- Most popular and achievable climbing peak at 6189m
- Aid with acclimatization for peak lcimbing with Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar hikes
- Stunning views of the Everest Himalayan Range
- Visit to ancient monasteries, Insights into Buddhism and Sherpa culture
Located just 10 km away Mt. Everest summit, Island peak gives a 360 degree display of great Himalayas. Island peak, the most climbed climbing peak of Himalaya is really an augmentation of south end of Mt. Lhotse that remains as a stupendous peak in the midst of the mammoths of the Himalaya. If you love trekking in Nepal and want to have a peak climbing experience too, then this trip is an ideal choice for you.
Our Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp trek project is intended to carry out both trekking and peak climbing in Nepal for all adventure lovers. Our Island peak with Everest base camp trek program begins as we take an invigorating flight to Lukla and begin trekking the exemplary Everest base camp through the Sherpa towns of Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorekshep while spending through two night in Namche and Dingboche for proper acclimatization.
We trek to Everest base camp so that our body adapts for our Island peak climbing adventure. We additionally trek up to Kala Patthar for best views of Everest and its neighboring snow-capped mountains. Then, we trek back to Chhukung and advance towards the Island peak.
Initially, we trek to Island peak base camp, learn and get detail info with practicing use of climbing gears. We spend a night in base camp. Following day is the hardest day yet as we achieve the summit. The climb starts with a scramble up a rough crevasse to an edge where we put on crampons and rope up for the ice sheet crossing heading towards the south edge. The climb is as steep as 45 degree on the way to summit ridge from where we get astounding views of Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse and other Himalayan panoramas.
You will be pre-informed about your Lukla flight and our guide will pick you up from your hotel today. If the weather is all fine then there won’t be any disturbance and delay. And within 40 minutes you will be landing at Lukla airstrip. This exciting flight takes you to an exciting adventure offering you excellent views of Himalayan landscapes with hills, snow capped mountains, rivers and valleys.
Upon arrival at Lukla, we get together with our additional porter team, arrange the luggage and begin our hike through beautiful village of Lukla. In the first day, we begin our downhill hike to Chaurikharka towards Phakding. It will be a short walk today for acclimatizing at above 3000 meters altitude today. We cross numerous suspension bridge and you might take short side journey to nearby monastery.
Exploring amazing Himalayan sceneries, witnessing the Mani stone carvings, spinning prayer wheels we slowly begin our walk from Phakding. Near the Jorsale village at nearly 3000 meters above sea level, we sign in into Sagarmatha National Park after checking in our trekking permits at Monjo.
Further taking across plenty of ascends and descends, we make our way through diversified trails, hills which are connected by suspension bridges then cross numerous suspension bridges. We ensure, you will be safe while crossing these bridges. Today, we get an opportunity to see the Everest for the first time during our trek. After couple of hours of climb through beautiful Sherpa villages, we finally arrive at beautiful village of Namche Bazar. Namche Bazar is also a popular trading spot with plenty of touristic activities and shops targeted for trekker’s interests.
While seeing the first glance of world’s highest mountain Everest, it might not seem huge infront of other nearby peaks like Lhotse, however as we get closer, we will get to see upclose gigantic Himalayan views.
Before hiking up to any higher elevation, we take a rest day at Namche Bazar. Today instead of taking rest completely, we hike around nearby attractions. We will today trek around couple of hundred vertical feet climb during the day, it will help you acclimatize with changing altitude of Namche Bazar and take a hike to Thame or nearby village of Khunde.
From an aerial view, Namche Bazar seems to be like an amphitheater, a beautiful bluish village with world’s highest Himalayas on the backdrop. We find many hotels, restaurants, tea shops, bakeries, internet cafes and other souvenir shops today with local trading market held every Saturday.
Today for acclimatization procedure, we take interesting side trip to Everest view hotel, that offers great views of Everest from all of its rooms and luxury hospitality at that altitude. Also we have an option to visit nearby village of Khumjung, visit to Syanboche airstrip. In this similar way, at Khumjung, we visit the monastery that claims to be housing the Yeti’s scalp. Later afternoon if time persists, we do visit to Tenjing-Hillary School also.
