Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek - 13 Days

Trip Facts

  • Plane-Car
  • 1 t 8
  • 6189 meter / 20300 feet
  • Guest house-Camping Tent
  • Very Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Basecamp trek with Peak Climbing
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 15
  • 75
Island peak climbing EBC trek is a famous since the beginning of trekking in Nepal. Island peak also known as Imja Tse peak climbing situated at 6189 meter/20176 feet above the sea level. This Peak is one of the famous destination to trek to EBC and climb a peak as “Island peak climbing Everest EBC trek“, admired by many trekkers. From ‘Dingboche’ in opposite direction of Everest Base Camp trail, we can see a mountain like pyramid, this pyramid structured mountain called Island Peak. Normally South East Flank & South-West Ridge is the major route for ascending to this peak, the Island peak climbing route changes seasonally, however.

Usually the island peak base camp is at “Pareshaya Gyab” (5,087m) near Chhukung village. Between Imja Tse and Imja Glacier, very few people stay at the island peak base camp, while climbing island peak. Imja Glacier is the Glacier of island peak; lake is also called Imja Lake. The valley is famous as Imja Valley.

Due to its climatic and environmental nearness to Mount Everest, most of the climbers of the Everest do this peak before they go for Roof of the World, to pay respect to mother goddess EVEREST. We have experienced team of climbing guide who are also trekking guides and kind kitchen staff for this climbing adventure.

View from Island Peak Summit

Nice part of Island peak summit is that, you will see mountains like Mt Lotse, Mt Baruntse, Mt Amadablam, Mt Makalu, Mt Shirtse and many others – really near to, on the close sight. Climber will sight few eight thousanders peaks of Nepal like; Mt, Makalu in the far whereas Mt Lotshe will be very close.

Beautiful and scenic Himalaya range of Khumbu with lots of uncountable mountain peaks; like mt Barunste, mt Ama Dablam, Thanserku, Kangtega, Pokalde and lot other are beautiful from the summit of Island Peak. In fact, extended part of South end of Lothse towards Mt Sirshtse makes Island peak. With stunning view of neighboring mountains, and sufferings on the ascend towards the top gives thrilling adventure on this famous peak climbing with Everest base camp trek, in the Khumbu region.

Best time for Island Peak Climbing EBC Trek

Island peak lies in route to Everest base camp, so information about Everest base camp trek are similar for this peak climbing activity in Nepal. Spring is the climbing season for Everest  and accordingly the best season for Island peak climbing is in the month of March to May. Island peak is climbed all around the year, however.

Best time for Island peak climbing is spring and autumn season. Spring in Nepal is from March to May and autumn season in Nepal is from September to early November. Among spring and autumn, comparatively, peak climbing in Nepal is widely accepted in spring.

The reason behind, spring months chosen as the best month for climbing in Nepal is because; Spring season comes right after winter and the amount of snow on the mountain will help climber to ascent to the summit. Island peak climbing is also summit-ed in winter & monsoon. Winter is freezing cold but still clear and also there is high chance of snowing in the winter. Winter in Nepal is in the month of November to February. Monsoon is okay with temperature but, because of the cloudy sky and frequent change in the weather, monsoon season is not highly recommended.

EBC Trek  with Peak Climb “Island Peak vs. Lobuche peak”

Island peak is en route to famous Everest base camp trekking and accordingly Lobuche east peak or Lobuche west peak also lies in the Everest base camp route. At this context, both of these peaks climbing in Everest can be climbed, in a single trip to Nepal. This comparison is to help you to choose one of the best fit for you and avoid time consuming email conversation, to kill your time.

1. Physical Requirements/ Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek Difficulty

The level of difficulty and tips for successful Everest base camp trek is explained here. In regard to the island peak climbing difficulty; Island peak climbing do not require your previous climbing experience. General knowledge of climbing suffices the requirement for island peak climbing. It is a long walk on ice, with long boots and climbing gears, in high altitude. Island peak do not have technical climbing, in general. But because of frequently opening crevasses, some route of island peak climbing might demand crossing on horizontal ladder, in case of wide opened ice crevasse.

