Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp - 19 Days

Island Peak
Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 6189 m/20,305 ft
  • Activity Peak Climbing
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Best Season February to May and September to Mid December
Highlights
  • Stunning Scenery: Island Peak climbing offers spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam, as well as the surrounding valleys, glaciers, and villages.
  • Cultural Experience: Island Peak climbing is a great way to experience the culture of the Sherpa people, who are the indigenous inhabitants of the Everest region. You can visit traditional Sherpa villages and monasteries to experience their customs and way of life.
  • Challenging Climb: Island Peak climbing is a challenging climb that requires technical skills and endurance. Climbing to an altitude of over 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) is a great physical and mental challenge that will test your limits.
  • Peak Summit: Reaching the summit of Island Peak is a great accomplishment and a thrilling experience. From the summit, you can enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan range, which is an unforgettable sight.
  • Adventure Trek: Island Peak climbing is not just about climbing; it also involves a trek through some of the most beautiful and remote areas of Nepal. The trek offers a variety of terrains, including forests, glaciers, and rocky terrain, which makes the journey more adventurous.
  • Local Guides: Climbing Island Peak with a local guide will enhance your experience, as they are knowledgeable about the local culture and environment. They can provide insights into the history and culture of the region and ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable climb.
  • High-altitude experience: Climbing Island Peak provides an opportunity to acclimatize to high-altitude conditions, which can be useful for future climbing expeditions.

In recent years, Island Peak Climbing has been a popular peak climbing destination due to its extraordinary beauty and the perfect mountain vista it provides. Island Peak, also called Imja Tse, is a mountain in the Everest area of Nepal that attracts many climbers. It is named as Island Peak because from Dingboche, it looks like an island in the middle of a sea of ice. This incredible Himalayan trek is intended for active, physically fit travelers who may not have much expertise with actual mountain climbing.

Island Peak (6189m) is a popular climbing destination due to its glaciated West Face, which rises from the Lhotse Glacier. In comparison to the other peaks, the Island Peak is easier to climb for the physically fit beginner who wants to try peak climbing for the first time.

In addition to the life-changing experience of summiting a mountain, climbing Island Peak in Nepal is a fantastic chance to learn more about the myths and stories that surround the Everest area. The trail leads us into the Khumbu region, where we can learn about the Sherpa people, see Everest Base Camp (at an altitude of 5,357 meters), and climb Kalapathar Peak for spectacular views of mountains like Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and many more.

Moon Himalaya Adventure invites you to experience the beauty of the mountains, the solitude of the wilderness, the challenge of the Everest region's trails, the thrill of a summit attempt, and the respite from the stresses of everyday life.

ItineraryDay to Day Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), representative from Moon Himalaya Adventure will welcome you and assist in the transfer to hotel. You will have dinner with your guides where you will be introduced to each other and talk about the trip.

  • Meals:welcome dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1300m

On second day after having your breakfast our guide will brief you about the Island peak climbing and the gears you need. In case if you miss out some gear you can buy or rent it. If you want then you can visit around the world heritage sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath) but you must pay entry fees on your own.

  • Accommodation:Hotel

Taking early morning flight to Lukla you will begin your Island peak climbing journey. After reaching Lukla you will start your trek to Phakding. You will walk through the stone-paved way where you will find chorten on your way. Phakding is a beautiful village which consists of many hotels and shops.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:2840m
  • Duration:30 minutes flight & 3-4 hrs walk

After having breakfast, you will start your trek walking through the bank of Dudhkhosi. On walking uphill and downhill you will reach Monjo. Monjo is an entrance gate to Sagarmatha National Park where your permits will be checked. Monjo is a sherpa village which offers you a beautiful landscape view. On your way to Namche, you will cross suspension bridges and hike up observing the beautiful view. The walk for this day concludes reaching Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazar, one of the beautiful villages in the Khumbu region offers you the attractive Mountain View.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3440m
  • Duration:5-6 hrs

We must have an acclimatization day in Namche even if you feel healthy and fit. You will hike up to Everest viewpoint on this day. Magnificent panoramic view of Mountains like Mount Everest (8,848.86 m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Kangtega (6,782m), Thamserku (6,623m), Kwangde (6,011m) and others can be seen from Everest viewpoint. 

Acclimatization is done so that your body can adapt to new environment. Also, it helps you to prevent from altitude sickness. 

