Everest Base Camp Trek with Island peak takes you not only to the renowned Base Camp of the highest mountain in the world but also to an exciting adventure of mountain climbing. Island Peak, at the height of 6,189m, is popular among the novice climbers and is used as a preparation for higher mountains like Everest. Though, physically demanding, it is less technical and can be climbed by anyone reasonably fit.
After exploring the “City of Temples”, the Kathmandu valley, a short flight next day will take you to Lukla. This is where the trekking begins. The trails take you to Phakding, a UNESCO World Heritage Site( Sagarmatha National park) in the green valley of Dudh Koshi, and then to the famous Namche Bazzar where we will spend two nights for acclimatization. Then from Tengboche to Pheriche to Lobuche; these culturally rich Sherpa villages are full of Chortens, Mani Walls, museum and amazing views of the Himalayas. Before the awaited Island Peak, we visit the Everest Base Camp (EBC) and climb up Kalapathar. The Kalapathar is popular among the trekkers as one can get a full base to top view of Mount Everest on sunrise or sunset view. Due to Everest’s structure, one cannot view its peak from the Base Camp. Finally, we trek to the base camp of Island Peak and summit it on the 15th day. Island Peak was named so due to its position at the center of the Valley, like an Island in a sea of ice. Its local name is Imja Tse. The hard work is well awarded by a 360 degree panorama view with mountains like Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Makalu. From here we trek back our steps up and down until the exciting experience of Everest Base Camp Trek with Island peak comes to an end back in Kathmandu.We also offer the famous Everest Base Camp trekking Only from Lukla
Everest Base Camp Trek with Island peak Highlights
- Culturally rich and hospitable Sherpa villages
- The famous Tengboche Monastery
- 360 degree panoramic view from Island Peak’s summit
- Exquisite plants and wildlife
- Top to bottom view of Mount Everest.
Welcome. Our representatives will be waiting at the airport. They will take you to your hotel on private vehicle.Once there, you can rest or stroll around. Then, after refreshment, there will be a briefing about Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC) with Island Peak.
Next day, after breakfast at about 8:30, you will be taken around the valley to see some UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will provide a private vehicle and a professional guide.The tour begins from Pasupatinath Temple, an important site of pilgrimage for Hindus. Boudhhanath, another World Heritage Site, is the largest stupa in the world after which we will visit the Swayambhunath stupa, popularly known as the Monkey Temple among tourists. Lastly, we will go see the Kathmandu Durbar Square, palace area from when Nepal was divided into small kingdoms. Then you will be escorted back to the hotel for tomorrow’s preparation.
We take a short 30min flight to Lukla early in the morning. You can get the first glimpse of the mountains from the plane. The porters will be introduced at the airport. Then, after breakfast, we trek towards Phakding through the Dudh Kosi Valley crossing few local style suspension bridges. It is beautiful everywhere you look. You can see the mountains and the green valley, colorful prayer flags and stacks of Mani stones on the way. The trek is only 2-3 hours long and the rest of day can be spent exploring the village in Phakding.
On the second day, we head towards Namche Bazzar. After a short leisurely hike across several suspension bridges is a steep climb up to the Sagarmatha National Park entrance. Here, the permits are checked and the passes are stamped. Then we climb for 2-3 hours more. It is a steep climb to Namche. En route are two viewing spots where you will get your first look at the Mount Everest. When you reach Namche, your passes will be stamped again. But do not relax as the actual resting place is still a few steps farther.
‘Climb high, sleep low’ is the motto to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Most of the trekkers show the first sign of AMS in or near Namche. Therefore, the day will be spent hiking up and coming back for the night to acclimatize.You will first ascend to Syangboche airstrip and then to Khunde Village passing several Chortens. Following the trail eastward is Khumjung Village. Here, in a monastery, lies the purported Yeti Scalp. Climbing up further to Everest View Hotel, you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the amazing peaks including Mount Everest. Then, back to Namche Bazzar.
It is an up and down path to Tengboche with an excellent view of peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse and Kwangde.It is a gradual climb until you pass the village of Sanasa. Then the trail drops down towards Phunki Thanga and climbs up sharply for the last 1-2hourstretch to Tengboche.The climb is through the forest of rhododendron, pine, fir, magnolia and birch that starts to thin out as the famous Tengboche monastery comes to view. The area is a cluster of few lodges, a bakery and the monastery. This is the best place for panoramic view of the peaks named earlier.
An easy descent through rhododendron forest and across a bridge over Imja Khola will bring you to Pangboche. From here the route continues to Pheriche. It is in total a 3-4houred trek. There is a rudimentary hospital run by Himalayan Rescue Association in Pheriche. It only opens in peak seasons- March to May and November to December. We will spend the night in Pheriche.
