Island Peak Climbing in Spring and Autumn

Duration: 16 Days   |   Trip Photos  |   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, which is also known as ‘Imja Tse’ in the Khumbu region, is one of the most popular and busy climbing destinations in the Himalayas. Island Peak climbing is an exhilarating and satisfying experience for both mountaineering pioneers and seasoned veterans who want to widen the horizon of their Himalayan exploration.

Standing at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet), this peak is just above the Chukkung Glacier, situated between Ama Dablam and Mt. Lhotse. This magnificent peak in the Himalayas is popular as the ‘practice peak’ for the Mt. Everest expedition; before scaling Island Peak, this expedition will pass through the Mt. Everest Base Camp. So, this beautiful expedition covers two of the major high-altitude adventures in Nepal, passing through the scenic mainstream trekking route.

Island Peak climbing is undoubtedly an immersive experience that explores the cultural, religious, and bio-diverse factors of the region, rewarding with 360° panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and Lhotse. If you are thinking about setting out on this glorious Himalayan exploration, we here at Marvel Adventure organize the best Island Peak climbing expeditions led by our professional mountaineering team with sherpa guide overseeing every arrangement so you can just enjoy the experience.

Highlights

  • Summit of the popular Island Peak (6,189 meters)
  • Island Peak Base Camp (5,100 meters)
  • Exploration of the highest base camp in the world, Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters)
  • Diverse biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park (1,148 sq. km)
  • Unprecedented up close of the alluring gems of the Himalayas like Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and other adjacent peaks
  • Highest elevation jump point of the Everest Base Camp trek, Kalapathhar (5,545meters)
  • Tengboche Monastery, the oldest and largest monastery in the Khumbu region
  • Wide vistas of Khumbu Glacier and Icefall, including Imja, Lhotse, and Chukkung Glaciers
  • Passing through and accommodating beautiful Sherpa civilizations with rich cultures and traditions

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport flight at Lukla and trek to Phakding

    Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters

    Lukla Elevation: 2,800 meters

    Elevation Gain: 1,400 meters

    Duration: 3- 4 hours

    Your Island Peak climbing will kick start after a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This fascinating thrilling early morning flight takes you over the deep valleys and hills as you slowly move toward the Himalayan region and the alluring snow-clad peaks start to get bigger. You will meet the rest of the expedition team at Lukla and can use the day to shop for any necessity at the gateway of Everest.

    After having breakfast and a little bit of strolling around Lukla, you will proceed to the trekking part of the day. Passing the soaring Dudh Koshi River, lush terrains, and many waterfalls along the trail, you will descend down to Phakding. This beautiful high-altitude settlement is a popular tourist stop destination for adventurers in the Everest region; you will rest here tonight, relishing the best services this region has to offer.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Phakding
    • Altitude: 2610m
  • Day 2 Phakding to Namche trekking

    Phakding Elevation: 2,610 meters

    Elevation Gain: 830 meters

    Duration: 5- 6 hours

    The second day of your Island Peak climbing is an exciting day that takes you through diverse landscapes and unique biodiversity and vegetation. Following the trails along the Dudh Koshi River on the north side, you will cross several suspension bridges on the river, including the Hillary Suspension Bridge.

    On this exciting day’s trek, you will reach Monjo, the gateway of the Sagarmatha National Park; along the trail, you will also pass several other Sherpa civilizations like Benkar, Jorsale, and Chhuma. After climbing uphill on a steep hill during the last stretch of today’s expedition, you will finally reach Namche Bazaar. This beautiful Sherpa capital will give you the first glimpse of Mt. Everest, and you will be able to immerse in the up-close views of other adjacent peaks like Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, and Kwangde Ri.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Namche
    • Altitude: 3,440 meters
  • Day 3 Acclimatization and exploration day at Namche

    As it is necessary to let your body acclimatize after climbing significantly over 2,500- 3,000 meters, the Day 3 of your Island Peak climbing will be a rest and exploration day. You can use this day to check out some of the major tourist highlights in the region, from the highest Irish Bar in the world to the highest hotel establishment in the world, Hotel Everest View (3,962 meters). You could also hike to the Syangboche viewpoint and airstrip if you can get a little bit of physical activity during the acclimatization day.

