It is no doubt that Nepal is blessed with abundance of natural beauty and heartwarming people. Among its various attractions are the mighty Himalayas which are climbed every year by enthusiastic and daring explorers. Among the various peaks, Island peak catches people’s eye since it can be climbed by all novice climbers as well as experienced trekkers. Located in Sagarmatha National Park of the Solukhumbu district, Island Peak follows the Everest trail and gets separated from Dingboche towards the East of the Chukkung Valley following the Imja Khola (River). The Island Peak Expedition undoubtedly offers a thrilling experience to all the summiteers as one can get to experience more than an ordinary trek. The Peak lies at an altitude of 6189m and is surrounded by various other ranges which makes the site truly brilliant. The Peak is physically demanding but not technically challenging thus anyone with moderate experience in climbing and trekking can aim to summit Island Peak.
The peak flaunts itself in the middle of icy terrain as an island thus gaining its name. The expedition should be planned at the right season since off season can be more challenging and risky. The perfect season to attempt this expedition is March-may and September-November. The Peak is grade Alpine PD+. If you are looking for a more challenging trip, you can visit our alternate expedition like PISANG PEAK or EVEREST BASE CAMP. Nevertheless, if you are looking to customize your trip according to your timing and itinerary, Desire Adventures is more than happy to help you.
Note: High altitude is challenging and proper precautions should be taken to acclimatize the body and stay secure. The weather in the mountains also frequently change thus we would expect you to cooperate with us on certain delays and postponement. Your safety is of major importance to us thus our guides and Climbing Sherpas will not take any chances that will cause extreme risk or harm to you. Thus, we expect you to cooperate with us. We also recommend you to prepare for the expedition beforehand if you are a newbie to ice climbing and trekking. The preparation should be done theoretically (research on the peak) and practically (working out to make your mental and physical self fit).
- Airport pick up and transfer
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis
- Breakfast in Kathmandu
- Welcome & Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at one of the typical Nepalese local restaurant
- A day guided city tour in Kathmandu valley
- All accommodation during trekking and climbing section (lodge/tea house/tent)
- All meals(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek
- Seasonal fresh fruits during the trek
- Required private transport at Kathmandu during tour
- Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight, airport taxes and transfer
- Everest National Park Permit/ trekking & TIMS Card
- Island Peak Special Climbing Permit
- One experienced Climbing guide for climbing section & One trekking guide for trekking Section (both leaders are English speaking, first aid trained, climbing leader is trained & licensed from Nepal Mountaineering Association- Rock climbing and mountaineering trained), the cost of camping and trekkers crew/ insurance
- All necessary Gov. Taxes and service charges
- Garbage deposit fee and all paper works
- Transfer to the airport for the final departure by private vehicle
- Duffel bag
- Nepal Visa, in/out flight to Kathmandu
- Your meals at Kathmandu, except provided dinner and breakfast
- Beverages on the trip
- Necessary group climbing gears (Climbing rope, ice axe, ice crew and snow bar/ possible to hire or buy in Kathmandu)
- Travel insurance
- Personal nature expenses
- Any extending trips
Welcome to Nepal! Upon your landing, our team representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to your respective hotel. After freshening up, you will be invited to our office where you can meet the Desire Adventures Team and also your guide. We will discuss further about the tour. If you have time you can stroll around the city late afternoon. Nevertheless, if you arrive late at night, we will directly host a local dinner for you to welcome you to Nepal. The dinner will be followed by traditional music and performance.
Attractions: Beautiful scenario before landing, introduction to Kathmandu valley and the Nepali culture.
Today after breakfast, we will visit some of the famous heritage sites listed under UNESCO. These include Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. During the tour, your team leader will give you plenty information on these temples, stupas and shrine. After the fruitful day around the city, you will retun to your hotel to freshen up. If you did not get a chance to meet your guides earlier, you will do so today. Night will be spent at a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Attractions: Exploring Pashupatinath; a historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the banks of the Bagmati River, Swayambhunath; a brilliant Stupa with the eyes of the Buddha in its four corners overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley from atop a hill, Boudhanath; a Stupa located towards the east of the valley with Tibetan settlements and Basantapur Durbar Square; the royal palace constructed during the Lichhavi period showcasing magnificent Nepali architecture.
Your Island Peak trek officially starts today. You will catch the morning flight to Lukla from Tribhuvan International Airport and reach the destination in about 30-40 minutes. The rest of the crew will be waiting for us on Lukla (Tenzing Hillary Airport). After introduction, we start our trek for the day towards Phakding. Since Phakding lies at a lower altitude than Lukla, we began descending towards Cheplung, Nuring and finally Phakding. Night will be spent at Phakding.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Attractions: Aerial view of the mountains and hills from the plane, Introduce one of the most dangerous airports in the world, familiarization to the Khumbu valley. Mani, prayer flag and chorten along the trail.
