- Climbing Island Peak
- Max Elevation
- 6189m/20299ft at Island Peak
- Trip Duration
- 14 Days
- Trip Grade
- Technical Adventure
- Eco Lodges + Tented Camp
- Full Board during Trek & Climb BB Plan on City
- Private vehicle & flight
- Group Size
- Minimum 2
- Best Season
- Autumn and Spring
- Per Day Walk
- Approx 4 - 5 Hours
- A 360-degree panoramic view of Island Peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Makalu
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa
- An insight into the sheer breadth of cultures and lifestyles of major ethnic groups like Sherpa
- A quick visit to UNESCO world heritage sites like Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Explore the famous Sherpa town and its historic sites
- Discover the unique wild species habituated inside Sagarmatha National Park
The mountains in Nepal are tempting, intriguing and spectacular holding their own characteristics and eccentricity. Island Peak Climbing is no different. But, no matter how gorgeous they look, the mountains are tricky and can be vicious at times.
These great mountains of Nepal can be very brutal and challenging. However, the ones at low altitudes with small heights, like Island Peak, are less difficult to ascend.
Compared to its equals, Island Peak is a much easier climb. You don’t have to be a pro mountaineer to make it to the top of it. The mountain is indeed stern, but as long as you’re fit and prepared, the summit is achievable.
Island Peak doesn’t gain an extreme elevation or intense weather. The climb to the summit is smooth and plain sailing. The journey from Lukla to Island Peak Base Camp is far too comfortable and easy.
Apart from rugged terrains, some high cliffs, and valleys, there’s no risk in trekking the Island Peak trail. You surely have to climb steep slopes, cross suspension bridges, and ascend the ridges far too often. But, apart from that, the path isn’t much threat to climbers until they arrive at the base of Island Peak.
Climbing the summit is usually the most difficult part of this expedition. Mountaineers are required to have some technical skills ahead of the venture. They must be physically fit and trained to climb the peak.
Climbers indeed have to take care of their physical fitness and skills, including the ability to use ice axe and crampons. You’ll have to improve your strength and stamina enough to climb the Island Peak. Altitude Sickness will be a major challenge for most climbers as they have to reach the 6,189 m summit.
The unpredictable weather of Island Peak can be another major problem for climbers. So, they have to stay updated and informed of the changing weather and temperature. Once the mountaineers have climbed the mountain, they’ll be rewarded with the mesmerizing view of Mt Everest and its nearby snow peaks.
You can see the undulating landscapes, shimmering glaciers, and ice slopes from the summit. Mountaineers can explore many historical and religious sites on the journey to the Island Peak.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight in Hotel/Resort
When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will be right at the terminal. After a brief interaction, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Check in at the hotel and have a rest. Until then the dinner will be in your room.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley.
Overnight in Hotel
Today, we’ll give you a quick tour of Kathmandu City and introduce you to some of its major tourist attractions. To start off, we’ll visit the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, which has hosted many Malla and Shah kings.
You can see beautiful art, architecture, and sculptures here in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Its medieval buildings, stone statues, and courtyards will give you a little taste of Nepalese history and its past.
Our next stop is the beautiful Monkey Temple or Swyambhunbath at a hilltop in Kathmandu. It’s an ancient Buddhist stupa surrounded by various other holy shrines, temples, and pagodas in the foreground. Swyambunath also makes a perfect spot for beautiful sunset snaps, which our next visit falls short of.
Boudhanath brings the same atmosphere and vibe to its visitors. You can hear hymns and see colorful prayer flags and manuscripts within the domain. Besides the main stupa, there are many other temples in Boudha, which give a sense of spirituality.
We’ll also drop by Pashupatinath Temple on our way back to the hotel. We’ll be there to attend the evening prayers and take a quick round of the temple. After the visit, we’ll drive you back to your hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla [2800m/9184m] [35 min flight] & Trek to Phakding [2640m/8659ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
Lukla Altitude: 2,800m / 9,184ft
Walking Hours: 2-3 hrs
Overnight at: a hotel
Time to leave Kathmandu now and take a flight to Lukla. We’ll pick you up from your hotel in the morning and drop you at the airport to board the plane. After departing, it’ll fly you over the valley and to the countryside.
