Island Peak Climbing

  • Island Peak Climbing
  • Island Peak Climbing With Everest Base Camp
  • Island peak summit

Highlights

  • An incredible adventure to the stunning Everest region
  • Enjoy mesmerizing Himalayan views comprising of world's tallest mountains as you go
  • Witness the unique Sherpa culture along with their indigenous way of life
  • Summit the majestic Island Peak (6189m) taking in the thrill of conquering the Himalayas
  • Duration19 Days
  • Max. Altitude6189 m
  • Trip GradeChallenging
  • Group Size2 - 10
  • Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu, and Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek
  • Accommodation4* Hotel in Kathmandu, Best available Teahouse During the Trek, 2 Night Tent Camping

Overview

Home of the majestic Mt. Everest (8848m), the Everest region boasts a wide range of trails leading deeper into the Himalayas amongst which Island Peak climbing is one of the most frequented and also one of the most loved. Surrounded by a sea of ice, the mountain peak hosts a surreal view of the entire Everest Himalayas whilst filling you in with the adventure of standing on a Mountain Top.

Combining this with the classic Everest Base Camp Trek gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Everest Region in all its glory. Island Peak is located at Imja Tse Valley. This is the most popular climbing peak in Nepal. It prefers those climbers with less experience or those to climb for the first time to go over six thousand m altitudes.

Trip Outline

Island Peak climbing is the Himalayan journey that commences with an exhilarating mountain flight to the renowned airstrip of Lukla. Following the banks of the Dudh Koshi River to reach Phakding, the trek begins from Lukla through lush green forests covered with rhododendrons, fir, and magnolia trees. Past the hamlets of Thulo Ghamela, Bengkar, and Monjo, the trail reaches Jorsalle and enters Sagarmatha National Park in the process.

You then reach the picturesque town of the Sherpas, Namche, where you take a day off for acclimatization before setting off to Tengboche. Visiting the sacred Dawa Choling Monastery in Tengboche, you continue the trek through the settlements of Pheriche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep to then traverse along the lateral moraines of Khumbu and Lhotse glaciers to reach Everest Base Camp (5364m) where you get to marvel at the unforgettable beauty of the Himalayas.

Attractions of Trek

An early journey to Kalapatthar offers you a gorgeous Himalayan sunrise and then takes you back to Lobuche, from where you leave the classic EBC trekking route and cross the arduous Kongma La Pass (5535m) to reach Chhukung. Taking a day off to acclimatize and also practice some climbing techniques, you summit the majestic Island Peak (6,189m) through ice and snow, experiencing every bit of the unique Himalayan experience. As you retrace your trail to Pangboche, Namche, Lukla, and Kathmandu, the feeling of accomplishment starts to sink in leaving you to want for more.

Is this trip the right fit for you?

  • Island Peak Climbing is a challenging trek that ascends to 6,189m, so previous high-altitude trekking experience is highly recommended. The climb includes steep ascents on snow and ice with crampons and ropes.
  • A high level of fitness is required as you will be trekking 5-6 hours daily before the summit climb. Endurance training should be done before the trip. The summit climb takes 10-12 hours roundtrip from base camp.
  • Technical climbing skills like the use of harnesses, crampons, and ice axes are necessary. Previous knowledge of knots, ropes and climbing techniques is essential to learn before the trip.
  • The trip is best done in April-May or October-November to avoid monsoon rains and severe cold. But weather at those times can still be unpredictable with storms and snow.
  • You must be comfortable with basic camping during the trek and prepared for very basic conditions at the high camps on the mountain. Sleeping in tents at freezing temperatures is required.
  • Island Peak is in a remote region, so you should not expect advanced medical facilities. Have proper travel insurance in case of emergencies or altitude sickness.
  • Before attempting the summit, no previous mountaineering experience is required but you should be very confident in your physical fitness, stamina, and technical skills.

What makes this trip enjoyable for you?

