanding climb just before the arrival of Namché. This headquarters of the Khumbu
Region is where we stop for the night.
Day 4Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.The day today is for acclimatization. Once in higher altitudes, it is important that we allow the body the opportunity to adapt since the amount of oxygen in the air now becomes less and less. This process requires us to walk higher up but come down for the night. As a part of this process, we first visit the Sagarmatha National Park Museum, where those of us interested get to know about the landscape, wildlife and people for whom the Everest Region is a home. After this visit, we go further up to Everest View Hotel. This is a location that offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas in its proximity including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotsé and the awesome Mt AmaDablum. The Khumjung Valley, along with its famous Monastery, is yet another sight most find intriguing. After we return, a walk around the bazaar keeps many travelers engaged in one or the other activity of personal interest.
Day 5Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Our stop for lunch today is Phunke Thanga, a small settlement, around three hours away. With pines and rhododendrons thick in the area and the raging Dudhkoshi somewhere close, a lunch here in PhortseTenga is something of an experience. On a sharp ascent and still through a forests, Tyangboché is yet another three hours from here on. With its highly revered Monastery, the biggest in the area, along with a breathtaking view of Mt AmaDablum, the village is certain to inspire many upon arrival. Tyangboché is where we spend the night.
Day 6Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Pangboché, our stopover for lunch today, is around three hours away. Downhill to Diboché then up a gentle prolonged incline, from end to end of patches of forests along the way and crossing a suspension bridge, we arrive in Pangboché. After a decent lunch, it’s three hours to Dingboché in the presence of the majestic Mt AmaDablum. Dingboche, with around forty households, is home to approximately two hundred locals. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 7Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Explore around the valley. Overnight at guest house.Like in Namché, this acclimatization day built into this programme also requires all to go up a sharp ascent towards NangkarTshang (5,616). Atop this vantage point, the wonder can only be rightfully explained by those who have made it there.
Day 8Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Before that demanding ascent to Dugla, we pass a chorten and some memorials on the way. After a steep uphill to ChukpoLari, the trail arrives in Lobuché with the walk for the last twenty minutes or so gentle on the legs. Lobuche, where we stop for the night, is a very small settlement with only two or three constructions. Mt Nuptse close by, however, sufficiently keeps everyone engaged.
Day 9Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153 mt.) to EBC and back to Gorakshep. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.Up a three-hour climb with winds blowing at uncomfortable speeds, the trek arrives in Gorakshep, where we check-in. After lunch, the next to follow is a two-hour walk up a gradual but exhausting uphill, owing much to the thinning of the air at higher altitudes. Everest Base Camp (EBC) sits right on the Khumbu Glacier. Once in the Base Camp of the highest mountain on earth, it’s a time for celebration for many, our actions highlighting the emotions – smiling, taking photographs and hugging one another. We walk back to Gorakshep for the night.
Day 10Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mt.) in the morning and retreat trek to Lobuche (4910 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today’s early morning is for that two-hour climb to Kala Pathar almost four hundred metres up. The famous vantage point is famous for a good reason: surrounded by all those gigantic elevations including two of those that have risen more than 8000 meters, Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse. Back in Gorakshep for lunch and we retrace our footsteps to Lochuche. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 11Lobuche to Chhukung Village (4730 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today, we walk all the way to Chukung. We retrace our footsteps to Dingboche in approximately two hours by most peoples watch. It is from here that we opt for a different route that leads to Chukung. In one of the five or six accommodation facilities on offer in Chukung, we check-in for the night. That our gears need to be good condition is not something that requires any exaggeration. It is here we therefore ascertain that our climbing equipment are ready for the climb.
Day 12Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp. Walking 4 hours. Overnight at tent camp.Our destination today is the Island Peak Base Camp. We therefore head off in this direction after breakfast. This walk lasting for about four hours brings us to the Camp. We put up our tents. A little training before the climb is always useful. We engage in one of the elevations around, practicing some of the vital skills.
Day 13Island Peak Base Camp to summit (6,189 mt.) and back to Base Camp. Overnight at tent camp.We start out early today, at around one or so in the morning. Inspection of the equipment once again and after a quick breakfast, we start out up a sharp ascent for those three hours for most. Upon reaching the snowline, gear up. We forge ahead now that the crampons hold us on the trail that otherwise would have impossibly slippery to walk on. The next five hours of exhaustion and we land on the summit. It’s a time for a celebration for many, our actions highlighting the emotions – smiling, taking photographs and hugging one another. We may not be able to stay for long on top, however, owing much to the unpredictable weather conditions. We climb down to the Base Camp and this is where we stop for the night.
Day 14Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche. Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Retracing our footsteps back to Dingboche after a successful summiting is an experience only those who have made to top would be in a position to aptly feel. We stop for the night in Dingboche.
Day 15Dingboche to Namche. Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Stopping for lunch in Tyangboche on the way, we wall all the way to Namche Bazaar, where we plan to stay the night.
Day 16Namche to Lukla. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.Stopping only in Phakding Village for lunch, the walk back to Lukla takes about seven hours to some and eight to others.
Day 17Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.Weather willing, the flight back to Kathmandu should bring most of us for lunch on time. With the day still young, many people choose to spend the afternoon walking around Thamel.
Day 18Leisure day in Kathmandu (Sightseeing optional). Overnight at hotel.This is totally a free day in Kathmandu for relaxation after a long journey. On the other hand we can say its a reserve day, in case of bad weather if the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is cancelled on the earlier day. Sightseeing trip in UNESCOs' World Heritage sites and shopping are the other options of the day.
Day 19Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.Depending largely on your travel fixture, you will be leaving for Tribhuwan International Airport for your departure from Nepal either in the morning or in the afternoon or in the evening.
Essential Gears from Climbing
Climbing Boots, Harness, Jumar, Crampons, Ice Axe, Tapes / Sling, Karabiners, Ice Screws, Gaiters, Snow Bars, Deadmen, Ascenders, Descenders, Figure Eight, Rope for Climbing, Snow Hammer, Helmet (Crash Hat), Sleeping Bag, Head lamp, Swiss Army Knife etc.
All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking/climbing in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the climbing days. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.
Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst fare well dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.
Trekking and Climbing Crew
An experienced and government licensed climbing guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 4 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. Generally one porter is provided for every two clients who carries between 15 to 20 kg. However in a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipments such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipments, fuel and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you dont' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.
Physical Fitness and Experience
Island Peak Climbing is a technical challenging activity which is fit for those who has ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking up hill and down hill in a day carrying personal day pack. Climbing days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Island Peak Climbing is high altitude adventure which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trip. Some time mental aspect also play vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise few weeks prior to the trip is better and some technical skill is required for this climbing. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.
This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Island Peak Climbing. Where normally days are sunny, temperature is perfect, sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. Winter (December to February) is not recommended for this trip.
Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Lukla to Kathmandu is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best tore-schedule flights to and from Lukla at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We therefore advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, We can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We therefore advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, We can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.