Our staff will show you around the beautiful landmarks and iconic places along the journey. The crowded cities and towns will soon disappear, giving you an up-close view of glistening mountains and sweeping hills.
The 30 minutes of electrifying flight will end once the plane lands at Lukla Airport. It’s an old Sherpa town and gateway to Everest town. Our trek starts right here, following a steep climb along the left bank of Dudh Koshi River. The trek is mostly uphill with a few twists and turns.
The route unfolds through the beautiful village of Ghat and lush green forests to arrive at Phakding. After a difficult climb of 3 hours, we’ll be seeing Phakding and its old mani stone walls. Wasting no time, we’ll turn up at our hotel and have a rest.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440m/11283ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,440m / 11,283ft
Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs
Overnight at: the guest house
Trek from Phakding begins with a gentle climb along the Dudh Koshi River Valley. After crossing the river, the trail mounts a terraced hill up to Bengar. Soon, we’ll walk through villages like Manju and take a few turns before arriving at Sagarmatha National Park where we’ve to get the permit.
After a short distance trek along the Bhote Koshi River and crossing the bridge, we’ll reach Jorsale. The trek to Namche is continuously uphill from here. There is no level or downhill walk, making it more difficult and tiring. We’ll be paving our way through the rhododendron forests and up the ridge.
After climbing restlessly for 3 hours on the rugged terrain and a quick stop at the checkpoint, we’ll arrive at Namche. It’s one of the most popular towns among trekkers in Khumbu. Here, they have varied hotels, lodges, and guesthouses to accommodate trekkers.
Day 05: Acclimatization and Exploration day at Namche Bazaar.
Trekking anywhere sharply higher than Namche is super nerve-wracking. It’s difficult and strenuous following low air pressure and increased risk of altitude sickness. Therefore, to adjust to the high altitude, we’ll put off the trek for now and spend a day at Namche.
In the early morning, we’ll hike to Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel. The 2.5 km trek starts with a tedious uphill climb on rugged terrain. After two hours of hiking along the gigantic mountains and lofty hills, we’ll arrive at Syangboche.
It provides us with a panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Konde. You can watch the stunning landscapes and sunset-sunrise view from this clifftop. After relishing these mesmeric sceneries, we’ll close in on Everest View Hotel and have our breakfast before returning to the town.
Upon arrival, you can go for a stroll in the village, around the neighbourhood, or visit the Sherpa Museum and discover religious heritage. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche [3867m/12683ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Tengboche Altitude: 3,860m / 12,683ft
Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs
Overnight at: the teahouse
After an amazing day spent at Namche, it’s time we leave the village and continue our expedition. The trek from here is steep and rugged, so we better start up early. The trail is clear from the village but soon rises up alongside the stone mani walls.
After trekking the ground levels off for the last half an hour, we’ll climb down to cross the Dudh Koshi River. Hiking through the alpine forests to the tiny village of Phunki Thenga, we’ll be offered a picturesque view of Ama Dablam.
From here onward, the trek is continuously uphill with no downward slope. After two hours of trekking, we’ll finally arrive at Tengboche. It’s one of the oldest villages in Khumbu that’s renowned for its history and culture. Hotels and teahouses are more popular in Tengboche for accommodation.
Day 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche [4260m/13972ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Dingboche Altitude: 4,260m / 13,972ft
Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs
Overnight at: the teahouse
We’ll rise up early today to visit the famous Tengboche Monastery and offer prayers. After a brief exploration, we’ll turn back to the trail, which slopes downward. After crossing the river, we’ll walk up along the valley and to the mountain.
The trail makes its way past the mani walls and villages like Pangboche, which provides a spectacular view of Island Peak. After entering the Imja Valley, we’ll trek along the Lobuche River and to Dingboche.
There are some lovely teahouses along the way, where trekkers can stop in and have drinks and food. The trail is mostly uphill from here and takes almost two hours to reach Dingboche. Overnight stay in the teahouse.
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp [5087m/16685ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Base Camp Altitude: 5,087m / 16,685ft
Waking Hours: 6-7 hrs
Overnight at: a tented camp
From Dingboche, we ascend east to the Chukhung Valley, walking through the stone-walled fields of Imja Valley. Following the river valley along the glacial moraine, we’ll arrive at the rocky hill. After 40 minutes of a steep climb, we’ll arrive at Island Peak Base Camp.
