Island Peak is 6,189m and is the hardest trek we offer in Nepal. For an experienced hiker who has already done a high-altitude trek, it is the perfect introduction to full alpine mountaineering. We do not recommend that you try this as your first high altitude trek.
The climb is physically very tough because of the altitude and the steep headwall at the end of the climb. However, you do not need previous technical climbing experience as we can teach you all the skills you need while you are on the expedition.
You cannot actually see the summit of Everest from the top of Island Peak as it is tucked behind Lohtse. You do though have amazing views of Ama Dablam, Lohtse and Mera Peak .
Most nights on this trek are in lodges, but the last three nights will be fully supported camping where all meals are provided.
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About the route
The Island Peak climb starts out following the classic trek to Everest Base Camp (5,380m). The highlight of the first part of the trip is climbing Kala Pattar (5,643m) which has stunning views of the Khumbu ice field, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest’s north face. This climb provides great acclimatisation for your attempt on Island Peak. If you are planning to climb Island Peak on a private trip you might consider the option of sleeping with an expedition team at Everest base camp itself. This is great fun and also will help with acclimatisation.
From Everest base camp you head back down the Dudh Kohsi valley as far as Dingboche. You then turn up the Imja Khola valley towards Chukhung and Island Peak. Chukhung is the final tea-house stop before heading to base camp for the ascent of Island Peak. You can hire all the special gear you need for the climb in Chukhung, although the quality of kit is sometimes poor here. If you want to be sure of the quality of rental kit, you have to hire in Kathmandu, but this means a 16 day hire rather than a 4 day hire.