Island Peak Climbing

Island peak is situated in the Khumburegion of Nepal and also referred to as an Island peak because of its remarkable resemblance to an island becoming a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak is a section of the south ridge of Lhotse Shar, the main area forms an arc of cliffs that advances to the north of the summits of Nuptse, Lhotse, Middle Peak and Lhotse Shar. The peak is also colloquially known as ‘Imja Tse’.

Island Peak is possibly the best and only opportunity for advanced, intermediate and beginner climbers to take on the challenge of climbing a glacier above 20,000 feet, in the heart of the Himalayas. The trekker will get to relish the view of gigantic mountains such Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Gokyo Ri, Pumori, Nuptse, Kala Patthar, Khumbila, Kongde Ri and many other Himalayas seen from the trek route. Along the route, you will get to walk along some of the famous Everest Base Camp treks. The Himalayan peaks draw adventures and climbers from all over the world and have done for nearly 200 years. The stark rugged terrain, entwined with the culture of local Sherpa people offers such powerful experiences that Himalayan travel is in a class of its own. The trekkers get to take a tour of Sagarmatha National Park which is listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site. The trekkers will also get to visit the ancient caves, monasteries, villages, valleys, and museums in this trek. This trek also features the hike up to the hotel operating in the highest altitude i.e. Hotel Everest View. Island Peak Climbing is an adventurous trek which will definitely be a thrilling experience for the lifetime.

Destination Unlimited havebeen taking clients through the Himalayan landscape for years.With thorough experience and knowledge, we are the best travel agency for organizing trek in Nepal. Although there are elements of risk involved, our highly dedicated and professional team always ensure that you are safely prepared to make your way through the adventure and take everything possible from your experience. We provide our clients all kind of services like transportation, communication, and other basic services throughout their stay in Nepal. Our team is proud to ensure that you have a fantastic experience and never forget exploring the great Himalayan landscape.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 02: Trekking preparation day and half day sightseeing.
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) then trek to Phakding (2,652m): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
  • Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5-6 hours
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m): Acclimatization Day
  • Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) 5- 6 hours
  • Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m): 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m): 3-4 hours
  • Day 09: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung: 3 – 4 hours
  • Day 10: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m): 3-4 hours
  • Day 11: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
  • Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m), back to base camp: 10-12 hours
  • Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 14: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
  • Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
  • Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Final departure

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Arrival Kathmandu (1,300m) Upon your arrival, our representative will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The afternoon will be free for you to get the first taste of Nepali life in Kathmandu. Dinner in the evening. O/N Hotel
  • Day 02 :Trekking preparation day and half day sightseeing. Today we will take a tour around the city of Kathmandu, visiting the major heritage sites such as; Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Patan and Durbar Square. You will be guided and informed by a licensed guide. O/N Hotel
  • Day 03 :Fly to Lukla (2,800m) then trek to Phakding (2,652m): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek We will fly to Lukla enjoying the fantastic view of the Himalayas and land at one of the world’s most unique airport. We then trek for 3-4-hour to reach the village of Phakding. On our way, we come across lush forests, water streams, and a couple of bridges before reaching our destination. O/N Lodge.
  • Day 04 :Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5-6 hours We will begin with breakfast and march towards the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. With a beautiful view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and the other Himalayas, we come across dense forests of juniper, rhododendron, fir, and pine. After 6 hours of trek, we reach the village of Namche Bazaar. O/N Lodge
  • Day 05 :Namche Bazaar (3,440 m): Acclimatization Day We will spend an additional day here to acclimatize, taking off on a short day climbs to Hotel Everest View which has the dazzling perspective view of the Himalayas.
  • Day 06 :Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) 5- 6 hours We start our day trekking along the beautiful view of the Himalayas. We trek through the Dudh Koshi gorge to Tengboche Monastery, a standout amongst the most excellent valleys strolls on earth. Tengboche Monastery is famous for the stunning view of Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and the other Himalayas from the monastery’s premises. O/N Lodge.
  • Day 07 :Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m): 5 to 6 hours Today we trek to Dingboche. Enjoy the serenity of nature, we climb uphill to our next acclimatization village. This offers an opportunity to witness the musk deer, mountains goats and various species of beautiful birds living in the lush Himalayan forests. We trek for 6 hours to reach Dingboche. O/N Lodge
  • Day 08 :Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m): 3-4 hours Today, we leave the main Everest Base Camp trail and trek to Chhukung. We trek through dense alpine forests of rhododendron before crossing few wooden bridges over water streams. We reach Chhukung after 4 hours of trek. This beautiful village is in the heart of the region and is a popular destination for those taking this trekking route. Overnight tea house.
  • Day 09 :Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung: 3 – 4 hours Chukkung Ri is a rocky peak, similar to Kalapatthar, above the village of Chhukung. This peak will be used as an acclimatization ascent by our group to prepare for the Island Peak Climb. Chukkung Ri hosts an outstanding view of the Himalayas.
  • Day 10 :Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m): 3-4 hours Today, we will leave the Village of Chhukung and trek to the Island Peak Base Camp. Along the route, we will be adorned with lush flora and fauna as we take in the view of the Himalayan backdrop and snow-capped mountain peaks along the route. We cross several bridges over water streams and stumble across the moraine of Lhotse Glacier. We trek through a steep ridge to reach Island Peak Base Camp.
  • Day 11 :Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp At the base camp, we will take the opportunity to hone our skills and practice our snow and ice skills. We prepare ourselves physically and mentally. This will ensure we are prepared and safe to take on the challenge of climbing the icy terrain of the formidable Island Peak.
  • Day 12 :Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m), back to base camp: 10-12 hours We begin our 1,000-metre ascent to the summit. Although there is some scrambling in places, the route is well used and easy to follow. We use the techniques we learned the day before to climb the peak. We follow a rocky spur to the upper snowfields which offer stunning views of Makalu and Lhotse. The view from the top is truly breathtaking. We feel like we are at the top of the world. After exploring the summit, we trek back to the base camp.
  • Day 13 :Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m) 5-6 hours Passing Chhukung, we trek down to Dingbuche, Syomare, cross few bridges to finally reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a spectacular place with the most ancient gompa of the Everest region- Pangboche Gompa. We take tours of the gompas. O/N Teahouse
  • Day 14 :Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours Trekking through dense forests of rhododendron, juniper, and pine, we descend to Tengboche and then to Phunki Tenga. Continuing our trek, we cross some wooden bridges over Dudh Koshi River and some water streams to reach Namche Bazaar through stone step trail.
  • Day 15 :Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours On our final day of trekking, we enjoy the majestic mountains, serene nature and traditional villages as we make our way to Lukla. Trekking through rhododendron forest to the valley floor, we recall the great experiences we have just shared. We go for a Himalayan style dinner in the evening. O/N Hotel
  • Day 16 :Fly to Kathmandu The last day involves flying back to Kathmandu (35 mins), checking into the hotel. The rest of the time in the capital city can be used to buy souvenirs and enjoy the sights and sounds before departing. O/N Hotel
  • Day 17 :Final departure It’s the day to say bid farewell to the beautiful land of Nepal. Our company representative will take you to the airport. In case our country has enchanted you so much you desire to further explore, we are always there to extend your trip.

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Key Information

  • Trip Duration 17 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Style Peak Climbing
  • Max Altitude 6189m
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