Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek

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Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp trek is the most popular adventure trek and climbing trip in the Everest region. The best seasons for this trek are in spring and autumn. This is when you can witness the most glorious and epic panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. This is a tea house and camping trek with a maximum altitude of 5,550m for the Everest base camp trek and 6,000m for the summit of the Island peak. We provide you with an expert Sherpa climbing team when climbing the Island peak, with a friendly and experienced trekking crew when trekking to Everest base camp and Kalapatthar.

EBC Trek with Island Peak climbing Fact:

This is a 17-day adventure trip that starts from Kathmandu with a scenic flight to Lukla (2,800m), one of the most famous and unique airports in the world. We provide an English-speaking insured guide, along with strong, insured and well-equipped porters, we also provide all the necessary trekking permits, TIMS cards, Everest National park fee, and Island peak climbing permit. The trek begins in Lukla, continuing to Everest base camp and then onto Chukkung Ri. Chukkung Ri will mark the beginning of the Island Peak climb, with an expert Sherpa climbing team to take you on your adventure. We provide tent accommodation and full board while camping and summiting the Island also known as Imja Tse peak.

Summit Day - standing on top of Island Peak at 6189 meters:

The Island peak climbing summit day starts early in the morning with an interesting scramble along a rock ridge towards a glacier. Above this there is a steep snow headwall leading to the summit, this is a physically challenging day with glorious scenery throughout. Our climbing guides use fixed ropes to ensure a safe ascent, with jumar and harness for the strenuous and challenging section which climbs up a 60 - 70-degree rock face for roughly 100 meters to the summit ridge. From the top of the Island peak, you will see a breathtaking panorama of the gigantic mountains; Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) which form a semi-circle in the north, combined with the stunning views of Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) in the east and the famous expedition peak of Amadablam (6812m) in the south. A peak climbing experience into the Himalayas will be treasured for a lifetime. 

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Highlights

  • A short scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu offers breathtaking views.
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
  • The exquisiteness of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest 8,848.68m/29,029 ft.
  • View of other peaks such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu(8,201m) and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
  • Prayer wheels, colourful flags, Mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4,900 m)
  • Amazing panoramic view from Kala Patthar (5,555m)
  • Trekking through beautiful forests blanketed rhododendron and pine trees and the trials offering wonderful views.
  • Climb Island peak after an acclimatization trip of Everest Base camp and witness the most glorious views of the Himalayan peaks from the summit of Imja Tse peak.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrival at the Kathmandu airport (1,350m)

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, one of our guides will greet you and transfer you to the hotel, rest of the day is free, and relax. Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

Breakfast at hotel, today is the day more like preparation of EBC and Island peak climbing trip. Upon your request, a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley can be organized instantly. Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

Early in the morning (about 5 AM), your guide will come to the hotel and take you to Kathmandu airport for an amazing and 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804m). On arrival at the airport, the guide will brief you and introduce our porter before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m). After landing we have time to explore the village while our porter sorts and load our trekking bag-pack. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550m) it is a short walk to Phakding - a beautiful mountain village. Overnight at a guesthouse.   

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Phakding
  • Maximum Altitude:2,610m

After a hot breakfast, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes, and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail. Overnight at a guesthouse. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at a guesthouse.      

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We'll have trekked to an altitude of 3,860m upon reaching the Tengboche Monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. You will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes this day. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tengboche Monastery
  • Maximum Altitude:3,860m

We descend for half an hour to the riverside through forests and cross the river. Trekking up towards the opposite side of the hill, the land starts to become drier and desert-like. We will cross a traditional and cultural Sherpa village Panboche where we can observe the daily activities of the Sherpas. After this, we make a gradual climb towards a small hill then leading to a wide mountain valley called Dingboche located on a riverside. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dingboche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,350 meters

This is another day for acclimatization. We will have a trip to Dingboche Ri to get a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotseā€™s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight at a guesthouse. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dingboche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,350 meters

The trail passes along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4,910m at Lobuche which appears dwarfed at the foot of the giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude, we walk slowly, drink more liquid, and eat more energy-giving food. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lobuche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,910m

This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365 meters, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night. Overnight at a guesthouse. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Everest Base Camp
  • Maximum Altitude:5,365m

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028 ft, 8848 meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 meters then trek down to Periche. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Periche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,200 meters

From Pheriche we take a slightly different route down to Dingboche, then we ascend to the Chukkung Valley. Overnight at a guesthouse. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Chukkung
  • Maximum Altitude:4,710 m

From Chukkung we make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8,501m) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. It is only a short distance from here to the Base Camp, which we will reach in the mid-afternoon. We walk 4 hours today as we are becoming acclimatized to the thin air. From this day, accommodation will be in a tented camp for the next two days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional camping team. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Island Peak Base Camp
  • Maximum Altitude:5,240 m

