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Island Peak Climbing offers the right challenges for budding climbers looking for their first major Himalayan summit. Island Peak, also known as 'Imja Tse,' is an ideal peak for experienced climbers looking for an acclimatization ascent before climbing an 8000m or 7000m mountain. 

With few technical sections and a straightforward route, the mountain can be scaled in a day without having to camp out on its slopes.

The trail to the Island Peak Base Camp leads you through traditional Sherpa villages and stunning alpine scenery. Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries and stay at quaint teahouses run by Sherpa families. 

Throughout your journey, you will be able to view 6000, 7000, and 8000-meter peaks. Experienced trekking, as well as a climbing guide, will lead you to your destination and bring you back safely.

Trip Highlights

  • Reach the summit of Island Peak in one day, without camping at High Camp
  • Technical sections to hone climbing skills for novice climbers
  • A straightforward route to the summit
  • Overnight stays at traditional Sherpa villages while trekking
  • Chance to interact with the Sherpas, the world's toughest mountain-dwelling community
  • Inspiring Buddhist culture
  • Close up views of 8000m, 7000m, and 6000m peaks and a walk through the ecologically diverse Sagarmatha National Park
  • Guided by a climbing guide with 20+ years of mountaineering experience

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding 2,800m/9,187ft 3-4 hrs
Day 2 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3,438m/11,280ft 5-6 hrs
Day 3 Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day 3,438m/11,280ft
Day 4 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3,870m/12,697ft 5-6 hrs
Day 5 Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche 4,360m/14,305ft 5-6 hrs
Day 6 Trek from Dingboche to Chukkung 4,730m/15,519ft 3-4 hrs
Day 7 Acclimatization: Climb Chukkung Ri and trek back to Chukkung, afternoon check climbing equipment 5,546m/18,196ft 3-4 hrs
Day 8 Hike Chukkung to Island Peak Base camp and Pre-Climb training at Island Peak Base Camp 5,200m/17,061ft 3-4 hrs
Day 9 Ascend Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit and back to the base camp 6,189m/20,306ft 10-12 hrs
Day 10 Contingency Day
Day 11 Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche 3,985m/13,075ft 5-6 hrs
Day 12 Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar 3,438m/11,280ft 4-5 hrs
Day 13 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2,800m/9,187ft 6-7 hrs
Day 14 Fly to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,429ft


Trip Overview

Island Peak is the peak to climb if you plan to summit Mount Everest or an eight thousand meter peak. An ideal peak for budding climbers and alpinists, climbing Island Peak offers the right challenges to hone your skills and build your confidence. Rising to a height of 6,189 meters, Island Peak, locally known as Imja Tse, is a popular trekking peak in the Everest Region. The first group of climbers to ascend this peak in 1953 were Tenzing Norgay, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie, and Charles Evans. The credit of naming this peak Island Peak goes to British explorer and mountaineer Eric Shipton. The name was given as the mountain looked like an island standing alone is surrounded by a chain of mountains.

Categorized as a trekking peak by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Island Peak is a popular destination for the novice as well as experienced climbers. As the summit can be climbed from the base camp within a day, most climbers prefer to use it as acclimatization or practice climb before tackling an 8000 meter giant like Mount Everest. The peak is also one of the best mountains for introductory Himalayan peak climbing.

Though previous climbing experience is unnecessary, it would be advantageous if one has done some climbing before ascending Island Peak. The climb is physically strenuous, and one has to be in top physical condition to make the ascent. Grueling ten-plus hours of continuous walking and climbing are needed to make it to the summit and back on summit day.

You will be walking on ice, rock, and snow attached to a man rope. Ladders will be used to cross crevasses. The ascent up the 300m ice wall before reaching the summit is the toughest and the most technical section of the climb. Here you will have to climb up using ascenders on a fixed rope. The descent down this section is also tricky, and you have to be extra careful while rappelling down. A walk on an exposed ridgeline brings you to the summit. From the Island Peak summit, you can enjoy the views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse, and other mountains. Even though Mount Everest lies close to Island Peak, it is not visible as the massive wall of Lhotse hides the mountain's view.

The route to Island Peak follows the common Everest Base Camp Trek route.  The only difference is, from Dingboche, you take the trail to Chukkung instead of walking further to Lobuche. The Island Peak Base Camp lies a few hours' walk from Chukkung. You spend a day attending pre-climb training at the base camp. Practice your abseiling, belaying, and rappelling skills using jumars, karabiners, and descenders during the training.

Your trip begins with a flight to Lukla. The flight to the narrow airport surrounded by mountains is a memorable experience. You will meet your porter and other staff at the airport. After sorting your luggage and handing over your heavy stuff to your porter, you start your trek. The trail goes past the Dudh Koshi River Valley and the Sherpa villages of Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Chukkung, and Pangboche. Your stay in these villages will give you an insight into Sherpa's way of life and culture.

The trail is dotted with Buddhist religious shrines and prayer wheels. The metal bridges and trees along the route are strung with pretty and colorful prayer flags. You visit the most important Buddhist monastery in Khumbu at Tengboche– Tengboche Monastery. Enjoy the first view of Mount Everest on the trail to Namche Bazaar. The villages and the trekking trail are located within Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You get to enjoy phenomenal views of the Himalayan mountains and nature while trekking.

