Gokyo Cho La Pass Island Peak Climbing- 23 Days

There are several routes we can approach the Island Peak climbing. The ultimate  way to acclimatize for  Island Peak, 6189m, is with a challenging trek through places of breath-taking beauty in the heartland of the Khumbu region. This route through the Gokyo Valley, crossing Cho La Pass  5420m,, making it to Everest Base Camp, Kala Pattar is perfect acclamatization before we move to Island Peak.The trek goes via Gokyo lake, 4750m, Cho La pass, 5420m, and Everest Base Camp, 5357m.

Island Peak is a favorite climbing peak in the Everest Region, offering what is considered to be the finest of all views of the Himalayas. The trek to Island Peak starts out on the traditional trail to Namche Bazaar.  From Namche we follow the main trail for about 2 hours and branch off into the Gokyo Valley, ascending stone stairs that seem to almost hang off the mountain’s edgealong the Dudh Kosi River.  The four-day trek to Gokyo passes through scant settlements where few tourists have ventured.  The trek leads to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes beside the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier, and up to summit the rocky Gokyo Peak.  From Gokyo Ri, 5360m, there is a dramatic view of four of the six highest mountains in the world: Everest, 8848m, Lhotse, 8516m, Makalu, 8485m and Cho Oyu, 8188m as well as other towering snow-peaks: Gyachung Kang, 7922m, Cholatse, 6440m, Taweche, 6542m, and Kangchung, 6103m. Gokyo Ri is considered as one of the best view point in the entire Khumbu region. The Ngozumpa Glacier gouges its way through the valley below.

The next adventure is the spectacular Cho La pass, 5420m, from where we get another spectacular view of the entire Khumbu region. As we descend from Cho La pass, we get the first look at Island Peak. We continue our trek  to the classic Everest base camp. The next climb is Kala Pattar, 5545m, the most popular vantage point for Mount Everest.

From here we descend into the Imja Valley and turn off to Chukkung to begin the approach to Island Peak Base Camp. We spend a night at Island Peak Base Camp and one at Island Peak High Camp before we attempt our Island Peak ascent. Training required for the climb is given by our Sherpa Climbing Guides at Island Peak Base Camp. On the summit of Island Peak a magnificent panorama awaits you. In a semi circle to the north there is Nuptse, 7879m, Lhotse, 8501m, Lhotse Middle Peak, 8410m, and Lhotse Shar, 8383m; to the east Makalu, 8475m; and in the south, Ama Dablam and Baruntse . 

The best season for Gokyo Cho La Pass Island Peak climbing is from March to May and from September to November. However, the winter is also a great time to climb if you are well prepared for the cold weather. In the crisp and cold month of December  the views of the mountains are crystal clear and there are fewer tourists around. The duration of the Gokyo Chola- EBC- Island Peak trek can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference.


Planning to climb Island Peak (Imja Tse) via Gokyo Valley in 2019 and 2020 ? 

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We normally create small groups. Small groups are sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too. The Solo Expedition cost of Gokyo Cho La Island Peak is  $3000 USD per person; however, if we can make a group of 04 - 06 members, then the cost per person will be only $2800 USD per person. 


Trip Highlights


  • Firstly,the idea of having Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass, EBC, Kalapattar and Island Peak in a single Trip is just amazing.
  • Gokyo Valley is less crowded compared to EBC trail
  • Gokyo’s glacial lakes and amazing view from Gokyo Ri
  • Visit the classic Everest Base Camp, KalaPattar 
  • Well set up Camps at Island Peak Base Camp and High Camp
  • Leaded by our Expereinced Local Sherpa Climbing Guide 
  • Island Peak summit view is one of the best in the Himalaya



Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4,265ft)

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, (2610m/8,562ft) 4hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Namche bazzar (3441 m/11,289ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 5 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar

Day 6 : Trek to Dole (4200m/13,779ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Machermo (4470 m/14,665ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 8 : Trek to Gokyo (4790m/14,730ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 9 : Hike to Gokyo Ri and then Trek to Thagnag (4990m/16,371ft) 5hrs

Day 10 : Cross Cho La Pass, (5420m/ 17,782ft) and descend to Dzongla (4710m/ 15,452ft) 9-10 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Lobuche (4915 m/ 16,125ft) 3 hrs

Day 12 : Trek to Gorak Shep (5130/ 16,830ft) 3 hrs and hike to EBC (Everest Base Camp), (5363m/17,595ft)

Day 13 : Early Morning ascent (5545m/18,192ft) and descent to Locuche 4915m/16,125ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 14 : Trek to Chhukung, (4710 m/15,452ft) 6 hrs

Day 15 : Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, (5200m/ 17060ft) 3-4 hrs

Day 16 : Pre-Climb training and trek to High Camp (5450m/17,880ft) 2 hrs

Day 17 : Ascend Island Peak (6189m/ 20,305ft ) and descent to Chhukung 10-12 hrs

Day 18 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)

Day 19 : Trek to Namche (3441 m/11,289ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 20 : Trek to Lukla (2810m/9219ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 21 : Fly to Kathmandu

Day 22 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 23 : Happy Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
30 November, 2019 22 December, 2019 US $2800 per person Available
05 December, 2019 27 December, 2019 US $2800 per person Guaranteed
14 December, 2019 05 January, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
12 March, 2020 03 April, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
25 March, 2020 16 April, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
31 March, 2020 22 April, 2020 US $2800 per person Guaranteed
04 April, 2020 26 April, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
15 April, 2020 07 May, 2020 US $2800 per person Guaranteed
30 April, 2020 22 May, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
05 May, 2020 27 May, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
18 May, 2020 09 June, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
12 September, 2020 04 October, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
25 September, 2020 17 October, 2020 US $2800 per person Guaranteed
01 October, 2020 23 October, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
14 October, 2020 05 November, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
28 October, 2020 19 November, 2020 US $2800 per person Guaranteed
10 November, 2020 02 December, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
22 November, 2020 14 December, 2020 US $2800 per person Guaranteed
05 December, 2020 27 December, 2020 US $2800 per person Guaranteed

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 16 nights (17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during One night at Base Camp and One night High Camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • English speaking experienced and certified Sherpa Guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while on Island peak climbing
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for Two Trekkers basis in all of our Climbing Trips
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill's T-shirt
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh / Can Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu Excess baggage fees
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing Equipments and Gears


Personal Climbing Gears includes:


  • Mountaineering/ Climbing Boots
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness 
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Screwgate Carabiners ( Lock and UnLock)
  • Descender ( Figure 8, Belay Device)
  • Ascender (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • 2 x Tape slings


More about Personal Climbing Equipment and Gears

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Gokyo Cho La Pass and Island Peak Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion for Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak Climbing . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.  


Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.


It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.


Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •        1-Down parka with hood


Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments



  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)



  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves



  •         Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •         Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection




  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         *Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)



  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)




  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  •  *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  •  Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  •  *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  •  *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  •  A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

Why Climb Gokyo Cho La Pass and Island Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need a Sherpa guide as a partner, some rope, a few bits of protection, good weather and overriding urge to die of old age.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Logistics on the Gokyo-Cho La-Island Peak Trip:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.



When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance:

To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.

If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.

If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 23 Days

Price : US $2800 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2C

Group Size Min:2 Trekkers

Group Size max:8 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Camping, Climbing

Maximum Height:6189m

Minimum Height:1300m

Transport:By Domestic Flights, Private Vehicles



Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:Accommodation During Trek ; Local Lodges 16 Nights (17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms

Camping services:Meals on the climbing period 2 Night Camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

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