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Island Peak climbing with Everest Base Camp trek

Island Peak climbing with Everest Base Camp trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Everest region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking/Peak Climbing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Island peak (6189m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Island Peak climbing with Everest Base Camp trek are two popular activities in the Everest region of Nepal. Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a popular climbing peak standing at an altitude of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet). It offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Everest. Island Peak climbing requires technical skills, including the use of ice axes, crampons, and ropes. 

The EBC trek is a famous trekking route that takes you to the base camp of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. The trek starts from Lukla and goes through beautiful Sherpa villages, rhododendron forests, and high-altitude landscapes. Along the way, you will pass through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, and other scenic spots. 

Island Peak climbing with Everest Base Camp trek Highlights:

  • Take off on a scenic flight to Lukla
  • Sagarmatha National Park, where Mount Everest is located
  • Explore Namche Bazar, the biggest town in the Khumbu region
  • Hike up to the Everest panorama Hotel in Namche
  • Tengboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu
  • Step foot in the foothills of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world
  • Get the closest view of Mount Everest from Kala Pathar
  • World's highest glacier, the Khumbu Glacier
  • Ascend to the summit of Island Peak Climb & take in the panoramic views of the mountains from Island Base Camp

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/40 min) & trek to Phakding (2610 m/3-4 hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/5-6 hrs)
Day 04: Rest day in Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization & Hike to Hotel Everest View (3880m/3-4 hrs)
Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/5-6 hrs )
Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/5-6 hrs)
Day 7: Rest Day In Dingboche; Hike to Chhukung (4730m) & back to Dingboche (4410m/3-4 hrs)
Day 8:Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/5-6 hrs)
Day 9: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m) / Hike to to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) & back to Gorakshep (8-9 hrs)
Day 10: Hike to Kalaphathar (5,555m) & trek back to Lobuche (4910m/5 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Lobuche via Khongma La (5535m) to Chhukung (4,730m/6-7 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5000m/4 hrs)
Day 13: Summit Island peak summit (6189m) & back to Chhukung (10-11 hrs)
Day 14: Reserve day for summit
Day 15: Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche (3,870m/6 hrs)
Day 16: Trek from Tengboche to to Namche Bazaar (3,441m/6 hrs)
Day 17: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2,850m/6 hrs)
Day 18: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m/40min)
Day 19: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek.

Hotel

Wake up early in the morning and drive to the domestic section of the airport in Kathmandu for a flight to Lukla. After checking the weather it’s flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at Tenzing Hillary Airport. You will have a packed breakfast from the hotel which can be eaten while waiting for the plane at Kathmandu airport. 


After a 40-45-minute flight from Kathmandu, you will finally land at Lukla and then begin your trek to Phakding –a small village in the Khumbu region. Lukla is also the place where your porters will be waiting for you. The trail goes through a green path crossing several villages like Chauri Kharka and Ghat then finally reaches Phakding for an overnight stay.

Note: Flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa may be rerouted to Manthali during the peak trekking seasons of March, April, May, September, October, and November due to increased air traffic congestion. Manthali is a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu and we need to start at 12.30am for the Kathmandu/Manthali drive to catch the flight to Lukla from Manthali. During December, January, February, June, July, or August, it's a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, the trek begins with the trail going through forests, traditional villages with ploughed fields, and yak pastures then reaches the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park from where Mt. Thamserku can be spotted.

 

After completing permit formalities and having lunch you will climb up to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region and the biggest Sherpa town in the Khumbu region where many hotels, luxury resorts, restaurants, pubs, trek shops etc. are located. You name it, they have it at Namche and if you forget to shop for any trekking gear in Kathmandu, Namche is the last point to do so but the price may differ. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and to cope with the rising elevation. You can go for a side excursion to Hotel Everest View (3880m) which is considered the hotel located at the highest point on earth. From its balcony, you can have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest and other world’s highest peaks sipping tea/coffee. Then it’s back to your hotel in Namche Bazaar. In the evening, you can explore Namche, talk with the locals, and meet many other trekkers and mountaineers from around the world. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today’s trek involves many steep ascents and descents, and it’s also a good opportunity for nice photography. On the list are Stupas (Buddhist shrines), prayer flags, mani walls (walls with Buddhist prayers carved into them), and mountains, such as Ama Dablam, and Tengboche Monastery which all are worth a good picture.

