Island Peak Expedition

from £2,250.00£2,199.00

Island Peak is in the Khumbu region of Nepal and is one of the most sought-after peaks for thrill seekers looking to attempt their first peak in the Himalaya. This trek and climb takes climbers to an altitude of 6,189m above sea level, offering them not only breathtaking views of the Everest region but also a real introduction into mountaineering

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    Adrenaline, Discovery, Guided Tours, Trekking
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Island Peak Expedition.

Island peak, named by Eric Shipton’s mountaineering team in 1953 or its local name ,Imja Tse is located on top of the Chhukung glacier amid Ama Dablam and Mt Lhotse. The peak flaunts itself as an island in a sea of ice. Thus, this peak lying in the middle of Chhukung valley is known as an Island peak.


Starting from Lukla the trail makes its way through different colorful settlements of Sherpa people, prayer rocks, monasteries, suspension bridges, glacial moraines (Lhotse and Imja), Rhododendron forests, and the rare species of flora, fauna and birds in Sagarmatha National Park right up until the Island Peak summit, where you will be greeted with simply ‘the WOW’ scenery of Mt. Makalu in the east. Ama Dablam and Baruntse also stand proud in the south and Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Lhotse Middle (towering above 8000m) the north. Moreover, the hospitality offered by the Sherpa people adds even more warmth especially during the extremely cold days.

However, to enjoy both weather and the best views, it is very important to plan this trek at the right time of year. The best time to climb Island Peak are; mid March to May and mid September to November.

Though difficult, the trek is not massively technical. A physically fit and mentally determined person can plan this trek and climb. 

Key Note:

High altitude weather conditions are usually unpredictable, even during the best trekking seasons. Because of this, there may be sudden schedule changes with domestic flights to and from Lukla. The time duration varies depending on the weather conditions. The flights may be delayed for a minimum of several hours extending to several days, depending on the weather conditions. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to get ready for this by adding a few extra days to your plan. However, if everything goes according to plan you will be left with a few days that can be well utilized enjoying other attractions like rafting, jungle safari, shopping and many more.

Safety: During the entire trek, the team leader provided by the company is responsible for your safety. The team leader will make every effort to keep up with the itinerary provided to you; however, if it concerns your safety, then the team leader holds every authority to cancel any part of the itinerary. Also, unexpected change in weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, unpredicted natural disasters can all contribute to changes in the itinerary provided. Therefore, we expect you to be both flexible and supportive during the entire trek.

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Join us on the Island Peak Expedition

  • Climb a Himalayan Peak reaching altitude of over 6000m with spine tingling views.
  • Our Team in Nepal have been guiding to Island Peak since 2001.
  • You stay in comfortable lodges (or “Tea Houses”) on the trek and looked after by our finest cooks whilst camping
  • We take special care of our porters & guides. They are probably the best equipped in Nepal.
  • Your kit bag is carried for you, so you only need carry a day pack
  • Prices include all permits
  • You can take advantage of our free duffel bag, down jacket and sleeping bag for the trek.

Experience Required

The  Island Peak Expedition is a tough and arduous trek and climb. It is meant to be challenging. You must be a fit, regular hillwalker to take part, used to long, consecutive days walking in the British Mountains, preferably in Winter. You should have experience of walking steep, boulder-strewn paths where the use of hands has been essential to scramble upwards over rocky steps. Previous experience of Himalayan trekking is preferable, but not essential as long as you are a very regular and committed hill-walker. As this route takes you over remote high passes and a Himalayan peak, experience of having been to 5000-metres before is ideal.

We can forward a detailed equipment list upon booking. However you can also view our Recommended Equipment for this trip »

Over the years, we have gained an incredible amount of experience and expertise in outdoor equipment and clothing. We have applied this to each trip that we offer and recommend what we believe to be the most suitable items for your trip.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.


