Island Peak Expedition

15 Days

starting from $2000

$ 1800

5 / 5

based on 1 Reviews

Grade:

Challenging

Group Size:

Min 1 pax

Transport:

Plane, car/jeep/van

Altitude:

6,189m

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Operating since 2011
  • Guided by experienced Sherpa Guides
  • Tailor-made Itinerary
  • Instant online booking

Highlights of Island Peak Expedition

  • Breathtaking views of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu from the summit.
  • Island Peak is a non-technical climb, making it accessible to climbers with basic mountaineering skills.
  • The journey to Island Peak takes you through traditional Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries, providing opportunities to immerse yourself

Overview

Island Peak expedition in Nepal offers an unforgettable adventure, combining the thrill of mountaineering with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. With proper preparation, guidance, and respect for the mountain environment, it’s an achievable goal for those with a passion for high-altitude adventure.

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is one of the most popular and accessible peaks for climbing in Nepal. Situated within the Sagarmatha National Park in the Everest region. This 6000-meter peak was used as a training ground by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953 before their successful Everest ascent. The same route they discovered is still used today, making Island Peak a popular training peak for those attempting to climb Everest.

Island Peak offers a challenging yet achievable ascent for climbers seeking to summit a Himalayan peak without the technical demands of more difficult peaks like Everest or Lhotse.

Glorious Himalaya Company has been a pioneer in Island Peak expedition expeditions since its inception in 2011, facilitating the dreams of countless climbers to conquer this majestic peak. Our meticulously crafted itineraries cater to individuals of all skill levels, from novice climbers to seasoned mountaineers, ensuring a safe and exhilarating journey to the summit. With the guidance of our skilled Sherpa climbers and support team, you’ll receive expert assistance every step of the way, empowering you to reach the pinnacle of Island Peak. Embark on our life-changing Island Peak climbing program and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas like never before.

Location and Geography

Island Peak stands at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) in the Mahalangur Himalayas of eastern Nepal. It is located in the Khumbu region, just a few miles southwest of Everest. The peak’s striking appearance resembles an island amidst a sea of ice, hence its name

Island Peak Climbing Difficulty

While Island Peak is considered a non-technical climb by Himalayan standards, it still requires a good level of physical fitness and basic mountaineering skills. Climbers should be comfortable with the use of crampons, ice axes, and rope techniques, as well as be able to handle steep ascents and crevasse crossings. Some sections of the climb may involve fixed ropes.

Best Time to Climb

The optimal climbing seasons for Island Peak are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is generally stable, skies are clear, and temperatures are more moderate. Winter climbs are possible but are significantly more challenging due to extreme cold and higher avalanche risk.

Scenery and Views

One of the highlights of the Island Peak Expedition is the stunning scenery along the way. The trek to the peak offers breathtaking views of the world’s highest mountains, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu, among others. The landscape varies from lush forests and Sherpa villages to rugged alpine terrain and glaciated valleys.

Guided Expeditions

While Island Peak is technically feasible for experienced climbers, many opt to join guided expeditions led by experienced Sherpa guides and mountaineering experts. These guided trips not only enhance safety but also provide logistical support, equipment, and local knowledge, allowing climbers to focus on the experience itself.

Itinerary

01 DAY

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you will be promptly transferred to the hotel in Thamel. After refreshment, you will meet your guide in the evening.

During the briefing, our guide provided a comprehensive overview of the Island Peak expedition program, ensuring you were well-prepared for the adventure ahead. Pay any remaining payments for your trip and ask any questions you may have about your trip.

02 DAY

Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

You will be picked up by our trekking guide early in the morning and transferred to the domestic airport for your short Lukla flight. Upon arrival in Lukla, we’ll meet our porter and commence the trek to Phakding. Today marks the inception of our expedition, with a leisurely 3-4 hour trek alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We can explore Phakding and the monasteries nearby and ready ourselves for another longer trek ahead tomorrow.

