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Island Peak (6,189m) + Everest Base Camp Trek

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  • 18 Days
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Trekking and Ice Climbing
  • Difficulty : 4
  • Pickup: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Min Age : 18+

Island Peak is a popular climbing peak in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal. It’s one of the most visited mountains in Nepal, with climbers making it to the summit every now and then. This is the easiest mountain to climb and the reward is pretty great, making it a favorite of adventure lovers.

Island Peak climbing offers a great mountain climbing experience, gaining 3,300 meters of elevation from the trailhead. The climb is no stranger to hosting beginners and provides them with a stunning view of Lhotse Shar, Nuptse, and Lhotse Peak.

Recommended Airport

Tribhuvan International Airport. Kathmandu

Meeting Point

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

Price Includes

  • Guidelines on training, packing clothes and gears, medical and visual.
  • 30 Days Nepal Visa for Malaysian.
  • Airport pick up & drop at hotel in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu in twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • Domestic Flight return (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with baggage check in 10 kg and hand-carry 5kg
  • Trekking and climbing permits and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.
  • Meals (1 major meal + 1 hot drink) during trekking in lodges (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Guide(s) during Trekking Period as per the size of group.
  • Porter among the two trekkers (one porter sharing among two trekkers) including all his expenses, insurance during the trek.
  • 1 Personal climbing Sherpa to guide and help during climbing
  • All camping equipment’s like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period
  • Technical climbing gears rental (Harness, Carabineers, Figure-8, Slings, Ice Boots, Crampons)
  • Rental of sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag (to be returned after trip completed).

Price Excludes

  • International air fare
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and activities in city
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Excess baggage check in for the domestic flight
  • Extra stay in hotel (Kathmandu) or lodges
  • Personal expenses i.e. hot shower, laundry, internet/wifi, bottle/canned drink, meals other in package
  • Tips for guide(s) and porter(s)
  • Optional for helicopter service, personal porter, heated bed, horse ride, oxygen bottle, etc.

Complementaries

  • T-Shirt
  • Certificate
What to Expect

Climbing the Island Peak is quite impressive as you’ll travel most of the Everest region. Its winding trail will offer you a picturesque view of wild rhododendron forests, imposing monasteries, and stunning villages. However, climbing the mountain isn’t a cakewalk with slope ascent at extreme altitudes.

Climbers have to walk the endless trails that pass through wild forests and many remote villages in the Everest region. You’ll also stop at many villages, whose hospitality is good but you’ll be spending a lot of time on the road.

Island Peak is tough, but if you’re fit and have a proper fitness level, the summit is easily achievable. The journey starts off easy with a gentle ascend from Lukla to Phakding and Namche Bazaar. The trail is, even more, steeper from Namche Bazaar, requiring trekkers to walk several hours.

  • A pristine view of snow-capped mountains like Makalu, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam
  • A scenic walk through Sagarmatha National Park and its unique flora and fauna
  • Discover glorious landscapes, glaciers, and valleys
  • A quick visit to some enchanted Khumbu villages and their medieval Tibetan monasteries
  • Cursus Pharetra Purus Porta Parturient
  • Witness typical Sherpa cultures, traditions, and values
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival and Transfer to the Hotel in Kathmandu

Our driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Please make sure to always watch your belongings at the airport.

Day 2Preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu

We will bring you along Thamel road if you want to buy some of the trekking equipment and souvenirs. You also can go sightseeing in Kathmandu when all your trekking equipment is ready.

Day 3Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, Trek to Phakding

Lukla Altitude: 2,860 meters

Phakding Altitude: 2,610 meters

Walking Hours: 2-3 hrs

Overnight at: a Lodge

On the day first, of Island Peak Climbing, we’ll travel to the northeast of Nepal. It’s an early morning flight to Lukla, which lasts anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes. The craft will leave from Tribhuvan airport and hover above the Kathmandu Valley before leaving for Khumbu.

The airway makes up for the picturesque view of sweeping hills and towering mountains. It’ll also provide us with a glimpse of classic Nepalese villages, tumultuous rivers, and verdant meadows. Upon landing at Lukla, we’ll continue our journey to Phakding with a short uphill climb.

The hike is probably one of the easiest with just a few steep trails and mesmeric views. We’ll make our way from the left bank of Dudh Koshi River before trekking a well-worn path with several steps until it reaches Phakding.

Day 4Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,445 meters

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at: a Lodge

Today’s trek is somewhat more demanding and strenuous, taking more than 6 hours. The trip begins with a scenic walk along the Dudh Koshi River and through the rhododendron forests. After passing several villages like Manjo and ascending rugged hills, we’ll arrive at Sagarmatha National Park.