    If you just want to take it easy, you could explore other major tourist destinations in the Sherpa capital, like the beautiful civilizations of Khunde and Khumjung, Hillary School, Sagarmatha National Park Museum, and shopping bazaars. If you are lucky, you will also be able to witness the weekly bazaar that takes place in Namche on Saturday, where traders from all over Khumbu gather to sell their products.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Place: Namche
    • Altitude: 3,440 meters
  • Day 4 Namche to Tengboche trek

    Namche Elevation: 3,440 meters

    Elevation Gain: 434 meters

    Duration: 5- 6 hours

    After acclimatizing to the properly, your adventure will commence with another trekking day to Tengboche, the spiritual epicenter of the Khumbu region. You will walk along the beautiful trails alongside the Dudh Koshi River and pass through lush green rhododendron and juniper forests. After passing the village of Sansa, you will follow the steep trail towards Phunki Thanga, and on the last stretch of the day’s trek, you will climb sharply towards Tengboche.

    You will be able to witness the spiritual essence of the oldest monastery in Nepal, Tengboche, after the climb. If you are lucky, you will also be able to witness the worshipping ritual that takes place in the monastery every day at around 3 p.m. The views of glorious peaks in the Himalayas, like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam, will reward this day’s trek as you turn in for the night at this spiritual region.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Tengboche
    • Altitude: 3,874 meters
  • Day 5 Trekking from Tengboche to Dingboche

    Tengboche Elevation: 3,874 meters

    Elevation Gain: 526 meters

    Duration: 5- 6 hours

    On Day 5 of your Island Peak climbing, you will explore the heart of the Khumbu region. In today’s trek, you will cross several suspension bridges as you move along the trail to Imja Valley, passing through alpine forests and pasturelands. The last hill towards the Dingboche is a little bit challenging as you head towards Somare and Orsho, but the spectacular view of the Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Cholaste, and other adjacent peaks will make the climb worth it.

    Later, the trail splits into two parts, the left trail heading up to Pherice and the right leading to Dingboche. You will follow the right path; after crossing a suspension bridge that leads to a steep climb, you will finally reach Dingboche. This high-altitude settlement is also known as ‘summer valley’ due to its widely spread farm areas; you will find fields surrounded by rock walls to protect them from grazing animals and wind as you head towards your teahouse.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Dingboche
    • Altitude: 4,400 meters
  • Day 6 Acclimatization day in Dingboche

    Day 6 will be your second acclimatization in this high-altitude adventure; you will use this day to acclimatize properly and explore the surrounding of Dingboche. As it is recommended that you should involve yourself in physical activities to acclimatize properly to the new altitude, you will have an exhilarating day hiking experience to Nangkharsang Hill at the elevation of 5,100 meters. You will be able to enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Lhotse, Makalu, and other peaks in the Himalayas from its vantage point.

    After completing this short hike, you will just stroll around this beautiful high-altitude civilization exploring its culture, traditions, and lifestyle. This last permanent settlement enroute to adventure in the Khumbu region is a popular resting destination for climbers and trekkers, so you will also get the opportunity to familiarize yourself with other mountaineering peers.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Dingboche
    • Altitude: 4,400 meters
  • Day 7 Dingboche to Lobuche trek

    Dingboche Elevation: 4,400 meters

    Elevation Gain: 540 meters

    Duration: 5- 6 hours

    On today’s trek of your Island Peak climbing expedition, you will commence the adventure with a gentle walk on leveled trails heading towards Thukla. Then from there onwards, it will be a steep climb to Thukla Pass, a memorial ground for expeditioners who lost their life on the slopes of Mt. Everest. After crossing this memorial ground, you will continue your trek along the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier (4,900 meters), the highest glacier in the world.

    As the elevation gain on today’s trek is significant, and you reach the altitude level of 5,000 meters, it is recommended that you should take it slow and stay hydrated throughout the experience. After reaching Lobuche village, its vantage point widens the vistas of Himlayas and includes several magnificent peaks like, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Khumbutse, Lobuche, and Nuptse in its frame.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Lobuche
    • Altitude: 4,940 meters
  • Day 8 Lobuche to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp

    Lobuche Elevation: 4,940 meters

    Gorakshep Elevation: 5,180 meters

    Elevation Gain: 424 meters

    Duration: 7- 8 hours

    Day 8 of your Island Peak climbing is an exciting day that explores the foothills of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt Everest, at 8,849 meters. Today’s trekking will lead you to the highest base camp in the world, Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters). You will start your adventure on this day early; first, you will trek towards Gorakshep, the last settlement where you can enjoy the services of lodges. After taking a break here and dropping your backpack at the teahouse, you will push for the Everest Base Camp.

