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It seems like you’ve provided detailed information about a climbing expedition to Island Peak in Nepal. This is a popular choice, especially for climbers with less experience or those attempting their first climb.

Tour Details

It seems like you’ve provided detailed information about a climbing expedition to Island Peak in Nepal. This is a popular choice, especially for climbers with less experience or those attempting their first climb.

The trip commences with a flight into Lukla, followed by a journey to Namche Bazaar and the renowned Tengboche Monastery. Along the way, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks from Kalapatthar, and spend a night in Gorakshep.

The itinerary then diverges from standard Everest Base Camp routes. After visiting the base camp, the climbing adventure kicks in. You’ll descend to Lobuche, cross the Khongma La Pass, and proceed to Chukung Khongma La Pass, known as one of the most challenging passes among the Everest Three High Passes.

Tented accommodation awaits at Island Peak Base Camp as preparations for the summit take place. To beat the high winds, climbers set out from Base Camp around 1 am. Witnessing the sunrise over the Himalayas after the exhilarating climb is a truly unforgettable experience. Following the descent from the peak and a trek to Dingboche, the route back to Lukla reverts to the one taken by those on the Everest Base Camp Trek.

The recommended months for climbing Island Peak are April, May, October, and November. It’s worth noting that Magical Nepal collaborates with local experienced Sherpas based in Dingboche and Chukung who possess extensive knowledge of Island Peak.


Island Peak Climbing Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu


Day 2: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Phakding – Altitude: 2651 m / 8697 ft – Flight: 35 min, Trek: 3 hrs

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – Altitude: 3440 m / 11286 ft – Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – Altitude: 3700 m / 12139 ft – Duration: 4 to 5 hrs

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Tengboche – Altitude: 3956 m / 12979 ft – Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

Dingboche – Altitude: 4380 m / 14370 ft – Duration: 4 to 5 hrs

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Dingboche – Altitude: 4380 m / 14370 ft – Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche

Lobuche – Altitude: 4938 m / 16200 ft – Duration: 4 to 5 hrs

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep

Gorakshep – Altitude: 5160 m / 16929 ft – Duration: 2 to 3 hrs + 4 hrs

Day 10: Gorakshep to Lobuche

Lobuche – Altitude: 4938 m / 16200 ft – Duration: 4 hrs + 4 hrs

Day 11: Lobuche to Chukung via Khongma La Pass

Chukung – Altitude: 4,730 m/15,518 ft – Duration: 6 to 7 hrs

Day 12: Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp

Island Peak Base Camp – Altitude: 5,087 m/ 16,690 ft – Duration: 7 hrs

Day 13: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and Down to Chukung

Island Peak Base Camp – Altitude: 5,087 m/ 16,690 ft

Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche

Pangboche – Altitude: 3,985 m/ 13,074 ft

Day 15: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – Altitude: 3440 m / 11286 ft

Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Lukla – Altitude: 2860 m / 9383 ft

Day 17: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Kathmandu – Altitude: 1400 m / 4593 ft

Day 18: Departure


Day 1Welcome to Kathmandu

Today, our team will provide you with a comprehensive briefing on your Island Peak climb. This is an opportunity for you to ask any remaining questions you may have. We want to ensure that you feel well-prepared and confident for the adventure ahead.

Day 2Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

Your departure from Kathmandu via domestic flight is scheduled for early in the morning. The flight itself is quite captivating, offering vistas of fields, hills, and mountains. Lukla airport holds the moniker of Tenzing Hillary Airport, in honor of the first two individuals to conquer Everest in 1953. The experience of landing at this high-altitude airport is truly exhilarating.

Upon arrival and unloading of gear, you embark on a 3 to 4-hour trek to Phakding, which marks the first overnight stop. While it’s possible to reach Phakding by lunchtime, considering the altitude (Phakding sits at 2,651m/ 8,697ft) and the early start to the day, there’s no rush to press on further.

Day 3Phakding to Namche (3,330m/ 11,286ft)

Today’s journey is filled with a multitude of sights and experiences. You’ll traverse through enchanting pine forests and cross over rivers, with the opportunity to experience walking across suspension bridges if you haven’t already.

As the trail leads you into Sagarmatha National Park, you’ll meander through lush forests, pass by yak pastures, and encounter charming Sherpa villages. Gazing upward, you’ll be treated to the imposing sight of Mt. Thamserku towering above. Eventually, you’ll arrive at the vibrant hub of Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar, historically a bustling market town, serves as the epicenter for climbing and trekking activities in this region. It’s a pivotal point for all expeditions, as they must pass through here. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to procure any last-minute items you may need, such as snacks for your expedition.

