Island Peak Summit (6200M)

Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek

Peak Climbing in Nepal

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Island Peak Climbing

  • Group Size: 2 - 10 Persons
  • Trip Duration: 15 Days
  • Max. Altitude: 6200 M
  • Country: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Level: Adventures
  • Meals: We Provide during 1 night 2 days climbing time

The Island Peak, or Imja Tse as it’s called locally, beckons mountaineers seeking a challenging yet rewarding high-altitude climb in the heart of the Himalayas. Nestled near Everest Base Camp, Island Peak offers not only a breathtaking panorama of giants like Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, but also a strategic location for acclimatization and honing mountaineering skills. This Island Peak climbing with EBC trek transcends summiting a peak; it’s an immersive Himalayan adventure.

Our comprehensive guide equips you for the journey, from pre-climb training to the exhilarating summit push. We’ll explore the route, starting from Namche Bazaar and winding through serene trails to Island Peak Base Camp. Delving into the challenges and rewards of summit day, we’ll provide expert tips to navigate the climb. Gain valuable insights into the unique high-altitude terrain, encompassing areas from Everest Base Camp to Kala Patthar. This guide equips you with the knowledge and confidence to conquer Island Peak. Prepare to appreciate the physical and emotional journey that defines mountaineering in Nepal. Let this guide be your compass for an unforgettable Island Peak climbing with EBC trek


Island Peak Climbing Trip Highlights

  • Trek to the iconic Everest Base Camp, experiencing the thrill of being at the foot of the world’s highest peak.
  • Summit Island Peak, a 6,189-meter peak offering stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture and explore ancient monasteries.
  • Witness breathtaking landscapes, from lush forests to high alpine terrain.
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow trekkers and climbers on this challenging yet rewarding journey.
  • Visit the renowned Tengboche Monastery, a spiritual and cultural hub.
  • Experience the vibrant life in Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the high Himalayas.


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Arrival on: Kathmandu | Departure from: Kathmandu
  • 1
    Fly From Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

    Duration: 35 min flight and 3 hrs trek

    Altitude: 2600 M

    Your Journey to Island Peak Climbing with EBC trek start by flying from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is a thrilling journey, taking about 30-40 minutes in a small aircraft like a Twin Otter. The flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including peaks like Langtang and Ganesh Himal. Landing at Lukla’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport, renowned for its short and steep runway at an altitude of 2,860 meters, is an adventure in itself. After Landing in Lukla you will start to walk towards Phkading and Stay Overnight in Phakding.

  • 2
    Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

    Duration: 5-6 hrs

    Altitude: 3440 M

    The trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar is a key segment of the journey to Island Pak Climbing With EBC Trek. Starting at an altitude of 2,600 meters in Phakding, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi River, crossing several suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags. The route passes through picturesque villages like Monjo and Jorsale and enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar, at 3,440 meters, is a challenging climb through pine forests and offers the first glimpses of Everest. Namche Bazaar, the bustling Sherpa town, serves as a crucial acclimatization stop and a hub for trekkers, with its vibrant markets and stunning mountain vistas.

  • 3
    Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

    Altitude: 3440 M

    An acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar is essential for adjusting to the high altitude and ensuring a successful Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek. At 3,440 meters, Namche Bazaar offers a perfect setting to rest and explore. Trekkers can take short hikes to higher elevations to aid acclimatization, such as visiting the Everest View Hotel for stunning panoramas of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Another popular hike is to the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Syangboche Airstrip. Strolling around the vibrant market of Namche, interacting with locals, and visiting cafes and bakeries are enjoyable ways to spend the day. This acclimatization day helps your body adjust to the altitude, reducing the risk of altitude sickness and preparing you for the trek ahead.