Lukla Flights: During the peak trekking seasons all the flights to Lukla operate from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. These peak months are from the third week of March to the Third week of May in the spring season and from the third week of September till to the Third week of November in the autumn season. During these peak trekking months, you will be transferred to Manthali airport from Kathmandu for the Lukla flight, which is about a 5-hour drive.  

03 DAY

Trek to Namche

After a good breakfast at Phakding, we set out for the mountain junction town of Namche; we cross and re-cross the river on high-airy suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche Bazar.

If the weather is clear, we get our first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Namche is the gateway to the Khumbu. This is where we crash out for the night. Overnight at a local lodge.

04 DAY

Rest Day

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Syangboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one-hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. We then go to Khumjung where we visit a school established by Hillary.

We begin our hike after enjoying lunch; bypassing the route of Khimde. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. After going through our acclimatization drills, we head down to our lodge for some beers & a night of good sleep. Overnight at a local lodge.

05 DAY

Trek to Tengboche

After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying a superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows the gradual trail with a few ups and downs overlooking a magnificent view of the great Himalayas. Along the way, we can spot wildlives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down to Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp.

The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Kosi River, we reach Phunki Tenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Tenga we then have a little tough climb steeply up through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at lodge at a lodge in Tengboche.

06 DAY

Trek to Dingboche

After breakfast, we will leave for Dingboche. In addition, before you go on today’s excursion, give yourself some extra time to soak in the surroundings of Tengboche Monastery. In the early morning light, the monastery appears even more stunning against the backdrop of mountains.

Begin our day’s adventure by strolling down to Imja Khola. We will travel to the village of Pangboche by crossing the turbulent Imja Khola over a steel box bridge. There are many fields, summer settlements, and majestic mountain views along this beautiful journey. We will finally reach the sprawling settlement of Dingboche after a few hours of walking.

Dingboche is a small hamlet that contains arguably the largest collection of homes near the Everest base camp, with a lot of upscale eateries and friendly locals. When we arrive, we’ll encounter a beautiful collection of fields that are surrounded by stone walls to keep out grazing animals and chilly winds so that the potatoes, buckwheat, and barley may grow. Yak herders frequently use the meadows in the summer valley of Dingboche to graze their herds of yaks.

Overnight stay at lodge at a lodge in Dingboche.

07 DAY

Trek to Chhukung

Today’s trek is a short yet picturesque journey from Dingboche to Chhukung, which is just 2-3 hours. We begin amidst enchanting hilly landscapes adorned with stone-walled meadows, setting the stage for an immersive experience.

As we venture deeper into the Imja Valley, the grandeur of Lhotse and Ama Dablam unfolds before us, offering breathtaking vistas. Passing through Bibre, a haven for yak herders, we’re greeted by the rugged beauty of Imja Tse’s southern face. We conclude our trek with a scenic 30-minute hike along the cold stream to the charming village of Chhukung.

Overnight stay at lodge at a lodge in Chhukung.

08 DAY

Trek to Island Peak Base Camp

After breakfast, we began our hike towards the north side and walk along the valley next to the Lhotse glacier’s rocky edge. After a short walk by the river, we climb for about 1 hour to reach Island Peak Base Camp. From today, we will stay 2 nights at the tented camps in Island Peak base camp with our team. We’ll have a brief training session to learn important climbing skills. This includes how to use equipment like ice axes, climbing boots, crampons, harnesses, and ropes, getting us ready for the climb ahead.

Overnight at tent in Island Peak Base Camp.

09 DAY

Rest day

Today is a rest day at Island Peak base camp, dedicated to acclimatization. Our climbing guide will provide essential instructions for the climb ahead, ensuring everyone is well-prepared.

Following the training session, take some time to relax and rejuvenate while indulging in delicious meals prepared by our skilled cook. It’s a day to recharge both physically and mentally, savoring the serene atmosphere of the base camp before the ascent begins.

10 DAY

Summit Island peak and return Chhukung

Today is our big adventure day! If the weather is in our favor, we’ll set off early in the morning to climb Island Peak, which stands at 6,187 meters (20,299 feet). Starting from Camp 1, we’ll climb through a gully and move towards the right. Crossing a wide stone field, we’ll navigate the ridge and glacier with its crevasses. After the successful summit, we’ll retrace our way back to base camp and return to Chhukung on the same day. It’s going to be an exciting and challenging journey!

