Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing

Overview

  • Duration17 Days
  • Trip GradeChallenging 
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • ActivityBig Adventures, Trekking
  • Group Size6 People Maximum
  • Max Altitude6,189m.

About Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing

Everest Base Camp with Island Peak is a legendary trip that combines trekking to Mt. Everest's Base Camp with a summit of the Island Peak. It is best suited for those seeking a more adventurous experience than regular trekking trips.

It takes place in Nepal's most beautiful Khumbu valley and offers many highlights. The trip package includes the area's best features. You will have a lifetime adventure!

The journey to the Everest Base Camp with Island Peak begins with a scenic flight to Lukla, where the trail passes via ethnic Sherpa villages such as Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and many others. Hike to the Kala-patthar viewpoint for 360-degree views of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks.

Light butter-lamps in the Tengboche monastery and enjoy the views of famous mountain peaks like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kongdi RI and Mount Everest among others. Then feel the joy in the accomplishment of reaching the base camp of the world's tallest mountain.

Island Peak Climbing Difficulty

Island Peak Climbing is probably the most affordable way to achieve real Himalayan summit and see how you feel above 6,000m. The Island Peak is a difficult climb, but if you are physically fit, we can get you to the top. If you've already hiked to altitude, this is absolutely superb next challenge.

The first part of the ascent is physically demanding because you are trekking up rough terrain at over 5,000m. But it is non-technical and can be completed by anyone with basic snow climbing skills and high-altitude stamina. The west face of Island Peak is heavily glaciated, and the summit offers stunning views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nuptse, and other peaks.

Highlights

  • Island Peak (Imja Tse) is the great introduction to Himalayan mountain climbing
  • Incredible views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and many 7,000 m+ peaks
  • Combine with a legendary journey, the Everest Base Camp trek
  • Discover traditional high-Himalayan Sherpa culture in the towns of the Khumbu region.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

    Welcome to Nepal! We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel; simply relax for the rest of the day to recover from your long flight.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Optional
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:Rest Day
  2. Today, our team will meet you in the morning to check gear you brought and take you to the equipment rental shop. We will make sure that you have quality climbing equipment that fits properly, before you leave for the Himalayas.

    Today, there's also a trip briefing on last-minute specifics about your journey and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.

    You may wish to visit Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Durbar Square, which is located in the heart of the old city and some of these sites are World Heritage Sites.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Optional
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:Free / Preparation Day
  3. During 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860m), we experience one of the world's most spectacular air routes, which leads along a hillside surrounded by high Himalayan peaks. We meet our other crew members in Lukla, the starting point of our trek.

    We begin our trek in Lukla. We'll arrive in a Cheplung village with a view of Mt. Khumbila (5,761m), a sacred mountain that has never been climbed, after an hour of gradual descent. From Cheplung, we gradually descend to Phakding, where we will spend the night.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,652m.
    • Time:3 hours
  4. We continue our journey along the banks of the Dudhkosi (milk river), crossing it several times on exciting suspension bridges draped in Buddhist peace flags. After entering Everest National Park, the trail climbs steeply with stunning scenery.

    Namche Bazaar, also known as the gateway of Everest, has many good hotels, restaurants, bars shops, lodges, bakeries, an internet cafe. Namche Bazaar is a famous Sherpa town along the Everest route.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,440m.
    • Time:5 hours
  5. Today is the day for acclimatization. Instead of being idle, experts advise that we stay active and move around even on rest days. There are a few options. We can either stroll around this (Namche) lovely towns and meet the Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can walk up to the Everest View Hotel for a close-up view of the mighty Everest. Trekkers can also visit the local museum, which features native flora and fauna as well as Mount Everest's history.

    A hike to Khumjung village (4 - 5 hrs) may also be an option for trekkers who want to hike for a little longer. While in the Khumjung, we can visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the Yeti's head!).

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,440m.
    • Time:Rest Day
  6. After breakfast, we'll continue our trek to Tengboche. It is an easy walk from Namche to Phunki-thanga. We climb from Phunki-thanga to Tengboche, the village that is home to the world-famous Tengboche monastery, the largest in the Everest region.

    It is surrounded by the Everest National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of "outstanding universal value") and offers a 360 ° view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 3:00 p.m., so we might get to see a ceremony if we're lucky. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,860m.
    • Time:4 - 5 hours
  7. The Tengboche monastery is in an ideal place, with the Himalayas as a backdrop. We visit the monastery in the evening or early morning to take pictures the monastery and the panoramic views. We descend through the forest for about 30 minutes before crossing a river. Then we hike uphill, realising that the landscape becomes drier as we climb higher.

    We walk through Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village, before reaching Pheriche, a charming riverside village. We will also see a small helipad here, which is used for emergency helicopter rescues. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,280m.
    • Time:4 hours
  8. The gradual climb to Lobuche will be exciting as we get closer to the snow-clad giants. After a 45-60 minutes hike, we will arrive at Thukla. We’ll have lunch there before continuing up to a flat area with many memorials dedicated to the climbers who died on Everest. Then we'll make our way out of the valley and descend to the Lobuche yak pastures.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,950m.
    • Time:4 - 5 hour
  9. After a short walk through the meadows, you can see the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kala-patthar, offering the best view of Mt. Everest's and surrounding peaks. After a few hours, we'll arrive at Gorekshep and continue our journey to Everest Base Camp.

    There isn't much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs, which, combined with the elevation, can be an exhausting walk – but the journey is worthwhile. After about 3 hrs of trekking, you'll reach at base camp and have an incredible view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, where the Everest expedition begins. Then we will back to Gorakshep.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:5,181m.
    • Time:7 hours
  10. We will hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m) early in the morning to see the sunrise over Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other peaks.

