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Island Peak Climbing Overview

Trekkers who have done enough trekking in the mountains seek the next kind of adventure Like peak Climbing. Peak climbing is probably the next kind of adventure they want to head out to. For practice, many experienced Climbers head out for this adventure as a warm-up exercise for their next 8000m expedition. Surprisingly, Island Peak is one of the prominent trekking peaks along with mera peak in Nepal.

The peak was given the name Island Peak by Eric Shipton’s group in 1951 since it looks like an island in a sea of ice while viewing from Dingboche. Imja Tse was the new name given to the summit in 1983. However, Island Peak is still the most often used and is a renowned name worldwide.

People who are thinking to head out for the Island peak climb have thoughts regarding their physical condition. To be able for this climbing, it is compulsory to be physically fit. However, This climbing needs physical flexibility but doesn’t require great climbing techniques. The success rate for the Island peak climb exceeds 90% as per our guides and observations till now. Hence, Island Peak Climb is also suitable for beginners for that reason.

The Island Peak climbing with Everest base camp trek Package is designed specifically for trained and experienced climbers who wish to combine trekking and mountaineering expeditions into one trip. Inexperienced climbers can start their mountaineering career by climbing Island Peak and then continuing to other challenging peaks.

Island Peak Scenery

The Island Peak Climbing journey involves welcoming local Sherpas and their unique and traditional lifestyle. The natural beauty of the Island Peak route is home to the pine woods, historical monasteries, and Gumbas, waterfalls, rivulets, stunning Rhododendrons, and wildlife such as snow leopards, snow pheasants, musk deer, and Himalayan Thar. Similarly, the majestic perspective of the Himalayas above 7000 and 8000 meters mesmerizes you and fills your heart and soul with joy and wonder.

The Trek takes you through rural areas where you get to see Tibetan and Nepalese customs which date back hundreds of years. Through the charming settlement of Dingboche, the route offers some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Khumbu.

Trip Highlights:

  • Spectacular views from the summit of Island Peak (6,189).
  • Journey to Mount Everest's base camp, the tallest mountain in the world.
  • Magical View from Kalapatthar, the highest point in the Everest area which is situated at a height of 5,545 meters.
  • Views of the majestic mountains in the Everest region, including Mount Everest, Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Makalu, etc.
  • Experience the distinctive and traditional culture and way of life of the Sherpa.
  • The colorful Namche Bazar, traditional Khumjung, Pangboche village, and nature-filled trails
  • Views of breathtaking glaciers of the Everest region and the glacial lake (Imja Lake).
  • A fantastic climbing experience for beginners that is comparatively easy despite its adventure.
  • Discover the exotic vegetation and wildlife of the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Trekking through the forest, grassland, and high pass with a unique experience.
  • Trek through the natural beauty of high peaks, stunning alpine rhododendrons, pine woods, and several monasteries.

Best Time To Trek:

The spring months of March, April, and May, as well as the fall months of September, October, and November, are the ideal times for this climb. During these months, the path will be dry and safe. Moreover, the views of the mountains are brilliant under the blue skies. Because of the favorable weather and safe terrain, spring and autumn are the finest seasons in terms of difficulty. The trekking routes are likely to be filled with people since many people come to trek during these seasons.

Summer and winter are the least popular periods for this climb. Bitter cold causes winter to be inappropriate, and Summer causes wet, slippery trails, and poor vistas of mountains in the region. However, each person has a different desire and ideal time for trekking in Nepal. You can gather some information on the best time to trek in Nepal.

Island Peak Climb Difficulty And Challenges:

At such an elevation, climbing Island Peak is challenging. The initial ascent is particularly less complicated. Over 5000 meters above, you will walk across difficult terrain. So, how tough is this climb? If you have the technical skills and arrive in great physical shape, Island peak is achievable for the majority of people. Most individuals can surely complete journey if they make the necessary preparations. Spending more time in the mountains and on the trek will make this climbing a little easy. So, give yourself the best chance to reach the top and return safely.

Also, you must adjust to the reduced oxygen levels further down the route. It becomes riskier and more difficult to climb this summit if you choose to do so on fewer days. For this reason, Mission Himalaya Treks & Expeditions offers climbers a 17-day, acclimatization-friendly itinerary that combines an ascent of Island Peak with a Trek to Everest Base Camp.

