Overview

  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Diffculty: Strenuous 
  • Best Time: Sept - Dec, March - May
  • Max. Altitude: 6,189 m

Climb Island Peak Nepal

Island Peak Climbing offers an exhilarating climbing experience beyond simply trekking in Nepal. This Island peak is the most popular trekking peak to climb in the Everest region. Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek is suitable for all novice climbers and experienced trekkers. By Scaling the Island peak, you will stand on the summit of a wonderful mountain at 6189 meters. Standing on top of Island peak cherish the same unforgettable sense of achievement as you would on the top of mt. Everest. Generally speaking, the Island peak expedition is not technically challenging but it can be physically demanding. Notably, the climb is graded as Alpine PD+.

Incredible success rate of 51 trekkers out of 62 scaled the Island peak in 2016. Above 90 % summit success rate in the year of 2017, 2018 and 2019 on Island peak climbing trip

Island Peak with Responsible Travel with Safety First

There is no doubt that Himalayan peaks have drawn adventurers, climbers, and cultural enthusiasts for many decades. We responsibly run all of our trips with as safety and comfort as possible at its highest standard. Most importantly we ensure the medical trained and experienced guide to lead your trip to Island peak. Besides that, we carry the proper safety backup like Oxygen or Portable Altitude Chamber. Furthermore the comprehensive medical box in dealing with any problems that may arise on a trip. Proud to share with you that Mountain Monarch is a pioneering company with having responsible trekking policy. Dedicated 01 TREKKER:01 PORTER allows every trekker to have their own pace and flexibility on the trip. No doubt you feel proud that you have your own personal porter. Above all your porter carrying the lighter weight and walking next to you with a bigger smile.

EBC Trek to Island Peak Climbing in Everest

Island peak is also known as Imja Tse. This is often the first step for most of climbers before any summit attempt of giant peaks in the Himalayas. We take an exciting flight to Lukla to begin the Island peak expedition with an Everest base camp hike. Thus, we climb the less trodden trail to Everest base camp and Kalapathar for proper acclimatization before the summit push. In particular, we customize a special climbing training session at the base camp. Indeed, the training covers required climbing skills to scale the summit safely and successfully.

Summit Day - Standing on Top of Island Peak at 6189 m in the Himalaya

Significantly the Island peak summit day starts very early in the morning with an interesting scramble along a rock ridge to a glacier. Furthermore above the rock ridge, there is a steep snow headwall leading to the summit. Of course, this is a physically challenging but a great day of achievement. Obviously, our permanent and highly experienced climbing guides fix NEW ropes. Thus ensure safe ascent with Jumar and harness for the strenuous and challenging section. The ultimate climb up a 60 - 70 degree faces about 150 meters to the summit ridge.

All personal and group climbing gear provided: La Sportiva climbing boot, Exped down mattress, sleeping bag, down jacket. Thus, no need to bring or invest in expensive gear just for one trip.

From the top of the Island peak, you can see a breathtaking panorama of gigantic mountains of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse central, and Lhotse Shar. This form a semi-circle in the north. The stunning views of Makalu (8475 m), Baruntse (7129 m) in the east, and the famous expedition peak of Amadablam (6812 m) in the south. Not to forget the experience of Island peak climbing with Everest base camp in the Himalayas.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Popular trekking peak climbing for the Himalayan summit thrill lifetime experience
  • Best combo of Island peak climbing with Everest base camp hike
  • Exceptional summit success rate with a most experienced climbing guide who climbed it more than 200 times
  • Climbing with Top 10 climbing operators in Nepal (4th in 2019)
  • Safety back up with supplementary Oxygen Cylinder and medical kits
  • All personal and group climbing gear provided
  • Climbing training at Imjatse base camp
  • Fixed departure guaranteed group joining dates
  • All full board meals with tea, coffee, drinking water on the trip
  • Responsible travel policy 1 Trekker:1 Porter
  • Environment-friendly tented camp base camp with Solar power
  • Hassle-free all-inclusive adventure

Trip map

Island Peak Climbing map

Itinerary

  • Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel free to relax and get over your jet-leg.
  • Initial arrival information.
  • Welcome Dinner with Nepali ethnic cultural program.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Altitude1340 m

  • Half-day sightseeing tour of world heritage sites Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
  • PM trek briefing and trek pack distribution will be given by the trek leader.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

