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Why Island Peak Climbing?

  • Scenic flight to Lukla and trek to Island Peak base camp,
  • Challenging and rewarding climb to the summit of Island Peak,
  • Breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu,
  • Adventure in the Solu-Khumbu region, including visits to local Sherpa villages,
  • Cultural experiences, such as visiting monasteries and learning about the local culture and traditions,
  • Physical and mental test of climbing to a high altitude peak,
  • A sense of achievement upon reaching the summit of Island Peak,
  • Memories and friendships formed with other climbers and guides.

Island Peak Climbing Introduction:

Island Peak Climbing, also known as Imja Tse, is a popular climbing destination in the Everest region of Nepal. The peak stands at an elevation of 6,189 meters and is considered one of the most challenging treks in the region. The trek to Island Peak offers an opportunity to experience the unique culture, breathtaking landscapes, and the thrill of climbing a mountain.

The journey to Island Peak starts with a flight to Lukla and a trek to the village of Phakding. The trek then leads to the famous Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, where trekkers can acclimate to the high altitude. From Namche, the trail continues to the village of Tengboche and the Khumbu Glacier, where trekkers get their first glimpse of Island Peak.

Island Peak Climbing requires technical skills and previous climbing experience. The ascent is made using fixed ropes and climbers are required to use ice axes and crampons. The climb starts with a steep ascent to the summit ridge, which offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Everest. The final ascent to the summit is a challenging climb up a steep and exposed ridge, but the views from the top are truly awe-inspiring.

Island Peak is a challenging but rewarding climb for those seeking an adventure in the mountains. The trek provides a unique opportunity to experience the culture, hospitality, and natural beauty of the Everest region, as well as the thrill of climbing a mountain. The climb can be done as part of a larger trek to the Everest Base Camp or as a stand-alone adventure. Either way, Island Peak is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an exciting and unforgettable experience in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Island peak climbing permit cost:

The cost of obtaining a climbing permit for Island Peak in the Everest region of Nepal can fluctuate based on the time of year. Despite being a sought-after peak to climb in the Khumbu Himalaya range, it is relatively affordable compared to other peaks in the country.

During the spring months from March to May, the cost for an Island Peak permit is $250 per person. In the autumn season from September to November, the fee drops to $125 per person. Meanwhile, during the monsoon season from June to August and the winter months from December to February, the cost for a permit is $70 per person.

It's important to note that these prices are only for the climbing permit and do not include other expenses such as a guide, porter, food, and accommodation. These additional costs should be taken into consideration when planning a climb to Island Peak.

Physical fitness and trip preparation:

Physical fitness is an essential aspect of preparing for an Island Peak climb in the Everest region of Nepal. The trek to the peak involves long days of hiking at high altitudes, and it is important to be in good physical condition to tackle the challenge. A combination of cardiovascular and strength training is recommended, with an emphasis on building endurance and strength in the legs and core.

In addition to physical fitness, proper trip preparation is also important for a successful Island Peak climb. This includes obtaining the necessary gear, such as proper footwear, warm clothing, and mountaineering equipment, as well as obtaining necessary permits and arranging transportation and logistics.

It is also important to acclimate to high altitude by gradually increasing elevation over several days, allowing the body to adjust to the thinning air. This can be done by trekking to Namche Bazaar and spending a few days acclimating before continuing on to Island Peak.

Finally, it is essential to be prepared for unexpected challenges and to have a flexible attitude and positive mindset. Good trip preparation and physical fitness, combined with a strong will and determination, are key to a successful and safe climb of Island Peak.

Weather, Temperature & Difficulty Level of Island Peak Climbing:

The weather on Island Peak can vary greatly throughout the year. The spring season from March to May is characterized by clear and stable weather, with warm temperatures during the day and cold temperatures at night. The autumn season from September to November is also generally clear, with mild to cool temperatures. The monsoon season from June to August is characterized by heavy rainfall and unstable weather, making the climb more difficult and potentially dangerous. The winter months from December to February are extremely cold and snowy, with temperatures often dropping below freezing.

The temperature on Island Peak is highly dependent on the time of year and can vary greatly. During the spring season, temperatures are warm during the day and cold at night. During the autumn season, temperatures are mild to cool. The monsoon season is characterized by heavy rainfall, while the winter months are extremely cold and snowy, with temperatures often dropping below freezing.

Climbing Island Peak is considered a challenging climb due to its elevation and the technical nature of the ascent. The climb requires a combination of strength, endurance, and technical skill. The ascent involves steep and exposed terrain and requires the use of fixed ropes and technical mountaineering equipment. The difficulty level of the climb can be influenced by the climber's physical fitness, experience, and weather conditions, and it is important to be well-prepared and physically fit to tackle the challenge.

