Island Peak Climbing is an excellent opportunity to achieve a Himalayas Summit (6173 m) together with the wonderful trek to Everest base camp and Kalapather. Because of being the most desired destination, more than 300 groups attempt to scale the summit of the Island peak each year. Let’s climb Island Peak with us in the upcoming season: Autumn and Spring.
About Island Peak
Island Peak is located on top of the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhoste Mountains. Imja Tse, another popular name of Island peak clears its standing destination Imja valley, nearby Mount Everest (8848.86m) Nepal.
Expedition of Island peak gives birth to new climber and adventurer within 18 days. Your experience on the challenging path along with Everest base camp and Island peak climbing makes you not only a trekker but an explorer with a climber identity.
Island peak climbing starts as same as Everest base camp trek. The delightful mountain flight to Lukla lands you on the beginning point of the trek. Walk on bank of Dudh Koshi, pine trail, monasteries, chorten, mane and prayer flag makes your path shorter with its beauty even you cover long distance.
Beautiful Sherpa villages – Pakhding, Manjo, Khumjung, Kaynjuma, and Sannasa spread Sherpa culture. Wonderful view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Loshte. Mt. Loshte shar, Amma Dablam, Tabuche, Cholache, Mt. Thamsekhu, Khakteka, Khusum and Khangagru from Tengboche, Pheriche and onwards increase enthusiasm with their heavenly appearance.
Trek to Everest base camp and then climb to Island peak covers entire 17 days and your departure occurs on 18th day. The camp nights on Island peak base camp (5087m) and Island peak high camp (5500m) are much challenging part of expedition.
The trail proceeds till Dingboche and you can directly continue towards Island peak base Camp as your choice. However, we Mission Summit Treks propose to have experience of visiting Everest base camp first to get acclimatization before climbing.
Each day of journey replace the highest altitude, acclimatize you, and welcome to new destinations around Everest ranges. View of Lhotse (8516m), Mount Pumori (7161m), Mera Peak, Mt. Barunste, and other surrounding peaks from the peak of Island is most amazing.
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Island Peak Highlights
- The world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848m above mean sea level)
- Can see two other peaks Lhotse, and Makalu higher than 8,000m from Trail.
- Mt. Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar.
- Khumbu glaciers.
- Khumjung and Namche village.
- Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Panda, and Himalayan Monal
- Get a chance to Explore Sherpa culture and village.
- Monastery ( Tangbuche and Khumjung)
- climbing Experience
Island Peak Climbing Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival, Pick-Up And Transfer To Hotel In Kathmandu from International Airport.
Day 2: Free Day/ trek preparation overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,800m). Walking Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 4: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m) Walking 5 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar – Khumjung Valley Excursion (3,790m) Walking 3 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,860m) Walking 6 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 7: Tengboche – Pherichhe (4,270m) Walking 5 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 8: Pheriche – Lobuche (4,910m) Walking 4 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 9: Lobuche – Gorak Shep- Everest Base Camp (5,364m) Walking 5 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 10: Gorak Shep – (Kalapathar)- Dingbouche (4,410m) Walking 6 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 11: Dingboche – Chhukung (4700m) Walking 3 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 12: Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) Walking 5 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp- High Camp (5500m) Walking 3 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 14: Island Peak Summit (6189m) And Down To Chhukung. Walking 6 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 15: Chhukung – Tengboche Walking 4 Hours,overnight at tea house.
Day 16: Tengbouche – Namche ( 3440m) Walking 5 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 17: Namche – Lukla (2840m) Walking 6 Hours, overnight at tea house.
Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu, Flight 40 Minutes, overnight at tea house.
Day 19: Final Departure to International Airport.
Island Peak Climbing Itinerary
- Airport pickup and drop by private car/Van/Bus
- star Category accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed n breakfast
- Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Kathmandu
- Three meals a (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All accommodations during the trek. (Toilet will be outside from your room)
- All necessary paper works Everest National park entry permit
- All permits for island peak climbing
- All equipment for climbing (in Rent)
- A helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, well English speaking trained, government license holder guide & porter With all his salary, food, drinks and insurance.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- All government taxes and office expenses.
- Trekking route map
- Domestic Airport tax
Cost doesn't Include:
- Nepal entry visa fee $40
- International airfare/Your Travel insurance
- Lunch/ Dinner in Kathmandu
- Mineral water/bottles drinks/Sweets things during the trek.
- Hot shower/Battery charge /WI-FI for the camera during the trek
- Tips for guide & porter
About Island peak Climbing
Island peak climbing is an adventurous expedition, takes you to the summit of Island peak (6189m) and Everest base camp (5600m). It is also a platform for beginners who want to climb other tallest summit in the future.