After setting up a tent at the base camp, the trek guide will give you special training on Island Peak Climbing techniques. They’ll also train you to use gear like rope skills, ice axes, crampons, and harnesses. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 09: Island Peak summit [6189m/20299ft] & Back to Base Camp [9-10 hrs climb]
Island Peak Altitude: 6,189m / 20,299ft
Walking Hours: 9-10 hrs
Overnight at: the camp
Lace up your boots as the climb to Island Peak is going to be an epic journey. The trek is no cakewalk and has some grueling trails. To flee the bad weather and storm, we’ll start climbing the trail early in the morning.
We’ll follow the instructions of our Sherpa guides and ascend the rocky ridge. After reaching the base of a glacier, we’ll use ropes and climb it from the south ridge. We’ll follow the steep slopes up to the summit and even during the descent.
Upon reaching Island Peak, you can see the stunning view of Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, and Baruntse. It’ll offer you a glimpse of varied landscapes and turquoise lakes. After spending some time at the top of the mountain, we’ll climb down the trail to the base camp.
Day 10: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche [5-6 hrs Trek]
Today, we’ll retrace our steps back to Dingboche following the same rocky trail as before. We’ll climb down Chukhung and then make our way to the tiny Sherpa village on the southern slopes of Khumbu. The trek becomes easier after arriving at the valley, but the lack of oxygen is still noticeable.
We’ll trek the rugged terrains and cross the stream before making the final push to Dingboche. The trek lasts for almost 6 hours and comes with a stunning view of surrounding mountains and glaciers. You can see turquoise lakes, moraines, and valleys on your way to the village. Overnight stay in a teahouse.
Day 11: Trek from Dingboche to Namche Bazaar [6-7 hrs Trek]
After breakfast, we’ll leave Dingboche and slowly descend to Namche. The trek begins with a gentle climb down the rocky terrain, and the river valley goes as far as you can see. The trail ascends as soon as we cross the river, but after several minutes of walking it levels off and the trekking becomes easier.
We’ll pass many villages along our way and cross the suspension bridge several times. After an hour or two of trekking down the steep slopes, we’ll finally arrive at Namche. As before, the village offers us a splendid view of rolling hills and mountains. We’ll spend the night in a guesthouse at Namche.
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla [5-6 hrs Trek]
Our last day of Island Peak Climbing is quite restful and rewarding. The trek is easy with a few switchbacks as the path traces to the Dudh Koshi River. It’s gently uphill from the Kusum stream and steep to the west.
The trail makes a quick ascent to a small village and then turns left up into the woods. It swiftly joins the main route from the sidestream right before its arrival at Toktok Village. The scenes and landscapes look different from here.
You’ll see more vibrant valleys and human settlements until the trail ends at Lukla. As before, we’ll spend the night at a hotel in Lukla. Tomorrow morning, we catch our flight to Kathmandu from Tenzing Hillary Airport.
Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
After waving our last goodbye, we’ll leave Lukla and head toward the airport to board the plane. As soon as the flight takes off, we’ll see towering hills, steep-sided valleys, and mountainous terrains.
You’ll be thrilled to watch the gushing streams and waterfalls before the aircraft heads toward the city. The flight will offer you an aerial view of wild forests, serene lakes, and picturesque towns. As soon as you land at the airport, our representative will receive you and drive you back to the hotel.
Day 14: Transfer to International Airport for your final departure.
It’s the final day of your trip here in Nepal. Today, you’ll leave the country and fly back home. Our representative will see you off at the airport and make sure that you safely board the flight.
- 2 Nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport arrival and departure transfer
- Climbing and trekking permits for Island Peak Climbing
- Tea House + Camping combined accommodation during the trek – as per itinerary
- All meals during trek & climb– Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Experienced trekking & climbing guide
- Required number of porters
- All necessary climbing gears
- Kitchen equipment and camping equipment during the climbing period
- General first aid kids
- Insurance, clothing and salary for staffs
- All government taxes and necessary paperwork
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Medical/personal high-risk insurance (suggest have rescue coverage policy as well)
- International airfares and departure tax
- Personal climbing gears
- All kinds of drinks
- Major meals in Kathmandu
- Cost of personal expenses
- Tips for staffs
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When is the best time for Island Peak Climbing?
