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Trip Highlights

You can view the giant peaks of Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m), and Lhotse Shar (8,383m), making a semi-circle to the north from Island Peak summit. The 360 panoramic views of Makalu (8,475m) in the east, Baruntse Chharpate Himal Thamserku, Cholatse, , and Ama Dablam in the south are mesmerizing. Mount Everest is a mere ten kilometers away to the north, and the view will be blocked by the massive wall of Mt. Lhotse above the summit.
Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of the Himalayas.
Basic mountaineering skills would be an added advantage pre-climb training at Island Peak Base Camp.
Visiting Tengboche Monastery and Scenic flight to and from Lukla

Overview

Island Peak is one of the most well-known mountains to climb in Nepal. Locals call it Imja Tse. The peak gets its name from the way it looks from Dingboche village. From there, it looks like a tall mountain in the middle of an ocean of ice. This mountain is about 6190m high, which is a good height. Those who are physically fit can climb it. Accessible Adventure will make sure that our experienced mountain guides teach you the right way to climb a mountain and how to use ice picks, crampons, and ropes so that your dream of reaching the top can come true.

We take a short flight to get to Lukla, which is the start of the trek. From Lukla, we walk through the valley of the Dudh Koshi River to the village of Phakding, which is 2796m above sea level. From Phakding, we climb up to Namche Bazaar, which is the gateway to the Everest region and the Sherpa homeland. Namche is 3440 m above sea level. Namche is a very busy village that will be one of the places we stay to get used to the altitude. Acclimatization means taking short hikes around the village so that our lungs can get used to the thinner air at these high altitudes.

After spending two nights in Namche to get used to the altitude, we head to the village of Tengboche, where there is a really nice monastery. From here, we head to Chhukang, passing through Dingboche village. From Chhukang we directly move towards the Island Peak base Camp to begin the climb the next day. 

We start climbing the huge Island Peak at 1 AM, very early in the morning. From the top, you can see the mountains Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam, which is a wonderful sight.

After reaching the top, we head back down to Chhukang, where we spend the night. The next day, we take Namche Bazaar to get back to Lukla. After we fly back to Kathmandu, our trek is over, since we've already reached the top of Island Peak.

Best Season for Island Peak Climbing

You should attempt to scale Island Peak at a time when there won't be any physical interruptions. It is not recommended to go climbing during the summer monsoon season in Nepal since the roads would be muddy and treacherous. Winter mountain climbing in the Everest region can expose climbers to a variety of dangers, including the risk of frostbite and cold temperatures. Climbing in the winter should be avoided if at all possible.

 The climbing conditions on Island Peak are at their best in the fall (September-November) and spring (March-May). Clear, dry weather is ideal for climbing and trekking from September through November and from March through May. When the weather is clear, the views are at their best. The weather during this time of year is perfect for hiking and mountain climbing. The sun and the breeze do not have the same amount of intensity. 

 

Why "Island Peak Climbing" with Accessible Adventure? 

Accessible Adventures is a trustworthy tour company that has been leading treks and tours in the Everest area for more than ten years. We are easy to work with, flexible, and will meet all of your needs. Accessible Adventures also owns a hotel in Kathmandu where rooms can be changed to fit your needs.

Different training programs have been used to teach our guides. During the off-season, when there aren't as many tourists, they practice and get ready for the trip by learning about the terrain and routes in the area. This is so that our guests can have the best time possible when we are busy.

When you book your trip through Accessible Adventure, you also get: 

  • The best price guaranteed for the trip
  • Guides with great emergency training at high altitude
  • Ethical tourism, in which bookings help the local people.

With more than 30 years of personal travel experience, including climbing peaks and visiting the most popular tourist spots in Nepal, we know what challenges you, the traveler, and the guides and porters we hire may face on your trip. Because we've been to a lot of places, like EBC, ABC, and many others, we've been able to make tours more cozy and personal by making them fit our needs. We offer the best professional services and treat all of our clients like they are a part of our family.

Itinerary

With a youthful feeling of adventure, you are now going to land at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) of Kathmandu and begin your journey from which you wish to create life-worthy experiences and memories. So, after your arrival, an airport representative of Accessible Adventure will welcome you at the arrival terminal and you will be transferred to your hotel. In your hotel rooms, you can take a shower and rest a bit before walking outside to have a look around at the places near your hotel. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

 

Accommodation
Kathmandu suite home
Distance
10km
Time
30min

 

In Kathmandu, we wake up early and have breakfast before going to the airport and then to Lukla. Even the trip to Lukla is something you only do once in your life. Because of the high altitude and location of the airfield, the runway is only 530 meters long. At Lukla, we meet the people who will help us carry our bags for the rest of the trip.

