Island Peak Climbing

6,189 meter island peak was named by group of Eric Shipton’s in 1953 as the peak seems like an island in a sea of ice when we see from Dingboche. Again in 1953, the peak was named as Imja Tse. This climbing Island peak was tasted peak for training on the way to Everest expeditions by British team on 1953.

Tenzing Norgey Sherpa was one of the main members who successfully climbed on this peak. The Island peak is the part of south ridge of Lhotse Shar and main land form of half circle of cliffs that rise to the north of the summits of Nuptse Lhotse and Lhotse Shar. Cho polu and Makali mountain lies east side from Island climbing Peak. Baruntse, Amphu and Ama Dablam lie to the south.

Island peak climbing in Nepal is the popular choice for trekkers among the Everest region. You just have to add few more days to climb Island peak on the way of your Everest Base camp trek. Island peak climbing is becoming trekker’s admired climbing peak in Nepal due to the stunning views and easiness to climb.

Although the Island peak is trekking peak, some health and exercise is needed. Fallowing the Dodhkoshi river valley from Lukla crossing through Namche bazzar, Tengboche, Dingboche, you arrive the Is;and peak base Camp for climb this peak. The usual direction for climbing this peak is south east flank. Mainly difficult part is a varied rock and ice fence at an angle of around 45 degrees leading to the slim high point edge.

Note: This Island peak climbing can be combined with Everest Base Camp trek too.

Island Peak Facts

Highlights: Imja Tse peak, we can teke the views of Nuptse, Lhotse, cho Polu Makalu, Baruntse, amadablam lie to the south
Height: 6,189 meters
Type: Hard/Camping
Group Size: Min 2 or above
Season: Sep–Dec & Feb –Jun


Imja Tse Peak

Island Peak climbing in Nepal

The most admired Island peak ckimbing is one of the challenging and adventures peak which lies closer to Everest.

Outline Itinerary of Island peak climbing

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival and trek homework [1,300m/4264ft]

You will be welcomed by representatives from Adventure Discovery Treks (ADT) on your arrival in Kathmandu airport. After your official work (visa etc inside the Kathmandu airport) look for our representative with an Adventure Discovery treks and expedition (p) Ltd show board at the arrival gate. You will be transmits at hotel of your requirements (depends on your interest) and you will visit our office, meet your trek leaders as well as other members and do ending preparations for the Island peak climbing. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: A full day Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparations

This day you will start a guided tour around Kathmandu chronological, and religious world heritage sites including historical Kathmandu durbar square, The holy Hindu’s Pashupati Nath temple, The popular Syambunath temple/ monkey temple, and A Buddhist holy place Bouddhanath stupa known as biggest Stupa in the planet. At the evening our manager gives you the details Island Peak climbing briefing as together with your climbing guide. At the same time please ask several questions that you would like to be clear. Stay overnight Kathmandu hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu- Lukla- Fakding [2,610m/8,561ft]: 4 hours walk

Right after breakfast at hotel you get transmits to domestic airport in Kathmandu to catch the flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) where from our trek starts. The 35 minutes flight to Tenzing- Hillary airport Lukla is in dramatic landscape and surrounded by high mountains peaks. We meet our other porters in Lukla then we manage some arrangements, we begin our walk to Phakding for 4 hours then we stay at lodge

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3,440m/11,283ft] 6 hours walk

Crossing beautiful pine trees throughout the jungle the trek leads along the Dudh Koshi stream crossing many suspension bridges firstly we take look stunning Mt. Thamserku (6,618m). Passing Benkar, Chumoa, Manjo we arrive the check post at Jorsalle of Sagarmatha national park. After we cross the Jorsalle before arrive Namche the trail climbs through the jungle until we arrive at meeting point of the Dhudh koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. After ending steps for 1:30 hours we get first top view of Mt. Everest charming over the Lhotse and Nuptse edge. Afterwards we hike to Namche the main trading village of Sherpas, Stay overnight

Day 05 : Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar- Around 4 hours hike

This is not rest day but the fixed acclimatization day means we take either hike to Thame/Khumjung or hike to Everest View Hotel to get used to for an another day. Physical situation professional advised us to stay energetic and moving throughout the acclimatization day too an alternative of being inactive. This Namche bazaar is the major center of the Everest area where we can found administration offices, ATMs, Internet, supermarkets, restaurants. On our a extra day in Namche you also gets a chance to explore Tourist Visitor center near to headquarter of the Everest national park where you can watch variety of things connected to the first Everest climbers, Sherpa’s civilization and study about the plants and creature’s life of Everest area. The hike to khumjung through Syangboche airstrip offers magnificent views of Himalayan range. At khumjung we also explore Hillary school at the same time. Now we trek back to Namche. Stay overnight at same lodge.

Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche [3860m/12,661ft]- 6 hours walk

We begin our the Island Peak climbing on nepal journey to Pangboche taking pleasure if outstanding observations of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Nuptse (7,864m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m), Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,814m) as well as other many peaks including Mt. Thamserku Central (6,618m). Along the trail we can smudge natural lives like pheasant, Musk deer, and a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trekking slightly goes down up to Kayangjuma. The lane finally reach the Sansa which is the main path junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp then the trail fallows through the pone forest to the bottom to cross the suspension brodge before reaching Phunki Tenga. A small town Phinki Tenga with some teashops and small army post amidst the alpine woods. We then take steep accent hike to Tengboche. The Tengboche is in the panoramic place surrounded by Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Nuptse (7,864m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m), Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,814m) as well as other many peaks including Mt. Thamserku Central (6,618m). Tengboche also has Nepal’s largest Monastery where we also tale look. Stay over night

Day 07 : Tengboche to Dingboche [4360m/14,301ft]-4 hours walk

Starting trek after the morning breakfast through Pangboche and passing several chortens, Mani walls and small villages also enjoying the Himalayan view we trek this day Dingboche. As we reach the Orsho from there we will not be meeting any trees and green hills as we are getting close to Everest Base Camp. Trek continues through the open valley to Dingboche. We will take short walk to Pheriche and will back to stay overnight Dingboche local lodge.

Day 08: Dongboche to Chhukung [4760m/15613ft]

The short day for 3 hours walks to starts with breakfast and enjoying with Ama Dablam Mountain in right side to Chhukung. The trail is gently goes up from Dingboche on wide valley without green tress and forests. We reach Chhukung for lunch and rest of the day as rest time. Stay overnight.

Day 09: Chhukung to Island peak base Camp [5200m/17056ft] 5 hours

The trail from Chhuking guides quite vertical hiking south then rotating east to the major row of the gorge. It then storms slong or underneath the south side of the valley from the Lhotse Glacier. We carry on little enjoyable walking along a riverside. The way to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A cross road through Imja and Lhotse glacier base show the ways to a broad vale to the south west edge of Island peak. Stay overnight at Island peak Base Camp.

Day 10: Base Camp to High camp of Island peak [5,600m/18,368ft] 5 hours

This day as we are in high altitude slowly we shift to Island peak high Camp. Trail guides up further that base camp for more than a few hundred meters previous to arresting off left up the sheer hillside. Originally dirty, the trail twists to land before becoming boulder scattered. Then we climb the hill again path goes steep rock channel. Overnight stay high Camp.

Day 11: High Camp to Peak summit and Back to Chhukung. 9 hours

Let’s began our climbing a very early morning as winds blows at day time at the top. We start the rocky part. This part is not hard part but short-short rock steps to climb. Those guides to an exciting and uncovered navigate onto the muzzle of the Island Peak glacier, the leader (Guide) fix the rope wherever needed then a step towards snow grades goes ahead on to the top edge. Then we back down to Chhukung and stay overnight

Day 12: Chhukung –Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazaar [3,440m/11,283ft] 6-7hours walk

We trek down from Chhukung to Dingboche to Orso by crossing Khumbu Khola and catch again the green forests of Rhododendron and Juniper trees. We either will have our lunch at Tenhboche or keep trek to Phunki Tenga. After lunch we clomb again to Sansa through forests. Then our trek becomes easy and flat to Namche. Enjoing the view of mountains again we are hurried to take hot shower bath and sleep in comfort bed in Namche. Stay Overnight at Namche

Day 13 : Namche to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft)

The trail leads steeply down from Namche to Jorsalle through the pine trees and rocky land. After crossing suspension bridge of Dhud koshi we reach the Jorsalle check post to check out our permits and TIMS. By today the day will be warm and cozy. Crossing Manjoo village to fakding we break here for lunch and continue our trek to Lukla. The final walk close to lukla from Phakding is steep up. Overnight at Lukla

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu

The long Island peak climbing trip ends with flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. The early morning flight transmits us at Kathmandu airport. You can take rest and relax at the hotel. If you are interested to buy some gifts from Nepal to your friends explore the shops nearby hotel or make effort the main tourist hub Thamel where you find any desirable things. If you want to explore other places of Kathmandu please manage time for that today!

Day 15: Final Departure to your own destinations

Your Nepal trip has come at the end as this is your last day. There is nothing to do but you can manage pictures. Still if you have any more time and desire to explore any place you like please do let us know. Normally 3 hours before your flight time to get airport is required in Nepal. So we transmit you to Kathmandu Airport. Have wonderful life and hope to see you again in Nepal.
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Best Trekking season
September- October and November are in fact Nepal's best season months - offering outstanding climate and attractive mountain views. This period would be the best selection time frame to climb around Nepal climbing peaks including Island peak. In this trekking/ climbing season in Nepal the weather will be clear, where ever you go out of Kathmandu you will be seeing and enjoying the view of mountains.
March- April and May
dissimilar varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons, make the hillside above 5000 meters a haunting paradise during this season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevation over 4000 meters the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate. Spring season in Nepal called expedition/climbing season as well. To do Island peak climbing in Nepal this season would be the best choice.