  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle

  • 3 nights accommodation in the excellent Aspara Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Full day guided city tour in a private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional, ethnic music and dance
  • Airport transfer for domestic flight
  • Trekking permit and TIMS permit
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek/climb
  • All accommodation whilst on trek/climb (Lodge/Tea house/tent)
  • Fresh fruit after dinner
  • Tea/Coffee
  • 3 days on camp during the climbing
  • One experienced Climbing guide for climbing section & One trekking guide for trekking Section
  • Everest National Park Permit/ trekking & TIMS Card
  • Island Peak Special Climbing Permit
  • Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local and government taxes
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
  • Duffel bag if required
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flight to Kathmandu
  • Nepal arrival visa

  • Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner

  • Personal expenses including mineral water, and alcoholic drinks and beverages

  • Climbing gear (Climbing rope, ice axe, ice crew and snow bar) We will help you to hire or buy these before or in Kathmandu)
  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation

  • Monument entrance fees

  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation

  • Any other extended trips and accommodation

  1. Day1 Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    Welcome to Kathmandu – the capital city of Nepal. Today is your first day with Bucket List Adventure Travel. Therefore, we send one of our company representatives to receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), who will further escort you to a tourist standard hotel. If possible, we also schedule a meeting at our office for the briefing regarding the trek followed by an introduction session with other team members (especially Sherpas and guides). Today, we also arrange a welcome dinner in one of the most popular local restaurants, where you can also enjoy the ethnic dance and cultural music along with great Nepali food. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and the dinner can be scheduled for the following day.

     Meals included: Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Nepali food, Cultural music and Ethnic dance.)

  2. 07:30AM Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trip preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    The capital, Kathmandu valley itself, is a big storehouse of exclusive natural, cultural and historical sites. Therefore, today, we take you on a few hour tours to the major attractions of Kathmandu valley. After spending few hours observing these wonderful sites, we again meet for a few hours to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (down jacket, trekking boots, sleeping bags etc.) required during the trek. The night will be spent at a hotel in Kathmandu.

     Meals included: Breakfast

    (Highlights of the day: World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square (a historical structure offering architectural wonders), the Pashupatinath temple (a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- lord possessing the power of destruction), Swyambhunath and Boudhanath (a Buddhist shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha- Light of Asia.

    Optional site:Another World Heritage site ‘Patan Durbar Square’ along with other historical masterpieces like Mahabouddha Temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and Kumbeshwor Temple.)

  3. 07:30AM Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 4 hours walk

    Today is the first day of the trek. We will be escorted in a private vehicle to the Tribhuvan International Airport to board an early morning flight to Lukla. After 30-35 mins the plane will finally land at the Lukla Airport (Tenzing Hillary Airport). On reaching the airport, we will be introduced to other crew members awaiting our arrival. At the same time luggage will also be prepared for the porters. Once everything is ready, the ultimate trek finally begins towards the destination of the day, Phakding, leaving Lukla behind. After four hours of downhill and flat trail experience, we finally reach Phakding. You can freshen up and rest for some time. Then the team leader you will take you for a short walk in the village of Phakding or even a hike to nearby Gompas for acclimatization purpose. The night will be spent at a lodge in Phakding.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Wonderful aerial view of the terrain from the plane, colorful Lukla village, ‘Mani’ prayer rocks, Phakding village and ‘Gompas’ monasteries, downhill and flat trail)

  4. 07:30AM Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft) 5-6 hours walk

    Today is the second day of the trek. Without wasting a single minute we leave Phakding and move towards Monju walking through across few suspension bridges and small settlements. Monju is popularly recognized as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. On reaching Sagarmatha National Park, your team leaders will take care of the necessary national park formalities at entrance while you enjoy small tea houses and shops. We then enter the national park from where a vertical drop down the hill will bring you across few suspension bridges. On crossing these bridges the trail leads you uphill towards Namche Bazaar that offers the first view of Mt. Everest along with other peaks. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: small settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monju, Sagarmatha National Park, small tea houses and shops, suspension bridges, steep trail, Namche Bazaar and the very first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Kusum Khangru.)

  5. 08:30AM Day 05: Acclimatize day at Namche

    Today, the third day of the trek, we get involved in the activities that help us to adapt to the change in altitude and thinning air. Remaining active is the best way to acclimatize. Therefore, instead of resting, we hike to Thame. Thame is an old Sherpa village. We also have an option to visit to Khumjung, Khongde or Khunde which further aids in acclimatization. Namche bazaar offers varieties of options to spend the day. Hence, remaining days can either be spent visiting the National Park Head office, Museum and other nearby monasteries. Or, you can also spend some quality time at cafes and bakeries or talking to your family making internet calls. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Thame-an old Sherpa village, Khumjung/Khunde/Khongde, National Park Head office, Museum, monasteries, cafes, bakeries, shops, restaurants, post office, hospital, government health post, 24 hour electricity and water supply and high speed internet access)

  6. 07:30AM Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft) 5 hours walk

    Today is the fourth day of the trek. We first walk along the glacial water of Dudh Khoshi. Enjoying the views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam, we continue towards the Rhododendron forest walk through the forest and finally reach Sanasa – a major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. From here, we take a steep ascent that will eventually take us to Tengboche monastery. The night will be spent at a lodge in Tengboche monastery.

