Island Peak Climbing

Duration: 18 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Difficult
  • Trip Style: Peak Climbing
  • Transport: As per Itinerary
  • Food: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner(BLD)
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge and camping
  • Group Size: Min 1 Pax
  • Max Elevation: 6,189 m
  • Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec

Highlights

  • Short and thrilling flight to Lukla
  • Trek through Sagarmatha National Park
  • Witness superb landscape views throughout the journey
  • Explore famous Namche Bazar
  • Visit Tengboche monastery
  • Experience rich culture and daily lifestyle of Sherpas
  • Reach Everest Base Camp
  • Cross Kongma La Pass
  • Summit Island Peak
  • Witness panoramic views of numerous Himalayan mountain like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, etc

About Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is an adventurous climbing as well as trekking journey in the Khumbu region. Island Peak Climbing and Everest Base Camp Trek are two very popular ventures of the region. And, combining both in one package is doubling the level of thrill and adventure. If you are someone with past trekking experience, and now looking to step into the climbing world of the Himalayas, then Island Peak climbing with EBC is a great option.

Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse. It is a very attractive and main climbing peak in the Khumbu region. The route to reach the top of Island Peak does not involve technical climbing, which is perfect for beginner climbers. Likewise, you will also reach Everest Base Camp, the base of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest (8,848 m). Exploring Everest Base Camp is a dream for hundreds of travelers out there. From the base camp, you get to witness panoramic views of several Himalayan mountains.

The adventure does not end here. You will be crossing Kongma La Pass (5,535 m), a very famous high pass of the Everest region. The trail includes passing through many beautiful villages and dense forests. On the way, you come across many stupas, chortens, prayer wheels, and monastery. You will visit the oldest monastery in the region, the Tengboche monastery as well. At the beginning and end of the trek, you pass by Sagarmatha National Park that is home to hundreds of flora and fauna. Crossing an uncountable number of streams and rivers over suspension bridges and old wooden bridges, you traverse the region.

Itinerary

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Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and complete the visa process. You will find one of our team representatives at the terminal gate holding your nameplate. He will take you to the hotel. In the evening, you meet with other team members over traditional welcome dinner and end your day enjoying the cultural dance. 
  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

We have arranged a guided sightseeing tour for you. You will be accompanied by a professional tour guide who will brief you about the landmarks. You will visit places like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhuanth, Boudhnath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. 

  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Lukla is the starting point of our trek. To reach here, you will take a short thrilling flight. The flight offers distant views of Himalayas. Upon landing at Lukla, you meet with other team members and head towards Phakding. From Lukla, the trail descends along with a stream and passes through Cheplung village before reaching Phakding. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Crossing Dudh Koshi River multiple times over bridges, you reach Benkar village. Further, you cross more bridges and reach Monjo village. The trail from here goes through Sagarmatha National Park, which is the habitat of numerous flora and fauna. The trail from the park is steep and difficult. Namche Bazar will welcome you with a stunning view of Lhotse, Everest, Tawache, and other mountains. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Today, you will take a day break to adjust yourself with the altitude. You go on short hikes to nearby places like Everest View Hotel, Khumjung village, etc. Later, in the day, visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Also, don't forget to explore Namche Bazar, its small yet vibrant market. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

From Namche Bazar, the trail passes through small villages and dense forests of rhododendron. You get to enjoy beautiful views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Lhotse. Taking a small break at Phungi Tenga, you reach Tengboche village, where you will visit the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, Tengboche monastery. Later, you descend to Debuche for a night stay.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Crossing the Imja River, you trek and reach Pangboche. From here, the trail ascends towards Imja Valley and move along the Lobuche River. Looking over scenic views, you reach Dingboche for a night stay.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Today is a rest day at Dingboche. You will explore the village and go on a short hike. You will ascend to Nagarjun Hill from where you can see stunning views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makali, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Tawache, etc. Dingboche is also known as the Summer Valley of Khumbu region. You get to see lovely views of buckwheat, potatoes, and barley.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

