Island Peak Trek Cost And Itinerary

  • Feb 23, 2024
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Island Peak Climbing - Spring and Autumn Package 2023/2024

Island Peak, a.k.a Imja Tse, at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet), is one of the most well-known peaks in the Everest region. This magnificent peak is situated above the Chukkung Glacier and in between Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 meters) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 meters). Island Peak, due to its ideal location amidst some of the most popular peaks in the Himalayas and its straightforward climbing route, is growing in popularity as a beginner and trekking peak.

Unlike other trekking peaks in the Himalayas, Imja Tse has some technical segments on its slopes. So, mountaineering beginners can actually test their mountaineering skills on the beautiful slopes of this mountain before setting out on the scaling of 7,000 and 8,000-meter class peaks.

If you are here, it means you are curious about this iconic expedition and wondering about what the Island Peak Trek cost and itinerary are like. Well, you have landed on the right page; in this article, we are going to discuss all about the Island Peak trek cost and itinerary aspects, what you can expect during this exciting excursion, and, of course, the overall difficulty level and some insider tips to make this Himalayan expedition a remarkable journey.

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Island Peak Trek Cost

When to climb Island Peak?

The general Island Peak Trek cost ranges from US$ 2,000 to US$ 7,000. The cost of your package will mostly depend on the itinerary plans, duration of the trek, extra amenities, quality of services, and overall food and accommodation facilities throughout the trek.

We recommend you book the Island Peak Trek from a local operator rather than an international company. At the end of the day, they also have to hire the services of local agencies, as international companies cannot operate in Nepal. This way, you will able to avoid the unnecessary mediator fees.

Marvel Adventure offers this incredible Island Peak Trek at just US$ 2,195 per person (discount on group booking). With our core module for customer satisfaction and long-lasting bonds, we guarantee a remarkable and fully immersive experience that you will treasure forever.

Our Island Peak Trek cost is the best value package in the market, considering the inclusion of two exciting trekking prospects in a single itinerary plan. Marvel Adventure doesn’t just offer an incredible climbing experience; our seasoned guides, meticulously customized itinerary plans, and an unwavering commitment to your satisfaction and safety make us an ideal expedition partner in this remarkable Himalayan journey.

Island Peak Cost: Package Includes and Excludes

The cost of the Island Peak Trek package with Marvel Adventure will include and exclude the following factors:

Package Cost Inclusion

  • Airport pick and drop off in a private comfortable vehicle
  • Cost of all domestic flights, including the airport tax
  • All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) throughout the trek
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit
  • TIMS Card
  • Mountain climbing guide and porters
  • Salary, food, accommodation, and insurance of staff
  • Teahouse accommodation and one night camp at Island Peak Base Camp
  • All necessary peak climbing equipment
  • First aid kit and coordination for evacuation (covered by your insurance)
  • All government expenses, including our service charge

Package Cost Exclusion

  • Cost of international flights and airport tax
  • Nepali Travel Visa
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for climb)
  • Drinks, desserts, and snacks during the trek
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Tips to guides and porters

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Island Peak Trek Itinerary Outline

Island Peak Climbing - Spring and Autumn Package 2023/2024

Day 01: Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding

Day 02: Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 03: Rest and exploration day at Namche

Day 04: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 05: Tengboche to Dingboche trek

Day 06: Acclimatizing day at Dingboche

Day 07: Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche

Day 08: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp

Day 09: Hike to Kalapatthar and trek down to Dingboche

Day 10: Trek to Chukkung from Dingboche

Day 11: Trekking from Chukkung to Island Peak Base Camp

Day 12: Summit of Island Peak and trek down to Chukkung

Day 13: Chukkung to Tengboche trek

Day 14: Trek to Namche from Tengboche

Day 15: Trek down to Lukla

Day 16: Morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and hotel drop-off

Island Peak Trek Itinerary Detailed

Island Peak Climbing - Spring and Autumn Package 2023/2024

Day 01: Kathmandu [1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet] to Lukla [2,800 meters/ 9,186 feet] flight and trek to Phakding [2,610 meters/ 8,562 feet]

Elevation Gain: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Flight Duration: 35 minutes

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Your Island Peak expedition starts after a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This day’s flight will offer you incredible views of the lush valleys, high hills, soaring rivers, and pristine Himalayan vistas before touchdown at Tenzing-Hillary Airport.

