Island Peak Trekking and Climbing

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Island Peak Trekking and Climbing - Days

Trip Route

Lukla - Namche Bazar - Tengboche - EBC - Kalapatthar - Imja Peak - Island Peak - Lukla

Trip Facts

Group Size
1+ PAX
Trip Grade
Lodge/Guesthouse/Tented camp
Max. Elevation
6,189 M/20,299 FT
Full board meals on the trek
Flight/Private Vehicles
Best Season
September to May

Island peak (6185 m), most climbed trekking peak in Nepalese Himalayas also set on easy access and can be combined with any trekking program of Everest region trek. Island peak located above the Imja valley and east slant of Mount Lhotse from the summit exposes closest sights of Mount Makalu, Lhotse Shar glacier, Baruntse, Ama Dablam plus turquoise Imja Lake. Island peak is common prior training trekking peak before finale set-off for any above eight thousand mountaineering. Ascending to 20285 ft through ice, snow, and rock might difficult for some rambler but definitely giving lifetime experience in rest of life. No need any extra day's acclimatization for Island peak climbing, your body will tackle with altitude by reaching Island peak base camp via Everest base camp or Cho La pass or Amphu Lapcha pass. Island peak is categorized basic climbing peak and only permitted to ascend after issuing trekking permit under Nepal mountaineering association with licensed climbing guide plus selective climbing gear.
Standard Imja peak climbing with Everest base camp trek schedule begins from pick-up from Tribhuvan international airport and drop-off to Kathmandu airport. Besides that, we organize 3 days short Island peak climbing package pick-up from Chhukung and end-up at Chhukung after summited Island summit.

Musical adventure trekking Island peak climbing program starts from Kathmandu then short mountain flight fetches us Lukla airport, an entry point of Mount Everest.
Then as trek begins gently climbing up to Kalapatthar summit and side trek to Everest base camp then journey onwards to Island peak base camp via Chhukung village. Island peak climbing cost is competitive with presents blooming market price with the best possible services with graceful attendance of staff. Island peak program can be customized on your timeframe and budget. Feel free to contact us and we happily share in and out about Island peak before arriving in Nepal and stay hassle free in Nepal airport.

Daily itinerary

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, welcoming by Musical adventure trekking official team then transferring to your hotel. After room check-in have a leisure time

In the morning drive from the hotel to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan international airport for a Lukla flight. After the check-in process, a 35-minute flight begins and as weather permits get the panoramic view of trans-Himalayas from Dornier or Twin otter plane as well as picturesque landscapes with meandering Dudh Koshi River. Plane land Lukla, above the Dudh Koshi valley and foot of a rugged mountain on the ridge then trek begins with following footprints of legendary mountaineers.
First of trek mostly walking throughout beautiful Sherpa villages on the colorful trail with erected Buddhist words on the rock and crossing hanging iron bridge over glacier river of Mount Kusum Kanguru. Towards to Phakding follow gentle descend and mild uphill track, enjoying lush and green scenery. Total distance to Phakding is 9 km meters and it takes nearly 4 hours trek.

Trekking to Namche Bazar from Phakding is mostly ascending up along the white Dudh Koshi River. Also passes village and crossing half dozen of a high suspension bridge, end of the day get an awe-inspiring view of surrounding mountains named Thamserku, Kongde Peak and Kusum Kanguru. The Namche trail goes into a forest of rhododendron and pine as well sights waterfall in the autumn. So from Monjo entering to Sagarmatha national park, that means the trekking route expose wildlife as well. Before reaching Namche bazar you will see the first glance of Mount Everest from Kshum Khangru Peak viewpoint. Also, an evening short side treks to Sagarmatha national park museum for acclimatizing also see glorious sunset on Mount Everest and nearby mountains. While retracing to the hotel can see colorful Himalayan pleasant on potatoes field for grazing.

A spare day at Namche although doing side trek to Everest view hotel for acclimatization at 12,600 ft. Stupendous Everest view hotel is 3 kilometer far from Namche and trail to Everest view hotel is commonly climbing up on bushes with stupendous sights of Khumbu Himalayas including towering Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Everest on far straight. The Everest view hotel has a beautiful restaurant with the view of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and also dramatically view of Tengboche monastery foot of Mount Ama Dablam. Enjoy seeing a panoramic mountain range with sipping a cup of tea. Then ramble down on a crumbling road to Namche Bazar for lunch, then explore the weekend market.

