Island Peak Climbing

island peak climbing

Trekking to climb Island Peak – 21 days…to peak out & freak out. 

This affordable fantastic mountain climb is actually done – in a single day. It’s perfect for first timers…and ideal for veteran climbers to sharpen their skills for the biggies… 

This is a well organised route with the best acclimatization designed to detail with tremendous Himalayan scenery that literally energies imaginations…Trek to Island Peak via the Everest Base Camp route on a high… 

Island peak is surely not the highest trekking peak in Nepal; but the daunting Peak [also known as Imja Tse in the local dialect] at 6,189m/20,305ft provides a lot of technical adjustments. This expedition makes up a variety of drills that include rock scrambling, roped glacier travel, a steep snow/ice wall on fixed ropes, and an exposed summit ridge for a thrilling climax that gets the adrenaline pumping to a high physical level. The trip takes-off with a flight from Kathmandu to Hillary’s airstrip at Lukla, before a trek to Dingboche via the Sherpa capital – the hustling & bustling Namche Bazaar. You spend two delightful nights in each of these villages, to assist with your acclimatisation and lessen the chances of altitude problems, especially for a trip like this.

This is one of the most popular peak climbing trips in the Khumbu [Everest region] of Nepal. The name ‘island peak’ took shape in 1952 due to its unique location in the middle of the Chhukung valley which looks like an island in a sea of ice. Later it was renamed Imja Tse but the peak is still known by its original name. There is something like 33 peaks in this area; however, Island peak is the best known peak offering its climbers some enlivening box office views of famous towering peaks with memories that last a lifetime. Climbing over this mountain requires a lot of gritty navigation on foot; trekkers need good physical health with ample hiking experience in high elevations above 2000m. We will need to acclimatize ourselves at different places to get accustomed to the higher elevations of surrounding areas. Doing Island Peak offers all the spicy ingredients of an adventure that can be risky but can be done by anyone of any age level…

From Lukla, our hiking route will follow familiar trails of Everest base camp through Namche bazaar, Khumjung, Phortse, Dingboche, and Lobuche as we get to the base camp of Mt. Everest. Our reverting trails will be from Pangboche and Tengboche which will ultimately bring us to Lukla and back to Kathmandu with a fabulous flight and finally to our hotel & a warm soft bed. A One Nepal Treks will escort you to this famous peak by using our extensive experiences to make this trip as comfortable as possible, despite the physical obstacles this journey is known for… 

Trip Facts:

Trip duration: 21 days on familiar trails as the altitude levels rise to higher landscapes of an extraordinary kind…
Grade: Strenuous – Peak Climbing – Alpine grade: PD+…This is a trip that challenges your mental strength…

Activity: Sightseeing and trekking

Starts in: Kathmandu

Ends in: Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house)

Meals: Healthy king size meals provided on the trails

Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus

Maximum altitude: 6189m…we peak at Imja Tse [ISLAND PEAK]

Details Intinerary

Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, We will personally be at the airport to pick you up on time. You will be transferred to your hotel as per the prior booking agreed between us. After refreshing up with some welcome drinks, you can go to your room, relax for some time and then stroll the night and get enchanted by Kathmandu, visit the local market and buy some necessary things which you may need. On returning back to your hotel, you will be treated to a "Traditional Nepali dinner" and later you will be oriented on your upcoming journey. Enjoy your first night in the ancient city of temples & cows, probably the most in the world.

(Service includes: Airport pickup +Hotel BB Plan)

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding

After enjoying your b/fast at the hotel, we next head down to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes some 30 minutes and ends in an exciting landing on a unique mountain airstrip that runs uphill. Lukla, situated at an altitude of 2,850 m, is the gateway as well as the trailhead for all treks in the Everest region. After meeting the support crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi valley on a well-trodden trail to our first camp site near a river at Phakding.

