Island Peak Climbing

18 Days from $ 2399

Trip Overview

“Half the fun of travel is the esthetic of getting lost in the unexpected.”

Island Peak climbing easily fulfills the dream of both the amateur and serious climbers as it offers climbers an adventurous and thrilling climbing experience in an ascent mostly non-technical with some basic snow climbing skills. Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse which is considered as a spectacular peak amid the giants of the Himalaya and is the most famous climbing peak in Everest region. Here on this trek to Island Peak you shall experience the Everest trail and its fabulous culture, history and scenery, and with the altitude comes many challenges.

Being located on top off Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse peaks, Island peak has become the most sought after trekking and climbing destination because of its challenging geographical conditions. We shall recommend this climb to those who are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to take adventure climbing trips beyond simply trekking in Everest. Island Peak is an excellent opportunity to achieve an over 6000 meter Himalayan summit together with an exhilarating trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar. What makes it hard going is the altitude, which may affect your performance, though rest days are built into the trek to help you acclimatize. After one and a half week of trekking you will be physically fit and well acclimatized to try to reach the summit of Island Peak at 6173 m. The climb to Island Peak starts from the base camp, followed by the high camp and then the summit. From the summit of Island Peak there are stunning views of Lhotse and Makalu, the 4th and 5th highest mountains in the world, respectively. The cultural aspects of the area rest on its intimate connection with Tibetan Buddhism. Accommodations are available in comfortable teahouses run by Sherpa family’s en-route. The biodiversity of the region is now protected by Sagarmatha National Park. Following the trail along the glacial milky river, we trek through smaller settlements, lush and dense forest, terraced farmlands, several suspension flags festooned with prayer flags, waterfalls. Along the way, we visit Buddhist monasteries and begin to appreciate the unique mountain culture found in the Himalayan foothills.

This trek offers you the opportunity to fulfill a dream, while taking in some of the most incredible scenery in the Himalayas. Good health and a basic good physical condition together with careful pacing and plenty of time to acclimatize is the key to a successful trip. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the preferred seasons for this trip. Join Himalayan Trekking Alliance climbing team to experience this adventurous climb to the Island Peak in Everest region.

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Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trip Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 30 minutes flight, 3- 4hrs trek (Trekking times only)
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest day
Day 06: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 08: Acclimatizetion Day at Dingboche
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,154ft): 4-5 hrs
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep <EBC-5,364m and Back> (5,180m/17,042ft): 7-8hrs
Day 11: Gorakshep to Kalapathar-5,545m and back to Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft): 7-8hrs
Day 12: Dingboche to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 13: Island Peak- 6,189m Summit and back to Chhukung (4,730m/15,562ft): 9-10hrs
Day 14: Chhukung to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 4-5 hrs
Day 15: Tengboche to Namche (3,440m/11,280 ft): 4-5 hrs
Day 16: Namche to Lukla (2,840m/9,344 ft): 7-8hrs
Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft): 30 minutes flight
Day 18: Final Departure

Price Includes

  • 14 days in mountains which includes accommodations and 3 meals a day.
  • 3 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Flights for Kathmandu–Lukla–Kathmandu.
  • Airport pick up and drop off.
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, Climbing Permit and a Tourist Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
  • All climbing equipment.
  • Government-licensed, English speaking trekking guide and Climbing guide.
  • Porter service.
  • All government and local taxes
  • Farewell dinner

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa at Immigration at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) (approx. $40 USD cash) per person.
  • Trekking gear rental like sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, etc.
  • Unforeseen costs due to health, flight cancellation, weather conditions etc
  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu in-case if early return from your trip in any reason.
  • All kinds of drinks and snacks.
  • Travel Insurance (most required)
  • Tips for the guide and porter after the trip.
  • Anything else not mentioned in the included costs above.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We believe emergency medical coverage is very essential for any traveler traveling to Nepal. Travel insurance exists to ensure that trekkers/travelers get medical help if things go wrong. For our treks and trekking peak expeditions in Nepal, you are highly recommended to get yourself insurance that takes account of trekking to 5000–6000m with helicopter evacuation. Lastly, make sure that you compare your insurance plans with others to get the right policy for you.

