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Island Peak Climbing from Chhukung

Start from US$ 1462 1170 Group Discount

No. of people Price Per Person
0 - 1 1799 US$
2 - 3 1170 US$
4 - 5 904 US$
6 - 7 899 US$
8 - 9 879 US$
10 + 861 US$
  • 5 Days
  • Strenuous
  • 2 - 6 People

Destination: Nepal

Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Transportation: By Air

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Max. Altitude: 6,189m

Activities: Climbing, Trekking

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Island Peak (Imja Tse) is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Everest region an elevation of 6,169 meters, located between Mt. Ama Dablam and Lhotse. The Everest Expedition team of British Eric Shipton made epic journey on the top of the Imja Tse Peak in 1952 at first time, since then it is become most legendary peak in Nepal. Imja Tse is surrounded by Lhotse Glacier, Imja Glacier, Amphulapcha Glacier, Chhukung Glacier and Ama Dablam Glacier. As it is situated middle of the Glacier like an Island on a sea of ice, he gave name as Island Peak. Now it is familiar as Island Peak.

Island Peak trip fulfills every adventure trekker’s dream, who like to test some adventure trip beyond the Everest Trekking. It can combine Everest Base Camp Trip, Gokyo Chola Pass, Everest Three Passes and Everest Classical Trek. This help to acclimatize your body to conquer the top of Peak. We at Nepal Mother House Treks organize Island Peak climbing trip from Chhukung but we are glad to sort out this trip combine with any others trip at Everest according to your requirements. Island Peak summit is  an amazing with 360 degree view of Mt. Makalu (8,757m) pyramid shape, Lhoste Shar (8,393m), Lhoste (8,501m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam ((6,856m), Baruntse (7,168m) and other many mountains. The west face rising from Lhotse Glacier with highly glaciered and it is annex to the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar divided by a small col. To climb this peak no require to pervious climbing experience, but essential physical fitness and mentally prepared.  Island peak climbing is rated as moderate grade and it is known as novice climbers’ peak.

The trip starts from Chhukung village, where you will meet our Sherpa Guide and Porters with your peak climbing permit, who will give brief instruction about trip plan. You have option, walk all the way to Chhukung by yourself either from Jiri or Salleri or Lukla or if you need assist we are happy to organize full trip also. We propose 5 Days Island Peak Climbing Itinerary from Chhukung for your betterment option. The trail goes through the Glacire moraine coming from Lhotse, then to the Imja Khola (Stream) to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m). There are slab and boulders nearby High Camp (5,600m), the trail become harder from here up to summit; it requires mountaineering skills for the 300 meters a snowy ridge, using ropes, crampons and ice axes. Finally you will conquer the top of the Island Peak making history for your life. Then descend to Chhukung for your own destination.

Island Peak (Imja Tse) climbing takes 2 nights 3 days as appropriate time but we recommend you to put an extra day for contingency of weather.  We Nepal Mother House Treks glad to organize Island Peak (Imja Tse) climbing trip by expert Sherpa Guide and Porters accordingly your requirements and time schedule either solo traveler or Group join. It can organize whole in the year around but mid of September to November and Mid of March to May are best time for this adventure. 

Trip Highlights

  • Most Famous trekking Peak in Everest Region.
  • 360 Degree mountains scenery.
  • Amazing climbing by expert Sherpa Local Guide and Porters.
  • Known as novice climbers’ peak.
  • Located at Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Can do in 5 days from Chhukung.
  • Fulfill dream of Adventures lover.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Meet our Climbing Guide and Porter at Chhukung (4,730m), trip briefing and then hike to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m).

