Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing

Duration: 20 Days

About Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing

Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing is one of the most adventurous journeys for travel enthusiasts.  Every year thousands of climbers visit this region to go on this trip to witness astounding views of snow-capped mountains and incredible scenery. You will climb Island Peak, which is just over Everest Base Camp. The trail includes few-snow climbing, but there will not be any problem to reach the summit. Island Peak is higher than Kilimanjaro, therefore, you will also take acclimatization before heading further. Along with this, you will also get to experience the tradition, culture, and lifestyle of the Sherpa people.

The trek will take you to the north side of Nepal where you will see the eight highest peaks of the world. The prominent views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Twache (6,495 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), and Mt. Kongde (6,187 m) will make the journey more beautiful. You will also get to see beautiful Khumbu glacier and glacial lakes. To go on Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing, you have to be physically and mentally fit.

The trail begins from a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. You will then trek to Phakding and reach Namche Bazaar. You will enter the Sagarmatha National Park where you will see rare species of flora and fauna. You will rest at Namche Bazaar, which is the main village in the Himalayas. This place is also one of the biggest residing areas of Sherpa's. From here, the trail goes through the beautiful forest of pines and rhododendrons and takes you to Tengboche. You will visit the most important and ancient monastery of the region, Tengboche Monastery. You will then climb towards Everest Base Camp and ascend to the famous Kala Pathar from where you will have 360-degree panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and other surrounding peaks.  Further, you will ascend to the top of Island Peak and return to Lukla.

 

Highlights

  • A challenging summit of one of the most popular trekking peak, Island peak
  • Short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla and again back to Kathmandu in the end
  • Stunning sceneries of Mt. Everest (8848 M), Lhotse(8516 M), Cho Oyu (8201 M), Mt.Makalu (8463 M) and other peaks below 8000
  • Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its rich wildlife and vegetation
  • Magnificent view of some of the highest mountains from Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp
  • Rich culture and tradition of the Sherpa people which is similar to the Tibetan people
  • Ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and beautiful Sherpa villages
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900 M)

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel

You will land on the Tribhuvan International Airport and welcomed by one of our representatives. He will guide you to your hotel. In the evening, you will meet with a tour guide in the hotel lobby. He will brief you about the day 2 program.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

You will go on a guided sightseeing tour to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus, Pashupatinath temple. Nearby this temple is located the largest of Nepal, Boudhanath stupa. After visiting these places, you will head to Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you will meet with your guide and he/she will brief you about the trekking program.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

Early in the morning between 2 am to 3 am, we will drive to Ramechhap airport from where we will take the flight to Lukla. This short and thrilling flight will present us with the magnificent views of the Himalayas. From Lukla, we will start our trek to Phakding village through the forested trail passing through numerous Sherpa villages mainly Cheplung, and Nurning with a superb view of Mt. Khumbila, Kongde, Today, the trek will be quite easy.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Phakding
  • 2652 M
  • 7-8 hours

After having breakfast, we will head towards Namche Bazar. On the way, we will pass by several villages like Jorsale and Monjo. Monjo is the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park. From here, we will trek through the national park crossing several small streams, rivers, alpine woods, and small settlements. After crossing the last bridge, we will ascend all the way to Namche Bazar. Upon reaching Namche Bazar, we will be welcome with excellent views of Mt. Thamserku (6623 M) and Kongdi Ri Himal (5115 M). 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Namche Bazar
  • 3440 M
  • 5 hours

Today is an acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. We will spend the day exploring the village and its nearby areas. We will wake up early and go on a hike to Syangboche Airstrip or Everest View Hotel for a stunning view of Mt. Everest (8848 M) and surrounding mountains. Later in the day, we will visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Namche Bazar
  • 3440 M

Today, the trail will take us to the largest and oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, the Tengboche monastery. After having breakfast, we will trek towards Phungki Tenga which will be our lunch camp. From Phungki Tenga, we will ascent to Tengboche through the huge Rhododendron forest with an opportunity to encounter the wildlife. Later in the evening, we will visit the Tengboche monastery where we will have deep insight into the culture of the locals. Moreover, from the back of the monastery, fantastic views of Mt. Everest (8848 M), Mt. Ama Dablam (6812 M), and many other mountains can be seen. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tengboche
  • 3870 M
  • 5 hours

With the Himalayas resting behind, a short morning visit to the monastery in Tengboche is a perfect thing to do after breakfast. Then, we will descend for about half an hour through a forest before crossing a river and trek uphill. We will walk past a traditional Sherpa village of Pangboche before reaching Pheriche, a beautiful village at the edge of a river where we can see a small helipad used for helicopter rescues during emergencies. We can take a class with a mountain specialist in a medical clinic at Pheriche.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Pheriche
  • 4240 M
  • 4-5 hours

After breakfast, we start with an easy walk towards Dugla. Next, we will trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and then ascend Chupki Lhara where we can see stones with prayer flags representing the memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest summitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepalese mountain guide) who died while climbing Everest. The trail then continues to the Khumbu Glacier moraine with impressing views of peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lobuche
  • 4920 M
  • 4 hours

