Island Peak Climbing

18 days Package | 0 Rating (Based on 3 Review)

  • Availability
    Sept-Dec, Feb-May

  • Trip Duration
    18 days

  • Trek Difficulty

  • Group Size
    Private & Group Tour

  • Maximum Altitude

  • Guide Language

Quick Overview

  • Start: Kathmandu
  • End:  Kathmandu
  • Duration:18 days
  • Best Season:Sept-Dec, Feb-May


Island Peak Climbing is gaining popularity among trekking peak climbers nowadays because of its stunning scenery, and the thrilling adventure it provides and it is comparatively easier than other similar expeditions. Perched on the top of Chhukung Glacier at 6179m between the Lhotse and Ama Dablam Mountains, it rewards its climbers with a spectacular mountain views of Nuptse, Baruntse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak, and Lhotse Shar, Makalu, etc, Himalayan ethnic Sherpa village and their culture, Glacial Lakes, historical monasteries, Chortens, and alpine flora and fauna.  Island Peak is also called Imja-Tse in local language and from the summit of Island Peak, you can witness the south face of Lhotse and the majestic view of Amadablam Peak. Island Peak is a peak with very little technical aspects so it is suitable for both beginners as well as avid climbers. Our expert guides and trainers will train you before climbing the Island Peak.

We begin Island Peak Climbing itinerary with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu which takes about 35 Minutes.  We follow Dudh Koshi river valley to reach the biggest Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar and enjoy the local market and Sherpa culture. Then the journey moves towards Tyangobche which offers one of the finest scenery of Everest as well as other neighboring peaks. The trek takes us through the countryside, where we immerse in centuries-old Nepalese and Tibetan cultures and historical monasteries. Then trek continues towards Dingboche where we begin the arrangement for our Island peak climbing expedition. After exploring the spectacular scenery from Island Peak, we descend back to Lukla via the same route and fly back to Kathmandu.

Trek Highlights

  • Scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu
  • Island Peak at 6,179
  • Mountains including Everest, Nuptse, Baruntse, Lhotse, etc
  • Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Historical monasteries and monuments
  • Glacial Lakes and waterfalls


Most of the teahouses or lodges in Island Peak Climbing trails cook a delicious range of food items for you where you'll have a varieties of food option like Pasta, tuna bakes, eggs, daal Bhat(rice and lentils), bread, noodles, potatoes, soup, fresh vegetables and even some desserts like pancakes, apple pies, etc. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it helps you with acclimatization and we also recommend you to have garlic soup regularly to prevent high altitude problems. In many larger villages and lower elevations, you may find some meat items on the menu. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you'll stay at and we'll have lunch on the way to the destination. If there are no teahouses, we'll provide you a kitchen crew, who'll provide the hygienic, quality and tasty food for you.


Accommodation services and price varies according to the remoteness and altitude of the place, along with the standard of the room. Single rooms might not be as easily available in higher altitudes as in Kathmandu or lower elevations area so you have to stay in twin-sharing or three sharing rooms. Most of the teahouses will have a shared bathroom and in lower elevation, you'll also find a room with an attached bathroom. There are a few places where you won't even find teahouses, so you've to stay in a tent. You don't have to worry about anything, our team will assist you with everything to provide you the best accommodation service.

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu alt. 1300m.
Day 2: Fly to Lukla-trek to Phakding alt. 2610m.
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar alt. 3410m.
Day 4: Rest day at Namche Bazaa alt. 3400m.
Day 5: Trek to Phortse alt. 3800m
Day 6: Trek to Dingboche alt. 4410m
Day 7: Rest day in Dingboche alt.4410m
Day 8: Trek to Lobuche alt.4900m.
Day 9: Trek to Everest base camp( alt.6361m) - Gorak shep , alt. 5100m
Day 10: Trek to Kalapattar (alt.5550m)- back to Chhukung, alt. 4700m)
Day 11: Preparation day for Island Peak Climbing
Day 12: Trek to Island peak base camp. alt. 5000m.
Day 13: Trek to summit (alt. 6176m)from base camp then back to base camp,alt. 5000m)
Day 14: Trek to Dingbuche , alt. 4410m.
Day 15: Rest in Dingbuche alt. 4410m.
Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar alt. 3410m.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla alt. 2780m.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu, alt. 1300m.
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu alt. 1300m.

On the first day of Island Peak Climbing Itinerary, our airport representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in our private vehicle. After the hotel check-in process, you can rest or stroll around Thamel town. Overnight stay.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla-trek to Phakding alt. 2610m.

