Island Peak Climbing 2023

Island Peak Climbing 2023

Facts of the Trip

Elevation: 6160m

Location: Khumbu, Nepal (27°55'21'N 86°56'10'E )

Duration: 18 days

First Ascent: British expedition - Charles Evans, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie and Tenzing Norgay with seven Sherpas (1953)

Best Season: Spring and Autumn

Accommodation: Hotel and Camping

Climbing Route: Southern routes

Grade: Mountaineering II

Transportation: By Flight (to/from Lukla)

Group Size: Maximum 15

Major Activity: Trekking and Climbing

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Island Peak 6160 meter also known as Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal located at Khumbu valley or Everest region. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton. Island peak is a very famous Nepal Mountaineering Association peak (trekking peak) among the 33 NMA peaks. Island peak derives its name as the mountain looks like a sea of ice, along with one of the most enjoyable climbing occurrences.

Island Peak was first climbed in 1953 as part of a training exercise by a British expedition that went on to summit Mount Everest, which included Charles Evans, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie and Tenzing Norgay, with seven Sherpa.

To climb Island Peak, one has the option of starting from a base camp at 5,087 meters (16,690 ft) and starting the climb between 1am or 2 am. Another popular option is to ascend to High Camp at around 5,600 meters (18,400 ft) to reduce the amount of effort and time needed for summit day. However, adequate water supply and concerns about sleeping at a higher altitude may dictate starting from base camp. Base camp to high camp is basically a hike, but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes may be set up by the guides for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 meters (330 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing.

Climbing the Imja Tse or Island Peak gets rewarded by some of the most spectacular scenery of the Himalayas in the Everest region. Once on the summit, see that the giant mountains, Ama Dablam, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semicircle in the north, views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Ama Dablam in the south.

That peak is more charming for climbing. For many mountaineering enthusiasts, climbing the Island Peak marks the preparation for a full scale Himalaya expedition in Nepal in the later years. For the serious mountaineers, Island Peak also serves the purpose of acclimatization before heading to the bigger mountain climbing.

Everest base camp trek combined with Island Peak climbing is probably the best trip in Nepal adored by adventure seekers. Asian Hiking Team’s a local travel agency, organizes Island peak climbing, trekking starting from Lukla all the way to visit Everest Base Camp continues trekking to Island base camp, summit the peak then end the trek in Lukla.

During the trekking until Chhukum it is possible to have Guest house/Lodge facilities. The guest house / Lodge was running hot and cold water facilities. Private rooms are available in most guest houses/ Lodge. Most bathrooms are shared. Many years’ experience in the Trekking field of organizing various treks in Nepal assures you that we have chosen for our treks the cleanest and most hygienically kept Guest Houses /Lodge with a friendly atmosphere and the best views. From the base camp we need to full board camping. Camping is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, Sherpa’s and porters accompanying you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablution tents are provided and set up, mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp.

If anyone is looking Island Peak climbing part only, we have Sherpa guide and climbing store in Dingboche (in peak season Sep to Dec. and March to June) so that we operate climbing 2 nights 3 days camping with equipment, necessary document, camping arrangement with essential staffs, so that you can contact us to do Island peak climb from Chhukum to Chhukum as well.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel (B).

Trekking/Climbing Start

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800 m.) by flight and trek to Phakding, 2652 m, 3 hours trek, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440 m, 5-6 hours, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 04: Namche Bazaar Rest for Acclimatization, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3867 m, 4-5 hours, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 06: Tengboche to Pheriche 4343 m, 5 hours, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 07: Pheriche to Lobuche 4930m, 5-6 hours, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 08: Lobuje to Gorak Shep 5164 m, 3 hours continues EBC 2–3 hours, overnight at Hotel/Lodge in Gorep-shep (B/L/D).

Day 09: Gorepshep to Kalapatter 5545 m 2 hours and trekking Dingboche 4410 m, 5–6 hours, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 10: Dingboche to Chhukung 4800 m, 3 hours, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 11: Chhukung to Island peak (Imja Tse) Base Camp 5100 m, 5 hours trek, overnight at Tented Camp (B/L/D).

Day 12: Island Base Camp to Island Peak summit, 6160 m. & back to Island Base Camp, overnight at tented Camp (B/L/D).

Day 13: Spare days for climbing (B/L/D).

Day 14: Island Base Camp to Teangboche 3867m 6–9 hours, overnight Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 15: Tengboche to Manju 2760m 5/6 hours, overnight at Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 16: Manju to Lukla 3 hours 2840 m, overnight at Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight 35 minutes then transfer to Hotel (BB).

Trekking End

Day 18: Last minute, transfer to Airport for your onward journey (B).

Note: The trekking itinerary subject to change as your time frame. It is also possible to start from Jiri or Salleri drive from Kathmandu.