  • The sense of accomplishment in summiting a 6,000+ meter Himalayan peak after a challenging climb is an amazing feeling. Standing atop the summit with views of the high mountains is hugely rewarding.
  • Trekking through the beautiful Everest region for days before the climb is scenic with views of mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. The culture of Sherpa villages at places like Namche Bazaar is fascinating to experience.
  • Acquiring new mountaineering abilities, such as using ice axes, ropes, harnesses, and crampons, is enjoyable and enhances your outdoor passion. These are excellent skills for your next climbing expedition.
  • Island Peak is an adventurous trek with stunning landscapes as you hike past glaciers, craggy ridges, and snow-capped peaks. The Alpine climbing environment is breathtaking if you love nature.
  • Training and getting in your best physical fitness before the trip is a great goal to work towards. Seeing your endurance improve is motivating.
  • Summiting Island Peak is considered a major mountaineering achievement but is still accessible to adventurers with proper training and guidance. It’s a great introduction to serious climbing.
  • Returning home with incredible memories, photos and stories of climbing a Himalayan peak is priceless. You gain confidence in yourself and your abilities. It’s an amazing personal accomplishment.
  • Magnificent vistas of the Khumbu Icefall and other glaciers like the Khumbu and Lhotse glaciers can be seen from vantage points along the trail. The icefalls are spectacular to witness in person.
  • Traditional Sherpa settlements like Namche Bazaar provide insight into the lives of these mountain people. Their Tibetan Buddhism culture, traditions, and hospitality are fascinating to experience.
  • The trail passes through Sagarmatha National Park allowing you to spot unique flora like rhododendrons and wildlife like Himalayan tahr and musk deer. The biodiversity of the region is incredible.

We here at High Route Adventure have been accompanying trekkers and thrill-seekers for over a decade making sure we provide our clients with the very best of services enabling them to enjoy their adventure to the fullest. Please be advised that trips into the Everest Region are subject to changes resulting from the weather conditions. Adverse weather prevents flights heading to and from Lukla which stretches our itineraries, so make sure you plan for such contingencies.

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Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon touching down at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by the representatives from our office who will guide you directly to the hotel. After freshening up from the day's journey, you will be further introduced to other members of the staff including your guide for the trip. After a short briefing session, we conclude all the activities scheduled for the day and you are free to head down into the local area to enjoy a pleasant evening.

    Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 02: Kathmandu : trip preparation

    Today you stay back at the capital city preparing for your long journey ahead. In the due course, we will gather all the necessary permits required for the trip and also any additional equipment you might need on your journey can be bought today. Time allowing, a short tour around the capital city can be arranged to explore the cultural beauty of the valley radiated in the UNESCO world heritage sites.

    Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla then trek to Phakding

    An early start to the day, we begin our Himalayan adventure heading toward the picturesque town of Lukla. High above the lush green valleys the 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu takes us closer to the majestic Himalayas before giving a proper introduction of the thrilling Lukla airstrip. Reaching Lukla, we take a brief rest before beginning our journey tothe hamlet of Phakding. The trek follows the banks of Dudh Koshi River heading past the vibrant Koshi Gaun and Ghat before ascending to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

    Altitude: 2,610m/8,563ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 04:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

    Following the banks of Dudh Koshi River once again, we exit Phakding before following a trail through the lush green forests to reach Thulo Ghamela. On the pleasant hilly trail, the journey takes us past the vibrant hamlets of Bengkar and Monjo to reach Jorsalle, which also marks our entry into the stunning Sagarmatha National Park. The final stretch of the journey allows us to be accompanied by the snow-capped summit of Kusum Kanguru (6367m) until reaching the Sherpa settlement of Namche for the night.

    Altitude: 3,440m/11,286ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar : Acclimatization Day

    The first of our acclimatization days, today we take some time off at Namche making sure we are well prepared for the next stretch of the journey. As the Gateway to Everest, the Himalayan town of Namche is always filled with trekkers and locals heading in and out of the region. For our acclimatization hike, we make our way to the hamlets of Khumjung and Khunde relishing the display of Sherpa culture and way of life. The journey also boasts picturesque Himalayan views and allows us the chance to visit the Yeti Skull Monastery which is said to house the skull of a real-life Yeti. Overnight in Namche.

    Altitude: 3,440m/11,286ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 06:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

    Back on the trail once again, we exit the town of Namche following the hilly trail leading tothe village of Tengboche. Past Namche the trail ascends to reach Sanasa and Lawi Schyasa before meeting up with Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the river on a suspension bridge, we reach Phungi Thenga beyond which the trail gently ascends to Tengboche. The quaint hamlet hosts the famed Dawa Choling Monastery and is well known for the celebration of Mani Rimdu Festival during November. Overnight in Tengboche.

    Altitude: 3880m/12,730ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 07:Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche

    One of the shorter days of the trek, today we make our way over to the hamlet of Pheriche for the night. As the mountains keep us company, we make our way out of Tengboche heading tothe small settlement of Deboche. On the classic Everest Base Camp trail, we continue our journey due to north meeting up with Imja River at Milingo. Reaching the village of Pangboche, we take a brief rest before beginning one final ascend past the hamlets of Shomare and Worshyo to reach Pheriche.

    Altitude: 4,200m/13,779ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 08:Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche

    Exiting Pheriche, we begin our ascending run heading toDughla through a ragged trail amid alpine hills. High up in the Himalayas, we trek with the majestic views of snow-laden summits of Ama Dablam (6812m), Lingtren (6812m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Nuptse (7,861m) on the horizon. The final stretch of the journey is a gradual ascend through uninhabited lands to reach the settlement of Lobuche for the night.

