Only Island Peak Climbing- 5 Days

The Island Peak Climb is an add-on package for any of the Everest Region Treks. It starts and finishes at Chhukung, where Annapurna Foothills Treks’ experienced Sherpa Climbing Guides will meet you and look after you in every way. Before you attempt the climb, however, you must be properly acclimatized. If you have trekked to Everest Base Camp, 5357 m, and Kala Patthar, 5545 m from Jiri, Phaplu or even Lukla, you will be acclimatized. You might even want to include a nearby pass such as Renjo La, 5338 m, or Cho La 5420 m for good measure. 

Island Peak captivates the interest of experienced and aspiring climbers alike. Standing on the summit of Island Peak, 6189 m, you are surrounded by the entire Khumbu range, including Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak and the unclimbed Lhotse Shar. To the East, are the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier, Cho Polu, 6734 m, and the perfect pyramid of Mt.Makalu, 8475 m.

Island Peak Climbing is rated ‘moderate’; and although a good level of physical fitness is essential, previous climbing experience is not required. Its highly glaciated West Face rises from the Lhotse Glacier up to a technically straightforward ridge; this is a perfect place for novice climbers to develop the skills of climbing on snow and ice at high altitudes. 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.There are slabs and boulders to clamber over to reach high camp, 5500 m. After high camp there are more rocks and scree at first, but the final few hours to the top requires the mountaineering skills.There is a 300 meters headwall and a snowy summit ridge which require ropes, crampons and ice axes. 

The customized Island Peak Climbing takes 2 Nights / 3 Days , making it one of the shortest and least expensive climbing packages offered. We prefer 1 night at Island Peak Base camp and  1 night at High Camp  for better acclamatization and higher chances of making the summit. 

Each climb starts according our scheduled departure dates. The minimum size of a group is Two Trekkers. After you return to Chhukung, you are free to plan for the next destination.


Planning to climb Island Peak in 2019 and 2020 !


Guaranteed Departure Spring .. Join Now !!

 We have guaranteed departure for climbing Island Peak on March 31st, April 11th,  April 22nd, April 30th, May 8th, May 15th, May 21st and May 29th 2019. This small group is sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too. The solo expedition cost is 1100 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 02 - 06, the cost per person will be only $895 USD which includes Base camp, High Camp full board service, Climbing Guide, porters, Personal Climbing Gears as mentioned in the list  

Guaranteed Departure Autumn.. Join Now !!

We have guaranteed departure for climbing Island Peak on  Oct 3rd, Oct 9th, Oct 18th, Oct 30, Nov 05th, Nov 13th, Nov 28th 2019. This small group is sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too. The solo expedition cost is 1100 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 02 - 06, the cost per person will be only $895 USD which includes Base camp, High Camp full board service, Climbing Guide, porters, Personal Climbing Gears as mentioned in the list. 


Trip Highlights

  • independent trekkers to EBC can arrange service only above Chhukung
  • all necessary equipment and climbing gears is included in our package
  • a perfect introductory peak to  your mountaineering expereince
  • view from summit is stunning
  • Spending a night at Base Camp and High Camp 


Day 1 : Meeting at Chhukung, 4750 m

Day 2 : Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, 5100 m

Day 3 : Pre-Climb Training and trek to High Camp 5500 m

Day 4 : Ascend to Summit and descend to Chhukung.

