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Island Peak Climbing / Imja Tse 18 days

  • Yak Caravan, below Pherice

    View to Lhotseshar

Trip Overview

Duration: 18 days
Maximum altitude:  6‘189 m
Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse, Camping
Best season: February - May, October, November

The Island Peak is the extension of the south ridge of Lhotse and is one of the most popular peaks for high altitude mountaineering. If you look at the Island Peak (Imja Tse) from Dingboche, he looks like an island surrounded by ice deserts, so the name Island Peak came. The first ascent was in 1956 by a Swiss mountaineer team,  as a training for the ascent of Mount Everest and Lhotse. The southwestern peak was already achieved in 1953 by Charles Evans, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie and Tenzing Norgay.

The trek offers one of the most spectacular scenery of the Himalayas. Time and again you can see Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyo, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache, Gyachung Kang and many unnamed mountains. From the summit itself, you have excellent views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and Baruntse.

The Imja Tse is one of the easier and mostly climbed summits. You can reach the summit in one day. About 2/3 of the route runs over rocks and boulders before we coming up to the glacier. Before it continues to the peak we need to overcome a few crevasse and a steep snow ice slope. The summit consists a gorgeous sweeping snow ridge.

This tour requires experience, good health and fitness.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and preparation

Day 03: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding 2‘610 m

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazar 3‘440 m

Day 05: Acclimatization day

Day 06: Namche Bazar -Tengboche 3‘860 m

Day 07: Tengboche - Dingboche 4‘410 m

Day 08: Dingboche- Chhukung Village 4‘730 m

Day 09: Rest day

Day 10: Island Peak Base Camp 5‘200 m

Day 11: Summit

Day 12: Back to Chhukung 4‘730 m

Day 13: Chhukung - Tengboche 3'860 m

Day 14: Tengboche - Monjo 2'840 m

Day 15: Monjo - Lukla 2'840 m

Day 16: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 17: Kathmandu, extra day

Day 18: Departure



Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and preparation
Enjoy the historical cultural sites of Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temples), Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine) Swayembhunath (monkey temple), etc.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding 2‘610 m
The flight to Lukla takes about 30 minutes and offers a wonderful view of the mountains, forests and river valleys. After landing in Lukla, we begin our trek to Phakding. The path takes you through the beautiful landscapes.

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazar 3‘440 m
We walk along the Dudh Kosi river and through pine- spruce and rhododendron forests. In Monjo we enter the Sagarmartha National Park. The first look to the Mount Everest - the view of the huge mountains is impressive.

Day 05: Acclimatization day
Today we let our body time to adjust to the high altitude. This is very important; altitude sickness can be life-threatening. Stroll through Namche, which seems to be a huge bazaar and enjoy the mountain panorama and the Sherpa culture or visit the Sherpa museum.

Day 06: Namche Bazar - Tengboche 3‘860 m
After about 30 minutes uphill walk, we have a great view of the mountains and the Dudh Kosi valley. 2 hours later we reach Sanasa, it is the crossroads which leads either to Gokyo Khumjung valley or to Tengboche, there is also an excellent view of the surrounding mountains. Later we cross a suspension bridge that crosses the Dudh Kosi River. We continue uphill until we arrive in Tengboche. 

Day 07: Tengboche - Dingboche 4‘410 m
On the way to Dingboche we walk through beautiful and varied landscapes. The panoramic views, pastures and often deserted huts are an unforgettable experience.

Day 08: Dingboche - Chhukung Village 4‘730 m
On the short walk up we have a stunning view of the Amadablam and Island Peak.

Day 09: Rest day
Today will be the rest and preparation day. 

Day 10: Chhukung - Island Peak Base Camp 5‘200 m
We walk on the glacier and then zigzagging way on bedrock. We are accompanied by huge views of the mountains and glaciers. The air is getting thin.On the way up on the right site we can see Amadablam, Amalapcha and Amphu and on the left the Lhotse. We continued to our camp at approximately 5‘200 m. In the evening we will enjoy a wonderful sunset and at night glittering silver snow fields.

Day 11: Summit
Our day begins approximately by 2 am. Right at the beginning, it can sometimes have crevasses. Your mountain guide will point out the spot. Before we reach the top, we have about 100 m to ascend by the main rope and then by a fixed rope. The route goes first on the southern slope, after the saddle at about 5‘700 m, it changes to the north side. From the summit we have stunning views of Amadablam, Kang Teka, Thamserku, Tawache, Nuptse, Amalapcha, Baruntse Lhotse and many other magnificent mountains. For a safe descent, don’t hesitate to ask our guides for help.

Day 12: Back to Dingboche 4‘410 m
We slowly descend on moraines and then we reach the village Chukkung, later the prosperous village of Dingboche.

Day 13: Dingboche – Tengboche 3'860 m
We walk back to Tengboche. The path is pleasant and offers beautiful views of the mountains and forests. After we reach Tengboche, we have plenty of time to explore the surrounding area and the village.

Day 14: Tengboche - Monjo 2'840 m
We walk down from Tengboche to Namche Bazar and after a rest to Monjo.

Day 15: Monjo - Lukla 2'840 m
We hike along the Dudh Kosi River before we finally arrive in Lukla. In Lukla we have enough time to relax or celebrate our successful adventure.

Day 16: Flight to Kathmandu
While we enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama flight, some nostalgia comes on. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we have plenty of time for shopping or remembering our experiences of trekking in a cafe. In the evening we offer a small farewell dinner.

Day 17: Kathmandu, extra day

Day 18: Departure



Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Climbing Permit
Accommodation during the trek and climb
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek and the climb with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Climbing Guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot (incl. domestic flight)
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.