    Altitude: 4,930m/16,175ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 09:Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep, Hike to Everest Base Camp

    One of the more thrilling days of our journey, today we make our way to the famed Everest Base Camp (5364m). Exiting Lobuche, the trail takes us to Gorakshep and then ascends through the lateral moraines of Khumbu Glacier with the awe-inspiring Himalayas keeping us company. Navigating past the icy rocky trail, we reach the monumental grounds build in homage to fallen mountaineers. Reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest (8848m), we take some time off to live the thrilling experience and to marvel at the stunning Himalayan panorama. We then head back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

    Altitude: 5,163m/16,939ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 10:Hike from Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar (5545m) and Trek to Lobuche

    Today we start our day early so that we can make our way to the viewpoint of Kalapatthar (5545m) to enjoy a scenic Himalayan sunrise. The ascending journey takes us to Kalapatthar just in time to witness the mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas. Spread across the horizon are the snowy summits of Ama Dablam (6812m), Lingtren (6749m), Lhotse (8516m), Changtse (7543m), Nuptse (7861m), Cho Oyu (8201m), and the majestic Mt. Everest (8848m). After spending some time gazing at the mind-blowing Himalayan panorama, we begin our descending journey heading back to Gorakshep before setting off to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.

    Altitude: 4,930m/16,175ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 11:Trek from Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung

    One of the more challenging days of our journey, today we make our way over to the hamlet of Chhukung crossing Kongma La Pass (5535m) enroute. From Lobuche, the trail gradually ascends through the rocky Himalayan landscape stretching to meet the majestic Himalayan summits in the horizon. Alongside the mesmerizing views of the Everest Range, we navigate our way through the well-marked route ascending steeply towards the summit of Kongma La (5535m). Traversing on the glacial moraines of the Khumbu Glacier, we reach the summit to enjoy a stunning Himalayan panorama stretched out in front of us. After a brief stop at the summit, we begin our descending journey to the small settlement of Chhukung for the night.

    Altitude: 4730m/15,518ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 12:Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp

    Leaving Chhukung early, we begin our ascending journey to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m). The trail is fairly steep as we make our way further south before heading east to reach the moraines of Lhotse Glacier. The journey then winds through the rugged Himalayan landscapes crisscrossing the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines before reaching Island Peak Base Camp (5200m). Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.

    Altitude: 5200m/17316ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Tent camp
  • Day 13: Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp

    Today we take the day off trekking at Island Peak Base Camp to indulge in some pre-climb training for a successful summit on the Island Peak (6189m). For our practice, we use the south-western face of Island Peak (6189m) heading up to a considerable altitude. We will also map out all the routes for our journey tomorrow and get familiar with the use of all the equipment needed for a trouble-free summit. Overnight at the base camp.

    Altitude: 5200m/17316ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Tent camp
  • Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak summit (6,189 m), back to chhukkung

    Today is the day we conquer the gorgeous Island Peak (6189m) and add one more chapter in our book of adventures. Navigating through several boulders, we make our way over to the summit of the majestic mountain enjoying a scenic Himalayan sunrise en route. As the trail gets steeper and difficult, we use ropes at places to conquer difficult ascends through the mountain crevasses. Reaching the summit of Island Peak (6189m), we take in the mesmerizing Himalayan panorama comprising of the entire Everest Himalayan Range before dropping back down to chhukung for the night.

    Altitude: 4730m/15,518ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 15: Trek from chhukung to Pangboche

    With the Himalayas to our backs, we begin our descending journey heading back to the hamlet of Pangboche. Unlike the ascending routes,we find the descending route rather familiar and easier as we make our way through the old settlements of Worshyo and Shomare to reach the Sherpa village of Pangboche. Located on the banks of Imja River,Pangboche is a perfect place to relish our Himalayan journey.

    Altitude: 3,985m/13,283ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 16:Trek from Pangboche to Monjo

    Back on the classic Everest trail, we continue our descending journey heading to Monjo for the night. Leaving behind Pangboche, the trail accompanies the Imja River leading to the hamlet of Milingo before dropping down to Deboche. Upon reaching Tengboche, we again enter the lush green forests heading past Phungi Thenga, Lawi Schyasa, and Sanasa to reach the vibrant town of Namche. Taking a brief rest at Namche, we head south past Jorsalle to reach Monjo.

    Altitude: 2,780m/9,265ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 17:Trek from Monjo to Lukla

    Bidding farewell to Sagarmatha National Park, we leave Monjo and follow the banks of Dudh Koshi River to the town of Lukla. The trail takes us back to the villages of Bengkar and Thulo Ghamela beyond which lies the hamlet of Phakding. Retracing our steps through the lush green forests of rhododendron and magnolia, we continue our descending journey past Ghat and Koshi Gaun before ascending to reach Lukla for the night.

