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Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing Overview

Key Information


15 Days



Best Season:

March to May and September to November

Maximum altitude





car / flight

Trip name

Island Peak




  • Embark on a journey to summit Island Peak, reaching a pinnacle at 6,189 meters (20,299 feet).
  • Indulge in awe-inspiring vistas of the world's tallest peaks, including the majestic Everest (8,848.86 meters), the towering Lhotse (8,501 meters), and the enchanting Ama Dablam (6,812 meters).
  • Experience the exhilaration of a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, your gateway to adventure.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Namche Bazaar, renowned as the cultural heartland of the Sherpa community.
  • Discover the ancient Tengboche monastery, a spiritual oasis amidst the rugged Himalayan terrain.
  • Encounter diverse wildlife, from the elusive snow leopard to the vibrant Himalayan tahr, amidst breathtaking natural landscapes.
  • Embrace the rich cultural tapestry and traditional lifestyle of the indigenous Sherpa people.

Imja Tse, popularly known as Island Peak, is a captivating mountain nestled in the heart of Sagarmatha National Park in eastern Nepal. Its striking resemblance to an island in a sea of ice, as seen from Dingboche, earned it the name Island Peak in 1953 from the British Mount Everest expedition. Although officially renamed Imja Tse in 1983, the name Island Peak remains a favorite among climbers and adventurers. This peak is an extension of the ridge descending from the southern end of Lhotse Shar.

A Rich Climbing History

The southwest summit of Imja Tse was first conquered in 1953 by a British expedition team during their training for the Mount Everest summit. This pioneering group included the legendary Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Alfred Gregory, Charles Wylie, and seven other skilled Sherpas. The main summit saw its first ascent in 1956 by Hans-Rudolf Von Gunten and two Sherpas, who were part of a Swiss team that later achieved the second ascent of Everest and the first ascent of Lhotse.

The Climbing Route

When embarking on the adventure of climbing Island Peak, you have two main options for your ascent. You can start from the base camp at 5,087 meters (16,690 feet), known as Pareshaya Gyab, typically beginning your climb between 2 and 3 A.M. Alternatively, you might choose to ascend to High Camp at approximately 5,600 meters (18,400 feet) to shorten the effort and time needed on summit day. However, the availability of water and concerns about sleeping at higher altitudes might influence your decision to start from base camp.

From base camp to high camp, the route is essentially a hike, but just above high camp, you’ll encounter some rocky steps requiring moderate scrambling through a broad open gully. At the top of this gully, your glacier journey begins, leading up a steep snow and ice slope. Here, guides may set up fixed ropes for the challenging ascent of nearly 100 meters (330 feet) to the summit ridge. The final push to the summit is demanding due to the steep incline, but reaching the top offers an unparalleled sense of achievement. Although Mount Everest lies just ten kilometers to the north, the view is partially obscured by the immense wall of Lhotse, rising 2,300 meters (7,500 feet) above the summit.

Overcoming Challenges

A significant crevasse along the headwall leading to the summit ridge has, at times, forced teams to turn back. In April 2009, the Nepal Mountaineering Association tasked the Nepal Mountaineering Instructors' Association with installing ladders at this crevasse. As of the 2016 fall climbing season, a 5-meter high fixed aluminum ladder has been in place to assist climbers in crossing this obstacle.

Why Choose Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks?

At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, we are dedicated to providing a professional, unique, and friendly climbing experience. Our expert guides and comprehensive support ensure your safety and enjoyment as you take on the challenge of Imja Tse. Join us for an unforgettable adventure in the majestic Himalayas, where every step brings you closer to the sky.

Ready to embark on this thrilling journey? Contact us today to learn more about our Island Peak climbing expeditions and start planning your next great adventure!

