Trip Facts

  • Total Days: 24
  • Trekking Days: 17
  • Climbing Day: 1
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 5 Nights
  • Trek Grade: strenuous
  • Altitude Maximum: 6189m (Island Peak)
  • Type of Trek: Lodge / Camping (Recommended for camping also)
  • Best season: March–May and September-November
  • Walking Time: 4 -7 hours each day.

Island Peak Climbing of elevation 6189m is one of the famous climbing peaks in Nepal, which is located in the Everest region of the Khumbu area. This Island peak trip takes you into the heart of the Khumbu region, Gokyo valley of elevation 4750m and Everest Base Camp of elevation of 5380m.

Also, Ascent of Gokyo Ri of altitude 5463m and Kala Patthar 5545m gives you great opportunity to get well acclimatized before your approach to Island peak, also provides you magnificent views of Mt. Everest which itself hold the title for being the highest mountain in the world, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Mount Makalu and many more.

The mountain was named ‘Island Peak’ in 1952 because of its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, being like an island on a sea of ice. It was renamed ‘Ijma Tse’ in the early ’80s, though its original name is still more popular. 

Besides, the island peak climbing, climber’s also delighted with the exploration of Centuries-old Tyangboche monastery and Pangboche Monastery. Sherpa ancient culture and customs, Their lifestyle. Exploring Namche Bazaar, Khumjung Village and Pangboche Village on the way to the trek. Residing in the inhabitant of human civilization trekking passes through the dense forest where you may encounter the various endangered species (animal, birds, Insects).

Moreover, the climbers always need to know about the best season for peak climbing in Nepal before making a decision, wellMarch to May, September to November Is the best season for peak climbing in Nepal.

The level of difficulties for peak depends on the peak you choose because there are easy to difficult peaks in Nepal which are open for climbing. Best on your expertise we recommend you to choose the one.

Finally, Evasion Trekking offers a highly experienced climbing guide who have successfully submitted the world’s highest mountain the Mount Everest, and island peak and other several times. Moreover, we work only with the professional guide who holds the climbing license from the Government of Nepal. And, we have done many peak climbing during our services and now, we are willing to serve you.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche
Day 06: Trek Namche to Phortse Thanga
Day 07: Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo
Day 08: Trek Machhermo to Gokyo
Day 09: Trek Gokyo to Thangna (morning hike to Gokyo - Ri)
Day 10: Trek Thangna to Dzongala via Chola Pass
Day 11: Trek Dzongala to Lobuche
Day 12: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (Climb Kalapatthar)
Day 13: Trek Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp & trek back to Lobuche
Day 14: Trek Lobuche to Chukkung
Day 15: Trek Chukkung to Island Peak Base camp
Day 16: Trek Island Peak Base camp to Island peak High Camp
Day 17: Climb Island Peak and trek back to Chukkung
Day 18: Trek Chukkung to Tangboche
Day 19: Trek Tengboche to Jorsale
Day 20: Trek Jorsale to Lukla
Day 21: Flight Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 22: Visit Bhaktapur
Day 23: Visit Boudhanath / Pashupatinath
Day 24: Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath and Patan: start our tour visiting Swoyambunath, a magnificent Buddhist stupa situated at the high hill of Kathmandu valley followed by a visit of Patan, a true open air museum with its pagodas, temples, and monasteries.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2650m): A scenic flight to Lukla (2865m) where we start our trek to Phakding which takes about 3 hours. We trek via Cheplung (2700m), Thado Koshi and Ghat (2590m) villages. Phakding is a small charming place with some comfortable lodges.
Overnight: Lodge
Flight Time: 40 minutes
Walking Time: 3 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 1531m

Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): The busy trail follows Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti where you can observe the beautiful view of Thamserku Peak then continue to Chomoa. We continue our trek again and climb to Monjo 2850m). Monjo is entry point of Sagarmatha National Park so we should complete our trekking permit and National park entry formalities before we enter the park. The trek again continues to Jorsale where we start our ascent to Namche Bazaar after crossing the large suspension bridge. Along the way you get the first proper glimpse of Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks. Namche bazaar is known as the gateway to Everest and has some modern facilities including  some very good lodges, several monasteries, shops, bakeries, an army camp, Sagarmatha National Park quarter, museum etc.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: +790m.

