Island Peak Climbing

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Max Altitude: 6,189m/20,306ft
  • Difficulty Level : Strenuous
  • Arrival City : Kathmandu
  • Departure City : Kathmandu
  • Meals: 14 Breakfast, 11 Lunch , 13 Dinner
  • Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel and Teahouse during Trek and Tents during Climb

Mera Peak Climbing is a trek to the Mera Base Camp followed by a climb to the Mera Peak at an elevation of 6,476 meters (21,247 feet) above sea level. Mera Peak offers stunning panoramic views of the Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. Mera Peak Climbing requires a certain level of physical fitness and previous trekking experience. The ascent involves traversing glaciers, crossing high passes, and using basic mountaineering equipment such as crampons and ice axes. While it is a technically straightforward climb, it is still challenging due to the high altitude and harsh weather conditions.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic trek to Island Base Camp
  • Island Peak  (6189m) ascent from 9th to 11th day

Trip Cost Includes

  •  4 Star Hotel Accommodation for 3 Nights in Kathmandu
  •  Tea houses and tents during trek and climb for 11 Nights
  •  Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Round Trip Flight 
  •  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek/climb and Breakfast in Kathmandu
  •  Welcome and Farewell Dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant in Kathmandu
  •  Highly experienced trekking guide and 1 Porter for 2 trekkers
  •  Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS Permit and Local Govt. Tax at Lukla
  •  Island Peak Climbing Permit
  •  Climbing Sherpa from Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back
  •  Climbing Equipment’s such as climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, ice hammer, camping tents and kitchen equipment’s
  • All ground transportation/airport pick up drop will be in comfortable private vehicles
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All government and Local Taxes
  • Flights to transfer climbing members, staff, liaison officer, and climbing gear cargo
  • Oxygen 2-4 liter bottles
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket [to be returned after trek]
  • Eve Holidays T Shirt, Cap and Duffel Bag

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Tips, drinks and Personal expenses (Laundry, battery recharge, bottle water, shower etc)
  • Lunch, Dinner in Kathmandu not mentioned in itinerary
  • Monument entry fee on day 2

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 meter )

On arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Eve Holidays will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing with trek preparation

Kathmandu Durbar Square: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. 

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. 

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. 

BoudhanathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower.

Overnight:  Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2800m); Trek to Phakding (2,652m)

We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.
Overnight: Lodge in Phakding

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,450m/) 5-6 hrs

From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche (3,450m)

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can do a strenuous day walk to a higher altitude, coming back down to Namche for sleep. For this you can walk west to Thame for 6-7 hours of round trip.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Trek from Namche to tengboche (3,870m)

Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu.

Overnight: Lodge in Tengboche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m) 5-6 Hours

We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja Khola, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas, A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,530m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m/15519ft)

On this day we follow an epic trail along the Imja Khola to Chhukung, a small summer settlement nestling among ridges of moraine. Mountains and glaciers surround Chhukung from all sides. It is here where we do final preparation for the challenge.

Overnight: Lodge in Chhukung

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 to Day 11: Island Peak Climbing Days (8-10 hours

Leaving very early (about 2am) we scramble onto a narrow rocky ridge leading on to the glacier. We will rope up here and put on crampons for the glacier crossing. Care should be taken crossing the glacier as there are several deep crevasses. The views are amazing with Baruntse, Chamlang and Ama Dablam on the horizon. Once across the glacier we come to the bottom of a steep snow and ice headwall leading to the summit ridge. Our climbing guides will fix a rope here and we will use a jumar to climb this section. The slope is steep (up to 50 degrees in places) and after 150 metres the summit ridge is reached. Suddenly Lhotse’s South Face looms before us and the most exciting part of the climb begins as we tread carefully along the narrow ridge to the summit. There’s one more steep section just before the summit, but we have the fixed ropes to help. Finally we reach the summit (6189m), which has enough space for the group to take in their surroundings. Flanked by Lhotse and the Imja glaciers and a host of other huge peaks, Island Peak really is an island of rock and snow in this grand mountain arena. We descend carefully back down the ridge and then abseil off the steep section. We return via high camp to Chhukung.

Overnight: Tented Camps

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12: Trek from Chhukung to Namche 8-9 hours

The trail passes many mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja Khola, the trail climbs many carved mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth. Walk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. Followed by climb gradually up to Tengboche where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu.From Tengboche you descend to the bridge over the Dudh Koshi. At Phunki Tenga, you get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Trek from Namche to Lukla

Your final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chang (home made wine), try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.
Overnight: Lodge in Lukla

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu

In the early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.
You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast,  Fare well  Dinner

Day 15: Final departure

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Included Meals: Breakfast


The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive).

Alternatively, helicopter arrangements can be made on 5 people sharing basis, for Kathmandu to Lukla, with the additional cost to change your airplane flights to the helicopter. The drive to Ramechhap and flight to Lukla from there is almost always guaranteed unless the flight is canceled due to bad weather conditions.

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Accommodation during Island Peak Climbing

In Kathmandu, you will stay in 4 Star Hotels with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses/lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on a twin sharing basis except during the climbing section when we provide single tent to each individual. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. During climb, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. In Kathmandu and during trek, single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional and depend upon availability. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 5 star in an additional cost.

Food during Island Peak Climbing

In Kathmandu breakfast, welcome dinner and farewell dinner are provided. While on trekking and climbing, we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at  teahouses/lodges where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

Best Months for Island Peak Climbing

The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Island Peak Climbing

Experience Required for Island Peak Climbing

All of Eve Holidays itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Island Peak Climbing requires good level of physical fitness and the experience of trekking in high altitude along with knowing the basic mountaineering skills and rope skills. One who want to attempt higher peaks like Everest, can start with the Island Peak Climb.

Acclimatization during Island Peak Climbing

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.

Frequently Asked Questions

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March April May and Sept Oct Nov are the best time for Island Peak Climbing

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