• Duration:4 Nights 5 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:12
  • Activity:15
  • Pickup:Kathmandu Airport
  • Max altitude: 6189m

About Short Island Peak Climbing

Short Island Peak Climbing is an add on package for any of your Everest Region Treks. It starts and finishes at Chhukung village, where Annapurna Foothills Treks experienced Sherpa Climbing Guides will meet you, check your climbing geras, and brief about the climb. 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 or Kongma La Pass for good measure. 

Island Peak captivates the interest of experienced and aspiring climbers alike. Standing on the summit of Island Peak, 6189m, 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 ‘challenging’; and a good level of physical fitness is essential, with previous climbing experience a huge benefit on the mountain. 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, 5100m.There are slabs and boulders to clamber over to reach high camp, 5500m.

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. Then we walk on the flat section before the final push..There is a 300 meters ice headwall and a snowy summit ridge before we get to the summit of Island Peak, where  magnificent views await us. 

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


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This small group is sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too. The solo expedition cost is 1000 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 02 - 06, the cost per person will be only $850 USD which includes Base camp, High Camp full board service, Climbing Guide, porters, Personal Climbing Gears as mentioned in the list. 

The 5 Days Island Peak Climbing is totally customizable. Trekkers can start the climb from Chhukung village. It is highly suggested that the trekkers are well acclamatized before they come to Chhukung. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Three High Passes Trek , Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek are few treks that trekkers can do to acclamatize before the climb. 

Highlights of Short Island Peak Climbing

  • a perfect introductory 6000m peak to your mountaineering expereince
  • Island Peak is a challenging and interesting trekking peak in the Himalaya of Nepal
  • stunning view from Island Peak 6189m summit
  • all necessary equipment and climbing gears is included in our package
  • experienced and qualified Sherpa Climbing Guide during the climb
  • well managed and supported base camp and high camp with all the required logistics
  • Spending one night at Base Camp and one night High Camp before summit push 


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Day 01: Meeting at Chhukung or Dingbuche
  • 4,710 m/15,452 ft
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 3 hrs
  • 5,200 m/ 17,060 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 2 hrs
  • 5,450 m/17,880 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,710 m/15,452 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping

What's included

  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during 2 Nights/ 3 Days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner,  juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • Certified Climbing Sherpa Guides (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

What’s Excluded

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


From To Status Price  
start date12 Mar, 2020 end date16 Mar, 2020 Available $850
start date25 Mar, 2020 end date29 Mar, 2020 Available $850

Good to Know

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.

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.