Three High Passes and Island Peak Climb- 24 Days

There are several approaches to ascend Island Peak, but Annapurna Foothills Treks highly recommends doing Three High Passes before attempting Island Peak, 6189 m, as they provide the ultimate pre-acclimatization. After crossing three high passes in the Everest region; Renjo La Pass 5430 m, Cho La Pass, 5330 m, Kongma La Pass 5535 m, you will be physically and psychologically prepared to summit Island Peak.

Island Peak is a perfect choice for trekkers who are fit and ready to do something more than a challenging trek. Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, lies to the south of Mount Everest like an island rising from valleys on all sides. We start out adventure with a 35-minute mountain flight to Lukla where we meet up with our crew. We hike up the Dudh Kosi Valley on the well worn Everest trail while enjoying the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. We reach Namche Bazaar, commercial hub of the Khumbu. This is a great place to stop and acclimatize with great options for day hikes and view of the mountains. 

Instead of taking the busy trail toward Everest Base Camp, we head off into the Bhote Koshi Valley to Thame.This is a lovely cultural experience as the villages on this old trading route with Tibet are less commercialized and therefore more authentic.We branch off this trail and climb toward the Renjo La, 5430 m, and then down to the beautiful Gokyo Valley, with its lovely turquoise lakes beside the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier. We well want to climb Gokyo Ri, 5357 m, a mind boggling view of the region's 8000-metre peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho, before we cross the glacier and head toward Cho-La, 5300 m, We then join the Everest Base Camp trail at Lobuche Village.

After reaching Everest Base Camp we climb the famous Kalapathar, for another awesome panorama of Everest and surrounding peaks and return to Lobuche where we take the trail to the Kongma glacier. By this time we feel well acclimatized to head up to Kongma La, 5535 m our last pass before we make our attempt on Island Peak from Chhukung.

At Island Peak Base Camp our  climbing Sherpa will provide a training of climbing techniques to ensure that you are completely confident before you begin the climb. We spend one night at Island Peak Base Camp and one night at Island Peak High Camp before our summit push

Although Island Peak is technically straightforward, nothing at altitudes of 6000-and-some-meters is easy. We start our trek back to Namche with a great sense of accomplishment, and feeling strong for all the extra red blood cells we have in our system.  The next day we catch our flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

The best season for Three High Passes and 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 Three High Passes and Island Peak Climb can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will arrange every detail of your Three High Passes and Island Peak Expedition; lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.


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We normally create a small groups. If you are interested in joining these groups please let us know. Small groups are sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too. The solo expedition cost of Three High Passes and Island Peak  is $ 3500 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 04 - 06, the cost per person will be only $2850 USD which is all inclusive prices.


Trip Highlights


  • Crossing Renjo La Pass 5430 m, Cho La Pass, 5330 m, Kongma La Pass 5535 m 
  • Excellent acclimatization route for climbing Island Peak
  • Visit Goky Valley, Everest Base Camp, Kala Pattar en route to the climb
  • A Perfect Khumbu experience, Sherpa culture 
  • Well set up logistics and support during camping days
  • Trek with our qualified and experienced Sherpa climbing guides 
  • View Mt. Everest and other mountains from several vantage points:  Renjo La, Gokyo Ri, Cho La, Kalapathar and Island Peak



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 Thame, (3820m/12,532ft) 4 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Lungdeng, (4500m/ 14,763ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 8 : Rest Day at Lungdeng : Hiking around the village

Day 9 : Cross the Renjola Pass, (5415m/17,765ft to decent Gokyo Lake 4790m/15,715ft ) 10-12 hrs

Day 10 : Morning ascent to Gokyo Peak 5360m and descent to Gokyo and trek to Thagnag 4990m.

Day 11 : Cross Cho La Pass, (5420m/ 17,782ft) and descend to Dzongla (4710m/ 15,452ft) 9-10 hrs

Day 12 : Trek to Lobuche (4915 m/ 16,125ft) 3 hrs

Day 13 : Trek to Gorak Shep (5130/ 16,830ft) 3 hrs and hike to EBC (Everest Base Camp), (5363m/17,595ft)

Day 14 : Early Morning ascent (5545m/18,192ft) and descent to Locuche 4915m/16,125ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 15 : Crossing the Kongma La Pass Chhukung, (4710 m/15,452ft) 6 hrs

Day 16 : Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, (5200m/ 17060ft) 3-4 hrs

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

Day 18 : Ascend Island Peak (6189m/ 20,305ft ) and descent to Chhukung 10-12 hrs

Day 19 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)

Day 20 : Trek to Namche (3441 m/11,289ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 21 : Trek to Lukla (2810m/9219ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 22 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 23 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 24 : Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
18 March, 2020 10 April, 2020 US $2850 per person Guaranteed
31 March, 2020 23 April, 2020 US $2850 per person Guaranteed
07 April, 2020 30 April, 2020 US $2850 per person Available
15 April, 2020 08 May, 2020 US $2850 per person Guaranteed
24 April, 2020 17 May, 2020 US $2850 per person Guaranteed
30 April, 2020 23 May, 2020 US $2850 per person Available
05 May, 2020 28 May, 2020 US $2850 per person Guaranteed
14 May, 2020 06 June, 2020 US $2850 per person Available
05 September, 2020 28 September, 2020 US $2850 per person Available
18 September, 2020 11 October, 2020 US $2850 per person Available
26 September, 2020 19 October, 2020 US $2850 per person Guaranteed
07 October, 2020 30 October, 2020 US $2850 per person Available
15 October, 2020 07 November, 2020 US $2850 per person Available
24 October, 2020 16 November, 2020 US $2850 per person Guaranteed
31 October, 2020 23 November, 2020 US $2850 per person Available
06 November, 2020 29 November, 2020 US $2850 per person Available
14 November, 2020 07 December, 2020 US $2850 per person Guaranteed
23 November, 2020 16 December, 2020 US $2850 per person Available
05 December, 2020 28 December, 2020 US $2850 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 17 nights (18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 17 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during 2 night camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gears 
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while on Three High Passes and Island peak climbing
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for Two Trekkers basisin 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 Tshirt
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Three High Passes and Island peak Permit
  • Island Peak 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.
  • Three HIgh Passes and Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.


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.

Three High Passes and  Island Peak Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion  for Three High Passes and  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.


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 Three High Passes 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.)



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.


Three High Passes and 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 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.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 24 Days

Price : US $2850 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2C

Maximum Height:6189m

Minimum Height:1300m

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 Permits, Sagarmatha National Park Fee and TIMS Card

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

Accommodation during Trek:17 Nights (18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 17 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms)

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

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