    You will trek across the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier, passing across the challenging route with rocky, steep trails and glacial segments of the glacier. After immersing in the magnificence of the tallest mountain in the world at its foothill, you will trek back to Gorakshep, concluding this day’s big adventure.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Everest Base Camp
    • Altitude: 5,364 meters
  • Day 9 Early morning trek to Kalapatthar and trekking down to Dingboche

    Gorakshep Elevation: 5,180 meters

    Kalapatthar Elevation: 5,545 meters

    Elevation Loss: 1,145 meters

    Duration: 7- 8 hours

    It is an unspoken rule on the adventure of the Khumbu region that exploration is incomplete if you don’t hike up to Kalapatthar to witness the spectacular morning sunrise view. You will start this day’s adventure early in the morning and climb to Kalapatthar for the 360° panoramic views Himalayas and the Khumbu Valley. After enjoying the sunrise view from its vantage point and the magnificent views of the peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, and other adjacent peaks, you will trek down to Dingboche.

    The descent down to Dingboche will be relatively easier as you trek down a significant altitude. You will rest here tonight, and from tomorrow onwards, the adventure towards Island Peak will begin.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Dingboche
    • Altitude: 4,400 meters
  • Day 10 Trekking to Chukkung

    Dingboche Elevation: 4400 meters

    Elevation Gain: 389 meters

    Duration: 2/3 hours

    Today, you will take a step closer to this adventure's main objective, Island Peak climbing. After breakfast, you will move toward the Chukking; it is an easy day’s trek today as you follow the relatively leveled and less steep segments. Passing across the Imja Khola in your trail, you will walk toward Chukkung; it is a summer settlement where people from higher altitudes migrate to escape the harsh winter of the region.

    Following the route along Imja Khola that runs past this beautiful high-altitude civilization, you will arrive at your lodging destination. Chulung Village is perfectly nestled between the alluring peaks of the Himalayas like Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam; thus, the unprecedented views of these peaks and other adjacent mountains make this day’s trek a truly exhilarating experience.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Chukkung
    • Altitude: 4,760 meters
  • Day 11 Chukkung to Island Peak Base Camp

    Chukkung Elevation: 4,760 meters

    Elevation Gain: 340 meters

    Duration: 4- 5 hours

    The Day 11 of your Island Peak climbing expedition is the most awaited part of this adventure; you will finally reach the foothills of the mountain that you are about to scale on this day. After heading south at the start of your this day’s trek, you will turn to eat to enter the main valley. You will follow the scenic route passing both the Imja and Lhotse glaciers before entering the Imja Valley.

    After arriving at the base camp, you will be able to see the southwestern face of the Island Peak; you will rest here tonight, preparing for the big day tomorrow. It will be a tented accommodation tonight that offers the true essence of an outdoor adventure.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tented accommodation
    • Place: Island Peak Base Camp
    • Altitude: 5,100 meters
  • Day 12 Scaling the summit of Island Peak and trekking down to Chukkung

    Island Peak Base Camp Elevation: 5,100 meters

    Summit of Island Peak Elevation: 6,189 meters

    Elevation Loss: 340 meters

    Duration: 9- 10 hours

    Finally, the time to set out on the conquest of the Island Peak has come forth; you will start your expedition early in the morning. Although Island Peak is considered to be a practice peak for the big adventure on the mountain like Everest and other 8,000-ers, it would be best not to underestimate the slopes of this mountain. Our professional mountain climbing guide will assist your scaling throughout the experience and prioritize the safety factors. There are also some technical segments in this beautiful expedition that our mountaineering expert wil help you overcome, and you will also use the fixed ropes on the slopes, which are set according to the seasons and danger of the crevices.

    After successfully conquering the peak of this beautiful peak in the 6,000-meter category and briefly enjoying the panoramic 360° views of the Himalayas, including the spectacular view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and other adjacent peaks, you will trek down to base camp. However, your journey doesn’t end here today; you will walk back to Chukkung after your successful summit. It's a long day’s adventure today; you will stay at Chukkung, getting well-deserved rest and celebrating your victory.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Chukkung
    • Altitude: 4,760 meters
  • Day 13 Retracing steps back to Tengboche

    Chukkung Elevation: 4,760 meters

    Elevation Loss: 886 meters

    Duration: 5- 6 hours

    Day 13 on your Island Peak climbing expedition officially marks the successful conclusion of your Himalayan exploration; now it is time to retrace your steps back to Tengboche. Trekking down to a lower altitude, compared to yesterday’s strenuous scaling to the summit of Island Peak, will seem a lot easier on this day. You will walk to Pangboche in the first part of this day’s trek, following the route of Debuche and finally arriving at Tengboche.