Day 02:Trek Chhukung -Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m) -3 to 4 hours (BLD & A)

Day 03:Pre-climb training day at Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m) (BLD & A)

Day 04:Island Peak Base Camp to Summit (6,189m) via High Camp (5,600m) & back to Base Camp (4,970m) -10 to 12 hours (BLD & A)

Day 05:Reserve Day for Contingency of weather (BLD & A)

Day 06:Trek Island Peak Base Camp to Pangbuche (3,930m) - 5 to 6 hours, then your own destination (BL)

Cost Include

  • Three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), tea coffee in a cup & accommodation during climbing per as itinerary & following days condition.
  • Peak Climbing permit and Climbing Guide.
  • All camping Equipment, two men tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Table, chairs and Mattresses during the trekking & Peak climbing.
  • Nepal Mother House T-shirt and Appreciation Card of Island Peak Climbing.
  • Guide, Cook, Sherpa, Kitchen staffs and porters.
  • Insurance for trekking staff and Equipments.
  •  Climbing Guides and porters salary, accommodation, meals, all transportation.
  •  Climbing Guides and porters insurance for the happy journey.
  • Other fee and taxes if necessary.

Cost Exclude

  • Personal equipment for Trekking & Peak climbing.
  • Personal travel Insurance (must be cover for incase need evacuation)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu. Hard and cold drinks (cola, fanta, juice, beer etc.), Cholet, bakery bread, souvenir, Hot Shower during Trek and other things and tips for guide and porter.
  • Things which don’t mention above, in our services (Trip Cost Includes).
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation.
  • Personal expenses/Bar bills.
  • Tipping for Guide and Porters, yours meals at Kathmandu.

Trip Note

You might be curious about not staying at high camp for overnight. You are right! Due to global warming effect there is shortage of water source (ice) nearby Island Peak High Camp. It could find an hour away once time. But now, to find the ice for the water, we need to go almost 3 hours away from camp.  Another reason it might be very difficult to spent night such high elevation. Still we are spending overnight at High Camp for elder age people and per as requirements to compromise with any things. Even not using extra day of weather contingency, the cost won’t be effect.


(Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Diner, A= Accommodation)

Day 01 : Meet our Climbing Guide and Porter at Chhukung (4,730m), trip briefing and then hike to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m).About 2 hours to 2 and Half hours you will reach in a small settlement of Chhukung. You are requested to meet our Climbing Guide and porters approximately 5:00 PM. We will provide you our Guide’s mobile number and tea house where he is staying for the meeting. After introduce, the Guide will give brief instruction about trip itinerary, plan and check your climbing gars to make sure that everything is properly organize. The package program begin from Chhukung, due to until this day; you will do trip by yourself. Rest of the time explores yourself and stay overnight at Chhukung. Please, take care you’re your expenses by yourself. The Peak climbing package program will effective from tomorrow.

Day 02 : Trek Chhukung -Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m) -3 to 4 hours (BLD & A) From this day your adventure trip to the Island Peak begins. After out from the village, the trail climb steeply up to the south turn east to enter the main trail into Imja Valley. Then continue through the pleasant walk along a bank of Imja Khola and meet glacier marine get to the big –rock. Where you will see another route on the right side, which goes for the Amphu Lapcha Pass to stretch on the southeast direction. But you will catch the lift route to the North for the Island Peak Base Camp. This is challenging trail through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines. Then the trail leads you to a wide valley flanking Island peak where we will set up our base camp (4,970m). Stay overnight at tented camp after having hot dinner.

Day 03 : Pre-climb training day at Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m) (BLD & A)From today your adventure trip to the Island Peak begins. After having breakfast, our guides will give you training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. You will know how to use ropes to go up and down and safety other roles. It is not compulsory to have prior training for Island Peak Climbing, even though we strongly believe that this training will boost your confidence and climbing skills, which will support to get on summit of the peak and as well as to fully enjoy entire trip. The rest of the day, you may hike to High Camp (5,600m) and back or resting for the next day’s climb. You will stay overnight tented camp at base camp.