After spending the night in Phakding, we start our trail to Namche. We cross few suspension bridges and settlements filled with stone walls and houses. We can see that the culture is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. After walking for decent hour, we reach the village of Monjo. Here, your guide will pay the fees to Sagarmatha National Park Entrance while you enjoy the serene beauty around you. After crossing Larja Dobhan, you will get to view your first glimpse of Everest, standing tall and proud amidst the snow and clouds. We finally reach Namche and settle for the night in a teahouse.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Attractions: Old manis, teahouses along the way, rough and small trail, Kongde face with sharp face glistening above, settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monju,entrance to Sagarmatha National Park.
It is important to acclimatize in few sections during the trek due to constant high altitude. Thus, on our 5th day during the trek, we take time off from the daily destinations and uphill walk and stay back in Namche to acclimatize. Although it is regarded as a rest day, we will still visit the nearby sites to make our body used to the altitude. We will hike to a beautiful Sherpa village called Thame. We can also visit some nearby villages i.e. Kunde or Khumjung. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Namche or spending the day reading with a cup of coffee at the many cafes and restaurants there. Overnight at Namche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Attractions: Thame-an old Sherpa village, Khumjung/Khunde/Khongde, National Park Head office, Museum, monasteries, cafes, bakeries, shops, restaurants, post office)
From Namche, we move north east along the glacier water of Dudh Koshi. Walking a bit further from the tensing Norgey Memorial Stupa, we come across our first view of Ama Dablam, Lotse Shar Taboche, Kangtega and Thamserku. We talk some steep ascent which will eventually lead us to Tengboche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Attractions: Traverse trail, big carved mani stones, extensive panorama along the way, spot Himalayan Thar, Danphe, 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.
From Tengboche, we will ascend towards the east and reach Somare. Crossing the suspension bridge we head towards Orso. From here, we follow the Imj Khola and take the bridge take takes us towards Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
Attractions: Pleasant forest, icy long trail with snowfall depending on the season, more chortens and mani walls as we ascend higher, scenario covered with steep foreset, steep climb
Acclimatization is important to us since we will be climbing a peak at 6189m. Thus, our second acclimatization will be at Dingboche. We will be visiting nearby villages and doing short hikes to make our body used to the altitude.
Highlights: Summer settlement at Dingboche, view of Mt. Lhotse and Mt Amadablam and Imja River from the ridge on the north of the village, Stone walls covering the Imja valley.
From Dingboche, we walk along the Imja Khola and take the trail that leads us to Chhukung. Upon reaching Chhukung, we settle down and start discussing about the climband check our necessary climbing gears.
Highlights: Stoned walled fields, Imja Khola valley, Chhukung valley, rocky trail, view of Lhotse and Ama Dablam, hills and upper fences, view of
Imjatse/ Island Pea, sheer rocks and steep snow face along the way, magnificient view of Chukkung from Dusum.
Our destination for today is the island Peak base Camp. Walking along the Island Peak Trek Trail along the stream and huge rocks, we enter the Island Peak territory. Along the path, the rocky terrain turns into icy glacier as we cross the Lotse and Imja moraine. The route to Amphu Lapcha lies on the South East. We will also go through an hour long training course for our climb tomorrow. Night will be spent at a tent in the base camp.
Highlights: Zigzag yak routes, steep and dry stream along the way, Rocky and glacial trail, glacier moraines (Imja and Lhotse), a night in a tented camp, and southwestern face of Island peak.
We will set out for High Camp from the base Camp today. After going through narrow slopes for 2-3 hours, we finally reach the high camp. We will set the tent and furthermore discuss on the gears, equipments and trainings and get ready to summit the peak tomorrow. The night will be spent at a tent in the high camp.
Highlights: Adventurous path along the rocky and glacial trail surrounded by glacier moraines (Imja and Lhotse), a night in a tented camp, and southwestern face of Island peak
We will come across short rock steps, crevasses and steep slopes before summiting the Island peak. Today is the day we will finally summit the peak. In the morning we set out from High camp to climb the summit while fixing ropes whenever necessary. Although the climb is not very difficult, our climbing guide will help us whenever necessary. Finally after crossing asteep snow slope along the summit ridge we reach the summit. After enjoying some time in the summit we head down towards Chukkung. Today will be the longest walk we will be doing throughout the trek so we need t be mentally prepared for it.
Highlights: Island peak summit experience, crevasses, icy slopes, 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.
The trek to Khumjung from Chukkung will be for 5-6 hours. Walking downhill crossing settlements like Dingboche, Pangboche and Tengboche we finally reach the village of Khumjung. We will also come across the biggest mani wall of Khumbu here in Khumjung. This will the first night in a while when we will be sleeping in a hotel so you can take a shower or even rest in your comfortable bed.
Highlights: Long descend path along the trail, various valleys and settlements like Pangboche, Tengboche, crossing of suspension bridge, rhododendrons and pine forests.
We will set off towards Namche from Khumjung today. After breakfast we descend towards the trail that leads to Namche. The trail is a fair 4-5 hours walk with a magnificent view of Ama Dablam, Lotse, Taboche and Thamserku. Upon reaching Namche, we will have facilities of bakery and communication thus you can spend your time resting in café or simply strolling around the area.
