Island Peak Climbing

Trip Duration 15
Max Altitude 6189M
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit March to May, Sep to February

Trip Overview

Conquer the Heights: Island Peak Expedition in Nepal's Everest Region

Island Peak climbing, also known as Imja Tse, is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Everest region of Nepal. Standing at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet), it also offers an exhilarating climbing experience combined with breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Island Peak climbing expedition typically starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek through the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trek also takes you through picturesque Sherpa villages, dense forests, and across suspension bridges over roaring rivers. As you ascend, you will also acclimatize and soak in the stunning mountain vistas, including iconic peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.

Conquering Heights: The Thrilling Journey to Island Peak Summit

Reaching Island Peak Base Camp is an important milestone, where you'll receive comprehensive training on climbing techniques, rope handling, and the use of climbing equipment. The ascent itself also involves traversing glaciers, navigating crevasses, and ascending steep snow and ice slopes. Moreover, It requires physical endurance, technical skills, and the guidance of experienced Sherpa climbers. The highlight of Island Peak climbing is the summit day. Starting early in the morning, you'll make your way up the icy slopes, using fixed ropes for safety. As you reach the summit, a sense of achievement and awe sweeps over you, surrounded by panoramic views of towering peaks stretching to the horizon. The feeling of standing atop Island Peak is truly exhilarating and rewarding.

A Gateway to Himalayan Heights for Experienced Mountaineers

Island Peak climbing is suitable for climbers with prior mountaineering experience and a good level of fitness. It offers an excellent opportunity to gain high-altitude climbing experience and can serve as a stepping stone for aspiring mountaineers who have their sights set on bigger Himalayan peaks.

Optimal Seasons for Conquering Island Peak: Spring and Autumn Guide

The best time to climb Island Peak is during the spring (April-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons when the weather is relatively stable and favorable for climbing. However, proper preparation and acclimatization are crucial to ensure a safe and successful ascent.

Conquer the Heights: Island Peak - A Thrilling Adventure Amidst Everest's Majestic Beauty

Island Peak climbing provides an unforgettable adventure, combining the thrill of mountaineering with the stunning beauty of the Everest region. It is a challenging yet immensely rewarding experience that allows you to push your limits, conquer a Himalayan peak, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

 Trip Highlight

  • Explore the vibrant and bustling city of Kathmandu, including visits to UNESCO World Heritage and historical sites such as Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, and Durbar Square.
  • Summit Island Peak (6189m/20299ft)
  • No hassle for paying extra to trek to Chhukung.
  • Reach the summit of Island Peak in one day, without camping at High Camp
  • Technical sections to hone climbing skills for novice climbers
  • A straightforward route to the summit
  • Close up views of 8000m, 7000m, and 6000m peaks and a walk through the ecologically diverse UNESCO World Heritage Sites Sagarmatha National Park
  • Stunning views of the world’s highest mountainsEverest (8848m/29021 ft), Mt Nuptse (7,879m), Mt Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m), Lhotse Shar (8,383m), Mt Makalu (8,475m) and Cho Polu (6,734m), Mt Baruntse (7,720m), and the majestic Ama Dablam (6,856m).
  • Acclimatize to the high altitude gradually and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Khumbu region.
  • World Most Dangerous Airport: Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla
  • Scenic mountain flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Namche Bazaar – famous Sherpa hometown
  • Inspiring Buddhist culture
  • Guided by a climbing guide with 25+ years of mountaineering qualification and experience
  • An easier trekking experience with some technical portions
  • Ancient Tengboche monastery
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan tahr
  • Chance to interact with the Sherpas, the world’s toughest mountain-dwelling community
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people

Itinerary

 30 min Drive  Hotel/Resort

Your first day of the Island Peak Climbing Itinerary starts off with your arrival in Kathmandu city at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Almost all the treks and mountain climbing expeditions start from this destination in Nepal.

As soon as you arrive in Nepal, your first priority and necessity are the Nepali Tourist Visa. You can get the Nepal entry visa on arrival. You can also fill in the on-arrival visa form online and get your form ready with you for the processing.