To travel further, we’ll need an entry permit. After the access, we’ll cross a suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River and walk through Jorsale. The walk gets surprisingly difficult once we come out of the village. The trek is mostly steep and continuously upward, taking more than two hours or so.

Before entering the village, we’ll have to show the pass at a police checkpoint. A short walk from here will lead us to the famous Sherpa town, which provides us with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and lush green hills. Overnight stay in a lodge.

Day 5Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

Except for resting and a brief walk, there’s not much to do on this day of Island Peak Climbing. Our time at Namche will see us having a rest and acclimatizing. In the morning, we’ll take a short hike to Syangboche, which demands a 1 to 2 hours walk.

After arriving at the Syangboche airport, we’ll get an incredible view of Mt Everest along with Thamserku and Ama Dablam. The trek will also reward us with glimpses of deep valleys and subtropical forests with pine and juniper.

After enjoying the view, we’ll make a quick stop at Hotel Everest View and have breakfast. Soon, we’ll descend the viewpoint and head back to Namche to spend the night. For those who don’t want to hike, you can stay back in the village and explore some of its historical and cultural landscapes.

Day 6Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Tengboche Altitude: 3,975 meters

Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at: a Lodge

After breakfast, we’ll leave Namche and head to our next hop. The trek from Namache to Tengboche starts with a steep ascent, passing through the mani walls and a few cultural sites. After a surface-level walk, we’ll see our pace increasing suddenly.

But, once we cross the wooden bridge, the trail gains its elevation. After ascending the trail for the last two hours, we’ll finally reach Tengboche, a small village in the Khumbu subregion. The place holds great importance for Buddhist pilgrims and other Sherpa people. We’ll spend another night in Khumbu at a lodge

Day 7Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche

Pheriche Altitude: 4,252 meters

Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at: a Lodge

Early in the morning, we’ll visit Tengboche monastery. After the visit, we’ll continue our trek to Pheriche following a downhill slope before crossing the river. Right across the bridge, the trail ascends up and traverses the rugged terrains.

We’ll spend most of the day walking along the river valley and up the hills. After trekking a narrow cliff and forested trail with green hills, we’ll arrive at Pheriche. This small village at 14,340 ft is a popular stop for climbers and trekkers. Overnight stay in a teahouse.

Day 8Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche

Lobuche Altitude: 4,930 meters

Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at: a Teahouse

Another day, another hike but this time it’s Lobuche, a small village in Khumbu that’ll take us closer to Island Peak. The trek starts with a steep climb up the edge of a hill and through a farm village. Walking from the north of Pheriche, we’ll see a field of cairns and rock towers built to commemorate the climbers lost in mountains.

After hiking a meandering trail through the valley and steppes, we’ll arrive at Lobuche. It’s our last stop for the day as the trail ahead is long and strenuous. We’ll spend the night in a local teahouse.

Day 9Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep, Hike to Everest Base Camp

Gorakshep Altitude: 5,164 meters

Everest Base Camp Altitude: 5,364 meters

Walking Hours: 6-8 hrs

Overnight at: a Teahouse

After breakfast, we’ll continue our journey with a tedious uphill walk to Gorakshep. The trek will take us somewhere between 6 and 8 hours, depending upon the altitude. The first section of the trek will take us through the mountainous terrains with loose rocks and boulders.

After two hours of trek, we’ll arrive at Gorakshep, a small settlement on the edge of a frozen lakebed. We’ll stop at the village for lunch and then continue our journey to Everest Base Camp. This 3 hours hike will make us travel the craggy hills and debris taking over the Khumbu Icefall, which ends at the base of Everest Base Camp.

Gazing high up, you’ll see Everest and its surrounding peaks, including Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. At the camp, we’ll witness Khumbu Glacier, ice slopes, and rocky hills. Once the exploration is done, we’ll retrace the steps back to Gorakshep and spend the night there.

Day 10Trek to Kala Patthar and hike to Dingboche

Dingboche Altitude: 5,644 meters

Kala Patthar Altitude: 4,410 meters

Walking Hours: 7 hrs

Overnight at: a Teahouse

The day starts with a short ascent on a rugged and bumpy trail that goes all the way to the summit of Kala Patthar. We’ll travel 2.3 miles on rough terrains full of rocks and boulders to reach the acme. Once we reach the top, we can enjoy the panoramic view of shimmering glaciers and vibrant valleys.

