Island Peak Expedition Trek in Nepal

Conquer the epic 6000m high peak of Imja Tse in the Himalayas on a two-week expedition trek through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Visit temples and monasteries and do site seeing in Kathmandu. Learn ice climbing and ascend from Island Peak High Camp to the summit. Join us on the Islands peak expedition trek!

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This expedition trek starts in Kathmandu. Then go by airplane to Lukla and then on foot to Phakding. After a short stay in “Lodge City,” we trek along the Dudh Koshi River to Namche Bazaar, where we will stay for an acclimatization day with time for visits to monasteries and museums. Then we continue along the River Dudh Koshi, with its spectacular views of Mount Everest through the Rhododendron jungle to the Tengboche monastery. Next, on to Pangboche and eventually Pheriche through the Imja Valley and Dingboche, where we will spend another day acclimatizing and doing a short trek to see the views of Mount Lhotse and other mighty peaks. We then continue east from the Imja Khola Valley to Chukung Valley. The next day we cross the Lhotse and Imja glacier moraine and reach Island Peak Base Camp. We will now start training climbing techniques in preparation for the ascent, and the next day, after a final equipment check, we will walk to the Island Peak High Camp. Finally, on the 10th day of the expedition, it’s time for the ascent to the Island Peak summit. It will be a long day’s climb over icy crevasses and rocky ridges, using all the techniques trained on the way up the mountain, but it will be worth all the effort. After resting for a while at 6189m altitude, we descend to Chukung. After a long sleep, we return to Namche and then to Lukla, where we celebrate the achievement of conquering an epic 6000 peak. The next day, we travel by plane to Kathmandu.

Please check out our other Nepal packages to Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp.

Trek Difficulty:

Level: Tough+

Trekking experience is essential and preferably at altitude. You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain. You may encounter extreme altitude and weather conditions and need to use ice axes and crampons. Stamina is essential as walking days last six to nine hours (sometimes more on occasion). Daily ascents will likely be around 2,955ft to 3,280ft (900m to 1,000m), perhaps with the odd day around 3,610ft to 3,940ft (1,100m to 1,200m).


Day 1

Arrival Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft) & transfer to hotel.    

A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will be there to meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Thamel. Kathmandu is a city full of lively markets, hectic streets, colorful temples and impressive pagodas. The remainder of the day you will can wander around Thamel and catch up on some last minute shopping for equipment. This evening, your guide will brief you and provide valuable information about the trek. This evening you will meet the rest of the group at a welcome dinner at a local Nepali restaurant.

Day 2

Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) Duration: 5-6 hours.

Today we take a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2610m), a small village located in the Khumbu region of Nepal in the Dudh Kosi River valley.

Day 3

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft) Duration: 5-6 hours.

Today we cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Kosi River before trekking through the villages of Tok-Tok, Benkar, and Monjo before arriving at the Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate where you will be asked to show your trekking permit. After following the river bed for a few hours and then crossing the last Hillary suspension bridge, there is a steep uphill climb to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar has a good selection of restaurants, an internet café, pubs, post office, ATM and banks.

Day 4

Exploration & Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.

Acclimatization is a necessary exercise before climbing to higher altitudes. Health professionals strongly suggest that you stay active during the day, so today we will trek to the villages of Khunde and Khumjung and have a spectacular view of Mt. Everest before heading back to Namche Bazaar. At Namche Bazaar you may wish to view what is said to be a Yeti skull! Namche Bazaar is proud to say it has a bakery! Strolling around Namche Bazaar is another way to remain active. Sitting still for too long is not a good idea.

Day 5

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) Duration: 5-6 hours.

This morning we follow the trail along the banks of the fast flowing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi River. On the trail you will have some superb views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Taboche and Amadablam. We will attain an altitude of 3,800 meters at Tengboche. The Tengboche monastery has beautiful ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of various poses of the Buddha, musical instruments and robes worn by the Lamas. You will observe a prayer ceremony, either in the evening or in the morning, depending on how the trekking goes today. The chanting is comforting to the soul.

Day 6

Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft) Duration: 4-5 hours.

Today we head downhill on a three to four hour trek on a trail that passes through forests before crossing the Imja Khola (river) and on through the village of Pangboche, with its distinct fields surrounded by rock walls. Tonight we stay at Dingboche.

Day 7

Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft) Duration: 3-4 hours.

Dingboche is surrounded by the peaks of Ama Dablam, the edge of Nuptse-Lhotse, Tawache and Cholatse. Today we trek to Chhukung passing through stone-walled fields and the Imja Khola Valley before having to cross the icy moraines. Just beyond the village of Bibre we can see Island Peak. The trail crosses several streams before coming to Chhukung. From Chhukung we can see Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labtsa mountains.

Day 8

Hike up to Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung (4,700m) Duration: 3-4 hours.

From Chhukung you will appreciate the superb view of Mt. Ama Dablam. The views of Island Peak from Chhukung (and further up the valley) are quite stunning. We will scramble up to Chhukung Ri from where you will have views of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labtsa.