    Moving across the alpine forests and pasturelands, you will descend down Orsho and Somare; crossing several suspension bridges along the trail of Imja Valley, you will finally reach arrive at the spiritual realm of Tengboche.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Tengboche
    • Altitude: 3,874 meters
  • Day 14 Trekking down to Namche

    Tengboche Elevation: 3,874 meters

    Elevation Loss: 434 meters

    Duration: 5- 6 hours

    Leaving the spiritual epicenter of the Khumbu region behind on this day of your Island Peak climbing expedition, you will follow the scenic route back to Namche Bazaar. Climbing down the steep hill on the first section, you will leave the Sansa village behind and enter the trails along the Dudh Koshi River. The greenery of rhododendron and juniper forests will return in your trek, and you will walk down the trail enjoying the magnificent views of peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kwangde Ri, Thamserku, and Khumbila from a different perspective.

    You will be able to enjoy the modern services this vibrant high-altitude civilization has to offer; you can also use this day to stroll around the bazaar and collect souvenirs to remember your remarkable journey.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Namche
    • Altitude: 3,440 meters
  • Day 15 Namche to Lukla trek

    Namche Elevation: 3,440 meters

    Lukla Elevation: 2,800 meters

    Elevation Loss: 640 meters

    Duration: 5- 6 hours

    Saying goodbye to the Sherpa capital, you will descend down to Lukla, the starting point of this glorious adventure. It is a steep downhill descent today, so it is advised that you should be careful during this while walking across these rocky trails. On your downhill trek, you will pass several beautiful Sherpa civilizations like Phakding and Monjo moving along the scenic trails of rhododendrons and pine forests.

    Walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River, you will cross the suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River three times. Following the beautiful trail, you will trek uphill for about 45 minutes before arriving at Lukla. This day will officially put a curtain on your Himalayan exploration, immersing in the magnificent region close to the glorious snow-clad peaks; you will rest here tonight.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodges
    • Place: Lukla
    • Altitude: 2,800 meters
  • Day 16 Early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

    Lukla Elevation: 2,800 meters

    Elevation Loss: 1,400 meters

    Duration: 35- 45 minutes

    Day 16 of your Island Peak climbing officially marks the end of this exhilarating Himalayan exploration. You will board an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu; this short scenic flight offers spectacular views of lush forests, high hills, fascinating settlements, and high hills as you leave the Himalayan vistas behind. After your arrival at TIA, you will be transferred to your respective hotels via a private vehicle.

    Thank you for trusting us for your adventure. We hope to see you again!

    See also:

    1. When to climb Island Peak?

    2. Can You Climb Island Peak Without a Guide?

    3. Can Beginners Climb Island Peak?

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Hotel/Guest Houses
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1,400 meters

What to Expect

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • 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)
  • Your personal expenses
  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
  • Tips to guide and porter (Tipping is expected)

PRICES & DATES

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21 May, 2024 - 05 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUSD 2195
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Useful Information

How Technical is Island Peak?



Graded ‘2B Difficulty Level’ in the Alpine Grading system Island Peak is a moderately difficult mountain to ascend and definitely not a trekking peak. During your expedition on the mountain, you will need to use different technical tools like ropes, harness gears, ice peaks, and crampons with the need for technical work like ascenders, descenders, and using stairs. As this peak in the Himalayas is considered to be a practice peak for the summit of Everest and an easy straight walk-up mountain, it may not be technically challenging for experienced mountaineers. But, if you are new to the mountain expedition and haven’t prepared well for the climb, this adventure will push you to your wits’ end.

As the altitude gain is significant in this adventure, you will also need to properly acclimatize to the high-altitude environment, which will be a key factor in determining your successful summit. Even though it is a physically demanding and tough peak, Island Peak climbing is still doable with the right amount of preparation.

The summit day is especially difficult and technical as you will walk around 9-10 hours on this day’s expedition. On this day, you will climb the vertical ice wall that leads to the summit; you need to maneuver yourself from the anchor point to point using your harness on the fixed ropes.

Island Peak Climbing in Spring

Spring is the most popular season for mountaineering and trekking expeditions in Nepal; this is the season when the entire Himalayan region comes alive and blooms with life in every corner, from the tropical region to temperate and high-Himalayan. The weather in this season is mild and offers great visibility to the adventures; the days are longer and bright making it a perfect fit for long expeditions.

