Island Peak Climbing 17 Days

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Imje Tse, called Island Peak, takes its name from its appearance as an island from afar, one set adrift in the sea of ice that is the surrounding Himalayas. It is nestled in the heart of the Khumbu region and, at 6,189m/20,300ft, is considered a moderate challenge for climbers. While Island Peak is used by many to gear up for higher and more precipitous peaks to come after, the climb is, by itself, extraordinarily scenic and endlessly exhilarating! Our professionally-developed climbing itinerary maximizes the sightseeing possibilities (which include Everest Base Camp and the hike to Kala Pathar) while factoring in ample time for acclimatization and a reasonable pace. Your guides will be the ultra-experienced Sherpas, many of whom have scaled Everest more than once. In these capable hands, your Island Peak climb is sure to be one filled with thrills, adventure, and unforgettable memories.

    What's Included?

  • All airport transfers from arrival to departure
  • 15 days trek, all accommodation and meals included
  • Round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • 10kg baggage allowance in flight and during trekking
  • Airport transfers
  • English-speaking, government-licensed Sherpa guide
  • Porter service
  • All applicable trekking and climbing permits
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B plan
  • Government taxes, entrance fee, equipment fee, and other applicable fees
  • First aid kit
  • Trip certificate
  • Farewell dinner
  • Himalayan Wonders t-shirt
* Lukla Flight Delays (read more)
* Travel Insurance is required on all Treks (read more)
* No Extra Fees for Solo Travelers (read more)

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Greetings from Nepal and Himalayan Wonders! We'll be waiting at the airport to welcome you to your grand adventure and bring you to your hotel. Enjoy some freestyle touring of Nepal's capital and the heart of its culture, but plan on turning in early... it's going to be an epic trip!

Day 2 - Kathmandu: Sightseeing

Prepare yourself for a whirlwind guided tour of the best and most exciting that the city has to offer! Experience Durbar Square, the charmingly hectic city square adorned with the central "wooden house," the sacred stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, and Pasupatinath, an important Hindu temple to Shiva. Tomorrow's the first trekking day, so rest your legs up!

Day 3 - Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Phakding

Enjoy one last bed-and-breakfast meal in Kathmandu, then we'll board a brief flight to Lukla. Here you'll be introduced to your guide and porter! Get well-acquainted; you're going to see a lot of one another. Our trek starts mildly with a stroll through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). We'll trace the path of the Dudhkoshi River until we arrive in the popular resting stop of Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft). The air's already getting thinner, so we'll spend the night resting and acclimatizing.

Day 4 - Phakding to Namche

Prepare to be astounded by the largest Sherpa village in the country! It's a long trek to Namche, however, so stretch your legs. We'll cross our old friend the Dudhkoshi River and wend our way through a gorgeous pine forest. That takes us to Monjo for a permit check and descent towards Dudh Kosi River. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the mythical Mani stones! The river is our guide towards Jorsale, and lunch. After the thrilling Hillary Suspension Bridge crossing, it’s all uphill to Namche. Take heart: from the village, you'll glimpse mighty Everest for the first time.

Day 5 - Namche: Acclimatization or Trek to Khumjung

Today's a rest day, and your opportunity to experience the wonders of Namche and its eponymous Bazaar! This central shopping hub caters not only to the daily needs of the local Sherpas, but is chock-full of trekking and mountaineering equipment. Those feeling confident in their acclimatization can brave a 2-3 hour optional trek to Khumjung, a village sporting a sacred cave and monastery that claims to house the scalp of a yeti.

Day 6 - Namche to Tengboche

We'll be trekking today in the direction of Tengboche, home of the largest gompa monastery in the Khumpa region. Exquisite views of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku are found here! The trekking is getting serious at this point.

Day 7 - Tengboche to Pheriche

We aim for a comfortable acclimatization as we head towards Pheriche, another standout of the Khumba region. A small hospital run by the Himalayan Trekking Association located here has, in past decades, been a critical resource for the safety of trekkers from around the globe, as well as local populations. The Sherpa who make Pheriche their home are largely yak herders and farmers, and our route will allow us to peek in on a charming slice of rural life.

Day 8 - Pheriche to Lobuche

The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night, as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be downright chilly!

Day 9 - Lobuche to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp

Our day kicks off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we'll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. At the Base Camp, our goal, you'll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain's summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty.

Day 10 - EBC to Kalapather and Dingboche

From the EBC it's a rocky, challenging climb in cold, thin air to Kalapather. Your reward for this hard work, however, is one of the finest panoramic views of the Himalayas to be found! The stone huts of Dingboche, a historic summer village, await. Relish the views of Makalu in the distance, knowing that we start climbing training tomorrow!