Today after having our early meal, we trek towards Tengboche, a culturally affluent, religiously rich site and a home to one of the most ancient monastery in Everest region. This monastery was severly affected by 1933 earthquake, which was rebuilded and survived recent 2015 earthquake too.
Another highlight of this place is the awesome views of Everest and neighboring peaks that we see from here. In this manner enjoying the both cultural and natural part of the journey, we trek further through rhododendron forests to a place called Phungi Thanga for lunch. And after a challenging walk through couple of hours, we finally stretch ourselves to Tengboche.
The trek climbs through beautiful gradual walk towards Dingboche. We will be almost at the base of Himalayas, so we get few glimpses of snow capped Himalayas, and later we will be seeing Everest only after reaching at Gorakshep. Today we trek through the trail called as musk deer trail. The trail is called as a musk deer trail as we encounter many musk deers in the region. We see very upclose view of Amadablam today. Later today we have our lunch at Pangboche and pass through Chortens, Mani walls and plenty of small villages. After Pangboche, we spent most of the day walking close to the river with a reasonable ascent towards the end of the walk before arriving Dingboche.
Breathing becomes slightly heavier after we cross an altitude above 4000m at Dingboche. At Dingboche we notice that there will be change in surroundings as well as we will notice more of small shrubs nearby. At Dingboche, we see barley, potato fields, stone walls and few grazing faunas. Tomorrow will be acclimatization day at Dingboche.
As per the preventative rule of altitude sickness, it is necessary to have an acclimatization day at about every 1000m gain, so we spend a day here to let our body acclimatize with the altitude and you are suggested to stay active. After breakfast, to aid acclimatization our guide will take you to climb Chhukung Ri, a hill located on the edge of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The trail becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically challenging day but the view says – keep going. Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude.
Today will be our second acclimatization day of our Island Peak Climbing and Everest Base Camp Trek. It is recommended to take an acclimatization break when we climb every 1000m. Therefore to make our body adapt the changing atmosphere, we will take an acclimatization break by spending one extra night at Dingboche. Actually, we take a day trip to Chukkung Ri located at elevated land that offers excellent views of Himalayan peaks. This approximate walk of 5 hours is also good for acclimatizing process with panoramas of Island Peak, Lobuche, Ama dablam, Makalu and Thamserku etc. From the top, Pheriche Valley looks stunning as well. In this way, we take a downhill walk to Dingboche, for rest and lunch.
The trail then becomes quite a steep while leaving behind Dingboche passing through the cultural highlights of chortens, valleys, and finally arrive at Dugla. Located at the end of terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier, we will have a short steep climb up to Chukpo Lari which is a beautiful and spectacular site. There the memorials of those who have died during Everest expedition are built. This site gives us hint of how great achievement was that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa achieved more than 66 years ago.
There we have an excellent views that offers beautiful panoramic views of snow capped mountains located in Nepal – Tibet border. We further carry on through the trekking trail that follows the valley to Lobuche at 4910m above sea level. There we also do find the few tea houses offering accommodation and travel services. We are now not so far from the highest Himalaya Everest but still it seems far as we get more and more closer. We take the short rest, have an insight around the area enjoying great sunset views over the Nuptse Himalaya. It will be a great exciting day tomorrow as we will be stepping at Everest base camp.
The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest.
After, we have an early meal today, we stretch our steps towards Everest base camp trek from Lobuche via Gorakshep Lake. We continue our walk forward through memorials of Indian army, there are quite confusing routes to EBC, so we need to follow our trip leader. The streneous walk into the thin air at above 5000 m altitude.
From Gorakshep, we hike to Kalapattar today and return to Dingboche. Kalapathher appears to be a big black bump below impressive Pumo Ri peak. Kalapathher offers the best possible view of Mt. Everest and neighboring peaks. While ascending to Kalapathhar, we will have couple of breaks to capture stunning landscape surroundings.
At Kalapathhar, there lies the small stupa and weather station from where after capturing mindblowing sceneries, we descend back to Gorakshep. We have our breakfast over there and head towards Dingboche. (Or you also have an option to trek to Chukkung through main route or via Kongma La pass if you prefer more challenging option.