11 DAY

Trek to Tengboche

After breakfast, we’ll begin our hike back down the trail. It takes about an hour from Chhukung to reach Dingboche. Then, we’ll follow the main Everest trail through Shomare and Pangboche. After Pangboche, we’ll cross the river and head uphill to Tengboche for the night. If you’re feeling energetic, visit the Monastery or the local bakery. Otherwise, a good night’s sleep will help you recover for another long day tomorrow.

12 DAY

Trek to Namche Bazaar

After breakfast, we descend from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar which is situated at an elevation of 3,440 meters. It’s about a 5-hour walk, and we reach Namche Bazaar in the afternoon. There, we can relax and spend the evening chatting with other trekkers with our delicious meal.

13 DAY

Trek to Lukla

Your Island Peak Expedition adventure comes to an end today. The Dudhi Koshi River is followed down to Lukla, where you’ll spend your final night in the Himalayas. We need to walk carefully as our worn-out legs continually battle the rocky ground as the trail descends steeply.

You can explore Lukla Bazaar and shop for local items as a gift for your family and friends there, celebrate your successful and safe journey with your crew, and learn some Sherpa dance steps during the farewell party.

14 DAY

Fly Back to Kathmandu

Early in the morning, we leave Tenzing-Hillary airport, boarding a scenic 35-minute flight back to Kathmandu. As we soar above the sky and take in the captivating vista of the Khumbu region, we’ll be carrying an unforgettable and fruitful voyage to the Island Peak.

Your guide will transfer to your hotel once you land in Kathmandu. In the evening, we have a farewell dinner together.

15 DAY

Departure from Nepal

After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you off at the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. At Glorious Himalaya, meeting you has been a great honor and we pray for your Safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again someday…

Price Includes

  • All the airport pick-ups and drop-offs as per itinerary by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights of 3-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive of breakfast.
  • Total 12 nights of twin-sharing local lodges and tented accommodations during the trek and climb. (10 nights at local lodges and 2 nights at tent)
  • All the essential trekking and climbing permits.
  • Full board meal during the trek. (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Full board meal during camping, prepared by our expert cook with tea & coffee.
  • Serve seasonal fruits every day after dinner during the trek.
  • Boiled water will be served during the peak climbing period.
  • Total: 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners throughout the tour.
  • Government-certified English-speaking city tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • An experienced and government-certified English-speaking trekking guide for the trek.
  • An expert and government-certified English-speaking climbing guide for the climb.
  • Supporting porters to carry your belongings for the trek. (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • First aid medicine and an oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level while on the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all the local staffs.
  • Round-trip domestic airfares with airport taxes. (Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • Waterproof duffel bag and sleeping bag to use while on the trek. (provided on request)
  • General climbing equipment (rope, ice crew, snow bar etc.)
  • Trip achievement certificate after the successful trip completion.
  • Nepalese cuisine farewell dinner at a typical local restaurant with a cultural dance performance.
  • All government taxes and company service charges.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa. Visit the link for the tourist visa information.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu Hotel
  • Your Travel Insurance and climbing equipments.
  • Items of a personal nature such as cold drinks, laundry, use of WIFI, hot shower, and battery charging during the trek.
  • Tips for trekking/climbing guides and porters.
  • Excess baggage of more than 15 kg for Lukla flight.
  • Any other expenses which are other than the includes.

Traveller’s Review


We (two friends from Poland) successfully climbed Island Peak with the unwavering support of Glorious Himalaya and it was an unforgettable adventure. Our guide, Lakpa, exhibited exceptional expertise throughout the journey, ensuring our safety and success.

The dedicated team at Glorious Himalaya, including our porter Mr. Suresh, made the ascent seamless and enjoyable. Thanks to Lakpa’s guidance and Glorious Himalaya’s commitment to excellence.

Summited Island Peak on the 4th of October 2023.

About to reach top of Island peak

Marjon
Warsaw, Poland

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