Island peak (6189m) -17 Days

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Island peak, also known as Imje Tse gets its name from its appearance. It looks like an island from distance, amidst the icy waters guarded by silver peaks.

We will go on an unforgettable journey that will take us to the Himalayan wonderland in the heart of Everest Basel Camp (5,375m) and Khumbu Valley. Island peak is one of the most famous peaks in the Everest region having majestic and high glaciated western face which rose from Lhotse Glacier.

The best time for venturing this adventure are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). It is feasible to climb even in winter months but not everyone has high threshold for cold, so these months are suitable in every sense.

Our skillfully created itinerary provides you with even more sightseeing of the youngest mountains in the world, keeping ample amount of time aside for adaptation and acclimatization. We embark on the trek only with the most experienced guides, so you are in safe hands.

Note: Peak climbing is a hobby that requires a lot of physical effort. Only someone in very healthy state of mind and body qualifies for the peak climbing. Himalaya Message Adventure will do anything possible for you trekkers to have the most comfortable, safe and exciting journey.


Island peak climbing is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful trekking and peak climbing hub in whole of Himalayan. Located in the Everest/Khumbu region of eastern Nepal, Island Peak climbing is perfect for adventure lovers, enthusiasts of energetic and challenging treks.  Standing at the maximum altitude of 6,160m, from here we get the most stunning view of Everest and other eastern Himalaya.

Outline Itinerary

1 Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu (1,400m approx.)

After you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our airport representatives will gently receive you and drive you to your hotel through private car or a high-end tourist bus. Once you check-in, you can do as per your wish either explore to the city on your own, or, take a comfy rest at the hotel.

2 Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu.

We have allocated a whole day for sightseeing of this fabled capital, hippies’ haven in the 70s. After a wholesome breakfast at hotel, we will begin our sightseeing of kathmandu valley. Mainly we will visit four popular tourist destinations today. All four have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. First, we will visit Pashupati Nath, the biggest and the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. From there we will visit Swayambhu Nath and Boudha Nath, two popular Buddhist shrines with peculiar and mystical gigantic stupas, accompanied by countless smaller stupas. We will spend the evening in old royal court of Malla Kings and later Shah Kings of Nepal. It is a beautiful old court which showcases the exquisiteness of middle age architecture of the valley

3 Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.

On third day, we’ll board a flight to Lukla (2810m), from TIA.  You will be able to rejoice the sight of splendid hills, rivers and mountains during the 30 minutes long flight. On reaching Lukla airport, you’ll be introduced to your porter, and served a wholesome breakfast. After that, we will head north to Phakding (2620m). It is an easy 3 hour hike through the Dudhkoshi valley. We will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m) and cross the crystal clear Thadokoshi on a locally built suspension bridge. Past the bridge, you can witness Kusam Kanggru (6367m), which is one of the toughest mountains to conquer. Away from the ThadoKoshi, the trail continues towards the Ghat (2590m) and we will cross a ridge marked with painted Mani stones. We will carry on our mount to reach the beautiful tribal village of Phakding where you will stay overnight.

4 Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3445m).

On our second day of trek, we will head to Namche bazaar, celebrated village of Khumbu region. On our way to Namche, we will cross the winding Dudhkoshi River 5 times on thrilling suspension bridges, covered with colorful Buddhist prayer flags. Then, we will continue your climb, which will bring you to Jorsale. From there, it’s a two and a half hour ascent to Namche, with two major viewpoints on your way. If you’re lucky, on a clear day, you can relish the hypnotic view of Everest. At Jorsale, you will enter Sagarmatha National park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you’ll be required to verify your permits. After 5-6 hours of tough hiking, we’ll reach Namche Bazaar, chief economic hub of the region, also, gateway to Everest.