If you do not have the form already filled out, you can get a form and fill it out instantly on arrival at one of the electronic booths at the airport. You will get your Visa very soon within a few hours. You will need to be well prepared for your Visa with your required documents like the original passport with 6 months of validity and passport photos for the form. Also, you should have the money for the visa preparation charge.

The cost of your visa is based on the number of days you will be staying in Nepal. As the Island Peak Climbing Itinerary takes 15 days of your time, you should get a month’s tourist visa as an extension of visa costs more.

After you have successfully acquired your Visa, you can get to your hotel and rest up. You will be picked up at the airport by Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions’ private vehicle and be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can rest up and get rid of your jetlag and get ready to welcome a beautiful and interesting day filled with adventures tomorrow.

Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

 

5-6 hrs  Hotel/Resort

Now that you are rested up and refreshed from your trip to Kathmandu, why not take a short tour? Get to know Kathmandu better with some short sightseeing trips in Kathmandu for the day.

Your Island Peak Climb starts from tomorrow with lots of climbs and long walks, so why not enjoy yourselves a little for the day. So what can you do in Kathmandu, you ask? Many things. Being one of the major destinations for cultural tours, you can take a short cultural heritage tour today if you want. With many culturally valued World heritage sites listed under UNESCO, you will have plenty of things to see here.

If you are not much of a cultural person, why not try the exotic fusion food in Kathmandu? With various diverse cultures in Kathmandu, you can enjoy a wide variety of food. Fusion food is the best and most popular in Kathmandu. Street foods will cleanse your palate from all the unpleasant foods you have ever tried. Once you are done with the food hunt, there is still so much you can do here.

You can also try experiencing the shopping district with street shopping stalls everywhere in Thamel. You can always find yourself or your loved ones a souvenir from one of the unique products in the street stalls.

With all these things to do, you can enjoy your day in Kathmandu as you wish. You shall end the day back at hotel and prepare for your adventure tomorrow.

Meals: BB Plan

 

35 min flight & 3-4 hrs Trek  Lodge

Your flight to Lukla will originate from either Kathmandu or Manthali, depending on the trekking season. In the peak trekking seasons (March, April, May, September, October, and November), there is a possibility that flights from Kathmandu to Lukla might be redirected to Manthali Airport due to traffic congestion at Tribhuwan International Airport. To catch a flight from Manthali to Lukla, we will pick you up at your hotel around 12:30 am and take you on a 5-hour drive to Manthali Airport. The subsequent flight from Manthali to Lukla takes approximately 20 minutes.

For those looking to avoid the Kathmandu-Manthali-Lukla route, an alternative is booking a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla. However, be prepared to incur around 550 USD per person to cover the helicopter expenses, provided five people share the cost.

If you are trekking in December, January, February, June, July, and August, you will directly fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. After breakfast, we’ll take you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for a picturesque 40-minute flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla.

As soon as you reach Lukla, you will require the Local Area Permit for further exploration. This is the entry to Khumbu Region which is a protected area. You will require the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Entry Permit to go any further. This entry permit has now replaced the Trekkers Information Management System card. The entry charge is used for the development of the Rural Municipality.

After successfully entering the Khumbu Region with the permit, your climbing trip officially starts with your trek to Phakding. As the climbing Island Peak Itinerary follows the Everest Base Camp trek routes halfway, we shall head towards Phakding from Lukla. Enjoying the beautiful views passing through the Dush Koshi River settlement and many waterfalls, we shall reach Phakding in around 2-3 hours. Reaching Phakding, we shall rest for the day in a tea house and spend the night here with a tasty dinner arrangement.

Meals: All meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B , L, D)
Max Altitude: 2860 m
Flight duration: 40 minutes
Trek distance: 6.2 km
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

 

5-6 hrs Trek  Lodge

As per our Itinerary, we shall head towards the infamous destination of the Everest Region i.e, Namche Bazaar. Leaving in the morning after breakfast, we will head uphill to Namche from Phakding.

From Phakding, the beautiful trail to Namche Bazaar is filled with beautiful landscapes and unique vegetation and biodiversity. You will come across many mesmerizing waterfalls and will have to cross many suspension bridges along the way to Namche Bazaar.

Within a few hours of trekking, you will reach the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. At Monjo, you will have to get your Sagarmatha National Park Entry permits to go further on your Island Peak Climbing expedition. The permit will require a certain charge along with your passport photos and passport. As you have chosen us as your traveling agency, we shall take care of all these procedures beforehand so you can freely enjoy the journey.