Island Peak Climbing is not only a climbing adventure but a wonderful Himalayan trekking adventure as well. The trekking trail is well maintained and easy to walk. No technical maneuvers are needed while trekking. On the trail, you will be spending your nights at teahouses run by Sherpa families. These are like large and cozy family homes. At Island Peak Base Camp, you will be staying in a tented camp.

Island Peak trek and climb offers a fine Himalayan mountain climbing and trekking experience. The only criteria needed to complete is trip is physical fitness, a high level of endurance, and mental balance.

You can also combine Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek. Or, if you want to trek to Chhukung by yourself and receive our climbing assistance from the mountain base, we have climbing options 'Island Peak Expedition from Chhukung 4 Days.'

Route Map

Island Peak Climbing 14 days Route Map Island Peak Climbing Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding 2,800m/9,187ft 3-4 hrs

Your trip starts with a flight to Lukla. It is one of the highlights of your adventure as the tiny plane flies between tall mountains and makes a heart-stopping landing on the narrow runway of Tenzing Hillary Airport. The airport is located on a steep cliff.

You will meet your porters and start your trek. The first day's trek takes you from Lukla to Phakding, a small Sherpa village located on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Your rest for the night is at a local teahouse.

Overnight in Phakding at Teahouse.

Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3,438m/11,280ft 5-6 hrs

Today's trek is tough but filled with spectacular views. You will be rewarded with the first glimpse of Mount Everest. From Phakding, the trail goes continuously uphill to Namche. At Monjo, you enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. You cross the highest suspension bridge in Khumbu, the Hillary Bridge, before reaching Namche.

It is carved deep against the side of a mountain overlooking the Tawache, Kongde Ri, Tawacahe, Ama Dablam, and Nuptse. Namche is known as the Sherpa capital and is an important commercial center in the Everest Region. Traders from as far as Tibet visit Namche for trading opportunities. Head to a local teahouse and relax.

Overnight in Namche at Teahouse.

Day 3: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day 3,438m/11,280ft

Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar - Gateway to the Everest region and sherpa capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal

You spend a day in Namche Bazaar acclimatizing. Namche is like a tiny developed town with all the facilities except a road. The settlement has a vast array of shops selling various items, restaurants, bakeries, budget and luxury lodges, ATMs, banks, money exchange centers, health posts, and even a dental clinic, the only one in the Khumbu Region.

For an acclimatization hike, you walk up to Shyangboche located above Namche and visit Hotel Everest View, a popular viewpoint in Everest Region.  Enjoy close-up views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Mount Everest, and Thamserku from the hotel's deck before heading to Khumjung, a historic Sherpa settlement. Pay a visit to the Hillary School established in 1961 by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust. There is also a monastery with Yeti's scalp, the abominable snowman, Later hike back to Namche.

Overnight in Namche at Teahouse.

Day 4: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3,870m/12,697ft 5-6 hrs

From Namche, you proceed to Tengboche. The first of the trail is on even ground. Later you descend and again climb up. Before you enter Tengboche, you walk past an alpine meadow filled with grazing yaks and wonderful Ama Dablam views. The most famous landmark of Tengboche is the Tengboche Monastery. It is the most important Buddhist monastery in Khumbu. The monks allow visitors inside the monastery, and you can check out the assembly hall and the main altar.  You can also enjoy close-up views of Ama Dablam, as the mountain lies close to the settlement.

Overnight in Tengboche at Teahouse.

Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche 4,360m/14,305ft 5-6 hrs

Tengboche Monastery Tengboche Monastery- Tibetan Buddhist monastery The Largest Monastery in the Everest Region

The air starts to get thinner as you cross the 4000 meters mark, and walking becomes just that little bit difficult. Walk at an easy pace, and don't try to rush. Drink lots of water. By the time you reach Dingboche, you have left the tree line behind, and the landscape is a lot sparser and desolate than at the lower reaches. The village is a tiny picturesque settlement lined with stone walls separating the fields. Make your way to a local teahouse and take a rest.

Overnight in Dingboche at Teahouse.

Day 6: Trek from Dingboche to Chukkung 4,730m/15,519ft 3-4 hrs

Proceed to Chukkung. Though it is a short walk from Dingboche and Chukkung, you start feeling the altitude. Enjoy enticing views of Island Peak, Lhotse, Chukkung Ri, and Makalu en route. On reaching the settlement, head to a teahouse and have your lunch. Explore the area around the settlement or sit at your lodge and enjoy the view of the mountains from the porch.

Overnight in Chukkung at Teahouse.

Day 7: Acclimatization: Climb Chukkung Ri and trek back to Chukkung, afternoon check climbing equipment 5,546m/18,196ft 3-4 hrs

Chhukung Village Chukkhung Village - Final equipment and gear check Point for Island Peak Climb

Let your body adapt to the thin air by hiking to Chukkung Ri, a hill located next to the settlement. Rising to a height of 5550 meters, Chukkung Ri is the ideal hill for an acclimatization hike. If the day is clear, you can enjoy the views of Island Peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and other peaks. No technical climbing is required, and you can easily hike up and down without any difficulty.

