Island Peak Climbing

Nepal 23 Days

Interested in this trip?

Talk to our travel expert. +977 9851 069 558

Overview

If you think that simply trekking through the Himalayas isn’t a big enough challenge – then Island Peak Climbing is the adventure for you. Taking you through the pristine Gokyo lakes, two of the three passes of the Everest region, the Khumbu Glacier, and ultimately up to the impressive Island Peak – this trip has it all.

Island peak, the summit of Imja Tse, stands at an impressive 6189m. Rising from the Lhotse Glacier, it is claimed to be one of the best peaks to climb in the Everest region of Nepal. And with the astonishing views that it offers of the mighty Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, standing at 8848m – it is easy to see why.

The trek starts with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. Before the trek even begins the flight will you treat you to panoramic views of mountains such as Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Thamserku (6623m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Toboche (6542m), along with glimpses of other peaks of the Khumbu Region which will become your companions along the trek.

As well as astonishing sights, this trek also gives you a wonderful insight into the culture of the region. Every day we will walk through beautiful villages, including Phortse Thanga, Dhole, Machhermo, and Luza, where we can see the wildly varying traditions of the people living in the mountains.

We will also get to see a myriad of natural delights – including flora and fauna found nowhere else in the World, forests filled with rhododendron, and of course the famed Gokyo Lakes. These pristine waters, cradled by the Himalayan giants, have laid sacred for centuries, and are the pinnacle of the spiritual journey that this trek with take you on as you pass temples, monasteries, and multicolored prayer flags that will mark your path throughout the journey.

Read More

Your Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu

On arrival, you will land in Kathmandu airport, where our friendly team will greet you and take you to your hotel. Depending on what time you arrive, you are free to take a rest, or if you are itching to start exploring, you can spend the rest of the day soaking up the atmosphere of the Capital. You will then have dinner and an overnight stay in a highly recommended hotel in the city center.

Dinner and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and trek prep

After a welcoming breakfast, today you will have the opportunity to see some of Kathmandu’s most famous UNESCO-listed world heritage sights, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. Once you return you will meet your guide and begin preparation for your trek.

Breakfast and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3: 40-min mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek from Lukla to Phakding

Today we wave goodbye to the city as we catch our early morning flight to Lukla. Famed for being one of the most thrilling and beautiful flights in the World, we will cruise over the Himalayan peaks before landing. Then on arrival, we will finally begin our 3-hour trek through beautiful green scenery, as we make our way to Phakding. Once there we will visit a nearby monastery before resting for the night.

Overnight at a tented camp, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

We start today by walking alongside the riverside of Dudh Koshi. As we make our way towards Namche, the Gateway to Everest, you will follow a beautiful nature trail – encompassing a number of waterfalls and suspension bridges. You can then enjoy views of Thamserku (6623m), before reaching the happening town of Namche.

Overnight at a hotel, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

Today we need to take the day to rest in Namche so that we can acclimatize to the new altitude, which is essential as we gain height. Namche is a great place to take our acclimatization day as there is lots to do. We will spend the day exploring the Sherpa town, visiting the Sherpa museum, and trying traditional Sherpa food. We can also visit the market of Namche Bazaar which has a lot to offer. Alternatively, if you would rather relax and take in the view, you can hike up to the Everest View Hotel to take in your first full glorious view of Everest and its surrounding Khumbu peaks.

Overnight at a teahouse, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Dhole
On our way to Dhole we witness beautiful forests of rhododendron as our we start to gain height and walk along increasingly steep trails. We then get to walk alongside the longest Mani walls in the region, as we continue along the trail of stone steps. Highlights of today’s trek include incredible view of the Khumbu peaks as we pass through the village of Phortse Thanga to arrive in Dhole.

Overnight at a teahouse, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 07: Dhole to Machhermo

Today we begin our journey to Machhermo by ascending alongside the Dudh Koshi River through the villages of Lhabarma and Luza. Along the way, we can enjoy panoramic views of the peaks of Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6782), Cho Oyu (8188), and Taboche (6367m), before the final ascent of our five hour journey that takes us up a steep trail to Machhermo. On arrival we can see pastures and bushes of junipers.

Overnight at a guesthouse, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo Valley

Today we will start our journey by climbing a ridge and walking on the moraines of the largest glaciers in the Khumbu region, Ngozumpa Glacier, and arrive at the first Gokyo Lake. After enjoying these tranquil turquoise waters we will ascend towards the second and third Gokyo Lakes. We will take some time to enjoy these majestic sights before continuing on to reach the stunning valley of Gokyo.

Overnight at a lodge, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Gokyo Valley.

