The Island Peak at the height of 6189 meters is one of the most popular climbing peaks in the world. Located in the Everest region in Nepal, it is known as Imja Tse locally. The name “Island Peak” was given by the British Mount Everest Expedition team in 1953. The name is apt because it appears like an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche.
Throughout the Island Peak Climbing trail, the breathtaking views of some of the tallest mountains in the world like Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse are predominant. The panoramic view from the Everest View Hotel of the entire region is something not easily forgotten by anyone who sees the image in person. The Island Peak itself is an amazing vantage point to view Mt. Lhotse(8,516m) -the 4th tallest mountain in the world.
Hans Rudolf Von Gunten and his team along with two Sherpas ascended the Island Peak in 1956. The team later also scaled Mount Lhotse to become the first team to ever achieve the feat. The same team also climbed Mount Everest to become one of the most successful expedition teams.
Island Peak located at a lower altitude reason, is considered to be best suitable for beginners – as it does not require advanced climbing skills necessary to scale other mountains within the region. The only prerequisite in order to climb the peak is the climber should be in a good physical condition with relatively little climbing training. Despite its low altitude and easier gradient ascent, the thrill of climbing the peak is a memorable and challenging one.
The Best Season for Climbing the Island Peak is in the Spring which in Nepal, starts from March and ends in May. The Autumn season (September to November) is also great for gaining some Peak Climbing experience.
Arrival in Kathmandu - A staff from Legend of the Himalayas will pick you up from the airport and accompany you to your hotel. Peak Climbing Briefing
Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2600m) (30-45 minutes flight, 3-4 hours trek)
Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m) (5-6 hours trek)
Rest day/Acclimatization Day
Namche - Tengboche (3860m) (4-5 hours trek)
Tengboche - Dingboche (4300m) (5-6 hours trek)
Rest day/Acclimatization Day
Dingboche - Chhukung (4730m) (5-6 hours trek)
Rest Day and Climb Chhukung Ri and back (5550m)
Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5200m) (5-6 hours trek)
Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
Climbing period (Island Peak Base Camp to Summit 6189m and back to Base Camp)
Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3985m) (4-5 hours trek)
Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m) (4-5 hours trek)
Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2840m) (5-6 hours trek)
Lukla - Kathmandu
Airport to Hotel upon arrival and Hotel to Airport on Departure Transportation
Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
All permits and entry cost throughout the Climbing days
17 Meals (BLD) throughout the Climbing days
16 Nights Lodge/Teahouse accommodation throughout the Climbing days
2 Nights accommodation in standard hotel in Kathmandu
1 guide and 1 porter along with their food, accommodation, and insurance.
Entrance fees in Durbar Squares or Temples
Personal expenses - Cigarettes, Bar Bills, Extra Snacks and Drinks
Other expenses like Hot Showers, Internet, Laundry, Electricity bills, etc
Personal Trekking/Climbing gears
Visa Procurement Cost
Tips for Guide and Porters