We start our journey from Lukla to Phakding, where we can see Kusum Kangraru and a green, lush area. As we walk through the National Luminary Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate, the trip starts. The police at the entrance will keep track of where we are on the route. We get to Phakding after walking across suspension bridges, going along the Dudh Koshi River, and stopping for a few minutes to drink, eat, and rest. At the Phakding teahouse, our trekking guide will help us choose where to stay. Depending on when we arrive, we might want to look around the village and monasteries.

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
5.5km
Meals
B.LD
Time
4-5hr
Descent
3km
Ascent
1km

After getting up early in Phakding, eating breakfast, and giving our stuff to our porters, we head out on the trail to Namche Bazaar, where we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. At the check post, we will need to get permission to go into the park at Manju. At first, most of the hike will be downhill, with stops at dry woods paths, rhododendron forests, stone steps, and big mani stones. After lunch in Jorshalle, we start going up through pine and cedar forests in the Himalayas. Depending on the weather and how clear the air is, we might see Mt. Everest for the first time as we cross a famous suspension bridge. On our way to Namche, we'll pass several suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Bridge, which is one of the highest and biggest in the Khumbu region. We follow the Dudh Koshi to the well-known town of Namche Bazaar.

Namche is an old trading post where Tibetan and Nepalese merchants traded textiles, dried meat, and salt. Namche is the most important place to buy and sell things in Khumbu. Traders from the Himalayas and the lowlands come here, and it's also a great place to buy traditional goods. You'll stay in Namche for two days to get used to the altitude, visit nearby markets, and hang out with your coworkers. As we walk, we see Everest and other peaks for the first time.

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
14km
Meals
B.LD
Time
5-6hr
Descent
1.5km
Ascent
4km

As we get closer to 3000m above sea level, the whole day has been set aside for acclimatization. Some travelers may experience mild symptoms of low oxygen, but our bodies will eventually get used to it. After breakfast, we go to the Sagarmatha National Park Museum. There, you can see old climbing gear, photos of past climbers, plants that grow in the area, and notes that Tenzing Norgay and Hillary wrote while they were climbing. The Museum has an Army Camp in addition to the main hall. We go from the museum to the Everest View Hotel. The many ridges in the area make it easy to see the Thamserku and other mountain peaks. The Nepalese national bird, the Lophophorous, and a lot of Yaks live in this area. From the Everest view hotel, we can get something to drink and see the mountains we saw on our tour more clearly and up close. From the hotel, you can see Kong De, Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam, which is the world's most beautiful mountain. We also get a sneak peek at the route we'll be taking tomorrow. The holy Khungdi La, which can also be seen from the hotel, is not allowed to be climbed. Now we're walking to Khumjung, a Sherpa village where the Hillary Foundation has built a school. The mysterious Yeti's head is kept in a monastery in Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a great place to buy local goods, get refreshments like coffee and cake, and do a lot more.

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
4km
Meals
B.LD
Time
3-4hr
Descent
1.6km
Ascent
1.6km

After breakfast, we'll get dressed, grab our walking sticks, and head towards Tengboche. We'll have fun hiking on a hillside with level ground and beautiful views of Ama Dablam and Everest. After that, we mostly go downhill through beautiful rhododendron forests and over a beautiful suspension bridge to get to Phunki Thangka, where we will have lunch. We'll also be able to see a stupa made by the Tenzing Norgay foundation and another stupa named for Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, who was Nepal's first woman to climb a mountain. We keep walking until we get to Kyangjuma, where the paths to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri split.

At Pungki Thanka, the path goes straight down into the Dudh Koshi Valley, which is a long way from Everest. Tengboche Monastery is up the right side of the Dudh Koshi valley from there. Many people think that Tengboche has one of the best views in the whole Khumbu region. The spiritual center of the Khumbu is Tengboche. Even though the climb is hard, the beautiful views of Mount Amadablam and, on a clear day, Mt. Everest and its nearby peaks like Tobuche and Chola Che more than make up for it. The Tengboche Monastery opens at night with a short ceremony that will be a very spiritual experience.