After returning to the lodge, there will be final equipment and gear check. You can check out the mountaineering rental gear outlet and get a few things you need if you have trekked without your personal climbing gear. Please note that climbing boots of size 12 and above are rarely available here or at the rental shops in Kathmandu. So if your feet size is 12 or +12, you should bring your climbing boots.

Overnight in Chukkung at Teahouse.

Day 8: Hike Chukkung to Island Peak Base camp and Pre-Climb training at Island Peak Base Camp 5,200m/17,061ft 3-4 hrs

camping island peak climbin Camping and Pre-Climb training at Island Peak Base Camp

Leaving Chukkung, you hike to the Island Peak Base Camp.  It is an uphill hike, and the trail goes past the Lhotse and Imja glaciers. The scenery is bare and stunning.  After a brisk hike, you reach the Island Peak Base Camp, where you will be making your summit push. Tents will be already pitched by the time you reach the base camp. You will be sleeping in a one-person tent. Leave your stuff at your tent and attend a pre-climb training after lunch. Here you will get to practice your rappelling and belaying skills under the watchful eye of your guide. He will also demonstrate how to use a karabiner, ascender, ice axe, harness, etc.

Have an early night because you need to wake up around midnight to get ready for your summit push tomorrow.

Overnight in Base Camp at tented camp.

Day 9: Ascend Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit and back to the base camp 6,189m/20,306ft 10-12 hrs

island-peak-summit-day island-peak-summit-day

Start as early as 1 AM. The team needs to be on the slopes climbing as early as possible to avoid the clouds and strong winds that rush in late in the afternoon. The climb is belay device grueling and tough. As you will be spending much of the day climbing, you carry a packed lunch and some snacks with you.

After hiking for a while, you reach High Camp. From this point, it takes around 3 hours to ascend to Crampon Point, the place where you put on your crampons as the trail gets icy and slippery. Man-ropes will be tied for the safety of the team from 5700m onwards.  Following a narrow ridge, reach the base of Imja Glacier. From the glacier, enjoy a beautiful sunlit panorama of Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, Mera Peak, Chamlang, and other peaks. The slope tilts at an angle of 45 to 50 degrees making the ascent not too technical. The guides will fix the ropes at the glacier. The massive Lhotse appears close as you reach the summit of Island Peak. Climbing a vertical wall before reaching the summit is the toughest part of the climb. You will have to climb up past the anchor points by attaching and detaching your harness on the fixed line.

There will one or two crevasses depending on the weather. A ladder will be used to cross the crevasses. Hold on to the rope and follow the ridgeline till you reach the summit. Spend some time at the summit enjoying the views of the mountains and taking pictures. Later descend to the Base camp. It is a long descent. Be careful of your footing. Once you reach the base camp, rest your tired legs, and celebrate your achievement.

Overnight in Base Camp at tented camp.

Day 10: Contingency Day

An extra day in case you are not able to summit as planned due to bad weather. This day can also be used for emergencies such as canceled or missed flights, delays due to minor injuries or bad weather, etc. If you can stick to your schedule and everything rolls as planned, then you can use this additional day exploring a Sherpa village en route.

Day 11: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche 3,985m/13,075ft 5-6 hrs

It is downhill from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche, one of the oldest and highest permanent Sherpa settlements in the Everest region. The village is home to the oldest Buddhist gompa (monastery) in the Khumbu Region.

Overnight in Pangboche at Teahouse.

Day 12: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar 3,438m/11,280ft 4-5 hrs

Today, you are leaving Pangboche and head down to Namche Bazaar. At Namche, you can enjoy the creature comforts you had been missing the last few days – hot shower, good coffee, baked items, tasty meals, etc. Pamper yourself fully and have a blissful night's sleep.

Overnight in Namche at Teahouse. 

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2,800m/9,187ft 6-7 hrs

You retrace your steps back to Lukla. It's a long descent and you pass through the same landmark you had crossed a couple of days back.

At the teahouse, it's a time to celebrate the completion of your journey with your climbing crew. The Sherpa guides and porters will party with you and make your last night in the mountains an evening to remember.  There will be songs, dances, and endless rounds of Chhyang (local liquor). In the end, thank your guides and porters for taking you up in the mountains safely and sharing your journey with a handsome tip.

Overnight in Lukla at Teahouse.

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,429ft

Your adventure is over. Catch a flight to Kathmandu and bid the mountains a goodbye, with perhaps promises to return in the next season.

Climbing Permits for Island Peak

To climb Island Peak, you need the following permits:

  • Island Peak Climbing Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
  • Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

Peak climbing permits are only given to government-recognized trekking agencies. Therefore if you want to climb Island Peak, you need to book your trip through a licensed agency. While trekking permits are given to independent trekkers, peak climbing permits are only given to expedition groups climbing with a licensed agency. The Island Peak climbing permit fee as per the season are as follows:

  • Spring (March to May) - USD 250
  • Autumn (September to November) – USD 125
  • Low seasons (December – February, June -August) – USD 70

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be obtained from Monjo at the entrance of the park. A form should be filled out, and the passport or a copy of your passport shown to get the permit. The fee is NRP 3000 for all trekkers, except citizens from SAARC countries, for whom the fee is NRP 1500.

Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs NRP 2000, and it can be obtained from the rural municipality counter at Lukla.