(Service includes: Flight+ Guide+Porter+breakfast+Lunch+ Dinner+ teahouse lodge)

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges till we reach Monjo. Beyond Monjo lies the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was established by the Government of Nepal in 1976 in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain ecosystem. The park, spread over an area of 1,148 sq km, includes the upper catchments of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers, and is largely composed of rugged terrain, gorges and giant hulks of rock and snow, including Mt. Everest (8,848 m), the tallest of them all. A steep hike from Monjo takes us to Namche.

If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading center in the Khumbu region and is a meeting place not only for the Nepali traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan traders who cross the glaciated Nangpa La in the north, but also for trekkers and expedition members either going up to rendezvous with Mt. Everest and its minions or those on their return lap. We camp near Namche Bazaar.

(Service includes: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 04: Namche bazaar to Dole.4110m.

From Namche bazaar, the trail goes steeply towards Kyangjuma village from where we can have a splendid view of mountains ranges all around us. We will have our lunch on the way to Dole. The admirable views around the trail will surely mesmerize us. The way to Dole goes with the combination of Mountain Views along with some beautiful scenes of waterfalls and forests. We crash out the night at Dole.

(Service includes: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 05: Dole to Machherma

From Dole, at first the path goes steeply to the Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The trail offers us many glittering views of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku. While trekking at this place we need to acclimatize ourselves with the increasing altitudes. After an incredible walk of about 4 to 5 hours, we will be able to reach Machherma at 4410m, have dinner and prepare for the night.

(Service includes: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 06: Machherma to Gokyo.

Early morning, we will trek towards Gokyo from Machherma. The trail descends to the river and then begins to climb over to Ngozumpa glacier. Viewing the panoramic scenery around the region, we will move forward through the main trail. We can explore around the lakes of Gokyo if we have some spare leisure time. The night will be spectacular at Gokyo at 4794m where we spend our night.

(Service includes: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 07: Gokyo rest day.

Te day can be taken as rest day to chill out. But we will explore around the area later in the day. We will climb up to the peak of Gokyo from where we will get splendid views of other mountain ranges all around us. After viewing some incredible sights from the peak, we will descend back to Gokyo where we will spend the night again.

(Service includes: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 08: Gokyo to Na

From Gokyo, we will hike towards the Gokyo Ri to the altitude of 5496m from where we can get some fantastic views of mountain ranges including the highest peak of the world. A hike for about 2 hours will take us to the top. We will return back to Gokyo and trek towards Na the same day. The night will be at Na at 4390m.

(Service includes: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 09: Na to Phortse.

From Na, we will descend towards Phortse village following the way opposite to Dudh Koshi River. The path is regarded easy as it goes flatter for some while. Then a steep down track through the village will lead us towards Phortse. Phortse is a magnificent village situated under the shadows of huge mountains at 3542m. this is an ideal place to bunk out for the night.(Service includes: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 10: Trek to Dingboche

From Phortse, early morning, we will move towards the Dingboche following the path viewing some spectacular views of mountain ranges of the Khumbu region. We can spend a day or two day at Dingboche. But as A One Nepal Trek suggests we will continue on our way without resting the day at Dingboche at 4336m.

(Service includes: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 11: Dingboche to Lobuche

Beyond Dingboche we trek up the steep difficult moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our path through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an uncanny ridge top with dramatic mountains views. An early start is necessary today, as we have to cross Cho La and make the long descent to Lobuche. As we hike up the valley, we cross a ridge and an old lateral moraine, before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. From the pass there are excellent views, across to the famous Rolwaling Valley in the west and Ama Dablam to the south east. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier [often snow covered] which is fairly straightforward. There are more excellent views of Ama Dablam and the forbidding north face of Cholatse as we descend to the pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Tengboche. The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier as we plod on to Lobuche for the night. 

