Island Peak- Imjatse Himal Climbing - 22 Days


Island Peak / Imjatse Himal rise high within beautiful and scenic Imjatse valley at 6,160 m and 20,328 ft high, actually a broken ridge flank of Lhotse and Nuptse mountains, straight south-east of Mt. Everest.Where some maps and adventure guide books have listed as 6,189 m and 20,305 ft, high, we have made the height at 6,160 m high as listed with NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) that controls most of trekking peaks of the country.

The local name Imjatse Himal rather than popular Island Peak which was first christened as Island as it appears like an Island in the midst of magnificent Imjatse valley way back in 1953 by British First Everest Expedition. Island Peak-Imjatse Himal Climbing grade as PD + “Per Difficule” we have rated from French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification Systems widely used around world-wide on alpine style climb.

PD + grading means walking and climbing on moraine, ice, rocks and snow a straightforward climb to the summit top with some tough technical effort to encounter, where all climbers requires adequate climbing gear for safe successful climb and descend. Island Peak / Imjatse Himal Climbing adventure starts from busy and interesting town Lukla at an altitude of 2,820 m high with unique short airstrip fit for smaller airplanes.

Landing at Lukla after flying from Kathmandu as walk begins heading past many nice Sherpa farm villages and into forested area to reach Sagarmatha National Park designated as World Heritage Sites. Walk continues heading much higher above Dudh Kosi River valley to reach at famous Namche Bazaar the gate town and large village of Khumbu area, where various adventure passes through Namche with rest days for acclimatization at the height of 3,440 m high.

An exciting place where the word Bazaar tagged as Namche holds busy and colorful market once a week in Saturday, an interesting bazaar to observe and witness local Sherpa people culture and custom. From Namche Bazaar with pleasant moment with short hike to view points, walk takes you on scenic trail with ups to beautiful spot at Thyangboche and the monastery, surrounded by green tree lines with fantastic panorama of snow capped peaks with Mt. Everest and magnificent looking Amadablam.

After Thyangboche walk leads beyond green vegetation and tree lines to reach closer to high arid mountain region at number one Mt. Everest base camp, with time here to enjoy marvelous scenery of high giant mountains with Khumbu Ice-Fall and glaciers. Adventure takes you on top Kalapathar Hill at 5,545 m the highest spot on trekking before the climb of Island Peak, facing breathtaking panorama of high peaks with Mt. Everest and Mt. Pumori at close distance.

With much exercise on walks to Everest base camp and climb of Kalapathar rocky hill then head towards our main target and highlight to reach at the base of Island Peak / Imjatse Himal as route takes you down towards Imjatse valley past Dingboche and Chukung settlements. Allowing days for practice and preparation using high / advance camp then enjoy great strenuous climb and adventure to the top of Island Peak / Imjatse Himal after negotiating few technical sections and climbing on main ropes to reach the summit of Island Peak.

At the summit feeling in high spirit where series of mountains surrounds you with Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Amadablam with views of Makalu in the east and as far towards Baruntse Himal. Enjoying an adventure of a lifetime with glorious experience descend safely to base camp then on the road to Namche and Lukla walking past nice settlement of Chukung, Dingboche and Pangboche village to reach at scenic Thyangboche and its impressive monastery.

Back into green vegetation and tree lines as route follows with much downhill to reach past Sagarmatha National Park and then completing our wonderful trek and climb in Lukla, with scenic short flight back to Kathmandu, where our overwhelming adventure on Island Peak / Imjatse Himal Climbing concludes.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu trek and climb preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and local excursion.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,240 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Pheriche for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m-06 hrs.
Day 11: Hike to Kalapathar 5, 545 m trek to Chukung 4,735 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 5,200 m /17,060 ft – 04 hrs.
Day 13: At Island Peak base for climbing practice and preparation.
Day 14: To Island Peak High / Advance Camp 5,400 m – 04 hrs.
Day 15: Ascent Island Peak 6,160 m and descend to base camp-08 hrs.
Day 16: Spare and contingency day in case of bad weather conditions.
Day 17: Return trek to Pangboche 3,900 m via Dingboche -06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs.
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 21: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 22: Final International departure from Nepal.

Best Time and Season for Island Peak / Imjatse Himal climb and treks: 

March to May months during spring season will be the best time for Island Peak Climb and trekking to reach Island Peak and Everest base camp, most days are clear with enough sunshine but cold in the morning and night time, depending upon altitude wise can snow sometimes around high Khumbu valley and on climb to Island Peak.

Spring time days are longer with longer sun-light hours, for lovely walks within forested area with wild-flowers in full bloom especially rhododendron of various species which is also the national flower of the country.