Today we are ready for another acclimatization day – and there couldn’t be a better place to stop and explore for the day. We will begin our tour of the beautiful Gokyo valley by hiking up to Gokyo Ri (5360m) from where you can have a bird’s eye view of the astonishing Gokyo valley, along with a breathtaking vista of Mount Everest (8848m) and Makalu (8481m). We will then clitrek back down to Gokyo village and rest for the evening.

Overnight at a lodge, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Gokyo to Thangnak

After our rest the previous day, we are ready and refreshed today for our trek to Thangnak. Today is a bumpy journey, as from Gokyo we will first descend to Dragnag and then ascend to the foot of Cho-La Pass in Thangnak. We are accompanied throughout with picturesque views of Chola Peak (6089m) and Kangchung Peak (6063m). On arrival we will stay at a tented camp and enjoy the blanket of stars overhead.

Overnight in a tented camp, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12: Thangnak – Cho-La Pass – Lobuche

Today’s journey gets a bit more difficult as temperatures drop and we must trek through tough blowing winds and along slippery snowy paths, as we make our way to Lobuche. On our way, we will trek past the foot of Cho-La Pass, and then ascend the infamous steep paths to cross the pass itself. After Cho-La Pass, we will descend to Dzongla from where we can make our final short and easy ascent to Lobuche. Throughout our journey today we will be accompanied by views of Ama Dablam (6812m) and Cholatse (6440m).

Overnight in a tented camp, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 13: Lobuche – Everest Base Camp (5364m) – Gorakshep (5140m)

Today we get to visit Everest Base Camp! We start by battling the rocky dunes and glacial moraines of the Khumbu Glacier, as we head to Gorak Shep. We will stop here briefly before heading further up the steep and icy trail to Everest Base Camp. Care and precision are required on this difficult trail but it is all worth it, as upon arrival, you will have a picturesque view of Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7161m), Lingtren (6749m), and Khumbutse (6636m) among other Khumbu peaks – spread out in front of you. After spending some time at the base camp to soak it all in, we walk back to Gorak Shep.

Overnight at a teahouse, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and back to Lobuche

Today we will start our trek to Kala Patthar pre-dawn, so that we don’t miss the first rays of sunshine as they light the peak of the glorious Mount Everest (8848m). We will have to ascend rocky terrain to reach Kala Patthar, and so will spend some time here to recover and enjoy the panoramic view of the highest peaks in the region. We will then head back to Lobuche to spend the night.

Overnight at a teahouse, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 15: Lobuche- Kongma La – Chhukhung

Today begins with a tricky descent past the Khumbu Glacier. We will then follow some rough and icy terrain to arrive at Kongma La Pass. Once here we will trek further down past the High Camp until we reach the village of Chhukhung. This is a difficult route so paying close attention to your expert guide is essential.

Overnight in a tented camp, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 16: Chhukhung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)

This trek today is not so technically difficult but there are many rock steps to climb so we need lots of energy. We must then follow a ridgeline to reach a thrilling and uncovered point on the nose of the summit glacier. From here we will enter the beautiful Imja Valley and follow the moraines of Lhotse (8516m). Then the final part of today’s trek takes us past the frozen glacial Lake Imja Tsho, to finally reach Island Peak Base Camp.

Overnight in a tented camp, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 17: High camp to summit (6189m) to Base camp to Chhukhung (5200m)

Today we will reach our summit! We set off before sunrise and must strictly follow the guidelines of our climbing leader. Our expert will assist you to tie your rope to the glacier, as it contains several crevasses and precision is crucial. A strenuous climb through the steep and icy trail will then lead you to the summit. On arrival we will spend some time enjoying the summit views and soaking in our achievements before walking back to Chhukhung.

Overnight in a tented camp, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 18: Reserve day for contingency

The Himalayan weather is very unpredictable, and so we reserve this day as a contingency in case we are unable to reach the summit the day before – waiting until the weather is most favorable for the climb. So, in case you are unable to summit Island Peak on the scheduled day, you will climb the peak today. If however you did successfully reach the summit the day before, then this day will be removed from the itinerary.

Overnight in a tented camp, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 19: Chhukhung to Namche Bazaar

For the penultimate day of our trek, we will head back to Namche. Leaving behind the vivid landscapes of Chhukhung, Dingboche, Pangboche, and Tengboche, we will quickly visit the sacred pilgrimage site of the Sherpas, Tengboche Monastery. After exploring this ancient sight, we will make our final descent from Phunke Thenga to reach Namche Bazaar.

Overnight in a hotel, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Today is the final day of the trek! We will start by descending down steep trails, past rhododendron forests, across suspension bridges, and over the Dudh Koshi River, to finally reach Lukla. Enjoy the views for the last time and take time to soak in your achievements as we rest in Lukla before our flight in the morning.

