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  • Island Peak in Khumbu region
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Island Peak Climbing

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Difficulty Level
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    This degree is categorizing as a Tough Trek that obtains the altitude of 4000m to 6500m including the more than 4 nights in above the 4500m. Good physical and health condition is required.

Trip Duration

17 days

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Trip Budget

USD 2050

Island Peak Climbing

Among of the Peaks, Island Peak (6190m) is a familiar and easy climbing peak of Everest Region, which is also known as Imja Tse in Tibetan language. It is lies in the Khumbu Himalayan Range.

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  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • Finish At: Kathmandu
  • Countries: Nepal
  • Destination: Island Peak Summit
  • Max. Altitude:6187 meters.
  • Physical rating:
  • Trip Code: ATAH-C-IP
  • Group size: Minimum One
  • Daily walking Hour: Approximately 4-7.
  • Activities : 11 day Trekking, one day Climbing, 4 nights in Kathmandu with one full day city tour.


Among of the Peaks, Island Peak (6189m) is a familiar and easy climbing peak of Everest Region, which is also known as Imja-Tse in Tibetan language. It is lies in the Khumbu Himalayan Range.

The entire trip starts when you take off from the Tribhuwan Airport Domestic terminal of Kathmandu to Lukla, by landing lukla you will have short tea break while repacking and introducing with trekking staffs and trek to Phakding. The following day your guide will take you to Namche, which is Getaway to Everest. You will have an acclimatization day in Namche when you will have a day hike up at Syangboche Airport and Khumjung Village. After three days from Namche you will reach Chhukung via Tengboche, Pangboche and Dingboche. From the trail you can see Mt. Everest (8848m), Thamserku (6608 m), Kangteka (6685 m), Amadablam (6856 m), Tawache (6367 m), Cholatse (6335 m), Baruntse (7129 m), Nuptse, and Lhotse(8516m) Mountains. Beside these Mountains, you will see endangered Himalayan Thar, Snow Leopard and Red Panda as well. At Chhukung you will meet your climbing guide who give you a training of: How to use climbing equipment and some technical part of climbing.

From top of the peak you will see the sophisticated views of lower and higher peaks. After the successful climbing the trail descend to Tengboche, which has the largest Buddhist Monastery of the Everest Region, and which is the birthplace of Tenzing Sherpa, the first Nepali to climb Mt. Everest. And the following day you will back to Namche and finally take off from the Tenzing-Hilary airport to Kathmandu airport.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m)

    Our Airports representative welcomes at Airport and transfers to the hotel in a private tourist vehicle.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 02
    Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing in Kathmandu (1345)

    The day beings with a meeting and introducing with the trek and tour guide. About 8 am we organize the meeting in your hotel lobby. The meeting finalizes the preparation of the trek, and your trek guide will suggest over your gears what you have. In meeting you need to bring, original passport, three copies of passport copy size photos, and travel insurance copy. And also we will bring your attention to clear the due amount if any legal and sign the legally binding the trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimers.

    Sightseeing will start after the meeting and your breakfast; the trip includes the guide and private tourist vehicle. Day tour covers the most important religious and popular royal palaces such as Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Pashupatinath Temple is the world most popular Hindu temple, and also the place of cremation lies on the bank of a holy river called Bagmati where Hindu holy people; Sadhu meditating, pilgrims bathing. The process of cremation is burning the dead body with firewood and ghee. Bouddhanath Stupa is one the biggest Buddhist shrine of the worlds, where you can see the monks are praying in monasteries surrounding the stupa. And the next spot for the day is Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is famous with the name of Fifty-Five Windows Durbar; its architect designs mesmerized the peoples. Main attractions of the durbar are The Lion Gate, Golden Gates, The statue of King Bhupatindra Malla and the pottery where the potter makes the different kinds of pots.
    After back to the hotel, you will have few hours for your last shopping for trek and exploration the Thamel city, one of the busiest touristic town of Kathmandu.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 03
    Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding

    Early morning get up and prepare for the trek. After having breakfast in the hotel, your trek guide will meet you and take you to the airport for fly to Lukla. The 35 minutes scenic flight takes you the Tenzing-Hilary airport. Upon your arrival, the guide will introduce the porters/staffs of your trekking and heads to Phakding(2610m), which takes three hours walking from Lukla.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 04
    Trek to Namche Bazaar

    The trails go along the Dudh Koshi river bank, where you need to cross the majestic river many times. There is a check post before you enter the Sagarmatha National Park, where the guide will check in you all for your entire trek. To cross the highest suspension bridge of the Everest Region you need to climb up about half an hour, the bridge laden with prayer flags. The steeply climbing up to Namche via national park jungle where you can see the National bird (Danhpe) and other endangered animals with Himalayan Thar and more. Finalizing the jungle you will enter in Namche, known as, ‘Getaway of Everest. Namche is a city with huge facilities and qualities cafe, hotels, lodges, Internet cafes and bakeries.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 05
    Namche Bazaar acclimatization day

    Today is a rest day to acclimatize to high altitude. The climax of the day is the hike up to the Syangboche airport, the highest airport in the world and Khumjung Village. You will go on a short trek from hotel to visit the museum celebrating the traditional customs of Sherpa people. From the top of the hill, you see the stunning sunrise and sunset over the Khumbu Peak.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 06
    Trek to Tengboche Monastery

    Today you will go to one of the oldest monastery in Khumbu, called Tengboche monastery, which is the largest monastery of Everest Region. About five hours walking you will get Tengboche, the trail is down and up. The monastery lies at the altitude of 3860m. Ornate wall hanging, a twenty-foot long sculpture of Buddha, musical instruments and robes of the Lamas are the main attraction of the monastery. From the monastery, you can see the beautiful snowcapped mountain including Thamserku, Amadabalam. Your guide will take you in the monastery for praying ceremony either in evening or morning.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 07
    Trek to Dingboche

    Today the trek will descend from Tengboche to Dibuche and cross the Imja Kholas suspension bridge and climb up to the Pangboche. The uphill treks continue for 5:30hrs to get Dingboche, which is a charming Sherpa village lies at the altitude of 4350m. Entering the Dingboche village, you will be the encounter with the views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Amadablam.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 08
    Trek to Chhukung

    From Dingboche to Chhukung is about two and half an hours walking in slightly uphill at the altitude of 4710m. Its quite important to adjust to high altitude in order to climb up Island Peak. When you reached Chhukung the trek guide will introduce with your climbing guide.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 09
    Trek to Island Peak base camp.

    Today you will trek to Island Peak Base camp. From the day accommodation will be in tented camp for another two days. Foods will prepare by professional camping cook. After lunch your climbing guide will give you some lectures about using the climbing equipment and technical parts of climbing for next day.

    Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Day 10
    Acclimatization day.

    This is a day for adjusting with thin air by doing the short trek to the high camp and explore the Imja lake. Which helps to climb the peak for tomorrow morning. You will get short technical climbing training by your climbing guide. Such as how to use the climbing gears.

    Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Day 11
    Island Peak summit &return to Chhukung.

    Finally, reached at main goal to climb Island peak. Firstly, the guide will check the weather conditions and per-meeting to start. After leaving the base camp, today is your main adventure day. (weather permitting) you will start early in the morning for the climb up Island Peak (6189m). After High camp, trail ascend through a gorge to the right, after a safe trip to the top, you make your way back down to base camp and same day back to Chhukung.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 12
    Trek to Tengboche

    The descending trails to Tengboche via Dingboche, Pangboche and Dibuche, which takes about six hours. After breakfast, you will descend towards Dingboche valley, cross the Khumbu Khola and reach Pangboche via Orsho and Somare. You will have your lunch at Pangboche and heads off to Tengboche through the rhododendron forest.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 13
    Trek to Namche Bazaar

    After breakfast again watch 360 degrees Himalaya view from Tengboche and trek down to Phungi Thanga and cross a stream. About one and half hours of the steep climb up to Kayanjuma, have a short break. Again continue almost flat way to get Namche where you will enjoy and celebrates the trips.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 14
    Trek to Lukla

    Today you will back to the same place where your trip has started. Trek down to Dhudhkoshi and with following the river get to Phakding, where you will have lunch.  After lunch resumes the trek to Lukla. In the evening, there will be sharing the experience of during the trek in between trekking staffs and trekkers, enjoy the evening.