Day 11 - Dingboche to Chukung, Climbing Training

As we make our way to Chukung, climbing training commences. It is possible to make the Island Peak summit with no prior climbing experience (assuming sufficient physical fitness), but having past climbs under your belt will make you a stronger and more confident climber. You'll enjoy the summit more if you aren't quite so anxious about the actual climbing! Staff will give you hands-on training on the use of implements like the ice axe and climbing boot, and demonstrate moving up and down on ropes.

Day 12 - Island Peak: Summit, Return to Chukung

Today's the big day! Prepare to get started before the thin light of dawn as we make our ascent with head lamps, scaling the rocky trail up. Our timing is superb: we'll drink in a glorious Himalayan sunrise atop a shining glacier and prepare for the tough, ultimate climb. A brief trek against a plateau of virginal snow brings us to the steep, precipitous final headwall. Time to put those climbing skills to use! The scramble for the summit is arduous, but you'll never be more proud of yourself! After a brief, triumphant time at what feels like the top of the world, it's (carefully!) downwards towards the charming village of Chukung.

Day 13 - Chukung to Tengboche

We retrace the original steps of our ascent as we make our way back down the mountain again. The fascinating culture of the Sherpas is on display once more - don't miss a peak at the yak-herding stations.

Day 14 - Tengboche to Namche or Manju

The walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counterintuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We'll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our last day on the mountain.

Day 15 - Namche to Phakding and Lukla

After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in a proper hotel and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you've accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.

Day 16 - Lukla to Kathmandu

In the morning, you'll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You'll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We'll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we'll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.

Day 17 - Kathmandu: Departure Day

It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

Travel Insurance

Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.

Flight Delays in Lukla/Kathmandu

The flight between Kathmandu and Lukla where the trek starts is generally reliable but if the weather is bad all flights will be canceled for the day. In the event the flight is cancelled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs in this event which can range from $150 to $500 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.

We schedule one extra day into the trek already as a buffer day in case of delays but as flights can at times be delayed for several days we suggest you add a couple of extra days at the end of your trip in case of any delays. Extra days should always be scheduled at the end of the trip and not the start.

    Extra Costs and Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
  • Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
  • All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
  • We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
  • We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
  • The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
  • Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.

Solo Travelers

We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.

If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Cancellation Policies

We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.


  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Screw gate
  • Descended abseil device
  • Prussic loops
  • Plastic mountaineering boot


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch

    Upper Body

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

    Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Waterproof pants


  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots


  • Gloves


  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
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The basics

What is trekking peak?

Trekking Peaks are the mountain which can be approached in a day to the summit from their base camp including return to the basecamp. Trekking peaks are generally between 5000m to below 7000m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). These peaks are also called NMA Trekking Peaks.

What are physical fitness criteria to climb a peak in Nepal?

To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.

Who can go?

I have never climbed before. Can I go for peak climbing?

There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.

Who can climb a peak?

There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.

Is there any age limit for trekking Peaks Climbing?

Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?


What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?

Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. We suggest World Nomads as it covers Helicopter and medical evacuation up to 6000m. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company. If you get to Nepal and don't have insurance already we can help you purchase it for a reasonable price before you start the trek.

What is climbing permit?

Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Associationauthorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.

Do I need climbing permit?

Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.

Which is the best season for peak climbing?

In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.

Do I need to join in a climbing group?

There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.

About the trek

How much time is generally required for trekking peak?

It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaksrequire one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.

How difficult are the trekking peaks?

It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.

Room and board

What are the sources of drinking water supply during Peak Climbing?

On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.

Where do we eat our meals?

On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.

Health and safety

What problems can arise on altitude?

At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.

Practical matters

What happens if the flight from Lukla or Kathmandu is delayed?

The flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are generally reliable but if the weather is not good they can be canceled for the entire day. Our 14 day package includes one buffer day in case of delays but we suggest that you schedule a couple of extra additional days in case of delays at the end of your trek. If your flight is delayed in Kathmandu we will rebook your flight for the next day. We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. If you choose to take the helicopter this can cost an additional $150 to $500 or more depending on availability and group size. Extra hotel nights ($30) and meals in Kathmandu are not included when flights are delayed although we will make arrangements for you. If your flight is delayed in Lukla we will provide the accommodation and meals in the cost.

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.

What type of shoes or boots should I wear?

You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.

What is the cost of Peak Climbing?

The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.

Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?

We generally don't charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request. If you are going solo and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

Its sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we can not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

What is your cancellation policy? How about other terms and conditions?

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