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Thrilling Island Peak Trek: 7 Power Tips for Conquering Heights

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17 days 16 nights

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Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, stands as a captivating destination within Nepal’s Khumbu region. Rising proudly to an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet), this peak allures adventurers with its stunning panoramas and moderately challenging climb. Unlike Mera Peak, Island Peak demands a slightly higher level of technical expertise, featuring glacier crossings and a steep snow and ice slope leading to the summit. Its appeal lies not only in the breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and neighboring peaks but also in the cultural odyssey woven into its trekking trail.

Travelers encounter Sherpa villages, adding a cultural dimension to the adventure as they pass by monasteries and immerse themselves in Sherpa traditions. Island Peak’s climb typically involves thorough acclimatization, often incorporating a trek to Everest Base Camp for altitude adaptation.

Guided expeditions with experienced mountaineering teams are commonly chosen by climbers embarking on this 15 to 20-day journey, ensuring safety and support throughout the ascent. Island Peak’s blend of technical challenge, cultural immersion, and awe-inspiring vistas positions it as a coveted destination for those seeking a Himalayan summit experience.

Island Peak Trek
Island Peak Trek

Different Aspects of Island Peak Trek:

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is another popular climbing destination in Nepal, highly regarded for its stunning views and challenging yet achievable climb. Here are some key aspects of Island Peak:

Location and Significance:

  • Khumbu Region: Island Peak is located in the Everest region of Nepal, close to the iconic Everest Base Camp trail.
  • Altitude: Standing at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet), it’s one of Nepal’s trekking peaks and offers climbers a chance to experience high-altitude mountaineering.

Technical Aspects:

  • Moderate Difficulty: Similar to Mera Peak, Island Peak is considered a moderately challenging climb. It involves some technical sections, including glacier crossings and a steep snow and ice slope nearing the summit.
  • Climbing Skills: Basic mountaineering skills such as using crampons, ice axe, and fixed ropes are required, making it slightly more technical than Mera Peak.

Appeal and Views:

  • Superb Panoramas: The summit offers incredible panoramic views of the Everest massif, including views of Everest itself, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other surrounding peaks. The vistas from the top are breathtaking.
  • Cultural Experience: Island Peak’s trekking trail also involves passing through Sherpa villages and monasteries, providing a glimpse into Sherpa culture and traditions.

Accessibility and Preparation:

  • Acclimatization: Adequate acclimatization is crucial due to the altitude. The climb often includes a trek to Everest Base Camp or nearby regions for proper acclimatization before the ascent.
  • Technical Preparation: Climbers usually receive a day or two of training and preparation in a nearby location before attempting the summit.

Duration and Logistics:

  • Typical Duration: The climb usually takes around 15 to 20 days, encompassing the trek to base camp, acclimatization days, and the summit push.
  • Guided Expeditions: Similar to Mera Peak, climbers often opt for guided expeditions led by experienced guides and support staff to ensure safety and guidance throughout the climb.

Popularity and Challenges:

  • Fame and Demand: Island Peak’s popularity stems from its stunning views, relative accessibility, and the balance between challenge and achievability, attracting climbers from around the world.
  • Weather Challenges: Like any Himalayan climb, weather conditions play a significant role, and climbers need to be prepared for changing weather patterns and potential delays due to unfavorable conditions.

Both Island Peak and Mera Peak offer thrilling experiences, but Island Peak tends to require slightly more technical skill and offers different views and challenges compared to Mera Peak. Each peak attracts climbers seeking diverse experiences in the Himalayas.

Island Peak, with its soaring altitude and technical challenges, stands as a Himalayan jewel beckoning adventurers seeking a thrilling yet achievable climb. Its majestic summit rewards climbers not only with breathtaking views of Everest and its neighboring peaks but also with an immersive journey through Sherpa villages and cultural landmarks.

While demanding a moderate level of technical skill, Island Peak’s allure lies in its blend of natural grandeur and cultural exploration. For those willing to embrace the challenge, this peak promises an unforgettable Himalayan ascent, leaving indelible memories of both the majestic landscapes and the vibrant Sherpa culture encountered along the way.