Next best months from September to early December around autumn / fall and pre-winter season, where days are crystal clear for walks and climb with bright starry nights, but shorter day-light hours due to autumn and beginning of winter times, can expect freezing temperatures especially in the morning and night time as well in shade, could snow on trek and climb around much higher ground.

People and Culture:

Island Peak / Imjatse Himal Climbing and treks located within high Khumbu area of Everest region populated by Sherpa the highlanders of Everest and Eastern Himalaya, men-folks are famous as pioneering mountaineering guides and trekking since mountaineering expedition began in Nepal Himalaya way back in 1950’s.

Walk takes you around beautiful looking farm villages where Sherpa are interwoven with strong Buddhism religion which you can notice on walks lined with religious symbols and monuments on trails near villages.

The word Sherpa comes from Tibetan origin means Sher for East and Pa for people, where Sherpa originated in Eastern Tibet and migrated some 200 years ago around Nepal high mountainous region.

Impressive tour of villages and old monasteries of great interest festooned with colorful culture and custom, main settlements within Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse. 

The economy and heritage of Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding, but at present due to flow of international mountaineering expeditions since 1950’s with arrival of foreign trekkers, the Sherpa economy today is increasingly dependent on tourism.

Short Notes and history of Island Peak Climb:

First ascent of Island Peak in 1956 by German national Hans-Rudolf Von Gunten in 1956, been climbed by many mountaineers since then at present one of most popular trekking peaks of Nepal, as well around whole Himalaya region.

The mountain named as Island Peak in 1953 by team members of British
Mt. Everest Expedition, due to its location as it appears like an Island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. 

The peak later renamed in 1983 to Imja-Tse the original local name, but Island Peak remains the popular choice and the most accessible and easier route from 

North Ridge with grade as PD +; with glacier/scramble of moraine and ice, every year many groups of foreigners make it for Island Peak Climb.

A perfect and ideal peak and suitable for beginners as well for expert climbers as practice course before joining major expeditions around Himalaya.


Plastic Boot a pair
Crampons a pair
Ice Axe one
Harness one
Carabineer or Karabiner two each
Snow Gaiters a pair
Snow / Sun Glass one each
Warm Gloves a pair
Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser. a set each
Down Jacket one each
Down sleeping bags one each with inner linear
Main Ropes 200m ( 50m per person) as per the peak chosen
Snow Bar 2 / 4 pieces depending upon group size.
Ski Pole (optional) one each

Above items can be bought or hired in Kathmandu and at Namche Bazaar.

Important Information for flying to Lukla and back to Kathmandu:

At present most flight to Lukla and back operates from the district of Ramechap at Manthali small town airport, domestic airport been changed by Nepal Government Civil Aviation Authority.

The changes started since April and October 2019 onward, flights to Lukla resumes from Manthali town airport which is the main headquarter of Ramechap district Province No: 03 of Nepal.

Where drive from Kathmandu to reach at Manthali airstrip takes approx: 5 hrs which is about 154 k.m. approx 500 miles distance from the capital Kathmandu where drive takes you on B.P. Highway (a newly built tarmac road).


  • Island Peak or Imjatse Himal one of most popular peaks for exciting climbing
  • Adventure around high Khumbu within scenic Imjatse valley enclosed by peaks
  • Stunning adventure to the top of Island Peak with incredible mountain panorama
  • Exciting views on walks from green forest to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers
  • Visit Sherpa villages and monasteries of great interesting cultures of Buddhism
  • Island Peak Climb with visit of towering world highest Mt. Everest base camp
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to Hotel.

On first arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal international airport via respective airlines, received by our guide or staff for short transfer to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, around exciting Thamel where most good restaurants, lodge, hotels and shops located.
After checking into your rooms getting refreshed then join with other groups for briefing on Island Peak / Imjatse Peak Climbing with Everest base camp trekking, our guide offers you important details of the trek and climb and useful information to make your adventure enjoyable with us.
Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.

Day 2
Full day in Kathmandu trek and climb preparation.

In Kathmandu preparation for the climb of Island Peak and trekking arranging necessary gear and equipment for the adventure, with rest or join in for short
optional tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.

Early morning transfer to domestic airport for short, scenic flight to Lukla on small aircraft (Twin Otter or Dornier) with 30 minutes flight enjoy super panorama of Himalayan range of peaks with Mt. Everest, as plane lands on Tenzing & Hillary airport in Lukla.
From here a slow start with few hours of walks on downhill past many Sherpa farm villages with well tended crops and vegetable fields and terraces with occasional views of snow capped peaks of Kwangde and Kusum Khanguru, and then reaching our first overnight stop of the trek at Phakding in the comfort of nice and cozy lodge located by the raging Dudh Kosi River.

