Island Peak

A climber abseils off the summit of Island Peak
Climbing the summit ridge on Island Peak
Dawn on Island Peak summit day can't be beat, views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular

Island Peak is a superb progression peak for Himalayan climbing, allowing an opportunity to experience altitude first-hand and taking your mountaineering skills to new heights while getting to appreciate the inner workings of an expedition to the Himalaya!

An ideal expedition for climbers with basic rope handling and technical mountaineering skills. Our accompanying Khumbu Trek option also allows for non-climbing friends and family to join in on the expedition and travel alongside the climbing team. 

The trip initiates in Kathmandu where we enjoy the diversity of this ancient city before embarking on a flight into the alpine village of Lukla, the entranceway to the Everest region.

We approach the mountain following the wide trails of the Khumbu Valley, famous for its fascinating villages and hospitable inhabitants.

This ascent will satisfy your desire to progress your Himalayan climbing. 

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  • Ideal progression peak
  • Spectacular views of the Himalayan giants; Everest, Lhotse, Makalu
  • Visit Everest Base Camp, cross the Kongma La and climb Kala Patar

Climbing Ability

Climbing Ability







24 days





Arrive in Kathmandu


Gear check, optional sightseeing Kathmandu Valley


Fly to Lukla 2,860m/9,383ft and trek to Phakding 2,610m/8,563ft, 3hrs

Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m/11,286ft, 5hrs

Sightseeing in Namche Bazaar

Short trek to Khumjung 3,780m/12,402ft and climb Khunde Peak 4,200m/13,780ft, overnight Khumjung, 4-5hrs

Trek to Phortse 3,950m/12,959ft, 5-6hrs


Trek to Pheriche 4,270m/14,009ft or Dingboche 4,410m/14,469ft, 5-6hrs


Rest day

DAY 10

Trek to Lobuche 4,940m/16,207ft

DAY 11

Trek to Gorak Shep 5,160m/16,929ft, 3hrs, climb Kala Patar 5,554m/18,222ft, 3hrs

DAY 12
Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,300m/17,400ft and return to Lobuche
DAY 13
Rest day
DAY 14

Trek over Kongma La Pass 5,535m/18,159ft and on to Chhukung 4,730m/15,518ft, 9hrs

DAY 15

Ropes training and rest day in Chhukung, optional ascent of Chhukung Ri 5,550m/18,209ft, 6hrs

DAY 16

Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m/16,300ft, 3hrs

DAY 17

Summit Day! Island Peak 6,189m/20,305ft, return to Base Camp, 10-12hrs

DAY 18

Rest day/contingency day or move to Chhukung

DAY 19

Trek to Pangboche 3,985m/13,074ft, 3-5hrs

DAY 20

Trek to Namche Bazaar, 5hrs

DAY 21

Trek to Lukla, 7hrs

DAY 22

Contingency day

DAY 23

Fly to Kathmandu

DAY 24

Trip ends, depart from Kathmandu

Interactive map of Island Peak and surrounding mountains.

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
Start/End Pricing Book
14 Oct - 6 Nov 2024 $6,650 USD $ Book Now
22 Apr - 15 May 2025 $6,650 USD $ Book Now
15 Oct - 7 Nov 2025 $6,650 USD $ Book Now

Looking for different dates? Book a private expedition or check out Three Peaks Nepal Expedition



Participants must have good fitness, balance and coordination. A regular training programme must be followed for many months to achieve the level of fitness required. We suggest a programme tailored to mountaineering such as those from the Uphill Athlete.

Technical Experience

This is an entry-level climb for trekkers and novice mountaineers with basic mountaineering skills. We recommend that if you do not already have any mountaineering skills, you attend an introductory mountaineering course like our Mountaineering Instruction Course or Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course.

Altitude Experience

No previous altitude experience required.

Climbing the exciting summit ridge of Island Peak
Why Adventure Consultants

Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

We employ strong and specialised Expedition Leaders and Sherpa staff who are recognised as some of the most pre-eminent mountaineers in the industry.

Many operators make statements about their services that are intentionally designed to mislead or avoid addressing important issues. The reality on the mountain is that unless you have a strong and experienced leader with sufficient Sherpa staff in support, the chances of summiting are dramatically reduced. Expeditions that are operated by local staff, with no qualified and experienced western guides, are generally not able to offer you a legitimate level of safety or success. These expeditions have the highest ratio of accident and frostbite injury on trips which may seem cheap at the time when booking but the long term effects make the price difference irrelevant.

The AC approach to making expeditions work for you is reflected in the quality and safety of the expeditions we run along with our consistently high success rate.

Island Peak summit shot Adventure Consultants, Kunga Sherpa

The price of your trip includes the following:

  • Professional, qualified guides
  • Experienced Sherpa team
  • Helicopter flights Kathmandu-Lukla and return
  • Excellent food and catering
  • Visit Everest Base Camp
  • Expert logistics
  • Regular dispatches for families and friends to follow your expedition
  • Comprehensive support from our New Zealand office team
Training in how to cross ladders with crampons on prior to summit day on Island Peak

Training on how to cross ladders with crampons takes place prior to summit day on Island Peak.

Climbers on the summit of Island Peak

AC Climbing Sherpa Kunga, takes a selfie with two climbers as they celebrate their successful summit, Ama Dablam stands out tall in the distance.

Splendid scenery of the Khumbu Trek to Island Peak

Take in the ever spectacular scenery as you trek through the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp before crossing the Kongma La to climb Island Peak.

Yaks carrying loads in the Khumbu

Yaks carry supplies past one of AC's tented camps, high in the Khumbu Valley near Pheriche.

Our Team
Bronwen Waters
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Island Peak Guide
Tsering Wangchu Sherpa
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Island Peak Climbing Sidar
Kelly McLaren
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Rapelling from the summit of Island Peak

"I was extremely happy with the leadership, the guide and Sherpas were very patient and encouraging, and I always felt that my safety was their priority. They had no hesitation in making decisions, and I felt confident in their judgement."

Michelle Christensen, Australia
Crossing the glacier on Island Peak summit day

"Just thank you for an amazing intro and experience to the Himalaya and the start of my mountaineering journey."

Darryl Ryan, Australia
Having fun on the Island Peak expedition

"I would certainly recommend Adventure Consultants… competent, experienced staff, terrific personalities aware of dangers and helpful to all. The best organisation I have dealt get what you pay for."

Dianne Walker, Australia
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Island Peak #1 2024
April 25 2024
Follow our Island Peak #1 2024 team as they explore Nepal's Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp culminating with a climb of Island Peak. Read More
Island Peak and Khumbu Trek #2 2023
November 03 2023
Today we hiked down from Phakding to Lukla where the trek begin three weeks before... Read More
Island Peak & Khumbu Trek #1 2023
May 16 2023
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