Island Peak, named by Eric Shipton’s expedition in 1953 due to its appearance as an island amidst a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche, is a prominent trekking peak in the Everest region of Nepal. Here are some more details about this iconic mountain:

Climbing Challenges and Technical Aspects:

  • Difficulty Level: While Island Peak is considered a non-technical climb, it requires some basic mountaineering skills. Climbers encounter challenges such as ascending a steep snow headwall and navigating through crevasses.
  • Glacier Travel: The climb involves traversing through glacier terrain, requiring familiarity with rope techniques, crampon usage, and ice axe skills.

Preparation and Acclimatization:

  • Acclimatization Strategy: Most climbing itineraries include a trek to Everest Base Camp or nearby viewpoints like Kala Patthar for acclimatization before the ascent. This helps climbers adjust to the high altitude, reducing the risk of altitude sickness during the summit push.
  • Training Days: Prior to the summit attempt, climbers often undergo training sessions at base camp to practice using climbing gear and familiarize themselves with the route.

Expedition Duration and Logistics:

  • Typical Duration: The entire Island Peak expedition typically spans around 15 to 20 days, incorporating the trek to base camp, acclimatization days, and the summit bid.
  • Guided Expeditions: Many climbers opt for guided expeditions led by experienced Sherpa guides and support staff. These guided tours ensure safety, provide logistical support, and enhance the overall climbing experience.

Scenic Views and Cultural Experience:

  • Panoramic Vistas: The summit rewards climbers with stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and other neighboring peaks, offering a memorable visual feast.
  • Sherpa Culture: The trek to Island Peak involves passing through Sherpa villages like Pangboche and Dingboche, where climbers get glimpses into Sherpa culture, traditions, and their way of life.

Weather Considerations and Challenges:

  • Weather Dependency: As with any Himalayan climb, weather conditions play a significant role in the success of the expedition. Unpredictable weather patterns, particularly during climbing seasons, can impact the climb and summit attempt.
  • High Altitude Challenges: Climbing to such heights demands physical endurance, mental fortitude, and the ability to acclimatize effectively to mitigate altitude-related risks.

Island Peak’s appeal lies not just in the thrill of reaching its summit but also in the holistic experience it offers—a harmonious blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and the exhilaration of a Himalayan climb.

Island Peak’s allure extends beyond its towering altitude; it embodies a captivating blend of adventure, cultural immersion, and natural grandeur. This iconic peak beckons climbers with its challenging yet accessible ascent, demanding basic mountaineering skills while rewarding with unparalleled vistas of the Everest region. From traversing glacier terrain to glimpses into Sherpa culture along the trekking trail, Island Peak offers a holistic Himalayan experience.

Its summit, adorned with breathtaking panoramas, stands as a testament to the resilience and determination of those who dare to conquer its heights. Island Peak isn’t just a climb; it’s an expedition that weaves together the thrill of mountaineering with the richness of Nepal’s cultural tapestry, etching unforgettable memories in the hearts of those who venture to its summit.

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  • Mesmerizing View of World’s Highest Mt. Everest 8848 & Stunning Views of Many Ice Peak Mountains in Everest Region and Kallapathar Majestic Viewpoints
  • Island Peak Summit 6189m Summit
  • Nepal Biggest Khumbu & Longest Ngozumpa Glaciers
  • Hillary Suspension Bridge, Namchebazar the Sherpa Capital & Tengboche Monastery
  • Sagarmatha National Park & Biodiversities of Flora & Fauna in Everest Regions
  • Traditional Sherpa Villages, Culture, Traditions and Hospitality