Total 19 days long trekking on Everest region includes two nights (one night on Island peak base camp and one night on Island peak High camp) on Island peak. Seeing the good weather, you will climb the island peak with full preparation under the guidance of expert climber, Sherpa. After a successful climb on the summit of Island Peak, you will back to High camp, base camp, and to Chhukung village.
Keeping Island peak climbing a side your trek begins from Lukla to Everest base camp and back to Dingboche, finally going to the summit after night stay on Base camp and High camp of Island peak.
Even it is Island peak climbing, we prefer Everest base camp trek first and peak climbing on further days for better acclimatization of your body.
We can take Island peak climbing as a trek to Everest base camp and expedition to Island peak summit. If you only want to go Island peak, customization can be done. You can request customization at the time of booking. A late decision will not work because hotel booking and other arrangements should be done earlier.
A high risk of altitude sickness occurs if you directly go towards Island without going to EBC. In absence of proper acclimatization, your body may not be able to climb high altitude. Thus we suggest following itinerary rather than customization.
Basic information about Island peak climbing
You can get a visa from Nepal Embassy. In case if the Embassy is not in your country or It’s very far for you then you can directly come to Nepal. Visa is easily available at Tribhuvan International airport, Nepal. You can take a visa of 1 month or more, according to your planning. Since Island peak climbing is of 19days package, you need 1 month visa.
Three nights (first two nights and last one night) in a hotel in Kathmandu. In the Everest region, the best tea houses with clean rooms and an attached bathroom are available until Namche. In high altitude bathrooms may be far from the room. You will have two nights (Island peak base camp and Island peak high camp night) in the tent.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is include in package. Nepali, Chinese, western and local food items are available. You can choose food of your choice from menu. In group trek, limited option, mostly 4, 5 items of food will be given to choose.
Tea, coffee, milkshake, porridge, bread items with jam or butter, egg items, bakery items, fruits, curry is available for breakfast. Nepali thali (lentil, rice, curry, pickle, salad, pappad), momo, chowmein, thukpa, noodles, pasta, pizza, sandwich, spaghetti, etc. are available for Lunch and dinner.
Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trek Map
Trekking route starts from Lukla. Pakhding, Namche, Tengboche, Pherichhe, Lobuche, Gorekshep – (EBC and Kalapathhar), Dingboche, Chhukung, Island peak base camp and Island peak high camp are night stay zone. From Island Peak High camp, you will climb the island peak summit as soon as you get the best weather forecast.
After climbing the summit, you will return to Chhukung and Tengboche, Namche, and Lukla will become further days night stay point. In this way your trek and Expedition of Island peak climbing completes.
Most commonly you will walk on the bank of Dudhkoshi, somewhere stone-paved and somewhere rocky path, Uphills, downhills and cross many suspension bridges over the river.
The trekking route is decorated with prayers flag, monasteries, mani walls, chorten and Mountainous surrounding. The smiling white Himalaya ranges keeps on energize you. Blooming rhododendron, chirping of birds, flowing river, innocent Sherpas, Yak shed and the challenging altitude makes your time the best.
Equipment for climbing Island peak
Following equipment is required for Island peak climbing.
- Climbing harness
- Belay/rappel device
- Locking carabiners x2
- Non- Locking Ice Axe
- Climbing carabiners x1
- 6meter of 16mm tape or 8mm cord
Preparation for climb
Island peak is a minor peak to climb. You don’t need to be an expert and experience is not compulsory. Mentally and physically fit people can easily do this task under the guidance of Sherpa. An expert will be guiding you to climb.
Before climbing the peak, your guide or Sherpa will give you instructions about the use of equipment, rules, and method of climbing. It is very important to apply the instruction to be safe and attain a successful climb.
Spring (March, April and May) and autumn (August, September, October) is best time for Island peak climbing. Pleasant weather and bearable temperature become favorable for climbing Island peak.
In midsummer and winter, snow fall, rain fall, extremely low temperature increases risk and we could not attempt successful trek and climb.
Flight in Kathmandu – Lukla route, private taxi or car in Airport- hotel route. The entire trek is done on foot.
General Clothing recommended
- Warm jacket – down jacket,
- Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
- Long-sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
- Thermal underwear.
- Hat, a pair of gloves and a scarf.
- Comfortable hiking trousers. (loose fitting)
- Shorts and trousers, or a skirt.
- 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks.
- 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks.
- Proper hiking boots.
