Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

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Island Peak (6187m) also Known as Imja Tse, lies to the south of Mount Everest in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton's party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but Island Peak remains the popular choice.The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar. Island Peak was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss team as a training exercise in preparation for Mount Everest and Lhotse.

Island Peak is one of the most popular trekking peaks of Khumbhu region given its difficulty and accessibility especially when supported by a Nepalese climbing guide.To climb Island Peak, one has the option of starting from a base camp at 5,087 metres (16,690 ft) called Pareshaya Gyab and starting the climb between 2 and 3 am. Another popular option is to ascend to High Camp at around 5,600 metres (18,400 ft) to reduce the amount of effort and time needed for summit day. However, adequate water supply and concerns about sleeping at a higher altitude may dictate starting from base camp. Base camp to high camp is basically a hike but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes may be set up by the guides for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 metres (330 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. On top, while Mount Everest is a mere ten kilometres away to the north, the view will be blocked by the massive wall of Lhotse, towering 2,300 m (7,500 ft) above the summit.

Trip Facts:

Country: Nepal
Trekking Type: Hotel & camping
Max Altitude: 6187 M (Island Peak)
Group size: Maximum 12
Trip length: 21 Days
Best Season: Mar - May | Sep - Dec
Trip Grade: Strenuous - Alpine grade: F
Transport: Fly in - Fly Out

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sight Seeing Tour, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 03: Flight to Lukla(2850m), 30 Min Flight, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 m), 5.30 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
  • Day 06: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 m), Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis. .The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the
  • Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4200 m), 5.30 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
  • Day 08: Rest and acclimatization day, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
  • Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910 m) 5 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis..
  • Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5180 m) then hike up to Kalapattar (5555 m) back to Gorak Shep. 7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis..
  • Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Lobuche (4910 m). 7 Hr , O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis..
  • Day 12: Trek to Chukkung (4710 m), 6 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis..
  • Day 13: Trek to Island peak base camp (5240 m) 4 Hrs, O/N at Tent Camp with BLD Plan.
  • Day 14: Summit to Island peak (6187meters) and return to Chhukung (4750meters)
  • Day 15:Reserve Day for Contingency, O/N at Tentcamp with BLD Plan.
  • Day 16: Trek to Tengboche (3860m). 6 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
  • Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441meters) via Khumjung (2780 m), 5 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
  • Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2804me) 5 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis. .
  • Day 19: Morning flight to Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel with BB Basis.
  • Day 20- Leisure day in Kathmandu,O/N at Hotel with BB Basis. .
  • Day 21: Transfer to Airport for your Final Depature.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.
    Welcome to Himalayan Kingdom Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport Global Holidays Adventure representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sight Seeing Tour, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    Today after breakfast you will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' Swayambunath and Buddhists shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world and Mediavel city Patan.
  • Day 03: Flight to Lukla(2850m), 30 Min Flight, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    Today you take early morning flight to Lukla. During the 30 min flight, we can bask in the mesmerizing views of giant snow-capped mountain peaks. After arriving at Lukla, we meet the trekking crew. We then head eastwards from Lukla.
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 m), 5.30 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    Today, We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest which is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, Money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. As well as a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people to visit. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport, and around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise or sunset over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks.
  • Day 06: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 m), Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860meters today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the days trekking went.
  • Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4200 m), 5.30 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    After Breakfast, We descend for half an hour to river side through nice forest,, cross the river and start trekking up towards opposite hill and landscapes starts more dry and desert afterwards. We will cross a traditional and cultural sherpa village Panboche where we can see a close up daily activities of sherpa people. After this, we make a gradual up towards a small hill afterwards trail goes to wide mountain valley called pheriche. This is a nice wide village located on the riverside. A small helipad is available here for helicopter rescue and daily High altitude Mountain sickness class available here with Mt. Specialist.
  • Day 08: Rest and acclimatization day, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have trip to Dingboche Ri to get a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening.
  • Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910 m) 5 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.
  • Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5180 m) then hike up to Kalapattar (5555 m) back to Gorak Shep. 7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis..
    This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama possible: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8848meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. If possible we can stay and watch the awe-inspiring sunset on Everest and its neighbours. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 meters.
  • Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Lobuche (4910 m). 7 Hr , O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis..
    This is another big day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365meters. , the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return down to Lobuche for the night.
  • Day 12: Trek to Chukkung (4710 m), 6 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    From Lobuche we take a slightly different route down to Dingboche. Then we slightly ascend into the Chukkung Valley.
  • Day 13: Trek to Island peak base camp (5240 m) 4 Hrs, O/N at Tent Camp with BLD Plan.
    From Chukkung we make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8501meters) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. It is only a short distance from here to Base Camp, which we will reach in the mid-afternoon. Today is only 4 hours walking as we are becoming acclimatized to the thinning of air, from today the accommodation will be tented camp for next two days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook.
  • Day 14: Summit to Island peak (6187meters) and return to Chhukung (4750m)
    Today is you most important day that you are going to do your final destination summit to Island Peak(6187m). 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.
  • Day 15:Reserve Day for Contingency, O/N at Tentcamp with BLD Plan.
    There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit (day 14), so this day is used as a contingency in case if we are unable to summit the Mera on day 14 due to bad weather condition or some other reasons. If weather became exceptionally unfavorable we wisely have to postpone the program of summiting the peak on day 14 for toady (Day 15). Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent; the day can be used in that condition too. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day.
  • Day 16: Trek to Tengboche (3860m). 6 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    Leaving the mountains behind us our descent takes us through various towns of Dingboche, Orsho, Shomare and Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend gradually through Debuche and then to Tengboche at 3800 meters.
  • Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441meters) via Khumjung (2780 m), 5 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    From Tengboche we descend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi River and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through to Shanasa, where we have the option of visiting Kunde and Khumjung villages before returning to Namche Bazaar - our stop for the night.
  • Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2804me) 5 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
    This is our last day of trekking, finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. In the afternoon is free to wander around, relax or perhaps enjoy a hot shower! In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a few celebratory drinks and dancing with our Sherpa companions.
  • Day 19: Morning flight to Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel with BB Basis.
    We rise early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel.
  • Day 20- Leisure day in Kathmandu,O/N at Hotel with BB Basis.
    It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla, If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour.
  • Day 21: Transfer to Airport for your Final Depature.
    Global Holidays Representative will transfer you to the Airport for your Final Departure.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
"So What you are Paying For?"
What you are paying for, we would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience of Nepal Journey.