We will take care of all the permits when you book your trip with us.

Climbing Guide and Porter Support

You will get a climbing guide with more than 20 years experience. He is a Sherpa, a local of Khumbu who lives in the mountains and knows it very well. He has under his belt several ascents to Island Peak and major peaks like Mount Everest, Manaslu, etc. Our climbing guide is a trained mountaineer and a licensed mountaineering guide. With him by your side, you can be assured of a perfectly safe ascent. The guides and assistant guides will pitch up tents and look after your needs while camping at Island Peak Base Camp.

Every 2 climbers will have 1 assistant guide to look after them. They will be following the instructions of the chief climbing guide. For every 4 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 30 kg.

On the Lukla-Chukkung-Lukla trail, you will be guided by an experienced and licensed trekking guide with more than 10 years of experience. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.

What is the trail like?

The trail up the mountain is rocky, snowy, and icy at some sections. You will have to walk on glaciers and ice. There are crevasses that will have to be crossed using ladders. Technical climbing is required to reach the ridgeline before climbing up to the summit.

The trekking trail from Lukla to Island Peak Base Camp is well maintained and in good condition. You walk on gravel and stone footpaths. No technical climbing is required during the trek. It is an easy up and down walk on well-trodden paths.

Best time of the year to climb Island Peak

The best seasons to climb Island Peak are spring (March to May ) and autumn (September to May ). During these seasons, the sky remains clear, and the weather is generally good. The conditions are ideal for climbing during these seasons as there is little or no snowfall, blizzard, or precipitation. The days are warm and sunny most of the time, while the nights are cold. 

Climbing during the summer and winter seasons is not recommended because of heavy snowfall, strong winds, and stormy weather.

How difficult is Island Peak climbing?

Climbing Island Peak can be physically draining, but it is not that difficult to climb. It is the ideal mountain for novice climbers to scale before they progress onto something big. It is also the perfect Himalayan peak for climbers trying to summit a Himalayan peak for the first time. Mountaineers aiming to climb Mount Everest usually choose trekking peaks like Island or Mera Peak to practice their climbing skills. Climbing on ice, rock, and snow with technical maneuvers and using ropes to belay and rappel down on Island Peak gives them the added confidence.

Though it is not technically challenging, one should bear in mind that climbing Island Peak can be physically challenging. On the summit day, you will be walking and climbing non-stop for more than 10 hours.  Only those who are physically and mentally fit can complete this challenge.

Previous climbing experience, while not necessary, can be an added advantage as the ascent to the summit will be a lot easier for you.

Training for Island Peak Climbing

You should start training seriously for your climb 2 or 3 months before your trip begins. Include lots of endurance and stamina-building exercises. Hectic Cardio sessions, weight lifting, and long hiking or trekking with a heavy backpack on rough terrain will prepare you for your Himalayan adventure. Also, try climbing stairs and wall climbing to build up your muscle strength.

Insurance for climbing Island Peak

It is compulsory to have insurance for climbing Island Peak. Your insurance should cover the cost of emergency rescue and evacuation and medical bills, among other losses (lost baggage, canceled flights, accidents, etc.). Please make sure that your insurance has a provision for high-altitude rescue above 6000 meters. The highest elevation you will reach is 6189 meters, and your insurance should have coverage for high-altitude mountain rescue and evacuation for that much altitude.

Altitude Sickness and Prevention

It is very important to get your body acclimatized while walking at high altitudes. While the altitude affects some people as low as 2000 meters, some feel it at 3000 or 4000 meters. We have added acclimatization days in your itinerary for your body to adapt itself to the thin air before you climb Island Peak.

Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS symptoms include headache, palpitations, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, breathlessness, etc. If the altitude starts affecting you, taking a Diamox might help.

We recommend keeping your body hydrated by drinking water frequently and including warm fluids in your diet. Stay away from alcohol and avoid smoking if you are a smoker. If the symptoms do not go away even after taking medication, you should move to a lower elevation and wait for your body to get normal. If your condition worsens, our guide will arrange an evacuation by air. A helicopter will fly you to a hospital in Kathmandu to receive advanced medical care. One should take the necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen.

Himalayan Rescue Association has clinics at Lukla, Namche, and Pheriche that offer medical aid for minor ailments.  Our guides always carry an oximeter with them, which they use to find out the oxygen level in your blood.

The chart below shows how the level of oxygen in the atmosphere diminishes as you gain altitude.

Altitude

Oxygen Level

1000m/3,281ft

88%

2500m/8,202ft

73%

3000m/9,843ft

68%

3500m/11,483ft

64%

4000m/13,123ft

60%

4500m/14,764ft

57%

5,000m/16,404ft

53%

5,500m/18,044ft

50%

6,000m/19,685ft

47%

6,500m/21,320 ft

43%

Safety, Emergency and Evacuation during  trip

If there is an injury or illness while on the mountains needing advanced medical care, a rescue and evacuation operation will be put into action. An air ambulance will be called, which will transport the injured or sick client to a clinic in Kathmandu. For a high-altitude mountain rescue and evacuation, your insurance should offer rescue coverage up to 6,189 meters (the highest elevation you will reach).