Challenges while Climbing Island Peak:


Located in the Everest region, Island Peak stands high at an altitude of 6189 meters. There is only one method to access Island Peak, and that is via the journey through Lukla. We take a straightaway flight from Kathmandu, TIA, to Lukla Airport. However, Island Peak isn’t seen until the sixth or seventh day of the climb, when we arrive at Bouche. So, the location itself is the biggest challenge on this trip.

Altitude sickness

There are undoubtedly chances that you may have altitude sickness when you reach the high altitude of 6189 meters at the summit of Island Peak. The moderate symptoms include headache, fever, lightheadedness, and breathing difficulties, whilst the severe ones might vary from vomiting and fainting to serious heart failure.

Therefore, it is essential to maintain acclimatization by adding some downtime to the schedule. Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, Chukung, and maybe another at a higher altitude are all included in a good Island Peak climbing schedule because it aids the body in adjusting to the shift.

Weather conditions

You might encounter a broad range of temperatures when ascending Island Peak. The temperature ranges from +30°C to -15°C depending on the climbing month. Evenings and early mornings is known to be chilly, but as the sun rises, things tend to warm up. It will grow colder than normal while it’s windy and gloomy outside. Therefore, while climbing Island Peak, you must be prepared for all types of weather.

Technical section

To secure your safety, technical expertise and physical preparation are both required for climbing Island peak indeed. Therefore, be careful to completely understand the details of technical support training before you leave on this trip. You have any questions then you can immediately ask to the instructor. Island Peak Climbing adventure is intended for experienced climbers who have some gear expertise because it has some hard sections. Although there will be expert instructions to help you through the technical parts, beginners may still find it challenging.

Trek Route

As we follow the Everest Base Camp Trek paths, you will be aware that a typical day for a hiker lasts 7-8 hours. You may have to walk continuously for nine or 10 hours on certain days. Additionally, the Island Peak route involves traversing a glacier with crevasses, which is difficult in itself and also uses a lot of tools including ladders, jumars, ropes, and slippery terrain.

Preparation for Island Peak Climbing:

Although we rate the Island Peak trek as a beginner’s climb, it is by no means a simple ascent. To lower Island Peak difficulty, obviously strength and endurance training should be your primary focus. Any form of cardiovascular activity, including long-distance jogging (10–15 km) three-four times per week, cycling for an hour–two hours, and trekking uphill with 10-15 kg of weight are all recommended. Nevertheless, 1 day before climbing our climbers will teach you some technical parts, the use of trekking equipment, and training skills which will help you to succeed in your mission to Island Peak Summit. (6189m).

Although climbing Island Peak is not an easy thing to do, you can decrease the possible difficulties and challenges you might face during the trek by spending more time in the mountains, getting used to uneven surfaces, doing exercise, increasing stamina, etc. Altitude sickness while being above 6000 meters is not to be taken lightly.

Meals on Island Peak Climbing:

You will eat a three-course meal in the lodges or tea houses while your stay in the trekking section. By selecting from the menu, you may sample a variety of cuisines, including Tibetan, Nepali, Indian, continental, Italian, and more. When you camp during the climbing section of your Island Peak climb, the Sherpa guides will prepare nourishing meals for you. Our cooking staff will make hygienic meals to offer you during the camping time when we are at Island Peak Base Camp and High Camp. The meals will be provided fully packed with nutrients, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Accommodations for Island Peak Climbing:

We generally provide twin-sharing accommodations in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast. If your group is trekking together, you will have a roommate who is also from your group being of the same gender. You can request a single supplement if you would like a single hotel in Kathmandu and trekking along the way. After landing in Lukla, thereupon the climbing adventure begins. Because you are staying in a rural region far from a city, you won’t have access to high-class accommodations during your stay. That doesn’t mean, though, that you have to put up with living in a cramped, dirty place.

You will be sleeping in tea houses with twin-sharing rooms in picturesque villages. There will be a clean, connected bathroom in the room. On the Island Peak Base Camp, you and the rest of your company will spend the duration of your climb in tent camps. After ascending to Island Peak, you will stay there for two days before returning to the settlement. Basically, in locations where tea houses or lodges are available, we will offer all available lodging options, while in locations where neither are available, we will offer camping options.

