Island Peak Climbing - 21 Days

  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Khumbu Region
  • Elevation: 6,165m (20,226ft)
  • Coordinates: 27.92°N, 86.93°E
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: 2-12 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House+Camping
  • Trip Grade: Moderately Difficult
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse is situated on the pinnacle of the glacier known as Chukung, connecting Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountains. It is the most hunted trekking spot due to its tough geographical structure. The Island Peak is located in the heart of Khumbu region which is recognized as a moderate Climbing peak of Everest Area. Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1951 by Eric Shipton’s who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. Every year 300 groups of people try to scale this peak. It provides an outstanding chance to ascend the Himalayan summit as well as thrilling hike towards Everest Base Camp plus Kala Patthar. The most difficult part is considered as a mixed rock, ice wall that lies in the slope slides which leads next to the thin summit edge. An appropriate time for climbing Island Peak is in the month of April to May in Spring Season and October to November in Autumn season.

Reaching the summit is a difficult task and hence when you reach the top of the Peak you will be properly rewarded with the splendid observation from there. Trek in Dudh Koshi valley is important before you trek in Island Peak. You may be tired after the trek of Dudh Koshi so, when you feel good, comfortable and refreshed, you will move for the Island Peak. Apart from trekking, you will be blessed with the perfect village of Sherpa and artistic monasteries. When you are done with Peak Climbing, you will return over the route back following Namche to Lukla along with good and different unforgettable memories. You can take the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1350M/4,430ft)

Day 2: Preparation, Trip Briefings and last minute Shoppings

Day 3: Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2650m/8,694ft, 4hrs). Lodge accommodation

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,286ft, 6hrs). Lodge accommodation

Day 5: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Lodge accommodation

Day 6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3850m/12,631ft, 5-6 hrs). Lodge accommodation

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m/14271ft, 4hrs). Lodge accommodation

Day 8: Acclimatization in Dingboche. Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m, 4 hrs) Lodge accommodation

Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4730m/15,518ft, 3hrs). Lodge accommodation

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and then Back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) - 8 hours. Lodge accommodation

Day 11: Early in the Morning Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555m ) and Trek Down to Pheriche (4,200m) - 7 hours. Lodge accommodation

Day 12: Trek from Periche to Chukhung (4730m/15,518ft, 3hrs). Lodge accommodation

Day 13: Trek from Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m/16,690ft, 4hrs). Camping

Day 14: Trek to High Camp (5,400m/17716ft, 5hrs). Camping

Day 15: Summit Island Peak (6,187 m) and return to Base Camp (5240m)

Day 16: Trek from Island Peak Base camp(5,240 m) to Pangboche (3985m/13,074ft) 6hrs. Lodge accommodation

Day 17: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,286ft, 5hrs). Lodge accommodation

Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m/9,317ft, 6hrs). Lodge accommodation

Day 19: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 20: Explore the real essence of Kathmandu valley at a glance

Day 21: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Great Nepal Representative welcomes you at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and you will be transferred to the Hotel. Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at a hotel.

The warm day will be very joyful. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Department of Tourism (DoT) for trip brefing, permits and necessary documentation. Overnight at Hotel.

Early morning board a flight to Lukla Airport, also commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. It will be a marvelous mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure. In less than 30 minutes, you will reach Lukla while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains during the flight. After landing at Lukla, you will take a light breakfast and embark on the trek. In around 3 hours, you will reach Phakding village. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Though the climate will be cold due to the breeze from the himalayas, you have to throw out the warm blanket to trek ahead for the day. You will follow the trail along the holy River known as Dudh Koshi originated from the chest of The Himalayas while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to the ultimate destination that is the popular village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche has remained a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders who exchange salt, dried meat and other consumable and textile items. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

As the altitude will now increase significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. Explore the local Bazaar of Namche or visiting the nearby Sherpa villages. If you are not much tired, you can join for a few hours hike to visit Hotel Everest View (HEV) for a great panoramic view of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Ama Dablam and others. Located at an altitude of 3900m, HEV is highest altitude Hotel in the world. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

The next day after breakfast you need to stretch your body and warm up for trekking from Namche to Tengboche. On the way, you can visit many significant views of Buddhist Monasteries. Slowly the altitude will incline but you won’t feel the difference since you will be busy in soaking yourself in the beauty of nature and capturing them in your heart and mind and of course, your camera as well. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