In contrast, Lobuche peak (east) has vertical climb and the west peak of Lobuche has sharp ridge climbing. With that being said, Lobuche peak is technically harder than island peak climbing. Lobuche peak climbing has rock climbing until its high camp. But the location of Lobuche is 100 times better than Island peak climbing, for Mount Everest view & neighbors.

If you are looking for less technical mountain in Everest Region then Mera and island peak climbing are something you need to Google, before you book any peaks in Nepal. Mera peak is a highest trekking peak in Nepal. However, Mera and island peak climbing are considerably easy peaks in Everest trekking region situated in completely opposite direction, bench marking Lukla airport.

2. Island peak top view Vs. Lobuche peak summit view

From the top of island peak you do not see Everest, but still the view of Mt Lothse is very close and Mt Makalu is clear on sight. Both Lotse and Makalu are 8 thousander peaks of Nepal Himalaya. As you climb right next to Mt Lothse, Island peak has great view of the Imja river valley, Mt Amadablam and series of Khumbu Himalaya range.

Whereas louche peak is located right in-front of Everest and by the side of Pheriche river valley; so from the top of Lobuche peak, you can see Mount Everest on your equal level, Khumbu glacier in full length and the outstanding river valley – as an aerial view. From the top of Lobuche you can see 4 major mountains (above 8K) as Mt Everest herself, Mt Makalu, Mt Choyu, Mt Lothe and the entire range of Khumbu Himalaya.

Solo or Private trip

Solo trekking tour to Island peak and EBC makes you feel comfortable with your own pace of hike & customization, as per your level of strength. Everest base camp trek is before climbing Island peak, in general. So, as a solo trekker, you will have very flexibility to customize the trekking and climbing timeline, as per your body reacts with altitude and cold.

However, in the solo trip, the price for island peak climb with Ebc trek will be higher than group join tour. You will pay for your guide, accommodation and porter without sharing the cost. But as a solo climber there are lot you get; a climbing guide will be all yours – it will be like Everest expedition. In Everest Expedition, every climber has a assigned Sherpa – even though, Island peak climbing is not considered as expedition. In Nepal, climbing above 7000 meter is an expedition, so you cannot call island peak climbing as an expedition activity.

Altitude of Climb & EBC Trek

Summit height of Island peak is 6189 meters or 20176 in feet. From the summit of Island peak the view is a bird eye view of Imja valley to remind you again, island peak is also called imja tse.

In this Island peak climbing package, ebc trek is also included in the itinerary. The altitude profile of Island peak trekking is the best suit to properly acclimatize you, before the summit assault. Lukla at 2800 meters is the starting height of island peak climbing route, which goes all the way to 5545 meters at Kalapatthar sunset hike and again descend to 4300 meters to Dingboche, before attempting Island peak. Saying that, when a climber attains nearly the height of Island peak high camp, even before starting the climb; surely helps her/him physiologically and physiologically.

Is Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek Possible in December?

Yes, it is possible. In the winter Everest region get snowfall very frequently and if there is heavy snow, you might not be able to summit. In case of snow storm you might need to terminate the climbing part of island peak climb with ebc trek. Thick snow on route to Island peak climbing is not only dangerous but also, it is really hard to walk in deep snow.

Winter is not nice season for island peak climbing. December is a peak month of winter in Nepal & is freezing cold. But for your kind information, people do winter expedition of Everest (as a challenge), so what is wrong with Island peak climbing with Ebc trek in December?

Cost for Island Peak Climbing EBC Trek

Major part of island peak climb and ebc trek cost are; Island peak permit fee (for your information, island peak permit cost fluctuates according to the season), climbing guide, hiring a trekking guide & porter, renting climbing equipment, food and accommodation. Number of days you want to acclimatize, before you trek to the base camp of island peak, in a tailor made island peak climbing itinerary – determines the price for island peak climbing package.

