Island peak climbing
Island Peak climbing is the most popular climbing peak in Nepal. Its was first named Island Peak by a group of mountaineers led by Eric Shipton in 1952. At the time it did not have an official name and the group noticed that it looked like an Island in a sea of ice as you look at it from the nearby village of Dingboche (4410m). The usual method of climbing Island Peak is to do it on the way back from Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar to help with acclimatisation.
You can rest in the village of Dingboche before taking a half day walk to Chukhung (4900m). In Chukhung we stock up with any food or equipment that we need for the climb, then move on to base camp. From base camp we have the option of either moving on to high camp for another night or pressing on to the summit. This will depend on several factors. How acclimatised everyone feels, and of course, our old friend the weather. We always make sure that we leave extra days to make sure that we have the highest possible chance to make a safe and successful summit.
- Scenic flights to/from Lukla
- Sherpa culture & Monasteries
- EBC, Gorakshep view
- View from Kalapaththar and Island peak
- 4 Nights in Kathmandu
- 16 Nights at trekking tea houses
- Guided trip
- Max. Elevation 6189 M.
At a glance
Diffculties and Safety
Climbing to Island peak is not an easy thing with lots of uphill, downhill and high altitude. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain make sure you have enough walking and climbing experience to enjoy the trek and climb. Most of the days include 4-7 hours walking. Altitude can be the problem too, so drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness.
Your safety is one of our major concern. Your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )
Arriving at Kathmandu Airport, our office representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. You will then have some free time explore Thamel. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis).
After breakfast, the company owner and your trekking guide will meet you on the hotel and discus about all programs and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. After staff meeting, one of the our professional tour guides will take you for a sightseeing trip for 3 hours and then back to the hotel. Rest of the day can be used for travelling around Thamel and buying any last minute equipment and other necessities. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis).
An early morning breakfast in the hotel and then drive to the airport for the 35 minute scenic flight to Lukla at 2840m. Upon arrival we go to meet the trekking porters and get ready for the trek. We begin by descending towards the Dudh Koshi River through the local Sherpa village (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
After breakfast we continue along the banks of the Dudh Koshi crossing the suspension bridges laden with prayer flags, we reach a place called Manjo, from where starts Sagarmartha National Park. After entering the national park the trail goes steeply up, with breathtaking views for more than 2 hours to reach Namche Bazzar. It is a beautiful walk through the Rhododendron and pine forest. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
Acclimatization day, we don’t do much walking today but we will enjoy with breathtaking views of the white mountains including the top the world (your first view of Everest) from the view point just above Namche. We visit a local Sherpa museum, the national park head quarters office and take a little walk around Namche bazzar. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
The trek starts with a tough climbing on the hill for around ten minutes but then flattens out and jig jags through the small pine forest. There is more chance to see the mountain goats and himalayan pheasant (called Munal in Nepali), which is the national bird of Nepal. At the same time, you can enjoy the sight of some of the world highest, and most beautiful mountains. It really is a sight to behold. We continue walking to follow the trail as it winds its way up and down towards Tengboche. Tengboche where is the oldest local Buddhiest monastery is situated. We visit inside which is incredibly decorated with ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
Our trek begins after breakfast and the trail drops down to Debuche, across a suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and then climbs towards Pangboche village . Pangboche village is the last big village of the Sherpa people. All the while, the views remain epic, although the temperature does begin to drop as the altitude increases. After two more hours walk you will reach Dingboche and stay over night. Remember We should take our time, we must go slow and avoid getting affected by AMS (High Altitude Sickness). (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
Today you are going to enjoy another day of acclimatization and rest. We suggest to you to do some small hiking trips around the area, which are very good for acclimatization. Go higher and sleep lower is what is recommended. We climb a small hill near by for a couple of hours and back to hotel for lunch and a rest. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
The trail continues to rise, we cross the Khumbu Glacier and pass by many stone memorials for climbers who died on Everest. From where you will see another new mountain called Pumori, it is just stunning. We continue our trek to reach Labuche. You might feel it is more difficult to breathe and a headche may arise today due to the altitude. This is very common and is usually nothing to worry about. We suggest you do listen to your body however, and if you think it best to go down, that’s what we will do. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
This is the day when your dreams come true. We trek for two and a half hours to reach Gorak Shep and have some lunch. We leave the bags in the tea house and start off again along the Khumbu Glacier up to the worlds highest mountains base camp at 5365m. You will enjoy the view of the Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu glacier from base camp. Then we return back to Gorak Shep. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
We wake up early and take a morning walk to Kalapatthar. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama, including Everest (8848m) directly infront of you. Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7161m), Cholatse (6335m), and Lhotse (8516m) and countless others are all around. After watching the awe inspiring sunrise, we decend back to Gorak Shep, have breakfast and trek down to Dingboche. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
On the way to Chhukung the we can see beautiful close view of Island Peak and other mountains . Chhukung is the village of small settlements of Sherpa People frm everest region. Overnight at Tea house on full board basis.
Overnight at tented camp on full board basis.
We have to trek in High Camp and today is the preparation day for climbing Island peak. Overnight at tented camp on full board basis.
We have to continuously walking through the glacier of snow. After reaching Summit of Island Peak we can see many mountains view and we can also see Lhotse (south face). After the summit our trail goes downward to Base Camp to Chhukung. Overnight at Tea house on Full board basis.
overnight at tea house on full board basis.
From Pheriche we go all the way down to Pangboche, then climb for 30min to Tangboche stop for lunch and make our way up and down to Namche Bazzar. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
Finally, the trek back to Lukla and enjoy your last night in the Himalaya. Time to thank to your porter and wait for the next early morning flight to kathmandu. (Over night at tea house on full board basis).
Enjoy the 35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis).
This is also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. Time for some last minute shopping and then relax. If you are interested to extend trip please contact us for various exciting opportunities. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis).
- Airport Pick up and drop off
- All domestic land and air transportation
- All Accommodation
- 3 main course meals a day while trekking
- Guide and porters
- Trekking permits and TIMS
- Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
- A comprehensive medical kit
What's not included
- Flights To/From Nepal
- Tourist Visa
- Travel insurance
- Meals while not on the trek
- Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, drinks, laundry, phone calls, wifi, charging devices, hot shower etc.
- Tips for the guide, porters and driver
- Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
- Any services not mentioned in the itineraries.
This trip can be possible to customize as you want and you may extension your Nepal trip as well. Here are the few options what you may do.
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Accommodation & Food details
We will provide tourist standard accommodations in Kathmandu and this is possible to upgrade in your choice. All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.
During Island Peak Climbing, we will provide tents accomodation and authentic Nepalese food (Dal Bhat) as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). 3 main course meals will be provided during trekking and only breakfast is included while you are in Kathmandu and.
Best Time To Visit
Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons to do Island Peak Climbing. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views.
However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests and there chance to get snow too. Climbing in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer climbing could be a boon for a keen botanist.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.
We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.