Mt. Island Peak/Imja-Tse 6160m is the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. The peak actually is logically an outlier on the south ridge of Lhotse Shar and enclosed by the giant Lhotse and Imja Glaciers. This is easily accessible from Chhukung but please informed that the grassy slopes above here are prone to avalanche after heavy snowfall. Fist base camp is often set at Pareshaya Gab 5075m and 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 transfer to 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 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 few Hilary's Suspension Bridge then the trail further climbs from here to Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Rest Day.

A day is spent here for 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 the village then walk 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 the scrub junipers 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 the mall stream which comes to a small lake then to the Fangka settlement. From here the trail climbs to the Ngozumpa glaciers then reach to the second lake and finally up to the isolated Gokyo lake through the jumble of rocks and boulder.

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 crossing 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 trails go in the Sherpa settlement of Lunches 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-houses 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 for summit Everest then trek back to Lobuche.

Day 14: Lobuche - 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 island peak where you make the final preparation of 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 to 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 to the steep hillside and 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 the 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 40-45° on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge leading to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Chhukung.

Day 18: Ch hiking - 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 up the hill 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.

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 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 airport and fly back to sweet home.

Cost Details

  • We try to make free of tension our clients from arranging the necessary things and include as much as possible while in Nepal and let them just to 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 bag & group mountaineering gears.
  • First Aid and Eco trained English speaking trek leader/guide and sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.
  • All necessary paper works, permits and other logistics 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 gears 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 staffs.



Departure Dates

No fixed departures.

Trip Review

Spiros Soulis

When one organizes a trek to Nepal (Particularly over the internet) one does not know what to expect. We were blessed to have finally organized our trek with Holiday Mountain Treks. They were professional and friendly and made us feel comfortable from the beginning. Abir finalized every detail and provided answers to all our questions. As for the trek itself, the guide and porters made the journey all the more enjoyable. They took care of the small matters however they allowed us the freedom to decide on major concerns. The climb to Island Peak, this was conducted with experience and safety. At no time we did we feel in danger.

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