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
9km
Meals
B.LD
Time
4-5hr
Descent
2km
Ascent
3km

We start the day with breakfast and walk along ridged path routes. There are many tea houses and lodges that offer places to stay and eat. We can take a short break at one of these tea cafes to rest, drink, and get our energy back. After crossing a river, we slowly climb up, where we might see Thar, Musk Deer, Yaks, and horses. At the top of the hill is an impressive gate with a large serpent carved into a big rock in one corner.

We keep going through terrain that is steep, windy, and dusty until we reach Lower Pangboche. We walk about an hour from Lower Pangboche to Samare, where we eat lunch for the day. We go down through beautiful forests and cross the Imja Khola, where we can see Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Here, the paths to Dingboche and Pheriche split. As you move toward the Dingboche path, there are fewer and fewer large trees in the area. We will eventually get to places where we can't see any trees. As we climb to a higher spot, we can see Taboche and Chola Che. Today's walk could be the best because we won't lose as much height as we have in the past. The trail then goes through grasslands to Dingboche, also known as the "summer valley." From Dingboche, you can see the famous Island peak for the first time.

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
9km
Meals
B.LD
Time
5-6hr
Descent
1km
Ascent
5km

We have another acclimatization day planned for today in Dingboche in order to further prepare our bodies for the higher altitude at Dingboche and to continue with the peak climbing itself. We are going to hike to Chhukung and then ascend the hill that is known as Chhukung Ri. After getting up and having breakfast, we will start hiking in the direction of Chukkung Ri. As we make our way towards Chhukung valley, the path climbs higher and higher until it passes over Dingboche village. From this vantage point, hikers can see intensely dramatic natural scenery consisting of several Himalayan mountains. After a certain amount of time spent walking, the path starts to become a little bit steeper as we make our way toward the summit of the Chhukung Ri. At Chhukung RI, hikers are treated to a breathtaking panorama that includes the mountains Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), and even the glorious Island Peak (6189m), in addition to other peaks like Mount Makalu (8481m), Mount Lobuche (6119m), Mount Cholatste (6335m), Mount Taweche (6367m), and Mount Thamserku (6608m). In addition to that, if you know where to look, you will also be able to see a lake in the Himalayas known as Chola Tsho. This lake is located 4,590 meters above sea level. After stopping to take some photographs and selfies, we will now continue our descent all the way to Dingboche.

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
4km
Meals
B.LD
Time
3-4hr
Descent
200m
Ascent
3km

Today, we'll take a step toward where we want to go. After spending the night in the beautiful village of Dingboche, we will now head to the Island Peak Base camp on the more difficult trails. After breakfast, we'll keep going up the trail to the higher parts of the Imja valley. As we do, we'll have beautiful views of mountains like Lhotse, Island Peak, Nuptse, etc. Today, we'll move towards the Island Peak Base Camp, which is 5087 meters above sea level. This means that we will spend the night in a faraway place where there are no tea houses or other places to stay. We'll get to Island Peak Base Camp in about 6-7 hours. Along the way, we'll see beautiful views of the land and the mountains. Today, we will set up our tents at the base camp and sleep there for the night. Even though the base camp is cold, you will have cooks and cooking tools to make sure you have a healthy meal. As you get closer to the peak, the nights will get colder, so make sure to stay warm. Also, there is a beautiful and well-known lake called Imja Lake. This also makes it colder at night, so stay warm.

Accommodation
Tent
Distance
7km
Meals
B.LD
Time
5-6hr
Descent
500m
Ascent
3km

After talking about how we will climb today, we start climbing early to get to the top of Island Peak. Keep in mind that the weather and other things can affect your climb, so we start our grandeur climb after getting all the approvals we need from your climbing guide. In the first part of our trek, we climb from the Island Peak Base Camp to the High Camp, which is 5,600 meters above sea level and is at a high altitude. Our climb today has some parts that are hard to do. With the help of our expert Sherpa guides, it's easy to get through the tricky parts. The guides will help you get used to the technical parts and gears and make sure they are all safe. They will help you the whole way up and make sure you don't have any problems getting to the top.  After a long time of pushing and dragging, you will finally reach the top of Island Peak and be able to look out at the beautiful mountains and feel proud of yourself for having made it to the top. You'll spend a significant amount of time on the summit admiring and enjoying the amazing adventure and views before heading back down to the base camp.

Both the way up and the way down are hard, so take your time. After getting back to the base camp safely, we'll spend another night in one of the tents there and rest up.

