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

Island Peak Climbing in Nepal

Island Peak is one of Nepal's most popular trekking peaks. This Island Peak climbing trip offers a fantastic climbing experience beyond trekking. Dare to Stand at 6189 meters to cherish the sense of achievement of scaling a stunning peak in the Himalayas. This expedition-style climb to Island Peak with EBC trek grades as Alpine PD+. This is a physically demanding but not technically challenging climb. This combo trek to climb suits all novice climbers and experienced trekkers. Good physical fitness with a positive attitude for a safe adventure. Climbing this Island peak is the first step before attempting other giant peaks.

Incredible success rate of 51 trekkers out of 62 scaled in 2016. Above 90 % summit success rate in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022  and 2023.

Climb Island Peak and EBC with Proper Safety

We take an exciting flight to Lukla to begin this Island's peak journey. We trek to Namche and Dingboche, where we spend two nights. We plan to hike around to adjust to the thinner air. On the way up to EBC, we trek the less-trodden route via Phortse village. We climb EBC and Kala Pathar before we head to the base camp of Imjatse Peak. We stay at a fully supported tented camp at 5000 meters. We scale this Island peak after proper acclimatization.

We run this Island peak climbing with an EBC trek with a proper safety backup. We ensure the medically trained and experienced guide on the whole journey. They carry the required medicines and lead your trip to the summit and back. We have an Oxygen cylinder to safeguard all members and crew. It is life-saving in thinner oxygen conditions at high altitudes. We have a dedicated porter for each trekker. This allows trekker to have their own pace and adjust their journey. This personal porter is helpful in case of itinerary adjustment. Of course, you feel proud that you have your porter carrying the lighter weight. Being lightweight, your porter can walk beside you with a big smile.

Climbing Training and Summit Day

Special Climbing Clinic training course designed to give required climbing skills. It boosts the confidence of all team members for a safe and successful climb. We organized it at the base camp of Island Peak just before the summit push. Our experienced climbing guide demonstrates the climbing gear and leads the training. He sets up the fixed line for the actual climbing practice. We practiced with Jumar, Figure of eight, ropes, ice axes, crampons, etc. We check the climbing boots with crampoons and practice walking around. If required, our climbing guide will demonstrate a few ladder-crossing techniques. This depends on the current situation as the climbing routes change.

The island peak expedition summit day starts early in the morning. It begins with an exciting scramble along a rock ridge to a glacier. Above the rocky hill is a steep snow headwall leading to the summit. Of course, this is a challenging but great day of achievement. Our permanent and experienced climbing guides fix NEW ropes. We use Jumar and harness on strenuous and difficult sections of climbing. The ultimate climb up a 60 - 70 degree faces about 150 meters to the summit ridge. Island Peak unfolds the breathtaking panorama of Nuptse, Lhotse in the north. The stunning views of Makalu (8475 m) and Baruntse (7129 m) in the east. And the famous expedition peak of Amadablam (6812 m) in the south.

Island Peak Climbing Difficulty and Preparation

Proper acclimation is a must before the summit push. Climbing the Island peak at 6189 meters is physically challenging. There are some challenges and difficulties on the way to the summit. The headwall inclined to push, walking around bolder, and crevasses crossing some of them. Two to three months of trip preparation before arriving in Nepal. Mental preparation and positive thinking are keys to adventure trips. A fit and experienced trekker can join the climb to Island Peak with an EBC hike. These trekking peaks require a special climbing permit to summit the top. Only Nepal-based registered trekking companies can obtain such permits. One needs to join a local company to climb these trekking peaks in Nepal. Booking with an overseas company means hiring a mediator. Who only sets the bridge between the trekkers and the actual operator

Climbing Gear, Best Time, and Duration

Mountain Monarch is a top ten award-winning company organizing peak climbing in Nepal. We provide all personal and group climbing gear for the climbing trip. That includes Climbing boots: helmet, ice axe, crampons, Jumar, Figure of eight, harness, and carabiners. Furthermore, we have a climbing rope and tent for members and crew. There is no need to hire or buy any climbing gear for doing Island Peak with us. Thus, we ensure a safe, hassle-free, and cost-effective climbing experience. The best climbing times are March, April, May, October, and November. We also customize the winter climb in December. It offers a clear sky, though colder at night.

