Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest region is the most popular adventure destination among trekkers in Nepal Himalaya, this region offers an opportunity to climb not only the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft) but also allows climbing smaller trekking peaks and expeditions like Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Mera Peak with many other peaks. It was on 29th May 1953 when the summit of tallest mountain of the world. Mt. Everest was first conquered by legendary late Tenzing Norgey Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand from the south col. Since then, hundreds of climbers have successfully conquered the summit of Mt. Everest, attracting many travelers, trekkers and mountaineers from all around the globe.

Island Peak climbing with Everest base camp trek allows you to climb up the most popular Island peak and takes you into the heart of the Khumbu region and Everest Base Camp as well. Island peak, widely known as Imja Tse stands at an elevation of 6,160 m (20,210 ft) the most famous Himalayan peak. The named Island peak as it appears like an island in an icy belt at Imjatse valley. Located on top of the Chhukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse mountains, it was in 1956 when the summit of Island Peak was first climbed by Swiss team making as a training and preparation for Mount Everest expedition. Since then, hundreds of climbers have successfully climbed this peak as it is technically but not too challenging and doesn’t need any previous climbing experience.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour.
Day 03: In Kathmandu preparation for expedition.
Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,820m & trek to Phakding 2,640m – 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 07: Trek to Tyangboche 3,867m – 05hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Dingboche 4,260m – 05hrs.
Day 09: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,930m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m / 16,961ft and to Everest Base Cam 5,364m (17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep 08 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Kongma La 5,535 (18,159ft) and to Chhukung 4,730m (15,518 ft) – 07 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Island Base Camp 5,200m (17,060ft) – 04 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Island Peak to High Camp 5,600m (18,372ft) – 03 hrs.
Day 15: Climb to Island peak summit 6,189m and to Base Camp 08 hours.
Day 16: Reserve day in case of unfavorable bad weather condition.
Day 17: Trek to Tengboche 07 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Monjo 2,830m 06 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Lukla 05 hrs.
Day 20: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel:
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Final international departure.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On arrival in Kathmandu, you are warmly greeted by our Sherpa Mountaineering Expeditions staff at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). SME representatives will assist then transfer to respective hotels.

Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour.
In Kathmandu sightseeing program includes visit of world heritage sites the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the world biggest Stupa; Boudhhanath, known as little Tibet, Swoyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) located on a hill side one of the oldest religious spot of more than 2,500 years old and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with unique architectural temple, and the virgin Kumari known as Living Goddess in Basantapur atf central Kathmandu. Kathmandu is not only naturally beautiful but it also holds the beauty of incredible Newar people culture with ancient architectures.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,886m), & trek to Phakding (2640m) – 3 hr
Moring a super scenic flight of near 35 minutes bring you at Lukla. Lukla airport is also known as Tenzing –Hillary Airport and Luka is assessable either by air or by trek from the old classic route by Jiri or from Arun Valley, from Lukla start our trek to Phakding for overnight stop.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m – 06 hrs.
On this day we walk up to the bank of the Dudh Koshi River and cross the suspension bridge. A few hours of trek will take us to the entrance gate to visit National Park, Monjo. We further walk for few hours to reach Namche. Namche is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region with many Nepalese officials, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a police check, post and a bank, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. You can buy your essential climbing equipments and other stuffs here in Namche if needed, overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion
Namche is the perfect place for the acclimatization. Spending an extra day in Namche helps to acclimatize our body in higher altitude and avoid the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Namche is also a mesmerizing market hub where one can explore its vicinity and make further plans for the trip.

Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche 3,867m – 5hrs.
Trek along a gradual trail through conifer and rhododendron forests, somewhat exposed trail with the best views of Ama Dablam. The walk further offers striking views of Mt.Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Kwangde peak. The trail climbs uphill passing through the forests to reach Tyangboche. This area is known as the holy land as the head lama (Rinpoche) of the monastery resides here. This is the place, where climbers take blessing from the high lama in order to have best and safe expedition.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,260m – 05 hrs.
After breakfast following the trail that drops to Debuche and crossing suspension bridge on the Imja Khola. Then a gentle climb to reach Pangboche a Sherpa village with several houses made of stones with an old monastery. The trail leads slowly leaving the tree lines behind through exposed landscapes with fantastic views of Mt. Ama Dbalm at close range then reaching at Dingboche for the overnight stop.

Day 08: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
Another rest day allows you to acclimatize in this high altitude, with time to explore the surrounding area.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930m – 05 hrs.
Leaving Dingboche, follow the trail uphill for an hour then a gradual walk all the way to Thugla ( Dugla) with fantastic views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Ama Dablam and as far to Mt. Makalu towards east and tips of Mt. Cho Oyu in the west, the climb up to the terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier, and continues till Lobuche for overnight stop.

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170m (16,961ft) and to Everest Base Camp 5,364m (17,594ft) and return back to Gorakshep 07hrs.
The trail today is quite challenging but offers mesmerizing views of Mt. Everest the highest point on this planet at 8,848 meters / 29,028 ft. On reaching at Gorakshep following the moraine and ice path, Gorakshep with 04 lodges the last lodge before Everest Base Camp after break here continue to Everest Base Camp walking along moraine below the Khumbu Icefall to reach Everest Base Camp. After spending some time in base camp, return back to Gorakshep for overnight stop.

Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar 5,545m (18,192ft) and return to Lobuche.
Early morning start climb to Kalapatthar for the stunning view of Mt. Everest and its surroundings peaks. Kalapatthar is the vantage point for views of the entire south face of Mt. Everest and other high mountains, after spending some moments here a gentle descend to the small settlement of Lobuche for the overnight stop, with afternoon free for sidewalks.

Day 12: Trek and traverse Kongma La 5,535m (18,159ft) and to Chukung 4,730m (15,518ft) – 07 hrs.
Leaving Lobuche, head towards Imjatse valley at Chukung enjoy the remoteness and perfect wilderness of the area with harsh beautiful nature, on route with beautiful views of Amphu Lapcha, Island peak, and traversing the highest pass of this trip the Kongma La pass at 5,545 meters after a great moment here descend towards Imjatse valley and to Chukung for the overnight stop after a hard trek and climb of near 08 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Island Base Camp 5,200m (17,060ft) – 04 hours.
After a good breakfast walk to the southern part climbing steep way along the streamside, the route to the Amphu Lapcha lies just to the southeast. A slightly fractious cross route to the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley of Island peak or Imjatse. Our guide will give details and information regarding the climbing.

Day 14: Trek and climb to High Camp 5,600m (18,372ft) – 04 hrs.
Pack climbing gear and make a gentle climb to reach high camp, a climb to reach High Camp with a slope that narrows and the path enters a steep rock channel, then ascend a little further to high camp afternoon final preparation for the climbing and overnight in tented camp.

Day 15: Climb to the summit 6,189m (20,305ft) and return to Base Camp.
The climb to the summit is a steep climbing which is slightly technical; our guides will fix rope where it is necessary for this strenuous ascent to reach the summit, on reaching the top with panoramic mindblowing views of the massif mountains that surrounds you, after a great moment descend along the same route, down to the base camp.

Day 16: Reserve day in case of unfavorable weather condition
A contingency or reserve day in case of bad weather or to maintain the itinerary days, if all goes well can be used to make it shorter and easier on the way back to Namche and Lukla.

Day 17: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m (12,660ft) – 07 hrs.
Leaving Base Camp reaching at Dingboche within Imjatse valley with grand views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse wall, Lhotse, Makalu and Island peak then head towards the famed Tyangboche with its beautiful monastery and striking scenery views, reaching back at lush vegetation and tree lines after being in arid terrain for a week or more, the final leg of this walk leads to a climb for an hour to Thyangboche offering grand views of peaks that surrounds this lovely spot with its monastery.

Day 18: Trek to Monjo 2,880m via Namche Bazaar 06 hrs.
After breakfast a short downhill to Imjatse River after the bridge a steep climb for an hour with gradual winding trail all the way to Namche Bazaar, after Namche its all all downhill to the Dudh Kosi River bed and with few short ups to enter the Sagarmatha National park to exit towards Monjo for the overnight stop in this small nice village.

Day 19: Trek to Lukla 05 hrs.
The last day walk of this great adventure with easy gradual trail through the village of Phakding following the Dudh Kosi, after crossing the bridge at Phakding a nice pleasant trek with few short up and downs to Lukla, on reaching Lukla the last dinner with the trekking staffs and porters.

Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, depending upon the flight time make way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen during the flight. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and transfer you back to Hotel.

Day 21: Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 22: Transfer to airport for international departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Cost includes:
Transport from Airport to Hotel ( Pick up and Departure)
Kathmandu Hotel 3 Nights BB plan
All land transport (Bus, Car, and Van) etc.
Domestic flight Tickets as per the itinerary
All entrance fee at list Itinerary (National park fee & TIMS)
Food on trek( all the meals include in Camping trek with Breakfast, Lunch Dinner and Tea, Coffee) for Staff and Members
Flight Tickets for staffs and member.
Food for Trekking And High altitude food, and Fuel,
Climbing Guide daily wage, food, insurance, and transportation
Sherpa’s equipment’s allowance and daily wage transpiration.
All the equipment for Trekking and peak Climbing (Tent Table, dinning tent, Rope and Kitchen crew and food).
Cook daily wages, equipments & allowance
Kitchen boy daily wages and allowance
Insurance for Nepali staff and climbing Sherpa including medical insurance.
Medical Kits for all staff.
Sight seen around Kathmandu valley 3 places with guide and transportation by private car/ van bus etc.
Gamo bag
Potters carry Luggage
Helicopter insurance

Cost excludes:
Nepal visa
International flight Ticket
Lunch and dinner food in Kathmandu
Insurance of any kind and vaccination,
Personal equipments and extra Baggies charge in the flight
Emergency evacuation (Hire Horse, rescues, flight and extra porter if you take)
Tips and other expenditure of a personal nature such as laundry alcohol

Trip Highlights

“Climb of high Island peak in Khumbu at Everest region in the shade of high staggering world’s highest mountains, in complete wilderness in the tranquility of harsh beautiful nature, in the vicinity of rich old Buddhist culture, religions, traditional villages, high terraced farm fields, in the country of highlanders of Nepal Himalaya the Sherpa’s of Everest.”

Trip Profile:
Trip Mode: On lodge & camping basis.
Climbing Grade: PD
Fitness Level: 3
Trek & Climb: 16-17 days ( Lukla to Lukla)
Total Trip: 21-22 days ( Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

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