    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 15
    Morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla

    Today you need to get up early because today you are leaving the mountains. From the short flight, you can enjoy the last glimpse of mountains that you have recently climbed up. And take off at Kathmandu Domestic Airport.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 16
    Leisure day in Kathmandu.

    Today you have a free day, If you like to use your day then you can do some activities like a day white river rafting, bungee jump, a day cycling or visit world heritage sites. This is also the safe day for Lukla in case of bad weather.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 17
    Transfer to airport for flight departure.

    Your guide will pick you up from your hotel for your final departure to drop Tribhuwan International Airport.


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Trip Includes

  1. From and to Airport transfer to hotel on private tourist vehicle.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation 4 nights in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.
  3. Twin sharing accommodation 12 nights in available best guesthouses and lodges in the trek.
  4. Meals during the trek 16 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners.
  5. Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu airfare with airport taxes for clients and guides.
  6. Ground transportation from and to Kathmandu on a private tourist vehicle.
  7. A day city tour in Kathmandu on a tourist vehicle.
  8. Apex the Asia Holiday provides English- speaking local guides and porters as per required. We assign one porter for every two clients. All our guides are licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, and have received high-altitude first-aid and eco-sustainability training.
  9. Accommodation, foods, insurance, salary, equipment and medicine for field staffs.
  10. Everest National Park trekking permits, temple and monument fees.
  11. Island Peak permit with garbage deposit
  12. General climbing equipment such as Rope, Ice Crew, Snow Bar etc.
  13. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag provided for the entire trek, which has to be returned.
  14. Farewell dinner one night before the client’s final departure in a Typical Nepali Restaurant with culture dance, your guide will accompany you.
  15. All government taxes and official expenses.

Please Note:
If you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.The price is USD 60 per person per night for single room and USD 75 per night for double (twin sharing) room.

Trip Exclude

  1. International airfare
  2. Traveller’s insurance - mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person.
  3. Nepal entry visa- you can get your visa upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport size photos and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy.)
  4. Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  5. All drinks including bottled/ boiled water along the trekking route.
  6. Personal trekking gears/equipment.
  7. Tips for trekking staffs (Tipping is expected).
  8. Other expenses that are not listed on Price Include Section.

Equipment List

This is a section where you get the general idea equipment that you need in Island Peak. The important and serious part of equipment selection depends on the trekking season, trekking days, and maximum altitude.

Trekkers personal goods such as money purse, cameras, cell phones and the cosmetic items that you need in daytime, while you are hiking. Porter carries others your heavy equipment.

  1. Day Pack
  2. Duffel Bag
  3. Down jacket and sleeping bag
  4. Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  5. Baseball cap can protect your ear and neck from the sunlights.
  6. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears
  7. Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety
  8. UV protection glacier glasses with side shields and a hard-sided storage case. In high altitude automatically the atmosphere is thinner than low altitude so, the sunlights are quite strong in mountain, which affect our eyes. For those people who are wearing the prescription glasses, please requesting you to speaks with your doctor about the prescription glacier glasses.
  9. Headlamp: Headlamp is a one of the basic for you during the trek because treks are in mountain where not plenty of electricity is. Make sure to bring extra lithium batteries.