5 Day 05: Namche Bazar acclimatization day + walk to Khunde, Khumjung, and Everest view hotel back to Namche.

Adaptation to harsh geography and high altitude is vital before further continuing the ascent to avoid altitude sickness and other unwelcomed illness. You’ll be taken for a one day hike through the beautiful villages of Khunde and Khumjung. After getting back at Everest view hotel, you can go to look at the giant skull of so called mystical creature “Yeti”, in a monastery in the region. You can also savor at a bakery at world’s highest altitude. On a fairly clear day, you can view breathtaking view of peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam among others. The view of mountains from Everest View Hotel, is also commendable. After a nourishing breakfast at hotel, we will endeavor an hour long climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will steadily ascend towards Khundu. On your way up, you can see century’s old Chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From there, we will move eastwards to Khumjung, the largest settlement in whole Khumbu region, at the lap of holy peak of Khumbila. After savoring lunch at Khumjung, we will trail a slow climb to Everest View Hotel, from where you can again enjoy the view of Himalayans. The descend to Namche (3540m) is approximately 4/5 hours walk.

6 Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,870m).

After a healthy breakfast, we will begin our easy trek from Namche to Phunki. From there, we ascend towards Tengboche which is very famous for the holy Tengboche Monastery, the biggest in the region. We can visit the monastery while we are there and witness the religious ceremony. From here we can have a panoramic view of the Everest, Nuptse, Thamserku, Lhotse and Ama Dablam among others.

7 Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m).

From here, we will go downhill to Debuche. We will cross the exciting suspension bridge over the Imja Khola and then climb to Pangboche. We will walk along thousands of Mani stones. From here, after walking from 5 hours we will reach the beautiful Sherpa settlement named Dingboche from here we can have beautiful view of Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam. We will sleep in a teahouse overnight.

8 Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

Today we will spend the day exploring the vicinity and adjusting to the high altitude. We can go for walks in the periphery and also explore the beautiful village of Dingboche and experience the exquisite Sherpa culture firsthand. From here, we can have majestic view of Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam.

9 Day 09: Trek to Chukung (4,720m).

We will head to the eastern side, gently uphill. It winds across the moraine from the Lhotse glacier. After trekking for around 3 hours, we will reach Chukung which is also known as the hidden valley. It lies in the base of the Island Peak. We will rest for the day on reaching Chukung and prepare for the big day tomorrow.

10 Day 10: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m) and practice.

After making necessary preparations for the climbing, we will climb on to high camp from where we start our climb. At first, the path is handy, but from there, the path then turns green and then boulder strewn. We will begin the pre-climbing trekking after breakfast. We will get to know our climbing boots, ice axe, crampons and harnesses. The training will prepare and boost you for the climb next day. We will spend the night in base camp.

11 Day 11: Climb to Island peak and back down to Chhukung.

Today is our main day of adventure and the highlight of trip. If the weather is clear, we will start early morning for our climb to the altitude of 6,187m. We climb through the traverse to the right. After walking past the wide stone field, we will cross the ridge across the snowy glacier. After making our way to the top, we will spend some time there. We will take lot of pictures as well. We will climb down the same day and spend the night in a guest house in Chukung.

12 Day 12: Contingency day

We will spend the day exploring the vicinity and taking a good, much needed rest after the peak climbing. We can go for short walks in the area. This day used just in case of bad weather or any other reason final push to the summit didn’t happen on the planed day. This is more of the buffer day for climbing.

13 Day 13: Trek to Phortse village (3,985m).

Today’s trek will be much easier as we will go downhill to lower altitude. We will follow the same route along the Khumbu Khola and pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Orsho and Shomare. We can still enjoy the beautiful views of the Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga, and  Imja Tse river flowing.

14 Day 14: Trek back to Namche Bazaar

We will continue our trek down the Sherpa villages of Khumjung, leaving the mountains in the backdrop. We will walk down to the village of Namche bazaar, epitome of Sherpa culture. We will stay the night at a guest house in Namche.