The steep up trail lead across Namche bazar then flatten track offers a grand view of high mountain Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Mount Everest to Kyanjuma village. Further trek to Tengboche, we follow descend trail throughout rhododendron forest (blooming in spring) upon arrival bank of Dudh Koshi river stop for lunch. From River resume trek with zig-zag rise into the pine and rhododendron forest to Tengboche monastery, the famous Buddhist monastery of Sherpa community and watch evening ritual in the monastery onward 3 pm.

In the morning we sight glorious sunrise on Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Mount Everest. Trek set-off and walking down into dense rhododendron, birches conifers forest also passes Debuche monastery before reaching Imja River. This section of trekking trail is a residence of wildlife like musk deer, mountain goat, Lophophorus impejanus etc. The suspension bridge over the Imja Khola offers an amazing setting of crystalizing Glacier River and Mount Ama Dablam. As soon as cross spanning iron bridge walk north bank of a river then passes several Buddhist religious sites like mani wall, chhorten and stupa up to Panboche village. Here in Pangboche can see branch trail leading to Ama Dablam base camp and Phortse village, we continuously ascending up on an alpine meadow and throughout Samar, Orsho then finally arrive Dingboche village. The high altitude villages on foot of Mount Ama Dablam and Lhotse also entrance point of Imja valley. The native produce barley, potatoes, and buckwheat as well as seasonal crops.

It is mandatory to spend an extra night at Dingboche and the day will spend with 3 hours climbing-up to Dingboche vantage point. So detour begins after breakfast and follows a zig-zag trail on the mountainous pasture with looking outstanding Mountain View of Ama Dablam and Imja valley. The day trek to a viewpoint will be tough in harsh temperature but worth to do for the Everest base camp and the best view of Mount Makalu. Upon reach in the summit as the weather permitted get 360-degree mountain sights with enormous barren and glacier valley. After a while and once taken photos trek retrace to Dingboche then after lunch explores the Sherpa village.

It is a fairly easy trail from Dingboche to Dughla village, the terminal of Khumbu glacier. Relish seeing the gorgeous view of Mount Cholatse, Taboche, Ama Dablam, Kangtaga and Thamserku. The uphill begins from Dughla on grit path and upon reach summit (chupki lhara) see cemetery of legendary Mount Everest climber like Scott Fischer, Babu Chiri Sherpa. Follow flatten track to Lobuche, setting the bottom of Lobuche peak on lateral moraine of Khumbu glacier, the village is a junction of Kongma La and Cho La pass.

The trail from Lobuche to Gorashep is pretty easy onto a glacier, the Khumbu valley is walled by high mountains. A trail has heavy traffic of trekker's and yak also gets the best outlook of mount Pumori with colossal. The complete route is filled-up with pebble and rock, the path might be slippery because of icy and frozen due to the negative temperature during the night. Upon arrival Gorakshep, first room check-in then keeps luggage.
Detour to Everest base camp with day pack should take abundant water and energy bar. The Everest base camp route is commonly rock-strewn and nugget into the thin air also windy and chilly temperature. It is a great opportunity to have experience walking on the glacier. Everest base camp is situated onto Khumbu glacier next to Khumbu icefall. In Mount Everest climbing season, you will see numerous of a tented camp where a climber is waiting to proceed for the summit. Take a picture at base camp with Buddhist flags and engraved rock then return to Gorakshep for a night.

Kalapatthar summit is roughly 1.5 km far from Gorakshep and takes about 2 hours to reach Kalapatthar. Your guide taking you Kalapatthar viewpoint in the early morning because morning offers an excellent view of sparking the Himalayas. You will be rewarded to see 360-degree vivid mountain vista plus a closet view of giant Mount Everest and long wild and silence Khumbu Glacier.
After spending awesome moment and taken photos on Kalapatthar summit return back to Gorakshep for the breakfast and trek resume to Dingboche village via Dughla village.

The track beyond Dingboche is equally up on the moraine of Imja glacier, also see adventure folks walking down from Amphu Lapcha pass. The Island peak climbing route presence stunning view of the high mountain with a huge shiny glacier. The climbing team set tented camp aside of Imja lake and after lunch prior training of the climbing with instruction by Sherpa climbing guide.

The exciting day of Everest base camp trek and Island peak climbing. Island peak journey begins the early morning, the trail above Island base camp is grit with steep ascend up till Island peak high camp. Beyond high camp, a climbing route is narrow on ice and rock. While going up guide will be fixed the climbing rope and most of your personal climbing gear will be used further up. Also crossing crevasse with an assist of a ladder, after spending some good moment on top of Island peak descending to Island base camp. Most of the time back to Island base camp around 14:00 hours, after that trek continues to Chhukung village.

