Island Peak Climbing

Duration: 19 Days   |   Trip Map
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Max Elevation: 6189m
  • Group Size: Min 2 pax

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse is one of the most alluring peak in the nation of Himalayas. Situated in the heart of Khumbu valley, the peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar, standing at an elevation of 6189m above the sea level. It is popular among the novice climbers as it is less technical and can be climbed by anyone with decent physical fitness. Scaling Island peak offers thrilling climbing experience accompanying a phenomenal trek to Everest base camp at one go.

After a brief sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley, a scenic flight of around 35 minutes next day will take you to Lukla from where the trekking starts. Walking along the Dudhkoshi River crossing two suspension bridges, you reach to Sagarmatha National Park, the World Heritage Site. Various rare floras and faunas can be seen in the national park. A steep ascent takes you to Namche Bazaar where you are greeted with warm hospitality and striking mountain views.

After a rest day in Namche, the trek to Everest Base Camp continues through Tengboche, Dingboche and Lobuche where you can visit the Buddhist monasteries and experience the rich culture of the indigenous Sherpa people. It is until the 10th day when you reach to the base camp of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Moreover, you will be rewarded with the stunning sunrise view of Mt. Everest along with the panoramic mountain views from the top of Kala Patthar.

After the successful trek to Everest Base Camp, the majestic Island Peak is what awaits you ahead. After relishing the spectacular view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks, the trail continues through Chhukung to  the base camp of Island Peak. It was back in 1951 when Eric Shipton named the peak as Island Peak since it appears as an island in a sea of ice. In the early morning of the 14th day, you will summit the Island Peak with the assistance of professional mountain guide.

The joy of reaching to the top of Island Peak is overwhelming which indeed will remain in your memory for the rest of your life. Furthermore, the hard work is well rewarded with the 360 degree view of mountains like Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse and Nuptse. After scaling the peak successfully, we trace our way back to Lukla from where we will take a return flight to Kathmandu.

Marvel Adventure organizes Island Peak climbing led by professional mountain guides along with all the necessary arrangements. Spring and Autumn are the best seasons for peak climbing. For the best of the holiday experience in Nepal, contact us and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in┬áKathmandu
  • Day 02Pre-trip meeting and Sightseeing of Historical places around Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03Fly to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla (2800m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m)
  • Day 04Trek to Namche (3440m)
  • Day 05Acclimatization Day at Namche
  • Day 06Trek to Tengboche (3874m)
  • Day 07Trek to Dingboche (4400m)
  • Day 08Acclimatization Day at Dingboche
  • Day 09Trek to Lobuche (4940m)
  • Day 10Trek to Gorakshep (5180) and Everest Base Camp (5364m)
  • Day 11Trek to Kalapatthar (5400m) and Back to Dingboche
  • Day 12Trek to Chukkung (4760m)
  • Day 13Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5100m)
  • Day 14Summit Island Peak (6189m) and Trek down to Chukkung
  • Day 15Trek back to Tengboche (3860m)
  • Day 16Trek to Namche
  • Day 17Trek to Lukla
  • Day 18Early Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 19Farewell
Detail Itinerary

What to Expect

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Three nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary
  • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit
  • Peak climbing permit 
  • Professional mountain guide
  • Stong and helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Salary,food,accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One night tent accommodation in Island Base Camp with hygienic meals.
  • Necessary peak climbing equipments
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Government taxes and official expenses
  • International airfare and taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee in the heritage sites during city tour.
  • Your personal expenses
  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
  • Tips to guide and porter (Tipping is expected)

Useful Information

1. Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients undertaking any trip. It should provide adequate security for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue and loss of luggage. Make sure that your insurance policy covers up to 2500-5000 meters of altitude.

2. Packing List

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun-Cream and Lip Balm with high SPF
  • Hat/Cap
  • T-shirt, Vests and Shirt
  • Fleece/Sweater
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
  • Warm Gloves
  • Hiking Boots
  • 3-4 pairs of socks
  • Day pack (30-40 liters)
  • Torch light
  • Water bottle (Minimum 2 liters)
  • Small Hand Towel
  • Sleeping Bag for up to -15 Degree Celsius

3. Guide and Porter

We provide experienced, knowledgeable and honest guide with good communication skills in English language to make your trip wonderful. The guide will provide all the information about the mountains, different histories, cultures, traditions and many more. We will provide 1 porter for 2 people. The porters are helpful as well as strong and will carry a maximum of 25 kgs combined. After giving the best services along with the hard works up in the mountains, guides and porters expect some tips from your side. Tipping culture is very common in tourism sector.

4. Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 3000 meters. It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover". However, most people can ascend to 3000 meters without difficulty.

Primary Symptoms of Altitude Sickness:

  • Lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Swelling of hands, feet, and face
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath upon exertion
  • Nosebleed
  • Persistent rapid pulse
  • Drowsiness
  • General malaise


Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness. Avoiding strenuous activity such as skiing, hiking, etc. in the first 24 hours at high altitude reduces the symptoms of AMS. Alcohol and sleeping pills are respiratory depressants, and thus slow down the acclimatization process and should be avoided. Alcohol also tends to cause dehydration and exacerbates AMS. Thus, Marvel Adventure strictly suggests avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24–48 hours at a higher altitude.

Guides and porters from Marvel Adventure are very much familiar with this problem due to their experience. All of them are trained with basic medical trainings and hence they definitely can help you.

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