Higher Limits Trek

Island Peak Climbing - 18 Days

Island Peak Climbing, the name of this mountain was set in 1953 by Eric Shipton’s party who were on their way to explore the Barun Gorge. Seen from above Dingboche the mountain does certainly look like an island in a sea of ice. In 1983 it was renamed Imja Tse, although for most people the expressive name of Island Peak seems to have been retained.

Seen from the moraines between Pheriche and Dingboche the mountain doesn’t look too imposing, dwarfed as it is by one of the largest mountain faces in the world; the South Face of Lhotse. However, on close examination it reveals itself to be an attractive and gorgeous summit with a highly glaciated West Face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. The mountain itself is really an extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar and is separated from it by a small col. Above this gap, rising to the south, is a classically beautiful ridge leading to the summit of lmja Tse ( Island Peak). The continuation of this ridge, downward south-west, provides part of the normal route of ascent and leads in turn to the South Summit, seen capping the rocky west surface of the mountain when viewed from near Chhukhung.

Island Peak was first climbed in 1953 by a British team as a preparation exercise in training for Mount Everest. Tenzing Norgay Sherpa was one of the members of this first climbing team.

Island Peak is one of the most famous trekking peaks in Nepal as it requires to made-up mountaineering high altitude experience, you will be completing your dream to reach on top of this imposing Island peak which is supported by our Nepalese professional climbing Sherpa guides.

To climb Island peak, one has the option of starting from a base camp at 5,087 m (16,690 ft) called Pherichya, Gyab and starting the climb between 2 and 3 am. Another admired option is to climb to High Camp at around 5,300 m (17,400 ft) to decrease the amount of effort and time needed for summit day. However, sufficient water supply and concerns about sleeping at a higher altitude may dictate starting from base camp. Base camp to high camp is basically a hike but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and up through a broad open channel. At the top of the channel, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope.

From here, fixed ropes may be setup by the guides for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 m (330 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. On top, while Mount Everest is a mere ten kilometers away to the north, the view will be blocked by the massive wall of Lhotse, towering 2,300 m (7,500 ft) above the summit.

If you wish to make your trip longer to Island Peak then our 23 Days Everest Base Camp and Island Peak or 25 Days Island Peak Climbing via Gokyo Chola Pass and Everest Base Camp is option for you.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu at any time pick up and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu valley & prepare for climbing & trekking.

Days 03 to 11: Fly to lukla (2840m) 30minutes & start Trek Overnight in Hotel.

Day 12: Summit Island Peak (6187m) and Trek back to Chukung 8-9Hour. Overnight in lodge.

Days 13 to 16: Trek back to Dingboche(3820m) to Lukla. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu free day to do your own things such shopping, sightseeing etc. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure home or any other destination

“The above information is a guideline and standard outline of what we provide. Our Island Peak Climbing itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.” Please email us at: gopi_higherlimitstrek@hotmail.com  for your exact requirements.

NOTE: On adventure trip of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can be result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything our best to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up and drop by private car, van, bus with an escort.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National park fee permit.
  • Island Peak climbing permit.
  • Garbage deposit fee.
  • Trekking Map of Everest region which cover Island peak as well.
  • Full Board Plan {Vegetarian and non vegetarian 3Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea or coffee) during trekking and climbing.}
  • Hot drinks during camping (from Island peak base camp and above).
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in 3/4 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast. (3nights).
  • Twin sharing Tea Houses / Lodges, Guesthouses and Tented accommodation during the trek and climbing (11 nights trekking lodge and 3 nights tented camp).
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with professional tour Guide by car, van, bus.
  • An experienced English speaking licensed holder climbing/trekking Guide.
  • The Required number of staffs & porters to carry your luggage during the trekking & climbing.
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, medicine and local tax for guide, porters and for all staffs,
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Higher Limits (which needs to be returned after the trip.)
  • Kathmandu –Lukla – Kathmandu flight ticket & domestic airport tax.
  • General Climbing equipment such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, All quality Tent, Mattress, Harness & necessary kitchen gear etc.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Medical kit box
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card.
  • All government taxes.
  • Official expense.
  • Join Nepali Cultural Program with farewell dinner.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu approximately 15$ to 20$ per day.
  • Entry fees for heritage site, temple and monasteries while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (Compulsory).
  • International flight ticket.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15days from date of issue), US$ 40 (duration 30 days from date of issue) and US$ 100 (duration 90 days from date of issue) you can easily issue your visa upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will require two passport size photos.
  • Any kinds of Bar bills such Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry etc.
  • Helicopter Rescue & Evacuation fee in case of emergency.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Personal Equipment for climbing &trekking.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu at any time pick up and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu valley & prepare for climbing & trekking.

