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Island peak climbing (6189m) – 21 Days

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  • DestinationNepal
  • Total Duration21 Days
  • Best TimeSpring & Autumn
  • Max Elevation6189 m
  • Trip GradeChallenging
  • TransportationPrivate Vehicle and Flights
  • Accommodation3-Star hotel and Standard Teahouse
  • StyleTea House & Camping
  • MealsBreakfast Basis in city and full board during Trek & climbing period
  • Min Group Size2+ pax

Also called Imja Tse, Island peak is by far the most popular climbing peak located in Sagarmatha National Park. Island peak is part of Khumbu Himal range, and is actually the extension of the south ridge of Mt. Lhotse (8516m)- the fourth highest mountain in the world. The peak straddles the Imja Valley between Lhotse and Baruntse.

Between the main summit and southwest summit (Island peak), Island Peak was first climbed by a team led by Tenzing Norgay in 1953 during their historic preparation for Everest climb. The summit provides breathtaking, stunning 360 degree views of Lhotse, Makalu (8475m), Lhotse Middle (8,410m), Lhotse Shar (8,383m), Nuptse (7,879m) and Ama Dablam (6812m).

Island peak is regarded as a technical mountain. The summit of Island peak is covered with snow and ice. Mountaineers will have to overcome a wall of rock and ice and scramble through rock and glacier. Crossing a crevasse on a ladder will be challenging followed by a section of steep gully. The last section involves climbing a ridge to the summit. A base camp is fixed at 5,087 m and a high camp at 5600m with one day set for acclimatization.

It is necessary to have mountaineering skills like glacier walking, rope fixing along with determination and stamina.

Your expedition will be led by an experienced climbing guide.

Climbing of Island peak is combined with Everest Base camp trekking. So the duration of the climbing program will be approximately 3 weeks. The trekking part allows you to hike up to Everest Base Camp, Kalapathar, visit Namche, Dingboche, Tyangboche Monastery and other Sherpa villages, and experience Sherpa culture and Buddhism.

Highlights of Island Peak Climbing

● Island peak is the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal

● Enjoy 360 degree views of Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam from Island peak

● Get real mountaineering experience

● Hike up to Everest Base Camp, Kalapathar, Namche, Dingboche,

● Experience Sherpa culture and Buddhism

Cost Includes

● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.

● Four nights accommodation at a 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan on twin/double sharing basis.

● All accomodation in a standard tea house during the trekking trails.

● Full board meals during trek & climbing period – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

● An experienced licensed English-Speaking professional sherpa guide, porters and supporting staff.

● Round trip domestic flight ticket(Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu).

● All essential ground transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary.

● Climbing permit for Island Peak.

● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)

● All necessary climbing gears.

● Kitchen equipments and camping equipments during climbing period

● Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

● A comprehensive medical kit.

● Insurance for all staff

● All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

● Nepal Visa Fee

● International airfare to and from Kathmandu

● Personal Climbing Gears.

● Meals in Kathmandu.

● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.

● Extra days accomodation in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

● Travel and rescue insurance.

● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

● Rescue and evacuation

● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness

● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.

Equipment & Gears

1. Clothing
● Thermal Base Layers – Tops and Bottoms
● Heavy Base Layers
● Trekking Pants
● Hard-shell pants
● Down Pant
● T-shirts – Short and long sleeve
● Mid Layer Top
● Insulated Jacket
● Hard-shell Jacket
● Down Jacket/Parka
● Raincoat

2. Footwear
Double insulated mountaineering boots for climbing Hiking boots (Full and waterproof) for approach lightweight shoes for camp and around town
● Gaiters
● Flip-flops
● Wool/Synthetic socks
● Liner socks

3. Handwear
● Liner gloves
● Mid-weight gloves
● Down mittens

4. Headwear
● Cap/Sun Hat
● Buff
● Balaclava
● Warm wool/Synthetic Hat
● Eye Wear (Full coverage around eyes and nose)
● Ski Goggles