Highlights: Descend further down to the valley, Museum, monasteries, cafes, bakeries, shops, restaurants, post office, hospital, government health post, 24 hour electricity and water supply and high speed internet access in Namche, time to relax and wander around this area.
We will be trekking to Lukla from Namche today. We will cross settlements like Larja Dobhan descend down to Monjo, cross the suspension bridges of the Dudh Koshi River , arrive at Phadking and crossing the stone walls, Manis and Chortens we finally reach Lukla. The night will be spent at a tourist standard lodge in Lukla.
Highlights: 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.
Today we will depart for Kathmandu early morning. Our Sherpas will carry your luggage to the airport and fill out the official formalities. While on the airplane, you can enjoy the mountain ranges from above the cloud which is truly alluring. The 35 minute scenic flight will be one of the last adventures you will have while traveling to the capital from Khumbu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be picked up by your private transportation to drop you off in your hotel. Later we will host a dinner for you as a farewell to the wonderful trekking experience you had in Nepal. We can also discuss and talk about your journey in the Himalayas.
Highlights: Drop off to the Airport, Magnificent aerial view of the Himalayas from the airplane
On the final day of your departure, we will drop you off at the airport in your private vehicle. Nevertheless, if you have time before your departure, you can spend the day shopping for souvenirs for your friends and family. We wish you a safe journey.
*Note: Let us know if we are lucky enough to celebrate your birthday with us so that we can make it a memorable one amidst the mountains.
Desire Adventures also provides extended and customized trip to our beloved guests. Let us know if you want to plan your next trip or extend your trip further and we will give our best to provide you a once in a lifetime adventure!
Accommodation and Food:
Your satisfaction and safety is our priority. Thus, we attempt to give you the best value for your money. In Kathmandu, we will arrange a tourist standard hotel for you will facilities like WiFi and hot shower. The rooms are twin share, where you will have to share your room with another member of your group. However, this totally depends on the size of your group and the availability of rooms in the hotel. On request, triple share can also be arranged. Moreover, if you are looking for a single supplement room, extra charges will be applied.
During the trek, normally your accommodation is arranged in a local guest houses or lodges with shared amenities. However, in this trek, nights will be spent in a tented camp while attempting the summit. Most of the guest houses or lodges offer the facility of a hot shower. However, in the absence of hot shower, a few buckets of hot water can also be arranged on request. A full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea and coffee) will be provided during the entire trek during camping and also during lodges and teahouse.
Training, Safely, and Fitness
Athough the peak is considered to be of less technical difficulties as there are only few areas where we will require rope, the altitude of Island Peak trek demands excellent stamina, tough determination and the best health condition. Therefore, every interested mountaineer is suggested to consult their doctor before planning this climb. Mountaineers are also requested to take advice, medications and permission from their doctor prior to planning their climb. Some days of the trek require 9-10 hours of walking. Therefore, regular exercise and jogging is recommended to build up the required stamina to successfully climb the peak. It is only suitable for physically fit, healthy and mentally determined mountaineer.
Registered under the government of Nepal, Desire Adventures is a fully licensed and certified company. Therefore, this company holds complete authority to operate treks, tours, expedition, hiking and many other tourism related services in the Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. In addition to this, we are also a very active member of the following organizations.
Nepal Tourism board (NTB)
Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)
Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation
Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd.
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry
Passport and Visa Information:
It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:
Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees:
Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost
Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu, and
Tel: 00977-1-4433934/4429660/4438862/4438868, Download visa form-: www.immi.gov.np
Personal Climbing Gears:
- Ice axe
- Tape slings (2)
- Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
- Descender/eight figure
- Plastic mountaineering boots
Head/ Hands/ Foot
- Bandana or head scarf
- Wool hats
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- poly-liner gloves
- 1 pair of mittens; consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched, waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- hiking boots (water resistant, ankle support)
- Half sleeve/ full sleeve shirts
- Light tops
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
- Waterproof shell jacket
- Down jacket, waterproof
- Non-cotton underwear briefs
- Hiking shorts/ trousers waterproof
- thermal bottoms
- 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- rucksack with cover
- Fanny bag
- sleeping bag 30 degree DC
- Fleece sleeping bag liner
- 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
- Large Ziplocs
- water bottle
- 1 small folding knife
- Binoculars (optional)
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
- Toilet paper
- Hand Sanitizers
- Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Note: Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant!
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.
Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:
Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.
Round the clock service:
Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.
Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:
Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.
Importance to Sustainable Tourism:
We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.
No exceptions with quality and equipments:
Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency. Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.
5:1 Client Guide Ratio
We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles.
Why Desire Adventures?
- Exceptional Product Knowledge
- Fair Price and Service Quality Guaranteed
- Guaranteed Departure on each booking
- Ultra-personalized itinerary and Unmatched Flexibility:
- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio