Island Peak Climbing Nepal
Gokyo Chola Island Peak Climbing

Gokyo Chola Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak, 6189m, is one of the most popular climbing peaks in the Everest Region. This trek is popular not only because it has been designed for gradual acclimatization, but because the route passes through places of breath-taking beauty which encourage you along the challenging trail to your destination: the summit of Island Peak. Island Peak is in itself famous for its unsurpassable view of the highest peaks in the world.

This expedition will take you into the heartland of the Khumbu region, passing through Gokyo lake, 4750m, and Everest Base Camp, 5357m. Island Peak is notorious for its highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier south of Mount Everest.

climbing island peak

The trail to Island Peak, in the shadow of the Everest massif, follows the Dudh Kosi Valley to Namche Bazaar, from where you will see the famous Tengbuche, Khumjung Monasteries and the colorful prayer flags contrasting the colors of nature. After walking beside the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier you will pass by the turquoise Gokyo Lake, and summit the rocky Gokyo Peak, 5360m, from where we can see four 8000-metre peaks: Everest, 8848m, Lhotse, 8511m, Makalu 8481m, Cho Oyo, 8230m. From Gokyo summit, other towering snow-peaks which fill the horizons are Gyachung Kang, 7922m, Cholatse, 6440m, Taweche, 6542m, Kangchung, 6103m, and countless other rock spires.

The next adventure is the spectacular Cho La pass, 5420m, from where we can get a spectacular view of the entire Khumbu region. As we retreat after Cho La pass, we will get our first sight of Island Peak. Our next climb takes us to the peak of Kala Pattar, 5545m, from where you get the closest view of Mount Everest. After descending to the Imja Valley and on to Chukkung, we make our attempt on Island Peak from where we can see one of the most magnificent views.

For those who want to summit their first Himalayan peak, Gokyo Chola-EBC-Island Peak is the perfect expedition. It is definitely challenging, but the trek has been designed to allow for the needed acclimatization while at the same time, it offers magnificent scenery.

Island Peak

The best season for Gokyo Chola- EBC-Island Peak climbing is from March to May and from September to November. The duration of the Gokyo Chola- EBC- Island Peak trek can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will arrange every detail of your Gokyo Chola- EBC- Island expedition; lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.

Note I: Our previous experience shows that two nights and three days program is sufficient to climb Island Peak. In case you would like to stay more than two nights and three days in Island Peak Base Camp, you have to pay USD 110 Per Person / Per day, and you will get all the same services as the scheduled days.

Note II: Annapurna Foothills Treks provides all the equipment you will need to climb Island Peak and Lobuche Peak and Pokalde. We have a store in Chukung which supplies equipment from Camp and Black Diamond Company, which are high quality mountaineering suppliers. The only thing you need to bring is your own plastic boots to be sure you have a comfortable pair in the proper size. You may wish to hire some in Kathmandu.

Note III: The following climbing equipment is available in Chukung.
Crampons, Harness, Ice-Axe, 2 x Tape slings, 2 x Screwgate Karabiners, Prussic Loops, Helmet, Ascender /Abseil Device (Jumar) and Descender Figure 8    

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Day to day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma,

Day 04: Trek to Namche bazzar,3441 m

Day 05: Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Trek to Khumjung, 3790m

Day 07: Trek to Dole, 4200m

Day 08: Trek to Machermo, 4470 m

Day 09: Trek to Gokyo, 4790m

Day 10: Acclimatization day in Gokyo, 4790m

Day 11: Trek to Thagnag 4990m

Day 12: Cross Cho La pass, 5420m and descend to Dzonglha

Day 13: Trek to Lobuche, 4910m

Day 14: Trek to Gorak Shep and back to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363 m

Day 15: Early Morning ascent to Kala Pattar 5545 m and descent to Dingbuche,

Day 16: Trek to Chhukung, 4710 m

Day 17: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, 5200m

Day 18: Acclimatization Day- Basic Training Ascend to 5600m and return to Base Camp

Day 19: Base Camp to Summit 6189m and descent to Chhukung

Day 20: Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)

Day 21: Trek to Namche, 3441m

Day 22: Trek to Lukla

Day 23: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 24: Free day Kathmandu

Day 25: Departure


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Trip Cost:

S.N. 2 Pax
US $ 2800

Service Includes: 

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 18 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during 1 night camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gears 
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while on Island peak climbing
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Island Peak Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.

Personal Climbing Gear Includes:

  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Tape slings
  • 2 x Screwgate Karabiners
  • Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • Helmet

Service Excludes:

  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, which can be arranged upon your request.
  • Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  • Trekking Sleeping Bag
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tipping (Tips)
  • Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  • Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  • Batteries and Telephone calls

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