We have allowed two days to climb the Island Peak, although we will probably not require more than one if weather conditions are fine. The strategy for the climb will be decided by our trek leader at the time, taking into account the group's acclimatization, weather, snow conditions and other factors. Our climbing sherpa/guide will provide you a pre-ice climbing training to make you skillful in using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons, etc. Generally, we rest in the morning and after lunch ascend from the Base Camp to the High Camp (5,700m), a steep, two-hour climb up grassy slopes on a well-defined trail. The site of the camp is just below the permanent snowline. The following morning we leave very early for the final climb to the summit. This may take between four to six hours, depending on snow and weather conditions. We will fix a rope on the summit headwall for safety on both the ascent and descent. Although it is not a technically difficult climb, the snow slopes are crevassed, the headwall is reasonably steep and a head for heights is useful. To reach the summit, willpower and stamina are required, but the incredible feeling of achievement atop this 6,000m giant will remain a lifetime memory. The view from the summit is utterly fantastic! Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse are the dominant giants rising above a sea of smaller peaks. Given good conditions, we should be able to descend back to Chhukhung from our summit attempt. Overnight at a guesthouse or Tented Camp (The stay depends upon the day you complete your climbing.

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:summit of the Island peak and return to Chhukung
  • Maximum Altitude:6,187m.,4,750m

Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through various towns of Dingboche, Orsho, Shomare and Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend gradually through Debuche and then to Tengboche at 3,800m. Overnight at a guesthouse. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tengboche
  • Maximum Altitude:3,860m

From Tengboche, we descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and a cup of tea, we cross the Dudh Kosi River and climb to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through to Shanasa, where we have the option of visiting Kunde and Khumjung villages before returning to Namche Bazaar - our stop for the night. Overnight at a guesthouse. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Khumjung
  • Maximum Altitude:2,780 m

This is our last day of trekking as we return to Lukla. We descend on a steep trail so it is important that we walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level. After reaching Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude:2,804m

Breakfast, on your flight back to Kathmandu as you leave Lukla, you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains you just recently visited. The guide will arrange a transfer from the airport to your hotel.

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1350m

After breakfast, transfer to the international airport for your flight back home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future. 

    Inclusion

    • All Necessary airports pick and drop.
    • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
    • All Necessary Permits including Island Peak and Everest base camp.
    • Trekking Information management system card (permits).
    • An English speaking guide for trekking and peak climbing.
    • All necessary equipments for peak climbing guide including his extra allowance.
    • Necessary porters, helpers and cook while trekking and climbing.
    • Best available guest house accommodations while trekking.
    • Tent accommodations while climbing Island peak.
    • Full board meals like breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffees while trekking.
    • Freshly cooked food by our cook while climbing Island peak.
    • All necessary taxes and our service charges including insurance for guide, cook, porters and helpers.
    • All necessary equipments, food, salary and flights for guide, cook, porters and helpers.
    • Fare well dinner in Kathmandu.

     

    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Personal equipments and clothing.
    • Local airfare (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu = USD 350 pp) and your insurances.
    • Cold drinks and beverages.
    • Tips and Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, laundry, Wi-Fi, etc...

    Useful Information

    Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek can be organized combine service tea-house plus camping. We stay in a tea-house in trekking and in tents while climbing.

    Cost for Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing  

    USD 1820 Per Person
    The above cost is based on a minimum of 2 people, if you are more than 2, we will offer you a discount on the above cost. And, if you are a group leader of a group (minimum 5 people) we offer you an attractive discount and if you are a solo traveler, let us know, we have something special for you too. The cost of the trip differs as per the size of the group, choice of hotel, client's interest in service and amendments in our itinerary. Our prices are very reasonable for the services we cater to. Please contact us for more information and cost details.

    Travel Insurances 

    Travelling is an investment and we believe that insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

    A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some make special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of the Alpine Eco Trek adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing in the Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too.  and, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

    Please kindly provide us your copy of the insurance policy or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

    Accommodation 

    Island peak climbing with EBC trek itinerary is a mixture of lodges and tents accommodations while you are on the mountain. Actually trek part we accommodate on the best lodges/guest house and have been chosen according to their eco-friendliness, best location, hygiene, and friendly nature. On climbing section will accommodate with comfortable two men camping tent, foam mattress, 4 season sleeping bag. We maintain standard and comfort in every means with the best of our knowledge, experiences, and costs. All accommodations on trekking climbing lodge and tent are based on twin share. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast.

    Food during the trip 

    Freshly cook food on a full board basis will be provided both on trekking and climbing sections through the best-provided lodges and by our experienced and trained cook during the climbing respectively, foods are a high level of balance diet, hygiene, and safety. Three meals (Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian cushions) will be provided both in lodges and during the camp. Each day dinner and breakfast will be provided in the same lodge camp you spend the night. Lunch camp will be fixed on a pleasant surrounding. 

    Acclimatization 

    Alpine Eco Trek is an expert at operating at high altitudes. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization program. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide Gamow Bag as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

    Equipment and Packing List 

    While packing for EBC hiking with Imja Tse peak climbing certain gears are essential to be considered. Please check out our comprehensive packing list (Trekking and Hiking Gears) for this trip. 

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