Travel Insurance:

Mountaineering is an adventurous activity that entails inherent risk. The nature of travel suggests that things frequently do not go as planned so we insist that every one of our customers have appropriate insurance. There are numerous different policies available. Your insurance should cover you in the event of emergencies such as theft, loss, medical issues, car accidents, altitude sickness, and, if necessary, ambulance and helicopter rescue costs.

Clients may need to cancel their trip before the start or during the adventure due to unforeseen circumstances, such as injury, family concerns, business commitments, etc. Given these elements, It is preferable to be ready for potential outcomes. Subsequently, online Travel Insurance services are provided by a variety of insurance providers. According to your preferences, you can pick from a large variety of insurance providers for island peak climbing. The most crucial thing to do is to purchase insurance that will pay for the expense of a mountain rescue by helicopter in the event of a serious accident or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Evacuation in Island Peak Climbing:

The Island Peak trail is also quite noteworthy, providing hikers with both magnificence and difficulty. With several ups and downs, winding roads, and rocky, steep slopes, the journey is undoubtedly not easy. During and after the trek, numerous climbers need to be rescued from Island Peak. Helicopter rescue evacuation has historically been the most common technique for saving climbers in distress, and with proper planning, we can see that it has been deployed regularly in mountainous places.

The amenities for helicopter rescue are frequently covered by travel insurance for the majority of hikers. It is crucial to understand the destination of your trip as well as the terms and conditions that have been agreed upon by both you and the insurance provider. In an emergency, climbing instructors and acquaintances should come to their aid and take them to a location that is nearby and safe. The circumstances in this area might not always be ideal for the helicopter to arrive on schedule. Eventually, the flight may be delayed or canceled for a variety of reasons, and one of the most frequent ones is harsh weather. Therefore, self-adaptation and managing your environment to avoid unfavorable situations are essential for this climbing journey.

Permits needed for climbing Island Peak:

There is another separate Island Peak climbing permit charge set by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). The NMA declares a climbing permit based on the climbing season. Here are the costs for three different climbing seasons.

The spring season is the best time to climb this peak since the sky is still clear and the weather is ideal. Because of the high demand during this season and the high number of climbers, the cost of climbing is 250 USD.

The cost of the climbing permit in the autumn is approximately USD 125. Generally, Autumn offers consistent weather and stunning vistas of the snow-covered mountains.

You can purchase the permits for less money, or USD 70 per person, during the monsoon season and the winter season. However, climbing in Nepal is not recommended during the summer or the winter months.

For further information regarding how to obtain permits for island Peak climbing you can visit our blog.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

Walking Hours: 30 Minutes Driving

Meals Included: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: 3 Star Standard Hotel

Max. Altitude: 1300m/4264ft

Helping you with your luggage and suitcase, our staff will escort you to the hotel after picking you up from Tribhuvan International Airport(TIA). After a long flight, you can relax and either take a nap or wander through Thamel’s charming streets. We will tell you more about our exciting journey that night in the hotel and you could check your necessary items.

Walking Hours: 40 Minutes Flight, About 3-4 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 2,652 Meters

To reach Lukla, one of the highest airports, we will take a 40-minute flight up to 2800 meters. Following this, we will gather with all of our porters and trekkers and then head on to Phakding, which is located at 2652 meters.

Walking Hours: About 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 3440M

On the third day of Island Peak Climb, we will trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar at 3440 meters. Namche Bazar is the famous and colorful tourist hub of the Khumbu region with amazing lodges, markets, and shops. This is also the biggest village you will witness on the whole Everest trail. From here, we certainly get a magnificent view of the mountains, and we’ll spend the night in a hotel or guesthouse in Namche Bazar.

Walking Hours: 3 Hours Day Hiking

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 3880M

As we adjust to the changing weather and altitude, we will tour Namche Bazar’s vibrant marketplace. After that, we will stop by the souvenir and tea shops and trek to a location just above Namche Bazar where we can enjoy spectacular views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, etc. We spend our fourth night in Namche Bazar after visiting the local museum, followed by dinner.

