Climb Island Peak with Lakpa Tamang

With Lakpa Tamang

$2800 $1750 USD
per person
Duration 15 days
SleepingCamping, Guesthouse, Hotel, Teahouse
Max. Altitude6189m
Difficulty Extreme
Cancellation Strict

Your Guide

Lakpa Tamang is a trekking and mountaineering leader with 25 years of experience as a Climbing Sherpa, Sirdar and guide. He began his career as a porter on expeditions to Mount Everest region when he was just 12 years old.

In 1989 he became a fully certified climbing guide and in that year participated in the French-Italian Mt Manaslu (8163m) Expedition. Here he spent three full days at an altitude of over 7400m. In 1991, with an Italian Expedition, he summited Mt. Kangru (6981m) for the first time, via the Southeast route.

Since then he has been with many expeditions, assisting in climbing high peaks including Mt. Mustagata (7456m) in the Pamir Range of Western China and Cho Oyu (8201m) in Tibet.

He has guided trekkers in all of the popular trekking destinations of Nepal. He has guided many climbers to the summits of many so-called 'trekking peaks', for example Island Peak / Imjatse (6189m).

He has worked in Tibet, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, and China & Visit in Tibet, Bhutan, India, and Pakistan, all most Europe countries as Denmark, Italy, France, Norway, Belgium etc. and China.

His family and he lives in the Kathmandu Valley, not far from both the famous Boudhanath Stupa and the Kopan Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. He takes the opinions and suggestions of all our clients very seriously.

Guides for: Agency Employed
Guiding Experience: 30 years
Nationality: Nepal
Speaks: English, Hindi, Little Italian
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Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal for climbing on Himalayas. The combination of Everest base camp trek and Island Peak climbing is probably the best trip in Nepal adored by adventure seekers.

From Dingboche, the mountain is seen as an island in a sea of ice. Imja Tse not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region.

Seen from the summit the giant mountains, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Amadablam in the south add more charm in climbing Island Peak.

For many mountaineers climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalaya expedition in Nepal in the later years. For some mountaineers the peak stands for the purpose of acclimatization before heading to bigger mountain climbing. Trekking to Kaalapatthar or Everest base camp is best suited for acclimatization before proceeding to the climbing on Island Peak.

The normal route for climbing Island Peak is South East Flank & South-West Ridge Normally, the base camp is set at Pareshaya Gyab (5,087m), between Imja Tse and the lateral moraine of the Imja Glacier. Proper care should be taken to avoid the possible avalanche in the event of heavy snow fall. For some people reaching to the summit from the base camp is a day activity. However, most of the climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the joy of climbing and also helps a safe ascent.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Equipment
  • Guide's Salary
  • Guide's Transport
  • Meals
  • MRAP Permit
  • Porter's Insurance
  • Private Jeep
  • Public Bus
  • TIMS Card

Price Excludes

  • ACAP Permit
  • Access Flights (Both-Ways)
  • Access Flights (One-Way)
  • Four Porters
  • Guide’s Accommodation
  • Guide’s Insurance
  • Guide’s Meals
  • International Flights
  • MCAP Permit
  • One Porter
  • Permit Fees
  • Porter Insurance
  • Private Taxi
  • Public Jeep
  • Three Porters
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Two Porters
  • Visa Fee

Group Rates

Group size Per-person
1 person $2800 USD
2 people $1750 USD
3 people $1750 USD
4 people $1700 USD
5 people $1700 USD
6 people $1650 USD
7 people $1650 USD
8 people $1600 USD
9 people $1600 USD
10 people $1550 USD
11 people $1500 USD


  1. daniel

    what is the FULL PRICE?, you have excluded many things normally included in the price like permit fees, guide acc,meals..etc

  2. Hello Daniel Nice to hear from you. The Full price for 1 Person is $2800 Per Person. it includes all permits, Guide, Accommodation, meals etc. if you are more in group then the prices will be down you can see the prices above.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    best regards

  3. ali


    My friend and I are beginners, but want to do a challenging trek / introduction to mountaineering. Is this ok for us? We would want to do the 7th Oct trip. Could you send a detailed itinerary and list of what equipment would we need to bring / what is provided?


  4. Ali, if you are looking for an introduction to mountaineering from challenging trekking, then Island peak climbing is perfect for you.