15 Day 15: Trek down to Lukla (2830m).

It is around a 7 hours long walk downhill from Namche to Lukla. On this day, our time at exotic Sagarmatha National Park will come to an end. Following day, we will board a plane to capital. You will bid goodbye to this trek with a memorable walk down to Lukla.

16 Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu.

Early morning air trip from Lukla to Kathmandu, back to your hotel. (Day 12) Early morning, we will catch a plane from Lukla to Kathmandu. Don’t forget to pick a seat on the right side, to see the insatiable mountains again. On reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted back to your hotel. A farewell dinner will be hosted the same night, on your honor.

17 Day 17: Final departure.

Now, the time has come to leave this remarkable country. Our agents will take you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid departure to this land of Himalaya with a plan to visit again. You are always welcome!!

Trip Facts

Cost Includes

  • Arrival in International Airport and Departure.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee in National Park.
  • Climbing Peak Permit
  • Kathmandu to Lukla / Lukla to Kathmandu Flight
  • All camping Equipment, two men tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent and Mattresses during the Peak climbing.
  • Lodge and Camping Accommodation Breakfast, lunch, dinner in trekking and climbing period.
  • Climbing Sirdar, Sherpa, Cook, Kitchen staffs and porters.
  • Insurance for trekking & Climbing Staff.
  • Climbing equipments and Daily Salary for Staff.
  • Oxygen for Emergency Rescue.
  • Climbing Gears, Fix Rope, Main Rope, Snow Ball, Ice Crop, Rock Piton, High Tent, EPI Gas, EPI Head, Cooking Set etc.

Cost Excludes

  • Personal equipment for Climbing.
  • Personal travel Insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation.
  • Personal expenses/Bar bills.
  • Tipping for Expeditions staff.
  • Alcoholic beverages and canned or bottled cold drinks.
  • Extra cost for air cargo, if more than 20 kgs.
  • Extra cost for bad weather or change flight with helicopter


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Useful Info

Our 6,000m peaks are more challenging trips. Your tough level of fitness is really important for this trip; therefore we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical fitness level. You do not need to be an athlete, but a good level of overall fitness is important. Being fit will certainly improve your chances of reaching your chosen summit. As an indication, you should be able to walk 8 km / 5 miles with a maximum height gain of 800m/2,000ft with a 10kg rucksack in 5 hours or less.
In order to get ready for this challenge, you need to be trained at least for about 5 to 7 months to prepare yourself as strong candidate. You can go to fitness center every morning for about 2 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack (i.e. 7kg, 10kg, 13 kg, 16kg and up to 20kg), manage some time for cycling for couple of hours for 3 or 4 times a week. However during climbing, there might be little symptoms of an altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue etc. but take it as normal and just drink a lot of water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, you need to be able to hike 6 – 10 hours over hilly terrain up to 6,000m of altitude with daypack.  On the summit push, extra effort is required walking on ice and climbing up to 10 – 12 hours. We will have porters to carry our heavy camping equipment, food and also the climbing gears.
Experience Required
All of our 6000m peak climbing trips are accessible to experienced trekkers and those who have done some climbing trips in European mountains in order to take another challenge on the Himalaya's Mountains. This trip will be helpful if you want to gain some knowledge about the mountaineering and have future plan to climb BIG Mountains.
If you have any previous mountaineering experiences and well knowledge about how to play with mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbing, will surely increase the chances of reaching the summit and also previous trekking and mountaineering experiences is mandatory but doesn’t require any technical experience. But if you are participating on one the technical climbing peak then you must have well knowledge about how to use the mountaineering climbing gears (i.e. crampon with boot, Ice axe, harness, ropes, jumars, prussiks, abseiling, moving past knots, anchor etc.). Crampons are use for maximum grip and harness and ropes are use for maximum safety during climbing. But for those who have no mountaineering experience and skill but have got tough level of fitness, , you will be have basic training session by our guides about how to use the climbing gears during rest/acclimatization day. So we always make it sure regarding the safety of the team and successful climb of the peak. 

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