Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

Trip Overview
  • Duration 22 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypePeak Climbing
  • Major Attractionworld’s second-largest glacier – Ngozumpa, Everest Base Camp
  • Maximum Altitude6,165 m
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and EBC trek is a 22-day Itinerary that offers the perfect mix of nature, beauty, and adventure. It is an experience that all adventurers should experience. On this trip to Nepal, tourists will trek to Gokyo, EBC, and the summit of the Island Peak.

This 22-day trip, in particular, is the ideal combination of trekking and climbing. Eric Shipton, a well-known climber, gave the name Island Peak. He named the mountain Island because, in appearance, it seemed like an island in a sea of ice. 

The 22-day climbing of Island Peak through Gokyo and Everest base camp is the most real Himalayan adventure of one's lifetime. This adventurous journey leads you to the magnificent part of the Khumu area, reaching the top of Island Peak (6,189m), a breathtaking Himalayan ascent of splendid views.

The journey starts with a picturesque flight to Lukla and the Khumbu Valley trek. Traverse through the scenic trail of Phakding, Namche Bazaar, with Mount Everest and the other Himalayan mountain chains towering over you. From Namche Bazar, follow the Gokyo Valley Lake trail while passing through landmarks like Dole, Macchermo, and Gokyo. 

One hiking challenge up to a high teak Gokyo Ri (5,357m) rewards you with breathtaking views of the mesmerising mountains of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu, Everest, etc.  Cross the challenging pass Cho La Pass (5,420m) from Gokyo before  you get to the Everest Base Camp, where you can view the great Everest. The ascent to the Kala Patthar (5,550m) is the last challenge one must face providing travellers with the magical views of Everest. 

Then, you'll be retracing the path in the Khumbu Valley for a day or two until Chhukung, and then you'll have your rest as you gear up for your climb. Your experienced Sherpa guides will review your climbing gear as you warm up for summit day. You will finally summit the Island Peak and from the Island Peak base camp which is the main highlight of the whole 22 day trip. 

This all-inclusive package is the best for adventure lovers ready to take on the challenge of trekking and peak climbing. Although the route is hard and steep, this 22-day adventure trip is combined with the best destination in the Everest region.  No previous climbing or high-altitude experience is required if you are otherwise healthy and physically capable of completing this breathtaking ascent with the trek. Still, we recommend preparing your body for trekking and climbing through different training sessions. 

The Island Peak Climbing through Gokyo and EBC is a journey that starts with a trip to the Gokyo Valley via Gokyo and the famous Everest base Camp. For 22 days, you will be reaching the best parts of the Mount Everest region, like  Gokyo Ri (5,350m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), Kala Patthar (5,550m), and Everest Base Camp (5,364m) before finally summiting the island peak. With every climb you make, this journey provides 360-degree panoramas of the Himalayas peaks like Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, etc. 

If you prefer a climbing and trekking trip experience in one package, choose our best and most memorable Island peak, Climbing Via Gokyo EBC Itinerary. This 22-day program is just the right length to trek and climb through the best part of the Everest region.

We give the detailed route, a map of where the trekking will take place, and the day-to-day itinerary for 22 days.  This specially designed program suits both a beginner and an experienced hiker on their way to sumitting Island Peak and exploring the jaw-dropping Gokyo Valley and Everest base camp. Book this Island Peak Climb with trek to Gokyo and EBC in Spring and Autumn months at the best cost for 2024 and 2025. 

Island Peak Climbing With Gokyo and EBC Highlights

  • Experience the thrill and beauty of the Kathmandu valley and Himalayas when flying from the Lukla flight.
  • Explore the largest town in the Khumbu area and encounter Sherpa's life and culture.
  • Immerse yourself in the views of the Everest range, including Island Peak and other nearby mountains, all along the way.
  • See the traditional culture and the way of life of the Sherpa people.
  • If you love hiking to heights, ascend Gokyo Ri for panoramic views and tranquil surroundings.
  • Reach Mount Everest Base Camp and come face to face with the gigantic peaks of the Himalayas.
  • Hike to Kala Patthar for the sunrise view over the famous Mt Everest. 
  •  Behold the majesty of four 8,000 metres (Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse) and many 6,000-metre peaks with your own eyes.
  • Finish your expedition by summiting Island Peak (Imja Tse).

What Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and EBC Package Offers?

This 22-day trekking and climbing package offers a fully guided Everest region with porter service, accommodation in guest houses, three meals a day inclusive, and permits to access restricted areas for trekking and climbing. The traveller on this journey will experience the transverse of the culturally diverse Khumbu region while also trying to summit Island Peak (6,189m). The package offers an opportunity to conquer high passes, see glorious mighty Himalayan peaks like Everest, explore Azure Gokyo lakes, and reach one of the popular peaks, Island Peak. Here are some more things that the package offer for it’s traveller:

  •  This is an opportunity to climb Island Peak (20,305 feet) in Nepal’s Everest region, a famous non-technical peak.
  • Before climbing the island's peak trek to the Base Camp of Everest and Gokyo Lakes. 
  • Various viewpoints at different heights allow one to watch the mighty mountains of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu Cho, Oyu, and many more.
  • An eye-catching scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla marking the start of the journey in the Khumbu region.
  • Acclimatisation before each trek at Namche Bazaar, Gokyo and Island Peak Base Camp. 
  • Visit glacier lakes in Gokyo Valleys, where the glacial lakes are seen to be bright and shiny.
  • Cross one of the famous Cho La Pass (5,380m) from Gokyo to Everest Base Camp route. 
  • Full support from the company team members by arranging different permits, providing the quality accommodations and meals services etcs. 

Can Beginners go for Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and EBC?

A trip to the Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp can be a truly unforgettable lifetime experience for beginners provided that it is done with the necessary preparation and support. 

This climbing journey can be excellent for first-timers as long as adequate pre-climb training is undertaken, followed by instructions from acquired experts. An Island Peak is a 6,189m high mountain that offers its climbers a moderate route that can be used as a beginner destination for mountaineering experience. As the trek takes the scenic route of the Gokyo lakes and the Everest Base camp, the initial night there gives the trekker a chance to adjust to the altitude increase. Here are some more information for beginners to know:

  • Island Peak is still not very technical; there are some basic skills that one would need to acquire, such as having a good command of how to use an ice axe, crampons, and ropes. Actually, the beginners will be well-advised to take an introductory mountaineering course.
  •  For the first time, climbers familiar with climbing with a more experienced, safety-focused, and patient climbing is strongly recommended. 
  • The beginner should achieve a certain physical condition. The summit day will include an early start, moving forward, while you will be at risk of getting fatigued because it will take you more than 8 hours of climbing.

Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and EBC Itinerary and Acclimatization Days

Join Mountain Rock Treks on the amazing journey filled with awe and excitement with the organised Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and EBC itinerary.  With the support of our team of professionals, we have put together a plan that prioritises safety, ensures fun, and offers you the best chance at Island Peak Climbing success.

We put your health first by creating an acclimatisation program with three allocated days. It thus gives your body enough time to adapt to the gradual increase in altitude, lowering the possibility of altitude sickness. One more day is dedicated to climbing practice. This part of the course aims to build up your confidence and knowledge about the technical side of the Island Peak climb. We provide you with a complete map of the trekking region, marking the most important points and letting you see the entirety of the path. The altitude graph also makes it easy to understand elevation gain on the route.

This itinerary can be customised to understand that every adventurer is unique. Feel free to discuss any customization requests with our team. We can tailor the itinerary to your preferred pace, interests, and group size.

Is Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Right for You?

