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18 day Trek to Island Peak Climbing Itinerary and Cost

18-day trek to Island Peak is a very popular climbing peak in Nepal. Island Peak is a good trekking peak to climb in Everest for beginners. Island Peak known as Imja Tse is a very famous trekking peak climbing in Nepal. Climb Island Peak is a good preparation for Mt Everest Expedition. You will get the first hand climbing experience from Island Peak Climb.You have to be physically fit and mentally ready to climb Island peak with Everest base camp. 14 days is the shortest itinerary to trek and climb Island Peak Summit offers stunning views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Makalu and Lhotse. Island Peak is a must do peak climbing in Nepal. The best time of  Island Peak Climb is from late March to  early June in Spring and from early Sept to early late Nov in Autumn. Please email us at and call or message on WhatsApp at +977 9851023742 to know more about Island Peak Climbing Itinerary and cost 2024 | 2025.

Trip Facts

Peak Name: Island Peak Climb

Duration: 18 Days

Difficulty: Medium/ Hard

Season: Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec/Mar/April/May

Altitude: 2652 m- 6173 m

 Cost: USD 980-USD 2650

Group Size: 1 - 12 people

Package: Budget

Mode of Transfer: Bus/Jeep/Flight

Start/End of Peak: Kathmandu /Lukla

Trek Island Peak Climbing in Nepal

  • Climbing Island Peak Trek
  • 18 Days Itinerary
  • Detailed Cost
  • Essential Info
  • FAQs

Island Peak climbing in Nepal is a very popular trek and climb in the Everest region. Climb Island Peak with Everest Base Camp is an ideal trip as you will get both trekking and climbing experience. Likewise, Island Peak locally  known as Imja Tse Peak offers a great mountains view of Nuptse and Lhotse  to the North, Mount Makalu to the East and Baruntse and Ama Dablam to the South. You should not miss this trip for the once in a life time experience. We first trek to Everest Base Camp that also helpful to acclimatize your body before climbing Island Peak.

Climb Island Peak involves steep, exposed climbing on snow and ice, so you need to be able to abseil/rappel confidently without supervision.You will climb all the way from base camp at 5,000 m. The ascent begins with a scramble up a rocky gully to a ridge where you put on crampons and rope-up for the glacier crossing heading towards the south ridge. The route across the glacier is easy-angled, but it can be crevasses in places. From base of head wall, 100 m of snow and ice, as steep as 45° is climbed to arrive on the airy summit ridge. This is followed to the top, where you can enjoy fabulous views of Lhotse Shar, Makalu's West Face, the North Face of Baruntse and Ama Dablam's North Ridge.

Island Peak Trek/Climb Cost
Island Peak Trek/Climb cost ranges from $ 2290 USD to $ 2490 USD. In the package price, it includes all flight ticket, trekking and climbing guide, meals, permit and accommodations. Yet the tipping for guide is not included. It is nice to give tip to guide and porter, the 10 to 15 percent of the total cost of the trip.

Difficulty to Climb Island Peak
Climbing Island Peak is technically difficult. You need to be fit and energetic to climb Island Peak, and have some previous experience climbing with ice axes and crampons. You will need to be familiar with rappelling, abseiling and general rope skills. Instruction in the use of fixed lines, ladder crossing and a refresher on abseiling will be given prior to summit day. The Sherpa climbing guides are experience and will provide the highest level of safety to ensure a safe passage on the journey.

Best time to climb Island Peak
Autumn and Spring Seasons are the best time to climb Island Peak. Autumn from September to November and Spring from March to May, the weather is mostly clear. Also, with the clear weather, you get the best views of the Himalayas. The temperature is also favorable for mountain climbing and trekking. The sun is not too strong and the wind is not so cold. Monsoon(Summer)seasons are not advisable to climb Island Peak due to muddy and slippery roads. Winter also is a good time for climbing Island Peak because there is high chances of heavy snowfalls, freezing cold may bring frostbites and other cold weather-related issues. 

Meals during Island Peak Climb 
Meals like Lunch and dinner are not included in the package price. There are many restaurants and cafes in Kathmandu, they provide Nepali, Indian, Chinese and Western food.But in the trekking, you can eat breakfast and dinner at the tea house you stay.All there times meals-breakfast,lunch and dinner included in the package cost.Breakfast is consist of breads, porrides, Muesli, cornflakes,Egg items, potato and vegetables. Likewise, Lunch and Dinner are consist of Dalbhat, soups, noodle, spaghetti, fried rice, pizza, fried potato and chowmen. The deserts and drinks are also available, you have to pay extra cost for it. During Island Peak climbing, we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee.

