Island Peak Climbing

  • Duration: 20 Days


  • Difficulty LevelStrenuous Plus
  • Trip ModeCamping and Tea House
  • Best TimeSept - Dec, March - May
  • Max Altitude6,189 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 Everest region. The climb to Island peak with EBC trek is suitable to all novice climbers and experienced trekkers. By climbing the Island peak, you will stand on a summit of 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 enthusiast for many decades. We run all of our trips in responsible way with 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 back up like Oxygen or Portable Altitude Chamber. Further more the comprehensive medical box in dealing with any problems that may arise on trip. Proud to share with you that Mountain Monarch is the pioneering company having responsible trekking policy. Dedicated 01 TREKKER:01 PORTER allow every trekkers to have own pace and flexibility on trip. No doubt you feel proud that you have your own personal porter. Above all your porter  carrying lighter weight and walking next to you with bigger smile.

Island peak climbing with EBC trek in Nepal

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

Summit day - standing on top of Island Peak at 6189 meter

Significantly the Island peak summit day starts very early in the morning with an interesting scramble along a rock ridge to a glacier. Further more above the rock ridge there is a steep snow head wall leading to the summit. Off 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 face 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 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 (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) in the east and famous expedition peak of Amadablam (6812m) in the south. Never to be forgotten the experience of Island peak climbing with Everest base camp in the Himalayas.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary:

Here is the details 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.

  • 1 Day
    Arrive in Kathmandu / Welcome Dinner with cultural program.
    • Hotel
    • Welcome Dinner
    • 1340 m
    • Car
    • Airpot pick up

    • 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.

  • 2 Day
    Explore Buddhist Stupa and Hindu Cremation Shrines / Trip preparation.
    • Hotel
    • Tour @ 9 am
    • Breakfast
    • 1340 m
    • Hiace
    • City tour & Trek briefing

    • Half day sightseeing tour of world heritage site Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
    • PM trek briefing and trek pack distribution that will given by trek leader.

  • 3-4 Day
    Fly to Lukla and trekking to Namche to start the Island peak expedition.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & water
    • 3440 m
    • Plane
    • Flight and Trek along Dudh Koshi

    • Morning scenic mountain flight to Lukla – 40 minutes flight.
    • Rearrange duffle bag before load up by porters to proceed Phakding (2,650m), an easy afternoon’s picturesque walk.
    • Walk to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), the main trading centre 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.

  • 5 Day
    An acclimatisation rest day at Namche.
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3780 m
    • Acclimatisation hike & Trek
    • Acclimatisation day – short hike to Everest view hotel or nearby viewpoint follow-up the rule of Altitude go high sleep low. Afternoon can explore the museum, which exhibits the history and culture of the Everest region and the flora, fauna.
  • 6 Day
    Trek to Photse via Monla, on the way to Gokyo valley.
    • Tea House
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3810 m
    • Less Trodden Route

    • 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 on above the tree line.

  • 7-8 Day
    Trek to Dingboche, above tree line / exploration day.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4410 m
    • Different route

    • Morning we traverse high pastureland above the river and stop for lunch at Pangboche. After lunch continue for the rest of the day up the glacial valley until reach Dingboche.
    • Second important acclimatisation day take hike above the village after breakfast and it’s very important to judge oneself coping with altitude properly or not.

  • 9 Day
    Trek to Lobuche with extraordinary scenery.
    • Tea House
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4910 m
    • Hiking high

    • On the way to Lobuche we sight the great memorials of late Everest summiteers and terminal moraine of the great Khumbu Glacier on the Thukla pass.

  • 10-11 Day
    Trek the Everest Base Camp and climb Kalapathar for proper acclimtisation.
    • Tea House
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 5140 m
    • Hike to EBC & Kalapathar @ 5545 m

    • One of the challenging and exciting day 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 towers at 5545m, try 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 overnight stay.

  • 12-13 Day
    Climb to Island peak base camp / Rest and climbing clinic.
    • Tented Camp
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4970 m
    • Climbing clinic at base camp

    • 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 – Climbing guide displays all the required climbing equipment and brief you about technical part and demonstrate it properly. All the climbing members should obtain basic knowledge of climbing gears to cope with difficult situation on submit day. Climbing guide always eager to assist you unless and until you are confident on uses of climbing gears.

  • 14-15 Day
    Island peak climbing period / sensational Himalayan panorama.
    • Tented Camp
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4970 m
    • Summit the Top 6189 m

    • Start walking with the help of flash light, the track leads north east beyond the base camp few hundred meters rugged flat path before steep climb of hillside.
    • We follow the ridge line and come into the exposed area next to the summit glacier. We rope up all members to traverse icy glacier and cross several crevasse. Ultimately reach bottom of south summit ridge and use fixed rope and Jummer onwards climbing 45degree ice slope and sharp submit ridge to the top. Shortly enjoying summit views we descend down to base camp for night stay.
    • Spare day – It is important to keep 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 as appropriate manner can use exploration the area or simply relaxed on the way down.

  • 16-18 Day
    Trekking down to Lukla via Pangboche and Thyangboche.
    • Tea House
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 2860 m
    • Descending after the Summit

    • Pangbuche we retrace down Imja Valley and pass the tea-houses of Chukhung and Dingbuche. Rejoins with main Everest BC trail after crossing the River.
    • Trek to Namche Bazar we exploring the most famous Tyangbuche Monastery drop down to the bottom of Dudhkoshi river and hit the uphill of Kyenjuma village then 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 its our last night camp up in the mountain and celebration night with crew to keep all memories more alive.