Yes, this action-packed itinerary could be the perfect choice for you, and here is why:

  • This journey may be the right one for you if you are a trekker with prior high-altitude trekking experience (above 3,000 metres). A good physique with no medical conditions is preferred. 
  • If you dream of adventures and want a unique combined path in the Everest region. 
  • What drives you are simply stunning views of mountain ranges like the Himalayas with snow-capped peaks, even Everest, and glaciers and lakes like turquoise Gokyo lakes.
  • The hiking and climbing trail may not suit you if you are not physically fit, are not particularly fond of camping, or are not flexible in your accommodation preferences.
  • Island Peak (or Imja Tse – 6189 m) is an attainable challenge for those who do not wish to experiment with the higher summits.
  •  Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) are some of the most popular destinations on the trek. The godlike view the mountains offer, especially Mt. Everest and magnificent mountains are seen.
  • This trek will take you to Mount Everest base camp (5,364m), where you will feast your eyes on the Khumbu glacier and mighty Mount Everest from a stone's throw distance.
  • The route is a unique opportunity to be acquainted with the Sherpas and to receive their warmth and kindness along the roads of different trails. As they walk on, the group pauses for tea and has a chat with the locals.

Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Cost Update

Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp package cost starts at $2200 per person. 

This travel has the flexibility that comes with it. You will find the price still affordable whether you are an individual or a group, bearing in mind that the packages include all the essentials such as good accommodations, delicious meals, professional guides, porters and even climbing Guides for Island Peak. This entails security above all. We at Mountain rock treks provide solo, private or group climbing and trekking trips from Pokhara to Everest region. Here are the group prices we offer below in 2024 and 2025. 

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Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. We will arrange a drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1,350m/4,428ft

After breakfast, Mountain Rocks Trek and Expedition will introduce you to the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring your passport, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your travel insurance policy. Then, you can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last-minute shopping.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1,350m/4,428ft

Early morning the drive from the hotel to the domestic airport terminal after breakfast. The flight to Lukla gives outstanding views of the early sunrise on the snowcapped mountains. On landing Tenzing-Hillary Airport after 40 minutes at Lukla, we reach the gateway to the Himalayas. The trek begins from the airport, after meeting our crew from where Phakdung is a short walk. Today is the first day of the trek. We rest in Phakding.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 2,652m/8,700ft

 The route passes through beautiful pine forests, Dudh Koshi River, and views of MauntThamserku. After passing a few settlements, we a check post, the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. We further walk through the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Bhote Koshi River and take a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, where the first sight of marvelous Mount Everest and the ridges of Mount Lhotse and Mount Nuptse welcomes us.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3,440m/11,283ft

Namche Bazaar, the biggest settlement in the Khumbu region, is well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries, et cetera. Although it’s a rest day for acclimatization, we go for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Thame or Khunde) and take a tour of the place, including the Tourist Visitor Center, where we find information about Everest climbers, Sherpa people, and their culture and flora and fauna of the region.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3,440 m/11,283 ft

We start our walk early in the morning to get clear views of mountain ranges, including Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, and Thamserku. The trail takes a wavy path along which the luscious vegetation and animals such as musk deer, Himalayan Thar, pheasant, et cetera keep company. Passing Kayangjuma after a downhill, we reach the junction to EBC and Gokyo valley. From here, we climb to Mong La pass, where the sacred Khumbila is a charming presence. Passing Mong La, Rhododendron forests and wildflowers get abundant as animal life. Finally, passing a few waterfalls and bridges, we reach the small village of Dole. Overnight stay.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 4,110m/ 13,152ft

After climbing a ridge, the trail moves through Lhabarma and to Luza, where we pass summer settlements of the locals. Views of Kantega, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku stay with us as we walk along the trail. The scenic hillside walk leads continue with the deep Dudh Koshi valley views. Finally, the five-hour walk ends at Machhermo, our stop for the day. A beautiful stream that originates from KyajoRi and PhariLapche runs through this village, where you can hear stories of the first sighting of Yeti.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4-5 hours
  • 4,470m/ 14,663ft

From Machhermo, the trail ascends to a Chorten through a ridge. We can see views of Thamserku, Kangtega, and Cho-Oyo, along with the valleys below. The valley slowly widens as the easy trail passes another Chorten and reaches Pangka. Descending to the river bank, we then begin our steep climb to the moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. We pass through the mesmerizing natural beauty of the turquoise lakes Longpongo and TabocheTsho and reach a third lake, DudhPokhari, where the Gokyo village is situated. With the backdrop of Cho-Oyo, the beautiful and well-facilitated village and its outstanding periphery are our shelters after this adventurous day.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4-5 hours
  • 4800 m/15,744 ft