You'll meet our trek team at the hotel in the early morning and ready to take a thrilling flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. It is the main highlight of our itinerary itself. Flying over high snow-capped mountains and arriving at one of the most dangerous airports in the world is a thrilling feeling. Then we trek to Phakding for an overnight stay.

Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar alt. 3410m.

Early morning after breakfast, we trek towards the biggest village in the Everest region, Namche which is also a gateway to Khumbu. Namche Bazzar is a busy town and trading hub of the Khumbu region. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 4: Rest day at Namche Bazaa alt. 3400m.

You can see a glimpse of Mt. Everest from Namche. We rest for a day before climbing up to higher elevation. If you want to explore around Namche Bazaar, you can visit nearby villages, and explore Sherpa culture tradition and lifestyle of local peoples. Overnight at the same hotel in Namche.

Day 5: Trek to Phortse alt. 3800m

The trek to Phortse is an interesting one where you'll get blessed by the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. We can visit historical monasteries and local villages during our walk to Phortse. Overnight stay.

Day 6: Trek to Dingboche alt. 4410m

The trek continues passing through the forest of birch, confer and rhododendron to reach Dingboche. It is a popular refreshing and stopping point for most of the trekkers in the Everest Region. Overnight stay.

Day 7: Rest day in Dingboche alt.4410m

It is your rest day at Dingboche. During your stay at Dingboche, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku with a cup of tea which will give you the best feeling. Overnight at Dingboche.

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche alt.4900m.

We continue our trek enjoying the company of the mighty Himalayas on all sides. You'll get to witness Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal on the way to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.

Day 9: Trek to Everest base camp( alt.6361m) - Gorak shep , alt. 5100m

Today's trek leads us to Everet Base Camp which is not a very challenging trek where we mostly walk on a glacier path. The periphery of Everest Base Camp is amazingly beautiful from where you can view Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains. Then we walk downhill to Gorak Shep for overnight stay.

Day 10: Trek to Kalapattar (alt.5550m)- back to Chhukung, alt. 4700m)

It is an important day for us as we are going to the top of Kala Patthar at 5,545m to get the best view of the mountains in the Everest Region. We cannot see the peak of the Everest from its base camp so hike to Kala Patthar allows witnessing it along with other mighty mountains. Then we descend to Chhukung for an overnight stay.

Day 11: Preparation day for Island Peak Climbing

This is the preparation day for Island Peak Climbing where our expert trainers will help you to use the necessary tools and trekking gears at Chhukung. It is very important to learn new techniques and methods to use climbing tools. Overnight at Island Peak Climbing.

Day 12: Trek to Island peak base camp. alt. 5000m.

After 3 hours of a walk uphill we reach Island Peak Base Camp and see the challenge that awaits us. It is an easier climb the trail crosses the river and follows the valley and passes beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Overnight at base camp.

Day 13: Trek to summit (alt. 6176m)from base camp then back to base camp,alt. 5000m)

Finally, the day is here where you are going to step on the summit of Island Peak (alt. 6176m). You can say this as the main highlight of the itinerary and achievement for a lifetime. From the height of 6,179m, you'll feel like you're in heaven. After enjoying the best of Island peak, we descend back to base camp for an overnight stay.

Day 14: Trek to Dingbuche , alt. 4410m.

Early morning trek from the base camp takes us to Dingboche. After arriving at Dingboche, you can visit historical monasteries and you can interact with local people in Dingboche. Overnight stay.

Day 15: Rest in Dingbuche alt. 4410m.

Rest day in Dingboche allows us to learn more about the Everest region, new culture, tradition and lifestyle of local peoples. The magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and mighty Everest are the main highlights of the day. Overnight stay.

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar alt. 3410m.

After 2 amazing days at Dingboche, we walk downhill towards the biggest settlements of the Everest Region. The trek goes through rhododendron and pine forest to reach Namche Bazaar and spend overnight there.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla alt. 2780m.

Early morning walk to Lukla allows you to encounter different species of flora and fauna. Colorful forest of blooming rhododendron makes your journey even more beautiful. We spend overnight at Lukla.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu, alt. 1300m.