Spring (March to May) is the best time for Island Peak Climbing as it brings warm and mild weather that parallels the natural allure of Khumbu. It’s neither too hot nor cold in spring, making it a perfect time to go out and enjoy the scenery.
Climbers can behold the finest sight and atmosphere while mountaineering in the season. The temperature in Island Peak is mild, but there are fluctuations where the cold can drop to -15 Degree Celsius.
The weather is still chilly in the early spring, so you’re likely to find fewer crowds during the month of April. But, as the temperature rises starting in May, the trail gets busier. Lodges and guesthouses are usually packed as climbers rush to summit the mountain.
They are also invested in admiring the spectacular views that spring brings with it. Blooming flowers with fresh greenery after a cold winter, is a sight for sore eyes. Its cloudless sky offers you a crystal clear view of Everest and its surrounding mountains.
Autumn makes another great season for Island Peak Climbing. The nice and warm weather reassures mountaineers of a good vibe and setting. The weather is marvelous from mid-September to early November. However, there may be a few rain showers at the beginning of the season.
Tourists flock to Khumbu in high numbers during fall as it’s the shoulder season. The Island Peak freezes after fall, making it difficult to climb the mountain. The temperature dips too low in the late autumn, reaching below freezing point. The weather can be warm during the day though and relatively bearable at night compared to winter.
The weather is still cool most of the season, so you can enjoy your expedition. Sightseeing is naturally the highlight of a mountain climb in Fall as the weather is so wonderful. Khumbu bursts with colors during autumn.
Picture-perfect glimpses of gigantic mountains like Nuptse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga remain to be the main focus of the mountain climbing. Since it’s the peak trekking time, accommodation can be super pricey and swamped.
Difficulties of Island Peak Climbing
1. Remote and Rugged landscapes
It may not be the most treacherous mountain but Island Peak is pretty harsh on mountaineers. Its rugged landscapes with mountainous terrains and steep slopes make the climb pretty challenging.
The difficulty level increases as you go higher. Its low foothills, off-the-beaten paths, narrow cliffs, and open gully adds to the challenges. The exposed and tricky climbing route of Island Peak will take you through its remote settlements and wild alpine forests.
Its trail requires crossing the river and trekking up along the edge of the cliff. Mountaineers have to be physically strong and fit to tackle these trails. They have to have better stamina and endurance to beat the difficult terrains at high altitudes. Climbers have to be prepared and trained to take up the routes.
2. Long Distance and Duration
Long-distance trails of Island Peak often upsets climbers. Its classic trekking routes put them in a tough situation and provide them with immense challenges. Mountaineers have to climb rugged terrains for hours and hours to arrive at the acme.
They have to cover an average distance of 10 km each day just to reach the Island Peak Base Camp. The climb from here is even more difficult and tough. It takes more than 4 hours to climb the glaciers and cross crevasses to climb the summit.
The expedition will last approximately two weeks, and the mountaineers will be spending much of their time trekking the difficult paths. Trekking remote areas and mountaineering ice slopes usually takes more time and is strenuous. You’ll need good preparation and trekking gear for it.
3. Altitude Sickness
Acute Mountain Sickness is the biggest threat for Island Peak climbers. It has challenged a significant number of climbers, making them realize that peak climbing is incredibly tough. Trekking anywhere above 4000 m in Khumbu is likely to cause altitude sickness.
The risk grows faster at the higher altitude due to low air pressure and oxygen. The effects are even more substantial on climbers who go too high too fast. Reaching such heights without any stop and rest drives altitude sickness.
Symptoms like nausea, dizziness, headache, and loss of appetite become common among mountaineers. In some cases, they even experience insomnia due to climbing the rocky terrains and ice slopes. Thus, acclimatization is a must while climbing Island Peak.
This will give your body the much-needed time to adjust to the changing temperature. If you have no acclimatization, come trained or go slow on the trail at a higher altitude and get hydrated properly.
The weather in Island Peak is highly unpredictable and unexpected. It keeps fluctuating from warm sunny to dark sky and cold. It’s hard to forecast mountain weather due to massive elevation changes and difficult terrain.