On the Seventh day, trek to Dingboche as it is the famous place in the Khumbu region and all the trekkers and climbers take rest before they set out for Mount Everest or other Himalayas. People who live in Dingboche have their main occupation as tourism, especially by running lodges or tenting areas. You can meet local people, interact with them about their customs and traditions. Be a part of their memory by establishing friendly relationship. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

This day is planned as acclimatization day. We will hike towards Nangkartshang peak which is just above Dingboche. The peak is an excellent view point from where we can see gorgeous Ama Dablam, if the weather is clear. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Your beautiful morning begins with the full charge of energy and encouragement to climb up along the Khumbu Khola Valley and Khumbu Glacier. Trekking through the boulder-strewn slope takes you in Chupki Lhara, a ridge from where you get beautiful views. You will be exposed with the memorials of a famous montaineers Scott Fischer and Babu Chiri Sherpa which may inspire you to step ahead to conquire the dream of Everest Base Camp. From here the trail steps down to the Khumbu glacial moraine confronting the closer view of several gigantic white peaks, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Nuptse towers over your right as we cross the Khumbu Glacier and reach Lobuche, the last destination of today’s trek. Overnight at a guesthouse.

The trail pushes your steps towards Thangma Riju for a 360 degree view of the mountains where you can catch very first glimpse of Kala Patthar before reaching Gorak Shep. After you reach Gorak Shep, you will proceed to Everest Base Camp to get mesmerizing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori today. Stay for few hours in the lap of Mt Everest and capture the views of surrounding of Base Camp. Offer the prayer flags in the memory of your family and friends and step back towards Gorak Shep. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Don’t be upset for not being able to view the face of Mt Everest from the base camp, our guide from Great Nepal treks are ever there to make you smile every time so the early provides you the opportunity to climb towards the head of Kala Patthar for a panoramic sunrise view and the glowing face of Mt Everest. This is the highlight of the trip and includes the classic view of the entire Everest Range and surrounding peaks including 4 of the world’s highest peaks all over 8000m. Be aware of keeping few spaces of your camera for other sceneries too. Though it is very hard for you to disconnect with the situation that you are enjoying, you need to head down towards Pheriche for overnight. Overnight at a guesthouse.

From Pheriche, we take a route to Dingboche, and then we ascend to the Chukhung valley. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Today you will have relatively easy day from Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp. The trial crosses through river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing below the south face of Lhotse. 

After the tight sleep and warm breakfast, again you will start your trekking one step ahead of your destiny, ie High Camp. Approximately it will take 5 hours trekking to reach the high camps if the weather is in a good condition. Overnight in tented camps.

Today be prepared for Island Peak Summit Push. Our Sherpa will lead you to the gully above camp and ascend narrow ridge for about an hour. Later you will cross the glacier which is the most exciting part of your climbing. Prepare yourself with crampons, rope and harness. From here you have to climb steep slopes which leads you to summit ridge. Fresh air and Gigantic vistas of Mt Lhotse (South face). Retrace the same trial down while descending to BC. Overnight in tented camps.

We will descend to Pangboche from the Island Peak Base Camp enjoying the Glacier Lake. We will have our lunch at Dingboche. After a couple of hour trek, you will reach Pangboche. Overnight stay in a guest house.

After breakfast climb up through Rhododendron forest until you reach Tengboche. From here we descend to the Dudh Koshi River bridge at Phunki Tenga until we reach Namche. Overnight stay at guest house.

After breakfast we will return to Namche Bazaar from where we began our trekking. At afternoon, we will relax and enjoy a hot shower flashing back to the trek memories. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Early morning you will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoining the 30-minutes of exhilarating mountain flight.Upon arrival transfer to your Hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour in the wonderful Himalayan country. There will be heart touching relationship between you and our company during this journey. We will be missing you and praying for your safe departure home.


  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with (A/C or non A/C vehicle) as per itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with temple/monuments entrance fee
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and departure taxes
  • Four nights in hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan on twin sharing basis
  • Teahouse/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • All meals in mountain
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit.
  • Trekking map
  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing fixed and dynamic Rope)
  • Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part - high-quality North Face or Mountain Hardwear tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal


  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance 
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators. We will provide the same, usage of Oxygen Cylinder. Masks, Hoses and Regulators will be charged extra
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs
  • Any other item not included in above include section

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To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.

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Trip highlights

  • Witness cultural heritage of Kathmandu City also known as City of Temples
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Icefall and Makalu Himalayan Range
  • Summit to Island peak at elevation of 6187 meters

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