The final day of Island Peak Climbing, we fly to Kathmandu and our team will farewell you from the airport and help you to reach your next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Airport peak and drop.
  • Three-night Kathmandu . (two nights on arrival,and one- night  in departure
  • Three times meals on the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Hot drinks, tea or coffee.
  • Fresh fruit every day after dinner
  • Accommodation during the trek and climbing period.
  • For camping part tent & all kitchen crews.
  • Professional guide and porter ( Two people and one porter (each porter carry 25kg)
  • Kathmandu – Lukla and return Kathmandu air ticket.
  •  Sagarmatha national park entrance fee.
  • All the ground transportation during the trip.
  • Treated drinking water.
  • Nature Explore Trek duffle bag (refundable after the trip.)
  • Nature Explore Trek Down jacket (refundable after the trip)
  • Nature Explore Trek t-shirt as a gift.
  • All the Gov. Vat, tax, etc…

 The climbing part includes.

  • Climbing permit for the Island peak
  • Garbage deposit cost as per require from Nepal Gov.
  • Climbing guide.
  • Tent and kitchen crews for the whole climbing part.
  • Fresh food and drinks cooked  by our won staff during the climbing period..
  • All the necessary climbing documents etc.
  • Guide and Porter insurance.


Cost Excludes

  • International air fare.
  • Personal  travel insurance ( incase of emergency only.)
  • Personal Trekking and Climbing gear.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Wi-Fi Laundry, Hot shower, Cold drinks, (mineral water, beer and coke Fanta etc.) , Extra Snacks during the trip.
  • Extra then above mention in itinerary.
  • Tipping for Guide and porter

Published: Feb 19, 2020


Island peak

We chose nature explore trekking for our trip to Island Peak (incl. EBC) because of the good reviews here on tripadvisor and our trekking and climb was perfect.
Our trekking guide Chhabin was the kindest, funniest and most knowledgable guide we could have wished for (we have met many other groups with lazy guides that didn't care enough). Climbing guide Tenzing was very experienced and helpful as well.
The communication with company-founder Dinesh was very easy and straight-forward and as I wrote trekking guide Chhabin and climbing guide Tenzing were outstanding.
Thank you for everything, it was just perfect.
We would choose Nature Explore again.

Jasmin Urech

Published: Feb 20, 2020


From different agencies that we reached out to, Nature Explore made the best impression by taking time to answer our questions and offering a good deal for our trip. We wanted to climb Island Peak with EBC as acclimatization, total 17 days.
Dinesh recommended a reliable place for renting a sleeping bag and other gear we needed. The climbing gear (harness, helmet, crampons) was provided at the Island Peak Base Camp and we didn’t need to carry it which was very convenient.
We decided to go without porter and carried our heavy backpacks.
Chhabin was our trekking guide. He is very experienced, helpful and funny. He was able to find the perfect pace for us and advised us on different route options if available. He took us to the best viewpoints, the museum and some monasteries. Always patiently answering our questions on culture, Nepali language and remaining distance :) We felt safe and well taken care of all the time. Meals, some tea and even snacks on summit day were included.
Even though I didn’t make it to the summit, it was a great experience and I’m looking forward to my next trekking with Nature Explore!!

EBC & Island Peak - 17 days

Thomas G

Published: Feb 20, 2020


Ich war bis letzte Woche in Nepal mit Nature Explore unterwegs. Ich hatte mich für diese Firma entschieden, da ich bereits Dinesh von früher kannte und den Kontakt über Jahre gehalten habe. Er ist weiterhin der zuverlässige Guide geblieben. Leider hatte er sich kurz vor meiner Reise am Knie verletzt, so dass ich nicht mit ihm, sondern mit seinem großen Bruder, Deepak, die Reise angetren habe. Deepak ist wie Dinesh ein herzenguter und absolut zuverlässiger Mensch. Die Tour (ich war alleine unterwegs) war genauso, wie ich mir das vorgestellt habe. Die Island Peak Besteigung mussten wir bei 5700m wegen eines heftigen Blitzgewitters abbrechen, da es zu gefährlich wurde. Zwar schade, dass ich den Gipfel nicht erklommen habe, jedoch Abenteuer pur. Aufgrund tagelang schlechten Wetters gab es keine Flüge aus Lukla, so dass Deepak dann noch einen Hubschrauberflug nach Kathmandu organisiert hatte.

Insgesamt ein rundum gelungener Urlaub und ich kann Nature Explore nur empfehlen. Dies war nun bereits mein drittes Trekking in Nepal und womöglich auch nicht das letzte!

Dinesh und Deepak: Danke schön!

EBC und Island Peak Besteigung - Abenteuerlich und absolut empfehlenswert

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