Walking Hours: 6 Hour Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 3,870 Meters

We depart Namche Bazar after an early-morning breakfast. On our way to Tengboche at 3870 meters, we will have a close-up view of Thamserku. Looking at the stunning views of Mt. Everest and neighboring peaks, we will cross prayer flags, Dudh Koshi river, and finally reach Tengboche after about 6 hours of trek. Tengboche is an attractive place with the biggest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region. We will explore it and spend our night in a lodge or guesthouse in Tengboche.

Walking Hours: About 4 To 5 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude: 4,200 Meters

Walking downhill and uphill, we will trek for about 4 to 5 hours to finally reach Pheriche’s height of 4200 meters. We will pass through dense forests and cross ImjaKhola before climbing uphill to reach Pangboche village. Then, We will continue trekking until we reach Pheriche village where we will stay our night.

Walking Hours: About 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude: 4,930 Meters

Enjoying the views of Cholatse and Twache peak, we will trek towards Lobuche. Towards the top, we can see many stone signposts that are memorials of many Sherpas and other climbers who lost their lives while climbing Mt. Everest. Continuing our trek, we reach Lobuche at 4930 meters where we will stay our night.

Walking Hours: About 7 To 8 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude: 5170 Meters

The eighth day of our adventurous trek is quite a challenging one as we will trek to Gorakshep at 5170 meters. We then further hike up to a height of 5364 meters to reach Everest Base Camp. As we go up higher, the views of the mountains get even more prominent and pleasant. After a roughly seven-hour journey, we will return to Gorakshep for the night.

Walking Hours: About 7-8 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude: 4400 Meters

We will wake up very early and then trek to reach Kala Patthar. From Kala Patthar, the view of the south face of Mount Everest is simply spectacular. In addition to this, we also get to witness many other stunning natural beauties like the Khumbu Glacier, before making the nighttime walk back to Lobuche.

Walking Hours: About 3 To 4 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Max. Altitude: 5,200 Meters

We will reach Chukung from Dingboche in about 2 hours. After that, we will climb along our steep trail crossing the Lhotse glacier. We will continue trekking until we reach Island Peak Base Camp at 5200 meters. We will spend our night straightaway in this base camp after setting up our tents or in tea houses.

Walking Hours: 6 Hours Training

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Max. Altitude: 5200M

We will explore the Island Peak Base camp and also learn some climbing techniques from the guide. Thereafter, will be provided some training and tips for using ice axes, harnesses, and other climbing equipment. Then, we will also learn how to go up and down using the ropes in our climb. We will spend our night in a tent camp at Island Peak Base Camp.

Walking Hours: About 10 To 12 Hours Climbing

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Max. Altitude: 6189 Meters

We put on our crampons and begin our adventure early in the morning to ascend to the summit of Island Peak. However, we start carefully by climbing over a rocky ravine. With the help of guides, we use and fix our ropes and finally reach the apogee of our journey. Unquestionably, the world seems stunningly beautiful from up here. After enjoying the views and capturing the pictures for quite some time, we will shortly trek back to the base camp where we will stay our night.

Walking Hours: About 5-6 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 3,985 Meters

We trek back to Chukung and then we continue our trek to arrive at Dingboche where we will have lunch. We trek for about hours to arrive at Pangboche: our destination and night stop for the day.

Walking Hours: About 4 To 5 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge

Max. Altitude: 3,440 Meters

We reach Tengboche while admiring the magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, the thick rhododendron forest, etc. We keep descending until we reach Namche Bazar, where we will spend the night.

Walking Hours: About 7 To 8 Hours Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Max. Altitude: 2805M

Following DudhKoshi, we trek back to arrive at Lukla. We will make the most out of our last night in the Mountain region after trekking for about 7 hours to arrive at Lukla.

Walking Hours: 45 Minutes Flight And 20 Minutes Driving

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 Star Category Hotel

Max. Altitude: 1310M

After breakfast, we will go to Lukla airport. Looking down at the mountains and lush valleys one last time we return to Kathmandu via a scenic flight. You will enjoy a farewell dinner organized by the trekking agency with all the trekking members and spend the last night of 17 day Island in the hotel.

Walking Hours: 30 Minutes Drive

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: None

Max. Altitude: 1305M

You will be shortly escorted to Tribhuvan International Airport or any other mutually agreed location and we will bid goodbye.

