• Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Region: Khumbu (Everest Region)
  • Max Altitude: 6,189 meters / 20,306 feet
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu / All meals in the Trek
  • Accommodation: Tibet International and Yak & Yeti Hotels / Lodges in Trek
  • Prime Activity: Mountaineering
  • Minor Activity: Culture and Trekking
Trip Price:
USD 5,490 per person
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Highlights of Trip

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Guided sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Superior accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Breath-taking domestic flight to Lukla, and back to Kathmandu
  • Trekking through the world's famous Everest area: the Khumbu, the land of the Sherpas
  • Fascinating glimpse of the Gokyo beautiful turquoises lakes at 4750 meters
  • Acclimatization climb on Gokyo Ri, 5443 meters, and cross of Cho La pass at 5420 meters
  • Great Himalayan high-atltitude experience with the climbing of Island Peak, 6189 meters above sea level
  • Fabulous helicopter flight above the Khumbu Region
  • Discovery of the ancient Himalayan settlements
  • Extraordinary views on some giants of the Himalaya: Everest, Ama Dablam "the Swiss Matterhorn of Nepal", Lhotse (the fifth highest peak), and many more
  • The importance placed on high-quality organization, staff, equipment and services to a small team of 4 to 6 trekkers-climbers only.

Trip Overview

Island Peak is one of the most famous 6000-meter peaks in the Himalaya. A Swiss expedition team first climbed the peak in 1956 as a training exercise. The expedition was considered as a preparation for the ascent of Mount Everest and Lhotse. Many mountaineers still focus on Island Peak as an acclimatization climbing peak. Imja Tse is another name for Island Peak. It is because of the Imja Lake below the mountain.


Island Peak is located in the Everest Region (Sagarmatha National Park). The region is famous for its glaciers, deep valleys, stunning mountains, and some of the high Himalayan rare animals. Besides the spectacular mountain scenery, the friendliness and hospitality of the Sherpa people are fabulous. The trekking trails are well maintained and properly rubbish managed. The lodges are clean, comfortable, and serve delicious fresh food.  For these reasons, it fascinates the trekkers from all around the world.


The flight to Lukla offers a stunning view of the Himalayan mountain range and below the plane on the vast agricultural terrace of the hilly region. The beginning of the trekking till Namche consists of green vegetation, lush forest, colorful monasteries, and stone craft walls. After Namche, the landscape dramatically changes to a treeless territory with an outstanding view of 8000-meter giants like Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu. As well as of numerous 7000-meter peaks including the beautiful Ama Dablam, the “Matterhorn of Nepal”. An acclimatization rest day at Gokyo in the magical surroundings of the turquoise blue lakes encircled with mountains enchants the minds. But provides us also enough energy to prepare for our Cho-la pass and Island Peak climbing. 

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes the climbing of Island Peak via its southwest ridge. A spectacular climbing view to discover from the summit. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS competent and experienced Sherpa Guides accompany the Group till the summit, and back to Base Camp. On our way back to Lukla, we reach the World Heritage site Tengboche Monastery through a forest of Juniper, Fir, and Rhododendron.


For the safety, good ambiance, and flexibility we focus on small teams of 4 to 6 climbers only, as well as:

  • An emergency kit with supplementary 4-liter Oxygen bottle with mask and regulator 
  • Means of communication 
  • Good connections with rescue airlines in high altitude emergency
  • Weather updates, in particular for the summit of Island peak
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Team consists of new generation climbing Sherpas. Skilled and accomplished mountaineers. They have numerous experiences of high altitude climbing and in addition, they speak various languages and last but not least, are kind and helpful
  • Warm down jacket is also available for each participant for the duration of this Journey
  • Climbing material is available for hire


Wild Yak Expeditions believes an Adventure in the outdoors provides various health benefits, ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. Himalaya is the best place where we have enough time to discover oneself and rejuvenate our life with positive wellbeing. In order to be productive and happy, it is scientifically proven to create some gap particularly from the worldly negative news, social media, and our daily hectic life. Besides personal benefits, it also contributes to helping the local economy by visiting remote areas.


WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Team welcomes you in the Himalaya. We commit to organizing small groups of maximum 6 participants with high-quality services and safety. These are essential for flexibility, contentment, and good ambiance within the Group. Furthermore, it generates sufficient time to exchange our culture and tradition with our local Team. Finally, hospitality to our Guests and economy to the locals is a great part of our aspirations.


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    Sebastien Switzerland /

    I highly recommend Wild Yak Expeditions agency to all Trekkers and Climbers to be in professional hands of passionate and specialized people for your Trip in the Himalaya!

