Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp - 19 Days

Island Peak Climb via Everest Base Camp EBC

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Island Peak Climb via Everest Base Camp Trek is an enjoyable adventure towards stunning Island Peak which offers you a complete trekking and climbing experience.

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is a mix of both adventurous climbing and exciting trek in the Khumbu region. Island Peak also known as Imje Tse  is located amazingly in the middle of Chukkung valley. You will get a chance to explore the Sagarmatha National Park and vibrant Sherpa villages across the trail. The trip offers plenty of Himalayan scenery of mountains like Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8201m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). Also, the climb to the top of one of the most popular peaks in Nepal- Island Peak (6189m) is equally exciting.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the natural riches in the Sagarmatha National Park
  • Visit local monasteries in Pangboche and Tengboche
  • Experience Sherpa culture, traditions, and lifestyle in the Khumbu Valley
  • Witness the panorama of vistas in Everest, Kongde, and Makalu ranges

Island Peak Climbing via EBC begins after you enter the Sagarmatha National Park and ascends to Namche Bazaar. At Namche, you can explore the Sherpa community and enjoy their lifestyle while preparing for the trip. As the trip enters the next stage, you will head to Tengboche village. After exploring the Tengboche monastery, you will trek to Pheriche and continue to Lobuche. Further, you will head north to Gorak Shep and then to the Everest Base Camp. Here, you can enjoy the views of the Khumbu Icefall, Glacier and mountains like Nuptse (7861m) and Pumo Ri (7165m). Next, you hike to the top of the Kala Patthar viewpoint and relish the panorama of the Everest Himalayas.

Finally, you descend across the southern trails to reach Chhukung and begin the climb to the top of Island Peak. The climb is moderate in terms of difficulty; however, you will have to extra cautious for the entire ascent. The top offers a beautiful panorama of mountains like Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and Nuptse (7861m). After enjoying the views, you begin the descent and pass Pangboche and Namche Bazaar to reach Lukla. Finally, a return flight brings you back to Kathmandu.

Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport 1,340 m and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: At Kathmandu with options for the tour with time for climb preparations.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (30 mins) and trek to Phakding 2,635 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: At Namche Bazaar rest day with a short hike to support acclimatization.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,240 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Pheriche for acclimatization and short excursion.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,980 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep 5,180 m walk to Everest base camp 5,364 m-06 hrs.
Day 11: Climb to Kalapathar 5,545 m and walk to Chukung 4,725 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak base camp overnight in tented camps 4,970 m – 04 hrs.
Day 13: Trek Island Peak High / Advance Camp 5,400 m – 04 hrs.
Day 14: Climb Island Peak 6,160 m high and return to base camp – 08 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Pangboche 3,900 m – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar via Thyangboche – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs and transfer into a lodge.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.
Day 19: International departure for homeward bound.

Island Peak Climb Difficulty

Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek but Island Peak Climb is a comparatively challenging peak climb. So, the climbers should be at the top of their physical condition. The climb can be difficult for many and we recommend to prepare your body before you head for this trip. Physical fitness and some technical skills are necessary to complete this trip. Preparation of some months to a year are necessary to climb island peak and the preparations includes workouts like swimming, hiking, gym, aerobics, cardio, endurance training, wall climbing, cycling and jogging.

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Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu airport 1,340 m and transfer to hotel.

Welcome to the beautiful mountainous country! You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport.

Outside the Arrivals gate, you will meet our representative who will drive you to your hotel. Enjoy viewing the colorful lifestyle of Kathmandu city as you make your way towards the hotel. You can choose to freshen up and relax at the hotel. In the meantime, your climb guide will visit you at the hotel. He will brief you all about the Island Peak Climb via EBC trip and assess your gear and equipment. If time permits, you can go out to shop for gear and equipment with your climb guide.

Day 2
At Kathmandu with options for the tour with time for climb preparations.

You will assess your gears and stuff. It is important that you pack only the important stuff as the flight to Lukla allows only 12-15 kg of luggage on a person.

Afterward, you’ll embark on an interesting sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and explore some of the popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will get to visit Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square today.

If time permits, you will also get to visit the revered Buddhist site of Boudhanath. The history of Kathmandu can be dated back to 1700 years. You will witness many historical relics, cultural artifacts, ancient temples, and palaces throughout the city. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (30 mins) and trek to Phakding 2,635 m – 04 hrs.

Grab an early breakfast and drive to the airport to catch the earliest flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. A short flight will facilitate easy access to the mountainous town of Lukla. Enjoy a beautiful aerial tour of central and eastern Nepal en route to Lukla.

From Lukla, you’ll embark on the first day of the trek and hike almost 4 hours alongside the Dudh Koshi River to reach the Phakding Village. Phakding is a Sherpa village located almost 11 km from Lukla.

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.