Today, we leave Dingboche behind and head forward to comfortable walk towards Island Peak Base Camp. Walking through the steep route initially, we will climb towards south and then east to the contour of the valley. Walking ahead through the southern part of glacier formed from Lhotse, we continue our walk on a trekking route via streamside. At the southern east direction, there is Ampu Laptsa trail visible. Following the same route, we make our way through Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines via spacious valley. At the southern side of Island Peak, we will have our tented camping site fixed. After taking rest for couple of certain hours, our climbing Sherpa will give us short training on using the peak climbing equipment with few climbing skills.
Initially our professional peak climbing Sherpa will give us instruction on how to use the basic climbing instruments like ice axe, crampons, boots and harness, ascender etc. Also please keep it noted that previous peak climbing experience is not mandatory for climbing this Island Peak. But you need to participate in this training a day before sumitting the peak. Safety is our number one priority. Therefore we ensure you are safe, understood the climbing instructions and fully ready before getting to top.
Total of two days is allocated for climbing Island Peak. However, more than one day is not required if weather condition supports us and everything remains fine. There will be handful of other factors responsible for successful or unsuccessful climb like group’s acclimatization, weather condition and snow conditions etc. all of which will be pre forecasted and planned the climb by climbing guide accordingly. Usually, we will then ascend from base camp to High camp which is a steep, two hour climb at grossy slopes.
We wake up pretty early in the morning at 2 am and grasp an advantage of serene mountain weather. The ascent initially climbs through steep rock gully, following the scarily beautiful ridgeline. Finally we push for the summit through steep wall section, snowy 69 degrees steep and finally climb through the section with glaciers and crevasses. Island peak summit gives you excellent opportunities to witness magnificent views of glorious Himalayas including Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse, Amadablam and other nearby surrounding peaks. After spending some time at summit, taking plenty of memorable pictures, we finally descend to Chhhukung.
Today is the day incase of contingencies and to rearrange everything if things didn’t go well due to unforeseen conditions.
After successful Island peak ascent, we return to the main Everest trail back to Chukkung. There will be kind of feeling of accomplishment and also the breathing will be quite easy while descending due to drop in altitude. However, due to the trail that goes across the hill, there will be plenty of uphill and downhill paths still to cross before heading back to Namche Bazar. We walk through the river bank of raging Dudhkoshi River, refreshing rhododendron and pine forests, spotting rare Himalayan flora and fauna like mountain goats, yaks, colorful birds and others. In this way after long walk mostly descending to Namche bazar, we feel great relief and accomplishment.
Final trekking day of our trip while we return from Namche bazar to Lukla. Controlling our shaky legs with multiple crossing over the prayer flags and numerous suspension bridges, we head through raging Dudh koshi and its tributay rivers. The green natural trail lets us feel much easier to breathe.
The symptoms of altitude sickness, cold and other will disappear. After checking in at local teahouse in Lukla, we stretch our sore legs, take hot shower, relax, and celebrate the successful trip with our team members / crew before catching a flight back to Kathmandu next morning.
We board a morning flight back to Kathmandu today. Due to unpredictability of weather at higher elevations, these flights are usually scheduled at mornings. There is also a chances of flight delay and cancellation in this route of Lukla-Kathmandu. Therefore we highly recommend you to plan atleast one extra day like we have included in this itinerary. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, we check in to hotel and enjoy last minute souvenir shopping and celebration before your international departure.
- Airport pick ups drops for domestic flight and also for arrivals/departures if needed
- Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla– Kathmandu including departure taxes
- Three times meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) each day during the trek and climb
- Island peak climbing Permit, Everest National Park Permits
- Local lodges/teahouse accmodation during the trek and tented accommodation during climb
- Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking climbing leader, assistant guide (4 climbers: 1 assistant guide)
- Necessary porters and helpers including their salary, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance, etc
- Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek and climb
- Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medical kit
- All government taxes & office service charge
- Nepal visa, international airfares, excess baggage charges, travel insuracne
- Acommodation and activities in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
- All beverage (hot, cold, alcoholic, drinking water)
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc
- Personal trekking and climbing gears
- Tips for guide and porters