Island Peak (6,160m)

Locally known as Imja Tse, Island Peak is a spectacular peak amid the giants of the Himalaya. Tucked away up the Chukkung valley this beautiful mountain does indeed look like an island which is dwarfed on both sides by the stupendous Lhotse/ Nuptse South Wall to the north and Baruntse to the south. The views from the top of this mountain are truly wonderful, and all the more memorable for a spectacular airy ridge climb to the top.


If you have dreamed of climbing a technical 6000 meter Himalayan summit then this famous mountain may answer your wishes. It was actually a training peak used by Sherpa Tenzing in 1953 and the route they discovered is the same one that is used today. In fact Island Peak is still a popular training peak for clients attempting Mount Everest because a lot of the skills required – crossing crevasses with ladders, using jumpers on a fixed line – are the same.


It is no surprise that Himalayan peaks have drawn adventures, climbers, and cultural enthusiasts for nearly 200 years. The stark and rugged terrain, so entwined with the culture of local Sherpa People, offers such powerful experiences that Himalayan travel stands in a class by itself. While many think of travel to the Himalayas as only high -altitude climbing or trekking, this expedition offers climbers and trekkers an exciting opportunity to enter the world of the mighty Himalayas.



The Island Peak expedition is a minimum 19 days when you include days in Kathmandu and has 16 days on trek / climb. We do recommend allowing extra time for potential flight delays getting into and out of the mountains.


The gradual ascent up the Khumbu valley allows for excellent acclimatization, which is further enhanced with a climb up Chukhung Ri (5550m) for a great view of the south wall of Lhotse. There is also the optional extra (see cost tab) of adding on an adventure up the Kongma La pass with it’s classic views over the Khumbu Glacier and a climb of Pokalde (5806m).


Our main objective, Island Peak, is the final highlight of the trip and a classic 6000m peak which was climbed by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing back in 1953 as their training peak for Everest. By the time we come to climb you’ll be well acclimatized and mountain fit.

During the trip, you will learn and use many skills in safe travel on mountains at high altitude including glacier travel, scrambling and moving on mixed snow and ice terrain. Good alpine skills are a requirement for this trip and if not possible to learn these before you join us them you will have plenty of time to learn and practice them before reaching Island Peak. The summit day on Island Peak does involve crossing a crevassed glacier using a climbing rope, negotiating some ladders across crevasses, using a jammer to ascend a fixed line and then a descender to come back down again (there is no top rope on the abseil) and negotiating a narrow exposed ridge to the summit.


Maximum Altitude:6,160 meters
Best Season:Autumn, Spring & Winter
Trip Grade:Difficult
Group Size:1 – 15 people
Duration:17 Days


  • Free Airport picks up and drops off all transportation (airport to Hotel to the airport).
  • Star level 3 nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu twin bed sharing with BB Plan.
  • Necessary paperwork permit, Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Air ticket Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu & Airport Tax (Weight limit: 10 kg main baggage and 5 kg hand per passenger/flight).
  • Trekking equipment (worm down jackets, sleeping bag & Duffle Bag) during the trekking if you needed.
  • Three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), tea coffee in a cup each meal during trek.
  • Three time meal a day with tea/coffee
  • English-speaking friendly a Guide (Government license holder) and his/her food, accommodation, transportation, salary, equipment.
  • Guide insurance for their happy journey.
  • A Trekking Map of Everest Base Camp Trip for a Group.
  • Supplementary snacks (cookies, fresh fruits) on the Trek.
  • One Sherpa (assistance guide) if the group size is more than 10 people. Plus their food, accommodation, wage, insurance, and equipment.
  • First Aid medical kit during the trip, including Oximeter to measure Oxygen and pulse at high altitude.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner program in kahmandu


  • All kinds of beverages including mineral water, Chocolate, Cookies, dessert, Phone calls, laundry, and hot showers during Trek.
  • Clients’ travel Insurance and evacuation (compulsory).
  • If incase, flight cancel and charter helicopter or plane.
  • Tipping for Guide & porter
  • your meals at Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses like Shopping, souvenirs or gift, and personal mountaineering gear.
  • If you need a porter (between every 2 person basic) carries max.20-25 kg. Plus their food, accommodation, wage, insurance, and all transportation. Optional trips and sightseeing if extend.
  • International airfare, airport departure tax, and Visa fee.
  • Things which don’t mention above, in our services (Trip Cost Includes).
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu


Itenary to Island Peak Expedition as follows:


Day 01: arrived In Kathmandu airport and transfer to 3star hotel (1400m.)


Day 02: preparation day for island peak


Day 03: flight to lukla and walk downhill to phakding 2600m.3-4 hours


Day 04: from phakding uphill to Namche bazar(3440m) 7-8 hours


Day 05: an acclimatization day


Day 06: form Namche walk to diboche (3840m) 5-6 hours


Day 07: diboche to dingboche (4410m.) 4-5 hours


Day 08: rest and acclimatization day.


Day 09: trek dingboche to chhukung (4730m.)2-3 hours


Day10: chukung to island peak basecamp (4970m.)3-4 hours


Day 11: summit island peakv(6189m.) and back to chhukung 12-13 hours


Day 12: trek chhukung to tangboche (3860m.)5-6 hours


Day 13:trek tangboche to manjo (2835m.)5-6 hours


Day 14: manjo to trek lukla (2840m.)6-7 hours


Day 15: kul to flight Kathmandu


Day 16: Kathmandu valley sighting


Day 17: departure

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