• Duration:4 Nights 5 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 10
  • Activity:Trekking & Climbing
  • Pickup:Dingboche / Chhukung
  • Max altitude: 6189m

About Short Island Peak Climbing

Short Island Peak Climbing is an interesting and challenging add on climb for any of your Everest region trekking. It starts and finishes at Chhukung village, where Annapurna Foothills experienced Sherpa Climbing Guides will meet you, check your climbing gears and brief about the climb. Before you attempt the climb, however, you must be properly acclimatized. If you have trekked to Everest Base Camp, 5357m, and Kala Patthar, 5545m from Jiri, Phaplu or even Lukla, you will be acclimatized. You might even want to include a nearby pass such as Renjo La, 5338m, or Cho La 5420m 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 Himalaya, 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, 6734m, and the perfect pyramid of Mt. Makalu, 8475m.

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, then we get to Crampon point, where we put on our climbing gears. Couple of places we need to walk on the Ladders to cross the Crevasses 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 one night at Island Peak Base Camp and one night at High Camp for better acclimatization and higher chances of making the summit. 

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 acclimatized before they come to Chhukung. Everest Base Camp Trekking, Khumbu Three High Passes Trekking, Gokyo Valley etc. are few treks that trekkers can do to acclimatize before the climb. 

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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 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
  • Spend one night at Base Camp and one night at High Camp before summit push 


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Day 01: Meeting at Chhukung

Today, you will reach Chukung. You will enjoy the spectacular view of Island Peak on the trail. Our climbing guide will check all the climbing equipment when you reach Dingbuche or Chukung to make sure that you have everything you need for your safety and comfort.

  • 4,710 m/15,452 ft

Today we trek to Chhukung which takes 2 and half hour approx. and From Chhukung, the path climbs steeply toward the South and turns East following the valley along the moraine from the Lhotse glacier. We continue a short yet pleasant walk along the river side which leads to Big-Rock. From this point, a 40 minute climb will take us to Island Peak Base Camp. We set up tents at base camp for eating and staying overnight.

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 3 hrs
  • 5,200 m/ 17,060 ft

Today, it is a very important day to acclimatize. After Breakfast, our Sherpa guides give a short training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gear such as ice axes, climbing boots and crampons, harnesses, ascenders and on how to go up and down using ropes, After Lunch, we head up the steep hillside towards the Island Peak High Camp, 5600m. At the beginning, the path is sandy but soon it turns rocky, before becoming boulder strewn. The slope arrows as you climb up the hill, entering a steep rock channel. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 2 hrs
  • 5,450 m/17,880 ft

We have to start early in the morning to climb through the rock channel. Although it is not difficult, there are many short rock steps to be crossed before you come across the other side of the channel. Then the trail leads to the ridgeline where you traverse the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses which leads with little difficulty to a 100m snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge will take you to the top. After enjoying the summit 6189m/ 20,305ft view, you will descend all the way to Chhukung.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,710 m/15,452 ft

Since we cannot guarantee favorable weather for the scheduled summit day, we have allowed an extra day in the schedule. If we are unable to summit the Island Peak on due to bad weather or some other reason, such as someone in the group having acclimatization problems, it is useful to have an extra day. If the trip goes smoothly, and we do not need this spare day, we will continue our return journey to Lukla.

Note I: Our previous experience shows that two nights and three days program is sufficient to climb Island Peak. In case you would like to stay more than two nights and three days in Island Peak Base Camp, you have to pay additional USD 100 Per Person / per day.

  • 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.


start date03 Mar, 2022end date07 Mar, 2022Available$700
start date13 Mar, 2022end date17 Mar, 2022Available$700
start date25 Mar, 2022end date29 Mar, 2022Available$700

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Short Island Peak Climbing. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

If the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 10 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 10 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Short Island Peak Climbing is possible. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the climb. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

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.)

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.

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