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Island Peak climbing in Nepal

Island peak and climbing information-Mt. Island Peak/Imja-Tse at an altitude of 6160m is the most popular trekking peak in Nepal. The peak actually is logically an outlier on the south ridge of Lhotse Shar and is enclosed by the giant Lhotse and Imja Glaciers. This is easily accessible from Chhukung but please be informed that the grassy slopes above here are prone to avalanches after heavy snowfall. The first base camp is often set at Pareshaya Gab 5075m and the high camp at about 5700m. From here the summit ridge is quite straightforward, though there are various ice gendarmes and crevasses which are passed on the south side. Finally with full preparation attempt the summit. The views from the summit are awe-inspiring of Lhotse towering overhead and other high peaks around.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive at Kathmandu airport.

You'll be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02:Katmandu-Lukla-Phakding: 35 min flight; 4 hours trek

Transfer to Airport and fly to Lukla 2,800m by small twin otter 35 mins. Start trekking passing some of the beautiful Sherpa villages aside from the Dudhkosi River until Phakding 2,652m is reached.

Day 03:Phakding-Namche Bazaar 3440m. 5 hours trek

The trail follows the Dudhkoshi River passing the villages and crossing a few Hilary's Suspension Bridges then the trail further climbs from here to Namche Bazaar.

Day 04:Rest Day

A day is spent here hiking around to acclimatize. Namche Bazaar is the main center in the Khumbu region and has shops, restaurants, a bakery, a hotel with hot showers, and electric power.

Day 05:Namche Bazaar- Dole 4,090m.6 hours trek

A short climb to the top of the village then walks through the forest of birch and junipers and beautiful views of Ama Dablam on the right. After Mungla the trail first descends to Phortse Thanga and ascends further to the village of Dole.

Day 06:Dole -Machhermo: 5 hours trek

The trail climbs all the way to Luza through scrub juniper's long side of the valley high above the river and then crosses the sandy slopes until reaching the village of Machhermo where it is believed that a Yeti killed several yaks and attacked Sherpa women earlier.

Day 07:Machhermo- Gokyo lake 4,750m. 5 hours trek

The trail climbs up to the moraine following a small stream which comes to a small lake and then to the Fangka settlement. From here the trail climbs to the Ngozumpa glaciers then reach the second lake and finally up to the isolated Gokyo lake through the jumble of rocks and boulders.

Day 08:Climb Gokyo RI 5357m.3 hours trek

Early morning climb to Gokyo Ri for the tremendous mountain views around Gokyo including Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee, etc.

Day 09:Gokyo - Thangna 4640m 5 hour trek

The trail along the lake crosses the Ngojumba glacier then Thangna a tiny village with few lodge facilities.

Day 10:Thangna - Dzongla 4,850m. 6 hours trek

Walk across the moraine then it is a steep ascent to the top of the snow-covered Chola la 5,420m, which provides excellent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Mt.Everest. After the pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Dzongkha passing through some pine forests.

Day 11:Dzongla- Lubuche 4,930m. 4 hours trek

The trail gradually climbs up to the top providing an impressive view of Cho Yu then the trail goes into the Sherpa settlement of Lubuches beside a small stream.

Day 12:Lubuche-Gorak Shep 5,160m 4 hours trek

A gentle climb all the way and a short descent to the last village Gorak Shep with few tea-house facilities. Climb to Kala Pattar 5,545m which offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Pumori, and Ama Dablam.

Day 13:Everest Base Camp excursion and trek back to Lobuche 7 hours trek

Walk into the Everest Base Camp 5,357m through rocky and glacial trails where climbers gather to summit Everest then trek back to Lobuche.

Day 14:Lubuche - Kongma La 5540m.- Chhukung 4740m. 7 hours trek

The trail ascends through Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La pass then descends to the Imja Khola valley and further Chhukung a small summer and last settlement before the island peak where you make final preparation for the climb.

Day 15:Chhukung -Island Peak Base Camp 5230m.4 hours trek

A gentle walk through Chhukung valley until the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines and reach the base Camp of Island peak.

Day 16:Island Peak Base Camp - High Camp 5610m. 3 hours climb

The actual climb starts from here. With full preparation climb to High Camp striking off left up the steep hillside and the slope narrows entering a steep rock channel.

Day 17:High Camp - Summit 6189m. - Base Camp - Chhukung: 8-10 hours climb

Early in the morning climb starts through several rocky steps before you emerge on the right side of the gully then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m. snow and ice slope of 40-45° on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Chhukung.

Day 18:Chhukung - Tengboche 3870m. 6 hours trek

The trail gradually descends through scrub junipers, Mani stones, rhododendron forests, and beautiful Sherpa villages to Pangboche then further down to the suspension bridge. From here it is a gentle climb uphill to Tengboche through rhododendron and alpine meadows.

Day 19:Tengboche - Namche Bazaar 5 hours trek

The trail descends to Phunki Tenga then Climb up gradually through a forest to Khumjung from where a long flat ridge come to reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 20:Namche Bazaar - Lukla: 7 hours trek

Trek back to Lukla along the same trail and celebrate the successful completion of the trek.

