Island Peak known as Imja Tse Peak, is a mountain in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The southwest summit of Imja Tse was first climbed in 1953. Island Peak Climbing (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks in the Everest Region, Nepal.

Join us on this guided 17 days climbing trip of a lifetime and get the chance to scale Island Peak. One of the most popular peaks among budding as well as experienced climbers, summiting this peak offers climbers the chance to increase their skill level as well as enjoy an unparalleled view of the majestic Himalayas.

Island Peak Climbing is an amazing climbing experience where you get the feel of a mountain expedition in the less challenging trails. This popular trekking climbing peak attracts many travelers and climbers every year.

In the spring of 2016, almost the entire mountain had fixed lines leading from the crampon point up to the summit. Also at this time, there were three ladder crossings between 10 and 15 feet long, but these will vary by year and depend on the snowfall and season. Make sure your entire team is comfortable and confident in each of these crossings and has practiced crampon techniques before. If it is especially windy, be prepared to crawl across each ladder on hands and knees.

Imja Tse Peak / Island Peak Climbing Highlights

  • Sherpa Buddhism, ancient monastery, Local sherpa and their life styles.
  • Island Peak (also known by its local name Imja Tse) is the perfect introduction to Himalayan mountain climbing
  • Spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and many 7,000 m+ peaks
  • The historic Tengboche monastery.
  • Experience traditional high-Himalayan Sherpa culture in the towns of the Khumbu region
  • Customize to create the ultimate Himalayan trekking and mountaineering expedition

Best Seasons for Island Peak Climbing

The month of September, October, November (Autumn) and March, April, May (Spring) are the best time for Island Peak Climbing. These months have the most stable weather conditions and lesser chances of dense fog with poor visibility.

The mountain weather is quite unpredictable as it fluctuates every hour. But, in Spring and Autumn, you will find quite moderate temperatures with the calm weather conditions.

However, you can also attempt this peak in winter (December, January, February) too. But for that, you must be extra prepared for the harsh cold and dense snow on the climbing trails. Also, you can attempt the peak in the summer time but the rain and fluctuating monsoon weather may add more challenge to your climb.

So, if you are a novice climber then you should attempt the peak in peak seasons instead of challenging your body and weather.

Accommodation and Meals Facility

While you travel, we will follow three types of accommodations. You will spend 2 nights in Kathmandu at a deluxe 3-star hotel, 10 nights in standard tea houses at various mountain villages and 4 nights camping in a single personal tent at Island Peak base Camp. All accommodations for the trip will be on a twin-sharing basis. Single supplement will be provided on request, at an additional cost (400 USD). However, a single supplement may not be feasible all the time.

During our Island Peak Expedition, you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner are served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where you spend the night. Whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking whereas only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu. There will also be a Farewell Dinner hosted by Adventure Connexion upon your return from the successful excursion.

Island Peak Expedition Permit

You will need an Island Peak Expedition Permit from the NMA in Kathmandu in order to complete this climb. This should cost March-May: $250, Sep-Nov.: $125, but rules are constantly changing, and you may need to pay extra for insurance. If you hire a guide, rent gear, and stay at Island Peak Base Camp with the pre-set up tents and kitchen, be prepared to spend a lot more. Garbage deposit to acquire climbing permit will be same i.e. USD 500.00. The refund shall be made as per the provisions of NMA.

Notice on Domestic Flights

The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap. Until further notice to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive)

Final Thoughts

Adventure Connexion is a small group and a personalized adventure travel company. All our dates are 100% guaranteed to run until and unless there are no political unrest, natural disaster or epidemic in the destination. We reserve the right to correct the errors that all our trip costs are subject to change without prior notice. We try our best to ensure this information is accurate.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 03: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 04: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Day 05: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 5- 6 hours
Day 06: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hours
Day 07: Trek Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 3-4 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung: 3 – 4 hours
Day 09: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
Day 10: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft).
Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 10-12 hours
Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Day 13: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 16: Kathmandu Sightseeing / Shopping / Rest Day
Day 17: Final departure

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
Tented accommodation during the climbing period
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
Welcome and farewell dinners
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Adventure Connexion’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
Medical kit (carried by your guide)
All government and local taxes

Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
Nepal entry Visa fee: Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner in during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
Rescue Evacuation: Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs.)
Personal Expenses: Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any Alcoholic beverages.
Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
Toiletries: Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
Filming: Special Filming, Camera and Drone permit fee.
Internet Service: Internet facility is not included.
Summit Bonus: Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa.
Extra Porter: $25 USD for each, in case of extra porter demanded.
Tips: Tips for staffs.
Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
Any other item not listed in “Cost Includes” Section.

Island Peak Climbing

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
November 23, 2019

We climber with Nepal Tours to Island Peak in October 2019 and was a successful climb with 7 of us submitting with the 3 Sherpa. It was a life time experience as this is higher than what we have achieve in EBC. And beside, it is more technical climb using crampons, jumar and figure of 8.
We have some training by the Sherpa at Chungkung and it was really a revelation to learn about safety in real mountaineering.

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