  • Morning scenic mountain flight to Lukla – 40 minutes flight.
  • Rearrange the trek Duffle bags before load up by porters to proceed Phakding (2,650 m), an easy afternoon’s picturesque walk.
  • Walk to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), the main trading center for the Khumbu region. Cross 5 times suspension bridge over Dudhkoshi River.
  • We enter into Everest National Park, the magnificent mountain views first sight of Mt. Everest.
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3440 m

Acclimatization day – short hike to Everest view hotel or nearby viewpoint follow-up the rule of Altitude goes high sleep low. In the afternoon can explore the museum, which exhibits the history and culture of the Everest region and the flora, faun

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3440 m

  • Initial walking would be moderate through terraces and climb to Mongla after Mongla downhill until across the river. We ultimately come into sight a beautiful village set Phortse above the tree line.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3810 m

  • The morning we traverse high pasture lands above the river and stop for lunch at Pangboche. After lunch continues for the rest of the day up the glacial valley until reaches Dingboche.
  • The second important acclimatization day takes a hike above the village after breakfast and it’s very important to judge oneself coping with altitude properly or not.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4410 M

  • On the way to Lobuche, we sight the great memorials of late Everest summiteers and the terminal moraine of the great Khumbu Glacier on the Thukla pass.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4910 M

  • One of the challenging and exciting days for all trekkers everyone’s dreams becoming true visiting Everest Base Camp at 5,380m, the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return down to Gorakshep for the night.
  • Kala Pathar, a natural view tower at 5545m, tries to get on top before sunrise and watch the awe-inspiring sunrise on Everest and its dominants. We make a quick descent to Gorakshep and pack up after breakfast we head down to Dingboche for an overnight stay.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude5140 m

  • The glacial river and open arid valley to the Island peak Base camp and pass on the way the last settlement Chhukung village and finally reach Base camp near south slopes of the Island Peak.
  • Our company chef prepares food for all as long you are in base camp.
  • Climbing clinic – The climbing guide displays all the required climbing equipment and briefs you about the technical part and demonstrates it properly. All the climbing members should obtain a basic knowledge of climbing gears to cope with the difficult situations on submit day. The climbing guide is always eager to assist you unless and until you are confident in the use of climbing gears.
  • AccommodationTented Camping
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4970 m

  • Start walking with the help of a flashlight, the track leads northeast beyond the base camp a few hundred meters rugged flat path before a steep climb of the hillside.
  • We climb the mountain ridge and come into the exposed area next to the summit glacier. We rope up all members to traverse the icy glacier and cross several crevasses. Ultimately reach the bottom of the south summit ridge and use fixed rope and Jumar onwards climbing 45-degree ice slope and sharp summit ridge to the top. Shortly after enjoying summit views we descent down to base camp for a night stay.
  • Spare day – It is important to keep a spare day in case of bad weather or any problem occurred before the summit day there will be at least an option to attempt to the top. This is an optional day in case of not used in an appropriate manner can use the exploration of the area or simply relax on the way down.
  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4970 m

  • Pangbuche we retrace down Imja Valley and pass the tea-houses of Chukhung and Dingboche. Rejoins with the main Everest BC trail after crossing the River.
  • Trek to Namche Bazaar we explore the most famous Thyangbuche Monastery drop down to the bottom of Dudhkoshi river and hit the uphill of Kyenjuma village then the trail becomes level almost to Namche.
  • Namche to Lukla, beautiful mountain views, and fresh green valley adds energies to continue as far to reach the Lukla it is our last night camp up in the mountain and celebration night with the crew to keep all memories more alive.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude2860 m

  • Fly back to Kathmandu spare time to buy some souvenirs before the flight back home
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

  • The trip concludes with customizing Airport transfer/hope to see you on the next climbing trip to the Himalayas.
  • MealsBreakfast

Island Peak Itinerary:

Here is the detailed day-to-day guideline itinerary of Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek in Nepal Himalayas with elevation, walking hours, major highlights, and activities.