Accommodation during Island Peak
You will get 2 or 3 standard hotel accommodations with breakfast in Kathmandu. The basic neat and clean tea house accommodation in the trekking.The room is with twin sharing beds with foam mattresses, bed sheets and a pillow provided. No heater in the room, and toilet and bathroom is common sharing outside the room. During climbing Island Peak, you will get tented camp accommodation, shared with another climbers for two or three nights. Hot showers are available in some of the lodges during the trekking phase for a small fee costs-$3 USD to $ 5 USD. We advise you to bring wet-wipes for the important wash in between available showers and some lodges also provide a laundry service for a small fee. No showers available during Island Peak Climbing, although a bowl of hot water will be available for washing.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)
Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities and your kit will be checked.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding(2652m)
A spectacular short flight brings you to the start of your trek at the village of Lukla (2850m). After assembling your crew, you set off along the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail to your first lodge near the river at Phakding.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3450m)
You continue along the side of the river, making several crossings on the wire suspension bridges. The final stretch into Namche is a steep climb, but you may be rewarded with your first glimpse of Everest away in the distance.
Day 04: Acclimatisation trek in Namche Bazaar (3450m)
Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has lots of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde hospital or a walk up to the Everest View Hotel (3880m) above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.
Day 05: Trek to Phortse (3867m)
From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi where you get your first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu. You descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phortse Thanga before making the steep climb to Phortse.
Day 06: Trek to Pheriche (4252m)
You descend steeply through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite Ama Dablam (6856m), and has exceptional views of the mountain. A further two hours walk brings you to Pheriche.
Day 07: Acclimatization trek in Pheriche (4252m)
A day to rest and acclimatize and a chance to wander up the valley to look at Lake Tshola Tsho. Alternatively, you can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view up the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Lhotse.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
Today we continue climbing to higher altitude and you will feel the air getting thinner as we move closer towards the Khumbu glacier. The trail will cross the glacier's ancient terminal moraine, winding through the boulders, you will come upon the memorials built to remember the many Sherpas who have lost their lives climbing the World's highest mountain. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach Lobuche.
Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp(5364m)
To reach your next objective, Everest Base Camp, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, with amazing views all around of many of the the Himalayan giants. You stop for lunch at Gorak Shep before trekking further along the Khumbu Glacier to finally reach Everest Base Camp. You will head back to Gorak Shep, where you will stay tonight, taking a slightly higher route to get a close up view of the famous Khumbu icefall.
Day 10: Climb Kala Pattar and trek to Dingboche (5554m)
You will be woken early this morning, while it is still dark, to climb Kala Pattar so that you reach the summit in time for sunrise. You then retrace your steps back down to Gorak Shep for some breakfast before heading back down to the village of Dingboche.
Day 11: Trek to Chukhung (4750m)
Today, you will head off into the Imja valley, following the trail up to the small village of Chukhung. Island Peak, your next challenge, comes clearly into view.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5150m)
Today will be another short trekking day as you move higher up the Imja valley and make your way to Island Peak Base Camp at 5150m. The gradual altitude gain and shorter walking hours of the last two days will help you to acclimatise and prepare you for your summit ascent.
Day 13:  Island Peak Summit Ascent (6173m)
You will be woken at around 2.00 a.m. and given a high energy breakfast to help fuel your climb. You spend the first hour climbing up to the glacier where you will put on your crampons and harness and rope-up ready to cross the Imja glacier, moving closer towards to the south face of Lhotse. From here you will start the climb up the steep headwall using fixed ropes to reach the summit ridge. From the summit there are spectacular views in all directions. After taking a few photos to celebrate your summit success we will retrace our steps back down to our base camp.
Day 14: Trek to Pangboche (3950m)
You continue to descend down the Imja Khola valley via Chukhung and Dingboche to rejoin the main Everest trail until you reach Pangboche at 3950m.
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3450m)
Today will be a long trekking day following the contours of the valleys back down to lower altitude, criss-crossing the rivers through the rhododendron forests to Thyangboche. After a brief lunch stop, you will continue on via Phunki Tenga, all the way back down to Namche Bazaar at 3450m and a welcome cup of Illy coffee and a chocolate brownie!
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2800)
Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This will be your last evening in the mountains and a great opportunity to celebrate with your Sherpa guides and porters.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
You pack up early and head for the airstrip for the flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
Our representative will take you to the airport for your flight back to home.

Cost Included:

  • All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
  • Twin share Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Twin share Guest House during trek.
  • Tented Camps during climbing days.
  • All costs for Climbing Sherpa, Assistant Trek Leader and porters.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee during trekking and climbing days.
  • Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu with departure taxes.
  • National Park permits and TIMS Fees.
  • Island Peak Permit fees.
  • Garbage Deposit Fee.

Cost Not Included:

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Travel insurance including evacuation.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
  • Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment.

