19 days
Trip Level
Group Size
6189 m

Island Peak climbing has established itself as a significant climbing destination in Nepal. But, harsh climate conditions and chances of altitude sickness pose many problems. Nevertheless, the whole adventure and the exquisite scenery are the rewards of this great trek across the Everest Region. This beautiful viewpoint stands at 6160 meters, also known as Imja-Tse. The Island Peak Expedition follows a highly adventurous route across rocky paths, terrains, and villages, together with a warm welcome of inhabitants. However, the views of the unique culture of the various ethnic inhabitants are living in perfect harmony.

Likewise, Island Peak Expedition also starts from Lukla as other treks across the Everest region. Then the trail goes through charming villages and forests rich in diverse flora and fauna. A well-equipped with proper lodging facilities is possible, leaving behind the Everest Base Camp route. The trekkers then reach Dingboche and extend into the beautiful village of Chhukung. Finally, enter the Island peak base camp at 5087 meters further, a few hours’ walk from Chhukung. So, proper acclimatization after this point is mandatory, as altitude sickness might pose a significant problem.

The High Camp reaches after a very steep climb over rocky, dangerous, and adventurous paths about 100 meters further lay the summit of the Island peak. The hypnotic and mind-boggling views of Everest and other snow-capped mountains make it naturally rewarding while you are at the summit. The trek can carry out in all seasons but is particularly more interesting during spring or autumn. It offers an insight into the way of living of locals of the Everest Region because their warm hospitality, helpful nature, and impressive view make this trek a must-do for thrill-seekers worldwide.

Island Peak Climbing: Highlights

Peaceful yet but adventurous walk throughout the journey
Get the climbing experience of Island Peak, as well as the breathtaking view from the summit

No doubt for spectacular scenery, really admirable but a lifetime experience
Trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar, a combination of Trekking and Peak climbing
Trip Fact
Trip Duration 16 Days
Best Time Autumn/Spring
Trip Difficulty Demanding
Trek Starts/Ends Lukla
Island Peak Climbing Map

Island Peak Expedition Short Itinerary

Days Day by Day Itinerary Altitude Duration
1. Arrival in Kathmandu 1350 m
2. Leisure Day & Trek preparation
3. Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding 2600 m 4h00
4. Trek to Namche Bazaar 3460 m 6h00
5. Acclimatization day!
6. Trek to Tengboche 3800 m 5h00
7. Tengboche to Dingboche 4343 m 5h30
8. Trek to Chhukung 4730 m 3h00
9. Chhyukung to Island Peak Base Camp 4970 m 4h00
10. Trek to Island Peak High Camp 5600 m 5h00
11. Island Peak Summit (6,160 m), then back to base camp 6160 m 5h00
12. Security day to summit Island Peak
13. Trek to Panboche 3900 m 6h00
14. Namche bazaar 6h30
15. Trek to Lukla 2800 7h00
16. Fly back to KTM in the afternoon at leisure
17. Leisure day in Kathmandu
18. Final departure to your home country
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The given itinerary is only the climbing itinerary of Island peak. If you would like to expand your journey, then Island would be ideal, which allows you to experience both Everest Base Camp and Island climbing. Island peak with EBC Trek in Nepal is the most popular trekking peak in Nepal.


Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of the Arrival gate with a Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu valley, followed by a pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing where you meet the trek guide and other team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment and nature of peak climbing and other necessary information

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652 m) 3h00 walk.

You will be transferred to the airport in the early morning as per the flight schedule. 40-minute thrilling flights to the airstrip at Lukla by plane offer a marvelous view of Central and Eastern Himalayas and as well as beautiful landscape and hills. Lukla is a gateway to the Everest Region.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 m) 6h00 walk.

This is the second day of the journey. You will head to Namche after breakfast. The trail leads you to the northern valley of the Dudh Koshi River valley passing by several beautiful villages with their vibrant culture, peaceful forests, and crossing over several bridges along the trail. Finally, you will get Namche.

Day 5: Acclimatize day!

This is an exploration day in Namche. Hike till Syangboche, a small airport in the region and consider as the world’s highest one. Then hike up to 3800 m to see Mt. Everest and other popular peaks. You will have proper acclimatization. In the afternoon, you may explore the village which is more equipped with modern amenities such as internet, phone, massage and more.

Day 6: Namche – Tengboche (3860m)

It is as usual after the breakfast in Namche trek to the next destination Tengboche, a great monastery of the region where the Mani Rimdu festival conduct in October and many monks are meditation along the year. Enjoy the magnificent view of the thunder Himalayas. The trail goes regularly down to reach in Sansa where we confluence a junction to go popular trail to Gokyo valley and Everest Base camp. Gradually descend to the Dudh Koshi River traversing villages and pine forests and cross a bridge slightly uphill similar to Tengboche. (Lodge)

Day 7: Tengboche – Dingboche (4,343 m.) 5h00 walk.

Today, after having our breakfast, easy descend to Debouche through the forest of Rhododendron, then an easy trail leads you to Panboche after crossing the Imja River in the lap of Ama-Dablam. We will stop for lunch here then continue to walk through the open alpine hilly area to Dingboche.

