- A dramatic flight from Ktm to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla.
- Terrific view of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and beyond to Baruntse and Makalu from the top of Island peak(6,189m)
- Suitable for both newcomers as well as experienced trekkers.
- Great way to experience the blend of outdoor adventure and cultural exploration
- An excellent way to attempt at altitudes above 6000m without vast technical difficulty.
- It offers an outstanding panorama of the Khumbu area.
- An overwhelming hospitality offered by the local people which adds extremely more warmth during the cold days.
Island Peak offers an exhilarating climbing experience (to over 6,000m apart) away from simply trekking in Himalayas Mountain ranges. It is a shorter expedition especilally for those who want to attempt a typical Himalayan peak in just over a couple of weeks without going to Everest Base Camp. Standing on top of Island Peak certainly gives a similar sense of achievement like you are on top of Mt. Everest.
Of all the trekking peaks in Nepal, Island peak is the most well known as it is suitable for all newcomer climbers and experienced trekkers. And as a matter of fact, the Himalayan peaks have drawn climbers, adventurers, and cultural enthusiasts for many years. The Island Peak is often taken as a first step for most of the climbers before any summit venture of massive peaks in the Himalayas.
The expedition begins right after a 35minutes dramatic flight to Lukla. Further, the trail is headed to Namche Bazaar via Phakding across a beautiful Dudhkoshi and Bhotekoshi Rivers and crossing a delicate suspension bridge. We then further go up through Thyangboche witnessing spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and Lhotse before finally heading off to Island Peak. The Island Peak summit day involves crampons, climbing ladders, ascenders, descenders, and rope work and then onto a phenomenal glacier.
Moreover, steep snow leads to an excellent summit ridge. The spectacular views of many Himalayan giants, including the massive face of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and beyond to Baruntse and Makalu leave you wholly speechless.
Interesting facts about Island Peak Climbing
- The peak is actually an extension of Mt.Everest and the Southern ridge of Lhotse.
- The Peak was previously known as Imja Tse. Observing from Dingboche the peak looks like an island in between a sea of ice and hence, it was renamed the Island Peak.
- Out of 62 scaled, 51 trekkers incredibly succeeded the Islan Peak in 2016. Likewise, 90% successfully climbed in the year 2017/2018.
- An ideal all in one Peak
How Difficult is it to Climb Island Peak?
Climbing Island Peak is somewhat difficult as compared to the other peaks in Nepal. Likewise, trekking to Island peak base camp is challenging in itself. It requires a good physical conditioning. Prominently, the climb is graded as Alpine PD+. However, the peak is less challenging for experienced trekkers and climbers.
In spite of the fact that the peak is physically tough. It is absolutely doable with the best team along with the effort, willpower, and dedication.
What we basically suggest is; before planning to climb the peak you should fully be prepared so you can be safe, comfortable and have an amazing experience.
Apart from these difficulties, frostbite might be another health risk. In that case, it is important to listen to what the guide further suggests. Last but not least the climbers must be concerned regarding health and safety and it should always be on top priority.
Best Season To Climb Island Peak
Basically the seasons mentioned below are the perfect one to climb Island Peak:
- spring(March to early June)
- autumn (September to November
The autumn season corresponds with the timing of the Everest Expedition and you will encounter tons of Everest Expedition Team. Moreover, the mountains turn to be clear and is also the best season to climb the Island Peak.
Likewise, if you are a beginner and want to relish an excellent climbing experience, then we suggest going in the spring season.
Similarly, during the spring season, the blossom of varieties of Rhododendron and other lush vegetation makes the entire trail splendid adding a colorful landscape. You will be utterly overwhelmed by nature. In short, the entire trail will be magical indeed!
So people hurry up! Aren’t you excited to be a part of this grand expedition and want to have the same sense of Glory as I had, being there on top of Island Peak? The Everest Sherpa Adventure team is always ready to provide you the best service. Keeping in mind that the trekkers’ needs are our priority, and making this a wonderful experience for everyone is our main aim.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft) and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 5- 6 hours
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hours
Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 3-4 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung: 3 – 4 hours
Day 09: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
Day 10: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 10-12 hours
Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Day 13: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 16: Final Departure
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
Tented accommodation during the climb
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
Welcome and farewell dinners
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Down jacket (to be returned after trip completion)
All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
Medical kit (carried by your guide)
All government and local taxes
Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Personal climbing equipment
Personal climbing guide if requested
Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
Tips for guides and porters