The trail leads to Dugla. From here, you walk on the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier and passes through boulder-strewn slopes. You then climb up to Chupki Lhara and continue towards the Khumbu Glacier moraine. The trail soon takes you to Lobuche for a night stay. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Today, wake up early in the morning and ascend towards Everest Base Camp via Gorak Shep. Make sure to follow the lead of your guide carefully as the trail can get misleading. Ascending through rocky dunes, moraines, and streams, you reach Everest Base Camp. From the base camp, you get to see panoramic views of the Himalayas. Spending some time, you descend to Gorak Shep for night stay.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Following the same trail, you trek back to Lobuche. On the way, you get to see wonderful views of the Himalayan landscape. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

The trail ascends towards Khumbu glacier and turns to Kongma La base camp. From here, ascending on a steep rocky trail, you reach the top of the pass. Further, the trail descends to Imja Khola Valley and then continues to drop down to Chhukung. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

From here onwards, you move towards the Island Peak. The trail gradually ascends towards Island Peak Base Camp. Passing through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines, you reach a wide valley flanking the southwest side of Island Peak.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp

There is no guarantee of stable weather in the high altitude. The weather can change at any time. Therefore, we have kept a couple of spare days aside that can be useful in emergency situations or flight delays. Moreover, not everyone reaches the base camp at the same time. Therefore, this spare day can help you to wait for other team members before returning back.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp

From base camp, you ascend along a sandy path, and further, passes through a grassy area. The trail than includes a rugged path and takes you to the high camp. The trail then climbs up through rock gully. Passing through several rock steps, you reach the right side of the gully. Following a ridgeline, you slowly ascend to the summit. Your guide will fix the rope whenever required. After a successful climb, you descend to base camp. 

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp

Descend through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola and passes through Orsho village and Shomare village. You can take a different path as well which leads to a gompa located in Upper Pangboche.  

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

From Pangboche, the trail descends to Imja Khola and ascends through lush forests towards Tengboche. From here, you descend through dense forests of juniper and rhododendron and cross a bridge over Dudh Koshi to reach Sansa. The trail then passes through another forest and takes you to Namche Bazar.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
After having breakfast, you begin descending through the national park. Crossing several small villages and streams, you reach Phakding for night stay.
  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
Leaving Phakding behind, you ascend through forests path along a stream and reach Lukla.
  • Meals: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge

Today, you fly back to Kathmandu enjoying the last views of the Himalayas. Upon landing at Kathmandu, you head to the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

What's Included

  • Arrival and departure transfer services to/from both airport as per itinerary

  • Three-star or similar hotels for accommodation in Kathmandu

  • Experienced and government-licensed trekking guide during the trekking & climbing period

  • Schedule flight tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu 

  • All trekking and mountaineering equipment like; kitchen tent, sleeping tent twin basis, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for base camps and above

  • Common climbing equipment (rope, ice bars, ice screws, snow bar, etc.)

  • Cook and kitchen assistant and climbing sherpa at Base Camp and other camps

  • Food and accommodation during the trek

  • 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea/coffee) during the journey

  • Welcome & farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant 

  • All food and fuel for base camp and higher camps during the venture

  • All necessary permits for Island peak climbing

  • All wages, equipment, medicals, and accidental insurances for involved staff

  • First Aid medical kits

  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call

  • Emergency Oxygen, mask, and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge

  • Trekking and climbing map 

  • Complete pre-departure information

  • Flight ticket reconfirmation

  • Visa extension procedure services (if necessary)

  • Free Ascent Trails T-shirt, cap or duffel bag

What's Excluded

  • Airfare of international flights

  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the welcome & farewell dinner)

  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking

  • Any personal expenses like laundry, charging, etc

  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc

  • Extra transportation out of the itinerary program

  • Any additional staff other than specified

  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses

  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue

  • Wallie-talkies & filming permit (if any special camera or walkies-talkies are taken on the journey)

  • Personal climbing gears

  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone & Internet expenses

  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods

  • Tips and gifts for involved staff and porter

  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Any other item not included in the “COST INCLUDES” section

Useful Info

What to expect during Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing takes you to not only the base of Mt. Everest but also lead you to the top of a very famous peak of Khumbu region, Island Peak. During the trip, you get to witness the surreal view of the Himalayan landscape along with snow-capped mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kongde, Kantega, Thamserku, Brauntse, Lobuche, and numerous others.