  5. Hello Ali, Thank you for the message. It is good to hear that you and your friend are interested for challenging Trek, then I suggest you to do Island peak for Mountaineering, Before climbing peak I suggest you to do Everest base camp trek, Kalapattar, Or Khogmala Pass- which is challenging trek, which will help you to acclimatize with a high Altitudes. Please find out the itinerary of trek below:
    Itinerary details
    Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu. (1345m.)
    A Friendship World Treks Team representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in a Kathmandu hotel.
    Day 2 – Sightseeing and last minute preparations.
    Your second day in Nepal is all about culture! One of our professional tour guides will take you to visit the many historical, religious and spiritual sites of Kathmandu including Patan Durbar square, Swayambhunath Temple (also known as the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple and the largest stupa in Nepal, Bouddhanath. You will meet your guide who will answer any questions you may have. Overnight in a Kathmandu hotel.
    Day 3 – Flight to Lukla (2840m/35 minutes) and trek to Phakding (2610m/3 hours.)
    We take an early morning flight between the mountains to the Sherpa town of Lukla. An easy 3-hour trek following the Dudh Kosi River brings us to Phakding. Overnight in teahouse.
    Day 4 – Phakding to Namche Bazar. (3440m/5 hours.) (3440m/11290ft)
    Crossing suspension bridges, loaded with Buddhist prayer flags and giving way to herds of yaks, we will climb a steep trail through forests of fir, pine, bamboo and rhododendron until we reach the Sherpa capital and gateway to the high Himalaya; Namche Bazaar. This is an energetic, colorful town where you can enjoy the local food and drink and soak up the atmosphere.
    Day 5 – Rest/Acclimatization.
    We take a day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize our bodies to the increasing altitude. Early morning, we will hike above the town, stop for a coffee at the world’s highest hotel (3962m) whilst soaking up the most magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we will pass through Khumjung village, the location of the Sir Edmund Hillary secondary school and a trip to the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a unique photography display, is worth a visit. Overnight at teahouse.
    Day 6 – Trek to Tyangboche Monastery. (3860m/5 hours.)(3860m/12660ft) 5 hours
    We leave Namche Bazaar and trek for around 5 to 6 hours following the fast flowing waters of the Dudh Kosi with glorious views of the surrounding mountains. The views become even more dramatic as you approach the holy place of Tyangboche, a traditional site and spiritual center of the Khumbu region where the Rimpoche (Lama Re-incarnate) exists. The monastery here is the highest monastery in the world and is adorned with incredible ornate wall hangings and houses a twenty-foot sculpture of Buddha and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas; if you are lucky enough you will see the Lamas performing their rituals and hear the divine chanting and music. Tyangboche is famous for its unparalleled panoramic views of Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest. Overnight at teahouse. Pheriche on the way to Everest base camp
    Day 7 – Trek to Pheriche. (4280m/5 hours.)
    The day starts with a gentle descent through the rhododendron forest before reaching Deboche. Another hour of gentle trekking takes us across the Imja River passing stones inscribed with Tibetan text describing past great lamas and all that is good about Buddhism. We then begin a gentle ascent to Pangboche where the landscape will change and the vegetation will begin to disappear. The Imja and Khumbu Khola rivers meet on our journey today, close to Pheriche, and we follow the Khumbu Khola to our teahouse for the night.
    Day 8 – Trek to Lobuche. (4940m/6 hours.)
    We start the day with an easy trek over flat landscape, following the Khumbu Khola for around one hour. Yaks and naks will keep us company on the way, as this is their grazing land. The next two hours is a steep climb up to Thukla Pass and the memorial site to those who have lost their lives trying to scale to the peak of Mount Everest. We push on further, up a gentler incline to Lobuche and our resting place for the night. Nearby to our teahouse is an Italian weather station and resource centre that we can pay a visit to, we could also climb to a ridge for our first views of the Khumbu Glacier, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Overnight in teahouse.
    Day 9 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5300m) and back to Gorak Shep. (5170m/8 hours)
    We will reach Gorak Shep in time for lunch; here we will leave our bags behind and head out over the rocky tracks to Everest Base Camp. Everest Base camp is the closest you can be to Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment. You may see a group of people in camp preparing to climb the mighty Mount Everest. We will then hike back to Gorak Shep for dinner and a well-earned rest. If the weather is clear, sunset views from Gorak Shep are pretty spectacular! Overnight at Teahouse.
    Day 10 – Hike up to Kala Patthar (5545m) then trek to Dingboche. (4360m/8 hours)
    A very early start to reach the peak of Kala Patthar for some truly enchanting views of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalays. This peak is arguably the best place to be for unparalleled views of the highest place on earth. To reach the peak is a challenging trek up a steep sandy track, but your efforts will be rewarded with some of the best views you will ever see, watching the colors of the sunrise prance atop of the snow capped peaks. We return to Gorak Shep for breakfast and then head out again, descending past Lobuche before reaching Dingboche and our teahouse for the night. Overnight at Teahouse.
    Day 11 – Trek to Chukkung. (4750m/2.5 hours.)
    An easy trek following the Imja River into a deep valley will bring us to Chukkung. The area offers many activities for your free time. You can climb to Chukkung Ri (5559m) or explore the Lhotse, Imja and Lhotse Shar Glaciers.
    Day 12 – Trek to Island Peak Base Camp. (5090m/5 hours.)
    Lots of “up and down” today across the Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Imja Glaciers. Along the way, Ama Dablam will be at our side, leading the way to Base Camp. Views of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Imja Peak, Baruntac and Island Peak will all be on offer as you walk the glacial path. At Base Camp, you will receive expert training from our guides in equipment use, how to walk on the snow and climbing using the ropes.
    Day 13 & 14 – Summit to Island Peak (6173m) and return to Base Camp. (5090.)
    The next two days all depend on the weather conditions. Your guide may decide it is fine to reach the summit in one day, or they may decide to spend the night at High Camp and attempt the summit the next day. Reaching the summit of this mountain, climbing rocky and icy tracks is a feat not to be underestimated. What an accomplishment to summit this mountain and stand amongst the giants of the Himalayas. When you reach the top, feast your eyes on the magnificent sights on offer. Makalu, (8485m) Ama Dablam, (6828m) Baruntse, (7168m) Lhotse, (8501m) Lhotse Shar, (8386m) Peak 38 (7590) and the long Imja Valley and Glacier are just some of the beautiful, bewitching views for you to capture and keep with you for a lifetime. After our incredible achievements, we will begin our descent back to Base Camp for another night at camp.
    Day 15 – Day 15: Trek to Debouche. (3770/7 hours.)
    We join the Imja River and follow it back to the tree line and lower altitudes. We pass through Chukkung, Dingboche, Shomare and Pangboche before reaching our teahouse for the night in Debouche.
    Day 16 – Trek to Namche Bazar. (3440m/5 hours.)
    We return to the Sherpa capital through the rhododendron and blue pine forests. We will stay again in this lively village in a local teahouse.
    Day 17 – Trek to Lukla. (2840m/6 hours.)
    We trek back along the banks of the Dudh Kosi River to Lukla where will spend our last night in the mountains before returning to Kathmanu the next day. Tonight you can relax, enjoy good food and drink and celebrate your accomplishment of the last 17 days.
    Day 18 – Kathmandu: Leisure Day
    A free day to relax, rejuvenate and maybe take in some more sights of Nepal and all its rich culture.
    Day 19 – Fly to home.
    A Friendship World Treks Team representative will accompany you to the airport and bid you farewell.
    Trekking Peak Equipment List:
    Friendship World Trek will provide the technical climbing equipment, including: harness, axes, helmets, crampons, carrabinas, ropes and base camp camping and cooking equipments.