We start early today to GokyoRi (5360m), which lies above the village. The steep climb of about four hours to the top is quite strenuous yet rewards with one of the best views of Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse, among others. The fourth, fifth, and sixth lakes also lie along the way. Next, we take a short walk to Machhermo, where we stay for the night in a teahouse.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3 Hours
  • 5,330 m/17,483 ft

Today, we set out after breakfast through the Ngazumpa glacier along a ridge and further move along the other side of the mountain to Thaknak. The sort of hike prepares us for strenuous gain in altitude in the days ahead.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 5,330 m/17,483 ft

The trail takes a rocky path that crosses a ravine and proceeds along the periphery of a frozen lake. Prayer flags mark the top of the Cho La pass, where you can see outstanding views of AmaDablam and other mountains. We must be cautious during the climb as the trail is steep and slippery. When we climb down to Dzongla, we see the views of the snow peaks along with the village of Periche. Walking down a grassy drail, we bend along the riverbed and reach Lobuche, where we stay overnight.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 8-10 hours
  • 5367 m/17,604 ft

At Thangma Riju, one can experience the 360-degree panoramic view of snowcapped mountains. Unfortunately, We cannot see Mount Everest from here. However, We can view Mount Nuptse, Mount Nuptse, and Mount Pumori. Below Mount Pumori,  we see a grey grassy land of Kalopaththar after climbing up the steep terrain of Changri glacier.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hours
  • 5170 Meters

We start early today to witness a glimpse of Mount Everest when the dusk turns to a bright morning with the light of the day. On the way, Peak s, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse are viewed. We suggest that during the ascent to Kalapththar, which takes hours, one pauses and catches one breath while snapping the photos at times. Finally, we descend back to Lobuche, where we stay overnight.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7-8 hours
  • 4940 Meters

We move on to Kongma La early in the morning through the beautiful Khumbu Glacier. The trail to Kongma La pass is a strenuous one. The top is with Buddhist prayer flags. Descending to Imja River, we head towards Chhukung, checking our equipment and preparing for the peak climbing.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hours
  • 4730 Meters

The steep trail ascents along the south and takes a twist at the Lhotse glacier. An easing walk alongside the riverbed continues till a big rock. The zigzag route passes Imja to Lhotse Glacier and opens a broad valley. The base camp lies Southeast of the Island Peak, where we set the tent and stay overnight.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3-4 hours
  • 5,200m/17,060ft

We will hold a short briefing and training on climbing at the base camp. Techniques on peak climbing and efficient use of climbing gear, including ice ax, climbing boots, harness, et cetera, are given with demonstrations. Then, we can spend the rest of the day resting in the camp.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Free time
  • 5,200m/17,060ft

We start early today, waking at around 2 am and taking our breakfast before heading out. Strong winds blow around the summit towards mid-day. We have to start early. After a short walk, the trail changes into a steep climb. The sandy path in the beginning soon changes to a rocky ascent, with the slope getting narrower. Soon we ascend along plenty of rock culverts along the route.

Further on, we walk along the ridgeline that leads to the glacier's snout. With rope to support, we cross this snow and ice slope. The summit is just three rope lengths away from the top of the hill. After observing an elevated and outstanding view from the summit, we take the route back to the base camp.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 10-12 hours
  • 6,165 m/5600 Meters

The pleasant walk on the trail is consoling to the lungs. Passing the villages of Orsho and Shomare, we move towards the Monastery in upper Pangboche, which is the oldest in the region. We see a scenic view of the mountain ranges above and the valley below with the ImjaTse River.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 3985 Meters

Descending to Imja River and crossing the forest to Tengboche, we continue along with rhododendron and juniper forests. Crossing the Dudh Koshi, we descend through pine forests rich in wildlife to Sansa. Further ahead, we pass a Chorten marking the entrance to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a lodge.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4-5 hours
  • 3400 Meters

The last day of the trek continues with the steep downward trail. Trekkers need to walk slow, very controlled, and in a balanced manner on the steep rocky terrain until reaching the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi, passing through the open plain, rhododendron forest while enjoying the distant view of snow-covered mountains. Finally, We arrived at Lukla.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hours
  • 2840 Meters

