Island Peak Climbing
An adventure that takes you through the pristine Gokyo lakes, two of the three passes of the Everest region, the Khumbu Glacier, and ultimately to the summit of Imja Tse (Island Peak) (6189m). Island peak rises from the Lhotse Glacier and is claimed to be one of the main climbing peaks in the Everest region of Nepal. With not so hard expedition, beginner climbers wishing to get into the majestic world of mountain climbing can go for Island Peak climbing. This climb offers an astonishing view of the world’s tallest mountain; Everest (8848 m).
The trek starts with a thrilling flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla from Kathmandu. The panoramic view of mountains like Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Thamserku (6623m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Toboche (6542m), and other peaks of the Khumbu Region stay along throughout the trek. Walk past the beautiful villages of Phortse Thanga, Dhole, Luza, and Machhermo to witness the tranquility of the Gokyo Lakes. En route to Island Peak Base Camp, visit the Cho-La Pass and Kongma-La Pass as you sneak in a few days to climb up and down to Everest Base Camp and Kala- Patthar via Lobuche and Gorakshep. Finally, pass the village of Chhukhung and reach Island Peak Base Camp. Enjoy the panoramic view of the peaks of the Khumbu Region, with a sense of pride, as you stand on the summit of Island Peak (6189m). While retracing the trail through the villages of Dingboche, Pangboche, Tengboche, and Namche Bazaar to arrive at Lukla, the landscape looks surreal as you’re filled with the joy of a successful summit.
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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)
We welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport with our warmest greetings. Then, we escort you to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1300m)
Visit the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight at a 3-star hotel.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m).
Experience the adrenaline rising as you get a scenic aerial view of the mountains on the flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Tenzing-Hillary Airport (2860m) in Lukla is situated on high ground and is considered to be one of the most thrilling airports in the world. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
To reach the gateway to Mt. Everest, Namche Bazaar, you pass through Himalayan pine and cedar forests. Passing through different waterfalls and breathtaking suspension bridges along the way, following Dudh Koshi River, you reach the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization.
Today is all about exploring the colorful Namche Bazaar and its outskirts. The place, mostly filled with hotels and lodges, is a vibrant Sherpa town with a Sherpa museum exhibiting their culture, cuisine, and lifestyle. Hike up to Syangboche Airport (3720m) near Everest View Hotel and enjoy a stunning panorama of Everest (8848) and other Khumbu peaks. Again, hike back to Namche and rest for the evening. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Dhole (4200m)
On the way to Dhole, witness beautiful forests of rhododendron as you walk through somewhat steep trails. Cross the longest Mani walls as you continue on the trail of stone steps. You will be accompanied by the incredible view of the Khumbu peaks as you pass through the villages of Mong and Phortse Thanga to arrive in Dhole. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 07: Dhole – Machhermo (4470m)
Ascend alongside Dudh Koshi River through the villages of Lhabarma and Luza to arrive at Machhermo. Along the way, you will have a panoramic view of the peaks of Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6782), Cho Oyu (8188), and Taboche (6367m). Passing through a steep trail and ascending for about 5 hours, lead you to Machhermo. Pastures can be seen and bushes of junipers will be refreshing your trek to Machhermo. Overnight at a guest house.
Day 08: Machhermo – Gokyo Valley (4700m)
Climb up the ridge and walk on the moraines of the largest glacier in the Khumbu region, Ngozumpa Glacier, to arrive at the first Gokyo Lake. Continue to ascend towards the second Gokyo Lake, and then the third lake. Spending some time around the tranquil lakes, you will then reach the stunning valley of Gokyo. Overnight at a lodge.
Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Gokyo Valley
Today, you explore the beautiful Gokyo valley. Hike up to Gokyo Ri (5360m) from where you can have a bird’s eye view of the astonishing Gokyo valley, along with a breathtaking vista of Mt Everest (8848m) and Makalu (8481m). After, climb down to Gokyo village and rest for the evening. Overnight at a lodge. Breakfast, Lunch Dinner Included.