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m): Today we hike to nearby Everest View Hotel where you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains. You may also be interested to visit Sherpa Museum which is a great place to learn Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering in the region.
Overnight: Lodge

Day 06: Trek Namche to Phortse Thanga (3680m): The trek starts with a flat trail to Shanasa for about one and half hour. From here the trail ascends to Mongla hill for two hours. Then the trail continues on steep downhill to Phortse Thanga for about one and half hour where we spend the night. The views of Khumbila, Tawache peak, Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku peaks are highlight of the day.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 240m

Day 07: Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470m): The trail begins by ascending steeply through rhododendron forests, passing many Kharkas on its way to Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) and then reaches Dole. From Dole we cross a small River and continue ascending to Lhaparma (4330m), and Luza (4340m) and finally we reach Machermo. The Mountain View from this area is superb.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: +660m

Day 08: Trek Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m): Start our trek on a gradual uphill and trail stays similar all the way to Gokyo. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes and soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking along the edge of the lake the scenery is breathtaking: the summits of Cho- Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflect beautifully in its emerald green water.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 320m

Day 09: Trek Gokyo to Thangna (4500m): We start our day really early in the morning hiking to Gokyo–Ri (5463m) for the wonderful mountain scenery including Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Twache and several other small peaks. It takes about two hours to reach Gokyo-Ri from Gokyo village. After enjoying the splendid view of mountain peaks, we retrace our steps to Gokyo. Then we continue our descent to Thangna. The route follows across the glacier.
Overnight: lodge
Walking Time:  4-5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 290m

Day 10: Trek Thangna to Dzongala (4850m) Via Chola Pass (5368m): This is one of the toughest days of the entire trek. It is the day when we cross the Cho-la pass at 5368m. The pass is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side where crampons and an ice axe might be needed. (Depending on time of the year of your trek) The western approach to the pass varies in difficulty depending on the amount of snow. The views offered here are excellent. After crossing the Cho-la Pass the trail steeply descends to Dzongala. From Dzongala you can again enjoy fantastic view of the surrounding peaks.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 350m

Day 11: Trek Dzongala to Labuche (4930m): it is a short trek to Labuche which gives you enough time to rest for your approach to Everest Base camp.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 80m

Day 12: Trek Labuche to Gorakshep (5170m): start our trek early in the morning to avoid wind (wind starts late morning in the valley) it takes about 3 hours to reach Gorakshep which is our last stop before climbing to Everest Base Camp (EBC). The trail up to Gorakshep is rocky and windy but it offers great views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori and Everest Base camp. When sun begins to set over Everest, we hike to Kalapatthar (5545m) which is one of the finest viewpoints in Everest Region. As the light begins to fade, we stroll back to our lodge at Gorakshep.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 3 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 240m

Day 13: Trek Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (EBC-5380m) and trek back to Lobuche (4930m): We start our trek early in the morning again. It is about 3 hours trek to Everest Base camp which is situated at the altitude of 5380m. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and eventually reaches base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. After celebrating our efforts and photographing the achievement we return to Lobuche for our overnight.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 7 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 240m

Day 14: Trek Lobuche to Chukung (4710m): start heading towards Imja valley enjoying the view of Amadablam, Tawache, and Khanteka. Fairly easy walk to Dingbuche and continue our walk towards Chukung enjoying the view of Island peak.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 220

Day 15: Trek Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5150m): first part of the trail is a fairly steep walking towards south, and then it turns east to the main line of the valley. It winds below the southern flank of the Lhotse Glacier moraine. Continuing our trek along a streamside to what we call Big-Rock. The route to Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines follows to a wide valley flanking the southwest side of Island Peak.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: +440m