  • Airport Pick up and Drop by Private Car upon arrival and departure
  • Hotel Accomodation (Shared Room for Minimum 2 Pax) in Kathmandu & in Tea Houses as per Itinerary
  • All clean Standard Teahouses (Shared Room) in Lukla, Phakding, Namchebazzar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep and Chukung as per Package booked
  • 1 Night Overnight Stay In Tent (in Island Peak Basecamp) including meals
  • Overland transport from Kathmandu to Ramechap (both ways)
  • Flight Ticket from Ramechap to Lukla (both ways)
  • Specialized Experienced Professional Climbing Sherpa for Island Peak
  • Professional Experienced Licensed English Speaking Guide
  • Porter (1 Porter for 2 People with maximum luggage 25 kgs)
  • Climbing Equipments; Tent, Climbing Boots, Camprons, Helmet, Sunglass, Kitchen Tent & Tools, Fixed Rope, Ice Axe, Safety Climbing Harness
  • Official Island Peak Climbing Permit
  • Emergency Evacuation Management / Service by Horse or Helicopter
  • Sagarmatha National Park Trekking Permit & Government Tax
  • Meals 3 x a day as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • Food & Insurance for Guide & Porter
  • Company Duffle Bag to lend for trekking
  • Sleeping Bag and 1 Trekking Poll to lend for trekking
  • Seasonal Fruits during trekking
  • Nepal Visa Online Application Service
  • Farewell Dinner & Official Trekking/Climbing Certificate
  • Flight Ticket to Nepal & Travel Insurance
  • Tourist Visa On Arrival Fee --> 15 Days = USD 30, 30 Days = USD 50
  • Tips for Guide & Porter
  • Other Personal Climbing Equipment ; Down Jackets & Trousers, Gloves which are not mentioned in facilities / inclusions
  • Extra Accommodation which is caused by your early arrival or late departure other than the trek date, and if you are back to Kathmandu early from the trek due to any problem or rescue (other personal reasons).
  • Extra Airport transfer cost if you have to return back from Kathmandu/Ramechap airport to hotel again and again go to Lukla airport because of weather problem (flight cancellation)
  • Horse Rent / Helicopter Cost/Expenses for Emergency Evacuation or Personal Request
  • Personal Expenses for trekking such as mountain gear or equipments, shopping, wifi/nepal simcard, phone/battery charge, hot water/shower, extra personal meals, drinks (mineral water), snacks, laundry etc
  • Other Personal Expenses which are not included in the above facilities.


Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu 1300m, Pick up at Airport and Drop at Hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu

You arrive in Kathmandu today and our company staff will pick you up at  Tribhuvan International Airport then drop you at Hotel. Our Staff will also give  briefing you about the Island Peak Climbing with Everest Basecamp Trek and hand over duffle bag for your to pack your stuff for trekking. Payment on the balance trip cost also will be done today. If you come in the morning or early time today, we will have welcome dinner otherwise we will provide you with packed dinner in your room from the hotel you stay. Our Staff will also inform you what time you must wake up & prepared the following morning for driving to Ramechap. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Rest in Kathmandu and Trekking Preparation. Overnight in Kathmandu

You will rest today in Kathmandu after long flight from your country of origin. You also have enough time to prepare your trekking stuffs by doing shopping additional equipment which you still do not bring or have where you can by easily in Thamel Area near  the Hotel you stay. In the evening, we will invite you for Welcome Dinner and Briefing for your trekking and climbing purpose. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Ramechap 1218m, 20min. Fly to Luka 2880m and Trek to Phakding 2656m, 3hrs. Overnight in Phakding

Early Morning at around 02.00 oclock, our Guide will come to hotel to pick you at hotel and together will drive to ramechape. Trip from Kathmandu to Ramechap takes 5 hours drive. At around 8 oclock in Ramechap, Airport Port check in will be managed by our guide and you will fly to Lukla for 20 minutes, then directly trek to Phakding. It will take around 3 hrs trek to reach Phakding. Overnight in Phakding

Day 04 : Trek from Phakding 2656m to Namchebazar 3440m, 6-7hrs. Overnight in Namchebazar

After breakfast at hotel you will start your trek around 7 or 7.30am to Namchebazar. Today you will walk through few villages with beautiful views of Dudh Kosi river which coming all the way up from Everest Basecamp region down to Lukla. You will also pass by many suspension bridges which connect one village and mountains/hills in this area to another. Some waterfalls also are there where you can stop, take photo and fill the water for you drink. Use your water purification tablet when drinking from running water during the trek. The beautiful landscape of Mt. Thamserku 6608m. On Midday you will stop for lunch somewhere around the village and after that continue your trek to reach Edmun Hillary Bridge. This Bridge is quite famous and connect the bottom land with Namchebazar area. You need to put extra energy to come up to this height and more hike after the bridge to arrive in Namchebazar. From Phakding to Namchebazar will take 6-7 hrs walk up. It depends on your walking speed but please control your pace as consistently slow & relaxe as possible and enjoy your trek. You will reach namchebazar in the afternoon around 3 or 4 oclock at your teahouse in Namchebazar. Overnight in Namchebazar