 

The trail up to Tengboche from Lukla is a dusty switchback path but it is all worthwhile as you reach Tengboche which offers a spectacular panorama. Tengboche has the largest Buddhist monastery which is the largest and the most important monastery in Khumbu. Pay a visit to the monastery and with a small donation, you can light some butter lamps.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail is quite challenging today but with a very scenic route. The trail follows the Imja Khola ‘River’ climbing up to Dingboche and passing along windswept fields (mainly potato). Dingboche is the highest Sherpa village in Khumbu. The view of AmaDablam is spectacular from Dingboche which arrived during lunch time. After lunch at Dingboche, the rest of the afternoon is free to explore watch the surrounding Himalayas or dig into your books. etc. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As the altitude increases it’s important to get better acclimatization so it’s rest/acclimatization day at Dingboche. You can rest at your lodge or there are several side excursions like a hike to Nangkar Tshang Peak, with its sacred sites and views of Mt Makalu. Or hike to Chhukung (4,730 m) which provides majestic views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Choyo. You will also notice Imja Khola Valley as well as the fields and pastures of Dingboche. Afterwards, back to the lodge at Dingboche.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today you will gently climb to the Pheriche Valley and then trek above the valley floor passing along alpine scrub and yak pastures. En route get a good view of Tawoch and Cholotse, with Ama Dablam behind us. From here you will notice as if AmaDablam is just rising from the valley floor.

 

Then you will continue to Thokla Pass, where the ascent is challenging. From here is another good opportunity for the best photos of the peaks like Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and a few other 7,000-plus meter peaks. After crossing this pass will finally reach Lobuche. Lobuche isn’t a big town but is surrounded by dramatic and beautiful surroundings.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the big day as you will be attending Everest Base Camp, the foot of Mt. Everest. You will start first with 3 hours hike to the small village of Gorekshep passing over boulders and rough terrain.

Then hike to Everest Base Camp and upon arrival feel the majesty of the base camp, walk over the Khumbu Glacier from where Everest summiters start their journey to the top. Celebrate your achievement with your trek guide and other members at the base camp. From the base camp enjoy views of Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, and a little bit of Everest. Afterwards, back to Gorekshep for the overnight stay.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Start early today to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas from Kala Patthar which is the most popular Himalayan viewpoint in Khumbu providing 360-degree Himalayan panorama including Mt. Everest.

 

The hike up to Kala Patthar is not that long but steep, rocky, and very challenging. Upon reaching its top you will be rewarded with the most spectacular Himalayan panorama of the peaks like Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Pumori, and more. Afterwards, retrace your way back to Gorekshep for breakfast then descend to Lobuche.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

You hike to Kongma La Base Camp (5000m) along the Khumbu Glacier for six to seven hours after an early start. The hardest day of our journey is today. There are prayer flags in the pass that indicate the path. After that, we gently make our way down to the Imja Khola Valley and on to the tiny settlement of Chhukung, where we will review our gear before climbing Island Peak. We are going to stay at Chhukung tonight.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After traversing the moraine beneath Lhotse Glacier and following a small river, we have a tough climb that takes three to four hours to reach Island Peak Base Camp. We traverse the moraines of the Imja and Lhotse glaciers until we emerge into a broad valley to the southwest of Island Peak. We are staying at Island Peak Base Camp tonight. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

In order to save you from the afternoon winds, we set out early in the morning to reach the peak before noon. You will climb the steep ridge and eventually arrive at a glacier by following our knowledgeable Sherpa guides. We then proceed up the glacier to the south ridge and pursue it to the top using ropes. Outstanding views of Lhotse (27,890 feet), Makalu (27,805 feet), Island peak (22,493 feet), and Baruntse (25,328 feet) can be seen from the summit. We descend to Island Base Camp and then continue down to Chhukung after taking in the views from the summit.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

In the unlikely event that the weather on our summit day is unfavorable, we have allowed an additional day. We will summit Island Peak today if yesterday's weather was inclement. If not, we plan to spend the day lounging and taking in the Himalayan scenery. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

You make your way down to Tengboche Village, which is home to the renowned Tengboche monastery—the largest monastery in the Everest region—which is situated inside the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). You may get sweeping views of the Himalayan peaks, such as Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku, from the monastery.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

From Tengboche, the trail leads through forests abundant with animals, including musk deer, snow leopards, mountain goats, and pheasants. You'll be circling around multiple curves and ascending the steep slopes while passing a lot of prayer flags and chortens. 

