ISLAND PEAK TREK - IMJA TSE LAKES

This itinerary combines the classic Everest Base Camp trek with climbing one of Nepal's trekking peaks. Island peak mountain was named by 1952 by Shiptons party and although it was later renamed Imja Tse, many of the locals still refer to it as Island Peak. From base camp, the climb to the summit involves some steep sections, where the use of crampons, Ice-axe and ropes are necessary, and for this reason we use highly experienced guides who know the mountain very well, to guide you to the summit. From Dingboche the mountain is seen as an island rising from a sea of ice and alpine desert. Island peak offers an incredible climb as well as some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region.

Seen from the summit are the mountains of Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m), as well as Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Amadablan in the South. For many, climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas as it enables people to practice climbing with the use of technical equipment.

 

Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

Day-5: Rest day at Namche

Day-6: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) (5 hrs).

Day-7: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,312m) (5 hrs).

Day-8: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).

Day-9: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).

Day-10: Kalapatthar / Everest Base Camp to Lobuche (4,920m)

Day-11: Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 7 hrs)

Day-12: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)

Day-13: Summit Island Peak (6160m).

Day-14: Contingency Day/ Return to Chhukung (4730m).

Day-15: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

Day-16: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Day-17: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Day-18: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-19: Free day

Day-20: Transfer to airport. Final departure.

Fast Facts

Altitude: 6160m

All year

Best:: Spring/Autumn

Tour: 17 days

Hotels and Lodges

Trek Grade: 3c (FP)


Very long days with steep paths, boulders , rock and ice. Glaciers and snow will be encountered at high altitude. Increased presence of rocky glacial moraines and ice ridges. climb entails some technical sections where ropes, crampons and ice picks may be needed. No prior Technical experience is helpful but not required. Snow gullies and ridges of around 45 degrees. Altitudes up to 6000m. High risk of altitude sickness. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weigh about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Full day of guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley.

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m).

Our early morning hike to Everest Base Camp begins with a flight into Lukla - is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 460 meters! After meeting with guides and porters and a short break for tea we hike away from Lukla towards Everest base camp for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m.

Day-4: Phakding (2,610m) Namche bazaar (3,440m).

After leaving the village of Phakding the path takes us through a magnificent forest of rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant fir trees alongside the Dhud-Kosi river through small villages like Bekar and Monju. You will crisscross over the river a few times on high suspension bridges until you eventually come to the Sagarmatha Check Point where your permits needs to be checked. The climb then starts with a downhill trek down to the river and then all the way back up again to Namche. Namche is the largest Sherpa village and is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is a major stop-off point for trekkers and climbers heading for Mount Everest

Day-5: Namche bazaar (acclimatisation 3,440 m)

We will spend time here on short treks to acclimatise. Although it says acclimatisation, this means you need to walk for the principle of climb high and sleep low, meaning we gain altitude, then descend again to sleep low, enabling our bodies to better adjust to the altitude before we continue our ascent. A slow and steady pace with adequate time for acclimatisation is key to a successful trek. So today we hike up to Everest View hotel for just that, a view of Mt Everest, assuming the weather is clear.

Day-6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,860m)

With incredible views of the Thamserku we steadily descend to the Imja Khola where we see a series of water driven prayer wheels at the little river side village of Pungi Tanga. After a lunch break we start the slow long steep climb up to the famous Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) - one of the most beautiful places in the world. We may continue down to Deboche for the night where it is warmer and accommodation options better.

Day-7: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,312m) (5 hrs).

We set off up to Imja Khola valley towards Pangboche at 3,900m and stop for lunch. Later, we will visit the Monastery and look at the Yeti scalp before moving on towards the summer village of Pheriche (4,260m). Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day-8: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).

We ascend up a small ridge and contour around the base of Khumbu Glacier and stop for lunch at Dhugla (4,600m). After lunch, we take a steep ascent to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are breathtaking. We continue again along the moraine and overnight at the foot off the Lobuche Ice Fall (4,930m). Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day-9: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).