5. Climbing Gears
● Helmet
● Ice Axe
● Crampons
● Harness
● Carabiners
● Belay Device/Figure of 8
● Ascender/Jumar
● Prusik Cord
● Trekking Poles

6. Backpacking
● Small pack (35-40 litres)
● Waterproof duffel bag
● Padlocks for the duffel bag
● Pack cover

7. Accessories
● Water Bottles
● Headlamp
● Camera & Batteries
● Power bank/Solar Charger
● Universal adapter

8. Hygiene and first aid
● Skincare ( Moisturizer ,sunscreen and lip balm)
● Toilet paper and wet wipes
● Personal first aid kit
● Water treatment

Accomodations, Meals & Group


All accommodations for the Island Peak Climbing are on a twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.

We offer two types of accommodations on this peak climbing. In Kathmandu you will stay four nights at a 3-Star Hotel (could be changed as per your requirement) and, during the trekking trail you will stay in standard tea houses and camp. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.

All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking trail. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.


Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.

Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional Daal/Bhat and Momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty during the trek trail too.


For the Island Peak climbing there will be a license holder sherpa climbing guide and porters for carrying luggage. This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can run this peak climbing for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of climbers in any group is 12 people.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)

Our staff will be there to receive you upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport. From there you will be dropped to your hotel where you can relax and rest. Later visit our office where you will attend a short briefing about your trip by your trek/tour guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Climbing preparation, briefing and last minute shopping

Today is allocated for your climbing preparation. Your climbing guide will check your gears and equipment for climbing and give a briefing. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 35m and trek to Phakding (2780m/9121ft) 3-4 hrs walk

You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This 30 minute flight could not be any more adventurous as you fly over countless hills with views of Himalayan peaks to finally land at Lukla airport, which is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Once in Lukla, your trekking guide will lead on the first day of trek to Phakding. The trail winds away across the hills of pine and rhododendron forests passing the Sherpa villages of Chheplung and Thado Koshigaon. Sighting of mani walls and prayer flags is an indication you are in a Buddhist land. You will reach Phakding by early afternoon. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hrs walk

After a full breakfast, we follow the trail along Dudh Koshi River. Ahead you crisscross forested hills and witness the first glimpses of Kongde Ri Peak and Thamserku peaks. Cross Benkar village enroute to briefly stop at Monjo, which marks the entry to Sagarmatha National Park. Ahead you will pass by Jorsale village and another 20 minutes walk will reach the confluence of raging Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. Just over a ridge from here is a perfect point to spot Mt. Everest (8848 m) for the first time. The trail climbs gradually until we reach Namche Bazaar, the main center for the Sherpa community. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Rest day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

We will use the full day today for acclimatization. Namche is a modern village full of bakery shops, coffee outlets, entertainment centers alongside ancient Buddhist stupas and maniwalls. You can try out Sherpa cuisine and stop by the Sherpa cultural museum.

Take a short hike to Khumjung village or Everest hotel to get the feel of the weather and climate as well as to beautiful views of Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can also visit Hillary School in Khunde village. Spend the evening in the warmth and hospitality of Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3850m/12632ft) 4-5 hrs walk

You will move ahead leaving Namche behind. The trail is fairly easy and straight as it follows Dudh Koshi River. One of the prominent places you will come across enroute is Phunke Tenga which is the only visible sign of human presence between here and Tengboche. You will be surrounded by rhododendron forest on your approach to Tyangboche Monastery which sits just opposite the gorgeous Ama Dablam mountain. Everest, Lhotse, Kwangde, Tawache, are other mountains visible from here. The 500 year old Tyanboche Monastery is the largest monastery on this side of the Himalaya. It is headed by a Rimpoche and hosts the popular Mani Rimdu festival. Stay overnight in Tengboche.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft) 4-5 hrs walk

The trail ahead of Dingboche is devoid of any settlements. It is an open expanse of land that is only surveyed by wild animals such as Musk Deer and Blue Sheep. Today you will experience the Alpine landscape with very scarce vegetation. Explore Pangboche and Somare on the way. The Imja River flows by as you ascend to Pheriche and then Dingboche. The village of Dingboche is a small settlement surrounded by potato fields and offers clear views of Lhotse and Island Peak among others. Stay overnight in Dingboche.

