Island Peak (Imja Tse) 6,189 m Climbing – 16 Days

Country Nepal Max-Altitude 6,189m/20,305ft
Trip StartKathmandu Trip End Kathmandu
Group Size Min 2, Max 12
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and full board meals during the trek/climbing
Accommodation Deluxe 3 star hotel in Kathmandu, standard tea house during trek and tent during the climb
Starting At $ 2,970 USD
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    Island peak is one of the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal, an ideal first Himalayan climb which is perfect for experienced trekkers and novice climbers. The spectacular views from the Island peak summit are mystical, astonishing and truly unforgettable as you see some of the highest peaks in the world over 8000 and 7000 meters. Island peak is named so as it seems like an island on a sea of ice, in the middle of Chhukung valley. Imja Tse mountain standing tall at 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) is a bit challenging but not too technical and does not require advance climbing skills. Extollo’s well-acclimatized itinerary is led by highly experienced Island peak climbing guides who will provide important climbing training and take utmost care of you throughout the journey.


    Island Peak Climbing adventure begins with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla, followed by a short hike to Phakding. Island peak expedition follows much of the classic Everest Base Camp trek route through Namche, Tengboche and Dingboche. Enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, trek through beautiful rhododendron forests and swinging suspension bridges draped with colorful flags. Meet the friendly locals on the way, discover ancient Buddhist monasteries and learn more about the unique Sherpa culture. The second phase of your adventurous journey continues to Chhukung with an optional hike to Chhukung Ri peak and then to the Island Peak Base Camp. After a strenuous 10-12 hour climb from the base camp, it is a true rewarding experience at the summit of Island peak with glorious views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse.


    Extollo makes all the necessary arrangement including Island Peak climbing permit so that you can enjoy your adventure without any hassle.  Those who want to experience only trekking journey in the Everest region, please check our Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar trek.

    Why Do Trekkers Like You Love This Itinerary?

    • Island peak climbing trip is led by veteran Sherpa climbing guides (Mt. Everest summiteers), also providing all the necessary training prior to the climb.
    • The trip will be operated in a well organized team to ensure personalized care for everyone. In addition to the main Sherpa climbing guide for the whole group, every 4 climbers will be entitled to 1 assistant guide and 1 porter for every 2 climbers, also including required number of kitchen staff.
    • For your safety and comfort at the Island peak base camp, we shall use a single personal tent to spend the overnight and have readily available satellite phone for communicating emergency contacts.
    • All the group climbing equipments (snow bar, rope, ice hammer, and ice screw) and important gears, such as down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffle bag are provided.

    When Is The Best Time To Go?

    The best time for Island Peak climbing is during seasons of Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During these times, you can enjoy moderate temperatures and have the most amazing views throughout the trip. It is not recommended to climb during winter due to very cold weather conditions.

    Is This The Right Trip For You?

    • Suitable for experienced trekkers and beginner climbers with good cardio vascular fitness level, though past climbing experience is not required
    • There will be a moderate 12-day trek (including 3 days of acclimatization) and a strenuous climbing day, reaching a maximum altitude of over 20,000 feet
    • Regarding the climbing day, it will take you around 10-12 hours to reach the summit of Island peak from its base camp. And about the trekking days, you will be walking 5-6 hours each day on average (min. 3-4 hrs and max 8-9 hrs)
    • While peak climbing from the base climb, you will ascend over 3000 feet in a single day. Trekking days include daily ascends of about 1,600-1,800 feet on average (min. about 700 ft and max. about 2,500 ft)
    • You will cover a total distance of about 98 kilometers (excluding acclimatization hiking distance and including the climb) throughout the trip, with an average of 9-10 km per trekking day
    • Daily morning jogging and routine exercise are recommended at least 6 months prior to the start of your trip
    • If you have any serious health conditions related to heart/lungs or have acrophobia/migraine, doctoral advice will be helpful before planning your trip

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    What’s Included

    Price Includes
    • Airport transfers to/from hotel
    • 3-star deluxe hotel with breakfast, 2 nights in Kathmandu
    • Tented accommodation during the climb
    • Standard & comfortable, clean & hygienic teahouse accommodation in the mountains
    • All accommodations on twin-sharing basis
    • Breakfasts in Kathmandu, full board meals during the trip (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
    • Farewell dinner
    • Guided excursions with local, fully trained, certified, English speaking professional Sherpa climbing leader, assistant guides (4 climbers: 1 assistant guide)
    • Porters for carrying luggage. (2 climbers: 1 porter)
    • Staff salary, insurance, equipment, flight, fooding and lodging
    • All ground transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
    • Round trip domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
    • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
    • Group climbing equipment (rope, ice hammer, ice screw and snow bar)
    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, T-Shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip)
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit)
    • All taxes payable to central and state governments
    What's Not Included
    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
    • Extra night accommodation, if required (in Kathmandu)
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Any optional activities other than above included the ones during the free time
    • International flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Tips for staff
    • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
    • Personal climbing equipments (ice axe, crampons, harness, ascender, etc)
    • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower etc.
    • Lodging and food in Kathmandu, in case of early arrival than the scheduled date from the trek
    • Services not mentioned in the ‘Price Includes’ section

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    Detailed Itinerary

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    Note: “Extollo Adventures reserves the right to amend the itinerary in case of unforeseen circumstances: weather conditions, flight delays and cancellations, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The tour leader will, and can make the changes for safety reasons and also to improve the trip as well as your experience. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, so one needs to be flexible, if required.”