Our trekking distance today is not so far, but we will wake early in the morning and move forward to Gorek Sherpa for our next night stop. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day-10: Hike up to Kalapatthar / Everest Base Camp / Retrace your steps to Lobuche (4,920m)

Our climb today, takes us up Kala Patthar, a steep ascent, which enables us to get uninterrupted views of Everest Peak. Kala Patthar lies at 5,545m. The mountains of Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m) and Khumbutse (6,623m) separate us from Tibet and just over the Lho La pass we see the huge face of Changtse (7,750m). We then retrace our steps and head back to Lobuche.

Day-11: Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 7 hrs)

From Lobuche, we then head east into the Chhukhung Valley, which lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse. From here you will also have magnificent views of the incredible Amadablan (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal.

Day-12: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)

Today, we trek along the Imja Khola to Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasant site by a small lake with fine views of the Lhotse Glacier and Nuptse-Lhotse wall. You will reach the Base Camp of Imja Tse today. Once camp has been set up you will be free to get your climbing gear in order and get organized for your ascent of the peak tomorrow.

Day-13: Summit Island Peak (6160m). Return to Base Camp.

You will start early for the summit. The going gets difficult once you reach the bottom of the steep icefall below the summit. Great care and caution must be exercised while scaling the wall to emerge on the ridge leading to the summit. After the summit, you will descend back down to the Base Camp.

Day-14: Contingency Day/ Return to Chhukung (4730m).

As the weather can be unpredictable, we have added an extra day in case the weather is not clear for summit, the previous day. If all is fine, we return back to Chhukung.

Day-15: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

The trail today will descend quite steeply as we head back down towards Namche. To get to camp, there will be a steep climb to reach our overnight stop.

Day-16: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

We trek down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding. Overnight Camp or Lodge.

Day-17: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Trek further to the mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing! Overnight Camp or Lodge at Lukla.

Day-18: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-19: Free day

Day-20: Final Departure.

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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
Everest NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek (we do not restrict the orders) Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Island peak permit
Climbing Sherpa guide
Main ropes
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek
 

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $40
Rescue and evacuation
Climbing gear
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel days in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

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Route Profile Map

Everest Base Camp Island Peak trekking route profile map

Trip Extention Ideas

 Trek to Everest Base Camp
Extend your trek before you climb island peak to help acclimitise by trekking to Everest Base Camp first. It only adds on about another three days
 Gokyo Lakes Extension
This adds quite a number extra days to your trip but gives you the chance to trek over the Cho La Pass, across the Ngozumpa glacier to the magnificent high water Gokyo Lakes.
 Island Peak query

Book your Island Peak Climb
Trekking Peaks in Nepal
Mera Peak is higher than Island Peak but in terms of technical work, easier to climb. However, the trek TO Mera Peak is tougher than the trek to Island Peak.

Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal at 6654m.
Mera Peak Itinerary
If you are looking at something tougher than a standard Mera Peak Trek or Island Peak trek then there are two options, one is to do Mera Peak and return via the Mingoba La (Pass) and the other is to combine Mera Peak with a crossing via Amphu Lapcha Pass.