Benefits of Island Peak Climbing with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks

  • Streamlined booking and reservation process for a hassle-free experience.
  • Convenient online trip briefing post-booking confirmation, offering comprehensive insights into the trek itinerary and essential equipment checklist.
  • Accessible multi-channel communication avenues (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber) for seamless coordination.
  • 24/7 availability via phone at +977-9849674919 for prompt assistance and support.
  • Flexible payment options for added convenience.
  • Complimentary airport transfers to and from the hotel in a private vehicle, ensure a smooth transition.
  • Provision of essential medical equipment, including oximeters for blood oxygen monitoring and other medical kits, to address altitude-related concerns.
  • Complimentary provision of sleeping bags, down jackets, and duffle bags for porters, ensuring comfort and convenience throughout the trek.
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks store during the expedition.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

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Bed and Breakfast Plan + Welcome Dinner

Your Himalayan adventure begins as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by our team and transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and recover from your journey. If you haven't already obtained your Nepali Tourist Visa, don't worry – our team will assist you with the process, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Embark on a scenic flight to Lukla, offering breathtaking views of the city and mountains. Upon arrival, obtain the necessary permits to enter the Khumbu Region before commencing your trek to Phakding. Traverse picturesque landscapes, crossing the Dudh Koshi River and passing through quaint settlements. Arriving in Phakding, unwind in a cozy tea house and savor a delicious dinner.
Flight Duration: 30 minutes
Trek Distance: 6.2 km
Trek Duration: 4 hours


Embark on a scenic trek to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. Admire stunning vistas of waterfalls and suspension bridges as you ascend through lush landscapes. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, obtain permits and explore the vibrant market. Enjoy an evening of relaxation and cultural immersion in this bustling Sherpa town.
Trek Distance: 9.4 km
Trek Duration: 6 hours


Take a well-deserved rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize to the altitude. Embark on a scenic hike to the Syangboche viewpoint, offering panoramic views of the Himalayas. Explore the local monastery and interact with the friendly Sherpa community. Spend the evening relaxing and preparing for the days ahead.
Trek Distance: 1-2 km
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours


Resume your journey with a trek to Tengboche, known for its iconic monastery and breathtaking mountain views. Traverse scenic trails adorned with prayer flags and chortens, soaking in the spiritual ambiance of the region. Arrive in Tengboche and immerse yourself in the unique cultural heritage of this picturesque village.
Trek Distance: 9.2 km
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours


Embark on a picturesque trek to Dingboche, passing through Pangboche and offering panoramic views of the Himalayan landscape. Marvel at the serene beauty of the village and its surrounding pastures. Spend the evening in Dingboche, enjoying the tranquility of this remote Himalayan outpost.
Trek Distance: 9 km
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours


Awaken to the crisp mountain air in Dingboche, surrounded by the majesty of the Himalayas. Today's journey takes you from the heart of the Khumbu Valley to the charming village of Chhukung, where the beauty of the landscape is matched only by the warmth of the local hospitality.
Trek Distance: 2.5 km
Trek Duration: 3 hours



Embark on a challenging trek to Island Peak Base Camp, navigating rugged terrain and breathtaking mountain vistas. Set up camp at the base camp and prepare for the days ahead, surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Himalayas.
Trek Distance: 2.5 km
Trek Duration: 3 hours


Embark on the exhilarating ascent of Island Peak, accompanied by experienced guides. Navigate technical terrain and breathtaking vistas as you make your way to the summit. Celebrate your achievement before descending back to base camp for a well-deserved rest.
Climbing Duration: 9-10 hours


Descend from the base camp to Pangboche, retracing your steps through stunning mountain scenery. Enjoy the comforts of the village and reflect on your journey thus far.
Trek Distance: 8.5 km
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours


Continue your descent to Namche Bazaar, passing through Tengboche and soaking in the cultural richness of the region. Arrive in Namche Bazaar and relax in the vibrant atmosphere of this bustling mountain town.
Trek Distance: 13.5 km
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours


Embark on your final trek to Lukla, relishing the last views of the majestic Himalayas. Arrive in Lukla and prepare for your return flight to Kathmandu.
Trek Distance: 13.5 km
Trek Duration: 7 hours

Bed and Breakfast Plan + Farewell Dinner

Board a scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, enjoying aerial views of the mountains and landscapes. Upon arrival, relax in your hotel and reminisce about your Himalayan adventure. Enjoy a farewell dinner as you bid farewell to your fellow trekkers.
Flight Distance: 138 km
Flight Duration: 30 minutes

As the sun sets over the mighty peaks of the Nepalese Himalayas, today marks the final chapter of our shared adventure. The laughter, challenges conquered, and the breathtaking beauty of Nepal will forever be etched in our hearts.