Food during trekking and climbing

While trekking, you will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at teahouses. Breakfast and dinner will be at the teahouse, where you will sleep overnight, while lunch will be taken at a teahouse on the trail.

You will be surprised to find a variety on the menu. Most of the teahouses serve similar dishes. Some common dishes include pasta, spaghetti, noodles, Tibetan bread and noodle soup, momos (dumplings), hash browns, porridge, chappatis or flatbread, apple pie, pizza, macaroni, etc. Dal-Bhat, the traditional Nepali food consisting of rice, curries, lentil soup, pickle, and poppadum, is the most filling as you get extra refills.

It is better not to have meat as meat served on the trail is not fresh. The Sherpas do not kill animals because of their religious belief. So the meat for consumption is brought into the region from the lower hills by porters or mules. Without any refrigeration, the meat could easily turn bad.  Our guides will also serve seasonal fresh fruit during lunch or dinner.

While camping at the Island Peak Base Camp, you will be served hot and energy-giving meals by our staff. There will be plenty of hot soup and broth to give you energy for your summit challenge.

Drinking-Water

You can get a reusable water bottle to store your drinking water. You can fill it from a natural water source or at the teahouse where you have your meal. The teahouses charge a fee (1 to 4 USD depending on the teahouse location) for boiled drinking water. A water filtration device like Steripen or Lifestraw can be used to filter your water. Iodine and chlorine tablets are a cheaper option if you don't mind the smell. You can also bring a small thermos to store hot drinks as it gets pretty cold higher up above the tree line.

Accommodation during Trekking and Climbing

During your trek, you will stay overnight at local teahouses run by Sherpa families. The rooms have twin beds which two travelers can share. If you need a single room, you will have to pay extra.

The rooms are not insulated and can get pretty cold at night. Layer your sleeping bag with the blanket provided by the teahouse to stay warm. The only room with a heater is the communal or living area, where all the guests congregate. You can warm yourself with the wood or yak dung heater before retiring. 

Up to Namche, it's possible to get rooms with attached washrooms and hot showers. But as you go higher, you will find teahouses with only basic amenities. As there are not many teahouses at high altitudes, the facilities provided may be utilitarian. You may have to share a common toilet and bathroom. Some teahouses have their toilets outside the main building. Do remember to take enough toilet rolls.

A single one-person tent will be provided while camping at Island Peak Base Camp.

Electricity, Mobile and Internet Connection

Except at Island Peak Base Camp, there is electricity throughout the trail. The teahouses charge extra for recharging your electronic devices. There are only charging ports available, and this can be taken up fast during the high season. It is best to travel with a power bank with a high capacity to power up your devices during your trip.

There is a mobile as well internet connection on the trail. The network may be irregular at times because of the mountainous terrain. You can purchase a local Simcard from Kathmandu with enough internet data to use on the trail.  Teahouses use charge extra for using their WIFI hotspot.

Local Currency

Carry enough local currency to pay for your drinks or snacks, hot showers, etc., on the trail. You should also have enough money with you to tip your porters and guides after your trip.

Tipping for Guide and porter

It is mandatory to tip your guides and porters. If you are able to reach the summit, the guides should be offered an additional summit bonus together with the tip.

Equipment and Packing for Island Peak

The following is a comprehensive list of the items you will need during your trip.

  • Trekking pants
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Hard Shell Trousers
  • Down jacket
  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • T-shirts /shirts
  • Fleece jumper
  • Inner Thermal (top and bottom)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
  • Summit Mittens (warm insulated gloves with safety straps)
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Daypack (30 liters) with a waterproof cover
  • Headlamp,
  • Power bank  and extra batteries
  • Sunscreen lotion, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
  • Quick-drying Towel
  • Crocs or sandals
  • toiletries
  • Gaiters
  • 5 Season Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pee Bottle
  • Trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Reusable Water bottle with Lifestraw, Steripen, or water purification tablets
  • Small thermos

Climbing Equipment

  • Climbing Helmet
  • Crampons that fits your climbing boots
  • Climbing Boots(insulated stiff-soled, ideal for high altitude)
  • Ice Axe
  • Harness
  • Carabiners (lockable and non-lockable)
  • Prussiks
  • Jumar or ascending device
  • Descending or belay device
  • Tape Sling

Rental items

  • Climbing harness
  • Crampons
  • Jumars, slings, carabiners, descenders
  • Ice axe
  • Climbing or plastic boots

Additional Kit Information

You need a good fitting climbing boot graded B1, which can fit snugly into your crampons. You can get B2 or B3 graded boots if you are planning to do more climbing in the future. If you want to keep your feet warm, you can wear 8000-meter triple boots.

Climbing boots can be rented from the gear and equipment rental outlet at Chukkung village. Please remember climbing boots of size 12 or above are not readily available at the rental outlets in Chukkung or Kathmandu. If your feet size is 12+, you need to bring your climbing boots from home.

Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

If you are flying into Lukla from Kathmandu, it takes around 30 minutes to reach the Sherpa settlement. If you fly from Manthili Airport in Ramechhap, it will take only 15 to 20 minutes to reach Lukla.

Because of the congestion at the Kathmandu Airport, Lukla flights have been diverted to Manthali Airport in Ramechhap, which lies about 4 hours' drive from Kathmandu.