Cost Include

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with BB Plan.
  • Welcome and Firewell Dinner.
  • Internal transport and flight within your Nepal staying as per the itinerary.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as indicated by the itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis tents or local lodges / guesthouses.
  • All trekking and climbing related permit & fees,(Entry Permit and TIMS Card).
  • Professional English speaking tour leader, guides and necessary porters.
  • Sleeping Bag and Duffel bag for during Trekking period.
  • Equipment clothing for porter and stafs, local climbing sherpa, Rope, Lcescrow, Snowbar and Gammov Bag (altitudeChamber)
  • Insurence for all sraffand porter
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water.
  • Personal climbing gears & clothing, (available on hire)
  • Laundry fees.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Is Mountain Climbing/ Expedition permit different than Trekking permit?
Yes, Trekking permit is only limited to trekking in the designated areas but not for climbing. Mountain Climbing or Peak climbing is a separate permit issued by the government of Nepal.


1. to 4 people :USD 350
2. to 8 people :USD 350 and $40 per person is more than 8.

Note: Climbing permit are valid for a month and it only takes account of the time you spend Climbing a peak/ mountain but not the the time you spend in getting to the base Or return from there. Permit requires everyone in the group to have insurence, and group be accompained by a certified from the Nepal Mountaineer Association.


What type of shape do I need for this Trip?

Climbing provides the most adventurous experience with spectacular scenery through remote glaciated valleys and passes. This trip requires you to have an above normal level of fitness which will assist with climbing. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering this trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?
Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall, he/she will be displaying an Global Holidays Adventure name with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Visa info:- Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal. You take take Visa after landing Nepal in Tribhuwan International Airport.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, and in trekking?
In Kathmand here are all kind of Hotel Simple hotel to 5* hotel. Its depends on your demand but normally in our trekking package We use standard rooms from three/four star hotels in Kathmandu with included breakfast.

During the trekking, You will have teahouses/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Global Holidays Sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. We usually provide single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. The dining room is downstairs around a fire. All food will be cooked to order in the little kitchen. You should not enter the kitchen unless asked to do so.

Toilet Facilities - On trek, common toilet facilities are available at Tea Houses.

What kind of food can I expect in trekking/Climbing?
During your Trekking, Most of Teahouse’s cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. During your peak climbing you will have tented camp and will have light food.

What sort of transportation I use?
Global holidays Adventure is all about providing you with local insights as well as adventure, with that in mind, where we think you will get more out of your holiday by using a different means of transport that is what we do. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalaya tours and enhances the experience! We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, van or land cruiser. These small light vehicles are more manoeuvrable and flexible enabling us to take you through the Narrow roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.

What is the best season for this trekking?
The best time for is October to mid December and mid February to mid June. It is not very good trekking during the monsoon season from June to August except treks in the Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang and Kailash.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are enerally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring your adapters!

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Some place there is also internet access which you can use by paying some charges.

Can I use credit cards in the places visit in trekking?
In Kathmandu you can use your credit/Master Card. During the Trekking you need cash you cannot use your credit card.

How much additional money do I need per day?
In Kathmandu, you can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner. It’s all depends on your spending habits. US$10 to 20 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates and few drinks in trekking.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters?
How much would that be? This is a difficult thing to tell. Its up to you from your heart by looking their work and support. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.

Is the water OK to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you will need to bring with you.

Global Holidays Adventure Agency's staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff, including guide, cook, Sherpa and porters.

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tour?
Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy which you need to give to us before you leaving for Trip. Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate. Flight tickets Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip? A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?
Yes, we arrange guesthouse with hot shower but some Place there is not hot shower, we will provide hot water in bucket for shower.

I would you like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.
Kathmandu Shopping Tour

What immunizations will I need?
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We also recommend: - A dental check-up prior to travelling. - That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

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