Island Peak Climbing- 20 Days

Island Peak, 6189 m, is an interesting and challenging climb in the Khumbu Himalaya, and therefore within reach of the average fit person who wants to have a genuine high altitude climbing experience on snow and ice. Previous climbing experience will be helpful as our highly experienced Sherpa cimbing guides will also provide training and practice of relevant skills such as using jumor, abseiling and mainly crossing the ladders section on Island Peak. Though if you have knowlegde and expereince of rock and ice climbing, already done high altitude trekking, then it will be beneficial for your Island Peak climb. 

Island Peak Climbing combines the classic trek to the Everest Base Camp and climb of a beautiful 6000m peak.  Island Peak Base Camp is easily accessible from Chhukung village, just off the  Everest Base Camp trail. The climb segment starts from the Chhukung valley, and takes only 2 Nights and 3 Days period to do the climb.  This expedition begins at Lukla and follows the Everest Base Camp Trek up the Dudh Kosi valley through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. This classic Everest Base Camp Trek is already an extraordinary experience; there are beautiful pine and rhododendron forests and magnificent Khumbu views and Sherpa culture. By now we are much more acclimatized for the cold weather and altitude on Island Peak. Returning to Dingboche, the trail branches off into the Chhukung valley where our next adventure begins.

From Chhukung village, the trail follows the moraine of the massive Lhotse Glacier, then the Imja Tso Khola (river) to Island Peak Base Camp, 5100 m. We spend time hiking around base camp for acclimatization and learning climbing skills required for Island Peak. There are slabs and boulders to clamber over to reach Island Peak High Camp, 5500 m where we will spend our second night at tent before we approach for our summit push.

After high camp there are more rocks and scree at first, the we get Crampon point, where we put on our climbing gears. Couple of places we need to walk on the Ladders to cross the Crevases section. After the Crevases section then walking on flat glacier section before we get to the foothill of the headwall. There is a 300 meter headwall of 45 degree snow slopes leading to the exposed summit ridge of Island Peak. From the summit the incredible view includes Nuptse, 7879 m, Lhotse, 8501 m, Lhotse Middle Peak, 8419 m, and the unclimbed Lhotse Shar, 8383 m. To the east, the perfect pyramid of Makalu, 8475 m and the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier, and to the south, Baruntse and Ama Dablam.

The best season for Island Peak climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). 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 Island Peak Climb can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will arrange every detail of your Island Peak Expedition; lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.


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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 Island Peak Climbing is 3000 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 04 - 06, the cost per person will be only $2500 USD per person. 


Trip Highlights


  • Stunning summit Views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and others beautiful Peaks 
  • The climbing expereince of a peak is a joy that you will cherish a lot  
  • Shortest and most affordable of the 6000m peak climbing 
  • Base camp is easily accessible from the classic Everest Base Camp Trail
  • Logistics and well managed camp set-up at Island Peak Base camp and High camp 
  • Basic training for climbing on snow and ice by experienced and certified Sherpa Climbing Guide
  • Spending a night at Island Peak Base Camp and High Camp before your summit push

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

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Fly 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 Tengbuche (3864m/12,677ft ) 5-6 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Dingbuche, (4400m/14,435ft) 5 hrs

Day 8 : Acclimatization Day- Hiking Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung Valley

Day 9 : Trek to Lobuche, (4915 m/ 16125ft) 5 hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Gorak Shep (5130m/16,830ft) 3 hrs and hike to EBC (Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,598ft)

Day 11 : Ascent to Kala Pattar (5545m/ 18,192ft) and descent to Dingbuche, (4400m/14,435ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 12 : Dinbuche - Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, (5200m/ 17060ft) 3-4 hrs

Day 13 : Pre-Climb training and trek to High Camp (5450m/17,880ft) 2 hrs

Day 14 : Ascend Island Peak (6189m/ 20,305ft ) and descent to Chhukung (4710m/15,452ft) 10-12 hrs

Day 15 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)

Day 16 : Trek to Namche (3441 m/11,289ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 17 : Trek to Lukla (2810m/9219ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 18 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 19 : Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 20 : Departure

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Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 March, 2020 29 March, 2020 US $2500 per person Available
25 March, 2020 13 April, 2020 US $2500 per person Guaranteed
07 April, 2020 26 April, 2020 US $2500 per person Available
14 April, 2020 03 May, 2020 US $2500 per person Guaranteed
22 April, 2020 11 May, 2020 US $2500 per person Available
29 April, 2020 18 May, 2020 US $2500 per person Guaranteed
07 May, 2020 26 May, 2020 US $2500 per person Available
20 May, 2020 08 June, 2020 US $2500 per person Guaranteed
27 May, 2020 15 June, 2020 US $2500 per person Available
14 September, 2020 03 October, 2020 US $2500 per person Guaranteed
21 September, 2020 10 October, 2020 US $2500 per person Available
28 September, 2020 17 October, 2020 US $2500 per person Guaranteed
07 October, 2020 26 October, 2020 US $2500 per person Available
13 October, 2020 01 November, 2020 US $2500 per person Guaranteed
23 October, 2020 11 November, 2020 US $2500 per person Available
30 October, 2020 18 November, 2020 US $2500 per person Guaranteed
10 November, 2020 29 November, 2020 US $2500 per person Available
17 November, 2020 06 December, 2020 US $2500 per person Guaranteed
25 November, 2020 14 December, 2020 US $2500 per person Available
04 December, 2020 23 December, 2020 US $2500 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 13 nights (15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 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 Trekker 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)
  • 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:


  • Plastic Mountaineering Boots (Koflach) 
  • 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.

Island Peak Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion for Island Peak . 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.  

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) 40 - 50 Litres 
  • 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)

Why Climb 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.)



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 earliest 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 : 20 Days

Price : US $2500 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Maximum Height:6189m

Minimum Height:1300 m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:8 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Camping, Climbing

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Island Peak Permit, Sagarmatha National Park Fee and TIMS Card

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

Accommodation during Trek:13 Nights (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners, tea, coffee and twin share rooms)

Accommodation during Camping:Meals during 2 Nghts camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

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