Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek is one of most popular trekking with climbing packages in Nepal. Two in one, this trip is a thrilling experience in the Himalayas of Nepal. Island peak with EBC trek is designed for those energetic and physically fit trekkers who are keen to explore the magnificent Everest base camp and marvelous summit of breathtaking Island peak (Imja Tse).

Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the best trekking peaks in the Everest Region of Nepal with an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. Being one of the popular trekking peaks with very little technical aspects, Island Peak is not a difficult undertaking for a beginner climber wishing to enter the incredible world of mountain climbing. Hundreds of climbers flock to Nepal every year to get a permit for Island Peak climbing. Our adventure also takes us into the heartland of the Khumbu Valley and Sherpa culture. Before scaling the peak, we also visit, probably the most charming trekking destination in the world – Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar – for the up-close views of Mount Everest and other mighty Himalayas.

After an 8 day trek up to Everest base camp and Kala Pattar viewpoint we will descend to Chukkung village where we will meet other members of the climbing crew and preparations for our climb will begin. We will receive final instructions and expedition preparations at Island Peak Base Camp from where the expedition to the summit will be made. The amazing mountain views and unbelievable sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summit will reward us with memories to be cherished for a lifetime. After summiting, we will descend to Island Peak base camp and the rest of the trek follows the same Everest base camp route back to Lukla and Kathmandu via Namche bazaar.

Highlight of EBC with Island Peak Climbing

  • Experience a Scenic Mountain Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Explore the foothills of the world’s tallest Mountain: Mount Everest
  • Enjoy the breathtaking range of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar
  • Explore the world’s highest and fascinating Everest Base Camp
  • Summit Island Peak and witness stunning views of the mighty Himalayas (Mount Everest is just in front of you)
  • Experience Sherpa village life and visit fascinating monasteries along the trek route
  • Trip to EBC and Island Peak Route makes your expedition memorable.


  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Dates & Cost
  • FAQ
  • Gallery
  • Trip Info
  • Check List

Detailed Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Fly to Lukla (2,860 m / 9,383 ft) and trek to Phakding (2,640 m / 8,661 ft) – 04 Hours
Day 2 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286 ft) – 05/6 Hours
Day 3 Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 4 Trek to Tengboche (3,855 m / 12,850 ft) – 4/5 Hours
Day 5 Trek to Pheriche (4,460 m / 14,290 ft) – 5/6 Hours
Day 6 Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m / 16,210 ft) – 5/6 Hours
Day 7 Trek to Gorakshep(5,164 m / 16,942 ft) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m / 17,598 ft) – 6/7 Hours
Day 8 Early morning Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550 m / 18,209 ft) and trek back to Dingboche (4,410 m / 14,469 ft) – 7/8 Hours
Day 9 Trek to Chhukung (4,730 m / 15,518 f) - 2/3 Hours
Day10 Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5,200 m / 17,060 ft) – 3/4 Hours
Day11 Preparation day at Island peak base camp
Day12 Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189 m / 20,305 ft) and back to Base Camp then descend to Chhukung (5,600 m / 18,372 ft) – 8 Hours
Day13 Trek to Namche Bazaar - 6/7 Hours
Day14 Trek to Lukla - 6/7 Hours
Day15 Fly Lukla / Kathmandu 35minutes. End Services.

Note: Above the information is for a guide and standard pattern of what basically, we provide. The trip can be customized at your request and interests to accommodate your requirements. Thank you so much for choosing us for your trip to Nepal, we will do our best to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable and remarkable trip of a lifetime.

Departure Dates & Cost


Cost Includes

  • Free International and domestic Airport pick-up and drop by car
  • Meals on the full-board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain
  • An experienced and Knowledgeable English-speaking Govt. registered trekking/climbing guides
  • All Food, Accommodation, Insurance, and transportation for porter and guide
  • Sagarmatha national park permit
  • Climbing permit
  • Garbage Deposit Fee
  • All Camping Equipment (kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chair, and kitchen utensils
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System
  • Trekking lodge (Tea House) throughout the trek
  • General Climbing equipment such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, etc
  • Assistant guide group size of more than 5 people in a group
  • Group gears and supplies (ropes, ice screws, snow bars)
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu both way flight tickets
  • Seasonal fresh fruits desert every day
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Compressive first aid box
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance in arranging in case of complex health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • All government, Local taxes/ vat and official Expenses

Cost Excludes

  • Accommodation and sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra drinks as alcoholic & non-alcoholic
  • Surplus luggage charges for domestic airport
  • Additional cost by out of management control due to the landscape, weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition etc
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, laundry, telephone, wifi, hot shower etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and staffs

Trip FAQ

Trip FAQ

Although it is possible to climb Island peak in as few as 10 days by leaving out the trek to base camp, we do not offer this as the risks of altitude sickness are too high. The ascent onto the main ridge is very physically demanding and you need to be well acclimatized in order to able to cope with this comfortably. Our standard itinerary therefore has 15 days trekking. This ensures you are well acclimatized before you start the climb and also allows you a spare day in case your summit attempt is affected by bad weather.

Yes. We only run small groups on this climb, with a high guide to climber ratio, and places sell out quickly. You will also need time to train for the climb.

Yes, all climbing peaks in Nepal require a permit. The cost of your permit is included in our trip cost.