You will be able to see even more exotic flora and fauna as you enter the protected area. However, you must abode by the rules and regulations of the protected area. Soon, you will cross the longest suspension bridge throughout your trip, the Hillary Suspension Bridge which is a thrilling adventure. As soon as you cross the bridge, you will get to Namche Bazaar. Your stay for the night will be at a tea house in Namche Bazaar with a well-prepared dinner waiting for you.

Meals: (B, L, D)
Maximum Altitude: 3445 m
Trek distance: 9.4 km
Trek duration: 6-7 hours

 

 5-6 hrs  Lodge

Today marks an important stop point in our trip. As per our Itinerary, we shall have an acclimatization day today. This means today we shall let our bodies rest and adjust to the changing high altitude. Today we will not gain any more altitude.

Acclimatization does not mean we will stay in Namche Bazaar all day. We can’t waste this day lazing around when there is so much to see and do. Today we shall spend our day with a short and beautiful hike to the Syangboche viewpoint.

Syangboche airstrip is an hour’s hike away from the Namche Bazaar settlement. Officially closed for commercial business, Syangboche airstrip now works as an emergency helicopter rescue spot. However, it is more popular as a viewpoint to the trekkers who pass by Namche Bazaar. The view from the Syangboche Airstrip is incomparable to the normal trails. You can enjoy the magnificent mountains in their full glory from this viewpoint.

After admiring the beautiful views from the Syangboche airstrip, we shall return back to Namche Bazaar. The hike to Syangboche will take around 3 hours. After having lunch, you will still have a lot of free time in your hands. Why not explore Namche Bazaar during this time? You have so much to do in Namche Bazaar.

You can visit the 900-year-old monastery in Namche Bazaar. Or you can also enjoy the cultural diversity Namche Bazaar has to provide you. Apart from this, you can interact with the locals and also click pictures in the cultural dresses of the region. You can make memories that will last a lifetime here.

Tonight we shall rest in the tea house and make our departure early in the morning.

Meals:  (B, L, D)
Maximum Altitude: 3445 m
Trek distance: 1-2 km
Trek duration: 3-4 hours

 

 5-6 hrs Trek  Lodge

Another day begins and so does a new journey for us. Today, we shall leave Namche Bazaar and head towards Thyangboche. Thyangboche, also known as Tengboche, is a popular cultural site among trekkers. It’s a beautiful village with a popular Sherpa monastery which provides you with the best views.

The trail from Namche to Tengboche is a beautiful one with a few steep climbs. On the way from Namche to Tengboche, you will see many small stupas and chortens and monasteries. The route is a rather religious and cultural one.

However, the route may start easy and short uphills, but the trail takes you to the Mong La Pass at 3975 meters. The pass provides you with great views of the mountains like Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Aba Dablam. However, it is a rocky climb so mind your step.

After crossing the Mong La Pass, you will reach Tengboche at an altitude of 3867 meters. The way to Tengboche from the pass will be covered in Buddhist prayer flags and religious vibes. With the monastery being the main attraction of the village, the whole village is livelier with religious and cultural vibes from the monastery.

Today we shall spend the night at a tea house in the Tengboche settlement.

Meals: (B, L, D)
Maximum Altitude: 3975 m
Trek distance: 9.2 km
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

 

 5-6 hrs Trek  Lodge

Today we shall start our day with a magnificent view. Early morning as the sun shines upon the land of Nepal, we shall admire the view of the mountains gloriously shining from the sun rays. The beautiful sunrise view from the Tengboche monastery is a sight worth seeing. After taking in this unrealistically beautiful view of the mountains in the early sunrise, we shall now have our breakfast and head towards our next destination.

Today we have a long way to go. We shall set our foot above the altitude of 4000 meters today. As we head towards our next destination, Dingboche, we shall maintain a nice and slow pace to avoid altitude sickness.

Enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains surrounding us, we will head towards the beautiful settlement at Dingboche. Crossing the Imja Khola, we will head towards Pangboche. You can offer your prayers at the Pangboche monastery on your way to Dingboche.

