Island Peak Climbing

This Island peak expedition trip combines the Gokyo Valley and the Mount Everest base camp. The trek begins after a scenic flight to Lukla.

Island Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

Island (Imja Tse) peak, is 6000 meters in elevation and is a peak climbing mountain in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. This famous climbing peak in the upper Khumbu region was named Island peak in 1951 by the group of Eric Shipton and named after when the peak appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. This beautiful peak in the Himalayas was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but the Island peak name has stuck and most people still call it that. This peak is located in the eastern part of Dingbochevillage regionand is an extension of the ridge coming down off the south of Mount Lhotse Shar.  Island peak was first climbed in 1953 by a British team as a training exercise before climbing to Mount Everest. The first climber of Mount Everest Tenzing Norgey was one of the members of this first ascent team of Island peak. This trekking/climbing expedition is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Nepal Himalayas and itsdifficulty is graded at (alpine PD+) and can be summited with the support of a Nepalese climbing guide.

This Island peak expedition trip combines the Gokyo Valley and the Mount Everest base camp. The trek begins after a scenic flight to Lukla. We then trek through the picturesque homelands of many Sherpa communities. The trail follows many Sherpa farm villages with beautiful lakes and see the glacier in Gokyo. The Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar are two of the best view points for outstanding view of many higher mountains including Mt. Everest. After visiting Everest base camp we enter the Imja valley and hike to Island peak base camp. We have 2 days to climb Island peak which includes an extra day in case the weather does not co-operate on our first attempt. The climbing is challenging but this provides one of the most impressive and spectacular mornings that a Himalayan climber could dream of. After reaching the summit we re-track back to Kathmandu and our trip concludes with your final departure.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft): trip preparation

  • Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

  • Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

  • Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day

  • Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours

  • Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft): 4-5 hours

  • Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): 5-6 hours

  • Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft): 6-7 hours

  • Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours

  • Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours

  • Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours

  • Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp

  • Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft),back to base camp: 10-12 hours

  • Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

  • Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft): 4-5 hours

  • Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-7 hours

  • Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

  • Final Departure

  • Trip Code: AHN-1711
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Challenge level: Hard
  • Group size: 2 - 16 People
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*This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Be aware that all time stated are approximate and may vary with individual and group fitness, Weather , Trekking route , rivers level and road conditions.
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