19 Days Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp

  • Duration 19
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Meals Tea House
  • Accommodation Tea House
  • Max. Altitude 6,189m
  • Activity Hiking , Trekking , climbing , Exploring , Walking
  • Group Type Private
  • Group Size 1+
  • Best Season Sep, March, June,
Highlights
  • Most popular and achievable climbing peak at 6189 m
  • Experience Everest Base Camp Trek with Kala Patter
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Everest Himalayan Range
  • Get insights into Sherpa’s culture and traditions

19 Days Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Overview

This Island peak Climbing Trek in the Everest region that gives you an opportunity to experience both trekking and peak climbing. Island Peak or (Imja Tse) in the Imja valley of Khumbu valley area is the most achievable climbing peak without having prior mountaineering experience.

Located just 10 km away Mt. Everest summit, Island peak gives a 360 degree display of great Himalayas. Island peak, the most climbed climbing peak of Himalaya is really an augmentation of south end of Mt. Lhotse that remains as a stupendous peak in the midst of the mammoths of the Himalaya. If you love trekking in Nepal and want to have a peak climbing experience too, then this trip is an ideal choice for you.

Our Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp trek adventures is intended to carry out both trekking and peak climbing in Nepal for all adventure lovers. Our Island peak with Everest base camp trek program begins as we take an invigorating flight to Lukla and begin trekking the exemplary Everest base camp through the Sherpa towns of Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep while spending through two night in Namche and Dingboche for proper acclimatization.

We trek to Everest base camp so that our body adapts for our Island peak climbing adventure. We additionally trek up to Kala Patthar for best views of Everest and its neighboring snow-capped mountains. Then, we trek back to Chhukung and advance towards the Island peak.

Initially, we trek to Island peak base camp, learn and get detail info with practicing use of climbing gears. We spend a night in base camp. Following day is the hardest day yet as we achieve the summit. The climb starts with a scramble up a rough crevasse to an edge where we put on crampons and rope up for the ice sheet crossing heading towards the south edge. The climb is as steep as 45 degree on the way to summit ridge from where we get astounding views of Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse and other Himalayan panoramas. Nepal Guide Info Organized this trip every month but best time to go there , March to May and September to November .

When to climb Island Peak?
For the Everest region as a whole, you can trek anytime between September and the end of May best time for trek and climbing both. Given the height of Island Peak and the challenging conditions, we work with much smaller windows of opportunity. Bad weather on the base camp trek might be uncomfortable but on Island Peak it could be very dangerous. For climbing Island Peak safely we only run trips in mid September to November and March to May.

During these periods the temperatures are pleasant and most days are dry and sunny. Most importantly during these periods, the strong winds that accompany the monsoon die down and there are long periods of relative calm which are ideal for climbing.

You can read all about when is the best times to trek in the Mt.Everest region generally here and there is a lot more detail about the weather here. nepalguideinfo.com

Day to Day Itinerary
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Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

