Island Peak Climbing is a tour package in which you get to trek to the base camp of Island peak and then eventually climb to the summit, getting stunning views of the Himalayan snow-capped from its summit of Mount Everest and others in a fifteen day plan.
Island Peak where the Island Peak Climbing package eventually climaxes with your climb to this 6,189 meters above sea level is in the Khumbu Region. Its actual name is Imja Tse given by the locals of the area, but the name Island Peak stuck more profusely for two reasons. First being, the peak seemed to be surrounded by clouds on all four sides with other mountain peaks renowned in the region towering it at some distance on three fronts. The second being, it was named Island Peak in 1953 by a British Expedition Force comprising of those who later went on to climb Mount Everest for the first, to them it seemed as if was an island surrounded by a sea of rocks when viewed from the ridge of Dingboche. The summit to Island peak was first climbed in the year 1953 by Hans-Rudolf-Von Guten and two other Sherpa who then were the second to climb Mount Everest. The best part of climbing Island Peak is what you get from the top; the beautiful stunning views of the landscape all around in the distance of peaks of those above eight thousand meters showing themselves in the distance. Plus the hike to it is another story, where you take the traditional way right up to Dingboche which others do while taking the Base Camp Trek and then taking another direction towards Island Peak to climb it. All this and more make Island Peak Climbing an ideal trekking cum peak climbing more attractive to do and accomplish than the traditional treks in the Everest Region.
Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours of trekking]
Day 03 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]
Day 04 : Acclimatization in Namche (3420m)
Day 05 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) [5-6 hours]
Day 06 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m) [5-6 hours]
Day 07 : Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m) [3-4 Hours]
Day 08 : Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m) [3-4 Hours] and Climbing Preparation
Day 09 : Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5600m) [2-3 Hours]
Day 10 : High Camp-Summit Island Peak-Base Camp-Chhukung [8-10 hours]
Day 11 : Extra day
Day 12 : Chhukung to Namche Bazaar [8-9 Hours]
Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla [6-8 hours]
Day 14 : Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]
Day 15 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination
- Experience magnificent flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (Enjoy the view of Himalayan range from the flight)
- Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
- Trek in Sagarmatha National Park (Listed in UNESCO world heritage natural site)
- Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
- Explore variety of floras and faunas
- Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m
- Visit Tengboche Monastery situated at the height of 3860m
- Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
- Visit Sir Edmund Hillary memorials (Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung and Sir Edmund Hillary Hospital in Khunde Valley)
- Witness Eye-popping view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
- Ascend Island Peak
Island Peak Climb gives one the joy of having to summit a trekking peak and at the same time trekking there for the climax of it. When this is done in the footsteps who have already been. There is much to gain from such treks and peak climbing when it is all over. The first being, that you get lovely views of the Himalayan mountains with their snow-capped peaks and the terrain below with its lush green hills, villages and rivers systems and gorges. Once in the Khumbu Region, it’s all about the experience which you get of the Sherpa people with their tradition, culture and religion on display. Then there is the Sagarmatha National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then the trek allows you to discover the different monasteries in the area. Exploring the fauna and flora of the region is another aspect of the trek. Exploring the museum of the Sherpa which is a busy place at 3440 meters is something to look forward to. Tengboche Monastery which is located at 3860 meters which is full of history of the region on the spiritual side is something that gives it a blessing to those who welcome it. Making discoveries of the rich traditions of the Sherpa and Tibetans is what makes it more interesting. Visit the hospital schools built by Sir Edmund Hillary at such an elevation is another mark of achievement. Then there is the everlasting view of Mount Everest that makes this region known internationally are some of the main features which this trek and ascent to the top have besides the climb.
How difficult is this peak climbing trek?
It is simply taken as all the treks you might do in this region with the exception of having to climb a peak for which some training by the guide on how to use certain implements would make the ascend to the top with a bit of difficulty at the end. You as a whole would need to be physically fit and capable of walking six to seven hours a day on average.
Today you will be welcomed by one of the staff of the company at the international airport who will then take you to the three star hotel for your night’s stay. If you have any time left, then you might use it as it pleases you.