We have set four days to climb Island Peak from the base camp to the summit. We stayed at the tented camp with a proper setup during this climbing. We have a dining tent with a table and chairs for meals. We have an experienced cook and his crew at base camp. They prepare plentiful hygienic meals to surprise you on that elevation. We stayed at the local tea house while trekking for the rest of the nights. These tea houses are relatively warmer and more cozy than tents. In addition, we have a climbing training day at the base camp. This is a specially designed climbing training day just before the summit push. The summit day starts early in the morning. The climbing takes around 10 hours to complete. We have our climbing guides to support you on this big day. The Island peak climbing cost includes all services. This includes meals, accommodation, a climbing guide, a permit, a Lukla flight, etc.

Booking Open for the Spring and Autumn for 2024

We specialize in trekking peak climbing in Nepal. We have been organizing this island peak climbing trip for over two decades. We have many sets of fixed and guaranteed departure dates. You can join any dates in the Spring and Autumn seasons of 2024. March, April, May, September, October, or November are the best times for an Island peak climb with an EBC hike. Independent trekkers and groups of friends are welcome to join. Let us know if you wish to have a private group date and plan. We will customize it to suit your interests best. We ensure a safe and memorable journey of a lifetime.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Popular trekking peak climbing for the Himalayan summit thrill lifetime experience
  • Best combo of trekking and climbing experience in the Himalayas
  • Exceptional summit success rate with a most experienced climbing guide who climbed it more than 200 times
  • Travel with the Top 10 climbing operators in Nepal.
  • Safety backup 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 on the trek
  • 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


  • Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Free to relax and get over your jet leg.
  • Initial arrival information.
  • Welcome Dinner with a Nepali ethnic and cultural program.
  • Next day morning half day tour to Pashupatinath and Bhaudhanatha
  • Trip briefing and gear checking in the afternoon
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Altitude1340 m

  • Morning scenic mountain flight to Lukla – 40-minute flight.
  • If needed, we rearrange the trek Duffle bags before loading them up by porters.
  • Hike to Phakding (2,650 m), a leisurely afternoon's picturesque walk.
  • Walk to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), the main trading center for the Khumbu region. Cross five times suspension bridge over Dudhkoshi River.
  • We enter Everest National Park. We see the magnificent mountain views at the first sight of Mt. Everest.
  • We hike to Everest View Hotel or Kunmjung for the proper acclimation an
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude3440 m

  • From Namche, we hike to the less-trodden route to Photse via Monla and spend a night. 

  • The next morning, we traverse high pasture lands above the river. We stop for lunch at Pangboche and explore the oldest monastery in the region. After lunch, continue the day up the glacial valley until it reaches Dingboche.

  • The second important acclimatization day at Dingbo he. We will be hiking on the surrounding hills. We walk and judge how our bodies cope with altitude and thinner air.


  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude4410 M

  • We see the great memorials of late Everest summiteers at Thukla Paas. We hike over the terminal moraine of the great Khumbu Glacier.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude4910 M

  • One of the most challenging and exciting days for all trekkers. Everyone's dreams come true visiting Everest Base Camp at 5,380 m. The view of Khumbu Icefall from the Base Camp is spectacular. Finally, we returned down to Gorakshep for the night.

  • Kala Pathar, a realistic view tower at 5545 m, will get before sunrise. The awe-inspiring sunrise on Everest and its dominants. Then, we make a quick descent to Gorakshep and pack up. After breakfast, we head down to Dingboche or Pheriche for an overnight stay.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude5140 m

  • The glacial river and open arid valley to the Island Peak Base came. We pass Chukung, the last settlement before the Island peak. We reach Base camp near the south slopes of the Island Peak. Stay at tented camping. Our company chef prepares food for all of us while at base camp.

  • Climbing clinic - The climbing guide displays all the required climbing equipment. Briefs you about the technical part and demonstrates it properly. All the climbing members should obtain a basic knowledge of climbing gear. It helps to cope with difficult situations on summit day. The climbing guide will assist you until you confidently use these climbing gear.