Island Peak was named in 1951, when a party led by Eric Shipton decided this would be a good name as it stands as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar. Its correct local name is Imja Tse.

Island Peak summit was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss team as a training exercise in preparation for climbing Mount Everest. It is still regularly used as an acclimatisation climb by Everest summiteers.

Island Peak is classed as a trekking peak, but at over 6,100m you will need to check your insurance cover very carefully. It must cover you for climbing to this altitude and include cover for emergency helicopter evacuation.

Your morning starts with a delicious cooked breakfast in our teahouse/lodge. We then aim to start trekking by about 8 a.m. We usually trek for between 5 and 7 hours, taking time for photographs and breaks along the way, including a sumptuous lunch at a local teahouse, before arriving into our next village in the afternoon by 3 or 4pm. Summit day on Island Peak can be up to 14 hours.

Typically, 6-10kg on the trek phase. Each day, you’ll be carrying water, snacks, other essential items and any layers that you will need for the day. Porters will carry the bulk of your equipment and clothing, which will be awaiting your arrival at your lodge.

The best time to climb 6,000m peaks in Nepal is from March to May (pre-monsoon) or September to November (post monsoon). There are also two main trekking seasons for Everest Base Camp and all of our expeditions take place during these periods; pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post monsoon (late September, October, November and December). Everest climbing expeditions take place in April & May, when the weather is warmer and the trail to base camp becomes incredibly busy. The temperature at the top of Island Peak is highly variable – from just below freezing to -25C. The winds can be fierce so wind chill can be a major factor. Mountain weather is very changeable and hard to predict, but we provide a general overview of what to expect in terms of temperatures and trekking & climbing conditions. You should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. On the trek phase, temperatures vary from 20+ degrees in the valley at Phakding to -15C at night at Gorak Shep village. On the trek, expect cold, frosty mornings at times. A sensible layering system will help you stay comfortable and a good sleeping bag and warm down jacket for the higher lodges will increase your comfort levels.

Tipping is mandatory as your guides, porters and camp staff work very hard on the mountain. Suggested tipping amounts are $100. You can also donate any unwanted items of kit or clothing, as long as they are in serviceable condition.

Communication is sometimes difficult in the mountains. However, our guides and local staff will make every effort to obtain the necessary transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if for any reason you need to depart early.

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Trip Info

Meals During the Trip

During EBC and Island Peak climbing trip, you can enjoy Nepali, Tibetan, Indian as well as the more common continental cuisines. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served during the trek and climb. While trekking, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. During climbing session, hygienic freshly cooked food will be provided. There will also be farewell dinner in Kathmandu host by Alpine Eco Family.

Accommodation During the Trip

We will be accommodated in standard teahouses during trekking and tents when climbing period. Most teahouse accommodation will only have shared toilet facilities. For tent accommodation, foam mattress will be made available. In climbing section, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. All accommodation is on twin-shared basis. However, single room will be provided on request and by paying a single supplement. Also, understand that there are several places that do not allow single room accommodation. On paying single supplement, you will get a single room in Namche Bazaar. Above Namche Bazaar single accommodation is not always feasible.

Fitness and Health Condition

It is worth pointing out that EBC trek with island peak climbing trip is a remote mountain adventure. That has many positive points but one of the downsides is that if you become ill or injured then evacuation is very difficult so that we highly recommend you to be fit and healthy before we start the expedition. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy this trip. It is essential that you do some training in advance to prepare yourself. The sooner you can start a training schedule the better, but it’s never too late.

To enjoy the trek and expedition you need to be happy walking all day with a rucksack on your back for 8 days in a row. An average day will involve 6 to 7 hours of trekking with the summit day being an eleven hour day. An ideal training schedule would be to spend as many weekends as possible walking in the mountains prior to the trip.
Additionally you should aim for three sessions a week of aerobic exercise to get the heart pumping, swimming particularly good as it is a low impact all round work out but cycling and brisk walking are equally suitable. Whatever exercises you choose start off very easily and slowly increase the duration of the exercise. Make sure you warm up before hand to avoid muscle pain and warm down slowly at the end.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers looking to travel in Nepal with the Mountain trekking and climbing trips. The Travel Insurance must cover both the evacuation and medical cost
and there are many insurance companies that offer travel insurance services in internet. You can choose from a wide variety of insurance companies as per your convenience. Especially when it comes to trekking and mountaineering in Nepal, there is always a narrow chance of minor health issues, injuries and most importantly – altitude sickness.

It is quite important that you prefer an insurance rule that covers the cost of the helicopter rescue from the mountains in case of main accidents and delicate mountain sickness (AMS). through such great cases of an emergency evacuation, a helicopter service is the only way out of the mountains. This includes a rescue team for both – ground evacuation and rescue. Which is why we need your travel insurances to cover the cost of helicopter services and evacuation from the Himalayas
It is forever recovered to be safe than apologetic.

Before you plan your trip with Alpine Eco Trek & Travel do make sure that your travel insurance covers all the costs mentioned above from a reliable company.

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Check List

The following is a list of clothing and gears that we recommend for Island Peak climbing and Everest Base Camp trek. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

For Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

For Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

For Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

For Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)


  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional items

  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife

Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness.
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device Ascender

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