Island Peak Expedition - 19 Days Trip

Trip Code: IPE
Trip Duration: 19 Days Trip
Max Altitude: 6189m/20305ft
Group Size: Min. 6- Max. 16
Best Time for Visit: Mar to May,   Sep to Nov
Activity: Peak Climbing
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Trip Overview

Island Peak, or Imja Tse, as it is known locally, stands at 6189m: its western name was originally coined by the mountaineer, Eric Shipton, in 1952, when he saw the peak appearing to be floating among the sea of glaciers that surround it near the head of the Chukkung Valley. The impressive peak was first climbed in 1953 by a British team as a training exercise in preparation for the ascent of Mount Everest later that same year, and indeed Tenzing and Hillary were two of the members of that initial team also.

Island Peak is located between Ama Dablam and Lhotse, and is the most sought-after trekking peak destination because of its challenging geographical conditions – each year more than 300 groups attempt to scale its summit. This trek offers an excellent opportunity to climb a Himalayan peak; the most difficult section is a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees, leading to the narrow summit ridge. The magnificent views from the summit, however, are certainly a fitting reward for all efforts – views which include the towering peaks of Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475m) and Ama Dablam (6856m), amongst others. Island Peak itself is the extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar, separated by a small col.

As with most of the treks in the Everest region, the journey to Island Peak begins with an unforgettable and exhilarating flight from Kathmandu, and a heartstopping descent onto the unique runway  at Lukla. From there, the trek to Island peak follows in the well-trodden footsteps of the great Everest climbers, passing into the heart of the Khumbu, through Namche Bazar, Tengboche and many other Sherpa habitations, before moving on towards Everest Base Camp. Good acclimatization and magnificent close-up views of Everest will be gained from an ascent of Kala Pattar (5545m), before returning to Pheriche or Dingboche, and heading north east through the Imja Valley and Island Peak base camp, prior to the short walk to high camp and on to the summit.

Climbing Island Peak (6160m) is certainly a challenge, involving scrambling on rock before the ascent of a snow face and then up to the final ridge. Those with sufficient determination and energy, in addition to being well acclimatised, will be rewarded with some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu, as described above. The descent follows the main Everest trail, a reverse version of the inward route, and after a night of rest and celebration in Lukla, enjoyed with the trekking staff, a return flight to Kathmandu will be undertaken early the following morning.

Map & Elevation

Altitude Chart

Altitude (Meter)


Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu and transport to Hotel.
Day 02 Kathmandu
Day 03 Flight to Lukla (2840m), trek to Phakding (2610m).

Altitude: 2840m/9317ft

Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Altitude: 3440m/11286ft

Day 05 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06 Trek to Thyangboche (3860m) or Debuche (3710m).

Altitude: 3860m/12664ft

Day 07 Trek to Dingboche (4410m).

Altitude: 4410m/14468ft

Day 08 Trek to Chhukung (4730m).

Altitude: 4730m/15518ft

Day 09 Acclimatization day at Chhukung (optional day trip to Chhukung Ri (5550m).

Altitude: 5550m/18208ft

Day 10 Trek to Island Peak Basecamp (5040m) and acclimatize.

Altitude: 5040m/16535ft

Day 11 Trek to High Camp (5760m) and preparing for climb.

Altitude: 5760m/18897ft

Day 12 First Attempt

Altitude: 6189m/20305ft

Day 13 Second Attempt.

Altitude: 6189m/20305ft

Day 14 Trek to Phorse (3810m).

Altitude: 3810m/12500ft

Day 15 Trek to Jorsela (2740m) or Manjo (2835m).

Altitude: 2835m/9301ft

Day 16 Trek to Lukla (2840m) and last day party.

Altitude: 2840m/9317ft

Day 17 Fly back to Kathmandu, Shopping /leisure time in Kathmandu.
Day 18 Kathmandu.
Day 19 Transfer to airport for international departure.

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This style of trip is organized for specific groups of people (families, friends,school and college students, colleagues, business associates etc.), and is closed to outsiders. If you are interested in this particular trip departure date then please get in touch with us.

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This trip departure is open to all. However, if you are interested in this particular trip departure date but want your own private group, then please get in touch with us.

Lodge Based Trip/Trek

This trip/trek is lodge (teahouse) based. All accommodation, including food, is provided in local lodges. Occasionally however, where a large group is concerned we may choose to send our own cook along, as well, to take care of your food hygiene and to cook some special additional items.We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s) and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.

Camping Based Trip/Trek

This trip/trek is camping (tent) based. We will provide one 3-man tent for every two people, also single tents, where requested, on payment of supplementary costs. All food and drinks are provided by our experienced cook and his kitchen team. We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s), cook, kitchen crew, food and drink, and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.

Guide, Accommodation & Porter only

In this trip neither food nor transportation is included. Clients are responsible for food and local transportation, and our responsibility is to provide insured guide, insured porter, and all necessary permits. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Clients pay for their own accommodation. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, We can arrange hotels and international airport transfer, on request.

Self Guided Budget Trip

This trip is specially designed for low-budget travellers who prefer fairly basic facilities with reduced services. It is a pre-requisite that a porter is hired for any self-guided trip, which is an ideal set-up for those who enjoy independent travel with minimum cost. We have added support to minimise the hard work of planning and costing, and we will be available to help in the unlikely event of an emergency. We will arrange all documentation (including permits), before you arrive in Nepal, so that you are free to get on with your adventure, relying only on your porter to help you on your way. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Hotel accommodation, local transportation and international airport transfers may be arranged, on request.

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