Island Peak Climbing - 16 Days

Island Peak Climbing

Among Nepal’s mountain climbers and experienced trekkers, Island Peak climbing is the best trekking peak. Located in the Khumbu region, this high peak of Nepal at 6,160 meters is the raw form of adventurous traveling. Also called Imja Tse, this is a tough challenge for the newbie climbers. Even Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first successful climbers of Mount Everest, used Island Peak as their practice peak.

And this spectacular high peak waits for your arrival. Keep your doubts away and listen to the calling of the mountains. Island Peak is regarded as Lhotse’s extension separated by a small col. This means the exciting climb to the Imja Tse offers an enjoyable trek as well as the spectacular scenery of the Himalayas, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and many other peaks above 8000 meters.

Along with rejuvenating experience in the mountains, the tour also offers an insight into the unique Sherpa cultural and rich Biodiversity of the Khumbu region. It’s an equally prodigious journey, whether it be an Everest Base camp with an Island Peak climb or only Island Peak climbing.

There are two Ridges one can use for the Island Peak climb route. 

South Ridge

The base camp of Island Peak is located at Pareshaya Gyab at an altitude of 5,150m. The base camp lies between Imja Tse and Imja Glacier. Although the base camp is an excellent place for climb preparation, climbers prefer to settle at the High Camp. Walking along the broad open gully leading to the high camp is an effortless journey. From there, the difficult climb along with the steep snow and ice ramps finally leads us to the summit. 

 North Ridge Route

The first climb to the Island peak from the northern ridge was done in 1958. This route, discovered by the team of two Sherpas, Alf Gregory and Dick Cook, climbs from the height above the col. Getting on the right bank of the Imja Glacier, we move above Lhotse Sar Glacier. Finally rising to the north-west over snowy slopes, we continue to the due south and then to the final summit pyramid. The north ridge route is graded PD+ by the climbers and is relatively tricky. 

Island Peak Climbing Highlights

Conquer one of the highest trekking peaks of Nepal, i.e. the ultimate adventure, without needing any pro mountaineers skills

  • Gain trained and experiences for climbing higher mountains in the future
  • Commence the trek with the thrilling flight to the Lukla airport- one of the highest altitude airports in Nepal
  • A great chance to witness the beautiful Khumbu Icefall
  • Visit the Chukung valley with the amusing 360 views of the mountains.
  • Trace the classic Everest Base Camp route to visit the Namche Bazaar and the Tengboche Monastery.

Can You See Everest From Island Peak Climbing?

can you see island peak climbing from everest

Yes, you can see Mount Everest during this Island peak climbing Itinerary. Everest becomes visible from Namche and appears large as you move closer to the mountains. Along with Mount Everest, you can witness Dozens of other peaks. Here are other peaks you can see during the Island peak climbing:

  • Nuptse (7,879m), 
  • Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m), 
  • Lhotse Shar (8,383m), 
  • Makalu (8475m) in the east, 
  • Baruntse, and 
  • Amadablam in the south

How Difficult Is The Island Peak Climbing?

how difficult is island peak climbing

This Island Peak climb is not a piece of cake. The long climb at 6,189m above sea level comes with some difficulty that you cannot really think about. Some previous hiking experience, great physical health, and a lot of determination are needed to make this Island peak climb successful. Further, the most important thing is the guidance from the expert’s team at Himalayan masters.

As per the Himalayan masters’ Itinerary of 16 days, you will be walking for 6 to 7 hours each day. This is about 12 to 13 hours of walking with 10 to 15 kg of a backpack in the very rough mountain terrain. The Island peak climb has alternative uphill and downhill routes with a few very steep walks. In some parts, you might need crampons, ropes, and axes.

Further, if you add Mera and Island peak climbing, the journey gets harder. Trekking via the rugged path at Island Peak height of 6,160 meters means your body gets half of the oxygen from that at sea level. The cases of altitude sickness are seen in every one in three people (when precaution is not taken).

Since our Itinerary has a lot of rest days and only a few hours of walk per day, you will be safe in our hands. Also, people should keep themselves hydrated, avoid all kinds of alcoholic drinks, and walk slowly. Further, the Island peak climb season also determines the Island peak difficulty.

Our Sherpas are experts in the mountains and guide you really well for a safe climb. Similarly, we will also have a group of cooks and porters who will be assisting you in every step. And if something still goes unexpected, you can easily be rescued in a helicopter. In short, you will be safe with Himalayan masters. 