Day 10- Gokyo to Thangnak (5330m)
From Gokyo, you will first descend to Dragnag and then ascend to the foot of Cho-La Pass in Thangnak. A picturesque view of Chola Peak (6089m) and Kangchung Peak (6063m) stays throughout the way. Overnight in a tented camp in Thangnak.
Day 12: Thangnak- Cho-La Pass –Lobuche (4910m)
Trek through tough blowing wind and snowy paths, accompanied by the views of Ama Dablam (6812m) and Cholatse (6440m), en route to Lobuche. Trek past the foot of Cho-La Pass, and then ascend those steep paths to cross the pass. After Cho-La Pass, descend to Dzongla form where you ascend the easy and short trail to Lobuche. Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch Dinner Included.
Day 13: Lobuche – Everest Base Camp (5364m) – Gorakshep (5140m)
Trekking with the view of Khumbu Glacier, you will reach Gorakshep. After 3 hours of trekking up and down, arrive at the foot of the mighty Everest (8848m), that is, Everest Base Camp (5364m). The majesty of Everest (8848m), along with a view of the Khumbu Glacier and other Khumbu peaks cannot be witnessed from anywhere else. Then again, head back to Gorakshep. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Gorakshep- Kalapatthar (5550) – Lobuche (4910m)
Early morning, walk through a steep and rocky trail as you hike up to Kalapatthar for an excellent view of Mt. Everest (8848m), along with Nuptse (7861m), Changtse (7543m), and Pumori (7161m) as the golden rays of the rising sun touch the white peaks. After a while, head back to Lobuche following the same trail. Overnight at a lodge.
Day 15: Lobuche- Kongma La (5535m) -Chhukhung (4730m)
Descend passing the Khumbu Glacier following an icy and rough terrain to arrive at Kongma La Pass. Climb further down past the High Camp until you reach the village of Chhukhung. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Chhukhung – Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)
This trek is particularly not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb. The course at that point takes after a ridgeline, which prompts thrilling and uncovered navigation onto the nose of the summit glacier. Enter the beautiful Imja Valley following the moraines of Lhotse (8516m). Pass the frozen glacial lake Imja Tsho to reach Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: High camp to summit (6189m) to Base camp to Chhukhung (5200m)
Early in the morning (before sunrise), you head to the summit strictly following the guidelines of your climbing leader. The Sherpa will assist you to tie up the rope to the glacier as it contains several crevasses. A strenuous climb through the steep and icy trail leads you to the summit. After enjoying the summit views for a while, walk back all the way to Chhukhung. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Reserve day for contingency
The Himalayan weather is unpredictable, so this day is reserved for contingency. We, usually, wait until the weather is favorable for the climb. In case you were unable to summit Island Peak on the scheduled day due to bad weather conditions or some other reasons, you will climb the peak today. This day might be removed from the itinerary, in case of a successful climb on the earlier day. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 19: Chhukhung to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
You head back to Namche leaving behind the vivid landscapes of Chhukhung, Dingboche, Pangboche, and Tengboche. You will quickly visit the sacred pilgrimage site of the Sherpas, Tengboche Monastery, en route to Namche. You will then descend from Phunke Thenga until you reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m)
Trek back to Lukla following the initial route of the trek. Walk out of Sagarmatha National Park as you head back to the last town of the trip. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 21: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
This 40-minute flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will give you one last bird’s eye view of the mountains. Upon arrival, you can spend the rest of the day strolling around the streets in Thamel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel.
Day 22: Rest Day in Kathmandu
You can let your body relax today. Or you can visit the local markets of Kathmandu to shop for souvenirs to take back home. Later in the evening, you will be taken for a typical Nepali dinner to celebrate your successful climb overnight at a 3-star hotel.
Day 23: Departure
We will escort you back to Tribhuvan International Airport for your further departures.
Best time for Island peak Nepal
The best time for the Island peak trek is March to May when the temperature is bearable and the weather is stable. Also, the Rhododendron blooming is seen everywhere. Spring is the safest month for mountain climbers all around the world. Or, you would possibly trek to Island Peak in Autumn i.e., October to December when is sky is apparent, the trail is busy, and locals are vibrant.