(Service include: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 12: Lobuche to Kalapathar and Gorakshep

We will start the day a bit earlier than before as we need to hike a long distance. At first, we will start the trek towards the west side going steeper before reaching Gorakshep. Throughout the day, we will see spectacular views of great ranges of mountains all around us. After spending some time at Gorakshep, we will move towards Kalapathar to the height of 5600m from where the crystal clear views of Mount Everest can be seen. We will spend the cold night at Gorakshep in our tented camps.(Service includes: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 13: Gorakshep to Everest base camp and to Lobuche

For the trek to Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required. It takes several hours on a trail across the Khumbu Glacier which weaves its way along translucent ice pinnacles and past seemingly bottomless crevasses. At Base Camp, there will hopefully be an expedition 'in residence' and there are great views up into the Khumbu Icefall where there is often some climbing activity. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the south Col. We then return to Gorakshep. We will spend approximately 4 and half hours trekking up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. The trek is on a glacier and snow- capped rocks. We can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp area. We then return to Lobuche for our stay overnight at a lodge.

(Service include: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

 Day 14: Lobuche to Chhukung.

After breakfast, we trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp at (5,000m/16,404ft). The ascent to Kongma La pass is the most difficult part of our trek today. In the Kongma La, we see cairn wrapped in prayer flags to mark the pass. Then we descend gradually to Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. After reaching Chhukung we will also check our equipment in order to get ready for our ultimate climb. Overnight in Chhukung

Note: If we do not want to undertake the Kongma La pass, we can follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung instead. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 15: Chhukung to Island peak base camp

The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Labtsa lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp -

Included meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee and Camping. 

Day 16: Island Peak base camp to High camp

This is a pretty cool day; we begin our pre-climb training today after breakfast. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak Climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back or resting for the next day’s climb. Overnight at the base camp - Included meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee and Camping.

Day 17: High camp to summit and back to Chhukung

Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully fresh and on reaching the summit we have jaw-dropping close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more theatrical mountain views that stop our breath for a few seconds as we gasp at the surrounding beauty that envelops us, perhaps, this will be a moment we will never ever forget for the rest of our lives, because there is no other place on earth like this, it has a beauty of its own, as the other peaks of Nepal all have their exclusive own identities. We descend along the same route, down to base camp and finally to Chhukung for the night. We celebrate our successful Island Peak climb. This is an achievement we need to truly enjoy…anything could have happened. Maybe we celebrate with a Black Forest cake and some strong coffee - Included meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

Day 18: Chhukung to Namche bazaar

After achieving our dream project, we will trek following the path to Imja khola which will later join Dudh khola. We will have an easy trek to Chhukung for about 8 to 9 hours. The returning journey will be fantastic as we have a sense of pleasure in our heart after being successful in our venture without any incidents. We will enjoy the breeze of the mountains while returning to Namche bazaar. We will have a blissful resting night at Namche bazaar.

(Service includes: Guide+Porter, +Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Local lodge)

Day 19: Namche bazaar to Lukla - our last day on these lovely mountains

Today is our last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk along the valley before we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We’ll have lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free for you to wander around, relax or perhaps have a hot shower! In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner party followed by a few celebratory drinks. We can taste some ‘Chhang’ {mountain beer brewed from fermented rice} and do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps; and enjoy with the crew whom we’ve come to know so well over the weeks being together. It’s a time to make merry after the success of our climb. We then hit the sack for some blissful rest after a truly great venture that was successful.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

 Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu.

After an early breakfast, hoping for good weather, we board our 35 minutes flight for Kathmandu. We bid farewell to these wonderful mountains that sheltered us all of these days as our journey in Nepal concludes today on a merry note! There is not much except send a few mails home telling the folks about the dream holidays you enjoyed. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Overnight at your hotel.(Service include: Guide+Flight+Breakfast+airport transfer+ Hotel bb)

Day 21: Farewell program - Adios Amigos!

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from A One Nepal Trek will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to organize your plans for the next adventure in the wonderful Himalayan country of Nepal. Thank you for visiting Nepal…we sure hope to meet you again someday!!! 

