Island Peak is one of the popular peak which lies in Everest Region. It is also comparatively easier than other expeditions. The Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse.

When we look at the Island peak from Dingboche, it looks like an island between the sea of snow. It was first climbed in 1956 by an expedition team that was preparing to climb the Mount Everest. The summit of this peak is a difficult climb across ice and snow. The top compensates climbers for their difficult journey with incomparable mountain views of Ama Dablam (6,856) and Makalu (8,481 m). The descent is comparatively easier and faster than the ascent.

The trek to Island Peak also takes us through the countryside of Everest region, where we immerse in centuries-old Nepalese and Tibetan cultures. The journey offers some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu via the enchanting village of Dingboche. Filled with Buddhist shrines, this village of stone charms our path to the mountain.

Trip Informaton


Trekking and Hiking


Any day during season

Max Altitudes:

6189m at Island Peak Summit

Trip Duration:

21 days

Trip Grade:



Teahouse on trek, hotel in city


Full board on trek, breakfast in city


Tourist bus/private car/local bus/private jeep

Best Season:

September-November & March-May

Walking Hour

4-6hrs per day

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu - You will be warm welcomed at airport by NEAT Airport representative and then you will be transfer to hotel. Our tour advisor will meet you at your hotel and brief about your program. This day, you can have a rest at the hotel or enjoy the walk near by your hotel to get familiar with Nepalese life style and culture.

Day 02

Sightseeing/Free day in Kathmandu-For sightseeingwe will be visiting three of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu and other interesting sites via private vehicle.

Swayambhunath Stupa:You will first visit the Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. The painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha.It is situated to the west of the city on a hill which is 77 meters above the valley.

Boudhanath Stupa:Boudhanath Stupa is another important Buddhist pilgrims site. This ancient Stupa is considered one of the biggest stupa in the World. Every morning and evening, many Buddhist devotees come here to pray and circumambulate enabling the visitors to observe local religious practices.

Pashupatinath Temple:The sacred Hindu temple Pashupatinath is considered the holiest cremation ground, and people bath in the Bagmati River with a faith of cleansing themselves spiritually. Many Sadhus or Hindu Ascetics live here. During religious festivals, Hindus come to make offerings, and it get more then a million during festivals . Drive back to your hotel. Enjoy the evening at your own. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03

Kathmandu-Lukla(45 minutes) Flight and trek to Phakding 2652m, 3 hours trek- Early in the morning, you will be transferred to domestic airport for flight to Lukla. early in the morning. Flight to Lukla is an amazing experience as it fly over beautiful mountains and hills. After reaching Lukla, you will have to trek to Phakding, a beautiful place with green landscape and view o Kusum Kangararu and overnight at lodge on full board meals.

Day 04

Phakding– Namche(3440 m. 6/7 hrs We trek through Himalayan pine and deodar forest following the Dudh Koshi river to reach Namchebazaar. Namchebazaar was famous as trading center as it was Nepalese and Tibetan traders common ground for exchanging salt, dried meats, textile etc. You will spend two days exploring lives in this area, shopping and for acclimatization.

Day 05

Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar As the climate here is so unpredictable and cold so, you should be physically and mentally prepare to face it. After breakfast you will hike towards Everest view Hotel/Khumjung. We have to go above Namchebazaar and pass through Syangboche. From the top of hill above Syangboche you will get view of world highest peak, Mount Everest(8848m) and other peaks like Tangboche peak (6367m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m) & many more others. After reaching to Khumjung you can visit school established by Hillary. We will start next trek after having lunch passing the foot path of Khimde. After having good time here you will get back to Namche. Overnight at guest house inclusive of full board meals.

Day 06

Namche- Dhole(6 hours 4130 m.)- The trails are easy in the beginning up to Kyangjuma as flat with panoramic views. Then after ascend & descend out of the valley through rhododendron pine forests, which give way to perfumed of juniper and as the elevation increasing. This trek is especially beautiful when the rhododendrons are blooming. In the summer, local settlements used when Sherpa bring herds of yaks to graze in these high grazing land. The route passes through the settlement of Mong La (3880m)Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) then after reach to Dole where several lodge are available. The views of Clolatse (6335m), Khumbila (5765m), Tawache (6542m) and Cho Oyu through forest on the way to Dole are incredible throughout the day.Overnight at lodge, on full board meals.