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    Mirjam & Lukas Roth Switzerland /

    Ich möchte mich noch ganz ganz ganz herzlich für die tolle Organisation von Wild Yak bedanken. Wir haben eindrückliche, spannende, interessante Ferien erlebt und uns dabei rundum wohl gefühlt.

Map of Trip

Island Peak Climbing

Altitude Chart of Trip

Island Peak Climbing

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 :
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) / Transfer to Tibet International Hotel
Day 2 :
Sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage sites / Tibet International hotel
Day 3 :
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m); hike to Phakding (2610m), 3 hrs / Lodge
Day 4 :
Phakding to Namche (3440m), 5 hrs / Lodge
Day 5 :
Rest day in Namche / Lodge
Day 6 :
Namche to Dole (4100m) 6 hrs / Lodge
Day 7 :
Dole to Machhermo (4400m), 4 hrs / Lodge
Day 8 :
Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4750m), 5 hrs / Lodge
Day 9 :
Rest at Gokyo Lake or hike to Gokyo Ri (5453m), 4 hrs / Lodge
Day 10 :
Gokyo Lake to Dragnag (4700m), 2 hrs / Lodge
Day 11 :
Dragnag via Cho-La Pass to Dzongla (4850m), 6 hrs / Lodge
Day 12 :
Dzongla to Chhukung (4730m), 7 hrs / Lodge
Day 13 :
Chhukung to Island peak Base Camp (5600m), 6 hrs / Tent
Day 14 :
Ascent of Island Peak (6189m) and back to Debuche, 8-9 hrs / Lodge
Day 15 :
Flight back by helicopter to Lukla (2840m) / Lodge
Day 16 :
Flight back to Kathmandu (by airplane) / Transfer to Yak & Yeti hotel
Day 17 :
Leisure day in Kathmandu / Yak & Yeti hotel
Day 18 :
International flight departure (we suggest at evening)

Date & Price

Do not hesitate to contact us for a customized Island Peak Trip. 

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Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that so that each participant knows the total costs of his/her Adventure Trip in advance!

  • The organisation of your Journey
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Superior accommodation in Kathmandu on a sharing basis, including breakfasts (4 nights). Note: Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Dinners in Kathmandu (4)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Flight Kathmandu-Lukla and back (by airplane), incl. the local taxes
  • Lukla personal climbing material cargo up to 15 kg
  • Helicopter fly back from Debuche to Lukla
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trekking, on a sharing basis
  • Major meals during trekking and climbing period
  • A well-experienced and trained WYE Team: Sherpa Guides Team, Kitchen Team for Island Peak, porters, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging
  • Tented accommodation, on a sharing basis, with all necessary equipment for the climbing period
  • Transportation of the personal luggage and collective material from Kathmandu, and back
  • All necessary trekking and climbing permits
  • The technical material to secure the mountain and passe, where necessary
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Communication means in case of emergency
  • Medical first aid kit with Oxygen, mask, and regulator in case of emergency
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes
  • Lastly a big smile from the Wild Yak Expedition Team

Price Excludes

  • International flight *
  • Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu or on the way to/from trekking due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the trekking due to any reason which is not related to WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunches in Kathmandu
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment
  • Individual beverages and personal expenses
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price.

*Contact us for the booking of your international flight. 



The success of this Journey depends on both the personal status of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Team carefully selected according to their expertise in the particular environment and individual aptitudes. Our Team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Our Sherpa Guide: is a professional mountaineering Guide with experience in conducting in high altitude around the Himalaya, including first aid training and in-depth knowledge of the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. He is ensuring your safety and is ensuring that everything is running accordingly to the program. He plays a vital role in taking care of the participants' needs, supervising the staff, assuring the safety requirements by securing some technical parts and leading the members all the way through the trekking and during the climbing period,

He further provides you with interesting information about the mountains, the culture, and traditions of this part of Nepal. He also makes sure that the rubbish properly managed, and the route is kept clean throughout the whole Trip. He will further help as the interpreter with the local population. Though WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is in charge of the booking of the majority of the lodges, it is the Guide responsibility to ensure that the lodges are convenient and the food of good quality. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will frequently be informed about the progression of the Group during the trekking/climbing experience.

Our Climbing Sherpa (assistant guide): has a government license but must work as an assistant guide during some time to become a company approved guide. He assists our Sherpa Guide with all essential duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. He accompanies and supports our Sherpa Guide during the climbing period of the peak.

Our Kitchen Team: is composed of a cook and kitchen boys (depending the number of participants). Its role is to provide excellent food to the members, by respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and ensure that the campsite is comfortable. The kitchen boy(s) is/are assisting the cook by cleaning the dishes, getting the water and ensuring that the campground is kept clean. The Cook manages the campsite while the participants are on the mountain.

Our Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has its own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters' rights and have high standards to make sure that they treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses and medical insurances.