  • 19 Day
    Fly to Kathmandu / Rest day.
    • Hotel
    • Breakfast
    • 1340
    • Plane
    • Flight & rest exploration Day

    • Fly back to Kathmandu spare time to buy some souvenir  before the flight back home

  • 20 Day
    Island peak climbing trip ends / Airport transportation.
    • Breakfast
    • Car
    • Airport transfer

    • Trip concludes with customise Airport transfer / hope to see you on next climbing trip to the Himalayas.

Trip Inclusion

  • Customise 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 cultural show on arrival in Kathmandu
  • Half day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in 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 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 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 requried gear
  • Supplementary Oxygen cylinder regulatro 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 daimond crampons, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer, helmat, climbing rope etc.
  • We provide all camping gear including - tents for member, dining tent with table and backrest chair, Kitchen tent with utensils, staff, porter and toilet tents on whole trip.
  • Mountain Monarch Trip Gears - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket, rain poncho etc for the 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.
  • Complementary Mountain Monarch's T-shirts, trek duffle bag and trip map
  • Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government for the successful climbers
  • Trekking or VDC entry permit, Everest National park entry fees etc.
  • 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 hot shower, battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks etc.

Cost and Dates

Island peak climbing departure dates:

Planning to join the climbing trip in the Himalayas, we have many fixed Island peak climbing departure dates and trip cost to join the group 2021. All inclusive package including all the personal and group climbing gears, permit, guides, Lukla flight etc.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice 
20 Mar, 202108 Apr, 2021AvailableUS$2690
27 Mar, 202115 Apr, 2021AvailableUS$2690

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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 everyday 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.

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 time 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 successful in organizing customized trek for the clients as per their requirements.

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 its best state.

People have without doubt climbed 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 camping at Island peak base camp in winter with so much of 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 circumstance.

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

We strongly suggest you to 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 back up for just in any case.

Because of environmental concern we very strongly oppose the use of plastic mineral water bottles. Instead our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening without any additional charge. We suggest you to bring at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles so that you can have enough to last the duration of the day. The tea houses at every stop also supplies you with properly boiled water with a small fee in case you ran out. Besides the hot water we fill up in your bottles in the night after dinner does really serves as a hot pack which you can use it in your sleeping bag and can still drink it in the morning when it's still warm.

Other than your group leader you will have assistant guides in your group. Your leader will sort out assigning each of his assistants in the group systematically while he takes responsibility for the slow walking people being at the tail of the group making it utterly non strenuous. Nevertheless, your leader would be counseling everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team.

Being more exceptional unlike 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 bowl of hot water for basic cleaning.

With the advancement of technology availability of networks in the Nepal Himalayas is miraculous. Mobile and 3G data coverage is available in most areas of Everest including the base camp that is a luxury. Every tea house in the entire region provides you with the 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 phone.

While in 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 its best offering you the comfort experience and its typical local environment. You have 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 which are hygienically prepared to enthrall you even in the mountains under less than ideal conditions. So far there has not been any complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by us.

Thought 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 to all beginners and experienced trekkers which offers an thrilling climbing experience beyond simply trekking in Nepal together with hike to worlds 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 altitude and acclimatization process is the major issue than the level of fitness. Mountain Monarch has an itinerary so designed as 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.

There are possibilities of flight delays and sometimes cancellation 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 a slightest weather chaos or high velocity winds. So there is no need to fear about flying in or out of Lukla. To deal with bad weather situation we have inbuilt the itinerary with 2 nights stay back in Kathmandu. We welcome the idea of having 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 group helicopter flight on extra cost could be an option in case of bad weather.

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 hassle free holiday in terms of issuing permit, hotel, flights, and transportation etc it's best to go with a reputed company that offers you leaders who are knowledgeable 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 you at times of any crisis no matter if it’s a mountain ailments or any weather mayhem.

Most of altitude sickness cases and tragedy has been reported among trekkers in 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 or oxygen chamber bag 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.

Climbing day is the main day and obviously it is the tough and long day. We start the climb early in morning lets say by 3 AM to beat the windy situation and bad weather in the afternoon. Normally we scale the Top by 9 am and return back to base camp for the Lunch. A long day of around 9 hours but no doubt the most memorable day.

We, Mountain Monarch, have been organizing the Island peak climbing since 2 decades. Every year more than 100 trekkers have scale the Island peak climbing with us. So far we have managed to get more than 80% summit success rate.

Peaks below 5600 meter is being categorized as “ Trekking Peaks ” in Nepal Himalayas which are comparatively less technical but physically demanding. To join the trekking peak one must have the sound physical and mental fitness but no need to have the 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 very warm sleeping bag with warm fleece liners and feather duvet jackets which is the mother of all warm clothing's. We also provide you with individual water proof duffle bag to fit all your gears in. For your inconvenience of buying expensive climbing gears Mountain Monarch provides you with personal La Sportiva climbing boots (size taken after your arrival), Black Diamond crampons, ice axe, ice bar, ice screw, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, safety helmet, plain and locking carabineers, prussic cord and new climbing rope etc. Furthermore, unlike many other company at Island peak base camp you will be facilitate with mountain hardware 2 member tent, Exped down fill mattress and solar lights with your device charging facility. We use the solar energy at Island peak base camp to go environment friendly.

Mountain Monarch is renowned for the quality service, proper safety back up, responsible travel with details logistic support though the trip. We invest on manpower and gears. We have the 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 on any of the climbing gear just for one trip.

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

Island Peak is strenuous plus trek which 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 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 use of climbing equipment. Pre physical training is must to prepare yourself to figure out how many hours or how much weight you can handle. Some cardio and couple of miles regular walk will certainly help prior to your arrival in Kathmandu.