Day 07

Dhole – Machhermo (4 hrs 4520m) Trail ascends for Machhermo via Lopharma at (4300m) and Luza at (4360m). The tail leads mostly steep as it ascend through encounter junipers. The trails go on to climb along the valley, high above the river, crossing a small pass to Machhermo . At the valley of Machhermo in 1974 Yeti killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman. This is the most yeti incident ever reported since that date. Overnight at lodge, on full board meals.

Day 08

Machhermo-Gokyo(4 hours 4860 mtrs.) We ascend a ridge for an outstanding view both back down the valley to Kantega (6783m) and front towards Cho-Oyu (8201m) & more peaks. Keeping on following the riverbank before beginning to ascend on to the deadly moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. After climbing steeply towards the direction of Ngozumba glacier where start the Gokyo lakes valley and the first small Lake at (4650m), Now, trails keep almost in the same level .Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Day 09

Rest day in Gokyo. (Optional early morning climb to Gokyo Ri for mountain views)Early wake up and ascend to the Gokyo-Ri, for panoramic view of Himalayan range, it takes approximately two hours climb to the top of the peak. It offers a panoramic view of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache & a long huge looking of Ngozumpa glacier. It supposed a largest glacier in Nepal. After taking pictures & recorded in your brain descend to the lodge then eat lunch & relax. Overnight at lodge, on full board meals.

Day 10

Early morning trek to Chola Pass (5430 mtrs 8/9 hours) Over night at Dhongla (5060 mtrs)accomodated by lodge.

Day 11

Trek to Lobuche. (Option of resting for one more day at Thukla for acclimatization) - (4910m) 5 hrs walk We have to trek along a broad valley floor to Dungla. Specially, Lobuche is Yak pasture, with beautiful sceneries of mountains. Overnight at guest house inclusive of full board meals.

Day 12

Trek to Kalapathar and back to Dingboche for overnight - (5400m) 8 hrs walk- Climb to Kalapathar. From here, we can see the entire south face of Mt. Everest and peaks around & skyline of Tibet.  Same day we will descend.

Day 13

Trek to Chhukung (7/8 hours 4730m) Over night at lodge. You will be meeting your climbing guide and check all the equipment.

Day 14

Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp (6/7 hours 5130m) Over night at tent

Day 15

Island Base Camp-Island High Camp (Imja Tse) (5/6 hours. 5820 mtrs.). Over night at tent.

Day 16

High Camp-Summit(Imja Tse) 6189m and back to Base camp/Chhukung. Over night at lodge.

Day 17

Pheriche-Tyangboche(3868 mtrs. 5/6 hours.) Over night at lodge.

Day 18

Thyangboche-Monjo (7 hous.). Over night at lodge.

Day 19

Monjo-Lukla(7/8 hours)- Trek continuously back to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi river, Lunch at Phakting and overnight at Lukla with dinner and breakfast.

Day 20

Flight back to Kathmandu. After having breakfast in the morning we will head towards Lukla airport for scenic flight about 35 minutes to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel for overnight inclusive BB.

Day 21

Free Day At Kathmandu/Departure-This day you can enjoy free a day at Kathmandu or depart for your home or other destination.

Cost Includes:

• All airport/hotel transfers
• Welcome and farewell dinners
• All accommodation and meals during the trek
• All Ground Transportation according to the Itinerary.
• An experienced English-speaking trek guide, assistant trek guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
• Salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging of Guide,Assi. Guide & Porter
• Duffel bag (if needed)
• All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
• A comprehensive medical kit
• All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes:

• Nepal Visa fee
• Airport departure tax
• International airfare to and from Kathmandu
• Excess baggage charges
• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
• Beverage( soft drink and other hard drink)
• Tips for guides and porters

Pre Departure Planning

Trekking in Nepal is a unique experience. So, to get maximum enjoyment you should be physically and mentally prepared. During the trek, you might have to hike approximately 5-6 hours almost everyday or 500-600m uphill or downhill. So, preparation should commence months before-walking, jogging, hiking and physical training would be very helpful. To learn more about trekking pre fitness consult our trekking fitness expertise

Food and accommodation

Meals will be provided by NEAT during the whole trek as per your service besides mentioned in city. We offer open and the choice menu in the tea house where you can select the food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our guide will recommend or take you to the guest houses which serve the hygienic and nutritious food and best accomodation. Snacks, bottle drinks including mineral water and alcohol are not included in price.