After walking for around 5-6 hours, we will reach Dingboche village. The village ahead of you is a beautiful village with magnificent scenes. With its unique landscape and pastureland with the lack of trees soothes your heart. The green pasture with animals grazing and the rest of the land being farmed with potato and barley is a beautiful sight to see.

As we enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains and the landscapes, we shall spend the night in a tea house in Dingboche.

Meals: (B, L, D)
Maximum Altitude: 4360 m
Trek distance: 9 km
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

 

 6-7 hrs Treks  Tented Camp

Today we shall take a step close to our destination. After spending the night at the beautiful village in Dingboche, we shall now head towards the more rough terrain trails to Island Peak Base camp. This takes us a step closer to our main destination of summiting the Island Peak.

Continuing on the trail to the higher parts of Imja valley with a gradual ascend, we shall enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains like Lhotse, Island Peak, Nuptse, etc. today we shall head towards the Island Peak Base Camp at the altitude of 5087 meters. This means today we shall spend the night in a remote land with no tea houses or other accommodations.

We shall reach Island Peak Base Camp through the beautiful views of the landscapes and the mountains in around 6-7 hours. Today we shall set up camp in the base camp and spend the night in our tents. You will be provided with cooks and cooking utensils to provide you with a healthy meal even in the midst of the cold base camp.

Make sure to stay warm as the nights are colder, as closest you get to the peak. Also, there is a lake known as Imja Lake which is a beautiful and popular lake. This also causes the night to be colder so stay warm.

Meals: (B, L, D)
Maximum Altitude: 5087 meters
Trek distance: 5 km
Trek duration: 6-7 hours

 

 5-6 hrs  Tented Camp

Today is another important acclimatization day of our 15 days Island Peak Climbing expedition. As we have now successfully crossed the 5000 meters altitude mark, there are chances of getting altitude sickness. So the responsible thing to do is take an acclimatization break and let your bodies get the rest it needs. We shall let our bodies adapt to the high altitude today.

Our professional guides will check with you to keep yourselves in the best condition for the climb that is ahead. We shall summit Island Peak tomorrow, so today is also a preparation day.

You can explore the base camp today. There is a lake nearby which you can explore for the day. Imja Lake is a beautiful lake with great views of the mountains nearby. You can admire this beautiful site for the day and rest up for the adventure awaiting you the next day.

Meals: (B, L, D)
Maximum Altitude: 5087 meters

 

9-10 hrs climbing Island Peak & back  Tented Camp

Today is the big day. We shall summit today. After resting up ourselves on the acclimatization day, we shall now head towards the climbing part of our Island Peak Climbing expedition.

The strong winds blowing after midday might make climbing difficult. So we shall start our summit expedition early and try to reach the top before noon. The climb is a bit difficult due to the steep and rough terrain. But fear not, we shall make sure you are fully comfortable and safe during the whole climb.

There are some technical portions in our climb today. With the help of our professional Sherpa guides, you can easily get over the technical sections. The guides will help you get used to the technical portions and the gears and make sure they are all failsafe. They will support you throughout your climb and make sure you reach to the summit without any problems.

After a lengthy period of time pushing and pulling, you will finally reach the Island Peak Summit and enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains and the joy of having successfully completed the climb. Admiring and enjoying the breathtaking adventure and the views, you will spend quite a few time on the summit and then head back down to the base camp.

The way down is just as challenging so take your time and rely on your guides. After a safe descent back to the base camp, we shall spend another night in the tented camps on the base camp and rest up ourselves. Today would be the longest yet most satisfying day of our trip as we will be climbing and trekking for around 9-10 hours today. So rest yourselves.

Maximum Altitude: 6189 meters
Trek duration: 9-10 hours

 

 5-6 hrs Trek  Lodge

Now that we have accomplished the main goal of our Island Peak Climb by reaching the Island Peak Summit, also known as Imja Tse, we shall make our way back. Today we shall retrace our steps and head back to the civilization from this remote area.

Heading back to Dingboche from Island Peak BC includes a great descent. As you were making the ascend before, you must have had a hard time getting up there. However, now that you are making a descent, you can get back down there in a short interval of time. Within 5-6 hours, you will be in Dingboche enjoying with the locals and having a good time.