     Meals inlcluded: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: The Dudh Khoshi River, spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Themserku, Rhododendron forest, animals and birds like musk deer, multi-colored pheasant and Thar, and Tengboche – the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region.)

  7. 07:30AM Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft) 5-6 hours walk

    Today is the fifth day of the trek. For the first half an hour we walk downhill towards the river and then continue the walk through green forest, cross the river and ascend up to Pangboche. From Pangboche we again climb up to Pheriche. From Pheriche the walk is moderate and the trail will lead you to the Imja Valley. From here, we climb the last vertical climb of the day that will finally take us to Dingboche. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dingboche.

    Meals include: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Lush forest, steep climbs, and magnificent Chortens and Mani walls.)

  8. 07:30AM Day 08: Acclimatisation day

    Today is the sixth day of the trek. It is highly recommended to first adapt to the change in altitude and thinning air, before conquering the peak. Therefore, this is the second acclimatization day before heading towards the Island peak. We climb the ridge on the north behind the Dingboche village to observe the view of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and other peaks. You can also enjoy the internet café or spend some time in the billiard parlor. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dingboche.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Dingboche-summer settlement, view of Mt. Lhotse and Mt Amadablam and Imja River from the ridge on the north of the village, Kilometers of stone walls covering the Imja valley, internet cafes and world’s highest Billiard hall.)

  9. 07:30AM Day 09: Trek Chhukung( 4,730m/15,518ft)3-4 hrs walk

    Today is the seventh day of the trek and our destination is Chhukung valley. We make our way from the Imja Khola valley towards the east of Chhukung Valley. We walk along the rocky trail to get to the valley. On reaching Chhukung, we check into the lodge and meet our climbing guide as per the schedule. After a round of briefing regarding the next day’s climb, we will also check all the essential equipments and gears that will be required for the next day’s climb. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chhukung.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Stoned walled fields, Imja Khola valley, Chhukung valley, rocky trail, view of Lhotse and Ama Dablam.)

  10. 07:30AM Day 10: Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft) 3-4 hours walk

    Today is the eighth day of the trek and our destination is the base camp of Island peak. We will first walk towards south and then towards the main valley in the east. After walking on a pleasant trail along the stream the trail directs towards a huge rock. From here this rocky trail becomes glacial as we cross Lhotse and Imja glacier moraine. After crossing these glacier moraines we finally reach the destination set for the day. Today, one hour training is also scheduled to practice following day’s climb especially for amateurs. The night is spent in a tent at the base camp of Island peak.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Rocky and glacial trail, glacier moraines (Imja and Lhotse), a night in a tented camp, and southwestern face of Island peak.)

  11. 07:30AM Day 11: Island Peak High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft) 2-3 hours walk

    Today is the ninth day of the trek and Island peak High camp is the destination set for today. A 2-3 hours walk through the narrow slopes and rigid path will finally take you the destination. On reaching the high tent will be set, the gears and equipment will be rechecked, your boots will be fitted with crampons and you will be provided with the last minute helpful technique for tomorrow’s climb. The night is spent inside the tent at the High Camp of Island Peak.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Narrow, rigid trail, view of mountains and glacier surrounding the Island Peak, tented camp experience.)

  12. 05:30AM Day 12: Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft) & return back to Chhukung) 8-10 hours walk

    Today is the tenth day of the trek and the day that takes you to the actual destination of the entire trek – the summit of Island Peak. It is the most awaited day of this trek. Therefore, we start as early as possible. Using the techniques taught by the climbing leader earlier, we make our way through short rock steps, crevasses, seracs, 40-45 degree slopes, snout of summit glacier and finally to the summit. We spend some time here taking photos, making memories that will last a lifetime and walk all the way downhill to the high camp. We collect our belongings and remaining gears and walk all the way to Chhukung valley. Today’s walk is probably the longest walk in the entire trail. Therefore, you can relax your tired muscle in the lodge. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chhukung.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Island peak summit, experience of seracs, crevasses, icy slopes 40-45 degree according to the angle measurement, view of surrounding peaks like Lhotse, Lhotse Middle, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse in the north, Makalu in the east, and Baruntse and Amadablam in the south.)