The trail from Chhukung to Phortse village is mostly descending throughout villages and alpine meadow with enjoying a view of mountains. We back to a lush and green area and also possible to happenstance Himalayan pheasant and some rare animals.

The young generation from a village involved in tourism work and working as a trekking and climbing guide. International climbing association help to established Khumbu mountaineering training center where local take climbing course. So after breakfast trek begins with brief descend into a forest to Dudh Koshi River. Then brief climbing up to Mong-La which offers a picturesque view of Phortse village, Tengboche monastery, and mount Ama Dablam. Rest of walk to Namche Bazar is fairly easy including down and flatten.

It would 7 hours trek to Lukla and walking about 19 km, you will pass more than half dozen high saggy suspension bridge above Milky river and walking throughout beautiful Sherpa villages. Also walking into the pristine rhododendron and magnolia forest where the trail is decorated with colorful flags, stupa, and engraved big rock.

We will catch a morning flight to Kathmandu, the morning has beautiful weather that means without cloud and wind. Also able to see close mountain vista and magnificent landscapes from a plane. Upon arrival domestic terminal in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel by private transport.

Your Himalayan journey ends up with us by today and hopes you had enjoyed an able Himalayan holiday with us and get back home with lifetime trekking memories. We, Musical adventure trekking Pvt. Ltd airport representative transfers you, airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

What's included?

  • International and Domestic airport-pickup and drop-off service
  • Island peak climbing permit (Everest national park, Island climbing peak and Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fee)
  • Group climbing gear
  • Professional climbing guide trained and licensed by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), cook and assistant expedition staffs salary, insurance and equipment’s
  • Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with a hot drink)
  • Seasonal fresh fruits and snacks
  • Musical Adventure Trekking complimentary trekking equipment's like four seasonal sleeping bag, down Jacket and duffle bag (should be returned upon completing the trek)
  • High altitude experienced Sherpa porter (1 porter share for 2 trekker's) with insurance, salary and equipment’s
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight ticket with together your guide
  • Normal lodges base accommodation during the trek in the mountain
  • 1 Night tented camp in Imja Peak base camp
  • First aid medical kit, oximeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Normal lodge/guesthouse base accommodation during trek in the mountain
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepalese restaurant with live cultural dance

What's not included?

  • Nepal visa fees 15/30/90 Day in the cost of U$D 25/40/100
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment's
  • Travel and medical insurance which should cover emergency helicopter rescue
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (battery charge, telephone call, laundry, hot shower, internet etc)
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Gratitude (Tips) to guide, kitchen staff and porters

Fixed Departures

Sorry, No fixed departure dates availabe, Please request for Private Trip

Essential Information

​How to get Island Peak Base Camp

There are various option to get Island peak base camp and can add on Island peak climb package with any Everest region trek itineraries like Everest base camp, Everest three passes, Gokyo lake trek or Cho la pass trek. Short Island peak climb is only 3 days and begins from and end-up Chhukung. Most of the adventure enthusiast begins Everest region trek fly-in to Lukla airport.

​Hire Island peak Climbing Gear

Obviously should have basic climbing gear for Island peak climb, if a climber has personal climbing equipment's that would be far comfortable than rental climbing gear. If folks planning to hire climbing gear please remember plenty of option available in Kathmandu with wide range cost and quality. We advise you from Kathmandu travel with basic trek packing list because of a weight limit on Kathmandu to Lukla flight. Then require climbing gear can hire upon meet with a climbing guide at Chhukung where selected climbing equipment is available like ice axe, crampons, harness, screw gate, prussic loops, plastic mountain boot, plastic helmet, plastic helmet etc.

​Lukla Flight

So Lukla flight is one of the highlights in Everest region trek as 527 m runway Tenzing-Hillary airport set above Dudh Koshi River and the airstrip is walled by the mountain. Most of the time Lukla flight has been disturbed by the weather forecast, the flight might be a delay for a day or canceled for a couple of days. Therefore we suggest you be prepared well before departure from home with keeping some spared day in Kathmandu after Island peak climbing.
In case regular Lukla flight is bothered by bad weather then other options on hand fly with private helicopter to Lukla. We organize Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter tour upon on your request and it cost approximately U$$300 per person.