Highlights of the Treks
- Trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar.
- Postcard views from Khongma La pass 5500m.
- Get climbing experience at Island peak 6189m.
- Trek along the Sherpa villages & Monasteries.
Island Peak Everest Base Camp Trek is a combo of a regular Everest Base Camp Trek and a climbing trek to Island Peak, a popular trekking peak in Nepal. Island peak is the most sought after trekking peak because of its altitude of just above 6000 meters and fairly moderate geographical circumstances making it a perfect climbing trip in the Himalayas of Nepal.
To get to the Island Peak, we take the traditional route to the Everest Base Camp, following the Dudh Kosi valley from Lukla, passing through Namche and Tengboche on to Dingboche. After acclimatization, we then head up the beautiful Imja Khola valley and then to the Island Peak. The most difficult section of the peak is the section mired with steep rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees leading to the narrow summit ridge. However, the magnificent views from the summit are a priceless reward for the efforts put into climbing the peak.
Each year more than 300 groups make an effort to scale the summit of Island peak. This trek offers an excellent opportunity to climb this interesting peak together with an exciting trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. Besides the adventure trekking, we also get an opportunity to witness the Sherpa villages and ever-so-serene monasteries. With tedious recollections of the trekking earlier done, we retrace our route back through Namche to Lukla, and then fly back to Kathmandu.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters) .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters) .
An early morning scenic flight to Lukla (35 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Lukla. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, our adventure starts. The trail gradually drops into the Dudh Koshi Valley and passes through the lovely Sherpa villages of Chauri Kharka, Cheplung, then undulates through villages of Thado Koshi, Ghat, and finally arrives at Phakding. First views of Kusum Kanguru (6367 meters) can be viewed at Thado Koshi just before a small climb at Thado Koshi. During the day and in most of the other days on the trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi river and pass through couple of suspension bridges and several mani walls, mani stone, chorten, stupas and prayer flags with snow capped mountains in the background. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) .
During the day, we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times on the suspension bridges. Views of Thamserku (6623 meters) and the holy mountain Khumbila or Khumbu Yül-Lha (5761 meters) shows themselves for the first time as we trek through small villages of Tok Tok, Ghat, Benkar and Monjo. The trail keeps undulating for the whole morning and enters into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path drops down to Jorsalle and steadily follows the river for a while until the start of steep climb with a dramatic suspension bridge (situated at more than 50 meters above the river) joining the two different valley. First glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lohtse face infront of it can be enjoyed on the midway of the climb through the pine forests, on the way to Namche Bazaar. This famous town in the lap of the Himalayas also offers the best views of the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar .
A walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8516 meters) and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3860 meters) .
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path starts to drop down to the river passing small teashops at the villages of Sanasa, Lausasa and finally reaches Phunki Tenga at the bottom of the valley. Yet another suspension bridge helps us to cross the river at Phunki Tenga and then an identical climb to Namche waits. The climb through a thin Rhododenron forests finally ends at Thyanboche. Tengboche is famous for the Tengboche Monastery, the biggest and the most important monastery of the region. Tengboche also offers stunning panoramic views of Everest with the Lohtse face, Ama Dablam (6812 meters), Kangtega (6782 meters) and the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 06: Trek to Pheriche (4200 meters) .
The path drops down passing through some teahouses at Deboche and after a brief period on easy terrain, crosses the Dudh Koshi once again. A small ascend leads to Pangboche, the village with the oldest monastery of the region. The trek continues in the valley and passes small villages of Somare and Hortse. After Hortse, the trail continues to ascend to the top of a small pass and finally drops into the windy valley of Pheriche. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 07: Acclimatization day at Pheriche .
A climb on the ridge of Nangkar Tshang for couple of hours offers beautiful views of the mountains and also a good couple of hundred meters gain in altitude. The hike also offers views of Island Peak (6189 meters) and villages of Dingboche and Chukkung in the Chukkung valley. A leisurely lunch and a good rest can be enjoyed in the afternoon. An hour-long briefing on altitude and altitude sickness in the afternoon at the Pheriche health post is always an interesting option for trekkers. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) .