Day 8: Dingboche – Chhukung (4,730 m.) 3h00 walk.

The trail leads you to an open rocky hill area from Dingboche to Chhukung. It is situated in the lap of the huge rock which bonds Nuptse and Lhotse. It offered beautiful scenery of Ama-Dablam and is considered the most snapped picture of this peak in Nepal.

Day 9: Chhukung – Imja Tse (Island) Peak base camp (4,970 m). 4h00 walk.

Today, the trail leads us to Island Peak Base Camp following by Imja River a pleasant place with a small lake and a good view of Nuptse and Lhotse ridge where we set up our tent to spend a night. We get ready for all the climbing equipment for the summit.

Day 10: Base Camp – Imja Tse (Island) Peak High camp (5,600 m.) 5h00 walk

We ascend from Base Camp to reach Island Peak High Camp, a beautiful spot where we can enjoy spectacular views of the mountain in a circle. Strategically, this night is uncomfortable due to altitude and cold.

Day 11: Imja Tse (Island) Peak Summit (6,160 m.) back to base camp. 5h00 walk.

In the early morning, we will start our footsteps to the summit. Here is to be taken attention while climbing the icy wall to get border which leads to the summit. After reaching the top of the peak then we come back to Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 12: Security day to summit Imja Tse (Island) Peak.

The day is just a spare day in case of trouble to summit due to bad weather or altitude problem.

Day 13: Trek to Pangboche (3,901 m.) 6h00 walk.

From Imja Tse (Island) Peak base camp, we back to Pangboche following by the same way in the open alpine hilly area with magnificent views of mountains. We trek for 5 to 6 hours today.

Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m.) 6h00 walk

From Pangboche, we walk close to the river and arriving to cross the river the trail leads you way up to Tengboche through the forest of Rhododendron, fir, and birch. Gradually, descending to bridge over Dudh Koshi at Punki Thanka and, then climb up to Namche Bazaar.

Day 15: Trek to Phakding. 6h00 walk.

A steep descend to bridge over Dudh Koshi, after crossing it towards Phakding passing by the forest of Rhododendron, pines and small settlement.

Day 16: Trek to Lukla. 2h30 walk.

On the final day of the trek, this is an easy walk to Lukla passing through the charming villages and alpine apple farms.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu, overnight at the hotel

As per the flight schedule, we catch a plane to Kathmandu from Lukla with the spectacular scenery of mountains and landscapes by the airstrip. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer back to the Hotel.

Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu, overnight at the hotel

Especially, you have a free day for the rest since the long stay in the mountain, and you can do anything as you like.

Day 19: Transfer to airport, departure to your destination

You will transfer to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight from the hotel for your way back to the country.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.
All domestic flight, Hotel/Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu
All accommodations in tents and all meals during the treks
All necessary documentation and permits
Transportation as per itinerary
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount with two PP size photograph)
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for breakfast
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Guide and Porter gratuity

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No, you are not allowed to drink water from the direct tap or streams on the Island Peak Expedition. But you can also use a purifier or SteriPen. It is expensive to buy water (maybe ten times the cost of purchasing water in Kathmandu).
Be conscious. This trek will be over 3500 m in elevation. The possibilities of having an altitude illness usually begin at this altitude. But to prevent this, we have planned the itinerary to give you time to acclimatize as much as possible.
There’s nobody who’s going to suffer from altitude sickness. The younger and fitter people do not experience high altitude illnesses when they feel older and less fit. It’s not related to fitness or age. Speak to your private practitioner. Prescription medicines are available to help avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness. But go gently and listen to the body and be mindful of any changes and listen to your guide if he thinks that you have symptoms (which might not be apparent).
We will be able to collect your travel insurance policies and details before your trip. In case of emergency, we will be able to coordinate with your insurance company and helicopters company for emergency evacuation.
There is no doubt only be a First aid. We take a first-aid kit on every trip. We always advise you to make your own. Here’s a checklist of items you can bring, recommended. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal; however, we suggest that you keep this checklist if necessary.
Yes, we only provide insurance to our staff. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your home country. Note: Insurance should cover medical and emergency evacuation.
No. The trails are well-known. You will not need crampons if you are not traveling in the mid-winter. Instead of the crampons, bring non-technical, lightweight spikes, are less costly and suit any shoe size.
No, we do not need tents or mattresses. There are tea houses along the trek.
When you forget something, it may be complicated to find something here. Check here for a detailed packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you’re not a regular hiker, you can rent most of Nepal’s trekking equipment upon your arrival.
Anything you do not want for the trip can leave at our office or your hotel. We recommend that you make sure your bag is lockable.
Generally, we use local guides. Our guides have been numerous times on each trek to the relevant areas. All are qualified, competent, versatile, and certified licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
If you use a porter, there are two advantages:
1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.
A porter can carry an average of 20 kg with his or her bag so that they can carry up to 16 kg of your equipment and gears. But we provide a backpack for them.
Yes, of course. We ensure that our staff is well insured.
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