Monsoon is taken into low account season, due to the slippery path and leaches. The winter trek is also very challenging, and you shouldn’t climb Island peak Nepal in January and February. However, if you don’t want to miss the most superficial mountain views covered in a thick white blanket, just go for a short Everest View trek in winter.
Trekking Island Peak Nepal Difficulty
The base camp trek to Island Peak is a “Difficult” graded trek. Meaning, that this most challenging trek in the Everest region needs some technical skills. You can learn these mountain climb skills from your guide once you are in Kathmandu, Nepal. You ought to be physically fit and mentally healthy, especially with no heart and lung disease.
Every day, you will be walking for seven to eight hours, expecting three rest days. We also stop at Namche and Gokyo for rest. If you are up for the trek, this is not really that big of a deal. However, some preparation would hurt.
Before the tour, do try some activities listed here.
- squats, etc.,
Also, a couple of high-altitude trekking experiences in your home country is an excellent plus. With some short treks, you’ll know what’s expecting you in Nepal.
Altitude Sickness in Island Peak Trek: As with most high-altitude treks, Island Peak Climb also bears the danger of hypoxia. The sudden altitude change, primarily when you fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (1400m to 3420m), causes trouble. As you climb to Island peak, you’ll be staying at 6189 meters above water level. This opportunity is sure to take a serious toll on the human body.
Acute altitude sickness (AMS) shows symptoms like nausea and insomnia. You might also get loss of appetite and diarrhea. While these symptoms are often moderate for some, they will get fatal for others. You would like to steer back to a lower altitude in severe cases and even require airlifting in extreme conditions.
Therefore, you ought to avoid triggering altitude sickness during Island peak climbing by following measures.
• Try to more than 1,000meters every day and take a resting day for every 3,000 meters you climb.
• Keep your body hydrated with mild warm water and strictly avoid all alcoholic drinks.
• Eat many carbs with healthy snacks, including many whole grains.
• Consult with your physician before the treks
Island peak trek Nepal Permit
Along with your visa to enter Nepal, tourists need two other kinds of Island peak trek permits. First, you need a local area permit that can be issued in Kathmandu or Lukla itself. This cost about Rs 2000 per person. The local area Island Peak permit is the replacement of the TIMS card since 2018.
Next, there’s the Sagarmatha National Park permit. This is usually issued in the Everest region before getting to Namche. There’s a gate and check post at the entry point where you can print the permit. This permit costs about Rs 3000 per person. The fee is lower for SAARC county citizens, i.e., Rs 1500 per person. You will need passport photos and your visa to request these permits.
Thankfully, the best trekking agency in Nepal, MyEverestTrek, does all the paperwork while you sit back and enjoy your journey.
Note: Since this is a trekking peak, you wouldn’t need any mountain climbing permit for Island Peak Trek. The permits are the same for all treks on Everest.
Island Peak Nepal accommodation
In Kathmandu: You get a decent room with an attached bathroom and hot showers in a three-star hotel. Also, you can switch to a higher facility of your own.
Lukla to Lobuche: This is the classic Everest base camp route with so many good lodges and tea houses. In this section, we will be staying in a local’s house. They offer us a cozy room on sharing basis. A comfortable mattress and warm blanket feel good after such a long trek. Food will also be provided in the tea house.
From Lobuche to Chhukhung: This is a relatively remote section of the trek without many teahouses in the way. Thus we will be staying in camps for almost two weeks. We will have a waterproof tent, mats, and sleeping bag for a comfortable stay. The guide and porter will help you set the camps as well as cook the food.
MyEverestTrip is a Nepalese Travel and Trekking agency based in Kathmandu. We have been operating in different trekking regions for more than a decade, traveling with hundreds of trekkers and travelers all around the world.
With the pure intention to bring trekkers to Nepal’s safety and comfort, we have an entire team of travel planer, guides, and porters. We also have connections to hotels and restaurant lines all over Nepal for ensuring that our trekkers get the best possible facilities.
So, here is the reason why you should travel with MyEverestTrip.
Customize your itinerary:
We have designed a well-planned Itinerary for all travel destinations around Nepal. However, this Itinerary is customizable as per the need and requests of our trekkers. Just let us know when and how long you are staying so that we can arrange the rest.
