Mt. Island Expedition

Mt. Island Expedition

Mt. Island Expedition is a technical mountaineering endeavor in Nepal Himalaya. Mt. Island is a peak located in Sagarmatha National park of Nepal near the village Dingboche. This expedition will be a stepping stone for Extreme high altitude challenges.

Since it is a semi technical peak yet offers exposure to 6000+ m altitude with snow, glacier and ice scrambling, every avid mountaineer should attempt this peak to evaluate his/her personal mountaineering endurance before going for difficult extreme altitude mountains. Eric Shipton & his party named it so in 1951, since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Also known as Imja Tse summit, was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss team as a training exercise in preparation for Mount Everest and Lhotse expeditions. Since then this expedition is considered to be Pre Everest expedition as a part of preparation.

Base camp to high camp is basically a hike but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes may be set up for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 metres (330 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. From the Top, one can see gigantic wall of Lhotse, towering 2,300 m (7,500 ft).

Key features of Mt. Island Expedition

Duration of the expedition – 18 days

Difficulty level – Moderate

Skills required – Walking in snow and Ice, Using crampon on ice slopes, Jumaring, Rappelling

Recommended Training - GGIM conducts excellent courses that can hone your technical skills suitable for mountaineering expeditions too. Please look into Basic & Advance Rock Climbing courses.


Schedule will be declared soon !!


Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02 Preparation day in Kathmandu
Day 03 Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610 m)
Day 04 Trek to Namche bazaar (3400 m)
Day 05 Active Rest Day (acclimatization to Khumjung) (3700 m)
Day 06 Trek to Tengboche (3800 m)
Day 07 Trek to Dingboche (4530 m)
Day 08 Active Rest Day ( Acclimatization to Nagarjuna Hill)
Day 09 Trek Chukung  (4700 m)
Day 10 Trek to Island Peak base Camp  (5010 m)
Day 11 Island peak high camp (5500 m)
Day 12 Summit (6189 m) and back to Chukung
Day 13 To Tengboche
Day 14 Trek to Monjo
Day 15 To Lukla
Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 17 Free day in  Kathmandu

Day 18 Departure from Kathmandu


The cost of the trip-

Indian Citizens:  130000 + GST @ 5%

Non Indian Citizens: € 2000

The fees include following –

  1. All Airport/Hotel transfers
  2. 4 nights in Normal Nice Hotel in Kathmandu on Twin Sharing basis with Breakfast
  3. A Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley including tour guide, Transportation and entrance fees
  4. Kathmandu – Lukla –Kathmandu flight and departure taxes
  5. Food and Accommodation during trekking/ climbing session (full board service – breakfast, lunch and dinner + hot drinking water)
  6. An experienced English speaking Trekking and Climbing guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  7. All necessary paper works (national park permit and Island Peak climbing fees )
  8. Peak promotion trekking duffel bag and Trekking / Climbing map
  9. Equipment allowance for climbing guide
  10. Travel and rescue arrangements
  11. Insurance for Nepali staff
  12. Special farewell dinner

The Cost does Not Include following –

  1. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival / late departure, early return from mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  2. Personal Climbing gear
  3. Meals in Kathmandu
  4. Alcohol and Beverages during the trek.
  5. Personal expenses
  6. Emergency Medical evacuation
  7. Tips for guides and porters
  8. Any other requirement which is not mentioned in the above list of included services

Enrollment Procedure:

Step 1: Fill up Online enrollment form. (The form should be filled only once. If you have filled it already you need not to refill.)

Step 2: Download, print and fill up Medical form from a medical practitioner.

Step 3: Download Indemnity bond. Print first page of the form on 500 Rs. stamp paper, fill the form and get it notarized by a legal practitioner. (Please note that the indemnity bond should be submitted only once)

(Please note that there are separate indemnity bonds for adults and minors. In case of minors, participant has to procure a consent letter from parents. We will share the format once you register.

Document Submission:

  1. Medical Form
  2. Indemnity Form
  3. Photocopy of Valid Passport/Election card (Only applicable for Indian citizens. Other foreign nationals should have their passports with them)
  4. Confirmed Air ticket
  5. Minors (below 16) should provide parent's consent letter

Step 4 : Payment of trek fees

Option 1
Pay the trek fees by cheque in the name of “Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering”
Option 2
Transfer fees in our bank account
Bank details are given below
A/c Name- Guardian Giripremi Institute of mountaineering
A/c No. 35422707432 (current a/c)
IFSC Code SBIN0013530
Branch Karve Nagar, Pune 411052

Payment Terms –
Rs. 30,000/- to be paid at the time of initial booking and balance 30 days prior to the trek.
Cancellation Policy
In case of any unavoidable reason if you happen to cancel your booking, please send the cancellation request through email.
Rs. 15,000/- will be deducted and balance amount will be refunded, if cancellation is made 30 or more days prior to the reporting date of your selected batch.
Rs. 25,000/- will be deducted and balance amount will be refunded, if cancellation is made 15 to 30 days prior to the reporting date of your selected batch.
No refund will be made if cancellation is made within 15 days prior to date of departure.

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