After resting for a bit and meeting with the rest of your expedition team, you will trek across the Chaurikharka Village and alongside the Dudh Koshi River to reach Phakding.

**Note: The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla can be rerouted from Manthali Airport (4-5 hours drive from Kathmandu) during the peak seasons**

Day 02: Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3,440 meters/ 11,286 feet]

Elevation Gain: 830 meters/ 2,723 feet

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Following the charming trails at the bank of the Dudh Koshi River, this day’s trek will lead you to Sagarmatha National Park’s entry point at Monjo. You will cross several suspension bridges on this day, including the highest bridge in the Khumbu region, the Hillary Suspension Bridge, before reaching the Sherpa Capital.

This day’s trekking route will unveil the first-ever glimpse of the majestic Everest. Following the long ascent during the last section, ‘Namche Ukalo’, you will then enter Namche Bazaar, the vibrant Sherpa capital, and ancient trade hub.

Day 03: Rest and exploration day at Namche

After a long ascending journey, it is time to get some rest before pushing to further elevation points. You can do some short hikes around the region to acclimatize properly, and in your free time, just explore the beautiful town checking out local culture, traditions, and lifestyle.

Hotel Everest Views [3,962 meters/ 13,000 feet], Syangboche Viewpoint, Sagamatha National Park Museum, Khunde Village, Khumjung Village [3,790 meters/ 12,434 feet], Hillary School (est 1961), etc. are some popular highlights of Namche that you can check out in this acclimatization day.

Day 04: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche [3,874 meters/ 12,709 feet]

Elevation Gain: 434 meters/ 1,423 feet

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

After proper acclimatization, it's time to move to further elevation points of your Himalayan expedition. Moving along the exciting trails along the Dudh Koshi River with incredible natural allurements, you will head toward Phunki Thenga.

The trail along the dense alpine forest that transits to alpine meadows will reward you with spectacular views of Ama Dablam. You climb through the pine forest forest during the last part will finally take you to Tengboche.

Tengboche Monastery, built in 1923, is one of the most significant spiritual landmarks in the Khumbu region. You can visit the monastery for blessing or to witness the ritual puja that takes place at 3 p.m. every day.

Day 05: Tengboche to Dingboche [4,400 meters/ 14,435 feet] trek

Elevation Gain: 526 meters/ 1,725 feet

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

It's another day of exciting exploration; you will continue trekking on the uphill trail that leads to Panbgboche. Trekking past mani walls, prayer flags, chortens, and small Sherpa settlements, this day’s trek will lead you to Imja Valley.

In this day’s trek, you will also trek across Somare and Orsho, villages with lodges/teahouses, enjoying the breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Island Peak, and Lhotse. Following the Lobuche River and overcoming a steep section during the last part, you will enter Dingboche Village.

Day 06: Acclimatizing day at Dingboche

Dingboche is another strategic acclimatization point in your Himalayan expedition. You let your body rest here properly before pushing for the 5,000-meter mark. You can do morning hikes to Nangkharsang Hill [5,100 meters/ 16,732 feet], Chhukung Valley [4,730 meters/ 15,518 feet], Nangkharsang Gompa, and Bibr [4,570 meters/ 14,993 feet] on this day.

Day 07: Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche [4,940 meters/ 16,207 feet]

Elevation Gain: 540 meters/ 1,771 feet

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Before the Island Peak summit, you will first explore the foothills of the tallest peak in the world. Thus, you will move along the mainstream route of Everest Base Camp and make your ascend to Lobuche.

You will first trek uphill to reach Thukla, which offers breathtaking up-close views of Cholaste and Taboche. Then, trekking along the Khumbu Galcier’s lateral moraine, you will reach the Thukla Pass, which has a stone memorial ground for the mountaineers who died on Everest. Your descent from the pass will lead you across the yak pastures to the small village of Lobuche.

Day 08: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep [5,180 meters/16,994 feet] to Everest Base Camp [5,364 meters/ 17,598 feet]

Elevation Gain: 424 meters/ 1,391 feet

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

Today is an exciting day’s exploration; this day’s exhilarating trail will lead you to the Everest Base Camp. After breakfast, you will trek for about 2 hours to reach Gorakshep across the rocky trail and glacial moraine.

After resting for a bit at your designated teahouse, you will then trek to Everest Base Camp, moving along the trail of the Khumbu ice sheet. After traversing around the ice sheet for about one and a half hours, you will cross the glacier to reach the base camp.