(Service include: Breakfast + Airport drop)


Cost Includes

  • All Airport pick up and drop
  • 2 nights 2 star standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 17 days in standard lodges/tea-houses in mountain during the trek.
  • 3 nights fully camping accommodation and food.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight.
  • All 3 meals per day during the trek [B+L+D] and a cup of tea with every meal.
  • Tourist standard bus between Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu.
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide as per bigger size of group of trekkers trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
  • Guide flight, climbing Guide insurance up to USD 15000, Medical insurance USD 4000.Guide equipment USD 350 and salary.
  • Garbage charge.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • Trekking area map.
  • All government and local taxes

Cost excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee ( Nepal provides on arrival visa in Immigration, bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs,)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Meal in city like Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Extra calculate for additional programs as per above itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Local donation & Tips for guides and porters.
  • Personal expenses (Pot of tea, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)


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 Trip highlights:

One of the most popular autonomous trek and easy climbing peak of Nepal. Rich of nature with 4 major peaks [Mt Everest 8848m, Mt Cho-yu 8202m, Mt Lhotsem,Mt Makalu] and several of beautiful peaks. Heavy colorful forest with verity of flora & fauna. Charming mingle society of people with them unique culture, religion and seasonal harvesting. Clean running humming waterfalls and streams.

Safety Health- facility:

Our first goal is first safety for all of our clients and staff. We have smartly experienced friendly and knowledge able workers team. All they are well trained and must of they are license holder Guides. We arrange first aid. Also the area has heath post on every 2 days, and main hospital is not farther than maximum 5 hrs, from any part. We can use a quick drive on ruff road, carry by the people, take a horse ride, and arrange the Helicopter at our needed as per the emergency encase. The physical walk is 6 hours average per day with mini bag with your valued things average 2-5 kg. but 2 days is shorter.

Your Personal Travel Insurance:

We highly advised you to make your travel insurance during Nepal trip from your own country. It is a condition upon joining any of our trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs).we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Climbing Guide Insurance ans facility:

Due to risk and liabilities, Nepal Government acted Guide equipment fee USD 350,Insurance USD 15000 over,medical insurance USD 4000, Plus his regular facility are salary ,lodging and food. Also reasonable staff insurance up to USD 5000 and facility.

Climbing Permit fee:

 There are two categories of Peaks on Nepal mountaineer list. The fee are fixed for both categories of Peaks.Climbing permit fee USD 250 Per Person. Click here!

Camp/Tea house Local lodge during the Trek:

All accommodations for Trek are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard and clean of tourist standard available. There are mostly shame styles of accommodations during our trekking. And 3 Nights camping . All the lodging and meal cost has controlled by management community at in area.

Meals and Water:

During our Trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian.) are from the menu as per local supplement. Lodge has well trained cook basically attention for clean, hygienic, fresh and nice testy foods. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. You could have able to buy Bottled water from every settlement. Even we would like to support you to pay for local purifying water cheaper with thats help to controlled plastic pollution. Also the boiled water, or running fresh water with your peals or filtering is much recommended.

What to bring with you:

Raincoat, bag cover, round sun hat. Half paint for rain, waterproof waking boot, Suntan lotion, sunglass,hand glove,warm cap, light waterproof gore tax set, a pair of sleepers, some t-shirt, If you have your private light sleeping bag/If Not we will provide, walking stick, your regular drug and necessary you things,harness, Personal climbing gear,crampons,climbing boots.

Environmental sensitive:

The Khumbu region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do. Hence, the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We are consideration a zero impact policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live at the traveled places. We enforce a number of does and don'ts. We also work alongside KEEP in order to maintain our environmental concerns.

Best Season:

Sep to Dec and Feb to May are best.

Hotels in Kathmandu:

We will provide 2 star label hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.Let us advice as per your choice with extra cost for deluxe hotels  as your need: 5 stars hotels are in Kathmandu: Hyatt regency, Yak &Yeti, De l Annapurna, The Everest Hotel, The Malla hotel, and others 4,3, 2,1 stars hotels.

Booking Policy:

Confirm your trip at least two months before, with 25% of payment and a copy of your passport. One group leader or agent will be free of service charge above 12 of paying person in a group.[tax, flight and monuments fee is not free.

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