As private airlines make their first and last flights to Lukla from Kathmandu, we will try to get you a departure from Kathmandu. But this will be possible only if you make an early booking.

Lukla lies deep in the mountains, where bad or foggy weather is quite common. The flights to Lukla get canceled frequently due to bad weather. If our flight gets canceled, your trip will get extended. We have included a contingency day in the itinerary for such an emergency, but sometimes it takes more than two days for the weather to clear up. Thus, we urge you to keep buffer days for emergencies.

Helicopter companies do offer emergency flights when big aircraft are not able to fly. To secure a seat on a helicopter, you need to pay an extra fee.

Why climb Island Peak with Third Rock Adventures?

Climbing a Himalayan mountain is not child's play. You need intelligent planning and good logistics to see you through your difficult journey at a high altitude. We at Third Rock Adventures understand the gravity of walking and climbing on thin air in a treacherous environment and take all safety precautions to ensure that you have a safe climb.

Here are some reasons why you should choose us:

  • Experienced climbing guides with 20+ years of mountaineering experience. They have climbed Mount Everest, Island Peak, and several 8000 and 7000-meter peaks multiple times.
  • 24/7 assistance. You can call us, message us on Whatsapp, Viber or send us an email. We will be there to attend to your call or send you a prompt response at any time of the day. 
  • A network of the best service providers (ticketing agents, teahouse owners, private vehicle companies, etc.)
  • Fair and transparent pricing
  • High-quality mountaineering equipment (group)
  • Flexible and sensitive to your needs
  • Trustworthy and reputable. We have been around for quite a while and have earned our esteemed clients' solid reputation and trust.

How to Book Island Peak Climbing?

You can book this adventure by filling up the online form on our website. You can also send us an email stating your desire to book this trip. A booking deposit which includes 20% of the total trip cost, should be paid while booking this trip. The deposit will be used to book your airfares, accommodation, etc. You can pay the rest of the amount less than 30 days before your trip starts or after arriving in Nepal.

We accept credit card payment, bank transfer, payment via Western Union, etc. We will send you details of our bank account to send the deposit through a wire transfer.

Combine Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek

You can also combine Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek. This will give you additional days to acclimatize while taking you to the most visited spots in the Everest Region – Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. 

Some Tips for Successful Island Peak Climbing

Here are some tips that will ensure a 100% summit success rate.

  • Proper training
  • High level of physical and mental fitness
  • Selection of right and quality gear
  • Adequate acclimatization and contingency days
  • High-quality mountaineering equipment
  • An experienced guide
  • A positive attitude

Read More: Top 10 Tips To Summit Island Peak - Most Popular Trekking Peak In Nepal

Island Peak Climbing FAQs

This trip is of 14 days. It takes 8 days to reach Island Peak Base Camp. You can reach the summit of Island Peak in a single day. You do not have to spend additional days camping at High Camp for the summit push. It is a straightforward climb from the Island Peak Base Camp to the summit at 6189m and back which can be achieved in a single day.

The cost of climbing Island Peak depends on the total number of climbers in the group. More people means less per pax cost. The cost includes airfare (to and from Lukla), transportation (airport pickup and drop off), permits, staff salary, accommodation, meals, etc.

No, Everest is not visible from Island Peak, However one can enjoy close up views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, and Baruntse from the mountain.

Island Peak rises to a height of 6,189 meters.

Island Peak is a challenging peak to scale. It is definitely not an easy mountain to climb, yet novice climbers who have had some training in mountaineering have been able to reach its summit. You will be walking and climbing for 10-12 hours at a stretch on summit day.

One has to be physically as well as mentally fit to conquer this mountain. There are some sections which need technical skill to get across. You should have had the experience of walking on ice wearing crampons, using an ice axe, abseiling, and belaying. One can expect crevasses that can be crossed using ladders.

  • For climbing you need the following items:
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Climbing Boots (insulated stiff-soled, ideal for high altitude)
  • Crampons that fit your climbing boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Harness
  • Carabiners (lockable and non-lockable), Prussiks, Jumar or ascending device, Descending or belay device
  • Tape Sling
  • For a more detailed list, you can check our Island Peak Climbing Equipment and Packing List.

You carry a light daypack of around 30litres. You can pack the essential items that you will need on the trail like a camera, sunblock lotion, snacks, water bottle, etc. The porter will carry the heavier stuff. Please note that luggage that you give your porter to carry should not weigh more than 15kg.

Though the previous experience can be advantageous, you can try scaling the peak even if you are a novice climber. The chief requirement is a high level of physical fitness and endurance capacity. You should have practical knowledge of using climbing equipment like harness, jumar, prussiks, ice axe etc. You must also have had an experience of walking on frozen ground and ice using crampons.

 

Carry a copy of your passport and some passport-sized photographs in case it's needed. Also, have the details of your insurance with you.

From Lukla to Namche, the facilities at teahouses can be quite decent and comfortable. The rooms will have attached washrooms with western-style toilets. Beyond Namche, the teahouses are a bit rustic and fewer in number. You may have commonly shared toilets while some teahouses may have their toilet located outside. Though most lodges or teahouses have western type toilet, there may one or two old lodges with Asian squat toilets. Purchase a few rolls of toilet paper for your trip. You will be needing them in the mountains. 