Today you take a flight to Lukla which should take 40 minutes while being entertained with the sights of the snow-capped mountains to the north and the lush green landscape below. After landing in Lukla, we begin hiking to Phakding in a three hour hike where we put up at a lodge for the night.
Today, we head towards Namche Bazaar from Phakding, first taking the trail which leads us along pine forest along the Dudh Kosi River. Crossing Hillary Suspension Bridge, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Following the trail on the meeting point of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers, we reach Chautra getting our first glimpses of Everest from here. Walking for another two hours, we finally get to Namche Bazaar. We stay a lodge for the night.
Since are in an altitude of above 3000 metres and will be going higher, it is time to get acclimatized to the level of air we are in. So we stop here for the day with short trips around and a hike to Everest view Hotel from where we get a cinematic view of Everest. We return to Namche to spend the night at a lodge.
We head to Tengboche (4360m) on a trail which gives nice views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. We also spot wildlife on the way of Musk Deer, herds of Himalayan Thar and various coloured pheasants. Finally reaching Sansa via the Kayangjuma trail. Now crossing nice pine forest we climb to reach Tengboche. We then pay a visit to the Monastery which is the central attraction there. We stay the night at a guest house.
From Tengboche we head to Dingboche (4360m) in a six hour hike. We choose the upper trail which passes us through Mani Walls, Chortens and some small villages. The trail gives us lovely views of Ama Dablam. We then enter the Imja Valley and go down to the Lobuche Rivers and from here it is a continuous climb to Dingboche. We stay the night at guest house here.
From Dingboche, it is to Chhukung (4750m) in a four hour hike. Following the Imja Khola getting some nice looks at the Himalayas we reach herdsman place called Bibre and walking further we catch the sight of Island Peak. We then cross a cold icy river and a beheld with the sights of glaciers and massive mountains around us. Getting early to Chhukung, we are given a choice of whether we trek onto Chhukung Ri to get lovely views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu. We stay the night at Chhukung.
Today, we get to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m) in a four hour hike. Following a trail to the south and then turning east, we move along the side of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. It is a relaxing walk between the two glaciers of Lhotse and Imja. When we reach base camp, there will be a train session on how to use the implements while to the ascent. We camp here for the night.
Today, we basically move closer to Island Peak by hiking further up to High Camp for about three hours, where we stop and camp for the night.
Waking early, we start the climb to Island Peak using all our skills to navigate our way up. The climb takes us through a rocky ditch, then following a line we go over the head of the glacier which has several crevasses. Then a vertical slop leads us to the summit. Taking in the wonderful view with some good pictures, we then return to Chhukung taking us a total time of nearly ten hours. We stay the night at a lodge.
This day is kept on hold to make up for what might happen on the trek and climb, so it is given this name.
Now, we are heading back home so, it is straight for Namche bazaar with the going descending much of the way. We stop here at a guest house for the night.
From Namche Bazaar it is straight for the airport in Lukla which should take us about eight hours to reach. We stay at a guest house here.
Finally we return to Kathmandu in forty minute flight getting the same views that we got while coming in. We are met at the airport and taken to our hotel. We could then use the remaining part of the day doing window shopping. In the Evening there will be farewell dinner with the staff of the company at an authentic Nepali Restaurant. You stay the night at the hotel.
All said and done, it is finally time to head home. A staff from the company will bid you farewell at the airport three hours ahead of your flight out for check in formalities.
At Breakfree Adventures, we hope that we were able to provide you with a comfortable and secure trip.
What is Included
- Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
- Two night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
- Domestic airport departure tax.
- All accommodations during the trek at tent/lodges.
- All camping equipment during the climb (two men tents, dining tent, toilet ten, table, chair)
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide, climbing guide, kitchen staff and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
- Trekking/climbing staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
- General climbing equipment's (rope, ice-crew, snow bar etc.)
- Sagarmatha National park permit fee.
- Island Peak climbing permit & all necessary paper work.
- Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
- First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
- Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
- Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
- Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
- All government and local taxes, VAT.
