- Island Peak Climbing
- Climbing Island Peak (Imja Tse)
- On the way to Imja Tse Peak Climbing
- On ascent of Island Peak (Imja Tse)
Island Peak Climbing
- Duration : 17 Days
- Primary activity : Trekking and Hiking
- Secondary activity: Nature and Glacier Walk
- Group size : Min. 2 pax
- Max-Altitude : 6,189m/20,305 ft.
- Country: Nepal
- Transportation: Private Vehicle and Domestic Flight
- Trip starts from: Kathmandu
- Ends in: Kathmandu
- Meals: Nepali and Continental
- Type: Alpine
- Accomodation: Lodge and Tent Camp
- Trip Route: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Tengboche-Dingboche-Chhukung- Island Peak Base Camp-Deboche-Namche Bazaar-Lukla-Kathmandu
“The best days are the ones that start with sunshine and end with moonlight.”
Also known as Imja Tse, Island Peak is a spectacular peak amid the giants of the Himalaya. It is located on top of the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse peaks, the most sought after trekking destination because of its challenging geographical conditions. Island peak /Imja Tse 6189m is the most popular trekking peak to climb in Everest region. Island Peak climbing trip fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climbers, who have been seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to take adventure climbing trips beyond simply trekking in Everest.
Nepal is a country of friendly people, magnificent scenery, and a variety of cultural traditions. Island Peak Climbing trip starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek towards Island Peak along the Khumbu valley, heading west through Tengboche which is a very popular spot to catch magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and Lhotse, as well as centuries-old monasteries. From Lukla onwards we shall follow an ancient route that journeys through tiny villages, across high mountain passes, and through remote valleys. Along the way, we visit Buddhist monasteries and begin to appreciate the unique mountain culture found in the Himalayan foothills. Literally, in the language of the Sherpas, Imja Tse means “the island in a glacial sea”, which accounts for the mountain’s name. From Island Peak, spectacular views of the North summit of Mt. Amadablam, the wide line of Mt. Nuptse and the Mt. Lhotse, the world’s third highest peak is seen. 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 area in and around Island Base Camp is a stunning and truly wild terrain, far from any villages. The return trek continues to delight adventurous souls with more spectacular mountain views, lush forested valleys, and opportunities to learn about the Nepalese religion and culture.
Island Peak is perhaps the best (and only) opportunity for advanced beginner/intermediate climbers to take on a challenging glacier climb above 20,000 in the heart of the Everest Himalayas. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the preferred seasons for this trip. Join the professional team of Nepal Mountain Trekkers now and discover this beautiful region of eastern Nepal.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight, 3- 4 hours trek (Trekking times only)
Day 04: Phakding – 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 to 6 hours
Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 3-4 hours
Day 09: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung: 3 – 4 hours
Day 10: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
Day 11: Preparation for training on Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft)
Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp (5,600m/18,372ft) 10-12 hours
Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Deboche (3,820m/12,533ft) 6-7 hours
Day 14: Deboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 4-5 hours
Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2,860m/9,383 ft): 6-7 hours
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 17: Farewell Day
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft):
Welcome to Nepal! As your flight lands in the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a representative of Nepal Mountain Trekkers shall be there to greet and welcome you. Afterward you shall be escorted to a private vehicle for a drive to your respective hotel rooms where you can relax and get refreshed from your flight. Later in the evening you may go out and stroll around the areas near your hotel. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation:
After having our breakfast, we shall start our sightseeing tour around the capital city of Kathmandu valley. We shall go and explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Buddhist shrines of Boudhanath (One of the largest stupas in the world) and Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple) along with a visit to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Not only that but we also shall stopover at the historically significant Durbar squares like the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Afterward you need to make the final preparations for the climbing adventure ahead and interact with the climbing guide to get some more necessary information for the expedition. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight, 3- 4 hours trek (Trekking times only):
