Island Peak Climbing

Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing
  • Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Activity Trekking/Climbing
  • Max. Altitude 6189 meters -20305 ft.
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Best Season March to May and September to November
Group Discount Prices
1 paxUS$2390
2 - 6 paxUS$2190
7 - 10 paxUS$1990
11 - 15 paxUS$1890
16 - 20 paxUS$1790
Island Peak Climbing Highlights
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Namche Bazaar
  • Tengboche Monastery
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Kalapatthar View Point
  • Island Peak Climbing

Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing

Climbing represents the ultimate adventure in Nepal, both a touchstone to the glorious days of Mallory and Hillary and a reflection of the fact that the Himalayan giants stand as the preeminent mountaineering challenge in the world. For those who wish to sample such an exhilarating experience, Island Peak offers one of the premier climbs available to trekkers, and it's an option Nepal Trekking Experts is well placed to deliver via our many years of working in the industry. What makes this climb even more worthwhile is the bonus of being able to visit Everest Base Camp along the way. If standing on such historic and famous ground isn't enough to impel you to the top of Island Peak, nothing will! The trek also helps climbers acclimate to the altitude and build up their fitness en route, an important point for those who may be lacking somewhat in conditioning.

A 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes us to the start of our adventure, the classic trek to Everest Base Camp via Namche, Tengboche, and Lobuche. From there, we continue to Kala Patthar and the site of our base camp on the lower slopes of Island Peak to prepare ourselves for the excitement ahead.

Island Peak, or Imja Tse as it's known to locals, is a breathtaking climb that can be attempted from either the base camp (4970 m) or the high camp (5600 m) along a natural line that leads over a narrow ridge to the summit and its magnificent views of Everest and Lhotse. To stand atop Island Peak and behold the magnificent panorama and cloud base below is to feel like you're standing on top of the world—it's a very special moment.

Whether visiting on an individual basis or as a group, Nepal Trekking Experts has the expertise to arrange your Island Peak Climbing experience, so why not contact us and let our staff get you on the trail to the mountain's base camp?

In addition, you may also choose the Lobuche Peak Climbing or the highest climbing peak in Nepal, Mt. Mera.

Useful Information

Trekking with peak climbing gear


  • Raincoat, poncho, or combination jacket/trousers
  • Four Seasons down jacket
  • A down vest
  • Windproof trousers/Down Pant
  • Two pairs of hiking pants
  • One pair of shorts
  • Three to four T-shirts (depending on the duration of the trek)
  • One fleece jacket
  • One or two pairs of base layers (Marino wools or similar)
  • Two to three pairs of hiking socks and a couple of pairs of thicker socks (Marino wool or similar)
  • Two pairs of gloves—one light fleece, the other waterproof/windproof
  • Undergarments
  • Harnesses, Jumar, carabineers, safety helmet, ice axe, rope, 4-season tents, sleeping pad, ice screw, snow bars, etc.


  • Climbing boots
  • Flip-flops for leisure time around camp or one pair of sneakers

Other Equipment

  • Climbing Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, sun hat, woolen or fleece hat, first aid kit, Swiss army knife (optional), luggage cover, headlamp, trekking poles, gaiter, crampons, water purification tablets or Steripen, extra batteries, adapter, power bank, water bottles/camel bag/Thermos, washing powder/multi-purpose soap, shampoo, a small towel, antiseptic hand wash, toiletries, female hygiene products, wet wipes, mosquito spray (optional), earplugs, reading books, playing cards/chess
  • Sleeping bag rated to minus 15 to 20 degrees Celsius, depending on trekking or climbing route and season.
  • Backpack (60 liters)
  • Daypack (25 to 30 liters)
  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

Welcome to the airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program, then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds, and culture of Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

Today is the final opportunity for trekking preparation, checking trekking gears, meeting with the guide, team brief, and joining for welcome dinner.

  • Max. Altitude:2610m/8563ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

A magical scenic flight takes us to Lukla in the morning, and from there, we begin our trek with a hike to the day's first destination, Phakding.

  • Max. Altitude:3440m/11286ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Our day starts by following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing over the Edmund Hillary suspension bridge, then heading towards Sagarmatha National Park and the checkpoint at Monjo. The path ascends markedly until it eventually leads us into Namche Bazaar, the regional capital of the Sherpa district.

  • Max. Altitude:3440m/11286ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

A rest day to allow the body to acclimate to the high-altitude conditions. Namche is perfect for the situation, as there's plenty to do in the scenic town, including paying a visit to Khunde Hospital, the local medical facility set up through Edmund Hillary's charitable work in the area, taking in the panoramas from the Everest View Hotel, calling in on the Sherpa Cultural Museum, or hiking up to Khumjung Valley and its monastery, complete with the display of its legendary Yeti scalp.