The Island Peak Climbing group

For this Island peak climbing, we provides needed climbing leader (Guide) and assistant leader that depends on group size (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for baggage carrying during the trek (2 trekkers: 1 porter). These settlements make sure that incase any member in the group got problem or sick , the climbing can still goes continues as planed as Adventure Discovery Treks can run the group of any size to Island peak but normally maximum size of 15 member is suitable for victorious trip. Of any climbers or guests like to make group booking for above than 15 people we can handle those too as we have been leading several climbing groups around Nepal Himalayas.


During your trip around Nepal Himalaya including Everest region there won’t be any problems of food that you wants to have but it’s always good to choose the food what is fresh and what is suitable for high altitude. You may take pleasure with Nepali typical food called Dal Bhat, as well as all types of internationals choice like Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian foods are obtainable as the all hotels has trained and knowledgeable cook who makes quality pizza, Chips to apple pie. The hot chocolates, variety if breads and drinks are available as well as snack too, the breakfast of the day will make available by the lodge/tea house where we stay. Above the Chhukung our team will provide quality food on your choice. A fare well dinner will be provided by Adventure Discovery Treks at last night of your stay in Kathmandu.

Island peak climbing Equipments and packing list

We would like to suggest you to bring bellow mentioned gears and equipments while you being ready for the Island peak climbing in Nepal at the same time we would like to make sure that these lists just as a guide lines. Most of things you also may hire in Kathmandu which we will help you. Please keep in mind that accepts your small day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters and the luggage should have limitations of about 33 pounds or 15 kg of each trekker. The list gears and equipments mainly depends on your interests however please find the necessary Island peak climbing equipment list bellow:-

  • Gloves- 1 pair
  • Woolen hat- 1 piece
  • Long underware-2piece  
  • Goggles or sun glasses -1piece
  • Sun block for lips

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The climbing Leaders (Guides) & other staff preparations

The most important part of the Island peak climbing that makes this trek victorious, memorable, excellent and pleasurable is the trained, knowledgeable, polite, helpful trek guide and the climbing will be led by the most excellent and expert guides. Our company’s climbing leaders and guides are chosen on the basis of their fitting knowledge, guidance ability, climbing experience and individual capacity.  Adventure Discovery Treks only employs Nepalese staffs who have sufficient knowledge about traditions, cultures, ecosystem, flora, fauna, history and topography of this gorgeous country Nepal. Our leaders or guides are skilled with fallowing trainings.

  • Trekking guide Training
  • Eco Trekking seminar and adventure meet
  • English language training
  • Management and biodiversity training
  • Rock, ice and mountain climbing trainings
  • Nepal mountaineering basic and advance training

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Fitness and experience required

The Island Peak climbing is temperate climbing those suites for hikers who have capability to walk slowly 4 to 7 hours a day with small light day bag. if you are in brilliant healthiness with regular bodily suitability, optimistic thinking, self- assurance and physically powerful strength of mind you can get done Island peak climbing fruitfully. Our climbing guides will also gives you the detail knowledge of using climbing gears.

Keeping healthy and go far run frequently for some weeks earlier of the Island peak climb is great plan to improve your power and performance. Earlier period climbing or hiking practice would be an advantage but no practical training and ability is needed however it is very important to discuss with your physician ahead of you make a decision to set up for the climbing because the trekkers with bad health situations such as heart, lung and blood problems are not able to do this trek. Should you have above illness you are required to notify Adventure Discovery trek earlier your bookings.

Supplementary information

Our web site contains as much information as possible about Island peak, should you have any suggestions, request and advise please inquiry us by fulfilling bellow inquiry form or you may directly call to Rabindra Adhikari at- 00977-9851097389(Mobile) / Dipendra Adhikari at- 00977-9851126981 any time or you may also call at 00977-4701156 at office time (8:00am to 7:00pm)

Cost Includes & Excludes on:

Cost Includes on:
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets and departure taxes
  • Teahouse/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • All meals in mountain during the trek and camp while climbing.
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), and needed porters including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Extra porter for climbing section including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part -very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipments
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • farewell dinner
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

Cost does not includes:

  • Nepal Visa Fees (you should bring accurate USD cash and two passport size pictures)
  • Personal expenses (Shopping, Laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, mineral water or boiled water, Phone calls, shower etc)
  • Your lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (This apply also early come back from trek then the fixed itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early come back from trek (due to any case) than the fixed itinerary
  • International fare/arrival taxes/departure taxes to and from Kathmandu
  • Trip and rescue insurance
  • Tips for guides and porters/ Donations