Relishing the mystical Himalayan ambiance at the base of the tallest peak in the world, you will make your return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

Day 09: Hike to Kalapatthar [5,545 meters/ 18,192 feet] and trek down to Dingboche

Elevation Gain: 365 meters/ 1,197 feet

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

Today’s morning hike is dedicated to enjoying the magical sunrise view amidst the pristine Himalayan peaks and incredible Himalayan panorama. From this highest vantage point of the EBC trek, you can catch the spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Changtse, Ama Dablam, and other surrounding peaks.

Then, after making lifelong memories at this vantage point, you will trek back to Gorakshep and make your descent on the gradual downhill trail to reach Dingboche.

Day 10: Trek to Chukkung [4,760 meters/ 15,616 feet] from Dingboche

Elevation Gain: 360 meters/ 1,181 feet

Trek Duration: 2-3 hours

After exploring one of the major highlights of this Himalayan expedition, it's time to move to the next one. Following the trails toward the easy, you will head toward the Chukkung Valley, trekking past the stone-walled farming lands of the Imja Khola Valley.

The heart-melting sparkling views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Chukkung Ri, and Makalu will accompany you on this day’s trek. After reaching the Chukkung Village, you will check in at the teahouse, and your guide will brief you about the climb.

This is the day to do the equipment check, as you will trek to base camp tomorrow.

Day 11: Trekking from Chukkung to Island Peak Base Camp [5,100 meters/ 16,732 feet]

Elevation Gain: 340 meters/ 1,115 feet

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Leaving Chukkung Village after breakfast, you will move along the uphill route to the north. Traversing across the moraines of the Lhotse Glacier, your trail by the river leads you to a big rock, and about 40 minutes ascent from here will lead you to Island Peak Base Camp.

Your expedition crew will set up camps after you reach the base camp, and you will also take part in some practice climb sessions to boost your confidence for tomorrow’s summit push.

Day 12: Summit of Island Peak [6,189 meters/ 20,305 feet] and trek down to Chukkung

When to climb Island Peak?

Elevation Gain: 1,089 meters/ 3,572 feet

Trek Duration: 9-10 hours

The big day is finally here, you will begin your scaling trip early in the morning before dawn. It is an important step to avoid the afternoon high winds during your expedition. You will trek on the rocky ridge of the slopes to reach the base of the Imja Glacier; it will take about a 3-hour hike to reach the crampon point.

Your mountain guides will fix the rope at the glacier, and you will move along the slopes that tilt about 40° to 50°. The vertical wall near the top of the mountain is one of the most challenging parts of this climb, and you will have to maneuver using anchor points to move on slopes with the help of your harness.

From the top of this magnificent peak, you will be able to enjoy the 360° views of surrounding peaks like Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse, Mera Peak, Lhotse and other surrounding peaks. After living in the moment on top of this peak, you will descend down to base camp and trek back to Chukkung Village for an overnight stay.

Day 13: Chukkung to Tengboche trek

Elevation Loss: 886 meters/ 2,906 feet

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

After completing the remarkable Himalayan journey, it is time to move along with your return journey. Passing through the charming Himalayan settlements of Dingboche, Pangboche, and Diboche, you will make your return to Tengboche. Enjoy the spiritual ambiance of the biggest monastery in Khumbu; you will rest here tonight.

Day 14: Trek to Namche from Tengboche

Elevation Loss: 434 meters/ 1,423 feet

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Your journey on the descending trail today will lead you to the Sherpa capital. Rejoining the charming alpine forested trails, you will follow the cascading Dudh Koshi River toward Phunki Thenga and finally to Namche Bazaar.

Day 15: Trek down to Lukla

Elevation Loss: 640 meters/ 2,099 feet

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

This will be the final day of trekking in your exciting Himalayan expedition. After breakfast, you will leave Namceh behind and move along the descending route to Monjo and Phakding before re-entering the gateway of Everest.

Day 16: Morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and hotel drop-off

Elevation Loss: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Flight Duration: 35 minutes

It's time to part ways with the mystical Himalayas. You will take a morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Enjoying the aerial views of the pristine Himalayas, deep valleys, and lush hills, you will return back to the capital. Hotel transfer after landing.

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When Should I Go?

