Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing

Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing

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
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screwgate carabiners
  • Descender/Abseil device
  • Plastic Mountaineering Boots
  • Ascender
  • Helmet (optional)

Gears for the Group

  • Snow bar
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer
  • Ice screw
Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1400 meters)

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.

Day 2
Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing and gear check.

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.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla from Manthali (2886 meters) then trek to Phakding (2652 meters) 3 hrs.

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.

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) 5.30 hrs.

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.

Day 5
Acclimatization day / Discover Namche Bazaar.

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.

Day 6
Trek to Tengboche (3820 meters) 5 hrs.

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.

Day 7
Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hrs.

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.

Day 8
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5360 meters) and return to Gorakshep (5150 meters) 7 hrs.

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.

Day 9
Hike up to Kala Patthar, and trek back to Lobuche (4910M) 5 – 6 hrs.

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.

Day 10
Trek to Chhukung via Kongma La Pass (4910 meters) 7 hrs.

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.

Day 11
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5100 meters) 3 – 4 hrs.

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.

Day 12
Summit to Island Peak (6189 meters) and return to Chhukung, 8 – 10 hrs.

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.

Day 13
Extra day (in case of bad weather condition)

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.

Day 14
Trek to Tenboche (3820 meters) 5 – 7 hrs.

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.

Day 15
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5 hrs.

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.

Day 16
Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 5 hrs.

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.

Day 17
Fly to Kathmandu.

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.

Day 18
Free day / Fly to home.

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.

Day 19
Fly to home.

The trip completes! Our representatives will drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedule.

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea/Coffee three cups a day.
  • Island Peak climbing permit fees.
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit
  • All accommodation in tented camp or tea-house during the trek route. (twin sharing trekking tent, dining tent, toilet tent, Kitchen tent, staff tent, Table, chairs and Kitchen utensil etc.)
  • Both ways airfare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu.
  • Peak climbing a Sherpa guide with his equipment.
  • All necessary paper works, Everest National park entry permit.
  • Trekking information management system (Tims) permit.
  • English speaking, trained government license holder guide during the trek and climb.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek. (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Accommodation / salary / food / drinks / insurance / equipment / medicine and transport for all staff.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • Sleeping bag and walking stick (if it is required)
  • All government taxes.
  • Himalaya Discovery duffel bag.
  • Farewell dinner.

Price Doesn't Include

  • International airfare and Nepal visa.
  • Personal trekking and peak climbing gears.
  • Climbing rope, crampons, climbing shoes, raincoat.
  • Personal clothing and equipment, down jacket, Gore-Tex jacket, available on hire in Kathmandu
  • Tips for the guide / porter (tipping is expected).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the 'Price Include' section.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 30 (approx. EUR 27.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 50 (approx. EUR 45.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 125 (approx. EUR 115.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, info@ciwec-clinic.com.

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

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Trip Facts

  • 20
  • Moderate to Challenging
  • March to May & September to November
  • 4 t 6 hrs
  • Kathmandu
  • Manthali/Lukla
  • 6189 m. / 20,305 ft.
  • 1 to 8 People
  • 17 days
  • Everest

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