Note: In some places where the porters usually replaced by yaks, it is the responsibility of the yak driver ("yak man") to ensure that the transportation of material carried in an appropriate manner.


In Kathmandu: we stay at Tibet International and Yak & Yeti hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screen by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

Transportation: all transportations in Kathmandu are by private vehicles. Flight to Lukla and back, are by two engines planes, Otter Aeroplane.

During Trekking: we stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouse) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination and program. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your sleeping bag. Showers are available at the majority of the lodges. Please note that majority of the toilets are common in the lodges, except in few of them where we provide you with attached rooms (if available), in particular at Namche and Gokyo in order to fully enjoy your rest day with a shower.

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as Continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant's charge, except the coffee and the selection of teas that served for breakfast and in the afternoon upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch packages are also available some specific days.

Base Camp: According to the present program, we settle a campsite for the Island Peak climbing, installing dining and kitchen tent and enjoy the meals prepared by our Kitchen Team. Sleeping tents are provided on a sharing basis with a mattress individually.

To make your stay comfortable in the campsite, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers the lightening for the dining tent and solar batteries charging facilities.


WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Team is constituted with some of the best Sherpa mountain guides in the Himalaya. Its co-founder Norbu Sherpa has himself climbed seven times Mount Everest and is a summiteer of numerous other 8000-meter peaks. The company WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is seriously dedicated and focused on the climbing security features and quality services.

A team of 2-3 qualified and experienced Sherpa Guide secures the ascent route by fixing ropes in the technical parts of the mountain, where necessary.

A basic mountaineering exercise is usually conducted at the Base Camp before climbing. Our Sherpa Team is then guided you to the summit, and way back.

Weather reports regularly forwarded during the climbing period and as well while crossing the pass, in the event of the unstable weather situation.


Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In the case of emergency, the Group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.

Our Sherpa Guide is also outfitted with communication means, only to be used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS also works with the national helicopter rescue airlines.

To minimize risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes and the climbing period of the Peak, weather forecasts are provided to our Sherpa Guide on a regular basis and the route will be secured by our Sherpa Team by using the necessary technical gear for fixing the rope and assisting the Group of participants all the way to the summit and back.

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely to modified during the trekking by our Sherpa Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be done to keep to the scheduled itinerary. However, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

Our Sherpa Guide will try to ensure that the Journey runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you for being prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a Trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our Programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure.

Note: Please be aware that for this Journey, the participants must have experience with the handling of crampons and glacier walk.


Pre-Training before Trek

Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make much healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.

Before you embark for your Island Peak trekking and climbing Journey, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular physical exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally, you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building an excellent stamina and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth going for at least once a week for a 3 to 4-hour hike, which familiarizes already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatize and enjoy the trekking days.


WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Trip for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you.

ISLAND PEAK Trekking: Moderate 

A moderate trekking grade takes into account the following factors:

  • An altitude up to 5500 m above sea level 
  • An average trail inclination of about 30%-45%; some sections may consist of loose, sandy, gravel ground and boulders 
  • An average of 400 to 800 meters elevation ascent a day (especially when crossing passes) 
  • The capacity to walk comfortably on glacier moraines 
  • A trail, which may be rough paved, loose dirt, slippery, in landslide area, icy or snowy (in some parts you might be assisted by the guides) 
  • The aptitude for walking at least 4 to 7 hours per day (longer days when crossing the passes 8-9 hrs)

It requires the following skills from each participant: 

  • A good stamina, to be able to walk for several hours at a sustained walking pace in a high altitude environment during several subsequent days 
  • You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident (depending on the trail conditions, you may need some help in certain sections, especially while crossing the passes) 
  • You can carry a small personal backpack up to 4 kg


  • Fitness required: good body strength, good stamina, and efficiency at altitude, right mental attitude and prepared to deal with the demanding situations of the high altitude
  • Technical Skill: Basic climbing knowledge should be confident in glacier walking with a crampon, abseiling and ascending devices use, able to walk together in same rope
  • Climbing experience: at least 4000-meter peak climbing expertise in the Alps
  • Strength: Should be able to carry a 3 to 5 kg backpack and climb in the high altitude environment
  • Climbing distance between Camps: 4 to 6 hrs
  • Summit distance overall: 9 to 10 hrs from last camp and back to camp
  • No of Higher Camps: 1 camp
  • Degree of objective: Low
  • Vertical Sections: less and short sections (25/35 degree)
  • Ice climbing: rarely short sections
  • Mix Ice and Rock Climbing: Rarely some sections, but may use hands to cross some boulder
  • Altitude: 4,500 meters to 6,000 meters elevation
  • Oxygen Level in the body: 59% to 49%

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