Why go on Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp with us?

Our years of experience and extensive knowledge of the trail makes us the best in our field. We have been leading groups in the Himalayas for years now with a full success rate. We will make sure, you not only reach your final destination but also return safely. Our local team members will give you several insights about the region and support you during the journey.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) Symptoms & Prevention

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that occurs due to high elevation. It generally happens if your body is not acclimatized with the altitude. Also known as altitude sickness, it can happen to anyone regardless of their health and physical condition. Read below to know more about its symptoms and preventive measures.

Symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath with exertion

Preventive measures

  • Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary
  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages
  • Do not gain more than 500 meters in a day
  • Try to spend the night in lower altitude
  • Acclimatize properly at a lower altitude
  • Inform your guide immediately if any of the symptoms you see
  • Do not push yourself

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp difficulty

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is a strenuous trip. The trail is steep, rough, and snowy. Likewise, you will cross crevasses as well. You have to be in good shape to go on this journey. Plus, prior trekking experience is also needed. We present extensive service during Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp. Plus, our highly experienced guides will also help to complete this trip successfully.

Best time to go to Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp

The best time to go on Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is from March to May and October to November. These months include two seasons, spring & autumn. The clear sky, constant weather, and moderate climate attract hundreds of trekkers and climbers.

Likewise, heavy rainfall during monsoon (June to September) and extreme cold and snowfall during winter (December to February) makes the trail risky and views unclear. Therefore, these months are not an ideal option to go on Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp.

Accommodation during Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp

During Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp, you stay overnight in lodge and camp. In the villages, your accommodation will be a lodge that offers basic facilities with a twin-sharing room and common washrooms. Likewise, during the climbing, you stay overnight in camps. Our porters will carry sleeping camp, dining camp, and washroom camp up to the base camp of Island Peak.

Food & Water on Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp

In the lodge, the meals will be served as per their menu. You will have a wide variety of food options in lower villages than at higher altitudes. You can expect to get dishes like momo, pasta, sandwich, noodles, curries, egg, meat, rice, bread, pudding, porridge, pizza, etc. There will be also a good variety of beverages at the lower altitude. During camping, the meals will be prepared by our trained porters.

Drinking water is available in all lodge. You can refill your bottle every time it gets empty. There is also the option to buy water bottles, however, we recommend to not buy it and carry your water bottle. This will help a lot to preserve the environment and reduce waste.

Important climbing equipment

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Belay device (figure of 8/ATC guide /reverso)
  • Jumar (ascender)
  • Carabiner (lock/screwgate-4, nonlocking-2)
  • Safety rope (dynamic 3-4 mtr. 8mm)
  • Auxiliary cord (dynamic 5 mtr. 6mm)
  • Tape sling 180cm
  • Gloves (liner, Gore Tex)
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Sun glasses (UV protected/polarize)
  • Alpine boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice-axe

Tailor-Made Options

We offer a tailor-made itinerary for Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp. You can share your requirements with us, and we will design a perfect itinerary that will match your needs. You can also join our departure dates as well if you are okay with our offered itinerary and time. Giving a tailor-made option not only helps us to give the best service to our clients but also makes us go out of our boundaries and create the most adventurous trips.

Environmental Practices

While traveling with us, you will be part of a responsible team that cares about nature and the environment. We try our best to not leave any waste behind after completing the trip. Moreover, our packages are designed, and the trips are planned sustainably. We also work closely with the local community and help them to uplift their economy. We also give a chance to give back to the locals without going overboard.