Day 05 : Acclimatization Day in Namchebazar. Overnight in Namchebazar

Today is your first acclimatization day where you need to go hike higher to make your body prepared for higher altitude and it will prevent you from High Altitude Sickness. After breakfast our guide will accompany you to hike to Everest View Hotel at 3880m Altitude. It takes around 2-3 hours to go up and back namchebazar. During the hiking, if the weather is clear you will enjoy the stunning scenery of many Highest Mountain in Everest region such as Mt. Everest 4484m, Mt. Amadablam 6856m, Mt. Lhotse 8511m, Mt. Nuptse 7896m, Shartse Peak 7502m, Peak 38 7590 and many others. After hiking to Everest View Hotel 3880m, you will take rest and enjoy Namchebazar neighborhood. Overnight in Namchebazar

Day 06 : Trek from Namchebazar to Tengboche 3860m, 5-6hrs. Overnight in Tengboche

Namchebazar to Tengboche trek distance is 5-6 hrs walk. The trails to Tengboche is one of the most scenic as the views open up and you can enjoy the close up views of Himalayan Peaks. You will have lunch on the downhill at Punke Thaga Village.  There is a steep descent and ascent before you finally reach  the traditional gate (Kani) of the village. Beautiful Tengboche village welcomes you with its beautiful Monastery area. Overnight in Tengboche

Day 07 : Trek From Tengboche to Dingboche 4350m,  5-6hrs. Overnight in Dingboche

After Breakfast you will start again your trek to Dingboche at 4350m altitude. Traditional Sherpa settlement, nursery, monastery, yak and wildlife pastures are the hightlights feature of Tengboche to Dingboche trekking views. It takes 5-6 hrs walk  to reach Dingboche and you can see the views of Mt. Everest, Mt Lhotse and Amadablam which will more attract your wonderful journey. Be aware of the strong wind when you walk and wear you neck and hair cover to prevent sickness. Overnight in Dingboche

Day 08 : Acclimatization Day in Dingboche. Overnight in Dingboche

Today is your second acclimatization day in Dingboche where you will do a little hiking to Dingboche Hill whcich take around 2-3 hrs trek up and down. Now you have enough acclimatisation and adjust your body to higher altitude and be ready for the following day trek to Lobuche. After back from hiking, you go back to Teahouse for rest and do your personal relaxing moments. Overnight in Dingboche

Day 09 : Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche 4910m, 6-7hrs. Overnight in Lobuche

Today is supposed to be the tougher day for your trek cos you after you leave Dingboce in the morning after breakfast, you will walk up again to Thukla Village. The trails are just flat, ascent and descent but not really steep only open up view with quite big wind. Reaching Thukla by going down and crossing the river and have lunch there. After lunch you will hike to more steep trail to reach Memorial Stones of “passed away climbers” who climbed Mt Everest and other climbers who died here. Then trek to continue which takes around 6-7 hrs total from Dingboche to Lobudhe at 4910m altitude. Overnight in Lobuche

Day 10 : Trek from Lobuche to Ghorakshep 5190m, 3hrs and Hike to Everest Basecamp 5364m, 1.5 - 2hrs and Back to Gorakshep, 1.5 - 2hrs. Overnight in Gorakshep

Day 9 is your final trek up to the last village in Everest Basecamp called Gorakshep at 5190m. Start early around 8 oclock from Lobuche you will go through rocky and stony trails to reach Gorakshep. It takes around 3 hrs trek to Gorakshep and you are supposed to arrive here around 12 oclock. After lunch break in Gorakshep and drop your luggage here, our guide will accompany to continue the summit to Everest Basecamp 5364m which takes around 2-3 hrs hiking. Enjoy the view in Everest Basecamp them you come back down to Gorkashop in the afternoon and stay overnight in Gorakshep

Day 11 : Hike to Kallapathar 5550m 3hrs and from Gorakshep to Chukung 4730m, 5-6hrs. Overnight in Chukung

