Island Peak Climbing - 19 Days

Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft), known locally as Imja Tse, is the most popular climbing peak in Nepal. The peak appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Hence, it was named as Island Peak in 1953. Island Peak Climbing is popular for its difficulty and beauty shining in the Everest region. During the trip, you can explore the pristine tradition, culture, and religion of the Himalayan Sherpa people. You can witness amazing glacial moraines, Buddhist monasteries, prayer rocks, and other small chortens.

For a successful Island Peak Climbing, your physique plays a vital role. You must be ready starting from your fitness to the trekking and climbing experience. It might take you a year (in max) or 4-6 months to prepare yourself for the climb. Your previous experiences on mountaineering are also important. The key to success builds up with your ability to adapt to the lack of oxygen and your technical experiences.

The best season for Island Peak climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). However, the winter is also a great time to climb if you are well prepared for the cold weather. In the crisp and cold month of December the views of the mountains are crystal clear and there are fewer tourists around. The duration of the Island Peak Climb can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Adventure Connexion will arrange lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.

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  • Hike to Everest Base Camp
  • Panoramic view from Kalapatthar
  • Experience Khongma La Pass
  • Summit Island Peak at 6,189 m
  • Take in views of Imja Lake, a small glacial lake at the base of Island Peak
  • Tented overnight accommodation at Island Peak Base Camp
  • Experience climbing in the Himalayas
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 2
Kathmandu cultural tour (1300m/4264ft): trip preparation

Day 3
Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

Day 4
Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

Day 5
Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day

Day 6
Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours

Day 7
Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft): 4-5 hours

Day 8
Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): 5-6 hours

Day 9
Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft): 6-7 hours

Day 10
Trek Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours

Day 11
Trek Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours

Day 12
Trek Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours

Day 13
Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp

Day 14
Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft),back to base camp: 10-12 hours

Day 15
Trek Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

Day 16
Trek Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft): 4-5 hours

Day 17
Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-7 hours

Day 18
Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

Day 19
Final Departure

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb (3 days)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • 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)
  • Adventure Connexion’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • 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)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes:

  • 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

Frequently asked Questions

How difficult is Island Peak?

Physical fitness is a must for Island Peak climb. The trip is a steep hike and climbs from 5,100m up to 6,189m. The most difficult part of the climb is the final steep section up the headwall before reaching the summit ridge. Local hill or stair climbs with some weight are the best ways to prepare for the climb.

What is the best season for Island Peak Climbing?

February-May and September-October are the best months to hike in the region. They fall just outside of the peak summer months that are associated with the monsoon season. These months are also not that cold and are consistently dry and stable – providing great trekking conditions.

Do I need a permit for Island Peak?

As Island Peak is a Group B Trekking Peak, a permit for four people will cost in the region of US$340. This is required in addition to a permit for the Sagarmatha National Park as well as a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. A deposit on garbage may also be required.

Will I get altitude sickness?

The route of the trek and the trek-specific itinerary ensure that enough time is allocated for proper acclimatization. By the time you reach the high point of Island Peak, you would have already spent 2 weeks at high altitudes such as those at Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. This will mean you should be adequately acclimatised for the summit of the peak. Despite this, altitude sickness can affect anyone regardless of age or fitness level so it is imperative that you read up a bit more about the sickness, its symptoms and acclimatization in general.

What insurance do I need for Island Peak?

Yes. Trekking at altitude in Nepal comes with various risks of injury and sickness, so a proper insurance policy is vital. The risk is even greater on the Island Peak Trek as you will be reaching altitudes of above 6,000m. Most insurance companies will not offer standard travel insurance for treks above 6,000m so we recommend contacting your local mountaineering association in your country for more advice on which insurance policy to take out.

How many climbers are on this expedition?

Generally, our maximum for this climb is 12 climbers plus guides and Sherpa.

How is drinking water treated?

During the trek, we will provide unlimited amounts of water at mealtimes. Team members can fill up water bottles at meals and use their SteriPen to sterilize. Bottled water can also be purchased in teahouses at additional cost but can be expensive and creates waste. Once in Base Camp water will be boiled.

Can I bring some food from home?

You may bring power bars, Gu, Power Gel, cereal bars, or similar high-energy foods; powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration. All meals are provided on this expedition.

What happens if I need to leave the expedition early?

Communication is sometimes difficult in the mountains. However, our guides and local staff will make every effort to obtain the necessary transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if for any reason you need to depart early.

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Island Peak Climbing
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Trip Facts

  • 6,189m/20,305ft
  • 2-12 people
  • Fly In / Fly Out
  • Peak Climbing
  • March - May / Sept - Dec