Island Peak Climbing - 20 Days

Trip Overview

Suitable for adventurers who wish for trekking and climbing experience in a single experience, Island Peak Climbing is an opportunity to achieve a Himalayan summit with an exhilarating trek to the Everest Base Camp. One of the most popular trekking peaks above 6000 meters, Island Peak is suitable for novice climbers without previous climbing experiences. Suitable for bold and adventurous explorers, Island Peak climbing takes climbers through the high altitude pass of Kongma La, prominent valleys of Khumbu and Imja, ancient monasteries of Tengboche, Dingboche and Namche, iconic Everest Base Camp and the vantage point of Kala Patthar. Culturally rich villages, suspension bridges festooned with prayer flags, dense forests and beautiful waterfalls, majestic glaciers and glacial moraines, authentic Sherpa lifestyle and conquering the mighty Island Peak (6,189m) makes Island Peak Climbing a memorable expedition.

You shall join the Island Peak Climbing expedition from the medieval city of Kathmandu and fly to Lukla for further adventure in the Khumbu region. Trekking along the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River upstream, you shall be traversing through culturally rich villages of Phakding, Benkar, Monjo and Namche, past ancient monasteries, across suspension bridges festooned with prayer flags and along some steep sections before proceeding to higher altitude. Exploring the age-old monasteries of Pangboche and Dingboche, the expedition explores the natural amphitheatre of Everest Base Camp and gets the most outstanding view of Everest from the vantage point of Kalapatthar. After close-up view of colossal Himalayas, you shall be heading for the ultimate destination of this trip, the ascent of Imja Tse or famously known Island Peak. Situated up the Chhukung valley and between Ama Dablam and Lhotse Peaks, Island Peak with its technically straightforward ridge provides awesome view of colossal Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Everest and several other neighboring peaks. Retracing the trail we trek back to Chhukung, Namche and to Lukla before flying back to Kathmandu and wrapping up the adventurous trip of Island Peak Climbing.

A challenging venture with trekking, climbing and cultural excursion as the ingredients, Island Peak Climbing blends in adventure and diversity. September to December and March to May is the best season for this adventure. Join us for the ascent to Island Peak, the peak used as training peak by many Everest climbers, with professional service, experienced trekking team and carefully designed itinerary. In the capable hands of experienced Sherpas with track record of several successful ascents, your Island Peak Climbing is sure to be filled with adventure, thrill and lifelong memories.

Outline Itinerary;

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)-Hotel (D)

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu-Hotel (B/B)

Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 35m and trek to Phakding (2780m/9121ft) 3-4 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3850m/12632ft) 4-5 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft) 4-5 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 08: Rest day Dingboche-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m/16995ft) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17600ft) 2-3 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 11: Trek to Kala patthar (5545m/18193ft) 2-3 hrs walk and Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft) 5-6 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 12: Trek to Chhukung (4,730 m/15518ft) about 04 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 13: Island Peak base camp (4970m/16305ft) about 04 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 14: Island Peak base camp/climbing preparation day-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 15: Island Peak Summit (6,189 m/20305ft) back to base camp and trek to Chhukung (4,730 m/15518ft) about 9 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft)-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2828m/9279ft)-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)-Hotel (B/B)

Day 19: Full day in kathmandu-Hotel (B/B)

Day 20: Final Departure-(B)

B/B = Bed & Breakfast, B = Breakfast, B/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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“Ready-Made itinerary presented in our website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. Itinerary is on the basis of tea-house trekking but it can be operated as Camp Trek. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss your tour plan.”

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu/sightseeing and trip preparation day

Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 35m and trek to Phakding (2780m/9121ft) 3-4 hrs walk

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3850m/12632ft) 4-5 hrs walk

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft) 4-5 hrs walk

Day 08: Rest day Dingboche

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m/16995ft) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17600ft) 2-3 hrs walk

Day 11: Trek to Kala patthar (5545m/18193ft) 2-3 hrs walk and Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 12: Trek to Chhukung (4,730 m/15518ft) about 04 hrs walk

Day 13: Island Peak base camp (4970m/16305ft) about 04 hrs walk

Day 14: Island Peak base camp/climbing preparation day

Day 15: Island Peak Summit (6,189 m/20305ft) back to base camp and trek to Chhukung (4,730 m/15518ft) about 9 hrs walk

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) about 6 hrs walk

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2828m/9279ft)about 6 hrs walk

Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)

Day 19: Full day in kathmandu

Day 20: Final Departure

“Trekking Planner is committed to keeping the day-to-day schedule as per the predetermined itinerary however there might be an occasion in need of a change due to factors beyond our control. Factors such as adverse weather conditions, flight delays, natural disasters, political situations etc can force us to make necessary changes. Even though it is not possible to guarantee the itinerary the trip leader will do his best to minimize your inconvenience.”