Today, you’ll leave Phakding village and embark on an adventurous trek through lush forests, neatly paved stone steps, and bridges towards Namche Bazaar. A short distance from Phakding lies Monjo village that marks the entry to Sagarmatha National Park. It was established in 1976 and was inscribed on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It is home to a number of Himalayan wildlife including the endemic Nepalese bird -Himalayan pheasant. You’ll begin trekking through the park and arrive in the largest Sherpa village in the region, Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
At Namche Bazaar, rest day with a short hike to support acclimatization.

Namche is the major tourist hub in the entire Everest Region. Surrounded by Kongde Ri (6,187m) and Thamserku (6,623m), Namche remains popular for its teahouses (lodges), shops, restaurants, and bars. The place remains bustling with locals, tourists, and vendors throughout the day.

Today is an important acclimatization day. You will explore Namche Bazaar and embark on a short hike towards Khumjung Village. Many tourists visit the Khumjung Monastery to witness the Yeti scalp that is preserved inside a glass box. After witnessing the beautiful architecture of the monastery, you’ll head down to Namche Bazaar, and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 6
Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m – 05 hrs.

From Namche Bazaar, you’ll begin climbing the stone stairs and continue uphill through the forested path towards Thyangboche village. You’ll pass along many Buddhist Chortens, prayer walls, and Mani stones along the way.

Walking alongside Imja Khola, you will trek through rhododendron forest and yak pastures towards Tengboche. Tengboche is home to Tengboche Monastery, the highest Buddhist monastery in the region. The monastery is a spiritual hub hosting the annual Mani Rimdu festival every October-November.

Day 7
Trek to Pheriche 4,240 m - 05 hrs.

Leaving Thyangboche, you’ll begin encountering steppes. The altitude rises over 4000 meters by the end of the trek. You’ll begin descending towards Dingboche village followed by a short trek through Imja Khola.

Along the way, you’ll catch the beautiful sight of Mani stones that extends till Pangboche village. You can choose to visit the Pangboche Monastery before heading towards Pheriche. The Pangboche Monastery is the oldest known monastery in the region. Overnight in Pheriche.

Day 8
Rest day at Pheriche for acclimatization and short excursion.

AInstead of trekking further, you’ll stay in Pheriche for acclimatization and explore the beautiful Sherpa village. The village is surrounded by barren landscape. You can take a short hike around the village and climb the nearby cliffs to arrive at the Everest Memorial. You can move around and explore the village. You need this day to acclimatize. Hence, you need to indulge in a short hike followed by a good amount of rest and hydration. Overnight in Pheriche.

Day 9
Trek to Lobuche 4,980 m – 05 hrs.

From Pheriche, the trail starts climbing up the valley. The trail is gifted with the beautiful view of Cholatse and Tawache peaks. The trail climbs towards the foot of the Khumbu glacier and continues towards Duglha where you’ll enjoy your hot lunch. The trail here on is marked with numerous Mani stones, prayers flags, and memorials. The trek from Pheriche will end at Lobuche village located on the lap of Lobuche peak (6119m) after almost 5 hours.

Day 10
Trek to Gorakshep 5,180 m walk to Everest base camp 5,364 m-06 hrs.

You are approaching the highlight of this trek. Leaving Lobuche village, you’ll begin walking the rocky trail towards Gorakshep village located in the transit to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. After a delicious lunch, you’ll continue trekking towards the Everest Base Camp.

The Everest Base Camp is the official campsite for Everest climbers. You will find many tents in this area. The base camp provides stunning views of the highest peaks of the world including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt Makalu, and Cho Oyu. After exploring the base camp, you’ll begin your journey down towards Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

Day 11
Climb to Kalapatthar 5,545 m and walk to Chukung 4,725 m – 06 hrs.

Today, you’ll hike towards Kala Patthar located just above the Everest Base Camp. Situated at the height of 5545 meters, Kalapatthar offers a vantage point to enjoy the majestic sight of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. After enjoying the views, you’ll begin descending and have your breakfast at Gorakshep.

The trek continues downhill towards Lobuche village and takes a detour towards Chukung village. You’ll begin climbing the rugged trail leading all the way to the top of Kongma La Pass (5550m). You can enjoy the panoramic view of Chhukung Ri and Chhukung glacier from here. Then, you’ll descend and make your way towards Chukung village.

Day 12
Trek to Island Peak base camp overnight in tented camps 4,970 m – 04 hrs.

From Chukung village, you’ll begin traversing along the snow moraines towards Island Peak Base Camp. It will be an easy walk as you approach the base camp. One of the detours takes you towards Amphu Lapcha Pass. You’ll need to stick to the straight path and keep heading north towards Lhotse glacier. After a short walk, you’ll arrive at Island Peak Base Camp. You will spend the night inside a tent.

Day 13
Trek Island Peak High / Advance Camp 5,400 m – 04 hrs.