Island Peak Climbing Outline

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m),

DAY 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu city tour,

DAY 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2, 860 m) & trek to Phakding (2, 660 m) - 3 hours walk,

DAY 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3, 450 m)-6 hours walk,

DAY 05: Acclimatizing day,

DAY 06: Trek to Tyngboche (3, 890 m)-5 hours walk,

DAY 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingbuche(4, 360 m)-4 Hours trek,

DAY 08: Acclimatized day at Dingboche,

DAY 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4, 940 m)-5 Hours walk,

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,180 m) than Everest base camp (5, 364 m) & Back to Gorakshep 7 hours walk,

DAY 11: Hike from Gorakshep to Kalapather than descending to Pheriche (4,210 m)-7 hours walk,

DAY 12: Trek from Dingboche – Island peak base camp (3,450 m)-6 hours walk,

DAY 13: Submit island peak than trek back to Dingboche,

DAY 14: Digboche to Namche Bazaar,

DAY 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla,

DAY 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu,

Day 17: Departure day from Nepal.

What's included?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private Car/Jeep /Van,
  • 2 to 3-star categorie's hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast for two night,
  • Tea House local base private accommodation during the trek,
  • Tented accommodation a climbing guide during your climbing time,
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during your trekking a claiming both,
  • Transportation as per your itinerary,
  • Flight ticket (Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu),
  • English speaking trekking and climbing Guide and Perter (1 Porter for two trekkers),
  • Guide and porter salary,
  • Climbing permit and national park permit/Tims,
  • All taxes and essential paperwork,
  • Climbing equipment.

What's not included?

  • Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic drinks including water,
  • Medicine and emergency helicopter flights,
  • Your international flight tickets,
  • Bar bills,
  • Tip for guide and porter, it is highly expected,
  • your extra food,
  • Chocolate, toilet paper, shower, WI-FI, battery charge.

Day by Day Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, we will provide a private car or jeep to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Once you have settled in, our team leader will give you a brief overview of the trek and provide information about the local area, including where to find good food and other necessary details. You will spend the night in a hotel in Kathmandu before starting the trek the next day.

Today, you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most significant cultural sites around Kathmandu with our NATHAM-trained and experienced tour guide. Your city tour will give you the chance to interact with local people, as well as visit pagoda-style Hindu temples and Buddhist Stupas. Your guide will take you to all the important places and after the tour, they will drop you back at your hotel.

After breakfast in Phakding, we start our trek towards Namche Bazaar, which is the gateway to the Everest region. The trail today is steep and uphill, but we will take our time and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. Namche Bazaar is a bustling Sherpa town, where we will spend the night in a local lodge. It is an important stop for acclimatization and we will spend an extra day here to adjust to the altitude before continuing on to our base camp. We will explore the local market and take a short hike to see the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Today, we begin our trek after an early breakfast at Phakding. We will follow the local trail along the Phakding mini bazaar and reach a long suspension bridge. We continue to walk along the river, passing through the villages of Toktok and Banker. Our journey then takes us to the picturesque village of Monjo, where we will stop for a trekking permit check-in before making a short and easy walk to Jorsalle. We will take lunch here and then continue our trek, crossing high suspension bridges and making a steep climb through a pine forest to reach Namche.

Today, we will wake up early to catch the beautiful sunrise view of Mt. Everest from the Namche hill station. After taking in the stunning views, we will visit the Mountain Photo Gallery Hall next to the viewpoint. After that, we will return to our hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing. We will stay at the same lodge for the night.

Today, we embark on a journey from Namche to Tengboche. The first part of our trek will be a relatively easy and wide trail on the mountainside, leading to Kyanjuma. After a short descent to Funki Thanka, we will take a lunch break at a local tea house and rest before continuing on for a 2-hour steep hike to Tengboche. The destination offers a spectacular view of Mt. Everest and other majestic peaks, making it an ideal spot to spend the night.

Today, we begin our journey after a delicious breakfast at Tyagboche. Our trek starts with a 20-minute descent through a forest of pine and a dusty trail, leading us to a bridge over the Imja Khola. We then ascend on an open trekking route to Pangboche, a picturesque Sherpa village with many lodges available. We continue our trek along the Imja Khola, passing through various villages, before reaching Dingboche after a 2-hour pleasant walk. This will be our destination for the night where we will be staying in a lodge.

Today, we embark on a small acclimatization hike behind Dingboche. We will be hiking for 1-2 hours on Nagarkhan Hill, where we can take in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain peaks, including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Island Peak. After enjoying the views from the top, we will make our way back to Dingboche and spend the rest of the day there. We will be spending the night in Dingboche.

Today, we embark on a journey to Lobuche by following one of the most popular trekking routes on the ridge of Pheriche hill. Our 2-hour walk will take us through the midst of towering mountains, as we pass over the tree line and arrive at Dhukla, a small village with only a couple of lodges where many trekkers stop for lunch. Afterwards, we will continue on a steep climb to the memorial hill and then take an easy, gradual walk down the left valley, leading us to our final destination of Lobuche.