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3880 m
  • Duration:3-4 hrs

You will start hiking after having breakfast. Walking through the dense rhododendron forest you will be both descending and ascending on your way to Tengboche.

The trail follows beneath the splendid Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse and many others. The destination for today ends reaching Tengboche. Tengboche can be less called village as it is surrounded by the guest houses. Tengboche Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in Khumbu region and is a very important sacred place. Evening rituals are performed by the Monks in Tengboche Monastery. Everyone can take part in the prayer however you are not allowed to take photos or videos.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3860m
  • Duration:5-6 hrs

Waking up with the beautiful sunrise view and having breakfast observing the stunning view from Tengboche will boost your climbing spirit even more. The trail for this day passes through coniferous forest to Deboche. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola then climbing uphill until you reach the beautiful sherpa village, Pangboche where you will rest for and have lunch. After that your journey continues to reach Dingboche. On your way you will be amazed as you will see the prayers flag dangling in the trails and colourful Mani stones imprinted with the Buddhist mantras. Upon reaching Dingboche you will find it is bigger than Tengboche. Dingboche is a traditional sherpa village with a beautiful view from surrounding hills.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4410m
  • Duration:5-6 hrs

You will spend one more day at Dingboche for acclimatization. For acclimatization we will follow the rule of climb high sleep low. Today you will do short hike. You will find shops, bakeries at Dingboche. You can visit around the shops and bakeries or you can have rest at your lodge.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4928 m
  • Duration:5-6 hrs

After having breakfast, you will trek ahead to reach Gorakshep. On reaching Gorakshep you will have lunch and will continue the trek to base camp where you will observe the elegant Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Icefall. Spending some time at Everest base camp you will descend to Gorakshep at your lodge.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5320 m
  • Duration:6-7 hrs

In the early morning you will hike up to Kala Patthar, to see the beautiful sunrise view. You will be amazed seeing the rays of sun touching the mountains of himalayas. The best panoramic view of the himalayas is observed from this viewpoint. After filling your eyes, mind and heart with the splendid scenic view of himalaya you will descend back to Gorakh shep for your breakfast. The most notable ascent for the day is Pheriche Pass. Great views of rivers and Mountains can be seen on your way to Pheriche.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7-8 hrs

After having breakfast, we will trek towards Chhukung. Chhukung is a small village at the base of Island Peak that serve to accommodate trekkers and climbers. You will rest at Chhukung to acclimate your body and prepare for the climbing. We will manage and gather all the necessary gear required for climbing at Chhukung.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4730 m
  • Duration:5-6 hrs

Taking breakfast at Chhukung with a beautiful surrounding surrounded by mountain will be very pleasant to start your day. We will bring all our climbing gear. We will begin our trek towards Island peak, which will take around five hours to reach the base camp. We will need a lot of equipment to climb Island Peak, so carrying it all by ourselves will be difficult so we will hire a yak or a porter to transport those items up to basecamp.

Today’s trial highlights include the Imja valley, glacier lake, and Island Peak. After arriving at the Island peak base camp, we will take our equipment, set up our tent, and take rest. We will be spending the night in camp, so it’ll be a tough night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Max Altitude:5200 m
  • Duration:5-6 hrs

After having breakfast, we will move from Base Camp to Island Peak High Camp. Our climbing guide will instruct you on what equipment you will need as you will be using the ropes to ascend towards the High Camp. On reaching High camp we will set up the tents and we will prepare for the summit next day. As you might get more excited for summit you must not forget to drink plenty of water and have proper sleep.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Max Altitude:5600m
  • Duration:2-3 hrs

The most awaited day of the whole trek. You will have more motivation on this day as you will be ascending to the summit of Island peak. Today it will be quite challenging as you will start your climb in early morning. Before climbing our guide will check the weather and make the necessary decisions. Climbing to the summit is not easy as you will have to go through rocky terrain, over come a steep verticle climb but you don’t have to worry as our experienced climbing guides will guide you throughout the entire summit.