We shall board an early morning fight to Lukla. An exciting and enthralling flight above the wonderful green hills shall take us to the small hilly airport in Lukla. This place shall be the starting point of our climbing expedition. After landing in Lukla airport, we shall meet our remaining crew members of our trip, and then begin our trek further on to Phakding. In this trek of around 4 hours you get to witness diverse experiences in many aspects, natural cultural and others. With some usual ups and downs en route, the trail is basically flat and downhill for the trekkers. Besides exploring some of the famous settlements near here you shall also witness the views Mani Stones, prayer wheels and suspension bridges festooned with prayer flags. Get enriched by the culturally rich and outstanding monasteries, marvelous views of the sky-piercing Himalayan Mountains with the warm hospitability of the local people. On reaching Phakding, you can freshen up and go for exploration of close by monasteries. Stay overnight at Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hrs:
As you wake up, you shall see abundance of natural beauty thriving off in this landscape. You shall have your breakfast with the breezy air flowing through the valley. Afterward you shall commence your with your trek and begin walking along the Dudh Koshi river. Traversing through the mesmerizing forests filled with Pine trees and monasteries, you shall later on cross couple of suspension bridges before having your trekking permits checked at Monjo. This place can also be called as the entrance to the all famous “Sagarmatha National Park”. Now moving on with our trek we shall reach the Hillary Bridge which is one of the highest bridges, commonly by passing through the Jorsale village. After crossing the bridge you are bound to get a magnificent view of the soaring Mt. Thamserku with an elevated height of 6608meters from the village of Benkar village. Adoring the imposing peaks along the route we now take a short rest at Chautara and later move on with an uphill hike from there onward to the vivid & vibrant town of Namche Bazaar. Reaching here shall mark the end of our perilous journey for this day and shall rest for the remaining time. Stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest day:
You have walked up through many indigenous terrains which lie very high above the sea level so it is usually recommended for you to have a one day rest so that your body can acclimatize to the surrounding altitude. Given the elevation of a place, the atmosphere of that place can get low in quantity of oxygen molecules needed to sustain a human body. Therefore today we shall all take a day off and rest for the entire day. By doing this, our bodies can get adjusted and adapt to the elevated height. With lack of oxygen in the air, trekkers need to be highly wary of their health in these kinds of elevations. But a few hundred vertical treks are suggested rather than staying idle in your room the entire day. You may also go out and stroll around the quaint villages and get familiarized with the rich heritage of Sherpa culture. Those who have some energy left in them preferably can take a side-trip to the Everest View Hotel where they can get a very up-close view of Mt. Everest (8,848m). Surrounded by the snowy peaks, trekkers can take a hike to Khumjung which is just a short walk away from Namche and visit the Khumjung Monastery known highly for housing the head of the Yeti. Later you may return back to your room and have your dinner. Stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 – 6 hrs:
After spending the entire day resting and acclimatizing we shall now continue with our trek to Island Peak. After eating our breakfast we shall now start heading out of Namche Bazaar and walking gradually up. Ascending up the hills we shall now walk along the trails which have panoramic views of the Himalayas ahead. Before reaching Sanasa, trekkers shall get their eyes struck while observing the grandiose peaks of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse and the almighty Mt. Everest along with a clear close up view of Mt. Thamserku soaring high up in the sky above our trails. As you walk along the silent paths of this tranquil environment, you get to explore the impenetrable rhododendron forest with a high chance of witnessing some rare species of wildlife thriving in these terrains. Wildlife like the Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer and the Pheasant can be seen while you move on with your trek today. Now you shall get ahead of Sanasa and trek through some more forests to reach the trail intersection which lead to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley. But we shall advance further alongside the stone steps and tumble our way down to the riverbed of potent Dudh Koshi River. Afterward we shall cross the river by walking through the suspension bridge and later hike for about an hour and half on a pebbly trail to make our final ascent to the village of Tengboche. This village has an imperative monastery which is generally considered as the biggest monastery/stupa in the Khumbhu region. Here you may explore around with the scenic Himalayas standing tall in the background. Stay overnight in teahouse in Tengboche.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hours:
With the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan Mountains ignited by the sun, we shall now start moving on with our adventurous journey ahead. We shall eat our breakfast, and then start trekking on to our next destination. You can easily view the Mt. Everest rising above the trails as you walk away from Tengboche. Today our trekking paths will be literally filled with several river crossings along wooden bridges, and we shall later on climb up some large steps through colorful gateways along with the always present (but never tiring) views of the Himalayas. By passing through the first stupa that lies at the entrance we shall reach our final destination for the day, Dingboche. Upon reaching here we shall take some rest and enjoy the delicious homemade food available here. Stay overnight at Dingboche.
Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 3-4 hours:
As we end one part of our nature-rich journey, we shall now begin the next section of our amazing trek. With the aim to join the Island Peak trekking trails within the following day, we shall carry on with our perilous walking through this outstanding region. As soon as we finish having our breakfast at Dingboche, we shall move ahead and initially cross by paths of the dreadful Khumbu Glacier and the Kongma Glacier. These two glaciers make the upcoming view of the landscape more dramatic. Now we shall move past the Kongma La, the Pokalde and Nangshar Tshang peak that lie to the far right of our designated trekking trail. As we move further on we shall walk on trails filled with glacier moraines, stone walled fields, Icy rivulets and reach the village of Chhukung to mark the end of our today’s trek. Stay overnight at Chhukung.
Day 09: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung: 3 – 4 hours:
Before proceeding further, today shall be our second day for acclimatization. So we have some free time to do some exploring and utilize our time by climbing up the Chhukung Ri which stands tall at the altitude of 5,546 meters. This climb can help your body get adjusted to the high altitude above at the summit of Island peak. You don’t have to go far and beyond to climb Chhukung Ri as it is just located above the village of Chhukung where you staying right now. Upon reaching the top of Chhukung Ri, you shall get a direct and penetrating view of the beautiful Himalayas ahead. Mainly the views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks can be seen up and close from the top of Chhukung Ri. Later we shall descend down to Chhukung village and have our dinner before sleeping in. Stay overnight at Chhukung.
Day 10: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours:
Moving further on with our trek, we shall wake up early as we need to reach the Island Peak Base Camp today. Initially today we shall have fairly steep climbing south then turning east to follow the main line of the valley. After hiking up the steep trail along the south side, we shall now take a twist at the Lhotse glacier. The upcoming path should be a lot zigzag below the southern flank of the moraine and as we continue on with our walk we shall walk alongside the riverbed which will in the end lead us to a place popularly called as the “Big Rock”. Then the zigzag trails should open up in a wide valley before reaching the South east of the Island Peak where the base camp lies. Upon reaching the base camp, we shall set our tents and have a proper rest. Stay overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 11: Preparation for training on Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft):
Before making our ascent to the imperial summit of the Island Peak today we shall spend the whole day preparing for the climb to the summit of the Island Peak which will take place the subsequent day. Get ready as you shall have your skills sharpened with the experienced climbers and leading Sherpa’s available there to train you for you climb. You shall be given enough time to learn and remember every important detail needed for you climb. From the simple use of the ice axe, crampons, ropes and other equipments, you shall be given proper training during this day. So keep your mind sharp and your physic ready as we will be climbing the all famous Island Peak tomorrow morning. Lastly after having completing the training you are requested to check your equipments for tomorrows climb one last time and return to your respective tents for proper rest. Stay overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp (5,600m/18,372ft) 10-12 hours:
Pull up your socks and be ready as the real adventure begins. This is the day you have been waiting for as we shall be commencing the completion of our main goal of the entire trek up till now. We all need to wake up early in the morning before dawn so that we can get an early ascends to the summit. Due to the intricate weather conditions strong winds flow during the afternoon in the entire climbing trails so as we move ahead and climb higher from the base camp you shall initially bump into the narrow slopes and steep rock channel. This section needs you to use your crampons and fixed tightly in your boots. Now we need to walk by the ridgeline and surface out to the trunk of the summit glacier. Afterward we shall cross the glacier while implementing the use of our ropes and climb further up to the ice slope ahead. Be very wary as there are many crevasses here and continue ahead with your climb. From here onward you have to cross the final 100 meters to reach the summit of Island Peak. Upon reaching the summit climber witness the awe-inspiring and panoramic picture of many glorious mountains. After getting pleasure from the summit view point and with the feeling of triumph we shall now descend down back to the base camp. This entire climb will take us about 10-12 hours so take proper and ample amount of rest in you tent. Stay overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Deboche (3,820m/12,533ft) 6-7 hours:
After our successful climb yesterday, we shall now start heading down the valley. After waking up, we shall have our breakfast needed for today’s journey and carry on with our trek. Descending down from the Island Peak Base Camp, we realize that the walk is relatively easier today as compared to ascend towards the summit. Following the previous exact route, we shall head south of the Khumbhu glacier and reach the village of Dingboche via Bibre village. Walking along the Imja River, we shall preferably walk further and go beyond the villages of Dingboche. Now onward we descend downward through Pangboche and reach our final destination for the day, Deboche. This village lies just below the Tengboche ridge which makes it a perfect place to stay having a silent and peaceful scenery. Stay overnight at Deboche.