Today marks a significant day in your trek as you will be visiting the base of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, and the renowned viewpoint Kalapatthar. We will start our journey from Lobuche, following the popular trekking route towards the Khumbu Glacier and Pumori Mountain. The first hour of trekking from Lobuche will be relatively easy and pleasant, but as we continue, we will have to ascend slowly on a rocky path, taking in the sight of the massive Khumbu Glacier on our right. We will reach Gorakshep, the last lodging spot and the highest point of our trek at an altitude of 5,180m.

Once we reach the Everest Base Camp, you will have the opportunity to experience the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the area. After a short, memorable visit to the base camp, we will return to Gorakshep and spend the night at the lodge.

This morning, we will be hiking to Kalapathar. To ensure warmth, we must wear warm clothing. The hike to Kalapathar takes approximately 1.30 hours. From Kalapathar, we will have a clear view of the mountain and glaciers of the Khumbu region, including a perfect view of Mt. Everest. After taking in the view, we will hike back to Gorakshep and retrace our steps to Dhukla. From there, we will take a small upper trail and head down to Dingboche, where we will spend the night. This evening, we will also be introduced to our climbing guide and porters as we prepare for our climb on Island Peak.

Today, you will be trekking with a climbing guide and his team, who will assist you in reaching the summit of Island Peak. You will trek through the Imja Valley and witness the stunning views of various mountains, including the Massif Lhotse Mountain. After a 2.30 to 3 hour walk, you will arrive at Chhukung, and then continue for another 3 hours to reach the base camp of Island Peak. You will spend the night in a tented camp.

Our mission is to climb Island Peak at midnight with the climbing group, accompanied by tea. Our climbing guide will provide you with techniques for climbing, and you will follow the guide to reach the summit of Island Peak. After descending to the base camp, we will follow the same route back to Dingboche and meet up with our trekking guide. We will spend a successful night in a lodge in Dingboche.

From Dingboche, we will retrace our steps and pass by the same landscapes we saw on our way up. It will take about 6 to 7 hours to complete this beautiful walk, with views of the White Mountains. We will have better accommodation and food, and cherish the memories of climbing and trekking in the Khumbu region.

After breakfast in Namche, we will take a downhill route through a pine forest until we reach the highest suspension bridge. We will then take an easy, gradual walk along the Dudh Koshi River. This is the same trekking route we took before, passing by familiar landscapes. The trek to Lukla takes about 7 hours and is the last day of our walking in the mountains. We will spend the night in Lukla.

After an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes around 30 minutes, we will take you to your hotel upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport.

We will pick you up from your hotel by private transport and take you to the Kathmandu TIA Airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Departure Dates

Sorry, No fixed departure dates are listed to group join, please request private trip

Essential Information

​Is Island Peak climbing safe?

Climbing Island Peak can be safe if proper safety precautions are taken, including hiring a guide, using the right equipment, and being in good physical condition.

​Can I hire a guide for Island Peak climbing?

Yes, you can hire a guide for Island Peak climbing. Hiring a guide is highly recommended for those who are not experienced in technical climbing.

​How physically demanding is Island Peak climbing?

Island Peak climbing is physically demanding and requires a high level of fitness. The ascent involves steep and exposed terrain, and requires the use of fixed ropes and technical mountaineering equipment.

​What kind of equipment do I need for Island Peak climbing?

For Island Peak climbing, you will need technical mountaineering equipment, including crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and ropes.

​What is the best time to climb Island Peak?

The best time to climb Island Peak is during the spring season (March to May) and the autumn season (September to November).

​How high is Island Peak?

Island Peak stands at an elevation of 6,189 meters above sea level.

​Where is Island Peak located?

Island Peak is located in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal, within the Sagarmatha National Park.

​What is Island Peak climbing?

Island Peak climbing is a challenging mountain climb in the Everest region of Nepal. The peak stands at an elevation of 6,189 meters and is considered one of the most popular peaks to climb in the region.

What kind of experience do I need for Island Peak climbing?

A basic level of experience in technical climbing is recommended for Island Peak climbing, although it is possible to complete the climb with a guide.

What type of equipment do I need to bring for the trek?

  • Backpack with a capacity of around 40-50 liters,
  • Comfortable and sturdy hiking boots,
  • Warm clothing, including a down jacket, insulated pants, and several layers of fleece or wool,
  • Waterproof and windproof outer layer such as a rain jacket or poncho,
  • Sun protection, including sunglasses, sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat,
  • Sleeping bag rated for colder temperatures,
  • Headlamp or torch with extra batteries,
  • First-aid kit with personal medications,
  • Water bottles and a water purification system, such as water purifying tablets or a filter,
  • Snacks, energy bars, and electrolyte powders,
  • Camera, phone, and charging equipment,
  • Maps, a compass, and a GPS device (if you have one),
  • Trash bags to pack out your litter,
  • Money and important documents, such as a passport and travel insurance.

What is the maximum weight can I take to Lukla in a plane?

The maximum weight you can take to Lukla in a plane is 15 kg in total. This includes both check-in luggage and hand-carry. If you exceed this weight, you will be required to pay an additional fee of USD 1 per kg [1]. It is important to note that this limit is strictly enforced and any excess weight may not be allowed on the plane.