In general, island peak climbing cost always includes trekking guide for Everest base camp trek and climbing guide for Island peak climb. Kitchen staffs, food, accommodation, camping, climbing equipment for the group; are included, in the general price. Local climbing companies in Nepal have better rates than international expedition agencies. In our case we will be able to arranging a Local guide from Everest region. But it is always suggested to take local experts.

Itinerary

In the itinerary for Island peak with Everest base camp trek, trekker attains height of Kalapatthar before climbing Island peak. This itinerary of EBC fist and climbing later accommodate climbers to acclimatize properly and digest the environment of Everest region. Itinerary of Nepalgram for Island peak climbing and EBC trek is for all level of adventurer.

So, follow your guides tip – do not rush when you can and also do not give up quick. Major tips for island peak climbing in our itinerary are; steady pace of trekking towards the base camp, your utmost care from cold and hygiene, good diet, less stress, right decision, and very limited push.

In spite of big okay, on island peak climbing with EBC trekking customization – we suggest you this as the best itinerary for Island peak climbing. This itinerary, not only helps trekkers to get to Everest base camp in a single trip of peak climbing and Ebc trek in Nepal but also acclimatize to its best.

Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek in April

Island peak climbing in spring is the best and April is a peak month of spring season in Nepal. Right after the winter, the amount of snow Island peak climbing route helps climbers to ascend easily. Stable snow is always helpful for descending from the summit of Island peak, which is a long day climbing down to base camp and trek back to Chhukung.

During April, temperature is mild, sky is clear, trekking trail is dry, and the sunshine is perfect. Less wind during the island peak climb is always helpful alike less cold. In-spite of crowded trekking trail on this famous ebc route, spring and autumn season are the best. Autumn season in Nepal is from September to November and the peak of autumn season is October. In autumn the crowd in the trekking trail is even higher, which might be annoying, that is why we suggest EBC trek in April – the best of spring.

April being the best doesn’t mean, you cannot climb Island peak in autumn or other season. You absolutely can assault the summit of island peak in other season but if your holiday fits – make it April – the best month for Island peak climbing as well as Everest base camp trek.

Highlights for Peak Climb with EBC Trek

Island peak summit with bird eye view of Imja valley is the top highlight of Island peak climbing. However, you will get to the base camp of tallest mountain in the world – Mount Everest, visit star hotel at Khumjung village, attend ceremony at Tengboche monastery, and visit Pangboche and more.

Apart from the view from the top of Island peak with 8K peaks like Makalu & Lotshe, you will climb up to Kalapatthar at 5545 meter above the sea level. The outstanding view of Everest base camp, Khumbu ice fall, Khumbu glacier and the infinite mountain chain of Himalaya with sunrise or sunset, from the Kalapatthar summit is amazing. Pointing out Hillary step & south col of Everest – from Kalapatthar, before your small expedition to Island peak is not just beautiful but also enthusiastic.

As all of our Nepal tour packages are ready for customization, we can surely tailor made this specific climbing trip in Nepal, as per your interest & request. Please feel free to ask any question you may have.

Overview

Island peak is a famous peak in the route of Everest base camp as it is located by the side Dingboche village. Trekkers doing EBC trek acclimatize one extra night at this village. From the summit of Island peak we will not see Mount Everest. That is why Everest base camp trek with this peak makes a perfect combination.

Is your trip to Nepal debating in between Peak climbing and Everest base camp trek? Actually you can do both at once with 2 extra days on top of EBC trek. It has been loved by many and certainly you will.