Day 16: Trek / Climb Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak High Camp (5481m): as we start our pre-climb hike, we start getting better view of the valley below and surrounding mountain peaks. It is about 2-3 hour trek to High camp. The trail follows up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off to the left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As you climb the hill, you see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rocky channel.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 2-3 hours
Difference in Elevation: +331m

Day 17: Climb High Camp to Island Peak summit (6189m) and back to Chukung (4710m): We start our climb early in the morning ascending towards Island Peak (6189m). First part of the Island peak climb is comparatively safe and easy, but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridge line, which follows to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views we descend all the way to Chhukung for the night.
Overnight: Lodge
Climbing Time: 6 - 8 hours
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 1479m Island Peak Summit, -771m Chukkung

Day 18: Trek Chukung to Tengboche (3860m): Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through various villages including Dingbuche, Orsho, Shomare and lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River. For our final approach to Tangbuche we ascend gradually through Debuche. Tangboche is a very well-known place in Nepal due to its’ Buddhist monastery and the superb surrounding mountain view.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 850m

Day 19: Trek Tengboche to Jorsale (2810m): We continue our trek from Tengboche descending steeply through a stunning forest of rhododendron, blue pine and silver fir to Phunkithanga a small settlement with couple of tea houses. The trail ascends to Trashinga crossing a suspension bridge continuing through juniper and pine forest, on an easy trail to Namche Bazaar. After having lunch in Namche the trail steeply descends before crossing the suspension bridge and continues to Jorsalle following Dudh Koshi River.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Difference in Elevation: -1050m

Day 20: Trek Jorsale to Lukla (2865m): On our final days’ trek to reach Lukla we cross Phakding, Ghat, Thado Koshi, and Cheplung taking about 4-5 hours to complete.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Difference in Elevation: +55m

Day 21: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1334m): a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. The flight usually leaves early from Lukla and takes about 40 minutes to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Flight Time: 40 minutes
Difference in Elevation: - 1531m

Day 22: Visit to Bhaktapur (1334m): Today we drive for an hour to visit very ancient city of Bhaktapur.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 23: Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath: start our day visiting holiest place of Hindu, Pashupatinath temple. Then we visit a magnificent Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 24: Transfer to the airport and departure

Cost Includes

  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Trekking permit /TIMS, and National park entry fee
  • Climbing permit for Island peak climbing
  • A professional English speaking tour / trekking guide and porters
  • A professional Climbing guide
  • Main rope for the climbing part
  • Kitchen staff /stuff for climbing part (2 Nights)
  • Meals Full board during trek
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee only)
  • Accommodation in Lodge / Camping during the trek
  • Your international flight re-confirmation
  • All necessary documents and government tax
  • Insurance for all staff (including guide, porter)


cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking / climbing gear
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident/repatriation helicopter/medical care)
  • Alternative transportation (flights / vehicles), Accommodation in case of bad weather, flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade etc.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, cold drinks, water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, Hot shower etc
  • Emergency evacuation rescue charge, if needed
  • Tips for tour/trekking staff

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.

 Trekking Gear:

Srl.

Description

Qty.

Remarks

01 Day back-pack

1

02 Gore-Tex Jacket

1

03 Down Jacket

1

04 Fleece Jacket

1

05 Micro Fleece

1

06 Trekking pants(Trousers)

2

07 Hiking shoes (Boots)

1

08 Runners (sport shoes)

1

09 Trekking Socks

3

10 Rain poncho

1

11 Sun-glasses

1

12 Water bottles

2

13 Thermal underwear(long)

1-2

14 T- shirts

2-3

15 Sunscreen/lotion

1

16 Flip flop (sandal)

1

17 Towel

1

18 Hat(Baseball cap)

1

19 Pristine drops (Water purifier)

1

20 Head light/flash light

1

21 Sleeping Bag

1

22 Gloves

1

23 Wind Proof Trouser (s)

1

24 Personal medical kid

1

25 Climbing gear (1 set)

1

Weather Report

Nepal Climate

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year.  Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer.  Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C.  Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period: It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

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