Day 21:Lukla- Kathmandu

The morning flies back to Kathmandu and transfers to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, souvenir shopping, or explore any sights you want to see and evening enjoy a Farewell dinner hosted by the company.

Day 22:Departure

If you have time and are interested in other adventures like white water rating, wildlife safari, or any other activities can extend your holiday or transfer to the airport and fly back to sweet home.

We try to make our free of tension our clients by arranging the necessary things and including as much as possible while in Nepal and letting them just enjoy the holiday.

  • Airport transfers
  • 2/3 star category hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight, Airport taxes
  • Guided city tour by private vehicles and entrance fees
  • Best available hotel/tent camp and all meals during the trek
  • Down jacket, 4 seasonal sleeping bags & group mountaineering gear.
  • First Aid and Eco trained English speaking trek leader/guide and sherpa, porters, and other necessary staff
  • All necessary papers works, permits, and other logistic work
  • Travel & Rescue arrangements support
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for safety measures at an extra cost if required.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • Staffs insurance and other facilities.
  • Welcome or farewell dinner

  • Entry visa fees and International airfare
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal mountaineering gear and other equipment
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • Travel/medical and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend
  • Tips for guides and other staff.

Equiment Checklist

Personal Equipment:

  • Down sleeping bag, down jacket/trouser, climbing boot double best company, crampons
  • Ice-axe with ice hammer, harness, get-up, snow glass, slings, main rope, Ice crew
  • Sable small, mattress, carabiners, helmet, pulleys and ascenders, water bottle
  • windproof jacket & trousers, down and windproof trousers, nuts, camp device
  • Woolen glove, wind mask, Shocks, medicine, eight fingers and knife

Group Equipment:

  • Fixed rope, main rope, medicine, oxygen, mask, and regulator
  • Climbing tents, food, fuel, and light

Trip Essential Information

Introduction and trip briefing

On our all tours, trek, expeditions, and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip to Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trip leader and team members. In the meantime, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.

A successful trek/climb requirement

Other trek and climb Mt. Everest base Camp trek and Island peak climb, also require previous experience in trekking and ice/rock climbing, sound health & fitness, and previous experience using an Ice axe and crampons, ascending/descending. Of course, there will be some Ice climbing courses at the base camp to make you skillful in using ropes, ice picks, harnesses, crampons, and other essential gear. Island Peak climb usually requires maximum 10hrs of walking and an average of 4-8 hrs in a day; You should be prepared for 7-10 Km of walking or jugging exercise every day at least 2 months before your trip starts. With a lot of willpower, strong determination, reasonable fitness health, and hiking experience make surer of your successful trip. However medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility so we suggest you consult your doctor for medical requirements. To ensure safety and a successful trek; we will provide one trek leader, and one assistant leader on every group trek so that if in case one gets sick, it would not be canceled the trek and run as planned as in the itinerary.

Trek/climbing guide and staff

Believing that every successful trip have been possible because of professional and organized teamwork, Holiday Mountain Treks employs experienced and trained Nepalese trek/climbing guides and excellent teamwork

Our staffs are organized and professional. The trekking/climbing guides will be fully trained in the different courses and from government-authorized institutes that will assist you as much as possible in your summit attempt.

Good care of porters

Believing that the porters are important and impossible to complete the trip. We do not allow porters to carry exceeding 20 kgs in tea-house and 30kgs weight in camping trek It is because humans respect, their rights and are against any exploitation on its operation. We provide good health insurance, good equipment, working training and of course good pay with lots of encouragement. We are working with porters progress of Nepal and other organizations concerning the porters.

Meals during Island peak climbing

Hygienic and freshly cooked meals on a full board basis will be provided both on the trekking and climbing sections. We provide a high level of balance diet, hygiene, and safe meals three times a day. Normally you will have Nepali, Tibetan/Sherpa, Indian, Continental, and Italian dishes.

Washing and Toilet

Most lodges offer hot showers now. Sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water and asks your trek guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water if the water is not solar-heated. Please note that in higher places and cold times there is very little chance to have enough hot water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand-washing facility but ask your trek guide about the place where you can wash and clean your teeth. In any event, it is a good idea to carry a bar of soap with you. If the water freezes then ask your guide to get a warm bowl of water which does not cost money.

Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have them inside the room or lodge. They tend to be cleaner in the lower and Annapurna region than the Everest or other remote and high regions because of water shortage and temperature. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.

Drinking water

Most of the stomach problems are faced by drinking water in the mountain so you should really care about it. Bottle of mineral water is normally available but are environmentally unfriendly options so we recommend filtered and boiled water that should be treated with iodine / purifying tablet before you drink it. The lodge people charge a minimum for boiled water as fuel is used to boil the water and wait about half an hour before adding any fruit powder etc.

Travel Insurance

We suggest and t is a condition of traveling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of insurance are suitable for your trip nature as some do buy cancellation and only for a certain period of time.


Deluxe private vehicles are provided while on the city tour, airport transfers, and round-trip flights.

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.

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