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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.
- 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.
Best Time to Climb Island Peak
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.