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This high-altitude expedition in the Himalayas is best suited for the peak climbing periods like spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The weather condition of the country in overall is stable during these periods. Due to less chance of precipitation and storms, the expeditions to the Himalayas are safer and more enjoyable during these seasons.

Both spring and autumn are favored by moderate temperatures; the temperature of the Everest region hovers around 3°C to 20°C during the spring season. During the nights, the temperature can drop up to -8°C. Similarly, during the autumn season, the temperature ranges between 3°C to 19°C. It is colder during the latter part of the season, and temperature can drop upto -11°C.

During the spring season, the snow reserve on the slopes starts to melt gradually, which reduces the risk of altitude sickness. Autumn, on the other hand, has an optimum snow level on the slopes before the heavy snowfalls of the winter.

You will also get the opportunity to explore the cultural sides of Nepal during these peak climbing seasons. Likely, enchanting nature’s beauty during its peak, incredible mountain vistas, easy accessibility, abundant wildlife, etc, are some other highlights of Island Peak Trek during these peak seasons.

How Hard is the Trek?

Your Island Peak Itinerary, which also takes you to the Everest Base Camp in overall, is a moderate expedition. This exciting Himalayan exploration takes you to two of the most popular highlighted destinations in the Khumbu region, and pretty much anyone with good fitness can take part in it.

The success rate of the Everest Base Camp Trek ranges between 95% to 97%. So, if anyone who is motivated enough with good health can easily complete the journey to the foot of the highest peak in the world. However, scaling the Island Peak is not as easy as the EBC Trek.

Climbers need to have a good fitness and endurance level to participate in this expedition. Although Island Peak is considered a trekking peak and practice peak, there are some technical slopes on the mountain that the climbers have to overcome using mountaineering equipment.

In the Alpine Grading System, the Island Peak Climbing has received a 2B Level Grade. This grading system indicates that scaling to the top of Island Peak is not a straightforward climb, and climbers have to use technical skills while overcoming some segments on the slope.

So, if you are planning to do the Island Peak Trek, you need to have a basic level of fitness and should make adequate preparations. Furthermore, even if your mountain guides will teach you about using the mountaineering equipment, it will be better if you familiarize yourself with them and their functions beforehand.

How to Train for Island Peak Trek?

Can You Climb Island Peak Without a Guide?

The Islan Peak Trek with EBC is one of the most remarkable and iconic experiences in the Everest region. However, participating in this exciting high-altitude journey is not an easy task. During this exciting Himalayan excursion, you will ascend to significant altitudes above 4,000 and 5,000-meter class, reaching the peak point at the summit of Island Peak [6,189 meters/ 20,305 feet].

Similarly, the total trekking distance of Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek is approximately 150 to 160 km (93 to 99 miles). Walking for 6 to 7 hours on average during each day of the journey isn’t easy and can be physically draining if you are not well prepared.

So, for this remarkable Himalayan adventure, you should emphasize on the strength and endurance training. You could include exercises like Plank, Push Up, Deadlift, Crunch, Glute Bridge, Dumbbell Row, Squat, Dip, Bicep Curl, Overhead Press, etc, in your training to improve your muscle tone and core strength.

Furthermore, including stamina exercises like Jogging, Cycling, Jumping Rope, Swimming, Burpees, Mountain Climber, Dancing, etc, will increase your body’s endurance level and acclimatizing capabilities. If you prepare at least 3 to 8 weeks prior to the actual expedition, you will have a more comfortable and enjoyable experience in this adventure of a lifetime.

Some Helpful Tips for Budget and Cost Saving During Island Peak Trek

  • Always select packages with enough acclimatization days so you don’t over-exhaust yourself
  • Pack the light layers to keep yourself warm at higher altitudes and light clothes for a comfortable trek in lower regions
  • Take it easy; don’t ascend too fast to higher points
  • It's okay to take a short breather in your trekking journey, but also be mindful of the itinerary plans
  • Following the instructions of guides and porters isn’t optional; they know about the region like the back of their hand
  • Learn some snow skills and basic mountaineering skills; it's going to be really helpful during the expedition
  • Don’t drink alcohol, even if it is to keep you warm at high altitudes, as it can complicate the acclimatization process
  • Snacks, electrolytes, and energy bars are lifesavers when you are feeling low on the energy bar
  • Finally, it is a guided expedition where an experienced team will lead you, so relax and treasure the magical moments

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