Island Peak Climbing

Duration: 22 days |
Altitude: 6,189m

"Imja Tse, or Island Peak, which tops out at 20,305 feet and rewards us with magnificent views of Ama Dablam, South Face of Lhotse and Everest. From the summit of Island Peak there are stunning views of Lhotse and Makalu, the 4th and 5th highest mountains in the world, respectively. For those with an extra appetite for adventure we offer an extension to climb Island Peak ."


Nepal is a country of friendly people, magnificent scenery, and a variety of cultural traditions. This blend of outdoor adventure and cultural exploration is a great way to experience the Himalayan Mountains. Imja Tse, as it is known to Nepalese, not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region. While the route requires knowledge of rope work and technical climbing techniques, it is suitable for climbers without significant previous ice and snow experience. Exposure to heights above 5,000m would be ideal, but not mandatory. Island Peak Climbing route is mostly low angle with a long section of 40-50° snow which is on a fixed line. We then climb the summit ridge in roped teams and enjoy the exposed climbing to the summit! Prior to the climb on our rest days in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche we will review the skills required for climbing in rope teams and on fixed lines as well as review crampon and ice axe skills.


Nepal Visitors is a small group adventure travel which has pioneered responsible tourism practises in Nepal. Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Nepal.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 22 days
  • Max Altitude: 6,189m
  • Group Size: 2 to 12
  • Tour Grade: Moderate
  • Season: March - May, Sept - Dec
  • Tour Type: Fly Out / Fly in Trekking and Kathmandu Private Vehicle
  • Highlight: Scenic flight to Lukla; Sherpa home down; Monasteries; amazing view of mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Views of Khumbu Ice - Fall, Sherpa's village, Tengboche Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Kalapathar and so on.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

  • Itinerary
  • Include / Exclude
  • Date & Price
  • Equipment
  • Climb Photo

Day 01 : Arrival in Katmandu (1310m/4298ft).
Day 02 : Fly Kathmandu to lukla and trek to Phakding (2610mtrs/8563ft).
Day 03 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft).
Day 04 : Acclimatization day at Namche Bazzar (3440m/11286ft).
Day 05 : Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12664ft).
Day 06 : Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14468ft).
Day 07 : Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4410m/14468ft).
Day 08 : Trek to Lobuje (4910m/16108ft).
Day 09 : Trek to Gorak Shep (5153m/16906ft).
Day 10 : Trek to Everest Base Camp (5363m/17595ft) and back to Gorekshep.
Day 11 : Hiking up to Kalapathar (5545m / 18192ft) and overnight at Dingboche (4410m/14468ft).
Day 12 : Dingboche to Island peak base camp ( 5050m/15291ft)
Day 13 : Island peak base camp acclimatization. ( 5050m/15291ft)
Day 14 : One extra day ( 5050m/15291ft).
Day 15 : Summit (6189m/ 20305ft) and back to Island peak base camp.
Day 16 : Island peak base camp to Lower Pangboche ( 3985m/12066ft).
Day 17 : Lower Pangboche to Namche (3440m/11286ft).
Day 18 : Namche to Phakding (2610mtrs/8563ft).
Day 19 : Phakding to Lukla (2840m/9317ft).
Day 20 : Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla.
Day 21 : Free Day in Kathmandu.
Day 22 : Departure from Nepal


NOTE: On Island Peak Climbing of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • All domestic flight, hotel/airport transfer
  • Three Star Hotel or similar category hotel at Kathmandu
  • Rock climbing course in Kathmandu
  • All ground transportation by private vehicles
  • Tent during climbing Period
  • Local Lodges while on the trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags.
  • Climbing Sherpa Guide and his equipment service charge
  • Necessary Porters – Special recommended for 2 guest use one porter
  • One climbing guide, one assistant guide for base camp, one cook and necessary number of porters. ( we expect your luggage not to exceed 25 kg per person)
  • Island Peak Permit
  • All necessary paper works and permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangements
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee.
  • Climbing rope, Ice Axe, Ice Poll, Ice Screw etc for the climbing guide.
  • Service Charges and all government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Guide and porters salary and insurance.

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Recommended Climbing Kit
The following is a list of climbing equipments, clothing and accessories that we recommend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognise that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


 Personal Climbing Gears:
-Ice axe
-Tape Slings (2)
-Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
-Descender/Abseil Device
-Plastic Mountaineering Boots
-Helmet (optional)
 Group Climbing Gears:
-Snow bar*
-Ice Hammer*
-Ice Screw*
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:

- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *

- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)


- Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles *
- Water bottle (2) or camel bag
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Deodorants
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene:
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash

- Binoculars
- Laptops
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Walkman
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

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