Day 4Acclimatization Day in Namche

Taking an acclimatization day is a crucial step for everyone before continuing the ascent. However, acclimatization doesn’t translate to idleness; the most effective way to acclimatize is to stay active. On this day, a visit to the village of Khumjung is highly recommended. It’s worth noting that Sir Edmund Hillary played a significant role in establishing a school for Sherpa children in this village. Additionally, he was involved in setting up a health post, which you may find interesting to explore.

Day 5Namche to Tengboche 3,956m/ 12,979 ft

Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of Namche with its lively restaurants, shops, and expedition groups, you’ll feel like you’re entering a different realm. Here, the presence of Buddhist devotion is palpable, with signs of it scattered throughout. As you approach Tengboche Monastery via a winding trail, you’ll encounter shrines, mani walls (stones inscribed with prayers), and prayer flags swaying in the breeze.

Once at the monastery, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views – a vast panorama of majestic mountains. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse command the scenery. After you’ve absorbed your fill of this mountain spectacle, you might consider lighting some butter lamps and, if the timing is right, engaging in conversation with the resident monks. It’s a serene opportunity for reflection and connection.

Day 6 Tengboche to Dinboche 4,380m/ 14,370ft

In terms of time, this may seem like a relatively short day, but be aware that the trail is demanding, so come prepared. You’ll trace the path alongside the Imja Khola (river) and traverse barren terrains until you reach Dingboche, the loftiest Sherpa settlement. We typically arrive by lunchtime, allowing ample opportunity to unwind and gaze in awe at the mountains, with Ama Dablam standing particularly prominent in the vista. It’s a perfect moment for quiet contemplation amidst such breathtaking surroundings.

Day 7Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Once again, we allocate a day for acclimatization to gradually adapt to the rising altitude. As emphasized earlier, remaining active is key during this period. With that in mind, we highly recommend a visit to Nangkar Tshang Peak, where you’ll be treated to stunning vistas of Makalu. The round trip for this hike typically spans from 3.5 to 5 hours. It’s a worthwhile excursion that not only offers breathtaking scenery but also aids in the acclimatization process.

Day 8Dingboche to Lobuche 4,938m/ 16,200ft

Today’s trail presents a formidable challenge, yet it commences with a gentle passage through alpine scrub and yak pastures. The Thukla Pass, standing at an elevation of 4,830m, welcomes you with awe-inspiring vistas. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to spot numerous mountains soaring over 7,000m, in addition to prominent peaks like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse, just to name a few.

Following the conquest of this pass, you’ll encounter the Thukla Pass. This site hosts a memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives on Everest. As you continue, you’ll find a modest settlement, Lobuche, which offers a truly picturesque setting for your overnight stay. It’s a rewarding end to a challenging day.

Day 9 Lobuche to Gorakshep/ 5,130m/16,929 ft

Today, we make our way to the final settlement before reaching Everest Base Camp, where we’ll spend the night. Following lunch, we depart from Gorakshep and embark on a hike to Kala Pattar. This vantage point offers the closest view of Mt. Everest one can get without actually climbing it.

Sitting at an impressive altitude of 5,545m, Kala Pattar lives up to its reputation as the Everest View Point, offering breathtaking vistas. After soaking in the magnificent scenery and capturing numerous photos, we return to Gorakshep for our overnight stay. It’s an awe-inspiring experience that allows us to come as close as possible to the majestic Mt. Everest.

Day 10Gorakshep to Lobuche 4,938m/ 16,200 ft

Today, we retrace our path back to Lobuche, where we’ll once again halt for the night. This modest settlement never fails to offer its wonderful panoramic views, providing a serene backdrop for our stay. It’s a familiar yet still captivating stop along our journey.

Day 11Lobuche to Chukung via Khongma La Pass 4,730m/ 15,518ft (Chukung)

Today offers another opportunity for acclimatization to the high altitude. Above Chhunkung village stands Chhukung Ri peak. Climbing this peak aids in our acclimatization process. While some scrambling near the summit is required, the payoff is the breathtaking panoramic views, including sights of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks. After descending, we retrace our steps back to Chhukung, where we’ll spend the night. It’s a day of both physical challenge and rewarding vistas.

Day 12Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp 5,087m/ 16,690ft

We’ll follow the glacial moraine from Chukung, descending to the runoff from Imja Lake. The trail winds its way between some hills before opening up onto a sandy plain, offering unobstructed views of Island Peak and Lhotse. We’ll proceed from there to Island Peak Base Camp, which boasts stunning vistas of the Imja Valley.

The afternoon will be dedicated to preparations for the climb, ensuring everything is in order for the ascent. It’s a crucial step in ensuring a safe and successful climb.

Day 13Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and Down to Chukung

Today, weather permitting, we embark on the summit of Island Peak, standing at an impressive 6,189m (20,305ft). An early start is imperative, around 2 am, as this will be a long and demanding ascent. The trail involves navigating rocky scree and steep rock scrambles. As we ascend to approximately 5,700m, the effects of high altitude can significantly slow our progress.

Upon reaching a narrow ridge, we’ll transition onto the glacier, don crampons and harnesses, and ready our ice axes and ropes for the glacier crossing. This stage may involve traversing ladders and tackling steep climbing sections. This phase can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours before we arrive at the base of the Headwall.

Here, there’s an opportunity to take a break while our team secures climbing ropes. Finally, surmounting the Headwall, we’ll stand triumphantly on the summit of Island Peak. The panoramic views are nothing short of astounding – the culmination of all our efforts.

While still securely roped together due to the summit’s small size, we’ll abseil down the Headwall. Once back at the base, we’ll regroup, re-rope, and retrace our path through the glacier. Back at High Camp, we’ll have a brief moment of rest. Our gear will be packed up, and we’ll commence our descent to Island Peak Base Camp, where we’ll spend the night. It’s a job well done, and a moment to savor the accomplishment.

Day 14 Chukung to Pangboche 3,985m / 11,286ft

Today’s journey, following the familiar route through the Khumbu Khola valley, is considerably gentler on the body as we descend to lower altitudes.

En route, we’ll pass through Orsho and Shomare villages, both vibrant Sherpa settlements. Depending on the group’s interests, we have the option to visit the gompa in upper Panchoche or take an alternative trail leading to Pangboche.

Pangboche is a picturesque village embraced by towering mountains: Everest to the north, Ama Dablam, Kangtaiga, and Thamserku to the east, and the Kongde range to the south. Additionally, we’ll catch a glimpse of the Imja Tse River meandering through a fertile valley. It’s a captivating sight to behold.

Day 15Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

Our journey continues as we follow the trail from Pangboche, retracing our earlier steps to the Imja Tse River. We’ll pass through a forested area before arriving at Tengboche, where we have the opportunity to visit the renowned Tengboche Monastery. This will also be our lunch stop.

The landscape along the way is adorned with vibrant rhododendron and juniper trees. We’ll cross the Dudh Koshi River, proceed through the Dudh Koshi gorge, and venture into pine forests. This area is known for its wildlife, and if luck is on our side, we might catch a glimpse of the elusive Snow Leopard. Finally, as we approach Namche Bazaar, we’ll pass by an army camp. Here in Namche, we can relax, enjoy engaging conversations, and relive the incredible adventure over a delightful dinner. It’s a fitting way to conclude our journey.

Day 16Namche to Lukla

Today, we embark on a nostalgic journey, retracing the very steps we took only two weeks ago. We’ll trek back down to Lukla, marking our final night in the awe-inspiring Everest Region. It’s a poignant moment to reflect on the incredible experiences and breathtaking landscapes we’ve encountered along the way.

Day 17Lukla to Kathmandu

An early morning flight swiftly brings us back to Kathmandu, with our arrival scheduled for around lunchtime. This grants us ample time for any last-minute shopping, should you wish to pick up some mementos of this remarkable journey. In the evening, we’ll come together for a celebratory dinner, a fitting conclusion to our adventure in the Everest Region.

Day 18Departure

Our dedicated staff will ensure that you reach the airport in good time, especially if you have an international flight to catch. If you plan on extending your stay in Nepal, we’re more than happy to assist you in organizing another trek or tour. Simply let us know your preferences, and we’ll be delighted to help make your extended stay in Nepal just as memorable.

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 2
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Park and Local Entry Permits
  • Peak Climbing Permit
  • Guide for 15 days
  • Porter for 14 days
  • Climbing guide for 3 days (Island Peak Base Camp / return to Base
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu (Hotel Dream Nepal or similar)
  • 13 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 2 night tented accommodation at Base Camp and High Camp
  • Packed lunch on the summit day
  • All cooked meals when camping with complementary hot water, tea and coffee
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • 14 x set breakfasts, 15 x set lunches and 15 x set dinners while on the trek
  • International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa
  • Tip to Guide and Porter
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Personal climbing gear (can be rented in Chukung/ Dingboche)

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