Island Peak Climbing is a sublime effort. Island peak otherwise known as Imja Tse stands at the altitude of 6189m above the sea level. It is located at the beautiful Imja Valley on the Everest Region. It is named Island Peak as it looks like an island in a sea of ice from Dingboche. This peak is the most searched trekking peak in the world.
In comparison to other mountain peaks, this peak is relatively difficult to climb. The Island Peak climb is straight forward with some technical section (300m) in the beginning and near to the summit. However, with the experienced trekking guide and your own determination make you succeed in the mission of island peak mountaineering.
Island peak Trek is one of the most popular and second busiest trekking destinations after Annapurna region. It was first conquered by an expedition team that was preparing to climb Mt. Everest in the year 1953. The summit of this peak is a little bit difficult to climb however descent is comparatively easier and faster. The scene from the summit is incomparable as well as captivating.
Island Peak Trekking leads us through the rich countryside which is also a melting pot of both Nepalese as well as Tibetan cultures. Likewise, the journey also offers some of the most bewitching scenery of Khumbu and Dingboche. The stone village filled with Buddhist shrines excites us towards the ice climbing of the mountain.
Island Peak is a lofty challenge and most sought after a peak in and is also one of the busiest peaks of Nepal. Island Peak has some technical sections for which you will require technical skills during the climbing. Imja Tse is surrounded by a sea of glaciers and this trip and also be combined along with Everest Base Camp Trek. Island Peak offers us beautiful trekking through the Khumbu region where you will be mesmerized by the beauty of this region.
Island Peak Climbing Itinerary has proper and gradual acclimatization at suitable intervals. 15 days Island Peak Expedition begins from and comes to a conclusion at one of the most adorable airstrips in the world, the Lukla Airport in the Everest Region. It is, in fact, the main gateway to Sagarmatha National Park and the entire Everest Region of Nepal. As soon as we land at the airport, we collect our climbing equipment and begin our trek along with the main EBC trails that pass through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, and Tyangboche to arrive at Dingboche. After having proper acclimatization, we continue to approach the Island Peak Base Camp.
Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition prepares you for peak climbing expedition before the Island Peak Expedition. Our climbing experts and guides will train you how to tackle several technical climbing and challenging sections towards the summit. Island Peak Tour brings you closer to the world’s unique terrain. We will follow the same trek route to descend back to Lukla.
Equipment Needed During Climbing
30 min Drive
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport with a warm welcome. After the customs formalities are over you will be taken into the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Our staff will help you with your check into the hotel. You can either have rest at the hotel or visit our office for collecting additional information about the trip. In the evening Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will offer you welcome dinner.
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner
Click here for detailed information about World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu
We would take you to some of the famous World Heritage sites in Kathmandu for sightseeing. It is not possible to visit all the world heritage sites in Kathmandu in a single day. Other activities include unpack, make arrangements of the climbing gears, know the fellow participants and discussion about our trip.
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for day sightseeing.
Meals: BB Plan
35 min flight & 3-4 hrs Trek
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will move towards Tribhuvan International Airport for an early morning flight to Lukla. Lukla is the gateway to Khumbu and entire Everest Region. After landing at Lukla, we will follow the trail that is gradual uphill trekking through the left bank of Dudh Koshi River. We will pass along many Mani walls before we arrive at Ghat. From here, we will have both uphill and downhill trekking experiences towards Phakding.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
5-6 hrs Trek
Leaving Phakding we will cross a small stream and start ascending until we reach Bengar. From here to we have both uphill and downhill climbing. We will stop at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park for registration. After paying the entry fee, we will make a steady climb towards Namche Bazaar- the Sherpa Capital. We will spend one more day at Namche Bazaar for exploration and acclimatization.
Till now we have already gained an altitude of 3000m above the sea level. We will spend our day at Namche Bazaar studying Sherpa culture and exploring the busy market streets. It is also worth walking uphill to Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the combined village of Khumbu and Khumjung. Namche Bazaar is an extensive market town where there is always something to see.
Meals: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After spending a full day at Namche Bazaar, we will ascend the trail that will lead us towards khyangjuma where there are several tea houses. With the superb view of Ama Dablam, we will descend on a stone-paved trail to Phunke Tenga and begin our uphill trekking through Pine forest. From there we will traverse across Tyangboche hill and climb a switchback to arrive at Tyangboche.
