Trip Facts

  • Duration:16 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Trip Profile:Mt. Island Peak Climbing
  • Geography:Mountain/Hills/Forests
  • Location:Solukhumbhu
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Tea house/Lodge
  • Meals:All meals included during the trekking
  • Ethnic People:Sherpa
  • Transportation:Flight/Tourist bus/Private vehicle
  • Religious:Buddhism
  • Group Size:1-10 Pax

Highlight

  • Scale the Island Peak (6189m), one of the most esteemed peak climbing destinations in Nepal 
  • Discover the unique Sherpa culture of the Khumbu region
  • Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park and admire its biodiversity
  • Revel in the sights of mountains like the Mt. Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Nuptse (7861m)
     

Overview

Island Peak Climbing is one of the underrated peak climbing and trekking routes in the Khumbu region. It is less populated by tourists and is often favored by trekkers who love the off-beaten paths of the Khumbu region. On the Island Peak Climbing by the Himalaya Land Treks, you get to experience the Sherpa culture first hand and witness the panorama of the Himalayas in the Everest range. 

Island Peak Climbing is 16 days of peak climbing trip and you arrive at Kathmandu to make the necessary permits. Then, you fly to Lukla and start your trek from there. The first stop is Phakding and then you head to Namche Bazaar, the most famous destination in the Khumbu region. You stay one whole day at Namche before proceeding to a higher altitude. You explore the bustling market area and visit the Sherpa Culture Museum to know more about this ethnic group. 

After acclimatizing, you head to many Sherpa settlement areas like Tengboche and rest a whole day at Dingboche to acclimatize for the final time. There, you visit the monasteries and hike up to Nangkartshang Peak (5616 m) to relish the panoramic views of the Himalayas like the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). Then, you head to Island Peak Base Camp via Chhukung. From the base camp, you head out at dawn to avoid extreme weather conditions at the peak. From the peak, you are rewarded with amazing views of the Mt. Everest (8848m), Pumo Ri (7165m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and many more. 

The best time to climb this peak is March-May and September- December months as the weather is mostly stable during these months. Likewise, it is also necessary to know that the weather conditions are quite unstable for the rest of the year. The flights are often delayed and cancelled. It is also recommended to have prior climbing experience with sound technical climbing skills before you do Island Peak climbing. 

At Himalaya Land Treks, you are guaranteed to have the best transportation and accommodation facilities at bargain prices. You are also provided with professional guides who are knowledgeable about every place you go to.

Itinerary of Mt. Island Peak Climbing

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel

As per your scheduled flight, you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, located at Kathmandu. Our company’s representative and staffs are there to welcome you warmly and guide you to the hotel. You refresh and join them for welcome dinner. They will brief you about your trip during dinnertime.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast

On this day, you will indulge in a sightseeing tour around some of the illustrious UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu. Starting off with an exploration around the Swayambhunath, you enjoy the beautiful views of the entire valley. Next, you descend to the culturally decorated streets of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Finally, the tour heads towards the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the biggest Hindu temples in the world. The tour ends with a short tour around Boudhanath Stupa.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9318ft) | 35 mins and trek to Phakding (2,610m/9318ft) | 4 hrs.

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After an early breakfast, you head to the domestic airport and catch the first flight to Lukla. There, you rest for a while and before you start your trek, you meet your local guide and porters. The trail goes along the banks of Dudh Koshi River. So, you can enjoy scenic views of the Dudh Koshi Valley and the mountain landscape. You reach Phakding for overnight stay. After an early breakfast, you head to the domestic airport and catch the first flight to Lukla. There, you rest for a while and before you start your trek, you meet your local guide and porters. The trail goes along the banks of Dudh Koshi River. So, you can enjoy scenic views of the Dudh Koshi Valley and the mountain landscape. You reach Phakding for overnight stay.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11286ft) | 5-6 hrs.

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you head to Namche Bazaar, the most famous and populated area of Khumbu region. The trail today also goes along the banks of Dudh Koshi River and you need to cross many suspension bridges. In about 2 hours, you reach the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park where you need to show your permits. Then, after crossing a few more suspension bridges, you reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Rest at Namche Bazaar/ acclimatization day

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, you explore the busy town of Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Since you are going to higher elevations, you need to acclimatize. You have breakfast in one of the teahouses and then are set to explore the market areas filled with shops and restaurants that even have the internet. Then, you have your lunch and head to Sherpa Culture Museum to learn more about Sherpa culture and their lifestyles. This short hike also provides you with amazing views of Everest Himalayas.

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m/12664ft) | 5-6 hrs.

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After having breakfast, you head to the trail leading to Tengboche. You steadily climb above the Dudh Koshi River and, at certain points, you make sharp descends as well. Along the route, you get to see the first glimpses of few mountains like the Mt. Everest (8848m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). You pass by a few small stupas and Mani walls along the way to Tengboche. After passing them, you reach Tengboche for overnight stay.

