6000m Peaks

Island Peak

An introduction to the
highs of the Himalayas.

Island Peak

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 Elite Exped is a great place to start.




18 days


Easy 1A

Max Altitude

6160 m
20305 ft

Daily activity

4 - 5 hrs


Spring &

Dates Available

26 Mar - 12 Apr22 Oct - 08 Nov

Starting from

USD $5,400

Aimed at mountaineers and trekkers with a high level of basic fitness, and an aptitude for altitude. Prior experience of big mountain environments is preferred but not necessary. We can teach you what you need to know on this peak.

What the adventure involves

Elite Exped has deep roots in the Himalayas, with the bulk of our guiding team, including our co-founder Mingma David, 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 record-breaking leaders, Nimsdai and Mingma David. 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 acclimatise, 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 Elite Exped, 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.

From our clients
Sean Halyard

The island peak climb was fantastic. Dawa tshering was the complete guide making point of every day easy, stress free and fun.We were completely taught and helped in learning how to use proper climbing equipment and techniques. The food and accomodation was great also and surpassed all expectations. Dawa went above and beyond for each and every clients.

Schaus Gilles

I really enjoyed the trip. The leading team was very professional and helpful. I learned a lot about culture and the mountains. Would recommend to my friends and I would back another trip with dawa and his team

Abraham Nicitohaus Kipokoha

All were goods experience during hike and entire trip especially our head guide Dawa was provided all his effort and his team, We also become very new on technical climbing but ends of each every one to conquer the island peak. Thank Elite Exped travel for arranging this Amazing.

Thomas Halyard

I had an amazing time on my trek. Dawa took care of us everyday and was a great lead guide always making sure we were all okay, feeling good and ready everyday. The rest of the team that took care of us also did a great job they were all very friendly and caring and took care of everything for us. It was a great experience thank you to dawa and his team.

Vitalis Nehomia Mahonge

It was a wonderful trip thank you so much for all who made this great experience to happens special thanks to dawa and his team, they did a great job. Dawa helped us to the max to reach the summit.

Joshwa NNKO

The trip was very good, our guide was good person, generally we were enjoying such a nice trip to island peak. We are happy to get new experience in Nepal especially on going to island peak. Thank very much to elite exped and to our guide dawa [great man]

Oksana Anilionyte

Incredible trip, Dawa and his team did amazing job at helping, supporting and keeping us safe. Am forever grateful for this trip and can't wait to come back.

This tried and tested itinerary is informed by decades of mountaineering experience. As with all adventurous activities of this type however, circumstances may arise where Elite Exped is forced to make alterations, possibly at short notice. While making every effort to adhere to this published schedule, we kindly ask for your patience if the weather, or other naturally occurring circumstances, intervene.

Your daily schedule

  • 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


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Our tailored approach to training will help you improve as a climber, developing the mental and physical skills you need to achieve your dreams. Learn more

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We understand the challenges of balancing a busy professional career with a love of mountaineering. Building on Nims record-breaking techniques, our unique Fast-Track expeditions allow you to climb more in less time. View fast-track expeditions

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Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Elite Exped, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated FAQ support page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What skillset and fitness level are required?

All Elite Exped expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

What equipment is provided?
Will I get my own guide?
Will the expedition cost include travel?

Why choose
Elite Exped?


Nimsdai Purja, Mingma David Sherpa’s and Mingma Tenzi’s mountaineering groundbreaking records speak for themselves, but our leaders are more than just supremely talented climbers.

While some choose to direct operations from back office, our three directors lead from the front. Their experience in every aspect of guiding and climbing — from fixing ropes to organising logistics — is unparalleled. It's no surprise that they have the industry-leading success rate when it comes to summiting 8,000m peaks.

Beyond this, our handpicked team of guides have also chalked up dozens of successful summits between them.

Safety through

If it’s controllable we control it: this is key to attaining and maintaining our industry-leading strategy for success and safety.

We maximise our options, agility and responsiveness by running self-sufficient expeditions that don’t rely on any other teams to achieve our objectives.

Our team is capable of setting up our own fixed lines (with a proven track record on all 8,000m peaks) and has backups to cover all scenarios. These include everything from secondary oxygen supplies to the ability and experience to operate our own rescue missions if the situation arises.

A unique

With his Nepalese roots and UK residency, our co-founder Nimsdai Purja brings a unique perspective and an unparalleled ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures.

We can assemble trusted teams and networks anywhere in the world, but our founders’ roots are a particular advantage when it comes to summiting the world’s very highest peaks.

An intimate knowledge of how things work on the ground ensures that everything runs smoothly when you’re 8,000m above sea-level.

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