What is Not Included
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos))
- International airfare and travel insurance.
- Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
- Tips for guide and porters.
Island Peak located is located in west-central Nepal. Island Peak is considered as a trekking peak and often the first Himalayan climbing experience for mountain climbing enthusiasts. With the height of 6189 meters, it was named by Eric Shipton’s party of 1952 as Island Peak cause it stands somewhat alone in the Himalayas. Nepal renamed it Imja Tse In 1983.
The best time to climb island peak is the pre and post-monsoon but Spring is popular. Spring is a good time for climbing as it gets warmer with less threat of snow. But the Fall season is less popular with colder days and increasingly unstable weather.
Island peak difficulty grade is challenging but with proper planning and great physical fitness, you can summit Island peak. Climb to Island peak is a real one and requires crampons, ice axe and fixed ropes. Even though considered as trekking peak of little danger, real great care needs to be taken during the climb since there are crevasses and potential avalanches along the route. The real climb is the final 150 meters and last 450 meters which can be a bit steep and these days there is a fixed rope.
Island peak is undoubtedly simpler if compared with Everest or other 8,000m both in altitude or duration so the best option to start your Himalayan climbing journey.
The approximate successful summits are over 30,000 people and perhaps a handful of deaths.
Island peak most popular route is only one standard route that leads from the base and advanced base camp on the Chhukung side of the mountain.
Island peak climbing duration is a week to get to base camp, a few days to summit and four days to get back to Kathmandu, so between 2 and 3 weeks in total.
For island peak training plan one can walk/run with a large pack to work the micro-muscles and climb stairs in a high-rise office building.
Yes, there is a possibility of altitude sickness on island peak climbing which involves climbs above 6,000-meters. Therefore, the travel to base camp should take about a week trek to better acclimatize on the way. Besides, one day rest is also planned at the base before the summit the next day.
Island peak expedition cost depends upon the group-size and also if you are doing it privately or joining a group. Also, the climbing guide needs to be insured including his medical insurance along with helicopter rescue. All of these things will be handled by your tour operator.
Island peak equipment list includes long handle ice axe, harness, carabineers and crampons. It will be extremely cold and windy at times, especially on the summit, so multiple down layers (like (Mountain Hardwear 800 Fill Down jacket) are required. Besides, tents, kitchen equipment, etc. All the climbing gears can be rented at Chhungkug and usually, your climbing guide arranges it all.
Yes, and Island peak permit fee comes to in Spring (March-April-May) is USD250, Autumn (Sept-Oct-Nov) USD125, Winter (Dec-Jan-Feb) and Summer (June-July-August) USD70 which are all on per person basis.
Guide for Island Peak is highly recommend since it’s about climbing the high Himalayan peak so an experienced climbing guide is required who shall help you throughout the climb and help in case of any emergencies. On the season, you will find a lot of climbers on Island Peak so you would probably not be alone but easily could be. In harsh weather (white-outs) or in a medical emergency, you will be on your own so the climbing guide will be the best support. Climbing alone or in too small of a team is never a good idea.
Everything like permits, hotels, foods, gears, communication, you might arrange yourself but consider yourself if something goes wrong – are you 100% self-sufficient? What are your medical skills? HAPE and HACE are really possibilities on Island Peak – do you have the appropriate medicine and training to deal with it? And lots of other questions. Again, climbing alone never a good idea. Saving a few hundred dollars is not worth your life.
Absolutely! You are recommended to get travel insurance that covers even at higher altitudes i.e. up to 6000m. The insurance policy usually doesn’t cover over 3,000 meters of altitude. So, make sure these things while purchasing travel insurance for Island peak and read their policies.
Family-run lodges often called ‘Teahouses’ are in the Everest region. Especially the higher you go accommodation is limited, so the room may differ from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Island peak accommodation is a very basic accommodation and usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. All lodges have a communal dining hall. Though basic, these teahouses are clean and welcoming, friendly and warm resting place after a tiring day’s trek.