You can take pictures and take in the sights of the backside of Lhotse and the summit of Everest as you make your way back. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar at last, we shall proceed to our lodgings for some relaxation.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As you make your way down from the breathtaking mountain views behind you, you will descend to Lukla. The journey takes you through Jorsale, Monjo, and Phakding, showcasing the lush forests and magnificent mountainous terrain that will keep you captivated throughout the trek. Make sure to savour the final moments of gazing at the massive peaks and cherish the end of your Everest hike.

 

In the evening, it’s time to celebrate the successful completion of your Himalayan adventure with your crew and teammates. Take this opportunity to express gratitude to everyone, especially the porters who tirelessly carried your belongings. A festive atmosphere will envelop the hiking crew as you join the porters and guides in singing, dancing, and enjoying local brews. Before the night ends, consider offering tips as a gesture of appreciation to your porter, guides, and assistant guides, as you bid farewell to most of the porters and assistant guides in Lukla. 

Tonight, as you lay down to sleep, let the memories of Everest fill your dreams, knowing that you accomplished an incredible feat. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Bid farewell to the Everest region and the mountain, and take again the trans-Himalayan flight back to Kathmandu to Lukla. The Himalayas slowly fade from your plane window screen and finally land at the airport in Kathmandu. Then drive to a hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore or simply rest at your hotel.

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours before your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

Breakfast Included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu round airfare.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges on twin sharing basis but occasionally in the common dormitory (esp. during peak tourist seasons).
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags and duffel bags (to be returned after trip completion),
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Climbing guide and necessary equipment for island base camp  
  • Insurance for climbing guide and wages
  • Guide and porter wages for the trekking period.
  • Permits for Everest National Park & climbing permit.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Farewell Dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal clothing and climbing gear 
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Additional costs due to delays beyond our control. For example, landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc. 
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides and porters (Tipping is expected).  

FAQ's

What is Island Peak?
Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. It stands at 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) and offers stunning views of the Everest region.

What is the Everest Base Camp trek?
The Everest Base Camp trek is a classic trekking route that takes you to the base camp of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. It's a trek through the Khumbu region of Nepal, passing through Sherpa villages, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes.

How difficult is the Island Peak climb?
Island Peak is considered a challenging trekking peak. It requires basic mountaineering skills, including the use of crampons, ice axe, and ropes. Prior trekking experience at high altitudes is recommended, and some technical climbing may be involved.

What is the best time for Island Peak climbing with Everest Base Camp trek?
The best time for this adventure is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable climbing conditions.

How long does it take to complete the Island Peak climb and Everest Base Camp trek?
Typically, the Everest Base Camp trek takes around 12-14 days, and the Island Peak climb adds another 3-4 days. However, the total duration can vary depending on your itinerary, fitness level, and acclimatization needs.

Do I need prior climbing experience for Island Peak?
While prior climbing experience is not mandatory, it's highly recommended to have some level of experience in trekking at high altitudes and using basic mountaineering equipment. Physical fitness and mental preparedness are also essential.

Do I need a permit for Island Peak climbing and Everest Base Camp trek?
Yes, you'll need several permits for this adventure, including the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit for the Everest Base Camp trek and the Island Peak climbing permit. Your trekking agency will assist you in obtaining these permits.

What kind of accommodation can I expect during the trek?
Accommodation during the Everest Base Camp trek typically includes teahouses or lodges along the route. On the Island Peak climb, you'll stay in tents at high-altitude campsites.

Is altitude sickness a concern during this adventure?
Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern due to the high elevation of both Everest Base Camp and Island Peak. Proper acclimatization, hydration, and a gradual ascent are essential to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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