The wind is one of the many risks that climbers face during Island Peak Climbing. They’re required to brave the icy winds howling from the mountain. Frequent rainfalls and storms make the climbing hard. It may even lead to landslides and flooding.
The icy trail doesn’t help the climbers. Instead, it makes the climb even tougher, providing no grip. Mountaineers will likely experience several other weather challenges, like heavy snowfalls, blizzards, and avalanches.
Island’s extreme weather conditions makes it almost impossible to climb the mountain in winter. However, if you’re well-prepared with the right equipment, then you may mount this gigantic peak. You need to bring a lot of warm clothes, crampons, and waterproof insulated boots to prevent blisters and protect your feet.
5. Heavy Backpacks
Trekking with a heavy backpack on the trail of Island Peak is not just tiring but depressing. It makes the journey stressful and stops you from enjoying the wonderful adventure. It is intimidating to carry them all along the way and to the summit. However, if you hire a porter, then they will do it for you instead.
These porters will carry your backpack and even assist you on various occasions, making your journey tireless and relaxing. They ensure you have a quiet and tireless stay and even help you with other facilities. Many of the porters in Khumbu carry around 20-25 kgs of luggage, while a few of them can help you with a little extra weight, but you’ll have to pay them more.
Food & Accommodation
The food and accommodation during Island Peak Climbing depend on the service you’re looking for. There is a great variety of accommodation options in the EBC trail, ranging from well-equipped hotels to homestays, and lodges.
It’s impossible to find snack shops and convenience stores in Khumbu. The finest you can get is the familial-run local teahouses, which offers all kinds of services from lodging to fooding, and accommodation. They are preferred by many travelers for their convenience, good services, and modest price.
Backpackers and budget travelers will also enjoy staying in teahouses as they are extremely affordable compared to trekking lodges and guesthouses. They have both single and shared rooms consisting of a bed, pillow, and mattress.
They may even provide you with a blanket, but since the weather is cold in the mountains, it’s better to have your sleeping bag. You may also need other physical items, which the teahouses refuse to provide.
The prices of the rooms also might not cover your food and other facilities. You’ll have to pay extra for other additional services like charging your batteries, taking hot showers, and using the internet. They may even charge you for food unless you have already paid for it.
Teahouses come with a limited variety of food, mainly consisting of typical Nepali food like Dal-Bhat, roti, and Dhido. The meal also includes tea, coffee, bread, and soup. No stores are available at high altitudes, so it’s wise to carry your snacks like chocolates and protein shake.
We recommend you book the accommodation well in advance, especially when traveling in peak season. This will save you both time and money, making the travel more smooth and more comfortable.
How to prepare and train for Island Peak Climbing?
Island Peak Climbing is one of the most challenging peak climbs, if not the most difficult. Its wild landscapes with substantial crevasses, extreme terrains, and ice slopes make the climbing very hard. Therefore, mountaineers should be well-trained and well-equipped ahead of the expedition. They must take account of possible challenges and difficulties and plan their fitness training accordingly.
Preparation and training for Island Peak is something to be really careful about. No mountaineers would want to put themselves in physical pain and stress for nothing. Therefore, trekkers have to plan the training in advance of the trek.
It’ll indeed put them in a strict workout and rigorous activities, helping them tackle the high-altitude terrains. There are various ways to prepare yourself for Island Peak Climbing, but the best is, to begin with, simple exercise and then up the game.
It’s better for mountaineers to try weight-bearing activities like hiking, trail running, and rock climbing for balance and flexibility. Various aerobic exercises like jogging, swimming, and cycling are also of great help to increase stamina and endurance.
It’ll build up your physique and make it easier to ascend strenuous trails. You can hike once or twice a week to get used to walking the mountainous terrains. As part of your fitness regimen, you must also acquire a few technical skills like using fixed ropes, ice axe, and crampons.
It’s often ignored and overlooked, but mental health fitness is equally important as physical exercise. If mountaineers aren’t comfortable climbing the peak or are stressed about it, they can never reach the top.
Climbers need to have a positive attitude and confidence throughout the trek. They must have the resilience and willpower to overcome difficulties and gain mental strength. Mountaineers should motivate themselves and have faith in their abilities to finish climbing the peak.