  • AccommodationTented Camping
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude4970 m

  • Start walking with the help of a flashlight early in the morning. The track leads northeast beyond the base camp. A few hundred meters of rugged flat paths before a steep climb of the hillside.

  • We climb the ridge to get an exposed area next to the summit glacier. We rope up all members. And we traverse the icy glacier and cross several crevasses. Ultimately reach the bottom of the south summit ridge. We use a fixed rope and Jumar onwards to climb. It is an around 45-degree ice slope sharp summit ridge to the top. After enjoying summit views, we descend to base camp for a night's stay.

  • An extra day -in case of bad weather o any trip plan adjustment. There will be at least an option to attempt to reach the top. This is an optional day in case of not used. You may have a relaxing walk to Lukla or a day early flight to Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude4970 m

  • After the summit, we retrace down Imja Valley on our way to Pangboche. We pass the Chukhung and Dingboche settlements. Rejoins with the main Everest BC trail after crossing the River.

  • Trek to Namche Bazaar, we explore the most famous Thyangbuche Monastery. Descend to the bottom of the Dudhkoshi River. Afterward, we hike uphill to Kyenjuma village. Finally, the trail becomes level to Namche.

  • Namche to Lukla. Beautiful mountain views and fresh green valley. It is our last day of hiking and last night in the mountain. We celebrate with the crew to keep all memories alive.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude2860 m

  • Fly back to Kathmandu to buy some souvenirs before returning home.
  • The next day, we had transportation to the airport.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

Detailed day-to-day itinerary of Island Peak with Everest base camp. It includes trip elevation, walking hours, major highlights, and activities.

What's Included
  • Airport transfer as on the trip plan.
  • Standard Hotel in Kathmandu Twin share room with breakfast.
  • Group Nepali welcome dinner with a guide in Kathmandu.
  • Half-day guided city tour with entrance fees.
  • Full board meals breakfast, lunch, and dinner while on trek.
  • Full board meals prepared by our cook while on tented camping.
  • Tea house while trekking and tented camping while climbing duration.
  • Responsible trekking with One trekker: One porter.
  • Professional and experienced Trek Leader trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses.
  • Trek Sherpa and Porter with require gear and proper insurance.
  • Oxygen Cylinder and First Aid Kit as a safety backup
  • All camping gear, member tent, dining tent, staff, kitchen tent, etc.
  • All required personal and group climbing gear, including climbing boots.
  • Warm trek gear of sleeping bag and parka etc.
  • Island peak climbing royalty of US$ 250 per person
  • Climbing Clinic training at the base camp of Imjatse Peak.
  • Complementary Trek duffle bag, Trek Map and T-shirt
  • Climbing certificates for successful climbers.
  • Everest National Park entry fees and local VDC entry permit
What's Excluded
  • Nepal's entry Visa fees; travel insurance of any kind.
  • International Airfare to Kathmandu.
  • Drinking water on the trek.
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like the hot shower, battery charge, telephone, hot beverage drinks etc.

Dates & Availability

Planning to join the climbing trip in the Himalayas. We have many fixed Island peak expedition trip departure dates to join the group in 2023 and 2024. An all-inclusive package cost including all the personal and group climbing gear, permit guides, Lukla flight, etc

March Departure
Start DateStart DateMarch 24, 2024End DateEnd DateApril 12, 2024StatusStatusGuaranteedPricePriceUS$2790
Start DateStart DateMarch 31, 2024End DateEnd DateApril 19, 2024StatusStatusGuaranteedPricePriceUS$2790
Customer Reviews
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    Steve Pikula 5.0CanadaNovember 13, 2022logo
    Simply the best on many levels!