    Altitude: 2,800m/9,333ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 18: Fly from lukla to Kathmandu

    Today we relive the thrill of Lukla airstrip once again as we setoff on our flight back to the capital city. Bidding goodbye to the majestic Himalayas, the 40 minutes flight brings us back to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Touching down at Tribhuvan International Airport, we make our way directly to the hotel wrapping up all the scheduled activities for the trip. For the rest of the day, you are free to head down to the local area or stay back at the hotel recuperating from days of journeying.

    Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft
    Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 19: Final Departure

    Our representatives will drop you back at Tribhuvan International Airport a few hours before your scheduled flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.

    Meals: Breakfast

Tailor Made Holiday

You can change the itinerary, services, accommodation, and duration of this trip to suit your needs, budget. The choice is your.  Let us help you tailor-make your precious Vacation.

Inclusion

What's included ?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 4-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Thirteen Night Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Two Night tented accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program in Kathmandu
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek Guide and climbing Guide
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (Returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork
  • Island Peak climbing permit
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
  • Medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

What's not included ?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge
  • 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
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porter, and driver

Notes

Best Time To GO

The Best season for the Island Peak Climbing is autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May). It is considered to be the best time of the year for any kind of traveling in Nepal. This season is a perfect atmosphere and the temperature is cool. This autumn season Clear skies and stunning mountain views are Breathtaking. In the spring season, wildflowers will be blooming. The spring is flowering rhododendrons blooming entire the trekking trail and hills. It is a combination of blooming rhododendrons, clear skies, and the white mountain is a wonderful experience in your lifetime. In both seasons is the best time to explore any kind of mountain activity.

FAQs of Island Peak Climbing

  • How hard is it to climb Island Peak?

    Well, any mountains and lesser peaks below 8, 000 m or 7000 m around the Himalayas range can be hard and tough, technical and altitude wise. Island Peak, one of the trekking peaks with many successful ratings to climb and a popular peak among trekkers and adventurers. The grade as per French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification Systems would be PD + which means a straight-forward climb with some technical sections to negotiate. It is not a hard peak to climb, besides a few technical to face, where our expert climbing guide will make the climb safe and possible.
  • What kind of physical fitness do climb Island peak?

    Normal with healthy physical shape and sound medical health, can take part in the climb to the top of Island Peak. However, it will be a great advantage if you do some exercise after or before signing this adventure to Island Peak. Any person in good physical fitness can join on the climb, it is a straight-forward climb with technical effort to overcome. But for beginners in climb will be guided and supported by our expert climbing guide to making the climb a success and safety
  • Do I need travel insurance to climb to Island peak?

    Not only for Island Peak, in all adventure around Nepal Himalaya region, where one has to obtain travel and medical insurance. This is important, accident or bad weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Unfavorable weather conditions can delay or cancel the climb sometimes also, even in good time of the season for climb and trek. We all can think positively, but sometimes the weather can play tough situations and beyond our control. For this type of reason where your travel insurance will come in handy to get reimbursed.
  • How many days do I need to climb the island peak?

    It depends upon the choice and planning with itinerary days, actually one can climb in a day from base camp taking more than 8 hours and back. Some climbers use high camp to make it more accessible for the climb taking 5 to 6 hours to reach the summit and return to base camp. Total days of 12 to 14 days straight to Island Peak base camp for the climb with treks and overnights on the route, as well having rest days for acclimatization and some practice climb. If you add trek to Everest base camp and climb to Island Peak requires a minimum of 18 to 20 days.
  • What are the payment policy and procedures for a trip booking?

    Payment and procedures, after reading and understanding the choice of trips with full information and details, then book with us by sending a minimum of 25% down payment for the chosen trips in Nepal. The rest of the remaining balance to be paid on arrival in Kathmandu, before your tour/trek/climb departures. The company then will issue a receipt and acknowledgment of the full payment of respective trips. Booking should be made a minimum of two weeks ahead before your departure for trips in Nepal. As well as sending Passport Details and present PP. size photo’s including your international flight details.
  • What will happen if one gets sick during Trekking and Climbing?

    Depends upon the seriousness of the illness, if it’s a critical situation the client needs immediate evacuation for medical help, by any means of fast transportation. The fastest way in Nepal Himalaya and around Island Peak and Around Everest Region is by Helicopter Service. Our guide will inform the head-office of High Route Adventure and we will make quick measures arranging Helicopter to pick the sick clients from the nearest spot where helicopter can land for safe and fast return to Kathmandu best hospitals for further treatment.

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