What to take for Climbing/Trekking Island Peak
Each day you will carry your day pack containing; rain jacket, fleece, sun block, water, snacks, trekking poles, small personal first aid kit, camera and a few extra personal items. At higher elevations you add in a warm hat and gloves.The Island Peak climbers will carry all of their warm and windproof clothes, ice axes, crampons, harness etc on summit day. It is highly beneficial on summit day to wear your trekking boots to the snowline and carry your climbing boots, then change into your climbing boots and crampons for the climbing beyond the snowline.
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Upper Body
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket 
Lower Body
Under Garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
Climbing Gears (Personal)

Ice axes
Tape Slings (2)
Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
Descender/Abseil Device
Plastic Mountaineering Boots
Helmet (optional)
Climbing Gears (Group)

Snow bar
Ice Hammer
Ice Screw
Sleeping bag rated to -30 degree centigrade and below (depends on season)
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
Trekking Bags/Duffel bag 
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Trekking Poles
Water bottle (2) or camel bag
Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
Medium sized quick drying towel
Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Nail clippers
Feminine hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash
Face and body moisturizer
Reading book
Trail Map/Guide book
Journal and Pen
Pencils and small notebooks
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
Trek and Climb Itinerary
The Island Peak adventure starts and finishes in Kathmandu. A flight to Lukla delivers us to the Khumbu Valley, where the trek begins. After our second day on the trail, we arrive at Namche Bazaar where we spend two nights acclimatizing and exploring the local villages with time to become familiar with the local markets.We then continue our trek towards Everest Base Camp and the scenic viewpoint of Kala Patar. We sleep in the high Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Lobuche and Gorak Shep along the way. All this time we are preparing ourselves for the rigors of climbing at altitude. After our 'Everest Experience' we trek to the Island Peak Base Camp via a high alpine pass, the Kongma La. The views from up here are nothing short of stunning.

Due to glacial recession the climbing on Island Peak has become more technical in nature over time. This has resulted in the need for team members to have basic rope work and mountaineering skills. An ascent of Island Peak today involves the use of a ladder over the bergschrund and fixed ropes on steep snow slopes (45°) towards the summit and back.
Island Peak Trek/Climb Guides
There will be English speaking guide during the trek and experienced and professional climbing guide during Island Peak climbing.In general you will need a sleeping bag warm enough for you in conditions that can be as cold as -15°C. Blankets are generally not available so pay careful attention to the bags we recommend. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear extra clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can also greatly improve a bag's warmth.
Electricity and Charging Battery
Many of the lodges have power available with typical Asian plugs (two horizontal prongs) and offer recharging for a fee. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost or advise on the purchase of a suitable personal solar charging system on Island Peak Climbing.
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is required, insurance to cover any personal or medical mishaps that may occur before or during the expedition. Evacuation insurance is very important. Trekking and Climbing are in remote places with no roads and developing medical services. In the unlikely event that you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP. It is very important to buy trip cancellation insurance (in addition to your evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance) as it is not unknown for people to have unforeseen circumstances that force them to cancel their trips for reasons such as family illness and injury to self, etc.
Your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. We recommend taking copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well as leave copies at home with family or friends.
Nepal Visa
All foreign nationals except Indian passport holders require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad, land borders including borders with India and Tibet, and on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport.Getting a visa at the airport or land borders can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when travellers are asked to show proof of exit from the country, ie flight tickets. You may also need to provide two passport photos and the following fees in US dollars subject to change, cash only. Multiple entry visa valid for 15 days costs US$30, 30 days costs US$50 and 90 days costs US$125
Money Matter
The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee (NPR). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. USD is also widely accepted in Nepal. ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Bhaktapur. Make sure you carry sufficient cash to cover your needs when travelling outside of these cities. Credit cards are not widely accepted.The Government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal.You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined.The old, torn, and fade notes is very difficult to exchange when exchanging at banks and money exchanges. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes. Before departing on hike, make sure you have enough Nepalese currency to purchase meals and drinks as there are no ATMs 
Phone and internet access
The signal of phone and internet is not good during rafting. Every hotel and restaurants you will get free WiFi services. Hiking in river, the internet and telephone network signal is poor. Wifi is available at some hotel, cafe and guest houses, paying an extra cost.
Solo Travellers
Solo travellers should not have to pay more to rafting so our group trips are designed for shared guide, transportation and rafting in the river. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Optional Tours
Everest Mountain Flight-Enjoy an early morning flight on a small aircraft with a window seat for an hour of spectacular scenery over the tallest mountain peak on earth. You will be able to view some of the most incredible, and famous sights that Nepal has to offer. This is weather permitting so tour might be delayed or an alternative day may be scheduled.It costs USD 260 per person including airport transfer.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour-A day helicopter to Everest Base Camp is worthwhile.It costs ranges $ 1200 USD to $6000 USD, depends on the size of the group. In the package cost, it includes transfer-both way go and return to Kathmandu Hotel and helicopter ride, but the lunch, permit and tips for guide and driver are not included.rafting with equipment.

Bungee Jumping-This is also a perfect and adventure day trips from Kathmandu. The trip starts early in the morning from Kathmandu and return to Kathmandu by 8:00 in the evening. The cost ranges $ 90 USD to $ 140 USD, includes transfer by private bus go and return to Kathmandu, lunch and one Bungee Jumping.

Chandragiri Cable Car Ride-This is also a new and very popular day trips in Kathmandu.The trip offers the best view of Mountains and the Kathmandu valley. The trip costs ranges $ 80 USD to $ 130 USD, includes transfer, guide, cable ride. The lunch, tips and other services are not included. 

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