  • 4
    Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

    Duration: 5-6 hrs

    Altitude: 3860 M

    Starting from Namche Bazaar at 3,440 meters, the trail offers stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The path initially stays relatively flat and then descends to the Dudh Koshi River, passing through lush forests and small villages such as Phunki Tenga. After crossing a suspension bridge, the trail ascends steeply through pine and rhododendron forests to reach Tengboche at 3,860 meters. Tengboche is renowned for its beautiful monastery, Tengboche Monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region, where trekkers can witness Buddhist ceremonies and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

  • 5
    Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    Altitude: 4410 M

    Starting from Tengboche at 3,867 meters, the trail descends through lush forests of rhododendron and juniper to Deboche. After crossing the Imja Khola river, the path ascends past the villages of Pangboche and Shomare, offering stunning views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and other Himalayan peaks. As you climb higher, the landscape becomes more alpine and barren, indicative of the higher altitudes. Dingboche is a picturesque village surrounded by fields enclosed by stone walls to protect crops from the wind.

  • 6
    Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

    Duration: 4-5 hs

    Altitude: 4900 M

    Starting from Dingboche at 4,410 meters, the trail gradually ascends through a high alpine region with sparse vegetation, offering panoramic views of Tawache, Cholatse, and other surrounding peaks. The path follows the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, passing through the village of Dughla. Here, trekkers take a break before tackling a steep climb to the Thukla Pass, where memorials dedicated to climbers who lost their lives on Everest can be seen.

  • 7
    Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep via Everest Base Camp (5364M)

    Duration: 6-7 hrs

    Altitude: 5140 M

    Starting from Lobuche at 4,940 meters, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier’s lateral moraine, becoming rockier and more rugged as you approach Gorakshep. After a brief stop in Gorakshep, the path continues to EBC at 5,364 meters, offering breathtaking views of Pumori, Nuptse, and the Khumbu Icefall. Arriving at EBC is a momentous achievement, marked by prayer flags and rock cairns. After soaking in the experience, trekkers return to Gorakshep

  • 8
    Trek from Gorakshep to Chhukung via Kalapatthar hiking (5550 M)

    Duration: 6-7 hrs

    Altitude: 4730 M

    Starting from Gorakshep at an altitude of 5,140 meters, trekkers ascend steeply to Kala Patthar, a vantage point renowned for its breathtaking panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other surrounding peaks. The climb takes about 2-3 hours but is well worth the effort for the unparalleled sunrise or sunset vistas. After soaking in the majestic scenery, trekkers descend back to Gorakshep and then continue their journey down to Chhukung, a charming village nestled in the Imja Valley. The descent to Chhukung offers stunning views of Ama Dablam and the surrounding Himalayan landscape, making it a memorable part of the trek.

  • 9
    Rest day in Chhukung and preparation for Island Peak Climbing

    Altitude: 4730 M

    On a rest day in Chhukung, trekkers typically focus on acclimatization and relaxation. Many opt for a gentle hike to Chhukung Ri for stunning views of nearby peaks, while others explore the village and enjoy the scenic surroundings. It’s a good time to check gear, plan upcoming routes, and socialize with fellow trekkers. Ensuring proper hydration and nutrition is crucial, and some might engage in light stretching or yoga to stay limber. The goal is to rest, enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas, and prepare for the Island Peak Climbing

  • 10
    Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp

    Duration: 4-5 hrs

    Altitude: 5200 M

    Starting from the small village of Chhukung, the trail initially follows the Imja Khola valley, offering breathtaking views of surrounding peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. As you ascend, the path becomes steeper and rockier, leading through glacial moraines and rugged terrain. The trek culminates at Island Peak Base Camp, situated at an elevation of around 5,200 meters (17,060 feet), nestled beneath the towering south face of Island Peak (Imja Tse), providing a dramatic and inspiring setting for climbers preparing for the summit.

  • 11
    Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6190 M) and trek down to Chhukung

    Duration: 9-10 hrs

    Altitude: 4730 M

    The journey from Island Peak Base Camp to the Island Peak summit (6,189 meters or 20,305 feet) and back down to Chhukung is a challenging yet exhilarating adventure. The climb typically begins before dawn, with climbers navigating through a steep, rocky trail leading to the snow line. As the ascent continues, trekkers must traverse glaciers and crevasses, often using ropes and crampons for safety. The final push to the summit involves a steep headwall and a thrilling ridge walk, offering panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. After reaching the summit, climbers descend carefully back to Base Camp, where they rest briefly before continuing down to Chhukung. This descent retraces the earlier path through glacial moraines and rugged terrain, ending with a return to the village, completing a demanding yet rewarding day in the mountains.

