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
- Tape slings (2)
- Screwgate carabiners
- Descender/Abseil device
- Plastic Mountaineering Boots
- Helmet (optional)
Gears for the Group
- Snow bar
- Ice hammer
- Ice screw
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, email@example.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.