- Running shoes and flip-flops.
- 2-3 T-shirts.
- Water bottle.
This is a kind of illness that is caused by ascent to high altitudes. The symptoms will occur within 6 to 24 hours of achieving a high altitude. Altitude sickness is fatal and can result in death if not treated in time. You need to stay alert to any of the symptoms that occur.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsteady
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
An effective measure to recover from early AMS
If you happen to notice any of the symptoms, follow the guideline mentioned below-
- Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
- Descend to a lower altitude if possible
- Take complete rest until you feel well
- Do not exercise
- Do not smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Take external oxygen supply if necessary
- Take anti-sickness medicines
If you see no improvement in your health within 48 hours, you will have to be immediately deported to the city for medical support.
There is no way to train your body prior to trekking so as to adapt to the high altitude. Some ways in which you can prevent it are as follows:
- Take plenty of rest
- Ascend slowly and gradually as you reach higher
- keep yourself hydrated
- Eat high-calorie food
- Do not smoke, drink or consume tranquilizing medicines
During times of emergencies like acute altitude sickness or a natural calamity, you might have to be immediately deported in a helicopter. The cost of such deportation is covered by health insurance that needs to be purchased before you start the trek.
- Solo trekking with private guide, porter, and climber.
- Trekking with the only Guide and climber.
- Trekking with Guide and porter.
- Trekking with Group with guide & Porter.
You will meet climbers either in Dingboche, Chhuking, Lukla, or Kathmandu.
Who will be my Guide?
Your Climbing Guide will be Pasang Sherpa who is 2 times Everest Summiter and other 8000m peak as well. If you want to know more about your Guide, please Go to our team Section.
FAQ of Island Peak
Island peak climbing is a minor expedition, to climb the peak is easy that an experienced trekker can successfully be on the summit. Following the guidance of an expert climber and obeying the instruction is important.
To trek up to EBC and back to Dingboche is difficult, challenging due to altitude sickness. Your body will be acclimatized until you reach EBC, it makes you easier to climb Island Peak.
It takes 12 days to reach the Island peak base camp. On the 13th day, you will go to Island peak high camp which takes 2- 3hrs. Island peak climbing starts from High camp, seeing the best weather forecast on 14th days. Under the guidance of an expert climber, you will reach the summit within 4- 5 hrs
The entire Island peak climbing package is of 18 nights and 19 days.
No, mountain climbing experience is not required for Island peak climbing. But self-preparation for a long walk on rough hills is necessary. Proper practice of walking or running for a few hours every day before 1, 2 months makes you strong enough to climb. Mental and Physical fitness is essential.
If you are fresher also Island peak climbing gives you an experience of a mountain climb.
Yes, in Island peak climbing, you will go to EBC as well, So you need previous trek experience. To be comfortable on walking long trial experience is most important.
In case if you do not have experience of trek, you should be well prepared.
Maintenance of physical fitness and long trial walk is basic to prepare for the trek. You should do a medical checkup, regular walk longer than 2 hours for about 2, 3 months before treks and expedition,
If possible you can also have a moderate trek to either ABC or Mardi Himal or Manaslu base camp trek to have a good experience of the mountain route.
Clean room with a comfortable bed and attached bathroom is available up to Namche. As altitude increase, tea houses with attached bathroom is less available or even absence. You should use a twin sharing room.
In Island peak base camp and Island peak high camp, you will stay in tent.
The required equipment for Island Peak climbing are listed below:
• Climbing harness
• Belay/rappel device
• Locking carabiners x2
• Non- Locking Ice axe
• Clminbing carabiners x1
• 6meter of 16mm tape or 8mm cord
Yes, you can customize the trek. If you don’t have a long time holiday, if you want to climb the peak but don’t want to go to Everest base camp, then you should consult during the time of booking. We will customize Island climbing duration by changing our route leading to Dingboche without going to EBC.
On a customized trip, you can come back to Kathmandu within 15 days. Trekking to EBC is a matter of pride and great support to acclimatize your body. We suggest you not to miss EBC, follow the itinerary rather than customization. It gives you full satisfaction of being in the Everest region.
Pasang Lamu Rular Municipality entrance fee and Sagarmatha national park permit are permits required for Island peak climbing.
You need a passport size photo and copies of your passport for filling permit. Since you should fill two permits, you should provide two PP size photos and two copies of your passport in total.
Age only doesn’t determine the ability of people. Mental and physical fitness is more important. Thus there are no criteria of age for climbing Island peak. Age group between 17 to 50 years can easily climb to the summit in a healthy condition of the body.