Today we take the Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu once again. On reaching Kathmandu, it is time to enjoy shopping and walking around the city. The evening is to celebrate for successful completion of the Everest Base Camp trip.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 30 Minutes Flight
  • 1400 Meters

Departure from Kathmandu. We arranged a drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight time in a private tourist vehicle. You can also extend your trip by opting for another program.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Essential Info

Best Time for Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp 

The spring time of year, from early March to late May or late September to early November, is the best suited for climbing Island Peak with Gokyo Trek and Everest Base Camp. These are the times you will get the best weather like clear skies, moderate temperatures, better hiking and climbing route conditions, and low chances of heavy rains or snowing in the Khumbu valley. The sky appears so clear that a traveller  can easily observe the peaks of the Himalayas and the glaciers.

Spring Season

The spring is probably the best season for Island Peak climb or trekking to Everest and Gokyo Base Camp. The weather conditions are generally good and stable, warm and bright accompanied by clear sky that presents the magnificent view of Himalayas. Temperatures are a climate blessing for trekking as the mornings are fresh and cool while the afternoons are warm but not hot. And one of the best things is that the carnival of brilliant rhododendrons along the trails gives a good splash of colour to an even more amazing landscape. This is a perfect time for the trekkers who enjoy comfort; snow risk will be minimal, and the skies will be clear.

Autumn Season

Autumn may well be the one of the best seasons for your hike to Island Peak. As for the weather, it is similar to spring, although it may be a bit colder. This is just great for some trekkers, especially on the high mountain altitudes. Along the way, the landscape becomes brimming with gold as the leaves start changing their colouring to give a wonderful display of the autumnal season. Although the climbing conditions are still favourable, the snow at higher altitude would be more frequent than in the spring. 

Accommodation Facility on Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

We ensure our guests a comfortable accommodation throughout their journey to Island Peak along with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp at the cheapest cost. We completely understand the importance of a good rest after a long hike since we have carefully chosen the best places for you to stay and thus have a great relaxing time.

Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu 

Your trip starts in the capital and the hustle of Kathmandu. During this time, we will ensure you have a wonderful hotel experience. This will be a place where you can relax and get acquainted with the city before leaving for the long walk.

Tea Houses Along the Trek

You will sleep in the warm tea houses along the Khumbu valley journey. They are simple but well-maintained with beds, blankets, and such to guarantee comfortable sleep after a steep climb. Restrooms and toilets, often found outside, are shared at these places. Not to worry, there are a few places where you can take a hot shower for a small additional fee. Some lodges have environmentally friendly components like solar or bucket showers to reduce water consumption. Remember the higher you go the more basic amenities become more scarce.  However, the amazing scenery around you compensates for the tough times you experience. When there is a peak season, rooms can fill up quickly. To avoid any disappointment, we highly recommend booking your trek in advance.

Tented Camps at Island Peak Base Camp

Arriving at Island Peak base camp drastically changes the scenery and accommodation. Here you will be provided with nice tents by Mountain Rock Treks. Sharing the tents with sleeping bags, mattresses, and pillows will improve the night. The tents are set up at the campsites assigned throughout the route, and toilets are provided as part of the services.

Meals Facility on Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

The all-inclusive Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp tour package offer meals from the local tea houses and lodges three times a day during Island Peak climb. Breakfast dishes will make your morning a great start with exceptional selections like porridge, egg, pancakes and toast with coffee or tea. Lunch and dinner include a mixture of Nepali and European cuisine. For instance, dal bhat (rice, split pea soup and curry), pasta or noodles, vegetables and stews. Among the delicious vegetarian dishes the menu highlights are pasta, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. With advance information, special dietary meals can be provided. 

As you trek further with the gain in altitude, the food options not only become less (and more costly). Think of taking the snacks and energy bars to supplement your meals. In addition, consume a lot of water, tea and soup during the trek to avoid altitude sickness. It is advisable not to take alcohol and carbonated beverages because they dehydrate your body so much.

