Island Peak Climbing With EBC Trek

20 Days
Island Peak Base Camp
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Island Peak climbing trip fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climbers, who have been seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen their experience towards the peak climbing expedition beyond simply trekking in Nepal. Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse (6,119m), lies to the south of Everest and is one of the most popular trekking peaks.

It was named Island peak by Eric Shiptons in 1953, as the peak resembles an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Climbing Island Peak is well within the reach of any fit and determined trekkers as it is not a technical, though demanding snow climb.

Embark on a wonderful adventure with Island Peak trekking and climbing that takes you into the heartland of the Khumbu Valley and also to Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft), where you can experience (especially in April/May) the atmosphere of the climbers who prepare themselves for the expedition to the peak of Everest.
Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks in the Everest Region with an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. The Island peak climbing itinerary has been designed very professionally by taking care of proper and gradual acclimatization at suitable intervals. Before scaling the peak, we also take you to possibly the most popular trekking destination in the world - Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar - for the close up views of Mt. Everest and other high mountains. The journey begins from and comes to conclusion at one of the most famous airstrips in the world, the Lukla Airport in the Everest Region.
Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek is designed for those adventurer seekers who are energetic and physically fit and wish for both trekking and climbing experience at one go.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft): Sightseeing and Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours
Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft): 4-5 hours
Day 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): 5-6 hours
Day 09: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hours
Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours
Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours
Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
Day 13: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp
Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp (5,600m/18,372ft) 10-12 hours
Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft): 4-5 hours
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-7 hours
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft) and Transfer to Bhaktapur
Day 19: Reserve day in Bhaktapur: Sightseeing
Day 20: Final Departure


Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both!  We do our utmost to avoid such delays, and fix you on next flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organize heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 5000 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight.
If you are interested you can book some short Sightseeing tours listed on our website for your buffer days or just relax or do Sightseeing by yourself.


In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose any alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.  If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund, if you lose your time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancelation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc) included in the package that you would not use later. 

Important Note : 
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with us. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be picked up and transfered to the hotel. Today in the evening you will have a welcome dinner and can try authentic Nepali food like Dal Bhaat. Nepali people eat this meal 2 times a day and say winking that it makes them strong (Dal Bhaat Power - 24 hour). You will get to know your guides and they will provide you a detailed briefing on your upcoming trek so that you are well prepared for the trip and any last-minute question will be answered.

Day 02: Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft): Sightseeing and Preparation
Today you will visit the most famous Sightseeing locations of Kathmandu.
breakfeast you will drive to Swayambunath, also called "Monkey Temple", a buddhist pilgrimage place with a small Stupa. After that you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square with its pagodes, the home of the living goddess Kumari.

Then you will drive further to Pashupatinath. It is an important pilgrimage place for Hindus and a lot believers from whole Nepal and India come there every week. There are lots of temples and at the shore of the holy Bagmati River, the believers burn there dead relatives.
Then you will go back to the big stupa of Boudha, which is also known as little Tibet and enjoy your dinner at the rooftop of the hotel with view of the Stupa. 

After the tour, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
After breakfast, we will be escorted to Kathmandu domestic Airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m), which is itself a great adventure and takes about 40 minutes. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. In Lukla we will meet other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. Our walking distance is not far today, so if you are interested, you can visit a small monastery near Phakding. 

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross several rope bridges, one of them the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. The first few hours the way will be easy and you can get the first great views of Mt. Thamserku (6618m) and enter Sagarmatha National Park with its waterfalls, beautiful Sherpa villages and various flora, fauna and wildlife. After crossing Hillary Bridge, the trail starts getting very steep and you have to climb about 1 1/2 hours until you reach Namche Bazar, which is the main trading centre of this region. If you forgot anything you need for the trekking you can be sure that you can buy it here.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Today we will make a rest day in Namche Bazar, because we have to become accustomed to the height. Health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the day.
After breakfast we will visit the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. You have also great view of the Himalaya from there. Then we will continue our hike to Khumjung village, with a fantastic view of Ama Dablam (6812m). After that we will come back to Namche and spend the rest of the day there.
Because Namche is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region, you can find there government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. 

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours
Upon breakfast in Namche, we set out towards Tengboche. Today we have a pleasant walk, accompanied by uperb views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up views of Thamserku. Along the way, we can spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail is easy the first time, almost always going down or straight until we reach Phunki Thenga near Dudh Koshi River. There we will have lunch and after that we follow the path about 1 hour steep up to Tengboche through the pine forest.
Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. If it fits we will visit the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region.

Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft): 4-5 hours
In the morning we will continue our way to Pheriche. Our journey starts with a spectacular view of Tengboche monastery in front and the high mountains in the back ground.  
On arrival at Pheriche, we will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Day 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): 5-6 hours
Today the way will be mostly straight the first time, offering stanning views of Tawachee and Cholatse. After reaching Dhugla we climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fisher (American mountaineer) and many others who perished on a mission to climb Everest.
As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive.
Mt. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacier behind, we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude.

Day 09: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hours
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains.
Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest.
After a brief lunch and rest, we continue our way to Everest Base Camp. From the Base Camp we are not able to see Everest but instead we have good views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori. 

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours
Today we get up early so that we can enjoy the sunset from the top of Kala Pathar. It takes about 2 hours to reach the top and from there we have a 360 degree view of the mountain peaks.
When reaching the top, you will feel joyful as you achieve the moment that you've been dreaming of, since the planning of your journey. You have great views of Khumbu glacier, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse and enjoy the sun rise behind the peak of Everest. In this moment you know that the effort to reach this top of the world is worth it. 
We can take as many pictures as we want with our camera but do noy forget to imprint the vista into our mind's eye so that it lasts a lifetime. 
After breakfast in Gorakshep you will trek down to Lobuche.

Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft). The ascent to Kongma La pass is the most difficult part of our trek today. In the Kongma La, we see cairn wrapped in prayer flags to mark the pass. Then we descend gradually to Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. After reaching Chhukung we will also check our equipment in order to get ready for our ultimate climb. Overnight in Chhukung.

Note: If we do not want to undertake the Kongma La pass, we can follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung instead.

Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Labtsa lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak. Today we will not stay in a lodge, but in tents. 

Day 13: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp
We begin our pre-climb training today after breakfast. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak Climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back or resting for the next day’s climb.

Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp (5,600m/18,372ft) 10-12 hours
We wake up early today at around 1 to 2 am and have a short breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important to reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong wind in the high lands might become a barrier for a successful summit.
The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew members are waiting for us. We celebrate our successful Island Peak climb. 

Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Today’s walk will be a much easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse river flowing through the wide fertile valley.

Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft): 4-5 hours
From Pangboche we walk down to the Imja Khola and then up through the forest to Tengboche. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar.  

Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-7 hours
The distance is really far today, but because it goes always down and you are well acclimatized it will be not so difficult for you. Back in Lukla you can relax or explore the small village and the numerous small shops.

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft) and Transfer to Bhaktapur
We will fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning and drive to our hotel in Bhaktapur. If you want you can relax or recover from the hard trek or explore the Durbar Square yourself.

Day 19: Reserve day in Bhaktapur: Sightseeing
After having breakfast you will go for Sightseeing in Bhaktapur which is located in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is an ancient Newar city abought 8 miles far from the capital city Kathmandu. Bhaktapur was the largest of the three Newa kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and was the capital of Nepal during the great "Malla" Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. It is famous for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. Because of this it is also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In the evening you will have a farewell dinner with the guide of your tour because it will be the last evening all together.

Day 20: Final Departure
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives. Then you will be transferred to the airport and fly home - with a lot of stories to tell!
3 star Hotel in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur/Lodge and Tent during Trek
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Cost Included

  • All Transfers written in the program by private transportation
  • all domestic flights
  • 3-star Hotel in Bhaktapur: Sweet Home Bhaktapur 
  • 3-star Hotel in Boudha: Boudha Stupa Hotel
  • Entrance fee for Trekking and Sightseeing
  • Simple Clean lodge accommodation during the Trek
  • Services of English speaking, trained and experienced staff including trekking guide (leader), climbing guide (leader), assistant guides and porters including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • One porter for 2 persons
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in a typical nepali restaurant
  • Insurance of Staff
  • All government taxes and office expenses
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
  • Medical kit
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)

Cost Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Meals during the trek and lunch during your Stay in KTM or Bhaktapur
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included’ section

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 20 Days
Seasons : Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
Activities : Climbing and Expedition
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Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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Island Peak climbing trip fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climbers, who have been seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen their experience towards the peak climbing expedition beyond simply trekking in Nepal. Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse (6,119m), lies to the south of Everest and is one of the most popular trekking peaks. Climbing Island Peak is well within the reach of any fit and determined trekkers as it is not a technical, though demanding snow climb.
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