Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp - 20 Days

Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek 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 with Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek ?

Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek  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 Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lakes and EBC Trek?

An experienced and reliable local tour operator will likely charge from USD 3000 to USD 4000 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 Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo Lakes and EBC Trek?

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 Climbing 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

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m).

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel by private tourist vehicle.

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

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old town, where the old Royal Palace is located, with its intricate wood-carving.

The entire zone is a maze of temples and images. Narrow alleys, full of the most impressive variety of shops and stalls, lead away from the square in every direction. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic 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 with gear check today. If you need to locally hire or buy equipment there will be time to do this today. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 3: Fly to Lukla from Manthali, and then trek to Phakding (2651m) 3 - 4 hrs.

Due to air traffic at Kathmandu Airport. Now, the flight from Ramechhap to Lukla (instead of Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) which takes about 20 minutes. Lukla is the gateway to Khumbu and to the entire region of Everest.

Our trek begins from Lukla following a gentle climb through the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. The Dudh Kosi approaches as we pass by mani walls and arrive at a teahouse at Ghat.

Continuing to follow the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding, the route continues along a narrow trail with several climbs and descents. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 4
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar [3440m] 5 - 6 hrs.

We leave Phakding and follow the trail that crosses a stream before climbing the terraced hill until we get to Bengar. From there our trek continues along the path with lots of ups and downs and we make a stop at the National Park Service where the entrance fee is collected.

As the mountain path zigzags uphill, we emerge at a ridge top resting place that offers great views of Everest and Lhotse. As the path goes along the pine forest to reach Namche Bazaar – the capital of Sherpa, the climb is somewhat eases. Namche Bazaar has lodges, tea shops, cafes and souvenir shops abounding. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5
Day 5: Discover Namche Bazaar and Acclimatization.

Acclimatization is very important for preventing high altitude sickness. Today we have an acclimatization rest day at Namche Bazaar. It is a perfect place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at the high altitude before heading off towards Dole.

We can hike up to the Khunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary for acclimatization, or a one-hour walk walk up to the Syangboche 3800m for an incredible view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6
Day 6: Trek to Dole [4040m] 5 - 6 hrs.

From Namche Bazaar our route goes all the way up to Khumjung, a picturesque village that also has its own gompa on top of the village. Today, we will have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega, and Ama Dablam.

Soon after leaving Khumjung, we’ll follow the trail that climbs up a ridge to a large Chorten. We walk along a steep downhill that passes through Phortse Tenga, and from there we climb steeply through rhododendron and birch forest to Dole. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 7
Day 7: Trek to Machhermo [4410m] 3 - 4 hrs.

We start climbing gradually from Dole along the valley side, where the small, thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases.

Our trail passes many summer settlements which are used to graze in the summer months when yaks are taken to these pastures.

A splendid view of Cho Oyu lies ahead of us, while the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku are back down the valley. This is a short day, and we arrive in time for lunch at Machhermo. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 8
Day 8: Trek to Gokyo [4750m] 4 - 5 hrs.

Today, we’re trek towards the Gokyo Lakes. We must take a very beautiful route to Pangka and then go down slightly before ascending a steep rocky path on the side of the glacier to the valley, passing the first of the holy lakes.

Soon, we will arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path leading to Cho La Pass at 5420 meters across the glacier – our route to Lobuche and Everest, later on in the trek. The 3rd Lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and the settlement of Gokyo is located on its eastern shore.

Walking alongside the lake, the scenery is spectacular with the peaks of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflecting in its green emerald waters. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 9
Day 9: Rest day at Gokyo and discover around Gokyo Valley.

Gokyo Valley offers so many attractions to its visitors. Sherpa people run lodges to provide the trekkers the best facilities. Gokyo is located alongside of Ngozumba Glacier, Nepal ‘s biggest glacier. Today we will do a side trip across Forth Lake to Firth Lake. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri [5340m] & trek back to thanknag [4650m] via Gokyo village 5 - 6 hrs.

Gokyo Ri stands above the village on the northern edge of the lake. We will make an early start and follow the trail that is a steep path up the hillside. When at the top of Gokyo Ri, we are rewarded with breathtaking views of the majestic summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu.

The viewpoint is considered to be one of the finest in the Everest region – some people say that it is even better than Kala Patthar. After spending quality time at the top, we will descend back to Gokyo and from there we will trek to the Thanknag village on the Ngozumpa Glacier shore. Overnight at guesthouse

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla [4843m] via Chola pass [5420m] 6 - 7 hrs.

From Thanknag, we follow the trail that gradually ascends along the valley to the crossing of the adventurous – Cho La Pass. Most of the time, the Cho La Pass is covered with blue ice which gives a chill feeling to its trekkers.