The meals during the trekking are healthy and hygienic where the guests can choose local, Asian, or western food. As you keep climbing you will find that you have limited options so make sure you have plenty of fruit and the green tea, lemon tea and ginger soup are very good choices, especially for higher elevations. We advise forgoing all non-vegetarian options and dairy products at the higher altitude due to the hygiene issues.

Transportation Service Included with Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

Be assured that the entire trip to trek Island Peak, explore the Gokyo Lakes, and reach Everest Base Camp is thoroughly scheduled, and all transportation is also provided in this package. From the airport check-in to your last transfer back home, we'll do all the transfers, so you'll have nothing to do except enjoy your trip.

  1. Roundtrip Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla and Back: Flights with domestic destinations between Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city, and Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region, will be arranged by us. These flights are filled with excitement that allows you to admire the Himalayas from a bird's eye view when approaching the airstrip of Lukla, which is unique in its own right.
  2. Private Vehicle Transfers: Airport Pick-up and Drop-off: Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, a comfortable private vehicle will be waiting for you to drive you to the pre-trek accommodation. In addition, at the finish of your trip, a private cab will be waiting to take you back to the airport to board your flight home.

Difficulty Level of Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

The Island Peak climbing in Nepal is rated PD or 2B in the alpine mountain grade. It has some challenging climbing sections and exposed wide glaciers. The Island peak climbing with Gokyo and EBC trek can be rated as a challenging climb and trek journey. 

Island Peak is not a very technically difficult climb, but the high altitude and physically demanding trek to base camp make this a challenging endeavour. The climb involves steep snow slopes and a short rock scrambling section before reaching the summit ridge. Prior experience with crampons, ice axes, and rope handling is helpful but not required if climbing with an experienced guide.

The trek to Island Peak base camp travels through the stunning Gokyo valley, crossing several high mountain passes, including Cho La at 5420m. This lengthy trek takes around 2 weeks and requires very good physical fitness. The thin air at higher elevations can be taxing, so spending time acclimatising is essential.

Island Peak's climbing season is from March to May and September to November. Despite this favourable season, sudden snowstorms can also blow in at any time, especially in the spring. While not technically difficult compared to larger Himalayan peaks, the high-altitude trek and climb require mental and physical endurance. 

Preparation for Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

  • You'll need high-quality gear for extreme conditions. Pack insulated boots, thick socks, thermal layers, an insulated jacket, gloves, a hat, and a sleeping bag rated for -20°C. Don't forget essentials like a headlamp, first aid kit, sun protection, and a sturdy backpack to carry it all.
  • You must obtain permits for Island Peak and the Everest Base Camp trek in advance. Consider hiring a guide, especially if it's your first time at high altitude. They will help you acclimate properly and navigate the challenging climb. Porters can also help carry your equipment.

Fitness Requirements Requirement for Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

You must be physically healthy to complete the Island Peak climbing with the Gokyo and Everest Base Camp trek. While this trek does not require any previous mountaineering experience, you will trek up to 8 hours daily at high altitudes, often on rough terrain. Be prepared for a strenuous trek. Here are some trainings you should include in your routine to meet the physical requirements for the trek and climb: 

  • You should be able to walk continuously for 4-6 hours over hilly terrain while carrying a day pack. Start a cardio routine like running, swimming, or biking for 30-60 minutes, 3-4 times a week in the weeks leading up to your trek. This will make high-altitude trekking much easier for your body.
  • Strength training your legs and core is important. Strong legs will allow you to trek over rough terrain with ease, and a strong core will improve your balance. Focus on exercises like squats, lunges, sit-ups, and planks. Try including them in your workout two times a week.
  • Being flexible will reduce the chance of muscle strains and injuries. Stretch your major muscle groups like hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, and lower back. Yoga is a great way to improve both strength and flexibility. Even practising some basic yoga poses a few times a week can help.
  • The fitness requirements for this trek may seem daunting, but with adequate preparation and training, it is achievable for most people with an average fitness level. Start training at least 2-3 months before your trek, and be consistent.

