Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek – 20 Days


Island Peak Climbing is one of the most popular trekking peaks to climb in the Everest region. It is located on the top of the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountains, the most sought after trekking destination because of its challenging geographical conditions.

♂  Trip Highlights of Island Peak Climbing
» Breathtaking glacier views from the top of Island peak.
» Adventurous lodges hikes towards Everest base camp.
» Exhilarating views of Mount Everest from Kalapather.
» Explore beautiful Sherpa culture and their livelihood.

Island Peak Expedition
A small section of crevasses that had to be negotiated in route to Island Peak.

Island peak climbing is a popular mountaineering program in Nepal as ascending the Island Peak is comparatively easier than other expeditions. The Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse. When seen from Dingboche, the peak looks like an island between seas of ice.

This mountain was named “Island Peak” in 1952 AD, by a climbing team of Eric Shipton, due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. Island peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest.

Island Peak Nepal
The Climbing Trails to Island Peak. Photo Credit: Man Raj Gurung.

Island Peak climbing trip fulfils the dream of every amateur and serious climbers, who have been looking for the thrill of adventure and wish to take adventure climbing trips beyond simply trekking in Everest.

The summit is interesting and attractive with a highly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. The mountain itself is the extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar separated by a small col.

Island Peak Photo
Down view from Island Peak. Photo Credit: Man Raj Gurung.

The summit of this peak is a difficult climb across ice and snow. The top compensates climbers for their difficult journey with incomparable mountain views of Ama Dablam (6,856) and Makalu (8,481 m). The descent is comparatively easier and faster than the ascent.

Island Peak Summit
Adventure and Climbing Guide Man Raj Gurung on Island Peak Summit.

Island Peak Climbing offers some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu via the enchanting village of Dingboche. Filled with Buddhist shrines, this village of stone charms our path to the mountain.

♂ Itinerary Overview of Island Peak Climbing 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1335m).
Day 2: Kathmandu half-day sightseeing and preparation for Trekking (1335m).
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,800m-2,652m).
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,440m).
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3860m).
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4,360m).
Day 8: Trek to Lobuche (4940m).
Day 9: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep (5364m).
Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and back to Lobuche (4940m).
Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung (4,730m).
Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m).
Day 13: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp (5770m)
Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp (6189m)
Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m)
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m)
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,335m)
Day 19: Free day at Kathmandu (1,335m)
Day 20: Departure day

♂ Island Peak Climbing Cost: From 2650 US $ PP
♂ Group Size: 2 to 15

♂ What’s Included?

1. Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
2. 3 star Standard hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan
3. Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs
4. A Day rock climbing course in Kathmandu or a guided city tour of Kathmandu valley
5. Required private transport at Kathmandu
6. Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight, airport taxes and transfer
7. 16 nights/ 17 Days Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek (3 Days on climbing excursion with tented camp), the full board of meals and accommodations.
8. Everest National Park Permit/ trekking & TIMS Card
9. Island Peak Special Climbing Permit
10. Necessary group climbing gears
11. One AA Climbing guide for climbing section & One Advanced Adventures Trek Leader for trekking Section( both leaders are English speaking, first aid trained, Climbing leader is trained & licensed from Nepal Mountaineering Association- Rock climbing and mountaineering trained), the cost of camping and trekkers crew/ insurance/s
12. Advanced Adventure duffle bag & T- shorts
13. Gamow Bag for the security measure- provided on request for Group only
14. Medical kit bag
15. All necessary Gov. Taxes and service charges

♂ What’s Not Included?

1. Nepal Visa fees, intl. airfare in/out Nepal
2. Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu except for welcome dinner
3. Personal Climbing equipment (Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, Zoomer, Descender, Carbines & climbing boots etc.)
4. Travel and rescue Insurance
5. Personal nature expenses- phone calls, laundry, hot shower, bar bills, cold beverages etc.
6. Personal tipping
7. Cost of any extending trips

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Gear list

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

♂  You must bring the following items:

» Hiking boots
» Socks
» Trekking trousers/pants
» Waterproof overtrousers/rainpants
» Baselayer shirts
» Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
» Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
» Waterproof jacket
» Sunhat
» Warm hat
» Sunglasses
» Thermal gloves
» Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
» Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
» Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
» Water bottles 1 L.
» Antibacterial handwash
» Small towel
» Daypack, 25/30Litres
» Trekking poles
» Sleeping bag 4 or 5 seasons * (rated down to – 20ºC)
» Warm jacket (down)*

♂ Basic First Aid Kit including A broad-spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets

♂ Climbing gear you should bring:
» Ice Axe w/Leash (General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5’7″ use a 60cm tool; 5’7″- 6’1″ use a 65cm tool; over 6’1″ use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long).)
» Crampons (With flat rather than “cookie-cutter” frame rails)
» 40 ft 6mm person (For Prussiks or bring your glacier rig.)
» Alpine Climbing Harness (Harness should fit over all clothing; have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in.)
» Carabiners (2 Large Pear or D-shaped locking. 2 standard ovals or D’s)
» Climbing helmet (Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on)
» 1 Ascender (Recommended: left or right hand.)
» Ski or trekking poles (Helpful for balance when carrying a heavy pack or if you have knee problems)
» Double plastic climbing boots.
» Gaiters (Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being to tight around the boot.)

♂ Note: Climbing gears we can renting in Khare as well.


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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  20 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking and Climbing
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  2-12
  •  Price:  2650 US $
  •  Trip Style:  Lodge and Camping
  •  Diffculty:  Hard
  •  Best Season:  Oct.-Nov and March to June
  •  Transport:  Local Transport and Flight

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