As the trail we took to get to the Island Peak Base camp, the trail down will be just as beautiful and adventurous. You will feel the air pressure changing and the altitude change as well. The beautiful views of the mountains surrounding you and one of them being the peak you just summited. Doesn’t it feel gratifying knowing that you have reached the top of the mountains you are seeing as the tall ice sculptures from the trails?

You will reach the settlement at Dingboche in 5-6 hours. Finally, you can rest in the warm comfortable rooms of the tea house at Dingboche with the locals enjoying their lives in the village.

Meals: (B, L, D)
Maximum Altitude: 5087 meters
Trek distance: 5 km
Trek duration: 5-6 hours

 

 6-7 hrs Trek  Lodge

As we make our way back from the beautiful village of Dingboche, we shall head towards Namche Bazaar yet once again. You shall once again witness the beautiful trails from Dingboche to Namche Bazaar.

As you make your descent from Dingboche to Namche Bazaar, you will make it past through the beautiful monastery and the village of Tengboche. With the Buddhist prayer flags rustling through the winds, you will be mesmerized once again with the beautiful views of the mountains and the beautiful village.

Heading down from Tengboche, we shall now head towards the marketplace on Namche Bazaar, popular among trekkers and tourists. With the diverse culture and traditions, Namche Bazaar will be just as mesmerizing and exciting as the first time.

Today we shall spend the night at a tea house in the village of Namche and head out early in the morning.

Meals: (B, L, D)
Maximum Altitude: 4410 meters
Trek distance: 14.9 km
Trek duration: 8-9 hours

 

 5-6 hrs Trek  Lodge

Today we have a long journey ahead of us. Our Climbing expedition is coming to an end soon. Today will be our longest and the last trek as per our Island Peak Climbing Itinerary.

We will leave Namche Bazaar early morning and head towards Lukla today. The trail from Namche Bazaar to Lukla is a long and beautiful journey. As soon as we leave Namche Bazaar, we can see many waterfalls and suspension bridges along the way.

The trekking trail takes you downhill which can be a bit scary so take your time. You will pass through making beautiful villages like the ones at Monjo, Phakding, and many other small settlements along the day. After a long downhill walk from Namche Bazaar enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains and the villages, we shall finally reach Lukla. You can witness the beautiful and sacred Dudh Koshi River with the suspension bridges which will finally lead youtube to the beautiful village at Lukla.

You shall spend the night here for the day after a fulfilling dinner.

Meals: (B, L, D)
Maximum Altitude: 3440 m
Trek distance: 13.5 km
Trek Duration: 9-10 hours

 

 45 min flight  Hotel/Resort

Today is almost the last day of our adventurous Island Peak Climbing expedition. Now that we have reached Lukla, we shall make our way back to Kathmandu via the scenic flight from Lukla.

We shall board the flight to Kathmandu from Lukla after breakfast. Returning to Kathmandu admiring the beautiful views of the mountains even the ones we saw up close is an astoundingly satisfying sight to see.

We will reach Kathmandu in a matter of 40 minutes through the beautiful views of the landscapes and the mountains. You will have a lot of time in Kathmandu after the flight ends. You can enjoy your time in Kathmandu just strolling around your hotel area or go on a short sightseeing journey of your own as well.

Tonight you will spend the night in a nice comfortable hotel and replenish your energy as you reminisce about the beautiful memories you made on the trip.

Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 2860 m
Flight distance: 138 km
Flight Duration: 30 minutes

 

Today is finally the last day of the Island Peak Climbing itinerary. As soon as you board your international flight back to your own country, our journey together will end but the memories remain. We hope we can make similar memories yet again in the future. I hope you have a safe flight back.