Also Read: Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek In Nepal

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary 

island peak climbing Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival 

Your first day in Nepal will already be fun. After you land at Airport, a private car will pick you up and drive in the smooth streets of Kathmandu. Getting to the hotel in Thamel, you can take your time recovering from the Jet lag. In the evening, we meet some team members and gather for an exciting welcome dinner. There might be some briefing and fun sessions.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Sightseeing, training, and Preparation

Today, we start the day with short tours around Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, the beautiful city of temples, has many architectural masterpieces listed in the world heritage list. We begin by visiting Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath. Unfortunately, we cannot visit other exciting places as we need to move to Balaju for rock climbing training.

The guide assists you in using ropes and crampons. In the evening, we get back to Thamel for some shopping, and the guide helps us to pack our bags. After the preparation, you can enjoy the nightlife of Thamel.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and Trek To Namche 

Quite early in the morning, a driver picks us up from the Airport and drives us to the domestic Airport. On a morning flight, we can clearly see the mountains smiling at us while we land at Lukla Airport at 2,845 meters. We met our Sherpas and porters here, starting the trek as a group.

From Lukla, the crew starts the walk via the small villages of Chheplung and Ghat. Walking the route of the Dudh Koshi River, we hike to Sano and Thulo Gumela. Even on the first day, we get to witness the monasteries of Drangdrak Gompa and Pema Choling Gompa. After a couple of hours, we will be resting at the tea house of Phakding. 

Overnight in Phakding

Day 5: Rest day at Namche

The 5th day of the trip is an exciting walk via the subtropical forest. It’s your chance to see Nepal’s rear flora and fauna before you get to alpine grassland. We also get to cross the thrilling suspension bridge like Hillary Bridge. In Monjo, we stop to get our permits checked and start climbing upward. The final tough walk brings us to the Namche bazaar by the evening. This traditional trading town of Khumbu has a lot of restaurants and bars for a wonderful night.  

Overnight in Namche

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche

Our plan is to continue further on the classic EBC route. Following the Dudh Koshi River valley, we walk to the sub-tropical forest for several hours. Climbing above Namche, our path first continues to the Khyangjuma. As the majestic Ama Dablam appears before us, we shall first walk down the beautiful stone-paved path of Phunki Tenga. Then, we shall climb to Tengboche hill. In the village, we visit the classic Tengboche monastery, the largest in the region.

Overnight in Tengboche

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche

Leaving Tengboche, we head further north in the mountains. With the awesome views of Ama Dablam and Kantega before us, we shall stop at Pangboche. Here, we get to visit another large monastery and then climb to a big village. After visiting another big mani stupa, we stroll towards Dingboche for the night’s stay. 

Overnight in Dingboche

Day 8: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp

From Dingboche, our initial climb is towards the Imja valley. Witnessing the stunning Lhotse and Nuptse (mountain among the world’s ten tallest), we continue from Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp. Walking for view hours to the southeast direction on the path along the stream, we soon reach our destination. Here, we set up camp with the team’s help and let our bodies rest. A night in the base of the mountains will definitely be magical.

Overnight in Island peak base camp

Day 9: Rest day at the Island peak base camp

Our purpose for the day is acclimatization and training. As we stay at 5,000 meters above sea level, you must let your body adjust to the changing air pressure. We recover from all the mental and physical stress while enjoying a relaxing day in the mountains. Also, the guide shall show us some tricks of a mountain peak. We can hike to nearby hills and learn to use mountaineering gear. We check all equipment crampons, ice axes, and harnesses and make our bags ready. 

Overnight in Island peak base camp

Day 10: Trek to Submit (6187m) and back

Walking duration: 7 hours 

Today is the hardest and the most exciting day of the entire Island Peak climbing journey. We start the day early in the morning, i.e., before sunrise. Fully equipped, we began to hike the summit before noon. Since the wind after midday is mighty, we plan to reach the summit before that.

The guide will assist you in the difficult section, so make sure you listen to him properly. From the peak, we can witness the breathtaking panorama of the mountain vistas. 

We will tackle several technical sections and head towards the summit. After some moments here, we slowly walk down in the tricky area and reach base camp before the night gets dark.

Overnight in Island peak base camp

Day 11: Trek down to Dingboche

Walking duration: 3 hours 

From the Island base camp, we slowly walk down to Dingboche. It’s a reverse walk from Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp. Walking through this alpine grassland with no human settlement has its own kind of fun. In a couple of hours, we will be resting in the beautiful tea house of Dingboche.