Your strong determination, courage and fitness can lead to the summit at any age.
You will meet your climber in Dingboche or Chhukung or even in Island peak Base camp. Depending on the condition and free time of a climber, he may join a group from Kathmandu as well.
No, your guide will not climb to summit. Guide will be with you until Chhukung or Island peak base camp. You will climb to summit under the guidance of climber and come back to Chhukung with climber and meet your guide there.
In some condition your guide will also climb with you along with the climber.
We will hire either yak or porter for carrying climbing equipment to Island Peak base camp. Your equipment will be carried back to Chhukung again by Yak or Porter. From Island peak base camp you will be responsible for your equipment because you will be using it to climb mountains.
Yes, it is safe to drink water during the climb. You should drink enough water to hydrate yourself. With increasing altitude, the dryness in the air also increases with low temperature. To save your body from altitude sickness and dehydration, drinking water frequently is very important.
To book Island peak climbing, you should fill the inquiry form available on the website of the company. You can also contact me directly from the available WhatsApp number and get further information.
Yes, you should pay some advance earlier the expedition. Earlier payment is important for the arrangement for expedition and confirms your booking.
Yes, ATM is available in route, Lukla and Namche Bazaar. You can drag money either in Lukla or Namche Bazaar as you need extra money for payment of charging and shower.
Yes, you can get a phone signal during trek and expedition, leaving some High altitude points. Most of the day you will get a phone signal and remain in contact with your families.
We suggest you to take both N cell and NTC sim cards, in absence of one signal another will work.
No, it is not possible for solo climbing. You need a climber for guidance and show you the right path to reach the summit. Arrangement of climbing equipment, permit, and night stay could not be done without your guide and climber.
No, Island peak climbing is a minor climb. There is an almost zero percent chance of death during the climb. To climb the peak, the entire group will wait for the best weather. As climber get news of the best weather forecast, the climbing begins even in mid night also. No climb will be done in bad weather to remain safe and protect from danger.
Yes, Wi-Fi is available in route, all tea houses except some exception in high altitude provide Wi-Fi. But you have to buy a data card to use Wi-Fi.
Yes, you can charge your gadget in all tea houses. Since hydroelectricity is not available at high altitude, solar power is used. Thus you should pay extra (5$) for charging your gadget.
Some tea houses may take payment per hour and some may take payment per gadget.
Yes, hot shower is available in all tea house but you should pay extra (5$) for the shower.
You can get Mount Everest view from Namche top, Sangbuche, tengbouche, Pagbuche, Gorekshep and Everest base camp and Kalapathar.
Yes, you need sleeping bag. You will have 2 nights stay in tent (one night in Island peak base camp and one night in Island peak high camp), without sleeping bag you cannot sleep and face the severe cold nights in Everest region.
Yes, you can hire sleeping bag. In case you don’t have sleeping bag or you don’t want to bring sleeping bag from your country, you can hire from company or from Thamel.
After the successful climb, you can spend less than half-hour time (10 – 20 min) on the summit because climbing down at right time is very important. After taking photographs and sharing the joy of a successful climb, you should come back to high camp, base camp, and Chhukung on the same day.
No, it is strictly prohibited to take hard drinks during the expedition. High altitude always challenges with altitude sickness. To remain healthy and continue the trek, you should not take hard drinks otherwise you may have to return back without a climb to the Island peak. You cannot reach EBC if you drink hard drinks.
Soft drinks like tea, coffee, hot lemon, hot chocolate, milk, can juice are good for Island peak climbing.
Yes, you can get western food such as pizza, burgers, French fry, and many more in the Everest region.
Nepali Thali (rice, dal, curry, pickle, salad, pappad), momo, chowmein, thukpa, spaghetti, porridge, egg, pizza, burger, local food are the common food items in the Everest region.
Yes, you should bring a water bottle of your own. To hydrate your body, you should drink water frequently during your walk. Never forget to fill the water bottle before leaving the tea house.
A local guide with a license will be your guide. The company will give you a guide and arrangement of vehicles, tea house, rest day, walking hour, briefing all will be done by your guide.
A porter will carry a weight of 15 kg to 25 kg load. Depending on condition porter can carry 30 kg weight also but you should pay more money for more load.
Yes you should give tips for porter and guide in sake of their support and incredible help to make your trip successful.
No, there is no limitation of giving tips to guides and porter. Tips to guide should be given almost double than that of porter. Rate is according to your choice, how much you want to give, depends on you.
You will get your climbing equipment in Chhukung. Guide and climber will arrange all the necessary equipment in Chhukung.
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