Island Peak Climbing is relatively less difficult than other mountain peaks in the Himalayas. Therefore, it needs less trekking equipment and gear in comparison to Everest and Annapurna climbing.
Mountaineers have to be wise and make the right decisions while picking items. They must consider a couple of factors like weather, trekking distance, duration, and difficulty when buying equipment. Make sure you have all the basic items required for trekking and a few other items that are helpful for climbing mountains.
- Warm insulated jacket or vest
- Moisture-wicking t-shirt
- Mountaineering pants
- Fleece pants
- Long sleeve shirt
- Gloves or mittens
- Warm hat
- Lightweight fleece or jacket
- Rock climbing boots
- Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
- Trekking poles
- Ice axe
- Snow protection gear
- Water bottles and reservoir
- Water purifier
- Energy, food & drinks
- Insect repellent
- Extra batteries, power device
Island Peak is a moderate trekking peak that beginners can climb after required training and preparation. It isn’t a complete technical climb, although there are a few technical sections along the way to the summit. Mountaineers will have to cross crevasses and climb ice slopes to ascend Island Peak.
The trails of Island Peak and Everest Base Camp are similar to a great extent. They both follow the same route from Lukla to Dingboche. In fact, many climbers attempting to summit Everest prepare themselves by climbing Island Peak. It helps them deal with some of the technical difficulties and altitude. Therefore, you can easily trek base camp before or after climbing Island Peak.
Island Peak can be a challenge for mountaineers both physically and mentally. Its high altitude can trigger altitude sickness and even cause many health problems. Therefore, it’s a wise decision to have travel insurance during Island Peak Climbing. It’ll protect you from financial risks and losses. Travel insurance with emergency medical and transportation benefits will cover your medical expenses, domestic flights, and other charges.
People climbing Island Peak must have a permit for Sagarmatha National Park. Without legal entry to the sanctuary, trekkers won’t be able to move further. They charge US$30 to foreigners for the permit.
Unlike Everest, Island Peak doesn’t need an oxygen cylinder as it isn’t too high for air to be thin. People may have trouble breathing due to low atmospheric pressure, but it’s unlikely to cause any serious injury or harm to mountaineers.
Spring and Autumn are the climbing season for Island Peak. They offer nice and warm weather with a scenic view that makes mountain climbing easier and more relaxed. The worst time to attempt the Island Peak is winter and monsoon as theft has extreme weather conditions. It’s either cold or rainy in these seasons, making it hard to hard to climb the mountain.
The trails of Island Peak are deceitful. It can trick you as there are many technical sections along the way to the summit. Mountaineers will need proper assistance and direction to reach the acme without causing themselves any harm.
You can have a wide range of food options while in Kathmandu but when in the Everest region, the choices are limited. You’ll generally find typical Nepali food and other dishes in the lodges and guesthouses on the trail to Island Peak.
Sure, you can hire a porter to help you carry your backpack during the expedition. They’ll deliver almost all your personal belongings from food items to clothes so that you can enjoy your adventure.
Island Peak is one of the easiest mountains to climb in Khumbu. It’s a moderate trekking peak that doesn’t require a lot of preparation. Those who are fit with good physical conditions can beat the steep and rugged terrains of Island Peak. They are able to recover quickly after every tiring walk on the unpaved trails. Climbers may also need a few survival skills for the expedition.
GLIMPSES OF Climbing Island Peak
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Island Peak – Accomplished !!!! WOW great experienceDamien + Ida [France]
Hi !! We are a couple from France and we went on Island Peak Climbing together with Nepal Guide Treks. We are very thankful to everyone who contributed for our successful climb of the summit of Island Peak. Many thanks to Ang Dawa - our guide and the whole Sherpa crew. We strongly recommend Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions for adventure-related travels in Nepal.
Great Adventure Climbing @ Island PeakGary+Christian+Jewel [United States]
We booked our Island Peak Climbing Adventure with Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions. We are completely satisfied with their top level of service and an absolutely great management team. Our climbing guide Dawa - was more than a guide to us. Without his guidance climbing, the summit wouldn't have been possible. So, many thanks to everyone in the crew who made this adventure Island Peak climbing successfully. Nepal Guide Treks is a serious company that we would recommend to anyone looking for adventure activities in Nepal.Many thanks to Nepal Guide Treks !!