Our Expert guide:
Although all travel agency claims to have a good guide, many of them are not informed about the place you are traveling to. However, MyEverestTrip has its own licensed guide in Nepal. They have been working in this field for over three decades, collecting all the information about the place/ culture, and learning to keep the travelers safe. Also, our guide is good at the English language. Upon special request, we can even hire a guide who can speak Chinese and other European languages for trekking in Nepal.
Fair and reasonable Cost:
MyEverestTrip has been known for its very economic trek packages in Nepal. You can compare the price we offer with any other travel agency in Nepal and only book with us if you are satisfied with our cost. We try to include all needed expenses during the tour so that you will not be overwhelmed with hidden expenses after the packages are booked.
Your safety is our priority:
Obviously, the safety of our trekkers and our team is the utmost priority of MyEverestTrip. Our guide and porters who shall accompany you for the trip will have insurance of their own. We also encourage Travel insurance for our trekkers. Our treks and trip have been so designed that you only walk an appropriate distance. In any case of emergency, you will always have our back.
Responsible and Eco-Friendly
MyEverestTrip operates with the belief in responsible tourism. This includes
- We are transparent about the services covered on the trip. There shall be no hidden cost (informed in advance if there’s any)
- We cover all the places that have been promised before the trek (the trend of skipping places once you book the package has to be discouraged).
- All our guides and porter are above 18yrs. We highly discourage child labor in the tourism industry
- We do not leave any wastage behind on the trekking routes. We either dispose of the waste appropriately or carry them back with us and send it to the municipality
- We do not engage in any activities that affect the people in the trek places of Nepal we stay.
How to hire Island peak Guide?
The Island peak guide along with a porter will be provided by MyEverestTrip once you make the booking. You don’t need to hire any other team after that. If you are not taking any such trek package in Nepal, you can find the guide to Nepal online.
What is the Island Peak Trek distance?
The straight line distance between Lukla and Island Peak Base camp is only 40kms. However, we will be walking for about 150 km round distance. This is a shorter and easier route than the Ama Dablam climb.
How hard is it to climb Island peak?
Although it’s a trekking peak, Island peak climbing does need some Mountain climb Training. For climbing the Island peak, you need to use an Ice ax, Crampons, and Harness for the climb. The guide also helps with using Top slings, Karabiners lock, mountaineering plastic boots, fixed ropes, Descender fight figure, and more. Our team will train you to use all this equipment. Other climbing peaks such as Pisang peak is a bit easier for the newbie climbers.
How long does it take to climb Island peak?
MyEverestTrek has a 24-days Island peak climb Itinerary. This includes 2 days for arrival/ departure, one for sightseeing in Kathmandu, and a total of three rest days. If you are a regular mountain climber, you might be able to climb the Island peak and be back in Kathmandu within 19 days. If the weather goes bad or your health condition deteriorates, it might get worst.
How much does it cost to climb Island peak?
Peak climbing isn’t cheap, mostly because you need to carry all food and trek items from Kathmandu. This not only cost extra for the trekking gear but also needs additional manpower. Also, you must fly to and from Lukla, making Island peak climbing even more expensive. MyEverestTrek’s well-arranged Island peak cost is $2050 for all permits, accommodation, guide/porter, and transportation.
Can you climb Island peak without a guide?
Legally, yes you can climb island peak without a guide. Practically, no, you shouldn’t attempt to climb Island peak without a guide. Being a mountain peak it needs some climbing skills and technical support, thus climbing an Island peak without a guide is risky. The $25/ day for a travel guide in Nepal will be more than worth it.
Along with a guide, you need a porter for this trek. A porter carries all the tents and cooking items so that you can cook and live comfortably.
Can you climb the island peak alone?
