Island Peak – standing at 6,189 meters (20,305 ft) is located in the picturesque Imja Valley of the Everest region. This expedition offers spectacular scenery of the Himalayas on its summit ridge, the view is surreal with the 360 degree panorama of the many Himalayan mountains: Nuptse, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar in the north, Makalu on the east, and Ama Dablam and Baruntse on the south.

Whether you are planning an expedition to test your physical and mental abilities or crossing another of the world’s highest peaks off your list, Island Peak is one mountaineering destination that’s worth considering. It is one of the most highly sought after peaks in the world and is an excellent introduction to high altitude mountaineering, recommended for climbers who want to reach higher Himalayan peaks.

Being an avid mountaineer myself, I had been dreaming of Island Peak few years before I finally started summiting the high altitudes – 6000ers. Like reaching any Himalayan peak, getting to the summit of Island Peak is not for the timid. It is an expedition that requires heaps of preparation physically and mentally.

In short Island Peak is a long walk over a glacier with a 150m ice / snow headwall climb (at 50-60 degrees) followed by a knife-edge summit ridge approach. But with the correct training and planning, Island Peak experience is epic, and definitely worth it. Reaching the summit could be hard when starting with high altitude peaks but also the most rewarding.

Island Peak


16 Days

Highest Altitude

6189 meters




5-6 hours


Lodges and Tent


March-May September-November


  • Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2700m and trek to Phakding 2600m: (Trek time: 4 hrs.)
  • Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): (Trek time: 5-6 hrs.)
  • Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283ft): Acclimatization Day
  • Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft), (Trek Time: 5-6 hrs.)
  • Tengboche to Dingboche (4,300m): (Trek Time: 5-6hrs.)
  • Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): (Trek Time: 5-6 hrs.)
  • Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft): (Trek time: 6-7 hours)
  • Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): (Trek time: 7-8 hours)
  • Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): (Trek time: 6-7 hours)
  • Chhukung to Island Peak base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): (Trek time: 3-4 hours)
  • Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
  • Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: (Trek time: 10-12 hours)
  • Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft): (Trek time: 5-6 hours)
  • Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft): (Trek time: 4-5 hours)
  • Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): (Trek time: 6-7 hours)
  • Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)


  1. Fly to one of the most adventurous airport in the world – Tenzing Hillary Lukla Airport (Also known amongst the most dangerous airports in the world)
  2. Island Peak (local name Imja Tse) is the perfect introduction to Himalayan mountain climbing
  3. Excellent views of the Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and many 7000meter plus peaks
  4. Great opportunity to explore Sherpa culture, Buddhism, tradition, rituals and insights into their way of life
  5. A chance to follow the footsteps of legendary Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa while hiking through beautiful forests, river banks and alpine environment