As you prepare to board your flight back home, carry with you the echoes of our footsteps along mountain trails, the warmth of Nepali hospitality, and the grandeur of the landscapes we traversed together. Each step, each shared sunrise, and every shared story has woven a tapestry of unforgettable moments.

Though our paths diverge for now, the spirit of adventure binds us. As you ascend into the skies, may your heart be filled with the magnificence of the Himalayas, and may the memories we've created be a source of joy and inspiration.

Our time together in Nepal has been a chapter in the grand book of our lives. But, just like the rivers that wind through these mountains, our journeys have a way of converging again. We look forward to the day when our paths cross for another adventure, creating new tales and reliving the magic of exploration.

So, as the time comes to bid adieu, remember the camaraderie, the shared sunsets, and the triumphs that defined our expedition. Have a safe and pleasant flight back home, and until our paths cross again, may your adventures be as rich and vibrant as the memories we've crafted together.

Thank you for being part of this incredible journey. Until we meet again, take care and bon voyage!

Meals: Breakfast

Island Peak Climbing Cost Includes?

  • Hassle-free Airport Transfers: Enjoy convenient pick-up and drop-off services at all airports.
  • Luxurious Accommodation: Relax for 3 nights in comfortable hotels in Kathmandu.
  • Seamless Flight Experience: Round-trip flight tickets between Kathmandu and Lukla included.
  • Climbing Permits: We handle all necessary permits for your Island Peak adventure.
  • National Park Entry: Entry permits to ensure you explore the beauty of the National Park.
  • Trekker Information Management System (TIM’s card): Stay organized with our assistance.
  • Transportation: All land transportation during the program is taken care of.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Stay in cozy tea houses and tented camps along the itinerary.
  • Delicious Meals: Enjoy three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during trekking.
  • Expert Guidance: English-speaking climbing guide and porter services tailored to group size.
  • Staff Welfare: Our inclusive package covers transportation, meals, accommodation, allowance, equipment, and insurance for all staff, including climbing guides.
  • Camping Equipment: Trekking camping essentials provided, including tents, mattresses, dining, kitchen, and toilet tents.
  • Safety Gear: Fixed rope for climbing provided for your security.
  • Administrative Support: We handle all official paperwork and government taxes, ensuring a hassle-free journey.


Island Peak Climbing Cost Excludes?

  • Lunch and dinner arrangements in Kathmandu
  • Client's insurance coverage
  • Personal expenses, including bar bills
  • Trekking equipment and any personal indulgences such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone expenses, and laundry services
  • Emergency rescue and travel insurance, encompassing trip cancellation costs, accidents or health issues, loss, theft, or damage to personal effects
  • Tips for guides and support staff

Island Peak Climbing Altitude Profile

Island Peak Climbing Departure Dates

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14 Days
Start Date
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14 Days
Start Date
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Cost Per Person
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14 Days

Island Peak Climbing FAQs

Island Peak Climbing is an exhilarating adventure that involves ascending a stunning peak in the Everest region of Nepal, also known as Imja Tse. It's a popular choice for climbers seeking a challenging yet achievable Himalayan summit.

Island Peak stands tall at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) above sea level, offering climbers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan landscapes.

Yes, prior climbing experience is recommended for Island Peak Climbing. While it's considered one of the more accessible peaks in the region, it still demands a reasonable level of physical fitness and basic mountaineering skills.

The best time to climb Island Peak is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months typically offer stable weather conditions and clear skies, making for safer and more enjoyable climbs.

The duration of the Island Peak Climbing expedition typically ranges from 15 to 18 days, including acclimatization days, trekking to the base camp, summiting the peak, and returning to Lukla.