Guide and Porter Service on Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

You'll reach high altitudes of up to 6100 metres, so having an experienced guide and porter team is essential for your safety, enjoyment, and success. The best part is that the trekking, climbing, and porter services are all included in the Package. The guides are government-licensed guides, and porters are properly equipped and paid.

Your guide will be familiar with the route and capable of handling any issues. They monitor health and altitude conditions, arrange accommodation and meals, and handle permits and paperwork. An experienced guide helps you stay on schedule and make the most of your trek.

Porters help carry equipment, supplies, and luggage, allowing you to trek with a lighter pack. For every two trekkers, there will typically be one porter. Porters receive proper equipment, accommodation, meals, and fair wages for their essential support staff role in your trek.

Guides, porters, and trekkers work together to accomplish a successful trek. Treat all staff with courtesy and respect. Express appreciation for their efforts in making your trek memorable. Team spirit enhances the entire experience.

We at Mountain Rock Treks, a reputable trekking company, will ensure the proper treatment of guides and porters according to the regulations of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal. 

Travel Insurance Requirement for Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

Climbing Island Peak, along with the trek to Gokyo and EBC, is an adventure but comes with risks. Travel insurance is mandatory for your trek to ensure you're covered in case of emergencies. A good policy will cover helicopter rescue and transport to the nearest hospital. Here are some things to know before choosing the travel policy: 

  1. You may have to cancel or cut your trek short for many reasons, from injury to natural disasters to civil unrest. Look for a policy that covers at least 50-75% of your trip costs in case you have to cancel before departing or interrupt the climb mid-way. That way, you avoid losing all the money you invested in your adventure.
  2. The trails to Island Peak can be demanding, and your gear may get lost, stolen, or damaged. Choose a policy that covers expensive technical equipment like down jackets, sleeping bags, hiking boots, and more. In a worst-case scenario, this coverage could save you thousands of dollars.
  3. Health risks increase at high altitudes. You could develop altitude sickness or have an accident that requires hospitalisation. A comprehensive policy should cover emergency medical treatment, hospital stays, and medication. It should also cover medical transport back to your home country if needed. Don't risk getting stuck with expensive medical bills in a foreign country.

Packing List and Gear Needed

Packing the right gear for your Island Peak climb is essential. At high altitudes, temperatures can drop well below freezing, even in spring and fall. Be prepared for varied conditions- you'll want clothing and equipment for cold, snow, rain, sun, and wind.

Base layers:- Bring thermal undergarments, fleece tops, bottoms, a down jacket, hiking pants, waterproof pants, wool socks, a hat, and insulated gloves. Add an insulated down suit, warm mittens, face mask, and expedition boots for your summit bid.

Equipments Required :- Pack an ice axe, crampons, climbing harness, helmet, avalanche transceiver, probes and shovels, carabiners, slings, and a climbing rope. Your guides will instruct you on the proper use of technical equipment.

Other essentials:- Remember to bring a backpack, trekking poles, headlamps, batteries, knives, toiletries, wet wipes, hand warmers, sunscreen, lip balm, personal medications, a camera, chargers, and a portable charger. Bring a thermos, bowl, cup, and cutlery for meals. Pack out all trash and toilet waste.

Optional items :- Bring diamox for altitude sickness, chlorine dioxide tablets for water purification, a book, journal, deck of cards, and any luxury items to make your camp comfortable.

Additional Information ((electricity, ATM, internet, luggage,tipping, personal expenses) on Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp


Although the electricity in the Island EBC and Gokyo walk is available but contrived, it is just enough to meet the trekkers' needs. In Lukla, Phakding, and Namche, there are electricity poles, and hence, enough power is accessible. However, the electricity after Namche is generated by Solar panels. Pack a portable charger and any charging cables you may need.

ATM Facility

There is a good chance that you can find a bank or ATM in Lukla, Tengboche, or in Namche Bazaar for your convenience. Alongside these amenities, there won’t be machines for drawing cash from the bank. Although there is more than one bank in Lukla and Namche Bazaar, there is only one ATM located in Tengboche. Withdraw enough cash in Kathmandu to cover your expenses for the entire trek, including tips for guides and porters. Most places do accept major credit cards but at higher interest rates.