Mera Amphu Lapcha Itinerary

Other Treks in Nepal
 17 day tour
  Start point is from Lukla
  Altitude of 5495m
  A more popular trekking route
  Wonderful mix of culture and scenery
  Breathtaking views of Everest and surrounding peaks
  Same ascent and descent route
  Can be combined with Island Peak
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
 15 day tour
 Start point is from Pokhara
 Altitude of 4130m
 Not as steep at Everest base camp trek
 Lower average altitude than base camp Everest
 Several route options
 Choice of base camp or circuit trek
 Stunning expansive mountain vistas
Annapurna Base Camp Itinerary
 23 day tour
  Start point is from Lukla
  Altitude of 5495m
  Less busy than base camp for the first 7 days
  Steeper and more challenging passes than Everest Base Camp
  Breathtaking Gokyo Lakes
  Different approach to Everest base camp
  Dramatically contrasting scenery and more of a circuit trek
Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary
 23 day tour
  Start point is from Pokhara
  Altitude of 5360m
  Very remote with few permanent settlements
  Extended and strenuous trek
  Challenging mountain passes
  Lots of snow and ice sections
  Dramatically contrasting scenery
Dhaulagiri Trek Itinerary
 10 day tour
  Start point is from Pokhara
  Altitude of 3200m
  Treks along a well populated route
  Expect steep sections and lots of stairs
  Wonderful variation of scenery, forests and mountain views
  Trek is in part of the Annapurna region
  Accommodation is in lodges
Poon Hill Trek Itinerary
10 day tour
  Start point is from Kathmandu and Syabru Beshi
  Altitude of 3300m
  Expect steep sections and long days
  Gives you a great insight into the local cultural of the Tamang people
  Wonderful variation of scenery, forests and mountain views
  Trek is in part of the Langtang Region
  Accommodation is a combination of home stays and lodges
Tamang Cultural Trek Itinerary

Other treks nearby
 In Tibet there are options such as Mt Kailash, the Kharta Valley Trek or Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek.  In Bhutan, there is everything from the Laya Ghasa Trek or Dagala Lakes, to the long and difficult Snowman Trek
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Treks in Nepal
 17 day tour
  Start point is from Lukla
  Altitude of 5495m
  A more popular trekking route
  Wonderful mix of culture and scenery
  Breathtaking views of Everest and surrounding peaks
  Same ascent and descent route
  Can be combined with Island Peak
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
 15 day tour
 Start point is from Pokhara
 Altitude of 4130m
 Not as steep at Everest base camp trek
 Lower average altitude than base camp Everest
 Several route options
 Choice of base camp or circuit trek
 Stunning expansive mountain vistas
Annapurna Base Camp Itinerary
 23 day tour
  Start point is from Lukla
  Altitude of 5495m
  Less busy than base camp for the first 7 days
  Steeper and more challenging passes than Everest Base Camp
  Breathtaking Gokyo Lakes
  Different approach to Everest base camp
  Dramatically contrasting scenery and more of a circuit trek
Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary
 23 day tour
  Start point is from Pokhara
  Altitude of 5360m
  Very remote with few permanent settlements
  Extended and strenuous trek
  Challenging mountain passes
  Lots of snow and ice sections
  Dramatically contrasting scenery
Dhaulagiri Trek Itinerary
 10 day tour
  Start point is from Pokhara
  Altitude of 3200m
  Treks along a well populated route
  Expect steep sections and lots of stairs
  Wonderful variation of scenery, forests and mountain views
  Trek is in part of the Annapurna region
  Accommodation is in lodges
Poon Hill Trek Itinerary
10 day tour
  Start point is from Kathmandu and Syabru Beshi
  Altitude of 3300m
  Expect steep sections and long days
  Gives you a great insight into the local cultural of the Tamang people
  Wonderful variation of scenery, forests and mountain views
  Trek is in part of the Langtang Region
  Accommodation is a combination of home stays and lodges
Tamang Cultural Trek Itinerary

Trekking Peaks in Nepal
These two peaks are called trekking peaks. Unfortunately, this has led many to believe that there is no difficulty involved. This is not the case. Anything involving the use of ropes, crampons, climbing gear, climbing skill, snow gullies etc can be difficult, even if it is just for one day.

Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal at 6654m. Island Peak is slightly lower at 6160m.

If you are looking at something tougher than a standard trek and are keen to try adding a peak, these are good options.

Island Peak Itinerary Mera Peak Itinerary


Other treks nearby
 In Tibet there are options such as Mt Kailash, the Kharta Valley Trek or Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek.  In Bhutan, there is everything from the Laya Ghasa Trek or Dagala Lakes, to the long and difficult Snowman Trek
 

Frequently Asked Questions