You will be surprised to find a variety of dishes available on the menu. From burgers, pasta, hash browns, to Tibetan bread and fried Mars bars, you will have a range of dishes to choose from. Fried noodles, Sherpa stew, momos, burger with fries, pasta and dal-bhat are some of the popular dishes on the menu. Beverages like tea, coffee, soft drinks and canned juice are readily available.

Our guides have received training in first aid and completed the wilderness first responder course. They can attend to minor grievances or injuries which can be fixed using first aid. But suppose it's a major medical emergency needing specialized care. In that case, an air ambulance will be called and the patient will be airlifted to the city for advanced medical care.





Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.
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Based on 15 reviews

Ervin Keller
flagsUnited Kingdom
Mar 03, 2020
Priceless Experience
This is a review for my Island Peak Climbing Expedition back in 2019. The staff were astute, attentive and amazing. There wasn't a moment when I had to ask anything. Every task were operated smoothly, from air tickets to teahouse booking. I was provided the best of the best services in the mountain villages. The campsite were magnificent, and pre-climb training was the best part of this adventure. My guide was highly experienced. I am thankful to the company for this priceless experience.
Haruki Saito
flagsJapan
Oct 25, 2019
Adventure trip to Island Peak climbing
Third Rock Adventures successfully arranged for me only for Island Peak. Chhewang Sherpa, an experienced climbing guide who already climbed Mt. Everest, fully attended me from Kathmandu to the peak. He was a very reliable and friendly guide I ever met. He properly arranged the equipment, tents, fixed ropes, etc, and arranged accommodation and food for mountains. 2 porters were there with us from Base Camp 4700m, High Camp 5100m. On the summit day, Chhewang kept on encouraging me and I successfully summited the peak. I almost lost my hope in the middle but it was all my guide who helped me accomplish my dream. It was a great adventure and a memorable trip. Highly recommended team of experts.
Ronald Moore
flagsUnited States of America
Oct 20, 2019
Successfully summitted Island Peak
Back to 2019, when I was 43 years olds, I climbed Island Peak successfully. Thinking today, it's like a dream. Never Have I Ever thought of climbing a peak. But with great connection with Mr. Naba and good communication with the travel expert, and experience of awesome climbing leader, I did it. All credit to the climbing leader who guided me and helped me step further, till the top of Island Peak. I am more than happy that I did it.It is one of the most memorable and adventurous trip of my life. Remembering those days in the Himalayas and camp, I feel honored to have done it. And I am proud of myself. Like I said earlier, all thanks to Climbing Leader and specially Naba for his great effort. He ensured me that I will be summiting and enjoying coffee in Thamel. And he was right. Thanks again.
I wanted to be on the top of the peaks and enjoy the views, winning over my fear.
Food at the base camp of the peak. The night spent at the camp are the most memorable part of this trip.
If you want to feel something new, peak climbing is one of the best adventure. If you are worried for being novice, you need not. The company (Third Rock) will guide you, and prepare you for the climbing expeditions. If I can do it, you can !
Jicong Wan
flagsHong Kong, China
Oct 16, 2019
Climbed Island peak with team of experts
I used Third Rock Adventures' service to climb Island Peak. From the beginning, Mr Naba had been very responsive to all the questions that I have. He arranged Lakpa Sherpa as my guide who is very experienced and friendly. The Sherpa did their great job in making my trip a success story. The trekking and climbing were arranged as two different events and operated accordingly. We got a brief training and then only started the actual climb of the mountain. A big thank you to you guys, highly recommended.
Silvain Bonnel
flagsSaint Barthelemy
Oct 16, 2019
Superb Climbing Adventure
I and my two friends scaled Island Peak in two weeks from Kathmandu. Our journey beautifully started from Kathmandu, Our Climbing leader, porter, and assistant guide were helpful and cheerful. Our Climbing Leader was totally impressive, with his years of experience and skills, we successfully climbed Island Peak. Our pre-climb training went awesome. We learnt a lot and enjoyed it thoroughly. Glad that we connected with Naba, and he arranged everything easily. Our main factor was connection and communication. We were connected for every day before we fly to Nepal. In Kathmandu, we had a meeting and pre-climb discussion. Our gears and climbing equipment were great. No compromisation. Nothing was bad. Even the food and hotels were great. All thanks to Naba and his team.
Blake Duncan
flagsUnited States of America
Oct 07, 2019
Amazing Climbing Experience
Thank you, Naba for everything. My guide was superb and did his best. I loved the way he handled everything from the very first day, to the summit day. I enjoyed every single day. If I have to share my best moment- it is the stunning views of the majestic mountains. For a couple of days, I woke up to the mountains and embrace its beauty, which was my dream. My next adventure is to climb Mera Peak. Thanks again
Beñat Godino
flagsSpain
Oct 04, 2019
Cimbed Island Peak
I had a great experience climbing Island Peak with Third Rock Adventures. Everybody was very professional and friendly. The crew were professional and experienced which was an asset for our trip. I felt very safe climbing with the guide Chhewang who was always very caring for his customers. In the base camp we had lots of food. And the organization of the climb from Kathmandu with Naba was excellent. I would highly recommend this company.
Krzysztof Malinowski