Meals: Breakfast

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • Transportation cost for a transfer from the Airport to the hotel while arriving and departing by Private Vehicle
  • Kathmandu city Stay for 3 nights with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu for a day provided with an experienced city guide, all entrance fees, and private vehicle
  • Two-way scenic Kathmandu to Lukla flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit, Island Peak Climbing Permit fees
  • Government licensed trekking/climbing leader and porters to help trekkers with luggage. (one porter for every two trekkers. Max load per porter is 18-kg.
  • Cook and helpers for Island Base Camp stay.
  • All required ground transportation in private transport during the whole trip
  • Tea House accommodation during the entire trek along with the Camping accommodation as per the Island Peak Climbing Itinerary
  • All meals during trek & climb including Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Experienced and licensed Sherpa Climbing Guide fee
  • Tent and camping staff with the kitchen crew
  • Medical kit
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance).
  • Essential climbing gear for the expedition
  • Staff salary and insurance
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Certificate of summit climbing completion
  • All taxes for government and required paperwork

Price Excludes

  • International flight costs
  • On arrival visa fees at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport (30 days- USD 50)
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the trek
  • Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude heli- rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Costs due to itinerary modification for safety concerns, illness, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in “What is included in the Island Climbing package?” will be counted as excludes

Gears And Equipment

Trip Information

The beginning of the journey towards Island Peak.

You will arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport by 3 pm, at least one day before your trip departure. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will provide us time to conduct an in-person trip briefing. You will need at least one overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu, but this package does not include this cost. On the trek departure date, you will take a 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Island Peak Climbing package includes Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flights.

Free Airport Transfer

We understand that navigating around in a new country is difficult. So, Friendship World Trek provides free airport to hotel transfer during arrival and hotel to the airport transfer during departure on any flight for valuable clients who have booked Island Peak Climbing with us. When you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will find our representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. After greeting you, they will present you with a garland as a welcome gesture and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.

Accommodation details during Peak Climbing

This 14-day trek includes 13 nights lodge to lodge stays at trekking regions where you will stay at the best available lodges. We provide you with five nights of twin-sharing rooms with private attached bathrooms at Lukla, Namche (3N), and Phakding, and seven nights of twin-sharing accommodation at Tengboche, Dingboche (2N), Chhukung (4N). You will be staying in a camp/tent at Island Peak Base Camp for a night.

You will need at least two nights’ hotel stay in Kathmandu, one before the trek start and another after the trek. Our Island Peak Climbing package does not include these accommodations because Kathmandu has a range of hotel choices to appeal to different tastes and budgets.

You can use hot showers and Wi-Fi at lodges for an extra cost.

The Meals

Island Peak Climbing consists of trekking all over high elevations in addition to climbing Island Peak. So, your body needs enough nutritious food. During Island Peak Climbing, we will provide you with plenty of tasty, hygienic, and nutrient-rich food.

We will provide you with 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 13 dinners during the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are –

Breakfast – Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, Vegetables, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Lunch – Dhal, Bhat, & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Dinner – Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc

The food we will serve you will be fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious. The menu consists of traditional local, Asian, and Western cuisine almost everywhere, but the choices get limited as you ascend.

We recommend you take fresh vegetables and lots of liquids like green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (must) at high altitudes.

Though plenty of non-veg items are available in trek regions, we won’t recommend them because the meat in trek regions may not be hygienic and healthy. Similarly, we highly encourage you to avoid dairy items, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, and hot chocolates.

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/lodges or cafes except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best time for Island Peak Climbing

The weather is a crucial factor to consider when deciding to undertake Island Peak Climbing. During spring and autumn, the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, there is no rain, and the temperatures are just right. The magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. Here is a brief description of the weather at high altitudes during different seasons.

March to April

It is one of the best seasons to hike/climb Island Peak. You will enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas ranges and glaciers. From March, the weather starts to warm up. The flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter come back to life, feeding, and breeding in the sun-kissed temperatures. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March, and with clear skies, snow mountains look their best.

Temperature – Around 18°C during the daytime, around -12 °C at night

May to June

It is also the perfect time for trekking, right before the rainfall. The monsoon starts in Nepal at the end of June and lasts till mid-August. The mix of spring and summer makes climbing very enjoyable during these months.

Temperature – Around 25°C during the daytime, around -5 °C at night

July to August

The monsoon rain gets intense from July to August at altitudes below 3500 meters. Due to visibility problems, flights to Lukla have a high chance of getting canceled at the trek start or end. The trails can get wet and slippery. Climbing Island Peak gets challenging but not impossible.

Temperature – Around 27°C during the daytime, around 5°C at night

September to October

It is also one of the perfect seasons for Island Peak Climbing. As the monsoon ends, a perfect trek season sets itself. At high altitudes, the temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night.

