Everest Base Camp trek with Island peak climbing is a wonderful experience in Nepal. This trip of a lifetime is designed for all kinds of trekkers, both serious and amateur. It has a snow-capped and an impressive west face. The beauty and thrill attract many trekkers to the Island Peak.
The journey is following the classic Everest Base Camp trek. You’ll be heading northeast through the Khumbu valley experiencing the Sherpas culture and hospitality. At Phakding, Namche, Dingboche, Tengboche and Lobuche the tea houses will welcome you for a comfortable stay.
Visiting the Everest base camp, you’ll also be climbing the Kala Patthar, a famous nearby highest point. This summit provides a stunning view of the Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. From Dingboche, you will head towards the Island peak.
It’s challenging to climb the Island Peak and you need to be prepared with equipment like crampons and ice axes. This trek is also popular and in high demand due to the challenging journey.
Atop the Island Peak, the mesmerizing breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and more are worth all the hard work. If you are determined to conquer this peak, some stamina training will be a plus point. Well, the descent can be enjoyable. You will descend via Chhukung, Dingboche, Tengboche and Namche Bazaar before you arriving Lukla via Phakding. The descending is quite quick.
The pathway to the Everest Base Camp passes through a number of Sherpa villages that will give you a good glimpse of local Sherpa culture and its hospitality. The guest houses are absolutely comfortable at such altitudes.
It’s not to be missed the flora and fauna. The biodiversity is unique and you can see nature in its true form.
How Difficult is the Island Peak Climbing?
Everest Base Camp with Island Peak climbing is a challenging, but if you’re in good physical condition we’ll get you to the peak. If you’ve been trekking to altitude before, that’s a great next goal.
The first part of the climb is very physically challenging because you are trekking up rough terrain at more than 5000 m. This part is definitely non-technical though. You’ll have to wear crampons and rope-up when you enter the glacier zone.
During this section there is a risk of falling into snow-capped crevasses These ladders will be strapped to get across. This can be challenging but you will be on safety lines at all times. You finally reach the foot of the headwall.
This is the hard part of the climb as the climb is very steep, and the air is very thin. Fixed lines make the climbing route safe but it will take a great deal of determination to get to the summit ridge. A short, fairly easy ascent from the summit ridge to the top.
How Much Does it Cost to Climb Island Peak?
An experienced and reliable local tour operator will likely charge from USD 2200 to USD 3000 for an all-inclusive package. Read our article on Everest Base Camp costs for a breakdown of costs like flights of a general base camp trek (not Island Peak).
When is the Best Time to Climb Island Peak?
You can go trekking to the Everest region at any time between September and the end of May. Considering the height of Island Peak and the challenging conditions, we work with much smaller windows of opportunity.
Bad weather on base camp walk might be inconvenient, but on Island Peak it might be really dangerous. To safely climb Island Peak, we only go on trips from mid-September through November, and from March through May. The temperatures are good during these times and the most of the days are warm and sunny.
Most interestingly, during these times the strong winds that follow the monsoon die down, and there are long periods of relative calm ideal for climbing.
Island Peak Gear List
Your personal Gear:
- Ice axe
- Tape slings (2)
- Screwgate carabiners
- Descender/Abseil device
- Plastic Mountaineering Boots
- Helmet (optional)
Gears for the Group
- Snow bar
- Ice hammer
- Ice screw
On arrival in Kathmandu airport, after completing your custom Visa formalities, etc., pick up your luggage and look for our Himalaya Discovery airport representative, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. Our representative will greet you and transfer you by private tourist vehicle to your hotel. Overnight a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today, in Kathmandu free for sightseeing. You may want to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old town, where the old Royal Palace is located, with its intricate woodcarving. The entire area is a maze of temples and images. Narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls, lead away from the square in every direction.
Some of these sites are considered World Heritage sites including the ancient Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous Swayambhunath ‘ Monkey Temple,’ and Buddhist shrine Buddhanath which is one of the world’s largest Stupas.
There’ll also be a full trip briefing today with equipment check. If you need to hire or buy equipment locally there is time to do this today. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Everest base camp trek with Island peak climbing begins with a panoramic flight from Manthali airport to Lukla Tenzing Hillary airport (2,804 m).
Once you arrive at Lukla, you will meet our porters who will carry your bags. The Everest base camp and Island peak trip begins after a short glimpse of the village of Lukla, where you will pass the village of Chaurikharka and then descend towards the Dudh Koshi river.
Please Note: Kathmandu to Lukla flight has been shifted to Manthali airport, Ramechhap in peak trekking season Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) due to increased traffic and renovations at Kathmandu airport since March 2019.
Manthali airport can be reached approximately 5 hours’ drive by road from Kathmandu. It means that you have to get up early in the morning at about 2:30 am to take a drive and catch your Lukla flight. Overnight at guesthouse.
From there, you follow the trails via the bank of the Dudh Koshi river to Phakding and stay overnight at Phakding. Overnight at guesthouse.
We continue trip along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river several times on thrilling suspension bridges laden with peace flags. The trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views after entering Sagamartha National Park.
Namche Bazaar is famous as the Gateway to Everest, home to several different restaurants, hotels, lodges, stores, money exchange, internet café and a bakery. Namche is one of the largest villages along the entire route to Everest. Overnight at guesthouse.