Day 03: Fly to lukla (2840m) 30minutes & Trek to Phakding or Manjo (2840m) 3-4Hours. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar(3440m) 5Hours.

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazar. Visit some Sherpa Villages such Thame, Khumjung etc.

Day 06: Trek to Tengbuche (3860m) 4-5Hours. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (43500m) 5Hours. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 08: Trek to Chukkung Valley (4730m) 5-6Hours. And precede trek up to Chukung Ri. Back to Hotel over night.

Day 09: Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5087m) 6Hours. Overnight in Tent

Day 10: Acclimatization and Climbing Practice. Overnight in Tent.

Day 11: Trek to High Camp (5300m) 6-7Hours. Overnight in Tent.

Day 12: Summit Island Peak (6187m) and Trek back to Chukung 8-9Hour. Overnight in lodge.

Day 13: Trek back to Dingboche(3820m). Overnight in Lodge.

Day 14: Trek back to Khumjung(3780m). Overnight in Lodge/Guest House.

Day 15: Trek Back to Phagding(2610m). Overnight in lodge / guest house.

Day 16: Trek Back to Lukla. Overnight in lodge

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu free day to do your own things such shopping, sightseeing etc.  Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure home or any other destination


Start Price (USD) AVAILABILITY Booking
A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail info@higherlimitstrek.com


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Your Program Duration = 18 Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

Every day’s breakfast, lunch & dinner is included in the package during the trekking and climbing. This will be a dish of Nepali, Indian or Continental source cooked by the lodgings you stay at and will be cooked by our professional cook during the camping.


While packing for “Island Peak Climbing,” warm clothing is important to ensure comfort and safety, while non-essential gear such as a knife may simply come in handy. Here we have a suggested packing list to guide you in preparation:

  • Walking (Trekking & Climbing) boots and sandals for rest (Shoes should be water proof)
  • A water & wind proof down jacket
  • Woolen T-shirt/base layer
  • T-shirts
  • A thick pullover/fleece
  • Shorts / skirt for sunny days
  • Trousers / track suit or long pants
  • Thermal long underwear
  • Water bottle
  • Warm socks (woolen is best)
  • Swiss army knife
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Personal medical supplies
  • Towel
  • Day pack for your valuables (camera, money, Passport etc.) and rucksack or duffel bag for your clothes
  • Warm woolen hat
  • Sun protection hate
  • Gloves

List of Climbing Equipments

Personal equipments Collecting Equipments or Group Equipments     
  1. Harness
  2. Crampons
  3. Ice-axe
  4. Alpine Climbing Boots
  5. Safety Rope
  6. Carabineer lock & unlock
  7. Ascent Zoomer
  8. Descenter
  9. Down Jacket
  10. Sleeping Bag
  1. Fixed Rope – 250m
  2. Main Rope – 50m
  3. Snow Bar -5
  4. Ice Hammer-1
  5. Carabineer
  6. Tent (2men)

Keep in mind that you will be passing above 5000m/16400ft and reaching at 6187m during the journey to the top of the Island Peak. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop a day rest in Namche Bazzar and in Island Peak Base Camp. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us.

Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is important to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.

The Island Peak Climbing involves five to seven hours walking per day and Ice climbing during the climb. However, it is some part of this trip at very high altitude, which will take a physical toll. There are no special physical or training requirements, but if you have high altitude experience & trekking is a benefit.

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