Island Peak (6198), locally known as Imja Tse, is one the most popular peaks to climb in the Everest Region, and rightfully so. It is easily accessible and not as technically difficult as the other climbing peaks. It was deemed“Island Peak” by Eric Shipton´s party in 1951 due to its appearance as an island in a sea of ice from Dingboche. The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but the name Island Peak has stuck. It was first climbed by a team of mountaineers that included Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, as preparation and acclimatization for their Everest ascent in 1953. Island peak is labeled a “trekking peak,” as it is accessible without a major expedition and does require extensive technical climbing knowledge or experience. However, the logistics of trekking peaks vary greatly depending on each peak.
For the first week and a half or so, we trek along the Everest Base Camp Trek path. Upon reaching Island Peak Base Camp, we take a day to rest, acclimatize, and prepare for the climb. This day is much needed to be mentally and physically ready. We begin the climb very early in the morning to maximize the chances of suitable climbing conditions. Base Camp to High Camp is not too hard, but just above High Camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, we traverse a glacier up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes are set up by our guide for the ascent of almost 100 meters to the summit ridge. The climb is difficult due to the steepness, but it is well worth it. The feeling of exhilaration will be remembered for the rest of your life. At the top, you will have a most incredible view of the Everest region peaks, Lhotse being right in front of your eyes. The experience gives a rush to beginners and advanced climbers alike. No technical mountaineering experience is necessary to climb Island Peak, simply a high level of fitness and an even higher desire to make it to the peak.
Climbing is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather. During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. The Island Peak Climbing requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Shikhar Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
A representative from Shikhar Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll brief you on our upcoming adventure and then go on a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can spend the rest of the day freely or prepare for your upcoming trek. Overnight at hotel.
Early in the morning, we catch a flight to Lukla from the Kathmandu domestic airport. We enjoy the incredible mountain views during the short flight. After landing, we begin our trek full of excitement. After passing picturesque Sherpa villages, their fields of crops, and many monuments toward Tibetan Buddhism, we see a spectacular view ofKusum Kanguru just as we arrive in Phakding. Overnight in a guest house.
After breakfast, we head to Namche Bazaar. The path leads us across several suspension bridges, while enjoying spectacular views of Thamserku. Following the Dudh Koshi River bank, we reach Monjo and officially enter Sagarmatha National Park. We continue along the river bank and eventually ciimb in altitude. We cross the highest suspension bridge of the Everest region, and again trek higher. We catch our first peek of Mt. Everest and continue to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guest house.
Today is our acclimatization day. We must take time to let our bodies adjust to the difference in altitude, as the air is thinner here. We take a short day hike up to Sagarmatha National Park Museum and Khumjung Village. From the museum, we can see a perfect view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more Himalayan peaks. Afterwards, we explore Namche Bazaar, a major trade center in the Khumbu region, densely populated by Sherpa people as well as trekkers who have finished or are preparing for the various Everest region treks. There is much to explore in the streets of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in guest house.
After taking breakfast, we head out on today’s journey. Soon after departing, we pass the museum again and enjoy the views. After Phungi Thanga, we reach a junction, where we hike up the steep trail (continuing the EBC path). The rhododendron and pine forests surrounding us are beautiful. After a couple more hours, we arrive at Tengboche. The sunset behind Mt. Everest from this little village is something you will never forget. Overnight at guest house.
Today will be a memorable day. We will move above the tree line, and feel like we are truly in the mountains. First though, we pass through diverse forests, enjoying the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. After crossing the Imja River, we reach Pangboche. Continuing, we walk through the Imja Valley before finally ascending to Dingboche, a gorgeous village with potato, barley, and buckwheat fields. Overnight in guest house.
Today is our rest and acclimatization day in Dingboche. It is best to “walk high and sleep low” to acclimatize most efficiently. After breakfast, we start our day hike to Chhukung Valley, about 2 hours gradually uphill. We will have lunch at Chhukung Valley with amazing views of Island peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche peak, Lhotse and Nuptse ridge,among others. We descend via same way to Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse.
The distance from Dingboche to Lobuche is short, but in the high altitude the walk takes slightly longer. After walking for a couple of hours on the gentle flat trail, we arrive at our lunch spot in Thukla, located at the bottom of the Khumbu Glacier.After lunch, the trail is steep up to the Everest Memorials, monuments of those people who have lost their lives during Everest expeditions. After we visit, we head to Lobuche through the gentle flat trail. The sunset view of Mt. Nuptse in the evening is marvelous. Overnight at guest house.
We are full of excitement today, ready to make our dreams come true. We have an early breakfast because we’ve got a long day ahead of ourselves. The trail to Gorakshep is mostly uphill and rocky. After having lunch and dropping our bags off at Gorakshep, we head to Everest Base Camp with our day pack. The trail is a steep, rocky incline.Everest Base Camp is located on the Khumbu Glacier, where we can see infamous Khumbu Icefall, Mt. Khumbutse and Pumori, though we are unable see Mt. Everest. After we take some snaps and celebrate, we head back down to Gorakshep. Overnight at guest house.
After waking up early in the morning, we begin our climb to Kala Patthar. This is a major highlight of the Everest Base Camp Trek! The breath-taking views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and many others are right in front of us. After enjoying our time and taking some photos at Kalapatthar, we come back to Gorakshep and have a nice big breakfast. After, we descend to Dingboche. The trail goes downhill via the Khumbu Glacier. Overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast, we begin our journey. We pass Chhukung Valley again, the last village before Island Peak. After our break, we continue hiking to Island Base Camp alongside Imja Lake. We have dinner servedby our staff.Overnight at tented camp.
Overnight at Tented camp. Simply being at Island Base Camp is one of the highlights of this trip. Today we practice and train with our Sherpa climbing guide. We have dinner early in the evening because we’ll start our climb around 2AM, very early in the morning. Overnight at tented camp.
We begin our climb before the crack of dawn, around 2 AM. In the beginning, we climb the rock gully. It is not too difficult, but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline leading to an exhilarating traverse onto the lip of the summit glacier.We need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views, and snapping some photos, we descend all the way to Dingboche. Overnight guesthouse.
After walking about one hour, we are back on our previous trail that we took on the way up to Everest Base Camp. After the lunch, we climb up to Kyanjuma for one and half hours and enjoy the gentle flat trail to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in guest house.
After having breakfast, we start head down to Lukla. We enjoy the last views of Mt. Everest, already looking forward to seeing it again. We cross six suspension bridges and pass several Sherpa villages before arriving in Lukla.After crossing the highest of the bridges, we walk for another 3 hours to Phakding and stop for lunch. We arrive in Lukla after about 2.5 hours of walking after Phakding. Time to enjoy the last night of the Himalaya in Lukla!
We have breakfast and then walk to Tenzing-Hillary airport and fly back to Kathmandu in the morning, enjoying the scenery during the flight. We’ll have a celebratory dinner in Kathmandu in the evening. Otherwise, the rest of the day is yours. Overnight in hotel.
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Shikhar Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
Shikhar Adventureis not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise. Flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days. It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country. If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days. In the case that you have a tight schedule and the flights out of Lukla are delayed, it is possible to take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.