  • Max. Altitude:3860m/12664ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

The trail leads away from Namche Bazaar through several small villages and a suspension bridge en route to Phunki Tenga and then climbs through a series of switchbacks and dense rhododendron forests to Tengboche. The village is renowned for its monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region, and has a long association with mountaineering expeditions to the area.

  • Max. Altitude:4240m/13911ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

We continue climbing steadily after our departure from Tengboche, making our way through scenic stretches of dense forest and across one of Nepal's ubiquitous suspension bridges until we ascend to Pangboche and hike on towards Sumare. After a pause to take in a meal, we head out again on the final stretch to Pheriche, a sizable village noteworthy for its exceptional views of Ama Dablam, Tabuche, and Cholatse.

  • Max. Altitude:4240m/13911ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

A further rest day gives us ample opportunity to fully explore the scenic beauty of Pheriche and its surroundings.

  • Max. Altitude:4940m/16207ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

With plenty of rest from the previous day, our bodies are fully prepared for the next stretch towards Thugla, where we pass numerous cairns and monuments dedicated to the many Sherpas and climbers who have perished on Everest's slopes. Further along on the trail through the barren terrain, we come to Khumbu glacier at the foot of the famous mountain and marvel at the terrible beauty and chaos of the inexorable mass of ice. The day finishes with our arrival at the jumble of buildings that make up the remote human outpost of Lobuche.

  • Max. Altitude:5164m/16942ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Our trek reaches its climax today with the much-anticipated arrival at Everest Base Camp, truly one of the most memorable experiences in Nepal. The morning is spent traversing Khumbu Glacier and hiking to Gorak Shep, where we typically pause for a well-deserved meal and extraordinary views before heading out again for the journey's reward, the historic base camp, a temporary home through the decades to some of the most legendary figures in the annals of mountaineering. After pausing to drink in the astonishing spectacle and perhaps view the latest expeditions mounting their challenge, we reluctantly turn around and make our way back to Gorak Shep for our night's rest.

  • Max. Altitude:4940m/16942ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Everest may not be within our reach, but Kala Patthar is on hand to give added meaning to the visit via unmatched views of the entire Khumbu basin and a sense of accomplishment in scaling the peak. After returning for breakfast and retrieving our trekking gear, we hit the trail once more for the pronounced descent to Lobuche.

  • Max. Altitude:4730m/15518ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Today we scale the highest of the three passes in the Everest region, Kogma La, with its outstanding views of the Himalayas and nearby Khumbu Glacier. From there it's a steady descent to Chhukung village, the last outpost of civilization before we head out on our expedition. Chhukung is where we'll meet up for the first time with our climbing guide.

  • Max. Altitude:4970m/16306ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

The sense of genuine adventure builds as we work our way up the steep trail, past the outflow from the Lhotse glacier, towards the sweeping valley below Island Peak's flanks, where we'll set up our base camp for the night.

  • Max. Altitude:4410m/14468ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Our path to the top of Island Peak takes us to the left of the sharp incline and across a rock-strewn slope that funnels us further upwards to the ridgeline and the long traverse towards the peak. We rope up for the summit glacier and head across this final obstacle towards our ultimate goal; the ridge leading to the top of Island Peak. Once at the top, we can pause to celebrate the moment and take in the breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, and the surrounding Himalayan amphitheater of formidable peaks before turning to the task of our return journey to the base of the mountain and on to Dingboche.

  • Max. Altitude:4410m/14468ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, so prudence demands that we set aside an additional day to maximize your chances of making a successful climb.

  • Max. Altitude:3440m/11286ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Though the trail is a familiar one the hike to Namche Bazaar provides a different perspective on the scenery as well as a more relaxed journey.

  • Max. Altitude:2860m/9383ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

On our final day, easing back to Lukla along the Dudhi Koshi and its suspension bridges. Once at Lukla we can finally throw off our backpacks, take a refreshing shower, and sit down to relax and savor the heady accomplishment of making it to the foot of Everest and the summit of Island Peak.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast

After breakfast, we take a flight to Kathmandu where you'll have enough time to sample the city's treasures one last time before departure.

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    What's Included
    Cost Includes
    • Complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Complimentary welcome dinner
    • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu with breakfast included
    • Staff insurance, salary, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
    • All necessary trekking permits, such as National Park, TIMS, climbing permits, etc.
    • All meals during the trek and climb
    • Rescue arrangements, if necessary
    • Certificate of Achievement
    • Professional English-speaking government-registered and first-aid trained local guide
    • First Aid Kit
    • professional climbing guide and his meals, accommodations, insurance, salary, etc.
    • All necessary climbing equipment, such as a tent, rope, ice axe, etc.
    • Return ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla, including the domestic airport tax
    Cost Excludes
    • International airfares and Nepal visa fees
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal insurance, personal expenses, property theft, etc.
    • Sightseeing fees (temples, monasteries, etc.)
    • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc.
    • Tips for staff
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    Dates & Availability
    Start:SaturdayJun 15, 2024
    End:ThursdayJul 04, 2024


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