Day 04 : Island Peak Base Camp to Summit (6,189m) via High Camp (5,600m) & back to Base Camp (4,970m) -10 to 12 hours (BLD & A) Today this is quite big day for you. You need to wake up early mid night around at 12 to 1 am and have breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important that we must reach on the summit before noon due to avoid strong winds in the afternoon. Sometime the strong winds might be cause of a hurdle to successful summit. As this is climbing trip, need to use climbing technique and tool where is require. Anyway, after Base Camp the trail striking off the steep hillside for several hundred meters. At first, sandy trail and it turns to grass before reaching boulder strewn. You will see slope narrow trail further ahead, which is enter a steep rock channel. There are several short rock steps before emerge on the right side of rock gully. You may not fell that much difficult to climb. After this the trail follows a ridgeline to the summit through the glacier snout, with exciting journey. Our Guide will fix rope from here and you need to use fixed rope and man rope for the safety. Finally, a steep snow slope leads you on to top of the Island Peak. Normally, the fixed rope need about 350 meters, however the length depends on climbing season and crevasses. Recently, there are appear two new crevasses with approximately 3 ½ to 4 meters long. To cross these crevasses we will use ladders. Spending sometime on the top with some pictures and joy, we will descend to the Island Peak Base Camp, where some of our crew is waiting for us. We will celebrate on our successful climbing at Base Camp with entire team. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 05 : Reserve Day for Contingency of weather (BLD & A) The high Lander weathers cannot be predicted, any time might be change and snow falling, raining or storming. That why, this day is set as a contingency day in case we are unable to summit the Island Peak on your desired day due to unfavorable weather conditions, physical weakness or any other unexpected reason. But, if the trip goes smoothly according your itinerary, this day won’t be required.

Day 06 : Trek Island Peak Base Camp to Pangbuche (3,930m) - 5 to 6 hours, then your own destination (BL) You are joyfully today, after successful trip to the Island Peak Top last day. After having breakfast you will descend to the lower altitudes following the same route back through the wide valley of Imja Khola, pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages, Chhukung, Dingbuche, Orsho and Shomare and fainally get in Pangbuche regular EBC trail. There is alternative trail for the Upper Pangbuce to see Monastery, which from 5th century. Pangboche (3,930m) is a scenic village surrounded by mountains Mt, Everest on north direction, mighty Peak Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley. Stay overnight at Pangbuche Village at Tea house.


Except fixed departure date, we have every day departure according to your requirements. 

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Useful Info

Few things are worth arranging while you are at home. Please note down these list details before your departure, this tips will help to make your trip enjoyable:

  • Read travel advice, inform yourself before travelling and get advice locally when you arrive.
  • Make sure your passport valid date during your travel and consult about visa processing.
  • Estimate your budget and fixed holiday period then chose suitable destination.
  • Note down travel check list before leave home and preparer accordingly.
  • Inform your friend and family about your trip and itinerary details.
  • Make copies of your important documents as a backup in case you lose the originals.
  • Buy Guide book and study about Nepal’s general information (culture, custom, political, people, geography, weather, festival, religion, rule and regulation).
  • Buy insurance which will cover all overseas medical, emergency evacuation costs.
  • Batter to know at list few Nepali words while traveling in Nepal.
  • Make reservations with advance payment, especially during peak season, for trip, accommodations and local guides.
  • Call your bank for debit- and credit-card to let them know about fees and your travel destination. Get your bank’s emergency phone number if you have a problem.
  • Visit the doctor for your health report and take medicine and vaccine accordingly.
  • Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them.
  • Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behavior may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
  • Never step over anyone feet/legs, and pull in your own legs when somebody wants to pass.
  • Never touch anybody with your feet, also never point in a direction using your feet. The feet are considered the most impure parts of the body.
  • When entering a house, somebody's kitchen, temple or monastery take off your shoes.
  • As a woman you should always be dressed avoiding provocation, so keep shoulders and legs covered.
  • It is very polite to give and accept with your right hand, and even more so when you use your left hand for supporting the elbow of your right hand.
  • When in doubt how to behave in certain situations; keep a low profile, do not shout and keep your dignity.
  • It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines.
  • Beef is prohibited among both the Hindus and Buddhists. No female animal is killed for food.
  • You may not be allowed entry to the inner sanctuaries of temples and Stupas.
  • You may be interested to take snaps of temples, Stupas and monuments. Generally temples, Stupas and monuments are permitted to be photographed, but it is better to have permission before using your cameras.  

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