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.

Today with long uphill walk to reach at famous Namche Bazaar, starting with gradual walk following Dudh Kosi River upstream crossing few bridges to reach Sagarmatha National Park entrance near Monjo village.
Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepalese while Sherpa calls Chomolungma (of Tibetan origin) in both languages means ‘Great Mother’, from here a pleasant walk on river bed then climb for few hours into forested trail with views of snow capped peaks, as this scenic walk reaches you at exciting Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and local excursion.

A rest day at Namche Bazaar for necessary acclimatization, before heading higher area an ideal spot for free day at this height above 3,440 m high.

In Namche spend the day with scenic hike to view points on top Namche facing Mt. Everest-Amadablam and other range of peaks, afternoon explore the streets and shops, Namche holds a colorful and busy Saturday Market once a week.

Places of interest on rest day at Namche Bazaar:

Short walks to National Park museum an interesting place on top of Namche Bazaar, where you can catch views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam with series of peaks.

Everest View Hotel, a climb of an hour to Syangboche and then easy uphill to the highest deluxe hotel of Khumbu at 3,880 m rewards grand views of Mt. Everest and range of peaks in serene environment.

Hike to Khumjung 3,730 m and Khunde village 3,880 m of 4-5 hrs both ways, with aerial views of whole Namche Bazaar with peaks of Kwangde and Tharmarserku with Everest and Amadablam.

Khumjung and Khunde villages, located on a glacial valley a contrast to Namche; here you can observe much traditional life with nice houses and witness Sherpa lively custom and culture.

Visit Khumjung old monastery the only place believed to be of Yeti scalps, visit Khunde and the hospital built by Hillary Foundation.

Day 6
Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m – 05 hrs.

From Namche walk leads on gradual scenic path with downhill to Imjatse River at Phunge-Tenga for lunch, afternoon uphill climb into rhododendron, pines, fir forest with grand views of snowcapped peaks.

After few hours of climb reaching at Thyangboche Monastery, enjoy marvelous views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamersarkhu, Kwangde with magnificent Amadablam, afternoon with time to visit its interesting monastery and observe monks and priest on prayer.

Day 7
Trek to Pheriche 4,240 m - 05hrs.

From Thyangboche catching super panorama of mountains then head downhill within lush and green woodland to reach a metal bridge over Imjatse River, from here uphill to Pangboche, the last permanent Sherpa farm village before Island Peak and Everest base camp, as our walk leads to Somare for lunch with super views of Amadablam at close distance, and then heading on gradual path with short climb to reach at Pheriche windy valley for overnight stop.

Day 8
Rest day at Pheriche for acclimatization and excursion.

At Pheriche located above 4,240 m within beautiful valley views of Amadablam including Lhotse and stunning Taboche and Cholatse peaks, Pheriche with many good fine lodges here you can visit HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) office with a small medical post.

A rest day for proper acclimatization here a short hike up to Nakarjung hills for better views of surrounding peaks with Mt. Makalu towards east adjoining.

The high scenic hill above Imjatse valley offers super views of Island Peak, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam.

Day 9
Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.

On leaving Pheriche walking on the valley end, and then with short climb to a ridge to reach at Thugla (Dugla), here trail from Pheriche valley and Dingboche joins towards Everest Base Camp.

From Thugla stunning views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Amadablam, after a lunch break and rest climb leads up to terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier coming a across many memorials of unfortunate climbers died on mountain of Khumbu, from here continue walk to Lobuche for overnight stop.

Day 10
Trek to Everest Base Camp 5364 m and at Gorakshep 5,180 m.

Morning adventure takes you at Everest Base Camp walking with short steep climb in between glacier and moraine, then reaching at Gorakshep, beneath lofty peak of Pumori and Kalapathar rocky hill.
Walk continues towards Everest base camp, at base camp enjoy views of massive Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after an exciting time with experience of a lifetime retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for overnight stop.

Day 11
Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Chukung 4,730 m - 05 hrs.

Early morning climb on top Kalapathar at above 5,545 m, highest point on trekking with magnificent views of mountains includes Mt. Everest at close distance, after a great time on top descend back to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk to Thugla, from here downhill to Imjatse valley with nice scenic walk towards the last human settlement at Chukung in the comfort of nice lodge.

Day 12
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m - 04 hrs.

After Chukung, from here onward in tents camping for few nights till climb is over, morning walk leads to our main highlight and goal to Island Peak base camp located in a scenic spot at Parshya Gab, here setting our camps with afternoon free to practice climbing with our expert guide.