Finally on reaching the summit you should be proud of yourself that you made it. Enjoy the moment and don’t forget to capture it. After spending some time at the summit, you will descend to High Camp and to Chhukung. The day will be long and exhausting but at the end of the day you will feel that all of the effort was worth it.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:6189 m
  • Duration:8-10 hrs

After having breakfast, you will descend towards Tengboche.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lodge & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4-5 hrs

After having breakfast, you will walk towards the Namche.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4-5 hrs

This day might be a little long so it’s better to start your trek a early. Walking down to Lukla you will remember your first day of the trek and think about how much you have accomplished. Not only did you successfully summit Island Peak but also you returned safely. Though you will be walking the same path,you will find the difference in the way you feel. You may start reflecting the whole adventureas you make your way back, as it will be the last hiking. As you celebrate your success you can sing, dance and have a fun time with the guides and porters at Lukla in the evening.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6-7 hrs

After you wake, you will enjoy your final breakfast in the Khumbu region. We will be catching an early flight for your return to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu our guides will transfer you to your hotel from the domestic airport.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:30 minutes

Representative from Moon Himalaya Adventure will drop you at the airport according to your departure time.

    The itinerary can be personalized according to your requirement. 

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    Cost DetailsWhat's Included
    • Airport pick up and drop.
    • Three-night hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu for out clients.
    • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
    • Accommodation  during the trek.
    • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee.
    • Pasang Lhamu Gaupalika entry fee.
    • Island Peak climbing permit fee.
    • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.
    • Group euipment (fixed rope, main rope, snow bar, ice screw, rock Piton)
    • Sleeping tent, Kitchen tent and dinning tent.
    • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu for the guide.
    • One expert government license holder Mountain guide.
      (For 1 to 4 clients there will be 1 guide)
    • For 2 clients there will be 1 Porter.
      (The baggage of 1 client should be 12 to 15 kg only)
    • Cook for climbing period at base camp.
    • Food, accommodation, salary, climbing insurance and equipment for theGuide
    • Food, accommodation, salary and trekking insurance for the porter.
    • Food, accommodation, salary and trekking insurance for the Cook.
    • First aid kit.
    • All necessary government taxes.
    • Certificate of accomplishment of Island Peak.
    • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by the client's travel insurance company.
    What's Excluded
    • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
    • Your travel insurance (mandatory).
    • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu that goes beyond the scheduled program.
    • Your personal expenses and entrance fees while you tour in Kathmandu.
    • Entry fees into monastries, temples or museums.
    • Your personal expenses, shopping, donation to monasteries, and schools, wifi, laundry etc.
    • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
    • Novelty foods things like chocolate bars, potato chips, candy etc.
    • Internet, hot showers and battery charges during the trek.
    • International airfare and airport departure tax.
    Useful InformationGood to Know
    • Required Climbing Equipment: ice axes, crampons, ropes, harness, helmet, and other technical climbing gear.
    • Required Trekking Equipment: sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, sleeping bags, trekking poles, and other personal gear.
    • Guides and Porters: It is compulsory to hire a guide and porter for safety and to navigate the challenging terrain.
    • Medical Considerations: Altitude sickness is a concern, and it's recommended to have a thorough medical check-up before the trip.
    • Electricity: Most teahouses have electricity, but portable solar chargers are recommended for charging electronic devices.
    FAQsIsland Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp - 19 Days FAQs
    • The best seasons for Island Peak climbing are April to May and September to November, when the weather is usually dry and stable. However, climbers should always be prepared for unexpected weather changes.

    • You need to be in good shape or physically fit to summit Island Peak. Hiking for 6-7 hours each day, carrying a 10-15 kg backpack, and being familiar with technical climbing equipment like ice axes and crampons are essential.

    • While prior climbing experience is recommended, it's not mandatory. However, climbers should have basic mountaineering skills, including the use of ice axes, crampons, and ropes.

    • Yes, you need a climbing permit for Island Peak, which can be obtained from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. In addition you also need Sagarmatha National Park permit and Pasang Lhamu Gaupalika entry permit which is required for all treks in the Everest region.

    • It is mandatory to hire a guide for Island Peak climbing to ensure safety and navigate the challenging terrain. The guide will also assist with technical climbing skills, equipment, and acclimatization.

    • While traveling to the base camp of Island Peak, climbers will stay in teahouses or lodges whereas while at the base camp and the summit, they will sleep in tents. 

    • Preparing for altitude sickness involves acclimatization, staying hydrated, and avoiding alcohol and smoking. You can also take medication such as acetazolamide to prevent altitude sickness and carry a portable oxygen cylinder for emergency use.

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