Island Peak Everest Base Camp


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Island Peak Everest Base Camp



Seen from above Dingboche the mountain Imja Tse (Island Peak) resembles an island in a sea of ice. It was first climbed in 1953 by a very prestigious team in preparation for the ascent of Everest. It is an interesting and attractive summit with a highly glaciated West Face rising from the Lhotse glacier. The mountain itself is an extension of the South ridge of Lhotse Shar and is separated by a small col. Above this gap, rising to the south is a classically beautiful ridge leading to the summit of Imja Tse. As well as providing an enjoyable climb, the peak also provides some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu region.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel upon arrival

Day 2: Rest day / sightseeing (Boudha, Swayambunath and Pashupatinath)

Day 3: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding

Day 4: Phakding – Namche

Day 5: Namche

Day 6: Namche – Thyangboche / Deboche

Day 7: Thyangboche – Pheriche

Day 8: Pheriche – Lobuche

Day 9: Lobuche – Gorakshep, visit Everest base camp

Day 10: Gorakshep –Kalapattar – Dingboche (4410m)

Day 11: Dingboche – Island peak base camp (5087m)

Day 12: Rest day at Island Peak base camp

Day 13: Summit day! Island peak (6,189m)

Day 14: Trek to Pangboche

Day 15: Trek to Namche

Day 16: Trek to Lukla

Day 17: Fly out to Kathmandu

Day 18: Rest day / visit Bhaktapur

Day 19: Departure

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel upon arrival

Day 2
Rest day / sightseeing (Boudha, Swayambunath and Pashupatinath)

Day 3
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding

This is an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport (2,800m). The trail from Lukla leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding (2,700m), your first overnight stop. This is a two hour trek.

Day 4
Phakding – Namche

From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi Valley (Kosi means river in Nepali and it comes down from the Everest glacier). All along this part of the trail there is a magnificent forest of magnolia, rhododendron and giant firs. On the cliffs above the river it is possible to see musk deer and Himalayan tahr. At Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the river and crosses Dudh Kosi and makes a steep climb to Namche (3,440m). Namche is a very colourful Sherpa village where you will see vendors selling antiques and each Saturday there is an important weekly haat or market.

Day 5

Rest and acclimatization day in Namche.

Day 6
Namche – Thyangboche / Deboche

Trek to Thyangboche which lies on the way and visit the famous Thyangboche monastery.

Day 7
Thyangboche – Pheriche

Before leaving Deboche, we visit the Deboche nunnery where old nuns live. Climb High completed a restoration project of the nunnery in 2005. We continue our trek to Pheriche.

Day 8
Pheriche – Lobuche

The trail ascends the broad, gently sloping valley to Phalang Karpo at 4,340m.The trail crosses small streams on boulders. The views of Tawachee and Cholatse (6,440m) are outstanding from along the trail. From Dugla (4,620m) the trail climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments built in the memory of those who have died on Everest. The trail then drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche (4,930m). This is a four / five hour trek.

Day 9
Lobuche – Gorakshep, visit Everest base camp

The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines.

Day 10
Gorakshep –Kalapattar – Dingboche (4410m)

The peak of Pumori (7,145m) comes into view. On this lower slope of this mountain a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak. This peak, Kalapattar, is 5,545m and it provides the best vantage point for viewing Mt Everest. Climb Kalapattar in the morning and spend some time on the top. Return to Gorakshep and trek downwards to Dingboche.

Day 11
Dingboche – Island peak base camp (5087m)

Island peak base camp is five hour walk from Dingboche. Hike up the Imja Khola valley to Chukkung, a small summer settlement at 4730m. The views from Chukkung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island peak (6189m) is tremendous. The great southern face of Lhotse towers above to the north. From Chukkung, we keep heading up the Imja Khola valley to Island peak base camp.

Day 12
Rest day at Island Peak base camp.

Rest and acclimatization day. The day can be used to learn climbing and check all the climbing gears.

Day 13
Summit day! Island peak (6,189m)

Leave early for the summit. Return to high camp and a further 300 m to the base camp

Day 14
Trek to Pangboche

Day 15
Trek to Namche

Day 16
Trek to Lukla

Day 17
Fly out to Kathmandu

Day 18
Rest day / visit Bhaktapur

Day 19

US$ 2780 Per Person

Services Includes:

    • Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu,
    • All meals and accommodations during the trek and climb,
    • Camping equipments (two- men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, kitchen equipments)
    • Trekking cum climbing guide, porters, cook, kitchen boys and yaks,
    • Insurance for climbing guide, camping staff and porters,
    • Sagarmatha National Park fees,
    • Climbing permit for Island peak,
    • Trekking permit (TIMS),
    • Climbing rope and fixed static rope (200m), carabineers, snow bars and ice screws,
    • Climbing gears,
    • Domestic baggage 15 kg,
    • Airport |hotel transfer,
    • Wages and equipment allowances for climbing guide and staffs,
    • Equipments for staffs and porter,
    • Climb High duffle bag,
    • Rescue arrangements,
    • First-aid kit,
    • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu,
    • VAT.

Services Excludes:

    • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance,
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
    • Meals in Kathmandu,
    • Bottled mineral water,
    • Beverages (hard and soft drinks),
    • Personal trekking gear,
    • Tips for guides and porters,
    • other expenses in case of any natural disaster.

Private trek or group option

We can organise this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your referred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:

00 (977) 1-470-1398

Alternatively, you can contact us by email at:


To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.

As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.

Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.


Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.

A complete kit list is to be found on this website.

Porter Protection

Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.

Why use Climb High?

Our acclimatisation schedule and trip organisation is designed to give everyone in the team the best chance of reaching base camp in great condition and feeling healthy.
This trek is accommodated in lodges with traditional Nepali hospitality.
Treks are led by highly experienced leaders plus Sherpas and porters.
Porter welfare is paramount to us – we are a local company and want to ensure that we take care of our own staff.
We are a premium Nepali trekking operator, with impeccable local contacts – any changes in plan can be dealt with far more effectively using our experience and network of local contacts.
We have our own modern offices in central Kathmandu in Mandala Street – Thamel’s premium street

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

Island Peak Everest Base Camp



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