Day 13
At Island Peak base for climbing practice and preparation.

Necessary rest day for proper acclimatization with some practice lesson from
our guide instructs you some technical technique for the climb on ice and rocky
sections to the top of Island Peak, rest of the day rest saving energy for the big

Day 14
Trek Island Peak High / Advance Camp 5,400 m - 04 hrs.

Adventure continues setting a high / advance camp at 5,400 m high, makes the climb much easier accessible; on leaving base camp head towards high camp climb above moraine towards an open gully, located between two well defined ridges to reach at high camp beneath a small hanging glacier above 5,400 m high.
Here with time in the afternoon for final preparations for the big climb next early morning.

Day 15
Climb Island Peak 6,160 m high and return to base camp - 08 hrs.

Climb starts early morning before dawn heading to the summit of Island peak at above 6,160 m / 20,328 ft high, where the grade of the climb is PD + as per French and Swiss Alpine Climbing System, as our guide leads you across snow-covered glacier, avoiding serac and crevasses climb northwards over snow covered scree in the margin between a glaciers facing a top ridge.
Climb continues crossing a gully with some stone with icefall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads you above 100 meters high (300 ft) to reach its main summit, as strenuous climb takes you on top our final and major highlight of the adventure.
Enjoy views facing panorama of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Amadablam 6,856 m, Mt. Makalu 8, 463 m, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks, after a great climb feeling in high spirit descend safely on the same route back to base camp.

Day 16
Spare and contingency day in case of bad weather conditions.

Reserved in case of bad unfavorable weather condition as contingency day if all goes well according to our plan and itinerary days enjoy leisure walk back to Lukla with time to marvel the beauty of high Khumbu valley.

Day 17
Return trek to Pangboche 3,900 m via Dingboche-06 hrs.

Early morning clearing base camp free from litters and garbage walk to Chukung and carry on to reach at Dingboche nice settlement for possible lunch stop.
Dingboche with many good lodges, from here another few hours of good walk reaches you at Pangboche village for overnight halt.

Day 18
Trek to Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs walks.

Walk leads to Pangboche village and then climb to reach at scenic Thyangboche Monastery, allowing you time around this beautiful spot to explore its interesting monastery and observe monks and priest on prayer in the harmony of tranquil surrounding of green woodland with views of high mountain range.

From Thyangboche walk downhill with short up to reach at Namche Bazaar with grand views of Everest and Amadablam includes other close peaks then reaching at Namche for overnight stop after a pleasant walk of short ups and downs.

Day 19
Trek to Lukla - 06 hrs.

Last day walk of the adventure, morning starts with long descend towards Sagarmatha National Park entrance at Monjo village and then crossing a long bridge to reach at Phakding.

From Phakding towards Lukla as walk leads ups and downhill with last climb of an hour to reach at Lukla for last overnight stop in Khumbu and Everest region.

Day 20
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

From Lukla, early morning flight to Kathmandu with wide views of mountain range as flight takes you to land at Kathmandu domestic airport, then transfer back to your hotel with free afternoon to relax after a great marvelous adventure on Island Peak / Imjatse Himal Climb and trekking.

Day 21
In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.

Today free day in Kathmandu reserved as extra day in case of flight delay and cancellation in Lukla, which can occur due to unfavorable bad weather conditions as Himalaya weather can be unpredictable sometime even in good month of the year.

If all goes well as per our guideline set itinerary, one can enjoy this day relaxing or with individual extra activities or book for another exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.

Day 22
Final International departure from Nepal.

Your last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.
Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing adventure and great experience on Island Peak / Imjatse Himal Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Cost Include

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Island peak climbing permit fee
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek and tented accommodation during the climbing
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • English speaking trekking guide and highly experienced (2-3 times Everest Submitter ) climbing guide for Island peak including their foods, accommodations, salary, insurance etc.
  • Require porters (two clients: 1 porter) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • Boiled water will be provided during the climb
  • All require permits including TIMS, Sagarmatha NP, Island Peak climbing etc.
  • General climbing equipment such as rope, ice screw, snow bar etc
  • All taxes and service charge

Cost Exclude

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Garbage deposit fee US$ 250.00 (Refundable)
  • Drink including - water, coke, fanta, alcoholic beverage, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Lukla, Phakding and Namche
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

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Trip Facts

  • Private vehicle
  • 2+
  • 6160m
  • Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Very Strenuous
  • Kathmandu
  • B, L, D
  • Hotels in Kathmandu with local lodge on treks with tented camps on climb.