  1. A pair of liner synthetic/ woolen gloves for the mild days.
  2. A pair of heavy woolen gloves for morning and evening time.
  3. A pair shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Core Body

  1. Two cotton t-shirts.
  2. A synthetic t-shirt.
  3. Two long sleeve polyesters, light colored shirts for sunny days. V-neck zipper provides additional venting options which are good for changing temperatures.
  4. A soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. Full front zipper is preferable for ventilation.
  5. A medium to heavy weight expedition down parka w/hood.
  6. For women two synthetic sports bras, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Three pairs nylon-hiking shorts, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton
  3. Two pair lightweight long underwear
  4. A pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferabl
  5. Two pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees.
  6. A pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
  7. A pair cotton pants
  8. Especially for the women a full length skirt.


  1. At least four pair of liner socks, synthetic.
  2. Three pair heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks
  3. A pair lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail and also on lodges at the time of dinner.
  4. A pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Make sure the size and should have to be avoidable for blister.
  5. A pair light trekking shoes or sneakers to wear in and about camps or lodge
  6. Sandals are optional for the trek.

Climbing Gear

  1. A pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
  2. A pair of steel crampons
  3. Climbing Helmet and Harness
  4. A mountaineering axe with leash
  5. A ascender
  6. D – Shaped locking
  7. Non- locking carabineers
  8. A pair of expeditions style gaiters- ensure fit over your boots
  9. A neck gaiter

Medicine and First Aid

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  3. Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness

Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics.

Miscellaneous, but Important

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  2. Airline ticket(s)
  3. Visa (if required and acquired in advance)
  4. Immunization record
  5. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport
  6. Two water bottles one liter wide-mouth Nalgene and one insulator
  7. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  8. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time
  9. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc


  1. A pair of adjustable trekking poles, this is great for downhill trek, and even it is listed in optional.
  2. Favorite snack foods, two pounds for maximum limits.
  3. Books and other devices for relax during the trek and rest time.
  4. For your records, camera, a DSLR, Go-Pro Cameras
  5. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  6. A urination bottle for men and a pee funnel for woman, as you might want to void that chilly late night trip
  7. A small stainless steel thermos

The above list guides for you to buy the goods. There are so many options for you, they different brand and version, so it would be better to buy as per your experience. Most of the things are easily available in Kathmandu as well in cheap price.

Please Note: The tight fighting clothing such as made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals. So if you find these items comfortable please kindly wear top of them.

Altitude Sickness Info

Acute Mountain Sickness may happen when the travellers rapidly up to the height of 3000m. Our itineraries are designed with rest days. Once when you arrived in high altitude, your acclimatization line will rise your body to start adjust. The commonly happened in altitude are shortness of breath, light headache, whereas the mountain sickness is quite different which involves the severe headache, vomiting etc.

The trained and expert guides will everyday advise you about your health conditions, requirements and altitude sickness while you are trekking, hiking and climbing. That’s why you should not be worry about the sickness. Also we would like to recommend you to meet your doctor, advisor before you start your travel.

Given some information helps you to get rid from the Acute Mountain Sickness.

There are three stages of altitude sickness and symptoms.

Normal AMS Symptoms
The given altitude symptoms may every trekkers will have experience but no worries these are common.

  1. Need more sleep than normal sleep time
  2. Occasional loss of hunger.
  3. Vivid, wild dreams especially at around 2500-3800 meters in altitude.
  4. Periodic breathing.
  5. Runny nose.
  6. Increasing urination while moving to/at higher altitudes (a good sign)
  7. Dizziness.

Minor AMS Symptoms
The trekkers when they entry on high Himalayan Valleys get mild AMS that your having symptoms. The symptoms to be altitude sickness at least you have given one indication.

  1. Hard to breath
  2. Dizziness
  3. Dry raspy cough
  4. Runny nose
  5. Loss of hunger
  6. Weakness
  7. Nausea
  8. Mild headache

What to do when Minor Symptoms does not stop?

  1. If the symptoms developing while walking, then stop and take relax, drink water. Drink frequently.
  2. If symptoms do not stop and developing continuously then stop take rest and drink water and take Diamox of 125 -250mg. Drink more water.
  3. If symptoms growing in the evening, take 125-250mg Diamox and drink plenty of fluids again.
  4. If symptoms partially go away but are still annoying it is safe to take another 250mg Diamox 6-8 hours later.
  5. If the symptoms continue getting worse then you have to descending for a few hours which is more merits than staying at the same altitude.