No one would recommend you to do mountain climbing alone. And climbing a 6189m peak is almost similar to a mountain climb. The rough path, avalanches, snowfalls, and remoteness of the mountains make your trek very hard. Sometimes, Island peak climbing can be deadly due to cold and altitude. So, it’s not really a good choice to go for island peak alone. At least hire a guide or a porter if you are a Solo trekker. During the peak season, Island peak is filled with so many other trekkers that you will likely not be alone.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Small padlock to lock trek bag
- Underwear (4)
- Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
- Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Shorts (2)
- Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
- Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
- Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Water bottles (2)
- Sun hat or scarf
- Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
- Small wash towel
- T-shirts (2)
- Footwear appropriate to the trip
- Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
- Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
- Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
- At least two nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu bed and Breakfast plan
- Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in the whole trekking
- Domestic flights (KTM-Lukla-KTM) with all surcharges airport taxes for guests and guide
- Trekking map
- An experienced Government license holder guide
- Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
- Insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
- Travel and rescue arrangement
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
- All government taxes and tourist service charge
What's not included
- Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking.
- Your travel insurance ( Rescue ).
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver.
- Drinks (hot, cold, and alcoholic)
- Personal shopping and laundry etc.
- Personal trekking equipment.
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Island Peak Was Super
I want to thank the team at My Everest Trip for managing this trek in a very professional way. This is one of the most exciting treks I have ever done and I appreciate the way the company and the staff offered me good service and high quality in every aspect.
All the members of the team are highly qualified and skilled and in addition to this, they are polite and warm-hearted people always doing a good job to keep you happy and comfortable.
A special greeting to my guide Ram for making this trek memorable. I would love to join him on another adventure someday.
Based on my good experience I would love to recommend My Everest Trip for trekking in Nepal.
Eventyrlig Klatring i Himalaya
Det har i mange år været en drøm for mig at vandre til Everest Base Camp og opleve storheden af Himalaya bjergene. En af mine venner har tidligere rejst i Nepal og havde brugt My Everest Trip som tur operatør og havde kun godt at sige om dem. Jeg kunne se at bureaet havde eksisteret i mange år og at ejeren Puru selv havde arbejdet både som porter og som guide, så jeg følte mig ganske tryg ved at kontakte ham.
Jeg kan godt lide at udfordre mig selv, så en kombination af trek og is klatring tiltalte mig meget. Det er meget tydeligt at her slækker man aldrig på sikkerheden for mens jeg på trekket fulgtes med en almindelig guide, var der i forbindelse med klatringen tilknyttet en Sherpa med speciale i is klatring. Derfor var alle sikkerhedsforanstaltninger i orden.
Himalaya er jo i sig selv en fantastisk oplevelse, men der kan hurtigt gå noget galt og derfor er det godt at vide at man altid er omgivet af mennesker, der med stor professionalisme guider én så trekket bliver den bedste oplevelse.
Jeg kan rigtig godt lide den rolige og afbalancerede tilgang det Nepalesiske folk har til tingene, små forhindringer bliver stille og roligt ryddet af vejen så man bare skal koncentrere sig om at nyde turen.
Jeg har kun godt at sige om selve trekket og hele den måde det var tilrettelagt på, alting klappede som det skulle og jeg har fået en oplevelse for livet.
Derfor kan jeg også med god samvittighed give My Everest Trip mine bedste anbefalinger.
This great trek spiced up with peak climbing was a true adventure. Though some days were strenuous and challenging, the staff did a fantastic job guiding us through and keeping the good spirit. I was impressed by the professionalism our climbing leader showed making every precaution to make sure nobody was unsafe. Trekking with these guys was a pleasure, always kind and very service-minded.
Trekking through different landscapes, witnessing the culture, meeting so many friendly people, and everything so well organized made this a memorable trek. The trek contains enough days to put acclimatization days when needed, which was one of the reasons I chose My Everest Trip to operate this trek.
I would not hesitate to contact My Everest Trip again to operate another trek in the future. The good service provided by Puru and his staff fully lived up to all my expectations and I give my warmest recommendations for this agency.
- Scenic flight From Kathmandu to Lukla.
- Explore Beautifull Namche bazaar and Khumjung valley.
- Gokyo RI with Glacier ( More than 84 different mountains over 6000m ).
- Climb the attractive peaks in the Everest region.
- Everest base camp and Kala pather
- Sherpa culture and experiences that life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of the Himalayas.
- Visiting Tengboche Monastery
- Views of Khumbu Icefall and Makalu Himalayan Range.
- Summit to Island peak at an elevation of 6,187 meters.
- Amazing icy mass perspectives from the highest point of the island top.
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