Day 08: Acclimatization in Dingboche

Acclimatization day to acclimate to the high altitude. We will hike to Nagarsang hill to prepare yourself for Kalapatthar and Everest Base camp hike. Stay overnight at Dingboche.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk

The trek today is going to be even more exciting as we move to higher ground. The lands above have no human presence except for some cattle herds and the occasional maniwalls and chortens. Enjoy walking through glacial valleys while catching rare views of Taboche Peak and Ama Dablam peaks. We eventually come to a place called Dughla, which is the last human settlement. Crossing this section we come across a shrine dedicated to the mountaineers who have lost lives in the mountains. The final section of the trail is a memorable hike over glacial moraines and on your right is spread Khumbu Glacier. Stay overnight in Lobuche.

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m/16995ft) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17600ft) 2-3 hrs walk

Today is a special day for you to be heading to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate prize of this trekking. Wake up early and follow your trekking guide carefully. The trail passes over lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier, walks over Lobuche Pass and heads down to Gorakshep. It will take another 2 hrs from here to trek to Everest Base Camp. You will spend some quality time at Everest Base Camp observing Mt. Everest and glaciers nearby. Return and stay overnight in Gorakshep.

Day 11: Early morning hike to Kala Pathar hill and after lunch trek To Dingboche (4,350 m)

Wake up early in the morning and be ready to hike towards Kala Pathar hill. Enjoy the mind blowing views from Kala Pathar. Today we will retrace our steps back to Dingboche. On the way you will pass through the village of Dingla and crisscrosses few streams. Stay overnight in Dingboche.

Day 12: Trek to Chhukung (4730m/15,518ft)

After breakfast, we leave Chhukung behind. The trail slowly climbs passing by meadows which are used by yaks for grazing. Enjoy the mountain views while taking in chilled fresh air. Chhukung is a relatively small Sherpa village which is very peaceful. You can easily capture views of Everest, ImaTse, AmaDablam among others. Stay overnight at Chhukung.

Day 13: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m/16,690ft)

Prepare yourself to begin your actual mountaineering adventure. Today you will head to the base camp of Island peak which will take about 3 hours. The south face of Lhotse towers over the entire journey before approaching the beautiful Imja Glacier that feeds Imja Khola. Island Peak soars above the glacier and ice. Stay overnight.

Day 14 - 15: Climbing period of Island Peak (6165m/20,226)

Day 16: Trek To Pangboche (3985m/13,074ft) - 6hrs

After the climbing of Island peak, we start our return journey. Follow the trail to Chukhung village and from there on to Dingboche and finally to Pangboche. Stay overnight in Pangboche.

Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) - 4-5 hrs walk

Today we will return to Namche Bazaar by the same route. As before we will follow Dudh Koshi River. You will continue to enjoy beautiful views of mountain peaks, explore gompas and forests. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Retrace your trail back to Lukla. The trail descends from Namche passing through Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. Pass by suspension bridges, mani walls and prayer wheels. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)

Take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. The flight lasts for about 30 minutes and offers scenic views of rolling green hills and crisp Himalayan peaks. Once in Kathmandu, our staff will receive you and take you to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Extra day In Kathmandu

This day will be an extra buffer day just in case the flight from Lukla gets cancelled due to bad weather. In the evening we will organize a farewell dinner for you.

Day 21: Final Departure

Time to bid you farewell. Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport to catch international flights for your onward journey.

Route Map of Island Peak Climbing