We’ll be spending a day here to acclimatize and adjust to air thinning. As well as a short walk, where a museum honors the Sherpa people’s traditional customs. Today we’re hiking around the Everest View Hotel to Syangboche airport.
From here we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with stunning sunrise and sunset over the Khumbu peaks. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we are trekking to an altitude of 3860 meters. Your guide will tell you about the local monastery situated here upon reaching Tengboche.
The group will be taken either in the evening or in the morning to observe a prayer ceremony depending on how the trekking days went. Overnight at guesthouse.
We begin the day with a gradual ascend to Thukla at the end of the Khumbu Glacier terminal moraine.
From here, we climb a steep trail to the lobuche pass, where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials for Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who died on a mission to climb Everest. Then we continue to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and face several great peaks-Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Overnight at guesthouse.
It’s not very difficult trek to Everest Base Camp. We ascend and descend, however, mostly on a glacier path. There’s a lot of meandering also on rough terrain. As we reach the base camp we enjoy the incredible patterns of melting and admire the gently rounded ice towers on the top of the Khumbu glacier. The Everest Base Camp is truly stunning.
From the base camp we will enjoy amazing views of the mountains of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori. We walk back towards Goraksep, after soaking in the beauty.
Note: The view of the sunset from Kala Patthar is more impressive than the view of the sunrise, so it is recommended that trekkers are the ones who are fit to visit Kala Patthar for sunset today. Overnight at guesthouse.
We wake up early for the Kala Patthar hike. It is dark outside, with cold temperatures and chilly winds most likely. We walk a comfortable pace on a fairly steep trail.
As we climb the hill we can see the mountains of Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse. The view from the top is amazing. Along with other mighty Himalayan peaks we can see the world’s highest mountain Everest. After spending some time at Kala Patthar’s summit, we descend to Gorakshep and continue on to Loboche. Overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast, we trek to Kongma La Base Camp (5000m/16,404 ft) via Khumbu Glacier. Today’s ascent to Kongma La Pass is the difficult part of our trek. We see stone circle wrapped in flags of prayer in the Kongma La to mark the pass. We then slowly descend to Imja Khola Valley, followed by a further descent to Chhukung, a small summer village.
We will also check our equipment after reaching Chhukung, in order to get ready for our ultimate climb.
Note: If we don’t want to take the Kongma La pass we can take another route to Chhukung via Dingboche.
The trek to the base camp of Island Peak is on a fairly steep trail. Next, we climb south and then turn east toward the valley’s main line. We then walk from the Lhotse Glacier on a winding path underneath the moraine’s southern flank. Next, we continue to walk along a pleasant streamside path. The southeasterly route to Amphu Labtsa lies.
A crisscross route through the glacier moraines of Imja and Lhotse leads to a broad valley flanking the North, West side of Island Peak.
After tea we start our island peak preparation/training, your guide will train you with climbing techniques and the best ways to use climbing gears such as ice axes, climbing boots and crampons, harnesses, ascenders etc.
However, prior training for Island Peak Climbing is not necessary, we strongly believe that some training practice will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit. Overnight at tented camp.
We wake up early at around 1 am today and have our breakfast before our climb starts. It is important that we reach the summit before noon, as the strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier for a successful summit.
The trail continues several hundred meters beyond the base camp before it approaches off the steep hillside. When we climb up the hill, we will see the narrowing of the slope, and the trail reaches a steep rock channel. We ascend the canyon in the wall. This is not difficult, but there are several short rock steps to climb before we come out on the right side of the canyon.
The route then follows a ridgeline leading to a thrilling and exposed trail onto the summit glacier’s snout. When needed, the guides fix a rope. A steep snow path leads us onto the ridge of the summit. All fixed rope and main rope will be used for safety during the climb.
After successfully climbing on rock we use fixed rope. The rope would usually be 350 m long. The length, however, depends on the time of the season and the crevasses. There are two newly formed crevasses that are about 3 and 4 meters long. We are going to use ladders to cross them.
After enjoying the views of the summit and taking pictures, we descend to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our staff waiting for us. Overnight at tented camp.
This is the extra day you can can use this this day for in case of bad weather.
You can use this day to ascend the Island Peak in the case of a delay on the route or difficult weather conditions. If you’re on time this day at Phakding in between Namche and Lukla you’ll enjoy it. Overnight at guesthouse.
The walk of today will be a lot easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide Khumbu Valley, we pass the beautiful villages of Sherpa, Dingboche, Shomare, Pangboche and Tengoche. Overnight at guesthouse.
Leaving the Himalayas behind us our descent brings us from the Monastery of Tengboche (3820 meters) to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters).
In the afternoon we arrive back in Namche Bazaar. You’ll enjoy talking with fellow trekkers and having a nice meal on your evening. Overnight at guesthouse.
Finally, we return to Lukla where the trek began, which seems to be a lifetime ago. Enjoy time to reflect on the trek as a party and the personal achievement of all those who participated. Overnight at guesthouse.
Enjoying your last view of the Himalayas you’ve just visited on the 25 minutes scenic flight back to Manthali / Kathmandu for one last time.
You can rest and relax all day long. We’ll have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances in the evening. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
In case of bad weather in Lukla, it is also spare day. If you’re interested in taking some gifts for friends and relatives from Nepal, visit some nearby shops or go out for traditional Nepalese products at Thamel.
We will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances in the evening. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
The trip completes! Our representatives will drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedule.