Island Peak Climbing - 21 Days

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The Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek is an expedition to climb one of the beautiful peaks in the periphery of the Everest Region. The peak, also known as the Imja Tse, is situated on the pinnacle of the Chukhung Glacier. The glacier connects Ama Dablam and the Lhotse peaks and is located such that the physical property has made the climbing tougher.  

The Island Peak Climbing seems as a moderate climbing and can be completed without much technical difficulty. The peak faces Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle and Lhotse Shar. On the summit, climbers can spot the Cho Polu (6.734mt.) rising above the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar glacier. Furthermore, if the weather conditions permit, Mt. Makalu (8,475m) is visible to the East. The name was given by Eric Shipton in 1951, because it reminded him of an island in a sea of ice. The climbing to the Island Peak offers it's visitor a chance to ascend one of the royal 6000 meter + mountain peak of the Great Himalayan Trails. This trip also offers you a chance to hike towards the Everest Base Camp and summit the 5545 meter high Kala Patthar for one of the best view of Everest, Nuptse and Changtse and also glimpses of the northern flank and summit of Lhotse.

You will get rewarded along the way as you hike up towards the top of the peak. The top offers fantastic views of the Dudh Koshi Valley down below and the panorama of peaks along the horizon. The months of April to May in the Spring and October to November in Autumn is considered as the best seasons to summit the high peak of Imja Tse. During the peak climbing expedition, you will not only be blessed with the views, you will also be blessed with the culture and antiquity of the region. All along the way, you will be able to enjoy the Sherpa culture and tradition. Also, explore one of the oldest Monasteries of the region, the Tengboche Monastery.  

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

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

Early in the morning, board a flight to the Lukla Airport, also commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. It will be a marvellous 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 the Phakding village. Overnight in a tea house in Phakding.

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. Follow the trail along the holy River known as the Dudh Koshi originated from the chest of the Himalayas while ascending through the Himalayan Pine and Cedar forests to the ultimate destination, Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche has remained a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders who exchanged salt, dried meat, and other consumable and textile items in the past. Overnight in a tea house in Namche Bazaar.  

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 visit the nearby Sherpa villages to experience the culture and lifestyle of the local people. If you are not much tired, you can join for a few hours hike to visit the Hotel Everest View (HEV) for a great panoramic view of the Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and such others. Located at an altitude of 3900m, HEV is highest altitude Hotel in the world. Overnight in a tea house in Namche Bazaar.  

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 the 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 the nature and capturing them in your heart and mind and of course, your camera as well. Overnight in a tea house in Tengboche.  

On the Seventh day, trek to Dingboche as it is one of the most famous places in the Khumbu Region. 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 in a tea house in Dingboche.  

This day is planned for acclimatization purposes. We will hike towards Nangkartshang peak which is just above the Dingboche Village. The peak is an excellent viewpoint from where we can see the gorgeous Ama Dablam peak, if the weather is clear. Overnight in a tea house in Dingboche. 

The beautiful morning begins with a 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 to Chupki Lhara, a ridge from where you get beautiful views of the high peaks of the Mahalangur Mountain Range. You will be exposed to the memorials of a famous Mountaineer Scott Fischer and Babu Chiri Sherpa which may inspire you to step ahead to conquer the dream of the Everest Base Camp. From here, the trail steps down to the Khumbu glacial moraine confronting the closer views of several gigantic white peaks such as the 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 in a tea house in Lobuche. 

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

Don’t be upset for not being able to view the face of the Mt. Everest from the base camp, our guide from Great Nepal treks will provide you the opportunity to look at the face closer. Climb towards the head of the Kala Patthar for a panoramic sunrise view over 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.  

From Pheriche, you will take a route to Dingboche, and then ascend to the Chukhung Valley. The walk today, offers you 360-degree views of the high peaks of the Mahalangur Mountain Range. Overnight in a tea house in Chukhung.  

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

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

Today be prepared for the Island Peak Summit Push. Our Sherpas will lead you to the gully above camp and ascend through the narrow ridge for about an hour. Later you will cross the glacier, 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 the ridge. Fresh air and gigantic vistas of Mt Lhotse (South face). Retrace the same trail down while descending to the base camp. Overnight in a tented camp in the Base Camp. 

Descend to Pangboche from the Island Peak Base Camp enjoying the Glacier Lake views. You will have your lunch at the Dingboche Village. After a couple of hours trek, you will reach the village of Pangboche. Overnight in a tea house in Pangboche. 

After breakfast, climb up through the Rhododendron forest until you reach Tengboche. From here, descend to the Dudh Koshi River bridge at Phunki Tenga and further until you reach Namche. Enjoy your last day at the beautiful Sherpa Hub. Overnight in a tea house in Namche Bazaar. 

After breakfast, you will return to the place from where you began your trekking. In the afternoon, just relax and enjoy a hot shower flashing back the memories of the trek. Overnight in a tea house in Lukla. 

Early morning, you will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoying the 30-minutes of exhilarating mountain flight. Upon arrival, you will be transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.   

Today, you will have a full day sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. Our trip today consists of the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and the Patan City (The City of Fine Arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples built between the 12th and 18th centuries. The palace used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swoyambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name stands for "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as the Monkey Temple. Similarly, Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for all of the visitors both internal and external. 

Sadly, your most memorable journey comes to an end today. A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead.  


  • 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

All of our SET DATE tours are GROUP TOURS and you will share the adventure with others. From experience we have learned that most trekkers enjoy the company of others and sharing the excitement adds to the adventure. If your travel plans match up with our pre-planned dates this is great way to save a bit of money and get the same experience.

If your planned arrival and depart dates do not match our pre-planned excursion dates, ALL of our itineraries can be fully customized to meet your time frame, active level, interest, and budget. Customized plans are private tours and prices may be a bit higher. Simply let us know when you plan to arrive and depart and we will be happy to quote you a fully private and customized itinerary.

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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous Strenuous
  • 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
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

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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