Overnight in a hotel, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 21: 40-Min Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Today we wave goodbye to the mountains and board out 40 min scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla – enjoys the spectacular views as we go. From here we will take you back to your hotel where you are free to take some rest or use the day to explore the city.

Breakfast and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Day 22: Rest day in Kathmandu

Today there is no plan – but to have fun and explore! With endless shops to stock up with treats for home, and sights yet to be discovered, there are lots of things to do before leaving the Capital behind tomorrow.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel

Day 23: Final Departure

It’s time to fly home! Say goodbye to Nepal and your fellow trekkers! A member of our friendly team will take you to the airport.

Breakfast

What's included

  • Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
  • At least two nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu Bed and Breakfast plan
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in whole trekking
  • Local bus / Jeep up to your request
  • Trekking map
  • An experienced government license holder guide
  • Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
  • Insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • All government taxes and tourist service charge

What's not included

  • Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking
  • Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc
  • Personal trekking equipments

Equipment Checklist

Before embarking on any trip you should always make sure you are completely prepared. So, to make sure you have everything you need to make your trek a real success, we have a full checklist for you – including everything you should pack before embarking

Clothes:

  • A Warm fleece hat
  • A sun hat or scarf that can be worn to protect you from the sun
  • Gloves: both lightweight and heavyweight
  • Thin and lightweight inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Camp shoes
  • Gaiters to hike during winter season
  • Breathable sports underwear
  • A number of t-shirts
  • Long lightweight cotton trousers
  • Wool or fleece trousers
  • Waterproof shell trousers
  • A fleece jumper or jacket
  • A fleece ‘wind-stopper’ jacket
  • Breathable and waterproof shell jacket

*Remember to double up on the warmer items if you choose to join us in the colder months or contact a member of the team to check which items you will need in the different seasons.

Accessories

  • Good quality, light weight sleeping bags, rated ‘zero degree Fahrenheit’
  • Headlamps with powerful batteries and spare bulbs
  • Trekking bags
  • Basic first aid box/kit
  • Large plastic bags
  • Trekking Poles
  • Toiletries including Personal hygiene items (such as tissues or toilet roll, wet or baby wipes, anti-bacterial hand wash etc.)
  • Water bottles

Join Our Fixed Departures

There are no fixed departure dates available for this trip you can choose your own dates.

Choose a Private Trip

If you already know who you would like to take your adventure with and would prefer to enjoy your ‘My Everest Trip’ experience with your own group of friends, then we’ve got good news! All of our trips are also available as private adventures! Our private adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk you through some of the different options that we offer.
So feel free to give us a call on +977 9851069558 or Email us at info@hiketoeverest.com

Reviews

If you have already travelled with us and want to share your story and experiences to the world please send us your experiences by cliking the button below:

Share your experience and story with the world

    We are your ultimate adventure partner.

    Hike to Everest is a reliable, Eco-friendly and experienced tour company in Nepal – so if you’re looking for the ultimate Himalayan adventure, you’ve come to the right place. Our seasoned guides offer mountain trekking and peak climbing across Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet – as well as a myriad of jungle safaris, sightseeing, bungee jumping, cycling, and paragliding packages. So to learn more about us click below and choose us as your ultimate adventure partner! Learn More About Us

    Why Book With Us

    • 85% Repeat Customers
    • Guaranteed Departures
    • Team of destinations Experts
    • Competitive Prices
    • 99% Success Rate

    Related Trips

    Luxury Trek to Everest
    Mera Peak Climbing
    Lobuche Trek
    Places of attractions, travel tips, news and more.

    Recent From Our Blog

    Visit Nepal 2020 special packages

    Visit Nepal 2020 special packages

    Visit Nepal 2020 and special packages With remarkable natural hallmarks and unique displays of culture, Nepal is a dream destination for travelers across the world. As such, Nepal also offers an astounding array of activities to indulge in, places to travel, and experiences to savor. With the beginning of the New Year 2020, there is…

    Everest Three Passes Trek

    Everest Three Passes Trek

    Everest Three Passes Trek The Everest region of Nepal is among the most famous and appealing trekking destinations in the world. Home to the world’s tallest mountain peak, the Khumbu is home to a myriad of natural, Himalayan and cultural hallmarks that define the northern Nepali diaspora. There are several trekking options available for the…

    Everest Trekking

    Why Everest Trekking is the Most Famous Trekking in the World

    Everest is the highest mountain in the World and as such it has become the most popular place to go trekking in the World. However, it is not only the lure of the planets biggest peak that makes Everest Trekking packages the most sought after for those going trekking in Nepal. With nature, animals, culture,…