Day 5 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
31 March, 2019 04 April, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Guaranteed
11 April, 2019 15 April, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Available
22 April, 2019 26 April, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Guaranteed
30 April, 2019 04 May, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Available
08 May, 2019 12 May, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Guaranteed
15 May, 2019 19 May, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Available
21 May, 2019 25 May, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Guaranteed
29 May, 2019 02 June, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Available
03 October, 2019 07 October, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Guaranteed
09 October, 2019 13 October, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Available
18 October, 2019 22 October, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Guaranteed
30 October, 2019 03 November, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Guaranteed
05 November, 2019 09 November, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Available
13 November, 2019 17 November, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Available
28 November, 2019 02 December, 2019 US $$ 895 p/p Guaranteed
14 April, 2020 18 April, 2020 US $$ 1000 p/p Available
30 April, 2020 04 May, 2020 US $$ 1000 p/p Available

Cost Include(s)

  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during 2 Days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner,  juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • Certified Climbing Sherpa Guide (Nepal Mountaineering Association. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Logistics at Base campa and High Camp, all Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
  • Necessary staffs, porters  and Team
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit
  • Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government
  • Spending a night at Island Peak Base Camp and a night at High Camp before your summit push
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gears and Equipments


Personal Climbing Gears includes:

  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Crampons
  • Harness 
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Tape slings
  • 2 x Screwgate Karabiners
  • Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • Helmet

More about Personal Climbing Equipment and Gears

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Personal Travel Insurance of any kind.
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu Airfare ( can be arranged upon request)
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.

Only Island Peak Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion  for Only 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.  


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.


Climbing Gear

  •        Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  •        2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner  type recommended
  •        3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  •        Ice axe with leash - Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  •        Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  •        Crampons fit to plastic boots
  •        Adjustable trekking poles
  •        Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)


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 Island Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has a dynamic team of outstanding mountaineers, instructors and cultural enthusiast operating trekking and climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices.


Why Sherpa Staff?

All our staff at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions e is from the Sherpa tribe who are native to the region, experienced in the field, and passionate about their homeland. What most people dont know about Nepal is that there are many castes, tribes and ethnic groups. Sure, we are all Nepalese, but for generations, life and work has been divided along the lines of caste, tribe and ethnicity. For several generations the Sherpa community has had no other livelihood than the mountaineering industry, and they have gained a reputation for honesty and hard work in the field. Although the industry has been infiltrated by other Nepalese, trekking and mountaineering remains one of the few options available to the Sherpa people. In other words, others have easily moved into the industry, but the Sherpa people still have few opportunities outside.

Annapurna Foothills Treks is employs Sherpa staff because it is their sole livelihood. Annapurna hires Sherpa staff because they are honest and hardworking.

Our Sherpa Guides:

Our climbing guides are experienced mountaineering license-holders who always put your safety first. We 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.

We encourage you to play it safe and climb with our experienced guides. 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 senility.

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 the support staff are well experienced, and you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us 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 for Island Peak:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides huge 4 season tents. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu. We provide a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong.)

Logistics Note: Annapurna Foothills Treks provides all the equipment you will need to climb Island Peak (and Lobuche Peak and Pokalde). We have a store in Chukung that supplies equipment from Camp and Black Diamond Company, which are high quality mountaineering suppliers. All you need to bring are your own plastic boots to be sure you have a comfortable pair in the proper size. It is possible to hire these boots when you are in Kathmandu.

The following climbing equipment is available in Chukung.
Crampons, Harness, Ice-Axe, 2 x Tape slings, 2 x Screwgate Karabiners, Prussic Loops, Helmet, Ascender /Abseil Device (Jumar) and Descender Figure 8

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks is deeply committed to preserving the ecosystems at home and around the world. On each expedition we teach and follow the Leave-No-Trace principles and practices. Moreover, we endeavor to increase the awareness of the local population in order to protect 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. AFT is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers

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. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. 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.

Everest Base Camp Island Peak Trip Accommodation:

Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.

Our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti , in Kathmandu, before heading into the remote regions and after returning trip. During the trek, eleven nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses/lodges.

Travel Insurance:

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses is strongly recommended. 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 rescue helicopter will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They 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.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 5 Days

Price : US $895 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2B

Maximum Height:6189 m

Minimum Height:1400 m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Climbing

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season::March- May and September- November

Permits:Sagarmatha National Park Fee and TIMS Card

Accommodation during Camping:3 Days Full Board at Base Camp and High Camp

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