    The company you chose makes a HUGE difference, and I'm so glad I decided on Mountain Monarch for many reasons.1) One to One porter to client ratio: Many people don't realize that numerous guiding companies treat their porters inhumanely by loading them up with unreasonable loads, often over 50kg. As clients, we have a social responsibility and should not allow companies to allow these wonderful people's horrible treatment for a few dollars. Mountain Monarch takes this seriously and treats their staff as well as their clients, and it was VERY noticeable on my trip! Kudos to them!2) Communication Transparency: Pradip (the company owner) always responded quickly and clearly from the first inquiry to the after-trip debriefing. He truly cares about his clients and wants to make the experience positive and memorable. 3) Local: The last time I was in Nepal, I used a Western company and quickly learned that ALL Westerners subcontract the locals to do the work for them anyway. This time, after a lot of research, I chose the best local Nepalese company I could find to put more money into the local economy rather than into Westerners' pockets which would grind down the wages local Nepalis earn. Nepal is a developing country, and I believe every dollar matters. So glad I did this!!4) Quality guides: I can say, without a doubt, that our guides were amongst the best anywhere on the trail or the mountain. The day before my climb, a large group returned from their summit attempt, and I heard them angrily announce to one of their friends at base camp that they were lucky to be alive. Only one set of fixed ropes on the mountain and a big traffic jam created some hazardous situations on the headwall. My guide Nigma and I discussed the situation and my concerns after hearing about the debacle. He quickly told me not to worry because he was bringing more than 80 meters of rope with him and would fix anchors along the way so we could bypass potentially dangerous areas. On summit day, that plan made all the difference in the world and allowed me to sail safely past others jammed up on the lines. I was NEVER concerned for a moment and was thankful I chose the right company. Also, our guides always read their clients well, ensuring we are at the right pace to achieve our objectives. That helped me slow down when I needed to and never pushed me beyond my abilities, not to mention supporting me by taking my trekking poles through tricky sections. Unlike other guides I saw, he was always there for me when I needed him. My wife's guide, Roshan, was also excellent and super supportive. These guys were the best by far, and so grateful to have them there to improve our experience.5) Food & Cook: At base camp, I was fed very well with quality food in a dedicated dining tent that was for me alone. I'm a fussy eater, and it was not a problem for the cook. I had hot drinks of every variety available to me and could eat as much as I wanted. Excellent service with a caring and supportive smile every time! Here are some tips for your trip: 1) Make sure you spend a night at Tengboche. It is a must-stay location.2) Bypass Pangboche if you can. They have a big problem with their out-of-control dog population. They bark, yelp, and howl all night, making it impossible to sleep. I highly recommend Mountain Monarch, and I can't say enough about them. You are in good hands with these guys!

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    Ryan Mohr 5.0United StatesJune 05, 2022logo
    EBC Trek and Island Peak - April and May 2022

    Wow, where to start? We had such a fantastic adventure, and Mountain Monarch made it all happen. We trekked to Everest Base Camp and paired with Island Peak. I climbed Island Peak while my wife stayed at the Island Peak base camp. Mountain Monarch was a great company, and we felt completely taken care of the whole way. As promised, they patiently waited at the airport when we arrived in Kathmandu and took us straight to the hotel, which was great and comfortable! We had a half-day tour of Kathmandu, and our tour guide Ram was amazing and super knowledgeable. Our flight to Lukla to start the trip was smooth, and they helped make everything easy. Along the trek, all of the accommodations were set up for us, and we didn't have to do a thing! The accommodations along the way were great. Our guide Netra provided so much peace of mind in keeping us healthy along the way and watching out for our health and wellbeing (like carrying oxygen the whole way)...such a wealth of knowledge around everything from first aid, knowledge of the region, etc, we felt lucky to have him. The assistant guides were also fantastic; we loved Santosh and LB, as they took great care of us. Our Porters were also fantastic, friendly, and timely. They always were one step ahead and getting our gear to the next stop. At Island Peak, the camping setup was plush, and the food was excellent. The climb was super cool, and my climbing guide was right there alongside me the whole time.

    All in all, it was a fantastic experience, and Mountain Monarch delivered everything it said. We felt so good about everything, especially compared to other trekking companies that didn't seem as put together. I would absolutely recommend Mountain Monarch to anybody, and I would absolutely use them again for future trips to Nepal!!! 5 stars all around!

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    Zoe Bazley 5.0AustraliaFebruary 02, 2020logo
    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!

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