Instead of climbing the peak, you’ll make a short ascent towards Island Peak High Camp, also known as Advance Camp. You’ll begin trekking and cross a few crevasses to arrive at the Advance camp. This is one of the rarest places to stay overnight. However, it offers the best chance to successfully summit the peak. After the short hike, you’ll stay put, keep yourself hydrated, and acclimatize. Overnight inside a tent.

Day 14
Climb Island Peak 6,160 m high and return to base camp – 08 hrs.

You’ll follow your guide and continue climbing along a ridgeline onto the snout of the summit. From the top, you can view the pristine sight of the nearby mountains and the valleys below. Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu peaks will be clearly visible in the distance. After taking your time enjoying the stunning views, you’ll continue trekking down towards Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 15
Trek to Pangboche 3,900 m – 06 hrs.

Leaving Island Peak Base Camp, you’ll continue along Chukung glacier to arrive at Chukung village. The trail takes a drop and heads towards Dingboche. A short descend along the beautiful Sherpa settlements will bring you to Pangboche village. Visit the Pangboche Monastery before resting for the night.

Day 16
Trek to Namche Bazaar via Thyangboche – 06 hrs. .

You’ll continue heading down through the Everest Base Camp standard trail and arrive at Thyangboche village. After a delicious lunch, you’ll continue walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River to reach Phungi Thanga. The trail meets a rocky path that drops downhill and takes you towards Namche Bazaar. Enjoy the rest of the evening exploring Namche Bazaar and dining in one of the finest restaurants.

Day 17
Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs and transfer into a lodge.

On the last day of the trek, you’ll continue downhill along the standard route and walk past the lush forested path to arrive at Monjo village. After exiting Sagarmatha National Park, you’ll continue downhill and arrive at Phakding. After a brief rest, you’ll continue towards Lukla. Arriving at Lukla marks the ends of the trek. You can celebrate the completion of the Island Peak Climb via EBC trek with your team.

Day 18
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.

An early morning flight will take you back to Kathmandu. If the weather is clear, there won’t be any delays, and you’ll land in Kathmandu in time for breakfast. Check into your hotel. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel or a restaurant nearby. Afterward, you can choose to go out on your own and explore the city. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 19
International departure for homeward bound.

Depending on your flight schedule, we’ll drop you off to the airport. If you have enough time in hand, you can choose to indulge in a trekker massage or shop for souvenirs.

Service included

  • Arrival airport pick-up transfer to hotel
  • Group meeting with a tour operator and introducing the guide/climbing guide
  • Welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali cultural restaurant with a live program.
  • 3 Nights at 3-star standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight, airport tax, and domestic airport transfer
  • Teahouse/Mountain Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek and Cost of a guide (government certified experienced, fluent English speaker, first aid and eco trained).
  • Porter’s cost (one porter for every two members in a group)
  • The assistant guide we provide an assistant guide as per the group size to support wherever necessary
  • Purified drinking water while on a trek
  • All Necessary Climbing Permit Charge, Sagarmatha National Park fee and all Gov. Local taxes as applicable
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bags (upon request most be returns after your trip)
  • Company duffle bag and a T-shirt (as a souvenir)
  • Group medical Kit Box (Diamox and other first-aid medicine carried by a guide)
  • 4-night will provide an attached bathroom with the hot shower during the trek
  • An hour trekker's massage upon accomplishing the trek
  • Farewell dinner with official staff (HNA)
  • Adventure certificate (after completion of the trek)
  • Final departure transfer to the airport

Service Not Included

  • International Airfare/Nepal Visa.
  • Monument fees to sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for
  • Welcome,/Farewell. Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies).
  • Additional hot drinks/bottled drinks/boiled and mineral water.
  • Electronic device re-charge/hot shower/Wi-Fi and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended).
  • Tipping to (as a appreciations) driver and trekking crew.
  • Anything other not mentioned in 'Service included' section.

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Booking FAQs

(Frequently Asked Questions or Queries):

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When can I book for the Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek?

You can book this trip a couple of weeks or earlier than your departure date. Make sure that you have gathered required information, checked on your health and purchased travel insurance before you head out for the trip.

How many people will there be in the group?

We organize treks for solo travelers and groups of any size. However, the ideal group size is 2 to 10 people.

How will the weather be like around Everest region for Island Peak Climb?

The weather around the preferred trekking seasons like March to May (Spring) and September to October (Autumn) will mostly be ideal for the hike. Most of the day is clear with temperatures ranging from 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude. Sometimes, afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow (in the high altitude areas).

How is the accommodation like on the Island Peak Climb via EBC trek?

You will be staying overnight at hotels and teahouses during your trek. At present, villages below 4000m have around 15-20 good tea houses/lodges with pleasant rooms serving excellent food menus. Higher above 4000m, the options decrease. All rooms and dining are equipped with warm heating facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.