Yes! A 25 % deposit of the full payment is required to book the respective trip package. We have very simple cancellation policy in case of your trip cancelled.
The full payment due is after your arrival in Kathmandu and before the commencement of the particular trip package that was booked by the client. And if you deposit your full payment two month prior to your arrival we will give you the surprise gift upon your arrival at Hotel.

No, you don’t have to book anything else yourself because we provide a fully guided tour packages to all of our clients. From the airport pick up to your hotel rooms for your stay, all are inclusive to our trip packages, so, even during the entire trip, our guide will accommodate you entirely without the need to book anything yourself.

Cancellation policies are defined as the circumstances in which the “Host Company” will return (or in some cases doesn’t return) the money to their guest when the booked trip package is cancelled. Generally these policies tend to protect the “Host Company” in the event of unpredicted and unanticipated cancellations of a particular trip package. It is expected for our clients to keep in mind that each tour package available through Himalayan Trekking Alliance has a cancellation policy, and we try to do our best when you choose to cancel a tour package booked by or on your behalf.

  • $25 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $50 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $75 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 6 days prior to your scheduled arrival.

As we asked for a 25% advance to confirm your trip, this amount will not be refunded if you don’t notify us about your cancellation or any re-scheduled date within five days before your scheduled arrival. However, if you provide us with your re-scheduled dates, we will keep your advance for up to one year from your scheduled arrival and apply it to the cost of your rescheduled trip.  We may ask for an additional advance amount if the overall cost of the trip increases.

To apply for Nepal’s entry Visa, you can submit an application for a visa directly on the official website of the Department of Immigration in Nepal before traveling to Nepal. Click here for online application. You can also acquire and obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.  You can also obtain an entry visa at the following border points of entry in Nepal if you traveling overland:

  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa District (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birgunj, Parsa District (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk District (Northern Border–for group tourists only)
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi District, Western Nepal)
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke District, Mid-Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali District, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur District, Far Western Nepal)

Our trekking packages are all inclusive in the basic standards, but we suggest each of you carry Nepalese currency of about Rs 40,000/- to Rs 50,000 (about $400 to $500) for extra expenses for the trip. These includes:

  • A down jacket rental ($1.5 per day) and sleeping bag rental ($1.5 per day).
  • Three meals with cups of hot tea are included, but you have to pay yourself if you want to have extra food and snacks, cold drinks, chocolate bars, bakery items, etc.
  • Tip are generally expected in the tourism industry in Nepal so we suggest you kindly tip the crew. The standard tip is at least $100 per crew for about 2 weeks trip or $15 per days for Guide and $10 per day for porter.
  • Buying mineral water in the mountains will cost $2 to $4 per bottle or you can buy water purification tablets in Kathmandu for about $5 and put them in water that we can get from the teahouses.
  • Additional costs not included while trekking includes hot shower cost ($3 to $5), battery charging ($3 to $7), Wi-Fi cost ($3 to $5 per hour), etc.
  • Extra hotel night in Kathmandu due to health issue, flight cancellation, weather conditions or an early return from the trip for any reason cost ($50 per night)

For your safety, this is the suggested trekking gear list for any type of trekking in Nepal. Either you bring most of your trekking gear with you or you can buy all of the following gear in Thamel, Kathmandu from one of the many shops open from 10am to 8pm.

  • Sleeping bag and down jacket rated for about minus 10 degrees
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Towel, shampoo and toiletries
  • Trekking pole
  • Camel-bag or water bottle
  • Wind breaker jacket and fleece coat
  • Warm woolen beanie, sun hat, socks (a few pairs)
  • Long and short trekking pants (a few pairs)
  • A few t-shirts (quick dry), gloves, sun glass and sun cream
  • Day bag (carry yourself with all of your valuable belongings)  size: 40L

Note: Sleeping bag and down-jacket can be rented in Kathmandu.

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