Climbing Island Peak is the second most sought-after climbing peak in the Everest region after the mighty Everest. Situated above the Chhukung Glacier between Lhotse and Amadablam mountains, this peak descends like a wing of rock from the southern side of Lhotse char, giving it the appearance of an island floating in a sea of snow.
The peak was first attempted in 1953 as a training center for climbing Everest. To this day, this peak is chosen for practice before climbing the mountain. Climbing Island Peak does not involve technical skills but requires physical strength. The summit of the island is classified as Alpine PD+. Our expert climbing guides will provide a full day of training at Island Peak Base Camp before the actual climb. So, this peak is for amateurs and experts. Be prepared for a 250m rope climb to the summit, a 45 degree vertical climb to the headwall and an open ridge walk towards the summit. The island summit route spans the glaciers of Imja and Lhotse to Everest National Park and Sherpa villages. Learn about the time-forgotten culture, traditions and religion of the Sherpa tribe. Spring and autumn are the two best seasons for Island Peak Climb. However our Island Peak Climbing Itinerary follows a carefully planned approach with acclimatization treks to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar and Khongma La Pass. Instead of attempting Island Peak directly, we will visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,559ft), climb Kalapathar (5,545m/18,193ft) and finally reach Island Peak Base Camp. We’ve also allowed enough time for acclimatization and scheduled a contingency day into our itinerary to maximize the chance of a peak.
Your safety is our prime concern and not only do we include enough free days in the itinerary for customization but all our climbing guides are well trained in emergency treatment. Our package combines Everest Base Camp and Khongma La Pass with Island Peak Climbing to make it a very cost-effective adventure for you.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
Day 2: In Kathmandu preparation for the trekking/ climbing
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft], 3-4 hours
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar [3,440m/11,319ft], 6-7 hours
Day 5: Rest and Acclimatization at Namche Bazar [3,440m/11,319ft]
Day 6: Trek to Debuche [3720 m/12,205ft], 5-6 hours
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche [4,412m/14,475ft], 5-6 hours
Day 8: Rest and Acclimatization day [4,412m/14,475ft]
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche [4,910 m/16,109 ft], 5-6 hours
Day 10: Trek to EBC [5,364m/17,559ft] via Gorkshep [5,140m/16,864ft], 7-8 hours
Day 11: Trek to Kalapathar [5,545m/18,193ft] and back to Dingboche [4,412m/14,475ft], 7-8 hours
Day 12: Trek to Chhukung [4,730m/15,518ft], 3 hours
Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft), 3-4 hours
Day 14: Pre-climb training and rest day [5,200m/17,060ft], 2-3 hours
Day 15: Summit Island Peak [6,189m/20,305ft] and back to base camp, 8-9 hours
Day 16: Contingency day
Day 17: Trek to Pangboche [3,985m/13,075ft], 6-7 hours
Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazar [3,440m/11,319ft], 6-7 hours
Day 19: Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft], 6-7 hours
Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
Day 22: International Departure
Important Note: Your safety is an imperative concern when traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please note that your leader/guide reserves the right to modify or cancel any part of the itinerary if deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep the above itinerary; However, since this adventure travels through remote mountainous areas, we cannot guarantee that it will not be disturbed. Weather and health conditions of group members, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Climb guide will try to ensure that the trip goes as planned, but be prepared to be flexible if necessary.