This is the most popular but technically difficult trekking peak in Nepal. It involves a grade 1 scramble up a rock gully
and an easy rock ridge to a glacier. Above the glacier, a steep snow headwall leads to the summit
ridge which continues in an incredibly exposed position to the summit.
Experience a Himalayan peak with a crevasse crossing on ladders and ascending on fixed lines like you find on many 8,000 meter peaks. Our staff offers a Free Training Day in Colorado for paid clients prior to departure for those wishing to participate.
The mountain itself is the extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar separated by a small col. The ridge rising to the south from this point leads to the summit of Island Peak. The summit provides some of the most spectacular scenery of the Himalayas in the Khumbu region - Nuptse (7,879 m), Lhotse (8,501 m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410 m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383 m) in the north and views of Makalu (8475 m) in the east and Baruntse and Amadablam in the south.
October 12: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
October 13: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m)
October 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
October 15: Acclimation day in Namche bazaar
October 16: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m)
October 17: Trek to Dingboche (4,410m)
October 18: Trek to Chhukung
October 19: Trek to Island Base Camp
October 20: Summit attempt and trek down to Dingboche
October 21: Summit attempt. Extra day for bad weather
October 22: Trek to Namche
October 23: Trek to Lukla
October 24: Fly back to Kathmandu
October 25: Free day in Kathmandu or continue further activities
October 26: Airport transfer for final departure
Reserving a Trip
We make preparing for your trip easy! Our area managers are here to help—from choosing the right trip and checking availability to reserving your place to stay. Our office manager will normally be your single point of contact. They will oversee all of your arrangements, answer any questions that you may have, and help you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
Choosing Your Trip
We suggest that you read the trip information to choose the right adventure for your ability level and interest. Trip information is available for on each page or can be sent to you via fax, email or mail. Our office manager can answer any questions you might have and they would be happy to refer you to someone who has traveled with us before for a reference.
Reserving Your Place
Early reservations are recommended since group sizes are limited and airlines often sell out of their best fares many months in advance. Once you have submitted your reservation request with us, one of our travel consultants will contact you the following business day to confirm your arrangements and will charge the initial deposit to your major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). You can then download a trip application (in PDF format) and send it to us by mail with two recent passport photos. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 303-507-2530. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM Mountain Time.
Upon receiving your deposit, we will send you a confirmation letter, a detailed trip itinerary, visa information (if required), a travel insurance application and a pre-departure information booklet with a recommended equipment list, suggested reading list and general information needed to prepare for your trip. Our experienced staff is happy to assist you in your preparation for your adventure with us.