It’s the squat toilet facilities at the most lodges on the Everest Base Camp trail but nowadays lodges have also built western styled toilets with a number of foreign trekkers increasing day by day. It’s suggested that you should take along your own toilet paper.
Lodges on the trail offer wide choices for foods and drinks. These contain typical Nepali meals to the continental dishes. Nepali dish ‘Dal Bhat’ with season vegetable and pickle. Or, go for pizza, momo, noodles, macaroni, sizzler, sandwich, burger, etc. Different types of coffee, fruit juice, and alcoholic drinks are also available. If you have booked a package tour then the company handles all costs. But if booked on service only then food prices on the Island peak cost to US$25-30 per person per day for lunch/dinner, where breakfast will be included. But on high altitude treks, avoiding alcoholic drinks is a good idea.
Bottled water can be bought or you can take along a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water with purifying tablets. These can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek. Most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink. Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day is recommended.
Bringing snacks and protein bars is good. Daily meal includes Dal Bhat – Nepali meal which is already high in carbohydrate. If you bring your own food, lodges may charge you an additional cost.
Showers are available at Lodges. Especially the higher up you go there will usually be shared bathrooms in most lodges. Hot water shower needs to be paid per person. As you go higher, the colder it gets and you may have to think for the second time for a shower. Wait just a few days until your descent. Wet wipes can be used to clean your body but in trek it might come expensive. So it is good to buy them in Kathmandu.
You can bring trekking gear from your home country. They can also be bought in Kathmandu at many trekking shops around there. But, most of the trekking gears you get here are not up to standard though are comparatively cheaper. So, it’s up to you to decide. The last option to buy them is at Namche Bazaar if you forget any trekking gears. Besides, climbing gears can be rented at Chukkung which your climbing guide shall handle it all.
All the electronics can be charged in lodges with an extra cost of US$2-6 per hour. Further up you go, the price for charging increases.
Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. This is where travel insurance comes covering for a medical evacuation service and other medical expenses. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you. Besides, there are health posts in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Pheriche where you can get medical services.
Lukla airport is located at the mountainous terrain where frequent weather changes occur every hour. Even a hint of bad weather arise flight delays in Lukla. When the weather goes worst especially during winter and monsoon, Lukla flight cancellations occur even for days. Mental preparedness is required to face such unforeseen situations and keeping some buffer days after the trek is highly recommended.
Tipping is not mandatory but let’s not forget that it has become a custom to show gratitude towards your guide and porters who made it all possible for you to finish the trek and help you summit one of the Himalayan peaks at the world’s highest location. You can give them a certain amount as tips for Island peak climbing as per your desire at the end of the trek.
Wifi on Island peak climbing is available at most of the lodges on the EBC trail.
You do not have to carry much cash if you have booked a full tour package from your travel company since your trek guide shall take care of your accommodation and daily meals. Besides that only a few extra costs incur like for bottled water, charging mobile phones/cameras, shower, extra tea/coffee and of course alcoholic drinks also tipping your guide and porters. So, carrying Nepalese Rupees equivalent to a few hundred USD is recommended.
ATM facilities are available only at Namche and Lukla, but depending upon them is also not suggested since sometimes they don’t work. Exchanging into Nepali rupees before the trek in Kathmandu is the best option.
Only cash is accepted during the trek and converting your currency to Nepali rupees before the trek is the best idea.
Usually it’s about 5-6 hours in most of the days. The walks must be slow and steady.
The maximum number is 15 trekkers. Yes, you can also do this trek privately with your personal guide and porter.
Your hotel where you stay in Kathmandu will store your luggage that you don’t want to take to trek without any charge. Later on, you can pick up your luggage after the trek.
Most of the villages along the trek route have landline telephones from where you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are also available and even at the Everest Base Camp but the reception quality varies depending upon the locations. Internet facilities can be found but is expensive.
We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Island Peak Climbing. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Island Peak Climbing, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Cup of tea or coffee is also included with meals. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 15 days Island Peak Climbing is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-6hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 15 days Island Peak Climbing successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
The Trekking Group:
For the Island Peak Climbing, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Island Peak Climbing for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Island Peak Climbing successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.
Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.