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Island Peak Expedition

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Island peak climbing is very renowned in the world. The entire trip starts when you take off from the Tribhuwan Airport Domestic terminal of Kathmandu to Lukla, by landing at Lukla you will have a short tea break while repacking and introducing yourself to trekking staff and trek to Phakding. The following day your guide will take you to Namche, which is a Getaway to Everest. You will have an acclimatization day in Namche when you will have a day hike up at Syangboche Airport and Khumjung Village. After three days from Namche you will reach Chhukung via Tengboche, Pangboche and Dingboche. From the trail you can see Mt. Everest (8848m), Thamserku (6608 m), Kangteka (6685 m), Amadablam (6856 m), Tawache (6367 m), Cholatse (6335 m), Baruntse (7129 m), Nuptse, and Lhotse(8516m) Mountains. Besides these Mountains, you will see endangered Himalayan Thar, Snow Leopard, and Red Panda as well. At Chhukung you will meet your climbing guide who give you training on: How to use climbing equipment and some technical part of climbing.


Day 1 Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
Welcome to Nepal! We will receive you at the airport and transport you to the hotel.

Day 2 Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
The day beings with a meeting and introduction with your trek and tour leader. After breakfast, we organize a short meeting in the hotel lobby. The meeting finalizes the preparation of the trek. Soon, the day tour will start, and on the tour visit, the most highlighted places of Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most visited and sacred places for Hindus. According to Hindu mythology, Pashupatinath is one of four Dham. It is not only a religious place but also a cremation place. The dead body is burning with firewood on the bank of the holy river Bagmati.

Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. While touring Buddha, you can meet the monks, learn about Buddhism, and gather information about Thankas and their significance.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a royal palace built centuries ago when Nepal had 22 and 24 state kingdoms. The palace is famous with the name fifty-five windows durbar, Nyatapol Mandir the tallest temple in Nepal. The Lion Gate, Golden Gates, The statue of King BhupatindraMalla, and the pottery where the potter makes are the main attractions of Bhaktapur.

After finishing the tour, the evening time is to review the luggage for the trek. If you are interested you can walk around Thamel, choose the restaurant for dinner.

Day 3 Fly to Lukla (2840m) & trek to Phakding (2610m)
Wake up early in the morning and head to the airport for a flight to Lukla. We take a packed breakfast today. After a short scenic flight to Lukla, we begin the trek, after meeting our local trekking staff. We reach Phakding today, located on the banks of Dudh Koshi River.

Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m)
Following Dudh Koshi River and then a climb to reach Namche takes approximately 6 hours. We cross the river several times, encountering yaks and mules along the trail. Finally, the trail on the banks finishes and we start ascending on a steep gradient up, crossing the highest suspension bridge in Everest Region. We stop at Top Danda about midway up the climb and see the first sights of Everest, weather permitting. The climb is steep, so we walk at a comfortable pace. Finally, we reach Namche, the biggest town in the region.

Day 5 Namche Bazaar acclimatization day
Today is a rest day of the trek. It is very important to take a rest and acclimatize as we gain altitude. Today you will hike up to Syangboche and visit a museum that belongs to Sherpa culture, and the historical records of the Mt. Everest expedition by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first ones to scale Everest. The view of Namche, Khumjung village, and the massive summits in front are stupendous from Syangboche.

Day 6 Trek to Tengboche Monastery
After breakfast at the hotel, we head north towards Tengboche, a superb hill for photography and Himalayan view. The monastery at Tengboche is one of the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp standard trek. To reach Tengboche we need to walk for about 6 hours today, which includes a steep uphill bit in the second half of the day. In the evening, we walk around the Tengboche monastery and visit the monastery. Enjoy the beautiful evening with spectacular views at Tengboche Hill.

Day 7 Trek to Dingboche (4350m)
After breakfast, we trek down to Debuche and continue to Pangboche, which is a major Sherpa settlement. Walking through the village, we get to see Mt. Ama Dablam towering over us from the right, making a picture-perfect setting for the village to be in. The mountain will be at a stone’s throw away from us as we walk. On undulating trails, we cross a river and make a short climb up to Dingboche valley.

Day 8 Trek to Chhukung (4710m)
From Dingboche to Chhukung is about two and half hours walking slightly uphill at the altitude of 4710m. It’s quite important to adjust to the high altitude to climb up Island Peak. When you reach Chhukung, the trek guide will introduce you to the climbing guide.

Day 9 Trek to Island Peak base camp (5240m)
Today you will trek to Island Peak Base camp. From today accommodation will be in tented camps for the next two days. Foods will be prepared by a professional camping cook. After lunch, your climbing guide will give you some lectures about using the climbing equipment and the technical parts of climbing for the next day.

Day 10 Acclimatization day.
This is a day for adjusting to the thin air by doing a short trek to the high camp and exploring the Imja lake. Which helps to climb the peak for tomorrow morning. You will get short technical climbing training from your climbing guide. Such as how to use climbing gears, etc.

Day 11 Island Peak summit & return to Chhukung.
Finally, we reach the main climb day, also the highlight of this trip: climbing Island peak. Firstly, the guide will check the weather conditions and per-meeting to start. After leaving the base camp, today is your main adventure day. (weather permitting) you will start early in the morning for the climb up Island Peak (6189m). After High Camp, the trail ascends through a gorge to the right, after a safe trip to the top, you make your way back down to base camp and same day back to Chhukung.

Day 12 Trek down to Tengboche
We descend towards Tengboche via Dingboche, Pangboche, and Debuche, which takes about six hours. After breakfast, you will descend towards Dingboche valley, cross the Khumbu Khola and reach Pangboche via Orsho and Somare. You will have your lunch at Pangboche and head off to Tengboche through rhododendron forests.

Day 13 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m)
After breakfast again watch 360 degrees Himalaya view from Tengboche and trek down to Phungi Thanga and cross a stream. After about 1.5hrs of the steep climb up to Kayanjuma, have a short break. Again continue almost flat to reach Namche where you can enjoy and celebrate the success of the trip.

Day 14 Trek Down to Lukla (2840)
Day 15Morning flight back to Kathmandu
This morning you will fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu, and upon arrival, your guide transfers you to the hotel. A good rest after a long trek will be crucial. In the evening, you have leisure time to stroll around Thamel and do any souvenir shopping if you like.

Day 16 Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Today is a leisure day, and you have the option of doing extra activities if you feel it. You can get more information on our Activities Page. And in the evening you will be served a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with Nepali folk music and dance. It is also the time of reviewing the trip with your guide.

Day 17 Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
The trip concludes today. Your guide will drop you off at the international airport for your departure back home.


  • From and to airport transfer to hotel on a private tourist vehicle
  • Four Nights Hotel Accommodation in Standard hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full-day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu domestic airfare
  • Full Board Meals during the trip as per itinerary
  • Apex Asia Holiday provides English speaking local guide
  • Accommodation, foods, insurance, salary, equipment, and medicine for field staffs.
  • Trekking, tour, and Climbing permits, entrance fees.
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Farewell dinner one night before the client’s final departure in a typical Nepali Restaurant with culture dance. Your guide will accompany you.
  • All government taxes and official expenses.
  • Exclusions

  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Visa fees and travel insurance.
  • All drinks including bottled/boiled water along the trekking route
  • Lunch and dinner in the city.
  • Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is expected).
  • Personal trekking gears/equipment.
  • Anything not mentioned in the price includes.
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    Expedition Information
    Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4
    Island Peak (Imja Tse) 
    Fitness Level
    Technical Level
    Group Size
    Broad Adventure
    Broad Adventure
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    6,189 m / 20,305 ft