From here we will follow the trail that offers great views of ama Dablam and Kantega as they appear on the other side. We continue our uphill trekking passing through Pangboche and its monastery. We will slowly climb towards a village and pass through a big mani Stupa. This is the place from where our trek is fairly moderate as we head towards Dingboche for the overnight stay.
6-7 hrs Treks
Leaving Dingboche, we will move on a trail that is gradual ascend towards high Imja Valley. From here will have a mind-blowing scene of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak and other surrounding peaks. We continue moving until we arrive at Island Peak Base Camp. We will set up our camp at the foot of Island Peak’s south ridge beneath the giant wall of Nuptse and Lhotse.
Before attempting a climb to Island peak summit, we will take a spear day for proper acclimatization because we are already over 5000m altitude above the sea level. So to avoid any kind of mental and physical illness we will take a rest here. Besides that our Sherpa guide will check health conditions and climbing gears to make sure that everyone is fit for the main summit climb.
9-10 hrs climbing Island Peak & back
Our wait will be over today. We will make an early start towards the summit with the aim to reach the summit before noon because the strong blow of wind usually after midday may create obstacles in reaching the summit. Following the instructions and footsteps of our Sherpa guides, we will tackle several technical sections and head towards the summit. Your arrival at the summit of Island Peak rewards you with breathtaking views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Lhotse Middle Peak, Lhotse Shar, Mt. Nuptse, and many other surrounding mountains. After spending some quality time there we will proceed towards the base camp of Island Peak via the same trek route.
After successfully conquering the Summit of Island peak, we take our time and start our return back by retracing our footsteps and pass along the rocky trails which eventually heads bak to Dingboche. We can wash away the sweat and tiredness upon our arrival at Dingboche.
6-7 hrs Trek
Leaving Dingboche, we continue our return trek on the main EBC trail. Our trail continues with rather easy downhill trekking that passes along many Chortens to arrive at Namche Bazaar. We will walk around busy market streets of Namche Bazaar with bewitching views of a snow-capped mountain.
The last day of our Island Peak Climbing with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition leads from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. We continue descending through the densely forested area. The walk remains pleasant in its short ups and downs and finally crossing the Bhote Koshi River thrice. A final uphill climb about 45 minutes brings you back to Lukla.
45 min flight
After having breakfast, we will take an early morning scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel. You can either have rest in the hotel or visit the remaining sites in the valley. Walking around the busy streets of Thamel can be worth spending quality time in Kathmandu.
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner
Our representatives of Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule. You need to get into the airport 3 hours prior to your flight. Nepal Guide will bid a memorable farewell to you.
On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you can apply for Nepal visa which you will get in approximately 30 minutes.
For South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, gratis visa for 30 days is available for the first visit in one visa year.
Indian Tourist does not require visa to enter in Nepal. To know more about Visa Information visit: Nepal Immigration
Our airport representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will be available 24 hours with your name card/ our company name card who will take you to your respective hotel.
Trekking and Climbing are open throughout the year in Nepal but we recommend to visit from March to May and September to November.
Island Peak is for the beginner's but after the earthquake of 2015, there are some steep sections which requires technical skill from high camp to summit.
Our company Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will provide a half-day climbing training at Island Peak Base Camp and at Khumbu Glacier. Our guide will provide techniques for ice climbing, rock climbing using ropes and other climbing gears.
Island Peak (6189 m) doesn't require oxygen cylinder and other medical equipment. But sometimes due to high altitude in case of an emergency our company will provide all the necessary equipment.
Insurance is the most important thing before going on mountaineering. Various companies provide insurance policies you can choose one according to your reliability or check here for the list of insurance companies.
Our climbing guides are trained and certified by Nepal Mountaineering Association and Everest Summiteers Association who are born in Everest Region of Nepal and have bigger lungs as compared to of ours. It's their culture and job due to which they will make the journey safe and successful.
Most of the day's internet and telephone access is available as solar panels are installed on the trek but in case of bad weather, you will not be able to use those.
It's better to carry own charging devices and extra batteries as the case is the same for electricity too.
After the successful summit of Island Peak, our company Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will provide the certificate which is issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association. You need to have the following things in order to get the certificate:
Mountaineering in Nepal is not as easy as trekking. For peak climbing, we have to prepare everything a month before your arrival or a bit earlier so there won't be any cancellation. You can visit the link for more information.