Day 9

Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft) Duration: 3-4 hours.

Today we follow a steep trail up to Island Peak Base Camp. We pass below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier and then follow the trail next to a stream until reaching Island Peak Base Camp where we stay overnight.

Day 10

Climb from Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20,305ft)& back to Chhukung and fly back to Lukla By Helicopter; Duration: 10-12 hours.

Today is the day you have been preparing for and as long as the weather is suitable we will head off very early in the morning to climb to the summit of Island Peak (6,187m). We initially climb up through a gully and veer to our right. We then cross a very rocky area and a ridge from where we have some fantastic views of glaciers and crevices. After some time at the summit taking in the views and madly taking photos, we will head back down to Chhukung and we will take a sharing helicopter to Lukla for an overnight stay.

Day 11

Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Early this morning we fly over the mountains back to Kathmandu. Most flights depart in the morning so as to avoid the gustier and unpredictable weather that sometimes develops later in the day. During the flight you can look down on the magnificent Himalayan Mountains that we are now familiar with. After arriving at Kathmandu you can rest or do some last minute shopping around Thamel. Alternatively you can catch up on seeing places you missed in Kathmandu. Your guide will be available to help and direct you with souvenir shopping or sightseeing. This evening we will have a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant along with a traditional cultural dance show. This is your chance to say farewell to your guide and fellow trekkers.

Day 12

Transfer to the International airport for your final departure.

A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you to the airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you may already be planning on another climbing expedition to Nepal. There are enough mountains to satisfy any climber.

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Namche, NP
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Tengboche, NP
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Dingboche, NP
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Island Peak expedition in Nepal offers a unique combination of adventure, stunning scenery, cultural experience, and a sense of accomplishment that makes it an unforgettable experience.

  • We have expert Sherpa guides who know the ins and outs of this trek. You are in good hands.
  • The price ensures that you get bang for your buck, with good guides, good planning, and nice accommodation.
  • This trek is challenging. and will ensure a life-changing experience where you really get to push yourself in an incredible environment. 
  • The accommodation is comfortable in quaint guesthouses that really give you the tea-house cozy feel of Nepal 

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is located in the heart of the Himalayas and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. The scenery is simply awe-inspiring and can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This travel plan is a great way to combine trekking and climbing. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the best of both worlds, with a challenging climb and an incredible trek through beautiful landscapes. Despite being a challenging climb, Island Peak is considered a relatively easy peak to climb, making it an excellent option for beginners who want to try their hand at climbing a Himalayan peak. This expedition also offers a cultural experience, as you will pass through traditional Sherpa villages and get a glimpse into their daily lives and customs, If you are looking for an adventure and a thrill, the Island Peak expedition offers just that. It is a challenging climb, and reaching the summit can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

What is Island Peak?

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a popular trekking peak in Nepal’s Khumbu region. It stands at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) and is a popular destination for experienced trekkers and mountaineers.

How difficult is the Island Peak trek?

The Island Peak trek is considered a challenging trek requiring good fitness and prior experience with high-altitude trekking. The ascent to the summit of Island Peak involves technical climbing and requires the use of ropes and other mountaineering equipment.

How long does the Island Peak trek take?

The Island Peak trek typically takes around 17 to 20 days to complete, including acclimatization days and the climb to the summit. The itinerary can be customized to suit your needs and preferences. Please get in touch with us at

What is the best time to do the Island Peak trek?

The best time to do the Island Peak trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally clear and dry. The views of the surrounding mountains are also at their best during these months.

Do I need previous mountaineering experience to climb Island Peak?

While previous mountaineering experience is not required, it is recommended that you have some prior experience with high-altitude trekking and basic mountaineering skills. You should also be comfortable with using mountaineering equipment such as crampons and ice axes. You will have a small course on how to ice-climb. 

What permits are required for the Island Peak trek?

To trek to Island Peak, you will need to obtain a Sagarmatha National Park permit and a Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit. You will also need a climbing permit to climb Island Peak. These permits are organized if you pick this travel plan. 

What equipment do I need for the Island Peak trek?

You will need to bring appropriate trekking and mountaineering equipment, including warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a down jacket, a headlamp, a climbing harness, crampons, an ice axe, and other mountaineering gear. A lot of the equipment can be rented once you are in Kathmandu. Please contact us at

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Included in the price:

  • Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both domestic and international flights as per itinerary.
  • 2 Night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Trekking Lodge/teahouse and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • Chhukung to Lukla flight by Helicopter
  • Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period
  • Schedule flight tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu to all the climbing members, Sherpa guide.
  • 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee available in the tea house/hotel/lodge during the trek.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Trekking permit (Sagarmatha national park entry fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Climbing permit of Nepal government to climb Island Peak.
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude staff.
  • Trekking and climbing map of Island peak. 
  • Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.

Excluded from the price:

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, health bars.
  • Items of personal nature – laundry expenses, tips.
  • Rescues, repatriation, medicines, medical tests, and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)

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