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14469ft) | 5-6 hrs.

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You have your breakfast and hit the trail that ascends to Dingboche. After a few hours, you reach Pangboche, another big Sherpa settlement area and have your lunch there. Then, you resume your trek through a trail filled with small stupas and monasteries. You start to notice the vegetation also getting thin as you climb to higher altitudes. After crossing a few more stupas, you reach Dingboche.

Day 8: Rest day in Dingboche/ acclimatization day

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Since you are going to altitude more than 6,000m, you need to acclimatize for the last time. Dingboche is the perfect town to do so as it is the last big settlement area before your climb. You have breakfast in one of the teahouses and enjoy the amazing views of the Mt. Everest (8848m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). Then, you hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5616m) to enjoy panoramic views of Imja Valley and the mountain range.

Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15518ft) | 4-5 hrs.

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You have your breakfast and gently ascend to Chhukung through the trail going northeast of the valley. En route, you can see more amazing views of the Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks. You also get to see the summer huts used by herders to keep their livestock. You walk along with the barren landscapes and enjoy the Mountain View. Then you arrive at Chhukung where you can explore the village for the rest of the day.

Day 10: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17060ft) | 3-4 hrs.

3-4 hrs
Tent/Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You have your breakfast and head towards the Chhukung Valley. You walk along small streams and rocky terrain. En route, you get to see amazing views of the Mt. Everest (8848m) and Island Peak (6189m). After climbing a few meters, you start to see moraines and the Lhotse Glacier comes into view. After a few more meters of ascending, you come to a wide valley, which is the Island Peak Base Camp. Set your tents for overnight camp.

Day 11: Summit Day

Tent/Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Since the midday weather can get very windy, you wake up at dawn to climb. You walk through a wide culvert of snow. The path is not difficult compared to other peaks but the rocky terrain makes it difficult to navigate. You then reach a ridgeline, which takes you to the glacier connected with Island Peak (6189m). From the summit, you can get amazing views of the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumo Ri (7165m), and other neighboring peaks. After enjoying the view, you trek back to base camp.

Day 12: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,930m/12894ft) | 5-6 hrs.

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, you descend back to lower altitude and walk along Khumbu Khola. After crossing Orsho and Somare, you head to upper Pangboche to visit the Gompa, considered as the oldest in Khumbu region. After exploring the Gompa, you head to Pangboche. From the village, you can enjoy scenic views of Ama Dablam (6856m) and Thamserku (6608m) among others.

Day 13: Trek back from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11286ft) | 5-6 hrs.

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, you descend to Namche Bazaar retracing the trail you used earlier on the trek. As you descend, you start to notice that the vegetation is getting thicker. The trail goes along the Imja Valley before you reach Tengboche. After passing Tengboche, you walk along the Dudh Koshi River and descend through pine forests to reach Sanasa. After having lunch there, you reach Namche Bazaar after passing a few chortens.

Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m/9318ft) | 4-5 hrs.

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You have your breakfast and start to descend to Lukla. The trail gets a little rocky at some parts. You walk along the banks of Dudh Koshi River and enjoy the lush vegetation of the valley. After a few meters of descend, you start to cross many suspension bridges. After crossing Hillary Bridge, you head further south towards Lukla.

Day 15: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)- 35 min flight | Farewell Dinner

40 min
Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast/Farewell Dinner

After breakfast, you catch an early flight to Kathmandu. At the domestic airport, our staffs will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After refreshing, you have free time, which you can utilize by exploring the gullies, shopping souvenirs or just relaxing at the hotel. You will participate in a farewell dinner hosted by the Himalaya Land Treks at the end of the trip.

Day 16: Departure from Nepal

Breakfast

Today is the last day and our staffs will make sure that you reach the airport on time. Please make sure that you have all your belongings with you before you depart. Thank you for choosing us!

Inclusion

  • Airport picks up and drops off, upon arrival and departure.
  • Pre trek meeting.
  • City entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights. 
  • Full day city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles and a duffel bag.
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry 
  •     luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Professional Sherpa climbing guide
  • A porter and his entire expenses
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Climbing permit
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging.
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice. 
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water.
  • Oxi-meter: To check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. 
  • All accommodation during the trek  (Soft, comfort, private room with shared toilet).
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Souvenir: Himalaya Land treks t-shirt and Trekking Route map.
  • Farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

Exclusion

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst on trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Tip for guide and porter

Check List

  • Health Requirement arranged 
  • Money:  Cash/Credit Card 
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu 
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat, Sunhat/bandana,  Scarf, Sunglass, Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months
  • T-Shirts 3 or 4
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Reading/ writing materials
  • Thermals Upper and lower  
  • Extra warm clothing during winter ( December to March) 
     

Fixed Departure Dates

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date

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