Island / Imjatse Peak Climbing

Island peak Climbing Highlights: “exhilarating climb on the summit of Island peak, rich buddhist culture, warm-friendly locals, traditional village, land of world’s heritage, high alpine valley's in the shade of the mighty Number One 'Mt. Everest”.

Island Peak or Imja Tse 6,189m./ 20,305ft.situated at the top of the Imja Khola valley in the Khumbu area, just above the summer settlement of Chhukung, surrounded by the Imja, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar glaciers.   It offers a worthwhile challenge to the experienced winter mountaineer, competent in using ice axe and crampons, being technically straight forward, the most difficult section being a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees leading to the narrow summit ridge, approximately Scottish Winter Grade 2.  The climb will be undertaken towards the end of the trek when everyone will be fully fit and well acclimatised.

Trek starts from Lukla after a spectacular mountain flight from Kathmandu.  Making the way first to Namche Bazaar and after two nights here, heading into the high valleys with views of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde, then to Gokyo and the walk upto Gokyo Ri at 18,000ft. for tremendous panoramic views including Cho Oyu, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Makalu. At Gorak Shep in the Khumbu valley, we walk up to Kala Pattar 5,545m for the classic view of Everest South West Face, then following day walking across the Khumbu glacier to the site of Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu icefall.   Finally heading for the Imja valley and Island Peak Base Camp, where the camp will be established at the base camp of the Island Peaks South ridge, surrounded by stunning ice scenery beneath the immense Nuptse-Lhotse wall which towers above 3,000m.

For those not attempting the climb of Island Peak there is the opportunity to explore the Imja Khola Valley. It will take you into the high valleys, with plenty of time to visit Sherpa villages and monasteries and for taking magnificent photographs from stunning view points.   It will take you to the top of Kala Patter and to the Everest Base Camp. 

The climb of Island Peak is undertaken towards the end of the trek, allowing plenty of time for acclimatisation.  Two days are allocated for the climb from base camp.

From Island Peak base camp then descend along the Imja Khola to Dingboche and head back to Namche Bazaar, passing through Pangboche and at Thyangboche visit the Buddhist monastery, after descending the hill from Namche, following the Dudh Kosi valley to Lukla with a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu.

Island / Imjatse Peak Climbing Fact box

Mode of trek / climb: Teahouse / Lodge and camping.

Trek Grade: Adventurous

Climbing Grade: Alpine PD

Trekking / Camping: 17 / 15 days. Lukla to Lukla.

Total duration:  21 / 22 days. Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Trip Map

Island / Imjatse Peak Climbing Map

Island / Imjatse Peak Climbing Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. Approx. 5-6 hrs.
Day 05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m.Approx 5 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,243m. 5 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,930m. 5 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep 5,140m / Everest Base Camp 5,360m.
Day 10: Trek to Kalalpathar 5,545m and continue to Dingboche.
Day 11: Trek to Chhukhung 4,730m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp. 4,970m. 3 hrs.
Day 13: At Base Camp Rest day. 
Day 14: Trek & Climb to High Camp. 5,400m. 2-3 hrs climb.
Day 15: Climb to the Summit.
Day 16: Trek back to Dingboche. 5-6 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Thyangboche. 4-5 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar. 4-5 hrs.
Day 19: Trek back to Lukla. 6-7 hrs.
Day 20: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.