Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Immerse into the beautiful Sherpa customs
  • Observe the local Monasteries
  • Get the experience of hiking to Kalapatthar for looking the sunrise over the mountains
  • Reach the top of Island Peak and enjoy the surrounding views
  • Take the pictures of those surrounding snow-capped peaks

The beauty of Island peak is enchanting as it is surrounded by two notorious mountains Lhotse and Ama Dablam.

Island Peak (6189m) was first summited in 1953 AD by the team of the British expedition. The Island Peak Climbing in Nepal Package is a moderately difficult activity as the trip progresses and the Everest base camp trekking is included.

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Peak climbers from all over the world have been drawn to the popular Island Peak Climbing in the Everest region as well as the trekkers to Everest Base Camp. It is located between the Himalayas of Everest.

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is located in the Khumbu glaciers of eastern Nepal. This peak was named by Sir Edmund Hilary, a famous mountain explorer because it resembled an island in an ice sea when viewed from Dingboche.

This peak is climbed by most beginners as a training exercise with further hope of climbing mountains above 6000 meters. It requires technical skills like crossing crevasses with ladders and jumars attached to a fixed-line.

With constant support from guides with appropriate training and acclimatization, the Imja Tse climbing would not be harder than you might think. You just need to be strong both physically and mentally.

Although many trekking companies would prefer climbing the Island peak in a single itinerary, trekking to Everest base camp along with the island peak would be a great activity for proper acclimatization. When you trek through EBC you would experience some of the enchanting views.

From the Green hills to the Himalayas you will witness the towering mountains which are of great natural beauty all over the world. You will also view the Sherpa villages and meet the people with utmost hospitality.

Your Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trekking begins with a short flight to the Himalayan airport at Lukla. Marching through the upper trail to the glacial River, the trek crosses Phakding and Monjo to ascend the Sherpa heartland of Namche Bazaar.

Similarly, exploring the traditional Sherpa cultural lifestyles and the Himalayan views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others give positive energy and works as acclimatization.

In the same way, the Kalapatthar hiking adds further charm to this Island Peak trekking trail. So, this trail can be named Kalapatthar Island Peak Climbing too.

The Kalapatthar is also considered the viewpoint for looking at the surrounding Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest. Before climbing the Island peak, Everest Base Camp Trek makes the climbers physically fit and more acclimatized.

After descending from the Everest Base Camp, it is a continual trek to the Island peak base camp.

Besides, the Island peak is normally covered by a heap of snow. Peak Climbers get climbing practices and training along the way by using mountaineering equipment. With a gentle climb to Island Peak, it descends to the base camp and continues the trek to Namche Bazaar and Lukla. Then finally you have a flight back to Kathmandu.

Apart from it, we have designed this Island Peak Climbing itinerary a bit longer by combining the Everest Base Camp trekking trail. If you wish to make it shorter, we can customize it according to your desires.

During the Island Peak climbing in Nepal, Rising Adventure Company manages all the required arrangements. We are very conscious of the physical condition, altitude sickness, and any problems regarding the fitness of our clients. Hygiene foods and hot drinks are supplied to the climbers.

Rising Adventure also optimizes the climbing activity to Island Peak without adding the Everest base camp trek package in a shorter itinerary.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

  1. Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (30 min) & trek to Phakding (3-4 hrs walk). Overnight in Phakding
  2. Trek to Namche Bazaar (6-7 hrs walk). Overnight in Namche Bazaar
  3. Acclimatization Day
  4. Trek to Tengboche (5-6 hrs walk). Overnight in Tengboche
  5. Trek to Pheriche (5-6 hrs walk). Overnight in Pheriche
  6. Trek to Lobuche (5-6 hrs walk). Overnight in Lobuche
  7. Trek to Gorak Shep (3-4 hrs walk) & hike to Everest base camp (5340m/4-5 hrs walk). Overnight in Gorak Shep
  8. Hike to Kalapatthar (5555m/ 3 hrs walk) & hike back to Lobuche (5-6 hrs walk). Overnight in Lobuche
  9. Trek to Chhukung (6-7e hrs walk) via Konga La Pass (5535m). Overnight in Chhukung
  10. Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4-5 hrs walk)
  11. Rest Day. Overnight in Island Peak Base Camp
  12. Summit the Island Peak (6187m)& trek back to Base Camp (10-12 hrs walk). Overnight in Island Peak Base Camp
  13. Trek to Pangboche (5-6 hrs walk). Overnight in Pangboche
  14. Trek to Namche Bazaar (5-6 hrs walk). Overnight in Namche Bazaar
  15. Trek to Lukla (5-6 hrs walk). Overnight in Lukla
  16. Fly back to Kathmandu (30 mins) & transfer to the hotel

Note: We may organize the Kathmandu sightseeing tour and the hotel booking in Kathmandu too on request.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Flight to Lukla (2800 m/ 35 m) and Trek to Phakding (3-4 hrs)

    In the early morning, you will have an almost 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which lies at about 2800 m in the Khumbu region of the Eastern part of Nepal. While on the Aeroplane you can have great views of the mountains and river valleys. After the arrival at Lukla, our guide will introduce the porter if you want to have or if your package includes. Then, your trek embarks on to Phakding at almost 2652 m.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Phakding
    • 2652 m
  • Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar (6-7 hrs)

    On this day, you will continue your trek for almost 7 hours until you won’t reach the Namche bazaar which is taken as the Gateway to Everest. While trekking, you will go on through breathtaking views such as blue pine forests, firs, junipers, and other beautiful sceneries.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Namche Bazaar
    • 3440 m
  • Day 03: Acclimatization Day

    You will spend a day here in order to have a rest as well as acclimatize. You can pass your day by exploring the local culture of Namche. You can also visit the museum which describes the traditional customs of the Sherpa and you have an opportunity to visit the highest hotel in the world names Everest View Hotel.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Namche Bazaar
    • 3440 m
  • Day 04: Trek to Tengboche (5-6 hrs)

    Your trek will go ahead from Namche to Tengboche along with the magnificent views of the variety of mountains. After reaching Tengboche, you can observe the lifestyle of local Sherpas as well as their monasteries.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Tengboche
    • 3860 m
  • Day 05: Trek to Pheriche (5-6 hrrs)

    Today your trail will take you to Pheriche after walking for almost 5 hours. At first, you will descend as well as ascend and reach the beautiful village located on the riverbank, known as Pangboche. Then the continuation of your trail will take you to Pheriche.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Pheriche
    • 4200 m
  • Day 06: Trek to Lobuche (5-6 hrs)

    You will trek almost 6 hours in order to reach Lobuche, where only a few huts are at the foot of the Himalayan giants. On the way, you will go up to the Khumbu Glacier and pass the row of stone monuments that were built in the memory of six Sherpas who died in an avalanche at Lobuche.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Lobuche
    • 4920 m
  • Day 07: Trek to Gorakshep (3-4 hrs) and Hike to Everest Base Camp (5340 m/ 4-5 hrs)

    This is the difficult and the most memorable day of this trek. You will walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5340 meters without using mountaineering equipment. From the Base Camp, you can have spectacular scenic views of the Khumbu Icefall. After then you will descend to Gorak Shep for the night.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Gorakshep
    • 5130 m
  • Day 08: Hike to Kalapatthar (5555 m/ 3 hrs ) and trek back to Lobuche (5-6 hrs)

    Your trail will begin early in the morning for going to hike to Kalapathar. So, you will ascend steeply to Kalapathar. After reaching there you will enjoy the incredible views of the towering Himalayas such as Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and so on. You will descend to Gorak Shep following the same route. After having breakfast there, you will return to Lobuche again.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Lobuche
    • 4920 m
  • Day 09: Trek to Chhukung ( 6-7 hrs) via Konga La Pass (5535 m)

    Today is the tougher day of your trekking because you are going to pass the Kongma La Pass. So, you will go through the Khumbu Glacier and reach Kongma La Base Camp. From there, you will go up to Kongma La Pass following the prayer flags, which mark the path. After descending, you will reach Chhukung and meet the climbing guide. En route, you will walk through the Imja Valley as well.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Chhukung
    • 4730 m
  • Day 10: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4-5 hrs)

    Today your trail will go up steeply. So, you will ascend to the south at first and turn towards the main valley in the east. Then the trail will go ahead along the stream and make your trek glacial through the Imja and Lhotse glaciers. Eventually, you will reach the valley, which offers gorgeous views of the southwestern side of Island Peak. In the valley, you will set up your Base Camp.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tent
    • Base Camp
    • 5200 m
  • Day 11: Rest Day

    The day of today is actually not for rest only, but for acclimatization too. So, today your guide will teach you to use climbing equipment such as ice axe, harnesses, and so on. Besides, you will spend your remaining day for hiking to the High Camp and back to the Base Camp.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tent
    • Base Camp
    • 5200m
  • Day 12: Summit the Island Peak (6187 m) and come back to Chhukung (10-12 hrs)

    Today you are going to meet your final destination. So, you will have to climb very early in the morning. You will ascend beyond the High Camp. Then you will climb on the rocky steps, crevasses, glaciers as well as icy slopes. Finally, you will be succeeded to summit Island Peak, which offers the exotic sceneries of Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse, Makalu, Amadablam, and so on. After spending some time on top of the Island Peak, you will descend to Chhukung retracing the route.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tent
    • Chhukung
    • 6187 m
  • Day 13: Trek to Pangboche (5-6 hrs)

    Your trail will descend to Dingboche. After almost one and a half an hour of walking from there, you will reach Pangboche amongst the thousands of mani stones.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Pangboche
    • 3985 m
  • Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar (5-6 hrs)

    Today you will walk about to5 hours. First of all, you will reach Tengboche following the previous route through the Imja River. Then you will continue your trek through the forests of rhododendron as well as juniper. En route, you will have an opportunity to see the grazing mountain goats, colorful Pheasants, and other wild animals. Finally, you will reach Namche Bazaar passing through Chhorten monastery.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Namche Bazaar
    • 3440 m
  • Day 15: Trek back to Lukla (6-7 hrs)

    You will go to Lukla retracing the route.

    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tea House
    • Lukla
    • 2800 m
  • Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu (35 min)

    You will have a flight early in the morning to Kathmandu following the previous airways. After your arrival in Kathmandu, you will transfer to the hotel.

    • Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
    • 3 Star Hotel
    • Kathmandu
    • 1350 m

Trip note

The prime duty of Rising Adventure P. Ltd. is to provide the safety and security. During the trip, some factors may affect and cause to change our itinerary such as weather condition, transportation, health condition of our clients and other natural disasters. At this moment, our company gives full authority to our guides for deciding what to do or not to do concerning on the interest of our clients.

While talking about the flight, sometimes it may delay due to the weather condition or the technical problem especially to go to Lukla from Kathmandu. At this time, Rising Adventure can charter either Helicopter or Twin Otter as per the demand of our clients.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Flight tickets (Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • All necessary paper works, Climbing permit, TIMS, Annapurna Conversation Area Permit for trekking   
  • English speaking, an experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable climbing guide during the trek
  • Three times food for you in trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) according to your choice
  • Seasonal fruits during trekking
  • 3 days camping including three times meal
  • Sleeping tent, dining tent, toilet tent
  • Climbing equipment
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if necessary
  • Travel & Rescue arrangements
  • Nepali SIM card
  • All the government taxes
  • Farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurants with traditional dance

Note: We may manage a porter on request.

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal arrival visa fee
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks during the trekking
  • Hot shower, Battery charge, and heater during the trekking
  • Porter
  • Hotels in Kathmandu
  • Tips for guide
  • Other expenses that are not mentioned in the trip "Cost includes" 

Useful info

Permits and Requirements

The Island Peak Climbing Permit can be taken from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). NMA has designed mountaineering permit costs based on the season.

Season Cost ($)
Spring 250
Autumn 125
Summer (Monsoon) 70
Winter 70

As shown above, the Island peak climbing permit cost is relatively higher in the spring season as compared to other seasons. The spring is the peak season for summiting Imja Tse so, you can expect a lot of mountaineers during this period.

Likewise, autumn is another favorable season for mountaineering. Temperature and weather condition is favorable in this season as well. But, climbers seem fewer compared to the spring season.

Winter and Monsoon seasons are listed under the off-season category for peak climbing in Nepal. So, fewer climbers can be expected in these seasons.

Now, it is clear why NMA is charging the variant Island peak climbing permit cost.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry permits

You might be wondering if paying only the NMA cost is enough but you will also have to pay the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit. Permit fee differs for SAARC nationals from other foreign nationals.

The permit fee for SAARC nations is 1500 Nepalese rupees while for foreign nations, it is 3000 Nepalese rupees.

Along with the Island peak climbing permit cost, you need to deposit USD 500 as a garbage deposit. But it is refundable money. You can get back this cash after returning from the Island Peak summit.

Local Area Permit

In order to climb the Island peak, a local permit is also required as you are going through various local municipalities. If you travel with us, we make the permit ready before your journey commences. You can also get this local area permit in Lukla. The cost to pass around the municipality is around USD 20.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is mandatory and of utmost necessity. If you want to climb Imja Tse with us you should definitely have one. The insurance should cover accidents, ambulance, and rescue with a helicopter if required.

To make you clear, Rising Adventure does not sell any travel insurance policy. Please, buy your travel insurance with one of the best and most reliable companies.

Island peak Accommodation

We provide two-night hotels in Kathmandu. One day is for your arrival and the next one is before your departure after coming back from Island peak climbing.

While talking about Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek accommodation, the tea houses are used for getting rest and for acclimatization. It is a normal hotel in the Himalayan region of Nepal.

You can get everything in these teahouses from private bedrooms, attached bathrooms, Wifi, charging as well as hot water and a shower. You can also find verities of food and local cuisines in the teahouses at lower altitudes.

On the other hand, you can expect a teahouse with basic facilities at a higher elevation. Everest base camp trek teahouse provides a shared room with a shared traditional toilet in high-altitude places. You may get limited seasonal foods only. And the most important thing is you need to pay a little amount for Wi-Fi and mobile charging. For showering with hot water, you will be charged.

For three days of camping, we also provide three times meals, a sleeping tent, a dining tent, and a toilet tent. All of them are included in our package. We also provide you with a sleeping bag and a down jacket if necessary.

Best time to climb island peak

The best time to summit Island would be in the spring season of March April and May. The Spring season is the clearer season. The temperature is also favorable with an average ranging from 20-25 degrees below 3500 meters. Above 3500 meters you can expect temperatures to drop below -15 degrees Celsius.

Though it is rainfall in this season, it is not wet like in the rainy season.

Another best season can be in autumn which is also a peak time to climb Imja Tse. The average temperature of elevation over 4000m is 15 degrees Celsius and could be high up to 20 degrees Celsius.

At night time, it can go a minimum of 0 -10 degrees Celsius. In September, you can expect some rainfall as it is the first month after the rainy season but it is not that severe.

Winter and monsoon seasons are off-season. In the winter season climbing is difficult because of the continuous heavy snowfall. The temperatures are freezing. The Summit of Island Peak can be windy which may create a very hard situation for the expedition. That’s why it is advised to not summit in winter.

Monsoon is the rainy season. The continuous rain converts the trails into slippery and muddy. The weather seems unclear. As a result, mountains look foggy and do not see very clearly.

But, it doesn’t rain continuously in the lower region. However, people still avoid trekking around this time because they cannot enjoy their trips as much as in another seasonal period.

Island peak Guides and Support team

Every guide and other support members of Rising Adventure are certified license holders by the Nepal government. All of them are trained and have experience of over ten years.

We have trained guides with over 10 years of experience. They have been with us for a long time and so far we have only got good reviews about them. They will help you in navigating and guiding you throughout the journey and help you if you have any difficulties like altitude sickness or breathing.

However, we are in contact with you 24/7. Our team supports you at every step. So, please do not be worried about any difficulties.

Where is Island peak?

Island peak is situated in the Khumbu glaciers at Sagarmatha National Park tucked in with the notorious Himalayas on both sides.

How can we communicate in case of an emergency?

We will provide you with a free sim card before your journey to the Himalayas begins. And you can call us at any time.

Is Island peak hard to climb?

Any mountain with over 6000m is a difficult climb. You may face altitude sickness and fear may strike you but you should be determined to reach the top and triumph over fear.

Besides, our climbing guide and a helper are with you at every stage. So, you do not need to be worried.

Do you need a guide to climb the island peak?

Island peak is still a technical climb. So, we recommend you hire a climbing guide. It would be very supportive of you. Besides, if you have an experience of climbing peaks over 6000 meters, that would be another helpful activity for you.

How long does it take to climb the island peak?

It takes almost 19 days to complete the climbing to Island peak from the day you arrive at Kathmandu. You cannot just reach the top in a day because everything takes time. You have to learn to use types of equipment and need rest to be acclimatized properly.

What to bring to Island peak?

You are required to bring a helmet, crampons, an ascender, locking, mattresses, harness, and others. No worries you are not required to bring it on your own because we help you in arranging it.

How cold is Island peak?

The average temperature of the Island peak in the spring season is about 16 degrees Celsius, but it gets colder at night at -8 Celsius.

Although in the autumn season it can high up to 20 degrees Celsius during day time and -10 at the night.

What is the Island peak's elevation?

The elevation of the Island peak is exactly 6160 meters.

Is Island peak a technical climb?

Many mountaineers use Imja Tse (Island peak) as a footstep to climb the higher peak. Although it is not difficult, it still can be a technical climb.

What types of footwear are used in mountain climbing on Island peak?

You have to wear mountaineering boots for mountain climbing. Unlike trekking boots, it is heavier and rigid. It is a mandatory necessity that you wear only mountaineering boots before you go to island peak. The warm sock is another required footwear for Island Peak climbing.