Is there electricity and can I charge my cell phone, camera, etc ?

Most of the places on the trek have electricity. On higher altitude areas, the electricity comes from privately owned solar panels and you might also have to pay to charge your phones, laptop and cameras.

Is there WiFi or mobile network during the trek?

Some places have networks for cell phones and also internet facilities while some areas above Dingboche do not offer ideal connectivity. At present, almost all places on route to Everest Base Camp including remote villages have network connection but bad weather and geography can affect the service quality. Also, keep in mind that you will have to buy prepaid internet cards or pay if you want to use the internet in some places.

What if someone is sick and has to break the trek?

If the condition of the person is not critical, first aid and primary medication is our first priority. Then, if the person can not continue, our guides will help the person to return to a safe place and get a flight back to Kathmandu. But if the condition is critical, we call for immediate helicopter evacuation to the nearest hospital or even to Kathmandu in critical cases. Our guides and staff are well trained for the situation. We recommend that you buy travel insurance that comes handy in these situations.

How is the food during the Island Peak Climb via EBC Trek?

Most dishes from traditional to western are available in Namche and Lukla but as you trek to high altitude areas the options become limited. However, we try to make sure meals are prepared according to your choice and our guides will assist you on that. Most of the lodges and tea houses have been serving travelers for more than two decades now. We do recommend you to ask about the ingredients before ordering food just to make sure you are on the safe side. Food supplies have to be carried by porters and animals so do not expect a lot of items on the menu.

What are the chances of someone falling sick on the trek?

There are chances, people fall sick on the trek due to different reasons. Some people are not used to foods and with a change of diets, they fall sick. Other reasons might be drinking impure water. Carry purifier to be on the safe side.Our guides and staff will recommend the food that will be best for you and the trek. Eating meat on the trek is not advisable as they are not fresh. Food supplies have to be carried by porters and animals so do not expect a lot of items on the menu.

What kind of medication should I bring from home for the trek?

On our packing list, we have mentioned general advice for medication. Some of the basic medicines that should be on the list include medication for diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu, constipation, cuts-wounds and burns as well. Check our packing checklist section.

In every trip, our guides carry comprehensive medical kits for common use if required. Also, do not forget to bring the prescribed drugs if you are consuming any.
We have designed the itinerary days where people can acclimatize well with rest days in a couple of high places before reaching much higher to our goal and highlights. Some people might take Diamox pills, which is often used as high altitude pills, should consult the doctors before taking the right dose, which helps to regulate the flow of blood systems from getting clots in high altitude. Where drinking plenty of fluids, water-juice and, rehydration drink including black warm tea also helps and taking much rest after getting tired.

What are the things I should be aware of on the trek?

We request all of our fellow travelers to abide by the rules of the company and listen to what your trek guides and leaders say. The most common problems are stomach disorder, altitude sickness and staying on the trek route. If people have traveled in Asian countries food will not be much of a problem. Altitude sickness is mostly caused by walking too fast and insufficient rest or acclimatization.

Our itineraries are well designed so that people can acclimatize well. There are rest days in a couple of high altitude areas. Some people might take Diamox pills, which are often used for altitude sickness and should consult the doctors before taking the right dose. It helps to regulate the flow of blood systems from getting clots in high altitude. Drinking plenty of fluids like water, juice and rehydration drinks also help.

Documents

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance
  • Air tickets
  • Few passport-sized photos
  • Map

Clothing and Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Masks
  • Neck gaiter
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Lightweight towel
  • Down Jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof trousers
  • Thermals
  • Sleeping trousers
  • Shorts
  • T-Shirts (full/half sleeve)
  • Underwears

Footwear

  • Socks
  • Walking shoes or sandals
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sleeping bag

Food & water

  • Snacks ( Crackers, Chips, Biscuits, etc)
  • Protein bars
  • Chocolates
  • Candies
  • Dry fruits
  • Your favorite coffee or tea bags
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifier

Personal Hygiene and Toiletries

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Deodorant
  • Nail clipper
  • Face wash
  • Body wash
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sunscreen with maximum SPF
  • Moisturizer
  • Small mirror
  • Feminine hygiene (Sanitary pads)

Other Essentials

  • Sleeping bag
  • Duffel bag
  • Backpack (45-60 litre)
  • Swiss knife
  • Trekking Pole or Stick
  • Portable charger / power bank
  • Books
  • A notebook and a pen is always useful
  • Binoculars
  • Alarm clock
  • Torch/Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Lighter
  • Insect repellent
  • Earplugs
  • Locks
  • Sewing kit
  • Card games (Uno, Skip Bo)
  • Board games (Ludo, Chess)

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  • Moderate to Hard
  • 6189m.
  • 2+
  • September to December, March to May
  • 19 Days
  • Tea Houses, Lodges and Tented Camps

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