We will enjoy the panoramic view of several snow-capped mountains along the Gokyo Valley. From here, the trail goes down steeply for about an hour, and then down slightly to Dzongla. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep [5180m] via Lobuche 5 - 6 hrs.

From Dzongla, we take the trail that runs through the Khumbu Glacier. On the route we will see the memorials on the glacier of those who died. We follow the trail passing through Lobuche after crossing the glacier and then continue our trek towards Gorakshep. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 13
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp [5380m] and back to Gorakshep 4 - 5 hrs.

After breakfast, we will visit Everest Base Camp. We will follow the trail weaving through the ice pinnacles and over the Khumbu Glacier crevasses. We’ll meet some expedition team at Everest Base Camp during the spring season.

We will take a higher route on the return trek back to Gorakshep for stunning views of the Khumbu icefall and surrounding high mountains. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 14
Day 14: Hike to Kala Patthar [5545m] and trek to Dingboche [4260m] 6 - 7 hrs.

We’ll hike to Kala Patthar 5545m early in the morning and enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Makalu 8481 m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m and other nearby peaks.

After spending quality time in Kalapatthar, we head back down to Gorakshep and from there follow the route that passes through Lobuche to reach the Dinboche village with a glorious view of Ama Dablam. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 15
Day 15: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp [5087m] 6 - 7 hrs.

From Dingboche, we will follow the trail that slowly ascends to the high Imja valley and all the way to the base camp of Island Peak.

We’ll have spectacular and panoramic views of Mt. Ama Dablam 6812 m, Mt. Lhotse 8501 m, Mt. Nuptse 7879 m, Island Peak 6189 m, and other peaks on the way.

We will set up our camp for our overnight stay at the base of the south ridge of Island Peak underneath the giant wall of Nuptse and Lhotse. Overnight at tent camp.

Day 16
Day 16: Island Peak summit [6189m] and back to base camp 9 - 10 hrs.

Today, we begin early to achieve the Island Peak Summit. It is best if we reach the summit before midday as the strong winds after midday can create obstacles to the successful summit climb.

We will have to cross many crevasses and overcome difficult parts using ropes, ice axes, harnesses and other equipment for climbing properly. Following the guidance of our climbing experts, we will reach the summit of this physically challenging yet adventurous climb of Island Peak at the same time.

The majestic views of Mt. Lhotse 8501m, Mt. Makalu 8475m, Lhotse Middle Peak 8410m, Lhotse Shar 8383 m, Mt. Nuptse 7879m, Mt. Baruntse 7129m and other high peaks are rewarded from the top of the Island peak. We slowly retrace our steps back toward Island Peak Base Camp after achieving the summit. Overnight at tent camp.

Day 17
Day 17: Trek to Dingboche 5 - 6 hrs.

After successfully summit of the Island Peak, our return journey heads back towards Dingboche through the same route from Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 18
Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazaar 6 - 7 hrs.

We start to descend from Dingboche on a relatively moderate trail which passes through Tengboche. Our journey from there declines further down to the village of Trashinga through forest zones and continues our trekking on the trail that takes us back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 19
Day 19: Trek to Lukla 5 - 6 hrs.

The last day of our Gokyo to Everest Base Camp with Island Peak trip will lead from Namche Bazaar to Lukla via Monjo. The trek is a beautiful trek, except a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it 3 times. The last 45-minute uphill climb will take us back to Lukla. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 20
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu

We take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning. Enjoy the amazing mountain flight after the great experience of trekking to Gokyo, Everest Base Camp to Island Peak Climbing along with Himalaya Discovery.

You can spend the rest of your day walking down the Thamel market streets in Kathmandu or simply relax before heading back to home.

Day 21
Day 21: Fly to home

As per your flight schedule, our representative will drop you off at the international airport.

Price Includes / Excludes

Price Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Hot drinks (tea / coffee).
  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
  • 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 trekkers)
  • 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 and a t-shirt.
  • Farewell dinner.

Price Excludes

  • 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 (tips 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.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trek of this type, weather, politics strike, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Trek Leader and Crew

Here at Himalaya Discovery, we firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.

We employ only local leaders and staff to help sustain the local communities we work with. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  • First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides good English-speakers, All our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.

In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. Its home for them, it’s in their blood. They’re not only ‘familiar’ with local communities and culture; they’re a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travellers.

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Trip Facts

  • 20
  • Demanding to Challenging
  • March to May & September to December
  • 6189 meters/ 20,305
  • 4 to 6 Hrs.
  • Lukla / Lukla
  • Everest
  • 2 to 8 People

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