A comfortable gradual walk further into the valley starts the day. This is followed by yet another ascent that ends at Thukla, followed by a steep climb that ends at the top of Thukla Pass (4830 meters). The pass is filled with memorials dedicated to the mountaineers perished in the mountains of Khumbu region and also provides serene views of the mountains responsible for those memorials. An easier walk in the afternoon ends the day at Lobuche. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters) .
An early start leads us into the undulating trail and into the Khumbu Glacier for a while. After getting out of the glacier, the path leads to Gorakhshep (5180 meters). After a brief stop and lunch, the trail again enters the Khumbu Glacier and undulates all the way up to Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp, one can enjoy the close up views of Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Lingtren (6713 meters), Khumbutse (6636 meters), Changtse (7543 meters) and Lho La (6026 meters). We return to Gorakhshep through the same route on the glacier. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 10: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) .
A steep climb to Kala Pattar (2 hours) is rewarded with the proper view of the southwest face of Everest. Kala Pattar is also the highest point of the trek. After returning to Gorakhshep, we return to Lobuche via same route. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 11: Cross Khongma La (5535 meters) and trek to Chukung (4730 meters) .
The day’s trek starts very early in the morning and crosses the Khongma La and drops down into the Chukung valley. A brief gradual climb ends the day’s trek at Chukung. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5000 meters) .
A steep climb for the most parts of the day further into the valley ends at the Island Peak Base Camp. The climbing guide will provide a brief training on climbing and also will introduce all the gears going to be used during the climb. The training is to introduce you to the basics of mountaineering and also for to build up your confidence, so that you can enjoy the climb. (4 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 13: Trek to Island Peak High Camp (5350 meters) .
The trek again gains a good couple of hundred meters getting higher and closer to Island Peak. The High Camp is set up for better chances of summit as it makes the final day of climb to the summit shorter and easier. This also gives a better chance for acclimatization. However, the day can also be used for the push to the summit depending upon the physical condition. (3 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 14: Climb Island Peak (6189 meters) and trek to Chukung .
The push for the summit starts very early in the morning, mostly it starts before 3 a.m. in the morning. The climbing guide will fix all the safety lines wherever necessary and will be close taking care of you. A steep long ascent finally ends at the top and after a short stay at the top to enjoy the panorama of mountains we head back to Chukung. (8-10 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 15: Extra Day .
This spare day can be used in case of bad weather on the day of the summit attempt. This day can also be used as an extra day for acclimatization.
- Day 16: Trek to Tengboche (3860 meters) .
The day starts with the trail descending down to the valley passing Dingboche on the way and a brief climb afterwards leads to the village of Hortse. After Hortse, the trek continues on the same path taken during the way up. The days trek ends at Tengboche. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 17: Trek to Monjo (2835 meters) .
The return trek towards Lukla continues on the previously travelled route taken during the way up. On the way down from Namche, we take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju and ends the days trek. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters) .
We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu .
A 25 minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 20: Free day at Kathmandu .
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 21: Departure .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
- NOTE: ITINERARY CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE .
Bad weather has been a recurring problem at Lukla in the last few years and caused a lot of trouble with flight cancellations. We would like to strongly suggest you to have some spare days at the end of the trek and also a travel insurance that partially or fully covers the sum of emergency evacuation to catch up the international flights. The problems of bad weather at Lukla and people missing their international flights have been well documented in the last few years.
- Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
- Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
- 4 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
- Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
- A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 20 kilogram luggage).
- National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
- All meals and hot drinks during the trek.
- Peak climbing permits.
- Group climbing gears like rope, snowbars and icescrews.
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
- First Aid Kit.
- Government taxes and service charge.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
- Personal climbing gear.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Climbing gear you should bring:
01: Ice Axe w/Leash (General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5’7" use a 60cm tool; 5’7"- 6’1" use a 65cm tool; over 6’1" use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long).)
02: Crampons (With flat rather than “cookie cutter” frame rails)
03: 40 ft 6mm perlon (For Prussiks or bring your glacier rig.)
04: Alpine Climbing Harness (Harness should fit over all clothing; have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in.)
05: Carabiners (2 Large Pear or D-shaped locking. 2 standard ovals or D’s)
06: Climbing helmet (Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on)
07: 1 Ascender (Recommended: left or right hand.)
08: Ski or trekking poles (Snow baskets required. Helpful for balance when carrying a heavy pack or if you have knee problems)
09: Double plastic climbing boots.
10: Gaiters (Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being to tight around the boot.)
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.
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