Cost Includes
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 2/3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • 3 Days Camping trek Tented accommodation during the climb a Island peak
  • 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 from Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Nepal Planet Treks,’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) equipment
  • Medical kit (carried by your guide)
Cost Excludes
  • Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
Tips for guides and porters
Departure Dates
  • We have daily departures for this trip from March to May and from mid-September to mid-December. You can type in the number of passengers to book a reservation and select a date that is convenient for you. Due to group size, we never cancel a trip once you’ve made a reservation. If you would rather join the group, we will add more travelers on the selected date. You can let us know once you make a reservation or earlier.
Useful Info
Equipment list is recommended to bring for Island Peak Climbing for 2024
Top quality mountaineering clothing and equipment is an investment that will see you through years  2018 of adventures. It is wise to choose carefully, and not to skimp on quality. The companies and products you see listed below can serve as starting points of reference for you. Take this list to your local outdoor specialty shop.
Feel free to use this list as a reference as you prepare for your trip, but note that not all brands and models are current.
Footwear:
Running shoes: For travel and easy walking
Sport sandal: That can be worn with socks. (Teva, Chaco)
Lightweight hiking boots: Leather or fabric/leather with sturdy mid-sole and a Vibram sole.
Climbing boots: Plastic double boot. Aveolite liners for warmth recommended. (Vasque, Koflach, Scarpa)
Booties: Synthetic or down insulation. Any brand with thick foam soles.
Lightweight socks: Three to four pairs synthetic/wool blend (Bridgedale, Patagonia, Smartwool)
Mid-weight socks: Three to four pairs synthetic/wool blend (Bridgedale, Patagonia, Smartwool)
Clothing:
Lightweight long underwear top: (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Nepal Guide Info, )
Mid-weight long underwear tops: Zip-T neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers. (Patagonia, North Face, Mountain Hardwear)
Lightweight long underwear bottoms: (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Mid-weight underwear bottoms: Dark colors are preferable because they do not show dirt. (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Briefs: Four pairs synthetic or cotton. Running shorts also work well for underwear. (Patagonia Capilene)
Short-sleeved shirts: Two synthetic; most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work. (North Face, Patagonia, or any brand of Power Dry)
Jacket, synthetic or fleece: Synthetic jackets or pullovers are a great alternative to fleece because they are lighter and more compressible. Primaloft type fill or Polartec 100 or 200 fleece is recommended. (Wildthings Primaloft, Patagonia Puff Jacket)
Synthetic insulated pants: Primaloft or Polarguard 3D. Full side zips are recommended. Mountain Hardwear Chugach 3D pants are an example. An acceptable alternative are fleece pants Polartec 100 or 200, but they are bulky, heavier and less versatile.
Down insulated jacket: Expedition weight with a hood. (Marmot, North Face, Mountain Hardwear , Kathmandu Gear )
Waterproof breathable jacket & pants: Jacket must have a hood, pants must have full-length side zips. (Arc’Teryx, Marmot, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Head & Hand Gear:
Liner gloves: Lightweight synthetic (Patagonia Capilene or any brand of Power Stretch)
Windstopper fleece gloves: (any brand of Windstopper fleece)
Gore-Tex Mittens w/ pile liners: Expedition weight liner for the first pair, second pair should have a light weight pile liner. (Outdoor Research)
Bandana: Two to three traditional cotton style.
Sun hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor.
Wool or fleece hat: Any brand of warm hat that can go over ears.
Balaclava: At least one. Some people layer a very thin Capilene balaclava under a thicker fleece one.
Accessories:
Sunglasses #1: For high altitude. 1 pair of high quality 100%UV and 100%IR with a minimum of 80% light reduction, side shields such as those found on “glacier glasses” are not recommended, but size and shape of lens should offer maximum protection from bright light on snow.
Sunglasses #2: One pair high quality 100%UV and 100%IR, for lower elevations, also as a backup. It is important to have a spare pair of sunglasses.
Ski goggles: (Bolle, Smith)
Gaiters w/reinforced lowers: Short, simple gaiters are best, such as Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters ( Nepal Planet Treks ).
Headlamp w/spare bulb: (Petzl, Black Diamond)
Spare batteries: For headlamp and other gadgets you bring.
Climbing Equipment:
Ice axe: General mountaineering axe. 60 cm length is good for most people but it does depend on your height. Shaft should be straight, not curved. You will need a leash to attach your axe to you harness as well as a “wrist loop”. Bring a commercial leash designed for glacier travel or 6 ft of 9 / 16 inch webbing and your guide will help you construct one. (Grivel, Black Diamond)
Crampons: 12 point step-in (Grivel, Black Diamond)
