Island Peak Climb

Nepal

Via Everest Base Camp

ABOUT THIS HIKE

Altitude - 6160m (20,210ft)

Grading Level - D5 (click HERE to find out more about our grading)

Best months to go: March - May, September - November

Our Island Peak Climb Via EBC is a wonderful experience in Nepal. This trip of a lifetime is designed for serious trekkers. It has a snow-capped and an impressive west face. The beauty and thrill attract many trekkers to the Island Peak.

The journey is following the classic Everest Base Camp trek. You’ll be heading northeast through the Khumbu Valley experiencing the Sherpas culture and hospitality. At Phakding, Namche, Dingboche, Tengboche and Lobuche the tea houses will welcome you for a comfortable stay.

 

Visiting Everest Base Camp, you’ll also be climbing the Kala Patthar, a famous nearby highest point. This summit provides a stunning view of the Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. From Dingboche, you will head towards the Island peak.

It’s challenging to climb Island Peak and you need to be prepared with equipment like crampons and ice axes. This trek is also popular and in high demand due to the challenging journey.

Atop the Island Peak, the mesmerizing breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and more are worth all the hard work. If you are determined to conquer this peak, some stamina training will be a plus point. You will descend via Chhukung, Dingboche, Tengboche and Namche Bazaar before arriving in Lukla via Phakding.

This is a very challenging trip. You will require experience of 5,000m+ peaks and Alpine climbing.

But if you’re in good physical condition we’ll get you to the peak.

The first part of the climb is very physically challenging because you are trekking up rough terrain at more than 5000 m. This part is non-technical. You’ll have to wear crampons and rope-up when you enter the glacier zone.

During this section there is a risk of falling into snow-capped crevasses, where there will be ladders strapped to get across. This can be challenging but you will be on safety lines at all times. You finally reach the foot of the headwall.

This is the hard part of the climb as the climb is very steep, and the air is very thin. Fixed lines make the climbing route safe but it will take a great deal of determination to get to the summit ridge. A short, fairly easy ascent from the summit ridge to the top.

Although it’s possible to go trekking in the Everest region at any time between September and the end of May.

Considering the height of Island Peak and the challenging conditions, we work with much smaller windows of opportunity.

Bad weather on base camp walk might be inconvenient, but on Island Peak it might be really dangerous.

To safely climb Island Peak, we only go on trips from mid-September through November, and from March through May.

The temperatures are good during these times and most of the days are warm and sunny.

During these months the strong winds that follow the monsoon die down, and there are long periods of relative calm ideal for climbing.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu 1,400m

Day 2 Rest Day & Gear Check 1,400m 

Day 3 Fly Luka - trek Phakding 2,651 m

Day 4 Phakding - Namche Bazaar

3,438 m

Day 5 Acclimatization - Namche Bazaar

3,438m  

Day 6 Namche Bazaar - Dole 4,040m 

Day 7 Dole - Gokyo 4,750m

Day 8 Gokyo Ri - Thanknag 5,340m

Day 9 Thanknag - Dzongla 5,420m

Day 10 Dzongla - Lobuche - Gorakshep 

5,180m 

Day 11 Gorakshep - EBC - Gorakshep

5,380m

Day 12 Acclimatisation - Gorakshep

5,380m

Day 13 Kalapatter - Dingboche  5,545m 

Day 14 Dingboche - Island Peak Base Camp 5,087m 

Day 15 Island Peak Summit - Base Camp 

6,189m 

Day 16 Island Peak Camp - Dingboche 4,410m

Day 17 Dingboche - Namche Bazaar 3,441m

Day 18 Namcha Bazaar - Lukla 2,804m

Day 19 Rest Day Lukla

Day 20 Fly Lukla - Kathmandu

Day 21 Rest Day Kathmandu

Day 22 Fly home

Gear to rent:

  • Ice axe 

  • Crampons 

  • Harness 

  • Tape slings (2) 

  • Screwgate carabiners 

  • Descender/Abseil device 

  • Plastic Mountaineering Boots 

  • Ascender 

  • Helmet (optional) 

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