Serious AMS Symptoms
The given conditions are quite danger so descend immediately

  1. Severe headache.
  2. Persistent vomiting and dizziness.
  3. Ataxia (loss of co-ordination, an inability to walk in a straight line, making the sufferer look drunk)
  4. Losing consciousness (inability to stay awake or understand instructions.
  5. Hallucinations.
  6. Liquid sounds in the lungs.
  7. Very persistent, sometimes watery, cough.
  8. Difficulty breathing.
  9. Rapid breathing or feeling breathless at rest.
  10. Coughing clear fluid, pink phlegm or blood (a very bad sign)
  11. Severe lethargy/fatigue.
  12. Marked blueness of face and lips.
  13. High resting heartbeat (over 130 beats per minute)
  14. Mild symptoms rapidly getting worse

Dangerous cases of AMS

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

The brain swelling with the fluid is HACE. It involves disorientation, lethargy and nausea. Before attacking the HACE, patient will have the symptoms of fever, ataxia, photophobia, and rapid heartbeat. Unconsciousness and coma from HACE can be lead to death within 12-20hrs from the onsets of symptoms. In the initial phase of ataxia begin treatment with medication, oxygen and dexamethasone.

Normally, 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose, then 4mg every six hours, Diamox every 12 hours and 2-4 liters /minute oxygen. The patient must have to be descended.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

The condition, that buildup the fluid in the air sacs of lungs is HAPE. HAPE symptoms start progressively within 2-4 days in high altitude. Shortness of breath at rest, cough, weakness and chest tightness and at least two of; fast heart beat rate, wheezing heard in lungs, bluish appearance of the skin are the symptoms of HAPE. Descent to the lower altitude is needed if patient does not get better with oxygen. The Gamow Bag may be use to the lower altitude if a person is in the backcountry unable to descend immediately because of weather.

Prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

  1. Plenty of acclimatization above 3500 meters.
  2. Do not take sleeping pill, no alcohol and smoking
  3. Drink more water (Boiled, mineral/ clean or treated) or any fluids – at least 4 litters per day.
  4. Climb up high altitude and sleep at low altitude.
  5. Never do trek/ travel without guide and porters
  6. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, and guidebook.
  7. Must have to decent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.

First Aid Kit
First aid kit is a basic list of common medicines.

  1. Bandage for sprains
  2. Plasters/Band-Aids
  3. Iodine or water filter (optional)
  4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
  5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
  6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
  7. Aspirin/Paracetamol - general painkiller
  8. Oral rehydration salts
  9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
  10. Anti-diarrhoea medication (antibiotic)
  11. Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium - optional)
  12. Antibiotic for Guardia or similar microbe or bacteria
  13. Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness)
  14. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
  15. Gel hand cleaner.

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Trip Highlights

  • City tour in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Experience life as the “mountain people”
  • Tengboche Monastery.
  • Stunning views of Khumbu Ice fall.
  • Summit to Island peak at elevation of 6187 meters.
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Lukla Airport of Khumbu Region Coffee shop in Lukla Suspension Bridge en route of Island Peak Climbing Phakding Village in between Lukla and Namche Yaks are grazing in Pangboche Valley Everest Island Peak View from Dingboche Valley Island Peak Climbing in Khumbu Island Peak Base Camp Top view from Island Peak Point at Island Peak in Khumbu Himalaya The best view from Top of Island Peak Mt. Thamesherku en route Island Peak
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I have never thought of myself as a hiker or a trekker, but somehow, the idea of trekking through the Himalayas and venturing through Nepals and the worlds highest mountain seems exhilarating and almost out of reach. I did the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in October 2013, and it was and still is one of the best experience in my life. We had Gyanu as our guide for the entire trip and not only has he been patient with a beginner trekker like myself, he explained and shared with us his cult Linda Nguyen
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