Trekking group

It would be easy for you if you have your own group if not also we can arrange a group trek according to your request. You would be joining the group in Kathmandu. If you want to have a solo trip then we are always ready to help you again with single supplement charge. We try our best to make your comfortable holiday in the beauty of Everest region.

Trekking guide and porters

Trekking guide are very responsible person who will assist you in your whole trek. They have a very broad knowledge about geography, Flora, Fauna, culture, himalayas and trails. Trekking guide will assist and brief all your questions and confusion during trek. The company will provide you the best and authorized guide to make your holiday. Potters are very strong and poor Nepali people who will carry all your baggage wherever you go. Don’t Forget to tip them for their service.


When NEAT plan your itinerary, we take everything into consideration about the altitude and other factors to minimize the chance of getting AMS.

Altitude gains-your trek is designed to gain around 600 meters (vertical) altitude daily.

Acclimatization - rest days are included in itinerary to help your body adjust to new altitude.

Each trekker must accept responsibility and trek slowly - observe the steps at which the porters and guide walks. There are no worthwhile prizes for getting to destination in record time - generally AMS.

Treatment: Mild symptoms - staying at same altitude may resolve symptoms. If there is no improvement, descend to lower level.

Severe (HAPE + HACE) - descend immediately, as failure to do so could result in death. If symptoms persist you may need to be carried to nearest medical facility or evacuated by helicopter.

Travel Insurance 

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Climate and Weather of Nepal

Climate in Nepal is diversified depends on season. From the low level to highest point of the World, it starts from hot to cold region from South to North. You can travel Nepal in any season but the best time to visit in Everest region is autumn & spring. If you are in autumn the weather is perfect and sky is crystal clear but in spring the weather seem little cloudy but the full blossoming Rhododendrons are awesome. In Summer visibility is poor and there is less chances to see the himalayas and in winter it is very cold in mountain but still possible to do this trip.

Nepalese Visa Requirements And Process

Before you travel to Nepal please check your passport and validity date. Passports must have at least 6 months validity after finish date of your trek. During booking, it is necessary to send us the passport copy. To travel in Nepal, you will require a visa which you can obtained from Nepalese Embassy at your country or you can get on arrival visa at the TIA airport in Kathmandu.

Here is general list of Nepalese visa fee as below and for more detail visit

Cost to be levied while issuing tourist visa by the Mission or entry point:  

• US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visa.
• US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 30 days multiple entry visa.
• US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.
Notwithstanding anything written in above, no visa fee shall be applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days.

Trekking Permits and Entry Charge

While you travel Everest Region, you need to obtain the  entry permits and TIMS permit. All the applicable permits and entry fees are including on the given cost except personal contribution and donations. In case of extra charge and payment, the agency will inform you.

Trekkers health and medical information

Trekkers health is very important for the tour operator as we should know your health condition before making reservation with us. To do this trek, the trekkers should have good fitness and require great stamina and good health. All our Trekking guide and potter are insurance before trekking. For the medical information you should contact your medical consult before planning your trip to Nepal.

Environmental & social concerns

NEAT is highly aware with Environmental concern and keep right ecological system. There shouldn’t be awful impact while you travel around the Everest region. So, we involve some campaign of cleaning trekking trails, works with KEEP project etc.

Booking procedure

Support the local company and the money directly goes to local community which helps to improve the economic condition of developing countries. Please contact us via e-mail or phone to check the availability and possibilities to book the trip in your date. We will gladly answer your each quires promptly so that you can make your decision faster.

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