What's Included
  • Customize arrival and departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  • Nepali welcome dinner with the cultural show on arrival in Kathmandu
  • Half-day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in the itinerary.
  • Full board meals while trekking (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner) entire Island peak climbing.
  • Freshly cooked Full board meals prepared by our cook while on Island peak expedition.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea, and coffee while on the trek.
  • Accommodation in tea house or lodge while on Island peak Everest base camp trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tented camp while on the island peak climbing.
  • Responsible trekking in the Himalayas with One trekker: One porter ratio policy.
  • Professional local experienced Trek Leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid with his support crew.
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses.
  • Trekking cook and other support staff while on tented camping on Island peak climbing duration
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment with proper insurance and required gear
  • Supplementary Oxygen cylinder regulator or Gamow Bag (A life-saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gear: LA SPORTIVA climbing boot, EXPED down-filled mattress, Black Diamond crampons, ice axe, Jumar, harness, the figure of eight, Carabiner, climbing Helmet and rope, etc.
  • We provide all camping gear including - tents for members, dining tents with tables and backrest chairs, Kitchen tents with utensils, staff, porter, and toilet tents on the whole trip.
  • Mountain Monarch Trip Gears - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket, rain poncho, etc for use during the trip.
  • Island Peak climbing expeditions Permit Royalty of US$ 250 only per person and other government tax.
  • Climbing Clinic Course at base camp.
  • Complimentary Mountain Monarch's T-shirts, Trek Duffle bag, and trip map
  • Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of the Nepal Government for the successful climbers
  • Trekking or VDC entry permit, Everest National park entry fees, etc
What's Excluded
  • Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kind.
  • International Airfare to Kathmandu for the Island peak trip.
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like the hot shower, battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks etc.

Dates & Availability

Island Peak Trip Dates:

Planning to join the climbing trip in the Himalayas, we have many fixed Island peak climbing departure dates and trip costs to join the group 2022 and 2023. An all-inclusive package including all the personal and group climbing gears, permit guides, Lukla flight, etc.

March Departure
     
Start DateStart DateMarch 12, 2022End DateEnd DateMarch 31, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePriceUS$2690
Start DateStart DateMarch 26, 2022End DateEnd DateApril 14, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePriceUS$2690

FAQs

  • Q1. Heard Lukla to be world's dangerous airstrip? Is there any alternative?

    There are possibilities of flight delays and sometimes cancellations as Nepal air aviation is quite strict about these small planes flying high into the remote mountain airstrips like Lukla. Though Lukla happens to be the settlement hidden inside the magnificent valley the airport would be momentarily closed whenever there is the slightest weather chaos or high-velocity winds. So there is no need to fear flying in or out of Lukla. To deal with the bad weather situation we have inbuilt the itinerary with 2 night stay back in Kathmandu. We welcome the idea of having a few more days extra in Kathmandu if you afford to explore it after the trip. People have so many legends about flying in and out of Lukla but in reality, this 35 minutes flight is indeed very breathtaking rather than it being bloodcurdling. Taking a group helicopter flight at an extra cost could be an option in case of bad weather. Recently build a road to the Everest region close to Lukla also gives an option to drive in or out of the Everest region.

  • You always reserve the right to modify the Island peak climbing itinerary as per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness. Depending on your schedule you can either book for the whole circuit via the high passes (Renjo pass, Chola pass) or semi circuit that includes Gokyo, Chola Pass, and Everest base camp or you can simply do Everest base camp and Island peak. Mountain Monarch has always been customizing the trip as per the clients' requirements. We are happy to customize this Imj Tse peak climbing trip as per your requirements and time duration. Let us know.

  • To be honest Island peak can be attempted all through the year except for the Monsoon. However, April to mid-June during spring and September to November during autumn before the harsh winter is considered to be the best time to climb Island peak when the view of 360 degree mountain range and astounding landscapes are at their best state.

    People have without doubt climbed the Island peak even in December despite the serious cold because winters have always offered crystal clear weather with exceptional mountain views. Nevertheless, the 3 nights of camping at Island peak base camp in winter with so much a chill factor may not be very appealing for many. So winter Island peak climbing solely relies on how comfortable you are with the utter cold. All you need to do is prepare for the worst of chill weather circumstances.

  • As for the Island peak climbing, you would need a special Island peak climbing permit along with ( Everest) Sagarmatha National Park permits, a TIMS card (trekking information management system), Mountain Monarch obtains all of these permits and travel documents for you.

  • We strongly suggest you have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure though we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is medically trained and has ample knowledge to deal with any life-threatening situation. But it's always wise to have insurance as your backup for just in any case.

