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Starts at: Lukla Ends at: Lukla
Trek Region: Everest Transport: Flight
Duration: 18 days Trip Grade: Challenging
Max Altitude: 6,189 m Accomodation: Tea House / Camping

Island Peak Climbing Highlights

  • Hike to Everest Base Camp
  • Panoramic view from Kalapatthar aka Everest viewpoint
  • Experience Khongma La Pass
  • Summit Island Peak at 6,189 m
  • Island peak is the most popular trekking peak
  • Take in views of Imja Lake, a small glacial lake at the base of Island Peak
  • Tented overnight accommodation at Island Peak Base Camp
  • Experience climbing in the Himalayas

Island Peak, known locally as Imja Tse, is the most popular climbing peak in Nepal.  It is perfect for climbers with less experience or those who wish to climb for the first time.

The techniques of using climbing gear will be demonstrated by our climbing guide at Base Camp.  And with your safety in mind, we provide one climbing guide for 3-to 4 climbers – based on the climbers’ experience.

This trip starts by flying into the high altitude airport at Lukla and takes you to the well-known Namche Bazaar and the highest monastery in the region – Tengboche.

You will get the best views of Mt Everest and surrounding mountains from atop Kalapatthar (also known as the Everest viewpoint) at 5,545 m, and overnight at Gorakshep at over 5,000 m. Naturally, no trip to this area is complete without going to Everest Base Camp, which you will also visit

From here the trip differs from those groups who are heading only to Everest Base Camp.  Now the climbing adventure begins!  Descend down to Lobuche and cross the Khongma La Pass and on to Chukung Khongma La Pass, considered the most difficult pass among the Everest Three High Passes.

At Island Peak Base Camp, there is only tented accommodation as we prepare for the summit.  In order to reach the summit before the high winds set in, climbers will leave Base Camp around 1 am.

Watching the sunrise over the Himalayas after the exhilarating climb is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After descending down the Peak and trekking to Dingboche, the route back to Lukla once again rejoins the route being taken by those on the Everest Base Camp Trek.

The best time to climb Island Peak is April and May, or (followed by) October and November.

Magical Nepal works with local Sherpa based in Dingboche and Chukung.  Our Sherpas are highly experienced and know Island peak inside out.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!


Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Phakding

Phakding – 2651 m / 8697 ft – 35 min + 3 hrs

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

Namche – 3440 m / 11286 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche

Namche – 3700 m / 12139 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

Tengboche – 3956 m / 12979 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

Dingboche – 4380 m / 14370 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Dingboche – 4380 m / 14370 ft – 3 to 4 hrs

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche

Lobuche – 4938 m / 16200 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep

Gorakshep – 5160 m / 16929 ft – 2 to 3 hr + 4 hr

Day 10: Gorakshep to Lobuche

Lobuche – 4938 m / 16200 ft- 4 hrs + 4 hrs

Day 11: Lobuche to Chukung via Khongma La Pass

Chukung – 4,730 m/15,518 ft – 6 to 7 hrs

Day 12: Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp

Island Peak Base Camp – 5,087 m/ 16,690 ft -7 hr

Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and Down to Island Peak Base Camp

Island Peak Base Camp – 5,087 m/ 16,690 ft

Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche

Pangboche – 3,985 m/ 13,074 ft

Day 15: Pangboche to Namche

Namche – 3440 m / 11286 ft

Day 16: Namche to Lukla

Lukla – 2860 m / 9383 ft

Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu Flight

kathmandu – 1400 m / 4593 ft

Day 18: Departure


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  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 2
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Park and Local Entry Permits
  • Peak Climbing Permit
  • Guide for 15 days
  • Porter for 14 days
  • Climbing guide for 3 days (Island Peak Base Camp / return to Base
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu (Hotel Dream Nepal or similar)
  • 13 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 2 night tented accommodation at Base Camp and High Camp
  • Packed lunch on the summit day
  • All cooked meals when camping with complementary hot water, tea and coffee
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • 14 x set breakfasts, 15 x set lunches and 15 x set dinners while on the trek
  • International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa
  • Tip to Guide and Porter
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Personal climbing gear (can be rented in Chukung/ Dingboche)

Island Peak Climbing FAQ

How many days long is the Island Peak Climbing trip than the regular Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC)?

It is three to four days longer.

Is this climb for me?

Yes, with proper acclimatization and with our expert climbing guide, this peak is for anyone who is fit and can do the EBC trek. Many trekkers make Island Peak their first climbing experience.

Is it technically difficult?

Both Island Peak and Lobuche Peak are more difficult compared to Mera Peak. However, with proper instruction and training at Base Camp by our professional and well-qualified climbing guide to developing your knowledge and use of climbing gear, this Peak can be successfully climbed.

Do I go to EBC on this climb?

Yes, you will go to both Everest Base Camp and to Kalapatthar for acclimatization before climbing

Are there toilet facilities at the base camp?

Being that this is the most popular trek the teahouses and lodges are open throughout the year and people do trek all months of the year. The best time in terms of weather and scenery is October, November and April, May. Yes, there will be toilet facilities at base camp. You will have a personal sleeping tent, as well as a communal kitchen and dining tent, and a toilet tent.

How many climbing guides will be there?

We provide one climbing guide for three to four climbers, depending on the experience of the climbers.

Will we use fixed ropes?

Yes, you will be using a fixed rope for the climb.

Is it safe to drink the water in the Everest Region?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Everest. Mineral water is available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on this trip?

As the possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at elevations over 3,000 m, you should be aware. But in order to avoid this as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications that help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is a need for emergency evacuation while I am on this trip?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on this trek?

On every trek or climb, we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply,

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Where can I leave my belongings in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc?

Yes. At Magical Nepal, we make sure all our staffs are well insured.

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