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 Ama Dablam 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.


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: Namche to Tengboche (3,860m)

Day-7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m).

Day-8: Trek to Chhukung (4730m).

Day-9: Island Peak Base Camp (5,087m)

Day-10: Island Peak Summit (6160m)

Day-11: Contingency

Day-12: Contingency

Day-13: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

Day-14: Trek Namche to Lukla (2,840m) (7 hrs).

Day-15: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m).

Day-16: Free day

Day-17: Depart Kathmandu

Fast Facts

It is 6160m on Imja Tse or 20,305 ft above sea level.
The shortest number of days required for is 17 days, including pre and post days but extra days can be added on.
The hike to base camp plus the climb up is roughly 150km return trip, Lukla to Lukla.
The climb can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the days tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite and also main summit season for Mt Everest. During spring time, the Khumbu valley erupts with beautiful  rhododendron flowers.
The mountain was named 'Island Peak' in 1952 due to its striking location rising from the middle of the Chukkung Glacier, like an island on a sea of ice.

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many travel insurances list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover.

Our grade: Trek Grade: 3c (FP)

The government of Nepal has designated the term 'Trekking Peak' to 18 Peaks, which can now be climbed once you have a permit via the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The category was created by the Nepal Mountaineering association as an intermediate stage between hiking and mountaineering. The climbs are of an intermediate level yet despite their names, are certainly not just an extension of a walking trek. Tackling a 'trekking peak' should not be undertaken lightly as they require physical stamina, mental focus and require basic mountain climbing skills. On these treks, you will be trekking and climbing above the snow line using ice axe, crampons, ropes and other climbing equipment. Prior experience though not essential, is certainly an advantage.

For further answers to other general questions on the Everest climb to base camp, click on the questions on the left

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 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 Imja Tse or Island Peak 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: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m)

Continuing up the Imja Khola valley, we trek towards the summer village of Dingboche (4,410).  The trekking route is easier today will a lot less steep ascents than on the day to Namche or Tengboche. The terrain becomes like a tundra of grasses and vast open plains as the Khumbu valley opens up ahead of you. Dingboche village is the highest permanent Sherpa settlement in the region and also lies on the route towards Island Peak.

Day-8: Trek to Chhukung (4730m).

From Dingboche, we then head east into the Chhukhung Valley Lhotse .  From here you will also have magnificent views of the incredible Amadablam (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal .

Day-9: Island Peak Base Camp

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-10: Climbing Island Peak Summit (6160m)

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 of Island Peak, you will descend back down to Base Camp and Chhukhung.


Contingency Day

Contingency Day

Day-13: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

The trail today will descend quite steeply as we trek back down towards Namche.

Day-14: Trek Namche to Lukla (2,840m) (7 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!

Day-15: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m).

Day-16: Free day

Day-17: Depart Kathmandu

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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
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.


Route Profile Map

Island Peak Trekking Profile Map

Trip Extension 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 BC Itinerary
 15 day tour
 Start point is from Pokhara
 Altitude of 4130m
 Not as steep at Everest BC trek
 Lower average altitude than base camp Everest
 Several route options
 Choice of base camp or circuit trek
 Stunning expansive mountain vistas
Annapurna BC 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

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