  • Being more exceptional unlike the rest of the company, in Island peak base camp we afford solar batteries for lights and charging facility with absolutely no additional charge. However, the charging privilege for any of your electronic devices is possible all the way around the Everest region tea houses but the charges may be levied. Still, it is wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries to save some money and also your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold. Availability of hot showers is all through this region with minimum charges but your leader may restrict on taking hot showers at high elevation regarding the health issues. No hot showers in Island Peak base camp but we do provide you with a bowl of hot water for basic cleaning.

  • With the advancement of technology availability of networks in the Nepal Himalayas is miraculous. Mobile and 4G data coverage are available in most areas of Everest including the base camp that is a luxury. Every tea house in the entire region provides you with an internet facility with minimum charges so that you can update your family and friends about your whereabouts. Surprising the Island peak top has very great coverage of cell phones.

  • While in the Everest region Mountain Monarch uses the best family-oriented lodges with twin bed sharing rooms with clean common toilets and occasional rooms with attach toilet bathrooms. Lodges are at their best offering you a comfortable experience and its typical local environment. You have a variety of choices for the food and most lodges prepare food better than most restaurants in Kathmandu.

    In Island Peak base camp our professional cooks' gives their best to vary the menu as much as possible providing nutritious, plentiful, and tasty meals that are hygienically prepared to enthrall you even in the mountains under less than ideal conditions. So far there have not been any complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by us.

  • Usually not more than 6 – 8 hours excluding lunch. As for the time to Island Peak summit and back to base camp, it solely depends on your pace. We allow you enough time to set up your own pace for acclimatization and to make every day more entertaining yet the walking time varies depending on you and your group. We usually start early so that you could reach the destination on time leaving you enough time to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place.

  • Though the Island peak climbing is not technically challenging it is unquestionably physically demanding which is graded as Alpine PD+. Among all the trekking peaks in Nepal, Island peak is the most popular as it is suitable for all beginners and experienced trekkers which offers a thrilling climbing experience beyond simply trekking in Nepal together with a hike to the world's famous Everest base camp. This strenuous plus expedition rises to an altitude of 6189m / 20,305 feet. However, anyone with sound fitness can join because the altitude and acclimatization process is the major issue than the level of fitness. Mountain Monarch has an itinerary so designed to provide ample time for acclimatization strategy with slow pacing and multiple side excursions. The level of Island peak climbing success with Mountain Monarch has always been far above the ground.

  • In cases of emergency, the necessary prompt assistance will be available only if you are affiliated with a reputed company. Furthermore, if you are looking for a hassle-free holiday in terms of issuing climbing permits, hotel, flights, and transportation, etc it's best to go with a reputed company that offers you, knowledgeable leaders and professionals. Reputed companies are there to provide you with quality service at a very competitive price and are there to guarantee your safety which I suppose is the biggest concern. Leaders, besides giving you all the necessary information, are there to cater to you at times of any crisis no matter if it’s a mountain ailment or any weather mayhem.

  • Most of altitude sickness cases and tragedy has been reported among trekkers in the Everest region. Acute mountain sickness is something we get with rapid ascent and when our body fails to adapt to the thin air environment. Mountain Monarch provides medically professional leaders with medications, oxygen cylinders with regulators, or portable altitude chambers to deal with any altitude-related ailments. Besides, your group leader will put forth some basic guidelines to get away with altitude sickness which is expected to be followed strictly, and as well there are multiple things you can do as precautions to ward off AMS eg taking Diamox, etc. Assistance from your leader is 24/7 until you are away from the danger zone. So far there has not been any record of fatal altitude sickness misfortune with mountain monarch groups.

  • The climbing day is the main day and obviously, it is a tough and long day. We start the climb early in the morning let's say by 2 or 3 am to beat the windy situation and bad weather in the afternoon. Normally we scale the summit of Island peak by 9 am and return to base camp for Lunch. A long day of around 9/10 hours but no doubt the most memorable day.

  • We, Mountain Monarch, have been organizing the Island peak climbing for 2 decades. Every year more than 100 trekkers have scaled the Island peak climbing with us. So far we have managed to get more than an 85% summit success rate.

  • Peaks below 5600 meters are being categorized as “ Trekking Peaks ” in Nepal Himalayas which are comparatively less technical but physically demanding. To join the trekking peak one must have sound physical and mental fitness but no need to have previous climbing experience. To make your climbing experience the safe and best one, we organize the special climbing training course at base camp in which our experienced climbing guide give you the practice training on all aspect of climbing skills required to scale the summit safely and successfully.