Today early in the morning around 5 oclock if you still have energy and are not tired, you can do early morning summit to Kallapathar at 5500m. This is optional depends on your physical condition. Otherwise after breakfast, you will continue your trek to Chukung 4730m. it will be a long trek cos from Gorakshep you need to go down to Lobuche first then continue to  eastern part across Kongma La Pass. it takes around 5-6 hrs to reach Chukkung. Overnight in Chukung

Day 12 : Trek from Chukung to Island Peak Basecamp 5100m, 3hrs. Overnight in Island Peak Basecamp (in Tent)

Chukung Village lies on a left fork of the Imja Khola in the Solokhumbu District of Sagarmatha Zone. All Island Peak Trek will have to pass through Chukung Village first. The ascent of Island Peak is challenging  and will require crampons and ice axe to navigate the glaciers and ice headwalls. You also must have good level of fitness. Before Island Peak summit, you need to trek up to Island Peak Basecamp at 5000 altitude. it takes onlyl 2-3 hrs trek from chukung. In day time / afternoon after you have reached basecamp and had lunch, our Climbing Sherpa will give  you technical climbing training of Island Peak trails. The training will be conducted in the hills near your camp in Basecamp. Fixed rope climbing techniques and other climbing lesson will be taught to you by our Climbing Sherpa for the preparation of early morning summit the day after. Your will stay in built tents that we already provided for you. Overnight in In Island Peak Camp

Day 13 : Summit Climb to Island Peak 6189m and Back to Basecamp, 9-10Hrs and Trek down to Chukung/Dingboche, 2-3hrs. Overnight in Chukung/Dingboche

We start early morning around 01.00am  to reach the summit. You will follow our experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide and ascend the rocky fridge steep up along side the mountain till you reach glacier. When already reaching Glacier areas, our Climbing Sherpa will help and give you instructions to start using the ropes that we have already prepared. You will continue climbing up through the glacier to the south ridge and follow the ridge till reaching the top peak of Island Peak at 6189m. Once you reach the top, you will see many amazing views of ice peak mountain such as Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Lhotse 8516, Mt. Makalu 8481m, and Mt. Baruntse 7162m. You can not stay long at the top peak cos strong wind, low temperature and low oxygen level will attack. You will descend shortly back to Island Peak Basecamp and after lunch you will trek down back to Chukung or Dingboche. Total duration will take for this climbing is around 9-10hours up depending on your hiking/trekking pace and back to Island Peak Basecamp. you will be back to basecamp day time, reaching Chukung or Dingboche in the afternoon/evening. Overnight in Chukung/Dingboche

Day 14 : Trek from Chukung/Dingboche to Namchebazar 3440m, 5-6hrs. Overnight in Namchebazar

Today after you will descend to Namchebazar with the same beautifil village and views like you did trekking up from Namchebazaar to Dingboche. Endemic Everest Region animal you will meet during the downtrek. The trek will be quite long around 6-7 hrs to reach namchebazar depending on your walking pace. Overnite in Namchebazar

Day 15 : Trek down from Namchebazar to Lukla 2880m,6-7 hrs. Overnight in Namchebazar

This is your last day trek from the total 12 days trekking up & down of 14 Days Everest Basecamp Itinerary. You might be excited since your successful summit to Everest Basecamp has already been finished and now only to complete the last trek to reach Lukla which takes 6-7 hrs trek. It depends on your pace but normally you will reach Lukla in afternoon. Overnight in Lukla

Day 16 : Fly from Lukla to Ramechap, 20Min and Drive to Kathmandu 1300m, 5hrs. Overnight in Kathmandu

Flight from Lukla to Ramechap will take 20 minutes. Today after flying to Ramechap you will back to Kathmandu which will take 5 hrs drive. Once reaching kathmandu you will take rest for a while then in the evening we will invite you for farewell dinner and we distritibute Your Certificate of Achievement of having been successful reaching the Island Peak with Everest Basecamp. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 17 : Departure. Our Company Staff will drop you at airport

Today is your last your day in Island Peak Climbing with Everest Basecamp  Trek Package with us. You have free time to rest till check out time comes at 12pm. Our Company Staff will pick you up at hotel and drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Trip ends. And Thank you for trust us as your trekking company. See you again in the coming trip


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