Attractions of Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek

  • Bird eye view from the top of island peak
  • View of Mount Everest, Khumbu glacier, Khumbu ice fall, Hillary step, infinite mountain range, south col of everest and Dodging Mount Pumori - from the top of Kalapatthar
  • Everest base camp on foot
  • Cultural Museum and local in route of the trek
  • Mount Everest - Top of the world standing at 29021 ft / 8848 meters
  • Mount Makalu - 5th highest mountain of the world - 27,838 ft / 8,485 meters
  • Mount Lothse - Fourth highest mountain of the world - 27,940 ft / 8,516 meters
  • Khumjung village, local monastery and Yeti Scalp
  • Tengboche Monastery and attending the ceremony
  • Scenic flight of, Lukla - Kathmandu

Detailed itinerary for Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek

Day 1
Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding for 3 hours.

We start the day early to catch the flight to Lukla. Small plane to Lukla take off, before 10 am from domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport. After flying 25 minutes across the Himalaya, we will land at Lukla; the gateway of Island peak climbing with EBC. Once we land at the Lukla airport, we will take breakfast at local restaurant and start our trekking for 2 hours till Phakding.

Day 2
Phakding – Namche bazaar, tonight at guesthouse in Namchhe; approx. 9 hours

Phakding is a small village on the side of Dudh koshi river, here we will have breakfast and start our trekking to Namche Bazar. Namche is a fanciest busy town in the Everest Himalaya. In front of Kongde Himal:- Namche is mesmerizing village. This is the place to buy souvenir or anything you need for the trek. This village has numerous pubs, ATM, Banks and many stores.

Day 3
Trek from Namche bazaar to Tengboche village; approx. 6 hours

Today’s trekking is towards the approaching sight of Everest and Amadablam Himal. More we walk towards the mountain colder it gets, Tengboche is colder than Namche. Tengboche has a monastery, where we will be able to attend the regular ceremony; if we got in time. Most of the people spend two nights at Namche for acclimatizing but for this package we do not waste one day for acclimatization, instead we walk up to Khumjung village and walk towards Tengboche, as Walking higher up to Khumjung or Everest View hotel will ease for our acclimatization.

Day 4
Tengboche – Dingboche (4360m); approx. 5 hours

After breakfast at Tengboche, we start hiking through rhododendron forest. After crossing Imja river we will get to the last real village of Khumbu region called Pangboche village. If you hike from upper Pangboche, chance of visiting another monastery is high and also the view of the mountains will look nicer from this trail, we use the upper route. After crossing Pangboche village, we get to the lunch place Somare, which is above 3 thousand meters and no tree line starts from here. Dingboche is a small village, used to be a summer grazing field for Yaks, by then. But now, village has many tea houses and restaurants. Bakeries of Dingboche will serve you fresh items and snooker houses are something to experience in this busy village.

Day 5
Acclimatization, Rest, Exploring day at Dingboche (4360m)

For acclimatization hike we will climb up to Nangkarsang peak all the way up to 5081 meters. View of the mountains from approx. 4800 meters will look amazing. Glacial lake seen near Cho la pass, Cholatse peak, Taboche peak and Lobuche peak leaning towards Mt Pumori looks stunning.
Acclimatization means hiking higher and sleeping lower, this is what we will do today. Some people also go to Chukung village for the acclimatization hike but this is not recommended as you will spend more energy in the hike to Chukung, and we are going there anyway.

Day 6
Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche village; approx 6 hours

Walking about 2 hours we will get to Thukla, take rest at this point before ascending to Thukla pass. Attraction of today is Thukla pass with 100s of Memorials of people died in Everest expedition. You can see memorials of Scott Fisher, Rob hall and Babu chhiri Sherpa remarkably. After the memorial place Lobuche is 2 hours and the scenery from the top of Thukla pass is mesmerizing with valley towards Pheriche and numerous mountains towards EBC. Do not miss sunset at Mt. Nuptse from your tea house at Lobuche, it is unreal.

Day 7
Trek from Lobuche to Everest base camp and trek back to the Gorak shep for night stay.