    You will need to supply the following personal equipment. If you do not have the following equipment you can rent it when you arrive in Kathmandu. Our office staff will take you to one of several quality trekking rental stores.

    Waterproof trousers
    Gloves (liner/layer/shell)
    Plastic boots
    Thermal bottoms / top
    Day sack
    Sleep mat (4 wk course)

    Check your gear works before setting out, hire gear fits, etc. Your mountaineering equipment will be packed into a separate bag provided. Friendship World Trek will transport this separately to base camp. You will NOT have access to this bag until base camp. You only need to carry what you need for trekking, not climbing. Friendship World Trek can arrange a porter to Dzongla for you if you would like to trek with just a day pack.

  6. In the Above Cost It Includes:
    1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
    2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
    3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
    4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
    5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 2/3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
    & Breakfast)
    6. All accommodation during the trek.
    7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
    8. Transportation to and from trail head.
    9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
    10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
    equipment for the staffs.
    11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
    12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
    13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
    14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
    14. Climbing Permit and Climbing Bonus.
    16. Climbing Insurance for Climbing Guide of $19000.00
    17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, Trekking and climbing certificate.
    18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
    19. Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket (Return after Trek)- will Cost
    20. All Government and local Taxes
    21. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.

    Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
    1. International Airfares,
    2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
    3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
    domestic flights.
    4. Visa fees.
    5. Airport Departure Taxes.
    6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
    7. Tips for The staffs.
    8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
    9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
    10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
    11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu

  7. ali

    That sounds great! The itinerary above is a different duration as previously quoted. (It’s now 19 days, rather than 15) Could you please confirm the duration and cost for the above listed trip and the payment process?


  8. ali

    we are happy to do 19 days – just want to make sure we get our travel plans before and after sorted!