If you are interested to join the group as per the available dates on our website, it will you cost USD $1855.
If you have a small group we will organize a private trip which will be equal to group joining cost or a little less.
Due to high traffic at Kathmandu International Airport, we cannot fly directly to Lukla and vice-versa. We need to travel by private car to Ramechap which is 4 hours drive from Kathmandu. From Ramechap, we can take the flight to Lukla which will take about 17 minutes. Comparatively flight from Ramechap-Lukla is much safer than Kathmandu-Lukla.
As per the domestic airline's rules and regulations, 15 kilograms of weight is allowed to Lukla.
If you want to carry more weight you have to pay an extra fee which will be carried through the cargo. It costs USD $2 per kilo in cargo.
One porter can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms weight due to the difficulties of the trail and high altitude. Usually, we provide one porter per client.
Depending upon you the amount to carry extra money will vary. Normally you can take USD $250-$300 equivalent to Nepali rupees which will be enough to cover your personal expenses.
Usually climbing guide and porter will expect the tip after the successful summit of the peak. They can be tipped according to the satisfaction of yours and your entire trip. Climbing guides normally get USD $200 while porter gets USD $100.
Island Peak is the most prefered trekking peak in Nepal. Island Peak was named in 1952 by Eric Shipton's party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche.
Island Peak is a popular trekking peak in the Khumbu region but after big earthquake disasters, it becomes more technical and challenging with several crevasses. Requested to have an experienced expert to make your climbing successful. Nepal Guide Treks & Expedition guarantee you for summit climbing.
Thanks a lot for the wonderful Island Peak experience that was offered to me. Me a sir Lankan who was coming for this Himalayan adventure really did enjoy of Kalapatthar EBC and also was fortunate to reach the high camp of Island Peak at 02:30 hrs in the morning!! I would like to thank the camping and my guide Pradeep (especially) for all the patience and support that was offered to me during my stay was the Himalayas. For sure one time to the Himalayas is never enough hence; very early in the morning, I have successfully climbed but wasn’t easy.
I will be back and will look forward to meeting all you lovely people once again!
Tanks a lot
United States of America
Dear Bhupendra, Basu, Prakash and all our friends at Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition,
Thank you for our second Island Peak Trip to Nepal. E. B.C. and Island peak was an excellent experience for us as was the Annapurna trek last year.
We look forward to seeing you again next year for our third trip to Nepal.
With every best wish,
Martin, Jom & Liz Summit
It is hard to articulate how lucky and thankful I am that I walked into Nepal Guide Office from the first moment and first cup of tea I was treated with respect and honesty. There are so many trekking companies in KTM, it is almost impossible to know who to trust, my instinct, after visiting countless agencies, told me Prakash would make my trip memorable. He far and away exceeded my expectations; I first did the Annapurna Circuit Trek, what a way to first see Nepal! My guide was Rajan, he made me feel night at home and gave me such an? inside? look at the scenery and Culture, I was then supposed to leave Nepal and travel to China. However I had such a great time on my first trek, I decided to stay and climb the Island Peak and do an Everest region trek. Prakash custom scheduled a trip for me. In a word, it was amazing! Again, Rajan was my guide for the trek. Ang Dawa was my climbing guide. I cannot say enough how much fun Island Peak Was. I have been travelling for quite a while and Prakash and Nepal Guide Treks are truly the milestones of my trip. Please feel free to email me with any questions or more info. Id love to talk about my adventures!
Many thanks to Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition for providing us top level of service of the island peak, even before and after the trip. Very impressive job done by the Sherpa team, and Ang-Dawa (our guide) full of technical climbing knowledge. We really admire his way of guiding and tackling challenges. When we reached the top, we had up-close views of Everest and other towering high mountains. We have a lot of pictures and good memories of the trip. Hopefully, we will come back for doing more peak climbing together with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Andy H. & Group
We found Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition through the internet and booked our trip of climbing Island Peak. It was a great trek with the ultimate adventure of climbing Island Peak. The trip in overall was well arranged with warm, friendly and caring crew members of NGT. The environment was very peaceful and the views of the surrounding mountains were truly awesome. NGTs professional service truly exceeded our level of expectation. When we go back home, we will recommend Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition to our family and friends who plan to visit Nepal.
Keep up the good work !!
Carlos and team
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