Island Peak Climbing Cost

  • During both international and domestic arrivals and departures, there is an airport pickup and drop-off service.
  • By the plan, luxurious 3-star lodging in Kathmandu includes breakfast.
  • One trekking guide with extensive expertise, friendliness, fluency in English, government licensing, and Ministry of Tourism training is provided with salary, meals, lodging, transportation, and insurance.
  • All camping equipment.
  • 15 kg baggage allowance on flight and in trekking.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla flight and Lukla to Kathmandu flight with a guide.
  • Beautiful and clean accommodation at guest houses, and lodges during the trek.
  • Full board meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner with a cup of hot drinks).
  • One strong porter with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation, and insurance.
  • Everest National Park permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permits.
  • Climbing permit for Island summit..
  • Necessary staff during the climbing as per group size.
  • High altitude food and all climbing crew.
  • Necessary fixed and dynamic rope and kitchen crew.
  • Book Experience and Government license holder climbing Sherpa guide as per group size.
  • Four-season sleeping bags, Down Jacket, a duffel bag, and a trekking map (Following the excursion, luggage and jackets must be returned).
  • Complimentary welcome or Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • All necessary paper works Government tax and office service charges.
  • First Aid Medicines and medication with your guide.
  • Certificate of your trekking signed by the company Manager and your trekking Guide.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (also not included in case of early returns, flight delays, or other causes than the scheduled itinerary).
  • International airfare to Nepal.
  • Personal expenses (Hot shower, Alcoholic beverages, Telephone, Laundry, personal snacks, Internet, Battery Charging, hot water, Mineral water, beer, coke).
  • Added lodging in Kathmandu as opposed to the itinerary.
  • Tips for your guide and porter.
  • Costs associated with accidents and natural calamities.
  • Sightseeing costs in Kathmandu.
  • Services that are not mentioned in the include section.
  • Travel – medical insurance and emergency evacuation.

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Island Peak Climbing FAQ'S


We advise a mountain air ambulance up to Island summit’s altitude of 6,189m. We also advise purchasing insurance for medical expenses, travel cancellations due to pandemics, natural disasters, and delayed or canceled flights.


The lodges or tea houses where you stay throughout the trekking segment will serve a three-course meal. You can try a range of cuisines, such as Tibetan, Nepali, Indian, continental, Italian, and more, by making your choice from the menu.

Sherpa guides will make wholesome meals for you while you camp out during the climbing portion of your Island Peak climb. While we are at Island Peak Base Camp and High Camp, our kitchen team will prepare hygienic meals for you to enjoy. Nutrients, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins will all be included in the meals that will be supplied.


If you are willing to schedule a private date, the group may not be present. You will be climbing with individuals that share your sense of adventure and desire to discover the mountain sceneries.

Nevertheless, you will be led by Mission Himalaya’s skilled native Sherpa climbing guides. Assisting you from day one, our guide will provide you with crucial tips and show you the tricks to perform while climbing the mountain.


After reaching the island peak base camp via kuchung at 5200 meters we will spend our night at base camp after setting up the tents or in tea houses.

Another day is acclimatization day where you’ll spend the day at the island peak base camp.

And finally, on the last day, we will move on from the island base camp to the island summit, and after enjoying the views you’ll trek back to the base camp where you will be spending the night in the tent. So, generally, we will have to spend 2-3 nights in a tent while climbing the island summit.


Subsequently, we supply all of the personal equipment you’ll need for the Island Peak Climb. We’ll also let you know where to find some reputable shops in Kathmandu where you can get the extra equipment and supplies you need.


The region’s drinking water sources are the river and the stream, however, we do not advise you to drink from these because there are tea houses where you can get tap, boiled, or bottled water all the way to base camp.

However, mission Himalaya will provide boiled and purified water to their climbers up to the summit.

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    Island Peak Climbing Reviews

    Taylor Benjamin

    Island Peak Climbing 2018

    We climbed the Island peak with mission Himalaya in2018 October. 3 of us climbed with 2 sherpas. It’s a very technical climbing peak using a pair of crampons, and Jumar. WE did some climbing training in Chukung with our Sherpa guide. We are very grateful to Mission Himalaya for taking care of us and giving such great hospitality. Birendra was our trekking guide and Nima Sherpa was our climbing leader with Nar and Lakpa. Hopefully, we will go next time more than 6500m peaks with Mission Himalaya Treks. Recommended highly to all.

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