This pleasant season welcomes the adventures on its brightly colored trails filled with nature’s charm and aroma mixing well with the clear white Himalayan vistas that touch the clear blue skies. If you are an avid nature lover, you simply can’t miss the opportunity to explore the high Himalayas when it is at its peak. The temperature of the region is around 15°C to 17°C during the daytime and can drop up to -8°C at night time and early morning.

Island Peak Climbing in Autumn

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Autumn (September to November) is one of the peak seasons for high-altitude adventure in Nepal. After the monsoon's summer heat and heavy rainfall, this weather-steady season offers clear visibility and cool chilly weather, making it the perfect time for an outdoor adventure. Although the paths may not be lightened up by colorful flowers like, in spring, the freshly washed landscapes and well-nourished waterfalls and rivers along the trail make Island Peak climbing adventure this season really exhilarating and thrilling.

The temperature of the region hovers around 0°C to 15°C, and it can drop as low as -15°C during the night and early morning. The moist trekking landscapes, cool and chill morning- evening breezes, and the unprecedented views of the Himalayan landscapes, makes the Island Peak climbing this season a truly wonderful and memorable experience.

Training and Preparation

Summitting mountain peak of the Himalayas that is in the 6,000-meter category isn’t an easy feat. As this expedition leads you to the summit of the Island Peak, it is physically demanding, and the elevation jump points to reach the peak at 6,189 meters is no joke either. Preparing for this mountain expedition like it's a high-altitude trekking expedition just because the ‘practice peak for Everest’ tag just might not make the cut.

In general, it is recommended that you should prepare at least 8-12 weeks prior to any high-altitude trekking adventure, making the preparation sufficient for the draining and exerting adventure. But, in the case of this mountain expedition, you will have to at least start your training regime 4- 6 months prior to the climb. Here are a few preparation plans you can work on during your preparation period:

Strength Training

Strength training is one of the most significant factors that determines the success of this expedition. As you will be traversing across diverse steep landscapes during the trekking part and, of course, depend on your muscular strength during the ascending to the summit using ropes and walking on steep slopes carrying heavy crampons. You need to prepare considering these factors for Island Peak climbing:

Strength Training Exercises

  • Push-ups
  • Weightlifting
  • Bicep curls
  • Plank
  • Dumbell row
  • Kettlebell swing
  • Squat
  • Lunges
  • Step up
  • Deadlift
  • Leg curl, leg press

Cardiovascular Training

Cardiovascular training helps to boost your stamina and endurance level improving your overall physical performance. As cardiovascular exercises help to improve your body’s capabilities to deliver oxygen to muscles, it comes in really handy, especially during high-altitude adventures with low oxygen saturation level.

Cardiovascular Training Exercises

  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Cardio exercise
  • Stair running
  • Rowing
  • Jumping rope
  • Water aerobics
  • Hiking
  • Brisk Walking
  • Burpees

Mental Preparation

It may seem like not so significant factor as this expedition mostly depends on the physical capabilities, which is true to some extent. But your determination and motivation also play a vital role when it comes to successfully completing an expedition, especially if you are new to the alpine adventure and it is completely uncharted terrain for you.

Mental Preparation for Island Peak Climbing

  • Meditation and practiced breathing
  • Mental toughness practice
  • Learn to leave your comfort zone
  • Stay positive throughout the experience
  • Prepare for discomfort
  • Enhance your confidence level

Food and Accommodation



As Island Peak climbing follows the trekking route of the mainstream trekking expedition in the country, Everest Base Camp Trek, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an extensive set of eateries and accommodating facilities during this expedition.

You will be served meals three times a day at the teahouses throughout the trekking and prepared by our expedition members during the camping section.

For Breakfast

  • Black, milk, ginger lemon tea, and coffee
  • Eggs; boiled, scrambled, omelet
  • French toast, toast with jam or honey
  • Porridge
  • Pancakes
  • Oats
  • Pudding
  • Bread
  • Chapatti
  • Paratha
  • Cornflakes

For Lunch and Dinner

  • Daal Bhaat Tarkari (Tradtional Nepali dish)
  • Noodles
  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Potato (fries, boiled, steamed)
  • Dumplings
  • Sandwiches
  • Marconi
  • Spaghetti
  • Thupka
  • Yak Stew
  • Tasampa
  • Shyakpa
  • Tingmo
  • Riki kur
  • Shyphale
  • Rildok

As for accommodation, there is a wide range of tourist-friendly accommodation facilities along the route. The quality of services may differ depending on the cost of the expedition, but in general, teahouses along the trail offers bed, mattress, pillows, and blankets, including bathroom and shower facilities. However, as the rise in the elevation point of the trek, you will need to adjust to more basic services as it is impossible to have every kind of perk at such high-altitude.