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
7km
Meals
B.LD
Time
4-5hr
Descent
4km
Ascent
500m

We rest today at Dingboche, exploring the area around Dingboche. Dingboche is a traditional Sherpa settlement that can be found nestled between Mount Everest and Mount Ama Dablam. The two mountains serve as a backdrop for the village. Views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Island Peak are simply breathtaking from this picture-perfect village. Resting up after your climb of Island peak is highly recommended as it will increase your energy for the rest of the trip. During their expedition to the summit of Everest, Tenzing Norge and Sir Edmund Hillary put their feet on the ground in Dingboche for the first time. A large number of people stay in Dingboche for approximately two days in order to acclimatize and explore the priceless nature and culture of this region. You can explore the nearby chortens, mani wheels, numerous lodges, traditional houses and grab refreshments amid the beautiful himalayan backdrop today. 

Accommodation
Tant
Meals
B.LD

As we make our way back from the picturesque village of Dingboche, we will once again make our way toward Namche Bazaar. You will have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery on the way from Dingboche to Namche Bazaar.

You will travel through the stunning monastery and the charming village of Tengboche on your way down from Dingboche to Namche Bazaar. You will be mesmerized once more by the beautiful views of the mountains and the beautiful village, which are accompanied by the rustling of Buddhist prayer flags in the wind. Here in Namche Bazaar, among the many bars and cafes that are located in this area, we will be able to celebrate the fact that we have successfully completed the ascent of Island Peak. It is really an accomplishment worth celebrating.

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
14km
Meals
B.LD
Time
8-9km
Descent
7km
Ascent
4km

The trekking trail which lies ahead is similar to those which we have traveled as we take the same way back to Lukla that we had previously taken to reach Namche earlier in our initial days of trekking. Justering along the Hillary Suspension Bridge as we make our journey to the hill airstrip of Lukla village. Historically known as the like before we have to cross several suspension bridges while making sure to enjoy the serene natural walks in the lovely Khumbu region. We can see the strong potent flowing waters of Dudh Koshi shimmering and transforming into ever larger river. Buddhist prayer flags can be seen flying around Tenzing-Hillary Airport, the Lukla Airport serves as the best and fastest mode of transportation to reach Kathmandu from here. After arriving at Lukla, we shall take our shoes off and enjoy a glass of beer to celebrate our accomplishments before heading to bed for a good night's sleep. Stay overnight at Lukla  

 

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
19.5km
Meals
B.LD
Time
7-8hr
Descent
9km
Ascent
3km

As the sun rises this morning, it reflects our satisfaction and sense of accomplishment. We gather our luggage and prepare to go early in the morning from Lukla to Kathmandu. Weather causes frequent flight delays and cancellations in Lukla. Due to adverse weather in the afternoon, flights also depart in the morning. After landing in Kathmandu and settling into your accommodations, you will have free time until the end of the day. It is recommended that you visit a spa, go on a short day trip to see UNESCO historical sites, or simply relax at your hotel. Make the most of your trip to Nepal. Later, spend the night in Kathmandu at a hotel.

Accommodation
Kathmandu suite home
Meals
B
Time
30min

After reaching the summit of Island Peak, it is now time to say goodbye to Nepal. You will have a driver take you to the international airport three hours before the international flight that is scheduled to take you to the next destination. We sincerely hope that your time in the Everest Himalaya has been filled with exciting adventures thanks to our assistance. You have the option of extending your stay in Nepal in order to visit some of the many fascinating locations that Nepal has to offer, but you are under no obligation to do so. We sincerely hope that the time we spent together will remain cherished in your memory and that you will think of us first when planning a trip to Nepal for your friends and family.

Meals
B
Time
30min

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Cost Includes

 

  • Ground transports in private vehicles including airport transfers
  • Two e nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Island peak climbing permit fee
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek and tented accommodation during the climbing
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • English speaking trekking guide and highly experienced (1-3 times Everest Submitter) climbing guide for Island peak including their foods, accommodations, salary, insurance etc.
  • Require porters (two clients: 1 porter) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • T - Shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • Boiled water will be provided during the climb
  • All require permits including TIMS, Sagarmatha NP, Island Peak climbing etc.
  • General climbing equipment such as rope, ice screw, snow bar etc.
  • All taxes and service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Sightseeing activities in Kathmandu
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected by staff)
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