Kala Patthar is also the most accessible viewpoint to watch the gigantic Mt. Everest along with Lobuche, Thamserku, and Kangtega. After spending some quality time at the site, we’ll climb down to Gorakshep, have breakfast, and get back out on the trail.

The walk to Dingboche is restless with more than 16 km trail. It takes almost 4 hours to reach Dingboche walking along Imja Valley and over the difficult trails. After reaching the village in Chhukhung Valley, we’ll get a spectacular view of sweeping hills, deep gorges, and mountains. Overnight stay in a teahouse.

Day 11Trek from Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp

Island Peak Base Camp Altitude: 5,087 meters

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at: a Tent

After getting the day started with some nice breakfast and tea, we’ll head for the trek to Island Peak Base Camp. The trail starts with a steep ascent above Imja Valley, which provides a fabulous view of Lhotse and Tawache. The paths are narrow and graveled with dirt, making the trek somewhat difficult.

It takes a continuous 6-7 hours of walk to reach the Island Peak base camp and once we’ve got there, you’ll get to relish the jaw-dropping scenery. We’ll end the day with beautiful sightseeing of Island Peak and its nearby mountains and glaciers. Overnight stay in a tent.

Day 12Acclimatization and hike to High Camp

Climbing the Island Peak in haste without proper acclimatization can have great risks. So instead of ascending the mountain, we’ll stay at the base camp for one day and let our bodies have enough rest. In the day, we’ll explore Imja Tsho, a glacial lake held by a terminal moraine. The scenes from the lake with surrounding mountains and glaciers are quite astonishing. Then, we will continue to hike to high camp and spend the night here.

Day 13Island Peak Summit, Return to Base Camp

Island Peak Altitude: 6,189 meters

Walking Hours: 9-10 hrs

Overnight at: a camp

If yesterday’s trek was challenging, today’s even more vicious, so we better start early and reach the summit on time. We’ll start climbing the Island Peak trail at the crack of dawn as its journey is quite difficult and requires a lot of time. The trail to Island Peak is jagged with rocky steps and an open gully.

Getting to the top requires us to ascend the ice slopes and mountain ridges, which are quite exhausting. After a tough walk of 5-6 hours, we’ll reach the summit and enjoy the stunning view it has to offer.

We’ll be able to see the beautiful landscapes, glistening mountains, ice slopes from the top. After summiting the snow peak and watching the magnificent view, we’ll descend the trail back to Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight stay in the tent.

Day 14Trek down from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche

Pangboche Altitude: 3,985 meters

Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at: a Teahouse

After breakfast, we’ll embark on a journey to Pangboche with a gentle descent off the trail. Soon as we come out of the village, the trail runs past the old monastery and towering hills, which offer an impressive view. Throughout the journey, we’ll get a treat of the magnificent glimpses of shimmering mountains and glaciers.

Since the trek to Pangboche is mostly downhill, it won’t take us a lot of time to reach the settlement. Once we’ve arrived at the village, you’ll get the closest view of Ama Dablam and lush green forests. After some time, we’ll head to the teahouse and call it off a day.

Day 15Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

After an early morning rise and warm breakfast, we’ll set off for another day tour and this time it’s the famous Sherpa town, Namche Bazaar. The trek continues with a walk down the valley above and around, surrounded by rhododendron forests.

We’ll spend most of the day descending the trail that passes through multiple Sherpa villages and towns. Walking in and around the region, we’ll see many Tibetan monasteries, mani walls, and Buddhist prayer flags.

The trek will also provide us with a jaw-dropping view of subtropical forests, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque view of beautiful himalaya range. After hiking for nearly 8 hours, we’ll end up at the beautiful Namche Bazaar. Since it’s the last stop for the day, we’ll head to the lodge straight away and have some rest.

Day 16Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Leaving Namche, we’ll trek down to the Dudh Koshi River Valley, passing numerous Sherpa villages. The trail will take us through the lush green forest and waterfalls along the way. Several times, we’ll cross the suspension bridge and walk past the ancient Tibetan monastery and mani walls. After a long descent from the hill, we’ll finally arrive at Lukla, a small town with a variety of shops and hotels. We’ll spend the night in a lodge at the village.

Day 17Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

On the last day of Island Peak Climbing, we’ll fly to Kathmandu, ending the trip. After enjoying a lovely breakfast with scenic views, we’ll head to Lukla airport to board the flight. The flight will last half an hour and provide us with a marvelous view of sweeping hills and towering mountains.

We’ll also see many Nepalese villages, verdant meadows, and waterfalls on the way to Kathmandu. After landing at the airport, we’ll transfer you to the hotel where you can rest well.

Day 18Final Departure

Its time to say goodbye and safe journey home.

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