Day 14: Deboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 4-5 hours:
After having an early breakfast, today we shall make an attempt to reach Namche bazaar by the end of the day. We now set off and continue heading down with gradual walks. Initially we shall make a short climb through the pine and rhododendron forest and reach the cultural village of Tengboche. There we may have some free time to explore and take some last pictures of this iconic village. Moving on, we shall now leave Tengboche and start descending further down to the steep path of Phunki. From here we will need to cross the overflowing Dudh Koshi River before heading towards Kangjuma. Later we shall follow the curving paths around the hillside ahead and ultimately make a turn to reach at the top of the unofficial Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar we now shall enter into one of the lodges available here and take relax for the rest of the day. Stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,383 ft): 6-7 hours:
Today shall be the last section of our trek where we shall walk circumspectly. After waking up and having our breakfast in the Tea house of our stay, we shall commence on with our trek. Making some very cautious descent to the Lukla, we shall try to capture one of the last amazing adventures in the Everest region (Khumbu region). Further on we shall walk unhurriedly and steadily without putting much strain in our tired bodies. Crossing over numerous suspension bridges we shall intermittently traverse upon precipitous sections along the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River before making our exit from the natural asylum of “Sagarmatha National Park”. Further down the route, we shall witness many prayer wheels and flags while passing through the rhododendron forest to reach the last point of our trek in Everest region, Lukla. After reaching Lukla, we check into a lodge where you can relax for the time remaining and put an end to our strenuous trekking. Stay overnight at Lukla.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu:
Waking up early, you are sure to be greeted with sights of the lush green hills and the glittering Himalayan Mountains. Today you say goodbye to this enchanting and amusing region by taking a flight back to the medieval city of Kathmandu. Our flight shall take approximately take us about 35 minutes to reach Kathmandu by flying away from the upper Himalayan region to the lower hill areas near central Nepal. As we reach Kathmandu, you shall be transferred to your respective hotel. Now you can get refreshed, take showers and alter go out for some souvenir shopping in the Thamel area. Later return back to your hotel room and pack your stuffs for your tomorrow’s flight back home. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 17: Farewell Day:
Our 17 days strenuous yet adventurous Island peak Climb experience comes to an end today. You shall be transferred to the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight by a representative of Nepal Mountain Trekkers. We hope that you created some amazing memories and moments during our 17 days trek. Do come back for some another adventurous journey in this Himalayan nation. Now we shall bid you farewell and say Goodbye!
• Airport Pick up and drop
• 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
• All accommodation and meals during the trek (Full Board)
• Domestic flights
• All require camping equipments
• An experienced and professional English-speaking trekking guide, porters to carry luggage ( required porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
• Well experienced ice climbing guide (Climbing service charge, insurance, food, personal equipment)
• Group Climbing gear fixed rope, main rope, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer
• Four seasonal sleeping bag, down jacket, Nepal Mountain Trekkers duffer bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (Note: down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
• Peak Permit Royalty, Sagarmatha national park fee
• A comprehensive medical kit
• 13% VAT and 10% service charges
• Farewell Dinner
- Nepalese visa fee (Visa Information)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation(s)
- Travel Insurance and Rescue Cost
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Personal trekking and climbing gears
- Tips for guides and porters
Complimentary items offered by Nepal Mountain Trekkers
- Nepal Mountain Trekker t-Shirt and duffel bag with comprehensive trekking map
- Spa treatment for mind and body in Kathmandu after completion of trek
- Farewell treat