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FAQs About Island Peak Climbing

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1. What is the best season for Island Peak climbing?

The best for Island Peak climbing is considered to be the peak seasons like spring (March to June) and autumn (September to November). Both the spring and autumn seasons have stable weather and warm temperature; these seasons offer unobstructed views of the Himalayas and surrounding, making it the best time for the expedition.

2. Do I need prior climbing experience for Island Peak climbing?

Although previous climbing experiences do certainly help with the expedition, you don’t need any prior experience for Island Peak climbing. In fact, this beautiful peak in the Himalayas is considered to be a practice where mountaineering beginners come to test their skills and gain experience.

3. How challenging is Island Peak climbing?

Island Peak climbing is a technical climb where you will have to use mountaineering equipment; you will also need a good amount of stamina and endurance level on this expedition that exceeds the 6,000 meters altitude. You will be also given pre-ice climbing training at the base camp, where you will be taught to skillfully use mountaineering tools like ropes, harness gears, ice peaks, and crampons.

4. What are the physical standards for this expedition?

As this mountain expedition takes place at a significant altitude, you will need a good level of physical fitness to complete the adventure successfully. It is recommended that you start your preparation at least 4- 6 months before the actual expedition.

5. What kind of accommodation is available for Island Peak climbing?

You will accommodate in the teahouses during the trekking trails of the Island Peak climbing expedition and in tented accommodation at Peak Climbing Base Camp. Our team will take care of your essentials, from food to lodging, so you will have a comfortable experience even when camping.

6. Do you provide an oxygen supply if needed?

Yes, you can get the oxygen supply for the higher altitudes if needed; the teahouses in the Lobuche and Gorakshep regions offer oxygen bottles at an extra cost if needed. We also provide an oxygen supply that you can pre-book and can be carried with you for use in higher altitudes.

7. How high is Nepal’s Island Peak?

The Island Peak is at an altitude of 6189 meters (20,305 feet); situated between Ama Dablam and Mt. Lhotse, this peak is an extension of the Lhotse Shar to the south end.

8. Who named Island Peak?

Eric Shipton’s expedition team named this alluring peak in the Himalayas as ‘Island Peak’ in 1952. As this mountain resembles the shape of an island in the sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche, it was named the Island Peak, which was later renamed to ‘Imja Tse’ in 1983.

9. How much does Island Peak climbing cost?

In general, the cost of Island Peak climbing ranges from US$ 2200 to US$ 2700 depending on the set of itineraries. We here at Marvel Adventure offer this exhilarating experience at just US$ 2,195, the best value package in Nepal without compromising in any aspect.

10. How long does it take to complete the expedition?

Island Peak climbing takes 16 days to complete; this includes following the route of mainstream Everest trekking after entering Lukla and returning to Lukla after a successful summit of the mountain.

11. Is Island Peak climbing technical?

Yes, the Island Peak expedition is considered a technical climb. Although you don’t need any previous mountaineering experience to ascend this mount, you will be using different mountaineering equipment while scaling to the summit of this mountain.

12. Can you see Mt. Everest from Island Peak?

Yes, as the Island peak is situated close to Mt. Everest, you can enjoy the spectacular views of the tallest mountain in the world as well as other adjacent peaks in the Himalayas like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse, Pumori, and Makalu.

13. Can you climb Island Peak without a guide?

No, according to the new policy of the Nepal Government, solo climbers and trekkers from foreign countries will not be allowed for the solo expedition. The climbers and trekkers will need to hire government-licensed guides or join guided expedition groups.

14. Which is harder, Mera Peak or Island Peak?

Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in the country, is graded ‘Alpine Grade PD,’ which means it is a slightly difficult climb with some technical segments. However, considering the ‘2B Alpine Grading’ of Island Peak, it is more difficult to scale than the Mera Peak.

15. Is Island Peak climbing worth it?

If you are looking for an expedition that isn’t too strenuous or too easy, which you can use to check out your skill levels, then Island Peak climbing is an ideal peak for you. Island Peak, in the 6,000 meters class, is a significant mountain that provides exhilarating adventure for both beginners and season mountaineering enthusiasts.

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