Its 800m climb from the Pheriche to Nagarjun peak 5000m. It has some good views of the mountains including Mt. Makalu 5th highest mountain in the world. This hike help a lot for acclimatization. There are chances to see Snow leopard on the hike to Peak. Hike to Najurjun peak take about 3-4 hour to get to the top and come down about one and half hour. Enjoy the view from the top and descend down to Pherice.
The trek to Lobuche is pleasant as you get closer and closer to the snow clad giants. It is a gradual climb. After a 45-60min hike you will reach Thukla. Here, we will make a stop for food and continue up to a flat area where several memorials dedicated to the climbers who died on Everest are erected. Thenin another two hours, you will have climbed out of the valley and descended to the yak pastures at Lobuche. Tomorrow, we hike to Everest Base Camp.
Pack light for the 2-2.5 hour trek to Gorakshep composed of both easy and hard part. The path winds between boulders and will be rocky and slippery. But then you will be surrounded by huge mountains on all side. You can see the highest glacier, Khumbu glacier, along the way. After reaching Gorakshep, we check into a lodge, eat something and head to EBC. Another 1-2 hour hike along Khumbu glacier will bring you to the base camp. The yellow tents of the climbers will become visible as you reach EBC. Then, you can look around, take pictures, wright you name on boulders before heading back to Gorakshep.
You will notice when up in the Base Camp that the Everest is not completely visible. From Gorak Shep, you walk down, up and up again to Kalapathar. You will climb up to Kalapather either sunrise or sunset time. It will take 1 and half to 2 hours. All the effort is worth it as you get the best view of Mount Everest, Nuptse and Changtse with a little of Lhotse from here. Then we return to Gorakshep for food and descend to Dingboche.
From Dingboche to Chukkung, the trek is of 2 hours and easy. Chukkung is a beautiful valley nestled between mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Imja Tse etc. You can get a really good and close view of these mountains and their glaciers. The river Imja Khola runs past the Chukkung village where we will be lodging. We prepare for the climb.
After breakfast, we trek up towards south, turn east and entre the main valley. We walk along the stream and pass Imja and Lhotse glacier moraine before reaching the valley where we will camp in tent. From the camp we can see the southwestern face of the Imja Tse (Island Peak).
Today very early start from the base camp around 01:00 am to 02:00 am need to start for the summit. It takes about 2 hours to reach the High camp then, we begin by climbing the rock gully. Then, we follow a ridge-line to the summit glacier and climb up a steep snow slope to reach the summit. Here, we will get an excellent view of the mountains. After spending some time here, we go back to high camp to base camp and all the way back to Chhukung.
Just in case of bad weather, or health problem you needed to wait for the day you can use this day on the base camp or further down on the trail. Whenever you may needed you can use the buffer day.
From Chhukung, we walk down towards Pangboche and take the same trail we took up to descend and then climb up again to reach Tengbochhe. It is 4-5 hour trek. We lodge at Tengboche.
We walk for 6-7 hours today. We walk back the main Everest Base Camp trail and retrace our steps back to Namche Bazzar.
It is another day of 6-7 hours trek back to Lukla. We lodge at Lukla. Today is the last day in the mountains.So, relax, enjoy and celebrate your success.
Next day, we take an early flight back to Kathmandu. If you still haven’t had enough of the mountains, sit on the right side in the plane. You will be transferred to your hotel.Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Finally, the day to bid goodbye to the wonderful country has come. You will be taken to the airport for your flight home. You have come to an end of an exciting journey. Have a safe journey. Nepal Eco Adventure will be happy to serve you in all your future adventure and tours in the Himalayas.
What is Included
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
- Three night standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Fresh fruits every night after the dinner.
- Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations during the trek.
- All necessary paper works Sagarmatha National park entry permit & Trekker`s information Management System (TIMS) permit.
- Peak climbing permit and other necessary fees.
- 1-2 nights twin sharing tent accommodation after Chhukung. Hygienic meals( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with tea and coffee, seasonal fruit or cane fruits.
- Camping tent and climbing rope provided.
- Lukla flight ( Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) including airport tax and pickup and drop .
- A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder trekking guide and climbing Sherpa, with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
- Strong, helpful porters with proper equipment (1porter= two people). with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation and insurance.
- Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel insurance company).
- Use of sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles (to be returned after the trip).
- Government taxes and official expenses.
- Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle as per itinerary.
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
- Assistant guide group size above 5+ person.
What is Excluded
- Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and dinner.
- Nepal entry visa .
- Your Travel and medical insurance.
- International airfare.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek (i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses)
- Desserts Sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
- Battery charging and hot shower on the tea houses.
- Personal climbing equipment can be hired $150 USD per person.
- Kathmandu sightseeing tour entrance fees.
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
- Excess baggage more than 15kg for Lukla flight.