Harness: Alpine style, you should not have to step through leg loops to put it on and off. It should be lightweight and fully adjustable. (Black Diamond)
Carabiners: Two large locking “pear” shaped, 6 regular mountaineering carabiners (avoid small gate specialized sport climbing ‘biners) (Black Diamond, Petzl, Clog)
Prusik cord: 20 feet of 6mm perlon which is also known as static accessory cord.(don’t cut it, bring in one piece)
Ascenders: One left or right hand orientation, does not matter (Petzl)
Rappel device: Figure 8, ATC or Trango Pyramid
Camping Gear:
Backpack: 5000 cubic inches (80 liters) or more, internal frame. Top opening mountaineer’s rucksack style is best. Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets. Larger packs are better than smaller, because they are easier to pack with cold hands and they distribute loads more effectively. (Gregory, North Face, Dana, Arc’Teryx)
Small day pack: Optional, should be small and simple, can double as stuff sack or organizer, useful for airline carry-on and for while touring in cities. (Black Diamond, Lowe)
Pack cover: Recommended. To protect your gear on rainy or snowy days (REI, MEC, Osprey, Gregory).
Sleeping bag: Expedition quality rated to at least minus 20F (-25C) ((Marmot, North Face)
Sleeping pad: Inflating, full-length (Therm-a-rest)
Foam pad: (Ridgerest)
Water bottles: Two 1-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth. (Nalgene, Lexan)
Lightweight steel thermal bottle: (Zojirushi, Nissan, Outdoor Research)
Pee bottle: One 1-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth (Nalgene, Lexan)
Pee funnel for women: (Freshette)
Pack towel: Small or medium size. Do not bring “terrycloth”, bandanas work in a pinch. (PackTowl)
Trekking poles: Make sure they are adjustable and can extend or shorten. (Leki, Black Diamond)
Swiss army knife: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any international or domestic flight.
Large mug, plastic bowl, Lexan fork and spoon: lightweight metal is ok. (MSR)
Medical & Personal:
Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin)
Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand
Toiletry kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, skin lotion, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap, comb/brush, shave kit, (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small).
First-aid kit: Ibuprofen/Aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, Neosporin-type suave, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids).
Zip-loc bags: Always useful
Baby wipes
Ear plugs: Very useful in noisy lodges and tents. Available in most hardware stores.
Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek and climb, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on you way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.
Travel Items:
Expedition duffel bag: 8000+ cubic inches (130+ liter). Light colors are better for labeling with your name. Buy something well built with large, strong zippers. These bags are strapped to Yaks! (North Face, Patagonia “Black Hole”, Wild Things “Burro Bag”)
Travel bags: Extra duffel bags are useful for storing things in Kathmandu, in Namche and at Base Camp. Most soft sided “carry-on’ type bags work well. (Camp Trails “Packable”, Wild Things “carry-on”) You might also use extra large stuff sacks. Plan to fly to Nepal with two large duffels, and some smaller bags for organizing inside.
Nylon stuff sacks: Several different sizes, light colors preferable for labeling. (Outdoor Research)
Long sleeve shirt: Cotton, comfortable
Hiking shorts and/or skirt/sarong: 1 pair (any brand of Supplex short)
Lightweight pants: One pair (any brand Supplex or “stretch woven” pant)
City clothes for Kathmandu Thamel : Casual, one or two changes. Kathmandu is warm in the daytime, cool in the evenings.
Passport belt/pouch
Small padlocks: for locking duffel bag(s)
Book(s)
Journal
Camera / video camera w/ extra batteries: We suggest plenty of non-rechargeable power, such as lithium batteries. Cold weather is hard on ni-cad and regular alkaline batteries and solar recharging is not always an option.
Film: Bring plenty, it is expensive in Nepal. Be sure to keep in your carry-on luggage, in clear zip- lock bags so that it can be inspected at airports. If you bring a digital camera, bring extra media storage cards. You will take lots of photos!
Note More : sanjibtrekguide@gmail.com (Nepal Guide Info Team )
FAQs
  • The Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging adventure that combines the trek to Everest Base Camp with a climb of Island Peak (Imja Tse), a popular trekking peak in the Everest region of Nepal. Island Peak offers stunning views of the Everest region and surrounding mountains.

  • The standard Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp trek is usually completed in 19 days, but the duration can vary depending on the itinerary and climbing conditions.

  • The best time to do the Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear, and the climbing conditions are favorable.

  • Accommodation on the Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp trek is basic. Tea houses and lodges along the trekking route offer simple rooms with twin beds and shared bathrooms. Camping accommodation is usually used during the climbing portion of the trek.

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