  13. 07:30AM Day 13: Trek to Khumjung (3,780m/12,401ft) 5-6 hours walk

    Today is the eleventh day of the trek and our destination for the day is Khumjung. We walk down towards Khumjung leaving Pangboche and Tengboche behind making our way through the Rhododendron and pine forest and suspension bridges. On reaching Khumjung we check into the lodge where you can finally enjoy a hot shower to relax your tired muscles. The night will be spent at a lodge in Khumjung.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Vertical descent, village of Pangboche and Tengboche, suspension bridges and Rhododendron and pine forest.)

  14. Today is the twelfth day of the trek and our destination for the day is Namche Bazaar. We first walk through the ridge from here the fairly easier trail will finally take us to Namche Bazaar. The remaining days can be spent visiting different attractions of Namche Bazaar or simply enjoying coffee and some food at the café. You can also rest in the lodge itself, if you don’t wish to walk any longer. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar. Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (Highlights of the day: National Park Head office, Museum, monasteries, cafes, bakeries, shops, restaurants, post office, hospital, government health post, 24 hour electricity and water supply and high speed internet access.) Day 14: Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,283ft) 4-5 hours walk

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  15. 07:30AM Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft) 5-6 hours walk

    This is the last day of the trek and our destination is Lukla. Starting from Namche Bazaar, a 7-8 hour walk will finally take us to Lukla. The trail continues downhill towards the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River close to the junction of Dudhkoshi and Bhote Koshi River. On crossing this we bridge we walk towards Monjo, fulfill the exit formalities at the check post of Sagarmatha National Park and continue the walk that leads us to Phakding. After a short lunch break, we continue the trail that finally leads us to Lukla. Today, after reaching Lukla, you can either spend your time with the crew members or opt for some alone time to recollect the memories. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lukla.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Colorful Lukla village, ‘Mani’ prayer rocks, Phakding village and ‘Gompas’ monasteries, flat trail small settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monju, Sagarmatha National Park, small tea houses and shops, suspension bridges, steep trail, Namche Bazaar and the very first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Kusum Khangru.)

  16. 07:30AM Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) 35 minutes scenic flight Dinner

    Today, the second last day of the trek is your last day in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Our Sherpas will carry your luggage to the airport while other formalities will be taken care by your team leader. Once the plane lands at the airport, we will directly board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning enjoying the scenic view once again from the sky. A comfortable private vehicle will be awaiting our arrival in Kathmandu Airport, which will safely escort you to the hotel. In the evening we meet for some time to discuss your trek and get feedback. The night will be spent at a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.

     Meals included: Breakfast/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Wonderful aerial view of the terrain from the plane, tourist standard hotel)

  17. Day17 Day 17: Departure day

    Today is the last day of your trip in Nepal with us. If your flight is scheduled early morning, then one of our company representatives will escort you to the airport as per your flight departure time. But, if the flight is scheduled later in the evening, you can go shopping and collect a few mementos or simply hang around shopping areas in Kathmandu. However, if you are planning to spend some extra days in Nepal, we can also make the arrangements for some other top adventurous activities that you can attend while you are in Nepal.

    (The usual day for a trek: Every day, our guides will come to wake you up at around 7:00-7:30am. In case of special days, our guides will wake you up early in the morning at around 5:00am.  A western breakfast like porridge, oats, toasts, etc. will be served at around 8:00-8:30am. The lunch will be served from a teahouse menu at about 12-1pm. However, the lunch time can also be postponed on request. The dinner will be served at around 8:30-9:00pm. Your accommodation is arranged at a lodge, in a tented camp (two days) or also in a tourist standard hotel (subject to availability) where we stop for overnight.

Everest Base Camp
Happy memories at Base Camp
everest base camp trek
Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Accommodation in Kathmandu is at the Apsara Boutique Hotel. This friendly and very spacious hotel lies in the center of trekking city aka Thamel! There is a relaxing spa attached to the hotel to unwind and relax and is perfect for a post trek massage

Along the trek you will stay in comfortable lodges and Tea houses. These do change depending on the time of year you visit but all are on a twin sharing basis unless stated.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights 
March 10, 2018 - March 26, 2018
September 15, 2018 - October 1, 2018
March 23, 2019 - April 8, 2019