    After spending some time in Kala-patthar, we back to Gorakshep and then take the route through Lobuche to Dingboche village, which has a great view of Ama Dablam.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,410m.
    • Time:6 - 7 hours
  11. We will head Dingboche at a leisurely pace, following the Imja Valley with best views of Ama Dablam and the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8,501 m) to the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. In the mid-afternoon, we'll arrive at Island Peak's base camp. We'll spend a day or two at the tented camp.

    Pre-Climb Preparation: After lunch, our climbing guide will provide peak climbing techniques as well as how to use climbing equipment like an ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, a harness, an ascender, and how to ascend and descend using ropes. Although prior climbing experience is not required for Island Peak Climbing, we believe it will boost your confidence and climbing skills, increasing your chances of reaching the summit and enjoying the moment fully. 

    • Accommodation:Tent
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:5,087
    • Time:6 hours
  12. Today, we will start early to achieve the summit of Island Peak. It is preferable if we reach the summit before noon, as strong winds after midday that can create difficulties to the successful summit.

    We'll have to use ropes, ice axes, harnesses, and other climbing equipment to cross many crevasses and overcome difficult sections. We will reach the summit of Island Peak at the same time, guided by our native Sherpa climbing experts.

    Mt. Nuptse 7879m, Mt. Lhotse 8501m, Mt. Makalu 8475m, Lhotse Middle Peak 8410m, Lhotse Shar 8383 m, Mt. Baruntse 7129m, and other high peaks can be seen from the top of the Island peak. We slowly retrace our steps back to Island Peak Base Camp after reaching the summit. 

    • Accommodation:Tent
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:6,189m.
    • Time:9 - 10 hours
  13. After successfully summit of the Island Peak, we back to Dingboche via the same route. 

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,410m.
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  14. We trek return through the hillside covered by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the Buddhist peace-flag-draped bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge, descending rapidly through pine forests. While hiking I n the forest, we might see colorful pheasants and mountain goats.

    The trail eventually leads to Sansa, from where we can see the Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Nuptse. We also pass through a forest and winding trails before arriving at Namche Bazaar. 

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,441m.
    • Time:5 hours
  15. Finally, we will return to Lukla, where the journey started, which will seem like lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the journey as a team and the personal achievement of all who participated. You will also have time to explore the town. 

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Time:6 hours
  16. On the scenic flight back to Kathmandu, enjoy last view of the Himalayas you've recently visited.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Breakfast
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:35 minutes
  17. It's also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. If you want to bring some Nepalese souvenirs for friends and family, go to some local shops or go out of Thamel for typical Himalayan goods.

    You can rest and relax throughout the day. We will have a farewell dinner with cultural performances in a traditional restaurant in the evening.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:Rest day
  18. Today you will say goodbye to the adventurous journey and return home. We will transfer you to the airport, according to your flight schedule.

    This itinerary can be customized based on the length of your holiday, depending on your interests and budget, we have a variety of options for shorter visits.

    What's Included

    Included

    • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
    • Airfare both ways Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu (USD 360 p.p.).
    • Airfare both ways Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu for the guide.
    • Everest National Park entry permits.
    • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS card) permit.
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • All accommodations during the trek.
    • Island Peak climbing permit.
    • Tent camp during the climbing period. (twin sharing trekking tent, dining tent, toilet tent, Kitchen tent, staff tent, chairs and Kitchen utensil etc.)
    • Transportations, accommodation, wage, food, insurance, equipment for guide and porters.
    • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
    • English speaking Sherap climbing guide.
    • All necessary paper works and entry permits.
    • Magical Summits duffel bag.
    • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
    • Trek map.
    • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant after the trip completion in Kathmandu.

    Not Included

    • International airfares and Nepal visa.
    • Personal trekking and peak climbing gears.
    • Climbing rope, crampons, climbing shoes, raincoat.
    • Personal clothing and equipment, down jacket, Gore-Tex jacket, available on hire in Kathmandu
    • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
    • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
    • Tips for the guide (tipping is expected)
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the ‘Price Includes’ section.

    Dates & Price

    Dates StatusPrice 
    Start DateMar 20, 2022End DateApr 05, 2022StatusGuaranteedPriceUS$2570

    Our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don't match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date.

    Useful Info

    Accommodation

    Accommodations are provided on the twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveler, a single supplement will be served. Accommodations during the trek in the Himalayas, you will be staying at basic mountain lodges where you'll have a nice and clean room with the warm blankets, pillows, and comfortable matrices (matrices may not be very thick size but they’re comfortable).

    Meals

    During the trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking, there will also be farewell dinner.

    Best Time to Visit

    The best time to visit Himalayas is between September to December and March to May, when the skies are a clear blue and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about May, with temperatures varying between regions.

    Nepal is good for trekking throughout the year. Autumn and spring seasons are the most famous trekking seasons in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. It has beautiful, cool, blue skies, clear weather conditions and amazing views of the white mountains and the countryside.

    During the spring season, this time of year offers a breathtaking view of the Rhododendron flowers and lush forests.

    FAQs

    1. Is Island Peak climb for me?

    Yes, with proper acclimatization and with our expert native Sherpa climbing guide, this peak is for anyone who is physically fit. Island Peak is a popular first-time real Himalayan summit experience for many trekkers.

    Yes, you will be climbing with a fixed rope.

    No. it is not recommended to drink water from the tap or streams in the Everest region. It is costly to buy (let's say 8 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a Steripen or a water purifier.

    Yes. Magical Summits provides insurance for our own staff only. We recommend you buy insurance in your home country. Please keep in mind that your insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do).

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