  9. Dear Ali thank you very much for your kind message. It is good to hear from you. Actually the trek is for 15 days, Kathmandu to Kathmandu is 19 days. The cost of the above trip is $1750 Per Person if you are 2 person or above, excludes Flight Ticket extra which is $330 Per person ( Both way ktm to lukla to ktm)
    Cost has been increased because now more prices has been change on it. sorry to not updated on it.
    The payment process you can pay through bank transfer to our company account or can be pay be credit card too.
    The company was established with an aim to provide different kinds of facilities for foreigners visiting Nepal and neighboring countries. We have been in this business for 25 years, so we have very dedicated professional and experienced team members. We are committed to give you the quality service; not least this includes matters of safety, respect, hygiene, hospitality and the best quality equipment. No matter wherever are you from, we always strive to fulfill your highest expectations.

    For the safety of our valued clients our company is a member of the following recognized Nepalese mountaineering, tourist, governmental and environmental organizations – Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and Nepal Ministry of tourism and foreigner affairs (NMTFA).

    We are specialists in trekking, climbing and tours in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. We are committed to promote ecotourism from the lowlands of the Terai to the highest peak in the world. We were one of the first in the business and are one of the best in town – claims that many make, but few can match.

    We have the edge on our competitors, not only due to our vast knowledge of travel and tourism, but also from the continuous labour and dedication of our team. We always feel pleasure to explore new and untouched areas that can be a perfect destination for coming generations.

  10. ali

    Oh that is quite a lot more with the flights as well…
    Can you do a discounted rate for 2 people booking?


  11. Hello Ali, Actually this is good price for you as your request we can do $1650 Per Person.

  12. Ali

    Thanks Nima – we will book shortly – looking forward to it.

  13. Hi Ali,
    would it be possible to join a guided group once you reach the Island Peak Base Camp? I would need a guide only for the summit of Imja Tse..
    I should be by the base camp on the 16th of october
    If it’s possible, please provide me with a quote

  14. Hello Zacca,
    Namaste If you are just looking for a climbing guide then you can pay $900 Per Person. including Permit, 1 Night in Base camp,Guide but need to pay extra for your climbing gear and flight tickets and other expenses.

  15. Hi,

    Hi Lakpa
    I am interested in joining this climb, but will most likely continue on the 3 pass trek after doing the Island peak. Could you provide me with a price including return flights to Lukla, but with me leaving the group after the Island Peak descent?

  16. Dear Sir, Namaste and Greetings from Nepal- Friendship World Treks
    Firstly, Thank you very much for your interest to joining this climbing with us. we are happy to join you at our team, The cost for 15 days is $1650 Per Person excluding flight tickets, if you are doing 3 pass trek with our Potter/Guide after doing Island peak it would takes around 10 days more for 3 pass trek, so It cost including all $2390 the flight ticket is extra $326 for both way, please let us know soon we are leaving on 7th October to Lukla.
    if you are just looking Island peak climbing then it cost $950 Per Person. excluding flight tickets. we hope to hear from you soon as possible.
    Thank you
    best regards

    • Namaste Nima,

      Just to understand: the price is usd 950 for me to join you from Lukla on October 7th up until island peak? All other expenses will then be included as per the list above?

  17. Yes the price usd 950 is just for Climbing peak and peak permits only, it does not include as per the list above. accommodation and food during peak only.

  18. Thank you for joining with us.

  19. Karen

    Hi my name is Karen and I would like to do this trip Ktm to Ktm. Is it possible to join the group? I am also a beginner climber but have previously done the ABC trek.

  20. Hello Karen, Greetings from Friendship World Treks, thank you for your message. Yes it is possible to join join this group. we have a professional climbing guides so our guides will be taking care of you and teach you all about climbing activities. hope to hear from you soon. Best regards Nima.

  21. Hi !
    Is the ktm to ktm trip happening for 19 days on 7th oct? i would like to join if yes. however i have done ebc last year.. is there a way that i can cut down on the days/ cost of it.

  22. Dear Alka
    Namaste and Greetings from Friendship World Trek
    Thank you very much for writing to us. Yes the Trip is from Kathmandu to Kathmandu for 19 days on 7th October. you can do this trek or climbing in 15 days if you had done ebc last year, it is better if you acclimatize for climbing peak. The cost is $2800 Per Person. we provide a best quality services for our clients. hope to hear from you, if you have any questions feel free to ask me at any time. Best regards Nima Tamang.

  23. nasir

    Hi Guys, do you have an email address that I can send a series of questions to. I am interested in joining the trip, but will be limited in time so want to discuss my options with you

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