Climbers during this season enjoy the most, with clear skies and stunning mountain views. We recommend Island Peak Climbing, usually from mid-September until its end. If you come to Nepal in these months, you will also get a chance to observe how Nepalis celebrate their two most important Hindu festivals – Dashain and Tihar.

Temperature – Around 20°C during the daytime, around 5°C at night

November to December

As winter begins, snowfalls start in the trek region, and it eventually gets tough to reach Island Peak. However, November climbs are popular due to sparkling days that allow amazing views. From December, the temperature dips, and there is heavy snowfall in high altitudes.

Temperature – Around 18°C during the daytime, around -10°C at night

January to February

This is the coldest time with heavy snowfall, especially during JanuaryThe winter eases in February. The daytime temperatures start to rise, and the skies are blue, but it is still cold during the night. It is fine to trek/climb during February, and we conduct this trip safely in February. However, if you are allergic to colds, please do not trek during these months.

Temperature: Around 15°C during the daytime, around -15°C at night

Acclimatization in Island Peak Climbing Expedition

Altitude sickness is common among trekkers, but it requires immediate treatment. However, altitude sickness is preventable. We have designed the trip itinerary to allow slow and steady ascending, so the body can adapt to the new altitude.

During Island Peak Climbing, we will be acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar and Chuukung. At Namche, you are free to explore this famous Sherpa town while adjusting to the thin air. You will also be acclimatizing at Island Peak Base Camp, where we will climb the ridge to get stunning views of several peaks. You will be taking a lot of rest throughout the expedition. During your rest days, you will spend your time recovering, eating and drinking, reading, relaxing, listening to music, or strolling around.

Friendship World Trek trek leaders/guides are well-trained and experienced at high altitudes. They have completed extensive wilderness first aid training. Your safety and security are of utmost concern to us.

If someone is severely affected due to altitude sickness, the only cure would be to descend immediately. In such situations, your trek leader has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately, based on the overall condition of the trek team.

Level of climbing skills you need

Island Peak requires a moderate level of technical climbing skills. You need to be energetic and physically fit. 

Island Peak climbing is not difficult for beginners. The trip is very suitable for adventurous, motivated trekkers who can walk on snow ridges and trails. If you have any prior climbing experience or simply enjoy trekking, it will help you, but it is not mandatory. However, you must have a fierce determination and desire to climb the mountain. Your climbing leaders are highly trained, and they have fabulous decision-making abilities.

Your age doesn’t matter as long as you meet the health and skill requirements. Generally, people between the ages of 20 to 60 undertake this adventure.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

Island Peak Climbing is a challenging yet rewarding trek. You will be hiking for about 5 to 7 hours a day, depending on the day’s destination, taking regular breaks to soak in mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and steep forward trails, often on rocky paths and forested areas. So, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trek/climb.

We do not recommend this climb for those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease.

We have medical personnel at the base camp to monitor your health throughout the expeditions, and Island Peak Base Camp contains medical equipment and provisions. All our guides and leaders leading the trek have medical training and know-how to look after you efficiently.

Trekking group/single

We organize groups and private treks. If you have a group, you are eligible for group discounts. The bigger your group, the more discount, you will get. However, you are not entitled to any discount for groups we assemble. We can handle all group sizes and provide one assistant trek lead for groups of 12 or more.

A typical day on trek and climb on Island Peak

Every day, you will enjoy the scenery, click pictures, and explore the local villages. Our experienced, friendly, and qualified guides and porters will accompany you on the trails.

The day begins with an early morning breakfast. Then we pack our bags and set off to our destination between 7 to 8 am, depending on the length of trails to cover. You will trek for 3 to 5 hours before taking a short break for lunch. We will serve you lunch around midday, often at the mid-way to the next destination.

You will be having dinner from around 6 to 7 pm. After dinner, your trek leader will brief you about the next day’s plan. Then before going to bed, you can engage in reading or play fun games such as cards, monopoly, or chess. If available, you might also watch mountaineering videos or learn light Nepali words from our crew.

The itinerary while climbing depends on the climber, weather, and route conditions. We will always pick the safer option. At times, we will have to cross difficult ice rocks through steep snow climbing. For your climb, our highly experienced climbing guides will fix new ropes to ensure a safe ascent.