Todays is the main and long day for the trekking, it takes 3 hours to get to Gorakshep where we will have lunch. After lunch it takes another 3 hours to get to Everest Base camp. Attraction for today is; EBC & we can see Everest after 3 days of her disappearance (Everest will be seen from the half way to Gorakshep).

Day 8
Hike uphill Kalapatthar for magnificent view of EVEREST and overnight at Dingboche

Kalapatthar translates to black stone in English. It is the top of black stone at 5545 meter altitude with magnificent view of the mountains and valley. Kalapatthar is the point from where we will see all; Everest base camp, Khumbu glacier and Everest at once. It takes 2 hours to get to the top of Kalapatthar and 1 hour to get down, to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast we will walk 5 hours to Dingboche for another adventure for island peak climbing.

Day 9
Dingboche – Island peak base camp

Gradual walk towards Chhukung village along the river side is chill walk. River on your right is originated from island peak. At the base of Island peak there is a glacial lake which looks great on the way up from base to the top. It will take approx. 7 hours to get to the base camp.

Day 10
Climb up from Base camp to summit and back to Chhukung village

Very few people stay at the high camp as it is hard to put tent at the high camp; thus most of the climbers climb to the top of island from Base camp itself. It is approx. 7 hours to the top and 5 hours to Chhukung village. Once you get to the top, view of Mt. Makalu 8412 meters is magnificent. Once you get to the top of Island peak (imja Tse peak) you get really close to Mt Lotse, so Mt Lotse will block the view of Mount Everest. After hitting the top of island peak, we will climb down to Chukung village, for the night stay. Mix the night with joy of conquering yourself with mountain.

Day 11
Trek back to Namche bazaar

It will take approx. 7 hours to get to Namche. We will pass by Tengboche, Phunki Tanga, and Kyangjuma and take lower trail for Kyangjuma to Namche. This trail is wide enough to cycle; it is constructed by effort of Kanchha Sherpa. He started from 1980 and is still doing it; with donation from the trekkers.

Day 12
Trek back from Namche bazaar to Lukla

Same trail all the way to Lukla reminds you of the 1st days of trekking. High suspension bridge, Monjo chek point, pine trees and few ups and downs will be fare-welling us. Today is the last day of trekking to Island peak and Everest Base camp, celebrate your achievement with your team. It will take approx. 9 hours to get back to Lukla from Namche.

Day 13
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.

Taking off from Tenjing Hillary airport is not scary as landing. So be ready for few turbulence shake, and the mesmerizing view of the mountains. Once you get to Kathmandu we will drop you to hotel and it is time to farewell with promise to see you again.

Cost Details of Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek - General Inclusions

  • Flight from Kathmandu Lukla - both way, with airport shuttle
  • English Speaking Trekking & Climbing Guide and porter with their food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
  • Your food -Breakfast with tea or coffee, Lunch and Dinner and accommodation during trekking and while climbing, fresh fruit will be served after dinner.
  • Climbing Guide and Kitchen staff team while you are climbing
  • All Necessary paper works and (climbing & trekking) permit and National park entrance fees.
  • Group Climbing gears, tent & everything for camping for peak climbing
  • All kitchen equipment, staff, climbing guide
  • Insurance of climbing and trekking staff
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek
  • (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away
  • (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide
  • (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
  • Card fee for the online payable amount (during online payment)

Cost Details of Island Peak Climb with EBC Trek - General Exclusions

  • Your personal warm clothes for Trekking/ climbing
  • Medical insurance
  • Helicopter evacuation if needed under any emergency Case; covered by your travel insurance.
  • Alcoholic and Non - Alcoholic drinks, except tea or coffee with breakfast
  • Tips for trip staff, Tip in Nepal - is expected

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Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek

Trip Facts

  • Plane-Car
  • 1 t 8
  • 6189 meter / 20300 feet
  • Guest house-Camping Tent
  • Very Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Basecamp trek with Peak Climbing
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 15
  • 75

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