We trust you will have a wonderful time with us!

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Trip Cost:

USD $2287.00 per person(3 star category hotel in KTM)
USD $2471.00 per person(4 star category hotel in KTM)
USD $2610.00 per person(5 star category hotel in KTM)

Single Supplement US $600.00

Cost Includes:

  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
  • 04 night twin/double shearing accommodation in Kathmandu on BB
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with privet vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
  • National Park entrance fee and Climbing Permit
  • Climbing Qquipment and expenses for 03 days during the climbing time
  • 01 guide/Sherpa (climbing); English speaking, licensed insured, registered, salary, food and accommodation paid and necessary porter.
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking and tented camp during the climbing
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box
  • All the necessary equipments for climbing.

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.
  • Anything not included in service includes column

Equipment List

  1. Trekking Bag pack.
  2. Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
  3. Trekking shoes.
  4. Sports shoes or sandal.
  5. Trekking stick.
  6. Sun Hat, cap
  7. Warm woolen cap.
  8. Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
  9. Pullover or warm sweeter.
  10. Raincoat.
  11. 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
  12. Hand gloves.
  13. 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
  14. 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  15. 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  16. Eye glass
  17. Water bottle.
  18. Sleeping bag.
  19. Flash or Torch light.
  20. Camera and batteries.
  21. Sun cream.
  22. Ice Axe
  23. Crampons
  24. Harness
  25. Tape Slings
  26. Screw gate Karabiners
  27. Descender /Abseil Device
  28. Plastic Mountaineering Boots
  29. Ascender
  30. Helmet


FAQs of Island Peak (Imja-Tse) Climbing

Can you provide me more information about the teahouses on this trek?
According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipe. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses donot have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
At the lower altitudes there is electricity facilities whereas as we go higher tea houses become more basic. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.

Do a guides or porter carry oxygen tanks on the trek?
No, As there is enough time to acclimatise while trekking it felt there is no need for them. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various point and its easy to get.

How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggages. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.

At one time how many liter of water I have to carry in the trek?
Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottels at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.

Is it nessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.

Is bottled water available everywhere in the trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sells bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There is no any plastic recycleable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.

Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you.  Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odourless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 litre of water. Neutralising tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.

What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognise Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers shows any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimise effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatisation.

What if I get ill while on the trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feels dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carried down if no progress we advise travellers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its ver serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekkers before you come to trek in this trek.

Would you recommend to take a Down Jacket?
The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.

Is alcohol permitted on trek?

Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.

Before You Go

Difficulties rating of Island Peak (Imja-Tse) Climbing
A trekkers have to climb a peak so trekker should be fit  to do this trekking. Maximum altitude of the trek is 6160m, so you should be careful about altitude related risk. To get rid of it please walk slowly and have more water and avoid alcoholic drinks. Please be careful of frost bit and snow blindness. You must take care of your health.

Safe drinking water on Island Peak (Imja-Tse) Climbing
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.

Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items On the Trek
Hydro electricicty or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, ipod, iphone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adoptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities is not available and conserve the environment.

Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu. On trekking, US$ 10-14 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.

Travel Insurance for Island Peak (Imja-Tse) Climbing
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities for Island Peak (Imja-Tse) Climbing:
All the guest houses offers hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge have some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water frozed then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilet are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilet are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin tht is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually have two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.

How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking planner is ta government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see a photos of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition, we accept your booking:
We required non-fundable deposit Of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book a flight tickets, hotel booking and Tims as well as permit process. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal.

Fixed Depature

To provide you a reasonable price, we need some number of persons into a group to minimize your cost on hotel, transportation and any other alternation in your itinerary. Departure dates available for online booking are as below where price given is per person and international flight is not included. If given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US so that Trekking Planner will happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.

Trekking Planner also organizes various trips on small groups that can suit for you. We recommend you to reserve a seat for you by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.


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