Short Island Peak Climb (Chhukung to Chhukung)

Trip Overview

The modest peak of Imja Tse (6189m) is located over the Chhukung Glacier in the middle of Chhukung valley. Sitting pretty between the Lhotse Himal (8414m) and Mount Ama Dablam (6856m), this peak is an island in the sea of snow covered landscape, thus the name Island Peak. A perfect challenge for those working a tight schedule between their busy lives, the Short Island Peak Climb will be a thrilling experience as you take on this strenuous ascent to the summit which will leave you awestruck with a spellbinding view of the Everest, Makalu and Lhotse Himal among others.

Your 4-day Island Peak Climb itinerary starts at Chhukung. A village perched by the Imja river, it is a popular stop for those acclimatizing on their way to Everest Base Camp. Once we arrive at Chhukung, we rest for the day. The next day will be a climb from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp. Taking on the rocky terrain we climb steeply before starting a relatively easy hike along the southern side of Lhotse glacier moraine. Further along the glacier, the curvaceous route leads to a valley flanking the Island peak. The path is straightforward from here on. First, we ascend to the high camp and continue to the summit. Steep snow and ice ridges combined with crevasses and boulders will make this challenge all that more exciting. This climb with the summit at 6189 meters is suitable for a beginner ready to enter the exciting world of mountaineering. With very few technical aspects to work on, the climb will be moderately strenuous, however, it is recommended for physically fit trekkers. September to December and March to June are the best seasons to take on this challenge.

With years of experience in the Tourism industry, Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition is a renowned trekking expedition operator serving international as well as local tourists. Our team of expert guides and trek leaders offer you an excellent service with a view to providing an experience of a lifetime while creating lasting memories. 

Additional Information

If the suggested itinerary is not up to the mark, we can even customize your trip as per your need with a special group discount. Kindly contact us at info@amazingnepaltrek.com for detail information. You can also contact us by calling at +977-9851116042 for 24/7 support. We speak English, Hindi, and Nepali.

Day 1: Arrival at Chhukung|4750m 
Day 2: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp|5,200m 
Day 3: Reserve day if in case of bad weather or for acclimatization
Day 4: Summit day and Trek back to Chhukung

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Day 1: Arrival at Chhukung|4750m 
After arriving in Chhukung, you link up with the expedition team. After a briefing, check your equipment and accessories required for the climb. Your guide will assist you with this. Clarify any doubts as you start for Island Peak Base Camp the next day. Explore the remote village of Chhukung and try out some local delicacies before calling it a night. Overnight stay at Chhukung.

Day 2: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp|5,200m 
Post breakfast, you set out for the Island Peak Base Camp. Mostly ascending you will trek for around 4 hours before you reach the base camp. Walking along the Imja Khola before passing a huge boulder, you arrive at crossroads and head along a trail that goes southeast. You head north along a curvaceous path crossing the Lhotse Glacier ending up in a wide valley. We set our tents at the base camp. Overnight stay at Island Peak Base Camp. 

Day 3: Reserve day if in case of bad weather or for acclimatization
As the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, we reserve this day to acclimatize to harsh conditions and high altitude. You can work on rope skills, climbing techniques and efficient use of climbing gears. Your climbing guide will assist you with this. You acclimatize and prepare for the climb on the summit day. Overnight stay at Island Peak Base Camp.  

Day 4: Summit day and Trek back to Chhukung
Early in the morning, you set out for high camp and then to the summit of Island Peak (6189m). Starting your ascent along the rocky terrain full of boulders and passages, you hike up a steep passage before taking a turn to the high camp at 5600m. Taking on the snout of summit glacier, you rope up this glacier passing through several crevasses. This will be a challenging climb as you utilize your gears to find your way up top. The snow slopes at 40-45° and a few rope lengths along the ridge leads to the Island Peak. Enjoy the summit laden with prayer flags as you observe snow-capped peaks stretching across the horizon. You then carefully descend back to the base camp and eventually to Chhukung. Overnight stay at Chhukung.

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Service Includes:

  • Island Peak Climbing guided by our Experienced licensed holder Climbing Sherpa
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit
  • Group climbing gear/equipment- Main rope, fix rope, Ice crew
  • 02 Nights/ 3 Days camping accommodation with all meals 
  • All the expenses of Climbing Sherpa/ Assistant Climbing Sherpa and porters. 
  • High Altitude Climbing Insurance of staffs
  • All applicable Government and Local Taxes 
  • Oxygen Gas or Gammo Bag (on request with additional cost)

Service Excludes:

  • Any Airfare
  • Trek before and after climbing Island peak (if you wish, shall organize)
  • Personal climbing equipment (option to buy or hire in Kathmandu or Namche or at Chhukung)
  • Travel Insurance (should cover the policies- medical expenses, heli evacuations and rescues)
  • Tips for Guide, porters…
  • Anything not mentioned in “Service Includes” section

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a Tent Camp during your climbing. We will provide you with full board meals while you are on climbing. 

Service and Security:

A licensed and professional English speaking climbing guide will be provided for your climbing of the peak. We provide 1 main guide and 1 assistant guide for a group of 2-4 people. But for a group of more than 5-8 people, we provide 01 main and 2 assistant guides. For the group having 9+ people, 1 main guide and 3 assistant guides will be provided. Other staff members we provide include 01 experienced cook, Sherpas, and assistants.

Our professional staffs will take care of you. Please keep on informing about each and every change that you might feel as you set out for the magnificent journey. Do not feel shy, because the very nature of this climbing makes one nervous. Our staffs will be there to help you overcome such state of nervousness.


After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.


Island Peak Climb is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

  • Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)
  • Please consult your physician
  • Please do keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy
  • Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your climbing insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World Heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes only Island Peak Climbing Permit fee.

Flight Delay in Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
Twin Otter and Dornier is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Amazing Nepal will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek. When you arrive a day earlier, you will have time to rest as well as time to buy climbing/trekking equipment. Similarly, it is best to have some extra days after you have finished your trek because your flight to Kathmandu/Lukla might be canceled due to bad weather. So all together it is recommended to have a few extra days beside the trip schedule so that you don’t miss your International Flight.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your climbing and trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your daypack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.

Moreover, There is an allowance of 15kg per person on domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek/climb:

Personal Climbing Gears

  • Ice axe,Crampons,Harness,Tape Slings (2),Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock),Descender/Abseil Device,Plastic Mountaineering Boots,Ascender,Helmet (optional)

Group Climbing Gears

  • Snow bar, Ice Hamer, Rope Ice Screw


  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch


  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket  


  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear


  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers


  • Gore-tex gloves


  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag 
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material

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