Island Peak Climbing – Himalayan basic snow climbing for beginners

Island Peak Climbing is a superb entry into Himalayan climbing.

Island Peak is mostly non-technical with some basic snow climbing skills required to achieve the ascent. These skills will be taught or revisited during the early stages of the climb.

During the trip you will get to experience altitude firsthand while getting to appreciate the inner workings of an expedition to a peak in the Himalaya!



Island Peak Climbing Trek Itinerary – Example

The following itinerary outlines a possible itinerary for your Island Peak Climbing Trek.

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience as exotic panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range peaks sprawls before you. The Nepali support team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Includes: Airport-Pick Up, Accommodation

Day 2 – Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities which bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in town Bouddhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and swoyambhunath. In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast, Accommodation, Guide

Day 3 – Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding (2652m)

A spectacular flight and hair raising landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our Island Peak Climbing Trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail to our first camp near the river at Phakding.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 4 – Trek to Namche (3450m)

From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Camp is near the bazaar at Namche.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 5 – Rest day in Namche

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Everest view hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the national park centre and museum just above the town.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 6 – Trek to Tengboche (3867m)

From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now we get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. We camp near the monastery with Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam framed in the doorway of the tent.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 7 – Trek to Pheriche (4252m)

We descend steeply through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6856m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 8 – Rest day in Pheriche

A day to rest and acclimatize and a chance to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Alternatively, we can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view up the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Lhotse.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 9 – Trek to Lobuche (4930m)

We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 10 – Trek to Gorak Shep (5184m)

To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place for the night, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 11 – Trek to Everest base camp (5357m)

To reach Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche to camp for the night.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 12 – Trek to Dingboche (4350m)

We head back down today, through Duglha, to the summer village of Dingboche, where the houses are dotted about in the fields.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 13 – Trek to Chukhung (4750m)

Today, we have an easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along the way we have great views of Island Peak and the challenge that awaits us.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 14 – Trek to island peak base camp (5150m)

Another easy day, the trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Base camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which mark the start of the Island Peak Climbing.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 15 – Trek to high camp

We ascend a little further to high camp where we will relax and make final preparations for our climb tomorrow.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 16 – Ascent of Island Peak Nepal (6173m)

Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views. We descend along the same route, down to base camp.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 17 – Rest Day

A contingency day allocated for weather etc.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 18 – Trek to Pangboche (3950m)

After descending along the trail to Chukhung, we continue on to Dingboche for lunch. It is then another couple of hours to the lovely village of Pangboche where we’ll camp for the night.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 19 – Trek to Namche (3450m)

Today we follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 20 – Trek to Lukla (2800m)

Our final day of the Island Peak Climbing Trek follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Climbing crew

Day 21 – Fly to Kathmandu

We pack up early and head for the airstrip for the flight back to Kathmandu

Includes: Meals – Breakfast, Accommodation, Flight

Day 22 – Departure

We will drop you to the airport for your flight home.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast, Airport-Drop

Custom Island Peak Climbing Trek

Customised treks which differ from this itinerary are always possible.

You could lengthen the trip for example if you wish to spend more time in the mountains or in Kathmandu.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in order to discuss your preferences, wants and needs.

We are flexible and your personal preferences (and those of your group’s members) matter most to us when organising your Island Peak Climbing Trek.

Island Peak Cost

Included costs in this Island Peak Climbing Trek

Our Island Peak Climbing Trek Package covers the following costs:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ,3 star hotel on twin sharing B/B basis.
  • Island peak climbing permit, National park fees.
  • Camping equipments.
  • Three meals a day with tea coffee.
  • One climbing guide, one assistant guide for base camp, one cook and necessary number of porters.( we expect your luggage not to exceed 30 kg per person)
  • Surface transfer as per itinerary.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Two way air tickets to Lukla.
  • All expenses for Nepalese staffs, their insurance and salary.

Excluded costs on this Island Peak ClimbingTrek

The following costs are excluded and not covered by our Island Peak Climbing Trek Package:

  • Personal equipments for climbing or trekking.
  • Insurance air tickets to Nepal and Nepal visa.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Climbing food.
  • Emergency evacuation.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets.
  • Tips to the staffs.
  • All the bar bills( bottle drinks,beer,cokes etc)

Island Peak Climbing Trek – Trip Facts

Island Peak Climbing Highlights

  • Tenzing Hillary Airport (Lukla 2840m)
  • Namche bazzar(3450m)
  • Everest view hote(3900m)Splendid view of Mt Everest, Lobuche, Thamsekhu, Thame, kongde, Anadablam
  • Hillary Village(One of the most beautiful and developed village in Nepal)
  • Tengboche Monastery
  • Gorakshep(5140m),Kalapatthar(5555m),base Camp(5364m)
  • Gokyo Ri (5350m) Gokyo lake4750M.
  • Chola pas 5330M.
  • Island peak Basecamp, Island peak

Island Peak Difficulty

How hard is the Island Peak Trek? The Island Peak Climbing Trek requires adequate physical fitness because it involves serious hiking in the Sagarmatha National Park. It is considered to be a demanding trek.

Island Peak Elevation

During the Island Peak Climbing Trek, you will reach a maximum altitude of approximately 6,173 m on the Island Peak summit.

Island Peak Climbing Trek Best Time of Year

The best season to enjoy an Island Peak Climbing Trek is during the months October and November.

Minimum Required Group Size

The minimum group size for this Island Peak Climbing Trek is 2 persons.

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