Island Peak is 6187 metres high and one of the most popular and busy trekking peak in Nepal, also known as Imja Tse, lies in the Khumbu Himalayan range. Climbing this peak gives the best satisfaction every amateur and serious climber can dream of.
What to Expect
Day 1 - Arrival at Kathmandu Airport (1,345 meters)
You will be met at the airport by our representative and escorted to the hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 2 - Pre-trip meeting & sightseeing in Kathmandu
At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the pre-trip meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later, you will be supplied with our Trek Pack and departure information for the next day. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 3 - Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding
An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804m). Upon arrival at the airport, a guide will meet us and introduce the porters before we begin the three hour trek to Phakding (2610m).
After landing there will be time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load the trekking equipment. We then begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), Phakding is just a short walk. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar
We begin the five hour trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche (3441m) is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 5 - Namche Bazaar acclimatization day
A day will be spent in Namche in order to adjust to the high altitude. We’ll go on a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point can be seen rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 6 - Trek to Tengboche Monastery
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi, with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today. After five hours we’ll reach Tengboche, where the local monastery can be seen. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a twenty foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony in either the evening or morning, depending on how the day’s trekking progressed. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 7 - Trek to Dingboche
From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues for six hours, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We’ll set a leisurely pace to adjust to the altitude (4350m). Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 8 - Trek to Chhukung
From here we have four hours of walking to Chhukung (4710m), as it is very important to adjust to the high altitude in order to climb Island Peak. Our guide will give provide important information about climbing Island Peak and the next day’s activities. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 9 - Trek to Island Peak base camp
Today is another short trek of four hours to the Island Peak base camp. Beginning today, accommodations will be tented camps for the next two days, with food prepared by our professional chef. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10 - Acclimatization day
We will spend a day here in adjusting to the thinning of the air. We’ll also make a short trek around the base camp to prepare us for the 6000 meter adventure tomorrow morning. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11 - Island Peak summit &return to Chhukung
Today is our main adventure day. Weather permitting, we’ll start early in the morning for the climb up Island Peak (6187m). After Camp 1, we ascend through a gully and traverse to the right. After making our way up a wide stone field, we cross the ridge to the glacier and crevasses. After a safe trip to the top, we make our way back down the same day back and return to Chhukung. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 12 - Trek to Tengboche
Today we follow the same route back down to Tengboche (3860m). Passing through Dingboche, Pangboche and Diboche, the day’s trek will take six hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 13 - Trek to Namche Bazaar
Leaving the mountains behind, our descent takes us from Tengboche Monastery to the town of Namche Bazaar (3441m). We arrive back at Namche Bazaar in the afternoon, after a five hour walk. We’ll enjoy an evening of talking with follow trekkers over a nice meal. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 14 - Trek to Lukla
Finally we make the five hour return to Lukla (2804m), where the trek began. We’ll take time to reflect on the trek as a group, and on the personal achievements of all who took part. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 15 - Morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla
On the scenic thirty-five minute flight back to Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a last glimpse of the mountains you have recently climbed. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will return to the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 16 - Leisure day in Kathmandu
There’s much to see and to do in Kathmandu and the surrounding areas, including Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight. This is also a spare day in the event of bad weather in Lukla.
Day 17 - Transfer to airport for flight departure
Our airport representative will escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
- Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and drop up
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in three/four star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included (4 nights)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu
- All your standard Meals as per itinerary during the trek and Climb (16 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners)
- Hot drinks during camping (from Island epak base camp and above)
- Tea Houses / Lodges, Guesthouses and Tented accommodation during the trek (10 night’s * * Trekking Guesthouse and 2 night tented camp
- A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek and climb
- The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all staff
- Everest National Park permits
- Island Peak Permit fees
- Garbage Deposit Fee
- General Climbing equipment such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar etc.
- Ace the Himalaya free kits
- Airfare from Ktm-Lukla-Ktm
- Government Taxes
What's Not Included
- Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
- Your travel insurance (compulsory)
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Nepal entry visa, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International *Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. You will also require 2 passport size photos.)
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks laundry
- Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
- Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
- US$80 per person per night for Single room and US$ 65 per person per night for Double (twin sharing) room if you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Know Before You Go
Travel insurance is must. Besides, this kind of trip can be affected by multitude of factors, including weather, local politics and so on.
Please do not forget to bring:
- 2 copies of passport-size photos
- A readable copy of your travel insurance policy