In the morning, we will begin trekking towards the lap of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest. The trail gradually ascends following a rugged path. On the way, we will get to see an amazing view of the Khumbu glacier. We will reach Gorakshep, have lunch, and hike to Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching EBC, we will observe the irresistible landscape and numerous snow-capped mountains. After spending some time at the base camp, we will descend to Gorak Shep.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Gorak Shep
  • 5160 M
  • 4 hours

We will take an early morning hike to Kala Patthar for the amazing 360-degree views of the Himalayas. The viewpoints offer a stunning view of Everest (8848 M), Nuptse (7861 M), Lhotse (8516 M), Khumbutse (6636 M), and many other peaks of the Khumbu region. Then, we will hike back to Gorakshep and continue our trek down to Lobuche.  

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lobuche
  • 4940 M
  • 6-7 hours

Early in the morning, we will start our trek to Chhukhung via Khongma-La Pass (5535 M). We will cross the Khumbu Glacier and continue to gradually ascend towards Kongma-La Pass. The top of the pass provides magnificent views of different Himalayan ranges. After spending some time, we descend to Chhukhung where we pass by several small lakes.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Chhukung
  • 4730 M
  • 6-7 hours

Today, the trek to Island Peak Base Camp will be on a vertical trail. We will climb south then turn east to the mainline of the valley then walk on a zigzag path below the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we will continue walking on a smooth trail along a rivulet. The route to the Amphu Labtsa lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines will lead us to the base camp of Island Peak.

  • B,L&D
  • Tented Camp
  • Island Peak Base Camp
  • 5200 M
  • 3-4 hours

After having breakfast, we will start our climb around 1 am with the objective of reaching the summit before noon because the wind current is strong afterward. The trail continues past the base camp for several hundred meters before the steep hillside. The path soon turns to grass before becoming rocky. As we climb uphill, the slope narrows, and the trail enters a steep rocky area. We will then climb the narrow rock gorge which is not difficult, but there will be several short steps to climb before reaching the right side. The route then follows a ridgeline, which takes us to a thrilling traverse onto the summit glacier then a steep slope will lead us to the summit ridge. Both fixed rope and man rope will be used for the climb. We will use fixed rope after successfully climbing on rock. Recently, two crevasses have been formed approximately 3 and 4 meters long and we will use ladders to cross them. After spending some time enjoying the summit views and taking pictures, we will descend back to Island Peak Base Camp where we will celebrate our successful climb with all the whole team.

  • B,L&D
  • Tented Camp
  • Island Peak Base Camp
  • 5200 M
  • 10-12 hours

Bad weather can result in withdrawing from the summit climb because it is very dangerous. We would like to keep 1 day as a contingency day. 

  • B,L&D
  • Tented Camp
  • Island Peak Base Camp
  • 5200 M
  • 10-12 hours

Today, the trek will be easier as well be descending down to low altitudes. The trail will pass through the wide valley of Khumbu along with beautiful Sherpas like Orsho and Shomare. If you want, we could also take a different trail to visit a Gompa in Upper Pangboche which is one of the oldest in the whole Khumbu region.    

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Pangboche
  • 3985 M
  • 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we will trek down to the Imja Khola and to Tengboche through the forest. We will take our lunch at Tengboche and could visit the monastery if you would like. Then we will continue through the lush forest of rhododendron and juniper. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending through the pine forests till Sansa. After passing a Chorten, we will reach Namche Bazaar.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Namche Bazaar
  • 3440 M
  • 5 hours

From here, we will trek through a forested trail and pass by small villages to reach Monjo. Then, we will begin descending steeply and cross a suspension bridge. Further, the trail will pass by colorful prayer flags, chortens, mani walls, and small gompas. Trekking through lush forests of pine & rhododendron, small villages, and crossing various streams, you reach Lukla.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lukla
  • 2800 M
  • 6-7 hours

We will wake up early in the morning and fly back to Ramechhap airport then drive to Kathmandu.

  • B&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 5 hours

In the case of flight cancelation or delay due to various unexpected circumstances like bad weather, political strike, or natural calamities, we always keep one extra day as a security/reserve day.

  • B&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 5 hours

You will have breakfast and check-out of the hotel as per your flight time. One of the members of our company will drop you at the airport and bid you our last goodbye to you.

  • B&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up and drop. 
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu by air.
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek and tented camps at Island Peak Base Camp.
  • Professional English speaking climbing guide (French-speaking guide available with an extra additional cost if needed).
  • All necessary permits and paperwork.
  • All necessary climbing and camping equipment.
  • All Nepalese staff for both trekking and climbing.
  • Government taxes, VAT, service charge and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • All Staff’s salary, insurance, and accommodation.
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry, telephone, and personal trekking equipment.
  • Excess baggage charges during domestic flights (only 15kg altogether).
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).
  • Garbage deposit fee=USD 250.00 (Refundable).