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Nicknamed Island Peak by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary’s 1953 Mount Everest Expedition, the mountain properly known as Imja Tse is a perfect introduction to the rigours of Himalayan climbing. At 6,189m above sea level, the peak appears as an island surrounded by a sea of ice if viewed from Dingboche, and offers stunning views of Everest and Lhotse, but is actually relatively accessible. If you’re just embarking on Himalayan climbs, an ascent of Island Peak with Royal Nepal Group is a great place to start.

What the adventure involves :

Royal Nepal Group has deep roots in the Himalayas, with the bulk of our guiding team, drawn from the Sherpa communities that surround the world’s highest mountains. We feel at home here, and while many people might not think of tackling a 6,000m plus peak as their first serious mountaineering challenge, our unparalleled experience means we can help you feel at home here too - starting with an ascent of Island Peak.

Our itinerary on this popular mountain is based on the successful expedition plans implemented multiple times by our leaders. From the moment you land in Kathmandu to the moment you depart, we like to allow 18 days, giving you plenty of time to rest and acclimatize, as well as a generous climbing window.


Every aspect of our itinerary has been tried and tested multiple times over, and we know from our extensive experience that as long as you have the required level of fitness, no previous Himalayan experience is needed. For this reason, we often recommend the Island Peak expedition as a first step for people who are looking to build up to more serious mountaineering objectives in future.

At Royal Nepal Group, we pride ourselves on our ability to control every aspect of our expeditions, rather than relying on third parties. We control the controllable to ensure that we meet the very highest safety standards. Our founders’ Nepalese heritage and ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures allows us to run every aspect of our operation smoothly, without fear of misunderstandings. The success of our approach is evident in our co-founder Nimsdai’s own achievements, including his 100 percent success rate on 8,000m climbs. 

As well as being highly-skilled mountaineers, our guides have extensive experience of conducting high-altitude rescue operations. We have evacuation plans and accessible helicopter rescue in place for emergencies. No-one can cater for every eventuality in the world’s most extreme environments, but we can guarantee that you will be in the safest possible hands should something unexpected happen. 

We don’t see our clients as clients - we see them as friends and fellow high-achievers. People who, like us, have made chasing their dreams a priority. Whether your dream is simply to climb this peak, or whether you have a future objective in mind, we will help you achieve it.


Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02

Welcome brief, Gear Checking and official formalities with staff

Day 03

Early morning flight to Lukla and then we trek to Phakding

Day 04

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 05

Acclimatize day and a short hike to Everest view hotel and national park museum

Day 06

Trek to Debuche; passing through Tengbouche

Day 07

Trek to Dingbouche

Day 08

Acclimatize Day in Dingbouche and short hike to Nagarjun Hill

Day 09

Trek from Dingbouche to chhukung

Day 10

Pre-climbing training and rest day for summit

Day 11

Summit Day Island Peak and Return to Base Camp.

Day 12

Contingency day

Day 13

Trek to Pangboche

Day 14

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 15

Trek to Lukla

Day 16

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 17

Leisure day at Kathmandu

Day 18

Departure to home country


  • Arrival & Departure: Airport Transfer-Airport/Hotel/Airport
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at a lovely Hotel in Kathmandu on a bed & breakfast Basis-Double Room
  • Domestic flight: KTM-Lukla-KTM flight to all Members and Guide and necessary Nepalese Staff with personal baggage along with domestic Airport Tax
  • Expedition cargo: KTM-Lukla-KTM by domestic airlines
  • Transportation: Required Transportation from Kathmandu / Base Camp/Kathmandu for all Member and Staffs
  • Permits: Island Peak permits, National park & Entry permit.
  • Waste Management: Stool Shipment Transfer, Garbage Deposit Fees
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day while Trekking & at Basecamp for member & Staffs
  • Base Camp Staff: Basecamp Cook & kitchen Helper
  • Porters: Porters per member up to & from Lukla
  • Dinner: 01 Farewell Dinner at a tourist-standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Nepalese Staff
  • Compressive medical kit


  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepalese Visa charges
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from the expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Insurance: Travel and High Altitude Insurance / Accident / Medical/emergency evacuation
  • Sherpa summit Bonus: Mandatory – Minimum USD 250+
  • Tips: Please calculate some tips for Basecamp staffs and porters
  • The full set of Member's personal climbing equipment & clothing
  • Rescue Evacuation: Emergency rescue evacuation cost, if needed, and all other expenses of personal nature
  • Any other item not listed in the "Price Includes" section
  1. Scott Meyers:

    WOW just wow…
    What a team
    Thanks Team Royal

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