Overnight in Dingboche

Day 12: Trek to Tengboche

Walking duration: 3 hours 

Crossing the familiar paved path of Phunki Tenga, we soon reach the village of Tengboche. The return journey will be even more interesting as we only walk a few hours and spend a lot more time capturing photos and interacting with the locals. 

Overnight in Tengboche

Day 13: Trek to Namche

Walking duration: 4 hours 

Walking downwards, we will again be back to Dudh Koshi River. You can witness the drastic change in landscape- the alpine grassland now changes into a thick forest. After about 4 hours of easy walking, we will be back to Namche- this place is already familiar to you.

Overnight in Namche

Day 14: Trek to Lukla

Walking duration: 3 hours 

From Namche to Lukla, the path moves steeply downwards. Like earlier, we cross Mani-stone, chortens, prayer flags, and a beautiful pine forest, leading us to Monjo and finally to Lukla. The Island Peak climb ends here, and it’s time for a celebration. 

Overnight in Lukla

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu

However hard we fall in love with the mountains, it’s time to get back—the agency books your flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Leaving your team and the mountains, you get to Kathmandu within 25-mins.

Again, a car picks you up at the airport and drives you to the hotel in Thamel. In the evening, it’s celebration time. We raise a toast for the successful conquest of the Island Peak and enjoy a final meal together. 

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 16: Departure

So, this is the end of your excellent Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek. A driver will take you to the airport as per your flight time. Complete your custom formality and get into a plane back home. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of Island Peak climbing?

Island Peak climbing Price depends on the travel agency, your Itinerary, and the luxury you want during the trek. On average, Island Peak climbing costs about $2500 to $3000 for visas, permits, camps, food, gear, accommodation, guides, and porter. Since there’s no need for a remarkable mountain climb, the Island peak permit is relatively lower than other climbing peaks of Nepal. Himalayan master offers the most reasonable Island peak climb cost at USD.

How technical is Island Peak?

Although Island peak is a trekking peak, it is pretty technical. Added to the lower oxygen level, the trail is itself very challenging. Up to the glacier field, you can trek without any special skills- it’s like trekking to the Everest Base Camp. From then, we trek with the help of rope and crampons.

In the final section, the foot of the headwall is the most challenging part. You will be climbing in the fixed lines to the summit ridge. In short, you will need to learn some mountaineering skills, and such training will be provided by a guide when you come to Nepal. 

How long does it take to climb Island Peak Climbing?

This Island peak climbing Itinerary is 16 days long, including a training day in Kathmandu. From the Island base camp, we will get to the summit and back on the same day. Expert mountaineers can also complete the journey in 10 days, but that’s not very easy. The chance of altitude sickness is high in the short Island peak trek. If you combine EBC with Island peak climbing, it will get longer, i.e., 20 days. If you want such a combined journey, we can make a customized Island Peak climbing Itinerary.

When is the best time to climb Island Peak?

We suggest that you head for this climb only in spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November). During these months, the temperature is warm, the weather is clear, and there is less snow in Base Camp. This makes it easier to climb. The winter trek is deadly due to cold and snow. The summer trek is also tricky due to rain and unstable weather.

So, when do you plan to head for your Island peak climb? When you arrive in Nepal, make sure that a responsible travel agency accompanies you. Licensed and experienced guides are a must for this journey. You can also contact us for any small inquiry. The booking form is available here.

Also Read: Mera Peak Climbing In Nepal

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival

Day 2
Sightseeing, training, and Preparation

Day 3
Fly to Lukla and trek to Namche

Day 4
Rest day at Namche

Day 5
Rest day at Namche

Day 6
Trek to Tengboche

Altitude- 3,867 meters
Walking time- 4 to 5 hours

Day 7
Trek to Dingboche

Altitude- 4,350 meters
Walking time- 4 to 5 hours

Day 8
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp

Altitude: 5240m
Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 9
Rest day at the Island peak base camp

Day 10
Trek to Submit (6187m) and back

Day 11
Trek down to Dingboche

Walking duration: 3 hours

Day 12
Trek to Tengboche

Walking duration: 3 hours

Day 13
Trek to Namche

Walking duration: 4 hours

Day 14
Trek to Lukla

Walking duration: 3 hours

Day 15
Fly to Kathmandu

Day 16
Departure

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