Island Peak Climbing route
A thrilling flight from Kathmandu will take you to Lukla from where you begin trekking towards the Island Peak. Trekking through lush forests, you will cross many streams and bridges to reach Namche Bazar. The trail from here ascends through fine villages like Tengboche and Dingboche and heads up to the Chhukung valley. You will shortly reach Island Peak Base Camp and gradually ascend towards the summit, following the lead of your Sherpa guide.
Island Peak Climbing map
Get through our Island Peak Climbing map to better understand the trail. You can see the rise of the trail and all the major highlights marked on the map. As we have created our map following our Island Peak Climbing itinerary, you can see all the villages indicated on the map, where you stop for the night.
Island Peak Climbing difficulty & Altitude Sickness
Climbing Island Peak is difficult if you are not an alpine mountaineer with lots of trekking experience. Island Peak Climbing is known as an easy peak to climb, however you have to be well-prepared to reach the summit. You need to walk 6 to 7 hours a day with 5kg to 7kg weight on your back, which demands strong physical fitness and sound health. Likewise, there will be a few steep, snowy, and rugged paths as well.
Altitude sickness, a very important thing to be careful and attentive about while going on any high altitude journey. Island Peak Climbing will take you 6,000 meters above the sea level, therefore a well-planned itinerary with ample rest days is needed for successful and smooth climbing. We have designed our Island Peak Climbing package including all the required rest days with a consistent increase of elevation.
Best time to go on Island Peak Climbing
You can go on Island Peak Climbing from March to May, which means in the spring season. This is the best time of the year to go on Island Peak Climbing because of stable weather and warm climate. The trail gets enhanced with diverse species of flora. Another good time to go climbing is autumn from October to November. The weather is favorable with stunning views of the mountains.
Accommodation & Meals
During the journey, you stay overnight in the lodge in the mountain villages. The accommodation you get will be basic yet fulfilling for some reason. You have to share the room with fellow trekkers because twin-sharing rooms are mostly available. Washrooms may be common or private depending upon the lodge. While climbing, you spend nights in high-quality tents provided by the company. All the members of the team will get separate sleeping tents with shared dining and washroom tents.
You get three meals a day. In the lodge, meals will be served as per their menu. You can see a variety of options to dig in from Nepali, Indian, Tibetan to Continental cuisine. We advise you to include dal bhat tarkari at least once in your meal per day as it is the most delicious, nutritious, filling, and affordable option. Similarly, while camping, the meals will be cooked and prepared by the crew members. We will carry all the meals and necessities with us.
Communication & Electricity
You will find the internet in the villages, however as the altitude will increase, the connection will get unstable. Likewise, the cellular network is also available at most parts of the trail. We highly suggest you use a local SIM card for better service. From Island Peak Base Camp, the team leader will use a satellite phone to connect with the team at base camp and in the city.
Electricity is available in the villages. You can see both hydropower and solar electricity used by the locals. Charging facilities are available in the village, but you may have to pay a few extra bucks to utilize the service. We suggest you carry extra batteries and not completely rely on charging.
Travel insurance is very important to go on Island Peak Climbing. Travel insurance is for your own safety. You cannot predict events in the high altitude, therefore travel insurance will surely keep you safe in an emergency. Your travel insurance should cover things like airlift, medical bills, hospital bills, flight cancellation, and loss or theft of personal property. We suggest you take out travel insurance in your own country because Nepal does not issue it for foreigners.
Guide & Porter
During Island Peak Climbing, you will be guided by our professional climber who has climbed Island Peak and several other peaks before. Our guides are certified and licensed by the Nepal government. They are trained for numerous situations from remote survival to rock climbing and first aid. Likewise, you also get accompanied by porters.
Tourism can be a big threat to nature and the fragile Himalayan environment if not well-planned. We make sure our trips in the Himalayas do not harm it. Therefore, we run eco-friendly and sustainable trips. Likewise, we also work for the betterment of the mountain people. For that, we have established a small organization that supports the education expenses of children from underprivileged families.