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    Accommodation and meals

    While you travel, we will follow three types of accommodations. You will spend 2 nights in Kathmandu at a deluxe 3-star hotel, 10 nights in standard tea houses at various mountain villages and 3 nights camping in a single personal tent at Island Peak base Camp. All accommodations for the trip will be on a twin-sharing basis. Single supplement will be provided on request, at an additional cost (400 USD). However, a single supplement may not be feasible all the time.

    During our Island peak climbing trip, you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner are served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where you spend the night. Whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking whereas only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu. There will also be a Farewell Dinner hosted by Extollo Adventures upon your return from the successful excursion.

    Frequently asked questions about this trip

    General Questions

    We provide our professional and technical expertise services in remote areas in the Himalayas. Every effort will be made to stick to the original itinerary. However, since the weather and climatic conditions up in the mountains are sometimes unpredictable, we cannot guarantee that we will follow the original plan. The health condition of a group member or unexpected natural disaster, etc. can also contribute to unplanned situations. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to the plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. For any unexpected occurring and challenges in the mountains, our Himalayan guides are entirely reliable and superbly jovial people. With their skill and knowledge of the region, they will readily devise a new plan and propose to you.

    Yes. A representative, preferably the guide along with driver will be there at the airport’s arrival sector to meet you and escort you up to your hotel room. We include all airport pick up and drop offs as a part of your travel program. We will be with you the entire time of your stay in Nepal.

    There are telephones (landlines) in most of the villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are available throughout Nepal but the quality of the reception varies from location to location. Internet facilities can be found in only a few villages. However, these facilities can be expensive. Our guides will carry high quality satellite phone to make sure of good communication during the climbing part too.

    You need to be in good shape with some trekking experiences and have the ability to walk 8 – 9 hours uphill and downhill per day. It is suitable for passionate trekkers and challenge seekers hence positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination is required. Besides, it is advisable to climb with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides and their significant mental preparation with a personal touch.

    Regarding the difficulty, the challenging factors are high altitude and few technical skills we will teach you during our pre-climb training. Our Island Peak Expedition itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. This peak is suitable for first time climbers willing to experience the height of mountains in Himalayas.With good physical shape, regular exercise, positive attitude and no medical conditions related to lungs or the heart can easily complete this adventurous trip.

    Important notes ( Read before you book )

    Some Important Things To Know Before You Go
    • Flight Delays in Kathmandu/Lukla

      Flights between Lukla and Kathmandu are generally reliable, though bad weather conditions may cause flight delay or even cancellation. In such scenario, Extollo Adventures will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter to avoid flight delays. All additional cost would be your responsibility which could be $800 USD or more depending on the number of people on the flight.

      We already schedule one extra day into your trip as a buffer day in Kathmandu in case of such flight delays or cancellations. However, we also suggest you add a couple of additional days at the end of your trip in case of any delays.

    • Travel Insurance

      It is mandatory for joining any of the Extollo Adventures trips is that all clients must be insured, it is strongly recommended that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. There could be comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

    • Extra Expenses and Exclusions

      Extra personal expenses on the trip may include showering,
      recharging batteries, bottled/boiled water, soda, alcoholic beverages, tipping,
      visa fees, recreational expenses and other services not listed. Typically
      trekkers spend around $10 to $20 USD on a daily basis. Following are the items
      with extra costs during the trek:

      • All the meals (B/L/D) are included in the trek but only breakfast is included while you are in Kathmandu thus, lunch and dinner may cost you $10-15 USD per meal.
      • Tip for the guide and porter after the trek which maybe around 8-10% of your trip cost.
      • Drinking water can cost between $1 and $4 a bottle in the mountains (it gets more expensive towards base camp). Or you may bring water tablets and treat the water during the trek, which costs around $2.
      • Other services like wifi ($3 to $5 per hour), hot showers ($4 to $6) and charging electric devices ($1 to $3 an hour) are available in few tea houses.
      • In case of unforeseen events like bad weather conditions and eventual flight cancellations, you are responsible for extra hotel nights and meals in Kathmandu or Lukla.
      • For the visa fees, please check Visa and Passport Information
    • Visa & Passport Information

      All foreign nationals are required to arrange a visa in order
      to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at
      a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport. It can be
      also secured at entry points at Nepalese borders.

      • Your Passport must be at least 6 months valid
      • Use your passport details to enter information on your visa application
      • Bring at least 3 recent passport photos (for your Nepal Visa, Trekking permit, etc.)

      Following are the fees either in US dollars cash or the equivalent Nepalese currency:

      • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 30
      • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 50
      • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 125

      You can use this full address while filling up your visa application:

      Street: Amrit Marg
      Ward No: 19
      VDC/Municipality: Kathmandu
      District: Kathmandu
      Country: Nepal

      For further information please visit: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

    Additional Information

    Have you read our ‘Trip FAQs’? We have answered your each and every possible question.

    If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip, please feel free to contact us by email or call us call us anytime at locations and numbers convenient for you from the list attached above.