flagsPoland
Sep 22, 2019
Island Peak Climbing
It was a great adventure to climb Island Peak with Third Rock Adventures. It was really well organised. We met our awesome guide Lakpa Sherpa in airport and then here begins our adventure. Then, we had training day with short trip to high camp and back. Lakpa prepared us also to use fixed ropes. During the summit day we felt always safe. Lakpa was really professional, open and friendly guide. I strongly recommend climbing Island Peak with Third Rock Adventures as they have very professional team of experts.
Ginevra Fanucci
flagsItaly
Sep 19, 2019
Wonderful Wonderful
Woohooooo !!! Abbiamo scalato Island Peak in Nepal ... I nostri 3 anni di continua pianificazione e duro lavoro ci hanno finalmente permesso di scalare Island Peak. È stato un lungo viaggio per essere in cima alla vetta. Ma un ringraziamento speciale va a Naba e al suo team. Il suo team altamente professionale ci ha aiutato a realizzare il nostro sogno. Successivamente scaleremo il Mera Peak dopo un anno. Naba ci sta guidando per l'avventura. Il suo leader di arrampicata è in contatto con noi per aiutarci a pianificare e prepararci. Presto saremo in Nepal. E se stai pensando di visitare il Nepal, sia per il trekking che per l'arrampicata, ti consigliamo vivamente Third Rock Adventures
Hendrik Meier
flagsGermany
Sep 19, 2019
Climbing trip to Island Peak
I just finished island peak summit which i was planning for this peak long before and heard this peak is quite popular in Nepal. I trained hard for about 12 weeks for it. Now it went all well i am happy that I make it up to the top. The trip was not that hard i would say fairly straight forward with few difficulties on the way Basic skills of climbing with crampons and ice-axe is required. I reached at top on clear day and it went just awesome i captured lots of photos for memories. need to mention thanks to my guide Gadul, he is a nice person all things were taken care Many thanks to my organizer, guides and sherpa, their instruction and guidance were crucial for me to summit Island peak. I would highly recommend Third Rock Adventures to other climbers because they have very good team of climbers who already summited Mt. Everest several times.
Aaron Ward
flagsUnited Kingdom
Sep 13, 2019
Island Peak Climbing, Nepal
Review for the 2019 Island Peak expedition. Thank you, Naba for this wonderful opportunity. I never imagined that I would scale a peak. All thanks to Mr. Naba and his company. He has some of the best climbing leaders. The cost is affordable and reasonable for the service they provided. I would rather say, the price is the best. Because you will get everything. The most important highlight of this expedition is pre-climb training. I absolutely loved it. Highly Recommended.
Percy Ward
flagsNew Zealand
Sep 12, 2019
Island peak climbing with experts
Just returned from climbing Island Peak with Third Rock Adventures. The trip was absolutely first class, especially our trekking and climbing guides. Our climbing was absolutely great with vast experience and knowledge who put me at ease throughout the trip. Our guide Mr. Lakpa was Everest summiter and had a lot of experience guiding the travelers into many other mountains of Nepal. A fantastic way to see Nepal and I would highly recommend this company - Chets pre-planning and help with lost luggage was awesome. I can't wait to return to Nepal and try a 7000 - it will be with Third Rock Adventures. Your efforts are highly appreciated.
Robert Collins
flagsUnited States of America
Sep 10, 2019
The best experience of climbing Island Peak
It was a lifetime experience and a well organized Trek. The founder Naba and his climbing guides are very concerned about their guests feeling well and having an extraordinary experience. They react very flexibly to special desires and also health situations (which by nature actually happen quite often at these altitudes). The quality of their services is 99% identical to that of western trekking companies at a significantly lower cost. An important point is the 1:1 ratio between trekkers and porters. This is both fair to porters and allows maximum flexibility (e.g. leaving the group to stay behind or descending is easily possible). Thank you everyone for the wonderful experience.
Highly recommended.
Osmond Bloise
flagsUnited Kingdom
Sep 05, 2019
Adventurous climb of Island Peak
I was planning to do a mountain climb in Nepal and at the same time i got counselled by Third Rock Adventures. They suggested me to do Island peak as it was my very first mountain climb, which turned out to be the best suggestion for me. They take great care in their clients from start to finish. We were first met at our hotel in Kathmandu by our guide which was really impressive. They allowed us some flexibility in our plans. Everything was well organized and specially the organizing team were professional and experienced. Highly recommended.
Gergő Barbu
flagsRomania
Mar 09, 2019
Island Peak climbing
We recently travelled to Nepal for peak climbing with local organizer Third Rock Adventures. When we arrive at Kathmandu, that was something different environment and we very excited to climb Island Peak. We met Mr. Chhewang Sherpa, our guide and we discuss and briefing about Island Peak. The next day, we fly to Lukla early morning after that we continuous trek different landscapes of mountain terrain was good experience. Our guide Chhewang told us to different information of Island peak and surrounded peak and also Sherpa culture. When we reached the Island peak base camp, weather was suddenly changed that was difficult for us but we reach the top of Island Peak, that was greatest memories of my life.From the top, Magnificent view of Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse and other peaks. Our trip was fantastic with great services provided by this company. Thank you entire team for your efforts in making our trip a wonderful experience.

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