While Island Peak Climbing does require some technical skills such as using crampons, ropes, and ice axes, it's considered a moderately challenging climb suitable for climbers with prior experience in trekking and basic mountaineering.

Essential equipment for Island Peak Climbing includes mountaineering boots, crampons, harness, helmet, ice axe, sleeping bag, and appropriate clothing for extreme cold weather conditions.

Yes, climbers require a climbing permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) to attempt Island Peak. Additionally, a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit is also required as the peak lies within the park's boundaries.

Yes, altitude sickness is a potential risk during Island Peak Climbing due to the high elevation. It's crucial to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and pay attention to any symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness.

Yes, Himalayan Adventure Intl provides experienced guides and porters who are familiar with the route and can assist climbers throughout the expedition, ensuring safety and support.

Island Peak is considered to be of moderate difficulty compared to other peaks in the Everest region such as Lobuche East or Mera Peak. It requires some technical climbing skills but is achievable for climbers with prior experience.

Typically, climbers establish two camps during the Island Peak expedition: Base Camp (4,970 meters) and High Camp (5,600 meters). From High Camp, climbers make their summit push.

While it's technically possible to attempt Island Peak solo, it's highly recommended to go with a reputable guide service like Himalayan Adventure Intl for safety reasons, especially due to the technical aspects and potential hazards of high-altitude climbing.

Prior to attempting Island Peak Climbing, it's advisable to undergo physical training focusing on cardiovascular endurance, strength training, and altitude simulation if possible. Additionally, practicing basic mountaineering skills such as rope handling and ice axe techniques is beneficial.

While there isn't a strict age limit for Island Peak Climbing, participants should be in good physical condition and able to handle the rigors of high-altitude trekking and climbing. It's recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking such a demanding adventure.

Island Peak Climbing Additional Information

Climbing Island Peak at 6189m requires careful consideration of equipment to ensure safety and success in the challenging Himalayan environment. Here is a unique list of essential equipment for the Island Peak 6189m climbing expedition:

  • Climbing Boots:

    • Sturdy, insulated, and waterproof boots suitable for crampons.
  • Crampons:

    • Quality crampons are compatible with your boots for secure ice and snow traction.
  • Ice Axe:

    • Lightweight ice axe for stability during steep ascents and descents.
  • Harness:

    • Climbing harness for safety during roped sections.
  • Helmet:

    • Durable and well-ventilated helmet for protection from falling debris.
  • Carabiners and Quickdraws:

    • A variety of locking and non-locking carabiners for securing ropes.
    • Quickdraws for efficiently clipping into protection points.
  • Trekking Poles:

    • Adjustable trekking poles for balance and stability during the trek and climb.
  • Down Jacket:

    • High-quality down jacket for warmth during rest breaks and summit attempts.
  • Layered Clothing:

    • Moisture-wicking base layers.
    • Insulating mid-layers.
    • Waterproof and windproof outer layers.
  • Gloves:

    • Warm, insulated gloves for climbing.
    • Lightweight gloves for dexterity during technical sections.
  • Headlamp:

    • Powerful headlamp with extra batteries for early morning and night climbs.
  • Sleeping Bag:

    • Warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for high-altitude conditions.
  • Sleeping Pad:

    • Insulated sleeping pad for comfort and warmth during overnight stays.
  • Tents:

    • Lightweight and sturdy tents suitable for high-altitude camping.
  • Backpack:

    • A spacious and durable backpack for carrying personal and group gear.
  • Sunglasses and Goggles:

    • UV protection sunglasses for lower altitudes.
    • Goggles for higher altitudes to protect from snow and wind.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm:

    • High SPF sunscreen to protect against intense mountain sun.
    • Moisturizing lip balm with SPF.
  • First Aid Kit:

    • Comprehensive high-altitude first aid kit.
  • Water Purification:

    • Water purification tablets or a reliable water filter for safe drinking water.
  • High-Energy Snacks:

    • Nutritious snacks like energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits.
  • Altitude Medications:

    • Prescription altitude medications and any personal medications.
  • Satellite Phone:

    • A reliable satellite phone for emergency communication.
  • Navigation Tools:

    • Map, compass, and GPS device for route navigation.
  • Camera:

    • Lightweight and durable camera for capturing the stunning Himalayan scenery.
  • Personal Hygiene Kit:

    • Basic toiletries and hygiene items for the duration of the expedition.
  • Duffel Bags:

    • Sturdy duffel bags for transporting gear during the trek.
  • Ensure that all equipment is of high quality and properly maintained to withstand the challenging conditions of Island Peak. Additionally, consult with your expedition guide to customize the equipment list based on specific conditions and requirements.
  • Island Peak 6189m Peak Adventure Expedition
  • Itinerary:
  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Transfer to your hotel.
  • Briefing about the expedition.
  • Day 2: Explore Kathmandu
  • Guided tour of Kathmandu's cultural and historical sites.
  • Final gear check and expedition preparation.
  • Day 3: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2610m)
  • Scenic flight to Lukla.
  • Trek to Phakding, a picturesque village.
  • Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
  • Continue trekking along the Dudh Kosi River.
  • Reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest.
  • Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
  • Hike to Everest View Hotel for panoramic views.
  • Explore Namche Bazaar's vibrant market.
  • Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3860m)
  • Trek through rhododendron forests.
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery with stunning mountain views.
  • Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4410m)
  • Trek through Imja Valley.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Ama Dablam.
  • Day 8: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche
  • Hike to Nangkartshang Peak for acclimatization.
  • Rest and prepare for higher altitudes.
  • Day 9: Trek to Chukhung (4730m)
  • Continue trekking towards Island Peak Base Camp.
  • Reach Chukhung for an overnight stay.
  • Day 10: Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)
  • Trek to Island Peak Base Camp.
  • Acclimatization and preparation for the climb.
  • Day 11: Island Peak High Camp (5600m)
  • Ascend to Island Peak High Camp.
  • Final preparations and rest.
  • Day 12: Summit Day (6189m) and Descend to Chukhung
  • Early morning summit attempt.
  • Descend to Chukhung for a well-deserved rest.
  • Day 13: Contingency Day for Bad Weather
  • A spare day for unforeseen circumstances.
  • Day 14: Trek back to Namche Bazaar
  • Descend through Dingboche and Tengboche.
  • Reach Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 15: Trek back to Lukla
  • Final trek back to Lukla.
  • Celebrate the successful expedition with the team.
  • Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Fly back to Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner with the expedition team.
  • Day 17: Departure
  • Transfer to the airport for departure.
  • Cost: The cost for the Island Peak 6189m Peak Adventure Expedition is $4500 per person. This includes:
  • Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  • Domestic flights to/from Lukla.
  • Expedition permits and fees.
  • Experienced trekking and expedition guide.
  • Climbing Sherpa and support staff.
  • All meals during the trek and climb.
  • Tented accommodation during the climb.
  • Climbing equipment (ropes, ice axes, crampons, etc.).
  • Services:
  • Professional Expedition Team: Our team consists of experienced guides, climbing Sherpas, and support staff who prioritize safety and success.
  • Comprehensive Briefing: Detailed pre-expedition briefings to ensure everyone is well-prepared.
  • Quality Equipment: We provide high-quality climbing equipment and gear for a safe and successful ascent.
  • Acclimatization: Carefully plan acclimatization days to enhance your chances of reaching the summit.
  • Flexibility: A contingency day is included for unexpected weather conditions or other challenges.
  • Cultural Experience: Explore the rich culture and history of Kathmandu and local villages during the trek.

Embark on this extraordinary adventure to conquer Island Peak and witness breathtaking views of the Himalayas!

Island Peak Climbing Reviews

Harry Choo

Harry Choo


1st Feb, 2023

Very experienced and knowledgeable guide

I have just completed a 14-day expedition of Island Peak 6189m with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks and was very satisfied. The schedule was well thought out. My guide Dorji Sherpa was very good. On this mountain expedition, the guide is very experienced and knowledgeable. The service was excellent. He has attempted 2 dozen mountains in Nepal. His Climbing skill is good

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