Wifi Facility

Internet access via wi-fi will only be generally available at some points with some fee. As you climb higher into the mountains, you'll lose connectivity. For as low as 5 USD in the US, you can get free wi-fi service in Lukla, Phakding, Dole, and Namche Bazaar. If you forget to purchase the access cards in the villages, there is nothing to worry about since you can also buy them in Thangnak and Dzongla, the two villages close to Everest at a high altitude.

Hot Shower Facility

You will have a hot shower facility in lower elevations, such as in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Sherpa villages. These areas, generally speaking, have solar, electric, and gas showers, but the guesthouses may give you a hot bucket of water for the shower after Namche Bazaar.


  • Q1. How difficult is Island Peak? 

    Island Peak is challenging but doable for fit trekkers with some mountaineering experience. Previous experience with basic climbing techniques and using an ice ax is helpful. If this is your first Himalayan peak, consider doing a training climb beforehand.

  • The full itinerary, including the trek through Gokyo and Everest Base Camp, typically takes 3 to 4 weeks. From Chukhung to the Island Peak summit and back, the climb portion usually takes 2 to 3 days. Extra days are built in for acclimatisation and in case of bad weather.

  • Yes, you will need special permits to climb Island Peak. Your trekking agency will arrange the necessary permits on your behalf. These include permits for Sagarmatha National Park, Island Peak etcs. 

  • Generally, your Island Peak Climbing via Gokyo and EBC guide will have a prearranged meeting either at the hotel in Kathmandu or at a designated point in Lukla on the first day of the trek.

  • If you become ill while climbing Island Peak via Gokyo and EBC, the guide and support team will respond immediately to ensure your safety and health. The nature and severity of the illness will determine the extent and kind of treatment, such as evacuation to lower levels or medical facilities and altering the itinerary to allow for rest and recovery.

  • Yes, the guides for Island Peak climbing through the Gokyo and EBC routes are selected based on their fluency in English and their expertise in leading treks in the Everest area.

  • The best time to plan climbing Island Peak by way of Gokyo and EBC are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

  • The risk of altitude sickness is one of the issues that may afflict Island Peak climbing. This is because the trek involves a great deal of high elevations. Proper acclimatisation, keeping the body hydrated, etc, are key steps in preventing the risk of developing altitude sickness. 

  • The trekking itinerary for Island Peak Climbing via Gokyo and EBC can be customised to adapt to your timetable, health condition, and physical endurance. At Mountain Rock Treks, we provide sufficient time adjustment, the number of acclimatising days, and the route route to match your requirements.

  • Food during Island Peak Climbing via Gokyo and EBC is typically provided at tea houses or lodges along the trekking route. During the climb the meals are prepared at tented camps.

Client Reviews

  • Summit Island Peak and Experience the Beautiful Ngozumpa Glacier at Everest Base Camp

    The view was breathtaking, and the culture of the Khumbu valley was rich and fascinating. The Island Peak climb itself was a challenging but rewarding experience. Standing at 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) requires a high level of physical fitness and proper acclimatization. The climb involves a mix of hiking and scrambling over rocky terrain, and a trained guide is essential for your safety.

    Throughout the trek, we were accompanied by knowledgeable and experienced guides, Ram and Vivek, who ensured that our journey was safe and enjoyable. They provided valuable insights into the culture and history of the region and were a pleasure to spend time with.


    DanisHong KongOctober 25, 2022
  • A Thrilling Experience of Island Peak Climbing With Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

    The Island Peak Climbing and Gokyo/Everest Base Camp trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that offers breathtaking views and a chance to immerse oneself in the rich culture of the Khumbu valley. The trek takes you through beautiful mountain ranges and small villages, giving you a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people.

    The Island Peak climb itself is a challenging but rewarding experience. Standing at 6,189 meters (20,305 feet), it is considered a "trekking peak," meaning that it is technically more accessible than other peaks but still requires a high level of physical fitness and proper acclimatization. The climb to the summit involves a mix of hiking and scrambling over rocky terrain, and a trained guide is essential for your safety.


    fernadoSpainOctober 11, 2022
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