  • 12
    Trek from Chhukung to Tenboche

    Duration: 6-7 hrs

    Altitude: 3860 M

    After the successful Summit of Island Peak , you will start to go down  from Chhukung, the trail descends gradually, passing through the village of Dingboche. Here, trekkers can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and other peaks. Continuing on, the path winds through alpine meadows and along the Imja Khola River, eventually leading to the lush rhododendron and pine forests that characterize the approach to Tengboche. The final ascent to Tengboche is a steady climb, rewarded by the arrival at the famous Tengboche Monastery, with its panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse, and other majestic peaks. This descent offers a blend of serene natural beauty and cultural landmarks, making it a memorable part of the trek.

  • 13
    Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

    Duration: 6-7 hrs

    Altitude: 3440 M

    The trail starts with a descent through rhododendron and pine forests, with stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Ama Dablam and Everest. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River via a suspension bridge, the path leads to the village of Phunki Tenga, where trekkers can rest and refresh. From here, the trail ascends steadily, passing through pine forests and small settlements like Kyangjuma. As you approach Namche Bazaar, the bustling Sherpa capital, the trail offers spectacular views of the valley and the distant mountains.

  • 14
    Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

    Duration: 6-7 hrs

    Altitude: 2880 M

    Departing from Namche Bazaar, the trail descends steeply towards the Dudh Koshi River, passing through the picturesque villages of Jorsale and Monjo. The route continues through lush forests of pine and rhododendron, crossing several suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags. Trekkers pass through the villages of Phakding and Chheplung, experiencing the serene beauty of the region one last time.

  • 15
    Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

    Duration: 35 min

    Altitude: 1300 M

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Itinenary Note

This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.

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Inclusion & Exclusion

What's Included

  • Kathmandu airport pick up and drop off (Both international and Domestic airprot)
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu both way flight ticket
  • Sagarmatha National park entry fee and Khumbu rular municipality entry permit
  • Friendly and responsible trekking guide during the trekking
  • 13 night Accommodation in mountain lodge during the trekking
  • Sleeping tent for Island peak base camp
  • Food in Island peak base camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • An experienced Sherpa guide and porter during the climbing from Chhukung to Island Peak
  • Island peak climbing permit

What's not Included

  • Food and Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Meals during the trekking
  • Personal expenses
  • Porter during the trekking ($20 per day)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Island Peak (Imja Tse), and why is it popular?

    Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a popular climbing peak in the Everest region of Nepal. Standing at 6,189 meters (20,305 feet), it offers stunning views of nearby Himalayan giants like Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Its popularity stems from being an achievable peak for those with basic mountaineering skills and for its location along the Everest Base Camp trek, making it accessible to trekkers aiming to extend their adventure.

  • What kind of preparation and experience do I need for climbing Island Peak?

    Climbing Island Peak requires a good level of physical fitness and some prior trekking experience at high altitudes. While technical climbing skills are not mandatory, familiarity with using crampons, ropes, and ice axes is beneficial. It’s advisable to undergo specific training and acclimatization during the Everest Base Camp trek before attempting the ascent.

  • When is the best time to climb Island Peak?

    The best time for climbing Island Peak is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from late April to early June and post-monsoon (autumn) season from late September to early November. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, enhancing safety and enjoyment during the climb.

  • Do I need special permits for climbing Island Peak?

    Yes, climbing Island Peak requires a climbing permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Additionally, the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit is needed for the Everest region trek, which includes Island Peak. Both permit will be issued by the Royal Holidays Adventure  for the clients.

  • What are the accommodation and food options during the Island Peak climbing and EBC trek?

    Along the Everest Base Camp trek and at Island Peak Base Camp, accommodation options include tea houses and lodges offering basic amenities such as beds, blankets, and meals. Meals typically consist of traditional Nepali and international dishes like dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, and soups. While climbing Island Peak, accommodation shifts to tents at high camps.

  • Is climbing Island Peak physically demanding?

    Climbing Island Peak is considered moderately challenging. The trek itself involves long days of hiking at high altitudes, while the climb requires stamina, endurance, and the ability to cope with the altitude and cold. Proper acclimatization, physical preparation, and mental readiness are crucial for a successful and enjoyable experience.


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