Communication during the trip

During the Island Peak Climbing Trek, you can use internet service at lodges paying a small service charge. You can contact your family and friends via these lodges, but once we reach high altitudes, we use phones to communicate for safety.

We’ll communicate with all our trek teams through our trek guide at least once a day to ensure the smooth progress of the trek. You can contact our head office for help. You have the option to buy a local sim in Kathmandu, but the mobile signals may not be strong enough at high altitudes.

You can pay to use Wi-Fi available at lodges/teahouses you will be staying in.

Extra personal expenses during the trek/Climb

This package covers most of the cost during the trek/climb, but it does not cover all costs. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients, as Kathmandu has all kinds of hotels to fit all budgets and tastes, and we honor your choices.

In addition, all our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs, such as visa processing, travel insurance policy purchase, snacks for the trek, alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips for the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash (Dollars) which you can easily exchange for Nepali Rupees as trek regions only accept Nepalese currency.

Island Peak Climbing Travel insurance

This trip grade is most challenging as it entails the risks of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness, and other unforeseen events, including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is compulsory for the Island Peak Climbing trek. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Friendship World Trek before starting the trek. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 6000m).

We can recommend insurance companies to help you, but we do not sell insurance policies. Please send us your detailed insurance policy certificate within a week of booking Island Peak Climb.

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book the trekking. In emergencies, we will use your insurance policy and other informational documents you sent us for a quick rescue and transfer to treatment centers.

Before buying travel insurance, call the insurance company and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m. Don’t just believe what they say on their website.

Passport and visa Info

All foreigners, except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. However, citizens from most countries can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport and other immigration checkpoints along Nepal’s borders.

The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months validity, a passport-size photo, and visa fees. The current rate is USD 50 for a 30-day stay. Chinese and SAARC (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka) get free visas with some limitations. Children under 10 receive free visas.

Citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan may not receive the visa on arrival, so nationals from these countries will have to contact their local Nepalese embassy.

The Nepal government can change visa rules without prior notice. Hence, for the latest visa information, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupee (NPR) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.130 NPR)

You can exchange most major foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all-over Thamel. Some hotels also exchange small amounts of cash.

Legal money exchanges display their exchange rates publicly.

If you have Indian Rupees (INR), please note that only INR notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal.

Despite having the security advantage of traveler’s cheques, we recommend you cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high bank commission rates.

You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. Several of these ATMs are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee using your foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions, the service fee is about 4% or more, depending on the bank. Trek regions have no banks and money exchange services, so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu, depending on your spending estimates. We estimate that you might require USD 10 to 20 per trekking day.

Most established Asian banks do not accept old, torn, or faded foreign currencies. So, make sure you have new, clean and crisp notes.

How much luggage can I bring to Island Peak Climbing Trek?

The luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. Two trekkers will share a porter, and the maximum luggage weight limit per porter is 18 kg. We never overload our porters. Moreover, we expect you to carry a small backpack with your valuables and important documents in it. You can store your excess luggage at the Friendship World Trek store for free for the duration of your trek.

We will recheck your luggage during the trip briefing before starting the trip to ensure that you have not missed packing crucial things.

Island peak climbing safety

Friendship World Trek guarantees client safety, security, and satisfaction, safety being the utmost concern for us. We will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits for the trip. Moreover, we carry the best equipment available in the market. Our leaders and guides have undertaken extensive first-aid training.

You will be climbing with a Sherpa guide who has summited Island Peak multiple times. Island Base Camp has a medical doctor as a staff member. If a participant falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trek leader to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately. We will be trekking together for group safety.

Responsible travel

We strongly believe that we must save our environment against the adverse effects tourism might bring. Unsustainable tourism activities are detrimental to tourists and the entire tourism industry. So, Friendship World Trek works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly and sustainable treks that meet the expectations of travelers and local communities in tourist regions.

We dispose of the waste properly and encourage trekkers to store items in reusable containers. Furthermore, we try our best to conserve water and not pollute it. It is always better to carry a water bottle instead of packed water. Our effort is to leave campsites in better condition than before our use.

Island Peak Climbing Route Map

Island PEak Climbing Route Map

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