  • Mountain Monarch provides you with a very warm sleeping bag with warm fleece liners and feather duvet jackets which are the mother of all warm clothing. We also provide you with an individual waterproof trek Duffle bag to fit all your gears in. No need to buy or hire any expensive climbing gear to join the climbing trip with us, Mountain Monarch provides you the La Sportiva climbing boots, Black Diamond crampons, ice axe, ice bar, ice screw, Jumar, harness, the figure of eight, safety Helmet, plain and locking Carabiners, prussic cord and new climbing rope, etc. Furthermore, unlike many other companies at Island peak base camp, you will be facilitated with a mountain hardware 2 member tent, Exped down-filled mattress, and solar lights with your device charging facility. We use solar energy at the Island peak base camp to go environmentally friendly.

  • Mountain Monarch is renowned for quality service, proper safety backup, responsible travel with details logistic support throughout the trip. We invest in manpower and gear. We have an experience local climbing guide and we provide all the personal and group climbing gear including the climbing boots which means one can join the climbing trip with us with normal trek gear – No need to worry or invest in any of the climbing gear just for one trip.

    Every year we are growing and many of the trekkers and climbers are joining us as they have seen us in action on an earlier trip or have heard the great and reliable service we offer. Adventurers who have joined once with us return with us because they know we do our best to make the trip responsible, safe, and the trip of a lifetime.

  • Island Peak is a strenuous plus trek that involves trekking as well as climbing with all the expedition equipment. Though previous climbing experience certainly helps yet no prior experience is required for Island Peak climbing. However, anyone with a knee, ankle, heart, or lungs pre-medical history need to seek medical consent before considering Island Peak. Moreover, at Island Peak base camp our climbing Sherpa guide will organize a special climbing training session on required climbing skills and the use of climbing equipment. Pre physical training is a must to prepare yourself to figure out how many hours or how much weight you can handle. Some Cardio Workouts and a couple of miles of the regular walk will certainly help before you arrive in Kathmandu.

Customer Reviews

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    Zoe Bazley 5.0AustraliaPublished February 02, 2020

    Two Thumbs Way Up!!!

    A huge thanks to Pradip and the Mountain Monarch Team for getting us to the top of Island Peak. Great team, fantastic service, thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip!

  • Christopher Mills
    Christopher Mills 5.0United KingdomPublished November 17, 2019

    Island Peak with EBC

    Where to start! Before the trip, I did a lot of research on which company to go with. Lots appeared to have mixed reviews or something about the itinerary which wasn’t quite what I wanted. I came across Mountain Monarch and they ticked every box. Speaking to their owner, Pradip, he was very helpful (and quick) at answering any questions/requests that I had. The reviews are pretty much ALL amazing, so I was a little suspicious! But everywhere you read reviews about them, they are faultless. So I booked on with them. Everything they promised, was delivered with exceptional service. I was picked up at the airport (I had been panicking a little as it took so long to get through the airport customs, but they were patiently waiting outside), then Pradip met me when I arrived at the hotel. The sightseeing was fantastic, led by Ram, the most cheerful and knowledgeable guy I met on the trip! It was a great chance to bond with the group I would be spending the next few days/weeks with (some had differing itineraries). We met our group trekking guide Netra who talked us through the trip. Then the following morning we had an early start to get to Ramenchap. Unfortunately, our Lukla flight was delayed due to weather, but Mountain Monarch arranged a hotel for the night and did all they could. We flew out early the following morning so it was no issue in the long run. Once at Lukla, I met another trekking guide who would stay with me all the way. Ram is an absolute legend! By the end, I would absolutely class him as a good friend. Both Netra and Ram worked so hard to make sure everything went smoothly for us. They always pre-booked our beds for the night, gave us great advice to stay healthy (which I did the whole trip), and were very adaptive to the pace of the whole group. The entire trip was such a great experience, and I can hand on heart say that Mountain Monarch played a big part in that. I will 100% be returning to Nepal, and I will not hesitate to use these guys again. Thank you so much for your hard work, it really makes the difference between a company that just wants your money or a company that wants you to have the best time possible.

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    Dennis Brand 5.0United StatesPublished September 10, 2017

    Incredible customer service!!

    Incredible customer service!!
    I leave on the December 2-23, 2017 trip, but need to say how much I have appreciated the awesome customer service I have been receiving from Pradip. He has answered every question I've had and has walked me through each step in the process. I can't wait for my trek to EBC and Island Peak in December!!

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